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    29.10.2014   Stora Enso: Solid quarterly performance – the transformation journey continues    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo) comments the third quarter 2014 results:
    "Stora Enso delivered solid performance during the third quarter. Sales, excluding the structurally declining paper business, were up by 3%. We are successful in our cost management and the operational EBIT increased 14% year-on-year. Return on capital employed increased to 9.7%, which is yet another step in the right direction. Furthermore, we have improved Net debt/EBITDA compared to a year ago from 3.1 to 2.8.
    We have taken several steps in our transformation into a customer focused renewables materials company. A key milestone was the inauguration of the pulp mill in Montes del Plata, Uruguay, and we are now ready to ramp up its production capacity. During the quarter, we also initiated the process to convert the Varkaus Mill in Finland for production of virgin-fibre-based containerboard. Moreover, we have invested in a demonstration and market development plant in the USA for the extraction and separation of highly pure sugars from biomass to be converted into differentiated biochemicals. The investment in the consumer board machine in China, proceeds as planned. Our non-core asset disposal programme is moving ahead with the divestment of Corenso as the most recent step. Together with innovation in our existing product range, these initiatives will play a major role in our transformation.
    During the quarter, we have put a partly new Group Leader ship Team in place. There is a clearer focus, partly due to the fact that we have split Global Communications and Global Responsibility. Our focus on Responsibility is partly reflected by the section in our quarterly reporting. We are moving ahead.
    When it comes to outlook, the fourth quarter 2014 sales are estimated to be roughly similar to the EUR 2 514 million in the third quarter 2014. Operational EBIT is expected to be somewhat lower than the EUR 210 million in the third quarter 2014 due to normal seasonal weakness in the Renewable Packaging and Building and Living divisions.
    This was my first quarter as the CEO and I am very impressed by all our competent and committed employees who together build the future of Stora Enso. It is all about creating value for our customers, today and tomorrow."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    29.10.2014   Kemira Oyj's Interim Report January-September 2014: Organic revenue growth accelerated    ( Company news )

    Company news Third quarter:
    -Organic revenue growth was 3%. Reported revenue decreased 2% to EUR 541.5 million (553.7) due to impact of divestments completed earlier.
    -Operative EBITDA improved to EUR 69.9 million (68.9) with a margin of 12.9% (12.4%).
    -Reported earnings per share increased to EUR 0.16 (0.09) mainly as a result of lower non-recurring charges than in the comparable period.

    -Organic revenue growth reached 1%. Reported revenue decreased 6% to EUR 1,589.6 million (1,683.9) due to divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rates.
    -Operative EBITDA decreased 3% to EUR 187.6 million (193.9) with a margin of 11.8% (11.5%).
    -Operative earnings per share were EUR 0.47 (0.53).
    -Kemira maintains its outlook for 2014.

    Kemira's President and CEO Jari Rosendal (photo):
    "In the third quarter, Kemira's organic growth accelerated to 3% from 1% in the first half of 2014. Paper and Oil & Mining continued to grow above-the-market and Municipal & Industrial's revenue showed signs of recovery. Our operative EBITDA margin increased from 12.4% to nearly 13% with notable improvements in Oil & Mining and Municipal & Industrial.
    Kemira is moving forward in the next phase of its strategy implementation: focusing on growth. We updated our mid-term revenue and operative EBITDA margin targets in September, expecting revenue of EUR 2.7 billion in 2017 and an operative EBITDA margin of 15%. These targets are expected to be reached through organic growth, inorganic growth, and continuous efficiency improvements.
    In Paper, our market leadership position as the only global pulp and paper chemical supplier will be further strengthened by the acquisition of AkzoNobel paper chemical business, announced in July. Another positive development was the receipt of the final operating permits for our new process chemicals site in Nanjing, China. We are also increasing pulp chemical deliveries to StoraEnso's new pulp mill in Montes del Plata, Uruguay that ramps up its capacity.
    In Oil & Mining, we are investing in new and existing emulsion and dry polyacrylamide capacity in North America in order to harvest the good growth potential in the oil & gas market. Demand for emulsion polyacrylamide has been strong, especially in horizontal drilling and stimulation of shale oil & gas. Kemira is the second largest producer of emulsion and dry polyacrylamides in the world.
    In Municipal & Industrial, our new coagulant manufacturing site in Dormagen, Germany has reached its full planned capacity and in Tarragona, Spain we are currently ramping up the capacity in order to further strengthen our market leadership position in chemical raw and waste water treatment. In North America, we regained business, especially in the municipal water treatment sector and revenue decline slowed down in the third quarter.
    Looking ahead, we will keep our guidance for 2014 unchanged, expecting slight organic revenue growth and an operative EBITDA approximately at the same level as in 2013."
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    29.10.2014   Södra invests more than SEK 100 million in Mönsterås pulp mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra will invest more than SEK 100 million in its pulp mill in Mönsterås. The investment will result in more efficient energy utilisation and enhanced productivity at the mill.

    The Mönsterås pulp mill is Södra's largest with total annual production of 750,000 tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp. Mönsterås is Södra's oldest mill, founded in 1958, but is also one of the most modern of its kind in the world as a result of successive investments. This latest investment, now approved, relates to the expansion of the evaporation plant.

    Södra is undergoing an intensive expansion period and the investment that is now being announced is a further step in improving production, assuring and enhancing the already-high quality of its pulps and optimising energy utilisation.

    Södra's largest ongoing investment is the expansion of the pulp mill in Värö totalling in excess of SEK 4 billion. The project will increase annual production at the mill from 450,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes. In addition, an investment of SEK 700 million is being made in Mörrum to increase pulp production. A new chip plant will be constructed and one of the two pulp lines will be upgraded.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    29.10.2014   Contactless encoder with increased scanning distance    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2000 series is Leine & Linde’s series of bearing-less encoders for large shafts. The concept consists of a rotating ring and a fix scanning unit which detects the speed through contactless scanning.

    ”Our customers like the principle of contactless scanning”, says Per-Johan Ahlström who is product manager for Leine & Linde’s speed sensors. “The solution is immune to mechanical wear as it has no bearings or other contact surfaces. And that suits the heavy industry where you normally find big stresses on the machinery.”

    Now Leine & Linde introduces several technical upgrades on the product series. The upgrades consist of an increased installation distance between ring and scanning unit, and also an increased scanning frequency to allow a higher shaft speed.
    (Leine & Linde AB)
    29.10.2014   Bobst Bielefeld presents new ColorControl system at Open House    ( Company news )

    Company news On October 7 and 8, Bobst Bielefeld held an Open House dedicated to the topic of color matching. The great interest in the event – not only among flexo printers but professionals across the whole industry – clearly showed that the topic of color matching continues to be highly important. On the one hand, a consistent standard in flexo color matching does not exist and on the other hand brand owners demand high color accuracy. The first day of the event was held in German whereas the second day was held in English targeting an international audience.

    On both days, the event was split up into a seminar session in the morning and a print demonstration in the afternoon. The presentation of BOBST’s new ColorControl system was the focus of the event. ColorControl aids printers in considerably reducing set-up times whilst at the same time, improving process consistency with color matching.

    During the seminar session the holistic approach of the new ColorControl system to the complex process of color matching was explained. As Hermann Koch, new Sales & Marketing Director at Bobst for German speaking countries, pointed out, color matching is more than just process control using spectrophotometer and modifying the ink using a scale. That is why the BOBST ColorControl system considers the whole process that a printer has in place, from an analysis of existing equipment to the careful matching between proofer and printing press and the ink correction at the printing press.

    During the live demo, the fast and user-friendly process control and the ink correction were showcased on a spot color. Thanks to latest hardware and software, interfaced with the press control system, the generation of a modified recipe and the transfer of the modified ink to the press proved to be a matter of minutes. The subsequent process control on a printed sample evidenced that only one iteration was required to stay within the desired tolerance.

    It was not only the live demonstration of ColorControl but also the presentations of guest speakers that sparked the interest of the professionals from the industry attending the seminar session. Uwe Richter, graduate physicist and color measuring and management specialist, spoke about "Improving the workflow from ink preparation to recipe correction at the press". During his speech, he clearly pointed out the importance of thorough ink preparation and the manifold parameters affecting color. Mustafer Dilek from gmg explained the capacities of state-of-the-art digital proofing while Bernd Sanning from Flexicon highlighted the topic of color matching from the print buyers’ perspective.

    "We are pleased by the very positive feedback we received from visitors of our Open House, and feel it justified our decision to present the topic of color matching by the dual concept of a seminar session and a live demo. For future events we will certainly replicate this concept to update our customers on latest developments", explains Bill Duckham, Bobst Bielefeld Sales & Marketing Director.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
    29.10.2014   Newly developed user interface makes operating highly intuitive, easy, fast and flexible    ( Company news )

    Company news The increasingly growing demand for ever more sophisticated production tools has inspired Esko to develop the i-cut Production Console. This newly developed front-end operating system will be the common platform for all Kongsberg digital finishing systems. It combines the feature set of the XL-Guide tailored for packaging applications and i-cut Vision Pro, the industry standard front-end for cutting and short run productions. Designed for all operations on all Kongsberg tables, the i-cut Production Console forms a solid foundation for any future developments.

    The i-cut Production Console (iPC) drives all functionality found on Kongsberg tables, such as camera control, machine set up, tool recognition, calibration and tool adjustments. “These tried and tested features are industry favorites, and are now incorporated into a much more intuitive operating system for users,” explains Tom Naess, Esko Product Manager CAM. “We want to help customers simplify their approach so they can maximize their capabilities. Ease of use is about making complex tasks easy. A good portion of accomplishing this is hidden in great software design created completely from scratch, consulting with user interface specialists to build an efficient system. The iPC instinctively supports the machine operator and displays colors with a meaning, which draws focus to the right area at the right time. It will change the way operators finish a job, and allow them to get even more out of their machine: they will get up to speed faster while improving the output quality. It all leads to less downtime and more efficiency - with less training or service intervention.”

    Assuring the most stable operating system
    The i-cut Production Console is ingeniously designed to guide and support the operator, and incorporates a number of logical, user-friendly features: from its icon-based graphical interface with color coded alerts and updates, to the ability to follow production progress from a distance. “This enables one operator to do other tasks while overseeing the production on a Kongsberg table,” explains Naess. “With clear display functionality and easy to understand icons, every step of operation can be readily identified for a smooth process.”

