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    22.12.2014   Lecta’s New 'AIR' Calendar    ( Company news )

    Company news Air, in all its immensity, stretching across vast Australian spaces is featured in Lecta’s new 2015 calendar.
    Air, the one element of nature we cannot see, is also one of the most fundamental. Lecta closes its series of calendars based on the four elements with a selection of twelve vibrant “air” color photographs.
    The papers chosen for printing the “AIR 2015” Calendar were Lecta’s CreatorStar and GardaGloss Art, specifically designed for the most demanding commercial and publishing print users. Thanks to their smooth surface and outstanding gloss, the tones are bold and the resulting full-color prints are nothing short of exceptional.
    All the photographs in the new calendar are available as screensavers that can be downloaded free of charge on the Lecta Group company websites.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    22.12.2014   Ahlstrom's employee negotiations completed in Kauttua     ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a high performance fiber-based materials company, announces that it has completed the co-operation negotiations with employee representatives at its Kauttua production line in Finland. The conclusion of the negotiations is to close down the production line in Kauttua during the second quarter of 2015.

    The Kauttua plant manufactures base paper for masking tape. As there is significant overcapacity globally in the masking tape markets, especially in Europe, Ahlstrom has sought ways to improve the efficiency of its masking tape business. Ahlstrom manufactures base paper for masking tape also in Pont-Audemer, France and Longkou, China. The consolidation of the company's masking tape production is part of the earlier announced rightsizing program.

    The Kauttua production line is part of Ahlstrom's Food business area and it employs 21 people, whose employment will be terminated as the line will be closed down. The company will make every effort to support the employees affected.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    22.12.2014   Mimaki Demonstrates the Power of Promotional Print at PSI 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, is taking its European-wide Let’s Create… Together showcase to PSI in Düsseldorf, Germany, from January 7 to 9, 2015. The focus of the show is promotional products.

    Mimaki will be at booth 12B13 in the Technology Forum at the show, placing the spotlight on the array of possibilities its broad product line delivers for companies looking to add value, expand their solutions portfolios and develop a deeper conversation with existing and new customers.

    “Innovation and imagination are essential tools that creatives in the promotional products market require in order to develop effective promotional items that achieve results,” states Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “Often this demands fast turnaround, short-run campaigns. Achieving this cost effectively is key to the overall success of a campaign. That’s why our high quality, flexible and affordable systems are designed to ensure affordable and creative results.”

    He continues, “What this show truly highlights is how print remains central to any communications campaign no matter what the size. Printed products, whether on paper, promotional items or a variety of other materials, can deliver highly impactful messaging that stays with the recipient long after the campaign has ended. They can be the stand-out element in any promotion, from personalized pieces to runs of thousands. Mimaki has solutions that can handle it all. Reed Exhibitions, the organiser of the show, relies on Mimaki to print the decoration for the walls around the demonstration area, textile area and PSI Gusto. We could not ask for a better proof source!”

    A Mimaki solution for every promotional challenge
    Mimaki’s JFX200-2513 UV LED flatbed printer will be the booth flagship at PSI. It runs at 25 meters per hour and has a maximum print area of 2.5m x 1.3m. Its newly-developed ink supply unit speeds up ink replacement. Mimaki’s LUS-150 newly formulated CMYK LED curing ink with high speed curing properties maximises results. This ink is flexible up to 150% and delivers unmatched elasticity on a wide variety of media and substrates without the cured ink cracking or fracturing during handling, cutting or other post-print processing. At the show, the JFX200-2513 UV printer will also be equipped with white ink and clear varnish, allowing the creation of multiple effects on 200-300 items in one go.

    Fundamental to the performance of Mimaki printers is their ability to print on a huge variety of materials. For example, the UJF-3042 HG LED Flatbed Printer can print directly onto substrates up to 150mm thick for end uses ranging from coloured pencils to USB sticks. At the show, it will be equipped with the Kebab Option that uses rotary rollers to enable print to be placed on the entire surface of cylindrical items made from a wide range of materials and in a variety of sizes. With user-friendly print settings and functions, plus its intuitive operation, it can be easily introduced into any print production environment for the innovative personalisation of items, from candles to bottles and more.

    Mimaki’s A2 format UJF-6042 UV LED Flatbed Printer is ideal for a host of applications, including gifts and novelties, 3D lenticular, photo albums and name plates. It assures photo-quality 1800 x 1800 dpi print reproduction on an almost limitless range of materials, objects and substrates up to 150mm thick.

    Also on display is the CJV150-75 print and cutting solution, Mimaki’s highly functional entry-level model. It fuses high quality inkjet technology and silver, orange and light black inks to ensure premium quality. The CG-60SRIII cutting plotters feature best-in-class cutting pressure of 500g, significantly increasing the range of materials that can be processed.

    Full service cooperation
    Mimaki’s successful long-term cooperation with Gravograph will also be highlighted at the booth during the show. This specialist in engraving, marking and laser cutting works on a range of materials including aluminum, brass, bronze, plastic, plexiglass, glass, and PVC, and is an ideal and complementary partner for Mimaki.

    Horsten concludes, “The Mimaki solutions, from entry level up, are aimed at delivering short run value-added customisation and personalisation as well as high quality long run cost effective results. With our broad array of capabilities, Mimaki can address almost any market need and ensure that even the most imaginative of campaigns can be brought to life - quickly, easily and affordably.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    19.12.2014   Voith's SensoTension LC ensures reliable operation and precise wire tensioning    ( Company news )

    Company news With the SensoTension LC Voith has launched a new sensor on the market that measures and controls the tension of wires and press felts precisely, safely and reliably. The sensors of the new system are suitable for use in the former, press and dryer sections of paper, board and tissue machines.

    The SensoTension LC’s special features include its dual-channel design and signal filtering and amplification integrated into the sensor. The dual-channel system sets the product apart from conventional sensor systems. Thanks to the redundancy provided it ensures constant wire and press felt tension and therefore also ensures the maximum possible reliability in paper manufacture. Unlike conventional systems, the signal filtering and amplification are integrated into the sensor ensuring high measuring accuracy and preventing transmission errors.

    SensoTension LC is suitable for use at temperatures of up to 120°C and is offered in a rugged stainless steel design. The new SensoTension LC measuring and control system is designed for use with the Voith tensioning systems SensoTension P for the press and SensoTension DE for the dryer section, but can also be combined with wire tensioning systems from other manufacturers.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    19.12.2014   Xerium Introduces New Generation Genesis XTi and Genesis APi Calender Roll Cover Technology    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched a new generation of Genesis calender roll cover technology. Genesis XTi and Genesis APi are the latest additions to the industry-leading Genesis family of roll covers. The new Genesis covers are specifically engineered to provide improved wear resistance and fracture toughness in demanding calender applications requiring the highest gloss. In addition, due to its unique design, this cover delivers these improved factors while continuing to deliver the industry leading high ductility.

    “The roll technology team is proud to unveil yet another step change in roll cover performance on these demanding calender applications. Genesis XTi and Genesis APi roll cover technologies were developed to address our customers’ requests for increased life and improved roll durability,” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “Composite calender covers operate under the most demanding load conditions for nipped roll covers and these new generations of Genesis covers have been developed to improve crack and barring resistance while ensuring maximum gloss for critical grades. We are continually striving for innovations enabling our customers to achieve new performance levels by applying our technology.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    19.12.2014   Munksjö Oyj: Munksjö plans to reorganise its sales organisation    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö plans to simplify its sales organisation by reorganising certain sales functions. The reorganisation is subject to consultation and approval processes in accordance with local legislation in the countries affected. The overall model is one customer service hub per Business Area in Europe, and Group sales offices in Brazil, China, the US and Russia. By moving Customer service closer to supply and planning, pooling resources and avoiding sales office costs, Munksjö would improve profitability and the supply chain process would be more
    efficient.
    As a result some regional offices may be closed or have a reduction in the number of employees. The following sales offices would be affected by the changes; Wavre in Belgium, Lingolsheim, Pont Eveque, and Fontenay-sous-Bois in France, Munich in Germany, Legnano and Turin in Italy and Spain.
    The number of employees affected by the reorganisation would be approximately 30. The planned reorganisation would commence during 2015 and the expected annual savings are approximately EUR 1-1.5 million of which a majority would be realised by 2016, adding to structural savings in the sales network realized already during 2014. The Group will record a non-recurring cost for the reorganisation of approximately EUR 2.5 million in the fourth quarter 2014 and the majority of the related cash outflow is expected to occur during 2015. The previously estimated costs in relation to the synergy and integration activities are lower than expected and as a result the group will record a non-recurring income of approximately EUR 1.5 million in the same quarter.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    19.12.2014   Finch Paper To Invest Over $20mm in Uncoated Paper Facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Finch Paper receives an economic development grant from New York State that will strengthen the company’s competitive position in uncoated freesheet paper

    Finch Paper LLC, manufacturer of uncoated papers including flagship Finch Opaque and Finch Fine®, has announced a plan to invest $20 million in its Glens Falls, NY, manufacturing campus. An important component of the plan includes funding from public-private partnerships, as awarded today by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo upon the recommendation of the state’s Capital Region Economic Development Council (REDC).

    Finch Paper LLC is a leading Opaque paper manufacturer, whose investment strategy is designed to increase its reliability and flexibility in the paper markets it serves while sustaining and growing vital manufacturing jobs in the Capital District and Adirondack region of New York State.

    During a time of rapid change in the industry, Finch Paper is planning to invest in these critical areas: its wood processing and converting operations, its pulp mill, and the company’s largest paper machine. State-of-the-art equipment and asset upgrades in the company’s woodyard operation will have many benefits including improvements in safety, chip quality and fiber yield. The new equipment will use much less fuel and electricity and is expected to stimulate additional investments among Finch’s wood suppliers.

    Finch Paper will also upgrade the pulp mill’s distributive control system. Finch operates one of only two ammonia based bi-sulphite (ABBS) pulp mills in the country which produces an exceptionally high-bright pulp while minimizing odors at its downtown location.

    Today’s announcement by New York’s Capital District REDC was also the critical component needed to engineer, build and install a new headbox on Finch’s largest paper machine. This major investment secures the company’s competitive position, improving both quality and efficiency while lowering the cost structure. “Finch and New York State have the ability to compete on a global scale,” Finch Paper President & CEO Debabrata Mukherjee said. “This investment is a celebration of our 150-year anniversary and will ignite the commitment we need to win for the next 150 years.”

    Finch Paper is making additional investment in energy efficiency. Collaborating with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Finch’s goal is to make further reductions in gas and electric consumption and the company’s corresponding carbon footprint. Finch Paper produces two-thirds of its energy needs through on-site renewable resources with the balance coming from natural gas. Already Boiler MACT compliant, Finch is in an ideal position to invest in continuous improvement projects and assets that add value to their business and their customers’ businesses.
    (Finch Paper LLC)
     
    19.12.2014   ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION launch a resounding success    ( Company news )

    Company news On the 5 & 6 November 2014, over 450 delegates attended the launch of the much anticipated new press from Manroland Sheetfed.
    At the company's Print Technology Centre in Offenbach, Germany the ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION was unveiled to wide acclaim.

    Photo: Over 450 delegates attended the event from around the world

    With it's sleek and futuristic new look, the state-of-the-art EVOLUTION incorporates a raft of technological developments the company says will give printers unprecedented levels of efficiency, productivity, operation and quality.
    The event drew delegates from as far afield as USA, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Canada and the UK, together with most European countries.
    Demand was so strong that the event had to be extended from one to two days.Even then applications to attend had to be closed with many interested parties disappointed. The company plans to run a series of seminars to show the new press early next year.

