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Valmet launches a new microwave consistency measurement for pulp and paper makers
 17.01.2020

Valmet launches a new microwave consistency measurement for pulp and paper makers  (Company news)

Valmet launches a completely redesigned Valmet Microwave Consistency Measurement – Valmet MCA (patent pending) for pulp and paper makers. Valmet MCA is now provided by digital electronics and the new Direct Sweep Detection measurement to offer higher performance measurement sensitivity and accuracy than competing analog designs.

A wider applicability with the new Twin Blade sensor
Valmet MCA’s new Twin Blade sensor complements the offering, along with the newly redesigned Flow Through sensor, by allowing paper and pulp makers to install it in larger pipe diameters. The Flow Through sensors are totally interchangeable with earlier installations.

With a wider applicability, the new Twin Blade sensor can also be used to measure unscreened pulp. The sensor’s completely redesigned clamp mounted probe is suitable for the much higher conductivity environment of chemical pulping.

“This new measurement technology is a leap forward in terms of performance and usability. For long Valmet has been the market leader in microwave consistency measurements with more than 6,000 deliveries. The new Valmet MCA now leads the way for all pulp and paper needs,” says Marko Heikkinen, Product Manager, Automation business line, Valmet.

The new and easy-to-use operating unit
Commissioning and operation have also been enhanced with the Valmet Bridge user interface, a new 7’’ touch screen control platform designed for use with Valmet process sensors and analyzers. With comprehensive diagnostics, Wi-Fi and Industrial Internet ready capabilities, Valmet Bridge user interface provides a user-friendly experience and intuitive access to transmitter operation and remote services from Valmet.

The industrial standard in total consistency measurement
Valmet MCA measures total consistency of the pulp process stream independent of fiber length, freeness, wood species or blend. The measurement is not affected by flow rate, brightness or color and enables better control for more efficient production, improved quality and economic savings with fewer process upsets and less off grade product. With low lifetime costs, the sensor is simple to install and requires no regular maintenance to keep commissioning and running costs to a minimum.
(Valmet Corporation)

Bobst Group seeks to accelerate the transformation of the packaging production through ...
 17.01.2020

Bobst Group seeks to accelerate the transformation of the packaging production through ...  (Company news)

... strategic investments

Bobst Group SA & CITO-SYSTEM GmbH
Bobst Group SA, Mex/Switzerland (“Bobst Group” or “BOBST”), and CITO-SYSTEM GmbH, Schwaig/Germany (“CITO-System”), have entered into exclusive negotiations regarding a potential majority participation of BOBST. As part of its strategy to provide end-to-end solutions for the production of packaging, BOBST recognizes the critical importance of tooling in an agile and sustainable packaging production chain. In a fast changing world, the BOBST and CITO-System partnership would leverage the strengths of both companies to drive innovation in tooling and more globally in the packaging production worldwide.

The proposed transaction is subject to the parties reaching a definitive agreement, with the closing of the transaction expected to occur in the first quarter of 2020. If a definitive agreement is reached, the transaction may be subject to customary regulatory approvals and potentially other conditions. There is no assurance, however, that any definitive agreement will be reached or that the closing of the contemplated transaction will occur.

Bobst Group SA & Yancheng Hongjing Machinery Technology Co., Ltd
Shanghai Eternal Machinery Co., Ltd, Shanghai/China (“Eterna”), a member of Bobst Group, acquired 70% of the equity of Yancheng Hongjing Machinery Technology Co., Ltd, Dongtai/China (“Hongjing”). The transaction, which was closed on January 6th, 2020, is part of a strategy to successfully improve and continuously widen the portfolio of machines of Eterna. With this partnership, Eterna intends to leverage the strengths of both companies to drive innovation in the folder/gluer industry and continue to grow the business at an international level. Hongjing will become the competence center for folder-gluers of Eterna.
(Bobst Group SA)

The president of the Board of Castilla-La Mancha inaugurates the Ence biomass ...
 17.01.2020

The president of the Board of Castilla-La Mancha inaugurates the Ence biomass ...  (Company news)

... generation plant in Puertollano

The President of the Board of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, on January 9 opened in Puertollano the new renewable energy generation plant with low emission biomass of 50 MW of Ence in the town of La Mancha, in an act that has told with the presence of the Mayor of Puertollano, Isabel Rodríguez García, as well as the President of the company, Ignacio Colmenares, and the President of Honor, Juan Luis Arregui.

In his speech, Emiliano García-Page, stressed that “we are facing a project that is committed to the revitalization of a city that has been industrial capital, and has been especially linked to the energy sector. With its implementation, employment is created and the trauma that constituted the closure of Elcogás for this municipality is restored ”. He also stressed that “the profitability of clean energy and the circular use of natural resources, such as that of this project, is enormous, and in Castilla-La Mancha we must take advantage of it.”

Ignacio Colmenares stressed in his speech that the project “constitutes an example of a contribution to the just energy transition thanks to the acquisition of Ence in 2017 of the site of the former Elcogás thermal power plant, for the construction of this new renewable biomass generation plant . A project that is in line with the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 and that has allowed us to maintain quality industrial employment, which contributes to the revitalization of the economy of the area and that favors the decarbonization of our energy system ” .

The event was also attended by the Minister of Economy, Business and Employment, Patricia Franco Jiménez, the Minister of Sustainable Development, José Luis Escudero Palomo, and the President of the Diputación de Ciudad Real, José Manuel Caballero Serrano.

An example of just energy transition
The new 50 MW biomass generation plant is a clear example of a just energy transition, contributing very positively to the environment. In fact, it stands out for its high generation of direct, indirect and induced employment (about 27 jobs per installed MW). It will produce an estimated 325,000 MWh / year, equivalent to the energy needs of more than 60,000 people. To do this, it will consume around 238,000 tons / year of biomass, among which is pomace, vine shoots and shoots, olive leaf, and woody forest and agricultural remains.

All of this biomass will comply with the Decalogue of Ence for the Sustainability of Biomass as a Fuel, a pioneering initiative in the Spanish company launched to guarantee its commitment to sustainability in the use of biomass and the care of the environment in the use from this renewable energy source. In addition, the activity of the Puertollano plant will allow a strong reduction in the uncontrolled burning of agricultural stubble – which has a high environmental impact -, while contributing to the maintenance of more than 1,300 direct, indirect and indirect jobs. induced, most of them in rural areas. These jobs will be added to the 500 direct jobs generated by the plant during its construction.

Ence has made an investment of about € 100 million in its new plant that has the Best Available Techniques to guarantee a permanent respect for the environment and the highest levels of energy efficiency in such an installation.
(Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

Prestige-Pak invests in additional Fusion C flexographic press from PCMC
 17.01.2020

Prestige-Pak invests in additional Fusion C flexographic press from PCMC  (Company news)

Purchase marks company’s second in two years as growth continues

Picture: Prestige-Pak will be adding a second Fusion C press to its current PCMC presses

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, is pleased to announce that Prestige-Pak of Fond du Lac has purchased a new Fusion C flexographic press. The press will be the second Fusion C (and the fourth PCMC press) for Prestige-Pak, a second-generation, family-owned business, and producer of printed and laminated flexible packaging materials.

“We’re looking forward to our new Fusion C press,” said Vince Kuber, President of Prestige-Pak. “Our Fusion C and Fusion presses have helped us better meet the needs and requirements of our customers. We’ve experienced significant growth, and that has prompted us to add an additional press. One deciding factor in choosing PCMC is the fact that the company’s machines are engineered and built in the United States.”

The Fusion C is loaded with fast make-ready and waste-saving features, all in a smaller footprint with fewer parts. This reliable flexographic press also includes PCMC’s SteadyPrint print-stabilization technology, winner of the 2019 FTA Technical Innovation Award. With this feature, the bearing arrangement is coupled with an algorithm that uses noise-canceling technology to largely remove the impact of bounce when printing graphics with hard edges. With patents pending on all features, SteadyPrint is currently the only product on the market using this kind of technology to eliminate disturbances and monitor in real time.

Prestige-Pak’s second Fusion C press will continue to help the company move forward with its vision of excellence and customer satisfaction through state-of-the-art equipment, preferred vendor affiliations, rigid industry certification and environmental stewardship.

“It’s a privilege for PCMC to continue to be able to grow with Prestige-Pak,” said Mike Shaw, Regional Sales Manager, PCMC. “We’re honored to be part of the growth of a fellow Wisconsin company.”
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

SCA's Ship owning business is moving home to Sweden
 17.01.2020

SCA's Ship owning business is moving home to Sweden  (Company news)

As a result of the new Swedish tonnage tax system, the SCA Group will be moving its vessel registration home to Sweden. At the turn of the year, a new company, SCA Shipping AB, will be formed.

Photo: SCA Shipping is not an entirely new chapter in our company’s history. From the 1960s until to the beginnings of the 1990s, SCA Sourcing & Logistics went under the name SCA Shipping. The picture shows M/S Holmsund in our terminal in Sundsvall 1971. Picture from SCA’s archive.

“Gathering our entire shipping business is a more logical solution,” says Per-Anders Westin, Finance Manager SCA Logistics.

SCA’s shipping operations have been located on the Isle of Man for a number of years; however, some 10 Swedish companies, among them SCA, have applied to the Swedish Tax Agency to move their shipping businesses back home from 1 January. This is the result of a change to taxation regulations for vessel ownership.

“Thanks to the tonnage tax, more shipping companies will be registering here in Sweden instead of abroad,” says Per-Anders.

This change will not result in price rises for customers
In conjunction with this, there will be changes to what are known as Liner Terms and Conditions; however, this will not result in any changes to either administration or the cost to our customers. The tonnage tax system will make it easier to develop maritime-related businesses in Sweden.

“This is positive for Sweden and for the shipping community,” concludes Per-Anders.

The new company’s impact on SCA
The new Shipping company refers to our own RoRo vessels m/v SCA Ortviken, m/v SCA Obbola and m/v SCA Östrand. The chartered container vessels m/v SCA Munksund and m/v SCA Tunadal will not be a part of the new company. From an employment point of view, the shipping company will not have employees on the vessels. There have also been some adjustments for the systems relating to finance, invoicing and transport. All of these are prepared to work in the new shipping company from January 1, 2020.
(SCA Forest Products AB)

Universal conveyor clears the way for automation and improved workflow
 16.01.2020

Universal conveyor clears the way for automation and improved workflow  (Company news)

Linus Wittich Media Group counts among the largest publishers of local newspapers in Germany. The Group also operates three printing plants, the largest being Druckhaus Wittich KG Föhren in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate: from here alone, around 200 local newspaper titles leave the presses every week. Ferag MultiStack compensating stackers recently began organizing those into handy bundles. By switching to Ferag technology, Wittich was able to overcome several challenges at a single stroke.

Linus Wittich Media Group is a family-owned company based in Höhr-Grenzhausen in Germany’s Westerwald region. It operates at a total of 14 locations across Germany and Austria and publishes around 900 local newspapers. 650 are weeklies, their circulation adding up to five million copies. The final format of most is DIN A4, with a few titles produced in DIN A3.

In addition to the Föhren printing plant, the Group operates two others located at Herbstein in the state of Hesse and Herzberg in the state of Brandenburg. Together they cover a large distribution area, since Wittich is active in almost all the German federal states. The three locations are mostly kept busy producing the Group’s own newspaper titles: every week around 200 of them ship out from Föhren alone. All that is accomplished by 90 or so employees working here five days a week, with double shifts from Monday to Thursday.

