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Newsgrafik #121834

Drytac: Safety comes first with graphics  (Company news)

Safety should be at the forefront of everyone's minds when creating a public space, with the choice of building materials, exit routes, sprinklers and alarms top priorities. But the safety of graphic materials should also be considered when planning campaigns in public buildings including hospitals, schools, transport hubs and retail environments.

At Drytac we have several certified product ranges. One of our most popular brands, SpotOn®, has achieved a Class B1 Fire Rating to the DIN 4102-1 standard. This widely recognized accreditation means this product range can be used in public areas that must adhere to strict fire regulations - opening up a variety of new applications and markets. Featuring Drytac's unique dot-pattern removable adhesive, it allows for tool-free, bubble-free application to most flat surfaces and clean removal after use.

The SpotOn range is designed to be easy to use which allows non-professionals to install it - people who may be less aware of safety regulations - so it's important that the product is as safe as possible. In addition, specialist floor media SpotOn Floor 200 has an R-10 anti-slip rating post print according to DIN 51130 and classed as 'low slip potential' according to EN 13036-4. This 200 micron (8 mil) embossed printable white matte monomeric PVC film is therefore ideal for a multitude of high-impact floor graphics applications.

For wall graphics, ReTac® Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film and ReTac Smooth 150 polymeric PVC film have also been developed with safety in mind. These products are designed for longer-term applications but are also easy to apply, reposition and remove. Each product has a Class 0 fire rating according to BS746 part 6 & 7 to provide certified graphics for airports, hotels, retail stores, hospitals and more.

It is important to understand that typical graphic media will do little to prevent a building fire from spreading, however certified materials will not contribute to it or spread it through flaming particles. It is essential to carry out research ahead of all display projects based on their intended location and use - with Drytac able to provide advice on its extensive range.
Authored by Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac
(Drytac Europe Limited)

Newsgrafik #121838

Leading stationery brands confirm participation at Hong Kong International Stationery fair 2019  (Company news)

Anticipation is building ahead of the 19th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, which opens its doors to the stationery, office and art supply industries from 7 – 10 January 2019. In the build up to the fair’s opening, a mix of well established and emerging brands from around the world have confirmed their participation, and show organisers have announced details of three seminars that will deliver key insights on marketing and retail trends.

The fair represents an important set of dates in the calendar for many companies, who recognise the show as the place to attract a large international audience early in the year. At the upcoming edition, over 260 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, i.e. from Australia, mainland China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA will converge with their very latest product offerings.

Correspondingly, with so many international brands in attendance, many trade visitors hold the fair in high regard as a place to source a wide variety of stationery products for the start of the 2019 trading season. At the previous edition, over 20,000 visitors filtered through the aisles of the fairground during the course of the show, to look for trends and designs.

Varied product selection across five zones to fulfil market sourcing requirements
In order to create a practical sourcing environment for trade visitors, the fair will be designated into five product zones of DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office.
As always, product offerings at the show will be closely aligned with modern market requirements. At the Smart Office zone, a host of innovative items will fit the profile of today’s contemporary office. Syloon, a Chinese company that specialises in stationery and office supplies, will return to the fair with its series of ‘smart’ desktop organisers and stationery sets that allow users to personalise their workstation. A host of emerging brands including Avery, Star Glory and SKL will also be present at the zone to showcase an array of digital devices and equipment for modern offices such as keyboards, filing systems, and memo pads.

Elsewhere, back to school items are always a big hit at the fair, and the 2019 edition will be no exception. Everything from school bags and notebooks to licensed stationery sets will be on offer to visitors at the Kids & School zone. A well-known supplier of licensed stationery, Mirage, has been returning to the fair since the first edition in 2001. The company will once again join the fair at the Kids & School zone to meet with existing clients, build new connections, and find new sales channels for its themed pens, pencils, bags and stamps. Pyramid China Limited will also utilise the platform to showcase their latest licensed products, and especially their popular MARVEL themed items. Also joining Mirage and Pyramid at the zone will be Jomily, Kiky, MUST, Nataraj and WeVeel – an American brand who is participating at the fair for the first time this year with its new ‘Scentos’ brand of scented crayons, markers, gel pens, colouring pens and sticker sheets.

Another first time exhibitor joining the fair is icco nico, a Japanese stationery brand who will be stationed at the DIY Supplies zone to showcase their various types of Washi Tape which add fun and enjoyment to everyday life.

With its strong reputation and almost two decades of experience, the fair not only attracts rising stars and emerging brands, but it also regularly brings in industry heavyweights. Just one example is renowned writing instruments brand M&G, who will return to the 2019 fair at the Pen & Paper zone with a selection of its latest writing instruments. The company, which was established in 1996, will display its series of erasable gel pens, fountain pens, as well as differing variations of ball point pens. Other notable brands joining M&G at the zone include 555, Baoke, China First Pencil, Glen, Kaiwen, Le-seal, MIS, Orange Creation and Yung Hsin Hang and Xiangfeng.

Fringe events to explore new marketing channels and retail concepts
As the retail landscape for stationery, office and art supplies continues to evolve, industry stakeholders are increasingly focusing on adopting new retailing and marketing practices that can help them to increase the scale of their businesses.

In the digital era, digital marketing has significant scope for increased adoption. The ‘Digital Marketing: Innovation Key to Success’’ seminar will delve into this topic with a particular focus on consumer behaviour and O2O commerce. Led by the Group Account Director of AdBeyond Limited, the seminar will leave attendees with valuable insights on how to utilise online promotion channels to attract potential customers into retail locations.

Another avenue through which industry stakeholders can boost sales is by updating their retailing models. Consumption patterns have been changing as outlets move away from selling just products, and are now focusing on also selling a unique atmosphere and networking space. These new types of retail stores have been having great success across Asia in countries and regions such as mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan. The ‘Peek into the Upcoming Stationery Trends’ seminar will give attendees further insight into this new retailing model, by welcoming representatives of Toolss, a unique stationery and coffee retailer, who will share unique advice and experiences.

Elsewhere, a seminar on “Expanding your Business through Trade Financing” has invited industry players to share their insights and experience on green finance and ways to increase cash flow.
(Messe Frankfurt Hong Kong)

Newsgrafik #121855

Sonoco's Saunders to Retire After Nearly 30 Years of Service - Julie Albrecht to Assume ...  (Company news)

...Chief Financial Officer Duties

Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, announced Barry Saunders, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has announced his plans to retire after nearly 30 years with the Company, effective March 1, 2019.

Sonoco also announced plans to appoint Julie Albrecht (photo) who will be named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective following Saunders’ retirement. On March 1, 2019, Albrecht is expected to assume CFO duties for the Company’s 2019 financial year and report to Rob Tiede, President and Chief Executive Officer. She is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.

Albrecht, 51, joined Sonoco in March 2017 and has served as Corporate Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant CFO, holding responsibility for the Company’s treasury, tax and risk management functions. During that time she has been responsible for the Company’s relationships with the credit rating agencies and commercial banks and has handled financings for four acquisitions totaling approximately $690 million. She also has been instrumental in the Company’s efforts to drive significant improvement in cash flow from operations and free cash flow in 2018, and has been responsible for management of the Company’s retirement benefit plans.

Albrecht spent nearly 20 years at Goodrich Corporation/United Technologies Aerospace Systems, progressing through several finance positions, including Assistant Treasurer while at Goodrich. In 2012, Goodrich was acquired by United Technologies, and Albrecht became Finance Director of an $800 million business unit and also led financial planning and analysis for a $3.5 billion aftermarket business. Prior to joining Sonoco, she was Vice President, Finance, Investor Relations and Treasurer for Esterline Technologies Corporation in Bellevue, Washington. Albrecht began her career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating from Wake Forest University with a BS in Accounting with honors.

“I am excited about the prospect of Julie becoming CFO upon Barry’s retirement. Her experience and leadership in several key financial roles, both inside and outside Sonoco, positions her well to continue building upon the strong financial footing Sonoco has developed over its nearly 120-year history,” said Tiede.

Saunders, 59, became Sonoco’s CFO in May 2011. In this position, he led the Company’s financial and accounting operations on a global basis and more recently took over leadership of Sonoco’s Business Technology function. Saunders joined Sonoco in 1989 after working as an audit manager with Ernst & Young. He worked in leadership positions in the Company’s Treasury Department for seven years before becoming Director of Corporate Reporting and Accounting. He then moved to Europe for four years as Director of Finance for the Company’s European operations before returning as Staff Vice President and Global Controller of the Company’s Industrial businesses. He was promoted to Staff Vice President and Corporate Controller in 2003 and became Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in 2008. Saunders holds a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

“Barry has played a crucial role in driving profitable growth across Sonoco’s Consumer and Industrial businesses, as well as being a vital part of the executive leadership team during the development and execution of our current business strategy,” said Tiede. “Barry has built a very strong team of financial leaders throughout our businesses who serve as important business partners across our global operations. I want to personally thank Barry for being a trusted advisor and for his significant contributions to Sonoco throughout his career.”

Newsgrafik #121870

Esko launches hugely expanded Software Platform release 18.0.1  (Company news)

Platform-wide updates include ArtPro 64-bit and full plug-in compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud 2019

Esko ( has unveiled the latest update to the Esko Software Platform. This newest release delivers a host of platform-wide updates and continues Esko’s ongoing commitment to regularly and consistently enhancing the solutions portfolio customers rely on.

“In a fast moving market, we need to ensure our solutions are ahead of the game,” states Geert De Proost, Director Solutions Marketing of Esko. “With that in mind, we are constantly looking to make improvements to all aspects of our software solutions. They may be large or small, but the aim is the same: we want to make sure that our customers receive the utmost in value for their investment in the Esko Software Platform and software maintenance. We carefully consider market trends and customer feedback, and these shape many of our improvements. This release is no different. Our overall aim is to ensure customers have the right tools and capabilities to strengthen their efficiency and profitability.”

ArtPro 64-bit includes hyper-modern packaging editor
Among the key highlights is the availability of a macOS-supported 64-bit version of ArtPro. What’s more, customers with a maintenance contract are also entitled to a complimentary copy of ArtPro+, the hyper-modern packaging editor. ArtPro+ features a unique and clean task-driven user interface, enhanced performance, and support for ArtPro-files.

ArtPro+ action lists in Automation Engine for increased prepress efficiency
The new release also features ArtPro+ action lists in Automation Engine. Time-consuming prepress tasks become automated and operators can focus on value-added processes, making the overall prepress operation more efficient.

Full compatibility with Creative Cloud 2019
The newest version of Esko Software Platform ensures full compatibility of all plug-ins with Adobe Creative Cloud 2019, including Studio, DeskPack, and Dynamic Content.

Viewing on the fly
In another release highlight, Imaging Engine now includes In-RIP Prepare for viewing. This allows users to control the quality of ripped files on the fly, during the ripping process. This eliminates waiting times and frees up capacity. “This is particularly important in high-volume converter and premedia operations that increasingly need to manage a higher volume of label and flexo short-run, fast-turn around jobs,” De Proost adds. “It eliminates the need for the process to be completed as a separate task in Automation Engine, and helps premedia operations handle increased throughput.”

Create display variants in seconds
With this release, ArtiosCAD users can create new variants of displays or other multi-part designs in seconds. Users can start from a single resizable canvas design template. This is perfect for sign and display customers and corrugated operations that face lots of design requests and need to offer faster times to market.

“These latest improvements are just the tip of the iceberg,” De Proost concludes. “We have many more in this release. What’s more, we are developing a number of important additional improvements we cannot wait to bring to market to help our customers with their efficiency and cost effectiveness.”
(Esko Belgium)

Newsgrafik #121905

Valmet signs on-line performance monitoring agreement with Mercer Group's Stendal pulp mill ...  (Company news)

... in Germany

Valmet and Mercer Group have signed an agreement for on-line performance monitoring for nine Valmet TwinRoll wash presses at the Mercer Stendal mill in Germany. The agreement is valid for one year, with the option of being extended. During this period, Valmet and Mercer will co-operate to further develop fleet management with respect to predictive maintenance and reliability.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received and constitutes an important step in promoting Valmet's Industrial Internet offering for the chemical pulping business.

