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ZELLCHEMING-Expo: A variety of new features further enrich the exhibition  (ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2019)

The ZELLCHEMING-Expo, the platform for the European pulp, paper and supplier industry, offers visitors a multi-faceted program with many new highlights in Frankfurt am Main from 25 - 27 June 2019.

Exhibition with inspiring program highlights
The ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2019 exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to meet national and international exhibitors along the entire value chain of the paper and pulp industry. The companies ABB Automation GmbH, AS Drives & Services GmbH, Bellmer GmbH, Omya International AG, Valmet GmbH and Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA have already registered as exhibitors. Interested companies can reserve their stand space at

In addition, there will be focused joint stands where visitors can make contact with companies, which they would not normally meet at other industry events, and on the national market. At the Finnish Pavilion, companies seeking to enter the Central European market will present themselves. New this year is the "Road of Maintenance", where companies from the maintenance sector can present their products and services – at their exhibition stand and at the Showcase Arena with a live repair demonstration, a user case and a short lecture. The "Treffpunkt Zukunft" joint stand will be available as a contact point for the next generation of industry professionals and the “Aktivitas” associations.

Visitors wishing wish to obtain specific information on relevant topics and an overview of the exhibitors' offerings can register for the Guided Tours on the topics of digitization, maintenance, drying, machine cross direction profiles and clean processes, which are included in the ticket price.

Future-oriented lectures at a high level
At the exhibition forum, the speakers will address the current focus topics of the pulp and paper industry in lectures and panel discussions. In 2019, the forum will present itself in a new visual design with innovative, digital formats that invite the audience to participate and interact with the speakers.

On all three days of the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to receive further training on the following key topics: Paper Industry 4.0, Bioeconomy and Paper, Consumers & Consumption 4.0, among others with a lecture by Ulf Tillmann from IKEA on "IKEA packaging material fibre strategy".

A special highlight will be Charles Bahr's keynote speech entitled "Generation Z enters the labour market: how to reach teenagers sustainably". The talk will be held in German. Charles Bahr is the founder of tubeconnect, a marketing agency that helps clients develop successful advertising formats for Generation Z.

In the best-practice lecture series "Learn from the best", exhibitors present interesting developments that they have already implemented in practice.

Due to the high demand last year, the Science Flash will take place again in 2019, which will provide young scientists from various universities with an innovative insight into their scientific work.

Networking Events
The established evening events "After Fair" on the first day of the exhibition and "Summer Evening" by the association ZELLCHEMING e.V. on the second evening, offer participants the opportunity to continue their discussions in a relaxed atmosphere outside of the exhibition grounds. The “Summer Evening” will be held under the motto "Skyline Party" at the Alex Frankfurt in the Skyline Plaza with an impressive view over the rooftops of Frankfurt.

This year, a Women4Paper Day will be offered for women in the industry to expand their network. The session will feature a power breakfast and an inspiring keynote lecture.

Planning and entry tickets
This year, for the first time, an app with lots of useful information about the event will be available to visitors for the optimal planning of their participation. Visitors also benefit from the fact that public transport is included in the visitor ticket when they travel to the event location.

Visitors can purchase their ticket and find more information about the event at
(Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)

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Emtec Electronic with its innovations at the IMPS 2019 in Munich  (Company news)

Also this year, emtec Electronic GmbH will have a booth at the International Munich Paper Symposium from March 27th to 29th. The company will present a variety of testing instruments
by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction. From the wet end to the finished product, the application of the equipment enables an efficient process, to get the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

Photo: ACA Ash Content Analyzer

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

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

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

Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling, the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of these values opens a huge amount of chances to optimize
the tissue production and converting processes. New for hand sheet measurements: an updated version of the TSA and an improved measuring method for hand sheets (made in the lab) enables a reliable prediction of the final product quality in the lab without expensive trials at the tissue machine.
(emtec Electronic GmbH)

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ANDRITZ GROUP: Solid business development with record order intake  (Company news)

International technology group ANDRITZ saw solid business development overall in the 2018 business year. At over 6.6 billion euros, the order intake reached a historic high, thus creating a good order backlog for 2019. The Executive Board will propose an unchanged dividend – compared to last year – of 1.55 euros per share to the Annual General Meeting. This is equal to an attractive dividend yield of approximately 3.5% based on the current ANDRITZ share price.

The results of the business year in detail:
-Due to the Group’s strong organic growth, the order intake of 6,646.2 MEUR reached a new record level and was thus significantly higher than the figure for the previous year’s reference period (+19.1% compared to 2017: 5,579.5 MEUR). All business areas were able to increase their order intake compared to the previous year’s reference period.
-The order backlog as of the end of 2018 was 7,084.3 MEUR, which is also significantly higher than the value for the previous year’s reference period (+11.0% compared to the end of 2017: 6,383.0 MEUR).
-Sales amounted to 6,031.5 MEUR and were thus 2.4% higher than the level of the previous year (2017: 5,889.1 MEUR). The Group’s service business saw very favorable development and accounted for 36% of total sales (2017: 34%).
-The development of earnings and profitability adjusted for extraordinary effects remained practically stable compared to the previous year. The EBITA, adjusted for provisions related to capacity restructuring measures in the Hydro and Metals Forming areas, amounted to 415.0 MEUR and was thus only slightly below the figure for the previous year’s reference period after adjustment for a positive extraordinary effect in the amount of around 25 MEUR (2017: 420.4 MEUR); the adjusted EBITA margin was 6.9% compared to 7.1% in 2017.
-Including extraordinary effects, the EBITA amounted to 394.3 MEUR (2017: 444.0 MEUR) and the EBITA margin was 6.5%, after 7.5% in 2017.
-Net income (without non-controlling interests) declined to 222.0 MEUR (2017: 263.0 MEUR).

Wolfgang Leitner (photo), President & CEO of ANDRITZ AG: “In spite of the decline in earnings, we are not dissatisfied with the past business year. The high organic growth in order intake once again confirms our technological and market leadership in the markets we serve. The companies we acquired in 2018 enable us to continue strengthening our competitive position, particularly in the service business. Also in 2019, we will continue to invest in the ANDRITZ GROUP’s long-term competitiveness."

For 2019, the ANDRITZ GROUP expects largely unchanged project and investment activity in its four business areas compared to 2018. Due to the high order backlog as of the end of 2018, ANDRITZ expects a substantial increase in sales for the current business year as well as an increase in profitability compared to 2018.
(Andritz AG)

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Fraser launches industry-first static elimination bar with automatic range control for OEMs at ...  (Company news)

... ICE Europe 2019

Leading static electricity control specialist Fraser Anti-Static Techniques will launch its innovative new static eliminator featuring PLC-controlled ionisation output at the ICE Europe tradeshow in Munich.

Image: Fraser’s new NEOS 30 OEM static elimination bar with automatic range control

The NEOS 30 OEM is a long-range static eliminator designed specifically for OEMs. Ideally suited to winding machinery or converting applications, the new feature allows the optimum range of the static eliminator to be continually modified as its distance to the web changes. The output frequency of the bar is directly controlled through a simple interface with the customer’s existing PLC, without the need for additional sensors.

Configured to neutralise charges at a range of 200mm to 1,500mm, the NEOS 30 OEM is available in lengths between 600mm and 5,000mm.

Fraser Anti-Static Techniques CEO, Bruce Clothier, believes that: “the NEOS 30 OEM is an ideal solution for applications such as re-winders where the distance between the electrostatically charged material and the static eliminator changes constantly. It will give machinery manufacturers, and indeed end users, more scope when optimising their process for output quality.

“We are leading the way with respect 24 VDC technology and the NEOS 30 OEM perfectly augments our already broad portfolio of static eliminators.”

Fraser has been pioneering the use of 24 VDC technology in static elimination since 2009 when its Jupiter Bars were launched to the market. These products were joined by the market-leading 3024 Bars in 2011, followed in 2015 by the NEOS range.

Designed and developed to meet the increasing speeds and static electricity levels in industry, the unique sensing capability of the core NEOS technology enables automatic adjustment of the ionisation required to achieve optimum results.

Setting new standards in static neutralisation efficiency, the complete NEOS range comprises static eliminators for short, medium and long-range applications, and is capable of handling speeds of up to 1,500 m/minute.

The NEOS 30 OEM will be launched at the ICE Europe 2019 tradeshow in Munich from 12-14 March, where static control experts from Fraser and Iontis Elektrostatik will be available to demonstrate the new product on the stand.

Visit the team at ICE Europe 2019 on Stand 570, Hall A6.
(Fraser Anti-Static Techniques Ltd)

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Changing the game one cup at a time  (Company news)

Kotkamills has been announced as one of the winners in the global innovation initiative NextGen Cup Challenge, launched by the NextGen Consortium that advances the introduction of food packaging alternatives. Kotkamills sees this recognition as a confirmation for its commitment to revolutionize paper cup production and recycling with its plastic-free next-generation barrier board solutions.

Worldwide people want to be less dependent of plastic and Kotkamills supports that development with alternative food service and packaging solutions to disposables that contain plastic. Its Game Changer Cup is one of the 12 awarded solutions that push the boundaries of sustainable design and material innovation. The challenge was joined by 480 teams from around the world.

The NextGen Consortium is a multi-year, multi-industry global consortium that aims to advance the design, commercialization and recovery of food packaging alternatives. The NextGen Cup Challenge is its first initiative, which calls on innovators, start-ups, suppliers and industry experts to join a global challenge to develop the next generation of recyclable, compostable, hot and cold, to-go, fiber cups. Both the Consortium and Challenge are managed by Closed Loop Partners, with Starbucks and McDonald’s as Founding Partners, The World Wildlife Fund as an Advisory Partner, and The Coca-Cola Company, Yum! Brands, Nestlé and Wendy’s as Supporting Partners.

Kotkamills is excited and honored by its success in this ground-breaking challenge. The recognition further fuels the company’s passion and relentless drive for developing and offering plastic-free solutions for food service and packaging applications.
(Kotkamills Oy)

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Get a grip on sustainability  (Company news)

How to eliminate single-use plastic and sustainably improve impact

When UK-based promotional partner B-Loony contacted us to assist them in developing a smarter alternative for single-use plastic balloon grips, we did not hesitate.

Honouring our Save the Planet Award, we produced the eco-friendly Balloon Grip™, again showcasing the versatile power of folding carton:
-acts truly sustainable
-renewable sources, perfectly reusable and recyclable
-communicates with impact
-new branding possibilities, high-quality printing
-comes flat-packed
-efficient packaging, storage and distribution

This is win-win-win. You answer the call of consumers for truly sustainable innovation, which is reaching a tipping point; you deal with the soon to come EU ban on single-use plastics, and you create a better product with new branding possibilities.

"Many of our existing customers have already pledged to reduce their use of single-use plastics, and with Balloon Grip™ we can offer an affordable, eco-friendly and smart alternative. So we were very happy to have pulled this off with Van Genechten Packaging, " says Andy MacInnes, Commercial Director B-Loony.

That is how we can make sthe switch to sustainable packaging work.
From first ideas to concrete projects: get into contact with your nearest team.
We'd love to hear from you.
(Van Genechten Packaging N.V.)

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Highcon to Exhibit at CCE International for the first time  (Company news)

Highcon will be exhibiting for the first time at the CCE International show in Munich, 12-14 March, 2019. At the Highcon booth, #146, Hall B6 visitors will be able to see a wide array of samples showcasing the capabilities of the Highcon digital cutting and creasing technology, including customer jobs made on the Highcon Euclid IIIC.

With the introduction of the Highcon Euclid IIIC last year Highcon has seen growing interest in the use of digital technology for the efficient production of corrugated boxes and displays.

Jens Henrik Osmundsen, Highcon VP Sales & GM EMEA said: “We are excited to be exhibiting for the first time at the CCE with its focus on corrugated and folding carton markets. With the increase in online e-commerce, the introduction of digital technology into this market offers a valuable solution to the market requirements for rightsizing, the reduction of over-packaging, and dual-purpose packaging that enables brands to ship to shelf.”

On Wednesday, March 13th at 11:00 Jens Henrik will be delivering a seminar, entitled “Start with finishing! The smart way to go digital.” He will be joined by Laura Heuchemer, Owner and CMO of Heuchemer Verpackung who will be describing their experience with their Highcon Euclid IIIC.

By eliminating the need for conventional die-cutting forms, Highcon brings all the advantages of digital to finishing; speed to market, profitable short runs, process improvement and differentiation that allows customers to compete on value rather than volume.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces 2018 and Fourth Quarter of 2018 Results and ...  (Company news)

...Quarterly Dividend

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. ("CPPI") (TSX: CFX) reported 2018 and fourth quarter of 2018 results and quarterly dividend:

2018 and Fourth Quarter Highlights
.Record 2018 operating income of $247 million; net income of $184 million, or $2.83 per share and a return on invested capital of 37%
.Record-high annual sales of $1.4 billion in 2018, surpassing previous record by 15%
.Fourth quarter operating income of $16 million and sales of $290 million; net income of $14 million, or $0.21 per share

Photo: Don Kayne, CPPI's Chief Executive Officer

Canfor Pulp had an exceptionally strong year in 2018, reporting record-high operating income of $246.6 million, net income of $2.83 per share and a return on invested capital of 37%.

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company reported operating income of $15.6 million, a decrease of $44.9 million from $60.5 million reported for the third quarter of 2018. Results for the current quarter reflected repairs to one of the Company's Northwood Pulp Mill ("Northwood") recovery boilers, and operational disruptions resulting from a third-party natural gas explosion in Prince George early in the quarter, combined with their respective effects on production volumes, shipments and manufacturing costs.

