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The Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A.) has reached an agreement to sell its packaging factory in Tangier (photo) to International Paper. The transaction amounted to 40 million euros, which after balance sheet adjustments add to 44 million euros. The operation contributes a consolidated net profit of 10 million euros to 2017 fiscal year, after investing in the construction, start-up and operation of the business. The sale agreement has the approval of the Conseil du Concurrence, the anti-trust authority in Morocco.

-The strategic objective of the group is to grow in the packaging and waste management sectors in a priority market such as Spain without increasing the debt ratio defined in its Strategic Plan 2015-2018
-The recent acquisitions of a packaging factory in Lucena (Córdoba) and of Transcon S.A., a waste management unit in Valladolid are framed within this context
-The packaging factory in Tangier has been acquired by International Paper Container Holdings (Spain), S.L. for an amount of 44 million euros after balance sheet adjustments

Currently the Europac Group is developing a growth project in Spain with the aim of acquiring greater market share, strengthening its commercial policy and integration strategy.

In this context the acquisition of the Lucena packaging factory (Córdoba), the investment project to duplicate the installed capacity of the Dueñas packaging factory (Palencia), the planned investment in three converting lines in the Alcolea del Cinca factory (Huesca) to transform corrugated board into packaging for the final customer increasing its added value, as well as the expansion of the range of recycled coated papers at the Dueñas paper mill, are being carried out. Regarding the waste management business, the company has recently acquired Transcon, S.A., a waste management unit in Valladolid that will allow Europac Recicla to expand its range of services and cater for activity sectors where it was not present before.

Jose Miguel Isidro, Executive Chairman of the Europac Group, states that "we have always expressed our willingness to grow in a priority market such as Spain, especially in the packaging and recovered paper business lines."

Evolution of the Moroccan market
At the close of year 2016 the turnover of the Tangier factory, inaugurated in February 2016, was 8 million euros with negative EBITDA of 2 million euros. In 2017 the Moroccan factory operation has an expected marginal effect upon Europac’s consolidated accounts.
At the moment Europac considers that the Moroccan market is no longer strategic because of the difficulty for increasing its footprint with new industrial facilities due to the growth of the current installed capacity and the announcement of new projects.

According to Jose Miguel Isidro, "for all these reasons, from the point of view of creating value for shareholders, our flexibility and adaptive capacity to establish priorities within a global strategy has led us to consider as advisable the sale of the Tangier factory."
(Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.)

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Successful start-up of a strength resin plant at Kemira Estella site  (Company news)

Kemira has successfully started up production in its new strength resin plant located in Estella, Spain. The high-efficiency and premium quality strength resins produced at the plant are used in tissue, laminate, specialty and packaging as well as food and liquid packaging boards.

Production of these tissue, paper and board grades is growing in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East region, and the new plant is well suited to serve Kemira’s highly valued customers in these markets.

“Estella plant utilizes the most advanced production technologies, ensuring the highest purity and efficiency wet strength resins on the market”, says Eric Padovani, Senior Manager, Marketing, Pulp & Paper, EMEA. “This is vital for meeting the present and upcoming standards required by the tissue, paper and board industry in even the most stringent countries such as Germany.
(Kemira, Paper Segment)

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Nordic Paper Åmotfors expands vibration monitoring on PM6 with HD technology  (Company news)

Swedish specialty paper mill Nordic Paper Åmotfors in Värmland continues its investment in condition monitoring equipment from SPM and is now expanding the existing online vibration monitoring system on paper machine PM6 with additional measurement points.

Photo: Nordic Paper Åmotfors. Photo: Nordic Paper

In a first step, the paper mill invests in sixty-six DuoTech accelerometers, combining vibration and shock pulse measurement with the patented HD ENV and SPM HD technologies and giving maximum early warning for deteriorating mechanical condition. The HD technologies provide clear and easy-to-interpret measurement results from a very early stage of damage development, providing optimal conditions for planned maintenance.

The new measurement points are connected to the Intellinova online system, equipped with vibration modules. Installation of the system will take place during a planned maintenance stop this summer.

Plant Manager Christer Österberg on why this investment is made: "We have had online measurement on the Yankee and dryer cylinders on PM6 for a few years and are very pleased with the result. Now we choose to proceed so that in three years' time, we will have the entire paper machine online, which in my opinion provides very reliable monitoring."

In addition to the online monitoring of PM6 with Intellinova, the plant in Åmotfors also uses the portable Leonova Diamond instrument for route-based condition measurement on less critical equipment.

Nordic Paper Åmotfors produces 48,000 tons of unbleached custom-made kraft paper annually on paper machines PM1 and PM6. Kraft paper is a very strong paper made of 100% fresh fiber (as opposed to recycled fiber-based products), which is used as sack paper and as coatings on corrugated board (known as kraft liner), among other things. Further uses for kraft paper are as interleaving paper for the steel industry and electrotechnical paper for insulating electrical components.
(SPM Instrument AB)

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Georgia-Pacific: Palatka, Florida, Mill Selected For $400 Million Investment   (Company news)

Georgia-Pacific announced that its Palatka, Florida, mill has been selected as the location for the company’s previously announced investment of more than $400 million in its GP Consumer (retail) tissue and towel business. The investment supports continued growth for key customers’ premium private label towel products.

Investments to the Palatka mill include building a new paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology, as well as adding associated converting equipment and infrastructure. Engineering and related work is beginning immediately, and startup of the upgraded operation is scheduled for 2019.

Approximately 80 jobs will be created to operate the new papermaking complex, in addition to the mill’s 850 current employees. An average of 160 construction and contract-related workers are expected to be onsite at the mill every day during the project, with a potential peak of 700 contract workers per day at the height of construction.

“This upgrade to our operations in Florida underscores our long history of investment in the state by Georgia-Pacific and Koch companies,” said Christian Fischer, Georgia-Pacific president and chief executive officer. “We appreciate the ongoing support of the local community, Putnam County and state officials in our efforts to continue making our Palatka mill more competitive for the long-term.

In the last 10 years, capital investment and acquisitions in the Palatka mill have totaled $306 million and statewide investments have totaled $1.5 billion.

“The Palatka mill has been a major economic contributor in Putnam County for 70 years,” said Larry Harvey, chairman, Putnam County Board of County Commissioners. “It is gratifying that Georgia-Pacific continues to see our community as a solid location for significant investment. With this new manufacturing technology coming to the Palatka mill, we look forward to many more decades of opportunity together.”

The Palatka mill currently operates two kraft paper machines, three paper machines manufacturing paper for bath tissue and paper towels, and a number of converting operations producing finished paper products.

The improvements will allow Georgia-Pacific’s current and potential customers to grow their premium private label towel brands, as well as expand the company’s Brawny® premium paper towel brand.

“This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to GP’s consumer business, our hard-working teams and our current and potential customers,” said Kathy Walters, Group President – Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group. “It also allows us to further leverage the many advantages we have, including our breadth of offerings, excellence in manufacturing operations and research and development to create products that consumers value.”

In Florida, Georgia-Pacific operates three facilities and employs nearly 1,600 people with total annual compensation and benefits of more than $143 million.
(Georgia-Pacific Corp.)

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With an 18-unit Speedmaster XL 106, packaging manufacturer MPS, part of WestRock, offers ...  (Company news)

...designers and brand owners exceptional finishing options

-At its Scottish site, MPS deploys the world’s first machine with this configuration in its production
-A high level of customer demand for a wide variety of effects and premium quality
-Successful field test with the new Prinect Image Control 3 color measurement system
-Prinect Inspection Control 2 and Prinect Image Control 3 ensure top quality, color fidelity and zero defects in packaging printing

The international packaging manufacturer Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS), part of WestRock, has installed the world’s first Speedmaster XL 106 with 18 units at its Scottish site in East Kilbride. MPS is responding to the high level of customer demand on the part of designers and brand owners for a wide variety of finishing options and premium quality. The new press is the most versatile machine that Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has ever produced for packaging printing in the premium sector and has now passed its final acceptance tests. It comprises eleven printing, three coating and four drying units, as well as the FoilStar in-line cold foiling system. To facilitate zero defect production and top color quality, the Speedmaster XL 106 is equipped with the new Prinect Inspection Control 2 and Image Control 3 quality and color measurement systems. For more than a year, MPS monitored a field test with Image Control 3 on its 17-unit Speedmaster XL 106, and was impressed by the new options.