    Rafael Peñuela, Manroland Sheetfed group's CEO, said that despite the old company's troubles in 2011, the new Manroland Sheetfed had been (albeit modestly) profitable in every year since and placed the new press firmly in the context of the company's tradition of industry-leading technology:
    “Manroland has been known for its legendary technological development, from the first rapid press Albatross in 1875 to the launch of Direct Drive technology in 2007. Today I am proud to present another milestone in our long tradition of technological progress in the printing industry – the ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION.”
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    19.12.2014   Sappi Europe appoints new Sales and Marketing Director ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for the Speciality Papers Division

    Picture: From left to right: Berry Wiersum – Rosemarie Asquino – Thomas Kratochwill

    Thomas Kratochwill will continue expanding the Speciality Papers Division and further strengthen Sappi Europe's position as a competence centre for speciality papers and boards

    Sappi Europe announces the appointment of Thomas Kratochwill (45 years old) as the new Sales and Marketing Director for Speciality Papers. Austrian-born financial and corporate strategist Kratochwill will take over at the beginning of 2015 from his predecessor Rosemarie Asquino who, after 38 successful years at Sappi, is entering retirement. Beginning in 2001, Aquino played a vital role in the growth of Sappi Speciality Papers, positioning Sappi as a clear market leader. Her deep trade knowledge and many years of experience, as well as her ability to develop and nurture strong partnerships, was valued by the Sappi team and its clients. In taking over this role, Kratochwill will continuing to expand the Speciality Papers Division at Sappi and further strengthen Sappi Europe's position as a leading competence centre for speciality papers and boards.

    "We thank Rosemarie Asquino for her outstanding work. She has revolutionised the Speciality Papers Division at Sappi. Recently she was critical in designing and implementing the 60 million euro expansion of PM2," says Berry Wiersum, Chief Executive Officer at Sappi Europe. "As we move into the future, we will be placing our full trust in her successor, Thomas Kratochwill. With his natural vigour and expertise, he will take the Speciality Papers Division at Sappi to a new level and implement the agreed-upon strategy in full." Rosemarie Asquino will be available until the end of July 2015 as an advisor on strategic issues.

    "My personal motto is: first listen, understand the customer, and then implement together. In this way, we can be an approachable and innovative partner in the tailor-made customer solutions sector, providing top quality and the highest service level. Packaging manufacturers, brand owners, designers and print finishers are set to profit even more intensively from the fact that Sappi is more than just a packaging material manufacturer", says Thomas Kratochwill. This includes innovative and sustainable product development that even more closely meets the requirements of today's packaging supply chain. With the higher production capacities from the PM2 expansion, Sappi is also strengthening its position as a long-term partner and manufacturer of consistently high quality paper and carton.

    Thomas Kratochwill joined Sappi in 1995 in the Finance department, following his studies at KPMG. He soon became involved in financial systems and process optimisation methods, where he managed several system migration projects as a result of business expansion. In 2010, he succeeded Alex Thiel as project director, and in this role successfully led and implemented significant transformation initiatives for the group. Thomas Kratochwill is known for his pursuit of efficiency and his very structured approach to achieving objectives on time.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    19.12.2014   Antitrust: Commission fines five envelope producers over € 19.4 million in cartel settlement    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Commission has fined Bong (of Sweden), GPV and Hamelin (both of France), Mayer-Kuvert (of Germany) and Tompla (of Spain) a total of €19 485 000 for coordinating prices and allocating customers of certain types of envelopes, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Given their cooperation in the investigation, Tompla, Hamelin and Mayer-Kuvert/GPV (the GPV assets/entities involved in the cartel were acquired by Mayer-Kuvert after the cartel had ended) benefited from fine reductions under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice. Since all undertakings agreed to settle the case with the Commission, their fines were reduced by a further 10% each.

    Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in charge of competition policy said: "For over four years, instead of competing with each other these companies agreed to artificially increase prices for envelopes across a number of Member States."

    She added: "Everybody uses envelopes. When cartelists raise the prices of every day household objects they do so at the expense of millions of Europeans. The Commission's fight against cartels penalises such behaviour and also acts as a deterrent, protecting consumers from harm. On this case we have closed the envelope, sealed it and returned it to the sender with a clear message: don't cheat your customers, don't cartelise."

    In September 2010, the Commission started an investigation on its own initiative. The investigation showed that the overall aim of the cartel was to allocate customers and coordinate prices for the sale of standard/catalogue and special printed envelopes. These were typically bought by stationary distributors and large companies in Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Through a series of multilateral and bilateral meetings orchestrated at top management level, the cartelists coordinated their responses to tenders launched by major European customers, agreed on price increases and exchanged commercially sensitive information.

    The infringement started in October 2003 (except for Hamelin which joined the cartel in November 2003) and lasted until April 2008 for all participants.
    (European Commission)
     
    19.12.2014   Restructuring and Staff Reductions in the Corporate Business Areas Engineering, Maintenance ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...and Lenzing Technik as well as Repositioning of Lenzing Technik

    The Lenzing Group is resolutely and systematically counteracting the ongoing difficult market conditions in the global fiber industry on the basis of its cost optimization program as it reported on the occasion of publishing its business results for the first three quarters of 2014. The organizational optimization measures launched one year ago at all sites and in all business areas are having a positive impact. The results achieved up until now are encouraging but by far insufficient to offset the decline in viscose fiber selling prices on the international marketplace.

    Lenzing continues to anticipate good volume demand for all man-made cellulose fibers. However, fiber selling prices on the global market are not expected to recover in upcoming quarters. This development is also attributable to the substantial decline in polyester fiber prices as a result of the massive oil price decrease, and the expected longer-lasting period of low or at least volatile cotton prices as a consequence of the surplus supply of Chinese cotton.

    For these reasons, the Lenzing Group will not implement any major new projects at the Lenzing site or abroad in the foreseeable future which are designed to expand its viscose fiber production capacities. The investment volume of the company will be adjusted to reflect the current market situation and will be significantly reduced in the subsequent years. This should contribute to improving the supply situation on the international viscose fiber market, which the company would like to sustainably profit from in its role as one of the world’s largest producers.

    Due to the successful completion of the new TENCEL® fiber plant in Lenzing and the reduced investment volume, technical planning and production capacities cannot be maintained at current levels, especially at the Lenzing site. This necessitates a reorganization of Lenzing’s internal engineering and maintenance business areas and its subsidiary Lenzing Technik GmbH. Organizational structures in these areas have to be adjusted to future requirements.

    All in all, the restructuring measures will impact up to 250 jobs (including one-third temporary staff), mainly at the Lenzing site. The distribution of the job cuts among the various sites will be determined by the beginning of 2015 within the context of a project which is already under way. In this connection, Lenzing will try to avoid layoffs and strive to reach a mutually acceptable solution with the affected employees as it succeeded in doing within the context of the first cost optimization program. During initial talks on this issue held with the Lenzing Works Council, Lenzing agreed to extend the current redundancy program (social plan) and to offer the possibility for employees newly affected by the downsizing to transfer to the Lenzing Labor Foundation.

    At the same time, Lenzing is working on a strategic reorientation of its subsidiary Lenzing Technik GmbH to enable it to focus more strongly on the external market in the future.
    (Lenzing Papier GmbH)
     
    18.12.2014   Elopak launches beverage cartons featuring renewable polyethylene     ( Company news )

    Company news Elopak has announced the launch of beverage cartons featuring certified renewable polyethylene (PE). A wide range of Elopak cartons featuring renewable PE will be commercially available in the coming months, making Elopak the first company to offer beverage cartons with renewable coating to the European market. As an industry first, Elopak uses second generation renewable PE, made of European-sourced biomass not in competition with food supply.

    Elopak aims to replace all fossil-based raw materials with renewable alternatives as part of its ambitious Future Proofed Packaging Strategy. “This is a key milestone in Elopak’s efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our products. We have a vision to deliver products with zero net impact on the environment, and this is an important step towards that goal”, says Elopak’s CEO Niels Petter Wright.

    With this move, Elopak is working in partnership with key customers wanting to boost the environmental merits of their packaging. An increased use of bio-based PE helps reduce the use of fossil-based materials. In addition, this reduces one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions in the beverage carton value chain.

    “The beverage carton is the environmentally superior packaging choice, consisting of at least 75% renewable paperboard derived from responsibly managed forests. The remaining materials are mostly made of polyethylene, a polymer usually produced from fossil-based raw materials. Renewable PE brings us much closer to our vision of a 100% renewable carton. At the same time, we are further reducing the carbon footprint of the carton; a footprint which was already best in class within beverage packaging”, says Kristian Hall, Director Corporate Environment at Elopak.

    Bio-based plastics are generally made from crops; however in this case the renewable or bio-based PE is produced from biomass from second generation feedstock. This is locally sourced within Europe and is not in competition with human food supply. In addition, the bio-based PE is certified through the entire value chain, by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system (ISCC PLUS). ISCC PLUS sets strict requirements for sustainability and traceability through the entire value chain, with chain of custody certification based on a mass balance system.
    (Elopak AS)
     
    18.12.2014   Reinhard Marschall succeeds Ramona Weiß-Weber - Management change at KBA Deutschland    ( Company news )

    Company news With effect from 1 January 2015 a new managing director will take the reins at KBA Deutschland. Reinhard Marschall (photo, 49) succeeds Ramona Weiß-Weber at the helm of Koenig & Bauer’s German sales and service subsidiary for sheetfed offset presses. The previous managing director has left the company after three years to pursue new challenges.

    Following many successful years in sales at another press manufacturer, Reinhard Marschall joined KBA-Mödling in 2010 as sales manager for KBA sheetfed offset presses in Austria and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Over the last four years he was able to win a raft of new clients in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia for KBA’s innovative Rapida sheetfed offset presses with his wealth of experience in the industry, high degree of commitment, technical expertise and close ties to customers. This is in addition to supporting the many existing users and expanding KBA’s market share as the world’s second-largest press manufacturer. Reinhard Marschall has a very good reputation in the market and he will continue to be available as a contact for his customers in Austria and the Balkans.

    Given the ongoing structural changes in the print industry as the new managing director of KBA Deutschland he aims to ramp up communication with clients in order to find potential improvements in production areas. This is in addition to strengthening the regional focus of sales and service activities. Alongside its headquarters in Radebeul near Dresden this KBA subsidiary has offices in Würzburg (KBA-Süd) and in the future in Austria (KBA-Mödling) and Serbia (KBA Süd Ost). The German region of North Rhine-Westphalia will also be served by trading firm Heinrich Steuber in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

    Along with the usual consultation, sales and service activities associated with Rapida sheetfed offset presses, KBA Deutschland with its some 90 staff offer a host of further products and services. These include practical maintenance, upgrade, retrofit and spare part packages for users grouped under the heading KBA Service Select, workflow and MIS systems including the associated consulting under the general heading of KBA Complete as well as optimised consumables from KBA PressConsum portfolio.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    18.12.2014   New Tintoretto Gesso Greaseproof from Manter     ( Company news )

    Company news An exclusive self-adhesive paper for the manufacturing of Extra Virgin Olive Oil labels, which not only provides the product with exceptional aesthetic qualities, but furthermore instantly eliminates the problem of oil stains.

    The best of both aesthetic excellence and technological advances are combined in this ecological pure cellulose paper (ECF), uncoated, felt-marked and greaseproof.

