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VTT’s EUR 3 million investment accelerates the development of new kinds of fibre products  (Company news)

Cellulose and other fibres are future materials that can replace many plastic and mineral-based materials in the industrial sector. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has extended its research environment in Jyväskylä by introducing another pilot line to promote the development of porous materials, insulation products and nonwovens made from fibres by means of foam technology.

“The scale of our bioproduct development environment, which we use to promote the development of the forest industry, makes it unique in the world. We at VTT believe in the future of cellulose and other natural fibres, as our industry needs new high value-added products in addition to paper and board”, says Executive Vice President Jussi Manninen from VTT.
The research environment can be used to accelerate the development of new cellulose and fibre based products from research to commercialisation. The machinery enables developing new product concepts and resource-efficient processes together with VTT’s customers and research partners.

The total value of the investment is approximately EUR 3 million. In addition to VTT’s own funds, there is research infrastructure (FIRI) funding from the Academy of Finland involved. The new machinery at VTT’s Jyväskylä unit makes use of the facility’s existing process equipment and control systems.

Until now, part of the new fibre-based products, insulation materials and nonwoven fabrics has been demonstrated at VTT only on a laboratory scale. The new machinery allows piloting to be taken to a completely new level.
The new research environment was designed on the basis of a questionnaire sent by VTT to companies and other stakeholders to gauge their views on the future of the research and product development market. This led to the creation of a unique development platform for new fibre-based products to complement the paper and board products already on the market.

Foam technology: Getting more out of a small amount of material
Foam technology enables the production of lightweight and porous products. New kinds of products could include, for example, sound and thermal insulation, filters and packaging. The technology is compatible with long fibres as well, which is an advantage in the production of specialty papers, packages, and nonwovens, for example.

The use of foam technology saves raw materials, produces lighter products, lowers energy and water consumption in the production process and makes it possible to combine different kinds of materials to optimise product properties.

There are a number of partnership projects in progress at the moment that can make use of VTT’s new research environment. Examples include a project called Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose , which combines design and cellulose technology, and a project called Telaketju, which aims at developing textile waste recycling and associated recycling technologies.

VTT has already taken in orders from customers. The machinery is also being used in an international project called Future Fibre Products, which involves a consortium of 33 companies, and in a few other co-financed projects. The research environment is available for all businesses to use.
Several Finnish companies contributed to the design and assembly of the research environment.
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

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Greycon is Chosen for Resolute Forest Product’s Global SAP Template Rollout  (Company news)

On April 10, 2017 Greycon successfully completed the fourth stage of a five wave implementation at Resolute Forest Products in Montreal, QC. Resolute initiated the global template rollout campaign to establish Greycon’s X-Trim solution as the company standard trim optimisation system.

Resolute are a global leader in the forest products industry marketing to over 80 countries worldwide and own or operate over 40 Mills. Resolute manufactures pulp, paper, tissue and wood products for clients based in the United States, Canada and South Korea.

Jay Jordan, Sales Manager for North America states; “We are very happy with the progress so far of Resolute’s rollout campaign. Establishing a new system in a company can always be challenging especially when you have multiple sites that need to be aligned. This is why we are so pleased with the X-Trim solution, it integrates seamlessly with SAP, showing Resolute a significant difference almost instantaneously.”

Greycon completed the first wave on February 1st 2015. Since then Greycon’s X-Trim solution has been implemented at 14 Mills. Currently Resolule is implementing the final roll out to go-live in September 2017 which will complete the campaign totalling 16 Mills, all of which are integrated with Resolute’s SAP/APO system.

X-Trim has provided many benefits to Resolute since its implementation, some of which are; it’s easy to use interface, visualised solution and superior waste reduction. Greycon’s certified 'Interface for Industry-Specific Optimisers' for APO allows Resolute quick configuration and deployment throughout each wave of the project. Allowing a seamless interface between X-Trim and APO.
(Greycon Ltd)

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Petra Einarsson appointed new CEO of BillerudKorsnäs  (Company news)

The Board of Directors of BillerudKorsnäs has appointed Petra Einarsson new President and CEO of the company. Petra succeeds Per Lindberg who is, after 12 successful years, leaving BillerudKorsnäs on his own request for a new assignment. Petra Einarsson will assume her new position at the turn of the year 2017-2018.

”I am very glad to present Petra Einarsson as new President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs”, says Lennart Holm, Chairman of the Board. “Petra is a highly experienced and competent leader. She has during her years as President of Sandvik Materials Technology shown her capability to successfully develop a complex process industry in a competitive environment. With Petra as new CEO, I am convinced we will succeed in our ambitions to further develop BillerudKorsnäs to new levels.”

Petra Einarsson is since 2013 President of Sandvik Materials Technology and a member of the Group Executive Management of Sandvik AB. Prior to that she has held a number of senior positions within the Sandvik group, including President of product area Tube, President of product area Strip and Financial Manager at Sandvik Materials Technology. Petra was born in 1967 and holds a B. Sc. in Business Administration and Economics.

Per Lindberg leaves his position as President and CEO as Petra Einarsson assumes the position.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

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Stora Enso invests EUR 94 million to grow in renewable materials  (Company news)

Stora Enso will invest EUR 94 million to grow in renewable materials and to increase competitiveness in consumer board and biomaterials. EUR 52 million will be invested to increase the dissolving pulp production capacity at Enocell Mill and EUR 42 million to enhance the availability of the chemi-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) at Imatra Mills. Both mills are located in Finland.

“We continue to drive our transformation to a renewable materials growth company. While investing in our Finnish mills, we expect the competitiveness of Finland’s export industry to be ensured and further improved globally,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo), CEO of Stora Enso.

Investments in renewable materials substituting fossil-based alternatives
Enocell Mill, part of the Biomaterials division, will be converted to focus entirely on production of dissolving pulp. The softwood pulp production will be gradually discontinued after the investment. The mill will have a total capacity of 430 000 tonnes dissolving pulp annually, whereof 185 000 tonnes hardwood and 245 000 tonnes softwood dissolving pulp. The investment is scheduled to be completed during the second half of 2019. It is expected to exceed the Biomaterials division’s profitability target, operational return on operating capital (ROOC) of 15%, and to have a positive impact on sales.

Dissolving pulp is used as a raw material replacing cotton and fossil-based materials, such as polyester. The dissolving pulp product segment is growing above the industrial average. The growth is driven by increased demand for non-woven applications, and viscose-type fabrics in the textile industry.

“We aim to improve our pulp mix to differentiate and secure competitiveness in the long term. At our Nordic pulp mills, this means focusing on special grades, such as fluff and dissolving pulp. The investment also supports Enocell Mill to become an integrated biorefinery plant for new bio-based chemicals,” says Markus Mannström, head of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division.

The investment at Imatra Mills, part of the Consumer Board division, includes a new CTMP drying and re-pulping plant as well as extension of the pulp warehouse. This aims to enhance the availability of CTMP and to drive the commercialisation of micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC). Due to its high strength and 100% renewable raw materials, MFC is designed to outperform fossil-based materials, such as plastics, in a variety of applications. The project is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2019. The investment is expected to exceed the Consumer Board division’s profitability target, operational return on operating capital (ROOC) of 20%, and to have a marginal impact on sales.

“This investment drives further growth and competitiveness in liquid packaging and food service board. It also supports the ongoing MFC investment which will meet customer demand of products made with less raw materials (source reduction), enhanced strength, light weight and renewable barrier materials,” says Annica Bresky, head of Stora Enso’s Consumer Board division.

Both of these investments are included in Stora Enso's capital expenditure guidance.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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Avery Dennison has created a label which is engineered to bond with the tyre during the vulcanisation process and maintain lifelong adhesion and readability.

The drive for efficiency and quality in tyre manufacture has sparked demand for a new kind of label that withstands the rigors of the production process. To meet this demand, Avery Dennison has developed a new label solution that goes beyond what’s been available currently. This product meets the tough requirements of the vulcanization process and supports the varying needs of manufacturers for strong bonding with different types of green rubber (like SBR, BR and Nature Rubber) after vulcanization process.

“The Avery Dennison solution consists of specially designed barcode tracking labels engineered to bond with the tyre during the vulcanization process and maintain lifelong adhesion and readability. These pressure-sensitive labels offer excellent abrasion and heat resistance, allowing the tyre to remain traceable throughout a customer’s supply chain. During the vulcanization process, this special PSA material would be triggered to have a chemical reaction with the tyre rubber, enabling it to bond the tyre surface permanently.” said Hans Eichenwald, senior product manager, Avery Dennison Europe.

“There’s an increased need for barcoding on tyres. They are fundamental to the tyre industry’s transition into the world of “Industry 4.0” - allowing for the widespread application of digital technologies to integrate automated manufacturing and supply-chain processes. Barcode tracking specifically improves quality, production, and inventory management”, adds Eichenwald.

Made of specially-selected materials, Avery Dennison’s tyre vulcanization labels enable bar code/thermal transfer printability, optimal adhesion and bonding to the green tyre during vulcanization. They withstand the pressure and heat of the curing process (up to 200°C), and resist chemical degradation from acids, bases, salts and low-fat solvents as well as abrasion for long-term durability. They have been designed for maximal identification through the supply chain, and to withstand the demands of the inspection, sorting and shipping processes. The label material will be globally available.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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Dunapack Packaging boost its Romanian operations with new corrugated packaging plant in ...  (Company news)

Bucharest area and significant technical update of existing Dunapack Rambox plant

Family owned Prinzhorn Group strengthens its production hub in central Romania

Dunapack Rambox, Dunapack Packaging’s Romanian operations, has signed an agreement to purchase 11,5 ha land for the setup of a greenfield corrugated packaging plant in the Bucharest area. The existing Sfântu Gheorghe plant receives a major technical update.

The new 22.000 m2 plant in Bolintin, 20km West of Bucharest, will be equipped with a 2,8 m wide Fosber high-speed corrugator as well as several multi-color printing and die-cutting machines to provide high quality shelf ready packaging solutions. The annual production capacity is expected to reach 180 mio m2 per year. The new plant will operate complimentary along with the existing Dunapack Rambox plant in Sfântu Gheorghe.
The latter will increase its production capabilities by receiving a state-of-the-art corrugator upgrade combined with a new high quality printing-, a flatbed-die-cutting- and a new folder-gluing machine. Both plants will reach an annual production capacity of 300 mio. m2.

Alexander Enzenberg, MD of Dunapack Packaging Division, says: “The new greenfield plant near Bucharest is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen
Rambox’s strategic market position in Romania. With two plants in the region we are able to supply our customers with high quality packaging in combination with a unique logistics setup. With the additional corrugated plant, Dunapack Packaging will operate two box plants in Romania."

The Division will be represented in 10 countries, with 19 corrugated plants.
(Prinzhorn Group)

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1st Half 2017 Results - Inapa with EBT of 2.4 million euros  (Company news)

-Recurring EBITDA of € 13.0M, an increase of € 2.8M, representing an improvement of 27%
-Positive results before taxes of € 2.4M compared with € 0.1M in 2016
-Net income of € 0.5M
-Reduction of € 8.7M in net debt compared to the same period of 2016.

