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    08.11.2013   ACQUISITION OF DAKOTA PACKAGING LIMITED    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Colin Day, Chief Executive

    Essentra plc (“Essentra” or “the Company”) announces that it has acquired 100% of the share capital of Dakota Packaging Limited (“Dakota”) for an undisclosed sum. Dakota has been acquired on a cash-free, debt-free basis, and was funded from the Company’s existing facilities.
    Based in Dublin, Dakota is a well-positioned supplier of printed, folding and litho-laminate cartons to the pharmaceutical and healthcare end-markets in Ireland, and will be reported under the Company’s Packaging & Securing Solutions division. The acquisition of Dakota not only reinforces the division’s product range and customer base in healthcare packaging, it also provides significant additional scale in the Irish market. For the year ended 30 September 2013 Dakota generated revenue of €15.2m, and the transaction will be immediately earnings enhancing to the Company.
    Commenting on the acquisition, Colin Day, Chief Executive, said:
    “The acquisition of Dakota is consistent with Essentra’s Vision 2015 strategy of supplementing balanced, profitable organic growth with value-creating transactions. With its complementary product range and strong, long-standing customer relationships, Dakota is not only a compelling fit with our recent acquisition of Contego Healthcare Limited in the attractive growth healthcare and pharmaceutical packaging sector, but also reinforces our position in the sizeable Irish market.”
    (Essentra plc)
     
    08.11.2013   Cham Paper Group Holding AG: Sale of Italian paper mills stopped    ( Company news )

    Company news The sale of the Cham Paper Group's mills in Carmignano and Condino, Italy, to the Delfort Group announced on 15 July 2013 has fallen through on account of the unsuccessful outcome of contract negotiations between the Delfort Group and the Italian employees' representatives in Carmignano.
    This means that both mills will remain in the possession of the Cham Paper Group. They are in a favourable position thanks to the comprehensive restructuring of the Cham Paper Group during the past two years. By contrast, the general manager of the Italian mills, Marcello Di Giacomo, who joined the Cham Paper Group one year ago, will be leaving the Group. His remit will be assumed by the mill managers in Carmignano and Condino, Gianluca Scaglioni and Gerold Zuegg, and the Group's executive management.
    The activities of the Cham Paper Group in Switzerland will not be impacted by retaining the Italian mills. As of this year the Group's industrial operations in Switzerland are focussed on the finishing (coating technology) of sourced base paper and the development, launch and marketing of premium product lines and services. The Group is currently immersed in project planning activities for transforming the 'Papieri' industrial park in Cham into an attractive urban district.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
     
    07.11.2013   Rottneros moves its head office to Vallvik    ( Company news )

    Company news Rottneros Group relocates its head office from Stockholm to Vallvik Mill, one of the group's two pulp mills.

    "In our latest interim report we advised of the change process recently initiated within the Group. I consider that it is vital for Group management to be closer to our operations and consequently feel that our decision to relocate our head office to Vallvik Mill as part of this change process represents a logical step", explains Carl-Johan Jonsson (President and CEO). The moving process will commence immediately.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
     
    07.11.2013   HP-Commercial Media Evaluation Reports – "Excellent"–awards for Ziegler Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Ziegler Paper Mill-products awarded with „Excellent“

    With the high-performance inkjet presses T200 and T300, HP has set completely new standards in inkjet printing. High-quality print results not only require perfect machinery engineering, but also high quality paper products. Ziegler Paper products are part of the HP paper program. Z-Advance, Z-Evolution and Z Infinity have been evaluated by HP and their runability has been awarded with the maximum 3 stars, which means "excellent" (= best performing media - excellent characteristics for the intended application).
    (Ziegler Papier AG)
     
    07.11.2013   Future Valmet to deliver recovery boiler single-drum conversion for Stora Enso's Veitsiluoto Mill ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in Finland

    Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, and Stora Enso have signed an agreement on the single-drum conversion of Stora Enso Veitsiluoto Mill’s recovery boiler. The conversion will be completed in the fall of 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order is included in Pulp, Paper and Power’s third quarter 2013 orders received.
    The recovery boiler was built in 1977 and its current capacity is roughly 2,000 metric tons of dry solids per day. The upper and lower drum of the recovery boiler and the steam generating bank between them will be replaced by a new drum and separate boiler bank elements needed for heat recovery.
    “The conversion will significantly extend the boiler’s lifetime, improve the boiler’s availability, secure safe operation and reduce maintenance costs. Further advantages offered by a single-drum conversion compared to replacing the existing design with a similar one are a shorter down-time and the reliability of the solution,” says Olli Ypyä, Sales Manager, Boiler Conversions, from Metso.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    07.11.2013   InterTech Technology Award 2013 – Speedmaster XL 145/162 honored    ( Company news )

    Company news -Double gripper technology and paper stretch compensation result in much lower paper consumption and impress judges
    -Heidelberg wins coveted award for 32nd time

    The Speedmaster XL 145/162 platform from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has received the InterTech Technology Award 2013. The judges were particularly impressed with the double gripper technology and motorized paper stretch compensation (remote fan-out control), along with the associated potential for cutting costs in terms of paper consumption and reduced makeready times. This is the very first time in the award's history that press technology in this format class has received the coveted award. Overall, this is the 32nd InterTech Technology Award for an innovation from Heidelberg.

    Double gripper delivery enables flexible job pooling
    When printing mixed forms, the larger the paper format, the greater the flexibility in arranging the individual repeats. In the past, large-format perfectors had two limitations to contend with - smearing during sheet travel and machine-related restrictions in the arrangement of the mixed forms, since corridors for the sheet brakes prevented efficient job pooling and reduced the printable area by up to six percent. Both limitations are now history thanks to the double gripper technology that Heidelberg showcased at drupa 2012. Since the sheet in the delivery is guided by grippers at both the front and rear edges, the sheet guide plate has been eliminated completely and, with it, all the risks of ink buildup and associated scratches. Use of a special brake gripper bar also dispenses with the brake corridors that previously hindered job pooling. Jobs can now be nested over the entire surface of the sheet.
    The elimination of brake corridors results in significant cost reduction, not only for web-to-print shops but also for commercial printing. Paper savings of around 5 cm (1.97 in) across the width of the sheet cut paper costs considerably.

    Motorized paper stretch compensation ensures precise register accuracy
    Heidelberg was the first company in the world to offer motorized paper stretch compensation for large-format applications when it added this function to its Speedmaster XL presses in summer 2012. This technology enables a register error caused by paper distortion at the rear edge of the sheet to be compensated fully automatically from the Prinect Press Center control station. This dispenses with the time-consuming process of manually adjusting the impression cylinder circumferentially or laterally by means of the clamping bar segments. This high register accuracy is a crucial advantage in the production of mixed forms by web-to-print suppliers in particular, as the printer - unlike in conventional commercial printing - has only limited influence over the makeup of the printing form. The mixed forms can easily accommodate up to 100 customer jobs, each of which must be of perfect quality, even if, for example, there are negative 8-point fonts at the rear edge of the sheet in 7B format. What's more, makeready is around ten minutes faster, depending on the machine configuration.
    Used in combination and depending on the machine and job structure, both functions collectively can achieve annual cost savings of several hundred thousand euros.
    "The InterTech Award Technology 2013 for the large-format technology from Heidelberg underscores the credentials of this format class in terms of top productivity and quality, coupled with minimal costs. Users of a Speedmaster XL 145 / XL 162 invest in state-of-the-art technology that supports them in significantly enhancing their competitive position," says Stefan Hasenzahl, head of Very Large Format and Postpress Packaging at Heidelberg.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    07.11.2013   AVERY DENNISON ENHANCES PERFORMANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY WITH INNOVATIONS...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...INTRODUCED AT LABELEXPO ASIA 2013

    Inspiring innovations, Sustainable growth
    Avery Dennison Booth B48 (Hall E1)
    Labelexpo Asia 2013

    Avery Dennison will introduce a new wave of innovations designed to drive sustainable growth at Labelexpo Asia in Shanghai, China, December 3-6, 2013.
    “Avery Dennison is constantly striving to develop label and packaging innovations that can help converters solve the performance and sustainability challenges they face today,” comments Georges Gravanis, vice president and general manager, Materials Group - Asia Pacific, Avery Dennison. “We are looking forward to engaging Labelexpo Asia 2013 visitors with fresh approaches not only to shelf appeal but to recycling, and productivity as well.”
    One such product is a pressure-sensitive labeling solution that improves the recyclability of PET containers. The Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ (Bottle-to-Bottle) Film portfolio can help increase PET yields thanks to an innovative adhesive and film combination that separates cleanly and efficiently from the PET flakes produced during the recycling process. The result is food grade rPET flakes pure enough to be used to produce new food grade bottles and containers, which conserves virgin PET resources and supports beverage industry leaders’ desire to increase their use of recycled PET bottles.
    Also in the spotlight will be a new platform of adhesives that enable thinner constructions, increased productivity and decreased bleeding. Avery Dennison’s ClearCut™ technology is designed to increase sustainability while improving functional performance and shelf-appeal.
    The Machine Direction Oriented (MDO) films are anchored with Avery Dennison’s new proprietary S7000 adhesive. Film materials using this adhesive deliver excellent clarity, water whitening resistance, less adhesive oozing, and good release profile for high-speed converting and dispensing. The clear, white and metalized feedstocks on PET liners avoid the trade-offs in ooze, dispensing and wet-out typical of thinner films. Offering 31% less material weight and greenhouse gas reductions of 22% compared to similar films, they generate substantial sustainability impact advantages.
    Two new solutions address the special requirements of wine and spirits products. The Aqua Stick™ portfolio utilizes a new adhesive called “Z3338”, which is specifically designed to adhere directly to condensated wine bottles. Ideally suited for variable temperature and humid environments resulting in bottle surface condensation. Aqua Stick’s unique adhesive technology delivers consistent label positioning in these challenging environments often associated with white and sparkling wine applications.
    Aqua Proof™ is a portfolio of synthetic label materials designed to look just like premium paper while delivering the functional benefits of film. These unique label materials are engineered to withstand long term exposure to refrigeration and ice bucket applications, enabling consistent premium product presentation throughout the entire product life cycle.
    These products, as well as many more ground-breaking innovations and new product solutions in the beverage, durables and digital categories, will be launched at the Avery Dennison Booth – at Labelexpo Asia 2013 Booth B48.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    07.11.2013   Formation of research alliance for the biotechnological production of biopolymers    ( Company news )

    Company news Research Alliance for the microbial production and application
    of biopolymers

    Picture: Walter Roggenstein, Head of Research and Development at Kelheim Fibres GmbH