    A smooth texture, but with character, elegance and sobriety, capable of conveying all the sensitive and emotive qualities of a top-range, high quality product such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A new tool enabling producers and packers to opt for something different in a market which is becoming more and more characterised by the need for unique products with technological benefits, thus appropriately meeting the demands of the sector.
    (Manter (Manipulados del Ter, S.A.)
     
    18.12.2014   Thiele announces new President: Kirschling to retire; Tillirson named successor    ( Company news )

    Company news Thiele Kaolin Company‘s Board of Directors recently announced that Paul Kirschling (photo) will retire as the company’s President effective Feb. 1, 2015. Eric Tillirson, Senior Vice President and Director of Sales Development for the company, has been named as Kirschling’s successor.

    In a memo to employees, Kirschling expressed his gratitude for his co-workers’ friendship, support, expertise and sacrifices that aided him and the company over Kirschling’s thirty-nine year career with Thiele.

    Kirschling graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and joined Thiele in 1976 as a technician in the Reedy Creek Division’s control lab, where he remained for three years. In 1979, he was promoted to Quality Control Lab Foreman and Supervisor. Kirschling then became Assistant Operations Manager at Reedy Creek in 1988 and served in that role until 1989, when he became Manager of Research and Development in Sandersville.

    In 2004, Kirschling was elected Vice President and Technical Director. Kirschling assumed the role of President and joined Thiele’s Board of Directors in 2011.

    Kirschling stated, “Succession planning has always been important for Thiele, and I am very pleased that the Board has selected Eric Tillirson to be President. He has been a great asset to the company in his prior roles and will do an even better job as President. Thiele Kaolin Company is in great hands.”

    Tillirson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Presbyterian College and Master of Business Administration from Georgia College & State University. He joined Thiele in 1999 as Marketing Manager and was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2002. In 2004, Tillirson was appointed Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Technical Service. Since 2013, Tillirson has served as Senior Vice President and Director of Sales Development.

    “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the skilled and dedicated women and men of Thiele Kaolin Company,” Tillirson said. “While there are global challenges that face our industry and company, I have absolute confidence in the Thiele team. We will continue to deliver innovative products that provide value to our customers, with an ongoing focus on quality, safety and integrity.”
    (Thiele Kaolin Company)
     
    18.12.2014   Test bed aiming at new 3D paper products    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia has been granted SEK 2.75 million from VINNOVA for the establishment of a full-scale test bed for processes that create highly deformable paper. This will enable verification of new product concepts and lead to a decrease of non-biodegradable waste streams and more energy efficient production processes.

    Photo: Innventia's pilot papermachine FEX

    In January 2015, a rebuilding of Innventia’s FEX pilot plant with new units for producing highly deformable paper starts. The pilot units will be modular and can be used separately or together with the FEX pilot paper machine. This will be the start of a new project called PhD-paper which aims to establish a full-scale test bed for processes that create highly deformable paper. These processes will, on one hand, broaden the design window for forest based raw materials and, on the other hand, create opportunities for verification of new application areas and markets.

    With the help of an industry consortium and Innventia’s gathered knowledge base and machine park, new technologies that are industrially viable will be made available for verification of new product concepts. During the project, value chains for new products as well as for commercial products with extended properties will be identified. One possible application is 3D packaging. Traditionally, paper has only been used to manufacture packages with flat surfaces. What restricts the use of paper for 3D packages, i.e. with curved surfaces, is the lack of industrial processes to produce paper material with a high level of stretchability in the cross direction.

    “The idea with this investment is to enable testing of new energy efficient production concepts for paper qualities that will, for example, make it possible to replace some of today’s 3D packages in plastic and thereby reducing the amount of non-biodegradable plastic waste,” says project manager Mikael Magnusson.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    18.12.2014   Colours on Scheufelen - Papierfabrik Scheufelen presents its 2015 calendar    ( Company news )

    Company news The theme of the 29th calendar from Papierfabrik Scheufelen in Lenningen is colour – colour printed on Scheufelen premium paper for exceptionally rich colour print results.
    From one end of the colour spectrum to the other, the 2015 Scheufelen calendar unfolds an entire rainbow’s worth of images that present pure light in its multifarious refractions – explaining en passant how colours influence human moods, as pondered by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his Theory of Colours.
    And as can only be expected for such a high-quality calendar, we relished the chance to pull out all the stops in terms of printing techniques and sumptuous pigments for dramatic colourful impact.
    “The ‘Colours on Scheufelen’ calendar begins with a cover page that features all the colours arranged in a colour wheel and a coated Scheufelen phoenix,” says Eliane Kolberg, project manager for the 2015 calendar at Scheufelen. “What makes this calendar so special is the detailed information it includes on colours and their meanings in different cultures, the extensive explanation of colour systems and
    colour codes, and of course the first-class production and printing results.”
    The January page presents a white motif on white paper, illustrating Scheufelen’s core expertise in manufacturing white paper that supports any colour in print. Interesting facts are provided around the edges – for instance, on the white lotus flower as a representation of spiritual awakening and the white dove as a symbol of world peace.
    The yellow of February is said to aid thought processes and accelerate problem-solving. Yellow stimulates the brain, increases alertness, clears the mind and boosts the nervous system. The four special colours and bvs gloss paper used for printing lend this motif a truly stunning effect.
    The orange motif finished with structure varnish signals the approach of spring in March. The colour owes its name to the citrus fruit ‘orange’ and originally comes from India. As an intermediate colour between yellow and red, it was only formally named when the exotic Indian fruit was introduced to Europe. This month’s page also includes information on the colourant henna.
    The following months, from April to July, are dedicated to red, violet, blue and light blue. Magenta red was first used as a synonym for the aniline dye fuchsin. May features violet, a secondary colour mixed from red and blue, and an amethyst motif embossed and emphasised with hot foil.
    June depicts the ‘blue planet’, a term used to describe the Earth, and covers colour descriptions including Prussian blue, ultramarine blue and sapphire blue that lead into the light blue windmill motif for July, which symbolises air and sky. This month also explains that baby blue only began to be considered the typical colour for boys’ clothing around a hundred years ago. A range of interesting stories is unravelled – both familiar and excitingly new.
    In science, turquoise is used virtually synonymously with the colour cyan. August conjures up dreams of the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean, with the white coral sand under the shallow water reflecting all the wavelengths of the sunlight in equal measure.
    Green is the colour of fortune and hope. It is associated with new beginnings and growth in reference to spring’s perpetual return. Hope is also something Scheufelen is investing in the new phoenolux paper, which was used to print the month of September. phoenolux premium paper is a board suited to graphic applications and high-quality packaging. The detailed motif depicts a leaf structure and is finished with a relief coating using screen printing.
    The gold of October is not just a symbol of autumn – it is also awarded to winners, for instance in the form of gold medals at the Olympic Games. There’s also the golden ratio, used as a formula for establishing what are considered to be perfect aesthetic proportions in artistic, architectural and artisan practice.
    With the year drawing to a close in November, the colour grey is generally viewed as boring, mournful, nondescript and uninspiring. However, grey also symbolises elegance, seriousness and understatement. The most elegant shade of grey is silver. Grey then leads into the black of December. In the subtractive colour model, achromatic black is produced by a combination of the colours cyan, magenta and yellow in the ratio 100:100:100. In German, ‘black art’ (schwarze Kunst) refers to the origins of reproducing information on paper using ink.
    The carefully researched historical facts included in the calendar are depicted and printed in an unmistakeable and, indeed, familiar style. The graphics take pride of place, while the accompanying text laps around the large-scale motifs and leaves plenty of blank white paper. It’s a fascinating, exceptionally high-quality, sometimes playful, and extremely vivid collection. The actual calendar for the individual months and the type of paper used is provided on each page.
    The ‘Colours on Scheufelen’ calendar is printed on the coated Scheufelen papers phoenixmotion, heaven 42, phoenolux and bvs with different matt and gloss surfaces, and with grammages of 250 g/m² throughout. All Scheufelen paper is FSC and/or PEFC certified and, in
    line with DIN EN ISO certifications 50001 and 14001, represents a lasting commitment to energy and the environment.
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    18.12.2014   BASF and Omya jointly develop coater-ready barrier solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news Growing demand for more sustainable barrier approaches for paper and cardboard packaging

    BASF and Omya are working jointly on coater-ready barrier solutions for paper and cardboard packaging. This cooperation is their response to the growing demand for these products. In future, this will provide a service for customers who for capacity and plant technology reasons cannot prepare formulations and mixtures independently. Coater-ready solutions consist mainly of pigments, additives and functional barrier dispersions.

    BASF's and Omya's contributions to the partnership complement each other ideally. BASF supplies barrier dispersions, while Omya provides the pigments and experience to manufacture these products and produces them in its own facilities. Thanks to their technical know-how and knowledge of the market, the two partners can guarantee an optimal solution for the paper and cardboard packaging manufacturers. Marketing will be carried out through the sales channels of Omya in Europe. A first commercial product will be available in Q1.

    Demand for barrier materials increases
    The upcoming Mineral Oil Ordinance of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) is increasing interest in water-based barrier solutions for paper and cardboard packaging. BASF's comprehensive portfolio of barrier solutions includes polymers applied by extrusion, coextrusion or lamination at converters (e.g. ecovio® PS 1606 or Ultramid®) as well as water-based dispersions used in paper finishing on coating machines and in printing processes (Epotal®). Through this cooperation, BASF's portfolio is supplemented by this new coater-ready barrier formulation.

    Together with packaging manufacturers, BASF has developed various barrier solutions which are now already being successfully used in the market for various packaging applications.
    (BASF SE)
     
    17.12.2014   Xerium Introduces Hyperstar XLS Roll Cover Technology for Heavy Coat Weight Applications    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched Hyperstar XLS roll cover technology. Hyperstar XLS is the latest addition to the industry leading Hyperstar XL family of roll covers. Hyperstar XLS is specifically engineered to provide a softer cover option for heavier coat weight applications in film presses. In addition, due to its unique design, this cover delivers superior wear resistance compared to other similar-hardness roll covers. Hyperstar XLS also incorporates newly developed technology providing the smoothest cover finish of the XL cover family.

    “The roll technology team is proud to unveil yet another step change in roll cover performance on these demanding heavy coat weight applications. Hyperstar XLS roll cover technology was developed to address our customers’ requests for a softer roll cover with increased run time between regrinds while reducing coating cost with improved film split performance,” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “Hyperstar XLS continues Xerium’s leadership in size press and film coating applications with its patented “XL” technology. We are continually striving for innovations enabling our customers to achieve new performance levels by applying our technology.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    17.12.2014   LANDA: WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT     ( Company news )

    Company news By Benny Landa (photo), Chairman & CEO

    Well, it’s December again. Where has the time gone? Hard to believe that another year has passed… and even harder to believe that we now are only 18 months from Drupa! For me, the past two and a half years since Drupa 2012 have zipped past like Road Runner on steroids!

    So, here we are, 30 months after we promised that our Nanographic Printing® presses would perform to perfection, but the first one has yet to be delivered to a customer. Yes, we did warn that “perfection takes time”, but it is taking more time than we had predicted. The reasons? Well, there are two.

    The first is that as exciting as the Drupa 2012 models were, they were not exactly what the customers wanted. Folding carton converters wanted inline coating. The big touchscreen user interface – although universally loved – needed to be at the delivery station. And operators needed more convenient access to the machine’s inner workings. In short, we learned that the product needed to be completely re-engineered. And just over a year ago, we took the difficult decision to do just that – to re-engineer the product from head to toe.

