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Valmet to supply pulp production upgrade technology to PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp ...
 15.07.2020

Valmet to supply pulp production upgrade technology to PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp ...  (Company news)

...and Paper in Indonesia

Valmet will supply pulp production upgrade technology to PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp and Paper (PT TEL) in Indonesia. The delivery includes an upgrade of continuous cooking system, with a design capacity of 1,800 air dried tonnes per day, and two sets of new automatic baling equipment. With the new investments, PT TEL targets to increase its pulp production capability and improve its pulp quality.

Image: A new Valmet ImpBin will be installed prior to the existing digester vessel, which will be upgraded with Continuous Cooking G3 features.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply and delivery is usually valued in the range of EUR 10-12 million.

“Our target in the cooking system upgrade is to reduce our unit wood consumption by increasing the pulp yield and reducing reject content, to enhance our pulp quality and to lower the specific load on the recovery boiler. By upgrading to Valmet’s latest continuous cooking system we will significantly increase the pulp yield which will reduce our operating costs and allow us to be capable to increase the overall mill pulp production. Moreover, with the two new sets of baling equipment, we aim at improving availability and production stability. We have logically selected the advanced and reliable technology that supports us in achieving our target in this project,” says Hiroyuki Moriyasu, President Director, PT TEL.

“Valmet’s continuous cooking technology fits the customer’s requirement of cost-efficient pulp production with high pulp yield and low reject content, while also ensuring excellent pulp quality. Furthermore, this repeat order of baling machines shows that customer trusts our technology and our previous delivery of three baling machines in 2019 have met the customer’s expectation. We are happy to continue the cooperation with PT TEL,” says Fredrik Wilgotson, Vice President, Pulp and Energy, Asia Pacific, Valmet.

Information about the delivery
This upgrade project will add the Valmet Continuous Cooking G3 technology to PT TEL’s existing cooking system. A new Valmet ImpBin will be installed prior to the existing digester vessel, which will be upgraded with Continuous Cooking G3 features. ImpBin ensures homogeneous chip steaming and impregnation, which is the key to produce high quality pulp with high pulp yield and low reject content. The upgrade also includes Valmet’s latest technology for chip pumping. The start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.

In addition, the delivery includes a modern Valmet Wire Tyer, which is operated by electrical servo motors, resulting in exact and gentle wire feeding. The Valmet Wire Tyer ensures a reliable system for bale wire application that can process up to 300 bales in an hour. The new baling equipment is scheduled to be delivered in late 2020 and the startup is planned for the first quarter of 2021.
(Valmet Corporation)

Mondi designers share how they designed award-winning packaging
 15.07.2020

Mondi designers share how they designed award-winning packaging  (Company news)

Mondi, leading global packaging and paper group, won five awards for its innovative and sustainable designs at the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards. This year’s award ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19, so Mondi’s designers are sharing their insights on the thinking behind their design packaging.

Designers and the award-winning products:
- Herbert Reitbrugger, UpliftBox (photo) in the Household category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Grünburg, Germany
- Marco Rammler, DashV1Box in the Transit category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Ansbach, Germany
- Eva Hrychova, Stabilization Box in the Other category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Bupak s.r.o, Czech Republic
- Nadja Nickel, Sales Manager for Protector Bags in the Transit category from Mondi Paper Bags and aPak, a Swedish Packaging dealer
- Jens Koesters, StripPouch in the Household category from the German cleaning products maker Werner & Mertz and Mondi Consumer Flexibles

Giving unboxing a lift
The UpliftBox, designed by Herbert Reitbrugger at our Corrugated Solutions plant in Grünburg, Austria, assures an uplifting experience for the end-user because of how tractive force is applied when opening the box. “End-users were working very hard to unbox goods, and we knew there was a better way and experience so we started to work on developing a mechanism to address this issue. I am lucky to be part of an experienced and creative team who is always looking for ways to improve the end-user’s experience. Following further research, we came up with the Mondi UpliftBox, which will bring the unboxing experience for customers to a new level – literally, as the goods will be lifted up within the box.”

Reducing processing times and improving protection
Marco Rammler, from the Corrugated Solutions plant in Ansbach, Germany designed the DashV1Box –packaging for automotive dashboards. The packaging solution uses 100% corrugated material instead of plastic and its innovative design has reduced processing costs by a third, and quality complaints by 80%. Previously, packaging for dashboards involved 30 different types of packaging, including foam which is no longer required. “Our client came to us with the request to develop new ‘universal packaging’ for instrument panels. Our aim was to develop a packaging solution that consisted of up to 100% cardboard, that is recyclable and suitable for all types of automotive components," said Marco Rammler.

More stability and cooling during transport for sensitive food products
Eva Hrychova, from Mondi's Corrugated Solutions team in Bupak, Czech Republic, designed the Stabilization Box which is a perforated interlay tray, made from three-layer corrugated board to protect food during transport. “We wanted to meet our customers' needs for a stabilizing solution which would reinforce the pallet block in which their product is transported in and prevent boxes from shifting into the middle and at the same time does not obstruct the airway that secures cooling for the delicate food products," said Eva Hrychova.

Flexible protection for automotive parts
ProtectorBags, made by Mondi Trebsen, Germany won the WorldStar Award in the Transit category. These paper bags replaced a reusable wooden box and plastic foam wrapping, providing protection for sensitive painted car panels, while reducing transport space and saving time while packing the panels, therefore optimising logistics in the automotive industry.

"The market, as well as the needs of Mondi’s customers, are changing fast. The automotive industry is especially innovative. As more new electric vehicles are produced, the design of the cars change quickly, as does the shape of the parts that have to be packed. We are always focused on providing the best solution to our customers, understanding their needs, expectations, and bringing new innovations to the market place,” said Nadja Nickel, sales manager for ProtectorBags.

100% recyclability for household cleaning


StripPouch won the WorldStar Award in the Household category. The plants Halle and Steinfeld produce this innovation, which was designed in collaboration with the company Werner & Mertz’s Frosch brand. Jens Koesters, Manager Technical Service, of Mondi Consumer Flexibles was one of the innovative designers behind the pouch for Mondi, who has seen the role of innovation for sustainable solutions take on new importance. “A few years ago, our focus and passion moved to recyclable and responsible packaging solutions. I would even say that today it is far more important to continue with innovations as it was in year’s past. Today we have a mandate to protect the environment.” The new pouch is 100% recyclable and uses approximately 70% less material than rigid plastic bottles that hold the same volume and is used for Frosch's brand detergent products. The StripPouch is one of Mondi´s first packaging solutions developed using Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach, which supports customer’s to reach their sustainability goals executing sustainable and innovative packaging ideas.

World Star Awards Ceremony
The competition is one of the major events held by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and rewards outstanding achievements in packaging innovation. The focus is on sustainable packaging solutions that achieve convenience for the end-user through innovation. The winners were announced in December 2019. The award ceremony would have taken place at interpack 2020 in May, but due to COVID-19 it was postponed.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

Uhlmann presents new end-of-line packaging machines in cooperation with pester pac automation
 15.07.2020

Uhlmann presents new end-of-line packaging machines in cooperation with pester pac automation  (Company news)

Six months after announcing their partnership, Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG and pester pac automation GmbH present new end-of-line packaging machines for Uhlmann pharmaceutical packaging lines. “Uhlmann powered by pester pac automation” is the new brand under which a stretch-banding machine, an overwrapper, a case packer, as well as a combined unit integrating a case packer and a palletizing module are now available. The two companies have jointly developed new models and integrated them into Uhlmann lines, forming holistic solutions that meet current pharmaceutical packaging needs.

“Pester is a technological leader specializing in the development and building of end-of-line packaging machines, and in automation solutions. Top companies in the pharmaceutical and consumer industry rely on over 45 years of experience and 8,000 machines installed worldwide. These figures rank Pester among the leading companies in the sector. Offering pharmaceutical safety, compact, GMP-compliant machine design, and reliability, the newly developed ‘Uhlmann powered by pester pac automation’ machines ideally complement our blister and bottle lines. We have been working in close cooperation since December 2019 and are pleased to now present the first results of this partnership: four new types of machine. They can be fully integrated into our lines as they are compatible with our operating system, our design, and our software. The added benefit for our customers is enormous”, explains Konstantin Gerbold, Global Product Manager at Uhlmann.

New end-of-line packaging machines for Uhlmann lines
Pharmaceutical companies can now make use of the new Stretch-banding machine ES 60 as a downstream extension to Uhlmann lines. It is suitable for multi-layer bundles at a high production speed. Assisted by a positioning device and stacker, cartons can be moved to form a variety of bundle configurations. The tear control function monitors both the top and bottom film to ensure high process reliability, while the film splicer allows an automatic film reel change so production continues uninterrupted. Benefits of the ES 60 are the high standard of user-friendliness and its space-saving design. As with all four end-of-line packaging machines, it is easily controlled using the SmartControl operating system integrated into the packaging line. This also assists the user during a format changeover, which can be completed in less than ten minutes as few format parts are involved. The GMP-compliant cantilever design of all the machines of the new portfolio permits a clear view, good accessibility, and easy cleaning. The integration of extensive protection, monitoring, and early warning features ensure a smooth process.

Ease of use, transparency, and fast format changeovers are also offered by the EW 60, a machine for the automated full overwrapping of single or multiple bundles in heat-sealable film. Full sealing increases protection because subsequent product tampering is immediately recognized. Accurate dispensing of the film is controlled by a servo motor, and format and film changeovers are quickly completed on account of the small number of plug-in format parts.

The Case packer EC 12 uses the side-loading principle to efficiently package cartons or bundles in cases ready for dispatch. All steps – unfolding of the case blanks, filling, two-sided closure – require minimum space and are extremely accurate. The infinitely variable format adjustment allows the flexible handling of a variety of case sizes, while the upending and turning station permits optimum use of the case volume. A special feature is the wide format range – small to large cartons and cases – all can be handled. The EC 12 can also be optionally fitted with a labeling unit.

Those also requiring a palletizer now have the option of the ECP 12. The innovative, space-saving combination of a case packer and a palletizing module merges two packaging steps into one productive unit – for integrated and automated end-of-line packaging with case handling, labeling, monitoring, and palletizing. This ensures unique product protection. Identification, marking, and inspection systems are integrated into each process step. Two pallet stations means that a pallet can be replaced during ongoing operation – no line stop is necessary. The entire handling process uses robot technology, resulting in low operation costs and maximum flexibility. Furthermore, the ECP 12 can be fitted with options such as a labeling unit and compatible feeding systems.

“By adding these new packaging machines, we are successfully extending our portfolio. This underlines our proficiency in line architecture and the importance of innovative packaging systems in the field of end-of-line packaging. I am confident that this is just the beginning of a very successful and fruitful cooperation with Pester”, states Konstantin Gerbold.
(Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG)

Neenah Completes Successful Debt Refinancing
 15.07.2020

Neenah Completes Successful Debt Refinancing  (Company news)

Neenah, Inc. (NYSE:NP) announced that the Company has entered into a Term Loan Credit Agreement, providing a Term Loan B Facility (“the Facility”) of seven years in the amount of $200 million. The Facility is rated BBB-by S&P Global Ratings and Ba3 by Moody's Investors Service. Neenah also announced today that it is calling its outstanding 2021 notes for redemption in full on July 16, 2020. Proceeds under the new Facility will be used to redeem the $175 million of outstanding 5.25% 2021 notes, repay borrowings under the Company’s senior secured revolving credit facility, and for general corporate purposes. The Company also has amended its Global Asset Based Lending Agreement to reduce the revolving credit facility from $225 million to $175 million and make certain other changes related to the refinancing and resizing.

The interest rate under the new Facility will be determined based on LIBOR or other published rates, with an expected initial rate of approximately 5.00%. The Term Loan Credit Agreement contains no financial maintenance covenants and includes other customary covenants for agreements of this nature. The Facility may be prepaid with a one percent call premium for the first 12 months, after which it may be prepaid, in whole or in part, without premium or penalty.

“We’re extremely pleased with the strong interest and resulting favorable terms for this new credit agreement,” said Paul DeSantis (photo), Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. “The facility supports our strong balance sheet and financial position, and modestly lowers our cash interest rate. Importantly, the structure also provides additional flexibility and will allow Neenah to be well-positioned to resume executing our growth strategies as global economies recover.”

J.P. Morgan, Bank of Montreal and Goldman Sachs acted as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Arrangers on the Facility. J.P. Morgan is the Administrative Agent on the Facility with Bank of Montreal and Goldman Sachs as Co-Syndication Agents. Additional details on the credit agreement may be found in the Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
(Neenah Inc.)

Socipack Installs Second Nilpeter Press to Increase Capacity
 15.07.2020

Socipack Installs Second Nilpeter Press to Increase Capacity  (Company news)

Picture: "Socipack's second Nilpeter machine is a 10-colour, 22" wide flexo press"

Leading Ivory Coast flexible packaging printer, Socipack, has installed their second Nilpeter 22” wide FA-Line to a great success in the West African region.

Socipack was created in 2016 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Already operating within several plastics segments, from film extrusion, injection, blow molding, and woven sacks. Socipack was created to produce high-quality flexible packaging for the West African region.

In the beginning, this was done by acquiring a couple of complete CI flexo lines with inline finishing, as well as 5-layer co-extrusion film production machinery.

Two Nilpeter Presses Installed
Immediately, the label market was also targeted. A fully equipped 8-colour Nilpeter FA-6* flexo press was installed in 2017, and after installation, Mr Hassan ABDALLAH, General Manager, mentioned that market needs would lead to a second press in the near future. In 2019 the company’s second Nilpeter 22” wide FA-Line landed in Abidjan, this time a 10-colour press, to meet the increasing capacity of labels in this market. Today, Socipack is running the two Nilpeter lines in three shifts.