The on-line system monitors individual functions of the wash presses by performing advanced data analysis, which generates status reports displayed on dashboards. If any of the monitored functions goes outside the operating limits, an event is triggered and recorded, which enables issues to be predicted and corrected rapidly.

"This will allow the Stendal mill to monitor performance, which will hopefully result in more uptime as well as savings on chemicals," says Dr. Gerhard Wulf, Technical Manager at Mercer Stendal.

"The pilot project has been running at the Stendal mill with a core team of experts from both the customers' side and Valmet. The sharing of knowledge and innovative ideas have been the driving forces for implementation. The wash presses will be connected to the Valmet Performance Center, allowing Valmet to provide Mercer Stendal with the services of experts from different fields, who can provide support to ensure rapid response times and appropriate solutions," says Tomas Edström, Industrial Internet Manager in the Pulp and Energy business line at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121836

Reasons to visit Paper One Show Beirut 2019 this January  (Company news)

The 5th edition of Paper One Show comes to you this year from Beirut, Lebanon. Doors open at the BIEL Centre in Hall 2 on the 28th January, 2019.

Over 1000 trade visitors from 48 different countries have so far registered to visit Paper One Show. Not only will they come from the MENA region, but we are delighted to welcome delegates from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, India and China.
Meet with a wide range of Paper Industry suppliers - ranging from chemical technologies, wrapping/packaging equipment, tissue trading, converting machinery, packaging equipment and supplies to non-woven machinery suppliers.

The leading paper companies from around the world will be in attendance and will be eager to meet you at Paper One Show Beirut! The best suppliers, manufacturers, converters and traders of the paper industry in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as many others who are displaying their services and products.

Beirut continues to be an important commercial hub, with easy access from neighbouring countries, from Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and Africa. Paper consumption continues to grow in the Middle East and the rate and growth is particularly high in the MENA region.

Paper One Show Beirut 2019 offers the advantage of being able to bring together producers and buyers in the very center of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, thanks to its strategic location and commercial vision, as the region's most important paper fair.

Monday 28 January 2019   10 am - 6 pm  
 Tuesday 29 January 2019  10 am - 6 pm 
 Wednesday 30 January 2019  10 am - 4 pm 

Venue Address: Biel Centre, FurnEl Chebak, Emile Lahoud Highway, Beirut – Lebanon

This unique event should not be missed!
Paper One Show Beirut 2019 - Limited exhibition spaces remaining!
There are still opportunities to support the exhibition as a sponsor.
Present your solutions to the sector’s key decision makers.
58% of attendees at our 2017 exhibition were from senior management.
Don’t miss the chance to showcase your products to industry leaders.

We look forward to helping you grow your business!

Newsgrafik #121871

New packaging line for Neenah Coldenhove  (Company news)

In order to enable further growth, Neenah Coldenhove has invested in a completely new robotized packaging machine for mini jumbo and jumbo reels.

Previously these rolls were prepared and wrapped for shipment by Neenah Coldenhove ‘s employees. The new automated Pesmel packaging machine, which required a total investment of 1.8 million Euros, deals with this work automatically.

As a consequence, more manpower is available, which we have added to our fourth shift on PM2. This 4th shift is needed to be able to follow our continuous growth in the Dye Sublimation market place.

The new automated packaging machine enables us to use thinner rounds for our rolls. As these rounds will be less dented, we make the packaging tighter, stronger and safer to ship to the customer. We have already received very positive feedback from customers, who were happy with the improved quality.

At Neenah Coldenhove we keep on investing in (y)our future and stay focussed and committed to the markets we supply.
(Neenah Coldenhove)

Newsgrafik #121874

International Forest Products LLC announces hiring of Michael Ostrowski for Graphic Paper Sales  (Company news)

International Forest Products LLC (IFP) is pleased to announce that Michael Ostrowski has been hired to assist with the sale of graphic papers. IFP’s affiliate, New-Indy LLC, is expected to close on the acquisition of a mill in Catawba, South Carolina by the end of the year. Michael will be working with IFP’s existing sales team to market graphic papers produced at this mill.

Michael is a 30-year veteran of the forest products industry. Most recently, he held the position of Vice President, Supercalendered Sales at West Linn Paper Company where his primary area of responsibility had been the sale of graphic papers to both end user and merchant accounts.

“We are excited to have Michael join the IFP team,” said Daniel Kraft, President and Chief Executive Officer of IFP. “He possesses a strong base of knowledge of the grades produced at Catawba and a long history of selling these grades, as well as customer relationships that will be a great complement to our existing business.”
(International Forest Products LLC)

Newsgrafik #121878

Koenig & Bauer and Duran Machinery unite to form Koenig & Bauer Duran   (Company news)

-Duran Machinery, leading manufacturer of folder gluers becomes member of the Koenig & Bauer Group
-Complete lines from printing to the processing of folding boxes from a single source
-Duran’s brand OMEGA machines set new standards in the field of folding carton and corrugated gluing lines
-Increase in market share and sales growth expected

Koenig & Bauer has agreed with Duran Machinery in Istanbul to take over 80 per cent of its folder gluer business and integrate it into the Group under the name Koenig & Bauer Duran.

Photo: With the acquisition of Duran Machinery Koenig & Bauer further expands its activities in the growing packaging market (from left to right): Christopher Kessler, legal counsel Koenig & Bauer; Patrick Masson, CEO of KBA-Iberica; Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and member of the Koenig & Bauer management board; Oktay Duran, chairman of Duran Machinery; and Apo Kücükaras, Duran Machinery, after signing the contract

With this latest acquisition, the world's oldest printing press manufacturer is once again strengthening its activities in the growth segment of machines and systems for packaging production. Together with the Rapida sheetfed presses from Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, flatbed die cutters from Koenig & Bauer Iberica and the folder gluers from Duran, the company can now offer complete lines for the printing and processing folding boxes from a single source – with products made in Europe. This gives Duran a clear competitive advantage over other suppliers of folding box gluers, which are left to their own resources in this market segment.

Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and member of the Koenig & Bauer management board is pleased: "Over the past few years Duran has set new standards and successfully strengthened its position among our customers in the industrial packaging sector. We are now further expanding our worldwide presence as the printing press and die cutter manufacturer with the broadest product portfolio.“

Duran has more than 30 years of experience in designing and manufacturing folder gluers in various formats and configurations. Thanks to market share gains, today Duran has established itself as one of the leading manufacturers in its field. Along with six standard series of Omega folder gluers with different specifications and ancillary equipment, the company also provides R&D services to meet specific production requirements, starting from unique packaging designs and the manufacturing of innovative tailor-made machinery. Duran machines are used worldwide by manufacturers of cardboard and corrugated board packaging in more than 65 countries. Koenig & Bauer Duran will proceed its activities in Duran Machinery’s existing premises in Istanbul and with Duran’s management fully on board.

Oktay Duran, Chairman of Duran Machinery states: "We are proud to be a part of the great Koenig & Bauer Group and we are certain that we will achieve greater success in the global folding carton market with our new synergy.“

Koenig & Bauer expects the acquisition and integration of Duran to boost its market share in folding carton gluers, strengthen packaging production activities and boost sales.

The acquisition and integration of Duran is in line with the global Koenig & Bauer Group‘s strategy of focusing on growth markets.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Newsgrafik #121879

Master of embossing created this year’s greeting card  (Company news)

Picture: The highlight of the Iggesund Christmas card is a deep, blind embossing of a moose

This year’s greeting card from Iggesund Paperboard is designed by the Taiwanese designer Kevin Chen, who specialises in embossing and foil stamping. The concept behind the card ranges from the Scandinavian forests, symbolised by the moose, which is the king of the forest, to a globe representing the world-wide availability of Iggesund Paperboard’s flagship product, Invercote.

The moose on the front of the card is a very deep and detailed blind embossing with several levels. The globe is a combination of blind embossing and foil stamping in silver. The card has several parts, which are made of Invercote Duo 610 g/m2 and Invercote Creato 300 g/m2. Chen says that Invercote Duo in particular is one of his favourite embossing substrates.

“Embossing places tough demands on the paperboard – the physical strain and the increased temperature caused by the encounter between the paperboard and the embossing tool. At the same time, the paperboard must be able to reproduce fine details. In my view, Invercote Duo’s strength properties and physical durability are ideal for embossing.”

The secret behind Invercote’s strength properties is that the paperboard is constructed in three layers. This makes it possible to vary the fibre composition and thereby to control the physical properties.

Kevin Chen’s focus on embossing was inspired at an early stage by the relief sculptures he saw at institutions such as the British Museum and the Louvre. When he later began his graphic career by designing wedding cards, he used the technique to enhance the recipient’s experience of the card. Another source of inspiration has been Guiseppe Castiglione, an Italian Jesuit who went to China as a missionary in the 17th century and who also painted.

“In his works, I find a tasteful fusion of the European and Chinese art traditions, which have been a great source of inspiration for me,” Chen continues.

Kevin Chen began by producing wedding cards at the beginning of the 1980s. His company also gradually moved into producing the packaging for corporate gifts for companies such as Toyota, Ferrero Rocher, 7-Eleven and Pernod Ricard. Previously, his company aimed to manage as many stages of the production chain as possible. Today, it outsources all the stages except the embossing and foil stamping, over which he wants full control.

Kevin Chen is 51 and lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan together with his wife and teenage son. He runs 10 kilometres before breakfast every morning, and he and his wife take every opportunity to participate in marathons and cycling events.

Invercote has become his favourite paperboard not only for its strength but also for its surface.

“It adds a graceful and sophisticated feel to my work. With that surface, even blind embossings acquire an unsurpassed elegance,” he concludes.
(Iggesund Paperboard AB)

Newsgrafik #121907

Valmet to supply a web monitoring system to Mayr-Melnhof Karton in Frohnleiten, Austria  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (photo) to Mayr-Melnhof Karton's KM3 board machine in Frohnleiten, Austria. The system will improve the overall production efficiency.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System is one of the biggest and most sophisticated web monitoring systems in the world. Our leading technology fits perfectly to Mayr-Melnhof Group's strategy to implement innovative solutions. Also, we see this project as a long-term partnership to provide Industrial Internet tools to further enhance the customer's cost competitiveness," says Peter Lengauer, Manager, Pulp & Paper Sales, Austria & Eastern Europe, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 51 cameras throughout the whole production process on KM3. The high-speed cameras will monitor critical process areas and help the operators analyze the root causes of web runnability disturbances.

Key benefits for the mill are faster break recovery and preventive troubleshooting with leading technology camera equipment and video analysis tools. With a trim width of 4.4 m, KM3 produces recycled and barrier coated cartonboard in the weight range from 230 to 380 gsm.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Archroma Pakistan wins ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘CEO of the Year’ awards for ...  (Company news)

... the third time in a row

Picture: Vaqar Arif, Head of Finance & Controlling Pakistan, Archroma, receiving the EFP ‘Employer of the Year’ Award from Mr. Sayed Zukfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Federal Minister of Human Resource Development & Overseas Pakistan. (Photo: Archroma)

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that its Pakistan affiliate has been named ‘Employer of the Year’ in the multinationals segment in a nationwide contest organized by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP), for the third time in a row.

EFP granted the award in recognition of Archroma’s best practice in human resource management, ethical marketing management and corporate social responsibility. Archroma always strives to maintain the highest standards in occupational safety and health fostering environmental protection through recycling and reuse. The production site at Jamshoro has a state-of-the-art Sustainable Effluent Treatment Plant with zero liquid discharge saving enormous amounts of water. The two production sites of Archroma have also completed One Million Safe & Accident Free working hours and all offices in Karachi have been declared “Green Offices” by WWF Pakistan. Archroma's Center of Excellence at Karachi provides round-the-clock customer support and is a forerunner in textile specialty research.