    The second reason is that we had to improve print quality. Although most customers at Drupa were able to appreciate the fundamentals of Nanography™ – the sharp dots, the ability to print-on-any-paper, etc. – print quality defects masked many of Nanography’s remarkable attributes. Eliminating these defects too turned out to be a time-consuming challenge, especially as this work had to be done in parallel to the massive machine architectural changes.

    Consequently, it all took a lot more time – and money – than we had expected. Naturally, during these past many months, our focus has been internal – doing, not showing.

    Now, on the eve of 2015, that is all about to change. Today we have machines that are very different from what we showed at Drupa. If our top-of-the-line Landa S10 press then weighed 10 tons, our fully-loaded Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press with inline coating now weighs over 30 tons! That’s not just 30 tons of iron, that’s 30 tons of technology. It is a masterful piece of engineering that integrates Landa’s Nanographic Printing® engine with a paper handling platform from Komori; an image inspection system with image processing from AVT; and the industry’s most powerful digital front end incorporating EFI Fiery® technology.

    As for print quality, our Landa NanoInk® colorants are now visibly delivering on their promise: brilliant, deep pure colors, razor-sharp text and edges, nano-thin images that replicate the gloss of any off-the-shelf paper and more.

    Though not yet perfect, we are getting close, very close. Close enough, in fact, to start showing full-size B1 (41 in.) print samples to our Landa S10 customers. Close enough to start building a world class sales and service operation, starting with top-tier executive Marc Schillemans to head EMEA sales. Close enough to double our Drupa 2016 floor space. And close enough to host our beta candidates at our facilities in Israel in March.

    That isn’t to say that we are home free. 2015 will be challenging. There is still so much to do. We plan to be in full beta in the second half of the year. We are blessed with the most amazing team of talented, dedicated people committed to making it happen… so it will happen.

    Apart from over 1,000 man-years of blood, sweat and tears invested by our people, by Drupa 2016 we and our ALTANA partners will have spent over a quarter of a billion dollars bringing Nanography™ to market.

    And for what? For making digital printing mainstream. That’s what it’s all about.
    (Landa Digital Printing)
     
    17.12.2014   International Paper and Ilim Group Launch Ballet Brilliant    ( Company news )

    Company news Ilim Group and International Paper have expanded their portfolio of high-quality office paper with the launch of a new product: a premium class cut-size paper Ballet Brilliant, the only A+ grade paper produced in Russia at Ilim Group branch in Koryazhma.

    Paper production is part of the joint marketing agreement between International Paper and Ilim Group. Under this agreement, distribution and sales of all uncoated printing paper produced by Ilim Group's Mills are managed by International Paper.

    The improved specifications of the new product ensures high CIE whiteness (168%), basis weight (82 gsm), exceptional ISO D65/10° brightness (112%), and strength (150 mN MD / 70 mN CD) to offer superior picture and color reproduction.

    Ballet Brilliant is FSC-certified confirming our commitment to sustainability and responsible sourcing while meeting ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 9706, and OHSAS 18001 requirements. It is also manufactured using ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) technology reducing its environmental footprint. "Ballet Brilliant, is a terrific product that our customers have been looking for” said Ksenia Sosnina President of International Paper Russia “this new A+ grade guarantees that your most important documents will look extra impressive when printed and it’s yet another sign of our critically important partnership with the Ilim Group and further proof of the robust growth of the paper industry in Russia."

    "The launch of the first A+ grade cut-size paper in Russia is the result of our excellent cooperation with International Paper and proof of the high level of technology development at Ilim which took the industry to a new level," commented Franz Marx, Ilim Group CEO. – Ballet Brilliant launch is in line with our strategy aimed to embrace value-added products and substitute imports."
    (Ilim Group)
     
    17.12.2014   Cito: Sandvik bows out of the creasing and cutting rule market    ( Company news )

    Company news On december 1st, cutting rule producer Sandvik officially announced its intention to leave our industry. Sandvik has been a well-established name in the packaging sector for several decades. Since the announcement was made at very short notice and the production plant is due to close at the end of February, we can expect an impact on the availability of cutting rules (in the medium term at least).

    As one of the two remaining global players in the creasing and cutting rule sector, we have been following developments closely for some time and have increased our stockholding accordingly. This means that even in times of reduced production capacity, we can ensure that our HS CITO rule customers will always receive deliveries on time. Our recommendation is that all diemakers should adapt to the changed situation which could affect them indirectly, even if they have never previously used rules supplied by Sandvik.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    17.12.2014   FINAT Young Managers Club announces Global Congress Programme    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT’s Young Managers Club (YMC) – a lively part of the European self-adhesive labelling association -- announces it will hold its second global congress at the Sheraton Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia on April 16-18, 2015. In recent years, YMC has selected locations in Central and Eastern Europe for its gatherings as part of its strategy to connect more with members from that region.

    Congress Theme: ‘Climb to the top’
    Based on the positive experience gained from previous YMC meetings, this year’s programme once takes again a very hands-on approach, combining a company site visit, workshops, and panel discussion sessions.

    ‘YMC represents some 80 young managers from companies active in the self-adhesive labelling supply chain across Europe and beyond,’ says Young Managers Club President, Dana Kilarska. ‘The 2015 summit will bring us inspiring management practice and valuable networking opportunities. With the help of professionals and experts we can improve our business performance and learn about changing our behaviour to become more successful. We are young and eager to learn.’

    YMC Congress Programme:

    Thursday April 16:
    - 15.00: Delegate visit to family-run label converter Purgina, Slovakia
    - 19.00: Welcome dinner

    Friday April 17:
    - 10.30-12.45: Innovation workshop: ‘Manage a thin company’ – Jozef Kristak (IPA) – Slovakia
    - 13.15-14.20: Lunch
    - 14.30-16.00: Continuation of workshop
    - 16.30-17.30: Panel discussion between end users and designers on how to communicate design possibilities

    Saturday April 18:
    - 08.45-10.45: Workshop: 7 Habits of highly-effective people – Zoltan Demjan (Franklin Covey) – Slovakia
    - 11.45-13.15: Continuation of workshop
    - 13.15: Closure of the congress

    ‘The concept of managing a ‘thin company’ is about identifying the bottlenecks within one’s company to find and employ better solutions, and run the business more smoothly -- both at a production and administrative level,’ says Dana Kilarska.

    ‘The workshop on the 7 habits of highly-effective people can guide any company towards success and inspire our young leaders,’ she continues. ‘Twenty five years after the book on “7 habits of highly- effective people” appeared, the principles are timeless and remain more relevant than ever. On an individual level, people are experiencing burn-outs, while on a collective level we are burning up the planet. Participants will learn how to deal with setting individual goals while respectfully collaborating as a team.’

    ‘When the FINAT Young Managers Club was founded in 2008 on the occasion of FINAT’s 50th anniversary, the aim was to create a platform where incoming business leaders could connect FINAT’s successful past with a dynamic future. Now, six year later, the YMC itself has become an established feature of our association’s structure. Nevertheless it is still refreshing to experience the continuing stream of the YMC’s high-quality, interactive, and business-oriented programmes, which are setting new standards in FINAT,’ concludes Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, FINAT.
    (FINAT)
     
    17.12.2014   X-Rite Pantone Donates Solutions to Advance Learning     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Left: Sandor Tatrai, X-Rite Pantone Sales Manager Scandinavia, right: Ronny Eriksson, Technical Manager at BrobyGrafiska

    Company will provide color science and technology solutions to leading graphic arts education center

    X-Rite Pantone today announced a donation of their hardware and software solutions to BrobyGrafiska, a graphic arts education center located in Sunne, Sweden. X-Rite Pantone’s donation will be used as part of the school’s programs that study packaging development and production.

    Sandor Tatrai, X-Rite Pantone Sales Manager Scandinavia, “BrobyGrafiska is preparing students for the future by giving them access to the latest technology of today. This donation builds on that good work, giving BrobyGrafiska’s students the technology they need to fully understand and manage color in their packaging designs. We’re proud to have X-Rite Pantone’s products utilized by this innovative learning center.”

    BrobyGrafiska is a meeting place and educational center dedicated to supporting the study of the graphic arts, including: graphic design, packaging design, web, prepress, and flexographic printing. The school has state-of-the art equipment housed in over 8,000 square meters of modern, customized premises. The technical equipment and talented faculty of the school also serve as resources for companies around the world.

    The packaging design classes offered by BrobyGrafiska cover the complete range of packaging production – from idea to finished product. X-Rite Pantone’s donation will give students the chance to use state-of-the-art color solutions so they can determine color standards and accurately measure color in their packaging projects.

    Ronny Eriksson, Technical Manager at BrobyGrafiska, says, “BrobyGrafiska’s gives students a “hands-on” learning opportunity that enables them to assess and compare new materials and functionalities in an open testing environment. This donation from X-Rite Pantone strengthens that education, and we are grateful to have this valuable technology included in our courses.”
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    17.12.2014   Posters through the ages in the hubergroup calendar 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: An advertisement for Michael Huber Farbenfabriken, dating from around 1910, is the motif chosen for July 2015

    To honour the printing-ink manufacturer's 250th anniversary, the hubergroup used a sophisticated, graphic advertising medium: the poster

    Twelve different posters that reflect both the historical changes and significant aspects of the hubergroup's 250-year-old heritage have been selected as the motifs for next year's wall calendar. The calendar kicks off with a January motif that takes us back to 1750, with a coloured copperplate engraving depicting the indigo extraction process, and closes out the year with a contemporary, award-winning poster created to advertise a US arts festival.

    The success of posters as information media used both by businesses and institutions to "speak" to the general public began in the 18th century. Alois Senefelder's invention of lithography enabled the simple reproduction of coloured prints and this quickly led to the demise of the cheap and very basic bills of old and the dawn of posters, often of high artistic quality. As advertising became an increasingly important factor in the mass society of the 20th century, advertising specialists adopted this new medium and graphic designers focused more and more on achieving maximum promotional effectiveness.

    Almost all of the 15,500 copies of this calendar have already been distributed to all four corners of the earth.
    (Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH München)
     
    17.12.2014   Catalyst Paper Reports Fatality at its Crofton Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper regrets to report a fatal accident involving a contract truck driver at its Crofton mill on Vancouver Island.
    “We are all saddened by this tragic accident,” said Joe Nemeth, President and CEO. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
    The contract worker was delivering wood chips to the Crofton mill on the evening of December 9 when he was discovered missing by mill personnel.
    The mill immediately activated its Emergency Response Plan. The RCMP and WorkSafe BC were promptly contacted and launched an investigation at the mill site.
    WorkSafe BC is leading the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine cause. The RCMP and the Coroner’s Office are also investigating. Catalyst's personnel are fully supporting the investigations.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    17.12.2014   Three Forces of PMP Group – The final stage    ( Company news )

    Company news After a year of intense promotion PMP Group has entered the final stage of its Three Forces of PMP Group – Earth, Wind & Fire campaign. Metaphorical properties of forces of nature have become an inspiration for PMP Group to start a campaign which symbolizes the benefits of the company’s three major, technological lines in the P&P business – Intelli-Technology® (Earth), Intelli Tissue® (Wind) and Phoenix Concept™ rebuilds (Fire).
    Up till now the viewers had the opportunity to see adverts, movies and articles in regard to Wind (Intelli-Tissue®) and Fire (Phoenix Concept™). Now the time has come to present the final element – Earth (Intelli-Technology® - Platform Concept for Papermakers). This specific line is characterized by low media consumption (ECO) and high runnability – thus the green color and the connection to Mother Nature. In this specific area paper producers are offered complete paper machines for special papers (like MG), as well as highly advanced paper and board units. Product portfolio covers all key technological sections of PM: Intelli Jet V® hydraulic headbox, dewatering unit – Intelli-Top® former, Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press, Intelli-TriNip™ press, Intelli-Sizer™ metering size press (film press), Intelli-MicroCrepe™ and an Intelli-Reel®. PMP Intelli-Technology® Platform, as a compact and flexible solution for paper & packaging producers, reflects all benefits that are associated with one of the most powerful Forces of Nature – Earth.
    Entering the final stage of the Three Forces of PMP Group campaign however, does not mean its end. By fulfilling the last phase of the project the company has taken the idea to the next level and despite maintaining the general concept, developed it to meet wider expectations. New releases are planned to be implemented since the beginning of 2016 and will include all three mentioned before Forces. (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    16.12.2014   2015 Edition to further expand on game-changing innovations in digital production     ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon announces the 2015 edition of its Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations (www.xeikoncafe.com). Hosted by Xeikon and Xeikon’s Aura partners, the event will take place from Tuesday 10 March through to Thursday 12 March 2015 in Xeikon’s R&D and production site in Lier. It is aimed at helping label and packaging printers as well as converters and print buyers worldwide enhance and transform their digital production into a profitable business.

