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    31.01.2014   Mitsubishi Inkjet Papers - Ecologically Sustainable    ( Company news )

    Company news Many paper grades that are printed with water-based inks are not deinkable, and cause problems in the recycling process. Mitsubishi
    HiTec Paper
    offers the solution in JETSCRIPT DL 9084: A deinkable, coated inkjet paper for use in commercial high-speed inkjet printing. The INGEDE certification validates this contribution by Mitsubishi
    HiTec Paper to environmental sustainability.
    With many paper grades that are printed with water-based inks, the ink cannot be removed or can only be partially removed from the paper during the de-inking process.
    This can make a crucial difference to the recyclability of the paper. The commercial inkjet printing sector continues to grow, and with it, the importance of deinkability for recycling of paper products used.
    With the JETSCRIPT range, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper offers a broad portfolio of high-quality, coated inkjet papers for high-speed inkjet
    printing. All products have a special ink receiving layer. Unlike uncoated or so-called "treated” papers, most of the ink is fixed in the coating, so does not penetrate deeply into the paper fibres. The ink receiving layer leads not only to product properties such as high optical density, but also to the fact that JETSCRIPT papers printed with water-based inks are deinkable.
    "With JETSCRIPT DL 9084, and also with our other matt coated media, we offer deinkable inkjet papers for commercial high-speed printing," says Monika Stubbe, Head of Sales Inkjet Papers at Mitsubishi. "With this product we contribute to an as closed as possible paper cycle, and protect the environment."
    In close cooperation with FOGRA and INGEDE, the International Association of the Deinking Industry, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has conducted several de-inking tests. The result: JETSCRIPT DL 9084 has been INGEDE certified (INGEDE Method 11). This paper from Mitsubishi meets the requirements of the ERPC Scorecard and has received de-inking certificates for a number of water-based inks, which are used by digital printing machines such as Océ ColorStream, Kodak Versamark, Ricoh, InfoPrint and the HP T-Series.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe)
     
    31.01.2014   The first Outotec TankCell® e500 will be delivered to First Quantum Minerals in Finland     ( Company news )

    Company news To address the market demand of increased capacity and volume Outotec has developed the mega size flotation cell based on the well reputated technologies. The first TankCell® e500 flotation cell will be installed to First Quantum Minerals' Kevitsa operation in Finland. It is one of the world's largest flotation cells with an effective volume of over 500 m3.

    First Quantum Minerals' Kevitsa operation, commissioned in 2012, is a nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGE) mine located north-northeast of Rovaniemi in the Finnish Lapland.

    "The TankCell® e500 will provide significant additional capacity and flexibility to the Kevitsa flotation flowsheet without taking up significant real estate. The net result is efficient use of capex and, going forward, opex', says Anthony Mukutuma, Plant Manager at FQM Kevitsa Mining Oy.

    Outotec previously delivered grinding mills, filters, thickeners, an automation package and flotation cells to Kevitsa during the project construction. The flotation circuits have in total 68 Outotec TankCells of which 14 are large 300 m3 machines. The new TankCell® e500 has been manufactured and preassembled in a workshop in Finland and passed all mechanical and fluid dynamical performance tests.

    "Outotec is renowned for the performance, innovation and efficiency of its flotation technology. This contract further strengthens our position as the global technology leader in flotation. With over 400 sold TankCell® e300 flotation machines Outotec is also a clear market leader in the large size range. The new 500 m3 cell is Outotec's response to growing throughputs, low ore grades, and need for lower capital investments and production costs", says Kalle Härkki, President of Outotec's Minerals Processing business area.

    Read more about Outotec TankCell® e500 at www.outotec.com/tankcell
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    31.01.2014   Vesa Alatalo appointed as CEO of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj has appointed Vesa Alatalo (B.Sc. (Eng.) and MBA), as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Alatalo commences his duties as the CEO on 16 January 2014.

    Vesa Alatalo (born 1970) transfers to Vaahto Group from the position of Head of Waste to Energy business segment at Konecranes Finland Oy. Prior to the position of Head of Waste to Energy, Alatalo’s positions at Konecranes have included Head of Workstation Lifting Systems, product director for Light Lifting products, and managing director of Konecranes Lifting Systems GmbH, Austria (2012–2013). Alatalo transferred to Konecranes Finland Oy from the position of Country Manager for Finland of the Industrial Sales Division at Osakeyhtiö SKF Aktiebolag. Before transferring to Osakeyhtiö SKF Aktiebolag, Alatalo has held the position of product line manager at Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy and various management positions at Orbis Oy, including the position of managing director of Orbis Solutions (Hong Kong) Ltd., China (2001–2003) and member of board of directors of the same (2001–2006).

    Alatalo has received the degree of Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales and the degree of B.Sc.(Eng.), (Machine Automation and Robotics) from the Institute of Technology, Jyväskylä.

    Vesa Alatalo does not hold shares in Vaahto Group Plc Oyj either personally or through controlled entities.

    Vesa Alatalo is the brother of Sami Alatalo, who is a member of the Board of Directors of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj. As a member of the Board of Directors, Sami Alatalo has not taken and will not take part in the decisions concerning the position or the remuneration of the new CEO.

    Ari Viinikkala, the previous Chief Executive Officer of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj, held the position until 15 January 2014.
    (Vaahto Group Plc Oyj)
     
    31.01.2014   CEPI: BASTA! Enough is enough – the EU needs to get back on track!    ( Company news )

    Company news European industry unveils campaign in support of Europe’s economic recovery

    Following the release of the Industrial Renaissance Communication, CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) launched a campaign calling for the EU to put the manufacturing industry at the heart of the European economy. “Basta! Get back on track!” calls for the EU to reduce red tape, help win the global competitiveness race, rethink exisiting policies and put the focus back on industry.
    It intends to show how Industrial Renaissance can be put into practice. To make Europe a better place for manufacturing means creating a legislative environment in which European manufacturers can compete on a level playing field with other manufacturers throughout the world. By ensuring legislation is appropriate, affordable and consistent. Demonstrating where European policy has gone wrong, the Basta! campaign will also highlight where EU policy has been well-implemented to support industry on a national level.

    Four elements are part of this campaign:
    1. Reduce red tape
    The EU managed to create a staggering 2,314 new regulations and directives in 5 years, while producing 700 measures to reduce the amount of red tape that was created.
    2. Help win the global competitiveness race
    Europe is competing with regions that have lower taxes, lower wages and less strict legislation. The Commission must balance the playing field for European businesses.
    3. Rethink existing policies
    There is a considerable price gap between the costs for energy in Europe and those in the rest of the world. Words have to be put into practice now to create a level playing field on which European businesses can compete.
    4. Focus back on industry
    The European Commission needs to bring an industrial competitiveness dimension into EU policies at an early stage and keep in mind the importance of the value chain in manufacturing. Incentivising resource efficiency and innovation and allowing companies to choose their own methods for doing this instead of micromanaging will be more successful, according to CEPI.

    Mrs Presas explained: “The Basta! messages are meant for the current Commission and the next one. The campaign seeks to make the Industrial Renaissance more concrete.”

    Other industry sectors are invited to join CEPI and several have announced their interest in supporting the campaign, which will run throughout 2014.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    30.01.2014   Weedon Corrugated Products introduces new range of speciality board grades following major ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...investment in new state-of-the-art corrugator

    Weedon Corrugated Products, already one of the country’s leading independent manufacturers of corrugated packaging, is expanding further into the high-end printed Retail Ready Packaging (RRP) market. The move is made possible by investment in a new state-of-the-art corrugator for the company’s plant in Audenshaw, Manchester. This will enable it to introduce a new range of environmentally friendly, economical board grades which are ideal for RRP and which the company is calling ‘Less-flute’.
    Less-flute is a new type of board, launched in response to the RRP market’s growing demand for better print quality, cost efficiency and sustainability. Less-flute uses eco-friendly paper in a new flute profile which is thinner than B flute but delivers a similar performance. This makes Less-flute more economical in terms of both production and logistics – less cost, less space in stock, less to transport and fewer resources consumed – yet with a better surface for printing, which delivers better print quality than the more conventional B flute. Less-flute is therefore ideal for display packaging and RRP, particularly for food products and the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market.
    Weedon Corrugated Products already produces B, C and BC double wall corrugated sheet and packaging. When the new corrugator becomes operational later in December, the company will add Less-flute, E flute, EL double wall (E flute combined with Less-flute) and EB double wall corrugated to its range. The introduction of LE flute offers the Point of Sale (POS) display market a fully recycled display board grade, which is also more space-efficient than the current EB option.
    The new corrugator means Weedon Corrugated Products will be able to produce Less‑flute and the other new board grades in-house, which will give the company greater control over costs, quality and production schedules, thus enhancing its service to its customers.
    The new corrugator is expected to increase Weedon Corrugated Products’ capacity by 30%. Its purchase represents a major investment for the company which was acquired by the Weedon Group in mid-2011.
    In expanding into the high quality printed RRP market, Weedon Corrugated Products will be able to build on the experience and expertise of its sister company, Staffordshire-based Weedon PSC, which is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of RRP and POS displays.

    John Weedon, Managing Director of Weedon Corrugated Products, said:
    “These new board grades are a major breakthrough for the retail side of the corrugated packaging market, addressing two of the biggest factors which concern our customers – quality and cost. By installing this new corrugator we are able to introduce the benefits of Less-flute to our customers. We can also increase our capacity, control board quality and enhance the service we offer.
    “At the same time, this acquisition represents a significant milestone for Weedon Corrugated Products. It is a major capital investment in the company and enables us to expand our range of products within the RRP and POS markets.”
    (Weedon Corrugated Products Limited)
     
    30.01.2014   First UV Inkjet Digital Label Press successfully installed in Witzhave    ( Company news )

    Company news The first UV Inkjet Digital Label Press Tau330-7c from Durst, the north Italian leading manufacturer of industrial digital printing platforms, was installed in December. With the means of this press a new digital printing technology has been implemented in Witzhave.
    The company will use the press to mainly expand the digital portfolio as well as produce typical inkjet and short-run applications very efficiently and economically.
    Advantages of the Durst-UV-Inkjet are high resistance, very good ink coverage, high opacity and excellent brilliance.
    (RAKO Etiketten GmbH & Co KG)
     
    30.01.2014   Release of the complete PulPaper 2014 Conference Programme - don't miss the Early Bird    ( Company news )

    Company news Friday 31 January is the last day to enjoy the Early Bird price when registering for the PulPaper 2014 Conferences. Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired by industry experts on the main theme of Biofuture for Mankind, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. Alongside the main conference runs the IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, a scientific conference alternating between the continents.

