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Newsgrafik #122072
 16.01.2019

India's most trusted event on Corrugated Packing Industry returns to DELHI NCR!  (Company news)

IndiaCorr Expo 2019 is a leading global event serving the entire value chain of the corrugated industry. It is the India edition of the world's leading show— SinoCorrugated that takes place in China every year. The objective of the show is to cater manufacturers, buyers and users of corrugated packaging and allied technologies. The show is scheduled to be held from September 05-06-07, 2018 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR, India.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW
- Only dedicated exhibition in India on corrugated packaging industry.
- Features over 350 representative brands, offering end-to-end solutions from both Indian and international.
- The 2019 edition has dedicated pavilions for international exhibitors, which will provide
unrivalled networking opportunities.
- Innovative technologies at concurrent shows India Folding Carton, Digital Printing Zone, Paper Zone and India Flexography Expo.
- Brings together participants from countries such as India, China, Taiwan, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Korea, USA, Switzerland, Thailand and many more.
(Reed Manch Exhibitions)

Newsgrafik #122086
 16.01.2019

SCREEN LAUNCHES NEW TRUEPRESS JET520HD+ AT HUNKELER INNOVATIONDAYS 2019  (Company news)

Screen Europe is pleased to announce its participation at Hunkeler innovationsdays 2019 (HID 2019), where its new Truepress Jet520HD+ press (photo) will make its debut. Under the theme ‘Digital Everywhere!’ Screen’s exhibit will reflect the major international impact of digital printing and the company’s ability to lead change.

The Truepress Jet520HD+ press comes with new features including an integrated Screen ‘NIR’ Dryer. This system will be a core focus of Screen’s exhibition (hall 2), along with the Truepress Jet520NX, at HID 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland, from February 25-28th. The company will also outline its relationship with Solimar Systems and exhibit its range of digital printing solutions, including its pioneering SC inks and workflow technology.

The Screen NIR Dryer technology features newly enhanced drying functions, improving drying performance for both lightweight coated stocks and heavier weight, coated offset stocks. The results are an expanded range of applications for print service providers and even higher productivity for difficult-to-dry substrates with increased print speeds on offset coated stocks.

The Screen Truepress Jet520HD+ system is a high-definition inkjet web press with a true print resolution of 1,200 dpi and precise droplet size control at up to 150 metres per minute. The Truepress Jet520HD+ achieves the colour, texture, detail and solid ink areas expected for high-end publication and commercial work. With exclusive access to Screen SC inks, Truepress Jet520HD+ users can maximise the exceptional quality available with the press on a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated stocks, without the need for pre-treatment.

Visitors to HID2019 can also discover the next generation Truepress Jet520NX, developed from Screen’s more than 10 years of experience in inkjet printing. The system supports not only transactional printing, but also direct mail, transpromo, and book printing, which allows customers to extend their markets. In addition to the standard printheads, the Truepress Jet520NX can be fitted with an extra ‘fifth colour’ printhead enabling the use of Screen’s unique UV invisible ink, developed as an anti-counterfeiting measure, as well as other special inks. The press delivers superb quality, market-leading uptime and a maximum speed of up to 150 meters per minute.

Bui Burke, Senior Vice President of Sales at Screen Europe, says, “HID is always a highlight in Screen’s calendar, so we’re delighted the Truepress Jet520HD+ and NIR Dryer will debut at the event. Once again, Screen digital technology is at the forefront of innovation, resulting in market-leading speed, productivity and uptime.”
(Screen Europe)

Newsgrafik #122087
 16.01.2019

Changes to Södra's Group Senior Management  (Company news)

Södra’s current CFO, Anna Belfrage (photo), has made a decision to resign on 31 May 2019.

“Anna Belfrage has been a competent and ambitious person and during her tenure as CFO, she has developed and improved Södra’s accounting, IT and purchasing activities in a professional manner,” said President and CEO Lars Idermark.

Peter Karlsson has been appointed new CFO as of 1 March 2019. His previous positions have included Business Controller for the Södra Group and Interim CFO, and he led Södra Wood through the changes to Södra’s involvement in the Interiör segment. Before joining Södra, Peter Karlsson built up many years of professional experience in companies such as IKEA.

“I am delighted that Peter Karlsson has accepted the position as CFO of Södra. Under his leadership, efforts to maintain a high level of quality will continue and be further developed,” said Lars Idermark.

Peter Karlsson will become a member of Group Senior Management.

A high-quality IT operation and the ambition to be a leading forest company in the field of digitisation will be crucial to the development of Södra’s business model. Therefore, it is only natural that this area becomes an independent and Group-wide service function and that its current manager Cristian Brolin becomes the CDO, and a member of Group Senior Management. He will assume his new role at the end of the year.

“Cristian Brolin has in-depth experience and knowledge of IT and digitisation in Sweden as well as internationally. This change will increase both the speed and focus of Södra’s development moving forward,” said President and CEO Lars Idermark.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #122089
 16.01.2019

Georgia-Pacific to Exit Communication Papers Business  (Company news)

Port Hudson Communication Papers and Pulping Operations to Shut Down

Tissue, Towel Manufacturing To Continue As Important Asset For GP Consumer Business

Georgia-Pacific announced that it is exiting the communication papers business following an assessment of its long-term competitive position in a declining market. As a result, the company will permanently shut down the communication papers machines, related converting assets, as well as the woodyard, pulp mill and a significant portion of the energy complex at its Port Hudson, Louisiana, facility.

Approximately 650 jobs at the facility will ultimately be impacted by the communication papers and pulp asset closures. About 40 business and sales jobs also will be affected by this decision.

Georgia-Pacific will continue to operate and invest in the Port Hudson mill to support its growing consumer tissue and towel business. The Port Hudson facility, with its premium product tissue and towel machines and associated converting equipment, is a key contributor to the success of the Consumer Products Group’s retail business. The company will retain approximately 300 employees to manage those operations.

Employees will continue to operate the Port Hudson communication papers and pulp mill assets, with final operations of those assets expected by mid-March. Georgia-Pacific has begun discussions with union leadership and the hourly and salaried workforce on how the process will work for employees affected by the job reductions, including the potential to transfer to other Georgia-Pacific locations.

“The employees in our printing and writing papers business have worked diligently to support the business, and in recent years we have invested significantly in our operations. We have ultimately decided that the required investment to sustain the operation long-term, coupled with the declining market, is not viable,” said Mike Adams, president – GP PRO and Communication Papers. “We will be working closely with our printing and writing customers during this time of transition.”
(Georgia-Pacific Corp.)

Newsgrafik #122107
 16.01.2019

ANDRITZ to supply ATMP line to Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper, Germany  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper to supply a new ATMP (Advanced Thermo Mechanical Pulp) line to their mill in Hagen, Germany.

Photo: ANDRITZ MSD Impressafiner, to be installed at Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper.

The ANDRITZ ATMP technology is a highly optimized process design with modular process steps that ensure enhanced fiber properties at reduced energy consumption. Start-up is scheduled for the final quarter of 2019.

ANDRITZ will refurbish second-hand machines that Kabel Premium bought from a former magazine paper production line in Germany. In order to meet Kabel Premium’s high demands with regard to energy efficiency and fiber quality, ANDRITZ will install several new, key equipment units: a new MSD Impressafiner to delaminate and impregnate chips even more gently and efficiently as well as new fiber centrifuges to guarantee superior fiber/steam separation. Two second-hand and refurbished ANDRITZ high-consistency refiners will form part of the first and second refining stages.The scope of supply also includes the DCS system, complete installation of the scope delivered, basic engineering, commissioning, and start-up.

The broad spectrum of ANDRITZ’s capabilities within the pulp and paper industry as well as its specialist know-how in the second-hand business were decisive in the Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper’s decision to place the order with ANDRITZ.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #122076
 15.01.2019

MONADNOCK: 200 YEARS OF AMERICAN PAPERMAKING  (Company news)

Founded in 1819, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. is proudly celebrating 200 years of American papermaking in 2019. Located in Bennington, New Hampshire on the banks of the Contoocook River, Monadnock is the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the country and has survived and thrived through radical changes in the paper business.

Today, Monadnock is humming with life and its eco-friendly products are found everywhere from blue jean tags to craft beer labels and retail gift cards. Monadnock decided decades ago to focus on environmental awareness and sustainability as the key to survival. While many companies continue to use plastic, a growing number of the world’s leading brands have adopted paper as a high-performing, eco-friendly alternative to plastic.

Monadnock is dedicated to helping make the world a more sustainable place. Like-minded brands such as The Gap have even paid a visit to Monadnock to better understand how the company has managed to succeed and innovate.

Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock Paper Mills, states: “Disruptive innovation has allowed Monadnock to thrive in a tough paper market. We created an entire line of plastic replacement products. We created Kona Paper, which is made with shredded coffee bean bags reclaimed from roasters across the country. We believe in reusing the world’s resources and are focused on relentless improvement moving forward. We are proud to celebrate 200 years of continuous papermaking and look forward to a long and prosperous future.”

