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Newsgrafik #120151

Valmet Tissue Technology Center upgraded to provide a wider range of opportunities  (Company news)

Valmet has upgraded its Tissue Technology Center in Karlstad, Sweden, to give the world's tissue producers a wider variety of technical solutions and configurations to support the demands of tissue making today and tomorrow. It will also provide new ways to utilize the Industrial Internet and advanced automation solutions to bring new insights about tissue production, as well as to give more detailed analysis, and information about the end-product quality.

The Tissue Technology Center is a unique resource for cultivation and realization of ideas, innovations and verifying new technology or machine configurations. It is used for both Valmet's own development and customer trials. Recently the center celebrated its 1,000th customer trial. The pilot center is also utilized by pulp, chemical and clothing companies supplying to the tissue industry.

"The upgraded pilot center can offer a renewed and even more flexible pilot machine to support our customers in their ambition to develop solutions that will take this industry to the next level. It can easily be adjusted to cover tissue making processes for conventional, textured and structured grades" says Karl-Johan Tolfsson, Manager, Tissue Technology Center, Valmet.

Tools to monitor and improve quality, runnability and efficiency
The current quality control systems on the pilot tissue machine have been replaced and complemented by the Valmet IQ quality management system. The new system contains online non-nuclear weight, moisture and softness measurements. It also includes two Valmet IQ Scanners and a dilution profiler with cross-direction control. Machine direction controls integrate fast responding wet end process and dry end feedback controls to achieve increased performance in tissue quality control. Valmet IQ Reporting provides users easy access to production and history data.
"With the renewed quality management system, we are able to get faster and more accurate information. The addition of the web monitoring and inspection system also enables the monitoring of the visual end product quality that was not possible before," says Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Systems, Automation, Valmet.

The Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System records video images of crucial events in the process, such as web breaks, tail feeding and defects triggered by the IQ Web Inspection System. Recorded images are available for playback, enabling operators to quickly find the origin of the event and correct the problem. This shortens downtime after breaks and improves runnability. Optimized machine efficiency delivers fast payback on investment.

The upgrade includes stock preparation and wet end measurement solutions providing tissue makers with new tools to improve quality, runnability and efficiency. The Valmet Wet End Analyzer (Valmet WEM) combines all relevant wet end variables for a total wet end management solution. Measured variables include charge, chemistry (pH, temperature, conductivity and redox), total and ash consistency, total and ash retention and ash content, all in one analyzer. A Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5), designed for routine paper mill laboratory and laboratory research, offers a comprehensive set of automated fiber measurements and the possibility to make the information easily available and useful.

Information about Tissue Technology Center
Tissue Technology Center provides access to a full sized, flexible pilot machine, a well-equipped and organized paper and fiber testing laboratory as well as wide technology and process expertise. The Center can also provide support from a wide network of know-how in the field of tissue making, such as pulp, chemistry, felts, wires, belts, creping etc. The pilot machine and auxiliary systems are designed and equipped for full flexibility to meet the tissue makers' every need.

The Tissue Technology Center is located in Karlstad, Sweden with Valmet's technology resources near at hand.
(Valmet AB)

Newsgrafik #120152

Ambitious targets in Essity's new fiber sourcing policy  (Company news)

Essity has finalized a new Fiber Sourcing Policy, describing the company’s principles, intentions and requirements for its deliveries of fresh wood based fiber materials. The policy sets a target that all fiber raw material in Essity’s products will be certified.

As a global user of both fresh and recycled wood based fiber materials, Essity is committed to sourcing fresh wood based fiber originating from responsibly managed forests. Today 99.9% of the fresh fiber used in Essity’s products are certified or controlled, which means that our suppliers uphold and safeguard principles on biodiversity, forest conservation and indigenous people’s rights.

- Essity aim to play an active part in preventing deforestation and forest degradation, promoting and increasing the use of responsibly managed and certified forests, and increasing the proportion of certified fibers used in all our products, says Kersti Strandqvist, SVP Sustainability for Essity.

The policy encompasses all procurement of fresh wood based fiber materials within Essity. In addition to emphasizing certified forestry the policy also describes some of the other systematic approaches and control measures used by Essity to further strengthen our wood fiber procurement practices and supplier selection.

Essity is committed to continuously increasing the amount of certified fibers in its products, with preference for the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC®, system. To achieve this, the company has set a new corporate fiber target which states that:
-All fresh wood based fiber raw material in our products will be certified according to standards in FSC® or PEFC™ (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). The share of FSC-certified fibers is to be continuously increased.
-The material must always be accompanied by an FSC Controlled Wood Chain of Custody certificate, irrespective of whether the material complies with PEFC or another non-FSC forest certification scheme.
-The target includes all Essity products and all deliveries containing fresh wood based fiber (timber, pulp, packaging, mother reels and articles supplied by third-parties to Essity production sites)

We will report annually on the outcome in the Essity Annual and Sustainability Report.

Essity will use the new policy as a platform for dialogue and partnerships with other stakeholders, not least within the international community. Essity is one among the almost 200 signatories to the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), which aims to protect forests and end natural forest loss by 2030.

One key element in NYDF is to acknowledge land and forest rights of indigenous people and local communities. In Sweden, Essity has recently established a dialogue with Sámiid Riikkasearvi, the national association for Sweden’s Sami villages.

- Essity want to be a driving force for positive social and economic development for people and communities affected by forestry operations in our supply chain. In Sweden, we have asked our suppliers to improve their consultation with the Sami villages, not least regarding how new plantations may affect the reindeer herding, says Kersti Strandqvist.
(Essity Aktiebolag)

Newsgrafik #120153

Smurfit Kappa takes another stride forward in reaching sustainability goals   (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has achieved a 26% reduction in CO2 emissions three years ahead of time, according to its annual Sustainable Development Report, which was published today.

The packaging leader had set an ambitious target to reduce the relative total fossil CO2 emissions in its mill system by 25%. In today’s report, the packaging leader confirmed that it had surpassed the target, which had a 2020 deadline, at the end of 2017.

While Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based packaging is renewable and recyclable, the paper production process itself is energy intensive. Reaching the climate change goal further reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by focusing on energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources of fuel such as biomass, where feasible.

Climate change is one of Smurfit Kappa’s five strategic areas of focus for sustainability along with Forest, Water, Waste and People. The 2017 Sustainable Development Report announces several other key achievements including reaching two other targets in 2017. The first was a reduction in the chemical oxygen demand in its water, also reached three years early, and the second was in the area of health and safety with a 9% reduction year-on-year in lost time accident frequency rate over the five year period of 2013-2017, exceeding the targeted decrease of 5% year-on-year for the same period. Smurfit Kappa continues to provide Chain of Custody certified deliveries to packaging customers across Europe and the Americas approaching the target level of 90% certification. This is unique to the packaging industry for a company of Smurfit Kappa’s size.

Other highlights include Smurfit Kappa's ranking in the top 1% of the EcoVadis Sustainability ratings and its listing on the FTSE4Good, Euronext Vigeo Europe 120, Ethibel and STOXX Global ESG Leaders investor rating systems.

Smurfit Kappa's commitment to investing in social and scientific projects to benefit the communities in which the company operates amounted to approximately €5 million with an emphasis on the area of childhood education.

Tony Smurfit, Group CEO said: "2017 was yet another year with a strong performance on sustainability metrics for Smurfit Kappa and I am confident this will continue into the future. In the next five years we plan to allocate significant capital to projects that will contribute further towards lowering our environmental footprint and we will continue to invest significant resources in the development, safety and wellbeing of our people.

“This report is also evidence of our industry-leading transparency and demonstrates how Smurfit Kappa is making progress in supporting the UN’s 2030 Sustainability Development Goals.”

Steven Stoffer, Group VP Development at Smurfit Kappa, added: “For Smurfit Kappa, sustainability is not only about mitigating climate change and reducing inefficiency. For packaging to be truly sustainable, it must be produced and designed in a sustainable fashion and be biodegradable within a relatively short time after multiple usages. This results in minimal impact on the planet.

“Paper-based packaging is uniquely positioned to do this, and we strongly support the growing concern and efforts to put an end to the increasing mass of non-biodegradable, primarily plastic packaging floating in our oceans. This is why we believe that paper is the future of packaging.”
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

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Beamglow invests in UK's first BOBST MASTERFOLD 110 securing premium quality future  (Company news)

With more than 50 years' experience in high quality manufacturing of luxury cartons for the premium alcohol, fine fragrance and cosmetics packaging markets, Cambridgeshire based Beamglow Ltd. has announced its investment in a new BOBST MASTERFOLD 110.

Photo: James Griffin, Beamglow Operations Manager, with Craig McGowan, BOBST UK & Ireland Area Sales Manager

“We know that the industry will assume we’re investing in this technology for output and productivity reasons. However, the truth is that this is all about quality control and consistency of production for what are exacting market needs,” said James Griffin, Beamglow Operations Manager.

“Luxury packaging markets demand acute attention to quality and Beamglow is proud of its record and enviable reputation for achieving high performance production. We demand perfection and minimise waste and errors at all times to effect just-in-time manufacturing. The new MASTERFOLD investment simply adds to our ability to further deliver excellence in quality, service and support for our strategic clients.”

With over 150 employees, many with long service records, Beamglow has served the high growth personal care and luxury markets with a clear focus on delivering print and service excellence over many years. MASTERFOLD 110 follows a series of investments in the business, including an increase in foiling and die-cutting capacity to increase throughput and enhance client care and satisfaction.

Notably the all-new BOBST MASTERFOLD 110 is designed to run up to 700m/minute, has a 15% faster set up time and increases throughput by 10%. It is adding versatility in the types and styles of packaging Beamglow can handle. With operator safety also front of mind, the new design has a 10% reduction in noise compared with existing models.

Craig McGowan, BOBST Area Sales Manager, said: ”This is a really exciting step for both BOBST and Beamglow; it is the first machine of its kind to be installed in the UK and is the leading technology in the world for folding and gluing. The model is highly configurable and has been tailored entirely to Beamglow’s needs in order to enable the solution to grow and adapt with their specific business requirements.

“Beamglow is clearly at the top of its game in terms of production quality and this investment in high performance folding and gluing is a reflection of the company’s commitment to maintain that standard.”

James Griffin added: “The business has developed significant expertise in delivering shelf stand out for our clients and we are at the forefront of our industry pioneering quality standards for the sector. We work in partnership with our clients to understand their current and future needs and recognise that continual investment in our assets drives our market leading position.

“This new investment, with its game-changing focus on production quality and consistency, will give us the peace of mind that we can continue to drive our standards even higher whilst maintaining our manufacturing flexibility.”
(Bobst Manchester Ltd)

Newsgrafik #120162

PMP Presents the Paper Surface Functionality Concept!  (Company news)

PMP’s PSF Technology is aimed to generate cost savings and to increases profitability in paper making.

The Paper Surface Functionality (PSF) concept was developed to support paper mills in improving the useful properties of paper or board. Combinations of various layers of barrier chemicals, coating colors and starches can be applied in a purposeful and selected sequence on the paper or board surface and in controlled amounts. PSF Technology utilizes a special spraying application technology and has an advanced process design for feeding and re-circulating the flow of material to the surface treatment units.

PMP is developing the concept in close co-operation with Patrick Sundholm Ltd Oy. Pilot equipment is installed on a state-of-the-art pilot coater in KCL research plant in Otaniemi, Finland. Furthermore, a cylindrical laboratory coater (CLC) enabling pre-trials has been installed by KCL.
The technology can be implemented as retrofits in existing paper machines or off line coaters.

The pilot is a platform for developing enhanced and new paper and board grades. The trials are run with the clients in accordance with strict confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.
(PMPoland S.A.)

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Paper One Show Beirut 2019 will introduce new ideas, build connections, and allow you to compare...  (Company news)

... the technologies

As an Exhibitor, you will have a chance to meet the leading companies
in the paper sector.
As a Visitor, you will gain access to a broad range of international
and regional paper industry suppliers during the three days.


In 2017, Around 100 internationally recognised companies from tissue manufacturers, converters, traders, distributors, industry suppliers and more from 26 countries exhibited the Paper One Show in Sharjah. To see the previous year exhibitor list please click here. Throughout the duration of the fair, nearly 2.500 professional visitors came from Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Gulf States.

Beirut was widely considered the most thoroughly Westernized city in the Arab Middle East. Beirut has traditionally been an important commercial hub, easy to access from neighbouring countries, from Europe, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Paper consumption continues to grow in the Middle East and the rate and growt is veryhigh in the MENA region.

This unique event should not be missed!

Newsgrafik #120104

Xeikon supports first Print4All  (Company news)

Spotlight on end-to-end tailored solutions for new market initiatives

At the first Print4All, scheduled for May 29 to June 1 at Fiera Milano, Italy, Xeikon’s expert team will highlight how tailored products and services can support the end-to-end digital production of new initiatives in local markets. Xeikon will be located on Pavillion 20, Stand A16 B21, at the show.

Under the banner “High-end labels. One pass. One platform. All digital.”, the label production focus will be on what dry toner and inkjet systems have to offer. Samples from the Xeikon CX3 digital toner label press and the Xeikon PX3000 digital inkjet label press will show what is possible using these two complementary technologies in label production.

Xeikon’s CX3 is a five-colour digital label press with the highest throughput in its class that helps label converters reduce production times and maintain quality. Xeikon’s PX3000, based on Xeikon's Panther UV inkjet technology and operating with PantherCure UV ink, combines Xeikon’s trademark quality, versatility and speed with the possibilities of inkjet.

For the packaging sector, Xeikon will detail how visitors can take folding carton production digital with its Folding Carton Suite. It will demonstrate how the assured mix of excellent print quality and a fast set up time enable the rapid completion of cost effective short run, fast turnaround jobs that use conventional substrates without any compromise in quality.