Reflecting weaker demand from China, global softwood pulp market demand was down in the fourth quarter of 2018, with global softwood pulp producer inventory levels remaining above normal through the quarter. US-dollar Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft ("NBSK") pulp list prices to China averaged US$805 per tonne, down 9% from the prior quarter, with prices ending the year at US$725 per tonne. The Company's average NBSK unit sales realizations, however, were broadly in line with the prior quarter as the lower US-dollar pricing to China was largely offset by higher US-dollar pricing to North America, proportionately higher shipments to North America, and a 1 cent, or 1%, weaker Canadian dollar. Bleached Chemi-Thermo Mechanical Pulp ("BCTMP") US-dollar pricing came under modest downward pressure during the current quarter; however, the Company's sales realizations remained steady quarter-over-quarter reflecting the timing of shipments (versus orders) and a weaker Canadian dollar.

Pulp production was down 61,400 tonnes, or 22%, from the previous quarter. This lower production primarily reflected the continuation of the scheduled maintenance outage at Northwood from the previous quarter, the aforementioned recovery boiler extended downtime at Northwood, as well as unscheduled downtime taken as a result of a third-party natural gas pipeline explosion, which impacted the Company's three NBSK pulp mills and, to a lesser extent, several other operational challenges during the current quarter. Combined, these scheduled and unscheduled outages impacted NBSK pulp production by approximately 90,000 tonnes. In addition, in late December, the Company curtailed production at its Taylor BCTMP mill for seven days in the face of reduced residual fibre availability resulting from various sawmill curtailments in the region, which impacted BCTMP production by approximately 5,000 tonnes. In the third quarter of 2018, a scheduled maintenance outage at Northwood and ramp up at Taylor following the commissioning of the energy reduction project, reduced pulp production by approximately 30,000 tonnes.

Pulp shipments were down 31,700 tonnes, or 12%, from the previous quarter reflecting the impact of the aforementioned downtime partly offset by a drawdown of pulp inventories through the period. The anticipated benefit of a slipped vessel shipment from the previous quarter into the fourth quarter was offset by a delayed vessel shipment over the year end.

NBSK pulp unit manufacturing costs were up significantly from the previous quarter, in large measure due to reduced productivity in the current quarter as well as higher related maintenance, energy and chemical costs, associated with the unscheduled outages. Fibre costs were broadly in line with the third quarter of 2018.

Operating income for the paper segment remained broadly in line with the prior quarter reflecting a solid operating performance at the Company's Prince George paper machine and steady paper unit sales realizations, with the weaker Canadian dollar offsetting a modest decline in US-dollar prices.

At the end of December, the Company experienced kiln-related operational disruptions at two of its NBSK pulp mills. While these challenges have now been resolved, the related production loss was approximately 20,000 tonnes early in the first quarter of 2019.

Notwithstanding high inventory levels, global softwood kraft pulp markets are projected to be steady through the first half of 2019, reflecting an anticipated pick-up in demand from China and reduced supply during the traditional spring maintenance period. The BCTMP market is projected to be steady in the first half of 2019.

CPPI's Chief Executive Officer, Don Kayne, said, "With several months of significant operational challenges now behind us, we are very focused on getting our production performance back on track in the coming months."

The Company has no maintenance outages planned for the first quarter of 2019. Maintenance outages are currently planned at the Intercontinental NBSK pulp mill in the second quarter of 2019 with a projected 12,000 tonnes of reduced NBSK pulp production. Additional maintenance outages are scheduled at the Prince George NBSK pulp mill and the Taylor BCTMP mill in the third and fourth quarters of 2019 with a projected 6,000 tonnes of reduced NBSK pulp production and projected 5,000 tonnes of reduced BCTMP production, respectively. No scheduled maintenance outages are planned for the Company's Northwood NBSK pulp mill in 2019.

Bleached kraft paper demand is expected to remain solid through the first quarter of 2019. A maintenance outage is currently planned at the Company's paper machine during the third quarter of 2019 with a projected 4,000 tonnes of reduced paper production.

On February 21, 2019, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.0625 per share, payable on March 13, 2019 to the shareholders of record on March 6, 2019.
(Canfor Pulp Limited)

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Buckman, a global company specializing in innovative chemical and smart solutions for the pulp and paper industry, will be at Tissue World in Milan from 25 to 27 March to discuss its latest differentiated chemistries for the tissue industry.

Buckman expert Grant Downham, who specializes in tissue, will present a paper on improving Yankee coating control on 26 March at noon (Track A). He will also be on-hand to discuss the company’s groundbreaking solutions.

Please visit Buckman’s booth D280 at Tissue World Milan to learn more about innovative chemistries for softness, Yankee coatings, structured tissue and enzymatic fiber refining.
(Buckman Laboratories International Inc.)

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WestRock Announces Consumer Packaging President, Bob Feeser, to Retire; ...  (Company news)

... Pat Lindner Appointed New Consumer Packaging President

WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) announced Robert (Bob) Feeser (photo), president of Consumer Packaging, will retire from the company, effective April 30, 2019 and that Patrick (Pat) Lindner has been appointed the new president of Consumer Packaging.

During his 32-year career, Feeser has held various management and leadership positions within the company’s paper, containerboard and consumer packaging businesses. Since the creation of WestRock, he has led the company’s Consumer Packaging business, advancing our strategy in both paperboard and packaging across the consumer packaging markets.

“Throughout his career, Bob has set an outstanding example through his unwavering commitment to our customers' success, his collaborative mindset and his thoughtful mentorship," said Steve Voorhees, WestRock chief executive officer. "Over the past four years, Bob has played an instrumental role in the development of WestRock as a member of our executive team and, as president of our Consumer Packaging business, he has set the strategic and organizational foundation that will enable our future success. I wish Bob and his wife, Sue, the very best in retirement.”

Lindner will join WestRock in March and will succeed Feeser in the role of president of Consumer Packaging. Lindner joins WestRock from the privately held, $3 billion sales, W.L. Gore & Associates, where he has served as its chief operating officer. Prior to this role, Lindner served as president of the $6 billion sales Performance Materials group for E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Hamilton College, and a PhD. in chemistry from Dartmouth College.

“Pat is known as a collaborative and passionate driver of operational excellence, innovation, and growth” said Voorhees. “His 20 years of experience with scaled, global businesses will provide valuable perspective to WestRock. I am excited to have him join our team and look forward to his leadership of our Consumer Packaging business.”
(WestRock Companies)

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Old Town Boiler Start Up  (Company news)

What’s that in the sky in Old Town, Maine?

Your eyes don’t deceive you – that steam emission from the Old Town mill is proof we’re well on our way to adding a fourth production facility to the ND Paper family!

Our team this week successfully fired our #5 package boiler. While this is one task of many yet to come, it marks a very important milestone in the journey to restarting the facility. Why? The #5 boiler is the first piece of major operating equipment to run in the mill since its idling in October 2015. Further, the mill will now be self-supplied with heat; up to this point, we’ve relied on portable heat units.

This is a new beginning for Old Town, and we’re just getting started!
(ND Paper LLC)

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Smurfit Kappa drives down CO2 emissions by creating innovative steam system  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa Roermond Paper Mill’s integrated steam system has been held up as a shining example of sustainability for reducing its CO2 footprint by a further 3% in 2018. The steam project is part of an ongoing intensive energy and CO2 reduction programme at the mill which has achieved a specific CO2 emission reduction of 23% since 2005.

The Roermond Paper Mill runs three paper machines to produce recycled paper for corrugated packaging. Under the previous configuration, the residual steam of two of the machines was only partially reused. As part of the mill’s ongoing project to reduce carbon emissions, it integrated the steam systems from all three paper machines by incorporating a sophisticated control system. The machines operate at different speeds using a variety of paper weights which added to the complexity of the task.

Speaking about the innovative steam system, Wim Janssen, Energy and Production Technologist at the mill, said: “We started by carrying out an in-depth analysis of processes to figure out a way to reuse excess steam from two of the machines in the third machine. This has reduced the mill’s gas consumption and slashed the 2018 CO2 emissions by an impressive 4,500 tonnes.”

Wouter Lap, MD of the Roermond Paper Mill, added: “What started as a pilot project has resulted in a modification of the mill’s steam system. At Smurfit Kappa we believe that the best ideas come from collaboration, creativity and being prepared to view our processes from different perspectives.

“This is a further example of how the Roermond Paper Mill is leading the paper industry in sustainable energy consumption.”

The steam integration project was showcased at the European Parliament as part of the Confederation of European Paper Industries’ (CEPI) ‘To our roots and beyond - RE-INVEST 2050’ scheme which aims to advance low-carbon innovation in the forest fibre and paper industry in Europe.
(Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier B.V.)

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ISH Energy: Enter a digital networked future with Bosch   (Company news)

At ISH Energy, the world's leading trade fair for sanitary, building, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energies, Bosch is continuing to promote digitalisation and networking in the commercial and industrial sectors. Fast, simple, unbureaucratic and agile – customers in project business have high expectations for reaction times, flexibility and planning support. Bosch therefore relies on smart tools and uses intelligent configurators. One brand new example is the automatic preparation of project-specific 3D data and P&I diagrams. Being available in very early stages of projects this makes work simpler for planners and plant engineers. This enables them to perform more precise calculations and avoid later changes.

Bosch is launching their new planning guide for steam boiler systems as an interactive digital version. The fundamental idea: Make planning of complex process heat systems easier and make expert knowledge comprehensively available. With programmed calculation tools, checklists and practical error prevention information, the new interactive document is more than a typical planning handbook. "It doesn't just provide beginners with the information they need – it also serves as an efficient working tool for experienced planners," emphasises Daniel Gosse, Head of Marketing and Academy at Bosch Industrial.

Smart control technology and AI assistants for Industry 4.0 applications
Preventing production downtimes and reducing energy costs to a minimum are key drivers for businesses and industries. The energy management solutions from Bosch Energy and Building Solutions enable overall optimisations including energy generation, distribution and whole production lines. The Energy Platform at the trade fair booth gives you a live view of selected Bosch production sites. Recorded energy and process data is transformed into significant figures in order to increase energy and resource efficiency. What's more, Bosch Rexroth is presenting control solutions for this type of future-proof automation system for buildings and factories.

With artificial intelligence specifically designed for industrial boilers, the digital efficiency assistant MEC Optimize really stands out from the crowd. Predictive maintenance features monitor and present operating data. Additionally, the smart algorithms interpret the data and inform users in advance about potential downtime risks. With individually determined information and recommended actions, system operators are assisted in maximising their system availability and minimise their energy costs.

Product innovations for steam, heat, power and compressed air
Highly efficient, compact and easy to operate – at the ISH trade fair, Bosch will present the new CSB Universal steam boiler (compact steam boiler), which is available in a power range from 300 to 5,200 kilograms steam per hour. The CSB steam boiler will be presented at the Bosch trade fair booth as a complete boiler system with low-NOx burner, modules for waste heat recovery and the compact steam control CSC mounted on the boiler. The boiler achieves a high efficiency of more than 95 per cent and enables sustainably low emissions. Its innovative design additionally provides easy accessibility for servicing and maintenance work.

At the ISH 2019 the Bosch booth features the largest boiler of the entire trade fair. The ZFR double-flame tube boiler generates up to 55 tons of steam or up to 38 megawatts hot water. Visitors can actually step inside the boiler or even go upstairs to the VIP lounge on its top floor. Besides the process heat systems, Bosch will also present innovative combined heat and power systems. In this sector, the customer focus is also on digitalisation through control technology or remote access in order to optimise reliability and operating costs. At their ISH booth, Bosch will show a combined heat and power unit from the latest motor generation. It is optimised to provide particularly high overall efficiency and future-proof low emissions. The compressed air and heat system is another highlight. It produces compressed air using a natural gas motor and simultaneously provides waste heat for additional processes and heating applications. This enables CO2 emissions savings of up to 50 per cent and lowers operating costs.

International industry solutions
Bosch offers reliable energy solutions in more than 140 countries worldwide. Typical applications include the food and beverage industry, production industry, energy suppliers and large buildings or public facilities. Availability, efficiency and seamless integration into the customer's processes are essential. Bosch demonstrates these qualities at the ISH trade fair at different information points. Additionally, visitors can see real boiler houses and energy centres from a range of industries using a 360° virtual reality headset.
(Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)

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Three other A.Celli iDEAL® Tissue Machines have been started up for Yibin Paper, 100% bamboo!  (Company news)

A.Celli High-speed iDEAL® Tissue Machines, installed at Yibin Paper, our Chinese customer, successfully produce unbleached tissue paper, using 100% Bamboo Slush Pulp.

Four Tissue Machines are currently installed and, after the TM2, started-up last September 15th, also TM3 and TM4 (with a 16’ Yankee) and TM5 (with 18’ Yankee) have been started-up.

The operating speed of the first Tissue Machine has been increased to 1500m/min in less than a month.

All the quality targets of the A.Celli Tissue Machine and the paper have fully satisfied Yibin Paper’s requirements, whose 100% bamboo products are sold steadily, with a relevant profit growth for the customer.

In this way Yibin Paper is reaching his fixed goal: to be China’s largest bamboo pulp tissue paper enterprise.

Yibin Paper, which owns a bamboo pulp factory, set the goal of producing tissue paper without adding wood pulp from the beginning of the project.

The whole design of the plant, from stock preparation, to approach flow system and to tissue machine, was imprinted on the condition of 100% bamboo slush pulp use.

A new exciting milestone for A.Celli Group!
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

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VPK Packaging Group acquires the European and Chinese businesses of coreboard and tube ...  (Company news)

... producer Corenso

VPK Packaging Group has reached an agreement to acquire the European and Chinese businesses of coreboard and tube producer Corenso. Corenso is an international supplier of coreboard, cardboard tubes and cores which are used in a broad range of demanding industrial applications.