Lisa Berghaus, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, states: “Many generations have been employed by Monadnock over these 200 years. It’s a true American success story of hard work and ingenuity. We believe it is our commitment to sustainability-oriented innovation, coupled with our support for the local community, that has earned us the pleasure of celebrating 200 years of continuous American papermaking.”
(MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)

Newsgrafik #122077
 15.01.2019

UPM is tendering for a pulp terminal in Montevideo deep sea port in Uruguay  (Company news)

UPM is taking part in the international public tendering process in the port of Montevideo organized by the National Ports Administration (ANP) of Uruguay. The scope of the concession tender is the building and operation of a port terminal specialized in the storage and shipping of pulp, chemicals and other inputs related to pulp production with a capacity to handle approximately 2 million tonnes of pulp annually. The tender includes the design, financing, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the pulp terminal. The tenure of the concession would be for 50 years.

Photo: UPM Fray Bentos in Uruguay

Port development, supporting an efficient and reliable outbound logistics, is a key fundamental for the potential installation of the third pulp mill in the country. Modern facilities in the Montevideo deep sea port would offer a competitive gateway from South America to growing export markets benefiting the Uruguayan economy.

The tender is made in the context of UPM's current study on the potential of building a new pulp mill in Uruguay. The investment agreement with the Government of Uruguay was signed in 2017. As part of the agreement the Government will promote concession for a terminal specializing in pulp in the Montevideo port with rail access. The possible pulp mill would have an annual capacity of approximately 2 million tonnes of eucalyptus market pulp. The preliminary estimate for a pulp mill investment on site is approximately EUR 2 billion.

Two preparation phases need to be successfully completed before UPM would be in a position to make a final investment decision on the pulp mill. The second preparation phase is currently proceeding. Achieving significant progress in the implementation of the agreed infrastructure initiatives by the Government of Uruguay and any relevant items are to be agreed prior to the possible final investment decision. If these two preparation phases are concluded successfully, UPM will initiate the company's regular process of analysing and preparing an investment decision.

If awarded a concession in the Montevideo port, UPM's financial commitment in the form of a performance bond would be USD 20 million at this stage. At the time of the potential final investment decision on the pulp mill project UPM would proceed with the port investment decision and start of the construction of the port facilities. The preliminary UPM investment estimate for the port facilities would be approximately USD 260 million.

UPM is not in a position to disclose further information of the tendering process at this stage.
(UPM)

Newsgrafik #122079
 15.01.2019

SURTECO GROUP SE: Change in the Management Board  (Company news)

The CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of the Company, Dr.-Ing. Herbert Müller (photo), has asked the Supervisory Board to prematurely terminate his service agreement expiring on 30 June 2021 in the course of 2019. The Supervisory Board regrettably complied with this request at its meeting on 19 December 2018. The Supervisory Board would like to express his profound gratitude for Dr. Müller rendering services to the Company and its predecessor companies for more than 30 years, his merits to the SURTECO Group, his loyalty and long-standing solidarity as well as the good cooperation with the Supervisory Board, the shareholder representatives and the other members of the Management Board.

In its meeting of 19 December 2018, the Supervisory Board of the Company approved the execution of a service agreement as director with Mr. Wolfgang Moyses, MBA. Mr. Moyses is currently Chairman of the Executive Board of SIMONA Aktiengesellschaft, Kirn, and member of the Supervisory Board of SURTECO GROUP SE. He is to be appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of SURTECO GROUP SE with effect from 1 November 2019 or, if possible, from an earlier date for a term of office of five years. Mr. Moyses will resign from his office of a member of the Supervisory Board of the Company prior to the beginning of his term of office as Chairman of the Executive Board.
(Surteco SE)

Newsgrafik #122081
 15.01.2019

Toscotec Paper & Board chosen by Smurfit Kappa for PM5 rebuild project  (Company news)

Toscotec has been awarded a contract by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin in France to rebuild the entire dryer section of its 6m wire PM5 at Facture, Aquitaine, France.

Toscotec will rebuild the entire pre-dryer section of the machine, including 36 new TT SteelDryers with a diameter of 1.8 m, maintaining the same machine length of the existing 43 cast iron cans. The scope of supply includes 4 new TT Uniroll for the first battery. Toscotec will also rebuild the existing post-dryer section to improve the present design according to the new production rate, adding 2 new TT SteelDryers. The scope includes a rope-less tail threading system throughout the whole dryer section, an optimised tail transfer to the Film Press with a TT Ripper and TT Transfer (vacuum belt device) and an improved paper sheet transfer between press and dryer section. The main auxiliary systems will also be part of Toscotec’s scope, including the lubrication system, the hood with its air and ventilation system and the sheet stabilisation. The hall ventilation system will be also part of the package.

The PM5 produces White Top Kraft Liner with a reel trim of 5,500 mm, Toscotec’s rebuild will allow to increase machine speed up to approximately 900 m/min and will strengthen Smurfit Kappa’s position as the leading European supplier of White Top Kraft Liner.

The supply is on a turnkey basis and includes engineering, erection, commissioning, start-up assistance and training.

This new rebuild reaffirms Toscotec as one of preferred partners for the Smurfit Kappa Group, with which Toscotec has been working for the past 10 years on several projects, in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Austria.

“It gives us great satisfaction to be selected for such an important rebuild project by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin. Thanks to the increased efficiency of the overall drying process, PM5 will significantly boost its capacity, and deliver actual energy savings, thereby cutting the mill’s energy bill” says Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager.

Mr. Bruno Tormen, Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin’s Mill Manager says: “At Smurfit Kappa, we offer our customers constant, secure and reliable quality thanks to our unrivalled standards. Toscotec’s design met our targets in terms of the dryer section’s performance and machine production increase. The high level of customisation of their turnkey solution was one of the deciding factors for our choice, along with the significant advantages of TT SteelDryers”.

The project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #122093
 15.01.2019

Koehler and heinzelsales announce Partnership for Flexible Packaging  (Company news)

Koehler with new sales partner heinzelsales for France, Spain, and Portugal.

With its announcement less than a year ago that it was making a major investment in its Kehl mill, the Koehler Paper Group took the first step towards a new paper machine capable of producing papers for flexible packaging. While the workers at the construction site are making major strides and the work is well on schedule, the employees at the company’s headquarters in Oberkirch, Germany, are also busy laying the groundwork to ensure that the sales team can hit the ground running from day one.

A Partner with Experience and Expertise
As a result of their efforts, Koehler now starts to work together with Wilfried Heinzel AG, also known as heinzelsales, as an experienced and extremely qualified partner to market the papers for flexible packaging in France, Spain, and Portugal. Together with heinzelsales, Koehler wants to work on securing the future business success of single-sided coated papers with barrier functions and sealing ability.

The papers for flexible packaging are used in a wide variety of products. These include chocolate and muesli bars; pudding and granola; sugar sticks; bags for instant soups, rice, and pet food; ice cream cones; banderoles and lids for yogurt cups; and much more.

Paper Is Environmentally Friendly and Recyclable
Koehler’s goal is to replace plastic in these flexible packaging materials with paper wherever possible and practical in order to help replace nonrecyclable packaging with paper, a material whose recycling challenges have already been solved in many countries. For this reason, paper is actually the sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative.

Wilfried Heinzel AG is the global sales network of the HEINZEL GROUP, based in Vienna, Austria. In partnership with producers from across the globe, the company sells a wide range of paper and pulp grades through knowledgeable local sales specialists in Europe and other regions of the world.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

Newsgrafik #122109
 15.01.2019

Valmet to supply automation for Gasum's liquefied natural gas delivery to Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill .  (Company news)

... in Finland

Valmet will supply an automation system update and expansion for Gasum's project at the Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland. As part of the project, the mill will replace liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with Gasum's low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the burners of the drying processes on its tissue machines.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. The system renewal will be delivered in June 2019.

Photo: Valmet will supply an automation system update and expansion to Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland. The automation system will be used to control the burners of the drying processes and manage Gasum's gas terminal. Photo: Metsä Group

Valmet's automation system will be used to control the burners of the drying processes and manage a gas terminal that will be connected to Valmet's data collection application. The delivery will standardize and optimize the tissue drying process and quality management.

"Valmet's flexible approach and familiarization with Metsä Tissue enabled us to offer a turnkey delivery to the customer," says Tommy Mattila, Sales and Marketing Director, Gasum.

"Valmet will enhance the Metsä Tissue mill's fuel switch to LNG, which is a safe form of energy with low emissions. At the same time, both Gasum and Metsä Tissue gain access to the latest software updates," remarks Juhani Tuomaala, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet will update and expand the Valmet DNA automation system on the tissue machines to modernize burner controls and the drying process management. Valmet's delivery includes automation controls with DNA Modbus links to the burner and gas terminal PLCs as well as necessary DNA I/O expansions on the tissue machine automation systems. The delivery also includes DNA software updates and expansions in the process air systems and drying power control systems of the tissue machines.

Gasum will carry out the modifications needed for the fuel switch as well as all equipment installation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122037
 14.01.2019

Registration opens for Gulf Print & Pack 2019   (Company news)

Registration is now open for Gulf Print & Pack 2019, the Middle East’s leading trade show for the commercial and package printing sector. Returning to the World Trade Centre in Dubai, many of the industry’s leading manufacturers and a number of first time exhibitors have already seized the opportunity to exhibit at the show.

