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    14.07.2014   Market Trends throughout the European Label Supply Chain    ( Company news )

    Company news At its recent congress in Monaco, FINAT presented the annual 360° tour of the label industry, looking at underlying forces for the industry as a whole and for the association. Jules Lejeune, managing director of FINAT, reported on the labelstock statistics for 2013 and introduced the first findings of the new FINAT RADAR regular report and analysis of the European narrow-web market.

    Features from the first FINAT RADAR
    Earlier this year FINAT announced the launch of RADAR, a member-exclusive half-yearly publication that will report trends and growth rates at all levels across the European narrow web supply chain.
    President Kurt Walker commented: “The FINAT RADAR gives members something they cannot find anywhere else. The publication offers FINAT membership a resource that benchmarks key metrics within each European region and market segment, in addition to providing comparisons between Europe and other major global regions. The RADAR is a comprehensive report, tying together converter, brand owner, material supplier and capital equipment trending and performance analysis."
    In this recently released debut edition of RADAR, more than 50 FINAT label converters participated in a detailed survey focusing on sales and profit trends, production data and capital equipment procurement trends. Converters from every European region participated in the research to enable benchmarking analysis in each market.

    Revenue growth
    In the Converter Survey, participants were asked to predict revenue growth over the course of the next six months for each major end-use sector they serve (food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, consumer durables, etc.), in addition to providing their companies’ turnover growth for 2013. These data enable converter members to gauge their performance and projections against the European market as a whole, and against companies in their own specific region.
    In parallel to this approach, the RADAR Brand Owner Survey asked companies to project growth and/or contraction rates for their label purchases over the next year. This exercise is essential in order to cross reference converter projected growth rates with what brand owners are predicting label procurement increases will be, in order to calculate growth rates for the market that are as close as possible to what the future will actually deliver. The table below indicates average growth rates from both converters and brand owners that were surveyed for the first edition of the report.

    Upstream supply data
    In addition to historical and projected growth rates, the debut edition of RADAR includes both a European Labelstock Index and a European Conventional Press Index. Both indices aggregate data from FINAT labelstock and conventional press member suppliers to show quarter-over-quarter growth and/or contraction rates in each sector. Each edition of the report will feature these indices, offering FINAT members access to a quarterly index that tracks labelstock growth and press sales.

    Special coverage
    The publication will also feature special coverage of issues pertinent to the changing dynamic of the European label converting marketplace. For the first edition of the report, brand owners were surveyed regarding their companies’ label sourcing trends and whether they were considering replacing Western European sourcing channels with other regions. Every brand owner was asked this question and the analysis of the aggregated results is a provocative one. Within the next 12 months, more than 50% of surveyed brand owners indicated that their companies were seriously considering the re-sourcing of some, or all, of the labels currently sourced from Western Europe, from other regions.

    FINAT labelstock statistics
    At the FINAT congress, Jules Lejeune documented labelstock demand in Europe for 1996 to 2013 showing that market volume had doubled in the last one and a half decade to just over 6 billion square meters. In 2013, overall demand grew by 3.5% over prior year - an increase that was mostly achieved in the second half of the year, with non-paper (film) labelstocks growing at 5.9% and paper stocks at 3.3%.
    Regionally, the countries to the east of Europe evidenced the greatest growth in 2013 over 2012 at 6.9%, with all other regions showing modest growth. The outlook for 2014 is positive, based on Q1 year-on-year results, both in terms of material grades and by region.

    Four forces Model
    Jules Lejeune defined the four forces that drive the label industry: the end-use market drivers, technology innovation, sustainability and corporate drivers. "Together these four forces impact the label industry as they are the subject of initiatives and activities that are today within the remit of FINAT, making the association's relevance to its membership higher than ever before," he concluded.
    (FINAT)
     
    11.07.2014   Cascades announces the end of its Kraft paper operations in East Angus    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS) announced that it will cease its Kraft paper manufacturing activities in the East Angus (Québec) plant because of unfavourable market conditions and the failure of discussions concerning the plant's transfer and turnaround. Close to 175 employees will be affected by the closure, which will come into effect by October 3, 2014. By closing the plant, Cascades is withdrawing from the Kraft paper sector definitively.

    Photo: Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades

    "With the arrival of new competitors that convert newsprint paper machines to produce Kraft paper, and the ongoing weakening of market conditions for our products, the East Angus plant has not managed to maintain a competitive edge in the market despite significant investments and serious recovery efforts," explained Luc Langevin , President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group. "Last November, we announced to employees our decision to withdraw from the industry. At the time, we offered them the plant debt free. After several months of ongoing efforts on the part of buyer Gino Lévesque, the Québec government and Cascades to come up with a financial package, the project was abandoned because of a lack of new investors. With the failure of the turnaround project and the loss of numerous key employees, today we are forced to announce the end of these activities."
    "Naturally, we are very disappointed that the project failed," said Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades. "However, we would like to thank the employees' provisional committee, the buyer and the Government of Québec for the work they put into the project over several months in the attempt to save jobs. Since our strategic orientations are focused on growth in the packaging, tissue paper and recovery sectors, it became impossible to keep the plant open with its inability to regain profitability. Following today's announcement, Cascades will assume all of the plant's responsibilities, notably the employee pension plan."
    To assist the employees affected by the shutdown, Cascades will do everything in its power to relocate personnel to other units. It will work with the union and the governments to reduce the impact of the announcement on the workers and the community.
    Cascades would like to extend its sincere thanks to the employees of the plant for their loyalty over the years. It hopes that it can rely on them to continue to serve its customers until the plant closes.
    It is important to note that this announcement does not concern the coated boxboard manufacturing plant located in East Angus.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    11.07.2014   Hot-off-the-press topics for commercial printers at KBA in Radebeul    ( Company news )

    Company news Commercial Printing. Competence. Network. 2014

    Koenig & Bauer (KBA) welcomed over 250 print pundits from 22 countries to its sheetfed offset plant in Radebeul on 26 and 27 June. Under the banner “Commercial Printing. Competence. Network. 2014” the visitors were updated on the hottest topics regarding commercial printing.

    Photo: Ralf Sammeck, KBA executive vice-president for the sheetfed product house, welcomed over 250 print pundits from 22 countries to “Commercial Printing. Competence. Network.” at the training centre in Radebeul

    Following the two-day open house which focused on the latest trends in packaging printing in mid-May, this was the broadly based printing press manufacturer’s second, internationally acclaimed customer event of 2014. The first day was dedicated to theory. On the next day the participants were able to choose between various print demos which focused on perfecting, on-demand printing, mass production and finishing.
    Martin Wenk, executive board member of communication agency Jung von Matt/Neckar in Stuttgart, held an inspiring keynote speech. In a creative and entertaining way he showed that in today’s media arena print and brand communication has to be surprising and convincing in order to be effective: “Good advertising works like this as well, just like the most successful idea ever – the Trojan horse. It comes nicely packed as a gift, but it is specifically designed for conquering.” Martin Wenk offered insights into a consumer society full of emotion and with the aid of specific examples showed just what really counts in advertising.

    As flexible as an ant
    Ants are brought up to take on various roles, ranging from hunters, food gatherers and cultivators which look after fungi as a source of nutrition. They are all-rounders. KBA product manager Anja Hagedorn used the example of these versatile insects to address the topic of flexibility in printing. The Rapida sheetfed offset presses can achieve this level of versatility with the raft of different add-ons available. Along with standard materials (usually 0.06 to 0.6mm) they can handle thin substrates (from 0.04mm) up to heavy board, beer mat board or microflute (1.2 to 1.6mm). Rapida components are even used by KBA MetalPrint in metal decorating systems.
    The KBA Rapidas can also be equipped for maximum flexibility for inline finishing. The RSP solutions from CITO open up numerous possibilities in terms of grooving, die-cutting and perforation. These can be implemented in the printing units and coater. Anja Hagedorn presented possible applications and compared these based on practical criteria, such as the cost of die plates, flexibility, ease of operation, register accuracy and print-run stability.
    Sensory effects make a printed product distinctive and prompt consumers to look at it, touch it or even smell it. Luxury finished printed matter in particular evokes such consumer reactions. One coater or a free-standing printing unit in connection with a coater are all that’s needed to create many finishing effects, such as drip-off, haptic qualities or fragrances. KBA has a wealth of experience in inline finishing and the company often sets new trends with its Rapidas. An example of this from shortly after the millennium was the hybrid printing method which simultaneously uses oil-based overprint varnish and UV coating for premium finished printed products.

    As clever as an arctic fox
    Fellow KBA product marketing representative Jens Baumann focused his presentation on the topic of performance in commercial printing. He looked at far more than just speed. Perfection when turning the sheet, fast job changes and quick finishing with effective drying all at the lowest possible costs contribute to performance in commercial printing. The Rapida commercial presses are designed specifically for this with features ranging from fast perfecting at speeds of up to 18,000sph, AirTronic delivery, simultaneous plate changing (DriveTronic SPC) and new drying processes, such as HR-UV und LED-UV.
    The latter offers interesting approaches to optimise investment costs with short delivery times: investment in conventional four or eight-colour presses is the lowest. However, the printed products cannot be finished immediately. Investing in a four or eight-colour press with coater would bump up the start-up costs, but it is then possible to finish the products immediately. HR-UV dryers before perfecting or in the delivery only moderately increase costs compared to conventional presses as a coater are not necessary. Printed products can still be sent straight to finishing. LED-UV is a process with a promising future. LED-UV dryers significantly and sustainably reduce energy consumption. In addition, they have a long service life, require little maintenance and offer many other advantages. Every firm should look for the optimum solution for them based on job structure and an accompanying cost calculation. Jens Baumann recommends: “Look at the artic fox. Its fur offers the best insulation and energy-saving qualities of all land mammals. It also uses less energy when running in winter than in summer.”
    Under the key word “efficiency” head of KBA complete services & key account manager Europe Sascha Fischer spoke about boosting efficiency by networking, production planning/control and process optimisation. Under the name “KBA Complete Services”, the company offers integrated solutions and top-of-the-class automation technologies, all flanked by comprehensive advice and consulting services.