“With the new 18-unit machine which, by the way, is positioned right next to the 17-unit machine, we have once again made a significant investment within our global activities,” explains Tim Whitfield, EVP European Branded Consumer, MPS. “With the perfectly equipped Speedmaster XL 106, we can implement even more processes in-line, with 100% quality assurance, and thus ensure that we meet the requirements of some of the most well-known brands in the world. This helps us to optimize and grow our business.” One example application for the Speedmaster XL 106, which prints at a top speed of 18,000 sheets per hour, is the production of folding whisky cartons with printing on the back, cold foil finishing and double coating.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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SPGPrints demonstrates real-time productivity and simplicity of rotary screen and ...  (Company news)

... laser imaging workflows, plus preview of PIKE 700 UV-inkjet press at Labelexpo Europe 2017

At Labelexpo Europe 2017, SPGPrints (stand 4C20) will show high-performance solutions covering every step in the rotary screen printing workflow for labels and packaging, centred around its 100% nickel re-imageable RotaMesh® and re-usable RotaPlate® screen programmes. The company will demonstrate its new automatic RotaPlate Screen Cleaner, as well as its laser imaging prepress systems for rotary screen, flexo, letterpress and dry-offset. Additionally, SPGPrints will present information about its PIKE 700 industrial hybrid UV-inkjet press.

A workbench will demonstrate SPGPrints’ rotary screen workflow as a flexible, low-TCO way of applying numerous brand-enhancing, functional and tactile effects in one pass, such as the no-label look, varnishes and Braille.

One-hundred per cent nickel re-engravable RotaMesh and – on non-SPGPrints presses - reusable RotaPlate screens offer durability and stability at over 100m/min (330fpm). Both screen ranges cover the full range of applications from coarse effects and Braille to fine linework and text as small as 3-point size. A new addition to the RotaMesh programme is a 40-mesh re-imageable seamless nickel RotaMesh screen for glitter effects. Also new is a developer and washing system for imaging RotaPlate screens, providing a fast, automated imaging solution with minimal manual input and outstanding reproducibility, without risk of error.

Retrofittable RSI® (Rotary Screen Integration) units can be integrated with almost all label presses to perform in perfect register, inline with other processes.

Live demonstrations will offer real-time experience of the simplicity, high definition capability and productivity of its laser imaging systems.

rotaLEN 7511 is a direct CO2 laser engraving system for imaging rotary screens with resolutions up to 5080dpi in one fully digital step, without film, chemicals or water. SPGPrints’ software optimises control when creating fine positive and negative images. The engraver accommodates all RotaMesh screens up to 914mm wide or two RotaPlate screens simultaneously.

variLEX hybrid CtP processor is a single, digital imaging solution for flexo, dry-offset, screen and letterpress imaging – uniquely ablating and exposing in one machine. Its multi-beam diode lasers ablate the black mask and/or directly expose UV-sensitive screen materials. An open platform, variLEX is easily adapted to the customer’s plate and dot-shaping specifications.

RotaPlate Screen Cleaner is a new device which automatically develops and dries all types of screens, from Braille to fine text, in one workflow. It will be demonstrating its functionality on the stand.

PIKE 700 UV-inkjet preview
SPGPrints provides a video preview of its PIKE 700 UV-inkjet hybrid press that combines high-resolution digital capabilities with extensive pre-treatment and added value finishing processes, in a single pass, at high speed.

The 700mm-wide roll-to-roll press based on Archer® technology features up to 10 inkjet positions in a central cylinder configuration, with CMYK plus white standard, using SPGPrints’ own inks that are optimized for the print head and the machine’s treatment processes.

With maximum resolutions of 1200dpi, PIKE 700 allows excellent vignettes that outperform conventional printing technology; it also enables consistent colour uniformity within 1.5 DeltaE, on both supported and unsupported paper and film materials up to 450µm thickness. Colour results can be compared and targets reached with virtually no material waste. Wide substrate versatility is enhanced thanks to extensive inline web-cleaning, corona treatment and flexo priming options. Furthermore, the optional integration of rotary screen printing units, seamlessly inline, enables inclusion of high-impact “look and feel” effects. PIKE 700 is a versatile, stable, highly productive solution, ideal for both short and long production runs.
(SPGPrints B.V.)

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Michael Berggren appointed as mill manager of Vallvik Mill  (Company news)

Rottneros has appointed Michael Berggren as mill manager of Vallvik Mill (photo). Michael most recently comes from Ahlstrom-Munksjö, where he has been chief of production at Aspa Bruk. He will take office no later than 21 September 2017 and will be part of Rottneros Group Management.

It is very pleasing that Michael has accepted the position as mill manager of Vallvik Mill. He is a solid leader with many years of experience from the pulp and paper industry in different positions, mainly within production. Michael is an excellent addition in the continued work of our long-term development plan, Agenda 500. Although we have achieved a great deal so far, we can develop the organization's competence and increase capacity utilization even further. As a result, we will be able to maximize the output from our investments in the future, said Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.
(Rottneros AB (publ))

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European Tissue Association appoints Fanis Papakostas as Chairman  (Company news)

Fanis Papakostas (photo), 59, has been appointed Chairman of ETS, the European Tissue Association. He will take up his new role in July 2017 after a year of service as a Vice-Chairman. He succeeds Roberto Berardi who will step down as Chairman at the end of June after more than 10 consecutive years of outstanding service and who will continue relating to ETS from an advisory role as an Honorary Chairman.

A specialist in tissue, Fanis Papakostas has spent 30 years in professional management and consulting, holding senior roles with Unilever, Beiersdorf and Kimberly-Clark where he has served as General Manager Greece, France, and later promoted to V-P Europe covering the South and Central European countries. He also has a deep knowledge of detergents and cosmetics. His career was built via the Marketing and Sales paths. Additionally a good supply chain and finance cross functional experience, coupled with the right exposure on administration and legal corporate matters, have broadened his qualifications.

“I am delighted to welcome Fanis as the new Chairman,” said current ETS Chairman Roberto Berardi. “He has an unrivalled knowledge of our industry and business and after one year of working alongside I am confident that he will be realising further opportunities for our sector.”

Commenting on his appointment Fanis Papakostas said, “ETS undertakes important work in showcasing the benefits of tissue paper and I look forward to continuing to promote these messages. My activities will continue to aim to add value to what ETS delivers to its member companies, to their customers and of course to the tissue paper product users."

Fanis Papakostas has studied and worked in five countries in the course of his career including UK, Germany, France, and Greece, and is currently based in Munich, Germany. He holds a MSc. in Operational Research from the University of Southampton, and a BBA in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
(European Tissue Association)

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75 years of passion for folding-gluing  (Company news)

In 2017, it will be seventy-five years since BOBST started designing and producing folder-gluer machines for the packaging industry.

One of the very first such machines, a PCR382, was set up in 1942 at the Zeiler company near Bern, Switzerland. This same company, which under its current name, Limmatdruck Zeiler, is now an extremely successful part of one of Europe's leading manufacturers of folding boxes — the RLC Packaging Group — is, to this day, still a BOBST client.

What began in 1942 is very much a success story. Thanks to their reputation for consistently high box quality and outstanding performance, BOBST folder-gluers have imposed themselves as the benchmark for the folding carton and corrugated packaging industries. And today’s client can purchase complete folding-gluing lines. They combine highly configurable machines with top-of-the-range peripherals to provide integrated and automated solutions for anything the customer might need.

BOBST has consistently invested around 6% of its annual turnover into research and development. This has allowed the company to develop innovative new systems, equipment and processes — many of which are still patented and unique to the sector. For all of those 75 years, BOBST folder-gluers have continually evolved through the roll-out of ground-breaking new technologies such as, the blank aligner, the crash-lock module, four-corner box folding systems, the flipper-ejector, as well as GYROBOX for the production of complex boxes in a single run, Braille embossing and zero-fault quality checks, in-line and at full running speed.

Philippe Milliet, Head of Business Unit Sheet-fed, explains, “The success of our folder-gluer equipment over the past seventy-five years is the proof that passion and innovation are part of our DNA. Over the years, customers have demanded equipment that runs faster and faster, is more and more efficient, and can deliver boxes that meet increasingly stringent quality requirements across a whole range of packaging markets. We are continually developing the sophisticated materials and technologies that allow us to deliver all this, while maintaining the same reliability and longevity as those very first machines.” It is this ability to respond to client needs through constant innovation that has earned BOBST its dominant position in the folder-gluer market, such as the sector of e-commerce.

Today, BOBST folder-gluers are sold worldwide, often locally produced for different markets. BOBST understands, however, that technology alone is never enough, so the company — now present in fifty countries around the world — also invests generously in local services.
(Bobst Mex SA)

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation Names Jeffrey Melucci General Counsel  (Company news)

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) announced that Jeffrey Melucci has been elected by the company's Board of Directors as senior vice president and general counsel, effective September 1, 2017. Reporting to Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Falk, Melucci will be responsible for all legal and governmental affairs for the company and will serve on the company's Executive Leadership Team.

