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    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)
    04.09.2015   Valmet to supply a tissue production line to Resolute Forest Products in the United States    ( Company news )

    Company news Resolute Forest Products Inc. has selected Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue production technology and Valmet's automation solution for the new facility it is building in the United States to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. The new machine will be installed at the company's mill in Calhoun (Tennessee), and start-up of the tissue production line is planned for early 2017.

    Image: Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine

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

    "We are very proud to work with Resolute on this important project, and we will deliver first-class tissue technology to their state-of-the-art facility," says Soren Eriksson, Director of Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

    Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue production technology is designed for maximum flexibility as well as enhanced product quality and can easily change between production of conventional tissue and textured tissue in just a few hours. It has been well received by the market, and this will be the fifth NTT machine to be delivered. The first Advantage NTT line was started up in Mexico in 2013, the second line started up in the second quarter of 2015 in Chile, a third NTT line will be started up in Abu Dhabi in 2015, followed by a fourth NTT line in the U.S. in early 2016.

    Technical information
    The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.2 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber, and the production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as provide flexibility and product differentiation for premium quality products.
    Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line, including an Advantage NTT 200HS tissue machine. The tissue machine will be equipped with a layered OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology, including an AirCap hood and a SoftReel -B. Basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation are also included in the scope.
    Furthermore, the delivery includes an integrated automation solution with Valmet DNA process control system, Valmet IQ scanner with IQFibre & Moisture sensor, as well as IQProfilers and a state-of-the-art web camera system for quality and reliability control. Installation supervision, training and commissioning as well as product development support are part of the delivery.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    04.09.2015   Xerium Celebrates 1000th Formsoft Tissue Forming Fabric    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently celebrated the shipment of its 1000th Formsoft tissue forming fabric at its Kentville, Canada plant. The globally successful and patented Formsoft technology has enabled tissue makers to produce their products with higher quality and at increased efficiency. Formsoft is one of the fastest growing products the company has ever launched into the market.

    “Formsoft continues to provide our customers with excellent machine speeds and outstanding sheet softness,” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “Like our other innovations, Xerium has developed Formsoft technology to benefit its customers by lowering their operational cost while improving operational performance and overall efficiency. This unique tissue fabric, with patented warp and weft structure, consistently delivers top drainage performance for a stronger, yet softer, tissue product. It combines improved sheet forming and fiber retention benefits with high dimensional stability and life potential resulting in optimized tissue machine runnability.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
    03.09.2015   Breaking ground for our new DS Smith site in Erlensee    ( Company news )

    Company news The construction of a new site for the DS Smith group begins in Erlensee (close to Frankfurt). On August 26th, 2015 the breaking ground ceremony for the new state of the art Display & Consumer Packaging plant took place in the area of a former air base in Erlensee. With this new site DS Smith will set a completely new standard for what the customers can expect from both the display and the consumer packaging category, while providing significant growth opportunities for the company.

    Photo: This is how the new DS Smith Display & Consumer Packaging site in Erlensee will look like.

    ‘As Display & Packaging strategists we want to delight our customers with creative displays, innovative consumer goods packaging and strategic supply cycle solutions. With our new site we are outstandingly prepared to meet the challenges of our customers and establish a basis for further growth. I’m very glad that we are starting the construction of this exciting development today’, said Per Vinge Frederiksen, Managing Director, DS Smith | Packaging Division Germany & Switzerland.

    In celebration of the breaking ground participating, in addition to Per Vinge Frederiksen and Stefano Rossi, CEO of the DS Smith Packaging Division, were other representatives of DS Smith, representatives of participating companies, Delfina Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. Vermietungs AG (builder), Goodman Germany GmbH (general transferee), Max Bögl Stiftung & Co. KG (general constructor), IE Graphic Engineering (Processanalysis/-planning), administration union development air base Langendiebach (seller of the estate), municipal planning department Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Erich Pipa, District Administrator of Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Günter Maibach, Mayor of Bruchköbel, Stefan Erb, Mayor of Erlensee as well as numerous honoured guests. District Administrator Pipa emphasised at the opening: ‘DS Smith made an excellent choice deciding for this site at Erlensee. We are very pleased, that this new site will create additional jobs in the Main-Kinzig area.’

    About 45.000 sqm of the 88.000 sqm area will be developed, with production and logistic facilities and also offices, conference rooms and social rooms for the employees. DS Smith is investing in total circa 50 million euros in the new plant and the latest machine technology.

    The production and 250 employees from the existing plant in Hanau, located about 10km away, will move to the new site, where the largest part of the display activities will be gathered. The number of employees will increase substantially as DS Smith fulfills its ambition of doubling its size.

    ‘Our customers throughout Europe want us to grow with them and we have responded with this exciting development’, emphasised Frederiksen. ‘This site will be the largest and most efficient of its kind in Europe, helping us to become number one in the Display segment. One of our Impact Centers, which are absolutely unique in our industry, will be located in Erlensee. Here, our customers can experience the impact of their display and packaging solutions in a real life customer environment, allowing us to help them increase their sales.’

    ‘As Display & Packaging Strategists we want to match the highest standards set by our customers’ states Stefano Rossi, CEO of the DS Smith Packaging Division. ‘To be able to do so, we have the clear ambition to position ourselves as best in class in our industry. This investments helps us to step-change our capabilities to better serve our customers across Europe and to deliver on our commitments to increase their sales, lower their costs and manage their risk.’

    The opening of the new Display & Consumer Packaging site is planned for autumn 2016.
    (DS Smith Packaging Division, Display/Packaging/Service)
    03.09.2015   Stora Enso to divest its packaging plant in Komárom, Hungary    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its offset printed micro-flute packaging plant in Komárom, Hungary to Van Genechten Packaging International S.A., a leading Belgian packaging company.

    The initial cash consideration for the divestment of the shares is approximately EUR 12 million, subject to customary closing day adjustments. The transaction has no material income statement impact and is expected to be completed within one month.

    “There have been major changes in the Komárom plant’s customer base, making the plant no longer strategic to Stora Enso. I believe that a new, solid, international owner can give the company the attention it deserves and develop it further in the new situation,” says Gilles van Nieuwenhuyzen, Head of Packaging Solutions division.

    Based on 2014 annual figures, the divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 14 million and simultaneously decrease the annual corrugated packaging converting capacity by approximately 15 million m2. The Komárom plant employs approximately 90 people.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)

    Company news In the 1st half of 2015 the financial results from continued operations generated by the Arctic Paper Group were better than those from a year before. However, according to Wolfgang Lübbert (photo), Arctic Paper CEO, “The results of our paper business are far from being satisfactory.” EBITDA was PLN 116.9m (growth of 14% compared to 1H 2014), operating profit was over PLN 62.8m (up 35.8% in comparison to 1H 2014), and net profit was PLN 51.9m (an increase of 114.6%). Sales revenues amounted to over PLN 1,459m, which is a 1.6% increase year-on-year. The figures include the contribution of Rottneros (the majority of Rottneros was acquired by Arctic Paper Group in 2013), which posted very good financial results for the period.

    The Arctic Paper Group, excluding Rottneros, generated sales revenues of about PLN 1,077m in 1H 2015, which is 1.7% more than in 1H 2014. EBITDA was nearly PLN 26.2m (a decline of 59.5% compared to 1H 2014). The company had an operating loss of PLN 12.3m and a net loss from continued operations of nearly PLN 2.5m.
    Arctic Paper CEO Wolfgang Lübbert commented:“The results of the paper
    business for the first half of 2015 are far from being satisfactory. The challenges of Q1 continued and accelerated during Q2 2015. In
    general, the high-quality graphical fine paper market is a long way from recovery. We have responded to the strong negative impact of the US dollar and the complex market situation by implementing the Profit Improvement Program 2015/2016, with the aim to lessen costs by about PLN 50m annually. It includes decisive moves concerning Arctic Paper Mochenwangen — possible cease of production or sale of the mill.”
    The Group’s results in the paper segment were adversely affected by an increase in PLN pulp purchasing costs by 18.5% year-on-year (and 2.1% compared to 1Q 2015). This was mainly related to the unfavourable euro to US dollar exchange rates, which were down by 19.5% compared to 2Q
    2014 (and 1.8% compared to 1Q 2015).
    Moreover, production at the Arctic Paper Kostrzyn mill was stopped for 10 days because of the investment process carried out there. This caused a decrease of Q2 2015 production volume by almost 4,300 tonnes, which impacted the financial results for the period.
    As at the end of 1H 2015, the Arctic Paper Group kept a PLN 14.2m provision (out of PLN 15.3m created in Q1) motivated by the nticipated non-payment of trade receivables to Arctic Paper’s mills by PaperlinX UK companies, which were placed in voluntary administration.
    The sustained capture of UK market share during the period is a small but significant sign of the Arctic Paper product’s attractiveness and the effectiveness of the sales force, as is the high speed that Arctic Paper’s situation on the UK market has improved.

    As at the end of 1H 2015, the average prices of high-quality paper in Europe were 2.6% higher for uncoated wood-free paper and 1.7% lower for coated wood-free paper (year-on-year).
    As compared to 1Q 2015, these prices were up 2.6 % for uncoated wood-free paper and down 2.8 % for coated wood-free paper (all data based on RISI).
    The good results of Rottneros are, aside from the benefit of a strong US dollar, due to forceful internal actions. The Focus 15 action plan has resulted in both productivity and profit improvements and it is now being transformed into a new program, Action 500.

    Arctic Paper CEO Wolfgang Lübbert summarized: “In the tough market situation, we will continue to apply a combination of patience, endurance and quick action to fulfil our customer’s needs. Our majority ownership of Rottneros is an advantage that permits us to proceed with uncompromising work to create a more alert, mobile and stable Arctic Paper, for which our actions concerning Arctic Paper Mochenwangen are essential steps.”
    (Arctic Paper S.A.)
    03.09.2015   SCA enhances its organization and invests    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA is a global hygiene and forest products company with about 85% of its sales derived from its hygiene operations. To further intensify the focus on the Group’s two operations, SCA has decided initiate a dividing of the Group into two divisions: a Hygiene division and a Forest Products division. In relation to the Forest Products division, all forest industry and forest land currently owned by SCA will be merged into one division. A decision has also been made to invest in increased capacity for pulp production in the forest products operation.

    “SCA is a global hygiene and forest products company in which we work continuously to enhance the respective operations. The enhancement of the organization and the investment in increased pulp production will secure the long-term competitiveness of the businesses,” says Magnus Groth (photo), President and CEO of SCA.

    The Forest Products division will encompass all forest industry operations and all forest land currently owned by SCA. The work to realize this consolidation will now begin. There are significant synergies between the forest industry and the ownership of forest land. SCA’s forest products operation has a well-integrated supply chain with production facilities concentrated in Northern Sweden in close proximity to its forest holdings.

    As of January 1, 2017, the Forest Products division will expand its quarterly financial reporting.

    To satisfy the growing demand for pulp, SCA has decided to invest in increased capacity for pulp production at the Östrand pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden. The annual production capacity of bleached sulphate pulp will increase from the current level of approximately 430,000 tons to about 900,000 tons. The investment will amount to about SEK 7.8bn over a three-year period. Production is expected to commence in 2018.

    “A cohesive forest products operation in a single division further highlights the value created and optimizes synergies between the forest industry and ownership of forest land. Over time, the investment in Östrand will increase sales and competitiveness and create a world-class cost position and higher margins,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of SCA.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
    03.09.2015   Sustainability and technological innovation: Kelheim Fibres to present new R&D-results in Dornbi    ( Company news )

    Company news Sustainability and health, technological innovation and new functionalities – these are the main topics at the Dornbirn Man-Made Fiber Congress. Kelheim Fibres seizes the opportunity to present the latest findings of their in-house R&D at this industry gathering.