The efforts of Archroma Pakistan Limited in these areas also earned its CEO, Mujtaba Rahim, the ‘Best CEO of the Year 2017’ award.

On receiving the awards at the ceremony recently held at Karachi, Vaqar Arif, Head of Finance & Controlling Pakistan, Archroma, commented: “Archroma has more than 150 years of solid legacy of its predecessors which enriches our work environment of exemplary standards. Our company is committed to continuously challenging the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. Archroma therefore strives to play a leading role in enhancing the business environment, and we are grateful to our employees for being one of our main strengths in doing so.”
(Archroma Management GmbH)

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Zanders Paper continues with full product portfolio  (Company news)

Lean and healthy structures to ensure sustainable business success

Picture: Zanders Paper: Managing Director Terje Haglund and Head of Management Andreas Willeke (on the right); Photo: Tobias Müller for Zanders Paper

New Zanders Paper GmbH, emerged from Zanders GmbH, will maintain and even further develop the full product portfolio. Terje Haglund, head of the Scandinavian investor group that acquired the company as of 1 December 2018: “We are very much looking forward to continuing paper production at this historic industrial site. Zanders will carry on to optimize its cost structures. As a lean and healthy company, it will be well positioned to succeed in the highly competitive paper market. Zanders will continue to service its customers with the full existing product portfolio with a focus on meeting market demands.” Haglund has been active in the paper industry for more than 20 years, among others as Managing Director at Lessebo Paper (Sweden), and recently, together with a group of investors, acquired the paper manufacturer Virginal Paper.

Head of Management will be Andreas Willeke, who already headed the company in the past months as Chief Restructuring Officer. He combines proven expertise in restructuring in the industrial sector with important in‐depth knowledge of Zanders, its clients and products. Willeke: “We will continue to produce all existing products, from Chromolux paper and board, Zanlabel and Zanpack, Zankraft, Zanflex and Zanbarrier OGR to Silver digital and Zanjet, our successful high‐speed inkjet quality. And, in particular, we will further develop the new grades Zanbarrier NGR and Zangrass. This all will ensure sustainability of the business going forward.” The Sales Managers look forward to introducing the new Zanders to all customers shortly.
(Zanders-Paper GmbH)

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Smurfit Kappa strengthens its presence in Western France with Caradec Box Plant acquisition  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa Group has significantly strengthened its presence in Western France with the acquisition of two Europac sites in Brittany.

The packaging leader has acquired the Caradec Box Plant in the Morbihan County and the Saint Pol de Léon site in the Finistére County, reinforcing its capabilities in the fruit and vegetable sector.

Smurfit Kappa has a strong track record in producing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions for the agriculture sector so the Caradec Box Plant is a natural fit with the company.

Smurfit Kappa will now have a stronger link to the Brittany food markets and welcomes 200 employees to its worldwide community of employees.

Speaking about the new acquisition, Smurfit Kappa COO of Corrugated Europe, Edwin Goffard, said: “This latest acquisition is part of our integrated strategy and supports our continued drive to open up new opportunities.”

Jean-Christophe Bugeon, CEO of Smurfit Kappa France added: “We are delighted to welcome the Caradec employees into our company. More and more retailers and growers are seeking more sustainable packaging alternatives for fresh produce and we can add an even wider choice of premium solutions to our offering.”

Smurfit Kappa has got proven experience and expertise in providing packaging for fresh produce.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

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Four Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines began production at ...  (Company news)

... Asia Pulp and Paper’s OKI mill in Indonesia

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has begun using four AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines at its OKI mill, in South Sumatra, Indonesia, as part of a series of AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines.

These four machines, included in a major contract between Toscotec and APP, started production ahead of schedule, in just 60 days between August 14th and October 14th 2018.

Thanks to the successful cooperation between APP and Toscotec, these eight start-ups have been completed over a total period of only 8 and a half months. The first two AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY machines were started up at Perawang mill in the first quarter of 2018, and the following six machines at OKI mill in the second and third quarters of 2018.

The eight AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY machines all have a paper width of 5,600 mm and an operating speed of 2,000 m/min. They feature a second-generation TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer of 22 feet diameter, which represents the biggest diameter for tissue application worldwide. The energy saving design of the drying section relies entirely on steam, as the chosen energy source, including the steam-heated TT Milltech-DYH hoods.

Marco Dalle Piagge, Toscotec’s Sales Director, says, “The design of our PRODERGY machines is delivering the highest performance and energy efficiency currently available in the market. We knew that APP has very high standards when it comes to the environmental performance of its operations and production lines, with a focus on greenhouse gases and water footprint. We believe that Toscotec’s Energy Saving engineering design and advanced technology will make a significant contribution in this regard.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Feldmuehle strengthens its core competence and focuses on wet-strength label papers and ...  (Company news)

... flexible packaging papers

Feldmuehle GmbH will focus on the production of specialty papers in the future, i.e. wet- and alkali-resistant label papers as well as flexible packaging papers.

On November 19, 2018, Feldmuehle GmbH filed for an application with the
competent local court in Pinneberg to open insolvency proceedings under its own administration pursuant to Sections 270, 270 a para. 1 InsO (German Insolvency Act). Following the management's application, the Pinneberg local court ordered the provisional self-administration on the same day (71 IN 38/18).
Dr. Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as provisional administrator.

The restructuring of the company in the context of self-administration provides for all necessary measures to improve the profitability and thus sustainable competitiveness of the company.

The focus is the concentration on the product sector specialty papers, i.e. wet- and alkali-resistant label papers as well as flexible packaging papers.
The production of graphic papers is discontinued. In this connection, the paper machine 2 is shut down. The new business model requires staffing, i.e. the workforce is reduced to around 180 employees. The employees leaving the company are offered to switch to a transfer company in order to further qualify for the job market.

The management presented the overall concept on December 7, 2018, as part of an employee meeting with simultaneous commencement of the negotiation of the social plan with the works council.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

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Valmet to supply a nonwovens rewinder to Papel Aralar in Spain  (Company news)

The Spanish company Papel Aralar S.A. has selected Valmet as the supplier for a new nonwovens rewinder to be installed in the existing PM 4 line at their plant in Amézqueta, Guipúzcoa, Spain.

Photo: Valmet F(O)CUS Nonwovens Rewinder

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. The new nonwovens rewinder is planned to be in operation during the second quarter of 2019.

"Our target is to always invest in cutting-edge technology to be able to fulfill our customers' requirements. Papel Aralar has served this business for 55 years and, thanks to the support from Valmet, we immediately recognized the ability of their F(O)CUS electromechanical rewinder to preserve outstanding product properties," says Senén Amunarriz Cortina, General Manager of Papel Aralar.

"Valmet rewinders have a long record of successful installations, and they are well known in the market. We are proud and excited to launch the F(O)CUS machine concept in the nonwovens market and to support Papel Aralar's plans to expand to produce excellent nonwovens products," says Marco Capitani, Product Sales Manager for Nonwovens at Valmet.

Technical information
The new installation includes a Valmet F(O)CUS Reelite T15 E rewinder - the last stage of the innovative scalability concept of the Reelite T15 rewinder.

The machine is designed to have a maximum operating speed of 1,800 m/min and a maximum final reel diameter of 2,200 mm. It is equipped with a F(O)CUS electromechanical relieving system with Active Caliper Control (ACC) for perfect control of the winding parameters at high speed.

The shaft handler system, defect management system and connection with the existing packaging system complete the scope of supply.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Paperworld China demonstrates its effectiveness as a business platform   (Company news)

The curtains came down on another successful edition of Paperworld China, with stakeholders from across the paper and office supplies industries commending the fair as the ideal place to generate new business and learn about the latest retailing models. The three-day fair, which took place from 22 – 24 November 2018 in Hall 1 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), was also applauded for championing unique and original stationery products.

Now in its 14th edition, the fair was held under the new theme of “Stationery trends. Tomorrow’s office” and was split across 23,000 sqm of exhibition space into four zones dedicated to ‘Stationery and Hobby’, ‘Tomorrow’s Office’, ‘Quality Suppliers’, and ‘Oriental Products’.

Visitor numbers rose 15% from the previous edition of the fair, as a total of 26,868 trade visitors converged at the show to search for the latest forward thinking designs and innovations. For many of these visitors, the fair was not only a great place to connect with Chinese suppliers, but also an ideal platform to meet quality international brands. Overall, 499 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions participated at the fair.

Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, spoke about how this year’s edition of the fair was ideally situated to serve the market’s requirements: “Younger generations are now becoming the dominant consumer group for stationery. The warm response to the fair’s themed areas, such as the ‘Stationery and Hobby’ zone and the ‘Small yet Beautiful’ showcase demonstrates that Paperworld China is catering extremely well to this demographic. Original stationery has also been a big hit among buyers at this edition, and we are proud to have done our part to promote original and unique designs through the Best Stationery of China Awards and the new ‘Design’ area. In terms of generating new business, the positive feedback from exhibitors is testament to the fair’s effectiveness as a platform for suppliers to connect with quality buyers and increase their brand exposure.”

Original stationery and new retailing models spotlighted at ‘Small Yet Beautiful’ showcase and new ‘Design area’
A number of themed zones and areas at this year’s edition of the fair fulfilled a variety of sourcing needs and attracted thousands of buyers to the aisles of each zone.
The ‘Stationery and Hobby’ zone was awash with visitors and the returning ‘Small yet Beautiful’ showcase was a hive of activity, with buyers sampling a wide range of stationery, gift and lifestyle products from leading brands such as Beifa, Guangbo, Mindwave, Simbalion and ZIPIT.

Not only was the 250 sqm showcase a great place to find new stationery items, but it was also a window into future retail trends. With younger generations beginning to have a greater influence on buying patterns, many stationery stores have been redesigned to offer an improved overall shopping experience. The showcase addressed this trend through a café area, unique methods of product presentation, and an interactive art station.

Ms Xu Feng, the owner of Shenyang Aofeisi Shangmao Ltd, spoke about how visiting helped her to find the latest trend setting products for her retail stores: “The fair hosts a wide variety of suppliers, from well-known brand names to small and medium companies, and plenty of cultural and creative products. It caters to buyers with all kinds of different sourcing needs. I have exchanged contacts with around five to six brands from China, Japan and Germany, and will find out if there is room for cooperation after the show. The set-up of the ‘Small yet Beautiful’ area brings a new and in-depth experience to visitors. It definitely helps visitors to understand the current diversified sales patterns.”

Original brands were an important part of the 2018 show and a spotlight was placed on the increasing standard of unique Chinese stationery design through the ‘Best Stationery of China Awards’. The awards took place the day before the show and a wide selection of entries were on display to visitors during the course of the fair. Some of the highlights included unique bookmark designs from PaperPlay and Sozencreate, ladybug styled miniature scissors from Guangzhou Qiwen Business Development, vegetable and fruit themed kitchen timers from Hangzhou Hechuang Culture Products, automatic pencil sharpeners from Shanghai Han Shu Industry, and a selection of fashionable travel logs, daily planners and diaries from companies such as Chenzao, Kokuyo Commerce, and Shenzhen Comix Group.

Shandong Orange Paper was one of the winners at the awards with its uniquely designed paper globes. The General Manager of the company, Ms Jiang Shaoying, spoke about how the awards helped to raise awareness of their unique design and attract trade visitors to their booth: “The organiser has featured our brand on its social media platform, and our stand has been constantly swarming with visitors. The fair enables us to meet agents and industry players who are pioneering new retail business models. We have met many professional buyers from both mainland China and abroad and have received the most up-to-date information about the industry. We will definitely participate again.”

The company was one of many emerging brands exhibiting at the new ‘Design’ area, which offered original brands the chance to showcase their latest designs and increase their brand exposure. Unique products could be found at the area from brands such as AIT, Card Lover, Douban, Ggem, Happihood, Honorscent, Orange Creation, Tsnow Stationery, Whitehole, and Xiaolin Creative.