A Xeikon 3500 will demonstrate live production of packaging and point of sale materials. It will also highlight the opportunities created through personalisation and the use of Xeikon’s toner-based printers to ensure food safe packaging. Among the creative solutions on display will be digitally printed paper cups.

The graphic arts spotlight will be placed on the production of book covers, high quality direct mail and point of sale materials. Xeikon Suites offer a modular print-to-finish digital production solution that can be tailored to suit the demands of any operation and to address a multitude of applications.

Xeikon’s expert team will be on hand to talk with visitors about their requirements and to help them in the decision-making process.

“This is a great opportunity to show the many elements of our portfolio and how they can enable operations to explore new markets and initiatives fully supported by Xeikon’s technology and our team of experts,” explains Dimitri Van Gaever, Xeikon’s Business Development Manager for the Graphic Arts Segment.

“The benefits of digital production can be enjoyed by every segment in the printing industry. The key is finding the right solutions for each need. While we are showcasing a broad portfolio at Print4All, it is the flexibility delivered, and the modularity offered, that allows for the creation of bespoke production solutions.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Newsgrafik #120138

Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages  (Company news)

Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste.

Photo: Girls drinking milk from a portion size carton

Straws play an integral functional role on portion packages, but if not disposed of properly​​, they then become p​art of the plastics waste problem. The company has been working to encourage consumers to push straws “back in the pack” once empty, so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now, work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages.

“It sounds simple enough,” concedes Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality, there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.”

“That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.”

On average, Tetra Pak packages are about 75% paperboard; paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio.​​
(Tetra Pak AB)

Newsgrafik #120139

Cascades Announces Results for the First Quarter of 2018; Strong containerboard fundamentals ...  (Company news)

... driving positive outlook for remainder of year

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS) reports its unaudited financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2018.

Q1 2018 Highlights
-Sales of $1,098 million (compared to $1,082 million in Q4 2017 (+1%) and $1,006 million in Q1 2017 (+9%))
-As reported (including specific items)
-Operating income of $112 million (compared to $45 million in Q4 2017 (+149%) and $31 million in Q1 2017 (+261%))
-Operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBD) 1 of $167 million (compared to $104 million in Q4 2017 (+61%) and $78 million in Q1 2017 (+114%))
-Net earnings per common share of $0.65 (compared to net earnings of $0.60 in Q4 2017 and net earnings of $1.70 in Q1 2017)
------Adjusted (excluding specific items)
-Operating income of $50 million (compared to $46 million in Q4 2017 (+9%) and $28 million in Q1 2017 (+79%))
-OIBD 1 of $105 million (compared to $105 million in Q4 2017 (stable) and $75 million in Q1 2017 (+40%))
-Net earnings per common share of $0.13 (compared to net earnings of $0.14 in Q4 2017 and net earnings of $0.13 in Q1 2017)
-Net debt 2 of $1,534 million as at March 31, 2018 (compared to $1,522 million as at December 31, 2017 ) and net debt to adjusted OIBD ratio at 3.6x.

Mr. Mario Plourde (photo), President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Our consolidated first quarter performance improved both year-over-year and sequentially in terms of sales levels, shipments and operating income. Changes in raw material prices were positive on a consolidated basis both sequentially and year-over-year, while higher transportation costs negatively impacted profitability in our North American operations.

Year-over-year, first quarter results were supported by a strong performance from our European boxboard subsidiary Reno de Medici, driven by strong market conditions, selling price improvement and lower raw material costs. The containerboard packaging division similarly generated stronger results, reflecting the April 2017 consolidation of the Greenpac Mill, strong industry fundamentals and higher average realized selling prices. As disclosed in early March, first quarter production levels in this segment were impacted by unplanned downtime at several mills at the beginning of the year, which resulted in a production shortfall of 15,000 short tons during the period. These production and mechanical issues were resolved before the end of the quarter. Results in the specialty products segment were below last year due to the lower recycled material prices, most notably OCC, which reduced sales in the recovery sub-segment. Finally, the tissue papers division increased shipments by 7% year-over-year within the ongoing context of challenging market conditions and market related downtime taken at the beginning of the year. Results in this segment, however, were impacted by lower average selling prices driven by increased competitiveness in several markets, higher raw material prices, and negative operating margin related to the Oregon converting facility that was started in the second quarter of 2017.

On a sequential basis, consolidated first quarter results reflected improvements in capacity utilization, sales, and operating income. This was largely driven by a strong performance from the European boxboard division and was supported by a slight progress in tissue. Although production levels in containerboard reflected seasonally softer volumes and the downtime as described above, this division generated improvements in operating income and adjusted OIBD, reflecting higher realized average selling prices and lower raw material costs. Conversely, results from the specialty products segment decreased, due primarily to the impact of lower recycled paper pricing on the performance of its recovery activities.

On the strategic front, the construction of our new containerboard converting facility in NJ progressed on time and on budget, with start-up scheduled for the end of May. The containerboard division finalized the sale of the NY converting facility for US$72 million in January, and the acquisition of the 66.67% interest in the Italian boxboard processing company PAC Service S.p.A, was concluded by the European boxboard division at the beginning of the year. At the end of the first quarter, the leverage ratio stood at 3.6x 1 , unchanged from the end of 2017."
(Cascades Inc.)

Newsgrafik #120143

technotrans makes successful start to new financial year  (Company news)

technotrans maintains its successful course in the new financial year: in the first quarter of 2018, the company increased its operating profit (EBT) by 4.8 percent to EUR 4.5 million. The corresponding margin improved to 8.4 percent (previous year: 8.2 percent). The company achieved revenue growth of 2.5 percent to EUR 54.1 million. The Board of Management therefore considers technotrans to be well placed to achieve its annual targets.

“We seamlessly maintained our growth trajectory in the first quarter,” remarked Dirk Engel (photo), technotrans Chief Executive Officer. Following a slightly weaker final quarter of 2017, he pointed out the renewed momentum to the business performance in the new year. Particularly business for new machinery developed positively. Below the line, net income came to EUR 3.2 million (up 2.6 percent).

technotrans generated around EUR 32 million or 58.5 percent of consolidated revenue through non-print business. This included a pleasing entry by the company into the plastics processing industry. There was latterly also a rise in demand in laser business and in the semiconductor industry. The subsidiary termotek reported a new revenue record in the first quarter. “In the growth market of electric mobility, business involving our cooling systems for quick-charging stations is gathering pace. On top of that, we also have a few highly promising development projects in the pipeline,” stressed Engel. In the printing industry, revenue came to more than EUR 22 million and was therefore at the high prior-year level.

Strong growth in Technology
In the Technology segment, all technology markets showed an upward trend. Revenue climbed 4.0 percent to EUR 39.7 million. EBIT went up ten percent to EUR 2.2 million, and the corresponding margin improved to 5.7 percent (previous year: 5.2 percent). Demand also picked up compared with the final quarter of 2017: “We achieved a much stronger performance here with revenue rising by over EUR 4 million,” commented Engel, who is optimistic about the prospects for the remainder of the year. The bright outlook in the printing industry, specifically in packaging printing, promises a solid foundation for 2018. Notably the expansion of digital printing business is also unlocking extra revenue potential.

The Services segment started the financial year at a consistently high level. At EUR 14.4 million, revenue was slightly down year on year. The revenue share from print business did not quite reach the high prior-year figures. Technical Documentation, too, made a tentative start to 2018. EBIT remained on a par with the previous year at
EUR 2.3 million.

Forecast confirmed
“On the strength of our continuing healthy order situation and high capacity utilisation, we are confident about the prospects for the coming months,” commented Engel. Meanwhile the Board of Management reaffirms the forecast for the full year. The expectations are revenue of between EUR 212 and 220 million, and EBIT within the range of EUR 18 to 20 million.

The Board of Management and Supervisory Board will propose to the Annual General Meeting taking place on May 18, 2018 that a dividend of EUR 0.88 per no par value share be distributed for the 2017 financial year. The meeting will also vote on a change in the company’s legal form to a European stock corporation (SE/Societas Europaea).
(technotrans AG)

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Kemira celebrates one-year anniversary of its Wet Strength production site in Estella, ...  (Company news)

...Navarra, Spain

Kemira, a global leader in the manufacture of high quality wet strength resins, supplied under the FennoStrength name, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the best-in-class manufacturing site located in Villatuerta and known as the Estella site. The celebrations took place on May 17th, 2018 with customers and government officials joining the event.

Strength technologies, including wet strength, are critical in manufacturing paper and board and the strength chemical market is growing. The market also demands for high performance differentiating technologies as well as compliance with stricter environmental regulations. Kemira has consistently been investing into the development of new strength technologies and into modern manufacturing sites, most recently in wet strength resin production at Äetsä, Finland (2015), in dry strength resin production at San Giorgio, Italy (2015) and last year at Estella (2017).

"This anniversary marks an important milestone for Kemira - says Mr. Tommi Kankkunen, VP of Manufacturing. Thanks to a multi-million investment and dedicated efforts from R&D, this state of the art facility with a large production capacity now produces a highly efficient wet strength resin."

Kemira's investments in manufacturing are complemented by investments in R&D, resulting in a successful outcome for the new wet strength offering. "We are proud to announce first deliveries of high solids wet strength resin in response to the current market demand. And in anticipation of the upcoming E.U. regulatory restrictions, lowering the limit of adsorbable organic halides (AOX) in the effluent, a new low AOX FennoStrength resin was developed with first deliveries taking place already in June," reports Dr. Vladimir Grigoriev, Sr. Manager, Applications & Marketing.

After recent developments, the Estella site now offers a complete portfolio of wet strength resins with dedicated lines also for the latest product generations geared towards the most stringent regulatory profiles. Moreover, high performance Yankee coating adhesives are also produced at the site. "A focus of the Estella site," adds Mr. Roberto Zulian, Director of Tissue Sales, "is also directed towards the demands of the tissue industry, which include the needs for creping adhesives. The new R&D developments in this area and established manufacturing at Estella have addressed the tissue industry wishes for a complete Yankee coating portfolio with the most up-to-date regulatory profile. We are well positioned now to deliver our customers the strength aids and Yankee coating technologies they desire."

"We are excited about the one-year anniversary, says Mr. Anibal Cermano, Site Manager. This investment demonstrates a strong commitment to our customers and partners. We appreciate the support given by the local authorities in the surrounding communities and the Navarra Government."
(Kemira, Paper Segment)

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Metsä Board's comparable operating result in January–March 2018 was EUR 69 million  (Company news)

Metsä Board Corporation Interim Report 1 January – 31 March 2018, 3 May 2018 at 12:00 noon

Photo: Metsä Board’s CEO Mika Joukio

January–March 2018 (10–12/2017)
• Sales were EUR 492.3 million (451.3).
• Comparable operating result was EUR 69.0 million (54.4), or 14.0% (12.0) of sales. The operating result was EUR 69.0 million (54.4).
• Comparable earnings per share were EUR 0.15 (0.12), and earnings per share were EUR 0.15 (0.12).
• Comparable return on capital employed was 15.8% (12.4).
January–March 2018 (1–3/2017)
• Sales were EUR 492.3 million (444.5).
• Comparable operating result was EUR 69.0 million (45.2), or 14.0% (10.2) of sales. The operating result was EUR 69.0 million (45.2).
• Comparable earnings per share were EUR 0.15 (0.10), and earnings per share were EUR 0.15 (0.10).
• Comparable return on capital employed was 15.8% (10.6).

Events in January–March 2018
• The market prices of folding boxboard and white kraftliner rose. The improved sales prices compensated for the unfavourable exchange rate in full.
• The prices of market pulp continued to rise.
• No significant maintenance shutdowns took place during the review period, and the production efficiency of the mills was at a good level.
• The capacity utilisation rate of folding boxboard at the Husum mill is now nearly 90%, and it will not be reported on separately in the future. The improvement of average sales prices still includes significant result improvement potential.
• Due to the strong pulp and paperboard market, Metsä Board raised the result guidance for January–March 2018 it had announced in its 2017 financial statements bulletin.
• Metsä Board’s Annual General Meeting for 2018 was held in Helsinki on 27 March 2018. The Annual General Meeting adopted the company’s financial statements for the financial year 2017 and decided to distribute a dividend of EUR 0.21 per share.
• Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services raised Metsä Board’s credit rating to investment grade. The outlook for the rating is stable.

Events after the review period
Metsä Board Corporation agreed to changes in its syndicated credit agreement maturing in 2020. The agreement has previously consisted of a EUR 150 million term loan and an undrawn revolving credit facility of EUR 100 million. On 27 April 2018, the company paid off EUR 100 million of its existing loan and simultaneously raised its credit facility by EUR 50 million. After the change, the syndicated credit agreement consists of a EUR 50 million term loan and an undrawn revolving credit facility of EUR 150 million.

Moody’s Investors Service raised the outlook on Metsä Board’s credit rating (Ba1) from stable to positive.

Result guidance for April–June 2018
Metsä Board’s comparable operating result in the second quarter of 2018 is expected to weaken compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Metsä Board has simplified its principles with regard to result guidance. The result guidance is issued on forecast changes in comparable operating result between the current quarter and the previous quarter, and there are three levels: weaker, roughly at the same level, and better. Previously, there were seven levels.

Metsä Board’s CEO Mika Joukio:
“Metsä Board had an excellent start for the year 2018 and the result for January-March was the best in years. Our sales grew by 9 percent and our comparable operating profit improved by 27 percent compared to the previous quarter. The production and delivery volumes of paperboard rose and sales prices in local currencies improved in all of our important market areas. The rise in prices compensated in full for the negative effect on results caused by exchange rates. Our profitability also improved due to the pulp market being stronger than expected and the rise in pulp prices. No significant maintenance shutdowns took place during the first quarter, which improves the quarter’s results in comparison to other quarters.

