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ANDRITZ successfully starts up a new HERB recovery boiler at Kuantum Papers Limited, India
 14.04.2021

ANDRITZ successfully starts up a new HERB recovery boiler at Kuantum Papers Limited, India  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up a new 500 t/d HERB chemical recovery boiler at Kuantum Papers Limited in Saila Khurd, Hoshiapur district in the state of Punjab, India.

Photo: First black liquor firing at Kuantum Papers Limited © ANDRITZ

The boiler is designed to handle a mixture of hardwood and agro-based black liquor and enables environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient operation compared to a conventional boiler with direct contact evaporator. Thus, the mill’s pulp production as well as the power-to-heat-ratio are substantially increased. The boiler also features a unique vertical air system to minimize air emissions.

The scope of supply also comprised:
- Engineering for the entire system except civil work and electrical and automation equipment
- Complete pressure parts
- Auxiliaries such as start-up oil burners, black liquor burners, smelt spouts
- Safety-related system (SRS)

Pavan Khaitan, Managing Director, Kuantum Papers Limited, says: “We are very satisfied with the successful start-up of the ANDRITZ boiler. The entire team at ANDRITZ has worked tirelessly with us for successful commissioning of the HERB recovery boiler along with the set of evaporators.”

This is the first of six HERB recovery boilers currently being installed in India by ANDRITZ, thus showing the strong market share ANDRITZ holds on the Indian pulp and paper market.

Kuantum Papers is active in the production and marketing of wood-free writing and printing paper, thereby providing an alternative to wood-based paper while conserving precious resources and protecting the environment.
(Andritz AG)

Lecta Joins CELAB to Promote Global Recycling in Self-Adhesive Label Industry
 14.04.2021

Lecta Joins CELAB to Promote Global Recycling in Self-Adhesive Label Industry  (Company news)

Lecta, with Adestor, its widely known brand of self-adhesive materials, is pleased to announce that it has joined CELAB (Circular Economy for Labels), a global industry initiative that is working to create a more sustainable pressure-sensitive labelling industry by increasing access to matrix and liner recycling.

Lecta joins CELAB in Europe, which includes other leading companies in the European self-adhesive label value chain. CELAB's activities focus on sharing information, identifying and rolling out recycling solutions for label materials, and educating stakeholders, policymakers and the public through proactive communications.

"At Lecta, and with our Adestor range, we continue our firm commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and to actively seeking out joint initiatives where we can develop new mechanisms aimed at preserving natural resources and protecting our planet", said Miguel Prieto, Self-Adhesive Product Manager at Lecta.

In addition to Europe, CELAB also maintains a regional branch in North America, with plans to expand to other regions in the future. CELAB initiatives and activities are coordinated across the global consortium, which ensures communication and best practices are shared between the regions. This structure is designed to accommodate the differences in production processes and recycling capability in each of the regional markets. Work streams are organized to address various aspects of matrix and release liner recycling, including analyzing technical issues, promoting the use and creation of recycling networks and solutions, interacting with government regulators, and developing educational materials for both industry and public.
(LECTA)

Greenpaper relies on Bellmer's expertise
 14.04.2021

Greenpaper relies on Bellmer's expertise  (Company news)

Greenpaper rebuilds the press section and increases the pre-dryer section of paper machine 3

GREENPAPER is a 100% Mexican company with more than 70 years of experience in the production of kraft papers and coated board for the manufacture of packaging. Based on the existing know-how and the range of high quality products, Greenpaper‘s main focus is to satisfy the needs of the packaging industry in harmony with the environment. To achieve this, the company invests in modern production methods.

In the first months of the year, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, the assembly and commissioning of the joint conversion project with Bellmer took place. The works included a new TurboPress shoe press and rebuild of the last dryer group in the pre-dryer section – a third dryer section was installed here. Bellmer also carried out the aerothermal and hood rebuild of said modification.
In a previous machine upgrade, Greenpaper installed a TurboJetter headbox and a TurboFormer on the same machine. The PM3 produces coated board from recycled fibre with a paper width of 3,380 mm from 250 – 487 g/m². The installation of the new shoe press and the rebuild of the dryer section already brought the desired positive quality and quantity enhancements.

The joint PM3 rebuild project between Bellmer and Greenpaper began in 2018, and the PM1, on which packaging papers are produced, has already been modernised together with Bellmer.
(Bellmer GmbH)

Dr. Nicolas Wiedmann takes over as new Siegwerk CEO
 14.04.2021

Dr. Nicolas Wiedmann takes over as new Siegwerk CEO  (Company news)

After a three-month transition period with his predecessor Herbert Forker, Dr. Nicolas Wiedmann (photo) has assumed full responsibility as Siegwerk's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He joined Siegwerk on January 1, 2021 and has been intensively involved with the company since then.

Wiedmann continues to drive Siegwerk’s most recent strategic transformation to become a circular and digital packaging solutions company. He will further accelerate company growth with new business models beyond the traditional printing inks. Wiedmann plans to maintain a globally and well-suited network and wants to strengthen Siegwerk’s customer-focused approach through flexible and innovative processes as well as new digital services. Additionally, Wiedmann will prioritize the company’s Circular Economy ambitions and how to support Siegwerk customers in mastering this challenge.

“From the very first moment I got to know Siegwerk, I was impressed how motivated, innovation-friendly and forward-looking the company and its employees are,” said Wiedmann. “the track record of Siegwerk over the last years is remarkable, while always remaining true to itself. I would like to continue this course for growth and discover new opportunities – for Siegwerk and for its customers.”

One of the important strategies for Siegwerk is the company’s ambitious plans for a sustainable future. “The Circular Economy is a major transformational force affecting every industry,” Wiedmann explained, “Siegwerk is well-positioned to respond to this by providing solutions that will help customers eliminate waste and the continual use of the world’s valuable resources.”

As far as Siegwerk's cooperation with customers and partners is concerned, Wiedmann will build on the long-term relationships and the trustful collaboration that have always characterized the family-owned business. This close cooperation is key to the company’s future viability: “Inks, coatings, and substrates are the closely interrelated components of packaging,” said Wiedmann. “We will only succeed in mastering the challenges of achieving a circular packaging industry together with our customers, suppliers, employees and other industry partners. From the standpoint of innovative new applications, Siegwerk can make a significant contribution. I am very much looking forward to these important and exciting challenges.”

With Wiedmann taking over, Siegwerk enters a new management era, while its values remain the same: quality, responsibility, openness, foresight, and commitment.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

Spanish fashion retailer Alvaro Moreno to save 90 tonnes of plastic per year ...
 14.04.2021

Spanish fashion retailer Alvaro Moreno to save 90 tonnes of plastic per year ...  (Company news)

... by switching to more sustainable packaging from Mondi

Picture: Spanish fashion retailer Alvaro Moreno to save 90 tonnes of plastic per year by switching to more sustainable packaging from Mondi. (Photos: Mondi)

- Spanish fashion retailer Alvaro Moreno has partnered with converter Innovaciones Subbética and global packaging producer Mondi to switch from plastic to paper alternatives for their shopping, online delivery and gift bags
- New paper bags will reduce Alvaro Moreno’s plastic consumption by almost 90 tonnes per year
- All three bags are made from Mondi’s Advantage and EcoVantage product ranges using renewable and responsibly sourced materials to produce strong and sustainable packaging

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has helped Spanish retail chain Alvaro Moreno to save almost 90 tonnes of plastic per year by switching from plastic to paper shopping, online delivery and gift bags.

In the past, Alvaro Moreno used more than 3.7 million plastic bags and containers per year. By switching to paper packaging for its bags and thus reducing its plastic consumption, the company is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability. All three bags are recyclable and made from Mondi’s Advantage and EcoVantage product ranges using renewable and responsibly sourced materials. EcoVantage is Mondi’s newest paper range created with fresh pulp and recycled fibres, providing a high-quality printing surface to feature the brand’s distinct white logo and promote the sustainability benefits for its customers.

Alvaro Moreno, founder of the company, says: “As a business, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint; creating a line of eco-life garments, engaging in plastic clean-up projects in the local area and looking at carrier bags made from natural, renewable and recyclable materials. Mondi’s papers helped us to continue this approach while increasing the quality standards required in our packaging. As a "company with soul”, we want to meet our consumers’ sustainability goals and since introducing this new packaging range we have already had excellent customer feedback."

Paulus Goess, Sales Director Speciality Kraft Paper, Mondi, adds: “We are the number one kraft paper producer globally and our EcoSolutions approach means we work closely with our customers to develop packaging that is sustainable by design, protecting products, meeting customer needs, and minimising impact on the environment. Our EcoVantage paper supports Alvaro Moreno’s sustainability aims, thanks to its recycled content and recyclability, and the bags are strong and appealing for customers who are looking for the best shopping experience, both online and in-store.”

Mondi worked closely with Alvaro Moreno and converter Innovaciones Subbética, to ensure the paper would provide the best possible results. Manuel Molina, Commercial Director from Innovaciones Subbética concludes: “The goal is to eliminate the use of materials that have a negative ecological impact. This may be challenging to start up from a logistical point of view at first, however we firmly believe in the medium and long term benefits. This step was a very easy one to make, thanks to Mondi’s methods.”
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

Thread Sewing Makes the Journey Easier
 14.04.2021

Thread Sewing Makes the Journey Easier  (Company news)

To compensate for lost sales in perfect binding and saddle stitching, Richard Wenig Buchbinderei GmbH in the German capital Berlin recently made a new entry into thread sewing. In addition to a Ventura MC 200 book sewing machine, the family-owned business also invested in the VFN 700 fold down press launched by Muller Martini a few weeks ago.

Photo: Managing Partner Richard Wenig (center) with Plant Manager Daniel Pelz (right) and Matthias Kandt (Area Sales Manager Muller Martini Germany) in front of the new Ventura MC 200 book sewing machine.

It is true that the bookbindery founded by Erich Wenig shortly after World War II already had a thread sewing machine two decades ago. However, because the family business then concentrated fully on softcover production and saddle stitching and now uses two Muller Martini systems in these two segments, a KM 610 (installed in 2014) and a Primera (2016), the thread sewing machine was decommissioned. Last November, however, the "supreme discipline" in finishing celebrated a comeback at the Berlin company with the commissioning of a Ventura MC 200.

According to Richard Wenig, the reason for this was declining sales in the two business areas of softcover and saddle stitching. "These began before corona, but were accentuated by the pandemic," says Managing Partner Richard Wenig and great-grandson of the company's founder. "That's why we decided to (re)enter thread sewing last year. On the one hand, to compensate for the shortfalls with a new portfolio. On the other hand, to also be able to offer thread-sewn products to our many loyal regular customers." Admittedly, the traditional company, which also offers handbook processing as a niche managed by Richard Wenig's mother Grit Wenig, was in the red last year because of Corona. "Nevertheless – or precisely because of this – we dared," says the trained bookbinder, "to invest in a new machine."

The fact that the choice fell on Muller Martini with the Ventura MC 200 is not only due to the Berlin bookbindery's good experience with the KM 610 and the Primera. "I was particularly convinced by the demo of the machine at the Muller Martini plant," emphasizes Richard Wenig. The new Ventura MC 200 at Wenig Bookbindery has an extra feature with the TWE¦ƎN® option that adds significant value. It enables smaller folded sheets – so-called tween sheets – to be stitched into a book block.

Reducing spine pitch with the VFN 700
A third plus point is the VFN 700 fold down press, which is connected inline with Ventura MC 200. It reduces spine pitch – also known as mushrooming – during thread sewing and ensures that the book block goes cleanly into the perfect binder. "It allows us to avoid another work step with a manual or semi-automatic press, keep the logistics factor as small as possible and produce more economically," emphasizes Richard Wenig.

The new production segment of Buchbinderei Wenig quickly found favor with print shops, mainly from the two German states of Berlin and Brandenburg. Two months after commissioning the Ventura MC 200, thread sewing already accounted for 30 percent of the sales volume. "The Ventura keeps us afloat," says Richard Wenig with satisfaction. "We don't know where the journey is going – but the Ventura makes the journey easier and more realistic."
(Müller Martini GmbH)

Spotlight on Sustainability and Recyclability: Alfred Ritter Uses Koehler's Flexible Packaging...
 13.04.2021

Spotlight on Sustainability and Recyclability: Alfred Ritter Uses Koehler's Flexible Packaging...  (Company news)

... Paper for its “Mini Mix” Pouches

-Ritter is at the forefront of addressing changes in consumer behavior
-Koehler NexPlus® Seal flexible packaging paper used for secondary packaging
-Switch to paper pouches without need to make large investments in packaging machines
-Emotional and haptic experience with paper packaging to create new customer experience

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG aims to create packaging solutions from renewable raw materials that are in harmony with both humans and nature and recyclable. With a view to achieving this goal, the company —employing almost 1,700 staff and boasting a brand awareness of 99% in Germany— actively monitors changes in consumer behavior, changes which have grown exponentially in recent months. The concept of sustainability is becoming a key criterion in shoppers’ purchase decisions, with packaging an increasingly important factor as shoppers no longer take the individual product into sole consideration. By putting its faith in secondary packaging made from paper, Ritter is taking a leading role in addressing these changes in consumer behavior.

Ritter at the forefront of addressing changes in consumer behavior
Family company Ritter is committed to only using cocoa from certified sustainable sources across its entire product range. The use of plastic in product packaging is widespread in the FMCG sector. With a view to offering consumers a completely sustainable product, Ritter started scrutinizing packaging made from plastic back in 2018. The company considered the advantages of alternatives such as paper to be far-reaching.

