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Newsgrafik #121332
 16.10.2018

Mondi scores a hattrick at Czech packaging competition Obal Roku 2018  (Company news)

The global packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi has received three Obal Roku awards for its corrugated solutions. The international packaging competition recognises the best ideas, innovations and technologies in the Czech packaging market and beyond. This year, the jury gave awards to three packaging concepts designed by the Mondi Group subsidiary in Bupak, Czech Republic, that enhance convenience, reduce material waste and meet the global trend of customers aiming for more sustainability in packaging.

“We are honoured to win three awards at this year’s Obal Roku competition since it recognises Mondi Bupak’s innovations and technical expertise. We are proud to be able to launch such innovative packaging solutions on the Czech market that combine sustainability with real time savings in material use and production efficiency,” commented Jiri Holik, sales director at Mondi Bupak.

The first award went to Mondi’s dividable corrugated tray for yoghurt (photo), which was developed for the Hollandia brand and submitted in the “food” category. Its unique tear tape application impressed the jury, since it is a brand-new concept on the Czech market. Mondi experts integrated the tear tape into the tray in such a way that the two tray halves can easily be separated if needed. As a result, once filled the tray size can be adjusted based on the distribution channel – either twenty cups on one tray or two trays comprising 10 cups on each. Most notably, using the tear tape does not affect the tray’s performance during the assembly, gluing or filling process. This simple yet smart solution not only enhances logistics and handling, it also has a positive impact on the environment by maximising material efficiency: no additional trays are needed.

The Obal Roku judges also recognised Mondi’s enhanced bottom closure solution in the “transport and industrial packaging” category. Initially designed to avoid plastic adhesive tape for closing the bottom flaps, this solution’s main benefit lies in the elimination of a two-step production process - as the bottom can be produced inline and thus much faster now. As a consequence, this semi-automatic bottom solution and its benefit of instant, tapeless closure is now also interesting for high volume runs. In the version presented the top of the box is now also re-closable, which further simplifies the overall packaging process. Mondi´s customer ES Plastic, for whom this solution was developed, claims that the innovative design allows a faster packaging process and saves 1440 mm of plastic adhesive tape per box, which has a significant economic and environmental impact: In fact, it helped the customer save approximately 320km of tape in total, which equals the distance of Prague to Berlin. The improvement of Bupak´s bottom enhancement and its benefits did not go unnoticed in the industry and has now already been implemented by two further e-commerce players.

Last, but not least, Mondi received an award in the “other” category for its pallet utilisation system, developed to ship DVDs at Sony DADC. Uneven top layers on the pallet stack resulting from individual order amounts of DVDs hindered further pallet stacking and therefore full truck space utilisation. Mondi developed an easy- to-fold system that fills the voids in the top layer to support further pallet stacking. Despite its light weight, the pallet utilisation system has a robust structure which can withstand a top load of at least 746 kg, enabling higher and secure stacking to fully utilise available transport space.

The awards ceremony was held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 4 October 2018 during the PackSummit conference.
(Mondi Bupak s.r.o.)

Newsgrafik #121355
 16.10.2018

Stora Enso and Gasum to make renewable energy from wastewater in Sweden  (Company news)

Stora Enso and energy company Gasum have signed a contract to build a biogas plant at Stora Enso’s Nymölla paper mill (photo) in Sweden. The plant, built and operated by Gasum, will turn the mill’s wastewater effluent into renewable energy.

Gasum plans to upgrade the biogas into Liquefied Biogas (LBG) and sell it as fuel for cars, buses, trucks, and ferries. The expected LBG production of the plant is 75-90 GWh per year, equivalent to the amount of fuel needed annually for more than 200 average long haul lorries in Sweden. Production is expected to start during 2020.

“We are happy to be part of a project that will turn waste into valuable renewable energy,” says Michael Lindemann, Mill Director at Nymölla Mill. “For Stora Enso, substituting fossil-based fuels in our society with renewable solutions is a vital way to combat global warming. The cooperation with Gasum is a good example of the collaborative efforts Stora Enso is taking to do this.”

”We are pleased about the circular economy cooperation with Stora Enso. The biogas plant is a sustainable solution for the processing of wastewater. Gasum is actively building a gas ecosystem for industry, marine and road transport segment in the Nordics,” says Johanna Lamminen, Chief Executive Officer of Gasum.

The total investment of the project for Gasum is around EUR 27 million and for Stora Enso around EUR 5 million. Gasum has been granted an investment subsidy of SEK 121.5 million (EUR 12.7 million) by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency under the Climate Leap (‘Klimatklivet’) programme.

Located in southern Sweden, Stora Enso’s Nymölla Mill has an annual production capacity of 340 000 tonnes pulp and 485 000 tonnes woodfree uncoated (WFU) paper for office and postal use. Stora Enso’s well-known office paper brand Multicopy is produced in Nymölla.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Newsgrafik #121356
 16.10.2018

Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf selected Toscotec to supply a dryer section rebuild  (Company news)

Nettingsdorfer Papierfabrik AG & Co KG selected Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM6 at Nettingsdorf mill in Austria. Nettingsdorfer Papierfabrik is a member of Smurfit Kappa Group and one of the largest European sites of the company. The mill is one of the leading producer of containerboard in Europe. The paper machine 6 produces Kraftliner with 7.4 m reel trim and 1100 mpm speed.

The rebuild of the dryer section of PM6 is part of the Future Energy Plant Project. This forward-looking project has the objective to reduce CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes (= 2/3 of the current emissions).

With this rebuild, Toscotec breaks new ground and takes it to the next level, by supplying a new dryer section for a large-format paper machine.

Smurfit Kappa has decided to install 5 TT SteelDryers (3 additional and out of the 63 existing dryers 2 will be replaced), as the best technical solution to achieve its production and efficiency increase targets. The TT SteelDryers will be designed for a steam pressure of 12 barg. The supply is on a turnkey basis, including erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

The rebuild is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #121359
 16.10.2018

Ahlstrom-Munksjö builds on its global platform for high-performance filtration material by ...  (Company news)

... completing the investment in Madisonville, U.S.

As market demand for high-performance filtration material continue to increase globally, Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to grow its attractive Filtration business and strengthens its manufacturing platform globally by completing a major investment in its plant in Madisonville, US.

This EUR 23 million investment was announced in October 2016 and is one of several investments through which Ahlstrom-Munksjö has expanded its filtration manufacturing capabilities globally, in response to growing demand for high performance filtration material, both for engine and industrial applications.

”We can be proud of what we have accomplished in Madisonville, delivering this major investment successfully in time and on budget, states Fulvio Capussotti, EVP Filtration and Performance. This investment significantly strengthens our technical capabilities in the region, supporting the industry with sustainable filtration solutions, and increases our production capacity in the US. It brings new unique product capabilities to the plant, making Madisonville a solid platform to support future needs of our customers. The investment shows our long term commitment and our ambition to maintain a leading position. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project”, Fulvio Capussotti concludes.

The Filtration and Performance business area develops and produces filtration materials for transportation as well as industrial applications. It also produces glass fiber media for flooring products and wind turbine blades and makes nonwoven materials for automotive, construction, textile, hygiene applications and wallcover materials.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121363
 16.10.2018

Austrian Label Printer Hauer Etiketten Purchases Award-Winning Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM  (Company news)

Citing superb print quality, cost-effectiveness and excellent customer service, Hauer Etiketten has invested in a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM, its first piece of Screen equipment, and the first L350UV+LM model to be installed in Austria.

Martin Hauer, CEO, P. Hauer GmbH comments, “The decision to invest in Screen technology was based on a number of key deciding factors. Most importantly, the overall print is of the highest quality compared to its competitors in the industry. Secondly, the low migration features of the press open further opportunities for our business in short-run food package labelling. The customer service we have received from Screen Europe and their Austrian partner MCA Pro GmbH has been first class, with very professional technicians and good all-round communication and efficiency during and after installation. Also significant are the quicker delivery times; less complicated realisation of serialisation or numerous variations of a label; and the overall added benefit of the haptic experience of the ink.”

The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM continues to break barriers with its world-class speed and productivity, the press placed first in the ‘Best Label Printer’ category at the European Digital Press Association (EDP) Annual Awards.

Hauer continues, “Demand for labels is ever-increasing, as such, we were looking to extend our portfolio. Short-run jobs and jobs with a high number of variations will be produced in a fraction of the time of conventional printing with this new equipment. Customers want more variety in design and size of labels, whilst demand for visual impact is also growing. We are now able to match the changing requirements of the market in a more effective way.”

“The feedback from Hauer Etiketten has been very positive. The delivered low migration solution – a combination of new SCREEN LM ink and a special curing process under inert gas – is opening the door to completely new applications for the food packaging industry,” says Martin Strobel, Managing Director, MCA Pro Austria. “We partner with Screen because we know we’re selling first-rate reliable technology that customers love. The L350UV+LM label press is another example of the continuing innovation coming from the Japanese company, which provides substantial, tangible benefits for our customers.”
(Screen Europe)

Newsgrafik #121401
 16.10.2018

Emtec Electronic attends the ABTCP 2018 in Sao Paulo  (Company news)

As every year, emtec Electronic will attend the ABTCP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition takes place from October 23rd to 25th. The German producer of innovative lab and online testing equipment can be found at booth no. 137/138 together with its Brazilian representative Elof Hansson.

Photo: FPA touch! and CAS touch!

Emtec will present the state-of-the-art charge measuring systems CAS touch! and FPA touch! Both devices are used to optimize the wet-end process, by
measuring the interaction between particles or fibers with additives and process chemicals in the pulp suspension. The use of both instruments in the production process helps to optimize the utilization of chemicals with the target to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce costs.

Another device that can be used in the wet-end of the tissue and paper production is the DFA – Dynamic Filtration Analyzer, which helps to determine the influence of chemicals on drainage and retention behavior.
But, also producers of base and final products will find innovative measurement equipment at the booth: the well-known TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer which is used to reliably assess the Softness, Smoothness/Roughness and Stiffness as well as the overall Hand Feel of tissue and nonwoven materials. Additionally, the EST – Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. The EST is a useful tool to determine important paper surface properties such as surface hydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.
(emtec Electronic GmbH)

Newsgrafik #121415
 16.10.2018

Archroma adds strength booster Cartastrength® ABL to its solution system for packaging and ...  (Company news)

...tissue paper production

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced the introduction of its new innovation, Cartastrength® ABL, a dry strength booster for packaging and tissue papers.

Archroma is committed to introducing innovations especially aimed at making fast-growing sectors - such as packaging and tissue paper - more sustainable. Its innovation efforts focus on increasing performance and sustainability for its customers, both during the manufacturing process and in the end product.

Archroma is therefore working at helping create more durable board and paper, with products aimed at making board and paper stronger or by making the use of recycled fiber easier. The company recently reinforced its strength management portfolio with Cartastrength® ABL, a solution that combines increased filler retention whilst maintaining dry strength.
Archroma now adds a new innovation to its portfolio with Cartastrength® ABL, a product also aimed at boosting the performance of wet, dry and surface strength solutions, as well as improving the retention of fines and fillers.

As with the recently launched Cartastrength® DST.03, Cartastrength® ABL also helps with deposit control (stickies) and machine runnability.
John Cowman, Technical Manager at Archroma comments: “Cartastrength® ABL, and the recently Cartastrength® DST.03, are the latest illustrations of our commitment to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. The strength booster was inspired by our innovative focus on the needs of our customers and market. Once more the result is a new chemistry that benefits not only paper producers - who will enjoy a more efficient and cost effective production process, but also the environment, because the recyclability of paper and board is made easier.”
(Archroma Management GmbH)

Newsgrafik #121336
 15.10.2018

KODAK FLEXCEL NX System donated to Stuttgart Media University in Germany  (Company news)

Kodak’s innovative flexo technology helps ensure quality and practical relevance for international students – German Flexographic Technical Association (DFTA) also profits from this contribution

Picture:Official handover of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Mid System to Stuttgart Media University (from left to right): Professor Volker Jansen (Stuttgart Media University), Roland Hamacher (Division Sales Manager EAMER, Flexographic Packaging Division, Kodak), Nilgun Turan (Marketing Manager EAMER, Flexographic Packaging Division, Kodak) and Professor Martin Dreher (DFTA)

Kodak has donated a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Mid System to Stuttgart Media University (HdM, www.hdm-stuttgart.de). Kodak's solution for high-performing flexo plate production upgrades the prepress equipment for packaging printing at the internationally renowned higher education institution to the highest technological standard.