The three printing plants are also in the print service provider market, producing brochures, inserts and newspapers in A4 and A3 formats for various customers. On top of this is an online shop, www.lw-flyerdruck.de, which has been catering to that market with great success since 2012.

Trimming enhances perceived product value
Items that first rolled off a Rotaprint 40 in the 1960s are meanwhile produced on Manroland Cromoman web offset presses, with several of them at each of the three printing locations. The ten single-width eight-couple towers in Föhren are arranged in two lines each capable of outputting up to 80 A4 pages in one print pass. The machines are equipped with a total of three folder deliveries, almost always used in parallel.

Some two years ago, Linus Wittich Media Group decided on an across-the-board facelift for its publications by introducing three-sided trim to lend its local newspapers a magazine-like look and feel. This move saw the first Ferag trimming drums installed behind two folder deliveries, those already being supplied and evacuated by universal conveyor (UTR) paced conveyor chains. Also served via UTR are the Ferag MultiStack compensating stackers that collate newspapers into neat and handy bundles of 40 to 200 copies, depending on product page count. In summer 2019 the third folder delivery also gained a Ferag processing line consisting of a UTR and MultiStack compensating stackers. This one is overwhelmingly dedicated to products made up of just a few pages.

After all, newspaper page counts and print runs are both highly variable, starting at four A3 pages / eight A4 pages and peaking out at 160 A4 pages, while print runs start at 200 to 300 copies and in exceptional cases may even exceed 100,000 copies. All newspapers have their spines glued already in the printing press.

UTR enables changes in material flow
Such a portfolio breadth puts elaborate demands on logistics at Wittich’s printing plants. Items containing more than 80 A4 pages, for example, need routing to an offline gatherer-stitcher. The same applies when inserts are introduced on a separate production line.

Whereas newspaper stacks previously travelled along a floor standing conveyor, UTR conveyor chains have now cleared a path to reorganizing material flow and production processes. They also represent an important step towards automating currently manual production stages. Thus, downstream of the MultiStack compensating stacker in Föhren, large print runs and page-heavy products are now transferred directly to a layer palletizer. Small final formats may be challenging, yet the high-grade bundles coming out of the MTS make this possible.

Frank Trossen, an Executive Board member at Druckhaus Wittich KG, rates the supply partner experience with Ferag as “very good.” He praises in particular the “absolute reliability and commitment” that are so crucial to mid-sized enterprises such as Wittich. He has similar sentiments about the MultiStack compensating stackers, which replaced a competitor’s machinery that was designed more for job printing – those impressed Druckhaus Wittich “from day one of production”.
(Ferag AG)

Walki licenses Earth Coating technology
 16.01.2020

Walki licenses Earth Coating technology  (Company news)

Walki Group strengthens the Zero Waste Future Platform and licenses Earth Coating technology from Smart Planet Technologies

Walki Group has entered into a license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies, for the use of Earth Coating™ in a number of next generation environmental packaging applications. Earth Coating™ is a plastic reduction technology providing superior performance and improved recyclability for all types of plastic, paper, and paperboard packaging applications.

With this technology Walki takes a big step towards a zero-waste future. Today above 80% of our products are made out of renewable or recyclable materials. Our goal is to reach 100 % by the year 2030.

“The technology agreement will contribute to accelerating some of the developments Walki is working on and further expanding our versatile Zero Waste Future Platform providing sustainable barrier solutions for our customers”, says Annika Sundell, Executive Vice President, Innovation.

The license agreement is valid for the European markets and covers seven product application verticals, spanning from board packaging to flexible packaging.
(Walki Group Oy)

Tissue Paper Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and ...
 16.01.2020

Tissue Paper Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and ...  (Company news)

...Forecast 2019-2024

The global tissue paper market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during 2019-2024. Tissue papers are manufactured using the pulp of hardwood and softwood trees, water and chemicals. The production process for a tissue paper primarily involves pulping and retting, adding color or components to strengthen or soften and enhance the water-holding capacity, and ultimately pressing the product to mold into the required shape. Tissue papers are primarily used for sanitation and hygiene purposes. They are convenient to use and most suitable for cleaning and drying wet surfaces. For household and commercial purposes, they are widely used in the form of paper towels, wet and pocket tissues, napkins and toilet rolls. In comparison to plastics and textiles, tissue papers have low-cost of production, and are conveniently available, biodegradable and recyclable.

The thriving hospitality and tourism industries are among the key factors driving the growth of the market. Furthermore, an overall increase in the awareness regarding health and hygiene among consumers has enhanced the utilization of tissue paper products in office complexes and commercial spaces as well. Furthermore, facial tissues are gaining preference in several regions across the globe, especially in urban setups, thus providing a thrust to the market. Additionally, the production of specialized tissues such as premium decorative, glazed and printed variants are significantly boosting the product sales. Advancements in manufacturing technologies have enabled the vendors to improve product designs and patterns to cater to a wide consumer base with diversified requirements. Other factors, including the development of organic tissue papers, rising disposable incomes, and favorable government policies to promote public health, are projected to drive the market further.

This latest report provides a deep insight into the global tissue paper market covering all its essential aspects. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry performance, recent trends, key market drivers and challenges, SWOT analysis, Porter’s five forces analysis, value chain analysis, etc. This report is a must-read for industry players, investors, researchers, consultants, business strategists, and all those who have any kind of stake or are planning to foray into the tissue paper market in any manner.
(Research and Markets)

Sappi North America's Somerset Mill Certified to ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety ...
 16.01.2020

Sappi North America's Somerset Mill Certified to ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety ...  (Company news)

...Management System Standard

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified graphic and release papers, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp, announced that its Somerset Mill (photo) in Skowhegan, Maine is certified to the ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) standard. Sappi is considered a Tier 3 supplier in the food supply chain and this new certification applies to all products produced at the mill.

"With this certification we are now able to provide our customers in the food packaging industry with assurance out of the gate that our products meet the strict industry standards for safety," said Heather Pelletier, Director of Packaging Brands, Sappi North America. "We continue to invest in and improve our mills to make sure our products meet our customers' needs. This is an important next step in our journey as we continue to set the new standard for paperboard packaging."

In 2018, Sappi completed a substantial rebuild of Paper Machine 1 at its Somerset Mill. Following the rebuild, the company is now producing a range of paperboard packaging grades, including products for food end uses. Proto C1S is a sturdy, single-ply SBS capable of meeting a breadth of applications with substantial feel at a lighter weight. Proto Litho brings all the benefits of Proto to meet corrugated litho lamination packaging needs. Spectro is a single-ply SBS with enhanced optics, making it ideal for premium applications that call for dynamic and vibrant images. On other machines at the Somerset Mill, Sappi produces its LusterPrint and LusterCote packaging grades; its Opus, Somerset and Flo graphics papers; as well as its Somerset Synergy ECF premium kraft pulp.

In order to meet the requirements of the ISO 22000:2018 FSMS, Sappi evaluated the production, storage and transportation processes for potential hazards and implemented monitoring and control systems to prevent product contamination.

As part of building the food safety management system, Sappi also followed the guidelines provided in the technical specification ISO/TS 22002-4:2013, Prerequisite Programmes on Food Safety - Part 4: Food packaging manufacturing. As an upstream provider of substrates to packaging converters, this technical specification provides the best operating floor systems guidance for a substrate supplier.
(Sappi North America Inc.)

'Military Makeover' Series from Lifetime TV Visits Kingsport Mill
 16.01.2020

'Military Makeover' Series from Lifetime TV Visits Kingsport Mill  (Company news)

Domtar’s support for and appreciation of military veterans extends from corporate headquarters to our pulp and paper mills. Now we have an opportunity to highlight some of our veteran colleagues on television. The “Military Makeover” series, which airs on the Lifetime television network, recently visited our Kingsport, Tennessee, mill to film interviews for an upcoming episode.

Hosted by Montel Williams, the “Military Makeover” series features veterans who are making the transition from the military back to civilian life. Williams, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, appreciates the skills military veterans bring to the workforce.

So does Domtar Pulp and Paper President Mike Garcia, a U.S. Army veteran. He emphasizes the advantages of hiring veterans at Domtar.

“They make great frontline supervisors,” he said in an interview with the Charlotte Business Journal. “Veterans have leadership and people skills, [as well as] a high level of maturity.” He also explained that those and other qualities, acquired from years in service to our country, help veterans focus on goals and fit well into the paper company’s logistics, finance, sales and manufacturing operations.
“Military Makeover” Series Visits Kingsport

Kingsport Mill hosted a veterans’ luncheon in November. A six-person film crew from the “Military Makeover” series attended the event and interviewed veteran employees about their time in military service and how they shifted to civilian life.

Dale Hudson, an electrical and instrumentation superintendent at the mill, spoke with interviewers about his time in the Marines and how he used the GI Bill to continue his education following his military service. He has since worked at Domtar for seven years, advancing from an entry-level engineering position to a leadership role.

Todd Rust, a shift maintenance mechanic, served in the U.S. Air Force for four years before returning to civilian life. He says finding the right job was more challenging than he had anticipated. Rust says Domtar was the only company that asked about his military service and offered him a chance to show how his skills would relate to a new role.

Another veteran, Dennis Bowman, has been with Domtar for 40 years. He served in the Army in the 1970s and now works in utilities at the Kingsport Mill.

Domtar’s hiring and recruiting practices accept military service in lieu of a degree for some job candidates. This approach pays off; about 10 percent of Domtar’s workforce are veterans.

Kingsport Mill Manager Marty Barfield says he is pleased to see some of the veterans at the mill recognized by the television show.

“I think it is important to recognize the service and sacrifices that our veterans have given,” says Barfield. “The things that typically enable a veteran to succeed and find enjoyment in the military are the same traits Domtar values in our employees, such as setting clear expectations, learning how to operate as a valued team member, the ability to lead a group and discipline in all that one does.”

Look for this episode in the “Military Makeover” series airing on Lifetime TV in early 2020.
(Domtar Paper Operation Center)

Kemira expands bleaching chemical production capacity in U.S. to meet long-term global...
 15.01.2020

Kemira expands bleaching chemical production capacity in U.S. to meet long-term global...  (Company news)

... pulp demand

Kemira is investing USD 20 million at its Eastover, South Carolina site to increase available sodium chlorate capacity. Sodium chlorate is the main component used in the production of chlorine dioxide (ClO2), which is produced on-site at pulp mills and is the primary bleaching agent for Kraft pulp in the pulp and paper industry.

Construction on the capacity expansion began earlier this year and the new production unit is expected to be operational in early 2020. The construction has contributed to local employment with about 50 sub-contractors working on the Eastover project.

“As global consumption of bleaching chemicals continues to increase, we are excited about this investment in our sodium chlorate capacity in the Americas to ensure our ability to effectively serve our customers globally. This investment not only supports our strategy to grow profitably in pulp & bleaching chemicals, but also overall strengthens our position as a leading chemical supplier for the pulp & paper industry”, says Kim Poulsen, President, Pulp & Paper and Region Head, Americas.
(Kemira Chemicals Inc.)

Ice cream packaging wins international packaging competition
 15.01.2020

Ice cream packaging wins international packaging competition  (Company news)

A fibre-based ice cream package designed by Stora Enso for the Finnish artisan ice cream manufacturer Vanhan Porvoon Jäätelötehdas has been awarded in the international WorldStar competition. The renewable and recyclable packaging was designed by product designer Outi Honkavaara at Stora Enso’s DesignStudio in Lahti, Finland.