    Visitor Registration now open
    To save time arriving at the venue, we highly recommend that you register ahead as a visitor to the exhibition. Visitor Registration is now open on the official website. For all the useful information you might need as a visitor, take a look in the Visitor Information Brochure. This brochure will also be available in Russian on the official website within the next week.

    Exhibition floor is filling up - a few good locations left
    Set to take place only every four years, the expectations are high and the preparations constantly ongoing to make this 8th edition the best PulPaper ever. Sales status has reached 80% with only a few good spots left in the hall.
    Do not miss out on the opportunity to exhibit at the most influential pulp and paper industry event of 2014.

    Unforgettable gala evening and new exciting features
    Visit the official PulPaper website to read more about the new exciting features of the Paper Square, the PulPaper After Work, the Company and Product Presentations. Also, do not miss out on the Paper Engineers Association celebrating its 100th anniversary with a spectacular gala evening taking place in the brand new Helsinki Music Centre on Wednesday 4 June, 2014.

    Focus on Russian visitors
    For the 8th edition of PulPaper, large focus is put on attracting visitors from the great pulp and paper producing neighbouring country in the east, Russia.
    For the first time, a version of the official website, a landing page, has been set up in Russian to accomodate the large amount of potential Russian visitors. The informative Visitor Information brochure is also being translated and will soon be posted on the Russian site as well as the official website.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    30.01.2014   WavStar boosts filter bag capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet keeps you... Up & Running!

    Valmet, with its decades of experience, is the global market leader in disc filter bags. Valmet’s offering covers all thickener applications in mechanical pulping and recycling operations, as well as save-alls. You will be able to find the perfect match for all kinds of disc filter sectors, whether you need a bag for easy applications or more demanding ones. Let’s take a closer look at WavStar, the corrugated filter bag.

    The secret of WavStar lies in its unique fabric corrugation. “This increases the sector surface area by 29%, enhancing capacity by 10-25%,” says Antti Mäkinen, Product Sales Manager at Valmet. The corrugation also facilitates filter cake removal.

    Heat-resistant fabrics for top performance
    The fabrics are made of heat-resistant materials, which feature excellent breaking strength and chemical resistance properties. They ensure high runnability and performance, even in tough conditions, such as in TMP/CTMP and groundwood processes. The bags are fitted with acid-proof or Kynar (PVDF) zippers and sewn with Teflon yarn.

    Mixed polyester for easy conditions
    WavStar bags are also available in mixed polyester when the bags do not need to be resistant to high temperature and strong chemicals, such as in save-alls and DIP processes. Mixed polyester bags ensure the same high capacity and performance properties as heat-resistant bags.

    For new disc filters and upgrading
    WavStar bags are suitable for new filters and upgrading. "They suit all filter sectors on the market," Mäkinen says. Depending on the desired capacity increase, either a single sector or several sectors with WavStar bags can be combined with conventional flat-surface segments in a disc filter. A good alternative to installing an entirely new filter in a process line is to retrofit existing sectors with WavStar bags.

    Targets are achieved
    WavStar disc filter bags have been used as the standard bag in many mills in Europe and East and South East Asia. “The results speak for themselves, capacity increase has been as targeted and maintenance has been as easy as promised,” concludes Mäkinen.

    Key benefits of WavStar:
    - High capacity
    - High pulp discharge consistency
    - Good filtrate quality
    - Cost-effective retrofit
    - Easy maintenance and service
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    30.01.2014   Consumers for Paper Options Applauds Congressional Efforts to Restore Access to Paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Social Security Statements

    Government Funding Package Directs Social Security Administration to Begin Restoring Mailed Social Security Earnings Statements

    Consumers for Paper Options, a coalition of individuals and organizations advocating for access to paper-based services and information, applauded congressional action to restore the paper delivery of annual Social Security Statements.
    Congressional appropriators successfully inserted language supporting paper-based statements into the Joint Explanatory Statement to the Conference Report for H.R. 3547, the Fiscal Year 2014 funding bill which was signed into law on Friday, January 17th.
    The conference report language, which has the authority of a binding statutory requirement, directs the Social Security Administration (SSA) to present a plan to Congress within 60 days that "[includes] a significant restoration of the mailing of statements" to individuals, a practice that was eliminated by the SSA in 2011.
    While earnings statements are currently available online, wage-earners must first create an online account and provide sensitive personal information before being granted access.
    This presents a significant burden for the nearly one-third of Americans without internet access, as well as those with cybersecurity concerns.
    “Social Security statements are a tremendous resource, providing American workers a way to proactively verify the accuracy of their benefits, and, in turn, make informed retirement decisions,” said John Runyan, executive director of Consumers for Paper Options. “
    Congress’s latest action represents a significant step toward making sure that all Americans can access this important financial planning tool.
    We are grateful for the legislative branch’s commitment to remedying this misguided policy, and especially for the work of Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), who worked to move this effort forward. We look forward to reviewing the Social Security Administration’s proposal in the coming days.”
    According to a national poll commissioned by Consumers for Paper Options, 72 percent of consumers surveyed said they would like for the government to continue to provide paper copies of essential documents like Social Security annual earnings statements and checks.
    Click to access findings from the poll, which contains dozens of data points and found that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose private sector and government efforts to eliminate paper-based information and services.
    Consumers for Paper Options supports other Congressional efforts to restore and protect access to paper-based government information and services – including H.R. 3385, the SAVINGS Act, which was introduced by Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-Pa.) The SAVINGS Act would protect access to savings bonds, which are no longer sold in paper form, by preserving the Tax-Time Savings Bond Program through 2018.
    In addition, the coalition supports H. Res. 97, a bipartisan resolution recently introduced by Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Mike Michaud (D-Maine), which seeks to reverse federal initiatives to eliminate paper-based information and services.
    (Consumers for Paper Options)
     
    29.01.2014   Monadnock Sustainability Progress Report    ( Company news )

    Company news Monadnock Paper Mills, Progress Reportfamily owned manufacturer of technical/specialty, premium printing and packaging papers, released its first Sustainability Progress Report, which highlights the company’s progress in reducing environmental impacts. Sustainability goals are guided by Monadnock’s commitment to continuous improvement and are formalized under third-party certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standards.
    “A family-run company for nearly 200 years, we have always taken corporate social responsibility seriously and believe in holding ourselves accountable,” said Richard Verney, chairman and chief executive officer, Monadnock Paper Mills. “That responsibility is represented in the value we place on our dedicated employees and in the high-quality products we deliver to our customers. We are proud to say that while reducing environmental impacts we continue to experience growth in new markets and defy papermaking consolidation that is occurring worldwide.”

    Monadnock Paper Mills has worked diligently to exceed aggressive impact reduction goals for the last 40 years. The company tracks impact reductions in a number of areas, including electricity consumption, CO2 equivalent emissions, water usage and solid waste, among others. Key milestones include:
    -In the past 15 years, Monadnock has reduced its water consumption by 55 percent through the installation of water recycling equipment, utilizing valve restrictors and instituting other projects identified by the company’s water conservation team.
    -In 2013, Monadnock made a significant commitment to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions and energy impacts relative to production – now making all of its paper 100 percent carbon neutral (Verified Emission Reductions) using 100 percent renewable electricity (Green-e certified wind power Renewable Energy Certificates).
    -In 2013, Monadnock made improvements to flashboards and a hydroelectric turbine in its generating facilities – expecting to increase on-site hydropower generation by 400,000 kwH per year.
    -One hundred percent of Monadnock’s electricity is derived from clean, renewable sources.

    “We leave no stone unturned when seeking new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts to not just meet, but exceed our goals,” said Michelle Hamm, environmental manager, Monadnock Paper Mills. “One example is the waste water that is discharged from our own purification facilities. It exceeds the state’s stringent standards for water quality and is actually cleaner than the river water into which it is eventually released.”
    The ongoing success of Monadnock’s sustainability initiatives is a company-wide effort. In 2012 the “Green Team” was established, which is comprised of members from across all functional areas of the company. The team identifies opportunities for environmental impact reductions and shares the results across the company to promote transparency and awareness.
    (MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)
     
    29.01.2014   Innovation from Voith facilitates the positioning of edge deckles in suction rolls    ( Company news )

    Company news With Voith´s latest development TrackLight it is for the first time possible to easily adjust the edge deckles meaning optimum machine performance immediately after grade change or start-up. An unique lighting system allows the operator to instantly identify precisely the edge deckle location and adjust the width of the suction zone relative to the paper web.
    Without TrackLight paper producers face the risk of increasing costs of operation and reduced machine efficiency and performance. Until now, edge deckles could only be adjusted by an experienced operator. Improper positioning can cause various operating challenges and add costs: high vacuum energy costs due to much gap between paper web and end deckle. When operating with a vacuum zone that is too narrow, edge flipping is typically a result of this and impair machine efficiency.
    All these risks can be eliminated with the help of TrackLight, as the suction roll will be operating with the optimum vacuum chamber width. Apart from reducing web edge problems, energy consumption due to unnecessary intake of air is also decreased. This will also avoid a costly known situation, unnecessary stress on the deckle adjustment mechanism due to it turning over the mechanical stop. This helps to reduce unscheduled downtimes and eliminated uneccesary maintenance budget.
    The TrackLight technology is very simple to operate and greatly benefit the operator as it is like seeing inside the suction roll while it is in operation. In addition, personnel do not need additional training thanks to its intuitive operation. TrackLight can be installed quickly and easily during a regular mechanical roll service at a Voith Service Center and Voith will support the installation at the customer site.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    29.01.2014   Burrows Paper Corporation Announces Conversion and Expansion Plans    ( Company news )

