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    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)
     
    22.10.2013   White Paper: Accelerating the Growth of Packaging Production in the 21st Century    ( Company news )

    Company news By Louis Gordon, Marcom Manager, Landa Digital Printing

    As Benny Landa explained in his recent webcast, our representatives have been on a on a global trek – covering North America, Asia, Europe and many points in between. We’ve met with many of printers, converters, industry analysts, and print purchasers.

    The data and feedback we gathered have contributed to the further development of Nanographic Printing™ presses, most notably the new Landa Operator Cockpit and the inline coating unit. This information has also given us additional understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing printing in general – and packaging in particular.

    Global dynamics create opportunities for folding carton

    We’ve done a deep dive into both commercial printing and the packaging industry. In packaging, especially, we’ve focused on the lion’s share of the market – the folding carton segment. To say the least, the more we learn about this business, the more enthusiastic we get!

    For example, according to Smithers Pira, folding carton production is a recognized growth industry in the print world. In fact, it’s forecast to grow by 4.5% through 2016.

    Why? Among many factors are global demographic shifts and the emergence of new economic power regions. The evolving market is triggering massive transitions in package buying behavior and preferences. Younger generations, in particular, purchase more foods and beverages for home consumption than their parents. The “new” buyer also wants packaging that’s resealable, microwaveable and environmentally friendly.
    (Landa Digital Printing)
     
    22.10.2013   PMT Italia S.p.A to supply ÆGO™ SIZER FC to Shandong Tralin Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia S.p.A as a worldwide leading paper machinery supplier is increasingly strengthening its presence in China installing key paper machine sections of high technological level for new machines and rebuilds.
    After recently getting the order of an ÆGO™ 2FLX PRESS S for PM16, PMT Italia S.p.A. has once more found the favour in the eyes of Shandong Tralin Paper, one of the top ten paper producers in China and will supply a new Film Size Press, ÆGO™ SIZER FC for PM9, a 7.4 m wide machine producing high quality fine paper out of virgin fibre, in the basis weight range of 40 to 60 g/m2 at a maximum operating speed of 1,200 m/min.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    22.10.2013   Munksjö introduced new sustainable release papers at LabelExpo Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, the newly created global leader in specialty papers, exhibited for the first time at LabelExpo Europe, September 24-27 in Brussels, and presented several new products that widen even further its range of release papers for the Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) industry.
    With the development of new products, and the recent launch of the Full Circle recycling program, Munksjö demonstrates its willingness to actively support the PSA industry in growing their business sustainably.
    At LabelExpo Europe, Munksjö introduced Acti-V LEAF 50 g/m2, a new light weight release paper with superior mechanical characteristics, for production of thinner and lighter PSA labelstock laminates. With a tensile strength comparable to that of much heavier standard release papers, Acti-V LEAF enables to use less material, improve efficiency and sustainability, with safety of high strength.
    It features additionally unique Acti-V benefits making silicone coating more efficient and reliable.
    Acti-V technology, introduced in 2011, was successfully extended to the entire range of supercalendered release papers, for one or two-side silicone coating.
    Acti-V allows a revolutionary silicone anchorage and significant saving on energy and catalyst cost in the silicone formulations. The product was tested with formulations below 20 platinum ppm and coated at speeds over 1200 m/min.
    For PSA graphics applications, the Silco Flat range, offers the widest portfolio of specialized clay-coated release papers to answer the most demanding wide-format printing needs. The last developments include SilcoFlat Premium for the most sensitive vinyl and thin transparent films and Silco Flat HB, specifically developed for plotter cut application, allowing precise cut even with the most complex shapes.
    New Silco Office 50 and 55 g/m² will enlarge the offering of clay-coated release papers for office applications such A4 labels for home and office desktop printers.
    These new grades meet market expectations for lighter and more sustainable solutions with no compromise on performance.
    Additionally, Munksjö introduced a dedicated range of release papers for pre-impregnated composites materials used by industries such as marine, aerospace, wind-energy, leisure or automotive. This range of process papers includes supercalendered, clay-coated and SCK grades for silicone coating on both sides.
    At LabelExpo Europe, Munksjö also presented the Full Circle recycling program for paper release liner that enables label end-users to save on landfill cost and reduce their environmental foot print.
    The Full Circle program offers collection of paper linerwaste at no cost, for recycling into specialty papers. Paper liner can be ollected in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    22.10.2013   Smurfit Kappa UK Limited to acquire CRP Print and Packaging Holdings Ltd     ( Company news )

    Smurfit Kappa UK, an integrated manufacturer of paper-based packaging products with operations throughout the UK, announces that it has agreed to acquire CRP Print and Packaging Holdings Limited.
    CRP is a private company with operations in Corby which specialises in litho-laminated packaging, 3D point of sale, HD preprint, food contact and heavy duty. CRP currently employs approximately 220 people.
    Eddie Fellows, Managing Director of CRP commented: “The Company has enjoyed considerable success under private ownership for the last 20 years and has grown substantially in the past five years. The time is now right for us to strategically align our business to meet the future requirements of the market and Smurfit Kappa was the obvious choice with its extensive product offering and wide geographical spread”.
    Clive Bowers, CEO of Smurfit Kappa corrugated UK commented “I am delighted with the acquisition of CRP Print and Packaging. They have built an excellent business across a number of product group areas which adds to our existing strengths, whilst offering new and exciting product opportunities to the market. This acquisition supports our continued drive to further develop the future of packaging with creative product and supply chain solutions.
    ‘Eddie and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Sangster, founder and chairman of CRP, who has been associated with the industry for fifty years, for his commitment, dedication and market leadership. Everyone wishes him a healthy and well deserved retirement.”
    SKUK is a subsidiary of Smurfit Kappa Group plc which is a world leader in paper-based packaging with operations in Europe and the Americas and is quoted on the London and Irish stock exchanges.
    (Smurfit Kappa UK)

