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Newsgrafik #118979
 17.01.2018

United Recycling S.r.L. is founded from a Joint Venture between the ...  (Company news)

... Pro-Gest Group and Lamacart SpA

Pro-Gest S.p.A. announces that it has entered a cooperation with Lamacart S.p.A. – a Verona based company leader in the recovery of waste paper – through the establishment of United Recycling S.r.l., a partnership between Cartiera di Carbonera S.p.A. and Lamacart S.p.A..

The two partners of United Recycling are both well-known players in the business and this establishment is part of the development of Pro-Gest’s recycling division.

This joint venture will, in fact, give to both companies an important advantage in the plan of an ever greater vertical integration in the business of recycling.

The collaboration with Mr. Thomas Nicolis, President of Lamacart S.p.A., has also succeeded thanks to the valuable support of Mr. Massimo Pontin, international expert on waste paper.
(Pro-Gest S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #118996
 17.01.2018

Sileo - A WorldStar Winner!  (Company news)

The child-proof packaging developed for Orion Pharmaceuticals and produced by A&R Carton Oy highlights the exceptional knowledge and expertise of the company. One and a half years of development as well as numerous designs and several tests were necessary in order to create this fascinating and completely novel solution, namely a child-proof box made of one single material!

Sileo child-proof packaging for gel to alleviate noise anxiety for dogs. This is child proof packaging with good mechanics and functionality solution. The idea of one-piece packaging is clever, simple and elegant the Sileo packaging is made from monomaterial. The functionally, usability and green values are state of the art.

– I am very proud for this WorldStar Award! This is Finnish innovation skills as it's best. One portion of technical knowledge mixed with one portion of pure creativity has led to this great product. Our customer who dared to test new solutions made it possible, says Lars Willner, Business Area Manager Nordic at A&R Carton.

Newsgrafik #119002
 17.01.2018

Valmet introduces a recovery boiler leak detector with advanced analytics  (Company news)

Valmet has introduced a predictive tool for detecting recovery boiler leaks - Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector. This innovative diagnostics application with advanced analytics enables boiler owners to detect even the smallest tube leaks in an unprecedented way, resulting in significantly improved boiler safety and reduced damage risks.

Typically, distributed control systems (DCS) have only relatively primitive tools for recovery boiler leak detection. These include simple differentials between the feedwater and the steam, or alarms for low drum level and high furnace pressure that are activated only in the case of very large and sudden leaks. With these traditional tools, it is virtually impossible to notice a minor leak in the boiler furnace. A small undetected leak may grow, rupture a tube and lead to severe damages or even to a major smelt-water explosion.

"Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector now takes leak detection a major step forward by combining advanced mass and chemical balance calculations. This makes it an invaluable diagnostics tool for detecting leaks at their early stages," says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Valmet.

Currently, the leak detection solution is used by several pulp mills, and the results gained with it have been very positive.

Technical information about Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector
Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector typically recognizes a 0.25-0.50% difference between the feedwater and the steam in the feedwater flow. Additionally, the application features an advanced chemical balance calculation, which enables higher accuracy and identification of critical leaks and separation from non-critical leaks. The balance is typically calculated using phosphate as a tracer.

Alarm levels can be set low enough so that a leak can be diagnosed before a tube is ruptured. As boiler load swings are taken into account, there are no unnecessary alarms due to changes in load.

Leak rate monitoring and alarms can be tested safely during normal operation by using a blowout line for leak simulation. Operator instructions and training for boiler leak detection and management are included in the delivery scope.

Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector is part of the Valmet Recovery Boiler Optimizer product portfolio and can be implemented on any DCS.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119010
 17.01.2018

Cartulinas CMPC Maule first to buy PulpEye in Chile  (Company news)

The Chilean folding boxboard maker Cartulinas CMPC S.A has bought two PulpEye online analyser systems to its mill in Maule, one of the world’s biggest folding boxboard mills. This is the first PulpEye order to Chile. One system will be installed in the BTMP pulp mill and the other in the board mill’s stock preparation.

Cartulinas CMPC S.A., an affiliate of Empresas CMPC S.A., manufactures and markets folding boxboard since 1951. Cartulinas CMPC S.A. produces its folding boxboard products in two mills, one located close to the city of Valdivia and the other in the Maule region. Inaugurated in 1998, the Maule mill is located 280 km south of Santiago and has an annual output capacity of its board machine of 380,000 tonnes per year in the grammages 200 – 400 g/m2.

The PulpEye analyser for the BTMP production is initially equipped with modules measuring fibre and shive modules and the blow line sampler RefinerEye. In the stock preparation the PulpEye unit is equipped with a module for freeness. The order also includes a complete control package as well as the new PulpOnTarget package for calculation of bulk and strength properties on the end product.

“When the PulpEye online analysers are installed we will get an even better on-line measurement and hence an improved on-line process control,” says Jorge Aldana, Technical Director at CMPC Papeles Business Line. “By having continuous data from the pulp production we will get reliable prediction of critical variables in the board machine, which will increase productivity and quality even further.”

“The PulpEye delivery to Cartulinas CMPC Maule is an important breakthrough into the Chilean pulp and paper industry for this top of line technology,” says Juan Carlos Ruiz, Regional Manager at Elof Hansson International in Chile. “I am very satisfied that Cartulinas CMPC Maule, one of the biggest folding boxboard mills in the world, will make good use of the technical possibilities offered by PulpEye equipment in their production.”
(PulpEye AB)

Newsgrafik #118977
 16.01.2018

OMET to launch the new FV.6: six lanes in a fully automatic solution  (Company news)

OMET innovation makes a further step forward and presents at the MIAC the new version of the FV line, the high-performing vacuum folding solution especially dedicated to the production of dispenser napkins. This type of napkin is typical of the American market but its use has been spreading rapidly throughout Europe.

The FV.6 is the new machine introduced in the FV line, the vacuum folding solution by OMET. Thanks to the 6 lanes and several technological innovations, it provides high-performance, automatic process and enhanced efficiency during the entire productive process.

The entire converting process can be entirely controlled from the main panel thanks to a group of cameras installed inside the machine, which allow real-time inspection and control, zoom and images rewind. Even the napkin size, the speed and the folding can be selected with a simple touch from the main panel.

It features a new transfer unit with two deliveries working alternately. The stacking system is more efficient and enables the production of dispenser napkins with 1/8 folding, widespread in the American disposable market and recently also in Europe. Thanks to the guided sliding system, it can produce packets up to 350 mm, with no risk of falling. It can also be integrated with different type of packing machines.

The machine can produce sizes up to 17×17 inches at the maximum speed of 250 meters per minute, but it can also use more than one reel or wider reels. Thus, despite a reduced production speed, it has the same production capability of a mechanical folding machine with less possible mistakes.

The machine is 4.70 meters high and is protected by a cabin, which increases safety and prevents the operator from touching any hazardous part. Maintenance is simple and involves a very limited direct intervention of the operator and the job changeover can be carried out easily in less than 2 minutes, guaranteeing low waste and high productivity.

Thanks to its modular design, the FV Line can integrate different finishing groups (embossing, folding, printing, etc..), thus offering extensive customization to suit customers’ needs. The machine is equipped with a servomotor for each folding cylinder and servomotors controlling the vacuum valves.

The FV.6 completes the range of machines based on vacuum-folding technology, juxtaposed to traditional segment of mechanical folding machines, where OMET is undisputed market leader.
(Omet S.r.l.)

Newsgrafik #118978
 16.01.2018

AF&PA Targets Trade, Transportation, Paper-Options Safeguards and ...  (Company news)

... Regulatory Reform Among Top 2018 Advocacy Priorities

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced its top 2018 advocacy priorities that include free and fair trade, transportation efficiencies, regulatory process reforms and government policies that respect market dynamics for paper-based products. The association will pursue them as it supports the pulp, paper, packaging and wood products industry’s ability to grow the economy and create American manufacturing jobs.

“Enactment of historic comprehensive tax reform sets a welcome stage for AF&PA to focus on key 2018 advocacy priorities that will further our industry’s ability boost the economy and create jobs and opportunity for all Americans,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Free and fair trade policy, efficient transportation measures, systemic regulatory process reforms and policies that respect market place competition and consumer choice for paper-based products rank high on our list. We are eager to continue working with the Administration and Congress and state governments to advance shared goals that will open the door for our companies to invest, innovate and compete at home and around the globe. With more than 900,000 employees in rural and urban communities across 45 states, we are one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation with an ability to thrive with the support of forward-thinking public policy.”

AF&PA’s top advocacy priorities for the coming year:
- Trade: Free and fair trade policies that recognize our strong global position are essential. As policymakers weigh potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we will work to ensure Canadian and Mexican markets remain open to our industry’s exports and recognize the benefits of our interconnected supply chain. Our priorities for NAFTA include maintaining open access for U.S. exports, a level playing field for U.S. companies, transparent and sound science-based regulatory practices, commitment to combat illegal logging and associated trade and retaining investor-state dispute settlement protections.
Additionally, we believe China has violated its obligation under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and will disrupt international trade and the global market for recovered fiber by their import-limiting actions. We will continue to urge Chinese authorities to immediately engage with the U.S. and other WTO member states to address our concerns.
- Transportation Efficiency: Access to globally-competitive freight delivery is essential. The forest products industry faces a nationwide shortage of transportation capacity and inefficiencies that must be addressed. Moving raw materials to mills and moving products to customers remains increasingly difficult and costly. Safely increasing truck weight limits on federal interstate highways and freight rail system rate and service improvements are necessary and have our continued support.
- Regulatory Reform: The cost, complexity and volume of regulations disproportionately affects manufacturers, and we commend the Administration for its focus on streamlining and eliminating unwarranted regulations and modernizing the permit process.We also look forward to supporting efforts to improve the regulatory process that will promote the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and job creation and enhance societal well-being.
- Paper-Product Policies: AF&PA supports policies that respect market dynamics and consumer choice. We expect a steady pace of state and local legislative and regulatory activity this year on paper and packaging recovery, fees and bans. We will promote our industry’s recovery of 67.2 percent of used paper and packaging for recycling and our commitment to continuous improvement of existing recycling systems as an alternative to unwarranted regulatory measures that distort markets for our products and harm consumers.

Additionally, we support legislative measures that help the United States Postal Service achieve long-term viability by realigning its outdated cost structure, encouraging new revenue resources and leveraging a unique infrastructure to meet the service needs of future customers. We will continue to follow Congressional action on postal reform and work with the Postal Regulatory Commission to ensure that mail is a preferred and competitive option in the marketplace.

AF&PA member companies continue to lead on sustainability performance. Our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative - one of the most extensive sets of sustainability goals for a U.S. manufacturing industry – remains a priority.
(AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)

Newsgrafik #118988
 16.01.2018

Sulzer introduces the SIL inline single stage centrifugal pump range  (Company news)

The new SIL pump range was developed to meet the process requirements in various general and industrial applications. It is designed for clean liquid processes, using Sulzer‘s long experience and in-depth pumping technology knowledge.

The SIL pump range is ideal for pumping mainly clean and slightly contaminated liquids, viscous liquids up to 250 cSt, and fibrous slurries up to a consistency of 1%. The hydraulic design ensures efficient pumping with a low NPSHr (net positive suction head required) across the whole pump range.