    Premiere: LED-UV also in large format
    The print demonstrations focused on typical commercial print applications with particular attention paid to economy, efficiency, finishing and innovation. A ten-colour Rapida 106 was shown producing a cookery book signature. This was followed by a gang forme in quick succession. Four-colour posters were then produced by switching between the first and last four printing units. The other units were set-up for the subsequent job with Flying JobChange and the next job could begin immediately without any interruptions to production. Innovative UV drying processes were demonstrated on an eight-colour Rapida 105. The visiting print experts were able to directly compare the images produced and cured using HR-UV and LED-UV. A further highlight on this press was inline colour measurement with grey-balance control from System Brunner.
    The print demonstrations which took place on large-format presses focused on mass production. Typical book and calendar pages on silk-matt art paper were produced on a six-colour Rapida 145 with coater and delivery extension. The inks were cured by a LED-UV interdeck dryer for the first time ever in large format. The sheets were then finished with a matt aqueous coating, and with glossy UV coating following a coating change. A five-colour Rapida 145 with coating kit printed a brochure in various languages on the other side of the pressroom. With the Flying JobChange capability the plates for black ink were switched between the first and second printing units during production and the language variations were produced without any interruptions to production after decoupling and coupling of the corresponding inking units. Both presses ran at speeds of up to 17,000sph.

    High-quality finishing
    LED-UV dryers are also available for the half-format Rapida 75. KBA demonstrated the fast production and finishing of postcards on a five-colour press. Printing on the back of the substrate with LED curing after the fifth printing unit was followed immediately by printing the front. This included inline perforation which meant that the individual post cards could be separated easily. High-quality covers of a magazine were printed on a six-colour Rapida 106 equipped with a KBA VariDry HR-UV dryer and cold-foil kit. They were finished with cold foil and UV high-gloss coating. A further Rapida 106 printed at a maximum speed of 20,000sph.
    Nearly all of the presses used for the print demonstrations are equipped with cutting-edge systems for quality assurance, including QualiTronic ColorControl (inline colour control), QualiTronic InstrumentFlight (inline grey-balance control) and QualiTronic PDF (inline PDF control).
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    11.07.2014   Södra members allocate eight per cent of woodland for conservation    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra's certified members have allocated an average of eight per cent of their woodland area for nature conservation, an area which corresponds in size to 200,000 football pitches. The equivalent total value could be as much as 20 billion SEK.
    This is based on an analysis of the green forest-management plans of Södra's certified members, carried out by Södra. Södra believes that the voluntary allocation of productive woodland is of great importance if the targets of the national environmental initiative "Living forests" are to be reached.
    "The voluntary allocations made by Södra's members amount to a total value of between 12 and 20 billion SEK," said Göran Örlander, Chief Forester at Södra.
    The allocated areas consist primarily of forests older than allowable for final felling. At least 85 per cent of the NO-area and almost 70 per cent of the NS-area are included in this category. NO stands for natural conservation areas which are to be left untouched, whilst NS refers to natural conservation areas which require some care.
    Viewed in the context of the clear-cut-ready forest in its entirety, NO/NS areas combined constitute 19 per cent. In conjunction with the felling in production forests, consideration will also be shown to various aspects with natural value such as dead wood, old trees and valuable ecosystems.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    11.07.2014   Sappi Europe to increase CWF prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Fine Paper Europe will increase prices, for both wood free sheets and reels, by 5% - 8% in Latin America, Middle East and Africa as from January 2014 productions. Today's cost structure and the low levels of profitability make this price increase inevitable. Our customers will be personally informed by our sales teams who will provide them with any information they may require.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    10.07.2014   New acrylic block by Hahnemühle    ( Company news )

    Acryl 330gsm, the new block by Hahnemühle, is slightly glossy and features a subtle linen structure. Its white paper is particularly suited for pastose paint applications. The surface gloss remains even after the painting while the structure makes for the look and feel of a classic canvas. Acryl 330gsm doesn’t need to be stretched or moistened before being used. The artist can work right on the block or on a cut off sheet of paper – the paper remains smooth anyway. “I tested different techniques, first of all layer painting – and partly with a lot of water, sand and varnish. I scratched, sanded and washed… and was really happy.” says painter Conny Niehoff. Hahnemühle_Acryl_330 Acryl 330gsm is available with immediate effect in the formats 24 x 32cm, 30 x 40cm and 36 x 48cm. Sheet stock is available in the same formats and – in addition – in the format 50 x 65cm.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

     
    10.07.2014   Valmet to supply a new wood chipping plant to Södra Cell Mörrum in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver a new wood chipping plant to Södra Cell's Mörrum pulp mill in Sweden. The delivery is part of Södra Cell's project to increase the pulp production at the Mörrum pulp mill. The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received and is valued at around EUR 20 million.

    Picture: Valmet GentleFeed system in operation

    Valmet's delivery will consist of a complete woodroom including two wood debarking and chipping lines, bark handling and chip conveying systems. The start-up of the new wood chipping plant is scheduled for spring of 2016.
    Valmet's delivery is part of Södra Cell's about 70 million euro investment to increase the pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum, where Södra currently operates two parallel pulp lines for the production of softwood pulp and textile pulp (dissolving pulp). The investment includes a new wood chipping plant and one of the mill's two pulp lines will be upgraded. The investment is expected to increase production from 380,000 to about 425,000 tons annually.
    Already in June Valmet announced it will supply the major rebuild and new equipment to Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill, where Södra Cell in making an over 400 million euro investment to increase the Värö mill's pulp production capacity from 425,000 tons to 700,000 tons per year.
    "We look forward to cooperating with Valmet in this project," says Gunilla Saltin, CEO, Södra Cell.
    "Good cooperation with Södra Cell continues in the Mörrum pulp mill upgrade. Valmet is the world's leading supplier of woodhandling systems. The new wood chipping plant will be utilizing industry leading technology and includes Valmet's patented log feeding system GentleFeed," says Jyrki Holmala, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    10.07.2014   Machinery at Südwestkarton undergoes further modernisation    ( Company news )

    Company news Upgrading of high-quality slotted-case production
    The ambitious investment programme covering the whole of the Panther Group has included both the corrugated-board line newly commissioned in January and the current installation of a new in-line machine at the Illingen site.

    As a reaction to the constantly increasing requirements of the market in terms of colour-printed slotted cases with high-quality finishes, the Panther Group has again invested in the latest technology. Südwestkarton is now producing with a new BOBST FFG 618, the so-called mini-line.
    The machine is a flexo-folder-gluer with three printing units and among its additional features are a double die-cutter, glued-seam monitoring, a counting and ejection station and a rejection unit for defective products. The Posilock system permits fast installation of the cutting dies and therefore significantly faster re-tooling for order changes. Supplemented with a bundling machine, a pre-feeder and a fully automatic palletizing robot, the new line also boasts the very latest peripherals for the automatic manufacture of slotted cases. The machine's direct drives also render the process more environmentally friendly, as production can be carried out with considerably less quantities of operating consumables (lubricants and oils) than is the case with conventional machines.
    With its three inking units and dust extraction, the new line configuration offers the option of producing register-true, elaborately designed slotted cases in a single pass. The required images can be printed over packaging grooves without interruption.
    As high-quality, demanding printed images and error-free production are increasingly required for slotted cases used as transport packaging, the new machine configuration means that the company now boasts yet another production option to meet market requirements.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    10.07.2014   A safe haven for precious goods    ( Company news )

    Company news New wireless four channel data logger helps maintain optimal conditions in buildings and facilities.

    With the new RTR-574-H, the T&D Corporation, Japanese market leader for data loggers, presents a wireless data logger that can monitor illuminance, ultraviolet light (UV), temperature and humidity. Its ability to monitor all of these aspects at once makes the device ideal for safeguarding sensitive goods, for example in greenhouses, museums and laboratories.
    In addition to these parameters, the RTR-574-H is also capable of displaying cumulative illuminance from 0 lxh to 90 Mlxh and cumulative ultraviolet light from 0 mW to 62 W/cm2h. The device has a wide illuminance measurement range of 0 to 130 000 lx, with a minimum resolution of 0.01 lx. Its UV range stretches from 0 to 30 mW/cm2. The RTR-574-H can also read relative humidity from 0 to 99 per cent, and has an expanded temperature range of between -30° and +80°C.
    With its vast capacity, the RTR-574-H can store up to 8.000 readings across each of its four channels for a total of 32.000 readings in one-time or endless recording mode.
    A large and easy to read LCD display allows users to check the logger’s recording status, battery status and remaining data capacity, as well as any of its measurements, simply and quickly.
    With dimensions of just H 55mm x W 78mm x D 18mm, this compact device is a lightweight solution that operates on one AA battery. It is compatible with any RTR-500 series wireless data collector or base station, except the GSM base station.
    The RTR-574-H can be used for automatic downloading of logged data as well as real time monitoring via T&D’s free of charge, cloud-based Webstorage Service. Warning notifications can be sent to PCs as well as mobile devices. The convenient Webstorage Service Viewer facilitates easy monitoring via smart phone or tablet.
    (T&D Corporation)
     
    10.07.2014   European Paper Week 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news The 18th European Paper Week will take place 25-27 November at the EU Thon Hotel in Brussels.
    European Paper Week is the event of the year in the European pulp and paper industry’s calendar. Attendees include Europe’s major pulp and paper producers and manufacturers, customers, suppliers and trade press.
    The theme this year is 'All about competitiveness‘.



    (European Paper Week)
     
    10.07.2014   THE LEADING COMPANIES IN THE SECTOR AT MIAC 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news Next October in Lucca (Italy) the leading companies in the paper industry sector will display their latest developments in machines, systems, avant-garde solutions and services.
    The aim of MIAC is to update paper mill and converter technicians on the latest advances in technology.

    Everything is concentrated in 3 days and in one place. MIAC is an international meeting point that allows you to compare the technologies and business proposals of all the companies present at the Exhibition:
    270 International Exhibitors await you in Italy next October!

    Save the date: next 15.16.17 October the international paper industry sector meets in Lucca during the 21st edition of MIAC Exhibition.

    THE CONFERENCES OF MIAC 2014
    Also for the 2014 edition, MIAC Exhibition planned three "technical meetings" in order to take stock of the situation regarding trend, future perspectives and new available technologies in the paper sector.
    As every year, the participation to the Conferences is free of charge.
    Simultaneous translation from Italian to English and vice versa is available during the Conferences.

    FREE INVITATION TICKET
    In MIAC website is possible to download the free Invitation Ticket. Once downloaded, it is possible to print the document and deliver it directly at the Reception of MIAC 2014 in order to receive the free Admission Card, valid for the 3 days of Exhibition.

    THE HOTELS OF MIAC 2014
    In the MIAC website is present a list of Hotels located in Lucca area. It is possible to view an Hotel Presentation Card for each Hotel. Besides, each Hotel is linked to its own website. After you have chosen your favourite Hotel, you can contact directly the Hotel in order to book your accommodation for MIAC 2014.
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    09.07.2014   POLAR presents a global innovation - the EasyLoad    ( Company news )

    Company news At the PACE Days POLAR presented the innovative EasyLoad 7S loading aid. This new product is an addition to the jogging portfolio and bridges the gap between manual and automatic jogging. EasyLoad is the ergonomic and also inexpensive solution for preparing jogged cutting reams.