    The legacy of i-cut Vision Pro software along with the Esko XL-Guide that operated previous generations of Kongsberg tables has created a firm base for theiPC to deliver on Esko’s Highest Flexibility promise – one common user interface for all tables and all applications, allowing users to easily understand how to expand the capabilities of their machine into different business areas. “It's a platform designed to help operators get jobs done faster and easier, with more options,” explains Naess. “For example, they can pause a run, complete an urgent job or quick prototype, and return to the first batch of work. The result is maximized capacity and uptime with increased efficiency.”

    Extended versatility
    "As Kongsberg users work with a greater variety of production tools, they want to be prepared for any job and be more efficient, whether they are working on packaging or wide format displays,” concludes Naess. “The development of the i-cut Production Console is also based on extensive input and testing from our users who contributed to the system’s specifications. Their experience was very valuable to identify particular user features that bring ease of use to a next level. The iPC will add even more to the already high popularity of our tables and help customers become more productive than they already are.”

    The i-cut Production Console is available now, worldwide through all Esko sales and distribution channels for Kongsberg XN and V Series tables. Beginning in 2015, it will become available for most Kongsberg models, including upgrades for existing customers.
    (Esko Belgium)
    29.10.2014   MEET THE EPSON SUREPRESS L-4033A & AW     ( Company news )

    Company news Visit us in booth #8735 at Pack Expo International, Nov. 2-5, 2014, to learn about the SurePress L-4033 & more.

    Over 100 owners experience the value of Epson SurePress L-4033 series digital label presses every day. With pre- and post-press options that can be tailored to meet your needs and budget, the SurePress L-4033A & AW now make it easier than ever for you to go digital.

    There's Digital. Then there's Epson Digital.
    The Epson SurePress family of digital label presses provides pre- and post-press versatility that can be tailored to meet various needs and budgets. With the addition of the new Surepress L-6034 industrial label press with breakthrough PrecisionCore™ printing technology, Epson provides your business with the choices it needs for high-quality digital label printing.
    (Epson Deutschland GmbH)
    29.10.2014   Vacon to open a sales office in Turkey     ( Company news )

    Company news The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon will strengthen its market position in Turkey and ability to offer customer-driven services there by opening a sales office in Istanbul this November.
    Turkey is the 31st country where Vacon will establish an office of its own.
    "Vacon has already been present in Turkey for many years via its distributor, installed base and strong after-sales support. Now the time is ripe for us to establish a sales office of our own and grow our existing network," says Emre Gören, Managing Director of Vacon Turkey.
    Vacon's own office in Turkey is a clear sign of the company's determination to further strengthen its foothold in the country. The Turkish AC drives market has a good growth potential. The major business areas in Turkey for Vacon are the construction industry, infrastructure, shipbuilding, and energy efficiency applications.
    "We aim to grow significantly faster than the market, and that means we will have to expand our activities to new areas and to new channels. At first, we will make sure that our sales, service and technical support in Turkey allow us to offer even more comprehensive services to our local customers. Also, being present in the country will support our growth strategy and strengthen Vacon's brand awareness," concludes Gören.
    (Vacon Plc)
    29.10.2014   Indonesian Forests to Benefit from PEFC Certification    ( Company news )

    Company news Indonesian forests, home to some of the most biologically diverse forests in the world, can now benefit from credible, globally recognized sustainable forest management certification following the endorsement of the Indonesian Forestry Certification Co-operation (IFCC) by PEFC, the world’s leading forest certification system.

    “This endorsement signifies a turning point for Indonesia, a country which is still struggling with combating high deforestation rates,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC International. “Forest certification represents an important mechanism to verify and promote sustainable forest management, thus safeguarding the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests provide. This is especially important in a country like Indonesia given the significance of its forest resources both in terms of protecting its invaluable biodiversity and its contribution to the livelihoods of the millions of people that depend on forest resources to make a living.”

    With more than 50% of Indonesia’s land area forested, the country’s rainforest is the third-largest in the world. It is considered one of the five most species-rich countries globally, home to about ten percent of all known species of plants, mammals and birds. It is estimated that 80 million Indonesians rely on forests for their livelihood. Responsible management of the country’s forest resources are also important from an economic point of view: Smallholders and industrial forestry operators, along with pulp and paper producers, depend on forests, and contribute approximately US$21 billion to the economy — around 3.5 percent of Indonesia’s GDP. More than 4 million people are employed by this industry.

    “PEFC forest certification enables people to choose good wood, wood that comes from forests that have been independently verified as sustainably managed. We encourage companies and consumers alike to opt for PEFC-certified products to support forest owners in Indonesia that manage their forests sustainably,” emphasized Ben Gunneberg.

    “Finding the right balance that protects forests and the people who depend on them is critical to achieving long term sustainability. We have benefitted from the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders in the development of our national forest certification system towards this ambitious goal, and the endorsement by PEFC confirms that we are in alignment with globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks,” said Dradjad H Wibowo, Chairman of the IFCC. “Forest owners and companies are now able to demonstrate their good practices through certification and to re-gain the trust of the marketplace that has been lost over the past decade. Indonesia recognizes the importance of sustainable forest management, and we encourage buyers globally to take a second look at certified forest products from Indonesia and to reward those who are committed to safeguarding our forest resources.”

    The endorsement of IFCC by PEFC follows the most rigorous assessment process existing globally for national forest certification systems seeking international recognition. PEFC requires all standards to be developed through comprehensive, multi-stakeholder and consensus-based processes at national level with all standard requirements meeting or exceeding the environmental, social and economic requirements of PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks.

    All standards are subjected to an independent third-party evaluation, global public consultation, a review by the Panel of Experts, and consideration by the PEFC Board of Directors before PEFC members decide about the endorsement of a particular national system. The entire assessment documentation is made publicly available to ensure full transparency of the process.
    (PEFC International)
    28.10.2014   Mayr-Melnhof: Gotthard Mayringer appointed new CFO    ( Company news )

    Company news The Supervisory Board of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG has unanimously appointed Gotthard Mayringer (48, photo) as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

    Gotthard Mayringer is a long-term CFO of the group Engel Holding Gesellschaft m.b.H., Schwertberg. The company is world market leader in injection moulding machines.

    Born in Upper Austria he completed studies of Business Administration at Johannes Keppler University in Linz. Subsequently he was employed with KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft in Frankfurt am Main, Linz and Salzburg for eight years. At this time he was also a university lecturer.

    Gotthard Mayringer succeeds Oliver Schumy after March 1, 2015. His first term of office will be three years.
    (Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)
    28.10.2014   Stora Enso invests in quality and cost-competitiveness of Imatra Mills in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso invests EUR 27 million to improve the quality and cost-competitiveness and to increase the capacity of the consumer board machine 5 by 20 000 tonnes at its Imatra Mills in Finland. The investment will focus on the coating part of the machine and on modernising the winder and reel packaging section.

    ”The investment is in line with Stora Enso’s transformation into a customer focused renewable materials company. In addition to the capacity increase, the investment will enhance the quality and cost-competitiveness of our Tainionkoski unit in the global markets,” says Vesa Simola, Head of Consumer Board Business Unit.

    According to the plan, the modernisation of the reel packaging section will take place in the spring 2015 while the machine is running. The rest of the work is planned to be carried out during the scheduled maintenance stoppage in September 2015.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    28.10.2014   Paper Machinery Corporation Introduces Fastest Paper Cup Forming Machine - The PMC 1003    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper Machinery Corporation announced that it will introduce the highest speed paper cup forming machine in history at Pack Expo International, Nov. 2-5, in Chicago. The PMC 1003, which can form up to 330 cups per minute, will meet the needs of high-volume paper cup and container converters providing greater efficiency and reduced production costs.

    Building on the legacy of the PMC 1002, the PMC 1003 combines the robust PMC cam drive with technological advancements to establish a new speed benchmark. Next generation integration of servo and cam technology leads to reduced inertia for faster, more efficient production.

    “Speed means everything in today’s global economy,” stated Mike Hansen, PMC’s vice president of packaging. “The new PMC 1003 allows converters to complete large capacity runs faster so they can meet production schedules that are becoming more compressed.”

    Its range and versatility allow the PMC 1003 to form cups and containers from 3 oz. to 32 oz. “Today’s markets are truly global and require a wide variety of configurations in cups and containers,” said John Baumgartner, president of PMC. “The PMC 1003 forms tapered paperboard or plastic cups and containers for food and beverage, snacks, and frozen dessert categories.”

    Fast, productive, operator-friendly, the new PMC 1003 gives converters the essential speed and agility needed in this competitive economy. It can be seen in operation at booth S1608 at Pack Expo International.
    (Paper Machinery Corp.)
    28.10.2014   IML Labels takes digital leap with Xeikon 3500    ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon sets industry standard for digital printing of in-mold labels

    The Xeikon 3500 (photo) is increasingly becoming the technology of choice for companies looking to print in-mold labels digitally, with installations taking place around the world on a regular basis. The latest company to invest in the Xeikon technology is IML Labels. The company is based just north of Montreal, Canada and has added a Xeikon 3500 digital color press to complement its offset presses.

    “Our customers are spread throughout North America and about 75 percent of them are involved in the food business,” says owner Donald Caron, who founded IML Labels in 2007. “As a result, it was very important to us that the Xeikon toner is FDA-compliant for food contact and does not contain mineral oil. In addition, color matching with our offset presses is so accurate that we can mix both processes within the same job.”

    IML Labels has grown rapidly since its formation and today it employs more than 50 people. The company provides a comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ service including pre-press, overprinting and finishing in order to create high-quality, ready-to-mold labels. Typical end products are ice cream containers, yogurt pots and butter tubs. IML Labels’ client base includes molders and direct customers, many of whom are leading names in the food sector, as well as pharmaceutical, industrial and souvenir industries.

    “We are being asked frequently to provide mock-ups and help with test marketing new packaging. In addition, we are experiencing a growing demand for shorter print runs, often down to around 1,000. Our offset presses simply weren’t economical for these orders. The Xeikon 3500, already in operation on a full shift basis, enables us to meet these requirements effectively and provide a better service to our customers.”

    The Xeikon 3500 at IML Labels runs ICE toner, which is now the standard toner for printing in-mold labels. The Xeikon 3500 can handle substrate widths up to 516 mm / 20.3 inches. This format flexibility enables the production of a broad range of label formats. Xeikon’s extensive finishing range for its digital presses provided IML Labels with several converting options for their labels. They have installed a UCoat finishing unit, which allows inline flood aqueous coating and provides cut-to-sheet capabilities. Die cutting of labels is done on their existing equipment used for offset printed labels.