The production efficiency of our mills was at a good level, and several of our production units set new monthly production records. The production and delivery volumes of PE-coated paperboard at the Husum mill in Sweden also grew.

Our balance sheet remained to be strong. We have reduced our net interest-bearing liabilities by more than EUR 100 million over the year. The credit market showed its trust in Metsä Board’s future: in February, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s raised our credit rating to investment grade.

In our research and development operations, we are focusing on reducing the weight of paperboard and on the development of biobased barrier materials and other innovative barrier solutions. In January, we launched a new biobased, biodegradable ecobarrier paperboard for the food service end-uses.

I believe that the demand for fresh fibre paperboard will continue to grow. The plastic waste accumulating in oceans has raised environmental awareness among consumers, and concern over the transfer of mineral oils from packages made from recycled fibres to foodstuffs themselves is increasing demand for pure and safe fresh fibre. Metsä Board’s ecological and lightweight paperboards successfully meet these market trends and needs.”
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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Register now to visit PulPaper 2018 in Helsinki  (Company news)

Helsinki hosts the world’s leading forest industry event PulPaper on May 29-31.

It offers a unique opportunity to learn about new innovations, network and find new business opportunities. You are welcome to visit the seminars, meetings, exhibition and excursions the event has to offer.

Register in advance to visit the event to avoid queues at the entrance, visit the exhibition free of charge and follow the presentations on the stages. You can always register at the entrance as well.

Learn also more about the affordable seminars, PulPaper Party and excursions.

Future Square: Interesting program and top speakers
In the middle of the PulPaper exhibition, a Future Square presentation stage offers full set of interesting topics in various fields of forest industry.

Top notch speakers in seminars
PulPaper as well as the parallel PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy seminars offer top speakers and networking.

Two-day PulPaper Conference covers for example circular economy and breakthrough technologies (see Wed 30 May program / Thu 31 May program).

Business Forum presents front row panelists discussing about the transformation of forest industry, new innovations and changes in consumer behavior.

Deal Room matchmaking – Effective networking
To increase your efficiency and productivity during the event, we offer you an opportunity to pre-book 1-on-1 meetings with other visitors via the Deal Room meeting platform. You can see who is attending and suggest meetings with them when it suits you during the events. We’ll create prefilled profiles for people who said they want to participate in matchmaking in registration form.

PulPaper Exhibition
The exhibition offers a wide selection of services and products in the largest event of the industry. Learn about innovations, network and see the whole industry at once. You can also visit the parallel PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy events. Registration to visit the exhibition is free!

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Mayr-Melnhof: Results for the first Quarter of 2018  (Company news)

• Sales and profit increase
• High capacity utilization in both divisions
• Significant improvement in results at MM Karton
• Margin of MM Packaging under cost pressure

The Mayr-Melnhof Group was able to exploit the sustained positive momentum on the European main markets in the first quarter of 2018. Both divisions still operated at good capacity utilization. The increasing operating profit of the Group followed the good level of the third and fourth quarter of the previous year, and was thus significantly above the comparative value of 2017, which was impacted by a sharp rise in recovered paper prices.

The cartonboard division benefited in particular from price increases. Higher material costs, especially for cartonboard and packaging, but also transport costs weigh on the margin of the packaging division. Accordingly, first priority here is to pass on the costs through higher selling prices.

The Group's consolidated sales went up to EUR 592.1 million and were thus 1.3 % above the comparative figure of the previous year (1Q 2017: EUR 584.5 million). The slight increase results from both divisions.

Operating profit at EUR 57.1 million was 12.8 % or EUR 6.5 million above the previous year’s value (1Q 2017: EUR 50.6 million). A rise at the cartonboard division contrasted with a decline at the packaging division. The Group's operating margin reached 9.6 %, following 8.7 % in the first three months of 2017.

Financial income amounted to EUR 0.3 million (1Q 2017: EUR 0.8 million), financial expenses to EUR -1.5 million (1Q 2017: EUR -1.4 million).

Profit before tax rose by 13.0 % to EUR 55.6 million (1Q 2017: EUR 49.2 million). Income tax expense totaled EUR 13.9 million (1Q 2017: EUR 12.3 million), resulting in an effective Group tax rate of 25.0 % (1Q 2017: 25.0 %).

Profit for the period went up accordingly by 13.0 % to EUR 41.7 million (1Q 2017: EUR 36.9 million).

European main markets still show a solid utilization for both divisions, but without any new impulses. The sustainability, however, remains difficult to assess.

Despite good demand the competitive situation on the markets is characterized by an ongoing intensity. Due to demand-related price increases for many input factors a consequent price policy stays in our focus. Measures to increase efficiency through specialization and rationalization will be further pursued. Thereby the quality of the Group’s results should be maintained at a good level, with the aim of closing also the interim results of the first half of 2018 above the previous year.

MM Karton
Demand on the European cartonboard market improved slightly over the course of the first quarter following a restrained start to 2018. Nevertheless intense competition stayed on.

The average order backlog of MM Karton totaled around 85,000 tons, following 69,000 tons in the first three months of the previous year. At approximately 99 %, capacities of the division were again almost fully utilized (1Q 2017: 98 %).

As a result of the consequent price policy, with 419,000 tons and 416,000 tons respectively slightly less was sold and produced in the first quarter of 2018 than in the previous year (1Q 2017: 426,000 tons and 421,000 tons respectively). Of this, 83 % was sold to European markets and 17 % to markets outside of Europe (1Q 2017: 78 %; 22 %).

While procurement markets for the strategic raw material of recovered paper were characterized by a significant price increase in the previous year, there was an easing in the first three months of 2018, but just for mixed qualities. This was especially due to temporarily lower exports from Europe to Asia. However, the market situation for virgin fibers has been marked by continuing price increases.

Due to higher selling prices, sales rose by 2.4 % to EUR 268.3 million (1Q 2017: EUR 261.9 million). Simultaneously, operating profit went up from EUR 15.9 million to EUR 27.7 million, also owing to reduced direct costs. The operating margin thus reached 10.3 % following 6.1 % in the same period of the previous year.

MMK digital – Buy Board Online 24/7
With MMK digital, MM Karton has launched the first digital sales and service channel in the cartonboard industry. For the first time, each customer can perform all business processes with MM Karton online and securely in real time in just a few seconds, around the clock, sev-en days a week.

MM Packaging
Demand on the European folding carton markets remained robust also in the first quarter of 2018. Against this background, MM Packaging was able to grow further and to utilize the capacities of its plants to a high degree. Tonnage processed increased by 4.7 % from 190,000 tons to 199,000 tons, the sheet equivalent by 3.0 % from 569.8 million to 587.0 million.

At the same time, however, significantly increasing input costs weighed on the result. In addition to a considerable rise in material costs, particularly resulting from higher cartonboard prices, also other costs such as transportation showed a gradual increase. In an unchanged highly competitive environment, the main priority currently is to pass on the cost increases through packaging prices. Furthermore, internal programs aimed at raising cost efficiency through specialization and rationalization will be consistently further pursued.

Sales rose largely along with volumes by 2.8 % from EUR 344.6 million to EUR 354.3 million. With an operating profit of EUR 29.4 million, it was not possible to match the comparative figure of the previous year due to costs (1Q 2017: EUR 34.7 million). The operating margin was therefore 8.3 %, following 10.1 % in the first quarter of 2017.
(Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)

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Stora Enso launches biocomposites as a renewable replacement for plastics  (Company news)

Stora Enso is launching its wood-based biocomposites, DuraSense™ by Stora Enso. This is another major step on the group’s journey to replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. DuraSense is available to companies seeking high performance and a sustainable, bio-based alternative to plastics.

DuraSense enables the use of renewable fibres, such as wood, to substitute for a large portion of fossil-based plastic. The production of biocomposites began in 2018 at Stora Enso’s Hylte Mill in Sweden, following the EUR 12 million investment announced in 2017. At full production, the mill’s annual production capacity is 15 000 tonnes, which is the largest capacity in Europe dedicated to wood fibre composites.

“Reducing the amount of plastic and replacing it with renewable and traceable materials is a gradual process. With DuraSense, we can offer customers a wood fibre-based alternative which improves sustainability performance and, depending on the product, significantly reduces the carbon footprint – all the way up to 80%,” says Jari Suominen, Head of Wood Products at Stora Enso.

The DuraSense product family is suitable for a wide range of applications from consumer goods to industrial applications. Typical applications include, for example, furniture, pallets, hand tools, automotive parts, beauty and lifestyle products, toys and items, such as kitchen utensils and bottle caps, among other uses.

The DuraSense granules are a combination of natural wood fibres, polymers and additives offering the mouldability of plastic with the sustainability and workability of wood. With DuraSense, it is also possible to combine fibres with recycled or bio-based polymers to further enhance environmental values. For example, DuraSense™ Eco100, which is one of the product grades and based on wood fibres and biopolymers, is a cost-competitive way to fully replace fossil-based plastics.

“Affordable sustainability and the environment are climbing upwards on consumer agendas,” says Patricia Oddshammar, Head of Biocomposites at Stora Enso. “DuraSense can reduce the consumption of plastic materials by up to 60%, ensuring less microplastics end up in the environment. Stora Enso’s biocomposites can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials or, alternatively, used for energy recovery at their end of life.”
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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CleanLine: The effective solution for cleaning fabrics on all sections of the paper machine  (Company news)

Voith's innovative CleanLine traversing cleaning systems for fabrics provide additional benefits for customers compared to established cleaning methods.

Photo: Voith has just introduced CleanLine Extract4D in the drying section for packaging and newsprint paper grades made from recycled fiber.

With CleanLine, Voith has developed its systems to improve paper quality by thorough cleaning of the fabrics. CleanLine systems are available for all sections of the paper machine either as new installations or as upgrades of existing Voith equipment to remove more contamination from the surface and structure of fabrics. The CleanLine systems work in combination with other Voith products to improve the productivity, runnability, safety and quality of the paper making process.

Maintain Fabric Performance
Clean fabrics are essential for the removal of moisture from the paper web and for achieving the required properties of the finished paper. Voith CleanLine Systems are effective in maintaining the performance of the fabrics and are a cost effective solution to reduce the effects of contamination.

Leading Technology
CleanLine Excell – Forming: by cleaning in two directions with a close concentration of fine water jets the forming fabric is much cleaner. Uniform performance of the fabric is achieved because Excell can more easily remove different levels of contamination across the fabric width. The system uses only about 10 percent of the water volume compared to an oscillating high pressure shower and runs on key reference machines in Europe, America and Asia.

CleanLine Excell – Press: has a selection of different cleaning heads for additional cleaning of press fabrics and transfer belts to solve specific problems with contamination, cleaning chemicals or profiles.

CleanLine Extract4D – Dryers: has just been introduced for packaging and newsprint paper grades made from recycled fiber. Up to four directions of water jets directly contact and remove more contamination from the fabric. This unique system has resulted in better runnabilitry on both packaging and newsprint machines due to cleaner fabric surfaces and higher permeability retention.

CleanLine Extreme – Coaters: is a new system for cleaning tensioning fabrics, running successfully on more than 20 top and bottom sections. Productivity is improved because the system can automatically switch between on-line and off-line cleaning to keep the fabrics in good condition. Highest quality of the coated paper is achieved by using an extended air-knife and option of a heated air blower to ensure that the fabric surface is dry when it contacts the coated paper.

With Servolution, Voith is offering customized service packages to improve the performance of its customers and help them increase their productivity. The holistic approach, modular design and easy access to components in the CleanLine systems provides efficient servicing and management of spare parts from a single supplier. Voith provides a comprehensive support package to ensure the highest availability and performance of the cleaning equipment.

The quality of raw material for making paper faces many challenges in the coming years. Voith’s process know-how, understanding of fabrics and wide experience of fabric cleaning systems makes CleanLine the complete solution for fabric cleaning.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Top takeaways from the first European shopping bag summit  (Company news)

Challenges, opportunities and new ways of working were the topics of the day at Europe’s first shopping bag summit, hosted by Mondi.

Photo: Petr Jindra, Head of Technical Sales Service, Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper; shopping bag by the bag makers Litobal.

The paper bag industry took an important step towards sustainable innovation when leading shopping bag converters, suppliers and customers came together in Prague on 19 April for Let’s Paper the World 2018 – the first European shopping bag summit, organised by Mondi Group’s Speciality Kraft Paper segment.

Participants included global brands Benetton, H&M and REWE Group; bag manufacturers; papermakers and paper associations; ink and glue producers; bag machine manufacturers; and market intelligence leader Mintel.

The four top takeaways from this pivotal summit:
1. Shopping bags are now high-tech products
Gone are the days of the ‘simple’ paper bag. The technical demands of manufacturing the perfect bag for end customers’ needs are increasing continuously.

Today’s paper shopping bags are high-tech products engineered for specific applications within the food and non-food industry. Shopping bags need to meet a variety of requirements, especially when the end uses involve food, as Petr Jindra, Head of Technical Sales Services, Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper, demonstrated.

He presented a shopping bag produced by bag maker Litobal with a sophisticated, full-colour flexoprint on Mondi speciality kraft paper, proven to carry up to 25 kilos (food retail bags must carry at least 12 kilos), made of credibly certified fibre, and guaranteed safe for contact with food.

Demand for such high-tech bags is growing every day, according to the summit’s participants. Producing them is a technical feat that takes skill, innovation and the highest quality materials.

“It’s a big challenge. In the past, we focused on a few bag sizes and a small range of materials. Now we need to have open minds and find solutions to meet every need,” said Fulvio Curioni, Senior Vice President Legal for Curioni Sun, a paper bag machine manufacturer.

