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    16.12.2013   Stora Enso introduces improved Tambrite     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is reducing the basis weight of its Tambrite packaging board to improve its efficiency and environmental performance. Thanks to recent product development the runnability, stiffness, print results and packaging performance of the boards are guaranteed to remain as good as ever.
    Tambrite is the most well-known carton board brand among European converters and is widely used in pharmaceutical, food, chocolate and confectionery packaging. The reduction of the basis weight of the board provides benefits throughout the supply chain by generating savings in raw materials, less weight in storage and transportation, less packaging waste and fees, and a lower carbon footprint.

    Suitable for the most demanding applications
    "Tambrite will be an even more efficient and environmentally friendly choice than ever before. Yet it will offer the same outstanding performance in the most demanding applications such as pharmaceutical packaging with laser or inkjet coding or Braille embossing. We are pleased to present Tambrite as the number one choice for pharmaceutical, food and chocolate brand owners who look for excellent packaging performance and value for money," says Öystein Aksnes, General Packaging Segment Director at Stora Enso.
    Tambrite is produced at Stora Enso Ingerois Mill, Finland. The mill will gradually introduce the new, lower grammage range in production to enable a smooth switch and flexible board deliveries to all customers who use Tambrite in their packages. Stora Enso's new supply chain management process and effective sheeting services help ensure quick board deliveries according to customers' individual demands.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    16.12.2013   Prinect User Days 2013 – focus on established and visionary topics    ( Company news )

    Company news -Print shop management, getting started in automation, and opportunities with web-to-print were key topics
    -Lectures and workshops on Creative Cloud and multi-channel publishing look ahead to the future
    -Over 300 participants from all over Europe

    Prinect User Days 2013 took place over four days at the start of November at the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg. The event's organizers were delighted to welcome more than 300 participants from all over Europe. Under the motto "by users for users", numerous lectures and a total of 24 workshops were packed with expertise and information on the latest Prinect developments since drupa 2012 and on future innovations. Participants had the opportunity to expand their expertise in relevant workshops and stimulating discussions.
    In times of structural change, efficient print shop management plays a more crucial role than ever in the economic success or failure of a print shop. Lectures on personnel management and staff motivation were therefore intended to encourage companies to understand the need for authentic and future-oriented employee management in response to the ongoing structural changes and associated uncertainty within businesses.
    Workshop topics included detailed discussions on firm favorites from the areas of prepress and MIS, web-to-print, automation, LE-UV, and packaging printing.
    Expert lectures and in-depth workshops ventured a look to the future by focusing on the topics of Creative Cloud and multi-channel publishing as additional business opportunities for print shops and media service providers.
    Outside of the lectures and workshops, participants were also given plenty of time to network and share experiences with fellow users and Prinect developers from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)


     
    16.12.2013   The KapStone Longview Mill Wins 2013 AF&PA Sustainability Award     ( Company news )

    Company news The KapStone® Paper and Packaging Corporation’s Longview Mill has been recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) as a leader in sustainability by winning an AF&PA 2013 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award. The awards were presented at the association’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 1 in Charleston, S.C.

    Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. The KapStone Longview Mill is being honored with the 2013 Leadership in Sustainability - Greenhouse Gas Reduction/Energy Efficiency Award for its “One-Year Snapshot of Longview’s Multi-Year Journey” project.
    “KapStone’s Longview Mill project is a great example of stringent business discipline and out-of-the-box thinking,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “The integrated solutions used by the KapStone Longview Mill demonstrate that doing what’s right for business is also right for the environment.”
    The KapStone Longview Mill embarked on a multi-million dollar improvement project that spanned three years, contributing to the following overall results: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 72 percent over the last decade; reduction of overall energy use by 37 percent since 2007; reduction of overall energy used per ton of paper produced by 17.6 percent since 2007; an increase of total tons of paper produced by 50 percent since 2006.
    "We're extremely pleased that our commitment to environmental protection is being recognized,” said Randy Nebel, president, KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation. "Our achievements so far have resulted from teamwork on the part of many skilled and dedicated people. They're also the result of our common vision, revolving around both business success and environmental protection. We believe that the two go hand-in-hand.”
    AF&PA releases its biennial Sustainability Report every other year, which in 2012 showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. AF&PA will release its next report in mid-2014.
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    16.12.2013   ARCHROMA OPENS FORERUNNING WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN JAMSHORO, PAKISTAN     ( Company news )

    Company news • Facility based on zero liquid discharge objective
    Archroma's biggest investment in Pakistan ever

    Picture: The sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility of Archroma in Jamshoro, Pakistan. (Photo: Archroma)

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, 13 December 2013 announced that it opened its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, Pakistan. With an investment of 371 million PKR, the facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 percent of water but also allows effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge, fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) requirements.

    At the inauguration held on December 10, 2013, Alexander Wessels, CEO of the Archroma Group, declared: “At Archroma, we take water scarcity very seriously and therefore are constantly exploring new and environmentally compatible solutions. As a chemical company committed to innovation and performance together with sustainability, Archroma puts a lot of time and engagement in developing chemical solutions that help our customers use less water.”

    In a textile industry currently under close scrutiny for its heavy water use, the SET facility is a clear sign that leading companies such as Archroma are constantly aiming for ever more sustainable solutions.

    The operational SET plant is spread over an area of 25 acres consisting of flocculation, equalization, surface aeration, clarification, ultra filtration and reverse osmosis to yield colorless water with a COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) and TDS (Total Dissolvable Solids) of less than 75 ppm.

    Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma in Pakistan, added: "In 2010 we decided to make the significant investment in the Jamshoro site with the aim of setting new standards not only in the quantity but also in the quality of the recovered water. The data from the SGS testing report is indicative of Archroma’s commitment towards sustainable operational excellence.” The Jamshoro site is one of the biggest textile chemical sites within Archroma. It produces dyes, chemicals, emulsions and pigment dispersions for the textile, leather, paper and coatings industries.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    16.12.2013   ARCHROMA OPENS FORERUNNING WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN JAMSHORO, PAKISTAN     ( Company news )

    Company news • Facility based on zero liquid discharge objective
    Archroma's biggest investment in Pakistan ever

    Picture: The sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility of Archroma in Jamshoro, Pakistan. (Photo: Archroma)

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, 13 December 2013 announced that it opened its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, Pakistan. With an investment of 371 million PKR, the facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 percent of water but also allows effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge, fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) requirements.

    At the inauguration held on December 10, 2013, Alexander Wessels, CEO of the Archroma Group, declared: “At Archroma, we take water scarcity very seriously and therefore are constantly exploring new and environmentally compatible solutions. As a chemical company committed to innovation and performance together with sustainability, Archroma puts a lot of time and engagement in developing chemical solutions that help our customers use less water.”

    In a textile industry currently under close scrutiny for its heavy water use, the SET facility is a clear sign that leading companies such as Archroma are constantly aiming for ever more sustainable solutions.

    The operational SET plant is spread over an area of 25 acres consisting of flocculation, equalization, surface aeration, clarification, ultra filtration and reverse osmosis to yield colorless water with a COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) and TDS (Total Dissolvable Solids) of less than 75 ppm.

    Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma in Pakistan, added: "In 2010 we decided to make the significant investment in the Jamshoro site with the aim of setting new standards not only in the quantity but also in the quality of the recovered water. The data from the SGS testing report is indicative of Archroma’s commitment towards sustainable operational excellence.” The Jamshoro site is one of the biggest textile chemical sites within Archroma. It produces dyes, chemicals, emulsions and pigment dispersions for the textile, leather, paper and coatings industries.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    16.12.2013   Ziegler Paper Mill with new Subsidiary and new Sales Team for the UK, Benelux ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and German Market

    From January, 2014, Ziegler Paper Mill will operate with the newly established subsidiary in Holland called Ziegler Papier Netherlands B.V. with its headquarters and offices in Amsterdam. The Swiss manufacturer of special papers Ziegler Paper Mill will cultivate together with its newly founded subsidiary the UK, Benelux and German markets. The aim is to serve and advise customers better and more efficiently.
    Two new paper experts with considerable paper industry experience form the team of the new subsidiary: Mr. Arthur Snel, Regional Sales Manager, will be in charge of the UK and Benelux market, and Mr. Bernd Pusnik, Sales Manager, will take care of the German market. For more information on the newly founded subsidiary please visit our website www.zieglerpapier.com.
    (Ziegler Papier AG)
     
    16.12.2013   The Label Industry Manages Lifecycle Change    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT Young Managers Club learns how to lead the way at YMC Summit

    Picture: YMC summit workshop

    As in every aspect of life, time has not stood still for the self-adhesive label industry. Since its beginnings in the 1930s, it has evolved continuously on every front – in terms of materials, print technologies, dispensing technologies, and, of course, people. Many of the entrepreneurs who, in the 1970s and 1980s, created the extraordinary web of small label printing businesses that formed the backbone of today’s massive global industry are today retirees. Their companies – which have claimed some 50% of the world’s label business – have been the subject of M&A activity, of cross-border partnerships. However, as in all family businesses, as time moves on, they are the subject of generation change. FINAT’s Young Managers Club – a lively part of the European self-adhesive labelling association’s infrastructure – is dedicated to making that process work.

    Great ideas with limited resources
    The FINAT Young Managers Club held its second Summit in Warsaw in November 2013. Its headline – ‘great ideas with limited resources’ – was chosen to reflect the challenges the industry faces in terms of rising costs and competitive technologies, but most of all to create a professional platform for grasping, and successfully developing, future business opportunities. Some 40 ‘young managers’ from companies representing the self-adhesive labelling supply chain across Europe and beyond, came together at the Summit to benefit both from a strong agenda that combined the context of the industry with leading-edge management practice through workshops, and valuable networking opportunities.

    Business model innovation
    Leading companies around the globe recognise the need to rethink their business models to reflect the current environment. The first summit workshop on 'Where can we innovate?', took the participants through the process of ‘sketching’ a business model canvas. By identifying the structural segments – customers, offer and needs, infrastructure, and financials – and the key trends, market forces, macroeconomic and industry forces that impinge upon them, different approaches to a business model profile can be tested and adopted. Starting with a blank business model ‘canvas’, participants formed small groups to look at the extant business models in different label market segments – from wines and spirits to pharmaceuticals –defining their strengths and weaknesses. Their task then was to identify ways to improve them, and then to present their results for the benefit of all the delegates. The efficacy of the exercise was strongly proven by the amount of lively feedback from the floor.

    Label industry trends and opportunities
    Next morning’s programme opened with an evaluation of trends and opportunities within the label industry, from Roger Pellow (UK), Chairman, Labels & Packaging Group, Tarsus – publishers of Labels & Labeling International and founders and organisers of the Labelexpo event. "This is a great industry… but we are in a time of change – change in technology, and generation change. We are moving from a craft industry to a technology industry."

    Mr Pellow showed how the role and function of labels are changing – for example, from an information carrier to a communications medium – and discussed the implications of the major external and internal developments today for the way the industry can successfully conduct its business. His overarching message was uncompromising. Managing change and implementing innovation in today’s label industry demands greater knowledge, education, and training.

    Doing more with less
    One of the major contributors to an efficient, cost-effective modus operandi in business today is lean manufacturing – and this was the topic that dominated the rest of the Summit’s agenda. Efficiency improvement is not only in manufacturing. Purpose, process, and people are all important parts of the equation. It is important to see the whole before fixing the parts.

    Defining the business matrix: from problem definition to measurable results.
    In another workshop participants were challenged, in groups, to complete an X-matrix chart, integrating strategies, tactics, processes, and results, for a specific type of business. This activity is acknowledged to be a valuable way of drawing together the different strings that make up a business. The matrix helps management to define its breakthrough goals; the desired business results to be achieved – a compass for strategy development and execution; the process metrics to be used; and the selection of implementation tactics and projects. Team members are named within the matrix, along with their responsibilities, and are accountable; and the final co-ordination and alignment, across the whole matrix, along with all complexities and dependencies, may be resolved step by step. Key message here is all about the importance of strategy. Strategy is a process that is lived daily or not at all. Strategy is not just lip service, but hard work, with transparent project planning, accountability, and control.

    Participants were very impressed with the clear, focused, and comprehensive view that this thought matrix presented, truly reflecting the aim of their summit – implementing ‘great ideas with limited resources’.

    Jules Lejeune, FINAT’s Managing Director, was full of praise for the event, and for the energy and enthusiasm of the Young Managers Club membership, and commented: ‘When the FINAT Young Managers Club was founded on the occasion of our 50th anniversary in 2008, the aim was to create a platform where incoming business leaders could connect FINAT’s successful past with a dynamic future. Now, five years later, the YMC itself has become an established feature of FINAT’s structure. Yet it is still refreshing to experience the continuing stream of the YMC’s high-quality, interactive, and business-oriented programmes, which are setting new standards in FINAT.’