Taking place from 15-18 April in the venue’s Za’abeel Halls, Gulf Print & Pack 2019 will showcase the latest technologies and products from the entire field of commercial and package printing. Already confirmed to exhibit at the show include: Afra, Bobst, Frimpeks, Green Graphics, Gulf Commercial Group, Heliozid, Konica Minolta, Prestige Graphics, Rotometrics, SMI Coated Products, UPM Raflatac and Xerox, as well as first-time exhibitors Apex Industries, Arasta Makina Kimya, Jinhang Flexible Packaging, Lemorau, Meteors, Pule Printing Ltd and Roshan Packages.

Displaying the newest in multi-substrate presses, wide and narrow format digital presses, laser die-cutting, 3D printing, smart labels/packaging, and software, Gulf Print & Pack 2019 is aimed at printers, service providers, brand owners and designers from not only the Middle East, but also continental Africa, South Asia and Europe. Buyers can experience live demonstrations of the latest solutions that will help them print a wide range of products for a cross-section of markets including retail, education and security. The show is a perfect arena for visitors to network with the biggest and most influential suppliers operating in today’s market, discover niche markets, and boost their knowledge.

Lisa Milburn, Managing Director, Gulf Print & Pack, commented: “The Middle East remains one of the world’s key commercial print growth regions, with huge untapped potential for digital technologies. This is reflected in the continuing growth of our show, which plays a vital role in driving the industry forward. At Gulf Print & Pack 2017, we started to see a trend, with half of our visitors interested in digital printing presses; and this year we expect to see this trend explode, given rising demand for short run digital commercial and package printing, digitally printed labels and smart labels.”

“Although its core audience has typically been Middle Eastern and African, we are seeing the show become more international with each edition, so we anticipate an even greater global representation at this year’s show.”
She added: “This year’s edition of Gulf Print & Pack is especially well timed in the run up to Expo 2020 Dubai, which will create massive opportunities for all type of print including advertising posters, smart label and packaging products and digital textiles. Given this huge print potential, we expect our show to be a key sourcing event and we are extremely excited about the opportunities this will create. We look forward to meeting with exhibitors and visitors onsite.”
(Tarsus Group Limited)

Newsgrafik #122052
 14.01.2019

DS Smith to Showcase Produce Packaging That Performs at the 2019 Southeast Regional Fruit ...  (Company news)

... & Vegetable Conference

DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper Division will showcase “Produce Packaging that Performs” at the 2019 Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference from October 11-12 in Savannah, Georgia.

DS Smith will showcase a full line of innovative corrugated solutions for produce, such as Greencoat®, the revolutionary wax-free, 100% recyclable coated box, as well as retail-ready packaging options and high-end graphics offerings.

“For farmers, their brand is their box, and they need every box to make it to market. We get that, and our complete line of packaging options ensures we have an affordable, targeted solution for every challenge, from fully recyclable, non-wax to traditional offerings.” — Jeff Cormier, Global Business Development Manager for DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper

Greencoat provides farmers, wholesalers, and retailers with a fully recyclable corrugated package that performs as well as wax in cold and wet environments, and DS Smith’s retail-ready packaging options enable farmers to showcase their brand with durable, multi-color graphics.
(DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper)

Newsgrafik #122064
 14.01.2019

Värö climbs new heights  (Company news)

Södra Cell Väro is investing to give the mill even further flexibility and availability.

Construction has just begun again at Värö, this time for an additional pulp storage tower which will be situated between the fibre line and the drying machine. The investment is scheduled to be ready by Q4 of 2019. Jonas Eriksson, Värö’s Mill Manager says the new tower will give the fibre line extra availability and the leeway to increase the mill’s production capacity further still.

“This will give us increased flexibility, we will not have to stop production to perform some of the planned maintenance or if we ever incur a minor problem at the drying machine in the future.”
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #122066
 14.01.2019

Huhtamaki appoints Charles Héaulmé as President and CEO  (Company news)

The planned CEO succession takes place as Jukka Moisio steps down after a long and successful tenure and Charles Héaulmé (52) takes the lead as the new President and CEO of Huhtamaki. The transition will take place on April 26, 2019, following the Annual General Meeting.

"I want to thank Jukka Moisio warmly for his outstanding achievement at the helm of the company for over a decade. He lifted Huhtamaki from a very difficult position into a solid profitable growth trajectory and to a leading global food packaging company. Under Jukka Moisio's lead the company has been able to create significant value for the shareholders," says Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chairman of the Board.

"I am thankful and proud of what we have achieved together with my colleagues during these years. This is a good moment to leave; the company is in a good shape and there are many great initiatives ongoing that will provide further growth opportunities," Jukka Moisio comments.

Charles Héaulmé joins Huhtamaki from Tetra Pak, where his latest position has been Vice President Europe and Central Asia since 2015. Prior to this he has worked in various business and finance leadership roles in Tetra Pak in different geographies since 1999. He has also held financial controlling roles in Bosch Braking Systems Division 1994-1999 and served as a senior auditor in KPMG during 1990-1993.

"Charles Héaulmé has an impressive record of leading businesses and people with the capability to bring new perspectives and teams together with great results. Huhtamaki's Board of Directors is confident, that he has the vision, global experience and deep understanding of the food packaging industry to steer Huhtamaki into the next era," says Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chairman of the Board.

"I am truly honored to be appointed to lead this great company into the future. Huhtamaki's development, particularly through the last ten years, has been impressive. I am committed to continuing this momentum to capture the significant opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to working together with our team to deliver exceptional value to our customers and shareholders," Charles Héaulmé said upon his appointment.
(Huhtamäki Oyj)

Newsgrafik #122071
 14.01.2019

manroland Goss Group acquires GWS Printing Systems  (Company news)

Printing solutions provider manroland Goss web systems Group (MGWS) and GWS Printing Systems (GWS) of the Netherlands announce the signing of a Share Purchase Agreement covering MGWS’s acquisition of the Dutch specialist in used web offset equipment.

The transaction has been completed on December 20, 2018. Current owners Eric van Kessel and Walter Donkers will continue as managers of the business. With the acquisition of GWS and DOVAK, MGWS is making a next important step in the development of its strategy to be the most advanced solution provider to the web offset printing industry. MGWS and GWS have already closely cooperated in the field of used equipment, heatset press service and within the MARKET-X e-commerce platform launched by MGWS last year.

Alexander Wassermann (photo), CEO of manroland Goss, emphasizes: ” The acquisition of GWS and DOVAK by MGWS is a logical consequence of the many years of cooperation between the companies and the numerous project successes celebrated between the companies. Teaming our forces and solutions will result in an even broader portfolio to the printing industry worldwide. We expect the used equipment market and related services to grow within the next years, so adding GWS gives us the chance to become an even stronger and broader supplier in this business area.”

Walter Donkers and Eric van Kessel, current owners of GWS and DOVAK, add: “The graphic industry is facing constant change and it is obvious that suppliers seek to cooperate. Being part of the manroland Goss Group will allow us to develop and accelerate our growth plan for the business, increase market presence and support the MGWS business strategy in the new setup. In the area of used web offset equipment and related projects GWS will be given the chance to act as a standalone company in line with the clear MGWS vision to maintain the entrepreneurial approach GWS is known for and at the same time GWS will be able to extend its network and market reach.”

Both parties look forward to leading the GWS business into this new phase and to make use of the synergies and opportunities this acquisition offers to further grow and develop all of our activities related to used equipment and services for the benefit of our customers.
(manroland Goss web systems)

Newsgrafik #122053
 11.01.2019

Carsten Grimmer new CFO for BONG Group  (Company news)

Carsten Grimmer (photo) has been appointed new CFO for BONG Group starting 2nd January 2019. Carsten is 46 years old and has served as CFO of BONG’s Central European Business Unit since 2014. Carsten will further strengthen BONG as a member of the Group’s central management team.

Pia Fjellander will report to Carsten and continues to be responsible for managing BONG’s financial reporting and financing activities as Group Financial Manager.
(Bong AB)

Newsgrafik #122055
 11.01.2019

Acquisition of the THIOLAT Group  (Company news)

Further to our press release dated 19th October 2018, Groupe Guillin confirms that the acquisition of the Thiolat Group was completed, excluding the Romanian companies contemplated for early 2019.

The Thiolat Group produces and sells cardboard food packaging, paper bags and baking paper for the catering trade.

With this new acquisition, Groupe Guillin continues reinforcing its strategic positioning, grows an additional know-how and acquires new skills.
(Groupe Guillin)

Newsgrafik #122057
 11.01.2019

EyeC launches new quality control solutions for cigarette and tobacco packaging  (Company news)

EyeC launches new solutions for a quick and automated inspection of cigarette and tobacco packs. Strict regulations on cigarette and tobacco packaging has been forcing manufacturers to strengthen their quality controls. One of their main challenges is to ensure the quality and conformity of health warnings. Thanks to EyeC inspection systems, they can now perform quality checks at each of the production stages easily and make sure that their cigarette and tobacco packs are in full compliance with legal requirements.

One of the key components of EyeC’s new solutions is the EyeC Health Warning Inspection Tool. Using the EyeC HWIT, users quickly and easily create a merged file that contains all compliant health warnings and will serve as a reference during inspections. The main advantage of this software, is that it enables users to assign and combine health warnings coming directly from Health Warning Document Libraries — such as general warnings, additional warnings, and side information messages — to their artwork files automatically.