Photo: CEO Diogo Rezende

In the first half of the year after the purchase of Papyrus France and the sale of Inapa Switzerland, which led to an increase in turnover and market share, the results showed a steady progression, validating the strategy defined by Inapa Group.

Management indicators show a positive evolution, both in terms of the margin generated and in terms of operational efficiency, with the ratio of total costs over sales falling from 15.4% to 14.8%.

In addition to the growth in paper distribution, Inapa also recorded a strong growth in the areas of packaging (17%) and visual communication (16%).

This performance translates into an overall increase of the revenue of 7% and an increase in recurring EBITDA of 27%, while continuing the net debt reduction, standing € 9 million below June 2016.

“The results achieved in the first half of this year show that we took the right strategic decisions in 2016,” says Diogo Rezende, CEO of Inapa. “There is still a lot of potential for generating value at Inapa France, once we have completed the merger of operations on 30th of June. Inapa France is now leader in this important market “, states the CEO.
(Inapa - Investimentos, Participações e Gestão, S.A.)

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Global packaging leader Smurfit Kappa has introduced innovative new trucks which have increased ...  (Company news)

... capacity and slashed CO₂ emissions by 20%.

The vehicles, which have been pioneered at the Piteå Paper Mill in Sweden, can handle heavier loads, resulting in a 30% reduction in the number of trips annually.

Smurfit Kappa, which has amassed a wealth of experience in supply chain optimisation through its SupplySmart service, examined how it could streamline the Piteå supply chain.

A team of logistics and sustainability specialists used this industry-leading expertise to optimise the supply chain and make it more efficient and sustainable.

They invested in vehicles with extra axles to increase capacity and modified floors to adapt to different loading systems. Best-in-class Euro 5 engines have significantly reduced the emissions already and a new bio fuel (HVO100), which allows for a reduction of fossil CO₂ emissions by up to 90%, will be introduced in the coming weeks.

The ships used in the supply chain were also optimised by a €3 million investment in technology that cleans the emissions of sulphur.

Earlier this year, Smurfit Kappa announced in its 2016 Sustainability Development Report that it has already cut CO₂ emissions by 23%, well on the way to meeting its 2020 target of 25%.

The Piteå Paper Mill produces 700,000 tonnes of kraftliner annually which is the packaging material of choice for rapidly growing sectors such as ecommerce.

Speaking about the logistics changes, Per Sward, CEO of the Piteå Paper Mill, said: “This is a very positive step for the mill. The optimised trucks and ships have not only made us become even more efficient, they are also benefiting the wider community. The Piteå Paper Mill has a long history in the area and this investment in logistics will significantly reduce CO₂ emissions for years to come.

“We believe that through taking a sustainable approach to every aspect of our company, products and processes, we become more efficient. This is certainly true of the new logistics system.”

Saverio Mayer, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe said: “At Smurfit Kappa, we aim for sustainability in every fibre of our company. This supply chain innovation builds on our commitment to help create a sustainable future by building a profitable business.”

Smurfit Kappa occupies the No. 1 position for kraftliner production in Europe.
(Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner Piteå)

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Valmet's new scanner offers corrugated board manufacturers a more economical way ...  (Company news)

... to measure liner moisture levels

Valmet introduces a new scanner, Valmet IQ Converting Scanner, for corrugated board. It is a long-awaited addition to Valmet's quality management control concept for corrugators and other board converting machines.

"IQ Converting Scanner offers corrugated board manufacturers a more economical way to measure liner moisture levels. It enables the use of Valmet IQ CD/MD controls in corrugators, resulting in higher quality as well as improved productivity," says Mikko Talonen, Business Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet IQ Converting Scanner can be easily installed in different process locations, thanks to its innovative sensor support technology. The scanner enables direct moisture measurements to be positioned in an optimum process location from a quality and performance point of view.

The new scanner with online moisture measurement enables the utilization of machine and cross-direction controls in converting machines. These control solutions improve and stabilize the end-product quality, decrease the amount of broke and allow operators to concentrate on quality management and production optimization.

A comprehensive quality management solution for corrugators
Valmet offers a comprehensive quality management solution for corrugators. The solution features a wide range of online quality measurements to get accurate and fast information from the process, web inspection and monitoring systems to help detect quality defects and identify their root causes. It also includes a water spray system to control warp and moisture levels, as well as CD/MD controls.

All IQ solution components are based on Valmet's extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry and backed by expert services.
(Valmet Crporation)

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Maria Baldin – new Director of Communications and Sustainability at Södra Group  (Company news)

Maria Baldin (photo) has been appointed the new Director of Communications and Sustainability at Södra. She will assume her position on 1 January 2018 and will be a member of Group Senior Management, reporting to President and CEO Lars Idermark.

Maria Baldin is 50 years old and most recently served as the Head of Communications and Sustainability Officer at Siemens Sweden. She has previously worked at Bewator, Comex Electronics and Bennett BTI Nordic. Maria has extensive and broad experience with a clear business focus. The company’s intention with the recruitment of Maria is to group together communication and sustainability under a single management function, and thereby further intensify focus on Södra’s strategy. Maria will assume her new position on 1 January 2018.

“Maria Baldin has an industrial background with strong skills in communication and sustainability and a commercial focus. This will benefit Södra’s continued efforts to strengthen our competitiveness, growth and long-term profitability,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

“I am looking forward to working for Södra and my choice was guided by the sense of Södra as a stable company with strong values and a well-defined sustainability profile, underpinned by a high level of expertise. Clear targets, strategies and plans are in place that outline how Södra will show the way in communication and sustainability,” said Maria Baldin,

Roine Morin, who has served as a highly competent Sustainability Director for many years, will gradually reduce his work load in 2018 and subsequently retire.

“I would like to express my thanks to Roine for his fantastic work in advancing Södra’s environmental and sustainability agenda to the leading position that it now has,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.
(Södra Cell AB)

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Closing the wet-wipe stickiness gap: New adhesive range from Avery Dennison  (Company news)

Wet wipes are one of the most popular cleaning products in the world. But until now, the adhesives on wet wipe packages would often fail, leaving the remaining wipes to dry out, and customers to lose the value of their purchases.

“When an adhesive selected for household wipes can’t supply the technical resistance to the solvents (e.g. limonene) used in the wipes, the pack cannot be resealed for the lifetime of the packaging. This means customers cannot properly use the full pack of wipes, leading to disappointment with the purchase, and perhaps encouraging them to change to other brands in the future,” said Jenny Wassenaar, director Select Solutions at Avery Dennison Europe.

Avery Dennison creates a step change with its High Solvent Resistance Adhesives, MR980R and UVR155, from the Select Solutions™ portfolio. These adhesives address the main problem with wet-wipe closures: the vulnerability of the adhesive closure to the solvents in the wet wipes themselves.

MR980R provides excellent functionality on glossy PET-packaging. It is designed to withstand the chemicals used in household wet wipes, and provides a high strength of adhesion on flexible packaging.
UVR155 is the preferred choice for matte packaging, often used in baby, facial and toilet wipes. Both adhesives have been developed specifically for challenging wipe applications (like household wipes), offering high to medium initial tack and a smooth peel.

Consumers who buy wet-wipes are mainly focused on easy-open/easy-close convenience. For manufacturers and brand owners, the priority is finding cost-efficient alternatives to rigid plastic lids and other reclosure solutions.

Household wipes are growing rapidly and are now increasingly used in many different home and personal care applications. Avery Dennison’s range of adhesives ensures the required performance across a broad range of baby, cosmetic, toilet and domestic applications. Our adhesives can even handle contact with challenging solvents, oils and chemicals.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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Guangdong Shaoneng Co., Ltd.: another successful start-up for A.Celli Paper  (Company news)

Successful start-up of a new A.Celli Paper Tissue Machine for Nanxiong Zhuji Paper Mill – GuangDong ShaoNeng Co., Ltd Group.

The start-up, scheduled for end of September 2017, successfully completed with no delays, is doubtlessly a further piece in the mosaic of collaborations that A.Celli Paper is compiling with the international group.

The new A.Celli Tissue Machine represents a strategically interesting project through which the Italian technology supplier once again underscores its role as leading-edge partner in the field of Tissue Machines.

The long-standing competence, dependable reliability and technological excellence that have always distinguished the Group make A.Celli Paper the ideal supplier for every customer.

This machine has a 2850-mm web width, a working speed of 1600 m/min and a production capacity of 80 tpd. It was designed to answer all the customer’s requests and demands in order to guarantee an enhancement in production level, assured by optimal performance and paper quality, with consequent improvement in the finished product.

With this new Tissue Machine, A.Celli Paper offers the customer a leap forward in quality, aiming for important and ambitious production milestones in its quest to conquer an extremely interesting territory such as China represents.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

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DS Smith: Acquisition of EcoPack and EcoPaper, Romania  (Company news)

DS Smith Plc (the Group) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire EcoPack and EcoPaper, (collectively “the Business”) for an enterprise value of circa €208 million.

Photo: Miles Roberts, DS Smith Group Chief Executive

The Business is a leading integrated packaging and paper group in Romania; family owned for many years. It will significantly enhance our capacity to serve customers in this high growth region as well as supporting our wider substantial Eastern European presence. The Business includes both high quality packaging assets as well as a new paper machine, built in 2017, that specialises in high quality, light-weight paper, which is particularly well-suited to supporting our performance packaging solutions.

The Business has grown strongly over many years and is primarily focused on serving the local FMCG market. It is very complementary to our customer and asset base providing an excellent opportunity for further growth as well as significant cost synergies.

The acquisition consideration and repayment of debt, together totalling €208 million, will be satisfied from existing cash and debt facilities, and from €35 million of DS Smith shares to be issued to the vendor. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing immediately, is consistent with the Group’s medium term financial targets and equates to a post synergy multiple of c. 5 – 6x EBITDA. Completion is expected within our third fiscal quarter, following Romanian Competition Authority approval and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive:
"We continue to grow very strongly throughout Eastern Europe. This exciting acquisition will further expand our position and capability, providing an important platform for the continued development of our innovative “performance packaging” programme in the region."
(DS Smith Plc)

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Kona Paper - Beautiful papers and boards made from reclaimed coffee bean bags ...  (Company news)

...- closing the loop in the coffee supply chain

Kona Paper is made with fiber derived from burlap coffee bean bags that have already served a useful life. The used packaging is being diverted from landfills and turned into innovative new paper and board products.

Up to 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Content
Closing a loop in the coffee supply chain, we’re diverting packaging materials from the waste stream and turning them into beautiful performance papers for a broad range of applications.

Natural Aesthetic
The roasted shades and variegated fibers impart a beautiful and natural aesthetic that is smooth to the touch and pleasing to the eye.