    With a total of five lectures the medium-sized viscose speciality manufacturer puts itself in the same league as the industry’s big players – and the broad spectrum of topics is impressive, too:

    The Bavarians are engaged in the production of innovative materials consisting of bio-polymers and their tailored functionalization. Dr. Philipp Wimmer will show how the combination of bio-polymers can create new composite materials in which the beneficial properties of all components can equally co-exist and can so enable new applications – as for example in the field of medical products.

    Viscose Fibres can be used as a precursor for the production of carbon fibres. At the moment, the main area of application of viscose fibre-based carbon fibres is in high-temperature insulating materials. Dr. Roland Scholz will show how the carbonisation of viscose fibres of different shapes and sizes and with various functionalised additives incorporated in the fibres enables an amplification of possible structures and properties of carbon fibres and gives the potential for new fields of application.

    Dr. Ingo Bernt will talk about viscose fibres with inorganic contents, in particular about Kelheim’s flame retardant Danufil® BF fibre. Here, a modified spinning dope ensures an extremely homogenous distribution of the silica-network – and therefore a fibre with very special flame retardant properties, without the necessity to use further FR-additives. Nonwovens made from these alloy fibres do form very stable barrier layers and show a low smoke emission. The production of textile processable fibres with low denier opens further areas of applications. In textiles or nonwovens, a viscose fibre with incorporated IR-reflecting particles can help to reflect the thermal radiation which is released from the human body. The wearer feels the advantage from this thermal retention function as well as from the viscose fibres’ typical properties (e.g. softness). Dr. Daniela Bauer will explain how the intrinsic thermal effect works and which products can benefit from it.

    And last but not least, Horst Wörner will present a high performance functional fibre, which has been developed by Kelheim Fibres and their long-standing partner Outlast Technologies. This is a filling fibre for insulation textiles such as bedding articles or outdoor apparel, which – in a combination with other filling materials such as downs – enables an active temperature management by the PCMs incorporated in the fibre.

    The whole R&D team of Kelheim Fibres is looking forward to interesting lectures and inspiring discussions at the Dornbirn Man-Made Fiber Congress. You can meet the fibre specialists at Kelheim’s stand in the foyer.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
    03.09.2015   The economic and sustainable choice    ( Company news )

    Company news Efficient and cost-effective cleaning
    When higher cleaning efficiency is required, it is easy to upgrade from static spray balls to the Alfa Laval Toftejorg SaniMidget SB Rotary Spray Head technology. Simply unclip the static spray ball and replace it with a new clip-on rotary spray head, which uses a spray pattern ensuring dynamic and effective distribution of rinse water to the inner tank surfaces in delivering the best cleaning results.

    As the spray head rotates, its fans produce an impact on the tank wall and a well distributed falling film without the cascading flow that can be experienced with static spray balls. The result is better cleaning performance than a static spray ball.

    Its perfectly flushed bearings and crevice-free design optimize cleaning procedures. Self-draining and self-cleaning, both inside and out, its spray head complies with current Good Manufacturing Practices and delivers up to 70% savings on water, chemicals and energy.

    Performance reliability and long service life
    Designed with minimal pressure loss, the Alfa Laval Toftejorg SaniMidget SB Rotary Spray Head starts to rotate at pressures of less than 0.1 bar. It is made of safe, non-reactive and hygienic materials to ensuring product quality and they hold the 3A and EHEDG certifications. Rotary spray head technology has proven successful in providing reliable and repeatable cleaning performance and a long service life.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
    03.09.2015   Taking a glimpse into the future of print and paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Printed batteries, posters capable of detecting touch, WiFi-blocking and noise-absorbing paper, these are just a selection of innovations brought together by the ‘Paper Evolutions: Exploring digital and physical paper futures’ exhibition hosted by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland on September 9th in Finland.

    The collaborative exhibition ‘Paper Evolutions: Exploring digital and physical paper futures’ showcases cutting-edge print and paper innovations taken from European companies and R&D centres. The exhibition aims to showcase some of the most interesting print, paper and fibre innovations taken from across Europe, and explore a range of diverse applications these materials could have.

    Our 16 exhibits include packaging that incorporates sensors and links with your mobile, posters that are capable of detecting human touch and printed batteries. But beyond the technology, the exhibition seeks to explore how fibres from a range of materials could offer socially conscious solutions - such as fibres made from recycled cacao beans and smart packaging that informs allergy sufferers of potentially harmful ingredients.

    ‘Paper Evolutions’ is a collaborative exhibition that brings together work from members of the COST Action FP1104, which focuses on innovating print media and packaging and a ‘PAPER Breakthroughs’ publication. This travelling exhibition explores innovative paper and cardboard concepts and their potential for society, beyond the discussion digital versus paper alone. The exhibitors come from Finland, the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium.

    Anu Seisto, chair of COST Action FP1104 and Research Team Leader at VTT said: “The aim of our COST network has been to bring together people with user, technology, business or game research backgrounds to discuss and innovate different combinations of fibre-based materials and digital services. This exhibition showcases some possibilities that have been taken forward by our member institutes. It’s been intriguing to see how ideas evolve with combining and sharing expertise.”

    Heidy van Beurden of PAPER Breakthroughs, added: “It is fascinating that paper, one of the oldest materials known, addresses many societal challenges today. Not many people expect this from paper. And even more interesting, these innovations are tackled by multiple sectors. The PAPER Breakthrough book and exhibition brought together expertise from engineers, architects, ICT professionals and designers, linking production chains with 3D printing techniques and reuse of materials. These paper innovations are simply solutions to be shared with all accelerators of knowledge.”

    John Mills, researcher at the Media Innovation Studio and developer of the EKKO and Interface exhibit, said: “It’s been wonderful to see the huge range of technologies and possibilities come together over the last few weeks and months. Our exhibits here hope to inspire, challenge and delight. Taken from a range of countries, companies and researchers, they demonstrate what is possible for products, services and digital connectivity. And, perhaps most importantly, they hope to fire the imagination.”
    The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the IARIGAI conference
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    03.09.2015   Price increase with effect from 01/01/2016    ( Company news )

    Company news Brigl & Bergmeister announces that with effect from 01/01/2016, selling prices will be increased by 10 to 15 per cent – as compared to 01/01/2015 – depending on the market and type of product.

    This measure is absolutely necessary to achieve a minimum level of profitability again.

    Over the past three years, B&B has tried to keep prices for label papers stable despite increasing costs. Only part of this could be compensated by efficiency increases in production, so that now the company's earnings have eroded already.

    In 2015, raw materials for the paper industry have become considerably more expensive, and this upward trend is not expected to come to an end soon. Wood pulp, the largest cost item by far, is traded in US dollars on the world market. Due to a strengthening of the dollar with respect to the euro at a rate of approx. 25% during the past 12 months, the company's results have dramatically deteriorated.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
    02.09.2015   Hong Kong International Stationery Fair 2016 earns positive feedback from the industry    ( Company news )

    Company news Ideal platform for quality exhibitors reaching flourishing Asia Pacific region

    Receiving keen responses from the exhibitors, the 16th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held from 11 – 14 January 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Recognised as one of the most effective trading platforms in Asia by industry players for quality products and innovations stretching from the abundant categories of kids & school items, DIY supplies, gift stationery, paper & printing products to writing instruments and office supplies, the event is expecting more than 230 exhibitors from different countries and regions.

    Organised by the two prestigious trade fair organisers, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the four-day event has attracted a wide spectrum of exhibitors from various countries and regions in the Asian area including the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and as far reaching as France, Greece and the United States, and with Korea, Taiwan and Thailand in the form of group pavilions.

    Responding to the strong international presence, Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “Held in January, the show fits harmoniously with the sourcing season for the industry, offering suppliers and buyers from around the world an unrivalled opportunity for doing business, provoking fresh ideas and building closer business links. Currently, the world is eyeing the promising Asia Pacific region while it is expanding its role as an essential destination for manufacturers and suppliers to achieve more market success.”

    Mr Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, added: “We are pleased to receive continuous support from the industry. This year, we will be again offering a number of reputable brands such as 3+ Magi Mags, Dr. Kong, Flamingo, Golden King-Arts, Inozto, Interlink, KIKY, Le-Seal, LUNA, Magruba, Mirage, MR Pen, O-LIFE and Victoria's Journals. Their return has proven the show is fruitful to the industry and the unique benefits are undeniable.”

    Ideal platform for quality exhibitors reaching flourishing Asia Pacific region
    Assisting its members to get a piece of the pie is the Thai Stationeries and Office Supplies Association, which is organising the Thailand pavilion at the 2016 show. “Asia Pacific is definitely the market with the most potential for our Thai members, as reflected in the current remarkable GDP growth in various countries across the region,” explained the President, Mrs Kanya Panya-Arj-Ong. “The Hong Kong International Stationery Fair plays an important role to the stationery manufacturers and suppliers in Thailand, because this is one of the most international platforms within the industry. Our members received very positive results in 2015 and this is why we are joining the show again. Visitors do not only come from different parts of the world, but they are also relevant and like our Thai products. Besides, the show date is a perfect period for our members to showcase their innovative products to international visitors.”

    The show is seen as nothing less than a key facilitator for business success when it continues to grow its footprint in the region. Each exhibitor is determined in capitalising on the opportunities and among them Hong Kong company Uni-Pac International Ltd will stage the show again. They will display their new lighted lipstick highlighters as well as stylishly-designed novelty stationery and pencil cases at the show. Ms Katy Li, the company’s Sales Manager, said: “We intend to build a strong global business network in the Asia Pacific market. We aim to make use of the show to acquire more buyers and to cement broader business links to move the company forward.”
    (Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd)
    02.09.2015   ROTTNEROS INTERIM REPORT JANUARY - JUNE 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news -Income after net financial items amounted to SEK 75 (31) million for the second quarter of 2015 and SEK 177 (50) for the six-month period, our best six-month performance in the current structure.
    -Net turnover for the second quarter totalled SEK 456 (394) million, a 16% increase compared with 2014.
    -Production volumes increased by 9% compared with the second quarter of 2014.
    -The PIX price in USD declined during the second quarter and amounted to an average of USD 855. Denominated in SEK, the price decrease was 5% compared with the first quarter. Compared with the second quarter of 2014, the price increase in SEK was about 19%.
    -Cash flow before investments for the second quarter of 2015 was strong at SEK 116 (-3) million and SEK 278 million on a rolling 12-month basis, compared with SEK 104 million for full-year 2014. Interest-bearing net receivables as of 30 June amounted to SEK 165 (-42) million.

    Comments by the president Per Lundeen (photo):
    The second quarter remained strong for the Rottneros Group. Profit after net financial items was SEK 75 million, an improvement of SEK 44 million compared with the same quarter in 2014. As in the first quarter, the improvement was mainly driven by both currencies and the pulp market moving in the right direction in relation to the corresponding quarter in 2014. Increased sales and production were also important factors. Both plants delivered good profitability and substantial improvements in earnings.

    The higher volumes can be explained by the higher availability in production, especially at Rottneros Mill. This clearly shows the results of our determined efforts towards higher production volumes that we have conducted over the past year. Compared with the corresponding quarter last year, production increased by 9 per cent for the Group. At Rottneros Mill, volume increased an impressive 16 per cent, driven by a sharp upswing in groundwood pulp.

    In general, customer demand for our grades of pulp remains stable. However, we have experienced continued pressure on prices during the quarter, mainly driven by an increased supply on the market. Translated into SEK, prices continue to be high, thanks to the weakening of the SEK against the USD.

    Absorption Express, the high yield pulp for absorbing fluids, which we launched last fall, continues to exceed our expectations with respect to demand. During the quarter, we carried out yet another successful product launch, Bulk Booster, Rottneros' newly developed high-yield pulp for cardboard. It increases the bulk or thickness more than other available raw materials, increased bending stiffness is a quality that is crucial for many carton applications.

