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    17.10.2013   Tembec reorganizes leadership team and business groups    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Chris Black, currently Executive Vice President, Paper and Paper Pulp Group

    Tembec announced that Dennis Rounsville, Executive Vice President, Forest Products Group, is retiring.
    Chris Black, currently Executive Vice President, Paper and Paper Pulp Group, will take on additional leadership responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Forest Products, Paper and Paper Pulp Group. Christian Ribeyrolle remains Executive Vice President, Specialty Cellulose Group and operations for this business group are unchanged.
    “Dennis Rounsville has been a valuable member of our executive leadership team, and a significant contributor to Tembec and the forest products industry through his long career, and we wish him a fruitful and happy retirement,” said Tembec President and CEO James Lopez. “Chris Black has the business experience and skills to lead the new group forward.”
    “This change reflects the ongoing transformation of Tembec, as well as management’s continuing focus on costs as we reshape our business portfolio,” said James Lopez. “We are parting ways with people who have been dedicated employees and we wish them well in the next phase of their careers.”
    (Tembec Inc.)
     
    16.10.2013   Pulper detrashing from Voith proves a success in many stock preparation lines    ( Company news )

    Company news Disposal of the various contaminants contained in recovered paper poses the greatest challenge to pulper detrashing machines, but the IntensaMaXX from Voith masters it easily. IntensaMaXX facilitates malfunction-free operation with the highest concentrations of contaminants. IntensaMaXX was able to demonstrate this extraordinary capacity in many stock preparation lines. Paper manufacturers worldwide are convinced – already more than 30 units have been sold.
    “In May 2013 we put the first IntensaMaXX detrashing machine into operation,” says Dr. Marietta Jass-Teichmann, CEO of Papierfabrik Adolf Jass GmbH & Co. KG in Fulda, Germany. “Since then it has been running to our complete satisfaction. The capacity is extraordinarily good. For that reason we have also been using a second IntensaMaXX for disposal since the beginning of August.”
    An excentric and asymmetrical enclosure prevents spinning and every type of tail formation in the IntensaMaXX so that even a very high contaminant content does not cause problems during operation. As the contaminant discharge is oriented downward it facilitates reliable removal of heavy contaminants such as screws and stones. The rotor and screen plate are attached to the top of the machine, to minimize wear.
    IntensaMaXX works in an extremely reliable fashion with high throughput and a low maintenance outlay. Along with the high level of operational reliability, other costs can be reduced since substantially less energy is consumed than with the use of other detrashing machines. The investment in the machine is amortized in noticeably less than a year.
    IntensaMaxx is part of the BlueLine from Voith. BlueLine is an innovative product line for stock preparation which, thanks to the most modern technology, keeps energy, water and fiber consumption as low as possible.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    16.10.2013   Natasha Tandon is Head of Global Marketing and Product Management at manroland web systems    ( Company news )

    Company news As of 1st September 2013, Natasha Tandon (picture) is heading Global Marketing and Product Management at manroland web systems GmbH, Augsburg, Germany. Her predecessor Robert Wiedemann takes on new duties within the company concentrating on a special project to extend further the business fields for manroland web systems.
    “I am extremely pleased with this wonderful and challenging new assignment,” said Natasha Tandon. “I look forward to developing manroland web systems’ highly professional marketing and product management activities even further to promote our unique and leading brand, technology, products, and services at its best. I am glad to build on a committed team of experts who are a pleasure to work with. Also I would like to thank Robert Wiedemann for the great job he has done in the past years and wish him good luck for his new role.”

    From India to Germany with manroland web systems
    Natasha Tandon completed her Master’s in Marketing from IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication) and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delhi. Moreover she has years of diverse experience working in renowned companies in India. She started her career as an analyst with American Express, and then worked as a communications consultant before taking over the position of National Marketing Manager at manroland India in New Delhi. Within this role, in addition to Marketing, Strategy and Brand Management, Natasha Tandon was also responsible for Sales Management and Business Development assignments for the Indian market.
    “Being now responsible for the worldwide marketing and product management activities is a perfect extension of my previous function and I am looking forward to working closely with our customers all over the world to develop new products and services to suit their requirements and thus bring them forward and contribute to their success. Our customers and their demands and wishes are in the focus of all we do. Against this background I am delighted to meet the representatives of the international printing industry at World Publishing Expo in Berlin as the first big event of my term.”
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
     
    16.10.2013   Mohawk Announces New Hires in Fine Paper and Digital Divisions     ( Company news )

    Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, is pleased to announce several new hires to support its Mohawk Fine Paper and Mohawk Digital business divisions.
    The two new divisions were recently created to support the growth in Mohawk’s emerging digital business while securing the future of its core fine paper business.
    “Mohawk’s traditional fine paper business is mature, while our digital business has experienced, and is positioned for, rapid growth. Given the differing maturity levels of these two segments, it was necessary to develop individual growth strategies to ensure future success.” said Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mohawk.

    Mohawk announces the following new hires in the Fine Paper Division:
    Norman Charette has joined as District Sales Manager for the New England Region. Charette comes to Mohawk from Ariva/RIS Paper, where he spent the past 19 years in sales management and business development. He holds a B.S./B.A. in Marketing and an MBA, both from Nichols College. He resides in Massachusetts.

    Christine Schaaf has joined as District Sales Manager for Chicago. Schaaf comes to Mohawk from Gruppo Cordenons, an Italian specialty papers mill, where she was employed as Midwest Sales Manager. Schaaf services Mohawk customers and oversees business development in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Marquette University and lives in Chicago.

    Brian Sagula has joined as District Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region, servicing Mohawk customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Long Island, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Sagula comes to Mohawk with nearly 20 years of sales and business development experience. Brian holds Brian holds a B.S. in Marketing from Illinois State University and lives in Pennsylvania.

    Marc Zitron has joined as District Sales Manager for the Southeast Region, servicing Mohawk customers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Zitron comes to Mohawk from the NewPage Corporation, where he spent the past decade as Sr. Commercial Print Sales Manager. With nearly 30 years of sales and business development experience, Zitron also previously worked with International Paper and Cincinnati Cordage and Paper Company. He resides in Florida.

    Trent Graham has joined as District Sales Manager for the Southeast Region, servicing Mohawk Customers in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Graham comes to Mohawk from Glatfelter where he spent the last seven years as Territory Manager. Previously, he was an account Manager with Xpedx –The Sterling Group and RR Donnelley in Atlanta. Graham holds a

    Kevin Koetz has joined as District Sales Manager for the Midwest Territory, servicing Mohawk customers in Indiana, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Koetz comes to Mohawk from Baseman Group where he was an Account Executive, and was also previous owner of The Graphic Printery, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. Koetz holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Bowling Green University and resides in Ohio.

    Catherine Radoncic has joined as Digital Specialist in the Mid-Atlantic region for Mohawk, serving customers in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. A graduate of Mount Saint Mary College, Radoncic has 24 years digital experience with the Xerox Corporation, most recently as Lead Supply Account Manager.

    Mary Kay Dupont has joined as Digital Specialist in the New England region for Mohawk, serving customers in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Dupont brings has over 25 years of sales and business development experience in the industry and is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.

    New Mohawk employees in the Fine Paper division report into divisional President Kevin Richard, and new Digital employees report into divisional President Paul Biesiadecki.
    (Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.)
     
    16.10.2013   Honeywell To Provide Process Automation Technology For New Russian Pulp Paper Mill     ( Company news )

    Company news North Star Pulp Industrial Complex LLC to Help Meet Growing Demand for Paper Products in China

    Picture: Honeywell's Experion PKS

    Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced that it has been selected to provide the process control system for a new pulp mill under construction in the Chita region of southeast Russia – the first greenfield pulp mill to be built in Russia in 35 years.
    Built and operated by Russian North Star Pulp Industrial Complex LLC, but wholly owned by Chinese firm Heilongjiang Xingbang International Resources Investment Co. Ltd., the new pulp mill will use Honeywell’s Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) to run plant operations. The new mill will have an annual capacity of 230,000 tons of unbleached market pulp when fully operational. Start-up is expected in mid-2015.
    The entire output of the mill will be exported to China to meet the growing demand for paper goods there, including construction material, packaging and other products. Consumption of paper-based goods in China continues to rise at a rate of around 10 percent a year and is expected to reach 115 million tons in 2015. The new pulp mill project is one result of efforts for greater cooperation between Russia’s Chita region and the neighboring Heilonhjiang province of China.
    “Having efficient control systems in place helps improve production performance several times over, so we put a great emphasis on choosing the right ones. Honeywell's Experion PKS fully meets our requirements in terms of energy efficiency, reliability and safety,” said Yang Guangwen, chief engineer and vice general manager, North Star Pulp Industrial Complex LLC. “In addition, Honeywell has offices in Siberia and in China, which will make our collaboration easier.”
    Honeywell's Experion® PKS will be installed in all of the mill’s major process areas including wood preparation, pulping and drying, as well as the chemical recovery and combined heat and power plant.
    “Honeywell has the innovative technologies and the depth of experience in the pulp and paper industry to meet North Star Pulp Industrial Complex’s need for a highly productive and efficient pulp mill,” said Jarmo Kosunen, program director for Honeywell Process Solutions. “Our technology will manage every main process in the mill, improving productivity, process reliability and helping to prevent unplanned shutdowns.”
    (Honeywell International Inc.)
     
    16.10.2013   Södra's Interim Report Jan-Sep 2013: Greatly improved earning capacity     ( Company news )

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

    Interim report Jan-Sep 2013

    • Net revenue was SEK 12,436 million, which represents a drop of 4 per cent. This drop is primarily due to a fall in sales of electricity certificates and the closing of the CTMP mill at Follafoss, Norway.

    • Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, rose by SEK 780 million compared to the same period last year and totalled SEK 190 million. At the same time costs have decreased by 9 per cent.

    • Operating profit after restructuring costs was SEK -706 million. Over the corresponding period for 2012, operating profit was SEK -590 million.

    • In July, Södra decided to close the pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. Restructuring costs are SEK 896 million and are accounted for separately in the results.

    • Cash flow after investments was SEK 295 million, which is SEK 939 million higher than the corresponding period for 2012.

    Picture: Lars Idermark, CEO; Photo: Ola Åkeborn

    The Group Chief Executive's comments

    "We can see that our markets continue to be characterised by the weak economy and the strong Swedish krona. Despite this, our earning capacity grew over the year.
    The change when looking at the trend over recent months is particularly evident. Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs in the third quarter of this year, was SEK 221 million. This is SEK 608 million above the same period last year," commented Lars Idermark Group President and CEO at Södra.

    "An important factor in the improvement in earnings was the savings and efficiency measures that have been implemented, which total more than a quarter of a billion kronor to date this year," he continued.

    Despite weak economic growth in Europe, the market for softwood sulphate pulp has continued to develop positively. The reduction in demand that normally occurs over the summer months failed to materialise this year. The strong market balance is expected to continue for the remainder of the year, and Södra raised the price of softwood sulphate pulp to USD 900 per tonne on October 1. The impact of the price increase on Södra Cell's profitability is determined by how the Swedish krona moves against the US dollar.

    "A contributing factor to the strong market growth for softwood sulphate pulp is our decision to close the plant at Tofte. The mill ceased production in August and means capacity has been reduced by 375,000 tonnes per year," Idermark added.

    Södra Cell has enjoyed a significant improvement in earnings over the year and currently has good profitability, despite the prevailing economic climate.

    "Last year's results were impacted by significant losses in the Norwegian mills, which made us take the decision to close."

    For sawn timber products, the market has gradually strengthened over the year, albeit from a low level. The market is currently characterised by stable demand and unchanged prices. Södra Timber's production over the first nine months rose to 1,085,000 cubic metres up from 1,001,000 cubic metres for the same period last year.

    "Ahead of the last quarter, we note an improvement in demand for sawn timber products in some of our key markets and we also see some room for improvement in prices. The new sawmill at Värö is now fully expanded and operates a three-shift production system, in order to establish profitability. We anticipate a continued high rate of production at our sawmills and we will produce more than 1.5 million cubic metres this year. Next year, we expect to achieve total production of approximately 1.7 million cubic metres," remarked Idermark.

    The market for interior products is affected by a continued slow pace both in terms of construction and home renovations. Deliveries improved over the autumn from a seasonal aspect.

    "Södra Interiör is currently undergoing an extensive programme of change to create a more efficient, more customer and market oriented organisation in order to further increase competitiveness."

    Forestry operations over the summer and early autumn were characterised by a strong contraction and build up of standing timber stock.

    "We have a strong offering in the timber market and the price increase that we implemented in May has had the intended effect," according to Idermark.

    "Good harvesting conditions with a dry autumn have paved the way for a high level of harvesting activity. The outlook for the end of the year is good, and we envision that Södra's operations will continue to have a consistently high demand for raw timber products," Idermark concluded.

    For more information, please contact:
    Lars Idermark, Group President and CEO Södra
    Tel +46 (0)470-894 35

    Magnus Berg, Director of Communications, Södra
    Tel +46 (0)70-52 894 83
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    15.10.2013   New Toscotec eco-sustainable tissue line for Eurovast's Cartiera della Basilica in Lucca    ( Company news )

    Company news The Italian company Eurovast has chosen Toscotec to supply new machinery for its Cartiera della Basilica Lugliano-Bagni di Lucca (LU) plant.
    The machinery with a maximum production capacity of over 30.000 tonnes/year and winder paper size of 2800 mm will go into production in the first quarter of 2014.
    Eurovast, a limited liability company managed by the Romano family and headed by entrepreneur Vincenzo Romano, is at the forefront of the Lucchese paper making industry. It has been working in the tissue market since the beginning of the ‘90s. The company currently has a production capacity of more than 70,000 tonnes per year with a total plant surface area of 36,000 m2 (three paper production plants and two processing plants located in the Lucca region in Bagni di Lucca, Villa Basilica, Lanciole, Capannori and Borgo a Mozzano). The production chain starts with the raw material and the fibres that are selected directly from Cartiera della Basilica. These are then transformed in the converting area of Eurovast SpA plants. Products are developed paying particular attention to health, safety, practicality and eco-sustainability. The company has followed a dynamic and innovative path, which resulted in bringing “Rotolotto®” to the shelf in 1994. “Rotolotto®” is the first single roll (typical of the industrial sector) for domestic use. For Eurovast this product was the driving force for growth and expansion that continues today with a complete range that includes the Fior di Carta® and Fior di Carta Lifestyle® brands.
    The new machinery is a MODULO-PLUS crescent former in double press configuration and steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-3200MM with a maximum speed of 1500 m/min; it’s the ideal solution for meeting the demand for a high quality product together with the need for energy savings and emission reductions.
    Care for the environment and the desire to install an eco-sustainable and innovative system were Eurovast’s determining factors in choosing to offer the consumer manufacturing excellence in a rapidly expanding sector.
    The machinery will be installed at the existing site following the dismantling of the current machinery. Engineering services, assembly supervision, commissioning and start-up are all taken care of by Toscotec.
    This new investment made by Eurovast will ensure the continuation of the growth process that begun in 2007 and allowed the company to adopt new paper making systems aimed at improved paper quality. For example, the purchase in 2008 and 2011 of new machinery for the paper transformation plant led to an improvement in product quality and aesthetics.
    Attention to health, safety, energy saving and eco-sustainability, which is the fruit of a privileged relationship between the company and its clients, make up the driving force in choosing Toscotec as a reliable partner for this project.
    The partnership between the two companies will long continue given that last October, on the occasion of the celebrations for the sale of Toscotec’s 100th steel Yankee dryer, Eurovast was awarded as the first company in the world to have installed the TT SYD Yankee dryer in 2000 in its Botticino plant.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    15.10.2013   Introducing the Roland VersaCAMM VS-i - the new generation of the world's best-selling printer    ( Company news )

    Company news Roland DG introduces the VersaCAMM VS-i large format printer/cutter series, including the VS-640i (1625mm), the VS-540i (1371mm), and the VS-300i (762mm). The VersaCAMM VS-i is the next generation of the world's best-selling printer in the durable graphics market*1. It is an advanced, yet affordable wide format printer/cutter equipped with the new ECO-SOL MAX2 ink and a range of productivity and usability enhancements to deliver the versatility and exceptional image quality sought by print professionals.
    The new VS-i series continues Roland's rich history of innovation and builds upon the highly successful Roland VersaCAMM range, the world's best-selling printer in the durable graphics market. Leveraging Roland's leading print and cut technology, renowned reliability, and ease of use, and then adding to this a range of powerful new features and usability enhancements, the VS-i is one of the most versatile and affordable solutions available, and is destined to remain the world's favourite printer/cutter for durable graphics.
    The VS-i series incorporates the new high definition, nickel free ECO-SOL MAX2 ink, available in nine colours including CMYKLcLm, White, Metallic Silver and Light Black. The new light black delivers accurate reproduction of greys and skin tones, for flawless photographic reproductions and seamless gradients. The latest generation white and metallic inks offer higher density than ever before, plus approximately 1.5 times faster production speed for white ink, and up to 2 times the speed for metallic ink compared to the previous model. All this enables the VS-i series to produce a versatile range of profitable applications including durable outdoor banners, labels, window graphics, vehicle wraps and fine art prints.
    In addition, the new VS-i series has a range of usability enhancements including front loading ink cartridges for easy user access, and the ability to adjust cut settings during operation to improve accuracy and flexibility on long or complex jobs and achieve flawless cutting results. The integrated contour cutting on the VS-i series can produce graphics of any shape in one seamless workflow. Backed by a comprehensive Roland warranty program and a range of premium after sales solutions through Roland DG Care including Roland DG Academy training and Roland DG Creative Center, the VS-i is a complete print solution.
    (Roland DG GmbH)
     
    15.10.2013   KBR to Deliver World-class Maintenance for International Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced that it has been awarded a contract by International Paper to provide total maintenance services for one of Russia’s most productive paper mills located in Svetogorsk, Russia. The undisclosed contract value will be booked into backlog in KBR’s third quarter of 2013.
    For nearly a decade, KBR has provided a full range of total maintenance services to increase production and reliability of the Svetogorsk mill. This contract is for three years with the option to renegotiate commercial terms after the first year.
    “KBR recognizes that delivering maintenance excellence and reliability improvement is essential to the long-term success of the Svetogorsk mill and we are committed to further strengthening our client’s market position and world-class performance,” said Darrell Hargrave, President, Industrial Services, KBR. “Over the years of working with International Paper, we have built an exceptionally solid relationship and KBR is delighted to continue this partnership.”
    (KBR)
     
    15.10.2013   The 9th edition of the Paper Recycling Conference Europe embarks on Warsaw and announces...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...full high-profile agenda

    Taking place for the first time in Warsaw, Poland, from 30-31 October, 2013, the 14th edition of the Paper Recycling Conference Europe, organised by Recycling Today Media Group and Smithers Pira, announces its fully confirmed programme.