Koehler’s sustainable packaging solution as replacement for plastic duplex
With Koehler NexPlus®, the Koehler Group is meeting the rapidly growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions — and this extends beyond just the food industry. Koehler NexPlus® is barrier-coated paper with various capabilities. In particular, these include barriers for odors, grease, mineral oil, water vapor, and also gases, which combine with the paper’s inherent capabilities, such as, for example, high strength properties and a natural feel, to create a strong overall concept. The paper really delivers in terms of the primary purposes of packaging: to protect the contents and their surroundings as well as provide excellent processing properties.The requirements placed on packaging paper are high, as the paper should also possess all the same capabilities as plastic duplex materials. This includes sufficient product protection and an attractive appearance at the point of sale, and it should also serve as a communication tool for contents etc. Additionally, in the best-case scenario, the existing packaging lines should continue to be used without the need to make major adjustments when switching to paper.

Switching packaging without changing the packaging lines
Ritter sells its products in over 100 countries worldwide. With just two production sites in Germany and Austria, the company caters for the global market. Syntegon packaging machines are used at both locations. Moritz Steinle, Packaging Development Engineer at Alfred Ritter explains: “We initially carried out several test runs with Koehler’s NexPlus® Seal paper, without putting anything inside at first, and then we got closer and closer to an optimal solution by making small adjustments.” The most important aspect was the heat-sealing process, which proved essential for neat product packaging. “Sealing temperature, sealing time, and sealing pressure all need to be optimally coordinated in order to seal the finished packaging product neatly. We placed great importance on all of these criteria during the qualification process of the packaging material,” continues Steinle. Koehler NexPlus® Seal Pure 65g is used to make the mini mixpouches. For now, both Koehler’s flexible packaging paper and the classic plastic duplex can be used, which continues to provide flexibility.

The main advantage of Koehler NexPlus® barrier paper is that it is manufactured from sustainable raw materials. They can be fully fed back into the recycling loop, possible for paper in many countries worldwide, and are also embraced by consumers. Eckhard Kallies, Head of Flexible Packaging Paper at Koehler stresses: “Barrier paper is part of our future vision. Paper has an increasing number of capabilities that in the past only plastic could offer. And the difference with paper is that it has a much more sustainable life cycle.” An analysis of the life cycle of Koehler’s flexible packaging paper shows a significant reduction of CO2 compared to conventional PE-coated paper and even plastic duplex products.

Flexible packaging paper creates emotional customer experience
The use of paper as a packaging solution in the FMCG sector offers additional advantages other than just the sustainable aspect. Tearing open a paper pouch gives the consumer an emotional and haptic experience that plastic solutions simply do not offer. The rustling of paper also provides a positive sensory expe-rience and is associated with positive moments, such as ripping open wrapping paper. When the consumer experiences the packaging in a positive way, it both reflects onto the product and creates an emotional connection.

Paper-based secondary packaging for Ritter Sport mini mix pouches
Sustainability and recyclability were the key requirements for the paper developed by Koehler in collaboration with Ritter. Requirements that have been successfully fulfilled, given that consumers can simply dispose of the mini pouches in paper recycling trash cans so that they can be turned back into paper or cardboard. “There is a clear trend when it comes to packaging material options,” says Eckhard Kallies. “Paper scores points right across the board, and is already making an active contribution towards the objectives of a circular economy. With our flexible paper packaging solutions, we’re reducing the proportion of plastic in product packaging and making the world a bit more sustainable in the process.”

The mini mix pouches have been distributed in all international markets since January, and have also been available in Germany since early March. “Open and rapid communication was ultimately crucial for the successful implementation of this project, as was close coordination with Koehler,” concludes Moritz Steinle. For Ritter it is merely the first logical step towards more sustainable packaging. Initial field tests with primary packaging have also been carried out commercially, and have been warmly embraced by consumers.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

New sales manager for packaging papers at LEIPA
 13.04.2021

New sales manager for packaging papers at LEIPA  (Company news)

The LEIPA Group is pleased to announce a new addition to its sales team: Mike Petersen (photo) will take over the overall management of this important sales area as Head of Sales Packaging Paper on May 1, 2021. In this role, he will report to Dr. Fabian Gaus, Chief Sales Officer of the LEIPA Group.

Mr. Petersen comes to LEIPA from the Prinzhorn Group. There, as Managing Director, he was most recently responsible for optimizing sales at 24 corrugated board plants in Europe. Prior to that, he was General Manager and Sales Director of Dunapack in Spremberg. Mr. Petersen has also held sales management positions at Igepa, Papier Union and Mondi.

Mike Petersen: "I am really looking forward to my colleagues and my new challenging task at LEIPA. Together with our customers we will successfully shape the future."

With the hiring of Mike Petersen, LEIPA has completed the personnel restructuring of its new sales organization. As of January 2021, LEIPA Sales consists of a Sales Back Office as well as the four sales divisions Graphic Paper, Packaging Paper, Solid Board & Specialty Paper and Flexible Packaging.

"I am pleased that with Mr. Petersen we have found an outstanding personality for this important leadership position," said Dr. Gaus. "Mike Petersen has an impressive career in the paper and packaging industry. With his versatile experience, Mr. Petersen will further advance LEIPA as a personality and leader."
(LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH)

Toscotec-supplied turnkey tissue line achieves top speed at Paloma
 13.04.2021

Toscotec-supplied turnkey tissue line achieves top speed at Paloma  (Company news)

The AHEAD 2.2L tissue machine supplied by Toscotec to the Slovenian tissue producer Paloma has achieved its top speed and performance at Sladki Vrh mill. Paloma d.d., part of the Slovak Hygienic Paper (SHP) Group, purchased its new line from Toscotec on a turnkey basis and has confirmed that the machine has fulfilled all the conditions for take over acceptance.

The new line completely replaced the previous PM6, calling for a customised design of the process and the layout that respected the constraints of the available space and at the same time guaranteed the highest production efficiency.
The AHEAD 2.2L tissue machine has a 5,500 mm sheet trim width, 2,000 m/min operating speed and a daily production of 220 tons. Designed to guarantee the lowest possible energy consumption, it features Toscotec’s shoe press TT NextPress, TT SYD, gas-fired TT Hood with multiple stages of energy recovery.

The turnkey supply included the stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF Short Approach Flow, the complete electrification system, the dust and mist removal systems, and a shaft puller integrated with the pope reel. The new line is completed by Toscotec’s newly designed OPTIMA 2600 slitter rewinder, equipped with four unwind stands, an automatic NIP control system and integrated shaft puller.
The service package included the full range of operations from dismantling to erection, supervision, training, commissioning and start-up.

Stevan Lomic, Technical Director of the SHP Group, says: “We achieved the target of equipping Paloma with advanced technology to produce at full capacity. We are manufacturing premium quality tissue, and are very happy with product quality. Toscotec has shown extreme flexibility in these challenging times and has completed the project with great professionalism.

Stefano Raffaelli, Project Manager at Toscotec, says: “Paloma’s project started off as a particularly interesting and challenging one, where we tailored our solutions to the existing plant and managed the necessary changes during the course of the project focusing on our targets. The Covid-19 outbreak posed an even bigger challenge, but we tapped into our great flexibility and ability to take fast decisions when faced with unexpected events in order to respect the timeline. With great cooperation from Paloma’s team we accomplished our common goal.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Phil Riebel to Retire as Two Sides North America President
 13.04.2021

Phil Riebel to Retire as Two Sides North America President  (Company news)

Two Sides Vice President Kathi Rowzie (photo) to Become President

After starting Two Sides North America nearly a decade ago and building it into the highly successful organization it is today, Phil Riebel will retire as president of the organization effective April 1. Kathi Rowzie, who has been running the day-to-day operations of Two Sides since last March, will become president.

“Everyone who has worked with Phil over the years knows him as a trusted colleague and passionate advocate for the sustainability of print, paper and paper-based packaging,” said Jeff Hester, chairman of the Two Sides North America board of directors. “Our industry has benefitted enormously from his efforts to build Two Sides into an organization whose voice is recognized and respected across the paper value chain and among many of North America’s leading corporations. As Phil moves on from his Two Sides role to pursue other opportunities within the industry, I want to thank him on behalf of the board of directors for his dedicated service to our Two Sides members and our industry. Though Phil is stepping down, he will remain associated with Two Sides’ mission as a valuable advocate in our strategic efforts.”

“We also want to express our enthusiastic support for Kathi as she steps into her expanded role,” said Bill Rojack, vice chairman of the Two Sides board of directors. “She brings a unique combination of paper industry, sustainability and communications expertise that will help us continue to build on Two Sides’ success.”

Rowzie’s career spans more than 30 years in corporate and consulting roles with Fortune 500 companies, including extensive experience in the paper industry and with industry customers. A longtime advocate of Two Sides, her association goes back to the organization’s beginning, when as a consultant, she was instrumental in helping launch the Two Sides website, educational tools and marketing materials.

“Kathi continues to bring new ideas and fresh perspectives that will be critically important as increasing consumer, government and ENGO attention to the sustainability of print and paper products makes Two Sides’ work more important than ever,” Hester added. “The board looks forward to working with her as we seek to take Two Sides to the next level.”
(Two Sides North America Inc.)

Thimm Group invests in its Romanian site to further expand its printing expertise
 13.04.2021

Thimm Group invests in its Romanian site to further expand its printing expertise  (Company news)

Packaging manufacturer Thimm is setting new quality standards with its investment in the Corruflex flexo printing press at its site in Sibiu. The company is therefore significantly expanding its capacity for high-quality direct printing on corrugated cardboard in the Eastern European market. Customers also benefit from faster response times in packaging production.

Corruflex, from the German machine manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, is currently one of the most modern flexo postprint systems. Since early 2021 it has been enhancing the portfolio of the Romanian plant of Thimm pack’n’display with high-quality post-printed products. “With the installation of the new machine, we can now also offer high-quality direct printing on corrugated cardboard directly to our customers in the Central and Eastern European market,” reports Michael Weber, Head of Corporate Strategy + Marketing at Thimm Group. Market requirements for post-print quality have also increased.

Weber continues: “We are setting new quality standards at Thimm pack'n'display with the installation in Sibiu. The machine is the first of its kind in the Eastern European market.” Due to the very high register accuracy of the printing press and the use of anilox rolls in the required specification, colour prints up to the 49/50 grid range can be achieved. The new machine can also easily produce photo printing on high-quality paper. In addition to using uncoated paper, high-quality coated paper can also be printed on using the integrated dryer in the individual printing units and a powerful final dryer.
“Should a fault occur in the print image for production reasons, the faulty printed sheet is automatically detected, ejected from the machine and the quantity is aligned so that quality and quantity remain at the same level,” says Weber explaining the print image monitoring of the system. “Another highlight is the roller-free feeding of the corrugated cardboard sheets into the machine. This prevents calibration loss and the sheets are not damaged at any time.”

The system has a working format of 1.52 x 2.80 m and reaches speeds of up to 10,000 feeds per hour. Thimm Group is impressed by its performance. “This investment has enabled us to increase production capacity many times over. The printing press has a capacity of up to 30 million printed square metres per year, which is an increase of 150 percent compared to our previous printer,” continues Weber. The plant employees in Sibiu are also very pleased with the modern machine. “The machine can be set up during ongoing operation for a new, second job. This was previously not possible with the existing system without stopping and moving the machine apart.”

In order to install the new printing system with its total length of 30 metres, some prior modifications to the plant were required. Thimm Group has invested several million euro in the Romanian site. Sibiu employs around 308 people, 222 of whom work in production.
(THIMM Group GmbH + Co. KG)

Successful start-up of complete paper production line supplied by Voith to ...
 13.04.2021

Successful start-up of complete paper production line supplied by Voith to ...  (Company news)

...Green Bay Packaging in the U.S.

- Voith's performance and technological leadership were crucial factors for award of order
- Voith is the first single company to supply a complete paper production line for a U.S. project
- Testliner machine starts up successfully on schedule

Photo: Green Bay Packaging successfully started operating its new PM4 production line delivered by Voith on March 11, 2021.

On March 11, 2021, Green Bay Packaging started operating its new PM4 production line. The facility located near the headquarters of the family-owned company in Green Bay, Wisconsin is a groundbreaking project in several respects. The testliner machine is the first new paper mill built in Wisconsin in over 30 years, creating numerous new jobs in the Lake Michigan region. Moreover, it is the first time in the history of the U.S. that a single company was awarded the contract to supply a complete production line for the paper industry: Voith.

The scope of supply of Project WolfPack includes a BlueLine stock preparation line including the wet end process, the XcelLine paper machine, a VariFlex Performance winder and reject handling system. The supplied effluent treatment plant for wastewater treatment rounds off the scope of supply. The overall package includes a multi-year roll and clothing servicing agreement for all sections of the paper machine. Voith also supplied the MCS, DCS and QCS automation solutions.

Since the project was implemented by a single vendor within the scope of a full-line supplier approach, there were no interface problems in any of the project phases.

Jonathon Gates, Project Manager at Green Bay Packaging: "At all points during the course of the project, we were confident that continuity between all operational segments was being achieved. It was a smooth process to integrate the many components to this mill. We had one supplier to call and Voith pulled this together very effectively."

Johannes Rimpf, who accompanied the construction of the facility in his capacity as Voith Project Manager: "Green Bay Packaging has been given a plant from a single source that is nevertheless precisely tailored to the customer’s requirements."

The accurate matching of all components to one another also ensures optimum plant performance.