The corrugated board ice cream package that won the WorldStar award will replace the plastic and metal packages previously used to sell bulk ice cream. The old packages had to be washed and returned, meaning that the new ones will save on storage and costs. The corrugated board packages are delivered as flat sheets and can be flattened again after use and sent for recycling.

The new corrugated packaging is made of 95 % renewable material with a thin PET film barrier approved for food contact. The corrugated packaging also has better insulation properties than previously used packages.

“This ice cream package demonstrates quite clearly how various industries can use less plastic and look to renewable material alternatives”, says Timo Anonen, Product Manager at Stora Enso.

The development of the packaging started when the customer saw an EcoFishBox™ by Stora Enso fish packaging made of a similar material.

“I presented my thoughts about the packaging for bulk ice cream to Stora Enso, and it wasn’t long until I had the prototype in my hands. The structure was developed in line with our wishes and taking into account the constraints of the merchandising furnishings”, says Samuli Wirgentius, Ice Cream Specialist and Managing Director at Vanhan Porvoon Jäätelötehdas.

“Corrugated board packaging is ideally suited to ice cream and stands up well to the ice cream being scooped. Sometimes the packaging feels like it could actually be reused, even though it is for single use only. Being able to recycle the ice cream packaging is also an important factor for us.”
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Elanders makes changes in Group Management
 15.01.2020

Elanders makes changes in Group Management  (Company news)

Peter Sommer has chosen to step down from his position as head of business area Print & Packaging Solutions. This position will instead be filled by Sven Burkhard (photo), who is currently managing director of Schmid Druck+Medien GmbH, a company within the Elanders Group. Peter Sommer will during 2020 act as an advisor to senior officers in the Group.

Sven Burkhard is 34 years old and lives in Germany. He has worked in the Group since 2017 and prior to that was employed at, among other places, the German company Flyeralarm.

As of this change Elanders’ Group Management will consist of the following persons:
-Magnus Nilsson, President and CEO
-Andréas Wikner, CFO
-Bernd Schwenger, responsible for Supply Chain Solutions (LGI)
-Eckhard Busch, representative for Supply Chain Solutions (LGI)
-Kok Khoon Lim, responsible for Supply Chain Solutions (Mentor Media)
-Sven Burkhard, responsible for Print & Packaging Solutions
-Kevin Rogers, responsible for Global Sales
(Elanders AB)

Willamette Falls Paper Company is Making Natural Kraft Paper from Agricultural Fiber
 15.01.2020

Willamette Falls Paper Company is Making Natural Kraft Paper from Agricultural Fiber  (Company news)

Natural kraft paper is now available as an extension of the reHARVEST line

Willamette Falls Paper Company Inc. announces a new grade offering as part of the reHARVEST™ family of products. reHARVEST is now available as natural kraft paper. Initially, Willamette Falls Paper will be producing natural kraft paper using a minimum of 30% agricultural fibers, in this case, wheat straw.

Natural kraft paper uses include flexible packaging applications such as paper bags, pouches, and poly-coating basestocks.

The reHARVEST natural kraft paper met typical bag strength tests and have been successfully converted and printed in trials. An additional benefit is that the bags offer a bright golden color with no fiber bleaching, a unique attribute of the straw fiber. The natural kraft paper is FDA compliant and will be available in 30# to 70# basis weights (49 to 114 GSM). Willamette Falls Paper has reconfigured the mill to dedicate one machine to brown grades and two machines to manufacture both high-bright coated and uncoated legacy grades. Commercial production of the natural kraft grades is estimated to start at the end of January.

“With so many states, like Oregon, working to reduce the use of plastic bags, we are excited to be able to offer a more sustainable choice in paper and packaging,” says Phil Harding, Director of Technology and Sustainability at Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Using straw pulp in our production – from an agricultural waste product – offers a unique opportunity to add an innovative solution for sustainable paper options.The mill has a long-term goal of developing natural kraft grades with up to 100% straw fiber.”

Package Containers, Inc. is proud to partner with Willamette Falls Paper Company converting the reHARVESTpaper into their paper bag line. “We believe the reHARVEST paper can take our already industry-leading sustainability story to even greater heights,” said Dave DeMots, CEO of Package Containers, Inc. “Willamette Falls Paper has created a paper that not only meets industry needs but also breaks new ground using agricultural waste wheat straw as a fiber source. Retailers and consumers are asking for products that offer a lower environmental impact and this is a major step toward that objective.” (Willamette Falls Paper Company Inc.)

Valmet will supply a new Advantage DCT tissue production line to Alas Doradas in ...
 14.01.2020

Valmet will supply a new Advantage DCT tissue production line to Alas Doradas in ...  (Company news)

... El Salvador

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT100HS tissue production line, including a de-inking plant and an extensive automation package, to Alas Doradas in El Salvador. The order also includes a Valmet Performance Center agreement to support efficient production with Industrial Internet. The new tissue line will fulfill Alas Doradas’ demand for new capacity of high-quality tissue products in the region. The start-up is planned for the first half of 2021.

Photo: Alas Doradas’ and Valmet’s team

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed.

“Our cooperation with Valmet started with the rebuild of our existing machine where the press section was upgraded with an Advantage ViscoNip press combined with Advantage ReDry technology. With the results achieved, we are convinced that Valmet’s technology is what we need to differentiate from competition and become the frontrunner in the Central American tissue market. Even more important is the collaboration with a reliable partner as Valmet. We see this as the first step in a long-term partnership. Valmet has met and exceeded all expectations as a reliable partner during our cooperation,” says Paul Ekman, CEO, Alas Doradas.

“To be chosen as preferred partner to Alas Doradas is an important statement for us. We appreciate our relationship greatly. The new Advantage DCT tissue machine will be equipped with all the latest technologies which shows that our role as technology leader and advisor fulfills customer’s needs in the important South American market”, says Kent Nika, Sales Director for South America, Tissue, Valmet.

Both companies are looking forward to the future with a shared aim – to realize Alas Doradas’ expansion plan and provide high-quality tissue products to their customers.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a width of 2,8 meters and a design speed of 2,000 meters/minute. It will add 35,000 tons tissue paper per year to Alas Doradas’ current production of high-quality toilet tissue, napkins and kitchen towels.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a tissue production line featuring complete Deinking plant and an Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and Valmet cast iron Yankee cylinder as well as the Advantage technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, Valmet IQ quality controls, Industrial Internet applications, Valmet Performance Center agreement and tissue line training simulator. Engineering, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Metsä Board mills to serve as innovation platforms in VTT's joint project for new digital solutions
 14.01.2020

Metsä Board mills to serve as innovation platforms in VTT's joint project for new digital solutions  (Company news)

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is participating in a joint project called SEED, led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, in which forest companies are developing new digital solutions together with companies in the ICT industry.

In the two-year project, forest industry mills will serve as innovation platforms for app developers and research institutions focused on solving production challenges. The cooperation aims to find new digital solutions that increase production efficiency.

Metsä Board's pilot project focuses on the management of spare parts' data content, the goal being to unify and expand the master data of spare part names with the help of automation and artificial intelligence. If successful, the project would reduce maintenance costs significantly and the technology could also be applied to the needs of other business areas.

"We're looking forward to the experimental concept development for increasing the productivity of mills. When we combine a mill's systems, the data online and the know-how of our experts, we can expect new and so far unforeseen opportunities," says Maintenance Director Perttu Vikman from Metsä Board.

The total volume of SEED project is approximately EUR 7 million. Its main sponsor is Business Finland. When the project kicked off, there were a total of 20 companies involved.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Huhtamaki appoints two new members to the Global Executive Team
 14.01.2020

Huhtamaki appoints two new members to the Global Executive Team  (Company news)

As of January 1, 2020, Huhtamaki appoints two new members to the Global Executive Team.

Photo: Marina Madanat (left), Antti Valtokari (right)

Marina Madanat (40), M.Sc. (Economics and Business Administration), B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), is appointed Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Marina has worked at Huhtamaki since June 2018 as Vice President, Strategy.

Antti Valtokari (44), M.Sc. (Computer Science), is appointed Executive Vice President, IT and Process Performance. Antti joined Huhtamaki in August 2018 as Chief Information Officer.

“I am pleased to welcome Marina and Antti to the Global Executive Team. The world around us is changing faster than ever, and Marina and Antti bring along a wealth of strategic experience, drive and conceptual thinking that is required to develop the company towards the future”, says Charles Héaulmé, President and CEO of Huhtamaki.

Following the aforementioned changes, the members of the Global Executive Team are as of January 1, 2020:
Charles Héaulmé (chairman), President and CEO;
Clay Dunn, President, North America;
Olli Koponen, President, Flexible Packaging;
Eric Le Lay, President, Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania and Fiber Packaging
Thomas Geust, Chief Financial Officer;
Leena Lie, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications;
Marina Madanat, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development;
Sami Pauni, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Legal, Group General Counsel;
Teija Sarajärvi, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Safety; and
Antti Valtokari, Executive Vice President, IT and Process Performance
(Huhtamäki Oyj)

Ilim Group receives a PEFC chain of custody certificate
 14.01.2020

Ilim Group receives a PEFC chain of custody certificate  (Company news)

Ilim Group has been successfully audited by PEFC and received a PEFC chain of custody certificate.

Successful completion of the PEFC audit proves that the Сompany complies with international standards and ensures that “the mill to customer” value chain excludes wood of doubtful origin.

Given Ilim’ large-scale investment program and plans to go to new markets, PEFC certification confirms the status of Ilim Group as a reliable and responsible supplier of high quality products.
(Ilim Group)

Metsä Board to modernise finishing area at Kyro mill
 13.01.2020

Metsä Board to modernise finishing area at Kyro mill  (Company news)

Metsä Board will modernise its board machine finishing area at Kyro mill (photo) in Kyröskoski. The rebuild includes a new reeler, winder and renewal of the reel broke handling system. Metsä Board’s Kyro mill produces high quality coated folding boxboard and the new eco-barrier paperboard.

The investment value is EUR 20 million and the new machinery is scheduled to start up during autumn 2021. The annual production capacity of Metsä Board Kyro mill is 190,000 tonnes.
(Metsä Board Cartonboard Division)

A new fiber product in the family: Plastic free Future Smart Duo lid
 13.01.2020

A new fiber product in the family: Plastic free Future Smart Duo lid  (Company news)

Huhtamaki introduces Future Smart Duo fiber lid (photo), a sustainable and new way to enjoy hot and cold beverages.

Huhtamaki is a pioneer in the use of sustainable materials for food packaging products. There is an increased need across the world to reduce the impact on our environment and to develop more sustainable packaging solutions.

“The Future Smart Duo lids are an excellent alternative to plastic lids. They are made from a mixture of bagasse and wood fibers, which are fully renewable resources and offer a sustainable choice for people to enjoy both hot and cold beverages," says Neil Whittall, Specialty Coffee Category Director from Huhtamaki Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment.

The lids have a highly functional design for convenient drinking with or without a straw. Huhtamaki will offer three variants of the Future Smart Duo lids; in 63mm, 80mm and 90mm diameter.

“Our portfolio of fiber lids will include a collection of products that we manufacture in our own units in Europe as well as those that we source from trusted manufacturers in Asia. We continue to work on product development and while we prepare to bring more fiber lids to the market, we are delighted to introduce the first products in our portfolio," Neil Whittall from Huhtamaki continues.

