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    27.02.2015   LEIPA PLANS PRODUCTION EXPANSION    ( Company news )

    Company news Investment volume in three-digit million range realistic

    Based on a successful preliminary assessment, the LEIPA Group predicts investment in a significant expansion of containerboard production capacities. The company's headquarters in Schwedt are being examined as the location for the expansion. A possible start of operations is planned for as early as the 2016 financial year.

    "Investing in a further containerboard machine is one of the possible options for further expanding the market position we already have in the field of packaging paper. LEIPA has been extremely successful with the global marketing strategy for its products, meaning we now have the necessary foundations to invest in additional production capacities," says Peter Probst, managing director LEIPA Holding.

    The LEIPA Group is ready to make an amount in the three-digit million range available for its corporate development. The target capacity of the planned machine is approximately 290,000 tonnes per year. The envisaged production programme covers corrugating medium and testliner – white and/or brown – in the substance range of 80 to 140 g/m2. Such a machine would complement existing production opportunities in Schwedt, where 120 to 200 g/m2 of coated and uncoated white top testliners are currently produced.

    The LEIPA Group currently produces approximately 900,000 tonnes of graphic paper and packaging paper per year. In MAD and LEIPA Logistik, the Group has a recycling specialist and a logistics service provider respectively. Today, MAD already supplies LEIPA with a high proportion of the waste paper it uses. It does so primarily via its own locations as well as purchasing centres and collection points in the East German states and neighbouring (Eastern European) countries. The necessary investment security for a project of this volume comes only from the additional quantities, generable from this network, of the ever scarcer woodfree grades of waste paper.
    (LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH)
     
    27.02.2015   Eska Graphic Board signs contract for construction of reject gasifier    ( Company news )

    Company news Eska Graphic Board, a manufacturer of graphic board with two plants in Hoogezand and Sappemeer, has signed a contract with Leroux & Lotz Technologies for the construction of a gasifier at its site in Hoogezand. After a long process of litigation due to appeals launched by people living near the factory, Eska Graphic Board has been vindicated on all the points that were contested. The legal victory has paved the way for the construction of the gasifier, which should come into operation in the second half of 2016.

    Sustainable project
    When waste paper is processed into cardboard, some residues from the waste paper are left over. These residues are known as rejects and they currently need to be transported off site for incineration. In its new gasification plant, Eska Graphic Board will convert these rejects into gas and use this to generate steam for its own board-processing machinery. By converting the rejects into fuel on-site, the plant will consume 18 million cubic metres less natural gas every year in its production process. This is the equivalent of the natural gas consumption of 11,000 average Dutch families in a year. The construction of the reject gasifer is an important step towards optimizing the energy-efficiency of the plant. It represents significant progress towards the goal of halving the energy consumption of the paper and board manufacturing sector by 2020 and reducing CO2 emissions.

    Investment
    The construction of the gasification plant will require an investment of €14.5 million, which will be realized partly through a subsidy of €4 million. By building the gasification plant, Eska Graphic Board will make a significant contribution to the market introduction of this highly efficient and environmentally friendly processing technology, which many others will also be able to implement to bring about a more sustainable society.
    (Eska Graphic Board B.V.)
     
    27.02.2015   Web-based commissioning and operation of cameras    ( Company news )

    Company news At this year’s Tire Expo in Cologne Erhardt+Leimer, specialists for automation and inspection technology „made in Germany“, have presented their new software for the web-based commissioning and operation of DO/OL 82 or OL 91 cameras used for inspection or web guiding. In addition, E+L provides two Apps for Android OS, complementing the new concept. They are available in the GooglePlayStore.

    The “ELSPOTTER” app enables the user to find ethernet-based E+L devices in the network, independently of their IP address, and administer the software.
    Using the “RT4072” app, a virtual command station, the user can then commission and operate the camera systems remotely. The app is an identical copy of the real RT 40 command station, which is why users who are familiar with E+L command stations will have no difficulty using it.

    The user only has to enter the IP address of the camera computer in question, afterwards the app will connect to the device and the user interface is available as usual on the samrtphone or tablet PC.
    (Erhardt + Leimer GmbH)
     
    26.02.2015   Ricoh unveils ‘new dawn’ of workflow efficiency for multichannel campaign management    ( Company news )

    Company news Newest version of Ricoh ProcessDirector adds highly sought-after features to the award-winning Critical Communications solutions suite

    Ricoh Europe Plc is highlighting the newest enhancements to its award-winning Critical Communications solution suite beginning today at Hunkeler Innovationdays. With a focus on enabling multichannel preference management and distribution, the latest version of Ricoh ProcessDirector, the backbone of the Critical Communications suite, addresses the challenges faced by mailers today as they seek to deliver campaigns with multiple touch points.

    “Print service providers today are facing many challenges as they look to expand their offerings to include secure multichannel communications capabilities. When it comes to delivering critical communications such as bills, statements, letters, policy documents and so on, using tools to help ensure integrity is crucial, no matter the distribution channel,” said Benoit Chatelard, General Manager, Solutions Ricoh Europe. “With the Ricoh ProcessDirector enhancements we are showing this week, printers and mailers can rest assured that their clients’ communications will be delivered where and how they desire, with high integrity and security.”

    Benefits and features of the new version of Ricoh ProcessDirector include:
    • Unified workflow for management of disparate channels – many production print operations today rely on various workflows that are operated in silos and don’t speak to each other. With Ricoh ProcessDirector, these printers can implement a unified workflow that helps manage, control and distribute output to multiple channels.

    • Ability to define the desired delivery channel – there are many challenges facing print services providers today who are seeking new ways to provide multichannel distribution capabilities for critical communications documents. With Ricoh ProcessDirector, printers can now rely on one, centralised workflow that enables multichannel campaign delivery and management.

    • Electronic presentment capability – Ricoh ProcessDirector offers electronic presentment solutions via a web services API which allows users to search Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) and PDF jobs and retrieve documents from within those jobs via the secure archive. These capabilities offer integrated document delivery for both internal (call centre, help desk, etc.) and external (end users) applications from the same centralised and integrated document archive – ultimately increasing efficiency and productivity.

    • More intuitive, streamlined processing features – With the new version of Ricoh ProcessDirector, print service providers can now process preference management and multichannel distribution without the need to go back to the source application for changes because all of the processing can be done within Ricoh ProcessDirector.

    • Document-level composition – Multichannel distribution and preference management is now possible at the document level, even for fully composed jobs, and is directly accessible via the production workflow. With Ricoh ProcessDirector, system administrators can easily configure and manage workflows to process individual documents within larger PDF and AFP jobs, then product and distribute them as desired.

    • Advance data capture features – Ricoh ProcessDirector can now mine email addresses directly within individual AFP or PDF documents, or even import them from external sources.

    These enhancements come on the heels of additions made to the suite in late 2014, including the addition of capabilities to archive print jobs directly from within workflows and send production metric updates to the Avanti Slingshot print MIS solution. With these additions, users can now work more intelligently with more control over and access to the information contained in their print jobs.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    26.02.2015   Xeikon launches brand-new Xeikon 9800 digital color press at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news New QA-CD toner lowers print production cost with no compromise in quality or versatility

    Xeikon announces the launch of a new dry toner-based digital color press, the Xeikon 9800. The brand-new press will be demonstrated for the first time at the Hunkeler Innovationdays which takes place from February 23 to 26, at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility in Switzerland. Its reputation for showcasing creative solutions that are fit for the future, makes this bi-yearly industry gathering the ideal venue for the product launch. The Xeikon 9800 will replace the Xeikon 8800 press in its family of digital color production presses, complementing the 8500 and 8600 presses. The Xeikon 9800 digital color press uses Xeikon’s new QA-CD toner, delivering the proven outstanding Xeikon print quality at speeds up to 21.5 meter per minute at reduced consumables cost. Xeikon will be taking orders for the new Xeikon 9800 digital press as off today, starting at Hunkeler. Deliveries are scheduled from September 2015 onwards.

    “We are very excited to showcase a brand-new digital color press at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015,” comments Monika Olbricht, Sales Director Document Printing Europe for Xeikon. “Our long-lasting support of this event and our timing in announcing this new press signals our strong belief in the value of dry toner printing as well as business opportunities in the document printing space. Xeikon will continue to invest in this technology for the foreseeable future, bringing innovation along with added quality and functionality to our customers. The new Xeikon 9800 digital color press is an excellent example of this strategy in action.”

    Taking dry toner technology to new levels
    The new Xeikon 9800 digital color press underlines Xeikon’s heritage of innovation in digital print technology as the press sets another benchmark for quality and versatility in digital document & commercial printing. The Xeikon 9800 can print on a wide range of untreated substrates ranging from an amazingly lightweight 40gsm to 300gsm. Its uniquely adapted Xeikon QA-CD toner and Xeikon’s high-quality imaging system deliver a print resolution of 1200x3600 with variable dot density for unmatched quality. Integrated with thevariable data capabilities of the Xeikon X-800 front-end, this press is perfectly suited for high-end direct marketing work.

    At speeds of up to 21.5m per minute, the Xeikon 9800 is the most productive digital color press in the Xeikon portfolio with 5/5 single-pass duplex printing. Available QA-CD toners include CMYK, Red, Green, Blue, Extra Magenta and SuperBlack as well as White and Clear (UV reflecting) toner. Upon request, Xeikon can also provide special colors specified by print production operations and their brand owner clients.

    Live in action at the Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015
    At the Hunkeler Innovationdays, the Xeikon 9800 will be shown as part of the new Xeikon Leaflet Production Suite, also being unveiled at the event. “While the Xeikon 9800 is an outstanding option for the Leaflet Production Suite,” Olbricht adds, “it is also an ideal element of Xeikon’s other specialty Production Suites for the document & commercial print market. These suites have been developed in conjunction with Xeikon’s Aura Partner Network to address market requirements for a broad range of applications. We are looking forward to sharing this news with attendees along with our great story relative to the many opportunities offered by dry toner-based digital color printing.”