PM4 has a wire width of 331" (8,400 mm) and a design speed of 3,937 fpm (1,200 m/min). Green Bay Packaging will use the facility to produce testliner at basis weights between 18 and 56 lb/1000ft2 (88 and 273 g/m2).

Matt Szymanski, Vice President of Mill Operations at Green Bay Packaging: "Thanks to the new facility, we can more than double our production capacity at the Green Bay site."



Only recovered paper is used as feedstock. Voith equipped the BlueLine stock preparation line with innovative technology that minimizes fiber loss. In addition, the highly purified fiber suspension is important for minimizing web breaks during paper production and thus improving the efficiency of the system. Through its BlueLine stock preparation line and XcelLine paper machine, Voith has created the basis for PM4 to achieve resource-conserving paper production.

Matt Szymanski, Vice President of Mill Operations at Green Bay Packaging: "Environmental protection is one of our core values."

As well as the many components that allow sustainable production on the new facility, an effluent treatment plant also helps reduce water consumption and protects the environment.

Green Bay Packaging and Voith are longstanding partners. Voith has already demonstrated its comprehensive capabilities and technological expertise in numerous upgrade projects, i.e. the Morrilton PM1 in Arkansas. This excellent experience was one of the deciding factors in contracting Voith to build the new production line.

"Voith’s strong service organization in North America and the mill’s local proximity to Voith's U.S. headquarters in Appleton were also factors that favored the extensive collaboration on this project," says Szymanski. "Our relationship has grown constantly over the years. The Voith team has in-depth knowledge of our plants and our objectives. The short distance also makes it easier to discuss and implement optimization solutions quickly on site."
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Acquisition in Guadeloupe: Klingele achieves further success in internationalisation strategy
 13.04.2021

Acquisition in Guadeloupe: Klingele achieves further success in internationalisation strategy   (Company news)

Klingele Paper & Packaging Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of corrugated base paper and corrugated cardboard packaging, has acquired the Société Guadeloupéenne de Carton Ondulé (SGCO) production site on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from International Paper Company, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of packaging, pulp and paper products based on renewable fibres. Located in Baillif, a community with some 5,000 inhabitants in the south-west of the island, the corrugated board plant predominantly produces packaging for bananas and other fruit and vegetables as well as for the food industry and beverage trade. Most of its customers are regional producers in Guadeloupe or on the neighbouring island of Martinique, which is also an overseas region of France. The company, which will operate under the future name of Klingele Cartonnerie de Guadeloupe, has just under 40 employees and is the only one of its kind on the island. With this new acquisition, Klingele continues to pursue its successful internationalisation strategy.

Commitment strengthened in the American region
The plant in Guadeloupe is equipped with a corrugator, a flatbed die-cutter and two inline machines. Since most of the packaging produced there is destined for direct contact with food and storage in refrigerated warehouses, Kraftliner paper with a high proportion of fresh fibres is mainly used. In the future, the plant will obtain this from the Nova Campina paper mill in Brazil, which Klingele acquired a few months ago.

Following its shareholding in Cuba and the acquisition of the Nova Campina paper mill in Brazil, this new investment sees the Klingele Group strengthen its commitment on the American continent even further. The integration and expansion of the new location will also be assisted by the deep-rooted expertise of Klingele Embalajes Canarias, a subsidiary of Klingele in Tenerife. The corrugated board plant there also focuses on production for the fruit and vegetable trade and has a similar customer structure.

With Mauritania, Cuba, Brazil and Senegal, Klingele has opted for promising markets with good growth prospects in recent years.

“The international markets in which we are expanding certainly present challenges and risks, but they often offer significantly higher margins than our home market of Germany,” emphasises Dr. Jan Klingele, Managing Partner of Klingele Paper & Packaging Group. “Every single one of our plants and affiliated companies also make an important contribution to our overall corporate strategy – and ultimately strengthen our market position in Germany, too.”
(Klingele Paper & Packaging Group)

Valmet introduces Maintenance Operations Agreement
 12.04.2021

Valmet introduces Maintenance Operations Agreement  (Company news)

As part of “Valmet’s way to serve” concept for the best customer experience at all the touchpoints of the lifecycle, Valmet is introducing Maintenance Operations Agreement. Valmet offers the service agreement for development and outsourcing of mill and plant maintenance operations for energy, pulp, paper, board and tissue customers.

“We want to ensure the maximal reliability and optimized performance of our customers’ production processes. Together with customers, we set up a maintenance operation dream team with modern maintenance processes and a mindset committed to safe and more sustainable maintenance operations to meet the customer’s targets on site,” says Timo Harjunpää, Director, Maintenance Operations and Development, Services at Valmet.

Targets achieved through collaboration
Valmet continuously develops its way to manage maintenance, maintenance procedures and new maintenance solutions to meet customer’s needs. Reliable maintenance operations will make the site run at its best throughout the lifecycle, allowing energy, pulp, paper, board or tissue customers to focus on their core business.

“In brownfield cases, we can help customers to reduce maintenance costs by approximately 10 to 20 percent and increase efficiency by 5 to 10 percent. With a new investment, we help to secure a world class start-up curve and accelerate the return on the investment. We will establish a maintenance management model and organization already before the start,” Harjunpää says.

Continuous success through Valmet’s service agreements
Valmet’s service agreements help customers achieve the optimal outcome throughout the lifecycle of the equipment and processes. The agreement is tailored to customer needs, whether it is about easy access to Valmet experts, high-quality products and services, cost-effectiveness, maintenance or the continuous development of performance to achieve mutually agreed targets.

Valmet’s typical service agreements range from corporate-level frame agreements to mill-level partnership agreements. Valmet’s services offering, including Industrial Internet solutions, forms the building blocks for customized agreements.
(Valmet Corporation)

Investing in Two New State-of-the-Art Packaging Facilities in Poland and Italy
 12.04.2021

Investing in Two New State-of-the-Art Packaging Facilities in Poland and Italy  (Company news)

DS Smith has announced a £100 million of combined investment in two new packaging sites in Italy and Poland in response to increased customer demand.

The investment follows significant growth over the past three years and supports our ambitious plans for further organic growth. With the sustainable paper-based packaging market expected to grow significantly as a result of increased adoption of e-commerce and continued expansion in traditional food and drink markets, the new sites will provide much needed capacity.

We arewell positioned to respond to these trends with 85% of the Group’s overall offering focused on consumer goods. Through its focus on recyclable, paper-based packaging, it can also respond to market requirements for solutions to replace single-use plastic.

The acquisition of the new greenfield sites and planned facilities in Belchatov in Poland and Castelfranco Emilia in Italy will provide a welcome boost to the local economy.

The state-of-the art facilities will incorporate new manufacturing technology, innovation and sustainable performance and are expected to come online within the next two to three years.
(DS Smith Plc)

ABB digital solutions, process expertise and data analytics built into new paper industry ...
 12.04.2021

ABB digital solutions, process expertise and data analytics built into new paper industry ...  (Company news)

... research project with climate protection target

Paper industry collaboration Modellfabrik Papier to research advanced process technologies and design solutions to meet the highest levels of sustainability, increase market competitiveness and secure employment

Photo: A visualization of the model paper factory by Modellfabrik Papier GmbH ©2020WINDN

ABB will contribute its digital solutions, process expertise and data analytics as a founding member of Modellfabrik Papier – ‘Society for the Research Promotion of Sustainable Paper Technologies’, a research project which will shape how the paper industry can drive progress sustainably.

Classed as one of the most energy-intensive manufacturing sectors, the paper industry has ambitions to achieve climate protection goals while also maintaining competitiveness and long-term employment.

Modellfabrik Papier, founded in Düren, Germany, will bring together players from across the paper industry including ABB, paper producers Essity and Schoellershammer, supplier Voith, and research institute Darmstadt Technical University, with the opportunity for others to participate. Together, this innovation-driven society will develop a model paper factory with the aim to design a more energy efficient and future-proof paper production.

The city of Düren is an example of where this project could have a big impact. Known as the City of Paper, Düren has a long tradition in the industry with a locally embedded supply chain and more than 2,000 people directly employed in the paper industry.

As a contributor in the modern paper mill transformation, specialists from ABB will focus on building digital solutions that deliver real customer value. By leveraging technology, analytics and the deep process expertise developed over decades serving the industry, ABB is well positioned to help the society – and the global pulp and paper industry – improve productivity and efficiency.

“Automation and digitalization are essential elements for a sustainable future,” said Alexander Fach, Technology Manager, Process Industries, ABB. “As a partner, we will contribute our expertise in these areas to Modellfabrik Papier, turn ideas into new realities and work together with visionaries, engineers and experts to shape the paper industry of tomorrow. We are eager to contribute our domain, analytical and automation expertise to drive the digital transformation of the paper industry.”

Initially drawing on expertise from Germany, the society’s representatives have joined forces to actively shape the development of the model paper factory. The participants aim to fundamentally rethink paper production in whole or in part and identify ways to achieve climate neutral paper production - enabling a transformation that could be replicated globally.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

Process Automation: ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our #1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

SIG reports progress on journey Way Beyond Good and aims to go even further for people ...
 12.04.2021

SIG reports progress on journey Way Beyond Good and aims to go even further for people ...  (Company news)

... and planet

SIG’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report for 2020 explores the company’s progress on its journey Way Beyond Good, and sets out SIG’s mission to go even further for people and the planet as it partners with customers to deliver food to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.

“With Way Beyond Good, we set some very bold ambitions for our company, and our latest CR Report highlights just how much we have achieved,” said Samuel Sigrist, CEO of SIG. “I’m very proud of the progress we have made over the past five years – and continued to make in the last year despite the challenges of the pandemic. Now, we aim to deliver even more value for people, planet, customers and investors as we embark on the next phase of Way Beyond Good for 2025 and beyond.”

Way Beyond Good: Five years on
Five years ago, SIG set an ambitious roadmap of 2020 targets to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out. The latest CR Report highlights the significant milestones SIG has achieved since then, including a host of industry firsts.

Achievements in 2020 include:
- Enabling customers to continue delivering vital food supplies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
- Further cutting greenhouse gas emissions and staying on track to achieve stretching targets that align with the latest 1.5oC climate science
- Sourcing 100% paperboard as FSC™-certified (from January 2021)
- Remaining the only aseptic carton provider to offer aluminium-free packs, packs linked to 100% renewable materials and packs with all three main materials certified as responsibly sourced
- Surpassing 1.3 billion packs sold with the aluminium-free combibloc ECOPLUS solution since its launch in 2010
- Reaching nearly 200 million packs sold with SIGNATURE 100 or SIGNATURE Full Barrier packaging materials that use polymers linked to 100% renewable, forest-based materials
- Launching SIGNATURE Circular, the world’s first aseptic cartons made with post-consumer recycled plastic
- Retaining a Platinum rating in the latest EcoVadis assessment, scoring among the top 1% of participating businesses
- Securing financing explicitly linked to sustainability performance.

Going further to meet global challenges and customer needs
In addition to reflecting on progress to date, the report sets out SIG’s mission to create food packaging that makes the world a better place by expanding forests across the world, taking carbon from the atmosphere, creating more resources for future generations, and ensuring nutrition and hydration come safely to ever more people.

These far-reaching ambitions focus on the areas where SIG can deliver the biggest positive impact – not only for the environment and society, but for customers and investors. SIG’s responsible culture and industry-leading sustainable innovation will also help to drive progress Way Beyond Good.

Transparent reporting
SIG’s latest report builds on the transparent approach developed for its last full CR Report for 2018, which won the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award for Sustainability Reporting and Communications in 2020.

The 2020 CR Report starts with an engaging overview of SIG’s ambitions and progress that includes feature case studies illustrating SIG’s approach in action, and external perspectives from customers, stakeholders and members of its Responsibility Advisory Group.

Produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards (Core option), the report goes on to provide detailed information on SIG’s management approach and performance in relation to the company’s most material environmental, social and governance topics. Visual cues signpost where SIG is leading the industry, as well as highlighting key challenges the company is working to overcome. Key performance indicators are externally assured.

The report underlines how corporate responsibility is built into the company strategy and every aspect of the business as SIG continues its mission to go Way Beyond Good.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Paper industry welcomes reward for climate protection services
 12.04.2021

Paper industry welcomes reward for climate protection services  (Company news)

The German paper industry welcomes plans by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to reward the achievements of forestry and forest owners for climate protection. "Forestry makes an enormous contribution to climate protection. This should be rewarded by the state and society in order to stabilise the economic basis of forest owners," explained the chairman of the Forestry and Wood Committee in the Association of German Paper Mills (VDP), Wolfgang Beck. "At the same time, there must be a commitment to the economic use of our forests, which provide the renewable raw material wood for a number of important value chains - including the paper industry."

In this context, Beck referred to the growing demands on the forest. Forestry is facing the great challenge of conversion to more climate-stable forests. At the same time, it is expected to maintain the protective and recreational function of the forest. Forestry cannot achieve this if the economic use of forests is further restricted.

The deputy chair of the committee, Otto Bruder, emphasised the importance of cooperation in establishing climate-resilient forests. "The capacity of forestry associations must be strengthened in order to meet the special challenges in times of climate change. To this end, existing bureaucratic obstacles would also have to be dismantled."

Further information can be found in the corresponding position paper of the German pulp and paper industry.
(VDP Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken e.V.)