     
    21.10.2013   Mondi presents its new biodegradable and compostable paper-based bag for pet food and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... food packaging

    Mondi Consumer Packaging is highly committed to integrating sustainable development into their business model and to provide its customers the best suitable packaging and the lowest possible impact on the environment. The latest innovation in the field of sustainability is a new hybrid paper-based bag, which is biodegradable and compostable whilst offering the excellent protection thanks to an innerlayer of biodegradable film required by the pet food and food industry. The novel paper-based bag is designed as pinch bottom bag, hence offers all the advantages of an eye-catching presentation in combination with a green image.
    Last week at German trade fair FachPack Mondi successfully presented the biodegradable paper-based bag - its’ novel sustainable solution. The biodegradable paper-based bag consists of one or more layers of paper and a layer of biodegradable film, which ensures an excellent grease and oil barrier. These properties are especially important to the pet food and food industry, as utmost protection of content is mandatory. The sustainable pinch bottom bag, which is produced in Mondi Novasac, Italy, is suitable for automatic filling systems and easy to palletise. The strong, reliable bag presents an ideal communication panel thanks to its large printing surface. To optimally present customer brands, the hybrid bag is available with white or brown paper, the later emphasising a natural appearance.
    “Our new bag provides the advantages of a pre-made paper-based bag ensuring product safety and freshness. And offers, in addition, the major advantage of biodegradability and compostability”, Ralph Landwehr, CEO Mondi Consumer Packaging and North America explains.
    Although often used as if both terms mean the same, biodegradable is quite different from compostable. While biodegradable simply means to be consumed by microorganisms and return to compounds found in nature, ‘compostable’ makes the specific demand that the object breaks down in a compost pile, the biodegradable paper-based bag therefore is fully integrated in the environmental life cycle.
    The flexible concept of Mondi’s pre-made paper-based bags offers a wide range of packaging solutions. Some of the major features are sturdiness along with great flexibility in size, design, and printing options. All requirements for direct contact with food are fulfilled, i.e. HACCP, BCR/IoP. The latest extension of this portfolio helps also to reduce environmental impact thanks to its biodegradability and compostability according to EN 13432 (requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation).
    The biodegradable paper-based bag is suitable for various products, such as flour, sugar or rice and the ideal packaging solution for the pet food industry.
    (Mondi Europe & International Division)
     
    21.10.2013   Södra's Interim Report Jan-Sep 2013: Greatly improved earning capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news In spite of a continued weak economy, Södra has grown underlying earnings significantly over the first three quarters compared to the same period last year.

    Picture: President and CEO, Lars Idermark

    Interim report Jan-Sep 2013
    -Net revenue was SEK 12,436 million, which represents a drop of 4 per cent. This drop is primarily due to a fall in sales of electricity certificates and the closing of the CTMP mill at Follafoss, Norway.
    -Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, rose by SEK 780 million compared to the same period last year and totalled SEK 190 million. At the same time costs have decreased by 9 per cent.
    -Operating profit after restructuring costs was SEK -706 million. Over the corresponding period for 2012, operating profit was SEK -590 million.
    -In July, Södra decided to close the pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. Restructuring costs are SEK 896 million and are accounted for separately in the results.
    -Cash flow after investments was SEK 295 million, which is SEK 939 million higher than the corresponding period for 2012.

    The Group Chief Executive's comments
    "We can see that our markets continue to be characterised by the weak economy and the strong Swedish krona. Despite this, our earning capacity grew over the year.
    The change when looking at the trend over recent months is particularly evident. Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs in the third quarter of this year, was SEK 221 million. This is SEK 608 million above the same period last year," commented Lars Idermark Group President and CEO at Södra.
    "An important factor in the improvement in earnings was the savings and efficiency measures that have been implemented, which total more than a quarter of a billion kronor to date this year," he continued.
    Despite weak economic growth in Europe, the market for softwood sulphate pulp has continued to develop positively. The reduction in demand that normally occurs over the summer months failed to materialise this year. The strong market balance is expected to continue for the remainder of the year, and Södra raised the price of softwood sulphate pulp to USD 900 per tonne on October 1. The impact of the price increase on Södra Cell's profitability is determined by how the Swedish krona moves against the US dollar.
    "A contributing factor to the strong market growth for softwood sulphate pulp is our decision to close the plant at Tofte. The mill ceased production in August and means capacity has been reduced by 375,000 tonnes per year," Idermark added.
    Södra Cell has enjoyed a significant improvement in earnings over the year and currently has good profitability, despite the prevailing economic climate.
    "Last year's results were impacted by significant losses in the Norwegian mills, which made us take the decision to close."
    For sawn timber products, the market has gradually strengthened over the year, albeit from a low level. The market is currently characterised by stable demand and unchanged prices. Södra Timber's production over the first nine months rose to 1,085,000 cubic metres up from 1,001,000 cubic metres for the same period last year.
    "Ahead of the last quarter, we note an improvement in demand for sawn timber products in some of our key markets and we also see some room for improvement in prices. The new sawmill at Värö is now fully expanded and operates a three-shift production system, in order to establish profitability. We anticipate a continued high rate of production at our sawmills and we will produce more than 1.5 million cubic metres this year. Next year, we expect to achieve total production of approximately 1.7 million cubic metres," remarked Idermark.
    The market for interior products is affected by a continued slow pace both in terms of construction and home renovations. Deliveries improved over the autumn from a seasonal aspect.
    "Södra Interiör is currently undergoing an extensive programme of change to create a more efficient, more customer and market oriented organisation in order to further increase competitiveness."
    Forestry operations over the summer and early autumn were characterised by a strong contraction and build up of standing timber stock.
    "We have a strong offering in the timber market and the price increase that we implemented in May has had the intended effect," according to Idermark.
    "Good harvesting conditions with a dry autumn have paved the way for a high level of harvesting activity. The outlook for the end of the year is good, and we envision that Södra's operations will continue to have a consistently high demand for raw timber products," Idermark concluded.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    21.10.2013   TANABE and JDengineers introducing     ( Company news )