    At the show, the Xeikon 9800 will be equipped with a Hunkeler Unwinder, a Web Finishing module that protects against damage in the converting device, a Hunkeler cutter that cuts to clean sheets, and a GUK folding device, a single conveyor belt that stacks the leaflets. Finally, a camera inspection system, integrated with the print engine, offers quality assurance and data integrity by checking every print. Demonstration samples will be printed on ultra-thin quality paper of 40-60gsm, made possible by the Xeikon QA-CD toners.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    26.02.2015   PAPERLINX: APPOINTMENT OF MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER    ( Company news )

    Company news The Directors of PaperlinX Limited advise that Mr Andy Preece (photo) has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PaperlinX Limited. Andy is currently the Executive General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (ANZA) at PaperlinX.
    PaperlinX Chairman Mr Robert Kaye SC said, “As we continue to evaluate all strategic options as part of the recently commenced Strategic Review (‘Review’), including the potential sale or restructure of part or all of the European operations and with the pending sale of Spicers Canada, now is an appropriate time to make this leadership change.”
    “The Board acknowledges Andy’s strong track record in leading the ANZA region to strong performances over the past 3 years and in particular his role in turning around the Australian business. He has proven capabilities to grow his businesses beyond the traditional commercial print sector as evidenced by successful diversified acquisitions in New Zealand during the last two years.
    Andy is well qualified to lead PaperlinX as the focus shifts towards scaling up our diversified businesses and tightening operational management across a more dynamic geographic footprint,” said Mr Kaye.
    Andy has more than 20 years’ experience in merchanting/wholesaling industries. He was appointed Executive General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and Asia in July 2012. Previously, he was Group General Manager Australia in 2011, and prior to that was General Manager, Spicers New Zealand from 2007. He originally joined the Company in 2001 as the New Zealand Manager for Australian Paper before joining Spicers New Zealand as the National Operations Manager. His early career started in the UK carton industry.
    Andy will be based in the ANZA region although given the Group’s presence in Europe he will be required to spend an appropriate amount of time in that region. “We welcome Andy to his new role and the Board looks forward to working with him as we complete the ‘Review’ and take PaperlinX beyond paper to a new chapter,” said Mr Kaye.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
     
    26.02.2015   Arkema finalizes the acquisition of Bostik    ( Company news )

    Company news Arkema finalized the acquisition of Bostik, the world’s no. 3 in adhesives, on 2 February. With this acquisition, the Group reaches a new milestone in its development, and confirms its ambition to become a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials. Bostik’s growth prospects and the complementarities identified between the two groups will sustain the success of this high value creating project.

    Photo: Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    With the acquisition of Bostik, Arkema fulfils a project that is perfectly aligned with its strategy to reinforce its position in specialty chemicals and further develop its High Performance Materials segment. Bostik, which will constitute a new business unit of this segment, holds leadership positions in most of its markets, has internationally recognized brands and technologies, and achieves around €1.5 billion sales with 4,900 employees in over 40 countries.

    “It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Bostik teams. I firmly believe in the quality and the development potential of this company which represents a promising growth platform for the future. I also want to thank everyone who, through their true professionalism, has helped finalize quickly the operation and its financing” stated Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

    In a steadily growing adhesives market, Bostik’s development drive and the synergies identified between the two groups will enable Arkema to continue strengthening its profile as well as its resilience to changes of the economic environment.

    The financing of this operation was successfully finalized early 2015 with a €700 million bond issue with a 1.5% coupon, and complements the hybrid bond issue conducted in October 2014 and the share capital increase completed in December 2014.
    (Arkema)
     
    26.02.2015   Self-cleaning cellulose dinnerware nominated for design award    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia and Tomorrow Machine have been nominated for the design award INDEX: Award 2015 in the category Home-Sustainable Living for the Self-cleaning cellulose dinnerware. This demonstrator is made of a new biodegradable material. In the future it will be possible to safely make the surface superhydrophobic, giving tableware that does not need washing up after use.

    The Self-cleaning cellulose dinnerware demonstrates a new material entirely made from cellulose. By using heat and pressure, the pulp can be hot pressed together with water to create complex 3D shapes. The process makes the material stiffer, more water-resistant, and gives it a better "sound" when tapped so that it is experienced as a high-quality cellulose material that is biodegradable. This combination of properties is so attractive that maybe it will enable us to replace dinnerware in use today. In the future it will be possible to safely make the surface superhydrophobic, giving tableware that does not need washing up after use.

    “For the purposes of demonstration, the bowl and dish were treated with a commercially available superhydrophobic spray, but in the future, the cellulose surface could be modified on a structural or molecular level to give this and other properties,” says Hjalmar Granberg, a researcher at Innventia.

    Innventia and Tomorrow Machine developed the demonstrator inspired by The Swedish Forest Industries Federation’s Ekoportal2035. This exciting vision of the future has forest-based renewable materials at centre stage. Ekoportal2035 shows possibilities, but long-term research, development and demonstration are required in order for the product ideas to be realised. This is not the first time Innventia and Tomorrow Machine are nominated for a design award. In 2013, they were awarded both The Dieline Sustainable Packaging Award and the Bio category of the Swedish award Packovationer for the demonstrator “Sustainable Expanding Bowl”.

    “At Innventia, we think working with demonstrators is an excellent way of visualising research findings. It's also a way of discovering that a material can have many different expressions, and hence many applications,” states project manager Marie-Claude Béland.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    26.02.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up eleventh tissue machine for Hengan Group, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PM18 tissue machine for the Hengan Group, which is one of the leading Chinese manufacturers of hygiene and sanitary products.

    The PrimeLineST W8 tissue machine, installed in the Changde mill, is the eleventh tissue machine supplied by ANDRITZ to the Hengan Group. It has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.6 m. This machine and PM17 (also delivered by ANDRITZ and started up in September 2014) are both equipped with an 18-foot steel Yankee combined with a steam hood to minimize drying energy costs. The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant and the automation system.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    25.02.2015   Strong year for Södra    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra reported an operating profit of SEK 1,516 million (loss: 417) for 2014. The strong results were due to positive market conditions, healthy prices for finished goods, a favourable currency situation and completed efficiency enhancements. The Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that profits of SEK 553 million (281) be distributed to Södra's members.

    "2014 was a strong year for Södra and it feels satisfying to report operating profit that improved to SEK 1.9 billion. We are well positioned for continued investment in building an even stronger and more successful Södra," says CEO Lars Idermark (photo).

    Operating profit for the last four months of 2014 totalled SEK 504 million (369).

    Net sales for 2014 rose 5 percent to SEK 17.4 billion (16.6). Profit before tax increased to SEK 1,460 million (loss: 450). Earnings in 2013 were charged with restructuring costs of SEK 817 million for the closure of Södra Cell Tofte AS.

    Return on capital employed was 13 percent (neg.) and the operating margin 9 percent. The equity ratio was 61 percent (59) at year-end, which means that Södra has achieved all of its financial objectives.

    In 2014, Södra embarked on a period of heavy investment that will continue for several years to come. The decision to date is to invest approximately SEK 5 billion in the three pulp mills.

    "Our aim is to create long-term, profitable growth for the Södra Group. We believe that the forest industry plays a key role in achieving a sustainable bioeconomy, and we have the courage to lead the way," says Lars Idermark.

    The Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that a profit of SEK 553 million (281) be distributed to members, comprising a dividend of 6 percent on contributed capital, totalling SEK 170 million, a dividend of 8 percent on wood deliveries, totalling SEK 323 million, and a bonus issue of SEK 60 million.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    25.02.2015   Hansaprint enters new markets with Ricoh’s Pro™ VC60000 next ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... generation continuous feed inkjet platform

    Hansaprint, a leading innovative printing house in the Nordic region and part of the TS-Group, is discovering new markets, being the first in the world to order the new Ricoh Pro VC60000 continuous feed production inkjet platform.

    “I believe our clients will benefit, from day one, from higher print quality and a wider variety of substrates enabled by this new press. But in the long run, the greatest benefit for our end users and for us is the ability to produce new and innovative products that we are not producing today,” explains Jukka Saariluoma, Business Unit Director, of Hansaprint, an E70m turnover and 350 employee strong firm specialising in retail and publishing.

    Hansaprint will at first produce loyalty programmes, direct mail, transpromo, transactional and books but Mr Saariluoma expects there to be a significant shift of volumes to inkjet both from offset and toner printing. He expands: “Before the Ricoh Pro VC60000, inkjet printing has been viewed as a lesser quality. But all of that changes with this investment. Inkjet is coming alive and we are ready to change that perception.”

    Hansaprint has invested in two Ricoh Pro VC60000 modular systems. Designed to be the most versatile colour inkjet press available on the market Ricoh Pro VC60000 is powered by the TotalFlow Print Server R600A, Ricoh’s own Digital Front End, developed to meet the challenges of demanding graphic arts environments and applications. With Ricoh-developed long-lasting print heads and high viscosity water-based pigment inks, itachieves a physical resolution of up to 1200x1200 dpi with dynamic variable drop size within each pixel to provide significant additional perceived print quality. It can run at nearly 100,000 A4 images per hour; and provides support for uncoated, coated offset, inkjet digital coated and treated, and recycled papers.

    The Hansaprint order includes an undercoat unit which enables it to print on a broad variety of media, including offset coated stocks; a protector coat unit to deliver “scratch & scuff resistance”; and the optional hot air knife dryers for additional ink drying capability.

    Hansaprint has a long history in printing and are pioneers in full colour inkjet printing. It also offers heatset web printing along with variable data printing using both inkjet and toner based technologies. “Consistently high print quality across the entire operation is critical to us and to our customers,” Mr Saariluoma comments: “We must also be able to change from one material to another in a very short time. The one thing we saw as a huge benefit with the Ricoh Pro VC60000 was that Ricoh manufactures both the heads and the ink, which we believe gives us more control over print quality.”

    As for investing with Ricoh, Mr Saariluoma states: “Ricoh don’t just sell the product, ship it and install it. Rather, they want to work together with us to make the investment a success..”

    Mr Saariluoma concludes: “Prior to experiencing the Ricoh Pro VC60000, I did not believe that there would be a major shift from offset printing to inkjet. But the Ricoh Pro VC60000 made me change my mind. Our clients have seen the samples, too, and are very excited by the new level in quality and the increased flexibility offered by moving significant amounts of their work from offset to inkjet.”

    The Ricoh Pro VC60000 will receive its first public showing at Hunkeler Innovationdays, 23-26 February, Lucerne, Switzerland.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    25.02.2015   Kadant Receives $11 Million in Orders for Recycling and Chemical Pulping Equipment    ( Company news )

    Company news Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) announced that at the end of the fourth quarter it received orders totaling $11 million from three pulp and paper producers in the U.S. and Mexico for chemical pulping equipment and recycling system upgrades. The chemical pulping equipment will be used to recover chemicals in the kraft pulping process and the stock-preparation recycling systems will be used to process recycled fiber for use in paper production. The Company expects to report consolidated bookings for the fourth quarter of 2014 of approximately $103 million.

    “The favorable investment environment for chemical pulp and recycling projects in North America has resulted in these projects being converted to orders,” said Jonathan W. Painter (photo), president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “We were pleased to have been recognized for our equipment reliability and energy efficient offerings as our customers continue to seek solutions to improve energy utilization, reduce water consumption, and increase fiber yield.”
    (Kadant Inc.)
     
    25.02.2015   Magnus Groth appointed new President and CEO of SCA    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA’s Board of Directors has appointed Magnus Groth (photo) as new President and CEO. Magnus Groth is today President of SCA’s Business Unit Consumer Goods Europe and has previously among other things been CEO of a listed company. The appointment of Magnus Groth is effective March 1.

    SCA’s Board announced today the appointment of Magnus Groth as President and CEO of SCA. Magnus Groth has worked at SCA since 2011, and his role as President of the Business Unit Consumer Goods Europe at SCA has given him deep knowledge of SCA, its customers and consumers as well as their needs. Magnus Groth also has extensive experience among other things as CEO of the listed company Studsvik. Magnus Groth has taken an active part in developing SCA into a global leading hygiene and forest products company with strong brands, fantastic employees and successful value creation for shareholders and other stakeholders.