The agreement between VPK Packaging Group and NPAC International Inc. - a company controlled by Madison Dearborn Partners - is for the acquisition by VPK of Corenso's European and Chinese activities, consisting of two coreboard mills and 13 core converting plants. The activities of Corenso in North America will continue to be owned by NPAC International. The agreement remains subject to customary conditions and is expected to be completed in second quarter of 2019.

VPK's core and tube division, marketed under the Corex brand, has 14 sites for the production of industrial cores and tubes for winding paper, foil, textiles and metal. In addition, Corex also produces composite cans used for packing food, snacks, spices, cosmetics and spirits.

The European and Chinese businesses of Corenso include 2 coreboard mills located in Finland and France, together with a network of 10 core and tube winding plants in Europe and 3 in China. Combined turnover is 170 million euros. Corenso has 850 employees in Europe and China.

Following completion of the acquisition, the core and tube division will represent 260 million euros or 16% of VPK's group turnover, with a total conversion capacity of 285.000 tons. Total production capacity of coreboard corresponds to 300.000 tons.

International scaling
The acquisition of Corenso broadens the geographical spread to regions where VPK has not been active to date. Important new markets are Finland, Spain and China. Based on a customer-oriented vision, VPK Packaging Group wants to offer an answer to the global demand for cardboard cores and tubes.

CEO Pierre Macharis: "Corex and Corenso have made an impressive journey over the last decade. We are delighted to join forces to provide a wider geographical coverage while making optimum use of the network and the expertise of VPK. Our customers can rely on unique quality and service offered by Corex and Corenso. By integrating two additional paper mills, we also provide a strategic, geographical axis for raw material supply from Finland via Belgium to the south of France."
(VPK Packaging NV)

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Econet got 2,5 million euro order from the largest pulp and paper company in Russia  (Company news)

Econet Group and Russian Ilim Group made a deal worth of 2,5 millions of euros, which includes wastewater treatment machinery for the pulp and paper plant in Koryazhma. “We have collaborated with Ilim Group for many years, and this deal tells that our technology is appreciated and we are trusted”, says the chairman of the board of Econet Matti Leppäniemi (photo).

Pulp and paper plant in Koryazhma, which is situated at the upriver of Northern Dvina river and approximately 1000 km to northeast from Moscow, has ordered clarifiers and sludge thickeners with sluice systems. The machinery will be delivered in six parts during the summer periods of 2019-2021. In addition to the manufacturing of the machinery, Econet is responsible for the supervision of the installment.

- We have delivered wastewater treatment machinery for Ilim Group for a long period of time, and this order is one of the largest so far. The deal tells about Econet’s position as a wastewater treatment plant technology expert, and it is significant to our factory Slamex in Lahti, says the chairman of the board of Econet Matti Leppäniemi

The production director Heikki Viitanen tells that the clarifier technique requires demanding and special expertise.

- We have developed the machinery to last in demanding and arctic conditions. In the northern conditions, the temperature can vary from +25 celcius degrees to -45 celcius degrees of cold. The machinery is manufactured from acid-proof and stainless steel, so that they last in arctic and corrosive conditions. The largest clarifiers are installed in basins, which are over 40 meters in diameter. Therefore the clarifiers are delivered in modules, and they are assembled at the plant. This sets great demands on designing and manufacturing processes, too.

Ilim Group is the leader of Russia's pulp and paper industry in terms of market share, production, and investment volumes, and one of the leading industry players in the world. The largest pulp and paper company in the world, International Paper, is a strategic partner of Ilim Group.

Over the past few years, Ilim Group has invested $ 3.2 billion dollars in the development of its own enterprises, unprecedented for the Russian pulp and paper market. In the next five years, the company plans to invest another 3.6 billion dollars in the modernization of production and the launch of new capacities. The implementation of the investment program will allow to increase the production volume by million tons - as a result, by 2023 Ilim Group will retain its leadership position and will produce 4.3 million tons of their products per year (in 2018 the company produced 3.4 billion tons).

Production facilities of Ilim are located in Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, Leningrad and Moscow regions. Ilim Group products are shipped to more than 70 countries.
(Econet Ltd)

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ANDRITZ at IDEA 2019 - The technology leader in nonwovens presents its innovative solutions  (Company news)

ANDRITZ will be presenting its innovative nonwovens production and converting solutions at IDEA 2019 to be held in Miami, FL, USA, from March 26 to 28 (booth 1412). ANDRITZ gives its customers support in every aspect of nonwovens processes and services with its most advanced expertise and complete technology solutions.

Photo: ANDRITZ Diatec converting line for hygiene products

In a continuously changing nonwovens market, the demands of first-class nonwovens production are increasing constantly – lower production costs, higher capacities and speeds, improved product quality as well as sustainable and intelligent production, to name but a few. ANDRITZ provides first-class air-through bonding, spunlaid, spunjet, spunlace, WetlaceTM, converting technologies and corresponding services to meet these demands for years to come.

One driver of the spunlace market, for example, is decreasing weight per square meter by maintaining a high MD and CD tensile strength. Indeed, fibers account for a substantial part of the production costs. Very high productivity is needed for the lighter fabrics required with perfect uniformity. ANDRITZ provides technologies that can more than fulfill these challenges. The spunlace roll goods may achieve weights of 25 gsm and even less for ultralight spunlace fabrics, and the web uniformity is of excellent quality.

In addition, maximized uptimes, high capacities and intelligent production processes are the main requirements in a modern spunlaid production plant. The newly developed ANDRITZ neXcal twin pro generation is the response to these demands. With its outstanding features, like high-speed production of up to 1,300 m/min, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) systems, clean production concept and operator-friendly machine configuration, it is a new milestone in nonwovens production. In addition, the spunjet process (in-line hydroentanglement of continuous filaments) can open up new business opportunities in terms of innovative products with added value, such as softness and bulkiness.

Moreover, the converting process for hygiene products requires premium quality standards, high capacities, and top-level production efficiency by reducing labor costs and machine down time. Every detail is essential. The latest developments take customers a step ahead in terms of diaper production. ANDRITZ Diatec offers its customers a comprehensive baby diaper lineup and meets diversified market requirements. Adult care is another key segment of the converting industry with growing demands from manufacturers all across the globe. The ANDRITZ Diatec adult pull-up line responds to this demand with its high-quality components and innovative technology processes. Converting processes applied to the food pad industry have resulted in ANDRITZ’s dedicated line for food pads.

The production of flushable/dispersible wipes is a frequently debated topic in terms of sustainablility and dispersibility of the product. Conventional spunlacing provides wipes with high tensile strength and softness, but they are only flushable due to their size and neither dispersible nor biodegradable. This means, these wipes can block the sewage system easily, whereas flushable wipes made on ANDRITZ WetlaceTM solutions (inclined wire forming and hydroentaglement), are 100% biodegradable and dispersible. In addition, fabrics produced using this innovative process comply with the latest EDANA/INDA flushability standards, passing all tests according to the new guidelines.

ANDRITZ’s technology offers also a high degree of flexilibilty to produce other types of wipes, although not dispersible, but biodegradable and thus meeting customers’ needs exactly as well as supporting the strong tendency to move away from plastics and synthetics.

Running complete lines calls for in-depth nonwoven expertise and excellent service. ANDRITZ offers a full service portfolio and thus can ensure improved uptime, productivity, and product quality – for years to come. This includes on-site support, specific training, line audits and troubleshooting, upgrades and modernizations, spare parts, and roll repair centers in Europe, North America, and China. In the USA, ANDRITZ is well supported in sales and service by its local branches ANDRITZ Küsters in Spartanburg, SC and ANDRITZ SHW in Torrington, CT.

ANDRITZ has developed attractive overall IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) solutions for existing and new plants under its new technology brand Metris. Nonwoven producers have high expectations of the greater plant efficiency and increased profitability that can be gained by networking machines and applying new technologies. Metris products are the very latest state of the art – they can be customized to suit individual customer requirements, and they make a substantial contribution towards helping customers achieve the best possible productivity and efficiency goals.

The ANDRITZ team is looking forward to meeting you at IDEA to show you how to achieve smooth and modern production operations (booth 1412).
(Andritz AG)

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Lucart Start-up a Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine at its Porcari mill  (Company news)

The Lucart fired up an AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine and a TT WIND-H slitter rewinder supplied by Toscotec at its Porcari mill, Lucca, Italy.

The AHEAD-2.0S machine has a paper width of 2,850 mm, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min, with a production of 125 t/d. It features a shoe press TT NextPress, a second-generation TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer, gas-fired TT Milltech-DYH hoods, and a new pope reel, which preserves the sheet bulk through the accurate control of the jumbo roll winding pressure. The machine is also equipped with the dust and mist removal systems. In accordance with Lucart’s high standards of bulk and softness, the forming section of the AHEAD-2.0S machine is designed for future integration of TT S-Crescent technology.

The TT WIND-H slitter rewinder features a web tensioning control, an automatic tail feeding system and a core winding assist system.

The scope of supply also includes the erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance and personnel training programs.

This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who has been awarded a number of contracts by the Lucart Group since 2008, both in Italy and in France.

“Lucart is a strategic partner”, says Riccardo Gennai, Toscotec Sales Manager for Europe, “we have been working on gaining and maintaining their trust for over 10 years, on a range of rebuild projects in Italy and in France. The start-up of this first complete tissue line is a significant accomplishment. It strengthens our mutual long-standing cooperation, and Toscotec’s leading position in the Italian market.”

Elena Troia, Toscotec’s Tissue Division Project Manager, adds, “Lucart’s technical team helped us working out the best solutions tailored to their need. We worked together to achieve this ambitious goal. The shoe press, paired with the new pope reel design and the future integration of the S-Crescent, contribute all together to the increase of the paper bulk and the achievement of excellent paper quality.”

Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart, states, “Our sustained growth is driven by careful investments. We set the highest standards for our suppliers when it comes to environmental protection. We selected Toscotec for the expansion of our Porcari production base, because over the past 10 years we learned from direct experience that their technology gives us a real energy-efficiency advantage. Another important consideration for this choice was tissue quality. This line will be dedicated to premium products, with higher bulk and superior hand feel.”

Lucart has voluntarily undergone an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the AHEAD-2.0S project, in order to improve the environmental performance of this new production line that replaced an existing MG paper machine. Toscotec has recently proved a strong commitment to its environmental performance, as in 2018 they renewed their ISO 14001 certificate and EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) registration for the twelfth consecutive year.
(Lucart Group)

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... FOR 2019

Picture: Avery Dennison named to Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies List for 2019. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR414)

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY), was recently recognized on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies List, moving up a rank since the index was first launched in February 2018. The list acknowledges leading U.S. companies, assessed for environmental, social, and corporate governance factors.

“We are honored to be recognized by Barron's for the second year,” said Georges Gravanis, president, Label and Graphic Materials. “Sustainability is at the center of everything we do, and our employees are addressing the challenge from every angle. This honor is a testament to their passion and commitment.”

Barron’s, a U.S-based publication covering the financial and investment industries, developed the list last year in collaboration with Calvert Research and Management. The organization looked at the 1,000 largest publicly held companies with headquarters in the United States. The naming committee looked at 300 sustainability performance indicators. Among them were business ethics and product safety, greenhouse gas emissions and human rights, workplace diversity, and labor relations.

“We continue to make solid progress toward our 2025 sustainability goals, with increased urgency to address plastic recyclability and industry waste, while staying very close to our industry partners and our communities,” said Gravanis.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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Mosca at CCE International 2019  (Company news)

Picture: Fully Automatic Corrugated Cardboard Strapping Machine UCB

Strapping solutions for corrugated industry professionals
CCE International 2019 is where corrugated and folding carton manufacturers will find the right solutions for their strapping needs at the Mosca booth in Hall B6, Stand 430. Mosca’s UCB is the ideal choice for ultrasonically strapping corrugated stacks in line with the flute – a solution offered exclusively by Mosca. The fully automated EVOLUTION SoniXs TRC-6 enables five-sided, precision alignment of products for strapping.

The UCB cross-strapping machine is best-suited for complex products and frequently changing product sizes that can be stored as data presets and retrieved on demand via touch panel. This machine is ideal for non-standardized products such as 4 or 6-point folding cartons. The package is manually inserted by the operator and laterally driven conveyors reliably move it into the UCB. Corrugated products are aligned on up to six sides before they are single or double strapped with straps ranging from 5 to 12 mm in width. Conveyor belts then move the product out of the machine. The UCB is CE-compliant from the factory and requires no additional safety devices.

Manual operation of the UCB is supported by automatic clock speed regulation (ATR). This feature adjusts the strapping speed to the operator's pace and helps protect machine parts from wear. When the machine is idle, it automatically goes into standby after a set time.

Easy operation and maintenance
The fully automated EVOLUTION SoniXs TRC-6 is specially engineered for the corrugated industry and primarily used as the final element in complex lines. Like the UCB, it features patented SoniXs technology with Standard-6 strap path system and optional double strap dispenser for easy operation and minimal set-up times. The Standard-6 strap path can be easily disassembled and replaced without tools for easy maintenance. To ensure secure strapping, the EVOLUTION SoniXs TRC-6 is available with an optional side aligner for precision alignment of the product to be strapped on up to five-sides.