New PTS Chairman Dr Thorsten Voß
 12.04.2021

New PTS Chairman Dr Thorsten Voß  (Company news)

Picture: Dr Thorsten Voß, new PTS Executive Board member

Dr Thorsten Voß will succeed Clemens Zotlöterer and take over the management of the Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) as PTS Board Member from October 2021. In the coming months there will be a steady and coordinated handover to ensure a good induction.

Dr Thorsten Voß brings know-how and experience from his previous career as a science manager with him for successful board work at PTS. Since 1 July 2017, he has been Managing Director of the VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI), in which capacity he is responsible for the administrative and commercial affairs of the institute. Dr Voß studied agricultural sciences at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Universität Bonn and did his doctorate on the degradation behaviour of pesticides in aquifers as part of an industrial cooperation at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. After post-doctoral work at Forschungszentrum Jülich, he moved to the Centre's management in 2007, first as personal assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, later as Head of the Board Office. In this function, he was responsible for the areas of committees, international affairs, and knowledge & information management until he was appointed authorised signatory and took over the management of the business unit "Third-party Funding and Technology Transfer".

"With Dr. Voß, we have been able to win over exactly the candidate we were looking for. With his background in research and many years of experience in a non-profit institution, the change in the Executive Board will go off without a hitch," commented Dr. Stefan Karrer, Chairman of the Foundation Board, on the personnel decision.

After the introduction of Dr Thorsten Voß to the PTS staff last week, a steady and coordinated handover and induction will take place in the coming months.
(Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS))

German paper sack industry goes through the pandemic safely and stably
 12.04.2021

German paper sack industry goes through the pandemic safely and stably  (Company news)

The German paper sack industry ended the 2020 financial year with an increase of seven per cent in the number of paper sacks delivered compared to the previous year. It rates its business outlook for the current year as "good" despite continuing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other reasons, it cites its ability to deliver and meet deadlines as well as the continuously high quality of its packaging solutions. This is one result of the current industry barometer of the Gemeinschaft Papiersackindustrie e.V. (GemPSI). In addition to a review and outlook, the report informs about market trends and moods in the industry. The focus of this issue is the paper sack market for building materials.

The German paper sack industry closed the 2020 financial year with a proud increase: from January to December, it delivered a total of seven per cent more paper sacks than in the previous year. The largest increases were recorded in the market segments cement (+16.5 per cent) and building materials (+15.1 per cent). The food segment excluding milk powder remained unchanged. The leader among the declining segments is packaging for chemical products with only -5.6 per cent. GemPSI members rate their business situation slightly better than in the previous year with a value of 2.16 points.

High demand in the building materials sector
According to the GemPSI members, the increased demand is primarily due to the strong construction industry as well as a boom in the do-it-yourself (DIY) segment - presumably caused by the lockdown situation - last year. They also see a connection between the slumps in the chemical and food sectors and the pandemic. This is because the order volume for restaurants, large canteens and kitchens fell due to nationwide closures. Sustainable packaging continued to be in vogue. Paper sacks made of brown sack paper as well as material reductions with unchanged performance were in the focus of paper sack customers.

Safely through the pandemic
Thanks to the early introduction of numerous security measures at the beginning of the pandemic, German paper bag manufacturers were able to maintain production and supply chains and provide their customers with maximum security of supply. They will maintain these measures for the time being in 2021 and accept additional time and costs for this. Many customers have built up adequate safety stocks at the beginning of the first lockdown to counteract any supply bottlenecks. By the end of the first quarter of 2021, however, a development is emerging that is reminiscent of last year's hoarding purchases of pasta and toilet paper. "As a result, a paper bag shortage is looming, although there would actually be enough for everyone," explains GemPSI Chairman Alfred Rockenfeller. "We would like to appeal to the common sense of our customers to build up stocks over a longer period of one to two years. Because this way capacity bottlenecks and the associated price developments can be reduced."

With optimism into 2021
Despite the continuing uncertainties caused by the pandemic, the industry representatives are optimistic about the current business year. Two-thirds expect the trend to remain the same, one-third anticipate growth. They are most likely to expect growth in building materials (excluding cement) and seeds. Thanks to their ability to deliver and their adherence to delivery dates, the consistently high quality of their packaging solutions, their innovative strength and their consulting competence, the GemPSI members feel they are optimally positioned in the packaging market. In addition to a high level of technical expertise, they offer their customers environmentally friendly and high-performance packaging solutions that are individually tailored to their requirements and in line with current legislation. GemPSI members therefore assess their general business prospects quite positively with a value of 2.3. In terms of turnover, more than 80 percent expect a stable development, while the remaining respondents anticipate an increase. The major challenges include cost fluctuations in the area of raw materials. For example, paper sack manufacturers are currently confronted with sharp increases and supply bottlenecks in the procurement of paper and PE film.

Developments in the paper sack market for building materials
With a market share of 55 per cent, the paper sack market for building materials including cement is one of the largest in the German paper sack industry. Since building materials are becoming more and more similar in terms of quality and application, differentiation via the functions of the packaging is becoming increasingly important for manufacturers. According to the GemPSI members, they attach particular importance to dust freedom, storage life, moisture protection, easy handling, filling speed as well as recyclability. In addition, they are increasingly asking for smaller packaging units than the usual 25 kg containers.

DIY market as driver for sustainability trend in building material bags
Sustainability aspects are also gaining importance in this segment: in addition to the recyclability of a packaging, building material manufacturers are increasingly interested in solutions made with recycled raw materials and bio-based barriers. According to GemPSI members, this development is being driven by the DIY markets. Their customers are looking to use packaging made from renewable and recycled raw materials that can be easily recycled. Against the background of EU climate policy, GemPSI members assume that the sustainability of building material packaging will become even more important in the future and will go hand in hand with issues such as CO2 neutrality and closed material cycles. Due to the increasing complexity and lack of standards for assessing the sustainability of a packaging, they expect a higher consulting volume in the future. With innovative as well as high-performance products, paper sack manufacturers want to keep their sales at a high level in the long term and support their customers in achieving their climate goals. The contents of the industry barometer were compiled with the help of a questionnaire and desk research based on relevant third-party publications. The entire industry barometer is available for download.
(GemPSI Gemeinschaft Papiersackindustrie e.V.)

1 millionth ton on the LEIPA PM 5 - congratulations to the entire team!
 09.04.2021

1 millionth ton on the LEIPA PM 5 - congratulations to the entire team!   (Company news)

Photo: The photo shows part of the LEIPA PM 5 team in front of the anniversary tambour. For health and safety reasons, only a small part of the team can be seen. However, thanks are of course due to the entire PM 5 team and all other internal and external participants in the success.

In March 2018, not quite three years ago, the LEIPA PM 5 was in the hot rebuild and commissioning phase of the paper machine acquired from UPM in the new LEIPA North mill.

Work was still in progress on the machine itself, as well as on the neighbouring units and mill parts. After all, it was not simply a matter of converting a paper machine from newsprint to packaging paper. Rather, after the acquisition of the UPM Schwedt mill with the machine known at that time as PM 11, in fact almost the entire plant had to be upgraded for the production of high-quality white top testliner (corrugated base paper on a 100% recycled basis). The reward for the effort: at 2:30 a.m. on 31.03.18, the team produced the first tambour of paper on PM 5.

This weekend, less than three years later, the LEIPA PM 5 produced its 1 millionth ton of corrugated base paper. An impressive development and impressive proof of the performance. Not only of the machine, but above all of the LEIPA team, which achieved this milestone with a great deal of heart and soul - and despite all the Corona-related adversities - in this short time.

"It has been three years with a very good start-up curve overall and all the ups and downs of papermaking - in the past 12 months still overshadowed by the Corona pandemic with its effects on the markets and the operating environment. But even with these challenging conditions, together we have achieved a clearly positive development - many thanks for this, also on behalf of all the entire management!" affirms Falk Friedrich, plant manager of the LEIPA Schwedt Nord mill.

Consequently, customers worldwide trust in the quality of LEIPA packaging papers. But quality alone is not the only thing that counts: Due to the sustainable and environmentally friendly production, the use of LEIPA paper contributes LEIPA customers to noticeably improve their own environmental balance sheet and to jointly achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

LEIPA is and will thus remain a reliable partner for its global customers in terms of quality, service and environmentally friendly solutions.
(LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's new Servera®Ultra technology offers restaurants innovative and ...
 09.04.2021

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's new Servera®Ultra technology offers restaurants innovative and ...  (Company news)

... sustainable packaging solutions

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Servera® Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) papers are serving up next generation innovations.

Servera® papers offer the highest kit level for a paper free of fluorochemicals, while being cost-effective. These eco-friendly papers are available in bleached and natural options. Manufacturing with natural pulp integration, Ahlstrom-Munksjö offers customers the product solutions they desire to address end-user sustainability needs in the QSR market.

“Our Servera® papers offer great printability and are flexible for multiple converting processes, in addition to the strength and grease-resistance they provide,” stated Jeff Murphy, Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging Solutions business. “Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s extensive history of providing food packaging papers to the Quick Service Restaurant market combined with our vast portfolio of sustainable packaging options makes Servera® papers the best QSR solution in the marketplace.”

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s next generation of sustainable food packaging solutions, Servera®Ultra complements the existing Servera® papers by offering a premium sustainable food packaging solution. By providing grease and water resistance in addition to heat retention, these innovative papers protect package contents without traditional polycoated treatments. Additional product benefits include wet strength and food release to eliminate sticking.

“For food packaging manufacturers and brand owners searching for a product that supports all your food safety and packaging needs while supporting specific sustainability goals, Servera®Ultra is truly the answer,” Murphy further explained.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö North America Specialty Solutions)

Michael V. Jensen – new Sales Director at Palcut A/S
 09.04.2021

Michael V. Jensen – new Sales Director at Palcut A/S  (Company news)

Palcut A/S in Holstebro, specialists in solutions for automatic packaging, strengthen their sales and marketing with the appointment of Michael V. Jensen (photo) as sales director.

As of 1 March, 58-year-old Michael V. Jensen has been appointed as sales director/CSO at Palcut A/S in Borbjerg near Holstebro. This is a newly created position with responsibility for Palcut’s global sales and marketing of anti-slip paper and automation solutions for packaging lines in the industry.

Michael V. Jensen’s duties will be to continue, and expand, the positive development of Palcut installing more than 500 solutions for (primarily) the European food and beverage industry. Palcut is a Scandinavian leader in the automated application of anti-slip paper in the form of liner sheets on pallets in packaging lines.

“Palcut has a strong concept and a solid customer base. Covid-19 has created additional focus on automating end-of-line packaging, thereby reducing staffing so that companies can minimise their vulnerability and secure the supply of food to shops. This has proven to be worth its weight in gold over the past year, and the trend will continue,” says Michael V. Jensen.

Michael has held management positions in production and logistics in international B2B sales for the last 22 years. He’s come from the role of director of the product division at Riantics in Arden (formerly Qubiqa Logistics), where he focused on the global development of the business and key account management.

He has previously been area sales manager at SBS A/S in Svendborg, with responsibility for the UK and American markets, and sales operations manager at DALI USA Inc., where he built up their American organisation for the sale of hi-fi speakers for four years. From 1996–2004 he was employed by Cerwin Vega Europe, where he was in the role of general manager of EMEA when he left the company.

According to Michael V. Jensen, it was with Cerwin Vega that he became interested in sales and learned his craft: “My boss sent me on a two-month road trip through the United States, where I learned to canvas and support distributors. It was very much learning by doing.”

Michael originally trained as a blacksmith at Epan Maskinfabrik and later trained as a mechanical engineer at Randers Technical College (today Tradium). He’s learned the rest based on the motto: If others can do it, so can I.

“The potential for Palcut’s end-of-line solution is huge because we can combine a high degree of reliability with significant savings and sustainability. I want to use all my international experience to strengthen our cross-border sales channels,” concludes Michael V. Jensen.

CEO of Palcut A/S, Henrik Thulesen, says: “Palcut is already a success: we have grown year by year in both revenue and profits. The position of sales director has just been created, and with the appointment of Michael V. Jensen, we have the right profile to accelerate international growth and create increased activity in a number of key markets.”
(Palcut A/S)

International Paper Acquires Two Corrugated Packaging Plants in Spain
 09.04.2021

International Paper Acquires Two Corrugated Packaging Plants in Spain  (Company news)

Photo: Plaform® tray

International Paper (NYSE: IP) has purchased two state-of-the-art corrugated box plants in Spain, further growing its capabilities in Madrid and Catalonia, the largest industrial regions in the country. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
Corrugated packaging is a strategic business for International Paper in EMEA and offers customers high-quality packaging solutions in the industrial, fresh fruit and vegetable, and e-commerce segments. The two businesses will become part of International Paper effective April 1, 2021.
(International Paper)

Longtime Nilpeter Partner LUX Global Label Invests in New FA-17
 09.04.2021

Longtime Nilpeter Partner LUX Global Label Invests in New FA-17  (Company news)

Longtime Nilpeter partner, LUX Global Label of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA, has invested in a new FA-17 flexo press to increase operator efficiency and test the limits in bringing new cutting-edge products to the market.

Picture: The new FA-17 installed at LUX Global Label in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA.

LUX Global Label’s new FA-17 was installed in October 2020. The 10-colour flexo press features a new vertical auto-locking mechanism which secures stability throughout the printing process, web-driven impression rollers with a special anti-slip surface treatment, and the new generation CLEANINKING system, which offers consistent density performance at all speeds.

Ambitions Center Around Two Key Areas
”Our ambitions with the new press center around two key areas – operator efficiency and product development,” says Leslie Gurland, Executive Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, LUX Global Label.