The inline design together with the monoblock construction makes the SIL pump compact, rigid and reliable. The pump is available either with an integrated motor or with a standard IEC motor. SIL pumps are easy and fast to install both in vertical and in horizontal positions, and they require only a small installation space.

The SIL inline pump range fulfills the efficiency regulations across all industries as well as the design requirements of the ISO 5199 international standard. For the customer this means substantial savings in the total life-cycle costs and a reduced environmental footprint.

Premium efficiency
The SIL pump exceeds the European Union‘s requirements for energy-related products (ErP). These regulations specify the minimum efficiency values for water pumps, with the target of reducing the energy consumption. The entire pump range exceeds the MEI 0.4 (Minimum Efficiency Index).

MEI, the minimum efficiency index for standardized water pumps, was set to be ≥0.4 as of the beginning of 2015. This means that at present 40% of the pumps on the market do not comply.

Sulzer’s SIL pump range fulfills the requirements of ErP and of all other industrial efficiency regulations.

True reliability
The monoblock construction of the SIL pump range eliminates the need for a bearing unit. This solution minimizes the number of wearing parts and the need for maintenance.

The optimized shaft sealing chamber and impeller balancing holes guarantee improved conditions for the shaft seal and maximize its life time.

The impeller is designed in tandem with the casing and sealing chamber. This design results in efficient hydraulics with reliable shaft sealing, ensuring high reliability. The closed impeller is designed to suit versatile liquids, maximizing standardization and minimizing the need for spare parts.

Minimized total cost of ownership (TCO)
The installation, operating, and spare part costs of the new SIL pump range are low, as are the downtime costs thanks to the minimized need for maintenance of the trouble-free monoblock construction. If needed, the back pull-out design allows quick access for servicing without detaching the pump from the piping.

Due to the high efficiency of the SIL pump range, its energy consumption is low. Together these qualities of the new SIL pump reduce the total cost of ownership to the benefit of the customer.
(Sulzer Pumps Ltd)

Newsgrafik #118990
 16.01.2018

Zünd Cut Center 3.0 – more efficient, more productive  (Company news)

Zünd releases Version 3.0 of its comprehensive Zünd Cut Center – ZCC software suite. It offers additional and enhanced registration methods for even greater productivity as well as an added, browser-based Dashboard for remote access to all performance and production data.

Caption: Dashboard gives management and production staff easy, full-time remote access to all relevant production data.

Zünd has expanded its already comprehensive software suite with new functionalities and another boost in performance and user-friendly operation. The new release includes a variety of intelligent workflow options. Additional registration methods generate significant increases in overall productivity.

ZCC Version 3.0 now includes refined algorithms for capturing only those register marks essential for accurately determining position, skew and distortion. Consequently, the ICC camera targets only critical marks for capture while ignoring the rest. This leads to enormous time savings and translates into significant increases in productivity. Dashboard is another highlight of the latest version of Zünd Cut Center. This new browser-based function visualizes performance and productivity data of the Zünd cutters operating on the production floor. Dashboard gives management and production staff easy, round-the-clock remote access to all relevant production data. Real-time job status can be viewed anytime, anywhere. Visualized statistics provide a clear, instantaneous overview of Zünd cutter productivity for user-definable time periods.

Organization and clarity are the be-all and end-all of smart production planning. That is exactly what Zünd's proven Cut Queue offers, with a tool palette that facilitates production planning and job management. Cut Queue estimates production times and facilitates setup by visualizing job contours. Many settings, such as overcut compensation and offsets for objects and cut paths, can either be handled automatically through hot folders or manually, at any time, via Cut Editor. Hot folders automatically generate production-ready files from commonly used layout and CAD programs. This accelerates file prep and eliminates manual steps in job setup. At the same time, the software also automatically optimizes cut data for the shortest possible processing time by determining the optimal cut direction, cut sequence and cut path, closing open contours, smoothing curves, etc. Cut Editor also provides such useful functions as crease-counter generation for high-quality creasing, powerful nesting features for maximum material yield, and a variety of routing features designed to deliver superior routing quality, productivity and profitability.
(Zünd Systemtechnik AG)

Newsgrafik #118993
 16.01.2018

Mimaki Europe Welcomes Danna Drion as Senior Marketing Manager for EMEA  (Company news)

Rich marketing experience in high tech, IT and telecom adds depth to Mimaki Europe team

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, reported that Danna Drion (photo) has joined its marketing team as Senior Marketing Manager for EMEA. Prior to joining Mimaki, Drion held senior marketing positions at a variety of high tech, IT and telecom companies, including Pyramid Analytics, Red Hat, Oracle, BEA Systems, British Telecom and MCI/WorldCom. Drion’s rich background in successful marketing of technical offerings in the B2B market will bring fresh thinking and expertise to Mimaki Europe marketing efforts.

“I am excited to be joining Mimaki Europe,” Drion said. “I’ve been impressed with the company’s ability to rapidly introduce a large number of exciting and innovative products as well as the range of printing and cutting solutions Mimaki offers. This includes everything from printing on paper, plastics, rigid materials and cylindrical objects to its new 3DUJ-553 3D printer, the company’s first foray into the growing 3D market. I’ll be focused on a balance between Mimaki’s local and international interests with a goal of providing our growing partner network with the latest solutions, and ensuring they have the training necessary for their success and that of their customers. 2018 will be an exciting year!”

Prior to joining Mimaki Europe, Drion served as Director of Marketing for Pyramid Analytics, a recognised innovator in business intelligence, and spent a number of years in the open source software business. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam with degrees in Business Economics and Marketing.

“In addition to her strong marketing background, Danna will also bring deep knowledge and expertise in business intelligence and data analytics, helping Mimaki Europe strengthen its marketing efforts and further deepen customer relationships,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “She joins us at a very opportune time and has the right experience and knowledge to make significant contributions to the organisation. But the truly deciding factor was her background as an inspirational, motivational and strategic manager for companies, both large and small. I know she will add real value to our marketing efforts and more.”
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

Newsgrafik #118974
 15.01.2018

A.Celli Rebuilding: a new paper winder for Muda Paper Mills Malaysia  (Firmennews)

Muda Paper Mills Malaysia, Tasek Mill: an old paper winder comes back into fashion!

In October 2017, A.Celli Paper’s Customer Service team installed and successfully concluded the upgrade performed on an old paper winder with the final start-up.

The intervention, which entailed updating the winder’s slitting section with a modern, fully automatic positioning system of the slitting units, allowed the customer to immediately increment production, substantially reducing the time loss during the production change, following all modern concepts of safety requirements for the operators.

A.Celli Paper worked in close contact with the customer and the teamwork yielded optimal results. Indeed, the solutions applied were designed in advance, tested and then shared with the customer’s work team. The new configuration kept into consideration the convenience of the operations to be performed on the one hand, and the needs of Muda Paper Mills on the other, in order to obtain the best results in terms of efficiency in the shortest possible installation times, turning an old winder into a superbly operating and productive system.

The customer was very appreciative of the project, acknowledging the high level of professionalism of A.Celli Paper’s Customer Service team and its ability to always find functional, practical and intelligent solutions through engineering/design analyses, and always keeping the strategic-industrial demands of the individual customers in mind.

A.Celli Paper is capable of offering prompt & effective consultancy in-line with any type of investment and production demand.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #118976
 15.01.2018

Flambeau River Papers CEO affirms value added and specialty paper strategy - ...  (Company news)

... Announces reduction in commodity paper capacity

In an announcement to Flambeau River Papers (FRP) employees on January 5, 2018, William (Butch) Johnson, CEO of FRP affirmed that the key to FRP’s long term viability is the enhanced dedication and focus of all at FRP on increasing technical paper-making capabilities and continued growth of sales of FRP “value added” and “specialty” papers.

FRP expanded efforts to grow production of value added and specialty papers approximately five years ago. Sales of these grades now represent over 90% of the mill’s capacity on Paper Machines #1 and #2.

Butch continued “That while papers like laser bond and offset (run on Paper Machine #3 (#3PM)) have been good fill grades for the mill in the past, they are no longer, and jeopardize the mills ability to continue operations. Therefore, we will exit production of these commodity type papers and idle our #3PM effective January 5th 2018”.

Johnson closed with “As a result of idling #3PM, some of our fellow FRP employees will lose their jobs and our surrounding community will be impacted. This will be painful for all of us. We are committed to doing what we can to help the affected employees find new jobs. These painful changes at the mill are necessary to help ensure a viable and sustainable pulp and paper operation for Flambeau River Papers, the City of Park Falls, and all the good paying jobs that the mill provides”.
(Flambeau River Papers LLC)

Newsgrafik #118986
 15.01.2018

Label printers world wide use the flexibility and productivity of new Gallus Labelmaster  (Company news)

Picture: Easy to operate, the Gallus Labelmaster finished changeover of two label jobs in a very short time

- Successful launch in China end of 2017
- New standard in cost effectiveness

At the beginning of December last year, Heidelberg China and Gallus Shanghai jointly organized in the Print Media Center in Shanghai a launch event for the Gallus Labelmaster in China. Around 160 guests from label print shops in China and Region Asia as well as media journalists attended the event. They were able to watch live demos of the Gallus Labelmaster in label production and experienced a new height in leading label printing. “We are extremely optimistic about the future development of packaging and label printing in China”, explains Benny Huang, CEO of Heidelberg China. “In recent years, with an increasing middle class and accelerating urbanization processes, there are more and more specific requirements on packaging and label. It is our duty to continue providing high quality products and services for packaging and label print shops in China.” Asia has become the fastest growing label market in the world. It is expected that by 2019, the Asian label market will have increased by 5.5%, in which the growth rate of self-adhesive labels will reach 6.3%.

“Owing to the higher cost of raw materials and labor today, print shops are paying more attention to productivity”, describes Teddy Jiang, General Manager of Gallus Shanghai. “At the same time, influenced by consumers and branding goods manufacturers, packaging and label printing is moving towards short run, multiple orders and product diversification.“

Since entering the Chinese market nearly ten years ago, Gallus has sold over 100 machines. Together with Heidelberg China Gallus will introduce their machines to more Chinese customers.

After the full integration of the Gallus Holding AG into Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in 2014, the Gallus Innovation Days were held at the Gallus headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland in September 2016. Customers from all over the world saw for themselves the world premiere of the Gallus Labelmaster, the latest flexographic printing press designed for the label market. A year after that, in September 2017, visitors of Labelexpo Brussels were totally convinced of the high efficiency as well as high flexibility presented by the new Gallus Labelmaster. The machine has set a new benchmark in 17 inch label printing. Already now, only three months after the market launch, there are more than 20 presses installed in foreign countries and customers’ feedbacks are positive.
(Heidelberg China Ltd)

Newsgrafik #118991
 15.01.2018

Juha Pilli-Sihvola appointed CFO of Metsä Tissue  (Company news)

Juha Pilli-Sihvola (M.Sc. Econ.) is appointed CFO of Metsä Tissue Corporation as of 1 February 2018. He reports to CEO Petri Helsky and is a member of Metsä Tissue management team. Pilli-Sihvola is in charge of Metsä Tissue’s finance and control organization as well as ICT matters.