Melucci succeeds Tom Mielke who will retire from the same role after 29 years with the company and 10 years leading the legal function.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Jeff's experience and talent to lead our legal function. He is a proven change-oriented leader who has demonstrated abilities across our businesses," said Falk.

Melucci, who joined the company in 2013, has led Kimberly-Clark's global legal operations, served as the company's Corporate Secretary, and been responsible for leading the international legal team. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Melucci held a series of general counsel and operational roles for General Electric. He has more than 15 years of global leadership experience in driving winning business strategies, including leading extensive departmental transformations to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of global legal functions, leading complex M&A transactions and regulatory matters, directing governmental affairs, and providing support to the board on a host of governance and other complex matters facing the company.

Melucci earned a bachelor's degree with honors from The Ohio State University, and earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati where he was managing editor of the law review. He also completed Harvard Business School's Program for Leadership Development.

Mielke, who joined Kimberly-Clark in 1988, will retire in early 2018 following a transition period.

"Tom has been an outstanding legal professional and leader throughout his career at K-C," added Falk. "I am grateful for his commitment to developing an excellent legal team and advocating for team member diversity, inclusion and empowerment."

During his 29-year career with Kimberly-Clark, Mielke held a range of legal leadership positions, including chief patent counsel and chief counsel for the company's North Atlantic consumer business prior to being named general counsel in 2007. As the leader of the company's legal organization, he not only served as a strategic advisor with a focus on driving value for the business but also championed the company's diversity initiatives.
(Kimberly-Clark Corp.)

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Mondi wins three PSSMA awards for outstanding plant safety  (Company news)

The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association (PSSMA) has announced the winners of its Safety Awards Program for 2016. We are delighted to announce that three Mondi Industrial Bags plants in North America won PSSMA awards for plant safety in recognition of the “Best annual safety experience”. The winning plants were Louisville (Kentucky), Arcadia (Louisiana) and Salt Lake City (Utah). Moreover, Arcadia and Louisiana achieved zero incidents rates in 2016.

The awards were presented at the organisation’s seminar in Vancouver (Washington) on 26 April.

Mondi Salt Lake City won for the best annual safety experience in the category of plants reporting more than 300,000 man-hours. Shelley Balback, Safety, Health and Environment Manager for Salt Lake City, credits the plant’s achievement and safety attitude that shows great team effort. The plant is SQF (Safe Quality of Food) level 3 certified and mainly serves the building products/cement, chemical/mineral, pet and food industries. Salt Lake City produces three main bag types: pasted valve, pinch bottom and PeelPak® for the dairy industry.

Mondi’s Louisville and Arcadia plants both won for the best annual safety experience in the category of 150,000–225,000 man-hours with zero reportable incidents. The Louisville plant continues its successful year with no recordable incidents. Jason McCarty, Safety, Health and Environment Manager at Louisville, stated, “This is mainly due to a strong safety culture with the production employees and management’s commitment to safety. Supervisors incorporate safety into their daily routines. Everyone looks out for one another and doesn’t hesitate to speak up about safety issues.” Mondi’s Louisville plant manufactures woven polypropylene industrial bags used in the food and animal feed industries.

Rick Brown, Arcadia Plant Manager, mentioned, “With 2017 upon us, we must stay focused and continue to watch out for our fellow team members. Whether it is at work or home, we must all become involved and step up our efforts in order to maintain the great achievement.” Arcadia is a major supplier of refuse multiwall paper bags: biodegradable, recyclable and ideal for composting. It specialises in the production of refuse and PSOS (square bottom) bags.

According to Mark Ushpol, President of Mondi Industrial Bags in North America, the awards reflect Mondi’s Zero Harm safety philosophy and fundamental values set out in The Mondi Way. “Passion for performance, caring and acting with integrity are Mondi’s core values,” says Ushpol. “Across all of our plants, the teams work effectively to cultivate a safe, productive and harmonious work environment that supports engagement in safety, ultimately leading to the results and accolades that flow from this.”
(Mondi Industrial Bags GmbH)

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Autonomous printing – Made by KBA - Industrial print production with ErgoTronic AutoRun  (Company news)

-Standard for industrial print production
-Fully automatic production process without manual intervention
-Significant productivity increase in commercial and packaging printing
-Decentralised process monitoring via mobile devices and Rapida LiveApp

Photo: With ErgoTronic AutoRun, Rapida sheetfed offset presses configure themselves, change jobs fully automatically and then return to production without manual intervention

Automation of the individual process steps in print production is today more important than ever before. It is in many respects the only way to achieve further significant increases in productivity and competitiveness, by helping to exploit the performance capabilities of pressroom technologies to the full. A great deal has already happened in this direction – job changeover times are today dramatically shorter, workflows are supported by closed-loop processes, and the first users are enjoying the benefits of data-driven services such as performance reports and benchmarking.

The Rapida presses from KBA-Sheetfed already incorporate extensive automation: For top production speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hour, for lightning-fast makeready and even flying job changes, for precise inline quality control, and for increased economic efficiency through reduced non-productive times and minimised waste. With ErgoTronic AutoRun, KBA-Sheetfed is now able to present the next level of process automation for industrial print production.

Intelligent systems relieve operators
ErgoTronic AutoRun starts a job change fully automatically as soon as the production of the previous print job is completed – and then resumes production automatically once the necessary makeready steps are completed. This cycle is then repeated over and over until either the operator cancels the auto-run function or else all the jobs on the prepared job list have been printed. For section changes and web-to-print jobs, it is not even necessary to configure a new makeready process. Start of makeready, job changeover, start of production, colour and register control – all the individual steps are fully integrated and everything is triggered automatically at the appropriate moment. Press crews simply monitor the process sequence and are thus relieved of further routine tasks. They must only place the new plates in the corresponding channels of the plate changers, ensure that the necessary substrates and consumables are available when needed, and then take care of pile changes – insofar as pile changing is not also automated.

The principal field of application for ErgoTronic AutoRun is autonomous printing for the commercial sector – for example short-run jobs or multiple sections for products with high page counts. Language variants are a further possibility. Autonomous printing also benefits online printers with their highly standardised and automated processes. And in packaging, too, it can be useful to be able to start makeready automatically when the predefined run length is reached, or to return to production without further intervention upon completion of a complex job change.

KBA-Sheetfed laid the foundations for ErgoTronic AutoRun as far back as 2013 with the launch of its award-winning TouchTronic operating concept. The job changeover program on the ErgoTronic console possesses a very clear and logical structure. The printer sees all the relevant settings at a glance and can initiate a job change with just a single tap on the screen (One-Button Job Change). An interactive job list presents all the currently planned jobs to the operator, who can then re‑arrange the order at any time, for example to group together products which are to be printed on the same substrate or in the same format. Already at this stage, it is possible to enter and configure all the necessary makeready functions for each job.

ErgoTronic AutoRun coordinates the existing automation modules and in this way automates the print process as a whole. At the end of a shift or after processing of the complete job list, the press can be stopped manually in the usual manner.

The console goes mobile with the Rapida LiveApp
Operators are similarly more flexible than ever before when it comes to monitoring of the production process. They can now carry a mobile control console in their pocket. With a smartphone and the Rapida LiveApp, they are always in touch with their press – even while taking a coffee break in the canteen. A glance at the display provides details of the job which is currently in production and how much longer it will take to complete. The press crew can then decide at leisure when they need to be back at the press to load up the plates for the next job, for example.

In addition to the press status, the app provides a raft of live information from the running production, including even energy consumption and the equivalent carbon emissions per 1,000 sheets. With the batch data function, consumables such as paper and ink can be tracked either manually or by way of QR codes and assigned to the relevant job. The place of consumption, for example a certain inking unit, is determined automatically and saved in the data record. Whether inks, substrates, blankets or plates: All data are made available for tracing purposes or inventory management – immediately and without further intervention. The data are sent from the mobile device to the console, and automatically passed on via LogoTronic Professional and JMF to the company management information software.

The integrated maintenance manager draws attention to the press care required on the current day, as well as tasks which are scheduled for the coming days. The additional specification of the time needed for each task enables maintenance work to be planned such that it does not disturb production. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain the individual tasks to the operator. This further simplifies the maintenance process and avoids all misunderstandings. Each maintenance step can be marked as “done” after completion and the operator can also add individual remarks and comments, where appropriate.