‘Quality Suppliers’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Office’ zones connect exhibitors with the most relevant cross-section of buyers
At the ‘Quality Suppliers’ zone, exhibitors benefited from the fair’s high visitor flow as plenty of opportunities were taken to make new business contacts. Umajirushi, a Japanese company and first time exhibitor at Paperworld China attended to boost its exposure and competitiveness in the Chinese market.

Mr Telon Syu, Chief of Overseas Trading & Purchasing at the company, spoke about how exhibiting at the zone allowed the company to connect with quality buyers and generate new business: “We are amazed at how effective the fair is, as we have already received around 10 orders in the first two days. The visitor flow is excellent and we have received a lot of positive and encouraging feedback. The fair has provided exhibitors with the latest information on the industry, which is very helpful for devising targeted marketing strategies.”

Another Japanese company exhibiting at the zone, Mindwave, returned to the show to capitalise on the huge potential in the Chinese market for their specialised journals. Ms Gu Jie, a representative of the company, agreed that the show is an excellent avenue for foreign suppliers to find large Chinese distributors and retailers: “We see tremendous potential in the journal market in China as nowadays journals are very popular among teenagers and young mothers. Paperworld China is the right place for us to penetrate this market. From our first participation last year, we obtained leads from distributors and large-scale retailers. This year we are meeting them again and also new ones.”

At the ‘Tomorrow’s Office’ zone, Paperworld China proved itself to be a great place for visitors to meet with suppliers of modern office equipment. In co-operation with Sunon Group and Zhejiang Growin International Exhibition & Convention Co Ltd, a dedicated showcase allowed visitors to find new electronic appliances and desktop equipment for modern office settings.

Mr Kenny Zhu, Sales Director of Sunon Group talked about how the zone was aligned with modern office trends and how exhibiting at the zone allowed the company to gage customer requirements: “The concept of tomorrow’s office is forward thinking. In line with this, we have launched a series of office furniture which is equipped with smart devices, such as wireless charging stands and remote controls. The fair is definitely a great platform for us to meet potential clients from all over China and get first-hand information regarding customer demands.”

Seminars, workshops and dialogues illuminate newly developing trends
Running alongside the fair was a series of educational events that brought together experts, designers and industry leaders to share new ideas and insights on a range of important topics.
The subject of the evolving retail landscape was a recurring theme at the ‘Sino-Japanese Book Stationery Industry Summit Forum’, which examined ‘open’ retail environments that can also be considered as cultural spaces. Led by industry experts from China and Japan, the forum used case studies of Japanese retail outlets and also examined the merging of book and stationery retail.

Speaking about how the well-received forum allowed industry players to deepen their understanding of overseas retail models, Mr Guoji Ding, General Manager of Shanghai Yinling Brand Consulting said: “The retail market has undergone many changes in recent years. More integrated cultural spaces and stores that are popular online have been set up all over first and second tier cities in mainland China. Through this forum, industry players can learn how overseas’ business models work, discuss how to create retail stores with unique cultural elements, and discover new ways of boosting profits. The result is very encouraging. The visitors were professional and have raised deep and meaningful questions. I will definitely come and host other forums at Paperworld China again.”

Mr Ding’s positive sentiments about the meaningful exchanges of information that took place at Paperworld China were also echoed by a fellow speaker, Mr Toru Okuizumi, the President of the Japanese company Toukou bros, who said: “The platform has provided us with a good opportunity to communicate and exchange experiences and information with each other, and has also allowed us to learn about current developments and trends in China. I believe both event speakers and attendees can draw on the experiences gained at Paperworld China.”

The next edition of Paperworld China will take place in November 2019.
(Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd)

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Paper or Digital? Keep Me Posted North America Launches to Protect the Consumer’s Right ...  (Company news) Choose

Keep Me Posted (KMP) announced the launch of its campaign in North America. KMP is a global advocacy campaign working for the right of every consumer to choose, free of charge, how they receive important information from their service providers – on paper or electronically.

Overseen by Two Sides North America, the KMP North America campaign will focus on educating and challenging corporations that are removing consumer choice and charging fees for paper. The campaign will coordinate with KMP global campaigns already launched in several European countries and Australia.

KMP has also partnered with the Coalition for Paper Options, Consumer Action, Haven Neighborhood Services, Montana Organizing Project, National Consumers League, and The National Grange to form a coalition to protect the consumer’s right to choose between paper and digital communications.

Millions of North American consumers are currently disenfranchised by increased digitization and need to receive bills and statements on paper due to reasons such as: lack of internet access, digital abilities, and growing security concerns with online fraud. Others prefer paper for convenience and practical reasons.

Results of a 2017 Toluna consumer survey conducted in the U.S. indicated that 90% agree that they should have the right to choose how they receive communications (printed or electronic) from financial organizations and service providers. 83% agree they should not be charged more for choosing a paper bill or statement.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center in 2018, 50% of American senior citizens, 76% of those who have not completed high school and 55% of those living in households with an annual income under $30,000 did not have broadband internet at home. These numbers have increased since 2013 because of the cost of internet access.

In Canada, approximately 18% of households do not have access to fixed broadband Internet access services at the CRTC target speeds and 64.4% of families in the lowest income quintile (the 20% lowest earners) used the internet at home compared to a national average of 86.9% (CRTC, 2016 and 2017).

“Keep Me Posted will be building a coalition of supporters (consumer groups, physical and mental health charities, trade unions and industry) to promote the adoption of the Keep Me Posted pledge from service providers,” states Phil Riebel, Director, Keep Me Posted North America. “By presenting the facts about consumer needs and preferences related to paper-based communications, our coalition will work with service providers to ensure consumers are not forced to go digital.”

“The majority of adult Americans prefer to receive at least some of their bills and statements in paper format and believe that paper format should continue to be provided to those who want it, at no extra cost,” states Linda Sherry, Director of National Priorities for Consumer Action. “The Keep Me Posted campaign is a much-needed effort to educate consumers and generate support for giving consumers the right to choose the way they want to communicate with service providers.”
(Keep Me Posted North America)

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Smurfit Kappa significantly expands its presence in France with strategic acquisition of Papcart  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa Group has significantly expanded its product range in France with the acquisition of Papcart, a specialist in offset printing and conversion of cardboard and corrugated board consumer packaging,

The acquisition of Papcart enables Smurfit Kappa to extend its portfolio with a complete range for the luxury goods, wines & spirits, FMCG and bag-in-box markets. Smurfit Kappa already has a strong presence in the consumer packaging segments and corrugated board solutions for perfume and food so there is a natural synergy between the two companies.

With over 70 years’ experience, Papcart is equipped with the latest generation of offset printers, die-cutters, folder-gluers and finishing equipment and offers the widest spectrum of finishes required for gift and premium packaging by combining acrylic or UV inks, specific varnishes, hot and cold foil gilding, embossing and lamination to meet even the most complex customer needs.

With the Papcart acquisition and Smurfit Kappa's current sites of Tours sur Marne, Siemco and Colorys, Smurfit Kappa now has approximately 700 employees including a 40 person-strong design department to develop customised and sustainable consumer packaging for its customers in the luxury and consumer goods segments.

Speaking about the new acquisition, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe, Saverio Mayer, said: “This latest acquisition is of significant strategic importance for our French operations and significantly adds to the range of capabilities that we can offer our customers.”

Jean-Christophe Bugeon, CEO of Smurfit Kappa France added: “We are delighted to welcome the Papcart employees into the company. More and more companies are seeking more sustainable packaging alternatives and we can add an even wider choice of premium solutions to our offering.”

The Papcart sites located in Gétigné (44) and Jarnac (16) total 50,000m² of production, storage and office space.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

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SVEZA Group and Pesmel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding an ....  (Company news)

... automated pulp storage of the planned greenfield pulp mill project in Vologda Region of Russia

SVEZA Group is planning to construct a modern pulp mill in the Russian Federation, Vologda region. SVEZA has selected Pesmel as a partner to execute the potential pulp mill’s basic engineering for an automated pulp shipping buffer for truck, train and container logistics.

In October 2018 Pesmel and SVEZA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of further cooperation in the planned pulp mill project. SVEZA is now proceeding with preparations, including environmental permits, for the prospective pulp mill.

SVEZA is a worldwide known plywood producer. Currently the company produces high-quality plywood of natural Russian birch at its six mills. With the annual production of 1,260,000 m3 SVEZA is the largest producer of natural birch plywood.
(Pesmel Oy)

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Asia thinks digital: Heidelberg Smart Print Shop concept successfully established  (Company news)

-Almost 400 Customers attended Commercial Day at Heidelberg Print Media Center in Shanghai
-Fully automated processes increase productivity
-Market launch of the new Versafire generation EV/EP in Asia

Photo: The new Versafire generation EV/EP made its debut on the Chinese market on Commercial Day.

The print media industry in Asia is facing the same challenges as in other markets: print runs are getting shorter, the number of jobs is increasing, embellishment is becoming more and more complex, and all this with the shortest delivery times and lowest costs. Digitalization is progressing and these advantages are to be implemented internally in processes and externally in communication with print shop customers.

At the end of October, more than 400 customers experienced what this could look like by attending the Commercial Day at the Print Media Center Shanghai, China. Under the motto "Turn Passion into Profit", Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) presented sustainable solutions to make commercial print shops more successful and to guide them on their way to the Smart Print Shop. The fully automated process chain with the Push to Stop philosophy, which is only interrupted manually if necessary, was demonstrated in networked live presentations. This optimized, intelligent production process stands for higher production reliability and thus for more productivity and cost-effectiveness.

The Smart Print Shop is based on the Prinect workflow, which completely networks and automates processes from prepress, digital and offset presses through to postpress. This reduces contact points in the production process and sustainably increases process efficiency.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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New graphical 3D configurator simplifies the planning of control cabinets  (Company news)

At SPS IPC Drives, Siemens is presenting a new graphical configurator for Sivacon 8MF1 system cubicles. The modular system consists of a basic framework in 90 different sizes and 2,000 flexibly combinable elements. This enables the implementation of tailored solutions for virtually all industrial sectors and applications. With the new graphical configurator, control cabinet manufactures can now configure the system cubicles directly on the 3D model and order them electronically. They benefit from considerably reduced planning efforts and error-free configuration, which also allows customized modifications. Order processing is thus significantly shortened. The new online configurator for Sivacon 8MF1 system cubicles, Version 1.0 is expected to be available free of charge on the Internet starting in February 2019.

The configuration of the 8MF1 system cubicles occurs completely intuitively with the help of the new online service: Per drag & drop, after selecting an already configured enclosure or a desired frame, a wide range of outside parts, side and rear walls, roof versions or trim trips, along with interior parts and accessory elements, can be chosen and added. All the modules are rendered three-dimensionally in the software. Even customized adjustments such as special colors or cutouts can be easily and realistically visualized. To prevent errors, the software checks all combinations automatically according to predefined rules. All data generated can afterwards be exported as 2D and 3D models in various formats and further processed in standard CAD tools. Parts lists, prices and product details are automatically generated, the order is handled fully digitally.
(Siemens AG)

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up turnkey tissue production line at Bashundhara Paper Mills  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue production line – including stock preparation and automation system – delivered to Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited in Bangladesh.

Photo: Successful start-up of the ANDRITZ PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue production line at Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited in Bangladesh.

The ANDRITZ tissue machine – with a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a paper width of 2.85 m – produces tissue for high-quality facial wipes, toilet paper, and napkins. The 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee is made entirely of steel, thus enabling high and efficient drying performance, and was manufactured at the ANDRITZ Steel Yankee Business Center in Foshan, China, which offers customers in Asia state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and comprehensive quality management. For ANDRITZ, it is the first high-speed tissue machine to be installed in Bangladesh.