Specifying Kona Papers from Monadnock demonstrates responsible sourcing and a commitment to the reduction of waste to landfill.
(MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)

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Apple’s Tim Cook plants trees at Iggesund, acknowledges Holmen’s climate-smart efforts  (Company news)

Picture: The Holmen Group produces more than 30 million tree seedlings annually to meet Sweden’s legislated requirements for replanting after felling. Apple CEO Tim Cook tries his hand at the manual job of planting trees surrounded by Johan Granås, Sustainability Manager Iggesund Paperboard, andHenrik Sjölund, CEO of the Holmen Group. © Iggesund

When Apple CEO Tim Cook wanted to discover more about the sustainability work that lies behind the paperboard material Invercote, he visited the forest outside Iggesund in Sweden. The manufacturer, Iggesund Paperboard, is part of the Holmen forest industry group and is at the forefront of sustainability. Present to discuss with Tim Cook were Holmen’s CEO Henrik Sjölund and Iggesund Paperboard’s CEO Daniel Peltonen.

Holmen has repeatedly ranked among the world’s most sustainable companies, with its sustainably managed forest as a cornerstone of that achievement. “A visit to the breathtaking forests of northern Sweden with @IggesundAB, our partners in innovation and sustainable packaging,” tweeted Cook after his visit to Iggesund. The Apple CEO also planted his own tree in Iggesund’s forests as he followed the whole process from forest management to finished packaging.

“For Holmen it is self-evident to start with sustainable forestry. We grow trees with an 80 to 90-year time frame, with the timber being used to build houses. We make the paperboard from pulpwood from the forest and chips from the sawmill. Iggesund is a good example of a climate-smart combine where we feed in forest raw materials and produce bioenergy, paper pulp and paperboard. Major investments over a long time plus a system in balance are a prerequisite for a sustainable value chain. The Iggesund combine binds 0.7 million tonnes of CO2.” So stated Holmen’s CEO Henrik Sjölund on the occasion of the visit by the company with the world’s biggest market capitalisation.

Invercote, the material in packaging for Apple among others, comes from Iggesund Mill and well-managed forests.

“We have been harvesting and maintaining Swedish forests in a traditional and sustainable way for the past 400 years. Everything starts with long-term sustainable forestry. For us it is natural to work in a climate-compensating way and based on a value chain where all stages are important,” concluded Holmen’s CEO Henrik Sjölund.

There is a very special history behind why Iggesund is a supplier to Apple. It was the company’s legendary founder and former CEO Steve Jobs who decided that Iggesund would supply the material for Apple’s packaging. Employees travelled around the world and collected possible materials. When the samples were later presented at the headquarters in Cupertino, Jobs pointed to Invercote from Iggesund and said: “This is the one we want.”
(Iggesund Paperboard AB)

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ABB: The digital mill  (Company news)

The only way to increase productivity is to work smarter – and that means working together, not separately. SCA’s Östrand pulp mill will be the first such mill in the world, for production of softwood kraft pulp, to use an automation system to control all of the processes in the entire mill.

Running a pulp mill is no simple enterprise. Several processes need to function on their own, but they also have to collaborate in a chain that should progress as faultlessly as possible.

“Roughly speaking, even though Östrand is a relatively modern pulp mill, we have several factories within the factory,” says Ingela Ekebro, project director for the Helios project at SCA.

“At the same time, the most competitive producer over time is the one that has the smoothest production that consistently operates at maximum capacity in all areas.”

This is the background to one of the largest investments in Swedish industrial history. SCA started reconstructing the pulp mill in Östrand in 2015, and the goal is for construction to be finished by June 2018. The project, which is called Helios, will cost a total of SEK 7.8 billion. Upon completion, production capacity will double, and the production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp will be the largest in the world.

However, being the largest is not necessarily the same as being the best – the different parts also have to work together.

“The technical level of our control is already good, but it has not been fully integrated,” says Alf Eriksson, who is the electrical and automation function manager in the project.

“We naturally purchase the best machines, but our competitors can do the same. Whether we only manage to do a good job or we are the best depends on how we run and optimize our plant.”
When planning the reconstruction, SCA decided to delay the individual parts and instead begin a procurement process for the automation system. ABB’s Ability System 800xA automation system was selected.

“This is a strategic issue. The control system is the cornerstone that affect how all parts of the factory works, which is why it was important for us to have all the different pieces in place as early as possible,” says Alf Eriksson.

However, it is not only the fully integrated automation that is new. The physical control room environment has also changed. The various processes are currently run from five different control rooms placed in different locations throughout the mill area, which is one square kilometer large.

“We have wanted to gather our personnel into one common operations center for several years,” says Anders Rönnqvist, project manager at the operations center at Östrand.

“Even if the current control rooms allow the operators to work close to operations, daily communication between the operators and with their immediate supervisor is not as close and instantaneous,” says Anders Rönnqvist.

As a result, SCA has decided to gather the control rooms for wood handling, fiber line and energy & chemical recovery into a common operations center that is centrally located in the mill area.

“Taking this step will lead to several positive effects,” says Ingela Ekebro.

“The operators will be closer to their supervisors and their colleagues, which will result in better communication and better opportunities to learn from one another. The daytime organization will also be gathered at the same place, which means communication with each other and with operations will be easier, and colleagues can help each other across department boundaries. This will in turn lead to increased understanding and knowledge of the different processes in the mill, which in the long run will lead to improved operations.”

The operations center will also be fitted with equipment from ABB.

“We liked how ABB was able to integrate the control system with the operators’ working environment,” says Anders Rönnqvist.

“It is the employees who are to perform a good job, and they have to be given the optimal conditions to do so.”

The control rooms will be fitted with ABB’s Extended Operator Workplaces (EOW), which are fully integrated operator solutions that provide both process overview and the possibility to adapt ergonomics and the work environment to the individual for everything from working posture to sound and lighting. To enable the greatest amount of operator support possible, SCA has also chosen to implement functions for advanced process control for all the process segments, integrated in the operator environment. This will provide operators with decision-making support in real time for optimal operation of the mill, at the same time as ongoing control and history are displayed.

“We are creating a modern, high tech workplace where focus is on productivity, technology and constant improvements, as well as a workplace that will continue to be appealing and attract the best possible operators in the future,” concludes Anders Rönnqvist.
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

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Heidelberg successfully recertified for quality and environmental management  (Company news)

-High quality and environmental standard confirmed once again to new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
-All worldwide production and development locations positively assessed by certification company

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has successfully completed recertification to the new management system standards ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. This means that all production and development locations worldwide together with their marketing, product management, development, procurement, production and service functions as well as their support processes along the entire value chain have been successfully recertified.

The audit was carried out by the well-known certification company DQS GmbH (German Organization for the Certification of Management Systems), which for its part is authorized by the national accreditation body DAkkS GmbH (German Accreditation Body) in Berlin.

Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer (photo): “With the recertifications to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, we are underlining the fact that Heidelberg stands for maximum quality and sustainability."
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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Expanded applications with new Valmet Optical Consistency Transmitters  (Company news)

Valmet Optical Consistency Transmitter (Valmet OC) has gained a deserved reputation for accuracy, reliability and ease of installation since its introduction four years ago. Now Valmet introduces three new models for applications that have been particularly challenging for inline optical consistency transmitters in the past. This includes measurement of eucalyptus pulp, recycled fiber and chemical pulps.

"Valmet's continuous development expands reliable consistency measurement applications. Sharing the same basic components and modules, each new transmitter has a probe and total consistency measurement method optimized for use in special process environment i.e. recycled fiber," says Heikki Föhr, Product Manager, Valmet.

Eucalyptus pulp applications
Eucalyptus pulp has different optical properties compared to other pulps; which has led to the design of the special optical sensor and measurement method of the Valmet OCE. Results with the new transmitter in several commercial installations have already been successful in applications where competing inline optical transmitters have failed. A typical application is the control of LC-refiner feed consistency, where improved refiner freeness results and reduced specific energy consumption have been reported.

OCC and RCF applications
OCC and RCF processes are a challenge for any measuring device, where sand, metal and other contaminants as well as non-organic fillers are present. The Valmet OCR features a robust probe to survive the harsh physical environment and a measurement that tolerates the ash variations that prevent the use of other inline optical consistency transmitters. Installations in OCC processes before coarse screening have proved the probe's robustness and the total consistency measurement accuracy is excellent throughout the stock preparation area even with wide ash variations.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Mouvent enjoys sensational debut at Labelexpo 2017 with its groundbreaking digital print innovations  (Company news)

Mouvent created a splash at its first ever Labelexpo with its range of innovative label printing solutions. These included two all-new, high-productivity UV label presses (LB701-UV and LB702-UV) and a groundbreaking digital inkjet label press (LB702-WB) that represents a ‘game changer’ in the industry, using only 100% water-based Mouvent™ Inks.

Photo: The Mouvent booth was packed throughout the four-day event and visitors were impressed with what they saw

“We are immensely proud to introduce Mouvent to the world and to unveil our innovative technology,” said Simon Rothen, CEO of Mouvent. “There was huge interest in Mouvent throughout the whole of Labelexpo and it was a pleasure for us to meet so many people who recognized the enormous potential of our technology for their businesses.”

Stars of the show
The company was one of the main talking points of Labelexpo. The Mouvent booth was packed for the duration of the trade show, and there was considerable interest from media.
Live demos of the technology ran daily and the machines performed to the high expectations.

The three new label printers showcased at Labelexpo can all print up to 7 colors on a large variety on substrates – paper, self-adhesive and wet-glue labelstock as well as flexible materials – at production speeds of up to 100 m/min with a native resolution of 1200x1200 and optical 2000 dpi.

The LB701-UV mini label press is the smallest high-productivity label press on the market with a very low TCO, and was configured with in-line rotary die-cutting and slitting. The LB702-UV label press was exhibited in a roll-to-roll set-up and is set to be the most productive UV digital label press in the narrow web segment. The LB702-WB label press meanwhile represents a real paradigm shift in high-volume label production – 100% free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and 100% food-safe, it is now possible to produce long- lasting, high-quality, eye-catching labels, using an environmentally friendly food-safe printing method, all at a very economical cost.

“At the end of the day, what matters most to people is the machines themselves,” said Martin van Waeyenberge, Marketing & Sales Manager, Label Machines at Mouvent. “The fact that people could see them in action was important, because it makes the potential of this incredible technology come to life. From Labelexpo alone we generated several hundred leads with prospects who want to know more about the machines.”

The innovative MouventTM Cluster in action
The innovative MouventTM Cluster – which is the base building block for all Mouvent machines – was a constant source of conversation at the booth.

The MouventTM Cluster is a radical new approach, which uses clusters instead of fixed-size print bars by color, arranging them in a modular, scalable matrix. The result is one system that can be simply adapted for all substrates, of all widths, for all markets and applications.

“It really was an honor to be in at the same venue with so many leading lights in this industry, and we are delighted that Mouvent generated so much interest,” said Piero Pierantozzi, co-founder of Mouvent. “We know that the MouventTM Cluster technology represents a genuine change in print head integration and it was so rewarding to be able to show its potential to people in the industry. We very much look forward now to deploy this technology throughout the various markets and segments in the weeks and months ahead.”
(Mouvent AG)

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Lecta launches a new Metalvac sample collection  (Company news)

The most detailed information in the three main applications of the extensive Metalvac range.