With the help of this secured reference file and EyeC inspection systems, users can perform a comprehensive inspection. At pre-press, they can use the EyeC Proofiler Graphic to check print files (one-up or step-and-repeat files) automatically. During and after printing, they can use the EyeC Proofiler to control printed samples quickly. EyeC systems detect all items automatically and inspect the complete content of files or printed samples. Text, graphics, 1D and 2D codes as well as health warnings and their rotations are checked in a single inspection cycle. All deviations are displayed clearly, so that users detect any quality issues immediately.

‘With the EyeC inspection systems and the EyeC HWIT, tobacco manufacturers can now easily automate their controls and avoid product recalls. They no longer have to perform tedious and complicated manual check of health warnings,‘ says Oliver Peitzner, Product Manager EyeC Proofiler. ‘Our first product demonstrations have been a real success. The need of automation and risk reduction has never been so high in the tobacco industry.’
(EyeC GmbH)

Newsgrafik #122059
 11.01.2019

PMP to deliver Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox and Tandem Intelli-Nip® Shoe Presses ...  (Company news)

...to South India Paper Mills (India)

In the second half of 2018, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has signed a contract with South India Paper Mills Ltd., for a delivery of two core technological items - Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox and two Intelli-Nip® Shoe Presses in Tandem configuration. Both items will be implemented on PM6 in mill in Nanjangud, India.

The purpose of the investment is to bring the highest quality of production process. New machine with PMP key sections will produce testliner, fluting medium and white top kraft liner, with the basis weight of 80-300 g/m2 and design speed of 800 m/min.

PMP 3-channel Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox will allow South India Paper Mills to produce high quality paper and to ensure flexibility of production with wide range of adjustment. Other benefits of PMP’s technology include hydraulic and thermal stability, sheet edge quality, clean operation, improved Headbox access and more. The Headbox will be supplied with a sophisticated Consistency Profiling System to ensure excellent basis weight control, resulting in uniform paper web structure and better CD basis weight profiles.

PMP will deliver also Tandem Intelli-Nip® Shoe Presses (module 1300mm) with maximum pressure of 1050 kN/m on both nips, which will maximize amount of water removed from the paper sheet while optimizing machine efficiency and product quality. PMP Tandem Intelli-Nip® Shoe Presses will ensure low production costs and high dryness after press. It will also result with excellent paper properties such as stiffness and tensile strength.

The scope of supply includes also machine controls, spare parts and start-up supervision.
(PMPoland S.A.)

Newsgrafik #122041
 10.01.2019

SERVIFORM SRL equips the DFG CENTER with two new machines  (Company news)

Oliver Kellermann and Christian Ernst from CITO welcomed Mauro Tomelleri of SERVIFORM SRL for the commissioning of the new EcoPlus and Integra Strip machines in the DFG CENTER on 16 November 2018. On the bending machine EcoPlus, the latest model from SERVIFORM SRL, cutting rules from 1.5 to 4 pt can be processed up to a height of 32 mm. All operations, e.g. perforation, cut crease, broaching and nicking are available EcoPlus options. Using the Integra Strip 3 pt steel rules for stripping dies with and without bending can be processed.

The machines expand and update the technical facilities of the DFG CENTER. The DFG CENTER, CITO’s technical centre, provides training and information events for both cutting die producers and users of cutting dies worldwide.

Many thanks to SERVIFORM SRL for the successful cooperation between our companies.
(CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)

Newsgrafik #122043
 10.01.2019

Hahnemühle is an iconic brand of the German economy  (Company news)

Once again Hahnemühle had been honoured with the prestigious award “German Standards – Brands of the Century”. After 2016, the paper manufactory is again member of the ‘Brands Bibel’ compendium. The latest edition of the book “German Standards – Brand of the Century” published every third year by Dr Florian Langenscheidt presents German brands of different product segments that are assessed as the strongest.

“As one of 200 companies in different product segments, Hahnemühle has consistendly confirmed that we live by enduring values. We deliver quality by tradition and are trusted worldwide”, says Ann Kristin Nohlen, Marketing Director.

An advisory board of top-class brand experts selected Hahnemühle as the “Brand of the century” for the second time in the product category “Feinstpapier” (fine paper). “We have confirmed our standing in the top class of well-known German brands. Our award as ‘Brand of the Century’ is a first class business card, “continues Nohlen.

Hahnemühle products are considered the benchmark in the industry with the “Brands of the Century” award. The new logo will grace the products for the next three years.
(Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)

Newsgrafik #122044
 10.01.2019

Excellence meets art: the ultimate photo paper  (Company news)

We are pleased to present the next generation of photo paper: the new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper Maxima (photo).

This year’s Photokina was very special for us, as it was the premiere of our new state-of-the-art professional paper Maxima.

We know that there’s a great desire for an enhanced professional product on the market. We listened, acted and fulfilled these demands. The result is a photo paper with a 40% increase in image permanence, one designed for consistency and outstanding longevity of image, colour and look. It’s the ideal photo paper for exhibitions and gallery settings.

Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper Maxima brings out the emotions and intentions in art and photo prints. It delivers the qualities of appearance and presentation that professional photographers and galleries want – and more: it exceeds their desires and expectations.

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching the senses. The new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper Maxima touches the heart and leaves the viewer changed for having seen it, with its mesmerising deep blacks, saturated colours and fascinating shadow details.

The cutting-edge product features
-Outstanding image lifespan: 40% increase compared to current professional photo papers
-High maximum density results in great shadow details and beautiful, deep blacks
-Exceptional colour gamut increase of min. 20%
-Specially developed for the high-end prints of the gallery and museum market

Available surfaces
Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper Maxima is available in Glossy and Matte.

Available thicknesses
The Maxima Glossy and Matte Paper is available in 245 μm thickness.

Available sizes
Available in widths of 40.6 cm (16 in.), 50.8 cm (20 in.), 61.0 cm (24 in.), 76.2 cm (30 in.) and 127.0 cm (50 in.).
(Fujifilm Europe GmbH)

Newsgrafik #122046
 10.01.2019

Stora Enso completes co-determination negotiations on possible temporary layoffs at Oulu Mill  (Company news)

Stora Enso has completed the co-determination negotiations on possible temporary layoffs with its employees at its Oulu Mill in Finland. As a result of the negotiations, Stora Enso can, if needed, temporarily lay off employees at Oulu Mill, excluding the personnel at the pulp mill, for a maximum of 90 days during the first half of 2019.

“Possible temporary curtailments would be used to enhance efficiency and optimise paper production according to the market demand. Oulu pulp mill was outside of the scope of the negotiations, and it is planned to be run during the possible temporary layoffs,” says Mill Director Jari Kärkkäinen.

Stora Enso announced on 28 November 2018 that it would start co-determination negotiations at Oulu Mill, as market demand for woodfree coated papers (WFC) produced at the mill has declined. Simultaneously the prices of the most important raw materials for paper production have continued to rise.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Newsgrafik #122047
 10.01.2019

Glatfelter Enters Into Consent Decree to Resolve Fox River Environmental Liability  (Company news)

Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced that it has entered into a consent decree with the United States Government, the State of Wisconsin, and Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, under which Glatfelter expects to fully resolve its liability for the Lower Fox River and Green Bay environmental remediation and related Superfund litigation. The consent decree is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

The Lower Fox River and Green Bay site involves the remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the bed of the river, and has been the source of complex, multi-party litigation since 2008.

Under the terms of the settlement, Glatfelter agrees to pay to the United States $20.5 million to resolve all claims for past government cleanup, enforcement, and oversight costs and natural resources damages. Glatfelter will also be responsible for payment of future oversight costs. In addition, Glatfelter will be primarily responsible to perform the long-term monitoring and maintenance work in certain portions of the site, with Georgia-Pacific performing that work in other portions of the site. Pursuant to a prior consent decree entered into between NCR Corporation, Appvion, Inc., and the governments, NCR Corporation is obligated to complete the remediation work. Glatfelter, along with another prior settling party, cleaned up the upstream portion of the river pursuant to a consent decree entered into in 2004, and has continuing monitoring and maintenance obligations under that consent decree.

Glatfelter has entered into a contract with Foth Infrastructure and Environment to perform the long-term monitoring and maintenance work for which Glatfelter is primarily responsible under this new consent decree, as well as Glatfelter’s earlier consent decree, for a fixed stream of remaining payments totaling $10.9 million over 29 years. If approved by the court, the settlement is expected to conclude the complex litigation that has been ongoing for over ten years. The United States and the State of Wisconsin provide Glatfelter with covenants not to sue for all claims related to the remediation of the Lower Fox River and Green Bay site, as well as contribution protection for related litigation matters. Glatfelter, in turn, will waive any claim for reimbursement for the Governments’ over-recovery of natural resource damages, which the Court previously ruled Glatfelter is entitled to. Glatfelter and the Governments will ask the district court to vacate those rulings. Glatfelter will also grant covenants not to sue to the United States and the State of Wisconsin and agree to relinquish its claims for recovery of costs against other responsible parties. Glatfelter will withdraw its appeal of the NCR consent decree presently pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

If the court approves and enters this consent decree and NCR, Georgia-Pacific, and Foth perform their obligations as they contractually committed, Glatfelter will no longer face uncertainty with respect to the Fox River PCB matter except for the amount of future government oversight costs. The terms of the consent decree are consistent with Glatfelter’s expectations in previously setting its reserves for this matter and, as a result, the reserve will not be increased. The reserve for this matter totaled $45 million at September 30, 2018. Glatfelter expects to pay $20.6 million to $23.0 million in 2019 related to this matter including the $20.5 million to resolve all past government claims.