    Organisers of the Paper Recycling Conference Europe, Recycling Today Media Group and Smithers Pira, are delighted to announce the European recovered paper conference agenda for 2013
    It is once again positioned to provide a forum for the entire industry to network and share ideas while also gaining insight into key industry drivers from the perspectives of the consuming and supply side of the market.
    Statistics in recently published reports from the European Recovered Paper Council show that fibre was collected and recycled an average of 3.5 times in 2012, with a worldwide average of 2.4 times. In addition,
    figures showed that Europe recycled 71.7 per cent of its paper in 2012, allowing us to indulge in the fact that paper recycling as an industry truly is ‘made in Europe.’
    Given that, this will be an interesting and insightful year to join in the discussions at the Paper Recycling Conference Europe, which is fully equipped to address quality challenges, trading issues and provide a detailed update on plastics recycling trends.
    The conference is set to kick off with an executive session featuring leaders of paper and recycling companies plus forecasts from Smithers Pira’s expert consultant Graham Moore. Each speaker will give insight into where he or she predicts the industry will be in 5-10 years and how these individuals are trying to position their companies for any changes which they see to be forthcoming.
    The two-day agenda, including the ever popular mill buyers session chaired by Bill Moore fosters a better exchange of information and ideas in the buying and selling process. The conference also provides a unique focus on how to optimise production and re-tool recycling centres for the future, with an emphasis on improving quality and efficiency of operations.
    An additional focus of this year’s programme will be on the trends, challenges and opportunities in plastics recycling, incorporating growth trends in film plastics.
    Once again the conference programme will be complemented by a table-top exhibition area, the main destination for the extended networking breaks, ensuring attendees make the most of their time in Warsaw and exchange ideas and contacts with the rest of
    the recycling supply chain throughout the two days.
    (European Paper Recycling Conference)

     
    15.10.2013   DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE celebrates its 475th anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news With many years of experience in producing high quality special papers DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE will celebrate its 475th anniversary this year. Herzog Ernst der Bekenner was the Duke of Braunschweig and Lüneburg when he founded the mill in 1538.
    During the founding period in the middle of the Renaissance the paper produced at the mill was used only in the immediate region of Braunschweig and Lüneburg. Today the special papers that are made in Lachendorf are delivered to customers worldwide.

    Through its thoughtful handling of all resources DREWSEN is a very healthy medium-sized family business. Inherent values such as:
    · A long-term future orientation
    · An open and friendly atmosphere and
    · Reliable and cooperative partnerships with our customers
    form the core of our business culture.

    True to our ethos of “Tradition meets Innovation” DREWSEN, together with their customers, consistently continues to develop its Security Papers, Technical Special Papers and Information Papers. Innovative papers created by DREWSEN follows the principle: “From carrier of information to function provider“.
    DREWSEN’s newest product development is Barrier-Papers, under the trademark PROBARRIER. These papers prevent penetration of fats or water and can be used to provide protection in the food and packaging industry. DREWSEN abstains from the use of any biologically non-degradable plastic fibres or fluoropolymerics in the PROBARRIER Papers.
    With over 400 well-trained and highly motivated staff, and an efficient manufacturing site producing 180.000 tons per annum DREWSEN is well placed to continue its success story together with its customers.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    15.10.2013   SCA Chairman in the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA chairman Sverker Martin-Löf has been recognized for outstanding leadership contributions to the paper industry. On October 3, he was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.
    The Paper Industry International Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who, through their inventions, initiative and efforts, have built or improved paper and allied industries worldwide. Martin-Löf and five other paper industry notables from the United States, Finland, Germany, and Sweden have joined the distinguished roster of 111 previously inducted honorees of the Paper Hall of Fame.
    Martin-Löf, who is being recognized for his outstanding contributions in the leadership category, is one of Sweden’s most renowned industrialists. He has played a key role in a number of Swedish industries, including pulp and paper. He was president and CEO of SCA from 1990-2002 and has been chairman since 2002. Under his leadership, and together with the CEO Jan Johansson, SCA has finalized a repositioning with the aim of balancing the cyclical business and increasing the share of value-added products that completely turned around the product mix. By the end of 2012, tissue and personal hygiene products, including global tissue brand Tork and world incontinence leader TENA, represented 80 percent of the total sales of SCA.
    In addition to SCA, Martin-Löf is currently chairman of Industrivärden, one of the Nordic region’s leading holding companies, which includes investments in companies such as SCA, Handelsbanken, Sandvik, Volvo, Ericsson, SSAB, Skanska and ICA Group. Martin-Löf is also chairman of SSAB as well as vice-chairman of Ericsson and Handelsbanken and a board member of Skanska.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    14.10.2013   Favini broadens its luxury packaging offering: new gloss and embossing for Classy Covers    ( Company news )

    Company news Favini, the innovative Italian paper manufacturer, has added glossy new colors and two new embossing techniques to the company’s Classy Covers collection of embossed papers, which is ideally suited to all binding and finishing processes and is particularly popular for laminating boxes.
    The two new embosses, Stripe and Classic Linen, join the original canvas effect emboss. Stripe features an elegant, minimalist pinstripe pattern, while Classic Linen has a refined fabric effect. The new glossy colours – cobalt blue, red and black – and the new embossings make Classy Covers a strong range for all covering needs.
    Classy Covers are made using high-quality raw materials that increase the strength of the paper throughout all stages of production. Resistance to scratching, fingerprints and general wear make Classy Covers perfectly adapted to luxury packaging.
    Classy Covers are coloured in the stock, so there are no undesirable white cut lines along the edges of the boxes as happens when using paper that is only coloured on the surface. The dyes that Favini use ensure excellent levels of light resistance, essential for packaging that maintains the same brilliant colours across the whole package, whether exposed to sunlight or not.
    Classy Covers comes in a great many variations, all of which provide no-compromise quality for the best in luxury packaging.
    (Favini Srl)
     
    14.10.2013   North American customers choose MoveRoll    ( Company news )

    Company news MoveRoll Oy has secured several orders from US-based customers

    In the last four weeks, innovative roll handling equipment supplier MoveRoll has received several orders for horizontal conveyors, turntables, and centralizing modules. The orders will be shipped to paper mills in Texas, Ohio, and Georgia before the end of 2013.
    “I am very pleased to see that our new and innovative technology has been very well received by paper mills and system suppliers in North America. Getting this kind of acceptance is a proof of the high quality of our products.” says Mikko Rantanen, CEO of MoveRoll.
    MoveRoll has developed a patented pressure conveying system and supplies high-quality roll handling equipment on a global scale. For distribution, MoveRoll cooperates with Sales Partners and Assembly Partners. With Georgia-based Sales Partner RTS Alliance, the company has developed a sales network for products and spare parts covering the whole of North America. Complex roll handling projects are handled by Assembly partners, such as Advanced Dynamics that lately received orders for two major systems including a variety of MoveRoll products.
    (MoveRoll Oy)
     
    14.10.2013   Major order at ASIA SYMBOL Rizhao    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has commissioned GAW technologies to deliver the wet end chemicals and working stations for BM12 as well as the coating colour preparation for BM12/13 of ASIA SYMBOL Rizhao (part of APRIL Group), Shandong Province/China.
    Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), established in 1993, is one of the leading fibre / pulp and paper manufacturers and one of the world’s largest producers of bleached hardwood kraft pulp. The integrated pulp and paperboard mill ASIA SYMBOL in Rizhao commenced commercial operations in 2005.
    The board machines 12 and 13 will share the same coating colour kitchen. Coating colour preparation is one of the key competences of GAW technologies - a globally preferred supplier wherever value-creating solutions in processing plant for the manufacture of refined paper and cardboard need to be found for individual customers. Four coating colour mixers will be installed to ensure the particular flexibility of the coating colour manufacture for the mill site in Rizhao. Also a wastewater treatment system will be erected to ensure lowest impact on the environment. Environmental conservation is an important part of APRIL’s principles.
    The new board machine BM12 will produce liquid packaging board for the food industry (special hygiene standards will be executed during the installation works) and will have a width of 4.6 meter and a production speed of 900 m/min. The start-up is scheduled for summer 2014.
    (GAW technologies GmbH)
     
    14.10.2013   VERSO INTRODUCES ASPECT® EDP FACE SHEET    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS) introduces Aspect® EDP Face Sheet, the latest addition to its growing portfolio of Aspect® Label and Release Papers products.
    The Aspect® Label and Release Papers product line, which includes
    pressure-sensitive face sheet, cut and stack label, and SCK release paper, leverages generations of Verso papermaking expertise to deliver specialty paper solutions that meet the stringent requirements of label customers.
    The Aspect® EDP Face Sheet product is an uncoated, high brightness, surface-sized freesheet paper suitable for impact and non-impact printing. It possesses an appealing combination of brightness and
    shade, resulting in enhanced bar code and human readable printing.
    The Aspect® EDP Face Sheet paper’s physical properties provide the dimensional stability and strength required in the pressure-sensitive label converting process.
    “With our growing line of Aspect® Label and Release Papers, Verso continues to expand our ability to serve customers for pressure-sensitive and glue-applied label technologies,” says Mike Weinhold, Verso’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development.
    “Our Aspect® EDP Face Sheet product adds another high quality solution for our label customers.”
    Verso manufactures its Aspect® products on the No. 4 paper machine at its Androscoggin mill in Jay, Maine. “Androscoggin’s No. 4 paper machine is well positioned with relative machine scale and an integrated pulp supply,” Weinhold explains. “Androscoggin, like all of our mills, has a strong manufacturing focus on producing consistent, quality products, and our Aspect® Label and Release Papers are no exception. Our customers want a product and a supplier they can rely on, and Verso delivers on both of those needs.”
    (Verso Paper Corp.)
     
