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    03.07.2015   KOALAbyOMETTM: the changing of the embossing as a true selling point    ( Company news )

    Company news The introduction of magnetic plates in replacement of embossing cylinders makes the changing of embossing, one of the most demanding operations in the domain of tissue converting, simple and low-cost. Let us explain how.

    KOALAbyOMETTM is OMET’s revolutionary embossing change system through magnetic plates having its Premiere during iT’s tissue 2015.

    In KOALAbyOMETTM the changing of the embossing takes place through the replacement of two magnetic plates (and not the whole cylinder), coupled, placed on a plain embossing cylinder. In practice, the operator no longer has to handle the heavy embossing cylinders, but simply apply to them - which remain in a fixed position on the machine - the magnetic plates bearing the design of the chosen embossing.

    Using the embossing unit KOALAbyOMETTM, the costs of equipment costs are lowered by 90 percent or more and their procurement times are shortened, thus eliminating the risk of receiving uncompliant cylinders. Moreover, it is not necessary anymore to use of lifting hoists and warehouses for the embossing tools. Preparation and register of the embossing also become quicker to perform. The plates, entering coupled onto the cylinder, are automatically in register and immediately operational.
    The dramatic costs cut of embossing broadens the boundaries in terms of customization options. It becomes possible, in fact, to create any type of customized embossing/printing to emphasize written texts and images at minimum cost and with short delivery times! Very interesting also the possible combination of KOALAbyOMETTM with the digital printing unit CHAMELEONbyOMETTM for on-demand printing and embossing.
    KOALAbyOMETTM is a modular system which makes the embossing a strategic variable in the management of customer requests thanks to the wide possibilities of customization.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    03.07.2015   Tissue World Jakarta: The contrasting implications of deforestation in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news The pulp and paper industry in Indonesia has long been linked to forest clearance, habitat destruction, and haze-causing forest fires. Plagued by the highest rate of deforestation on the planet (Source: TIME magazine, July 2014), Indonesia is also the second biggest world exporter of tissue paper jumbo rolls.

    Are we hopelessly witnessing the unfolding of a catastrophe or is the country acting on it?
    After years of being under scrutiny for their practices, key players of the pulp and paper industry have pledged to commit to zero deforestation across their supply chains. But while companies have vowed to implement policies to ensure sustainable sourcing of raw materials, we are yet to see how far this will be achieved. How actually committed is the pulp industry to go deforestation-free? What are the factors that might pose as an obstacle to achieve this goal and how will tissue manufacturers react to the mounting pressure of green activists if the target is not met in the near future? Will these policies affect the relevant competitive and comparative advantage the Indonesian pulp industry demonstrates? Can the government also play a part by providing a more beneficial business climate?

    Come join us at Tissue World Jakarta during 28 - 30 October 2015 and get precious first-hand information on these and many other controversial topics.
    (UBM Asia)
     
    03.07.2015   Paul Christensson - Vice Chairman of Södra    ( Company news )

    Company news Paul Christensson (photo) has been appointed new Vice Chairman of Södra's Board. Paul Christensson, born in 1959, has been a member of Södra's Board since 2010.

    His previous assignments include Chairman of the Västra Götaland branch of the Federation of Swedish Farmers, and he is currently Chairman of Agroväst and a member of the Supervisory Council for the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland.

    Södra's previous Vice Chairman, Anders Grennborg, stepped down from his position on the Board at the Annual General Meeting on 19 May.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    03.07.2015   Flint Group finds the easy way to create flat top dots    ( Company news )

    Company news nyloflex® FTF Digital – an inherently flat top plate with special, textured surface for flexible packaging

    Flat top dot and surface screening technologies provide high quality print results in flexo printing, but the reproduction still requires a complex prepress process and extensive plate making with additional steps and equipment. Flint Group Flexographic Products now introduces a new and easy way to achieve the same results – with the nyloflex® FTF Digital plate for flexible packaging.

    FTF stands for Flat Top Dot plate for Flexible Packaging. The new flexo plate provides flat top dots by simply processing it like any standard digital plate; no change, no additional equipment, processing step or consumable item is required. A special, textured plate surface eliminates the need for time consuming surface screening. The texture of the plate provides an even ink laydown and increases solid ink density with just a standard resolution of 2,400 or 2,540 dpi. Following the easy way allows achieving a significant reduction in complexity and increased efficiency in the prepress and plate making process. The nyloflex® FTF Digital is the first commercially available product providing such unique features.

    nyloflex® FTF Digital plates display the advantages of flat top dot geometry, such as less dot gain variation resulting in improved production consistency, as well as a reduced bump-up, while reaching the first stable tonal values of e.g., 1.2% at 60 L/cm (152 lpi) thus increasing image contrast. Extensive field trials showed a significant improvement of the typical trail edge void effect with the use of the nyloflex® FTF Digital plate.

    The new photopolymer flexo printing plate, nyloflex® FTF Digital, will be available to the market in the thicknesses of 1.14 mm (.045”) and 1.70 mm (.067”) in July 2015.
    (Flint Group Germany GmbH)
     
    03.07.2015   DS SMITH PLC – 2014/15 FULL YEAR RESULTS Continued momentum in performance, scale ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...and quality of the business

    Highlights
    -Strong growth in profits, returns and dividends, despite FX headwinds
    -Organic corrugated box volume growth of +3.1%
    oAcceleration in H2
    oMarket share gains
    -Strengthened the quality of the business portfolio and continued value creation from acquisitions
    o Four acquisitions announced in the year
    -Continued delivery against all our medium-term targets
    oSignificant improvement in return on sales and ROACE
    oStrong cashflow and working capital performance
    oNet debt reduced to £651 million, 1.49x EBITDA

    Miles Roberts (photo), Group Chief Executive, commented:
    “This has been another good year for DS Smith. In a fast changing retail and consumer environment, packaging is more relevant than ever. The progress in the business with customers is evidenced by accelerating volume growth, together with increased margins and returns, from our unique and enhanced offering.
    We also have momentum behind developing our business portfolio to improve the quality of our business. We have been delighted with the positive customer reaction to our recent acquisitions. The progress we continue to make with global customers, together with the opportunities we see for growth as we expand our international reach and offer ing, gives us confidence to increase our medium-term margin
    target by 100 basis points, and, notwithstanding the continued challenging market environment, we remain excited about the prospects for the business.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    02.07.2015   Pöyry awarded Environmental Impact Assessment services assignment by Finnpulp Oy for...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... planned pulp mill in Finland

    Photo: Nicholas Oksanen, President at Pöyry, Industry Business Group

    Finnpulp Oy has awarded Pöyry with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) assignment for a planned pulp mill project in Kuopio, Finland. The assessment program includes Finnpulp Oy's plans on the various implementation alternatives for the mill project and a plan on the environmental impacts to be assessed. In addition to the construction and operation of the pulp mill itself, the assessment procedure will cover the essential auxiliary activities required by the mill such as road and rail connections and the power transmission network.

    Finnpulp Oy is planning to realise the world's largest softwood pulp mill investment in Kuopio, Finland. The total amount of the investment is EUR 1.4 billion. The basis for all Finnpulp operations is to become the most efficient and modern producer of softwood pulp in the world. Producing market pulp, the mill is scheduled to start operation by the end of 2019.

    The annual production capacity of this pulp mill, designed specifically to produce raw materials for the tissue and packaging board industries, is 1.2 million tons. In addition, it will produce bioelectricity and wood-based biochemicals such as tall oil and turpentine. It is estimated that the mill will use about 6.7 million cubic meters of wood raw material per year.

    "It was easy and smooth to continue the EIA with Pöyry after the prefeasibility study of the pulp mill. At Pöyry the industrial and environmental knowledge is combined in a way that suits Finnpulp's requirements", says Timo Piilonen, Project Director of Finnpulp.

    "The traditional pulp & paper industry is in transition towards a bio-based product business. As the world's leading pulp and paper engineering consultancy, we are proud to support our clients in this transition towards more sustainable solutions. Pöyry is honored to be able to support Finnpulp in the development of this remarkable project", says Nicholas Oksanen, President, Industry Business Group.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in Q2/2015.
    (Pöyry Plc)
     
    02.07.2015   Production open-house at KBA in Würzburg a resounding success    ( Company news )

    Company news A turnout of 1,000 amazed KBA employees on day two following 50 VIPs

    Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) invited representatives from the world of politics, science, business and the media as well as active and former employees to two production open days at its main plant in Würzburg, Germany, on 12 and 13 June. This came just some two years before the celebrations for the company’s 200th jubilee in September 2017. Around 50 prominent guests and almost 1,000 KBA staff and their families were amazed by how concealed behind the site’s walls the cradle of press engineering has been fundamentally modernised as part of the realignment in place since 2014, especially as the media has often reported negatively on print and the press engineering industry recently.

    As KBA CEO and president Claus Bolza-Schünemann made clear on Friday when talking about the development of the company to external guests, the management board believes in the solid future of print in all its diversity despite the necessary company realignment due to media shifts. Along with setbacks for traditional print media, he mentioned that there are certainly also growing print markets. These range from all kinds of packaging and different kinds of digitally produced prints to industrial printing of decoration and laminates.

    Well-positioned for growing print markets
    The KBA group has a very broad portfolio and is well-placed in growing packaging and industrial print markets. KBA continues to rely on its extensive expertise in tailor-made press technology for various markets and substrates ranging from paper to board and metal, corrugated, film and glass. With an eye on the future in recent years KBA has invested a figure in the double-digit millions in its main facility in Würzburg in parallel to personnel adjustments. New halls for manufacturing and the foundry as well as a new design centre were erected. In 2014 and in recent months highly efficient machines for precision machining large parts were installed and the reorganisation of production and assembly islands including logistics took place which entailed a raft of relocations. The visiting external experts and KBA staff who hadn’t seen the plant from the inside for a long time were impressed by the facility’s technical equipment and the new ergonomic work spaces for assembly.

    Precision manufacturing also for other machinery engineers
    Along with components for KBA presses, the specialists in Würzburg also cast and manufacture precision parts today for prominent external mechanical engineering and plant manufacturers. The new business unit KBA-Industrial Solutions aims to extend its order manufacturing services to other companies. As well as producing various components made of casting, steel or metal, this KBA company is also able to offer assembly, engineering and logistic services. It is thus an interesting partner for other machine manufacturers looking to outsource or in the event of capacity shortages. Accordingly, in addition to Würzburg KBA has also invested strongly in its plant in Radebeul including latest surface coating technology for cylinders and rotating parts.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    02.07.2015   Logson Group Completes Acquisition of Jardin Corrugated Cases    ( Company news )

    Company news The Logson Group, the UK's largest independent supplier of corrugated packaging, announces the acquisition of Jardin Corrugated Cases, an independent integrated facility based in Ely Cambridgeshire.

    Jardin Corrugated Cases has a turnover in excess of £15m, with a leading position within the horticultural sector. Delivering a high service offering, primarily focussed within the South East Region.