    During the first half of the year Rottneros' Board of Directors decided on the first investments, for a total of SEK 180 million, to kick off our long-term industrial plan, Agenda 500. The plan is to increase the capacity of the Group through successive investments to eliminate the bottlenecks in the two mills. Investments are planned in renewed production equipment as well as in a stronger organisation. The long-term goal is to expand Rottneros' total capacity to reach a business volume of at least 460.000 tonnes of pulp per year, compared with the 345,000 tonnes produced last year. The total plan is about SEK 800 million for Agenda 500 in full, divided into about SEK 400 million in the medium term and SEK 400 million in the longer term. Compared with investment levels for increased capacity per tonne found in the international paper industry, Rottneros' investments are highly competitive. The pace of the investments will be determined by Rottneros' ability to allocate the increased volumes in the market.

    We continue to have a good starting position for the future. The strong dollar more than compensates for the negative price trend. Our highly motivated employees are working intensively to expand our business towards higher volumes and thus more efficient production. I look forward to the coming year and the strategic steps that we will take.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
    02.09.2015   PAPERLINX 2015 FULL YEAR RESULTS    ( Company news )

    Company news PaperlinX reports a statutory loss; operations in Australia, NZ and Asia profitable

    PaperlinX Limited (ASX:PPX) reported a statutory loss after tax of $(392.3) million for
    the year ended 30 June 2015 compared to a loss of $(63.6) million for the previous financial year.
    During the financial year, PaperlinX withdrew from operations in Europe and sold its Canadian business. The Spicers businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia (ANZA) continue to operate profitably. The business in Germany continues to trade but the Company is pursuing options to divest or realise the assets of that business.

    The statutory results include a loss after tax for discontinued operations of $(365.6) million which largely represents:
    -The impairment and subsequent write off of the book value of the Group’s two largest European businesses, the UK and Benelux, which entered administration following their continued poor performance, and the subsequent sales of other European businesses - $(300.3) million; and
    -The net loss from the divestment of Canada - $(64.6) million
    The Company reported an underlying EBIT(1) profit for the ANZA businesses of $14.7 million, compared with $15.3 million in the prior corresponding period (pcp).

    Strategic Review & Europe
    The results reflect a year in which the Company substantially restructured its asset portfolio.
    A serious decline in the performance of the European business in the December quarter of FY15 was caused by ongoing poor trading and restraint of terms by key suppliers. This triggered a critical decline in the cash and liquidity position of the UK operations and led to
    a sharp drop in European profitability which in turn put pressure on Europe-wide liquidity.
    The state of the European businesses prompted the Company to commence a Strategic Review announced in December 2014. Supported by experienced financial and legal advisors, the review identified a number of non-performing European assets that required further investment and the long-term support from the financially stable businesses in the Group. This was despite significant restructuring activities performed over a number of years.
    With no guarantee of success given the distressed state of the industry in Europe, the provision of further support would have put extreme pressure on the viability of the remainder of the Group and this was considered too great a risk for Directors to take on behalf of shareholders.

    Further, the Spicers business in Canada had reached an inflection point in relation to its earnings potential and required significant additional capital to preserve and enhance its value. PaperlinX was not able to provide this capital investment so the business was consequently sold and the sale proceeds used to improve the Group’s financial position.
    Once the full impact of the financial position of the European businesses emerged from the Strategic Review, it was imperative to protect the interests of shareholders and preserve the stability and quality of the ANZA businesses. The businesses in the UK, Benelux and Austria were placed into administration and the businesses in Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden) and Spain were sold. Following the administration of its parent, a Dutch holding company, control of the business in the Czech Republic passed to the Trustee. PaperlinX is pursuing options to divest or realise the assets of its last remaining European business in Germany.

    ANZA performance
    The Spicers merchant businesses in the ANZA region generated sustainable returns in difficult trading conditions within an industry in structural decline. While revenue was down 5 per cent due to Commercial Print, gross revenue from the diversified segment increased by 33 per cent in FY15.
    This reflects the strong performance and further potential in the Sign & Display segment, which was supported by the recent acquisition of a leading sign industry supplier in New Zealand.
    PaperlinX will focus on ensuring that its Spicers businesses continue to develop their diversified offering and deliver sustainable profitability from which to increase shareholder value in the coming
    Commenting on the result, PaperlinX Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Andy Preece said “Our ANZA businesses have been adapting to changing circumstances for a number of years, making the necessary, hard decisions along the way to right-size costs and invest in new areas like Sign & Display. These businesses are now in good shape and provide a solid foundation for the Group to recover its momentum and pursue prudent opportunities to further diversify and grow.”

    Financial position
    The net assets of the Group as at 30 June 2015 were $128.7 million including net cash of $43.0 million.

    Strategic direction
    The Company’s principal objective is to become increasingly diversified within the ANZA region to offset the ongoing structural decline in its Commercial Print markets, by redirecting cash and investing to transform into a broader wholesale and distribution business. Aside from driving the growth of the current diversified portfolio, new business streams are being identified and developed through leveraging existing core competencies and supply chain relationships.

    Change of name
    The Company will seek the support of shareholders at the 2015 Annual General Meeting to change its corporate name from ‘PaperlinX Limited’ to ‘Spicers Limited’ so as to align the identity of the parent with the operating companies.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
    02.09.2015   SCA enhances its hygiene organization    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA is a global hygiene and forest products company with about 85% of its sales derived from its hygiene operations. To intensify growth and the pace of innovation as well as to further strengthen the competitiveness of SCA’s hygiene operations, on January 1, 2016, the company will implement the following enhancements of its hygiene organization:
    -The operations in AfH tissue and incontinence products in Europe and North America will be reorganized into two business units, Away from Home Professional Care and Incontinence Care.
    -Away from Home Professional Care will be led by Don Lewis, currently President of SCA Americas. Incontinence Care will be led by Margareta Lehmann, currently President of SCA Incontinence Care Europe.
    -Latin America will become a new business unit, SCA Latin America, which will be led by Pablo Fuentes, Vice President of SCA Latin America at present.
    -Global Hygiene Supply Tissue and Global Hygiene Supply Personal Care are being strengthened through the respective production activities being given direct reporting lines.
    -A project organization is being established and is tasked with optimizing and streamlining logistics flows. The project organization will be led by Sune Lundin, currently President of SCA Away from Home Professional Hygiene Europe. Sune Lundin will continue as a member of the Executive Management Team and report directly to the President and CEO.

    “The new organization provides the preconditions for increasing efficiency, the pace of innovation and profitable growth for our global hygiene operations, which currently comprise about 85% of the Group’s sales,” says Magnus Groth (photo), President and CEO of SCA.

    The organizational changes have no impact on SCA’s external financial reporting structure.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
    02.09.2015   Adopt a Tree: A new venture from Iggesund     ( Company news )

    Company news “The forests are our planet’s lungs and a prerequisite for our long-term survival. Our well-managed forests transform carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen and function as nature’s own carbon sink,” says Iggesund Paperboard’s CEO Annica Bresky, as she enthusiastically describes the company’s new venture, Adopt a Tree.

    Caption: Iggesund and the Holmen Group produce more than 30 million seedlings annually to ensure regrowth in their forests.

    This spring Iggesund Paperboard began handing out gift cards. The cards have a symbolic rather than monetary value: the company will plant ten trees in honour of each person who chooses to activate their card. A forest area ready for replanting in Nianfors in the Swedish province of Hälsingland has been reserved and has space for enough tree seedlings for up to 3,000 customers.

    “We want to make it clear to all our customers that the price of Invercote or Incada includes replanting which will give us at least as much new forest as the amount we harvested,” Bresky continues. “We’d like people to know that our paperboard material is one of only a few packaging materials that actually gives something back to nature.”

    Iggesund is part of the Holmen Group, which is on the United Nations list of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies. The Group produces more than 30 million tree seedlings annually as a key part of its replanting strategy. Swedish law states that anyone who harvests forests is also responsible for replanting them. In practice this means that at least three seedlings must be planted for each tree that is felled.

    “Of course we would still have planted these new trees to meet our obligations under the law and as part of good forest husbandry,” Bresky adds. “But many of our customers around the world are not aware of the responsibility for replanting that is part of our business offering. We want anyone who buys Invercote or Incada to know that their purchase includes a replanting programme which ensures that the forest resources are intact or even increasing.”

    Iggesund uses tree fibres and water in its production process. The fibres can be recycled several times before their biogenic energy can finally be made use of via combustion. The water introduced into the process is purified in a two-stage process before use. After use it is purified in three more stages and then returned to the sea.

    “I’m proud to work in a company that places such a high priority on sustainability,” Bresky says. “We are a large process industry but our environmental impact is tiny compared with that of most other industries.”

    The Holmen Group, which includes Iggesund Paperboard, has felling and replanting statistics going back to 1948 which prove that the Group’s forest resources are constantly increasing. Not once since then has the Group ever felled more timber than the annual growth in its forests.

    “The Holmen Group was founded more than 400 years ago and Iggesund has existed since 1685. In all that time we have made our living from what the forests give us. Over time we’ve learned to balance our use of the timber to be in harmony with the forest’s growth. In a hundred years from now we will still be in balance,” Bresky says.

    “It’s important to us that all our customers realise how we take responsibility for our forests, and that they understand that the price of Invercote or Incada always includes a healthy replanting programme to replace the trees that have been used up,” she adds.

    Adopt a Tree is part of Iggesund’s broad-ranging service concept called Care by Iggesund. The concept includes everything that supports the products Invercote and Incada – from technical support in local markets to the paperboard expertise offered by the company in a variety of reference works.

    “We don’t just want our customers to buy our paperboard – we also want them to get the most out of it,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing and in charge of global sales. “All our documentation, together with our team of technicians, who are out in the local markets and who have experience from projects and operations similar to those of our customers, exists to ensure this.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    02.09.2015   SPGPrints extends RotaPlate® range with narrow-web screens for stunning look-and-feel effects    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: SPGPrints launches RotaPlate screens for varnish applications

    SPGPrints extends its range of RotaPlate® reusable nickel rotary screens, by introducing two new screens for creating eye-catching varnish effects on self-adhesive labels.

    RotaPlate 75Q applies deposits of approximately 100µm thickness. The screen ensures a finely balanced proportion of emulsion over mesh, approaching zero, so that solids and fine details can be reproduced with identical results. Also new, RotaPlate 125V prints subtle patterns of 26µm thickness, for fine linework and text. The screens are ideal for a host of added-value packaging applications, particularly in the beverage sector.

    The tactile image, created by printing a clear varnish over an existing image, is an effective way of adding vividness to an icon or brand name, and thus enhancing retail shelf-impact. Using rotary screens to apply varnish offers a waste-free alternative to the embossing technique.

    The screens will make their global début at Labelexpo Europe 2015 (Brussels, 29 September – 2 October, 2015), where they will be on display at the SPGPrints stand, 8A10.

    Available on rolls up to 565mm (22.2in.) wide, RotaPlate comes as a pre-coated, non-woven mesh that is assembled into a cylinder. It features the acclaimed welded nickel hexagonal hole-formation that is standard in all SPG screen technology. The high strength of this construction enables screen reuse and print speeds of up to 50 m/min (164fpm). RotaPlate is an economical solution for achieving high-quality results and stability at relatively fast print speeds. It offers excellent performance on all leading rotary screen presses and modules.

    The Rotaplate range comprises six screens, which collectively provide a solution for printing tactile effects from fine lines to Braille, in thicknesses from 26µm to 250µm.

    Printers are invited to contact the SPGPrints Customer Service team to order RotaPlate 75Q or RotaPlate 125V for a free print trial.
    (SPGPrints B.V.)
    02.09.2015   Catalyst to indefinitely curtail R12 paper machine at Rumford mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX: CYT) announced its decision to indefinitely curtail the Rumford mill’s No. 12 paper machine, which was temporarily curtailed on May 20, 2015.