Alberto Bovo, Managing Director at Bovo SpA, said: “Thirty years ago we used to make bags from 120/130 gram paper. Now, if we use a good paper, we can produce bags with 70/80 grams that work just as well. But it’s very important to take care of all the details – the paper, the glue, the ink.”

From brown and white speciality kraft papers, to rough and smooth grades in a range of weights, from virgin and recycled fibres to water-based glues and inks – technical complexity is increasing continuously. Expertise and understanding of how all this technology fits together to make the perfect bag solution is more important than ever for manufacturers.

2. Sustainability is no longer an option – it’s a necessity
Shopping bags made of credibly certified fibre and designed to biodegrade, or be easily recycled or reused, are no longer a niche product for boutique brands. Today, sustainability is mainstream.

“I wouldn’t call sustainability ‘a trend’ anymore. It’s a given,” said Paulus Goess, Sales Director of Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper.

Richard Cope, Senior Trends Consultant at Mintel, shared examples from around the world of how consumer expectations have shifted for sustainability and packaging: “Consumers expect companies to set the sustainability agenda. They expect brands to be ethical on their behalf.”

“When you have brands like Procter & Gamble making packaging from recovered ocean plastic, that becomes the norm very quickly. If you’re not doing something, your brand can start to look outdated,” Cope added.

Tanja Dietrich-Hübner, Head of Sustainability at REWE International AG, said expectations and attitudes about sustainability in the food industry had “changed dramatically” in recent years. “As retailers, we’re held responsible that food and packaging are not only safe but also sustainable,” she said.

While more brands today, including H&M, are switching from plastic to paper bags, others like REWE and Benetton made the switch years ago.

However, Dietrich-Hübner emphasised that consumer awareness of what it takes to ensure products and packaging are sustainable and ethically produced is limited: “Information is the key, but it has to be understandable. We have to give people short, reliable information.”

Cope went further, challenging brands and paper bag makers to engage consumers about environmental factors and “put a name and a face to the people behind the bags.”

3. Demand for certified fibre is outstripping supply – sustainable forestry needs more focus
While rising consumer demand for sustainable packaging is a good thing, a clear effect is that demand for sustainable fibre is growing. Both paper and bag manufacturers spoke of stark challenges in meeting the increased demand for certified fibre.

Research and investment into alternative, sustainable fibres may be one answer to safeguard supplies. Increased focus on sustainable forestry is also needed to guard against deforestation and illegal logging, as just 11% of the world’s forests are certified.

Manfred Schachenmann, Head of Wood Supply at Mondi, underscored Mondi’s commitment to sourcing credibly certified fibre, in particular that certified by the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) – the certification system preferred by small and family foresters and local wood associations in Central Europe – as well as the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

“We all want to increase the share of certified fibre. To achieve that we need to promote certification systems such as PEFC in low risk countries,” he said.

Dietrich-Hübner of REWE International noted that organic and fair-trade food certifications are widely recognised, however, FSC and PEFC certifications are not well known to consumers.

“I think the market is ready to learn what the different wood certification standards mean,” she said.

4. Collaborate to meet new challenges in the paper bag industry
Another important takeaway from the summit is the need for more exchange and partnerships to innovate for what’s coming, including the growth of e-commerce and the circular economy, which will favour more re-use of materials.

More collaboration along the supply chain between product managers, technical sales and service, R&D, suppliers (including paper, inks and glues), end users, retailers – and even foresters – will be needed to develop the perfect paper bags for tomorrow’s needs.

“I’ve been working in the paper industry for 20 years. This is the first time I’ve seen such participation by customers in a specific market,” said Massimiliano Scotta, Head of Sales Region South and Americas, Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper.

“At this summit, we can see ourselves as partners in the same world, exchanging ideas about what consumers need, and technology and trends in the market, to find a common strategy,” Scotta added.

“We still have a lot of work to do on the details,” added Bovo Bags’ managing director Alberto Bovo, “but I feel confident that we can do it, if we all work together.”

The second European shopping bag summit is now being planned by Mondi.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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BOBST to inaugurate new production site and Competence Center in Changzhou, China, ...  (Company news)

... with grand open house event

BOBST has announced the official opening on 16 May 2018 of Bobst Changzhou Co. Ltd, BOBST’s second production facility in China. Titled “China 4.0 – Beyond your packaging future” the formal inauguration will be followed by two days of Open House events on 17 and 18 May.

The new site is a state-of-the-art greenfield facility located in Changzhou, in the Jiangsu province, and is dedicated to web-fed printing and converting technologies for flexible materials. BOBST has been manufacturing web-fed gravure printing presses since the early years of 2000 at Bobst Shanghai, but the requirements of increased production capacity and a news thrust in the activities of R&D focused on local needs in terms of equipment, processes and available services, have led to the setting up of a dedicated facility.

“The opening of the new plant brings is a major step in the next phase of the development of our activities in China for the Chinese market” comments Erik Bothorel, Head of the Business Unit Web-fed and Member of Bobst Group Executive Committee “It is the embodiment of our long-standing commitment to the highest BOBST manufacturing standards and to the local development of gravure printing and lamination solutions, while we continue consolidating our leadership in Asia”.

The success of the RS 3.0 gravure press owes to the fact that it combines the unrivalled quality of the BOBST engineering and the reliable and efficient manufacturing experience and capabilities of BOBST plants in China. The other factor, which is a distinctive feature of BOBST technology worldwide, is the flexibility of the equipment in terms of options, such as the inking system and the drying, that can be customized for geographically located consumable types and process preferences.

“China being such a huge market, we are focusing on the country’s requirements in terms of application demands and collaboration with suppliers” explains Lubin Lu, Zone Business Director of the Business Unit Web-fed for Greater China. “Opening a Competence Center dedicated to web-fed printing and converting technologies for flexible materials in the Changzhou plant, exemplifies our commitment in this respect: being at the forefront of technological research and innovation as machine manufacturer as well as process innovator. We are planning to support Chinese converters with new, innovative product developments and with extensive training courses on our processes: flexo and gravure printing, lamination, coating and vacuum metallizing”.

“Leading companies choose leading technology, and converting companies that choose BOBST will gain an advantage on competition because our leading technology is developed exploiting not only the advantages of our Group’s global synergies but also in cooperation with local competences. This means that we can deliver converters equipment and services that fulfil the specific requirements of the Chinese packaging market now, and are also ready for the future of the industry”, concludes Lubin Lu.

After the official opening ceremony on 16 May, the inaugural open house that will take place on 17 and 18 May will present an overview of BOBST printing and converting technologies, as well featuring in demonstration in the in-house Competence Center the RS 3.0 gravure printing press and the CL 750D compact multi-technology laminator. Both machines are entirely manufactured in China according to BOBST international quality standards.
(Bobst Group SA)

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PMP Appoints New Director Pulp & Paper Business - North America!  (Company news)

PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) announced the selection and appointment of Greg Welcher as PMP's new Director Pulp & Paper Business - North America.

“Greg’s paper industry experience provides PMP with a valuable asset and makes our North American team much stronger.” Rocky Matuska – General Manager PMP Americas.

Greg Welcher brings more than 34 years of experience in the pulp & paper industry and has been involved in paper machine equipment design, research, and commissioning throughout his career.

“PMP Group has a well-respected equipment brand name and I am excited to join the PMP Group and look forward to helping grow the North American business segment.” Greg Welcher – Director Pulp & Paper Business – North America.
(PMPoland S.A.)

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Marbach Joint Venture in China - Preparations are running at full speed  (Company news)

Marbach signed a joint venture contract at the end of 2017 with Masterwork (MK), a Chinese manufacturer of machines and systems for the packaging industry. After completing all the necessary formalities in spring 2018, preparations for the new Marbach production location in China are currently in full swing. Production at the Tianjin plant is scheduled to start in summer 2018.

Dominic Fischer, Assistant Project Manager China: "At the moment we are at the critical stage with intensive collaboration between Masterwork and Marbach. Our joint venture will be located in a large new MK building complex. We will have an area of approx. 1,600 m² available there. Of this area, 1,400 m² alone will be for our new production. The building has been completed and the Marbach area will be designed according to our requirements for a modern and efficient cutting-die production".

The production machines and required materials will arrive in Tianjin at the end of June, followed by immediate installation, so that Marbach can start production in summer as scheduled.

Fischer continues: "Of course we have expats in China who will be there and support us at the start of production and in the time immediately after. The local employees are already trained in advance in Heilbronn and in our subsidiary in Malaysia. And so we will be able to benefit from our experience of establishing subsidiaries in the USA and Malaysia. In addition, there will be regular visits from the project team to the location, so we will closely monitor the project in China to ensure a smooth start.

In addition to the new plant in China, Marbach has many locations around the globe and plans to further expand its international operations in the coming years.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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Resolute to Invest Over $52 million in its Saint-Félicien Pulp Mill in Quebec  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced a $52.3 million strategic investment plan for its Saint-Félicien pulp mill, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, and many dignitaries and company employees.

"The significant investments at Saint-Félicien are expected to improve several areas of the operation, increasing the average daily production capacity by 76 metric tons and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels by 20%," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer.

On April 30, 2018, Resolute announced a $13 million investment in its La Doré (Quebec) wood products facilities, also located in Lac-Saint-Jean. In 2016, the company inaugurated Toundra Greenhouse, located adjacent to the Saint-Félicien pulp mill, a $100 million joint venture project with local investors.

During the press conference, Yves Laflamme thanked local employees, government officials, as well as regional academic and economic development organizations for their continued support and advocacy.

Resolute employs close to 240 workers at the pulp mill, and more than 2,000 in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
(Resolute Forest Products)

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Veolia's HPD® black liquor evaporator system chosen by Chung Hwa Pulp  (Company news)

Chung Hwa Pulp has selected Veolia Water Technologies’ HPD® evaporator technology to upgrade its Hualien Mill in Taiwan. This upgrade requires raising the capacity and Heavy Black Liquor concentration of the black liquor evaporator trains, in order to meet the future production of fiber line.

The main design requirements from the client were the optimization of the steam consumption, while making sure not to overload the existing equipment and with minimal interaction with the existing plants.

Of the two evaporation trains (#3 and #4), only train #3 was modified, adding the seventh and eight effect, a parallel second effect and a back-up condenser. The output of both trains is concentrated at a new concentrator, integrated on train #3.

The project will involve an additional 80 t/h H2O evaporation and a solids increase from approximately 66% up to 75%.

“The optimized OPEX offered by Veolia’s solution to Chung Hwa Pulp was ultimately the difference maker in this project, consolidating Veolia’s positioning as an important partner in the Pulp & Paper industry” commented Klaus Andersen, CEO Veolia Water Technologies Americas.
(VWS Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies)

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Tim Görder appointed head of Solution Partner Support at Jowat SE  (Company news)

Tim Görder has been appointed Global Director of Solution Partner Support (SPS) at Jowat, effective 1 June. In his new position, Mr Görder will be responsible for coordinating the support provided to solution partners around the world. He aims to substantially expand the role of the SPS department as a central point of contact. Customers of Jowat will benefit from a superior service, thanks to the close cooperation with strong partners and optimally coordinated solutions. Tim Görder has previously served six years as Product Manager for the Paper / Packaging division.

Photo: On 1 June 2018, Tim Görder (on the right) will assume the position as Global Director of Solution Partner Support. He succeeds Manfred Kubo (left), who will retire after over 17 years with the enterprise. Source: Jowat SE

Solution Partner Support is a globally active department at Jowat, which coordinates the cooperation with and support provided to manufacturers of application technology, machines and substrates across industries and applications. In his new role, Tim Görder will look to increase the level of service as well as the network efficiency of the department with the help of a global team. In addition to serving as a central point of contact for solution partners, the department also facilitates the transfer of know-how. As a competent partner in all bonding-related questions, Jowat supplies not only adhesives for the development of processes and testing machines and application units but also provides know-how and trains machine operators. New ideas and trends are identified and developed together. This close cooperation makes it easy to react immediately to the requirements which may arise for the adhesive. In addition, all components – from the substrate to the adhesive – can be adapted optimally to each other. The result are jointly designed and implemented solutions for the problems in the bonding process.

“As the enterprise has grown globally, it has become increasingly important over time to coordinate Jowat’s cooperation with solution partners,” says Klaus Kullmann, Managing Director of Sales and Marketing at Jowat SE. “We are happy that Tim Görder has agreed to take on the position of Global Director for this challenging task. Under his direction, Solution Partner Support will strengthen Jowat’s international footprint.”
(Jowat SE)

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Nilpeter made a grand entrance at LabelExpo Southeast Asia 2018  (Company news)

Picture: The Nilpeter booth was very busy at the first-ever Labelexpo Southeast Asia

Nilpeter Asia Pacific made a grand entrance at the inaugural LabelExpo Southeast Asia that took place last week, May 10-12, at the world-class Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

The All New FA was Nilpeter’s main attraction, complemented by product offerings from their regional OEM-partners.

Great feedback from visitors
“This first LabelExpo show in Southeast Asia was indeed a success for Nilpeter,” says Sales & Marketing Director Jakob Landberg. “The Nilpeter stand was busy throughout the show with visitors from all over Asia - and even some from Africa, the Middle East, and South America. We sold several presses, established new contacts with various decision-makers, and identified new projects to be handled in coming months,” Jakob Landberg concludes.

The new FA generated great feedback from visitors, who showed a great deal of interest in the versatile, state-of-the-art flexo press. Nilpeter’s main takeaway from the inaugural LabelExpo Southeast Asia is, that the Thai market is thriving, and that the Nilpeter Technology Center in Bangkok is pivotal in this aspect.
(Nilpeter Asia Pacific Co. Ltd)

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ANDRITZ to supply bio-methanol plant for Södra's Mönsterås mill in Sweden  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Södra, Sweden, to supply a bio-methanol cleaning and purification plant for Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås.