Socipack’s high quality label production has led to many return customers, who are now benefitting from the company’s region leading shrink-sleeve capabilities in primary packaging, food packaging, and more. Unique technologies can be implemented, from holographic effects to high quality finishing.

Bright Future and Expansion Plans
Thanks to professional management and very high confidence in their partnership with Nilpeter and BLG International, Socipack has established European manufacturing standards in their region of Africa, with a bright future ahead complete with ambitious expansion plans, possibly venturing into other countries.
(Nilpeter A/S)

Heidelberg's customer communications to become individual and digital
 14.07.2020

Heidelberg's customer communications to become individual and digital  (Company news)

-Innovation cycles becoming shorter and require new ways of communicating with customers
-Heidelberg focusses on new, virtual trade fair concepts and regional events
-“Innovation Week”, both digital and face to face, to take place in October
-Participation in next year’s drupa trade fair cancelled due to unforeseeable effects of Covid-19

Photo: High customer interest: Heidelberg Print Media Center Packaging at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site.

The trend towards ever shorter innovation cycles in the print media industry has accelerated very quickly. Data-based digital business models are emerging in very short time intervals and are constantly being modified to align with current specific customer requirements. Customers thus need to be informed about the latest trends quickly, flexibly and on an ongoing basis. This trend also affects customer communications at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg): The company will focus on offering more new, digital options to present products and innovations.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Michelman Welcomes New Associates to Burgeoning Printing & Packaging Business Segment
 14.07.2020

Michelman Welcomes New Associates to Burgeoning Printing & Packaging Business Segment  (Company news)

In response to acceleration in the global growth of its Printing & Packaging business segment, Michelman has added two new associates to help guide its continued success in the digital printing, flexible packaging, paper converting, and corrugated markets.

Mr. Pete Petrie joins Michelman as the Sales Director for Printing & Packaging, Americas region. He began his career at Avery Dennison and most recently spent 23 years with WS Packaging Group. He led multiple teams which were responsible for the Labels for Package Decoration market segment, strategy development, and relationship management with major brands. This focus on team building, along with his broad industry knowledge, contacts, and commercial skills, will provide a key enabler to continued growth in printing and packaging markets.

Mr. Dave Jeffers joins Michelman as Territory Sales Manager for Digital Printing. He has spent over 17 years with Yupo Corporation America, managing technical service and new business development, in addition to holding a regional sales position. He was most recently a Territory Sales Manager with The Eastman Kodak Company and brings over 30 years of printing experience to Michelman.

According to Dr. Rick Michelman, Michelman’s Chief Technology Officer & EVP, Americas, and Printing & Packaging, “Printing & Packaging has been a growth platform for Michelman for the past two decades. We intend to continue to collaborate on, develop, and commercialize forward-thinking technologies with our customers and accelerate our ability to deliver innovative solutions. We have identified several key strategic growth opportunities that these two outstanding professionals will help address. We’re privileged and excited to welcome them to the Michelman team.”
(Michelman Inc.)

Customer enthusiastic about Marbach innovation. WestRock uses universal sheet delivery ...
 14.07.2020

Customer enthusiastic about Marbach innovation. WestRock uses universal sheet delivery ...  (Company news)

... with great success.

Marbach has developed a new technology for full sheet delivery. Marbach customer Westrock has been using the Marbach universal sheet delivery system for a few months now and is highly impressed by the Marbach solution.

Eugen Schneider, Department Manager at Westrock's Multi Packaging Solutions in Obersulm: "For most of our jobs the blanks are separated and stacked after die-cutting and stripping. However, we also have jobs where we want to stack the complete paperboard sheet. For this purpose Marbach presented us with a new solution a few months ago, which allows quick and easy set-up in the die-cutting machine, from blanking to sheet delivery. We have tested the universal sheet delivery intensively and are enthusiastic about this new Marbach system. Everything has worked wonderfully. The set-up was quick and easy, the running characteristics of the die-cutting machine were very good and there were no production stops. Especially the easy handling, the reduced set-up times and the excellent productivity has fully convinced us".
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Koenig & Bauer LIVE: Print also functions online
 14.07.2020

Koenig & Bauer LIVE: Print also functions online  (Company news)

-World première of the new Rapida generation
-Virtual live demonstration of a complete packaging workflow
-Presentation of digital services
-Innovations in digital web printing and for the processing of corrugated board
-Live insights into the broad portfolio of Koenig & Bauer
-New developments from the joint venture Koenig & Bauer Durst

Photo: With Koenig & Bauer LIVE, the company held its first entirely virtual fair

Koenig & Bauer has drawn wholly positive conclusions at the end of its first entirely virtual fair. Under the banner “Koenig & Bauer LIVE”, the press manufacturer presented product innovations, digital applications and new service solutions for the print industry through a series of online events between 16th and 25th June. Daily streams enabled partners, customers and all other interested print professionals to learn more about the innovations which Koenig & Bauer has developed for the industry.

The chosen dates were no coincidence. “These were precisely the two weeks which we were all planning to spend at drupa,” as Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer, explains. Like so many other major events this year, the world’s biggest trade fair for the printing and graphics industry also fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic. New dates have already been found. The next drupa will now take place in April 2021. Koenig & Bauer didn’t want to leave this extra time unused. “Our preparations were close to completion when the news broke that drupa would be postponed,” says Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communication and marketing at Koenig & Bauer. “But we didn’t want to wait another year before revealing our latest innovations to the printing world.”

Presentation of the new Rapida generation
The highlight of Koenig & Bauer LIVE was the unveiling of the new Rapida generation. Redesigned from the ground up, with additional features and a new modern appearance, the flagship in the sheetfed offset segment was proudly presented by group board member Ralf Sammeck and his team. The medium-format Rapida 106, with production speeds of up to 20,000 sheets per hour in perfecting, flying job changes and highly automated plate logistics, is the most powerful Rapida the market has ever seen. The Rapida 76, too, boasts all the features of its larger sister press and has set a new milestone in the B2 format.

Post-press – From print to the finished packaging
In the field of post-press solutions, Koenig & Bauer introduced its new CutPRO family of die-cutters – the flat-bed die-cutter CutPRO Q 106 from Spanish subsidiary Koenig & Bauer Iberica and the rotary die-cutter CutPRO X 106. During the live session, sheets printed on the previous day were embossed, creased, die-cut and stripped on the CutPRO X 106. The Omega Allpro 110 folder-gluer from Koenig & Bauer Duran then converted the blanks into a finished product as part of a similarly live demonstration.

Digital solutions for the packaging market
Robert Stabler, managing director of the joint venture Koenig & Bauer Durst, gave an insight into the innovations for the digital packaging market. Alongside enhancements to the Delta SPC 130 and CorruJET 170 machines, it was above all the development of the new VariJET 106 which stole the limelight. This innovative press integrates inkjet technology into the high-performance sheetfed offset platform of the Rapida 106.

Digital services – Valuable applications in times of crisis
Against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, the virtual fair also turned attention to the value of digital services. When the lockdown suddenly rendered technician assignments and customer visits impossible, necessary exchanges were shifted into other formats. Koenig & Bauer has already been using video-based service tools such as Visual Press Support for a number of years. Already existing augmented reality solutions and possibilities for preventive maintenance also helped customers to overcome restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. In addition, Koenig & Bauer has developed various industry-specific service packages.

Insights into digital print and web offset
On behalf of the Digital & Webfed segment, board member Christoph Müller and his team described the possibilities for use of the RotaJET press in digital web printing, for example for décor or packaging production. They also reported on the return to the market for corrugated board processing with the machines CorruCUT and CorruFLEX. Here, the company is responding to the fast-growing demand for packaging solutions, for example from brand owners and food producers. Luigi Magliocchi, the new managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica, presented the Evo XC directly from the factory in Tavazzano in Italy. The ultra-compact 8-colour press builds upon the success of the established Evo series. It is available in two different versions with maximum repeat lengths of up to 850 mm and production speeds of up to 400 m per minute.

Diversity of print products from the Koenig & Bauer world
Short clips shown during the live sessions shone a light on the many other fields covered by Koenig & Bauer’s broad product portfolio. For example, the responsible specialist subsidiaries presented solutions for the decoration and finishing of metal substrates, glass and hollow containers. The audience also learned how an AI application can be integrated into coding applications, and why banknotes remain a safe and indispensable means of payment even in today’s day and age.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Arkhbum JSC has started the active phase of the investment project for the construction...
 14.07.2020

Arkhbum JSC has started the active phase of the investment project for the construction...   (Company news)

...of the Ulyanovsk site

After removing the restrictions related to COVID-19, Arkhbum JSC started the implementation of the first stage of the investment project in the Volga Federal District - the construction of a new corrugated board plant in Ulyanovsk.

Currently, a set of works is underway to prepare the facility for comprehensive reconstruction, including modernization of the administrative building, installation of on-site engineering networks and communications (gas, electricity, water, sewage), construction of roads and related infrastructure facilities.

In addition to the existing BHS corrugator, two BOBST conversion lines will be installed in the Ulyanovsk branch of Arkhbum. The installation will begin at the end of this year.

Due to the force majeure situation associated with the pandemic, the company expects to launch a new corrugated plant in March 2021.

In 2021 — 2023, Arkhbum JSC will begin the implementation of the second stage of the reconstruction of the Ulyanovsk site: it is planned to install four more processing lines, to increase storage facilities, etc.

The cost of the company's program is estimated at 2.5 billion rubles.

As previously reported, the capacity of the new production in Ulyanovsk for the production of corrugated packaging and corrugated cardboard is 16 million m² per month (annual potential is 192 million m²).

Market potential of the Volga Federal District is estimated at almost 1.4 billion m² per year.

The plant will produce products similar to those produced at the sites of Arkhbum JSC in Podolsk, Istra-1, Istra-2 and Voronezh: 3-and 5-layer corrugated products - 4-valve corrugated boxes, rotary and flat die cut boxes.
(APPM Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill OJSC - ARKHBUM)

Essity Half-year Report 2020
 13.07.2020

Essity Half-year Report 2020  (Company news)

-Net sales declined 1.0% to SEK 62,119m (62,724)
-Organic net sales declined 0.9%
-Essity has increased market shares in many markets and increased online sales
-Sales were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns
-In emerging markets, which accounted for 36% of net sales, organic net sales increased 2.3%
-Operating profit before amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (EBITA) increased 43% to SEK 9,159m (6,412)
-Adjusted EBITA increased 32% to SEK 9,115m (6,922)
-Adjusted EBITA margin increased 3.7 percentage points to 14.7% (11.0)
-Profit for the period increased 38% to SEK 6,118m (4,430)
-Earnings per share increased 32% to SEK 7.58 (5.73)
-Adjusted earnings per share increased 20% to SEK 7.95 (6.60)
-Cash flow from current operations increased 19% to SEK 6,361m (5,336)

Photo: Essity President and CEO Magnus Groth

SUMMARY OF THE SECOND QUARTER 2020
The Group’s net sales declined 11.4% in the second quarter of 2020 compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Organic net sales declined 9.3%, of which volume accounted for -9.8% and price/mix for 0.5%. In mature markets, organic net sales declined 14.7%. In emerging markets, which accounted for 39% of net sales, organic net sales increased 0.6%. Adjusted EBITA for the second quarter of 2020 increased 1% compared with the same period a year ago. The adjusted EBITA margin increased by 1.7 percentage points to 13.3%.

Essity has increased market shares in many markets through high delivery reliability and successful product launches as well as increased activity and strengthened presence in digital sales channels. The Group’s online sales grew by approximately 3.5 percentage points as a share of net sales and accounted for about 14%.

Sales were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns as well as inventory adjustments following the stockpiling that took place among consumers and distributors in March 2020. The lockdowns mainly resulted in a temporary reduction in demand in Professional Hygiene and Medical Solutions. For Professional Hygiene, this is mainly the result of the negative effect of the lockdowns primarily in the customer segments of hotel, restaurant, catering, commercial buildings as well as schools and universities. Meanwhile, Professional Hygiene increased its sales of dispensers as a result of a greater focus on hygiene. In the product categories of Incontinence Products, Feminine Care and Baby Care there was a temporary negative impact on demand as consumption declined slightly as a result of the lockdowns as consumers spent more time in the home.

The Group’s adjusted gross margin for the second quarter of 2020 increased 3.2 percentage points to 32.2% compared with the corresponding period a year ago. The gross margin was positively impacted by a better mix, lower raw material and energy costs and costs savings. Lower raw materials and energy costs increased the gross margin by 5.1 percentage points. The lower raw material costs were primarily the result of lower pulp prices. Continuous cost savings amounted to SEK 127m. Lower volumes and higher distribution costs for the Group and lower prices for the business area Consumer Tissue had a negative impact on the gross margin. The Group’s adjusted EBITA margin rose 1.7 percentage points to 13.3%. Although sales and marketing cost declined somewhat during the quarter, they increased as a share of net sales due to lower sales. Adjusted return on capital employed rose 0.2 percentage points to 13.1 percent. Operating cash flow increased 17%. Earnings per share amounted to SEK 2.97.

Eventually, the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to increased demand for the company’s leading hygiene and health products as a result of increased awareness of the importance of hygiene and health. Essity is further developing the company’s offering to raise the hygiene standard in the world.
(Essity Aktiebolag)

ANDRITZ to supply stock preparation system to Vinda Personal Care, China
 13.07.2020

ANDRITZ to supply stock preparation system to Vinda Personal Care, China  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Vinda Personal Care (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. to supply a stock preparation system to feed its four tissue machines at the mill in Yangjiang, Guangdong, China.

