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Fujifilm withdraws from drupa and interpack 2021

Fujifilm withdraws from drupa and interpack 2021  (Company news)

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) hereby announces its decision of withdrawal from both drupa (April 20th–28th) and interpack (February 25th–March 3rd) in 2021 at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany.

Under the circumstances where COVID-19 has become a global epidemic and the spread of infection has not yet come to an end, Fujifilm has made this decision of withdrawal from these exhibitions as a result of giving top priority to ensuring the health and safety of all visitors and employees.

As the society moves to adjust to a “new normal”, remote communication and more efficient way of working at manufacturing sites will be increasingly required in the printing industry.

Fujifilm has been providing various solutions to support customers’business and process reformation, such as online proofing XMF Remote, process-less thermal CTP plate for efficient print production, and superb quality Jet Press Digital printing solution for short run and variable print.

Fujifilm will continue to provide innovative solutions to customers in a wide range of segments, such as commercial/publication printing, newspaper printing and package printing through various media such as seminars, virtual exhibition utilizing corporate websites and email etc.

Under the slogan of “Value from Innovation”, Fujifilm will continue to provide innovative products and services by leveraging the Fujifilm Group’s advanced technology and expertise.
(Fujifilm Corporation)

Trust is weighed at challenging times - Valmet aids to resume production at...

Trust is weighed at challenging times - Valmet aids to resume production at...  (Company news) Metsä Tissue’s Žilina site during COVID-19

Photo: Valmet Yankee cylinder on-site service

Metsä Tissue’s site at Žilina is a significant producer of hygiene products such as toilet tissues, household towels and handkerchiefs for Slovakian market. The mill’s two paper machines, PM1 and PM2, produce 80,000 tonnes of tissue paper per year. Valmet has been supporting the site’s production with maintenance service.

Challenge: Resume tissue machine production at optimal conditions
In the beginning of April 2020, the production on PM1 needed maintenance and keeping the tissue machine running and in an optimal condition was very importance especially during COVID-19 situation.

“Due to restrictions in international travel and limitations set by the authorities, we had planned to postpone all non-critical maintenance and investment projects. The plan was to secure production with our local resources. The need for maintenance of the PM1, Yankee cylinder polishing, made us turn to Valmet and start organizing to get their experienced technicians to our site in Žilina”, explains Vladimir Kohut, Area Sourcing Manager.

Safety comes first
For both Valmet and Metsä Tissue, the two most important priorities in the project were to secure the technicians’ safety and to support Metsä Tissue in maintaining the tissue and towel production.

Solution: Efficient ways of working to reach the targets
“Many teams within Valmet and Metsä Tissue put many hours of work into the project. The exceptional circumstances turned business as usual into a fairly complicated project requiring a massive amount of paper work, permissions and documentation,” Andrew Cross, Director, Global Tissue Services at Valmet, says.
“I admit it was a slightly stressful experience for many – and I am grateful to everyone for the immense amount of work they put into this project. The trust we are building every day at our customers’ sites paid off and helps us to succeeded in this difficult situation,” Cross continues.
(Valmet Corporation)

Lydall Invests in New Fine Fiber Meltblown Production Line in France to Support EU Face Mask...

Lydall Invests in New Fine Fiber Meltblown Production Line in France to Support EU Face Mask...  (Company news)

... and Air Filter Production for the Fight Against COVID-1

-New Production Line Further Solidifies Company’s Position as One of the World’s Largest Suppliers of Fine Fiber Meltblown Filtration Media for N95 and Equivalent Respirators, Surgical Masks and MERV-, HEPA- and ULPA-Grade Air Filters

-Investment Supported by a Grant Awarded by the French Government to Create a Domestic Supply Chain of Products Essential to National Security and Public Health

-Lydall Positioned to Supply Enough Fine Fiber Meltblown Filtration Media to Support EU Production of 600M FFP2/FFP3 (N95 Equivalent) Respirators or 2.2B Surgical Masks Per Year

Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), a leading global manufacturer of value-added engineered materials and specialty filtration solutions, announced its investment in a new production line to create fine fiber meltblown filtration media for face masks and high-efficiency air filtration systems. This new line will be installed at Lydall’s facility in Saint-Rivalain, France in the second quarter of 2021, substantially increasing the company’s capacity to supply this critically needed material to the European market.

The investment solidifies Lydall’s position as one of the largest global suppliers of fine fiber meltblown filtration media, the crucial component of N95 respirators and the European equivalent, FFP2/FFP3, as well as surgical masks and MERV-, HEPA- and ULPA-grade air filters. Lydall will receive up to 30 percent of funding for the investment through the support of France’s Ministry of the Economy and Finance.

“COVID-19 has created unprecedented global demand for face masks, upgraded air filtration systems and other products that are essential to preventing the spread of the virus. In response, governments around the world are now focused on establishing secure, reliable and sustainable domestic supply chains so they can guarantee they have access to high-quality products that are pivotal to national security and public health,” said Sara A. Greenstein, President & CEO of Lydall. “Our global footprint and 100-year heritage in creating specialty filtration solutions position Lydall to serve as a local manufacturing partner to governments around the world, now more than ever. We take our role in creating products that protect people and places from viruses such as COVID-19 incredibly seriously, and we are grateful for the support of the French government, which will allow us to ramp up production even further.”

For more than 30 years, Lydall’s Saint-Rivalain facility has manufactured medium- and high-efficiency filtration media for a variety of applications that are critical to environments such as operating rooms, gas turbines and nuclear containment buildings. The facility currently has one line dedicated to meltblown filtration media production to make high-efficiency indoor air quality filters and, in response to COVID-19, has maximized its output to support the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) in Europe. Once this additional line is operational, Lydall expects to produce enough fine fiber meltblown filtration media for 600 million FFP2/FFP3 respirators or 2.2 billion surgical masks per year. The company plans to hire additional staff to support the increase in production.

“The installation of this new, state-of-the-art production line will allow Lydall to advance filtration science and develop filtration media for higher-end air and liquid filters,” said Ashish Diwanji, President of Lydall Performance Materials. “COVID-19 was an unprecedented event that exposed the wider need to examine the indoor air quality of a variety of public spaces. As a global market leader in specialty filtration solutions, Lydall is at the forefront of that innovation and is committed to protecting people and places today, and in the years and decades to come.”

In addition to Saint-Rivalain, France, Lydall also produces meltblown filtration media in Rochester, New Hampshire. In June 2020, the company was awarded a $13.5 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Defense, enabling the installation of two new production lines to support U.S. face mask and air filter production. Lydall is in conversation with government officials around the world about how the company can support the domestic production of COVID-19-related products, as it has done in the U.S. and France.
(Lydall Inc.)

Kodak boosts integration of AI into  KODAK PRINERGY On Demand Workflow

Kodak boosts integration of AI into KODAK PRINERGY On Demand Workflow  (Company news)

Kodak and PerfectPattern GmbH, a specialist in innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for manufacturing industries, announced a new agreement by which Kodak will take a license for the source code of PerfectPattern’s sPrint One software. This will allow Kodak to further develop the version of sPrint One used in the KODAK PRINERGY On Demand Workflow. The latest agreement extends the successful partnership which began between the two companies four years ago with an official announcement at drupa 2016.

The special licensing arrangement will enable Kodak to integrate sPrint One’s AI based functionality more closely with the innovative, cloud based PRINERGY On Demand Workflow for an even more streamlined print job preparation. sPrint One is already the engine for the optional KODAK Dynamic Print Planning Service for automatic, optimized job ganging and press planning in a single processing step, taking account of numerous printer-specific parameters. The tighter integration of sPrint One into PRINERGY On Demand will help printers achieve even more highly automated workflow processes, greater production efficiency, even lower production and material costs and hence improved profitability.

“This step will enable PRINERGY On Demand to utilize innovative AI technology more easily and more directly than ever by providing an integrated platform with Industry 4.0 and automation features unmatched throughout the printing industry,” commented Todd Bigger, Vice President, Software, Kodak Print Division. “At the same time, it will strengthen Kodak’s portfolio of high performance, cloud-based workflow solutions, which printers can tailor precisely to their unique needs.”
(Kodak GmbH)

TietoEVRY and Yazzoom partnership promotes the use of Artificial Intelligence in the pulp,...

TietoEVRY and Yazzoom partnership promotes the use of Artificial Intelligence in the pulp,...  (Company news)

... paper and fibre industry

Data analysis in mills has a long history, but new technologies are making the next level possible through AI and machine learning.

Photo: Jarmo Ropponen, Head of Sales and Marketing, Pulp, paper and fibre

TietoEVRY will enhance data science capabilities with specialist third-party cooperation. Yazzoom, a digital services and software company, has in-depth expertise in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and advanced analytics to machine data and production processes, with positive references from the pulp and paper industry. Together, by combining the expertise, our customers’ operational excellence can be improved.

Data analysis in mills has a long history, but new technologies are making the next level possible through AI and machine learning. Yazzoom provides a rich set of tools and algorithms, from simple single sensor anomaly detection all the way to real-time predictive modelling and optimisation. TietoEVRY will embed these capabilities in its TIPS industry solutions and services.

TietoEVRY has more than 1,000 pulp and paper industry experts worldwide, and we offer our customers a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and other industry-specific solutions and services. TietoEVRY and Yazzoom can also provide our customers with related support and maintenance services and training.

“We’re pleased to expand the use of our AI-based data analytics software and services in the pulp and paper industry, thus helping the industry create value from their process and MES data. We welcome this cooperation with TietoEVRY, whose extensive experience in this industry and software solutions will allow us together to create an integrated solution covering all aspects, from accessing the data and applying machine learning to reporting the impact on relevant Key Performance Indicators,” says Jan Verhasselt, PhD, Managing Director of Yazzoom.

“Data plays an increasing role in the industrial sector, and it helps companies to improve in areas like efficiency, preventive maintenance, and problem solving. We’re constantly seeking new ways to improve our customers’ efficiency and operational excellence. The partnership with Yazzoom is a great step for our ecosystem and will expand our capacity to create more value from data,” says Jarmo Ropponen of TietoEVRY.
(Tieto Finland Oy)

Valmet takes its services to the next level for the best customer experience

Valmet takes its services to the next level for the best customer experience  (Company news)

Valmet streamlines its services to customers globally by introducing ‘Valmet’s way to serve’ concept. The aim is to provide the best customer experience in all the touch points of the customer journey. Valmet’s services are based on comprehensive services offering, lifecycle collaboration and core commitments.

“Over the years we have been constantly developing our services to improve the reliability and performance of our customers’ production processes. Valmet’s unique combination of process technology, services and automation and over 200 years of industrial experience form a strong basis to help our customers to reach the wanted maintenance and operational results of their production process,” says Aki Niemi, Business Line President, Services business line, Valmet.

Right combination of services for every stage in the lifecycle
Valmet’s services offering is designed to match customer’s specific need, whether it’s reduced energy and raw material costs, reduced process variability, optimized quality and production or enhanced environmental performance.

The services offering ranges from spare and process parts, workshop and roll services, and fabrics all the way to field services, maintenance development and outsourcing as well as process upgrades. The services are complemented with Industrial Internet solutions on-site and remotely. Depending on the need, the service solution can be provided as a one-time delivery or as a longer-term partnership through service agreements.

The key driver in Valmet’s way to serve is the lifecycle collaboration between the customer and Valmet.

“When planning the investment, together with the customer we can set the foundation for optimized operational results for the production process to come. Services can help to accelerate the start-up curve when ramping up the production. By working together in maintenance and operations, we can ensure maximized reliability and optimized performance of the production process,” Niemi says.

Safety comes first in all operations
Valmet’s four core commitments to customers are: ‘Safety comes first,’ ‘Close to you,’ ‘Solutions to your needs’ and ‘People you can trust’.

“Safety is put before anything else in our daily operations. We support customers in reaching their safety targets. Our professionals work close to customers, through a network of over 100 service centers. Our experts are also available remotely with the help of Industrial Internet and remote technologies. We work closely with our customers to find exactly the right solution to their needs. We know that trust has to be earned, and we work hard to reach that goal every day”, concludes Niemi.
(Valmet Corporation)

Koenig and Bauer presents the Rapida 76 for high-end print production in B2 format

Koenig and Bauer presents the Rapida 76 for high-end print production in B2 format  (Company news)

-Comprehensive automation to shorten make-ready times
-Versatile configuration and finishing options
-Application-orientated measuring and control systems
-Access to a diversity of digital services

Photo: With a printing output of up to 18,000 sheets per hour, the Rapida 76 is built for speed

A new generation of the Rapida 76 from Koenig & Bauer has just been released onto the market. The B2 press (standard sheet format 530 x 750 mm; special format 605 x 750 mm) impresses with its extraordinary level of automation, a minimal footprint and peak printing speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour. Boasting a fully revamped and particularly aesthetic appearance, it also stands out visually from its predecessors, and presents itself in the new, award-winning Koenig & Bauer design.

New and proven automation functions characterise the Rapida 76 as an extremely efficient, high-performance sheetfed offset press. Key features are the DriveTronic dedicated drive components, which eliminate complicated gear systems and provide for both simple handling and parallel processes during job changeovers and make-ready. The full preset capabilities of all press components are a further valuable benefit. In addition to the ErgoTronic console with wallscreen, the Rapida 76 possesses further decentralised touchscreens for maximum ease of operation. For users who are at home in the B2 format class, the Rapida 76 is an ideal means of production.