By making this valuable material donation, Kodak is helping to ensure the high-quality level – and add to the diversity – of the practical content of the University’s relatively new, international degree course in Print Media Technologies. Leading to a Bachelor of Engineering, it is conducted in English and attracts applicants from all over the world. The course focuses on future and growth-oriented segments in the print media industry, such as smart printing in a wide range of packaging and industrial applications. Flexo, as a highly dynamic and globally expanding printing process, is a key packaging printing technology. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) as well as different variable data printing (digital) technologies and applications are other major elements of the curriculum. Classic commercial printing is covered as well. The curriculum also embraces natural sciences and business basics. All technical courses are supported by a superbly equipped Technology Center, where students can gain practical experience in research, development and production.

“The industry needs competent young talent, familiar with the newest production processes as well as with future trends in packaging printing and other growth markets – not just in Europe but throughout the world. Our aim is to get young people worldwide enthusiastic about the world of print and produce highly qualified graduates to work in emerging international markets. We provide ambitious young blood with a one-of-a-kind study environment. It’s a definite advantage that, as far as we’re aware, Stuttgart Media University has access to better and more extensive hardware than any other higher education institution worldwide offering courses in print technology,” said Volker Jansen, Academic Dean and Professor of Print Media Technologies. “The FLEXCEL NX System from Kodak will significantly support our efforts to elevate our practical options in packaging printing to the latest technological standard.” At the same time, Professor Jansen emphasized Stuttgart Media University’s interest in strengthening its collaboration with the industry, which has benefits for all stakeholders – students, the university itself and its industry partners.

FLEXCEL NX System donation reflects the growing importance of flexo in packaging
“Flexographic printing is increasingly playing a key role in the packaging sector; in terms of quality, performance and production efficiency, the standard meanwhile achieved with this process would have been considered impossible only ten years ago. KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate technology has made a vital contribution here. That’s why we want to give students who will be taking on management responsibilities in tomorrow’s global printing industry an opportunity to come into contact with this innovative technology,” said Chris Payne, President, Flexographic Packaging Division and Vice President of Kodak. “Kodak sees the donation of the FLEXCEL NX Systems as a way to foster the course’s quality and industry relevance, giving students and lecturers alike a chance to make flexo plates for premium packaging printing using leading-edge technology.”

The FLEXCEL NX System installed at the university is equipped with all the latest features including Kodak’s NX Advantage technology – a mechanism for optimizing ink transfer during printing through innovative plate surface patterning. An extremely versatile device, the system can also image thermal film for screen printing stencils and features the Hybrid Option, which means the FLEXCEL NX Imager can also image thermal plates for offset. Thanks to these capabilities, the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System will soon replace two other CTP systems at Stuttgart Media University.

The FLEXCEL NX System in Stuttgart will also be made available to the German Flexographic Technical Association (DFTA) – which shares premises with the university – for test and training purposes. “We were interested in the technology because Kodak’s FLEXCEL NX System has caused much of a stir in the market and set new benchmarks. In the future, this donation will allow us to demonstrate state-of-the-art flexo platemaking in our own Flexo Academy courses,” commented Professor Martin Dreher, Scientific Director of the DFTA Technology Center and Director of the DFTA Flexographic Academy.
(Kodak GmbH)

Newsgrafik #121340
 15.10.2018

Over 300 million packaging jobs processed by Esko customers in the last 12 months  (Company news)

An increasing number of jobs processed by a growing number of customers need flexible and faster than ever end-to-end workflows

Esko (www.esko.com) reports that in the past 12 months, over 300 million packaging jobs were processed through Esko workflows; a staggering number that shows significant increase over the previous 12 months.

This major milestone comes as Esko gears up for Labelexpo Americas, where it will demonstrate how the industry’s most trusted comprehensive and flexible packaging workflow is connecting with more key industry partners and their solutions. New features being announced include a new direct connection to HP Indigo’s Digital Front-End and a new, more user-friendly, browser interface for its bespoke Automation Engine.

“When we listen to our customers, they indicate the need to speed up time-to-market without any sacrifice in quality, while keeping costs in check”, says Udo Panenka, Esko’s President, “This explains the growing trend to adopting workflow automation: our more than 3,000 workflow customers around the globe confirm how their businesses are transforming thanks to Esko’s workflow automation, collaboration and integration with MIS / ERP systems.”

With decades of experience working with our customers in automating prepress, digitizing processes and integrating with third-party systems, Esko has amassed a unique portfolio of standard solutions that provide the industry’s strongest base for a streamlined packaging ecosystem. It covers the entire packaging supply chain and supports all the critical processes associated with the efficient production of packaging.

“Esko’s Packaging Connected truly is transforming the market. Process automation, seamless collaboration and implementing an end-to-end strategy of the packaging lifecycle are critical to achieving the objectives of brands and converters alike. This is the digital transformation the market demands and one that our customers benefit from. The 300-million figure confirms it,” concludes Panenka.

Visitors to Labelexpo will be able to see how Esko’s Packaging Connected approach transforms label converter workflows
At Labelexpo Americas (Booth 5202), Esko will demonstrate how Packaging Connected provides a complete labels and packaging ecosystem from concept through to the shop floor, shipping and logistics. It’s the world’s only comprehensive workflow serving the needs of brands and designers, premedia, production, and beyond to logistics and palletization.

Increased support for mixed printing technologies
Esko solutions are designed to support operations with mixed printing technologies from a long list of leading industry partners. New at Labelexpo is Esko’s a bi-directional connection to the HP Indigo press. Having access to and controlling the output of the press within the workflow optimizes press uptime and productivity.

Connecting with industry partners to reduce errors
At Labelexpo, Esko will showcase how it connects its broad portfolio of label technologies with those from a wide range of industry partners to assure ‘best-in-class’ workflow solutions.

Esko shares a booth with its Danaher sister companies X-Rite, Pantone and, for the first time, AVT. Esko will demonstrate how Esko’s automation and collaboration solutions are integrated with the
X-Rite and Pantone color technology and AVT’s camera inspection solutions. This end-to-end integration is designed to address customer demand for faster time to market and ‘Right First Time’ production for smaller lot sizes while taking cost and waste reduction into account.

Industry best practices for automation and integration, also for smaller organizations:
-Standard Workflows for specific segments: After a long & close cooperation with its customers, Esko has launched the QuickStart versions of Automation Engine and WebCenter to deploy predefined label-specific workflows in just a few days. Users can reap the benefits of standard automation quickly after a fast and easy deployment.
-Standard integrations: The success of an end-to-end workflow relies on the ability to connect with the many MIS/ERP solutions used in the label industry. Esko will demonstrate standard integrations between the Esko ecosystem and a variety of third-party applications. This makes it easier also for smaller organizations to quickly become successful in the labels and packaging arena.
-Special focus will be on the Automation Arena where Esko is part of a bi-directional integration with the CERM system. The Esko ecosystem also enables bi-directional communication with EFI Radius.
-Browser-based user interface: To give users the choice to work with Automation Engine in a more intuitive way, the software now comes with a browser-based user interface, designed for digital natives who are used to swiping, dragging and pinching. It gives users the choice to work in Automation Engine with a more user-friendly interface.
-One platform beyond design and print: To make label and packaging production a streamlined process that is safe and cost-effective, a workflow is required that easily can go beyond design and print. A Packaging Connected workflow also can offer the right end-to-end tools from initial order entry through the finishing process, warehousing and logistics.
-Esko WebCenter not only provides the one industry platform of choice that enables collaboration among brands, premedia and converters, it is also tightly integrated with the overall workflow and enables seamless connections among these stakeholders and their systems. At Labelexpo, visitors will learn how WebCenter, can best serve their business goals.
-The 3D advantage: Visualization – Proofing – Pack Shots: Packaging Connected also offers the unique possibility to combine packaging artwork with structural CAD information. The wide range of Esko’s innovative and unique 3D applications helps speed the different design, approval and manufacturing processes.
-In addition to hyper-realistic visualization of labels including all colors, special ink and finishing effects in context, the combination of Esko’s workflow with its 3D tools makes it possible to automatically produce pack shots for use during the design phase but also in ecommerce and marketing campaigns. This unique application speeds up the pack shot process and eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming photo shoots.
-Virtual 3D mockups also save time and money in proofing. The recently announced partnership with Scodix aims to render realistic visualization of even the most complex packaging enhancements to ensure products stand out on the shelf.

Connecting Packaging tomorrow
“Right now, bringing new packaging to market can take around 198 days(*), yet brand owner CMO’s dream of bringing this down to 60 days(*) or less.” says Udo Panenka, Esko’s President, “The clear goal of our Packaging Connected strategy is to make this dream come true. We are committed to continue investing to deliver even more and stronger connections within our own hardware and software portfolio, with an ever-wider range of industry partners, and ultimately, with all the stakeholders in the packaging ecosystem.”
(Esko Belgium)

Newsgrafik #121344
 15.10.2018

Glatfelter Completes Acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European Nonwovens Business  (Company news)

Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business for $185 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

The transaction includes Georgia-Pacific’s operations located in Steinfurt, Germany, along with sales offices located in France and Italy. The Steinfurt facility produces high-quality airlaid products for the table-top, wipes, hygiene, food pad, and other nonwoven materials markets, as well as other materials focused primarily on consumer applications. The Steinfurt facility is a state-of-the-art, 32,000-metric-ton-capacity manufacturing facility that employs approximately 220 people.

“This expansion of our nonwovens business represents another milestone in our transformation to become a leading global engineered materials company,” said Dante C. Parrini (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Glatfelter. “This acquisition is an excellent complement to Glatfelter’s existing business and provides immediate financial benefit. Moving forward, we will continue to focus on accelerating the growth of our engineered materials businesses.”

Glatfelter financed the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and borrowing under its existing revolving credit facility.

Credit Suisse acted as the financial advisor in connection with the transaction, and Shearman & Sterling LLP as legal advisor.
(Glatfelter)

Newsgrafik #121345
 15.10.2018

Sappi launches Verve - sustainable dissolving wood pulp for a thriving world  (Company news)

Building on its reputation for quality, service and responsibility, Sappi moved to strengthen its leadership in the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) market with the launch of the Sappi Verve brand.

Demand for DWP continues to grow as consumer preference increases for products made from renewable, sustainably sourced and processed woodfibre. As a significant producer of DWP over the past decades, Sappi today produces close to 1.4m tons per annum, enjoying a significant 16% share of the DWP market. Sappi continues to invest to ensure customers are able to meet demands for sustainably grown and responsibly processed dissolving wood pulp.

Commenting on the launch of the Sappi Verve brand, Steve Binnie, Sappi Limited CEO said: “Our products and service offering within the dissolving pulp market are highly valued and we remain an industry leader in this space. Verve gives recognition to this enviable reputation and the value we offer this market. Brands, including industrial business-to-business brands carry tremendous value, not just to customers but to the whole value chain. Sappi Verve represents our commitment to the entire value chain from brand owners through to the cellulosic fibre producers; our commitment to producing a natural fibre sourced from sustainably managed forests. As a responsible corporate citizen it is a commitment to our ethos of sustainability within the context of people, planet and prosperity.”