The tissue production line is equipped with the ANDRITZ PrimeControl automation system for a high-performance production process. For the very first time, ANDRITZ has supplied a multi-motor drive (MMD) system with active line modules (ALM). The ALMs are designed for feeding energy back into the grid as a renewable energy solution, they offer low line harmonics that meet the demands of IEEE 519, and they enable stable operation of the motor, even with irregular power supply systems. All the tissue machine MMDs are powered from a common DC-busbar as are the approach flow and the air ventilation systems at times. The ANDRITZ LV motors are installed from fiber preparation to the tissue machine auxiliary system.

The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant with approach flow system, fiber recovery and broke handling. The system features the ANDRITZ ShortFlow concept, an overall and compact process design that significantly reduces the number of single machines and storage volumes. Market bales are dissolved in a FibreSolve FSV pulper, which enables efficient slushing without damaging the fibers. TwinFlo refiners ensure balanced and efficient operation as well as superior fiber properties. Fiber recovery is mainly handled by a RotoWash, which achieves low solids content in the effluent water. Two further pulpers from the FibreSolve product family are part of the broke system.

The successful start-up confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders for supply of complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.
(Andritz AG)

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4th Asean Pharma Packaging Conference (APPCON) 2019  (Company news)

Join an anticipated 60+ Attendees for 2 days of networking and exchange of knowledge to get an update on the latest trends, developments and regulations impacting the pharma packaging industry.

APPCON 2019 - The 2 day conference will focus on packaging experts examining the packaging challenges from various perspectives – Regulatory, R&D, Cold Chain, Serialization, Machinery and Automation to build secure, optimized and robust packaging. You can expect open discussions and interactive sessions giving you a chance to voice your opinion and hear from thought leaders on following:
• Harnessing Blockchain and other innovative technologies for track and trace
• Temperature Controlled Solutions
• Green Pharma Initiatives
• Anti-Counterfeit Packaging

“APPCON 2018 Singapore is a wrap. Thanks to everyone who attended our presentation or visited our booth. We had plenty of productive, informative talks over the two days. Looking forward to the next edition!”
– Perigord on LinkedIn

“It is very interesting. First day at APPCON Singapore, pleased to see ideas of different people, companies and institutions converging to sustainability approach!”
– Business Unit Container Director, SACMI

“It was an honor and pleasure speaking at the 3rd APPCON (Asian Pharma Packaging Conference) today regarding Cold Chain Management and some exciting new innovative technology.”
–Project Director, PSC Biotech Pte Ltd

“It was a huge privilege and pleasure for me to chair the 3rd Asian Pharmaceutical Packaging Conference in Singapore last week! More than 50 industry professionals attended 2 days of presentations, panel discussions and exhibition booths. Interesting speeches, great networking and entertaining gamification.”
–Managing Director, Tera Asia Consulting

Focused Areas
• Regulations and Compliance issues
• Cold Chain packaging
• Role of Design in packaging
• Cost Effective & Innovative Packaging Materials
• Automation
• Serialization
• Green pharmaceutical Packaging
• Innovative sterile Ready To Use packaging solution

Who Will Attend?
ACI’s events attract a targeted group of senior level executives and decision-makers from industry. Our meetings are strictly end-user focused.

You will meet and network with representatives from
Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers
Medical Devices
… and more
(ACI Pune, India)

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Anyone for tennis? Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 takes to the court  (Company news)

Space within a shopping mall in Calgary, Canada has been transformed into a tennis court using award-winning specialist floor graphics media from Drytac®.

The project, at the Core Shopping Centre, was to promote the first Men's ATP Tennis event in Calgary, AB, hosted at the Alberta Tennis Center. Called the Calgary National Bank Challenger, the event in October 2018 was part of the ATP Challenger Tour - a series of tournaments considered to be a showcase of tennis's rising stars.

Using SpotOn® Floor 200, the project to create a public tennis court in the downtown Calgary shopping centre was undertaken by Print Three, which also sponsored the event. Shoppers and their families were invited to take to the court for a few sets of tennis, clearly marked with blue and white lines printed onto the specialist floor media from Drytac.

Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 is 200 micron (8 mil), matte, white monomeric PVC film designed for short-term, indoor floor graphics without the need for lamination. It has been awarded a post-printed R-10 anti-slip rating and a 'low slip potential' rating according to the EN 13036-4 Pendulum Test, endorsed by the CTIOA. SpotOn Floor 200 has also achieved a global Class B1 Fire Rating, meaning it can be used safely and legally in public areas with strict fire regulations, such as shopping centres.

Furthermore, this material has been designed for easy and tool-free installation and clean removal, thanks to its unique dot-pattern adhesive. Its innovative features earned Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 the top spot in the Media - Adhesive Back Vinyl category in the SGIA 2018 Product of the Year competition.

Print Three is a leading design, print and production company in Calgary, providing work at the 'highest quality standards in Canada', it says. General Manager Mark Eisan explains why Print Three chose the Drytac product, supplied by ND Graphics, for the project.

"We were testing products and laminates for the tennis court application and an installation partner recommended Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 after hearing about it at a conference," he says.

"We found the performance of the SpotOn product to be excellent. Our testing was intense, but we had planned to repair or replace areas. However, we did not need to as the product adhered for the ten days it was on the floor, and at the end of the project was removed in 20 minutes with no additional clean-up."

Mark Eisan says Print Three has received 'great service' from Drytac following the tennis court project and is considering other products for future applications.
He adds: "We are planning on creating a new court for next year's event as we will be sponsoring it again."
(Drytac Europe Limited)

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Award for VTT's biobased packaging solution in Sustainability Awards 2018 competition  (Company news)

Packaging Europe announced VTT's cellulose-based packaging solution as winner of its Sustainability Awards 2018 in the category of the Bio-based Packaging on 23rd of October in Gothenburg. VTT's solution is 100 % biobased and lightweight packaging material that combines cellulose films with different, but complementary properties creating an ideal packaging solution for dry food packaging applications.

This is already the third time the solution has gained success in a competition. VTT was one of five winners in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation competition last January, and received a prize of EUR 200,000 and access to a twelve-month Acceleration Programme. The packaging solution also won the Ecopack Challenge award last spring, and it has given VTT an opportunity to cooperate with Marks & Spencer.

"We are now in the midst of the Accelerator Program of Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Materials Challenge, and we are speeding up the development of the material at VTT. Our work focuses at the moment on the recyclability of the material and upscaling," tells Anna Tenhunen.

Fast commercialization of the material is important to actually be able to contribute to solving the global challenges we face and therefore it is important that companies engage themselves in the business value chain. Active discussions are held across the whole value chain – major packaging companies as well as large brand owners have expressed their interests towards the innovation.
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

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Europe-South America collaboration strengthened  (Company news)

EFI has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chilean company Arauco, with the aim of collaborating on Young Leadership initiatives and building bridges between Europe and South America around the bioeconomy.

EFI Director Marc Palahí and Francisco Lozano, Innovation Manager for Arauco signed the agreement in Barcelona on 26 November.
(EFI European Forest Institute Headquarters)

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BAHMÜLLER expands production capacity and shortens delivery times  (Company news)

Wilhelm Bahmüller Maschinenbau Präzisionswerkzeuge GmbH, located in Plüderhausen near Stuttgart (Germany), opened a new production hall with an area size of 1550 sqm. After a construction period of 6 months and an investment volume of € 1.5 million, the capability to assemble systems modularly and thus significantly reduce processing times was created.

The new hall offers eight module assembly workstations and additional space for the commissioning of two complete systems. During his opening speech, Michael Holtmann, CEO and Managing Director of BAHMÜLLER, mentioned that corrugated cardboard processing contributes a turnover of almost € 40 million to the company's business volume and continues to grow disproportionately. The company is approaching the production of its 100th TURBOX line. With the additional capacity of the new production hall, BAHMÜLLER intends to shorten the current delivery times of up to one year for machines. The company’s slogan "Team Up With Us" emphasises that BAHMÜLLER develops its products in close partnership and dialogue with its customers and incorporates the wishes and ideas of the users into its machine concepts. BAHMÜLLER has been able to recruit production and process managers from the packaging industry to continuously expand its process competence.
(Wilhelm Bahmüller Maschinenbau Präzisionswerkzeuge GmbH)

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Stora Enso and startup Sulapac have joined forces to develop renewable and ...  (Company news)

... biodegradable straws

Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by introducing a demo of a sustainable straw at Slush 2018, a global leading startup event gathering of 20 000 tech enthusiasts. The demo, targeting industrial scale production, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones. The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environment.

Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by launching a demo for sustainable drinking straws at Slush 2018, a leading startup event that gathers 20,000 tech enthusiasts from around the world. The demo, which targets production on an industrial scale, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones. The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments.

“This is an important step for Stora Enso and showcases our long-term commitment to gradually replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. Our collaboration with Sulapac is a great example of what we can achieve through partnership in terms of driving innovation to create sustainable solutions within the bioeconomy,” says Annica Bresky, EVP, Consumer Board division.

Stora Enso signed a joint development agreement with Sulapac in May 2018 to license its materials and technology. The development of the demo straw is a joint collaboration between Stora Enso and Sulapac – a cooperation which complements Stora Enso’s extensive biocomposite portfolio.

“Eco-awareness is a strong driver for consumer demand, and our customers want help in replacing non-renewable materials. Different biocomposite solutions, such as renewable caps and closures and straws will be add-ons and a complement to our own consumer board portfolio, bringing additional value to our customers,” says Hannu Kasurinen, SVP Head of Liquid Packaging and Carton Board.

Sulapac’s material works in existing extrusion lines and the target is to have the straws commercially available in Q2 2019.

“Today, we proudly announce that we are launching a demo for a recyclable, microplastic-free and marine biodegradable straw. This is the world’s most sustainable straw that can be produced on an industrial scale and we have jointly developed it with Stora Enso. Billions of plastic straws are produced and used every week. This straw has the potential to be a true game changer,” says Sulapac’s founder and CEO Suvi Haimi.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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Kimberly-Clark's Commitment to Forest Conservation Recognized with a ...  (Company news)

...2018 FSC® Leadership Award

Company recognized for its "Heart Your Planet" collaboration in North America with the World Wildlife Fund

Kimberly-Clark, along with its partners from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), were honored by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) with a 2018 Leadership Award for Kimberly-Clark and WWF's "Heart Your Planet" collaboration. The program was unanimously selected for the Uncommon Partnership award for its success in engaging consumers to look for the WWF Panda logo and FSC® label on product packaging to support responsible forest management.

"Kimberly-Clark continues to lead the U.S. tissue industry as a producer and influencer in promoting the importance of making more responsible products that use FSC®-certified fiber," said Jay Gottleib, president of Kimberly-Clark's North American Family Care business. "We are proud to have the WWF Panda logo and FSC® label printed on our packaging. This shows our support for these organizations, and demonstrates to our consumers that by using their favorite paper towel, facial and bath tissue, they are helping protect our forests."

The "Heart Your Planet" collaboration launched in 2017, and was the first on-pack awareness campaign of its kind for WWF in the U.S. For over a year, consumers have seen this messaging collaboration on trusted Kimberly-Clark brands, including Kleenex®, Scott, Cottonelle and Viva.

"Given the popularity of Kimberly-Clark's brands and WWF with consumers, this partnership is essential to increase consumer preference for FSC®-certified products from responsibly managed forests," said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council U.S.

Kimberly-Clark was the first U.S tissue manufacturer to offer branded FSC®-certified products starting with Kleenex® facial tissue, and it is the first in the industry to have 100% of its suppliers certified as providing fiber from responsibly managed sources. The company also continues its commitment to sourcing 100% virgin wood fiber for its products from certified sources, and it is expanding this commitment to fiber-based packaging. Since 2009, Kimberly-Clark has increased the use of environmentally preferred fibers, including FSC®-certified fiber, in its global tissue products to 89 percent. This is the third FSC® Leadership Award Kimberly-Clark has received since 2014.
(Kimberly-Clark Corp.)