”First, the press enables us to increase speeds and cut waste levels, which will allow us to improve lead times and remain cost-competitive in the marketplace. Second, this installation is a sign of our continued commitment to testing the limits and bringing new cutting-edge products to the market,” she continues.

”We have partnered with a company that developed a micro motion 3D-effect technology that requires ultra-precise printing and perfect registration. This can only be produced with the newest FA. The product has far-reaching possibilities both as a unique security feature for the healthcare industry, and as a visual showstopper for personal care products,” she concludes.

Nilpeter FA-Line
The FA-Line is the most versatile flexo press on the market – designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, and built around the modern print operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls. The FA allows printers to enhance the performance of their press with Value-Adding Units, Application and Automation Packages. All main components are produced in-house, meaning higher production quality and control. Nilpeter’s LEAN production flow and uniform facilities in Denmark and the US assure delivery worldwide.

Success in Challenging Times
In the midst of a global pandemic, LUX Global Label has found success thanks to an uptick in business, incredibly dedicated employees, and many virtual sessions.

”It is important for me to acknowledge all of the incredible employees of LUX who are considered essential workers, producing labels for much needed drugs, over the counter products, and hand sanitizers. They have come to work day in and day out and gotten their job done with a positive attitude. Luckily most of our customers have seen business grow during COVID, as have we, which has of course been a positive in these very challenging times. We have had to pivot and support our customers without in-person visits, through virtual sessions, meetings and press proofs, and only being onsite for mission critical projects.” says Leslie Gurland.

A Credit to LUX & Nilpeter
“I am proud of a call which we received recently from an industry veteran – a credit both to us at LUX, and to our Nilpeter combination presses. The person was producing labels that were very similar to ones that LUX had produced in the past, and his customer wanted to achieve the same look as our labels. Unfortunately his presses were straight flexo and he could not succeed in matching the look we achieved.”

”The label we produced used a white pearl gravure ink which gave a natural shimmer versus a grainy look. The purple vignette was produced in offset so it visually feathers into the white, where flexo printing would create a hard line. It was a huge compliment when this man, who has worked for some of the biggest and best label companies, said “Your label is beautiful – I don’t know anyone in the United States that can match this,”" Leslie Gurland adds.
(Nilpeter A/S)

HERMA: Sales growth in a difficult year
 09.04.2021

HERMA: Sales growth in a difficult year  (Company news)

- With an increase of around five percent to now 380.8 million euros, the HERMA Group again achieved significant growth in 2020.
- Thanks to comprehensive hygiene concepts and highly flexible teams, HERMA 2020 remained fully capable of production and delivery and also benefited from the new coating plant.
- However, due to the current general conditions, also with regard to the consequences of Corona and Brexit, HERMA is planning very cautiously for 2021.

Photo: Significant increase in sales despite difficult conditions: "This was only possible because we remained capable of delivering throughout the year thanks to our prudent and dedicated teams," said HERMA Managing Directors Sven Schneller (left) and Dr. Guido Spachtholz when they announced the figures for the 2020 financial year.

Despite the difficult general conditions, HERMA was once again able to significantly increase sales in 2020. Business with pressure-sensitive materials, labels and labeling machines grew by around five percent, from 364.4 million euros in the previous year to 380.8 million euros now. "Achieving this result under the conditions of comprehensive hygiene concepts in production on the one hand and extensive home office activities on the other was only possible because HERMA employees were very prudent, highly flexible and extremely committed. As a result, we remained fully capable of production and delivery throughout the year," said HERMA Managing Director Sven Schneller. High write-offs resulting from recent investments in two new production facilities again put pressure on earnings, as in the previous year. "All in all, however, we are satisfied given the circumstances. It is paying off that we are pursuing a strategy of profitable, organic growth," said Sven Schneller. As the economic consequences of the pandemic worldwide cannot yet be fully assessed and the effects of the Brexit deal are also still unclear, HERMA is planning for the current year with extreme caution, he added. "It is now a matter of joining all forces to confirm the good sales of 2020 and to achieve an increase in the low single-digit range. Sales and incoming orders in the first two months of the current fiscal year indicate that this is ambitious, but feasible." The number of employees rose slightly over the course of the year from 1,097 to now 1,106. The export ratio rose to 62.8 percent (previous year 61.0 percent).

Stable situation in the business units
The Labelstock division benefited greatly from the new coating plant in Filderstadt, which went into operation in spring 2020. This enabled HERMA to distribute customer orders across two autonomous production sites and thus implement particularly comprehensive hygiene concepts. An increase from €223.7 million to €241.1 million represented an eight percent increase over the previous year. "The new plant also opens up excellent opportunities for us to expand even further in particularly lucrative product areas in the future," explained Dr. Guido Spachtholz. He had taken up his position at the beginning of 2021 as the successor HERMA Managing Director to Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner, who retired as planned after 16 years at HERMA.

Developments in the Labels Division, where sales fell slightly from 84.5 million euros to 82.6 million euros, were characterized by very different trends. Lockdowns in the retail sector and the shift of activities to the home office reduced sales of office labels throughout Europe. "On the other hand, business with school products was excellent, also thanks to targeted online activities," Schneller explained. Production stoppages in already cyclically sensitive sectors such as automotive and chemicals reduced demand for industrial labels. In contrast, HERMA was able to further expand its role as a leading supplier of logistics labels for shippers and score points with pharmaceutical and healthcare solutions.

Thanks to its proven pharmaceutical expertise, the Labeling Machines division was also able to positively decouple itself from the general downward trend in the German mechanical engineering sector and grow by two percent: Sales rose from 52.2 million euros to 53.3 million euros. "We were able to deliver at short notice due to our modular design," explained the HERMA managing director. "This was an important advantage when production of disinfectants was ramping up rapidly in many places and labeling capacities for vaccines were already being expanded."

Schneller was also satisfied that, despite the difficult economic environment, the company had succeeded in setting the course for climate neutrality. "In 2021, we will produce pressure-sensitive materials, labels and labeling machines without leaving a carbon footprint. It is a major concern of HERMA's owners that we continue to act consistently on the issue of climate protection. Vaccination will hopefully soon put an end to the pandemic - when it comes to climate protection, on the other hand, what matters is that we all permanently question our behavior and continuously adapt it."
(HERMA GmbH)

European paper recycling demonstrates high level of resilience in the light of ...
 09.04.2021

European paper recycling demonstrates high level of resilience in the light of ...  (Company news)

...severe global disruptions

Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling, the redirection of global flows of paper for recycling and structural changes in paper consumption and collection during the Covid-19 crisis.

While secondary raw materials markets are volatile by nature, Cepi emphasises that there is a healthy demand for paper for recycling in Europe and worldwide. Even in the light of severe global disruptions, the value of paper for recycling for the circular paper industry enables its collection to remain sustainable with only short-term imbalances in the supply and demand.

To sustain this resilience against major external disruptions, the message of the European paper industry remains unchanged and independent of the short-term fluctuations of raw materials markets: separate paper collection at source ensures good quality paper for recycling, which will be met with demand by the European paper industry, who has been committing to increasing paper recycling rates over the last two decades.

Cepi welcomes the fact that some countries, where separate collection of paper and board is not yet fully implemented, are now following suit by adopting separate paper and board collection at source, at household level.

Cepi is also accompanying structural developments, such as changed consumption patterns regarding publication papers and related impacts on replenishing the recycling loops with fresh fibres. At the same time, more and more consumer products are packed with sustainable fibre-based solutions, which are a valuable contribution to the paper recycling loop.

Cepi has initiated the 4evergreen Alliance to ensure that all fibre-based packaging is designed for circularity, is separately collected, sorted and effectively recycled in the paper industry.
(CEPI aisbl)

SWM International Recommended Cash Offer for UK-based Scapa Group PLC Receives ...
 08.04.2021

SWM International Recommended Cash Offer for UK-based Scapa Group PLC Receives ...  (Company news)

...Scapa Shareholder Approval

Proposed Acquisition Moves Forward in Accordance with UK Takeover Code Requirements

SWM International (NYSE: SWM) announces that the recommended cash offer (made by SWM’s wholly owned indirect subsidiary) for the entire share capital of Scapa, a UK-based innovation, design, and manufacturing solutions provider for healthcare and industrial markets, has received approval from the requisite majority of Scapa shareholders. This approval marks an important milestone in the acquisition process, with remaining steps expected to take place early in Q2 2021.

“We are very pleased with the results of the Scapa shareholder vote,” commented SWM CEO Dr. Jeffrey Kramer (photo). “We remain convinced that the combination of Scapa’s robust product portfolio, well-recognized brands, and significant capabilities in healthcare and industrial markets with SWM’s extensive portfolio of performance materials will result in a well-positioned global business. We look forward to the completion of this process and beginning our shared journey as a newly combined company.”
(Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.)

Toscotec finalizes a drying section rebuild at Cartiera San Giorgio, Italy
 08.04.2021

Toscotec finalizes a drying section rebuild at Cartiera San Giorgio, Italy  (Company news)

Cartiera San Giorgio successfully started up its PM1 after the complete rebuilt of its dryer section by Toscotec. PM1 has a trim width of 2,500 mm, and produces wet creped tissue in the basis weight range from 30 to 50 gsm, using virgin cellulose and recycled paper.

Following the installation of a TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer that replaced PM1’s existing cast-iron Yankee in 2012, Toscotec has now completed the full upgrade of the drying section of this paper machine by rebuilding the post-dryer section. The rebuild supply included eight TT SteelDryers designed for an operating steam pressure of 10 barg, and the tail threading system installed between the TT SYD and the post-dryer section. The project also includes the engineering design, on site erection, commissioning and start-up assistance.

Alessandro Ardinghi, owner of Cartiera San Giorgio, comments: “The targets of this rebuild have been fully accomplished. We optimized PM1’s production and significantly improved the moisture profile on the edges. We have known Toscotec for many years, and we are happy with how they managed the project and delivered on the results we expected.”

Gian Luca Fornesi, Head of Sales Application at Toscotec, says, “With this project, Toscotec confirmed its ability to address and resolve specific production problems. For Cartiera San Giorgio, we carried out a survey and developed a custom-made design for their TT SteelDryers, in order to meet their needs and eliminate their production bottlenecks.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Expansion of the Customer Technology Centre - Evo XD soon on show in the CTC in Würzburg
 08.04.2021

Expansion of the Customer Technology Centre - Evo XD soon on show in the CTC in Würzburg  (Company news)

- Growth market for flexible packaging
- Increased world market share
- Evo XD 8 combines versatility and reliability
- Expansion of the Customer Technology Centre

Photo: The Evo XD 8 will be ready and waiting for customer visits from April

The Customer Technology Centre (CTC) in Würzburg is looking forward to the unveiling of a further showpiece to join its existing RotaJET single-pass digital web press. Starting in April, an Evo XD 8 will be available to present the printing of flexible packaging to visiting customers.

Koenig & Bauer executive board member Christoph Müller says: “With this new press, we are now able to arrange individual and customer-specific print demos for our customers here in Würzburg – either virtually or in person.”

The Evo XD 8 which is being installed at the company headquarters is a highly automated and full-featured CI flexo press with internal web turning and an inline cutting system ahead of the rewinder. It provides for a printing width of 1270 mm and reaches production speeds of up to 500 m/min. A variety of plastic films and papers up to 150 g/m² can be printed with water-based inks. Consistent automation paired with a robust and ergonomic design is the key to exceptional performance in terms of both quality and productivity.

„With the additional demo machine Evo XD in the heart of Europe, Koenig & Bauer is underlining its ambitions in the constantly growing flexo market", says Luigi Magliocchi, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica.

Evo XD for the flexible handling of high-quality print jobs
The CI flexo press from the successful Evo XD series is suitable for printing with solvent- and/or water-based inks on a broad diversity of substrates such as plastic films, very thin and sensitive “breathable” LDPE or laminated materials, as well as papers. It offers ultimate flexibility for the most varied packaging applications and incorporates particularly efficient drying systems. The press uses modules of the current Evo series and was designed for fast job changes, low makeready waste and high productivity even with short to medium runs. Automatic impression setting with PrintTronic, the highly efficient “Speedy Clean” washing function and an integrated 100% image inspection system, alongside SmartRegister functionality, ensure fast production start-ups and continuous quality control.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Solenis to Increase Prices on All Process and Water Treatment Product Lines ...
 08.04.2021

Solenis to Increase Prices on All Process and Water Treatment Product Lines ...  (Company news)

... Across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by 7 to 15 percent on all process and water treatment product lines across the EMEA region, effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.

The price increase is necessary due to the tightening of raw material supplies globally and escalating energy, packaging and transportation costs.
(Solenis LLC)

Miraclon enables Zecher to deliver successful “Together for Golden Results” project with ...
 08.04.2021

Miraclon enables Zecher to deliver successful “Together for Golden Results” project with ...  (Company news)

... KODAK FLEXCEL NX Technology

Zecher GmbH, manufacturer of anilox rollers for the printing and coating industry headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, successfully completed a project to demonstrate how consistent, high quality results can be achieved with a variety of packaging applications that are produced on flexo using CMYK process colours and advanced technologies. The project, executed in cooperation with a range of partners, including Miraclon that provided the plates, aimed to prove that uniform colour and image reproduction on a range of different substrates can be achieved using flexo, to ensure that the packaging communicate a brand’s identity and message consistently and provide consumers with an incomparable, positive shopping experience.