Standards for automation in print
It is the continued intention of KBA-Sheetfed to define new standards for sheetfed offset with innovative solutions and proactive services. ErgoTronic AutoRun and the Rapida LiveApp are examples of such standards. They further enhance the capabilities of the presses, take workload off the operators and generally brighten up the work environment with modern operating sequences. In a nutshell: They boost the competitiveness of those print companies who are able to make use of them.
(KBA-Sheetfed Solutions AG & Co. KG)

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PulpEye No. 50 bought by Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk  (Company news)

PulpEye has now reached the milepost of 50 units sold as Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk in Sweden invests in a PulpEye system for pulp analyses online. Bleached and unbleached kraft pulp is produced at the Aspa mill and the PulpEye they have acquired contains modules for determination and measuring of kappa number, brightness, dots and pH.

Photo: Jonas Pettersson-Hagel, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk, and Öjvind Sundvall, PulpEye, confirm the purchase of PulpEye No.50 together with colleagues from Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk and PulpEye.

“We are very pleased to have sold PulpEye unit No. 50,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD PulpEye. “During the last few years we have seen an ever increasing demand for our analysis equipment for continuous monitoring of pulp quality, irrespective of pulp type. As we cooperate with leading research institutes we have been able to introduce entirely new technique and thus by and by satisfy customers’ need for quick and reliable pulp analyses. That Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk bought PulpEye No. 50 is no coincidence as they have a well-deserved image of embracing new technique in order to be able to be at the forefront.”

“We evaluated a number of alternatives for analysis of pulp online and chose to acquire PulpEye,” says Jonas Pettersson-Hagel, Production Manager Pulp at Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk. “PulpEye has for many years supported our kappa analyser and as we have that experience it was logical to choose PulpEye as our future platform. We have high demands on our specialty pulps which is why our PulpEye contains modules for measuring kappa number, brightness, dots and pH. We are planning to install the whole package with modules, test points and pipes for the samples to the analysis modules during our maintenance break in the autumn.”

“The quality demands on different pulp qualities are ever increasing which means that our customers need to be able to control pulp characteristics through the whole process, from digester to drying, and not only at just a few test points,” says Öjvind Sundvall. “The mills want complete control of the quality and possibilities to, early in the process, spot and correct deviations in different process steps. Our latest orders thus comprises test points covering the customers’ complete fibre lines, which is evidence of their confidence and trust in our technique.”

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk produces bleached and unbleached hardwood sulphate pulp. This was the first mill in the world to install oxygen bleaching, already 1974 and in 1989 it was also the first mill to be able to offer 100 % chlorine-free sulphate pulp.
(PulpEye AB)

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Increased amount of material can reduce food waste  (Company news)

The 31th of May, the results of the project "Packaging system for reduced food waste" were summarized. The aim of the project was to identify amounts and causes of waste across the entire value chain and develop new innovative packaging solutions that could reduce the waste.

In the project, new packaging solutions have been developed for three different products. But when there is a bit left for the market, the solutions for two products are still secret. The solution for salad has been publicly presented. In a consumer survey, the participating companies and researchers learned what consumers liked about the new salad packaging.

- The survey shows that consumers see the benefits of the new packaging bag. They have also raised other thoughts that we researchers have not thought of. For example, it will be easier to bring the salad to the job because the packaging is much smaller than the existing one, "says Alexander Trkulja from Pacsystem.

Ann Lorentzon, project manager, thinks that the project's participants have been purposeful and conducted good discussions throughout the journey.
"The conclusion and next challenge is to communicate to the consumer that the new packaging is food waste-reduced. We want to continue working on the next project step we write, says Ann Lorentzon.

She continues and explains that the new pouches make it possible to reduce food waste, while it means more material per serving of lettuce.

What does Axfood think about the result?
"Given that the new packaging requires more material, it would be more expensive which is a challenge, but if we can see this as an" environmental project ", such a pack would be a way of showing the ambitious sustainability goals we actually have at Axfood and show how much we care. Such a solution looks a bit odd and which means more material will require a lot of communication to the consumer. The question is what and how to go out with the information in the best way? It's a challenge, but I think it's very fun, "says Lisa Säfwenberg, packaging developer, Axfood.

In the future, researchers also want to focus on measuring the impact of food science to a greater extent, which may determine how much a particular product affects the food business.

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Valmet receives a repeat order of two more containerboard machines from Nine Dragons in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd., China. The new production lines will be located in Hebei (PM 41) and Shenyang (PM 42) and are similar to the previous orders of PM 39 and PM 40 announced in March 2017.

Photo: Industrial design with led lighting and video screens increase safety and usability and have a positive effect on the customer's brand

At this point, Nine Dragons also purchased steam and condensate systems for these new lines and for the previous board making lines (PM 39, PM 40, PM 41 and PM 42). All the board making lines will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-ups of PM 41 and PM 42 are scheduled only a few months apart for late 2018 and early 2019. The start-ups of the two previous production lines are also scheduled a few months apart starting from the middle of 2018.

The orders are included in Valmet's second quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically valued around EUR 100-120 million.

"Paper industry market in China is very active and our customers value sustainable and innovative paper and board making technology. The high activity is well demonstrated by this Nine Dragons' decision to purchase four-in-a-row energy and resource efficient containerboard machines within a very short time. Modern industrial design played an important role in this case, too," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's deliveries for PM 41 and PM 42 container board making lines are similar to the two previous ones. The deliveries will include steam and condensate systems, pulpers for stock preparation, a board machine from headbox to winder including a full scope automation package, chemical systems and process ventilation equipment.

As in the previous orders of PM 39 and PM 40, the full scope automation packages comprise Valmet DNA process and machine controls and condition monitoring. Board final quality is managed with Valmet IQ quality control system, comprehensive range of profilers as well as web inspection and monitoring system. The deliveries include also an extensive package of modern analyzers from pulping and wet end to laboratory testing. "In addition to smoother project execution, integrated automation and process technology solutions enable faster start-up and faster optimization phase in terms of end-product quality and energy consumption," says Arto Rohola, Sales Manager, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

PM 41 and PM 42 will produce testliner grades with a basis weight range of 75-140 g/m2.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Metsä Tissue to rebuild greaseproof paper machine at Düren mill  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue will rebuild paper machine 5 at its Düren mill in Germany. The total investment is approximately EUR 15 million and the rebuild starts immediately. The new volumes will be available on the market during the last quarter of 2018.

“We expect the demand for baking and cooking papers to continue to grow during the coming years. This investment will increase Düren mill’s paper production capacity by 10.000 tons, which will help us to secure our leading position as a global supplier of high-quality baking and cooking papers”, says Mariusz Jedrzejewski, SVP Baking & Cooking, Metsä Tissue. “We have production in Düren, Germany, and Mänttä, Finland, where we increased the production capacity in 2016. Both mills play a significant role in our Baking & Cooking business. Our products are made of fresh fibre, and the wood originates from sustainably managed Northern forests. This high-quality raw material combined with our strong production expertise result in high endurance and consistent high quality products.”
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

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Canon Europe expands monochrome print portfolio with launch of varioPRINT 140 series  (Company news)

Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, has launched its new varioPRINT 140 series of production printers, demonstrating a continued commitment to investment and innovation in the monochrome digital print market, and delivering substantial productivity gains compared with previous devices.

Building on the product heritage of its predecessor, the varioPRINT 135 series, the new varioPRINT 140 series offers unrivalled uptime and productivity, outstanding monochrome print quality, extended finishing options, all optimised by the introduction of the new Océ PRISMAsync 5 controller. The varioPRINT 140 produces no ozone, underlining its sustainable positioning in the market.

The new varioPRINT 140 is capable of printing 143 images per minute in both simplex and duplex modes, making it the fastest printer in the light- and mid-volume production segments. The printer can deliver monthly print volumes of up to 800,000 copies, more than doubling productivity compared with the varioPRINT 135. Peak monthly production volumes may reach up to 2.2 million A4 prints. Together with the varioPRINT 140, new varioPRINT 130 and varioPRINT 115 models are also being introduced, offering speeds of 133 and 117 A4 images per minute respectively.

The introduction of Océ PRISMAsync 5 technology further boosts productivity, using remote printer driver technologies to enable production planning and job scheduling up to eight hours in advance. The remote app is downloadable to a smartphone or personal tablet, and allows operators to focus on other tasks while receiving real-time notifications of upcoming operator actions, such as loading media or adding consumables, or alerts of immediate actions needed. One or multiple PRISMAsync Print Server-driven digital presses can be monitored at a glance, helping expedite manual interventions to increase device uptime and productivity.

PRISMAsync 5 offers new impositioning possibilities, such as layout, trim and cover, alongside an embedded JDF/JMF interface. The new controller also enables PSPs and in-house print departments to work more securely, thanks to a configurable user interface which allows for audit logging and back-up and restore capabilities. New features such as page numbering, special book copy functionality and an intuitive copier interface improve usability, particularly in ‘walk-up’ environments.