The majority of dissolving wood pulp is consumed in the viscose industry where pulp is converted through the value chain to yarn and ultimately textiles providing naturally soft, breathable fabrics which is smooth to the touch, hold colour well and drape beautifully. DWP cellulosic fibre is also used for a myriad of household, industrial and pharmaceutical applications including for tablets, personal hygiene, cellophane, washing sponges etc.

In the past, DWP sold by Sappi was unbranded and industry generic names were used as product names. This did not reflect the specific benefits which has always differentiated Sappi’s DWP. The new Sappi Verve brand creates a very specific identity within the DWP market.

Bernhard Riegler VP Marketing for Sappi’s dissolving wood pulp explains: “At Sappi we have always known there is something special to our dissolving wood pulp products. We have consistent, outstanding quality products, supported by dedicated customer service, all underpinned by a strong sustainability story. As a fibre produced from natural and renewable resources, Verve provides the value chain with a sustainable choice not only within the broader textile sphere which includes cotton and polyester, but as a preferred sustainable choice within the dissolving wood pulp market.”

Riegler continues: “Committing to a brand such as Sappi Verve means committing to the broader values it denotes, not only the product attributes but also the broader commitments and values that Sappi as the parent brand stands for. Consumers are becoming more active in making the right choices to contribute toward a tomorrow that is better than today. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important within a brand promise. Sustainability that uplifts people, builds communities, generates economic value and secures the environment. Sappi Verve represents enthusiasm, life, vigour and energy. Sappi Verve is the sustainable choice and our way of making tomorrow better than today.”

Binnie concludes: “Sappi Verve aligns perfectly with our goals as a business – diverse, sustainable, committed to growth and adding value to our customers, communities and investors. Sappi Verve meets the needs of a discerning, fast-growing and thriving world.”
(Sappi Limited)

Newsgrafik #121346
 15.10.2018

Announcement of establishment of new corrugated container plant in Cambodia  (Company news)

Oji Holdings Corporation (Director of the Board/President: Susumu Yajima, Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo) announces the decision on establishment of a new plant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

1.
Packaging Business in Cambodia
Oji Group set “Further expansion of overseas business” as one of the major pillars to strive towards the realization of an innovative value-creating company. Our group company HPI Resources (Harta Group) has been developing
corrugated business in Cambodia, operating its first plant in Phnom Penh, the capital city and the second one built in 2012 in a port city of Sihanoukville in the southern part of Cambodia.
Harta Group is the leader in the corrugated container market in Cambodia and will further increase its market share through the operation of the third plant.
The new plant will be Oji Group’s 23rd corrugated container plant in South East Asia and India.

2.
Overview of the New Plant
Planned location: Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, Cambodia
Planned land size: 62,000 m2 (approximately)
Planned production capacity: 8 million m2 / month (approximately)
Planned investment: JPY 3 billion (approximately)
Planned commencement of operation: January 2020
(Oji Holdings Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121372
 15.10.2018

Valmet-supplied world's largest production line for bleached softwood pulp successfully started up..  (Company news)

...at SCA Östrand mill in Sweden

The expanded pulp mill SCA Östrand in Timrå, Sweden, was started up end of June 2018, according to plan. SCA invested SEK 7.8 billion in Östrand pulp mill expansion project making it one of the largest industrial investments in Sweden to date. With this project SCA Östrand doubled its production capacity from 430,000 tonnes to 900,000 tonnes per year and became the largest production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp in the world.

Photo: Östrand pulp mill. Picture: Torbjörn Bergkvist.

"The rebuild and expansion of Östrand pulp mill is one of the greatest industrial investments in northern Sweden ever. In spite of complexities such as building a twice as big pulp mill in a running mill, we started up the new plant on schedule and budget. The success is the work of many actors, not the least our supplier Valmet", says Ingela Ekebro, Project Director, SCA.

"The start-up went very well. Valmet delivered the most sustainable solution available today consisting of the new cooking, fiber line and evaporation plants," says Stefan Mattsson, Sales Director, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

The project was implemented in phases, and the new evaporation plant was started up some months before the cooking and fiber line. Very soon after the start-up, pulp was produced with high strength, purity and brightness. In the next phase, the production is increased gradually towards the new nominal production capacity.

State-of-the-art technology and environmental performance
Valmet's delivery to the project included new cooking, fiber line and evaporation plant. The cooking plant has the world's largest soft wood digester, while the new evaporation plant is Sweden's largest with an evaporation capacity of 1,150 tons of water per hour.

The 7-effect evaporation plant is extremely energy-efficient, with its in-built possibility to also recover excess heat from Valmet's cooking plant and includes a methanol plant for producing liquid methanol. This enables Östrand to sell surplus energy in the form of green electricity.

Following the investment, SCA Östrand mill has state-of-the-art technology to minimize emissions to air and water. Customers will be offered both TCF (total chlorine free) and ECF (elemental chlorine free) pulp, produced with wood from sustainable forestry.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121390
 15.10.2018

Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards  (Company news)

LineoTM by Stora Enso, launched earlier this year, has won ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018. ICIS, Independent Chemical Information Service, is the world's largest petrochemical market information provider. Stora Enso was shortlisted in its award category alongside other industry leaders. The judges recognised the impressive potential of Stora Enso’s versatile and renewable bio-based solution made from lignin, one of the main building blocks of a tree.

Lineo can be used in a range of applications for which fossil-based materials are currently used. It is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, which are used in resins for adhesives, e.g. in plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. In the future, Lineo can be developed into other types of binders and also used in carbon fibre and energy storage applications.

Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015 and the mill has the capacity to produce 50 000 tonnes of lignin per year – making Stora Enso the largest kraft lignin producer in the world.

Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, “We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from stakeholders since launching Lineo and we’re delighted it has been recognised as an innovative solution by top chemical industry representatives. It is another key renewable solution provided by Stora Enso, we continue to believe that: ‘Everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow’.”
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Newsgrafik #121301
 12.10.2018

TRESU and Lohmann collaborate to show quality of flexo on carton packaging  (Company news)

Picture: The Van Gogh self-portrait printed on board using TRESU's Flexo Innovator press and Lohmann duploFLEX® mounting tape

Flexo machine and equipment provider TRESU and mounting tape manufacturer Lohmann have collaborated to show how flexo printing can efficiently meet brand-owners’ expectations for high-quality, impactful folding carton packaging.

Using TRESU’s Flexo Innovator printing line, with Lohmann’s compressible DuploFLEX® 5.2 foam mounting tape securing high-definition plates, the companies reproduced in 60lpc resolution an 1889 self-portrait by post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, made challenging because of its vivid colour contrasts and fine brush strokes.

The painting was printed in four water-based colours on 240gsm full-coated paper, followed by UV-treatment with the Flexo Innovator at TRESU’s Kolding, Denmark-based Demo Center.

TRESU’s Flexo Innovator printing line, with its stable platform, unit-to-unit air drying and the company’s own enclosed chamber doctor blade system, ensured register accuracy and uniform, clean ink transfer at speeds up to 800m/min. The press has the capability to integrate water-based, UV and solvent ink sets as well as a host of added-value finishing processes inline.

To accurately reproduce the highlight areas, a soft Kodak NX plate was selected, with microdots capable of reproducing tonal ranges from 0.5% to 100%. Lohmann’s 0.55mm-thick DuploFLEX® 5.2 compressible foam tape, with a pure polyethylene foam carrier, has a smooth surface, absorbing the excess pressure, to protect the plate’s microstructures but enable the desired level of ink transfer when the plate makes contact with the substrate.

Thomas Holzer, market manager graphics EMEA at Lohmann, comments: “The aim of this project was to print in flexo a job that normally executed in offset, and to compare results in terms of resolution, definition, register, tonal range and colour intensity. Using a challenging artwork, we have shown that through careful selection of compatible components, flexo printing quality is at least equivalent to other processes. This provides packaging converters and brand owners the opportunity to save costs thanks to flexo’s workflow efficiencies, higher speeds and versatility with many substrate types, while getting the same excellent results.

“This self-portrait was selected, in Lohmann´s new marketing campaign, to pay homage to the printers, because every print should be a masterpiece,” continues Holzer. “It goes to show that getting maximum quality out of flexographic printing is real artistry.”

For more information about Lohmann's DuploFLEX® foam mounting tape, and inspiration for achieving flexographic excellence on folding carton, self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging, visit: www.lohmann-flexperts.com.
Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions, comments: “Trialling and testing to find the optimum combination of materials and equipment is crucial for advancing print quality and efficiency. The Flexo Innovator at our Demo Center is proving a fast and cost-effective way of bringing value-adding product innovations to market, in conjunction with supplier partners, converters and brand-owners.”
(Tresu A/S)

Newsgrafik #121323
 12.10.2018

Smart View: Omron and Futura Team up to transform paper converting innovation  (Company news)

Giovacchino Giurlani, Chief Technology Officer of Futura: “The development of automation is the key to the future of tissue production. For Futura, however, automation is merely an instrument at the service of our people. Human ability and intuition will always be the driving forces behind any innovation. This is what we call MANCHINE, the perfect synergy between human talent and complete production process control.”

K.Tateishi, founder of Omron: “To the machine, the work of the machine. To man the thrill of further creation.”

It is this shared vision of the role of industrial automation which provided the impetus for a collaboration between Omron and Futura centred around the development of innovative solutions in the tissue sector.

It is a partnership which has led to the study and consequent development of “Smart View”, an intelligent monitoring system used in the paper converting process.

Presented at this year’s “iT’s Tissue”, the event which brings together OEMs, end users and system integrators from the tissue industry throughout the world, the monitoring system was developed by Futura using Omron FH series visual and tele-camera systems. It affords operators a live visual overview of every critical zone of a machine and enables them to instantly check performance against production data directly from inside the Control Room.

Any defective or non-compliant material passing through the machine is immediately identified, allowing the operator to intervene promptly and restore normal production activity swiftly, thus reducing both wastage and downtime.

The videos recorded in Live View are automatically archived on the local server and filed by date and time, making them easily accessible for later viewing if required. This allows Futura to monitor every single phase of production, including those before or after any incident requiring a review.

The Omron FH series vision systems also enable checks on the position of a machine’s components to be made. This function not only guarantees more accurate and reliable production performance, but also provides valuable input into planning preventative maintenance by helping to detect potential wear and tear.

The Smart View supervision system was developed with the aim of meeting any production requirement and being completely adaptable across all machines types.
(Omron Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121327
 12.10.2018

Clearwater Paper Announces New Pulp and Paperboard Leader  (Company news)

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) announced a key divisional executive appointment. Effective October 1, 2018, Steve Bowden has been named senior vice president and general manager of the pulp and paperboard division.

"Steve truly exemplifies our core values and brings to Clearwater Paper his extensive experience in the print, packaging, and paperboard manufacturing businesses,” said Linda K. Massman, president and chief executive officer. “I am confident that with Steve’s leadership, we will continue to strengthen our position as a leading manufacturer of high-quality paperboard while continuing our focus on operational efficiencies.”

Before joining Clearwater Paper, Mr. Bowden was the president of the America’s food and beverage division for Multi-Color. He also held key leadership roles at International Paper, including the executive vice president of marketing and strategy for xpedx, formally an International Paper division, and mill manager for the company’s Augusta, Georgia, coated paperboard facility.

Mr. Bowden received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and completed executive programs at Louisiana State University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
(Clearwater Paper Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121365
 12.10.2018

Successful tissue machine restart by Valmet at Xiamen Sin Yang Paper Co., Ltd  (Company news)

Valmet's delivery of a tissue machine restart package to Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM 1 in China concluded with the restart of the machine in September 2018, with a speed of 1,100 m/min. The scope of Valmet's delivery included necessary project management, maintenance, spare parts, and the restart of the tissue machine, which was originally delivered by Valmet but had been idle due to market reasons since 2014.