    14.10.2013   Energy360 from Voith: all-round analysis leads to energy reduction    ( Company news )

    Company news With Energy360, Voith will in future go beyond a simple determination and allocation of energy consumption in the manufacture of paper. In addition, energy saving potentials will be identified, corresponding measures defined and their successful implementation monitored. Energy360 combines service and software. The hardware can also be supplied, if required.
    The many decades of experience by Voith staff and expert knowledge about each section was key in the development of Energy360, as were valuable comparative figures taken from the entire paper industry. The focus in this process is on the overall energy consumption of a paper mill. Actual analyses showed that cost reductions by up to 30% are possible for gas, oil and electricity.
    Energy360 is designed to identify consumption and savings potentials across the entire process via EnergyQuickScan, a concise consulting service. It will result in an overview of potential projects to reduce energy consumption. This will also include budget and calculation of the return on investment of the projects. In a further step, the customer receives a detailed, audit-level analysis for several projects.
    If required, Voith service teams will assist directly on site with the implementation. OnV EnergyProfiler, a Voith reporting and monitoring tool, subsequently offers full monitoring of the measures implemented. This will make the energy savings transparent and ensure their effectiveness over the long term.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    14.10.2013   AVERY DENNISON EXPANDS ITS EUROPEAN FSC®-CERTIFIED LABEL PORTFOLIO    ( Company news )

    Company news Avery Dennison is once again expanding its Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)-certified portfolio of paper label materials available in Europe.

    “Label converters and brand owners are looking for innovations that improve sustainability credentials,” said Angelo Depietri, vice president and general manager, Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe. “As a market leader, it’s our responsibility to develop, produce and promote products that help decrease environmental impact. Expanding our FSC-certified portfolio reinforces Avery Dennison’s commitment to offer more sustainable label and packaging solutions and is an important next step in our effort to make our industry more sustainable.”

    Since the beginning of this year, Avery Dennison has added more than 50 new FSC-certified label materials to its product portfolio. The portfolio now totals more than 150 different constructions, with more expected before the end of the year, that will feature core face stocks used in food, wine, spirits and dairy applications.

    The new additions to the portfolio are price-neutral compared with competing non-FSC-certified products. The FSC Chain-of-Custody process ensures the customer that the materials in the products they purchase are coming from responsibly managed sources. The new additions to the Avery Dennison portfolio will help drive the use of these products throughout the value chain.
    Avery Dennison is one of 24,000 FSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certified companies, able to meet the requirements of what is acknowledged to be the most rigorous, credible forest certification system.

    The Forest Stewardship Council was founded in 1993 to stop illegal logging and uncontrolled destruction of key environmental resources. Its mission today is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. The FSC-certification process follows the trail of the products from forests through the entire supply chain, and verifies that certified materials are identified or separated from non-certified material at all stages.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    11.10.2013   "New Premises for CITO UK Ltd."    ( Company news )

    Company news On 1st July 2013 CITO UK Ltd. moved into their new building on Wimsey Way in Alfreton, Derbyshire. The move to these significantly larger business premises was the inevitable outcome of an ongoing success story over recent years. In 1993, the original UK Company was taken over by the CITO GROUP and today it is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the German firm CITO-SYSTEM GmbH. At the time of joining the German parent company, their business premises were located in Poole, Dorset; however, after a short period of time, the main office was relocated to Alfreton in the Midlands. It was from this site on the Acre Ridge Industrial Estate that CITO UK supplied to the British packaging, diecutting and printing industry for 20 years.
    By November 1996 the warehouse capacity had become inadequate, so a second unit was acquired, which doubled the storage area. Two new business sectors have been added in the last few years – PrintLine and FormLine – and CITO UK now has a strong customer base in the UK and Ireland for these products as well. As part of the CITO GROUP, which extends from the UK right across to Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, CITO UK has greatly expanded its international activities. Around 235 million people live in this economic zone, which is almost half of all EU citizens. With its market becoming so much larger, CITO UK naturally found it necessary to create more space. The new building has a storage area of 10,000 square foot and with a roof height of 19 foot, it offers plenty of options for further expansion. The new building has created many more opportunities for improving logistics; this is particularly necessary because of the growth in business from 1 mm cutting plates and HS CITO cutting rules.
    Another product line that has undergone continual expansion over recent years is the range of CITO creasing systems. There are five distinct product groups – PRO, DYNAMIC, STANDARD, BASIC and PLAST – which combine to make CITO the world market leader in this field and this of course also applies to the UK market. The following statement from Jürgen Marien, owner/shareholder of the European CITO GROUP, indicates continuing success for the future: “I have had the pleasure of working successfully alongside my UK colleagues for over 20 years now. The UK is the most significant member of the CITO GROUP outside of Germany. I believe in the long-term potential of the UK market and that’s why I was happy to invest in Alfreton, thereby creating an opportunity for further growth at that site.”
    The new building will provide the same top quality products and service at competitive prices which has become synonymous with the CITO name. The CITO GROUP of companies sets benchmarks worldwide, against which it monitors its own standards on a daily basis. John Bray, General Manager of CITO UK Ltd, gives this assurance: “We owe our success entirely to our customers, so we will continue to work on being your partner for success.” To fulfil this task, the UK staff can draw on the innovative strength of the entire CITO GROUP.
    This European-based family of companies regards itself as a builder of bridges between the printing/packaging industry and the die-makers. New products for the benefit of the industry as a whole are constantly under development and the aim here is to again outgrow the new production facilities and create new jobs in Alfreton.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    11.10.2013   Celebrating Carton of the Year     ( Company news )

    Company news The 2013 Pro Carton/ECMA Awards for outstanding carton packaging were awarded in Dubrovnik on 19 September. Stora Enso is pleased to celebrate the Carton of the Year - a unique Moët & Chandon Champagne box - as well as three other category winners who used Stora Enso's board materials in their award-winning packaging solutions.
    The jury bestowed the title of Carton of the Year 2013 on the Twinkle Box, which keeps a bottle of champagne chilled for up to two hours. The solution, created by Van Genechten for Moët & Chandon, replaces conventional metal or plastic bottle coolers. The graphic design and structural form of the box are in perfect harmony. Two grades of cartonboard with metallised surfaces were laminated for production, and the outer ply is made from Stora Enso's Ensocoat.
    "This carton breaks the traditional mould, as it is much shorter than conventional champagne packs and the neck of the bottle is on display whilst the carton encloses the lower half of the bottle to provide security and shelf appeal. In addition, the carton can be stored in the refrigerator and, being insulated, will help keep the bottle cool once it is taken out," the jury reported.

    Winners in three other categories
    Stora Enso supplied board to three other category winners, including the Most Innovative, Pharmaceutical and Shelf Ready & Display categories. "Success in such diverse categories and the versatility of the award-winning packaging solutions reflect the potential of our wide product portfolio. We can offer the options and expertise needed to support brand owners and packaging manufacturers who want to rethink their packaging," says Öystein Aksnes, General Packaging Segment Director at Stora Enso. "While the champagne box is an example of the sophisticated use of board in a very high-end product, the child-resistant Nicorette package that won in the Pharmaceutical category shows how our expertise in advanced polymer-coated materials can be used to achieve an innovative and functional solution."
    The Nicorette package manufactured by A&R Carton for McNeil is made from a special, tear-resistant grade of Ensocard. The objective was a child-proof solution, with barrier function and suited for fully automatic processing. "A clever one-piece construction that could be packed at high speed and had excellent graphics that would attract attention at the point of sale," the jury noted.
    The award for the Most Innovative Carton was given to Deltaclip, a board-based alternative to one of the world's best-known and most-used products: the paper clip. The solution developed by Schut Hoes Cartons and Deltaclip International provides the same functionality at the same low cost, but the product is made entirely of sustainable, renewable board material, Ensocoat 2S. The winner of the Shelf Ready & Display category was Coverit, with its compact presentation tool for stores and shops that sell decorating materials. High-quality offset printing and a laminated structure manufactured by Lucaprint from Stora Enso's CKB® board proved to be the ideal solution.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    11.10.2013   MERCER INTERNATIONAL INC. AMENDS STENDAL CREDIT FACILITIES TO PROVIDE ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...STENDAL MILL WITH GREATER FLEXIBILITY

    Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq: MERC, TSX: MRI.U) (the "Company") announced that Stendal has successfully amended its senior project finance credit facility (approximately €413 million outstanding) and its €17.0 million amortizing term facility in respect of Project Blue Mill (approximately €15 million outstanding) (the "Stendal Facilities").
    The amendment agreement modifies the Stendal Facilities to provide the Stendal mill greater financial flexibility by, among other things:
    -Waiving compliance with the annual debt service cover ratio and the senior debt to EBITDA cover ratio under the Stendal Facilities until and including December 31, 2013;
    -Amending the same so that the financial covenants now deduct from senior debt cash in the debt service reserve account and cash above a stipulated threshold in order to include certain cash reserves in the calculation of senior debt;
    -Providing that a failure to satisfy the covenant to maintain an annual debt service cover ratio under the Stendal Facilities would only be an event of default when amounts in the debt service reserve account plus certain cash reserves are below a specified threshold; and
    -Revising the calculation of amounts required to cure financial covenant defaults under the Stendal Facilities.

    In connection with the amendment agreement, the Company made a capital investment of $20.0 million in Stendal.
    "We are pleased to have successfully amended a nd improved the covenants in our Stendal mill credit facilities, which will provide our Stendal mill with greater flexibility," said Mr. Jimmy Lee,
    President and Chairman. "We are pleased with the continued support of our lenders."
    (Mercer International Inc.)
     
