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Newsgrafik #122354
 19.02.2019

TRESU’s flexo ancillary systems bring quality assurance with low waste, and ...  (Company news)

... optimised uptime for corrugated print

Picture: TRESU The F10 iCon ink supply system

At CCE International 2019, TRESU Group presents complete ancillary solutions for automatically regulating ink circulation on corrugated flexo printing presses (Stand B6, - 650, Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, 12-14 March).

The company’s ancillary programme comprises chamber doctor blades up to 6000mm wide, together with ink supply systems that provide a fully enclosed means of supplying ink and coating media to the press. They are designed for integration with new and existing presses, they optimise quality consistency, output and press uptime, while dramatically reducing waste, manual input requirements and emissions

TRESU’s chamber doctor blades, in light-weight corrosion-resistant carbon-fibre or ceramic constructions, provide clean, uniform printing and efficient drying, at faster speeds. A key feature enabling their high performance is TRESU’s “Pressure Control Technology.” Ink pressure is automatically maintained at optimum levels in the chamber by a long-life rubber seal system that forms an airtight enclosure, eliminating micro-foaming and leakage. With ink at the desired pressure, a liquid barrier forms between the rotating anilox rolls and the chamber, preventing air from entering the cells during production. The chamber doctor blades also feature fast, safe blade exchange as standard, with pneumatic or eccentric clamping systems.

A highlight of the stand for corrugated applications will be the TRESU MaxiPrint Concept, in 1600mm to 6000mm widths, is a carbon fibre chamber doctor blade with integrated system for fast, efficient water cleaning of the chamber and anilox roll. The low pressure cleaning mechanism ensures minimal water loss during cleaning.

The F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, providing constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate without air contamination. It achieves thorough automatic cleaning, with a complete ink-change cycle, in 5 to 15 minutes, returning a very large proportion of unused ink to the bucket.

Henrik Kristensen, vice-president, TRESU Ancillary, comments: “The corrugated industry faces strong challenges to drive waste out of production process, in the face of shorter production runs and higher quality demands, and ink supply plays an enormous role in printing performance. TRESU ancillary solutions have proved successful in keeping flexo printers productive and competitive, delivering significant savings through minimising manual input, reduced ink waste and increased production speeds. TRESU retrofitting programmes, managed by experienced engineers, can bring existing presses - whether line, common-impression or stack formation - to the highest standards of performance for a relatively fast return on investment.”

TRESU also builds complete flexographic printing and converting machines, for paperboard packaging markets, as well as dedicated printing and coating units for integration with industrial manufacturing lines. TRESU is also exhibiting at the International Converting Exhibition 2019 (Hall A5, Stand 1014), which co-incides with CCE International at the same venue. At ICE 2019, TRESU will be exhibiting specialist flexo units featuring between one and four printing stations, that can be bespoke-designed for integration into production processes for diverse specialist applications. These include, among others: household chemicals, feminine hygiene products, wallpapers, direct mail publishing, cigarettes and food.
(Tresu A/S)

Newsgrafik #122367
 19.02.2019

W&H appoints Dr. Falco Paepenmüller as Chief Technology Officer  (Company news)

Dr. Falco Paepenmüller will assume the position of Chief Technology Officer at Windmöller & Hölscher as of 01.04.2019. His successor as Head of the Extrusion Business Unit will be Dr. Torsten Schmitz.

Caption: The Management Board of W&H as of 1 April 2019 (f.l.t.r):
Dr. Falco Paepenmüller, CTO, Peter Steinbeck, CSO, and Dr. Jürgen Vutz, CEO.

Changes at W&H, the specialist for the flexible packaging market: Effective
April 1, 2019, Dr. Falco Paepenmüller will become Chief Technology Officer (CTO), a newly-created position, of the machinery manufacturer’s Management Board. Paepenmüller assumes responsibility for the three business units: Extrusion, Printing and Converting. Chief Financial Officer, Theodor Determann, transferred from W&H to Germany-based E-Mobility specialist e.GO Mobile at the beginning of the year. The position of Chief Financial Officer will be filled in the course of this calendar year. As of April 2019, members of the W&H Management Board will include Dr. Jürgen Vutz, Chairman of the Management Board, Peter Steinbeck, Chief Sales and Service Officer, and Dr. Falco Paepenmüller, Chief Technology Officer.

Paepenmüller has held various management positions at W&H since 2007. Currently he is the head of the Extrusion business unit, which under his leadership has grown above the market average in recent years. "The addition of a Chief Technology Officer emphasizes our focus on innovation. With faster innovation cycles and more connected processes, a separate Management Board position has become more important for the expansion of technology leadership," explains Dr. Jürgen Vutz. Dr. Torsten Schmitz will succeed Paepenmüller as head of the Extrusion business unit. Schmitz has also been working for W&H since 2008 and is currently recently responsible for the cast film division.

In addition to technical expertise, the family-owned company also places emphasis on cultural fit. "With Dr. Paepenmüller and Dr. Schmitz, we have been able to recruit outstanding technical experts for the positions that are also known and valued as leaders in the company. Both are very important to us as a family business," explains Vutz.
(Windmöller & Hölscher KG)

Newsgrafik #122370
 19.02.2019

A Royal touch at the grand opening of the world's largest pulp mill  (Company news)

His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated SCA’s pulp mill Östrand in Timrå. The expandsion of the mill is one of Sweden’s largest industrial investments ever.

Picture: His Majesty the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf visits the new Operations Center on Östrand.

More than 300 guests came to take part in the grand opening of the Östrand pulp mill. The guests were an international gathering of customers, suppliers to the project, the Swedish government, SCA’s shareholders and many others.

“When it comes to forests and forest products, Sweden is a world leader”, said Minister of Enterprise Ibrahim Baylan during the inauguration ceremony. “The forest creates export income and leading technology for Sweden and jobs in Sundsvall, Timrå and the rest of rural Sweden. The renewable forest resource plays an important role as we build a sustainable society.”

The guests were given a guided tour of the expanded mill including a visit to the new control centre where all the operational functions are gathered in the most modern possible work environment, resembling an air traffic control centre.Virtually all processes in the mill are monitored and managed from this control centre.

SCA has invested eight billion SEK in expanding the mill and to double it’s capacity to 900 000 tonnes of bleached softwood kraft pulp, making Östrand the largest mill of its kind in the world. The investment enables SCA to be world class in terms of product quality and environmental performance.

“A lot of Sweden’s prosperity has been built by forests and the forest industry’s products”, said the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at the inauguration. “But the forest has not only shaoped Sweden’s history. It also provides the raw material of our future in the shape of green electricity and biofuels.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf used a sheet of pulp to break a ray of light and start a spectacular light show, marking the opening of the new pulp mill.

“To take part in a project like this, has been fantastic”, said Ingela Ekebro, the project director responsible for the three year investment project. “We have been able to complete the new mill on time and on budget. Above all, we have been able to carry out the project without serious accidents.”

The two biggest suppliers to the project have been Valmet who supplied the fibre line with a number of components, including the world’s largest softwood pulp digester, and Andritz who, among other projects, undertook a unique expansion of the recovery boiler.

The project has been partly financed by the European Investment Bank.
(SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)

Newsgrafik #122372
 19.02.2019

Paper Excellence Receives Competition Bureau Clearance  (Company news)

Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation (“Paper Excellence”) has taken a significant step forward on the road to acquiring Catalyst Paper Corporation. On February 7, 2019, the Canadian Competition Bureau issued a no-action letter in respect of Paper Excellence’s previously announced agreement to acquire Catalyst Paper.

Catalyst and Paper Excellence can now move forward with preparations to complete the transaction, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of remaining customary closing conditions.

The transaction involves the purchase of all of the shares of Catalyst. Catalyst owns manufacturing facilities in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River, a distribution centre in Surrey and headquarters in Richmond, BC.

“This acquisition demonstrates Paper Excellence’s continuing deep commitment to the province of British Columbia,” states Brian Baarda, Paper Excellence’s Chief Executive Officer. “Once finalized, this acquisition confirms Paper Excellence’s position as a key player within Canada’s forest industry and will benefit all of the stakeholders involved, including our employees, suppliers, customers, the communities where we operate, as well as the pulp and forest products industries.”

Barclays acted as exclusive financial advisor to Paper Excellence on the transaction.
(Paper Excellence Canada)

Newsgrafik #122373
 19.02.2019

Industrial compostability certification for Metsä Board's ground-breaking eco-barrier paperboard  (Company news)

The new eco-barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1, which is manufactured by Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium lightweight paperboards, has recently achieved the industrial compostability certification complying with DIN EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards. The certification is issued by DIN CERTCO and the testing was carried out by ISEGA laboratories.

Katja Tuomola, Business Development Director at Metsä Board, commented upon this important development: "Brand owners are looking for new, more ecological solutions made of renewable, non-plastic materials, which can be composted and recycled. This external certification helps them choose packaging materials that truly comply with their disposal requirements."

DIN EN 13432 standard refers to 'Requirements for Packaging Recoverable through Composting and Biodegradation'. US certification ASTM D 6400-12 covers the 'Standard Specification for Labelling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities'.

The non-plastic special barrier treatment developed for MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1 improves the grease resistance of the board and makes it an ecological and efficient packaging material for food, takeaway and food-on-the-go applications. The grease resistance can be cost-efficiently enhanced further at the converting stage with the addition of just one varnish layer. The product is safe for direct food contact and no optical brighteners (OBA free) or fluorochemicals have been used in the production. It is available in basis weights of 195–320 g/m2 and can be recycled with paper and board recycling schemes.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122375
 19.02.2019

Shining beauty - Bright cosmetics packaging from the Black Forest wins display Superstar Award 2019  (Company news)

The luminous folding box series, which Karl Knauer created for the Swiss premium cosmetics brand “elline Switzerland”, has won the display Superstar Award 2019 in January at viscom, Europe's trade fair for visual communication. The integrated packaging concept, which uniquely conveys the brand name “elline”, which means “the shining one”, has won gold in the “Packaging” category.

The cosmetics industry, renowned for its luxurious presentation of its products, has a new highlight. This is because Swiss Premium Cosmetics AG is the first company operating in this market segment to take advantage of the innovative opportunities offered by the use of light in and on packaging. The Black Forest packaging specialists behind the smart lighting effect as well as the elaborate design and high-quality finishing of the folding boxes, have developed a packaging solution that renders the product promise of "shining skin" tangible at the POS. When a package of the anti-ageing collection "Treasures of Youth" is opened, the lettering of the name begins to glow brightly. Even more spectacular is the top product of the line, the 24k Lifting Serum, in which real gold crystals float. Sliding open the packaging activates an integrated lighting effect that illuminates the interior of the velvet-bedded bottle. When the packaging is closed, the secret of the user's youthful complexion disappears again.

The warm golden glossy sliding folding box features a perfect combination of film lamination, double hot-foil embossing and UV matt varnish, and the "Treasures of Youth" lettering subtly punched out by laser.

“Of course, we are delighted to receive this award for this truly exceptional packaging series. We were able to demonstrate our entire competence both in terms of lighting technology and design as well as finishing. The fact that this is recognised by experts is, of course, a special honour", explains Bernd Wussler, Key Account Manager at Karl Knauer KG, who was instrumental in supervising this project.
(Karl Knauer KG)

Newsgrafik #122408
 19.02.2019

Group’s growth continues 2019  (Company news)

The Model Group recorded consolidated Group revenue of CHF 991 million in the 2018 fiscal year. This represents an increase of 8% over the previous year. This was accomplished with an average of 4,320 employees (+35), of which 917 are based in Switzerland, with approximately constant values compared to the previous year periods. Reasons for growth include price increases due to significant price inflation for the main raw material of paper, currency effects and market growth in all country markets in which the Model Group is active. CHF 54 million were invested in measures to improve quality and productivity.