    “The Xeikon 3500 has proved to be the ideal sales and marketing tool,” says Mr. Caron. “Orders from new customers are printed digitally as these invariably involve shorter runs. Consequently, we have eliminated the waste and inefficiencies we used to encounter on our traditional presses. When orders reach a certain size, they can easily be switched to offset.”

    Mr. Caron adds, “We intend to take advantage of the ability to print variable data on the Xeikon press to incorporate features such as sequential numbering. Today, the market is demanding a level of production flexibility that only digital printing can provide. However, every situation is different and we worked closely with Xeikon to develop a solution that met our specific requirements.”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director of Segment Marketing, Labels & Packaging, comments, “The production of in-mold labels with digital technology is proving to be a powerful tool for brand owners. Now, they can easily undertake test marketing projects, trials and short runs. It is only a matter of time until more brands embrace this opportunity. Xeikon has invested a lot of time and resources in developing this technically complex application. We were able to execute it successfully in real production environments due to the expertise and guidance of customers such as IML Labels Canada.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    28.10.2014   Kemira announces price increase for ASA-size products    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira will implement a price increase of up to 20% for selected Fennosize products globally. The adjustment will be immediately implemented or as the existing contracts allow. The price adjustment is a result of very tight global olefin supply. Linear α-olefin is the main raw material for ASA-products.
    (Kemira Oyj)
    28.10.2014   The Evolution of Electronics of OMET's Tissue Converting machines    ( Company news )

    Company news The ambitious project of electronic standardization of the entire range of OMET machines is now reality. The digitization of data from the machines and the remote control of their functions, through the acquisition and interpretation of data and images remotely, and the standardization of the electronic equipment on board, are the first stages of a program for the total control of the tissue production process that is already bringing huge benefits to the efficiency of the lines.

    That the machines do not have secrets for OMET is a fact. Whether in the tissue or the printing sector, the in-depth knowledge of the processes and applications and the extreme attention in making every machine operation autonomous in its accomplishment and analysable during the operational phase, have resulted in the physical separation of the man from the machine and in a control detached from the operator’s will and skills.

    It is the consequence of the fulfilment of a long process accelerated by the introduction in the 1980s of the first electronic controls and the advent of computers as tools managing the machine functions and, later, interpreting the operational data.

    We analyse here the steps of OMET project and what developments are expected in the future.
    First, OMET’s Research and Development for the tissue sector is concluding the operation of unification of the operator interface for all machines in the tissue segment. Begun in 2013 with the last born, the FV Line, the homogenization of the so-called HMI (Human Machine Interface) continued on this first line and then in the TV 840 Line and AS Line, this latter the machine for production of paper towels.

    At the same time, it was introduced the possibility of total machine control by independent servo motors for each axis. The project began with the FV Line, and then extended to the TV 840 Line and AS Line (TV 503 is currently under preparation at the time of writing this article). The complete control of the motors is offered also in remote, through tele service. It is possible, for example, to verify the operating parameters of the motor of a TV 840 Line installed on the other side of the world directly from OMET’s headquarters in Lecco, Italy.

    Following the standardization of the electronic equipment, all the machines of the series TV 503, TV 840, FV Line and AS Line, share the same type of operator panel and the same console. It must be said, however, that the HMI is similar in the main controls for the whole range, but at the same time, specific on the basis of the different functions of each machine. The operator panel becomes the control point from which, through the independent servo drives, all machine adjustments are performed in a simple and automatic way.

    The use of cameras mounted at strategic points of the machine helps the operator, allowing instant and total control of what happens. The same images can also be viewed remotely at any time. This becomes extremely important when malfunctions or failures occur because, even via remote assistance, you can understand the problem quickly and intervene in a more timely and immediately decisive manner.

    The control consoles on the machine units are equipped with touchscreen panels and/or membrane keypads for the management of local settings; on the membrane keyboards, each button can take up to five different colors which guide the operator in the operations to be performed, making the use of the machine simple and intuitive.

    The digitization of the electronic data coming from the machine has a dual function: on the one hand you can collect production data and, through the fast adaptation to the best production parameters, you can achieve a reduction of waste, in addition to the obvious savings of time, thanks to the certainty of a greater operating precision. On the other hand, the increasingly intensive automation of the machine through digital adjustments allows easier handling of the basic operations (speed increase / decrease, start / stop, etc.), and the more complex (register, modification of product size, etc.).

    100 percent safety for the operator
    Create a safe working environment for the operator is an essential aspect that involves a strict observance of the safety rules. The continuous evolution of machines and systems implies a consequent and rapid change of the working conditions and the need, therefore, to adapt these new solutions to the standards in use.

    The latest machine lines produced by OMET implement several new solutions which increase the level of safety for the operator, however already very high, and reflect from the physical point of view in the presence of a casing (partly transparent) that ‘envelops’ completely the structure of the machine and in the application in all the critical points of protective hand guards.

    The real change, however, is once again ‘digital’. A communication bus and certificate has been introduced on the AS Line so that the transmission of the safety signals is not performed through traditional wiring but in a digital way. The use of this system has brought considerable benefits: the machines are more secure and efficient, wiring is reduced and thus the possible sources of failure, the diagnosis is simpler and more detailed.

    OMET applies a system of quality control according to ISO 9001 standards and is always careful to ensure maximum operating safety and to provide only certified products, requirement more than binding, for example, in the case of sale to large groups and multinational companies operating in multiple territories.

    Tele service via the Internet
    The technological development of electronics on board of the machine led to an increase in the possibility of exploitation of the web for remote maintenance, in addition to more traditional systems that use the phone or the wireless connection. There are two types of remote support on the machines, one that uses the telephone network, for machines of older installation, and another one that uses the web for machines of new installations.

    OMET is testing a router similar to the one used for internet connection, but more versatile, accessible via 3G mobile network or over Wi-Fi and the ability to connect to both new and old lines via the fieldbus present in the machine (Profibus / MPI or Profinet). A multi-router connection will be available at each OMET Service point in the world to be sent to customers in case of need.

    Development of the system of supervision and data collection
    To meet the demand of customers that need to monitor and improve the efficiency of their tissue converting machines, OMET has created a point of collection of the machine production data, storage and subsequent analysis for the implementation of corrective measures. The main data whose download is strategic for assessing the productivity and profitability of the machine are the indices of productivity, the amount and types of materials used and the alarms occurred in the operational phase.

    This system is optional on every line; you can interface with machines installed both recently and in the past, and integrate multiple lines of the same production unit:

    Being an architecture based on standard Ethernet, the system structure can be implemented with the same characteristics and potential of an intranet/internet network and, therefore, easily accessible from both the production facility or, through the Internet, from any other place.
    The system can be scaled and adapted for all OMET machines, new and existing, in order to offer a wider range of sizes and configurations to meet the different demands of cost and performance.

    With the new system, you can manage a high number of connected interfaces including:

    - File transfer
    It is possible to automatically transfer on corporate servers or simply through a USB stick all the data stored including recipes for pre-set line during job changeovers, or production data after each job shift.
    - Printers
    Connecting to printers for printing, for example, reports of the end of turn.
    - Barcode/other codes readers
    The use of scan reader allows, for example, the recording of the data concerning paper coils and inks used for the tracking of materials.
    - Smart card readers
    By recording data from smart card readers you can monitor the activities of operators and maintainers.
    - Energy measurement
    The energy consumption can be constantly monitored during operation for a proper and timely control of operating costs.

    Consumption analysis and activities for energy saving
    The adoption of appropriate measures to reduce energy consumption without increasing the cost of the equipment is an essential factor today. While, it is obvious, the energy consumption of the machines has increased proportionally to the increase in performance, the introduction of independent motors has already led to a large consumption optimization as it is possible to select, and operate, only the engines needed to each specific production phase of the machine. In addition, solutions with common power supply like the one used in the AS Line permit, through the sharing of energy between drives, a further reduction of the absorption.
    OMET is sensitive to topics like energy saving and environmental impact of the machines that, quite rightly, will increase their importance in the future in the battle for the protection of the environment through the reduction of emissions and fuel consumption. The R&D of OMET is at work in this regard and there are considerable opportunities offered by digitization in this sense.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
    28.10.2014   New ISEGA Direct Food Contact Certifications for Adestor Adhesives     ( Company news )

    Company news Adestor’s A251 and SP123 adhesives are now ISEGA certified for direct contact with food.

    The acrylic adhesives A251 and SP123, part of Lecta’s Adestor pressure-sensitive line, are now available with ISEGA certification for direct contact with dry and moist food. All Adestor facestock can be requested with these two adhesives.
    A251 is a permanent adhesive for general applications and use; it adheres well to smooth and slightly rough or curved surfaces. SP123 is a super-permanent high-tack adhesive suitable for challenging, rough surfaces such as wood, cardboard and plastics (HPDE, PP, PET and PVC).

    With this new certification, 6 Adestor adhesives now hold ISEGA certification for direct contact with food:
    - HM100 hot-melt adhesive: direct contact with dry or moist food
    - BC361 Plus, VR152, CG349 water-based acrylic adhesives: direct contact with dry, moist and fatty foods with a reduction factor of at least 2.

    This new approval enables Lecta to offer our customers a wide variety of pressure-sensitive materials especially suited for label manufacturing in the food industry.
    Adestor’s ISEGA certifications are available in PDF format at, where you can also find technical specifications and in-depth information on all of Lecta’s self-adhesive product range.
    (Lecta Group)

    Company news ... NEW TOPCOAT

    A new food-approved topcoated product has been added to the already extensive Avery Dennison food labelling film portfolio. The addition means that Avery Dennison now offers the widest range of food-approved films in Europe, with materials that can support a large variety of food labelling conditions.

    PP60 Top Cavitated White Film with S2045N hotmelt adhesive and a food-approved topcoat is the latest material in the food-approved portfolio. This topcoat joins the existing TC7007 topcoat in Avery Dennison’s standard film range. PP60 Top Cavitated White Film complies with Article 3.1.a of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, and can be used in any food application, including chilled conditions that require higher performance levels.

    Rob Groen in 't Wout, senior product manager for filmic label materials, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials - Europe, comments: “There are plenty of challenges in the food segment, but the most critical one faced by all food producers today is the tough regulatory environment. Our goal is to do everything possible to make food labelling choices simple and productive.”