    Kevin Hennessy, Jardin Managing Director, who will continue to lead the business, commented: "I am personally delighted we have found such an ideal fit. In joining Logson, we have the security of being part of an excellent Group, with a first class reputation in our industry. The Logson culture will allow us to maintain our independent flair, backed by the financial strength and scale of the UK's 4th largest player. We have exciting plans for our business moving forward and this move can only enhance our offering to both existing and new customers."

    Alex Kelly (photo), CEO of Logson Group added: "The acquisition of Jardin, in addition to our £15m investment plan this year, is a clear indication of our continued desire to grow within the UK market. Jardin represents our first step into the integrated sector, as well as enhancing our regional profile in the South East."

    Jardin will join the three existing Logson brands of Board24, Boxes and Packaging and Cases24. Collectively they form a unique mix of companies offering a full range of corrugated packaging solutions from 17 locations across the UK.
    (Logson Group)
     
    02.07.2015   Liansheng BM 8 convinces with a stable and efficient first year of production     ( Company news )

    Company news Stable and productive was the performance of the Voith supplied Liansheng BM 8 board machine during the first year at Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry Co., Ltd. in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China. Convinced by the performance of the Liansheng BM 8, the Vice General Manager of Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry, Xue Rongjun, said, “Voith’s vast technological experience, high system efficiency and low operating costs are quite attractive.”

    The remarkably smooth cooperation between Voith and Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry resulted in planned daily production being reached less than two months after start-up. Furthermore, daily production has continued to exceed expectations.

    With a 7,300 mm wire width and 1,100 m/min design speed, the Liansheng BM 8 produces White Lined Chipboard in a basis weight range of 200 to 450 g/m² and coated White Top Testliner from 175 to 200 g/m². The yearly production will reach 700,000 tons.

    With the advantage of Voith’s DF Coat curtain coating technology, which allows that virgin fibers can be replaced by secondary fibers for the coating layer, the BM 8 can produce board and packaging paper grades from 100% secondary fibers. This will help to achieve Fujian Liansheng Industry’s aims for recycling, resource conservation and sustainable development. At the same time, Voith has improved production properties so that whiteness and optical properties can be optimized as required with a much smoother surface.

    Voith also delivered an automation package including the Machine Control System (MCS) and the Quality Control System (QCS). Also included in the scope of supply after start-up were fabrics, services for training, and technological support.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    02.07.2015   Metso receives comprehensive valve solutions order for Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill expansion ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...in Sweden

    Metso has been chosen as the main supplier of valve solutions for Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill expansion in Sweden. The extensive valve delivery includes a total of about 700 ball, segment and butterfly valves for on-off and control applications from the Neles® and Jamesbury® (photo) product portfolios. The control valves are equipped with Neles® ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which have the capability for advanced performance follow-up. To enable good service levels for Södra Cell's pulp mill and other flow control customers in Sweden, Metso opens a new valve service center in the Gothenburg area. The new service center will be operational in autumn 2015.

    The valve order for the plant was placed by Valmet, which operates as a major supplier of rebuilt and new equipment for the pulp mill expansion. On completion of the project, Värö will be one of the world's largest softwood sulphate pulp mills. The renewed pulp mill is scheduled to start up in the third quarter of 2016.

    "Metso's strong valve solutions know-how for the pulp and paper industry is unmatched and our global reference list is extensive. We are pleased that our reliable valve solutions will also support Södra Cell's mill expansion by maximizing pulp process availability and increasing efficiency. Based on our application knowledge of our experts on a well thought out valve component scope means that future valve maintenance will be easier to manage and will bring cost competitiveness for them," emphasizes Tom Adolfsson, Sales and Services Director, Sweden, Flow Control.

    "Metso continuously improves its service capability and scope of offering to help our customers ensure outstanding long-term process performance with high reliability and safety. The new service center in the Gothenburg area strengthens Metso's position to stage, test and repair large numbers of valves to meet customers' high-volume, fast-turnaround repair and service needs during scheduled plant shutdowns," Adolfsson continues.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. Part of this order is included in Metso's first-quarter 2015 orders received, and divided bookings will follow during the second and third quarters of 2015.

    Leading flow control offering and service solutions for pulp and paper customers
    Metso has a long track record of delivering engineered performance and reliability to the pulp and paper industry. Metso is the market leader in control and on-off valves for pulp and paper customers globally - about 75% of the world's pulp flows through Metso's valves. Additionally, Metso is one of the leading suppliers of intelligent valve controllers.
    Metso has strong pulp and paper industry expertise in valve solutions, and its comprehensive value-added services improve customers' process efficiency. Metso's flow control offering and services for the pulp and paper industry focus on three main areas: solving technical and process issues, improving business performance, and managing a business area. Metso's flow control services are available through more than 40 service centers worldwide, employing over 400 dedicated service professionals with in-depth valve application expertise.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    02.07.2015   ARCHROMA SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES USD 515 MILLION CREDIT FACILITIES OFFERING     ( Company news )

    Company news •Senior secured term loans and revolving credit facility of approximately USD 515 million
    • Loans to be used to refinance Archroma's existing debt and support the acquisition of BASF's textile chemicals business

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals for the textile, paper and emulsions sectors, announced that it entered into a senior secured credit agreement that provides for credit facilities totaling approximately USD 515 million.

    The credit facilities are comprised of a USD 75 million multi-currency revolving credit facility, a USD 220 million senior secured term loan and a EUR 200 million senior secured term loan.

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited and HSBC Bank plc acted as Global Coordinators, Bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers for the senior secured credit agreement. ICICI Bank UK plc acted as Bookrunner and Mandated Lead Arranger. Credit Suisse AG and UBS Switzerland AG acted as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Itau BBA International plc acted as Lead Arrangers.

    The new credit facilities will be used to refinance Archroma's existing debt, as well as to support the acquisition of BASF’s textile chemicals business announced on July 1, 2015.

    Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s have published their respective ratings for the Archroma group and its new credit facilities.

    In a report issued on June 15, 2015, Moody’s, the investor service agency, assigned a B2 corporate family rating to SK Spice Holding Sarl, the ultimate parent company of the Archroma group. Moody’s also assigned a B2 rating to the loan and credit package. The outlook on all ratings by Moody's is stable. In its report, Moody's comments that the stable outlook reflects its expectation that Archroma will maintain adequate liquidity, smoothly integrate the BASF textile chemicals business after the intended acquisition closes, and execute on its current rationalization and cost efficiency programs.

    Standard & Poor’s announced on June 18, 2015 that it had assigned a preliminary "B" long-term rating, with stable outlook, to SK Spice Holding Sarl (Archroma) and a "3" recovery rating to the term loans.

    "The successful refinancing and ratings issued by Moody's and Standard & Poor’s are consistent with Archroma's current size, revenue and profitability," comments Roland Waibel, Chief Financial Officer of Archroma. "Archroma continues to move forward on its path to becoming the preferred chemicals and dyes supplier in our industries through organic growth and acquisitions," Mr. Waibel adds. "We wanted to show an objective rating from leading agencies to allow our financial partners, as well as our customers and suppliers, to share our confidence in Archroma and its ability to deliver on its ambitions."
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    02.07.2015   Lecta to Showcase Its New Label Solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s largest event for the label industry will take place from September 29 to October 2 in Brussels

    Lecta, a leading European manufacturer and distributor of specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging, will be present at this year’s edition of “Labelexpo Europe”, where it will showcase new features in its one-side coated, metallized, cast-coated and thermal papers and pressure-sensitive materials. Lecta’s extensive range of innovative, environmentally friendly products for a wide variety of end uses makes Lecta one of the foremost suppliers of paper-based solutions worldwide.

    At Labelexpo, Adestor -Lecta’s range of self-adhesive materials- will present SA234, a new water-soluble acrylic adhesive that leaves no residue on the labeled product and that is suitable for all types of reusable transport boxes and trays as well as for other surfaces habitually used in retail such as glass, ceramic and plastic. Another major development is the 23 μm and 30 μm PET release liners for high-speed automatic labeling in the beverage, food and cosmetics sectors. Visitors to our stand will have an opportunity to learn firsthand about the range of facestock that has been designed for premium labels for wine, champagne and spirits in addition to other Adestor products, whose range of permanent adhesives is certified for direct contact with food.

    The new Metalvac E LWS paper, a light wet-strength grade for glue-applied labels of non-returnable glass (eg. single-use beer and water bottles) and plastic containers (PET water and beverage bottles) is the most recent addition to the Metalvac line of metallized papers for high-end labels used in the beverage, food and cosmetics sectors.

    “Endless possibilities” is the title of the new Creaset one-side coated paper swatchbook for labels and flexible packaging: wet-strength grades for returnable water, refreshment and beer bottles, as well as gloss papers for standard food and beverage labels and packaging, are just a few examples of the infinite possibilities that Creaset offers.

    For direct thermal printing applications, Lecta’s Termax thermal papers guarantee perfect bar code definition. Our “Label” range for self-adhesive labels consists of high-sensitivity unprotected thermal papers widely used in the food, logistics and industrial sectors.

    Eurokote is Lecta’s line of cast-coated gloss papers. Their high whiteness, smoothness and high image definition make Eurokote papers the ideal solution for cosmetics, perfume, food and beverage (wine, champagne, spirits and water) labels.

    All of Lecta’s products are manufactured in accordance with ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards and OHAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. They are available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody certifications, thereby guaranteeing that the wood used has been sustainably sourced.

    Discover Lecta’s “All You Need Is Paper” campaign at our stand at Labelexpo Europe 2015, pavilion 5, stand C15, from September 29 to October 2 in Brussels.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    01.07.2015   Duni invests in tissue capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Duni subsidiary Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB will invest approximately 110 MSEK, upgrading their two tissue machines in Skåpafors, Sweden. The investment will increase the tissue capacity at Rexcell by approximately 15% annually.

    Voith GmbH & CO KG has been selected as supplier. This will be the second installation of a new technology in the world and the first in Europe. With this investment Rexcell will have the possibility to develop a new quality standard for tissue napkins. The plan is to have the new technology installed during the second quarter of 2016.

    “As market leader in producing colored tissue for napkins we need to invest in higher efficiency and upgraded materials. This investment will give us the opportunity to develop new products in cooperation with our customers”, says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO of Duni AB.
    (Duni AB)
     
    01.07.2015   Cellulose turning into a supermaterial of the future: Broad-based cooperation multiplying the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... value of Finnish wood

    Cellulose is a supermaterial of the future. This is the view of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa, the collaboration partners who received a EUR 4.9 million strategic research opening granted by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The researchers are working together to develop new biomaterial applications within the Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2.0 project coordinated by VTT.

    The DWoC project is seeking new design-driven applications for cellulose and is developing related technology as well as exploring new ways to create value in cellulose-based ecosystems. These new materials and innovations can replace fossil-based raw materials in textile products, interior decoration elements and car interior materials.