    The four partners BRAIN, the Hohenstein Institute, Kelheim Fibres
    and rökona, announce the formation of a new research alliance
    for the biotechnical production and modification of specialty alginates.
    The aim of the alliance is to establish a sustainable microbial
    bioprocess for the production of specialised alginate components.
    The biopolymers should serve a dual purpose: application in high-quality medical product matrices and within the innovative
    textile industry.
    In addition to the Zwingenberg-based biotechnology company BRAIN
    AG, the research alliance involves the Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH (Bönnigheim), the world's leading manufacturer of specialty viscose fibres Kelheim Fibres GmbH (Kelheim) and the
    manufacturer of highly specialised materials for medical technology
    rökona Textilwerk GmbH (Tübingen).
    The biopolymer products will be used in both topical and wound-phase
    specific dressings, as well as for application-specific modification of
    matrices in technical textiles. Aside from high purity and more defined
    material properties of the biopolymer, the advantage of microbial production processes is an improvement in the environmental efficiency of products. Parts of the alliance research project will be co-financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under grant number 013A126 and the acronym AlBioTex.
    "Alongside our partners in the alliance, we want to build a high-quality bio-based matrix system and at the same time, a sustainable process in terms of the yield and techno-functionality of the biopolymers", explains Dr. Guido Meurer, Unit Head Microbial Production Technologies at BRAIN. “BRAIN has been an active researcher of innovative, supportive, bioactive substances for use in medical products for several years. These substances are then introduced into appropriate biological matrices and ultimately into modern wound dressings.“
    The primary objective of BRAIN, alongside the Hohenstein Institute, is
    to develop microbial production organisms for application in industrial
    quantities of biopolymers in appropriate biofermentation processes on
    an industrial scale. These research results also assist in the common
    aim of developing innovative nonwoven materials.
    "Until now, the variation and optimisation of the material properties of alginate was either not possible at all, or only possible with immense effort. Through the use of biotechnology, a differentiated use of alginates is made possible in the specialised textile field for the first time", says Dr. Timo Hammer, Head of Research in the Department of Hygiene, Environment and Medicine at the Hohenstein Institute, and coordinator of the AlBioTex project.
    The partners Kelheim Fibres and rökona Textilwerk participate in the
    alliance by providing access to high-quality, homogeneous biopolymers.
    The plan is to develop functional textiles with new properties and
    to use them in pilot processes.
    "The production of high-quality and homogeneous biopolymers is crucial
    for our functional viscose fibres based on renewable resources.
    Various functionalities expand this range of innovative fibre properties for new high-tech applications", says Walter Roggenstein, Head of Research and Development at Kelheim Fibres GmbH.
    "The joint research in these two fields, the textile and medical technology industries, is another prime example of the intensification of the biologisation of industries", concludes Dr. Holger Zinke, CEO of
    BRAIN, the motivation behind the research alliance. "Biological knowledge is the driving force of the bioeconomy and industrial biotechnology is one of its most important fields."
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    06.11.2013   Winner of the 2013 Luxe Pack in Green Award    ( Company news )

    Company news Industry acclaim for coffee cup recycling as James Cropper takes Luxepack award

    Finding a way to save 2.5 billion paper cups from landfill has been applauded by the paper packaging industry with James Cropper returning from Luxepack Monaco with the trade exhibition’s annual ‘In Green’ Award, recognising the most innovative, eco-friendly paper production development of 2013.
    The prestigious award, decided by a panel of six judges including Michel Fontaine, President of the French National Packaging Council went to the 168 year old British company in a ceremony held on Wednesday 23 October recognising the development of a ground breaking method of recycling previously unrecyclable paper cups.
    The Reclaimed Fibre Plant, opened in July at a cost of £5 million, leads the way in sustainable paper production. Separating the 5% polythene lining of paper cups, ubiquitous on high streets worldwide, from the 95% of reusable high quality fibre content has been lauded as a landmark development for the paper industry.
    Nigel Read, Sales & Marketing Director of James Cropper Speciality Papers, said: “As regular exhibitors at Luxepack events around the world, we know just how intense the competition is to create new and exciting ideas. That we have been recognised again for investing in ever more progressive methods of production is a result of our unrivalled pedigree, expertise, flexibility and innate curiosity. We’re grateful to a jury of discerning experts for choosing James Cropper to be the recipient of this year’s In Green Award.”
    The paper cup recycling process perfected by James Cropper involves softening the waste in a warmed solution, separating the plastic coating from the fibre. The plastic is skimmed off, pulverised and recycled, leaving water and pulp. Impurities are filtered out leaving high grade pulp suitable for use in luxury papers and packaging materials. 87% of the water involved is also reused.
    Phil Wild, CEO of James Cropper plc said: “Finding better and more responsible ways to produce the high-quality product our customers expect is central to what we do, so our investment in the Reclaimed Fibre Plant is a natural part of James Cropper’s evolution. The challenge of saving millions of paper cups from landfill was one that someone had to meet and I am very proud that James Cropper was the company to do it. The Luxepack In Green Award is a fantastic achievement to cap a momentous year.”
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
     
    06.11.2013   MERCER INTERNATIONAL INC. REPORTS IMPROVED 2013 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS    ( Company news )

    Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq: MERC, TSX: MRI.U) reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. Operating EBITDA* increased in the third quarter of 2013 to €24.8 million ($32.9 million) from €22.3 million ($27.9 million) in the third quarter of 2012 and €14.0 million ($18.3 million) in the second quarter of 2013. Current quarter Operating EBITDA includes €2.9 million of severance and personnel costs associated with our Celgar mill workforce reduction.

    For the third quarter of 2013, our net loss declined to €2.2 million ($2.9 million), or €0.04 ($0.05) per share, from a net loss of €9.7 million ($12.1 million), or €0.17 ($0.21) per share, in the third quarter of 2012 and a net loss of €9.9 million ($12.9 million), or €0.18 ($0.24) per share, for the second quarter of 2013.

    President's Comments

    Mr. Jimmy S.H. Lee, President and Chairman, stated: "In the current quarter, Operating EBITDA improved to €24.8 million from €14.0 million in the prior quarter which included costs and production losses associated with our Celgar mill's shutdown. Our results in the current quarter reflect generally stable Pulp prices, severance and personnel costs associated with the Celgar workforce reduction, a strong Euro versus the U.S. dollar and continued high fiber costs in Germany."

    Mr. Lee added: "At the end of the third quarter of 2013, list prices in Europe were approximately $880 per ADMT and in North America and China were approximately $945 and $695 per ADMT, respectively. A $20 per ADMT price increase in all markets was announced in late September and a further $20 per ADMT price increase has been announced in October 2013. We expect demand and pricing to have an upward trend in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to rising Asian demand, the closure of the Tofte mill in Norway and current NBSK inventory levels being slightly under-balanced at 27 days."

    Mr. Lee continued: "In the current quarter, pulp production was approximately 19,500 ADMTs higher and energy production and sales were also approximately 38,400 MWh and 17,900 MWh higher, respectively, than the second quarter. Our Rosenthal mill completed its annual maintenance shutdown essentially on time and budget and our Stendal mill is scheduled to shut down for its annual maintenance in the fourth quarter."

    Mr. Lee continued: "Fiber costs at our German mills remained at high levels during the third quarter of 2013 due to continuing strong demand from European pellet and board producers. High fiber costs in Germany were partially offset by continuing price decreases in Canada due to strong sawmill activity. Going forward this year, we currently expect fiber costs in Germany to increase slightly and to remain largely unchanged in Canada."

    Mr. Lee added: "In the current quarter, we incurred pre-tax charges of approximately €2.9 million for severance and other personnel related expenses in connection with the Celgar mill workforce reduction. We currently estimate incurring additional pre-tax severance and personnel charges of approximately €1.5 million to €3.0 million in connection therewith in the fourth quarter of 2013 as additional personnel leave the workforce. We expect that our Celgar mill will realize approximately €6.0 million to €7.5 million in annual pre-tax cost savings once the workforce restructuring has been fully implemented, with approximately 80% of such annual cost savings being realized in 2014."

    Mr. Lee continued: "Project Blue Mill at our Stendal mill, designed to increase its annual energy production by 109,000 MWh and annual pulp production by 30,000 ADMTs, is expected to be finalized in mid-November 2013. In the meantime, we are pleased to report that the project's new turbine is ramping up energy production and that electricity is currently being sold."

    Mr. Lee added: "Our Stendal mill successfully amended its senior project finance credit facility and its amortizing term facility in respect of Project Blue Mill to provide it with greater flexibility going forward. IIn connection therewith, we contributed $20.0 million to the capital of Stendal and increased our equity ownership in Stendal to 83.0% from 74.9%."

    Mr. Lee concluded: "We intend to change our reporting currency from Euros to the U.S. dollar for our public reporting commencing with the fourth quarter this year. We believe the use of U.S. Dollar reporting will enhance communication and understanding with shareholders, analysts and other stakeholders and improve comparability of our financial information with other competitors and peer group companies." ...
    (Mercer International Inc.)
     
    06.11.2013   The sustainability of packaging in the retail trade     ( Company news )

    Company news Guido Fuchs (picture) is Project Manager Sustainability at the Coop Genossenschaft in Basel with a focus on sustainability in the non-food segment, the sustainability of packaging, recycling and waste. As an expert on sustainability in the retail trade he has made a name for himself well beyond the borders of Switzerland. Pro Carton spoke to him about his objectives.

    Pro Carton: How can you tell that customers are increasingly looking for sustainable packaging?
    Guido Fuchs: On the one hand our own market research tells us that ecological or easily recyclable/disposable packaging is of great importance to our customers. On the other hand we also receive information via our consumer services when customers have specific or general suggestions/enquiries about packaging materials. In addition we also have feedback from articles published in our own "Coop News" when we report on especially successful or interesting packaging solutions.

    You want to save another 1,250 tonnes of packaging by 2015, more than three per cent. Does that still leave room for further reductions?
    Our long-term project "Packaging sustainability" includes reductions in materials as well as the ecological optimisation of materials. It is not always possible to do without packaging as packaging fulfils important protective and information functions. For example, protection during transport, protection against light and external influences etc., as well as required consumer information due to legal or own guidelines. But packaging also provides marketing and aesthetic functions. In addition we have a regular influx of new products. Our own brands can well contribute between 3,000 to 4,000 new items throughout our company every year. Of course we also examine the packaging for ecological and optimisation aspects at the start of the procurement process. We are convinced that there is further potential for optimisation for existing products well into 2015. The packaging industry as well as the manufacturers of raw materials are, of course, highly innovative and creative. New developments alone give us regular opportunities for optimising existing packaging and ecological improvement.

    With a 53 per cent share of own products there is a lot you can do. Do you also have an influence on other brands?
    We hold regular discussions with the suppliers of branded products. Many suppliers are completely open and together we are able to optimise packaging ecologically. As part of our Natura Award 2012, which honours especially ecology-committed business partners, we awarded a prize for innovative, sustainable packaging for brand manufacturers for the first time. The award went to the Tetra Pak company as they switched their entire range to FSC-certified drinks cartons on our initiative. Direct discussions and incentives such as these do in fact lead to results with suppliers of branded products. But of course, we cannot dictate terms. And by the way, we do not do this with our own production facilities or the manufacturers of own brands. One needs an in-depth professional exchange to arrive at really good solutions.

    One day packaging will have to be 100% sustainable, do you have a personal vision as to when?
    This is a difficult question to answer as there is no generally binding definition of what constitutes sustainable packaging. We try to reach our objectives at two levels:
    -by specifying packaging materials (i.e. no PVC unless an overall ecological assessment is favourable; only materials, wherever possible, which permit material recycling within the Swiss collection and recycling system; packaging which makes optimum use of design, user-friendliness, manufacturing costs and eco-balance, and
    -by integrating the packaging solution as early as possible into the product development and procurement process. I believe we are getting closer and closer to the goal of "sustainable packaging" without having an accurately quantified definition of sustainable packaging.