    Company news Burrows Paper Corporation, headquartered in Little Falls, New York, announced another step in its Innovate and Invest global strategy. The company is implementing a simultaneous conversion and expansion project, part of a comprehensive strategic plan to expand Burrows domestic paper and global packaging business groups. Burrows is a worldwide supplier of light weight specialty paper and packaging solutions.
    In announcements to staff and customers, Rose Mihaly, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated the investment will both advance Burrows market position and yield operational efficiencies. Burrows 2014 action plan calls for the conversion and redeployment of physical facility use and machine components in its Mill Street paper mill. “In July, Burrows will shut down its 90-inch wide paper machine, PM2, and begin repurposing the machine components and space to the adjacent paper machine, PM3, at the same facility,” said Mihaly. “By dismantling and redeploying the smaller paper machine, we will realize a series of improvements including better traffic flow, safety enhancements, increased productivity on PM3, and the ability to dedicate other equipment to meet special customer requests,” Mihaly said.
    “Our goal is for the transition to have little or no effect on employment levels,” Mihaly stated. “This has been a collaborative process with our union leaders, from planning to arriving at an implementation schedule. Employees assigned to PM2 today will continue as usual through later this year,” continued Mihaly. “During the transition, we will work closely with each person to align skills and interests with job opportunities in our Mill Street and Mohawk Valley mills, and in other Burrows facilities.”
    This latest initiative is similar to company investments in its Mohawk Valley mill, where an older machine was removed to allow for facility improvements, creating production efficiencies and opportunities for product development. Following installation of new equipment this summer, Burrows will launch a new patented product for which it has already secured commercial orders. “Our primary goal with changes of this nature is to implement improvements while ensuring uninterrupted service to customers,” said Mihaly. “That starts with our outstanding employees who understand customer expectations and reliance on Burrows products.”
    Expansion and conversion has been a hallmark of Burrows nearly 100-year business model. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Burrows stated, “This is one piece of an ongoing plan to yield cost savings and operating efficiencies, freeing up capital to invest in capabilities that meet customer demand.” He attributes the company’s success to a combination of innovation, growth investments, and financial discipline. “In our industry, changes happen so frequently that just keeping pace is not enough,” said Burrows. “We must anticipate how markets are shifting and where new demands are likely to emerge. We then direct that knowledge to new products and capabilities.” Mihaly added that the company looks forward to continuing long-term growth in its local and worldwide operations.
    This estimated $7 million conversion and expansion investment is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. “We are proud to be a privately-held paper and packaging manufacturer that continues to invest and grow in New York State,” said Burrows. “We appreciate the support of local and state economic development efforts that recognize the value of New York State’s manufacturing sector.” Burrows Paper Corporation was awarded grant funding from the Empire State Development Corporation and NYS Excelsior Jobs program tax credits to support the expansion project.
    (Burrows Paper Corp.)
     
    29.01.2014   Flint Group: New, water washable coating plates for security printing    ( Company news )

    Company news nyloprint® WA-S and WA-S Digital plates are efficient, fast and environmentally friendly

    Flint Group Flexographic Products has launched a new water washable coating plate for UV varnishes. Both, the conventional nyloprint® WA-S and the nyloprint® WA-S Digital printing plates are ideally suitable for in-house plate processing in the area of security and banknote printing. The plates are designed for high quality demands in inline and offline print finishing as well as solid and spot coating.
    The soft relief layer enables an optimal ink transfer and thus an excellent solid density of the ink. The aluminium base provides a high level of dimensional stability, which ensures outstanding register accuracy and top printing quality. The new nyloprint® WA-S printing plates can be processed with tap water only without need of any additives, which makes them extremely environmentally friendly. Furthermore, they are very productive and cost effective for the user as they can be processed very fast, due to the short processing time of just 25 to 35 minutes.
    The new coating plates, nyloprint® WA-S and nyloprint® WA-S Digital, are available to the market with immediate effect.
    (Flint Group Flexographic Products)
     
    29.01.2014   Unique portable and online moisture meters from Visilab    ( Company news )

    Company news Visilab AK30 is a portable moisture meter for paper, board, packaging, converting industry, other fibre materials and printing industry.

    Picture: Visilab AK30 moisture meter

    Visilab Signal Technologies Oy in Finland has supplied portable and on-line moisture meters based on reflecting infrared technology. Visilab AK30 is a portable moisture meter for paper, board, packaging, converting industry, other fibre materials and printing industry. Visilab also provides the small on-line meter AK40. The AK30 Portable Moisture Meter is targeted for non-touching handheld tasks in paper production quality control. It is a robust device with high accuracy and repeatability. It has useful features for acquiring and analyzing data. Its small size and a graphical display provide instant information, while the wireless transmission eases further analysis of the data. It can also measure a running web.

    AK40 is a small on-line meter, it has all the same features as AK30 but has a bigger sturdy box and some QCS connections and an infrared web thermometer.
    (Visilab Signal Technologies Oy)
     
    29.01.2014   World Biomass Power Markets / 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news With just 1 week to go until World Biomass Power Markets, you have only a limited time to register your place and guarantee your seat.

    With over 24 hours of unmissable content and networking events, the conference is the foremost annual forum to learn from and make new business contacts with the global solid biomass, biomass power, and waste-to-power sectors.

    Register now and secure your chance to network with the cream of the global biomass power sector, over 350 attendees from more than 200 different global companies including:

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    Josh Green
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    Green Power Conferences
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    (Green Power Conferences)
     
    29.01.2014   Yuen Foong Yu's (2) Intelli-Tissue® 1500 machines, delivered by PMP Group, have reached an ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... impressive capacity boost

    PMP Group has been supporting one of the leading Asian papermakers – Yuen Foong Yu Corporation – for the last six years (within the tissue business). After designing seven tissue machines for three facilities located in China, both companies have reached a higher level of cooperation.
    On January 1st 2014, PM#5 and PM#6, which are running in the YFY’s Yangzhou (China) facility, have achieved an impressive capacity increase. PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1500 machines, with a maximum operating speed of 1,600 mpm, were brought on stream in the summer of 2012. Both machines were designed to produce 75 tpd each. However, thanks to the machines parameter optimization it was possible to enhance the capacity up to 96.7 tpd on PM#5 and 84.3 tpd on PM#6. Reaching the speed record of 1700 mpm and enhancing the daily capacity up to 17% (in total) - with basis weight at wire of 14.1 gsm on one and 12.3 gsm on the other. Improved parameters were able to be obtained due to YFY’s exceptional experience in the field of tissue production, as well as its detailed knowledge of PMP’s machines. PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1500 line is especially popular among tissue makers thanks to being an economical solution, which is a unique combination of simplicity and technology.
    Back in 2012, Mr. Ming-Fa Tang, the YFY Deputy General Manager Engineering & Technology said that it was the fastest assembly and start-up in the history of the YFY Corporation. It means that YFY’s PM#5 and PM#6 were not only the fastest in installation, they are now one of the fastest machines in the company’s entire fleet. At present, the two companies are in the middle of an execution phase for the following (4) PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1500 machines for the Yangzhou and Dingfung tissue mills. Both YFY and PMP Group are eager to raise the bar on those projects after achieving exceptional results on PM#5 and PM#6.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    28.01.2014   MASTERFOLD Helps Imballi Deliver    ( Company news )

    Company news When you have contracts with nationally and internationally recognised brands, making sure that you can deliver is vital. This is why Imballi S.p.A chooses BOBST MASTERFOLD lines for its speciality folding and gluing work.
    “We keep our customers by providing a very flexible service,” says Marco Ballan, Director of Imballi S.p.A, the Italian corrugated box and display company. “To achieve this we have to continuously invest in advanced technology. This state-of-the-art equipment, and the know-how we have, distinguishes us in the market. It gives us a flexibility to meet the needs of customers that other companies do not have.”
    In 2011, the company installed a BOBST MASTERFOLD 350 A4 folder-gluer with a POLYJOINER unit and LOGIPACK packer. The line allowed the company to better produce large format, multi-point boxes with partitions - and to produce them highly efficiently. Thanks to the success of the investment, Imballi has just ordered a second MASTERFOLD line, along with a MASTERCUT die-cutter.

    Exporters too
    Based in the northern Italian town of Castelfranco Veneto, 30 minutes west of Treviso and 45 km from Venice, Imballi has a customer base that includes a number of nationally and internationally renowned brands, and even exports as far as France, Belgium and Poland. Growth, driven by this customer base, has led to Imballi reaching a turnover of €25 million, with the company’s target being to reach an annual figure of €30 million in the near future.
    Established just over twenty years ago, Imballi S.p.A originally operated from two separate sites, but in 2006 moved to a single 11,000 square metre plant which also has room for expansion. The company employs 120 staff over two shifts, with extra shifts laid on in the busy autumn and spring periods.
    The core business for Imballi is made up of mailing packs printed with integrated bar codes, boxes with apertures and large format displays. Among its box production, much consists of added-value products such as boxes with windows, paper handles, glued reinforcements, or inside printing, as well as boxes using special papers or treatments. The company also produces difficult-to-manufacture packaging such as boxes printed onto gold coloured surfaces using UV inks and varnishes.
    Just over two years ago the company reviewed the market for folder-gluers as it searched for a machine that could help it expand its range of large-size boxes as well as boxes with one or two partitions. While BOBST was the only manufacturer offering the 350cm size that Imballi wanted, the Italian company was also very keen on what the MASTERFOLD would be able to do for them in terms of capability, flexibility and performance.
    “We ran trails at the BOBST Competence Center in Switzerland, just with some plain, unprinted blanks,” recalls Mr Ballan. “We were very enthusiastic about the results. We produce a lot of 6-corner boxes and boxes made with two partitions here. The MASTERFOLD line with POLYJOINER could fold and glue all of this work, in all the sizes we wanted, and also produce packaging in three parts. Also, repeat jobs were much faster with the MASTERFOLD, they could be saved on the CUBE3 and we could see that work which we were running at 2,000 boxes an hour could run at double that speed with this line.” The company also noted improved quality of the finished products thanks to the MASTERFOLD’s rear stacker corrector.
    The MASTERFOLD 350 A4 is capable of handling micro-flutes, litho-laminates, single and double wall corrugated, as well as heavy solid board, processing straight line, crash-lock, 4- and 6-corner designs. Its easy-to-set Accufeed section, with built-in blank aligner, provides the precise alignment that users need to run consistently at high speed, making the most of the MASTERFOLD's 250 metres per minute running speed.
    With a potentially much faster line, Imballi S.p.A. needed to investigate how it would handle the end of line delivery of its products and opted for a BOBST LOGIPACK robotic packer. Fast enough to keep up with the MASTERFOLD, unlike human operatives, LOGIPACK also means that less people are required to run the line, saving money. When quality is as important as it is at Imballi, LOGIPACK delivers the quick and gentle packing required to batch boxes reliably without marking or scuffing.

