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Newsgrafik #119560

BOBST “20SEVEN-We make it happen” Open House draws hundreds at Bobst Bielefeld   (Company news)

Picture: The unveiling of the BOBST 20SEVEN CI flexo printing press

The promises for it to be an event of great appeal to the flexo printing industry were all there but the huge turnout of Open House visitors greatly exceeded expectations. On 27 and 28 February 2018, the Competence Center of Bobst Bielefeld was filled to capacity with over 400 leading packaging converters and industry suppliers who travelled to Germany from more than 20 countries to discover BOBST’s new 20SEVEN CI flexo press optimized for Extended Color Gamut (ECG) printing and learn more about the ECG process.

The 20SEVEN indeed made a show of the expanded process consistency it delivers. This derives from a number of technical features relating to press vibrations, ink consistency in dosing and metering, drying at high speed and register tenure that have been engineered to give consistency, accuracy and repeatability to the printing process.

In addition to highlighting the 20SEVEN’s excellent performance, the printing demonstrations of commercial and mock packaging with multi-lane graphics, and the laboratory quality check that followed, also demonstrated the advantages of the ECG process. The Delta-E color analysis of the same print job carried out in the morning and repeated in the afternoon showed how the process can ensure brand owners of their packaging color consistency, so important for their brand recognition, anywhere in the world. Other time and cost benefits for brands and printers were presented during the wide-ranging review of the ECG process delivered by industry partners – brands, users and industry suppliers - who joined BOBST in the event.

At the close of the Open House, satisfaction ran high at Bobst Bielefeld “Being complimented enthusiastically on the new press is very gratifying as it rewards our pursuit of innovation and excellence in equipment and process performance.” commented Jens Torkel, Managing Director and Head of CI Flexo Product Line, Bobst Bielefeld “We have hit the mark with converters because we have succeeded in improving the machine functions that are fundamental to ensure process repeatability in wide-web flexo printing. The press is ideal for ECG but it also brings enhanced performance with conventional printing. This makes the 20SEVEN a win-win choice in any situation”.
(Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)

Newsgrafik #119596

Introducing Xerox Revolution NeverTear Paper  (Company news)

Beyond brochures, books and bills, you can find Domtar's communication papers in hundreds of everyday products, often in unexpected places and in unexpected ways. One of our unique product lines is Xerox® Revolution NeverTear™, a synthetic product that’s designed to hold up well under the most demanding conditions.

Previously, our market-leading Xerox synthetic product line featured three types of synthetic paper: Premium, Performance and Production. These papers helped professionals in fields ranging from healthcare to military operations print important information on paper that would last.

Recently, Domtar introduced Xerox Revolution NeverTear, which is designed to meet customers’ performance needs, as well as market demand for a lighter, more affordable synthetic paper solution with the quality customers have come to expect from the Xerox brand.

The Xerox Revolution NeverTear Advantage
Products in the Xerox Revolution NeverTear line feature improved image quality and a lighter, softer feel, as well as excellent body and stiffness for durability. As you may have guessed from the name, the products are sturdy and made to be reused, even in challenging circumstances.

Xerox Revolution NeverTear is resistant to water, chemicals and grease, the kinds of things that cause other paper to deteriorate quickly. These qualities are important for restaurant menus, military training documents and healthcare instruction manuals and charts.

“Xerox Revolution NeverTear is a great example of a product that meets customers’ specific needs,” said Domtar Brand Marketing Manager Meredith Collins. “We know our customers use paper in a variety of ways every day, and their needs vary. We’re proud to offer innovative, competitive solutions for them.”

Engineered to work well with digital printing equipment, these products have toner-receptive coatings that ensure print will not flake off. They also have antistatic layers that ensure trouble-free performance. From a sustainability perspective, Xerox Revolution NeverTear is PVC-free and recyclable.

Consider these settings where Xerox Revolution NeverTear is an ideal synthetic paper solution:
-A hospital in Canada with an in-house print shop uses Xerox Revolution NeverTear to produce a manual for paramedics in the province of Ontario. In the past, staff produced the manual on paper, but they had to replace it frequently due to wear and tear. Using Xerox Revolution NeverTear has dramatically reduced the need for replacements.
-A plant nursery found that Xerox Revolution NeverTear is perfect for plant stakes and tags. The nursery has invested in printing equipment and can now produce tags and stakes on demand, with variable data if required. This solution has cut time and waste out of the old process.
-A national pet-supply retailer found that in-store catalogs were losing pages, often when customers tore a page out for reference. By printing the catalogs on Xerox Revolution NeverTear, store employees have found that the catalogs don’t have to be replaced as often.
(Domtar Inc.)

Newsgrafik #119600

Voith SpeedSizer AT means more speed for Smurfit Kappa's PM 6  (Company news)

-SpeedSizer AT extends the operating window for packaging paper production
-Reconditioning of existing Nipco deflection compensation rolls
-Smooth startup with new components

A narrow time window, a size press operating at its maximum speed and the need for greater machine efficiency were the various challenges faced by the Voith team as it tackled the upgrade of the PM 6 at Smurfit Kappa. Thanks to excellent planning beforehand, the machine was restarted without problems one day ahead of schedule.

“The startup of the new SpeedSizer has shown how expertise and dedication bring about an excellent outcome. The project simply flew by,” says Jochem Meier, Manager Operations at Smurfit Kappa in Zülpich.

Smurfit Kappa wanted to achieve a higher production speed through its modernization of the PM 6 at the Zülpich mill. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of packaging in Europe. At its facility in Zülpich it produces premium quality testliner and recycled fluting in basis weights of 100 to 150 grams per square meter from 100 percent recovered paper.

Because the machine was only supposed to be shut down for a week for the conversion, detailed advance planning was absolutely essential for the success of the project. The excellent longstanding relationship between Voith and the customer facilitated this planning. For example, Voith’s service team had previously carried out maintenance on the PM 6 on an ongoing basis. However, the narrow time frame was just one of the challenges.

A key aspect of the project was the puddle-type size press. Equipped with a deflection compensation roll, it allowed an optimum CD profile of the nip load (linear contact pressure) and for a long time had guaranteed the high quality of the paper. But for technical reasons, the size press limited the production speed of the PM 6 to 1,150 meters per minute. Even though the size press was one of, or perhaps even the fastest in the world, it prevented the machine from being ramped up to the 1,225 meters per minute desired by the customer.

This is why Voith recommended installing a customized SpeedSizer AT with the existing Nipco deflection compensating roll system. This application system enables excellent coating and size profiles even at high speeds. Its use increases the operating window of the PM 6 and offers Smurfit Kappa more production flexibility. The SpeedSizer ensures an increase in the solids content of up to 17 percent and reduces the moisture ingress into the paper web. This results in a higher dry content downstream of the SpeedSizer AT, which helps substantially reduce drying energy and achieves much improved paper web running properties.

Voith used a Nipco roll that was already being used in the old puddle-type size press as a deflection compensation roll. Following comprehensive reconditioning, they now also ensure optimum CD profiles and consequently high paper quality in the new machine as well. The re-use of the previous rolls reduced the costs of the upgrade.

The new SpeedSizer AT plays a major role in reducing the energy consumption of the PM 6. Immediately, a 15 percent reduction in steam consumption could be achieved. The specific energy figures are of course also improved as a result of the higher production rate. A good startup is extremely helpful, because the completely closed water circuit at SK Zülpich Papier has to be evaporated again after a week of shutdown.

The use of the new UniFilm T applicator roll cover, which is very wear-resistant, ensures good metering rod service life and more efficient production. In the PM 6 they run for more than 400 hours, well above the average for comparable machines.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Announcing Ultrahide® Blockout Poster  (Company news)

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. (MPM), a family-owned manufacturer that delivers high-performance specialty papers for the technical, packaging and printing markets, introduces Ultrahide® Blockout Poster. Ultrahide is a high-performance, Forest Stewardship Council Certified, 100 percent opaque blockout poster stock ideal for indoor retail, hospitality and event signage.