    How do you assess the role of cartonboard and cartons?
    Again, the answer is not an easy one. For example, if we compare the eco-balance of a carton and a bag of muesli, the carton has a weight disadvantage versus the bag, but the advantage of being a material based on renewable resources which meet high ecological demands. If we had a wish free, it would be weight reduction in this case.
    And then there is the critical question of migration, especially for packaging in direct contact with foods. We would most certainly wish for a barrier paper/cartonboard which is ideally made of recycled fibres or at least FSC-fibres, and which could be disposed of without problems in the Swiss carton collection system and then be used as raw material in the carton industry.
    (Pro Carton - The European Carton Promotion Association)
     
    06.11.2013   Chris McInerney Named Senior Vice President of Sales at FiberMark North America, Inc.    ( Company news )

    Company news FiberMark is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris McInerney (picture) as Senior Vice President of Sales. McInerney comes to FiberMark with 25 years’ experience in the wide format digital imaging industry. He most recently was President/CEO at InteliCoat Technologies. Prior to that McInerney was the sign and wide format imaging Business Unit Manager at DAF Products Inc. and President/CEO of Sign Supply USA.
    In welcoming Mr. McInerney to FiberMark, Anthony MacLaurin, President and CEO of FiberMark says, “We are pleased to have Chris on board with his reputation for leadership and his proven ability to bring new products to market.”
    Mr. McInerney states, “I am thrilled to sign on with FiberMark and be a part of a company that has such extensive resources – including vertically integrated manufacturing, coating and converting of specialty fiber-based materials at five U.S. and two overseas manufacturing plants; worldwide distribution networks that have substantial inventories in place; as well as a global sales and marketing organization.”
    McInerney adds that FiberMark has a growing array of innovative, environmentally responsible, PVC-free durable products which the company is now bringing to the wide format digital imaging industry. “I am eager to bring my expertise in this market to a company that has a unique offering for print media and contribute to its success,” he notes.
    McInerney will assume responsibility for all FiberMark North America, Inc. sales both domestic and international. His focus will be on innovation and growth opportunities for both FiberMark and its customers.
    (FiberMark North America Inc.)
     
    06.11.2013   GLATFELTER REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2013 RESULTS    ( Company news )

    Adjusted earnings per share increased 25 percent driven by the Dresden acquisition and a favorable tax rate

    Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) today reported third-quarter 2013 net income of $34.1 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, and adjusted earnings of $24.4 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. These results compare with third-quarter 2012 net income of $20.1 million or $0.46 per diluted share and adjusted earnings in the prior year quarter of $19.4 million or $0.44 per diluted share.

    Consolidated net sales for the third quarter of 2013 totaled $456.6 million, a quarterly record and a 12.9 percent increase compared with $404.4 million in the third quarter of 2012 reflecting organic growth on a constant currency basis of 1.5 percent and acquisition growth of 9.9 percent.

    “We continue to generate healthy growth in our key markets of tea and single-serve coffee, nonwoven wall covering and feminine hygiene,” said Dante C. Parrini, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our Composite Fibers business delivered a very strong quarter with operating profit increasing 84 percent driven by the Dresden acquisition and organic operating profit growth of 17 percent. Our Advanced Airlaid Materials business grew revenue by 14 percent while operating profit declined slightly compared to last year due to two fires at its facilities during the quarter that disrupted operations. Adjusting to exclude the impact of the unplanned outages, Advanced Airlaid Materials business improved operating profit by 23 percent. Our Specialty Papers business continued to experience difficult market conditions that led to a 16 percent decline in operating profit. However, we expect recent announcements of industry capacity closures to improve the market environment as we move into 2014.”

    Mr. Parrini continued, “As we approach the end of 2013, I am encouraged by the performance of our two growth businesses and believe we are well positioned to finish this year strong and with momentum heading into 2014. During the year, we made significant investments to expand our ability to serve attractive global markets where we have leadership positions that I believe will continue to drive improved earnings and healthy free cash flows.” ...
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    06.11.2013   ANDRITZ: results for the third quarter of 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news ◾ Order intake and sales significantly increased due to Schuler
    ◾ Sharp drop in earnings due to financial provisions in the PULP & PAPER business area

    Due to consolidation of the Schuler Group acquired in February of this year, international technology Group ANDRITZ saw solid development in sales and order intake in a challenging economic environment in the third quarter of 2013. However, the EBITA declined substantially, mainly as a result of financial provisions in the PULP & PAPER business area.

    ◾ In the third quarter of 2013, sales of the ANDRITZ GROUP amounted to 1,534.5 MEUR, which is an increase of 21.3% compared to last year’s reference period (Q3 2012: 1,265.5 MEUR); this increase is due to consolidation of the Schuler Group. In the first three quarters of 2013, sales of the Group amounted to 4,144.6 MEUR, thus rising by 11.9% compared to the previous year’s reference period (Q1-Q3 2012: 3,703.3 MEUR).

    ◾ The order intake also saw satisfactory development. Due to an increase in the PULP & PAPER business area (+11.1%) and consolidation of the Schuler Group, the order intake of the Group in the third quarter of 2013, at 1,525.3 MEUR, rose by 23.1% compared to last year’s reference period (Q3 2012: 1,238.8 MEUR). In the first three quarters of 2013, the order intake reached 4,051.3 MEUR (+6.8% versus Q1-Q3 2012: 3,793.2 MEUR).

    ◾ As of September 30, 2013, the order backlog, at 7,464.5 MEUR, rose by 12.8% compared to the end of last year (December 31, 2012: 6,614.8 MEUR); this increase is due to the consolidation of Schuler.

    ◾ Earnings (EBITA) of the Group amounted to 70.1 MEUR in the third quarter of 2013, thus declining by 19.0% compared to last year’s reference period (Q3 2012: 86.5 MEUR). The profitability (EBITA margin) amounted to 4.6% (Q3 2012: 6.8%). This significant decline is mainly due to decreasing earnings in the PULP & PAPER business area (additional provisions due to cost overruns in connection with supplies for a pulp mill in South America) and the SEPARATION business area (additional costs related to the market launch of a new product series in China). Earnings of the other business areas saw satisfactory development. Thus, the Group’s EBITA in the first three quarters of 2013 amounted to 167.0 MEUR (-31.0% versus Q1-Q3 2012: 242.1 MEUR) and the EBITA margin to 4.0% (Q1-Q3 2012: 6.5%).

    ◾ Net income amounted to 31.9 MEUR in the third quarter of 2013 (-45.5% versus Q3 2012: 58.5 MEUR) and to 78.8 MEUR in the first three quarters of 2013 (-52.9% versus Q1-Q3 2012: 167.2 MEUR).

    ◾ The net worth position and capital structure as of September 30, 2013 remained solid. Due to the acquisition of Schuler, the net liquidity, at 782.3 MEUR, was substantially below the value as of December 31, 2012 (1,285.7 MEUR).

    On the basis of these expectations, the order backlog, and consolidation of the Schuler Group as of March 1, 2013, the ANDRITZ GROUP expects a rise in sales in the 2013 business year compared to the previous year. However, due to the sharp earnings decline in the PULP & PAPER and SEPARATION business areas, as well as scheduled amortization of intangible assets related to the acquisition of Schuler and provisions in connection with structural improvement measures planned at Schuler, net income will be significantly lower than last year’s reference figure.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    06.11.2013   ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 in Frankfurt/Main    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 Die Rahmenbedingungen für den Umzug der ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 nach Frankfurt am Main stehen fest. Wir freuen uns über die Weiterführung des Messe Mottos „Fibers in Process“.

    Die 2012 begründete strategische Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutschen Fachverlag (dfv) wird weiter ausgebaut. Der dfv bringt das gebündelte Know-how seiner Medienmarken ein und erhöht damit die Attraktivität und Themenvielfalt der ZELLCHEMING-Expo. Entlang der Prozesskette der Papierindustrie und besonders für angrenzende Branchen organisiert der dfv Sonderschauen, Foren- und Kongressangebote.

    Die Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH und ZELLCHEMING arbeiten bei der Expo künftig eng zusammen. Mesago ist für die Organisation und Durchführung der Messe verantwortlich, ZELLCHEMING als Fachverein der Zellstoff- und Papierindustrie ist ideeller Träger. Wir freuen uns mit Mesago einen Partner gefunden zu haben, der große Erfahrungen in der Durchführung von technikorientierten Messen am Standort Frankfurt hat. Ihre Ansprechpartnerin bei Mesago ist Frau Anastasia Mey – Tel. +49 (0) 711/61946-31 oder anastasia.mey@mesago.com.
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - ZELLCHEMING)
     
    05.11.2013   Manroland Sheetfed completes merger formalities...press builder formally becomes ...    ( Company news )

    ... a division of Langley Holdings

    Manroland Sheetfed GmbH, the German printing press builder acquired by the British industrialist Tony Langley in February 2012, has completed legal formalities to incorporate the company as a wholly owned subsidiary of Langley Holdings PLC, the engineering group founded by Mr Langley in 1975.

    The Langley group's Interim Trading Statement for the six months to 30th June reports the Manroland Sheetfed trade in it's results from January this year although the merger was only finally ratified by the German courts earlier this month. Following re-structuring in 2012, the press builder is reported to be trading at break-even this year.

    The Langley group recorded a profit before tax of €41 million for the six months to June 2013 and expects full year profit before tax to be circa €80 million. The enlarged group employs just over 4,000 people worldwide, around half of which are in Germany. Full year revenues are expected to be around €850 million, of which circa €320 million relate to the press builder.

    Founded in 1871, the company that is today Manroland Sheetfed GmbH, is one of only a handful of offset litho press producers worldwide and has been responsible for many of the technological advances in the printing industry throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries.

    The Manroland deal was the third for Langley in Germany since 2001, with other acquisitions in the US, France and the UK during the same period. The group specialises in acquiring under-performing or distressed capital equipment businesses with a strong market position and reputation, then re-organising and developing the businesses it acquires for the long term. To date Langley has not sold any of the businesses it has bought. The group remains 100% privately owned by the Langley family.
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    04.11.2013   Andlinger & Company take over Eska Graphic Board from H2 Equity Partners    ( Company news )

    Company news Andlinger & Company and H2 Equity Partners announce that they have reached an agreement about the sale of 100% of the shares in Eska Graphic Board B.V. (‘Eska’).
    Eska is a world market leader in the production and sale of graphic board made from 100% recycled paper. Eska’s board products are used in e.g. hardcover books, files, puzzles, games and luxury packaging. In 2012 Eska realised a turnover of 141 million Euro, 95% of which in the form of exports.
    The production takes place in two modern mills in Hoogezand and Sappemeer (NL).
    Eska also has a unique international sales network of its own subsidiaries in six countries. The company employs approximately 450 people, 350 of which are located in the Netherlands. In 2006 Eska was taken over by H2 Equity Partners and the management and ever since has developed into a leading and profitable player in its niche market. Under the flag of Andlinger Eska will continue to work on its international growth strategy. The current management will stay on after the take-over.
    Eska’s Works Council has given a positive advice on the proposed transaction. The trade unions and the Social and Economic Council (SER) have been informed. The transaction is expected to be completed soon.
    The financial details of the transaction will not be published.
    (Eska Graphic Board B.V.)
     
    04.11.2013   rlc | packaging group invests in premium areas of business with a specially configured ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Speedmaster XL 106

    -Speedmaster XL 106-9-LYYLYY-1 produces exclusive packaging at Aachen site
    -Unique press configuration combines variety of premium finishing options with maximum productivity and energy efficiency
    -Prinect Inpress Control and Prinect Inspection Control automate quality control processes

    The rlc | packaging group has installed a Speedmaster XL 106-9-LYYLYY-1 from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) at its Aachen site. The press is equipped with ten inking units, two coating units, and four intermediate units with ultramodern IR, hot-air, and UV dryer technology and an extended delivery. It is rlc's eleventh unit from Heidelberg. By investing in the special configuration, rlc is in particular strengthening its strategic premium areas of business, that is to say confectionery and beauty packaging. Since mid-August, the system supplier for packaging solutions has, as planned, been using the new press for extremely efficient and sustainable production of exclusive premium packaging for manufacturers of branded goods at its Aachen site, formerly Aug. Heinrigs Druck + Verpackung GmbH & Co. KG. In the future, the press will above all be used for high-quality beauty and fine fragrance packaging.
    "This press enables us to meet even the most challenging surface finishing requirements in the beauty and fine fragrance segment and develop completely new finishing solutions for our customers," says rlc management spokesman Hans-Christian Bestehorn. "We are proud to say that excellent cooperation with the experts form Heidelberg has produced one of Europe's most complex and flexible presses for beauty packaging. What's more, the new Speedmaster XL 106 makes our production far more efficient," he adds.