Building on its increased output capabilities to automate the manufacture of most print products, the varioPRINT 140 series offers a full range of in-line finishing options, including stapling, saddle stitching, folding, die punching, inserting, ring binding and high-capacity stacking. The new W1 booklet finisher offers a new saddle stitch option for flat finished booklets, while the updated F1 booklet trimmer expands customers’ trimming capabilities. A new professional punch is available, offering A4+, A3 and A4 SEF punching in one model, and with the capability to handle heavier media up to 300 gsm. The open Document Finishing Device (DFD) Interface also enables in-line connectivity to specialist, third-party finishing devices. For back-up or walk-up environments, the new printer features a simplified catch tray enabling a simple ‘no finishing’ configuration.

Peter Wolff, Senior Director, Customer Group Commercial Printer and Production CRD, Canon Europe comments: “The introduction of the new varioPRINT 140 series demonstrates our sustained commitment to innovation in the monochrome print market and gives PSPs and in-house print departments even more choice. By offering even higher uptime, productivity and more finishing options while also delivering outstanding print quality, the varioPRINT 140 series gives customers a robust production device that is built for business, helping customers to increase output.”

The varioPRINT 140 gives users a comfortable work environment, producing no ozone and virtually no waste toner. Energy consumption is reduced using HeatXchange technology, which recycles the heat used to fuse toner onto paper. The low fusing temperature also allows printing on a wide range of media.

The varioPRINT 140 builds on the strong product heritage of the varioPRINT 135, which achieved a ‘Five Star’ image quality rating from Buyers Lab (BLI), the global document imaging industry’s resource for unbiased, independent research and data. The new product incorporates the same defining varioPRINT series base technologies, including: Canon DirectPress, which converts digital data into a toner image in a single step, providing a uniform and stable image; Canon ScreenPoint, which automatically converts colour images into grayscale images with excellent resolution; and Canon EnergyLogic, which helps increase productivity by heating up for heavy media or cooling down for light media, providing non-stop production for mixed media jobs.

With more than 2400 devices installed in EMEA and over 4500 worldwide, the varioPRINT 135 has been instrumental in helping many businesses to introduce efficient on-demand production of dynamic documentation such as product instruction manuals.

Industrial combi-steamer manufacturer RATIONAL AG, for example, uses the varioPRINT 135 to produce individual product instruction booklets in 70 languages, printing 22,000 A4 pages per day and eliminating the need to curate an inventory of printed documentation. The 98% uptime achieved with the varioPRINT 135 is business critical, as no equipment can be shipped without its supporting documentation.

The investment motivation for LED lighting company TRILUX was similar. Thorsten Feldmann, Project Manager, TRILUX GmbH & Co. KG comments: “Detailed product instructions are integral to our overall production. With Canon, we have found a partner that we can trust in this field. The varioPRINT 135 solution is completely reliable and supports the quality of our production process. This means we can be far more flexible when it comes to making changes to the instructions in the future, should we need to.”

The varioPRINT 140 series is available from early Summer 2017.
(Canon Europe Ltd)

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RISE employee will lead swedish standardization work in the field of pulp and paper  (Company news)

Fredrik Aldaeus (photo) from RISE has been appointed new chairman of the SIS Technical Committee for Standardization in Pulp and Paper.

"I look forward to contribute to standardized testing methods that will facilitate product control and facilitate trade in pulp and paper worldwide”, he says.

The Pulp and Paper Committee meets the industry's need to influence standards from the international and European organizations for standardization, ISO and CEN. Fredrik Aldaeus observes the demand for standardization, especially in new areas.

"Internationally, there is a lot happening in standardization for nanocellulose and paper recycling. I also believe that international standards for characterization of lignin will soon be relevant”.

Another question that is high on the agenda is to upgrade the old Nordic SCAN test methods to ISO standards. Fredrik's earlier work on developing these methods will therefore come in handy.

"We in the north have long experience of testing methods in the field of pulp and paper, and it would be a shame not to open up such a gold mine for the international industry".
(RISE Bioeconomy (Innventia AB))

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Valmet to supply a complete tissue production line to ICT Iberica in Spain  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line with an extensive automation package to ICT Iberica in Spain. The new Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line will be installed at the company's mill in Burgo and will fit the company's intention to adopt state of the art technology for their highest quality tissue production. The start-up is planned for the third quarter of 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter orders received 2017. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Valmet has previously delivered four tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy, France and Poland. The latest started up at the Kostrzyn mill in Poland in December 2015.

"The results from our most recent tissue machine installation in Poland have convinced us that the Advantage DCT with the ViscoNip press technology is the solution also for the Burgo mill. We expect to reach the same high production efficiency and target to supply ULTRA quality tissue products to the Spanish market," says Riccardo Baccelli, Executive Director, ICT.

"The flexibility of Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip press makes it possible to adjust the production to fit current and future market needs, from production of tissue with high bulk and softness to energy- and cost-efficient products with high quality, only within minutes. This will be Valmet's 43rd ViscoNip installation and we are happy to work together with the ICT team for the fifth time and make this a successful project," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise of a complete tissue production line including a stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine with the latest technology for highest quality consumer tissue. The production line will be optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality.

Complete engineering, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery. The delivery will also include an extensive Valmet automation package.

The new line will add 70,000 tons a year of high-quality toilet, towel, facial, and napkin grades for the European market. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Stora Enso announces startups selected for its Accelerator Programme  (Company news)

Stora Enso has chosen six startups to join its Accelerator Programme, a joint startup initiative organised by Stora Enso, Aalto University Developing Entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT) and Vertical Accelerator.

The Accelerator Programme combines an executive education programme with a startup accelerator, in collaboration with dedicated partners from Vertical and Aalto ENT. The programme invited startups from all over the world to pitch their business idea, especially within the areas of smart factories, supply chain track and trace, and customer experience – or any other compelling idea with a clear connection to the renewable materials industry.

The winning teams were selected from a pool of over 120 applicants following an intensive application round, including final pitching to the Stora Enso Group Leadership Team. The proposals ranged from big data and analytics to IoT, supply chain optimization, safety and many other ideas that could potentially support the transformation of Stora Enso’s business. The startups invited to join the Accelerator Programme are:

- Sulapac (
- Top Data Science (
- Collective Crunch (
- Trä Kronor (
- LOOP by Circology (
- Drvr (

The final decisions were based on the startups’ capacity to bring diverse out-of-the-box thinking and the fit of their business idea.

The Accelerator Programme combines management development with cooperation and partnership with startups. From Stora Enso, 18 participants will join the programme which consists of executive education as well as working side-by-side with the startups supporting them to develop their business. The chosen startups will have dedicated resources from Stora Enso, participate in a globally renowned 4-month Vertical accelerator programme and get a 4-month free co-working space in one of Europe’s biggest startup hubs, Maria 0-1 located in Helsinki.

“The Accelerator Programme is a great way to build and strengthen the competencies and capabilities needed to continue Stora Enso’s transformation journey. Not only we will gain new knowledge, but it is also an opportunity to learn about the entrepreneurial mindset and way of working. We are looking for cross-fertilisation between Stora Enso and the startups, and we hope that the companies joining the programme will become potentially long-term partners,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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GSE to introduce Ink manager software at Labelexpo Europe 2017  (Company news)

Picture: GSE Ink manager features a mobile app that offers remote data-entry and access to real-time information

At Labelexpo Europe 2017, GSE (booth 7D59) will present ink management software, dispensing equipment and proofing solutions that enable label and packaging printers to reduce costs throughout the workflow and achieve repeatable colour on-demand.

The highlight of the stand will be the introduction of GSE Ink manager, a comprehensive ink management solution that eliminates all aspects of ink-related waste. The new software solution offers optimised ink yields through recycling press returns, as well as improved connectivity, mobility and reporting capabilities. Features include a modern user interface offering ease of use and extensive search functionalities, a job list separating work preparation and ink production and a modern web interface for seamless integration with other applications, like ink formulation, management information and cloud software. The unique GSE Ink manager is supported by mobile apps that allow remote data-entry and access to real-time information. This is made possible thanks to Wi-Fi connection to the ink dispenser. GSE Ink manager also facilitates collection, analysis and presentation of ink-related business information. The operator can view recipe data and ink costings related to each job, store new colour specifications for easy recall when jobs are repeated. The software also facilitates ingredient tracking through the supply chain, by storing ink batch data about every job.

Daily presentations of GSE Ink manager and its mobile app at the stand will provide a real-time appreciation of the software’s ease of use.