Broad diversity of configurations
To cater for as many different applications as possible, up to 11 printing and finishing units can be combined to configure a Rapida 76 which is tailored precisely to individual production needs. That could mean a ten-colour press with an automatically convertible perfecting unit for 5-over-5 production – possibly together with an additional coating tower to allow the printing of covers, for example – or packaging presses with double-coating facilities for the production of pharmaceutical packaging and the like. Further variants incorporate raised foundations to accommodate higher piles with board substrates, or various delivery extensions for coating applications. Ink duct dividers can also be chosen to enable rainbow printing. Thanks to a comprehensive range of measuring systems and optional facilities for inline sheet inspection, the Rapida 76 is ideally prepared for a diversity of special applications, including even the production of security documents.

The half-format press is no less flexible when it comes to compatibility with different ink and coating systems. It handles both conventional and UV inks and coatings with equal ease. Beside IR/hot-air drying systems, various UV, HR-UV and LED-UV systems are also available.

Specialities “Made by Koenig & Bauer”
As if that were not enough, the Rapida 76 offers further special features which benefit users in their daily work but are still far from commonplace in this format class:

as on all Rapida presses, inking units which are not required for a particular job can be disengaged from the press drive. This reduces roller wear and cuts make-ready times. When production is to be resumed, the units concerned are re-engaged at the press of a button.

The times in which plates had to be bent before loading onto the press are similarly over. On the Rapida 76, unbent plates can also be mounted, irrespective of whether an automated or simultaneous plate changing system is in use.

The ColorTronic ink ducts, with the bleed-free ink metering which is typical of all Rapidas, guarantee high repeat accuracy. This is achieved with individual ink keys and a special mechanical design which ensures that they are always set to the duct roller with an identical force. With this system, ink duct foils are rendered superfluous. Thanks to the EasyClean duct plate coating, extremely fast ink changes are possible nonetheless.

With simultaneous plate changing, all the plates on the Rapida 76 can be changed in just 45 seconds. In combination with CleanTronic Synchro, the blankets and impression cylinders – and optionally also the ink rollers – can be washed parallel to plate changing. This shortens make-ready times dramatically and leaves much more time for actual production. The same applies to automated coating forme changes.

Wide range of measuring and control systems
Application-orientated measuring and control systems contribute to faster make-ready, reduced waste, and a consistently high and stable print quality. The Rapida 76 can be configured with systems for register measurement and control, colour control and sheet inspection. All inline systems operate with a common camera, which reduces maintenance requirements and simplifies handling.

In a full-featured setup, ErgoTronic ICR controls the register by way of a single sheet placed on the console, while QualiTronic ColorControl provides for convenient colour adjustment. The camera system installed after the last printing or coating unit or after the last unit before perfecting automatically determines the optical densities and controls the ink keys without further intervention. As an option, the system can be expanded to implement colour control according to grey balance (QualiTronic InstrumentFlight). QualiTronic PDFCheck carries out inspection of the printed sheets and comparison with the customer’s PDF as the basis for uncompromising quality.

Digital services at the press of a button
A multitude of digital services surrounding the Rapida 76 helps to reduce unplanned downtimes, facilitates convenient and barrier-free maintenance of the press, and permits anonymous comparisons of important performance parameters with other presses in identical configurations. The options range from PressCall for optimisation of communication with remote maintenance engineers and VisualPressSupport to enable a better description of the reason for a remote maintenance call using photos (with extensive commenting functions), texts, videos and audio, via Performance Reports and Press Inspection Reports, through to the first instances of predictive services based on methods of artificial intelligence.

In this context, the Customer Community is a central point of contact bringing all service offers together under one roof. Users and the manufacturer have access to an identical information database, meaning that they are all on the same page when working together.
(Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed AG & Co. KG)

Corrugated packaging market to top $200 billion by 2025 despite Covid-19 says ...

Corrugated packaging market to top $200 billion by 2025 despite Covid-19 says ...  (Company news)

...Smithers research

The latest data for the global container board and corrugated packaging market shows that consumption of the latter will reach 160.5 million tonnes in 2020, with a value of $170.7 billion.

Expert analysis in the Smithers report The Future of Global Corrugated Board Packaging to 2025 forecasts that global corrugated board will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% across 2020-2025 to reach $205.7 billion. The volume of board consumed worldwide will increase at a slightly slower rate to reach 193.2 million tonnes in that year.

The Smithers study tracks micro and macro trends in this industry for 2015-2025. This is segmented across for six corrugated grades – unbleached kraftliner (UBKL), white-top kraftliner (WTKL), unbleached testliner (UBTL), white-top testliner (WTTL), semi-chemical fluting (SCF), waste-based fluting (WBF); 15 end-use applications; and 63 countries and world regions.

The Covid-19 pandemic will see a marked impact on corrugated consumption in certain sectors and regions, especially those worst affected by the virus. In terms of end-uses food shipments will be least affected while other consumer items will see a more significant drop.

These will be mitigated in developed regions by the strong increase in e-commerce as stay-at-home consumers undertake more online shopping. Several board converters have developed e-commerce specific delivery designs to capitalise on this, accentuating what the industry has already identified as a key growth segment.
In the longer term Smithers analysis identifies the following major business trends that will support further use of corrugated board packaging.

-Recycling and sustainability will remain a key concern for converters and brand owners; but oversupply of materials is liable to generate new price pressures
-Demand for finer flute grades for high-quality printed cases and as alternatives to folding cartons will rise
-Further pressure for lightweighting of corrugated designs will have a negative impact on volume sales as less fibre delivers an equivalent required performance
-E-commerce will continue to expand, even once lockdown (shelter-in-place) orders have been revoked; this will generate new need for white-top liner that can receive
-high-quality print graphics in particular
-Dimensional (DIM) weighing in packaging, and the focus on minimising extraneous protective components will slow some of the expanded use of corrugated in direct-to-consumer e-commerce shipping
-There will be more use of retail-ready packaging formats, as more modern retailing expands into developing markets in Asia and elsewhere
-Digital (inkjet) printing will increase overall demand for better quality substrates and expand the options for packaging printers in both standard and RRP corrugated formats
-New coating technologies, including bio-based polymer solutions will help improve the recyclability of coated corrugated grades
-Industry consolidation will continue leading to greater concentration of capacities and more uniformity for users.

These trends and the essential technologies that will help make them a reality over the next five years are examined in depth in the Smithers study. They are used to provide context to the wider picture of the industry across 2015-2025 given in the Smithers data set, with over 350 data tables and figures. Combined these provide an unparalleled level of insight into current and future demand for containerboard and corrugated packaging.

Flint Group accelerates investment in Russian Packaging Market

Flint Group accelerates investment in Russian Packaging Market  (Company news)

Flint Group, a leading provider of consumables and equipment for the global packaging industries, has announced a series of key investment actions in its Russian packaging inks business to further extend support to customers in the region.

Doug Aldred, President Flint Group Packaging Inks, said: “As one of the largest packaging markets in the world, Russia holds significant growth opportunities for our business. We’re delighted to announce a series of strategic commitments to the region to ensure our current and future customers are receiving best in class product and service solutions.”

With a presence in the Russian market spanning more than 25 years, the company has confirmed that a new packaging inks manufacturing site is currently under construction, conveniently located south west of Moscow in the Kaluga region.

The site will become the base for the entire Russian Flint Group Packaging Inks team, including laboratory facilities alongside technical and customer service functions. It will also be supported by the Flint Group Global Colour Centre (GCC) and Flint Group Global Innovation Centre (GIC), located in Poland and Sweden respectively, which provide 24/7 colour and technical support to the company’s customers in Russia and the Eastern European region.

Andrei Popov, Commercial Director Packaging Inks Russia/CIS at Flint Group, commented: “Despite the challenges of today’s COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the new Kaluga region site will be operational early in 2022. Operating within such a vast country, the strategic location of the site offers us tremendous advantages in supply flexibility and lead times, which are especially important in today’s packaging market where fast response is critical for our, and our customers’, competitiveness.

“We are wholly focused on being the partner of choice for those operating in the paper & board and flexible packaging markets. This strategic investment boosts our commitment to supply chain excellence and reliability for our customers within the region.”

The new site will manufacture the latest water and solvent-based ink ranges for the paper & board and flexible packaging sectors and will deliver a number of new, sustainable ink ranges that are key to future-proofing Flint Group customers’ businesses. The new facility will provide laboratory testing, quality control, customer and technical service expertise in addition to a larger, state of the art, manufacturing footprint. This facility will replace the existing site in Moscow; Flint Group Packaging Inks’ satellite facility in St. Petersburg will remain operational.

Customers in the region will benefit from the robust logistics set-up that Flint Group Packaging Inks has established that enables customers across Russia to receive a high level of service regardless of location. Even when considering such a vast expanse, by leveraging the expertise of Flint Group's Procurement teams and sustainable supplier model, orders for standard products can be fulfilled within convenient lead times and terms. Furthermore, customers will see additional value from stock flexibility.

Mr. Popov concluded: “We have a team with a wealth of industry experience here in Moscow and to complement the operations of the new site, we are further investing in our people across the region to enhance our technical and commercial customer support. With a series of new product innovations coming to market during 2020 and 2021.
(Flint Group Headquarters)

The climate benefits of sustainable forestry

The climate benefits of sustainable forestry  (Company news)

In the beginning of 2020 UPM committed to the United Nations Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C, promising to pursue science-based measures to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

“Investors, customers, the society at large – even school children – ask about companies’ sustainability actions,” says Sami Lundgren, Vice President, Responsibility at UPM. “It is important for us to do our part. I believe our employees are very proud that we have signed this commitment.”

UPM will meet this commitment by novel uses of their products, reducing CO2 emissions and by practicing climate positive forestry.

Wood is renewable and recyclable, and even the production processes can yield important by-products. Biofuels can replace fossil-fuels, paper packaging can substitute plastics, biochemicals can replace fossil-based chemicals in industry and more wood in construction can be better for the environment than using concrete.

UPM uses a lot of energy in its operations, but luckily it has access to great renewable fuels. Early in 2020 UPM signed a major deal with the German wind power company wpd to supply clean wind energy to paper mills. Logging residues and wood by-products can also be used as fuel in UPM factories, and currently about 70% of the company’s fuels are biomass-based. Additionally, the company has a target to improve energy efficiency by 1% annually.

The third pillar of meeting the 1.5°C commitment is climate positive forestry. In many ways climate positive forestry is the least understood aspect of UPM’s business, but it is also critically important.

More trees mean more carbon sinks
UPM has about 850,000 hectares of company forests – mostly in Finland and Uruguay – and manages another 1.1 million hectares of private forest in Finland. To put this into perspective, this is almost equivalent to the size of Slovenia.

“Over the past fifty years we have doubled our growing stock in Finland, as measured in cubic metres of wood,” says Sauli Brander, SVP, UPM Forest. “This is a large carbon sink, so we need to manage it properly.”

UPM’s forests in Finland are semi-natural and mostly consist of spruce, pine and birch trees which have an annual carbon sink of 1.3 million tonnes of CO2eq during the last five years. In Uruguay the forests are plantations of eucalyptus trees. These are vastly different types of forests, but they are both managed with the future in mind. A key principle is not to harvest more than you grow.

“In 1990 we established our plantations in Uruguay on land that hadn’t been covered by forests since the 1500s,” says Sami Oksa, Director, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Forest. “Now we have 40 million tonnes of carbon sequestered in the Uruguay plantations and the carbon storage is still increasing.”

Proper forest management
UPM plays no part in deforestation; forests are always regrown after harvesting. New trees can be encouraged to regenerate naturally, or nature can be helped along by sowing seeds or planting seedlings. UPM has three nurseries that produce about 50 million seedlings annually. These strong, healthy seedlings can grow twice as fast as a normal seed. The faster they grow, the faster they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Yet forests aren’t simply planted and then ignored. The Finnish forests are managed through a thinning process over their rotation time. Some trees are selectively harvested from an area, allowing more light to the remaining trees. They, in turn, are healthier and grow faster.

Actively thinned forests can sequester more carbon than unmanaged forests, which may be unhealthy due to damage. This was noted in Canada, where a national study found forest lands managed for timber were carbon sinks but those ravaged by fires or insects were net emitters of CO2.

Sustainable forestry in the new bioeconomy
“All of our own forests are certified either by the PEFC™ or FSC® (FSC®-C109750), and usually by both,” says Brander. “Certification is a voluntary step above and beyond what is required by law. This is so end-users know that we practice sustainable forestry.”

Forests are the second largest absorber of CO2 after the oceans. They will play a major role in combating human-induced climate change, as long as they are properly managed.

“Sustainable forestry is a climate positive endeavour,” says Brander. “UPM is part of the new forest industry, the new bioeconomy. We are replacing fossil-based products by offering renewable and recyclable alternatives, made of wood. I think what we are accomplishing is an excellent story and everyone at UPM should be proud of our climate positive forestry.”
(David J. Cord)

DS Smith Display whets the appetite for Nestlé's new organic cereals

DS Smith Display whets the appetite for Nestlé's new organic cereals  (Company news)

Winner of the German Packaging Award 2020 in the category ‘product presentation’

Delicious breakfast and getting involved in the protection of wild bees has never been easier thanks to the new organic certified whole grain cereals of the Cheerios Bio brand. Because for every package of the two new varieties in the Honey and Honey & Chocolate flavours sold, Cheerios Bio is donating 10 cents to the Foundation for People and the Environment. As part of its "Germany hums!" initiative, the non-profit organization uses it to build nesting aids for endangered wild bee species throughout Germany. One of the campaigners for the good cause is the display and packaging manufacturer DS Smith. The long-standing Nestlé supplier developed a creative and easy-to-package secondary placement for the sales promotion of the new Cheerios organic cereals. This puts the product innovation, brand values and environmental commitment at the point of sale in an eye-catching setting. The jury of the German Packaging Award 2020 was impressed by the emotional presentation of the product and chose the original ¼ pallet display by DS Smith as winner in the category ‘product presentation’.