    11.10.2013   FORTRESS PAPER ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF COGENERATION FACILITY    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill in Thurso

    Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announces that the Company has successfully completed the mandatory 100 hour grid test for its cogeneration facility at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill (the "FSC Mill") and the cogeneration facility is now delivering power to the Hydro Québec grid at the contracted commercial rate.
    Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, remarked, "We are very pleased that the final stage of testing for the cogeneration facility at the FSC Mill has been successfully completed and that the Company is now delivering power to the Hydro Québec grid at the contracted rate. This will reduce our production costs at the mill and create a legacy of environmentally friendly power production for the region."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    11.10.2013   Sappi Fine Paper Europe to adjust SBS board prices in November    ( Company news )

    In light of continuous and sustained increases in costs of raw materials, Sappi Fine Paper Europe will be raising its SBS board prices by 75 €/ton effective 15 November 2013.

    "We have seen a gradual continuing increase in the costs of raw materials required to manufacture our SBS board," said Rosemarie Asquino, Sappi Europe’s Sales & Marketing Director Speciality Papers. " We understand that this may cause some difficulty for customers, who are also facing their own pricing instability. However, it is critical that we are able to continue to provide the highest quality board that will enable our customers to meet and exceed their packaging needs. This price increase will ensure that our manufacturing dynamics are sustainable and that we can continue to deliver the exceptional quality materials and services our customers have come to expect from Sappi."

    For more information about this pricing action, Sappi customers are encouraged to reach out to their Sappi sales representative or per email to speciality.paper@sappi.com
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    11.10.2013   PAPERLINX MANAGEMENT CHANGES    ( Company news )

    Company news The PaperlinX Board announced that effective immediately Mr Andrew Price (picture) has been appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Mr Dave Allen has stepped down as the Group’s Chief Executive Officer but will remain with the Company until 31 December 2013 to assist with special projects and to work with Mr Price on transition.
    Mr Robert Kaye SC, Chairman of PaperlinX said “Significant progress has been made over the last 12 months as the Company restructures its business globally in the face of a declining paper market, while simultaneously focusing on developing its diversified businesses. We would like to thank Dave for his valuable contribution to the turnaround efforts at PaperlinX over the last 12 months.
    “We are pleased that Andrew has accepted the role of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Since his appointment as an Executive Director in November 2012, he has been working closely with management, particularly in Europe, to accelerate the restructuring initiatives. Accordingly, the Board is confident that Andrew will be able to return PaperlinX to profitability in the shortest possible time.”
    In commenting on his appointment Mr Price said “I am excited about the future of PaperlinX and look forward to building on the good work started by Dave Allen, as we move towards a sustainably profitable business in a very difficult market”.
    In accordance with the terms of Mr Allen’s employment contract and the limits imposed by the Corporations Act, Mr Allen will receive a termination payment of 12 months in lieu of notice, plus statutory entitlements such as outstanding annual leave.
    Mr Price has entered into an employment agreement that comprises the following key terms:
    • A remuneration package that includes a fixed component of A$751,000. He will also receive rental assistance whilst he is seconded to the United Kingdom.
    • A short term incentive plan (“Incentive”) comprising both a cash and equity component. The Incentive is based on achieving targets for earnings and working capital. The maximum annual reward of up to a 100% of his Total Fixed Remuneration (75% equity and 25% cash) will only be paid if outstanding performance is achieved by both the Company and Mr Price, and the percentage will be pro-rated as appropriate. In addition, the Incentive will not be paid if certain specific safety targets are not met. The equity component of the Incentive is deferred for a further two year service period following measurement of performance, and reward is provided in the form of ordinary shares in PaperlinX Limited.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
     
    11.10.2013   Hamburger Rieger to Invest €18 million at Spremberg Production Site    ( Company news )

    Company news Continued Expansion of Top-quality White Recycled CCM Grades – Conversion to Coated Testliners to be Increased.

    As announced already towards the end of last year, the management of Hamburger Rieger has now taken the final decision to substantially invest in the expansion of its top-quality White CCM production. With a total investment of 18 million Euros, Paper Machine 1 in Spremberg (Eastern Germany) will be converted for the production of Coated WTTestliner (containerboard).
    The conversion of this machine will be carried out towards the end of 2014, with a start-up (and the ability to produce coated testliners in Spremberg) at the beginning of 2015.
    With this planned conversion Hamburger continues to advance the quality and expansion of its product portfolio by further strengthening its position as market leader in coated and uncoated testliners. As a result this conversion will allow the production of coated test liners in widths up to 280 cm. Hamburger Rieger’s second plant in Germany, in Trostberg, will continue to expand the production of specialized coated papers, especially for Preprint.
    The Investment is part of the strategy of Hamburger Containerboard to expand its total production potential in the White market (White Top
    Testliner coated and uncoated) in the medium-term from the current 450.000 tons to 750.000 tons.
    (Hamburger Rieger GmbH)
     
    10.10.2013   Award for Voith's flotation technology: Halving of energy requirement convinces ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... European Recovered Paper Council

    Picture: Award ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium: Reinhard Bluhm, Voith Paper und Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Member of the European Parliament (from left to right)

    On October 2, the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) announced the winners of the fourth European Paper Recycling Awards. The LowEnergyFlotation (LEF) from Voith was the winner of the “Technology Improvement and R&D” category. The well-attended ceremony took place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
    The LEF is a milestone for an energy-efficient flotation. “This is an innovation that significantly reduces the energy requirements needed to remove printing ink from paper fibers”, explains Product Manager Reinhard Bluhm.
    The newly developed injectors are at the heart of the LEF. Together with the modified pumps, they enable energy consumption to be reduced by up to 50% in the flotation. Subsequently, paper mills not only save energy but also achieve significant financial savings. The LEF technology has already been applied in more than 10 systems worldwide.
    The winner of the second category “Information and Education” was the Alcorcon municipality in Spain. Their project improves paper and board collection by distributing paper bins in all schools in the district. The project aims to increase both the amount of paper collected as well as the environmental awareness among children.
    In her speech ERPC Chairperson Beatrice Klose stressed the role of the recycling awards. “The European Paper Recycling Awards recognize innovative approaches to paper recycling, which is a daily act, familiar to all. It is our pleasure to highlight a few of those efforts that merit wider recognition and visibility”, she added.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    10.10.2013   Ahlstrom introduced range of masking tapes at China Adhesive 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, introduced Ahlstrom MasterTape(TM), its range of masking tape base papers at China Adhesive 2013. The event took place on September 25-27, 2013 in Guangzhou, China at the Guangzhou Poly World Trade Expo.
    Ahlstrom MasterTape(TM) offers tape manufacturers the widest range of high-performance masking tape base papers for perfectly sharp finish lines when painting and optimal protection on the most delicate surface. Our tiered segmentation offers three levels of performance, price and services to meet customers' every need. Our range is customizable to allow for process optimization and answer specific product development needs.
    The company's newest plant in China enables Ahlstrom to offer services closer to its customers, reducing lead times while offering local products.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    10.10.2013   State of Uruguay grants UPM Fray Bentos mill permit to increase annual pulp production    ( Company news )

    Company news The State of Uruguay has granted permission for UPM Fray Bentos mill to increase its annual pulp production from the current 1.1 million to 1.2 million tonnes.
    “The decision demonstrates the State of Uruguay’s continuing support to the development of the forestry sector in Uruguay” says Jaakko Sarantola, Senior Vice President of UPM’s Pulp Business.
    UPM Fray Bentos will now immediately continue pulp production after the annual maintenance shutdown. Due to the efficiency and productivity of the mill, the production increase can be realised without additional investments in the production processes. However, UPM is expected to invest in a cooling system for the mill’s effluent water.
    “The productivity has increased as a result of focused and professional work of the Uruguayan team throughout the whole forestry value chain. Since the start-up of the operations, the mill’s environmental performance has been excellent and UPM continues respecting the authorized permit limits”, says Sarantola.
    (UPM Fray Bentos Mill)
     
    10.10.2013   Metsä Group's tissue and cooking paper business completes EUR 55 million investment ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... programme in Poland

    Picture: Kari Jordan, President and CEO, Metsä Group.

    Metsä Tissue inaugurated its renewed paper mill on 2 October, in Krapkowice, Poland. The over EUR 55 million investment programme was started three years ago and it is the largest in Metsä Tissue’s history. The investment includes two new, state-of-the-art tissue paper machines, a new away-from-home product converting line as well as extending the converting and warehousing to new, logistically effective facilities. The investment increases the mill’s tissue production capacity up to 85,000 tonnes per year and converting capacity up to 50,000 tonnes per year.
    "The renewed Krapkowice mill is the most modern tissue facility in Europe. This investment is strategically important to Metsä Group as it strengthens our market position and competitiveness in the Polish tissue market. Today’s consumers want sustainably manufactured, high-quality hygiene products. Our Polish mill meets these expectations extremely well,” says Kari Jordan, President and CEO, Metsä Group.
    "Metsä Tissue is seeking for strong growth in Poland and nearby markets where the demand for new tissue products is increasing significantly. With this large scale investment, Metsä Tissue can enhance its productivity and energy efficiency in tissue production to a world-class level,” says Mika Joukio, CEO, Metsä Tissue.
    By utilising the best available technology, Metsä Tissue has reduced the mill’s CO2 emissions by 60 per cent, NOx emissions by over 50 per cent and has virtually eliminated SOx emissions. Due to the major improvements in water usage and treatment, the amount of wastewater has been reduced by 42 per cent.
    Krapkowice mill produces Metsä Tissue’s top brands Lambi, Mola and Katrin for both consumer and away-from-home markets. The mill uses both virgin and recycled fibre. Metsä Tissue has applied for environmental labels, such as the EU Flower and the Nordic Eco-label, for all the mill’s products. Metsä Tissue has been operating in Poland since 1997 and has some 250 employees.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
     
    10.10.2013   UPM's climate change actions recognized    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has achieved a top position in Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Nordic 260 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for the fifth year running.
    UPM was ranked in the index with top scores: 99 points out of 100 maintaining the leadership position in its sector.
    The achievement was announced in the CDP Nordic 260 Climate Change Report 2013, which tracks how the world’s largest listed companies are acting in response to a changing climate.
    In the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company. The index highlights companies within the Nordic stock exchanges which have displayed the most professional approach to corporate governance in respect of climate change disclosure practices.
    “This recognition addresses our Biofore strategy and determined work with integrating sustainability into our businesses. Climate being one of the key areas of our sustainability agenda, we have an established track record in emissions reduction not only in traditional ways but also in new innovations like renewable wood-based biofuels,” says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment.
    UPM is a frontrunner in the use of forest biomass as a fuel. Globally 65% of fuels used at UPM mills are biomass-based and 81% of the company’s electricity production is free from fossil CO2 emissions. UPM has invested over one billion euros in renewable biomass-based energy generation during the last decade.
    (UPM)
     
    10.10.2013   Label printers’ role in food regulation and consumer safety    ( Company news )

    Company news Food Safety - Are your food labels legal?