Future Smart Duo lids are made from an optimal mixture of wood and bagasse fibers. Bagasse is a sugar production by-product. Because it is a by-product, excess bagasse is frequently discarded. However, these fibers are reclaimed and used to make sustainable packaging products which are excellent alternatives for traditional plastic packaging products. Sugarcane is classified as one of the world’s most rapidly renewable resources.

Bagasse fibers are by nature compostable. The Future Smart Duo lids are in the process of being certified compostable for industrial and/or home composting.

Key features and benefits of the Future Smart Duo Lid
-Suitable for enjoying hot and cold beverages
-Made from renewable plant-based fiber materials
-Plastic free and sustainable alternative to traditional plastic lids
-Highly functional design for convenient drinking with or without a straw
-Optimized lid fit with Huhtamaki paper cups
(Huhtamäki Oyj)

Sappi joins Cepi in the 4evergreen alliance to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging ...
 13.01.2020

Sappi joins Cepi in the 4evergreen alliance to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging ...  (Company news)

... in a circular economy

Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, has announced a new alliance called 4evergreen. The aim of the alliance is to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy that minimises climate and environmental impact. The alliance will increase awareness about the benefits of fibre-based packaging materials, advocate for EU legislation supporting product design for recyclability and call for the development of optimised collection systems and appropriate recycling infrastructures.

The rise of environmental awareness and consumer concerns, as well as the increase of packaging focused regulation, such as the Single Use Plastics Directive, have helped companies to accelerate the development of alternative packaging materials including fibre-based packaging with a view to helping consumers make more climate-friendly choices.

4evergreen was created as a forum to engage and connect industry members from across the fibre-based packaging value chain, from paper and board producers to packaging converters, brand-owners and retailers, technology and material suppliers, waste sorters and collectors.

“The 4evergreen alliance is important because it was born from an initiative of consumer product industry leaders who recognize the huge potential of fibre-based packaging in a circular economy” said Susanne Oste, VP Innovation and Sustainability at Sappi. “Their customers want sustainable packaging and fibre-based products provide the most climate-friendly solution available. Sappi is proud to play a part in this industry alliance. We have been investing heavily for more than 10 years in cutting edge research into real solutions for the problems that confront our customers. A recent success is the launch of the only fully recyclable confectionary wrapper on the market today.”
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

Feldmuehle - Sales receives reinforcement
 13.01.2020

Feldmuehle - Sales receives reinforcement  (Company news)

On January 1, 2020, Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen welcomed Peter Čechal (photo) as a new member of the sales team headed by Sales Director Martin Moenke, thus broadening his team of experts for customers.

With Peter Čechal, the company has gained a professional with 25 years of professional experience in the label industry looking for a new challenge in label papers and specialty papers. From the beginning of 2020, the proven expert Peter Čechal should ensure fresh momentum and even more improved customer proximity with his market knowledge and in-depth know-how. In the future, Feldmuehle will be able to respond even more closely to customer requests in the development of new products, such as a new product based on recycling. With this cooperation, Feldmuehle will secure its market leadership in the field of wet-strength label papers and build new markets in specialty papers.

This will be a further step towards the positive development and market expansion of the Feldmuehle.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

InForm Etiketten gets future-ready with Xeikon CX3
 10.01.2020

InForm Etiketten gets future-ready with Xeikon CX3  (Company news)

For label printer InForm Etiketten, sustainability and protecting the environment have always been a top priority – well before the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement began. It was also a key factor in the decision-making process when choosing a new printing technology. The label printer, based in Ansbach, Germany, was looking for a technology that would allow them to increase their production capacity and flexibility, as well as provide a sustainable and environmentally responsible approach to production. That is why in 2019, InForm Etiketten invested in a Xeikon CX3, Xeikon’s flagship product for toner-based digital print.

Photo: More flexibility during production and concerns for environment and climate were key factors in the German label printer's choice of the Xeikon digital printing system.

“Digital print is in a league of its own, enabling runs as short as a single unit as well as serial codes, numbering, the addition of addresses and low set-up costs. Today, it also allows high gradients – provided you have a state-of-the-art toner printer,” explains Dr. Benjamin Rüdt von Collenberg, Chief Operating Officer at InForm Etiketten.

The company made a conscious decision in favour of toner-based digital print as opposed to an inkjet-based solution. Firstly, the label printer is already working with a Xeikon 3300 system, meaning that operators are already familiar with the technology and handling of the machine. Secondly, toner-based digital print delivers a printed image that is closer to offset and of a higher quality than any inkjet solution is currently able to achieve. Thirdly, dry toner can be used on a wide variety of different materials, eliminating the need for pre-treated substrates required in inkjet printing. Another benefit is the fact that the toner is safe and expressly suitable for printing labels for the food industry, which represents a large part of InForm’s customer base. The ever-decreasing lot sizes in label printing were a further reason for strengthening the company’s digital capabilities. The short set-up times enable InForm Etiketten to fulfill the demand for short, personalized runs in an economically viable way.
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

New responsible shipping initiative
 10.01.2020

New responsible shipping initiative  (Company news)

The Responsible Shipping Initiative (RSI) is a new non-profit collaboration between leading Swedish dry cargo shipping buyers. By introducing standards and improving information-sharing, the initiative will enable more efficient inspections of the dry cargo ships. Together with other stakeholders, the aim is to raise the bar where needed, and to improve working conditions, health and safety and environmental performance onboard dry cargo ships in the Baltic Sea and North Sea.

"As a major transportation player, we have a duty to ensure that transport activities are carried out responsibly. Responsible transportation is in line with our sustainability targets and therefore a very important issue for us. We are very happy that this partnership is now underway and hope that our joint efforts will lead to both short-term and long-term results,” said Anders Ripström, Purchasing Manager, Logistics and Transportation at Södra.

The background to the initiative is that major Swedish dry cargo shipping buyers have recently become aware of problems on contracted vessels. The formation of RSI will enable buyers of maritime transport to impose the same type of requirements in transport agreements and thereby put joint pressure on shipping companies to comply with the terms and conditions.

For the shipping companies, major Swedish dry cargo shipping buyers will apply the same standard for inspections. In addition, the buyers will be able to share the results with each other instead of having to carry out their own inspections.

The RSI hopes that more dry cargo shipping buyers will endorse the initiative to promote more responsible sea transport.
(Södra Cell AB)

SGI Dubai 2020 - Don't miss out on the largest Expo for the Printing, Signage, Graphic ...
 10.01.2020

SGI Dubai 2020 - Don't miss out on the largest Expo for the Printing, Signage, Graphic ...  (Company news)

...& Imaging industry

SGI Dubai 2020 is a must attend Event and HERE ARE THE REASONS:
• Renewed focus on specialized categories
• New products with ground-breaking technology
• Category specific pavilions to suit your every need including digital display, metal cutting, labelling & branding, paper, software, spare parts & consumables
• 330+ exhibitors from all the corners of the world
• Thousands of your trade visitor peers from over 70+ countries
• Culmination of the knowledge series being held over the past year
• 4th edition of the most anticipated “Wall of Fame” competition
• 3rd edition of the crowd favorite “Masters of Wrap” competition

SGI Dubai is a game-changer for the stakeholders in the signage & graphic imaging industries.

SGI 2020 - The largest Expo for Signage, Graphic & Imaging industry in the MENA Region, will take place from 12- 14 January 2020 at Dubai World Trade Center

VTT developed an optical fibre made of cellulose
 10.01.2020

VTT developed an optical fibre made of cellulose  (Company news)

VTT researchers were able to transmit light in wood-based fibre. Optical fibre made of cellulose is best suited for sensors that benefit from the biodegradability of the material. In the future, optical cellulose fibre may allow detecting changes in the moisture level of buildings.

PHOTO: VTT developed an optical fibre made of cellulose. Optical fibre made of cellulose is best suited for sensors that benefit from the biodegradability of the material.

- The core of the new optical fibre is made of cellulose, modified for the purpose using ionic solvents developed by VTT. Around the core, we made a cladding out of cellulose acetate. The R&D is still in its initial phases, so we do not yet know all the applications the new optical fibre could lend itself to, says Senior Scientist Hannes Orelma from VTT.

Light travels in the fibre, because the core is surrounded by cladding material with a lower index of refraction. Light is kept in the core since it is reflected back into the core from the interface of the core and the cladding.

- We have tested the suitability of the fibre for measuring moisture levels. Using a length of fibre of a few centimetres, we have already succeeded to increase the attenuation of light transmitted in the fibre many orders of magnitudes, says Research Scientist Ari Hokkanen from VTT.

Cellulose has properties making it suited for use in optical fibre sensors: The material used in cellulose fibres can in itself react with the substances being measured and absorb them, which is difficult for glass or plastic fibres. Cellulose is also easy to modify as regards, for instance, the index of refraction. Cellulose effectively absorbs and releases water, which can be measured by the change in the attenuation of light transmitted in the fibre. In addition, cellulose is biodegradable, and the fibre used for the sensor can be disposed of with biowaste.

Cellulose-based fibre opens up new opportunities for sensor applications, but it will not compete with glass-based optical fibres in telecommunications applications.

The development of the optical fibre began in VTT's iBex programme, which allows the researchers involved to implement fascinating solutions to global challenges. Currently, the R&D continues in the FinnCERES flagship programme in collaboration with VTT and Aalto University.
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

Valmet and Fabio Perini start Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership to provide ...
 09.01.2020

Valmet and Fabio Perini start Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership to provide ...  (Company news)

... digital solutions for tissue production and converting

Valmet and Fabio Perini have established an Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership to strengthen collaboration in the tissue industry. The target is to allow tissue producers and converters to work together more efficiently, and to exchange knowledge and resources for the benefit of their customers.

The partnership combines Valmet's comprehensive tissue making technology and process optimization know-how with Fabio Perini’s strong expertise in complete solutions for converting and packaging machines as well as in the converting process and technology. The two companies’ solid expertise combined with data from tissue mills and converting plants will provide a new dimension to tissue mill optimization.

The collaboration aims at providing an unbroken chain of production data from the tissue machine to the converting line and utilizing artificial intelligence-driven applications in the tissue production process to make the converting operations downstream more efficient. This will bring significant mill-level quality and efficiency improvements for tissue producers and converters.

“Starting from customer needs, Valmet and Fabio Perini are now taking the first steps to develop solutions where innovation goes beyond company borders, covering both tissue production and converting processes. Through collaboration with our common customers we can provide new digital solutions and services to help move tissue mills’ performance forward,” says Jari Almi, Vice President, Industrial Internet, Valmet.

“We believe an open innovation model is a key concept through which companies within tissue business can create different partnerships to make their innovation process more efficient, as well as exchange knowledge and resources. By combining the strengths of our companies, we can facilitate broad innovation and fast adaptation, enable new business and service models and help improve the profitability of companies in the tissue business,” says Oswaldo Cruz Junior, CEO of Körber's Business Area Tissue.