    New BOBST lines
    Today, with the complete MASTERFOLD 350 line well established, Imballi has ordered additional lines from BOBST to help it reach its €30 million turnover target. In the next few months a MASTERFOLD 130 with a BOBST Palletizer will supplement the plant’s existing BOBST ALPINA folder-gluer of the same size, giving the company additional folding and gluing capacity in small to medium formats. Around the same time a MASTERCUT 1.7 will replace an existing SPO 160, giving the plant much needed additional width for its die-cut blanks. This machine will complement the plant’s two BOBST SP-162 CER blankers.
    These new machines will join two BOBST ASITRADE lines which provide Imballi with its litho-laminated board, the top sheets having been printed on a six-colour Speedmaster XL 162, which was the first of its configuration in Italy. To ensure the high production flexibility needed to satisfy short notice customer orders, which can at times be for large quantities, Imballi operates a system that ensures the constant availability of paperboard in rolls from its warehouse.
    "Like everyone in the industry we are facing the need to improve operational efficiency in many areas so that we can respond to the increasing demands of our customers," says Mr Ballan. "Technology like we get from the BOBST lines means we can keep ahead of the competition."
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    28.01.2014   Minerals Technologies Inc. Signs Commercial Agreement with European Paper Company to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Deploy FulFill® Technology for High-Filler Loading

    Unique High-Filler Technology Will Provide Significant Cost Savings in Reduced Fiber Consumption by Increasing PCC Filler Usage 20%

    Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with a prestigious European paper company to provide Fulfill® E-325, a new, high-filler technology, at the paper company's mill in Europe.
    Minerals Technologies now has 15 agreements with paper mills that have adopted the Fulfill® E-325 technology that the company introduced in late 2010. This agreement with this papermaker is the company's fourth in Europe.
    These agreements confirm the commercial progress of the Fulfill® brand, a portfolio of high-filler technologies that offers papermakers a variety of efficient, flexible solutions that decreases dependency on natural fiber and reduces costs. The Fulfill® E-325 series allows papermakers to increase loading levels of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) by three to five points, which replaces higher cost pulp, and increases PCC usage between 20 to 30 percent.
    "We are delighted that this highly respected European papermaker is adopting our new technology that will allow them to produce quality paper at lower cost," said D.J. Monagle, senior vice president & managing director, Paper PCC. "The continued acceptance of our FulFill® E-325 technology in Europe reaffirms the revitalization of our new product pipeline, and of our commitment to advance our technology leadership throughout our satellite network around the world."
    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has 58 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.
    Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. The company recorded sales of $1.01 billion in 2012.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
     
    28.01.2014   Schubert and IPS combine pharmaceutical competencies    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture:
    Gerald Schubert (Managing Director Gerhard Schubert GmbH) and Olaf Horrenberger (CEO IPS)

    Gerhard Schubert GmbH and IPS International Packaging Systems are combining their expertise in pharmaceutical packaging. They jointly launched the “Schubert Pharma” competency team on 1 January 2014. Customers in the pharmaceutical industry will benefit from cross-disciplinary consulting. “Together we are able to respond even more efficiently to the specific market requirements of the demanding pharmaceutical sector,” explained Olaf Horrenberger, CEO of IPS. The company is aiming to double revenues in the Pharma Unit over the next three years.
    In total, 20 pharmaceutical experts from sales, purchasing, project management, validation and service will in future work as Schubert Pharma at IPS under one roof. As a team, they will produce sophisticated packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry from primary packaging through to the pallet with the finished product.
    The organisational and spatial centeralisation of the two companies will create synergies. Schubert brings its expertise in highly flexible TLM packaging machines and its longstanding business relationships with pharmaceutical companies, while IPS offers extensive experience in project management. As a general contractor and engineering service provider, IPS has supplied individual and tailored packaging solutions from a single-source for over 40 years. Schubert Pharma’s portfolio includes comprehensive engineering consulting services, project management for turnkey systems and line optimisation for existing packaging lines. The company also takes over the maintenance of systems for their entire lifespan.
    As part of its engineering consulting activities, supplier-independent track and trace solutions are developed and implemented to customers´ specific requirements. Schubert Pharma also designs system solutions for future product lines and volume capacities. Upon request, the team evaluates the performance and process capability of existing machine technologies, produces budget and target figures and supports companies during their approval processes.
    (Gerhard Schubert GmbH)
     
    28.01.2014   A stable fourth quarter 2013 for BillerudKorsnäs impacted by unexpected production problems    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Per Lindberg, President & CEO

    BillerudKorsnäs fourth quarter results are stable, but negatively impacted by unexpected production problems. The problems have primarily included two longer unplanned stops at the Frövi mill and a quality related problem in Gruvön, with a total impact on the results of approximately SEK 70 million. Operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2013 will amount to approximately SEK 195 million. Non-recurring integration costs are estimated to approximately SEK 30 million and the operating profit adjusted for integration costs is estimated to approximately SEK 225 million.
    "Production at the end of the year has not really gone our way. We have suffered from some unusual incidents, and it is without doubt exceptional that these problems could occur during the same quarter. Production is now in full swing again and we are completely comfortable with the actions taken. These issues do not affect our view of the future as the underlying business is stable. We are building a company to deliver value to customers and shareholders for a long time to come”, says Per Lindberg, President & CEO.
    Toward the end of the fourth quarter, the company has had longer stops in Frövi on two occasions caused by defects in steam generation and distribution. The repairs were extensive and complex resulting in further loss of time and thus production. The negative impact on operating profit is expected to amount to approximately SEK 40 million.
    Also, during the end of quarter a quality problem was detected at Gruvön. The problem is solved by preventive measures in the process by investments and improved quality procedures. The negative impact on operating profit is expected to amount to approximately SEK 30 million.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    28.01.2014   Mediatronics Presents Innovative Solutions Developed by Bordeaux in Wetec 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Bordeaux Digital Printink, an industry leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing high quality inks and coatings, announced that they will present their products at Wetec in Stuttgart, Germany, 13-15 February 2014, in Mediatronics stand 8A50. At the show Bordeaux plans to inspire print service providers with its large portfolio of Solvent, Eco Solvent, UV & UV LED inks as well as Dye Sublimation, Latex ink, coatings and innovative inkjet technologies that can open up new business opportunities and increase productivity.

    Visitors to Wetec will learn about the first Bulk solution for Epson® SureColor™ S-series printers. The integration of a Chip Emulator and ink level monitor into the system is especially beneficial for print operators wanting to ensure cost effective continuous and maximum print production. The solution uses Bordeaux Mix & Match™ FUZE ECO SC solvent ink, 100% color and chemically compatible with OEM ink.

    “The Smart cartridge system and fully compatible ink are the first and only solution to be introduced for SureColor printers. These products are a testament to Bordeaux’s R&D expertise and progress, “says Matthew Reijnders, Director of Sales and Business Development for Bordeaux. “We strive and have succeeded in providing better and more accurate solutions for a wider array of printers in order to serve more print service providers, both in terms of inks and bulk delivery solutions, now and long term.”

    Bordeaux offers a full line of water based liquid laminates for the wide format digital printing market and UV based coating line for more diverse applications such as document finishing and pre-press applications. Both laminates and coatings are intended to enhance the prints, increase durability to abrasion and prevent fading.

    “Our customers are very happy with Bordeaux’s original quality products, including their unrivalled range of Mix & Match inks for solvent and UV/UV LED printers,” says Udo Kotzman from Mediatronics. “This year our goal is to get Bordeaux’s Liquid laminates and UV coatings into every print shop. These superior products can open a new world of services for all print shops offering wide format and digital press specialty graphic applications.”

    Visit Bordeaux at Mediatronics stand 8A50 at Wetec, the trade fair for sign making, digital printing and illuminated advertising in Messe Stuttgart, Germany.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    28.01.2014   Last chance to book Pulpaper 2014 - the industry event of the year     ( Company news )

    Company news Why exhibit at PulPaper, Helsinki, 3-5 June 2014?

    • One of the most influential pulp and paper events in the world, last time attracting over 12000 visitors from 63 different countries.
    • Set to take place only every four years, the expectations are high and the preparations constantly ongoing to make this 8th edition the best PulPaper ever. Sales status has reached 80% with only a few good spots left in the hall, click here to see updated hall plan.
    • Incomparable to other pulp and paper events when it comes to the outstanding quality of the program, the marketing and the clear focus on the industry.
    • The 1ooth anniversary of the Paper Engineers’ Association influencing the whole event with the two conferences Biofuture for Mankind and IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference as well as the unforgettable gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre on 4 June.
    • The exhibition floor of PulPaper 2014 will be jam packed with happenings and new features:
    The Paper Square – From a stage & exhibition area in the middle of the hall, top management from the pulp-, paper and board producing companies will be updating us on trends and news in the industry.
    Company and Product Presentations – During all three days of the exhibition, exhibiting companies will be presenting their latest research results, new products and technical/market innovations, from a stage area in the middle of the hall.
    PulPaper After Work – Set on the floor after exhibition hours on Tuesday 3 June, PulPaper After Work gives all participants of PulPaper the chance to network, mingle and enjoy good food, drink and entertainment.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    28.01.2014   Invitation to Present: 2014 International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference    ( Company news )

    Company news An Invitation to Present has been announced for TAPPI's 2014 International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference (IBBC), September 17-19, 2014 in Tacoma, Washington.
    IBBC brings together technology and business leaders in the pulp and paper industry focused on biomass utilization. This is the only event in North America dedicated to leveraging assets and knowledge within the industry.

    Showcase your technology, applications, and successes at the 2014 event.
    Presentations are being sought in the following areas:
    • Advances in Conversion Pathways – pyrolysis, catalysts, enzyme breakthroughs
    • Advances in Bioproducts - chemicals, fuels, partnerships
    • Biomass Supply and Demand – assessments, physical properties, crop developments
    • Biomass Harvesting and Preparation – pretreatments, characterization, new equipment
    • Case Studies – pilot, pre-commercial, commercial
    • Project Financing – analyses and risk assessments
    • Impacts of Policies and Incentives – evaluations and assessments
    • Abstracts on other topics are welcome
    (TAPPI Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry)
     
    28.01.2014   PMT Italia to supply ÆGO™SIZER FC to Zhejiang JINGXING Paper in China     ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia S.p.A as a worldwide leading paper machinery supplier is increasingly strengthening its presence in China installing key paper machine key sections of high technological level for new machines and rebuilds.
    After several successful experiences of Film Size Presses supplied to premium Paper Producers throughout Asia, PMT Italia has recently been selected by Zhejiang JINXING Paper Joint Stock Co. Ltd in the People’s Republic of
    China, for the supply of a new Film Size Press, ÆGO™SIZER FC, for the PM15 of their Pinghu Mill, a 5.5 m wide machine producing high quality White Top and Kraft Liner, in a basis weight range of 125 to 230 g/m2 with a maximum operating speed of 800 m/min.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    27.01.2014   Stora Enso plans to shut down coated magazine paper machine in Finland     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is starting co-determination negotiations with employees at Veitsiluoto Mill in Finland regarding a plan to shut down permanently paper machine (PM) 1 with annual capacity of 190 000 tonnes of coated magazine paper by the end of the first quarter of 2014 due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. The planned closure would affect up to 90 employees.
    Stora Enso will record a restructuring provision and a working capital write-down as a non-recurring item related to the planned closure with a negative impact of approximately EUR 8 million on operating profit in its first quarter 2014 results.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    27.01.2014   Marbach: Managing Director Retired    ( Company news )

    Company news Franz Strack (picture), Managing Director of the Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG, retired from the business at the end of 2013.
    Peter Marbach: "Mr. Strack has been working for Marbach for more than half of his life. With his prudence and foresight he has played an important role in turning the Marbach Group into what it is today: the industry leader in diecutting technology."
    Besides his engagement in Marbach, Mr. Strack runs a very successful family business with his wife: he has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
    Bernd Klenk, who has already been part of Marbach's general management since January 1, 2011, has now moved across to replace him as the new managing director.
    (Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    27.01.2014   Cristini 1914-2014: 100 Years young!    ( Company news )

    Company news Serving the paper Industry, since 5 generations, Cristini have been supplying the Paper Industry for 100 years in 2014.
    The company is 100% family owned, distributing its products lines in more than 50 countries worldwide.
    Some of the technologies widely used nowadays in PMC, like the first seamed press fabric (US Pat no.569040, 1956), or the first microwave consistency meter (2005), have been introduced to the market for the first time by our Company.