    Company news ... Folder Gluer.

    The machine is a full servo drive machine. Mechanical, the machine is very solid like all the TANABE machines. The side frames are made of 25 mm.thick steel plates. The machines is free of vibrations.

    The machine control is developed and build in Europe by JD engineers. This guarantees a solid and reliable service and spare parts delivery.

    The TANABE JDBOXR is equipped with a lot of new features to reduce set-up times and increase the output of your specialty folder gluer.

    For more information, please contact JD engineers in the Netherlands.
    (JD Engineers B.V.)
     
    21.10.2013   Graphic Packaging International sets new postpress standards with a Dymatrix 113 Pro CSB    ( Company news )

    Company news -High-performance die cutter delivers exceptional process efficiency and stable production
    -New quicklock frame cuts makeready times
    -Die cutter enables flexible just-in-time production processes

    Folding carton manufacturer Graphic Packaging International has invested in the postpress facilities at its Hoogerheide site in the Netherlands. One year ago, a Dymatrix 113 Pro CSB high-performance die cutter from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) was installed in the die-cutting shop. This has already led to a significant increase in productivity and automation in the production process. "Investing in the Dymatrix 113 Pro CSB is helping us achieve our goal of providing our customers with the flexible, high-quality just-in-time production they are looking for - even with the most complex of jobs," says Willem de Groot, who is in charge of the die-cutting shop at the Hoogerheide site.
    The folding carton manufacturer is one of the first companies anywhere in the world to use the Dymatrix with the new quicklock frame, and this alone has helped cut makeready times by five minutes. Overall, they have been reduced by a third. The productivity calculations produced by Business Consulting teams from Heidelberg prior to the investment have already been exceeded.

    Efficient production, flexible formats
    Operating round the clock six days a week, the die cutter handles up to 650,000 sheets each week, combining excellent production stability with top-quality results. From paper and card to corrugated board, it processes all kinds of materials at speeds of up to 9,000 sheets per hour and is also remarkably easy to operate. Stored machine settings can simply be called up on the touchscreen for repeat jobs, while automated presettings keep makeready times down. Operators can also control processes such as fine adjustment of die-cutting plates and tool alignment directly on the touchscreen.
    The chase changer unveiled at drupa 2012 shortens makeready times by speeding up the die-changing process on the Dymatrix. The die cutter's flexible 113 centimeter (44.49 inch) format also makes it suitable for large-format jobs. The stable stripping and blanking station enables reliable stripping of the tiniest pieces of waste and clean separation, even with small repeats. "The technical advantages of the Dymatrix 113 Pro CSB help make the entire production process extremely stable and efficient, with an exceptionally high level of automation," says Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.
    Graphic Packaging uses both large-format and 3B-format printing. The folding carton manufacturer's pressroom already includes equipment from Heidelberg - a Speedmaster XL 105 and a Speedmaster XL 106. As for postpress, the company has, until recently, obtained all its die cutters from another manufacturer. Graphic Packaging International specializes in the production of folding cartons for the European food and beverages industry. Some 315 staff at the Dutch site in Hoogerheide produce food packaging for customers such as Nestlé and Südzucker.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    21.10.2013   Maschinenvorführungen auf einer Rotomec 4003MP Tiefdruckmaschine mit ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... achslosen Zylindern und einer CL 850 Kaschiermaschine bei Bobst Italia während der K’2013

    Parallel zur K’2013 in Düsseldorf veranstaltet BOBST Hausmessen und Maschinenvorführungen in den Technologiezentren in Deutschland (Bielefeld), England (Manchester) und Italien (S. Giorgio Monferrato). Besucher haben dort die Möglichkeit, neueste Maschinen und Technologien für Rollendruck und –verarbeitung in Live-Vorführungen zu erleben.

    Bobst Italia in S. Giorgio Monferrato bildet das BOBST-Kompetenzzentrum für Tiefdruck, Beschichten und Kaschieren von flexiblen Materialien. Entsprechend stehen diese Technologien im Fokus der Maschinenvorführungen.