    POLAR Loading aid EasyLoad 7S
    POLAR developed the EasyLoad loading aid in collaboration with a Japanese customer who has been using the loading aid in production with great success for some time. Japan is famous for its high quality standards. For this reason the customer made a conscious decision not to use an automatic jogging system, but was keen to make life easier for operators when they load the joggers. The concept for this loading aid was the result.

    EasyLoad relieves the operator's workload
    Anyone who has processed material with a format of 126 × 164 will know how arduous this work is. Instead of the operator having to lift and transport the material and bear its weight when the jogger is loaded, the EasyLoad with its gripper system does the heavy work. This means considerably less strain on the operator. As the operator is actively involved in the process, he is able to intervene and therefore ensure a high cutting ream quality.
    In addition the system offers a high level of flexibility, as both left-hand and right-hand lay is possible. This loading aid is particularly interesting for all customers who still employ manual jogging systems, as EasyLoad can be retrofitted to existing cutting systems.

    Principle of operation of the EasyLoad loading aid
    The stack lift elevates the material stack to the required level which can be adjusted to suit the respective operator. The height of the required ream (50 mm max.) is then determined by the operator and it is placed in the gripper. This separates the material from the remaining stack, and separation can be assisted by compressed air.
    The operator can then effortlessly transport the ream in the gripper to the jogger. While the operator airs and aligns the material, the gripper automatically moves back to its home position in the stack lift. Airing of the material is assisted by special airing slots in the rear gauge.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    09.07.2014   Gafs Kartong to install first Highcon Euclid in Scandinavia    ( Company news )

    Company news Highcon announced the sale of a Highcon™ Euclid to Gafs Kartong AB, of Värnamo, Sweden. Gafs invests heavily in the entire packaging process from design, through prepress, and printing to post-press. The 25-employee company is the first in the Nordic region to buy a Euclid and it sees the huge benefits to be gained in creativity, flexibility and speed, and being able to respond to on-demand requests and the implementation of variable data.

    Photo: Gafs Kartong, Visutech and Highcon signing the deal (Left to right: Stefan Dahl, Production Manager at GAFS Kartong, Eitan Varon, Executive VP, Highcon, Nigel Tracey, International Sales Director, Highcon, Lasse Svärd, Sales Director and co-owner, Gafs Kartong, Jan Olof Jungersten, CEO Visutech, Annelill Annvik, MD, Sales, Gafs Kartong, Johan Lidström, Head of Postpress Solutions at Visutech)

    "With Highcon Euclid they will be able to get delivery times down to just a few days, as well as resolve problems with large storage spaces," says Johan Lidstrom, Head of Postpress Solutions at Visutech, Highcon's Scandinavian channel.
    Nigel Tracey, International Sales Director, Highcon, said: “Gafs have been following the progress of the Highcon Euclid for quite some time and recently went to see it at work at the first customer site, Glossop Cartons, in the UK. They were delighted with the potential business opportunities promised by this radically new digital cutting and creasing technology and are looking forward to installing the machine in September this year.
    Lasse Svärd, Gafs Sales Director and co-owner, said:“When the Highcon Euclid was introduced at Drupa 2012, we immediately saw huge potential for us and our customers. As a company, we’ve always invested in technologies that bring added value and give our customers the potential to sell more products through innovative and visibly striking cartons. We now have possibilities beyond those we can imagine today, and I am sure that we will see extraordinary results. We’ve made some really beautiful designs already, and I’m eager to see the results of these possibilities in the hands of our customers.”
    The Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine for folding carton, transforms cutting and creasing from an analogue to a digital workflow, dramatically streamlining the post-print process and offering limitless design options, increased efficiency and flexibility and faster time to market.
    (Highcon)
     
    09.07.2014   Stora Enso postpones reorganisation of its Renewable Packaging Division    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is postponing the reorganisation of its Renewable Packaging Division that was announced on 21 March 2014 and was originally intended to be implemented as of 1 July 2014. Following Jouko Karvinen’s decision to leave his position as CEO and the announcement of the appointment of Karl-Henrik Sundström as the new CEO, it has been decided to postpone the reorganisation until the CEO transition has been completed. Until the reorganisation is implemented, the Renewable Packaging Division businesses will continue to report to the CEO.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    09.07.2014   China: Voith delivers three paper machines to Sun Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Sun Paper has commissioned Voith with the delivery of three paper machines for production of packaging and graphic paper. The Chinese company is thus relying on Voith’s proven components and modules. This order continues the successful partnership between Sun Paper and Voith.
    With a wire width of 7.3 m, the two medium-sized packaging paper machines convince with high efficiency and low investment and operating costs. After some orders for medium-sized machines in the last few months Voith can now post another success in the mediumsized segment.
    “We see an increasing demand for our medium-sized machines and offer paper producers in this segment convincing, attractive solutions. Our machine concept is perfectly adjusted to the needs of this market and our customers benefit from resource- and cost-efficient machines with proven technology”, says Andreas Endters, Member of the Management Board of Voith Paper.
    Sun Paper is one of the most important paper producers in Asia. With the three new paper machines, Sun Paper is profiting from Voith’s high level of technological expertise in graphic and packaging paper machines. Many years of successfully proven solutions, such as the MasterJet headbox, the Tandem NipcoFlex shoe press and the SpeedSizer film application unit are included in the delivery. The first clothing and the quality control system are also supplied by Voith.
    The PM 31 and the PM 32 will be installed at the Sun Paper location in Zoucheng, China. They will produce corrugated medium and testliner in a basis weight range of 90-250 g/m² with a wire width of 7,300 mm and at an operating speed of 1,200 m/min.
    Another machine for production of graphic paper is being installed at the location in Yanzhou, China. The PM 29 is designed for a wire width of 8,100 mm and an operating speed of 1,800 m/min. In the future, graphic paper will be produced on it in a basis weight range of 50-120 g/m².
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    09.07.2014   2014 Domino Interim Statement - For the six months ended 30 April 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Highlights
    -Underlying sales growth of 11 per cent before impact of currencies
    -Double digit sales growth in Europe
    -Strong growth in Asia and North America
    -New products support double digit growth in equipment revenues
    -Continued investment to build our digital print capability
    -Dividend increased by 5 per cent

    Peter Byrom, Chairman, commented: “The Group has delivered underlying sales growth of 11 per cent over the first six months of the year, benefiting from more stable economic conditions in many markets. This stability has led to increased customer confidence and a general increase in capital investment. Underlying pre-tax profit increased by 10 per cent and, following another period of strong cash flow, we have increased the interim dividend by 5 per cent to 7.98 pence per share.
    “Our businesses in Europe and Asia both reported double digit revenue growth and our growth in the USA was 9 per cent. New products introduced in 2013 have helped increase equipment revenues in the period by 14 per cent despite increased price competition in Asia and other developing markets.
    “Our new multi-colour N610i digital label press has been well received by customers and we have completed and recognised revenue in respect of eight installations in the first six months.
    “We invested £8.9 million in Research and Development. In May 2014, we launched a number of new products at the Interpack exhibition held in Germany. We have an ongoing programme of investment to maintain product leadership and competitive advantage.
    “We are pleased with the progress in results over the first six months of 2014 and we remain confident that, subject to continuing stability in market conditions and business confidence, we will meet our expectations for the full year.
    “We are cautious about prospects for the business in 2015. The Board believes that results next year could be broadly similar to 2014 as a result of the competitive pricing environment in Asia and other developing markets and the need for additional investment in R&D.
    We remain optimistic about the longer-term prospects for the business.”
    (Domino UK Ltd)
     
    09.07.2014   A New Definition For 'Labels' - FINAT Congress debates changing influences and technologies    ( Company news )

    Company news The label industry is no longer a separate and definable niche in the broader field of packaging print. It has a new and extended profile as a provider of product decoration, brand identity, product data, smart phone interaction, track-and-trace and authentication data -- and, indeed of packaging itself.
    Members of FINAT, the international trade association for self-adhesive labelling and related industries, convened in June in Monte Carlo for their 2014 annual congress, to address the core topic of ‘The Battle for Shelf Appeal’.
    Congress Moderator Marc Büttgenbach (DE), worldwide sales director for Bizerba Labels and Consumables, introduced the keynote speaker – Rik Olthof (NL), brand strategist at international branding and packaging design consultancy Cartils.

    The essence of branding
    Mr Olthof explained the essence of branding, showing how important the look and feel of a product are to its ‘shelf appeal’. The key to success is to ensure product impact and visibility in a variety of different environments, from supermarkets – (where, today, the consumer spends an average of just 20 minutes, making ‘shelf appeal’ essential for the purchasing decision) – to clubs and bars. Mr Olthof identified a number of iconic names like Nike, Lamborghini, and Smirnoff, whose branding pathways are demonstrably successful.
    There are five key pillars for successful brand identity. Shape, which conveys the character of the product; colour, which engages our emotions; the use of a unique visual language that confirms authenticity; ‘endorsements’ underlining product quality and authority; and, through the packaging’s finish, defining the product as an aspirational international premium brand.

    Looking at the label industry
    Next on the agenda was an overview of trends in the French label markets, delivered by Dominique Durant-des-Aulnois (FR), currently vice president of the French label association, UNFEA, and general manager of label makers Paragon Identification, assisted by well-known label trade journalist, publisher, and consultant John Penhallow (FR). France’s self-adhesive label industry embraces around 400 production sites and 7000 employees – mostly SMEs and, geographically, quite fragmented. Most UNFEA label converters reported a dramatic sales increase, powered by the need to ‘be different’, export to other regions, and innovate. The ever-increasing EU ‘red tape’ relating to label content could, in fact, represent ‘a green light for label converters’.
    This presentation set the scene for Jules Lejeune (NL), managing director of FINAT, to present his annual 360º tour of the label industry, including the underlying trends and forces for the industry as a whole and for FINAT members.

    Expert panel discussions
    Two valuable panel discussions followed. Firstly, representatives from key aspects of the international industry supply chain – Krones, Avery Dennison, and Karlville Development -- came together to debate the subject of the ‘battle of decoration technologies’. Then it was time to hear the brand owners’ viewpoint on ‘the future of product decoration’ via a second panel discussion featuring representatives from L’Oréal, LEGO, Reckitt Benckiser; and G3 Enterprises.