The new Metalvac metallized paper sample collection also debuts the slogan "Let it shine", which serves as the backbone for the entire communication campaign and is an invitation to get to know the versatility of the product range on the covers of the three catalogs that make up the collection.

With a minimalist, elegant design, the new collection contains three catalogs, one for each of Metalvac's main applications:
- Wet-glue Labels: labels for beer and beverages.
- Pressure-sensitive Labels: papers designed for self-adhesive.
- Tobacco & Packaging Range​: inner-liners for cigarette packets, gift-wrap paper, wrappers for chocolate and food products in general.

The catalogs, available in English, Spanish, Italian and French, contain general information about the range, and technical specifications as well as samples of all the products.

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The magic is set to repeat itself: new MBO K80 at Ipex  (Company news)

At Ipex folding machine manufacturer MBO will be presenting its latest K80 combi folding machine model at the Friedheim show stand. The K80 is suitable for the 70 cm x 100 cm format range. It can be used to produce signatures, flyers and similar in medium-sized, industrial print run lengths. The machine runs at speeds of up to 230 m/min (755 fpm), and offers a comprehensive range of standard equipment and multiple automation options.

The K80 fits perfectly into the new product range of MBO combi folding machines for the 70 cm x 100 cm size range. It closes the gap between the manual K70 and the K8RS, the world's fastest folding machine.

The new K80 was presented to the public in June at the Baumann Label and Finishing Days in Solms (Germany). At Ipex, taking place from 31 October to 03 November in Birmingham (UK), the automated version with six buckle plates, palletized feeder and A700 delivery will be on show. Signatures of 32 pages in DIN A5 final size will be produced.

Despite declining visitor numbers, Friedheim has a stand area of 195 m² making it one of the largest exhibitors at this year's trade show. Mark Bristow, Managing Director at Friedheim comments: "We decided to go with a much larger stand this year due to the current demand for our equipment. With shorter runs, the requirements for automation, the consolidation of various businesses and the need to be more economical with their workflow, our customers look to us to give them the best advice and best equipment to meet these challenges."

Stuart Bamford, National Sales Manager – Post-Press at Friedheim adds: "Ipex is the perfect venue to launch the MBO K80 folder for the UK market, we did it last time with the M80 and it turned out really well for us, we hope to recapture some of the magic this year too."
(MBO Maschinenbau Oppenweiler Binder GmbH & Co KG)

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Label markets set for steady growth  (Company news)

The label printing market is set to expand at an average of 2.8% year on year to yield a total value of $39.50 billion in 2022.

Exclusive provisional data from the Smithers Pira report The Future of Label Printing to 2022 shows that in 2017 this market is worth $34.46 billion globally. Over the next five years, market growth will expand at an average of 2.8% year on year to yield a total value of $39.50 billion in 2022.

This contrasts with an annual growth rate of just 1.2% in the wider print market, as traditional end-use applications see margins eroded by electronic media. Labels, like packaging are more resilient in the face of this threat, and there is still significant commercial potential especially in newer markets where population are still making the transition to buying more labelled products.

With over 465 billion A4 sheet equivalents in 2017, Asia is today 46% of worldwide label market by volume. Above average growth will push this to 48% by the end of the Smithers Pira study period. The only region with higher annual expansion across this period is the nascent African market, but even by 2022 it share will be less than 4% of global supply.

There is still potential for new business in mature markets however. Both the US and EU are set to implement new labelling obligation for pharmaceutical supply chains. In the latter case this is occurring via the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), which will be introduced in Europe in 2018. It will require each individual pack to carry a prescribed unique identifier in a prescribed 2D data matrix format. Tamper evidence features, which are often integrated into label materials for packaging like folding cartons – will also be mandatory under this law.

Narrow-web label printers have pioneered the use of digital (toner and inkjet systems) across the past decade, and this trend is far from exhausted with new high volume machines be launched every year. The value share of digital printing is now 29.3%, up from 20.8% in 2012 – this will rise to 35.6% in 2022. In volume terms the shares are lower 13.0% in 2017, and 17.9% in 2022 – reflecting digital’s concentration in shorter run, higher value applications.

Many print service providers are now adopting a hybrid working approach and progressively channelling work onto digital presses as their productivity increases and the average run lengths demanded by customers declines.

Significantly within digital the growth rate for toner printing will be relatively low around 1.0% per year, while the value of inkjet work will grow at 16.5% per year across the same period. For analogue presses reasonable expansion is predicted for sheetfed and coldest litho; although the later process is confined to higher volume low value prints.

Within its analysis of label formats, Smithers Pira shows that pressure sensitive labels are the dominant product. These have a 58% market share by value in 2017; and above average growth will see this increase progressively across the next five years. There will also be new demand for sleeves and in-mould labels, while the market share for wet-glue labels will fall.
(Smithers Pira)

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Mimaki introduces new CF22-1225 flatbed cutting plotter   (Company news)

Turnkey solution makes delivery of short-run signs & displays and samples faster, easier and more profitable, in combination with JFX200-2513 flatbed printer and ArtiosCAD

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced the launch of the Mimaki CF22-1225 flatbed cutting plotter. The new cutting solution handles materials as large as 1220x2440 mm and is the ideal complement to the Mimaki JFX200-2513 for on-demand production of seasonal POP displays or exhibit components. With the addition of ArtiosCAD Designer Solution software, the two machines make a complete print-and-cut workflow for creating custom packaging or prototypes. Together, these three components will set sign & display graphics professionals on the path to delivering more profitable short-run, print-and-cut jobs.

“We have brought to bear our extensive knowledge of cutting solutions in the development of the new CF22-1225 cutting table,” says Ronald Van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Combined with the JFX200-2513 flatbed UV inkjet printer and ArtiosCAD, this offering is an ideal end-to-end solution for cutting and creasing coated cardboard, as well as reciprocating cutting of foam material used for packing.

Van den Broek continues, “In addition, Mimaki UV LED inks can print on a variety of materials, including uncoated substrates, with vibrant full-colour results. Whether organisations are developing sophisticated short-run signs and display graphics, creating packaging mock-ups or samples, handling special requests for small lot furniture, or simply creating and producing designs on demand, this solution will not disappoint. It enables businesses to deliver high-value, high-margin premium services. At the same time, the solution can reduce the need to turn down projects or outsource work.

ID Cut function in RasterLink6 plus software
The latest version of the widely used Mimaki RasterLink RIP software includes an ID Cut function to make printing and cutting easier and faster. In addition to registration marks, RasterLink6 plus software can include a barcode on the print. This barcode, read by the crop mark sensor on the CF22-1225, contains cutting and rotation information allowing the automation of the cutting process. This function is particularly useful when running nested print-cut jobs, as the cutter continuously reads the data for both single and combined jobs.
RasterLink6 plus software also includes the FineCut plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, allowing a convenient print preview to minimise errors prior to the print-and-cut operation. In addition, a wide variety of selectable cutting tools allows cutting of industrial materials such as acrylic, foam and rubber with a thickness of up to 55 mm.

Fast turnaround for special projects
By implementing the complete print-and-cut workflow, companies will be able to process orders, from design through finishing, in a highly integrated manner. Customers can be confident that their service provider can produce high quality, short-run and fully designed packaging or signs & display graphics.

The Mimaki CF22-1225 is expected to be available at the end of 2017.
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

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Xeikon terminates Trillium liquid toner program  (Company news)

Xeikon announced that it has terminated its Trillium liquid toner development project. The technology, first demonstrated at drupa 2016 in the Trillium One press, has encountered several challenges in bringing it to market as a commercial product. As a result, the decision has been made to re-focus resources and efforts where the company can add the most value and leverage its strengths in delivering exceptional customer solutions.

“We continuously review our portfolio and we are confident the segments we operate can be well served with our current dry toner technology and the newly launched Panther UV inkjet technology. With our dry toner technology, we will continue our focus on both the packaging and document businesses, as well as specialty segments where we bring significant value including security printing and wall décor,” stated Benoit Chatelard, President and CEO Digital Solutions, Flint Group.

Chatelard pointed out that Xeikon has positioned itself as a technology-agnostic provider, advising customers as to the most appropriate technology for their needs. “Changing market dynamics but mainly ongoing technical issues in developing the liquid toner technology, including press uptime issues, encouraged us to take this difficult decision, and to communicate it to the marketplace in the straightforward, no-nonsense approach we have always taken,” he added. “Our core vision remains supporting high volume, high quality, high value business for our customers in the graphic arts market and security printing.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

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Boutwell Owens Installs First Highcon Beam in the USA  (Company news)

Living up to their slogan of “130 years of innovation” Boutwell Owens & Co. Inc. have just completed the installation of the USA’s first Highcon Beam digital cutting and creasing machine at their site in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The top-of-the-line Highcon machine has taken its place in the company’s highly successful digital packaging production suite alongside the Highcon Euclid II. The addition of the Highcon Beam, which brings digital finishing to the heart of mainstream folding carton production by addressing runs of up to 15,000 sheets, reaffirms Boutwell Owens’ vision of leading the industry’s digital transformation.

According to Bill Lorenz, V.P Operations, “The Highcon Beam will take our existing capabilities to new heights. With the Highcon Euclid, our customers are already reaping the benefits of production flexibility in terms of supply chain support and the ability to order just what is needed, when it’s needed, not to mention the highly creative designs that were impossible before. With the Highcon Beam we will be able to extend those advantages to longer run lengths, and bring these capabilities to market segments and customers that were beyond the Euclid’s reach.”

Ron Kukla, Highcon Sales Director, Americas, said “Boutwell Owens has proven to the market just what Highcon digital technology is capable of and made a name for themselves especially in the ability to deliver high quality short run packaging with rapid turnaround. The addition of the Highcon Beam to complement their conventional manufacturing capability will allow them to apply the same benefits to high volume production.”

With a speed of up to 5,000 sheets per hour, the Highcon Beam was developed as a robust solution to the challenges facing folding carton converters and print service providers, replacing the expensive and slow conventional die-making and setup process with a high speed digital technology, Once integrated into the mainstream folding carton production environment, the Beam will bring the responsiveness, flexibility and efficiency that have been missing in the conventional market and will allow Boutwell Owens to successfully meet the demanding requirements of their clients and brands.

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Modern Commander CL to mark the 50th anniversary of the company  (Company news)

Right on time for the 50th anniversary of its founding, Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen celebrated the official inauguration of an ultra-modern Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer together with more than 300 guests of honour. The installation of this new newspaper press has practically doubled print capacity. Managing director Jochen Grossmann: “With Koenig & Bauer, we have a very dependable partner at our side. All the work over the past months was completed professionally, punctually and to our fullest satisfaction.” This was the largest single investment in the history of the company, which not only publishes newspapers such as the Gelnhäuser Neue Zeitung (GNZ), Mittelhessen-Boten and Neuer Markt, but also handles jobs for numerous external customers.