    A great success story

    The concept of the Xeikon Café is a proven formula that provides an informal knowledge exchange platform covering the different aspects of digitalizing print production, while cutting through the information overload. The concept exists for some years and kicked off with a series of one-day local events. In 2014, the very successful and highly applauded Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations was organized over a period of three days; participants praised the event and many have already confirmed their attendance for 2015.

    Uffe Nielsen, CEO of Grafisk Maskinfabrik comments: “Grafisk Maskinfabrik’s business is all about converting digitally printed media. Therefore, the Xeikon Café that focuses on digital production is the ideal platform to demonstrate our capabilities. Last year’s edition proved to be a great success and generated a good source of new business revenues for our company. We are delighted to be attending the 2015 event with Xeikon, one of the leading companies in the digital label and packaging market.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    16.12.2014   The modern way to ensure the utmost in quality    ( Company news )

    Company news X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, announced the newly updated PANTONE Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards. The PANTONE Certified Printer Program reviews and analyzes every aspect of color operations— from preflight, file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and process control in the pressroom. This creates total quality management based on industry best practices and procedures that drive consistent and repeatable color.

    “As a trade printer, you must be lean to be competitive,” says Michael Clark President of Cedar Graphics, an EarthColor company and a PANTONE Certified Printer. “The more I learned about the PANTONE Certified Printer program and how it could help streamline our processes and make them more consistent, the more interested I became.” The outside perspective that X-Rite Pantone brings to the PANTONE Certified Printer program enabled Cedar Graphics to ensure consistent operation from department to department and shift to shift, from ink room through prepress and the pressroom. “Everyone is now speaking the same language, and we are much more efficient as a result,” Clark says.

    The process begins with a PANTONE Certified Printer Audit conducted by an X-Rite specialist. The audit process isolates issues that compromise color accuracy and is the basis for the implementation of Standards-Based Proceduresso that all operators on all shifts can consistently produce the best color the same way.

    “The PANTONE Certified Printer Program closes the gap that exists between the many other certification programs available today which cover only part of the workflow, or simply a press or a proofer,” explains Mark Gundlach, Training Development Manager at X-Rite. “This program is unique in that it ties all areas of production together, from prepress and ink formulation to the press room with a focus on both process color and spot color reproduction. This applies to digital, flexo, litho and even grand format print production. Good printers can produce great color at a point in time but it may not be consistent over time. This program, which includes a quarterly color check based on a standard set of files, results in more consistent quality with less rework using existing investments and people.”

    “If you know you are going to be checked by an expert on a quarterly basis,” Cedar Graphics’ Clark adds, “it’s just another incentive to keep things up to date as opposed to doing it once and forgetting about it. We look forward to our quarterly reviews and what we might learn each time that will help us communicate even better.”

    “Industry Standard Operating Procedures reduce variability across shifts and over time, as well as provide faster, more consistent staff training,” Gundlach says. “Surprises cost money, and consistency reduces waste”. Proofing and printing to standards helps print and converting operations set and meet customer expectations. PANTONE Certified Printers follow standard operating procedures throughout the production operation when specifying CMYK colors based on their print standards. PANTONE colors are specified and formulated using spectral data from the PantoneLIVE™ digital libraries.

    Packaging converters and printers interested in pursuing this certification to bring additional color consistency, quality and efficiency to their operations not only benefit from the certification process but are also able to use the PANTONE Certified Printer logo to add even more credibility to their sales and marketing efforts.
    (X-Rite GmbH)
     
    16.12.2014   Metso to deliver automation technology for Hamburger Hungaria Power's new power plant in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Hungary

    Cutting-edge automation to support efficient and environmentally friendly power production.

    Hamburger Hungaria Power Ltd, a subsidiary of the leading European containerboard manufacturer Prinzhorn Group, has ordered automation technology from Metso for its new power plant in Dunaujvaros, Hungary. Cutting-edge automation will support the power plant in producing energy in an efficient and safe way with low costs and a low impact on the environment. Moreover, a high level of automation will then increase operational flexibility, reliability and availability.

    "The fact that Metso is one of the best automation suppliers gives us security in project management. Close cooperation between our companies will provide a very high standard also in the future," says Attila Bencs, Managing Director, Hamburger Hungaria Power Ltd.

    Hamburger Hungaria Power is currently investing approximately EUR 150 million in a new co-generation power plant adjacent to Prinzhorn Group's Hamburger Hungaria Paper Mill. The plant will run on solid fuels, such as residual waste from paper production as well as biomass and coal. It will generate both heat and electricity, ensuring the mill's energy self-sufficiency and recovering waste paper that has earlier been deposited in landfills. The power plant will have a fuel capacity of 172 MW, a thermal capacity of 158 MW and an electricity capacity of 42 MW once in operation in the second half of 2015.

    The order is a continuation of the good cooperation between the two companies as Hamburger Hungaria already runs its gas boilers with Metso's automation technology.

    Metso's delivery consists of a Metso DNA boiler and turbine automation system, factory acceptance testing, commissioning and training. Delivery is scheduled for February 2015, and system startup will take place between March and September 2015. The order is included in the 2014 third quarter orders received by Metso. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    16.12.2014   Rayonier Appoints Mark McHugh as Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Company Further Enhances Management and Operational Oversight with Appointment of H. Edwin Kiker to Newly Created Role of Chief Accounting Officer

    Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN) announced that Mark McHugh has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective December 12, 2014. McHugh succeeds H. Edwin Kiker, who is transitioning to the newly created position of Chief Accounting Officer, responsible for financial reporting, accounting operations, and implementing and ensuring proper financial controls and systems.

    McHugh has 15 years of experience in finance and capital markets focusing on the timberland and REIT sectors. He joins Rayonier from Raymond James, where he served as Managing Director in the firm’s Real Estate Investment Banking group and was responsible for the firm’s timberland and agriculture sector coverage. Throughout his career, McHugh has provided a wide range of strategic and financial counsel to a variety of publicly traded paper, forest products and real estate companies.

    “Mark has been a valued advisor to Rayonier’s senior management team in the months since the spin-off of the Performance Fibers business, and we are pleased to welcome him to this new role,” said David Nunes, Rayonier’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mark’s strategic, financial, and industry expertise served us well during our recent internal review and development of our realigned strategy. We are confident that his continued insight and guidance will further support our commitment to transparency and accountability, and that he will be an excellent addition to the senior team leading Rayonier going forward.”

    Nunes added, “As a 12-year veteran of Rayonier, Ed has been an invaluable resource to the company and our shareholders. I would like to thank Ed for his effective leadership as our CFO and know that he will bring the same dedication to this new role overseeing our financial reporting, accounting operations and internal controls. I look forward to Ed’s continued contributions as we move forward and execute our strategy.”

    About Mark McHugh
    Prior to joining Raymond James in 2008, McHugh was a Director in the Paper & Forest Products Group at Credit Suisse. He has broad experience advising paper and forest products companies, particularly timber REITs, on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings and other strategic matters. McHugh’s transaction experience includes advising on the first-ever timber C-corp to REIT conversion (Rayonier in 2003) and the first-ever timber REIT initial public offering (CatchMark Timber Trust in 2013). Mr. McHugh received his B.S.B.A. in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
    (Rayonier Inc.)
     
    16.12.2014   Valmet to supply the new machine for folding boxboard production at Metsä Board's Husum mill in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Sweden

    Metsä Board Corporation has selected Valmet as the supplier for its new folding boxboard production line at Husum mill, Sweden. The new machine will produce high-quality folding boxboard with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.
    The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of this size of an order is typically around EUR 60-70 million and it is part of Metsä Board's EUR 170 million investment in the mill.
    "We selected Valmet as the technology provider for this strategic project because of their advanced and competitive solutions for high-quality folding boxboard production and our long history of working with Valmet," says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.
    "This important order from Metsä Board is a good continuation for the active order year for Valmet. I am delighted that Metsä Board trusted us on this significant strategic project. It is a strong token of the competitiveness of our new OptiConcept M paper and board machine concept. The order has an important employment impact for us especially in Jyväskylä, Finland," says Pasi Laine, the President and CEO of Valmet.

    Technical information of Valmet's delivery
    Valmet's delivery includes a wet end of the latest OptiConcept M design with headboxes, forming section and press section, as well as a rebuild of the off-machine coater, winder and the roll wrapping line. The wet end area of the machine features innovative OptiConcept M frame construction without the need for cantilever beams for fabric changes. The fabric changes will be carried out by means of fabric insertion units, which Valmet has sold 120 units globally so far.
    "The wet end area introduces newest design which also adds safety and machine usability. The winder will be rebuilt with our unique dual unwind station for maximum capacity," summarizes Mikko Tani, Area Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Valmet.
    The 6660 mm-wide (trim) machine, BM 1, will produce folding boxboard (FBB) grades in the basis weight range of 180-350 g/m2 at a design speed of 1000m/min.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    16.12.2014   Stora Enso: Responding to issues on child labour     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is currently being discussed in the Swedish media after a Swedish national pension fund decided to sell their Stora Enso shares due to child labour issues in the value chains of Bulleh Shah Packaging in Pakistan. Stora Enso does not, under any circumstances, accept child labour. We have taken a number of measures to make sure that none of our suppliers use child labour. We regret if we haven´t been able to explain that to the pension fund.
    As child labour and other human rights issues are in the focus of our responsibility approach in Pakistan, Stora Enso has taken steps to continuously update our investors and other stakeholders on the progress we are making. Stora Enso does not accept child labour in its operations or in its suppliers operations.
    Stora Enso has a 35% shareholding in Bulleh Shah Packaging (Private) Limited in Pakistan, together with the Pakistani company Packages Limited. The joint venture agreement was formed in 2013. Bulleh Shah Packaging is committed to mitigating child labour in the long term by addressing its root causes in the communities and by driving change in its suppliers.