The two corrugated cardboard strapping machines will be presented at the CCE in Munich from 12 to 15 March at the Mosca Stand 430 in Hall B6.
(Mosca GmbH)

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Working in partnership with cross-media marketing specialist TagG Informatique, SCREEN Europe announces the commercial availability of a fully-integrated native IPDS (Intelligent Printer Data Stream) controller. Thus, enabling compatibility with the latest IS/3 and MO standard: DCA GA (Graphic Arts) accredited by the AFP consortium, for use with its range of high-speed, continuous feed printers in the Truepress Jet520 series.

Recognising that an IPDS interface is essential for printers needing to protect the integrity and confidentiality of data, Screen partnered with TagG and its subsidiary, R&D Tech Research, because of the company’s excellent track record integrating IPDS controllers with OEM equipment.

“TagG’s expertise in this area combined with the strength of our relationship made them the obvious partner, and we’re delighted with the outcome of this joint venture. TagG has developed an efficient solution that is extremely reliable,” states Takanori Kakita, President at Screen Europe.

As a cross-media marketing company, TagG has an annual production of over 300 million printed A4 pages per year and 50 million folds posted per year. The company is a pioneer of VDP in France and through the development of new software and adaptation of new technologies, its R&D department revolutionizes personalization and offers new perspectives to creative and marketing departments. TagG has been using the Truepress Jet520HD with IPDS controller at its production site in Entrelacs, Savoie.

Stuart Tootill, Systems Engineer at Screen Europe, adds, “Not only are we delivering IPDS functionality, but users can also use Equios workflow on the same press. This provides access to functionality such as advanced colour management, automated pre-flighting and PDF fixing for jobs that don’t require the security of IPDS. We are seeing more printers that typically use IPDS getting more PDF work, so this flexibility is a huge plus point for printers who want to serve different markets or run different kinds of jobs on the same press.”

With the introduction of IPDS, transactional and security printers have more freedom to use Screen’s Truepress Jet520 series, with confidence that data is transient and secure, whilst closed-loop technology ensures 100 percent delivery. This includes the highly productive flagship Truepress Jet520HD+ press, offering exceptional offset quality for commercial printing and supporting a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated papers, without the need for pre-treatment. The IPDS controller can also feed the Truepress Jet520NX press, supporting not only transactional printing, but also direct mail, transpromo, and book printing, which allows customers to extend their markets. Both presses will be showcased at HID 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland, from February 25-28th.

TagG Informatique Founder Hervé Lesseur adds, “We enjoy our close relationship Screen and it’s been a pleasure to collaborate on this project. Screen has a fantastic reputation in the market for reliability and productivity, with the addition of the TagG IPDS controller we’re delighted that more printers will have access to that across the globe.”
(Screen Europe)

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Valmet strengthens its stable business by acquiring GL&V, a global provider of technologies and   (Company news)

... services to the pulp and paper industry

Valmet has on February 26, 2019 entered into an agreement to acquire North American-based GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 113 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments. The acquisition is estimated to be completed at the earliest on April 1, 2019.

GL&V supplies technologies, upgrades and optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally. The net sales of the acquired operations were approximately EUR 160 million and the EBITA margin was around 11 percent in calendar year 2018. The acquired operations employ about 630 people of whom approximately 65 percent are in North America and the rest mainly in Europe, South America and India.

GL&V's washing, oxygen delignification and bleaching operations with Compact Press®, pumps and mixers technology for chemical pulping as well as the related Product Center in Karlstad Sweden are not included in the transaction scope.

Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet: The acquisition has an excellent strategic fit with Valmet and further strengthens our stable business and services capabilities

"The acquisition has an excellent strategic fit - it strengthens Valmet's global services business, complements our technology offering and builds further our local presence and capabilities especially in North America.The combination of Valmet's global reach and GL&V's product and services offerings for chemical pulping and paper production form a good basis to create new business opportunities and serve our customers even better. GL&V has a team of experts globally and I want to warmly welcome them to become part of Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

GL&V is a global supplier of technologies and services for the pulp and paper industry
GL&V provides technologies, upgrade and process optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally - especially in the areas of chemical pulping, stock preparation, papermaking and finishing. GL&V's key locations are in Nashua (New Hampshire), Lenox (Massachusetts), and Hudson Falls (New York) in the U.S., in Trois-Rivières (Quebec) in Canada, in Stockholm, Sweden, in Pune, India, and in Campinas, Brazil.
(Valmet Corporation)

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TRESU showcases customised flexo printing and coating systems for integration ...  (Company news)

... with industrial lines at ICE Europe 2019

Picture: TRESU exhibits retrofittable flexo units for integration with converting lines at ICE Europe 2019

At ICE Europe 2019, TRESU will exhibit custom-designed retrofittable flexographic units, for integrated coating, printing and gluing on manufacturing and converting lines (Hall A5, Stand 1014, Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, 12-14 March).

TRESU flexo units can be retrofitted with virtually any converting machine. Applying coating media, ink, silicone and glue to a wide range of papers, plastics and nonwoven substrates, they optimise manufacturing processes in markets as diverse as household chemicals, feminine hygiene products, wallpapers, direct mail publishing, cigarettes and food.

The units comprise one to six flexo stations and are available in widths ranging from 185mm to 4.8 metres. They feature TRESU’s automated ancillary equipment, regulating the coating or ink supply and providing clean, uniform application at speeds ranging from 10m/min to 1000m/min, with little manual input needed.

TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system, together with the company’s sealed, light-weight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre chamber doctor blades, provide an enclosed, pressure-controlled supply of coating and ink to the substrate without contamination. Waste and setup times are minimised: the supply system provides automatic cleaning and complete ink-change cycles within minutes, returning unused ink after production for future use. Included are TRESU’s high-velocity, hot air drying systems that recirculate up to 85 percent of air, for energy-efficiency and low emissions.

Additionally, TRESU provides full project management, so that the flexo unit is configured to the available space, converting speed, coating chemistry and substrate type, for roll-to-roll, roll-to-sheet and multi-web manufacturing situations. Units may be integrated directly into the main frame of the manufacturing line, parallel or at an angle to the line, or in a mezzanine configuration, in which they are positioned above the line.
To ensure smooth integration of the unit alongside existing processes, the company additionally supplies drying and curing units, rewinders, unwinders, turn bars and bridging equipment.

There are over 300 TRESU speciality flexo units installed worldwide, for a variety of uses, such as applying fire-retardant barriers to cigarette paper, anti-slip coating to baking paper, logos and patterns to detergent pouches and nonwoven sanitary napkins, high-quality graphics to wallpaper and glue for direct-mail newspapers. Multiple colours can be printed with precise register at fast speeds thanks to the stability of the unit. Machines can be adapted for UV, water-based, solvent or solventless media.

Niels Westergaard, sales and technical manager Special Machinery Applications at TRESU Group, comments: “As a versatile process capable of high speeds and high-definition graphics, flexography is ideal for inline functional or decorative printing. TRESU flexo units enable manufacturers to apply features that enhance the safety, convenience and brand presentation of their products, while preserving optimum performance of the converting line. Fix an appointment at the ICE stand to learn how TRESU’s unique printing solutions add value to existing processes.”

TRESU also builds complete flexographic printing and converting machines, as well as ancillary equipment for packaging and label printing markets. At CCE International 2019 (Stand B6 - 1040), which coincides with ICE Europe 2019 at the same venue, the company presents its complete ancillary solutions for automatically regulating ink circulation on corrugated flexo printing presses. These comprise chamber doctor blades up to 6000mm wide, together with ink supply systems for integration with new and existing presses.
(Tresu A/S)

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Preliminary Statistics 2018 - Paper and board production stable and ...  (Company news)

... market pulp production up in 2018 compared to 2017

CEPI member countries’ paper and board production was stable in 2018, compared to the previous year, according to preliminary figures. Total production in 2018 reached 92.2 million tonnes. 2018 saw new capacities coming on stream but also closures. Combined with the upgrade of existing machines, this translated in a net capacity increase of 1.3 million tonnes.

The production stability observed in Europe contrasts with the reduced global paper and board production 0.6% in 2018 compared to 2017, to 417 million tonnes according to very first estimates. This reduction was mainly driven by China, whose production decreased by close to 4%. Paper and board production in Japan, South Korea and the United States has also declined, whilst production in Canada, Russia and several emerging countries (India, Indonesia and Mexico, for instance) increased.

Increased production of packaging paper and board offsets the decline in production of graphic papers
The structural divergence in the production trends for graphic grades and packaging grades was confirmed in 2018. The overall production of graphic grades fell by around 3.6%, with the highest decrease of 8.9% recorded in newsprint, used mainly for daily newspapers.

The production of graphic papers in other areas - magazines and catalogues, direct mail, directories, etc. – shows very different trends from one grade to the other. Output of coated mechanical paper remained unchanged whilst production of coated woodfree grades decreased by 7.4%. In contrast with other graphic grades, uncoated mechanical paper saw its production increase by 1.2%. The production of uncoated woodfree grades - mainly office paper - is estimated to have decreased by 2.5%.

Overall this means that production of coated and uncoated graphic papers decreased respectively by 3.8% and 1.1%. Production of woodfree graphics showed a large decrease of 4.7% whilst output of mechanical graphic papers slightly increased by 0.6%.

The production of packaging grades is estimated to have increased by around 2.4% compared to 2017, despite the ongoing trend towards light-weighting and resource efficiency. Within the packaging grades, case materials - mainly used for transport packaging and corrugated boxes - recorded a 2.7% increase in production. The output of carton board plus other packaging board - small goods packaging or book covers for instance - grew by 2.8%. In contrast, the production of wrapping grades - used for paper bag production - showed a slight decrease of around 0.6% according to preliminary estimates.

The share of packaging grades accounted for 52.5% (51.3% in 2017) of the total paper and board production, with graphic grades accounting for 34.8% (36.2% in 2017).

Sanitary and household manufacturers’ output increased by about 1.0% compared to 2017 and accounted for 8.1% of total production. Output of all other grades of paper and board – including some industrial and special purposes – remained virtually unchanged (4.6% of total production).

Paper and board deliveries by CEPI countries remain unchanged
Based on the first 9 month cumulative data, it is expected that paper and board deliveries for the year remained unchanged compared to 2017, mirroring production stability in Europe. By the end of September 2018, deliveries of graphic grades had decreased by 2.5% whilst deliveries of packaging grades rose by 1.7%.

Exports had slightly risen by 0.4% by the end of September 2018, with exports to North America and Latin America increasing by 9.8% and 4.2% respectively. Exports to other European countries registered a more limited progression (+0.9%), while those to Asia declined by 5.6%. European countries remain the main markets for exports with 36% of total European exports; Asia accounts for 25%, North America 13%, Latin America 9% and all other countries 17%.

Preliminary indications show that imports of paper and board into the region have increased by around 2.5% compared to 2017. Imports from other European countries declined by 1%, in contrast with all the other regions which saw growth: North America +3.3%, Latin America +6.5% and Asia +7.6%. Other European countries account for 43% of all European imports, North America 31%, Asia 12%, Latin America 6% and the rest of the world 9%.

Overall paper and board consumption increased by around 0.5%, the 5th consecutive year of growth
The overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI countries in 2018 increased by around 0.5% compared to 2017, based on the latest data available. This is the 5th year in a row registering growth, thanks to the favourable economic environment in the EU and at global level.

EU GDP is expected to grow at a slightly lower pace in 2019: +1.9% after +2.1% in 2018.

Total pulp production increased by 0.5% but market pulp production showed a strong increase of 4.6%
The production of pulp (integrated + market) has increased by 0.5% compared to the previous year, with total output of approximately 38.0 million tonnes. Output of mechanical and chemical pulp has increased by around 0.3% and 0.6% respectively compared to 2017.

Output of market pulp showed a stronger increase of 4.6%, as a consequence of substantial investments in new capacities and growing demand.
(CEPI aisbl)

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Governments of Canada and Quebec Support Growth of CelluForce in Quebec's Forest Industry  (Company news)

Innovation in the forest industry has the power to advance the development of Canada’s renewable resource economy and create good jobs while combating climate change.

Paul Lefebvre (photo), Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Marie-Louise Tardif, Parliamentary Assistant to the Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MWFP), Pierre Dufour announced a combined $6.4-million investment to support CelluForce Inc.’s innovative cellulose nanocrystal facility becoming the world’s first full commercial demonstration-scale plant of its kind.

The funding, which is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program and Government of Quebec by means of the MWFP’s Innovation Bois [wood innovation] program and the Ministère de l’Économie et Innovation’s Fonds du développement économique [economic development fund], will support the production of 300 tonnes of nanocrystals annually at the new, state-of-the-art facility.

This remarkable new material, which can be used in everything from papers to paints, electronics to adhesives and cement to cosmetics, is produced from the cellulose in trees and made from wood that is abundant, renewable and biodegradable.

This investment will allow CelluForce to increase production efficiency by 50 percent and help create more than 100 jobs in the next commercial plant.

CelluForce received the funding as part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to advancing innovative technology in Canada’s forest industry.

On June 1, 2017, the IFIT program received $55 million over three years as part of the Government’s $867-million Softwood Lumber Action Plan to support workers and forest-dependent communities that have been affected by U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber. This new funding enabled innovative transformative technology adoption for the sector.

The Government of Quebec is contributing $14.2 million to CelluForce, including $2.5 million from its wood innovation program. This program is one of the key measures of the 2018–2023 strategy to develop Quebec’s forest products industry. With a budget of $70 million, this strategy addresses the various challenges facing the forest products industry. In addition, Quebec is providing $11.7 million from its economic development fund, specifically $4.9 million in the form of equity investments and $6.8 million in the form of loans.