    Customized configuration for optimum solutions
    The Speedmaster XL 106 was developed in close collaboration with the customizing experts at Heidelberg to meet rlc's specific application requirements. "The result is a press that can create unique products. With this unusual configuration, we have succeeded in satisfying rlc's requirement for a variety of inline surface finishing options combined with top print quality," says Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.
    Thanks to its excellent energy efficiency, the Speedmaster XL 106 is also one of the most environmentally friendly presses in its class. Heat is recovered from the exhaust air of the DryStar Combination dryers and can be reused for the drying process. "The press meets our high sustainability standards and enables us to combine impressive surface finishes with resource-saving processes," says Bestehorn.

    Special configuration for varied surface finishing options
    "The Speedmaster XL 106 boasts one of the highest performance levels of any press on the market for packaging printers like rlc," says Plenz. The press configuration with complete UV equipment delivers maximum finishing flexibility and, depending on the application, produces up to 18,000 sheets per hour. The inline technology and downstream printing unit support unusual coating effects, producing the finest of screen vignettes and matt/gloss textures.

    Control systems deliver reproducible quality
    The Prinect Inpress Control color measuring system integrated in the press monitors the entire printing process so as to ensure excellent color quality and consistency. The system measures and records process colors, spot colors, and register in the print control strip. The Prinect Inspection Control inline sheet inspection system automatically detects and reports production errors at any speed for maximum reliability in production. "The integrated quality control systems enable operators to make the most of the press's high performance levels. What's more, we can ensure reproducibly high quality to meet even our most discerning customers' requirements," says Holger Müller, Plant Manager at rlc in Aachen.

    Central and efficient control with Prinect
    The Prinect workflow from Heidelberg networks all production operations at the Aachen plant. Prinect Integration Manager controls all production areas - from prepress and press to postpress. Prinect Pressroom Manager is the pressroom's dedicated central information and control system. It links all presses, for example with prepress and the management information system (MIS). Ink presetting values are calculated automatically and press-specific preset values are provided. Prinect Analyze Point automatically subjects the production and quality measurement data recorded by Prinect Inpress Control to a detailed evaluation. This paves the way for efficient use of existing optimization potential. The next step in the development process is linking the Prinect system to SAP.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    04.11.2013   Marchesini Group opens a new facility    ( Company news )

    Company news The opening ceremony for the new Marchesini Group facility has taken place in front of the corporate Headquarters. The event, attended by 2,500 people among employees, suppliers and friends, also saw the highest national and local authorities taking part in the ceremony, which included Antonio Tajani (Vice-President of the European Commission), Vasco Errani (President of the Emilia Romagna Region), Massimo Scaccabarozzi (President of Farmindustria), S. E. Bishop Ernesto Vecchi (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus) and Gabriele Minghetti (Mayor of Pianoro).
    With more than 5,400 square meters, the new facility - which cost about 7.5 million Euro and is dedicated to the assembly of complete packaging lines - represents Marchesini Group’s latest ambitious challenge: to keep investing substantial resources despite the serious difficulties that the Italian economy is facing. The idea behind this endeavour is enclosed in the words of Maurizio Marchesini, CEO of the Group and Regional Chairman of Unindustria, in his opening speech: “Not only is the new facility a company asset”, said Marchesini, “but also proof of our confidence in the future, an attitude that we have always had.”
    (Marchesini Group S.p.A.)
     
    04.11.2013   Intec Printing Solutions launches the ‘best cost per copy in it’s class’ digital colour ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... printer; the Intec CP3000.

    In print environments where everybody is requiring higher quality and striving for a reduction in their printing costs, has today, seen Intec Printing Solutions Limited announce the release of the ‘best in class for cost per copy’ digital colour printer; the Intec CP3000. Known for their innovative and unique range of print solutions, Intec are incredibly proud of this new range of digital colour printers that offers high quality and large volume printing at a fraction of the cost of other systems in the market today.
    Setting new standards in print quality, value and media handling, the CP3000 printer boasts unbeatable cost per print savings against rival digital colour printers within the same arena of print capability. Not only does the CP3000 offer significant image cost savings, which was the key development driver for the range, but the printer also offers fantastic print quality, glossy, rich and vivid colour output onto 75 to 400gsm/micron media, meeting all the expected media requirements which makes it ideal for marketing departments, graphic arts professionals, photography studios, advertising agencies and print companies where imaging cost is paramount to the creation of accessible high quality print.
    The CP3000 series offers a range of professional finishing options ensuring that any one of the models will sit comfortably in any organisation that requires print, allowing users to streamline their workflow and print production processes. The CP3000 can be tailored to their needs, eliminating the outsourcing of their print. Users can easily and quickly create booklets and print that require folding, hole punching, saddle stitching, collation, offset stacking and multi-position stapling from A6 up to SRA3 and banner lengths up to 1.2 metres long.
    Available in all the popular languages for 23 countries worldwide the CP3000 is compatible with Mac OSX and all Windows environments and is available from any one of our global authorised Intec partners.
    Mark Baker-Homes, director of business development at Intec Printing Solutions states; “Pretty much every company is trying to reduce their in-house print and marketing costs. We compared over 10 different A3 laser printers used in a selection of different print environments and this system came out head and shoulders above the rest in terms of print quality and is unbeatable in imaging costs! In this day and age, with the drive towards low cost print, this is an unbeatable combination for any company requiring print.”
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    01.11.2013   Voith eases modernization of S5 controls for paper machines    ( Company news )

    Company news The Siemens PLCs of the S5 series, used for automation in paper machines, will no longer be available in future, with delivery ceasing at the latest in 2015. Thus paper manufacturers need to replace them in the medium to long term and are expected to choose the substantially faster S7 controls. Voith Paper’s OnC StepCore57 is designed to reuse most parts of the existing hardware and facilitate the gradual migration of existing CPU components.
    Unlike other options on the market, OnC StepCore57 is a migration solution which allows hardware components such as I/O cards and PCs or user software to continue to be used. When installing OnC StepCore57, a new plug-in card is all that is required. Existing components can thus be retained and production stoppages due to long rebuilds can be prevented. That ensures system availability.
    It would be clearly more expensive and difficult to replace some sensors and the entire central control unit with I/O hardware. As the migration of existing CPU components into new systems with the aid of OnC StepCore57 takes place gradually, the complete migration based on the kit principle can take place at a later time. That makes investment projectable and manageable.
    The gradual system modernization and expansion can be done during the planned shutdowns. Integration into existing control systems of all Siemens generations also takes place in the process. The knowledge of Voith employees regarding the paper manufacturing process and automation technology is available during the entire migration. A smooth project workflow is thus ensured.
    StepCore57 is offered in three packages, differing in their scope of delivery and service: Basic, Comfort and Premium. These flexible packages can be customized to suit the individual requirements of the plant.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    01.11.2013   Future Valmet to supply a LignoBoost plant for the new biorefinery at the Stora Enso Sunila mill ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in Finland

    Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a LignoBoost lignin separation plant to Stora Enso’s Sunila mill near Kotka in the south east of Finland. The order is one part of Stora Enso’s EUR 32 million biorefinery project. The start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2013 orders received.
    The LignoBoost plant is to be integrated with the pulp mill to separate and collect Lignin from the black liquor. The new biorefinery will reduce the CO2 emissions of the mill by replacing a significant amount of natural gas with dried lignin fired in the lime kilns. This is also the first step towards the creation of a new business to sell lignin to external customers.
    “This investment is a significant step in the transformation of the Sunila mill towards an innovative and customer focused biorefinery. It will improve the mill’s environmental performance and enable Stora Enso Biomaterials Division to step into new markets with renewable solutions based on lignin,” says Sakari Eloranta, Senior Vice President, Operations and Investment Projects, Stora Enso Biomaterials.
    “LignoBoost is one of our biotechnology solutions that responds to the growing interest in utilizing bio-based raw materials. The technology was originally developed by Innventia and the Chalmers University of Technology. Metso acquired the technology in 2008 in its entirety and has developed it further. We are happy that we have been able to take this technology to commercial scale in our customer projects”, explains Anders Larsson, Director, Bio Materials, from Metso’s Pulp and Energy business line.
    The order consists of a LignoBoost plant which will produce 50,000 metric tons of dried lignin per year. This will be the second commercial LignoBoost in the world. The first plant started- up this year at the Domtar Plymouth mill North Carolina, USA.
    Stora Enso Biomaterials offers a variety of pulp grades to meet the demands of paper, board and tissue producers. The mission is to develop higher value added bio-based products that contribute positively to our customers by helping them reduce their environmental footprint. The Sunila mill has an annual capacity of 370,000 tonnes of softwood pulp. The mill employs approximately 160 people.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    01.11.2013   Leonhard Kurz presents a new edition of its "Presentation" art box    ( Company news )

    Company news "Art in a Box" - the third edition

    Picture: The individual box "Circus"

    The stamping foil manufacturer Kurz will this year be releasing the third edition of its "Presentation” art box, which contains a selection of packaging designs, as well as a contemporary artwork. The new box includes six individual packages centered on the theme "Fantastique”. They depict fantastic worlds like "Circus,” "Deep Sea” and "Space” interpreted in various ways.
    The designs extend to all but one side of each packaging box, which shows a portion of an artwork. When the puzzle pieces are arranged correctly, a colorful painting from the artist Sascha Banck is revealed. This artist lives in the city of Fuerth, where Kurz's headquarters is located, and is a winner of the Fuerth Cultural Promotion Award. Banck has incorporated the fantasy worlds of the packaging boxes thematically into her own work by reinterpreting and integrating various motifs. Both the painting and the packaging designs are intended to provide an alternative blueprint to the rational world. The designs seek to create a mystical mood or surreal atmosphere, awaken illusions, or evoke dream images in the mind of the viewer.
    The packaging boxes have been elaborately finished with hot stamping foils and cold foils in order to support the fantastical character of the designs, and to achieve the desired mood effects. The "Deep Sea” packaging, for example, contains holographic hot stamped designs whose transparently shimmering and mysteriously glittering effects embody the bottomless and unfamiliar deep sea world. The "Circus” packaging is adorned by a sumptuous combination of cold foil transfers and hot stampings, as well as artistic raised relief stampings representing the glamorous world of the circus ring. The "Visionary” packaging, on the other hand, shows sophisticated multi-level relief stampings and playful diffractive designs.
    With this year's presentation box, Kurz hopes to provide designers, product managers and processors with a source of inspiration for imaginative packaging design, and to demonstrate the wide range of possibilities offered by foil finishing. The new art box will be on display for the first time at Luxepack 2013 in Monaco. Visitors to the Kurz booth will be able to take this creative tool home with them immediately. Anyone not able to take advantage of this opportunity can request their own copy by sending an email to PMGraphics@kurz.de. The art boxes are available free-of-charge while stocks last.
    (Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG)
     
    01.11.2013   UPM has signed a letter of intent for the sale of the paper machine 4 at UPM Ettringen    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has signed a letter of intent with company Aviretta for the sale of the paper machine 4 at UPM Ettringen in Germany.
    Aviretta GmbH plans to purchase UPM’s PM 4 in Ettringen and to convert it into a board machine. The planned production capacity would be approximately 210,000 tonnes of board annually. The PM 4 would remain in Ettringen and it is planned that UPM Ettringen should render certain services to Aviretta. UPM would not be a shareholder in this company.
    In April 2013 UPM has announced the permanent closure of the paper machine 4 at Ettringen mill. The continuing challenges in European economy have significantly impacted the consumption of graphic papers.
    “We are pleased about the plans of Aviretta to convert paper machine 4 into a board machine. This setup would also lead to synergies for both contract parties. A thorough examination in the coming weeks will show, whether the planned project could be realized in this form“, says Winfried Schaur, General Manager of UPM Ettringen.
    (UPM Ettringen Paper Mill)
     
    01.11.2013   Fosber signed a letter of intent to form a new joint venture with Dongfang    ( Company news )

    Company news We would like to inform you about an exciting development at FOSBER. In an effort to further develop our participation in the Chinese and India markets, we have signed a letter of intent to form a new joint venture with Dongfang. This JV will be located in China and will develop and offer an economical corrugated line with the “know how” of FOSBER and manufacturing expertise of Dongfang. The product will only be offered in the Asian and Indian market.
    Furthermore Dongfang has organized the eventual purchase of a majority share of FOSBER. This is expected to be complete within 6 months. This will position FOSBER and Dongfang with a lead position in the Global market of corrugated machinery. All management and manufacturing at both FOSBER Italy and FOSBER America will remain the same.
    Jeff Pallini (President of FOSBER America) said “I have had the opportunity to get to know the Dongfang management over these past 6 months. I am impressed with their understanding of Western culture and the importance to have Domestic manufacturing and aftermarket services. There will be no changes here at FOSBER America, as the machinery will continue to come from Italy and Green Bay and all the people here in Green Bay will continue serving our customers as in the past. I do think it will strengthen the overall company as the JV in China has great potential and the young management group at Dongfang (especially Victor Tang, President and Annie Qui, General Manager) are very supportive. FOSBER America has positioned itself in the North American market as the leader in corrugated machinery, rolls and service. We have a culture of working harder than anyone in the industry to make the customer happy and that will not change”.
    (Fosber America Inc.)
     