Photo: FibreSolve FSV pulper as part of the LC pulping system © ANDRITZ

Start-up is scheduled for the second to third quarter of 2021.

The new system will have a capacity of 200 bdmt/d and will process a mixture of NBKP (Needle Bleached Kraft Pulp), LBKP (Leaf Bleached Kraft Pulp) and bagasse as raw material. ANDRITZ will install the complete system, with equipment for low-consistency (LC) pulping, high-consistency (HC) refining, approach system and broke handling.

The LC pulping system comprises a FibreSolve FSV pulper and a high-density (HD) cleaning system for optimum slushing of the raw material. In order to achieve optimum processing of the mixture of annual and short fibers, the customer opted for a 120 bdmt/d HC refining system for the tissue production line. The combination of an ANDRITZ Pulp Screw Press and an HC refiner, type CDIPL, will enable superior fiber properties at low energy consumption.

The outstanding cooperation between the two companies started over 17 years ago, and ANDRITZ has since then supplied over 20 stock preparation systems to the Vinda Group. The successful business cooperation as well as the excellent performance of recently installed technologies were the decisive criteria that persuaded the customer to trust in ANDRITZ once again.

Vinda Personal Care (Guangdong) Co., Ltd., part of the Vinda Group, is one of the top four tissue producers in China. The Vinda Group provides high-quality hygiene products and services, and operates four core business segments with the key brands Vinda, Tempo, Tork, TENA, Dr. P, Libresse, VIA, Libero and Drypers.
(Andritz AG)

DS Smith Plc: 2019/20 FULL YEAR RESULTS - Resilient performance, robust business model
 13.07.2020

DS Smith Plc: 2019/20 FULL YEAR RESULTS - Resilient performance, robust business model  (Company news)

• Strong financial performance and position, growing market share
• Strong European performance
• US domestic performance offset by continued weak export paper pricing
• Successful integration of Europac and disposal of Plastics division

• Covid-19:
◦ Relatively limited Covid-19 impact in March and April, FY 2019/20
◦ Short-term impact due to lower volumes and cost increases in FY 2020/21
• Strong ESG performance
• Well positioned for the future, despite economic uncertainty

Miles Roberts (photo), DS Smith Group Chief Executive, commented:
"We have made good strategic and financial progress in the year, with the disposal of our Plastics division reinforcing our focus on sustainable fibre-based packaging and our strong commercial focus driving record margin. Of course, the year ended with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and I am extremely proud of our employees and their tremendous support, working with our suppliers and communities to ensure every factory has remained open throughout the pandemic, delivering essential supplies with outstanding levels of service in this extraordinary time.

Our business model is resilient, built on our consistent FMCG and e-commerce customer base. In the short term, however, the impact of Covid-19 on the economies in which we operate is likely to impact volumes to industrial customers and add to operating costs. In particular, infrastructure constraints have driven elevated OCC prices, although we currently expect the impact to be limited to H1. With the current economic uncertainty, we continue to focus on our employees, our customers, our communities and on the efficiency and cash generation of our business and accordingly the Board considers it premature to resume dividend payments at this stage.

In the medium-term, the growth drivers of e-commerce and sustainability are as strong as ever. The Covid-19 crisis is also expected to accelerate a number of the structural drivers for corrugated packaging and our scale and innovation led customer offering positions us well and gives us confidence for the future."
(DS Smith Plc)

Valmet to supply TwinRoll wash press technology to Phoenix Pulp & Paper ...
 13.07.2020

Valmet to supply TwinRoll wash press technology to Phoenix Pulp & Paper ...  (Company news)

...Public Company Limited in Thailand

Valmet has received an order to supply wash press technology to Phoenix Pulp & Paper Public Company Limited’s (PPPC) hardwood bleached pulp plant at the Nam Pong mill, located in Khon Kaen province in Thailand.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.

“Valmet’s technology and services are in line with our sustainable profile, reducing water footprint and improving hardwood bleached pulp plant effluent”, says Wichan Charoenkitsupat, Chief Operating Officer, Fibrous Business, SCG Packaging Public Company Limited.

“PPPC decided to choose Valmet as their key technology provider based on our good references for TwinRoll presses. Our wash press technology is designed to increase washing efficiency, reduce water and chemical consumption, and effluent discharge”, says Fredrik Wilgotson, Vice President, Pulp and Energy, Asia Pacific, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet’s scope of delivery includes two TwinRoll presses including liquor filter, spare parts, engineering and site services. The new presses are designed for a capacity of 540 air dried tonnes per day hardwood bleached pulp and will reduce the mill’s fresh water consumption and effluent generation.
(Valmet Corporation)

AFRY delivers project management and engineering services for Metsä Fibre's new ...
 13.07.2020

AFRY delivers project management and engineering services for Metsä Fibre's new ...  (Company news)

...bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland

The project engineering for Metsä Fibre’s bioproduct mill project in Kemi, Finland will start at the beginning of August 2020. This means the detailed engineering of the mill’s technology, civil construction, MEI installations and commissioning, as well as preparation for the project’s construction phase.

In March 2020 AFRY signed a preliminary contract with Metsä Fibre on project management and engineering services during the possible construction phase of the Kemi bioproduct mill. The contract is conditional for investment decision. AFRY has already been involved in the pre-engineering phase of the project.

“The Kemi bioproduct mill project is proceeding as planned and according the schedule, we will start project engineering at the beginning of August. This is an important step towards the investment decision and construction of the mill. For example, the project organization expands as required,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director at Metsä Fibre.

AFRY’s assignment includes Project Management services for the whole mill and all engineering disciplines for Balance of Plant (BOP). In addition AFRY will coordinate the overall digitalization of the mill with BIM (Building Information Modeling) and PIM (Process Information Modeling) of the project including establishment of SSOT (Single-Source-of-Truth) concept towards digital twin enabling the use of efficient digital applications to boost the mill performance.

The planning of the new bioproduct mill is based on a high degree of environmental, energy and material efficiency. If implemented, the mill will be built using the best available techniques (BAT) and even more advanced techniques, such as the sulphuric acid plant and the bark gasification. The mill will not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate will be 250%. If implemented, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce around 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp a year, as well as many other bioproducts.

The EUR 1,5 billion investment decision are estimated to be fulfilled in the autumn of 2020.

“We are proud to be Metsä Fibre’s partner in this strategically important sustainable investment. This step towards the investment decision and construction of the new bioproduct mill is an important sign of the positive development of the bioindustry sector in Finland.“, says Kalle Rasinmäki, President, Process Industries Finland and Asia at AFRY.
(Afry Finland Oy)

Jörg Westphal becomes Managing Director at BST eltromat
 13.07.2020

Jörg Westphal becomes Managing Director at BST eltromat  (Company news)

Jörg Westphal (52, photo) has joined the management team of BST eltromat as of June 1, 2020, taking responsibility for the fields of service, sales and marketing. The trained industrial engineer Westphal will manage the businesses of the BST Group together with Dr. Jürgen Dillmann, who has been responsible for the company's Technology field since June 1, 2018.

Westphal has many years of comprehensive experience in the management of small and medium-sized companies and their international sales organizations. Most recently, he was a member of the management team at EAE Engineering Automation Electronics GmbH in Ahrensburg near Hamburg.

On July 1, 2019, Westphal came to BST eltromat in the role Manager of Service. As Managing Director, he will also take on responsibility for Sales and Marketing at the Group. “Over several decades, BST eltromat has earned an outstanding reputation as a leading supplier of first-class quality assurance systems in the printing, packaging, plastics and nonwoven industries. Furthermore, with its very efficient global sales and service network, and its production sites on other continents for the markets there, it is well positioned internationally. Both of these aspects provide a solid basis for successes in other sectors with web-processing production methods, and I intend to pursue those,” said a forward-looking Westphal. “At the moment, for example, that goes for the battery industry, which holds its processes to very high standards with regard to their quality, reliability and connectedness. With our broad-based knowledge and our wide-ranging field experience, we want to become the preferred partner for the equipment makers in that sector too, in all aspects of quality assurance.”

Westphal sees growth potential for the whole Group in a variety of industries. “We’re going to make use of our comprehensive practical expertise, move into other sectors through diversification, and in the process tap into new markets for the future. At the same time, we want to protect our leading position in our core markets and build on it,” announced the new Managing Director.

In the future, the company will put an even greater focus on the development of comprehensive solutions systematically oriented to market requirements. “In the process, we’ll bring in specific industry partners in order to round out our portfolio and generate added value for our customers,” Westphal explained. In addition, BST eltromat will make greater use of IoT- and Industry 4.0-based processes. The company is working intensively on raising its service quality further, and wants to offer customers flexible options for concluding a variety of service level agreements with the Group.
(BST eltromat International GmbH)

Voith and PTS Heidenau set a new standard for measuring stickies and non-tacky contaminants..
 10.07.2020

Voith and PTS Heidenau set a new standard for measuring stickies and non-tacky contaminants..   (Company news)

...using near-infrared measuring technology

-New near-infrared measuring technology offers higher measuring accuracy and a wider range of applications compared to conventional measuring methods
-Reliable detection of stickies and non-tacky contaminants
-Voith, PTS Heidenau and PROPAKMA publish technical rule for sticky measurements as DIN SPEC 6745

Photo: A near-infrared camera detects stickies and non-tacky contaminants reliably and accurately.

In collaboration with the research and service institute Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) Heidenau in Germany, Voith is introducing a new measuring method to detect unwanted tacky contaminants known as stickies. The measuring method, which uses a near-infrared (NIR) camera, allows the reliable detection of contaminants along the papermaking process and offers higher measuring accuracy and a wider range of applications compared to conventional methods. The associated technical rule was recently published as DIN SPEC 6745.

Higher measuring accuracy and wider range of applications
Compared to established methods in the paper industry, the measuring technology uses NIR to determine more comprehensive information about the contaminants with a high measuring accuracy. The spectral measurements obtained are compared and assigned to values of known contaminants. This allows further classification of the contaminants based on their chemical composition. In addition, both adhesive and non-tacky contaminants can be identified and classified using the NIR measuring technology.

Reliable identification, reduced laboratory effort
The new measuring method enables much more reliable information to be obtained while reducing the amount of laboratory work involved. “Using NIR technology to measure stickies allows the papermaker to determine sticky balances with reliable and sufficient accuracy based on single measurements,” says Dr. Linus Friedrich, Senior Manager R&D Fiber Systems at Voith Paper. “This demonstrates one of the benefits of the new measurement technology. With conventional methods, this was only possible to a limited extent due to the large variation in results,” Friedrich said.

Since the new measuring method uses laboratory sheets that can be produced by a laboratory sheet former and contain fibers, stickies and non-tacky contaminants, numerous intermediate steps in sample preparation are eliminated. For example, the sticky contaminants in a stock sample no longer need to be concentrated in order to be analyzed. The preparation time for laboratory sheet formation is significantly shorter and the measurement is less prone to error than applying conventional methods. Moreover, the new NIR measuring method can be used to evaluate final paper samples in addition to stock samples.

A near-infrared camera detects stickies and non-tacky contaminants reliably and accurately.

Technical rule published as DIN SPEC 6745
The technical rule developed in cooperation with Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) Heidenau and PROPAKMA was recently published as DIN SPEC 6745. The DIN SPEC is a preliminary stage of the DIN standard and describes the measuring procedure based on NIR measuring technology. The DIN SPEC 6745 is available to download free of charge from the Beuth Verlag website.

A new standard for the paper industry
Thanks to its technological advantages, the NIR measuring technology has the potential to replace established methods for measuring stickies. The publication of a technical rule on sample preparation and the performance of measurements has created the underlying conditions for setting a new standard in the paper industry.

The new measuring technology is available at the Voith Paper Technology Center in Heidenheim for the technology group’s R&D activities and for customer trials. This innovation can also be used, e.g., in service operations and customer audits. Voith is the first company in the paper industry to make use of the measuring device developed by PTS Heidenau and thus, as a full-line supplier to the paper industry, contributes significantly to an ever better understanding and analysis of the entire paper manufacturing process through intensive research and development activities.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Visit MIAC exhibition in Italy in maximum safety
 10.07.2020

Visit MIAC exhibition in Italy in maximum safety  (Company news)

MIAC 2020 is confirmed for mid-October in Italy!
270 international exhibitors are waiting for you in Italy to restart together in maximum safety. Everything has been studied to guarantee a peaceful visit to MIAC visitors, according to the rules of the Italian Government and of the Tuscany region.

14.15.16 October 2020 - LUCCA / ITALY - 27th edition
We would like to inform you about the positive developments for MIAC 2020 in Italy, which is officially confirmed on 14.15.16 October 2020 in Lucca.

MIAC and all its 270 exhibitors are looking ahead optimistically and they are pleased that the technicians of the paper industry sector will soon be able to make personal contact again in an exhibition dedicated to them, in complete safety, following a few simple common-sense rules.

Social, working and economic life is returning to normal; the paper industry sector has never stopped and has been essential during the Covid-19 emergency. With this in mind, MIAC in October marks a starting point for the entire chain that operates around this industry, which has proven to be fundamental.

Read the few instructions to follow at the exhibition
In the past weeks, the MIAC Organization, together with Lucca Exhibition Centre, in order to be able to welcome technicians from the national and international paper industry sector in total safety, has worked on guidelines and protocols about hygiene and sanitation rules, regarding both the pavilions and the Exhibitors’ stands.