    "The Government Programme emphasises the importance of the bioeconomy for Finland's future and economic renewal. Renewal necessitates giant research-driven leaps, strong risk taking and national investment in research and innovation funding. Wood the –"green gold" of Finland – is a renewable raw material and wood cellulose can be converted to a golden opportunity when we find new high added value applications alongside the traditional paper and pulp industry," says Project Coordinator Johanna Buchert, Vice President, Research, VTT.

    Broad cooperation is required to promote the bioeconomy and sustainable development. During the first phase of the DWoC project various ways to successfully combine design and materials research were tested. This gave rise both to preliminary product concepts and ideas and to promising technology innovations. During the course of the project yarn made directly from pulp fibre suspension was developed, for example. Manufacturing was started by Spinnova Oy at the beginning of 2015.

    Currently the second phase of the project has started in which textile applications such as 3D printing of cellulose are being developed and the application of cellulose-based materials in the built environment is being studied. In addition to new materials and products, new types of textile manufacturing equipment and processes are being developed. Tekes's funding will enable various operators to collaborate, experiment and seek innovations to create new business ideas and opportunities.

    The future commercialisation of new products and concepts is an important objective. The project will investigate formation of a value producing network of enterprises around cellulose-based material which includes, among others, design-sector companies.

    The DWoC project aims to share information about the potential of cellulose materials and to strengthen the broad-based collaboration network both in Finland and the rest of the world. In order to achieve the national objectives the participation of operators in various sectors is needed, including funders, traditional as well as new companies, research institutions and universities. There is a strong belief in Finland's future as one of the superpowers in the generation of a new cellulose industry.

    The DWoC project (31 March 2015 – 1 April 2018) has progressed to the second phase, and has received EUR 4.9 million in funding from Tekes. Research partners in the project are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Aalto Univerisity, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa's Department of Management.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
     
    01.07.2015   Hand in hand – HEPACK druck+verpackung GmbH reorganizes production with Heidelberg    ( Company news )

    Company news -Total investment of € 12 million
    -Productivity up 10 percent even during the construction phase
    -Production – new equipment, workflow, and services from a single source

    Neuenstein-based HEPACK druck+verpackung GmbH (HEPACK) has invested around € 12 million in overhauling its entire production and logistics operations. The construction work created an additional 5,000 square meters of space and the flow of goods was completely redesigned based on the lean principle. Production is now organized efficiently with two new large, format 6 presses from Heidelberg, a folding carton gluing machine, and three die cutters in a fully integrated Prinect workflow – a solution that is unique within the industry. In the first five months of the year, this resulted in a 10 percent increase in throughput despite the ongoing construction and installation work.

    Around 80 percent of HEPACK’s production is accounted for by food and confectionery manufacturers with production sites in Germany and neighboring countries, and approximately a fifth of its contracts fall under the general packaging segment. Its customers include companies such as Unilever, Dr. Oetker, and Südsalz.

    In addition to requesting production that is appropriate to use with foodstuffs, customers are making increasing demands when it comes to finishing the products. This includes a growing number of foil finishes, with gold foil particularly popular for confectionery packaging. The proportion of spot coatings with UV varnish is also growing.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH)
     
    01.07.2015   Parenco contracts with Voith to deliver rebuild of newsprint paper machine to packaging paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... production line

    Parenco B.V. has contracted with Voith to deliver the comprehensive rebuild of its stock preparation and PM 2, as well as the facility renovation at Renkum, Netherlands. The project has a completion date of August 2016. The contract followed a 10 month pre-engineering project.

    Having been idle for several years, Renkum PM 2 will be transformed
    from a newsprint machine to a modern packaging production line. This will enable Parenco to enter the market with Voith as technical partner.

    The complex, turn-key scope of work includes a new stock preparation with the rebuild and upgrade of existing equipment. The project will utilize the existing TMP and Deinking plant buildings.

    Voith will provide a rebuild of the recycled fiber plant and the Wet End Process. The paper machine will be equipped with a new two-layer headbox, NipcoFlex shoe press, SpeedFlow sizing unit and after dryer section. The Process Line Package includes all auxiliaries, electrics, DCS, starch preparation, pumps and piping, automation control system and engineering. Besides civil works and all erection, training and start-up services will be carried out by Voith.

    Once completed, the project will increase the mill's capacity by approximately 385,000 t/a, with production focused on testliner and medium grades. The conversion from newspaper to packaging grades will help to position Parenco as a highly competitive supplier in the
    packaging market, and broadens Parenco’s paper making activities.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    01.07.2015   Rottneros launches Bulk Booster which increases carton board bending stiffness by 30 percent ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... without increasing weight

    Swedish pulp manufacturer Rottneros newly developed High Yield Pulp for carton board, Bulk Booster, has been well received at several major board manufacturers. The product is already used in the commercial manufacturing of board qualities for packaging, and in a number of specialty applications.

    Carton board is a generic name for thick paper qualities used for the production of carton board for packaging of food or other products and in graphic contexts. Carton board is made from either recycled fiber or virgin fiber pulp.

    Bulk Booster has been developed by Rottneros Bruk during the last year, and has been tested at full commercial scale at several carton board manufacturers. The product is a High Yield Pulp, which is produced in Rottneros Bruk's unique production lines.

    Bulk Booster's special feature is the increases of the bulk or thickness of the carton, in this aspect it is superior to other available products. This means that you get a thicker board for the same weight of raw material in the manufacturing process. This has significant advantages when it comes to optimizing production economy in carton board production. A moderate mixing with Bulk Booster can increase the bending stiffness in carton board with up to 30 percent, says Olle Dahlin (photo), CEO at Rottneros Bruk who has visited many customers during the development period.

    Development of Bulk Booster from idea to commercial success has been a team effort within Rottneros Bruk and has involved a large part of the staff. Fredrik Danielsson, technical sales manager and Nils Hauri, production manager, who has led the development believes that the interest that carton board manufacturers demonstrated during the project, shows there is a great need for Bulk booster on the market.

    Rottneros CEO Per Lundeen says that the two mills in Rottneros Group, Vallviks Bruk and Rottneros Bruk, with their specialized pulp has been successful in its market positioning towards more and more specialized products used in paper production for non-graphic products.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
     
    01.07.2015   UPM showcases the Biofore Concept Car at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 UPM showcases the Biofore Concept Car – a truly sustainable innovation. The Biofore Concept Car is on display from 30 June until 2 July 2015 at Messe Frankfurt.

    “Forests are no longer just a source of timber, paper and pulp. When we look at the forest we see so much more. We see new biomaterials, biofuels and an endless source for truly sustainable innovations,” says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA.

    Introducing an ecological dimension into car manufacturing
    The Biofore Concept Car demonstrates the use of UPM’s innovative bio-based materials in the automotive industry. The majority of components in the Biofore Concept Car that are traditionally made of plastic are replaced by renewable UPM Formi biocomposite and thermoformable UPM Grada wood material. This leads to a significant improvement of the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing. The Biofore Concept Car was designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

    If a component is manufactured from biocomposite instead of plastic, the carbon footprint can decrease by 60%. Thanks to the lightweight and durable materials, the car weighs 150 kg less than vehicles of a comparable size, which also means reduced fuel consumption.

    The car is fuelled by wood-based renewable UPM BioVerno diesel, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. UPM BioVerno is suitable for all diesel engines, including the 1.2 litre low-emission diesel engine featured in the Biofore Concept Car.

    Continuous development – also in paper manufacturing
    “ZELLCHEMING-Expo is an ideal platform to showcase UPM’s Biofore innovations – be it the Biofore Concept Car, modern biocomposites, biodiesel, biochemicals or just our innovative and sustainable paper portfolio,” explains Bernd Eikens.
    By introducing UPM Valor, UPM Impresse and UPM ReCat to the market, UPM created new, high quality printing papers specialised on the needs of magazine publishers and advertisers. All performance papers reduce mailing and delivery costs while being more sustainable which increases the competitiveness of our customers.
    The papers are ideal for publications and print products that demand premium quality. Thanks to the efficient use of raw materials these innovative papers have lower impact on the environment making UPM one of the leading manufacturers regarding sustainability.
    The extensive paper selection of UPM includes publication and office papers as well as speciality papers for all kinds of end uses. UPM is committed to paper and believes in the coexistence of digital and print media. Paper is a true Biofore product, manufactured from renewable and recyclable materials in sustainably managed mills.
    (UPM)
     
    01.07.2015   Valmet to supply OptiConcept M fine paper making line for APRIL in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M fine paper production line for APRIL Group's Pangkalan Kerinci site in Riau Province in Indonesia. The new production line is planned to produce top quality digital-ready fine papers and it will increase the company's capability to produce value-added products from renewable resources. The start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
    The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    The first Valmet OptiConcept M line designed for fine paper production
    OptiConcept M is Valmet's modular board and paper making concept, which enables significant savings in energy, water and raw material usage. The concept has been acknowledged in Finnish Design competition in 2014.
    The new PM3 for APRIL is Valmet's first OptiConcept M delivery in Indonesia. This is also the first time when the latest OptiConcept M technology is utilized in fine paper production.

    "This technology investment increases our ability to meet the growing global demand for premium PaperOneTM products, APRIL Group's flagship paper brand. The deployment will enable new product diversification in response to consumer demand for high-value digital paper products in particular," says Tony Wenas, Managing Director of APRIL Group Indonesia Operations.

    "Valmet OptiConcept M focuses on low operating costs combined with energy-efficient and flexible production of high-quality paper grades. The technological innovations we have made, play a key role in achieving the overall efficiency of the production line," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

    Valmet's delivery includes a complete fine papermaking line from stock preparation to reel with related automation systems. A new winder is also included in the delivery. The new 7.1 m-wide (wire) machine will produce woodfree uncoated paper grades in the basis weight range of 40-120 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 900 tonnes per day and the design speed 1,400 m/min.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    30.06.2015   Valmet's strategy and financial targets unchanged and reconfirmed by the Board of Directors    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet's strategy and financial targets, which were announced on September 3, 2013 and reconfirmed on July 31, 2014, have been reconfirmed by Valmet's Board of Directors, and thus remain unchanged.

    Strategy
    Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. The company continues to focus on developing and supplying competitive technology and services to the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet is committed to moving its customers' performance forward.
    Valmet seeks to achieve its strategic targets by pursuing the following Must-Win initiatives: customer excellence, leader in technology and innovation, excellence in processes, and winning team. Valmet's vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

    Financial targets unchanged
    Valmet's financial targets remain unchanged and they are the following:
    -Net sales growth to exceed market growth
    -EBITA before non-recurring items: 6-9%
    -Return on capital employed (pre-tax), ROCE: minimum of 15%
    -Dividend payout at least 40% of net profit

    Comment from Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet:
    "Valmet has proceeded systematically in the implementation of its strategy. The EBITA margin target of 6-9 percent is still valid, and we continue the work to reach that level. The acquisition of Automation business was an important step and now we can offer unique benefits for our customers. Valmet is committed to moving our customers' performance forward," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    30.06.2015   Arkema increases hydrogen peroxide pricing in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Arkema increases its prices of all grades of Hydrogen Peroxide in Europe by 7 % effective on July 1st, 2015 or as commitments allow.