    This decision is fully market-related. North American paper markets continue to be challenging with a decline in demand for coated paper, which is manufactured on the No. 12 paper machine at the Rumford mill in Maine. Paper produced on No. 12 is used primarily in magazines, catalogues and commercial printing applications.

    On May 20 the company temporarily curtailed the No. 12 paper machine and laid off 51 employees due to a decline in demand for coated paper. As transition and job loss mitigation stemming from this curtailment has already been completed, no additional layoffs are expected as a direct result of this announcement.

    “This is a difficult, but necessary decision that supports Catalyst’s commitment to align mill operations and production with market demand,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    “We remain committed to making the Rumford operation successful. Year to date, we’ve invested more than $10 million in upgrades to the mill, including major maintenance related to the recovery boiler. The company is also implementing a proven revitalization program to increase productivity, and developing new, higher-value products to optimize Rumford’s production capability.”
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    01.09.2015   LABELEXPO EUROPE 2015: WACKER Presents New High-Performance Release Agents for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...PSA Labels

    “Let’s make the perfect combination” is the motto under which the Munich-based chemical company WACKER is showcasing highly efficient coating compounds for the paper and film coating industry at Labelexpo Europe 2015. The focus is on four new silicone polymers for industrial label applications. They are solvent-free and cure extremely quickly, which is why they are ideal for cost-effective release coatings. The products belong to the new DEHESIVE® SFX product family, which will be presented to a wide professional audience for the first time at the Labelexpo. The tradeshow takes place in Brussels, Belgium, from September 29 to October 2.

    Photo: Release coatings with silicone polymers of the new DEHESIVE® SFX product family are ideal for high-speed labeling machines. The new silicone grades are very cost-efficient. With their help, the proportion of platinum catalyst in the coating system can be lowered by up to 60 percent compared to conventional silicone systems.

    The new products are solvent-free and cure by a platinum-catalyzed addition reaction. Due to their high reactivity, the silicone polymers require very little catalyst to cure fully. Compared to conventional coating systems, platinum savings of up to 60 percent are possible with the DEHESIVE® SFX system. This makes production considerably more cost-effective for release-paper and label manufacturers. In addition, the properties of the new silicone polymers can be optimized specifically for fast labeling processes.

    The polymers’ high reactivity stems from their molecules’ star-like branched structure, in which every silicone chain branches even further. At the end of every branch, there is a vinyl group, which makes addition curing possible. Due to this three-dimensional molecular architecture, DEHESIVE® SFX polymers are able to crosslink significantly better than conventional linear silicone polymers.

    Thanks to this high reactivity, coating systems based on DEHESIVE® SFX are ideal for use in high-speed coating equipment. Even at low catalyst dosage, they yield a fully cured silicone layer. The resulting release properties are ideal for machine delamination at high throughputs. Due to the flat release force profile, very little force is required for delamination even when labels are removed very quickly – such as during mass production of consumer goods. The release properties do not change, even after protracted storage of the laminate.

    The new star polymers are tailored to high-speed applications and differ in the number of branches, vinyl content and viscosity. The curing rate, release force profile and coverage of the substrate surface can be specifically adjusted to customers’ requirements.
    -Of the new silicone polymers, DEHESIVE® SFX 195 has the lowest viscosity. This product is ideal for coating smooth and dense release papers. The substrates are covered so well that low coating weights are possible. With DEHESIVE® SFX 195, low release forces are possible at high peel rates.
    -Within the new product family, DEHESIVE® SFX 250 achieves the highest curing rate and makes the biggest platinum savings possible. A release layer based on this polymer is characterized by an extremely flat release force profile. This is an advantage when particularly high peel rates are the target.
    -DEHESIVE® SFX 280 features an extremely balanced range of properties. The polymer cures rapidly and is suitable for the efficient coating of dense surfaces as well as porous ones. It has a flat release force profile and is thus the allrounder among the new, highly branched polymers.
    -With its comparatively high viscosity, DEHESIVE® SFX 380 is the specialist for use on porous papers. The polymer is able to cover absorbent substrates excellently. Release forces remain low even at high peel rates.

    DEHESIVE® SFX with AMA® Anti-Misting Additive
    During the coating of release papers, misting may occur, especially at high coating speeds. This is undesirable. On the one hand, because equipment can become dirty as a result; on the other, because the quality of the silicone release layer decreases when mist deposits on the freshly coated release liner.
    That’s why WACKER also offers its new DEHESIVE® SFX polymers with integrated anti-misting additive AMA®. At high coating speeds, AMA® prevents misting and thus significantly improves the coating result.

    Visit WACKER at Labelexpo Europe, Booth 7A27.
    (Wacker Chemie AG)
    01.09.2015   Minerals Technologies Begins Operation of NewYield(TM) Integrated Process Technology Facility...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for Sun Paper Group in China

    NewYield(TM) Technology Converts a Papermaking Waste Stream into a Useable Filler Pigment, Eliminating the Need to Landfill the Waste Product

    Minerals Technologies Inc.
    (NYSE: MTX) has successfully begun operation of a new satellite plant to produce the breakthrough NewYield(TM) Integrated Process Technology for the Sun Paper Group's pulp and paper operations in Shandong Province, China.

    "We are extremely pleased to have our new satellite plant at Sun Paper up and running and producing a useable papermaking filler that provides Sun with both cost savings and reduced environmental impact, while at the same time providing them with a filler pigment for their paper," said Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer. "The successful commissioning of this plant now sets the stage for MTI to roll out this new technology to other papermakers."

    NewYield(TM) is an innovative technology that converts a paper and pulp mill waste stream into a functional pigment for filling paper. NewYield(TM) technology eliminates the cost of environmental disposal and remediation of certain waste streams to papermakers. The facility will produce 60,000 tons of filler pigment from Sun's waste stream.

    By utilizing Minerals Technologies' NewYield(TM) Integrated Process Technology, papermakers can eliminate the costs associated with landfill disposal or energy, and in return will receive a functional paper-filling pigment. MTI and the papermaker will both benefit, as will the environment.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
    01.09.2015   BRACELL: CHANGE OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board announces that with effect from 1 September 2015, (i) Mr. AU-YANG Cheong Yan, Peter will step down as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company; and (ii) Mr. ANG Hui Tiong, Eugene will be appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

    The board of directors (the “Board”) of Bracell Limited (the “Company” and together with its subsidiaries from time to time, the “Group”) announces that Mr. AU-YANG Cheong Yan, Peter (“Mr. AU-YANG”) will step down as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company with effect from 1 September 2015.
    The Board further announces that Mr. ANG Hui Tiong, Eugene (“Mr. ANG”) will be appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company with effect from 1 September 2015.
    Mr. ANG, 47, was the Vice President for Corporate Finance of the Group from 2007 to 2014.
    Mr. ANG has extensive experience in finance, tax and banking. Prior to joining the Group in 2004, he was a senior vice president at BNP Paribas. Mr. ANG graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from National University of Singapore in 1992. He has been an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1997 and a chartered financial analyst with the CFA Institute since 2001.
    The Board would like to express its sincere gratitude to Mr. AU-YANG for his valuable contribution to the Group during his tenure and welcomes Mr. ANG on his new appointment.

    As at the date of this announcement, the Board comprises Mr. TEY Wei Lin (Chief Executive Officer) as an Executive Director; and Mr. John Jeffrey YING (Chairman), Mr. Jeffrey LAM Kin Fung, Mr. David YU Hon To, Mr. LIM Ah Doo, Mr. LOW Weng Keong and Mr. Armin MEYER as Independent Non-executive Directors.
    (Bracell Ltd)

    Company news Picture: Avery Dennison introduces new generation digital cast films MPI™ 1104. (Photos: Avery Dennison, PR286)

    Avery Dennison is adding to its Digital Cast Films range with a new MPI™ 1104 Cast Films Series. These high performance materials are designed to meet growing demand for quick-change graphics and messaging for vehicle and architectural solutions.

    According to Renae Kulis, global senior director Graphics of Avery Dennison Materials Europe, “Avery Dennison MPI 1104 Cast Films opens up vibrant and creative possibilities, with outstanding print performance, fast application speeds and the premium end results that come with Easy Apply™ adhesive technology.”

    Daniel Martinez van der Lem, an applicator from Stick it in the Netherlands notes that, “This material printed superbly – the colours were bolder, deeper and better! Lower initial tack was a big bonus, because we were able to go back and lift the vinyl, then re-apply it easily. It saved a lot of time, and there is no doubt that wrap speed and ease of application are better with MPI 1104.”

    Outstanding printability, with consistently high image ‘pop’, is seen across all print platforms – UV, solvent, eco-solvent and latex inks. The films give more vibrant colours and an outstanding gloss level, helped by a grey adhesive for optimal opacity.

    Application times for the MPI 1104 are typically up to 10% shorter than similar competitor products and up to 15% shorter with MPI 1104 Easy Apply. The special Easy Apply™ technology allows incision-free and primer-free application on deep corrugations.

    Superb 3D conformability completes the picture, allowing applicators to cover many different 3D shapes and curves across demanding fleet graphics, customized private vehicles and architectural solutions.

    Kulis adds that the new material has created significant performance benefits for converters, installers and end users alike:
    “Creativity in graphics is enabled by great image quality and high visual impact. MPI 1104 offers outstanding digital print on all major platforms. The reliable image ‘pop’ offered by this new generation – and their sheer versatility during application – takes things to the next level. Customers also get exceptional conformability, and great durability for outdoor applications. All of this is supported by our ICS Performance Guarantee.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    01.09.2015   World-renowned experts evaluate technical papers of 48th ABTCP Pulp and Paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... International Congress

    Researchers from the Portuguese Pulp and Paper Association, from Viçosa and Paraná Federal Universities, among other institutions, highlight the latest technologies and trends in the industry

    The 48th Pulp and Paper International Congress, promoted by ABTCP – Brazilian Pulp and Paper Technical Association - which will take place in October 06 to 08, at the Transamérica Expo Center, in São Paulo, has gained increasing importance and strengthening thanks to the papers presented, which aim to highlight the latest technologies and industry trends. This year, the Congress will bring a special feature on its technical sessions: all papers to be presented were evaluated by world-renowned researchers, from institutions such as the Portuguese Pulp and Paper Association and the Federal Universities of Viçosa and Paraná, among others.
    “The Congress is essential to give visibility to the works developed by industry experts. I believe that this exchange of information has been happening over the years, because people who attend the Congress are trained and have much knowledge to share", says Francisco Valerio, president of the Congress.
    The following experts evaluated the technical papers which will be presented during the 48th ABTCP Pulp and Paper International Congress:
    - Nilda de Fátima Ferreira Soares, Dean of Viçosa Federal University;
    - Marta Souto Barreiros, Forestry Engineer at Celpa – Portuguese Pulp and Paper Association;
    - Giancarlo Pasquali, Associated Researcher at UFRGS, which works with cloning and characterization of plant urease genes;
    - Jorge Luiz Colodette, Head Professor at Viçosa Federal University;
    - Luiz Ramos, Associated Professor of UFPR Chemistry Department – Paraná Federal University;
    - Michael Paleologou, Canadian Specialist, expert in Chemical Analysis, Biomass, Industrial Paper and Products Development from FPI;
    - Juan Carlos Villar Gutiérrez, an expert in the characterization of new cellulosic raw materials, less contaminating procedures for pulp production, biotechnology applied to paper industry, from INIA.
    - Katsuyuki Kadota, Senior Researcher at Oji Holdings Corporation.