    "I am proud to have been chosen to represent the new generation of our dynamic industry," said Dana Kilarska, Young Managers Club President. "I am grateful for the opportunity the YMC has given me and my contemporaries to step into the future with the help of professionals and experts who can really broaden our knowledge and capabilities. We are young and eager to learn."

    Next year event is a special YMC Global Congress in Chicago, USA, September 2014, jointly organised with TLMI (US) and LMAI (IN).
    (FINAT)
     
    13.12.2013   POLAR: Management Change    ( Company news )

    Company news By mutual agreement, POLAR-Mohr and Jürgen Freier are ending their collaboration. The company will be led, in future, by Dr Markus Rall (picture) as the sole Managing Director.
    POLAR-Mohr and Jürgen Freier, Director of Sales and Service, have decided, by amicable agreement, to end their collaboration. Freier will leave the company with immediate effect. "I am confident that Dr Markus Rall, an industry expert, will continue to be a positive influence at POLAR going forward", said Freier.
    Dr Rall has worked for the company since 1 October 2012. As sole Managing Director, he will take over full responsibility for the company. Dr Rall said of the change: “We regret Jürgen Freier’s resignation and wish him every success in his future career."
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    13.12.2013   Lincoln Paper: Operational Indefinite Shutdown of Pulp and Paper Mill Operations    ( Company news )

    Company news Given the situation created with the November recovery boiler explosion and the costs associated with this, we have decided to indefinitely idle the Pulp and Paper mill portions of our facility. Our Tissue mill business will continue to operate at full capacity. Consequently, we will be downsizing to accomplish this change in operations. These are difficult decisions because they affect our hard working employees and the surrounding communities. However, they are necessary for the long term survival and success of our business.
    (Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC)
     
    13.12.2013   ARCHROMA LAUNCHES LEUCOPHOR® SKH LIQUID PAPER BRIGHTENER FOR ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...COLORLOK® GRADES

    A new solution for achieving high brightness in ColorLok® papers at an affordable price

    Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, is pleased to offer papermakers a new opportunity to achieve cost-effective, high-brightness ColorLok® grades of office paper with the launch of Leucophor® SKH liquid. This optical brightening agent (OBA) is the latest addition to Archroma's innovative Leucophor range.
    Leucophor SKH is a urea-free, hexasulfonated OBA capable of delivering the highest levels of brightness. It sets a new benchmark of cost performance when used in combination with ColorLok technology in size-press applications. At the same time, Leucophor SKH maintains excellent performance in standard size-press applications.
    Andrew Jackson, Global Head Product Management OBA at Archroma comments: “Archroma’s Paper Solutions Business constantly improves and innovates both its products and services based on market needs. Leucophor SKH is an exciting development; it brings to market a new solution for achieving high brightness in ColorLok papers at an affordable price. We look forward to working together with our customers to use this innovative OBA technology to bring down application costs.”
    Leucophor SKH is currently available in the United States, with rollout in Canada and Latin America expected to follow shortly. It is anticipated that Leucophor SKH will be available in Europe from mid-2014.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    13.12.2013   Peter Watson Named Chief Operating Officer of Greif, Inc.    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B) has appointed Peter Watson, 56, chief operating officer of the company, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Watson was group president responsible for Greif’s Paper Packaging and Land Management business segments as well as Global Sourcing & Supply Chain and the company’s Greif Business System capabilities.
    Greif President and CEO David Fischer said, “Throughout his career at Greif, Pete has demonstrated his ability to lead and grow businesses. In the role of COO, Pete’s leadership and deep operating experience will further position our global team for maximum effectiveness. His emphasis on safety, knowledge of the Greif Business System and commitment to The Greif Way will significantly contribute to the success of the company and its business ambitions. Further, Pete’s passion for people and talent development will position the organization for future success.”
    Watson will assume responsibility for all business operations in his new capacity including Greif’s Flexible Products & Services segment, where his experience in integrated hub and spoke manufacturing models is expected to add significantly to that business.
    (Greif Inc.)
     
    13.12.2013   KP DELIVERS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF GROWTH AND SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES ...    ( Company news )

    ... PROFITABILITY

    - Robust growth: Net sales increased by 2% to €1,191 Mio.
    - Outstanding earnings performance: Adjusted EBITDA improved by 14% to €174 Mio.
    - Continued debt reduction: Net debt decreased by €90 Mio. to €430 Mio.
    - Significant investments in growing markets and innovation for long-term growth
    - Recruitment of strong talent across Operations, Innovation, Marketing, and Finance Teams

    The Klöckner Pentaplast Group, the global leader in pharmaceutical and consumer packaging, printing, and specialty plastic film solutions, has continued on its growth track in the financial year 2012/2013 ending September 30, 2013. Net sales increased by 2% from €1,167 Mio. to €1,191 Mio. In the same period, Adjusted EBITDA improved by 14% from €153 Mio. to €174 Mio.
    The Klöckner Pentaplast Group also increased its available liquidity to €189 Mio. (previous year: €145 Mio.). The strong operational and cash flow performance, coupled with Net working capital improvements enabled the company to make several voluntary prepayments of its term loan. This contributed to a decrease in Net debt by €90 Mio. to €430 Mio.
    Christian Holtmann, CEO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group: “We are delighted with the strong financial performance we delivered in the first full financial year under our new ownership structure, which is led by SVP, which has been extremely supportive. The results reflect a step change in the company’s profitability.”
    Klöckner Pentaplast’s strong performance in FY 2013 is primarily attributable to its strategy for profitable growth. Since 2011, the company has launched a number of initiatives to develop kp along the three pillars “grow the core, extend the reach, expand the breadth.” A broad set of initiatives is underway to continuously enhance the company’s operational excellence; to strengthen its market leadership position; and to innovate with and for its customers. kp aims to deliver superior customer value and provide additional services to best respond to customers’ needs.
    Klöckner Pentaplast’s growth strategy has been backed by major investments in growing and attractive markets resulting in a Capex increase of 6% to €41 Mio. The company invested in ist facilities in Cotia, Brazil; Crumlin, Great Britain; Santo Tirso, Portugal; and Villa Del Totoral, Argentina. In July 2013, the company also opened its first production site in China (Suzhou), producing packaging films for the growing domestic Chinese and Asian markets. The expansion of its global platform resulted in the total number of employees rising to 3,102 (PY 3,032).
    Markus Hölzl, CFO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group comments: “Klöckner Pentaplast’s ability to deleverage reflects the company’s solid financial footing and strong liquidity position. Our operating strength will allow us to continue to follow this path going forward.”
    Christian Holtmann, CEO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group concludes: “Next year, we will continue to focus on operational improvement while accelerating the implementation of our growth strategy. We will invest in growing and attractive markets. We will continue to drive innovation and recruit strong talent across the organization in all areas of Operations, Innovation, Marketing, and Finance. Additionally, we plan to further focus on customer relationship management, product portfolio management, and operational efficiency. The company is well positioned to capture growth in emerging countries and will gain further momentum as its innovation pipeline yields results.”
    (Klöckner Pentaplast Ltd)
     
    13.12.2013   In 2013 Voith Is Setting the Course for the Group's Future Development    ( Company news )

    Company news -2013 Group sales stable at previous year’s level
    -Positive operating results for all Group Divisions
    -Result affected by one-off expenditure on restructuring
    -Voith 150+ program launched

    Picture: Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President & CEO

    The Voith Group has continued its stable development under challenging conditions in fiscal 2012/13 (to September 30). Despite structural changes in key markets, increasingly tougher competition and a slump in the capital goods sector, the global provider of leading-edge technology and industrial services achieved sales of EUR 5.728 billion, just slightly more than the previous year’s figure of EUR 5.724 billion. As forecast mid-year, the orders received of EUR 5.2 billion were below that of the previous year (EUR 5.7 billion), largely due to the recession in the market for paper machines.
    The operational result prior to non-recurring items dropped to EUR 308 million (previous year: EUR 341 million). All four Group Divisions made clearly positive contributions to the Group’s earnings. The Group’s net income for the year was much burdened due to extraordinary items totaling EUR 156 million that resulted particularly from the restructuring measures initiated. Voith’s bottom line was Group net income of EUR 63 million (previous year: EUR 114 million). This was at the level expected in the course of the year.
    “Although the past fiscal year was more difficult than expected our business model once again provided to be resilient,” says Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of Voith GmbH. “Not only have we largely made up for market-driven weaknesses in individual divisions, we have also managed to use our own resources to fund a high level of non-recurring expenses to secure our future,” continues Dr. Lienhard. Voith CFO Dr. Hermann Jung adds: “Our fundamental earnings power remains intact. Even in a challenging fiscal year like 2012/13 we have a positive free cash flow. In addition, Voith has no net debt but net liquidity.”

    Launch of Group-wide program Voith 150+
    To pave the way for a successful long-term future, Voith launched the Voith 150+ program in fiscal 2012/13 (in 2017 Voith will celebrate its 150th anniversary as a company). The focus is on optimizing structures and processes and the existing portfolio of products and services. The restructuring and efficiency improvement measures contained in Voith 150+ will generate annual cost savings totaling EUR 150 million. Moreover, Voith expects it to free up around EUR 100 million of working capital.
    The measures include ongoing restructuring and capacity adjustments focused on the market potential and growth prospects in Europe, as well as a review of our product portfolio to identify weaker activities without strategic prospects in the Group, such as locomotive manufacture. In addition, the company intends to exploit further growth potential e.g. by developing new markets and regions, expanding the high-growth service segment and creating local value added in growth markets. Apart from organic growth out of these activities, acquisitions are also possible, particularly to round off the existing portfolio.

    Different developments in the four Group Divisions
    Voith Hydro, the single source supplier for hydro power plant equipment, increased its sales by 6 percent to EUR 1.388 billion. Due to the lack of large-scale hydro power projects of the kind that had characterized new business in previous years, the orders received of EUR 1.2 billion were, as expected, lower than the high value of the previous year, but still at a satisfactory level.
    Voith Industrial Services, the global provider of technical services for the key industries automotive, energy, chemicals and petrochemicals as well as mechanical engineering and aerospace, upped its sales by 8 percent to EUR 1.2 billion. The growth was due on the one hand to the good performance in the automotive segment and on the other to additions to the basis of consolidation. Even adjusted for these factors, Voith Industrial Services was still able to increase its sales.
    At Voith Paper, the paper industry pioneer, sales fell by 6 percent to EUR 1.6 billion due to the ongoing recession in the market for graphic paper machines. As predicted, the market trend left a clear mark on orders received, which dropped by 22 percent to EUR 1.4 billion.
    Voith Turbo, the specialist in power transmission, reported a slight fall in sales to EUR 1.5 billion (down 3 percent), a figure that was nevertheless within the predicted range. Orders received were EUR 1.4 billion, 6 percent lower than the previous year, were largely influenced by lower demand from the mining sector.
    On the whole, the Group continued to benefit in fiscal 2012/13 from megatrends like mobility and urbanization, renewable energies or production methods that conserve resources as well as its leading position in all core areas of business.

    Outlook for 2014: Earnings expected to increase
    For the current 2014 fiscal year Voith still does not expect any noticeable economic momentum on its markets. Against this background the Group’s focus will be on further improvement of cash flow and returns. The measures initiated as part of the Voith 150+ program are already having a positive effect in the current fiscal year and are helping to improve the operational result. As the greater part of the restructuring expenditure was already posted in the fiscal year just ended, Voith is expecting net income to increase faster than sales. On the other hand, sales and orders received are likely to remain stable. “We will use this phase of a weakening economic situation in the capital goods sector to energetically pursue our strategic and operational initiatives and therefore ideally align the company for future profitable growth,” says CEO Lienhard.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    13.12.2013   RockTenn Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2013 Earnings Up 111% Over the Prior Year Quarter    ( Company news )

    Company news RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) reported earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 of $2.40 per diluted share and adjusted earnings of $2.66 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings per diluted share increased 91% over the prior year quarter.

    Fourth Quarter Results
    -Net sales of $2,485 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 increased $131 million compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Segment income of $332 million increased $123 million or 59% over the prior year quarter.
    -RockTenn's restructuring and other costs and operating losses and transition costs due to plant closures for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $0.26 per diluted share after-tax. These costs primarily consisted of $19 million of pre-tax facility closure charges and $7 million of pre-tax acquisition and integration costs. The pre-tax facility closure charges primarily consisted of severance and other employee costs, equipment impairments and carrying costs for facilities acquired in the Smurfit-Stone acquisition that were partially offset by gains on the sale of previously closed facilities.