    01.11.2013   UPM's profitability recovered thanks to lower costs in European Paper operations and strong...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... cash flow from operations

    Picture: CEO Jussi Pesonen

    Q3/2013 (compared with Q3/2012)
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.26 (0.16), and reported EUR 0.26 (0.07)
    • Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 194 million, 7.8% of sales (126 million, 4.9%)
    • EBITDA was EUR 311 million, 12.6% of sales (313 million, 12.1% of sales)
    • 25% of the targeted annualised EUR 200 million cost savings achieved in Q3/2013
    • Operating cash flow was EUR 286 million, net debt decreased to EUR 3,301 million

    Q1–Q3/2013 (compared with Q1–Q3/2012)
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.64 (0.54), and reported EUR 0.57 (0.69)
    • Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 476 million, 6.4% of sales (410 million, 5.2%)
    • EBITDA was EUR 853 million, 11.4% of sales (995 million, 12.7% of sales)
    UPM announced a new group structure, profit improvement programme and targets for focused growth initiatives


    CEO Jussi Pesonen comments on the third quarter of 2013:
    “Our progress in the third quarter was in line with expectations: growth businesses continued to perform well, and thanks to the recovery in Paper, Group profitability was restored to the same level as last year. The Paper business was able to compensate for the challenging market conditions through lower costs. Our EBITDA reached the same level as last year and our operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 194 million (126 million). Operating cash flow was EUR 286 million (319 million) and we resumed the downward trend in our net debt.
    The Pulp business experienced a solid quarter with good delivery volumes, taking into account the maintenance shut down on the Fray Bentos mill in Uruguay. Stable profitability in the Asian paper business continued. In Label, our growth activities are paying off with volumes more than offsetting the increased fixed costs. In Energy, profitability continued to be good, despite low hydropower volumes and the summer.
    In Q3, we made a significant effort in our European Paper operations and cost reductions successfully compensated for the 4% decrease in both prices and deliveries compared with last year. The recovery from low profitability in the first half of the year was driven by the decrease in fixed and variable costs, together with determined cost reduction measures and seasonally higher delivery volumes. In Q3 we also had a positive impact from unrealised energy hedges.
    We announced in August that we will implement a new business structure to drive a clear change in profitability. We also set ourselves a profit improvement target of EUR 400 million from performance improvement and focused growth initiatives.
    We have progressed well with the programme. The new organisation is set to start on 1 November 2013 and we are well on track with the senior management appointments and planning of the organisation at the next level.
    A variety of profit improvement activities in various businesses and operations resulted in a cost reduction of EUR 13 million in Q3/2013, representing 25% of the targeted EUR 200 million annualised cost savings.
    In October, the State of Uruguay granted us permission to increase the annual pulp production of the UPM Fray Bentos mill from the current 1.1 million to 1.2 million tonnes. This enabled the immediate start-up of the mill after the maintenance shutdown and provides a positive outlook for the development of the mill. We have defined debottlenecking actions in all of our pulp mills, which will result in a 10 % increase in our 3.3 million tonne pulp capacity over the next three years.
    When planning our future, we have to look beyond the next few quarters. Therefore our profitability programme includes both short-term actions and initiatives for the next three years. What we have seen in Q3 are just the first steps. Our new business structure will sharpen operational focus as we continue working towards an improved business portfolio,” Pesonen concludes.

    Outlook for 2013
    Economic growth in Europe is expected to remain low in the latter part of 2013. This will continue to have a negative impact on the European graphic paper markets in particular. Growth market economies are expected to fare better, which is supportive for the global pulp and label materials markets, as well as paper markets in Asia and wood products markets outside Europe. The current hydrological situation in Finland is weaker than the long-term average. Based on forward prices, electricity prices in Finland in H2 2013 are expected to be slightly higher than in H1 2013.
    In H2 2013 compared with H1 2013, the Paper (UPM Paper ENA in the new business structure) business area is expected to benefit from lower costs, driven partly by the ongoing cost reduction measures and seasonally stronger demand. The Pulp (UPM Biorefining) business area will be impacted by annual maintenance stops in three of the four pulp mills. However, the Fray Bentos maintenance shutdown was shorter than in previous years. Capital expenditure for 2013 is forecast to be approximately EUR 400 million.
    (UPM)
     
    31.10.2013   25 years Pro Carton: looking into the future     ( Company news )

    Company news For 25 years, Pro Carton has been tasked with communicating the benefits of cartonboard and cartons. The entire Packaging Supply Chain is supplied with current information and studies. The anniversary was the occasion for a festive gala evening on 19. September in Dubrovnik, at which President Roland Rex looked at the coming 25 years.

    It was the 3. June 1988 in London's Cumberland Hotel: leading managers of the cartonboard and carton industry from all over Europe decided to found an association to represent their interests: Pro Carton. It was the first association in the entire paper and cartonboard field devoted solely to those products for which they stood. It was the first time that two sectors in the supply chain collaborated to convey a broader perspective and greater knowledge about the business they represented. A pioneering approach: the list of the founding members reads like the Who's Who of the industry. Today, Pro Carton counts 15 manufacturers of cartonboard as members, nearly the entire European cartonboard industry as well as the European carton industry via the ECMA partner organisation.

    Sustainable development
    On the occasion, the current president of Pro Carton, Roland Rex, invited representatives of the cartonboard and carton industries to a festive dinner in Dubrovnik on 19. September 2013. Nearly all the previous presidents attended the gala. Rex thanked his predecessors for their commitment and willingness to take on the responsibility for an industry sector, in fact an entire supply chain. In particular, he honoured the services of founding president Franz Rappold of Mayr-Melnhof Karton who was actively involved from the beginning.
    Pro Carton was and remains the first organisation which is greatly involved in the future of the supply chain. Again and again, Pro Carton has critically examined its role and proven its sustainability, partly through radical structural changes. In his speech at the Pro Carton Dinner, the president underlined that changes also always offer positive aspects. "One refocuses on the core tasks and drives new developments, especially in the right direction." Today, he sees Pro Carton as being a strong organisation with numerous activities in tune with the requirements of modern marketing and well equipped to handle the challenges of the next 25 years.

    Future challenges
    Pro Carton has delivered continuity over 25 years as a reliable partner of the Packaging Supply Chain. The association will continue being closely involved in the developments of the next 25 years: challenges such as the current changes in the retail trade, innovations such as Internet-linking via QR-Codes will be addressed and discussed by experts. With the Pro Carton ECMA/Award and the Pro Carton Design Award as well as studies on the role and tasks of packaging, Pro Carton continues to drive this development. Current trends and designs are accessible to interested parties throughout Europe via the the Pro Carton/ECMA Congress as well as the Website www.procarton.com and regular E-news in five languages – the Pro Carton E-News has over 9,000 subscribers at present.
    He gave a tongue in cheek future vision of Pro Carton. In five years Europe would experience a phase of solid growth. Sales of cartons would show double digit growth and the Pro Carton/ECMA Award would attain new record levels with 250 entries– "an unsurpassed show of performance by our industry" . In 15 years, cartons would be regarded by the branded goods industry and the advertising community as the most superior of marketing instruments, and the annual Pro Carton Congress would welcome 1,500 attendants. "In 25 years cartons made of cartonboard would be the first and only absolutely climate and resource-neutral form of primary packaging. The Pro Carton hall at the Interpack 2038 is the meeting point of the packaging industry and will deliver an incomparable showcase of the most sustainable and significant means of packaging in existence on a floor space of 2,500 m² ".

    "Even if this vision cannot be achieved 100 per cent: the goals are important and we will stick to them", said Roland Rex in conclusion.
    (Pro Carton - The European Carton Promotion Association)
     
    31.10.2013   Södra's new price for softwood pulp is USD 920 per tonne    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to improved market conditions Södra will increase its market price for NBSK in Europe to USD 920, effective from November 1st 2013.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    31.10.2013   Future Valmet to deliver power boiler upgrade and repair to Arauco in Chile    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, and Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. have signed an agreement to upgrade and repair a power boiler at Constitución mill in Chile.
    The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business segment’s orders received in the third quarter of 2013. The order will be supplied by Metso´s units in Finland and Brazil. The project will be completed by the end of 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    This project will be a major repair and upgrade of the existing power boiler. The intent of the project is not only to bring the boiler back into reliable and serviceable condition, but also to improve its operation. The delivery will include the following main parts: replacement of the secondary superheater, conversion of the boiler to a modern single drum design, replacement of tubular flue gas air heater, new biomass feeding system, new and improved combustion air supply system and new heavy fuel oil fired load burners.
    “The upgrade and repair of the boiler will significantly extend the boiler’s lifetime and secure its safe operation. This project will also improve the availability and controllability of the boiler, and reduce operational costs as well,” explains Jouni Koskinen, Sales Manager, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.
    “We have been working together with Metso for many years and in general we think the cooperation has been successful for both parties,” says Patricio Henriquez, Director of Arauco´s Engineering and Construction Division. “Other determining factors for choosing Metso as a supplier were technical solutions and know-how, project execution competence and delivery time,” continues Henriquez.
    “This co-operation project with Metso´s Finnish and Brazilian teams is in line with our strategic target to continue further globalization of our capabilities to be closer to customers and to excel in serving our customers,” says Jouko Kylänpää, Director, Services, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    31.10.2013   Norske Skog Walsum cuts production capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog Walsum in Germany will permanently cease production at paper machine PM4. The machine has an annual production capacity of 225 000 tonnes. The shut down will take place in late December. Walsum's other paper machine, PM10, will continue to produce LWC (Light Weighted Coated) paper, with an annual production capacity of 200 000 tonnes.
    - Due to overcapacity in the market for CM (coated mechanical) magazine paper, and unprofitable operations at the mill, we see no option but to shut down PM4 permanently. Despite considerable efforts from the employees to reduce costs, the decision is unfortunately inevitable, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO in Norske Skog.
    Customers will receive deliveries from other Norske Skog mills and paper machines. All existing supply commitments will be honoured.
    (Norske Skog Walsum GmbH)
     
    30.10.2013   Laakirchen Papier successfully uses NanoPro from Voith     ( Company news )

    Company news The NanoPro calender cover from Voith has had a great start at Laakirchen Papier AG, part of the Heinzel Group, helping to underpin the paper mill’s success. With its two SC paper machines, Laakirchen Papier is regarded as a benchmark for high-quality magazine paper.
    The Janus MK 2 offline multi-nip calender at Laakirchen Papier is a key part of the system: “The calender is running close to its design speed. We can thus increase the efficiency and availability of the Janus only by improving the running intervals of its covers,” says Roland Stadlhuber, the production engineer responsible for the calender at Laakirchen Papier.
    NanoPro, which was developed in close collaboration with leading calender operators is designed for just such applications. With its wear resistance and the special vibration dampening base layer, it clearly allows more projectable and more reliable running times in critical positions. NanoPro at Laakirchen Papier has had its longest run times with the Janus calender. “Each cover change saved, results in higher availability of the calender, but also lower costs for regrinds and transport of the covers,” adds Roland Stadlhuber.
    NanoPro has proven its capability with difficult calender positions in numerous calenders and has achieved outstanding running times.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    30.10.2013   ABK Italia has successfully completed the installation and start-up of the new turn-key project ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... tissue line at the Dej mill of METALICPLAS SRL, a member company of MG Tec Group, one of Romania’s leading industrial groups with activities spanning from construction materials to the production and converting of tissue paper.