Photo: Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM 1 paper on reel

The DCT 200HS tissue machine has now been restarted after a joint effort by Sin Yang Paper, Sen Yang Enterprise (Xiamen) Co., Ltd., and Valmet. The 5.6-meter-wide TM 1 is equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press and has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year.

Guo Xiaodong, President of Sin Yang Paper, Tu Huiming, General Manager, and Lin Wen, Chief Engineer, expressed their thoughts after TM 1 restarted successfully: "In April this year, the restart contract was awarded to Valmet. Valmet's service and project teams performed professionally, and worked hard and efficiently every day. Valmet is worthy of trust and commitment, and we are very satisfied with the successful restart of TM 1".

This is the first tissue mill improvement project in China with such an extensive scope of service. "We are capable of offering a very broad scope of services to our tissue customers locally. This is a good example of how we at Valmet are committed to moving our customer's performance forward," said Kevin Jiang, Director of the Mill Improvement business unit at Valmet China.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121260
 11.10.2018

Nazdar Ink Technologies highlights breadth of ink solutions at the SGIA Expo 2018  (Company news)

Las Vegas Convention Center, October 18-20, 2018. Booth #2941

Nazdar® Ink Technologies will once more be a key exhibitor at SGIA Expo, taking place between 18th and 20th October 2018 in Las Vegas, USA. The event brings together professionals from across the speciality and wide-format printing markets and welcomes delegates from around the world.
Stationed at distributor Nazdar SourceOne's booth #2941, the leading alternative ink brand will focus on some of its key products including Nazdar 184 Series, 203 Series, 702 Series, 703 Series, 705 Series and 730 Series inkjet inks; alongside Nazdar 710 Series inks for UV/LED applications. Additionally, the company will showcase its new Nazdar 2800 Series inks for durable screen-printed graphics and the Nazdar 2300 Series UV/LED screen inks. Every ink in Nazdar's range has been developed to provide prints that equal or surpass the quality and reliability of OEM inks but at a lower price point.

Nazdar 184 Series inks for Mimaki printers:
Nazdar 184 Series inks have been developed as an alternative to the Mimaki BS4 inks and are fully compatible with Mimaki JV/CVJ150 and JV/CJV300 inkjet printers. Closely colour matched and chemically compatible with the OEM inks, Nazdar 184 Series inks can be switched one colour at a time - this saves both time and money as there is no need to perform wasteful ink fill procedures or dispose of unused ink.

Nazdar 203 Series inks for Roland printers:
Nazdar 203 Series inks have been formulated as a quality alternative to Roland Eco Max 3 inks and sit alongside Nazdar's well-established alternatives to the Roland Eco Sol and Eco Sol Max 2 inks-sets, the Nazdar 2000 Series and Nazdar 202 Series respectively. Specifically developed to provide ease of use while handling the demands of faster print speeds, Nazdar 203 Series inks not only offer convenience and performance but also great value.

Nazdar 702/703 Series UV inkjet inks:
Nazdar's 702 and 703 Series inks have been formulated for the UV inkjet market. Designed for use in Océ Arizona printers using IJC256 inks (702 Series), and Fujifilm Acuity printers running the KI Series inks (703 Series), these inks offer exceptional compatibility, quality, and cost effectiveness, combined with a seamless conversion process. Closely colour matched and chemically compatible with the OEM inks, users can save both time and money by switching one colour at a time. Flushing, purging, or re-profiling is not necessary when transitioning to Nazdar 702 or 703 Series due to the accurate colour reproduction capabilities of the ink set.

Nazdar 705 Series inkjet inks:
This plug-and-play inkjet ink is designed for use with HP FB500 and 700 printers as a direct replacement for HP 250 Series inks. Users should expect a seamless conversion process with no need to flush, purge, or re-profile, allowing accurate colour-matching and machine compatibility at a lower price point than the OEM inks - without any loss of quality. The Nazdar 705 Series is suitable for a variety of graphics materials including acrylics, vinyl banners, window cling, foam board, and styrene.

Nazdar 730 Series inkjet inks:
POP displays, graphics, and banners requiring excellent adhesion properties and precise colour replication will benefit from Nazdar 730 Series UV inkjet ink. Exceptionally versatile and reliable against chipping on both rigid and flexible materials, the inks offer vibrant, robust colour-density on a range of substrates, including non-digital grade acrylics, fluted polypropylene, and all typical POP substrates.

Nazdar 710 Series for UV/LED:
With low-odour ingredients and designed to cure LED as well as conventional UV, the 710 Series inks offer the ultimate in flexibility and adhesion, making them perfect for both flexible materials as well as rigid materials that require router or die cutting. This ink series includes in its adhesion gamut all general POP substrates, as well as acrylics and fluted polypropylene.

Nazdar 2800 Series durable graphic screen inks:
An expert in screen printing inks, Nazdar will also be debuting the new Nazdar 2800 Series Durable Graphic Screen ink. One of the first dual-cure UV/UV-LED inks specifically formulated for the durable decal market, 2800 Series offers excellent adhesion on vinyl and print-treated polyesters and boasts 4-year outdoor durability without an overprint. The 2800 Series exhibits excellent chemical resistance, accepts premask, and thermal die-cuts without edge chipping. Five-year outdoor durability can be achieved by overprinting with Nazdar 2829 Durable Overprint Clear.

Nazdar 2300 UV LED screen inks:
Nazdar will also be presenting its 2300 UV LED Screen Inks. This series, developed for the container market, is perfect for printing on various glass and plastic bottles used in the packaging of cosmetics, household chemicals and other similar applications, while offering energy savings and a smaller environmental footprint. Nazdar 3500 Series and 3529/3539 Screen Inks, also on display, are designed for long-term outdoor durability on premium pressure-sensitive vinyl films.

InkAnswers:
Finally, Nazdar will be taking questions for its InkAnswers program from visitors at the SGIA Expo. With the best technical support in the industry, Nazdar's InkAnswers service helps printers worldwide find solutions to their ink needs.
With a team of 30+ ink technicians, scientists, and industry consultants, the InkAnswers group fields questions from multiple print applications - including digital inkjet, graphic screen, narrow web, pad printing and more - and delivers a prompt response providing information and advice.

SGIA Expo 2018 takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 18th to 20th 2018. With more than 550 exhibitors, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and see new products.
(Nazdar Limited)

Newsgrafik #121275
 11.10.2018

Kemira increases prices of polymer products globally in Pulp & Paper as of October 15th, 2018   (Company news)

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries, announces price increases for all polymer products globally in the Pulp & Paper segment.

The price increases will vary based on different product types and may be significantly higher in specific countries. New prices will be effective for all deliveries from October 15th, 2018 or as contract terms allow.

These price increases are necessary as the prices for the main raw materials for polymers, together with tight supply and strong demand in the downstream polymer market, have all continued to increase during 2018 and are expected to further increase in 2019.

Kemira continues to be committed as a long-standing, reliable supplier of high quality products to its customers.
(Kemira, Paper Segment)

Newsgrafik #121316
 11.10.2018

Verso Showcases Sterling® Premium in New Printed Promotion  (Company news)

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) continues to celebrate the power of print in its latest promotion titled Sterling® Premium. ELEVATE YOUR IMPACT. Sterling® Premium is Verso's premium coated sheetfed printing paper.

"Verso's Sterling® Premium challenges the paper quality/cost paradigm and delivers a first – premium coated paper at a budget-friendly price," said Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers, Mike Weinhold. "We've raised the bar on the status quo, delivering a more affordable premium coated paper that has a pleasing white shade and 96 brightness that brand owners desire and appreciate."

ELEVATE YOUR IMPACT. This new printed brochure, the third in a series, showcases the 96 bright, white shade and exceptional premium surface and print quality of 130 lb. Sterling® Premium Silk Cover and 120 lb. Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo Silk Cover through detailed imagery and the use of various techniques to enhance the subject matter. Only print can offer special techniques such as embossing, foil stamping and die cutting that grab attention, create memories, build brands and drive sales.

"Sterling® Premium's optics combined with premium surface quality, print performance, product breadth, sustainability and Verso service continue to elevate the definition of a premium coated sheet," said Verso Brand Marketing Manager Ryan Graham. "This promotion both demonstrates and celebrates the possibilities of print with special techniques and premium optics, and the No. 2 pricing of Sterling® Premium broadens the opportunity for brand owners to elevate their message. Think of it as gold for the price of silver."

Made in the U.S.A., Sterling® Premium has the widest and deepest offering of any premium grade, with a full line of sizes and finishes including gloss, silk and matte, with weights to meet a broad spectrum of requirements. Sterling® Premium offers true premium selection, with the industry's broadest range of basis weights—70 lb. text through 130 lb. cover, including 7 pt. and 9 pt. caliper guaranteed products for direct mail. The product line also includes two matching digital companion products, Sterling® Premium Digital™ and Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo, guaranteed on all digital offset, toner and HP Indigo print equipment. Sterling® Premium is manufactured with 10% post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber, complies with Lacey Act requirements and is chain-of-custody tri-certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) BV-COC-953662, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) BV-PEFCCOC-US09000012, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), BV-SFICOC-US09000011 standards.
(Verso Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121317
 11.10.2018

Toscotec partners with Chemitex-Egypt to increase sales in Egypt  (Company news)

Toscotec signed an agency agreement for both its Tissue and Paper & Board divisions with Chemitex Egypt for Trading & Agencies, S.A.E. to increase its sales in the Egyptian market, where it recently landed a number of P&B rebuilding orders.

Toscotec entrusted Sameh Habib, founder and owner of Chemitex-Egypt, with the agency. Habib has fifteen years of sales experience in the tissue and paper industries in Egypt.

Following the deal with Toscotec, Habib said, “The Egyptian paper and tissue market has a high growth potential. Toscotec’s technology fits very well in this market for its strong focus on customization and flexibility, paired with energy reduction.Building on our customer portfolio and the relationships of mutual respect, trust, and cooperation we established, we expect to see promising results in the coming years”.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #121330
 11.10.2018

Siegwerk and Prismade Labs collaborate on interactive packaging innovations  (Company news)

The initial results of the development partnership between Siegwerk and Prismade show a high degree of innovation and market potential for interactive packaging solutions that offer a strong response to an increasingly digital world.

Photo: First prototypes of the interactive folding box application.

Siegwerk, one of the world's leading suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, is working on innovative folding box applications for interactive communication between the product and the consumer. This is part of a development partnership with Prismade Labs, a start-up and FutureLab of the edding Group that was founded in 2016 to develop innovative technologies for brand authentication and document security.

The partnership between the two companies is the result of Siegwerk's 2017 start-up program, through which the ink manufacturer is explicitly looking for technologies and innovations that can further advance the development of groundbreaking packaging concepts. "The possibility of communication between the product and the consumer is certain to have an impact on the future of the packaging sector due to the increasingly digital world in which we live," states Christoph Barniske, Head of Digital Business at Siegwerk. "Smart packaging or the 'Internet of Packaging,' which uses integrated digital tags to interact with the consumer, are just two examples of new packaging concepts of the future." Prismade has developed a special technology that enables smartphones to interact with printed electronic structures. After placing the packaging onto their smartphone's screen, the user is able to enable interaction on the smartphone by swiping their finger over the packaging.

For the past few months, a joint project team consisting of technical, sales and conception experts from both partners has been working on the development of customized color solutions to establish the 'Prismade process' for interactive folding box applications. In this context, Siegwerk is developing special printing inks that are compatible with standard ink systems for folding box applications and ensure that the Prismade technology works as well.

The first prototypes of the interactive folding box applications will soon be presented. For this purpose, the partners developed a demonstration model together with Hamburg packaging expert Uwe Melichar from the brand agency FACTOR (www.factor.partners), Brösske, Meyer & Ruf (an agency for packaging design) in Düsseldorf, and the Edelmann Group, a specialist for innovative developments, folding box construction and production. This demonstration model allows interested parties to get to know the product by using a packaging example. Visitors at Pharma PLAY in Frankfurt, Fachpack in Nuremberg, LUXEPACK in Monaco and the AIPIA conference in Amsterdam can look forward to getting a first glimpse at this newly-developed packaging experience.