MIAC 2020 - Machinery and plants for the production of Paper and Paperboard and for the converting of Tissue Paper.
We are waiting for you at the exhibition to restart together!
(Edipap Srl)

Mondi Upgrades its Paper Bags Facility in Hungary
 10.07.2020

Mondi Upgrades its Paper Bags Facility in Hungary  (Company news)

• New €7 million investment in state-of-the-art paper sack converting machine at Mondi's plant in Nyíregyháza, Hungary
• The machine will increase the plant’s quality, efficiency and service standards to produce high-end and sophisticated paper sacks for food purposes
• The investment will see 130 million paper sacks produced annually
• Mondi Nyíregyháza is in the process of seeking certification from HACCP to serve the food, feed, and seed industries

Mondi, leading global packaging and paper group, has successfully completed the implementation of a new state-of-the-art paper sack converting machine at its Nyíregyháza site in Hungary. The machine – a Windmöller & Hölscher AD 8320 / AM 8115 – allows the plant to produce a new line of sophisticated paper sacks for food packaging. The site will be capable of producing more than 130 million sacks annually.

The Mondi Nyíregyháza plant, which employs more than one hundred people, serves the Hungarian, Romanian, Austrian and Bulgarian market in many industries and sectors. It produces industrial paper sacks (open mouth and valve bags) for applications such as cement, building materials, food-feed-seed, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

“Our goal is to serve our customers’ needs with excellence, so we focused on increasing the plant’s quality and hygiene standard to be able to produce high-end and sophisticated paper sacks for food. This investment means we are able to enhance our operational efficiency, as well as offering shorter delivery times to our customers. Our ambition to open this line did not diminish despite the beginning of the health pandemic. Working with revised health and safety measures in place, I am very proud of my team's determination to execute this project and deliver this complex product portfolio," said Péter Szabó, Managing Director, Mondi Bags Hungária.

Due to this €7 million investment, the entire layout and set-up of the Nyíregyháza plant was re-designed in four months, including the storage area, printer area, warehouse, and ink kitchen to increase operational efficiency and safety.

The plant is now in the process of seeking the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification by the end of this year in order to serve the food, feed and seed industry with sacks that meet their high quality and hygiene standards.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

New individuals at key functions in Iggesund Paperboard's management team
 10.07.2020

New individuals at key functions in Iggesund Paperboard's management team   (Company news)

Iggesund Paperboard, one of five business areas in Holmen, is a market-leading manufacturer of paperboard for the premium segment of consumer packaging. This spring Paul Okker (photo) has become the new Vice-President Sales and Ulf Löfgren has taken on the newly created role of Production Director of the business area’s three production units.

“Paul Okker has had a long and successful career in Holmen,” comments the business area’s CEO Johan Nellbeck. “He has worked at Iggesund Paperboard for 20 years, most recently as Vice-President Sales for the European market. He is a highly valued leader, and this, in combination with his industry experience and customer knowledge, will undoubtedly support our strategy of growing globally with two of the market’s strongest product brands, Invercote and Incada.”

On 1 April, Paul replaced Kenneth Nystén, who has left the company. In addition to this change, Johan Nellbeck has also created a new role to strengthen the cooperation and coordination of the business unit’s three production units: Iggesund Mill, Workington Mill and Strömsbruk Converting Plant, the company’s facility for the additional finishing of paperboard products. The former Mill Director of Workington Mill, Ulf Löfgren, took up this position on 1 March. In conjunction with that move, Jenny Bergström, formerly the departmental head of Workington’s paperboard production and with a total of 17 years’ experience in the paperboard industry, took over as Mill Director of Workington Mill.

“Ulf has done a fantastic job as Mill Director at Workington. With his ability to get people to work towards the same goal and to achieve their full potential, I believe we will see synergy and efficiency gains within all our production units,” comments Johan Nellbeck.

Since Johan Nellbeck became CEO of Iggesund in August 2019, the management team has been broadened, and also includes Supply Chain, Product Portfolio Management, HR, Communication & Sustainability, Finance, Technology and IT.

“I am very satisfied with the collective expertise and experience held by the management team. With this team we ensure a holistic overview of our business and operations, which is a prerequisite for creating value for our customers and engagement in our employees,” Johan Nellbeck concludes.
(Iggesund Paperboard AB)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches sustainable 'from Plastic to Purpose' campaign with launch of....
 10.07.2020

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches sustainable 'from Plastic to Purpose' campaign with launch of....  (Company news)

... CelluSnack™ Papers

As part of its continued focus on global sustainability leadership, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has initiated its ‘from Plastic to Purpose’ campaign, highlighting first its new brand of CelluSnack™ snack packaging papers.

“Our ‘from Plastic to Purpose’ campaign aims at raising awareness around the world regarding the possibility of fiber-based solutions as a renewable packaging option,” said Robyn Buss, Executive Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging & Technical Solutions Business Area. “Consumers and brand owners are demanding more sustainable solutions that reduce their impact on the environment and also have a positive end-of-life story – anywhere from compostability and biodegradation to recyclability. By promoting the story of ‘from Plastic to Purpose’ we are encouraging food and industrial packaging producers globally to consider fiber and paper-based solutions as they innovate products for their customers.”

CelluSnack™ snack papers boast sustainable features and shelf presence, while offering grease and oil resistance with renewable properties. CelluSnack™ papers drive sustainable food packaging differentiation in today’s marketplace.

“When customers work with our global team at Ahlstrom-Munksjö, they experience our collaborative innovation process,” explained Jeff Murphy, Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging Business Unit. “We help brand owners and packaging engineers create customized solutions combining an array of visual, functional, and sustainable benefits.”

CelluSnack™ snack papers additionally offer heat sealing and other barrier coatings. To achieve high performing and eye-catching packaging, CelluSnack™ supporting brands of Cristal™ transparent papers and Gerstar™ glossy packaging (C1S glossy outer packaging) help packages capture consumer attention.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

SAGE advises that single use paper towels should be used in public washrooms to help ...
 09.07.2020

SAGE advises that single use paper towels should be used in public washrooms to help ...  (Company news)

...control COVID-19

As people get ready to reopen many businesses, SAGE (the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies) has reviewed the evidence on the spread of COVID-19 and the efficiency of mitigation measures.

One of the issues considered is washroom hygiene with a large amount of useful information on cleansing and air flows.

Specifically on hand drying the documents states:
Replacement of jet dryers with paper towels
Rationale: Jet air dryers can aerosolise microorganisms from poorly washed hands. Incomplete drying of hands means that contamination can persist on hands.
Evidence: Mechanistic studies to show microbial dispersion and studies using surrogate microorganisms show persistence of contamination. No direct evidence for transmission.

Practical considerations: Relatively easy action to temporarily take dryers out of action and provide paper towels. Need to consider the management of paper towel waste. Longer term there are cost and energy implications.

This SAGE advice reinforces the consistent CPI message that single use paper towels are an important part of measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
(CPI Confederation of Paper Industries)

Konica Minolta Announces AccurioJet KM-1e B2+ UV Inkjet Press
 09.07.2020

Konica Minolta Announces AccurioJet KM-1e B2+ UV Inkjet Press  (Company news)

Konica Minolta has unveiled AccurioJet KM-1e digital inkjet B2+ sheetfed UV colour inkjet production press as it continues to accelerate its growth within industrial print markets.

Since its launch in 2016 Drupa, AccurioJet KM-1 has been acclaimed as the first choice for B2+ digital printing press. Many commercial printers, online printers, direct mailers, publishing and book printing companies have benefited from multiple installations because of its media versatility resulted from Konica Minolta’s original UV inkjet technologies.

Following the legacy of the AccurioJet KM-1, the main benefit of AccurioJet KM-1e remains its infinite business expansion possibilities from current business fields to more profitable applications. Konica Minolta culminated benefits of the UV inkjet technology to maximize excellent printing capability on various types of media, including plastic substrates, transparent film, foiled paper, metallic media, canvas and synthetic substrates.

The Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e will continue to help customers pursue high value-added products where high quality production, extensive media compatibility and personalisation are required. As one example, Konica Minolta is working with partner MGI on varnishing solutions for high value print and with motioncutter digital laser technology for highly decorative cutting that will open more doors for customers to work directly with agencies.

First installations of the Konica Minolta KM-1e have already been made in Europe and in the US. More details will follow soon.

"Under our concept ’Igniting Print Possibilities’ we summarize our drive to solve customers’ and social challenges by the means of digital printing through further automation, integrated on-demand digital production and visualization of quality and operation. The AccurioJet KM-1e is a key pillar in ourstrategy to help our customers seize the many new opportunities digitalisation brings along, supporting the trend to switch from offset to inkjet printing in a fast-growing market. The main benefit of AccurioJet KM-1e remains its infinite expansion possibilities. It helps customers to unlock doors to new and more profitable applications. As just one example, we know from feedback that some customers are working more with agencies directly now thanks to the combination of world-class technologies. We can offer from high quality print through to varnishing and highly sophisticated decorative cutting for customer business expansions." (Toshi Uemura, Executive Officer, Division President of Professional Print, Konica Minolta Inc)

Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1, which is referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife” of printing thanks to its versatility with substrates and applications, as well as its successor benefit from Konica Minolta’s unique Dot Freeze Technology™. The patented process, known as DFT, has overcome one of the fundamental challenges of inkjet printing – uncontrolled ink dot movement that reduces print quality and workable materials. The technology uniquely self-freezes ink drops upon contact with materials, resulting in superior colour stability and consistency and excellent results with instantly dry perfects prints.
(Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH)

Asahi Photoproducts Enters into Distribution Partnership with Matset Matbaa Makine for ...
 09.07.2020

Asahi Photoproducts Enters into Distribution Partnership with Matset Matbaa Makine for ...  (Company news)

...Increased Accessibility to Asahi Products by the Turkish Packaging Community

Matset’s strong market position enables a high level of direct service to Turkish printer

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, reported that Matset, an innovative pioneer serving the Turkish packaging and printing industry, is now an authorized distributor of Asahi products in that country.

“We are pleased to be entering into this important relationship for the benefit of the Turkish printing industry,” said Doğu Pabuççuoğlu, General Manager of Matset Matbaa Makine ve Malzemeleri San.A.Ş. “We were particularly attracted by the high quality of Asahi’s water-based flexographic plates and CleanPrint strategy. As our customers become more familiar with the benefits of CleanPrint, we expect to be able to significantly increase Asahi’s market share in the Turkish market. These benefits include improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) with Asahi plates and processors, important to enable the Turkish market to hold a competitive global position.”
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)

Project engineering for Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Kemi to begin in August 2020
 09.07.2020

Project engineering for Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Kemi to begin in August 2020  (Company news)

The project engineering for Metsä Fibre’s bioproduct mill project in Kemi, Finland will start at the beginning of August 2020. This means the detailed engineering of the mill’s technology, civil construction, MEI installations and commissioning, as well as preparation for the project’s construction phase. The engineering work will be carried out in cooperation with the selected four main implementation partners: Valmet, ABB, AFRY and Fimpec.

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has signed preliminary contracts that are conditional for the investment decision. Contract with Valmet covers the main equipment and automation of the mill and with ABB the electrical systems. The preliminary contract with AFRY includes project management and engineering services, and the preliminary agreement with Fimpec covers the construction services of the mill. From the beginning of August, more than 400 people, including around 50 Metsä Group employees, will be working in the project engineering organisation. Up until now, around 40 Metsä Group and Botnia Mill Service employees have been involved in the bioproduct mill’s pre-engineering.

“The Kemi bioproduct mill project is proceeding as planned and according the schedule, we will start project engineering at the beginning of August. This is an important step towards the investment decision and construction of the mill. For example, the project organisation expand as required,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director at Metsä Fibre.

Prerequisites for the EUR 1,5 billion investment decision are estimated to be fulfilled in the autumn of 2020 after the environmental permit process is completed. In addition to the environmental permit process, the bioproduct mill project is currently being progressed through financing negotiations and the development of the logistics needed for the new mill. Second-phase preparatory work is already ongoing in the mill area in Kemi to ensure the smooth start of the construction phase of the bioproduct mill immediately after the investment decision has been made. The second-phase preparatory work in the mill area includes for example test pilings.

During the construction phase, the bioproduct mill’s employment impact is estimated to be nearly 10,000 person-years, of which more than half would be carried out in Kemi. The number of individual employees working in the mill area over the entire construction phase is estimated to rise to around 15,000. The planning of the new bioproduct mill is based on a high degree of environmental, energy and material efficiency. If implemented, the mill will be built using the best available techniques (BAT) and even more advanced techniques, such as the sulphuric acid plant and the bark gasification. The bioproduct mill will not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate will be 250%. This would further strengthen Metsä Group’s major position as an electricity producer using renewable domestic raw materials.

If implemented, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce around 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp a year, as well as many other bioproducts. The investment would secure current 250 jobs in the Kemi mill area. Through its direct value chain, the bioproduct mill would employ around 2,500 people in Finland, which is 1,500 people more than with the current Kemi pulp mill. The bioproduct mill’s annual use of pulpwood, mainly procured from Finland, will be around 7.6 million cubic metres per year, which is 4.5 million cubic metres more than the existing pulp mill uses annually.
(Metsä Fibre Oy)

W+D sells 11 vote by mail inserters to Runbeck Election Services for 2020 US elections
 09.07.2020

W+D sells 11 vote by mail inserters to Runbeck Election Services for 2020 US elections  (Company news)

W+D North America, the leading provider of vote by mail ballot inserting technology, announces the sale of eleven W+D BB700 S2 high speed inserters for vote-by-mail solutions to Runbeck Election Services of Phoenix, AZ. According to Jeff Ellington, President of Runbeck, “our current fleet of BB700 inserters had already enabled us to help numerous states with their expansions into comprehensive vote-by-mail processing. The BB700’s open architecture allows us to adapt to the varied workflow requirements of states and counties throughout the U.S. while maintaining 100% integrity throughout the process. Its ability to easily process a wide range of substrates gives us the flexibility to accommodate the most stringent requirements throughout the country.”