Nestlé wants to grow with traditional cereals. One of these is the Cheerios Bio brand with which the food company recently entered the organic segment. Pure with honey or additionally refined with chocolate, the two new whole grain varieties contain ingredients of the best organic quality. The Nutri-Score label B certifies the good nutritional value of the cereals. In order to score additional points with nutritionally and environmentally conscious consumers, Cheerios Bio has launched a sustainability campaign to accompany the launch of the new organic varieties. All POS materials are also 100 percent recyclable. Because organic quality alone is not enough these days, the food company knows. Consumers increasingly want brands that, like Cheerios Bio, take a responsible attitude towards nature and society.

The new Cheerios organic cereals are being promoted in food retail with a high-impact, natural-looking ¼ pallet display from DS Smith. The high quality offset-printed corrugated board secondary placement inspires with the beauty of a blooming wildflower meadow. And as in real nature, numerous bees romp around the display. As a poster attachment or wobbler, the industrious insects made of corrugated cardboard attract shoppers' attention from afar to the organic products clearly arranged in trays and the associated environmental protection campaign.

The creative display solution from DS Smith provides an all-round harmonious overall picture. The brand values of the new organic cereals are optimally transported to the point of sale. The emotional presentation of the products encourages impulse buying and promotes the sale of the crispy, honey-coated wholemeal rings. Even the set-up in the retail trade is extremely easy. It can easily be carried out by just one person, so that even the current rules of social distancing are observed: Simply remove the hood and fold down the poster, and sales can begin with the pre-assembled display. At the end of its service life, this innovative display solution made of corrugated board can be easily recycled via the paper recycling circuit.
(DS Smith Packaging Division Erlensee)

myPCMC unlocks critical machine documentation for customers

myPCMC unlocks critical machine documentation for customers  (Company news)

New online tool provides users with fast, secure access to manuals and training materials

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, has launched an innovative online documentation portal, designed to elevate customer trust and ensure the safe operation, maintenance and ownership of all PCMC machines.

Known as myPCMC, the tool provides customers with instant access to parts manuals, controls manuals, operator instruction manuals and training materials for their specific machines. After entering a personalized login, users can easily navigate to the needed documentation, which is organized by location and machine. To access myPCMC, all users need is a web-enabled device (computer, tablet or smartphone) and an internet connection.

With myPCMC, customers are guaranteed to be viewing and using the latest version of their machine documentation—PCMC can easily upload revised files and notify customers about changes within minutes. Furthermore, this new online portal not only enhances today’s machine documentation, but myPCMC also provides a platform for future documentation needs, making it possible to share videos, 3D machine models and other interactive files.

“This is a major step forward in providing our customers with easy access to critical documentation,” said Doreen Deprey, PCMC Technical Publications Leader. “Customers no longer have to wait for their documentation to arrive in the mail or with the shipment of the machine. They now can access their documentation from the office or at home, day or night. We are excited to release myPCMC and feel it will help customers run and maintain their PCMC machines more safely and efficiently.”
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

Kodak cancels participation in Drupa 2021

Kodak cancels participation in Drupa 2021  (Company news)

Kodak has made the decision to withdraw from Drupa 2021.

“Kodak’s commitment to the safety of our employees and customers during the COVID19 pandemic is paramount. The continued concerns and impacts of the pandemic make it difficult for us to commit resources for such an event in these uncertain times,” said Jim Continenza, Executive Chairman, Eastman Kodak Company.

Kodak will continue to invest in the print industry, doubling down on digital print and delivering the products our customers need to drive productivity and growth as the industry evolves.
(Kodak GmbH)

Even better pulp and yield at Smurfit Kappa Piteå

Even better pulp and yield at Smurfit Kappa Piteå  (Company news)

Pulp with higher quality, combined with increased yield from the wood raw material, is now a reality for Smurfit Kappa at its mill in Piteå, Sweden. The cooking process technology from Valmet played an important role in the successful rebuild project.

Photo: “The enormous ImpBin was manufactured in one piece. Weighing 114 tons and measuring 45 meters tall, the pre-impregnation vessel made special demands on transport and installation. The lift into the mill and the installation in a tight space required very careful preparation”.

Smurfit Kappa Piteå is one of Europe's largest kraftliner mills with an annual production of 700,000 tonnes of both brown and white-top kraftliner. The mill has a softwood line and a hardwood line, both of which were rebuilt in 2019 with Valmet as the main supplier. During the same period, the mill also upgraded its recovery boiler.

“The aim of these investments was to improve the production process and to get even better quality in our pulp and kraftliner grades,” says Bo Johansson, Technical Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå.

Project involved the latest technology and major equipment changes
The new improved pulping process is still based on continuous cooking, but with some major changes. Prior to the rebuild the mill had a total of three digesters – two on the softwood line and one on the hardwood line. Now there are only two digesters, one for each line. To achieve this, some existing equipment has been moved between the lines and new equipment has been added. This has resulted in both higher pulp quality and higher yield.

“Now,” continues Bo Johansson, “the softwood line is giving us even higher quality pulp thanks to the new Continuous Cooking G2 and ImpBin impregnation technology, which are the highlights of the new softwood line delivery. With ImpBin, Valmet’s latest innovation, chip impregnation is done over a longer time, which gives the dual benefits of higher yields from the raw material and more consistent pulp quality. And on the hardwood line we have installed some equipment that previously belonged to the softwood line and added a new pressure diffuser from Valmet to improve our washing.”

Many special challenges to be considered

Greger Stubbfält, Project Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå, looks back on a demanding project and sees the positive collaborative climate among everyone involved, and Valmet's ability to drive the project forward, as important success factors.

“This rebuild involved many special challenges since it was done in an existing plant that continued to operate normally while most of the work was carried out,” he says. “And I think we have succeeded very well, working together with our suppliers. It’s an excellent example of skillful engineering and good collaboration. In addition, we are pleased to say the project has gone very well from a safety point of view. The rebuild was extremely complex, involving about 1,300 people from more than 100 companies, but we have not had any serious incidents.”

Best startup in 30 years of experience
After a two-week long stop in the spring of 2019, to make the necessary piping and electrical connections, the rebuilt kraftliner mill was started up. Bo Johansson, the technical manager, has long experience in the pulp industry and has worked on many start-ups. But he says he has never participated in any startup of similar complexity that has gone as easily.

“Considering the complexity, this startup where we quickly reached all our set goals for production capacity and quality so quickly, is the best I have experienced in my 30 years. It clearly went better than we expected. The commissioning team from Valmet did a fantastic job and managed to quickly get the processes functioning well. I also believe that the process simulator we used has played an important role in this positive outcome.”

Smurfit Kappa Piteå chose to invest in a process simulator, built by Valmet, where the new cooking equipment and process could be tested before it was actually time for startup and the pressure was on. The simulator was a success and today it is being used for education and problem solving.

Fredrik Jonsson, production technician at Smurfit Kappa Piteå, says that “For training, we chose combined classroom teaching with the simulator training, and now after startup we also use the simulator for problem solving and it is of great value to be able to simulate and solve problems in the simulator.”

Excellent pulp quality, and lower chemical and energy consumption
It has now been more than a year since the rebuilt Smurfit Kappa Piteå mill was restarted. What results have been achieved by the team?

“Tests show that the quality of our pulp is excellent, and we have also gotten very positive feedback from the machine operators in the paper mill who use the pulp. We have exceeded our targets regarding pulp yields from the wood raw material, and we also have been able to reduce our chemical consumption and energy costs. The outlook is very positive, and we are well prepared in terms of pulp quality to meet the market demands for the best kraftliner,” concludes Bo Johansson.
(Valmet Corporation)

Best performance in the stripping process - New precision lower pins from Marbach Die Supplies

Best performance in the stripping process - New precision lower pins from Marbach Die Supplies  (Company news)

Marbach Die Supplies has extended its portfolio. Up to now, Marbach has only offered conventional lower pins for the stripping process. As of now, Marbach will also supply its new, self-developed precision lower pin.

André Angermeir, Sales Manager Marbach Die Supplies: "To make the stripping process during packaging production stable and safe, lower pins are used. They fix the waste to be stripped during the stripping process, and ensure that it is guided downwards in a controlled manner. Worn components and greater tolerances of previously available lower pins, can interfere with the stripping process and lead to production interruptions during packaging production. But not with our new precision lower pins. They are made of top quality materials possessing high precision and able to be accurately positioned due to their narrow guide tolerances. A re-adjustment in the die-cutting machine is therefore not necessary."

Thus, the Marbach precision lower pins support a stripping process free of disturbances and waste. They are available in thicknesses of 2 mm and 4 mm.
(Karl#Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

New technical support for Follmanns Print + Packaging business unit

New technical support for Follmanns Print + Packaging business unit   (Company news)

Andreas Gilcher (photo) was appointed to Follmann’s Print + Packaging business unit on 1 September this year. In his role as Printing Technician in the Print + Packaging sales team, qualified coatings laboratory technician Gilcher (51) is mainly responsible for international customer care and support in the field of water-based printing ink application technology.

With more than 25 years of experience in application technology and sales, Andreas Gilcher built up his expertise in national and international customer care and in the project business at various companies serving the printing ink industry. His appointments included that of Sales/Application Manager in the Flint Group. Before joining Follmann, he held the position of Local Sales Manager/Technical Account Manager at Siegwerk Druckfarben, where he was responsible for strategic further development of customer relations.

“We are delighted to have gained in Andreas Gilcher the right person at the right time for the launch of our new printing ink range. His many years of international experience in sales and application technology together with his specialist know-how in the field of printing inks make him the perfect complement to our team,” said Roland Geiselhart, Director of the Print + Packaging business unit at Follmann.
(Follmann GmbH & Co. KG)

All green products start with a #Greensource

All green products start with a #Greensource  (Company news)

Climate neutrality with Europe’s forest fibre industry

Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, and EPIS, the European Pulp Industry Sector Association and its members, present their #GreenSource initiative, a European-wide effort to explain how the forest-fibre industries make the 2050 climate neutrality target a reality.

The forest-fibre industry wishes to offer innovative solutions to the needs of the European citizens and contribute to a sustainable lifestyle while making sure that forests keep growing, absorbing CO2 and protecting biodiversity.

A recent scientific study commissioned by Cepi on the Climate effect of the forest-based sector in the European Union shows that, thanks to the forests and forest-based products, we take 806 million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year – this corresponds to 20% of the EU’s annual emissions – while bringing 3.5 million jobs, especially to rural areas.

“We can help decarbonise the economy and revolutionise consumption habits thanks to our innovative alternatives to fossil-based materials. According to a recent Material Economics[1] study, 25% of plastics could be easily replaced with paper and board already today without compromising end-product functionality.” Jori Ringman, Cepi DG.

We provide fossil-free alternative solutions for many sectors already today: media, packaging, health care and hygiene but also and increasingly for textiles. Cellulose-based materials might even replace the graphite used in portable technologies and the virtually limitless possibilities in biorefineries help us champion in bio-based green chemistry.

In times of COVID-19, it’s important to remember that we are delivering packaging, tissue and hygiene products that are essential to EU citizens while being good for the planet and good for the European economy.

#GreenSource is the common voice of our industry rising to tell the world how we are making a difference in the transition to a sustainable and climate-friendly future.
(CEPI aisbl)

Södra to raise price of NBSK by USD 40 to USD 880/tonne

Södra to raise price of NBSK by USD 40 to USD 880/tonne  (Company news)

Södra Cell is increasing the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp in Europe by $40/tonne to $880, effective 1 October.

“We do recognize the challenges presented in the wake of Covid-19. Nevertheless, demand for our NBSK in Europe has stayed healthy over the summer, and lately we’ve seen distinct signs of China recovering. Our stocks are balanced, and as we head into a period where numerous global maintenance stops will restrict supply, we expect the overall supply chain to tighten up. Current net price of NBSK in Europe is not sustainable and an upward momentum on price is to be expected”. commented Henrik Wettergren, VP Marketing and Sales, Södra Cell.
(Södra Cell AB)

Paper One Show: Future is virtual, be part of it!

Paper One Show: Future is virtual, be part of it!  (Company news)

Engage with key decision-makers and manufacturers with a complete virtual platform!

We are proud to announce that the world’s first virtual fair on the paper industry will open its second edition of Paper One Show Virtual will be held between November 03-06, 2020.

We are excited to welcome you and have you back at Paper One Show Virtual!

Followed by a successful 1st edition of the fair, Al Furat Fairs is hosting its 2nd Virtual Fair on 3rd November 2020. With a second edition of the Show, the fair is once again building off experience and paving the way for a cutting-edge virtual fair experience.

The platform that can easily connect you to thousands of professionals from the paper industry will give you a great insight into the comprehensive overview of the paper sector and the latest industry developments.