    The objective of this price increase is to continue restoring the profitability of this business, in order to allow Arkema to continue satisfying the market’s growing requirements.

    Arkema’s markets hydrogen peroxide under the brands Albone® (photo), Peroxal® and Valsterane® as oxidizing agents in a variety of applications, and primarily as bleaching agent for pulp and paper.
    (Arkema)
     
    30.06.2015   PRIVILEGED INFORMATION: Acquisition of AMS BR Star Paper S.A.     ( Company news )

    Company news Following the market release published on February 10th 2015, Portucel S.A. informs that, after the fulfillment of the necessary conditions for the conclusion of the acquisition of AMS BR Star Paper S.A. (“AMS”), its 100% owned subsidiary, About Balance S.A., acquired the entire share capital of AMS.
    (Portucel Empresa Produtora de Pasta e Papel SA)
     
    30.06.2015   DS Smith: Proposed acquisition of Grupo Lantero's corrugated business    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Plc (“DS Smith”), the leading provider of recycled corrugated packaging in Europe, is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement to acquire the corrugated activities of Grupo Lantero, including several operations in which DS Smith currently has a minority holding.

    The business is a well-invested Iberian corrugated producer with a strong focus in the FMCG sector, operating seven sites across Spain. This acquisition significantly strengthens our operations in Spain, an important and growing market for corrugated packaging, taking our market share to approximately 10%. It also builds on our recent acquisition of Andopack in calendar Q4 2014, where we have seen a very positive customer reaction to our product and service offering. The acquisition is subject to competition clearance, which we expect during calendar Q3 2015 with completion shortly thereafter.

    The total consideration, including the assumption of debt, is expected to be circa €190m, subject to closing adjustments, representing a post synergy multiple of between 5 and 6x EBITDA. The transaction is being financed from existing cash resources and is expected to deliver a return on invested capital above our cost of capital in the second year of ownership.

    Miles Roberts (photo), Chief Executive of DS Smith said:
    “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of the corrugated activities of Grupo Lantero. It is a high quality business that we have known and partnered with for a number of years and significantly increases our offering to Pan-European customers in this large and growing market. It is a further important step in our strategy to leverage our scale and strengthen our geographic footprint and we look forward to working with Grupo Lantero stakeholders and contributing to the overall growth of DS Smith.”

    Enric Holzbacher, Chief Executive of Grupo Lantero added:
    “We are very pleased to hand over our corrugated packaging business to our partner DS Smith. We are convinced that DS Smith has a strong alignment with our FMCG sector and will further develop our well established customer relationships. Grupo Lantero has decided to strategically focus its activities on its multinational rigid and flexible plastic divisions: Coexpan and Emsur.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    30.06.2015   Research project to make lignin carbon fibre possible    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia – together with Södra and seven other organisations – has been awarded an EU research project that aims to increase investments in development for manufacturing carbon fibre-reinforced plastic composites from kraft lignin. This initiative is of great significance in terms of access to bio-based products in a future bioeconomy.

    In brief, the research project involves manufacturing carbon fibre-reinforced plastic composite with good performance and at a lower price than is currently the case. Lignin fromwood is used as the main carbon fibre raw material. The aim is to demonstrate components for the automotive industry by tailoring the raw material, the manufacturing process for carbon fibres and different manufacturing techniques in which the focus is on replacing traditional, heavier materials in cars with lightweight composites.

    Innventia, part of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, is hosting the project and coordinating its realisation. Together with Chalmers University of Technology and industrial partners, Innventia has developed the LignoBoost process, which produces pure lignin – a requirement in order to manufacture carbon fibre. Research and development at Innventia has resulted in ever better lignin qualities adapted for carbon fibres and for other applications (e.g. for activated carbon, batteries and binders). Through collaboration with Swerea SICOMP, a partner of this new EU project, the two research institutes cover the entire chain from pulp mill to ready-made composite.

    “We are extremely proud of the team of competences that provides excellent conditions for driving development towards making lignin-based carbon fibres commercially available for lightweight materials,” says the project’s coordinator, Per Tomani. “Thanks to excellent collaboration between Innventia and Södra, we finally have the resources to start linking up the entire value chain, from forest and pulp mill, and onwards to a composite for use in a car.”

    “The project enables us to come one step closer to the commercialisation of carbon fibre from lignin,” says Södra Innovation & New Businesses’ Fredrik Gellerstedt. “If we can create this, it will result in minimised carbon dioxide emissions globally and lead to the continued development of a product that has been assessed as having a highly profitable market.”

    The GreenLight research project is taking place within Bio-Based Industries, a partnership between European industrial companies and the EU. The companies involved in the project come from throughout the value chain, from forestry to finished product. The consortium is being led by Innventia and has been granted EUR 2.6 million for the project, which will run for four years from summer 2015 onwards.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    30.06.2015   ANDRITZ acquires Euroslot KDSS, France: Strengthening of filtration and separation ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... service business

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has acquired Euroslot KDSS, headquartered in Scorbé Clairvaux, France, including its subsidiaries in China and India. The company, which will be renamed ANDRITZ Euroslot, designs and manufactures filtration and separation equipment for the pulp and paper industry, the water and waste water treatment segment, and other industrial applications.

    ANDRITZ Euroslot will be integrated into the ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER business area, thus enabling the company to provide full support and service to its customers worldwide based on ANDRITZ’s strong technological expertise, financial background, and global presence.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    30.06.2015   Bellmer acquires GapCon    ( Company news )

    Company news Gebr. Bellmer GmbH Maschinenfabrik located in Niefern, Germany has taken over the roll and calender specialist GapCon from Irle-Deuz Group located in Siegen, Germany. Since the foundation in the year 2006 by the experienced engineers Wolfgang Wiertz and Wolfgang Mark, the Gap-Con Group has been a supplier of high-quality products and services for the paper industry. Due to professional expertise, entrepreneurial courage and great commitment, the company has developed over the years into a globally recognized technology enterprise.

    In particular, GapCon enjoys reputation as leader in the field of calenders, shoe presses as well as special rolls.

    From the beginning, both companies Bellmer and GapCon have been united in a close partnership as to development and supply of shoe presses.

    Martin Kollmar, president of Bellmer explains: “The complete product range of GapCon as well as the related services and contact persons will remain unchanged and will perfectly complement our existing portfolio.” In future, the company will operate under the name “Bellmer GapCon GmbH”. The company’s locations in Willich (Germany), St. Pölten (Austria) and Calcutta (India) will continue. The Chinese location at Shanghai will be merged with Bellmer’s local branch. The subsidiary GapCon Italy will remain part of Irle-Group and will specialize in the construction of tissue machines.

    Both product lines and geographical presence are an ideal complement to the Bellmer Group, resulting in even better future possibilities to serve the paper industry in an optimal and flexible manner.

    With this step, the Bellmer group will have a staff of about 600 people worldwide with a sales vol-ume of approx. 130 million EURO. Bellmer is a family-owned company, established in 1842. Bellmer is managed in the 6th generation by the three brothers Philipp, Martin and Erich Kollmar. The Bellmer group features two divisions: In the Bellmer Paper Technology, paper machines for special applications are manufactured. The Bellmer Separation Technology offers optimum solutions for the field of solid/liquid separation.

    Erich Kollmar, president of Bellmer points out: “For us, it is very important that the great employees of both our companies will cooperate even closer than before. The previous managing directors of GapCon, Wolfgang Wiertz and Wolfgang Mark, will manage the company also in future.” Wolfgang Wiertz confirms: “After having cooperated with Bellmer for such a long time, a lot of new opportunities will result form this merger for all parties. First of all, the customers of the paper and board industry will benefit from this development.”
    (Gebr. Bellmer GmbH Maschinenfabrik)
     
    29.06.2015   Smurfit Kappa reports strong progress in its 8th annual Sustainable Development Report    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa reiterates its relentless commitment to delivering business value through sustainability across all areas of its operations with its 8th annual Sustainable Development Report

    The report, “Sustainability in every fibre” highlights Smurfit Kappa’s focus on designing and enabling truly circular systems, with a unique commitment to use only 100% sustainably sourced fibres in its products and processes. Full transparency is assured through adherence to the GRI 4 Comprehensive sustainability guidelines. Progress made in 2014 against the five newly defined strategic sustainability priorities includes:

    - Forest - All raw material used in paper production is now sourced under certified Chain of Custody systems
    - Climate Change - 21.6% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of paper produced, on track for 2020 target of 25% reduction
    - Water - 28% reduction in organic content of water (COD) returned to the environment from mills, on track for 2020 target of 33% reduction
    - Waste - Twelve out of 38 paper mills effectively did not send waste to landfill in 2014
    - People - 80% response rate to the first company-wide employee engagement survey, MyVoice2014

    Commenting on the strong performance outlined in the report, Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer at Smurfit Kappa said:
    “We are proud to say that our people and products have sustainability in every fibre. We use it as a lens through which to focus our innovation, our strategy and our processes.”

    Group Chief Operating Officer, Tony Smurfit, continued:
    “This approach has delivered consistent business growth and long-term partnerships with some of the world’s most respected brands. Every day, we prove how our way of working contributes to a better, more sustainable world and a brighter future.”

    The report provides a comprehensive update on Smurfit Kappa’s performance against its five strategic priority areas:
    Expanding sustainable sourcing and responsible forestry
    In 2014 Smurfit Kappa effectively completed its Chain of Custody certification, enabling it to deliver FSC® certified packaging to customers as standard. All raw material used in paper production is now sourced under certified Chain of Custody systems, with more than 97% of packaging and 92% of converting operations certified according to FSC and/or PEFCTM.

    Reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable power
    A new target for relative CO2 emissions was introduced in May 2014 after Smurfit Kappa achieved its original target of a reduction of 20% by 2020 compared to 2005. The new target is to reduce relative CO2 emissions for the mill system by 25% by 2020 compared to 2005. Relative reduction of fossil CO2 emissions in 2014 was 1.2% compared to 2013, and now stands at -21.6% compared to the 2005 benchmark.

    Smurfit Kappa also gives customers transparency on the carbon impacts of its packaging. For this reason the ‘Innotools’ suite of design software has been equipped with the ability to measure the carbon footprint of individual packaging products since 2011. Now the company has added a new option to Innotools which allows customers to track reductions in the carbon footprint of their packaging over the years.

    Reducing impact on water
    Smurfit Kappa is committed to reducing the organic content of water (COD) returned to the environment from its mills by one third by 2020 compared to 2005 levels, and has now achieved a 28% reduction against that benchmark.

    Ongoing investment in water treatment plants enables Smurfit Kappa to be more efficient in cleaning used water, resulting in more efficient water use and reuse throughout production.

    In addition, Smurfit Kappa is implementing water risk assessments at all paper and board mills that will enable more specific targets on water and individual improvement plans for each mill.