GSE’s Colorsat® modular dispensing systems, for flexo, gravure and screen processes, mix and dispense inks to precise quality and quantity specifications in minutes. Benefits are reduced setup times, ink-yield improvements of over 30 percent thanks to easy re-use of press-return inks, a cleaner colour mixing environment and better stock management. The company’s two automatic dispensers for label printing dispense spot colours in 1kg – 10kg volumes.

The Colorsat Switch, for aqueous, UV-curable and solvent inks, features a dispensing unit and control cabinet, connected to max. 20 exchangeable buckets of up to 25 kg, stored by modular waterfall frames. Optionally, high-volume components up to 1,000 litres can be connected.

The Colorsat Match, with its small footprint, prepares aqueous and UV-curable inks from max. 20 base components, with fixed, refillable internal storage tanks as standard and optional external components.

The GSE Dispensing-affiliated company, Print Proof Solutions, exhibits the Perfect Proofer Evolution Series table-top wet-proofing system for flexo applications. Using the same consumables as those on the press, the Perfect Proofer gives a precise, predictable results, to an accuracy of within 1 DeltaE of the target colour on the press.
(GSE Dispensing B.V.)

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UPM launches a new, economical solution for the thin print market   (Company news)

The Biofore company UPM has launched a new solution for the thin print market. The revolutionary paper, UPM EcoLite, has been specially designed to meet the needs of customers printing pharmaceutical leaflets and religious literature as well as user manuals and instructions. By choosing this new paper, UPM's customers will benefit from significant cost savings compared to a conventional paper solution.

"The product is a result of extensive R&D work at Kaipola mill in Finland. The name, UPM EcoLite, says it all: In addition to being an ecological choice, it offers our customers an economical option without compromising on the reading experience or folding properties of the paper," stated Joonas Järvinen, New Business Development Manager, News and Retail at UPM.

UPM EcoLite is available in 29, 32, 34 and 38 g/m2. A lighter paper equals a smaller environmental footprint as it requires fewer raw materials, less water and less energy to produce and transport.

"The development of lightweight papers is a perfect example of resource efficiency, which is one of the cornerstones of our sustainable operations. Our customers get the same printing area using less materials. At the same time, the environmental impacts of production and the supply chain as a whole decrease significantly," Järvinen added.

Over the past few years, UPM's performance and continuous work on corporate responsibility has been recognized by several international bodies. The company has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year. As of January 2016, UPM has been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD as the first forest industry company.

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More Efficiency in stock preparation: InfiltraDiscfilter with new HiCon 2.0 technology from Voith  (Company news)

-Prevents vat thickening
-Minimizes maintenance and operating costs
-Up to 20 percent capacity increase and 50 percent less pump energy

In the BlueLine stock preparation product portfolio, the InfiltraDiscfilter with new HiCon 2.0 technology from Voith satisfies two of the key customer requirements for modern paper manufacturing, enabling efficient and resource-conserving production, an increase in fiber yield and water consumption may be reduced. The improved efficiency in the stock preparation offers a potential capacity increase of up to 20 percent at the disc filter and savings in pump energy of maximum 50 percent.

Conventional disc filters not only necessitate a high level of monitoring and maintenance; especially in the event of process fluctuations they can cause malfunctions that result in costly machine downtimes. These kinds of problems are triggered above all by uncontrolled highs in stock consistency in the disc filter. If such highs go undetected this often results in a thickening in the vat, especially in high freeness ranges. In these circumstances the disc filter clothing is exposed to high mechanical stresses and can readily become damaged. In the worst-case scenario the entire filter is damaged. To prevent such difficulties, the stock flow is diluted upstream of the disc filter, which is associated with a considerable increase in pump energy and loss of drainage capacity.

For its HiCon 2.0 technology Voith is also relying on the proven bagless system but has added two new decisive innovations: Firstly, the HiCon disc filters are fitted with a solid system which safely guides the discs. As a result the new disc filters are much more robust and have even longer service lives. In addition, the flow pattern in the vat is reversed, by feeding each individual disc with the flow of stock separately from the others.
The patented innovative technology from Voith's BlueLine range prevents the occurrence of critical areas in which the pulp thickens. This allows production to be run with a stock consistency that is up to two percent. Disc filters with HiCon technology can optionally be integrated into existing machines during an upgrade.

With the launch of its BaglessPlus technology in 2012, Voith had already eliminated a large number of vulnerabilities in conventional filters and had thus set a new benchmark for disc filters. On the one hand because the bagless filters reduced maintenance and operating costs, and on the other because they can better withstand critical situations and therefore reduce the number of costly shutdowns.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Körber Group acquires MTC S.R.L.  (Company news)

The international technology group Körber, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, completed the acquisition of MTC S.R.L., based in Lucca, Italy with effect from June 14, 2017 following approval from the German antitrust authorities.

Photo: The headquarters is located in Porcari near Lucca – Italy, in the heart of the European Tissue Industry.

MTC develops, manufactures and sells interfolder / multifolder lines (tissue converting machines) for tissue paper products (facials, folded towels) - for which it is considered to be the global technological leader - as well as napkin converting lines. The objective of the acquisition is to further expand the Körber Group’s Business Area Tissue. This Business Area offers end-to-end solutions for processing and packaging machinery and equipment for toilet paper and kitchen rolls.

Körber aims with this acquisition to extend offerings for their customers.
MTC’s lines are used to fold and pack tissue paper products such as facial tissue, hand towels, toilet paper and napkins. The company has a strong track record as a technology leader, having introduced innovations such as the interfolding system with only one paper feeding way on its multi-fold vacuum interfolders.
MTC employs some 60 experts. Within the Körber Business Area Tissue, MTC will closely collaborating with Fabio Perini S.p.A., which is located also in Lucca, Italy.

“We highly welcome the opportunity to expand and to strengthen our activities in the Tissue market together with MTC,” emphasized the Chairman of the Group Executive Board of Körber AG, Stephan Seifert. “Integrating MTC into our technology portfolio adds exciting new products and solutions for our customers.”

“Within our Business Area, MTC benefits from our extensive technological know-how, long-time experience in the Tissue market and in particular the international footprint,” added Stefano Di Santo, CEO of Körber Tissue. “MTC is a perfect match for our existing Tissue companies, as it gives us access to additional tissue machinery market segments.“

“Körber is the ideal strategic partner for us,” said Alessandro De Matteis, CEO of MTC. “Becoming part of Körber Tissue is adding value for our existing and potential customers while the acquisition opens up new, long-term and international perspectives for us.”
(Körber AG)

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The Navigator Company: Statement regarding Forest Fires in Portugal  (Company news)

The Navigator Company, as a leading player in the Portuguese forestry sector, is
closely following the wave of especially fierce forest fires which are severely affecting mainland Portugal, and is actively involved in the fire-fighting efforts. As the country looks on in shock and consternation, our first word is to the victims of the fire in Pedrógão Grande and their families, and to all those who, in appalling conditions and at the risk of their own lives, have thrown themselves into the task of fighting the fires.

Navigator has its own teams on the ground, in particular those belonging to the fire-fighting brigade system (Afocelca), and it is still too early to make an accurate assessment of the areas burned on our own forests in its own holdings and/or those of our suppliers.

In view of the geographical diversity of our sources of raw material, we have no risk of wood supply disruption to any of our sites. We are continuously monitoring the situation and we also do not anticipate any risk of disruption in supplying any of our products to the market.

Preliminary investigations by the official authorities indicate that the likely cause of this series of fires in central Portugal was a rare combination of extremely adverse meteorological conditions, consisting of persistent temperatures of over 40 degrees, lightning storms without rainfall and sudden and intense winds.

The immediate priority is to succeed in the unequal struggle against what is already the fiercest forest fire in living memory in Portugal. However, Navigator, well acquainted with Portugal's forests, wishes to stress the need for rigorous care in managing forests, in order to mitigate the risks and effects of calamities of this kind.

According to official figures, between 2000 and 2015, most of the area burned in Portugal consisted of scrubland and pasture, accounting for 49% of the total.
Eucalyptus, our essential raw material, represented 13% of occurrences over the same period, this relatively low figure is due, to a large extent, to plantations being managed in accordance with best forestry practices.

The Navigator Company is firmly committed to the success of the fire-fighting operations and continues to operate at full capacity, resolutely determined to maintain the high quality standards characteristic of all its dealings with its customer base.
(The Navigator Company)

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Valmet receives its sixth tissue line order from Hayat Kimya  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT machine including the flexible ViscoNip press and an extensive automation package to Turkish tissue producer Hayat Kimya. The company has decided to invest in a second machine at their mill in Yelabuga in Tatarstan, Russia, to meet the increasing demand for their high-quality tissue products. The new line will add 70,000 tons of tissue to Hayat Kimya's current production of facial, toilet and towel tissue.