    Milestones in Cristini history:
    1801 Fourdrinier was granted British patent 2487 on 20 October 1801
    1852 Pietro Bombardieri started an industrial production of woolen felts and blankets in Fiorano al Serio
    1914 Giuseppe Cristini purchased Soc. Pietro Bombardieri to add production capacity to the family company F.lli Cristini, based in Marone. S.A. Giuseppe Cristini is born
    1956 Cristini deposited in US and several Countries the world's first patent for seamed press fabric
    1994 First Insurance Quality Registration
    1997 Cristini North America started Carrier Ropes and Spiral production
    1998 First forming fabric production unit in Austria
    1999 Start-up of the Diagnostic Systems project
    2001 Patent for real triple layer Forming Fabric (TrioTwin™ generation)
    2001 Installation of heat-setting equipment up to 14 wide
    2004 Patent for the application of spiral fabrics on corrugator belts
    2006 Patent for FiberScan™, world's first microwave consistency meter
    2008 Patents for advanced SSB Forming Fabric (MaxiFlyer™)
    2009 Development of PermFlowDUO™, world's first portable moisture & permeability meter
    2011 World record for 24h production on 80g/m² packaging grade is broken at 1650 m/min with 100% Cristini press fabrics
    2012 Essential™ patent for new ESB Forming Fabric
    2014 100 Years Young! The Cristini name is present in the paper industry since 100 years. This is the right opportunity to look at the future and celebrate the event with a new logo and a completely refreshed website.

    The origins of the Cristini Group date back to the middle of the 18th century, and are deeply rooted in the traditions of the Fiorano Al Serio valley. Since the Middle Ages, this area has been actively involved in the textile industry.
    Serving the paper Industry, since 5 generations, Cristini will have been supplying the Paper Industry from 100 years in the coming 2014. 100% family owned, the company is distributing its products lines in more than 50 countries worldwide. Some of the technologies widely used nowadays in PMC, like the first seamed press fabric (US Pat no.569040, 1956), or the first microwave consistency meter (2003), have been introduced to the market for the first time by our Company.
    Our Research & Development has engineered innovative products, subsequently introduced to the market, which have become important in the evolution of the paper industry. The Company strongly believe in the constant innovation, coming by technology cooperation with universities, research centres of excellence, papermakers and paper machine builders.
    Cristini has specialized in the design and application of advanced technology fabrics that make high quality paper production possible. The combined experience of the Group is aimed at improving the competitiveness of its customers.
    "Continuous technological evolution of our plants and enhanced human resources operating on a systematic level". The high quality standards of Cristini's products have earned the appreciation and trust of many highly competitive markets.
    With production units throughout Europe and North America, the Cristini Group is a reliable partner for all pulp and paper companies.
    Responsibility for the environment is a global concern, and Cristini is committed to respecting any and all regulations in this regard. Today, it is everybody's duty to combine product quality with respect for the environment. With this is mind, Cristini has for many years, used a closed wastewater recycling system, and utilized chemicals that have a low environmental impact. Atmospheric emissions are constantly controlled to meet government standards.
    Only by respecting nature today, will tomorrow's generations have the chance to enjoy it in the future.
    All along this century, we staid totally dedicated to the Paper Industry, and we like the daily challenge this innovative industry present to us.
    After all, companies are nothing more than people and the day to day actions they take.
    (S.A. Giuseppe Cristini S.p.A.)
     
    27.01.2014   Paper Check-off Program Now A Reality With Publishing Of Final Rule    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: AF&PA Board Chairman David Scheible

    The final rule was published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Janaury 22, formally establishing the program and stating the assessment of 35 cents per short ton on printing and writing, containerboard, paperboard and Kraft paper will begin on March 1, 2014.
    “Today’s action marks the beginning of the next chapter for our industry to tell the positive story about the benefits of paper and paper-based packaging,” said AF&PA Board Chairman David Scheible, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging International. “The Paper Check-off will build a promotional program to showcase the positive attributes of our products.”
    The Paper Check-off was initiated by a panel of industry leaders and approved by the companies through a USDA referendum.
    “Our members are eager to see the Paper Check-off become a reality, giving our industry and its products the opportunity to be recognized for the value they provide to consumers everywhere,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We commend the Paper Check-off Panel for its work to coalesce the industry in support of this program, as well as the efforts of USDA to finalize the program.”
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    27.01.2014   Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy Board Elects New Chairman and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Officers 2014-2017

    Picture: Celso Marcelo de Oliveira

    The Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy (ABIB Brazil) announced the election of President Celso Marcelo de Oliveira as the new ABIB Brazil board chairman. The ABIB Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Biomass and Renewable Energy began operations in 2009 and over the years has been seeking work in the dissemination and development of projects and technological and scientific research in the areas of management and use of biomass, bioenergy and renewable energy . The ABIB is dedicated to supporting the industrial development (biomass, bioenergy, woodchips bio and bio woodpellets woodbriquete), promotion and the fostering of teaching, research, extension and institutional, scientific and technological development in Brazil and abroad. Currently holds ABIB 927 business and professional associates in Brazil and abroad, becoming with the world's largest body of biomass and bioenergy sector.

    I am honored to serve as chairman of the ABIB Brazil board of directors and look forward to meeting head-on the challenges and opportunities on the horizon this year, said Celso Oliveira . The association continues to demonstrate its credibility as the organization for our industrys biomass, bioenergy, woodchips, pellets and briquette , sustainability, and environmental regulation in Brazil . Our industry has a good story to tell, and I look forward to helping share it more broadly with the business community.

    In a recent study published in the main European Energy and Biomass, only three countries stand out with the greatest potential for feedstock and production of pellets on a large scale: Australia, South Africa and Brazil. The study concluded that the country that has the greatest potential for production is Brazil for having a highly developed forestry industry based resource a plantation of 6,300,000 ha. and annual quantities of timber of 175 million m and the existence of millions of tons of timber and forest residues. In 2020 had a total quantity of 157,992,556 meters cubic of forest residues produced in Brazil long enough to generate 1,244,253 (tj) of thermal energy and C02 emissions avoided 189 591 060.

    President Charmain ABIB Brazil Celso Oliveira has served as Brazil Biomass and Renewable Energy president and CEO since 2009. Since being elected to ABIB Brazil board of directors, he has served in various leadership roles, including as chairman of CEO Task Force on Biomass and the WoodChips or Pellets Brazil. Has training in Corporate Law at PUC Expertise in Renewable Energy University of Lisbon Portugal Consultant Specializing in Corporate Sustainable Development Project, Renewable Energy Law and Litigation with 45 books published in Brazil and abroad. Author of the Works Renewable Energy Wood Pellets and Biomass and Bioenergy Brazil. Consultant responsible for the development of 34 industrial projects for the production of biomass, bio and bio woodpellets woodbriquete in Brazil, the United States and Europe.

    Also elected to officer positions by the ABIB Brazil Board are:

    Vice Chairman Biomass and Pellets Jordano Busatto Milani, president and CEO of BR Biomass Brazil. Executive Director of BR Biomass Ltd a leading producer of wood pellets in Brazil. Developed industrial projects using waste bagasse for the production of pellets of sugar cane bagasse in Maringa, Parana State. Expert in development of sustainable industrial projects in Brazil with the implementation of BR Biomass.

    Vice Chairman Forestry abd Wood Marcos Stolf, president and CEO of Stolfiber Fiber and Business with wood. He specializes in establishing teams , developing and implementing reforestation projects , chip / biomass , timber yard , sawmill and pellet plant plant . Proven knowledge in trading (purchase / sales ) of forest assets throughout Brazil , environmental licensing partner in forestry and industrial , logistics areas ( inbound , outbound , port and maritime ) , operations and wood processing technologies since planting and harvesting to the industrial process of logging and relationship with government agencies . Was Chief Operating Officer of Suzano Renewable Energy Suzano Pulp and Paper. Establishment of office in SP and time of land acquisition operations , forestry and industrial licensing, logistics and pellets industry . Acquisition / transfer of approximately 90,000 ha in MA ; licenses planting and planting of 26,500 ha ; Industrial LP and LI . Basic; conceptual study " inquiry" ; receiving and equalization proposals for industrial plants of 1 or 2 million tons of pellets per year; trading terrestrial logistical arrangements for the transport of pellets industry / port and seaport / customer in Europe.