    Main actions taken in 2014 include the following:
    • In April, Stora Enso terminated all supplier relationships in Bulleh Shah Packaging’s Used Cartonboard (UCB) supply chain. Bulleh Shah Packaging has continued to support children and their families from dump sites despite terminating supplier relationships, for example by providing education. In 2014, Stora Enso financed a school for children aged 6–14 years with the support of a local NGO specialised in education.
    • Bulleh Shah Packaging started to educate its suppliers in 2013, and in 2014 the Company started to audit its suppliers on the supplier Code of Conduct to mitigate human rights violations. Bulleh Shah Packaging audits all suppliers it has direct business relationships with. BSP also audits the second tier of wheat straw and biomass transportation suppliers.
    • Other community engagement actions taken in 2014 include the preparations for launching mobile clinics for health care in the communities together with a local hospital.
    • The sourcing of the agricultural residuals presents a significant opportunity for creating shared value between Bulleh Shah Packaging and its stakeholders by increasing incomes in rural areas, Bulleh Shah Packaging is taking steps to ensure that social economic impacts are considered, e.g. that a fair proportion of payment for agricultural by-products reaches the farm workers involved in the wheat harvesting. The socio-economic realities in the supply chain were studied in 2013. In 2015 Bulleh Shah Packaging will continue the research with community interviews.

    In November-December 2014, as a part of Stora Enso’s Human Rights Assessments, a separate assessment is being carried out at Bulleh Shah Packaging by an independent human rights consultant in line with the standard created together with The Danish Institute for Human Rights.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    15.12.2014   Domtar announces major investment at its Ashdown, AR mill    ( Company news )

    Company news -$160 million capital project to convert a paper machine to a fluff pulp line
    -Allows for the production of up to 516,000 metric tons of fluff pulp per year
    -Conversion will reduce UFS capacity by approximately 364,000 short tons

    Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $160 million capital project to convert a paper machine at the Ashdown, Arkansas mill to a high quality fluff pulp line used in absorbent applications such as baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products. The planned conversion is expected to come online by the third quarter 2016 and will allow for the production of up to 516,000 metric tons of fluff pulp per year once the machine is in full operation. The project will also result in the permanent reduction of 364,000 short tons of annual uncoated freesheet production capacity in the second quarter of 2016.

    "The fluff pulp conversion project at the Ashdown mill is an important step in advancing our strategy to generate $300 to 500 million of EBITDA from growth businesses," said John D. Williams, Chief Executive Officer. "We are expanding our presence in a growing business that will allow us to support our top‐tier supplier position with some of the world's largest producers of absorbent hygiene products. Once completed, Ashdown, together with our Plymouth mill will provide a platform to further strengthen our leading position as an effective producer of high quality fluff pulp with nearly one million tonnes of total production capacity."

    Commenting on the reduction of papermaking capacity, Mr. Williams added, "The conversion of the paper machine in 2016 will further help balance our supply with our customers' demand. In the interim, the flexibility of the two remaining paper machines at the Ashdown mill allows us to take measured steps to adjust our paper production while selling papergrade pulp."

    The conversion work is expected to commence during the second quarter of 2016 and the fluff pulp line is scheduled to start‐up by the third quarter 2016. The cost of conversion will be approximately $160 million of which $40 million is expected to be invested in 2015 and $120 million in 2016. The Company will also invest in a pulp bale line that will provide flexibility to manufacture papergrade softwood pulp, contingent on market conditions.

    The aggregate pre-tax earnings charge in connection with this conversion is estimated to be $117 million which includes an estimated $114 million in non-cash charges relating to accelerated depreciation of the carrying amounts of the manufacturing equipment as well as the write-off of related spare parts. Of the estimated pre-tax charge of $117 million, $3 million relates to estimated cash severance, employee benefits and training. Of the estimated total pre-tax charge of $117 million, $9 million is expected to be recognized in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $108 million is expected to be incurred during 2015 and 2016.

    As a result of the fourth quarter decision to convert the nature and use of line A64 of the Ashdown Pulp and Paper mill, the carrying amount of the assets of the Ashdown mill is being tested for impairment and may result in a write-down during the fourth quarter of 2014. The carrying amount of such assets was approximately $813 million at November 30, 2014.
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    15.12.2014   Cascades announces the sale of its boxboard operations in North America     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and the manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces that it has reached an agreement for the sale of its North American boxboard manufacturing and converting assets to Graphic Packaging Holding Company for $44.9 million.
    The five plants affected by the transaction employ in all approximately 670 workers.

    "Today, Cascades is announcing an important decision that once again signals its commitment to refocusing its activities in the strategic sectors in which it excels. This transaction follows in the wake of a number of other actions taken during the course of the year, with a view to reducing our debt load and focusing our investments in certain core packaging sectors, as well as in the tissue paper and recovery sectors. It is important to take note that today's announcement does not affect our European boxboard operations," stated Mario Plourde , President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades.

    "The investments made in past years in these boxboard manufacturing and converting units have led to an opportunity to create synergies with a player such as Graphic Packaging. By exiting this sector of activity in North America , Cascades and Norampac are turning a page in their history. We sincerely thank our employees for their loyal services, and we wish them all the best in the future," added Marc-André Dépin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac.

    The acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory review and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    15.12.2014   Metsä Board renews its management and reporting structure    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation renews its management and reporting structure to enable successful implementation of the company’s growth strategy.

    “Our main target is profitable growth of our paperboard businesses. At the same time we plan to take an exit from underperforming paper businesses. We have developed our paperboard offering actively in recent years in order to better serve our customers. Now we also change our management structure in order to secure successful implementation of these new growth and restructuring steps. Function based organization fits Metsä Board the best from now on”, comments CEO Mika Joukio (photo).

    As of 1 January 2015 Metsä Board’s Corporate Management Team consists of the following persons:
    - Mika Joukio, CEO
    - Markus Holm, CFO
    - Seppo Puotinen, SVP, Marketing and Sales
    - Ari Kiviranta, SVP, Production and Technology
    - Sari Pajari, SVP, Business Development
    - Susanna Tainio, SVP, Human Resources
    Tainio is a new member in the Metsä Board Management Team.

    Metsä Board’s reporting segments from 1Q 2015 onwards are the following:
    - Paperboard
    - Non-core operations
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    15.12.2014   New Performance Plus consulting concept and Remote Monitoring analysis function from ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Heidelberg take print shop performance to next level

    -Partnership-based consulting concept maximizes print shops’ profitability
    -Interplay between personnel, processes, equipment, and consumables crucial for improving overall performance
    -Remote Monitoring boosts efficiency through forward-looking planning of service callouts

    Through the close working relationship it enjoys with its customers, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has identified considerable potential in many industrial print shops for significantly improving profitability. There are usually a number of weak points where improvement processes need to be applied, but it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint these. When endeavoring to improve the overall performance of a company, the interplay between personnel, processes, equipment, and consumables is crucial. This is precisely where Heidelberg can help, with its new partnership-based consulting concept Performance Plus. The concept is based on Heidelberg specialists’ comprehensive consulting expertise and, if required, can be combined with existing analysis modules from the Heidelberg product portfolio so as to achieve even more successful results. Performance Plus represents an ambitious performance promise by Heidelberg. It creates a partnership that benefits customers and Heidelberg alike.

    “Performance Plus is a consulting concept that brings a completely new approach to our industry. It sets in motion an extensive change process for the customer that is geared to improving overall performance through a comprehensive analysis of the company. Heidelberg is unique in the print media industry in being able to offer this kind of service,” says Harald Weimer, member of the Management Board responsible for Sales and Heidelberg Services.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    15.12.2014   Stora Enso to divest its Uetersen Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Uetersen specialty and coated fine paper mill in Germany to a company mainly owned by the private equity fund Perusa Partners Fund 2. The cash consideration for the divestment of the shares is approximately EUR 7 million subject to customary closing day adjustments. The loss on disposal amounts to approximately EUR 30 million and will be recorded as a non-recurring item in Stora Enso’s fourth quarter 2014 results. The transaction is in line with Stora Enso’s strategic transformation to a customer focused renewable materials company. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015 and is subject to regulatory approvals.

    The transaction will enhance Stora Enso’s operational EBIT and cash flow from the second quarter of 2015. Based on 2013 annual figures, the divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 155 million. It will also reduce Stora Enso’s annual paper production capacity by around 240 000 tonnes. Uetersen Mill employs approximately 400 people.

    Stora Enso’s previous attempt to divest the mill was unsuccessful due to the German Federal Cartel Office’s (FCO) indicated intentions to prohibit the proposed transaction.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    15.12.2014   Konecranes has every stage of the pulp and paper industry process covered    ( Company news )

    Company news The paper manufacturing is characterized by a long and complicated process. From the transformation of wood into pulp, over the winding paper web into rolls, and subsequently the rewinding and cutting of these giant rolls into smaller ones, through the automatic storage for converting, sheet cutting, or customer delivery. The paper mill works fast, and the products need to be shipped on time to meet demanding customer schedules. Unexpected downtime can’t be afforded.

    Konecranes understands the processes of the pulp and paper – from wood handling to recycling - and has been meeting the needs of this industry for decades by providing cranes and other lifting solutions that help to increase productivity, maximize efficiency, as well as avoid downtime and costly problems right from the start.

    Selecting from an unmatched portfolio of superior products, Konecranes can deliver integrated solutions – starting with the unloading of raw materials and continuing every step of the way to the shipping of the finished paper products. The company has end-to-end expertise covering planning, engineering, delivering, commissioning, and servicing lifting solutions for all pulp and paper operations. The know-how offered by Konecranes can start with a feasibility study and extend to cover the complete maintenance of lifting equipment and tools throughout their lifecycle.

    Paper mill cranes and material handling system
    Konecranes has designed paper mill cranes to help boost long-term reliability and minimize ownership costs for pulp and paper industry. The solutions are based on long experience and know-how of the industry environment, and the process. This know-how is based on Konecranes’ own resources and close collaboration with machine suppliers and engineers. Konecranes provides cranes and material handling systems for all lifting applications in the pulp and paper industry, such as process duty cranes, maintenance cranes, parent roll handling cranes, paper roll storage systems, workshop cranes, as well as maintenance services. Cranes used in the pulp and paper industry are used as an integrated part of the production process and maintenance.
    Moreover, the applications provided vary and cover the fields of wood handling, pulp production lines, paper and paperboard production, deinking plants, tissue paper mills and converting plants, intermediate storage, and shipping.

    Paper Roll Storage Solutions
    Konecranes’ warehouse management system (WMS) and the automatic paper roll handling crane design for unpacked and wrapped storage rolls help to save space and time. The automated vacuum lifter economizes the warehouse capacity of the available space. Furthermore, software for the storage administration system and crane automation with purpose-built machineries form an integrated handling system. Mechanical roll grippers can handle wrapped rolls and multiple rolls at a time for higher input/ output of smaller roll sizes.
    In addition, Autostore helps paper mills operate more efficiently by eliminating capital and labor costs. Storage automation keeps the inventory fresh, clean, and current and provides up-to-date information.

    Excellent, proactive service
    Konecranes provides an extensive range of services for the pulp and paper industry that can cover a single item or all lifting equipment. The offered specialized service helps to improve safety, decrease the cost of downtime, and increase the productivity of uptime. With a global network of maintenance professionals working from more than 600 service depots around the world, Konecranes can service any make of crane and hoist. Services include inspections, repairs, maintenance, and modernizations of cranes and other lifting equipment worldwide.
    In addition, Konecranes offers the unique TRUCONNECT® Remote Monitoring and Reporting service, which provides actual crane usage data. TRUCONNECT® periodic data reporting and real-time diagnostics allow customers to optimize crane maintenance activities and give visibility to crane maintenance and application compliance.
    (Konecranes Oyj)
     
    15.12.2014   Label technology is helping Asian printers meet the rapidly-expanding variable ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... data printing needs

    Xeikon reports a successful conclusion to its presence at Labelexpo South China that took place early December in Guangzhou. Being the only mainstream manufacturer of high quality, high productivity digital label presses at the show, the company was able to mark a strong presence which showed its full dedication and commitment to the Asian label industry.