    Chief Executive Officer's Statement
    RockTenn Chief Executive Officer, Steve Voorhees, stated, "We are pleased with our record adjusted earnings and cash flow in the September quarter and for all of fiscal 2013. We expect to continue to improve our business performance and generate strong free cash flow during fiscal 2014. With our leverage ratio now below two times for the first time since March 2011, we have significant flexibility to take advantage of opportunities to invest in our business and return capital to shareholders through dividends and stock repurchases."

    Segment Results
    Containerboard and Paperboard Tons Shipped
    Containerboard shipments of approximately 1,825,000 tons decreased approximately 34,000 tons compared to the prior year quarter due to lower domestic sales. Consumer Packaging segment paperboard and pulp shipments of approximately 366,000 tons increased approximately 16,000 tons over the prior year quarter.

    Corrugated Packaging Segment
    Corrugated Packaging segment net sales increased $147 million to $1,744 million and segment income increased $125 million to $238 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter. The increased sales and earnings are primarily related to higher selling prices and increased synergies that were partially offset by higher commodity and other costs. In addition, segment income included a $12 million gain related to the recording of additional value of spare parts at our containerboard mills acquired in the Smurfit-Stone acquisition and a $9 million gain related to the termination of a steam supply contract at our Solvay recycled containerboard mill, net of boiler start-up costs. Corrugated Packaging segment EBITDA margin was 20.0% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 up 630 basis points from the 13.7% in the prior year quarter, the highest such segment EBITDA margin since the Smurfit-Stone acquisition and primarily represents higher pricing, increased synergy realization and continued operating performance improvements.

    Consumer Packaging Segment
    Consumer Packaging segment net sales increased $11 million and segment income declined $10 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter. Segment income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 included $18 million received in connection with the termination and settlement of a paperboard supply agreement, net of legal fees in the period, and segment income in the current year fourth quarter included approximately $8 million related to a partial insurance settlement of property damage claims associated with the prior year Demopolis turbine failure. Additionally, segment income was impacted primarily by higher commodity and other costs that were partially offset by generally higher selling prices and volumes. Consumer Packaging segment EBITDA margin was 17.0% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, driven by higher SBS, URB and pulp pricing and continued operating execution.

    Recycling Segment
    Recycling segment net sales increased $12 million over the prior year fourth quarter to $276 million primarily as the impact of increased selling prices exceeded the impact of lower volumes. Segment income increased $7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter primarily due to the impact of cost structure improvements.

    Cash Provided From Operating, Financing and Investing Activities
    Cash provided by operations was $310 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, after pension funding in excess of expense of $80 million. We reduced net debt (as defined) by $176 million in the September quarter to $2.81 billion and our Leverage Ratio (as defined) was 1.95 times. Total debt was $2.84 billion at September 30, 2013. We invested $133 million in capital expenditures and returned $22 million in dividends to our shareholders.
    (Rock-Tenn Co)
     
    12.12.2013   Catalyst Paper begins search for head of Sales & Marketing     ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) announced that Tom Crowley is no longer with the company and a search will begin immediately for a new leader of the Sales and Marketing function.
    “We are continuing to align the organization structure with our focus on operational efficiency and our production base in British Columbia,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers can expect our attention to product quality, service excellence and timely delivery to remain clear and constant throughout this transition process.”
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    12.12.2013   L.C.Paper 1881 chooses Toscotec TT DOES solution for PM2 rebuilding    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec with its associate Milltech have been awarded a contract to deliver a major dry-end rebuild of the L.C.Paper 1881 SA PM 2 in Besalu, Catalunya - Spain. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.
    LC Paper was formed in 1881 on the back of the Industrial Revolution and is now well regarded for its production of niche tissue products contained with two tissue machines (PM2 and PM3) annually producing 45,000 tonnes of tissue for the AfH market.
    The main recognized company product is OnePly® tissue paper that is produced on PM3 from virgin pulp while on PM2 actually every kind of paper is made from 100% recycled paper. This range of products includes Table 72, 37 g/m2 and Exterkraft 50 g/m2. The products are certified by the ISO 14001 European policy and the Ecolabel tag, both of them ensuring an extraordinary attention to the environment. Apart of this LC Paper is also well recognized in the European tissue market for its attention into the energy reduction problems and on its leadership of cogeneration application .
    In 1993, the Company introduced a cogeneration plant. It was the first plant with a diesel engine of 6.5 MW in Spain that was expanded in 1999 with a second 6 MW engine.
    In 2009 LC Paper launched PM3 with a patented process that takes gases from the cogeneration plant to dry the paper by the means of an innovative hood provided already by Milltech. In 2011 the first diesel engine was sold and in 2012 LC paper installed a new gas engine. 6 MW of this energy will be used for feeding the new hood by Milltech on PM2 with a further decrease of energy consumption.
    Toscotec 's delivery includes a major rebuild of the PM2 dry end and press section, which will be replaced with a TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package. This will features a double presses solution with a rebuild of the felt run, a new TT SYD-15FT with doctoring system and a Duo-system Yankee hood, SMART eMT type from Milltech. The wet end hood is burner feeding type, the dry end hood could be fed either by cogeneration gases or conventional burner (normally with COG on is switched off). Exhaust gases are used to generate two stages of steam (high and low pressure) through steam generators in addition to the heat recovery to pre-heat the make-up and combustion air. Maximum drying production with a machine trim width at reel of 3050 mm will be 130 tpd. With this new intervention the PM2 consumption will be lower than 1,350 kWh/t.
    According to the LC Paper CEO Joan Vila, this investment will allow to increase the competitiveness of the Company. ”After a detailed analysis of our project we decided to choose once more Milltech and Toscotec for the innovative solution they were able to introduce, that is aligned with LC Paper business philosophy as well as for the previous positive experience we have done on PM3”, he said.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    12.12.2013   Flint Group Flexographic Products expands equipment range    ( Company news )

    Company news nyloflex® Dryer FIII (picture) and nyloflex® Light Finisher FIII –perfect completion to the nyloflex® NExT Exposure FIII

    Flint Group Flexographic Products has further developed its equipment portfolio with the introduction of the nyloflex® Dryer FIII and the nyloflex® Light Finisher FIII. These two premium quality systems have been specifically designed to deliver excellent productivity, consistency and quality for processing flexographic printing plates – particularly when used in combination with the nyloflex® NExT Exposure FIII, with the two new devices combining to provide perfect results.
    The three chamber design of the nyloflex® Dryer FIII with individual temperature control enables energy savings with an increased drying efficiency. The economical construction of the device makes it profitable for the user and helps to reduce costs. Furthermore, six drying drawers allow for easy and comfortable handling.
    The high performance UV-A and UV-C tubes of the nyloflex® Light Finisher FIII result in very short processing times. All lamps are equipped with electronic ballast and start simultaneously. Therefore, an exchange of starters is not necessary. Moreover, the operating hours of the tubes are metered automatically and recorded separately for post-exposure and light finishing.
    The innovative nyloflex® NExT Exposure utilises high intensity UV-A LEDs as light source. Thus, a rapid crosslinking of the photopolymer surface is achieved before oxygen inhibition can occur, resulting in a flat top dot structure on the printing plate and a virtual 1:1 image reproduction from the digital file to the finished plate. The high level of UV emission leads to a significant improvement in the reproduction of the fine relief elements. When combined with high resolution surface screening, the resulting surface texture of the flat top dots provides an optimal surface to enhance ink laydown, ink density, and consistency in printing. And as for other Flint Group equipment, the exposure promises productivity - further consumables and processing steps, such as lamination or the use of inert gases, are not necessary. Compared to standard UV tubes, the UV LEDs show a significantly higher level of UV intensity, a much more consistent emission and longer lifetime.
    In addition to the nyloflex® NExT Exposure F III (for formats up to 920 x 1200 mm / 36 x 47 inches) a nyloflex® NExT Exposure F V (for formats up to 1320 x 2032 mm / 52 x 80 inches) is available as well.
    (Flint Group Flexographic Products)
     
    12.12.2013   Advantage DCT tissue line rebuilt by future Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki successfully started up at...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Ehime Paper's mill in Japan

    In order to increase capacity, tissue quality and efficiency, Ehime Paper has rebuilt its PM 8 in Ehime prefecture in Japan. The tissue machine which has been redesigned in line with the Advantage DCT 135 Technology, smoothly came on stream at the end of August and is currently running at guaranteed design speed, 1900 m/min producing facial tissue of high quality and low basis weight.
    The rebuild, jointly supplied by Kawanoe Zoki and Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, includes an Advantage DCT 135 forming section, press section, Advantage AirCap Yankee hood, and a Yankee dryer as well as an Advantage WetDust dust handling system.
    Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business and Kawanoe Zoki have previously installed Ehime Paper's PM 11 at the same mill, which has been producing high quality tissue paper at guaranteed design speed since the start-up in 2003.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    11.12.2013   Paper Industry Applauds European Parliament Decision to Defend Recycling Jobs in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news European Commission asked to go back to the drawing board

    The European paper industry warmly welcomes yesterday's decision by the European Parliament to block proposed legislation which would have had the effect of classifying waste paper as "recycled" paper before it has been recycled1. This vote in Strasbourg will save more than 20,000 direct green jobs in the paper industry and an estimated additional 140,000 indirect jobs in Europe.
    "We are glad to see the European Parliament remembered that the original purpose of defining when something is no longer to be considered a waste was to facilitate recycling not to obstruct it," comments Teresa Presas, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), on the outcome in Strasbourg. "If this proposal had become law it would also have burdened the global environment with needless additional energy use and emissions. It's a good decision.”
    If this legislation had passed, it would have relaxed the EU's waste management rules and triggered a flight of waste paper out of the EU to Asia, pushing up prices in Europe and undermining the quality of waste paper available for the European recycling sector. This in turn would have crippled the world class paper recycling in the EU, the result of years of investment by the paper recycling industry here. Paper recycling in Europe would likely have dropped from about 47 million tonnes per year to 37 million tonnes, leading to closures of mills, including many small and medium-sized operators.
    Yesterday, the European Parliament plenary backed the earlier decision of its specialist environment committee to reject the Commission initiative, voting in favour by 606 votes to 77. MEPs insisted that the Commission had not properly assessed the impacts of its draft regulation on paper recycling and in shipments of waste paper to third countries. The Parliament also argued that the proposal was not compatible with the aim and content of the EU's basic framework directive on waste and exceeded the implementing powers conferred on the Commission by that directive - a comprehensive rejection.
    In September this year, CEPI temporarily dumped bales of waste paper in front of the Commission's headquarters building in Brussels to draw attention to the problem. Shortly after, the EU member states voting on the issue failed to reach a majority on what to do, leaving it up to MEPs to decide whether or not to send the Commission back to the drawing board.
    “We are delighted that the voice of reason has finally emerged," explains Jori Ringman-Beck, CEPI Recycling and Product Director. "We now hope that the Commission's environmental protection department will reflect on the content of this resolution and revise the criteria for determining when used paper is waste and when it's not.”
    CEPI is not against defining criteria to determine when used paper ceases to be classified as waste, but maintains that the approach now needs to be fundamentally revisited and aligned with the newer more progressive criteria that the Commission has developed lately for other material streams. In general, the old approach, which was carried over by the Commission into the paper proposal just rejected in Strasbourg, has hardly been implemented in practice - indicating that these measures have not been able to capture what is needed by the market in reality.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    11.12.2013   Greif Packaging LLC Announces Major Capital Enhancements at Riverville, Va. Mill     ( Company news )

    Company news Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, today announced that Greif Packaging LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary, plans to make significant improvements to its semi-chemical medium machine located in Riverville, Va. mill.
    The company expects the $45 million modernization project, which includes enhancements to all sections of the machine, to improve product quality characteristics for customers, reduce costs and increase capacity. While the largest component of the two-year project is the addition of a shoe press, the machine will also undergo improvements with drive systems, winding and roll handling capabilities. Upon completion of this project, the company expects to reduce energy consumption mill-wide by another 10 percent and realize an 11 percent increase in production output.
    "The modernization of our semi-chemical machine at Riverville represents a critical stage of our 'efficient frontier' strategy in the Virginia mill footprint and is aimed at reducing structural costs and expanding output at this important virgin asset within our portfolio," said Tim Bergwall, vice president, general manager of Paper Packaging, Greif, Inc. "The resulting product enhancements expected from these projects represent another step toward our goal of being the premier medium supplier to our customers."
    (Greif, Inc.)
     