He moves to the new position from Metsä Wood, where he has been CFO as of July 2017. Pilli-Sihvola has a long career in financial management positions in e.g. Microsoft mobile Oy, Nokia, KPMG Consulting and Kemira.
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118962
 12.01.2018

Market launch for Sappi's Fusion Uncoated Announced  (Company news)

Uncoated fresh fibre liner expands the Sappi line for corrugated board applications

Sappi expands its container board product range and with Fusion Uncoated, offers an uncoated fresh fibre liner in the corrugated board market. With the development of Sappi’s Fusion Uncoated, a fully bleached fresh fibre liner, the specialist paper manufacturer is continuing to expand its product offering for the high-volume corrugated board market. Fusion Uncoated is based on the paper concept for the already very successful Fusion Topliner. In contrast to the double-coated Fusion Topliner, Fusion Uncoated has a natural, uncoated surface. Ideal applications include corrugated board and carton packaging, requiring a high white appearance for the topliner, inner liner and fluting.

"Sappi's core expertise lies in the production of fresh fibre papers,” says Bernd Gelder, Product Group Manager for Containerboard at Sappi. “This makes the development of Fusion Uncoated a logical next step in our ambition to create an ever more appealing container board portfolio. We can now offer an uncoated surface with a natural look for the premium corrugated board sector. Fusion Uncoated is wood-free and impresses with its high whiteness and strength values."

Fusion Uncoated is approved for direct food contact and is recommended for use when branded product manufacturers, designers and corrugated board processors are seeking an alternative to brown liner papers. These applications include inner packaging such as white corrugated board inserts for high-end perfume boxes as well as food packaging. These often-unprinted cartons present a luxury surface finish thanks to their high level of whiteness. Other application’s include display and shelf-ready packaging, for which uncoated paper finishes are often the preferred option.

Fusion Uncoated is produced at the Sappi plant in Stockstadt, which has many years of experience in the manufacture of uncoated papers. Currently there are seven weights available, from 70 to 130 g/m2,in sheet and roll formats. As with Fusion Topliner, the low weights meet the rising demand for weight savings with corrugated board packaging. Also, as a special requirements for food packaging, another version of this liner has recently been developed, without the addition of optical brighteners and is offered under the name Fusion Uncoated OF. Both Fusion Uncoated and Uncoated OF feature excellent printability with offset, flexo, screen and digital printing.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

Newsgrafik #118966
 12.01.2018

Taipei-based K-Lin chooses Xeikon 9800s for first foray into digital book printing  (Company news)

Thorough market review revealed Xeikon delivers best quality for long-tail book printing

Xeikon announced that K-Lin, a leading Taipei book printer specializing in high quality culinary, travel and educational books, has chosen to install three Xeikon 9800 digital web-fed presses to support its first foray into digital printing. The company has also added a top-of-the-line inline Muller Martini book binding system which accepts direct roll feeding from the Xeikon presses. This combination makes it the most advanced printer of books in Taiwan.

“We thoroughly reviewed both inkjet and toner digital presses from all of the top manufacturers during our decision process,” says Mr.Tsai, K-Lin’s owner. “We needed to ensure we could produce the very high quality our publishers expect, in line with offset production, and Xeikon came out at the head of the pack with good reproduction capabilities, including the fine details that are a signature part of many of the books we publish.”

Mr.Tsai states that the company would still continue to print most first edition books using offset, but adds; “For second and third editions, and for smaller quantities of specialized titles or books on demand, digital printing is ideal. We expect our Xeikon presses to be a key to our ability to profitably tackle what has been a challenge in the past. In addition, by adding inline book binding, we no longer need to outsource the binding of these shorter run books, which will save both time and cost.”

Mr.Tsai points out that while runs for these books are short, the number of titles is quite large. “We also needed a digital press that could print on almost any substrate,” he comments. “We can rarely make the decision about which paper stock will be used as this is defined by the publishers. Our Xeikon 9800s allow us to print on papers ranging from 60 to 360 gsm with the option for inline varnish, enabling us to digitally print covers as well.”

The Xeikon 9800 digital press is a high productivity single-pass duplex web-fed digital printing press that prints at 1200 dpi. It is part of a total solution that includes toner, print media, binding equipment and the Xeikon X-800 digital front-end, all working as an integrated digital book printing factory. It offers a fifth colour station that can be used for special toners, including spot colours and UV reflecting clear toner. The Xeikon 9800 prints at up to 21 meters per minute on web widths ranging from 320 to 512 mm.

“It has been a pleasure working with the talented staff at K-Lin as they add digital printing to their platform,” concludes Bent Serritslev, Xeikon General Manager Asia. “The company has mastered the ability to seamlessly direct print projects to offset and/or digital, and its publisher clients are delighted with its ability to cost-effectively produce smaller lots of books within a short cycle time, with no compromise in quality. It is a win/win strategy.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Newsgrafik #118973
 12.01.2018

Bain Capital Private Equity acquires Fedrigoni   (Company news)

Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global private investment firm, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fedrigoni, a leading global producer of specialty papers and self-adhesive labels. The Fedrigoni family will retain a minority stake in the business.

Established in 1888 and headquartered in Verona, Italy, Fedrigoni is internationally recognised for its high-quality product range and customer service. In 2017, the Company is expected to generate sales of approximately €1.1bn. It has manufacturing facilities in Italy, Spain and Brazil and a global distribution network, with more than 2,700 employees. .

Fedrigoni sells directly to its multinational customers including fashion houses and fine wine producers, through its own distribution network. Its products include special papers for luxury packaging and labels for the food and beverage and pharma industries.

“Fedrigoni is an exciting business with strong brands and differentiated offering in speciality products,” said Ivano Sessa, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity. “We believe Fedrigoni has the potential to grow significantly, both organically and through acquisitions, and look forward to partnering with the management team to accelerate this as we have done in several other industrial global businesses. We are delighted to be building on our industrial and Italian franchise, following our recent investments in European finTyre Distribution and several others.”

“In 130 years of history, the Fedrigoni family has fully supported the growth and development of its eponymous business, reaching a leadership positioning in European specialty papers and labels. Capitalising also on its recent foreign acquisitions in the U.S.A. and in Brazil, today Fedrigoni is an international player requiring additional resources to support its global ambitions” said Alessandro Fedrigoni, Chairman of Fedrigoni. “We have found in Bain Capital the ideal investor to drive Fedrigoni into its next stage of global development given its deep industrial expertise, operational skills and its worldwide pool of resources.”

The transaction remains subject to approvals by competent regulatory authorities.

Fedrigoni was advised by BNP Paribas, Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners and Canestrari & Crescentini Associati. Bain Capital was advised by Rothschild, Poyry Consulting & Capital, Fisher International, PwC, Latham & Watkins, Kirkland & Ellis and Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati. BNP Paribas, HSBC, UBI Banca and KKR will be the joint bookrunners on the associated financing.
(Fedrigoni S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #118957
 11.01.2018

Greycon increases commitment in India with new hires  (Company news)

Greycon has expanded its team in India, utilising India-based consultants in a continued effort to improve client relations and further business progression.

The three new consultants are Sharad Mittal, Business Development Manager; Prem Shankar Mer, Technical Sales Support; and Abhijit Patwardhan, Consultant.

Greycon has been winning new business with major players in India in the Plastic Film and Paper industry by combining knowledge and skills of the India resident experts with its powerful planning and optimisation tools. Greycon has executed this model successfully to develop and grow globally over the last 30 years to over 500 sites in 40 countries.

Abhijit Vijay Patwardhan has eleven years of Industry experience, of which he has spent eight years in Supply Chain Management (SCM) optimisation, along with experience in MES implementations, Plan and Schedule optimization, Integration Design for automation landscape and L1 automation designing.

Abhijit commented: “I joined Greycon as I am aware of the company’s culture and the power and depth of their solutions. I am looking forward to developing my career at Greycon and exchanging industry knowledge.”

Prem Shankar Mer has ten years of industry experience and has been associated with production planning and business process improvements since 2007. Prem has a good understanding of Supply Chain management and worked with leading packaging and flexible films companies like SRF, Euro Packaging in India and across the world as Planner serving major global customers.

“I am happy to be a part of a positive organisation which will help me enrich my professional career. In return I will help Greycon customers grow and maximize the benefit from use of Greycon solutions,” says Prem, Technical Sales Support at Greycon.

Sharad Mittal, Business Development, India at Greycon commented: “What I have admired most about the Greycon products is the value for money they deliver, the extremely short payback periods, ease of use and the depth of their optimisation capability. This, backed by a highly knowledgeable and devoted workforce. I am really happy to be associated with Greycon. ”

Sharad has over thirty years of industry experience and has been associated with sales and implementation of Supply Chain planning and optimisation software since 1997. He has a deep understanding of Supply Chain best practices and systems. Sharad works with clients in the use information technology tools, coupled with business process improvements, to make quantum improvements in supply chain performance. Sharad has been associated with sales and implementation of Greycon solutions in the plastic film and paper industry in India over the last eight years.

Greycon’s strength is in providing a suite of solutions that understand the complexity of roll-base and flat-sheet material production. There are currently 2000+ planners worldwide using Greycon systems every day. This number is rising continuously as is Greycon’s presence in the global market.
(Greycon Ltd)

Newsgrafik #118960
 11.01.2018

Zecher establishes anilox roller cooperation with Daetwyler USA  (Company news)

Anilox roller manufacturer expands its distribution network to the US market

With a growing distribution network, the anilox roller manufacturer Zecher GmbH is continuously expanding into new regions and is driving the growth of the company forward. “The USA offers a high level of sales potential with the world’s largest flexographic printing market, which we haven’t proactively explored until now. This will now change.”, says Zecher’s Sales Manager, Thomas Reinking.

With Daetwyler, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium doctor blades, Zecher has brought a partner with a great market position on board who, from now on, will supply customers in the United States and Canada with Zecher anilox rollers. With its strong presence in this sales region and its excellent customer service, Daetwyler has successfully established itself in the market over the last 40 years and is therefore an ideal cooperation partner for us to expand our international sales.

Daetwyler shares the benefits of cooperating with Zecher and wants to make the best use of the synergies of this partnership. “With Zecher’s premium anilox rollers, Daetwyler will further strengthen its reputation as a supplier of high-quality pressroom products with a strong technical know-how in sales”, says Roger Heid, Managing Director of Daetwyler USA.

With Zecher’s anilox rollers as a complement to the product portfolio, Daetwyler wants to make it possible for its customers to obtain a comprehensive range of services from a single source. “When it comes to a demanding printing performance, doctor blades are only part of the equation”, says Kurt Oegerli, Head of the Graphic Arts Division of Daetwyler USA. “Through our partnership with Zecher we can offer our customers a complete printing solution along with the passion for excellence that our customers expect from us.”
(Zecher GmbH)

Newsgrafik #118961
 11.01.2018

Ricoh unveils the Ri 100 Direct to Garment printer  (Company news)

Ricoh continues to expand the possibilities for new and existing garment printing businesses with the launch of an entry level Direct to Garment (DTG) printer, the RICOH Ri 100.

Ideal for creative entrepreneurs starting a garment printing business or those wanting to add a new profitable product line to their existing printing business, the RICOH Ri 100 uniquely combines high quality output and ease of use at an affordable price level. It is best suited for low volume printing needs.

The latest solution further expands Ricoh’s DTG portfolio, which includes the recently launched RICOH Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 DTG printers. The Ri 100 enables operations to print on demand promotional and personalised items like T-shirts, cloth bags, cushion covers and sweatshirts. The Ri 100 can print on a wide range of materials from 100% cotton to blends with a minimum of 50% cotton.