    This year the Congress theme will be focused on the binomial "Innovation and Competitiveness" and, in parallel, the 1st Ibero-American Conference on Bio-economy will take place, a simultaneous event held in conjunction with ABTCP 2015, focusing on Economy, Energy and Bio-inspired Materials – BEM 2015, organized by Riadicyp - Red Iberoamericana de Docencia e Investigación en Celulosa y Papel.
    Song Won Park, from São Paulo University (USP), who will chair this 1st Ibero-American Conference on Bio-economy, believes the ABTCP Congress will strengthen the relationship between industry professionals, in addition to the disclosure of scientific works from many Ibero-American countries. “The initiative of RIADICYP members in attending the ABTCP Congress will certainly promote an enrichment of the several topics traditionally addressed annually by the Association", says Park.
    (ABTCP - Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papel)
    01.09.2015   First half of 2015: Constantia Flexibles heading for record year    ( Company news )

    Company news Flexible packaging company increases once again sales and earnings for the first half of 2015 / Focus on global growth strategy

    Constantia Flexibles, a world leader in flexible packaging and labels, successfully maintained its growth trend in the first six months of the current financial year with another increase in sales and earnings.

    Group sales increased to €942.7 million in the first half of 2015, a rise of 9.7% on the prior-year period. After adjusting for currency effects, the increase in sales was 5.4% compared with the previous year. The strong appreciation of the USD against the EUR was the main currency factor influencing the Group.

    The significant rise in sales was attributable to all of the Group’s divisions and was achieved due to strong volume increases in all regions. Operating profit before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to €129.9 million, an increase of 5.2% over the prior-year period, which resulted in an EBITDA margin of 13.8% compared to 14.4% in the prior-year period. The reduced margin is largely due to USD/EUR currency translation effects.

    Thomas Unger, CEO of Constantia Flexibles: “In the first six months of 2015, we succeeded in maintaining the positive trend seen in the previous year. We are optimistic that – together with our new owner, the Wendel Group – we will also achieve record results this year and consistently pursue our global growth strategy in the coming months and years. I am convinced that the new CEO, Alexander Baumgartner, will continue the Group’s successful path together with the company’s owners and its employees.”

    In the first half of 2015, the Food Division achieved sustainable growth rates in sales in all regions. Growth in Europe was particularly encouraging in the Food Division during the first half of 2015. Sales from alufoil containers for pet food and from packaging of dairy products increased further in both Eastern and Western Europe, while sales from packaging for ready-made meals and films for confectionery remained stable compared with the previous year. The increase in demand for portion packs, especially for coffee and tea, also positively impacted sales.
    In its North America and Emerging Markets regions, Constantia Flexibles succeeded in generating a substantial increase in sales in the field of film-based packaging for snacks. The Group’s production plants in India and Mexico were responsible for the increase in particular.
    Sales rose by 8.5% to €553.6 million in the first half of 2015. Adjusted for currency effects, the increase in divisional sales amounted to 4.9%. The Food Division had a share of 56% of the total sales generated by Constantia Flexibles. Fueled by volume increases, EBITDA in the Food Division improved by 13.1% to €73.3 million. This corresponds to an EBITDA margin of 13.2%.

    Sales in the Pharma Division rose by 5.6% to €149.9 million in the first half of 2015. After adjusting for currency effects, divisional growth amounted to 4.8%. Significant growth over the prior year was achieved with the product groups coldform foil and laminates, especially in the regions of Western Europe, Latin America and Asia/Pacific.
    The regional distribution shows that in addition to a strong European share of sales, the share of the Emerging Markets region (Africa, Asia, and South and Central America) was also increased.
    EBITDA in the Pharma Division improved by 6.1% to €26.2 million in the first half of 2015. The EBITDA margin remained nearly constant at 17.5%. Growth in sales and productivity increases were the main factors contributing to the rise in EBITDA. The division’s share of the total sales posted by Constantia Flexibles amounted to 15%.

    The first half of 2015 saw growth in the market – in particular the global beer market – due to rising demand for higher quality labels, especially self-adhesive labels. Acquired in 2013, the Spear Group played a key role in the sales increase as a result of its new, innovate projects, many of which were with global customers in the labels business. The increase in sales was also driven by the increase in global demand for in-mould and film labels. Divisional growth was mainly influenced by the continuous expansion of existing business relations, as well as the acquisition of new customers.
    Sales in the Labels Division rose by 10.2% to €273.4 million in the first half of 2015. Of this, 7% was attributable to currency effects. The Labels Division had a share of 29% of total sales generated by Constantia Flexibles.
    Divisional EBITDA decreased slightly by 0.5% to €47.1 million, which corresponds to an EBITDA margin of 17.2%. The decline in the EBITDA margin was due to non-recurring expenses incurred to support growth, a delay in passing on raw material price increases, and unfavorable pricing in the market.

    Outlook for 2015
    In the second half of the financial year 2015, the focus of Constantia Flexibles is once again clearly set on global growth – both organic and through acquisitions. Particularly in the Emerging Markets, we are expecting above-average growth in the area of film applications for the Food Division.
    In addition, the Group reinforced its position in the growth market of African countries south of the Sahara through the purchase of Afripack, one of Africa’s largest packaging manufacturers. The acquisition is expected to be concluded in the second half of 2015.
    After the first six months, Constantia Flexibles expects sales and operating EBITDA to also increase for the full year 2015 compared with the previous year. If the development continues to be positive, the Group expects another record year.
    Constantia Flexibles will continue to see solid organic growth, although raw material prices and currencies are expected to fluctuate broadly. To optimize profitability, the Group will focus on effective cost management and efficiency enhancements in the operating business. Particular emphasis will be placed on improving the use of materials and production processes. The product portfolio will also be expanded by adding targeted innovative solutions.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
    01.09.2015   Smurfit Kappa has received eight nominations across six categories in the prestigious ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...2015 PPI Awards

    Smurfit Kappa recognised for commitment to sustainability, innovation and leadership

    The high number and variety of nominations demonstrate the company’s position as a leading player in its sector.

    Smurfit Kappa’s nominations fall across a number of categories, in recognition of its commitment to sustainability, strides in innovation, and the company’s senior leadership and strategic vision.

    The nominations reflect Smurfit Kappa’s latest Sustainable Development Report, which reported strong progress in sustainability and outlined the company’s focus on designing and enabling truly circular systems, with a unique commitment to using only 100% sustainably sourced fibres in its products and processes.

    Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very proud to have received these eight nominations in the 2015 PPI Awards. The quantity and range of nominations highlight Smurfit Kappa’s expertise and ongoing commitment to maximising value for our shareholders and customers through sustainable and innovative packaging solutions, coupled with a relentless focus on respecting the environment and communities in which we are privileged to operate.”

    Launched in 2009, the PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. The 2015 winners will be announced in September.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    31.08.2015   Appleton Coated boosts pharmaceutical insert offering with introduction of stocked products    ( Company news )

    Company news Appleton Coated is building on the market success of its uncoated Pharmaceutical Insert (PI) Opaque line by offering stocked sheet and roll products. PI Opaque is designed and manufactured specifically for high-speed production of pharmaceutical insert and onsert projects in both traditional offset and high-speed web inkjet platforms.

    “Our customers have asked for a mill-supported stocking position on our PI product and Appleton Coated has delivered,” says John Mazuroski, Appleton Coated’s business development manager for technical and specialty products. He continues, “Customers are seeing strong demand for the product, so ease-of-ordering and rapid delivery are key service touchpoints we are happy to provide.”

    Mazuroski continues, “Our customers are telling us that having a stocked PI product for immediate delivery adds value to their operations. It also allows them to pursue new market opportunities utilizing this substrate. Our Pharma Insert Opaque product line delivers unsurpassed converting and gluing on all types of equipment and is providing customers with the exceptional finished products they desire.”

    The stocked product is available in the popular 27 lb text in three sizes of sheets and three web roll widths.

    Appleton Coated’s PI Opaque line is manufactured to an 81 (GE) brightness. It is available in 24-, 26-, 27-, 30-, 35-, and 40-pound basis weights in rolls and sheets for offset printing. For web inkjet, it includes products for dye-based and pigment-based web inkjet platforms as well as with ColorPRO technology for the HP T-series platforms on a making basis. Acid-free, enhanced elemental chlorine-free (EECF) and pH neutral, it may be ordered with post-consumer recovered fiber (PCRF), as FSC® certified (FSC® C007796); SFI® certified; PEFC® certified and with Green-e® certified Green Power. For all grades that carry the Green Power designation, 100% of the electricity used to manufacture these products is matched with renewable energy credits (RECs) from Green-e certified energy sources, primarily wind.
    (Appleton Coated LLC)
    31.08.2015   AGM 2014: Board Members of Kotkamills Oy    ( Company news )

    Company news The Annual General Meeting of Kotkamills Oy took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 27 April 2015. The AGM approved the Financial Statements of the company and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the Managing Director from liability for the financial period of 1 January – 31 December 2014.

    The number of members of the Board of Directors was decided to be four persons. It was decided to appoint Johan Grön, Karl-Johan Lindborg, Eero Niiva and Hannu Puhakka to the board for a term continuing until the end of the next Annual General Meeting. In its first meeting the Board elected Hannu Puhakka as its chairman.

    Karl-Johan Lindborg is a seasoned business executive with extensive experience i.a. in sales and marketing of board and paper products. During 2000 - 2008 he was President of MAP Merchant Group Ltd, a European paper merchant and during 1996 - 1999 President and CEO of Finnforest Oy. Earlier in his career he has served as senior sales and marketing executive in companies like Enso-Gutzeit, Tampella and Rauma-Repola as well as working for over 15 years in Finncell, a sales organisation for all Finnish pulp mills.

    Johan Grön is Vice President and Head of Dewatering Business Line in Outotec since September 2013. In 2011 - 2013 he was Chief Technology Officer and Founding Executive of Xylem Inc. (NY, USA) and before that he was Chief Technology Officer, Fluid and Motion Control of ITT Corporation. In 1990's and in 2000's Johan held senior R&D and process technology related positions in companies like Kemira, Metso Paper and Stora Enso.

    Hannu Puhakka and Eero Niiva represent the main owner MB Funds, a Finnish private equity company in the Board of Kotkamills Oy. They have significant experience in acting as non-exective board members and as chairmen in both industrial companies and service sector companies.
    (Kotkamills Oy)
    31.08.2015   UPM Raflatac Nancy operation achieves ISO 50001 Energy Management certification    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac has achieved ISO 50001 certification for its factory in Nancy, France. ISO 50001 is an energy management system for continuous improvement in energy efficiency, and in consequence energy costs and environmental impacts. Nancy is the first UPM Raflatac site to achieve this certification.

    Since the ISO 50001 project began, energy efficiency compared to each preceding year at Nancy improved by 7% in 2013 and 8% in 2014. In the longer term, continuous improvement is expected to yield an energy consumption reduction of 10-15%. The energy management system also aligns with the UPM's long term environmental targets and Clean Run programme where UPM Raflatac aims to reduce product carbon footprint by 15% through selection of raw materials, energy efficiency and logistics by 2020.

    The front-running Nancy factory already has ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and OHSAS18001 Health and Safety Management certifications in place.

    Factory General Manager Jean-Michel Foy comments, "Great teamwork during this two-year project at Nancy has led to success. Energy management is a significant lever to maintain our operations cost as they are today and to balance other natural inflation. Like safety, energy saving is becoming integral to our way of thinking at Nancy. ISO 50001 helps us for the future, and justly raises perceptions of UPM Raflatac on many levels."
    ((UPM France S.A.S.))
    31.08.2015   Multivariable selective folding system with intelligent 3-channel control    ( Company news )

    Company news Within a customer’s project MB Bäuerle designed and produced a selective folding system. One of its features is its manifold possibility of feeding and processing. Due to its compact construction and due to the smooth accessibility the complete system is extremely easy to use.