    Industry awards presentations
    Industry awards presentations concluded the first day’s proceedings. This year they celebrated success not only in the FINAT Label Competition and Congress Logo Competition, but also in the new FINAT Recycling Awards – in which Unilever took the first-ever end-user company award and Hagmaier Etiketten & Druck the first-ever label converter award.

    ‘Innovation for profit’
    Next morning, the topic of ‘innovation for labelling and packaging profit’ was addressed by Mike Ferrari, founder and president of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, and for 32 years a key figure in Procter & Gamble management. He illustrated his talk with many fascinating examples of how the shopper’s journey is changing, and how solutions for engaging the shopper are also evolving. ‘If people are in the virtual world,’ said Mr Ferrari, ‘how can we make them buy products in the REAL world?’ P&G’s ‘first moment of truth’ – originally the first eye contact with a packaged product on a retail shelf – is a different matter in a world where 70% of purchasing decisions are no longer made in store, and where the world’s six billion cellphones interact with smart features on packaging. Today, a product’s first sales message might be anything from a friend’s Facebook message to a printable coupon that generates ‘stop, hold, and buy’ in-store. It is a sign of the times that, in last year’s earnings call, Procter & Gamble’s Chairman-CEO estimated that the company now spends up to 35% of its marketing budget on digital media. The key to continuing brand success, however, remains in the consumer’s experience of the product in use and, if that experience is good, in repurchase.

    Mass production has also spawned mass customisation – like the ‘personalised’ Coca-Cola bottles, featuring popular male and female first names, which have graced retail shelves in 32 countries across Europe and represent the longest digital packaging print run ever.

    So what is there in this new world for the label converter, asked Mr Ferrari? --To be shopper-/consumer-focused was at the top of the list. The need to consider the shopper journey beyond the retail shelf came next. Label printers should redefine their role more broadly – as solutions providers and marketing companies. These elements, said Mr Ferrari, are the successful route to ‘leveraging packaging for profit’.

    Printed electronics
    One such route which FINAT member companies are increasingly taking is the creation of printed electronics. The UK’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a consortium of major companies committed to creating a UK supply chain to enable the widespread adoption of low-cost, NFC devices using printable electronics, and currently running a project focused on enabling smart phones to connect with labels and other packaging, and other documents. Alan McClelland (UK), head of business development at CPI, showed that, while printed electronics are a feature of many more applications than just labels, packaging can successfully employ printed electronics to deliver ‘smart’ interactive brand features; ‘bling’ on the pack; and track-and-trace, stock reordering, tamper-proofing and anti-counterfeiting. Sadly, the extended nature of the smart packaging supply chain has created a real problem in fast-tracking the commercial development of this extremely versatile technology because, he said, brand owners, retailers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and other major suppliers will not invest ‘until the technology is there’.

    Flying high with Bertrand Piccard
    Broadening the horizons -- into the realms of the sky and beyond -- is a topic on which Bertrand Piccard (CH) is unquestionably well-qualified to speak, as the achiever of the first-ever non-stop, round-the-world hot air balloon flight in 1999.
    M. Piccard’s motivational presentation encouraged delegates to embrace his definition of freedom as the ability to explore the alternatives, the other possibilities, with courage and pioneering spirit – even in the business world, where exploration of the unknown can unleash successful innovation. It is a real challenge to take a new, unmapped direction, but it is important to realise, he said, that, in fact, ‘we need fear. Never be afraid of it: it’s just a signal that we are moving out of our comfort zone – a moment of waking up, of awareness.’

    Drawing the event to a close, FINAT President Kurt Walker commended the Congress programme, which had proved an excellent overture to FINAT’s new Congress format which, as Jules Lejeune summarised, ‘is a real driver for forward thinking at all levels. FINAT is committed to building on this inaugural event in the coming months through the new web-based knowledge and learning platforms, our expanded definition of the label, our recycling and public affairs initiatives, and, of course, our focus point for tomorrow’s industry leaders – the FINAT Young Managers Club.’
    (FINAT)
     
    09.07.2014   Interim Manager Sales and Marketing leaves Scheufelen    ( Company news )

    Company news Papierfabrik Scheufelen, Lenningen, manufacturer of high quality coated, wood-free premium paper, would like to announce the following change to its management team:
    Udo Hollbach (50) took over as Interim Director of Sales and Marketing and has now completed his assignment.

    Managing Director – CEO Peter L. Bright: "I would like to thank Udo Hollbach for the spontaneous commitment to support us with his extensive knowledge of the paper and printing industry and wish him all the Best in his future work."
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    08.07.2014   CITO takes on the strict criteria of EMAS     ( Company news )

    Company news Protecting the environment has always been of particular concern to CITO-SYSTEM GmbH. Now this Bavarian-based company is taking on the regulatory requirements of EMAS (the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). This scheme has strict rules for protecting resources and managing energy usage and CO2 emissions responsibly. The fundamental principles are laid down in the international ISO standard 14001, but EMAS covers a lot more, particularly when it comes to energy.
    CITO’s performance in managing the environment was certified in spring 2014 by the technical inspections organisation TÜV Rheinland. Company partner and Managing Director Jürgen Marien comments on this: “We only have one world. This is something I acknowledged a long time ago, indeed before the Green Party was even founded, and so during my youth I became involved in action groups. As an entrepreneur, I have many more opportunities these days to make a positive difference and it is something I really want to achieve.” Managing raw materials and energy in a responsible way is deeply rooted in CITO’s business policy. It was therefore quite logical to follow this through by striving for this environmental management certification and complying with the strict EMAS requirements.
    Protecting resources starts at the research and development stage, as this is when the course is set for new products and technologies. As CITO is an industrial manufacturer, saving energy is not only an ecological topic within the company, it is also an economic one. The company is therefore focusing on developing new technologies and optimising production plants in order to continuously improve energy efficiency. It benefits greatly from having its own in-house design and engineering services, and this provides a transition to the topic of health and safety at work. It has long been standard practice within CITO, a responsible-minded company, to provide safe and secure jobs – a term that is certainly not limited to economic factors in this context.
    Our fast-paced life of today places ever-increasing demands on individual employees, which inevitably leads to a strain on health. There is a human imperative to support company employees in looking after their own health. No longer does managerial responsibility end with simply adhering to health and safety regulations because this should be carried out as a matter of course. Today it is far more important to support the individuals in a company through preventative health measures and health care schemes. This includes providing workplaces with a pleasing layout and offering family-friendly working hours and open communication channels within the company. Today it is often a psychological burden caused by feelings of insecurity and excessive demands that leads to a reduction in performance and lost work time. The time has come to take these aspects seriously – not only to show responsibility towards fellow human beings, but also to avert economic damage to the company. CITO has recognised this for many years now. Hence, at the same time as the environmental audit, the company’s health and occupational safety management was also certified by TÜV Rheinland in accordance with standard OHSAS 18001.
    CITO follows the principle that “a certificate that just hangs on the wall is not worth anything” because it is all about the company creating living management systems, and these systems can only live by the actions and in the minds of its employees. The company management can give help and support by creating the preconditions and by taking the respective ideas, suggestions and proposals seriously. There is always someone in company management who is just as prepared to listen on the subjects of environment, health and safety at work as they are on the subject of quality. As Jürgen Marien says: “I am proud of my employees because they created the systems and helped us gain our certification.”
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    08.07.2014   Södra picks GL&V for fibreline upgrade at Mörrum    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra Cell has appointed GL&V to supply a major upgrade of the softwood pulp line at its Mörrum mill.
    Two weeks ago Södra announced that its Board of Directors had granted SEK 700 million for a comprehensive refurbishment of the pulp mill at Mörrum.
    GL&V will be responsible for screening and washing equipment in the unbleached area of the softwood pulp line.
    Investing in a new screen room and brown-stock washing is fundamental for the development of the Mörrum mill.
    "We have had a good and close co-operation with GL&V while planning this project and we are convinced it will continue in the execution phase", said Jörgen Lindström, Operations Engineer at Södra Cell Mörrum.
    "The Mörrum mill will be equipped with what in our opinion is undoubtedly the industry's best technology. We focus on innovation and we are glad that Södra Cell, which itself is one of the industry's most innovative companies, has chosen to partner with us", commented Fredrik Björck, Sales Manager at GL&V.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    08.07.2014   Cascades announces the sale of its fine papers activities     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces that it has reached an agreement with Rolland Enterprises Inc., a subsidiary of H.I.G. Capital for the sale of its fine papers activities for $39.5 million.

    Photo: Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades Inc.

    The units covered by this transaction are:
    -Rolland Division, an uncoated fine papers and security papers plant located in Saint-Jérôme. Founded in 1882, it was acquired by Cascades in 1992.
    -CTC Converting Centre, a fine papers processing and distribution plant built in 1998, also located in Saint-Jérôme.
    -Fibres Breakey, a de-inked bleached kraft pulp manufacturing plant located in Sainte-Hélène-de- Breakeyville. It was founded in 1985.

    The three units employ some 425 workers and will now operate under a new company name—Rolland Enterprises Inc. The current management team will remain in place in order to ensure an orderly transition. In accordance with the terms of the transaction, Cascades will continue to work with the new owner for the procurement of waste paper, and to ensure a smooth transfer of ownership for employees, customers and suppliers.
    "Despite the positive contribution of these units to Cascades' results, we have adopted a strategic orientation emphasizing growth in the packaging, tissue papers and recovery sectors. The decision announced today will allow us to reduce debt and further focus our resources in these strategic sectors," emphasized Cascades President and CEO Mario Plourde.
    "Cascades has found in H.I.G. Capital a purchaser willing to maintain the operations and ensure the development of the units," stated Luc Langevin , President and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group. "It is not without regret that we part with these business units, however, given our stated strategic orientation, we believe this transaction will allow them to better pursue their development initiatives and thereby continue to promote the Rolland brand all around the world. For its part, the Specialty Products Group of Cascades will continue to concentrate its development in the industrial and consumer packaging products sectors as well as in recycling."
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    08.07.2014   Youbisheng Green Paper AG: Absence of the CEO and resignation of CFO    ( Company news )

    Company news For several weeks there has been an unexplained absence of the Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Youbisheng Green Paper AG, Mr Haiming Huang. The Supervisory Board was informed about the absence of the CEO on June 20, 2014. Also, Mr David Tsui, member of the Management Board and CFO, was not allowed to access the company premises in China by the company operating staff for reviewing the company’s accounts. Until today, the Supervisory Board and David Tsui have not received any updated information on the whereabouts of Mr Huang as well as on the financial and liquidity situation of the Chinese subsidiaries despite intense investigations. As a result, David Tsui has resigned from his position as member of the Management Board in mutual agreement with the Supervisory Board effective as of July 25, 2014.