The Ri 100 enables print providers to respond flexibly to the changing needs of the end user. It delivers dynamic offerings with quick, high quality digital printing and without the need for minimum order quantities. It is expected to become popular across a wide range of industries and for many activities, including fashion, universities, colleges & schools, corporate brands, SMBs, home decoration shops, tourism, youth groups, sports clubs and charity events.

The Ri 100 supports wireless printing from any application or workstation with a simple printer driver. Meanwhile, user-friendly automatic maintenance features support uptime. Additional design software can be used to enhance pictures and add text.

Graham Kennedy,Head of Commercial Inkjet Business, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe,says: “We are delighted to build on the success of the Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 with this compact entry level option. Its affordability and ease of use will attract a new audience to garment decoration and allow operations to expand their range of services fully supported by the highly knowledgeable and responsive Ricoh team. It has never been easier to start Direct to Garment printing with a complete solution from one vendor.”

The system includes the stackable, Ricoh Rh 100 Finisher as an option. This space-saving solution eliminates the need for a separate heat press.

The Ri 100 Direct to Garment printer also incorporates versatile Ricoh piezo-electric inkjet technology to deliver crisp high quality prints. The integrated variable drop size technology enables the printing of detailed designs and photographs with smooth gradations at 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution.

The Ricoh Ri 100 will be available in the UK, Netherlands and Spain from April. It will be available in the rest of EMEA later in the spring.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Newsgrafik #118967
 11.01.2018

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire Powerflute   (Company news)

As part of the dual listed company structure, Mondi Limited and Mondi plc (the “Companies” and together “Mondi Group”, the “Group” or “Mondi”) notify both the JSE Limited and the London Stock Exchange of matters required to be disclosed under the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited and/or the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules and the Listing Rules of the United Kingdom Listing Authority.

Mondi Group has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Powerflute Group Holdings Oy (“Powerflute” or the “Company”), a division of Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings (“NPAC Holdings”), for a total consideration of €365 million on an enterprise value basis.

Powerflute operates an integrated pulp and paper mill in Kuopio (Finland) with an annual production capacity of 285,000 tonnes of high-performance semi-chemical fluting. Powerflute’s premium semi-chemical fluting is sold to a diverse range of customers, primarily for packaging fresh fruit and vegetables, but also other end-uses such as electronics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Around half of the Company’s production is sold in Europe, while the remainder is exported globally.

For the year ended 31 December 2017, the Company is expected to generate revenues of around €183 million and unaudited pro-forma adjusted EBITDA of around €42 million. Powerflute will be integrated into Mondi’s Packaging Paper Business Unit.

Commenting on the acquisition, Peter Oswald, Chief executive of Mondi Group, said: “The acquisition of Powerflute supports our strategy of investing in high-quality packaging and paper assets. We are excited by this opportunity to expand our customer offering by further broadening our containerboard product range and geographic reach.”

The transaction remains subject to competition clearance and customary closing conditions and is expected to complete in the first half of 2018.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

Newsgrafik #118947
 10.01.2018

HP delivers first HP PageWide C500 Press for direct digital corrugated printing  (Company news)

Customer site installation of groundbreaking post-print solution begins at Carmel Frenkel

HP Inc. announced the first delivery of an HP PageWide C500 Press for digital mainstream corrugated direct-to-board printing to a customer site, as HP continues to expand its portfolio of innovative package printing solutions.

Carmel Frenkel will serve as the customer testing site for the HP PageWide C500 Press, now moving a step closer toward commercialization. The Caesarea, Israel-based converter supplies packaging solutions for leading brands, including in the food and beverage industry.

“The installation marks a significant milestone in the launch of the HP PageWide C500 Press. This groundbreaking technology can address the broadest range of digitally post-printed corrugated packaging applications, including the growing segment of food packaging,” said Eric Wiesner, general manager, HP PageWide Industrial Division, HP Inc.

Announced at drupa 2016, the first HP PageWide C500 commercial units are due to be installed in 2018 at launch customers in Europe and the United States.

An ideal digital solution to address the dynamic packaging market
The HP PageWide C500 provides a cost-effective digital alternative for offset lamination and flexo production. The press delivers offset quality direct-to-board with mainstream productivity on both coated and uncoated papers, delivering packaging with vibrant graphics that preserves even the finest details.

With its special water-based ink formulation, the HP PageWide C500 will enable converters to print food applications that can help comply with global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.

“Unlike some other digital printing alternatives, HP PageWide water-based Inks are 100% free of UV-reactive chemistries. Thus, these inks enable robust and trusted food-safe printing for both primary and secondary corrugated packaging,” Wiesner added.

The HP PageWide C500 press joins HP’s portfolio of solutions for corrugated applications, providing converters with new opportunities to satisfy dynamic market requirements, including speed to market, high customization and short runs, and supply chain efficiency.

HP also offers a comprehensive solution for converters to go digital, including digital workflow, business development tools, financing, and ramp-up support, as it continues to lead digital printing adoption by converters worldwide.

The HP PageWide C500 press offers the following features:

- Prints on 1.3 (W) x 2.5 (L) sized boards maximum
- Speed of 75 linear m/min (246 linear ft/min)
- Innovative HP Virtual Belt technology for accurate corrugated board handling, delivering offset quality directly on the board
- Supports a wide range of media, including industrial grade corrugated boards, from the lightest micro-flute to the heaviest double-wall board thanks to HP Corrugated Grip Technology
(Hewlett-Packard GmbH)

Newsgrafik #118948
 10.01.2018

Ellerhold Group succeeded with expansion of adhesive label capacity through ...  (Company news)

... the acquisition of two Nilpeter MO-4 offset presses

Picture: Maximilian Ellerhold (left), Director of Production and Technology, and Christoph Kugler, Sales at Nilpeter GmbH, with the Nilpeter MO-4 in Zirndorf

With the acquisition of two Nilpeter MO-4 offset presses, installed in two locations in Glücksburg and Zirndorf, the Ellerhold Group has expanded its capacity within adhesive labels production.

Innovative Technologies
The beginning of the Ellerhold success story dates back 30 years. In 1987, in Zirndorf near Nuremberg, Germany, Frank Ellerhold founded a printing company, which produced silkscreen printed posters. Today, Ellerhold is a pan-European Group achieving a turnover of 84 million euros in 2016 with more than 630 employees.

As Maximilian Ellerhold explains, son of Frank Ellerhold, the history of the company, which has been operating as a public limited company since 2005, is strongly influenced by the experimentation of his father. New technology has always been an incentive for him to gain advantages and use them profitably for the benefit of the customer. One example was digital printing, which was already introduced in the company in 1993.

Labels Secure the Future
In 2006, label printing became a part of the company portfolio, and since then this market segment has been further expanded. One of the main reasons for this expansion was the impact of digitization on poster printing. In large cities, new technologies such as large-format LED screens are sometimes used instead of billboards today. In contrast, packaging and labels are not replaceable by digital media because they also have physical functions to fulfil.

Three years later, with the acquisition of Berlin-based Goetz + Müller GmbH, the label product area was expanded to include high quality finished labels, e.g. for spirits. Finally, in 2014, a third label printing company came along, when Frank Ellerhold bought the company Offset Ketels, near Glücksburg, out of insolvency.

Investment in Offset
Ellerhold Group made the next major leap in development in 2016 by commissioning two identical Nilpeter MO-4 combination presses for the two locations in Glücksburg and Zirndorf. The focus is on the use of offset in combination with other printing processes and extensive finishing options. The presses have eight printing units, five of which are offset. All printing units may optionally be equipped with flexo or screen-printing. For high quality finishing, two FP-4 flatbed hot foil and embossing units are integrated. All common finishing techniques such as hot and cold foil, embossing, and lamination are possible. A special feature is the equipment of an inline measuring and control system from Lithec. This is the first time the system has been used on a Nilpeter press. The system ensures low waste rates, an important factor with regards to high material costs of some adhesive materials, and also supports employees during machine operations.

The two brothers, Stephan and Maximilian Ellerhold, who form the management board of Ellerhold AG, consider label production to be an important part of the company future. Their focus is on high quality, value-added labels, e.g. for the beverage market, especially for wine and spirits.

Unanimous Decision
The significance of the project to the Ellerhold Group was seen in the decision-making process. Both business and production managers at the two locations, Zirndorf and Glücksburg, were involved in scrutinising the advantages and disadvantages of the three shortlisted press suppliers. The election of Nilpeter’s MO-4 was unanimous. The MO-Line offered the right overall concept for the special requirements at both locations.

The focus was mainly on important benefits such as setup and job run times. In addition, Ellerhold presented the press manufacturers with extremely complicated designs to test the printing quality. Nilpeter was able to meet all expectations. Ultimately, however, the many options within value-added inline printing made the difference for Nilpeter.
(Nilpeter GmbH)

Newsgrafik #118958
 10.01.2018

Lecta Lends a Hand to Help Usher in 2018 - With its HandsMadeArt calendar  (Company news)

From Rembrandt to Van Gogh, from Modigliani to Cézanne, Lecta invites us to
experience 2018 hand in hand with 12 artists who portray the subtlety, strength, sensitivity, modesty and power of something as difficult to draw and as expressive as the human hand.

The calendar consists of 12 different pictorial styles and techniques belonging to French art collections in which hands are the protagonist, speaking to us and transmitting emotion in a unique way. Lecta’s 2018 HandsMadeArt calendar continues along the creative line that began with last year’s 2017 ArtFaces calendar.

The colors, strokes and detail of the artwork selected for the calendar are highlighted in the pages printed on GardaPremium Natural, Lecta’s new 2 side coated silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade from its range of premium coated papers for publishing.

A limited edition has been created for the French market, printed on Lecta’s Condat matt Périgord, a silk paper with extraordinary bulk and an exceptional extra matt surface. The French version of the calendar is aligned with the current “Des papiers à l’image de notre culture” (Paper, a reflection of our culture) campaign from Lecta’s range of Condat brand papers.
(LECTA)

Newsgrafik #118880
 09.01.2018

Thomas Körmendi starts as CEO in Elopak   (Company news)

Elopak announces Thomas Körmendi (photo) as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of the Elopak Group, to join on 01 April 2018.

Thomas Körmendi is currently CEO at Kezzler AS, a Norwegian company working with the digitalization of packaging. Earlier in his career Thomas worked about twenty years at Tetra Pak in various international positions. His latest position in Tetra Pak was as Vice President and head of North Europe with 1200 employees and four multi country production plants.

“With the recruitment of Thomas Körmendi we have secured an international profile with solid knowledge of the industry to realize the strategic ambitions of the Elopak Group”, says John Giverholt, Chairman of the Elopak Board of Directors. “I look forward to the cooperation with Thomas to further develop and strengthen Elopak.”

Thomas Körmendi will be based at Elopak’s Group Headquarters in Skøyen, Oslo, Norway.
(Elopak AS)

Newsgrafik #118944
 09.01.2018

BillerudKorsnäs is impacted by shortage of pulpwood due to wet and mild winter  (Company news)

Wet and mild weather in the fall and early winter has led to a shortage of pulpwood in late 2017 and early 2018.