Paper One Show Virtual convenes the paper industry online: 4 days of full of business!

-Years of experience in the sector
-Paper One Show is the pioneer in this sector
-Focusing on paper market and continuous improvement
-Paper One Show is the leading company specialized in paper trade fairs
-Strong connections with both suppliers and customers from all around the world
(Al Furat Fairs)

WEPA invests in British site Bridgend

WEPA invests in British site Bridgend  (Company news)

The WEPA Group, headquartered in Arnsberg/ Westphalia, Germany, has announced further extensive investments in infrastructure and production at its plant in Bridgend, UK. The main focus of the investment is the construction of a new paper machine with a planned annual production capacity of 65,000 tons. The machine will start up in the 1st quarter in spring 2022.

Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group: "Our willingness to invest in state-of-the-art technology is an important part of our future-oriented Group strategy. UK remains an important growth market for us in Europe despite COVID-19 and Brexit. With the planned investments we will be able to meet our customers' expectations in terms product quality and sustainability even better in the future. It is important to us to produce for our customers in the UK in their own country. For the Bridgend site this means a doubling of production capacity.”

The WEPA Group thus strengthens its market position throughout Europe as the third largest European manufacturer in the hygiene paper market. The site in Bridgend produces toilet paper and kitchen towels for the British consumer market with around 280 employees and has been part of the WEPA Group since 2013 (initially as a joint venture before being fully acquired in 2018). The investments will create more than 50 additional jobs.

The two Managing Directors of WEPA UK, Tony Curtis and Mike Docker, welcome the decision: "The construction of a new paper machine and the other planned investments are significant measures for our UK business and our Bridgend site. These investments will strengthen our competitiveness in the UK market and safeguard jobs in the region.”
(WEPA Hygieneprodukte GmbH)

Metsä Board launches a state-of-the-art Excellence Centre to accelerate paperboard and ...

Metsä Board launches a state-of-the-art Excellence Centre to accelerate paperboard and ...  (Company news)

... packaging innovation

Growing consumption and demand for more sustainable packaging is boosting the need for new innovations. To develop solutions for packaging today and into the future, Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started up operations in its new Excellence Centre at the unique bioeconomy site in Äänekoski, Finland.

The centre, with its cutting-edge technology for R&D, packaging design and paperboard and packaging performance, aims to accelerate material and packaging innovation and provide a collaboration platform for customers and technology partners globally.

“As the amount of packaging continues to grow, new, sustainable solutions are needed to replace fossil-based materials and ensure circularity. The Excellence Centre concept enables paperboard and packaging solutions that look at the entire value chain, and not just at its separate parts. With the material knowhow, competence and tools now available, we can optimise performance throughout the packaging lifecycle”, says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

The Excellence Centre, which covers a total of 1,500 square meters, includes R&D facilities, a packaging design studio, a customer feedback centre and a state-of-the art laboratory providing more than 100 different measurement methods and analytics. The centre also features a virtual store and a computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool to allow sophisticated simulation and analysis of packaging performance.

Metsä Board’s Excellence Centre brings together Metsä Board’s own competencies and deep expertise in fibre-based solutions with that of various experts and partners, such as material suppliers, technology providers, start-up companies, universities and research companies. Virtual collaboration workshops have also been developed to enable joint development and co-creation if physical meetings are not possible.

“Renewable and recyclable fresh fibre paperboard can be utilised for packaging in many ways. Fibre-based packaging has a lot to offer, and together with our partners and the new Excellence Centre, we are able to explore the possibilities even more comprehensively. I am excited about the opportunities this will bring for today and the future,” says Metsä Board’s CEO Mika Joukio.

Äänekoski’s world-unique bioeconomy ecosystem includes a next-generation bioproduct mill, a paperboard mill, plywood mill, the Pro Nemus visitor centre, and a textile fibre demo plant.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Coming soon… Domino’s Next Generation ink jet technology

Coming soon… Domino’s Next Generation ink jet technology  (Company news)

Domino Digital Printing Solutions is delighted to announce the forthcoming launch of its next generation digital ink jet technology at a virtual event that will be transmitted, in English, live from The Domino Studio in Cambridge, on Wednesday, 30th September 2020.

Photo: Domino N600i - four colour digital ink jet label press

With over 42 years’ experience of developing and manufacturing digital ink jet printing technology, Domino Printing Sciences has a long and successful history of innovation and continuous growth. This is matched by an established global reputation for providing quality, reliability and unrivalled customer service and support.

After launching its first four colour digital ink jet label press, the Domino N600i in 2012, Domino has gone on to take a market leading position in the digital label press market and is one of the most successful and leading global players in the digital Printing industry today.

In 2016, the 7-colour Domino N610i digital ink jet label press received industry recognition when it was awarded the category of Best Label Printer at the European Digital Press (EDP) Association’s Awards. These awards recognise innovation and quality, as well as assessing aspects such as value to the user, support and service capabilities.

And now, with approaching 1000 worldwide industrial installations based on its proven and reliable Generation 6 ink jet platform, Domino will shortly be unveiling its Generation 7 technology at this virtual launch event.

Louise Adcock, Global Product Manager at Domino Digital Printing Solutions said, “We are really excited about this forthcoming product launch. We asked our customers what would make their business better and by combining this insight with our technical expertise and in-house manufacturing capability, we have designed and built a revolutionary new technology platform. It has been a team effort working in close collaboration with our colleagues at Brother and GraphTech, to develop this ground-breaking Generation 7 technology, which represents a real step change for the label Printing industry.”
(Domino UK Ltd)

SCA increases pulp price by $ 40

SCA increases pulp price by $ 40  (Company news)

SCA increases the price on bleached softwood kraft pulp, NBSK, by $ 40 per tonne.

“We see a growing demand for pulp and our stocks are decreasing”, says Henning Ellström, VP sales and marketing pulp. “Furthermore, the pulp supply this autumn is limited, not the least by maintenance stops among pulp producers. Many planned maintenance stops this spring were postponed until this autumn.”

The new price on bleached softwood kraft pulp, $ 880 per tonne, is valid from October 1, 2020.
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

GSE’s compact Colorsat FCS manual ink dispenser brings cost reduction and traceability ...

GSE’s compact Colorsat FCS manual ink dispenser brings cost reduction and traceability ...  (Company news)

... to small-scale label printing operations

Picture: GSE's Colorsat Formula Checkweigh System is an ink dispenser for flexo, offset, gravure, screen and letterpress processes, ideal for small-scale consumption

GSE has introduced a compact, manual ink dispenser for fast accurate and efficient colour preparation, helping small label or packaging printing enterprises to reduce ink-related costs, achieve consistent colour quality and provide traceability of ink in the supply chain.

The Colorsat FCS (Formula Checkweigh System), featuring GSE Ink manager software, manages all conventional inks – including waterbased and UV-flexo, offset, gravure and letterpress inks - cutting makeready time and reducing ink consumption by up to 30 per cent.

Ink kitchen processes are simplified. Colorsat FCS’s automatic ink recipe calculations enable spot colours to be prepared, on target and in the exact quantity needed for the printing job, without needing to produce excess quantities. It provides the formula of the base colours in exact weights, then leads the operator through a controlled weighing process, using a precision Mettler-Toledo scale, to create the colour. Inks returned from flexo chamber doctor chambers on previous jobs can also be calculated into new recipes, keeping waste to a minimum.

The Colorsat FCS includes GSE Ink manager (GIm), a software package that provides the control and information needed to run a cost-efficient, responsive operation. A modular software, GIm includes several optional packages that automate and simplify ink-related processes. With the optional GSE Traceability software package installed, Colorsat FCS brings full traceability of ink batches. In food and pharmaceutical markets, therefore, complying with strict Good Manufacturing Practice and British Retail Consortium safety standards becomes much easier.

The software packages provide a long-term solution for business improvement: customers eventually upgrading from a manual system to an automatic dispenser may continue to use the software database, without losing data.

Both Colorsat FCS and its software are easy to for the customer to install and use, without the need for a GSE engineer to provide on-site installation or training.

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, comments: “In label and packaging production, controlling ink-related processes is vital for staying competitive, but automated dispensing systems enabling this have only been economical for larger-scale operations till now. The introduction of the new, compact Colorsat FCS manual dispenser with Ink manager software puts the boutique enterprise on an equal footing, providing a long-term, viable system for reducing the cost to print while achieving consistent repeatable quality.

“The FCS and its software can also benefit larger businesses seeking to integrate peripheral operations – perhaps a stand-alone folding carton or envelope converting line – into the corporate management information system.”
(GSE Dispensing B.V.)

Waggeryd Cell selects AFRY Pulse to help improve efficiency and digitalisation

Waggeryd Cell selects AFRY Pulse to help improve efficiency and digitalisation  (Company news)

The pulp manufacturer Waggeryd Cell AB has selected AFRY’s digital software and system platform, “AFRY Pulse”, to increase productivity and efficiency at their mill located in Vaggeryd, Sweden.

Photo: David Andersson, Section Manager Industrial Digitalization at AFRY in Sweden

Waggeryd Cell pulp mill is owned by the ATA Group, which is a Swedish producer of sawn wood products. The majority of the bleached CTMP pulp produced by the mill is exported. With an annual capacity of approximately 180,000 tonnes per year, the mill is already considered to be very efficient.

With the goal to develop and increase the plant's utilisation rate further, Waggeryd Cell has chosen to install AFRY Pulse with the objective of reaching more structured and continuous improvement. A warehouse management module will also be installed to streamline the production process further. Installation and configuration will take place during Q4, 2020.

AFRY Pulse is a prominent and modern production support software developed by AFRY. The software helps to maximise availability in industrial processes, and thereby increases productivity. Through a modern and user-friendly interface, the user can easily gain an overview the production, be in control of directing efforts where required or find places in the production chain where there is spare capacity, and thus work in a more proactive manner.

"AFRY Pulse is a platform that suits our needs today and, at the same time, allows us to continue developing and streamlining our business. Through the platform, we can facilitate the demands of daily work and simplify the follow-up of production,” says Peter Dahlbom, CEO of Waggeryd Cell AB.

AFRY Pulse is integrated with the process and the physical equipment and other more administrative systems. It also provides an overview of the process and an opportunity to provide feedback throughout the manufacturing process. At the same time, the user gains complete traceability and transparency within the system, such as OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), to see where there is untapped potential.

“We are pleased that Waggeryd Cell has chosen our platform to achieve even greater efficiency in their production. We look forward to support their efforts to develop their facility and their choice to use our AFRY Pulse platform," says David Andersson, Section Manager Industrial Digitalization at AFRY in Sweden.
(AFRY (Pöyry Sweden AB))

Saica launches new Fresh Pack maintenance facility

Saica launches new Fresh Pack maintenance facility  (Company news)

Saica Pack has established a new maintenance facility for its Fresh Pack customers. The facility will have its own dedicated engineering team and allow Saica to respond to customer callouts efficiently.

Jane Gorham, Saica’s Fresh Pack Manager for UK & Ireland, said: “Saica is always looking for innovative ways to streamline its service, so we are delighted to open our new Fresh Pack Maintenance Facility.”

“The centre means we can offer an increasingly flexible service to existing and prospective clients. It ticks all the right boxes and is another step forward towards our goal of offering a completely integrated business solution.”

Saica Group’s Fresh Pack products are used for packaging fresh fruits and vegetables and the high-quality corrugated cardboard boxes can withstand extreme climate and transport conditions.

Saica supplies machines to their client’s customers, allowing businesses to independently erect their own corrugated fresh produce boxes. Situated on the King Street Industrial Estate in Peterborough, the facility is strategically located in the UK to serve the Fresh Produce market.

In addition to attending to machine maintenance, Saica’s Fresh Pack Service Engineering team will make regular site visits to service equipment and carry out preventative maintenance. This will ensure invaluable production time is not lost. Saica is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the Fresh Produce market sector and continued growth in the UK and Ireland.
(Saica Pack)

Fedrigoni 365 project delivers a year of print creativity

Fedrigoni 365 project delivers a year of print creativity  (Company news)

Daily inspiration for a full year is on its way via newly printed Fedrigoni 365 – a highly individualised calendar printed on Fedrigoni papers by Ricoh technology.

Ricoh produced 4,000 uniquely different copies of the 2021 416pp calendar in ten different colourways. Fedrigoni’s Golden Star K was used for the jacket while Splendorlux was chosen for the cover and Freelife Vellum for the inside pages. Each calendar comprises 365 successful artwork submissions drawn from a pool of more than 830 designs received from UK based creatives.

The highly automated end to end process began with typesetting and layout during composition managed by variable data publishing solution FusionPro. RICOH ProcessDirector™ then assigned workflow to deliver streamlined production while RICOH TotalFlow Batchbuilder™ prepared batches of jobs efficiently and enabled centralised control to monitor and manage the variable jobs.

The powerful printed results were produced by the Ricoh Pro™ C7200sx colour sheetfed press using extended colour gamut neon colours selected from Touch7 neon colour guides from Khaos Technologies.

Erwin Busselot, Business Innovation & Solutions Director, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, says: “The project demonstrates the ability of Ricoh’s software to flexibly manage such a unique production process. The imaginative and creative designs from such talented contributors also showcases the huge variety of print production possibilities enabled by the Ricoh Pro C7200x when teamed with Touch7. We were delighted to work with Fedrigoni on such a dynamic and inspiring project to illustrate how impactful design and high quality well executed print creates a powerful combination. Brands and creatives will be able to see for themselves how the right mix can prove irresistibly engaging.”