An ambitious undertaking
To maximise the practical relevance, complex images typically found on packaging for foods, coffee, tobacco, cosmetics and animal food were chosen. Subtle gradients in the highlights and fine details in the high tonal ranges were features shared by all the designs. A subject rich in contrast and showing a woman’s face completely covered in gold make-up proved to be a particular challenge for CMYK flexo printing. It was this subject that also inspired the motto for the project: “Together for Golden Results”.

Three applications were produced: flexible packaging (printed on BOPP film), corrugated preprint on 135 g/cm2 paper fully coated on one side, and a paper carrier bag made from 100 g/cm2 white-coated kraft paper.

Zecher anilox rollers equipped with Zecher’s SteppedHex engraving technology were used to print all three applications. This innovative engraving method is characterized by a unique, specially staggered cell geometry which helps optimize print quality.

Three applications, one FLEXCEL NX plate technology
All three applications were produced using FLEXCEL NX plates, made with KODAK MAXTONE SX Screening – which is optimized for the FLEXCEL NX System – and a 60l/cm (152 lpi) screen. “We selected FLEXCEL NX Plate technology based on its strong presence in the flexo market and the controlled ink transfer it delivers,” explains Jörg Rohde, Head of Application Technology at Zecher.

The technical resources for producing the flexible packaging application were made available by machinery and systems manufacturer Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) at its Printing Technology Center in Lengerich, Germany. And, as the facility houses a FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution from Miraclon, the flexo plates could be made on the spot.

The corrugated preprint application was produced at Christiansen Print in Ilsenburg, Germany, using FLEXCEL NX plates from SCHAWK Goslar, while the paper carrier bag was printed at Stenqvist Austria with FLEXCEL NX Plates from FLEX-PUNKT Druckformen GmbH.

“Golden results” convince in every aspect
There were delays executing the project owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there was no denying the brilliance of the results once it was completed. Everyone involved was excited - not only by the colour consistency with remarkably close tolerances across all substrates, but also by the outstanding image quality in the gradients and fine details. The striking reproduction of the golden face using just the capabilities of CMYK flexo printing with no additional spot colours was similarly impressive.

“We succeeded in demonstrating the high colour consistency and comparable results that are achievable across a range of products and substrates with flexo printing today,” says Rohde. “The project confirmed that our Zecher SteppedHex anilox roller engraving technology facilitates the highest levels of colour consistency in different flexo applications, and the FLEXCEL NX plate technology from Miraclon helped us do that. Provided all process parameters are precisely matched, ‘golden results’ like these are entirely feasible under real production conditions.”

“We are delighted to be part of a project that pushes the boundaries of flexo printing,” adds Nilgun Turan, Marketing Manager, Europe at Miraclon. “With their unmatched stability, optimized ink transfer and the wide tonal range it delivers, FLEXCEL NX plates enable the large colour gamut that is a condition of applications like gold in CMYK – every time. The results of this project are clear evidence that innovation will continue driving flexo’s growing success in the market.”

Samples of these applications produced are available on request and can be ordered from Zecher GmbH at marketing@zecher.com.
(Zecher GmbH)

MP+H Packaging Expands Capacity With A New Nilpeter FA-22
 08.04.2021

MP+H Packaging Expands Capacity With A New Nilpeter FA-22  (Company news)

Picture: MP+H Packaging has acquired a state-of-the art Nilpeter FA-22. Marc Bradley, left, and Darren Kaye of MP+H Packaging

MP+H Packaging, large supplier to the pharmaceutical, medical, and healthcare industries, has acquired a state-of-the art Nilpeter FA-22 to expand capacity and to keep up with the demand brought about by COVID-19 in the wide medical industry.

The Best Combination of Cost Effectiveness and Flexibility
Manchester-based MP+H Packaging supplies and manufactures printed flexible packaging and labels, including sachets, pouches, flow wrap, top, and base web constructions for the pharmaceutical, medical, nutraceutical, veterinary, healthcare, and health & beauty sectors. Accredited BRC grade AA High Risk in packaging and packaging materials, MP+H offers experience and technical expertise within a tight team framework, which ensures that customers receive the best combination of cost, service, and flexibility, in conjunction with competitive lead times.

A Great Fit
The new FA-22 is a great fit, and compliments the existing press portfolio at MP+H Packaging. While providing additional web width, it allows more flexibility with product sizing and increasing numbers printed across the web. The press further enhances MP+H’s high-quality production for print, register, and colour control, and this will be further complimented by 100% in-line pharmaceutical inspection systems, including colour control software.

Marc Bradley, Managing Director, MP+H Packaging said
“As a business, our focus is high-grade pharma and medical work, and this new Nilpeter press will go a long way to help us keep up with the demand brought about by COVID-19 in the wide medical industry.”

”The addition of our latest Nilpeter press ensures that we, as a company, further continue to support our business sectors with the very latest printing technology available. The new web width takes us into new packaging formats and complements our existing and future customer base, in their growth patterns, into wide and fast packaging machines and formats.”

”The press gives us further optimisation to our current Nilpeter lines in ‘pure’ efficiency. It was a completely different way to buy a press in the current climate (Zoom meetings and sign off with an installation Factory Acceptance Test), but we had every confidence in the delivery of our requests for this Capital Expenditure.”

Nick Hughes, Managing Director, Nilpeter Ltd. said
“Thanks to our mutual cooperation, the press was installed, and up and running in less than a week despite COVID-19 restrictions. It was a great effort by all parties involved.”
(Nilpeter A/S)

ANDRITZ signs industrial maintenance contract with LD Celulose S.A.
 07.04.2021

ANDRITZ signs industrial maintenance contract with LD Celulose S.A.  (Company news)

Sindus ANDRITZ Ltda., part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order from LD Celulose S.A. to provide industrial maintenance services for their new mill in the city of Indianópolis, Brazil.

Photo: LD Celulose S.A in Indianópolis is one of the largest soluble cellulose plants in the world © ANDRITZ

The contract has a contract term of approximately six years and covers full maintenance of all mill areas.

The Sindus ANDRITZ maintenance team will be responsible for mill-wide maintenance, including 24h management of industrial assets as well as predictive, preventive, and emergency maintenance activities during routine operation and shutdowns.

The ANDRITZ maintenance team will work seamlessly with the operating team, providing advanced maintenance technology and methodology together with pulp and paper machinery expertise to assure high levels of plant reliability, availability and efficiency, thus helping the customer to reach a high level of production at a competitive cost.

With this contract, the ANDRITZ Maintenance Performance division is consolidating its strong market position for greenfield pulp and paper plants with outsourced maintenance in South America.

LD Celulose S.A. is a joint venture between the Austrian company Lenzing and the Brazilian company Duratex, formed to set up one of the largest plants for soluble cellulose in the world. With an investment of 5.2 billion Brazilian reais, the plant is being built in the Triângulo Mineiro, between the municipalities of Indianópolis and Araguari. When it goes into operation in 2022, the plant will produce 500,000 tons of soluble cellulose per year.
(Sindus Andritz Ltda)

Becton Dickinson uses the Domino K600i to print codes on their syringe packages ...
 07.04.2021

Becton Dickinson uses the Domino K600i to print codes on their syringe packages ...  (Company news)

... for the Astra Zeneca vaccine

The introduction of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has provided a very positive and long-awaited boost in the fight against this global pandemic. Governments around the world are making extensive efforts to vaccinate their populations as quickly as possible to provide immunity and curb the spreading of this virus.

The vaccine, developed in the UK, by Oxford University and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is already being distributed across the continent. Becton Dickinson, a leading global medical technology company, was selected by the UK government to provide a large order of syringes and needles called Flu+, to administer the vaccine to patients. These are manufactured at Becton Dickinson’s Fraga plant in the province of Huesca, Spain.

Domino Amjet Ibérica collaborates with Becton Dickinson in Spain on several printing and coding projects, one of which involves using Domino’s high speed K600i inkjet printing technology to digitally print unique codes onto the outer paper packaging of these needles and syringes being used for the Covid-19 vaccine.

The decision to incorporate the K600i UV inkjet digital printer into the Becton Dickinson packaging machines was a very ambitious move. They needed a solution that would address the printing problems they were experiencing using other marking systems: slow and inefficient changeover with multiple SKUs, too many stoppages and downtime for the replacement of consumables, recurrent print failures and inadequate print speed.

In the Becton Dickinson plant in the Aragonese town of Fraga, the syringe and needle packaging machines work at a very high speed requiring the best quality, fastest and most reliable printing equipment to cope with these high production needs.

"We are delighted that Becton Dickinson chose to integrate the Domino K600i digital inkjet printer into their packaging production line. The K600i was capable of meeting their high quality printing demands and this has resulted in drastically reduced miscoding rejects, with no compromise in print speed, and significantly improved printing costs for Becton Dickinson.”
Manuel Hernández, Business Manager of Domino Digital Printing Solutions for Iberia and Latin America.
(Domino Amjet Ibérica S.A.U.)

China's paper industry 2020: Corrugated base papers, board and tissue are crisis winners
 07.04.2021

China's paper industry 2020: Corrugated base papers, board and tissue are crisis winners  (Company news)

Despite the Corona crisis, the Chinese paper and board industry recorded a slight overall increase in production last year. The recovery in the market started in the second quarter and continued stronger than many expected from the third quarter onwards.

There was a real boom in some grades. Among the winners of the crisis are companies from the packaging paper, board and tissue sectors. They are benefiting from stronger demand and are expanding their capacities.

The official statistics also show that the industry was able to significantly increase its profit compared to 2019, while turnover fell by 2.2 %.
(EUWID Papier und Zellstoff)

Digital Escape: Why Magazines Are Experiencing a Surprise Renaissance
 07.04.2021

Digital Escape: Why Magazines Are Experiencing a Surprise Renaissance  (Company news)

One of the surprises of this extraordinarily difficult year has been the relative strength and vitality of printed pieces of all kinds, especially print magazines. So we tracked down Samir Husni, a well-known magazine enthusiast to find out more. Actually, that’s an understatement. He’s professor and Hederman Lecturer at the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media. He’s founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center there. And he’s better known by his (trademarked!) nickname — “Mr. Magazine™”— than the one he was born with.

Dr. Husni is a magazine obsessive. So who better to ask about the latest and greatest in the world of print in 2021 and beyond? We did just that!

According to Professor Husni, “A good magazine is like a good friend that you invite over.” Unlike so much of what gets pushed in front of us digitally, print “does not come uninvited. You buy it on the newsstand. You are the one picking it up. You're subscribing to it. Unlike digital media, unlike a bombardment of ads.”

Digital media has its own advantages, of course. But we’re all too aware of some of its perils and drawbacks — from the lightspeed spread of disinformation to the potential for compromised privacy. When was the last time you tore a page from your phone?

According to Mr. Magazine, beware of the peril of repetitiveness.

The nice thing about a cute dog video “going viral” is that there’s a great chance you’ll see it, and have a laugh and an “Awww!” The bad thing about a cute cat video going viral is that there is a great chance you’ll see it a thousand times, as it appears in your Twitter feed, Instagram stories, Facebook wall, group text, and email listservs.

Not so with magazines, which are carefully curated to take readers on a journey, telling novel stories, in words and images, on each page. You won’t even see the same ad twice.

“There's no other platform in which the ad and the content are part of the same experience. If you look at the ads that you get on Facebook, or the ads that you get on Instagram… or other digital platforms, the ad has nothing to do with the content or the experience.”

Digital is a never-ending torrent. Print is a structured narrative, says Husni. “There’s a place to begin. There's a place to end. And everything in between you control. We thrive on the art of beginning and ending.

Those different digital and print experiences should enhance and reinforce each other.

“I'm looking for complementary information,” as Mr. Magazine puts it. A “three course meal.” “If digital is the appetizer the magazine is the main dish…The Instagram or the Tweet or the Facebook posting and the TikTok video [are] more like the desert.” And of course, “you can’t just live on dessert.”

Husni tells us subscriptions have increased between 25 to 30% during the pandemic. That’s helping to catalyze and lock in other recent innovations in the print world, like increasingly specialized — even bespoke — publications. There is a move away from mass-market, general interest magazines (think of TIME and LIFE) toward more niche, curated titles. There are even companies that will print a single issue of an old, out-of-circulation magazine — say, from the 1950s — and ship it to your door.

Digital print on demand titles also save publications money by letting them tailor their print runs to their audience size. “We don't need 18 million copies of the same magazine nowadays.” Instead, he says, “you can have 18 million different magazines.”

And the magazine itself — the physical object — is increasingly a high-end product.

“The quality of the printer, and the quality of the presentation…magazines are becoming more of like a collectors luxury item,” Husni says. With per issue prices approaching $10 in some cases, they’re moving from the disposable to the durable. “You cannot give me something disposable for $10. You have to give me something I'm going to keep.”

We’re well aware around these parts of the advantage physical media have over digital when it comes to information retention. But this trend focuses Husni on another advantage — the connection that comes from ownership. “Even millennials prefer ink on paper to an e-book if the price is the same,” he says. It gives them “that sense of ownership of the product.”

“Once you get the magazine, it's a permanent record. Nobody can hack it. Nobody can change the page. Nobody can change the picture. It's a permanent record that you can hold in your hands.”

Magazines are also more sustainable than actual digital devices.

“The paper industry plants more trees than it cuts down,” explains Husni. I can recycle a magazine!

Just don’t talk to Mr. Magazine about “content.”