    11.12.2013   Future Valmet to supply a tissue production line for Tezol Tütün Kagit in Turkey    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a complete tissue production line to Tezol Tütün Kagit in Turkey. The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s new mill site in the city of Mersin. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2015.
    “The new tissue line will fulfill Tezol’s ambition to produce environmentally friendly products of highest quality in a cost-efficient way,” says Ersin Tezol, CEO of Tezol Tütün ve Kağıt San ve Tic A.Ş.
    “The Advantage DCT tissue making concept enables the production of most types of conventional tissue products with the highest quality in a cost-effective way. We are very delighted that Tezol trusted us as the supplier of their new tissue making line, and are looking forward to a long-term partnership which will be of benefit for both companies,” says Björn Magnus, Sales Manager, Paper business line, future Valmet.
    The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Technical information
    The delivery will comprise a complete high-speed tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100+ tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a cast iron Yankee cylinder, an Advantage ViscoNip press and an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood. The delivery will also include part of the stock preparation equipment.
    The new line will have a width of 2.85 m and will increase the company's existing production for the Turkish market by another 30,000 tonnes per year of bathroom tissue, towel grades and diaper tissue. The raw material for the new production line will be virgin fiber and recycled fiber.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    11.12.2013   Lennart Persson, CFO and Executive Vice President of SCA, to retire on July 1, 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA’s CFO and Executive Vice President Lennart Persson (picture) will retire on July 1, 2014, after contributing to SCA’s growth in a number of senior positions since 1987. Fredrik Rystedt, 49, will succeed Lennart Persson. Fredrik will become a member of SCA’s Corporate Senior Management Team and will be employed from March 1, although he will formally assume his position on July 1, 2014.
    Fredrik Rystedt has extensive experience of the chief financial officer position gained at a number of listed companies. Between 1989 and 1998, he held a series of senior positions in the Electrolux Group. In the late 1990s, he served as CFO of the aluminum profile company Sapa. Between 2001 and 2008, Fredrik Rystedt was employed as CFO of Electrolux. From 2008 until early 2013, he was the CFO, Executive Vice President and country manager for Sweden for the Nordic banking group Nordea.
    In his new role at SCA, Fredrik Rystedt will report to President and CEO Jan Johansson.
    “With his long and relevant experience, Fredrik Rystedt is an excellent successor to Lennart Persson. Lennart is and has been a valuable key asset of the company. Through his extensive knowledge, professionalism and commitment, Lennart has added significant value to SCA, particularly in our journey of change toward becoming a leading global hygiene and forest products company,” says Jan Johansson.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    11.12.2013   KBA strengthens its presence in growing packaging market    ( Company news )

    Company news KBA-Flexotecnica and KBA-Kammann join KBA Group

    Picture: Flexotecnica by KBA. L-r: Claudio Bisogni, Costanza Cerutti, Dr Giancarlo Cerutti, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Silvana Canette and Adriano Canette

    Following the entry into the promising digital print market at Drupa 2012 with an own product, the Koenig & Bauer Group has strengthened its footing in the broad, growing market for packaging with the acquisition of two companies in recent months.
    This segment benefits from increasing levels of prosperity, consumption and the trend towards self-service markets in rapidly expanding industrial countries such as China, India, Brazil and Turkey. It is not affected by the growing popularity of online media. KBA is the longstanding market leader in printing systems for folding carton and metal packaging with its sheetfed offset facility in Radebeul near Dresden and subsidiary KBA-MetalPrint in Stuttgart.
    KBA entered the expanding niche market for directly decorating luxury glass packaging and other hollow containers with the majority takeover of Kammann Maschinenbau in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, concluded at the beginning of September. Following a long period of negotiations, the majority acquisition of Italian press manufacturer Flexotecnica based in Tavazzano near Milan was finalised in early December. This paves the way for the broadly-positioned press manufacturer into the key print market for flexible packaging (especially films). Next year the two youngest KBA subsidiaries will be renamed KBA-Kammann and KBA-Flexotecnica. Both companies have a total of some 280 employees in development and engineering, assembly, sales and service, while most of the manufacturing activities have been outsourced. Together the firms generate annual sales in the mid-double-digit million euro range.
    The enterprise’s acting managing directors Matthias Graf und Dr Christian Maaß continue to hold a 15% stake in the future KBA-Kammann. The company has 175 employees and is the global market leader in screen printing systems for directly decorating luxury glass containers. Along with the predominant screen-printing systems, Kammann’s flexible transport systems can also be equipped with hot-stamping, inkjet and other decorating processes. The firm recently presented its first digital solution at K, the trade show for plastics and rubber in Düsseldorf. Directly decorated glass containers are mainly used for cosmetics, perfume and spirituous beverages in the top price class. In 2012 Kammann, which was founded in 1955, generated annual sales of over €30m ($39m) and posted a net profit.
    With approx. 100 employees the future KBA-Flexotecnica develops, builds, distributes and services flexo presses for printing on flexible packaging materials. In 2012 the enterprise generated annual sales of approx. €36m ($49m) in Europe and in some overseas markets, and posted a pre-tax profit. Until now limited resources have curbed the mid-size firm’s growth. KBA-Flexotecnica’s integration into the Group’s global sales and service network will open up favourable prospects for further development. KBA took over the company from Officine Meccaniche G. Cerutti (OMGC), the previous majority stakeholder based in Casale Monferrato near Turin. However, OMGC will hold a 5% stake in the firm. Adriano Canette, a descendant of the founding family working in the company, remains a shareholder with 5%. KBA-Flexotecnica will be run by its previous managing director Claudio Bisogni. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
    By expanding its product line-up for previously unaddressed growth markets KBA is countering the shrinking business volume in media-orientated print segments, such as magazines, catalogues and newspapers, affected by the advance of internet consumption.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    11.12.2013   The flushable wipes material of Trützschler and Voith passed the INDA/EDANA tests     ( Company news )

    Company news At the end of October, Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens reached an important milestone: a nonwovens fabric from the jointly developed production process successfully passed the official INDA and EDANA 3rd edition tests of flushability.
    Flushable wipes are moist wipes that can be disposed of down the toilet, for instance baby cleaning wipes, or cleansing tissues. For the producers, this has been a small but economically interesting market segment up to now, with high demands on the product: On the one hand, the cloths must be strong enough for cleaning; on the other hand they must not pollute the sewage system or the environment after disposal.
    Voith and Trützschler Nonwovens have been successful in producing wet laid and hydroentangled nonwovens with a high level of wet strength, consisting only of fibers of natural origin that quickly disperse in water, and that are 100% biodegradable.
    The raw material is exclusively cellulose, the main component is bleached long fiber pulp as used in paper manufacturing. A small percentage of regenerated wood cellulosic fibers ensures the strength of the nonwovens. The newly developed production process uses neither binding agents nor melt fibers. For this reason, the cloths quickly disperse in water, and the fiber material is completely biodegradable. Another advantage of the large quantities of long fiber pulp is that they lower production costs significantly.
    The test result is an impressive example of the efficiency of the newly developed production process, whose core components are the Voith’s HydroFormer for web formation, and the Trützschler Nonwovens’ AquaJet for web bonding.

    INDA/EDANA: „Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products”
    In August, the American and European Nonwovens Associations INDA und EDANA published the third edition of the flushability guidelines. The "Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products" have been developed in cooperation with waste water authorities and the nonwovens industry. They specify seven material tests, thus establishing standardised measurement methods.
    For being marketed as "flushable", a product must pass all the tests. The tests include such properties as flushability and dispersement of the nonwoven product into single fibers, as well as degradation by means of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Just one negative test result makes the "Do not Flush" marking mandatory.
    (Trützschler Nonwovens GmbH)
     
    10.12.2013   A clean break with energy consumption    ( Company news )

    Company news Pasaban focused on the energy consumption of its sheeters

    Pasaban has been able to keep the energy consumption of its machines down to around 20 percent of their installed capacity by incorporating into its processes different latest- generation equipment for recovering most of the energy used in the operation of its paper slitting installations.
    Since its beginning more than 80 years ago, the company has striven to add to the machinery it manufactures breakthroughs aimed at not only increasing productivity but also at improving energy saving. In the past year it has managed to install in the main motors and some of the auxiliary elements of all its machines systems to transform their mechanical potential energy into electric energy and thus minimise the actual use of power from the mains.
    As a result of the energy saving strategy it has applied to all design and production phases, Pasaban has come up with different ways to recover such energy along three main lines of work:

    -Saving by direct cross-cutting drive
    The motors of the cross-cut block – an essential feature in a sheeter – are one of the places where energy can be saved. The rolls which hold the knives (cross-cutting knife drums) are subjected to large accelerations and decelerations during every turn in order to match them to the length of the cut to be made on the paper. The system developed by Pasaban leads to a significant energy saving due to the conversion of the mechanical energy from said rolls’ inertia into electricity and to the storage thereof.
    By using modern torque motors – which need 5-to-7 percent less power for the same required torque conditions than other types of high-torque asynchronous motors – and digital speed controls, as well as battery banks for storing the energy from the motors, the direct consumption of electricity has been reduced to a minimum owing to the harnessing of the energy which has been previously recovered from the motors.
    According to the calculations made by Pasaban using its own mathematical models, a saving of approximately 70 percent of the installed capacity for these motors can be achieved, which can come up to, depending on the setup of the machines, 210 kW of the total driving of the cross-cutting group. Besides, an additional 10 percent reduction is possible by using rectifiers to return fluctuation excesses of the motors’ energy to the main electrical power.

    -Saving by recovering energy in the sheet stacking system
    Another of the applications Pasaban uses in its sheeters to limit the consumption of energy is a system installed in the layboys where the stacks of paper are made. The paper/board stacking process involves a large amount of potential energy since the stacks can reach weights of up to five tonnes (depending on the type of machine). As the layboy slowly descends, an AC asynchronous motor system and a frequency converter return the energy from the continuous braking to the main electrical power.
    By means of these devices Pasaban has managed savings of up to 70 percent of the installed capacity, which in absolute terms can mean an energy saving of around 15 kW in the driving of said stacking platforms.

    -Saving by reel braking driving
    Finally, the company has enhanced the energy recovery system in both its sheeters and winders by using a regenerative braking system by means of a brake motor. By using brake motors the mechanical energy generated by the pulling roll that acts on the reel is transformed into electricity which, again, is returned to the main electrical power. This procedure leads to energy savings of up to 80 percent of the installed capacity, which in some cases can amount to 50 kW per drive of every paper reel.
    Pasaban is well aware of how important energy saving has become in industrial capital goods and has consequently implemented a strategy along these lines, not only because of the obvious cost reduction that can be achieved with the application of these modern systems but also because it believes companies must be environmentally minded, which in turn benefits society as a whole.
    (Pasaban S.A.)
     
    10.12.2013   PMT starts YDS Worldwide Ltd.    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia S.p.A. is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, YDS Worldwide Ltd has begun its activities at its new site at Wigan, UK providing Yankee Dryer Services.
    YDS Worldwide are committed to providing a high class technical service to all customers from initial enquiry to completion and details of the types of services available.
    All kinds of Inspections are available together with Shell Thickness Measurements, De-rating / Re-rating calculations, NDT Testing: Acoustic Emission Testing, Thermography MPI, UT, Hydro, Radiograph & Metallurgical, while possible, Maintenance Inspections and Servicing include overhauling and resetting of internals as well as upgrading of old dryers with the latest design features.
    Tissue Machine drying audits and Crown audit are also available and Spares, like condensate removal straw assemblies, bolt assemblies, gaskets, internal piping, insulation sleeves, bearings & housings, can be supplied.
    In the event of an extraordinary event occurring that puts the safety of the vessel in question, YDS Worldwide Ltd can help with immediate specialist advice and on-site service to ensure safety and minimize downtime.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    10.12.2013   40% of beverage cartons recycled across Europe in 2012    ( Company news )

    Company news ACE members are committed to supporting and promoting beverage carton recycling across Europe. ACE – the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment – is pleased to note that recycling of beverage cartons reached 40% in the EU in 2012. This represents an increase of 3% compared to 2011 data. The total recovery rate (recycling and energy recovery) reached 69% in the EU. An increase in recycling rates was also recorded across Europe (EU-27, Norway and Switzerland) with 39% of beverage cartons being recycled and total recovery reaching 70% in 2012.
    "After 20 years of tracking recycling rates in Europe, our industry is very happy with the progress made. In 1992 only 6,000 tonnes of post-consumer beverage cartons were recycled, in 2012 this number has increased to about 380,000 tons. ACE members have been very much engaged across Europe to foster the recycling of beverage cartons. A lot has been already achieved, but more progress can be made in supporting the recycling of beverage cartons by ensuring an appropriate EU regulatory framework is in place" says Katarina Molin, Director General of ACE. "Recycling is definitely our favoured waste management option. Increasing beverage carton recycling across Europe is fully in line with the Commission's vision to move towards a recycling economy as laid down in the EU Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe."
    Beverage cartons are made on average from 75% paper board, 21% polymers and 4% aluminium. The paper fibres from post-consumer beverage cartons are high quality and as such play a crucial role in ensuring that recycled paper maintains its properties and can be used to produce new packaging for consumer goods. Once recycled the polymer and aluminium is also in demand in a number of different applications ranging from composite products such as construction panels to industrial raw material.
    (ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))
     
    10.12.2013   Jussi Pesonen elected Chairman of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation     ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation has elected Mr. Jussi Pesonen, the President and CEO of UPM-Kymmene Corporation, as its Chairman for 2014. President and CEO Kari Jordan, Metsä Group and CEO Jouko Karvinen, Stora Enso Oyj were elected as deputy chairmen.