Excellent turnover volumes
At its 15 production facilities in Switzerland, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia, the Model Group produced approx. 1.4 billion m2 of corrugated board packaging units and corrugated board sheets, 400,000 tonnes of corrugated board and over 21,000 tonnes of cardboard packaging. As the stated surface area of corrugated board is manufactured at an average width of 2.5 m, the total amount would correspond to a sheet length of roughly 540,000 km – enough to circle the globe four times and still make it to the moon.

Outlook
We expect that the overall success of corrugated board as an increasingly preferred packaging material in conjunction with our quality and productivity strategy will allow us to prosper in spite of adverse economic conditions. Investments to the tune of CHF 65 million are expected for the current fiscal year.
(Model AG)

Newsgrafik #122345
 18.02.2019

PCMC launches interactive training materials via Mobile Link  (Company news)

Tablet technology offers machine-side training and easy document access for customers

Picture: With PCMC's Mobile Link customers can access training materials and relevant documents, all from an easy-to-use tablet

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, recently launched Mobile Link, a handheld tablet solution that offers user-friendly access to interactive training materials and technical documentation.

“Customers have been craving mobility and convenience for their training and technical publications for a while now,” said Noah Kellermann, Field Service Training Leader for PCMC. “After two years of extensive testing and development, we’re confident Mobile Link will be the perfect complement to our already robust training programs. The initial response from our test market has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Replacing binders of printed machine documentation, the rugged Mobile Link tablet is geared toward today’s operators and comes preloaded with interactive material, including instruction and parts manuals, schematics,
lubrication schedules, simulators, videos and more. This new technology is available to all of PCMC’s tissue, flexographic printing and nonwovens customers.

“Our diligence in developing a product that works for all of our product lines rests in our commitment to further enhance the trust our customers have in PCMC,” said Kellermann. “We wanted to be confident in offering a solution that’s proven, effective and relevant—and Mobile Link is all of those.”
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

Newsgrafik #122352
 18.02.2019

Sofidel further improves its environmental performance in the Carbon Disclosure Report 2018  (Company news)

Sofidel, one of the global leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, has further improved its performance within the CDP Report 2018, a global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. The Group – particularly well-known for its Regina brand – has been awarded an A- rating in the Climate Change category and an A- rating in the Forests Timber category, in both cases earning a place in the highest (Leadership) scoring echelons of the report.

In its sector, Paper & Forestry, Sofidel ranked among the top businesses in the Climate Change category, above the sector average at global (C) and European (B-) level, and among the top businesses in the Forests Timber category, above the sector average at global (B-) and European (B-) level.
CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international not-for-profit organisation present in 50 countries providing a global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information, guaranteeing to investors data that can be used in decision-making processes. CDP serves more than 650 institutional investors with US$ 87 trillion in assets. In 2018, over 7,000 companies across the world disclosed through CDP. For further information, the report can be consulted at this link.

In 2016, the Sofidel Group had already been awarded Best Voluntary Responder Italy by CDP for having obtained the B rating among the businesses that voluntarily participated in the CDP Italy Climate Change Report 2016 programme, disclosing data and performance regarding action against climate change. In 2017, the Group obtained the B rating in the same Climate Change and Forests Timber categories.
The Sofidel Group places strategic importance on sustainability for development and growth, with the clear aim in sight of reducing to a minimum the impact its business has on the environment and of boosting the benefits it produces for society. The final objective is to manufacture products with an ever more reduced ecological footprint and at the same time an increasingly high level of efficiency, which contain ever lower levels of natural capital.

The first Italian manufacturing company and the first tissue paper manufacturer in the world to join the WWF Climate Savers project, to date Sofidel has reduced its direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 20.6% (carbon intensity reduction, 2009-2017) thanks to investments in energy efficiency, and to the use of cogeneration plants and renewable energy sources. Another fundamental area of action is the sourcing of certified pulp from independent third parties with forest certification schemes (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™) which has now reached 100%.
(Sofidel Group)

Newsgrafik #122353
 18.02.2019

GSE website provides ink management good-practice guides in Spanish   (Company news)

In an acknowledgement of the rapidly growing number of customers in Spanish-speaking regions, GSE, supplier of ink logistics solutions for the packaging, label, and textile markets, has launched a Spanish version of its website.

In addition to information about the company’s programme of dispensers, services and software, the website provides a variety of resources to help printers operate ‘lean’ and ‘smart’ workflows and eliminate waste from internal processes.

“The website provides a vital resource tackling every element of waste in the system and by making good-practice guides accessible to a wider audience with additional language support, we can help more customers benefit from our research and experience,” said Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE. “Guides are available on recipe preparation, reusing inks returned from the press, proofing, tracing ingredients through the supply chain, stock control and reordering, among many others.

“Ink takes a complex journey through the printing house, so the potential for waste or loss of quality consistency can be great: time and money can easily lost on colour corrections, startup waste, remakes – and in worst-cast scenarios – product recalls. Managing inks effectively to get the job ‘right first time, every time’ is crucial to the printer’s profitability, especially with run lengths and lead-times shortening.”

GSE’s modular dispensing systems provide fast, accurate mixing and dispensing of flexo, gravure and screen inks and pastes. GSE Ink manager software, launched in 2018, enables converters to minimise ink-related waste, providing improved ink yields, enhanced reporting and business planning and reduced setup times.

In January, GSE was confirmed as one of six national regional contenders for the Metaalunie Smart Manufacturing Award 2019 in the Netherlands, after being declared the winner for Gelre. The annual award is organised by Koninklijke Metaalunie, a confederation representing over 14,000 small and medium metalworking firms across the Netherlands. It recognises organisations that distinguish themselves with modern production techniques and processes, choice of materials, well-thought-out systems, digitalisation and a self-managing and self-learning organisational culture.
(GSE Dispensing B.V.)

Newsgrafik #122357
 18.02.2019

Feldmuehle appoints Martin Moenke to Sales Director  (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, leading manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, has appointed Mr. Martin Moenke to Sales Director with effect from February 1, 2019.

Martin Moenke has been working in various positions in the company for more than 20 years and, through his sales successes in the company, has a personally high share in the strong positioning of Feldmuehle GmbH in the field of wet strength labels. Martin Moenke has been responsible for the entire sales organization of Feldmuehle GmbH since February 1, 2019, and has also become a member of the company’s management team on February 1, 2019.

The company expressly thanks Eckhard Kallies, who has been responsible for sales in recent years, for his commitment to Feldmuehle GmbH. Eckhard Kallies played a key role in the successful implementation of the company's restructuring plan in recent months. He will face new professional challenges.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

Newsgrafik #122359
 18.02.2019

Arctic Paper introduces G-snow - the new, ultra-white, high-quality coated paper developed for ...  (Company news)

... print experts

G-Snow is an ultra-white, wood-free coated paper that will help you to deliver fresh and high-quality prints. The paper’s smooth surface gives it a distinct and premium feel. Its high bulk guarantees stiffness even at a lower grammage, giving you the advantage of being able to deliver first-class results for every type of job. G-Snow paper also provides continuous excellent runnability and consistent image quality – so you can work hassle-free and every print comes out just as expected.

G-Snow is available both in sheets and reels in various sizes in grammages from 115 to 250 g/m2. G-Snow standard products are available as FSC® – The mark of responsible forestry, FSC-C007342, www.fsc.org and PEFC certified, PEFC/05-33-98.

G-Snow is produced in Arctic Paper Grycksbo, Sweden.
(Arctic Paper Grycksbo AB)

Newsgrafik #122362
 18.02.2019

Metsä Board recognised as a world leader for supplier engagement on climate change by CDP  (Company news)

Metsä Board Corporation, a part of Metsä Group, has been recognised by CDP for its leadership in developing supplier engagement to tackle climate change and manage carbon emissions. CDP, a non-profit global environmental disclosure platform, has awarded Metsä Board a coveted position on its third annual Supplier Engagement Rating leader board. The leader board comprises of companies from around the world that have been specifically identified as leaders in their efforts and actions to manage carbon emissions and address climate-related issues across their supply chains in the past CDP-reporting year.

Over 5,000 companies submitted information to be independently assessed against CDP's supplier engagement rating methodology. Of the companies that participated in CDP's supply chain programme during 2018, only 3% were awarded a place on the leader board.

This recognition further builds upon Metsä Board's recent achievement of being placed on the 2018 CDP A list for both climate change and water security. Metsä Board also scored A- in the CDP's Forest programme.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122365
 18.02.2019

Cellwood's Grubbens Vertical Pulper has been successfully commissioned at Vina Kraft Paper ...  (Company news)

...in Vietnam

In September 2018 Cellwood Machinery rebuilt a bale pulper for Vina Kraft Paper. The installation consists of a new rotor unit 105/84 SF, engineering for internal lead plates as well as a new drive unit. The rebuilt was part of an energy saving project and at once resulted in improved pulp quality.

Photo: Grubbens Vertical Pulper

Packaging Paper Business in SCG Packaging is the first manufacturer of high-quality packaging paper in Thailand and the biggest manufacturer in Southeast Asia. It has now counted Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines as its manufacturing bases. Equipped with as many as 15 machines, its production capacity produces 2.3 million tons of packaging paper annually. Plus its quality-control process is in line with international standards. That’s why SCG Packaging’s products have responded the precise needs of various industries.

Vina Kraft Paper is a part of SCG Packaging.
(Cellwood Machinery AB)

Newsgrafik #122384
 18.02.2019

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE exhibiting at the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019 in Lucerne, ...  (Company news)

...Switzerland

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE will be exhibiting again at the Hunkeler Innovation Days in Lucerne, Switzerland, from 25th – 28th February.

Learn more about their papers for high-speed inkjet printing at the DREWSEN booth C11 in Hall 1.

DREWSEN will this year again focus on the "high-speed inkjet" sector from their wide product range. Highlights will be low substances starting from 40 g/m², the newly developed PROINKJET Silk and inkjet papers with security features. But also other qualities such as Thin Printing Paper, Preprint etc. can be discussed in a personal conversation.

Visitors are more than welcome to also discuss additional development projects with DREWSEN.
(DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)

Newsgrafik #122314
 15.02.2019

Write On/Wipe Off with Drytac's WipeErase Films  (Company news)

Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has announced the global availability of two new exciting additions to its WipeErase® range of films.

Drytac ReTac® WipeErase and WipeErase White are both designed to be written on with standard dry-erase markers to create a whiteboard anywhere - an ideal practical solution for environments including schools, universities, offices, hospitals, retail stores and more. In addition, their anti-graffiti properties allow for easy removal of permanent markers, while they can both be branded or decorated using UV printing technology.

Drytac's ReTac WipeErase is a 6 mil (150 micron) white dry-erase film, coated with a scratch- and stain-resistant lacquer that is guaranteed for up to ten years. The film is easy to handle, can be applied to a smooth surface and can be taken down and repositioned with no loss of adhesion and leaving no residue, thanks to its integrated ReTac Permanently Peelable Adhesive. Unlike a whiteboard, it won't suffer from ink staining or ghosting.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: "ReTac WipeErase is ideal as a replacement for whiteboards and flip charts, where sheets can be moved around to help with visualising and planning, and then taken away for future use. It essentially provides an 'A-frame whiteboard in a tube'. This product is also hugely beneficial in a retail environment where messages need to be moved around the store relevant to specific product ranges."

These innovative attributes have already won fans in the graphics industry: ReTac WipeErase topped the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category in the SGIA Product of the Year awards in 2018. These prestigious awards were announced ahead of the SGIA Expo 2018 in Las Vegas in October 2018 and recognised the most exciting products to be showcased at the event, selected by knowledgeable industry professionals.

Drytac's second new product, WipeErase White, has a permanent adhesive for locations where the signage will not need to be moved, such as wall coverings, restaurant menus and whiteboards. It is a 6 mil (150 micron) film with excellent durability and scratch resistance.
"The WipeErase White film incorporates Drytac's adhesive expertise to deliver a product that is very easy to apply, yet remains firmly intact for many years," explains Shaun Holdom. "When it is time to remove or replace the film, it will leave no residue and the area can have new media applied to it immediately."