    The Board finds that Magnus Groth is the right person to continue to develop SCA in line with the strategy to focus on growth, innovation and efficiency. A key factor of success in Magnus Groth’s leadership has been to make continuous improvements for customers and consumers through innovation and cost efficiency.

    ”It is a great responsibility to lead SCA and I have proudly accepted. I am also humble to this task. Now we will go from today’s position as a leading global hygiene and forest products company to continuously develop SCA going forward”, says Magnus Groth, appointed President and CEO of SCA.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    25.02.2015   Australian Paper announces closure of Shoalhaven plant    ( Company news )

    Company news Australian Paper announced that, following a lengthy review, it will close its manufacturing facilities in Shoalhaven, NSW during 2015.

    Peter Williams, Australian Paper’s Chief Operating Officer, said “despite the best efforts and ongoing support of our people at Shoalhaven over a number of years to remain competitive, the market for specialty and security papers such as cheque and watermark papers has continued to experience a significant and sustained drop in demand. Unfortunately, this has made the ongoing operation of the site progressively unviable.

    “This situation has left us with no choice but to close the Shoalhaven facility which will result in the loss of 75 jobs. The exact timing of the closure is yet to be finalised but production will cease during 2015, taking into full consideration the needs of our valued customers,” Mr Williams said.

    “We understand this decision will be difficult for employees at Shoalhaven who have witnessed machine closures at the site in recent times as market conditions have deteriorated. We greatly appreciate their sustained hard work and commitment over many years.

    “As we work through the details of the closure with employees, and their respective unions, I want to assure them that we will be there to help them through this process,” he said.
    (AP Australian Paper)
     
    25.02.2015   ARCHROMA RECEIVES FDA FOOD CONTACT APPROVAL FOR NEW ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... CARTAGUARD® KST OIL AND GREASE RESISTANCE ADDITIVE

    Picture: Archroma's Cartaguard® KST molecules prevent grease drops from soaking paper. (Photo: Archroma)

    • PFOA-free* additive provides high levels of oil, grease and water resistance to paper and board
    • FDA approved and German BfR XXXVI compliant for food contact applications - allowing global market use
    • Highlights Archroma's commitment to safer, more sustainable consumer solutions

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, announces FDA approval for the use of its new Cartaguard® KST in the manufacture of paper and board for food packaging.

    The highly efficient and effective oil, grease and water resistance additive is also compliant with the recommendations of the German BfR XXXVI for use as a surface refining and coating agent in paper and board intended for food contact applications.

    The newly launched Cartaguard® KST liquid is based on a cationic C6 fluoropolymer which excels at providing a strong and long-lasting barrier to grease and water. Its performance properties and environmental profile make it particularly suitable for use in both size press and wet end applications to produce fast food boxes and wrappers, soup cube boxes, butter wrap and oil bottle labels. It is also suitable for use in production of molded pulp plates, cups etc. and in pet food packaging.

    “Archroma strives to be at the forefront of providing high-performing solutions that support greater sustainability by our customers and safer applications for consumers. Having FDA approval for Cartaguard® KST in addition to the German BfR XXXVI compliance provides our food sector customers with the assurance of a high-quality, effective and safe impregnating treatment for more eco-advanced packaging solutions,” comments Frédéric Mabire, Head of Global Product Management Coating Chemicals, Paper Solutions Business, Archroma.

    Cartaguard® KST is approved by the US Federal Food and Drug Administration under 21 CFR 176.170 for use as a grease resistance treatment employed prior to, or after sheet formation for paper and paperboard.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    25.02.2015   CCE International 2015 presents series of open seminars    ( Company news )

    Company news From 10-12 March 2015 the corrugated and folding carton industry will gather at the Munich Trade Fair Centre for CCE International 2015. A total of 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will showcase a comprehensive range of raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard. The event now offers its attendees a series of open seminars on the latest developments in corrugated and carton converting.
    ‘Converting Solutions for the Fibre-Based Packaging Industries’ is the title of a three day seminar held at the show grounds of CCE International 2015. The seminar programme will focus on topics such as ‘Digital Print’, ‘Folding and Gluing’ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting’, with
    Question & Answer sessions following on after each presentation. Speakers will include industry experts from renowned companies. Sessions will mainly be held in English. The open seminars are free to attend.

    CCE International 2015 has grown by 30% in exhibitors and floor space since the previous exhibition. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of innovative products and solutions, presented on a net exhibition space of 4,500 square metres. The trade show targets
    professionals of corrugated board plants and sheet plants, corrugated sheet feeders, folding carton converters, packaging designers and specifiers, rigid carton manufacturers, honeycomb board manufacturers, core board and core tube manufacturers and packaging specialists. CCE International also attracts a variety of production specialists across industry sectors such as food and beverage, furniture, pharmaceutical, transport and logistics, electrical appliances and electronics, cosmetics and tobacco.
    The exhibition profile of CCE International covers raw materials, consumables, corrugating line and equipment, corrugated and carton converting equipment, design and CAD/CAM, printing equipment, cutting, creasing and die-cutting equipment, ancillary equipment, materials handling and warehousing, pallet strapping and handling systems, MIS and plant scheduling systems as well as waste extraction and baling.

    The recently published official Show Preview gives a useful overview of the innovative products and services on display at this year’s exhibition. The publication includes product descriptions and information about the exhibiting companies as well as specialist articles and useful tips for visitors. An online version of the Show Preview can be accessed online at www.cce-international.com
    The regular CCE-newsletter is also available for subscription via the show website; it includes up-to-date news about the exhibition and its exhibitors.

    Entry tickets at discounted prices available online
    Entry tickets are available at a discounted price via the online ticket shop. A day ticket costs €20, a 3-day-ticket €30. On-site, tickets cost €32 (day ticket) or €47 (3-day-ticket). Entry tickets for CCE International 2015 are also valid for ICE Europe 2015.

    ICE Europe 2015, the World’s Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film & Foil Converting, will once again be held alongside CCE International. The exhibition profile of ICE Europe includes the following categories: materials, coating and laminating, drying/curing, treatment, flexographic and rotogravure printing, control and measurement, accessories, slitting and rewinding, finishing, factory equipment, retrofits, toll coating, converting and slitting as well as specialised software.

    CCE International 2015 will be held in hall B6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. The show can be accessed via the East entrance. CCE International 2015 is open on Tuesday, 10 March 2015, and Wednesday, 11 March 2015, from 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, 12 March 2015, from 9am – 4pm.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    24.02.2015   Ahlstrom Financial Statements Bulletin 2014: Operative result more than doubled in 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Continuing operations October-December 2014 compared with October-December 2013
    -Net sales EUR 247.0 million (EUR 243.4 million).
    -Operating profit / loss excluding non-recurring items EUR -1.8 million (EUR -2.5 million).
    -Operating margin excluding non-recurring items -0.7% (-1.0%).
    -Operating profit / loss EUR -4.3 million (EUR -5.5 million), including non-recurring items of EUR -2.5 million (EUR -3.0 million).
    -Profit / loss before taxes EUR 5.7 million (EUR -11.1 million), including capital gains booked from the sale of Suominen Corporation and Munksjö Oyj shares.
    -Earnings per share EUR 0.09 (EUR -0.29).

    Photo: Marco Levi, President & CEO of Ahlstrom Corporation

    October-December 2014 in brief
    -Net sales growth was driven by better pricing and product mix as well as a favorable currency effect. Comparable net sales at constant currencies remained flat.
    -Profitability was hurt by low capacity utilization in the Building and Energy business area. Advanced Filtration, Transportation, and Food business areas continued to improve profitability.
    -A new, simplified structure and organization effective as of January 1, 2015 was announced to enable faster execution and stronger accountability within business areas.

    Continuing operations January-December 2014 compared with January-December 2013
    -Net sales EUR 1,001.1 million (EUR 1,014.8 million), comparable net sales growth rate at constant currencies was 1.4%.
    -Operating profit excluding non-recurring items EUR 28.6 million (EUR 13.4 million).
    -Operating margin excluding non-recurring items 2.9% (1.3%).
    -Operating profit / loss EUR -3.7 million (EUR 10.7 million), including non-recurring items of EUR -32.3 million (EUR -2.7 million).
    -Profit / loss before taxes EUR -9.4 million (EUR -15.4 million).
    -Earnings per share EUR -0.22 (EUR -0.46).

    Outlook for 2015
    Ahlstrom expects net sales in 2015 to be in the range of EUR 1,000-1,100 million. The operating profit margin excluding non-recurring items is expected to be 3.5-5% of net sales.

    Dividend proposal
    The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that a dividend totaling EUR 0.30 per share be paid for the financial year ended on December 31, 2014.

    Marco Levi, President & CEO
    "We more than doubled our operative result last year, driven by cost savings achieved through our rightsizing program, improved pricing, and better performance in our Advanced Filtration, Transportation Filtration, and Food business areas. Our performance in the fourth quarter - typically our weakest of the year - remained unsatisfactory, but these four business areas continued to make progress. We expect to continuously improve our financial performance going forward.'
    'Our rightsizing program is nearing completion and is reaching its planned targets. However, we will continue to maintain stringent cost control going forward.'
    'Our roadmap to improved performance continues to gain momentum. I'm confident that our commercial excellence program will deliver enhanced margins, while our reprioritized product development will address customer needs better and more quickly. In addition, we will actively pursue growth in selected areas. The process of simplifying our organizational structure and processes is well underway, which is expected to further reduce our cost base. These focused initiatives will gradually bring improved efficiency and cost competitiveness in 2015 and beyond.'
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    24.02.2015   marks-3zet presents Highline® – the new compressible underpacking sheet ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... with optimal smash resistance

    Picture: marks-3zet – Highline: Highline® calibrated underpacking sheets from marks-3zet

    Driven by increasing demands on process automation and optimization, marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG (Muelheim a. d. Ruhr, Germany), a specialist for underpacking materials and waterless offset printing, has unveiled its unique new compressible underpacking sheet Highline®.

    With Highline®, marks-3zet introduces a versatile underpacking solution with a composite structure that gives printers a cost-efficient, high-quality product with an optimal lifespan. Highline® simultaneously enables a consistent and optimal print quality.

    The solution consists of a calibrated substrate layer and a polyurethane (PU) top layer, which results in a highly flexible, compressible underpacking sheet. The PU layer guarantees optimal smash resistance and perfectly absorbs and compensates machine vibrations, therefore offering optimal protection against crumpling.

    Moreover, Highline® is water- and solvent-resistant and can extend the lifetime of the printing blanket.

    Highline® is a non-adhesive underpacking sheet, leaving printers more room to adjust the underpacking thickness as desired. Highline® can be easily and quickly mounted on almost all cylinders. It is especially recommended for high-speed commercial and rotary presses.

    Highline® can be used both as a single sheet and a cover sheet. As a cover sheet, Highline® offers extra compressibility and stability to standard underpacking sheets.
    marks-3zet currently offers Highline® in the thicknesses 0.4 and 0.5 mm for all formats.
    (marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    24.02.2015   Sappi results for 1st quarter in line with expectations Q1 2015     ( Company news )

    Company news -Profit for the period US$24 million (Q1 2014 US$18 million)
    -EPS excluding special items 5 US cents (Q1 2014 2 US cents)
    -EBITDA excluding special items US$145 million (Q1 2014 US$147 million)
    -Net debt US$2,040 million, down US$340 million year-on-year

    Commenting on the result, Sappi Chief Executive Officer Steve Binnie (photo) said:
    “Operating performance in the quarter was in line with expectations and the equivalent quarter last year. The group generated an EBITDA excluding special items of US$145 million, operating profit excluding special items of US$74 million and profit for the period of US$24 million.