The root cause of the shortage of pulp wood is the unusually wet and mild start of the winter. Normal winters the ground freezes which allows for efficient forestry. At present, forestry machines cannot be used in the forests in certain areas. In addition, the possibility of driving on the forest road network is limited in some areas, which also reduces the flow of wood. The situation is the same in the Nordic countries, western Russia and the three Baltic states.

BillerudKorsnäs has taken measures to minimize the effects of the lack of pulpwood and follows the situation on a daily basis. The measures taken are mainly mix changes in production and redistribution of flows to optimize the use of wood.

"We have the opportunity to change the product mix in our production to optimize wood usage. This is something we look over every day but what we now do from the perspective of economizing wood, especially short fiber. To the plant in Gävle we have also imported eucalyptus chips from South America, something that has been evaluated to be used in this type of situations that historically happens every 5-10 years, "says Uno Brinnen, Senior Vice President Forestry, BillerudKorsnäs.

The financial impact on Q4 2017 results is minor and it is difficult to assess the extent of the lack of pulpwood and how long the situation will last but given current assessments the estimated negative impact on earnings in Q1 2018 is approximately SEK 80-100 million.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB)

Newsgrafik #118939
 08.01.2018

Packaging from a design point of view  (Company news)

There are many sides to one package. Some people prefer packaging that is easy to store, others choose the package that can guarantee food safety, and to some, preserving the freshness of the food is the number one concern. But what are the consumers likes and dislikes from a design perspective?

Let’s face it, many people claim that the content of a package is the most important thing to them when they are choosing what product to get, but packaging really is paramount. Not only can the packaging have functional benefits, it also creates an emotional connection between the product and the consumer. The fact is, that with the world spinning as fast as it is now, many decisions are made fast and subconscious, leading to the consumer making fast judgements and therefore making packaging even more important.

When we asked consumers in our study what their strongest purchase influencers were, the look, feel and size scored higher than the functional features and material.

The consumers also value the ease of use and freshness protection when it comes to packaging. The functionality of the package is not a conscious purchase trigger, however it can lead to that the consumer chooses the package again, after trying it.

We promised also to talk about what the consumers actually don’t appreciate, and the biggest frustrations they have are concerning packages that promise features that they don’t deliver, packaging that is hard to open and close, leaking packaging, oversized packaging, and last but not least, dishonest packaging – meaning packaging that for example looks like paper but in fact is made of plastic. And honestly – who could blame them?
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Newsgrafik #118940
 08.01.2018

Sounds of BHS Corrugated   (Company news)

Coinciding with the 300 years event in September 2017, BHS Corrugated has received its own audio logo. Future-thinking, transparent and communicative – a company which develops solutions for the corrugating industry in the digital era.

For our customers we are a reliable and confident partner which provides them tailor-made and modern solutions for their corrugated plant. For our employees we are an employer, which attaches great importance to health, further education and well-being of its employees.
(BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)

Newsgrafik #118933
 05.01.2018

Acquisition of Zehntner GmbH Testing Instruments  (Company news)

Proceq SA, global leader in innovative non-destructive testing solutions, acquires Zehntner GmbH Testing Instruments, a leading producer of handheld retro-reflectometers crucial for road safety

Proceq today announced that the company will acquire Zehntner GmbH Testing Instruments, a leading Swiss-based manufacturer of retro-reflectometers, glossmeters and other surface testing products, under undisclosed terms.

Retroreflectometers measure the visibility of road infrastructure, which is a crucial road safety issue. Gloss measurement is one of the most important appearance criteria in the quality control of manifold products, among others in the paint, varnish, automotive, paper and processing industries.

The acquisition adds a new line of Swiss quality instruments to the Proceq product range and expands the product offering to include instruments which feature optics. The combined portfolio will benefit from Proceq’s well-established global distribution network and the proven Proceq R&D know-how.

Proceq CEO Dr. Ralph Mennicke said: “The fit between the two companies is excellent – best-in-class and market-leading portable technologies. We look forward to moving ahead broadening the range of NDT solutions for our customers, and combining the extensive global distributor networks.”

Zehntner CEO Peter Zehntner commented: “It is very pleasing that the well-established Zehntner brand becomes part of Proceq and the Tectus Group, and that the excellent work of our company, established over many decades, will now be enhanced by further investment within the same culture of Swiss quality and customer service.”

Marcel Poser, Proceq Executive Chairman and Tectus Group CEO stated: “This strategic acquisition is an important milestone in Proceq’s journey towards continued growth and product diversification. Proceq together with its parent Tectus Group continues to develop and invest in technologies crucial for the ongoing industrial revolution, while Zehntner contributes a key enabling technology for autonomous vehicle safety.”

This strategic announcement comes just weeks after Proceq released new Equotip®, Pundit® and Proceq GPR solutions leveraging the Internet of Things, cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence technologies to deliver greater capabilities for customers. Proceq will release additional products in 2018 which will further advance testing in NDT applications. The company’s go-to-market appeal is also enhanced by the roll-out of product models as rental solutions, which removes barriers traditionally experienced in NDT inspection.
(Proceq SA)

Newsgrafik #118938
 05.01.2018

Archroma joins the United Nations Global Compact initiative  (Company news)

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, has become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, joining the world’s leading voluntary corporate social responsibility initiative, with more than 9,500 participating companies from 160 countries.

As part of its deep-rooted commitment to lead the way toward making its industry more sustainable, Archroma formally pledges to support and promote the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. This is fully aligned with Archroma's Sustainability Policy and Code of Conduct.

In its 4 years of existence, Archroma has already made a recognized contribution to its commitment to make its industry more sustainable. The company introduced several innovations aiming to make textile or paper manufacturing more sustainable, such as its biomass-based EarthColors range or non-fluorinated Smartrepel® water-repellent finish. Archroma also implemented advanced, resource-saving manufacturing processes at several of its production facilities, such as its zero discharge facility in Jamshoro, Pakistan.

“Archroma shares the UN Global Compact goal to contribute to a more stable and inclusive global market and help build prosperous and thriving societies. We also believe that advancing the cause of sustainability is an ongoing effort, and that being a participant to the UN Global Compact will help us to walk further down this path and to convince those in our sphere of influence to join along,” comments Alexander Wessels, CEO of Archroma.

Visit Archroma's sustainability pages and blog for more information.
(Archroma Management GmbH)

Newsgrafik #118909
 04.01.2018

BillerudKorsnäs Opens Chicago Office  (Company news)

Swedish Leader in Sustainable Packaging Brings New Resources for U.S. Brands and Companies

BillerudKorsnäs, a leading Swedish manufacturer of world-class packaging materials has announced the opening of a regional facility in the Chicago area. Combined with current offices in Portland, OR and Miami, FL, the new location represents a significant expansion of customer service, support and supply capabilities in the North American market. It also reflects the current strategy of BillerudKorsnäs to grow its business in the U.S. and Canada.

Image Caption: BillerudKorsnäs opens a new facility in Chicago and expands staff to serve the Americas. Pictured (from left to right): Brian Jermyn, Jeff Espin, Peter Malmqvist, Inger Heinke and Sherrie Scales. Staff not pictured: Scott Carlson, Mark Maxwell

With net sales of over US$ 2.5 billion, BillerudKorsnäs provides world-class paper, fluting, liners, paperboard materials and advanced technologies to brand owners and converters. The company also offers BillerudKorsnäs Managed Packaging, a unique service that unlocks supply chain opportunities and reduces operational costs for global brands shipping from Southeast Asia. Additionally, the company’s Corrugated Solutions supplies lightweight and strong materials, including flutings and liners, to help brand owners package fragile goods requiring protection within demanding distribution systems.

BillerudKorsnäs was recently included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index’s Containers and Packaging category as among the 10 percent most sustainable companies in the world. BillerudKorsnäs improves packaging performance and enhances sustainability efforts for North American brands by sourcing raw materials from responsibly managed forests. The company is making significant investments in its production capabilities, including $622 million to construct a new board machine at its Gruvön, Sweden, production site and rebuilds in its existing pulp mill. These investments enable expanded production of liquid packaging board, coated and uncoated white kraft liners and cartonboard products to satisfy growing global demand, including in North America.

To help support brands and converters in North America, BillerudKorsnäs has expanded its staff with experienced industry professionals. Supporting sales and providing customer service expertise are the following individuals:
• Inger Heinke, business development director, Cartonboard, has been leading product and market development initiatives in the forest products industry for over 25 years, focusing on sustainable products and sustainable sourcing strategies.
• Sherrie Scales, customer service specialist, Cartonboard, has more than 10 years of customer care experience and is based in the Chicago office. She manages inquiries and is responsible for providing enhanced customer care and support.
• Jeff Espin, sales manager, Cartonboard, has a diverse printing and packaging industry background that spans more than 25 years. His positions have included sales management, operations management and technical services. He will be managing sales to folding box and printer customers.
• Brian Jermyn, business development manager, Cartonboard, has more than 20 years of business development experience working with high-end packaging companies marketing to luxury brands in the cosmetics, liquor, specialty foods and electronics industries. Based in New York, Brian will be working with brands to achieve new possibilities in packaging design and facilitating sustainable strategies.
• Scott Carlson, international account executive, has over 17 years of packaging industry experience providing custom solutions to the industrial, food and beverage and automotive segments. Based in Chicago, Scott helps global brands reduce total supply chain costs through BillerudKorsnäs Managed Packaging.
• Mark Maxwell, international account executive with BillerudKorsnäs Managed Packaging, has over 20 years of global packaging experience in the consumer goods, industrial and automotive segments. Based in Detroit, Mark works with brands to develop sustainable packaging solutions from Asia.
• Peter Malmqvist, marketing director for the Americas, recently relocated to the United States and will be managing marketing efforts from the Chicago office. Previously, Malmqvist served as marketing director with BillerudKorsnäs in Sweden.

”Opening a new facility in Chicago reflects the long-term strategy of BillerudKorsnäs to grow market share in North America by helping brand owners implement sustainable and innovative packaging solutions and to realize supply chain efficiencies. It also enhances our ability to supply high-quality products to our customers. Additionally, we are bringing new talent with years of experience in the paper and converting industries who will be dedicated to meeting and exceeding customer needs,” said Malmqvist.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Newsgrafik #118926
 04.01.2018

Sean Krajnik appointed Vice President & General Manager, Biron Mill  (Company news)

Catalyst Paper announced the appointment of Sean Krajnik (photo) as Vice President & General Manager of the Biron mill, effective January 2, 2018.

Mr. Krajnik brings extensive experience in the pulp and paper industry to his new role. He has spent more than 20 years in the coated specialty papers segment working in progressively senior roles, including product development, quality management, technical services, and production and mill management. Most recently, Mr. Krajnik was the mill manager of a major Las Vegas-based tissue, paper and converting facility.

“I am pleased to welcome Sean to Catalyst,” said Ned Dwyer, President & Chief Executive Officer. “As Biron is already the leader in ultra-lightweight coated paper, Sean’s depth of experience and capability will be invaluable to supporting our progress.”

Mr. Krajnik holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and several post-graduate certification programs, including Paper Science, Rapid Lean 6 Sigma and High Performance Management.

Located in Wisconsin, the Biron paper mill employs 350 hardworking men and women, and generates an economic impact estimated at $548 million.
(Catalyst Paper Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118927
 04.01.2018

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj: Appointment in the Executive Management Team  (Company news)

Thomas Wulkan has been appointed Executive Vice President, Business Area Decor and member of Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Executive Management Team. Thomas Wulkan joined Ahlstrom-Munksjö on January 1, 2018, and reports to Jan Åström, President and CEO.