As well as offering 'a whiteboard in a roll', both Drytac ReTac WipeErase and WipeErase White can be used to resurface existing whiteboards to give them a new lease of life.

Holdom explains: "Whiteboards often suffer from 'ghosting', making them look grey and shaded. In time, the pens used on these boards scratch the surface and when rubbed off leave a very faint impression of previous writing. Once this has happened, there is no way of repairing the whiteboard itself and so the ghosting needs to be put up with, or the board replaced. A sheet of one of our WipeErase products applied to a whiteboard essentially makes it as good as new and is considerably cheaper than replacing it. Do this across a whole organisation and the savings could be huge."
(Drytac Europe Limited)

Newsgrafik #122325
 15.02.2019

Codimag appoints agents Lapeyra y Taltavull to promote Aniflo label printing technology ...  (Company news)

... in Spain and Portugal

Picture: Pierre Panel, export sales manager, Codimag (left), with Eduard Segarra, commercial director, narrow web, Lapeyra y Taltavull (right)

Label press manufacturer Codimag announces the appointment of Lapeyra y Taltavull, S.L.. of Barcelona, to represent its Aniflo printing technology in Spain and Portugal.

Lapeyra y Taltavull was established more than 80 years ago to supply packaging materials to the region’s pharmaceutical industry. Forty years later, it began representing international suppliers in the printing and packaging markets, building long associations with major European press and auxiliary equipment manufacturers.

“We are very enthusiastic to start collaboration with such a renowned company as Lapeyra & Taltavull,” said Pierre Panel, export sales engineer at Codimag. “We have had a very natural contact with Lapeyra as we share the same company values and approach to customer service, and long term vision of business.”

At the heart of Codimag’s presses is Aniflo technology that, using waterless offset, offers the quality of offset, the simplicity of flexo and the flexibility of digital.

By using an anilox inking system, problems usually associated with offset are eliminated: no ink/water balance issues; no ink key settings; no ghosting. Combined with fast-set up, low plate and ink costs, a fully digital workflow and print speeds of up to 75m/min, Codimag’s Aniflo presses are an attractive alternative to traditional and digital printing.

“The company’s Aniflo system is an alternative to digital, offering fast-turnaround times, high print quality and cost-effective production,” said Eduard Segarra, commercial director, narrow web, Lapeyra y Taltavull. “This makes Aniflo ideal not only for wine labels, but also for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and industrial label applications and run lengths that can be up to several thousand linear metres with no absolutely color switch.”

Lapeyra y Taltavull will be increasing the number of people serving narrow web customers as a result of the new partnership with Codimag.

“We will be providing installation engineering, training, fast response to technical queries, service and support, and consultancy in addition to sales and marketing activities,” Segarra said. “Codimag has a unique proposition that we believe will be very attractive to Iberian label printers.

Versatile press options
Codimag produces three presses based on Aniflo technology. The VIVA 340 Evolution press is a stand-alone option suitable for printers with offline finishing capabilities. The VIVA 340 and VIVA 420 presses offer the same features and capabilities in 340mm and 420mm widths and are configured with inline finishing options that can include hot-foil, flatbed foil, fluted foil, photopolymer embossing, flexo varnishing, lamination, screen printing and die-cutting.

“This technology can address the challenges faced by Spanish and Portuguese printers that include maintaining uptime, optimising output and maximising returns while printing short and medium runs with tight deadlines,” Segarra concluded. “The low cost of plates and economical ink combined with short-run capabilities make these exciting presses that can increase competitiveness without compromising print quality.”

Lapeyra y Taltavull will provide live working demonstrations of Codimag’s VIVA 340 Evolution press at its Graphispag 2019 booth (stand C30, Fira Barcelona, 26 - 29 March), giving visitors a real-time appreciation of the quality and agility of Aniflo technology.
(Codimag)

Newsgrafik #122347
 15.02.2019

Berli Jucker Cellox Co. Ltd. chooses A.Celli Paper for its investment in Thailand  (Company news)

It is with great satisfaction that A.Celli Paper announces the beginning of a valuable collaboration with Berli Jucker Cellox Co. Ltd., to supply the latest generation E-WIND T100 rewinder dedicated to the production of tissue paper for the capacity expansion project at Prachinburi plant.

The new rewinder will be used for all types of high quality tissue paper, weighing from 13 to 45 gsm; it is equipped with three unwinders and a calender, maximum operating speed 1900 mpm, maximum diameter of the finished roll 1800 mm.

A further confirmation for A.Celli Paper technology, which is increasingly present on the Asian territory and capable of meeting the needs of different customers, promptly answering to multiple production variables with flexibility and promptness.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #122349
 15.02.2019

Zircon and ZirconHigh: New CleanWeave dryer fabrics from Voith  (Company news)

With Zircon and ZirconHigh, Voith is adding two new members to the CleanWeave product family. The dryer fabrics target an extended service life in a medium hot environment.​

Photo: Zircon and ZirconHigh extend the CleanWeave family of dryer fabrics, providing solutions for challenging medium hot positions.

Whereas Zircon has a dense weave structure with lower air permeability, ZirconHigh features an open weave structure for higher air flows. In addition to excellent drying performance, both fabrics also meet the requirements for resistance to hydrolysis and abrasion. As a result they allow for long service lives, even in very challenging dryer sections. The dryer fabrics are particularly suitable for board and packaging paper machines, where the conditions are often hotter and more humid.

The unique CleanWeave product range with minimal intersection points and a low internal void area prevents the accumulation of contamination in the dryer fabrics ensuring they are easy to clean. Thanks to the continuous flexing around rolls and cylinders, contamination is also worked out of the fabric. This means that Zircon and ZirconHigh maintain their cleanliness and drying efficiency over their entire lifetime.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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 15.02.2019

Valmet introduces new fiber furnish analyzer measuring a wider range of properties online  (Company news)

Valmet introduces the completely redesigned Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer (photo), which takes advantage of Valmet's extensive field experience and new technology. Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer provides fast and precise online measurement of key fiber and furnish properties for paper, board and tissue makers.

New image analysis techniques enable the Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer to automatically measure a wider range of furnish properties. Additional modules can also be added to the Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer platform, with standardized measurements of Canadian Standard Freeness or direct Shopper-Riegler as well as a chemistry module to monitor pH and conductivity. The analyzer is ideal for process control and, with the addition of a remote manual sampling station, it is also a valuable laboratory tool providing fast and accurate analyses.

Rather than relying on infrequent and time-consuming laboratory tests, machine operators now have the information to act quickly and decisively. Better control of refining levels, monitoring of incoming pulp quality or fiber blend optimization are further improved with the built in Valmet Data Modeler and Valmet Soft Sensor, which continuously predict pulp strength properties from a combination of measured properties.

"Operators can now see fiber development and impact of process changes on pulp strength in real-time. Without waiting for physical tests, shift to shift quality variations can be greatly reduced to provide significant energy and raw material savings," says Ismo Joensuu, Product Manager, Analyzers & Measurements, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer
With comprehensive self-diagnostics and Industrial Internet capabilities, including remote product and application support, measurement reliability is assured. Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer also enables operators to remotely activate the automatic collection of follow-up samples for later laboratory verification and automatic validation of pulp strength modeling.

Connections to existing and future mill systems are securely supported by versatile communication interfaces. The application areas of Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer have also been widened. A new sampler for coarse pulps is now available as well as an optional de-foamer addition to improve measurement capabilities with certain grades of pulp.
(Valmet Corporation)

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 14.02.2019

Uteco Group and Kodak Extend Partnership focused on Unique Packaging Solutions ...  (Company news)

... utilizing KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology

Uteco Converting S.p.A. has signed an agreement with Kodak to purchase Kodak’s latest inkjet printing systems featuring ULTRASTREAM Technology. KODAK ULTRASTREAM Technology first debuted as a conceptual demonstration at drupa 2016 with development plans for availability to OEM partners in 2019.
Kodak’s proprietary ULTRASTREAM Continuous Inkjet Technology delivers 600x1800dpi with production speeds of up to 150mpm uniquely utilizing environmentally-friendly and economic water-based inks on both plastics and paper.

Uteco first introduced SAPPHIRE EVO Solutions in June 2018 which has captured the interest of the industry for both performance and sustainability and continues to be an important part of their digital portfolio. Uteco will be among the first equipment manufacturers to utilize KODAK ULTRASTREAM Technology to expand their high productivity digital press portfolio for flexible packaging in 2020.

Aldo Peretti, CEO of the Uteco Group, comments: “Our customers are looking for sustainably advantaged hybrid digital production solutions to enable short run versioning with compelling economics. Utilizing the combination of traditional flexo and gravure, along with digital inkjet technologies, these solutions optimize film handling, priming, post-coating and drying to deliver the performance requirements for the packaging market. Kodak’s proprietary continuous inkjet system continues to be technology of choice which delivers great quality, productivity and running cost for these industry-leading packaging solutions.”

Randy Vandagriff, President Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Kodak, adds: “We are pleased that Uteco continues to partner with Kodak as we develop solutions for the packaging market. The unique benefits offered by the SAPPHIRE EVO Solution will showcase how KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology is addressing the use of digital printing for flexible packaging solutions. As we look ahead to drupa 2020 and beyond, we are excited that Uteco will be including ULTRASTREAM Technology based solutions in its product portfolio to deliver even more flexible packaging options for both converters and brands. Uteco’s proactive approach to driving change in the package printing market reflects the requirement for unique solutions around the world.”
(Kodak GmbH)

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 14.02.2019

hubergroup strengthens sales and support for web offset printing operations  (Company news)

New resources allocated to hubergroup’s web offset business to bolster its position as a strong, reliable partner for Europe’s web offset printing industry

Photo: Thomas Fuß, Director Product Management Web Offset Europe, hubergroup

hubergroup, one of the world’s leading specialists for printing inks, coatings and press room auxiliaries, is building on its long tradition and extensive expertise in web offset inks and coatings with a new sales and support infrastructure dedicated to helping web offset businesses in Europe operate more efficiently and profitably. The new organization includes talented professionals with long tenure in the industry and with a strong focus on quality and service.

“hubergroup has a long history of supporting the European web offset industry, especially in the area of newsprint, with high quality inks, coatings and other solutions,” says Thomas Kleps, Director Sales Europe at hubergroup. “But we are not resting on our laurels. By establishing this dedicated web offset team, we make our ability to service and support web offset printers even more effective, strengthening our market position and ensuring we remain a strong and reliable partner.”

Leadership in the new organization includes:
-Thomas Stumpf, Sales Manager, Web Offset Europe. Thomas has worked for hubergroup in the web offset product segment for many years in various technical and commercial functions.
-Thomas Fuss, Product and Technology Management. Thomas has many years of experience in web offset printing operations and previously acted as the Director of Product Management, Web Offset Europe at hubergroup for the past four years.

“In addition to these strong leaders and their teams in Germany,” Kleps adds, “we will be serving the European web offset business outside of Germany through local and highly qualified sales professionals and application engineers. We look forward to working closely with our web offset customers to ensure their future success through even better productivity and profitability.”
(Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH)

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 14.02.2019

Paperboard adds value to cherry tomato packaging in a recent study  (Company news)

Together with Närpes Grönsaker, a Finnish vegetable co-operative, Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, commissioned a study that compared cherry tomato cartons made of paperboard with the currently used plastic box. The study specifically looked at consumer perceptions, food waste aspects and climate impact. The results showed that consumers regard paperboard as a more responsible choice than plastic packaging and that this perceived value translated into a willingness to pay more for it. The study also demonstrated that the paperboard cartons preserved the cherry tomatoes at least as well as the plastic equivalent.

As part of the research a detailed consumer study was carried out in Finland with an external consumer research company, Sense N Insight. Paperboard was perceived as convenient, innovative, aesthetically pleasing and responsible with a high-status value which added to the quality image of the product. Most of the participants stated that they would prefer paperboard because of its recyclability but commented that they wanted to see the product better. Based upon the overall findings, the participants were willing to pay more for the paperboard carton than the plastic box, which demonstrates that consumers are now actively looking for alternatives to plastic.