The bio-methanol treatment plant supplied by ANDRITZ is designed to produce 5,000 tons of bio-methanol per year. The plant is a key part of a new process producing sustainable bio-methanol from renewable raw material. Bio-methanol can be used in shipping, for example, as a stand-alone fuel, as well as for the production of biodiesel (RME), as an additive in petrol, or as a raw material in the chemical industry. The methanol produced is compliant with the IMPCA Reference Specifications for merchantable methanol. Start-up of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The global methanol production is in the order of 80 million tons per year and is generated mostly from fossil raw materials. In the chemical wood pulping process, methanol is formed as a by-product that contains many impurities. This raw methanol is purified to a merchantable bio-methanol, which is chemically identical to fossil-based methanol. The bio-methanol generated contributes towards reducing the amount of fossil greenhouse gas emissions.

The current target of the European Union is to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country coming from renewable sources, such as biofuels, by 2020. The new EU Renewable Energy Directive 2 currently in preparation will significantly increase the share of advanced biofuels by 2030. “If Sweden is to achieve the fossil-free climate targets, there must be viable alternatives to the fossil-fuel products that are currently available. The investment in the new bio-methanol cleaning and purification plant contributes towards reaching this target. It is also a major part of Södra’s own strategy to be totally fossil-free by 2030,” said Henrik Brodin, Business Development Manager Energy of Södra.

“We are pleased to help Södra in achieving their sustainablilty targets with our innovative products and technologies. This is further proof of our excellent cooperation and partnership with Södra,” says Kari Tuominen, President and CEO of ANDRITZ Oy, Finland.
(Andritz AG)

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Lecta Presents Its New GardaPremium Natural Catalogue  (Company news)

A creative catalogue that highlights the new grade’s natural color
Produced in collaboration with the Italian publisher Contrasto, specialized in highquality photography books, Lecta’s new GardaPremium Natural catalogue features an exclusive selection of dramatic black-and-white and color photographs.

GardaPremium Natural is the most recent addition to Lecta’s coated paper portfolio, enriching its extensive range of premium papers for publishing.
GardaPremium Natural is a 2 side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface in a natural shade that is particularly suited to the publishing industry’s needs. Available in 135, 150, 170 and 200 g/m2, the new grade offers good thickness, superb runnability, high rigidity and good resistance to cracking on fold, in addition to high opacity and excellent print results.

GardaPremium Natural's distinguishing feature compared to other papers currently on the market is its natural color, obtained without the addition of optical brighteners. This neutral tone is perfect for enhancing color as well as black-and-white images, drawing attention to every detail.

With GardaPremium Natural, whose print results can be seen in this catalogue, Lecta once again reaffirms its commitment to offering a range of high-quality papers designed to meet the needs of the most demanding publishing projects.

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Major forest companies and start-up businesses meet in the midst of PulPaper's international ...  (Company news)

.... atmosphere

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood&Bioenergy on 29–31 May represent the cornerstones of an international event for the forest industry, including an exhibition and extensive programme. In the event, approximately 500 companies ranging from forest industry giants to small start-up businesses will meet. Throughout the fair, there will also be various programmes in three different seminars and on three stages for information briefings. In total, about 100 experts will take the stage at the event.

The event for forest industry is created round PulPaper, and it has gained also international attention. Almost 130 international companies from over 20 countries are participating in the event. The seminar presenters with the longest journey will come from North America and Japan. The trade fair also expects visitors from various continents. In addition, many representatives from international media will come to the trade fair.

Start-ups help in taking digital leaps and in meeting the challenges of the circular economy
A total of 25 start-up businesses will be present at the trade fair, and all of them have developed solutions to the problems of circular economy and demands posed by digital leaps, to mention but a few. The start-up businesses offer innovations, for example, for recycling bio-ash and using wood as a raw material for various products. In addition, the businesses have developed tools to better utilise industrial internet and knowledge, to support strategic decision-making by means of artificial intelligence, and to exploit augmented reality, i.e. AR, in packaging industry in order to increase customer loyalty.

Information briefings provide a snapshot of the latest innovations in the industry
PulPaper’s exhibition area, Future Square, will offer free information briefings with themes in accordance with the trade fair days. On Tuesday, companies give short presentations about their new products and services. On Wednesday the floor will be given to forest companies, and on Thursday, the programme will be directed to students in the industry.

The forest companies will bring their directors, who will then talk about innovations, responsibility and brand new possibilities for the packaging industry. Timo Heikka, the Director of Biorefinery Unit at Stora Enso, will tell more about Stora Enso’s recent investments. Issues relating to responsibility and circular economy will be covered by Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Metsä Fibre, as well as Saila Kettunen, the Director of Barrier Board at Kotkamills. Berry Wiersum, the Director of Sappi Europe explains, how innovations are now an integral part of the company’s operations. The programme also includes ideas concerning the future of the packaging industry in terms of new materials and digitalisation.

Pitching for the forest industry innovation contest
On Thursday, the semifinalists of the innovation contest aimed for the university students in the field of forest industry will take the Future Square stage with prepared pitches of their work. The innovation contest is named “Wood U Make It Happen”, and the goal is to select the best ideas with new approaches to the challenges in forest industry, as well as to the most common megatrends, such as population growth and environmental challenges.

Based on the pitches, the jury selects the finalists. The jury includes top experts in the field of bioeconomics, and the chairperson of the jury will be Maija Itkonen, founder of Gold&Green Foods. The first prize is EUR 10,000, second prize EUR 5,000, and the third prize EUR 3,000. The winners will be announced at the end of the year during the centennial celebrations of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

- The semifinalists in the contest represent a broad representation of various universities throughout Finland and also of many different approaches ranging from services to forest cultivation, as well as materials made from totally varied parts of the wood. This highlights the variety in innovation, and also the inspiring new prospects for using the wood in different ways, says jury chairperson Maija Itkonen.

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy are events with a wide-ranging focus on the forest industry. They will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. PulPaper is an international forest industry event that includes an exhibition, seminars and other programmes, an evening programme and visits to Finnish mills.

In addition, the PulPaper Conference (30–31 May), Business Forum (29 May) and 3D Printing of Biomaterials (29 May) events will be organised in connection with the event (an admission fee is charged). An evening party for industry professionals will be held on 30 May. Free information briefings will be held in the exhibition area daily. Visits to Metsä Group’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.

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Esko presents 'Packaging Connected' at EskoWorld 2018  (Company news)

Annual user conference creates unique platform to connect entire packaging supply chain

Esko ( announces that EskoWorld 2018 will be held on June 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas. EskoWorld 2018 is the 27th annual conference for Esko users. More than ever before, its mission is to create a platform that connects the entire packaging supply chain. Leading brands, graphic and structural designers, flexo trade shops, sign makers and packaging and label converters will share ideas, gain product knowledge business expertise and exchange best practices.

A full agenda of valuable learning experiences
The three-day event includes nearly 100 educational sessions developed to help attendees enhance their knowledge of Esko solutions and expand their education on the industry’s latest trends. Interspersed will be sessions explaining specific product roadmaps, product training, and lectures on relevant topics. EskoWorld will focus on a number of inspirational tracks, allowing attendees, with varied backgrounds and interests, to attend sessions that apply most to them.

They include:
-Brands, Specification & Briefing including project and asset management and the packaging production workflow from idea to shelf.
-Design sessions.
-Artwork & Repro covering ways to produce print-ready artwork efficiently.
-Flexo Platemaking showcasing how companies can take control of flexo plate production. To support this, a CDI Crystal will be at the event.
-Printing ideas to help tackle the increased complexity of mixed printing environments (digital, flexo, gravure, offset) and expanded gamut printing.
-Finishing showing how companies can get the most out of their digital finishing equipment. A Kongsberg C24 will be demonstrated live at this years’ EskoWorld, supporting the demand of many users to get first-hand answers on their application and product questions.

Packaging Connected
New this year, Esko and its partners will conduct a three-hour opening session where they will share their vision for the industry’s future. “Packaging Connected: The Event” will start with a fictional program manager at a large CPG brand who is launching an update to an existing consumer product package. Presenters will offer a view as to how such a packaging project will get executed - from concept to finished product - through the eyes of the key supply chain stakeholders, including the brand owner, converters and premedia tradeshops. Using a combination of presentations, live product demos and background movies, complemented with an interactive debate between market leading technology suppliers and the audience, Esko and its partners will provide a vantage point and benchmark for each person’s workflow.

“During this EskoWorld, we want to demonstrate how Esko’s future continues to be driven by innovation. Brand owners see a shift in their go-to-market strategies inspired by e-commerce and internet activities. This calls for a strong connection between the physical package on the shelf and its online representation and promotion. Packaging is becoming a gateway to online content related to the product or brand, as a two-way communication tool between the brand and the consumer. This also calls for a faster time to market, feasible if the entire supply chain and the various stakeholders work in sync on a connected workflow platform. Esko’s future will be to continue to innovate the industry, to make “packaging connected.” says Udo Panenka, Esko President.

Executive Summit and brand owner tracks
More and more brand owners have been attending EskoWorld, particularly drawn to its track dedicated exclusively to brand owners. Those responsible for brand packaging can understand how to efficiently manage packaging and packaging assets as part of the go-to-market process and work with partners throughout the complete packaging supply chain.

EskoWorld will, again, also include a concurrent, Executive Summit, which will focus on inspiring business owners and decision makers about solutions and opportunities to improve their businesses. The objective is for customers to develop a greater confidence in Esko as a thought leader. It will build on intensive interaction among decision makers on relevant business, technology and economics subjects.

Esko Innovation Room
Esko will reprise its Esko Innovation Room, where attendees can consult with an Esko Application Solution Expert or attend mini session in one of the ‘corner classes’ such as how to work with; Navigating Esko online resources; the 3D experience; and learning about Equinox, and other color management tools.
(Esko Belgium)

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BillerudKorsnäs initiates negotiations on new organisation  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs announces that negotiations with labour unions over a proposal for new organisation will be initiated within short. The proposal contains a full profit and loss responsibility in three divisions.

“During my first months with BillerudKorsnäs, it has become clear to me that we have great conditions for profitable growth. In order for us to take maximum advantage out of these conditions, we need to become faster and clarify accountability within the company. This we now want to accomplish through a new organisation in three divisions with full profit and loss responsibility”, says Petra Einarsson (photo), President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

The current organisation of BillerudKorsnäs is a matrix with three business areas, a production organisation and a number of supporting functions. The proposal for a new organisation, which will be subject to negotiations, contains an organisation in three divisions: sack and kraft papers, board and corrugated materials, and packaging solutions. The production units will be included in the division for sack and kraft papers and in the division for board and corrugated materials. All the details of the future organisation are not yet decided and will be worked out and negotiated going forward.

In parallel to this process, a review of the roles and composition of the senior management team of the company will also be carried out.
After finalised negotiations, the ambition is to staff the new organisation and fully implement it during the latter part of 2018. The external financial reporting of the company will be changed according to the new organisation by January 1st, 2019.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

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Vienna celebrates the first Gallus Labelfire 340 in Austria and Eastern Europe  (Company news)

On March 22nd, INSIGNIS-Etiketten, Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) celebrated the first installation of the Gallus Labelfire 340 in Austria and Eastern Europe.

Having drastically changed their information technology in 2017, INSIGNIS-Etiketten now took the next step towards innovation and industry 4.0 by investing in a new printing technology. With the Gallus Labelfire 340, the Viennese company perfectly completed their plant and now defines new capacities in digital printing. Bringing this state-of-the-art label printing system into service, the Austrian label printer not only broadens its internal product portfolio, but also increases its flexibility, quality and efficiency. Furthermore, investing in the first Labelfire in Austria and Eastern Europe, INSIGNIS takes a pioneering step towards a digital future.

For Ferdinand Hager, Managing Partner and Erwin Pudek, Managing Director of Insignis it was no question that such an important decision had to be celebrated accordingly, which is why they jointly organized the Industrial Inkjet Day that took place on March 22nd at the Insignis headquarters in Vienna.

More than 130 customers from Austria and other parts of the DACH region and Eastern Europe attended the event, where they were introduced to exciting topics such as digital inkjet and digitization in the label industry. Ferdinand Rüesch, Vice President of the Gallus board, Christof Naier, Head of Business Unit Label, Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Board, as well as Ferdinand Hager and Erwin Pudek gave full explanations and gave interesting insights into digital label printing. The presentations were excitingly accompanied by acrobatic show acts and crowned by the presentation of the Gallus Labelfire 340.

During the live demonstrations on the Gallus Labelfire, it was impressively shown how digital label printing influences the global market and how the Gallus Labelfire sets new standards in digital label printing.

The machine runs with a web speed of up to 50 metres per minute and offers seven colours plus white. „Speed is always important, but getting a finished embellished and die-cut digitally printed label at 50 meters per minute is what makes this machine stand out.” says Hager. “What we see in this machine are the many years of experience Gallus has in conventional label printing, which is also absolutely visible in the Gallus Labelfire. Flexo, screen printing, die-cutting, varnishing and inkjet are perfectly combined in a single system.”

Was multifunctionality a criterion when choosing the machine? “It was indeed a criterion”, confirms Hager. “For years we have been trusting in Swiss quality à la Gallus, and this cooperation continues in digital printing. It is like buying a Swiss watch: a long-term investment that lasts.”

„With this machine we will be extremely flexible while achieving top quality. Thanks to the extended color space with seven colors (CMYK + GOV) and digital white we cover more than 95% of the pantone color space. Additionally, with a physical resolution of 1200 dpi we reach offset quality, and sometimes even more than that.” says Erwin Pudek, managing director of Insignis, and adds: “This is absolutely brilliant”.

During the networking event that followed the presentations, the guests had the possibility to ask further questions in detail, see the machine point-blank and inform themselves further about Gallus and Heidelberg.