    Due to these circumstances the Supervisory Board of Youbisheng Green Paper AG has decided at today’s meeting to look for and appoint a new member of the Management Board in order to intensify investigations about the whereabouts of Mr Huang and to secure the observance of operational and legal duties of the company. The Management Board and the Supervisory Board will inform the investors immediately when new progress can be reported.
    (Youbisheng Green Paper AG)
     
    08.07.2014   CEPI: Landfill ban for recyclables is a step forward…    ( Company news )

    Company news …but the Circular Economy Package misses six essential points

    The European Commission adopted the EU Circular Economy Package (“Towards a circular economy: A zero waste programme for Europe). The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) welcomes the inclusion of landfill bans for recyclables by the Commission, but regrets that the package omits six essential points including incineration restrictions.

    1. Still no restriction on incineration of recyclable paper
    CEPI welcomes the fact that the Circular Economy Package includes landfill restrictions for recyclables as of 2025, but regrets that incineration for the same materials is not restricted. Despite the existing capacity for reprocessing paper in Europe up to 10 million tonnes of paper is currently being landfilled or incinerated in Europe.

    2. Targets based on robust data and robust methods
    CEPI is concerned about the way the Commission sets new recycling targets and a new calculation method without having tested them on current recycling performances first. Recycling targets in Europe should not discriminate between competing materials and the level of ambition for recycling targets needs to be set realistically.

    “The new recycling targets are based on the best performing EU member states although recycling rates from these states are not comparable. Current calculation methods for recycling vary between countries.” explains Jori Ringman, CEPI Recycling, Product and Environment Director.

    3. Collection targets
    The paper industry calls for EU-wide minimum collection targets for recyclable materials to support high recycling and re-use targets in Europe. As EU legislation already obliges EU member states to collect at least paper, metal, plastic and glass separately by 2015, collection targets would provide an incentive to fulfil this requirement and secure a constant supply of raw materials for the European economy.

    4. Recycling based on proximity
    The Circular Economy Package should include a proximity principle to ensure that recycling will take place as close as possible to the consumption and collection points in Europe. This will enhance the circular economy by guaranteeing a faster recycling cycle and delivering more value with less input.

    5. Recycling ‘Made in Europe’
    To advance the circular economy, the definition of recycling in Europe needs to be revised. At the moment, the definition is vague and does not support good quality data collection nor reprocessing of materials.

    6. A stronger focus on renewability
    In nature, circularity equals renewability. The European paper industry regrets that the Commission does not acknowledge renewability of materials as a solution for the circular economy.

    As the European paper industry is based on renewable raw materials and accomplished a world record paper recycling rate of almost 72% in 2013, it is at the core of the circular economy.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    08.07.2014   AkzoNobel to divest Paper Chemicals business to Kemira for €153 million    ( Company news )

    Company news AkzoNobel today announced the intended sale of its global Paper Chemicals business to Kemira for €153 million. Paper Chemicals is part of the company’s Pulp and Performance Chemicals business and generated annual revenue of €243 million in 2013.
    The intended sale of Paper Chemicals follows a strategic review of the business' fit within AkzoNobel’s portfolio. Paper Chemicals is part of the Pulp and Performance business within AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business area. It does not include AkzoNobel's Pulp Bleaching business, nor its Colloidal Silica business. For the paper related part of Colloidal Silica, the parties will enter into a distribution arrangement. The Pulp Bleaching business and the Eka name remain core for AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business.
    "We are very pleased to announce this project," said AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner. "Kemira is a well-established player in this market and, with the sale of our Paper Chemicals business, we are following through with our strategy to focus on leading positions."
    Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals, added: "We have concluded that our Paper Chemicals business will have a better fit with another owner, allowing us to focus on our strong chemical platforms. The Pulp and Performance Chemicals business will continue to focus on global leadership positions in pulp bleaching, colloidal silica and expandable microspheres."
    Jari Rosendal, President and CEO of Kemira, said: "The intended acquisition of AkzoNobel's global Paper Chemicals business is a major step for Kemira in implementing our strategic growth plans. It further demonstrates our commitment to the industry by extending our geographical presence in EMEA, the Americas and especially APAC."
    The transaction is expected to be completed in approximately six months, subject to regular consultation with employee representatives and satisfactory closing conditions, such as receipt of required regulatory clearance. AkzoNobel will continue as toll manufacturer of certain products and will enter into an agreement with regards to the colloidal silica supply to Kemira.
    (Akzo Nobel Industrial Chemicals AB)
     
    08.07.2014   UK manufacturers future proof their business with flexible end of line systems – Hall 5 Stand D30    ( Company news )

    Company news Award winning end of line automation specialist Endoline Machinery will address the need for packing speed and flexibility at this year’s PPMA Show with the launch of their latest SMART machines – including the UK debut of the 744 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer, believed to be the fastest of its type in the world.

    Endoline’s latest SMART systems not only tick the flexibility box but are able to deal with random case sizes, require less manual adjustment, and the ability to report back information to monitor productivity rates. These systems can adjust automatically for different case sizes on the production line which allows customers, in particular contract packers and FMCG manufacturers, to pack a range of different case sizes to meet retailer demands who are broadening their consumer offering - from singular packs and smaller refill packs to multiboxes of crisps for bulk purchase boxes. Random sized boxes can be fed into one line - beneficial in terms of space while eliminating the need for manual machine adjustments.
    While there is an ongoing drive for efficiency, with increased speeds and product rates pushing the need for automisation within manufacturing units globally, the demand for flexible end of line systems to support fast changing production environment is growing.

    The Endoline 744 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer is up to 50% faster than current case sealing equipment, capable of sealing random sized cases at a speed of 30 per minute - achievable through the use of high reliability servo drives. To handle the high volume at speed a barcode reader has been integrated at the collation stage of the 744 to instantly read each box as it comes through and the sealing head adjusts itself accordingly.

    “We are expecting to see a marked increase in interest at the show this year for flexible, high speed machinery from a growing number of manufacturers.” Explains Alan Yates, Endoline’s Managing Director. “At the recent interpack show we received over 450 leads from food manufacturers for our random systems and we are looking forward to continuing that momentum at the PPMA show which pulls in the most influential UK decision makers.”
    (Endoline Machinery Limited)
     
    08.07.2014   Come and visit us at 29. BI-MU    ( Company news )

    Company news Imanpack will participate at 29.BI-MU, one of the most qualified international events dedicated to the Italian machine tools, robot, automation systems and ancillary products industry, taking place in Milan (Rho) from 30th September to 4th October 2014.

    For the occasion we will be showing the following machines:
    - Horizontal flowpack machine mod. Micropac Bagmatic with quick change over size and a Vertical Form-Fill-Seal machine mod. Microvert Pro with two CMF5 counting modules.
    See you at our stand: PAD. / HALL 11, STAND G44

    See you in Milan!
    (Imanpack Packaging and Eco Solutions S.p.A.)

     
    07.07.2014   Rayonier Completes Separation of Rayonier Advanced Materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Rayonier Inc. and Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. are now Separate Independent Companies

    Picture: David Nunes, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN) announced that on June 27, 2014, it completed the spin-off of Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (NYSE: RYAM), which is now a new independent specialty chemicals company. Public trading of Rayonier Advanced Materials will commence in the “regular way” with the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange this morning under the “RYAM” ticker symbol. The separation was effected by means of a tax-free spin-off of 100 percent of the common stock of Rayonier Advanced Materials to Rayonier shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 18, 2014.
    As previously announced, effective as of the completion of the spin-off, Richard Kincaid is Chairman of the Board of Rayonier, and David Nunes is Rayonier’s President and CEO.
    “We wish our colleagues at Rayonier Advanced Materials well as they embark on their promising and exciting future as an independent company,” stated Nunes. “While operating these businesses together provided tremendous value to our shareholders over a period of more than eight decades, we are confident that this transaction will provide even greater value for Rayonier shareholders as we look to the future. Rayonier has a bright future as a pure-play timber and real estate business, with excellent assets and financial flexibility that will enable continued growth.”
    (Rayonier Inc.)
     
    07.07.2014   Stora Enso acquires US-based biotechnology company    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has acquired 100% of the shares of the US-based company Virdia, a leading developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into highly refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is approximately USD 33 million (EUR 24 million) with additional potential payouts totalling approximately USD 29 million (EUR 21 million) following completion of specific technical and commercial milestones by 2017. Virdia’s impact on Stora Enso’s 2014 sales and earnings is expected to be limited.
    The acquisition of Virdia supports the vision of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials Division in becoming a significant player in biochemicals and biomaterials. The technology enables more efficient extraction of different valuable fractions of the biomass, allowing the possibility to develop and commercialise cost-effective renewable solutions to address well-identified market-driven needs. This is a new step in implementing the Division’s strategy, following the recent lignin extraction investment at Sunila Mill in Finland.
    “This acquisition is in line with our strategy of growing in bio-based chemicals, ingredients and solutions, building on cost-effective, non-food-competing raw materials. These solutions will contribute to a more sustainable future by replacing fossil-based materials in various applications with renewable and cost-effective choices. We are now investing in a new technology platform that will enable us to reach new industries and value chains, and create significant sustainable profit growth for our company,” says Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, Stora Enso Biomaterials.
    Founded in 2007, Virdia is a private, venture-capital-backed company. It runs a pilot facility in Danville, Virginia, USA. The main advantages of its technology are the cost-competitiveness and high purity of the output, which enable a variety of further conversion and upgrading possibilities for sugars and lignin as renewable intermediates for the specialty chemicals, construction, coatings, personal care and food industries, among others.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    07.07.2014   More than 20 successful rebuilds: BaglessPlus disc filter sectors from Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper manufacturers are convinced of BaglessPlus disc filter sectors made of corrugated stainless steel from Voith: Not only does a conversion to the most modern filter technology in the fiber recovery or dewatering process increase capacity and filtrate quality, but it also lowers maintenance costs.
    Voith has already rebuilt more than 20 disc filters from various manufacturers in stock preparation and in the approach flow system with BaglessPlus disc filter sectors. Paper manufacturers all over the world are thus being assisted in managing sustainable processes.
    The BaglessPlus disc filter sectors offer 15 - 20% higher capacity. In addition, the filtrate quality remains high during the entire service life. That is due above all to the stable design of the disc filter sectors. Since a consistent filtrate quality in the super-clear filtrate of up to 25 ppm can be achieved, it is possible to save large amounts of fresh water. BaglessPlus disc filters also impress with their excellent service life of 10 to 20 years. The first Bagless disc filter was put into operation in 1998 and is still in use. That not only saves time for maintenance work, but also reduces costs.
    Voith uses products such as BaglessPlus disc filter sectors to rebuild existing machines from different manufacturers. Improved operation is thus achieved for a fraction of the costs involved in a new installation. The conversion to BaglessPlus is possible for most disc filter sizes.
    Voith also offers filter bags made of polypropylene for various applications with a special protective fabric. Conventional filter discs with steel fabric are also in use. Sometimes achieving the optimum requires more than a conversion to the most modern disc filter sector technology. With a Filtrate valve of the latest generation or a conversion to HiCon disc filter with a production increase of up to 80%, Voith has a large rebuild portfolio available for further optimizing a disc filter.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    07.07.2014   SCA to endorse its customer and consumer brands globally    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, will as of July 1 2014 be endorsing its already strong portfolio of customer and consumer brands globally with the corporate SCA brand.