The other part of the study was to find out more about the shelf-life and climate effect of growing cherry tomatoes. The product itself is valuable and it is critical that nothing goes to waste. The Natural Resources Institute of Finland researched the shelf-life of cherry tomatoes packed in cartons made of different Metsä Board paperboard grades and in a plastic box made of recycled PET. According to the results cherry tomatoes were preserved at least as well in paperboard cartons as in the plastic packaging.

The research also measured the climate effect of a recycled PET container which was calculated at six times higher than the average value for the paperboard cartons. This part of the research was based upon production and transportation data and additional paperboard production data supplied by Metsä Board.

As for all food packaging the actual total climate effect of the box of cherry tomatoes was very small. The majority of the impact comes from the packed food and therefore it is of utmost importance to avoid food waste and to ensure that the food will be consumed, and nothing goes to waste.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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 14.02.2019

Huhtamaki: New high-quality, sustainable paper straws  (Company news)

Straws are used by millions of people every day. With our new paper straws, we can offer our customers a sustainable choice and an excellent alternative to plastic straws.

We have a long history in the use of sustainable materials for food packaging products. Our new paper straws are made of fiber coming from sustainably managed forests and 100% of the paper used in the straws and in their wrapping is PEFC certified. 

Our paper straws are crafted to be strong, reliable and functional. They are manufactured in facilities with highest safety standards and have been tested and certified for food safety in Europe, China and the United States.

The straws are made with new, purpose-built machinery to deliver premium product quality. Starting from the UK, we will expand our manufacturing capacity into other key markets across Europe and globally, serving customers across all geographies. Our new paper straw offering will include several new size variants in addition to the standard size with 7.3 mm diameter.
(Huhtamäki Oyj)

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 14.02.2019

Greif Completes Acquisition of Caraustar Industries  (Company news)

Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Caraustar Industries, Inc.

"I am pleased that we have completed the acquisition of Caraustar Industries and I welcome our new colleagues to the Greif team," said Pete Watson (photo), Greif's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The addition of Caraustar bolsters our leadership position and enhances our existing portfolio of packaging solutions. We look forward to delivering on the opportunities that the addition of Caraustar provides for our team, our customers and our shareholders."

Greif estimates that it will be able to achieve at least $45 million in cost synergies and performance improvements within the next 36 months through the integration of the former Caraustar operations into Greif's existing business. Greif also anticipates that the acquisition will enhance Greif's existing margins; be immediately accretive to earnings and free cash flow; and strengthen and balance Greif's existing portfolio. Greif believes that integration risk is low given Caraustar's operational adjacency to Greif and the strong cultural fit between the companies.

Caraustar's financial results will be reported within Greif's Paper Packaging and Services segment going forward. Greif's Fiscal 2019 guidance will be updated for the inclusion of Caraustar in conjunction with the release of the company's first quarter fiscal 2019 results.

Greif financed the $1,800.0 million all-cash acquisition from the proceeds of the issuance of $500.0 million of new senior unsecured notes and from refinancing its secured credit facilities and new term loans in the principal amount of $1,675.0 million. As part of the transaction, Greif will redeem its $250.0 million of 7.75 percent senior unsecured notes due August 2019. As a result of the new financing, Greif's overall weighted cash interest rate fell to approximately 4.90 percent.
(Greif Inc.)

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 14.02.2019

New radiance for the cosmetics industry - Luminous packaging by Karl Knauer KG takes ...  (Company news)

... new markets by storm

Like hardly any other industry, the cosmetics industry knows how to present its products in a luxurious way. Swiss Premium Cosmetics AG is now the first company in this market segment to take advantage of the spectacular possibilities offered by the use of light in and on packaging. The luminous packaging by Karl Knauer ensures that not only the customer's complexion but also her eyes are radiant when she opens the "elline" box of the "Treasures of Youth" collection.

Photo: Packaging for 24k Lifting Serum

"elline means shining and is derived from Helena, which is Greek for "the shining one". It thus symbolises radiant skin. So it made sense for us to also play with the subject of light for the packaging of our new anti-ageing product line," says Firass Chamas, Managing Director of Swiss Premium Cosmetics AG. “That we were able to hold the world's first luminous cosmetic packaging in our hands in time for the worldwide market launch of elline Switzerland is down to the excellent cooperation with the experts at Karl Knauer.” The Black Forest packaging specialists, who are responsible for the lighting effect as well as for the elaborate construction and high-quality finishing of the folding boxes, were able to offer a convincing solution based on their experience from projects already implemented for the beverage industry. Our luminous packaging is a real highlight at the POS, attracting lots of attention and making the product something very special," explains Bernd Wussler, Key Account Manager at Karl Knauer KG. “More and more industries are looking to exploit the new opportunities for themselves and their products. Whether it is simple lighting accents, multi-stage lighting choreographies or, in the near future, the reproduction of video content on packaging - we are sure that light will soon play an important role on many packaging materials.

The packaging for elline, for example, presents the "Dropper" bottle with the 24k Lifting Serum, in which real gold crystals float, as a real treasure: The golden glossy slide-folding box has been enhanced with a perfect interplay of foil lamination, double hot foil stamping and soft-touch lacquer with the " Treasures of Youth " lettering filigree embossed by laser. By sliding open the packaging an integrated lighting effect, that illuminates the interior of the velvet-bedded bottle, is activated. When the packaging is closed, the secret of the user's youthful complexion disappears again. Not only the folding box for the serum, but also the complete elline collection is designed using light and according to convenience requirements so that it functions automatically with intuitive handling.

The illuminated folding box series has been awarded the display Superstar Award 2019 at the viscom, Europe's trade fair for visual communication, in January. The integrated packaging which uniquely conveys the brand name "elline", meaning "the shining one", has won gold in the category "Packaging".
(Karl Knauer KG)

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 14.02.2019

Stora Enso rated a global leader for climate action by CDP  (Company news)

Stora Enso has been top-rated in combatting global warming by the international non-profit organisation CDP, which works to build a sustainable global economy. CDP has included Stora Enso on its new 2018 Climate A List, which identifies the global companies that are taking leadership in climate action.

“We are proud of this recognition of our long-term work to reduce our emissions,” says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability at Stora Enso. “For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels. In December 2017, Stora Enso became the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout our value chain.”

Stora Enso has also signed a Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) loan where part of the pricing is based on the group’s performance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This progress is reported in Stora Enso’s annual and interim reports. In addition, Stora Enso has published a Green Bond Framework and asks suppliers about their carbon dioxide emissions in all tenders.

“Ultimately, it is our renewable materials that make a difference,” Morrin says. “They are a key solution to combatting global warming as they store carbon and replace fossil-based materials.”

Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP says: “Congratulations to all companies that made it onto CDP’s A List this year. We need to urgently scale up environmental action at all levels in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s clear that the business world is an essential player in this transition and the A List companies are set to make a substantial contribution to those goals.”

Thousands of companies annually submit climate disclosures to CDP. In 2018, disclosures were requested by 650 investors representing over USD 87 trillion in assets, and over 7 000 companies submitted their climate data.

In addition to the CDP rating, Stora Enso has been top-ranked in both the quality of greenhouse gas management and carbon performance by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI). TPI is a global initiative led by asset owners and supported by asset managers and looks into how companies’ carbon performance now and in the future might compare to the international targets and national pledges made as part of the Paris Agreement.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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 13.02.2019

Kodak enables Creative Freedom for brands and designers as well as printers and ...  (Company news)

.. converters with KODAK Continuous Inkjet Technology

Kodak meets demands of Packaging industry with new PROSPER Plus Imprinting Solutions

Kodak announced today the introduction of the new KODAK PROSPER Plus Imprinting Solutions for the packaging industry. These solutions include four new imprinting components as well as food safe packaging inks and pre-coatings for folding cartons, food wraps, paper cups & plates, and ream wraps. The new PROSPER Plus models will expand the capabilities for printers to leverage continuous inkjet as a complimentary capability to the KODAK PROSPER 6000S Simplex Press and the UTECO SAPPHIRE EVO (Flexible Substrates) Web Fed Solution.

The PROSPER Plus Imprinting Solution is the newest KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology component product line, developed based on KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems, which is designed for packaging and product decoration applications. The four hardware products will include 2 narrow formats and 2 wider format models which will either print at speeds up to 260 mpm (850 fpm) or 600 mpm (2000 fpm) maximum. The narrow format design is a 105 mm (4.13”) single jetting module, perfect for imprinting barcodes, QR codes, promotional contest information or small format designs in either monochrome or four-color output. The wider format design is 210 mm (8.26”) dual stitched products which is ideal for corrugated, folding carton and label packaging applications that require full page printing or dynamic layouts. These components are capable of being mounted in-line with offset, flexo, or gravure presses, from Uteco or other equipment providers, or could be implemented in finishing lines such as folding/gluing systems providing the flexibility for digital to be incorporated throughout various existing printing operations. PROSPER Plus models feature new print modes with smaller drop size and higher resolution for faster drying and better quality.

Kodak’s water-based inks are customer friendly and have passed US and European certifications for food safety, direct skin contact, and food service products. First demonstrated at drupa 2016 alongside our expanded Gamut ink set, Kodak’s Digital Varnish for packaging applications offers a unique combination of gloss and durability enhancement on folding cartons and related applications. This odorless, water-based Digital Varnish is formulated for indirect food contact compliance and is free of VOCs, mineral oils, and any unreacted UV-curable components.

The Creative Freedom campaign is designed to educate and promote the use of digital printing in packaging applications. Printers and converters need flexibility and efficient production for shorter runs with economic and in-line and nearline technology implementation. Brands and creative agencies need “Greener products”, creative flexibility, and the ability to quickly drive ideas to market with design freedom. Kodak’s portfolio provides a combination of strong economics and design flexibility using the widest variety of substrates, without creative compromise.

Additionally, Kodak has been working in close collaboration with industry leaders including Michelman (www.michelman.com) to test compatibility of Kodak’s inks and technologies with various substrates such as PET, Nylon and polypropylene. The company has worked to pre-qualify existing flexible packaging solutions from key leading suppliers to assure the compatibility with commercially available adhesives, substrates, primer, Kodak’s inkjet inks, and flexo overvarnish and overprint. The combination of all these technologies will be delivered by the Uteco Sapphire EVO press using Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology, which will deliver solutions both for surface printing and reverse printing with lamination. The Sapphire EVO will provide brands and converters the ability to produce short, medium or long run digital flexible packaging.

Aldo Peretti, CEO of the Uteco Group, confirmed the continued success of the SAPPHIRE EVO Press with the first unit sold to Nuova Erreplast and the second unit going to Kinyosha in Japan. “The adoption of this hybrid digital web press is showcasing the value of digital printing with water-based inks on flexible substrates for a wide variety of applications including food packaging and personal care items such as diapers. The combined knowledge of Uteco and Kodak has unleashed the possibilities and customers have taken notice.”

Adding to Kodak branded solutions for packaging, Uteco and Kodak continue to create hybrid digital solutions utilizing environmentally friendly water-based inks on flexible substrates without compromising on productivity or economics. Based on the successful reactions of customers and the industry to the SAPPHIRE EVO Unit, Uteco Group has agreed to expand development efforts with Kodak being among the first to integrate KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology to drive new solutions in the future.

Randy Vandagriff, President, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Kodak, comments: “The packaging market demands innovative, sustainable, productive solutions. Kodak’s water-based inks provide the lowest cost, the highest versatility and the most environmentally friendly option for production inkjet printing. Brands and creative agencies are now able to make printed packaging a physical touchpoint to digitally connect with consumers, unleashing creative flexibility with color palettes and substrates along with operational efficiency to get to the market faster.”

The new PROSPER Plus Components will be available beginning in April 2019.
(Kodak GmbH)

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 13.02.2019

AVERY DENNISON APPOINTS SAM O’KEEFE VICE PRESIDENT OF R&D EMEA  (Company news)

Picture: Avery Dennison appoints Sam O’Keefe vice president of R&D EMEA. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR412)

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam O’Keefe as vice president of research and development (R&D) for its Label and Graphic Materials group in Europe (LGM-EU), effective immediately.