    Reducing waste to landfill
    Twelve out of Smurfit Kappa’s 38 paper mills effectively did not send waste to landfill in 2014. Smurfit Kappa has also launched a waste to landfill assessment project to map opportunities to reduce waste throughout its operations, enabling specific waste reduction targets.

    People
    Smurfit Kappa’s most important asset is its people. The first ever company-wide employee engagement survey, MyVoice2014, gave all employees the opportunity to give their view on their personal working experience. This experience was well received as evidenced by a response rate of 80%. This provides a strong platform to continue making Smurfit Kappa a great place to work.

    Delivering business value for customers through sustainability is part of Smurfit Kappa’s Open the future strategy, which is committed to opening up opportunities with forward-thinking customers by relentlessly applying our experience, expertise and ingenuity.
    (Smurfit Kappa UK Head Office)
     
    29.06.2015   Tsubakimoto delivers power & performance to the Paper industry    ( Company news )

    Company news As one of the world's premier manufacturers of power transmission products, Tsubakimoto has developed a wide range of reliable products, specifically designed to meet the tough working environment of the paper and pulp industry.

    From beginning to end, the paper manufacturing process involves the continuous movement of materials from the original woodchip to the finished paper roll and each process can benefit from the expertise of Tsubaki's design engineers. From drive chain and sprockets to couplings and reduction gearboxes, Tsubaki can deliver a wide range of products that will reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve productivity and profitability.

    To help those involved in operating and maintaining the many processes of paper manufacture achieve their performance and efficiency goals, Tsubaki has released a comprehensive product brochure, which is available on its website.

    From beginning to end, the paper manufacturing process involves the continuous movement of materials from the original woodchip to the finished paper roll and each process can benefit from the expertise of Tsubaki's design engineers. From drive chain and sprockets to couplings and reduction gearboxes, Tsubaki can deliver a wide range of products that will reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve productivity and profitability.

    The operating environment within a typical paper manufacturing facility is often laden with dust that can stick to drive chains and block the conventional lubrication path. This can cause increased levels of wear in the drive chains, which will need more frequent maintenance, increasing costs and possibly reducing productivity and efficiency.

    Tsubaki has developed a range of products, such as Lambda chain, which is a lube-free chain with oil impregnated sintered bushes that retain lubricant, thereby negating the need for external lubrication and extends the wear-life of chain dramatically. This can be matched with a drive chain sprocket that has a deep hardened layer over the entire component that provides excellent wear resistance for a long service life.

    Derek Mack, Sales Director for Tsubaki UK, concludes: "Tsubaki invests heavily in R&D and offers a wide range of products which have been designed for all types of industries and environments. This means that for most applications, even traditional hard wearing ones, we are able to specify a solution which will last many times longer than a basic chain. We will conduct a site visit prior to specification to make sure that we understand the unique requirements of every job and can offer an accurate estimate for our chain's TCO."
    (Tsubakimoto Europe B.V.)
     
    29.06.2015   Emerson combines key maintenance tasks in a single tool for improved savings and efficiency    ( Company news )

    Company news CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer adds an interface to laser shaft alignment fixtures, making technicians’ field time more productive

    Picture: The CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer adds an interface to laser shaft alignment fixtures, making technicians’ field time more productive

    Emerson Process Management has enhanced its portable CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyze​r with a wireless interface to popular laser shaft alignment tools. This advance reduces two burdens -- equipment and time -- for operators performing vibration analysis and corrective tasks in the field.

    The CSI 2140 already offers four-channel plus phase data collection to save time and effort, advanced vibration analysis that embeds expertise in the tool, and multi-plane balancing to correct imbalance in industrial fans. By adding a wireless link to laser fixtures, Emerson further streamlines the work process. Using the CSI 2140, personnel can perform route-based vibration data collection; analyze the root cause; and align the machine -- all in one trip. At the same time, they can identify and solve machinery faults to prevent any unplanned downtime.

    Tom Nelson, CSI 2140 senior technology manager at Emerson, defined the addition of alignment as, “the last piece of the puzzle to deliver a single, superior tool for diagnosing and correcting faults in rotating equipment.”

    The shaft alignment option for the CSI 2140 uses the familiar, intuitive Emerson interface to guide technicians through a three-step process that quickly achieves precision alignment. The laser fixtures employ a unique Sweep technology to measure misalignment easily, even in tight clearance applications. An advanced option monitors the corrective machine moves in vertical and horizontal directions simultaneously. All data collected with the CSI 2140 can be uploaded wirelessly to a single database using the AMS Suite: Machinery Health™ Manager software. This enables the maintenance team to collect data, analyze problems, and document results in parallel.
    (Emerson Process Management)
     
    29.06.2015   Xeikon adds metallic magic for premium digital label and packaging print    ( Company news )

    Company news New Creative Colors toner line – launched at Labelexpo Europe 2015 – expands digital print applications for labels and packaging

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced the introduction of two new toners, MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver. The two special silver metallic toner colors will enable more creative possibilities for designers as well as label and package printers and converters using Xeikon’s digital printing technologies. The luxury-look MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver toners are the first products in the new Xeikon Creative Colors toner group, which recognizes and explores the added value that special effects bring to label and packaging print, especially in the consumer products arena.

    MatteSilver offers the luxury of a rich metal finish to the print substrate while PalladiumSilver – uniquely available for digital print in the Xeikon portfolio – features a speckled silver sparkle for extra textural interest.

    “With this new Creative Colors toner line, Xeikon is mirroring the capabilities of flexo and offset inks. We are giving label and packaging printers and converters the opportunity to offer brand owners added-value haptic and optic qualities with the Xeikon digital print process – popular features of brand promotion and marketing across the globe today,” explains Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon. “The Creative Colors toner line adds an exciting extra dimension to our recognized strengths in the label and packaging print arena – shorter runs, extended product variants and faster delivery times than conventional processes, and of course, personalization. They really make a design stand out!”

    Xeikon toners: an industry-leading line-up
    The new MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver toners complement Xeikon’s toner portfoliothat includes:

    - Standard colors (CMYK);

    - Off-the-shelf spot colors which allow for a gamut expansion beyond CMYK;

    - Custom spot colors allowing to make unique colors based upon LAB values;

    - Technical colors which perform specific function like one-pass opaque white, UV reflecting clear, or security colors which reflect to a specific spectrum or contain certain taggents.

    Creative Colors is a new group within this portfolio and these toners offer the same benefits as all of Xeikon’s toner in terms of food safety, lightfastness and eco-friendliness.

    Van Bauwel adds, “Xeikon is really trailblazing with this new Creative Colors toner line – and we are confident that it will bring even more opportunities in the future for printers employing Xeikon presses to differentiate themselves from their competitors, and deliver the luxury effects that today’s brand owners want. These new toners also represent another step in the analog-to-digital transformation in print and packaging production, not only by enabling new applications but also by allowing printers and converters to migrate even more applications from conventional printing and finishing technologies to digital. And this is just the beginning!”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    29.06.2015   PC monitored manual greasing system    ( Company news )

    Company news Manual greasing of production machinery is an important part of the maintenance activity. LubeRight is a PC aided – RFID based system that monitors every single lubrication activity performed. Each greasing point is equipped with a RFID transponder which the hand held meter identifies. The system registers the real amount of lubricant fed to each point.

    The greaser can also study the history of any point. Apart from minimizing the probability of human errors the system also offers a new, interesting working environment for the greasers. The new improved version provides several new functions. The meter display shows the name of the greasing point as well as comments (how to find the point or any comment associated to the object in focus). The number of ungreased points will also be exposed on the display. The release date for the new version is August 2014. For additional information: http://www.luberight.com
    (Assalub AB)
     
    29.06.2015   Focus on safe and intelligent processes - GEMÜ at ACHEMA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news GEMÜ focused entirely on the motto "process reliability" at this year's ACHEMA trade fair. As a manufacturer of high-quality products, GEMÜ has always placed great importance on ensuring that these products are manufactured as precisely and reliably as possible. This is what ensures that the customer's systems in which the GEMÜ products are installed can be operated as reliably and cost-effectively as possible.

    Perfect examples of current innovations include the impressive new two-piece 5M diaphragm which boasts an even longer service life in conjunction with the tried and tested GEMÜ seal system.
    GEMÜ also presented the new 553 distribution valve. Its modular construction offers unprecedented flexibility. This valve is ideally suited for use anywhere where liquids have to be collected or mixed. It is also compatible with the GEMÜ modular system – actuators and sensors can be effortlessly integrated.

    Intelligent networking
    The GEMÜ F4 stand in hall 8 had a large Y at its centre. It is from here that GEMÜ presented the future of intelligent valve technology – CONEXO. The interaction between valve components equipped with RFID chips and an IT infrastructure, comprising the CONEXO APP and the CONEXO Portal, will actively improve process reliability.
    Every valve and every relevant valve component, such as the body, actuator or diaphragm, can be clearly traced using serialization and read off at any time in the system using the RFID reader – the CONEXO PEN. The CONEXO APP, which can be installed on mobile devices, will not only simplify and improve the "Installation qualification" process; it will also make the maintenance process much more reliable and easier to document in the future. The app actively guides the maintenance technician through the maintenance schedule and directly provides him with all the information assigned to the valve, such as test reports, testing documentation and maintenance histories. This will optimize the maintenance processes in the systems and thus make a significant contribution to increasing process reliability.
    GEMÜ CONEXO helps customers to understand and interpret the procedures in their systems even better and always with a higher-level objective in mind – to increase system availability.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    29.06.2015   Valmet receives two more orders from Kotkamills in Finland, both for automation technology    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has received two orders for automation technology from Kotkamills Oy in Finland to complement the major order for key technology for a paper machine conversion project announced in April. The first new order includes wet end automation solutions for Kotkamills' magazine paper production line PM 2 that will be rebuilt and converted to produce packaging board. The second order includes analyzers and advanced process controls for the pulp mill.

    Photo: Valmet Kappa Analyzer and Valmet Recovery Liquor Analyzer

    The startup of the rebuilt paper machine with new wet end automation is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The pulp mill quality improvement project, with new automation solutions is ongoing.

    These orders are included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the orders is not disclosed. Typically, the order value of automation system deliveries ranges from below EUR 1 million to EUR 3 million.

    "One automation platform, from quality, process and machine controls to sectional drive controls, helps us get a good start-up for the project and high availability after the project phase. Our existing know-how of the Valmet DNA system, common spare parts and our service contract with Valmet provide us with many benefits. Having one supplier for the automation system, application and field engineering of the board machine will streamline our work during the project," says Jari Mäkelä, Automation Project Manager, Kotkamills Oy.

    "Today, automation solutions are very important tools for the operators and maintenance staff in ensuring maximum line availability and efficiency. Valmet's automation system and know-how enable fully integrated machine controls from headbox to reel. We have had many successful projects with Kotkamills in the past, and this delivery further strengthens our long cooperation," says Ari Pinjamaa, Vice President, Nordics, Valmet's Automation business line.