-“Our government is proud to support remarkable forest innovation that generates the economic prosperity we seek by working in harmony with the environment we cherish. This project is a terrific example of the brighter, bio-based future ahead of us. Congratulations to CelluForce for leading the way in forest sustainability and providing eco-friendly development solutions in Canada.” Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary, Natural Resources Canada

-“The government is committed to supporting investment in new technologies in order to increase the performance and competitiveness of Quebec companies. It is essential for the development of our economy that our innovative products can be found all over the world. And the CelluForce project is an excellent example of this.” Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy and of Innovation

-“The competitiveness of Quebec companies and the achievement of their objectives are reflected in the Stratégie de développement de l'industrie québécoise des produits forestiers 2018-2023. That is why the Government of Quebec is proud to participate in this innovative project, which will contribute to the success of a local company and ensure job creation in the Eastern Townships.” Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks

-“With this project to modify its cellulose nanocrystal production process, CelluForce is demonstrating that it is a proactive leader in the field of green chemistry. A leader not only in Quebec and Canada, but also internationally.” Marie-Louise Tardif, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks

-“CelluForce has been working hand in hand with industrial partners, helping them develop high-performance and sustainable products using cellulose nanocrystals. This investment will allow us to maintain our leadership in the field and expand the development of improved products with our customers. It will further enable our continued growth.” Sébastien Corbeil, President & CEO – CelluForce
(Natural Resources Canada)

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Pasaban supplies a new carton board sheeter for the Pyroll Converting Group in ...  (Company news)

...Siltakyla Service Centre

If there is one name that stands out in the European paper and carton board converting sector it is the Pyroll Converting Group, which has a sheeting capacity over 400.000 tonnes totally in five of its service centers.

At Pasaban we are proud to have been designing and manufacturing machines for its converting plant for more than twenty years. In this new project we have provided a highly automated and extremely flexible machine in order to increase the production of high-quality coated and uncoated carton board.

The KB 2300 carton board sheeter is designed for plants with high-demanding production requirements. It has the capacity to process any type of cardboard with a grammage range of between 180 and 450 gsm at an operating speed of 350 m/min.

The sheeter for Pyroll is fitted with one rotary unwinding station with automatic splicing that enables it to operate at full speed without deceleration. Pallet change is performed at full speed and since the machine is highly automated, format changes can be completed in a very short time.

With this new acquisition the Pyroll Converting Group once again places its trust in Pasaban’s technology for the manufacture of its paper converting equipment.

“We have a long-term partnership with Pasaban, and we have bought several paper converting equipment from them in past few years. The latest investment with KB2300 Pasaban sheeter in Siltakyla will fulfil the requirements of our customers in terms of quality and capacity.”

“Although we have just recently started up operating the sheeter to its full capacity, we have very positive feelings about the KB2300 performance. It has shown a positive potential for its productivity” - Tero Karstikko, VP, Pyroll Converting.
(Pasaban S.A.)

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BÖWE SYSTEC announces a new high-speed inserter at the Hunkeler Innovationdays  (Company news)

New high-speed Fusion Speed inserter capable of up filling up to 30,000 envelopes per hour

At the Hunkeler Innovationdays, which take place from February 25 to 28, 2019 in Lucerne (CH), BÖWE SYSTEC is announcing a new Fusion Speed high-performance inserter that is capable of filling up to 30,000 envelopes per hour.

After the tremendous success of its Fusion Cross inserting system, BÖWE SYSTEC has now announced the Fusion Speed. The new system retains the strengths of the Fusion Cross, but – depending of the application – is capable of higher speeds of up to 30,000 envelopes per hour and can handle a range of formats from B6+ and #7 ¾ to B5 and 6 x 9. It will be shown to the public for the first time at the inserting specialist’s open day in Augsburg on May 14 this year and it should be ready for a commercial launch in 2020.

“Market feedback gave us the idea for the Fusion Speed. This new high-performance inserting machine and its exceptional speed mean that we can generate even more output for our customers and they can achieve a return on investment from the machine within a short period of time”, reports Wulf Böttcher, Product Manager Inserting at BÖWE SYSTEC.

What sets both the Fusion Cross and the Fusion Speed apart from other inserting systems is their unique inserting technique, the so-called Flow-Principle. This slows the filling speed down 4.5-fold to allow more time for the actual filling process, enabling different envelope formats and difficult enclosures up to 15 mm thick and weighing up to 1 kg to be handled – and all without stopping. This special inserting process ensures a stable production flow and results in the industry’s highest net output.

Visitors to the Hunkeler Innovationdays can learn all about the Fusion series by coming to see us at the BÖWE SYSTEC booth in Hall 2 of the Lucerne show until February 28.
(Böwe Systec GmbH)

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SIG leads the beverage carton industry with the first paper straw solution  (Company news)

SIG is the first in the industry to offer a market-ready alternative to plastic straws, announcing today that a paper straw solution will be delivered to first customers in the first quarter of 2019.

With growing concern about the environmental impact of plastic straws, the food and beverage industry urgently needs an alternative solution. SIG’s new paper straw offers such a solution.

Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG, said: “We saw an opportunity to address concerns about marine litter and offer added value to our customers by helping them meet consumer and regulatory demand to scrap plastic straws. This win-win is a great example of how our commitment to go Way Beyond Good for the environment is delivering real business benefits.”

Nestlé is the first customer to introduce SIG’s paper straw solution and has already tested the market launch in the Dominican Republic.

Michael Schwan, Manufacturing Manager RTD - Dairy Strategic Business Unit at Nestlé said: “We are committed to improving the environmental performance of our packaging and addressing the critical issue of single-use plastics is an important part of that. We need effective, scalable solutions and SIG’s new paper straw has the potential to meet that need.”

Seeking a solution
SIG does not make straws, but some of its portion-size packs are designed to be used with a straw for convenience on the go and the company has been working with suppliers to develop alternatives.

Paper is renewable and recyclable. This forest-based material already makes up 70-80% of SIG’s cartons on average, and the look and feel of paper also visibly reinforces its environmental credentials to consumers.

SIG worked closely with a manufacturing partner to develop an innovative and exclusive solution that makes the paper straw robust enough to pierce the closed straw hole of SIG’s aseptic cartons. The wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to help prevent litter by remaining attached to the pack to be recycled along with the rest of the carton.

The new paper straws will be made of paperboard from FSCTM (Forest Stewardship CouncilTM)-certified forests or other controlled sources. Customers can already include the FSC label on any SIG carton and they will be able to add the label to the paper straws once the manufacturing partner has completed FSC Chain-of-Custody certification, which is expected during the second half of 2019.

The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The initial volume of paper straws will be limited during the launch phase, as SIG ramps up capacity with its manufacturing partner. SIG is also continuing to invest in new ways to apply this alternative straw solution to a wider variety of packaging formats.

SIG is determined to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to find new approaches to reduce single-use plastics, foster recycling and minimise waste. Helping customers improve the sustainability of their products is an important part of the company’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

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Spicers reports significantly increased first-half underlying earnings

• Spicers Limited (‘Spicers’ or ‘the Company’) has reported underlying EBIT(1) of $7.0 million for the half-year ended 31 December 2018 (‘1H19’), $3.4m (97.6%) higher than the prior corresponding period (‘pcp’).
• Profit after tax from continuing operations of $5.9m was strongly up by $4.0m (214.2%) on pcp.
• A statutory loss after tax of $(6.7)m was incurred in 1H19, including a loss on sale of the Asian Operations of $15.2m.
Key features of the 2019 interim results:
• Group net sales revenue for 1H19 was $194.6m. Net sales revenue from continuing operations was $158.6m, up 4.9% on pcp. Print & Packaging revenue grew strongly by 8.5%, while Sign & Display revenue was 5.3% lower in challenging market conditions.
• Australian underlying EBIT(1) of $5.1m was sharply up by $2.1m (66.7% ) on pcp, driven by strong market engagement in Print & Packaging categories and continued tight control of operating expenses.
• New Zealand’s underlying EBIT(1) of $3.9m was 0.5% higher than pcp in local currency terms, with solid results delivered across all product categories.
• Underlying Corporate Costs were $1.3m (39.6%) lower than pcp, reflecting the benefits of recent and ongoing cost reduction initiatives.
• A loss after tax on discontinued operations of $12.5m was recorded in 1H19. A loss on sale of the Asian Operations(3) of $15.2m (including foreign exchange related losses of $15.5m) was offset in part by a gain of $1.9m relating to the Netherlands Holdings bankruptcy trustees settlement(5).
• Net cash outflow from operating activities for continuing operations was $(9.0)m in the period, due to seasonal patterns in the Group’s working capital balances and cash flows which are expected to reverse in the second-half.
• The Group’s ‘net cash’ position at 31 December 2018 was $38.7m, with debt drawn of $2.2m.

Commenting on the result, Spicers Chief Executive Officer David Martin (photo) said:
“We continue to meet our promises. These results are the outcome of strong business strategy and execution by the talented people in our business. With ongoing growth in our revenue, along with our continuing focus on efficiencies, we have met our promise to improve shareholder returns consistently, period-on-period, over the past two and a half years.
Initiatives to further improve our growth potential, and seasonal working capital trends, have led to a cash outflow in the first-half, which will essentially reverse in the second-half. We are very pleased with the continued progress in our operating businesses and, working in concert
with the board, our Corporate cost reduction initiatives, all delivering improved shareholder value.
This has all now culminated in an offer from Kokusai Pulp & Paper to acquire the whole of Spicers via a scheme of arrangement, a proposed transaction that we believe is very attractive to shareholders. We look forward to updating shareholders and seeking their support on this proposed transaction in the coming months.”
(Spicers Limited)

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Reed Exhibitions closes acquisition of Mack Brooks Exhibitions  (Company news)

Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX, has completed its acquisition of Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

Mack Brooks‘ flagship brands include EuroBLECH (sheet metal working technology); inter airport (airport infrastructure and technology); Fastener Fair (fastener and fixing technology); Chemspec (fine and speciality chemicals); RAILTEX (rail infrastructure and technology); ICE Europe (paper, film and foil converting); CCE (manufacturing and converting corrugated and cartonboard); PSE Europe (plastics) and InPrint (print technology for industrial manufacturing).

The acquisition expands Reed Exhibitions‘ global portfolio by more than 30 business-to-business events in 14 countries, delivering value for stakeholders, including customers and staff. Nicola Hamann will continue as Managing Director of Mack Brooks, and the company will continue to be based in St Albans, UK.
(Reed Exhibitions)

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Two Industrial Rental Boiler Systems Delivered, Installed, and Commissioned in Seven Days  (Company news)

Nationwide Boiler Inc., the largest rental boiler supplier west of the Mississippi River, recently provided two large package watertube boilers on a fast-track emergency basis to a pulp and paper facility in the Pacific Northwest. Each boiler traveled nearly 1,000 miles to the customer site through rough winter weather, and in just seven days the boilers were delivered, installed, and put into service.

Nationwide Boiler’s long-time customer was experiencing issues with their large power boiler, and on short notice had to take it down for repairs. After fielding the initial call, Nationwide Rental Manager, Tim McBride, identified two 70,000 lb/hr trailer-mounted watertube boilers that were serviced and ready for immediate use. Within two days, the boilers headed North to support the outage. “This type of emergency need is exactly what we are here for,” explained McBride. “We’ve built a fleet of over 100 rental boilers in a variety of sizes and operating parameters, allowing us to have units available at any given time to support our diverse customer base.” The boilers are currently operating and supporting production at the pulp and paper facility, and will continue providing steam to the plant through the duration of the repairs.
(Nationwide Boiler Inc.)

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UPM is building a new ecosystem for wood-based biomedical solutions together with partners  (Company news)

UPM collaborates with leading research organizations and small to medium sized companies in order to create a new ecosystem and novel wood-based innovations for the biomedical sector. The sector faces a growing need for products sourced from natural materials that are free from animal-derived components as they offer many advantages over currently used materials.

UPM has been active in biomedicals for many years and has already commercialized GrowDex® nanocellulose product for cell culture. GrowDex provides an environment close to that found in the human body, giving researchers a tool to replicate and study the effect of diseases on cells. Plant-based biocompatible materials can accelerate market breakthrough for several new applications and technologies. In addition to cell culture, wood-based materials can be used e.g. in clinical applications and diagnostics.

Wood as a raw material in the biomedicals area has many attractive qualities and UPM is looking to expand its portfolio further.

"We have a long history of developing new high-value products from forest biomass but entering a highly regulated field, such as the biomedical industry, requires new kind of competences and collaboration. Public funding from Business Finland enables joining forces with other key partners operating in this area. Moreover, it speeds up the creation of a new ecosystem, which in turn enables new business to all companies involved," says Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM.

Development work for these new innovative products has received significant support and funding from Business Finland through the Wood-to-Biomedical project which began in 2017 and will now continue to 2021. The project targets to integrate parties and their technologies into value networks. Expansion of the ecosystem will generate new business that could not be achieved by any single organization alone.

"Ecosystems are the way of the future. Innovations are key drivers of growth, and the majority of innovations are born in ecosystems. I am personally very excited about this project. It creates significant growth opportunities for Finnish biomedical companies of all sizes, and huge benefits for the Finnish society as a whole," says Pekka Soini, Director General of Business Finland.

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Domtar & CelluForce: Innovating with Cellulose Nanocrystals  (Company news)

Concerns over the long-term effects of plastics in our environment have led to stronger calls for biobased, renewable materials. One such material is nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), also known as cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). These tiny crystals are extracted from wood and processed into a powder or liquid suspension, which can be used to add strength, enhance lubrication and improve impermeability in everyday products.

Our 170-year history of refining biomass puts us in a unique position to be a leader in the shift from a fossil-fuel-based economy to one that is biobased, relying on the most renewable fossil fuel alternative on the planet — trees.