She will be based at Oegstgeest, reporting to Pascale Wautelet, vice president of global R&D. She will become part of the European leadership team of LGM and have a dotted reporting line to Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager of LGM-EU.

“In this role,” said Pascale Wautelet, “Sam will provide vision and direction to the R&D organization in the EMEA region and lead new-product development, material re-engineering and adhesive development for Avery Dennison’s LGM business across Europe.”

This appointment reinforces Avery Dennison’s continued focus on innovation and sustainability, which includes ongoing investments and external partnerships with suppliers, universities, other business partners and new ventures.

Sam brings more than 25 years of industrial experience and materials science with major international companies. She joins Avery Dennison from Sensient Technologies, where she worked as technical director – Industrial Colors.

Prior to Sensient, she held technical and leadership roles with several companies, including Unilever, InterfaceFlor, Ashland and Saint-Gobain.

Sam earned her Ph.D. in physical science (rheology of polymer-modified cements) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in Bristol, England.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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 13.02.2019

GLATFELTER REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2018 RESULTS  (Company news)

Fourth quarter caps pivotal year of transformation for the business

Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) a leading global supplier of engineered materials, reported its results for the fourth quarter of 2018. The results include the acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business based in Steinfurt, Germany (“Steinfurt”) effective October 1, 2018, and the divestiture of the Company’s Specialty Papers business unit effective October 31, 2018. Specialty Papers’ results are classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented in this release.

On an adjusted basis, earnings from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $1.4 million, or $0.03 per share compared with adjusted earnings of $8.6 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago. Adjusted earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure for which a reconciliation to the nearest GAAP-based measure is provided within this release.

Consolidated net sales totaled $229.5 million and $209.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Excluding Steinfurt and on a constant currency basis, Advanced Airlaid Materials’ net sales increased by 16.3% and Composite Fibers’ net sales decreased by 6.2%.

“The fourth quarter of 2018 was pivotal to the strategic transformation of Glatfelter,” said Dante C. Parrini (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I am proud of our team for the progress we made in reshaping our business – completing two significant transactions, as well as reaching an agreement to resolve the Fox River matter.”

Mr. Parrini continued, “During the fourth quarter, Advanced Airlaid Materials’ shipping volumes increased organically by 10% over the same quarter last year from the continued ramp-up of the Fort Smith facility and new customer qualifications. We are also very pleased with the solid quarter delivered by Steinfurt. With a combined production capacity of approximately 150,000 metric tons at four state-of-the-art airlaid facilities, we are well positioned to further capitalize on the growth opportunities in the attractive markets for hygiene, wipes and table top products.”

“Composite Fibers continued to face challenging market conditions and higher raw material and energy prices during the fourth quarter. As we exited the year, we began to see some positive indicators resulting from our previously announced price increase and a moderation in pulp prices. To address the higher input costs, we began executing several cost optimization initiatives that we expect will improve results,” Mr. Parrini said.

Mr. Parrini concluded, “As we look ahead, we are confident that our 2018 transformation will enhance the growth potential of Glatfelter and the value to our shareholders in 2019 and beyond. Our focus is now on maximizing growth opportunities, as well as advancing the right-sizing initiatives at our corporate headquarters and cost optimization programs across the company.”

Composite Fibers
Composite Fibers’ net sales decreased $12.5 million, or 8.7%, primarily due to an 11.0% decline in shipping volumes. Higher average selling prices totaling $1.6 million were more than offset by $3.7 million impact of unfavorable currency translation.

Composite Fibers’ fourth quarter of 2018 operating income totaled $8.2 million, a decrease of $8.6 million primarily due to lower shipping volumes and corresponding lower fixed cost absorption totaling $7.2 million. Higher wood pulp and energy prices of $4.7 million were partially mitigated by higher selling prices and $2.9 million from lower spending and depreciation. Currency translation was $1.2 million unfavorable.

Advanced Airlaid Materials
Advanced Airlaid Materials’ net sales increased $32.7 million primarily due to an increase in shipping volume attributed to the Steinfurt acquisition and the new Fort Smith capacity. Higher average selling prices contributed $1.7 million and currency translation was favorable by $1.1 million.

Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased $2.5 million primarily due to higher shipping volumes which contributed $3.6 million. Higher selling prices were offset by $2.1 million of higher raw material costs. Higher depreciation from the new capacity at Fort Smith negatively impacted income by $1.2 million.

Other Financial Information
In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a tax provision of $0.7 million on a pre-tax loss from continuing operations of $2.6 million. On adjusted pre-tax income of $3.1 million, income tax expense was $1.6 million compared to $9.3 million and $0.8 million, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Balance Sheet and Other Information
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $142.7 million as of December 31, 2018, and net debt was $269.1 million compared with $365.2 million at the end of 2017. (Refer to the calculation of this measure provided in the tables at the end of this release.)

Capital expenditures during 2018 and 2017, totaled $42.1 million and $80.8 million, respectively, including $13.5 million and $45.6 million, respectively, for Advanced Airlaid Materials’ capacity expansion project in Fort Smith.

Adjusted free cash flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 was $(34.6) million compared with $18.1 million in 2017. (Refer to the calculation of this measure provided in the tables at the end of this release.)

Discontinued Operations
On October 31, 2018, we completed the previously announced sale of our Specialty Papers business unit on a cash free and debt free basis to Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC, an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg (the “Purchaser”) for $360 million.

The results of operations for our Specialty Papers business unit have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented in the consolidated statements of income.

During the quarter we recognized an after-tax loss from discontinued operations of $76.8 million including, among others, pension settlement charges and transaction costs, in connection with the sale of the Specialty Papers business unit.
(Glatfelter)

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Sappi delivers strong first quarter  (Company news)

Financial summary for the quarter
-EBITDA excluding special items US$197 million (Q1 FY18 US$172 million)
-Profit for the period US$81 million (Q1 FY18 US$63 million)
-EPS excluding special items 16 US cents (Q1 FY18 14 US cents)
-Net debt US$1,557 million (Q1 FY18 US$1,349 million)

Commenting on the result, Sappi Chief Executive Officer Steve Binnie (photo) said: “In a difficult operating climate, the resilience of the business and the benefits from the diversification of the product portfolio in recent years were emphasised during the quarter. Profitability was in line with our guidance at the end of the 2018 financial year. EBITDA excluding special items increased by 15% and profit increased by 29% from a year ago. We continue to work hard to mitigate increased input costs and weaker global graphic paper markets. The dissolving wood pulp business continued to enjoy stable pricing and healthy customer demand.”

Binnie added that “Our strategy to invest in higher margin growth segments continues to bear fruit. Overall sales volumes for packaging and specialities increased by 27% year-on-year. In Europe the volumes increased by 50% year-on-year following the completion of the Maastricht Mill conversion and the inclusion of the Cham Paper volumes and in North America sales volumes of existing packaging grades and new paperboard grades helped drive packaging and specialities volumes 68% higher than those of last year. In South Africa packaging volumes also increased year-on-year, supporting a strong improvement in operating performance for the business.

Input cost pressures on non- or partially integrated mills persisted due to elevated paper pulp prices, which impacted margins. These cost pressures and sluggish demand in some market segments were offset by higher sales, higher selling prices and market share gains in other segments along with good fixed cost control.”

Looking towards the rest of the year, Binnie indicated that “Sappi expects EBITDA in the second quarter of financial year 2019, given current exchange rates, to be slightly below that of 2018 due to current weak graphic paper markets and paper pulp prices which remain high in Europe and North America. However, the full year result is expected to be above that of the prior year.”

Outlook
Following the completion of the debottlenecking of Saiccor and Ngodwana Mills in 2018, we plan to grow dissolving wood pulp volumes through the remainder of 2019 to meet increased customer demand. DWP prices in China have come under pressure in the past two months as the lower Chinese VSF prices and current weak Chinese paper pulp markets influence DWP pricing. Demand from our customers remains good and we anticipate that continued high paper pulp prices in the rest of the world will support DWP prices going forward.

Market conditions for the various grades of packaging and speciality papers that we produce have diverged in the past month or so, with strong containerboard markets in South Africa and solid paperboard demand in Europe contrasting with some weakness in the release paper, and various European speciality grades. The ramp up of packaging paper production at Maastricht and Somerset post the completion of the conversion projects at these mills in 2018 will result in further sales growth in this segment.

Graphic paper markets in Europe and North America have been weak in recent months which has impacted the market balance, particularly for Europe. Further potential industry capacity conversions and closures may happen in the coming periods, however short-term profitability will be negatively impacted if demand continues to be as weak as it has been recently.

Capital expenditure in 2019 is expected to be approximately US$590 million as we proceed with the Saiccor 110 kt expansion project, complete the Saiccor woodyard upgrade, convert Lanaken PM8 from coated mechanical to woodfree paper production and upgrade the Gratkorn Mill in our continued transition towards growing and higher margin segments.
(Sappi Limited)

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Heidelberg reaches important strategic milestones – forecast for year as a whole confirmed   (Company news)

-Order backlog of €804 million in Q3 indicates strong final quarter
-Nine-month sales of €1,693 million approximately 2 percent up on previous year
-Solid operating result (EBITDA) of €101 million – net result after taxes improves
-Targets for financial year 2018/2019 as a whole still in sight

Throughout financial year 2018/2019, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is consistently pursuing its strategy of using digitization and collaborations to establish business models that deliver sustainable profitability. This includes, on the one hand, the move announced January 23, 2019 to reinforce activities in the growth market of packaging printing by expanding the partnership with China-based Masterwork. The intension is to expand the strong market position in this segment, better address the potential in China and Asia, and achieve efficiency improvements by further extending cooperation in production. On the other hand, Heidelberg has also reached key milestones in the roll-out of its “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy. Following the signing of 26 contracts for the new subscription model in the first nine months, the next interim target, as previously announced, is 30 contracts by the end of the financial year. This corresponds to an order volume of approximately €150 million.

Further progress in implementing the digital strategy
In addition, series production of the Primefire digital press is continuing and the Heidelberg Digital Unit has been created to handle the significant expansion in e-commerce sales. Future growth will also be driven by the sector’s largest and most advanced innovation center, which was opened in Wiesloch in December. Heidelberg is furthermore able to make ever greater use of its skills outside the printing sector, such as in electromobility. For example, the 1000th Heidelberg Wallbox – a new charging system for electric cars – has already been delivered. In the medium to long term, Heidelberg aims to generate approximately €50 million in sales with this product and others like it.

“We have reached important strategic milestones in financial year 2018/2019. The enhanced partnership with Masterwork opens up a great deal of potential for us in the growing packaging sector and on the huge Chinese market,” comments Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer (photo). “There is strong demand for the subscription model, our digital presses have now entered series production, and we are leveraging our skills for e-mobility. This progress makes us very optimistic about the future development of Heidelberg.”

Solid operational development in the first nine months
During the period under review (April 1 to December 31, 2018), sales at Heidelberg increased by approximately 2 percent to €1,693 million (previous year: €1,657 million). Sales in the third quarter were lower than the previous year’s figures, largely due to deliveries being moved into the fourth quarter owing to supply bottlenecks at suppliers for certain product series, and due to the discontinuation of a funding program in Italy. At €101 million, EBITDA excluding the restructuring result did not quite reach the previous year’s figure of €105 million as a result of higher collectively agreed rates of pay. This also saw the EBITDA margin drop slightly to 6.0 percent. EBIT excluding the restructuring result totaled €49 million (previous year: €54 million). As anticipated, expenditure on restructuring measures aimed at improving efficiency rose from €1 million to €9 million. The non-recurring transaction and early redemption charges associated with the partial redemption of the current high-yield bond amounting to €55 million meant that the financial result rose from €–36 million to €–39 million after three quarters. As the same quarter of the previous year involved a non-recurring charge on income tax expenses of €25 million, the net result after taxes in the period under review improved significantly from €–10 million to €–2 million.