    Vice Chairman Bioenergy, Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability Gerson Sampaio Filho, president Teknergia. Director of Sustainability teams in the area of sustainability projects, hydro, solar or wind energy, investments in infrastructure, focusing on performance and productivity, using modern management tools. Expertise for Projects internacionais. Engenheiro Graduate in Electrical engineering with planning and control of works (1981). Physicist with Post Graduation in Environment new technologies.
    (ABIB Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy)
     
    27.01.2014   Valmet to supply multi-fuel boiler for Sappi's Kirkniemi paper mill in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver a complete multi-fuel boiler to Sappi Ltd's Kirkniemi Mill in Lohja, Finland. The startup of the plant is scheduled for summer 2015. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.
    "Competitive solutions for multi-fuel based energy production are one of Valmet's key competences and we are a leader in this field. The agreement with Sappi is an excellent start for our energy business for the new year," says Jyrki Holmala, Pulp and Energy Business Line President, Valmet.
    The new boiler can flexibly use solid fuels such as bark from the mill's debarking process, other wood-based fuels and coal. Together with the mill's current biofuel boiler and Valmet's new boiler it is possible to produce biomass-based energy up to 100%.
    "With this investment we will be able to improve our cost competitiveness and profitability as well as secure energy supply at our Kirkniemi Mill. In line with Sappi's commitment to sustainable development, the processes will be based on BAT - Best Available Technology, and the use of effective flue gas cleaning equipment will minimize any environmental impact," says Martti Savelainen, Mill Director of Sappi Kirkniemi.
    Valmet's delivery will include a complete circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler, and a Valmet baghouse filter. The contract also covers installation, training and commissioning for the equipment. The boiler plant will have a steam capacity of 88 MW. The boiler combines high-efficiency combustion of various solid fuels with low emissions, even when burning fuels with completely different calorific values at the same time.
    "Commissioning a boiler plant of this size in 1.5 years is a challenging timetable. This tight delivery schedule is possible thanks to Valmet's standardized CFB boiler design, proper pre-engineering and experienced project team," points out Juha Särkijärvi, Project Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    24.01.2014   Swedish institutions acquire Kinnevik's ownership in BillerudKorsnäs    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Mia Brunell Livfors, CEO of Kinnevik

    Investment AB Kinnevik ("Kinnevik") announced that a limited number of Swedish institutions have acquired all of Kinnevik's 51.8 million shares in BillerudKorsnäs for a total consideration of SEK 3.7 billion (SEK 72 per share). The majority of the shares were acquired by AMF, the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund's (AP4) and Alecta. The remaining shares were acquired by a small number of financial institutions, mainly four larger Swedish equity funds.
    The integration of Korsnäs and Billerud has been successfully implemented creating larger synergies than initially expected. With Kinnevik's increasing focus on digital services in telecom & financial services, online and media, the sale of BillerudKorsnäs is a further step in developing our strategy.
    After the transaction, Kinnevik will have net cash of around SEK 3 billion. In order to have financial flexibility, the goal is to have no or a low leverage in the Parent Company and the transaction will not affect Kinnevik's expected dividend.
    The price of SEK 72 per share corresponds to a discount of 5% compared to the volume weighted average price of BillerudKorsnäs share on NasdaqOMX in the past 30 trading days and 0% compared to the volume in the past 60 trading days.
    "The merger of Korsnäs and Billerud is now successfully implemented and I am proud of the value that has been created. As large and long-term financial institutions acquire our shares, we ensure stability for the company going forward. Kinnevik's financial position is very strong which will support the continued development of our current holdings and enable us to continue to make new investments within telecom and financial services, online and media." says Mia Brunell Livfors, CEO of Kinnevik.
    Anders Oscarsson, head of equities at AMF, comments:"This is an opportunity that we have monitored for some time. BillerudKorsnäs has a clear growth strategy and a dedicated management team which is implementing the strategy with increasing success. I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to increase our ownership stake in the company through this transaction with Kinnevik."
    Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag advised Kinnevik in the transaction.
    The information is of such character, which Kinnevik shall disclose in accordance with the law on Trading with Financial Instruments (1991:980) and/or the Securities Market Act (2007:528). The information was distributed for disclosure at 8.15 a.m. on 9 December 2013.
    (Investment AB Kinnevik)
     
    24.01.2014   BIR World Mirror on Recovered Paper / Quarterly Report - January 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Ranjit Baxi, President of the BIR Paper Division

    International Market with a focus on Asia
    News that the global economy is expected to continue expanding at a moderate pace over the coming two years has been welcomed given the post-2008 financial meltdown and subsequent global slowdown followed by recession. The world economy grew by 2.7% last year and is projected to record increases of 3.6% in 2014 and 3.9% in 2015.
    China, the engine for fibre consumption, has also begun to pick up. Other developed and emerging economies posted similar trends during the fourth quarter of last year. However, currency volatility was a major challenge during the same period, with export pricing made difficult by the increased fluctuations in the exchange rates between the US dollar and both the Euro and sterling. Freight rates tended to remain reasonably stable during the quarter.
    Export volumes increased during the quarter both to China and India while other Asian countries have also started to increase their fibre procurement. At the same time, we are continuing to see increasing signs of export volumes out of the USA outpacing those from Europe. Quality of fibre and prices are continuing to take centre stage.
    OCC prices for Asian main ports began the fourth quarter of 2013 at US$ 195+ per tonne and moved up to US$ 200+ before ending the year at the lower level of US$ 185+. Mixed paper demand again fluctuated during the quarter, primarily driven by quality standards; prices began October at US$ 165+ per tonne and climbed to US$ 170+ prior to ending the year at US$ 160+.
    (BIR Bureau of International Recycling)
     
    24.01.2014   More details of Fibria's project for the expansion of the Três Lagoas mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Plans for the company’s new fiberline in Mato Grosso do Sul should be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval before the end of June

    Picture: Três Lagoas mill in Mato Grosso do Sul

    Further to the ongoing feasibility studies for the implementation of a new fiberline at its Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul state), on Monday (January 13th), Fibria – Brazil’s world eucalyptus pulp market leader – sat down with 150 representatives of 36 suppliers of pulp industry equipment. The purpose of the meeting was to invite them to participate in the current phase of the project, which should be submitted for approval by the company’s Board of Directors of Fibria before the end of the first half of this year.
    The Fibria's new fiberline in Três Lagoas is expected to have an installed capacity of 1.75 million tons a year. This would bring the unit’s total annual production to 3.05 million tons, making it the largest pulp mill in the world – a position currently occupied by Fibria’s Aracruz Unit (Espírito Santo state), where there are three production lines.
    Fibria installed its first fiberline at Três Lagoas, with an annual production capacity of 1.3 million tons, in 2009, thus pioneering pulp production in a city which is now considered to be the world’s pulp capital.
    Fibria, whose focus is on disciplined growth, intends to take advantage of what it sees as a window of opportunity for setting up new pulp production capacity, subject to market conditions. Fibria’s CEO, Marcelo Castelli, said that "We are planning for the new fiberline to come into operation at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016, when we believe there will be room additional supply to the market, if the current fundamentals continue to apply".
    (Fibria Celulose S/A)
     
    24.01.2014   Kazakhstan Kagazy PLC announces that it is exiting the logistics business to focus on its ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...burgeoning paper & recycling business

    Picture: Tomas Mateos Werner, CEO, Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC

    Kazakhstan Kagazy has agreed to transfer its Class A Warehouse and Container Terminal businesses to Investment Fund of Kazakhstan (“IFK”), as a result of IFK enforcing outstanding debts against the assets of these businesses.
    Despite the profitability of the logistics business, where EBITDA grew from almost zero in 2009 to more than USD 5 million in 2013, and management’s efforts to restructure the IFK loan, the Company was unable to reach a mutually acceptable restructuring solution. This was due to the gulf between the debt capacity of the logistics business and the size of the IFK loan.
    The unsupportable loan was originally drawn down from Development Bank of Kazakhstan (“DBK”) by the Company’s former management and the DBK loan was then purchased by IFK in 2013. The Company has commenced proceedings against former management and shareholders in the London High Court, and alleges that $53.5m of the original DBK loan was misappropriated.

    The Company's CEO, Tomas Mateos Werner, commented:
    "The Class A Warehouse and Container Terminal businesses were unfortunately not profitable enough to carry the IFK debt, which we allege was fraudulently disbursed by the Company’s former shareholders. For over four years we have used the growing cash flow from these businesses to repay the debt. We have also tried to reach a mutually acceptable debt restructuring agreement, which unfortunately has not been possible. Our priority now is to work together with IFK to ensure that the maximum amount of jobs are saved and that service to our clients continues uninterrupted.
    Our key paper & recycling business remains strong, and I look forward to announcing our plans for the development of this business over the coming months.”
    (Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC)
     
    24.01.2014   KBA: Walter Hartmann now head of sheetfed marketing    ( Company news )

    Company news Experienced print expert bolsters KBA team in Radebeul

    With effect from 1 January 2014 Walter Hartmann (51, picture) has taken over as head of marketing for sheetfed offset presses at the Koenig & Bauer (KBA) plant in Radebeul.
    The distinguished print veteran with many years of experience at prominent sheetfed offset firms follows in the footsteps of Jürgen Veil (50), who after 15 successful years at the helm sought new challenges in the sheetfed offset product house. Veil took up the role of key account manager packaging in September 2013.
    After completing an apprenticeship as offset printer and an advanced training as print technician, Walter Hartmann held various positions in sales and internal sales at Köselbuch in Kempten thus gaining in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of a printing house. Born in Allgäu, Hartmann was able to broaden his management expertise further as works manager at AZ Druck und Datentechnik in the 11 years that followed. The book and commercial print enterprise has over 200 employees at its facilities in Berlin and Kempten. In this role he was responsible for all of the technical departments (prepress, printing plant and bindery) and contributed significantly to introducing new technologies and processes in every production field.
    Walter Hartmann got to know many KBA employees from diverse divisions during the selection and installation of one of the first Rapida 105s, an eight-colour press featuring DriveTronic SPC direct drives at the plate cylinders, the world’s first medium-format Rapida with Flying JobChange, and the subsequent open house at AZ Druck. It was this that spurred on his interest in new technologies and to seek new professional challenges, such as those amply offered in marketing at an international press manufacturer.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    24.01.2014   International Scientific Symposium on Applied Interface Chemistry    ( Company news )

    Company news Munich, 25.02.2014 bis 26.02.2014

    OBJECTIVE
    As the previous meeting held in 2010 in Munich, this international conference will promote the exchange of recent findings and developments regarding the understanding, improvement and targeted use of interface phenomena in paper and board production. The scientific program includes lectures of invited speakers as well as oral and poster presentations. Full text manuscripts will be published in a conference book.

    CONTENT
    -Understanding the mechanisms of interface and colloidal phenomena in the paper machine wet end with a view to reducing costs and enhancing productivity
    -Forecasting and controlling the interactions of process additives, functional additives and fibre stock
    -Creating new approaches to the conditioning of machine surfaces and machine clothing
    -Controlling detrimental substances and deposits
    -Tailoring paper characteristics based on interface chemistry mechanism

    TARGET GROUP
    Industry experts and developers from R&D and technology in the fields of paper production, chemical additives, measuring equipment, automation and machinery as well as basic and applied science researchers from pulp and paper science and analytical and polymer chemistry.

    The conference language is English.
    (Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS))
     
    24.01.2014   BASF increases competitiveness of its Performance Products segment through restructuring ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in its paper chemicals business

    - Adjustment of capacities in its European latex manufacturing network and ongoing portfolio optimization

    - Reduction of 250 positions globally by end of 2015

    - Expansion of Center for Sustainable Paper Packaging

    BASF is implementing a series of measures in its paper chemicals business to further strengthen the competitiveness of its Performance Products segment.

    In response to decreasing market demand BASF is adjusting capacities in its European latex manufacturing network and will shut down an annual capacity of 120,000 metric tons in Europe. Customers in Europe will continue to be supplied from three BASF plants in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Pischelsdorf, Austria and Hamina, Finland. In addition, BASF will further optimize its paper chemicals portfolio by evaluating strategic options for its alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) business in Europe and North America.