Glatfelter was represented in negotiation of this settlement as well as the underlying litigation, by Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
(Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)

Newsgrafik #122049
 10.01.2019

AB Grigeo transferred corrugated cardboard production business to a subsidiary company ...  (Company news)

...UAB Grigeo Packaging

On the 2nd of January, 2019 AB Grigeo transferred a part of its business – the corrugated cardboard production business (hereinafter – the Business) to its 100 % owned subsidiary UAB Grigeo Packaging, legal entity code 302329061, address Vilniaus g. 10, Grigiškės, Vilnius City municipality, the Republic of Lithuania, data about the company is collected and stored in the Register of Legal entities of the Republic of Lithuania.

According to the Business valuation report issued by an independent property valuer on the 6th of November, 2018, the value of the transferred Business is EUR 15.2 million.

AB Grigeo transferred part of its Business in order to ensure more effective management of the Business, its further development and business profitability increase in the future. Business was transferred as a complex of assets, rights and obligations. All the production equipment and other assets, rights and obligations that are integrally related with the Business as well as all the material and human resources ensuring the further successful execution of the Business, were transferred to the subsidiary.

The place of the production activities of the Business has not changed – UAB Grigeo Packaging continues the production activities at the same address as before the transfer of the Business – at Vilniaus g. 10, Grigiškės, Vilnius City municipality, the Republic of Lithuania. AB Grigeo will concentrate its activities on the production of tissue paper products, and UAB Grigeo Packaging will carry out corrugated cardboard production activities.
(AB Grigeo Grigiškés)

Newsgrafik #122075
 10.01.2019

Metsä Board lowers its result guidance for October–December 2018  (Company news)

Metsä Board lowers its result guidance for the fourth quarter of 2018, which guidance was announced in Metsä Board’s Interim report for January–September 2018.

Photo: eco-barrier paperboard

The previous guidance was: Metsä Board’s comparable operating result in the fourth quarter of 2018 is expected to improve compared to the third quarter of 2018. Metsä Board’s comparable operating result in the third quarter of 2018 was EUR 63.7 million.

The new guidance is: Metsä Board’s comparable operating result in the fourth quarter of 2018 is expected to remain roughly at the same level as in the third quarter of 2018.

Uncertainty in the pulp market especially in China weakens the operating result for the fourth quarter compared to initial expectations. In October–November the delivery volumes in China have been lower than estimated and sales prices have declined in the past weeks. Global demand for market pulp is however expected to remain good in the near future. The good demand outlook for pulp is based on growing global demand for fiber based products, limited amount of new capacity and restrictions on the imports of recovered paper to China.

In addition, the operating result for the fourth quarter is weakened by late November production disruptions caused by a machinery breakdown at the Husum pulp mill in Sweden. In an integrated mill, disruptions at the pulp mill negatively affect paperboard production. Due to the machinery breakdown, the production volumes of paperboard and pulp at the Husum integrate will be lower than estimated in the fourth quarter. In addition, repairing the machinery generated costs. The reparation work has been completed and production at Husum integrated mill is back to normal.

The market situation in paperboards continues to correspond to expectations.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122007
 09.01.2019

Siegwerk announces price increase of packaging inks and varnishes in EMEA  (Company news)

Siegwerk will increase prices for all packaging inks and varnishes in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) starting February 1, 2019.

Siegwerk, one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, will implement a price increase for all packaging inks and varnishes in EMEA with effect from February 1, 2019. The costs for raw material categories, such as photoinitiators, UV monomers, acrylic resins, pigments, isocyanates and specialty additives have continued to rise throughout the year, with further increases experienced in Q4-2018. In addition colored pigments and photoinitiators are expected to remain highly affected by drastic supply disruptions amid stricter environmental regulations in key supply markets. In addition, the entire European supply chain remains exposed to substantially increasing energy costs and freight rates soaring on rising tolls, inflated fuel surcharges and infrastructure bottlenecks.

Siegwerk has already worked closely with the overall supply chain to leverage its buying power and minimize costs whenever possible. “In order to ensure that customers benefit from continued high levels of quality, service and consistency, Siegwerk now needs to pass on these higher costs,” says Dr. Jan Breitkopf, President Packaging EMEA. Despite the company’s best efforts to reduce costs, there is a clear indication that prices will both start and remain at noticeably higher levels through 2019.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

Newsgrafik #122032
 09.01.2019

Strategic acquisition expands AR Packaging's footprint  (Company news)

AR Packaging Group AB has acquired all outstanding shares in Istragrafika, d.d., a producer of high quality folding carton products for the tobacco, food and consumer goods segments. Istragrafika, headquartered in Kanfanar, Croatia, has a workforce of approx. 160 employees.

“AR Packaging has a strategic plan built on three pillars – further growth in Europe in selected business segments, global expansion with selected packaging solutions and further improved operational excellence and cost-efficiency. This approach has proven very successful and with the acquisition of Istragrafika we strengthen our presence and position further in selected segments”, says Harald Schulz (photo), President and CEO of AR Packaging.

Istragrafika, the leading packaging company in Croatia, serves a broad customer base across several segments out of its production facility in Kanfanar. With its skilled workforce, the company has been able to attract and secure a variety of local and multinational customers, including global blue chip companies within markets segments such as tobacco and food service, among others.

Harald Schulz, President and CEO of AR Packaging, says: “We are very pleased to widen our European footprint with this important and strategic geographic expansion. Together with the highly experienced management team at Istragrafika, we are confident that we will continue to provide our – now joint – customer base with a sustainable supply of high quality products.”

Istragrafika was established in 1956 and previously owned by TDR, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco plc.

AR Packaging will consolidate the company from January 1st 2019. No consideration will be disclosed.
(AR Packaging Group)

Newsgrafik #122035
 09.01.2019

Obendrauf and van de Kerkhof reappointed to the Management Board of Lenzing AG  (Company news)

The Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG resolved to extend the Management Board mandates of Chief Financial Officer Thomas Obendrauf (photo left) and Chief Commercial Officer Robert van de Kerkhof (photo right). The new employment contract of Thomas Obendrauf runs until June 30, 2022. The new contract for Mr. van de Kerkhof is valid until December 31, 2023.

“Since the very beginning of their work on behalf of Lenzing AG, Thomas Obendrauf and Robert van de Kerkhof have made a significant contribution to the successful re-positioning of the company as a premium supplier on the global fiber market. In this way, they have helped secure the future of the Lenzing Group as a leading player when it comes to innovation, quality and sustainability along the entire value chain of the textile industry and the cosmetics and hygiene sectors. We are very pleased that Mr. Obendrauf and Mr. van de Kerkhof will both be at the company’s disposal for a further term of office in order to continuously forge ahead with the initiated developments”, states Hanno Bästlein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG, on the occasion of the reappointment of the two Management Board members.

In addition to Thomas Obendrauf and Robert van de Kerkhof, the Management Board of Lenzing AG consists of Chief Executive Officer Stefan Doboczky and Chief Technology Officer Heiko Arnold.
(Lenzing AG)

Newsgrafik #122036
 09.01.2019

Hans Djurberg will be new chairman of FSC International  (Company news)

Hans who is responsible for sustainability issues in the SCA Forestry business area, will be new chairman of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International

Photo: Hans Djurberg, SCA. Photo: Per-Anders Sjöquist.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international member organization that works for environmentally adapted, socially responsible and economically viable use of the world's forests.

During the 25 years since the FSC was founded, they have created a certification system that gathers environmental organizations, industrial representatives, trade unions, indigenous population and other stakeholders for solution-oriented dialogue on forestry. FSC mobilizes market forces and offers people the opportunity to create positive effects in the forest and in society through their purchasing decisions. Currently, 200 million hectares of the world's forests and more than 35,000 companies are certified by FSC.

”It will be both exciting and challenging to take this role. I am happy to represent both SCA and the forest industry as a whole in these important issues”, says Hans Djurberg.

Hans has been on the board of FSC International since 2013 and will be chairman on January 1, 2019 and the chairmanship extends throughout 2019.
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

Newsgrafik #122063
 09.01.2019

APRIL Group Honoured for Commitment to UN SDGs at Sustainable Business Awards Indonesia  (Company news)

APRIL Group was announced as the winner of the Best UN Sustainable Development Goals Program Award at the Sustainable Business Awards (SBAs) Indonesia. The award recognizes APRIL Group for its work to measure the impact of its operations and strategically align its sustainability investments moving forward, using the global framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the SBA ceremony at the Mandarin Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sihol Aritonang, President Director, PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper, the operating arm of APRIL Group, accepted the award from the Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia, Bambang Brodjonegoro, and Shinta Kamdani, President, Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD). APRIL also received a Special Recognition award in the Business Responsibility and Ethics category.

“Our operations are already aligned to our core business vision, or 5Cs. This means we operate in a manner that is good for the community, the country, the climate, our customers and then the company. But the value of the Sustainable Development Goals lies in aligning our vision with a global development framework that’s been universally endorsed by 193 countries, and really embed this framework into the way we do business,” said Mr. Aritonang.

“We welcome this award as recognition of the effort that we, as a company, put into connecting our strategies and our contributions to local, national and global priorities, and to translate this into action on the ground where we can really have an impact,” he added.