With this new expansion, which includes other important infrastructure additions to Runbeck Election Services’ capacity, the company says it is poised to become the largest vote-by-mail processor in the U.S.

“We are proud and excited to take on such an important responsibility during the upcoming elections,” added Ellington. “Furthermore, the level of personalized service and support we have received from W+D has been a key factor in our continuing relationship with them for election services solutions. Their machines’ reliability, where our first machine is still running 24 hours a day after 8 years, made it an easy long-term decision.”

Bob Pitel, senior account manager for W+D North America, notes “it has been an exciting challenge as our ballot inserting equipment has technically evolved to handle, from both a hardware and software perspective, the integrity requirements demanded by the vote-by-mail market. Arguably, vote by mail is one of the fastest growing segments our industry has seen in decades and Runbeck has been a great partner as they continue to preserve such an important American right”.
(W+D North America Inc.)

Flint Group announces fully automated flexographic plate processing equipment – ...
 09.07.2020

Flint Group announces fully automated flexographic plate processing equipment – ...  (Company news)

...The ThermoFlexX Catena+ equipment line

· Fully automated line with minimum operator intervention, resulting in more plate production even after the end of a shift

· An open system allowing easy loading of plates even from other Imagers into the Catena line

· Access to production data of all modules, provides a brand new level of pro-active maintenance, minimizing the need for physical service intervention

The revolutionary fully automated plate processing line consists of equipment modules which were announced earlier by the group; Catena - E (UV LED exposure), Catena - W (solvent plate processor), and Catena - DLS (dryer, light finisher and plate stacker combination with robotized plate transport).

Catena means “connected chain” and just as the name reveals, the Catena+ line is a modular system, which can join together for various levels of automation.

A Catena-DLS module can be connected to a Catena-W for automatic plate-processing. The Catena-DLS has 10 drying units, 7 stacking positions and a light finisher. Robotic movement ensures that plates are fully finished with no operator intervention after loading into the washer.

“We are proud to announce the Catena-DLS, the missing piece on our way to fully automated flexo plate processing. In combination with our ThermoFlexX imager, the recently released Catena-W and the Catena-E UV LED exposure, we provide a state-of-the-art, fully automated and integrated flexo plate processing system, which allows our customers to produce flexo plates at lowest total cost for every application“, explains Uwe Stebani, General Manager Xeikon Prepress. “And in combination with our groundbreaking ThermoFlexX Woodpecker surface screening software and best-in-class Flint Group flexographic plates, we enable our customers to rival any other system in the market.”

Catena+ brings the whole chain together, resulting in leading edge fully automated flexo plate making. Once the operator has removed the cover sheet the plate is automatically loaded into the imager, and is completely processed and fully finished with no further operator interventions needed, eliminating any damage caused by manual plate handling.

Designed as an open system, Catena+ allows easy loading of plates from other imagers into the Catena-E LED exposure unit. Plates from other exposure frames can also be easily loaded to take advantage of the highly productive WDLS.

The full line Catena+ also includes Catena Cockpit, which provides a highly visible status report on plate processing, progress and expected time of completion.

With Catena ProServX software, the machine health status of all modules is constantly monitored, thus, enabling a new level of pro-active support and maintenance. The need for physical service-interventions is minimized.
(Flint Group Xeikon Prepress NV)

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE is the first in the world to be certified with FSSC 22000...
 08.07.2020

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE is the first in the world to be certified with FSSC 22000...  (Company news)

... accreditation for its Competence Center for the production of drinking straws

With the establishment of a Competence Center for drinking straw papers, DREWSEN wants to make a decisive contribution to the development of high-quality paper drinking straws. The interaction of paper, glue and drinking straw machine are largely unknown.

Since first producing and marketing papers for the food industry, DREWSEN has ensured that they comply with all of the relevant hygiene standards, including the VO 852/2004 – HACCP hygiene management system, which was established several years ago and certified by DQS GmbH.

Even more stringent hygiene requirements must be met when producing drinking straws in DREWSENs Competence Center. To ensure this, DREWSEN consciously elected to work to an approved standard by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). Within a few months, a FSSC 22000 hygiene management system was established, which was successfully certified by DQS GmbH in May 2020.

DREWSEN is proud to be the world's first manufacturer of drinking straws with FSSC 22000 certification.
(DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)

Domino launches X630i digital ink jet corrugated press with AQ95 aqueous ink set
 08.07.2020

Domino launches X630i digital ink jet corrugated press with AQ95 aqueous ink set   (Company news)

On 16 June, on what should have been the first day of drupa 2020, Domino Digital Printing Solutions announced the launch of the Domino X630i single pass, digital ink jet press supplied with the revolutionary Domino AQ95 CMYK aqueous ink set representing ‘The new business model for corrugated box production.’

Although Domino has been developing industrial ink jet technologies since 1978, this represents their first step into the digital corrugated printing space. Domino is part of an international group with its headquarters in Cambridge in the UK, who became part of the Japanese based Brother Industries corporation in 2015. After launching into the label printing sector in 2012, Domino quickly established itself as the ink jet technology digital press market leader, and now intends to repeat this same success in the corrugated box printing market.

The Domino X630i is a new digital ink jet printing solution designed for everyday corrugated production, enabling corrugated box printers to print with minimal set-up time and waste, significantly improving overall plant productivity.

Matt Condon, Corrugated Sector Business Development Manager at Domino Digital Printing Solutions division, says: “We are delighted to be introducing this highly automated, single pass Domino X630i digital ink jet press which will enable you to profitably develop short and medium run market opportunities, facilitating new streams of business and providing a more complete range of capability for your customer base.” The X630i is based on Domino’s proven and reliable Generation 6 ink jet platform, which has approaching 1000 worldwide industrial installations.

Condon continues, “Digital printing allows you to remove the need for printing plates and the lost production time and waste associated with set-up and make-ready, thereby increasing your uptime, productivity and efficiency, and reducing cost and consumption. With speeds of up to 75m/min (246ft/min), 600 x 600dpi print resolution, and a maximum print area of 3000mm x 1345mm (118” x 53”), the Domino X630i ink jet press is designed for everyday corrugated box production. This investment will enable you to move your short run, multiple SKU and short lead time jobs to digital, rebalancing production with your analogue printing equipment, driving up efficiency and output with reduced costs and improved profit margins. It will give you a competitive advantage, allowing you to grow your longer run conventional print production, whilst at the same time attracting new business and giving your customers the opportunity for more versioning, personalisation and consumer engagement.”

The X630i is supplied with the revolutionary Domino AQ95 CMYK aqueous ink set, which incorporates i-Tech PolyM, one of Domino’s unique intelligent Technology features. These features reflect Domino’s depth of ink jet expertise and are designed to create systems altogether more flexible and reliable. Based on unique micro polymeric particles, i-Tech PolyM is designed to print on both uncoated and coated corrugated substrates without the need to either apply a separate primer or even a bonding agent. In addition, it is also suitable for many non-direct food packaging applications being Swiss Ordinance, Nestlé and EuPIA compliant.

Further i-Tech components are incorporated into Domino’s proven Generation 6 ink jet platform. These include the i-Tech ActiFlow ink circulation system, i-Tech CleanCap automated print head cleaning and capping station, and i-Tech StitchLink automated print head alignment. These i-Tech features optimise ink jet nozzle performance and reliability, delivering more consistent and high quality print results. The automation provides a more controlled process with minimal operator intervention and maintenance and reduced set up times. It is all designed to improve uptime, ensuring the highest levels of productivity.

Condon continues, “Domino recognises that corrugated converters are facing the same challenges faced by label printers ten years ago with increased demands from brand owners for shorter print runs, shorter lead times and more SKUs. The question is how do you meet this challenge cost-effectively? Add to this, the increasing demands for personalisation, shelf-ready packaging, and Covid-19 which has ‘temporarily’ accelerated the already predicted market growth in e-commerce, as security and hygiene take on greater importance. All these factors are drivers towards the digital production of corrugated. Domino wanted to extend and share our digital ink jet knowledge and expertise with the corrugated sector to help you respond to these changing market demands.”

Condon concludes, “ The Domino X630i has a small footprint, with big benefits that will help you transform your business and make your entire production floor more efficient.” But don’t just take Condon’s word for this…

During the virtual launch of the Domino X630i, print & packaging industry expert, Dr Sean Smyth, interviewed Finn MacDonald, President of Kentucky based Independent II to discover the reasons why Independent II decided to take their first step into digital with Domino and invest in this ‘transformational’ digital ink jet press.
(Domino UK Ltd)

Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM1 at Cartiera di Ferrara, Italy
 08.07.2020

Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM1 at Cartiera di Ferrara, Italy  (Company news)

Cartiera di Ferrara selected Toscotec for a complete dryer section rebuild of its coreboard machine at Ferrara mill in Italy. The paper machine produces coreboard in the range of 220 to 620 gsm, processing 100% recycled paper. The delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.

The project includes two dryer sections. In the first part, Toscotec will install new felt, guide and stretcher rolls; it will modify the existing frame structure and supply a new frame section. The second part will be completely new and it will feature 16 new TT SteelDryers of 1,829 mm diameter designed for an operating steam pressure of 10 barg. The scope also includes bearings and housings, steam fits and joints, turbulence bars for the dryer cans, and all the main section components such as felt rolls, stretchers, guiding devices, and doctors.

Toscotec will supply mechanical drives for the entire dryer section in silent drive configuration. The services package includes mechanical erection, supervision, commissioning, and start-up assistance.

The rebuild will increase the mill’s production by 30%. Toscotec will reposition the existing 1,500 mm diameter cast-iron dryers to the first part of the dryer section, and it will implement an increased thermal efficiency in the second part using TT SteelDryers of a larger diameter.

Giulio Spinoglio, President and CEO of Cartiera di Ferrara, says: “Out of the various proposals we evaluated for this project, Toscotec’s rebuild solution was the most compelling one for two main reasons. First, the timeline of the project. Toscotec gave us good guarantees on the PM shutdown time and their previous record of successful rebuilds confirmed their capability to deliver. Second, their technical solution was the most advantageous for us in terms of production increase and energy efficiency. ”

Enrico Fazio, Head of Sales of Toscotec Paper & Board division, says: “Our rebuild solution allows for a significant increase of PM1 production capacity, without changing the length of the dryer section. This means that the positions of the press and the pope reel remain unchanged and that civil works will not be required, thereby significantly reducing the machine shutdown time.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Ilim Group Develops its Sustainable Forest Management Practices
 08.07.2020

Ilim Group Develops its Sustainable Forest Management Practices  (Company news)

As part of its annual reforestation efforts in 2020, Ilim Group will plant trees in an area covering 55,000 ha in the Irkutsk and Arkhangelsk Oblasts

As part of its annual reforestation efforts in 2020, Ilim Group will plant trees in an area covering 55,000 ha in the Irkutsk and Arkhangelsk Oblasts, using over 6.5 million seedlings and 4 tons of pine and spruce tree seeds. The number of seedlings planted grows every year.

Ilim uses ball-rooted planting stock, which helps to improve the quality of reforestation due to higher survival of planted seedlings. This planting stock production technology allows to extend the time for planting trees by several months. Forest nurseries in Ilim’s Siberian locations cover a total area of 20 thousand square meters.
(Ilim Group)

Voith Group’s results remain solid in the first half of the fiscal year 2019/20
 08.07.2020

Voith Group’s results remain solid in the first half of the fiscal year 2019/20  (Company news)

- Group sales slightly up from the previous year
- EBIT in the Group has increased and all three lines of its core business have positive figures
- Orders received remain at a high level, in particular to the further growth of Voith Paper
- M&A strategy has advanced successfully
- First negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Voith Group’s figures for the end of March

Picture: Dr. Toralf Haag, Voith President and CEO

The Voith Group continued to show solid results in the first six months (October 2019 through end of March 2020) of the current fiscal year 2019/20, despite a very challenging market environment. Voith’s figures were negatively affected beginning late March by the COVID-19 pandemic, which first appeared in China – one of Voith’s important markets – before spreading around the world towards the end of the reporting period. The pandemic went hand in hand with contact restrictions in many places, initial production stoppages and a noticeable reluctance on the part of customers to invest.

Despite this, Group sales of EUR 2.08 billion were slightly higher than in the same period in the previous year (EUR 2.07 billion). Orders received were worth EUR 2.17 billion, almost as high as in the previous year (EUR 2.29 billion). The value of orders received was EUR 5.58 billion on the reporting date of March 31 and was slightly higher than the high-level in the previous year (EUR 5.54 billion). Voith was able to increase its operating results slightly in the first half of the fiscal year. EBIT increased by 3 percent to EUR 79 million. All three lines of our core business were clearly in the black while future investments in Digital Ventures continued to impact results, as planned. The Voith Group’s EBIT margin rose slightly to 3.8 percent. The net result rose significantly to EUR 23 million (previous year EUR 18 million).

For the first time, the figures for the first half of the fiscal year also include BTG, which was integrated on December 1, 2019. The new Voith subsidiary, a provider of integrated, highly specialized process solutions for the global pulp and paper industry, contributed EUR 51 million of incoming orders, sales of EUR 48 million and operating results of EUR 7 million.

Acquisitions further strengthen core business
In addition to the crisis management which is necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, Voith is continuing to focus on its targeted strategy of strengthening its core business, in particular through further M&A transactions. The most recent successes in the last few months have been the first steps towards founding the HMS – Hybrid Motion Solutions GmbH joint enterprise with Moog Inc., a developer, manufacturer and supplier of electrical, hydraulic and hybrid drive solutions. The partners will work together to build business with hydraulic drives in various industry markets. Voith is also planning to acquire Traktionssysteme Austria GmbH (TSA) together with the Swiss company PCS Holding. A contract for the joint acquisition of a 59 percent shareholding was signed in April. TSA is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric motors, generators and transmissions for rail and commercial vehicles.