Both Valmet and Fabio Perini have a long history in offering measurement and optimization applications for tissue production. These reliable measurements have provided proven results for their customers.
(Valmet Corporation)

Innovative, part-grass packaging
 09.01.2020

Innovative, part-grass packaging  (Company news)

The trend toward more conscious dietary choices, including organically grown food, shows no signs of letting up in Germany. That was reason enough for Bauer, a private dairy operation, to release its new Bauer organic yogurt in four delicious varieties: fruity cherry, sun-ripened strawberry, delicate mango and vanilla, and aromatic pear. The products all consist of fresh natural yogurt topped with a layer of fruit and are, of course, made with ingredients sourced from certified organic producers. The new Bauer organic yogurts not only bear the EU organic logo, but are also labeled with the Bioland logo, giving them the seal of approval from Germany’s largest organic food association. The milk used in the organic yogurt products comes from Bioland farms in Bavaria. Since 1971, Bioland’s passion-driven farmers have been successfully committed to an innovative approach to agriculture that works in harmony with nature. Animal welfare is a particularly important issue for the association, with Bioland’s guidelines ensuring that the farmers’ cows are put out to pasture whenever possible and given 100 percent organic feed.

Naturally, a sustainable food product like this one deserves sustainable packaging. This is where Greiner Packaging came in. As well as being filled with goodness on the inside, the new Bauer organic yogurts are also surrounded by goodness on the outside, with each cup containing 24 percent less plastic than a comparable standard yogurt cup. The plastic cups with paper sleeves are not only lighter than traditional plastic cups – they’re easy to recycle, too. The plastic and sleeve are designed for optimal separation and disposal.

The cup is wrapped in a sleeve made of environ­mentally friendly grass paper containing 40 percent grass – a rapidly renewable resource that consumes less energy in production and releases fewer green­house gas emissions than conventional paper.

Grass regrows more quickly than wood and requires less water and energy during processing, meaning that the production of grass paper also cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions. On the inside of the cup, curious consumers can learn more about the sustainable packaging material. “Finding an eco-friendly packaging solution for our new organic line was especially important to us,” says Alfons Thumbach, Head of Purchasing at Bauer. “We were impressed by the grass paper solution from Greiner Packaging, and we also love the cup’s distinctive and unique design.” The natural yogurt varieties have been retailing in 150-gram cups in Germany since early 2019.

Packaging facts
-Capacity: 150 g
-Material: PP
-Technology: Thermoforming
-Decoration: Cardboard-plastic combination

Varieties: Strawberry, pear, cherry, mango and vanilla
(greiner packaging ag)

pure edge on the road to success - Marbach technology establishes itself
 09.01.2020

pure edge on the road to success - Marbach technology establishes itself  (Company news)

With its pure edge technology Marbach ensures packaging manufacturers and brand owners are fully satisfied. They have recognized the advantages of this Marbach technology and are increasingly opting for pure edge.

Corrugated board packaging with beautiful visible edges
Marketing Manager Tina Dost: "Brand owners want attractive corrugated board packaging with pure visible edges for sales-boosting presentations of their products at the point of sale. When conventional cutting-dies are used, there is often lint-forming and angel hair on the visible edges. This, of course, is an absolute no-go for products that depend on the attractiveness of the packaging." With pure edge, the requirements of brand owners are fully met, marks and linting are now a thing of the past.

Durable and efficient tools
But it is not only brand owners who are very satisfied with packaging produced using pure edge technology. Packaging manufacturers also benefit from the advantages of this Marbach technology. With pure edge, the conventional functional rubber along cutting rules has been replaced by steel pressers. As a result, the corrugated board is now completely compressed directly next to the knife during the die-cutting process. This ensures very low wear and tear during the die-cutting process. Long service life of the tool is thus ensured.

Dost continues: "The advantages for packaging manufacturers are obvious: consistent results over a very long period of time, no waste and no downtimes. Pure edge stands for efficiency and high packaging quality.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Verso Highlights a Highly Qualified, Diverse, Newly Refreshed Board - Well-Positioned to Execute...
 09.01.2020

Verso Highlights a Highly Qualified, Diverse, Newly Refreshed Board - Well-Positioned to Execute...  (Company news)

... on Continued Strategic Transformation

-Strategy Overseen by Verso Board Provides Short-Term and Long-Term Value for All Stockholders
-Files Definitive Proxy Materials and Mails Letter to Stockholders Highlighting Strategic Transformation
-Urges Stockholders to Vote FOR Pixelle Transaction, Verso's Seven Nominees and in Accordance with Verso's Recommendations on All Other Proposals at the Upcoming Annual Meeting

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) ("Verso" or the "Company") announced that it has filed definitive proxy materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in connection the Company's upcoming 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "Annual Meeting"), scheduled for January 31, 2020. As previously disclosed, the Annual Meeting will include proposals related to the sale of Verso's Androscoggin and Stevens Point mills to Pixelle Specialty Solutions (the "Pixelle Transaction"). Verso stockholders of record at the close of business on December 16, 2019, are entitled to notice and to vote upon these proposals at the Annual Meeting. The proxy statement and other important information related to the Annual Meeting can be found online at http://www.proxyvoting.com/VRS.

The Board unanimously recommends that stockholders vote "FOR" the Pixelle Transaction, ALL seven of Verso's nominees named below, and in accordance with the Company's recommendations on all other proposals on the WHITE proxy card TODAY:
-Dr. Robert K. Beckler
-Paula H. J. Cholmondeley
-Randy J. Nebel
-Steven D. Scheiwe
-Jay Shuster
-Adam St. John (photo)
-Nancy M. Taylor
(Verso Corporation)

Sappi North America Appoints Tom Radovich as Managing Director of Cloquet, Minn. Mill
 09.01.2020

Sappi North America Appoints Tom Radovich as Managing Director of Cloquet, Minn. Mill  (Company news)

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp, announced the promotion of Tom Radovich to Managing Director of Sappi North America's Cloquet Mill (photo) in Minnesota, effective as of Dec. 1, 2019. This news follows the appointment of Mike Schultz, former Managing Director, as Vice President of Manufacturing for Sappi North America this past fall. Radovich has served as interim Managing Director of the Cloquet Mill since September.

"I am proud to be given the opportunity to lead Sappi's Cloquet Mill. We continue to remain a bright spot in the community because of our strong commitment to employee safety and education, sustainability, and giving back. I look forward to strengthening these efforts further in the years to come in my new role," said Radovich.

Radovich has been a part of Sappi's Cloquet Mill for 25 years beginning in the Technical Department in 1994. After Sappi's acquisition of the mill in 2002, he was named Paper Operations Superintendent then again promoted to Operations Lead in 2005. His work at the Cloquet Mill has included the upgrade of the PM12 coater, leading the pulp mill conversion project for the new dry fiber building and the PM4 former upgrade. After his promotion in 2017 to Paper Mill Manager, his direct leadership was instrumental in achieving the mill's record efficiency performance.

"The permanent appointment of Tom Radovich as Managing Director of Sappi's Cloquet Mill is a decision made with confidence," said Schultz. "Tom's wealth of experience for the role, combined with his commitment toward the success of the mill, will ensure Sappi's continued progression as a leader in the industry."

As a continuation of the interim role, Radovich will assume all acting duties as Managing Director for Sappi's Cloquet Mill and its place in the community. He holds a Bachelor of Paper Science and Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.
(Sappi North America)

Flextra™ Adhesives are Glymo-free, says H.B. Fuller
 09.01.2020

Flextra™ Adhesives are Glymo-free, says H.B. Fuller  (Company news)

H.B. Fuller (NYSE: FUL) announced that it has launched a series of products free of epoxy silane commonly known as e.g. Glymo, within its Flextra™ range of adhesives for flexible packaging. The leading adhesive provider also confirmed that this range does not contain organotin or BPA and specific grades are free of cyclic esters.

This modification gives converters and food manufacturers complete confidence that when they use one of H.B. Fuller's Flextra™ adhesives for their flexible packaging, they are choosing a compliant and food safe adhesive solution that will give them the performance they're looking for.

This reassurance is key at a time when converters and food manufacturers face growing regulation and increased pressure from consumers.

The Flextra™ range includes both solvent-based and solvent-free products for medium and high performance applications. Individual solutions also offer additional benefits such as room temperature curing, fast curing and PAA decay, as well as the option to use an aliphatic system to avoid PAA altogether.

The announcement from H.B. Fuller is in line with recommendations from FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, for members to replace Glymo in food packaging adhesives before mid-2020. This follows guidance from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that Glymo, which is typically used to improve adhesion to inorganic surfaces such as aluminium or SiOx coated films, has a genotoxic potential. It is expected that the regulatory classification will change from 10ppb to 0.15ppb shortly.
(H. B. Fuller Europe GmbH)

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully ended insolvency proceedings in self-administration on ...
 08.01.2020

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully ended insolvency proceedings in self-administration on ...  (Company news)

... January 2, 2020

Feldmuehle GmbH, one of the leading European specialty paper manufacturers, has successfully completed the self-administration insolvency proceedings that began at the end of 2018.

After the unanimous approval of all creditors on December 16, 2019 to the insolvency plan submitted by the management, the competent court in Pinneberg suspended the insolvency proceedings on January 2, 2020. The insolvency proceedings are now over.

The company has concluded an extensive financing package with its financial partners, which ensures long-term financing of the business.

In addition to financing, Feldmuehle GmbH has prepared itself through the restructuring measures implemented in 2019 to act actively in a market environment that is still expected to be challenging. The company has the scope to consistently take advantage of any growth opportunities that arise. In addition to concentrating on the label product area, investments were made in the production machinery and facilities as part of the restructuring.

Green footstep is part of the corporate strategy
In October, the company started programs to reduce primary energy and use alternative energies in production, sustainably reduce resource consumption - particularly water - and use consumption-optimized logistics. These programs are latently updated in corporate planning.

Feldmuehle is working on the development of new products
Feldmuehle started a project for the use of waste paper in September 2019, while the company is working on special products for flexible packaging. We would like to thank all of our business partners for the trust placed in the company and support in the restructuring process and wish them a successful 2020.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

Toscotec to be acquired by Voith Group
 08.01.2020

Toscotec to be acquired by Voith Group  (Company news)

Toscotec is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Voith Group on the acquisition of 90% of its shares by Voith. Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, will retain a 10% ownership. The agreement was signed on December 20th, 2019.

Established in 1948, Toscotec specializes in the design and manufacture of machinery and equipment for the production of tissue, paper, and board. Headquartered in Lucca Italy, and with subsidiaries in China and the USA, Toscotec provides its customers with state-of-the-art technologies and customized solutions from complete production lines to rebuilds and single components.

Following its acquisition by Voith, Toscotec will continue to provide its range of products and services and to operate at its existing locations.

The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide, and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

Andreas Endters, President & CEO Group Division Voith Paper, commented: “Especially in the tissue range, Toscotec is a highly regarded and established company that strengthens our offering in this important growth area. With this acquisition, Voith can expand its position as a full-line supplier in all areas of the paper industry and gains a tradition-rich, powerful, and agile unit.”

“We look forward to starting this new exciting phase of our history. We will strengthen our entire organization with substantial synergies. Toscotec’s winning team will remain the same and will have the opportunity to grow and achieve new and important targets. The focus of our efforts is on maximum production efficiency, reduced consumption, and the highest quality. We are happy to have gained a renowned partner with Voith that pursues sustainable business activities and a likewise sustainable investment strategy” says Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec.