    Technical information about the delivery
    The automation delivery for the paper machine PM2 includes Valmet DNA machine and drive controls as well as a Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler. The latter is a profile control system for advanced positioning of the headbox valves to achieve the best possible weight profiles. All the solutions will be integrated within the Valmet DNA automation system, which is included in the order earlier announced.

    The automation delivery for the pulp mill includes Valmet Continuous Cooking Optimizers for both digesters, a Valmet Kappa Analyzer, Valmet Causticizing Optimizer and a Valmet Recovery Liquor Analyzer. All thesse solutions enable the mill to improve pulp quality and provide significant economic benefits.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    26.06.2015   Valmet to upgrade evaporators at Södra Cell, Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: TUBEL replacing damaged lamellas at Mönsterås mill

    Valmet will supply an upgrade of the evaporation plant at Södra Cell's Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. The upgrade will unload the capacity of the existing evaporation line No 1 and improve steam economy by increasing the capacity of the existing evaporation line No 2. The delivery is scheduled for autumn 2016.

    The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this type and scope is typically valued at around EUR 10 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received.

    The new order follows a similar major evaporation plant upgrade of the Södra Cell, Värö mill, which was awarded to Valmet last year together with upgrades of most process areas in the same mill.

    "We are looking forward to this project and are satisfied with the technical concept Valmet has offered us. This will improve the function of the evaporation plant, increase the energy efficiency and increase our profit," says Jonas Olander, Project Leader at Södra Cell Mönsterås.

    "We see this evaporator upgrade bringing many benefits for Mönsterås mill. Besides improving the steam economy of the plant, we are implementing dry solids content control of the firing liquor to the recovery boiler. We will also add additional washing possibility of existing heating surface areas to improve plant availability. We are happy to continue our good co-operation with Södra Cell," says Fredrik Vedin, Product Sales Manager EVAPS at Valmet.

    Details about the delivery
    The evaporation plant in a mill concentrates black liquor coming from the digester. In the evaporation process the evaporated water is brought back to the pulp production process in order to minimize mill's water consumption. After evaporation the concentrated black liquor is fired in the recovery boiler for steam generation and recovery of cooking chemicals.

    The new Valmet equipment to be installed will be two Tube Evaporators, a Falling Film Reflux Condenser and four liquor preheaters. A substantial upgrade of the piping system and an integration and upgrade of an existing condensate treatment system will also be performed.

    Over the years Valmet has assisted Mönsterås mill by making several smaller and larger upgrades of the existing evaporators. The co-operation started in 2001 when Valmet replaced damaged lamellas with TUBEL and also installed a new TUBEL Super Concentrator.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    26.06.2015   HS CITO - your new brand for cutting and creasing rules    ( Company news )

    Company news For optimum cutting results you need not only high quality creasing systems but also top quality precision rules. We can offer you top quality rules at attractive prices with our very own HS CITO range of rules.

    We regard it as our duty to offer you the products you need. At the same time, we pay attention to a healthy balance between quality and price because we see ourselves as your "partner for success". We want to help you produce your cutting dies as effectively and cheaply as possible, without having to forego CITO quality.

    HS CITO – is high-end steel from Japan, processed with European technology and paired with German know-how. A strong partnership for your success.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    26.06.2015   Erhardt+Leimer and AVT announce their intent to Form a Strategic Alliance    ( Company news )

    Company news Erhardt+Leimer and AVT announce their intent to Form a Strategic Alliance to Provide Wider Range of Integrated Automation Solutions for the Printing and Converting Industries

    AVT intends to acquire Erhardt+Leimer’s print inspection products; E+L and AVT to provide top-of-the-line solutions for both companies’ customers

    Erhardt+Leimer, a leader in system solutions and process control equipment to web-based industries and AVT (Advanced Vision Technology), a leader in print inspection, print process control, and quality assurance, have announced their intention to form an alliance that will broaden product portfolios and strengthen services for customers of both companies, including end users and OEMs, through solutions born of the two companies’ combined experience and technological skills.

    According to the companies understandings, in a first step AVT will acquire E+L’s automatic print inspection solutions and will assume the responsibility to develop and manage these solutions for both companies’ customers in the Label and Packaging applications, including the corrugated segment. In return E+L will be entitled to future earn outs and a cash payment as per the set terms. As part of the agreement, Dr. Michael Proeller, E+L’s CEO, will be appointed Chairman of AVT’s Advisory Board and serve as an observer on AVT’s Board of Directors.

    The expected agreement makes AVT the official inspection and press control provider for E+L, positioning AVT as responsible for the companies' mutual automatic print inspection solutions development; this includes both current products and ongoing product developments in the printing sector. Being an integration specialist, E+L is the ideal partner for the realization of complex automation and inspection solutions. Each company will then offer solutions from both AVT and E+L to all customers.

    Consequently in the next stage, the alliance will offer customers a wider selection of solutions that may originate from either AVT or E+L. This allows both companies to increase customer responsiveness and maximize global footprints.

    Combined Technological Expertise Benefits Customers & OEMs

    One major achievement of this strategic alliance will be the level of technological know-how it unites. E+L’s expertise in web, press and vision systems combined with AVT’s inspection, press control and workflow management capabilities will enable the companies to offer unsurpassed end-to-end quality control solutions.

    The new joint portfolio includes comprehensive solutions such as:

    Label & Narrow Web Inspection
    E+L’s NYSCAN and AVT’s Helios platforms will be enhanced through combined support expertise and the increased potential for joint innovation.

    Vision & Viewing
    The alliance leverages E+L’s view/vision technologies to enhance both view and inspection solutions and capabilities.

    Color
    The alliance makes available the full range of color measurement and management solutions from both companies.

    Comprehensive End-to-end
    The alliance creates a one-stop-shop for total quality assurance and process control solutions, from web guides and vision systems through press control and automation.

    Corrugated
    The alliance instantly becomes a leading supplier and innovator for the corrugated industry’s fast-developing quality control needs. Existing products for corrugated printing will be further enhanced, and plans are in the works to introduce several additional offerings.


    Many of the advantages to which customers will be privy also will be enjoyed by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that partner with either AVT or E+L. OEMs will benefit from the one-stop-shop created by the alliance, providing everything from web guides, measurement systems and viewers to press control solutions, workflow management set-ups and automation.

    While there remain certain outstanding issues, the parties expect that these issues can be resolved in the next few weeks. Following resolutions of these issues, the parties will be able to sign definitive agreements.

    “We look forward to working together with the great team at E+L to provide better solutions to our customers,” said Jaron Lotan, CEO of AVT. “This partnership is exciting for all involved and will broaden each firm’s reach and expertise. This alliance was founded and structured in a way that will allow us to bring the best of both companies together to create great value for customers, employees and shareholders.”

    Dr. Michael Proeller, CEO of E+L: “Our two companies have known one another for decades, and have a high level of respect for the others’ products, technology and personnel. Maximizing customer satisfaction, comprising products, technology and global 365/24/7 coverage is the driving factor behind this alliance. We are convinced that, together, we will be building the top team and offerings in the industry for the benefit of our worldwide customers.”
    (Erhardt + Leimer GmbH)
     
    26.06.2015   Metsä Board sells Data Copy Brand to Antalis    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board has announced that it is divesting the Data Copy brand and all its associated proprietary materials to Antalis International, in a deal that sees Antalis International take over the Data Copy brand from 1st July, 2015.

    The deal between Metsä Board and Antalis International is based on Metsä Board's strategy to focus on paperboard. The company announced in December 2014 its plans to discontinue the majority of paper production at the Husum mill in Sweden by the end of 2015. Uncoated fine paper business reel production will, however, continue until linerboard sales volumes from the mill have grown to full capacity, targeted for the end of 2017 at the latest.

    The Data Copy brand was founded in 1983 and has built a reputation as a trusted brand known for its premium quality and sustainability. Over the years, many innovations and market firsts have been introduced for this brand, for example, easy opening packaging and Grab&Go soft carry handles.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    26.06.2015   Renova to build tissue products mill in France    ( Company news )

    Company news Renova will build its first production site outside of Portugal. The company plans to produce tissue products in Saint-Yorre, France in the future. The new mill is to be commissioned in late 2015.

    Portuguese tissue products manufacturer Renova will build its first production site outside of Portugal in Saint-Yorre to the west of Lyon on the premises of a defunct dairy. The new site will create 30 jobs and is to be commissioned by the end of this year. Renova did not disclose the investment amount.

    At the new mill in Saint-Yorre, Renova plans to produce toilet paper and kitchen rolls on one production line. The company did not provide information regarding the site's capacity. The products are initially to be sold in France, Belgium and Luxemburg, later on also in Northern Europe.

    Furthermore, a company spokesman said the necessary foundations would be laid to eventually produce tissue at the new site at a later stage. For the moment, however, there were no plans for such a move and the company would solely focus on the production of tissue products, he added.
    (EUWID Pulp and Paper)
     
    26.06.2015   Cellulose from wood can be printed in 3D    ( Company news )

    Company news Paul Gatenholm, professor in Polymer TA group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have managed to print and dry three-dimensional objects made entirely by cellulose for the first time with the help of a 3D-bioprinter. They also added carbon nanotubes to create electrically conductive material. The effect is that cellulose and other raw material based on wood will be able to compete with fossil-based plastics and metals in the on-going additive manufacturing revolution, which started with the introduction of the 3D-printer.

    Photo: The tiny chair made of cellulose is a demonstrational object printed by the 3D bioprinter at Chalmers University of Technology.

    3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing that is predicted to revolutionise the manufacturing industry. The precision of the technology makes it possible to manufacture a whole new range of objects and it presents several advantages compared to older production techniques. The freedom of design is great, the lead time is short, and no material goes to waste.

    Plastics and metals dominate additive manufacturing. However, a research group at Chalmers University of Technology have now managed to use cellulose from wood in a 3D printer.

    “Combing the use of cellulose to the fast technological development of 3D printing offers great environmental advantages,” says Paul Gatenholm, professor of Biopolymer Technology at Chalmers and the leader of the research group. “Cellulose is an unlimited renewable commodity that is completely biodegradable, and manufacture using raw material from wood, in essence, means to bind carbon dioxide that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere.

    The breakthrough was accomplished at Wallenberg Wood Science Center, a research center aimed at developing new materials from wood, at Chalmers University of Technology.

    The difficulty using cellulose in additive manufacturing is that cellulose does not melt when heated. Therefore, the 3D printers and processes designed for printing plastics and metals cannot be used for materials like cellulose. The Chalmers researchers solved this problem by mixing cellulose nanofibrils in a hydrogel consisting of 95-99 percent water. The gel could then in turn be dispensed with high fidelity into the researchers’ 3D bioprinter, which was earlier used to produce scaffolds for growing cells, where the end application is patient-specific implants.

    The next challenge was to dry the printed gel-like objects without them losing their three-dimensional shape.

    “The drying process is critical,” Paul Gatenholm explains. “We have developed a process in which we freeze the objects and remove the water by different means as to control the shape of the dry objects. It is also possible to let the structure collapse in one direction, creating thin films.