    “The Specialised Cellulose business continued to generate good returns during the quarter, with EBITDA excluding special items of US$70 million. US Dollar prices for dissolving wood pulp remain under pressure in all market segments due to excess market supply as well as the weak margins in the viscose staple fibre sector. The decline in cotton and polyester prices and large cotton reserves are compounding the pricing pressures. The weaker Rand/Dollar exchange rate has enabled the South African mills to maintain Rand pricing, while good variable and fixed cost control across the business is helping to maintain margins.
    “In this seasonally slower quarter, the performance of the European business improved compared to that of the equivalent quarter last year. This was despite the €12 million cost and lost margin impact of the paper machine upgrade at the Gratkorn Mill. The European business benefited from lower fixed costs after the disposal of the Nijmegen Mill, higher average sales prices for coated woodfree paper as well as an improved performance from the specialities business at Alfeld. Profitability for the North American business was similar to that of the equivalent quarter last year despite a planned extended annual maintenance shut at the Somerset Mill and a number of completed capital projects. These negatively impacted the quarter by approximately US$10 million in additional expenses and lost margin compared to the equivalent quarter last year. The Southern African business had an improved performance this past quarter, with exchange rate gains on export sales and variable cost savings contributing positively.

    “As discussed when reporting last quarter’s result, we are evaluating opportunities to utilise our cash resources to refinance a portion of our debt in order to lower future interest costs. We expect to reduce net debt levels by year-end to below those of the prior year.

    “Currency movements affect margins in our European and Southern African businesses, having both transactional and translational effects. A weaker Euro and Rand in relation to the US Dollar support both local and export pricing for these businesses, historically offsetting any input cost increases as a result of the weaker currency.

    “Our outlook for the year, based on current market conditions, is for the operating performance to be broadly similar to 2014. The expected improvement in the paper businesses will be offset by lower US Dollar dissolving wood pulp pricing and the projects at Gratkorn and Somerset Mills. In addition, at current exchange rates the translation of Euro and Rand results to Dollars may be negatively impacted compared to the prior year.”
    (Sappi Limited)
     
    24.02.2015   Albany International Announces Plans to Reduce Manufacturing Capacity and Personnel in Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) reported that its German affiliate, Württembergische Filztuchfabrik K. Geschmay GmbH, has announced plans to discontinue manufacturing operations at its press fabric manufacturing facility in Göppingen, Germany. This planned action is driven by the continuing consolidation of paper industry customers in Europe, and the continuous need to match the Company’s paper machine clothing manufacturing capacity in Europe with the demands of our customers, so that customer sourcing is optimized. The Göppingen plan would be subject to applicable local law and would be implemented in accordance with such law and in consultation with the Works Council.

    The proposed action in Germany in no way reflects on the performance of the 52 affected employees; it is a business necessity, driven by both the existing and anticipated market conditions.

    Following completion of this planned action, the Company’s European press fabrics manufacturing activities will now be centered in Halmstad, Sweden. There will be no impact on the Company’s other European machine clothing manufacturing operations. The Company’s customers in Germany, and throughout Europe, will continue to receive world-class expertise and support in Product Application, Sales and Marketing, Service, and Research and Development from the same experienced Albany team.
    (Albany International Corp.)
     
    24.02.2015   ANDRITZ to upgrade pulp drying line for Iggesund Paperboard, Sweden: capacity increase of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...up to 40%

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Iggesund Paperboard to modernize the TM4 pulp drying line of Iggesund mill, Sweden, thus increasing the line’s capacity from currently 230-260tons to 325tons per day.
    Start-up is scheduled for is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2015.

    ANDRITZ will deliver a customized upgrade solution including a new shoe press and steam blow box, an overhaul of the airborne dryer, and safety improvements. The capacity increase in the drying area will support Iggesund Paperboard’s goal to raise its total pulp capacity from 370,000 to 420,000 tons per year. In addition, the ANDRITZ upgrade will enhance production stability and further reduce energy costs.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    24.02.2015   Meet Iggesund at Packaging Innovations    ( Company news )

    Company news Come and see us at the UK's largest packaging event, Packaging Innovations in Birmingham 25 & 26 February 2015.

    Visit stand D36 to experience the upgraded Invercote G and to learn more about our improved service offer; Care by Iggesund.

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday 25 February from 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m
    Wednesday 26 February from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m

    Where:
    The NEC
    Halls 9 & 10
    Birmingham, England B40 1NT
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    23.02.2015   Uetersen Paper Mill continues as an independent company under the name ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH


    Stora Enso Oyj
    has sold its Uetersen speciality and graphic paper mill to the European private equity fund Perusa Partners Fund 2. As of 18 February 2015, the long-established paper mill will operate under the name Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH. Feldmuehle Uetersen will offer its flexibility, high quality and services on the market as an independent company and thus its former name is not the only aspect in which it will be returning to its roots.

    Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH has some 400 employees and operates two paper machines with a total annual capacity of approx. 250 000 tons. The mill’s product range includes label and packaging papers, liner and cardboard as well as two-side coated graphic papers in gloss and silk.

    Selected segments of the existing product areas will be systematically expanded and strengthened. The current product portfolio includes familiar brands, such as the label papers LabelSet and UniSet and the packaging papers LennoKraft, MediaCard and MediaLiner. Uetersen’s graphic paper MediaPrint will, in the future, be sold under the new brand name Exceo.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
     
    23.02.2015   GapCon takes a stake in paper and pulp technology center in St. Pölten (A)    ( Company news )

    Company news GapCon acquires shares in Kresta paper GmbH.

    KRESTA paper GmbH was founded in February 2014, in St. Poelten, Austria and today employs a complement of approximately 40 specialists of many years experience boasting an extensive knowledge of all aspects paper machine technology including planning, automation and process technology. Following on from today's announcement Kresta paper GmbH will be rebadged as GapCon paper GmbH and will become an independent member of the GapCon group, itself a subsidiary of the IRLE DEUZ group (Germany).

    Established in 2006 the GapCon group offers a comprehensive array of services across all aspects of paper machine technology from sales, engineering and manufacture to rebuilds, relocations and complete turn-key project delivery. Striving always to meet and exceed customer needs GapCon has pursued a robust growth strategy opening or acquiring bases in Italy, India and China. GapCon has earned a reputation in the industry for delivering high quality, customer focused solutions. Our highly motivated, experienced and competent team work with our customers to meet their exact requirements. Recent successful completion of extensive rebuild, relocation and complete paper machine projects have demonstrated GapCon's industry leading expertise in this field.

    The acquisition by GapCon of shares in Kresta paper GmbH will galvanize GapCon'a position as a growing force in the paper machine business, meeting and exceeding our customers needs on a global scale.
    (GapCon GmbH)
     
    23.02.2015   SA234: Adestor's New Water Soluble Acrylic Adhesive     ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta launches a new permanent adhesive for labeling reusable hard goods packaging and for general retail applications

    SA234 is a permanent hot or cold water soluble adhesive and can be removed either through submersion or water jet cleaning, leaving no residue on the product. It is ideal for labeling different types of reusable transport boxes and trays in logistics as well as other surfaces habitually used in retail such as glass, ceramic, plastic etc. SA234 performs extremely well at low temperatures, and can even be used for labeling below 0ºC. Its soft tack makes it particularly suitable for rough surfaces.

    The SA234 adhesive is available with different Adestor facestocks to cover the main end uses of retail and logistics labeling.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    23.02.2015   DS Smith, the largest recycled paper producer in the UK, has succesfully started up ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Procemex TWIN system

    DS Smith, has started up a Procemex TWIN combined Web Monitoring & Web Inspection System, on PM6 machine at their Kemsley Paper Mill site. The TWIN system included 16 Web Monitoring cameras, a web inspection beam, code marker, code reader and winder automatic target control (ATC). Since start-up, the system has been helping to locate break origins and root causes, as well as improving winder throughput.
    (Procemex Oy)
     
    23.02.2015   emtec Electronic at Asian Paper 2015 in Jakarta    ( Company news )

    Company news High Paper Quality by Application of Quality Equipment

    This year the “Asian Paper 2015” will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia and the company emtec Electronic GmbH will attend. From April 28th until 30th, the company will present different paper testing equipment at booth no. C27.
    In the wet end of the paper production process it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the production process.
    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get information about the quality of the base and final products. Therefore emtec will present the EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester in Jakarta, which characterizes the process relevant surface parameters of paper and board in order to predict its converting properties. Additionally, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer will be shown, which gives reliable and objective information about the “hand feel” and different softness parameters of tissue products.
    In summary, the application of all these measuring devices leads to the optimization of the production and converting processes to gain the best possible quality at the lowest possible costs.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    23.02.2015   At the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2015 Heidelberg shows economic finishing of short runs in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... production network with partners

    -Continuous quality check by using the same barcode system for all units
    -High flexibility and production variety for both, digitally and conventionally printed jobs

    At the Hunkeler Innovation Days taking place in Luzern, Switzerland from February 23rd to 26th, 2015, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is showing solutions for the production of digitally printed softcover brochures of high quality on booth B02. Themed HEI Flexibility this is an answer to the trend to smaller runs and to flexibility as high as possible with the finishing of digitally and conventionally printed jobs.

    Together with its partners Hunkeler, ATS, Müller Martini, and Polar, Heidelberg shows a flexible machine network where a complete brochure is produced live. This brochure consists of a content which was digitally produced in rotary printing and a cover which is bound by means of hotmelt glue, finally getting a three-side trim in one work step. With this configuration the continuous control of contents and cover per barcode is shown. All units involved use the same barcode system in order to make sure that the product is compiled and produced correctly.

    The systems consists of a Hunkeler UW6-unwinding module, the following cross cutter CS6-I and the directly connected Heidelberg Inline folder Stahlfolder TH 56, folding the sheets and transferring them as collected pile to an ATS bundler FAB A 820. By means of the barcode it is ensured that every set has been collated completely in the bundler. Afterwards the folded signatures are brought together with the cover on the latest Müller Martini perfect binder and bound to a completed brochure. The Müller Martini perfect binder represents a world premiere which is shown to the trade experts at the Hunkeler Innovation Days for the first time. Here, the barcode ensures as well that cover and contents fit together. The final three-side trim is done automatically in the POLAR three-side trimmer BC-330, where the production barcode is read again.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    23.02.2015   DS Smith: Proposed acquisition of Duropack and trading update    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Plc (“DS Smith”), the leading provider of recycled corrugated packaging in Europe, is pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of the Duropack business (“the acquisition”) for approximately €300m (c.£220m). Duropack, a recycled corrugated board packaging business with market-leading positions across South Eastern Europe, is being acquired from CP Group 2 BV, a One Equity Partners subsidiary.