    “Food directives and regulations apply to face materials, adhesives and topcoats, and need to be taken into account when deciding on the label construction. Avery Dennison’s newly expanded food-approved portfolio makes it far easier to choose the right look, the right cost and the right performance characteristics.”

    The comprehensive food-approved range ensures not only regulatory compliance but also successfully meets many typical application challenges, including labelling cold and moist surfaces traditionally found in chilled products such as dairy, cheese, and meats. Avery Dennison’s S2045N hotmelt adhesive is an important contributor to the portfolio’s performance, giving excellent tack and adhesion on a wide variety of substrates.

    Groen in 't Wout adds that label converters now have one place where they can go for any food-related requirement: “Food producers can find all of their required options in this portfolio, and there is no additional time or effort needed to make sure that regulations have been met.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    27.10.2014   Norske Skog: Still lower costs    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog continues the positive trend of reducing costs. High production at the mills in a demanding market shows the relative competitive position of the group.

    - Our competitive position has improved over the past year as a result of continuous improvement programs in all areas. Interest expense has been reduced by repayments of expensive bond loans and by replacement of cheaper securitisation facilities based on receivables totalling so far around NOK 800 million. At the same time, we will continuously monitor the market situation, and if necessary implement active capacity management to counteract the effects of market imbalances, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the third quarter of 2014 were NOK 208 million, down from NOK 251 million in the second quarter, but an improvement from third quarter 2013 of NOK 32 million. The decrease was due to prolonged initiation of the new LWC-production at Boyer in Australia and a planned nine-week stop at one of three machines at Skogn in Norway.

    Loss before tax for the period amounted to NOK -40 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of NOK -165 million in the second quarter of 2014. Loss after tax for the period amounted to NOK -192 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of NOK -114 million in the second quarter of 2014. The tax expense of NOK 152 million was mainly negatively impacted by a reassessment of deferred tax assets. Net interest-bearing debt decreased by NOK 21 million to NOK 6 931 million. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 46 million in the third quarter, compared to NOK 206 in the second quarter.

    - Despite the generally high cost level in Norway, especially on wages, we have still in recent years implemented extensive cost cuts at our mills and headquarter. Efforts of creative staff have resulted in more efficient use of energy and raw materials, as well as lower fixed costs, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Market and segments
    Operating income was slightly lower compared to the previous quarter despite a modest increase in sales volume. Capacity utilization was 86% in the third quarter compared to 87% in the second quarter. The summer stop at one of three machines in Norway contributed to decline in gross operating earnings.
    Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Europe fell by 5% and 4% in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year. Cost of materials was flat from the second quarter on a per tonne basis. Fixed costs continue to show a downward trend.

    Operating revenue increased compared to the second quarter, due to higher production after the start-up of the LWC-machine at Boyer. Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Oceania fell by 6% and 1% in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year.
    Variable costs per ton increased in the quarter compared to the previous quarter due to higher costs associated with LWC-production at Boyer. Fixed costs were slightly higher compared with the second quarter in part due to a stronger Australian dollar. Capacity utilization was 94% in the quarter compared with 91% in the previous quarter.

    Publication paper prices in Europe are expected to remain relatively stable into 2015. The market balance for newsprint is acceptable, while the operating rate for magazine paper currently is not satisfactory.
    Newsprint prices in Australasia are to a large degree fixed through long-term contracts, while export volumes track international prices. Magazine paper prices are more short-term and among other exposed to the relative strength of AUD.
    Variable costs for the group are expected to remain relatively stable. Fixed costs initiatives continue.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    27.10.2014   Amcor wins Climate Disclosure Award with perfect score    ( Company news )

    Company news Amcor has received the highest Climate Disclosure rating of companies listed in the ASX200, being awarded a perfect score of 100% for its Climate Disclosure and winning the CDP ASX200 Best Climate Disclosure Award.

    Photo: David Clark, Amcor’s head of Safety Environment and Sustainability

    CDP is the world’s only global climate disclosure program. The Climate Disclosure Award recognises Amcor’s robust carbon measurement and management, climate change strategy, risk management processes and outcomes, and commitment to transparently reporting on our performance.
    Amcor’s head of Safety Environment and Sustainability, David Clark said: “We are delighted to accept the CDP Award which is testament to our ongoing commitment to transparent reporting and continually looking for new and better ways to reduce carbon emissions, waste to landfill and water use across our global operations.
    “We track this through our global EnviroAction program which delivers real and tangible environmental and social benefits. Since the start of Amcor’s five year EnviroAction plan in 2010/11, the Company has reduced green house gas emission intensity by 19%; waste to landfill intensity by 53%; and water use intensity by 16%. In addition, last year over 40 of our sites reported zero waste to landfill and all 180 sites reduced their waste contributing to a more sustainable environment,” concluded Mr Clark.
    (Amcor Ltd)
    27.10.2014   Hermann Koch appointed new Sales & Marketing Director at Bobst Bielefeld for Germany, Austria ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and Switzerland

    Effective of October 1, Hermann Koch was appointed Sales & Marketing Director of Bobst Bielefeld for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In his new position, Mr. Koch takes some of the workload from Bill Duckham who continues to hold the position of an international Sales & Marketing Director.

    After a technical education in the packaging industry, Hermann Koch has held different positions in the industry for more than 25 years now. His profound knowledge of the whole process chain of flexo printing including prepress and his former sales responsibilities at Bobst for various regions across the world make him an excellent expert of both the German and the international packaging markets. In 2013, Mr. Koch was elected to the Board of the German Flexographic Technical Association (DFTA), and ever since represents the interests of the German flexo industry with great commitment. In his new position, Hermann Koch was granted general power of attorney.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
    27.10.2014   DublNature® by Wausau Paper PPI's 2014 Most Innovative New Products    ( Company news )

    Company news Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) announced that its DublNature family of premium towel and tissue products produced from 100 percent recycled fiber received the 2014 Most Innovative Product Award from PPI at the RISI 29th North American Forest Products Outlook Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 8. Pulp and Paper International, (“PPI”), is an on-line and print publication of RISI, a recognized leading information provider in the global paper and forest products industry.

    First introduced in May 2013, Wausau Paper’s Green Seal™-certified, DublNature® line of premium, plush, cloth-like towel and tissue products utilizes 100 percent recycled fiber and is produced on the Company’s unique ATMOS technology-enabled paper machine at its facilities in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. DublNature products are designed for both comfort and functionality and provide exceptional softness, strength, absorbency and brightness. DublNature is made from high-quality 100 percent recycled fibers and is certified by Green Seal, Inc., as environmentally preferable. DublNature products, and their upscale packaging, are well suited to a wide range of applications and are targeted at businesses and institutions seeking the finest quality while supporting green purchasing initiatives.

    “We are pleased with this recognition from an important voice in the industry. During a challenging period for our Company we remained committed to producing the finest 100 percent recycled fiber premium towel and tissue products for the away-from-home segment of the Tissue industry,” commented Michael C. Burandt, chairman and CEO. “I’d like to thank our engineering, product design, papermaking, converting and marketing teams, all of whom are responsible for bringing these products to fruition and meeting the high growth demands we continue to experience.”

    Matthew L. Urmanski, president and COO, added, “A year into the significant revamping of our product portfolio we again recognize the key role in our success played by the highly engaged network of Wausau Paper distributors. Their call for a broader expression of premium towel and tissue products in the away-from-home market and commitment to the process underwrote our development of the DublNature premium product. This, along with the launch earlier this year of our premium brand Artisan™ and the revolutionary Alliance™ high-capacity electronic roll towel dispensing system has been the driver of our growth and expectations for improved performance beyond 2014.”

    Artisan™ is a line of premium towels which are brilliant white, remarkably strong, yet designed to provide a soft and thorough hand drying experience. The toweling has a clean and hygienic appearance as well as cloth-like durability and strength for exceptional performance. Artisan is the only line of premium quality roll and folded towels that feature Green Seal™ certification and are made from superior quality 100 percent recycled fibers and cater to high-end facilities seeking exceptional quality products that reinforce an upscale image.

    Alliance™ is a high-capacity electronic roll towel dispensing system featuring twice the capacity of typical roll towel dispensers. The revolutionary patent-pending design of Alliance accommodates two full rolls – up to 1,000 feet each – that seamlessly transfer by automatically switching to the second roll when the first is completely depleted. This unique transfer feature results in fewer service interruptions and reduced maintenance time. Combined with Wausau’s EcoSoft®, DublNature® or Artisan™ Green Seal™-certified toweling, Alliance offers a new, unique hand-drying experience superior to other systems in the market.
    27.10.2014   Tieto to deliver global Production System to International Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news The new MES system (Manufacturing Execution System) meets the global requirements of the paper industry.

    Tieto, the largest Nordic IT services company, and International Paper (IP), a global leader in packaging and paper throughout the world, have signed an agreement for the delivery of an MES solution based on Tieto’s standard SAP-based MES solution.

    The MES system, which will initially be rolled out to almost 26 North American sites, covers all of the production shop floor execution with connections into SAP’s Extended Warehouse Management covering the complete Manufacturing to Delivery Process.

    “With our legacy MES approaching end-of-life, we sought out a solution that closely integrates with our SAP operating model while allowing us to adapt to new business requirements. Our partner, Tieto, brings an SAP-based solution, paper industry experience, SAP expertise, and a global delivery model that will be the key to our success,” says Joseph Rahme, Senior IT Manager of International Paper.

    “Tieto is a strong player in the paper industry: we have more than 220 MES installations globally. Tieto’s advantage is that we can handle large projects and have flexible business models together with tailor-made governance principles. The agreement with International Paper is based on our standard SAP-based MES solution. This enables us to develop together with IP the most mature MES ever, which meets all requirements of the paper industry,” adds Thomas Hohenauer, IP customer and delivery executive and country manager of Tieto in Austria.
    (Tieto Finland Oy)

    Company news ... CLIMATE CHANGE

    UPM has achieved a top position with the highest possible score, 100, on The A List in the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014. UPM was the only paper and forest products company in the world with A100 level.

    Photo: Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment and Responsibility

    The A List presents 187 listed companies identified as demonstrating a superior approach to climate change mitigation. The list has been produced by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies, and it was made at the request of 767 investors representing more than a third of the world’s invested capital.

    According to CDP, the leading companies are making better progress to mitigate climate change than their non-leading peers. They invest more to decrease emissions and provide a high level of transparency in their disclosure of climate-related information. Leaders are also enjoying good financial results from their efforts.