In retrospect it can be said that the Industrial Inkjet Day at Insignis was a huge success. It not only gave potential customers the possibility to extensively get to know the Gallus Labelfire 340, but it also demonstrated that the Austrian market is definitely all set for Gallus’ and Heidelberg’s digital printing system.
(Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG)

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Kemira Pulp & Paper segment implements price adjustment to offset increasing freight costs in ...  (Company news)

... North America

Effective June 1, 2018, to offset rapid and unprecedented increases in freight costs, Kemira will implement a $0.02/pound price adjustment for all Process & Functional Chemicals sold on a delivered basis to pulp and paper customers in North America. The increase will apply to all customers whose price has not been previously adjusted for freight during 2018 and is independent of any future price adjustments based on raw material and manufacturing cost changes.

“Transportation costs have risen significantly and continue to rise. Carriers have raised freight rates to offset increasing costs due to the new “Electronic Logging Device and Hours of Service Rule” and a well-documented driver shortage. Likewise, our raw material suppliers are implementing price increases and/or freight surcharges to offset these same market forces,” says Billy Ford, Senior Vice President, Pulp & Paper Americas. “While Kemira has taken every possible mitigating step, we are unfortunately no longer able to absorb these increased costs.”
(Kemira Chemicals Inc.)

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Gustaf Nygren new Manager of SCA Maintenance  (Company news)

Gustaf Nygren (photo) has been employed as new Manager of SCA Maintenance. Gustaf comes to SCA from Quant Service Sweden AB, where he has held the position of VP Operations Manager, Scandinavia. He is succeeding Pär Eriksson, new Manager of SCA’s Obbola paper mill.
(SCA Forest Products AB)

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New Ricoh Pro™ C9200 Series Graphic Arts Edition maximises revenue and delivers business growth  (Company news)

Print Service Providers (PSPs) have the potential to enhance revenue, reduce operational costs and empower business growth thanks to the new Ricoh Pro C9200 Series of digital sheet fed colour presses.

Building on the highly successful Ricoh ProTM C9100 technology platform, the Pro C9200 Series offers increased image quality with outstanding registration. Its new Auto Colour Diagnosis technology assures colour consistency and stability by detecting and adjusting subtle tone fluctuations while printing.

Expanded media capability is delivered with enhanced long sheet capability of up to 1,030mm auto duplex 1,260mm simplex and increased media support up to 450gsm.

Productivity is increased with models printing at up to 115ppm (A4) or 135ppm (A4) while streamlined production is enabled with inline options offering the versatility to produce a wide variety of applications. A new, intuitive 17inch operator panel increases usability.

Continuous operation is enhanced with improved purge control. Maximum uptime is further assured by Operator Replaceable Units and replenishable toner on the fly.

A range of Digital Front End options are available with Fiery E-45 and E-85 from EFI and Ricoh’s high performance DFE TotalFlow Print Server R-62 which offers excellent integration with various pre-press workflow solutions including Prinergy from Kodak and Apogee from Agfa. Available as an option is IPDS support for AFP datastream printing environments.

“There is no other digital colour sheet fed press that matches the value performance package of the Ricoh Pro C9200,” states Eef de Ridder, Director, Commercial Printing of the Commercial & Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “All these advances have been developed to flexibly support higher quality, on demand production of a wider range of services, printing on a broad choice of substrate types that includes synthetics, carbonless paper, coated and uncoated stock and envelopes. They help PSPs maximise production uptime and expand capabilities to more efficiently, cost effectively and profitably answer broadening market demands.”

The Ricoh Pro C9200 series will be available across EMEA from June. It will be showcased during a series of events across Europe this summer under the Art of the New 2018 banner.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

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Digital printing for e-commerce packaging: discover Suitcase's story  (Company news)

VPK developed new e-commerce packaging for fashion start-up, Suitcase, complete with high-quality, digital printing.

Hip packaging concept for trendy start-up
Suitcase is one of the fresh, young start-ups that are part of the FNG Group, a steadily growing fashion company in the Benelux region. Suitcase offers online personalised styling advice to fashion-conscious men who don’t particularly like shopping, but do like stylish clothing. After a few targeted questions and a conversation with a personal stylist, Suitcase puts together an outfit tailored to your tastes. If there’s anything you don’t like, you send it back free of charge in our sturdy e-commerce return packaging.

Everything for a successful unboxing experience
VPK developed a hip box as e-commerce packaging, which can easily be returned by the customer if necessary. The design ensures the clothing is perfectly protected and suitably presented when it arrives at the client. Central to this is the unboxing experience: packaging is the first touchpoint with your e-commerce client.

The engineers and creative designers at VPK brainstormed a unique look for the packaging with a view to maximising the way it is experienced. Suitcase opted for digital printing which has numerous advantages.

The e-commerce packaging, produced from sustainable corrugated board, has a list of benefits:
-The shape of the packaging makes a nice reference to the brand name. The original shape, in combination with the prominent printing, ensures a unique unboxing experience.
-The packaging has a convenient handle and is printed on six sides to increase the ‘wow’ effect.
-Thanks to the digital printing, your e-commerce packaging is quickly ready for delivery. Furthermore, there are no problems involved in producing the packaging in small numbers.
-The printing is very easy to adapt and is excellent for achieving marketing goals. A promotion for a particular season? With digital printing, you adapt your print in no time.

Would you like to find our more from one of our packaging specialists? Or would you like more information about digital printing or e-commerce packaging? Get in touch today! Our experts are happy to help you create your sustainable packaging concept.
(VPK Packaging NV Headquarters)

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Cordier invests over 3 million euros in new wastewater treatment plant  (Company news)

Cordier Spezialpapier GmbH operates a wastewater treatment plant (ARA), which is supplied with production water by the two paper mills located in Bad Dürkheim, Schleipen and Cordier.

The ARA consists essentially of a biological and a chemical-physical stage with associated sludge treatment.

For the construction and operation of a new activated sludge tank with secondary clarification, Cordier submitted an appropriate permit planning to the responsible approving authority (Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion Süd – SGD Süd) in August 2015, which authorized the project. The new biology has more than double the volume of the old.

The challenging feature of the project was making the construction possible during ongoing operation. Cordier commissioned the ZWT Wasser- und Abwassertechnik from Bayreuth as a general contractor, who expertly supervised the project from the planning through the construction to the final acceptance for the entire construction period.

With total expenditure of more than € 3 million for this sustainable modernization, Cordier has taken great steps into the future of the site.

The extremely complex ARA optimization project was completed successfully in spring 2018 after a total period of three years with the construction acceptance in November 2017 and the final completion in the spring of 2018 following the implementation of ecological compensating plantations. The actual construction measures were even realized within only seven months.
(Cordier Spezialpapier GmbH)

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Greif, Inc. Releases 2017 Sustainability Report, Announces 2025 Goals and Gasser Award Winner  (Company news)

Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B) announces the launch of its online 2017 Sustainability Report, which details its 2025 global sustainability goals.

Photo: Peter G. Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ole G. Rosgaard, Senior Vice President and Group President, Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services, Americas and Global Sustainability

A global leader and industrial packaging solutions provider, Greif’s ninth annual Sustainability Report demonstrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement through an integrated approach to environmental and social responsibility.

“Sustainability is defined in the Greif Way as using financial, natural and human resources wisely without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs,” explains Pete Watson, Greif’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We view sustainability holistically as being good for the environment while also being good for our business, good for our colleagues and helping us deliver superior customer value.”

The online 2017 Sustainability Report features comprehensive pages, interactive charts and stories of Greif colleagues who demonstrate the epitome of sustainability and The Greif Way. Highlights from the report include:
-Sustainability strategies: delivering superior customer service, reducing our footprint, addressing risk, valuing our people, advancing the circular economy, financial performance and profitable growth
-Greif’s value chain and how that relates to stakeholder engagement and materiality

The report is prepared in full accordance with the GRI Standards Core guidelines and fulfills the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) annual Communication on Progress (COP).

Additionally, Greif announces that the Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services (RIPS) and Tri-Sure businesses in Brazil were recently awarded the 2017 Michael J. Gasser Sustainability Award, recognizing the successful efforts of the Brazilian team to reduce energy costs and overall environmental impact. By migrating to renewable energy, these operations have experienced a 30 percent reduction in energy costs on an annual average consumption basis and a 70 percent reduction in CO2 emissions, significantly reducing Greif's carbon footprint in Brazil in the first year.

“The efforts and accomplishments of the RIPS and Tri-Sure Brazilian teams demonstrate the dedication and ownership our colleagues have toward sustainability,” describes Ole Rosgaard, Senior Vice President and Group President, Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services - Americas, and Global Sustainability. “Our colleagues embody our global commitment of reducing our environmental impacts and risks across our value chain while keeping our products and people safe.”
(Greif Inc.)

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ANDRITZ to optimize plant operations at Zellstoff Pöls pulp mill with Metris OPP  (Company news)

International technology group ANDRITZ has been awarded an order by Zellstoff Pöls to optimize operations at its pulp mill in Pöls, Austria. The goal is to increase production, while stabilizing the pulp mill’s production process and optimizing chemical use at the same time. here.

The tried-and-tested Metris OPP system (OPP: Optimization of Process Performance) from ANDRITZ, which has been used successfully in reference plants all around the world, will be used here.

Metris OPP is an IIoT system developed by ANDRITZ and comprises a range of digitally supported tools based on big data analysis to improve industrial processes. The system has been modernized continuously in recent years, and new tools such as artificial intelligence, apps, and so on, have been added. More than 50 international groups are already working with Metris OPP successfully, many of which only began using it in the past two years. The overall net benefit generated by these companies so far with Metris OPP amounts to over 150 million euros.The OPP system, which is used above all in pulp and paper production, detects anomalies and deviations at an early stage by analyzing production data. As a result, countermeasures can be implemented in good time, guaranteeing reliable production and also optimizing operations, including the use of resources.
(Andritz AG)

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Södra: More green electricity and heat from forests  (Company news)

In 2017, Södra delivered more green electricity to the national electricity grid than ever before, and six times more compared with 2010. In the same year, Södra delivered heat equivalent to the district heating requirements of 25,000 homes. The increase in energy deliveries was enabled by Södra’s investments in its pulp mills over the past few years.

Since 2010, Södra has transformed from an electricity purchaser to becoming self-sufficient and, now, is also a major supplier of green electricity to the national electricity grid. The electricity is generated from the forest biomass processed at Södra’s mills. In 2017, a total of 335 gigawatt hours (GWh1) of electricity was delivered, equivalent to the annual consumption of 130,000 electric cars2. This represents Södra’s largest-ever electricity delivery.

“These deliveries are very positive. Over the past few years, we have invested SEK 6 billion in our pulp mills to increase production, which has also led to higher generation of green electricity. Sweden’s objective for 2030 is to increase the number of electric cars from 50,000 to 1,000,000, thereby increasing the amount of electricity required for road transport from approximately 100 GWh to 2,500-3,000 GWh. The forest industry can make a contribution here, and this is one of many examples of how forests can play a key role in the transition to a bioeconomy,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Co-ordinator, Södra.

In addition to green electricity, Södra also delivered 414 GWh of heating to district heating networks in 2017, equivalent to the heating requirements of 25,000 homes3. The heating is delivered to nearby communities from Södra’s sawmills at Kinda and Torsås, and to Varberg, Karlshamn and Mönsterås from Södra’s three pulp mills.

“Deliveries to district heating networks mainly comprise excess heat from production processes. Our goal is to achieve resource efficiency and create social value by using every part of the tree,” said Henric Dernegård.
While Södra has been self-sufficient in green electricity since 2010, efforts are also under way to reduce Södra’s electricity consumption. One of Södra’s sustainability targets is resource efficiency – to reduce electricity and heating consumption by at least 10 percent by 2025.
(Södra Cell AB)

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Valmet and Georgia-Pacific Enter Agreement on eTAD(TM) Technology  (Company news)

Valmet and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a licensing agreement covering the eTAD(TM) tissue making technology. Under the license agreement, Valmet will market, manufacture and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

The eTAD(TM) technology was developed by Georgia-Pacific.The company has three eTAD(TM) machines operating in North America; the latest two re-built by Valmet in 2012. The machines are running in full eTAD(TM) configuration and producing structured tissue and towel with high quality and absorbency. The eTAD(TM) concept provides an ultra-premium product with high bulk to fiber ratio in combination with low energy and water consumption. The concept is also capital efficient.

"We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production. Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific's pilot eTAD(TM) machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD(TM) machines. This agreement will further strengthen our product portfolio and ensure that we are able to provide tissue machine concepts covering the whole product range," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

"This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency," says Kurt Adams, Vice President, R&D, Georgia-Pacific. "We are pleased to license eTAD(TM) technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."
(Valmet Corporation)

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Sixteen TT SYD are being manufactured at Toscotec’s Massa Technology Lab  (Company news)

Since its inauguration in 2016, this fully integrated plant has been operating at full capacity, implementing the entire production cycle of Toscotec’s TT SYD, from metalworking, precision mechanical machining to thermal treatment and surface metallization, up to non-destructive tests and certifications.

The sixteen TT SYD that are presently under construction feature different sizes, with diameters ranging from 3,650 mm to 6,705 mm and width from 3,100 to 6,050 mm. Toscotec has been manufacturing the world’s largest diameter steel Yankee dryers and their demand has been steadily going up to this day: 50% of the TT SYD currently under construction have diameters from 18 to 22 ft. In view of this, the strategic choice of the Technology Lab’s location offers a clear logistical advantage, by ensuring that large diameter Yankees get easy access to the seaport for expedite shipping operations.

The market’s demand for medium and large diameter TT SYD is far-reaching around the globe. The orders for these sixteen Yankee cylinders come from paper mills situated across four continents: Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa, with Asia and the Americas together taking the lion’s share.