Ultrahide is engineered for superior performance in varying moisture conditions. The bright white, coated printing surface is optimized for excellent photographic reproduction using offset, screen, latex inkjet, and UV inkjet printing equipment. The single-ply construction makes the product more stable and more economical than pasted alternatives on the market.

“Ultrahide is a great companion to the Ultraform™ Backlit Poster and FR Poster options in our EnviPortfolio® of printing substrates,” said Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock. “We are pleased to offer brands a better option for all their blockout applications.”

Ultrahide is offered in 8.5 point and 10.5 point calipers.
(MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)

Newsgrafik #119606

Valmet to supply a linerboard production line for WestRock Florence, South Carolina Mill in USA  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a linerboard production line with a wide automation package for WestRock Company at its mill in Florence, South Carolina, United States. The delivery will include a state-of-the-art kraft linerboard machine to replace three older, narrow-width paper machines.

The company anticipates the new machine will produce 644,000 metric tons (710,000 short t) of kraft linerboard annually. The investment will significantly increase the mill's efficiency, end-product quality and service levels. When coupled with the recently completed modern woodyard, the Florence mill will become one of the lowest cost kraft linerboard mills in North America. Start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Metsä Board raises its result guidance for January–March 2018  (Company news)

Metsä Board is raising its result guidance for the first quarter of 2018, which was announced in Metsä Board’s 2017 financial statements bulletin.

Photo: Jussi Noponen, CFO of Metsä Board Corporation

The previous guidance was: Metsä Board’s comparable operating result in the first quarter of 2018 is expected to improve slightly compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Metsä Board’s comparable operating result in the fourth quarter of 2017 was EUR 54.4 million.

The new guidance is: Metsä Board’s comparable operating result in the first quarter of 2018 is expected to improve compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.

The pulp market has remained strong in the beginning of 2018, and the market price of long-fibre pulp, which impacts on Metsä Board’s result, has continued to rise. In addition, the paperboard market has been strong and the level of operational efficiency of the mills has been high.

There are no major maintenance shutdowns during the first quarter, which has a clear positive impact on the result compared to other quarters.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119624

Fire stops production on two machines at IP's Kwidzyn mill  (Company news)

Newsprint and GC board machines damaged in the blaze. Production of uncoated woodfree paper not affected.

International Paper (IP) reports a fire incident at its Kwidzyn mill in Poland. The fire, that occured on 16 March in the early morning, was quickly extinguished, the company said. The investigation in the cause of the fire is still ongoing.

The mill's folding boxboard machine BM 4 and the newsprint PM 3 were damaged in the fire and production has been standing still since the incident. Two other machines, producing uncoated woodfree paper, were not affected and operations on both continued normally, IP announced.
(EUWID Pulp and Paper)

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Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 wins Printing News' Wide-Format & Signage Top Product Award for ...  (Company news)

... Floor Graphic Media

Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has announced that its SpotOn® Floor 200 film has won Printing News' Wide-Format & Signage Top Product Award for Floor Graphic Media.

Voted on exclusively by Printing News' Wide-Format & Signage readers, the Top Product Award for Floor Graphic Media will be presented to Darren Speizer, Drytac's Vice-President of Sales, at the upcoming ISA Expo.

SpotOn Floor 200 is simple to print and apply and can be cleanly removed without residue. The film is incredibly quick and easy to install - thanks to Drytac's unique dot-pattern adhesive - and is slip-certified, without the need for lamination, saving users both time and money.

Ideal for short-term, indoor floor graphics applications, the 8mm (200µ) embossed printable white matte monomeric PVC film can be applied to multiple surfaces including floor or ceramic tiles, sealed wood or concrete, waxed vinyl, marble, terrazzo surfaces, and more.

Drytac is showcasing the full range of SpotOn solutions, alongside its ViziPrint®, ReTac®, WipeErase™ and Polar® ranges, at the ISA Expo.
(Drytac Europe Limited)

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Pro-Gest relies on Bobst to maximize production of Pizza Boxes  (Company news)

The cooperation between BOBST and Pro-Gest Group – leader in Italy in the production of paper, cardboard and packaging – dates back to the late ’70s, when Mr. Zago, CEO of Pro-Gest, bought the first die-cutter for the production plant located in Ospedaletto di Istrana (Treviso). Since the beginning, the Italian paper packaging Group has identified in the Swiss manufacturer an excellent technological partner, able to guarantee and comply with the quality, operational efficiency and technological innovation standards necessary for the Group in order to position itself at the top of the packaging industry.

BOBST is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of equipment and services for packaging and label manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries.

Founded in 1890 by Joseph Bobst in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Company is present in more than 50 countries, runs 12 production facilities in 8 countries and employs over 5,000 people around the world.

Thanks to all these reasons and the excellent relationship between the two Groups, Pro-Gest chose BOBST once again for the purchase of three new machines allocated for the Trevikart plants in Silea and Ospedaletto di Istrana. The production process of the boxes has been completely automated over time, thanks to the Group’s significant investments, especially in the Silea plant. For this reason, Trevikart has chosen the MASTERCUT 2.1 machine, the latest generation of BOBST Autoplaten® model. Two new MASTERCUT 2.1 have already been installed in Silea to replace the previous BOBST die-cutting machines, which have been transferred to the recently acquired factories in Pontirolo Nuovo (Bergamo) and Modugno (Bari).

The third new MASTERCUT 2.1 will be installed in the first semester of 2018 in the Ospedaletto di Istrana plant. The investment aims to achieve the purposes of maximizing the production of square meters processed per hour, increasing in yield per sheet and reduction of waste due to the production process.

This is certainly achievable by using machines that reach 7,000 die-cut sheets per hour – almost twice as much as the previous generation machines – and that are equipped with POWER REGISTER, a system which allows a greater accuracy during the die-cutting process, improving the overall quality of the packaging. The width of 2,1 m, the working speed and technological precision are the main innovations of this flatbed die-cutting machine that will allow the company a substantial leap forward and will offer the final customer the best technology available in the market in terms of cutting and printing quality.

These MASTERCUT 2.1 are currently the only ones in Italy completely dedicated to the production of pizza boxes. This demonstrates the importance of the Pro-Gest investment, aimed at confirming the European leadership of Cuboxal, example for all the main players in the distribution of food products. To complete this important purchase, a dedicated training program was agreed for the machine operators who work on the MASTERCUT, in order to maximize the performance in the shortest possible time. Cuboxal, which has recently seen an increase in its production of boxes, is now ready to strengthen its role in the pizza boxes market with an even more aggressive approach in Europe and beyond.
(Pro-Gest S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #119580

Lenzing Group achieves best full-year results in its history  (Company news)

-Revenue increased by 5.9 percent to EUR 2.26 bn
-EBITDA up 17.3 percent to EUR 502.5 mn
-Dividend proposal of EUR 3.00/share plus a special dividend of EUR 2.00/share
-New brand strategy to generate a strong message to consumers
-Limited visibility for coming quarters

In 2017, the Lenzing Group reports its best financial performance ever with record revenue and earnings due to a better product mix and higher selling prices in combination with a generally favorable market environment.

Group revenue grew by 5.9 percent in the 2017 financial year to EUR 2.26 bn (2016: EUR 2.13 bn). Group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) improved by 17.3 percent to EUR 502.5 mn (2016: EUR 428.3 mn). The corresponding EBITDA margin rose to 22.2 percent (2016: 20.1 percent). Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased by 25.2 percent to EUR 371 mn, resulting in a higher EBIT margin of 16.4 percent (2016: 13.9 percent). The net profit for the year totaled EUR 281.7 mn, a rise of 23 percent from the prior-year figure of EUR 229.1 mn. Earnings per share in the 2017 financial year amounted to EUR 10.47 (2016: EUR 8.48).