    “Decisions made here in Finland as well as in Europe have an impact on the competitiveness of the forest-based sector. Restoring of lost competitiveness must be highlighted as a priority. The wings of growth should not be clipped but the industry should be encouraged to operate and employ in Finland,” says Jussi Pesonen, the next Chairman of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

    The Finnish Forest Industries Federation's annual autumn meeting and Board meeting took place on Friday, 22 November in Helsinki.
    (Metsateollisuus ry - Skogsindustrin rf / FFIF Finnish Forest Industries Federation)
     
    10.12.2013   ANDRITZ successfully starts up Europe's largest new paper machine for Zellstoff Pöls, Austria     ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ successfully started up Europe’s largest new paper machine for specialty papers, supplied to Zellstoff Pöls, Austria.
    The PrimeLine paper machine produces very high-strength paper grades used primarily for carrier bags, high-grade medical packaging, and food packaging.
    “We were very impressed by the start-up – also because it took place one month ahead of schedule,” says Jürgen Rieger, Chief Operating Manager at Zellstoff Pöls. The ANDRITZ scope of supply comprised the stock preparation plant, the approach system, the complete PrimeLine paper machine (working width 4.5 meters) with hybrid former, shoe press, steel Yankee, calender, and slitter-winder, as well as pumps and the complete plant automation equipment. At a design speed of up to 1,200 meters per minute, the paper machine has an annual capacity of 80,000 tons.
    Siegfried Gruber, Head of Project Engineering at Zellstoff Pöls, explains what was decisive in awarding this order to ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER: “Decades of experience in the pulp and paper industry and the ability to deliver a complete plant with maximum efficiency in terms of energy use and drying.” An ANDRITZ steel Yankee is used in order to enhance energy-efficient drying: With a diameter of 6.7 meters and a shell length of 6.25 meters, the PrimeDry Yankee is the largest in the world. Due to its size, the 150-ton Yankee was delivered to the customer’s mill in two halves and assembled on site – a production and supply concept that only ANDRITZ offers worldwide.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    10.12.2013   FORTRESS PAPER PROVIDES UPDATE ON FSC MILL    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announced yesterday that three of the four digesters at the Fortress
    Specialty Mill (the "FSC Mill")
    in Thurso, Québec resumed operation after being shut down since December 5, 2013 to complete required and preventative repairs to piping. Accordingly, the FSC Mill has resumed production and is ramping up operation of the cogeneration facility. The Company anticipates the fourth digester will be operational on December 11, 2013.
    Yvon Pelletier, President of Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc., commented: "While this operational technical setback was beyond our control and unfortunate, I am very proud of our team who were able to expeditiously rectify the issue. As a result of their diligent efforts, we have resumed production at the FSC Mill with limited downtime."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    10.12.2013   MIAC TISSUE BUSINESS POINT - FOCUS ON TISSUE!    ( Company news )

    Company news New business opportunities!
    MIAC Tissue Business Point has been developed to support corporate interchange, to consolidate existing relationships and to develop and create new business opportunities.

    MIAC Tissue Business Point is not a trade fair!
    It is a new business concept organised - every two years - in Lucca,
    the heart of European tissue paper production and converting.

    An event that completely embraces the world of tissue paper in just 2 days!
    A new business concept that brings together Technology, Finished Products, Raw Materials and Services, designed exclusively for companies operating in the tissue paper sector.

    A streamlined Conference Programme!
    The Conference offers interesting content and studied to provide information dynamically and effectively to all the people involved in the tissue industry sector.

    SAVE THE DATE:
    26.27 March 2014 - 2 days of business!
    We are looking forward to welcoming you in Lucca!
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    09.12.2013   The Best is Yet to Come! - don't miss the next BAPC Conference    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: John Charnock, Director of Print Research International Ltd

    The BAPC has a long history supporting the Print and Communication sectors. Sidney Bobb, chairman of the BAPC is passionate about print. "Our association is run 'by printers - for printers' providing a range of services and support," says Bobb. A key event in the association's calender is the annual BAPC conference. The next conference is planned on the theme “The best is yet to come" and will be held over the weekend of the 17th and 18thJanuary 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Elstree.
    Bookings can be made online at http://www.bapc.co.uk

    The BAPC conference has become one of the most popular networking events in the industry calendar. It attracts an eclectic mix of printers, suppliers, marketors and the media and a number of them have chosen to voice how important the BAPC conference is to them and the industry community:

    John Charnock, Director of Print Research International Ltd
    "The BAPC conference is the best. You can't beat it for content and its most enjoyable. Sidney Bobb has an incredible ability to pull together the most insightful and exciting speakers. Any small to medium business in the graphic arts should seriously consider attending the event for insight and presentations that simply cover all the essentials of the graphic arts market. The 2 day event enables time to network and share experiences with other attendees, which is often the most important aspect. You do come away inspired and ready to try new ideas. I would highly recommend this conference to all."

    Mark Yeung, Director of Duraweld
    "The BAPC brings together diverse participants in the print industry and, through the annual conference, creates an opportunity for building relationships and sometimes making unexpected connections. We’ve found Sidney is always genuinely interested in helping his members where he can, and is a great source of insight into the print industry and its changing dynamics."

    Gareth Ward, Editor of Print Business
    "Attending the conference is time out – a time to meet industry folks away from the print shop or the office. It's a great place to pick up new ideas and share different viewpoints from both the speakers and other attendees. Because it's a mix of more formal sessions and networking away from the daily grind, it presents an opportunity to reflect - which isn't always possible when the phone is ringing and something needs sorting out. The BAPC is fundamentally an organization at grass roots, great for sharing experiences and the annual conference is always good value and worth attending."

    Pat Holloway, Director of Independent Marketing Services
    "Often we think that trade associations are a thing of the past. We perhaps relate to their role as an industry mouth piece for larger companies toward government agencies - but the BAPC is not like that at all. They are taking calls on a daily basis supporting the UK print industry in 2013 which is mainly SME style businesses. Sidney Bobb is a rare breed - a people person. Not only is he there for the members, he also works with other industry associations, trade press, manufacturers and suppliers. I would highly recommend the BAPC conference - its always fun and provides a platform to listen and to learn in a convivial atmosphere. You will not be disappointed!"

    Freddie Kienzler, Managing Director of Formara
    "I have been going to the BAPC Conference since the mid 1980’s. Sometimes it is easy to think that since you have been in print for so long, there is not much left to learn but it is amazing how every year at the Conference I will pick up some new ideas or tips to help our business and our customers. With the astonishing pace of change facing all businesses at present, it is even more important to keep informed on ideas and how to take opportunities and benefit from them. The BAPC plays a crucial role in supporting SME’s in the Print Sector with a huge range of valuable advice and services all for a ridiculously low fee. This can be achieved since 99% of staff are volunteers and do it because we are proud of our industry and want to help others benefit from it in the way that we have. Most of what we do is driven by our hard working Chairman Sidney Bobb but if there is anyone out there who wants to join us in helping our industry then please contact us."
    (BAPC British Association for Print and Communication)
     
    09.12.2013   Representatives of SinoCorrugated South 2014 Attend MACCMA 25th Anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news The hosts of SinoCorrugated South 2014, Reed Exhibitions, sent a team to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 25 to participate in the Malaysian Corrugated Carton Manufacturers’ Association (MACCMA) 25th anniversary celebrations. More than 600 guests from carton manufacturers, suppliers, trade associations and media attended the gala evening. The Hong Kong Corrugated Paper Manufacturers’ Association (HKCPMA), the Taiwan Paper Industry Association (CTCCA), the Corrugated Box Manufacturers’ Association of Singapore (CBMA) and the Indonesian Corrugated Cardboard Industries Association (PICCI) were also represented at the event.
    SinoCorrugated South has become an increasingly well-known exhibition as Reed has stepped up promotion of the event worldwide. Frank Cheng, Chairman of the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA), Simon Lo, Chairman of the Asian Corrugated Case Association (ACCA), Henry Low Sheong Boon, Chairman of MACCMA, Kinardo Ang, Chairman of the PICCI, and Stanley Koo Chau Ming, Chairman of CBMA, said they will support SinoCorrugated South 2014 and organize groups of high-level visitors to the show.
    As the global economy starts to recover, so the needs of the corrugated packaging trade are rapidly rising. The ICCA predicts that the world’s corrugated industry will sustain an annual growth rate of 3% from 2013 to 2016. Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, is growing much faster than other areas – at a rate of about 6%.
    SinoCorrugated South focuses on the great potential of the Southeast Asian market. The event serves to bring together industry professionals from China and Southeast Asia to promote international communication and sharing of technology and market information. It is the mission of Reed Exhibitions to create Asia-Pacific’s best corrugated packaging through this show.
    In 2014, SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton will be collocated at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12. Spanning 60,000 sqm, together the two shows will feature over 600 suppliers, 1,300+ pieces of corrugated and folding carton equipment and about 1,000 kinds of consumables. Over 26,000 visitors will attend the dual events, and more than 50 foreign and domestic industry associations will support the show by sending strong visiting delegations. The event promised to be a major showcase that will drive growth in the global corrugated and packaging industries.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    09.12.2013   Screen Europe brings Truepress portfolio to Ipex 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Screen Europe to showcase its Truepress Jet continuous inkjet solutions and applications at ‘the only major print event in 2014’

    Picture: Truepress Jet2500UV

    Screen Europe will be demonstrating a host of products from its Truepress Jet continuous digital inkjet printing series at Ipex 2014. The company’s support of Ipex reiterates the London-based exhibition’s broad appeal to all facets of the print industry and the opportunity it provides for manufacturers to reach out to the international market.
    “Ipex is the only major print event in 2014. It promises to be an important show for Screen and our Truepress Jet high-speed, continuous inkjet printing solutions and applications,” says Brian Filler, President, Screen Europe.
    “The event always attracts premier print companies from around the globe and we have already had considerable interest from the Middle East, Africa and Australia. The timing in March is perfect. Ipex in London kicks off the financial year nicely as industry confidence returns and the economy around the world shows signs of recovery. Ipex will be perfect for companies who are planning and making their print on demand technology investments in 2014.”
    Trevor Crawford, Event Director, Ipex 2014, comments: “The Ipex 2014 line-up is getting stronger every day and we’re delighted with Screen Europe’s commitment to the event. The company’s Truepress Jet inkjet technology provides a snapshot of the world class digital printing offering that will be on show at the London ExCel next year. With only five months to go, Ipex is fast shaping up to be the definitive print event next year for international suppliers that want to grow their businesses and communicate with the industry.”
    (Screen Europe)
     
    09.12.2013   Revolution in the retail trade    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Pro Carton Marketing Event in October 2013 in Vienna, Georg Wiedenhofer, Managing Director of the Gallup Institute, presented a brand new international study on the development of E-commerce, and Willy Zwerger, a renowned journalist and retail expert, discussed developments relating to international trade. This was followed by a high-level discussion round with the audience with the conclusion: the entire supply chain needs to take action.