    Picture: Mark Macare, FINAT public affairs and recycling project manager

    Survival in the food industry comes down to more than price competitiveness: failure to comply with legislation positions the label printer not only as an ‘also ran’ but as a complete non-starter in the end-user’s qualification process. Here (at UPM Raflatac) we strive to promote & educate converters and brand owners alike regarding recent changes in European legislation with regards food packaging materials, of which labels are an integral part.

    FINAT, in a collaborative effort with its member UPM Raflatac EMEA(*), reports on the new EU 10/2011 regulation. This regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food came into legal force on 1 January 2013. It replaces Commission Directive 2002/72/EC and national legislation based on that directive. Its purpose is to support brand owners’ and retailers’ duty of care to their customers, and represents an important additional measure in ongoing endeavours to ensure the quality and safety of food. Label printers who supply to the EU food industry have a key role to play.

    Direct and indirect food contact
    The new regulation applies the same principles as EC No 1935/2004 for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Such materials are required to be sufficiently inert to not transfer their constituents to food in quantities large enough to endanger human health, and to prevent unwanted changes to the composition of the food and how it looks, tastes or smells. While EC No 1935/2004 applies to food packaging in general, the new EU 10/2011 specifically concerns all plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuff, with labels considered an integral part of such packaging. EU10/2011 consolidates 2002/72/EC and seven amendments (these were previous regulations for plastics).The idea of the regulation is to harmonise the different legislation that has existed previously within individual member states. This should make it easier for different countries to deal with each other in terms of the shipping of goods.
    Both direct food contact labels furnished with a plastic layer, as well as plastic labels applied to food packaging, now require Declarations of Conformity (DoCs) stating which controlled but authorised substances are present in their make-up.

    Only when the packaging material or any layer provides a functional barrier that prevents migration of substances from behind that barrier into food, are labels and other packaging components exempt from EU 10/2011. Material compositions that are purely combinations of paper and board continue to be covered by national legislation or recommendations such as those of the German BfR.

    Restricted and unrestricted substances
    All authorised substances – both restricted and unrestricted -- which may be used in packaging containing plastic in its layers are stipulated on the ‘Union List’ within EU 10/2011. Only restricted substances need to be declared; and as DoCs move downstream within the supply/manufacturing chain, such substances must be clearly identified and documented so that compliance can be optimally tested.


    Final responsibility for conformance lies with the end user
    It is the end user -- packager or brand owner – who has final responsibility for checking that the packaging as a whole conforms to EU 10/2011 (in addition to any extant national legislation for papers, as well as to EC 1935/2004, the Framework regulation for all packaging materials), taking into account the nature of the packaged food, its defined shelf life, and ambient conditions. Label printers are therefore required to provide DoCs for their labels to enable tests for restricted substance levels and migration behaviour in specific environmental conditions to be carried out.

    Label printers: responsibilities and risks
    Food label printers supplying into the EU therefore need to be provided with DoCs both from their labelstock and ink suppliers to be able to compile their own DoCs, which must, of course, also incorporate conformance information about any curing processes used during label production.

    It should be noted that the enactment of these regulations means that printers unable to supply DoCs cannot now be accepted as part of the end user’s supply chain, and may also leave themselves open to the financial repercussions of a product recall. It is therefore essential for label printers to be proactive in obtaining and supplying the necessary documentation if they are to retain their place as responsible and viable links in the broader professional packaging chain.

    The benefits of a secure supply chain
    Finally, to summarise, all the above points underline the value of DoCs as a form of insurance for a label printer’s business, as a means of retaining existing customer contracts, and as an entry ticket to end users qualification processes for new business – with the ultimate aim of protecting the consumer. Producing DoCs to a satisfactory standard creates a level playing field for all operations – however large or small.
    (FINAT)
     
    09.10.2013   PMT Italia S.p.A to supply smarnip® and ÆGO™FLX SHOE to Shandong Tralin Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia S.p.A, one of the leading worldwide paper machinery suppliers, is keeping strengthening its presence in China.
    Due to the rich experience as a paper machine supplier, PMT Italia S.p.A was selected by Shandong Tralin Paper to supply one smarnip® and one ÆGO™FLX SHOE for their PM 16 that will produce 50 – 70 g/m2 writing paper and offset paper (sheet width at reel 6,100 mm) with a design speed of 1,200 m/min.
    Tralin Paper will supply the rest of the press section with the engineering support of PMT staff. This concept of press section, named ÆGO™2FLX PRESS S, has been already proven in the recent PMT project in Thailand where high production speed is achieved using 100% short fiber with outstanding bulk.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    09.10.2013   Announcement: Korda Closure    ( Company news )

    Following the announcement of August 12, 2013 and after concluding all precedent conditions of the agreement signed with KHB BETEILIGUNGS GmbH
    (a subsidiary of Central National-Gottesman Inc.) and KORAB INTERNATIONAL HOLDING SA and the approval of the Turkish Competition Authority, INAPA - INVESTIMENTOS, PARTICIPAÇÕES E GESTÃO, SA (Inapa) has formalized on September 17, 2013 the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of KORDA KAĞIT PAZARLAMA VE TİCARET ANONİM ŞİRKETİ(Korda).
    As referred, this transaction is part of the strategic plan 2013-15, where it is defined as a goal the entrance in two new paper markets establishing a prominent position.
    This acquisition will enable Inapa to enter in one of the most dynamic
    markets in the World, Turkey, become a leader in this market and reinforce its position as an international paper merchant.
    (Inapa - Investimentos, Participações e Gestão, S.A.)

     
    09.10.2013   SAPPI Maastricht improves non-contact drying and saves 50% of gas    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: qDry Pro concept

    Since autumn 2012, SAPPI Maastricht has been using the energy-efficient Voith qDry Pro concept for non-contact drying. Peter Pijpers, Manager of Process Technology and Engineering at Sappi Maastricht, is delighted with the increase of energy efficiency: "Almost directly after start-up, the savings were visible, and after only a few weeks, the savings exceeded our expectations." The gas savings amount to approx. 50%.
    To avoid deposits on the turning rolls after the last applicator unit and hence color defects on the paper, the turning rolls were replaced with an HCB-Turn. The HCB-Turn allows contactless web turning, while ensuring energy-efficient hot air drying of the coated web at the same time. Broke has been reduced thanks to this rebuild. Moreover, the HCB-Turn allows higher final moisture while maintaining coating quality.
    At the same time, the energy savings mentioned above were made possible by the qDry Pro concept, a combination of the HCB-Turn with the existing Voith InfraAir infrared dryers: The infrared dryers were modified and thermically connected to the HCB dryer. Thus, the HCB-Turn is now heated completely by the waste heat of the infrared dryers.
    SAPPI is a world-leading producer of high-quality fine papers. In Europe, SAPPI Fine Paper Europe has a production capacity of 3.7 mio. t of fine paper and 1.1 mio. t of pulp per year. The PM 6 of SAPPI Maastricht, Netherlands, produces woodfree coated paper and board in a basis weight range of 180–400 g/m². The working width of PM 6 is 4,300 mm; its operating speed is 850 m/min.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    09.10.2013   Metso to supply recausticizing plant rebuild to Stora Enso Skoghall in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso will supply an upgrade of the existing recausticizing plant at Stora Enso Skoghall in Sweden. The start-up is scheduled in October 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    “The investment project Pulp Mill Improvement at Skoghall mill includes as a vital part an upgrade of the recausticizing plant. The objective of the project is to increase the pulp production and reduce variable costs in line with the continuous program for improved cost efficiency of the Skoghall mill integrate”, says Carl-Johan Albinsson, Mill Manager at Stora Enso Skoghall.
    The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power second quarter 2013 orders received.