Copies of Fedrigoni 365 can be bought here. Each year profits from the sale of 500 calendars go to charity. Past recipients have been Make a Wish Foundation, Shelter and Trees for Cities. The recipient for 2021 has yet to be decided.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Clyde Industries Supplies Boiler Efficiency Equipment for LD Celulose

Clyde Industries Supplies Boiler Efficiency Equipment for LD Celulose  (Company news)

Clyde Industries, a leading provider for boiler efficiency solutions in the pulp and paper sector, received an order from CBC Indústrias Pesadas to supply boiler cleaning equipment for the LD Celulose in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Clyde Industries will supply sootblowers for both the recovery boiler and the power boiler, as well as automatic port cleaners and spare parts for two years of operation and supervision for commissioning, start-up, and training services. The delivery of the equipment is expected for early 2021 with start-up of the new boilers following in 2022.

“This order is the result of our team’s hard work with CBC Indústrias Pesadas over the past few months,” said Dominick Garton, CEO of Clyde Industries. “We have worked to understand the specific needs expressed by the client, made necessary technical refinements, and offered the best commercial alternatives to make this project possible. We are very glad to have earned CBC’s trust in providing the equipment for this important project. Our long-term relationship with CBC highlights the reliability and the value we provide to our customers with our products and services.”

CBC Indústrias Pesadas SA is part of the Mitsubishi Power group and specializes in design and production of heavy equipment such as boilers for various industrial sectors, including Pulp and Paper, Power Generation, Petrochemical, Chemical, Steel and Others.

Lenzing Duratex is a joint venture between the Austrian group Lenzing, leader in the production of special cellulose fibers, and Duratex, the largest producer of industrialized wood panels in the Southern Hemisphere. The LD Celulose project is an initiative between the two companies and aims to produce and commercialize pulp, after the construction of the largest industrial line of soluble cellulose in the world. The new plant that will be installed in the forest area of Duratex in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
(Clyde Industries Inc.)

Another milestone in the use of sustainable printing inks

Another milestone in the use of sustainable printing inks  (Company news)

Flexographic printing ink system for flexible sheets receives Material Health Certification GOLD from Cradle to Cradle Certified™

Once again Werner & Mertz, in cooperation with its Reyclate Initiative partners, has pioneered a new printing ink system for applications way beyond its own industry. With the ink manufacturer Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, the EPEA Switzerland GmbH (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency), and the global packaging and paper company Mondi, the Mainz cleaning products maker has developed a recyclable printing ink system for flexography which has been awarded Material Health Certification (MHC) GOLD. The use of sustainable printing inks is a significant step in designing packaging according to the Cradle-to-Cradle® principle. "In the spirit of the Open Innovation approach promoted by the Werner & Mertz Recyclate Initiative, the certified ink series with the product name 'NC 270' is not patented. It may be and should be used by other companies," said Torsten Haas, Packaging Developer at Werner & Mertz.

Closed cycles down to the smallest detail
Within the Recyclate Initiative, all packaging is developed in accordance with the Cradle-to-Cradle® principle, that is, designed from the start to go into a closed material cycle and to pose no risk to human health and the environment. Sustainable and healthy raw materials are just as important as packaging's recyclability after its use phase. That's why, in addition to the bottles and caps made of recyclates, sustainable printing inks are critical for a product's recyclability. With the Material Health Certification, the safety of the solvent-based printing ink NC 270 is now confirmed scientifically for biological cycles. Gold certification is awarded exclusively to products that "do not contain carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants with plausible exposure routes," according to the MHC.

"The New Green Deal of the EU Commission calls for safe and reliable plastic packaging that is sustainable for coming generations and the environment. This project is the guide to that goal. It has been confirmed by an independent third-party with the only certification system for cycles," said Albin Kälin, CEO of EPEA Switzerland, an accredited assessment body for Cradle-to-Cradle Certified™ and MHC Standard.

Development of a second printing ink system
In 2017 Werner & Mertz, Siegwerk and EPEA Switzerland developed a sustainable UV ink for offset printing as many pigments used in the standard process did not comply with the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ requirements for certification. The developed UV offset printing ink series, which also received MHC GOLD status, is used for the labels of the Frosch brand Citrus Shower & Bath cleaner.

With the ink series NC 270 for flexographic printing, the Werner & Mertz Recyclate Initiative has developed the second important printing process for packaging. The flexographic printing ink system can be used to print polyolefin plastic sheeting such as polethylene and polyproplylene. It also is well suited to the stability and resistance properties required for the stand-up pouch.

"We are proud that we could contribute an element to the development in this outstanding groundbreaking project. Now that a solvent-based ink for flexographic printing with MHC Gold certification is available, many 100 percent recyclable packaging solutions based on this single-layer PE stand-up pouch can be realized for the food and non-food sectors," said Dr. Stefan Häp, Brand Owner Collaboration Team at Siegwerk.

Integrally sustainable stand-up pouch
The idea for a sustainable flexographic ink came up in the joint development project with Mondi for a completely recyclable stand-up pouch (StripPouch). Honored with the German Packaging Award and the World Star Award, the project yielded the first pouch, which, thanks to the monomaterial and removable printed panels, can be recycled at a high quality level. The independent Institute Interseroh said in its assessment that the stand-up pouch has "very good recyclability that cannot be optimized any further." Having created optimum conditions for the technical cycle, Werner & Mertz and Mondi wanted to do the same for the biological cycle. Because Mondi uses only flexographic printing for the StripPouch, the cooperation partners from 2017 came together again and drew on their earlier work to develop sustainable printing inks for yet another printing system.

"The joint project on the development of the StripPouch was such a success because everyone involved pulled together from the very beginning. With the use of sustainable and certified printing inks, we are taking another big step together toward the circular economy and packaging solutions that are designed with sustainability in mind," said Jens Kösters, Manager of Technical Services at Mondi Halle, Werk Steinfeld.

By the end of 2020 the new Siegwerk NC 270 printing inks will be used in series production of the first stand-up pouch for creme soap for the Frosch Senses brand.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

HolyGrail 2.0 launched: Mondi trials digital watermarking to separate waste for ...

HolyGrail 2.0 launched: Mondi trials digital watermarking to separate waste for ...  (Company news)

... a circular economy

Picture: HolyGrail 2.0 launched: Mondi trials digital watermarking to separate waste for a circular economy. (Photo: Mondi)

- AIM, the European Brands Association, has launched HolyGrail 2.0 with Mondi and other partners across the value chain to prove the viability of digital watermarking for sorting waste at scale.

- Digital watermarks have the potential to revolutionise the way we sort and recycle waste, increasing the commercial value of waste so that it can be reused again as a resource.

- Mondi was a founding member of the Pioneer Project HolyGrail and continues to play an active role to validate the technology. This includes running trials with partners across the value chain.

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has joined forces with AIM, the European Brands Association, and other partners across the value chain to prove the viability of digital watermarking for sorting waste at scale. The HolyGrail 2.0 initiative has the ambitious goal of assessing whether this pioneering digital technology can enable better sorting and higher-quality recycling rates for packaging in the EU, thereby driving a truly circular economy.

Mondi was a founding member of the original Pioneer Project HolyGrail, facilitated by the Ellen MacArthur foundation. Now over 85 partners across the value chain are working together to refine and commercialise this concept, with Mondi continuing its active role in trialling the innovative technology.

Postage stamp sized watermarks on packaging—which are not visible to the naked eye—make it possible to effectively sort the material into specific waste streams. Conventional sensor technologies (e.g. near infrared spectroscopy) are not able to reliably identify multi-material packaging, so they can end up as contaminants when recycling mono-materials. With this new technology, it becomes possible to separate materials more accurately and generate new waste streams, which then can be recycled with enhanced recycling technologies. These digital watermarks also provide other opportunities. For example, consumers can use a smartphone app to find details about the packaging and how to recycle it, and brand owners can add product details as well.

Mondi has played an important role in this project since the beginning. Graeme Smith, Head of Product Sustainability for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials, explained: “As members of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy, we were part of the initial team to bring the Pioneer Project, HolyGrail, to life. At Mondi, we believe packaging should be sustainable by design and we see the need to improve the sorting and separation of packaging waste as part of a circular economy. Digital watermarks have the potential to make this a reality. Improved recycling will increase the value of packaging waste, driving higher collection rates and making it a valuable commercial resource for the future.”

As HolyGrail 2.0 progresses, Mondi is well positioned to contribute to its success by validating digital watermarks with partners along the value chain. Mondi will be conducting full-scale industrial trials with key customers in the near future.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

LEGO Group to invest up to US$400 million over three years to accelerate sustainability efforts

LEGO Group to invest up to US$400 million over three years to accelerate sustainability efforts  (Company news)

- Next step is to begin to phase out single-use plastic bags from LEGO® boxes in latest move to make all packaging sustainable by 2025.
- Further investments will also be made in creating more sustainable products, achieving zero waste & carbon neutral operations, circularity and inspiring children to learn about sustainability through play.

The LEGO Group announced plans to invest up to US$400 million over three years to accelerate sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. The investment will cover both long-term investments and ongoing costs. The company, which has made a series of moves over the past 10 years to build a better planet for future generations, believes it’s increasingly urgent and important to prioritise environmental and social activity.

The LEGO Group CEO, Niels B Christiansen said: “We cannot lose sight of the fundamental challenges facing future generations. It’s critical we take urgent action now to care for the planet and future generations. As a company who looks to children as our role models, we are inspired by the millions of kids who have called for more urgent action on climate change. We believe they should have access to opportunities to develop the skills necessary to create a sustainable future. We will step up our efforts to use our resources, networks, expertise and platforms to make a positive difference.”

As a next step, the company will begin to phase out single-use plastic bags used in LEGO boxes to package the loose bricks. This is part of its ambition to make all its packaging sustainable by the end of 2025. From 2021, Forest Stewardship Council-certified recyclable paper bags will be trialled in boxes.

Christiansen said: “We have received many letters from children about the environment asking us to remove single-use plastic packaging. We have been exploring alternatives for some time and the passion and ideas from children inspired us to begin to make the change.”

Moving away from the existing packaging is not a simple task and will take time as new material must be durable, light weight and enhance the building experience. Several prototypes made from a range of different sustainable materials have so far been tested with hundreds of parents and children. Children liked the paper bags being trialled in 2021 as they were environmentally friendly and easy to open.

Long-term investment in building a sustainable future
In addition to developing and implementing sustainable materials, the up to US$400million investment will also focus on a range of social and environmentally focussed actions to inspire children through learning through play, making the business more circular, and achieving carbon neutral operations. The activity will drive meaningful, long-term change aligned to two United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: #4 Quality Education and #12 Responsible Consumption and Production:

By 2022, the LEGO Group aims to reach 8 million children around the world annually with learning through play through a range of activities with partners, in collaboration with the LEGO Foundation. It will build on its work with organisations such as UNICEF, Save the Children and local partners to scale up programmes that give children-in-need access to play and opportunities to develop life-long skills such as problem solving, collaboration and communication. In 2019, 1.8 million children were reached through such programmes. 25% of profits from the LEGO Group go to funding the LEGO Foundation’s projects, activities and partnerships.

The LEGO System in Play inspires endless play possibilities that supports the principles of circular design – a product made of quality materials that can be used and reused. The quality, durability, safety and consistency of LEGO bricks mean they can be passed from generation to generation. Bricks made today, fit those made more than 40 years ago.

Programmes will be put in place to encourage people to donate their pre-loved bricks to children in need of play. LEGO Replay, which was successfully trialled in the United States in 2019, will be rolled out in two additional countries by the end of 2022. So far, LEGO Replay has donated bricks to over 23,000 children across the United States.

Sustainable Materials
Work will continue on the company’s Sustainable Materials Programme, which employs more than 150 experts, to create sustainable products and packaging. In 2015, the Group set a target to make its products from sustainable materials by 2030. It will expand its use of bio-bricks, such as those made from sugar cane, which currently account for almost 2% of its element portfolio.

It will continue research into new, more sustainable plastics from renewable and recycled sources, and join forces with research institutes and other companies especially those developing new recycling and bio-based material production technologies to find materials which are as durable and high quality as those used today.

The planned investments include both costs associated with the development of new sustainable materials and the investments in manufacturing equipment.

Zero Waste & Carbon Neutral Operations
The Group’s manufacturing operations will be carbon neutral by 2022. To achieve this, additional solar panels will be installed on all its factories and onsite capacity will be supplemented with the procurement of renewable energy. Further investments will be made to improve energy usage, for example by installing new systems that use ambient air in cooling processes during LEGO brick production.

Improved waste handling and reduction in water consumption will further reduce the Group’s operational impact on the environment. No waste will be diverted to landfill by 2025 and water use will drop by 10% by 2022.

Joining forces to have a positive impact
The LEGO Group will continue to work with organisations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Wild Fund for Nature, RE100, UNICEF and Save the Children in order to create the greatest impact.

Christiansen said: “At a time when the world is facing numerous challenges, companies must take action to create a lasting positive impact on the environment and society. No one can do it alone. I urge companies, governments, parents, children and NGOs to continue to join forces to create a sustainable future for our children, the builders of tomorrow.”
(LEGO System A/S)

Verso Introduces Direct Mail Promotion: Vote for Verso Papers

Verso Introduces Direct Mail Promotion: Vote for Verso Papers  (Company news)

Promotion Provides Tips for Reaching Voters during Political Campaigns

Verso Corporation (NYSE:VRS) introduced a new direct mail promotion, Vote for Verso Papers, to create awareness of its extensive 7 & 9 pt. sheetfed, digital, web and inkjet printing papers amongst those designing and printing direct mail for political campaigns. The promotion was printed on a sheetfed printing press on Verso's Anthem Plus® Gloss, 7 pt. cover.