Festive event with prominent guests of honour Auxiliary bishop Professor Dr. Karlheinz Diez, provost Bernd Böttner and Kolping General Praeses Msgr. Ottmar Dillenburg blessed the new press line. Company founder Ehrhard Naumann pressed the button on the console of the Commander CL to start production of an anniversary edition. The guests of honour included also the Hessian state economics minister Tarek Al-Wazir, the deputy president of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers and chairman of the board of the MADSACK Media Group, Thomas Düffert, and the president of the Federation of German Free-Ad Publications, Alexander Lenders.

The Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer comprises two double-width four-high towers for 4/4 production, a KF 5 jaw folder and two Pastomat reelstands with Patras M reel handling. It can print up to 90,000 full-colour newspapers per hour.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

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Xeikon appoints Dr. Vlad Sljapic as Vice President Global Sales  (Company news)

A thought leader with extensive hands-on experience in digital printing, bringing impressive skills to the organization

Xeikon announced that Dr. Vlad Sljapic (photo) has joined the management team as Vice President Global Sales, effective October 1st. In his role, Vlad will lead Xeikon’s worldwide sales organization and expand the company’s global strategic sales efforts in the digital printing market.

“We are pleased to welcome Vlad to our company. As we work to build a broader team to continuously grow our market share and expand our worldwide sales organization, the profound knowledge and competence that Vlad brings will help us in even better executing our strategy,” stated Benoit Chatelard, President & CEO Digital Solutions, Flint Group.

“Xeikon is one of the leading brands of digital print world and holds an impressive portfolio of dedicated workflow, digital printing and converting solutions which are constantly growing - a recent entry of Xeikon into UV inkjet is a testament to that trend. Joining the company at these exciting times is a great honour - to be invited to lead the sales organisation and join them in striving for even greater success,” Sljapic commented.

Sljapic holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management, he read for a Ph.D. in nanotechnology applied to inkjet printable electronics. He subsequently held a variety of Research Fellowship posts in the UK, working on a string of projects in molecule-sized sensor development and biomedical lab-on-a-chip research. He completed an MBA focused on digital printing in 2013.

As off 2004, Sljapic held a number of management roles in the digital printing arena, including in R&D, Global Product Management, Marketing, Sales and General Management. Most recently he was running the EMEA business for the Domino Digital Printing division prior to joining Xeikon.
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

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Waste from paper and pulp industry supplies raw material for the development of new ...  (Company news)

...redox flow batteries

Use of renewable resources for the more efficient generation of sustainable energies / Focus on electrosynthesis

Photo: A researcher setting up a flow electrolysis experiment, photo/©: Alexander Sell

With the increasing use of renewable energies, stabilizing electricity networks is becoming an ever greater challenge. Redox flow batteries could represent a major contribution to solving this problem. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) are participating in a joint project that aims to develop new electrolytes for redox flow batteries based on lignin, which is a waste product of the wood pulp manufacturing process. The Mainz-based team of chemists and their partners in industry and the academic world are thus working towards identifying renewable raw materials that will allow a more efficient generation of sustainable energies. To date, the metal vanadium has been mainly used in flow batteries but its availability is limited and it is also expensive. For Professor Siegfried Waldvogel’s team at the JGU Institute of Organic Chemistry, this project provides them with access to a new research field in which they can bring to bear their many years of expertise in the sector of electrochemistry.

The aim of the researchers is to produce suitable redox pairs that can be used in redox flow batteries from lignin, the substance that provides for stability in wood and plants in general. These redox pairs are charged in the electrolyte of flow batteries and are then stored in separate tanks. When required, they are subsequently recombined in a galvanic cell to generate energy. "By subjecting the waste sludge from paper and pulp production to electrochemical decomposition we can obtain quinones, which we can then further process so they are suitable for use in organic batteries," explained Waldvogel. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture to January 2019.
Electrosynthesis makes green chemistry more viable

"We are placing increasing emphasis on electrosynthesis here in Mainz," added Waldvogel, who has been working on firmly establishing this field of research at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since 2010. Over the last three years, his team has attracted some EUR 4 million of funding for new projects in this field. In simplified terms, electrosynthesis involves the use of electrical current as a kind of reagent, whereby the corresponding electrons are employed for the oxidation or reduction of organic substances. This process is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the usage of conventional reagents assuming the electricity is generated from renewable resources. "The electrification of chemical synthesis is currently a really hot topic and the expectation is that this will revolutionize industrial production worldwide in future," Waldvogel continued.

So far, only a few electrosynthesis-based techniques for synthesizing molecules on an industrial scale have proved practicable. One of the recent achievements of Professor Siegfried Waldvogel’s team is the development of a method that makes it possible to synthesize the flavoring agent vanillin from waste wood. In addition, this technique also enables the researchers to generate more rapidly certain adjuvant substances that can be used for chemical reactions. One particular success is a technique developed in collaboration with Novartis for the modification of a pharmaceutical component: after conventional methods proved ineffective, the researchers in Mainz were able to generate the product merely by means of electrochemical transformation.

For Waldvogel, the potential of electrosynthesis goes beyond simply the production of flavoring agents, fragrances, and active agents; he considers it can also be used to manufacture special products for the agrochemical industry as well as molecules that will be of interest to materials science. Thanks to the technique, it is often possible to abridge many of the phases of conventional synthesis processes. In addition, the method reduces dependence on scarce raw materials that are usually required to produce the necessary chemical reagents. The prototypes of the flow electrolyzers employed in the team’s laboratory for electrochemical reactions were designed and constructed in JGU’s own workshop.
(Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

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LEIPA and Jacob Jürgensen sign cooperation agreement to strengthen overseas sales of LEIPA's...  (Company news)

... corrugated papers

LEIPA Group GmbH, Schwedt/Oder, Germany, and Jacob Jürgensen Papier und Zellstoff GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, signed a cooperation agreement with effect from 1 October 2017, on the marketing of LEIPA’s corrugated papers in oversea regions.

Jacob Jürgensen is a leading internationally active trading company with 135 years of experience on the world’s markets. JJ, with its headquarters based in Hamburg and offices and partners all over the world, serves customers in Europe and overseas.
It focusses on full-service packages ranging from product consultation via logistics to warehouse solutions.

Peter Probst, CEO of LEIPA Group said: “We were able to find a renowned trading partner in Jacob Jürgensen for the sale of LEIPA liner. In addition to its customer contacts and distribution expertise - JJ offers mainly a high product-related understanding.
That is an asset which our customers highly appreciate. One of the key objectives of the cooperation is to offer customers both in the markets of North Africa, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and in South-East Asia, a highly professional market cultivation.
For the launch of PM 5 in 2018, it opens up another chance for LEIPA to not only focus on key European markets, but to also achieve a structured and global distribution of the additional capacity of white top testliner”.

Jacob Jürgensen and LEIPA share the background of a long company tradition and the independence of successful and reliable family-owned enterprises. Both companies know each other from their cooperation at the time when LEIPA acquired the Schwedt site.
Customers have learned to very much appreciate the added values resulting from this partnership.

Stefan Prodöhl, Managing Partner of Jacob Jürgensen said: "We are once again able to expand our product portfolio thanks to the close cooperation with LEIPA. It allows us to offer our customers a larger product range from a one-stop shop.
Our customers will benefit from the cooperation and we will strengthen our market position. The cooperation we have just started falls in line with our successful cooperation with LEIPA in the 90s."

After having acquired a 49 % share in the traditional Hamburg based company Gratenau & Hesselbacher at the beginning of 2017, LEIPA takes another step to strengthen its global distribution network.
For Jacob Jürgensen, this cooperation means, in return, an expansion of its portfolio by uncoated and coated white top testliner from one of the most renowned liner manufacturers.
(LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH)

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Xerium Introduces Maximus Press Felt Technology Portfolio - Engineered for Faster Start-up, ...  (Company news)

...Wider Operational Window and Extended Life

Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently introduced Maximus - a totally new portfolio of press felt technology for today’s most demanding press positions.

Maximus’ single-base structure design with lower fabric caliper delivers immediate start-up without the typical long break-in periods often required for conventional technology.

In addition, its innovative drainage channels and special warp-bound weave concept provide maximum dimensional stability and compaction resistance which ensures high-performance dewatering, longer running life and excellent end-product quality. Maximus technology is ideal for machines producing containerboard, packaging, and graphical paper grades.

“Maximus is already producing great operational results on the most demanding machines in the world,” said Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “We are delighted to see our customers experiencing tangible financial benefits from this new product portfolio with improved machine performance, enhanced operating range and overall lower cost-per-ton.”
(Xerium Technologies Inc.)

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BillerudKorsnäs: Good demand and stable results  (Company news)

CEO Per Lindberg (photo) comments on the development during Q3 2017:

“We experienced a very strong market in the quarter, resulting in positive sales performance. Net sales were up 3% and volumes were up 1% on last year. Overall, we have had some difficulties with production availability in recent quarters, so we have established a new organisation to work proactively on both availability and quality at our facilities. I am confident that this will generate results over the coming years.

Looking ahead, market conditions appear encouraging, and we see good opportunities for continued growth. In the longer term, we will have additional support from increasing demand for sustainable packaging solutions. In this respect, our major investments, which will start to deliver in 2018 and 2019, will make a significant positive contribution to our growth on this market.”

EBITDA in the quarter was SEK 1 051 million and we experienced positive sales performance on the back of a strong market in Europe and increased demand in China and the rest of Asia. The slightly higher volumes, combined with higher prices, offset negative currency movements. During the quarter, our Karlsborg production unit was affected by a production shutdown due to a fire, which had an approximately SEK 35 million impact on earnings. The fire was put out quickly and there were no injuries to personnel, but it caused extensive damage to cabling in an adjacent area. The damage has been repaired and Karlsborg’s production is running according to plan once again.

The business areas delivered stable earnings. Consumer Board recorded its highest cartonboard sales volumes since Billerud and Korsnäs merged. Within Corrugated Solutions, Managed Packaging posted sales growth of almost 50 percent compared to last year.

The market for all business areas is expected to remain strong over the next quarter. We are seeing favourable order levels and opportunities for further price increases. It is uncertain, however, how large the price increases may be.

In the longer term, this positive picture is being further strengthened by growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions, particularly regarding alternatives to plastic. Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time and we are therefore seeing a greater focus on regulation to counter unnecessary use of plastic. This is strengthening our competitiveness as opportunities to replace less sustainable solutions are growing.

Efficiency is a cornerstone of our strategy. Our approach to efficiency is about doing things right, and having efficient processes and practices. It is our customers who principally determine what are the right things to do. That’s why we are increasingly focusing on developing and harmonising our working practices by strengthening group-wide functions within our production organisation. This relates in particular to minimising production disruptions and ensuring our products maintain consistently high quality.