The Management Board and the Supervisory Board will propose at the upcoming Annual General Meeting a stable dividend of EUR 3.00 per share plus an increased special dividend of EUR 2.00 per share (2016: EUR 1.20 per share). In total, the dividend will amount to EUR 5.00 per share, corresponding to a dividend payment to shareholders of EUR 132.75 mn.

“The Lenzing Group looks back at a very successful year 2017. We continued to implement our corporate strategy sCore TEN with great discipline and focus on our investment projects and successfully captured value in a positive market environment. Our commitment to innovation and customer centricity was underpinned by the opening of an application innovation center in Hong Kong and the creation of the new sales and marketing office in Turkey. In line with sCore TEN we decided to revamp our brand architecture and image to sharpen Lenzing’s corporate and product profiles for customers and consumers. We want to put a stronger emphasis on our ambition to make the textile and nonwoven market more sustainable”, says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group. “We are very positive about our chosen strategy as it will help us to be more resilient as we expect more headwinds in the upcoming quarters”, he adds.

Very strong balance sheet and improved return on capital
The return on capital employed (ROCE) increased to 18.6 percent compared to 15.1 percent in 2016 and adjusted equity increased by 9.9 percent to EUR 1.53 bn from the prior-year level of EUR 1.39 bn. Accordingly, the adjusted equity ratio improved to 61.2 percent (December 31, 2016: 53 percent). Despite higher capital expenditures net financial debt continued to remain at a very low level, totaling EUR 66.8 mn at the end of 2017 (December 31, 2016: EUR 7.2 mn).

CAPEX investments more than doubled
The capital expenditures (CAPEX) of the Lenzing Group more than doubled in 2017 to EUR 238.8 mn from EUR 107.2 mn in light of the capacity expansions. The increase in working capital, primarily due to the discontinuation of the factoring program, resulted in an operating cash flow in 2017 of EUR 271.1 mn down from EUR 473.4 mn in 2016.

Total expenditures for research and development, calculated according to the Frascati method, amounted to EUR 55.4 mn in the 2017 financial year (2016: EUR 46.4 mn), putting Lenzing in the top ranks of the industry both in absolute terms as well as in relation to revenue.

Sustainability driven innovation power
In 2017, the Lenzing Group presented a number of game changing sustainability innovations, that underline the ongoing transformation of Lenzing into a genuine specialist player focused on high-quality botanic materials made from the sustainable raw material wood. The introduction of TENCELTM branded lyocell fibers with REFIBRATM technology at the Première Vision trade fair in Paris in February and the launch of LENZINGTM ECOVEROTM branded viscose fibers in May were followed by the presentation of TENCELTM Luxe branded lyocell filaments. TENCELTM Luxe will open new markets for the company and for its customers and partners and will allow the company to further participate in the premium segment of the fabrics market. With the help of TENCELTM Luxe filaments Lenzing supports customers of the premium luxury fashion industry to improve their ecological footprint.

Investment program in progress
The Lenzing Group aims to increase the share of specialty fibers as a percentage of revenue to 50 percent by 2020. Next to the capacity expansion in Heiligenkreuz (Austria), to be completed in the second quarter of 2018, and the new plant in Mobile, Alabama (USA), with a start-up in 2019, Lenzing announced its intention to construct the next world-scale plant to produce LENZINGTM branded lyocell fibers in Thailand.

Focus on customer intimacy
In September 2017, the Lenzing Group opened a new textile application innovation center (AIC) in Hong Kong, thus setting a further milestone in strengthening its innovation offering to all partners along the value chain. New applications for LENZINGTM fibers will be developed and tested at the AIC. Furthermore, new sales and marketing offices were opened in Turkey and South Korea in the first half of 2017. The direct contact to customers and well-equipped showrooms featuring products made of LENZINGTM fibers serve as the basis for providing even better customer support.

New brand architecture
Lenzing will sharpen its corporate and product portfolio profile for customers and partners as well as consumers as a sustainable innovation leader. Consequently Lenzing decided in 2017 on a new brand strategy. The backbone of the new brand strategy is a brand architecture focused on fewer brands and a strong message to consumers.

The International Monetary Fund expects a further acceleration in global economic growth to 3.7 percent in 2018. However, growing protectionist tendencies in the political arena represent a source of uncertainty. Export-oriented companies in the Eurozone will also be faced with an additional challenge from the currency environment.

Developments on the fiber markets should also be positive in 2018, but with continuing volatility. Cotton prices are expected to remain at the current level and inventory levels should be constant despite the increase in production. Polyester fiber prices increased in recent quarters following years of historic lows.

The wood-based cellulose fiber segment, which is relevant for Lenzing, should see further strong demand. After years of moderate capacity expansion in the viscose sector, significant additional volumes can be expected to enter the market in 2018. The Lenzing Group is very well positioned in this market environment with its sCore TEN corporate strategy and will continue the consistent focus on growth with specialty fibers.

The Lenzing Group sees a number of, in part contradictory, factors which limit the visibility over fiber prices in 2018. The prices for several key raw materials, e.g. caustic soda, remain at a very high level and their further development is difficult to estimate. These general conditions are expected to form the basis for a challenging market environment in the standard viscose fiber business during the coming quarters; coupled with anticipated negative exchange rate fluctuations, the Lenzing Group expects its results for 2018 to be lower than the outstanding results in the last two years.
(Lenzing AG)

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Votorantim S.A. and BNDESPAR sign agreement to combine operations of Fibria and Suzano  (Company news)

Fibria, a Brazilian company that is the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, hereby announces that its controlling shareholders – Votorantim S.A. and BNDES Participações S.A. (BNDESPAR) – signed an agreement with Suzano Holding S.A. and with the other controlling shareholders of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. to combine the operations and shareholder bases of Fibria and Suzano through an ownership restructuring.

Photo: Fibria CEO Marcelo Castelli

The terms and conditions of the transaction are detailed in the Material Fact notice filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM) and also available on the Investor Relations website of Fibria.

Fibria’s Board of Directors has up to 15 days to consider and vote on the terms of the agreement. Until the date of the transaction’s consummation, Fibria and Suzano will not undergo any changes in the way they conduct their activities and will continue to operate independently.

“The move strengthens Brazil’s forestry industry. The combination of Fibria and Suzano will most certainly consolidate their paths of sustained development, operational excellence, individual dedication and talent, respect for the environment and local communities and contributing to the country,” said Fibria CEO Marcelo Castelli.
(Fibria Celulose S/A)

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WEILBURGER Graphics launches new, low-migration UV lacquer line  (Company news)

WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, based in Gerhardshofen, Franconia, has been succeeded a breakthrough in the production of low-migration UV lacquers. The company is now launching an UV lacquer, which is no longer based on “classical photoinitiator”, under the new product class SENOLITH® UV FP PLUS. The UV lacquer technology used for the first time in this new product class dispenses without the use of low-molecular photoinitiator, e.g. benzophenone or 4-methylbenzphenon, which minimize the migration of fission products. The use of low-molecular compounds < 1000 Dalton is omitted here. The UV irradiation initiates a self-crosslinking process which results in to a high crosslinking density of the polymer matrix.

The new SENOLITH® UV GLOSS LACQUER INLINE FP NDC PLUS 360430 is particularly low migration due to this new crosslinking technology. The SENOLITH® UV FP PLUS lacquers can be processed inline as well as offline with all common standard UV lamp systems.

All classical advantages of UV lacquer systems such as:
-Immediately curing
-Immediately further processing possible (inline)
-No powder application in sheetfed offset
-100 % systems (solvent-free, no VOC-emissions)
-Very high gloss, higher mechanical and chemical resistance of the lacquer film
-No skin formation
-High production speeds
-Optimal stacking properties
are also given in the company’s new UV FP PLUS lacquers.