    “Diversification’ is a word that you often hear nowadays wherever you go and Asia is no exception,” comments Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC). “The Chinese market is experiencing a tremendous boom in the production of all types of short-run labels, but specifically those that require variable data information, such as barcoding, QR coding or other product and brand security features like microprint. We were extremely happy to engage with visitors to Labelexpo South China and show them exactly how the Xeikon digital label presses and solutions are able to meet their digital manufacturing needs.”

    Combining superior printing quality with optimal flexibility

    On display at Labelexpo South China was the Xeikon 3030, the narrow web entry-level press of the Xeikon 3000 Series. It is meant for label converters looking to foray into the digital production of labels. In addition to prime label applications, the press is also suitable for producing promotional and transfer applications. With a variable web width ranging from 200 mm (7.9 inches) up to 330 mm (13 inches), it runs at a top speed of 9.6 m/min (31.5 ft/min) and can handle production volumes of up to 190 square meters/hour (294.5 MSI/hour).

    With five press models, the 3000 Series is the largest range of digital label press offerings on the market today, ranging from entry level to higher capacity options. All five models deliver the same 1200 DPI imaging quality and are able to print on an unrivalled range of substrates without pre-coating or pre-treatment, including various self-adhesive materials such as co-extruded films, BOPP, PVC and PET, transparent/opaque films as well as paperboards.

    The full-rotary printing technology with variable repeat length guarantees that the press speeds are not affected by the label size and/or the number of colors used. Also included is the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front-End which can be integrated into any production environment. Its modular setup allows label and packaging converters to efficiently manage their specific production needs. The X-800 also enables the easy implementation of variable data on labels or packages, even allowing to add variable information after the files have been ripped. The combination of the variable data capabilities and the top-notch printing quality, i.e. the use of micro texts, variable barcodes or numbers, the ability to print guilloches or the use of specific colors and security toners, makes the Xeikon 3000 Series an excellent tool for the brand protection of labels and packages.

    Finally, the Xeikon 3000 Series presses also use the QA-I toner, which meets FDA guidelines for direct and indirect food contact.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    15.12.2014   Mimaki talks digital textile and wallpaper solutions at Heimtextil 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, will showcase its textile printing expertise at Heimtextil 2015. Theinternational trade fair for home and contract textiles takes place at Messe Frankfurt, Germany from January 14 to 17, 2015, and Mimaki will demonstrate its market-leading solutions for these industries on stand G15 in Hall 4.0.

    “Digitally printed textile quality has come a technologically long way and is increasingly attractive due to the ability to cost-effectively produce samples, short run and custom textiles. Key retailers are using digitally printed textiles to differentiate themselves with some very eye-catching limited edition pieces,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe.

    “These headline grabbers are very much the tip of iceberg as far as the market opportunities that digital print technology opens up for designers throughout the industry,” Horsten continues. “We are on the cusp of a sea change, and Mimaki solutions are ready to meet today’s needs as well as adapt to new requirements as they arise. At Heimtextil, we again push the boundaries of innovation and creativity with a broad portfolio of solutions for high quality digital printing of textiles. We’re ready for the future!”

    Mimaki is Gold Sponsor of the European Digital Textile Conference where Horsten will discuss “Why the home textile sector will switch to digital” on Thursday, January 15, in Hall 4.0 at 12:25 pm.

    Horsten comments, “The home textile sector is just one of many of the expanding creative and commercial opportunities offered by digital printing. I look forward to discussing the opportunities with attendees along with ways that operations can ensure that they are at the forefront of this dynamically changing sector.”

    Mimaki will demonstrate a number of solutions dedicated to textile production, ranging from the Mimaki TS500-1800 which is ideal for furnishing fabrics as well as sportswear, T-shirts and apparel, to the Mimaki TX500-1800DS that can print on polyester-based materials. The JV300-160 dye sublimation printer is suitable for everything from garment marking to fashion. And the JV400-160LX delivers high-quality latex print for wallpaper applications with six-color printing, including orange and green, for a broad color gamut.

    Horsten concludes, “Textile is one of the markets we are most at home in. We have solutions from entry level to high volume that cater to a variety of applications from short runs to high volumes, ensuring that, whatever the market demand, we can help our customers be highly flexible and responsive. There is good reason why our theme is Let’s Create… Together.”
    (www.mimakieurope.com)
     
    12.12.2014   Voith Constantly Driving Change    ( Company news )

    Company news -Reversal of trend in orders received stabilizes: order volume rose by 7% in the 2013/14 fiscal year
    -Consolidated sales and net income in decline
    -Focus remains on implementing the “Voith 150+” success program

    In a market and competitive environment that remained very challenging, Voith made visible progress in the 2013/14 fiscal year with its Group-wide “Voith 150+” success program, which was launched in the fall of 2013. Although there was a lack of stimulus for business in virtually all key markets, the technology group’s level of orders received increased by around 7% to €5.581 billion despite having still been in decline in the two previous years; adjusted for currency effects, growth would have even come to 11%. This reinforced the trend reversal which had already revealed itself half way through the year. All Group Divisions made a contribution to this rise. Orders on hand stood at €5.379 billion as of September 30, 2014, just under 5% higher than the level seen in the previous year.

    The noticeable improvement in the order situation has, however, not yet had an impact on consolidated sales in the past fiscal year. The latter figure fell by around 7% to €5.345 billion on account of declining order volumes in previous years. Of the four Group Divisions, Voith Paper recorded the most significant decline in sales, down 13%. In this Group Division, the situation especially in the business with new machines has not yet bottomed out even after years of market contraction.
    Group income also came under pressure mainly from the ongoing unsatisfactory situation of the business with new machines of Voith Paper. The Group’s profit from operations fell to €270 million (previous year: €350 million), with the largest share of this decline being attributable to Voith Paper. However, Voith Paper also returned a profit from operations just like all other Group Divisions. The bottom line was net income of €41 million (€65 million); the positive effects from lower restructuring expenses and the disposal of equity investments was more than offset by higher taxes and the impairment of securities.
    “Voith fundamentally remains in excellent health. As has been the situation for years now, we continue to have no net debt and were once again able to generate a positive free cash flow despite manifold burdens in a difficult year. This financial strength gives us the headroom to also master the next phase of restructuring the Group from our own resources,” explains Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO.

    Voith 150+ success program driven forward on schedule
    In the past fiscal year, Voith pressed forward as scheduled with the fundamental changes begun under the Voith 150+ success program. With this program, Voith is safeguarding its long-term competitiveness and ability to generate growth – beyond its 150th anniversary in 2017. The program aims at optimizing Voith’s portfolio and processes as well as reinforcing the corporate culture in a rapidly changing environment. Once the program has been fully implemented, Voith anticipates annual cost savings of €250 million and expects to free up working capital of €100 million.
    Up to now, implementation of Voith 150+ has mainly focused on portfolio optimization. In the past fiscal year, this included continuing with restructuring measures at Voith Paper, completing the realignment of the Kiel location and using acquisitions and disposals to provide a closer focus to the activities in the Voith Industrial Services Group Division.
    One important step in connection with Voith 150+ was the acquisition of a strategic stake in KUKA AG reported only a few days ago. In light of the fact that industrial production in the coming years and decades will be shaped in particular by increasing automation and interconnection, for Voith the stake in KUKA is a strategic step towards positioning itself in the field of “Industrie 4.0”.

    Development of Group Divisions not uniform
    Voith Hydro, the full-line supplier for hydropower plants did not, as anticipated, succeed in fully matching the very high sales of the previous year. With regard to new business, however, this Group Division was very successful in that it increased the level of its orders received by almost a quarter.
    Voith Industrial Services, the global service provider for the key industries of automotive, energy, chemical and petrochemical, mechanical engineering and aerospace looks back on a year of intense change primarily revolving around portfolio optimization and strategic focus. Adjusted for changes in the consolidated Group, sales were slightly up on the previous year. In this respect, the development of the largest division, Automotive, was especially pleasing.
    Voith Paper continued to suffer from how business developed in the Projects division, i.e. in the business with new machines. On the other hand, business with products, consumables, and services in the Fabric & Roll Systems and Products & Services divisions saw a very pleasing development.
    Voith Turbo, the specialist in power transmission, developed positively overall in a difficult market. Adjusted for the realigned activities of the Locomotive business in Kiel, sales stood virtually at the level of the previous year, whereas orders received rose slightly. The development of the division Commercial Vehicles was especially pleasing.

    Outlook: subdued business development, focus on Voith 150+
    Once again in the 2014/15 fiscal year, Voith is anticipating a challenging environment in light of a global economy that remains fragile and an investment climate that continues to be subdued in important industries and regions. Accordingly, the Group is assuming a constant level of sales and orders received in the current year overall. The profit from operations and consequently also the ROCE of the Voith Group are expected to see slight growth on account, among other things, of increasing positive effects in connection with measures introduced under Voith 150+.
    Voith will press forward with the further implementation of Voith 150+ once again in the current 2014/15 fiscal year. In this respect, the focus is being placed not only on implementing excellence initiatives in all Group Divisions, but also on reorganizing global administrative functions. For 2015, Voith is planning to bundle and streamline parts of its administrative functions at a global and regional level.
    “The positive effects of Voith 150+ will gradually become visible over the next two years as the program becomes fully implemented. We are acting quickly and consistently in this regard, but are nevertheless taking the time necessary to press forward with the changes in a thorough manner and conscious of the responsibilities we have for our employees. The objective is to put Voith in a position to achieve long-term success. We have the best starting position for this task: a portfolio focusing on the needs of the future, healthy financial strength, an efficient organization and outstanding employees”, says CEO Lienhard.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    12.12.2014   Arne Wallin is leaving Holmen    ( Company news )

    Company news After 27 years with the Group, Arne Wallin (photo), CEO of the business area Holmen Energi, has decided to leave Holmen.

    “During his time with the Group, Arne Wallin has been mill manager at Braviken Paper Mill, CEO of the business area Holmen Paper and, for the past few years, CEO of Holmen Energi. Arne has overseen several major investment projects in Braviken and most recently led Holmen’s investments in wind power. His extensive knowledge and experience have been of great importance in supporting our ability to implement our own large-scale projects. Arne has also developed and rationalised our printing paper business during challenging times,” says Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen.

    Arne Wallin will leave his post at the start of 2015. From 15 January, Staffan Jonsson will be acting CEO of Holmen Energi, alongside his regular position as head of Group Technology.
    (Holmen AB)
     
    12.12.2014   Press Release - First Quality Tissue    ( Company news )

    Company news First Quality Tissue, a privately held leading manufacturer of ultra-premium towel and tissue, is pleased to provide the following update on its various capacity expansion projects.

    The company announced earlier this year its commitment to two additional TAD paper machines. The company has selected its Lock Haven, PA facility as the location for the second TAD paper machine and is in discussion with the state of PA and the local community to finalize details. Startup date for this line is expected to be December 2016.

    The first of the two TAD Machines is destined for Anderson, SC. Construction is in progress and a startup date of November 2015 is expected. The addition of these two machines will provide the company with the needed scale and the flexibility as well as the leadership to meet the demand of its customers and the market for ultra-premium tissue and towel products. The company is also very excited about its Atmos technology paper machine in Anderson SC and will be announcing its startup date next quarter. This technology will enable the company to expand its premium line of product offering beyond tissue and towel.