    Furthermore, the cellulose gel was mixed with carbon nanotubes to create electrically conductive ink after drying. Carbon nanotubes conduct electricity, and another project at Wallenberg Wood Science Center aims at developing carbon nanotubes using wood.

    Using the two gels together, one conductive and one non-conductive, and controlling the drying process, the researchers produced three-dimensional circuits, where the resolution increased significantly upon drying.

    The two gels together provide a basis for the possible development of a wide range of products made by cellulose with in-built electric currents.

    “Potential applications range from sensors integrated with packaging, to textiles that convert body heat to electricity, and wound dressings that can communicate with healthcare workers,” says Paul Gatenholm. “Our research group now moves on with the next challenge, to use all wood biopolymers, besides cellulose.

    The research findings are presented this week at the conference New Materials From Trees that takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, June 15-17.

    The research team members are Ida Henriksson, Cristina de la Pena, Karl Håkansson, Volodymyr Kuzmenko and Paul Gatenholm at Chalmers University of Technology.
    (Chalmers University of Technology)
     
    26.06.2015   emtec Electronic looks back to a successful exhibition week at the RosUpack 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Innovative Tools to Optimize Production and Converting Processes

    The company emtec Electronic GmbH attended the Russian „RosUpack 2015“ in June in Moscow. In the red emtec corner in hall 2 of the exhibition, visitors were able to talk to specialists from emtec in Germany and from the representative company Sigma Micron in Russia. In particular, producers and converters of paper and board as well as suppliers of chemicals, glue, coating color, printing ink, but also institutes can indeed be very well supported by the emtec measuring instruments.
    In the converting process of paper and board sometimes problems occur in the gluing, coating and printing process, but the reason is unclear, as the specifications are according to standard testing instruments. Nobody knows if it is due to the quality of the paper or the glue, coating color or printing ink.

    The company emtec developed a method to find out the reason. In Moscow one of the solutions was presented - the EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester. In order to predict the interaction between paper or board and the liquid during coating, printing and gluing, the device characterizes the surface parameters of paper and board, which are relevant for the converting process, in the process-relevant time. Its application leads to the optimization of the production and converting processes and therefore to reducing the costs and achieving respectively improving the quality of the product.
    Problems in the quality of the finished product can also be caused by non-optimal process control in the wet end area of paper and board production. emtec Electronic has presented two essential measuring devices for the optimization of wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers in the suspension. Both help to guarantee and improve the targeted properties of finished products and to reduce the consumption of chemicals.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    26.06.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up second tissue paper machine with steel Yankee for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Zhejiang JingXing Paper, China

    Following start-up of TM1 in January of this year, international technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the second tissue paper machine with steel Yankee supplied to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper, China.

    The PrimeLineST C8 machine has a design speed of 1,900 m/min at a width of 2.85 m. The Yankee, manufactured entirely of steel, has a diameter of 18 feet. In combination with its head insulation and the steam-heated hood, it enables a high drying capacity at reduced energy costs.

    At its Pinghu City location, Zhejiang Province, Zhejiany Jingxing Paper produces high-quality facial wipes and toilet paper grades.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    25.06.2015   New study by Swedish Environmental Research Institute shows that paper is better than plastic    ( Company news )

    Company news IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has concluded a comparative study on the environmental performance of different packaging solutions. The study compares the lifecycles of plastic products versus corresponding paper products from BillerudKorsnäs. The results show that paper has considerably more favorable environmental qualities than plastic, such as 50-70% lower greenhouse gas emissions.

    IVL’s study looks at the entire product lifecycle, from material production up until it is thrown away or recycled. Although the transportation and packaging production of plastic products emits less greenhouse gas, the results show that the overall product lifecycle of paper products give rise to far less emissions. Material production of both paper and plastic packaging is the most energy intense part of production. But according to the study, which has been verified by Bureau Veritas, plastic production emits far more greenhouse gas than paper production.

    “The results of the study challenge a common misconception that the production of paper packaging is more energy consuming and environmentally detrimental than the production of plastic packaging. An important reason why the production of the tested BillerudKorsnäs packaging materials emits less greenhouse gas is that their process is almost entirely run on renewable energy. Another reason is that the total energy consumption for production of these products is lower”, says Lena Dahlgren, project manager, IVL.

    Plastic littering a concern for the European Union
    The EU parliament has recently introduced measures that will limit the use of plastic bags in Europe. The aim is to decrease their use from 200 plastic bags per person and year to 90 plastic bags per person and year before the end of 2019. Each member country will be free to decide how this goal will be achieved, but a possible solution might be to increase the use of paper bags.

    “BillerudKorsnäs welcomes the EU initiative to deal with Europe’s littering problems. Paper and board packaging are not the only solutions. It is important to reduce littering, regardless of material. But given a choice between plastic and paper, we believe that our products can contribute to solutions against both plastic littering as well as climate change, two of our times largest sustainability challenges”, says Henrik Essén, SVP Communication and Sustainability, BillerudKorsnäs.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    25.06.2015   APP and A.Celli: an important relationship    ( Company news )

    Company news Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) and A.Celli Group: 2015 is marked by several events that seal an important relationship

    At the start of the year, an important order to A.Celli Paper by Asian Group APP, one of the major global paper and cellulose producers, was finalized. Five tissue rewinders that will be assigned to two different facilities belonging to the customer in China.

    The rewinders model AC 882 are characterized by a paper format of 5,630 millimetres and attain working speeds of up to 1,400 m/min with paper that goes from 12.5 to 45 g/m2. With a parent reel diameter of 3,100 millimetres, the customer obtains a finished roll having a max diameter of 2,250 millimetres.

    This order is the demonstration of the good business relationship that exists between the two groups as well the natural confirmation of repeat orders for other supplies in the past, such as the tissue machines purchased at regular intervals in 2005, in 2008 until the order in 2013 that included four systems, all delivered in 2014 and one already in production.

    All this goes to confirm how A.Celli Paper is a valid supplier for every customer, and that it can meet diverse demands and obtain the loyalty of even large Groups having special requests such as APP, building long-term relationships based on mutual trust and on recognition of their respective competences and expertise.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
     
    25.06.2015   Savcor Wedge to a new continent    ( Company news )

    Company news Savcor has sold its first Wedge Process Diagnostics System in Australia. A full-site Wedge has been delivered to a company providing paper and cardboard recycling services. Implementation and training is now going on and the system will be fully operational by the autumn 2015.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
     
    25.06.2015   Xeikon brings next-generation VariLane to Labelexpo Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news VariLane 4.0, a unique tool for label production and substrate optimization, now fully integrated in Xeikon X-800 4.0 digital front-end

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced a new version of VariLane, its imposition software plug-in for the Xeikon X-800 digital front-end (DFE). VariLane 4.0 is now fully integrated within the X-800 4.0 workflow and is specifically designed to allow label printers greater flexibility in the production of labels, providing increased profit opportunities. With this development, Xeikon has added a significant enhancement to the ability for label printers to optimize productivity and profitability by printing labels of different sizes and run lengths on the same web in discreet lanes. In addition, VariLane 4.0 is a key enabler in meeting the needs of brand owners for short run lengths and just-in-time delivery.

    “Xeikon has a strong and continuing focus on the label market, and VariLane 4.0 is proof of our ongoing commitment to supporting the needs of label printers in every way possible,” says Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon. “With prepress activities minimized, and utilizing all of the integrated benefits of the X-800 DFE, label printers can easily combine different jobs on one substrate – even for labels of different heights and widths and with different run lengths. And they can easily make last-minute adjustments to artwork or add variable data. This is a real advance in optimizing label production and further increasing profitability for label printers. This type of out-of-the-box thinking and unique value-add sets Xeikon apart in the world of digital label printing.”

    Supporting the label printer with innovative solutions
    The unique VariLane plug-in, launched four years ago as a standalone tool and now integrated into the X-800 workflow, brought to commercial reality the concept of printing different labels in lanes of different widths and heights across the same web. Imposition – arranging the labels on the roll in order to serve the proper application of the labels in later production processes – is a fundamental step in prepress. Typically, labels are arranged in lanes across the web roll, and because labels had to be of equal size, the print lanes were also of equal size. This imposed limitations on both productivity and efficient use of substrates. VariLane gives prepress operators the freedom to combine labels in print lanes of variable sizes which improves throughput and reduces waste. In fact, label printers working with VariLane have been able to substantially increase their productivity and reduce material wastage, with resultant cost savings of up to 30%. This unique capability is made possible by the full rotary technology of Xeikon digital presses, combined with their variable repeat length.

    With VariLane 4.0 and its full integration with the X-800 DFE, yet another dimension is added to the versatility of Xeikon’s digital technology and the optimization of digital print production. The VariLane concept combines prepress, data processing and press operation functionality, seamlessly integrated with existing workflows and business processes, while maintaining flexibility and quality. VariLane 4.0 makes last-minute corrections to artwork easy to achieve, and Xeikon’s metadata tool can be employed to add barcodes or sequential numbering to labels as required.

    “Combining different jobs in the same print run has never been easier. And for label printers working with our wide-web Xeikon 3050 and 3500 presses, it’s a perfect fit!” Van Bauwel adds. “But even with narrower rolls, label printers can optimize their productivity, reduce costs and increase profitability. And that is all possible today with Xeikon technology, without sacrificing the standards of professional and functional excellence brand owners expect – no matter how short the print run or delivery time.”

    VariLane 4.0 is a plug-in for the recently launched Xeikon X-800 4.0 digital front-end which will be commercially available at the end of June. Xeikon will also demonstrate the capabilities of this unique tool at Labelexpo Europe 2015 on its stand B/C 50 in Hall 9.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    25.06.2015   FINAT Award for Innovative Label: Covert Copying Protection in the Marking    ( Company news )

    Company news European Association of the Self-Adhesive Labeling Industry Presents Award to Schreiner Group

    Photo: Helmut Schreiner (right) received the price of the FINAT Label Competition.

    FINAT, the European association of the self-adhesive labeling industry, recognized the industry’s most innovative products from the 2015 FINAT Label Competition and the 2014 World Label Awards at its congress held in Amsterdam on June 11. In spite of fierce competition, Schreiner Group was able to convince the judges at the 35th event with an innovative marking label that includes covert copying protection.

    In the industrial end use group, the ‘Parts Marking Label with Authentication Features’ was recognized with the 1. Place award. The label rolls two benefits into one. First, it serves as a marking which is directly applied to a molded plastic part or a painted metal cover. In addition, it contains a covert BitSecure copying protection feature. This feature can be read with a smartphone, enabling reliable product authentication by inspectors, customs officials and distributors.