    The system is able to feed, collect and fold documents with different formats. Therefore, loading can be done via a suction feeder, flat pile feeder or continuous paper from the roll. It is possible to process folded and unfolded documents for example in A3 and A4 format. Documents can be retrieved as preselection on the operator panel or via a code on the document. Before collecting and folding the edge trim will take place in the cutting module CM 52. This cutting module is mobile and adjustable in height so it can be used in other machine configurations.

    Processing is done via a patented accumulator. This accumulator is collecting the different paper sheets with a special method before these sheets are folded to the desired format or pass unfolded into the automatic folding system multimaster CAS 52. The integrated folding unit can also be used for common folding jobs whereby the highest possible flexibility of the complete system is guaranteed. At the push of a button the control system carries out automatically the most important adjustments in the folding unit. All standards folds can be set directly, other folds are freely programmable. The job memory function enables the operator to complete repeated orders even faster. To handle orders with a different number of paper sheets which have to be collected and folded a special selective folding unit is used. This unit is adjusting the plate stops to the processed number of paper sheets in order to guarantee a perfect folding result. A camera system runs constantly ensuring the safety of the whole production process. Therefore, the only outcome is for the complete set of perfectly processed documents to arrive on the delivery table.

    Another option is to attach to the complete system a booklet maker. Therefore, the production of large booklets with saddle stitch is possible.
    31.08.2015   10 years of paper from Spremberg - Schwarze Pumpe    ( Company news )

    Company news Hamburger Rieger - Spremberg Paper Factory has established itself on the global market thanks to innovation and quality.
    During a celebration held at the Spremberg Paper Mill, Hamburger Rieger took a look back at the successful ten-year history of the Schwarze Pumpe location, together with guests from the fields of politics, business and associations as well as employees of the company.
    Ten years ago, the Spremberg Paper Mill successfully began production in the Schwarze Pumpe district in Spremberg. As a leading innovator, a unique white corrugated containerboard was developed and produced at the Spremberg site - uncoated SpreeWhite Liner. Following a major investment in an additional coating system in the Spring of 2015, came coated RiegerLiner.
    CEO Cord Prinzhorn pointed out that the mill owes its success to the technical expertise and strong customer orientation of the team, but also to its endeavours: "I am proud of how personally we take quality and performance. Whether it is developing new products, mastering technical challenges or meeting specific individual requests from customers, it is all backed by our passion and paper-making craftsmanship."
    Since the paper machine started up in 2005, over three million tonnes of paper have been produced in Spremberg, including many unusual and innovative products. For example, plasterboardliner, a special product used to manufacture modern construction boards for interior design; pigmented paper, a patented packaging paper with unique printing properties; and last but not least the coated RiegerLiner, produced to give a high gloss, top quality print result – the most recent addition to our portfolio.
    Ongoing investments have expanded the business and increased the need for trained technicians. For example in 2013 with the commissioning of the mills own refuse-derived fuel plant. This plant supplies the paper mill with process steam and electrical energy. With the conclusion of this project, the total investment by the Prinzhorn Group at the Schwarze Pumpe Industrial Park rose to over 350 million Euros.
    When the paper mill started up in 2005, we had 200 employees. There are now 480 qualified people employed by the Prinzhorn group of companies at the Schwarze Pumpe location. In addition, the paper mill guarantees more than 1,000 indirect jobs in the region. Thanks to the many training and study options on offer, Lusatia is becoming attractive to young people as well. In the past two years, permanent employment has been offered to all our young skilled workers at the site.
    With multiple cooperation agreements, the paper mill supports many external social projects and schools, thus enhancing and promoting the region as well.

    Since 2010 the Spremberg Paper Mill has been operating, together with the paper factory in Trostberg, as Hamburger Rieger GmbH. In 2014, the Hamburger Rieger Gelsenkirchen Paper Mill joined our group of companies. Together the three mills produce around 700,000 tonnes of corrugated containerboard and plasterboard.
    Back in the autumn of 2005, we also started up the Dunapack Spremberg corrugated containerboard plant. Dunapack Spremberg produces premium printed packaging solutions. The corrugated containerboard plant can now also look back on 10 years of history. 200 jobs have been created thanks to continuous investments in state-of-the-art equipment. Dunapack Spremberg produces 6-colour printed custom packaging solutions for well-known national and international customers in fast moving consumer goods, mail order, the food and beverage industry as well as the furniture industry. With around 160 Mio. m² of corrugated containerboard produced each year, Dunapack Spremberg is the service and quality leader in the region. Corrugated containerboard is 100% recyclable, 85% of the processed raw materials come from recycled paper.

    Hamburger Rieger Containerboard – an important part of the Hamburger European Group
    Rieger is a part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division of the Austrian Prinzhorn Holding company. At three locations in Germany - Spremberg in Brandenburg, Trostberg in Bavaria and Gelsenkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia - Hamburger Rieger produces high quality corrugated containerboard. The product lines include Rieger Liner, Rieger Top and Spree White, and make the company the quality leader in the market segment of white-coated quality paper.
    With 1.9 million tonnes and 7 factories, Hamburger Containerboard is among Europe's leading manufacturers of premium containerboard. All Hamburger board is made exclusively from 100% waste paper.
    (Hamburger Rieger GmbH)
    28.08.2015   Esko Automation Engine Connect receives esteemed Printing Industries of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...America 2015 InterTech™ Technology Award

    Connectivity to powerful Esko workflow reaps rewards for Esko Automation Engine users

    Esko ( proudly announces that Automation Engine Connect, a toolkit allowing integration from third party products to an Esko workflow, is a recipientof a 2015 Printing Industries of America InterTech™ Technology Award. Since 1978 the InterTech™ Technology Awards have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80% of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.

    This is the eighth InterTech award an Esko solution has received over the past ten years. Other recipients include a wide variety of technologies: Esko WebCenter (2006), Esko DeskPack 3-dX (2007), Esko Neo (2008), Esko Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves (2011), i-cut Suite (2012), Full HD Flexo (2014) and Equinox (2014).

    “We are thrilled to receive an InterTech award from Printing Industries of America this year. Esko has a legacy of investing a much higher portion of our budget into R&D than the industry average. We believe in innovation as a means to help our customers conduct their jobs more easily, productively and profitably. Automation Engine Connect is certainly an example of creating software technology to help our customers design complete, more efficient workflows," remarks Udo Panenka, Esko President. "We understand that it is important for our workflow systems to communicate with third party systems. Similarly, we listen to our customers' challenges, and strive to build more effective solutions for them. That is the ultimate reward for us."

    Esko Automation Engine Connect: an easy way to integrate third party systems

    Even though many in the printing industry have pushed connectivity, not all systems are JDF, or even XML, compliant. And, even if they are, it does not mean that data from one system maps out correctly to another system. This means that when a print provider wishes to tie in the production workflow to outside systems – ERP, MIS, web-to-print, shipping systems, etc. – there will often be a challenge. This usually requires, for just about any other workflow, customized programming to create a way to connect systems together.

    Esko has significantly reduced the cost of integration for its customer base with Automation Engine Connect, the only toolkit offered specifically by a workflow vendor expressly developed to integrate other, disparate business systems. There is no other application on the market that is deeply rooted into the workflow server itself. Automation Engine Connect provides a toolkit that allows integration from a third party product with an Esko component, such as WebCenter, Automation Engine or ArtiosCAD. This means that MIS, web stores, finance and shipping systems, and more, can all be integrated into the workflow. Automation Engine Connect is easy to install. While Esko provides the service to map and connect data, those who are knowledgeable in IT can do it themselves. With Automation Engine Connect there is no reliance on anyone who creates a customized system to continue maintaining the system. Automation Engine Connect is also scalable. If the business invests in more, or new, systems, Connect can easily make sure that these systems are integrated into Automation Engine. Among the numerous applications that have been connected to Automation Engine are packaged MIS systems such as EFI Radius, LabelTRaxx, CERM and Theurer; custom systems based on Microsoft Excel and FileMakerPro; and even one user who connects to World Weather Online to understand wind conditions when planning outdoor mounting activities for billboards.

    "When we purchased our MIS system, it was taking too much time for prepress to duplicate CSR efforts, entering similar job information into the production system. We invested in Automation Engine Connect," comments Rebekah Harmon, Art Director, Best Label Company." After the system was set up, it was easy to use. Now, our artists probably can process 50 jobs per day. Before Connect, we only could produce 30 per day."

    Flexokliche provides design, prepress services and plates for packaging applications. "We had purchased our MIS system purely on how it handled and worked. But, we had not thought much about future integration. We started a simple XML transfer, but it never worked," remembers Linda Ekehage, Owner, Flexokliché. "I do not know how Esko does it, but Esko Automation Engine Connect works. Once we got in touch with the right people from our MIS developer to understand the data files, it was really easy. It took Esko only about eight hours. We can now look up jobs easily in Automation Engine and keep track. Now that order information is sent directly to Automation Engine my bookkeeping time is 50% faster. And that is just a small part of the workflow chain. All of the designers and account managers save time as well."

    “The judges commented that Automation Engine Connect is the start of a new and simplified approach to connecting disparate systems. The user interface makes it very user friendly to connect systems. It's simple and effective, and takes lots of extra work away from the user," notesDr. Mark Bohan, Vice President, Technology and Research, Printing Industries of America.“The judges were also very impressed with the wide array of systems that have been connected with Esko Automation Engine Connect in real installations."
    (Esko Belgium)
    28.08.2015   Cost-cutting with combined dampening solution circulation and ink unit temperature control    ( Company news )

    Company news technotrans AG uses a patented free-cooling function / infinite adaptation of the power to the actual demand / cost-efficient, stable, and process-optimised production

    technotrans AG lowers the CO2 emissions and energy costs of offset printing applications with the combination unit beta.c eco+. The heart of the modular solution for dampening solution circulation and ink unit temperature control is a highly efficient refrigeration unit based on digital scroll compressor technology, a frequency-controlled temperature control circuit pump, and a free-cooling function to cool the ink units. Together with the optional, speed-controlled cooling water pump station eco, the combination system reduces the fixed costs by 50 per cent. This makes it a very profitable investment for printing companies within a short period of time.

    A cooling system that perfectly adapts to the demand of the printing press: Thanks to the digital scroll technology, the technotrans solution cools only as required by the load. The current intake decreases to approximately ten per cent of the nominal current, as the digital scroll compressor is in idle mode when without load and therefore does not consume any refrigerant. "The automatic control enables substantial cost-savings, particularly during partial load operation," explains Peter Böcker, head of sales of technotrans AG.

    The temperature control circuit pump is frequency-controlled. "Up to 80 per cent of the drive energy can be saved thanks to the infinite adaptation of the pump output," says Peter Böcker. As a result, the total energy consumption can be reduced by 50 per cent in combination with the speed-controlled cooling water pump eco. For printing companies that work in three shifts, five days a week, this results in cost savings in the range of several thousand euros per year.

    As a sophisticated solution for dampening solution circulation and ink unit temperature control, beta.c eco+, with its high-precision measuring and dosing systems, also saves on additives. The consumption data is automatically recorded. Optionally, technotrans also offers the beta.f dampening solution fine filtration system for a long dampening solution and filter service life. "We can easily see how quickly beta.c eco+ pays off compared to air-cooled entry-level systems," says Peter Böcker. Only the purchase price of these systems is lower. Especially under normal climatic conditions, such as in Germany, where 80 per cent of the cooling function for the ink units can be handled via the free-cooling function, the system can show its full potential.

    The efficiency of the system has been proved by comparative measurements performed by various system users and certified by BG ETEM. Since the launch of the beta.c eco+ system, the company from Sassenberg has sold an average of 50 systems per year. However, there is still strong demand for these types of solutions throughout the industry: "We estimate that less than ten per cent of all printing companies use a modern cooling solution," says Peter Böcker.
    (technotrans AG)
    28.08.2015   Planning for Success at Irving Pulp Mill Modernization    ( Company news )

    Company news Irving Pulp & Paper mill is in the midst of the largest modernization project in Canada since 1993, and yet the daily operation of the mill continues.