    Picture: Willy Zwerger, Franz Rappold, Mag. Georg Wiedenhofer

    Mag. Georg Wiedenhofer, Purchasing and information behaviour in E-Commerce compared to the stationary trade
    "Last year every second person ordered something at least once via the Internet. Some product areas are affected massively, and there are still some product areas hardly affected yet, I underline: yet!"
    "The book trade is certainly affected most by the Internet. It is relatively easy to ship a book. Half the people purchasing books buy on the Internet these days, definitely a large number. This business sector is struggling hard with the change, but it also shows what could happen in other sectors if the Internet trade gains in importance."
    "It is a tremendous challenge for the trade that people visiting their stores often know more than their sales personnel. And the core problem is, that buyers usually come armed with a price gleaned from the Internet. The retail trade is attacked from two sides, on the one hand stationary trade is losing business to the Internet, on the other people visit stores well informed."
    " E-Commerce will increase. First of all, new platforms join the Internet every day, making the product offerings broader, and existing platforms are expanding their ranges. And acceptance among buyers is also increasing."
    "Why do people buy via the Internet? Many believe that price is the dominating factor, but that is not true. The buzz word is convenience. Price is also important, but convenience tops the list. There are no specific hours of business at home on the couch, you can buy at all times and have the largest selection of products worldwide. Things can't be any simpler for the consumer, this is convenience all the way."
    "What are the implications for the packaging industry? Mainly questions: "Is packaging suitable for shipping? Volume, strength, handling, labelling, suitability for returns – what happens when the customer rips open the packaging at home and then just stuffs the product back inside? Is packaging destroyed during opening or can it be used to return the goods? Can packaging create a buying experience at home when the goods are delivered?

    Willy Zwerger, Shopping everywhere and at any time. Something the trade needs to address
    "There are uncounted perfect examples. Take for instance sports items, shoes and lingerie where showrooms are in, where consumers can view the goods, but order the right size via a console or tablet on site. This saves the retailer having to stock all sizes and variants of all products."
    "The British retail chain Tesco successfully launched a revolutionary idea some two years ago. Using South Korea as a test market, photos of shelves with products with codes for photographing were installed at the tube stations in Seoul. The logistics were organised such that the ordered goods would arrive at the same time as the purchaser arrived home. A 30 per cent increase in turnover has encouraged Tesco to extend their virtual shopping programme and they have now integrated bus and railway stations. Other cities are waiting in the wings."
    "A few weeks ago REWE presented a similar model in Austria. As part of the Billa Online Shop and the implementation of the Billa App for mobile shopping in comfort, billboards and CityLights displayed products which could also be scanned and ordered. The average online purchase at Billa amounts to over EUR 80, whereas the average purchase in the Billa stores only amounts to EUR 13. However, the current ratio of goods purchased online is less than one per cent of total turnover. So there is plenty of room to manoeuvre, especially when considering that similar business models in Scandinavia or the Netherlands generate close to 20 per cent."
    "In view of the fact that sales space in the retail trade has shrunk for the first time, and not only the number of outlets, it is time for multi-channelling to become a major topic everywhere. Success also means incorporating E-Commerce in businesses, not only in terms of structures, but mainly in the minds. One should finally dispense with the notion that E-Commerce is the enemy of the stationary trade and is only successful due to pricing issues."
    In Europe, the Scandinavians head the list, closely followed by the British. The reasons are obvious: the Scandinavians have always been the test market for telecommunication providers, and the UK is an early adopter and started far earlier to put their ideas into practice."
    "In ten years there will be fewer outlets than today. These will be more like "sample" outlets where one can view the various models, shapes and colours and then order them online from the outlet. Many will provide a home delivery service which reduces shopping in its classical form to products which require a greater deal of explanation or foods, especially fresh foods."
    "What does that mean for the packaging industry? The most important questions for the Packaging Supply Chain: how to solve the problem of the different temperature ranges for foods and how can one create returnable systems to keep the ecological footprint as low as possible? And, closely related, which vehicles will be used for delivery in the future: delivery bicycles, mini electric cars, delivery trams, fleets of taxis that also offer home deliveries, or mobile vendors with temporary delivery sites?"
    "The packaging industry should certainly seek talks with the retail trade, which after all dictates the type of distribution and has no doubt already been in contact with the industry as to the feasibility of options."

    Discussion: action required by the Supply Chain
    In the following, Dr. Andreas Blaschke (President ECMA) and Roland Rex (President Pro Carton) discussed the effects of the changes for the packaging industry together with the speakers and the audience with Franz Rappold (Pro Carton) as moderator.
    The discussion clearly showed that the Supply Chain is presently in a crucial phase. Consumer behaviour is changing dramatically and the retail trade is first in line when it comes to being confronted with new needs and requirements. All partners in the Supply Chain should grasp the opportunity of discussing existing and new options.
    For example, deliveries from central logistic centres in place of deliveries from the dealers could create a demand, especially for new, brand-adequate packaging:
    a) Designs according to the specifications of the brand owners and trading companies
    b) Development of multi-channel solutions
    c) Complying with temperature specifications when delivering fresh goods.

    The discussion also highlighted that the packaging industry has many excellent solutions available which are not yet top of mind in the retail trade or the branded goods industry. The packaging industry is challenged to communicate their expertise even wider.
    In view of the rapid development there is a dire need for discussions to pursue current developments and to work jointly on future-oriented solutions.
    (Pro Carton - The European Carton Promotion Association)
     
    06.12.2013   Reed Exhibitions Hosts Successful SinoFoldingCarton 2013 Event    ( Company news )

    Company news SinoFoldingCarton 2013 came to a close at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan on August 23. Tens of thousands of visitors, who had flocked to the venue with high expectations, declared themselves pleased with the fruitful outcomes of the event. This year’s show was the biggest to date and it remains the leading trade event to display post-press equipment and consumables for folding carton production. Thanks to its extensive highlighting of the latest products and technologies, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 exceeded previous events in scale and quality, setting new records within the industry.

    Expansive Scale
    An annual international showcase for the folding carton and printing industry, SinoFoldingCarton this year featured more products and brands than ever before, supplemented by value-enhancing on-site activities. While facilitating communication among multiple sectors, the event also explored future development prospects with business insiders, driving the industry forward.
    Across an exhibition area of 25,000 sqm, 25% more than the previous edition of the event, 238 exhibitors, up 37.4%, showcased their newest manufacturing and processing solutions. Furthermore, about 20 local and international industry associations supported the show, which also welcomed high-end buyers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the US, Singapore, Vietnam, India and Malaysia.
    As well as breaking its own records for number of participants, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 also featured various exhibits, including die-cutting machines, gilding press machines, gluing machines, glazing machines, laminating machines, filming machines, examining equipment, glue spraying systems and consumables. The exhaustiveness of this selection attracted equipment and consumables suppliers from all over the world.

    Richer Content
    In addition to exhibits, various technical activities were a hugely popular feature on the show site. Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the event, arranged a rich blend of value-enhancing activities, designed to examine the current status and future development prospects of the industry. The Packaging and Printing Forum, Technical Seminars, Production Solution Display and Enterprise Management Training were among the most widely attended auxiliary events on-site; together with the Green Packaging Summit Forum, the Drug Electronic Monitoring Code Forum, the China Printing Industry Trend Seminar, the Domestic Packaging Market Development Forum, the Digital Printing Forum and a visit to the China Packaging Technology and Cultural Museum.
    The 3D Creative Printing Display Zone and China Packaging Technology and Cultural Museum Display Zone gave visitors the chance to experience the unique charm of 3D printing and the beauty of ancient Chinese packaging skills.
    The show enjoyed staunch support from many local and international industry associations.

    Exciting Future
    Although SinoFoldingCarton 2013 was a great success, Reed Exhibitions is determined to continue to strive for improvement by creating an even better next edition of the show.
    As industry recovers, SinoCorrugated and SinoFoldingCarton will keep expanding. The next show, SinoCorrugated South 2014, will take place at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center from April 10 to 12, in which several new display zones, like the flexographic printing zone, the digital printing zone, the honeycomb paper zone, the electronic monitoring code zone, the body paper zone and oil ink and consumable display zone will feature. Such display areas will help visitors focus their visit and save travel costs.
    SinoFoldingCarton 2014 will be even more trade-focused and cooperate more with industry associations. In recent years, many Chinese post-press equipment companies have emerged, thanks to their own core technologies, good quality and excellent services. They show the world the features and benefits of the “Made in China” brand, and need a platform to display their products and attract buyers. At the same time, folding carton producers also need such a platform to compare equipment and learn the latest information. SinoFoldingCarton and SinoCorrugated are two such platforms that promote communication between equipment suppliers and buyers.
    China remains a global powerhouse in folding carton production and consumption, meaning dynamic and numerous opportunities for local folding carton producers and equipment suppliers. Next April, SinoFoldingCarton 2014 and SinoCorrugated South 2014 will combine to continue to drive the industry towards a bright future.
    (Reed Huayin (Shanghai) International Exhibitions Co. Ltd)
     
    06.12.2013   New Automated Document Binder for Office    ( Company news )

    Company news Bindomatic AB, an innovative, international Swedish company dedicated to providing top quality business solutions for professional document finishing, has announced the launch of a 2nd generation automated desktop binding machine called Bindomatic Model 7000 (picture).
    “The Bindomatic technology and know-how invested in the Model 7000 truly benefits any and all companies with a mid- to high-volume finishing demand. This is in line with our strategy to provide the most efficient binding products to the market.” says Jörgen Friman, CEO & President of Bindomatic AB.
    The capacity of model 7000 is unrivalled in the market segment with up to 30 documents bound per minute and binding up to 300 page documents. In addition the Model 7000 include other upgrades that improve the visual impression, the quality and the strength of the ready bound document.
    Thanks to exceptional ease of use, the Bindomatic 7000 is an ideal binding solution for office/corporate walk-up print stations, as well as higher volume demanding CRD or commercial print environments. The Model 7000 will always deliver a professional impression in the blink of an eye, without the need of trained operators.
    The predecessor and 1st generation version, Bindomatic Model 101DFS, was the world’s first automated, desktop thermal binder when launched. The Model 7000 reinforces that pole position as undisputed champion of its class.
    (Bindomatic AB)
     
    06.12.2013   Future Valmet to supply a complete Advantage NTT tissue line to Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a complete Advantage NTT tissue line to Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill (ADNPM) in the United Arab Emirates. The Advantage NTT solution represents the latest state-of-the-art tissue making technology in the industry. The future Valmet has previously sold two solutions of this kind. The first Advantage NTT machine started up in Mexico earlier this year.
    In addition to the tissue machine, the order includes automation solutions for machine, process and quality controls. The new line will be installed at ADNPM’s tissue mill in Abu Dhabi and is planned to start up in the second quarter of 2015.
    The tissue line order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received and the automation package in Metso’s Automation segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    “The flexibility of the Advantage NTT technology provides us the means we need to develop new products with unique qualities with either conventional or texture tissue, in order to meet the constantly changing market needs. The tailored automation solutions will enhance total performance and keep production in peak condition. This is a significant milestone for local tissue production in the UAE,” says Helmut Berger, General Manger, ADNPM.
    “The Advantage NTT technology provides unique flexibility as it produces both conventional tissue as well as textured products with premium-quality softness and bulk, and absorbency capability. We are delighted to see that the functionalities enabled by this technology are valued in the market and the reception has been very positive. We are very proud to support ADNPM in their expansion into the premium quality segment,” says Jan Erikson,Vice President Sales, Paper business line, future Valmet.