Prismade and Siegwerk complement each other very well with their respective core competences and together form a strong team for the long-term development of trend-setting packaging solutions. "Through our collaboration with Prismade, we have the opportunity to actively participate in the development of digital applications in the packaging sector. Their process consists of a successful combination of product authenticity and interactivity," states Christoph Barniske as he explains the ink manufacturer's potential. Siegwerk is already among today's pioneers when it comes to shaping the future of packaging. With its packaging expertise and ink development proficiency, the company is a recognized partner for its customers worldwide. "With Siegwerk as a development partner at our side, we can successfully scale our technology, secure the functionality of our process with ink systems developed specifically for us and strengthen our application potential," states Dr. Karin Weigelt, Managing Director of Prismade Labs. Both companies plan to further expand their collaboration in the future and use the technology for other packaging applications.

Strategic collaboration with relevant startups is essential for Siegwerk to gain important insights into new ideas and advancements that could lead to innovative ink developments and dovetail with upcoming trends in the ink and packaging industry. As an established market player, Siegwerk uses its expertise to support startups in developing their ideas to product maturity and successfully launching them on the market. Further information about Siegwerk's startup program can be found at startups.siegwerk.com.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

Newsgrafik #121353
 11.10.2018

Paper Excellence enters into agreement to purchase all shares of Catalyst Paper  (Company news)

Catalyst Paper Corporation (“Catalyst” or the “Company”) announced that Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation (“Paper Excellence”) and Catalyst have entered into an agreement under which Paper Excellence has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company. Paper Excellence is a BC-headquartered company with close to two million tonnes of pulp production capacity through five operating mills in Canada and two mills in France. "When complete this transaction will benefit all of our stakeholders, including our customers, employees, suppliers, the communities where we operate, and BC's pulp and paper and forest products industries," said Ned Dwyer, Catalyst President and CEO.

Photo: Catalyst Paper Crofton Mill

The transaction will be effected by means of a corporate plan of arrangement under Catalyst’s governing law and will require approval of the Supreme Court of British Columbia as well as the approval of at least two-thirds of the votes cast by Catalyst shareholders at a special meeting thereof. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter 2018 or early first quarter 2019, and is subject to the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Shareholders holding approximately 87% of the outstanding common shares of the Company have entered into voting and support agreements pursuant to which they have agreed, subject to the terms of these agreements, to vote in favour of the transaction.

Houlihan Lokey is acting as exclusive financial advisor and investment banker to Catalyst Paper Corporation in the transaction. Stikeman Elliott LLP is acting as legal advisor to Catalyst Paper Corporation.
(Catalyst Paper Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121370
 11.10.2018

Omya acquires Galderma-Spirig site  (Company news)

•Extension of the rapidly growing headquarters in neighboring Oftringen
•Establishment of research and development activities
•Around 150 to 200 jobs planned in an initial phase

Following Galderma-Spirig’s decision to close their Egerkingen site in September 2017, Omya International, based in neighboring Oftringen, will move research and development activities to the site. To this end, Omya is acquiring the property from Galderma-Spirig’s parent company, Nestlé Skin Health.

In addition to acquiring the property, including all buildings and facilities, Omya intends to acquire Spirig Pharma's Cosmospheres business
unit, which develops and manufactures high-quality cellulose-based additives for the cosmetics industry. Omya will offer continued employment to the employees in this business area. In addition, the continued employment of facility management and maintenance staff is reviewed.

Growth in Oftringen and Egerkingen
In recent years, Omya headquarters in Oftringen have grown strongly and have reached their capacity. With the relocation of research and evelopment activities to neighboring Egerkingen, the bottleneck at the headquarters will be eliminated long-term without further construction and space will be made available for the company's strongly growing activities.

The buildings in Egerkingen have a modern technical infrastructure, which are suitable for research and development activities without substantial structural interventions. The Cosmospheres business unit, which Omya intends to acquire, would complement and expand Omya’s offering, as Omya already is a supplier of raw materials for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. In the end, up to 350 full-time jobs will be located at the new (Omya International AG)

Newsgrafik #121249
 10.10.2018

Drytac to unveil new and award-winning products at SGIA Expo 2018  (Company news)

Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, will be a key exhibitor at the forthcoming SGIA Expo 2018, with award-winning products on show. Drytac will also be presenting an educational seminar regarding retail signage ideas and applications.

Taking place in Las Vegas, USA from October 18th to 20th, SGIA Expo 2018 will bring together print specialists, businesses and buyers from around the world to take part in conferences, networking and educational sessions.
Drytac (booth #2341) will be demonstrating its extensive range of self-adhesive materials to over 25,000 registered attendees over the three-day event, including live demonstrations and interactive wall displays of some brand new products and of its two SGIA Product of the Year award-winning products.

Visitors will be able to see the all-new ArmourPrint™ Emerytex® and ArmourGrab™, a combination counter mat solution ideal for retailers and restaurants. This dual-product system has an FDA incidental food contact rating and a low slip rating, making it both safe and effective for POP advertising applications.

Also on display will be Drytac's SpotOn® Floor 200 (photo), winner of the Media - Adhesive Back Vinyl category in the SGIA Awards, alongside best-selling media SpotOn Clear Gloss, SpotOn Clear Matte and SpotOn White Matte for short-term interior displays, and SpotOn SynPaper, developed to deliver exceptional results with the HP PageWide XL. Every SpotOn product features Drytac's innovative dot-pattern adhesive for easy, bubble-free application.
Drytac is also the winner of an SGIA award for ReTac® WipeErase® in the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category, for its application in creating tailor-made dry-erase or planning boards. Creative delegates will see the benefits of this as well as ReTac Smooth and ReTac Textures, printable self-adhesive PVC films for outstanding wall coverings and large-scale indoor displays, and get hands-on with ReTac ChalkMate®, which can turn any surface into a traditional chalkboard.

Visitors will be able to experience durable, eye-catching graphics printed on Drytac's innovative Polar® line, with information and samples of Polar Burst, Polar Polymeric, Polar Monomeric and Polar Transit available to take away.

The popular ViziPrint® range will be on display too, demonstrating its superior adhesion and finish on glass. For window graphics, decals and signage, images printed on ViziPrint Impress Clear, ViziPrint Impress White and ViziPrint Illuminate remain bright and vivid even after repositioning.
Various print partners throughout the show will be printing and displaying Drytac's innovative line of print media. Real-time updates can be followed on Drytac's social media platforms.

In addition, Steve Broad, Drytac's Europe & Asia Sales Director, and Dennis Leblanc, Sales Manager for Central Canada, will be presenting an educational seminar on Adhesives for Retail Graphics on Friday, October 19th at 9am in room S34.

"We're looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the print and display industry to stand 2341 across the three days of SGIA Expo 2018," says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac.
"Our expert team will be presenting a wide range of exciting products - including two recognized in the SGIA Product of the Year awards - set to inspire visitors to create incredible window graphics, wall coverings, decals, floor graphics and more."
(Drytac Europe Limited)

Newsgrafik #121304
 10.10.2018

Sappi Digital Solutions highlights dye sublimation paper portfolio at SGIA  (Company news)

Consistent high quality, flexibility and reliable production are hallmarks of Transjet® heat transfer dye sublimation papers

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of speciality papers, will showcase the performance possibilities available to the market with its broad portfolio of Transjet® dye-sublimation papers at the SGIA Expo, scheduled for October 18 to 20 2018, in Las Vegas. Sappi Digital Solutions, formed by the acquisition of Cham Paper Group at the beginning of this year, will be located in booth 1997 at the show.

Stronger market presence
The establishment of this new division reflects Sappi’s already significant presence in the dye sublimation market, and its strong dedication to this sector. The company continues to place considerable focus on this crucial and growing market segment, as will be evidenced by its extensive showing at SGIA.

Transjet® heat transfer sublimation paper, already in wide use in the industry, is the flagship brand for Sappi Digital Solutions. Transjet® is known for delivering excellent quality with fast ink drying, shorter heat dwell time and optimum ink consumption. It is ideal for a broad array of applications in both soft and hard goods, including sports apparel, fashion, soft signage, home textiles, shoes, skis, and it also offers grades compatible with industrial equipment.

Paola Tiso, Head of Digital Solutions, comments, “Sappi Digital Solutions’ broad portfolio of dye sublimation papers supports many industries in their quest to meet demand for individualization and speed to market. Customers need quality papers, fast solutions and excellent service. Sappi Digital Solutions offers complete assistance and dedicated partnership for this industry”.

Beyond dye sublimation papers, Sappi Digital Solutions also offers large format substrates up to 3.10 meters wide, optimized for inkjet printing for both indoor and outdoor applications using for CAD/Engineering or imaging printers. These substrates deliver the brilliant color and homogeneity that applications in technical printing and architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries increasingly demand. Sappi’s portfolio includes papers suitable for use with water-based, solvent or UV-curable inks as well as HP Latex inks.

At SGIA, Sappi Digital Solutions experts will be on hand to discuss the individual requirements of visitors to its booth and, to share details about its broad range of specialty products and services to educate and inspire attendees.
(Sappi Limited)

Newsgrafik #121308
 10.10.2018

Major PulpEye order from Iggesund  (Company news)

PulpEye received its second biggest order ever when Iggesund Paperboard bought two complete PulpEye sets, one for the unbleached and one for the bleached pulps. Both PulpEye cabinets are equipped with modules for online analysis of kappa number, brightness, fibre, shives and fibre wall thickness as well as the dot analyser DotEye. The order also comprises two ScreenEye, two LabEye and one RMEye.

Photo: One part of the Iggesund Paperboard order is modules for measuring fibre wall thickness.

”I am very happy that we, in stiff competition, have landed our second biggest order ever,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD at PulpEye. “By equipping both PulpEye cabinets with a number of modules as well as one ScreenEye in each fibre line, Iggesund has good opportunities to make sure that the pulp quality will be of even higher quality and consistency, which will be beneficial to their exclusive board.

Iggesund replaces an old kappa number analyser with new technology to measure fibre quality in a new way to be able to follow wood raw material variations in a better way. The fibre wall thickness module is a very new technology for characterisation of pulp. Thanks to this comprehensive investment even better possibilities have been created to follow the fibre from wood yard to board mill in order to achieve an even more consistent board quality.

ScreenEye is a sampler which is put in the blow line, screening the pulp in two steps and pre-washing it before it is transported to the analyser. Online dot measurement by DotEye shows the pulp cleanliness in real-time and possible disturbances are immediately detected and can be dealt with.

”Iggesund’s bleached SBB board Invercote is well-known for its high quality and is used in packaging in different premium segments all over the world,” says Malin Ekroos, Pulp Manager, Iggesund Paperboard. “When we decided to invest in new technology for measuring different quality parameters our choice, after careful evaluation, was PulpEye as their technology enables online measurements of the pulp parameters that are important to us.”

Iggesund Paperboard produces ca 420,000 tonnes bleached long- and short-fibre pulps as well as ca 350,000 tonnes of Invercote annually.
(PulpEye AB)

Newsgrafik #121326
 10.10.2018

Luigi Lazzareschi (CEO Sofidel Group) has been inducted in the Paper International Hall of Fame  (Company news)

Sofidel’s CEO is the first Italian to become part of the small number of big names in the global tissue production industry. An induction that rewards his efforts in pursuing sustainable development and in expanding the business of the Group.

With a ceremony held on the evening of Thursday 4th October in Appleton, Wisconsin (US), the CEO of Sofidel, Luigi Lazzareschi, has been inducted in the Paper International Hall of Fame (PIHF), the small number of big names in the global tissue production industry. Mr. Lazzareschi is the first Italian to be tributed with this honor.