    “We are very proud of this recognition. This is the first time in the global index, and the 6th time in a row in the CDP Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. Having a top score of 100 makes the achievement even more valuable”, says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment and Responsibility.

    “This recognition addresses our Biofore strategy in action. Climate is one of the key areas of our sustainability agenda. We have a solid track record in emissions reduction not only in traditional ways but also in new innovations like renewable wood-based biofuels,” Salpakivi-Salomaa continues.

    UPM is a frontrunner in the use of forest biomass as a fuel. Globally 67% of fuels used at UPM mills are biomass-based and 78% 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.

    Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP, says: “Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and we face steep financial risk if we do not mitigate them. The need for data on corporate climate change impacts and strategies to reduce them has never been greater. Thus, there are many good reasons to congratulate UPM. The companies listed in this index are responding to the ever-growing demand for environmental accountability and should inspire others to follow suit.”
    (UPM Timber)
    24.10.2014   De La Rue signs banknote printing contract with the Bank of England     ( Company news )

    Company news De La Rue is delighted to announce that it has signed a new 10 year contract with the Bank of England to print its sterling banknotes at the Bank’s facility in Debden, Essex.

    On 8 September 2014, the Bank announced that De La Rue had been identified as the ‘preferred bidder’ for the banknote printing contract. The Bank has subsequently completed assurance activity on De La Rue’s bid and the contract has now been finalised.

    Philip Rogerson, De La Rue Chairman commented; “We are delighted with the Bank of England’s decision to award this prestigious and important contract to De La Rue, following a rigorous selection procedure. We are looking forward to continuing our successful working relationship with the Bank over the next 10 years.”

    The new contract will commence in April 2015.
    (De La Rue plc)
    24.10.2014   Successful debut for the new POLAR high-speed cutter N HD    ( Company news )

    Company news At the local trade fair Druck+Form in Sinsheim, POLAR presented its new-style high-speed cutter for the first time. With the machine facelift, operators can now enjoy the benefits of a contemporary cockpit design. One outstanding feature is the innovative touchscreen, to which the "HD" extension to the machine designation refers. This stands for high definition and clearly indicates what users can expect.

    The industry is now catching up on what is already standard for smartphones and tablets. The new touch display generation is hallmarked in particular by its brilliance. With its touch-responsive activation, the new display permits even more accurate and intuitive operation. Customized operator calibration of the display is also no longer necessary. In addition, the new "HD display" is much more resistant to scratches and mechanical wear. POLAR is the first cutting-machine manufacturer in the world to introduce this technology on its machines. The new operating panel will be used for the highspeed cutter models N PLUS, N PRO HD and N AT HD.

    New design
    But not only the display is new. All high-speed cutter models from 78 to 176 now also have a new look. The revamp was focused on the front view of the machine. With its uniform color on the front plate, the light barriers and the front of the machine table, operators are given a cockpit-style environment. An ergonomic hand rest is also provided for the operator below the new HD touchscreen. Last but not least the machine has a newly designed foot pedal.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
    24.10.2014   The merger of Czech PAPCEL and French ABK Groupe    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 15th October 2014, the French manufacturer of paper technology, the company ABK Groupe Tullins, has become part of the PAPCEL Group, Czech Republic.
    The Czech company PAPCEL has merged with its French competitor and thus expanded its production range and markets portfolio.
    (Papcel a.s.)
    24.10.2014   Metsӓ Board recognised by CDP as a leader in climate change transparency    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board is honoured to be awarded a position in the CDP’s Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Metsä Board achieved an excellent score of 98 out of 100 for the depth and quality of climate change data it discloses to investors and the global marketplace.

    High scores indicate that a company provides robust climate data and conveys a strong understanding of corporate climate-related issues. Only companies with a score in the top 10% are awarded a position in the CDLI, showing they have provided a high level of transparency in their disclosure of climate-related information.

    Mika Joukio (photo), CEO of Metsä Board, says: “We are delighted to have gained such a significant score for our data submission and that it has helped us win a place in the Nordic CDLI. It is a tribute to the commitment of everyone within Metsä Board, as sustainability lies at the heart of our organisation, and will motivate us to increase our efforts in the future.”

    CDP disclosure scores are provided to investors and other decision makers through various channels, including Bloomberg terminals, to help them assess corporate preparedness for changing market demands and emissions regulation.

    Leadership status is earned by submitting climate change information through CDP’s global environmental disclosure system for independent assessment against CDP’s scoring methodology. The score threshold for entering the Nordic CDLI rose to 95 in 2014.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    24.10.2014   First Higher-value Chemical Derived from Lignin to Hit Market in 2021    ( Company news )

    Company news As lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research.

    Lignin, a component of lignocellulosic biomass and a common byproduct stream from cellulosic conversion processes, has a potential market worth of $242 billion across 13 select products alone, but commercialization of these lignin derived chemicals such as BTX (a mixture of benzene, toluene, and xylene) and cyclohexanol lags growing feedstock supplies, according to Lux Research.

    Today, the commercial sale of lignin is limited. Even though the pulp and paper industry produces about 50 million metric tons (MT), most is burned for power with only 1 million MT reaching the chemicals market. However, the supply of lignin from other sources is set to grow. Growing production of fuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks alone is projected to process up to 2.9 million MT in 2017, creating huge opportunities for the creation of higher-value chemicals.

    “Lignin is capable of producing a variety of straight chain, cyclic and aromatic chemicals, each with market sizes ranging from the tens of millions of dollars up to the hundred-billion-dollar range,” said Julia Allen, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Finding Untapped Value: Converting Lignin to Higher Value Chemicals.”
    “But creating higher-value chemicals requires technology development to balance feedstock variability, lignin separation effects, depolymerization, and product separation challenges, which still has significant work ahead,” she added.

    Lux Research analysts evaluated technologies to convert lignin into higher-value chemicals and leveraged an invention-to-commercialization model to predict the emergence of such chemicals on the market. Among their findings:
    -First lignin-based value added chemical product expected to launch in 2021. A predictive tool designed by Lux Research – based on historical invention-to-commercialization pathways of major materials – found the lignin-to-chemical innovation cycle to lag that of Polylactic acid (PLA) by 18 years. Consequently, the first lignin-derived chemical product may be expected to hit the market in 2021, following a significant patent inflection in 2018-19.
    -Thermal Routes Appear Best for Near-term. There are four major routes under development to convert lignin into smaller chemical constituents – thermal, chemical, metallic catalytic and biological. Of them, thermal depolymerization, such as pyrolysis, is the most mature, though companies focus on fuels not chemicals. Purely chemical routes are limited in scale, while the metallic catalytic processes to higher-value chemicals have unresolved technical challenges despite being the industry leader in terms of scale, and biological routes lag in commercial development.
    -Wide range of commercialization opportunities exist. Ahead of a second patent inflection in 2018-2019 following the first in 2006-2007, opportunities abound for companies and research institutions to develop processes to convert lignin into higher-value chemicals whose markets can be in the billions of dollars. As continued R&D accelerates, early-stage companies such as Annikki, Biome Bioplastics and Vertichem, as well as universities like the Universite de Sherbrooke and Tohoku Universities, are prime targets for collaboration.
    (Lux Research Inc.)
    23.10.2014   LP215 steals the show in Oslo    ( Company news )

    Company news Intec’s director of new business development, Mark Baker-Homes recently attended the AIG hosted Sign Og Print exhibition at the Exporama in Oslo on the 17th and 18th of September to support two of Intec’s Scandinavian partners.
    The Intec ColorSplash CS5600 model with Fiery® XF for Intec RIP which offers dedicated envelope printing through the professional envelope feeder, was being displayed for the first time in Europe, attracting interest from commercial printers, marketing companies and envelope printers alike. But the star of the show was the LP215 label printing solution attracting an outstanding volume of interest.
    It would appear that a lot of printers are looking for something more that just sheet fed solutions due to an evolving market and the LP215
    offers that solution. The label industry is still print, it’s still graphic design and is something most printers understand and it offers them an opportunity to move into an area that they are familiar with. But also their customers are asking for customized print packaging and it’s something that they can offer alongside the other print items that they currently produce.
    As a result, both partners were very excited about the amount of demand gathered by the LP215 and had a range of good enquiries that look like they will lead to a significant number of sales over the coming months.
    Interest in the ColorSplash CS5000 and envelope feeder was also extremely high. With the ability to print an extra color; white or clear, the CS5000 was alternating between both colors during the show, printing at high speed onto dark colored envelopes with PrintShop Mail, our variable data software solution that works in harmony with the CS5600.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
    23.10.2014   Management extended with Mr Frank Büsching     ( Company news )

    Company news The management of colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co. KG has been extended with Mr Frank Büsching as of September 15, 2014.
    Frank Büsching as the new Managing Director is assuming responsibility for the areas of Sales, Marketing and Packaging Development.
    The responsibilities for all the further sections remain unchanged:
    Mr Martin Bruttel is responsible for the areas of Engineering and Production, Mr Thomas Pfefferle the areas of Accounting, Controlling, IT, Human Resources and Procurement. With this step, we wish to do justice to the permanently increasing expectations of our customers and also our own claims which we make of competitiveness.
    (colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co KG)
    23.10.2014   Stora Enso receives highest possible score in Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso was recognised as a leading company in terms of the disclosure of data related to climate change to investors and other stakeholders. Released by the international non-governmental organisation CDP, the CDP Nordic 2014 Report gives Stora Enso the highest possible score in the Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).

    Stora Enso submitted climate change information through CDP’s global environmental disclosure system for independent assessment. Company disclosures to CDP are rated out of a total of 100, and Stora Enso achieved the maximum score. High scores indicate that a company provides robust climate data with a high level of transparency.

    “Solid reporting of data and transparency are key elements in our Global Responsibility work at Stora Enso,” says Terhi Koipijärvi, acting EVP, Global Responsibility. “We work hard to maintain high standards in our environmental and social responsibility reporting. The data informs and guides our work, and is something that our stakeholders increasingly expect from us.”

    According to Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP, “Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and we will face steep financial risks if we do not mitigate them. The need for data on corporate climate change impacts and strategies to reduce them has never been greater. For this reason we congratulate businesses responding to the ever-growing demand for environmental accountability, and should inspire others.”