    Photo: Miles Roberts, Chief Executive of DS Smith

    The acquisition is highly complementary to DS Smith’s geographic footprint and transforms our position in higher-growth South Eastern European geographies, further strengthening our pan-European capabilities to our existing customer base in addition to providing access to new customers.

    Duropack has number one or two market positions in many of the geographies in which it operates and, combined with DS Smith’s existing operations in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, will have a leading position across South Eastern Europe.

    The business is well invested with high quality assets and operates a “short paper, long fibre” model similar to that of DS Smith.

    In 2014 the business delivered EBITDA of €41 million and EBIT of €22 million on turnover of €273 million. Cost synergies of €12 million, are expected to be realised within three years of ownership. The additional investment required to integrate the acquisition is c.€13 million, incurred over the first two years. This will be funded by cash savings, driven by working capital efficiencies and tight cash management.

    The total consideration, including the assumption of debt, is expected to be circa €300 million, subject to customary post-closing adjustments, representing a post synergy multiple of 5.7 times EBITDA.

    The acquisition is being financed from existing debt facilities. It will be immediately accretive to earnings per share and generate a return above our cost of capital during the second year of ownership.

    The acquisition is subject to competition clearance, which we expect in calendar Q2, with completion shortly thereafter.
    Trading update

    In the three month period to 31 January 2015, the business has continued to perform in line with our plans. Volumes have been ahead of the run-rate achieved in the first half of the year and remained positive in all regions, with Central Europe and Italy particularly strong. We are delighted by the initial customer reaction to our recent acquisition of Andopack and performance there has been in line with our expectations.

    On 30 January 2015, we completed the disposal of our testliner mill in Nantes, France, which had capacity of c. 60 thousand tonnes. This transaction is in line with our strategy to exit paper manufacturing which does not sufficiently complement our Packaging business. There will be an exceptional charge of £9 million, of which £7 million is non-cash.

    Our outlook remains positive as the business continues to perform in line with our medium term financial targets, despite economic headwinds in many of our markets, and the Board views the future with confidence.

    Miles Roberts, Chief Executive of DS Smith said:
    “Duropack is an excellent business and a highly complementary fit. It is a further important step in our strategy to leverage our scale and strengthen our geographic footprint. Duropack has high quality assets with market leading positions. We look forward to it contributing to the overall growth of DS Smith in attractive markets where we were previously under-represented.

    Since our half-year, we have continued to make good progress with our customers, benefitting from our differentiated commercial offering and the ongoing roll out of our design centres. Our volume performance has been strong, as the rapidly changing retail environment and consumer buying patterns make well-designed recycled packaging increasingly relevant.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    20.02.2015   The creasing device that eliminates cracking fast    ( Company news )

    Company news Let down by poor results from inadequate scoring or fed up with the expense of outsourcing your creasing work?

    Tri-Creaser Fast Fit, with its ingenious split creasing rib technology, turns your existing folder into a powerful creasing machine, helping you reduce costs, improve quality, turn jobs around faster, satisfy customers and maintain full production control in-house.
    •Tried, tested, trusted by printers... over 70,000 sold worldwide
    •Pays for itself on average within 4 print runs
    •Fits all popular folding machine brands
    •Fast delivery, no installation charge

    70, 000 Tri-Creasers sold world-wide
    With over 70,000 Tri-Creaser solutions already sold world-wide to fit on almost 50 types of folding machines, there is no wonder why we are respected globally as the one stop company thousands of people come to every year to improve the quality of their creasing.
    (Tech-ni-Fold Ltd)
     
    20.02.2015   SolarFlow roll cover from Voith achieves top lifetime    ( Company news )

    Company news A suction roll with a SolarFlow polyurethane cover from Voith has had its first maintenance after almost four years. The manufacturer of fine paper that owns the roll has called the running time of exactly 1,438 days between two grinding intervals a potential record-breaker. Suction rolls with other covers would often only manage a quarter of this running time.

    “We only achieved such a remarkable long running time between two grinding intervals thanks to high performance roll covers combined with regular and comprehensive service,” adds Jochen Honold, Global Product Manager Mechanical Roll Service.

    The suction roll was completely dismantled at the Voith Service Center in Ravensburg. This is a standardized procedure that ensures that the causes of signs of wear are discovered and can be rectified. “We perform a weak point analysis for each roll that we get for service. This means that we can save our customers future repairs,” says Alexander Reutlinger, Head of the Voith Service Center in Ravensburg.

    The SolarFlow polyurethane roll cover allows a maximized void volume, which is maintained over a long installation period due to its unique material properties. This enables stable nip conditions, therefore fast machine speeds with a high dry content and at the same time low energy consumption.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    20.02.2015   UPM reduced work-related accidents by 70 percent in three years    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has significantly reduced work-related accidents with a three year program called “Step Change in Safety 2012–2014”. UPM’s lost time accident frequency (LTAF) has decreased by 70% from 15.2 in 2012 to 4.4 in 2014.

    The Step Change in Safety 2012–2014 initiative engaged all UPM employees in a joint mission to improve the company’s safety culture and safety performance. The pervasive program renewed the foundations of safety work by shifting focus to preventative measures, such as proactive risk identification and management. Strong management commitment and active participation of employees and contractors have been the keys to success.

    As a result, UPM’s global LTAF decreased by a total of 70% from 15.2 in the beginning of 2012 to 4.4 by the end of 2014. The total number of lost time accidents globally decreased from over 550 in 2011 to 155 in 2014.

    “We have achieved excellent results and they clearly show that a new safety culture has been adopted throughout the company. All UPMers have contributed to the result and we can all be proud of the achievement,” says Jussi Pesonen, CEO of UPM.

    One cornerstone for safety work are UPM safety standards, which were put in place during the Step Change in Safety initiative. The standards define the minimum requirements for safety performance and operations, and they are common to all UPM units around the world. For the next three years, the focus will be in perfecting the local implementation practices.

    “The great results from our safety initiative have encouraged us to raise the bar even further. Our first goal was to get our LTAF below 5. Next we are aiming to go below 3,” Jussi Pesonen continues.

    Careful induction and job specific safety training play important roles in identifying risks and consequently preventing accidents.

    Employees' risk awareness is continuously improved by organising safety training, sharing information on near-miss situations and encouraging employees to report all hazardous situations and safety deficiencies.

    In 2015 UPM launches a practice in which all UPM employees will be provided a regular refresher safety training to make sure that all the latest information and practices is in use.
    (UPM)
     
    20.02.2015   Tembec's new turbine passes commercial-in-service test at its Temiscaming site    ( Company news )

    Company news Tembec announces that the recently installed turbine at the Temiscaming site has successfully met the commercial-in-service test set forth in the power purchase agreement (“PPA”) it entered into with Hydro-Québec. The turbine operated for 100 continuous hours above the required level specified in the PPA. The Company was successful in meeting the test on its first attempt. This represents a significant milestone for the Company as the turbine qualification allows it to sell electricity to Hydro-Québec at the more favorable “green” power rate. The new boiler and turbine will materially improve the Temiscaming specialty cellulose mill’s cost structure and profitability.
    (Tembec Inc.)
     
    20.02.2015   Bosch expands CPS portfolio for the serialization of pharmaceutical packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news Equipped for regulatory requirements worldwide
    -Quick format changes thanks to user-friendly design
    -Intelligent connection of machine and software
    -Reliable serialization and application of safety seals

    Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, has expanded its portfolio for the serialization of pharmaceutical packaging. In the fight against counterfeit drugs, many countries are about to implement legislation changes for a stricter labelling of pharmaceuticals. Consequently, drug manufacturers require safer and more flexible solutions. “With our serialization concept, we offer customers more than just a machine,” explains Daniel Sanwald, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology. “Bosch offers the complete package, which also includes the corresponding IT.”

    Connection of machine and software
    The CPS (Carton Printing System) forms the basis of all serialization solutions from Bosch. It has been continuously developed regarding flexibility and user-friendliness. Depending on customer requirements, the system prints 1D or 2D data matrix codes on up to 400 folding cartons per minute. Thanks to an upgrade of the camera system, both codes can now be checked on different carton qualities even more reliably. If the contrast and readability of the data matrix codes do not conform with the required level of quality, the products are automatically sorted out. The machine is easy to operate from the front, so that mechanical components are easily and quickly accessible in case of format changes. An optimized threading of the labelling tape reduces downtime of the CPS 1900 to a minimum.

    The CPS systems can be connected to both machine software and company IT in a multi-level process, ensuring that serial numbers are attributed reliably. Therefore, Bosch Packaging Technology has adapted the proven automation technology from Bosch’s automotive sector to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. “This experience enables us to offer our customers IT solutions that not only process the entire order management; they also control both import and export of the serial numbers,” Daniel Sanwald explains. Depending on country and guideline, the numbers are either allocated centrally or generated by the company. Contract manufacturers in turn receive the numbers from their clients. According to Sanwald, “our IT system is equipped for all three cases. The Bosch machines can also be flexibly combined with systems from other IT providers.” The IT concept has further advantages for production companies: production parameters and data of all packaging lines are clearly visible at all times. “For instance, in the case of unforeseen events like downtime or modification, capacities are automatically re-planned,” Sanwald says. “The connection of our machines with the corresponding IT offers companies a new production foresight.”

    Modular design for additional safety
    Thanks to its modular design, the CPS system can be extended by further modules. For example, a weighing module inspects the weight of each folding carton individually. Existing machines can also be equipped with a Tamper Evident module. The labeller applies additional safety seals across the side flap of the folding carton, thus offering optimum protection against manipulation. Sensor systems carry out safe and reproducible checks of seal presence and correct application. The machine and all applications, such as the camera, are operated via a single HMI (Human Machine Interface). “The operator has a uniform look and feel, and does not need to switch between different HMIs. Moreover, this makes the central audit trail a lot easier,” Sanwald underlines.

    Growing global need for serialization
    According to the Bosch experts, the need for serialization technology will continue to grow over the coming years. Amongst others, 2015 will see the implementation of new guidelines in Saudi Arabia, where drug packaging must be equipped with a data matrix code step by step, followed by serial numbers in 2016. In Brazil, individual batches must be serialized as of 2015, before it becomes obligatory the following year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aspires to implement a standardized identification for all prescription drugs in form of a 2D data matrix code in a step-by-step approach until the end of 2023. The European Union’s Falsified Medicines Directive 2011/62/EU stipulates coded packaging with a 2D data matrix code and a unique serial number for nearly all prescription drugs, presumably from the first quarter of 2018. With the flexible serialization solutions from Bosch, pharmaceutical manufacturers are well-equipped for all regulatory requirements worldwide.
    (Robert Bosch GmbH Geschäftsbereich Verpackungstechnik)
     
    20.02.2015   Valmet's Financial Statements Review January-December 2014: Profitability in the targeted range ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in Q4/2014 - good orders received in Services

    Photo: President and CEO Pasi Laine

    Valmet has formed a separate legal group as of December 31, 2013. The financial information for the year 2014 and the Statement of Financial Position as at December 31, 2013 presented in this Financial Statements Review are based on actual figures. The Statement of Income and Statement of Cash Flow for the year 2013 and all other comparison figures are based on financial carve-out data. Figures in brackets, unless otherwise stated, refer to the comparison period, i.e. the same period of the previous year.