Thomas Wulkan’s previous experience includes various positions in General Management, Business Development and Finance within Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA, during 1992-2016. Most recently he served as President Business Unit Middle East, India and Africa, before that as President Business Unit Personal Care Europe (2009-2011) and as President Business Unit Americas (2006-2008).

"I'm very happy to welcome Thomas to our team. With his strong background and long experience from the paper industry, he will be an excellent driving force for the further development of our decor paper business, contributing to Ahlstrom-Munksjö's continued success and growth", says Jan Åström, President and CEO.

Norbert Mix, current Executive Vice President, Business Area Decor, will leave this position and the Executive Management Team as of January 1, 2018.

“I would like to warmly thank Norbert Mix for having headed the decor business for Ahlstrom-Munksjö and its predecessors for many years and strongly contributed in building our position as world-leading within decor paper." says Jan Åström, President and CEO.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118929
 04.01.2018

Multiple awards success for Metsä Board’s SkinCare 2.0 gift box design  (Company news)

On 4 December Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards, was named Champion of Packaging Printing, Paper Packaging, at the 29th Hong Kong Print Awards for its innovative SkinCare 2.0 gift box design.

Created by Metsä Board’s packaging design team, the new improved SkinCare 2.0 gift box design demonstrates a more environmentally friendly design through the use of lighter weight paperboard materials and the elimination of the plastic wrap. In addition, each box offers a unique opening and reclosing experience. At the same time each carton has been designed for maximum runnability performance on automated packaging lines.

In addition, the SkinCare 2.0 gift box design also received a Merit Award for Best Creative Printing and a further Merit Award for Best Crafted Book.

Cyril Drouet, Design and Innovation Director at Metsä Board, comments; “We are delighted with the recognition that the SkinCare 2.0 gift box design is currently getting. It is a good example of how we want to inspire packaging designers and brand owners with new innovative solutions in packaging design and using renewable materials. We have been fortunate enough to have been previously awarded Champion of Packaging Printing at these prestigious awards and I am very pleased that this tradition of success continues.”

The organisers of the awards include the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Publishing Professionals Society, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the co-organiser is the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The jury included 21 professionals from printing, publishing, design and educational institutions in Hong Kong. All the winning pieces will be exhibited at trade fairs in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing and a few selected shows around the world.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118936
 04.01.2018

PMP is Announcing “PMP Everest Strategy” And A New Branding Campaign  (Company news)

“Honoring Our Past – Empowering Our Future”

PMP (Paper Machinery Procuder) has announced today a dynamic development strategy entitled: “PMP Everest Strategy” for the next 3 years. The new Strategy is based on refreshed mission, vision and values, which are valid from the new financial year 2018 in all PMP’s divisions:

PMP’s Mission:
With Passion & Pride, We Create Success Together In The World Of Paper

PMP’s Vision:
To Be The Best Supplier of Advanced Technologies

PMP’s Values:
• Passion
• Pride
• Respect
• Professionalism
• Ethics
• Team Work
• Satisfaction

Along with the new Everest Strategy, PMP is launching a new marketing campaign for 2018, entitled ”Honoring Our Past – Empowering Our Future”, that is going to show a real value of its rich history. Year 2018 is unique for all papermakers, as it is a 220th anniversary of a paper machine invented by Nicolas Louis Robert. The entire campaign is based on heritage and experience that is fueling PMP to achieve even more. Company is proud that for over 160 years it has been a part of a papermaking history. PMP believes that heritage is its foundation, a spirit that drives to action and experience that brings knowledge. It is also its pride, from which PMP draws the strength every day to provide the best value to its partners.

“Honoring Our Past – Empowering Our Future” Campaign Movie: https://goo.gl/axokhs
(PMPoland S.A.)

Newsgrafik #118834
 03.01.2018

Kyiv CPM has completed a project of the construction of the first stage of the engineering ...   (Company news)

... building of the napkins production plant

Kyiv CPM has completed a project of the construction of the engineering building of the napkins production plant with an area of 2.500 m2 and an office building for 2 floors.

New napkins plant building will accommodate the existing equipment for napkins the production as well as new equipment for the AFH paper products segment that will be installed in summer, 2018.
(Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill JSC)

Newsgrafik #118910
 03.01.2018

Mimaki to present the beauty of digital textile printing at Heimtextil 2018  (Company news)

Stand will feature a large walk-in application area based on new emerging trends in home textiles and interior decorations

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced that it will be exhibiting at Heimtextil 2018. The show takes place from 9 to 12 January 2018 in Frankfurt. The company, a pioneer with a longstanding heritage in digital textile printing, will be showcasing both direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer printers as well as displaying a wide range of printed textiles in Hall 6.0, Stand D10 at the show.

Photo: TS500P-3200 - Grand Format Sublimation Printer

“Heimtextil is an important show for Mimaki,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “We are especially excited this year to be speaking with attendees about not only entry-level and mid-market textile printers, but also our Mimaki Textile Pro Series for higher volume applications. Fashion designers and other show attendees are sure to find inspiration when they visit our stand and see what is possible with modern digital textile printing.”

Mimaki, the Home of Digital Textile Printing
A highlight of Mimaki’s textile show exhibit is always the application showcase, and Heimtextil will be no exception. This year, Mimaki invites all designers and manufacturers of home goods to walk into their large, roomy application area on the stand to experience the beauty of digitally printed textiles and decorations. Visitors will be able to see up close, touch and feel a wide array of applications, such as bed sheets, cushions, shower curtains, wallpaper, carpets and more. Not only will these reflect the versatility of Mimaki printing solutions, but they will also serve as a mood board of new emerging market trends. Visitors will be inspired to examine their own design and production strategies and stimulated to determine where digital printing best fits. Whether it is production of samples, custom home goods or short to mid-sized runs of textile products, the applications for digital textile printing are broadening daily, with the imagination as the only limit. Visitors will find Mimaki to be the true Home of Digital Textile Printing!

Textile printers for every need
At the show, Mimaki will demonstrate efficient and affordable textile printing for a wide range of natural and man-made fabrics. On display will be:
-The Mimaki Tx300P Series, highly flexible and easy-to-use digital textile printers that use two different types of textile inks at the same time. This dual ink capacity allows printing on cotton with textile pigment inks and printing on polyester with sublimation ink in one printer without the time and hassle involved with changing ink types. Since these are two of the most commonly used ink types for textiles, the Tx300P series is ready to quickly get to work regardless of the fabric type being printed. Like all Mimaki textile printers, these printers deliver brilliant images and fine details to satisfy even the most demanding design.
-Sublimation printers for textiles. Mimaki offers a variety of sublimation printers, ranging from entry-level printers to grand format printers for higher volume environments. Mimaki inks are OEKO-TEX® certified and produce brilliant colours, and include yellow and pink fluorescent inks. OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products. It tests for harmful substances to comply with human and ecological requirements.

“We aim to inspire visitors to our stand,” van den Broek adds. “But in all honesty, we are more inspired by the visitors than they are by us! This is a very creative group, and we are looking forward to sharing ideas with them that will inspire both of us as we move into the future of digital textile printing.”
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

Newsgrafik #118913
 03.01.2018

Stora Enso inaugurates its new polyethylene coating plant at Beihai Mill in China  (Company news)

Around 170 guests attended the official inauguration of the new polyethylene (PE) coating plant at the consumer board mill in Beihai, China.

Stora Enso has invested EUR 31 million in the PE coating plant, following its establishment in the Guangxi region in China as a response to increasing demand on the market. The plant has an annual capacity of 80 000 tonnes of PE coated products. PE coated board is suitable for products that require barrier against moisture, such as paper cups and food service packaging.

“We are delighted to announce the official opening of the PE coating line at the Stora Enso consumer board mill in Beihai, China. This is yet another important milestone to support our customers in meeting growing consumer demand for high-quality, safe and renewable consumer board packaging in China and the Asia Pacific region,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso.

The PE coating plant will enhance Stora Enso’s strategy for profitable growth as well as the company’s competitiveness by enabling short lead-times and full quality control for PE coated prime Food Service Board (FSB). It will also further enhance Stora Enso’s transformation into a global renewable materials growth company.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Newsgrafik #118914
 03.01.2018

Konica Minolta's AccurioPress C6100 wins international award  (Company news)

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe was presented with award by Keypoint Intelligence and Buyers Lab International (BLI), at the event in Berlin, Germany, for dealers and distributors from Europe and Central and Middle East Asia.

Photo from left to right: Karl-Friedrich Edenhuizen, Michael Molbaek und Charles Lissenburg, all Konica Minolta, and Goran Olsson and David Sweetnam from Keypoint Intelligence

BLI and Keypoint Intelligence are the global document imaging industry’s insight and resource organisations for unbiased and reliable information, test data and competitive selling tools. Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C6100 was awarded BLI’s 2018 PRO Award as Outstanding Colour Mid-Volume Production Device with Fiery IC-315EFI Controller.

This recognised excellent, consistent image quality, superior productivity, media handling flexibility and outstanding job management capabilities. The digital production machine delivers on all fronts for users looking to maximise uptime.

In its report, BLI highlighted the new automated capabilities that come courtesy of the Integrated Colour Care Unit (ICCU), which is located directly after the engine assembly in the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100. It includes a front and page sheet scanner and colour spectrophotometer. A key differentiator compared to other automated systems is that the ICCU can conduct automatic adjustments in real time during print runs rather than as a manual intervention process in features such as gradation, maximum density adjustments, front-to-back registration, media profiling and greyscale balance adjustment.

David Sweetnam, Buyers Lab’s Director of Research and Lab Services for EMEA/Asia: “Superior productivity and media handling and high-quality and consistent output distinguish the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100 from the pack in the ever-competitive and growing mid-volume production colour space. Over the course of its testing, the device proved it can capably and quickly handle almost any media size and type thrown at it up to 400 gsm.”

Charles Lissenburg, General Manager Professional Print Divison:
“The BLI report stated that the AccurioPress C6100 has taken Konica Minolta’s capabilities to new territories and has set some new benchmarks. The award recognises our continuous development of world-class products, software and services within our important growth markets. We were extremely proud to accept this prestigious award at our European Leadership Campus. Dealer relations are of key importance to Konica Minolta. This is why we host such a summit where our sales experience the new products and services in person, as well as share in our successes.”
(Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH)

Newsgrafik #118919
 03.01.2018

Sappi confirms expansion plans for dissolving wood pulp (DWP) capacity  (Company news)

Sappi Limited, the South African based leading global supplier of dissolving wood pulp (DWP), speciality and packaging papers, printing (graphic) papers and biomaterials has confirmed plans and ongoing projects to significantly increase DWP capacity by 2020. In particular, Sappi has started preparatory work for the potential expansion of its Saiccor DWP Mill (photo) to ensure that the company would be in a position to increase the mill’s capacity by up to 250,000tpa to meet strong projected demand growth.

Building on the previously announced debottlenecking investments which will increase the Saiccor Mill capacity by 10,000tpa by the end of 2018, work has also started at increasing the chipping capacity and modernising the Saiccor Mill wood yard. The new equipment for the wood yard is scheduled to be delivered and installed at the end of 2018, with start-up planned for January 2019. The wood yard investments will result in cost, quality, environmental and efficiency benefits to the Saiccor Mill and is also a major step towards preparing the Saiccor Mill to expand by a further 250,000tpa.