“We are much more than just content providers. If we were in the business of content, frankly we would have been dead a long time ago.” Magazines “are experience makers” in his view. “We engage with our audiences. We create a conversation.”
(The Paper and Packaging Board)

Kodak to present game-changing technology that helps commercial, publication and ...
 07.04.2021

Kodak to present game-changing technology that helps commercial, publication and ...  (Company news)

... packaging printers boost their profitability at virtual.drupa 2021

Kodak’s unrivaled portfolio of breakthrough offset, digital and software solutions will be on display to the global print community at virtual.drupa 2021 from April 20 to 23. Featured Kodak products will include:

- The KODAK PROSPER ULTRA 520 Digital Press, which redefines inkjet production printing, closes the gap with offset. Utilizing KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology, this web press prints near-offset quality images two to three times faster than competitors across a broad range of commercial print substrates using cost-effective water-based KODAK inks.
- The UTECO Sapphire EVO W Press, powered by KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology, is the first digital press for flexible packaging to match the productivity of flexo and the quality of gravure. Kodak will also highlight the Sapphire EVO M Press, powered by KODAK Stream Technology, which has been successfully established in the growing packaging market.

- The KODAK NEXFINITY Digital Press, which boasts the versatility printers need to handle a wide range of jobs with maximum productivity. NEXFINITY offers unprecedented sheet-fed flexibility regarding substrates, sheet sizes and thicknesses along with production using a wide selection of special inks in its Fifth Imaging Unit.

- KODAK PRINERGY On Demand Business Solutions, the printing industry’s first and only fully integrated and managed business software portfolio including MIS/ERP, Ecommerce and collaboration applications. This scalable, automated end-to-end solution gives customers a single platform to work from and one vendor to work with, eliminating hidden costs and finger pointing.

- SONORA XTRA, Kodak’s next-generation process free plate delivering faster imaging speeds, stronger image contrast and improved handling robustness, plus sustainability and waste savings in prepress and on press.

- The KODAK MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter with T-speed, the world’s fastest 8-page CTP device, is capable of imaging up to 80 plates per hour.

- The KODAK MAGNUS Q4800 Platesetter, a new solution for extra-large format (XLF) plate imaging, offering the fastest throughput for XLF size plates for 96-page presses.

“Kodak provides a full portfolio of offset, digital and software solutions designed to deliver print that pays and this virtual event will provide a perfect showcase for our latest innovations,” said Jim Continenza, Executive Chairman and CEO, Eastman Kodak Company.

Kodak will welcome visitors to virtual.drupa in its exhibitor showroom at https://virtual.drupa.com/vis/v1/en/exhibitors/drupa2020.2680912. In addition, Kodak will hold three interactive web sessions:
- A single Platform Workflow Solution: One vendor. One Workflow. Fully managed. – Tuesday, April 20, 15:20–15:50 CET

- Digital Agility for a Changing Market – Wednesday, April 21, 15:20–15:50 CET

- New Process Free Plate Technology Makes Going Green Easy for All Printers

– Thursday, April 22, 15:20–15:50 CET
Attendees can sign up free of charge on virtual.drupa.com, where they can also learn more about the diverse services and features envisaged for the online show.
(Kodak GmbH)

FACHPACK 2021: New trade fair concept provides planning certainty
 07.04.2021

FACHPACK 2021: New trade fair concept provides planning certainty  (Company news)

FACHPACK, the European trade fair for packing, technology and processes, will take place in line with its regular schedule from 28 to 30 September 2021, either on site at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg with a digital add-on or as a purely digital industry event. “To be able to react flexibly and at short notice to the pandemic situation, we have devised a dual-track event concept that will allow our customers and us to reliably plan ahead for FACHPACK 2021,” explains Heike Slotta, Executive Director at NürnbergMesse.

Specifically, the dual-track trade fair concept for FACHPACK will take the following form: Track 1 will focus on FACHPACK 2021 as a physical event with a well-considered hygiene concept and a new digital add-on, so that visitors affected by travel restrictions can still take part in. If necessary due to the pandemic situation, we will switch to Track 2 and offer the packaging sector a purely digital event with new and exciting features. “This means that we are prepared for all eventualities and can guarantee that the packaging community will be able to have its much longed-for gathering at the end of September,” Slotta continues.

Trade fair preparations in hand
The preparations for the trade fair are in full swing. The FACHPACK team is currently preparing for the physical event in the usual way, i.e., planning the configuration of the exhibition halls with the 860 companies currently registered, creating an attractive supporting programme and developing a comprehensive hygiene concept that will allow exhibitors and visitors to participate safely in the event.

New digital features on myFACHPACK platform
At the same time, the team is developing a digital platform called myFACHPACK. which will offer additional benefits for FACHPACK customers such as targeted and spontaneous online matchmaking and networking between exhibitors and visitors even before the trade fair begins. Personalised contact suggestions are made based on exhibitor or product searches and personal interests. In addition, the diverse programme of presentations at the trade fair will be live streamed. On all three days of the fair, the three forums PACKBOX, TECHBOX and INNOVATIONBOX offer keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussions, which will also be available after the event. The product and company information displayed at the physical exhibition stands will be complemented by digital material on the myFACHPACK platform. Exhibitor profiles will be enhanced by new functions such as videos, chats, virtual meeting rooms, talks or presentations. In this way, the benefits of the physical event are fittingly extended by modern digital tools.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Compostable planting box for the windowsill
 06.04.2021

Compostable planting box for the windowsill  (Company news)

Home gardening is a mega-trend and very popular among conscious consumers. With flixGrün® micro vegetables, manufacturer Carl Pabst is appealing to precisely this sustainability-focused target group: healthy, home-grown and easily compostable, including packaging.

Dill, cress, arugula and even fennel or kohlrabi - with flixGrün® Micro vegetables, you can easily grow your own delicious herbs and fresh vegetables all year round. Everything you need for this, apart from light and water, is included in the compostable plant box.

Ready to use
The ready-to-use solution turns the consumer into a gardener in no time. After opening the pusher, the latter simply scatters the seeds on the hemp mat in the packaging. Then all that's left is to put it in the light, water it regularly, wait, enjoy, harvest and enjoy! This is not only sustainable, but also very convenient.

Simple and intelligent
The innovative folding box for flixGrün® was created in close collaboration between Carl Pabst and the STI Group. It serves not only as a sales and protective packaging, but also as a small cultivation garden at the same time. In keeping with the sustainable product philosophy of the seed manufacturer, the solution made of FSC® material does completely without plastic. Thanks to a special multi-coating of starch, the packaging is waterproof. The included hemp pad in the inlay serves as a water reservoir and nutrient medium for healthy cultivation. After harvesting, the leftovers including the packaging are simply disposed of in the organic waste or compost.
(STI - Gustav Stabernack GmbH)

Lessebo Paper is the first paper producer in the world to achieve Cradle to Cradle ...
 06.04.2021

Lessebo Paper is the first paper producer in the world to achieve Cradle to Cradle ...  (Company news)

...Certified® GOLD

Lessebo Paper is the first paper producer in the world to achieve Cradle to Cradle Certified® GOLD award for its white ranges of uncoated, premium graphical paper, Lessebo Design and Scandia 2000.

Cradle to Cradle Certified is a globally recognised measure of safe, sustainable products made for the circular economy. To receive certification, the products are assessed for environmental and social performance across five critical sustainability categories: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy, Water Stewardship and Social Fairness. These categories are the basis for the achievement level of the final certification. To be awarded with the gold award, gold standards have to be met in all categories.

Lessebo Paper is the first paper producer in the world to achieve Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold award for its white range of uncoated, high quality paper, including the full assortment of Lessebo Design® and Scandia 2000®. The paper is produced from totally chlorine free pulp (TCF) and has a minimal carbon footprint, suitable for printing materials where quality and sustainability are of importance.

“Our products have once again been proved to be a leader in sustainability. Being the first paper producer worldwide to receive Cradle to Cradle Certified at Gold level for our uncoated paper products is a big achievement and has been made possible by our focus on sustainability. This is clearly showing that our paper is one of the most climate friendly paper qualities in the world”, explains Eric Sigurdsson, CEO at Lessebo Paper.

In addition, Lessebo Paper had their white ranges of uncoated paper; Lessebo Design and Scandia 2000 assessed against the criteria of the Material Health category in the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard and was awarded a Platinum level Material Health Certificate by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. This means that all ingredients and process chemicals have been evaluated and accepted by the organisation. Accordingly, the product does not contain any substances rated “X” and meets the high Cradle to Cradle emission standards. The Platinum level represent the highest standard in Cradle to Cradle Certified product design.

“Our process of producing paper is fully transparent and our Lessebo Design® and Scandia 2000® ranges have been tested and analysed, including all raw materials” explains Eric Sigurdsson, CEO at Lessebo Paper. “The result clearly and repeatedly shows that we produce our paper ranges to the highest standards and offer sustainable premium graphic papers that are also suitable for demanding applications.”
(Lessebo Paper AB)

Paper and film converting: weakening of the sector in 2020
 06.04.2021

Paper and film converting: weakening of the sector in 2020  (Company news)

- Increasing expense burdens

After 2019, the paper, cardboard, paperboard and film converting industry in Germany also suffered a decline in sales in 2020, the year of the Corona pandemic.

According to the Wirtschaftsverband Papierverarbeitung (WPV) e.V., sales of paper and cardboard goods fell by -3.7 percent in 2020 compared with 2019, to 18.19 billion euros. The sector economy of paper and film processing was thus better than the overall economic decline in gross domestic product in Germany of -5.3 percent.

At 13.24 billion euros, domestic sales were -3.5 percent down on the previous year, while foreign sales were -4.2 percent down. The sector export ratio thus fell to 27.2 percent, with around 70 percent of sector exports going to eurozone countries. While these fell by -3.1 percent last year to 3.52 billion euros, sales to other foreign countries were down seven percent year-on-year in 2019 to 1.42 billion euros.

Sales of packaging made of paper, cardboard, paperboard and films fell by -2.3 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, to 11.05 billion euros. In this context, domestic sales were -3.2 percent lower than the previous year at EUR 8.29 billion, while foreign sales were slightly higher by 0.5 percent at EUR 2.76 billion. This corresponds to an increased export ratio of 24.9 percent compared to 2019.

The number of employees in paper, board, cardboard and foil processing in 2020 was -1.6 percent below the previous year, with a monthly average of 81,922 employees.

While paper and film converters suffered lower sales losses in the pandemic crisis compared to other sectors, rising cost burdens are putting pressure on the revenue situation of companies.

Since mid-2020, raw material prices for paper, which form the largest cost block in paper processing, have risen significantly, and further price increases have been announced for spring 2021.

The recovered paper market in particular is showing increasing shortages due to greater demand, with correspondingly rising purchase prices for recovered paper, the most important raw material. In addition, pandemic-related changes in cross-border transport requirements within Europe are making raw material supplies more difficult and more expensive overall. The new CO2 tax introduced in Germany at the beginning of 2021 is also increasing the cost pressure on companies.

An additional cost factor is the preventive measures taken in companies since the start of the Corona pandemic in spring 2020 to contain the spread of the virus.According to the latest Ifo Business Climate Index survey for the paper, board and cardboard converting industry, around one in two of the companies surveyed expects sales prices for paper and board goods to rise in the coming months in view of the cost burdens.
(WPV Wirtschaftsverband Papierverarbeitung e.V.)

+Pro: Increased productivity and sustainable production with the new Efficiency Add-On ...
 06.04.2021

+Pro: Increased productivity and sustainable production with the new Efficiency Add-On ...  (Company news)

...for press fabrics

- Modular extension for press fabrics increases efficiency and reduces energy consumption in paper manufacturing
- Smooth non-marking surface with high wear resistance results in high-quality paper with optimal printing properties
- +Pro is compatible with all Voith Paper press fabrics

With +Pro, Voith has added another product to its range of Efficiency Add-Ons for press fabrics. Through shorter start-up times, longer life cycles and reduced wear, the modular product extensions help paper manufacturers to increase the efficiency of their machines and make the production process more sustainable.

With +Pro, the combination of a special fiber mixture and a binder system provides for an exceptionally uniform felt surface, which results in a smoother paper surface and therefore better printability of the material. A further advantage of +Pro is the more uniform pressure distribution across the entire fabric. This allows for a higher dryness in paper production and at the same time reduces the number of costly and time-consuming web breaks. The uniform pressure distribution also guarantees more stable running conditions, reduced wear on the press fabrics and therefore a longer felt life. With these qualities, +Pro provides a basis for an overall more efficient papermaking production.

In addition to +Pro, Voith currently has two other modular product extensions for press fabrics in the Efficiency Add-Ons family. +Peak has been on the market for a number of years. It is an elastomer material that is incorporated into the fabric, which reduces the start-up time of the felt and ensures a lasting high level of performance. With the same load, +Peak compresses significantly more than a standard felt. This means the felt reaches optimum functional saturation and therefore its full capacity much faster. Furthermore, it is more reliable over its entire service life than conventional products, consistently performs better and has a higher dewatering capacity. +Peak has increased the machine efficiency for numerous customers. At the same time, the improved dewatering capacity helps to increase the dry content of the web and thus lower steam consumption, which notably reduces energy consumption.

While +Pro and +Peak increase efficiency on all paper machines, +Up is an add-on optimization specifically for the needs of tissue manufacturing. The aim of the development launched in 2019 was to bring about a smoother and, above all, faster startup of the felt. In practice, the start-up time has been reduced by up to 50%. The higher saturation capability during startup allows a more stable and more quickly available capacity, which means higher overall productivity over the course of one felt cycle.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Bertelsmann Printing Group achieves its goals with Heidelberg Subscription
 06.04.2021

Bertelsmann Printing Group achieves its goals with Heidelberg Subscription  (Company news)

- Performance partnership pays dividends
- Heidelberg delivers on performance promise with permanently high machine availability, short servicing times, and quick makeready times
- Overall equipment efficiency of Speedmaster XL 106 at Gütersloh site increases to 56 percent after one year

Photo: Output is key – Mohn Media has increased overall equipment efficiency at the Gütersloh site by just under 20 percent with Heidelberg Subscription.