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Sappi Europe to increase prices for Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated paper grades ...  (Company news)

... by 6-8% by January 1st

Due to continued high pulp prices and increasing energy and transportation costs, the longer term economic viability of our paper assets remains at risk.

Sappi is therefore forced to pass on this cost inflation by increasing its CWF and UWF prices in sheets and reels by 6-8% effective on deliveries from January 1st 2019 for all European and Overseas markets. This follows previous announcements made for its LWC and MWC grades.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

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Expansion in Laakirchen: New production and office areas for Voith  (Company news)

Voith is expanding its facility in Laakirchen. For more efficient production, the company is currently extending its production areas by around 3,150 square meters. It is also adding new offices and a logistics hall with a new access road for heavy goods vehicles.

A large proportion of global paper production is done on Voith machines and equipment. The technology group, which has its head office in Heidenheim, Germany, delivers rolls for paper machines all over the world from its facility in Laakirchen, Austria. As well as producing new rolls, the Laakirchen plant also receives rolls for servicing at regular intervals, e.g. for the renewal of roll covers. The different types of rolls have various functions, e.g. they help guide the paper webs evenly through the machine, and are used for dewatering, pressing and drying. They also ensure that the paper has a uniform smoothness and gloss. In addition, the rolls, which can be up to 15 meters long and weigh as much as 120 metric tons, have to master speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour.

The purpose of the expansion is to be able to assemble the rolls with as little effort and waiting times as possible and thus significantly accelerate the entire process. Following the expansion, this will be achieved by systematic cycle timing, the clear separation of production lines and a realigned machining tool. “Through this comprehensive investment in Laakirchen we are underscoring our leading role for the European paper industry in respect of rolls, roll covers and associated services,” says Manfred Jaspersen, Operations Manager of Voith Paper Rolls. Due to its central location, Laakirchen is the ideal site for facilitating short routes to customers.
(Voith Paper Rolls GmbH & Co KG)

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Metsä Board invokes the power of storytelling to promote the T2 Christmas tea range  (Company news)

Following the success of the T2 2016 and 2017 Christmas tea ranges, Metsä Board has once again helped develop attention-grabbing packaging for the T2 2018 Christmas gifting range. Working closely with T2 Metsä Board's design team created a variety of different packaging solutions including a cracker shaped box, mulled wine tree decoration boxes and a wonderful 12 Days of Christmas Tea Advent Calendar.

For such a prestigious packaging project the choice of paperboard was critical. By specifying MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright, T2 was able to achieve a premium look as well ensuring that all the packaging was light weight, safe for food contact and had excellent sensory and hygiene properties. The high whiteness and smoothness ensured excellent printability and the effective use of special effects.

The highlight of the T2 2018 Christmas gifting range is the 'Blame it on the 12 days of Christmas' advent calendar. The package consists of two boxes joined together with one single paper sleeve that acts like a book binding. The result is a book-like structure that can be magically turned both to the left and to the right, to reveal individual compartments covered by perforated tabs.

Cyril Drouet, Packaging Services Director APAC, Metsä Board, commented on this seasonal project; "We enjoy working closely with T2 as they understand the role that packaging plays as part of their overall brand proposition. This year we are particularly excited about the advent calendar which allowed our designers to focus upon creating an engaging consumer opening experience whilst using the full potential of our paperboard from a structural design perspective."
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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Domtar: Communication Paper Mills Report Record Performance  (Company news)

This year is shaping up to be a great year for slush pulp and paper production at our seven communication paper mills. Both slush pulp and paper are running at record-level production thanks to our colleagues across our Pulp and Paper business and our continuous improvement efforts. Given the current market demand for paper, our strong performance couldn’t have come at a better time.

Paper productivity in the third quarter at our seven communication paper mills (Hawesville, Johnsonburg, Kingsport, Marlboro (photo), Nekoosa, Rothschild and Windsor) exceeded budget by 80 short tons per day. At the same time, daily production of slush pulp — wood fiber that’s been cooked down and bleached to a consistency perfect for making paper or market pulp –— surpassed the third quarter budget by nearly 200 air-dried metric tons per day. That’s a new company record for quarterly slush pulp production, which helped deliver a successful third quarter for the business.

“2018 has been a great year for us so far,” says Bill Edwards, vice president of manufacturing for communication papers. “Our increased production is really helping support the increased customer demand we’re seeing for uncoated freesheet paper.”

After a challenging first quarter, we had five of the six best months of slush pulp production in our company’s history. That prompted DomtarPresident & CEO John Williams to comment during a recent earnings call that our strong corporate performance was driven by solid business fundamentals within our Pulp and Paper operations.

Those solid business fundamentals are evident in the way each mill has worked with our continuous improvement and reliability teams to develop and share operational best practices across our mill network. Our systemwide use of PARCview and other data-tracking software allows us to share ideas and collaborate on new ways to optimize slush pulp and paper production while using fewer bleaching chemicals. This benefits not only the environment but also our bottom line through greater productivity at lower costs.

“We’re committed to maintaining our position as North America’s leading uncoated freesheet producer,” Edwards says. “I’m proud that our operations have been keenly focused on doing everything we can to ensure we’re able to meet our customers’ needs and take advantage of the favorable market conditions.”

Additionally, Edwards points to our communication paper mills’ focus on preventative maintenance practices that keep them running as efficiently as possible around the clock while minimizing downtime for planned maintenance outages.
(Domtar Inc.)

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Apex International appoints Anton Lesscher as Corrugated Market Director  (Company news)

Anton Lesscher (photo) is appointed as Corrugated Market Director to complete the sales management and further continue the formalization and professionalization of the Apex organization. After his study as mechanical engineer in Holland he worked in an international company where he collected his first training experience combined with a hands-on mentality.

In 1991 he made his first steps into the Corrugating Industry, when he was appointed as process trainer at one of the leading machine manufacturers in the Corrugated Board industry. The next 9 years he was involved in the start-up of more than 100 corrugators worldwide. Troubleshooting on running corrugators was part of the job as well as support in demonstrating corrugators. Anton created a training program based on the 3 critical disciplines of the Corrugator process, being Process, Electrical and Mechanical and the training included staff of existing, new and operational corrugators. The next step was to set up a self-reliant Service Department and Anton became the VP Training of this business unit. A few years later, an independent daughter company was set up and Anton became CEO of this company. The target was to streamline all service and after-sales activities and it also involved the development, training and implementation of maintenance contracts on a global scale.

AntonLesscher-SDue to several reasons, Anton switched branches, however, his heart beats for the corrugated industry and therefore, he is delighted to be able to return to this industry in the role of Market Director Corrugated for Apex International, where he has the opportunity to apply all of his corrugating experience.

The past weeks he has spend his time in the production facility in Hapert/NL watching the motivation, knowledge and craftsmanship of the staff. Furthermore, he was introduced to the Corrugated industry through commercial events like the Apex Corrugated Beginners Class organized for the Benelux market (October 4th) and he gave a Sales training to the Commercial Staff.

In his words “The challenge is: next level! In my opinion Apex is ready for a next (big) step. I want to restore the relationship with the corrugated industry and bring Apex further as an unparalleled partner for products, concepts and service levels that benefit the corrugated industry”.

56 year old Anton is father of 4, living with his German wife Ines and loves to cycle racing, hiking, photography, modern art (collecting), reading and last but not least traveling and meeting different/other cultures.
(Apex Europe B.V.)

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Karlsson will become a member of Group Senior Management.

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

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

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Sonoco Announces New Senior Leadership Structure  (Company news)

-Arthur Retiring Following 34 Years of Service
-Fuller, Coker to Lead Global Consumer and Industrial Businesses

Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, announced a new senior leadership structure overseeing the Company’s Global Consumer- and Industrial-related businesses, according to Rob Tiede, president and chief executive officer. The changes are effective January 1, 2019.

Vicki Arthur, senior vice president, Plastics Packaging and Protective Solutions, is retiring from Sonoco after 34 years of service.

Rodger Fuller (photo) has been named Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Packaging, Display & Packaging and Protective Solutions. Fuller will have responsibility for all of Sonoco’s Consumer-related businesses, including Global Rigid Paper and Closures; Global Plastics; Global Flexible Packaging; Display & Packaging; and Protective Solutions. In addition, he will have responsibility for several support organizations, including Marketing and Innovation; Consumer Technology; Supply Management and Logistics; and Quality.

Howard Coker has been named Senior Vice President, Global Paper/Industrial Converted Products. Coker will lead all of Sonoco’s Industrial-related businesses, including Industrial Europe/Asia/Australia/New Zealand; Tube and Core, U.S. & Canada; Paper/Adhesives, U.S. and Canada; Sonoco Recycling; Conitex; Reels; Industrial, Latin America; and Industrial, Brazil. He will also have several support organizations reporting to him, including Global Safety; Industrial Supply Chain, Americas; and Global SPS (Sonoco Performance System).

“Rodger and Howard have deep Consumer and Industrial leadership experience, with each accumulating 33 years of committed service to Sonoco,” said Tiede. “While we will maintain four segments for financial reporting purposes, moving to a more simplified Consumer and Industrial leadership structure will help speed decision making and drive accountability throughout our organization.”

Fuller, 57, was previously Senior Vice President, Paper/Engineered Carriers U.S./Canada & Display and Packaging. Prior to this, he was Group Vice President, Paper and Industrial Converting, U.S. and Canada, and Vice President, Global Primary Materials Group. Rodger began his career at Sonoco in 1985 in the Consumer sector of Sonoco having held several senior leadership positions, including Vice President, Global Rigid & Closures and Global Plastics. He has a BS degree in Business from Berry College and MBA from Emory University.

Coker, 56, has significant international experience with Sonoco and most recently was Senior Vice President, Global Rigid Paper and Closures (RPC) & Paper/Engineered Carriers International. He also was Group Vice President of RPC & Paper/Engineered Carriers International and was Vice President, Global RPC and Plastics. Coker has a BA degree from Wofford College and MA in Business from Wake Forest University.

Arthur, 60, joined Sonoco in 1984 and held numerous management-level positions in corporate accounting, financial reporting and Treasury. She served as Staff Vice President and Controller for several Sonoco businesses before being named Sonoco’s Staff Vice President and Treasurer in 2002. Vicki was Vice President, Global Corporate Customers from 2008 through 2011, where she had P&L responsibility for Sonoco’s seven largest global packaged goods (CPG) customers with annual sales of more than $1 billion. From there she became Vice President and General Manager of Protective Solutions and then added responsibility for the Company’s Plastics businesses in 2017. Arthur graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Accounting and received an MBA from Duke University.

“It would be impossible to recount everything that Vicki has done over her career at Sonoco. As Senior Vice President of Plastic Packaging and Protective Solutions, and as a member of our Corporate Executive Committee, Vicki had responsibility for businesses with more than 50 operating facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with sales of approximately $1.5 billion and more than 4,000 associates,” said Tiede. “Yet a list of positions does not come close to capturing the true measure of her contribution to Sonoco. Her humbleness, her sense of humor, her humanity and her willingness to help others are the things that will be remembered by those impacted by her friendship and her leadership.”
(Sonoco Products Co)

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BOBST best positioned to respond to sustainability challenges  (Company news)

Brand Owners - PepsiCo, Unilever, Nestlé, Mars, Coca Cola Company - to name a few, are challenging their suppliers to achieve the target of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

Photo: The brand request is causing one of the biggest technological shifts in the industry in recent times. Steve Carey, Managing Director of Bobst Manchester outlines how the company is in a unique position to offer fully new and sustainable solutions.