Over the years, the Sofidel Group went from being a national player in the hygienic and domestic paper industry (especially known for its Regina brand) to become a multinational with operations in 13 countries, more than 6,000 employees and net sales of EUR 1,724 million / USD 1,947 million (2017), with a production capacity of more than one million tonnes (2017). Sofidel is now the sixth biggest industry manufacturer in the world and the second across Europe.

“It’s an honor for me to join the Paper International Hall of Fame. A tribute I am especially proud of because it comes from a panel of experts who are well aware of the challenges that the production of this material, which is so important in the everyday lives of billions of people, implies,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel. “I consider it a reward for all the people who over the years have supported me, first and foremost the co-founder, along with my father Giuseppe, and the current President of Sofidel, Emi Stefani”.

The Paper International Hall of Fame is an organization founded in 1992 in the United States, and has been created to raise awareness of the values, the know-how and the benefits that the paper industry contributes to people’s everyday lives. Since its foundation, the PIHF has inducted 135 personalities from around the world into the Hall of Fame.

Sofidel has made sustainability a strategic lever for development and growth, with the aim of reducing the impact its business has on the environment and of boosting the benefits it produces for society. To date, the Group has reduced its direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 20.6% (measured as the reduction of carbon intensity between 2009 and 2017 per kg of paper manufactured). Moreover, Sofidel has limited the consumption of water in its manufacturing processes (7.1 l/kg compared to an industry benchmark of 15-25 l/kg) and sources all the pulp it uses in production from independent suppliers that are officially certified (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™).

On Wednesday 3rd October, Sofidel has inaugurated in the US its first greenfield manufacturing plant overseas in Circleville, Ohio. The plant also happens to be the Group’s largest, most modern and sustainable to date.
(Sofidel Group)

Newsgrafik #121339
 10.10.2018

Valmet to supply key pulp mill technology for ARAUCO pulp mill project in Chile  (Company news)

Valmet has signed a letter of award (LoA) with ARAUCO to supply key pulp mill technology including pulp drying and baling, a recovery boiler and a biomass boiler. This LoA is part of ARAUCO's MAPA project, a major investment to expand current production capacity and build a new pulp production line at the Arauco Mill located in the Bio Bío Region in Chile.

The value of the anticipated delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 250-300 million. The order is expected to be included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received.

"With this project ARAUCO continues our long cooperation in the area of boilers and pulp drying. Our cooperation extends over 15 years of successful project deliveries," says Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy from Valmet.

The delivery of the pulp drying and boilers is agreed to be done on EPS basis including plant engineering, procurement and supervision. The pulp drying line will have a daily capacity of 5,000 air dry tons (Adt). The recovery boiler will have a daily capacity of 6,300 tons dry solids (tDS). The biomass boiler features bubbling fluidized bed technology and has a capacity of 160 MWth.

One of the largest pulp investments in the world
The modernization and extension of Arauco Mill, an initiative that involves a USD 2,350 million investment, is the largest investment in ARAUCO's history. The project includes a new pulp production line, line 3, with an annual capacity of 1,560,000 tons. The new line is estimated to start operation in 2021.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121367
 10.10.2018

PMP supports the dynamic growth of Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A. (Poland) - '315' project is ...  (Company news)

... the next development step for the Kostrzyn’s Plant

On June 4th, 2018, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract with Arctic Paper Kostrzyn, for a PM1 press section rebuild, that includes a delivery of a new Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press (photo).

Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A. for several years has been consistently working on its assets modernization. Previous investitions were conducted to prepare PM1 for a future, significant capacity increase. The name of whole project is ”315” [thousand tons of capacity for whole plant] and it will be completed in 2019, when the new press section with PMP Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press will be implemented at the PM1.

The main goal of the ”315” project is to increase manufacturing capacity, to boost paper properties and to implement energy saving solutions. Arctic Paper has decided to choose state-of-the-art solutions provided by PMP, and invested in a press section equipped with Intelli-Nip® Shoe Module. Solutions that will be designed and manufactured by PMP, will play a key role in the ”315” project final success. What is most important, it will allow to improve the after press dryness from 43% before rebuild, to up to 50% after rebuild. It is also worth to mention that each 1% of dryness brings around 4% of steam savings in the dryer section. Furthermore, Shoe Press technology will significantly improve final product quality (especially its bulkness and bursting strength), it will also majorly improve PM1 runnability.

Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press technology is a great combination of energy saving solutions & impressive paper properties and is nowadays a desired solution worldwide. Recently PMP has executed number of projects that included shoe press solution, for example in USA, Mexico, Colombia, China and Poland. For Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A., it will be a huge step in whole plant development.

PM1 is producing writing and offset papers, with the basis weight of 60 up to 100 gsm. PM1’s current operating speed is on the level of 700 mpm, with a plan to increase it up to 1000 mpm after rebuild. PMP’s scope of supply covers press section with Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press (design nip load 600 kN/m, module dia 1100 mm). In addition, PMP will supply most of the controls equipment, spare parts and on-site services, including on-site erection, start-up supervision. The assembly and start-up are scheduled for the year 2019.
(PMPoland S.A.)

Newsgrafik #121280
 09.10.2018

Pesmel strengthens customer interface operations  (Company news)

Mr. Ilkka Hiirsalmi (photo) has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer with the responsibility of promoting the company’s knowhow and capabilities to the existing and new customers. His responsibilities also include development of the agent network as well as enhancing the Pesmel brand and customer communication.

Prior to joining Pesmel Mr. Hiirsalmi has held several customer interface positions in industrial corporations. Previous employers include Wärtsilä, Abloy, the Finnish Foreign Office, Metso, Valmet and RollResearch International. Mr. Hiirsalmi is Member of the Finnish Paper Engineers Association, Strategic Marketing Excellence Group and Communications Executive Council. He has held several positions of trust as a Member of Board of Company Directors and he is an IMD (Switzerland) Alumni. Over the years he has worked in South and North America, Europe, China and South-East Asia, and he has lived in the USA, United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany. He currently resides in Espoo, Finland.
(Pesmel Oy)

Newsgrafik #121281
 09.10.2018

Smurfit Kappa reinforces its sustainability credentials with latest technology in UK paper mill  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has begun operating a sophisticated Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) to reduce emissions and increase the profitability of its Townsend Hook Paper Mill (photo) in Kent.

The new CHP, which provides steam and electricity for the paper machine, will slash the mill’s carbon footprint by at least 15%. Earlier this year, Smurfit Kappa reported reaching its fossil CO2 emission reduction target three years ahead of schedule.

The multi-million pound investment in the mill has also increased the capabilities of the Townsend Hook paper machine to meet the growing demand in the UK and Ireland for lightweight containerboard. This is used to make corrugated packaging which is sought after in a growing number of applications due to its renewable, recyclable and sustainable nature.

Speaking about the enhancements to the mill, Jelte Bouma, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Recycled Paper West, said: “We are delighted to have started operating the new CHP in Townsend Hook a month ahead of schedule.

“The increased capability and efficiencies will help us to deliver an even better service to customers. The environmental benefits associated with the new project are also in line with the wider strategic sustainability priorities of Smurfit Kappa.”

The Townsend Hook Paper Mill is one of a European network of Smurfit Kappa paper mills which are all connected by a single, optimised supply chain system.
(Smurfit Kappa Townsend Hook Ltd)

Newsgrafik #121283
 09.10.2018

Digital business models are the future: Heidelberg achieves 100 worldwide installations of ...  (Company news)

... Prinect Production Manager

-Strong customer demand for software subscription contracts
-Integrated data handling achieves optimal productivity
-Prinect is driving the Smart Print Shop

Photo: Prinect Production Manager allows print shops of all sizes access to every integration function of the Prinect production workflow without having to purchase individual licenses.

New digital business models such as software subscription contracts focus on the possibilities of cost-efficient print shop industrialization as digitization continues apace. Under the theme “Heidelberg goes digital” the digital transformation of the whole print media industry is consequently driven by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg).

Now the company is pleased to announce that it has reached over 100 worldwide installations of Prinect Production Manager. Released in drupa 2016, Prinect Production Manager allows print shops of all sizes access to every integration function of the Prinect production workflow without having to purchase individual licenses. The new subscription business model offers a cost effective solution and simplified approach towards enabling end-to-end workflow automation and achieving optimal productivity. “A print shop’s business success is increasingly determined by how efficiently it handles data. By creating the ideal conditions for this, the Prinect workflow forms the backbone of the Smart Print Shop showcased by Heidelberg at the last drupa,” explains Jürgen Grimm, Head of Software Solutions at Heidelberg.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Newsgrafik #121285
 09.10.2018

Successful start-up of the Yibin Paper TM2-iDEAL® Tissue Machine  (Company news)

A.Celli Paper celebrates with great enthusiasm the start-up of the TM2-iDEAL® Tissue machine.

The TM2-iDEAL® Tissue machine at Yibin Paper was successfully started-up on September 15, 2018, after an intense period of installation and commissioning. The TM2 is designed for a design speed of 1800m/min, an operating speed of 1600 m/min, and an untrimmed roll width of 2850 mm.

The scope of supply for the tissue machine consists of an Approach Flow system, acomplete set of Cresent Former tissue machines, a MCS control system, an Air system and a Dust Removal system.

The start-up and subsequent running-in all went smoothly. Yibin expressed great satisfaction with the result and were also very praising of A.Celli’s professional work.
The TM2 which was successfully started-up was the first in a big order for five sets of iDEAL® Tissue machines. The remaining four sets are scheduled to be started up by the end of 2018.

By that time, the production capacity of tissue paper will be 120,000 tons/year.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #121314
 09.10.2018

Sofidel Tissue Company Opens Manufacturing Plant in Circleville, Ohio, Its Largest, ...   (Company news)

...Most Innovative Wordwide

Italian tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel opened on October 3rd a 280-acre plant, one of its most technologically and environmentally advanced paper plants in the world, with innovative machinery that increases both the quality of its products and the energy efficiency of its operations.

The Circleville, Ohio, plant is Sofidel’s largest worldwide and its first integrated paper mill built from the ground up in the United States. Since expanding to the United States in 2012, Sofidel now has operations in seven states: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

“The United States is a crucial market for us and is where we intend to grow,’’ said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “This plant will help us fuel our growth significantly and further our commitment to sustainable, environmentally responsible development. We are extremely proud of this plant and look forward to being an important part of the Circleville community for decades to come.”

“This is an historic moment for Sofidel,’’ said Emi Stefani, chairman of the Sofidel Group. “This facility is our largest, most modern and sustainable to date and employs the best technology available in the tissue paper industry.’’

Sofidel has invested about $400 million in the site and, once running at full capacity, the facility will employ approximately 700 people.

The plant is an integrated facility that incorporates a paper mill, where pulp is transformed into paper, a converting plant that produces the finished product, and a state-of-the-art warehousing facility. The plant has a total production capacity of 140,000 tons a year.

The facility is equipped with two Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) 200 paper mill machines, manufactured by Valmet, a global leader in the development and supply of technologies for the pulp, paper and energy processing industries. Advantage NTT 200 technology allows the production of both standard tissue and textured paper and will enable Sofidel to further increase the quality of its products, reduce water usage, and recycle heat to power driers and fuel the plant. Each machine can produce 2,000 meters of 5.5-meter-wide paper sheets per minute.

The plant has 10 lines for producing the finished products, including three Constellation lines manufactured by Fabio Perini, with advanced reeling technology that preserves the product’s softness while ensuring uniform sheet separation from start to finish of every roll.

The plant features a new system for recovering heat generated by turbines. The heat will be conveyed through extractor hoods and used to dry the rolls of paper, then produce steam. The system will supply almost all the energy needed to dry the paper and, under certain operating conditions, will power the entire machine.