Sappi is also busy with the preparatory work to enable it to initiate the pre-requisite EIA (environmental impact assessment) process to study potential impacts, gather community input and model new technology benefits of the proposed 250,000tpa expansion, which would increase the Saiccor Mill’s total capacity to over 1 million tpa.

The project has the potential to bring additional investments and jobs into the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa, increase foreign revenues for the country and further entrench South Africa as a global leader in forest products.

Sappi is also, as previously announced, in the process of expanding its dissolving wood pulp capacity at its Ngodwana Mill by 50,000tpa through debottlenecking projects. This work is scheduled for completion by August 2018.

At our Cloquet Mill, we are completing a study regarding the expansion of pulping capacity within our existing permit limits, maintaining our ability to make either DWP or Kraft pulp. It is envisaged that such an expansion would have the capacity to increase DWP production by around 30,000tpa and could be brought on line by mid-2019.

Collectively these current and planned investments demonstrate Sappi’s commitment to respond to strong customer demand for additional dissolving wood pulp volumes.

Further updates on Sappi’s expansion plans will follow during 2018.
(Sappi Limited)

Newsgrafik #118920
 03.01.2018

Pöyry ramps up its investment in digitalisation to increase client value and appoints ...  (Company news)

...digital transformation team

Pöyry is ramping up its investment in digitalisation with the establishment of its #PoyryDigital transformation team. The international management consulting and engineering company earlier this year announced #PoyryDigital, the umbrella name for its digital solutions, which has already resulted in 17 new digital services, ranging from 'Smart Water' to 'Pöyry Innovation Link': www.poyry.com/digital.

Leading the team, Stephen Woodhouse, Director, Management Consulting Business Group and global energy markets expert and has been appointed as Chief Digital Officer. Stephen, together with the #PoyryDigital team, will help deliver added value to our clients by stimulating, incubating and connecting the many exciting digital developments taking place across Pöyry.

"Digitalisation is a hugely disruptive force and is transforming our clients' businesses across the energy, industry and infrastructure sectors," says Martin à Porta, President and CEO, Pöyry PLC. I want Pöyry to offer its clients the most digitally advanced solutions on the market and this is why we are putting digital at the heart of what we do. Stephen and the #PoyryDigital team will help accelerate the many innovative digital developments being pioneered by our team of 5500 talented intrapreneurs."

"Pöyry is transforming its business culture to become one of the most digitally-advanced consulting and engineering companies in the world," says Stephen Woodhouse. In my experience clients are increasingly looking for digital expertise integrated with deep insight and engineering know-how. Our experts are helping clients to transform their operations by taking advantage of IOT, Industry 4.0, big data and AI to increase efficiency, safety and performance. We are engaging our own intrapreneurs, our partners and clients in a digital dialogue to help solve our clients' needs."
(Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)

Newsgrafik #118895
 02.01.2018

DS Smith announces coffee cup recycling trials   (Company news)

DS Smith has announced its involvement in a trial to research the highly-topical issue of coffee cup recycling. The project, which will commence in January 2018, will be run on behalf of the Paper Cup Recycling and Recovery Group (PCRRG).

Undertaken at DS Smith’s Kemsley Paper Mill in Sittingbourne, the feasibility of recycling used coffee cups will be analysed, using cups from existing waste collection infrastructures, consistent with EN643 (The European List of Standard Grades of Paper and Board for Recycling) to make non-food contact papers. The project will provide insight on an industrial scale, which will be used to inform cup design, collection and reprocessing methods in the future.

DS Smith has nine paper mills across Europe, producing around 2.8 million tonnes of corrugated case materials and specialist industrial products every year. Of those mills, Kemsley has an annual production capacity of more than 800,000 tonnes and is the second largest recovered fibre-based paper operation in Europe, and the biggest in the UK. Making paper for packaging from recycled fibres, finished paper products from Kemsley are used in the group’s packaging production plants, as part of the DS Smith closed loop recycling offering.

To date, used coffee cups have presented significant challenges to mainstream paper mills producing papers for the packaging industry. This is in part due to the plastic lining found in coffee cups, which present a problem in the high volume continuous pulping process. Other challenges exist around food waste contamination and dealing with the coffee remnants.

However, DS Smith, as a member of the PCRRG, is committed to providing more insight into the issues as part of an industry drive to finding a sustainable recycling solution for coffee cups, especially as coffee ‘on the go’ has become an everyday feature of our consumer culture on a mass scale.

Mathew Prosser, Managing Director at DS Smith Recycling (UK), said: “DS Smith has already been actively involved with PCRRG members, such as Costa, on lab and pilot plant-scale recycling tests. I am pleased this work has developed to be able to undertake research on an industrial scale that will provide the whole supply cycle with data on the recyclability of paper cups in mainstream packaging mills.”

We look forward to sharing the results of the trial with the PCRRG, and the wider industry, on its completion.”
(DS Smith Paper)

Newsgrafik #118896
 02.01.2018

THE NEW WORLD OF LABELS: FINAT event tackles the technical challenges  (Company news)

“The world is changing: growing geographically smaller through globalisation, and universally bigger via the clouds. In this complex value chain, the challenges that face participants at all levels today are massive. Our time-honoured print technologies have new young digital partners; new label decoration and finishing technologies; new substrates; new inks and curing methods and much more. On top of that, brand owners want just-in-time delivery, personalisation, and price restraint. How can we win in this multi-faceted arena?” asks Jules Lejeune (photo), Managing Director of FINAT, the international label industry association.

The biennial FINAT Technical Seminar, taking place 7-9 March 2018 in Barcelona, is always an excellent source of news of technical innovation; this year’s wide-ranging agenda – opened by FINAT President Chris Ellison – promises to deliver practical advice on how the industry, and label converters in particular, can achieve real results.

Andy Hobsbawm delivers the keynote
It is particularly appropriate, in this day and age, that the programme will be launched by internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker Andy Hobsbawm, a pioneer in internet marketing, and co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of IoT smart products platform EVRYTHNG, which can connect any consumer product to the web, as well as manage real-time data to drive applications. He will helpfully look at the technical side of the way in which smart products can transform brand relationships, business operations, and service experiences. Labels and packaging are just beginning to explore the available technologies – among them augmented reality, sensors, printed electronics, batch/SKU QR codes – that can make packaging and labels smart. With live solutions, Andy will show the audience how to answer the call and transform their labels into smart, digital assets.

Optimising workflow
Next, Alex Knott, Chairman of the FINAT Seminar Subcommittee, will chair a session dedicated to workflow optimisation – a key topic for label converters today. Chris Ellison will share his personal experiences as MD of the growing OPM Group with the audience to provide a practical users’ guide to the challenges and pitfalls of choosing an MIS supplier. Then Jeroen van Bauwel, Director of Product Management for Xeikon, will explore digitalisation of the production processes – in other words, ‘doing things differently’; and Geert de Proost, Director Solutions Marketing for Esko, will look at the principles of workflow automation, and the many helpful improvements to productivity that it can deliver.

Daragh Whelan, Process Manager of Bobst Firenze, will discuss the technicalities of three different levels of digital automation for flexo print, and give insight into the economic values behind investment in each technology. His economic analysis will include several case studies simulating various production environments and job schedules; and he will cover colour matching using Extended Color Gamut ECG technology. The session will close with MPS’ Global Marketing Manager Marjolein Ekkelboom discussing the different factors that influence a business connectivity platform, through which companies can combine and connect all their processes.

Troubleshooting workshops
After lunch, De Ruyter Strategy will moderate lively and insightful troubleshooting workshops, extending their in-depth research with FINAT members that the company first introduced at FINAT’s European Label Forum. Two specific scenarios will this time be explored in parallel sessions: self-adhesive multi-layer peel-and-reveal labels, led by John Hammond, Sales Director of Nilpeter UK, and flexible packaging and sleeve labels, led by Nanette Thomas, CEO and founder of Synthogra. The session will be rounded off by a plenary follow-up and workshop outcomes by Paul de Ruyter after which participants will adjourn to Barcelona’s Maritim Restaurant for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Inks and decoration
Next day, Martin Stierle – FINAT Technical Committee member – chairs a session on inks and decoration, opened by Bo Meyer (UK), European Business Development Manager of UEI Falcontec. He will detail value-added options for labels through the use of hot and cold foiling, embossing, and adding texture.

Effective UV ink cure with a reduced photo initiator platform is indeed practically achievable, and a useful added-value feature for food labels, as Heinz Schweiger, Group Research Director of Printing Inks, for Zeller+Gmelin, will show. Sun Chemicals’ Marketing Manager, Energy Curing and Narrow-web, Jonathan Sexton, will detail developments in ink drying and curing, which are proving to be the key to faster speeds, web handling, and finishing.

Gary Seward, Managing Director of narrow-web ink and varnish specialists Pulse Roll Label Products, will discuss varnishes – their manufacture and constitution, the different types available, and appropriate applications.

Facestocks and finishing
The programme then moves on to its final session, on facestocks and finishing, chaired by Mikko Risanen, FINAT Technical Committee member. Dr Axel Niemöller, head of R&D for Sihl, will address coated facestock media for water-based inkjet inks for demanding applications, with a special focus on problems and solutions.

Recent advances in PSA label films will be explored by Dr Anil Gaikwad, Head of R&D for Cosmo Film PVT Ltd. His paper will cover the growing range of today’s BOPP labelling films, as well as cavitated core layer splitting resistance for different cavitating agents and skin and tie layer composition. It will also show the variation in standard tests for core anchorage and end-use application challenges.

Stamping foil manufacturer Dragon Foils’ General Manager Raymond Lu will be presenting his company’s extended research into cold foil application techniques; influential factors for cold foil applications; and the means to solving printing problems.

Smart labels
Closing the seminar will be a timely exploration of traceability, food safety, authentication and branding with smart labels from Günther Dieroff, Sales and Marketing Manager for Beneli, who develop and produce printed, diecut, and smart self-adhesive label solutions. He will demystify IoT technologies and show how smart labels – embedded with electronics, software, sensors, or actuators – are used to increase consumer engagement as well as to provide traceability and product security.

The FINAT Technical Seminar 2018 will be ‘a particularly appropriate and insightful event’, promises session chairman Alex Knott, who will close the programme, thanking the speakers, the event sponsors and the participants.
(FINAT)

Newsgrafik #118898
 02.01.2018

Stefan Doboczky reappointed CEO of Lenzing AG  (Company news)

New contract runs until the end of 2022

At its meeting on December 13, the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG decided to reappoint Stefan Doboczky (photo) as Chief Executive Officer of the Management Board. Stefan Doboczky’s new contract will begin on June 1, 2018 and runs until the end of 2022.

“In recent years, Stefan Doboczky and his colleagues on the Management Board have been able to make excellent use of the favourable market conditions on the basis of the previous restructuring in order to transform an Austrian company with foreign investments into a truly global player with strong Austrian roots. This has created the basis for consistently pursuing the growth strategy we have embarked on with the entire team, even under difficult conditions, and thus securing the long-term future of the Lenzing Group. We are very pleased that Stefan Doboczky will continue to dedicate himself to these tasks over the next five years”, said Hanno Bästlein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG on the occasion of Doboczky’s reappointment.