The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020, subject to all regulatory approvals and to the meeting of closing conditions.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Metsä Tissue has agreed to divest its napkin business to Mutares Group
 08.01.2020

Metsä Tissue has agreed to divest its napkin business to Mutares Group  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, has agreed to divest its napkin business to keeeper Group, which is part of Mutares Group. The transaction includes the real estate, machinery and equipment and warehouses at the Stotzheim mill in Germany as well as the Fasana and Mondial brands. As a result of the transaction, the mill’s personnel is planned to be transferred to the new owner as existing employees.

“The napkin business has not reached profitability targets lately and napkins are not part of our core offering anymore. Thus we have explored all the alternatives for the business to find the best solution for the Stotzheim mill and its personnel,” says Esa Kaikkonen, CEO of Metsä Tissue. "When completed, the divestment will support Metsä Tissue’s strategy and enables us to focus on our core business, producing high-quality tissue and greaseproof papers close to our customers.”

Due to the transaction an approximately EUR 20 million negative operating result impact will be recorded as item affecting comparability mainly in the fourth quarter of 2019. Closing of the transaction is subject to the approval from the German competition authorities. The transaction is planned to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

The keeeper Group is one of the largest European suppliers of innovative and high-quality plastic household products. The Group serves customers in the DIY, food retailing, wholesale and furniture retail sectors in around 35 countries worldwide. Mutares SE & Co. KGaA is a German stock exchange listed holding company that focuses on acquiring medium-sized companies with the goal of increasing their value with a focus on sustainable growth. Annual sales of Mutares Group was approximately EUR 865 million in 2018.
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

Papierfabrik Palm: Voith supplies calender rolls with heating for PM 7 at King’s Lynn
 08.01.2020

Papierfabrik Palm: Voith supplies calender rolls with heating for PM 7 at King’s Lynn  (Company news)

- Rolls cast at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn foundry
- High-quality newsprint and excellent printing results
- Improved paper quality and expanded product portfolio

Picture: Calender roll blank at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn

Ten years ago Papierfabrik Palm put the PM 7 supplied by Voith into service at its King’s Lynn facility in the UK. Voith has now been engaged to supply new calender rolls with heating system for the newsprint paper machine. The rolls are scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Rolls cast at the Hüttenwerke Königsbronn foundry
The scope of the order consists of identical calender rolls and a new heating system. The calender rolls are being cast at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn in the Heidenheim district, a foundry that can look back on a 650-year history.

The casting for the roll tube has an outer diameter of around 1.6 meters, is about 11 meters long and weighs approximately 76 metric tons. The material used is ductile cast iron, which allows the finished calender rolls to be heated up to a surface temperature of 210°C. “These dimensions make them the heaviest calender rolls worldwide made from the modern material CDI”, says Christian Tenbruck, Vice President Sales & Application at Voith. The rolls also undergo an induction-hardening process during fabrication. Higher load capacity, fatigue strength and durability are just some of the benefits of this hardening process.

High-quality newsprint and excellent printing results
Thanks to close collaboration between Voith and Papierfabrik Palm, the PM 7 was able to go into production operation three weeks earlier than scheduled in 2009.

The newsprint machine has a wire width of 11,400 mm and is designed for a maximum speed of 2,200 m/min. At a production capacity of 400,000 metric tons per year, the machine produces improved paper grades from 100 percent recovered paper in the basis weight range 40–52 g/m² in addition to standard newsprint. The modernization will further improve paper quality and extend the company’s product range.

The order for the calender rolls is a further vote of confidence in Voith and a continuation of the longstanding and successful business relationship between the two companies. The transport of the completed rolls to King’s Lynn is scheduled for May 2020.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

The new 50 MW Ence plant in Puertollano brings its first megawatts of energy to the ...
 08.01.2020

The new 50 MW Ence plant in Puertollano brings its first megawatts of energy to the ...  (Company news)

... Red Eléctrica

Ence’s new 50 MW biomass generation plant in Puertollano has already joined the Red Eléctrica and generated its first megawatts of renewable energy with biomass. The Puertollano biomass plant is an example of a contribution to a fair energy transition by converting the site of the ELCOGAS coal power plant into a center for the production of renewable energy with biomass, primarily agricultural in its environment.

The new installation of Puertollano will continue in the testing phase until the end of January 2020, when it is expected that it will complete this previous test period and make its entry into official operation. The plant has been built following the best available techniques and will produce an estimated 325,000 MWh of electricity per year, equivalent to the energy needs of more than 60,000 people.

The activity of the Puertollano plant will allow a sharp reduction in the uncontrolled burning of agricultural stubble – which has a high environmental impact – while contributing to the maintenance of more than 1,300 direct, indirect and induced jobs, the Most of them in rural areas. These jobs will be added to the 500 direct jobs generated by the plant during its construction.

In addition to the strong creation of rural employment, biomass generation has undeniable advantages for the electricity system, providing a firm and manageable renewable energy production source. This contribution could be enhanced with the elimination of the current regulatory limitation of 6,500 hours / year to the generation of these facilities, which would imply a more efficient use of the productive resources of the National Electric System.
(Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö establishes a growth platform for its attractive Advanced Liquid Technologies...
 07.01.2020

Ahlstrom-Munksjö establishes a growth platform for its attractive Advanced Liquid Technologies...  (Company news)

... business through acquisition

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has acquired converting operations in China and the U.S. from Shunde Lucas and Altior Industries. Through the transaction, Ahlstrom-Munksjö will have local filter converting capacity in China and a foothold for expanding sales of other products within the Advanced Liquid Technologies business. Local presence in Asia will shorten delivery lead times and enable Ahlstrom-Munksjö to serve its customers even better.

Photo: Filter media for hot cooking oil

Net sales of the acquired operations are approximately USD 7 million and comparable EBITDA USD 2 million annually, meeting the Group’s comparable EBITDA margin target of above 14%. Their product offering of hot cooking oil filters is used in quick service restaurants and food service operations, mainly in China and the U.S. The combined operations are expected to generate substantial synergy benefits. The debt free purchase price is approximately USD 11 million.

“I’m pleased that the new foothold in China will facilitate growth for a wide range of our product offering within our highly attractive Advanced Liquid Technologies business. This deal will also double the company’s sales in fry oil filters and make us a global leader in this niche business - a foundation for creating long term value for our stakeholders. In the future our ambition is to expand the Advanced Liquid Technologies business even more through organic growth and acquisitions,” says President and CEO Hans Sohlström.

About the Advanced Liquid Technologies business
Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Advanced Liquid Technologies business offers high quality filter solutions for laboratory sample preparation and life science diagnostics materials to be used by laboratories and manufacturers of rapid test kits as well as for collection of biosamples. It also offers high-performance filter media for water purification devices and food and beverage processing industry. Thanks to the robust demand drivers, the Advanced Liquid Technologies business is one of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s fastest growing and highly profitable businesses. Net sales were EUR 73 million and comparable EBITDA margin 30% in 2018. The favorable development reflects successful product development to downstream markets, including high added value and new technologies. The Advanced Liquid Technologies business is part of the Specialties business area.

Going forward in Advanced Liquid Technologies
Ahlstrom-Munksjö aims to strengthen its market position in life science and laboratory product segment through further product development and partnerships. In water purification, the business will build market awareness of its proprietary DisruptorTM technology and confirm technology adoption in existing target segments, while proceeding with initiatives to broaden the scope of the technology. In the food and beverage processing segment, market position will be further reinforced.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

Sight Machine Launches Industry-Specific Solutions to Transform Continuous Improvement ...
 07.01.2020

Sight Machine Launches Industry-Specific Solutions to Transform Continuous Improvement ...  (Company news)

...for Global Manufacturers

New Solutions and Services Help Manufacturers Transform their Production Capabilities

Sight Machine Inc. announced the availability of its next generation Manufacturing Data Platform (MDP) and its first set of vertical solutions for paper & tissue, packaging and chemicals. Sight Machine’s SaaS platform uses real-time data analytics and AI to unlock the next level of continuous improvement and create rapid, concrete gains in productivity, profitability and sustainability for manufacturing companies.

Despite investments in automation and other technologies, manufacturers have struggled with declining productivity in their plant operations for 15 years. U.S. manufacturing sector productivity grew by an average of 2% annually from 1992 to 2004, but productivity has since declined by an average of 0.3% annually from 2004 to 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Methodologies like lean manufacturing and Six Sigma helped boost productivity from the 1970s through the early 2000s, but the potential gains have largely been achieved. These methods typically focus on individual machines or processes, using limited snapshots of historical data.

“Manufacturers have squeezed out most of the gains available from optimizing individual machines and processes,” said Sight Machine CEO and Co-Founder Jon Sobel. “The largest opportunity for today’s manufacturers to gain competitive advantage is from data, specifically through real-time, system-wide optimization. We are investing in industry-specific solutions that accelerate the ability of manufacturers in industries such as paper & tissue, packaging and chemicals to revolutionize operations and achieve continuous breakthroughs in productivity, profitability and sustainability.”

Sight Machine offers the only platform providing real-time, system-wide visibility and analysis, along with in-house expertise on turning insights from manufacturing data into action. Sight Machine’s MDP models entire production lines, plants and enterprises, allowing customers to find the root causes of quality and productivity problems across complex production processes and to identify the investments with the biggest impact on earnings.

Sight Machine was founded in 2011 to apply big data analytics to solve manufacturing problems. Over eight years and with factory deployments across four continents, Sight Machine has grown from a focus on solving individual production problems into a platform for continuous improvement. The new MDP puts more capabilities into the hands of corporate executives, factory management and line workers, giving them the power to make data broadly impactful.

Industry Solutions for Paper & Tissue, Packaging and Chemicals Sectors
Along with MDP, Sight Machine also announced the availability of industry solutions for the paper & tissue, packaging and chemicals sectors. Sight Machine provides tools especially designed for the machinery, processes and output specific to each industry, including the predictive and prescriptive analytic tools needed to drive system-wide continuous improvement initiatives. Building on the initial three sectors, Sight Machine is now developing solutions for additional industries.

“Because achieving continuous improvement centers on the processes and equipment specific to each industry, Sight Machine is aligning its development, go-to-market and sales strategies with the needs of each industry we serve,” said Sight Machine Chief Revenue Officer Keith Hartley. “At the same time, we continue enhancing our core Manufacturing Data Platform, which houses the data connectivity, data pipeline and data modeling functions that our new vertical solutions are built upon.”

Expert Services for Rapid Impact
Sight Machine is also introducing services to help manufacturers deploy MDP and use it to achieve rapid, concrete gains in productivity, profitability and sustainability. The services are provided by Sight Machine’s expanded teams of experts in data visualization, data science, data architecture and continuous improvement.

“With their descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, Sight Machine’s MDP and our vertical solutions enable the decision making and action that drive continuous improvement,” said John Merrells, head of product and engineering at Sight Machine. “Our platform is complemented by the industry’s most experienced team in using data to transform manufacturing, which we deploy to guide our customers along this journey.”
(Sight Machine Inc.)

GAMBINI DELIVERS TOUCHMAX.AIR TO BYNESS
 07.01.2020

GAMBINI DELIVERS TOUCHMAX.AIR TO BYNESS   (Company news)

Gambini delivers TOUCHMAX.AIR to Byness Company: the quality of the TouchMax embossing enhanced by AirMill technology!

This new version, born from the integration of the TouchMax.Twin embosser-laminator with part of AirMill technology, allows to transfers more bulk to the tissue paper while maintaining its high quality values ​​in terms of softness, absorbency and tensile strength, and also making the products more stable during the production phase, thus optimizing the efficiency.