    The new PM1 tissue machine is designed for 1,600 m/min operating speed, with 2,850 mm trim width at reel and production capacity of 82 t/day.
    The scope of supply includes a single-layer headbox and single suction press configuration, 3.6 m diameter cast iron Yankee Dryer and an M.D.S. last generation energy saving gas heated hood. Stock preparation, approach flow system, winder, machine auxiliaries, water treatment, electrification and control system complete the scope of supply.
    With erection and installation works accomplished in a record time of 3 months from the laying of soleplates, trials and start-up activities went smooth and, after less than 2 weeks, the machine was already producing good quality tissue paper with efficiency over 90 %.
    Already operating with good experience a 2.5 m trim, 20,000 ton-per year Over Meccanica tissue machine at its Pehart Tec facility in Petresti, MG Tec Group was well prepared to take this further important investment step with the same supplier from Verona, now ABK Italia S.p.A. .
    Convincing arguments for Metalicplas to rely on ABK, in addition to the good experience with the machine in Petresti and the excellent support provided over the years by the skilled team of experts from Verona, were indeed the product flexibility as well as energy efficiency and overall environmental standards guaranteed by ABK with a machine entirely manufactured in Italy and France.
    Pleased with the way ABK Italia handled this important project, the Metalicplas crew proved extremely cooperative throughout the very busy days of start-up. In turn, ABK is proud to have played a major role in this important investment which is going to add 25,000 tons capacity per year of 100% cellulose toilet paper, napkin and towel grades to both the domestic and export market.
    (ABK Italia S.p.A.)
     
    30.10.2013   Companies disclose ecological footprint of 82 million tonnes of pulp and paper    ( Company news )

    WWF recognizes the leadership in transparency of 25 of the world’s most important pulp and paper manufacturers, as demonstrated by their participation in the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index 2013. Companies voluntarily disclosed the ecological footprint of 40 product categories, more than doubling those evaluated in the 2011 index.

    The companies recognized for their transparency in today’s launch of the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) 2013 together produce 14 per cent of the world´s paper and board, respectively 28 per cent of the world’s graphic paper, 29 per cent of the world’s newsprint, 14 per cent of the world’s tissue and 6 per cent of the world’s packaging. They also produce 14 per cent of the world’s pulp.

    In alphabetical order, the 25 companies showing leadership in transparency in the EPCI 2013 are:
    Appleton Coated (North America), Arauco (South America), Arjowiggins Graphic (Europe), BillerudKorsnäs (Europe), Bio-PAPPEL (Central America), Cascades (North America), CMPC (South America), Domtar (North America), Fedrigoni (Europe), Fibria (South America), ITC (Asia), Klabin (South America), Lecta (Europe), Lenzing Papier (Europe), Metsä Group (Europe), Mondi (South Africa), NewPage (North America), Norske Skog (Europe), Resolute Forest Products (North America), SCA (Europe), Södra (Europe), Sofidel (Europe), Stora Enso (Europe), TNPL/Tamil Nadu (Asia), UPM (Europe).

    “We are delighted that over a third of the 70 globally significant players invited to participate in the WWF EPCI 2013 have taken this opportunity to disclose their sustainability performance and targets,” says Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Manager of WWF International’s pulp and paper work. “This robust participation shows a real interest by the companies in working towards reducing their ecological footprint.”

    WWF’s projections show that higher incomes and a growing population will increase demand for many commodities, including food, fuel, timber and fibres. Forest-based industries, which rely on resources that can be renewed, will be key to conserving forests in an age of resource scarcity and land-use competition. Even though the paper industry has shown some progress in recent decades, the globalized nature of the industry demands sector–wide, ambitious environmental goals for responsible sourcing, production and use of its products and maximum transparency. The WWF Environmental Paper Company Index can assist the pulp and paper industry on its path of continual improvement.

    “More important than the scores achieved is the transparency shown by the participants. Companies that declined to participate have missed a chance to demonstrate the efforts they might be undertaking to address environmental issues” says Neyroumande.

    In addition to reporting on environmental performance, companies participating in the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index can request WWF’s advice and feedback on potential areas of improvement, potential risks and tools to support company efforts toward greater sustainability.

    For further information:
    Helma Brandlmaier, Senior Advisor Paper Footprint and Market Change
    WWF International Tel: +43676842728219 hbrandlmaier@wwf.panda.org
    (WWF International Paper Team)
     
    30.10.2013   SCA saves water    ( Company news )

    Company news Water matters. Every year millions of cubic meters of water pass through SCA’s paper mills around the world. Paper production requires a lot of water and SCA has established ambitious water targets to use it as intelligently and sustainably as possible – especially in water-stressed countries like Mexico, where water really matters.
    By using globally acknowledged methods from the World Resources Institute in combination with internal assessments, SCA has identified nine sites in six geographic areas of water shortage. The Sahagún tissue paper mill in Mexico is located in one such water-stressed area.
    “Our mill in Sahagún is situated next to Mexico City’s metropolitan area, where water is scarce and therefore expensive,” says Roberto Deleón, plant manager at Sahagún.
    Sahagún, inaugurated in the beginning of 2011, is the newest of all SCA plants worldwide. It was a turnkey project and came with a standard water-handling system, and several measures have been taken to reduce the amount of freshwater it uses.
    “Once we had stabilized production, the idea was to optimize efficiency and the use of water,” Deleón says. “Initially we used 25 cubic meters of water per ton of produced tissue.”
    Water plays an important role in nearly every step of the paper manufacturing process. SCA uses about 210 million cubic meters of water annually at its plants around the world. Water is used to transport fiber during the paper production process and as cooling water, with the breakdown between the two being 60–40. The cooling water has little or no impact on SCA’s water footprint. It’s the process water, the main part of the other 60 percent, that has been the focal point for the environmental department at SCA for many years. This water is being treated before emitted.

    New techniques
    “Our main target is to reduce both the amount of water we use by employing new and more environmentally sound techniques, and to make sure the effluent is cleaned and treated in a sustainable way,” says Patrik Isaksson, vice president for environmental affairs at SCA.
    If environmental concerns weren’t enough, the cost of water would be sufficient incentive to reduce the amount of water used. For each reduction of one cubic meter of water per ton of paper produced, the annual savings amount to nearly 60,000 dollars.
    “We were using a considerable amount of water in the deinking plant, where the recycled paper we use is made into pulp,” Deleón says. “By closing one design loop we could reuse water from the second stage of the papermaking process for pulp making.”
    Through this action, and by closing the loop in the vacuum systems in the plant, Deleón and his colleagues managed to reduce water consumption from 25 to 18 cubic meters per ton of paper produced. A third action – closing the loop on the sealing system for all pumps in pulp production as well as in the paper machine – further reduced consumption to 15.7 cubic meters per ton.
    “Our final target is 10 cubic meters per ton in 2016,” Deleón says. “To reach that we have to start dealing with circulation rates and ionic charges, which technically is more challenging, but we will get there one step at a time.”

    Reduced water consumption
    By the end of 2012, Sahagún had reduced its water consumtion by 15 percent. The plant has its own water treatment plant, using a biological system to reduce the organic content in the effluent water. This means that the Sahagún plant already meets the challenging new water targets set up by SCA, which say that all pulp and paper mills should be provided with mechanical and biological treatment of wastewater by 2015. Of the Group’s 40 pulp and paper mills, 38 have installed and 1 is in the process of installing biological effluent treatment plants.
    (SCA Sahagún Tissue)
     
    29.10.2013   GORHAM PAPER AND TISSUE EXPANDS TOWEL OFFERING WITH SMALLER CORE SIZES    ( Company news )

    Company news A leading producer of parent rolls for the Away-From-Home (AFH) towel market, Gorham Paper and Tissue announces an investment which allows customers to purchase towel rolls in multiple core sizes. This is to provide smaller core sizes which meet increasing market demand for the product.

    “We are a significant player in the AFH towel market known for high quality towel papers, responsive services and a willingness to innovate,” explained Brian McAlary, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Gorham Paper and Tissue. “Over the past two years, key converters have been asking us to offer smaller core size so they can use our product. Added converting capability allows us to meet their needs and serve as an additional source of supply.”

    The availability of 3”, 5”, 6” and 8”cores expands the company’s diverse portfolio of premium and standard towel papers. Towel options include high-bright, kraft, low stretch, high tensile, DRC (double reverse crepe), anti-microbial properties, color, recycled content and chain-of-custody fiber certification (SFI, FSC and PEFC).

    McAlary added, “This is a win-win for everyone. Converters who value working with a small, nimble specialty mill like Gorham can now utilize our towel products in their operations while we increase market presence by satisfying a broader array of customers.“

    Gorham products are used for a variety of applications including away-from-home towel, industrial towel and wipes, napkins and medical products like exam table barrier.

    For information about Gorham towel papers contact Brian McAlary at (203) 273.9428 or visit the company website at www.gorhampt.com.
    (Gorham Paper and Tissue LLC)
     
    29.10.2013   Norske Skog: Better market balance    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog

    An improvement in the market balance for newsprint and magazine paper, as a result of permanent shutdowns in the industry, contributes to higher capacity utilisation and an improved margin outlook in Europe.
    - During the quarter, we have both announced and implemented an active capacity management. We are now seeing the effects of this, through higher selling prices in Europe. Capacity utilisation is currently high for our machines. We will continue to actively cut costs and improve productivity, and assess our capacity on an ongoing basis, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the third quarter of 2013 were NOK 176 million, down from NOK 371 million in the third quarter of 2012. The decrease was due to divestments and lower margins. Cash flow from operating activities was NOK -91 million in the third quarter, and was weaker than the third quarter of 2012. The decrease was due to lower operating earnings and increased working capital.
    - The total production capacity has been reduced in line with market demand. A better balance between supply and demand has given room for price increases in the second half of the year. This, combined with a favourable exchange rate development and stable raw material costs, contributes to a brighter margin outlook, says Ombudstvedt.

    Net interest-bearing debt increased by NOK 277 million in the quarter, primarily due to the weaker Norwegian krone and negative cash flow. Net interest-bearing debt has increased by NOK 897 million so far this year, of which NOK 565 million is due to the weaker Norwegian krone. The company repaid the revolving credit facility of EUR 70 million in the quarter, thus removing uncertainty regarding possible covenant breaches. Financial items consist primarily of NOK 160 million in interest costs and NOK 87 million in unrealised currency losses.
    Fixed costs were NOK 758 million in the third quarter, down from NOK 903 million in the third quarter of 2012. A new long-term sales contract was negotiated in the third quarter, and a fee was received in relation to cancellation of the previous contract. This amount will be recognised as income quarterly over two years.