    Disclosures to CDP’s climate change programme meet the needs of 767 institutional investors with assets totalling more than USD 92 trillion, which is around a third of the world’s invested capital. CDP disclosure scores are provided to help investors and other decision-makers assess corporate preparedness for market demands and emission regulations.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    23.10.2014   Iggesund's investments led to sought-after industry award    ( Company news )

    Company news Over the past four years Iggesund Paperboard has invested more than 370 million euro to improve the energy solutions at its paperboard mills in Iggesund, Sweden and Workington, England. Compared with the situation a decade ago, the company has succeeded in reducing its fossil carbon emissions by more than 260,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from fossil sources. The reduction is the equivalent of taking 85,000 cars, each driven 10,000 kilometres a year, off the road. It is against the background of these investments that the industry organisation PPI awarded its Bio Strategy of the Year prize to Iggesund Paperboard at the beginning of October.

    “We’re very pleased with the award but even more with the major move we’ve made from fossil fuel to bioenergy,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Iggesund. “Of course that’s because we’re assuming our own responsibility for the climate issue but also because it will give us more stable energy costs over time.”

    At the mill in Workington, where Incada is made, Iggesund has implemented a dramatic shift from fossil natural gas to biomass. A new biomass boiler was completed in the spring of 2013 and has contributed to a big reduction of Incada’s carbon footprint. Today Incada is among the folding box boards with the lowest values in this respect. At Iggesund, where the company produces Invercote, a new recovery boiler has helped to minimise the mill’s fossil carbon dioxide emissions and has also enabled the mill to often operate without using any fossil fuel at all. The goal is for the mill to be powered only by biomass and also to be self-sufficient in both electricity and heat.

    “This is very gratifying,” Sundblad says. “The world is pressuring us to reduce our fossil carbon emissions and we’re living up to that. We’re thereby helping to support public policy goals and at the same time we also expect to stabilise our energy costs.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    23.10.2014   Valmet's new OptiBin innovation in use at Nordic Paper's Bäckhammar pulp mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has developed a new chip bin, OptiBin, for pulp mills' digester chip feeding. Its task is to serve as a buffer before the digester and to remove air from the chips in an odorless manner. The new design is the result of years of development aimed at a cost-effective solution with as few moving parts as possible.

    The first installation in the world
    The first OptiBin was recently started up at the Nordic Paper Bäckhammar pulp and paper mill nearby Kristinehamn, Sweden. In spite of a very tight schedule, the installation and assembly of the new chip bin exceeded expectations at Nordic Paper - everything had to be completed during the regular eight-day mill shutdown.
    "The startup was very successful. We started production according to our schedule. What's more, even the startup curve, with a gradual increase in output, followed our plans. A week after the shutdown, we reached full production," says Jonas Lindqvist, Deputy Director of Production and Project Manager at Nordic Paper. "There is still some residual points and, of course, some trimming to ensure that we achieve the goals we have set for the project," he adds.
    "For us at Valmet, Bäckhammar was the perfect partner for taking our new development into practice. Partly because the mill is close to our development center in Karlstad, Sweden, and also because we've always had a very good relationship with Bäckhammar," says David Elfman, Sales Manager at Valmet.

    OptiBin reduces fiber loss and environmental impact
    Valmet's new OptiBin can be used in various cooking processes. The innovations in the OptiBin design bring several benefits. The design allows chips to flow smoothly and results in even pre-steaming and less runnability problems. Without good pre-steaming before cooking the cooking liquor will not penetrate the whole chip and results in uncooked chips.
    The flow design allows a cold top to be used. This means that the bin itself will form a lid of chips that disables gases to flow to the atmosphere which results in less odors to the surroundings.
    Thanks to the new chip bin, Nordic Paper estimates an increase in production of about 1,000 Adt/yr. In addition, the OptiBin has led to substantial fiber savings, and as a bonus for those living nearby the mill, it is expected to minimize malodorous emissions into the environment.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    23.10.2014   New from Mitsubishi: Satin coated Inkjet Paper with Offset Characteristics    ( Company news )

    Company news With JETSCRIPT DLS 9020, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is
    offering a new, double-sided satin coated inkjet paper for the growing market of high-speed inkjet printing. The special feature is that the 90g paper provides a unique offset-feel and is ideally suited for use with both pigment and dye inks.
    More and more high-speed inkjet users want to use a paper that displays offset characteristics. With DLS 9020, Mitsubishi now meets this requirement. This creates a new business opportunity for printing specialists, because DLS 9020 is designed specifically for applications
    such as print-on-demand, brochures & magazines, transpromo and direct mail.

    The new paper offers a number of features:
    -Satin coated both sides
    -Satin on printed surface also
    -Unique offset feel
    -Good opacity and very good colour reflection
    -High White
    -Wide colour gamut allows for accurate reproduction of even critical colours
    -Very good full-area reproduction
    -Designed for pigment & dye inks
    -Immediate and fast processing in post printing process
    -De-inkable and thus ecologically sustainable

    JETSCRIPT DLS 9020 is available in jumbo rolls in various widths from now.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
    22.10.2014   Changes in the Executive Management Team of Ahlstrom    ( Company news )

    Company news Mrs. Nadia Stoykov, born 1963, M.Sc. (Law) and MBA has been appointed Executive Vice President, Commercial Excellence, and member of the Executive Management Team. She will be responsible for leading and further developing commercial excellence within Ahlstrom.
    Nadia Stoykov has previously worked in various senior management roles at Nyrstar Sales and Marketing AG, Valspar Corporation AG, IDEX Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company.
    She will join Ahlstrom during the fourth quarter of 2014 and will report to Marco Levi, President & CEO.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
    22.10.2014   Intec: Sue Barnes joins UK sales team    ( Company news )

    Company news Mike Hiscox, Intec’s international sales manager, is delighted to welcome Sue Barnes (photo) to the UK sales team as internal sales account manager where she will be instrumental in organizing the day to day support and communication with our distributors and customers.
    Mike says: “We are extremely excited to have such an experienced and well organized person such as Sue come and work with Mark Baker-Homes and myself. Having an extremely outgoing personality and enjoying contact with a range of different cultures and societies, Sue is well placed to ensure that our international customers are well looked after.”
    Starting her career as a reprographic executive for a carton board packaging company, looking after the typesetting and reprographic needs of blue chip companies, Sue progressed into internal sales. Over the past 20 years she has moved around within the packaging industry working for companies ranging from carton board litho print to flexible packaging companies in and around the Midlands and East Anglia region including suppliers to the medical, pharmaceutical, liquid packaging, food processing, cosmetic and personal care companies dealing with brands across Europe and the rest of the world.
    Sue said; “In joining Intec it gives me the opportunity to re-locate from the Midlands to Dorset, which has been a dream for many years, as well as being able to continue to work in a customer relations capacity which is what I enjoy the most. The role goes hand in hand with my previous experience within the print packaging industry where I have worked for the past 25 years.”
    The Intec family would like to welcome Sue and we all very much look forward to working with her.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
    22.10.2014   Stora Enso strengthens its Group Leadership Team with Sourcing    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has appointed Johanna Hagelberg (photo) as Executive Vice President Sourcing as of 1 November 2014. This is a new role in Stora Enso’s Group Leadership Team.

    Johanna Hagelberg joined Stora Enso in November 2013 as SVP Sourcing of the division Printing and Living. Prior to joining Stora Enso she held leading positions within sourcing at companies including Vattenfall, RSA Scandinavia and NCC.

    “Johanna Hagelberg is a result-oriented professional and team-spirited manager. Her solid experience in procurement and operational excellence will strongly contribute to developing Stora Enso’s partner relationships while building a competitive cost base,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    22.10.2014   New KBA RotaJET L-Series: ultra flexible for changing market demands    ( Company news )

    Company news KBA expands digital printing portfolio with modular RotaJET 89 – 130 platform

    KBA unveiled the most flexible and the most adaptable high-volume inkjet product series in terms of customer demands currently on the market at World publishing Expo 2014 in Amsterdam.

    The digitalisation of the printing industry is progressing. At the same time in the high-volume inkjet printing segment requirements regarding the configuration, features, maximum web width and productivity of digital printing systems are extremely varied in the book, direct mail, magazine, newspaper and industrial printing market segments addressed by the KBA RotaJET. This is in addition to the change in market demands over time due to the increasing expansion of digital printing. KBA is the first manufacturer to take these circumstances into account with the new retrofittable RotaJET L product series available in various web widths, maximum printing widths and colour content. The KBA RotaJET 89 – 130 printing systems based on this new series supplement the RotaJET 76 which is still available.

    Future users of the new RotaJET L platform have a huge advantage which allows them to react quickly and economically to changing market conditions and customer demands without the need to invest in entire new kit straight away. The high-performance RotaJET can be optimally configured to suit the respective market and industry environment. The new KBA digital press series includes five RotaJET printing systems which can handle web widths ranging from 895 to 1300mm (35.2 - 51.1in). As all these new systems have been developed based on an identical platform it is possible to upgrade a KBA RotaJET 89 (web width 895mm/35.2in) easily and quickly to a RotaJET 100, RotaJET 112, RotaJET 123 or even a premium RotaJET 130 (web width 1,300mm/51.1in). Furthermore, it is also possible to modify a 1C monochrome system into a 4C colour system.

    The RotaJET 130 is currently the only high-volume inkjet system with a web width of 1,300mm to offer top quality 4-colour printing. Therefore the RotaJET 130 represents the ultimate high-end system in high-volume inkjet.
    Founded on KBA’s long-term development strategy and the press’ consistent modular design the KBA RotaJET has been designed to be retrofitted with future print head generations. This means that the KBA RotaJET 89–130 platform is the most flexible and future-proof high-volume inkjet system for users currently on the market.
    What is more, the RotaJET 89-130 systems do not require any adjustment of the usual web widths or print substrate logistics as they might in web offset printing. Thus the KBA RotaJET can even be integrated into existing offset landscapes without any compromises.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG)
    22.10.2014   Södra commences expansion of Mörrum    ( Company news )

    Company news The expansion of Södra Cell Mörrumhas started. On 16 October, Södra's CEO Lars Idermark turned the first soil in the project.

    Earlier this year, Södra's Board of Directors decided to invest approximately SEK 700 million to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum. A new chip plant will be constructed and one of the two pulp lines will be modified.
    "This is another investment that will strengthen our market position and competitiveness in market pulp. The expansion of our pulp production represents an integral part of our Group strategy and is a prerequisite for developing our business," said Idermark.