"Direct mail lets you reach the right voters with the right message," said Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Aaron Haas. "In fact, mail works well for campaigns looking to reach specific audiences on topics and issues that are just not possible with mass communication, while connecting them to online content that provides more information on a candidate's views."

The promotion includes a chart that helps those designing direct mail select the appropriate print method based on the level of personalization desired and print quantity, and choose the right 7 or 9 pt. Verso paper that meets United States Postal Service (USPS) direct mail requirements.

Haas adds, "Selecting Verso papers for printed collateral is an effective way for all U.S. candidates to convey their important political messaging, while demonstrating to voters that they support U.S. based companies like Verso and U.S. based manufacturing jobs. Moreover, because paper is both renewable and recyclable, using direct mail demonstrates a candidate's commitment to environmental sustainability."
(Verso Corporation)

Sappi announces a significant step towards climate neutrality through the upgrade of ...

Sappi announces a significant step towards climate neutrality through the upgrade of ...  (Company news)

... boiler 11 at its SEU Gratkorn mill

As part of Sappi’s global long term commitment to sustainability and the focus it has on climate action a decision has been reached to invest in a complete modernisation of boiler 11 at the Sappi Europe Gratkorn production site. This investment into state-of-the-art technology will see a shift from a coal boiler to a multi fuel boiler in two phases with the goal to finally use only sustainable and renewable fuels. “The rebuild is an important investment in our sustainable pulp and paper production and a further important contribution to climate protection. It allows Gratkorn mill to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 % and is a big commitment to boosting the decarbonisation of our sector”, says Berry Wiersum, CEO Sappi Europe.

This investment is part of an overall larger scale decarbonisation strategy for Sappi Europe, which in the near term seeks to deliver a 25% specific greenhouse gas reduction by 2025.
The chosen technology for the project will additionally allow us to sharply reduce dust and NOX emissions.

In June 2020, Sappi Limited committed to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Gratkorn is the largest production site within Sappi Europe and manufactures high quality coated woodfree paper for the printing and writing market distributing globally. Sappi has realised several investments over the years, which have kept the Gratkorn site technologically ahead with its facilities housing one of the largest and most advanced coated fine paper production lines in the world. This further investment proves Sappi steadfast commitment to not only maintaining and improving its production sites but to helping themselves and their customers on their sustainability journeys.

The rebuild is expected to be complete in late 2021.
(Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co KG)

Kimberly-Clark Introduces Ambitious Sustainability Strategy for a Decisive Decade

Kimberly-Clark Introduces Ambitious Sustainability Strategy for a Decisive Decade  (Company news)

The company announces new social impact commitment to reach 1 billion people, and goals to halve its environmental footprint in key areas by 2030

Kimberly-Clark has announced its new 2030 sustainability strategy and goals, aimed at addressing the social and environmental challenges of the next decade with commitments to improve the lives and wellbeing of one billion people in underserved communities around the world with the smallest environmental footprint.

"These extraordinary times remind us why our purpose is more important than ever. Our values, that have guided us for nearly 150 years, will continue to shape our response to the challenges ahead," said Mike Hsu, Chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark. "I am inspired by our ambition to advance the well-being of one billion people around the world and proud of the significant environmental commitments that we are making to address the impact our products have on the environment."

The ambitious strategy is outlined in the company's 2019 Global Sustainability Report, which reflects progress towards the company's Sustainability 2022 strategy and its pivot to 2030.

"It's great to see Kimberly-Clark setting such an ambitious new social goal to 2030," said Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future. "There is also no doubt that we have entered a decade where decisive action will be critical if we hope to survive and thrive through the next century and beyond. It's exciting to see such strong focus on human well-being, from a business with so many touchpoints with our health. Achieving such goals while protecting natural systems will not be easy, but delivery of these ambitions will help transform the systems we rely on today and allow future generations to flourish."

Trusted Brands at the Leading Edge of Social Impact
Kimberly-Clark and its trusted brands, including Huggies®, Kleenex®, Andrex®, Cottonelle®, Scott®, Kotex® and Depend®, deliver essentials for a better life to one quarter of the world's population every day. Yet millions around the world still lack access to basic products and solutions that could dramatically improve their quality of life – either because they can't access or afford them, or because of associated social stigmas. Meeting these unmet societal needs is the foundation for our new ten-year commitment – to advance the well-being of one billion people in vulnerable and underserved communities.

The new goal will create positive social outcomes by creating shared value in three areas:
-Caring for the health and well-being of people at all stages of life;
-Challenging stigmas and championing the progress of women everywhere; and
-Championing a world where all enjoy access to clean water and sanitation.

"We make lives better when we break down barriers and create opportunities with our purpose-driven brands and products," said Alison Lewis, Chief Growth Officer for Kimberly-Clark. "To reach a billion people is certainly an ambitious goal that requires a significant step change from our previous efforts, and we are ready to take it on."

Safeguarding Natural Systems
Kimberly-Clark understands that a strong and enduring focus on the smallest environmental footprint is just as essential to helping people live a better life. To that end, the company is focused on the areas where it can make the biggest difference – climate, forests, water and plastics.

"Kimberly-Clark's success is dependent on innovating new ways to give consumers the essentials they need while safeguarding natural systems and the life they support," said Lisa Morden, Vice President of Safety, Sustainability and Occupational Health, Kimberly-Clark. "That means eliminating waste and recovering resources; protecting forests of high carbon, biodiversity, and cultural value; cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science; and building strong water stewardship practices where it matters most."

Each area of the new environmental strategy aims to reduce the footprint by half:
-Carbon Footprint – As previously announced, the company is committed to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and supply chain by 50 percent for absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions (direct and indirect) from its operations, as well as a 20 percent reduction in absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and end of life treatment of sold products. Both targets are based on a new 2015 base year. These targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

-Forest Footprint – Kimberly-Clark will continue its previously stated goal to reduce its Natural (Northern) Forest Fiber footprint by 50 percent by 2025 and increase our use of environmentally preferred fibers such as plantation-grown wood, alternative non-wood and recycled fibers. In addition, the company's 2030 goals will tackle the challenges posed by climate change and biodiversity loss, and the impact on Indigenous communities, and communities that depend on forests for their livelihoods.

-Water Footprint – By 2030, Kimberly-Clark intends to reduce its water footprint by 50 percent in water stressed regions by creating meaningful improvements in the supply chain and the surrounding communities. The impact of water insecurity and water scarcity is felt across the value chain, from the sources of fiber to the manufacturing facilities.

-Plastics Footprint – Kimberly-Clark will reduce its use of new, fossil-fuel based plastics by 50 percent through delivery of solutions that use more renewable materials and can be regenerated after use. The strategy builds on the company's previous leadership in manufacturing waste diversion to tackle single-use plastics in its products and packaging, and support innovation in waste collection and circular systems.

"Kimberly-Clark's continued commitment to doing the right thing underpins our social impact and smallest footprint ambitions," added Morden. "Living our purpose begins with ensuring the health and safety of our customers, consumers, and employees, promoting diversity and inclusion within our business, and protecting the rights of workers across our supply chain. These are essential to our ambitions."

2019 Sustainability Report
In 2019, Kimberly-Clark achieved a number of notable environmental and social objectives as part of the company's Sustainability 2022 strategy, including:
-Celebrating five years of the "Toilets Change Lives" program, which has improved access to sanitation for nearly four million people in need;
-Expanding Huggies' "No Baby Unhugged" initiative into Latin America, growing its potential global impact by nearly two million babies and young children across 16 countries;
-Combatting stigmas and period poverty by providing menstrual hygiene education and donations of 11.8 million period products to those in need;
-Achieving a 34.7 percent reduction in Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions (vs. 2005 baseline), on track to achieve its previously announced 40 percent reduction target by 2022;
-Reducing its natural forests footprint by 31 percent (vs. 2011 baseline) and its water footprint in water-stressed areas by 28.9 percent (vs. 2015 baseline).
-Launching new waste-reduction initiatives that helped Kimberly-Clark divert 96 percent of its manufacturing waste and 26,300 metric tons of product and packaging waste to value-adding alternatives.

Kimberly-Clark's 2019 Global Sustainability Report outlines its 2019 results in detail and is organized and presented in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards. In addition, the report provides the company's first disclosures against the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) frameworks. In the coming years, the company plans to further evolve its management and reporting practices to better meet the needs of the investment community using these frameworks.
(Kimberly-Clark Corp.)

Stora Enso plans to shut down one standard newsprint paper machine in Sweden

Stora Enso plans to shut down one standard newsprint paper machine in Sweden  (Company news)

Stora Enso will start codetermination negotiations with employees at its Hylte Mill (photo) in Sweden regarding a plan to reorganise the mill, including permanent closure of paper machine PM3 and the deinking plant (DIP). After the planned restructuring, the mill would run on 100% thermomechanical pulp (TMP), improving the competitiveness of the mill. The planned closure of PM3 and the reorganisation of the mill would impact a maximum of 140 persons. PM3 is planned to be closed by the end of 2020 and the DIP latest in Q2 2021.

The plan would result in annual cost savings of EUR 14 million. Stora Enso will book restructuring costs of approximately EUR 12 million as an item affecting comparability (IAC) in its Q3 2020 results, of which about EUR 8 million will have a cash impact. The planned closure would not have material impact on Stora Enso’s sales or operational EBIT.

“The decline in global newsprint demand continues due to changes in consumer behaviour, and it is not expected to recover. This has led to global overcapacity, low operating rates, and poor profitability at the Hylte Mill. The planned measures would improve the competitiveness of the mill. Also, Stora Enso has invested in the future of the site to produce formed fiber products and biocomposites,” says Kati ter Horst, EVP, Paper division.

No decisions regarding the planned reorganisation or employee impact will be taken until the codetermination negotiations have been concluded. Hylte Mill currently operates two newsprint machines with an annual capacity of 480 000 tonnes. Production at Hylte Mill would continue on one line, PM4 for standard newsprint paper. The planned shutdown would decrease Stora Enso’s annual newsprint capacity by 26% or 235 000 tonnes, which represents 4% of total European newsprint paper capacity. The planned shutdown would reduce Stora Enso’s total paper capacity by 5%.

Stora Enso will continue to produce standard newsprint at Hylte, Langerbrugge and Sachsen mills. The closure of Hylte Mill PM3 would not impact Stora Enso’s newsprint product offering, and we would be able to serve our customers as today.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Kruger Forced to Partially Shut Down Its Brompton Mill

Kruger Forced to Partially Shut Down Its Brompton Mill  (Company news)

Due to market conditions that remain unfavorable, after a 6-month temporary shutdown, Kruger Specialty Papers is forced to permanently shut down its newsprint, specialty papers and pulp production at its Brompton Mill (photo). However, the water treatment plant will continue to operate and the biomass cogeneration plant will restart.

The Company will use all the measures at its disposal to minimize the impact of this shutdown on the 189 affected employees, including the creation of a reclassification committee. Furthermore, approximately 25 employees will return to work to restart the biomass cogeneration plant.

Kruger wishes to express its sincere gratitude to all Brompton Mill employees for their service and dedication over the years.

As a result of the shutdown, Kruger’s overall annual production will be reduced by 100,000 mt of newsprint and 70,000 mt of specialty paper.
(Kruger Publication Papers Inc.)

A.Celli Paper acquires PMT Italia

A.Celli Paper acquires PMT Italia  (Company news)

A.CELLI PAPER SPA, main affiliate of ITALIA TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE group, announces the acquisition of PMT ITALIA - PAPER MACHINERY TECHNOLOGY, a company operating in the production of machinery for tissue and paper industry.

PMT ITALIA, based in Pinerolo, was born in 2000 but shares a long tradition of expertise and success as former subsidiary of Beloit Corporation. It was in fact, for over 50 years, the main European headquarters of the American group with the name of Beloit Italia. Thanks to its consolidated know-how and skills, PMT ITALIA has successfully operated in the tissue and paper market for a further twenty years.

With the entry of A.CELLI PAPER SPA, PMT ITALIA’s range of products will get fresh impetus through synergies with the organization and know-how of A.CELLI PAPER SPA. The specific and cutting edge technologies developed in the field of packaging papers, cardboard, printing, will be available for the group worldwide customers, and the Customer Service division will be restructured and strengthened as well, in order to guarantee continuity and reliability to customers operating with ex-Beloit / PMT ITALIA machineries.

«With this operation, carried out in a period of general uncertainty, we want to demonstrate the desire to guarantee cutting-edge technologies and timely assistance for Italian and foreign companies operating in the strategic sector of paper and tissue.» states Mauro Celli, shareholder of ITALIA TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE «Maintaining this heritage in Italy is an important step that will bring benefit to the entire paper supply chain, including the district of Lucca.»
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)



Building on its rich heritage in flatbed printing, Canon is launching the new Arizona 2300 series for the large format graphics market, helping customers to speed up production, improve operational efficiencies and fuel growth opportunities through new applications. Customers are able to see the Arizona 2380 XTF with Roll Media Option via online and live demos from Canon’s Customer Experience Centres in Australia (Melbourne), the Netherlands (Venlo), United Kingdom (Birmingham), France (Paris) and USA (Chicago). The new series has varying ink channel options available (40, 60 and 80) to support a diverse range of applications, which includes three compact GTF models (Arizona 2340 GTF, 2360 GTF, 2380 GTF) with a flatbed area of 1.25m x 2.5m and three large XTF models (Arizona 2340 XTF, 2360 XTF, 2380 XTF) with a flatbed area of 2.5m x 3.08m.