    Active capacity management
    The company's investment projects are progressing according to plan. AUD 84 million (NOK 480 million) is being invested in connection with the conversion of a machine at Boyer in Australia from production of newsprint to catalogue paper, and NOK 220 million is being invested at Saugbrugs in Norway to reduce energy consumption and fixed costs. Both of these investments will have a positive impact on margins.
    As previously announced, Norske Skog will temporarily curtail production from the end of December at one of two LWC machines (PM4) at Walsum in Germany, due to low profitability. The annual production capacity of this machine is 225 000 tonnes.
    As a result of improved margins for newsprint in England, PM2 at Skogn was started up again in late August after two months of curtailment.
    Norske Skog Singburi in Thailand was sold to a Thai industrial group for USD 33 million. The mill has an annual production capacity of 125 000 tonnes, and the transaction will be completed upon settlement of the sales consideration in the fourth quarter.

    Outlook
    Prices are expected to remain relatively stable from the third quarter to the fourth quarter. We anticipate little change in the level of variable costs, whilst fixed costs will decline somewhat as a result of ongoing cost reduction programmes. A weaker Norwegian krone is supportive to underlying earnings. Reported volumes, revenue and costs will be reduced following the divestment of Norske Skog Singburi.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    28.10.2013   World Biomass Power Markets is THE industry forum for the biomass power, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... co-firing and solid waste-to-energy sectors.

    The preview event brochure is now available.

    Taking place on 3-5 February 2014 at the Okura Hotel Amsterdam, the conference completely sold out in 2013 and is already on its way to another complete sell-out in 2014.
    (Nick Cressey, Head of Bioenergy, Green Power Conferences, nick.cressey@greenpowerconferences.com)
     
    28.10.2013   Indonesia: Colloque in Jakarta and Surabaya     ( Company news )

    Company news IBC is participating to a colloque with the SYMOP, wich is the union of the Pulp & Paper Machines Builders in France. This group is dedicated to help its members to go and export their competences. IBC is going to evaluate the market in South Asia by starting in Indonesia. The colloque will take place in Jakarta and Surabaya the 26th and 28th of November 2013 respectively.

    Indeed, Indonesia is a growing market in the Pulp, Paper and Tissue Industry and is definitly a real player in this domain. IBC is expanding everywhere in the world. IBC is international and therefore have customers from Europe, North America, South America, South Africa, Middle East and Australia. After developping, in the last past years, trainings organised in the Middle East, in Turkey and in Europe, IBC is going to evaluate the market in South Asia by starting in Indonesia. Thank's to the different colloques organised via the SYMOP, IBC is now exporting in a lot of area's in the world.
    (IBC Paper Training)
     
    25.10.2013   Bordeaux Brings New Level of Quality and Savings at Viscom Dusseldorf 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Company introduces a wide range of new environmentally friendly inks and solutions and extends special offers to visitors

    Bordeaux Digital Printink, a leading innovator of a wide range of inks and coatings for a variety of demanding inkjet applications, printing technologies and techniques, and its distributor BRS, will showcase its latest wide-format inkjet solutions such as PLASMA UV LED, an environmentally friendly curable rigid, flexible and super flexible ink, at Viscom Dusseldorf, Germany, 7-9 November, in Hall 8B Stand D60.
    Exclusively at Viscom, BRS will offer a 10% discount to the first 25 visitors who place an order for Bordeaux ECO/Mild/True solvent inks, UV/UV LED inks, Latex inks, Dye Sub inks as well as the company's impressive range of liquid laminates and coatings for high protection and image enhancement, with a minimum value of 250€.
    Bordeaux will demonstrate the versatile and low odor PLASMA ™ UV LED curable ink on a Mimaki 3042™. This highly flexible and durable ink is designed for applications where flexibility, adhesion, durability and chemical resistance is required. The environmentally friendly ink series is compatible with most UV and UV LED printers and printheads.
    The Bulk Ink System, developed by Inkondemand.com and Bordeaux will be visible on a Roland™ printer. The environmentally friendly system is geared to print houses that want to reduce printer and ink costs while helping increase productivity and reduce plastic waste. The demonstration will include Bordeaux’s advanced Mix & Match™ ink, FUZE ECO NR5™, for high speed productivity and greater resistance to alcohol and harsh weather conditions.
    “Our goal at Viscom Dusseldorf is for all visitors to experience Bordeaux quality inks and discover how our products can help expand their services and increase the potential for greater profit,” says Matthew Reijnders, Director of Sales and Business Development for Bordeaux. “We look forward to answering questions about how printers can maximize on-demand printing with high media flexibility, faster throughput as well as personalized printing.”
    BRS, Bordeaux’s distributor in Germany, will display Bordeaux’s large range of cost effective solutions that offer high quality printing and valuable productivity solutions in Hall 8B stand D60. The solutions are suited to a wide variety of substrates and media.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    25.10.2013   Weyerhaeuser Reports Third Quarter Results    ( Company news )

    Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) October 25, 2013 reported net earnings to common shareholders of $157 million, or 27 cents per diluted share, for the third quarter. This compares with net earnings of $117 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, for the same period last year. Net sales for the third quarter of 2013 totaled $2.2 billion, compared with net sales of $1.8 billion for the third quarter of 2012.

    “Solid operating results in the quarter contributed to a significant improvement in our year-over-year earnings,” said Doyle Simons, president and chief executive officer. “In the quarter, we also closed on our previously announced acquisition of Longview Timber and are actively engaged in leveraging our silviculture, logistics and marketing expertise to realize the full potential of this valuable asset. We will continue to focus on improving performance in all of our businesses and generating additional value for our shareholders.”
    (Weyerhaeuser Company)
     
    25.10.2013   Mavern Instruments extends direct support with opening of new office in Mexico City    ( Company news )

    Company news Malvern, UK: In a move that reflects continued sales growth in Mexico, Malvern Instruments has opened a new office in Mexico City. Operational since August 2013, the Mexico office provides both pre- and after- sales support to a growing customer base. It is also the venue for an increasing number of advanced training courses and seminars, and is part of Malvern’s operational expansion in Mexico and throughout Latin America as a whole. The opening of the office in Mexico comes just a year after the establishment of a sales and applications laboratory in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

    “The markets of Latin America are very important for Malvern, across our complete range of products for materials and biophysical characterization,” said Brian Dutko, President of The Americas Operations for Malvern. “Our investment in operations in Mexico will extend the local support and training we can deliver to our instrument users and to potential new customers as Malvern’s systems play an increasing role in this growing manufacturing economy.”

    “I am delighted that Malvern’s business in Latin America now has such a great new resource in Mexico,” said Edna Alvarez, Latin America Sales Manager for Malvern. “There is great demand for Malvern’s products throughout the industrial and scientific communities of Latin America. The new office in Mexico allows us to extend the range of Malvern analytical solutions to a broader community and is part of Malvern’s commitment to increasing its global presence and providing the highest possible standards of support to customers everywhere.”

    Strong customer relations and exceptional worldwide service are the cornerstones of Malvern’s business, which serves its global customer base with applications laboratories, sales offices and distribution partners throughout the world. This is all backed by access to technical and applications specialists around the world and an extensive online presence offering a comprehensive range of resources.

    The new office in Mexico is located at: Patriotismo 130, Oficina 102, Col. Escandon, CP 11800 Mexico DF. Full details are available on the ‘Contact Us’ section of the Malvern website www.malvern.com
    (Malvern Instruments Ltd)
     
    25.10.2013   New BOBST Dark Night Process Unveiled at Bobst Manchester Open House    ( Company news )

    Company news Over 60 visitors from around the world attended this year’s Bobst Manchester Open House held at its Heywood Technology Centre on 15th October 2013. The event saw visitors from the UK, Europe, North America, Canada, South America, Africa and India.

    The day consisted of technical presentations in the sales lounge followed by two demonstrations on a BOBST General K5000 in the adjacent machine demonstration area.

    The new BOBST Dark Night Process was the focus of the first presentation of the day. Dark Night is a new approach to defect elimination to achieve higher barrier films. This was followed by a machine demonstration using BOBST General Registron Hawkeye.

    The second presentation and demonstration was focused on the AlOx process. BOBST uses a standard aluminium metallizing machine as a foundation for the AlOx process which results in versatility as one machine can be used for two processes without compromise. The application is available for coating a wide range of films including PET, BOPP, CPP, PLA and other types of plastic films. The coated film can be used for end products including baked goods and microwaveable products.
    (Bobst Manchester Ltd)
     
    24.10.2013   Finland to lead the way as a designer of cellulose-based products    ( Company news )

    Company news Photo: Cellulose fibre yarn made directly from pine fibres at VTT. Yarn diameter in is 100 µm. Photographer: Pekka Rötkönen

    The combination of strong design competence and cutting-edge cellulose-based technologies can result in new commercially successful brands. The aim is for fibre from wood-based biomass to replace both cotton production, which burdens the environment, and polyester production, which consumes oil. A research project launched by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University and Tampere University of Technology aims to create new business models and ecosystems in Finland through design-driven cellulose products.

    The joint research project is called Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC). The objective is to develop cellulose-based products suitable for technical textiles and consumer products. The technology could also find use in the pharmaceutical, food and automotive industries. Another objective is to build a new business ecosystem and promote spin-offs.

    The breakthrough for these new products and services is expected to take a few years. State-of-the-art cellulose processing technologies could generate production value of up to EUR 2–3 billion in Finland's forestry, textile and mechanical engineering industries, and in entirely new business sectors.

    This is one of two strategic projects launched by Tekes – Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation intended to help transform Finnish business life. The project received nearly EUR 3 million in funding from Tekes for the opening research stages in 2013–2015.

    Designers envision consumer products of the future

    Aalto University students participate in the project by offering fresh new perspectives on Finnish cellulose products.

    “The research project provides an opportunity to use design methods to turn cellulose raw material into products, services and business. Designers contribute to the project by introducing an experimental method of creating prototypes, as well as the ability to visualise something that doesn't yet exist. This allows us to take consumer perspective into account at different stages of the programme," explains Professor Pirjo Kääriäinen from the Aalto University's Department of Design.

    According to Kääriäinen, design as a strategic resource in the industry is so far relatively untapped. As a working method, industrial design brings a user-focused perspective to the project, opening new and unexplored opportunities for commercial use of the materials and for envisioning new products. This work combines with the creation of business ecosystems in line with the principles of sustainable development.

    New materials and technologies are a source of inspiration to designers. The first sessions with technology developers were filled with excitement and bursts of innovation. For researchers, the notion of design needs affecting the material being created was particularly interesting.

    New technologies in yarn manufacture

    Researchers seek to combine Finnish design competence with cutting-edge technological developments to utilise the special characteristics of cellulose to create products that feature the best qualities of materials such as cotton and polyester. Product characteristics achieved by using new manufacturing technologies and nanocellulose as a structural fibre element include recyclability and individual production.

    The first tests performed by professor Olli Ilkkala's team at the Aalto University showed that the self-assembly of cellulose fibrils in wood permits the fibrils to be spun into strong yarn.

    VTT has developed an industrial process that produces yarn from cellulose fibres without the spinning process. VTT has also developed efficient applications of the foam forming method for manufacturing materials that resemble fabric.

    "In the future, combining different methods will enable production of individual fibre structures and textile products, even by using 3D printing technology," says Professor Ali Harlin from VTT.

    Usually the price of a textile product is the key criterion even though produced sustainably. New methods help significantly to shorten the manufacturing chain of existing textile products and bring it closer to consumers to respond to their rapidly changing needs. Projects are currently under way where the objective is to replace wet spinning with extrusion technology. The purpose is to develop fabric manufacturing methods where several stages of weaving and knitting are replaced without losing the key characteristics of the textile, such as the way it hangs.

    Finland's logging residue to replace environmentally detrimental cotton

    Cotton textiles account for about 40% of the world's textile markets, and oil-based polyester for practically the remainder. Cellulose-based fibres make up 6% of the market. Although cotton is durable and comfortable to wear, cotton production is highly water-intensive, and artificial fertilisers and chemical pesticides are often needed to ensure a good crop. The surface area of cotton-growing regions globally equates to the size of Finland.