    The existing facility in Mörrum currently produces 380,000 tonnes annually. The investment is expected to increase production to about 425,000 tonnes per year.
    The investment includes a new chip plant and two separate wood room lines, one for softwood chips and one for hardwood chip production, and conversion of the softwood pulp line, where the existing washing facility will be replaced.
    The new wood room facilities are scheduled to go into operation in December 2015 and the softwood pulp line in March 2016.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    21.10.2014   Specialty Chemicals Company ALTANA Enlarges Management Board    ( Company news )

    Company news -Dr. Christoph Schlünken, President of the BYK Additives & Instruments division, will join ALTANA’s Management Board as of November 1, 2014
    -Chief Financial Officer Martin Babilas will assume additional responsibilities
    -Reorganization caters to accelerated growth of the ALTANA Group

    Photo from left to right: Dr. Christoph Schlünken, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, Martin Babilas

    The specialty chemicals company ALTANA is enlarging its Management Board. As of November 1, 2014, Dr. Christoph Schlünken, President of the BYK Additives & Instruments division, will be an additional member. In his new capacity, Dr. Schlünken will primarily be in charge of the BYK and ECKART Effect Pigments divisions, while Chief Financial Officer Martin Babilas will assume responsibility for the ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants and ELANTAS Electrical Insulation divisions. The Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, will continue to oversee core functions such as Corporate Development, Corporate Innovation, and Corporate HR. “The expansion of ALTANA’s Management Board accommodates the increasing size of our company,” says Wolfgruber. “I am very happy about the addition of Dr. Schlünken, who has helped boost ALTANA’s growth in different areas, most recently with the integration of Rockwood’s rheology business into BYK.”

    Dr. Christoph Schlünken joined the ALTANA Group in 2001 as the Managing Director of ELANTAS GmbH, after holding various sales and marketing positions at Bakelite AG starting in 1994. In 2005, Schlünken, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, became president of the ECKART Effect Pigments division. Within the framework of the rotation of all four division presidents, Dr. Schlünken became president of BYK Additives & Instruments in November 2012. He will continue to head this division until a successor is found.
    (altana AG)
    21.10.2014   Roll fed digital printing plus inline-finishing: Live demonstration of the first fully integrated ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... bielomatti machine

    bielomatti invites you to the Open House from 18 to 26 November 2014 to Neuffen
    The Bielomatik-Matti AG (short: bielomatti) invites you to its Open House to Neuffen (Germany). From 18 to 26 November 2014, the company shows its fully integrated machine configuration PageMaster, which combines high-quality roll fed digital printing with inline-finishing for the first time. Amongst others, brochures, manuals, and personalized notebooks will be printed digitally.
    As a new player on the market bielomatti offers innovative digital printing and processing technology from one source. bielomatti now combines the comprehensive technology know-how and the experience and expertise of the two partners in digital printing and print finishing.

    World premiere of the PageMaster
    During an Open House (18-26 November 2014) at the bielomatik site in Neuffen, Germany (close to Stuttgart), printers, converters, publishers and other interested customers have the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of the new bielomatti technology. For the first time the fully integrated bielomatti machine configuration PageMaster will be demonstrated, printing and converting - individual, wire-stitched products in a variety of formats and page numbers, with highest productivity and machine availability.

    Job changes will be done "on the fly" during machine operation. With a maximum capacity of 110 products per minute in double pocket operation and with production speeds of up to 300 m/min the PageMaster will show the live production of --- brochures, magazines, instruction manuals or personalized notebooks from the unprinted roll to the finished product. Job changes with the same product size will be executed "on the fly" during running production process, job changes with changes in product size can be done within shortest time at a press of a button.

    Razor sharp images are guaranteed by the Prosper 24.5” Linebars for B/W printing as well as the 4” Prosper S10 printing units for the imprinting of spot color where also pantone colors can be used. Both systems are based on the KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology. It is a continuous inkjet system, which enables even large runs to be produced
    economically with production costs that are considerably below the costs of comparable
    digital printing systems. The Stream Technology is designed for a real high
    speed production with superior printing quality that stands the comparison with offset printing. With a resolution of 175 lpi, a variety of coated and uncoated papers can be printed on both sides over the whole machine width.

    Perfect paper processing

    In addition to the new bielomatti PageMaster two other machines from bielomatik´s portfolio will be presented at the Open House. The new high performance cross cutter CutMaster CFS 105 is exhibited in a stand alone version. This extremely compact stand-alone solution can be used for cutting sheets of board, paper, as well as in the future plastic film. Digital inkjet printheads can be integrated for the imprinting of personalized data. Furthermore, an inline integration to digital printing or finishing machines with a non-stop pile change system is available
    And the BookMaster BM 360, which is perfectly suitable for the production of hardcover books, will demonstrate an economic book-on-demand production.

    Detailed information on the new machine concept and the technology applied is also available in the eDossier “Inline processing of digital prints", which is ready to be downloaded on the bielomatti homepage ( In addition, the site provides detailed information about other product ideas, the companies involved, as well as the available technology kit.
    At you can sign up for your desired appointment at the Open House.
    (Bielomatik-Matti AG)
    21.10.2014   BillerudKorsnäs wants to cut food waste – joins SAVE FOOD    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs has joined SAVE FOOD, a UN supported global initiative on food loss and waste. With smarter packaging solutions, BillerudKorsnäs contributes to a significant reduction in waste.

    "A key component of BillerudKorsnäs’ development work on smarter packaging solutions involves a focus on improved food transport. Consequently, it is a natural step for us to be part of Save Food", says Henrik Essén, Senior Vice President, Communication and Sustainability. Save Food – a UN supported global initiative on food loss and waste – was launched in 2011 and aims to reduce the amount of food lost or thrown away. An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year, corresponding to 3.3 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions. This can be compared with emissions from all road traffic in the US in 2010, which amounted to 1.5 gigatonnes.

    Large-scale fruit and vegetable losses
    "Fruit and vegetables account for the greatest losses in the food industry, not only in absolute figures when it comes to the number of tonnes destroyed but also with respect to the costs incurred for waste and from an environmental perspective. The carbon footprint from organic products that are transported long distances but never consumed is very large", says Lars Broström, Commercial Director at Paccess, a subsidiary of BillerudKorsnäs. About a quarter of this waste is attributable, unfortunately, to inadequate packaging.
    "One problem is that few players in the supply chain look at the overall picture when it comes to transporting food and instead focus only on their own area of the supply chain. Companies often use cheap packaging solutions that are only able to withstand the transport distance for which they are responsible".

    SoliQ™ boxes protect fruit
    With strong, primary-fibre based packaging material and high-performance solutions, BillerudKorsnäs is able to contribute to less waste. For example, BillerudKorsnäs has developed the SoliQ™ corrugated box to withstand the difficult conditions associated with intercontinental transport of grapes and citrus fruits from South Africa to Europe. SoliQ™ offers clear advantages throughout the value chain – from packaging manufacturers and growers all the way to the consumer. With SoliQ™, packaging-related waste has decreased radically. This has resulted in significant cost savings and less manual handling in the supply chain as well as strengthening the supplier’s brand, particularly among importers. "In addition to durability, it is important to consider temperature and moisture when developing packaging solutions, since high temperatures and condensation are common causes of fruit and vegetable spoilage during transport", says Lars Broström.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB)
    21.10.2014   X-Rite Pantone To Exhibit at LabelExpo India    ( Company news )

    Company news Company will showcase solutions that enable label converters to measure, manage and communicate color

    Picture: InkKeyControl software

    X-Rite Pantone announced they are exhibiting at LabelExpo India, taking place 29 October - 1 November in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. X-Rite Pantone will be exhibiting in Hall 12, booth B52. At the event, X-Rite will be showcasing its suite of offerings that enable closed-loop color measurement and management for label converters.

    “In India, as in other parts of the world, label converters are being required to do more with less,” says Francesco Tomasello, X-Rite’s Vice President, EMEA Sales Channels, Retail and India. “That’s why we are excited to be showcasing our range of solutions at LabelExpo India. Our products are proven to help label converters reduce time at prepress, save money in their production costs and, most importantly, provide better service to their customers.”

    X-Rite will feature PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based color management service that was developed by X-Rite Pantone and is also offered as part of Esko’s Color Engine software. With PantoneLIVE, the digital brand color lives in a secure, centralized cloud ecosystem where it’s accessible to everyone involved in label production process. This unprecedented level of access facilitates color standards across all phases of production, regardless of the printing technologies or substrates that are used.

    In addition to PantoneLIVE, X-Rite Pantone will also highlight their entire range of color management products that can work individually or together to ensure color quality in every step of the label production process. Products highlighted at LabelExpo India include:
    • ColorCert - ColorCert provides procurement and brand owners with a process control for monitoring and managing color across a large and diverse supply chain. ColorCert simplifies color communication from the artwork phase of projects through separation, the ink room and pressroom.

    • X-Rite eXact™ The X-Rite eXact™ is our next generation spectrophotometer that is designed to support a wide range of applications. eXact enables printers and label converters to understand, control and manage color, ensuring the utmost in color accuracy and avoiding costly reprinting and rework.

    • eXact Scan - eXact Scan extends the functionality of the X-Rite eXact by adding unmatched speed, flexibility and new quality control for the printing and packaging industries.

    • InkKeyControl – Combining eXact Scan with InkKeyControl software from X-Rite enables color management at a low cost of entry. InkKeyControl allows printers to achieve faster make-ready and improve quality control by controlling the ink keys.

    • InkFormulation 6.2 – With new features and enhancements, the latest version of InkFormulation gives users more flexibility in the way they handle the software. InkFormulation 6.2 creates formulation for all colors of a PantoneLIVE™ library and other Color Libraries with a single click. In addition, it allows ink film thickness calibration for offset printing, and simplifies the formulation for the reuse of ink leftovers.
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
    21.10.2014   Ahlstrom announces price increases for transportation filtration materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces price increases on its air and liquid filter media produced by the Transportation Filtration business area. The price increases will be made to compensate for the continued high level of certain raw material costs, utilities-related inflation and regional currency impacts.

    Photo: Ahlstrom XAIR Automotive and Heavy Duty Air Filter media

    The price increases will affect all transportation filtration products worldwide and will be effective starting from December 1, 2014. The increases will be up to 10% depending on markets, products and the agreements in place.