Toscotec sustained operations in the manufacturing of TT SYD are testament to the success of Toscotec’s design, including large diameter Yankees. Feedback from the first installations of 18 ft Yankees and of 22 ft Yankees have been of substantial improvements in drying efficiency, attracting paper mills to the opportunity of cost savings. Toscotec’s global market share of steel Yankee dryers exceeds 60% and nearly all new steel Yankees currently installed in paper mills in Western Europe are Toscotec-supplied.

Parallel to the success of its manufacturing operations, Toscotec is relentlessly striving for new breakthroughs with its R&D division. Following the engineering of the second generation TT SYD in late 2013, with improved rib design and metallization, as well as increased thermal exchange, Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryers are now looking into the future with their third generation’s design, which will be presented later this year.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Voith NipcoFlex shoe press improves quality and production at BM 1 at ...  (Company news)

... MEL Macedonian Paper Mills

Picture: Voith NipcoFlex shoe press at Macedonian Paper Mills BM1

- Better board quality and runability a key criterion
- Voith's integrated overall concept impresses board manufacturer
- Detailed advance planning and close collaboration allow smooth rebuild and production start

The installation of a new NipcoFlex shoe press was part of a comprehensive modernization of the Macedonian Paper Mills in Thessaloniki, Greece. With its help, the company was able to improve the quality and quantity of paper production. At the same time, the use of Voith technology reduced the plant's use of resources and therefore improved the company's competitiveness.

The installation of a NipcoFlex shoe press was the first step in a comprehensive rebuild of the BM 1 at Macedonian Paper Mills (MEL) in Thessaloniki. This measure allowed the internationally operating manufacturer of board and packaging papers to increase machine production by 15 percent. But this increase is only one of the goals of the upgrade, as Georgios Georgiadis, the manager of the board factory, explains: “With the new press section we were able to improve board quality characteristics, reduce breaks and therefore significantly increase machine availability.” MEL mainly produces paper for packing foodstuffs on its BM1. In this segment, good printability is a major criterion. The investment in the new press section is therefore an important first step towards meeting customer requirements in the long term.

The NipcoFlex technology used on the BM 1 reliably corrects deviations in the CD profile and ensures a uniform thickness across the entire 4.110 millimeter wide paper web. A large Yankee cylinder and a coating system with drying function improve the smoothness of the surface.

One challenge associated with modernizing the plant was the tight time frame. The Voith service team had just three weeks to complete the project. Thanks to good preliminary planning and the smooth collaboration between all participants the BM 1 could be restarted on 23 July 2017. As the team from MEL was not familiar with the shoe press technology, comprehensive training including visits to similar systems was conducted in the run-up to the rebuild.

As well as improved paper quality and increased production, the new press section offers another advantage: The BM 1 now needs much less steam, which reduces the energy consumption of the machine. Despite this saving in resources, the NipcoFlex technology also enables a higher dry content in the paper web.

Several factors prompted MEL to work with Voith on this project. One of the key aspects was that Voith has more than 150 years of experience in building paper machines, is a technology leader in many areas and is renowned for the high reliability of its products. In addition, MEL has already worked with Voith on numerous projects, the results of which have been consistently positive for the board mill team. Ultimately, Voith also convinced the customer with an overall concept that was integrated technically and financially. That this was the right decision was not just confirmed by the smooth start to production.

“The atmosphere between the individual teams was excellent. The close collaboration with the colleagues from Voith Tolosa even resulted in some friendships,” says Georgiadis, adding: “I will certainly recommend collaboration with Voith to colleagues in the paper and board industry.”

The project is part of a comprehensive upgrade by the board mill. For example, MEL is investing in its own biomass power plant, which not only supplies power to the paper machine but is also used for steam generation.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Contract signed for construction of modern warehouse  (Company news)

Borregaard and Borg Havn have agreed to build a modern, sustainable lignin warehouse in Øra, near Fredrikstad. The warehouse will be 19 000 square metres in area, which corresponds to 43 000 pallet positions.

"This project will reduce CO2 emissions from road transport and relieve traffic growth on European roads. It will also greatly reduce the local heavy transport related to Borregaard's exports from Borg Havn,” says Per A. Sørlie, CEO of Borregaard.

“We are very happy to be working with Borregaard on this project. The warehouse is important for several reasons. Not only will all of Borregaard's lignin now be stored in a centrally located logistics warehouse, but the position of the port will also be strengthened. Increased volumes will allow for transport to more European destinations, which will also benefit other users of the port. In this way, sea transport will increase and heavy road traffic will decrease,” says Tore Lundestad, Port Director of Borg.

The new warehouse will optimise product flow and improve logistics. Today, Borregaard stores lignin at a number of different sites, several of which are outside the company’s premises. Lignin is currently transported via Borregaard's own port facility or by road to Borg for delivery to customers. A new warehouse to store all the lignin will therefore mean more efficient logistics with fewer stages of transportation.

Concurrently with the construction of the warehouse in Øra, another lignin spray dryer is being built at Borregaard's production facility in Sarpsborg. Spray dryers are used to convert liquid lignin to powder form, which significantly reduces transport, especially heavy transport, between Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad.

Borregaard is keen to have efficient zero-emissions solutions for the transportation of raw materials to its production facilities and products to its customers. In addition to a joint pilot project to study possible autonomous transport solutions by ship across the River Glomma between Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad, Borregaard is also looking into the future potential for road transport using electric vehicles.

Borregaard's plant in Sarpsborg has an annual lignin capacity of 160 000 tons, and an increasing proportion is speciality products. A centralised warehouse at Borg is part of a project where Borregaard is investing NOK 500 million in upgrading and specialisation of the Sarpsborg plants producing lignin products. The project also involves enhanced drying capacity, new ideas for the storage of liquid materials and improved solutions for logistics, infrastructure and energy.

The warehouse will be completed in mid-2019. It will be built and owned by Borg Havn Eiendom AS, a subsidiary of Borg Havn IKS. The main contractor is Metacon (Rakkestad), the warehouse shelving will be supplied by Lager & Industrisystemer (Vinterbro) and the architect is Bjar Arkitekter (Fredrikstad). The building is designed for future energy-saving solutions such as roof-mounted solar cells.
(Borregaard ChemCell)

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Converter Challenges to be addressed at FINAT European Label Forum  (Company news)

The challenges being faced by converters and the emerging technical trends that are impacting their businesses are among the key topics that will be addressed at the 4th FINAT European Label Forum, Dublin, from 6-8 June. This important event will provide attendees with insight and guidance as they think about the future of their businesses in a rapidly evolving environment.

The forum has been developed as a platform for owners, CEOs, and sales and marketing managers to help them better address business challenges for today and tomorrow, be inspired by success stories, learn from experts in different areas of expertise, share views and opinions, and enter into dialogue that will shape the future. Attendees will also gain experience through engagement and networking with peers from across Europe.

Technology, Business Development and Compliance driving the future of label converting
Thursday afternoon will feature parallel business learning sessions. Attendees will be able to choose two from the six offerings that best meet their needs and interests. The sessions include:
-Going Digital - Challenges and Opportunities from Converter and Brand Owner Perspectives: Jennifer Dochstader and David Walsh of LPC Inc. will provide an update of the findings of the FINAT-commissioned report about the state of affairs in digital label printing, including new data and information about digital labels from a European brand perspective.
-Brand Protection, Product Authentication and Similar Issues: James Bevan of Vandagraf will cover the latest trends and developments in security brand protection and anti-counterfeit technologies, including taggants and forensic markers as well as connected packaging.
-A Food Labels Panel of Experts consisting of Jakob Abildgoard of Dan Labels, Robert Rae of GEW and Niklas Olsson of Flint Group will share the benefits of expanding market scope, using narrow web converting for indirect food packaging. The panel will also touch on European legislative demands for labels as well as an update on the latest technologies for UV curing.
-The Total Cost of Ownership of Alternative Label Printing Technologies: Sean Smyth of Smithers Pira will discuss common misconceptions about the cost of manufacturing labels and set the record straight with respect to the decision process for investments in new technologies. He’ll present a methodology for identifying cost effective label printing technology and can be used to evaluate investments, even in a rapidly evolving technology environment such as the labels industry is facing today.
-How to Measure ROI to Improve B2B Marketing Results: Bert van Loon, business marketing strategist, will describe the rapidly changing landscape in B2B marketing as it becomes more content- and technology-driven. He will explain modern ROI methods for marketing that will enable organizations to increase marketing effectiveness.
-EU Falsified Medicines Directive – How to implement serialization and tamper evidence: Dieter Moessner, Pharma Project Engineer at Edelmann, will share details on new EU directives and address audience questions. The focus will be on the effects and consequences for the label industry and how label companies can best prepare.

FINAT President Chris Ellison says, “With the industry under increasing pressure to meet so many market demands quickly, expertly and cost efficiently, there are many topics up for discussion at this year’s forum. That is why we have created a diverse agenda that will deliver empowering knowledge and spur inspiring conversations, enabling attendees to tackle these challenges creatively. With insight on the latest global influences, market trends and business practices collected from our expert speakers and knowledge gathered from peer to peer networking, participants will be able to reenergise their businesses to ensure they remain competitive in the years to come.”

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ENCE starts the biomass plant project in Puertollano   (Company news)

The agreement reached nearly a year ago with Elcogás for the purchase of the site of its GICC plant in Puertollano (Ciudad Real), and the environmental and administrative steps necessary to set up a biomass plant, ENCE Energía y Celulosa has reached an agreement to purchase the rights for installing a biomass power generation plant of 50 MW in said location. Likewise, ENCE has signed a contract with Sener for the turnkey construction of the plant.

The study and development of the project has been worked on in great detail for one year in order to obtain all necessary permits and authorizations, and to guarantee that the plant is energy-wise optimatly located and that the best engineering and construction quality, is delivered together with a supply of competitive and stable biomass.

The support of Endesa ─one of the main shareholders of Elcogás─ should be highlighted: It has been forthcoming since the projects inception as has been its commitment to contribute to the economic development of Puertollano, the creation of employment in the area and the use of important local natural resources.

In the surroundings of the future Puertollano Plant there is an abundant biomass assured and also the possibility of having a stable supply of fuel at a competitive cost. The plant will mainly use vine shoots and orujillo, as well as local forest residues, all of which will contribute to the sustainable best use of these renewable resources and an important generation of rural employment.

The signed construction contract will provide the plant with the most advanced technologies to guarantee optimum environmental performance. The investment that ENCE foresees is of 115 million € and it is estimated that it will contribute an annual EBITDA of 13 million €. The commercial is planned for the second half of 2019 and will thus complement the biomass plant that ENCE is currently building in Huelva.

The expected joint EBITDA of these two new operations will exceed 24 million € per year, with which ENCE will achieve an estimated EBITDA of 84 million € / year in its independent energy business by 2020, exceeding the objective set out in its Strategic Plan 2016-2020 of reaching an EBITDA of 78 million €.
(Grupo Empresarial#ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

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Koenig & Bauer: First quarter of 2018 in line with expectations  (Company news)

Koenig & Bauer on track to meet targets for 2018: revenue growth of around 4% and an EBIT margin of around 7%

-Order intake lower due to the previous year’s substantial security press project
-Well filled project pipeline in all business fields
-Revenue and EBIT below prior year due to stronger concentration of deliveries in H2
-Service revenue up
-Increase in order backlog to €648.5m with a book-to-bill ratio of 1.15
-Increase in equity ratio to 37.9%
-Net liquidity including securities of €103.7m

Photo: Koenig & Bauer was able to increase service revenue with proactive offerings such as analyses for optimising processes and boosting efficiency of the customer installations

Order gains in packaging printing
Order intake in the Sheetfed segment, which is dominated by packaging printing, rose by 5.3%. Ralf Sammeck, the management board member responsible for this segment: “After widening our share of the global market across all format classes in 2017, we expanded our market leadership in large formats in Q1 2018.” Sheetfed EBIT was down on the previous year due to the delivery-related decline in revenue. Despite the growth in new business for flexible packaging, Digital & Web order intake fell short of the previous year as fewer orders were received for digital and newspaper web presses. With revenue up slightly, EBIT came under pressure from the low revenue level and R&D expenses as well as expenses on future growth. Despite the significant growth in metal decorating and marking and coding, order intake in the Special segment fell short of the previous year, which had included a large order for a security printing press. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With a good project pipeline in security printing, the booking of the usually large orders is not spread evenly over the individual quarters.” EBIT in the Special segment was also slightly lower than in the previous year due to the delivery-related decline in revenue.

Balance sheet strengthened substantially
Cash flows from operating activities rose substantially over the previous year (–€14.9m) to €20.3m. The free cash flow was burdened by the final payment instalment of €34.8m for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. CFO Mathias Dähn: “Following the transfer of our reinsurance claims against the insurer to the beneficiary active employees, we netted the financial receivables against the pension provisions. This reduced the balance sheet total by €59.9m, causing the equity ratio to rise to 37.9%.”

Group targets for 2018: revenue growth of around 4% and an EBIT margin of around 7%
Looking ahead over the next few quarters, the management board expects a positive order development thanks to the ongoing expansion of the service business, growing demand in the packaging markets and expected new orders in security printing alongside the high order backlog. CFO Mathias Dähn: “The significantly increasing revenue momentum in the second half of the year together with further progress made by the cost-cutting projects in security printing, purchasing and production will lead to a clear improvement in group earnings. In the absence of any material deterioration in global economic and political conditions for our international business, we expect to achieve organic growth of around 4% in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 7% in 2018. This will put us on track to achieving our EBIT margin target of 9% and an organic revenue growth rate of around 4% p.a. by 2021.”