    Die Rotomec 4003 Tiefdruckmaschinen-Baureihe verdankt ihren weltweiten Erfolg ihrer großen Vielfältigkeit, wenn es darum geht, anwendergerechte Lösungen für ein breites Marktspektrum im Bereich der Bedruckung flexibler Materialien zu finden. BOBST hat das Angebotsspektrum weiter ausgedehnt und stellt als neueste Variante die Rotomec 4003MP mit achslosen Zylindern vor.

    Im Bereich hochwertiger Kaschierenmaschinen nimmt BOBST unbestritten eine Marktführerschaft ein. Im Technologiezentrum in Italien steht derzeit eine Duplex-Kaschiermaschine vom Typ CL 850 mit Flexo-Beschichtungswagen für Maschinenvorführungen Verfügung. Für den Auftrag von lösemittelhaltigem Kleber auf dünnes Aluminium bei hohen Produktionsgeschwindigkeiten stellt die CL 850 eine kokurrenzlose Lösung dar. Sie bietet überragende optische Qualität, verbraucht ein Minimum an Kleber und garantiert eine optimale Verbundfestigkeit. Gleichzeitig bieten der Flexo-Beschichtungswagen und die Dual-Trockner-Technologie eine ideale Lösung im Sinne nachhaltiger Produktion.

    Die CL 850D Kaschiermaschine wir auch im Technologiezentrum von Bobst Bielefeld anlässlich der Hausmesse während der K’2013 zur Vorführung kommen. Für den Transport interessierter Besucher wird ein Pendelverkehr zwischen dem Düsseldorfer Messegelände und dem Technologiezentrum in Bielefeld geboten.
    (Bobst Italia SpA)
     
    21.10.2013   From adhesive solution to mechanical integration    ( Company news )

    Company news Lohmann not only provides tailor-made adhesive systems, it also supports its customers right through to the application stage.

    The "Bonding Engineers" not only provide support for their customers while developing the adhesive solution, they will also manufacture bespoke dispensers and machines. At the request of a customer, application engineers Gerd Rottmann and Jan Eller developed a laminating station with an integrated spool unwinder. When designing the station, the engineers were responsive to the special requirements of an extrusion facility and were guided by the set up of the existing machine and the materials used in the extrusion of PBT plastic tubes. During the process, an 8mm wide adhesive tape is laminated. The application engineers provided the customer with a complete solution. They fitted the plastic tubing with DuploCOLL 377, a double-sided adhesive tape, which met the material and quality requirements and, in addition, ensured the tape was automatically fed into the machine. They also developed the inline laminating station DuploTEC (Technical Application Tools) TAT 90218R. This enables double-sided adhesive tape to be appliLaminierstation_0713.tifed to the continuous profile fully automatically.
    However, Lohmann applications engineer Jan Eller knows that every process is different and requires an individual approach: "The fact that the plastic tubing is not very stable in the longitudinal direction places high demands on the laminating process. Laminating cannot put any strain on the tube, or it might become deformed." In order to avoid this, the spool unwinder was fitted with a motorised unwinding device to ensure that the adhesive tape unrolls easily, thus minimising the strain on the tube. The characteristics of the adhesive tape also have to be tailored to the process. It is not only the adhesive that has to be compatible with the materials being joined; the carrier and the characteristics of the liner also have to be adapted to the mechanical laminating process.
    A laminating station like this offers the customer numerous advantages. As an inline solution, it has a significant cost advantage over the competition. Machines do not have to be modified, and no extra work is involved. Processes are also significantly more reliable compared with an offline version. A facility of this type can be adjusted to suit a large variety of profiles and can be used in a variety of industry sectors.
    The Lohmann "Bonding Engineers" are thus able to provide complete solutions that are perfectly tailored to the demands of the process.
    (Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    18.10.2013   ANDRITZ to supply fiberline equipment for modernization of Stora Enso's Oulu mill, Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ received an order from Stora Enso to supply equipment for modernization of the fiberline at the Oulu mill, Finland.
    The goal of the modernization project is to improve operational cost efficiency by increasing energy efficiency and reducing chemical consumption. The modernized plant will be started up in two phases in 2014 and 2015.
    The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes a cooking upgrade with a new Help pre-steaming chip silo and supply of a new bleaching stage with a drum displacer washer. The Oulu mill has an annual production capacity of 1,125,000 t of coated wood-free paper and 370,000 t of long-fiber pulp.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    18.10.2013   Open letter addressing DG Connect's paper-free communication policy    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Commission’s DG Connect committed to a paper -free communication policy in an article published on their website, but several organisations of the paper value chain including CEPI answered in an open letter asking DG Connect not to abandon millions of citizens with their communication policy.
    Paper-based communication remains very important for millions of Europeans, if one only thinks of all the people who do not have online access, they will be left behind if communication becomes paperless. Despite the benefits of digital technology, paper should be complementary to electronic media and not discarded. Printed communication remains essential for various reasons, it encompasses a big part of the European industry. Implementing this policy will in turn discriminate millions who value printed communication or depend on it as they do not have internet access.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    18.10.2013   Soundview Paper Company appoints Karl Meyers as Chief Operating Officer ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...– Away from Home Division