Another aspect of this is structural. Our two major investment projects, a new board machine at Gruvön and a world-leading MG centre at Skärblacka, not only demonstrate our ambition of meeting the market’s growing needs with efficient board and paper machines. We have also demonstrated our ability to create a production system that is efficient both in terms of its overall structure and its constituent parts. This is in order to supply our current and future customers with the highest-quality sustainable packaging materials and solutions. These projects are proceeding to schedule and we are looking forward to the start-ups; spring 2018 for Skärblacka and spring 2019 for Gruvön.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

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Successful trade fair in the growing labeling market  (Company news)

-Great deal of customer interest in the label solutions from Gallus at the Labelexpo 2017
-Numerous orders for the new Gallus Labelfire digital label press
-Customers impressed by the new Gallus Labelmaster press platform; a large amount of orders have been placed
-The labeling market is an important part of the Heidelberg growth strategy

Photo: Full house at Gallus at the Labelexpo 2017: Customers were impressed by the new Gallus Labelmaster press platform and have placed a large amount of orders.

The labeling market is one of the largest growth segments in the printing industry. The demand for digitally printed labels in particular is recording extremely dynamic and sustained growth. The level of customer interest in the latest labeling solutions from Gallus, a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), was thus very high at this year’s Labelexpo trade fair in Brussels at the end of September. Numerous orders for the Gallus Labelfire digital label press as well as for the new Gallus Labelmaster platform are evidence of Heidelberg’s leading role in this market segment. “The labeling market is an important part of our growth strategy,” explained Rainer Hundsdörfer, the company’s CEO. “We’re focusing on the globally increasing demand for labels, produced both digitally or in the conventional way. We’re convinced that our Gallus range will provide a great amount of potential for Heidelberg.”

Closer dovetailing of the Gallus organization and the Heidelberg Group will also play its part. For example, important technological components are already being developed jointly in Heidelberg and St. Gallen, some of which are produced at the Heidelberg site in Wiesloch-Walldorf. The new service provisions from Gallus are fully in line with Industry 4.0 – they facilitate higher machine availability for label printers. Gallus and Heidelberg are working together on numerous concrete projects which will bring digitization in the companies forward and offer customers actual added value. For example, in the event of a service request, the Gallus mCall product automates the transfer of machine data to the Gallus service organization, enabling a noticeably faster response time and problem solving process.

Gallus customers also benefit from the virtually completed integration of the Gallus sales and service organizations into the Heidelberg Group. They have a global, blanket coverage network of local Heidelberg service organizations at their disposal, which ensures rapid on-site service.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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Smurfit Kappa invests $62m in advanced and sustainable technology in the Los Reyes Paper Mill,...   (Company news)


Smurfit Kappa Mexico has invested US $62 million in a new machine which began operating recently in the Los Reyes Paper Mill, north of Mexico City.

The PM6 machine, which has a production capacity of 100,000 tons of recycled containerboard per year, will facilitate greater integration within the Group’s converting plants and significantly increase the energy efficiency of the Los Reyes plant.

The investment will enable Smurfit Kappa Mexico to produce high performance containerboard, contributing to the company's competitiveness in an ever-growing packaging market. The type of material produced by PM6 further strengthens Smurfit Kappa’s offering for the agricultural and electrical appliance sectors, where protecting products in the supply chain is key.

PM6 is one of Smurfit Kappa´s largest investments in Mexico in recent years and an important milestone for the company. Investment in PM6, in addition to the US$33.2 million that has been already invested in the Mexican converting plant modernization project, demonstrates Smurfit Kappa’s long-term commitment to Mexico and consolidates SKG’s position as the leading supplier of paper-based packaging in the Americas.
(Smurfit Kappa Mexico)

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New Generation of FAG HEATER Heating Devices  (Company news)

High performance, intuitive operation, and safety for rolling bearings

With its latest generation of FAG HEATER heating devices, Schaeffler is setting new standards in the mounting of rolling bearings. These new HEATER devices are equipped with a Delta-T control as standard, which uses two sensors to continuously measure the temperature difference between the inner and outer side of the component being heated during the heating process. Damage caused by preloading in the workpiece is prevented, as the device’s output is reduced shortly before a preset maximum temperature difference is reached, which gives the heavier outer ring enough time to expand to the required extent. This makes the Delta-T control a particularly safe solution for rolling bearings. The heating process can also be started with a time delay via remote control in order to provide increased safety for the mounting personnel.

Easy to operate
The user-friendly menu is available in over 20 languages. Using the intuitive touchscreen, the user can select from four different heating methods. The system additionally allows the heating process to be documented, favorites lists to be created, and heating curves to be graphically illustrated.

Faster heating saves energy
Thanks to the optimizations made to the devices’ performance capability, their efficiency has now been increased from 0.23 to values of up to 0.9. This reduces the heating time and energy consumption, which in turn means lower operating costs. The even and controlled heating process is made 30 to 50 percent faster by a microprocessor-controlled system of electronics.

The new FAG HEATER devices are used in the wind power, steel, and paper industries as well as numerous other sectors. A broad range of bearing sizes – from bores of 15 millimeters through to outside diameters of up to two meters – can be heated using this range of devices, which includes both table units and floor units. Besides conventional rolling bearings, these devices can also be used to heat clutches, gears, and other ferromagnetic components quickly and safely.
(Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG)

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Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - September 30, 2017: Growth continued in the Paper business line  (Company news)

...- Valmet's profitability improved

July-September 2017: Comparable EBITA margin increased to 7.9 percent
-Orders received decreased to EUR 743 million (EUR 788 million).
-----Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy, and Automation business lines.
-----Orders received increased in China and South America and decreased in North America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
-Net sales increased to EUR 748 million (EUR 685 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line and decreased in the Automation business line.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 59 million (EUR 52 million) and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.9 percent (7.5%).
-----Profitability improved due to higher net sales and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.20 (EUR 0.17).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -6 million (EUR -2 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 78 million (EUR 122 million).

Photo: Valmet President and CEO Pasi Laine

January-September 2017: Orders received increased 11 percent
-Orders received increased to EUR 2,544 million (EUR 2,282 million).
-----Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Automation business line and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
------Orders received increased in China, Asia-Pacific and North America and decreased in South America and EMEA.
-Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 2,223 million (EUR 2,141 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Paper business line and remained at the previous year's level in the other business lines.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 150 million (EUR 140 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 6.8 percent (6.5%).
-----Profitability improved due to higher gross profit and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.54 (EUR 0.46).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -5 million (EUR -5 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 203 million (EUR 158 million).

Valmet reiterates its guidance for 2017
Valmet reiterates its guidance presented on April 12, 2017, in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 2,926 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 196 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
The global upswing in economic activity is strengthening, with global growth projected to rise to 3.6 percent in 2017 and 3.7 percent in 2018. Broad-based upward revisions in the euro area, Japan, emerging Asia, emerging Europe, and Russia more than offset downward revisions for the United States and the United Kingdom. While the baseline outlook is strengthening, growth remains weak in many countries, and inflation is below target in most advanced economies. And while short-term risks are broadly balanced, medium-term risks are still tilted to the downside. (International Monetary Fund, October 10, 2017)

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

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

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Continued growth in the Paper business line and improvement in profitability
"The market activity has been high especially in the Paper business line, where orders received for the last 12 months exceed EUR 1 billion. Both Board and Paper, and Tissue have enjoyed exceptionally high levels of activity, and particularly China, followed by North America and EMEA, have been good markets for us. In addition to the Paper business line, we have been able to grow orders received in our stable business, meaning Services and Automation business lines. In January-September, Valmet's orders received have increased by 11 percent.

In the third quarter of 2017, Valmet's Comparable EBITA margin was 7.9 percent. This is the highest quarterly margin since becoming an independent company, and close to the lower end of our long-term margin target of 8-10 percent. However, the 6.8 percent margin for the first nine months of the year shows that there is still room for improvement.

Valmet was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth consecutive year and reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe. These achievements indicate Valmet's strong focus and consistent progress in sustainability. Inclusion in these indices is an acknowledgement to our 12,000 employees globally, as our world-leading sustainability performance is the result of their daily work. Sustainability is at the core of Valmet's business, and we will continue the systematic work through our sustainability agenda."
(Valmet Corporation)

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Graphic Packaging to Create a $6 Billion Integrated Paper-Based Packaging Company ...  (Company news)

... by Combining with International Paper's North America Consumer Packaging Business

-Graphic Packaging will create a leading integrated paper-based packaging company with approximately $6 billion of revenue and $1 billion of EBITDA post-synergies
-Expands existing and builds new platforms for integrated growth in SBS foodservice markets and folding carton converting
-International Paper Company's North America Consumer Packaging business valued at $1.8 billion
-Targeting $75 million in synergies by the end of year three
-Valuation of 8.6x Adjusted EBITDA and 6.3x Adjusted EBITDA post-synergies based on $210 million of Adjusted 2017 Estimated EBITDA
-Projected to be accretive to earnings in year one
-Transaction structured as a new partnership comprised of Graphic Packaging's existing businesses and International Paper Company's North America Consumer Packaging business. Graphic Packaging Holding Company will own 79.5 percent of the partnership and will be the sole operator. International Paper will own 20.5 percent of the partnership
-No change to Graphic Packaging's current Board of Directors or leadership team

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK) will create a $6 billion paper-based packaging company by forming a new partnership comprised of Graphic Packaging's existing businesses and International Paper's (NYSE: IP) North America Consumer Packaging business. Graphic Packaging Holding Company will own 79.5 percent of the partnership and will be the sole operator. International Paper will own 20.5 percent of the partnership, equivalent to a $1.14 billion value. The partnership will assume $660 million of International Paper debt. There will be no change to Graphic Packaging's current Board of Directors or leadership team.

The transaction will be completed at a compelling EV/Adjusted EBITDA multiple of 8.6x, pre-synergies, and 6.3x, post-synergies. International Paper will have a 2-year lock-up on the monetization of their partnership interest and cannot purchase GPK shares for a period of 5 years, subject to limited exceptions.

International Paper's North America Consumer Packaging business is a $1.6 billion revenue leading producer of solid bleached sulfate (SBS) paperboard and paper-based foodservice products globally. The business includes two SBS mills located in Augusta, Georgia and Texarkana, Texas with annual production capacity of 1.2 million tons of SBS, three converting facilities in the U.S. and one in the U.K., with the capacity to convert 250,000 tons of SBS paperboard into over 24 billion units of paper-based cups and cylindrical containers. The business is projected to generate Adjusted EBITDA of $210 million in 2017.

"We are excited about the platform for future growth created by this combination," said President and CEO Michael Doss. "We expect the transaction will significantly increase our mill production and converting scale, meaningfully increase our exposure to the growing foodservice market, provide significant runway to realize synergies, and drive strong financial results."

"The $75 million in synergies is compelling and will be driven by cost reductions, increased paperboard integration, and procurement and mill efficiencies."

The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies. The transaction is subject to standard closing requirements and regulatory review and is expected to close in early 2018.