Photo from left: Massimiliano Corsini, Paolo Vezil (Valmet), Lütfi Aydin (Hayat), Björn Magnus, Jan Erikson (V), Yahya Kigili (H), Haluk Arican (V), Avni Kigili, Ibramih Güler, Kemal Arslan (H)

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

This will be the seventh project where the Valmet's and Hayat's teams are working together. Previously Valmet has delivered five Advantage DCT 200TS tissue production lines to Hayat, which have started up at Hayat's mills in Turkey 2010 and 2015, Iran 2013, Russia 2014 and Egypt 2016. Furthermore, Valmet conducted an extensive rebuild of their TM1 machine in Turkey during 2015.

"We feel very comfortable with Valmet by our side and are convinced that we will be successful together. We also feel that Valmet has trust in our own technical people and our company. This is a good base for future cooperation," says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.

"Hayat Kimya have clearly set at new quality standard for Russian tissue products, manufactured by the Advantage DCT technology. The results from the Advantage ViscoNip press installations as such and the rebuild of Hayat's TM1 including the new AirCap Heli hood, have met all expectations regarding efficiency and quality. We are convinced that the new tissue machine TM7 will further strengthen Hayat Kimya's market leading position," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Technical information
The new tissue machine TM7 will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min.
The raw material to be used in the tissue production will be virgin fiber and the new production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance the quality of the final product.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and a Valmet Advantage DCT 200 TS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, an AirCap Heli hood and air system prepared for co-generation, WetDust dust system, sheet transfer system and a SoftReel L reel. The line also includes a Valmet Focus Rewinder. The stock preparation line will consist of OptiSlush pulpers, OptiFiner conical refiners and OptiScreen machine screens.

Furthermore, the delivery will include an extensive Valmet automation package with Valmet DNA machine controls, process controls and Valmet IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.

The order also includes upgrade of Hayat Kimya's Advantage ViscoNip presses, to next generation, for TM1, 5 and 6.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Nico Delvaux to start as Metso's President and CEO on August 1, 2017  (Company news)

Metso Corporation's new President and CEO Nico Delvaux (photo) will join Metso on July 1, 2017, and will assume his duties as President and CEO on August 1, 2017.

Nico Delvaux will join Metso from Atlas Copco, where he served lately as Senior Executive Vice President and Business Area President for Compressor Technique. He was appointed Metso's President and CEO on May 3, 2017.
(Metso Corporation)

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Digital zone levelling on the road to success  (Company news)

Marbach launched its digital zone levelling technology at the drupa 2016 in Duesseldorf. Marbach has in the meantime equipped over 150 (and counting) die-cutting machines with it. At the beginning, digital zone levelling was only available in 102-106 format. Due to its huge success, Marbach can now offer it in the formats 76, 102-106 and 142-145. The formats 130 and 162 are still in progress.

Order-related zone levelling no longer applies
A die-cutting machine is subject to wear and tear during the production process. That’s why it used to be necessary to fill up worn-out areas with make-ready paper when setting-up every single order. With digital zone levelling this process has become significantly more efficient. Zone make-ready has only to be implemented once and then will last several months.

Functionality of digital zone levelling
The operator makes an impression of the machine using a standardized procedure. Marbach then produces a new, modified cover plate for the make-ready sheet. Individually for every machine. This levels out height deviations of the cutting platen. And so the area make-ready for every single tool no longer applies. In this way the performance of the packaging production increases.

Time-savings from 30-50%
Marbach developer Sascha Wormser: “We are very happy with the success of digital zone levelling. More than 150 customers have ordered it since drupa. The feedback has been positive throughout. According to our customers, the make-ready time savings through digital zone levelling lies around 30-50%. With this saved time, customers can produce other jobs. A significant increase in productivity.”

Some Marbach customers have already equipped all of their machines with digital zone levelling due to the high productivity gains. And thus they profit on every single machine due to its increased efficiency.

Make-ready free die-cutting is around the corner
Sascha Wormser continues: “When the customers use digital zone levelling and when supplemented with our mpower|+ technology the time-savings are even higher. Make-ready free die-cutting is now very close to possible.”
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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ITC Limited chooses Pasaban to upgrade one of its sheeting machines  (Company news)

The lifetime of your machines concerns us. PASABAN UPGRADES EXTEND THE LIFETIME OF YOUR MACHINES.

In this case, the machine is a 1992 KDD 1900 paper and cardboard sheeter owned by ITC Limited (India).

Because of it being a highly automated sheeter and of a certain age, it presented various problems such as obsolete drives and controls, frequent stops for maintenance work, poor performance and an unsatisfactory final product.

In pursuit of the most appropriate solution and with the aim of improving performance and solving these inefficiencies, Pasaban provided ITC with the Upgrades service. After a thorough analysis of the possibilities for updating the machine, a solution was proposed and it was completed in just three weeks.

During the first two weeks, technicians completed the relevant mechanical and electrical work, replacing the damaged electrical parts of the original installation. They also installed new motors, photocells, detectors and other auxiliary elements.

The “Pasaban drives software” system was also included, for verifying the new digital regulators and for using the online service through the TeamViewer software and an Internet connection supplied by the customer.

Once these works were finished, the technical team continued with the set up of the machine, carrying out the relevant tests until the machine was in optimal operating condition.

All these improvements guarantee that the machine will operate without any problems for a longer period of time, also improving the quality of the final product by minimising the outages arising from maintenance problems.
(Pasaban S.A.)

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Greycon Suite Achieves Citrix Ready Verification  (Company news)

Greycon are pleased to announce their Greycon Suite, combining X-Trim, opt-Studio and GreyconMill has now received Citrix Ready Verification.

The Citrix Ready Program showcases verified products that are trusted to enhance Citrix solutions for mobility, virtualisation, networking and cloud platforms. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third-party software providers whose products have successfully met test criteria set by Citrix. It gives customers added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering.

Greycon Suite is now compatible with XenAPP and XenDesktop versions 7.0 – 7.13. Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop virtualisation provides a complete, flexible solution that delivers Windows applications and desktops to any user on any device.

Constantine Goulimis, Greycon CEO stated: “We are very happy with collaboration and the opportunity for Greycon to utilise the benefits of Citrix’s partner programme. Many of our clients have been using our products on a Citrix platform already, but this additional step provides an added layer of confidence. We are always looking for new ways to improve our relationship and service standards with our clients.”
(Greycon Ltd)

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Stora Enso's SC paper machine (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden shut down  (Company news)

In February 2017, Stora Enso announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 8 (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill are still ongoing, but PM8 was permanently shut down. The number of people affected by the reorganization of the mill and shutdown will be determined during Q3 2017.

PM8 had an annual capacity of 100 000 tonnes of super-calendered uncoated magazine paper (SC). The closure of PM8 at Kvarnsveden Mill will not impact Stora Enso’s SC paper offering.

Production at Kvarnsveden Mill will continue on two lines, PM10 for improved newsprint paper and PM12 for SC papers.

Stora Enso will make every effort in co-operation with the local community to help the affected personnel find new employment opportunities, and mitigate the impact of the reorganisation and PM8 closure through individual solutions. All job openings in other Stora Enso units will be available to those affected.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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Codimag to unveil Viva Aniflo label press workflow enhancements at Labelexpo Europe 2017  (Company news)

Codimag celebrates its 40th anniversary with a 500m2 Labelexpo stand (11C10) featuring enhancements to its Viva 340 Evolution and Viva 340 combination presses based on the company’s Aniflo printing technology. There will also be regular live demonstrations and the possibility to arrange private trials.

Codimag’s Aniflo technology combines offset quality, flexo simplicity and digital flexibility. It features an offset unit, with offset plates and a simple anilox delivery system that brings a uniform ink amount across the web. High-definition plates can be imaged within three minutes, assuring fast setup times and outstanding quality on all commonly used label substrates. Aniflo’s superior stability allows expanded gamut printing, reaching over 90 per cent of the PMS colour book without ink changes or consequential washing.

Viva 340 Evolution, a dedicated Aniflo press, will feature advances in Viva Evolution’s software, architecture and controls. A new human-machine interface enables transfer of prepress data to print a label with minimised manual input in minutes. New software features allow automated register synchronisation and connectivity with elements in the customer’s IT environment such as prepress solutions and ERP systems.

Private one-to-one trials are arranged on the Viva 340 Evolution for converters willing to have their own PDF files printed on the press in real production environment, using Esko Equinox imaging software to provide a real-time experience of the speed and efficiency of the complete workflow.