    Since inception, almost eleven years ago, First Quality Tissue has been committed to providing ultra-premium tissue and towel products to its customers in the United States, Canada and select International locations. These strategic announcements will bring their total number of tissue machines to 7 with an estimated capacity of 500,000 tons.
    (First Quality Tissue LLC)
     
    12.12.2014   Xerium Introduces ProSeam 3L Seam Felt Technology for Demanding Paper and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Paperboard Machines

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched ProSeam 3L felt technology for paper and paperboard machines. ProSeam 3L is engineered for those demanding positions where handling high water volume and critical sheet properties are primary objectives. ProSeam 3L is a triple layer laminated construction providing up to 25% more void volume than conventional double layer designs. Its top layer and specially engineered batt fibre deliver exceptional pressing uniformity with outstanding compaction resistance for extended life potential. ProSeam 3L also enables rapid seaming for efficient installation.

    “ProSeam 3L continues our long-standing commitment to providing our customers with innovative products that enable their machines to handle the increasing demands for enhanced productivity and improved sheet quality,” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. "As the global leader in seam felt technology, we are truly excited to introduce new high-performance machine clothing products that deliver measurable results for our customers”.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    12.12.2014   Fedrigoni: Withdrawal of the Global Offer    ( Company news )

    Company news Fedrigoni S.p.A. (“Fedrigoni”) and San Colombano S.p.A., acting in agreement with BNP
    Paribas and Unicredit Corporate & Investment Banking as Joint Global Coordinators, have taken the decision to withdraw the Global Offer for Sale and Subscription of the ordinary shares of Fedrigoni S.p.A..

    This decision reflects the additional and increasingly marked deterioration of the conditions on the financial markets during the offer period.
    On the strength of its competitive positioning and its equity and financial solidity, Fedrigoni confirms its growth and development plans and the listing on the financial market that still remains a strategic objective, also as a result of the significant appreciation and interest displayed by Italian and international investors towards the Company.
    (Fedrigoni)
     
    12.12.2014   Valmet's second OptiConcept M boardmaking line successfully started up at Lee & Man in China    ( Company news )

    Company news On June 18, 2014, Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd. started up their new Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, paper machine 20 (PM 20), at their Chongqing site in Sichuan Province in China. The new production line produces high-quality board grades from recycled raw material with excellent strength properties. PM 20 is the world's second start-up of Valmet's OptiConcept M -type production line. The line combines high productivity with low operating costs.

    Valmet's OptiConcept M production line delivery
    Valmet's delivery included a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel with related air systems.
    The new 6.65 meters wide (reel) PM 20 production line has a daily production capacity of approximately 1,160 tonnes of recycled testliner grades in the basis weight range of 50 to 160 g/m2. The design speed is 1,100 m/min.
    OptiConcept M production line stands for economy of total investment, occupational safety and machine usability as well as reduction of environmental load. The production line optimizes the machine investment in line with the mill's capacity needs and ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    12.12.2014   BOBST at ICE Europe 2015     ( Company news )

    Company news BOBST will be present at ICE Europe in Munich, Germany from 10th-12th March 2015 in Hall 6, stand #237 where the latest technologies for the flexible packaging, printing and converting industries will be presented. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to meet with BOBST specialists to discuss the new technologies in more detail. Of particular interest at this exhibition are the fields of vacuum metallizing and coating.

    BOBST answers the market needs for coating machines with the ROTOMELT, ROTOTACKY, ROTOSIL and ROTOCOAT (photo) production lines. They are designed based on a modular concept which allows for a tailor made process. These lines allow remarkable flexibility in regards to the choice of the most suitable coating technology for coated and/or laminated products. Combined with excellent process knowledge, this guarantees a final product of the highest quality.

    In the field of vacuum metallizing, the focus will be on two key innovations - BOBST General Hawkeye Pinhole Detector and the AlOx process. The Hawkeye Pinhole Detector is a monitoring system which at full metallizer speed, detects defects which results in increased production speed and increases in the quality of the final product. The AlOx process produces clear film with good water and oxygen barrier levels and can be used for products including baked goods and microwaveable food where product visibility is required.

    In lamination, BOBST CL 850 / CL 1000 multi-technology laminators and the SL 850 / SL 1000 solventless laminators produce superior quality laminated structures with the widest combination of materials which is possible due to the accuracy of the web handling control. The BOBST flexo coating system in particular ensures the best quality results in coating solvent-based adhesives directly on very thin aluminium foil at high speed.

    A superior web handling performance is also one of the hallmarks of BOBST ROTOEXTRUDER extrusion coating & laminating machines. These machines can produce the highest quality composite structures for the flexible packaging industry and can also handle a large variety of applications in the paper and board converting industries.

    The BOBST range of gravure presses is the most comprehensive in the industry. The platforms of printing solutions for flexible materials such as the Rotomec 4003 can match the user’s specific requirements and application in the most efficient and profitable way, due to the different configurations and options which are available.

    As for flexo printing the main focus will be on the BOBST F&K 20SIX which features print widths up to 1'650 mm, repeats up to 1'200 mm, and speeds up to 600 m/min. Designed to cover the whole range of packaging printing demands, the models of the F&K 20SIX platform provide technologies all with the aim of improving productivity in order to minimize waste, change-over time and energy consumption.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    12.12.2014   Wetend Innovation –In-Line PCC process– recognized by ATIP Innovation Award    ( Company news )

    Company news In-Line PCC™ process developed by Wetend Technologies Ltd, has been awarded a Bronze Innovation Award by the Paper Industry Technical Association in France (ATIP). Innovation Contest was organized in conjunction with the annual ATIP Conference and Exhibition in Grenoble, France on 28th–30th October 2014.

    In-Line PCC™ developed by Wetend Technologies Ltd is a new straight forward filler-fiber composite manufacturing process consisting of i.e. TrumpJet Flash Mixing Reactor integrated into PM headbox approach flow system.

    “In-Line PCC innovation is a result of a long term purposive work of our team together with key customers and scientific specialists. Innovation award is a great recognition to the technology”, says Olavi Imppola, R&D Director of Wetend Technologies, who received the prize on behalf of his team at ATIP conference in Grenoble.

    The technology has been installed on two large papermaking lines for full scale continuous production: In-Line PCC™ Reactor has been supplied to SC magazine paper production line (750 tons/day) in Finland to produce precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) loaded directly into papermaking stock generating filler–fiber composite. The investment was completed after thorough pilot and mill trials. The system is in continuous use and is running according the expectations and fulfilling objectives. Wetend has supplied In-Line PCC system also to a fine paper production line for envelope and copy paper in Finland.

    The main benefits of the In-Line PCC™ process are: strong filler fiber fibril composite structure as a result of powerful fiber loading effect, significant improvement in the cleanliness of the water circulation system leading to excellent runnability, good sheet optical properties and very high retention of filler and fines. Even filler distribution in paper web results to better formation and good strength properties of the paper web.

    These factors open opportunities to increase filler content in the paper and improve the cost structure of paper or board production with a modest investment cost. Thus the saving potential is significant. Better retention also means that less filler penetrates through wires, resulting to less wear and longer lifetime of machine clothing. The process cuts down white water COD content and turbidity. This results e.g. to lower consumption of chemicals, clean process and high runnability of paper or board machine.

    ATIP Conference & Exhibition has the position as the main meeting point of paper makers in Western Europe.
    (Wetend Technologies Ltd)
     
    11.12.2014   Sappi and Edinburgh Napier University discover new low-cost process to make nanocellulose    ( Company news )

    Company news -Sappi to build a pilot-scale plant for low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils production
    -Follows three year partnership between researchers from global pulp and paper producer Sappi and Edinburgh Napier University
    -Nanocellulose has potential to be used in a huge range of applications – from packaging and touch screen displays to car panels and wound care
    -Market could reach 35 million tonnes per year by 2020s
    -Continues Sappi’s move into new and adjacent business fields based on renewable raw materials

    Scientists from Edinburgh Napier University and Sappi have developed a low cost way to turn wood into a wonder material that could be used to build greener cars, thicken foods and even treat wounds.

    It means Sappi will be able to produce the lightweight material on a commercially viable basis – and without producing large volumes of chemical waste water associated with existing techniques. The energy-saving process will be used in a new nanocellulose producing pilot plant to be erected by Sappi.

    “Nanocellulose, extracted from wood fibres, has a number of unique optical, barrier and strength properties,” said project coordinator Math Jennekens, R&D Director at Sappi Europe. “Unlike other lightweight, high-strength materials based on fossil fuels it is completely sustainable, making it very desirable as a new material for various industrial and transport applications.”

    The versatile material has previously been produced by intensively processing wood pulp to release ultra-small, or ‘nano’ cellulose fibers – each so small that 2,000 could fit inside the width of a single strand of human hair.

    But the Edinburgh Napier research team say they have been able to drastically reduce the amount of energy needed to power the process, as well as the need for expensive chemicals.

    “What is significant about our process is the use of unique chemistry which has allowed us to very easily break down the wood pulp fibers into nanocellulose,” said Professor Rob English, who led the research with his Edinburgh Napier colleague, Dr. Rhodri Williams.

    “There is no expensive chemistry required and, most significantly, the chemicals used can be easily recycled and reused without generating large quantities of waste water.

    “It produces a dry powder that can be readily redispersed in water and leaves the nanocellulose unmodified – effectively making its surface a chemical “blank canvas” and so more easily combined with other materials.

    “The ability to bring all these attributes together have so far eluded materials scientists working in the field. It is very exciting.”

    Nanocellulose produced at the proposed Sappi plant could be used in a wide range of industrial and everyday products and devices because of the way they can improve the properties of materials they are combined with, said Professor English.

    “It could be used to thicken water-based products such as paints, foods and concrete,” he said. “Or when it’s used in plastics to make a composite it can replace glass fibers, which is very attractive in the production of the next generation of lighter, fuel-efficient vehicles.

    “Because of its low oxygen permeability it could also be a possible replacement for plastic films in packaging. Then there are also applications for it in containing films in lithium batteries and touch screen displays. And as cellulose is inherently bio-compatible and bio-absorbable, there is considerable potential in biomedical applications such as wound dressings and regenerative medicine.”

    Andrea Rossi, Group Head Technology, Sappi Limited, said a pilot production plant was being planned for “towards the end of 2015. This pilot plant” he continued “ will move Sappi into new adjacent business fields based on renewable raw materials to produce innovative performance materials and help in delivering on Sappi's strategy to seek growth opportunities in adjacent and new markets.”

    Professor English added: “Commercial interest in nanocellulose is growing at a phenomenal rate following predictions of a possible 35 million tonnes per year market by the 2020s. And so the key challenge now is very much in business development and understanding the value offered by nanocellulose in our target markets.”

    According to Andrea Rossi, the pilot plant will test the manufacturing of dry re-dispersible Cellulose NanoFibrils (CNF). Using this proprietary break-through technology, Sappi will ultimately be able to manufacture CNF with unique morphology, specifically modified for either hydrophobic or hydrophilic applications. Products produced will be optimally suitable for conversion in lighter and stronger fibre-reinforced composites and plastics, in food and pharmaceutical applications, and in rheology modifiers as well as in barrier and other paper and coating applications.

    Andrea Rossi indicated that using the products manufactured in the pilot-scale plant, Sappi will seek co-development with multiple partners to incorporate CNF into a large variety of product applications to optimise performance and to create unique characteristics.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     

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