Just over a year ago, the Bertelsmann Printing Group (BPG) decided on a subscription contract with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for its two sites – Mohn Media in Gütersloh, near Bielefeld, and Vogel Druck in Höchberg, near Würzburg (see press release dated December 12, 2019). That makes it time for an initial review. The performance partnership – under which Heidelberg is responsible for the performance and availability of the newly installed presses over the next five years – was and still is a key factor for BPG. The Subscription Smart contract applying at both sites includes all service operations and a vendor-managed inventory component that covers the inventory management of selected wear parts and consumables on BPG’s behalf.

“As we see it, our very high expectations have been met in full. The cooperation was exactly as envisaged and Heidelberg has really delivered,” emphasizes Roland Witte, Production and Technology Manager at Mohn Media. “The figures speak for themselves and we’re looking to systematically continue this approach. As a next step, I can imagine further expanding the successful partnership,” he adds.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

The Right Perfect Binder for Eurographic Group
 06.04.2021

The Right Perfect Binder for Eurographic Group  (Company news)

Eurographic Group will be installing a KM 610.M at its plant in Szczecin (Poland) in mid-2021. The management of the Danish company is particularly impressed by the attractive price/performance ratio of the new perfect binder line from Muller Martini.

Photo: With the new KM 610.M perfect binder, Eurographic Group in Szczecin intends to expand further.

Eurographic Group has been printing exclusively digitally at its Szczecin site since it was founded in 2013 and specializes in the production of books and operating manuals in short runs. In order to expand its capacities, the company entered the B2 format in digital printing last year. With this format leap, the company abruptly improved its performance, cost structure and thus also its competitiveness.

In order to achieve these positive effects in finishing as well and to efficiently coordinate the individual systems in the entire production chain, Eurographic is now commissioning the world's first KM 610.M from Muller Martini. The company decided in favor of the new softcover line, which has a capacity of 5000 cycles per hour, not least because of its convincing price/performance ratio.

In future, Eurographic Group will not only be able to call on the quality potential of the new perfect binder, but will also benefit from its great flexibility, which is evident in the very short setup times, among other things. With the KM 610.M, Eurographic Group also brought spare capacity for further expansion into the newly built production hall. The investment package is rounded off by a Granit three-knife trimmer, which guarantees the clean cut of the books.
(Müller Martini Marketing AG)

Ricoh joins WIPO GREEN and provides 83 patented environmental technologies to ...
 05.04.2021

Ricoh joins WIPO GREEN and provides 83 patented environmental technologies to ...  (Company news)

...contribute to solving social issues

Ricoh Company, Ltd. has joined WIPO GREEN as a contributing partner. WIPO Green is an international platform, operated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) of the United Nations, that connects green technology providers and seekers of eco-friendly technology solutions through its marketplace and network.

As a first step, Ricoh will provide 83 of its environmental technology patents covering two fields: dry washing technology (which does not use water or solvents) and waste liquid treatment technology (which uses high-temperature and high-pressure underwater combustion).

Through its participation in WIPO GREEN, Ricoh will actively contribute to solving social issues by making its environmental technologies widely accessible to society and accelerating innovation through co-creation.

Global demand for environmental protection technologies is projected to increase by 6.9% annually, to 5,902 billion euros in 2025 . When WIPO GREEN was launched in 2013, it was at the vanguard of green technology promotion and dissemination. Since then, it has become a powerful platform in its mission to support and promote innovation in the growing green technology sector. Today, WIPO GREEN continues to accelerate the transition to a greener global economy.

The Ricoh Group has identified seven priority issues (also known as material issues), aligned to 12 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Group aims to resolve these issues through its business activities in order to realize a sustainable society that balances economic, social, and global environmental issues. As part of these efforts, in the field of intellectual property, Ricoh has been working to achieve a balance between business and contributing to society by opening up its patents to start-up companies.

Ricoh has also been working to create value from its intellectual property by disclosing patent information related to its businesses that contribute to solving social issues. Ricoh positions its participation in WIPO GREEN as part of its efforts to solve social issues, such as the realization of a decarbonized society, which will be accelerated with the start of the two-year 20th Mid-Term Management Plan starting in April 2021.

As part of its participation in WIPO GREEN, Ricoh will register the following two groups of patented technologies (83 patents) with a focus on technologies that are considered to be effective for environmental conservation through demonstration tests.
- Industrial wastewater treatment technology by high temperature and high-pressure water oxidation (17 patents): Technology to improve the efficiency and durability of high-temperature, high-pressure submerged combustion systems for detoxification treatment of organic industrial wastewater
- Dry washing technology with thin pieces of media (66 patents): Dry washing technology that enables the cleaning of adhered soil using media such as resin film instead of solvent or water

Ricoh will continue to provide environment-related patent technologies that contribute to the preservation of the global environment.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Lockdown trends highlight recycling challenges
 05.04.2021

Lockdown trends highlight recycling challenges  (Company news)

New research has revealed a recycling crisis in the UK, with households simply running out of room in their bins and unable to recycle properly.

As bins overflow due to increased online shopping and extended time at home, 49% of households admit to completely running out of space in their recycling bins with a quarter saying this happens every two weeks or more.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg, our research says that the UK’s recycling infrastructure is not equipped to deal with the increased volume of home recycling, caused in part by Covid-19. As we see ever-increasing packaging coming into our homes, we need to make sure that we have the right infrastructure in place to deal with it.

Our research shows that the increase is caused by radical changes in how we have been shopping and living during Covid-19. Online shopping was on the rise before Covid-19 but has been rapidly accelerated by the pandemic, indeed 70% of Brits say they have shopped online more since the initial lockdown in March 2020. Of those Brits who had seen an increase in their recycling, nearly two thirds (64%) say it’s because they’re spending more time at home as offices and schools have been shut, with 48% of respondents citing increased online shopping for their overflowing bins.

83% of Brits plan to shop online at the same level or more post lockdown so online shopping is firmly here to stay. Homeworking is looking to continue to play a big role in our lives (research from the CIPD reveals employers expect the number of staff working from home in the future to double in comparison to pre-pandemic levels1). Taking all of this into the consideration, our recycling infrastructure is desperate for reform.

Even before the pandemic, we were making the switch to online shopping and working from home more, but restrictions due to Covid-19 have revolutionised these trends. With many of these changes looking set to stay, including our new recycling habits, we need to ensure that our collections infrastructure enables us to recycle as much material as possible from our domestic streams.

Consistency around recycling collections would also make it easier to improve recycling labelling, paving the way for a system where all packaging and collection infrastructures would have standardised recycling labels that sufficiently informs the consumer about what materials can be recycled where.

To highlight the problem, we created a larger-than-life recycling bin that demonstrates the scale of changes needed.

Our research also revealed that 47% of Brits say their recycling facilities need to be bigger and 12% admit to putting excess recycling into the rubbish bin, meaning it likely will end up in landfill or incineration.

Furthermore, over a third (35%) are embarrassed by the waste they produce with 51% of those saying it is because their households are producing too much. In fact, 74% reported concern around the impact of excess waste on the environment. Many also have concerns about infrastructure, with 38% worried that their recycling isn’t being dealt with properly and is ending up in landfill or being incinerated. 70% of those surveyed agree that we urgently need more information about what we can and cannot recycle.

Brits are also well aware that some materials are better than others: 49% want to try to use more cardboard or paper-based packaging rather than plastic-based packaging because it is more easily recycled.

Top items which people reported recycling more of since the COVID-19 pandemic include:
-online shopping packaging (38%)
-hand soap containers (30%)
-toilet rolls (25%)
(DS Smith Packaging)

Migros introduces sustainability scale on products
 05.04.2021

Migros introduces sustainability scale on products  (Company news)

A sustainability scale is now listed directly on the packaging of all Migros brands. This rates the various dimensions of sustainability, such as animal welfare or climate, with 1 to 5 stars. Customers can thus see at first glance whether the product meets their requirements. Migros thus creates comprehensive transparency in the topic of sustainability.

"We are not 100% sustainable. But 100% transparent". Under this motto, Migros will in future evaluate all products of its approximately 250 own brands in the most important dimensions of sustainability. This will make it immediately clear to customers that an M-Classic chicken, for example, scores well in animal welfare but less so in climate. The new M-Check makes this contradiction transparent, says Marketing Manager Matthias Wunderlin: "We don't hide the negative sustainability aspects of a product either. On the one hand, this enables our customers to shop in a self-determined manner; on the other hand, this complete transparency is also an incentive for Migros."

A compass in the sustainability jungle
The sustainability scale works like a hotel rating: if the product receives five stars in animal welfare, for example, it does very well; if it receives only one star, there is a lot of potential for improvement. For this, up to ten different factors are assessed and rated, including outdoor exercise, housing, the use of medications or transport. The entire life cycle assessment of the product is included in the climate calculation: From cultivation to the use of water and fertilizer, to transport and packaging. The star rating is based on the entire Migros product range. A piece of beef therefore never achieves more than one star in climate because of the high greenhouse gas emissions compared to a cucumber.

"WWF welcomes Migros' goal of creating more transparency for customers in the area of sustainability with the new M-Check. With this disclosure, it enables customers to shop more consciously. After all, one third of the consumption-related environmental impact in Europe is due to what we eat," says Thomas Vellacott, Managing Director of WWF Switzerland.

The evaluation system is based on scientific principles and was developed for Migros by renowned partners. All assessment criteria can be viewed transparently online.

More than 100 products already marked with the new M-Check
Animal products such as meat and milk will be the first to receive the M-Check. The areas of animal welfare and climate will be assessed. Other dimensions of sustainability will be added later. By 2025, all of Migros' own brands - including non-food - will have been given the new M-Check. This corresponds to around 80 percent of the entire Migros range.
(Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund)

EBRD supports Ukraine's Kokhavynska Paper Factory
 05.04.2021

EBRD supports Ukraine's Kokhavynska Paper Factory  (Company news)

-Loan of €13.8 million for Kokhavynska Paper Factory
-FINTECC incentive grant for energy efficiency upgrades
-Donor support through EU4Business fund in Ukraine

The Ukrainian paper producer Kokhavynska Paper Factory (KPF) will reach the next stage of its development thanks to a €13.8 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The financing will support the expansion of KPF’s product range, an increase in production capacity and improvements to the company’s operating efficiency. These will be achieved through investment in new equipment, which will allow KPF to enter the pulp-based-tissue market segment. The new production facility will have a full-cycle, in-house manufacturing process.

In addition, more than €1 million will be allocated to the modernisation of a wastewater filtering facility as well as to energy efficiency and climate adaptation measures. These improvements will help to reduce water usage and to cut CO2 emissions by 2,400 tonnes a year.

The energy efficiency improvements will be supported with an incentive grant of US$ 131,433 provided by the EBRD’s Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change (FINTECC) programme, which is designed to transfer technology in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

KPF has also benefited from technical cooperation in the form of a grant from the EU4Business fund in Ukraine used for pre- and post-investment support. In addition, KPF was supported by advisory services, focused on market research and the development of a business plan, provided under the Small Business Impact Fund (United States of America, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, the TaiwanBusiness-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund and Norway).

Kokhavynska Paper Factory is one of the largest producers of recycled base paper and tissue and is located in western Ukraine. The company dates back to 1938, when the plant was built with the involvement of experts from Germany, Poland and Sweden. In the 1990s, the factory underwent voucher privatisation and is currently owned by 173 shareholders.

Following the privatisation, KPF rebuilt its old tissue production machines and acquired new additional one, as well as launching a production line for sanitary tissue products. The company now operates two tissue machines with a total capacity of 40,000 tonnes of base paper per year and has a total of seven production lines for sanitary tissue.

The EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine. To date, the Bank has made a cumulative commitment of €14.5 billion through 489 projects in the country.
(EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

ICE Europe, CCE International and InPrint Munich postponed
 01.04.2021

ICE Europe, CCE International and InPrint Munich postponed  (Company news)

New dates for collective of converting, paper and print exhibitions to be announced in due course

Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has announced th epostponement of ICE Europe, CCE International and InPrint Munich. The collective of converting, paper and print exhibitions, which was scheduled for 22–24June2021 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany, is postponed in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

"The current course of the pandemic and the current restrictions in Germany means that there is insufficient planning security for all parties involved. Despite an enhanced health and safety plan in place and theexhibitors’ willingness to go ahead with the shows in June, we believe that the most responsible decision at this stage is to postpone”, explained Patrick Herman, Event Director of the Converting, Paper and Print Events at Mack-Brooks Exhibitions.

“This situation underlines the importance of our shows for the industry. However, conditions to hold trade fairs have not yet been determined and our hands are tied. With the circumstances unlikely to change in a foreseeable future, we must remain sensible and minimise the economic risk for all participants. To hold the shows at a later date hopefully ensures that the events can continue their critical role in bringing the global converting, paper and print industry together again. Specific dates for the exhibitions will be announced shortly.”, concluded Patrick Herman.

The ICE Europe, CCE International and InPrint Munich Events Team will communicate closely with customers and partners over the coming weeks and months. We thank all our exhibitors, partners, suppliers and visitors for their support during this challenging time.
(Mack-Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)

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