TOUCHMAX.AIR works at a production speed up to 600 m/min and is characterized by extreme flexibility, being able to laminate in 5 different configurations: Synchronized, Random, LNG (Laminated-Non-Embossed), Point-to-Point and Point-to-Flat.

Thanks to this innovative machinery, Byness will be able to increase its range of products by satisfying the most diversified requests of Buyers, reducing production times and costs. Furthermore, the customer will be able to use less raw material and resources by using conventional papers (DCT/LCT), while obtaining, however, a product very similar to textured paper.

Byness S.r.l. is a tissue converting company which has been present on the tissue market for over 50 years and collaborates with the main groups in the sector.

Today, the Company is on the market with the brands Ninfea, EcoLine, Morbida and Naturel and has recently decided to renew most of its machinery in order to reach the highest production and quality standards.

Therefore, Byness has chosen Gambini's FLEX 600 converting line: a 600 m / min consumer line equipped with the innovative, flexible and versatile TOUCHMAX.AIR embosser-laminator; a new important milestone in Gambini technology!
(Gambini S.p.A.)

Best performance in cutting-die production - With the mlas|compact-2 laser system from ...
 07.01.2020

Best performance in cutting-die production - With the mlas|compact-2 laser system from ...  (Company news)

... Marbach

Through its Marbach Die Supplies & Automation (MDS&A) division, Marbach sells machines to die-makers. The currently most successful laser system in Marbach's portfolio is the mlas|compact-2.

Thomas Kandlbinder, Head of Automation & Service at Marbach: "The mlas|compact-2 is our most successful laser system due to its many positive features. It is versatile and powerful, cuts wood and steel with perfect parameters. The special precision cutting head with a new type of guidance not only cuts very quickly but also with the highest accuracy, thus delivering the best cutting results. The mlas|compact-2 is extremely low-maintenance as the mechanical components are equipped with an automated lubrication system."

The table size of the Marbach laser is 1,500 x 2,200 mm. For this format, the Marbach machine requires surprisingly little floor space due to its portal design and flying optics. Depending on customer requirements, the mlas|compact-2 can be equipped with a laser source from 1,500 to 2,500 watts. Integrated remote maintenance ensures production reliability and machine availability.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Holmen to establish large-scale wind power on its land
 07.01.2020

Holmen to establish large-scale wind power on its land  (Company news)

Holmen's Board has taken the decision to construct the Blåbergsliden wind farm on its land outside Skellefteå in northern Sweden. The investment totals SEK 1.3 billion and comprises 26 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 143 MW.

"For Holmen, the establishment of large-scale wind power provides a logical complement to our hydro power. It's also an effective way of obtaining added value from our forest ownership, and additional renewable electricity is positive for both Sweden and the climate," says Henrik Sjölund (photo), Holmen President and CEO.

The company's investment in wind power, combined with the growing forest and renewable products manufactured at Holmen's mills, will contribute to a more sustainable society. The Blåbergsliden facility will increase Holmen's production of renewable energy by 35% to over 1 600 GWh. This is a significant step in the development of Holmen's energy business. Following this investment decision, Fredrik Nordqvist, Senior Vice President Renewable Energy, will join Holmen's Group management.

"The European energy market is undergoing transition because of the issue of climate change. Politicians have determined that fossil-fuel generation in the EU should be phased out and replaced with renewable energy. As a large landowner, we have a unique opportunity to develop our own wind power projects. Now that wind power's production costs have decreased considerably owing to technical developments, we believe we can obtain a good return by investing in wind power," says Henrik Sjölund, Holmen President and CEO.

Blåbergsliden will be constructed in cooperation with GE Renewable Energy and is expected to be operational by the end of 2021. Holmen's application to construct a wind farm in nearby Blisterliden is currently being reviewed and approval is likely to be received during 2020. Alongside this, building applications are being prepared for additional wind power facilities on Holmen's land in southern and central Sweden.
(Holmen AB)

Continuity and partnership pay dividends
 06.01.2020

Continuity and partnership pay dividends  (Company news)

-Major retrofit for Cortina press
-70 million magazines and newspapers printed last year
-Continuity pays dividends
-Member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club

Photo: During a visit to Botnia Print Oy Ab (left to right): Martin Schoeps, Senior Service Manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Michael Holzapfel, Service Manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Toni Klemola, Factory Manager Botnia Print Oy Ab; Marcus Juselius, Managing Director AKETA Finland Oy

The partnership with Koenig & Bauer continues to pay dividends for the Finnish printing company Botnia Print Oy Ab. Through progressive retrofit measures on its Cortina press, it has secured planning and production certainty for the coming years. “We are known for the very good quality of our newspapers and magazines and for our reliability towards our customers. In this context, it’s not just desirable, but actually imperative to maintain our current high level. We thus needed to rely on absolute experts to perform the retrofits on our Cortina – and so the only logical decision was to continue the already excellent partnership with Koenig & Bauer,” says Toni Klemola, Factory Manager at Botnia Print. The process began with a comprehensive overhaul of the press control system in 2017. Last year saw two printing towers brought into line with the latest state of the art, alongside various software updates, and the retrofit programme for this year has included work on further towers and control elements. Martin Schoeps, Senior Service Manager at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “More and more companies are choosing to realise their retrofits step by step. And for this, they naturally need to know that they have a strong, reliable and a solid partner for the next few years at their side.”
(Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed AG & Co. KG)

Voith to be carbon neutral worldwide from 2022 onwards
 06.01.2020

Voith to be carbon neutral worldwide from 2022 onwards  (Company news)

From 2022 onwards, none of the Voith locations around the world will leave a carbon footprint going forward. In this way, the Voith Group is making a significant contribution to climate protection.

“As a global technology company, we consider the efficient use of resources and energy at all locations worldwide to be part of our entrepreneurial responsibility. By combining economic principles with ecological commitment, we are not only making a contribution to climate protection but are at the same time creating quantifiable added value for our Company,” explains Dr. Toralf Haag, President and CEO of the Voith Group.

With a view to implementing carbon neutrality quickly, Voith is going to switch to purchasing carbon-neutral electricity in the near future as well as offsetting unavoidable carbon emissions with compensation measures. At present, Voith already purchases one third of its electricity needs from renewable resources (FY 2017/18: 35.4 %). The Company will gradually increase the share of renewable energies, both in its own generation and in its purchasing. Furthermore, Voith is going to invest five million euros each year in energy efficiency, including its locations’ own generation.
Increasing energy efficiency over the long term

Energy efficiency is a key lever in achieving carbon neutrality. In this respect, Voith is building on consistent environmental management. The Voith internal Ecological Business Management is making a contribution to improving energy and resource efficiency at all locations. Since 2011/12, Voith has already succeeded in saving 28 percent of the energy consumed, 27 percent of the volume of waste and 44 percent of fresh water (FY 18/19). Over the coming years, Voith intends to make targeted investments totaling € 50 million into improving the energy efficiency of its own plant and buildings over the long term.
Today, Voith is already a leader in the field of sustainability

Of the 172 companies in the mechanical and plant engineering industry worldwide surveyed by the rating agency oekom research AG in 2017, Voith already belongs to the leading 20 percent with regard to sustainability activities. In the EcoVadis rating, Voith achieved Gold Status in 2018, making it one of the best five percent of the approximately 60,000 companies assessed around the world.
Environmental protection also makes economic sense

Decarbonization not only makes a positive contribution to humankind and the environment but provides Voith with long-term economic benefits. Digitalization of industry and climate protection are strategic focus areas for Voith. Climate change and digitalization are enormous challenges for the mechanical engineering industry but, at the same time, they provide immense opportunities. Over the longer term, Voith is adapting its own product portfolio to the decarbonization of industry and is simultaneously reducing its own carbon footprint.

“We continue on from Voith’s traditions as a family-owned company based on our understanding of sustainability: the obligation to ecologically clean and fair actions, and to return a profit over the long term. This is not only good for the environment and society in general but also makes economic sense,” says Voith CEO Haag.

The technology group’s core business today already addresses the global megatrends of digitalization, decarbonization and the circular economy: in the refinement of hydropower, in resource-conserving papermaking, or the electrification of mobility. The objective is to further expand the sustainability portfolio and become a key player in the post-carbon industry of the digital age.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Metsä Board's impact report showcases importance of sustainable packaging in tackling food waste
 06.01.2020

Metsä Board's impact report showcases importance of sustainable packaging in tackling food waste  (Company news)

Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, has published a web-based impact report to demonstrate the importance of sustainable packaging. Metsä Board created the report with experts at AskKauko, a Finnish software start-up developing next-generation impact communications.

The important role of packaging in protecting food during transport, in stores and in homes is highlighted by the impact of food waste, a serious environmental issue that accounts for almost 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the impact report, current statistics and information on packaging materials are supported by sliders and calculators, which encourage users to explore further how packaging material choices, for example switching from plastic to paperboard packaging, can result in positive environmental effect.

Sari Pajari, SVP Sales and Marketing at Metsä Board says, "We want to make sustainability topics and facts about the role of packaging more accessible to a wide audience. The interactive report, a new tool that we are piloting with a Finnish start-up company, provides a new and interesting way to present facts and to invite engagement."
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Labelexpo Asia reports largest edition to date
 06.01.2020

Labelexpo Asia reports largest edition to date  (Company news)

The organizer of Labelexpo Asia 2019 has confirmed that its 9th edition of Labelexpo Asia was its largest yet, reporting a significant 18 percent growth in buyer visitors and a floorspace that was 26 percent larger than its previous edition.

Taking place between 3-6 December at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), a total of 23,636 visitors flocked to the four-day show from a total of 90 countries, compared to 20,084 visitors from 81 countries at the 2017 edition. They were there to connect with over 350 industry leading suppliers from the region and worldwide, showcasing the latest label and package printing machinery, technology innovations and related products.

The many deals announced during the show included first-timer Winbosc, which sold five machines on site and signed a cooperation agreement with Taiyo. First-time exhibitor HanGlobal sold two digital presses on site, with Zhiqin printing investing in its second digital press, and a 12th digital press was sold to Kunshan Mingting. Weigang sold 28 flexo presses and eight ZX offset machines on site, alongside a dozen potential lines of its new ZP-480 rotary offset press.

Key product launches included: Weigang ZP-480/680/900/1200 rotary offset press; Spande and Domino Hybrid press; Winbosc Cloud Hybrid RG Series Digital Inkjet Label Printer and Digi Spark digital stamping machine; Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230, equipped with Brotech finishing units; HanGlobal LabelStar digital press; DurstTau 330 RSC; Hongsheng HSR0340/450/660 hybrid press; COASO iCueLabel digital press; Wanjie Digital King 350 digital press; Luster LabelMaster-KA detection system; ADA A6000W wide width RFID laminating machine; Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ Adhesive Technology and WaveSafe™ RFID label; and UPM Raflatac Forest Film™ and UPM CCK™.

Lisa Milburn, managing director, Labelexpo Global Series, said: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s Labelexpo Asia. The huge leap forward in buyer visitors consolidates the show’s position as our largest show in Asia, a growth that is truly inspiring.”

The show’s new feature areas were extremely well attended. This included Flexpack Asia, which displayed the latest flexible packaging technology. Participating companies included Guangdong Olger, which launched the OG330-CL8+1A narrow web satellite flexo, specially designed for flexible packaging products. Other exhibitors included 3G flexo, Epson, GMG, Haozhun, Dongguan Menroland Precision Machinery, Jiangsu Shuangxing, Siegwerk, Taiyo, Yantai Boyuan and Yinjinda.