    “The FINAT award is an excellent acknowledgment of our constant pursuit of innovations and shows that innovation is a corporate value being lived at Schreiner Group. All our employees are continually encouraged to think outside the box and to contribute new ideas,” said Roland Schreiner, Managing Shareholder of Schreiner Group. Helmut Schreiner, representing Schreiner Group as Shareholder, received the price of the FINAT Label Competition and the World Label Award. Helmut Schreiner, representing Schreiner Group as Shareholder, received the price of the FINAT Label Competition and the World Label Award.
    (Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.06.2015   Asahi Photoproducts introduces new medium hard AFP™-TSP digital plate for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... paper based printing substrates

    Top Soft Pinning improves productivity & profitability for flexo printers

    Asahi Photoproducts has launched a new plate in the Pinning Top Dot Technology (PTD) family, the AFP™-TSP (Top Soft Pinning) for paper, folding carton and corrugated board applications, as well as for all flexible packaging such as aluminium or film substrates.

    PTD technology facilitates clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surface and on shoulders in screen areas. This results in fewer stoppages for plate cleaning, reduced press downtime and improved machine OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). AFP™-TSP plates allow the kiss-touch pressure setting, thus extending plate life and further reducing downtime and increasing margins.

    The new medium hard plate comes in four thicknesses with Shore A hardness ranging from 48 to 69, and complements the harder AFP™-TOP plates launched last year. AFP™-TSP plates are tailor-made for paper and higher quality corrugated board applications with water-based inks. They are also compatible with solvent and most UV-curable inks, enabling all converters to benefit from PTD technology.

    A specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry creates a low plate surface tension, which causes ink to form a globule and remain on the dot without running down the shoulders. This creates a higher ink profile with a large contact angle and high pinning point that delivers cleaner ink transfer from plate to substrate.

    The AFP™-TSP also facilitates homogeneous ink transfer in solid and line work, and better control of ink trapping when different colour inks are printed on top of each other.

    “The new plate perfectly complements the harder AFP™-TOP plate for high quality screen work within one job,” said Dr. Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager, Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “AFP™-TSP and the harder AFP™-TOP provide the perfect solution that can encourage brand owners and retail chains to transfer their work from other printing technologies to flexography”.

    Technology for improved efficiencies
    All four plates in the AFP™-TSP series offer a resolution of 175 lpi. The plate thicknesses available are 1.14 mm (Shore A hardness 69), 1.7 mm (Shore A 58), 2.54 mm (Shore A 49) and 2.84 mm (Shore A 48). These plates are also compatible with the latest screening and micro-cell technologies, making them suitable for the broadest range of today’s imaging technologies and application demands.

    AFP™-TSP plates have a more malleable structure than other flexo plates, giving them superb limpness that significantly reduces plate lift, especially with applications on small cylinders such as pre-printing belt machines.

    Plate lift can cause plate damage and print defects, and is remedied only by stopping the press. A strong base lamination also provides plate stability in difficult printing conditions while the printing surface has good abrasion-resistance properties, extending the life of the plate.

    The combination of print quality, durability, and longer uninterrupted runs makes AFP™-TSP plates a solution that can easily be introduced into production environments without the need for additional equipment investments. The combination of PTD technology and AFP™-TSP plates enables packaging converters, through a series of incremental improvements, to better respond to customer demands, improve quality and maintain a competitive edge.
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)
     
    25.06.2015   RockTenn Announces Preliminary Shareholder Merger Consideration Election Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Rock-Tenn Company (RockTenn) (NYSE:RKT) announced the preliminary results of the elections made by its shareholders as to the form of merger consideration they wish to receive in connection with the combination of RockTenn and MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) (NYSE:MWV) into WestRock Company (WestRock).

    As previously announced, under the terms of the business combination agreement, by and among RockTenn, MWV, WestRock, Rome Merger Sub, Inc. and Milan Merger Sub, LLC, subject to proration, allocation and certain limitations set forth in the business combination agreement, shareholders of RockTenn had the option to elect to receive for each share of RockTenn common stock (except for excluded shares and dissenting shares as more particularly set forth in the business combination agreement):
    -the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the volume weighted average price per share of RockTenn common stock on the New York Stock Exchange for the consecutive period over the five trading days immediately preceding (but not including) the third trading day prior to the effective time of the combination (the "Cash Consideration"); or
    -the right to receive one fully paid and nonassessable share of WestRock common stock (the "Stock Consideration").

    Based on available information as of the election deadline, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on June 23, 2015, the preliminary merger consideration election results were as follows:
    -holders of 89,932,763 shares of RockTenn common stock, or approximately 63.8% of the outstanding shares of RockTenn common stock, elected to receive the Stock Consideration (which includes 4,767,371 shares of RockTenn common stock that made elections pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures);
    -holders of 14,047,427 shares of RockTenn common stock, or approximately 10.0% of the outstanding shares of RockTenn common stock, elected to receive the Cash Consideration (which includes 1,825,362 shares of RockTenn common stock that made elections pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures); and
    -holders of 36,906,413 shares of RockTenn common stock, or approximately 26.2% of the outstanding shares of RockTenn common stock, failed to make a valid election prior to the Election Deadline.

    Because, based on such preliminary results, the Cash Consideration option is expected to be oversubscribed, the consideration to be received by the holders who elected the Cash Consideration is expected to be prorated pursuant to the terms set forth in the business combination agreement. After the final results of the merger consideration election process are determined, the final allocation of merger consideration will be calculated in accordance with the terms of the business combination agreement.

    The parties are still awaiting the approval of the proposed combination by the shareholders of RockTenn and the stockholders of MWV at the respective special meetings to be held later this morning. Assuming receipt of such approvals, RockTenn and MWV expect to close the combination on July 1, 2015.
    (Rock-Tenn Co)
     
    24.06.2015   Stora Enso to close its packaging unit in Chennai, India    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso plans to permanently shut down the Group’s corrugated packaging converting unit in Chennai, India, due to unprofitability and a major decrease in local market demand.

    The mill closure will involve negotiations with the local employees’ union. The mill employs 350 people, who will receive compensation and other support including training, medical care and assistance in finding new employment.

    The packaging unit in Chennai has been part of Stora Enso since July 2011, following the Group’s acquisition of 51% of the shares in Inpac International in China. Today, Stora Enso Inpac offers fibre-based packaging solutions. Chennai Mill in India produces transport and consumer packaging made of corrugated board, for sale primarily in Chennai and Tamil Nadu region.

    The total negative impact on Stora Enso’s operating profit in the second quarter of 2015 will be approximately EUR 8 million, mainly related to a restructuring provision. Excluding this one-time impact, the closure will not have a material impact on Stora Enso’s sales and operational EBIT.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    24.06.2015   50 years of unit-type sheetfed offset presses from Radebeul    ( Company news )

    Company news Technological milestones from Saxony revolutionised the press engineering industry

    Photo: A diagram of a six-colour press with coater in the then revolutionary unit-type design

    Some 50 years ago most colour prints had to be passed through the press several times. On the one hand predominantly only one or two-colour presses were available and on the other hand from a technological point of view the prints required up to 12 colours. The establishment of the “short” colour scale (BCMY) in offset printing made production more rational on four-colour presses. These widely available presses were, however, a combination of two two-colour presses in a tandem design in line with the five-cylinder principle. This resulted in shortcomings with regard to press technology as every two printing units used a single impression cylinder. This type of construction also meant a huge amount of effort for press manufacturers, especially when it came to large-format presses. After assembly and print tests at the manufacturers’ plant, the machines then had to be taken apart again to a large extent and the many single components had to reassembled a second time when it reached the customer.

    1965: Sensation at the spring trade fair in Leipzig
    At the beginning of the 1960s engineers at the Planeta press plants (a member of the KBA group as KBA Radebeul since 2001) thus toyed with the idea of building a press without all of these grave disadvantages. The switch from the tandem to today’s dominating unit-type design for sheetfed offset presses began with the launch of the Planeta Variant P4 (B3 format) at the spring show in Leipzig in 1965. The future-focused design was even applied to large-format presses from Radebeul only two years later. The world first from Saxony 50 unveiled years ago was one of the technological milestones which fundamentally changed sheetfed press engineering and today is widely used by a raft of manufacturers.

    Pros of the unit-type design

    The unit-type design was then a completely new and revolutionary press design in line with the three-cylinder principle. For the first time the individual parts and the technical properties were identical in every printing unit. This offered a raft of advantages which today still apply to all subsequent presses in the Planeta Variant series up to the cutting-edge KBA Rapidas:
    -High level of flexibility when it comes to tailoring a press’ configuration to the needs of a printing house
    -Significant reduction in the number of different parts when producing the press
    -Short assembly time at the customer’s given the delivery of completely assembled parts
    -Accurate print register via a superior drive system
    -Smooth sheet travel given the first double-size impression cylinders and transfer drums
    -Lower number of sheet transfer points between the printing units
    -Outstanding dot-sharp reproduction compared to other presses.

    Convertible perfecting in one sheet pass (Planeta patent from 1967) is also based on the unit-type design. While it was only possible to place an imprinter in front of the first printing unit with the tandem design, perfecting on a unit-type press is possible anywhere. The prerequisites for today’s eight, ten or twelve-unit presses for 4/4, 5/5 or 6/6 printing and indeed other special configurations were thus created back then.

    New technology opens up new possibilities
    The new technology with double-size cylinder systems opens up completely new possibilities for printers in terms of print quality and substrate flexibility. The streamlined, smooth sheet travel delivers significant advantages especially for cartonboard printers. Accordingly, the Variants and Varimats from Radebeul were installed in a raft of packaging plants worldwide at an early stage. Thus the foundations for the press manufacturer’s leading position in folding carton printing were laid half a century ago. This is also true for today’s cutting-edge high-tech Rapidas. KBA Rapidas are the first choice for printers of heavy board, beer mat board and corrugated. Furthermore, large-format Rapidas printing units are also implemented into KBA Metalstar metal-decorating presses. It is not without reason that KBA is the global market leader in large-format packaging printing presses. The unit-type design can also be found at KBA in superlarge format 150 x 205cm (59 x 80.7in) with the Rapida 205 launched in 2004 as the world’s largest sheetfed offset press.
    The unit-type row design was also the prerequisite for the flexible integration of coating, drying and other finishing units in presses that are becoming increasingly longer. It delivered the huge level of flexibility in terms of printing and finishing equipment in sheetfed offset presses that is now standard. Sheetfed offset presses have become even longer since then. A KBA Rapida 106 in Switzerland holds the world record with 19 printing and finishing units.

    The fundamental ideas are still in place today
    It goes without saying that the basic inventions have been updated regularly over the last 50 years and brought up-to-date technologically. Today’s standard production output of up to 20,000sph on the Rapidas and extensively automated printing and makeready processes were still unheard of in the 1960s. The Planeta Variant P4 was engineered for 10,000sph and nonstop operation for 8,000sph, half as fast as the KBA Rapida 106. The speed and makeready world champion in medium format even permits job changes on the fly (Flying JobChange) without stopping the press.
    All leading press manufacturers use the unit-type design with the usual modifications in their sheetfed offset presses today. In our fast-paced world it is easy to forget that it was the clever engineers from Saxony who first had this ground-breaking idea and that it often took decades for others to adopt it. Nevertheless, this often happens in the history of technology.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     

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