Advanced Fibers and Cellulose Nanocrystals
Our research in biomaterials science includes advanced fibers, cellulosic sugars, thermochemical fuels, Biochoice® lignin and extractives. Each of these platforms uses natural components from trees to develop innovative, biobased products and applications.

An important part of our work in advanced fibers happens through our ownership in CelluForce®, a Montreal-based company that manufactures cellulose nanocrystals from the cellulose found in trees. CelluForce operates the world’s largest cellulose nanocrystal plant at Domtar’s Windsor Mill, producing 300 tons per year.

With cellulose being the most abundant organic compound on earth, as well as renewable and biodegradable, the potential applications for cellulose nanocrystals are vast and environmentally sustainable.

“Our involvement in CelluForce plays into Domtar’s mission of creating high-value products from every part of our supply chain,” says Mark DeAndrea, Domtar’s vice president of BioMaterials and CelluForce board member. “We are excited about the future of CelluForce and the potential role cellulose nanocrystals will play in everyday products.”

Domtar and CelluForce
CelluForce produces CelluForce NCC®, a family of cellulose nanocrystal products. These products have specific properties to enhance the performance of industrial and commercial products:
-Strengthening — CNC can be added to products like tires or latex gloves to strengthen them.
-Blocking — CNC can be added as a layer in packaging films to improve food protection.
-Lubricating — CNC can be used in lubricants to reduce wear in machinery and other moving parts.
-Suspending — CNC can be added to products such as paint or cement to prevent particles from settling.

CelluForce NCC is currently used in FogKicker®, a high-performance anti-fog solution for mirrors, dive masks, goggles and visors. A single clear coating prevents fog from forming, is water-resistant and doesn’t irritate. CelluForce NCC is also used by Schlumberger in deep-ocean oil-drilling fluids to prevent sand from contaminating the oil and to lower the environmental footprint of the end product.

“There are a lot of opportunities to use CelluForce NCC in everyday products, especially with the increasing pressure to find greener alternatives to petroleum-based products, such as traditional plastics,” says Sebastien Corbeil, CelluForce CEO. “CelluForce is well-positioned to provide part of the solution to help the move toward a circular economy. The interest in CNC is growing everyday as product manufacturers try to improve performance while lowering their environmental footprint. The uses are broad, providing us with a large playing field and a good potential for growth.”

Mark DeAndrea adds, “I am personally surprised how quickly biomaterials are gaining traction in our industry. The market pull, combined with our development efforts, partner companies, governments and universities, has enabled our portfolio to grow to more than 20 significant opportunities, with several being commercialized as we speak. We’ve been looking at macro trends — such as moves to ban plastic or increase the use of biodegradable, carbon-neutral, renewable fuel sources and materials — to identify pain points within existing industries and determine where we can provide a solution and, more importantly, have a competitive advantage.”
(Domtar Inc.)

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Valmet to supply a new wood handling line to Metsä Group's Joutseno pulp mill in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet has received an order for a new wood handling line from Metsä Group's Joutseno pulp mill. The expansion works are starting this year and will be completed during spring 2020. Metsä Group's investment will make it possible to process larger amounts of fiber wood.

Photo: Valmet will supply a new wood handling line to Metsä Group's Joutseno pulp mill in Finland. (Photo: Metsä Group)

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order is around EUR 10-15 million.

"Our softwood debarking capacity will increase with a third as a result of the expansion. This increases the effectivity of our operations and ensures the reliability of our debarking long into the future, and also enables the increase of the pulp production capacity in the future," says Ari Tanninen, Vice President for the Metsä Fibre Joutseno mill.

"Our high capacity wood handling line provides an energy efficient, safe and high yield solution for the Joutseno mill. We are happy to continue our good cooperation, and also have the ability to do performance monitoring through our Industrial Internet applications to further improve the performance of the mill's wood handling," says Paulo Aguiar, Vice President, Wood and Pulp Handling Business Unit, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a log infeed conveyor with de-icing, hydrostatically supported debarking drum and state-of-the-art horizontal feed chipper. The capacity of the new wood handling line will be 470 m3/hour.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Two 8-metre Paper Rewinders for Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd  (Company news)

Latest generation technology and significant paper width for E-WIND 100 rewinders: another successful project in China!

A.Celli Paper is pleased to confirm its ongoing and valuable collaboration with the Chinese group Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd., enshrined in the agreement for the supply of two latest generation E-WIND® P100 rewinders, for the mill located in Jingzhou District, China.

The E-WIND® P100 Paper Rewinders, highly developed in terms of design, will have a paper width of 7960 mm and will guarantee a maximum production speed of 2500 mpm (design speed).

They will be able to accommodate large reels on the unwinder, with diameters up to 3800 mm and weighing about 65 t.

In addition, they are combined with sophisticated technological innovations including:
-Innovative Slittomatic® double motor cutting unit positioning system;
-Web-in technology, the automatic system that maximises the management of positioning cutting units without the need to break the web;
-Built-in spool-parking.

The machines, with start-up scheduled for the third quarter of 2019, will allow the Chinese group to process high-quality flat-paper and test-liner paper of the lowest grammage (from 50 to 110 gsm).

This new investment by Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry is further confirmation of how technologically reliable and evolved Paper A.Celli E-WIND® Rewinders can prove to be, and now A.Celli Paper is considered a valuable and expert partner, able to constantly support its customers, building and cultivating important professional relationships.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

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German Design Award for RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer  (Company news)

-Important prize for the RotaJET press from Koenig & Bauer
-Prize celebrates innovative developments in product and communications design
-Award ceremony within the framework of the consumer goods fair “Ambiente”

Koenig & Bauer is among the proud winners of the German Design Award 2019, earning a “Winner” commendation from the German Design Council for the RotaJET digital web press. The RotaJET convinced the jury in the category “Industry” with its ultra-modern, high-class feel and clearly structured look. It already implements our new press design.

Photo: The RotaJET digital web press in the Koenig & Bauer demo centre in Würzburg

A silver and grey colour scheme characterises the outward appearance of the RotaJET, accentuated by a distinctive blue segment with an illuminated company logo and function panel. Every detail of the uncluttered operating concept is tailored to the needs of the user. “With the German Design Award, we have received a further important prize for our RotaJET,” says a delighted Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communications and marketing at Koenig & Bauer. “That is clear indication that we are on the right track with our modern press design.” The award jury praised the coherent design language, the clear structuring of the press sections, and the easy accessibility of all operating elements of the RotaJET.

The German Design Award is bestowed by the German Design Council, a foundation which was established on the initiative of the Federal Parliament in 1953 to sharpen awareness for the importance of design questions in industry. The message: High-tech made in Germany must be paired with an equally outstanding external appearance in order to be successful worldwide. Through its annual German Design Award, the council spotlights projects which are deemed ground-breaking for the German and international design landscape.

The most innovative design developments are celebrated in over 50 award categories in the three areas “Excellent Communications Design”, “Excellent Product Design” and “Universal Design”. All the prize-winners have previously received nominations from the technical and expert committees of the German Design Council. The complex nomination procedure ensures that the competition entries represent the very best achievements in product and communications design. The winners of the German Design Award are then chosen by an independent jury of experts from industry, the universities and the design branch. This year’s award ceremony was held on 8th February 2019 within the framework of the leading international consumer goods fair “Ambiente” in Frankfurt am Main.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

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Essity Year-end Report 2018  (Company news)

(compared with the corresponding period a year ago)
-Net sales increased 8.5% to SEK 118,500m (109,265)
-Organic net sales increased 2.6%
-Organic net sales increased 3.1%, excluding the lower sales of mother reels due to production closures
-Operating profit before amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (EBITA) declined 8% to SEK 11,560m (12,550)
-Adjusted EBITA amounted to SEK 12,935m (13,405)
-Adjusted EBITA margin was 10.9 percent (12.3)
-Higher raw material and energy costs had a negative impact of SEK 4,705m on earnings
-Profit for the period decreased 3% to SEK 8,552m (8,785)
-Earnings per share amounted to SEK 11.23 (11.56)
-Adjusted earnings per share increased 2% to SEK 13.32 (13.09)
-Cash flow from current operations totaled SEK 8,787m (8,745)
-The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of SEK 5.75 (5.75) per share
-A Group-wide cost-savings program was launched. The expected annual cost savings amount to approximately SEK 900m, with full effect at the end of 2019.
-A decision in a tax case in Sweden reduced the reported tax expense by about SEK 1.1bn

Photo: Magnus Groth, Essity President and CEO

The Group’s net sales increased 8.5% in 2018 compared with the preceding year. Organic net sales, excluding the lower sales of mother reels due to production closures, increased 3.1%. Including the lower sales of mother reels, organic net sales increased 2.6%. The Group’s adjusted EBITA declined 4%. The adjusted EBITA margin declined 1.4 percentage points to 10.9%. Higher prices, better mix, higher volumes, cost savings and the acquisition of BSN medical had a positive impact on earnings. Higher raw material and energy costs had a negative impact of SEK -4,705m on earnings, which corresponds to a negative impact on the adjusted EBITA margin of -4.2 percentage points. The adjusted return on capital employed was 12.0%.

The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of SEK 5.75 per share.

During the year, we worked with all parts of the business to increase profitability and counteract the negative effect that significantly higher raw material and energy costs had on our earnings. We implemented measures in several areas:
-We continued to invest in our strong brands and launched 29 innovations during the year that have strengthened our customer and consumer offering and improved the product mix.
-We have implemented price increases in all business areas in 2018. Further price increases are expected in 2019.
-We intensified our efficiency improvements and restructuring of the business. During the year, we achieved SEK 1,040m in cost savings. We have decided on further restructuring measures as part of “Tissue Roadmap” and are continuing our work with “Cure or Kill”.
-During the year, we launched a Group-wide cost-savings program. The program is expected to generate annual cost savings of approximately SEK 900m, with full effect at the end of 2019. The program is proceeding as planned and for the fourth quarter of 2018, cost savings amounted to SEK 18m. At the end of 2018, the annual rate amounted to about SEK 150m.
-To strengthen competitiveness and increase efficiency, we also made changes to the company’s organizational structure and Executive Management Team.

Our work to contribute to a sustainable and circular society has been intensified and rewarded. During the year, we qualified for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and were named industry leader in the Household Products sector.

The Group’s net sales increased 8.5% in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Organic net sales, excluding the lower sales of mother reels, increased 4.0%. Including the lower sales of mother reels, organic net sales increased 3.3%, of which volume accounted for 0.5% and price/mix for 2.8%. Organic net sales was positively impacted by higher prices in all business areas. In emerging markets, which accounted for 36% of net sales, organic net sales increased 8.4%, while the increase in mature markets was 0.7%.

The Group’s adjusted EBITA in the fourth quarter of 2018 declined 5% compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Earnings were positively impacted by higher prices in all business areas, higher volumes and cost savings amounting to SEK 273m, of which SEK 18m was related to the Group-wide cost-savings program. Higher raw material and energy costs had a negative impact of SEK -1,433m on earnings, which corresponds to a negative impact on the adjusted EBITA margin of -4.8 percentage points. The market price for pulp is about 20% higher compared with the corresponding period a year ago. The market price of oil-based raw materials also increased significantly. Furthermore, higher distribution costs had a negative impact on earnings. The Group’s adjusted EBITA margin decreased 1.5 percentage points to 11.1%. The adjusted return on capital employed was 12.7%. Operating cash flow increased 1%.
(Essity Aktiebolag)

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Canon launches new Océ Arizona 1300 flatbed printer series for customers seeking to boost ...   (Company news)

...production efficiency

Canon UK has launched the new Océ Arizona 1300 flatbed printer series for mid-volume sign and display graphics producers, with the aim of helping customers to increase production efficiencies and address market demand for more varied applications.

Photo: Customers can print more output, smarter and faster, with the new Océ Arizona 1300 printer

Suited for customers producing up to 15,000m² per year and offering printing speeds up to 52.8m² per hour, the Océ Arizona 1300 Series comprises six models, all designed from the ground up for optimum ease of use and reliability. Customers can choose from three GT models (Océ Arizona 1340 GT, 1360 GT, 1380 GT) with a flatbed area of 1.25m x 2.5m, or three larger 2.5m x 3.08m XT models (Océ Arizona 1340 XT, 1360 XT, 1380 XT).

The new series has been developed to meet the needs of customers who are ready to upgrade their first flatbed or hybrid printer and are looking for a more productive, high quality product built for maximum uptime, while seeking the versatility to handle an even broader range of media for diverse applications.

New solutions for maximum productivity
To maximise productive uptime, the Arizona 1300 printers are the first Océ flatbed products to feature LED curing options, offering customers the scope to print as needed from standby mode, without waiting for UV lamps to heat up.

The new series also introduces Océ Arizona Xpert, an innovative software solution that simplifies and automates complex jobs, including multi-layered and duplex applications, so that print files are ready in an instant. The intuitive software stores the print-ready file, enabling similar future jobs to be prepared more quickly and easily by the customer time after time, for long-term production efficiencies.

In addition, the new devices are the first Canon flatbed products to include Océ Remote Service for maximum uptime and ongoing technical support. With this tool, customers can better monitor ink consumption and print volumes, enabling them to receive customised service contracts based on their individual business requirements.

Designed for any application need
The LED curing technology of the Océ Arizona 1300 Series offers print service providers (PSPs) the opportunity to work with an even broader range of applications on almost any rigid or flexible media, and when handling challenging media, such as canvas, wood, tile, glass, etc. The LED-UV inks used with the new models are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning prints can also be used safely in sensitive indoor environments, including schools, hospitals or retail environments. Canon is the only digital flatbed technology provider that now offers both conventional and LED curing solutions, giving customers a printer for nearly every application need.