Operating cash flow was €50 million (previous year: €69 million). As in the preceding quarters, free cash flow was influenced by factors such as an increase in inventories (caused by the growing order backlog and longer-than-planned throughput times due to supply bottlenecks), the start-up of digital operations, and investments in the now-completed construction of the innovation center at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site. Accord-ingly, a value of €–120 million was recorded (previous year: €–20 million). At €361 million, shareholder’s equity was €16 million up on the equivalent period of the previous year and the equity ratio climbed accordingly from 15.3 to 16.0 percent. Due to the negative free cash flow, the net financial debt at the end of the quarter was €350 million (previous year: €244 million). Leverage, as measured on December 31, 2018, increased to 2.1, although this is set to drop back below the target value of 2 by the end of the financial year, in part due to the anticipated inflow of approximately €70 million from a capital increase that is still to take place when the new anchor shareholder joins.

“During the current financial year, we are stabilizing our consolidated balance sheet for the long term. Our balance sheet quality will be further improved, not just by the partial redemption of our high-yield bond, but more importantly by the capital measure associated with the entry of our anchor shareholder Masterwork, which is anticipated to take place in the final quarter,” said CFO Dirk Kaliebe.

Targets for financial year as a whole still in sight – moderate growth
expected in net sales and net result after taxes
In view of the high order backlog and the fact that the orders moved from the end of the third quarter were fulfilled in the first weeks of the final quarter, Heidelberg expects another strong fourth quarter. On that basis, the targets for the financial year 2018/2019 as a whole, which reflect a moderate growth in sales, can be confirmed. The EBITDA margin excluding the restructuring result is also expected to fall within a range of 7 to 7.5 percent, even despite higher collectively agreed wages. Taking into account previously announced restructuring costs in the order of around €20 million, non-recurring expenses from the partial redemption of the corporate bond, and rising tax costs at foreign subsidiaries, the forecast is for a moderate increase in the net result after taxes compared with the previous year (including non-recurring tax items in financial year 2017/2018).
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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 13.02.2019

Production quality and flexibility highlighted by Ricoh digital inkjet and toner applications at HID  (Company news)

Print quality and application flexibility on offset grades will be presented by Ricoh at Hunkeler innovationdays 2019.

Visitors to Messe Lucerne, Switzerland, February 25 to 28, will see dozens of digital continuous feed and sheetfed samples deliver offset-rivalling results. These will highlight how commercial printers can confidently make the switch from analogue to digital production.

Among the applications mirroring offset’s high quality results on the publicly debuting Ricoh Pro VC70000 flagship high speed inkjet press will be:
-Live production of a Lucerne tourist guide, printed on offset coated Stora Enso LumiSilk 150gsm at 100mpm and finished offline by a Hohner booklet stitcher.
-Wild about Twickenham short run coffee table book, produced on Stora Enso LumiArt gloss 150gsm and sewed offline by Meccanotecnica.
-A 4-page A4 direct mail piece with three tear-off personalised vouchers highlighting cost effective creativity. The offset Stora Enso LumiSilk 150gsm rolls will be finished on a Hunkeler unwinder, cutter and plough folder, combined with a Horizon buckle folder.

On show, too, will be direct mail pamphlets produced on offset Arctic G-Print matt 100gsm printed at 150 m/min and finished by Zalsman - the first European operation to install a Pro VC70000 system.

“The Pro VC70000’s patent pending dryer has overcome a major barrier preventing commercial operations from fully enjoying the fast and cost-effective benefits of continuous feed digital print - the need to pre-coat offset grades,” says Eef De Ridder, Vice President of Commercial Printing, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “Eliminating this process delivers greater production flexibility while our new extended gamut inks assure the highest print quality. This winning combination is something competitive commercial printers cannot afford to overlook.”

Visitors will also be able to see the Ricoh Pro™ V20000 in action with:
-Up to three different variable formats and run lengths of short run, mono books, on UPM Fine 90gsm. The live roll to stack demonstration will be completed on a Hunkeler Generation 8 cutting line and finished offline by Muller Martini.
-A pre-printed roll to roll thin print pharmaceutical application on Delfort Polar Bright 50gsm finished offline by a Hunkeler and GUK buckle folder line.
-Applications on Mondi DNS HSI NF 120gsm showing the system’s versatility.

Last but not least, there will be creative leaflet production on a range of media by the Ricoh Pro™ C9200 sheetfed digital colour press. They will include a six page example incorporating perforated vouchers finished by Multigraf.

Muller Martini will bind books from the Ricoh Pro™ VC40000 continuous feed printer on CVG Matt 90gsm which will highlight true print on demand production of eight different colour books with variable dimensions.

It is the first time Ricoh has partnered with so many finishing specialists at the event. The numerous market segments addressed by the collaborations underpin Ricoh’s ability to provide a wide choice of end to end customised solutions.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

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 13.02.2019

Valmet's Financial Statements Review January 1- December 31, 2018: Orders received increased ...  (Company news)

... to EUR 3.7 billion and Comparable EBITA to EUR 257 million in 2018

Photo: Valmet President and CEO Pasi Laine

October-December 2018: Comparable EBITA margin increased to 11.5 percent
-Orders received increased 41 percent to EUR 1,026 million (EUR 727 million).
- Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Services business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Automation business line and decreased in the Paper business line.
- Orders received increased in South America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and decreased in China and North America.
-Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 984 million (EUR 967 million).
- Net sales increased in the Services, and Pulp and Energy business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Automation business line and decreased in the Paper business line.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 113 million (EUR 81 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 11.5 percent (8.4%).
-Profitability improved due to higher gross profit and improved project execution.
· Earnings per share were EUR 0.49 (EUR 0.33).
· Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -3 million (EUR -12 million).
· Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 143 million (EUR 89 million).

January-December 2018: Orders received and Comparable EBITA increased
· Orders received increased 14 percent to EUR 3,722 million (EUR 3,272 million).
- Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Services business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Automation and Paper business lines.
- Orders received increased in all other areas except China, where orders received decreased.
· Net sales increased 9 percent to EUR 3,325 million (EUR 3,058 million).
- Net sales increased in the Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Services and Automation business lines.
· Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 257 million (EUR 218 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.7 percent (7.1%).
- Profitability improved due to higher net sales.
· Earnings per share were EUR 1.01 (EUR 0.81).
· Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -16 million (EUR -17 million).
· Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 284 million (EUR 291 million).

Dividend proposal
The Board of Directors proposes for the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.65 per share be paid. The proposed dividend equals to 64 percent of the net result.

Guidance for 2019
Valmet estimates that net sales in 2019 will remain at the same level as in 2018 (EUR 3,325 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2019 will increase in comparison with 2018 (EUR 257 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
The global expansion has weakened. IMF now projects the global economy to grow at 3.5 percent in 2019 and 3.6 percent in 2020, 0.2 and 0.1 percentage point below last October's projections, which had already been revised downward. Risks to global growth tilt to the downside. An escalation of trade tensions remains a key source of risk to the outlook. Financial conditions have already tightened since the fall. A range of triggers beyond escalating trade tensions could spark adverse growth implications, especially given the high levels of public and private debt. These potential triggers include a "no-deal" withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and a greater-than-envisaged slowdown in China. (International Monetary Fund, January 21, 2019)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook in tissue has decreased to a satisfactory level (previously good level).

Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for services, automation, and board and paper, and the satisfactory short-term market outlook for pulp, and energy.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: A strong year for Valmet
"In 2018, orders received in the stable business increased 6 percent to EUR 1.7 billion1. The Paper business line had another exceptionally strong year, as orders received increased to EUR 1.1 billion. Orders received in the Pulp and Energy business line also reached EUR 1 billion in 2018, with growth in both Energy and Pulp. All in all, Valmet's orders received increased 14 percent to EUR 3,722 million, and order backlog reached a record-high level of EUR 2.8 billion.

Net sales increased 9 percent in 2018 and amounted to EUR 3.3 billion. Net sales increased in the capital business and remained at the previous year's level in the stable business. Comparable EBITA increased 18 percent to EUR 257 million. The Comparable EBITA margin for the full year was 7.7 percent, making 2018 another successive year of margin improvement.

During the year, we developed our industrial internet offering, made progress in research and development, continued to develop our personnel and maintained our position as a sustainability leader. The total recordable incident frequency (TRIF) decreased 20 percent, making Valmet a safer workplace.

Overall, 2018 was a strong year for us and I am pleased with the good progress we made during the year. At the same time we still have room to improve going forward. The record-high backlog gives us a strong starting point for 2019."
(Valmet Corporation)

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 12.02.2019

Domtar Financial Report: Q4 and Fiscal Year 2018  (Company news)

Our preliminary financial report for fourth-quarter and fiscal year 2018 is in. Highlights from this Domtar financial report include:
-Fourth-quarter 2018 net earnings of $1.38 per share
-Higher pulp and paper price realization
-$217 million of cash flow from operating activities

Quarterly Review
Domtar reported net earnings of $87 million ($1.38 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to net earnings of $99 million ($1.57 per share) for the third quarter of 2018 and a net loss of $386 million ($6.16 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2017. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $1.4 billion.

“The fourth quarter was one of our best in several years,” said John D. Williams (photo), President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our results reflect a strong performance in Pulp and Paper as we benefited from solid business fundamentals, accelerating price realizations and improved productivity. I’m especially pleased with our cost performance in the quarter despite fiber availability issues at several of our facilities.”

Commenting on Personal Care, Williams added, “Results improved from the third quarter led by seasonally stronger sales in Europe while new customer volume began to ramp up in North America. Higher volume and cost improvements also drove operational efficiencies and resulted in lower overall unit cost. Although markets remain challenged with raw material cost inflation, we do see some of the underlying fundamentals beginning to improve.”

Operating income was $133 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to operating income of $114 million in the third quarter of 2018. Depreciation and amortization totaled $75 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The increase in operating income in the fourth quarter of 2018 was the result of lower maintenance costs; lower selling, general and administrative expenses; higher average selling prices for pulp and paper; lower fixed costs; and favorable productivity. These factors were partially offset by higher raw material costs.

Fiscal Year 2018 Highlights
For fiscal year 2018, net earnings amounted to $283 million ($4.48 per share) compared to a net loss of $258 million ($4.11 per share) for fiscal year 2017. Sales amounted to $5.5 billion for fiscal year 2018.

Commenting on the full-year results, Williams said, “We had a strong finish to a great year where we significantly improved EBITDA and cash flow. Our solid performance enabled us to return cash to shareholders, manage our balance sheet to preserve financial flexibility and better position Domtar for sustainable, long-term growth.”

Outlook
In 2019, our paper shipments will increase as we respond to increased demand from our customers following the announced capacity closures. Paper prices will continue to improve in the wake of the recently announced price increases across the majority of our paper grades. Softwood and fluff pulp markets will remain balanced through the year due to continued steady demand growth and limited announced new capacity. We anticipate costs, including freight, labor and raw materials, to marginally increase. Personal Care is expected to benefit from our margin improvement plan and new customer wins, partially offset by further raw material cost inflation.

For more information on this Domtar quarterly and fiscal year 2018 financial report, please read the full press release. This and other press releases are available in our media center.
All information from the Domtar quarterly and fiscal year 2018 financial report is in U.S. dollars, and all earnings-per-share results are diluted, unless otherwise noted.
(Domtar Inc.)

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 12.02.2019

BOBST has sold its 300th iconic die-cutter MASTERCUT  (Company news)

BOBST announced that it has sold its 300th MASTERCUT, a major milestone for BOBST and its iconic die-cutter. The 300th machine was sold to Avance Cartón, a manufacturer of corrugated cardboard sheets, containers and packaging, based in Madrid.

When it comes to flat-bed die-cutting of corrugated board, MASTERCUT has revolutionized the industry. Originally launched in 2006, MASTERCUT is associated with the highest productivity and best possible product quality, with high running speeds, fewer stops, shorter make-readies, and matchless quality. Over the years, it has been regularly updated to match the rapidly evolving needs of customers.