    Photo: Jan Johansson, President and CEO, SCA

    Following the introduction of the stronger and more distinct corporate SCA logo in March 2013, SCA is now responding to the ever-growing consumer demand of knowing where and how products are made by positioning the SCA corporate brand together with the customer and consumer brands across all categories, brands and markets globally.
    “SCA is a company with a unique heritage, a range of strong customer and consumer brands that make a difference for millions of people around the world and an award-winning sustainability profile and focus going forward. By taking a prominent and visible position alongside the company’s customer and consumer brands in all its print ads and TV commercials, SCA aims to further strengthen the awareness and perception of SCA as a leading global hygiene and forest products company and as a solid, and trustworthy brand”, says Jan Johansson, President and CEO, SCA.
    “Our ambition is to increase the awareness and perception of SCA. By connecting SCA and its customer and consumer brands, the information to our stakeholders gets even more transparent. An important platform to build the SCA brand is Team SCA’s participation in the Volvo Ocean Race with an all-female crew. This strengthens the perception of SCA and our brands, such as TENA, Tork, Lotus, Libresse, Tempo and Libero even further,” says Joséphine Edwall-Björklund, Senior Vice President, Group Function Communications.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    07.07.2014   Visit MEPCO at Paper Middle East Exhibition 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news PAPER-ME 2014 The 6th International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging, which will be held in October 22nd -24th , 2014. at Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt. Halls (1,2,3)
    PAPER-ME 2014 is the most dedicated event in the MENA for paper and allied industries.
    It is the industry's 3-day premier event featuring paper industry key players and the latest and most comprehensive display of paper, carton, tissue, printing and packaging.

    Visit MEPCO at PAPER-ME 2014
    MEPCO is the largest manufacturer of paperboard in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), located in the Red Sea port city Jeddah,in the western province of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    Over the years MEPCO has succeeded in developing a broad range of internationally acknowledged first class products.
    Since the very beginning MEPCO has been conscious for preserving our environment. Recycling waste paper and transforming it into its various state of the art products is our core business.
    Concern for the environment is extended to all aspects related to the production process, starting from water treatment , utilizing renewable chemical additives, and ending with an endless effort to keep our world green.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    07.07.2014   Get acquainted with Russian Pulp and Paper industry market with PAP-FOR Russia exhibition!    ( Company news )

    Company news How to grow your business at Russian and CIS pulp and paper market?
    • Join over 300 exhibitors and check out all the opportunities with PAP-FOR Russia!
    PAP-FOR Russia is the largest in Eastern Europe B2B event for pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries.
    28 - 31 OCTOBER 2014, EXPOFORUM, PAVILION 1, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

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

    Who Attends?
    Over 9000 professional visitors:
    • Pulp and paper mills;
    • Distributors, importers and exporters of paper, cardboard and converting products;
    • Suppliers of equipment for PPI;
    • Packaging manufacturers;
    • End customers;
    • Governmental and industry associations representatives;
    • For the 1st time PAP-FOR invites major retail chains!

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

    Participate in PAP-FOR – grow your business!
    (Reed Expo Russia)

     
    04.07.2014   PACK & GREEN Award: 2 Equal Winners - Lefranc-NP Innovation and TPG Packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news These are the two winners selected by the 2014 Pack & Green jury which met on 4 June at the Pack & Gift Trade Fair: Lefranc / NP innovation for its Garden Packaging, and TPG Packaging for its presentation wrapper.

    Lefranc-NP presented the Garden Pack: from the new range of Clear Footprint packaging, the concept is based on using the thickness of the medium as the packaging.
    Made only with PEFC and FSC cardboard and wood cellulose films, this range has been developed for packaging thin products, up to 4 mm: button batteries, flat batteries, seeds, credit cards, SIM cards, electronic components, etc.
    This packaging usefully replaces blister packs for thin products or can replace the windows on any other packaged objects, providing both full protection and product visibility.
    TPG Packaging meanwhile proposed the presentation wrapper developed for the chocolate company Saveurs & Natures.
    Until now combining cardboard and PET film, this metallized holographic paper is innovative because it does not include any plastic. It is the only metallized product that can be printed using all the current techniques: traditional flexo, UV flexo, rotogravure, photogravure. It is also the first metallized packaging paper certified 1.02 in terms of waste paper. Its 15% better rigidity reduces the weight of the packaging, and as a fully recyclable single material, it can in some cases be used to replace virgin fibre with recycled fibre.
    In making them joint winners, the jury wanted to pay tribute to the innovations of these two companies that represented two different targets. Lefranc-NP Innovation offered a concept whose environmental benefits are obvious to the final consumer; TPG Packaging however put forward a more a technical innovation that takes a very practical step forward for professionals, even if it goes unnoticed by the consumer.
    Awarded for the 5th consecutive year, the Pack & Green Award aims to recompense the most innovative project in terms of reducing environmental impact. A jury made up of packaging industry and sustainable development experts was brought together to examine the entries and select the winners.
    (IDICE SAS)
     
    04.07.2014   Board and packaging paper production with Voith: quick start-up, highest degree of efficiency and...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... best quality

    Board and packaging paper machines need to run at the highest degree of efficiency to be most cost effective. This is where Voith’s proven machines and components come to the fore to ensure a quick start-up. Thus the PM 5, which was put into operation for Stora Enso Narew at the beginning of 2013, was already operated with 100% of its design capacity in the first week. The PM 5 produces testliner and fluting in a basis weight range of 65 – 140 g/m².
    Voith offers a multitude of proven solutions for all process steps. In the former section, the DuoFormer D is used in more than 230 installations. With the further development of DuoFormer D II, the production rate can again be noticeably increased. The first DuoFormer D II put into operation in a board machine in 2013 has an increased production capacity of up to 40%. The board quality remains at an excellent level with the best smoothness and at the same time high bulk.
    Voith also offers proven components for the downstream production steps. Today board and packaging paper machines are equipped with Voith VariFlex winders. Due to its modular structure, VariFlex can be designed very precisely for the requirements of board and packaging paper. That is the key for ensuring short start-up and optimization times, together with a high level of availability and excellent start-up curves.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    04.07.2014   Praxair Starts Up Oxygen Supply to Pulp Mill in Uruguay    ( Company news )

    Company news Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) announced the start-up of a new 125 tons per day non-cryogenic vacuum-pressure-swing-adsorption (VPSA) plant at the Montes del Plata pulp mill. Under a long-term contract, Praxair will supply gaseous oxygen to the mill located in Punta Pereira, Uruguay.
    In response to growing environmental regulation, pulp mills are eliminating the use of chemicals in the bleaching process. Oxygen delignification reduces the use of chemicals in the plant resulting in operational cost savings, environmental benefits and enhanced yield in pulp production.
    “Oxygen is a critical product in processes that help pulp and paper manufacturers increase productivity and improve environmental performance,” said Domingos Bulus, president of Praxair South America. “It is our mission to develop innovative applications technologies that produce environmental benefits and drive business growth. With this in mind, we have developed and implemented state-of-the-art applications to ensure the safe, efficient and reliable delivery of oxygen to the Montes del Plata plant.”
    The pulp mill is operated by Montes del Plata, and is the largest privately executed investment that has been made in Uruguay. More than $2 billion has been invested in the modern pulp mill, including its power generation unit based on renewable resources, making the mill self-sufficient. The mill is expected to produce 1.3 million tons of cellulose pulp a year for paper and cardboard manufacturing.
    “At Montes del Plata we seek excellence in all that we do,” said Luis Maria Rodriguez, chief executive officer of Montes del Plata. “Praxair shares our commitment to excellence and we are happy to have them as a trusted global supplier.”
    (Praxair Inc.)
     
    04.07.2014   John Crane Wins 3-Year Service Agreement from Suzano    ( Company news )

    Company news Suzano Pulp and Paper has awarded John Crane a three-year Performance Plus reliability program contract, which covers professional field services and management of 1,700 rotating equipment assets to increase uptime and efficiency at four Suzano Pulp and Paper production sites in Brazil. The program will also include on-site technical training for Suzano´s maintenance and operations teams, and implementation of key performance indicators (KPIs) to track performance improvements and cost savings.
    On-site technicians will be based at each of the production sites to perform proactive, preventive and corrective maintenance on mechanical seals used on their rotating equipment. John Crane will be responsible for maximizing performance and improving the reliability of Suzano’s equipment to reduce total cost of ownership and extend the average time between repairs. Suzano will also benefit from the high-performance technology used in John Crane’s seals, which will control water usage and reduce water consumption.
    John Donatiello, Global Vice President of End User Sales and Service at John Crane, said: “We are proud to be entrusted with this strategic agreement and are committed to increasing Suzano’s internal efficiencies. We’ve delivered substantial increases in reliability with many of our customers, correlating to a reduction in maintenance spend and a lower total cost of ownership. We look forward to leveraging this experience and technical expertise to contribute to Suzano’s success.”
    Performance Plus is John Crane’s premier service level program, which focuses on improving efficiency and reducing operating costs for customers. Some of the benefits include asset management to lower total cost of ownership and reliability services to improve mechanical seal performance. It’s common for customers to significantly reduce their maintenance costs while engaged in a Performance Plus reliability program. John Crane has 15 years of experience implementing more than 170 Performance Plus agreements. Currently, the company has 150 reliability engineers and technicians placed full time at customer sites to maintain equipment, perform daily maintenance and provide technical expertise.
    (John Crane Inc.)
     