In addition to Stefan Doboczky, the Management Board of Lenzing AG consists of Chief Commercial Officer Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Obendrauf and Chief Technology Officer Heiko Arnold.
(Lenzing AG)

Newsgrafik #118899
 02.01.2018

BillerudKorsnäs sees continued strong market development for the products from the new ...  (Company news)

... board machine, but expects higher investment costs

Updated estimates show that the investment costs for BillerudKorsnäs' new board machine in Gruvön may increase by approximately 20 percent compared to previously announced investment cost of a total of SEK 5.7 billion.

The increase of the investment is mainly due to higher costs for the construction work. The production on the new machine is still expected to start during the first quarter of 2019.

"The cost increase is of course not good, and we have worked very hard throughout the project to keep the budget for the project. Unfortunately, we have had a difficult development on the construction side, which will lead to an increase of the investment. We are still seeing a strong development in the liquid packaging segment and other packaging materials that will be manufactured on the machine. We are convinced that we will be perfectly positioned to satisfy global demand in this market with this investment”, says Christer Simrén (photo), BillerudKorsnäs, Senior Vice President and COO.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Newsgrafik #118901
 02.01.2018

Sulzer Appoints Jill Lee as Chief Financial Officer, effective on April 5, 2018  (Company news)

Sulzer is pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Lee (photo) as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee, effective April 5, 2018.

Jill has been a board member of Sulzer since 2011 and the Chair of the Audit Committee since 2016. She will replace Thomas Dittrich, who has decided to leave Sulzer for a professional opportunity which will be announced later today. Thomas will remain with Sulzer until March 2018 and will close out the accounts and take part in the 2017 financial results announcement scheduled for February 28, 2018. Jill Lee will remain a Board member of Sulzer until the April 4 General Assembly but will not stand for re-election.

Jill Lee is currently Group Senior Vice President and Head of Next Level Program Management of ABB Ltd. From 2012 to 2014, she was Senior Vice President and CFO for ABB China and North Asia Region. Prior to this, she served as Senior Vice President, Finance Strategy and Investments for Neptune Orient Lines in Singapore (2010 to 2011). She has also held a number of positions with Siemens, including Group Chief Diversity Officer (2008 to 2010), CFO and Senior Executive Vice President of Siemens in China (2004 to 2008), CFO and Senior Vice President of Siemens in Singapore (2000 to 2004) and CFO Asia Pacific and General Manager of the Asia Regional Headquarters of Siemens Electromechanical Components in Singapore (1997 to 2000). Jill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from National University of Singapore and an MBA from Nanyang Business School.

Peter Löscher, Chairman of Sulzer, said: "The Board and I are excited to have someone of the caliber and experience of Jill as the next CFO of Sulzer. She has been a valuable colleague on the Board of Directors, has intricate knowledge of the company and will ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Jill will be a great addition to what is already a world-class management team. The Board also thanks Thomas for his valuable contribution to the Sulzer transformation".

Gregoire Poux-Guillaume, CEO of Sulzer, said: "Thomas Dittrich is an esteemed colleague and a personal friend and we are sorry to see him leave. He played an instrumental role in moving Sulzer forward on the transformation path that we are engaged on and we wish him much success in the next phase of his career. There is still a lot to do and the Executive Committee and I are convinced that Jill Lee, who we all know well, is the right person to pick up the mantle".
(Sulzer Pumps Ltd)

Newsgrafik #118804
 29.12.2017

Sappi to increase prices on Woodfree grades by 6-8% from January 1st 2018  (Company news)

Due to continuing input cost increases and unsustainable profit levels, Sappi is forced to continue passing on this cost inflation by increasing its Woodfree grades prices by 6-8% effective on deliveries from January 1st 2018 for all European markets. This follows previous announcements made for its LWC and MWC grades.

Despite strong order books margins continue to be depressed by this severe input cost inflation. Sappi’s sales representatives will be in touch with their customers to agree on the specifics over the following weeks.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

Newsgrafik #118903
 29.12.2017

Mondi wins five World Star Awards for innovative packaging solutions in four categories  (Company news)

The World Star Awards 2018 have awarded five Mondi entries for their innovative character. The prestigious awards, organised annually by the World Packaging Organisation, take candidates from 33 national awards and five continents into consideration.

“We are honoured by this distinction and see it as a testament to how we enable our customers to be trend leaders and stand out in their markets,” says Armand Schoonbrood, COO at Mondi Corrugated Packaging. “Winning five awards in one night was incredible and is the result of close collaboration and listening to our great customers!”

Mondi’s award-winning solutions highlight clear trends in global markets. Be it in end-user goods packaging, beverages, point of sale, heavy duty or industrial packaging they fulfil customers’ wish for packaging solutions that provide easier end-user handling, unique marketing opportunities, and high material efficiency and sustainability.

The Mondi ‘Grill Box’ (photo) won an award in the Packaging materials & components category. It is a unique technical solution that makes it easier, cleaner and safer to light charcoal barbecues. The corrugated packaging elements creates a chimney effect that ignites the kindling and charcoal at the strike of a match. The box disintegrates and releases the charcoal at optimal temperature within 20 minutes of ignition. Water-based inks are used for printing to allow for complete burning without the release of toxic substances. Additionally, it has a handle for easy carrying and is less prone to damage than conventional bags.

In the Beverages category, the World Star Award jury chose Mondi’s eye-catching retail beverage pack ‘Take It’ for its design and functionality. The transport packaging achieves maximum functionality and handling convenience with a minimum of material use - the open display concept allows for a 60% reduction in material. The unique and innovative latching system prevents the removal of individual cans at the point of sale, and it can be closed without tape or glue. What is more, ‘Take It’ boosts brand recognition by creating a visual link between the corrugated packaging and the visible product.

The ‘Baca Stand’ received a World Star Award in the Point of sale category, winning over the panel of judges with its well-thought-out, tape-free structure, which positions the product in the centre of the supermarket aisle. The display concept consists of a durable cardboard structure with a smart interlocking system that connects two corrugated trays with the main pillar. The filling process is simple and fast, and end-consumers can access the product easily. More importantly, the new solution scores in terms of efficiency: it uses 46% less material and requires 20% less handling time per pallet compared to conventional stack A-boxes, which need to be tape-wrapped by hand.

Two Mondi entries in the Transit category received World Star Awards. Mondi and Scandinavian partner aPak AB jointly entered the ‘Simple Sphere’ packaging solution, which replaces the wooden crates that were conventionally used to transport car bonnets from Sweden to China. This heavy-duty cardboard packaging solution stands out for its innovative twist-lock construction, which facilitates an extremely fast set up in less than 30 seconds without screws, glue or tape. In addition, the new material is lighter, withstands humidity and condensation, and features a unique anti-corrosion solution using the patented VCI technology. As a result, the ‘Simple Sphere’ not only offers shorter assembly and dismantling times, it is also an environmentally friendly alternative to wood crates.

The second award in this category was granted for Mondi’s heavy duty stacking corners in industrial packaging applications for axial flow fans, which was commissioned by a customer to boost material efficiency and handling. The custom-made stacking corners are made from a single piece of cardboard, which results in a 30% reduction in material usage. Additionally, the new stacking corners are assembled twice as fast as the previous solution, which guarantees time savings of 17 hours per 1,000 packaged fans.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

Newsgrafik #118906
 29.12.2017

Appointment in UPM Biorefining  (Company news)

Petri Hakanen (photo) has been appointed Senior Vice President, UPM Uruguay Development Project, starting from 1 March 2018. Currently he works as SVP, UPM Specialty Papers ENA.

Jaakko Sarantola, the current SVP of UPM Uruguay Development Project, will retire 1 June 2018 after serving UPM for more than 35 years.
(UPM)

Newsgrafik #118971
 29.12.2017

Södra to increase the price of NBSK in Europe to USD 1070/tonne  (Company news)

Södra will be raising the price of its NBSK in Europe to $1070/tonne, effective 1 January 2018.

"The global pulp market is searching for an equilibrium, but it has clearly not reached that point yet,” commented Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and Sales Södra Cell. "On the contrary the market remains exceptionally strong and this latest announcement is a reflection of the continuing market sentiment."
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #118857
 28.12.2017

Mimaki brings a mini promotional product factory to PSI 2018  (Company news)

Flexibility, affordability and profitability are key attributes Mimaki will demonstrate using high quality digital printing technologies

Photo: Mimaki UJF-3042MkII

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced that it will be exhibiting at PSI 2018, the leading European trade show for the promotional product industry. The event is scheduled for 9 to 11 January 2018 at Messe Düsseldorf. Mimaki will be located in Hall 12, Stand B17. On display will be one of the industry’s broadest arrays of solutions for digitally printing on promotional items, as well as examples of 3D printed promotional items, making this innovative stand a must-see at the show. The stand will be configured to represent a mini promotional item factory, showing visitors how easy and affordable it is to create their own promotional shop using versatile Mimaki solutions.

“Our 104-square-meter stand is designed to realistically simulate a company or factory environment that produces a wide range of promotional items 24/7,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Whether it is seamless 360-degree printing on cylindrical items such as bottles using the Mimaki Kebab option, decorating phone covers, or printing with flexible ink on materials that stretch or bend, visitors will find the solutions they need to ensure competitive advantage.”

World’s broadest array of digital promotional printing solutions
At the show, Mimaki will demonstrate how digital printing solutions are set to revolutionise the printing of promotional items. With these creative solutions on show, visitors will be inspired to push the limits of digital printing to quickly, affordably and sustainably produce unique, high quality promotional items that will set them apart in the marketplace. On display will be:
-The Mimaki UJF-7151plusprinting on phone covers of different sizes, as well as acrylic keychains. The UJF-7151plus is a compact UV LED direct- to-object printer. It utilises state-of-the-art technology to deliver a powerful and reliable digital alternative to traditional screen print operations. With a print resolution of up to 1200 dpi, the UJF-7151plus features a 710 x 510 mm printable area. The machine uses process, white and clear inks plus primer. A Trotec laser cutting machine will be shown cutting the acrylic for the keychains.
-The Mimaki UJF-3042MkII and UJF-6042MkII. The UJF-3042MkII and the UJF-6042MkII are the latest generation of UV flatbed printers from Mimaki. The printers feature multiple ink options and support a wide range of applications, such as LUS-120 inks that can stretch up to 170% for printing on soft material surfaces like wallet smartphone cases. LUS-150 inks have 150% stretchability and are compatible with a wide range of materials. The LH-100 rigid inks are perfect for accessories or stationery products that must stand up to high levels of abrasion, as well as for printing on glass, metal and resins. At the show, these printers will be printing on power packs, pens, aluminium bottles and leatherette notebooks.
-The UCJV300-160. This integrated roll-to-roll UV LED printing and cutting solution includes a unique 4-layer Day/Night printing capability and internal lighting system that enables two different images on the same sign – one image appears when the sign is backlit and another when it is not.

“Mimaki solutions for digitally printing promotional items have so many advantages,” van den Broek adds. “We believe visitors will be surprised and inspired at the range of materials we can print on. One exceptional capability of our machines is the ability to print on uneven surfaces, such as printing on the edges of a phone cover, without a noticeable reduction in quality. Our LD mode allows printing on an uneven surface with up to 4,5 mm difference in media thickness, and we believe this is quite rare in the industry. We look forward to discussing new business opportunities with visitors to our stand!”
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

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