    At the same time, BASF will adjust marketing, sales and administrative functions in its paper chemicals business to better reflect regional market dynamics. With a global strategic marketing and innovation team BASF will strengthen its customer-oriented product and solutions development and support a faster roll out of new products to help customers improve the efficiency of paper machines and lower their total cost of operations.

    Due to the planned measures approximately 250 positions in production, marketing, sales and administration will be reduced by end of 2015. Consultations with the responsible employee representatives will be conducted.

    While optimizing efficiency in its traditional paper chemicals business, BASF will continue to expand its newly established Center for Sustainable Paper Packaging. “We aim to grow our new business line of sustainable solutions for packaging manufacturers. In this area, licensing of intellectual property, development partnerships and smaller acquisitions are possible,” said Dr. Uwe Liebelt, President of the Paper Chemicals division. Recently, BASF signed an agreement with the French company BT3 technologies S.A.S. to evaluate the joint development of an alternative to wax in corrugated packaging board in order to facilitate recycling.

    “Altogether these measures will position the paper chemicals business to be more responsive to market and customer needs while showing significantly improved profitability. These steps reinforce BASF’s commitment to the paper industry,” continued Liebelt.

    BASF continues to analyze further measures to improve the competitiveness of the Performance Products segment.
    (BASF SE)
     
    23.01.2014   Muller Martini at Druckforum (Printing Forum) in Filderstadt-Bernhausen (January 29): Fit for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... the Future with Digital Ready Systems

    Picture: The Presto II Digital will enable Paul Büetiger AG to remove a production step and further reduce delivery times.

    Following its establishment in the book market, digital printing now also offers new opportunities for saddle stitched products. At this year’s Druckforum (Printing Forum) in Filderstadt-Bernhausen (Germany), Muller Martini will show how modular saddle stitching systems provide a particularly high degree of investment protection.
    Run sizes for magazines, periodicals and brochures are currently falling, while product variety is on the increase. That calls for shorter processing times, which puts the focus increasingly on digital printing in the field of saddle stitching too.
    “Fit for the Digital Future with Modular Systems” is the title of the talk that Adrian Mayr, Product Management Director at Muller Martini, will give on the topic at this year’s Druckforum (January 23 to February 6) on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6 pm in the FILharmonie in Filderstadt-Bernhausen.
    According to Mayr, Muller Martini’s Presto II Digital saddle stitcher is the perfect solution for small and medium-sized enterprises seeking to be fit for the future. “With its modular design, the Presto II Digital is the ideal saddle stitcher. It’s suitable both for graphic arts businesses already printing digitally and for those that are still printing conventionally, but intend to enter digital printing in the future.”

    Speed, Reliability and Flexibility
    Switzerland’s market leader in the printing of healthcare inserts and the company with the second largest share of the pharmaceutical printing market in Switzerland, Paul Büetiger AG in Biberist, has already recognized the benefits of digital ready systems. The company, which specializes in the production of booklets in (ultra) small sizes and runs, finishes both its offset and digitally printed products using a Presto II Digital saddle stitcher from Muller Martini to ensure speed and reliability. The barcode scanner with the automatic signature image recognition Asir scanning head ensures that the products are tipped onto the saddle stitcher chain with the correct make up. Paul Büetiger, company owner and managing director explains: “We can’t even afford an error rate of 0.01 per thousand in the healthcare and pharmaceutical areas because of potential legal consequences.”
    Büetiger AG mainly uses a digital sheet-fed press from Canon/Océ for printing short runs from 50 to a maximum of 1,000 copies. These short runs have gained in significance, in the sense of print on demand, “because our customers want to keep their stock levels as low as possible,” explains Büetiger. More efficient production using the Presto II Digital means that it is possible to produce much more quickly than before and to shorten delivery times. The Presto II Digital with three twinfeeders, a cover folder feeder and belt delivery produces at a maximum of 9,000 cycles per hour, processing up to 30,000 incoming signatures.

    Ready for the Future with Digital Ready
    Companies currently still printing exclusively using the offset method can retrofit their existing saddle stitchers at any time in the future to include the digital option and use them either for digital sheet-fed printing (along the lines of the Büetiger solution using a flat pile feeder, pocket fold unit and processing folder), for digital web printing (using an unwinding system, cross cutting and processing folder) or even for combined sheet-fed/web printing applications. “That’s why the modular saddle stitchers from Muller Martini provide customers with a particularly high degree of investment protection,” says Mayr.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
     
    23.01.2014   ANDRITZ to supply High Energy Recovery Boiler to Mondi Świecie, Poland, as part of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Mondi’s program for energy optimization and environmental protection

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order to supply a High Energy Recovery Boiler (HERB) to Mondi Świecie, Poland. The new ANDRITZ boiler, which is scheduled for start-up at the beginning of 2016, will replace the existing recovery boiler (supplied by ANDRITZ in the 1980s) at the Świecie mill.
    ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER’s HERB offers one of the industry’s highest power-to-heat ratios and operates at higher pressure and temperature than conventional boilers, thus maximizing power generation. The boiler, also designed to minimize emissions, has a capacity of 2,300 tds/d.
    Mondi Świecie is one of the major packaging paper producers for the European corrugated board industries. This order confirms ANDRITZ’s position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced boiler technologies and its long-term good business relationship with Mondi – the international packaging and paper group. During the past two years, Mondi has ordered three ANDRITZ recovery boilers (also for Frantschach, Austria, and Ružomberok, Slovakia, in addition to Świecie) as part of the company’s program for energy optimization and environmental protection.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    23.01.2014   Kemira Oyj lowers its operative EBIT guidance for the fourth quarter of 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira Oyj has lowered its operative EBIT guidance for the fourth quarter of 2013. Kemira's operative EBIT (excluding non-recurring items) was previously expected to be between EUR 42-50 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
    Kemira's updated guidance now indicates that operative EBIT is expected to be between EUR 34-35 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

    Main reasons for the lowered operative EBIT guidance for the fourth quarter of 2013 are as follows.
    - Lower-than-expected contribution from 3F. Kemira closed the acquisition and started consolidation of 3F on October 1, 2013.
    - Higher-than-expected fixed and inventory related costs, especially in the South America region.
    - Increased pension fund related accruals and other pension costs in the EMEA region, mainly due to the ongoing relocation of certain business units.

    Revenue guidance for 2013 remains as previously communicated. Kemira expects revenue in local currencies, excluding divestments to be slightly higher than in 2012.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    23.01.2014   China: YFY PM 3 started-up with Voith’s environmentally friendly and energy-efficient Technology    ( Company news )

    Company news - Annual output to exceed 450,000 metric tons with turnover of ca. 145 million €
    - Saves 20% electricity and 12% water, contributing to sustainable development of China

    The PM 3, supplied by Voith to YFY Paper Mfg. Co. Ltd., has successfully started-up in Yangzhou, China. The YFY PM 3 produces packaging paper with an annual output capacity of 450,000 metric tons and an annual turnover of 145 million €.
    Voith supplied its sustainable paper-making technology to the YFY PM 3. Compared to traditional paper-making machines, the YFY PM 3 reduces electricity and water consumption by 20% and 12%, respectively, per ton of paper it produces. That has helped the customer to improve its energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. The YFY PM 3 is also the first machine in China to make paper from 100% domestically recovered paper. Chinese paper manufacturers used to rely heavily on imported recovered paper as a raw material.
    Voith signed the contract with YFY Paper Mfg. (Yangzhou), a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Yuen Foong Yu Paper Manufacturing Group, in December 2011. In addition, Voith supplied two R2S anaerobic reactors, which have been used on both the YFY PM 2 and PM 3. Such reactors convert dissolved organic contaminants into biogas with a high calorific value, which can then be used for the generation of steam or power to continue contributing to the manufacturing process. The YFY PM 2, also supplied by Voith, went into operation in 2007, producing corrugated medium and linerboard.
    With an increasing number of countries formulating regulations to reduce the use of plastics for packaging, there has been a marked rise in demand for packaging paper worldwide. According to market research agency RISI, the total global annual output of board and packaging paper is expected to reach 230 million tons, with Asia Pacific accounting for almost half of this. Voith Paper has supported Chinese paper manufacturers with a number of advanced and environmentally friendly solutions, which are very innovative in terms of the treatment of raw materials, waste, and sewage.
    Delivery of the YFY PM 3 is part of Voith Paper’s ongoing efforts to contribute to the sustainable development of the papermaking industry in China. The paper made by the PM 3, which will mainly be used for food packaging, does not contain any virgin wood pulp since it uses domestically recovered paper as a raw material, reducing the consumption of natural resources, energy, as well as operating costs.
    Ming Ming Liu, President and CEO of Voith Paper Asia Pacific, said: “China is undoubtedly one of the most important markets for Voith Paper. In particular, we believe our packaging paper machines have a great deal of untapped potential in this country. We are committed to contributing to the sustainable development of China’s papermaking industry by increasing our investment and introducing our industry-leading solutions to win the trust of our customers here.”
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    23.01.2014   MWV Announces Program to Accelerate Profitability and Cash Flow     ( Company news )

    Company news -Targets Incremental Annual Cost Savings of $100 to $125 million, with at Least $75 million to be Realized in 2014
    -Expects to Return $700 million to Shareholders, including Proceeds from the Forestland Assets Sale
    -Fourth Quarter EPS Expected to be in Line with Current Analyst Consensus

    Picture: John A. Luke, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) announced a new program to generate increased earnings and cash flow from its packaging businesses. The program is expected to deliver annual pre-tax cost savings of $100 to $125 million by the end of 2015, with at least $75 million expected to be realized in 2014. Key elements of the program include:
    -Implementing a leaner organization design across the packaging businesses to simplify the structure and speed decision making
    -Aligning the corporate infrastructure to the revenue base
    -Reassessing participation to focus on business lines and markets within packaging that provide the greatest opportunity for profitable growth
    -Prioritizing capital on the highest return projects to improve free cash flow

    “We have made good progress and continue to see significant potential in driving profitable growth in our targeted markets through our four growth pillars - commercial excellence, innovation, emerging markets and expanded participation,” said John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV. “We are eager to accelerate our progress and substantially improve our margins and cash flow through a more streamlined and efficient organization and cost structure. We are seeing measurable success with our previously announced cost reduction initiatives, and this new program will further improve our performance in packaging.
    “These initiatives, coupled with the increasingly strong performance in our Specialty Chemicals business, will generate significant progress this year in the form of increased earnings and free cash flow, as well as solidify the establishment of a leading business platform that we expect will deliver consistently growing returns to shareholders,” added Luke.
    The program savings are in addition to MWV’s previously announced overhead reduction actions targeting $75 million to $80 million by the end of 2014. Total combined annual cost savings from the two programs is expected to reach more than $200 million (before program-related charges) by the end of 2015, with at least an additional $75 million expected in 2014 from the new program. Free cash flow (cash flow after capital expenditures) is expected to increase by at least $100 million in 2014 from higher expected after-tax earnings and a $50 million reduction in capital expenditures to approximately $350 million.
    By the end of 2015, MWV expects to have significantly improved the EBITDA margins of the Food & Beverage and Home, Health & Beauty packaging segments. Industrial Packaging, after initial start-up costs associated with the expansion of the Tres Barras mill in Brazil, is performing well and is expected to achieve EBITDA margins of at least 25 percent by the end of 2014.
    MWV has already begun implementing key components of the program, which the company began formulating in connection with the sale of its forestland assets to Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (Dec. 6, 2013). Dr. Robert K. Beckler, who recently relocated to Richmond, Va., from Brazil to assume broader business responsibilities within MWV, is leading all aspects of the new program. Beckler has been with MWV for more than 26 years, including as president of MWV Rigesa and president of MWV Specialty Chemicals.
    “Bob’s success in leading MWV’s business expansion in Brazil and transformation of our Specialty Chemicals segment to an industry leading, market-focused business positions him well for these important initiatives,” continued Luke.
     