Furthermore, the new SENOLITH® UV GLOSS LACQUER INLINE FP NDC PLUS 360430 is absolutely odorless, embossable and can also be used as carrier lacquer for effect pigments. A combination with conventional UV lacquers and primers is already possible. Further UV PLUS lacquer for hybrid effect applications, hot foil embossing as well as with different gloss levels and viscosities are currently in the test phase and will expand the spectrum of the UV FP PLUS class of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH in the future.

Arno Dürr, Sales Director of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH about the new product class: “It really makes us proud to be one of the first coating manufacturer for the graphic industry in the world to be able to market this UV technology and to have already brought a first lacquer of this new product class to market maturity. The extensive testing under real conditions by our customers even exceeded our expectations by far and we are sure that we can expect much more from this technology due to the increasingly stringent legislation in the food industry.” Arno Dürr continues: “However, it is very important to us to make it clear to our customers and users that this new product class is currently in no way as a replacement for the conventional UV technology based on low molecular photoinitiators. On the one hand, this technology, which we have perfected here for application, is still too young to be able to estimate all advantages and disadvantages compared to established UV systems. And on the other hand, there is the range of already available varnish qualities, which are simply needed for the production of a wide variety of print productions are currently not given.” Arno Dürr concluded: “In addition, of course, there is also a very important factor for our customers: economy. Due to the expensive raw materials, their low availability and the more complex processing for the production of this new UV FP PLUS lacquers compared to conventional UV lacquers, we are currently unable to offer them at comparable prices for our well-known UV lacquers. Also, the market will have to develop and adapt to the increasing demand of this new UV lacquer generation. For the moment, the application of these new self-crosslinking lacquer systems is reserved for special packaging orders for the food industry, where the highest level of safety on the part of the migration behaviour is important, but which are not conventionally producible. Of course, we are once again eagerly awaiting what our customers will do with our products in this new lacquer series and the resulting competitive advantages and how this very young market will develop in the future.”
(WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH)

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Arctic Paper further invests in sustainable hydro power at Munkedal Mill  (Company news)

On the 12th of March, the Management Board of Arctic Paper decided to invest 70 million SEK in an expansion of the hydro power plant at the Munkedal mill, strengthening the mill’s sustainability profile. The investment will double the amount of Arctic Paper Munkedal’s energy supply produced by environmentally friendly hydro power, which increases the mill’s energy self-sufficiency. Completion of the project is planned for the last quarter of 2019.

"We believe paper is a material for the future, both as a medium for communication but also as a natural material based on renewable resources. The expansion of hydro power gives us sustainable energy at a reasonable cost, which strengthens our competitiveness," says Per Skoglund (photo), CEO of Arctic Paper S.A..

All necessary permissions are in place. During the construction phase the Group plans to finance the project out of its own funds. After completion of the project the costs will be refinanced with bank credit. Arctic Paper has already signed a letter of intent with Swedbank for refinancing.

Sustainability at Arctic Paper is always about the whole production process. The mill in Munkedal is an industry leader within water usage, using as littles as 3m3 per tonne of paper. Low, concentrated water flow requires less energy, and doubling the use of environmentally friendly hydropower is a step towards making the whole production process even more sustainable.

Arctic Paper Munkedal manufactures high quality uncoated, wood-free graphical paper, mainly under the Munken brand. Munken is one of the most renowned brands and the product range caters to a wide spectrum of printing needs, in particular book printing, advertising and marketing material. The mill has a production capacity of 160,000 tonnes.
(Arctic Paper S.A.)

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Pidilite Industries Limited and Germany’s Jowat SE enter into collaboration  (Company news)

Picture: Jowat SE, Detmold

Mumbai, INDIA & Detmold, GERMANY: Pidilite Industries Ltd, a leading manufacturer of adhesives in India, has entered into a collaboration with Jowat SE, a German family-owned enterprise and one of the leading suppliers of industrial adhesives worldwide. As part of the collaboration, Pidilite will now exclusively handle sales and distribution of the entire range of Jowat adhesives in India and other neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. In addition to this, the two companies have also entered into a technical collaboration encompassing the high growth, specialised category of Hot Melt adhesives. This will provide a comprehensive range of Thermoplastic Hot Melt adhesives for use in several industrial, and modular and other wooden furniture segments.

Mr. Bharat Puri, Managing Director, Pidilite Industries Limited, said, “The collaboration is in line with Pidilite’s ambitions to continuously improve its already strong market position in all the segments where it is present, and especially in adhesives. Pidilite’s leading presence in several consumer product segments, with hugely popular brands, is complemented by a large range of industrial products, developed and marketed to meet specific requirements in the country. The synergies between Jowat and Pidilite in terms of product range, customer segments served and technologies deployed are clear and visible. Both companies together are uniquely placed to capitalise on the healthy prospects for growth in the segments targeted.”

Mr. Klaus Kullmann, Member of the Board of Directors of Jowat SE, said, “We see a strong platform for sustained growth through collaboration with Pidilite. Jowat has pioneered the development of several high end adhesive products, and has constantly undertaken development work at the cutting edge of adhesive technology. The company’s core competence lies in innovation in both technology and R&D, and in delivering outstanding technical service to customers. There is an excellent value match between Pidilite and Jowat to meet the future needs of customers for quality products in all high-growth segments such as furniture, packaging, automotive, and textile, among others, where specialised adhesives are used.”

The collaboration is for the long term, and leverages the well-known strengths and capabilities of the two companies. It aims to provide best-in-class technology and products to customers, comprising of manufacturers of furniture and varied industrial products with requirement of adhesives.
(Jowat SE)

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Unique solutions from BOBST at Print4All and Bobst Italia Open House   (Company news)

The 2018 Print4All exhibition takes place from 29th May to the 1st June in Milan, Italy, with a new extended format offering a wide showcase of printing and converting technologies in all market segments. The BOBST stand E23/D24 in hall 18, will impress visitors with the vast number of innovative and highly efficient solutions and applications in the flexible material, folding carton, and corrugated board industries.

This includes the very latest developments in the series of new BOBST web-fed technology products and process solutions introduced since last year. For example, there is the very latest 20SEVEN CI flexo press, which was launched in February 2018 and brings the advantages of process consistency and repeatability to a new level with both conventional or Extended Color Gamut printing.

In the narrow-web segment, the unique process performance of BOBST inline UV flexo printing presses and the Digital Automation concepts will be highlighted. In coating and vacuum metallizing the solutions presented will highlight the wide range of market segments and applications served by BOBST equipment. These include the extended portfolio of CO coating solutions, the new K5 VISION vacuum metallizer and dedicated processes like the AluBond® for enhancing substrate functionalities.

For gravure and lamination, visitors will be able to see live the advantages of BOBST technologies for flexible packaging from the actual machines in operation, by visiting the Competence center of Bobst Italia’s production plant in San Giorgio Monferrato.

In the sheet-fed sector, BOBST will emphasize the latest equipment and systems delivering the highest performance in manufacturing productivity and quality in die-cutting, folding-gluing and hot foil stamping. These include the exceptionally productive MASTERCUT 106 PER 3.0 die-cutter with a production speed up 11,000 sheets/h - all day, every day - and the MASTERFOLD 75/110. Both are a new generation of machines, leading innovation in die-cutting and folding-gluing respectively. The MASTERFOIL 106 PR, the latest generation of high performance hot foil stampers, will be included in this group of machines combining efficiency and quality. In-line systems such as the ACCUCHECK for zero fault packaging, the ACCUBRAILLE GT for Braille embossing and SPEEDWAVE 3 for high-speed production of crash-lock bottom boxes, will also be part of the products highlighted in the sheet-fed sector.

Also showcased at Print4All will be the extensive range of BOBST equipment service packages and connected services for remote monitoring and troubleshooting, designed to enable users to maintain installed equipment in the best condition and at optimum production levels.
(Bobst Mex SA)

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The Sofidel Group announces a new strategic greenfield investment in Oklahoma  (Company news)

The Sofidel Group, one of the global leaders in tissue paper production for sanitary and household uses, strengthens its position in the US by announcing a new investment.