    04.07.2014   ANDRITZ to deliver wood processing line for Stora Enso mechanical pulp plant in China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso Packaging, China, to supply a complete wood handling line for a greenfield mechanical pulp plant and board machine in Guangxi Province, China.
    Start-up of the wood processing line is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.
    The raw material for the mill will be forest-debarked plantation wood. ANDRITZ’s scope of supply includes the main systems for wood intake and washing, chipping (with unique, horizontally fed HHQ chipper), chip storage and reclaiming, chip screening, chip conveying systems to the BCTMP mill, as well as bark and fines handling. The design flow of the chipping line is 120 m3 sub (solid under bark)/h to enable 725 adt/d of BCTMP pulp production. The covered silo will be able to house 16,000 m3 of chips. In addition to the equipment and machinery, ANDRITZ will provide erection supervision, training, and start-up services.
    The design capacity of the board machine, which will produce several grades from eucalyptus mechanical pulp, is 450,000 adt/a. Initial design capacity of the BCTMP plant is 725 adt/d.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    04.07.2014   Alfa Laval wins SEK 120 million energy-efficiency order from AkzoNobel    ( Company news )

    Company news Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply compact heat exchangers for the caustic evaporation plant of AkzoNobel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The order, booked in the Process Industry segment or the Energy & Process segment according to the new organization for the Process Technology division, has a value of approximately SEK 120 million and deliveries are scheduled for 2014 and 2015.
    Alfa Laval’s compact heat exchangers will be used for concentrating caustic soda, an important ingredient in the chemical and petrochemical industries. The compact heat exchangers will re-use heat from different steps of the evaporation process, thereby maximizing the energy efficiency and minimizing the energy use.
    “This is Alfa Laval’s largest caustic installation to date and it will include our compact heat exchangers in a set-up that makes the process extremely energy efficient,” says Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic AB)
     
    04.07.2014   Agreement Reached to Close Torraspapel Mill in Sarrià de Ter    ( Company news )

    Company news 73 of the 132 employees will be relocated to other Group mills and production will be redistributed mainly between the Zaragoza and Motril sites

    After a process of negotiation and dialogue with employee representatives to study the viability or closure of Torraspapel’s mill in Sarrià de Ter (Girona, Spain), on June 30th the company and employees reached an agreement that will result in the closure of the plant, relocating 73 of the 132 employees to other Group manufacturing sites in Spain.
    Current production at Sarrià de Ter, approximately 67,000 tons of base paper and uncoated specialty papers, will be relocated to other Group mills, primarily to the Zaragoza and Motril plants, resulting in a reduction of coated woodfree paper production capacity at these mills.
    The paper industry has been experiencing very difficult conditions, with a permanent drop in demand. In addition to the decline in sales, Sarrià de Ter has been affected by the impact of changes in the legislative framework for the electricity industry in recent years.
    The gradual closure of Torraspapel’s mill in Sarrià de Ter will take place over the next few months.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    03.07.2014   Voith's expertise: Guangxi BM 1 produces 1,200,000 metric tons of high-quality ivory board    ( Company news )

    Company news In the Chinese province of Guangxi, Asia Pulp & Paper produces high-quality ivory board made of 100% virgin fibers on the BM 1 supplied by Voith. The machine went into operation at the beginning of 2013 and produces since then highest quality board. The production line delivered by Voith is the highest performing board machine for ivory board worldwide, with a wire width of 8,750 mm, a design speed of 1,400 m/min and an annual production capacity of 1,200,000 metric tons.
    Taking into account the very high requirements for board quality, Voith delivered the entire production line – from the wet end process to the winder. The Guangxi BM 1 is based on proven components and products that have been successfully used many times. This provides the paper maker with a high level of investment security. With this production line, Voith delivered everything from a single source and thus assumed responsibility for the entire process.
    The three-layer former concept with the newly developed DuoFormer D II provides for an optimal dewatering capacity and production speed. In the press section, the triple NipcoFlex press allows the highest dry content and thus low energy use. In addition, an excellent level of smoothness with a closed web run and thus extremely good runability are achieved by this press concept.
    The outstanding surface quality and printability of the ivory board produced on the Guangxi BM 1 is essentially determined by pre-calendering of the unprocessed board before the coating machine. The innovative concept with the EcoCal Plus calender combines for the first time worldwide an oil-heated hard nip calender with an external induction heating system and an upstream nozzle moisturizer. The results are significant savings of raw materials. Very good surface quality is achieved by the use of DynaCoat AT coating units.
    An EcoSoft Delta calender with two soft nips on the printed side is used before the reel for the first time so as to ensure a very uniform surface quality and improved board gloss. Then the board is wound in a gentle and controlled manner with the Sirius and processed with the VariFlex winder into paper rolls. Also included in Voith’s delivery were the chemical preparation, automation of the entire process and the system engineering.
    The Guangxi BM 1 produces high-quality packaging paper which is suitable for all current printing processes such as flexographic, offset or rotogravure in a basis weight range of 180-350 g/m². The primary areas of use for the board are high-quality folded boxes for cosmetics and luxury items for the Asian market.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.07.2014   E.S. Fox Ltd Awarded $2 Million Contract for Irving Pulp & Paper Modernization    ( Company news )

    Company news Employment for over 70 in Saint John and St. Antoine N.B.

    E.S. Fox Ltd. of Saint John has been awarded a contract of over $2 million as part of the Irving Pulp & Paper modernization announced in March of this year.
    Work began on June 15 and will continue to mid-December as the company undertakes the design, fabrication, delivery, site installation, and testing of modular utility racks. The racks are comprised of a structural steel frame with long pipe sections and will connect the existing facilities with the new continuous cooking plant at Irving Pulp & Paper in Saint John.
    The project will involve seven company employees and 25 additional trades workers including ironworkers and pipefitters.
    Almost 40 additional jobs will be generated by E.S. Fox Ltd. through subcontract work: at Lenron Transport in Saint John (for delivery of finished modules from the fabrication shop to the pulp mill), as well as Titan, located in St. Antoine, NB who will employ 30 people in steel fabrication for the project.
    “Forest products manufacturers have been a mainstay of jobs for our company for 60 years. The modernization of the pulp mill is the largest single site contract for our company and will sustain employment for about 40 people,” said Steve Doyle, Area Manager for E.S. Fox Ltd.
    “As a New Brunswick company, we are committed to using qualified local suppliers in the $450 million pulp mill modernization underway in Saint John,” said Mark Mosher, Vice President of Pulp & Paper at J.D. Irving, Limited. “To date we have issued over $15 million in local contracts to New Brunswick companies and expect to issue a similar amount by September.”
    (Irving Pulp & Paper Limited)
     
    03.07.2014   Karl Knauer KG is focusing on higher performance with the Speedmaster XL 106-6    ( Company news )

    Company news -Major boost to productivity and cost-efficiency
    -Long-standing partnership with Heidelberg was key investment factor
    -Service packages ensure maximum machine uptime

    Figure: Martin Glatz, head of sales & marketing (left), and Gerhard Kammerer, technical production manager, value the efficiency of the Speedmaster XL 106-6+LYYL. With its components for reducing makeready times, the printing press significantly boosts productivity at Karl Knauer.

    A Speedmaster XL 106-6+LYYL from Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has been up and running at packaging specialists Karl Knauer KG since the beginning of 2014. The investment is aimed at further increasing the profitability and productivity of printing high-quality folding cartons. "Heidelberg has been a valued partner of ours for a long time now. We work on an equal footing and have already implemented numerous projects together rolling out special developments. As such, it was a pretty clear-cut decision to opt for Heidelberg for this acquisition too," says Gerhard Kammerer, technical production manager at Karl Knauer. The pre-investment productivity calculations produced by the Business Consulting team from Heidelberg predicted a potential 40 percent productivity boost based on adaptations in logistics, job planning, and the machine's performance. "Thanks to the high productivity of the Speedmaster press - at 18,000 sph on many jobs - and improved in-house processes, it wasn't long before we saw a significant increase in overall productivity," Kammerer explains.
    Karl Knauer operates two sites, in Biberach (Baden) and Pniewy (Poland). The company employs a 540-strong workforce to produce around a billion folding cartons each year for manufacturers of branded goods throughout Europe. The bulk of orders handled by the packaging and advertising specialist lie in the 200 - 600 gsm range. The Speedmaster XL 106 also makes it very easy to produce exceptional surface finishes in matt/gloss or UV applications for the gift packaging segment.
    In terms of makeready alone, the company is achieving around 50 percent savings using the automatic plate change and optimized washup cycles. The Speedmaster XL 106 is equipped with the Prinect Inspection Control inline sheet inspection system for continuous monitoring and documentation of the entire run. The Hycolor inking and dampening system in conjunction with the Color Package achieves optimum color stability, shortens makeready times, and reduces paper waste throughout. Its control panel concept with touchscreen at the feeder and the printing and coating units enables uniform operation of the entire machine. The non-stop logistics at the feeder and delivery also ensure maximum uptime on this printing press. The machine is integrated into the Prinect print shop workflow using Prinect Pressroom Manager and directly linked with the SAP system via a CIP4 Interface.
    Preventive service contracts such as Systemservice 36plus and the Heidelberg Partner Program cover repair costs, Remote Services, and other services, which play a key role in optimizing machine performance and value retention. "The services provided by Heidelberg ensure maximum machine availability, just as we require," says Kammerer.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    03.07.2014   Valmet receives its fifth tissue line order from Turkish Hayat Kimya    ( Company news )

    Company news The long term relationship between Valmet and Hayat Kimya was recently further strengthened when the Turkish tissue producer ordered its fifth Advantage DCT 200 tissue line from Valmet. The line will add 70.000 tons of high quality tissue to Hayat Kimya's current production of facial, toilet and towel tissue. The start-up of the new tissue line is planned for 2016.
    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter, 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    The order is part of Hayat Kimya's expansion plan in the Middle East. The first two of the Valmet delivered Advantage DCT 200 tissue lines were started up in 2010 and 2013 and two will start up in 2014 and 2015.
    "We have developed an efficient cooperation with Valmet, which is built on mutual trust and common understanding. Our people are familiar with Valmet's Advantage tissue technology which has resulted in very fast start-ups and high production efficiency," says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.
    "Our excellent and long term relationship with Hayat Kimya has resulted in another joint project and we are looking forward to continued good cooperation. The development of our tissue making technologies in cooperation with our customers has made the Advantage DCT technology the benchmark for the industry with close to 70 lines sold. We are dedicated to our customers' success and the tissue industry," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

    Technical information
    The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber and the production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance the quality of the final product.
    Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT 200 TS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, an AirCap hood prepared for co-generation, WetDust dust system, sheet transfer system and a SoftReel L reel. The stock preparation line will consist of OptiSlush pulpers, OptiFiner conical refiners and OptiScreen machine screens.
    Furthermore, the delivery will include an extensive automation package from Metso with Metso DNA machine and process controls and Metso IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.07.2014   ANDRITZ to supply new semi-chemical fiberline based on green liquor technology to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... SCG Paper, Thailand