In addition, the plant has adapted techniques from the food and beverage industry to improve logistics. An automated system transfers paper reels from the paper mill to the converting lines using laser guided vehicles (LGVs). An automated Smart Store warehouse is capable of handling more than 50,000 pallets of finished product, creating a space savings of up to 40 percent.

At the grand opening, Lazzareschi and Stefani were joined by Brian Lenihan, acting executive director of SelectUSA, and Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer for Columbus 2020. Sofidel clients and suppliers, federal, state and local officials, and other stakeholders also attended the event. The project was made possible through assistance from SelectUSA, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, the Pickaway Progress Partnership and other public and private partnerships.
(Sofidel Group)

Newsgrafik #121328
 09.10.2018

A.Celli Paper S.p.A. - MIAC 2018 Conference - Solutions for complete turnkey systems  (Company news)

A.Celli Paper is pleased to announce its participation in the cycle of conferences of the twenty-fifth edition of the MIAC – International Exhibition of Paper Industry, which will be held in October 2018 (on the 10th, 11th and 12th) at the Lucca Fiere Exhibition Centre.

The company’s contribution to the MIAC TISSUE CONFERENCE – First Session, is titled “Turnkey Solution: A.Celli Paper’s answer for a more efficient production system“, and is scheduled to take place at 4:45 pm on October 10th, 2018. Anyone wishing to attend needs to pre-register through the official channels of MIAC 2018.

Daniele Checcacci (Head of Sales Capital at A.Celli Paper S.p.A.) will talk about A.Celli Paper’s solutions for complete turnkey systems: from the Tissue Ideal® machines to the E-WIND® rewinders and Roll Handling & Packaging systems R-Way®, for complete, optimised and customised management of the production process that allows the company to further strengthen relations with its esteemed customers.

A.Celli Paper will also be delighted to welcome you to stand 1 and show you the latest in its Research & Development, as well as the extensive range of services provided in the field of industrial automation – Industry 4.0.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #121337
 09.10.2018

Emtec Electronic at the MIAC 2018 in Lucca  (Company news)

The Italian tissue and paper industry will meet again from October 10th to 12th in Lucca and the German company emtec Electronic GmbH will attend together with the Italian representatives Qi Srl and Metreo Srl. An interesting selection of their innovative testing instruments for the pulp, tissue and paper industry are shown on the upper floor, booth no. 5B.

Photo: TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer

Displayed at the booth will be the state-of-the-art CAS touch! to measure the particle charge and the FPA touch! to measure the surface charge of fibers (zeta potential). Both devices help to get information about the efficiency of the chemicals, which are added during the paper, board and tissue production.

Besides this, the EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing Tester, a device to determine important paper surface properties such as surface hydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.

The ACA Ash Content Analyzer enables the determination of the mineral filler content without combustion, that means without destruction of the samples, within seconds. Both, the total mineral filler content, as well as the individual filler components (e.g. calcium carbonate, kaolin/talcum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide) and their percentage distribution are given.

Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling, the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of the three individual parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.

If you have a chance to visit the Fabio Perini Open House, at the Pivot Laboratory it will be possible to experience first-hand the Tissue Softness Analyzer in operation and take some measurements. An expert from emtec Electronic will be on site to give you insights and answer all questions.
(emtec Electronic GmbH)

Newsgrafik #121263
 08.10.2018

Essity reduces costs to increase profitability and competitiveness  (Company news)

To strengthen the Group’s long-term cost efficiency, the hygiene and health company Essity introduced a Group-wide cost-savings program. The program is expected to generate annual cost savings of approximately SEK 800m, with full effect at the end of 2019.

Photo: Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity

For a number of years, Essity has reported sales growth and increased profitability. During the first half of 2018, the Group's margin has been negatively affected by significantly higher raw material costs. The rapidly increasing costs have, to a large extent, been offset by active work to increase prices, product mix improvements and cost savings. During the third quarter of 2018, the negative impact of external market factors, such as sharply increasing costs for pulp, oil-based raw materials and energy, have accelerated further.

The cost-savings program is being implemented in all parts of the Group to reduce the cost base related to cost of goods sold and sales, general and administration costs. The program will include headcount reductions and reduced costs for projects, consultants and travel. Personnel changes will be subject to customary consultations. The program that is now being launched is in addition to the efficiency initiatives already in progress in the Group, such as “Tissue Roadmap” and “Cure or Kill”.

“Sharply increasing raw material costs and higher energy prices are affecting our margins in the short term. We are implementing this savings program to increase profitability and strengthen our competitiveness. At the same time, we are continuing to invest in innovation and our strong brands,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

Cost savings related to the program will be reported separately in addition to the savings reported on an ongoing basis by the Group. Restructuring costs arising from the savings program will be related to headcount reductions and will be presented in the fourth quarter of 2018.
(Essity Aktiebolag)

Newsgrafik #121265
 08.10.2018

Sappi North America Announces the Completion of Paper Machine Rebuild to Produce ...  (Company news)

...New Sustainable, Innovative Packaging Lines

Leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions further diversifies its premier product packaging line with entrance into the paperboard market

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, announced the end of a year-long rebuild of Paper Machine 1 at Sappi's Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine.

In February 2017, Sappi Limited announced a major investment at the Somerset Mill to establish a strong platform for growth in paperboard packaging, while maintaining Sappi's leadership position in the graphic paper market, increasing annual production capacity at this mill to almost one million tons per year. These new paperboard grades provide luxury packaging and folding carton applications and complement our existing specialty packaging products, which represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries.

"We are excited to bring Paper Machine 1 back online after a successful rebuild over the last year. Thanks to an extraordinary amount of work and effort by everyone involved throughout the year, we now look forward to bringing new, innovative paper-based packaging solutions to the market," said Mark Gardner (photo), President and CEO, Sappi North America. "Somerset is a world-class mill, and this rebuild will allow us to continue providing high-quality packaging and graphics solutions to the market at the standard Sappi is known for."

Sappi was the first company to set the standard for graphics paper, with roots extending back to 1854. Now, it is setting the new standard in paperboard packaging. It is the first provider that checks all the boxes for converters: high-quality, wholly independent, based in the Northeast, financially stable and continuously investing in new technologies and sustainability.

All of the new product lines will have global availability and provide convertors with superior color consistency, printability and downstream performance.

"This is an exciting time for Sappi North America," said Deece Hannigan, Vice President of Packaging and Specialties Business, Sappi North America. "We are committed to bringing high-quality, innovative and sustainable products to the market that meet a variety of packaging needs. This diversification of our packaging line brings us closer to meeting the goals set in our 2020Vision, while continuing to meet customer needs around the globe."
(Sappi North America)

Newsgrafik #121268
 08.10.2018

Fujifilm packages up another Jet Press 720S deal in Germany  (Company news)

Ebro Color, a specialist in short-run cardboard packaging, chooses Fujifilm’s Jet Press 720S as its first ever digital press investment

Based in Albstadt, southern Germany, Ebro Color is a modern, cardboard packaging print specialist with more than 90 years of history behind it. Founded in 1925, it has continually invested in new technologies over the years and now produces cardboard packaging and display units for a huge range of customers in a variety of sectors, from cosmetics, to food, jewellery and tourism.

Already something of a short-run specialist, offering run lengths as low as 25 units, the company has decided to give itself even more flexibility and lower its costs still further by making its first digital press investment. After a careful decision-making process, it has chosen to invest in the Fujifilm Jet Press 720S specifically for folding carton production, with the press set to go into operation in September 2018.

"Run lengths have been trending down for some time,” says company CEO German Brodbeck. “We recently invested in a specialist offset press for short-run work and we’ve been very happy with it. However, as the trend continues and average run lengths get shorter still, we want to put ourselves in the best possible position to win new short run work and deliver it cost effectively.

"We were also seeing increased demand for personalisation and unique identifiers on printed products, so we knew this meant investing in digital, a first for us. We looked carefully at the market and attended demonstrations for a range of machines. In the end it was a combination of things that convinced us that the Jet Press was the right machine for us.

"First there was the quality. Nothing else quite matched up to it and we became convinced that it is at least as good as offset, perhaps even better. We talked to a few Jet Press users and the feedback we got from them regarding the quality was that it is at near-photographic levels and that customers often request that their work is printed on the Jet Press, even for longer runs where offset would be cheaper.

"The Jet Press users we spoke to were also very positive about the up-time which they said is reliably over 90%. We felt that the quality, combined with the reliability of the machine, represented excellent value for money and we also feel, based on our research into all the technology out there, that inkjet is the future.

"We see significant business growth opportunities ahead with this investment,” concludes Brodbeck. “The Jet Press will give us the ability to offer ultra-short-run jobs (down to runs of one) both quickly and profitably, enabling us to produce high quality samples and prototypes, and to seriously target the end user market for the first time.

The reputation of the Jet Press 720S as a packaging press has been steadily building for some time,” says Dirk Mussenbrock, Business Development Manager, Inkjet Solutions at Fujifilm Graphic Systems, Europe. “We’re delighted to see yet another print business recognise what it has to offer and we look forward to partnering with Ebro Color as they explore new markets and new business opportunities.
(Fujifilm Europe GmbH)

Newsgrafik #121270
 08.10.2018

EXPERA SPECIALTY SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES BRC CERTIFICATION ACHIEVEMENT ...  (Company news)

... AT ALL FACILITIES

Expera Specialty Solutions has achieved BRC Global Standard – Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 High Hygiene Certification at all four Wisconsin paper mills. The facilities are the first paper mills in North America to achieve this high hygiene level of food safety certification.

The BRC High Hygiene standard provides the most rigorous framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls in the packaging and packaging materials industry. Expera’s Food Packaging and Processing product offerings are among the most innovative and diverse in the industry, and BRC certification assures paper converters, brand owners, and food packagers that Expera’s products can be used globally to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

“Our manufacturing sites have always put safety and quality at the highest priority, and the recent efforts taken to achieve BRC certification have been significant,” explained Russ Wanke, Expera’s Chief Executive Officer. “Expera works diligently with our customers to create an innovation-focused alliance that enables our customers to continuously develop new products in an efficient manner. Offering BRC Certification to our customers is just another innovative step in ensuring product safety for our customers, and the wider marketplace.”

The BRC Global Standard is part of an independently audited safety and quality certification program. Food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers, and service organizations developed this management system, and it is the first Packaging Standard in the world to be recognized by the GFSI committee.
(Expera Specialty Solutions)

Newsgrafik #121300
 08.10.2018

Resolute to Sell Catawba, SC, Paper and Pulp Mill  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with New-Indy Containerboard, LLC ("New-Indy") for the sale of its Catawba, South Carolina, paper and pulp mill, for a total purchase price of about $300 million, consisting of $260 million in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments, and the assumption of approximately $40 million of balance sheet liabilities, largely net pension benefit obligations.

Catawba's operation includes a kraft mill and a pulp dryer to produce market pulp, a thermomechanical pulp mill as well as a lightweight coated paper machine. The facility currently employs 460 people.

Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement, New-Indy will offer employment to Catawba employees effective upon closing of the transaction, which is expected at or around year-end. The sale is subject to certain closing conditions.

"This transaction will allow us to realize significant value for an asset whose greatest earnings potential lies with the investment in and diversification of the mill's operations, as proposed by New-Indy," stated Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer of Resolute. "We are pleased that the mill will continue to operate and benefit the local community, both economically and socially."

Without the Catawba operation, we estimate that Resolute's operating income, excluding depreciation and amortization, for the 12 months ended June 30, 2018, would have been approximately $25 million, or 5%, lower. Including depreciation and amortization of $15 million, the operating income would have been about $10 million lower. These figures are not indicative of expected results for periods subsequent to June 30, 2018, particularly in light of recent price increases for market pulp and coated paper products.

"We expect to use the proceeds from this asset sale to further reduce our net debt and improve shareholder value," added Laflamme. "We will continue to explore high-return strategic opportunities to grow our core businesses in line with our transformation strategy. Over the coming days, we will communicate with our customers to discuss the impact of the transaction and the transition of supply for their orders of lightweight coated paper and market pulp."