The company announced a new “greenfield” investment for an integrated plant (tissue production and converting facilities) in Oklahoma. The new production site will be located in Inola, Rogers County, near the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Thanks to its South-Central position in the US, the area offers well-established logistics as well as affordable sources of energy and an expert workforce.

“I am glad to announce this new greenfield investment – the second one, after the first made in Ohio. This new investment will support our growth in the US significantly, being the American market one of the crucial ones for our Group” commented Luigi Lazzareschi (photo), CEO of Sofidel Group. “Sofidel will build here a new, modern integrated plant to serve the South-Central and Central-Western areas of this great country, where we have been operating since 2012 and we have been growing year after year at a very fast pace. I would like to thank all the partners that have supported us in making this new project, they have played an integral role in helping us achieve this goal”.

The investment refers to the installation of two tissue paper machines for an overall production capacity of 120,000 tonnes per year each, with related converting lines. One machine will be dedicated mainly to toilet tissue production, while the second one will be used mostly to produce towels.

As a whole, Sofidel is committed to investing $ 360 million over three years (2018 – 2019 – 2020).

The facilities building is expected to start in March 2018 and will be completed by Q2 2020, while the converting lines and the warehouse functions will be in place by the end of Q2 2019. The new production plant, once completed, will employ 300 full-time workers.
(Sofidel Group)

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Case Paper Partners with Mohawk To Launch Premium Coated Paper  (Company news)

In March 2018, Case Paper Co. became the exclusive distributor of Mohawk Silk, a 96 bright coated paper. A new product by New York-based paper manufacturer Mohawk Fine Papers, Case Paper now offers the brand for quick delivery as well as custom sizes.

Manufactured using wind-power, Mohawk Silk is 10% PCW and FSC-certified and is available in 80 and 100 lb in both text and cover weights. The brand’s velvety finish gives the paper a sophisticated, premium appeal.

“We are thrilled to partner with Mohawk, a mill that is committed to a high level of craftsmanship,” say Simon Schaffer, CMO and Vice President of Business Development at Case Paper. “We look forward to stocking this #1 premium coated paper in both sheets and rolls for custom sizes.”

“Case Paper’s stocking and converting facilities provide a unique service platform for a demanding print market,” explains Ted O’Connor, Executive Vice President of Converting and Envelopes at Mohawk Fine Papers. “I am confident that Case Paper’s dedication to providing customized solutions for their customers will enhance the value proposition of Mohawk Silk.”

Mohawk Silk is stocked in standard sheet sizes of 20 x 26”, 23 x 35”, and 28 x 40”; custom sizing is available upon request.
(Case Paper Company Inc.)

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Valmet Advantage ViscoNip and ReDry rebuild delivering top results at Alas Doradas, El Salvador  (Company news)

Valmet has successfully delivered and started up a rebuild of Alas Doradas' PM4 tissue machine, close to San Salvador, El Salvador. The rebuild delivered top results right from the start. Targets were reached and surpassed already in the first week after the startup which was on January 23, 2018.

Photo: A happy startup team with members from Valmet and Alas Doradas in front of the first jumbo roll on January 23.

The main target of the project was to increase the production capacity and save energy. Now, with all facts on hand, the joint efforts to reach top results have really been fulfilled.

"We are very satisfied with the results of the rebuild project. The combination of Advantage ViscoNip and ReDry have exceeded our highest expectations. The results show capacity increase by 20% and drying energy savings of 20-25%," says Carlos Jerez, Engineering Director at Alas Doradas. "In addition, we have also seen significant quality improvements with bulk increase," Carlos continues.

The key to success comes from the synergy effect gained when combining two of Valmet's foremost innovations. In this case, the energy saving Advantage ViscoNip press, which has a unique ability to adapt to the Yankee dryer shell, is boosted by the Advantage ReDry web heater. The Advantage ReDry further enhances dryness by utilizing exhaust air and humidity from the hood, to heat the web and thereby increase post pressure consistency.

"We are proud that Alas Doradas has selected our well proven Advantage technologies which have been truly spot-on for this upgrade," says Kent Nika and Sergio Vargas, Sales managers at Valmet.

"We are also honored to have been given the confidence to provide guidance and support throughout this important expansion and performance improvement that Alas Doradas is going through."

Close cooperation and mutual responsiveness have also been factors in the success of the project.

"The cooperation between Valmet's and Alas Doradas' teams has been very successful," says Valmet's project manager Pyry Hämäläinen. "Our confidence in one another, which was strong to begin with, has been reinforced on this joint quest to move from good to great. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a long-term partnership."

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the machine rebuild includes a replacement of the current suction press roll with an Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage ReDry web heater for increased production capacity and decreased energy consumption. The rebuild also includes mist removal system, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning. It also features integration of the new equipment with the current automation systems.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Cambridge Label takes innovative step forward with the new FA from Nilpeter  (Company news)

Picture: From left to right: Terry Sinclair, President and Owner, Deanne Sinclair, General Manager, and Mitch Whatford, Plant Manager of Cambridge Label

Cambridge Label of Ontario, CA, has acquired an All New FA from Nilpeter, and anticipates to double print speeds, and drastically decreases setup times, resulting in more competitive pricing for customers.

Cambridge Label is the largest printer of trade labels in Canada. As a label supplier exclusively for trade, Cambridge Label manufactures custom printed labels in quantities as few as 100, and up to several million. Cambridge Label specializes in print for food and beverage, health and beauty, household products, industrial products, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical, as well as medical facilities.

“Our primary focus is on manufacturing high quality products while providing superior customer service, and fast on-time delivery,” says Terry Sinclair, President and Owner of Cambridge Label. “We strive to deliver in 3-5 days. In this business everyone wants it yesterday, and the quicker, you can deliver, the better. In order to deliver a high quality product quickly and consistently, you need to invest in the best equipment possible.”

This business model perfectly suits Cambridge Label’s latest investment into The All New FA flexo press from Nilpeter. The All New FA is an innovative press designed and manufactured for the modern press operator. With intuitive operations and high automation, the FA is the ideal solution for consistent and repeatable manufacturing of high quality products. The fully automated 8-colour 17-inch wide press is equipped with full UV and a wealth of value-added features. The FA allows Cambridge Label to continue serving existing customers more efficiently, while creating new application opportunities.

“We were drawn to the FA because of its efficiency and improved print quality. We anticipate we will be able to nearly double our print speeds, while also drastically decrease our press setup times. These time savings will translate into more competitive pricing for our customers, allowing us to win more long-run jobs,” says Terry Sinclair.

“In addition, the FA registers amazingly well at high speeds, allowing us to print the most technically challenging labels efficiently. We currently have a high quality digital label press, and matching the digital print quality on our existing flexo pressesm while also maintaining efficiency, has proven challenging at times. We don’t foresee that challenge anymore given the capabilities of the new FA,” he continues.

“Nilpeter has always been a good supplier to us, offering timely support and advice whenever needed. We are excited to take this innovative step forward with Nilpeter at our side,” Terry Sinclair concludes.

“It has been a great partnership with Cambridge right from the start. They were very clear on the direction they needed to go in, and we felt we were in a great position to support their current and future needs. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship” says Bob Loescher, Nilpeter Northeastern Sales Manager.
(Nilpeter A/S)

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Sappi’s Fusion Topliner delivers top-quality results to expand brand owner opportunities  (Company news)

The aesthetic appeal and superior print quality results achieved with Sappi’s Fusion Topliner are enabling innovative brand owners to refresh their market impact.

Sappi’s Fusion Topliner is empowering brand owners to reinvent their print production approach for a wide variety of end uses from shelf-ready packaging, point-of-sale, pre-printed litho, flexo and fashion bags. A few years ago, the coated white corrugated board liner market was comprised of two possible applications: kraftliner, made from high quality raw materials with only a very small proportion of recycled paper; and testliner, made almost exclusively from recycled paper.