    Technical information
    The scope of supply includes a PDW filter and a rebuild of the lime kiln with a flash dryer. Metso’s delivery is EPC excluding civil construction.
    The PDW filter with auxiliary equipment is a preparation for a future capacity increase of the plant. The lime kiln rebuild, which is the first done under the Metso brand, consist of a new flash dryer and an addition to the existing ESP with a new section.
    (Metso Oyj)
     
    09.10.2013   ANDRITZ to supply two tissue machines with steel Yankees to Shin-Ei Paper, Japan    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Shin-Ei Paper, Japan, to supply two tissue machines with steel Yankees to its location in Fuji city. The machines, which will be used for producing high-quality tissue out of recycled fiber, are scheduled to start up at the beginning of 2015.
    The new PrimeLineCOMPACT machines are designed for a speed of 1,800 m/min and for a paper width of 2.8 m. They will be equipped with PrimeDry Steel Yankees to enable a high drying capacity at minimized energy costs.
    Mr. Satoshi Kurosaki, President of Shin-Ei Paper, states: “Doh-Ei Paper, one of our group’s companies, replaced a cast iron Yankee with an ANDRITZ Steel Yankee in 2012. As promised, higher drying capacity and energy savings were achieved. During the tender phase for the two new tissue machines we had a lot of constructive discussions with ANDRITZ engineers and they proposed various possibilities to improve the production efficiency. We consider ANDRITZ to be a reliable supplier.”
    (Andritz AG)
     
    09.10.2013   PMP completed a Press Section Rebuild in KC Taiwan     ( Company news )

    Company news In August 2013, PMP Group has successfully completed a press section rebuild for Kimberly-Clark - Taiwan. The main goals of the project, such as increasing PM#1 operating speed and eliminating vibration in the existing press frame, were fully met. PMP scope of supply covered exchanging the entire press frame, new suction roll, auxiliary systems, erection and engineering supervision. Efficient execution brought satisfaction and pride to both project teams.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    09.10.2013   7 days until MIAC 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news In seven days time from now, the leading companies in the paper industry sector will present at MIAC 2013 their latest machinery, equipment, technologies and services.
    At MIAC everything is concentrated in 3 days and in a single place where you can do business and engage with companies from all over the World: 270 International Exhibitors await you in Lucca!
    Interesting international conferences are organized during the 3 days of the Exhibition: participation in MIAC Exhibition and in the Conferences is free of charge.

    MIAC 2013 EXHIBITORS
    At MIAC 2013 you can meet the International leader suppliers of the paper industry sector. They will show you the latest technology and machinery available in the paper sector allowing you to get a complete overview in only 3 days.

    THE CONFERENCES OF MIAC 2013
    Also for the 2013 edition, MIAC Exhibition planned three "technical meetings" in order to take stock of the situation regarding trend, future perspectives and new available technologies in the paper sector. As every year, the participation to the Conferences is free of charge. Simultaneous translation from Italian to English and vice versa is available during the Conferences.
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    09.10.2013   Stora Enso's third quarter 2013 operational EBIT at approximately EUR 180 million exceeds ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...earlier guidance

    Operational EBIT expected to be clearly lower in fourth quarter of 2013 than fourth quarter of 2012 due to continued weakness in European paper markets

    Stora Enso guided on 19 July 2013 that its operational EBIT in the third quarter of 2013 would be in line with or slightly higher than its EUR 124 million operational EBIT in the second quarter of 2013. The actual operational EBIT in the third quarter of 2013 at approximately EUR 180 million was significantly higher than in the second quarter of 2013 due to better than expected performance mainly in Renewable Packaging and the segment Other’s wood supply and Nordic forest equity accounted investments.
    Operational EBIT is expected to be clearly lower in the fourth quarter of 2013 than the EUR 158 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, essentially due to the continuing weak demand and price situation in European paper markets. Renewable Packaging is expected to experience usual seasonal weakness in operational EBIT in the fourth quarter of 2013.
    Operational EBIT comprises the operating profit excluding non-recurring items (NRI) and fair valuations of the segments and Stora Enso’s share of the operating profit excluding NRI and fair valuations of its equity accounted investments (EAI).
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    08.10.2013   New Voith service packages for paper producers    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith Paper has even further geared its service portfolio to its customers’ needs and now offers worldwide flexible service packages for its maintenance services.
    These Total Equipment Services are available for all decisive components and products, such as the stock preparation, headbox, coater or winder. With the help of these packages, paper producers can ensure the full functionality of their production equipment, prevent unplanned shutdowns, lower equipment service costs and thus maximize the availability and productivity of their paper mills.
    Three packages are offered that can be flexibly adapted to fit customer needs: The Basic package includes all the routinely recommended inspections and complete functional and technical checks, along with consultations by Voith experts and their recommendations for further measures. The Comfort package includes additionally all necessary maintenance activities and a hotline support. With the Premium package Voith covers all necessary issues concerning maintenance from planning to implementation. The relevant replacement parts are included. Additionally Voith provides the qualified personnel. With this package paper producers can therefore also save on storage costs and fully concentrate on their core expertise: papermaking.
    The services are scheduled exactly to fit the production and maintenance plan of the customer. Thus Voith Paper offers worldwide service packages that are perfectly adapted to customers’ need.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    08.10.2013   Metso to supply recausticizing plant rebuild to Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner in Lövholmen, Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso will supply two lime mud filters to Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner in Lövholmen, Sweden. The order was received in June 2013 and the start-up is planned in June 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    “The old filters from 1972 were totally out worn and had to be replaced. Doing this forced replacement also opened up the possibility to design the filters and the conveyor system for a future capacity and a flexible system with a high availability on lime production. The expected outcome of the project is high and stable availability and reduced operation cost”, says Bo Johansson, Manager Technology at Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner.
    The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power second quarter 2013 orders received.

    Technical information
    The scope of supply includes two lime mud filters with auxiliary equipment and also a conveyor system which facilitates distribution of lime to respective lime kiln and lime storage. The two lime mud filters will replace three existing filters.
    (Metso Oyj)
     
    08.10.2013   Norske Skog divests its operations in Thailand    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog has agreed to sell its Singburi mill in Thailand to a Thai industrial group for a total consideration of USD 33 million. The transaction is part of an already communicated strategy to improve Norske Skog's financial position. The new owner plans to continue producing newsprint at the mill.
    - The divestment is part of our strategy to improve Norske Skog's cash flow and financial position. We are very pleased to be able to sell the operations in Thailand to a buyer with long-term plans for the mill, says Sven Ombudstvedt, president and CEO of Norske Skog.
    The Singburi mill has a total newsprint production of approximately 125 000 tons, and is the sole producer of newsprint in Thailand. The mill has 239 employees.
    The transaction will have limited operational impact on the rest of Norske Skog. The financial and operational closing of the transaction is expected to take place in fourth quarter of 2013. The transaction will give a small financial gain, and the final accounting effects will be disclosed in the 2013 fourth quarter financial statements.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    08.10.2013   Iggesund launches upgraded Incada    ( Company news )

    Company news This autumn Iggesund Paperboard is upgrading its folding box board Incada. It will be whiter and lighter and also have a number of improved properties affecting printability. Incada Exel, which is more of a specialised packaging board, will also have improved stiffness, with a gain of up to 10 to 15 per cent for grammages over 300 g/m2.
    “This enables our customers to reduce their packaging weights while keeping the same protection for the contents,” explains Guy Mallinson, head of Iggesund’s European sales.
    The improved stiffness has also led to a revision of Incada Exel’s grammage range to better suit the demands of the current customer base. Other distinct improvements have been made to the odour and taste properties so that Incada now comes in under the Robinson test’s detection limit of 0.6. The whiteness improvement amounts to 7.5 units on the CIE scale and most of it lies in the L value, which is critical for colour reproduction. Runnability is also improved so that Incada can function even better in customers’ processes.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)



    “Incada was introduced in 2001 and since then we’ve made many small quality improvements,” Mallinson says. “This is a big leap forward and will definitely strengthen our market position.”
     
    07.10.2013   Kadant Introduces Nanotechnology Enhanced High-Performance Doctor Blade Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Kadant UK Ltd. announces the global launch of its nanotechnology enhanced composite doctor blade line. The new line incorporates patented nanotechnology enhanced resins which allows for the composite resin matrix to be manipulated on a molecular scale to produce high-performing, wear-resistant doctor blades.
    According to Dr. Michael Draper, research and development manager at Kadant UK, “The results from mill trials in Asia, Europe, and North America, as well as our own laboratory testing, have exceeded our expectations with respect to nano-blade performance and operating characteristics. The advances in matter manipulation, from microtechnology to nanotechnology, have allowed us to further enhance the performance of our doctor blades on the toughest applications, including stickies removal from lead-in paper dryers, hard-rubber wet end rolls, and critical positions on press rolls.”
    The nanotechnology-based doctor blades feature increased stiffness, increased resistance to chipping, improved inter-laminar bonding, and a lower coefficient of friction compared to conventional blades. As a result, roll surface cleaning is improved and doctor blade life has been shown to increase significantly compared to that of conventional blades. The high-performance doctor blade results in fewer blade changes and the potential for reduced operating costs while enhancing overall doctoring and machine efficiency.
    (Kadant UK Ltd)
     
    07.10.2013   Mohawk Restructures For Growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Company creates two new business divisions to ensure growth of emerging digital business, while securing future for core paper business

    Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, announces an organizational restructuring, creating two new distinct business units: Mohawk Fine Paper and Mohawk Digital. This move will support the growth in Mohawk’s emerging digital business while securing the future of its core fine paper business.
    The 82-year old manufacturer’s core business of fine text and cover papers and envelopes will be managed within the Mohawk Fine Paper division, while the company’s growing portfolio of digital substrates – including a wide range of papers and non papers for printing across dry toner, liquid toner and ink jet devices, will be managed within the new Mohawk Digital division.
    “Mohawk’s traditional fine paper business is mature, while our digital business has experienced, and is positioned for rapid growth. Given the differing maturity levels of these two segments, it was necessary to develop individual growth strategies to ensure future success.” said Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mohawk.
    Kevin Richard has been named President of Mohawk Fine Paper Division. Formerly Executive Vice President, Operations & Chief Operating Officer at Mohawk, Mr. Richard will oversee sales, marketing, and operations for North America and all global markets.
    “Mohawk has proudly manufactured the finest text and cover papers since 1931, including iconic brands like Superfine and Strathmore, and we believe now more than ever, fine paper is being appreciated as consumers rediscover the beauty and impact of paper and print in a digital era. Mohawk’s core business will continue to grow and thrive as we allocate more time and resources to innovation and operational excellence,” said Kevin Richard, President, Mohawk Fine Paper.
    Mr. Richard joined Mohawk in 1995, was promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer in 2005, and was appointed to the Mohawk Board of Directors in 2007. Prior to joining Mohawk, Mr. Richard had 13 years of experience in the paper industry. Mr. Richard has a BS Electrical Engineering degree from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, and has completed executive education programs at Columbia Business School, Duke’s Fuqua School and Harvard Business School.
    Paul Biesiadecki has been named President, Mohawk Digital. Previously Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Mohawk, Mr. Biesiadecki will have Sales, Marketing, Operational and Financial responsibility for Mohawk’s digital business and will oversee the expansion of the digital portfolio, develop relationships with key strategic partners and lead Mohawk’s Digital Specialist sales force.
    “We have enhanced our historical leadership position in digital papers through acquisition and the development of strategic partnerships. Our portfolio of digital papers, specialty digital substrates, and services is now the most comprehensive offering in the industry. This business unit model gives us the focus and resources to take full advantage of the growth opportunities in digital printing” said Paul Biesiadecki, President, Mohawk Digital.
    Mr. Biesiadecki joined Mohawk in 2004, and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing in 2010. Prior to joining Mohawk, Mr. Biesiadecki had over 20 years of experience in the paper industry. Mr. Biesiadecki has a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.
    “Paul and Kevin are experienced leaders with the knowledge, skills and passion necessary to drive innovation and growth through improved focus and accountability,” said Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mohawk.
    (Mohawk)
     
    07.10.2013   Ahlstrom announces new strategic agenda and updates long-term financial targets    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Jan Lång, President and CEO

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces its new strategic agenda and updates its long-term financial targets.
    During the last four years, Ahlstrom has undergone a major transformation as a company and refocused its business portfolio to become a global high performance materials company. The divestment of the Home and Personal business and the demerger of specialty papers, the Label and Processing business, were key steps in executing the 2009 strategy.
    Ahlstrom has now defined a growth strategy extending to the year 2020. The company's current and future product offering is driven by global megatrends, such as resource scarcity, environmental awareness, demographics and urbanization.
    The company aims to grow with a high performance product offering for a clean and healthy environment. Ahlstrom's strategy is built on three strong strategic enablers: environmentally sound technologies and manufacturing platforms, capability to co-create unique products together with customers and partners, and global reach in operations.

    Products with purpose
    The company has selected to serve the following market segments:
    · Food, beverage & household
    · Medical care & life science
    · Transportation
    · Energy & environment
    · Building & decoration

    The current businesses and the selected market segments offer good opportunities for growth globally. In addition, the company has identified new high priority growth areas in clean air and water, medical diagnostics and composite materials for the construction and transportation industries.
    "Through our unique knowledge of fibers and materials, we provide customers with improved performance and resource-efficiency such as reduced usage of materials, energy and water. Our platforms already provide cleaner air and water with our filtration products. We also see very lucrative growth opportunities in medical diagnostics, composites and safe drinking water," said Jan Lång, President and CEO.

    Long-term financial targets
    To support Ahlstrom's sustainable growth strategy, the Board of Directors has approved the company's updated long-term financial targets over the economic cycle:
    · Net sales: at least 5% underlying annual growth
    · Net sales from new products[1]: At least 20%
    · Operating profit[2]: 7% of net sales by 2016 and 10% of net sales beyond 2016. With the current balance sheet structure, this implies a return on capital employed of approximately 13% and approximately 15%, respectively.
    · Gearing ratio: to be maintained within 50-80% range

    "Our updated long-term financial targets reflect our determination to improve our profitability. I am confident that the new targets are achievable, considering our more focused business portfolio and the identified new growth opportunities. We also expect that our rightsizing program will deliver significant savings and improve shareholder return," stated Lång.
    Ahlstrom's financial reporting segments remain unchanged. The company will elaborate more on its strategy during the fall and at its Capital Markets Day on November 21, 2013.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    07.10.2013   Reflex Premium Papier AG – Insolvency Procedures opened    ( Company news )

    Company news The insolvency procedures on the assets of Reflex Premium Papier AG were opened. The court in Aachen, in charge of insolvencies has nominated the lawyer Dr. Mark Boddenberg as insolvency administrator.
    Reflex Premium Papier AG produces and sells its high quality products under the umbrella brand ZANDERS Premium Papers as well as customer specific fine and speciality papers with a high degree of specialisation with an output of up to 9000 tonnes.
    The now started continuation of the production is the base for the realisation of the possible restructuring says Dr Mark Boddenberg. In the preliminary phase to insolvency procedures the company saw much support through its employees, customers and suppliers.
    The coming weeks will show, if the customers continue to go along with the necessary restructuring and place a sufficient amount of orders. At the same time first measures are started, which will be addressed by Dr. Boddenberg in the weeks ahead.
    (Reflex Premium Papier AG)
     
    07.10.2013   LANDA REVEALS PRINT QUALITY ENHANCEMENTS AND PRESS DESIGN UPGRADES     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Landa S10FC new design

    Landa announces major developments to its Landa S10FC and S10C Nanographic Printing™ Presses, enhancing print quality and upgrading the press design. The new changes firmly place Nanographic Printing™ presses as a production-oriented digital printing solution for mainstream applications.
    Landa Founder, Chairman and CEO Benny Landa says, “We have been working closely with our customers to ensure that our Nanographic Printing presses will provide the performance, print quality and feature set for high-speed production. In addition, the new Landa Operator Cockpit will set a new standard for operating any production press, whether digital or offset.”

    New Landa Operator Cockpit redefines operator user experience
    Detailed research and close customer collaboration have led to a new concept in press operability and the addition of several important features. The Landa Operator Cockpit, an integrated production management center located at the delivery end of the press, enables operators to monitor and control the press while effortlessly glancing at the delivery area. Operator-centric with an advanced ergonomic design, the Landa Operator Cockpit surrounds the operator with touch-screen press controls, job management tools, video feeds from all key press functions, production-related vital signs and a lighted inspection table. In addition, a personal area enables operators to store and display personal items.

    New ink ejectors enhance print quality
    New ink ejectors improve print quality and increase press productivity. With a resolution of 1200 dpi, they boast higher print quality levels that match offset resolution and gray levels. In addition, the new ink ejector architecture significantly improves the reliability of the ink ejection and enables redundancy in case of nozzle failure.

    Additional developments and features
    Advanced paper handling system
    An automatic paper handling system supports both paper and plastic substrates. Reducing many of the labor-intensive tasks related to paper setup, it also accelerates the changeover to new substrates and maximizes uptime. Continuous paper feeding and delivery capabilities let converters and printers operate without stopping to replace the paper pile. An auxiliary delivery tray will enable operators to automatically collect proofs without interrupting the normal production process.

    Optional inline coating unit
    An optional conventional inline coating unit will efficiently enhance Nanography-printed products with both flood and selective coating. The coating unit will support flexo rollers and plates as well as a variety of UV and aqueous coatings.

    Committed to making a difference
    Landa plans to start shipping beta units of the Landa S10FC Nanographic Printing™ Press for folding carton applications at Q4/2014. Shipments of the Landa S10C Nanographic Printing™ Press for commercial and publishing printing will follow shortly thereafter.

    Benny Landa comments, “We have made substantial improvements that will accelerate the transformation of digital printing into a mainstream technology.”
    (Landa Digital Printing Unit of Landa Corporation Headquarters)
     
    07.10.2013   Norske Skog Walsum to curtail magazine production    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to excess capacity in the coated mechanical market, Norske Skog Walsum will from the second half of December temporarily idle paper machine (PM) 4. The machine has an annual capacity of 225 000 tons. Walsum's second paper machine, PM 10, will continue to produce LWC (Light Weighted Coated) magazine paper at an annual capacity of 200 000 tons.
    - The temporary idling of capacity at the Walsum mill in Germany is required to both create a better balance between demand and supply, and to avoid unprofitable production at Walsum. Despite years of great efforts of the staff to reduce costs, the decision is unfortunately unavoidable, said Mr Sven Ombudstvedt, CEO and President of Norske Skog.
    Customers will be served from other Norske Skog mills and paper machines. All existing supply commitments will be honored.
    (Norske Skog Walsum GmbH)
     
    04.10.2013   NEW: CITO Protector    ( Company news )

    Company news Transporting your cutting die, or putting it into or removing it from storage can sometimes cause damage to the corners. This requires reworking to your cutting tool – and that extra work adds to make-ready time and cost.
    Our CITO Protector will protect your cutting die from this type of damage. It also serves as a seal of quality, because whenever you see a CITO logo on a cutting die, you can be sure that CITO technology has been applied.
    Our corner protector is manufactured from 100 % break-proof material – this is what sets our product apart from others on the market.
    By using the CITO Protector, you will significantly reduce your make-ready time on the press, and also minimise the risk of injury to staff.

    Benefit fully from the advantages of the CITO Protector:
    -100 % break-proof material
    -no damage to corners of cutting dies
    -make-ready times on the press are considerably reduced as no reworking is necessary
    -reduced risk of injury to staff
    -a mark of quality for the application of CITO technology to the cutting die

    CITO Protector is available in three die board thicknesses: 12 mm, 15 mm and 18 mm.
    Note: Design your own customised Protector – using your logo and colour.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     

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