    "We have not had a single break in production,” said Mill Manager, Cory Gallant. "Despite the incredible amount of construction activity on site, we have remained fully functional with over 340 employees producing pulp products every day for markets at home and abroad."
    Gallant says excellent communication between mill employees and project leaders has made the difference.

    "Around here we say we have two groups on site, but one team", Gallant said.

    JDI Project Manager Mark Fitzpatrick credits partnerships and planning to the ongoing success of the $450 million pulp mill modernization.

    Daily, weekly, and monthly project plans are shared with all stakeholders including mill operations, construction contractors, engineering companies, and equipment vendors.

    "Everybody brings expertise and experience to the table, and to leverage that you need to include folks, and that will always result in making a good plan to an excellent plan," Fitzpatrick said.

    The current phase of the modernization project has created about 450 direct and indirect construction jobs on-site. To date, JDI has awarded over $64 million in contracts to 124 New Brunswick companies.

    The Pulp & Paper Mill is a central part of JDI’s forest products business which spends over $400 million in annual purchases in New Brunswick, supporting over 1700 suppliers across 250 communities in the province.

    Proudly made in New Brunswick, Irving pulp products are shipped to 20 countries around the globe and sustain a vital road, rail, and sea transportation hub in Saint John.
    (Irving Pulp & Paper Limited)
    28.08.2015   Launch of Coated Paper U-ltima Gloss 80    ( Company news )

    Company news A new product in the U-ltimax series having a high gloss level

    Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro) will start to sell coated paper U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) in the coated paper U-ltimax series.

    U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) will make it possible to achieve sharp printed images on the print side using offset printing, something that has hitherto been possible only with gravure printing. The gloss level (degree of light reflection from paper) of U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) is 80%, almost as high as the gloss level of cast coated paper. The exceptional luster of the paper itself makes printed materials look like photo prints and creates superb highlights.
    U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) can be used for publications, including magazines, mooks, and photo books, along with a range of other purposes.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
    28.08.2015   BillerudKorsnäs investigates opportunities for growth    ( Company news )

    Company news The demand for sustainable packaging solutions is growing globally. BillerudKorsnäs wants to explore the opportunities to respond to the demand growth while at the same time streamline and further improve its production structure. The company is now launching two feasibility studies, one regarding investment into a new board machine at the production site in Gruvön (photo), Sweden, and the other regarding a streamlining and development of the production structure for packaging papers.

    BillerudKorsnäs is a leading supplier of renewable fiber based packaging materials and solutions. Within liquid packaging board and other virgin fiber cartonboard, the company is one of the world leaders. Driven by global megatrends, the demand for these types of board is increasing. BillerudKorsnäs therefore wants to investigate the possibility of installing a new board machine at the production unit in Gruvön. The investigation is a part of BillerudKorsnäs strategy for volume growth within business area Consumer Board. It is also in line with the strategies for the business areas Containerboard and Packaging Paper. The machine would become one of the most cost efficient in the world with a capacity of approximately 500 000 t/a of liquid packaging board, cartonboard, food service board and white kraftliner. In addition to growth in attractive board segments, an investment decision would also include a streamlining of the production structure within the business area Packaging Paper as the current production of kraft papers at the Gruvön production unit would be discontinued and replaced by production at other BillerudKorsnäs units. A potential investment decision can be made at the earliest during 2016.

    Simultaneously, BillerudKorsnäs is launching an investigation into the possibilities of further structural change and growth in selected attractive kraft paper segments. The investigation includes exploring the possibility of moving the MG paper machine in Finnish Tervasaari, unintegrated to pulp production, to Swedish Skärblacka, which is an integrated unit. The investigation also includes investment in further value adding surface treatment capacity at existing MG paper production in Skärblacka. If implemented, the investments would strengthen Skärblacka’s position as one of the world's most efficient production units for white MG papers while also opening up opportunities in attractive market segments within medical papers, food packaging and release liners. The investigation will be completed during the first half of 2016 and after a potential decision is taken about a year is required to carry out the investment in surface treatment capacity and one and a half years for a potential paper machine move.

    “These two investigations clearly indicate that we have our sights set on growth. We carefully compare all different growth scenarios to each other. Right now, we consider conditions for organic, investment driven, growth in our own production structure as the most favorable. These investigations do not exclude the possibility of further acquisitions”, says Per Lindberg, President and CEO, BillerudKorsnäs.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
    28.08.2015   Today an ELF – Tomorrow a Label Industry Giant    ( Company news )

    Company news New FINAT European Label Forum reflects the growing role of labels

    Fast-paced change in the label production market prompted the creation of the new FINAT European Label Forum, which attracted more than 300 participants from Europe and beyond.

    Replacing the long-established annual FINAT congress and held in Amsterdam from 11-13 June, the FINAT European Label Forum represented all stages of the complex label value chain and placed a strong emphasis on business concerns – particularly running a profitable business in today’s economic environment. It covered a variety of disciplines, from branding and marketing to innovation, technology, manufacturing, and corporate affairs.

    “The definition and role of labels has changed dramatically in recent years with the advent of new product decoration technologies, from sleeves and in-mould labels to printed electronics,” explains Jules Lejeune, Managing Director of FINAT. “With a customer base of brand owners and retailers that is increasingly international, and a world of consumers who are social and online media experts, this is indeed a challenging scenario for label converters. And with the task of achieving change firmly placed on label converters, Europe’s industry association, FINAT, has both the desire and the duty to create a new informational and educational platform for its members.”

    Lejeune reported that labelstock consumption in 2014 was up 5.7% year-on-year and the industry saw ‘steady and strong recovery’ since 2012 and the global economic crisis. Growth continued at 8.8% for paper labels and 7.7% for film stocks in Q1 2015 as compared to Q1 2014. He also introduced the members-only FINAT RADAR that tracks European converter, brand owner and material supplier trends; developments in conventional vs. digital press purchases; and provides a regular half-yearly benchmarking report on these topics. The most recent FINAT RADAR converter survey found that 40% of Europe’s self-adhesive label converters are already active in printing sleeve labels, with at least 20% embracing sleeves, flexible packaging, and/or in-mould labelling.

    President emeritus of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, presented on the future of business in a complex European landscape. He stated, “Interdependence is the key to a successful European Union, and to addressing many of the opportunities and challenges that face Europe as a whole, the euro itself, and the current economic situation within the Eurozone.”

    Staying hungry in paradise
    Retiring FINAT President Kurt Walker opened the plenary sessions. Keynote speakers included Rasmus Ankersen, bestselling author of ‘The Gold Mine Effect and ‘Hunger in Paradise’ and an international entrepreneur and speaker on performance development. He encouraged delegates to ‘think outside in’ because ‘success is not a straight line,’ and highlighted business case studies that illustrated both winners and losers, emphasising that ‘good results always come from good decisions,’ ‘performance equals potential minus interference,’ and ‘what you see is not necessarily what you get.’

    Heineken senior packaging and identity design manager Ramses Dingenouts showed how a family business founded in 1860 has innovated to achieve continued success. The company invented the first green beer bottle – now available in 93 countries around the world – and still embraces new and developing technologies to promote the Heineken brand. He stated, “Pressure-sensitive labels make packaging multi-versioning possible, and that is now a core company strategy.”

    The relationship between suppliers and their strategic customers was addressed by Gordon Crichton, director of the Institut du Management de l’Achat International in France. He said the previous concern for buyers was price, but now it is growth. To be successful with their clients, suppliers need to focus on taking out cost, driving innovation, and improving speed to market. They should also get closer to a strategic customer’s business, identifying and working with their key partners.

    Parallel business sessions
    The forum featured three in-depth parallel tracks on different business topics – sales, marketing and PR; technology and manufacturing; and management and corporate. Cindy Van Cauter, owner of the Netherlands-based shopper and trend research company Quotus Research, took the delegates on a shopping trip around the future, evaluating the new reality for labels in the new reality of retailing. As the focus of the consumer moves away from the supermarket aisles into the world of e-tailing, the role of labels is changing, she explained. QR codes and other scannable features are part of daily life; and for young people, there is a ‘blurring of offline and online.’

    Lars Wallentin, a well-known veteran in brand packaging and the creator of the Packaging Sense platform discussed raising awareness of the importance of packaging – and the label – as a communications medium. He pointed out that ‘packaging is advertising – it’s talking to people!’

    More label technology choices today
    FINAT’s New Converting Technology Taskforce fielded two speakers on technology and manufacturing. Constantia Flexibles’ VP, marketing, and current chair of TLMI, Dan Muenzer, detailed developments in product decoration technologies that compete with mainstream self-adhesive labelling, including linerless labels, flexible packaging, refillable pouches, sleeving of all kinds, direct print, pre-glued wraps, cans, in-mould labels, personalisation, NFC, and printed electronics, as well as container developments such as paper bottles, and the many different recycling options available today.

    Onno Ponfoort of global management and business consultants Berenschot spoke about the impact of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing. “Personalisation, small runs and on demand production are important features of 3D printing’s value proposition, but as I understand it, these are also unique selling points for self-adhesive label solutions,” he observed. “For this reason, the business models of the 3D printing ecosystem could also offer your industry some interesting perspectives.”

    Succession planning in family businesses
    Management and corporate topics were selected by FINAT’s very active Young Managers Club – Jozef Lievens, a partner in Belgian corporate law firm Eubelius, addressed five essential questions about family business succession, while Nick Mockett, a partner in corporate finance and M&A consultancy Moorgate Capital, spoke about selling the business if succession is not possible or desirable.

    Delegates also participated in a hands-on lean manufacturing workshop led by Jan Mekers, owner of lean and change management consultants Richter IMA, and the event also included a supplier table top exhibition as well as the 2015 FINAT Label Competition and Recycling Awards.

    The voice of the customer
    The event received plaudits from attendees including Chris Ellison of OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group Ltd, who described it as “a must-attend event for entrepreneurs in the narrow-web industry”. Gavin Rittmeyer, Martin Automatic Inc, commented, ”a stellar line-up of speakers and networking opportunities”. And Filip Weymans of Xeikon described it as “a great milestone in the year”. Klaus Damberg of Synthogra, added, “The entire programme was very relevant for all converters,” and Ramon Lee, Brotech Graphics Co, Ltd said: “I got a lot of new information…most importantly, on developments – on the marketing side and the technology side, and on management skills.”

    Lejeune concludes, “This event delivered on its promise to provide an expert and wide-ranging business briefing targeted at profitability and business growth. A changing end-use market profile, evolutions in print technology and access to a number of new product decoration techniques can, and will, co-exist with self-adhesive labelstocks in the label converter’s printroom.”
    27.08.2015   Kemira appoints Tomas Biström as Director, Corporate Responsibility    ( Company news )

    Company news Tomas Biström (Master of Science, Economics) has been appointed Director, Corporate Responsibility at Kemira starting 1 September, 2015. He has previously been responsible for Kemira's Compensation and Benefit globally, including the successful implementation of Kemira's performance management process.

    "Tomas takes up this position from Riikka Timonen, who has chosen to pursue a new career path within one of Kemira's business segments. Kemira aims to excel in internal leadership development and succession planning programs, so that individuals have the opportunity to grow and develop new skills inside Kemira. Riikka has played a significant role in improving our sustainability performance, monitoring and reporting. I am confident that going forward, Tomas will bring new valuable insights into this work, which is never finished," says Tero Huovinen, SVP, Communications and Corporate Responsibility.