The SBAs, organized by Global Initiatives in partnership with IBCSD and professional services firm PwC, aim to increase awareness of sustainable business best-practices and demonstrate how responsible and sustainable business benefits companies, the environment and all stakeholders.

The award acknowledges the work that APRIL is completing with PwC to benchmark the company’s social, environmental and economic contributions against the SDGs. The assessment will ultimately help to guide the company’s decision-making, strategies and programs to help advance sustainable development in the areas in which it operates. In doing so, APRIL aims to enhance its contribution to the achievement of the Indonesia’s priority SDGs at a national, provincial and community level.

Shinta Kamdani, President, Indonesia Business Council Sustainable Development, said: “The private sector has a very important role in supporting sustainable development in Indonesia. The role of the IBCSD is to work with companies across different business sectors to encourage them to incorporate sustainability commitments into their operations”.

“This SBA award proves that many companies operating in Indonesia, such as APRIL Group, have a special focus on improving their performance, in the context of the sustainable development imperative and the SDG set by the United Nations,” said Ms. Kamdani.
(APRIL Asia Pacific Resources International Holding Ltd)

Newsgrafik #122023
 08.01.2019

Borregaard: New supply contract for electric power  (Company news)

Borregaard and Eidsiva Vannkraft have entered into a new long-term supply contract for electric power for a total of 2.8 TWh to be supplied to the Sarpsborg site in the period 2020 to 2029.

The new contract replaces the existing contract between the parties for the period 2020 to 2024, with a gradual reduction of annual deliveries from about 420 GWh in 2020 to about 130 GWh in 2029.
(Borregaard ChemCell)

Newsgrafik #122024
 08.01.2019

Cascades Increases Financial Flexibility with the Addition of a Seven Year Term Loan Facility  (Company news)

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS) (the "Company") announces that it has increased its authorized credit facility to approximately CAN$1 billion to incorporate the addition of a US$175 million seven-year term loan. The term loan provides the Company with increased financial flexibility and will reduce financing costs. The agreement is supported by the Company's existing banking syndicate and the term loan is underwritten by CoBank, ACB and American AgCredit, PCA.

The term loan, which can be repaid at any time, will be used to repay certain of the Company's outstanding borrowings under its existing credit facility. The financial conditions and covenants of the Company's existing credit facility are unchanged, and no additional assets were required as security.

Allan Hogg (photo), Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer commented, "This agreement increases our financial flexibility, reduces our interest costs and supports our efforts to continue reinforcing our financial profile. Moreover, the seven-year term provides us with funding security over a longer timeframe, without requiring modification to the terms and covenants of our existing agreement."
(Cascades Inc.)

Newsgrafik #122028
 08.01.2019

Embossing register system for embossing-dies - Marbach customer A&R is pleased about ...  (Company news)

... reduced set-up time

Marbach recently presented its new embossing register system for embossing-dies under the name PES IV. One customer who has been successfully using this system for several months now is A&R Carton in Kriftel, Germany.

The responsible department heads at A&R report: "In the past, we often had problems setting up embossings to the printed image. This process took a very long time. In addition, precise make-ready was very difficult. We spoke with our cutting-die supplier Marbach about the need to reduce make-ready times and yet still achieve optimum fitting accuracy.

At Marbach, the development department went to work and developed a solution. Marbach designed a system with which the embossing can be quickly and easily adjusted to the print image.

A&R continues: "The PES IV is not only easy to handle, but the set-up is much faster and more accurate than with our conventional method. This saves us a lot of make-ready time and allows us to begin producing our packaging much faster. Our thanks to Marbach for making production easier and increasing productivity."

With Marbach's embossing register system IV, the embossings are optimally aligned to the printed image by using special register pins.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Newsgrafik #122030
 08.01.2019

Kadant Completes Acquisition of Syntron Material Handling  (Company news)

Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI) announced the completion of its acquisition of Syntron Material Handling Group, LLC and certain of its affiliates (“Syntron”), a leading provider of material handling equipment and systems to various process industries, from entities affiliated with Levine Leichtman Capital Partners for approximately $179 million, subject to certain customary adjustments. The transaction was financed through borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facility.

“We are excited to welcome Syntron to the Kadant family and look forward to the new opportunities this combination will bring to our business,” said Jonathan Painter (photo), president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “Syntron not only extends our breadth of premier offerings to process industries, but also gives us access to new industries that offer potential avenues for growth.”
(Kadant Inc.)

Newsgrafik #121993
 07.01.2019

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Liquid-Packaging Carton Price Revision  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter, "the Company") has announced price revision for liquid-packaging carton for milk and beverage.

1. Product subject to price revision:
Overall NP-PAK
Overall NS-FUJI

2. Markup:
NP-PAK  7%
NS-FUJI 3%

3. Timing of implementation:
Effective for products delivered on or after April 1, 2019

4. Reason for implementation
The Company has worked on drastic cost reduction by shutting down its mill, continuous operation improvement. However, the price of imported base board, which is the main raw material for liquid-packaging cartons, sub-material such as aluminum foil, wrapping materials, fuels and freight costs keep rising. So the profitability of liquid-packaging carton business has been severely deteriorated.
It is difficult under the current price level to secure profits for sustainable operation through our independent effort alone. Therefore, the Company decided to implement price increase.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #122016
 07.01.2019

BSTDB Helps Modernise Pulp and Paper Producer in Russia  (Company news)

The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) is providing a EUR 27 million loan to the Russian pulp and paper producer JSC “Solikamskbumprom”, located in Perm Region of Russia.

The seven-year loan will support the company’s efficiency improvements, energy savings and expansion of the production capacity.

“We are pleased to assist Solikamskbumprom, a strong paper manufacturer in Russia, to improve its production quality and environmental footprint. Importantly, our financing will also help increase the company’s exports, including to BSTDB member-countries of Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Supporting manufacturers with a strong export capacity is one of our strategic priorities in Russia,” said Dmitry Pankin, BSTDB President.

Victor Baranov, President of “Solikamskbumprom”, commented: “The loan agreement with BSTDB enabled us to get access to the long-term funding we need to modernize and develop our company. Furthermore, the technical assistance provided for the environmental and social assessment in the framework of the agreement proved to be very helpful to improve further our ongoing environment protection arrangements.”

The BSTDB loan includes technical assistance for improvements of the company’s environmental, labor, and health and safety performance, so as to comply with strict national and international requirements of the pulp and paper industry.
(The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank )

Newsgrafik #122018
 07.01.2019

Xeikon installs Wall Decoration Suite at K&L Wall Art  (Company news)

Print quality and output speed for printing wallpaper, posters and other wall decorations are pivotal for the Berlin-based print services provider

It all started with computer-cut wall tattoos. Now, eleven years later, K&L Wall Art is one of the leading e-commerce platforms for personalised wall designs. The company produces home accessories at its 1,500m2 facility in Berlin, exclusively using digital technology. In May 2018, the company added Xeikon’s wallpaper system, the Wall Decoration Suite, to its production portfolio, including a Xeikon 8500 single-pass digital duplex printer.

“We needed to act, since we were no longer able to meet the demand for digitally printed wallpaper with our previous latex printers whilst remaining competitive. If you take a good look at the market, only Xeikon remains as a reliable and experienced supplier of digital wallpaper solutions,” explains Alexander Kunze, Managing Director at K&L Wall Art. The decision to purchase the Xeikon solution was driven primarily by K&L Wall Art’s expansion beyond personalised wallpaper for consumers to include a B2B customer base. Large companies, interior designers and shipyards not only request individual items, but often order larger quantities of up to 3,000 pieces. Kunze calculates that he is able to print five times faster with the new Xeikon machine than with two or three latex printers. This provides a huge boost to the company’s ability to meet the growing demand for digital wallpaper across all customer segments.

In addition, the Xeikon wallpaper system offers a complete solution that includes all upstream and downstream units. All configurations of Xeikon’s Wall Decoration Suite include a jumbo unwinder and a specially developed wallpaper rewinder with cutter and remover. This enables the production of a fully finished wallpaper roll in a single operation. The suite is powered by the industry-leading X-800 digital front-end that offers numerous productivity and colour management features to ensure high colour stability and a high level of printed output reproducibility. “What really impressed us about the Xeikon wallpaper solution is that it has been thoroughly thought out, from A to Z. We do not require any additional machines for assembly, and a single operator can easily operate the machine,” Kunze confirms.

“At Xeikon, we strongly believe in bringing our customers best-of-class solutions that can improve their productivity and profitability,” said Dimitri Van Gaever, Business Development Manager at Xeikon. “K&L Wall Art is a great example of a company looking beyond just the press to a total solution that offers a streamlined workflow. This holistic approach is the best way for printing companies to further develop their businesses and better serve a growing customer base.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Newsgrafik #122019
 07.01.2019

Klabin's Puma unit receives certification unprecedented in industry  (Company news)

The plant was the first in Brazil’s pulp and paper industry to receive ISO 50001 certification

Klabin’s Puma unit in Ortigueira, Paraná was awarded ISO 50001 certification, making it the first plant in the country’s pulp and paper industry to follow the best practices required by said certification. This recognition attests to the unit's efforts to improve its energy performance and efficiency just little more than two years after its start-up.