Graphic Packaging's financial adviser was BofA Merrill Lynch and Alston & Bird LLP acted as legal counsel.
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

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UPM Paper ENA plans to reduce graphic paper capacity and optimize operations to increase ...  (Company news)


In light of the global market situation for graphic papers, and to sustain its competitiveness and leading position in the market, UPM Paper ENA plans to:
-optimize operations at its UPM Nordland Papier and UPM NorService units in Dörpen, Germany, Europe's biggest fine paper site. Streamlining internal processes and investing in automation will enable a sustainable improvement of the fixed cost structure.
-permanently close paper machine 5 at UPM Blandin in Minnesota, United States, reducing the annual capacity by approximately 128,000 tons of coated magazine paper in response to overcapacities in the North American paper market. The closure is expected to be completed by end of Q1 2018 the latest. Paper production related to paper machine 6 is planned to continue at the Blandin site.

In total 223 positions are estimated to be affected by these plans in Dörpen at UPM Nordland Papier and UPM NorService. At UPM Blandin, it is estimated that 150 positions will be affected by the plans. Employment related actions in Blandin will start with immediate effect and will be handled in accordance with federal and state statutory requirements; the employee consultation process in Dörpen will start in November in line with local legislation.

UPM will recognize restructuring charges of approximately EUR 35 million as items affecting comparability in its Q4 2017 results. The planned actions will result in annual savings of approximately EUR 30 million.

"During the last years the demand for graphic papers has been declining - and the decline is expected to continue. Our employees have always given their best, even under challenging market conditions, and we regret the impact of the planned measures on our personnel in Dörpen and Blandin. However, we have to adjust our operations to prospective customer demand and continuously improve our operations to safeguard the success of UPM Paper ENA in the long run," says Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA.

"UPM Paper ENA is committed to leading our business in a sustainable manner. Consequently, the interests of our employees and of our customers are a central part of our plans. We will engage in a fair dialogue with employee representatives. At the same time we will continue delivering products of the highest quality and full service at all times during this process," says Ruud van den Berg, Senior Vice President, Magazines, Merchants and Office Business at UPM Paper ENA.
(UPM Paper ENA)

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Smartly dressed in 100 percent Swedish paper  (Company news)

A dress completely made of paper from Swedish forests and Nordic Paper. The innovation project ‘Establish locally grown textiles in Sweden’ aims at enabling textile production of raw material from the pulp industry.

Wood becomes paper, which is turned into fabrics. By using knowledge and skills from classical Swedish industries, such as Nordic Paper, wood can be refined into locally produced textiles. This gives new business opportunities for the domestic industry in Sweden and creates opportunities for a more sustainable textile industry through a range of innovative solutions across branches.

In the provinces of Värmland, there are dense forests of spruce and pine trees. This Swedish forest raw material is processed and refined into paper by Nordic Papers. The unbleached and locally grown paper is then shipped to the textile cluster in the Sjuhärad region, where it is spun into threads at SKS Textile and then turned into fabrics via knitting machines at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås. At the dyeing company Sjuhäradsbygdens Färgeri, the fabric is given a dark blue colour and is then turned into a flexible dress at Smart Textiles at the University of Borås.

This sounds almost like a fairy tale, but is actually a description of some of the results of the project ‘Establishing locally grown textiles in Sweden’ (Swedish: ENTIS) in BioInnovation, where a number of parties from the Swedish forestry, paper, and textile industry work together to achieve textile production of raw materials from the pulp industry.

“There are already textiles made of paper, but the unique thing about this project is that we have looked at the possibilities for recycling and challenge existing production and recycling techniques to achieve a circular flow. One of the greater challenges in the production of a paper fabric is to knit with the paper yarn instead of weaving with it, since paper is a relatively stiff material. It is also fun to see the collaboration of a project with parties from different branches, and I am also looking forward to see prototypes for interior purposes emerge in this project”, says Lena-Marie Jensen, team leader of ‘Design for recycling’ and project coordinator of the focus area Sustainable Textiles in Smart Textiles.

Paper – a durable and locally grown raw material

The need for textile fibres grows as the population of the earth increases (UN: 9.2 billion in 2050) and the general standard of living is higher. As people settle in cities and afford to consume more, the needs for sophisticated textiles also increase. This is why one finding of this project is that we need to take care of the raw material we have and reuse it. But there is also a need to supply new sustainable raw material that could be part of a circular flow.

- As paper producer we are proud of being part of the project. This is in line with what we do every day, working for bioeconomy. It there is a possibility to make clothes out of our paper, we are thrilled since clothes is something that everyone needs every day. This is a new and exciting way of using our paper compared to the more tradtional applications, such as sacks, bags and steel interleavingpaper, says Marie Stenquist, communication manager at Nordic Paper.

This project wants to highlight the importance of constantly investigating alternatives to cotton and synthetic fibres in order to get more resource efficient fibres, and how choices in the design process affect the product’s environmental performance. In order to solve the fibre needs of the future, we need a variety of solutions where paper could be one alternative to some products. Paper is also a bio-based material in our immediate surrounding and could be part of a closed cycle.
(Nordic Paper Åmotfors AB)

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Picture: Avery Dennison has developed a portfolio of materials designed to reduce packaging falsification and tampering in the pharmaceutical sector. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR371)

Even in a world that has become increasingly virtual and digital, safeguarding the physical integrity of some products has never been more important. The need to protect the safety of pharmaceutical products has risen in recent years, and Avery Dennison, which has been pioneering change for decades, has developed a portfolio of materials designed to reduce packaging falsification and tampering in the pharmaceutical sector.

“Drug counterfeiting is a major global problem. Patient safety is compromised by product manipulation and substitution, and manufacturers can experience damage to their brand image, sales, and revenue,” explained Gabriela Gregor, Avery Dennison’s project manager for pharmaceutical labelling. “Our products can change the game in protecting patient safety and safeguarding manufacturer reputation.”

One key product range in the portfolio is the Tamper-evident Seal Range, which, when combined with newly formulated adhesive S799P, makes tampering with cartons more difficult, and eases compliance with the EU Medicine Directive 2011/62/EU, which is designed to prevent “falsified medicines” from entering the legal prescription supply chain, and also applies to some over-the-counter products.

The Tamper-evident Seal Range joined several other innovative product collections at Labelexpo, and was featured as part of the “Change The Game” zone along with products incorporating RFID UHF and NFC wireless technologies.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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Asahi Photoproducts Brings the Future of Flexo Printing to Eurasia Packaging 2017  (Company news)

Unique Clean Transfer Technology for improved OEE, expanded presence in Turkey

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, reported that it will be attending Eurasia Packaging 2017, scheduled for Istanbul, Turkey, 25 to 28 October. The company will be located in Hall 9 Stand 910B at the show. Asahi is also proud to announce that it is expanding its regional distributor footprint at the show. In addition to Penta Matbaa Makina as a distribution partner, Asahi will also be introducing a new dealer relationship with Imeks Grup, a specialist in machines and consumables for the flexo label industry.

“We’re excited to be showing our new Clean Transfer plate portfolio at the show with two very knowledgeable dealers,” said Philip Mattelaer, Sales Manager, of Asahi. “This includes our unique Clean Transfer Technology, which enables a clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surfaces and dot shoulders of screen areas. This leads to fewer cleaning intervals and reduced press downtime, as well as significant quality improvements. Precise plate register achieved with Asahi plates ensures very high quality process printing with a fixed colour palette, minimizing the need to use and manage spot colour inks. We believe fixed color palette is the future of flexo, and we’ll be on a mission to help educate the Turkish market on its benefits!”

The Clean Transfer Technology allows a kiss-touch printing pressure setting. It makes use of low plate surface tension, made possible by a specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry, to inhibit liquid flow. The ink forms a globule, with a large contact angle and high pinning point. This results in a cleaner and more homogeneous ink transfer from plate to substrate, helping flexographic printers meet the ever-increasing quality demands of their customers. It also ensures precise register and fewer press stops for cleaning or plate changes, increasing Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)

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A new E-WIND T200 for Sofidel Spain  (Company news)

A.Celli Paper has recently concluded an order for a latest-generation rewinder model E-WIND® with the Italian group Sofidel for their facility in Buñuel, Navarra, Spain.

The tissue rewinder model E-WIND® T200, highly evolved from the point of view of design and equipped with sophisticated technological innovations, has a 5600-mm format and a working speed of 1600 mpm. The machine, whose delivered is scheduled for July 2018, will guarantee the Sofidel Group the opportunity to work and handle structured webs.

This new order by Sofidel is yet a further confirmation that A.Celli Paper is a reliable, expert and professional partner capable of walking side by side with its customers, building important relationships.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

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Toscotec grows also in the Paper & Board sector  (Company news)

Toscotec is pleased to announce an important expansion of the company’s structure of the Paper & Board division, with a new technical and commercial unit based in Orbassano, in the province of Turin, which fully integrates into the existing team.

"In order to increase the outstanding results accomplished so far in the Paper industry and to achieve the goals we have set ourselves," says Enrico Fazio, Toscotec’s Paper & Board Sales Manager “we have decided to add new skills to those acquired in almost 70 years of business.

The integration of highly qualified people, with many years of experience in the paper industry, will enable us to develop new technological solutions. As a result, we will be able to get access to increasingly more challenging projects. The reinforced P & B team will allow Toscotec to respond more quickly and efficiently to the growing market demands and to guarantee improved professional services."

Since 1948, Toscotec has been designing and manufacturing machinery for the paper industry, which stand out for quality, reliability and customer service. Today, the Paper & Board division includes a dynamic and highly skilled team, who is able to combine top-of-the-range products such as steel drying cylinders, TT XPress and TT ShortFormer with innovative and high performance technology solutions, that are applied both to existing plants and to new installations.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Toscotec achieves 200 TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryers sold worldwide  (Company news)

Only 18 years after the introduction of the first steel Yankee dryer in the market, Toscotec achieved the unheard-of result of 200 TT SYD (Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer) sold worldwide. Looking back, let us retrace the steps of this incredible journey.

Toscotec’s TT SYD: from invention to innovation.
Building on 40 years of experience in the construction of steel cylinders, in 1999 Toscotec started designing steel Yankee dryers for the tissue industry. In 2000, it launched the world's first TT SYD. With this breakthrough, Toscotec introduced a major change in the market, which was dominated at the time by cast iron dryers and used steel Yankees only for limited applications on tissue machines. It was the beginning of a technological revolution, which led to the supremacy of steel technology over cast iron.

Although the tissue industry criticized this new technology when Toscotec first introduced it, steel Yankee dryers are now acknowledged as the best drying technology for tissue and have been embraced by all major manufacturers.

Toscotec’s innovation tapped into the industry’s need for energy savings in the energy-intensive papermaking process: the use of steel instead of cast iron allowed a reduction in shell thickness that decreases thermal resistance and thus increases heat transfer. The result was higher drying capacity, achieved by increased steam condensation inside the dryer. Data obtained from steel Yankee dryer’s installations confirmed that the heat exchange coefficient and the drying capacity of steel Yankees exceed those of cast iron by more than 30%, given the same dimensions and operating pressures.