    Soundview Paper Company announced that Karl Meyers has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer – Away from Home Division. In this role Meyers will be reporting to the office of the President & CEO, and will be supporting John McLean, SVP Sales & Marketing, and Jim Crawford, SVP Operations & Technology.
    “Karl’s operating knowledge and market place experience in the Away From Home Business will be instrumental in expanding our profitable market share growth and firming up our five year strategy for this Business,” said George Wurtz, President & CEO of Soundview Paper Company. Prior to this position, Meyers was a Senior Advisor to Soundview, and is an experienced veteran in the paper and packaging industry.
    (Soundview Paper Company)
     
    18.10.2013   Stora Enso selected for FTSE4Good responsible investment index for 13th consecutive year ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and for top position in Nordic Climate Index

    For the thirteenth year in succession, Stora Enso has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series. The FTSE4Good is one of the most widely recognised indexes for socially, ethically and environmentally responsible investment.
    The criteria for inclusion in the FTSE4Good index cover environmental management, climate change, human rights, supply chain labour standards and efforts to counter bribery. The criteria are regularly revised to ensure that they reflect the highest standards of responsible business practice. Stora Enso improved its ratings significantly this year compared with the previous year.
    For the fourth consecutive year, Stora Enso has also achieved a top position in CDP’s Nordic 260 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). This annual index highlights those companies listed on the Nordic stock exchanges that have displayed a strong approach to the disclosure of information regarding climate change. In 2013 the Nordic 260 CDLI comprises 27 companies.
    “Our commitment to global responsibility is reflected in the fact that we have been selected for both of these indexes for several years in succession”, says Stora Enso EVP Lauri Peltola. ”Not only is global responsibility the core of everything we do, but we also realise the need for continuous improvement every day.”
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    18.10.2013   Start-up of Voith ATMOS tissue machine at Wausau Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news -Company increases its premium tissue production by 70,000 t/a
    -Branches out into a wider spectrum of product categories
    -Drives growth in the North American away-from-home Segment

    Picture: ATMOS can be operated with up to 100% recycled fiber

    An important tissue paper producer in the US, Wausau Paper has begun operating its new Voith tissue machine to meet demand in the conventional and premium away-from-home products segment. The equipment was installed at the company's plant located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
    The new machine is designed to operate in conventional Crescent Former mode and in ATMOS mode and will enable Wausau to increase its installed tissue production capacity.
    The main highlight of this double-width (5,600 mm) machine supplied by Voith is the use of ATMOS technology, which was developed in Voith’s Innovation Center in São Paulo, Brazil. This technology enables the production of premium and ultra-premium tissue papers using up to 100% recycled fiber, and consumes up to 60% less energy when compared to similar existing technologies.
    Apart from the economies of scale resulting from its energy savings, the ATMOS technology also yields high bulk, softness and absorption capacity, which are crucial attributes for the premium tissue segment, especially in the North American market, where Wausau Paper operates.
    For optimum operation in both modes, key fabrics for the new machine are supplied by Voith including the forming fabric TissueForm ITY for best formation quality and dewatering maximization and all ATMOS-related fabrics such as: the AtmosFlex felt AX2, the various AtmosMax designs for highest sheet bulk, caliper and absorbency and the AtmosBelt BW2.
    "Developed in a joint effort with Wausau Paper, this project is very important strategically for both companies, since the American market is the world's largest premium and ultra-premium tissue and towel paper consumer", points out Rogerio Berardi, Global Vice President – Tissue Product Management at Voith Paper. The Voith ATMOS technology is also present in the tissue mills of CMPC Talagante (Chile), Cascades Candiac (Canada), as well as of a tissue producer in Europe.
    In addition to the ATMOS technology, Wausau Paper's tissue machine is fitted with the most advanced technologies that Voith offers for the tissue market. It includes the complete stock preparation with the new IntensaPulper and the new Pluralis refiner disc for less energy consumption. For the tissue machine Voith delivered a MasterJet Pro T one-layer headbox with the ModuleJet automatic dilution system, a cast-iron Yankee with an 18 ft. (5.4 m) diameter, and a high performance hood to withstand temperatures of up to 510 °C.
    Also included was the complete automation system including MCS, DCS and QCS, a complete vacuum system, the EcoChange and MasterCut reel spool change and web cutting systems, as well as the MasterReel with independent primary and secondary arms operation for optimum premium tissue paper reeling.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    18.10.2013   Start-up of Voith ATMOS tissue machine at Wausau Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news -Company increases its premium tissue production by 70,000 t/a
    -Branches out into a wider spectrum of product categories
    -Drives growth in the North American away-from-home Segment