Photo: Dirk Brouns, Vice President, Large Format Graphics and Martijn van Hoorn, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Canon Production Printing

Smart productivity
Revolutionising flatbed table architecture, the new printer series is built around Arizona FLOW technology, an airflow suction technique that combines a zoneless, multi-origin table layout with easy-to-use pneumatic registration pins to better secure the substrate in place on the table. The result? Productivity up by more than 20% compared with previous generations of Arizona printers, as no operator time is required for masking the table or taping the media down, enabling faster changeover between jobs, shorter set-up times and hassle-free job switching. The FLOW technology makes printing on unusual and more challenging media, such as cardboard, wood and glass, or even printing large images tiled over multiple large boards, easier than ever before. Print from edge to edge on the substrate to benefit from less or no waste, more output and even more possibilities.

The pneumatic registration pins allow you to align media to either the left or the right edge of the table – or even to both – and you can print 2-up, 4-up and 6-up. Turning the substrate over from front to back and from left to right on the flatbed enables perfect registration when printing double-sided, regardless of whether the substrate has dimensional imperfections. Confidently print on unusual, heavy, smooth or pre-cut media.

Keep productivity at an all-time high by printing up to 95m2/hr while maintaining print quality. The automated maintenance system offers hands-free printhead maintenance and reduces downtime by restoring nozzle functionality in seconds – including for white ink, which is usually difficult to maintain. You no longer have to wait for your printer to warm up – the new Arizona 2300 series offers an instant-on capability through its LED-UV curing system, enabling quicker turnaround for last minute jobs. Plus, its high-resolution camera alignment system enables easy, quick and precise printhead alignment and flatbed table mapping.

With Arizona Xpert, the Arizona 2300 series has a self-learning capability so you can design – and then repeat – complex, multi-layered projects. The printer remembers the ‘recipe’ for the next time you want to print similar applications, saving you set-up time and automating the production process.

In addition to the Arizona 2300 series, Canon is also introducing Arizona Xpert version 2.1. With new features and ‘recipes’ to further enhance productivity, the software application is able to print intelligent outlines of the media onto the flatbed table for perfect positioning without taping or masking. Arizona Xpert 2.1 supports ‘recipes’ for print and cut workflows via integration with Canon’s ProCut software. Double-sided and multi-panel printing is now easier than ever thanks to maximum automation. No mistakes and, consequently, reduced waste. The software application also enables easy ‘recipe’ exchange between print supplier and designer, so they can see the end product with a 3D view in Adobe Creative Suite®, reducing the chance of design flaws to the bare minimum.

Sustainable by design
The Arizona 2300 series offers LED-UV curing for 40% less energy consumption compared with other flatbed printers thanks to its instant-on operation (as no warm-up period is needed), the longevity of the lamp life and its connectivity to a regular power network. It also offers low ink consumption, using less than 8ml/m² of ink on average, including maintenance.

Manufactured in Germany, the Arizona 2300 series has passed both the German TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein) and DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) assurance tests, which confirm that the product range is in line with health and safety regulations for minimising environmental impact and guaranteeing a safer working environment. Its UV inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, so prints are suitable for use in schools, hotels and hospitals.

To ensure your print room is meeting the specified requirements for air ventilation, an air filtration system is optional to help maintain a healthy working environment for you and your employees.

A new dimension of possibilities
Achieve superior print quality, print after print, across a broad media range at the fastest production speeds, thanks to the high-key print mode, pixel placement compensation, enhanced screening and the award-winning, third-generation VariaDot printhead technology. If you’re looking for optimum configuration for high-value, high-margin applications, you can add extra ink channels (from four to six and up to eight channels) – including the brightest white ink set and crystal clear glossy varnish.

Meet any customer demand for printing on hard plastic materials such as acrylic, polycarbonate and styrene. The Roll Media Option allows you to explore a vast range of roll media, including thin, heat-sensitive media up to 220cm. This allows you to easily switch between rigid and flexible media jobs with no machine preparation. 24/7 production becomes a reality for safe, unattended overnight printing with the option of a fully robotised workflow with automated loading and unloading of boards.

Looking to add a new dimension to your work? The Arizona 2300 series can be equipped with Canon’s textured printing software, Touchstone, enabling applications, such as interior décor products including wallpaper and furniture panels, and functional applications such as braille, to be printed with elevated texture effects.

Dirk Brouns, Vice President, Large Format Graphics and Martijn van Hoorn, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Canon Production Printing, comment: “The large format graphics market is driven by innovation and we are fully committed to the R&D programme of our Arizona flatbed solutions. With the Arizona 2300 series, we are introducing new revolutionary flatbed technology: a unique airflow system that simplifies customer workflows and speeds up production processes. We’re excited to bring this product to the market to help our customers fuel new growth opportunities.”

Wouter Derichs, Sales & Marketing Director, Large Format Graphics at Canon Europe: “We’re confident that the Arizona 2300 series will enable our customers to boost profits, expand their application possibilities and open up new market opportunities, while achieving operational excellence. With the addition of this new flatbed printer series to our portfolio and alongside our Colorado UVgel roll-to-roll printers, we have a range of large format solutions to suit any and every customer’s needs.”
(Canon Production Printing)

Agfa announces robotic plate loader to automate prepress and boost productivity

Agfa announces robotic plate loader to automate prepress and boost productivity  (Company news)

Agfa introduces a plate loading robot that streamlines and speeds up printers’ prepress operations, while reducing the overall cost.

Agfa’s robotic plate loader frees prepress staff from heavy manual, repetitive tasks such as plate loading cassettes of autoloaders, or fixing pallets on the base frame of skid loaders.

“Heatset printers usually have multiple presses with different sizes, and therefore multiple CTP lines. Linked to that come so-called COMBO loading configurations, each consisting of a pallet loader and autoloader. The robotic plate loader replaces both configurations, reducing footprint by up to 30%, and making prepress operations more efficient and productive,” says Iris Bogunovic, Product Manager Plate & CTP Systems at Agfa.

In a first phase, Agfa offers its plate loading robot to printing companies using its Avalon VLF platesetters. The robot is custom-built according to a printer’s exact needs and can simultaneously feed multiple plate production lines with a picking speed of up to 80 printing plates per hour, independent of plate size. The set-up is especially convenient for printers that need to handle multiple (up to five) plate sizes. For optimal ease of use, the plate loading robot is fully integrated with Agfa’s Apogee workflow software.

Leading Scandinavian printed marketing solutions provider Stibo Complete is an early adopter of Agfa’s robotic plate loader. As the company’s strategy for the future includes a whole range of investments, as well as acquisitions of companies, one of the conditions for its success is the configuration of its print business to handle more output with less resources. The investment in Agfa’s new state-of-the-art plate loading robot supports their journey perfectly.

“Automation is important in the strategy of any growing and forward-looking company,” says Svend Erik Grue Nielsen, Operations and Development Manager at Stibo Complete. “Agfa’s robot plate loader gives us a competitive edge as it improves our productivity, reduces costs, minimizes mistakes and optimizes working conditions for our employees. Our plate loading robot saves employees from approximately 230 tonnes of heavy lifting per year.”

Success with remote commissioning and start-up support in Ilim Bratsk Evaporation project

Success with remote commissioning and start-up support in Ilim Bratsk Evaporation project  (Company news)

Valmet delivered a new Evaporation line to Ilim Group’s Bratsk mill located in Irkutsk Oblast in the middle of Siberia in Russia. The erection works were completed in spring 2020 and the start-up in early July 2020.

Photo: New Valmet Evaporation System at Ilim Group’s Bratsk mill (Russia)

During the spring, it was time to start the commissioning works, the global coronavirus pandemic threw a curveball to the team with borders closing and travel to the site becoming impossible.

“We had a Russian E&I advisor and a DCS expert onsite, but we needed to quickly find a way to support the customer to be able to supervise the commissioning and start-up phase. Through joint efforts together with the Ilim team, such a way was found,” tells Valmet’s Project Manager Sven Lennartsson.

Valmet set up a commissioning team located in Gothenburg, Sweden with a meeting room turned into a remote control room. As the mill is located in eastern Russia, just north of Mongolia, with a six hours’ time difference, the team worked initially from 2 a.m. to noon Swedish time, to be able to work at the same time with the customer. In June, to prepare for the start-up, the team moved to 24/7 remote support.

“During the commissioning phase we planned the steps and sent customer tasks for the coming few days, and the customers’ mill team did the work onsite. We had daily Teams meetings with the site, and the mill team reported back on what they had done. We received a lot of photos and videos from the site. Additionally, we had access to the DCS system to have access to the complete data of the mill. The last weeks before the start up we worked very intensively together. Once the hot commissioning started, we tested the equipment and finetuned it for the start-up. The remote connection to the DCS system was especially valuable in this phase,” tells Tommy Lundin, Valmet’s Commissioning Manager.

“Being onsite is important, but this has actually worked quite well – much better than we expected. The key to successful cooperation has been the very skilled and professional mill team, and the possibility to get photos and videos from the site – and naturally a working internet connection,” the team explains – completing each other’s sentences.

“We were all committed to a successful outcome. We worked closely together with the Ilim team and had common goals for secure a successful start-up. The successful start-up was achieved with dedicated professionals on both sides, good communication and mutual trust,” Sven Lennartsson concludes.
(Valmet Corporation)

MIAC 2020 is postponed to April 2021 and it is called MIAC RESTART

MIAC 2020 is postponed to April 2021 and it is called MIAC RESTART  (Company news)

We wish to inform you that EDIPAP S.R.L., the MIAC Organizer, has decided, after recent consultations with companies in the paper industry sector, to postpone the October 2020 edition of the MIAC Exhibition to April 2021 on 21.22.23 April 2021. The April 2021 edition takes the official name of MIAC RESTART.

"It was a difficult decision, especially because MIAC still had 160 direct Exhibitors ready to exhibit at the exhibition in October 2020. Furthermore, during the last months we have worked to offer both Exhibitors and Visitors a safe environment and fully in line with governmental, regional and local directives in terms of personal safety and health," says Gianmaria Pfeiffer, director of MIAC.

"We have studied very specific protocols to allow people to visit the MIAC Exhibition in a responsible way and in total safety and we have waited for the month of September to make a final decision by evaluating the Covid-19 situation: organizing the exhibition this October, however, would not have guaranteed the Exhibitors and Visitors to 'experience' the MIAC that we all know due to travel restrictions on an international level," continues Pfeiffer," and so we decided to move the exhibition to April 2021 waiting for better times."

MIAC 2020 then becomes MIAC RESTART and is organized on 21.22.23 April 2021 at the Exhibition Centre of Lucca in Italy.
MIAC 2021, on the other hand, remains scheduled in the usual month of October and is organized on 13.14.15 October 2021.

Valmet to supply Metsä Board’s Kemi mill with Industrial Internet solutions to enhance ...

Valmet to supply Metsä Board’s Kemi mill with Industrial Internet solutions to enhance ...  (Company news)

... end-product quality and the mill’s productivity

Valmet and Metsä Board have signed an agreement on data-driven optimization of paperboard quality of the board machine at Metsä Board’s Kemi mill. The machine produces premium quality white top kraftliner. Valmet will supply the mill with Valmet Industrial Internet VII Data Discovery and VII for Paper Quality (photo) solutions.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed.

The agreement is the first step in a jointly built digital roadmap between Metsä Board and Valmet. The target of this first step is to ensure top-quality end-product to enable smooth runnability in the paperboard converting process. A mill-wide action plan will be created by combining historical mill process data, converting data from Metsä Board’s customer and Valmet’s expertise to discover the improvement potential of the board machine BM1 production process. This is enabled by Valmet’s VII Data Discovery solution.

“Metsä Board’s products are known for high quality consistency and converting runnability, and we are committed to continuous improvement. With virtual sensors for quality management using artificial intelligence we can reach even better performance. We chose Valmet as our partner based on technical expertise and long-term trust between our companies,” says Tomi Vähä-Ruohola, Technical Development Manager, Metsä Board.

“This project is a good example of how we can use VII Data Discovery findings to build a mill-wide action plan and create the right artificial intelligence-based VII solutions for the customer’s needs. With this first step in our common digital roadmap, we are together moving towards data-based optimization of the entire value chain from pulping to converting,” says Arttu-Matti Matinlauri, Director, Analytics and Applications, Automation business line, Valmet.

Further details about Valmet’s delivery
The VII for Paper Quality solution, including Valmet’s artificial intelligence-based applications and the Valmet IQ Quality Management System are used to predict and autonomously optimize paperboard surface quality in real time.

A key part of the VII for Paper Quality solution is the world’s first predictive application for online optimization of paperboard surface quality. It helps maintain high end-product quality and optimize the usage of raw material.

Another important application in this solution is the Dynamic Centerline Advisor, which builds optimal production recipes for each operating mode, ensuring maximized overall equipment effectiveness.
(Valmet Corporation)

ABB supplies electrical package and drives automation to new Grupo Gondi mill in Monterrey, ...