Centre of Excellence for High Barrier
In Manchester, we have established a Centre of Excellence for High Barrier; this enables research and development on barrier solutions which are key to the food packaging industry. It is essential that food packaging has a good barrier to prevent oxygen and moisture getting inside the packaging and thus spoiling the food; a high barrier extends the shelf life of the product therefore reducing food waste. Research and development work is carried out in the Competence Centre on the most commonly used flexible substrates for food packaging which include Polypropylene (PP), Polyester (PET), Nylon, Cast Polypropylene (CPP) and Polyethylene (PE) on the latest state of the art vacuum metallization equipment and wet coating equipment for the application of top coats. We are able to rapidly optimize and prototype packaging solutions for the industry using novel combinations of vacuum and wet coatings by exploiting the synergies in the Bobst Group between the two different coating methods of vacuum coating and wet coating to give improved barrier and therefore improved shelf life for brand owners’ products.

Innovative Solutions for Recycling
One of the key advantages of vacuum metallization is the ability to achieve an excellent barrier to oxygen and moisture at extremely thin coating weights (10 nanometres thickness). When this is compared to conventional wet coating layers which may be 1 - 2 microns thick, the amount of vacuum deposited material is insignificant in comparison which makes it much easier to recycle which is an important consideration going forward for brand owners.

For good environmental sustainability, the target is to move to mono-material substrates; historically in our industry, food packaging solutions have been designed to optimize appearance, packing line speed and barrier properties with little or no regard to the ease of recyclability. The consequence is that the majority of flexible packages are made up of different materials which are not compatible to be recycled together so for recycling to take place, the materials need to be separated which is a huge obstacle.

The technology shift required to move to mono-material substrates and thus easily recycled material will necessitate significant investment. This means that co-operation along the value chain is necessary to work on end to end solutions. In keeping with this, we have recently forged new partnerships across the industry where we have focused our resources and have been participating in a number of initiatives.

One such example was the search for unified sustainability and recycling solutions for mono-material substrates, co-ordinated by leading packaging experts. We knew that achieving this would require collaboration along the value chain starting with the raw material supplier (resin producer), then the film producer and finally the film packaging manufacture, in this case the manufacturer of a stand-up pouch. Partners working with BOBST on this initiative include Borealis and Borouge (Spain) for resin production, Hosokawa Alpine (Austria) for converting of the raw material into film and GEA (the Netherlands) for the production of the stand-up pouch; this project is a true example of across the board collaboration. Our role in this partnership was the use of our Competence Centres in Manchester and Italy to provide a full solution to prepare the newly created PE film for conversion into the final pouch without damaging the barrier. As a result of this project, we have assisted in the creation of a fully recyclable mon-material suitable for food packaging.

Challenges and the Future
In each section of the packaging value chain there is the need to innovate. For us, the challenge really is to improve shelf life by using coatings on lower quality films to improve the barrier properties to that of a higher quality film. This challenge is not only existent in mature markets such as Europe and North America but is also being driven very strongly in emerging markets in particular India.

The current climate is very challenging for producers of plastic films and as a solutions provider to this industry, we need to continue to innovate in the area of recyclability and sustainability. This means alongside being at the forefront of developing innovative barrier solutions, we are also looking to reduce the amount of material used in the packaging film, a process known as Delayering. Finally going forwards, we additionally wish to consider alternative solutions which are more environmentally friendly and have a massively diminished carbon footprint.
(Bobst Manchester Ltd)

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Cascades announces an investment of US$58 million to modernize tissue converting capacity ...  (Company news)

... at its Wagram, NC plant

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, is pleased to announce an investment of US$58 million in its Wagram plant in North Carolina that will modernize the plant and add new tissue converting equipment. These project investments are part of the capital expenditure envelope previously announced by the Company.

The project will involve the installation of five new state-of-the-art converting lines and the modernization of four existing lines. Sixty-six full time employees will be hired to operate the new equipment, and an additional 50 temporary jobs will be created to prepare the building and install the equipment. The commissioning of the new converting lines is expected to begin in April 2019 and will be finalized in the first quarter of 2020.

The Wagram plant produces hand towels, paper towels, bathroom tissue and napkins marketed under the Cascades PRO brand, which serves the Away-from-Home markets. The plant will be largely supplied by the Cascades tissue plant located 30 miles away, in Rockingham . Upon completion of the project, the Wagram plant converting capacity will increase from 5.3 million cases per year to close to 15 million cases per year, resulting in a global capacity addition of 3 million cases for the Group.

Mario Plourde , Cascades President and CEO stated: "This modernization project is directly aligned with the objectives set out in our strategic plan. It will not only allow us to replace ageing equipment with modern and efficient technology, but will also improve our integration rate, increase our geographical footprint and extend our ability to serve our customers in the United States . With today's challenging market conditions, this is a crucial investment that will reduce our manufacturing and transportation costs, improve our environmental footprint and more importantly, bring us closer to our customers."

Jean Jobin , Cascades Tissue Group President and Chief Operating Officer added that "modernizing and adding equipment to the Wagram plant will also help improve Cascades' product offering by allowing us to produce superior quality products, benefit from the latest technology to provide our customers with new, innovative products and increase capacity to meet the future need of our customers. It is a strategic investment that will solidify our presence in the Southeastern United States and strengthen our ability to offer nationwide coverage for our customers."

"International manufacturers like Cascades are thriving in North Carolina ," said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper . "Our state's global reputation attracts new investments and jobs because companies know North Carolina's skilled industrial workers will help them succeed here. These new jobs are an extra welcome boost for an area working to recover from Hurricane Florence."

Cascades would like to mention that this project has been made possible in part by the cooperation and financial support of governments and economic development organizations of North Carolina and Scotland County.
(Cascades Inc.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Esko opens new flexo platemaking facility, complete with unique customer experience center  (Company news)

With the continued expansion of Esko’s flexo platemaking business, the company has moved its operations to a new, larger plant in Itzehoe, Germany. The new 4300 sqm facility is a center of innovation for Esko with all flexo operations.

Esko (, reported it has opened a brand-new facility in Itzehoe, Germany, to consolidate its flexo platemaking business under one roof, including research, engineering, product development, testing, and production.

Customer Experience Center
The facility features a complete Customer Experience Center where customers and industry partners can immerse themselves in the technical and business details of flexography. The new center is set up to demonstrate and teach how Esko masters the entire flexo platemaking eco-system, from design and prepress, through color management, flexo plate preparation, imaging and exposure, right up to cutting plates ready for mounting on the printing press. The new customer experience center at the Itzehoe site means that Esko will be able to produce the highest quality plates for testing and benchmarks.

Production and Assembly
Assembly of the worlds’ leading flexo plate imaging devices CDI Crystal and CDI Spark, and of the game changing flexo plate exposure systems XPS Crystal, will take place in this new Itzehoe plant.

The new facility was designed from the ground up to meet the business and production needs of Esko’s thriving digital flexo business, optimizing operational excellence. “We have been extremely pleased with the entire process, from the laying of the first stone through to the move and start-up of production in this brand-new facility,” said Holger Jacobsen, Esko’s Plant Manager. “Everyone – from the architect and builder to all of our suppliers and staff – worked together to achieve a challenging schedule. It’s a modern environment, a great workplace for our staff, and a welcoming setting where we will host many visitors in the future.”

Unique Position in Flexo
Esko has been a pioneer in digital flexo out of its existing Itzehoe facilities for more than a quarter of a century. Itzehoe is the birthplace of digital flexo platemaking, and today Esko maintains a share of over 70% in this market worldwide. Esko systems are neutral and open to almost all types of digital flexo plates. In the global flexo printing industry, Esko is considered a pivotal player, closely connected to all major flexo press vendors, plate manufacturers, and a wide range of suppliers to the industry.

Esko’s President Udo Panenka sees a strong future for Esko’s flexo platemaking business and the Itzehoe plant: “Itzehoe will continue to be the epicenter of everything flexo-related, from development to service delivery. In recent years, the industry has continued to applaud innovations out of Itzehoe, such as the award winning XPS Crystal systems for UV exposure of flexo plates, which set a new standard of quality, consistency and productivity. Also, the recently introduced Print Control Wizard, a smart tool that makes it extremely easy to select the best screen set for each substrate and application, has been enthusiastically received by the market. And there is more to come.”

The move to a new facility is another indication of the investment levels Esko is devoting to the strategically important digital flexo platemaking market. “We are well positioned to tap into the significant opportunities to simplify and automate the entire flexo platemaking process, from design to the finished plate ready to be mounted on the press, and we are pursuing those on behalf of our customers and the industry at large. We are extremely pleased with this important milestone, and we are looking forward to a bright and innovative flexo future!” concludes Panenka.
(Esko Belgium)

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Two DS Smith Tecnicarton solutions awarded at IPA Awards 2018  (Company news)

Both of them have been obtained in the category of Technological Innovation

Two DS Smith Tecnicarton solutions have been awarded in the V edition of the Inspirational Packaging Awards (IPA Awards). It is a 5-wave foldable export solution and ESD-treated trays for products with electronic components that have been awarded in the category of Technological Innovation. Fernando Arrufat, general manager of the company, was in charge of receiving both awards in the award ceremony held within the framework of EMPACK 2018, which took place in Madrid on 12 and 13 November, where the company also exhibited its latest developments in industrial packaging.

The jury, made up of professionals and experts from the packaging industry, assessed the disruptive nature of the solutions presented by DS Smith Tecnicarton in terms of technological innovation. In particular, the 5-wave folding export solution presents two important innovations. It presents a great improvement on the current folding modes, since it is formed by an exclusive folding system that forms a single piece making pallet, bottom and body at the same time and is designed to be assembled with a single movement, saving costs in the assembly processes.

In addition to the five waves that make up the laminated body, the last one goes in a counter-channel direction (crossed channels), which reinforces the BCT level and increases exponentially the resistance to axial forces. This translates into greater resistance to buckling, greater stacking capacity, saving storage space, and fewer occupational hazards, more safety, less weight, and less assembly time thanks to the replacement of wood reinforcement elements.

As for ESD-treated trays for products with electronic components, there are also two innovations. On the one hand, it has an ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) treatment to avoid electrostatic charges that can considerably damage the product when packed. The packaging is equipped with a specific system that allows the electrostatic current to be discharged automatically through it. This ensures that the parts arrive in perfect condition at their destination.

On the other hand, the packaging has an exclusive assembly system that respects the environment and totally eliminates contaminating elements such as adhesives and glues. At the same time, it ensures the health and integrity of the operators by eliminating staples or any other fastening device that may increase the risk of an accident. It is made up of a series of flanges that make the packaging a very quick and simple assembly and disassembly mechanism, thus reducing time.

It is a monomaterial packaging that can be manufactured in corrugated cardboard or polypropylene, which also reduces the costs of assembly by materials. In addition, the pieces are completely embedded in its interior as both the bottom and sides are die-cut to prevent displacement or damage during transport. Several of these trays can be combined to form a set that completes a container, optimising así́ the space in logistics and transport.

As Francisco Correa, the company's Technical Director, explains, "this type of award is an important recognition by the sector of our innovative effort and, at the same time, a great responsibility. In DS Smith Tecnicarton we will maintain our level of demand to continue offering our customers innovative solutions and customized to the needs that arise.
(Tecnicarton Portugal)

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Rengo to Exhibit at EcoPro 2018  (Company news )

Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; Chairman, President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces that it will exhibit at EcoPro 2018. The title of this year’s exhibition is “Environment and Society of the SDGs Era, and to the Future.”

The theme of Rengo’s booth will be “Corrugated Packaging Museum,” embodying Rengo’s “Less is more.” concept for sustainable packaging producing. We hope visitors will take the opportunity to visit the Rengo booth.

Overview of EcoPro 2018
Schedule December 6 (Thu) – 8 (Sat), 2018; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue Tokyo International Exhibition Center “Tokyo Big Sight”
Organizer Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry, Nikkei Inc.
Rengo booth East Hall 6, booth 6-21

Main exhibits at Rengo’s booth
▪ Outstanding characteristics of and recycling structures for corrugated packaging
▪ Products made with cellulose (viscose), a biodegradable material
▪ Rengo Smart Display Packaging (RSDP), a part of the Retail Mate series, which improves the efficiency of unpacking and stocking products in stores
▪ Functional corrugated packaging with functions such as water resistance, fire retardancy, and low friction
▪ Disaster response products such as corrugated board beds
(Rengo Co Ltd)

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Picture: From left to right: Laurent Owezareck Avery Dennison, Sandro Gardoch from SMAG Graphique, Rateau Stephane from SMAG Graphique, Jordi Baeta Avery Dennison. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR410)

To accommodate easier market access for label converters, looking to offer RFID conversion solutions to their customers, Avery Dennison and French converting equipment manufacturer SMAG Graphique have joined forces.