    Picture: ATMOS can be operated with up to 100% recycled fiber

    An important tissue paper producer in the US, Wausau Paper has begun operating its new Voith tissue machine to meet demand in the conventional and premium away-from-home products segment. The equipment was installed at the company's plant located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
    The new machine is designed to operate in conventional Crescent Former mode and in ATMOS mode and will enable Wausau to increase its installed tissue production capacity.
    The main highlight of this double-width (5,600 mm) machine supplied by Voith is the use of ATMOS technology, which was developed in Voith’s Innovation Center in São Paulo, Brazil. This technology enables the production of premium and ultra-premium tissue papers using up to 100% recycled fiber, and consumes up to 60% less energy when compared to similar existing technologies.
    Apart from the economies of scale resulting from its energy savings, the ATMOS technology also yields high bulk, softness and absorption capacity, which are crucial attributes for the premium tissue segment, especially in the North American market, where Wausau Paper operates.
    For optimum operation in both modes, key fabrics for the new machine are supplied by Voith including the forming fabric TissueForm ITY for best formation quality and dewatering maximization and all ATMOS-related fabrics such as: the AtmosFlex felt AX2, the various AtmosMax designs for highest sheet bulk, caliper and absorbency and the AtmosBelt BW2.
    "Developed in a joint effort with Wausau Paper, this project is very important strategically for both companies, since the American market is the world's largest premium and ultra-premium tissue and towel paper consumer", points out Rogerio Berardi, Global Vice President – Tissue Product Management at Voith Paper. The Voith ATMOS technology is also present in the tissue mills of CMPC Talagante (Chile), Cascades Candiac (Canada), as well as of a tissue producer in Europe.
    In addition to the ATMOS technology, Wausau Paper's tissue machine is fitted with the most advanced technologies that Voith offers for the tissue market. It includes the complete stock preparation with the new IntensaPulper and the new Pluralis refiner disc for less energy consumption. For the tissue machine Voith delivered a MasterJet Pro T one-layer headbox with the ModuleJet automatic dilution system, a cast-iron Yankee with an 18 ft. (5.4 m) diameter, and a high performance hood to withstand temperatures of up to 510 °C.
    Also included was the complete automation system including MCS, DCS and QCS, a complete vacuum system, the EcoChange and MasterCut reel spool change and web cutting systems, as well as the MasterReel with independent primary and secondary arms operation for optimum premium tissue paper reeling.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    18.10.2013   Mitsubishi HiTec Paper invests in the future    ( Company news )

    Company news Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is investing almost EUR 5 million in technical production equipment and the optimization of energy processes.
    At the same time personnel has been increased both in Sales and in Research & Development. Thereby the German manufacturer of coated specialty papers is continuing along its path of optimization of existing product lines, focus on innovative new products and the resulting closeness to its markets.
    The investment of EUR 3.2 million in technical production equipment refers to the optimization of the coating machines in Bielefeld.
    The objectives of this investment are both improvements in quality and productivity as well as more flexibility in utilization of the highly advanced coating systems for several product ranges.
    The optimization of energy processes is being achieved by investing a total of EUR 1.6 million in new cooling systems. Investments in both locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg allow more energy efficient use of process cooling, thus supporting the company's goal of protecting the environment.
    Personnel in both Sales and Research & Development departments had already been increased. Mitsubishi HiTec Paper hereby remains faithful to its principles of closeness to both market and customers as well as caring for a continuous optimization of existing products and the introduction of innovative new products.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
     
    17.10.2013   PrintStars 2013: Bronze Award for 3S' security label    ( Company news )

    Company news The Innovation Award of the German Printing Industry

    Picture: OTF security label

    3S Simons Security Systems GmbH received the Bronze Award in the "Packaging and Labelling" category at this year's PrintStars 2013 award ceremony. This prize was given to 3S in recognition of its outstanding OTF security label specifically developed to protect high security devices and premium packaging used for quality products and food. The security label also protects online terminals used for cashless payment transactions as well as top quality watches, jewellery, fragrance products and electronic devices from unauthorized access or manipulation. It is based on Secure-ID® technology and can be completely removed without leaving any residue behind. In contrast to Void films, adhesive residues which might contaminate the protected device are avoided. Fressnapf Tiernahrungs GmbH, the leading supplier of pet food and supplies, is one of 3S' customers who uses the OTF security label in its German stores to secure its online terminals for cashless transactions against unauthorized access.
    The anti-counterfeit technology specialist from Westphalia also succeeded at last year's PrintStars competition: 3S received the Bronze Award for its security labels produced for the testing equipment manufacturer INGUN. Moreover, it was nominated for the Print and Media Awards 2013 in the category 'The most innovative company of the year'. "The seamless protection of high security devices and premium products is becoming an increasingly important area of interest for manufacturers, distributors and consumers," says Rolf Simons, Managing Director of 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH. "The PrintStars Award emphasizes our claim to develop innovative and high quality products designed to prevent counterfeiting and tampering."
    PrintStars – the Innovation Award of the German Printing Industry
    This year, the organisers of PrintStars received 432 applications for products in 15 categories and for nine special prizes, once again a lot more than last year. More than 900 print buyers, print service providers, agencies, photo studios, publishers, prepress providers and print finishing companies participated in this year's contest. There were also many entries from universities as well as vocational and technical schools. The Award Ceremony, which was part of the "PrintNight" event, took place in Stuttgart, at the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre, on 16 October 2013. The PrintStars prize is awarded annually to honour the best products in the printing industry.
    (3S Simons Security Systems GmbH)
     
    17.10.2013   KBA at the World Publishing Expo 2013 in Berlin: Offset and inkjet newspaper printing from ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...one source