Sappi developed Fusion Topliner as an alternative to testliner – the most widely used liner for corrugated board. The double-coated bright white 100% virgin fibre liner is distinguished by its surface quality and strength while its brilliant white colour provides extraordinary colour reproduction for greater shelf impact and brand differentiation. As well as meeting food safety requirements, the use of bleached virgin fibres enables the grade to achieve the same material strength as testliners with a lower weight per unit surface area. The more enhanced fibre structure also means that folded edges do not crack.

Converters can enjoy a host of cost and time savings, too. Thanks to the functional reverse side coating of Fusion Topliner the absorption of glue is consistent and reduces consumption. This saves on costs, reduces drying times and ensures excellent flatness.

The grade also offers improved energy efficiency and a greater grammage yield advantage supporting lighter weights. Food safety, especially when combined with functional barriers, is another advantage of using virgin fibres.

One company that recently discovered the grade’s advantages is Corruseal Corrugated. The South African converter produced the box packaging for Sappi’s Typek consumer facing grade using its flexo post print process. This is where the liner is first printed and then laminated onto the corrugated board. As a result, small runs can be produced more economically and with greater flexibility.

It switched to Fusion Topliner to elevate the print quality for the outer packaging. Roland Cook, Corruseal’s General Manager, comments: “We tried Fusion Topliner to compare differences from a previous material used and were impressed with the results. With the outstanding quality Fusion Topliner delivers, we are now looking to add it to our retail and point-of-sale portfolio and recommend it to our existing brand owners.”

Bernd Gelder, Sappi Product Group Manager for Containerboard adds: “If total cost of ownership (TCO) are considered, Fusion Topliner is an attractive alternative to testliner and provides a significant competitive advantage to both the producer and the buyer of corrugated products. Cost savings achieved thanks to the lower weight, lower glue consumption, more efficient production and lower transport costs all add up.”

Fusion Topliner is available in grammages of 135g/m2, 160g/m2 and 180g/m2. It provides impressive strength properties (SCT, compression strength, for instance), which are comparable to those of kraftliners. A compelling advantage is its weight benefits, thanks to the lower grammage that can effectively be used: for a grammage of 115g/m2, Fusion Topliner achieves the same strength values as a 145g/m2 testliner. Also, the gain in terms of strength properties comes to about 25 to 30 percent.

With post-print, liners need to display as little rippling as possible after lamination. Tests have also shown that, above a grammage of 115g/m2, Fusion Topliner delivers very good results in the post-print process regardless of the printing method selected. Especially impressive too, is the material’s capacity for printing without streaks.

Sappi’s Fusion Topliner is recommended for applications such as premium quality consumer goods packaging where high visual quality is required and when lightweight packaging and finer fluting are desired, using flexographic post-printing in addition to offset and digital printing technologies.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

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Improving quality consistency and cutting cleaning time in wide web and corrugated flexo  (Company news)

The TRESU MaxiPrint Concept is comprised of a closed light-weight carbon fibre or ceramic chamber, an ink supply system and a cleaning system.

Suited for wide-web and corrugated flexo applications, the concept offers corrosion-resistance; fast, automatic internal cleaning; improved quality consistency and reduced ink loss.

The TRESU chamber offers significantly faster emptying performance compared with alternative chambers, because the ink or coating fluid is evacuated through both the chamber’s inlet and outlet. The fast drainage of the chamber, further assisted by rounded internal surfaces, facilitates thorough cleaning: the subsequent washing process can begin before any residue can dry on the anilox roll or inside the chamber. The ink change and cleaning cycle is typically completed within approximately 3-5 minutes.

Available in widths of 1000mm to 6000mm, the chamber features an integrated cleaning nozzle with a robustly designed water-shot mechanism, to ensure efficient cleaning of the chamber and anilox roll in a short time. The shot mechanism maintains a low pressure, limiting water loss during the cleaning cycle.

The MaxiPrint Concept features TRESU’s patented seal system that prevents leakage and interaction of the chamber contents with the atmosphere. The enclosed environment, resulting from the seal and precise blade positioning, ensures that pressure and flow rate are maintained at desired levels without manual intervention. This stops air contaminating the chamber and results in perfect transfer of ink/coating directly to the anilox cells, also at fast speeds.
(Tresu A/S)

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Valmet and Ittihad Paper Mill agree on long term service co-operation at ...  (Company news)

... Ittihad Paper Mill, Abu Dhabi

Picture: From left to right: Luca Marelli, Valmet; Ayman Makarem, Ittihad; Jukka Koiranen, Valmet; Omar Hourani, Ittihad; Rabih El Assadi, Ittihad; Amer Kakish, Itithad; Abdullah Alkhateeb, Ittihad; Mika Tolvanen, Valmet; Timo Harjunpää, Valmet

Valmet and Ittihad Paper Mill LLC have signed an agreement on a long-term service co-operation at the new Ittihad Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Ittihad Paper Mill is in the process of constructing a 320,000 tpa (tons per annum) new fine paper machine, supplied by Valmet, which will be starting up in late 2018.

According to the agreement, Valmet will provide the Mill with production support and productivity optimization, maintenance management with all maintenance systems and procedures, delivery and optimization of spare parts as well as paper machine parts and consumables.

The objective of the agreement with Valmet is to ensure top productivity and competitiveness through world-class maintenance and service operations at the Ittihad Paper Mill.

"Valmet as the main supplier and technology partner of choice, combined with their expertise in maintenance management provides the best platform for the successful start-up and operation for this state-of-the-art project, the largest of its kind in the region," states Mr. Abdullah Al Khateeb, Ittihad Paper Mill General Manager.

To ensure the highest possible equipment efficiency with cost optimization, Valmet's mill maintenance service will take full advantage of the following models: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Valmet's streamlined Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and condition-based maintenance.
(Valmet Corporation)

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UPM Biofuels enters the bioplastics market with new partners  (Company news)

UPM is committed to creating value from sustainable bioinnovations. In addition to renewable diesel, the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha - an excellent raw material for bioplastics. It can be transformed into renewable resins needed to create bioplastics, e.g. for the packaging industry.

Choosing the right packaging solution can make a big difference. Beverage cartons have the lowest CO2 footprint among liquid food packaging today. Now even the plastic coating of cartons can be wood-based - using renewable polyethylene reduces the footprint further.

Elopak, Norway-based company supplying 15 billion cartons around the world each year, joined forces with UPM Biofuels and Dow to offer 100% renewable cartons that are both recyclable and responsibly sourced.

"Every tonne of UPM's wood-based naphtha that Dow converts into bioplastics reduces one tonne of fossil raw materials used. The sustainability of the entire value chain is verified with ISCC PLUS certification," explains Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels.

Creating a 100% wood-based carton has been a great example of collaboration across the value chain to find sustainable solutions.

"In Elopak we are constantly looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our packages. Thanks to our partnership with Dow and UPM Biofuels, we can now substitute the fossil-based polyethylene with a 100% wood-based solution - and we are able make fully renewable cartons without compromising quality," says Kristian Hall, Director of Corporate Environment at Elopak.

UPM Biofuels is one of the few renewable naphtha producers in the world. "We are very excited and proud of this collaboration and ability to offer a high quality wood-based raw material to replace fossil raw materials in packaging," concludes Mannonen.

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Mondi joins WWF’s Climate Savers business leadership programme  (Company news)

Global packaging and paper group adopts 2050 science-based targets to limit global temperature rise to under 2°C.

Picture: Mondi©

Mondi Group has joined the ranks of global climate leaders by signing up to Climate Savers, WWF’s climate leadership programme for businesses. The packaging and paper group commits to reduce its specific production-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 0.25 t CO2e/t production by 2050. This commitment and others made as part of its participation in the flagship programme are in line with climate science targets required to limit global temperature rise to under 2°C.