    Approximately 5–6 million tons of fibre could be manufactured from Finland's current logging residue (25–30 million cubic metres/year). This could replace more than 20% of globally produced cotton, at the same time reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 120–150 million tons, and releasing enough farming land to grow food for 18–25 million people. Desertification would also decrease by approximately 10 per cent.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
     
    24.10.2013   AVERY DENNISON TURNLOCK™ LAMINATING SYSTEM PROTECTS GRAPHICS USING ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... ONLY ONE ROLL

    Picture: Using standard print techniques and a turn bar, the Avery Dennison TurnLock™ Laminating System protects graphics using a single roll. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR184)

    Avery Dennison is introducing its TurnLock™ Laminating System in Europe at Labelexpo 2013. A patent-pending technology, Turnlock allows converters to protect graphics using a single roll, consuming 30 per cent less material and at 25 per cent higher operational efficiencies. The system eliminates the need for an over-laminate or transfer tape.

    “Using standard print techniques and a turn bar, this system fundamentally changes how converters can print and protect durable goods graphics more easily,” says Marco Fermo, durables segment director, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials. “This technology makes it possible to replace two rolls with a single roll, while retaining the same high levels of graffiti resistance and scuff protection. This means faster changeovers, improved splicing, reduced inventory and less waste. Turnlock eliminates common over-lamination failures such as improper lamination tension or lifting of the over-laminate. Cost savings are also substantial, so it is not surprising that converters are beginning to proactively suggest this new material to existing customers.”

    The TurnLock Laminating System uses four key steps to protect graphics, using a single roll rather than two rolls. Images and text are first reverse printed on a clear, self-adhesive, 2mm polyester film face stock. This printed face stock is then de-laminated and webbed upwards toward the turn bar, with the adhesive/liner following a different, lower path.
    At the turn bar the face stock is flipped, so that the reverse print has a positive orientation. Finally, the face stock is re-laminated with the adhesive/liner.

    Two product specifications are available for use in the TurnLock Laminating System, each with different pattern coats, and converters can produce white, black and metalized PET colours while on press.
     
    24.10.2013   RISI forecasts radical transformation of global cut-size markets     ( Company news )

    The copy paper market has remained consistent and profitable in recent years. It has remained largely unaffected by the recession compared with other graphic paper grades such as newsprint and coated papers. However, this is a declining market, competing with electronic substitutes. Maintaining profitability has seen a competitive battle for market share which will transform the market over the next 10 years. These findings were reported in a major new study recently released by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.

    The Global Outlook for Cut-Size Uncoated Woodfree Paper Markets analyzes the market for imaging, multipurpose, and other cut-size business papers on a global scale. The study was undertaken to see how demand will develop and how the distribution chain will evolve over the next 10 years.
    (RISI)
     
    24.10.2013   Cleaner power for ports and ships - VACON® NXP Grid Converter improves cost and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... energy efficiency of marine applications

    Energy efficiency, cost of fuel and environmental aspects like noise and pollution levels are playing a key role for ship and port owners of the world. As approximately 90% of all world's commercial goods are delivered with ships today, the efficiency of the marine sector influences the cost and carbon footprint of nearly all commercial goods.

    The VACON NXP Grid Converter, a new product launched by the global AC drive manufacturer Vacon, represents the next step in the energy optimization ensuring that ship and port owners can meet the next level of energy efficiency while productivity increases and business prospers.

    "The VACON NXP Grid Converter can easily be integrated into various applications in ports and ships to provide cleaner power, improved performance and cost savings," says Jari Marjo, Marketing Director, Premium Drives. "This technology becomes increasingly important now that the marine business seeks all possible ways to improve their energy-efficiency, reduce fuel consumption, costs, harmful emissions, noise levels and vibration," Marjo continues.

    Vacon has been developing applications for its marine customers with this technology for several years. Now the product is officially released to the market as part of Vacon's comprehensive product portfolio.

    Below are a couple of examples of the applications provided:

    The VACON NXP Grid Converter has successfully been used, for instance, in shore supply solutions including the Port of Shanghai, which enable ships to source electrical energy from local grids on the shore, meaning that main and auxiliary power generators can be switched off.

    The VACON NXP Grid Converter can also be used in shaft generator systems which allow optimum control of propulsion machinery at various speeds and at the same time generate electricity into the electrical grid of the ship.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    23.10.2013   2013 Luxe Pack in Green Award    ( Company news )

    Company news The special LUXE PACK in Green exhibition takes place at the 2013 LUXE PACK MONACO event held from 23-25 October 2013. The exhibition highlights environmentally friendly innovations from exhibitors participating in trade fair and showcases those products designed with sustainable development and an eco-design approach in mind.

    The best eco-designed solution, as judged by a prestigious panel of industry professionals, will be presented the LUXE PACK in Green Award on 23 October 2013. The judging criteria takes into account the originality of the design of the product or process; raw material sourcing; process optimisation including use of renewable and green technologies; transportation; product end of life including recyclability; economic impact and market demand.

    Applications from Luxe Pack exibitors have been examined by the jury members, and 5 have been short-listed for the Award. Two innnovations from James Cropper are amongst those selected by the jury to go forward to the final round of judging for the 2013 Luxe Pack in Green Award; a paper which incorporates cocoa husk waste from chocolate production for world leading chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, and our new reclaimed fibre facility which recycles coffee cup waste on an industrial scale.

    The judging will take place on the first day of the Luxepack exhibition, and the judges will make their final decision following presentations by the short-listed companies.

    The LUXE PACK in green 2013 jury

    Michel FONTAINE, President of the French National Packaging Council
    Elizabeth LAVILLE, Director& Founder of the Sustainable development consulting agency UTOPIES
    Sandrine SOMMER, Sustainable Development Director GUERLAIN
    Susanna BONNATI, Creative Director COMUNICANDO
    Sandrine NOEL, Environment Manager LOUIS VUITTON
    Fanny FREMONT, Sustainable Purchasing and Botanical Trade Manager, YVES ROCHER GROUP
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
     
    23.10.2013   UPM'S CLIMATE CHANGE RECOGNIZED    ( Company news )

    UPM has achieved a top position in Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Nordic 260 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for the fifth year running. UPM was ranked in the index with top scores: 99 points out of 100 maintaining the leadership position in its sector.

    The achievement was announced today in the CDP Nordic 260 Climate Change Report 2013, which tracks how the world’s largest listed companies are acting in response to a changing climate.

    In the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company. The index highlights companies within the Nordic stock exchanges which have displayed the most professional approach to corporate governance in respect of climate change disclosure practices.

    “This recognition addresses our Biofore strategy and determined work with integrating sustainability into our businesses. Climate being one of the key areas of our sustainability agenda, we have an established track record in emissions reduction not only in traditional ways but also in new innovations like renewable wood-based biofuels,” says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment.

    UPM is a frontrunner in the use of forest biomass as a fuel. Globally 65% of fuels used at UPM mills are biomass-based and 81% of the company’s electricity production is free from fossil CO2 emissions. UPM has invested over one billion euros in renewable biomass-based energy generation during the last decade.

    Read more about Carbon Disclosure Project: www.cdp.net

    For further information please contact:
    Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment, tel. +358204150396.
    (UPM)
     
    22.10.2013   Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen comments on third quarter 2013 results announced today     ( Company news )

    Company news “Strong performance in Packaging, European paper markets struggle”

    Picture: Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen

    Helsinki, Finland, 2013-10-22 12:01 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STORA ENSO OYJ STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 22 OCTOBER 2013 at 13.01 EET

    “The third quarter ended with the operational profitability just slightly up year on year. Nevertheless, it was a very different quarter than a year ago, with 5% lower sales for the Group and significantly rebalanced contributions from the segments. However, most importantly lower sales were compensated by lower fixed and variable costs. Segmentally, there was a strong performance in Renewable Packaging and continued cost-driven turnaround in Building and Living. The good news was balanced by Printing and Reading continuing to contend with a weak market environment, and Biomaterials facing exchange-rate-related challenges as well as one-time costs from Veracel. In summary, it was a better than expected quarter that underlined the importance of our cost focus.

    “The timetable for completing our joint-venture pulp mill Montes del Plata in Uruguay was revised during the quarter after the main technology contractors informed the company that they could not complete their work on schedule. That unexpected development was balanced by the view of the owners of the mill that the mill continues to be a good high-return investment and the delays can only lead to an even stronger effort to complete it well and ramp it up starting in early 2014.

    “After announcing the revised two-phase timetable of our China investment, we have gradually started to initiate the mill site works. The target schedule for starting up the board machine remains in the beginning of 2016.

    “The fourth quarter outlook for operational EBIT is clearly lower than a year ago, as already announced on 9 October. This is because, in contrast to the other two segments, the two strongly performing segments Renewable Packaging and Building and Living, which together generate the majority of the Group’s earnings, both have a seasonal and market-driven pattern. In practical terms, the last quarter in these segments is clearly weaker than the first three quarters of the year, thus making the Group’s earnings especially seasonal this year and also weaker during the last quarter.

    “With all the challenges around us, from European paper markets to finally completing and ramping up Montes del Plata, we at Stora Enso believe that improving the things we can control – from fixed cost reduction to quality of completing and commissioning the new projects in a focused and responsible manner – is more important than ever.”

    For further information, please contact:
    Lauri Peltola, EVP, Global Identity, tel. +358 2046 21380
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    22.10.2013   Bosch steam boiler system cleverly combined with solar heat     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The solar thermal system supports feed water preheating.

    An increase in production capacity provided Fixkraft Futtermittel GmbH, a producer of animal feed based in the Danube port town of Enns, Austria, with the opportunity to restructure its energy supply. A system concept from plant construction company Ing. Aigner Wasser – Wärme – Umwelt GmbH in Neuhofen/Krems, Austria was introduced. It comprises a Bosch steam boiler featuring modules for increased efficiency combined with a solar thermal system. With the new energy supply, Fixkraft is able to reduce its CO2 emissions by around 85 tons per year and make energy cost savings of approximately 15 per cent compared against the old system.

    The Universal UL-S steam boiler from Bosch with an output of 2,500 kg/h provides the process heat required to produce the animal feed. The saturated steam is introduced directly into the product, meaning that the amount of condensate that is returned is very low. A solar thermal system with an installed collector area of 320 m² is used to help preheat the feed water.

    The fresh water needed is taken from the company's own well, treated and then supplied to a 6,000-litre heat storage tank. The solar collectors absorb the sun's energy and pass it on to the water in the heat storage tank via a heat exchanger.

    The WSM-V water service module deaerates the make-up water. It is heated to 103 °C. The gases contained in the water dissolve and leave the deaeration system with a small quantity of steam, known as exhaust vapour. The VC vapour cooler uses the thermal energy contained in the exhaust vapour and feeds it back to the water service module. Heating-up steam is saved and the energy efficiency of the system increased.

    The feed water itself is heated further in the economiser, reducing the flue gas temperature of the boiler. In order to make additional use of the flue gas condensate, a condensing heat exchanger made of stainless steel is installed downstream of the economiser. The make-up water preheated by solar heat absorbs the condensation heat before it is supplied to the feed water tank via the exhaust vapour heat exchanger and deaerator dome.

    The boiler equipment also includes the low-emission natural gas firing system with oxygen control. This continually measures the oxygen content in the flue gas and controls the air supply accordingly. Modern touchscreen controls with a teleservice connection enable the system to be operated reliably and based on individual requirements.

    Thanks to the use of solar energy and heat recovery facilities, Fixkraft benefits from a highly efficient and environmentally-friendly steam supply. Energy use is reduced and efficiency increased.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
     

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