    In 2012 Koenig & Bauer (KBA) won almost 40% of all contracts for new newspaper web presses awarded by the international newspaper industry and this year it is over 40%. Despite this high market share, the volume of new investments in newspaper printing technology which has shrunk by over 70% since 2006 to under €300m is not enough to fill the global market leader’s already significantly reduced capacity.
    In the KBA press conference at the World Publishing Expo (WPE) in Berlin KBA CEO and president Claus Bolza-Schünemann pointed out that the market revival for new newspaper technology expected in 2010 did not occur due to structural and economic reasons (media shift, Euro crisis). He also said that given media developments, trends towards concentration and realignment in the newspaper industry, suppliers should be prepared for a continued moderate decline in investments in new offset presses, prepress and mailroom technology, rather than a significant recovery.
    According to the latest market analyses, sales of new commercial and newspaper presses (not including used presses, service and consumables) in the supply industry fell to €630m in 2012 after a short-lived rise in 2010 to €800m. This is following sales of €1.7bn in 2007 and a low of €600m in the crisis year 2009. KBA is expecting a further decline to approx. €500m for 2013. It is assumed that yearly investments in new web offset technology will bottom out to approx. €400m by 2015. Against this background, Bolza-Schünemann views previous reductions in capacity on the suppliers’ side as not yet satisfactory and in line with market developments.

    Additional business with inkjet digital printing
    Along with further capacity adjustments, KBA aims to compensate as much as possible for the lower sales of new web offset presses with more service activities, a broader portfolio for the growing packaging printing and the new business field digital printing. With this in mind, KBA has expanded its proven and innovative offset product range for the newspaper industry with the KBA RotaJET digital press, which has shaped KBA’s stand in Berlin and was present in the Digital Pavilion set up in the “Power of Print” media port. According to Bolza-Schünemann two RotaJETs have already been sold in other market segments and KBA is receiving increasing interest from the newspaper industry, as well as from the book, direct mail and commercial printing sectors which the press initially addressed. Bolza-Schünemann: “The KBA RotaJET is the only inkjet web press from a traditional offset press manufacturer. We have been an innovative partner of the newspaper industry for nearly 200 years and know its demands better than any other digital printing suppliers who have predominantly grown up in the office area. We want to use the trust placed in us to show the industry new business possibilities in connection with the KBA RotaJET. As we offer both offset and digital printing, we can be particularly objective. The respective production structure and the cost-efficiency of a possible implementation of digital printing form the basis of our investment advice.”
    Oliver Baar, KBA project manager for business development digital web presses expanded on the words of the KBA CEO about digital newspaper printing. In a slightly provocative manner, he compared the newspaper industry with a tree on which the sweet, but not yet overripe fruit, hang from branches in the middle or at the very top. While today’s newspaper and supplement business only offer limited market potential, Baar sees sustainable and profitable additional business options in digital printing. These include even more consistent target group orientated newspapers (hyper-localization or special interest small runs), expanding product portfolios to strengthen reader and customer loyalty, and addressing new customer bases as well as the very flexible linking of print and online media. In this context, Oliver Baar quoted the American financial investor Warren Buffett who bucked the trend by purchasing over 30 regional and local titles. Buffett criticises the one-sided, cost-saving strategy of the American newspaper industry at the expense of contents or the frequency of publications. Baar named the Canadian Glacier Media Commercial newspaper group as a further example. The group has successfully implemented AR codes in all of its editions linking print with the digital world (online videos as an addition). In the meantime Die Welt and Focus in Germany have also started to work in similar ways.

    Interesting option: Offset and digital printing in tandem
    Oliver Baar sees further ‘fruit’ hanging in the middle of the tree from retrofitting inkjet imprinting systems (currently Kodak Prosper S30) in offset web presses for the production of coupons, games and addresses. KBA has already carried out such inkjet retrofits. One step further is the combined use of older offset presses, for example a KBA Colora and an inkjet web press, like the KBA RotaJET. Digital printing could be used for highly localized production scenarios (microzoning) in newspapers as well as the format-variable production of additional print products on diverse substrates for readers and ad customers. Traditional business models in the newspaper industry can be expanded in this way and the process costs of small runs are significantly reduced. While in the offset sector predominantly newspaper, commercial web and sheetfed offset presses are used to produce newspapers, semi-commercials, books, magazines and commercial products, the KBA RotaJET addresses small print runs in all these market segments and opens up new business opportunities.

    Cutting-edge offset technology currently popular in Europe
    Even though KBA has expanded its portfolio with the RotaJET for digital newspaper printing, according to experts high-performance offset presses will continue to dominate newspaper production in the next years. As Christoph Müller executive vice president for the web press product house reported, KBA has notably booked orders for the new modular automatable Commander CL following the market-orientated streamlining of its product range two years ago. Since its launch at IfraExpo 2011 in Vienna, ten of these press lines have been sold to Europe, the USA and China. In 2013 Ouest-France in Rennes, Pressedruck in Potsdam and Main-Echo in Aschaffenburg have all opted for this latest KBA newspaper press. In the high-end class the compact Commander CT continues to be by far the most successful press on the global market. 27 presses with a total of 124 printing towers and almost 1,000 printing couples are on its reference list. A few weeks ago Badisches Druckhaus in Baden-Baden and Mittelland Zeitungsdruck in Aarau, Switzerland became the most recent customers to opt for this press.
    The waterless KBA Cortina, which also introduced automated plate changing to the newspaper industry, was the subject of great interest at Drupa thirteen years ago. It has experienced a renaissance in 2013. The Volksfreund-Druckerei Nikolaus Koch in Trier (Saarbrücker Zeitungsgruppe) brought the total of sold Cortina press lines to 20 and it is the first press to be equipped from the beginning with two coaters, following the positive experience made by Freiburger Druck (Badische Zeitung). This type of inline finishing in coldset is currently only possible in waterless offset with the Cortina. It delivers print products in an outstanding print quality, as could be seen from the samples shown in Berlin.