Mondi’s participation in Climate Savers is an extension of a strategic global partnership between Mondi and WWF that started in 2014. The partnership focuses on promoting environmental stewardship in the packaging and paper sector. In joining Climate Savers, Mondi commits to working to further reduce GHG emissions across its entire value chain and to taking actions to positively influence the packaging and paper industry as well as policy makers. Climate Savers members aim to transform businesses into low-carbon economy leaders.

Peter Oswald, Chief Executive Officer, Mondi Group says, “As a global player in the packaging and paper industry, we are part of an energy intensive sector. We’ve managed to reduce our specific CO2 emissions by 38% since 2004 by focusing on operational efficiency and energy efficiency. We join the WWF Climate Savers programme to reinforce our long-standing commitment to climate change mitigation and to demonstrate to the rest of our industry that using energy efficiently is not only necessary for the environment, but also good for business. We are proud to confirm our commitment to the science-based target needed to keep global warming well below 2°C for our production-related emissions.”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice says, “Climate change is one of the biggest threats of our future, with fundamental impacts on places, species and people everywhere. To change things for the better, we need to start acting now. We welcome Mondi’s efforts toward helping build a more sustainable business world and are happy to have them join the Climate Savers programme.”

To achieve its climate goals, Mondi has developed an ambitious programme to improve energy efficiency, replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, sustainably manage its forests and associated ecosystems, and source its raw materials responsibly. Mondi is also active in developing packaging and paper products that help its customers and consumers reduce their own carbon footprints.

Mondi’s Climate Savers agreement will run at least until the end of 2020, concurrent with phase two of its global partnership with WWF.
(WWF Forests for Life Programme)

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Greycon wins Specialist Applications Category in Megabuyte’s annual Emerging Stars Awards  (Company news)

Greycon announced that it has won the Specialist Applications Category in the Megabuyte Emerging Star Awards. The awards, held annually, are an independent ranking of the UK’s best-performing technology scale-ups.

The awards recognise individual excellence across a number of different performance categories as well as listing the 25 best-performing companies overall, where Greycon appeared 16th.

The resulting rankings are compiled using Megabuyte’s proprietary Megabuyte Scorecard methodology, which assesses companies’ performance against key financial KPIs of both private and public companies within the ICT Services and Software sectors.

Megabuyte View
“Greycon is certainly one of the more niche software players we track and its achievement of Emerging Stars status comes following a rich new seam of international growth (97% of revenue is from overseas). This has been delivered by high levels of investment into product development and the support of its partnership network, which looks to underpin a positive growth outlook going forward.”
(Greycon Ltd)

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Just a few weeks to go until the BÖWE SYSTEC Exclusive Days  (Company news)

Get a fresh perspective on BÖWE SYSTEC and come away with ideas to make your production even more profitable

Attractive new products, an inside look at BÖWE SYSTEC technologies for success, and personal advice – the Exclusive Days on April 18, 2018 are a great opportunity for mailing, transpromo, postal and parcel service providers to get a close up view of all the industry’s key trends at a single event. Come to Augsburg for a completely fresh perspective on BÖWE SYSTEC and leave with ideas to make your production even more profitable.

The BÖWE SYSTEC Exclusive Days live up to their name. They offer exclusive access to and a unique overview of the diverse portfolio of this leading solution provider – coupled with information that is individually tailored to each customer. Would you like to be a part of it? Just get in touch with your BÖWE SYSTEC sales partner.

Whether you are involved in inserting, card processing, postal and parcel sorting or intralogistics, BÖWE SYSTEC’s customer–centric approach and focus on key technologies means that that there are always attractive new developments to discover in every segment. This year is no exception, with the Simex Flexi mixed mail sorter.

There are also commercially attractive product enhancements. The new integrated scale for the OptiSorter packet and parcel sorting system are a case in point. It can be installed in the sorter itself in order to keep capital costs down.

It is machines like the OptiSorter, with its reliable push-tray
technology – that supports the processing of bulky, round items or small cross border items sourced from China – or the high-performance Fusion Cross inserting system that will be the center of attention at the Exclusive Days, offering, as they do, cutting-edge technology and future-proof investment thanks to their numerous configuration options and the capability to be retrofitted at any time.

The Fusion Cross inserting system is a high-performance solution for both transactional and the direct mail segment that delivers a quick return on investment. Technical refinements such as the Flow-Principle, which slows down the actual inserting process by a factor of 4.5 and allows for a stable production process resulting in the highest net output in this industry, or the level of enclosure flexibility constantly amaze even experienced industry insiders. This system achieves three times the speed of conventional machines even when dealing with challenging applications. In Augsburg, the Fusion Cross will demonstrate its efficiency and reliability for the processing of small jobs.

It will be complemented by mailing solutions such as the Direct Mailer, which was designed as a commercially attractive and capable entry-level solution for mailing processing. For the transactional segment there is of course the Turbo, for which there are attractive new concepts available.

The new “4 – 6 – 9” concept for the Pace card mailing system is sure to excite a buzz of interest. Its modular design allows the customer to upgrade the attractive base model at any time. BÖWE SYSTEC will use the Watermill card storage to demonstrate how logistics processes for card processing can be optimized, whether integrated in the production line or as a stand alone mini vault.

To enable all of these technologies to be exploited to the full, BÖWE SYSTEC offers a comprehensive array of software – whether it be for the intuitive operation of individual systems, for comprehensive data analysis or smart automation of the complete production landscape.

BÖWE SYSTEC is looking forward to your visit, your questions and your ideas; and we can’t wait to show you our exciting new developments.
(Böwe Systec GmbH)

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INTERVIEW: Print Week India speaks to Alex Wang  (Company news)

INTERVIEW: Print Week India speaks to Alex Wang, the General Manager of Converting Project, at Reed Exhibitions Greater China, about the history behind SinoCorrugated, the milestones it has achieved over the years and the plans for the years ahead:

1. Please, tell our readers about SinoCorrugated South trade show. Who are the exhibitors, from which countries? Which areas of printing industry they represent? How many exhibitors and visitors do you expect on this year show?

RE: SinoCorrugated South 2018 can be regarded as one of the leading trade shows within the Asia Pacific printing and packaging industry sector. This year, the show will cover a total area of nearly 80,000 m2. It is expected to gather over 700 well-known equipment and consumable exhibitors and over 200 suppliers of packaging container as well as packaging material and design, displaying 1,400 equipments related to corrugating, folding carton, flexography and paper packaging as well as 1,000 relevant consumables.Totally 15 exhibitors are coming from Europe. We are expecting more than 35.000 professional domestic and international visitors this year. At around 8000 of them will come from overseas countries. We are expecting more than 35.000 professional domestic and international visitors this year.

2. What are the advantages of taking part in SinoCorrugated for oversea companies and visitors?

RE: As for the advantages of taking part in SinoCorrugated South, you know, previously influential exhibitions within the industry were mostly held in Europe and America. Nowadays, in order to seize the rapidly growing maket of China, more and more industry exhibitions have expanded to China. Since being held firstly in 2001, SinoCorrugated has been always delicated to be an international brand in order to provide a high-class one stop experience to business professionals from the corrugated industry. We have invested a lot into the global promotion of the exhibition as well as in the set-up of a global marketing network. We have to say SinoCorrugated is not only the one-way platform for China's sellers to sell to international buyers, but also has become a trading platform for global suppliers and buyers as one of the largest corrugated exhibition around the world. Each year the exhibition gathers world famous corrugated exhibitors and industry experts to explore the latest industry-related trends and technologies. Thus, it’s quite worthwile for oversea exhibitors and visitors to join the show.

3. What about the shows which will take place simultaneously with SinoCorrugated? Could we say that in Guangdong visitors will be able to see almost a whole spectrum of packaging sector in China or even South-East Asia? What side events, like conferences, workshops etc., will be held during the fairs?