Furthermore, Codimag provides live demonstrations of its Viva 340 combination press, a modular machine that can be configured according to customer needs. The Viva 340 offers integrated in-line finishing processes to enable added-value label production in a single-pass. The Viva 340 press to be demonstrated at Labelexpo will feature five Aniflo positions in combination with rotary screen, enhanced flat-bed foil embossing combo unit and flexo varnish. New features include a shorter matrix path to the rewinder, minimising change of web-breaks, and automated web guidance and camera inspection. The Viva 340 combination press will also be shown with the new air-cooled IST-Metz MBS LEDcure system that offers longer lamp lifetime, reduced energy consumption, elimination of ozone emissions, increased start-up speeds and compatibility with film as well as paper substrates.

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Mondi sack kraft print grade adds value to new HAVENS Horsefeed brand   (Company news)

Picture: Advantage Semi Extensible White Print by Mondi Sack Kraft Paper - Improved branding options for strong, cost-effective and eye-catching bags

One of Europe’s leading equine nutrition companies, HAVENS Horsefeed, has selected Mondi’s unique Advantage Semi Extensible White Print for its latest brand Gastro+. The paper is the first sack kraft grade to combine excellent physical strength with great printability.

Mondi’s Advantage Semi Extensible White Print is the perfect sack kraft paper for equine feed producer HAVENS Horsefeed. In 2016 HAVENS formulated a new award-winning feed for horses and ponies that suffer from digestive problems or stomach ulcers. To set the new product and its launch apart from the existing portfolio and raise market awareness, HAVENS was looking for an outstanding and unique packaging and upfront paper solution to promote the product, its quality and the brand design.

Describing the requirements to be met by the packaging, Hans Graat, plant manager HAVENS Horsefeed, says, “We wanted to give a final special touch to our new brand Gastro+, and created a unique brand visual with outstanding colours. This gave rise to the challenge of finding the right paper to make the desired impact. We were keen to reflect the high quality of our product on the outside of the packaging, and were therefore looking for high gloss and whiteness. On the other hand, the bag needed to be not only very strong to protect the feed against outside influences, but also cost-effective and easy to carry and use for our customers. Our supplier Mondi Industrial Bags, in cooperation with Mondi Sack Kraft Paper, supported us in the decision making process.”

Mondi Industrial Bags has been working with HAVENS Horsefeed for more than 20 years. It collaborates with both Mondi Sack Kraft Paper and the logistics and supply-industry platform Trademax. Mondi’s bag experts convert paper bags for the feed producer and know the customer’s requirements very well. They also understand that the right choice of paper is crucial to achieving the best possible bag, converting and printing performance. According to Davide Battiston, sales manager of Mondi Gradisac Industrial Bags, “When we first heard about the new HAVENS product and saw its brand visual with the outstanding colours and print motive, we immediately knew that the only paper to use was Advantage Semi Extensible White Print, which our Sack Kraft Paper colleagues launched in 2015.”

Improved branding options for strong, cost-effective and eye-catching bags
For Mondi Industrial Bags, Advantage Semi Extensible White Print offers customers multiple benefits, explains Davide Battiston, “It offers the best printability in the sack kraft paper segment while allowing a simple bag composition with enhanced strength. This grade reduces ink consumption thanks to a unique surface that absorbs less ink than comparable papers. Customers who select the semi extensible print grade do not have to sacrifice outer ply strength in order to obtain brilliant printability – it delivers both properties at once. It also allows a lower grammage paper to be used as an inner ply. In consequence, we could offer HAVENS Horsefeed a more cost-effective solution while fully satisfying its requirements.”

Advantage Semi Extensible White Print is produced on the cutting-edge PM7 paper machine at the Mondi Štětí mill in the Czech Republic. It is a calendered extensible sack kraft paper that brings together high tensile energy absorption (TEA) and very good runnability with the excellent printability of a smooth finish paper. “We especially recommend its use as an outer ply of valve bags when high strength, supreme convertibility and a brilliant appearance are required. The outstanding printability is ensured by excellent sheet formation, high paper gloss, good surface smoothness, and optimised surface roughness and topography. The high printing quality translates into sharper images and improved branding possibilities for special bag solutions,” says Conny Josefsson, sales director Mondi Sack Kraft Paper.

From the customer’s perspective, the outcome is perfect, as Hans Graat remarks, “I am delighted that we chose Advantage Semi Extensible White Print and are working with Mondi Sack Kraft Paper. We have received very positive feedback about the new product, the printing and bag performance from our customers around the world.”

Mondi’s Advantage Semi Extensible White Print amalgamates several technical and logistical advantages:
- Printability – Brilliant printability is ensured by excellent sheet formation, high paper gloss, good surface smoothness, and optimised surface roughness and topography.
- Paper strength – Compared to existing smooth finished grades, Mondi’s new sack kraft papers provide enhanced strength.
- Optimised warehousing – Using only one paper quality instead of two for bag construction, Mondi helps producers to reduce their stock variety, which helps to bring down total costs.
- Print quality – For customers, the high print quality of Advantage Kraft White Print and Advantage Semi Extensible White Print means sharper images, improved bag branding possibilities and cost savings thanks to lower ink absorption.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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UPM continues developing Pulp Business by investing in efficiency and competitiveness of the ...  (Company news)

...Kaukas pulp mill

UPM will further improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the Kaukas pulp mill (photo) in Lappeenranta, Finland, by upgrading the mill's production process with a EUR 30 million investment. The upgrade will be targeted in the mill's fibre lines, recovery boiler, evaporation, bailing and wood handling. Erection of the main equipment and start-up are scheduled for the spring of 2018.

"Last year at the Kaukas mill we successfully completed a EUR 50 million investment, where we renewed both the pulp drying machines. Now that we have met targets with drying, we can improve the production efficiency with these targeted upgrades," says Sami Saarela, Vice President, Finland Operations, UPM Pulp.

After this new project, annual production capacity of the Kaukas mill will increase by 30,000 tonnes from the current 740,000 to 770,000 tonnes of softwood and birch pulp in 2019. The majority of its production is softwood. The Kaukas softwood pulp, UPM Conifer Reinforcement, is known in the market as a strong reinforcement pulp suitable for end-uses requiring good strength properties.

"Demand for pulp continues to grow especially in paper grades that are used in consumer goods. Examples of such grades are tissue, label papers and board. In previous years we have replied to growing demand with similar targeted investments in all of our pulp mills and thus cost-efficiently increased our annual pulp production capacity altogether by more than 500,000 tonnes since 2013," says Saarela.

UPM's biggest ongoing pulp investment today is the EUR 98 million production expansion at the Kymi pulp mill in Kuusankoski, Finland. Started in 2016, this project comprises upgrades in wood handling, the birch fibre line, recovery island and effluent treatment. New machinery will be connected to the process during the next pulp mill shut-down planned for the autumn of 2017. After completion, annual pulp production of Kymi will reach 870,000 tonnes of softwood and birch pulp by the end of the year.

During the past few years UPM Pulp has established a strong position on the pulp market and developed a versatile and attractive pulp portfolio with an appealing service offering. UPM's competitive and modern mills are in excellent shape and provide a perfect platform for further growth in cooperation with customers.

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Ence pulp price increase announcement   (Company news)

Ence announces a price rise of $50/tonne on its prices for bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP) setting its list price at 900$/tonne in Q3, to be implemented progressively with following steps July 1st $15, August 1st additional $15, and September 1st additional $20.

Market outlook for BHKP globally remains positive with strong demand in all the markets, inventories continue trending down and the supply is stressed.
(Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

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Together even stronger: MB Bäuerle under a new roof  (Company news)

As of June 19, 2017, the folding machine specialist GUK from Wellendingen / Germany has acquired the company shares of MB Bäuerle. Dieter Busenhart, MB Bäuerle’s former main shareholder and managing director, will leave the company at the end of the month and is happy to have found a strong partner with GUK. The management of the company will be continued in the proven manner, supported by Stefanie Faulhaber and Herbert Herrmann, who has an extensive knowledge of the company thanks to his former long-term employment with MB Bäuerle.

MB Bäuerle was founded in St. Georgen / Black Forest in 1863 and has been engaged in the development and production of machines for print processing for more than 60 years. Through various trend-setting inventions and patents, the company has had a decisive impact on the automation of folding machines. Today its core competences lie in automated folding and inserting systems as well as system solutions in the high-performance area.

By joining the GUK-Group, MB Bäuerle’s orientation as a competent provider of solutions will be enhanced and will result in many advantages for the customers of both companies. With its broad product portfolio in the fields of folding machines, pharmaceutical solutions and feeding systems, GUK offers a solid basis for a stable future. The family-run business, managed by the fourth generation of owners, stands for values such as consistency and reliability. Both companies have a long history in print processing. As a result of the merger, the great know-how of the employees and the close customer relationships can now be optimized.
(MB Bäuerle GmbH)