    October-December 2014: Profitability in the targeted range
    -Orders received increased 12 percent and amounted to EUR 480 million (EUR 428 million).
    -Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines, and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
    -Net sales increased 17 percent to EUR 777 million (EUR 666 million).
    -Net sales increased in Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line.
    -Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 48 million (EUR -25 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 6.1 percent (-3.7%).
    -EBITA margin reached the targeted range of 6-9 percent in Q4/2014.
    -Earnings per share were EUR 0.17 (EUR -0.41).
    -Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -5 million (EUR -34 million).
    -Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 30 million (EUR -38 million).

    January-December 2014: EBITA almost doubled
    -Orders received increased 41 percent and amounted to EUR 3,071 million (EUR 2,182 million).
    -Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines, and remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line.
    -Net sales decreased 5 percent to EUR 2,473 million (EUR 2,613 million).
    -Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy business line, remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line, and decreased in the Paper business line.
    -Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 106 million (EUR 54 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 4.3 percent (2.1%).
    -Profitability has improved in every quarter of 2014.
    -Earnings per share were EUR 0.31 (EUR -0.42).
    -Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -12 million (EUR -86 million).
    -Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 236 million (EUR -43 million).

    Dividend proposal
    The Board of Directors proposes for the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.25 per share be paid. The proposed dividend equals to 81 percent of the net result.

    Guidance for 2015
    Valmet estimates that, including the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, net sales in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 2,473 million) and EBITA before non-recurring items in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 106 million).
    The completion of the acquisition of Process Automation Systems is subject to approval by the competition authorities.

    Short-term outlook
    General economic outlook
    Global growth in 2015-16 is projected at 3.5 and 3.7 percent, downward revisions of 0.3 percent relative to the October 2014 World Economic Outlook. The revisions reflect a reassessment of prospects in China, Russia, the euro area, and Japan as well as weaker activity in some major oil exporters because of the sharp drop in oil prices. The United States is the only major economy for which growth projections have been raised. The distribution of risks to global growth is more balanced than in October. The main upside risk is a greater boost from lower oil prices, although there is uncertainty about the persistence of the oil supply shock. Downside risks relate to shifts in sentiment and volatility in global financial markets, especially in emerging market economies, where lower oil prices have introduced external and balance sheet vulnerabilities in oil exporters. Stagnation and low inflation are still concerns in the euro area and in Japan. (International Monetary Fund, January 20, 2015)

    Short-term market outlook
    Valmet is reiterating its short-term market outlook presented on July 31, 2014. Valmet estimates that activity in board and paper markets will remain on a good level. The activity in the services, pulp, energy, and tissue markets is estimated to remain satisfactory.

    President and CEO Pasi Laine: A good first year as an independent company
    Valmet had a good first year as an independent company. While the focus was strongly on improving profitability, we were also succesful in receiving orders. We received over EUR 3 billion of orders during 2014, which clearly indicates that customers appreciate and trust Valmet and that we have the skills and technology to move our customers forward. It was also pleasing to notice the increase in orders received in the Services business line in the last quarter of the year. All in all, Valmet's order backlog is now approximately EUR 2 billion, and this gives us a good starting point for 2015.
    Valmet has been able to improve its profitability in every quarter of 2014 and EBITA almost doubled in the full year of 2014. The highlight of our hard work was the last quarter of 2014, when profitability reached the targeted range. This is a result of the excellent and goal-oriented work put in by every Valmet employee at every site and location around the world. When meeting with Valmet employees around the world, I have been amazed by the determination and energy everyone has shown to reach this target. That is why I want to thank all Valmet employees for all the efforts made during the course of 2014. Our work on profitability does not, of course, end here. We still have further profitability improvement potential through savings in procurement and quality, by actions to improve project and service margin, by continuing to improve cost competitiveness, and by improving product cost competitiveness to increase gross profit.
    After a good first year as an independent company, I am excited to go into 2015. We have a better starting point going into 2015 compared to a year ago, while also the acquisition of Process Automation Systems helps making Valmet even stronger than before. Through the acquisition, Valmet will become a technology and services company with full automation offering and the acquisition will help Valmet in increasing business stability and profitability.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    20.02.2015   SCA Year-end Report Q4 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news JANUARY 1–DECEMBER 31, 2014 (compared with same period a year ago)
    -Net sales rose 12% (10% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 104,054m (92,873)
    -Organic sales growth, which excludes exchange rate effects, acquisitions and divestments, was 3% (4% including Vinda’s organic sales growth)
    -Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 14% (12% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 11,849m (10,381)
    -The operating margin, excluding items affecting comparability, was 11.4% (11.2%)
    -Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 17% (14% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 10,888m (9,320)
    -Items affecting comparability totaled SEK -1,400m (-1,239)
    -Earnings per share were SEK 9.40 (7.90)
    -Cash flow from current operations was SEK 8,149m (6,252)
    -The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend by 10.5% to SEK 5.25 per share (4.75).
    -Recalculations have been made for previous periods on account of new and amended IFRSs and rules governing consolidated financial statements and joint arrangements

    Photo: CEO Jan Johansson

    CEO’S COMMENTS
    In 2014 SCA delivered its highest profit before tax ever and good organic sales growth. We increased our operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, by SEK 1,468m. We achieved this thanks to the continued work with our strategic priorities – growth, innovation, and efficiency.
    During the year SCA strengthened its cooperation with the Chinese company Vinda, in which SCA is the majority shareholder, by transferring its hygiene operations in China, Hong Kong and Macau to Vinda. We also continued our successful innovation work and introduced about thirty innovations and product launches under the Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Saba, Tempo, TENA and Tork brands, among others. Our work on achieving increased cost efficiency continues. Our three efficiency programs have continued to deliver substantial savings. Two of the programs were concluded at year-end, however, our work with productivity and cost-efficiency continues. The year was characterized by weak performance of the global economy and geopolitical tensions. The global market for hygiene products was affected by higher competition and low growth in mature markets.
    Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by 17% compared with the same period a year ago. Organic sales growth was 4% (5% including Vinda’s organic sales growth), with growth across all business areas. Growth was mainly related to the hygiene operations’ emerging markets and the Forest Products business area. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability and gains on forest swaps, rose 20% (3% including gains on forest swaps during the same period a year ago), which is SCA’s highest quarterly profit ever. The increase is mainly attributable to a better price/mix, higher volumes, cost savings and the acquisition of the majority shareholding in the Chinese company Vinda. Higher raw material costs resulting from higher prices and a stronger dollar had a negative impact on earnings. The operating margin, excluding items affecting comparability, was 11.9%. Operating cash flow increased by 31%. The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend, by 10.5% to SEK 5.25 per share.
    Tissue posted a considerably higher operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the same period a year ago. Operating profit was favorably affected by higher volumes, cost savings and the acquisition of the majority shareholding in the Chinese company Vinda. Consolidation of Vinda had a negative impact on the margin. Personal Care increased its earnings as a result of higher volumes and cost savings, which compensated for higher raw material costs. The lower operating profit for Forest Products is explained by gains on forest swaps during the fourth quarter of 2013. Excluding this effect, earnings increased mainly as a result of higher prices (including exchange rate effects) and cost savings.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    19.02.2015   Virgin fibre a necessity in chocolate packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The Origin Box is made of three kinds of paper material, of which two, Invercote and Incada, are made by Iggesund Paperboard. © Iggesund

    “When we choose the paperboard for chocolate packaging, the decisive factor is taste and odour neutrality. Of course the paperboard must be suitable for the construction we have chosen but if we do not minimise the risk of the chocolate acquiring an off-taste from the packaging material then the rest does not matter.”

    Tom Du Caju and his colleagues at Du Caju Printing & Packaging in Belgium are describing their experiences in food packaging. Du Caju is located in Erpe-Mere, just west of Brussels. With almost 50 employees and annual net sales of EUR 10 million, the company regards itself as a medium-sized Belgian converter. Of the packaging Du Caju produces, 85 per cent is food related and 11 per cent is chocolate packaging.

    “In addition, just over ten per cent of what we do is packaging with direct contact between the food and the packaging material,” says key account manager Koen Penne. “We are choosing our food contact materials such as paperboard very carefully to avoid taint, odour and migration problems.”

    Du Caju has been working with the world’s largest chocolate producer Barry Callebaut, for more than 25 years. The converter is regularly asked to create sophisticated promotional packaging for Callebaut as a sales tool and brand enhancer. The latest creation, The Origin Box, has an outer box made of a brown-coloured speciality paper from James Cropper, Colorscope Bitter Chocolate 350 g/m2. Inside the box are samples of chocolate from many countries. Each sample is packed in a wedge-shaped box made of Incada Silk 300 g/m2 from Iggesund Paperboard. The box also features a wheel giving information about the different types of chocolate. The wheel is printed on Invercote Creato 400 g/m2, also from Iggesund Paperboard, and is covered with the same material as the outer box.

    The brown material has a very matt appearance and a very natural look. The brown colour and the uncoated sides give a very good indication of the look of chocolate.The Origin Box was a finalist in the ECMA/Pro Carton European packaging award competition in 2014.

    “We have learned from experience that only virgin fibre is good enough for this type of packaging,” comments Erwin Heeren, an experienced purchaser at Du Caju. “In choosing materials we also get support from our customer, Barry Callebaut, who tests all packaging materials for up to sixty days in its own sensory laboratory.”

    As a purchaser he must also keep up to date with both the environmental debate and the discussion about how mineral oils in recycled-fibre-based materials can contaminate packaged foods.

    “We are following the mineral oil debate with great interest, as are our most knowledgeable customers,” Erwin Heeren says. “However, we are not seeing any increased demand for traceability certificates for paperboard materials – neither FSC nor PEFC. That demand is constant at between three and five per cent of our total volume.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    19.02.2015   Xeikon announces further expansion in Asia Pacific with the opening of its first ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Technology Center

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce its first Technology Center in Asia Pacific. The offices are based in Malaysia and testify of the strategic focus and continuous growth Xeikon is experiencing in this region. The official inauguration earlier this week was well attended by Xeikon customers from the label, folding carton and document & commercial markets, and presided over by Mr. Cheong Kok Wai, the President of the Selangor & Federal Territory Chinese Printing Presses Association, Mr. Dato Koay Hean Beow, President of the Malaysian Printing Association and Mr. Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon.

    “We are seeing unprecedented growth in Asia Pacific,” comments Maes. “Xeikon is expanding fast in this region and we find it very important to build and foster close bonds with our customers there. The brand new state-of-the-art 450 sqm facility will help us achieve these goals as it will be addressing the business and educational demands of our customers for more testing, benchmarking and product demonstrations. It will enable us to fully support the growing needs of the local industry.”

    The new Technology Center features Xeikon’s extensive portfolio of presses and suites for labels and packaging applications as well as for document and commercial printing applications. On display, is the Xeikon 3050 digital press, its wide web entry-level press of the Xeikon 3000 Series. The Xeikon 3050 press is designed specifically for label and packaging converters who need a wider web width for the production of their prime label, folding carton, promotional and transfer applications.