    Air and liquid filter media manufactured by the Transportation Filtration business area are used in air applications including heavy duty and automotive air intake and cabin air as well as liquid applications for heavy duty and automotive oil and fuel. Ahlstrom's Transportation Filtration business area has production sites in six countries.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
    21.10.2014   Sappi and PrintCity win PrintStar 2014 Bronze award for premium El Drago drinks packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2014 PrintStar Bronze Award in the packaging category goes to the El Drago polygonal drinks box made from Sappi Algro Design

    Strong and unique look and feel - produced inline: This is what caught the eye of judges when examining the luxurious El Drago drinks packaging, winning Sappi Europe and PrintCity the prestigious PrintStar 2014 Bronze award in the packaging category. This ambitious project was co-produced by Sappi and 15 member companies of the PrintCity Alliance.

    The goal of this innovative project was to demonstrate the possibilities of "Value Added Packaging" in as realistic a way as possible: The El Drago sample packaging was used to provide branded product manufacturers, designers, printers and print finishers with inspiration about how today’s technologies, substrates and processing solutions can be used in an optimised and efficient manner throughout the entire packaging value chain. The polygonal premium packaging design used for the El Drago submission validates that it is not out of the realm of possibility to produce an exclusive design with exceptional shelf appeal in an industrial inline production environment.

    Complex finishing begins with the substrate
    Sappi, whose 350 g/m2 Algro Design® SBS carton was used for one of the two packaging options, believes beginning with a bright white carton board is the key to delivering a high quality finish and lower transport volumes while ensuring sufficient rigidity of the box to withstand handling and protect the product. The special shape of the packaging, with its filigree bevelled and inwardly curved sides, provides the ideal backdrop for the special-effect finishes with reflective features that were used in this project.
    In producing this package, materials and surfaces such as leather, aluminium, chrome and gold were reproduced as realistically as possible. A silver laminate, hot foil stamping, multicolour pigments, gloss and matte varnishes, structural embossing and raised/blind embossing were extremely effective in highlighting exotic dragon motifs. "The El Drago sample packaging is perfectly designed to raise brand awareness and enhance the perceived value of the product it contains,” says Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi. “The packaging must appeal to all of a prospective buyer’s senses, and that's exactly what it does!"

    "Congratulations and thanks go to all the people who have contributed their significant passion, creativity and expertise in a successful collaboration to produce a wonderful example of Connection of Competence in practice," enthuses Rainer Kuhn, Managing Director of PrintCity GmbH. "Third place in such a competitive environment is good, but it is also an incentive for all of us to improve even further with a goal of getting the gold next year! We've still got a few more interesting concepts up our sleeves."
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
    21.10.2014   JetMounter™ Fuzion XD to Be Unveiled at 2014 SGIA Expo    ( Company news )

    Company news Drytac® will introduce the next generation of JetMounter roller laminators at this year’s SGIA Expo, held October 22-24 in Las Vegas. The JetMounter™ Fuzion XD is a heavy-duty wide format roller laminator with a durable metal construction, specifically designed with print shops and smaller facilities in mind.

    Available in a 63-inch laminating width, the JetMounter Fuzion XD is a true workhorse, offering numerous features that simplify the lamination process for users. Most noteworthy are interchangeable, large diameter non-stick silicone rollers; a heat-assist top roller with digital display for Celsius/Fahrenheit; a heavy-duty lift mechanism for precise, calibrated pressure control; adjustable speed control up to 20 feet per minute; and four auto-grip supply or take-up shafts with adjustable brake tension on the operator side for roll-to-roll lamination.

    “The Fuzion XD is well equipped to handle a variety of applications, such as laminating vehicle wraps, creating window decals or mounting graphics to substrates,” notes Drytac Product Manager, Nate Goodman. “And, we’ve positioned it competitively - offering it at a lower price point for those who want to add roll-to-roll laminating in their shops without the burden of a significant upfront investment.”

    Additional features on the new model include a center release, fold down feed table with a “lay flat” paper in-feed guide; latching storage compartment on each side of the stand; maximum nip opening of 1 inch; and heavy-duty lockable casters for greater stability and maneuverability. The model can also accommodate 10-inch diameter rolled material and is cTUVus and CE-certified.

    To learn more about the JetMounter Fuzion XD, visit Drytac at booth #753 during the 2014 SGIA Expo.
    (Drytac Europe Limited)
    20.10.2014   Looking for a briter approach? UPM launches UPM Brite 80 C    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM introduced its comprehensive range of machine finished speciality paper grades at the World Publishing Expo 2014. The paper range meets the future needs of publishers for end uses such as supplements, inserts, flyers, books and catalogues.
    UPM Brite 80 is the latest newcomer in UPM’s product range for coldset web offset printing. The new quality with its good look, touch and feel is an attractive alternative for publishers.
    “Print is a complementary medium within the increasingly diverse world of publishing. To add value requires getting the best from content, and to do this well requires a greater appreciation of paper and its intrinsic characteristics,” says UPM’s Ken Ehrnrooth, Head of Sales, Newspaper Publishing, UPM Paper ENA.
    “Our mills have met this challenge and developed new products to support the ever increasing demands of supplement work for both publishers and newspaper printing houses,” Ehrnrooth continues.
    With a D65 brightness of 80, good opacity and high print contrast, UPM Brite 80 meets the requirements of customers who require a cost efficient grade with strong environmental characteristics and values.
    “UPM Brite 80 completes the already wide range of UPM’s 100% recycled grades. Thanks to its raw material base, office papers, the grade generates unique brightness gains with minimal environmental impact.”
    The new grade offers an interesting alternative for publishers and printers who wish to stand out from the competition with improved added value paper. This paper has been awarded an EU Ecolabel after fulfilling strict criteria that include requirements related to energy and chemical use, forest sustainability and production-related emissions to water and air.
    20.10.2014   Domtar wins two Pulp and Paper International Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) accepted the Environmental Strategy of the Year Award and the Innovative Printing and Writing Campaign of the Year Award at the Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Awards 2014 held on October 8 in Boston, Massachusetts. The PPI Awards are held each year to recognize the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.

    For the Environmental Strategy of the Year, Domtar's Windsor Mill was chosen for its steadfast dedication to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, energy use and waste, as well as championing the use of raw materials sourced from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified sources.

    "This award recognizes that we are leaving a legacy of sustainable development and caring in our community. Caring is one of Domtar's core values, and that means being a responsible corporate citizen," said Eric Ashby, Domtar's Windsor General Manager.

    The Innovative Printing & Writing Campaign of the Year recognized Domtar's Paper Fun Truck initiative. This whimsically decorated truck visited schools, businesses, retirement communities and even a Los Angeles area beach to show how paper remains fun and valuable. The Paper Fun Truck is part of Domtar's PAPERbecause campaign, which uses humor and facts to debunk myths about the paperless society.

    "Paper is an important part of our daily lives, both professionally and personally. We are pleased that Domtar has had success in telling compelling stories about the products we make, which has impacted our entire industry," said Paige Goff, Domtar's Vice-President of sustainability and business communications.
    (Domtar Inc.)
    20.10.2014   Metsä Tissue nominated for international Energy Efficiency Award 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Tissue has been nominated for the international Energy Efficiency Award by DENA, the German Energy Agency, for its comprehensive work on improving energy efficiency and decreasing emissions in its production.

    The nomination is based on Metsä Tissue’s project to establish an innovative heat distributing net at Stotzheim mill, Germany, to reduce energy consumption and decrease direct specific greenhouse gas emission at the mill, which produces coloured and printed napkins. The project, implemented in 2011–2012, reduces heat consumption by over 11 per cent and direct greenhouse gas emissions by 1,280 tonnes per year.

    “With the amount of heat we have now saved, over 330 single-family houses can be heated for a year,” says Gero Kronen, VP Production, Metsä Tissue’s Stotzheim mill.

    Metsä Group’s targets are to reduce fossil fuel-based carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent per produced tonne and improve energy efficiency by 10 per cent by 2020 from the 2009 level.

    “Metsä Tissue is intensively investing in improving energy efficiency at all of its ten mills. Since 2006, we have run four large-scale energy efficiency programmes and gained improvements of over 10 per cent. We will continue our work to improve our performance and mitigate climate change,” says Christoph Zeiler, Senior Vice President, Tissue, West Europe.

    Metsä Tissue is one of the twelve nominees in the competition. The best three projects will be announced on 11 November 2014 in Berlin by DENA. DENA has been awarding industrial and commercial companies for outstanding energy efficiency improvement projects since 2007. This year, the award’s patronage is Sigmar Gabriel, the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy of Germany.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
    20.10.2014   VIDEOJET® STEPS UP TO THE MAILMARK®    ( Company news )

    Company news Manufacturer among select number approved by Royal Mail for 2D barcodes

    Photo: Videojet BX6500/6600 Series Binary Array Ink Jet printer

    Videojet Technologies is delighted to announce it is one of only a few suppliers approved by the Royal Mail to print its MailMark® 2D barcode.

    “We are very pleased that our coding systems have been verified as suitable to print this new barcode,” explained Videojet’s Graphics Sales Manager, Jon Unwin.
    He worked closely with Videojet software engineers and the Royal Mail to ensure the manufacturer’s solutions can print the MailMark 2D bar code to the required standard.
    Videojet then collaborated with a large mailings solutions provider to trial the new software on the Videojet BX6500/6600 Series Binary Array Ink Jet printers.

    The printers offer exceptional throughput on even the most complex jobs, fast drying inks to print on a broad range of materials and print heads that are built to last. Their reliability and durability ensure high productivity print.
    “We were determined to become one of only a handful of suppliers whose printing machines have been approved for producing collateral for high volume mailings. Now we can help any operation that produces mass mailings enjoy greater reportability and response transparency,” states Mr Unwin.

    Royal Mail Mailmark® barcode technology offers users the ability to access web-based reporting from an online analytics dashboard. The batch level reporting details predicted delivery, volume and performance as well as item level error reporting creating a powerful analytical tool.
    Designed for high volume, high quality machine readable mail it is most suited to organisations, retail and wholesale, that produce millions of letters, or large letters, each year.
    Companies using the 2D barcode on mailings through Royal Mail can also benefit from a discount in costs– another incentive to adopt the technology.

    Continues Mr Unwin: “Videojet has developed a range of high quality solutions for customers in this market but we were keen for them to have peace of mind when it comes to using MailMark®. That is why the Royal Mail approval was so important for us.”
    (Videojet Technologies Ltd)

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    Office and exercise goods, general stationery
    Other converted paper and board products
    Paper and board for technical use
    Paper rolls all kinds
    Papers all kinds
    Papers and boards; coated, laminated, impregnated
    Papers for packaging use
    Printing, fine and writing board
    Printing, fine and writing papers
    Pulps and mechanical groundwood pulps
    Sacks, bags, carrier bags

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

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