Furthermore, Toscotec’s patent technology of head insulation guarantees a further reduction in steam energy loss, an important improvement in drying efficiency.

In October 2012, Toscotec celebrated its 100th TT SYD sold worldwide. This achievement had already proven the scale of this technological innovation and the added value of Toscotec’s design, but the Italian supplier continued pursuing its strive for innovation and launched the second generation of steel Yankee dryers in 2013. This newly improved design increased TT SYD’s grooves in length and width therefore expanding the heat transfer surface, decreased the Yankee’s shell thickness and improved its linear pressure.

In 2017, Toscotec installed the biggest steel Yankee dryer ever used on a tissue machine, TT SYD-22FT with web width 5600 mm, diameter 22 feet (6705 mm). This application represents the result of the successful combination of research, development and targeted investments.Toscotec is also the only worldwide supplier to have steel Yankee dryers running in five continents.

Toscotec’s TT SYD Technology Lab.
In December 2016, Toscotec inaugurated the TT SYD Technology Lab, a new technology centre completely dedicated to the design and manufacturing of steel Yankee dryers.

Strategically located in the province of Massa Carrara near the port, to ensure easy shipping of large diameter Yankees, this fully integrated facility operates assembly, machining and finishing of TT SYD of diameters up to 26 ft.

All new Steel Yankee Dryers in Western Europe are Toscotec-supplied.
The Italian supplier sets yet another record, an unprecedented result in the tissue industry worldwide: Toscotec supplied 100% of new steel Yankee dryers currently installed in paper mills in Western Europe. The technology-obsessed European market is testament to the undeniable advantage of TT SYD’s design.

For more than 18 years, Toscotec has been the world's undisputed leader in the supply of steel Yankee dryers, boasting a market share of over 60%.

Toscotec achieves 100 TT SYDs sold in Asia.
Toscotec’s achievement in Asia is the result of its flexibility and the capability of its R&D and Engineering departments to develop steam energy-based customized solutions. Focused on the specific requirements of this market area, Toscotec developed a new line of tissue machines and energy recovery solutions, with the lowest possible energy consumptions and the potential for future implementations to increase production. Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryer is at the core of this concept: TT SYD ensures the highest drying efficiency, hence allowing paper mills to cut their energy bill significantly.

As a result, TT SYDs sold in the Asian market exceed 100 units, including Yankee replacements and complete new plants, where they are paired with Toscotec’s Yankee hoods and recovery systems based on the available energy (steam, exhaust from cogeneration, diathermic oil).

YES YANKEE DRYERS: the TOSCOTEC INFINITELife Service for Steel Yankee Dryers.
Strong of 18 years of experience on steel Yankee dryers, Toscotec Service team offers a comprehensive package of services for TT SYD, focused on regular maintenance and periodic inspections. The former aims at maintaining optimal performance and ensure their endless life. The latter consists of structural periodic checks aimed at testing and inspecting the conditions of the Yankee’s structural welds, to satisfy requirements from insurance and local authorities. A team of highly specialized professionals also offers counselling and problem shooting on water/steam quality and treatment, sharing their experience on how to best deal with this sensitive and complex aspect of the tissue making process.

Looking into the future, Toscotec is developing the new Steel Yankee Dryer, which will represent another turning point in tissue manufacturing. A great challenge for a supplier with a lustrous past. With a record-breaking 200 steel Yankee dryers sold worldwide under its belt, the Italian company has proved the superiority of its state-of-the-art TT SYD technology in today’s tissue industry.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Siegwerk acquires Van Son Liquids B.V. to further strengthen its water-based ink business  (Company news)

With the acquisition of Netherland-based Van Son Liquids B.V., Siegwerk is further expanding its water-based ink business and thereby strengthening its product and service portfolio for packaging printers.

Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has signed a contract to purchase Van Son Liquids B.V. located in Hilversum, Netherlands. The family-owned company manufactures high-quality water-based flexo and gravure printing inks for more than 25 years.

With this additional purchase in the water-based ink segment, Siegwerk is further expanding its product portfolio for paper & board applications and strengthens its local footprint in the Benelux region. “Van Son Liquids B.V. is one of the leading ink manufacturers in the Netherlands. The company is known for its high-quality inks with excellent consistency. Its ink and coating solutions perfectly fit into our water-based ink portfolio”, explains Piet Deceunynck, Regional Sales Director Central and North Europe Paper and Board at Siegwerk. “The merger enables us to expand our local footprint in the Benelux region and therefore to continue raising our profile as a supplier of water-based printing inks in Europe.”

The deal includes the transfer of all technical expertise, product portfolio and manufacturing equipment related to Van Son Liquids headquarters in Hilversum. Siegwerk will continue to produce and serve customers from the production site in Hilversum. As a new member of the Siegwerk family, Van Son Liquids B.V. will be renamed into Siegwerk Hilversum B.V. going forward, whereas the product brand name AquaBase+ will be kept.

The integration of the acquired products into Siegwerk’s water-based ink offering will enable customers to benefit from a more comprehensive product portfolio and a wider technological expertise. Both companies will work closely together to ensure a smooth integration of business without any interference for current customers of both companies.

“We are delighted to have found in Siegwerk a great partner and new owner for our company that can integrate our quality inks into a significantly larger structure and thus advance it on the market,” says Wim van Mastrigt, the departing MD of Van Son Liquids B.V.

The acquisition of Van Son Liquids B.V. follows other strategic investments and disinvestments that Siegwerk has completed to enhance its position as a full-range provider for the packaging market. Just earlier this year, Siegwerk has acquired Hi-Tech Products Ltd., a specialist supplier of water-based inks and coatings located in the UK. Together with the 2016 purchase of ACTEGA Colorchemie (today Siegwerk Buedingen) and the opening of a Blending Center for the production of water-based inks at its Technical Center in France, Siegwerk has made targeted investments over the last years that one by on have enabled the company to enhance its water-based ink business – all in line with its goal of clearly devoting its resources to the markets of tomorrow and focus on its core business in packaging printing.

The Royal Dutch Ink Factories Van Son B.V. in Hilversum, The Netherlands, will continue to manufacture and distribute Van Son branded offset inks to the worldwide commercial printing & packaging market through her subsidiary Van Son Holland Ink Corporation in Chicago, Illinois and the fast global network of distributors.

The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

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Heidelberg Technology and Automation Produce Industry-Leading Productivity Levels, ...  (Company news)

...Maximize Profits for Printers

-Automation and true technology advancements like Heidelberg’s Innovative Push to Stop lower printers’ cost per sheet and improve their profits
-Two new white papers from Printing Industries of America (PIA) reveal productivity is three times more important than equipment purchase price in regards to printer profitability

Citing two new white papers from the Printing Industries of America, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) finds new technology when driven by the automation of processes like “Push to Stop” provides a direct link to enhanced productivity and maximum profitability.

The two white papers, published by Dr. Ronnie H. Davis, PIA’s Chief Economist, focus on the roles that productivity and costs play in a printer’s overall profitability. Davis argues lowering manufacturing costs is the main way to boost profits. In fact, a 1% decrease in costs equates to a 34% increase in profits based on the industry-wide average of 2% profit.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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Catalyst Paper: Ned Dwyer Appointed President & Chief Executive Officer  (Company news)

Catalyst Paper announced the appointment of Edward (Ned) Dwyer (photo) as President & Chief Executive Officer.

Ned is an industry veteran with more than 30 years in the pulp and paper industry gained in progressively senior roles with global companies. He most recently served as Catalyst’s Chief Operating Officer.

Ned is recognized for successfully leading major operational and performance improvements in cost, productivity, efficiency, quality and safety. He has a track record for successful machine start-ups and rebuilds, as well as leading product development for emerging markets.

Ned holds a Bachelor of Science (Paper Science and Engineering) from the State University of New York and Syracuse University.
(Catalyst Paper Corporation)

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ROTOCONTROL Unveils New Corporate Branding   (Company news)

ROTOCONTROL revealed its new company branding and displayed a wide variety of finishing machines at this year’s Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. The world's largest event for the label and package printing industry also gave EMT International, the Wisconsin-based manufacturing company who acquired ROTOCONTROL in May 2017, the opportunity to personally meet many customers, partners, and members of the company’s global agent network.

Photo: MPS / Green Bay Packaging Demo and Applications Center

The Finish Line
ROTOCONTROL’s stand at Labelexpo Europe 2017 named ‘The Finish Line’ made a visually impressive appearance with the company’s new corporate look. With an emphasis on the word Finish, the new brand draws parallels to the sporting world, urging label printers and converters to finish strong, on top, and in control, at a crucial part of the printing process.

Successful exhibition
“As anticipated, we had a very good showing in Brussels and secured a number of new bookings,” said Marco Aengenvoort, Managing Director of ROTOCONTROL International GmbH. “Visitors responded well to our new company branding and understood the link between our high-performance finishing equipment and the high-performance athletes. We look forward to rolling out more campaign elements in the near future.”

Live demonstrations
Four finishing machines ran live demonstrations on the ROTOCONTROL stand that drew lots of attention from show visitors. On display was the BL 440, built with register laminating, labeller function and a curved booklet option for high-speed production of booklet labels; the DT 340, integrated with a new semi-automatic dual turret, a specially designed backside die cutting unit and a delam/relam function for finishing and converting of digital labels; the RSC 440, with a WorkflowLink and the new fully automatic slitting system RotoCut featuring less set-up and changeover times; and a RSC 540 wider width high speed (600m/min) slitter/rewinder integrated with an AVT 100% automatic inspection and quality assurance solution.

Customer Appreciation
The BL 440 was presented courtesy of TEA Adhesivos Industriales, a European leader of high-end label printing, who acquired the finishing machine in July to expand into booklet label production. Representatives from the Spanish label printer were present during the entire show, personally demonstrating their new investment.

The fully modular, DT 340 versatile finishing machine was also presented courtesy of Hagmaier Etiketten & Druck, a German family-owned printer based near Stuttgart, who acquired the machine in May to advance in existing markets and open new opportunities to meet special customer requirements.

Post-show activity
ROTOCONTROL will be in Green Bay, WI, USA later this month for the MPS Flexo Innovation Open House, along with MPS, Green Bay Packaging, Kodak, and EMT International, bringing the innovation of Labelexpo Europe 2017 to the North American market.

The event takes place on October 26 and features presentations and a table top event at the historic Lambeau Field, home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, as well as live demonstrations of the MPS EF printing press and the ROTOCONTROL RSC 440 inspection, slitter/rewinder at the MPS / Green Bay Packaging Demo and Applications Center.
(RotoControl GmbH)

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Lecta Will Increase Prices of Thermal and Carbonless Copy Papers from January 2nd 2018  (Company news)

Lecta announces a price increase for its Thermal and Carbonless paper deliveries, effective January 2nd, 2018

The price increase for both product ranges will be from 8 to 10% depending on format and country.

This price movement is essential in order to offset the continuous increase in manufacturing and distribution costs.

Lecta sales teams are at our customers' disposal to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied by product on a country by country basis.