    Technical information
    The delivery will comprise one complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems, an Advantage NTT 100 tissue machine as well as project execution services. The machine is equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood, an Advantage WetDust dust system and an Advantage SoftReel L reel. The stock preparation line consists of an OptiSlush pulper, OptiFiner conical refiners and an OptiScreen screen.
    The delivery also includes an automation package with MetsoDNA machine, Drive and Process controls as well as Metso IQ Quality Controls with a Metso Scanner and Metso steam profiler. Metso consistency measurements and Neles control valves are also included.
    Complete installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also part of the delivery. The supply is based on total Mill Engineering.
    The new tissue line will boost ADNPM’s current production capacity of 63,000 tons to 93,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new lines will be virgin fiber.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    06.12.2013   Vacon enters the medium-voltage AC drives market     ( Company news )

    Company news The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon will take its product offering to new heights with medium-voltage AC drives. In contrast to Vacon's current low-voltage products, medium-voltage AC drives typically operate on voltages of several kilovolts and at power levels of several megawatts.
    Vacon is a full-scope AC drives company which focuses 100% on AC drives, offering products from small powers to multi-megawatt solutions. The global medium-voltage AC drives market is growing, and is currently estimated at around 3 BUSD.
    "Entering into the world of medium-voltage AC drives is a remarkable milestone in Vacon's history of producing reliable, high-performance products for our customers. The medium-voltage technology in AC drives is a natural extension for Vacon, since the power levels of machines and systems have increased over the years," says Vesa Laisi, Vacon's President and CEO.
    The first deliveries of Vacon's medium-voltage AC drives are scheduled to take place in 2014. Customer industries that typically use medium-voltage drives include marine & offshore, mining, metals and oil & gas. Some examples of applications for these drives include propulsion, pumps, fans, conveyors and hoists.
    "As a matter of fact, the initiative for taking the step towards medium-voltage AC drives came from some of our current customers. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our own product portfolio. We are strengthening our strengths and keeping our focus on product leadership. At the same time, we help our customers expand their own business by offering them a wide voltage and power range with Vacon's familiar state-of-the-art technology," says Dan Isaksson, VP, Medium Voltage Drives at Vacon.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    06.12.2013   Analysis and Forecast of China Papermaking Industry 2013-2017    ( Company news )

    The papermaking industry has stepped into the fast lane of low energy consumption, low pollution and low emissions. During the 11th-Five-Year period, China’s papermaking industry achieved the goal of increasing the output and reducing the pollution. The negative effects of the major polluters have been improved greatly in the papermaking industry. After entering the 12th-Five-Year period, the papermaking industry is vigorously promoting the green, low-carbon and recycling development and making efforts to achieve the environment-friendly strategy goal.
    In 2012, the output of paper and paperboard increased 3.09%, which is the lowest growth rate since the 10th-Five-Year period, while the average growth rate of the 10th-Five-Year and 11th-Five-Year period was 10% -13%. In the meantime, the economic benefit declined greatly. In 2012, the year-on-year growth of the paper and paperboard’s profit was only 3.6%; the total losses of the papermaking and paper products increased 33.44% and the receivable accounts of the paper and paperboard rose nearly 9.46%. The papermaking industry is going through the severe test.
    In 2012, the provinces with the paper & paperboard output of more than 1 million tons include the following 16 provinces, namely Shandong, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Henan, Fujian, Hebei, Hunan, Guangxi, Sichuan, Hubei, Anhui, Tianjin, Chongqing, Jiangxi and Hainan and the output of the 16 provinces reached 96.91 million tons, accounting for 94.55% of the total national paper & paperboard output.

    According to the domestic papermaking industry production and the papermaking raw materials supply as well as the paper market trends at home and abroad, the overall market trends and domestic papermaking industry production are as follows:
    -The paper production and consumption will show the growth on the whole but the growth rate will decline
    -Market competition intensifying and enterprise economic benefit declining
    -By transformation and upgrading as well as eliminating the backward ones, the integration speed of enterprises accelerating
    -The application of new technology and development of new products will be accelerated
    -The international trading friction increasing and the paper export being blocked
    (Huidian Research)
     
    06.12.2013   Improved runability of PM 4 at LEIPA Schwedt by using new refiner fillings    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to the new Voith Pluralis IF refiner fillings for the refining of recycled fibers, the strength properties of the fiber pulp can be improved and the tensile strength of the wet web is increased.
    This was also true for the refining application for PM 4 of LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH paper mill in Schwedt, Germany. Replacing a standard refiner filling with the newly developed Pluralis IF in the TwinFlo refiner helped to improve strength development, while freeness increase remained the same, and the availability of the paper machine was increased. The next step is to use Pluralis IF also in the second refiner line.
    Pluralis IF is part of the Voith Pluralis Line and was developed for the special requirements in refining recycled fibers. Due to adapted geometries of the bars and grooves, the shortening of the fiber is reduced. This results in higher strength properties of the refined furnish.
    The PM 4 in Schwedt annually produces 360,000 metric tons of LWC paper per year from 100% recycled fibers at a production speed of up to 1,800 m/min in a basis weight range of 51 to 70 g/m². The quality is equal to that of primary fiber products with regard to all relevant properties. LEIPA ultraMag papers are environmentally certified and bear the "Blue Angel" ecolabel.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    05.12.2013   Successful startup at Kübler & Niethammer: Bellmer rebuilds paper machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Kübler & Niethammer has invested some 19 million Euros modernising its production site in Kriebethal in eastern Germany. Part of the modification process involved upgrading the technology in the dryer and press sections. Bellmer was responsible for the refurbishment, engineering, project management as well as disassembly and re-erection.
    The aim of the project was both a sustainable increase in paper machine capacity and an improvement in competitiveness based on new, lighter packaging papers. Another target was to increase speed to 1,200 m/min and production volume by 30,000 t/a to 115,000 t/a.
    The rebuild included the installation of a completely new press section: a TURBOPress shoe press was specified to enhance the dry contents and thus reduce energy consumption in the dryer section. The scope of supply included rolls for the press section, parts for the paper and felt guiding system, frame elements for the new press section, pulpers and peripheral plant parts as well as the entire hydraulic control unit. The dryer section was upgraded to state-of-the-art technology.
    The commissioning and startup processes were carried out on schedule, and feedback about the rebuild from Michael Moser, the project engineer at Kübler & Niethammer, was very positive.
    (Gebr. Bellmer GmbH Maschinenfabrik)
     
    05.12.2013   Brohl Wellpappe inaugurates the BOBST seven-colour FFG 924 NT RS flexo folder gluer ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... including varnishing and IR/UV drying

    Picture: Celebrating the successful joint development of the new BOBST seven-colour FFG 924 NT RS, the project having started under Bobst Lyon’s previous MARTIN branding, are (from left to right): Ralph Schuck (Director of Bobst Lyon), Maximilian and Detlef Boltersdorf (Directors of Brohl Wellpappe) and Dick van Bruggen (Director of Bobst Meerbusch).

    On 18 October 2013, Brohl Wellpappe GmbH & Co. KG in Mayen held a ceremony to officially bring the new BOBST FFG 924 NT RS flexo folder gluer into operation. This innovative seven-colour production line including varnishing and IR/UV drying is designed to produce high-quality corrugated cardboard packaging in a single operation, and was developed jointly by Brohl Wellpappe and BOBST. It is the latest fruit of a long partnership which has already created a number of innovative machine prototypes.
    “Once we’d started using our five-colour flexo folder gluer, developed jointly with BOBST, the logical next step was a machine with two additional colours plus varnishing, IR inter-colour drying and IR final drying, UV drying and complete quality control,” is how the Director Maximilian Boltersdorf describes the aims of this most recent collaborative venture.
    In addition to this configuration with printing, varnishing and drying, BOBST also equipped the new FFG 924 NT RS with extra features at Brohl Wellpappe’s request. For example, the innovative production facility uses specially configured printing units to give the packaging specialist much more flexibility in production. As Boltersdorf explains: “When we change the material there is no need to constantly change the anilox rollers to obtain perfect results.” The result is shorter setting-up times and fewer stoppages.
    Other features of the new flexo folder gluer are a quick change system for the anilox rollers, automatic printing length correction, the option of working with variable plate thicknesses, a rotary die-cutter with vacuum transfer and reinforced anvil cylinder for full die-cutting, a folder gluer with dual fold, and its iQ300 quality control system that continuously monitors the folding boxes and guarantees Brohl Wellpappe virtually defect-free operation from the FFG 924 NT RS. The fully automatic Prefeeder Multiloader and an FFG Palletizer Multipal further enhance the high productivity of the line, which has an output of up to 20,000 folding boxes per hour.
    “Along with Brohl Wellpappe we are very proud of the successful development of the new FFG 924 NT RS. With its seven colours and IR/UV drying, it takes the production of high-quality folding boxes to new levels of productivity and quality, while remaining cost-effective,” said Ralph Schuck, Director of Bobst Lyon, the BOBST company responsible for manufacturing the line, when the system was brought into service in Mayen. “Our two companies have been building on our partnership ever since Brohl Wellpappe installed their first BOBST die-cutter 50 years ago and their first flexo folder gluer 40 years ago. The new FFG 924 NT RS is a real milestone for both BOBST and Brohl.”
    (Bobst Meerbusch GmbH)
     
    05.12.2013   Two Golds for Cascades at the Canadian Printing Awards     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades has been once again rewarded at the Canadian Printing Awards with two Gold Awards, the first for Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor and the second for Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology for its new Cascades Enviro Jet paper.
    The Canadian Printing Awards acknowledges excellence in quality printing, environmental initiatives and industry contribution. Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor has been granted to Cascades for its ongoing efforts. From innovative new products and third party certifications to ecological production processes, this award recognizes the company’s concrete involvement and substantial benefits to the environment.
    The newly launched Cascades Enviro Jet has also been rewarded as the Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology. This paper is the first and only inkjet substrate with 100% post-consumer fiber made in North America which allows paper users to be colorful, productive and green. According to Normand Champagne, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Cascades Fine Papers Group, “Cascades Enviro Jet was a real challenge for our development team as we wanted to offer a competitive ecological sheet that prints vivid colors and performs on the different types of inkjet presses. Mission accomplished!”
    As per Jon Robinson, Editor of PrintAction magazine, “This year’s Canadian Printing Awards program was our most successful to date, in terms of the number and quality of entries submitted from across the country. Cascades Fine Papers Group showed once again that it is at the forefront of this environmental progress, both as a company and through innovative products like Cascades Enviro Jet.”
    (Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc.)
     
    05.12.2013   CHANGES IN THE MANAGEMENT BOARD OF ARCTIC PAPER    ( Company news )

    Company news Effective 27 November 2013, the Supervisory Board of Arctic Paper S.A. has appointed Wolfgang Lübbert (picture), who had been the Acting CEO since 19 June 2013, to be the CEO of the company, and has appointed Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa as a Member of the Management Board, responsible for the company’s finances. Majewska-Śliwa will also serve as Chief Financial Officer of the company.
    Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa replaces Michał Bartkowiak, who is leaving the company on 30 November to take on other professional challenges.
    Majewska-Śliwa has over 20 years’ experience in corporate financial management. In her career she has worked for such companies as Coca-Cola West Poland sp. z o.o. as Director of Administration and Control and Herlitz sp. z o.o. as Director of Finance and Control. In 1996–1999 she was employed at Arctic Paper Kostrzyn, where in 1997 she was CFO and a member of the management board. From 1999 to 2006 she worked at Exide Technologies S.A., serving from 2001 as Managing Director, Finance Director and CEO. In 2007 she became a partner at Centrum Finansowo-Księgowe Progressio.
    Majewska-Śliwa earned a master’s degree in philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a doctorate in economics of production and trade at the Poznań University of Economics. During her career she has completed professional training courses in Poland, Germany, Sweden and France. She also completed postgraduate studies in Polish and international accounting standards at the Poznań University of Economics.
    Wolfgang Lübbert, CEO of Arctic Paper S.A., commented: “We are very pleased that Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa has joined the management team of the Arctic Paper Group. She has great experience in managing the finances of companies. She was affiliated with the Arctic Paper Group in the past, which is an important strength because she is familiar with the specifics of the operations of our group and the paper industry. She is joining us at a difficult time for the industry, but I am confident that she will handle this new position well and work with us to achieve further successes for Arctic Paper.”
    Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa, CFO of Arctic Paper S.A., said: “The position I have accepted at Arctic Paper S.A. is a highly challenging, multifaceted function and subject to close scrutiny from inside and outside the group. My goal is to meet this challenge. I intend to reinforce the financial team with active participation from the group’s manufacturing plants and trading companies, so that with our combined knowledge and experience we can minimize risk and actively support the growth of the group.”
    (Arctic Paper S.A.)
     