Voith had already achieved important milestones in its M&A strategy in the previous months. After completing the integration of BTG, two other important acquisitions were agreed upon in December 2019, and have now closed. The acquisition of a 90 percent holding in the Italian company Toscotec has further strengthened Voith’s position in the paper industry. Toscotec’s product and service portfolio will extend Voith Paper’s offering and further strengthens the position of the company as a full-line supplier in key sectors of the paper industry. The Turbo Division has also made a strategic addition to its portfolio by acquiring a majority shareholding in ELIN Motoren GmbH, a high-tech Austrian company with a global business in electric motors and generators for industrial applications. This acquisition will strengthen Voith Turbo’s position as a technology-independent supplier of drive systems even further.

Sound development in the Group Divisions
The Group Division Voith Hydro reported sales of EUR 504 million, which was substantially lower than in the previous year (EUR 553 million). Orders worth EUR 521 million were received which was, as anticipated, significantly lower than in the very good previous year (EUR 762 million). The Service business continues to develop encouragingly. Operating results of EUR 17 million were lower than in the previous year (EUR 27 million) as a result of sales.

In the first half of the 2019/20 fiscal year, the Group’s growth was again primarily driven by the Group Division Voith Paper. Despite the normalization of investments in the paper industry, Voith Paper was able to boost the value of orders received significantly up to EUR 901 million (previous year: EUR 747 million). Sales increased to EUR 895 million (previous year: EUR 821 million) thanks to excellent capacity utilization and the acquisition of BTG. Operating results of EUR 46 million were again higher than the previous year (EUR 42 million).

The persistently difficult market environment (e.g. in the oil sector) and the immediately noticeable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on important customer industries led to the Group Division Voith Turbo receiving 7 percent fewer orders (EUR 697 million) and generating 3.3 percent less in sales (EUR 641 million) than in the same period of the previous year. Accordingly, EBIT fell to EUR 20 million (previous year: EUR 26 million).

The Group Division Voith Digital Ventures reported encouraging successes in the market and was able to increase the number of orders received by 57 percent to a value of EUR 47 million and also boosted sales by 26 percent to EUR 36 million. Due to important investments in future digitalization and start-up activities, the operating results remained negative at EUR -6 million, which was nonetheless an improvement from the first half of the previous year (EUR -18 million).

Outlook: Negative influence of the COVID-19 pandemic anticipated
There has been no fundamental change in the Voith Group’s strategic objective of achieving sustainable and profitable growth in the years ahead. In the present circumstances, in which there remains significant uncertainties concerning the full scale of the impact of the pandemic and the timing and speed of economic recovery, it is impossible to provide a reliable short-term forecast. Nonetheless, Voith does expect that the most important key figures will be negatively affected by a substantial degree due to the impact of COVID-19 throughout the rest of the fiscal year 2019/20.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Finewebtech Increases Production Capacity By More Than 20% With New Nilpeter FA-17
 08.07.2020

Finewebtech Increases Production Capacity By More Than 20% With New Nilpeter FA-17  (Company news)

Picture: Mr. Jang Tae-Soo, President & CEO, and Mr. Lloyd Jang, General Director, Finewebtech Label Solution System in front of their new Nilpeter FA-17

Finewebtech of South Korea has seen a 20% increase in production capacity following the installation of their new Nilpeter FA-17. The company has already signed on for two additional Nilpeter FA-Line presses to further expand and streamline the business.

Finewebtech was founded in 1987 in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The award winning label and flexible packaging printer primarily deals in cosmetics, household items, foods, pharmaceuticals, and more. After a comprehensive market search, Finewebtech decided to go with the Nilpeter FA-17 midst 2019, which decorated the first All New Nilpeter FA-line installation in the country. According to Erik Blankenstein, Sales Director Nilpeter Asia-Pacific; Nilpeter’s local representation by SCREEN Korea and in particular Mr. Johnny Lee, GA Company & Marketing Director, has played an important role in the Korean market development and business relationship with Finewebtech. The first press was installed in August 2019.

The Confidence to Quote Customers with Shorter Lead Times
“The flexibility on the All New FA has cut our production time significantly,” says Mr. Jang Tae-Soo, President & CEO, Finewebtech Label Solution System.

“For example, having the option to put Rotary Screen on the rail, with its own dedicated UV lamp system, has cut down our preparation time by at least 20% and increased our production capacity by more than 20%. With this, our 9-colour press is working as a 13-colour press as we do not have to compromise print stations to do rotary screen. The ability to put most of the embellishment options on the rail has given our production team the confidence to quote customers with shorter lead times,” he adds.

Print Quality from the All New FA is Uncontested
“Nilpeter’s dedication and development within flexo printing has brought our print quality to an absolute top-level. By keeping the impression and the chill roller separate, print quality from the All New FA is uncontested! Density levels are amazing. The longer web-path on each print station, and even longer web-path at the end for varnish, gives fantastic print and varnish results,” says Mr. Lloyd Jang, General Director, Finewebtech Label Solution System.

”We have many different flexo press brands in-house, and I have to say, the machine downtime on the Nilpeter press is incomparable. And we’ve experienced nothing but quick response times and solutions from the Nilpeter team. When faced with complicated new jobs, the Nilpeter application team is always of great help,” he continues.

Two Additional Nilpeter Presses on the Books
“We have just signed off on our 2nd & 3rd Nilpeter All New FA presses and we are looking forward to further expanding and streamlining our business. We feel very confident that the level of automation, efficiency and flexibility that our additional two FA-lines will bring, will allow us to make this happen,” Mr. Jang Tae-Soo, President & CEO, Finewebtech Label Solution System concludes.
(Nilpeter A/S)

BOBST Group expects first half year loss due to Covid-19 lock-down impact and announces...
 07.07.2020

BOBST Group expects first half year loss due to Covid-19 lock-down impact and announces...  (Company news)

... change in the Group Executive Committee

The spread of Covid-19 has caused major disruptions in the global supply chain and has impacted the international trade and service business in recent months. Most machine installations and service interventions scheduled for the second quarter of 2020 could not be performed as planned due to travel bans, which has a significant impact on revenue recognition. 2020 sales will be even less balanced than in previous years affecting negatively the first half-year’s profitability. Bobst Group expects its sales for the first half of 2020 to be more than CHF 200 million lower than the CHF 737 million achieved in the same period in 2019. The operating result (EBIT) for the first half of 2020 is expected to be around CHF 50 to 60 million lower than the CHF 15 million achieved in the same period of 2019.

Although countries are reopening borders, there is still a lot of uncertainty mainly linked to air travel and the overall economic and pandemic situation. It is therefore not possible at this time to give a reliable guidance for the Group’s full year revenues and results.

The Group announces change in the Group Executive Committee
After 9 years of dedicated service in Bobst Group’s Executive Committee, Philippe Milliet, Head of Business Unit Sheet-fed, decided to take on new mandates and to re-focus his activities on business outside of BOBST in the near future. During his tenure he not only prepared the Business Unit Sheet-fed, which he led, for the new market requirements in the folding carton and corrugated board industries, he was also prominent in the evolution of Bobst Group to the current stage by leading major Group transformation program, standardization of core processes and systems, as well as helping increase BOBST’s market presence in China over the past years. “We warmly thank Philippe Milliet for his strong contributions to the success of the Business Unit Sheet-fed globally and also Bobst Mex SA operations in Switzerland. He always led with great passion and professionalism. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.”

Effective 1 July, 2020, Jean-Pascal Bobst, Group CEO, is now heading the Business Unit Sheet-fed ad interim.
(Bobst Mex SA)

PMP supports dynamic development of Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A.
 07.07.2020

PMP supports dynamic development of Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A.   (Company news)

Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A. has been continuously working on modernizing its machine fleet for last several years. The priority is, invariably, an increase of production capacity, an improvement of final products’ quality parameters and implementation of environmentally friendly & energy-saving solutions. Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A. for years have been partnering with PMP applying ambitious technological projects. In addition, both companies support the idea of "good, because it is Polish".

In 2019, PMP successfully rebuilt a press section of PM#1 with a new Intelli-Nip® shoe press included. The solution proposed by PMP improved dryness after press from 43% before rebuilt to 48% after rebuilt. The technology of the shoe press also enhanced properties of paper, and also significantly improved PM efficiency.

PM1, 5300 mm @reel, after rebuild, produces offset paper, with a grammage range from 60 to 100 gsm. The operating speed after rebuilt is 1000 mpm. PMP's scope of delivery included: press section equipped with the Intelli-Nip® shoe module (maximum design pressure 600 kN/m, shoe module diameter 1100 mm); this is the first PMP reference for a module with a smaller diameter. In addition, PMP provided controls, replacement parts and assembly and commissioning supervision.

As a result of so far a fruitful cooperation, in April 2020, PMP signed another contract with Arctic Paper Kostrzyn team, for a revamp of a press section, this time for another machine. The purpose of the rebuild is to improve the condition of the section framework and to eliminate vibrations.

PM2, 5300 mm @reel and an annual capacity of 160,000 tons, produces single-layer wood-free graphic paper with a grammage range from 60 to 170 gsm. The scope of supply will cover an entire new framework, including press roll swing arms, savealls, platforms, mechanical drives as well as assembly and commissioning supervision service. The framework will be entirely made of stainless steel. The investment is planned for summer 2021.
(PMPoland S.A.)

Koenig & Bauer celebrates award series at virtual printing fair
 07.07.2020

Koenig & Bauer celebrates award series at virtual printing fair  (Company news)

-New Rapida generation receives both iF Design Award and Red Dot Design Award
-Sheetfed offset flagship combines technical and visual highlights
-German Brand Award for consistent brand management

Photo: The new sheetfed offset portfolio from Koenig & Bauer has already picked up two coveted design awards

With its new Rapida press generation, Koenig & Bauer offers proud proof of the power of industrial design. The new flagship of the company’s sheetfed offset portfolio has already picked up two coveted design awards. And consistent implementation of a brand management concept has likewise earned praise from competition jury members. The good news crowned the virtual fair event Koenig & Bauer LIVE.

The presentation of the Red Dot Design Award on 22nd June kicked off the second week of Koenig & Bauer LIVE. Broadcast as an online stream, the event was a perfect opportunity for the company to showcase its latest product innovations for the print industry. One undisputed highlight was the new Rapida press generation for the sheetfed offset segment. “Our newly developed machine will set new standards in the printshop, not only technically but also in its design,” said a clearly delighted Ralf Sammeck, member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer and CEO of the Sheetfed business unit, during the product presentation.

Clear lines, generous glass surfaces and an overall appearance characterised by the brand colours of Koenig & Bauer also convinced the jury of the international Red Dot Design Award. They identified the Rapida as the “Best of the Best” in its category and honoured this achievement with the competition’s top prize. In addition, Koenig & Bauer was already announced as a winner of the iF Design Award for the new Rapida generation in February. The award ceremony at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin was originally planned for May but then fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the new generation of its sheetfed offset presses, the oldest press manufacturer in the world has added yet another decisive aspect to the relaunch of the Koenig & Bauer brand which began in 2017. In terms of machine design, too, the company is committed to strengthening this brand identity. “Consistent implementation of the brand identity, also with regard to product design, underlines Koenig & Bauer’s claim as a leading partner to the print industry,” says Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communication and marketing at Koenig & Bauer.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Showing closeness from a distance - Adhesive Notes in Times of Corona
 07.07.2020

Showing closeness from a distance - Adhesive Notes in Times of Corona  (Company news)

Simple and creative solutions is what people want in times of crisis above all. There is no time for experiments when things get tough or have to be done in a hurry, and we tend to stick with what we know and love wherever possible. When that does not work, we need to get creative. Right now, with the corona crisis dominating everything, we can see this happening with one of the most popular promotional gifts ever. Adhesive note products are booming.

During ‘normal’ times, these practical sticky notes are given away to make life easier in the office, promote brands, and as trade fair goodies. Since the start of the year – after the coronavirus outbreak – more and more companies are using these notes to communicate messages and information: as a notice that a desk or hotel room has been disinfected, a reminder of the social distancing rules, or any other information for customers and staff. The possible uses are as versatile as the note blocks and formats available. According to one of Germany’s leading promotional product specialist, Black Forest based Karl Knauer KG, they have even been used as protective covers on shopping trolley handles.

“We can clearly see how the way our customers communicate has changed during the corona pandemic. Instead of advertising marketing messages, they now focus on disseminating information. The content may be different, but the objective is still essentially the same: to let customers know that they are important and that the company is thinking about them,” explains Frederik Zecheus, Key Account Manager for Promotional Products at Karl Knauer. He goes on to explain: “There is a huge demand for sticky notes at the moment because they are easy to make, can be produced at low cost, and the designs can be incredibly flexible.”
(Karl Knauer KG)

New research reveals sustainability is transforming businesses approach to packaging innovation
 07.07.2020

New research reveals sustainability is transforming businesses approach to packaging innovation  (Company news)

-One-third of companies say sustainability is driving all R&D and new product development
-Companies are investing most heavily in using recycled materials in their products and packaging
-68% of businesses view materials used in packaging as the most challenging area for sustainability
-37% of consumers rate packaging design as important when making a purchasing decision

A new survey by paper-based packaging leader Smurfit Kappa has revealed sustainability is transforming the innovation agenda as businesses rethink their products and packaging solutions in an effort to tackle environmental waste. The Sustainability and Profitability Survey, which was conducted among 200 senior business executives in the UK, showed that sustainability is driving all R&D and new product development in more than a third of companies.