New-Indy is an independent manufacturer and supplier of recycled containerboard to the corrugated box industry. The company was formed in 2012 as a joint venture by The Kraft Group, LLC and Schwarz Partners, LP. Headquartered in Ontario (California), New-Indy operates manufacturing facilities in Ontario and Oxnard (California), Peoria (Illinois) and Hartford City (Indiana), along with a recycling facility in Kendalville (Indiana).
(Resolute Forest Products Inc.)

Newsgrafik #121312
 08.10.2018

Heidelberg investing in digital postpress operations with takeover of MBO Group  (Company news)

-Plans for more digital postpress offerings to reach new target groups
-Innovative solutions for pharmaceutical growth market and customer-specific mailing systems
-Takeover opens up activities for a joint future and creates important synergies
-Production plant in Portugal suitable expansion site for company

Photo: In addition to the printing, packaging and label industries, MBO's customers include the pharmaceutical industry and large marketing companies.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is taking over the international MBO Group in a bid to further expand its offerings in the growing market of postpress operations for digitally printed products. The move will also see the company gain access to new customers in the pharmaceutical industry and add mailing system offerings to its offset portfolio.

This decision highlights the company’s strategic focus on consistently aligning its portfolio and new business model with the growth segments of digital and packaging. Furthermore, Heidelberg aims to use this extended offering to tap into new customer groups for its entire product portfolio.

“The planned takeover of the MBO Group enables us to attain further sustainable and profitable growth by leveraging new technologies and customer segments,” said Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg. “By acquiring MBO’s digital portfolio, we are closing a gap for our customers and helping them achieve a smooth industrial process in the digital future. We also expect to see synergies in our own value added chain, which will bring about tangible benefits for customers, too.”

The acquired operations account for a sales volume of around € 50 million and will see Heidelberg expand its postpress offerings. The acquisition involves, among other things, taking over the sites in Oppenweiler and Bielefeld, Germany, and the production site in Perifita, Portugal, which employ a total of approximately 450 staff. Besides the German sites, the efficiently structured site in Portugal opens up particularly interesting opportunities for the entire Heidelberg Group.

“Even when postpress operations are running efficiently, there is still huge potential for boosting productivity throughout the entire print shop,” claims Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Digital Technology. “The takeover is another important step in offering our customers a comprehensive portfolio that generates value and covers everything from technology and consumables right through to service.”
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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 08.10.2018

Special Event Paper One Show Beirut 2019 - Ideally Located for Europe and the Mena Region  (Company news)

The 5th edition of Paper One Show comes to you this year from Beirut, Lebanon.
Doors open at the BIEL Centre in Hall 2 on the 28th January, 2019.

In 2017, our show in Sharjah, UAE, welcomed 100 internationally recognized companies from 26 different countries as exhibitors. A number of industry experts and market leaders have already confirmed their commitment to this years event and we all believe the exhibition will contribute enormously to the development of the paper industry in the MENA region.

We are extremely delighted to announce Eczacibasi Consumer Products as our Platinum and Lanyard Sponsors, Svecom as our Badge Sponsors and TPC Tissue Paper Company as Signature Sponsors.

IDEALLY LOCATED FOR EUROPE AND THE MENA REGION.
BEIRUT IS A VIBRANT AND INTOXICATING CITY.
This unique event should not be missed!
We will ensure that the 5th anniversary edition of Paper One Show will turn out to be as vibrant and inspiring as our previous fairs.

Your participation as an exhibitor at Paper One Show 2019 will offer sustainable commercial benefits for your company, strengthen relationships within the MENA region and the international market place and offer tremendous business opportunities.
(AL FURAT FAIRS ORGANIZER)

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 08.10.2018

MIAC 2018 opens the day after tomorrow in Lucca/Italy!  (Company news)

MIAC 2018 takes place on 10.11.12 Ocotber in Lucca/Italy and it has reached its 25th edition.

6000 Visitors from all over the world are coming to Lucca/Italy to meet 270 Exhibiting Companies. MIAC gives to the Visitors a unique overview in the Paper Industry sector thanks to the presence of the leading international companies. Machinery and plants for the production of Paper and Paperboard and for the converting of Tissue Paper.

Moreover, you can participate for free in the Conferences which have been designed to inform concretely the participants, thanks to the presence of international speakers. Simultaneous translation is available for all the Conferences.

Visiting MIAC in Lucca also means to be able to touch the "unique welcome" that the Exhibitors reserve to their Visitors.
On the MIAC website (www.miac.info) you can find all the information to better plan your visit at MIAC 2018.
(Edipap Srl)

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 05.10.2018

Groundbreaking ceremony for paper machine no. 2 for Hamburger Containerboard at ...  (Company news)

... the Spremberg location. Preliminary work successfully completed

The groundbreaking on 26 September marks the end of the preparatory work and the start of the construction phase for the new paper machine no. 2 for Hamburger Rieger GmbH in Spremberg. With an investment volume of around 370 million Euros, the scheme will create 200 new jobs. The new plant’s commissioning is scheduled for the second half of 2020.

“In order to continue to grow together with our customers, the expansion of the Spremberg location is an important step.By doing so, we are increasing the capacity in the product segment of white corrugated base paper to more than one million tonnes, and are simultaneously emphasising our ‘leadership in white’ positioning of the entire Hamburger Containerboard Group”, explains Harald Ganster, Managing Director of Hamburger Containerboard.

The planned product range includes white and brown corrugated base papers (testliner) based on 100 % recovered paper. With a width of 7.80 metres, the machine will produce 500,000 tonnes of paper annually. A particularly resource-friendly method of raw material preparation will be used in combination with the patented operation mode of the paper machine.

“The Prinzhorn Group has already invested 420 million euros into sustainable developments to the Spremberg location. The launch of a further expansion stage clearly shows that the cooperation between the authorities involved and the company is working exceptionally well.“We’re very pleased about this”, states Economy and Energy Minister for Brandenburg, Jörg Steinbach.

“With 500 employees at Hamburger Rieger, Dunapack Spremberg and SpreeRecycling, we are closely connected to this location and its residents.The expansion of our paper factory strengthens this connection and transforms the region into one of the most important paper and packaging locations in Europe”, adds Cord Prinzhorn, CEO of the family-run Prinzhorn Group.

With the construction of paper machine 2, the Prinzhorn Group is supporting its long-term strategy of growth in line with the “Grow2030” Group vision. Since 2015, this strategy has repeatedly led to strategic investments in Germany and abroad.
(Hamburger Rieger GmbH)

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 05.10.2018

Administrative Court confirmed Finnpulp's environmental permit  (Company news)

On 21st September 2018 Vaasa administrative court has given its decision concerning the appeals of Finnpulp’s environmental permits. The terms of the permit will remain in the format provided by the Regional Administration of Eastern Finland with minor changes.

The court dismissed appeals almost entirely in the process that lasted one and a half years. In its decision, the Administrative Court considers that permit made by authorities has taken notice of all operation and its impact on the environment.

The progress of the permit process will enable Finnpulp to initiate financial negotiations for the next phase of the mill project. Finnish-Chinese owned company is currently carrying out pre-engineering of the plant. It is estimated to be completed next year. The pre-engineering will include preparation of the construction stage of the mill’s processes, technologies and mill site layouts. After completion of the engineering, the company will make its final investment decision on the construction of a bioproduction mill in Sorsasalo, Kuopio.
(Finnpulp Oy)

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 05.10.2018

Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill switches to LNG in tissue paper production  (Company news)

The LNG company Skangas and Metsä Tissue Corporation have entered into an agreement on the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Mänttä tissue paper mill for production process use. At the mill in Mänttä, Finland, LNG will replace liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the paper drying process. The fuel switch from LPG to LNG will improve competitiveness and cut the company’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Photo: Image courtesy of SkangasNordic

LNG will be delivered to the Mänttä mill by road tanker from the Skangas Pori LNG terminal. Before being used, LNG will be regasified at the mill. In cooperation with the Technical Services of its parent company, Gasum, Skangas will carry out the modification and equipment installation work relating to the fuel change.

”We’re aiming to constantly improve the mill’s environmental performance. LNG will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from our production, which was the decisive factor in our decision to make the switch,” Metsä Tissue Mänttä Mill Manager Kari Karttunen says. ”We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Mänttä mill in September. We’re developing our operations so that we’ll be producing tissue and cooking papers sustainably in the future, too.”

”It's great that Metsä Tissue switches to cleaner energy and at the same time the Finnish LNG market grows. LNG is an excellent alternative as a fuel for the various paper industry processes and also for energy production. We offer environmentally friendly LNG for diverse industrial needs,” Skangas CEO Kimmo Rahkamo says.

The Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill produces toilet tissues, household towels, handkerchiefs, industrial rolls and greaseproof paper for baking and cooking products. The mill has three tissue paper machines, one greaseproof paper machine and 11 converting lines for tissue paper.

LNG can be used to replace the use of petroleum-based fuels in industry, energy production and heavy-duty road transport. Using LNG instead of oil helps achieve significant cuts in particulate as well as sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The use of LNG also enables a switch to liquefied biogas (LBG) without any additional investments. LNG meets the requirements set by the Sulphur Directive regulating shipping emissions as well as the stricter emission limits to be applied in the future.
(Skangas AS)

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 05.10.2018

Mercer International Inc. to Acquire Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. ("DMI") ...  (Company news)

...Significantly Expanding Its Pulp Operations

DMI owns and operates a swing NBSK and NBHK pulp mill in Peace River, Alberta, and has a 50% interest in a NBSK pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia.

-Consideration of $359.2 million (C$465 million), which includes minimum working capital of $85.7 million (C$111 million)

-Pulp mills to be acquired have a combined pulp production capacity of 645,000 ADMTs, which is comprised of the Peace River pulp mill with 475,000 ADMTs and 50% of the Quesnel pulp mill, with 170,000 ADMTs

-Post-acquisition, Mercer will have a combined annual production capacity of approximately 2.2 million ADMTs of pulp and approximately 890,000 MWh of surplus energy

-For the first eight months of 2018, DMI had combined1 Revenues of approximately $320.3 million, Net Income of approximately $42.2 million, and EBITDA of approximately $90.7 million

-For the fiscal year 2017, DMI had Revenues of approximately $351.6 million, Net Income of approximately $8.2 million, and EBITDA of approximately $55.3 million

-Immediately accretive transaction which advances the Company’s long term strategy of growing its business in pulp, lumber, energy and extractives

Mercer International Inc. Mustertextzuaktivieren (Nasdaq: MERC) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Marubeni Corporation, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., and Daishowa North America Corporation to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of DMI for consideration of $359.2 million (C$465 million), which includes minimum working capital of $85.7 million (C$111 million).

DMI owns 100% of a bleached kraft pulp mill in Peace River, Alberta (the "PRP Mill") and has a 50% interest in the Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company ("CPP"), a joint venture which operates a bleached kraft pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia (the "CPP Mill").

As a result of this transaction, Mercer's annual production capacity for pulp will increase by approximately 41% to 2.2 million ADMTs, and surplus energy will increase by approximately 8% to 890,000 MWhs.

Further, the acquisition of DMI will add NBHK pulp to Mercer's current product mix as well as provide the Company with an expanded market presence in Asia.

DMI also holds 20-year term renewable governmental Forest Management Agreements and Deciduous Timber Allocations in Alberta with an Annual Allowable Cut ("AAC") of approximately 2.4 million cubic meters of hardwood and 400,000 cubic meters of softwood.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of requisite regulatory anti-trust approvals. In connection therewith, Mercer has arranged a fully committed financing in the amount of US$350 million to finance the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Sangra Moller LLP acted as legal advisor for Mercer and Credit Suisse provided the committed financing for the transaction.
(Mercer International Inc.)

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