“The certification, which was obtained after a series of audits, reinforces Klabin’s commitment to sustainable development and recognizes the engagement and dedication of all professionals involved in the topic, whether employees, contractors or suppliers," said Sadi Oliveira, Industrial Pulp Officer at Klabin. “We’re very pleased with the certification, which represents yet another achievement.”

ISO 50001 certification is awarded to plants that follow good practices in energy management to ensure compliance with Brazilian legislation and good practices for loss reduction, conscientious consumption and prioritization of renewable energy sources.

The unit’s certifications include ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 (2015 version) and OHSAS 18001/2007, which attest to best practices in quality management, environmental management and occupational health and safety management, respectively.

Power generation
The Puma Unit has average power generation capacity of 270 MW. The surplus, which is sufficient to power a city of 500,000 people, is supplied to Brazil's national grid. The amount used by the company makes the plant energy self-sufficient.

Newsgrafik #122021
 07.01.2019

New security ink from Leibinger makes it more difficult for product pirates to do business  (Company news)

On Christmas day, a bottle of perfume waited under the Christmas tree. But unfortunately, its scent is somewhat off and it causes a skin burn. The product is a fake. To protect distributors and consumers from such nasty surprises, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG has developed a new security ink.

Photo: The JET3up PI from Leibinger: The printer codes product packaging made of plastic, paper and even glass or tins with information such as best-before dates and batch numbers.

EU-wide product piracy is on the rise. Manufacturers suffer losses of 60 billion euros from product pirating, according to a report by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Moreover, the copies endanger the health of consumers. Cosmetics are a prime example, whereby criminals often mix heavy-metal compounds such as cadmium, nickel, arsenic and lead in the products.

“We want to protect manufacturers and consumers from these serious damages,” explains Christina Leibinger, Managing Owner of Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG, the industrial printer manufacturer from Baden-Württemberg. “That's why we developed a new security ink that can be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into packaging lines as a tool for more security against product piracy.” The ink is now available.

Security pigments reveal pirated products
The new security ink is suitable for use in the JET3up PI – an inkjet printer that codes product packaging made of plastic, cardboard and even glass or tins with information such as best-before dates and batch numbers. At first glance, the ink looks like a classic black ink. But appearance is deceiving. Under a special UV-light, tiny fluorescent pigments begin to glow greenish. If the distributor shines a specific UV-flashlight onto the product packaging, he can immediately identify whether the product is an original. If the font remains black, he can immediately remove the pirated product from circulation.

“Security ink is designed to identify product pirates and help hold them accountable, while giving manufacturers a tool to defend themselves against false damage claims and increasing consumer protection,” says Leibinger. “The ink itself is very difficult to copy, since we use security pigments that are not available at every turn.”

A cost-effective alternative to security holograms
The security ink is especially economical compared to other counterfeit security measures. “Manufacturers do not require additional machines, just their inkjet printer. Alternatives such as holograms are much more complex by comparison,” explains Leibinger.

Another advantage is increased reliability. “The more equipment is involved in the packaging process, the greater the risk of costly production downtime. Our two-in-one solution – coding and authentication – increases production reliability and reduces maintenance and investment costs. The somewhat higher costs of the security ink compared to standard black ink are quickly amortized.”
(Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG)

Newsgrafik #121999
 04.01.2019

Durst and Koenig & Bauer enter joint venture for digital printing production lines  (Company news)

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has entered into a 50 / 50 joint venture with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for folding carton and cartonboard corrugated industry.

As technology leader in inkjet printing, Durst bundles this expertise with the market presence and excellent mechanical engineering of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which, with more than 5,700 employees, is one of the world's major suppliers of packaging and banknote printing.

In future, fully automated production lines will be developed in the joint venture and distributed worldwide. The digital transformation is also in the packaging industry, as the ever-changing requirements can no longer be met with conventional production technologies. Unlike in the graphics industry, an inkjet press alone is not enough, but there is a need to integrate different peripheral systems into a fully automatic production line. The new partner company will be based in Germany and will also manage the service and ink business in close cooperation with the global network of both companies.

“Durst and Koenig & Bauer is really a 'perfect match' because combining our strengths will drive digitalization in the packaging industry," said Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Group. "Both companies are similar in their culture and strategic direction, and both are technology leaders in their fields. With the partnership, we are even more strongly positioning ourselves as a high-end systems supplier to the industry."

Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, said: "We look forward to the joint innovations and further development of future-oriented digital printing solutions for folding carton and corrugated board printing, which offer our customers added value. For folding carton printing, the modular concept of the VariJET enables the combination of digital inkjet printing with off-set printing and inline finishing options. Durst is the ideal partner for these goals because of its existing know-how and experience with inkjet and its high-quality solutions."
(Durst Phototechnik AG)

Newsgrafik #122005
 04.01.2019

OmniTRAX Works with Georgia-Pacific to Bring Jobs and Economic Growth to Southwest Georgia  (Company news)

OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, is partnering with Georgia-Pacific to ensure efficient and cost-effective rail transportation for the company’s new plant in Albany, Ga. As part of the project, Georgia-Pacific will connect a railway track from its facility, which will produce lumber and wood chips, to the mainline of the OmniTRAX-affiliated Georgia & Florida Railway, LLC (GFRR) in the adjacent Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.

Construction of the new subsidiary rail line and related crossing and communications upgrades will be completed in 2019. Construction on the $150 million, 320,000 square-foot, GP facility is also scheduled to begin this year with an anticipated startup in late 2019.

“Georgia-Pacific is a great partner for OmniTRAX and the GFRR, and the new plant will allow us to show case our customer service expertise even more. We also appreciate the support of the local, state and federal governments to make this project happen in Southwest Georgia and are pleased to be a part economic growth in the region,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.

Once in production, the new Georgia-Pacific facility expects to produce approximately 300 million board-feet of lumber a year. This translates to more than 1,250 railcars of building materials and wood chips transported on the GFRR per year.

The GFRR is a network of 222 miles of track between Albany and northwestern Florida. The railroad has interchanges with CSX in Foley, Fla. and Thomasville, Ga., and with Norfolk Southern in Adel and Albany, Ga.
(OmniTRAX Inc.)

Newsgrafik #122008
 04.01.2019

Rengo Wins World Packaging Organisation's WorldStar Awards for Two Products  (Company news)

Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; Chairman, President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces that it has won WorldStar awards for two products at the 2019 WorldStar Contest, hosted by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

The two products, which are detailed below, were also prizewinners at the Japan Packaging Contest 2018. Winning the WorldStar Awards demonstrates that their usefulness has been recognized globally.

Asahi Super Dry Special Gift Set (photo), an award-winning item 
This packaging with multi-layered boxes contains a set of beer glasses, coasters and 12 cans of beer and has a feeling of quality suitable for a gift.
The double lid, comprised of a top lid and inner lids which open from the center outwards, stably holds three layered boxes and protects them as if they were wrapped. Also, opening the inner lids outwards to the left and right is an easy action, and enhances a receiver’s sense of expectation. Each box of the layers fits into both parts of the inner lid, enabling the product to be displayed attractively for sale.

Emergency Food Set with Table Function, an award-winning item
This emergency food set is comprised of a corrugated box containing canned food and heating equipment as household emergency supplies, with the package having a secondary function as a table.
It can be expected to provide improved hygiene and convenience in harsh environments such as disaster areas. The layout of the contents has been devised to ensure plentiful table area while making sure that the corrugated box does not become unnecessarily big.
(Rengo Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #122010
 04.01.2019

Laakirchen Papier to invest 4.5 million Euro in PM11  (Company news)

In 2019, Laakirchen Papier is to invest roughly EUR 4.5 million in the paper machine PM 11, which manufactures SC papers. In order to achieve further process optimization at higher speeds, the paper web is to be stabilized at the drying section inlet. This will be achieved through the installation of new stabilizer boxes and in addition, the current reel changing system is to be replaced by a superior solution from Voith.

Apart from the aforementioned modifications, considerable investments in electronic components are also planned with the aim of ensuring future plant availability. The realization of the PM 11 conversion work will necessitate a roughly 4-day shutdown, which will take place in the first week of July 2019.
(Laakirchen Papier AG)

Newsgrafik #122013
 04.01.2019

Resolute Completes Sale of Catawba, SC, Paper and Pulp Mill  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced that, on December 31, 2018, it completed the previously disclosed sale of the Catawba, South Carolina, paper and pulp mill (photo) to New-Indy Containerboard, LLC ("New-Indy"), pursuant to the terms of the asset purchase agreement dated October 2, 2018. The total purchase price of about $300 million consists of $260 million in cash, before customary closing adjustments, and the assumption of approximately $40 million of balance sheet liabilities, largely net pension benefit obligations.

"We are pleased to have completed the sale of the Catawba mill to New-Indy and wish the new team every success with its investment in the diversification of the mill's operations," stated Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer of Resolute. "We want to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication toward this successful outcome, and are pleased that the community will continue to benefit from the mill's economic and social impact."

As previously disclosed, Resolute has agreed to use the majority of the proceeds from the asset sale to repurchase $225 million of its 5.875% Senior Notes due in 2023, thereby improving financial flexibility.