The research also showed how businesses are focusing on packaging specifically as a key innovation opportunity with seven in 10 businesses citing materials in packaging as their biggest sustainability challenge, followed by collection and recycling (59%) and the materials used to manufacture products (56%). Furthermore, almost nine in 10 businesses have included used or recycled material in products / packaging as part of their sustainability strategies.

Commenting on the research findings, Arco Berkenbosch, Smurfit Kappa VP of Innovation & Development, said: “This research highlights that businesses are now having to address sustainability in a challenging economic environment and consumers will continue to drive the sustainability agenda.

“There are plenty of easy wins for suppliers to tackle in the global packaging industry without driving up significant costs, starting with reducing the amount of empty packaging in the eCommerce channel and the use of plastic when transporting goods in the supply chain. We have found that there is growing demand for the products in our Better Planet Packaging portfolio which are sustainable alternatives for single-use plastic.

“As the shift to sustainable packaging intensifies, it is critical businesses continue to invest in innovative solutions in order to respond to consumer demand, improve brand perception and deliver successful sustainability strategies,” added Mr Berkenbosch.

The survey, which also examined consumers’ views on sustainability and how they are adapting to create a more sustainable future, found that 37% rate packaging design as important when making a purchasing decision. Further signalling consumers’ awareness of brands’ packaging, the research showed more than half of customers have purchased a product specifically because it had reusable or biodegradable packaging in the past six months.

The Sustainability and Profitability Survey showed eight in 10 businesses view sustainability as a long-term investment rather than a cost with consumers continuing to drive organisations’ attitudes towards sustainable practices.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

Saving the climate - freight of wood chips from road to rail
 07.07.2020

Saving the climate - freight of wood chips from road to rail  (Company news)

For many years, transportation of wood chips from saw mills in the Lillehammer area to the wood processing industry in Halden has been done by trucks on road. Now the trucks are being replaced by trains.

The transition from road to rail has come about as a result of good cooperation between customers and suppliers. The rails were in place, but adjustments have been necessary in order to facilitate loading and discharging of the cargo. The first wood chip load was successfully transported this week.

- We have acquired new train wagons and we use electrical train engines. We are planning weekly deliveries thereby saving 1650 truck loads per year. These trucks now being replaced by train would otherwise have travelled on the E6 through Oslo centre, giving huge environmental benefits, says Kjell Arve Kure, managing director of Norske Skog Saugbrugs.

- We have worked with this project for a long time and we are very happy that we now have managed a smooth transition from road to rail for this kind of transport. Freight by rail is a much more environmentally viable solution with the additional benefit of being more cost efficient, says Jørn Nøstelien, managing director of Gausdal Brucoll.

The wood industry company Gausdal Bruvoll in Oppland produces building materials. Wood chips is a by-product which is transported to Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden where the chips are processed into different types of magazine paper.
(Norske Skog Saugbrugs)

Valmet to deliver machine vision system to ITC in India
 06.07.2020

Valmet to deliver machine vision system to ITC in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a new-generation machine vision system to ITC in India. The new Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) will be installed on ITC’s packaging board machine - BM7, replacing the existing WIS system. The new Valmet IQ WIS will enable the mill to inspect and improve paper quality in greater detail.

Photo: Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) uses multi-geometry technology.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The commissioning is scheduled during the third and fourth quarter of 2020.

“Our BM7 already has Valmet quality control solutions, and we are happy to work together with Valmet on progressive improvements too, such as the upcoming runnability improvement,” says Sanjay Singh, CEO, ITC Limited Paper Boards and Specialty Paper Division.

“Based on the proven results and trust, we decided to select Valmet again,” continues Vadiraj Kulkarni, COO, ITC Paper Boards and Specialty Paper Division.

“The customer was seeking for the latest inspection technology to improve the product quality. Our new WIS features matched their requirement of the limited installation space and advanced line scan technology of detecting faint blade lines and calendar marks. In addition, we did the test for its blade line samples, and as the results were good, the customer was even more confident about our solution,” says Pravin Tripathi, Head of Sales & Services, Automation, India, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
The delivery includes two camera beams and two LED light beams for transmission, top high angle reflection with side light and bottom high angle reflection using multi-geometry technology with intelligent 8K Dual-line TDI cameras.

The Valmet IQ WIS provides new information to reduce the origins of web defects in order to improve production efficiency and product quality. With the IQ WIS operators can quickly focus on the specific quality problems, making the necessary changes in the machine operations to optimize the machine efficiency and high product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

INOMETA qualifies as an anilox roller supplier to Windmöller & Hölscher
 06.07.2020

INOMETA qualifies as an anilox roller supplier to Windmöller & Hölscher  (Company news)

For more than 30 years, INOMETA has maintained a strong partnership with Windmöller & Hölscher of Lengerich.

For many machine and printing unit components, INOMETA is known by W&H to be a reliable supplier and long-standing development and innovation partner for flexographic printing.

n the past year, INOMETA has also succeeded in qualifying for Windmöller & Hölscher's Technology Centre with the product family INOflex® INOlox roller sleeves. Just like in the area of hydraulic CFRP adapters, INOMETA is now one of a select circle of certified partners for anilox components to the global market leader from Lengerich. “We are very proud to have achieved this qualification. This strong collaboration marks a milestone for our INOlox product family. A particularly positive point to highlight is that the range of equipment on offer to W&H customers has expanded”, commented Michael Kassebeer, Sales Manager at INOMETA in Herford. “For many years now, our CFRP bridge adapters have been present in the printing units of machines, such as the NOVOFLEX”. Since this qualification, we now have the ability to be specified as a supplier of anilox rollers and sleeves in Windmöller & Hölscher flexographic printing machines.” Particularly for high-speed applications, INOMETA anilox rollers and sleeves are amongst the most powerful products in their segment. INOMETA has been supplying its INOlox anilox rollers since last year, specifically for W&H Novoflex II, and has been impressing W&H’s end customers with excellent printing results ever since.

“Windmöller & Hölscher have the most stringent quality standards for their machines and all of the components used within them. For INOMETA, that makes the qualification of our anilox rollers particularly valuable.”
(Windmöller & Hölscher KG)

Smurfit Kappa demonstrates truly impactful sustainability at leading kraftliner mill
 06.07.2020

Smurfit Kappa demonstrates truly impactful sustainability at leading kraftliner mill  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa’s industry-leading new recovery boiler is now operating at its Nettingsdorf paper mill in Austria.

The unveiling of the state-of-the-art boiler marks an important milestone in Smurfit Kappa’s Future Energy Plant project, which was a €134 million investment to increase the sustainability and efficiency of the leading kraftliner mill.

The innovative new boiler will enable the plant to further boost energy optimisation at the mill. By recovering energy from the biomass contained in black liquor from pulp production, the new boiler is set to cut CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes, which equates to about two-thirds of the current emissions at the site, and 2.4% of those from Smurfit Kappa Europe.

The Future Energy Plant also involved developing an advanced new steam turbine, as well as several other projects including an upgraded water treatment plant and installation of additional drying cylinders to the paper machine.

Speaking about the mill’s latest milestone, Günter Hochrathner, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, said: “I am very proud to get to this day in such a huge and ambitious project and it’s a great moment for all our employees here. By starting to operate this new recovery boiler, we have taken a very important step forward in sustainability and are practising true circularity.”

Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper & Board, Europe, added: "The Future Energy Plant project was part of an ongoing investment programme by the Smurfit Kappa Group to implement a series of transformative sustainable innovations. Efficient energy plants play a major role in the production of paper.

“This investment in Nettingsdorf will enable us to ensure a long-term supply of high-quality and sustainable containerboard - something our customers have come to expect from us.”

Founded in 1851 and with over 360 employees, Nettingsdorf is one of Smurfit Kappa’s most efficient paper mills and one of the leading producers of kraftliner in Europe. The mill produces approximately 450,000 tonnes of paper annually and has seen a 34% increase in productivity since becoming part of Smurfit Kappa in 1995.
(Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf)

Announcing IDERA - Xeikon and Flint Group Bring Digital Print to the Corrugated Industry
 06.07.2020

Announcing IDERA - Xeikon and Flint Group Bring Digital Print to the Corrugated Industry  (Company news)

Xeikon and Flint group announced the launch of IDERA, a brand-new digital solutions platform for corrugated packaging converters. One of the cornerstones of this platform is a post-print, single-pass printing press. This press uses certified food-safe water-based inks on coated and uncoated corrugated sheets up to 1.6 m wide x 2.8 m long (5’ 3” wide x 9’2” long) at up to 150 linear m/min (492 ft/min).

It is an ideal solution for a corrugated box market with decreasing lot sizes, shorter lead times, and ever-increasing demand for high-quality packaging. IDERA will deliver higher print quality than flexography and enable printing of both short and long runs with all the benefits of a digital print-on-demand solution, including reduced waste, Xeikon states. With a much smaller and more environment-friendly footprint, IDERA also has the ability to customize and version. From September onwards, the IDERA solution will be available at the Global Innovation Center in Lier, Belgium for customer evaluation and testing.

“It is no secret that we are seeing rapid changes in the behavioural patterns of consumers, brands and retailers,” explains Sebastien Stabel, Market Segment Manager Carton Packaging. The exponential growth of e-commerce and the increasing pressure on sustainability are underlying forces that drive creative innovation in the digitization of packaging to higher levels of productivity. Ever rising consumer expectations for instant, unique and entertaining products continue to set the bar higher within the supply chain for decreased lead times and even faster delivery.

Stabel believes there is more change yet to come. In its May 2019 study ‘No ordinary disruption – winning with new models in packaging 2030’, the consulting firm McKinsey warns, “This is the time for companies in the packaging industry to buckle up and get ready. They have less than 2 years to prepare”. With that in mind, companies need to change their focus with an ‘intuition reset’ and review their business models and markets. Migrating from corrugated post-print to digital corrugated printing is the optimal way for forward-thinking businesses to set themselves up for future success. Xeikon’s IDERA solution provides the winning combination of a best-in-class, single-pass digital press for the corrugated sector, food-safety patented ink technology, and an open architecture system for third-party integration.”

To develop IDERA, Xeikon relied on its long established in-house digital expertise and on the experience and manufacturing footprint of its parent company, Flint Group. As the number one supplier of inks for corrugated packaging, Flint has a deep understanding of the corrugated market. Stabel continues, “We are working closely with Flint Group, our partners, and most importantly our customers, to customize the software, hardware and ink sets and address more closely the needs of the corrugated market in Europe and North America. At the same time, we add our digital expertise to what is already a solid base product.”

Lode Deprez, VP Digital Inks & Imaging Technology adds, “In our R&D Competence Center for digital inks, our engineers develop, formulate and produce our own high-performing, food-safe, water-based inks. This includes our new and patented technology used for pigment dispersion that guarantees the best performance and a cost-efficient solution.

Key benefits of Xeikon’s IDERA platform for corrugated packaging printers and converters:
- High throughput with a post-print, single-pass printing press. Ready to print on uncoated and coated boards
- Xeikon developed food safety compliant water-based inkjet inks to drive print performance and cost
- An open ecosystem that works together with various best-in-class partners – peripheral equipment, workflow, camera inspection, and more – to get to the best integrated solution
- A true digital transformation capability supported by Xeikon’s X-800 workflow for corrugated packaging
- Color management and profiling tools as well as integration with third-party manufacturing and MIS software

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Vice President of Marketing, states, “With more than 30 years of innovation and experience in digital printing, we are still leading the way. Xeikon is recognized as an advisor in many key markets, such as graphic arts and labels, and now in the corrugated market. Xeikon is a true technology-agnostic advisor in the digital transformation that print manufacturing processes are undergoing. We are excited to be bringing Xeikon and Flint Group knowledge and expertise to the corrugated market with IDERA and our broad range of consulting and advisory services.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Klingele acquires kraftliner mill in Brazil
 06.07.2020

Klingele acquires kraftliner mill in Brazil  (Company news)

Klingele Paper & Packaging Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated board packaging has signed an agreement with Klabin S.A., the largest producer of paper and corrugated packaging in Brazil, to purchase the kraftliner mill in Nova Campina in the state of São Paolo.

In March, Klabin had made a contract with the American manufacturer International Paper to purchase the paper mill together with six other production facilities. The current transaction between Klabin and Klingele is still subject to the approval of the Brazilian competition authority for Klabin's previous acquisition of International Paper.

Nova Campina produces virgin fiber containerboard from eucalyptus and pine wood, which comes from FSC-certified plantations in the vicinity of the paper mill. Virgin fiber containerboard is especially suitable for the direct contact with foods, for high-quality printing and for the packaging of refrigerated products. This strategic move will improve the supply of raw materials to the Klingele Group and the Blue Box Partners Alliance.
(Klingele Paper & Packaging Group)

Outotec® expands grinding portfolio with new equipment transporter and reline machine solutions...
 06.07.2020

Outotec® expands grinding portfolio with new equipment transporter and reline machine solutions...  (Company news)

... for easier, safer relining operations

Outotec’s commitment to facilitating safe, reliable, and efficient mill relining continues with the release of the Outotec Mill Equipment Transporter (MET, photo) and Outotec Tube Mill Reline Machine (Tube MRM). Both products focus on maximizing functionality and include many features that are brand new to the industry. They also come equipped with safety-rated control systems to protect personnel and user-friendly interfaces to keep maintenance and downtime to a minimum.