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from SCG Paper, one of Asia’s leading producers of packaging grades, to supply a semi-chemical pulp fiberline for the Wangsala mill, Thailand.
    The eucalyptus fiberline will have a production capacity of 240 admt/d and provide pulp for the production of kraftliner and corrugated medium. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.
    The ANDRITZ semi-chemical pulping process is based on green liquor technology. Thanks to blow-line refining at low temperature in the medium consistency range followed by low-consistency refining, high-grade semi-chemical pulp is produced economically with low energy consumption. ANDRITZ fiber washing is tailored to the specific pulp quality, and it also enables high washing efficiency and low chemical consumption.
    The order comprises a complete semi-chemical pulp fiberline including chip washing, chemical chip impregnation and digester feeding with an ANDRITZ MSD Impressafiner, a continuous digester, a medium-consistency ANDRITZ 1CP blow line refiner, brown stock washing with an ANDRITZ DD (Drum Displacer) washer, and low-consistency refining with TwinFlo refiners to optimize the pulp properties.
    This is already the second order within a year that SCG Paper awarded to ANDRITZ (in 2013, ANDRITZ received an order to deliver a fiberline for used paper and board packaging as well as a reject handling plant). SCG Paper has facilities in Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, producing approximately 1.9 million t/a packaging paper that is certified by international environmental standards.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    03.07.2014   Caraustar Industries Signs Agreement to Acquire The Newark Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Caraustar Industries, Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Middle Market, the dedicated middle market investment affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, has entered into an agreement to acquire The Newark Group, Inc.. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals.
    Newark is a manufacturer of recycled paperboard, linerboard, industrial tubes, cores and other converted product including book covers and packaging solutions. Headquartered in Cranford, NJ, The Newark Group has approximately 1500 employees and operates over 20 manufacturing facilities in the US and Canada.
    “The acquisition of The Newark Group is a major milestone in our growth journey,” said Michael Patton, Chief Executive Officer of Caraustar. “Bringing together the strengths of our respective companies will dramatically expand our manufacturing and distribution capabilities to better serve our growing customer base. We look forward to working with The Newark Group employees, partners and customers.”
    Tenno Tsai, Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital commented, “The combination of these highly respected companies will significantly build upon our investment in the recycled paperboard industry. We are impressed with the capabilities of The Newark Group and look forward to supporting Mike and his leadership team as they integrate the businesses.”
    (Caraustar Paperboard Mill Group)
     
    03.07.2014   Graphic Packaging Closes Sale of Multi-wall Bag Business    ( Company news )

    Company news Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary Graphic Packaging International, Inc., have completed the sale of their Multi-wall Bag business to Mondi Group. The divested assets included 9 converting plants located throughout the United States and the Pine Bluff, Arkansas kraft paper mill.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
     
    03.07.2014   Metso's new laboratory analyzer, Metso Fractionator, provides deeper insight into fiber ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... furnish characteristics

    New applications increase productivity and profitability through better raw material utilization, improve sustainability and lower production costs

    Caption: The new Metso Fractionator automates the tedious Bauer-McNett laboratory fractionation, improving the understanding of the effectiveness of different retention chemicals and allowing to optimize your pulp mixes. It is also possible to separately measure fibers and free ink particles in recycled pulp to evaluate the quality of slushing and deinking processes.

    The Metso Fractionator is a new, automated laboratory analyzer that classifies and measures fiber furnish characteristics to optimize paper, board or tissue production. It opens new windows to increase productivity and profitability through better raw material utilization, improve sustainability and lower production costs. The highly repeatable results can significantly reduce trial times and simplify furnish or process troubleshooting.
    The new analyzer replaces time-consuming and laborious laboratory Bauer-McNett analyses and makes it possible to separately measure fibers and free ink particles in recycled pulp to evaluate the quality of slushing and deinking processes. By separating fibers and fillers, the analyzer also improves the understanding of the effectiveness of different retention chemicals. A typical measurement takes only four minutes, with no need for special sample preparation.

    Tube flow fractionation utilized
    Unlike Metso's other automatic fiber or pulp quality measurements, the new solution utilizes tube flow fractionation to sort furnish particles according to dimension and specific surface area before the measurements.
    Tube flow fractionation technology is based on controlling the flow profile, where the flow rate is higher in the center of the tube than near the tube walls. Particles with larger dimensions and specific surface area are captured by the faster moving middle zone of the flow, whereas particles with a relatively small diameter and specific surface area tend to move towards the slower moving zones in the flow. An image analysis at the end of the tube first sees the larger vessel fragments, then fibers, followed by fillers and fines. Additional measurements with optional ink and high-definition fiber cameras are available.

    Complementing Metso's fiber analyzer offering
    The Metso Fractionator joins three other Metso devices in Metso's growing arsenal of fiber analyzers: the recently introduced and very successful laboratory fiber analyzer Metso FS5, the Metso MAP online furnish analyzer, and the automatic pulp testing analyzer Metso Pulp Expert.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    03.07.2014   Zellcheming-Expo: Successful kick-off in Frankfurt    ( Company news )

    Company news After three positive exhibition days ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 is closing its doors with a very promising debut at the new location in Frankfurt. "Together with the industry we provided a basis for a positive, future development of Zellcheming-Expo and the whole industry", says Petra Hanke, Executive Director of ZELLCHEMING Association.
    With 169 exhibitors as well as 12 publishers the event confirmed its position as the most important European dialogue platform of the industry sector. 2,533 participants received information about the latest products and innovations concerning the pulp and paper industry. According to the newly implemented counting method referred to FKM guide lines (Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics) this total number contains 1,658 trade visitors, 739 employees of exhibiting companies as well as 21 representatives of the press and 397 attendees. This result answers the standard of last years' event.
    The congress offered insightful lectures, workshops and discussion round tables for the pulp and paper industry. With future oriented topics like resources and energy efficiency, a plus in participants was registered. The important role of the congress in the pulp and paper industry becomes all the more visible.
    Also the evening events of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 received positive feedback. Both the Opening on Tuesday and the Summer Evening on Wednesday offered the opportunity to continue with professional exchange in an relaxed and modern atmosphere.

    The results 2014:
    Exhibition space: 5,200 sq m
    Exhibitors: 169 plus 12 publishers
    Visitors: 1,658
    Conference participants: 397
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
     
    02.07.2014   Conclusion of a major contract    ( Company news )

    Company news The Management Board of Arctic Paper S.A. („Company”) herewith advises that on June 17, 2014 the Company received contract dated June 12, 2014
    concluded by the Company with Fibria International Trade GmbH seated in Lustenau/Austria („Supplier”) for delivery of cellulose by the Supplier (“Supply Contract”).
    The term of the Supply Contract is from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
    Under the Contract, the Supplier agreed to deliver and the Company agreed to purchase 90.000 metric tons of cellulose.
    The total volume of cellulose supplied under the contract may be increased or reduced by up to 10%.
    Under the Contract, the Supplier agreed to deliver and the Company
    agreed to purchase cellulose of the approximate value of PLN 170,000,000.
    The price per metric ton has been agreed to be based on the FOEX PIX in US dollars for Europe and subject to discounts agreed by the parties to the Contract.
    There are no contractual penalties or conditions precedent stipulated in the contract.
    The Supply Contract has been deemed to be of major importance due to
    the value of obligations incurred by the Company thereunder, which
    exceeds 10% of equity od the Company.
    (Arctic Paper S.A.)
     
    02.07.2014   PAP-FOR Russia 2014 New Exhibitors Program - Stand out with PAP-FOR Russia 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news PAP-FOR Russia is proud of its impressive list of professional exhibitors, the leading companies in pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries. There are not only 35 new participants, there are new countries definitely confirming exhibition status of a major International Pulp and Paper event.
    We are pleased to welcome all newcomers at the largest B2B event in Eastern Europe for pulp and paper industry, which joined the PAP-FOR project in 2014! Newcomers are the companies that never participated in PAP-FOR or exhibited at the show more than 5 years ago.
    For the first time newcomers will showcase their solutions in manufacturing, wholesale and supply of raw materials, chemicals, equipment, etc. for pulp & paper market.
    Updated list of newcomers and their specialization can be found at www.papfor.com.
    This year PAP-FOR Russia team introduces special New Exhibitors Program enabling newcomers to make an eye-catching introduction of their business and participation in the show! PAP-FOR New Exhibitors’ advantage is an opportunity to make an eye-catching introduction of their business!
    • News publishing;
    • Free e-mailings;
    • Announcement in mass media;
    • Special signage in electronic and printable show issues
    PAP-FOR Russia will definitely boost your visibility and attract your potential clients’ and partners’ interest.
    (Reed Exhibitions Russia)
     

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    Buyers' Guide of Producers' and Converters' Products:
    Base papers and boards
    Board for packaging use
    Board, misc.
    Boxes, packages, etc.
    Corrugated boards
    Household and sanitary paper goods
    Household and sanitary papers for converting
    Office and exercise goods, general stationery
    Other converted paper and board products
    Paper and board for technical use
    Paper rolls all kinds
    Papers all kinds
    Papers and boards; coated, laminated, impregnated
    Papers for packaging use
    Printing, fine and writing board
    Printing, fine and writing papers
    Pulps and mechanical groundwood pulps
    Sacks, bags, carrier bags

    Buyers' Guide of Merchants:
    Base papers and boards
    Board for packaging use
    Board, misc.
    Boxes, packages, etc.
    Corrugated boards
    Household and sanitary paper goods
    Household and sanitary papers for converting
    Office and exercise goods, general stationery
    Other converted paper and board products
    Paper and board for technical use
    Paper rolls all kinds
    Papers all kinds
    Papers and boards; coated, laminated, impregnated
    Papers for packaging use
    Printing, fine and writing board
    Printing, fine and writing papers
    Pulps and mechanical groundwood pulps
    Sacks, bags, carrier bags

    Buyers' Guide of Suppliers' Products:
    Assembly and handling equipment
    Associations and institutions
    Chemicals and raw materials
    Cleaning plants, filtres and filtrations systems
    Drives, gears and motors
    Energy production, energy management
    Machine knives and accessories
    Machines and plants for the wood and pulp industry
    Machines and plants, misc. and printing machines
    Paper and board converting machines
    Paper and board machines and plants
    Paper machine felts and wires, woven wires, screens
    Planning, development and organisation, trade services
    Plants for preparation, dissolving, combusting, recovery
    Pumps all kinds
    Rollers and cylinders
    Test, measuring and control equipments
    Trade journals, magazines
    Ventilation systems; Drying plants
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