With optional light cyan (LC), light magenta (LM), varnish and white inks, as well as enhanced screening, the new flatbed devices also enable customers to produce higher value work, delivering superior print quality even for photographic and fine art applications.

For customers looking to differentiate their product offering, the Océ Arizona 1300 Series can be used with the Océ Touchstone textured printing solution, which enables the production of enhanced prints with textured effects. The machine also has an additional Roll Media Option to handle flexible media, while optimising production.

A decade of continuous flatbed innovation
Wayne Barlow, Head of Graphics and Communications Business Groups at Canon UK, comments, “Our flatbed customers have consistently faced the same two challenges – the need to boost productivity and to diversify their applications portfolio to open up new business opportunities. The launch of the new Océ Arizona 1300 Series increases their ability to do more, smarter, faster and cost effectively, with a single printer.”

“Over more than 11 years at the forefront of flatbed development, our R&D teams have been committed to introducing innovations to the market that improve productivity, quality, media versatility and total cost of ownership, as well as enhancing end-to-end process automation. This latest product series demonstrates that there is still scope to develop holistic solutions that improve total production efficiency by streamlining every aspect of production, from file preparation to printing, curing and maintenance.”

Barlow continues, “We are excited to introduce these new printers to the market to help our customers reach new heights of operational excellence. From a single flatbed product in 2007, we now offer a comprehensive flatbed portfolio so that, regardless of a customer’s production volumes and applications mix, there is an Océ Arizona solution for their needs.”

The Océ Arizona 1300 Series is produced at the recently expanded Canon flatbed manufacturing facility in Poing, Germany, and will be commercially available from January 2019.
(Canon Europe Ltd)

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Valmet to supply grade conversion rebuild for Shangrao City Lulin Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a grade conversion rebuild with automation solutions for Shangrao City Lulin Paper Co., Ltd. in Shangrao, China. The main goal of the customer is to increase the capacity of fluting grades and expand the company by building a new greenfield mill. The start-up of relocated and converted paper machine PM 5 is scheduled for early 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of order of this type is typically around EUR 20-30 million.

"Strong reputation with good references and high-end technology was the key reason for Shangrao City Lulin to choose Valmet. The paper machine, which was originally Valmet-supplied, and its former section with shoe and blade technology set an excellent foundation for a modern and high-speed containerboard machine," says Fan Ze, Vice President of Capital Sales in China, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the grade conversion rebuild will include broke collection, modifications to wet end, new OptiSizer Film with related surface starch preparation system and supply system as well as an OptiReel and a winder upgrade. Board machine ventilation process equipment with a hood, heat recovery with other related air and ventilation systems as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up will also be included.

The automation delivery will include Valmet DNA Automation System for both process and machine controls, as well as runnability and condition monitoring. Board's final quality is managed with Valmet IQ Quality Control System with a comprehensive range of profilers and web monitoring system.

The 8,650-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce fluting grades with a design basis weight range of 60-100 g/m2. The design speed for the new parts will be 1,300 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Domtar Corporation Names New Mill Managers for Kingsport, TN and Nekoosa, WI  (Company news)

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) has announced two well-qualified leaders to manage its Kingsport, Tennessee and Nekoosa, Wisconsin, mills.

Photo: Marty Burkhardt (left), Marty Barfield (right)

Marty Barfield has been named manager of the company’s mill in Kingsport, Tennessee. Since September 2015, Marty has been the Plymouth Mill’s pulp production manager, leading manufacturing for two softwood fiber lines and two fluff pulp machines with a keen focus on employee safety. He was instrumental in the mill’s successful NC2 retirement and NC5 transition, including his leadership on a number of continuous improvement projects to increase the mill’s output.

Marty brings more than 30 years of experience to this role. He began his career working a number of technical, engineering, maintenance and operational positions at Procter & Gamble before joining Domtar in 1989, where he has served in roles of increasing operational responsibility at the Marlboro and Plymouth mills. Marty earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from N.C. State University.

Marty Burkhardt has been named manager of the Nekoosa, Wisconsin mill. Marty previously was Nekoosa’s operations manager, responsible for all aspects of safety, environmental, productivity, reliability and continuous improvement across Nekoosa’s manufacturing operations. His commitment to reliability and continuous improvement has helped increase the mill’s pulp production while also reducing its chemical usage.

Marty’s 20-plus years of diverse experience include roles of increasing responsibility in the pulp mill, paper operations, the recovery process as well as power and utilities at both Verso Corp. and Alliant Energy before joining Domtar in 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

“We are excited to promote these two deserving internal candidates to mill management positions” said Mike Garcia, president pulp and paper division. “Their commitment to production, employee safety, strategic planning and reliability will help ensure Kingsport and Nekoosa continue to drive value for our company.”
(Domtar Paper Operation Center)

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Kurz introduces foil metallization solutions for HP Indigo digital printing  (Company news)

Kurz, a worldwide leader in thin film technology, announced new DM-Liner foil overprinting metallization finishing solutions for HP Indigo digital press labels and commercial printing.

The Kurz DM-Jetliner (photo), a digital pre-print foil unit integrated with the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press and additional narrow-web models, simplifies the production of high-value labels with metallic effects in one pass, on a wide range of substrates, all at full press speed.
For commercial printing, a new version of the DM-Luxliner can be used off-line for HP Indigo B2 sheet-fed presses including the HP Indigo 12000 HD, HP Indigo 12000 and HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press.

The Kurz solutions are making their worldwide debut at the HP Indigo Global VIP customer event on February 12. The full capabilities of the finishing units will be demonstrated with HP Indigo machines.

Highly decorative label solution
The DM-Jetliner is suitable for self-adhesive labels made from a wide variety of plastics and coated papers, and processes roll widths of 150 to 350 millimeters. The key feature of DM-Liner finishing is its flat, color printing equivalent application of the metallization, which makes problem-free multi-colored overprinting possible. Thanks to the non-bulkiness of the coating, DM-Liner finishing is also predestined for use in web-fed printing. Rolls in any required thickness can be finished.
The Kurz solution also offers diffractive designs and continuous holograms. These serve not only as decorative eye-catchers, but also provide a barrier to counterfeiting.

"Web-fed digital printing is the ideal solution for meeting the increasing demand in the labels sector for personalization and serialization, short runs and versioning, right through to individualized designs," said Markus Hoffmann, Senior Vice President at Kurz.
"When up-stream integrated into HP Indigo narrow web printing machines, the DM-Jetliner fulfills these requirements with highly decorative results."

The first HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press with an integrated pre-press DM-Jetliner has begun beta customer testing. Further installations at beta test customers are planned for 2019.

Digital metallization in sheet-fed printing: a new level of registration accuracy
Sheets finished with the standalone DM-Luxliner can now be foil overprinted with high registration accuracy of +/- 100 micrometers using HP Indigo B2 sheetfed presses thanks to an HP Indigo software-controlled registration adjustment.
Sheets can be overprinted in a multitude of ways, including pre-print and post-printing.

Live demonstrations at the HP Indigo event in Tel Aviv
At the HP Indigo customer event, Kurz will be demonstrating the full capabilities of the finishing units when combined with HP Indigo machines. Three different live applications will be presented on an HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press with an integrated DM-Jetliner: Colorful shower gel and smoothie labels will be personalized in radiant metallic tones, and a limited edition gin label luxuriously decorated – the elegant and colorful labels turn these products into joyful companions in everyday life.

VIP event tickets with sparkling personalizations and a counterfeit-resistant holographic design of brilliant image sharpness will be finished on a DM-Luxliner, and overprinted with an HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press.
Furthermore, a luxuriant book title design with a fascinating interplay of print colors and metallization will be produced. Softly gleaming metallic motifs shimmer through lush colors and change their appearance as the incident light changes. A glittery rainbow foil adds additional color accents. Print finished outline lettering clearly demonstrates the registration accuracy.
(Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG)

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Ricoh toner awarded Smithers Pira Certificate of Conformity for food safety  (Company news)

The application possibilities Print Service Providers (PSPs) can deliver using Ricoh colour sheetfed presses, in conjunction with Ricoh’s own developed Pro™ Print toners, have been significantly expanded following Smithers Pira’s food safety endorsement.

After completing a rigorous testing process, Ricoh’s own developed toners have been awarded a Smithers Pira Certificate of Conformity assuring EU food packaging legislation compliance. It applies to the Ricoh Pro™ C9200, Ricoh Pro™ C9100, Ricoh Pro™ C7200 and Ricoh Pro™ C7100 sheet fed digital colour Series (both four and five colour models).

“This certification will give PSPs, and their clients, peace of mind when using the Ricoh Pro C9200, Ricoh Pro C9100, Ricoh Pro C7200 and Ricoh Pro C7100 colour sheet fed presses for food related packaging applications,” says Eef De Ridder, Vice President of Commercial Printing, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “It supports our continuous drive to ensure PSPs are always in the best position possible to move into new sectors or embrace growing markets.”

Smithers Pira completed the migration testing and set-off tests on polypropylene 30 micron film that were applied with self adhesive labels printed using Ricoh’s toner technology.

Smithers Pira reported that no significant migration or set-off was observed into Tenax, 95% ethanol or isooctane food simulants under the test conditions. A risk assessment was carried out for Non Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) associated with the toners and found to be in compliance.

Ricoh’s Pro Print CMYK (plus white and clear for the five colour Pro C7200x and Pro C7100x models) toners were found to comply with EU and FDA legislation for food packaging intended for all food types when used behind a functional barrier.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

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Metsä Tissue is Developing a Concept for the Future Tissue Mill  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue, part of the Metsä Group, commenced an operational review of its mill operations on 1 February 2019. Jari Tiura, SVP, Operations, is responsible for the operational review.

As part of the operational review, Metsä Tissue will be developing a concept for the future tissue paper mill in cooperation with equipment and automation system suppliers. The concept’s development will include a review of all the operational processes of a tissue paper mill: raw materials, production, converting as well as dispatch and warehouse operations.

The review aims to find out whether a new concept could significantly improve product quality, the efficiency of production and the use of resources. In creating the concept, the possibility to build fully fossil free mill will be studied. Also automation potential in the entire process will be reviewed together with the current status of mill systems and a development roadmap will be defined.

Ari Vehviläinen, VP, Operations, has been appointed project manager of the Future Tissue Mill project.
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

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AF&PA Elects New Board Chair, Announces Officers at Winter Board of Directors Meeting  (Company news)

Greif, Inc.’s Pete Watson (photo) Named Board Chair

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced the election of Greif Inc. President & CEO Pete Watson as the new AF&PA Board Chair and released its 2019 slate of AF&PA Board Officers. Paper and wood product industry leaders participated in the association’s Winter Board of Directors Meeting in Washington on February 7.

“I am eager to partner with AF&PA’s leadership to advance 2019 advocacy priorities that will support our industry’s ability to grow the economy and create American manufacturing jobs,” said Watson. “A more resilient market-based paper recycling system, improved transportation infrastructure, free and fair trade, a competitive tax system, and regulatory reforms and process improvements top our list. All will set a stronger foundation for the one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation to prosper as our companies apply sustainable manufacturing practices to make the products that improve everyday life.”

Watson has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Greif Inc., since November 1, 2015, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Greif. Since joining the company in 1999, Watson has held a number of executive positions, including Group President for Paper Packaging, Land Management, and Global Sourcing and Supply Chain. He also served as Division President of Paper Packaging, and President of CorrChoice (a Greif division), and Vice President of Corrugated Operations.

AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman said, “Our industry has a bright future and can compete anywhere in the world with the right public policies. We are committed to working together with stakeholders who share our interest in a sustainable U.S. manufacturing base. Under Pete Watson’s leadership, we’ll share the industry’s compelling story with decision makers in Washington and in state legislatures to ensure public policy clearly reflects the benefits of our products to society and reflects the needs of our members and their hard-working employees.”

Also elected officers are: Mark Sutton, Chairman & CEO, International Paper Company (first vice chair) and Mike Doss, President & CEO, Graphic Packaging International, Inc. (second vice chair). John Rooney, President & CEO, Evergreen Packaging LLC, and 2018 AF&PA Board Chair, will serve as Immediate Past Chair.

Beginning new terms as AF&PA Board members in 2019 are: Craig Anneberg, CEO, North Pacific Paper Company, LLC; C. Anderson Bolton, President & CEO, PaperWorks Industries, Inc.; John Carpenter, President, Nippon Dynawave Packaging; Mark Gardner, President & CEO, Sappi North America; William E. Johnson, Jr., President, Johnson Timber Corporation and Yves Laflamme, President & CEO, Resolute Forest Products

The AF&PA Board of Directors currently consists of 23 top industry leaders who represent a broad spectrum of companies in the paper and wood products manufacturing sector.
(AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)

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Bernd Eikens appointed Executive Vice President, UPM Biorefining  (Company news)

Bernd Eikens (photo) has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for UPM Biorefining as of 1 March 2019. He will be based in Helsinki reporting to Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO.

Bernd Eikens is already a member of UPM's Executive Team, currently responsible for UPM Specialty Papers Business Area. He has been in his current role since 2016. Before that he was responsible for UPM's Communication Papers. He joined UPM in 1988.

Bernd Eikens holds a Doctor's degree from Colorado State University and Master's degrees from Technical University of Darmstadt and Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves in the Board of Johan Bunte Bauunternehmung GmbH and in the Advisory Board of Meyer Turku Shipyard. He is 53 years old and a German citizen.

"Bernd has clear strategic insights and exceptionally broad and versatile international experience. I know him as a person of high integrity and his leadership track record in UPM is impressive. UPM Biorefining is in an interesting and exiting phase. With Bernd's input I'm sure the business area will further improve and develop its businesses," says Pesonen.