As part of this partnership, Avery Dennison’s customers can visit SMAG Graphique’s showroom in Savigny sur Orge (France). Here the machine manufacturer showcases its dedicated RFID inserting machines for roll to roll RFID insertion and encoding.

Label converters who are new to conversion of RFID labels, will receive full technical and operational training from SMAG Graphique to help achieve maximum efficiency and yield. SMAG Graphique can also support label converter with the production of their first order of RFID enabled labels based on Avery Dennison RFID inlays.

Jordi Baeta, market development manager RFID EMEA at Avery Dennison comments: “This partnership helps lower the obstacles experienced by many converters who consider offering RFID label conversion solutions to their customers. In our RFID Innovation Center in the Netherlands, converters can experience first-hand how intelligent labels are improving efficiency in manufacturing and commerce across many industries, take part in live demonstrations, meet our RFID experts and get hands-on experience with the technology of tomorrow. While in SMAG’s showroom they can experience how our RFID products are inserted in their printed labels.”

Stéphane Rateau, general manager at SMAG Graphique, adds: “Together with Avery Dennison, we can now offer converters a comprehensive end-to-end primer on how they can grow their business by adding RFID solutions to their service offering.”

Under this partnership, Avery Dennison and SMAG Graphique will also team up during several RFID industry events. Including on 20-21 November, at Avery Dennison’s RFID Master Academy where SMAG Graphique will provide a live demonstration of their RFID inserters at Avery Dennison’s European head offices in Oegstgeest.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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ABB offers exclusive preview of a new application that will help customers work smarter  (Company news)

Pioneering digital technology company ABB will be previewing a new application at SPS IPC Drives fair that will help customers achieve higher levels of productivity and improve economic return to meet their performance and quality objectives.

The Asset Management Application is a digital solution that enables process industries to manage and protect their assets through predictive and preventative maintenance to avoid costly failures. Cost effective management becomes a reality through the optimization of workflows and in-depth analysis of results, offering efficient asset management strategies that enable smarter, more informed decisions.

The application offers industrial plants real-time condition monitoring of equipment, connected devices and field devices to reduce unscheduled downtime, prevent equipment failures and optimize operation and maintenance of the installed base. ABB enables predictive and preventative maintenance by diagnosing asset conditions and predicting looming equipment problems on premise and, for the first time, at an enterprise’s global level. Moreover, the application enables the usage of advanced analytical methods such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze equipment problems and optimize the performance.

As geographically dispersed production sites constantly grow, global connectivity, helped by advanced cloud technologies, is an important feature. It brings added benefits of wider collaboration across teams, management and operations.

ABB AbilityTM Edge ensures a secure connection between assets and the cloud, efficiently separating IT and OT. Edge technology can also act as a platform for applications to give customers the option to operate solely on premise rather than in the cloud.

In case of a problem, users can make informed and quick decisions, based on clear recommendations. Actions range from immediate attention to scheduling maintenance in the near future and to identify issues that can be resolved during its routine maintenance of equipment. The application is available for basic instrumentation equipment across all processing and manufacturing industries, for detailed assets such as motor transformers or circuit breakers and complex electrical or rotating equipment, and mechanical handling equipment such as conveyor belts. By providing a precise cause of any equipment problem, the application also enables speedy identification and recovery, further reducing costs.

“One of our priorities when developing the Asset Management App was to provide customers with complete control over knowledge of the process. In doing so we will, for the first time, give them the flexibility to quickly create their own asset models from the intelligence they gather.” says Neil Shah, Global Product Manager for Device Management & Asset Optimization at ABB. “Asset analysis, including root-cause analysis, is another key factor in helping customers to remain competitive in today’s industrial markets.”

The Asset Management Application will be launched in the second half of 2019. It sits within ABB AbilityTM, ABB’s digital offering, which includes more than 210 Industrial Internet solutions and an Industrial Internet technology platform and cloud infrastructure. Drawing on insights across 20 plus industries and more than 40 years of experience in digital technology, ABB Ability™ helps customers to develop new processes and advance existing processes by providing insights and by optimizing planning and controlling for real-time operations. The results can flow into control systems such as ABB Ability™ System 800xA and ABB Ability™ Symphony Plus to improve key performance metrics of plants and assets.

With over 70 million connected devices, more than 70,000 digital control systems and 6,000 enterprise software solutions, ABB is a trusted leader in creating digital solutions for customers in the industrial space.
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

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A&R Carton Graz awarded the Red Dot for high design quality  (Company news)

AR Packaging Group - Outstanding and award winning: as part of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018, A&R Carton Graz has succeeded in winning over the 24-member jury with its packaging design project. Over several days, the experts examined, discussed and evaluated more than 8,600 international communication design works. They awarded the coveted Red Dot for the high design quality and creative achievement of AR Carton Graz’ Tenz PEEKBOX.

Developed and produced for TENZ GmbH, an Austrian specialist for fastener based in Graz, the PEEKBOX was especially designed to support the sales force as well as to be an outstanding give-away at trade shows. As the product itself is a low-energy wood construction screw with innovative stairs thread technology, the packaging had to have a smart connection to the product instead of merely displaying a screw.

Keeping that in mind the Graz design team thought of a box that emphasizes the novel effect of the screw and awakens curiosity. Hence the name PEEKBOX - which was born during a joint brainstorming session with the customer. The solution was then a folding box in which the screw can rotate without changing its position or without damaging the box. At the same time, the screw also serves as a knob to open the packaging and provides an extra haptic effect.

"We are very proud of our packaging developers, who have demonstrated their creativity on several occasions in recent years and have already brought some prestigious awards to Graz and to the AR Packaging Group. Due to that success at previous awards, Tenz actually became aware of us and wanted to work with our designers, " says Peter Szabó, Managing Director of A&R Carton Graz.

The prestigious prize was awarded in the course of a festive ceremony on 26 October 2018. During the Designers’ Night at the ewerk Berlin, the PEEKBOX was presented to the international guests attending the event – as part of the winners exhibition “Design on Stage” which showcased the state of the art in worldwide communication design exclusively for one night. The prize-winning projects will also be presented in the International Yearbook Communication Design 2018/2019, which will be published on 15 November 2018 and distributed in around 40 countries.
(A&R Carton Graz GmbH)

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PEFC Board Elections 2018  (Company news)

Peter Latham (photo) will continue as Chairman of the PEFC International Board for another three years, following a unanimous vote by the PEFC General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Genevieve Chua, a longstanding board member and Trader representative, was elected to Vice Chair, joining Natalie Hufnagl-Jovy. Brain Kernohan (Forest Industry/Processor) and Gerald Pfiffinger (ENGO/Conservation) were both re-elected.

We are also delighted to welcome two new board members: Jin Sook Lee (Labour) and Suzette Weeding (Forestry Owner/Government).

Jin Sook Lee is the Global Campaign Director for Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), responsible for the promotion of BWI sustainable forest management. Suzette Weeding, a professional forester, is Forest Management General Manager for Sustainable Timber Tasmania.
Nominations Committee

There were also changes to the Nominations Committee, the body responsible for ensuring the balance of the Board. Dr. Bin Che Yeom (Dato) Freezailah, who has been on the Committee since 2013, stepped down after six years.

Esa Härmälä and William V. Street Jr. will continue on as the 2018 Nominations Committee, with a call for nominations for a third member expected before the end of the year.
(PEFC International)

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hubergroup stays on track to sustainable printing inks  (Company news)

Once more, first global ink manufacturer hubergroup receives Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Silver Level Material Health Certificate for Gecko gravure printing inks

Caption: Dr. Lutz Frischmann, Global Product Director Flexible Packaging, hubergroup; Material Health Certificate Silver

Sustainability is a core value of hubergroup: “As a printing ink manufacturer, we bear the heavy responsibility to protect both mankind and nature – and we intend to fulfil that responsibility through our products,” said Heiner Klokkers, member of the management board of hubergroup. “That’s why we were particularly pleased to achieve the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Material Health Assessment Silver-Level. In this model, the waste material of an old product becomes the ‘food’ of a new product, either by composting or by reprocessing. It creates a circular economy that goes beyond conventional sustainability efforts. We are proud to be an active participant in that effort.”

Product safety in compliance with conventions like the EuPIA exclusion list, Swiss Ordinance, and Nestlé guidance, is now the industry standard for packaging ink manufacturers. hubergroup takes it a step further: Through supply chain integration, the company adds transparency and in-depth knowledge of all kinds of raw material; and it also designed its production process to achieve a specific result, namely to ensure the highest level of product safety in printing inks.

In addition, hubergroup cares about the environmental footprint of the printing ink it manufactures. There are specialized organizations that provide certifications for reducing or eliminating negative impacts on the environment. EPEA, the Cradle of the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) is one of them, providing a perfect tool for hubergroup to monitor and understand the impact of its products on the environment with a holistic approach. The assessment process itself gives clear indications of where and how to minimize their influence on the environment, and helps hubergroup to become more sustainable day by day.

In mid-2017, hubergroup was the first printing ink manufacturer to receive a Cradle to Cradle certification for its products for sheetfed printing. Today, the company offers a variety of Cradle to Cradle certified offset inks for food packaging and commercial printing. The product range is compliant with food safety regulations for food-safe packaging, both for direct and indirect contact. And it also includes water based overprint varnishes.

Recently, hubergroup’s Gecko ink series received the Cradle to Cradle Silver Material Health Certificate for the Gecko Green Line Premium series. Gecko Green Line Premium is designed for flexo and gravure printing of flexible packaging applications.

Lutz Frischmann, Global Product Director Flexible Packaging, states, “Sustainability is an integral part of product development at hubergroup. Motivated by our customer Töpfer Kulmbach and by Carlsberg’s project “TogetherTowardsZero”, hubergroup has widened its effort to design a specific solvent based product portfolio. I am proud that our efforts are bearing fruit and that we are now offering the first solvent based Flexo and Gravure inks carrying the Silver Material Health Certificate. We are already experiencing a high level of customer interest as a result.”

In addition to the Material Health Certificate, a variety of Gecko products are certified and meet the requirements of ‘OK compost’ and ‘OK compost home’ from VINCOTTE, a Belgian-accredited inspection and certification organization that monitors product safety and reliability.
(Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH)

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Marbach 360° Service: Packaging services are now also available in the portfolio  (Company news)

The focus of Marbach is optimizing the performance of its customers. For this reason Marbach offers extensive services. In addition to training on the subject of die-cutting packaging, Marbach now also offers packaging services in its portfolio.

Jan Brunner, Head of Business Development at Marbach: "Packaging must not only convince in terms of appearance, but must also in smooth functionality. Only then will it be successful. This is why we not only strive to offer our customers top tooling solutions, but also additional packaging related services. With our new 360° packaging services, we support our customers right from the start. For optimized packaging functionality."

In addition to individual packaging development, through which Marbach's customers receive completely new packaging designs – matching the packaged goods – customers can also order package optimization. Not only that, but Marbach also can create and provide CAD data according to samples as well as producing samples and small series.

Brunner continues: "In practice it can happen that a beautiful packaging design is developed, but in spite of experience and expertise cannot be technically implemented. Should this happen, a compromise must be found between design and technical implementation. This costs time. And money. But if we take over the packaging development or optimization from the very beginning, customers will have the great advantage that we can directly check the technical implementation of tools during the development of packaging or the creation of data. This ensures packaging functionality. And time resources are used to best effect."
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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