    Service and retrofits gaining importance
    Christoph Müller emphasised that newspapers should use their acknowledged role as a strong brand even more intensively for complementary print activities. This includes creative ad forms in print. KBA offers manifold, partly retrofittable optional equipment and has expanded its service portfolio accordingly. Along with maintenance tasks and repairs, experienced professionals from KBA and its subsidiary PrintHouseService (PHS) carry out increasingly more retrofits on older own or third-party presses. In addition, KBA and PHS have taken over comprehensive on-site technical support at various newspaper and commercial printing houses.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    17.10.2013   POLAR very satisfied with LabelExpo and LabelDays    ( Company news )

    Company news An unexpectedly high number of users took the opportunity to get information from POLAR about solutions for efficient label production at LabelExpo, and the LabelDays event that was held at the same time.
    The parallel attendance at two events, with one stand at LabelExpo in Brussels and another at the open-house LabelDays event in Hofheim, proved very successful, not least to show customers that POLAR is about more than just cutting. In the areas of die cutting according to the puncture principle, inmould and tax stamps, in particular, POLAR offers technologically interesting solutions for economic production. At the well-attended LabelExpo, POLAR benefited from a good stand position and was able to welcome numerous international customers there. The stand-alone die cutter DC-M on show there attracted a lot of attention.
    "We were very surprised at the number of customers who visited us in Brussels and Hofheim," says Jürgen Freier, Head of Service and Sales. Freier was particularly happy to welcome many previously unknown customers. The customers were very impressed at the solutions on display, and in customerspecific demos, interested customers were shown what POLAR has to offer in the area of efficient label production. "We were not only able to initiate a lot of new projects, we also closed a few direct deals," said Jürgen Freier, who was extremely satisfied with the outcome.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    17.10.2013   Successful Start-Up of A New Edge Control System in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Coldwater is pleased to announce the successful start-up of a new edge control system at April Symbol BM 11 in Shandong Province, China.
    BM 11 is a bleach board machine running liquid container packaging. The FabCurl Edge Control System was installed on the mid ply of BM 11 and after startup instant results were seen in machine cleanliness, TSO angle reduction, basis weight, and moisture profile 2 sigma reduction.
    Coldwater has well over 200 installations world-wide of FabCurl Edge Control Systems. The products are manufactured and supported from both the US and Sweden.
    (Coldwater Seals Inc.)
     
    17.10.2013   NEW GARDAPAT 13 BIANKA    ( Company news )

    Company news Cartiere del Garda, part of the Lecta Group, is proud to introduce a new product from the GardaPat 13 range: GardaPat 13 BIANKA.
    GardaPat 13 BIANKA is a paper with all the characteristics which have been the success of the existing GardaPat 13 products:
    - Woodfree coated paper with matt surface and high bulk
    - Guaranteed 1.3 volume
    - Velvet surface
    - ECF
    - Acid free
    - Age resistant
    - Always guaranteed as FSC® certified

    The distinguishing feature of this new paper - compared to GardaPat 13 KLASSICA, which comes in a warm natural shade, and to GardaPat 13 KIARA, in natural white - lies in its pure white shade, similar to that of the other papers from our “Excellent Collection.”
    GardaPat 13 BIANKA is available in 115, 135 and 150 gsm.
    Despite challenging economic conditions, Cartiere del Garda continues to invest in the research of innovative products, anticipating its customers’ needs and combining maximum quality with environmental respect.
    The entire GardaPat 13 range is now produced with new technology that enables even higher product quality and superior printing results, including:
    - higher printing gloss
    - a smoother surface
    - superior printability
    The new GardaPat 13 swatch book can be requested on www.gardacartiere.it, where you can also find complete updated information on all of Cartiere del Garda’s product lines.
    (Cartiere del Garda S.p.A.)
     
    17.10.2013   CCL DESIGN ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO NANO-FUSION™ PAINT PROTECTION FILM    ( Company news )

    Nano-Fusion™, a patented paint protection film with unique surface technology, is now available exclusively from CCL Design, a division of CCL Industries (“CCL”). Worldwide rights to the product line and related intellectual property were acquired by CCL from Avery Dennison as part of the Office & Consumer Products and Designed & Engineered Solutions transaction completed on July 1, 2013.

    This sale does not affect sales of Avery Dennison products including Supreme Wrapping Films and other colored and clear vehicle wraps and vehicle protection films sold under the Avery Dennison brand.

    Questions regarding Nano-Fusion™ Paint Protection Film should be directed to your local representative or you may contact CCL Design directly at nanofusion@cclind.com or online at nano-fusionppf.com or by phone on (440) 878-7000.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    Questions regarding Avery Dennison films should be directed to your local Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions customer service or sales representative. General questions about Avery Dennison products may be directed to Customer Service at graphics.averydennison.com.

    For more information on Avery Dennison products, pricing or roll sizes, designers and printers can visit www.graphics.averydennison.eu or perfectwrap.eu.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     

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