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SinoCorrugated 2019: A Leading International Corrugated Exhibition Returns to Shanghai  (Company news)

Collocated Shows Promise Industry-Defining Highlights

From April 8 to April 11, 2019, the four-day SinoCorrugated event will be held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre. Businesses seeking high quality cutting-edge equipment to facilitate efficient production will leverage this exceptional platform to fulfill their objectives. In a massive boost to the show’s value, SinoCorrugated 2019 will run concurrently with SinoFoldingCarton and PACKCON. A further two new shows will be introduced to the global converting community at the same time: SinoPaper and SinoFlexPack. The five events will combine to create one mega expo that will bring together over 1,100 established brands to display 1,800+ high-end, cost-effective pieces of machinery, ancillary equipment and consumables across an exhibition area of over 110,000 sqm.

SinoCorrugated alternates between Dongguan and Shanghai each year. This event, together with SinoFoldingCarton makes definitive contributions to the development of the global corrugated industry, year after year. 2019 will be no different, as over 80,000 local and international visitors descend on Shanghai. Among the visitors will be government figures and industry professionals from the local and international private sector.
An extensive seminar program promises to also be an area of great interest for visitors. The free-to-attend sessions will explore a diverse mix of key topics central to today’s global packaging industry. The meetings will also highlight innovations and best practices making an impact on converting around the world.

Strong Automation Focus Makes SinoCorrugated and SinoFoldingCarton 2019 Gateways to the Future
The show floor of the combined five-in-one event will be packed with groundbreaking automated innovations. Unmanned paperboard logistics solutions and automatic feeding of AGVs and robotics will be front and center for eager visitors looking for process-enhancing, quality-boosting solutions. Also on show will be unmanned paperboard counting and stacking equipment, automated three-dimensional storage and delivery systems, the latest seamless connection to ERP and MES systems and integrated solutions of high-efficiency paperboard production and printing.
“At Reed, we’re deeply committed to driving development in China’s corrugated and folding carton industries. That’s why SinoCorrugated 2019 will specifically address challenges in carton manufacturing and processing. We want to shine a spotlight on the advanced corrugated processing solutions of the future and create clear trade channels across Asia through this event. We know that manufacturers in the paper, printing and converting industries rely on us to do just that,” said Thomas Huang, Senior Vice President of Reed Exhibitions Greater China.
SinoPaper and SinoFlexpack to Deliver Game-Changing Impact
Around the world, demand for quality paper is on the rise. Driven by global megatrends, this growth is expected to continue to be especially rapid in Asia, broadly, and China in particular, as higher consumer income levels and expanding urbanization raise demand for packaged products. Against this backdrop, new policies are driving box manufacturers across the country to seek more imported paper. The introduction of SinoPaper and SinoFlexpack is a direct response to this emerging demand.

SinoFlexPack is being reintroduced to the Reed Exhibitions event portfolio after a decade break. With its focus on flexible packaging, this event will bring together hundreds of world-renowned suppliers to feature a concentration of the leading flexible packaging equipment, consumables, supporting services and new trends. With this show, Reed Exhibitions now covers the whole packaging supply industry chain.

SinoPaper will feature three major categories of packaging paper, printing paper and specialty paper. High-profile purchasing decision makers will also join the event, which will connect box manufacturers with global paper suppliers. Blended learning and exhibition elements such as the Paper Industry Development Forum will greatly enhance the value of being onsite.
Industry Authorities Endorse SinoCorrugated 2019
SinoCorrugated is recognized as a key industry authority, backed by some of the world’s most influential corrugated industry associations, including the Asian Corrugated Case Association (ACCA), the Malaysian Corrugated Carton Manufacturers Association (MACCMA), the Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers of India (FCBM), the Perhimpunan Industry Corrugated Cardboard Indonesia (PICCI), the Corrugated Box Manufacturers Association (CBMA, Singapore), the Hong Kong Corrugated Paper Manufacturers' Association (HKCPMA), the Korean Corrugated Packaging Case Industry Association (KCCA), La Cámara Argentina de Fabricantes de Cartón Corrugado (CAFCCO) and the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP). Each of these bodies is expected to send strong delegations to attend the show.

Attraction of Global Giants during Four Days of Non-Stop Trade and Learning
SinoCorrugated and SinoFoldingCarton 2019 will have an impact far beyond the borders of China. The exhibition will deliver key visitors and buyers to suppliers looking to increase their global trade footprint. Among dozens of corrugated industry bellwether visitors already confirmed for the event, who will generate huge purchasing and sales potential, are SCG Group Thailand, Oji Paper Co. Ltd., Rengo Co., Ltd., DS Smith, Smurfit Kappa, Mondi, Asia Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd., BHS Corrugated, Fosber, Dongfang, JS Machinery, EFI and Bobst.
(Reed Exhibitions Greater China)

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Arla to bring 40 million wood-based packages into supermarkets   (Company news)

Arla wants to provide consumers with new opportunities to choose more responsible products. This year, Arla has been the first company in Finland to use renewable wood-based bioplastics in gable top paperboard cartons for milk, yoghurt and cooking products. The tall oil-based raw material is a Finnish innovation by UPM.

As a result of the revamp, more than 40 million Arla packages will become more environmentally-friendly in 2019 to reflect consumers' wishes.

Bioplastic is well suited to dairy product packaging as it has the same technical characteristics as the conventional plastic used in cartons. Like the old material, the new packaging can be recycled with cardboard.

"When we have a liquid product such as milk, a thin plastic film is needed inside the carton for reasons of product safety and shelf life. In our new packaging, the source of plastic is now even more responsible because it is made of wood-based raw material," says Arla's Brand & Category Manager, Sanna Heikfolk.

Wood-based bioplastic reduces carbon footprint
UPM's Lappeenranta biorefinery utilises tall oil that is a residue of pulp production in the raw material for the new bioplastic cartons. The packaging is made by Elopak, and the Dow Chemical Company is also involved in the collaboration. The use of wood-based bioplastics in Arla's gable top cartons reduces the need for fossil-based plastics by 180,000 kilogrammes per year while also reducing the packaging's carbon footprint by about a fifth.

Launching more environmentally-friendly packaging in the food industry and for consumers has been a shared goal of Arla, Elopak and UPM. Arla and Elopak have been working together in this field since 2014, and now was the time to take the next step in the packaging development process.

"A conventional milk carton is usually about 85% paperboard. We wanted to launch a type of packaging that would be 100% wood-based and in which the plastic would also be wood based," says Elopak's Managing Director, Juha Oksanen.

Finnish innovation from forest to table
With Arla's new packaging, UPM's excellent wood-based innovation, UPM BioVerno naphtha, can be used in bioplastics for paperboard packaging. UPM's innovation has the Key Flag Symbol to prove its Finnish origin.

"We are very pleased to be working with a pioneer such as Arla, with whom we can further reduce the carbon footprint of paperboard packaging for liquids using our renewable raw material, and this applies to the whole chain, up to the consumer. Also, by using wood-based raw materials we are not competing for raw materials with the food production industry, because tall oil is a residue of pulp production," says Sari Mannonen, Vice President at UPM Biofuels.

Arla is continuously working on developing more responsible packaging solutions. In addition to the gable top packaging, Arla is also renewing its 150-gram Luonto+ yoghurt packaging by replacing the plastic pots and lids with paperboard. As a result, consumers will be able to recycle all parts of the new packaging in their cardboard collection.

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Walki takes a major step towards a zero-waste future  (Company news)

The Walki Group is one of the pioneers in turning recycled mixed plastic waste into certified circular polymers for the packaging industry. The first products with circular polymers will be delivered to customers this year.

For the Walki Group, launching a ground-breaking innovation in partnership with SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is a solid step towards reaching the company’s sustainability goals. “Today more than 80% of our products are made out of renewable or recyclable materials. Our goal is to reach 100% by the year 2030”, says CEO Leif Frilund (photo). “Walki takes its responsibility for social and environmental impacts seriously. Being a partner in launching this major circular economy-related innovation, we will begin using circular polymers that have precisely the same qualities as raw material that is used for the very first time. In the beginning, the quantities are small, but our intention is to grow the usage of circular polymers as the production capacity of this new, sustainable and recycled raw material increases. The circular polymers will definitely take us one step closer to our ambition - a zero-waste future”.

The circular polymer is produced by SABIC, Walki Group’s longtime partner. The new innovation turns low quality, mixed post-consumer plastic waste – otherwise destined for incineration or landfill – into finished certified circular polymers. The chemical structure of these is equivalent to a virgin polymer. The Walki Group will begin serving the packaging industry and brand owners this year, using the material for consumer packages.

“The partnership in launching this innovation is proof to us that our partners have noticed our mission and core values that are linked to responsible operations, sustainability and circular economy efforts. Even more importantly, we are extremely excited about being able to pick up new innovations and deliver technical solutions that allow consumers to lead more sustainable lives in the future”, shares Frilund.
(Walki Group Oy)

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Asahi Photoproducts Announces New FlatTop Flexographic Plates with Clean Transfer Technology  (Company news)

Asahi AFP™-BFTH plate, the only FlatTop plate in the market featuring premium Clean Transfer Technology

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, announced the launch of the AFP™-BFTH plate in the first half of 2019, the only out-of-the-box built-in FlatTop plate in the market that features premium Clean Transfer Technology, which is designed to facilitate kiss touch printing pressure. This new plate, available in hard, fits seamlessly into any workflow and requires no special equipment.

Caption BFTH_plate: Very high screening resolution is possible with the Asahi AFP™-BFTH digital flexo plate due to the absence of oxygen in the plate making process.

“The AFP™-BFTH plate is the first plate with Clean Transfer Technology to boost solid ink homogeneity in printing,” says Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager at Asahi Photoproducts. “It also delivers consistent print quality throughout the run, with fewer press stops for plate cleaning. This adds up to increased productivity and throughput while significantly reducing waste. Asahi’s Clean Transfer Technology has found great market reception in our line of water-washable plates, and we are now excited to be extending this capability to other plate categories in our portfolio. Not only will this help flexographic printers increase productivity, but it will also extend the range of applications they can offer to their customers, including the ability to transfer more work from offset to flexo.”

AFP™-BFTH Plate: The Details
Asahi´s AFP™-BFTH digital flexo plate is the first built-in FlatTop plate to include Clean Transfer Technology, and it is available in hard (H). Benefits include:
-Printing plates remain clean during print production runs for consistent print quality and fewer press stops for plate cleaning.
-Plates are available in 1,14 and 1,7 mm.
-BFTH plates have been developed for water-based, solvent-based, and UV ink systems.
-In combination with solid area micro-screening technologies, it is possible to achieve 100% homogenous solid area coverage without any visible substrate voids.
-Plates deliver the same solid ink density levels in printing compared to today’s available FlatTop plate technologies.
-BFTH plates ensure very smooth tonal gradation in printing.
-They fit seamlessly in all plate making workflows available today, including standard tube UV, high energy UV diode exposure, or FULL HD imaging systems.
-One hardness grade is available: Hard for film and for paper substrates.

Benefits of Asahi Clean Transfer Technology
Asahi’s Clean Transfer Technology is designed to facilitate kiss touch printing pressure. Lighter printing pressure ensures constant repeatability of printing quality during the production run as well as longer plate life. This characteristic is achieved with unique Asahi-engineered photopolymer chemistry that reduces the surface energy of the printing plate and enables better ink transfer to the substrate during printing.

Clean Transfer Technology has the beneficial effect of reducing ink filling-in the mid-tone area during the printing run, leading to fewer cleaning intervals and less press downtime. Achieving graphical printing performance and improvement in productivity was the focus of Asahi´s Clean Transfer Technology plate development efforts. AFP™-BFTH plate technology improves press uptime during the printing process. Thus, Clean Transfer Technology signifies both productivity and reduced waste.
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)

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GP Harmon is now Georgia-Pacific Recycling!  (Company news)

To kick 2019 right into high gear, GP Harmon Recycling is changing its name to Georgia-Pacific Recycling. The change directly reflects the business being part of a large, stable and respected organization.

Changing the name comes at a time of significant disruption in the recycling industry.

“While the Harmon name is well-known in the marketplace, more formally adopting the Georgia-Pacific name reflects that we are committed to being a preferred partner in the recyclable commodity industry,” said Marc Forman, president – Georgia-Pacific Recycling. “To say that the recycling industry is experiencing a lot of change is an understatement; our new name reflects that we are a stable company with a commitment to innovative solutions.”

The most impactful change has been China’s decision in 2018 to significantly lower the allowable limit of imports of contaminated recycling materials, such as greasy pizza boxes or paper mixed with plastic. China has long been the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials. The strict change has created issues to solve, like what to do with material China will no longer accept, and opportunities for new innovations for players in all aspects of the industry.

Given the disruption in this export market, industry experts believe this will be a long-term issue. The U.S. will need to seek out new markets for recyclables and find ways to reduce contaminants in materials.

However, despite this severe blow to the recycling industry, Georgia-Pacific Recycling is seeing this as an opportunity to transform the way they do business. With nearly 50 years of experience in the recycling industry, the team is ready to evolve with the market.

In addition to having decades of industry experience, Georgia-Pacific Recycling is a global marketer of recyclable materials, selling more than six million tons of paper and 450 million pounds of plastics annually – further exhibiting their ability to stay strong in this evolving environment. Changing the name to Georgia-Pacific Recycling embodies its ability to remain stable and respected.

Georgia-Pacific Recycling will maintain its headquarters in Jericho, New York, while continuing to operate six U.S. recycling centers.
(Georgia-Pacific Recycling)

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