    “Xeikon is building a strong sales channel network in Asia supported by a long-standing market and industry knowledge. Through a vast array of digital solutions offering flexibility, quality and creativity, Xeikon helps its customers to stay ahead of developing trends. The new Malaysia-based Technology Center will allow us to further improve our service to new and existing customers in the region,” concludes Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC).

    Future visitors and customers will also have the chance to view Xeikon’s large set of solution suites developed in collaboration with its global network of Aura partners. The suites respond perfectly to the needs of some of the fastest growing digital printing niches.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    19.02.2015   Speedscreen future-proofs its business with Esko    ( Company news )

    Company news Investment in Esko Kongsberg C digital finishing platform to help maintain 30% year-on-year growth

    Esko is pleased to announce that Speedscreen’s £1m investment program included the addition of a fully-featured super-wide Kongsberg C digital finishing system. Specialized in posters, POP displays, POS and signage, Speedscreen is one of UK’s leading large format printers with a £2.2m annual turnover. The company is no stranger to adopting cutting-edge technology. As an example, it was the first in Europe to install the Durst Rho 1012 large format printer. And it was now again among the first to acquire an Esko Kongsberg C64.

    “We have experienced year-on-year growth of over 30% during the last 12 months, and we are striving to equal that this year with the help of the Esko Kongsberg C64,” comments Tim Hill, Speedscreen Managing Director. “Esko’s solutions are a key component of our growth strategy. They allow us to be faster, more responsive, have tighter controls over margins and offer a more creative service. It future-proofs our business.” A video and more details on how Speedscreen is putting its Esko Kongsberg C table at work to increased finishing capacity and quality can be viewed on the company’s website: www.speedscreen.net/services/kongsberg/.

    Continued trust
    Speedscreen first introduced the Esko Kongsberg technology into its production platform six years ago with a Kongsberg i-XL44. Following its investment in the Durst large format printer, the firm required a larger finishing solution to keep up with production output and turned to Esko, its trusted long-time partner, for a solution.

    “The fact is that not long ago, customers didn’t care what equipment you had. Now they are paying attention and they see that you are investing in the ability to serve them better,” says Hill. “With our recent investments, we have systems in place that take advantage of the very latest in technology. We are second to none in the UK in that regard. And we have new customers coming to us because of the solutions we have. In addition to helping win new business, these investments also make our relationships with existing customers much stronger.”

    Speedscreen’s investment also included Esko ArtiosCAD structural packaging design software and i-cut Suite preflighting and workflow solution for large format printing. “These software solutions help us smooth out workflow and save time in design. In addition, we can better plan job ganging and nesting for the most economical material use. We will also be able to further develop the design side of the business with activities such as creating outers,” states Hill.

    True 3.2m wide format capability
    The Kongsberg C64 works with 3.210 mm by 3.200 mm long materials, making it the perfect fit for large format printers, and also for Speedscreen this was an important investment criteria. “The Durst printer massively increased our throughput, and it quickly became evident that our bottleneck would be finishing,” explains Hill. “We looked at a number of options. The Esko Kongsberg C64 was the only table with a full 3.2m work space; the others we considered offered two separate work spaces but were not able to handle a full 3.2m x 3.2m sheet. The Kongsberg is also engineered for heavy-duty performance and includes a powerful 3kw router. All around it was a much better proposition than we found with other solutions in the marketplace. And we were also very comfortable staying with an Esko solution based on our past experience.”

    “Digital runs are getting longer and we needed a digital finishing solution that could manage those longer runs, allowing us to complete them in-house instead of subcontracting the work out. The Kongsberg C64 fits the bill perfectly,” continues Hill. “The installation made an immediate impact. A job we did on a Zünd table took us 32 minutes per sheet but only 12 minutes on the Kongsberg. That type of performance speaks for itself. We can process work faster and retain better margins because of the speed and the fact that we can keep more work in house. This makes us more competitive.”

    The Esko Kongsberg C64 also offers another operational gain when processing rolls of substrates, Hill says: “We can roll media straight from the table so there is no need to remove it from the core. The result is much smoother throughput which increases productivity. We can even run two rolls side by side, giving us maximum productivity every day.” He explains a key attraction was the variety of applications and substrates the Esko Kongsberg C64 can handle, ensuring Speedscreen can deliver a broad product offering. This includes knife and kiss cutting paper, card, display board, plastics, polyprop, foamex and self-adhesive PVC with extreme accuracy, as well as handling Kappa, thick corrugated and foam boards, Perspex and ACM (Dibond) up to 20 mm thick. Mr. Hill adds that the Kongsberg also creases very accurate traces, while Esko’s i-cut technology ensures accurate registration.

    As for the anticipated return on investment, Mr. Hill concludes, “At 50%, the residuals on the old table were very impressive. We see no reason why the new table won’t offer the same ROI.”
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    19.02.2015   24th IMPS - International Munich Paper Symposium    ( Company news )

    Company news In 5 weeks from now the 24th IMPS, one of the major annual European conferences in paper technology, the IMPS - INTERNATIONAL MUNICH PAPER SYMPOSIUM is going to take place in the modern Sheraton München Arabellapark Conference Center from 11-13 March 2015. The theme of the meeting is “Progress in Board and Paper Technology”, and while almost all of the papers are going to be presented by board mills and paper mills, it will be clear that papermaking equipment and innovations designed to improve the performance of paper, board and printing machines play a very important role.

    As you may notice from the programme, all presentations deal with first important results of technological improvements directly from board, paper, and tissue mills.
    The IMPS is always focused on specific topics related to the paper manufacturing and paper supplying industry. In contrast to many very large conferences, the IMPS will host not more than about 450 participants, in a superb first class atmosphere. It is intended to provide an international platform for people engaged in the field of board, paper and printing technology. The conference will be bilingual (English+German) with highest quality simultaneous translation.
    Registration can easily be done online or via written form at www.paper-online.de. The fee of 1440 Euro plus VAT includes a number of services: simultaneous translation German/English, internet access to abstracts, presentations as files, superb lunches and a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, and, as far as places are available, an interesting mill tour or a visit to the well known paper institutes of Munich University of Applied Sciences and, finally, on Thursday evening a fascinating cultural event.

    Munich University of Applied Sciences hosts one of the biggest European international paper departments for students from all over the world and offers since 2004 the Master of Engineering in Paper Technology completely taught in English.
    Please be aware that the IMPS 2013 and IMPS 2014 with more than 450 participants, from > 220 companies and from 26 countries were completely sold out and this year almost 200 companies have already registered.
    (IMPS Management Ltd.&Co. KG)
     
    19.02.2015   Stora Enso completes the divestment of its Uetersen Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has completed the divestment announced on 13 December 2014 of its Uetersen specialty and coated fine paper mill in Germany to a company mainly owned by the private equity fund Perusa Partners Fund 2.

    “We have now successfully completed the divestment of our Uetersen Mill. I am confident that Perusa Partners will be able to develop the mill further and ensure long-term future success in Uetersen. We will continue our strategic transformation into a renewable materials growth company focusing on customers and innovation," says Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo).

    The loss on disposal amounted to approximately EUR 30 million and was recorded as a non-recurring item in Stora Enso’s fourth quarter 2014 operating profit.

    The transaction will enhance Stora Enso’s operational EBIT and cash flow from the second quarter of 2015. Based on 2014 annual figures, the divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 140 million. It will also reduce Stora Enso’s annual paper production capacity by around 240 000 tonnes. Uetersen Mill employs approximately 400 people.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    19.02.2015   Valmet to supply equipment for fluff conversion project at Domtar's Ashdown pulp and paper mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has been selected by Domtar to supply the equipment and technical services to convert a paper machine from uncoated freesheet to fluff pulp at the mill located in Ashdown, Arkansas, USA.

    The delivery is part of Domtar's USD 160 million project to re-purpose the A64 paper machine. The rebuilt machine is scheduled to begin operation in the third quarter of 2016. This order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of Valmet's delivery will not be disclosed.

    "Valmet has been a trusted vendor-partner of ours, one that understands our business and delivers top-quality equipment and services that help our company succeed," says Jack Bray, Domtar's Vice President Manufacturing, Region 2. "We're glad to work with a supplier that shares our commitment to safety and sustainability, as well as performance, in creating world-class fiber products."

    "Valmet has extensive experience in repurposing pulp and paper assets, especially in the production of fluff pulp. As we did during the Plymouth NC5 conversion, we worked closely with Domtar to optimize the technical solution that would meet their project objectives, including world class quality standards and high efficiency runnability," says Frank Swietlik, General Manager, Pulp Dryers and Baling, Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    The scope of the Valmet delivery includes a new wet end, upgrades to existing cylinder dryer section, a new fully automated reel and a new OptiWin Pulp winder. Also included is a bypass run to a new cutter-layboy with an automated bale handling line.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    18.02.2015   Mimaki launches the CFL-605RT Compact Flatbed Cutting Plotter ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for small lot and prototype packaging

    Mimaki, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, today launches the CFL-605RT Compact Flatbed Cutting Plotter that offers both creasing and cutting and will enable operations to create and deliver high quality, cost-effective, designs, smoothly and quickly. The CFL-605RT is designed with Mimaki’s well-established technology to support immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes with multiple functions.

    “There is growing demand for on-demand production of prototypes and small lots, both for products and their packaging,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “This includes fast, efficient prototyping and production of samples as well as small lots of products and packaging that may be modified to reflect different seasonal and regional requirements. There are promotional and special event opportunities, too. In particular, we believe markets such as cosmetics and luxury items will benefit from the ability to produce highly responsive eye-catching packaging with short lead times. Our solutions are specifically designed to meet that need, and we are excited to witness the impact we believe they will have on the market as brand owners and converters alike learn about their many benefits.”

    New to the Market

    The newest addition to Mimaki’s family of cutting plotters, the CFL-605RT, is a multifunction flatbed plotter that accommodates material sizes up to A2 extra and features a variety of functions including creasing and eccentric, tangential and reciprocating cutting. Used in combination with the UJF-6042, the new compact flatbed cutting plotter can achieve on-demand production of the original goods by providing the whole production process, including printing onto goods and packages, and cutting of cushioning materials.

    - The eccentric cutter has a maximum cutting thickness of 1 mm with an optimal downforce setting between 30 and 1,000 g.

    - The tangential cutter features a maximum cutting thickness of 2 mm with high downforce pressure, including materials such as reflective vinyl and rubber sheets.

    - The reciprocating cutter has a maximum 10 mm cutting thickness for materials such as foam or cardboard and uses a vertical reciprocating motion.

    - The creasing roller creases materials for a perfect package. Downforce pressures are adjustable from 500 to 1,000 g.