    05.12.2013   Promoting SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton at IndiaCorr Expo 2013 Proves to be a ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Big Success

    Picture: Harish Madan, ICCMA Chairman, gives an interview to Reed Exhibitions, hosts of SinoCorrugated South 2014

    The organizers of SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton recently visited New Delhi, India, to promote their two exhibitions by taking part in IndiaCorr Expo from October 17 to October 19.
    In recent years, India’s manufacturing and retail industries have undergone rapid development, attracting global attention as a result. The South Asian giant’s packaging industry, which provides key services to manufacturers and retailers, has also boomed. As a result, the production value of India’s packaging industry is expected to reach USD 60 billion within the next five years.
    This was the first ever IndiaCorr Expo, co-hosted by Reed Manch and Reed Exhibitions Shanghai. In total, the show attracted 5,179 visitors and spanned a total exhibition area of 5,700 sqm. Reed Exhibitions China, organizers of SinoCorrugated South 2014, featured booths at IndiaCorr to promote next year’s edition of the Chinese show. The SinoCorrugated South booth proved to be a big draw among visitors who represented corrugated factories as well as suppliers of equipment and consumables.
    In 2014, SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton will be held concurrently at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12. Already, all the space in Exhibition Hall 3 has sold out, and the organizers have added Halls 4, 5 and 6 to satisfy the extensive demand from would-be exhibitors. With these additions, the show’s total exhibition area is expected to reach 60,000 sqm.
    During IndiaCorr Expo, Mr. Haish Madan, Secretary General of the Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers Association (ICCMA); Mr. Kamal Chopra, Secretary General of the North Indian Printers Association (NIPA); Wang Zhiqiang, Deputy General Manager of Hubei Jingshan Corrugating Machinery; Wen Xiutong, General Manager of Shandong Aifeier Machinery, You Shouyuan, General Manager of Kunshan Hsieh Hsu Machinery, Liao Xing, Sales Director of Guangdong Sky Dragon Group and other high profile figures within the packaging and printing industry were interviewed by the show organizers. During the conversations, they talked about the development of their own companies, analyzed the current status of the corrugated market and pledged their full support to SinoCorrugated South 2014.
    Mr. Madan affirmed that SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton are considered top events in the corrugated industry, and that the ICCMA will continue to send strong groups of visiting delegations to the shows. He further went on to confirm that he himself would join next year’s events, to learn more about the Chinese corrugated market.
    IndiaCorr Expo 2013 featured excellent services and facilitated great trade and cooperation opportunities among exhibitors and visitors. The latest technologies and solutions in corrugated paperboard manufacturing were on full display. The show helped exhibitors to expand their market in India. It also benefitted Chinese corrugated manufacturers and suppliers by giving them an accurate insight into the Indian paper box industry and the corresponding market. This was key to building a firm platform through which entry to the Indian market could be launched.
    (Reed Huayin (Shanghai) International Exhibitions Co. Ltd)
     
    05.12.2013   CALL FOR PAPERS OF SCIENCE & INNOVATION: From Paper to Bio-Materials - Fibre ...    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 ... Applications and Fibre Processes for an Industry under Transformation

    109th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014 CONFERENCE AND EXPO 24th - 26th June 2014

    The ZELLCHEMING Annual Conference and Expo 2014 will highlight the transformation of paper industry towards a modern industry sector supplying our society with sustainable products made from renewable fibres.
    Part of the 2014 event will be the conference platform on science and innovation where new ideas and current research results can be presented which contribute to the future competitiveness of the sector and to efficient and sustainable production.
    This Call for Papers is directed towards potential speakers from science and industry working on research and innovation. The presentations we have in mind should demonstrate new and initial ideas, current subjects of researchers and scientists and issues which are likely to attract higher interest in the near future. The presentations are meant to give the ignition for a solid exchange of thoughts or even a cooperation of partners in different fields.

    The science and innovation platform of the ZELLCHEMING Annual Conference 2014 will focus on:
    Fibre Applications and Fibre Processes for an Industry under Transformation

    We are seeking for new ideas and concepts for
    • utilizing papermaking fibres for novel products,
    • perspectives for combining papermaking knowledge and materials with other materials like textiles,
    • cutting edge specialty fibres and their characterization,
    • improving sustainability and (energy) efficiency of papermaking processes,
    • novel process ideas and concepts

    For the Science and Innovation Platform, full presentations (20 min presentation), and poster presentations are welcome. The full presentations will have to pass a peer-reviewing procedure and will be published after the conference if the authors provide a full paper. Abstracts from all presentations will be published in the IPW
    magazine.
    Are you interested in giving a paper concerning this section of the conference at the Annual General Meeting of ZELLCHEMING in 2014? If so, please note the following:
    • The presentation you are offering to give has not been published yet.
    • You should submit the name(s) of the author(s), the title, type of the presentation (full paper, short communication or poster) and an
    abstract (some 250 words) of your presentation in English and via e-mail to the association’s office before January 12th, 2014
    (c.gembus@zellcheming.de).

    If you have any questions on the Science and Innovation Platform of ZELLCHEMING 2014 Annual General Meeting, please do not hesitate to contact the association’s office or the chairman of the scientific committee (schabel@papier.tu-darmstadt.de).

    We specifically encourage also young members of the R&D community to actively participate and are looking forward to seeing you again in Frankfurt in June 2014!
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - ZELLCHEMING)
     
    05.12.2013   Breakthrough technologies set to revolutionise paper and pulp industry and provide climate solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Industry calls for breakthrough technologies to be at the heart of the 2030 climate and energy package.

    Picture: Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General

    The European pulp and paper industry has searched for, and now found, breakthrough technology concepts which can enable a competitive future in Europe. The example is a fascinating case study from one of Europe’s energy intensive industries.
    The European paper industry supplies a quarter of the global market, employs 185,000 people in 520 companies with a turnover of 75 billion per year.
    At this year’s European Paper Week gathering in Brussels, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), unveiled eight concepts for breakthrough technologies that provide solutions which can enable the future of the industry in Europe. Each solution offers opportunity to create value, reduce costs, improve margins, radically change sector operations and allow massive decarbonisation.
    In March 2011 the European Commission set a challenging target of -80% CO2 reductions by 2050. In November 2011 the paper industry launched its own 2050 Roadmap that analysed how to achieve this decarbonisation target while increasing value in the sector by 50%. One year later, the industry followed up by launching the Two Team Project which brought together the teams who have developed the eight concepts announced today.
    In this year-long competition, two teams comprising of scientists, companies, suppliers and outsiders worked to identify viable concepts that would help the industry achieve its objectives. Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced the winning team and winning concept from among the eight finalists. She praised the efforts of the sector: “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.”
    The winning concept is known as “deep eutectic solvents”. It is a brand new technology which, at low temperatures, breaks biomass down into constituent parts which can then be used in the paper and pulp industries. If utilised at scale this technology could radically change pulp and paper production around the world and replace some of the most energy intensive parts of the current process. Deep eutectic solvents have seen remarkable results at the laboratory scale. In the coming months and years, they will need to be further studied and developed.
    Commenting on the outcome of the competition, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. While we have announced a winner, we are confident that all the shortlisted concepts have an important role to play. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. Now policy must be developed to support the development of these technologies.”
    Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, went on to say: “Policymakers once thought targets could be met with existing technology and behavioural change. That is wrong. Breakthrough technologies are needed to meet low carbon targets. Investments in innovation need to focus on breakthroughs, not on incremental growth. CEPI’s Two Team Project perfectly illustrates this”.
    Little effort is given to developing breakthrough innovations for the manufacturing sectors of tomorrow and industrial and climate policy have left this area untouched.
    The Two Team Project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation process and providing pre-competitive leads. It is now up to individual companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers. The right conditions must be put in place to enable research, pilot, demonstration and investments.

    The announcement of the winner will be followed by a seminar on Thursday 28th November in which eight finalists will have an opportunity to present their concepts to European Paper Week attendees.

    The eight breakthrough technologies are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future. They are:

    Deep Eutectic Solvents – the winner
    A ground-breaking discovery: Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) produced by plants, opens the way to produce pulp at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. Using DES, any type of biomass could be dissolved into lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose with minimal energy, emissions and residues. They could also be used to recover cellulose from waste and dissolve ink residues in recovered paper.

    Flash condensing with Steam
    Waterless paper production? Very nearly. Largely dry fibres would be blasted into a forming zone with agitated steam and condensed into a web using one-thousandth the volume of water used today.

    Steam
    Using more energy to use less? You read it right. Using the full power of pure steam for superheated steam drying would save energy as most heat could be recovered and recycled. Steam will then be used as fibre carrier for making and forming paper.

    Supercritical CO2
    Neither gas nor liquid but somewhere in between, Supercritical CO2 (scCO2) is widely used in many applications, to dry vegetable, fruits and flowers, extract essential oils or spices. Suppliers for large consumer items use it to dye textile. Coffee and tea have been decaffeinated with scCO2 since the early 80s. We could use it to dry pulp and paper without the need for heat and steam, and why not dye paper or remove contaminants too, while we’re at it?

    100% electricity
    Shifting pulp and paper production to energy-efficient technologies using electricity rather than fossil fuel power to generate heat will cut all CO2 emissions as the power sector shifts to renewable energy. The sector would also provide a buffer and storage capacity for the grid, storing energy as hydrogen or pulp.

    DryPulp for cure-formed paper
    Imagine a papermaking process that uses no water. This is it. Fibres are treated to protect them from shear, and then suspended in a viscous solution at up to 40% concentration. The solution is then pressed out and the thin sheet cured with a choice of additives to deliver the end-product required.

    Functional Surface
    The key to unlocking greater added value from fewer resources depends on a shift to producing more lightweight products, and selling surface area and functionality rather than weight. Advances in sheet formation and new cocktails of raw materials will lead the way to the lightweight future.

    The Toolbox to replicate
    What about the great ideas that never make it? Put together a combination of process, material and equipment innovations as a toolbox of stepping stones to 2050 and the pathway becomes clearer, boosting sector and investor confidence.
    (CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries)
     
    04.12.2013   FutureMark Paper Expands Client Roster in 2013, Breaks Ground in Educational Publishing Market    ( Company news )

    Company news FutureMark Paper experiences strong growth in 2013, signing on or expanding existing relationships with a number of retailers, publishers and marketing services providers

    Company makes inroads in educational publishing market, with 50% year over year volume growth; clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier, Scholastic, Wiley and Zaner Bloser

    If school systems across the U.S. switched to high-recycled (>90%) paper for their educational materials, more than 4 million trees, nearly 2 billion gallons of water and 2.5 trillion BTUs of energy could immediately be saved

    FutureMark® Paper Group, North America’s leading provider of responsibly made recycled paper, announced the continued expansion of its customer roster among leading retailers, premier publishers and marketing services providers.
    The company reported new business wins in 2013 from Menards and other major retail chains, as well as increased volume from existing customers such as TI ME Magazine, Gannett and Sam’s Club.
    FutureMark also made notable strides in the educational publishing market in 2013, with 50 percent year over year volume growth, including new or expanded orders with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier and Zaner Bloser – adding to its existing work with Scholastic and Wiley.
    As part of broader green initiatives among K-12 schools and higher education institutions, there is growing interest in high-recycled paper options for educational textbooks and instructional materials, most of which have traditionally been printed on conventional, or virgin, paper.
    A small portion of these materials may contain paper with 10-20 percent recycled fiber – technically qualifyingthem to be labeled “recycled.”
    High-recycled paper, however, is comprised of at least 90 percent recycled fiber and looks, feels and performs as well as the lower - or non-recycled options.
    “We are very pleased with our business growth in 2013 and look forward to continuing this momentum into 2014,” stated Steve Silver, President & CEO of FutureMark Paper Company. “We see the educational publishing market as an area in which we can support significant industry change and lessen the environmental impact of textbooks and instructional materials. If school systems across the United States made the switch to high-recycled paper for these materials, more than 4 million trees, nearly 2 billion gallons of water and 2.5 trillion BTUs of energy could immediately be saved.”

    Contributing to the company’s recent growth and positive outlook is FutureMark’s newest product: Future JetTM, the industry’s first high-recycled, coated digital inkjet paper. Compatible with both dye- and pigment-based printers, Future Jet offers publishers and commercial printers excellent print quality on the greenest paper available.
    Added Silver: “Our sustainable, affordable, high-quality paper is impressing even the most skeptical buyers and printers, and we’re looking forward to turning more heads with additional new products we are readying for release early next year.”
    (FutureMark® Paper Group)
     
    04.12.2013   Innventia's Paul Krochak named the winner of the TAPPI Jasper Mardon Prize 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news The presentation “Bridging Chemical Dosage, Mixing Quality and Variability in Paper Sheets” by Paul Krochak (photo), Bo Norman, Giuseppe Carmine Fasci, and Lisa Prahl Wittberg, was named the winner of the Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize recognizing the Best Papermaking Technology Paper presented at PaperCon 2013.
    The study investigated the fact that poor dosage and mixing of chemicals in the approach flow has long been suspected to lead to variability in paper products. The results of the study indicate the existence of optimal dosage configurations and point toward a strong coupling between chemical addition strategy, mixing quality and variability in final products.
    "It is an honor to win this award. It was actually quite a large effort putting this paper together. We had some luck in getting such a strong Masters student, Giuseppe, who performed all of the modelling and simulations under Lisa's and my supervision. Bo executed the FEX demonstration trials and then he and I worked incredibly hard to put the article together. There were some times when I thought we were putting in far too much effort into a conference paper, but in hindsight it was completely worth it," says Paul Krochak who will receive the award at PaperCon 2014 in Nashville.
    "Paul Krochak's paper reporting the results of a study investigating the influence of variables in chemical additive addition on final product quality is a noteworthy effort that advances the industry's understanding of this important aspect of papermaking technology," notes Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO. "It's an outstanding example of how research can advance technology and in turn lead to improved product quality and thus is very deserving of the prestigious Jasper Mardon Prize."
    (Innventia AB)
     

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