MASTERCUT was originally launched in two sizes – 1.7 and 2.1 meters wide. Thanks to its larger size, it enabled an increased number of outs per sheet, resulting in improved productivity. Many innovative add-on solutions followed. Some features are still unique in the industry today. Take POWER REGISTER for example, the sheet feeding system especially designed for corrugated board, enabling accurate positioning of each board before it is die-cut, resulting in the best possible print-to-cut register. As well as being a huge quality benefit for corrugated box manufacturers, this feature has also proven to be an ideal solution in the litho-laminated industry, improving productivity and changing the way litho-laminated is converted.

“When you consider the pace of change with modern technology, the fact that MASTERCUT remains an industry-leading die-cutter after 12 years says everything,” said Anello Meloro, Product Sales Director at BOBST, who sold the 300th MASTERCUT to Avance Cartón. “Clients such as Avance Cartón who invested in MASTERCUT machines almost from the very beginning have seen huge benefits to their businesses over the last decade.”

Avance Cartón is part of Grupo Petit, a private packaging business owned by the Petit Family. They operate several facilities, producing paper, corrugated board and folding carton. Avance Cartón was created by Grupo Petit to serve customers around the Madrid area with corrugated packaging. The company is able to provide any type of corrugated box with the highest printing quality thanks to several BOBST MASTERLINE. As well as a die-cutter MASTERCUT, MASTERLINE consists of a loader, MASTERFLEX-HD print units, a blank separator with automatic bundle arrangement and a palletizer.

“At Grupo Petit, we think it is important to have the complete line from the same company, enabling as much automation as possible, keeping quality high and costs low,” explained Miguel Petit Vilaró, Director at Grupo Petit. “We have purchased many complete MASTERLINE over the years. And the key decision factors were always the same: productivity, size, reliability and automation of the full line. Quality of customer service is also very important. I must say that we have enjoyed a very long relationship with BOBST based on trust and dedication in both directions.”

In total, Grupo Petit has purchased seven die-cutters MASTERCUT. The one most recently purchased – the 300th ever sold – is the second one for Avance Cartón. The aim is to increase capacity for the company.

“I’m really pleased and proud to have sold the 300th MASTERCUT,” said Mr Meloro. “I’ve been with this machine from its genesis and remember it first being presented. It introduced a new level of die-cutting to the market. In the years since, it has continued to evolve to meet customer needs and today it remains the gold standard for productivity, quality and accuracy. The impact it has made has been extraordinary, and I have no doubt it will continue to make such an impact for many years to come.

“We are grateful to Grupo Petit and all our customer for their loyalty toward BOBST. As business partners we always aim to deliver the highest quality in both equipment and service. MASTERCUT was designed after a long market survey and customers interviews. What we have today is the outcome of all these discussions and we will continue to listen to our clients and the market for our next projects.”
(Bobst Mex SA)

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 12.02.2019

Ricoh Supervisor and Ricoh Communications Manager ease decision making & print job management  (Company news)

Print Service Providers (PSPs) will benefit from smarter decision making processes and integrated communication platforms with Ricoh Supervisor and Ricoh Communications Manager (RCM). The new software solutions have been designed to help the profitable management of increasingly diverse and often complex jobs.

Ricoh Supervisor is a highly interactive Internet of Things solution focused on collecting, and securely storing, operational data from sheetfed or continuous feed printers, finishing equipment, software applications and manually from operators on the shop floor. Cloud based and vendor-agnostic, it elevates profitability and productivity by enabling PSPs to quickly and accurately gather high value operation-wide data to help drive improvements and overall efficiencies. This could be ink usage per job, total equipment downtime or operator performance.

The data can be accessed via a browser or mobile device and, using business Intelligence tools, uploaded to an analytical dashboard to display trends, inefficiencies, consumables and sales cycles to help drive better business results.

Eef de Ridder, Vice President, Commercial Printing of the Commercial & Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe, comments: “Ricoh Supervisor helps PSPs make smarter decisions so they can stay competitive and relevant in today’s marketplace. They can run complete operational assessments and view critical events that paint a true picture of system utilisation. This includes comparing the actual throughput with what is scheduled to help performance optimisation.”

Also cloud-based, Ricoh Communications Manager provides end to end workflow and customer experience management. Integrating with a range of different types of solutions such as workflow automation (eg Ricoh ProcessDirector) and MiS systems (eg Avanti Slingshot) It connects, manages and reports on digital and print communication. Offered as a Software as a Service, the scalable solution focuses on providing a repeatable and predictable way to connect the functional components of a typical Customer Communications Management (CCM) system.

Adds de Ridder: “RCM supports PSPs who are moving away from single point, standalone solutions toward integrated communication platforms. It delivers complete campaign management information from the job details to billing and invoicing, provides revenue opportunities with rapid development of new services that enhance the customer experience and delivers a growth platform to create, manage and track, print and e-communications.”

Both solutions will be available from April in EMEA and will be demonstrated on the Ricoh stand at the Hunkeler innovationdays event, February 25-28 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

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 12.02.2019

DS Smith to Showcase Greencoat® and Demonstrate Mechanical Packaging - Live at ...  (Company news)

... International Production & Processing Expo 2019

Attendees can learn about DS Smith’s Greencoat®, the 100% recyclable wax alternative box, and see live hourly demonstrations of DS Smith’s mechanical packaging equipment for poultry packaging in booth #B6105.

DS Smith will be exhibiting at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia from February 12 through February 14, where they will be featuring live demonstrations of box-forming machinery and showcasing their revolutionary Greencoat® wax-replacement box.

Greencoat® is the 100% recyclable wax alternative box developed for the needs of the poultry industry and has revolutionized the packaging of cold and wet products. It outperforms other recyclable wax-replacement solutions, is less expensive than wax, reduces waste to landfills and decreases customers’ waste removal fees.

“Seeing our products and services in action provides users and consumers with valuable insight into the technology behind our innovations, such as our sustainable designs that contain leakage, increase strength and offer supply-chain marketing advantages,” said Pete Bugas, Sales and Commercial Director for Greencoat® and Mechanical Packaging North America.

DS Smith’s Mechanical Packaging service increases box room throughput and reduces downtime while producing high-quality boxes to support poultry plant production.

Visit DS Smith at Booth #B6105 for a personal demonstration of the unique value-added benefits and performance of Greencoat®, as well as hourly box forming demonstrations during IPPE.
(DS Smith Plc)

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 12.02.2019

INGEDE Symposium on February 13, 2019  (Company news)

Two sessions, focusing on paper for recycling and recyclability

The world of paper recycling and deinking meets in Munich every year: The INGEDE Symposium is the only international meeting covering all aspects from recyclability and paper recovery to the treatment of paper for recycling. With more white packaging entering the recycling stream, these fibres become increasingly interesting for deinkers: How can the paper industry benefit from the new packing legislation? is one of the questions to be answered.

At the upcoming symposium, INGEDE is even more focusing on the needs and interests of all members of the paper chain – in the morning, a plenary session with a keynote about the future of books and breakthroughs in adhesive applications and UV inks will cover the whole paper value chain. Then, two parallel sessions offer more insight into current issues in the raw material regarding collection, advanced sorting, and inspection of paper for recycling; as well as into the recyclability of different printing products and how to deal with them in the deinking process, the challenges of newer printing processes and different kinds of certification of printed products.
(INGEDE - Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft Deinking-Technik e.V.)

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 11.02.2019

Poly Print completes its installation of PCMC’s Meridian laser anilox cleaner  (Company news)

The Meridian offers improved print quality and color matching

Picture: Paper Converting Machine Company's Meridian Laser Anilox cleaner extends the life of anilox rolls

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)—which serves the flexible-packaging, prime-label and carton-converting industries—is pleased to announce that Poly Print Inc., a family-owned and operated flexographic printing business located in Tucson, Arizona, has successfully installed a Meridian laser anilox cleaner.

“I saw the benefits and results firsthand of the Meridian at a previous employer,” commented John Cowens, Printing Department Manager at Poly Print. “So, I knew that the Meridian would be a valuable asset and the best option for Poly Print. The Meridian allows the anilox to perform at correct volumes, thus saving time, ink and waste.”

The Meridian laser anilox cleaner provides printers and converters with a solution for one-pass cleaning that achieves like-new anilox surface conditions at unprecedented speeds, many times increasing efficiency by 300 percent or more. The Meridian does not require any chemicals, sodium bicarbonate, polymer beads, water or detergents, making it a sustainable cleaning technology that has a very low environmental impact.

“One of the main reasons I like the Meridian is because it’s engineered, manufactured and serviced in the United States,” said Cowens. “We also liked the fact that it is backed by PCMC’s superior customer service and support.”

“We had the opportunity to service a new customer based on firsthand experience with the Meridian,” said Rich Stratz, Regional Sales Manager at PCMC, part of Barry-Wehmiller. “That speaks volumes about the Meridian’s value and performance. We are very excited to add a company like Poly Print to our list of satisfied customers.”
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

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 11.02.2019

Avery Dennison recycled PET (rPET) liners now available across Europe in four constructions  (Company news)

Picture: Avery Dennison recycled PET (rPET) liners now available across Europe in four constructions. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR413)

The recent launch, by Avery Dennison, of a portfolio using recycled PET (rPET) liners has received another important boost, with four labelling constructions now available across Europe.

Georg Müller-Hof, vice president marketing LPM Europe, said that using post-consumer waste (PCW) to manufacture label liners represents a step change in sustainability:

“Avery Dennison is focused on real-world sustainability improvements, which ultimately means ‘closing the loop’ and using post-consumer waste to create new products. These four new labelling materials not only use a liner with more than 30% recycled PET bottle content, but they are also part of our CleanFlake™ and ClearCut™ portfolios – which offer important additional sustainability gains in their own right.”

Three CleanFlake materials are now available on a thin rPET23 liner. The ‘switchable’ CleanFlake adhesive is designed to separate cleanly from PET bottles during the recycling process so that contamination of PET flakes is avoided – an important factor in ensuring that recycled PET can be recycled rather than downcycled. A fourth material – a high clarity ClearCut PP50 TOP CLEAR-S7000-rPET23 construction – is considerably thinner than today’s market reference (PP60 with PET30), and offers high speed conversion and dispensing using the same thin rPET23 liner.

The rPET liner has been designed to convert in the same way as a conventional PET liner, with no noticeable differences in performance.
Müller-Hof said that more will follow: “We are committed to managing waste across the value chain - in line with our 2025 Sustainability Goals and to meet the needs of our customers. Moving forward, we look forward to introducing rPET liner in an expanded range of products, as well as offering products that contain recycled content and/or enable recycling of end use packaging.”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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 11.02.2019

Laakirchen Papier has achieved a lasting reduction in its CO2 emissions and energy consumption  (Company news)

Picture: The PM11, where SC paper is produced, has a production capacity of nearly 350.000 tons per year. © www.lichtmeister.com

Reduction of CO2 emissions and energy consumption
The investments of recent years have had a positive effect on both the levels of energy use and CO2 emissions at the Laakirchen paper mill. This improvement is demonstrated clearly by the Paper and Carbon Profiles, which represent the established method within the industry of showing environmental impact and provide an overview of the relevant parameters. Moreover, Laakirchen Papier AG voluntarily commissioned Quality Austria to undertake an examination of these calculations.

During 2017, Laakirchen Papier completed a variety of reconstruction and extension measures, in the course of which the raw material used was switched from primary to secondary fibres. This change has contributed greatly to a reduction in the electricity requirement and CO2 emissions during the production of SC paper (product name “Grapho”) to levels that are considerably lower than those prior to the reconstruction and expansion work. Thomas Welt, the CEO of Laakirchen Papier AG, sees the success of the paper mill’s environmental projects as follows: “Our aim is a sustainable paper production. We will achieve this through a particular emphasis on an environmentally conscious process cycle and conservative resource utilisation. Consequently, when ordering our customers can rest assured that our products are manufactured on state-of-the-art production facilities. Indeed, with our investments of recent years, we have taken a major step in the right direction.”