    Horsten adds, “We are also developing a complete end-to-end solution that will not only reduce the time required for prototyping and small lot production, but will also significantly reduce costs and enable a faster time to market. In many cases, these functions can be performed in-house, eliminating outsourcing and further reducing cycle time. These latest portfolio additions are an outstanding example of our mantra of ‘Let’s Create… Together!’ coming to life.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    18.02.2015   ETS Chairman Roberto Berardi to detail tissue market prospects at Tissue World    ( Company news )

    Company news Insights on the superior hygiene performance of tissue products

    Picture: Roberto Berardi, Chairman

    The superior hygiene performance of tissue products and the benefits they present will be discussed by ETS chairman, Roberto Berardi, as a guest speaker at Tissue World, 17 - 19 March 2015, Fira Barcelona, Spain. The presentation will take place on March 17th, 2015, from 12h until 12h30 and will reference the latest scientific studies that discovered that jet air and warm hand dryers can disperse bacteria into the air and onto users and bystanders. This has significant implications for cleaning, facility and hospitality managers responsible for equipping washrooms in public places.

    The studies led by experts Professor Mark Wilcox and Keith Redway of the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospital and the University of Westminster, were funded by ETS. The studies compared different hand drying methods and their potential to spread bacteria from hands into the air. Jet-air dryers were found to spread greater numbers of bacteria-carrying water droplets that travelled further than other drying methods. In addition, the bacteria remained present in the air long after the dryer has stopped.

    Mr. Berardi will also touch on the consensus statement made by leading European microbiologists and hospital hygienists. The scientists reviewed evidence that hand drying using single use towels rather than electric dryers leads to lower numbers of microbes on hands and in the washroom (both in the air and on surfaces). It concludes that the choice of hand drying methods should take into account the risk of contaminating the hands, other individuals and the washroom, especially in settings where hygiene is very important. The consensus statement provides sound advice for those offering services to offices, manufacturing plants and all workplaces to provide clients with a washroom environment that upholds the highest standards of hygiene.
    (ETS European Tissue Symposium)
     
    18.02.2015   Klabin starts up new paper machine in Goiana (PE)    ( Company news )

    Company news With an investment of R$ 360 million, the Plant will raise production capacity from 50 thousand tons/year to 160 thousand tons/year

    Klabin has announced the operational start-up of Paper Machine 24, installed in the Goiana Plant, in Pernambuco. With this new machine, the Plant is tripling its recycled paper production, hiking capacity from 50 thousand tons/year to 160 thousand tons/year. This new capacity, added to the increase of 15 thousand tons with the rebuild of Paper machine 21, in Piracicaba (SP), will enable Klabin to reach a total production of 270 thousand tons/year of recycled paper in 2015.

    “The Northeast region is showing consumption growth in sectors such as industrialized foods, fruits and civil construction, where we hold the position of important packaging suppliers. Klabin is the market leader in all the segments, in which it operates, and it is extremely important for our business to strengthen the company’s presence in this region”, points out Fabio Schvartsman, the CEO of Klabin.

    During this cycle of investments in packaging paper, Klabin has made a number of expansions in production capacity since 2013. In November of 2013, it inaugurated Paper Machine 23 for production of 80 thousand tons/year of sack kraft, at the Correia Pinto Plant (SC). Last year the company concluded an expansion of Paper Machine 9, at the Monte Alegre Plant (PR), to boost its production of cartonboard by 50 thousand tons/year and added 35 thousand tons/year of kraft paper to the production of Paper Machine 14 in Angatuba (SP). With these, Klabin will achieve a production capacity of 2 million tons/year of paper in 2015.

    To complete this cycle, construction works proceed at a fast pace on the new Ortigueira Mill (Puma Project), which should come on stream at the beginning of 2016 and will raise Klabin’s capacity from 2 million tons/year of paper to 3.5 million tons/year of pulp and paper. As a result, the company will have doubled its production capacity in the period between 2013 and 2016.
    (IKPC Indústrias Klabin de Papel e Celulose S.A.)
     
    18.02.2015   Modular Digital Amplifier DCX with PROFINET - Interface    ( Company news )

    Company news PROFINET is becoming the new standard interface for many applications because only one cable is necessary for most communication and switching functions. Also in the field of force and web tension measurement PROFINET technology is gaining increasing acceptance. With the new modular digital
    Amplifier- DCX HAEHNE offers a PROFINET interface for the conversion of up eight measurement signals for high-speed transmission rates.

    The following advantages of special significance in the industrial Environment:
    - Very fast cycling time for time critical applications
    - Convenient set-up in PROFINET networks
    - Conversion of up to eight measurement signals and additional input signals

    We would be pleased to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your application.
    (Haehne Elektronische Messgeräte GmbH)
     
    18.02.2015   Show debut for latest Truepress at Hunkeler Innovationdays    ( Company news )

    Company news Screen’s latest high-speed web-fed inkjet press, the Truepress Jet520HD, will be the centrepiece of the Screen exhibit at this year’s Hunkeler Innovationdays (Messe Lucerne, 23rd to 26th February).

    The Truepress Jet520HD will print “live” alongside a standard Truepress Jet520, producing a variety of commercial print applications, including high-quality cookery books and short-run magazines. In addition, the Screen Truepress Jet520HD will also be used to produce the complete set of Hunkeler brochures in five different languages. The commercial work will be saddle-stitched on the Screen stand while the cookery books will be perfect-bound on the Hunkeler/Horizon stand. In addition the two presses will print a ticketing application for the Hunkeler laser perforating line.

    Setting a new benchmark in quality and flexibility
    The 520mm-wide Truepress Jet520HD, a major extension of Screen’s inkjet press line-up, will be making its exhibition debut following its launch in September last year. Designed from the ground up to offer market-leading print quality on a wider range of materials, the press incorporates a new paper transport system, new drying techniques, new printheads capable of producing variable-size droplets, and new screening technologies that make the most of new high-density, wide-gamut inks.

    The result is a high-speed, high-quality press designed to deliver the highest product flexibility through an unrivalled combination of speeds and resolutions (from 50 m/min at 1200x1200dpi to 120 m/min at 600x600dpi) and the widest range of substrates (from 40gsm to 250gsm). Screen Europe’s VP of Marketing added “The press is already producing outstanding results at our European early adopter (Nic Oud, in the Netherlands), they have been particularly pleased with the vibrancy of the colours and the consistency of the results and we look forward to demonstrating this at HID.”

    New software tools boost productivity
    Screen will also show a new version of the EQUIOS workflow software, specifically developed to exploit the superb print quality of the Truepress Jet520HD. New features include In-RIP Smart Imposition, ICC Profile Editor and Spot Colour Editor. Using the latest Adobe core, EQUIOS can process all levels of variable data at the full engine speed. In addition, Screen will show a redesigned version of its highly-regarded Jetinspection camera-based security system that is fully integrated into EQUIOS. Jetinspection undertakes real-time, full-pixel and full-colour comparison of the printed result to the RIP data, which gives a complete guarantee of content as well as providing the basis of an automated reprint workflow.

    Screen’s Smart Book Solution is a new feature of EQUIOS that provides a sophisticated automated on-demand book printing workflow, from processing and imposition of files at input, through printing to book binding and finishing.
    (Screen Europe)
     
    18.02.2015   Biomass plant now operational at Delipapier Frouard in France    ( Company news )

    Company news Another important step forward in Delipapier’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gases. An overall investment of approximately 6.5 million Euros. -13,500t CO2 emitted into the atmosphere

    Delipapier Frouard’s new biomass plant is now operational. The overall investment for the plant was approximately 6.5 million Euros. The works are part of the BCIAT 2011 project (Biomasse Chaleur Industrie, Agriculture et Tertiaire) launched by ADEME (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie) to encourage the industry to produce thermal energy using biomass.
    The plant is used to produce thermal energy in the form of saturated steam and provide approximately 60% of the plant’s overall need; it has a power of 9.24 MW and is powered by a mixture of wood chip
    (approximately 80% of the entire fuel supply) and spent wood.
    This is yet another important step forward in Delipapier’s strategy – the French Sofidel subsidiary – to reduce greenhouse gases, with the aim of cutting over 6,800,000 cubic metres of gas and reducing
    CO2 emissions by over 13,500 tonnes annually.
    To optimise performance, the plant is also equipped with a system for recovering the heat energy from the flue gas coming out of the combustion chamber. By recovering this energy, the overall performance
    of the plant is further improved and the amount of biomass consumed can be reduced.
    Special attention has been paid to the flue gas processing section of the plant: a cyclone system reduces the amount of flue ash emitted into the air. This is complemented by a bag filter that captures
    the finer particles of ash.
    Delipapier has also asked the supplier of the plant, Bono Sistemi, to continuously monitor emissions from the plant and to intervene if necessary to optimise performance.
    Delipapier is a member of Sofidel Group, the second largest tissue paper manufacturer in Europe.
    (Délipapier sas)
     
    18.02.2015   SUN Automation to Unveil Unique Customer Approach at CCE International    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: SUN625® Rotary Die Cutter

    SUN Automation Group®, a recognised leader in the global corrugated sector, will be creating a stir at the CCE International Corrugated and Carton Exhibition (10-12 March, Munich) on stand no 648 with a unique new approach to solving customers’ feeding, printing and converting challenges.

    The company, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, provides corrugated box plants worldwide with technologies that help to increase production quality, efficiency and profitability. With an unequalled portfolio of solutions SUN Automation is in the ideal position to guide box plants towards the most appropriate equipment for their needs, whether digital or flexographic.

    Rob Dal Lago, SUN Automation’s General Manager EMEA, explained: “There are significant developments under way in the corrugated sector and many box plants are poised to invest to gain competitive edge but, with such revolutionary progress being made in digital printing, are undecided on the best way forward. That’s where SUN Automation comes in, offering a unique new approach called ‘Total Print Solutions’.

    “Not only can we offer the cutting edge CorrStream® range of high output single pass digital printers, but we also have 30 years’ experience in retrofitting innovative technologies to transform corrugated equipment from the ‘Inside Out’. We can match our portfolio – which also includes flexographic ink systems for machinery from almost every OEM – to a box plant’s objectives and, crucially, their budget to help them improve quality and performance, in order to be competitive whilst they manoeuvre the fast approaching digital path ahead of them.

    “SUN Automation is in the unique position to provide for, and support, our customers throughout this groundbreaking journey. We believe that no other supplier to the corrugated sector can offer this unrivalled combination of digital and analogue systems choice, expertise and customer service.”

    At CCE, SUN Automation will be hosting presentations and interactive displays, alongside a demonstration model of the company’s new chambered ink system, Accuprint®.

    Visit SUN Automation on stand 648 at CCE International.
    (Sun Automation Group)
     
    17.02.2015   ANDRITZ to supply nonwovens line for production of flushable wipes to Akinal Sentetik Tekstil, Turke    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: ANDRITZ neXline wetlace: high-capacity production of flushable wipes

    ANDRITZ Nonwoven, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order to supply a complete wetlace line to the leading Turkish nonwovens producer Akinal Sentetik Tekstil.

    The highly flexible ANDRITZ technology combines wet forming and hydroentanglement and is especially suitable for the production of flushable wipes that are dispersible and 100% biodegradable without any chemical binder. Start-up of the line is scheduled for 2016.

    ANDRITZ neXline wetlace is designed for high production capacities of up to 15,000 tons per year and integrates stock preparation, wet forming, and hydroentanglement. The ANDRITZ wetlace technology fulfills the highest environmental standards for the end products and produces certificated nonwovens quality according to the latest EDANA/INDA guidelines for flushable wipes.
    (Andritz AG)
     

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