TM Capital Corp. acted as Resolute's financial advisor on the transaction, while Akerman LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP acted as Resolute's legal counsels.
(Resolute Forest Products)

Newsgrafik #121990
 03.01.2019

Metsä Tissue Corporation considers options for its napkin business in Germany  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, sets the Stotzheim mill in Germany under a strategic review due to the low performance in the napkin business. Metsä Tissue manufactures napkin tissue and finished goods at the Stotzheim mill.

“Napkin market suffers from an unprecedented cost inflation. Also the site in Euskirchen-Stotzheim is affected by this. All alternatives, including the short-term increase in profitability, divestment or closure, will be investigated. However, the short-term priority is clearly to increase profitability to cut current losses. We rely here on our long-standing customer and supplier relationships. We must talk to our customers about price increases,” says Christoph Zeiler, Senior Vice President Business Development at Metsä Tissue. “We are confident that we will find a good solution for the Stotzheim mill and its employees. Despite the ongoing change, we do all to serve our customers. We aim to increase our productivity and further strengthen our customer base.”

Metsä Tissue’s Stotzheim mill has a long history and track record of serving leading German and European retailers and wholesalers. Metsä Tissue is one of the biggest suppliers in this segment in Germany. Stotzheim mill employs approximately 200 people.
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121992
 03.01.2019

Stora Enso divests Swedish packaging manufacturer June Emballage  (Company news)

Stora Enso has divested 100% of the shares of its Swedish subsidiary June Emballage AB to its current management team. June Emballage is a manufacturer specialized in small-batch custom-made transport packaging in corrugated board.

“We believe that June Emballage is in a better position to serve its smaller scale markets for custom-made packaging as a stand-alone supplier. Stora Enso will continue to focus on growing our core business and further develop our leading corrugated packaging offering in Sweden,” says David Ekberg, SVP and Head of Corrugated Nordics, Stora Enso’s Packaging Solutions division.

The transaction will not have any significant impact on Stora Enso’s sales, operational EBIT or net debt.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Newsgrafik #121996
 03.01.2019

Fujifilm announces the fastest full colour, B2 sheet-fed digital press on the market: Jet Press 750S  (Company news)

The Jet Press 720S has been setting the benchmark for inkjet quality and versatility since its launch four years ago. Now, with increased productivity and up-time and a range of other improvements, the new Jet Press 750S (photo) takes this to yet another level.

Fujifilm announces its third generation B2 inkjet press, the Jet Press 750S. With higher productivity of 3,600 B2 sheets per hour, and a range of other changes which further improve the already impressive up-time, versatility, colour capability and quality, the Jet Press 750S is now the fastest, full colour, B2 sheet-fed digital press on the market.

The Jet Press 720S was the first B2 inkjet press to gain a foothold in the market, and was ahead of the game in terms of productivity and quality. With over 150 Jet Press installations worldwide, more and more print buyers have recognised the new standard in digital print that this press delivers. Now with the continued, steady increase in demand for short run work, the introduction of the Jet Press 750S means that more and more jobs are going to fit the sweet spot of this new industry-leading press.

The target for this press is not the toner-dominated, on demand market where runs of ones and twos predominate. The Jet Press 750S is likely to be highly competitive for print runs up to 5,000, depending on ink coverage, allowing it to compete with, and out-perform, offset presses in the production of high quality, short run print jobs. This makes it an ideal investment for a much larger range of commercial and packaging printers.

Like the Jet Press 720S, the new press is the perfect blend of old and new technologies. Built on an offset chassis, it features superb sheet-to-sheet, front and back registration and up-time on a par with offset, combined with the very latest industry-leading Samba inkjet printheads, to deliver print quality that out-performs offset.

Enhanced productivity and up-time
Customers of the Jet Press 720S have already benefited from the highest up-time for a digital press in the industry, with figures above 90% often quoted. The Jet Press 750S is set to improve on this still further thanks to two new features. The first is a new printhead self-cleaning process called ‘Overflow Cleaning’ which carries out head cleaning at times when the press is between jobs or the printhead assembly is in motion. The second is a new Active Head Retraction (AHR) system which lifts the print bars from the drum when a paper deformation is detected (<3mm), reducing the likelihood of paper jams caused by damaged paper.

The increase in top line press speeds has been achieved by the further development of two major parts of the press. The first is the inclusion of the next generation of Samba printheads. Printing on paper moving at the higher speed of 3,600 sheets per hour requires a corresponding speed upgrade to the number of ink droplets deposited per second. The jetting frequency of the new generation Samba printheads has therefore been increased from 25 kHz to 33 kHz to speed up dot placement and counteract the increased effects of possible turbulence. It also has the additional benefit of reducing dot placement variations, therefore improving quality.

The second new technology contributing to increased efficiency and speed is the introduction of a completely new drying system, in which a printed sheet is passed onto a transfer belt heated via rollers, with a vacuum applied as the sheet passes through the drying section to keep it dimensionally stable. Drying is carried out via a combination of the heated belt and hot air applied from above. As well as operating at higher speeds, this new system allows greater control and fine-tuning of temperatures, extending the range of substrates that can be printed.

The combination of a larger sheet size (increased from 750mm x 532mm to 750mm x 585mm), even better up-time, a 33% faster press speed, and quicker finishing mean the overall ability of this new press to print longer runs and improve job turnaround times still further is significant.

Exceptional quality and colour capability
The Jet Press 720S has already built a formidable reputation for exceptional print quality, and here the Jet Press 750S is no different. It features the same Rapid Coagulation Primer technology, allowing it to be used with standard coated and uncoated offset paper stock, benefits from the same superb sheet-to-sheet registration, and the addition of the latest generation of Samba printheads improves dot placement accuracy even further. The Jet Press 750S also features the same extended colour gamut called ‘MaxGamut’ which, depending on the media used, allows up to 90% of the Pantone library of 1,872 colours to be printed within a Delta E of 3 or less, providing an exceptional colour match on a four colour press.

To improve the press’s capability with regards to spot and Pantone colours even further, Fujifilm has added a new module to its XMF ColorPath tool, called XMF ColorPath Brand Color Optimizer. This new module enables users to profile the entire Pantone library for any chosen media type, and will ensure that each and every Pantone colour is printed as accurately as physically possible. What is unique to Brand Color Optimizer, however, is the ability to predict how accurately a Pantone colour will be printed before actually printing. This means decisions about printing a specific job can be made up front, and no time is wasted trying to achieve what is not possible.

Finally, in addition to the In-Line Scanning (ILS) system also found in the Jet Press 720S, the Jet Press 750S incorporates a new optional ImageConfidence scanning system as further reassurance. This uses a proprietary AI algorithm to evaluate the full print area of a B2 sheet on-the-fly, ensuring every sheet matches a pre-approved image.

Perfect for packaging
Currently, around a third of all current European Jet Press customers already produce some form of packaging on the press. With its 33% speed boost and variable data printing at full speed, the new Jet Press 750S is ideally suited to printing versioned and short run packaging to coincide with specific events, localities or store promotions.

The introduction of the Jet Press 750S is likely to accelerate this trend. It can be modified to accommodate heavier weight folding carton stock (up to 0.6mm in thickness), and printed sheets from the press have been tested and found to be compatible with a wide range of analogue and digital coating, foiling, lamination and cutting solutions. An automatic bridge is also available to connect to online coating solutions.

Fujifilm is now also able to offer a food safe ink, making the Jet Press 750S the first B2 digital press approved to print primary food packaging. This new, low migration, aqueous food safe ink complies with stringent regulations, including Swiss Ordinance 817.023.21 and European Commission Regulation 1935/2004, and has been specially formulated for coatings to be applied inline (via a bridge) or near line.

Other features
Remote usability has also been improved on the Jet Press 750S, with users able to carry out job management tasks, including allocating new jobs and certain press functions, remotely via an iPad (additional option).

Finally, the new press, like the Jet Press 720S, features excellent de-inkability of printed sheets, while the new drying system, which requires 23% less power, offers an additional environmental benefit.

Says Taro Aoki, Head of Digital Press Solutions, Fujifilm Graphic Systems EMEA: “In the Jet Press 750S, we have retained and enhanced all of the features that gave the Jet Press 720S such a formidable reputation, to create a new industry benchmark for the production of short run print. With its increased speed and up-time, the press is likely to be competitive for a much larger range of offset jobs, and gain a much larger share of the B2 market. We look forward to helping printers take advantage of all the opportunities that this will present.”
(Fujifilm Europe GmbH)

Newsgrafik #121998
 03.01.2019

The Beauty of Nature and Botticelli's 'Primavera' in the 2019 Lecta Calendar  (Company news)

An elegant proposal entitled Flora Renaissance

Lecta welcomes 2019 with its new annual calendar featuring distinctive details from the arrival of spring in Sandro Botticelli’s “Primavera”, where the young goddess Flora
is seen decorating nature with flowers and plants in her path.

Beyond the beauty and symbolism of the mythological and pagan figures in this famous work of art, Lecta offers a new vision showcasing the abundant, colorful floral and plant world of the Tuscany spring, which Botticelli renders with extraordinary precision and elegance in his monumental painting.

Flora’s headdress. The folds in her tunic. The grass in the meadow. The fruit trees of the forest are among the 12 attractive, original selections enhanced by the quality of the GardaPat 13 KIARA paper on which the calendar is printed.

With this Italian Renaissance masterpiece, Lecta completes the trilogy of calendars devoted to reproducing great works of art on its premium paper for the publishing industry.
(LECTA)

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