    "Sustainable value creation is an integral part of Kemira's strategy and business: we help our customers improve their water, energy and raw material efficiency. Our stakeholders expect high sustainability performance from us, both in our own operations as well as throughout the value chain. We continue to improve our business processes to meet these growing expectations, also focusing on sustainability aspects in our new product development," says Jari Rosendal, Kemira's President and CEO.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    27.08.2015   DS Smith's Blunham site now future proof    ( Company news )

    Company news Up to twenty loads of concrete a day, a total of 55,000 work hours, and 12 million pounds Sterling. That’s what has been involved in the rebuilding and re-equipping of the DS Smith (UK and Republic of Ireland Division) site at Blunham as a ‘future proof’ sheetfeeder plant. Yet production ran without stopping throughout this complex six-month revamp.

    “We’ve effectively built a new plant inside the old one without losing a day’s production,” says Adrian Swindells, Sheetfeeding Managing Director for DS Smith, talking about the complete overhaul of the group’s facility at Blunham near Bedford, UK. Over the past six months the plant has seen the replacement of two of its three corrugators with one new Fosber line, along with the installation of completely new condensate, starch, warehousing and materials handling systems. “We’ve also created a new layout which keeps vehicles and people apart,” adds Swindells, “as well as making energy efficiency improvements and refurbishing the building to make it brighter, cleaner, warmer in winter, and a better place to work.”

    From the placing of the order with Fosber to the start-up of the complete 2.8 metre wide corrugator line took just 22 weeks, says Swindells. “It wasn’t a simple installation because we had concrete cross beams under the factory which had to be removed to allow the foundations for the new line to be laid. It meant a lot of excavation and a lot of dust, so we had an awful lot of plastic sheeting protecting those areas that were still running production. We got to a point where we only had one corrugator running, with a large percentage of our production being handled by our two other sheetfeeder plants at Kettering and Louth. From that point in time we really had to crack on and get the project completed as quickly as possible.”

    Gareth Jenkins, Managing Director of DS Smith’s Packaging Division, says that customers were the driver behind the investment at Blunham. “We have to keep moving forward if we are going to stay in this industry and lead it, so we asked our customers what they wanted from us. The response we got was that they liked the wide range of products we produced, but they also wanted us to look at different models for the way we service them as customers.”

    Jenkins says that the plant at Blunham had gone as far as it could with its existing corrugator installation, consisting of three lines made up of elements from different vendors, and that the group understood a substantial step forward was necessary to give the plant the capabilities it would need through the next two decades. “We needed improvements in terms of efficiency, in terms of flexibility both now and in the future, and in the product quality that we could deliver,” says Adrian Swindells. “The world has moved on in corrugated sheet supply and today it’s as much about service and the performance of the board as anything. We recognised this and we have invested in the latest technology and installed what we believe is the most advanced automated corrugator in the industry today.”

    For David Grantham, Sector Director for Industrial at DS Smith, the choice of machine supplier was the key to ensuring that the installation not only met the plant’s current needs, but also those for many years to come. “When we spoke to Fosber we saw that they understood the sort of relationship we expected to have with the supplier of our new corrugator. We wanted a partner who would continue to develop our machine, long after we installed it, by bringing us their latest innovations. Yes, this machine is the most advanced corrugator in Europe today which is crucial given sheetfeeding supports our own packaging manufacturing plants for contingency in addition to supplying our sheet plant network and wider market. But we have plans in place with Fosber for continuous upgrades so that we maintain that position of leadership.”

    Grantham says that, even in the few weeks since the line went live, Fosber have delivered the first such upgrade, this one allowing double-wall to be run faster. “We already have the second and third upgrades lined up, one of which will increase the maximum line speed to 400 metres a minute. What we find really exciting is the unforeseen: those developments yet to come. We’ll be working with Fosber on these.”

    Gareth Jenkins agrees that continuous development is a vital issue for the plant and for the DS Smith group. “It’s not about putting machinery in; it’s about satisfying our customers by achieving technology leadership and keeping it. I expect this organisation to really stretch the capabilities of this line, which is key for us in terms of the difference we can make in the market.”

    Short lead times
    Given that the plant mainly supplies independent sheet plants, Adrian Swindells says that the most important customer service factor for the plant is offering short lead times. “Our customers have to cope with very short lead times from their own customers. Even though I think we already offer the shortest lead times in the UK, being able to keep that up, day-in, day-out, involves having the capacity to cope with the peaks in demand. During our busiest period, from September to Christmas each year, our intake can lift by twenty percent. If you don’t have the extra capacity to cope with that uplift then your service level has to drop.” The 2.8 metre width and fast running speed of the Fosber line is key to the plant’s increase in capacity and shortening of lead times, says Swindells. “The volume it can produce in a twenty-four hour period is thirty to forty percent higher than the combined output of the two machines it replaced. So now we have the volume to match the peaks in demand.”

    A further factor in achieving volume uplift and lead-time reduction is the speed of changeover the Fosber line delivers. “Sheetfeeding is different to conventional integrated corrugated manufacture in terms of what the corrugator has to do,” explains Swindells. “So we had the Fosber configured to meet demanding targets in terms of handling very short run lengths, across the widest possible range of paper and board types.”

    The wet-end features Fosber's Link-M3 integrated roll stand and splicer, which has a triple-reel positioning system that reduces roll change cycles by an average of 70% compared to conventional roll stand systems. “These roll stands are very advanced and give the fastest changeover going,” says Swindells. “That gives us a bit of an advantage, because the speed of the entire line is determined by the wet end. If you have shorter orders, you can only go as fast as you can change the rolls. Normal roll stands are butterfly arms, but this has three rolls ready, so it’s a real advantage at the wet end.” In conjunction with the automated plastic track full-accumulation roll handling system, the wet-end at Blunham is able to comfortably handle and manage multiple and very frequent paper changes.

    The Fosber’s Smart 400 single facers are equipped to run B, C, E, and R flutes, and all the associated double wall combinations, with very fast flute-change capability. The on-board peripheral steam heating system is fitted with automatic differential control, allowing the machine to run automatically from 15 bars down to 4 bars, with true zero wrap.

    The dry-end is made up of Fosber’s latest series 400 range of equipment, designed to carry out gapless order changes at 300 metres per minute. The Twin400 slitter-scorer is equipped to run a wide range of scoring profiles on back-to-back orders that include offset (normal and reverse), point-to-point, and point-to-flat, and also features a web cleaner system to remove dust. The Master Cut-Off knife and Terminal 400 downstacker optimise the production of short chop lengths at the highest line speeds, and have very short order cycle-change capabilities.

    Complex materials handling
    A dual side-stack discharge system means partially run orders are managed totally separately to completed orders, which optimises the efficiency of the plant's Dücker materials handling system. “It’s unique in the UK, and I believe there is only one in Europe,” says Adrian Swindells. “It allows us to run wider, in more parts, and the parts build up in that section, which reduces our pallet costs, strapping costs, and transport costs.”

    For Swindells, the installation of the materials handling system was almost a bigger job than that of the corrugator. “In a traditional integrated plant the materials handling is relatively straightforward, but for sheetfeeders like us it’s not so. The Dücker system has to interface with all the other systems in the plant and that is a complex task.” Among the functions that materials handing has to interface with are those of the extensive warehouse area. An outside pallet feed system means there is no need for truck movements inside the warehouse and also makes sure that there is a continuous supply of pallets.

    In the warehouse, two double palletisers, which can handle jobs of different sizes at the same time, process up to 350 pallets per hour, while two autostrappers print and shroud, and a doubling unit allows two stacks to be put away simultaneously. “It’s a fully automated, fully tracked system,” says Swindells. “It was one of our biggest challenges, because we came from a manual system and we have a lot of complex instructions for wrapping, stack heights... that type of thing.”

    A further advantage of the investment for DS Smith’s sheet-plant customers is that the revamp is delivering a more consistent product. “Because it’s fully automated in terms of warp and moisture control, and it has auto diagnostics, the Fosber line gives the customer consistency of product. For each board grade it knows what the perfect settings have been in the past to get minimum warp of the board. Every time that grade comes up, it reapplies those settings.”

    Fosber’s Syncro complete corrugator control provides the full automation and synchronisation of the corrugator line, monitoring and managing the various settings and variables of the corrugating process. Its Profile laser bar constantly measures and detects the slightest board warp and, in conjunction with a moisture balance monitoring system, adjusts the process settings to provide closed-loop automatic control. The Syncro system also collects production and process data in real time for every order run off the corrugator, storing it for a year. This data includes the actual steam, power, starch and air consumptions for the order and a photograph of each individual stack as it is discharged. This information not only provides a complete provenance for each individual order produced, but also allows the plant to know exactly what consumption was required to produce it.

    The line additionally features Fosber’s intelligent Target Speed control feature, which ensures that the corrugator is automatically pushed to reach set speeds for each board quality. On reaching the target the system continues to increase line speed in incremental steps until a new maximum speed is reached, which then becomes the new target.

    Just like the corrugator, the new condensate and starch systems are fully automated. “All told, it’s taken the ‘black art’ out of corrugating,” says David Grantham. “We’re using the technology to run the machines and the operators are now managing the orders.”
    Own it

    Ensuring employee buy-in to the project was an important objective for DS Smith. “This has been an enormous people engagement programme,” says Gareth Jenkins. “You can have all sorts of fast kit, but if the people running it don’t appreciate the difference they make to the business, then you won’t get the performance you aspire to. It’s one of the most difficult things to achieve, but the increased level of performance from the new machine, as opposed to that from the two machines it replaced, is significant and that’s all about the people involved.”

    Adrian Swindells says that plant management spent a lot of time talking with the workforce about the strategy of the business and the part they play in it. “We also have employee focus groups called “Own it” teams, which look at specific problems and come up with action plans for improvement. It’s a bit of a change from the top-down culture of DS Smith in the past. Now the people on the shop floor come up with the ideas, make a case, and improvements come quickly.”

    The new installation at Blunham has been specified with energy and resource efficiency in mind. Along with the natural benefit of one corrugator replacing two, the Fosber line has energy efficient motors and drives fitted. Its totally enclosing noise-reduction system not only cuts overall acoustic emissions to below 85dB(A), and acts as machine guarding, it also allows heat from the line to be re-routed, via a self controlling ventilation system, to warm the plant in winter or to vent out in summer. The Fosber Express double backer is fitted with four independently controlled heating sections, each able to run down to 0.5 bars and each fitted with a closed loop condensate recovery system. The Thermostack pre-heater is fitted with independent steam controls on each drum, each with zero wrap capability, while the Crest double glue unit has an automatic torque controlled rider roll contact system, with specially designed applicator rolls, so that starch and steam consumption is noticeably reduced. Also designed to save resources is the new starch system which recycles waste water and means the plant has done away with the need for an effluent treatment plant. “Across the site we’re saving around 35% in energy,” says Adrian Swindells.

    Growing sector
    The revamp of Blunham is very much a DS Smith group strategic move, says Adrian Swindells. “We supply board mainly to the independent sheet plant sector. We’re probably unique in the sheetfeeding market because we have three sites - so we can offer a broad range of products from brown box-board and specialities, through to tapes, single face, and fan-fold. The bulk of the brown-box comes from this site and, as well as the efficiency and consistency improvements, the new equipment gives us capabilities we didn’t have in the past. It gives us the ability to run with cut-to-mark register, clay coats, F-flute and light papers. At the moment we produce most of our speciality out of Kettering on a 1.8m corrugator. Now our 2.8m line can compliment that. So it’s an investment for the whole DS Smith group.

    Gareth Jenkins says that the drivers behind the group’s investments are the delivering of whatever the market requires. “We’ve seen a lot of growth in certain retail markets, and that has created growth in the sheet plant sector. So there needs to be a supplier who can meet their requirements for range, speed of delivery and quality of board. We expect the machine at Blunham to be the most efficient corrugator in Europe, not just in the DS Smith group, but in Europe as a whole. It’s just weeks into operations and it’s already performing incredibly well, so I have no doubt that we will achieve that.”
    (DS Smith Packaging)

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