OUTOTEC MILL EQUIPMENT TRANSPORTER
Transportation of grinding mill feed chutes is a critical part of maintenance procedures such as mill relining. The Outotec Mill Equipment Transporter (MET) is a specialized mobile unit for the safe and reliable transportation of feed chutes and other challenging loads.
The combination of independently driven wheels and independently controlled rear steering enables the MET to turn on the spot. The pivoting rear axle ensures that all four wheels are always in contact with the deck, while the large rubber tires optimize load distribution.
Built-in safety systems ensure that loads are kept within the unit’s rated capacity while monitoring the load’s center of gravity to ensure stability. The multi-language display makes it easy for operators to monitor the machine’s status and review any system alerts.

Key benefits
• Protects personnel from unnecessary risk due to load instability or unexpected machine movement
• Provides feedback during operation with machine status and other information shown on a user-friendly display
• Compatible with smaller mill deck designs than traditional feed chute transporters
• Backed by comprehensive after-sales support via Outotec’s global service network

“Outotec’s mill reline equipment product range is built on a drive to innovate in relining safety and technology and the MET is a great example of this – its novel steering system and suite of safety features will enable new levels of safety, efficiency, and convenience in feed-chute transportation,” says Jared Le Cras, Technical Product Manager, Mill Reline Equipment, Grinding business line.

OUTOTEC TUBE MILL RELINE MACHINE
The Outotec Tube Mill Reline Machine (Tube MRM) is a compact relining solution for smaller SAG and ball mills. The patented tube design minimizes the required mill opening size while maximizing the usable open area for liner delivery. The Tube MRM provides fixed three-axis hydraulic crane support that ensures stable lifting and minimizes time lost during mill inching.
The high capacity crane streamlines the relining process by allowing large liner designs, while the simple tube support structure decreases both maintenance requirements and machine cost due to the reduced number of moving components. Maintenance is further simplified thanks to the built-in multi-language display that provides diagnostic information for all aspects of the machine.
A range of safety systems is equipped as standard to provide the highest possible level of protection for personnel. Rated capacity limiting and installation monitoring mitigate the risk of instability and overload during operation, while remote-control operation and hydraulic spool monitoring prevent unexpected machine movement.

Key benefits
• Enables safe relining of smaller SAG and ball mills unsuitable for traditional reline machines
• Easier navigation of small mill decks enabled by four-wheel drive and tight steering angle
• User-friendly operation with multi-language display
• Lower capital cost and simplified maintenance due to simple tube structure
• Backed by service solutions that maximize performance and productivity throughout the mill life cycle

“Historically, smaller-diameter grinding mills have been relined by hand or with a limited-capacity mast-type handler or other makeshift arrangement. Our novel design provides the safety and speed of a conventional reline machine at an optimal price point for small to medium-sized mills,” says Bjorn Nielsen, Director, Product Management, Grinding business line.
(Outotec Oyj)

Pasaban Service, Helping Our Customers Worldwide
 03.07.2020

Pasaban Service, Helping Our Customers Worldwide  (Company news)

“Customer proximity and offering a high-quality service are our top priorities.” Iñigo Pagola, Service Manager of Pasaban.

At Pasaban, we want to make sure that our clients receive excellent technical support. In order to ensure this, we have prioritised our customer services as we know this is the best way to obtain maximum performance from our paper and board sheeters and winders.

Our extensive knowledge of the paper converting industry and its technical problems allows us to offer a close, fast and efficient service around the world, which translates into a relationship of trust with our customers in the long term.

Pasaban's technical service is endorsed by qualified engineers specialised in machinery upgrades, emergency service, machine installation and regular and preventive maintenance.

The modernisation of sheeters and winders is essential to extending their lifetime and improving the efficiency. Our Upgrades service offers clients the option of updating Pasaban machines and machines from other brands.

We supply mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic spare parts with short delivery times and a six-month warranty. You can request them by calling us or on our online parts store.

Our remote support will help you avoid downtimes caused by a malfunction, and in turn significantly reduce maintenance costs. We can provide a fast, efficient and secure cover in emergency maintenance situations such as when you need urgent repairs.

We also offer regular maintenance services that provide a quick solution to specific problems, as well as preventive maintenance services through inspections, operation line analysis and consultation on technological improvements and adaptations.

In a case that a client needs a machine relocation, we take care of the disassembly, transfer, installation and start-up at the final destination. We can also train new operators and create user manuals and relevant documentation suited for the new location.

We complete our technical customer service with in-house training and advice for operators and maintenance personnel. Our post-sales services include basic training in the operation of the acquired machine and safety training in order to minimise the risk of accidents. We also offer advice for process improvement.
(Pasaban S.A.)

Lecta Introduces Its New Adestor Laser 60 LB DfE Product
 03.07.2020

Lecta Introduces Its New Adestor Laser 60 LB DfE Product  (Company news)

Designed to ensure the efficient identification of test tubes.

Lecta expands its offering of Adestor self-adhesive products for the healthcare industry with the launch of Adestor Laser 60 LB DfE.

Hospitals and laboratories handle chemical samples and tests that require a high degree of traceability to ensure the monitoring of all the coded data on test tubes. The identification of the containers, through variable labeling, requires label integrity, both in terms of adhesion and data legibility.

The new Adestor Laser 60 LB DfE facestock, with greater environmental efficiency, provides excellent performance for all small-diameter labeling applications used in the most frequently performed analysis processes in laboratories. This new product is also ideally suited to different variable data printing technologies.

With this launch, Lecta continues to develop within its Adestor brand a specialized offer of more sustainable pressure-sensitive materials for digital or variable data printing, in response to the growing demand for environmentally friendly products intended for hospitals and labs.

The entire Adestor range is produced in accordance with ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards, ISO 9001 quality standards and ISO 45001 standards for occupational health and safety management systems. The range is available upon request with PEFC™ or FSC® Chain of Custody forest certification.
(LECTA)

Södra announces further expansion of Värö
 03.07.2020

Södra announces further expansion of Värö  (Company news)

Södra is planning a new investment for its state-of-the-art pulp mill in Värö which will allow the mill to increase capacity yet further, in steps toward 850,000 tpy.

“The investment is part of Södra’s new Group strategy and means that we can continue to follow our chosen path and grow together with our customers. Increasing production will strengthen our competitiveness and our position in the global market as a long-term and secure partner,” said Peter Karlsson, Interim President and CEO at Södra.

In 2016, Värö was completely rebuilt to become one of the world’s most modern and largest softwood pulp mills with a capacity of 700,000 tpy but it has the potential for 850,000 tpy.

“It was soon apparent that the new line had even greater potential than we had anticipated. We now see a possibility to further increase production in a cost-efficient way by the end of 2022. This is a major first step toward the 850,000 tpy that is within the framework of the existing environmental permit,” said Marcus Åsgärde, Mill Manager for Södra Cell Värö.

A secure fibre base for the additional capacity is guaranteed as Södra will source the wood needed from the forest estates of its 53,000 members. The project is scheduled to start up in April 2022 and will ramp up until the end of the same year.

“Our control of the value chain, from seedling to value-added products and services, makes Södra a unique business partner. We invest in growing our industrial operations, but only in parallel with ambitious sustainability targets to increase the growth of our members’ forest estates. This investment also facilitates future investments in optimizing pulp quality – that’s important because we know our customers’ expectations will only increase in the future,” said Magnus Björkman, Business Area President for Södra Cell.
“We are a leading player in a global market and Värö is ideally placed to supply nearby European markets as well as the rest of the world”, added Henrik Wettergren, Vice President Södra Cell International.
(Södra Cell Värö)

L/M/B Druck Louko fires up a second Rapida 106
 03.07.2020

L/M/B Druck Louko fires up a second Rapida 106  (Company news)

-Five-colour hybrid press joins a Rapida 106 perfector already in use
-Economical and high-quality inline finishing
-184 million impressions in three years of production

In mid-May, the Nuremberg-based company L/M/B Louko began work on installing a new Rapida 106 featuring five printing units, a coater, and hybrid facilities for both conventional and UV finishing. This state-of-the-art, high-performance 3b press is joining a nine-colour model from the same series which has already been in use at the company for the past three years.

Photo: L/M/B Louko Managing director Oliver Stapfer in front of the new Rapida 106 during its installation

60 million sheets per year
A wealth of experience gained since the most recent Rapida 106 was installed shows that these ambitious goals can be achieved. Production output has increased phenomenally. Managing director Oliver Stapfer has never had a reason to question the purchase: “At the time, it was a decision critical to the company's survival.” The long Rapida 106 clocks up 60 million impressions year after year. Monthly performance reports show that the press is running at speeds over 16,000 sheets/hour for a third of the production time, and at more than 12,000 sheets/hour for 95 per cent of the time. In April 2020, the sheet counter stood at 184 million impressions.

All this has transformed production beyond recognition. Printing operations at L/M/B Druck’s facility in Nuremberg primarily cater to high-volume covers, order cards and supplements for mail-order companies with a primary focus on fashion and electronics. The production schedules are extremely tight. In many cases, the data arrive by noon. This requires an initial run to be completed by 8:00 p.m. the same day, with the remainder often due just 24 hours later. And these jobs can easily comprise up to 500,000 printed and folded copies. The capacity available to the Nuremberg specialists allows up to 600,000 sheets a day to be printed.

Fast and straightforward technology
The exceptional performance of the Rapida 106 has helped to significantly reduce the levels of stress involved in what are often hectic production processes. The DriveTronic feeder, which is highly praised by everyone at L/M/B, helps contribute to this: where the paper used to be brought into the storeroom 48 hours prior to the scheduled start of production before being moved into the press room to acclimatise for the last 24 hours, it can now be delivered just-in-time and be loaded directly from the lorry into the press. And this is even possible in winter, despite the significant differences in temperature and humidity.

Furthermore, the Rapida 106 facilitates considerable savings in terms of waste. Even when customers are present for press passes and the press is being adjusted by eye – to cater for their specific requirements, 200 sheets in total are sufficient to complete the whole makeready process. The customers are consistently amazed to witness how quickly the press adapts to the colour specifications. They say that they would never have believed how automatic regulation using QualiTronic ColorControl makes everything so much faster, and are surprised to see sellable products arriving at the delivery after just a few sheets.

Versioning and individualisation on the increase
Despite a high level of what are generally long runs, fast plate changes are increasing in importance. The magazine and brochure component business is undergoing a major upheaval. Versioning – not only in terms of languages – is on the increase, and more and more new customers are requesting highly individualised supplements. Small codes in the black imprinting of magazine supplements are also being used to identify where the order form has come from. Companies can then analyse this data to determine who reads what, and to predict the anticipated response rates from the individual magazines.

At L/M/B Druck in Nuremberg, everything is optimised for high performance. A large proportion of the work is subject to regular, repeat orders. However, these jobs are rarely for final products, and instead almost always involve specific print components which are turned into finished products elsewhere. This approach distinguishes L/M/B Druck in Nuremberg from many other classic commercial printers. At the same time, it guarantees a good basic level of utilisation of the company’s capacities.

The 45 L/M/B Druck employees work in up to three shifts at the company's Nuremberg facility. Another 22 are based in Herzogenaurach. This is where the company’s classic commercial printing business is based, which operates a mix of half-format presses and digital printing systems. The combination of different equipment options at the two locations allows an exceptionally broad product portfolio to be offered.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

VPK Group invests in FlexoCleanerBrush™ from Baldwin Technology
 03.07.2020

VPK Group invests in FlexoCleanerBrush™ from Baldwin Technology  (Company news)

New system automatically cleans corrugated printing plates in less than four minutes

Picture: Baldwin's FlexoCleanerBrush enables efficient plate cleaning at VPK's new Halden, Norway, plant, which focuses on advanced automation and carbon-neutral corrugated production

Baldwin Technology Company Inc. has announced that corrugated packaging market leader VPK Group has recently installed a FlexoCleanerBrush. This new system—which automatically cleans and dries corrugated printing plates in less than four minutes—has been added to VPK’s advanced 2.1-meter-wide six-color Göpfert Ovation High Board Line flexographic printer at the company’s new high-bay factory in Halden, Norway.

“We are excited about the advanced cleaning automation now enabled at our new plant,” said Robert Stade, Project and Technical Manager of VPK Group. “Besides not having to stop production for manual cleaning, we can now regularly have multiple plates cleaned more efficiently, both during and between print runs. As a result, we have increased our production capacity and dramatically decreased our downtime.”

VPK Group prides itself on offering customers sustainable and innovative corrugated solutions. For the new plant, an independent study was conducted to validate the capacity of Baldwin’s FlexoCleanerBrush system. The study measured all performance data and validated that the automated system could fully clean and dry all printing plates in less than four minutes and pick hickeys in seconds.

“The FlexoCleanerBrush is truly an innovation for post-print flexographic printing onto corrugated boards—there is nothing even remotely comparable on the market,” said Lee Simmonds, Regional Sales Manager at Baldwin. “Thanks to the elimination of micro-stops mid-run to clean plates, print jobs are set up faster from print run to print run, and as a result, the system reduces lost hours over a week to just minutes. Further, the high print quality is maintained and even further enhanced.”

With the FlexoCleanerBrush system, an inline cleaning station installed within each print unit uses a brush that runs the full width of each printing plate. Paired with a precision spray application system, the FlexoCleanerBrush evenly distributes a mixture of approximately five percent detergent and water across the plate as it spins, gently cleaning its surface. The plates are then dried by the integrated air knife. Cleaning cycles can be controlled through the FlexoCleanerBrush’s operator panel or the integrated Göpfert human-machine interface.

Besides offering efficient cleaning during runs and fast end-of-job cleaning, the FlexoCleanerBrush system also enables operators to remove dry plates from the machine without the potential risk of plates sticking together once they are placed back in the plate-racking system. This helps to ensure increased board throughput, less downtime and a safer working environment by eliminating operators’ contact with nip points, moving parts and chemicals.
(Baldwin Technology Company Inc.)

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