A series of packed live demonstrations at the Flexible Packaging Arena took place on the show floor each day of the show. Making its debut, and introduced barely three months ago at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in September, this area of the show enabled visitors to see two press lines in action – a Xeikon 3030 and a Wanjie 660 – showcasing flexible pouch production.

Similarly, the returning Smart Zone enjoyed a constant flow of visitors. Displayed products included next generation 3D holograms, nano-materials, advanced decoration technology, special inks and RFID/NFC labels, from Avery Dennison, Guangdong ADA, Guangzhou J-sail, Muehlbauer, Shanghai Jion Point, Trojan Jet, Tysin, Voyantic, Wing Singa, Xinjinglu, and many more.

Milburn added: “The label and package printing industry in China is currently experiencing a period of unprecedented expansion, and flexible packaging and smart labeling in particular are two huge trends we saw dominating this year’s show. The packed out feature areas and numerous live demonstrations are testament to the appetite for this technology, and are further proof that China is rapidly becoming an all-round key market force in an extremely competitive global market. This bodes extremely well for our two new shows in the region next year, Labelexpo South China and Brand Print China.”

Echoing this, Andrea Glawe, regional sales director Asia-Pacific, for first-time Labelexpo Asia exhibitor KROENERT GmbH & Co KG, said: “We were highly impressed with the large number of visitors at our booth and the detailed discussions. The focus of KROENERT was to show the new developed double-side silicone coating system. The reactions from the visitors were very open minded. In addition we saw the interest in new label solutions, recycling trends, integration of RFID and NFC-technology in labels as well as new environmentally friendly concepts for chemicals. The show was for us a good opportunity to keep in contact with existing customers and meet new ones.”

Zhao Jiangwu, general manager, HanGlobal, added: “From the development trend of global label industry, the “digital train” is entering the label printing “station” and becoming a new hot spot of the packaging industry. This Labelexpo Asia is the most significant and most comprehensive technology exhibition in recent years. At the show, HanGlobal brought the industrial single pass digital label printer LabStar 330 for the first time at a major domestic industry exhibition. LabStar 330 has attracted many vital business customers.”

Qiu Jianmin, CEO, Winbosc, also added: “I am delighted to attend this exhibition. Our sales broke through the expected target. Winbosc not only signed cooperation agreements with six clients, but also gained a lot of prospective customers, especially our new Digi Spark digital stamping machine also obtained high praise. This show is also a good opportunity to communicate with industry peers which motivate us new ideas for future research. We look forward to Labelexpo Asia 2021.”

The educational program, introduced at this year’s show, also proved extremely popular. Liu Haifeng, general manager, Tianjin Teda Great Print, said: “As a Chinese label converter, such international professional training classes will help us learn the forefront technologies and solutions, which is very important to enhance our own companies and integrate with the world. What’s more, integration of domestic and abroad speakers makes it easier for learners to use what we learnt into applications.”
(Tarsus Group)

Pharmalabel assures quality and reduces risk in label supply chain with GSE ...
 06.01.2020

Pharmalabel assures quality and reduces risk in label supply chain with GSE ...  (Company news)

... Colorsat ink dispenser and Ink manager software

Picture: The GSE Colorsat Switch dispensing system with multiple base components for fast colour preparation at the Pharmalabel facility

Pharmalabel, the Roosendaal (Netherlands)-based supplier of pharmaceutical labels, has boosted efficiency and quality assurance in its flexo printing operations after installing a Colorsat Switch dispensing system with Ink manager software from ink logistics solutions provider GSE.

Founded in 1978 and part of the St Luc Group, Pharmalabel supplies self-adhesive labels to pharmaceutical and chemical companies serving medical and veterinary hospitals and laboratories worldwide.

GSE’s Colorsat Switch system and Ink manager software automate all ink-related processes and tasks at the Pharmalabel facility, including dispensing, procurement, stock management, tracing raw materials and reusing inks returned from the press.

René Wingens, commercial manager, Pharmalabel, comments: “Pharmaceutical labelling is a highly regulated sector where there can be no compromise in safety. GSE’s Colorsat Switch dispenser and Ink manager software enables us to assure consistent, repeatable quality and minimise risk within the supply chain, in accordance with the latest GMP1 procedures, while significantly reducing ink waste and colour preparation times.”

The Colorsat Switch system generates and dispenses spot colours for all jobs printed on Pharmalabel’s flexo presses with speed and precision. The dispenser blends colours and varnishes from base containers based on recipes recalled from a vast database, so that jobs requiring as little as 50 grammes of ink per printing station may be reproduced to a colour accuracy of within 1 DeltaE.

GSE Ink manager is an ink management software package that automates tasks such as formula preparation, production scheduling, reusing of return inks, management reports and tracking of ink batches through the supply chain – reducing human input and risk of error.

The ability to hit accurate colour targets rapidly and reuse ‘press return’ inks brings benefits to Pharmalabel, a specialist in short runs. Mr. Wingens comments: “At Pharmalabel, production runs are below 2000 linear metres, with many between 50 and 100LM. This means a high proportion of the ink mixed remains in the press after the job is finished. GSE Ink manager software’s ability to return the remaining ink and calculate them into new recipes means a reduction of ink consumption by eight percent.

“We perform many small jobs per day, so saving a few minutes per job by instantly recalling a colour recipe, automatic dispensing or avoiding manual data input, brings hours of extra machine uptime during the year,” Wingens says.

GSE Ink manager software is also helping Pharmalabel provide greater quality assurance to pharmaceutical brand owners, by providing traceability of raw materials. Responding to Pharmalabel’s need for greater transparency in the supply chain, GSE optimised its Ink manager software, developing functionality that allows the customer to record and track expiry dates of base inks that form every batch created for a specific job.
When preparing a new job, the software automatically lists the ink components according to expiry date, prompting the operator to make the appropriate selection at the interface, without the need for manual checking.

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, comments: “The installation of GSE Ink manager means Pharmalabel is well-placed to adhere to revised Good Manufacturing Practices, requiring suppliers to show traceability at every stage in the workflow and supply chain. This includes tracking inks used for a production job, so that they can be traced from the point they enter the factory as a base colour, to the package they are applied to.”
With 1,900 installations worldwide, GSE provides comprehensive ink logistics solutions, including dispensing systems, tabletop proofers and management software, for label, packaging, wallpaper, textile and industrial coatings applications.
(GSE Dispensing B.V.)

Finnpulp: 'We are dismayed by the decision of the Supreme Administrative Court to reject the ...
 03.01.2020

Finnpulp: 'We are dismayed by the decision of the Supreme Administrative Court to reject the ...  (Company news)

... environmental permit'

On December 19, 2019, the Supreme Administrative Court (KHO) rejected the environmental permit for the Finnpulp bioproduct mill in Kuopio. The decision came after a vote, with two members in favour of awarding environmental permit. The decision is final and is not subject to an appeal. “This marks the end of the current mill project, which is a great loss for Finland,” says Niilo Pellonmaa, Chairman of the Board of Finnpulp.

Finnpulp questions the grounds for the decision. The project has been prepared with the best expertise in the world, including leading consultants in the forest industry, such as Pöyry.

“We have provided all necessary and requested material to the authorities and courts during the permit process. Therefore, the statement in the decision that Finnpulp has not provided sufficient studies is incomprehensible,” says Martti Fredrikson, Managing Director of Finnpulp. He further points out that according to the decision, Finnpulp should have comprehensively assessed the impact also of all other pollutants on Kallavesi throughout the mill’s estimated economic life cycle (40–50 years). “This is a requirement that no industrial mill can meet. No such studies have been required neither during this process nor in previous pulp and paper projects,” says Fredrikson.

For comparison, Finnpulp points out that the authorities’ water body management plans are drawn up for six years. Even such plans do not address all of the factors required of Finnpulp.

The KHO has also based its decision on the obligation of the EU Water Framework Directive to achieve good status of the water body. Expert studies commissioned by Finnpulp show that the ecological status of Kallavesi would not have deteriorated as a result of the mill.

According to Fredrikson, the decision of the KHO is in complete contradiction with previous positive decisions of the Regional State Administrative Agency and Vaasa Administrative Court.

Finnpulp’s environmental permit process lasted almost five years. The company started an environmental impact assessment in spring 2015 and the permit was granted by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland in March 2017. The permit was appealed to Vaasa Administrative Court, a court specializing in environmental matters. The decision of the Vaasa Administrative Court in 2018 was appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court.

According to Niilo Pellonmaa, the decision of the KHO is a serious message internationally: “According to this decision, the Finnish investment environment is not attractive to international investors. There was a lot of interest towards the Finnpulp project worldwide, and we already succeeded in having a significant international investor in the project. Understandably, investors value stability and predictability when considering investments. Five years of uncertainty for international investors and for major new projects in general, is far too long,” says Pellonmaa.

“The reason for our investment decision is because we trusted Finnish society behind the project on the basis of an environmental permit issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency,” says Hengan, owner of 36.5% of Finnpulp. “We have also appreciated the positive attitude of the City of Kuopio and the surrounding society. We are deeply disappointed. From an environmental point of view too, this would have been a benchmark bioproduct mill globally.”

According to Finnpulp, environmental permit granted by the Vaasa Administrative Court in 2018 would have meant that water emissions were about 40% lower per tonne produced compared to modern Finnish pulp mills.

The investment cost estimate for the Finnpulp bioproduct mill was EUR 1.6 billion and, once completed, the employment effect would have been 3 400 persons.
(Finnpulp Oy)

Metsä Tissue to close permanently PM6 at Krapkowice mill
 03.01.2020

Metsä Tissue to close permanently PM6 at Krapkowice mill  (Company news)

In October 2019, Metsä Tissue, part of the Metsä Group, announced that it is curtailing its paper production at Krapkowice mill (photo) in Poland by temporarily stopping PM6. It has now been decided to close the paper machine permanently.

The annual production capacity of the PM6 was approximately 20,000 tonnes. Headcount implications resulting from the closure of the paper machine will be negotiated according to local legislation.
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

Pro Carton: Excellent Carbon Footprint result
 03.01.2020

Pro Carton: Excellent Carbon Footprint result  (Company news)

The recently published Pro Carton Carbon Footprint for Carton Packaging report demonstrated that the carton industry is not only reducing its CO2 emissions but, in declaring a very low carbon footprint of 326kg CO2 per tonne of converted cartons, that its environmental impact is much less than most other packaging materials.

It should also be remembered that all paper and board products have two unique positive attributes:
-They are based on a renewable raw material, using the forests´ capacity to bind CO2 as a starting point.
-They store carbon and, furthermore, the recycling of paper and board products delays this CO2 from returning to the atmosphere.

Additionally, when forests are managed sustainably, carbon stocks are growing or at least remain stable. According to the European GHG inventory, forests of the EU-28 are a net carbon sink, with net CO2 removals by forests having increased by over 19% between 1990 and 2014.

In the Members Area there’s not only the Carbon Footprint report but also the full Environmental Data Report and a lengthy Q&A that aims to answer any questions that your staff or, indeed, customers might have about the data and the reports.

We are currently co-operating with the various Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) organisations (such as ecoinvent and GaBi) providing them with detailed datasets so that they are using the latest statistics and thus putting cartonboard in a very favourable light.
(Pro Carton)

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