    23.01.2014   World Biomass Power Markets / 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news With World Biomass Power Markets now less than 2 weeks away, we wanted to get a sense from the market of the main themes being foreseen for the coming 12 months.

    What are your predications for 2014?
    In January, we surveyed a number of leading project developers, power producers and process technologists working in biomass and residues-to-power to garner their thoughts on the year ahead. We promised they would not be quoted and thus they were free to be as forthright as possible.
    Here are the major trends that emerged from those conversations.
    In Large-Scale – the picture is still very unclear. Though the UK will remain the major market of interest, the closure of Tilbury and the uncertainty surrounding Eggborough and Lynemouth will undoubtedly provoke serious reservations amongst major investors and developers. Hope remains that once meat is put on the bones of the CfD system, biomass will be shown to have the clear support of the UK government but until that time, there is a lot of uncertainty and supposition in the market. The MGT, Helius and Forth Energy projects provide potential rays of sunshine and it is hoped considerable progress is made by all throughout 2014. Drax continues to be the name on everyone’s lips and there is particular interest in how their CCS project will be integrated and developed.
    Beyond the UK the Netherlands and Germany will remain markets of interest but ones with major obstacles to overcome and no real new large projects on the horizon. Scandinavia will remain strong and it will be interesting to see the developments at the new large Fortum plant in Stockholm. Polish co-firing and potential conversions offer an interesting area of development and it is hoped further progress will be made developing the Russian and CIS pelleting sector.
    At mid-level – project pipelines look much more robust. Throughout Europe, wood fired projects are being developed in the 10-30MW category and a sector of particular interest is bespoke plants for industrial cogeneration. The emphasis on CHP and the utilisation of all energy generated will continue to be a major focus for governments looking to build their biopower policy atop stronger, clearer green foundations but it is hoped that governments gain more understanding of the difficulties in implementing CHP into projects, especially retrospectively.
    One major trend to keep an eye on is the emergence of alternative feedstock fired plants: particularly straw.
    Waste-to-Energy Power Generation – continues to evolve at an incredible pace and provides perhaps the most viable opportunities across the spectrum of biopower projects. Industrial residue-fired projects remain interesting as technologies widen the number of bio-residues that could potentially be used for power generation. However, it is surely in the Municipal Solid Waste sector where lies the true game-changing opportunity to create value and generate abundant power. For this opportunity to be realised local and national governments across the world will need to be educated as to the possibilities. At the same time, the industry itself must continue to strive for improved efficiencies in both conversion and logistics but there is clear progress on virtually a monthly basis towards both these goals.
    That’s what our quick pop quiz of experts thought about the next 12 months. What do you think?
    Join us in February for the 2nd Annual World Biomass Power Markets congress and exhibition: the event that brings together the entire spectrum of the biopower generation projects, from 1-300MW, from Brazil to China, from biomass grower to power utility.

    I look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam.
    Kind regards,
    Josh
    Josh Green
    Event Manager
    Green Power Conferences
    Tel: +44 (0)20 3355 4211
    Email: joshua.green@greenpowerconferences.com
    (Green Power Conferences)
     
    23.01.2014   Rotating Joints    ( Company news )

    Company news This brochure provides a comprehensive overview of the range of rotating joints and swivel joints offered by Haag + Zeissler Maschinenelemente. For each model, the technical specifications are given as well as the recommended applications, i.e. type of medium, maximum pressure, temperature and speed.
    (Haag + Zeissler Maschinenelemente GmbH)
     
    22.01.2014   UPM closes down the UPM Docelles fine paper mill in France    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM will permanently close down the Docelles paper mill in France. Employee information and consultation negotiations were completed on December 13, 2013 and Social Plan was approved by French authorities on January 13, 2014. UPM offers support to employees in order to alleviate the effects caused by staff reductions in relation to the closing of the mill. The Docelles mill employs 161 people.
    The plan of sale or other exit of the UPM Docelles mill was originally announced on 17 January 2013. It is part of UPM’s plan to adjust its graphic paper capacity and support operations to match the declining demand in Europe.
    The production will cease by the end of January 2014. With the closure of the mill UPM will reduce a total of 160 000 tons of its fine paper capacity.
    “UPM has been conducting an active search for a buyer which could offer a credible future for the mill. Unfortunately this search did not result in a binding, credible offer for the mill. However, UPM is still open to consider the sale of Docelles mill machinery and property,” says Petteri Kalela, Senior Vice President of UPM Paper ENA.
    UPM booked charges of EUR 25 million as special items in Q4/2013 operating profit related to the restructuring of the mill.
    (UPM)
     
    22.01.2014   Resumption of the LWC production at the paper machine 4 in Perlen    ( Company news )

    Company news After the fire end of October 2013 at the winder of the LWC line, the
    production of PM4 at Perlen Papier AG has been successfully resumed on
    December 19th.
    Based on good planning of the repair works and active support of partner companies it was possible to complete the repairs ahead of schedule. The printing test made after the start up of the paper machine 4, show best results regarding runnability and printability of the paper.
    We would like to thank all our customers for their support and comprehension in this very difficult situation.
    All LWC types PERLENTOP gloss and satin are again available with immediate effect.
    (Perlen Papier AG)
     
    22.01.2014   Sappi: Chief Executive Officer to step down due to ill-health    ( Company news )

    Company news It is with deep regret that the board of directors (“the board”) of Sappi Limited announced that the CEO of the company, Ralph Boëttger (picture), will be relinquishing his position as CEO and director on 30 June 2014. Ralph, who has been with Sappi as CEO for almost 7 years, has been diagnosed with a serious illness and has taken the decision to step down.
    Dr Danie Cronjé, Chairman of the board of Sappi Limited, said: “I personally and on behalf of the board and everyone at Sappi, express our heartfelt thanks to Ralph for the sterling work he has done in leading Sappi through a particularly challenging period in the company’s proud history. Under Ralph’s leadership the group has been transformed. A clear strategy and sound action plans are in place; the major projects to re-position the group have been successfully completed and are operational, leaving the company in a position for growth into the future.
    “A process is in place to identify Ralph’s successor and to allow for a timeous and smooth hand-over.
    “On behalf of us all I wish Ralph and his family all the very best for the future.”
    Commenting on his decision, Ralph said: “I deeply regret having to make this decision at this time as I am convinced that Sappi stands on the cusp of a period of strong performance and exciting growth. However, I believe that spending my time with my family has become the priority and that it is in the best interest of the company and of my family for me to step down as announced. I would like to thank Dr Cronjé, the board of Sappi and every single employee for their support and dedication in re-positioning Sappi for a great future.”
    (Sappi Limited)
     
    22.01.2014   Hohner buys Ernst Nagel Bookletmaker Division    ( Company news )

    Company news Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH, the Tuttlingen based German post-press machinery manufacturer acquired the bookletmaker division of Ernst Nagel GmbH Stuttgart on January, 15th 2014.
    Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH, established in 1930, established its reputation in the first place by manufacturing small wire stitching machines and high precision stitching heads. Their enviable reputation still places them as a global market leader today.
    The acquisition of the bookletmaker division of Ernst Nagel GmbH heralds an important strategic step in Hohner's history and future development. Nagel has been a manufacturer of post-press equipment since 1920 and not only they are well known for their "Foldnak" product range within the traditional graphics industry but have also achieved a significant international market share in the digital post-press market.
    For this reason the acquired product portfolio will complete the existing range of possibilities from Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH, enabling greater penetration into additional target markets. An ongoing development of Hohner stitching products has been focused in particular on the permanently growing digital finishing sector of the printing industry. The direction of production in today’s market means that printers need flexibility due to the influx of small and diversified orders one day and longer runs the next. Hohner will not, however, proceed with the complete product range of Ernst Nagel Bookletmakers. The plan will be to slightly reduce and adapt the original portfolio with regard to Hohner’s desired market penetration and existing business relationships.
    Engineering, production and assembling will all be integrated within the headquarters of Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH GmbH in Tuttlingen with their 110 employees. This important factor guarantees continued German manufacturing precision - an essential detail to which Hohner pays much attention.
    The first presentation of new Hohner Foldnak machines will take place at Ipex 2014 from March, 24th - 29th in London. Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH is delighted to announce this perfect complement to their range, enabling Hohner to offer the complete scope of stitching solutions to not only printers both large and small, but in both Litho and Digital sectors of the market. Hohner very much view this as the next step in their story of success, epitomizing the saying "Hohner - perfection in postpress".
    (Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH)
     
    22.01.2014   Pulp Manufacturer Cleans Up With Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Fox River Fiber Reduces Its Carbon Footprint From Pulp Operations

    Fox River Fiber has begun utilizing a $7 million wastewater pre-treatment facility designed to reduce the company’s environmental impact from its pulp manufacturing operations.
    The De Pere, Wisconsin-based company is a leader among pulp manufacturers in turning post consumer fiber into high-quality pulp for environmentally conscious companies.
    The on-site anaerobic digesting system creates cleaner industrial wastewater prior to releasing it to the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District. The company plans to sell the recovered biological solids to other anaerobic treatment facilities for use as seed in treatment towers.
    (Fox River Fiber Co)
     
    22.01.2014   Pelikan Holding AG: Publication of an Ad-Hoc announcement    ( Company news )

    Company news Pelikan Holding AG announces that Pelikan Holding AG Group will acquire the German and Austrian sales business as well as administrative functions of Herlitz PBS AG with effect from 01 March 2014.
    This strategic step is devoted to strengthen the market position of the Pelikan Group as well as to achieve improvements in its results.
    (Pelikan Holding AG)
     

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