Paper Profile – sizeable reduction in the consumption of externally generated electricity
The Paper Profile is a voluntary environmental data sheet that deals with the main water and atmospheric emissions emanating from paper production. During its transition to 100% recycling paper, Laakirchen Papier reduced significantly the values covered by this analysis. For example, the specific chemical oxygen demand (COD) was slashed by around a third. In addition, the cessation of pulp purchases resulted in a drop in sulphur emissions and solid landfill waste. The alteration to production has also had a generally positive impact upon the consumption of externally generated electricity with a cut of around 10% per tonne of finished product.

Carbon Profile – CO2 emissions down by a fifth
The Carbon Profile is a statement regarding the CO2 emissions derived from paper production and the transport of both raw and finished materials, and follows the calculation criteria prescribed by the CEPI. As a consequence of the reduction in the use of chemicals and the smaller energy requirement, Laakirchen Papier has lowered the specific CO2 emissions from SC production by around one-fifth. Furthermore, as Thomas Welt explains, other projects are currently in the pipeline: “The paper industry is working hard on cutting its energy consumption. Our focus is also on a search for additional future potential for sustainable paper production and continuous improvements. The new hydro-power plant, which will be completed in mid-2019 will have an additional positive effect on the energy consumption of our paper mill.”
(Laakirchen Papier AG)

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 11.02.2019

Solenis and BASF Complete Merger of Paper and Water Chemicals Businesses  (Company news)

The combined company will operate under the Solenis name as a global specialty chemical company focused on paper and industrial water technologies.

Following the approval of all relevant authorities, BASF and Solenis have completed the previously announced merger of BASF's wet-end Paper and Water Chemicals business with Solenis. With pro forma sales of approximately U.S. $3 billion, the combined company will operate under the Solenis brand and is positioned to provide expanded chemical offerings and cost-effective solutions for customers in pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power, municipal and other industrial markets.

BASF will own 49 percent of the combined company and 51 percent is collectively owned by Solenis management and funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). The new Solenis has approximately 5,200 employees, with increased sales, service and production capabilities across the globe.

The merger includes the Paper and Water assets of BASF's Performance Chemicals unit, including production sites in Bradford and Grimsby, UK; Suffolk, Virginia, USA; Altamira, Mexico; Ankleshwar, India; and Kwinana, Australia and related assets including intellectual property. BASF's paper coating chemical business is not part of the transaction.

"Combining our strong heritages creates the leading customer-focused, global solutions provider for the paper and water industries. Customers from these industries will benefit from our joint strengths, resulting in an unparalleled and complementary range of products and services, state-of-the-art innovations and know-how," said John Panichella, president and CEO, Solenis.

"Joining forces with Solenis is the right step for BASF's Paper and Water Chemicals business to maintain sustainable growth. Together, we will provide the broadest scope of products and services to meet the specialty chemical needs of the global paper and water industry," added Anup Kothari, president of BASF's Performance Chemicals division.

"Bringing together these two highly successful and complementary businesses creates an even stronger global enterprise with enhanced prospects for long-term growth and value creation," said David Scheible, Chairman of Solenis and Operating Advisor to CD&R.
(Solenis)

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 11.02.2019

Gallus launches new five-color version of its highly successful Labelfire Press  (Company news)

Effective February 1, 2019, Gallus offers a new five-color version of their innovative digital hybrid flexo press, the Gallus Labelfire E 340. The five-color Labelfire (CMYK plus digital white) provides a different entry point to those looking to produce lowest cost, digital, finished labels in a single pass on an industrial platform.

Launched in 2016, the Gallus Labelfire 340 is an eight-color digital production system combining unrivalled UV inkjet printing quality with the proven inline embellishments and converting efficiency of traditional Gallus presses. The advanced inkjet system, co-developed with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), features state-of-the-art, 1200 dpi inkjet heads from Fujifilm and exceed originally assumption in terms of reliability, drastically reducing the total cost of production for users.

The five-color offering Gallus Labelfire E 340, will have the same reliability and 1200 x 1200 dpi image quality as the eight-color, fully-featured version without orange, violet, and green inks. The new model can be configured based on the current needs of the customer to provide the lowest cost of entry when it comes to getting started with digital-hybrid label printing and the whole system is integrated into Heidelberg’s print media workflow Prinect. Those customers who purchase the five-color Labelfire will have the ability to upgrade to eight colors and add further embellishing options including screen, cold foil, additional flexo, etc. as the need arises or their business grows.

“We have many customers who want to get into digital hybrid printing, but do not need the complete high-end, fully featured configuration that an eight-color Labelfire provides,” explains Michael Ring, Head of Digital Solutions at Gallus. “This new five-color version allows them to get started in the digital arena but still provides the flexibility for expansion in the future while protecting their initial investment.”

The five-color Gallus Labelfire E 340 can be ordered immediately worldwide with expected delivery starting in April of 2019. The recent integration of the Gallus sales and service units into the sales and service organization of Heidelberg offers customers a complete print shop solution for label printers with reliable equipment, parts, service and consumables support all from a single source.
(Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG)

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 08.02.2019

Klingele paper mill: production break in March  (Company news)

Picture: Paper mill in Weener in East Frisia, Germany

The Klingele Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of corrugated base paper and corrugated board packaging, has announced a production break for its paper mill in Weener from March 10th 2019. This is due to construction and repair measures at the site; in addition, the annual revision of the company’s own power plant in Weener will take place during the same period. Parallel to this, the automatic roller conveyor system and the crane warehouse will be serviced, meaning that paper delivery is only possible to a very limited extent during this time. The paper machine should resume its operation during the course of calendar week 12 in 2019.

At its site in Weener, Klingele has specialised in the production of medium-weight corrugated base paper made of recycled paper with base weights of 120 to 180 g/m². In recent years, it has also expanded into new markets overseas. The company continues to invest in efficient and resource-saving production processes at the Weener site, as well as in a sustainable energy supply based on renewable sources. On this basis, Klingele supplies its global customers with high-quality and environmentally friendly corrugated base paper with optimum running properties and good printability that allows for effective further processing. The objective of the measures planned for the paper mill in March is to further optimise running speed and stability in the paper production, thereby further improving quality.
(Klingele Papierwerke GmbH & Co KG)

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 08.02.2019

hubergroup launches globally compliant folding carton food packaging printing ink  (Company news)

The MGA NATURA ink series for sheetfed offset food packaging exceeds many European and U.S. regulatory requirements for food packaging.

Caption: Just one single globally available sheetfed offset ink complies with all folding carton food packaging regulations. Image sources: Adobe Stock, hubergroup

With increasingly strict and regionally variable regulation of printing inks for food packaging, printers have been required to use a variety of inks in order to meet regulatory demands for European and North American markets. This has made already complex supply chains even more complicated as printers strive to comply with specific regulatory requirements for ink migration limits and raw materials that are different from one region to another.

To help printers more easily meet this challenge, hubergroup has reinvented its MGA NATURA series with a single ink that complies with all FDA Standards and EC Regulations for folding carton food packaging in one formula. This results in reduced approval cycles and increasing production flexibility for brand owners, while printers and converters no longer need to maintain large stocks of a variety of ink types and undertake costly, time-consuming press wash-ups when packaging is destined for different global regions.

Vertical Integration Enhances hubergroup Ink Formulation Flexibility
The unique ability of hubergroup to develop and manufacture its own customized raw materials was key to this success. Chemists discovered a method for incorporating a well-assessed, fully bio-compatible but in this way yet-unused raw material into its MGA NATURA series ink formula. "Our R&D staff did a terrific job, when they invented this single global ink formula!" says Taner Bicer, Chief Technology Officer. "They were able to identify, gain approval for and introduce the substance, while significantly improving printability and lowering migration risks, thus exceeding regulatory requirements in many regions, and meeting stricter requirements in others.”

hubergroup’s own strict MGA guidelines for packaging printing inks guarantee that the ink is produced in compliance with all relevant standards –including Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements for printing inks for food contact materials. These new inks consist of substances that will not migrate or which have been approved for food contact. Migration will be far below the migration limits. Brand owners and printers can be assured that these inks do not include impurities or undesirable substances which could inhibit regulatory compliance of food packaging. The new MGA NATURA inks are globally available commencing in January 2019 and include both process and spot color inks.

“We are pleased to be introducing this innovative folding carton ink, the safest packaging ink on the market,” Bicer adds. “No matter where printed folding cartons are headed in the world or from which country ink is sourced, this new MGA NATURA ink will be no restriction for compliance with all relevant regulations.”
(Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH)

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 08.02.2019

Fiberline Optimization at Suzano, Brazil with BTG instruments and advanced process controls ...  (Company news)

...package for Suzano Limeira unit

BTG has closed an agreement with Suzano to supply instruments and advanced process controls for its Limeira Fiberline C.

The supply includes one Single Point Kappa analyzer (SPK-5500) to measure digester blow line kappa, one MEK consistency transmitter for digester production calculation and consistency control, two Dissolved Lignin Transmitters (DLT-5500) in brown-stock washing to measure carryover, two Bleach Load Transmitters (BLT-5500) to measure the total kappa and one Brightness Transmitter (BT-5500) for final brightness measurement in the bleach plant.

In addition to the instrumentation, BTG will deliver its unique MACSbleach process optimization solution to optimize chemical usage and reduce final brightness variability. The contract was signed in September 2018; instruments start-up is going to take place beginning of February 2019.
(BTG Eclépens S.A.)

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 08.02.2019

Bobst Group SA confirms sales guidance and expects slightly lower operating result (EBIT) ...  (Company news)

... than foreseen for the full year 2018

For the full year 2018 sales increased to CHF 1.63 billion compared to CHF 1.53 billion in 2017. The operating result (EBIT) is expected to be around CHF 85 million which is slightly lower than the target foreseen in November 2018 (higher than CHF 90 million), taking into account some additional transformation measures in the Business Unit Web-fed. The net result for the business year 2018 is expected to decrease more than the operating result (EBIT) compared to previous year, in particular due to the one-time favorable tax impact of CHF 15 million recognized in the business year 2017 and due to losses, on which no deferred tax assets are recognized in 2018.

Bobst Group SA will publish its annual financial statements on 27 February 2019.
(Bobst Group SA)

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 08.02.2019

Greif Receives Antitrust Clearance for Caraustar Acquisition  (Company news)

Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, announced that it has received notice that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act regarding Greif's pending acquisition of Caraustar Industries, Inc.

As this was the last regulatory approval required to complete the pending acquisition, Greif and Caraustar Industries expect the acquisition to close on February 11, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.
(Greif Inc.)

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 08.02.2019

The 300th TSA - Tissue Softness Analyzer was sold worldwide: a reason for emtec Electronic ...  (Company news)

... to celebrate

At the beginning of 2019, the German company emtec Electronic GmbH could celebrate the 300th globally sold TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer. As documented, today the device is used in 48 countries on all continents on earth, whereby the most units are used in Europe, followed by North America and Asia.

Picture: worldwide distribution of the emtec TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer

Many years ago, the handfeel of tissue paper, no matter if base tissue, toilet paper, facials or others, has been tested by human hand panels. Since this quality parameter became more and more important, the subjective and not always reliable enough hand test needed to be replaced by an objective testing device, which can provide reliable and repeatable data.

The company emtec Electronic with its very innovative R&D Department is well known for finding customized solutions, and on demand, the development of the TSA started in 2004.
The first device has been sold to a tissue maker in 2007. Over the years, the device could be improved permanently and new functions were added. The TSA is able to provide the necessary data fast, accurate, reliable and repeatable. But even more important is, that it can measure the three basic parameters which determine the human handfeel – the softness, roughness and stiffness.

Today, companies from all different parts of the tissue industry use the TSA in their R&D, process and product optimization, complaint management and marketing. Among the users are research institutes and universities, tissue machine manufacturers, chemical suppliers, tissue makers and converters, but also retailers.
(emtec Electronic GmbH)

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