Progress made in projects for additional profitable growth
Koenig & Bauer is working intensively on further applications in packaging, digital and industrial printing to achieve additional profitable growth beyond its medium-term goals. CFO Mathias Dähn: “One focus is the large and significantly growing market for analogue direct printing on corrugated board, for which we have developed the CorruFLEX and CorruCUT sheetfed flexo presses, both of which have a number of unique features. An important milestone was reached with the first CorruCUT order from the renowned pilot customer Klingele. After the completion of initial testing at our new demonstration centre in Würzburg, the CorruCUT will be installed on the first customer’s premises at the beginning of 2019. As a globally leading supplier of presses for 3-piece can decorating, we want to expand our profile by entering the 2-piece can market. The newly developed CS MetalCan offers users decisive advantages. Following two contract signings at the end of last year, we will be commencing intensive field-testing shortly with the target of sales launch at the end of 2018.”

After fully achieving and even exceeding its guidance last year thanks to strong revenue and earnings performance in the fourth quarter, the Koenig & Bauer group remains on track to meet its targets for 2018, underpinned by a high order backlog and a well filled project pipeline. In addition to good group-wide capacity utilisation, the progress that has been made in the projects for achieving further EBIT gains by 2021 is providing a solid basis. Service revenue climbed from €67.4m in the previous year to €71.8m in the first quarter of 2018.

At €250.9m, group order intake in the first three months of 2018 was down on the previous year’s figure of €321.5m, which had been influenced by a major security project. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Alongside our expansionary service business, we made further progress in the flourishing packaging printing. With our customer-centric solutions, we were able to increase order intake in cardboard and film printing, metal decorating, marking and coding printing. As expected, demand for digital printing presses was subdued.” Group revenue (€217.3m) and EBIT (–€1.9m) were down on the previous year (€259.1m and €5m, respectively) in Q1. CFO Mathias Dähn: “Due to the delivery dates requested by our customers, press installations in 2018 will be concentrating on the second half of the year and particularly Q4 to an even greater extent than last year.”
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

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Valmet to supply a containerboard making line for a customer in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a high-speed containerboard making line for a customer in Zhejiang province, China. The board production line is designed to produce high-quality recycled fluting grades and the start-up is scheduled for the end of year 2019.

Photo: OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type and scope is typically around EUR 25-35 million.

The customer's goal for the project is to increase its capacity and market share. "The customer is growing strongly and wants to achieve larger market share with more production capacity and a bigger production machinery. Valmet's strong references convinced the customer to choose our reliable and high-performing technology. One differentiating and decisive factor was Valmet's new type of a spray sizer," says Fan Ze, Vice President, Capital Sales, China, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a complete containerboard making line with broke collection, approach flow system, an OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox, an OptiFormer Hybrid forming section with shoe and blade technology, an OptiPress Center press section, an OptiRun dryer section, OptiAir Hood high humidity hood, an OptiSizer Spray sizer with related supply system and surface size preparation system, ventilation equipment for board machine, and an OptiReel Pope reel. The delivery includes also Valmet IQ quality measurement system (QMS).

The 7,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce recycled fluting grades with the basis weight range of 60-140 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,400 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Progroup consistently pursues Two Twentyfive growth strategy - Progroup opts for site in ...  (Company news)

...Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) for PM3

Having announced back in mid-February that active preparations for the construction of another paper factory were underway, Progroup has now decided on its location. Progroup will be constructing the new state-of-the-art paper factory in Germany in the town of Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt). As things stand today, construction work is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2019 and the current plan is for the project to be completed in the second half of 2020.

Under the Progroup umbrella, the production facilities of Propapier and Prowell form a corresponding system with the aim of balancing out the production capacities of both divisions of the business in an optimum way. Following the announcement of the construction of up to four more corrugated sheetboard plants by 2021 and the decision on the location for the third paper factory, Progroup is now embarking on the intensive implementation phase for its Two Twentyfive strategy period.

Progroup opts for site in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)
Following an intensive search for a site across Europe, the PM3 paper machine will be constructed in Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Germany). In addition to the physical proximity to the sites of Progroup’s other two paper factories (PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt), it was the excellent transport links and the high level of industrial expertise in the region in particular that swayed the decision in favour of this location.

With a level of investment totalling €375 million for constructing the paper machine, approx. 140 highly skilled direct jobs and approx. 350 indirect jobs will be created in the region, depending on the final technical configuration of the machine. As well as the construction of the paper factory, in a second stage the overall project also envisages building a dedicated RDF power plant which will then supply the new paper machine with steam and electricity in an energy-efficient way.

The production facilities will be implemented on a “greenfield” construction plot covering an area of approx. 450,000 square metres. Following the principles of the Power of Innovation, Progroup is investing in eco-conscious, state-of-the-art facilities and is once again living up to its Green Hightech philosophy.

State-of-the-art paper machine for containerboard
Production is currently scheduled to start as early as the second half of 2020. The new PM3 paper machine will produce corrugating medium and testliner within the grammage range of from 80 to 150 gr/m². After the initial start-up phase, the plant will manufacture an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes of containerboard with a working width of 9.20 metres. Together with the two paper factories PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt, the total annual production capacity of containerboard will then increase from 1,100,000 tonnes to around 1,850,000 tonnes.
(Progroup AG)

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TRESU presents expanded ancillary programme for automated flexo ink supply at Print4All 2018  (Company news)

TRESU will be presenting its full range of value-adding and cost-saving ancillaries for flexographic applications at Print4All 2018, hall 18 stand 14, Fiera Milan, Rho, 29 May – 1 June. At the show, there will also be information about TRESU’s Flexo Innovator printing line, a mid-web press that has proven to offer high quality, fast setup times, ergonomic operation and industry-leading speeds of up to 800m/min for paperboard packaging applications.

Chamber doctor blades for all flexo print widths
Operational products featured on the stand are the latest chamber doctor blade solutions to ensure optimum performance, ink use, and ink preservation. The range includes the light weight CFC chamber with carbon fibre ink-repellent surface for high corrosion resistance; the Ceraflex chamber with ceramic surfaces; the new SAVEink chamber for narrow web applications, and FlexiPrint Easy chambers, for flexible packaging. Each of these solutions has been designed for specific applications and challenges.

The SAVEink chamber, making its global debut at Print4All, is light for fast and frequent job or ink changes. The SAVEink chamber has a preset doctor blade and offers precise application control for press widths up to 800mm.The chamber easily locks into place and is sealed so there is no risk of spilling, or ink contamination.

Also on show for the first time will be the MaxiPrint Concept for wide format applications. Available in widths of 1600mm to 6000mm, the chamber features an integrated cleaning nozzle with a robustly designed water-shot mechanism to ensure efficient cleaning of the chamber and anilox roll in a short time. The low pressure shot mechanism ensures minimal water loss during cleaning. Featuring TRESU’s patented seal system MaxiPrint prevents leakage and interaction of the chamber contents with the atmosphere. The enclosed environment, resulting from the seal and precise blade positioning, ensures pressure and flow rate are maintained at desired levels without manual intervention. Air contamination is prevented, and the foam-free transfer of ink / coating directly to the anilox cells is enabled at fast speeds. The TRESU P-Line pneumatic clamping system also ensures fast, safe blade exchange within two minutes.

F10 iCon automatically regulates ink supply
The F10 iCon is a lean, innovative solution for safe, stable and controlled ink circulation. Using the patented TRESU ViscoFlow, the F10 iCon automatically adjusts flow, ink pressure and viscosity, providing complete ink process control and outstanding print quality. Eliminating the labour-intensive, time-consuming task of monitoring ink flow, the F10 iCon offers a high degree of automation and precision.

The F10 iCon is also energy-efficient, and cuts waste and reduces downtime. Ideal for common impression (CI) printing machines with TRESU chambers, stack presses and other press configurations, the F10 iCon is retrofittable as an upgrade of your existing equipment. The F10 iCon can be used with numerous substrates, including plastic, foil, film, carton board and paper.

Flexo Innovator printing line for high print quality, fast job changes and sustainability
Information and animations of TRESU’s complete printing lines and coating systems will also be presented on the stand. A highlight will be the Flexo Innovator press, for high-value packaging applications, combining outstanding print quality, high speed, fast job changes, sustainable printing and ergonomic design.

Available in several widths between 670mm and 1700mm, the Flexo Innovator is a custom-configured multi-process, inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates.

The TRESU Flexo Innovator provides an efficient, single-pass alternative to labour-intensive central-impression printing, enabling the integration of water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks, plus multiple high-end complementary processes such as reverse printing, direct/reverse gravure coating, inkjet, cold-foil lamination and converting.

With high-speed unit-to-unit air drying, automated ink supply and sleeve systems, the press provides a stable, efficient printing platform at speeds of up to 800 metres per minute.

Sustainability is central to the design of the Flexo Innovator, with a host of features that reduce waste, energy usage and emissions reflecting TRESU’s commitment to minimising the environmental footprint of flexographic print.

Efficient energy consumption is achieved with a unique gas heating solution and a software design where servo motors run with relatively low power. Drying units recycle a high proportion of air inside the dryer and, from the exhausted air, a major part of the energy is recycled by means of the central heat exchange module. The drying system’s temperature and air nozzle speed can be adjusted to the requirements of the job, avoiding overheating of the substrate or the need for excessive chilling. Chilling systems safely extract heat from the press to external condensers that can return the energy to the incoming cold fresh air. Web-changing systems, plus automated register and colour controls, minimise material waste in the start-up phase, while the F10 iCon ink supply system maximises returns of ink for reuse after production. Furthermore, the Flexo Innovator’s ability to match the quality of gravure gives converters a cleaner alternative for reproducing added-value metallic and high-definition effects with water-based flexo inks, instead of solvent inks.

TRESU’s ancillary solutions, such as enclosed chambers and ink supply systems, plus automated press controls, ensure uniform quality, minimal manual intervention and automatic ink changes in minutes. Shorter makeready times, to optimise uptime, especially when performing shorter runs.

Integrated coating systems for digital printing
At the stand, there will also be presentations about TRESU’s coating workflow for integration with digital printing lines.

TRESU coating systems integrate with sheet-fed digital presses to apply added-value coatings and metallic embellishments to folding carton, papers and synthetic materials. Applying full-surface or spot coatings, the systems provide the essential link in a productive single-pass digital printing and converting solution for pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and beverage, promotional gifts, consumer electronics packaging and commercial printing applications.

TRESU iCoat single and dual coaters are available for HP Indigo presses; TRESU Pinta is available for Xerox iGen presses. The coaters perform at maximum speeds equivalent to those of the press. Fast sleeve changeovers and automatic chamber cleaning bring setup times to within five minutes.

Additionally, TRESU supplies a comprehensive range of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in this coating workflow. The TRESU iCut 30000 digital cutter provides an instant means of preparing plates for localised coating situations.

TRESU’s digital coating systems are helping a rapidly growing number of printers benefit from inline gloss and matte coating of folding cartons and other products. With fast, efficient job changeovers, TRESU’s digital coaters enable printers to have a robust, highly efficient, value-adding solution for today’s packaging demands.

Facing market and economic challenges
Knowing what equipment to invest in, and when, is challenging for converters. TRESU can help companies identify where their workflow can be improved, and what services can contribute to their value proposition.

“While there has been significant growth in some areas of print in recent years, companies are often reluctant to initiate capital investment in new presses,” said Gianni Amendola, branch office manager, TRESU Italy. “This is where modest investment in value-adding and cost-cutting ancillaries can help to improve print quality, make converters leaner, more competitive, and more profitable.

“The TRESU ancillaries shown at Print4All can be retrofitted and integrated into existing workflows to deliver results that go straight to the bottom line,” Amendola concluded.
(Tresu A/S)

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Valmet to supply a containerboard making line for Hamburger Rieger in Germany  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a containerboard making line for Hamburger Rieger GmbH at its Spremberg Mill in Germany. The new production line (PM 2) including Valmet's automation solutions will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades based on 100% recycled paper.

Photo: After signing the contract, from left: Werner Ofenböck, Jan Hagen (both from Hamburger), Harri Heikkilä (Valmet), Harald Ganster (Hamburger), Vesa Simola (Valmet), Cord Prinzhorn (Hamburger) and Marko Oinonen (Valmet)

With the new high performance boardmaking machine producing products of a wide basis weight range, Hamburger aims to further strengthen its position in the growing European containerboard business. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for mid-2020.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 70-90 million.

"The ability to show good references is always an important factor when a customer chooses a supplier. This was also crucial for Hamburger when they decided to make an agreement with Valmet. Valmet's technology delivers high productivity, resource efficiency, excellent quality and low operating costs. We have built up a good and close relationship with Hamburger over the years. This forms an optimal foundation for an excellent project and a strong reference for Valmet in Europe," says Vesa Simola, EMEA Area President of Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include a new high-capacity containerboard machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Pro winder. The winder was selected because it gives high capacity due to its proactive winding geometry and faster sequences. The winder is equipped with Dual Unwind giving even higher capacity because the parent rolls can be changed in only one minute. The machine will be delivered with a fabrics package. The automation solution includes Valmet IQ quality measurement system and Valmet DNA process control system. The delivery will also include process support for six months after the start-up. The goal of the support period is production and quality development.

The 8,600-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce uncoated white and brown testliner and white top testliner grades with a basis weight range of 90-180 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,500 m/min and the capacity 500,000 tonnes annually.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Orchids Paper Products Company Announces New Chief Financial Officer  (Company news)

Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE American: TIS), a national supplier of high-quality consumer tissue products, announced the appointment of Mindy Bartel as Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Orchids, Ms. Bartel served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Carlex Glass America, an original equipment manufacturer of automobile glass. Ms. Bartel has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and technology service industries.

"We are pleased to have Mindy join Orchids as our new CFO," stated Jeff Schoen, CEO of Orchids. "Her strong manufacturing background will enable her to make a significant contribution to the company as we execute on our long-term strategic objectives," added Schoen.
(Orchids Paper Products Company)

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