ABB supplies electrical package and drives automation to new Grupo Gondi mill in Monterrey, ...  (Company news)


On completion, PM7 will be the largest containerboard machine in Mexico, and among the most modern in the world

ABB has supplied and commissioned a full electrical solution for major packaging paper producer Grupo Gondi at its greenfield site in Monterrey, Mexico.

Photo: ABB has supplied and commissioned a full electrical solution for Grupo Gondi

The project includes switchgear, transformers, motors, drives, and automation for the paper machine drive system with the industry’s leading distributed control system, ABB Ability™ System 800xA.

The highly robust solution focuses on quality and efficiency, and ABB will also supply a specialty instrumentation package to enable Gondi to optimize operations while maintaining low energy costs. Commissioning of the project is close to completion, with startup of the paper machine scheduled this month, September 2020.

ABB worked with Grupo Gondi’s trusted local partner, Grupo BTO, on the supply of the electrical and drives automation system. This collaboration ensures the best lifecycle support for the systems long after start-up is completed.

“Given the importance of this project, working with a reliable and experienced supplier that guaranteed meeting stringent paper machine specifications was crucial,” said José Iribarne, Project Director, Monterrey Mill, Grupo Gondi. “ABB also has solid resources for support and maintenance in Mexico, and we look forward to working with them to ensure ongoing success.”

“This landmark project with Grupo Gondi strengthens our position as a leading supplier of end-to-end solutions to the pulp and paper industry in Mexico,” said Steve St. Jarre, head of business development, Pulp and Paper, Process Industries, ABB. “Our comprehensive portfolio allows us to align solutions with customer needs and provide integrated, digital solutions backed by global expertise gained from more than 100 years of industry experience.”
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

Mimaki Europe Announces Appointment of New Managing Director

Mimaki Europe Announces Appointment of New Managing Director  (Company news)

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has announced the appointment of Takahiro Hiraki (photo) as Managing Director.

Hiraki joined Mimaki Engineering in 1997 as a sales representative for the Mimaki CF-series. Over the next 20 years, he remained with Mimaki, developing his expertise in the technology and advancing his sales career in various senior positions. As Hiraki’s career progressed, he became responsible for larger teams and Mimaki’s success in new and emerging markets as the company expanded its solutions.

In 2019, Hiraki joined the board of directors and was assigned management responsibility for Mimaki Europe. The appointment to Managing Director of the region this year reflects his commitment to the organisation and enthusiasm for this diverse, innovative, and successful part of the Mimaki business.

Hiraki is pleased to accept this latest challenge and exciting opportunity, and stated, “From very humble beginnings in a prefab building and one of only 180 employees selling cutting plotters and CAD plotters, my Mimaki journey has been one of industry innovations, technology break-throughs and significant growth. My goal as MD for Mimaki Europe is to further develop relationships with our partners and customers to meet the evolving local needs of these businesses and take Mimaki Europe into its next phase of success.”

Mimaki Europe also welcomes Ryosuke Nakayama as Executive Assistant to Hiraki. Nakayama joined Mimaki Engineering in 2012 and during his 8 years at the company, has excelled in marketing, sales, and product management roles worldwide. Nakayama’s extensive experience, expertise and diverse skillset will be substantial assets to the Mimaki Europe management team.

Hiraki succeeds Yuji Ikeda who commented, “In Hiraki and Nakayama, Mimaki Europe is adding two accomplished and highly qualified team members. I am confident that Hiraki will lead this newly bolstered team to achieve great things in the months ahead, despite the unprecedented and challenging situation we have all faced this year. I wish him and Mimaki Europe every success.”
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

MPM: Expanding Distribution Partnership with Anchor Paper Company

MPM: Expanding Distribution Partnership with Anchor Paper Company  (Company news)

Full Stocking of Sustainably-Advantaged Papers and Packaging Materials to Better Serve Upper Midwest

Photo: Astrolite PC 100® Smooth

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, announced that it has entered into an expanded sales partnership with St. Paul, Minnesota-based Anchor Paper Company, a leading privately-held paper, packaging, and equipment enterprise servicing customers in the Upper Midwest.

The venerable, 97-year-old Anchor Paper will be offering a greatly expanded line from Monadnock’s sustainably-advantaged fine printing and packaging papers, geared toward meeting the growing demand for FSC-certified, PCW recycled papers.

“Deepening our current relationship with Anchor Paper means more shared opportunities and a fuller offering of sustainable fine paper choices for their current and prospective customers,” said Lisa Taylor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Monadnock Paper Mills. “As two long-time, family-owned companies with deep community commitments we understand that doing right by our customers and strategic partners is a smart investment that pays off now and in the future.”

Anchor’s dedicated and knowledgeable Specification Sales Representatives work closely with designers, ad agencies and corporate marketers to find the best papers for their projects.

“We’re excited to build on our current partnership with Monadnock and help our customers discover the newest and highest-performing sustainable paper and packaging options,” said Brooke Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Anchor Paper. “After nearly 100 years our customers expect the best, and Monadnock is best-in-class.”

Anchor Paper will be stocking and offering for immediate delivery the following sustainable papers from Monadnock:
Astrolite PC 100® Smooth
Astrolite PC 100 Digital + for HP Indigo
Astrolite PC 100 Velvet 2CS
Envi PC 100 Performance Board
Hemp Envi Performance Board (30% Hemp; 70% PCW)
(MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)

BTG has supplied its 200th Single Point Kappa Analyzer

BTG has supplied its 200th Single Point Kappa Analyzer  (Company news)

The 200th BTG Single Point Kappa Analyzer (SPK) was supplied to the Oji Group, one of the leading manufacturers of paper and paperboard in the world, headquartered in Japan. Oji was among the early adopters of the SPK, and this latest order for Oji Materia in Japan is a key element in replacing an existing multi-point kappa analyzer system.

The BTG Single Point Kappa offers the unique capability to measure kappa number directly at the installation point, rather than in a lab or through a traditional centralized analyzer. This allows a higher frequency of analyses and no need to have a dedicated sample line. SPK facilitates improved process control and operational stability in the fiberline.

The first version of SPK was released in 2014, as a breakthrough innovation for Kappa control. The unit has been improved for higher Kappa applications, enhanced reliability and its capability extended to Hexuronic acid measurement.

SPK is a key part of an integrated solution, optimizing the overall pulp quality and cost in the fiberline, including connection to advanced process controls and remote accessibility.
(BTG Eclépens S.A.)

Mondi to invest in Szczecin plant in Poland to expand and broaden e-commerce portfolio

Mondi to invest in Szczecin plant in Poland to expand and broaden e-commerce portfolio  (Company news)

-New machinery to expand packaging portfolio and improve production processes
-Strengthens Mondi's position as preferred e-commerce packaging supplier to growing European markets

Photo: Mondi's award winning 100% recyclable SizeMeMailer

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has successfully completed the installation of major new equipment at its corrugated box production plant in Szczecin, Poland to meet growing e-commerce demand. The installation of the new machinery also marks further progress in Mondi’s ambition to further digitalise its business by using more advanced analytics and automation to better serve its customers with innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions.

The new equipment includes a five-colour Bobst Masterline 2.1 HD and a Robot MUK, which will produce sustainable packaging solutions for the growing e-commerce market in north-eastern Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Poland. Both machines will be equipped with automatic palletisers, run at faster speeds to increase production capacity and ensure high quality printing. Mondi's award winning 100% recyclable SizeMeMailer and Envelope Mailer alongside other packaging solutions will be produced from this site.

Mondi’s expanded range of e-commerce packaging solutions follows the ‘3-e approach’ of being more efficient, economic and easy. Not only do they maximise convenience and the customer experience, they can also reduce the costs of logistics and contribute to greater sustainability by reducing product and material waste.

"This investment in our Szczecin plant has strengthened our e-commerce packaging approach. With our expanded range of sustainable solutions, like our award winning SizeMeMailer and Envelope Mailer, and greater production capacity, our customers will enjoy more packaging options and faster deliveries. In parallel, the arrival of these new machines will result in reducing our energy consumption as we focus on limiting our carbon footprint in order to contribute to a better world." (Armand Schoonbrood, COO, Mondi Corrugated Solutions)

ScanStar 2019 award winner for reducing environmental footprint for online shopping
-100% recyclable made from sustainably-sourced corrugated material
-Less raw materials used to make the product
-More cost effective for e-retailers with lower overall packaging costs
-Adjusts to three different height levels depending on the product to be inserted in the packaging
-E-retailers spend less on transport/ shipping costs as it takes up less spaceTamper resistant due to its integrated side walls so e-retailers spend less on damage/ potential theft

The unique rigid construction of the corrugated board EnvelopeMailer is made entirely from renewable resources. A hybrid between a standard mailer and a box, it can be shipped flat, elevated or box-shaped and snugly holds products up to 7cm tall in place for extra protection. As it adjusts to the product, without the use of size adjusting via crease lines, it also reduces the number of different packaging types in the fulfilment process. It further eliminates the need for polyethylene bubble wrap and fillers used to cushion small and mid-sized, lightweight, pressure and shock sensitive items during transportation, especially of smaller consumer electronics.
-Recyclable and biodegradable – made 100% from renewable resources
-Reduces unnecessary transport volumes to lower transport emission impact
-Saves packaging filler and cushioning material with increased product protection
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

'Fusion Factory' launched at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden

'Fusion Factory' launched at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden   (Company news)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden has commissioned a new facility to strengthen its competence as a partner for additive manufacturing. The Fusion Factory of XERION BERLIN LABORATORIES is a compact production line for additive manufacturing of metallic and ceramic components. It was developed by XERION with scientific support from Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden and brought to market maturity.

Photo: The newly installed “Fusion Factory“ at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden. © XERION BERLIN LABORATORIES® GmbH

For the institute, which already has a wide range of generative manufacturing processes, the plant supplements particularly the range of binder-based manufacturing. In this case, fused filament fabrication (FFF) is used for metal parts without loose powder, which in principle can also be used for other powder materials. Metallic FFF is a particularly resource-efficient manufacturing process, since the metal powder from the filament is found 100% in the finished component.

The Fusion Factory has three modules that combine the process steps of printing, debinding and densification, i.e. the final heat treatment to produce a purely metallic and dense component, in one plant. With additional printing modules, the system can be expanded for industrial series production.

The parts produced with the Fusion Factory allow a particularly high degree of design freedom, as both open and closed porosity of the parts can be achieved in the printing process. This process, therefore, opens up new bionic perspectives.

Through the technological expansion with the Fusion Factory, the institute not only plans to implement new filament materials, but also to further develop the system technology itself and the process chain for optimized industrial production in the future. In addition to component studies for the industry and economic feasibility studies, the system can be used to support project partners in their entry into additive production and to assist in the integration of the process chain into existing production processes.

The Fusion Factory is also available for training and information events for both beginners and experienced users. For example, the industrial workshop "Additive metallic filament printing for practical use" will take place at Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden on January 21, 2021. If you are interested, you can get to know the new system on site.

The new plant is part of the Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing (ICAM) at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden. Here, the institute has concentrated its additive manufacturing technologies at one location and can, thus, offer tailor-made solutions for a wide range of problems from a single source. Customers can choose from the processes selective electron beam melting, three-dimensional screen printing, fused filament fabrication as well as three-dimensional stencil printing and dispense printing at the site.

With the new possibilities, questions concerning metallic filament printing can now be dealt with comprehensively and individual solutions regarding materials, system technology and its extensions can be offered.
(Fraunhofer-Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung IFAM)

Arctic Blue Gin package designed by Metsä Board wins a ScanStar award

Arctic Blue Gin package designed by Metsä Board wins a ScanStar award  (Company news)

The Arctic Blue Gin package, featuring images of Northern Lights, has won a ScanStar 2020 award. The Nordic competition was organised by the Finnish Packaging Association. Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, designed the Arctic Blue Gin package. It featured an impressive holographic design inspired by the Northern Lights and used MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright lightweight folding boxboard.

Metsä Board designed the package structure, the original graphics, and the embossing. The Northern Lights image was created by printing on top of Envirofoil®, a plastic-free, holographic metallisation effect designed by US-based paper converter, Hazen. It uses 1% of the aluminium of traditional foil laminates – making it both economical and environmentally friendly. The carton was printed and manufactured by the AM Lithography Corporation.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Feldmuehle strengthens Management

Feldmuehle strengthens Management   (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully completed the restructuring process, that began in 2018, in January 2020.

In addition to various structural process improvements, the extensive restructuring measures have also significantly strengthened Feldmuehle's financial resilience to external unplanned incidents.

The company result in 2020 has been above plan in all planning references - especially in terms of operating result and cash flow - since the beginning of the year despite the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

During the restructuring phase Feldmuehle GmbH was led by the Managing Directors Heiner Kayser and Steffen Liebich.

In August 2020, the company's shareholders appointed Bernd Weber to the Management with sole power of representation. As the company's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bernd Weber is responsible for Accounting, IT, Human Resources and Treasury.

The Management of Feldmuehle GmbH expects latent consolidation pressure in the market medium and long termed with simultaneously increasing pressure to innovate on the product side and has aligned its strategic business planning accordingly.

By appointing Bernd Weber to the Management, the Management's ability to act and communication with our financial partners will be significantly strengthened.

Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen is one of the leading manufacturers of label and flexible packaging papers.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

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