RE:This year, SinoCorrugated South 2018 will be concurrently held together with SinoFoldingCarton 2018, SinoFlexoGraphy South 2018, China Packaging Container Expo 2018 and China Label Industry Expo 2018. The one stop platform will cover the whole industry chain of packaging and printing. The 5-in-1 mega expo will host over 30 onsite activities such as Corrugated World Forum, India Day, Iran Day, Trade Agents Welcome Dinner, Flexographic Printing Development Summit, Forum of Development and Application of Digital Packaging Technology, Packaging Creative Industry Development Forum and many more activities from which visitors can learn more about latest technologies, innovative industry solutions as well as emerging markets and current developing trends. The It will be a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry peers and gain valuable business contacts.

4. Do you expect some spectacular launches of new technologies, machines or devices during the trade show? What, in your opinion, can attract visitors’ attention? Which solutions will be shown for the first time?

RE: Absolutely. Many exhibitors will showcase their cutting edge machines and devices onsite of SinoCorrugated South 2018, which will also provide a perfect platform for other exhibitors to launch new technologies and revolutionary solutions. Actually, keeping audiences interested and sustainably is always one of our biggest concerns. This year, an exciting new feature includes the launch of 3 Dream Factories highlighting the fields of ‘Digital Printing’, ‘Boutique Boxes & Tubes’ and ‘Modern Flexography’. The ‘Digital Printing Dream Works’ factory will provide a three-dimensional demonstration of the actual and complete production process of digital printing technologies in European, American and Japanese intelligent digital printing production workshops. It’s a real-time simulation under production workshop conditions - specifically within the field of folding carton and corrugated carton production lines, the workshop will feature topics such as equipment configuration and their placements, order type, order structure, equipment speed, performance, stability, personnel allocation, printing quality and other comprehensive information inputs.

5. What can you tell about packaging market in China? Is it still growing fast? Which printing technologies are leading and which ones are fast developing? Please explain why?

RE: According to the 2017 China Corrugated Industry Report which was officially released by the China Packaging Federation, the number of medium and large-scale packaging enterprises (with an annual revenue over 20 million RMB) reached 7582 in 2016, generating a total revenue of more than 1.17 trillion RMB. This stands for a year-on-year growth of 4.98 %, a 0.9% higher increase compared to 2015. It perfectly shows the growth momentum of the packaging market in China. As for the leading printing technologies, we have to say gravure offset printing and flexography printing lead the mainstream of the packaging industry. With a growing environmental concern, flexography printing has become increasingly common during the past decades. Meanwhile, digital printing has gained more and more attention and recognition in recent years. In March of this year, the Chinese government announced a new strategic program "Made in China 2025," aimed specifically at promoting Industry 4.0 technologies. Overall speaking, China is moving towards advanced technological fields, from a centralized control system to intelligent, decentralized and self-adaptive control. Therefore, digital printing is expected to develop ever more rapidly in the future.

6. How has SinoCorrugated grown from its humble beginnings way back in 2001?
RE: Reed Exhibitions has specialized experience in holding exhibitions and developed operation mode through which the resources of the global printing and packaging industry can be fully used in SinoCorrugated, so as to form a very indispensable core advantage. First, we have the unique database of Reed Exhibitions. As we know, the audience registration of exhibition is based on professional buyer database. Reed Exhibitions has been deeply devoted to the carton industry for 20 years and owns a big and accurate global carton industry database of more than 200,000, including over 100,000 domestic data and more than 100,000 overseas data. Secondly, we have constant support from global partners. At present, SinoCorrugated has kept close cooperation with over 100 media and over 100 associations around the world, established the global strategic cooperative partnership with more than 500 supplier worldwide and cooperated with global 10 call centers, ISG system in 46 countries and 30 travel agencies in 13 countries throughout the year to ensure the quantity and quality of overseas exhibitors and audiences. Without them, we cannot be where we are today.Thirdly, experience in holding exhibitions or we say, in exhibition operation, is another key factor. We have successfully held the exhibitions for 17 years. More than 50% of our team members are from the corrugated packaging industry, 35% of members have served the corrugated exhibition for at least 10 years. We are capable to adjust our operation according to the market demands as well as the requirements from different participants, so as to ensure that our exhibitors and audiences obtain the first-class service in each link.
(Reed Exhibitions)

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Valmet receives orders for fifth and sixth successive containerboard machines from Nine Dragons ...  (Company news)

... in China

Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd., China. The orders for the four previous machines were published in 2017 (PM 39 and PM 40, PM 41 and PM 42). The latest two production lines will be located in Dongguan (PM 43) and Quanzhou (PM 45) and are similar to the previous four containerboard production lines.

The two new containerboard production lines will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials as the four production lines ordered last year. The start-ups of PM 43 and PM 45 are scheduled to take place within a few months' timeframe in 2019. The start-ups of the four previous production lines are scheduled to take place a few months apart from each other starting from mid-2018.

The order of PM 45 is included in Valmet's first quarter 2018 orders received and the order of PM 43 was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the orders will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically around EUR 90-110 million.

"Nine Dragons is committed to produce high quality containerboard products. We can deliver this promise with Valmet's technically advanced board machines. Advanced technology and the modern and distinctive industrial design were certainly important factors in these decisions. I'm pleased that Nine Dragons has had such a good cooperation with Valmet in the negotiations of these six machines and all the previous projects," says Mr. MC Liu, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nine Dragons.

"Nine Dragons' decision to purchase six-in-a-row energy and resource efficient containerboard machines is quite exceptional. The company values our innovative, modernly designed and sustainable board making technology. We are pleased to continue the good cooperation with Nine Dragons," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's deliveries for PM 43 and PM 45 container board making lines are similar to the four previous ones. The deliveries will include steam and condensate systems, broke collection pulpers for stock preparation, a board machine from headbox to winder including a full scope automation package and process ventilation equipment.

The containerboard machines will include OptiSizer Combi sizers combining both film and pond application for both sides. Film application is an optimal solution for lower basis weight grades. Pond application is for substantially higher basis weight grades needing higher penetration. This combination gives flexibility and opportunities to optimize the properties of different grades.

As in the previous orders, the full scope automation packages include Valmet DNA process and machine controls and condition monitoring. Board final quality is managed with Valmet IQ quality control system, comprehensive range of profilers as well as web inspection and monitoring system. The deliveries comprise also modern analyzers from pulping and wet end to laboratory testing.

PM 43 and PM 45 will produce testliner grades with a basis weight range of 75-140 g/m2.
(Valmet Corporation)

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DS Smith Sustainability Update 2018  (Company news)

This DS Smith Sustainability Update 2018 shares just some of the excellent work that has taken place across all of our divisions, over the last six months.

At DS Smith, sustainability is the foundation of our overall business strategy. To us, truly sustainable value is found when balancing the needs of our business, our environment and our people.

Since our report published six months ago, we have received wide external recognition for our sustainability work and are delighted to report strong progress towards our targets and commitments.

"Whilst entering the FTSE 100 has been a significant milestone for DS Smith, our focus is on being a better business, not just a bigger business. Now, more than ever, we will be stepping up and challenging ourselves to operate ever more sustainably, creating truly sustainable value for all of our stakeholders,” says Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive.
(DS Smith Packaging)

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Klingele signs up as CorruCUT development partner  (Company news)

Klingele Group invests in the new high board line rotary die cutter CorruCUT from Koenig & Bauer

Picture: A sample 3D representation of the new high board line rotary die-cutter CorruCUT from Koenig & Bauer

- Re-entering the market for the processing of corrugated board
- Klingele Group as cooperation partner
- Focus on growth markets

The focus on growth markets, such as conventional and digital packaging printing, is a key element of the successful Koenig & Bauer strategy. With its decision to re-enter the market for presses dedicated to the processing of corrugated board, the company has now taken the next logical step along this road. The new Koenig & Bauer presses were officially unveiled to the market at the FEFCO Technical Seminar 2017 in Vienna. And just a short time later, the Klingele Group was welcomed on board as a top-class cooperation partner for the high board line rotary die-cutter CorruCUT. “After Koenig & Bauer announced its return to the corrugated market at drupa 2016, we followed the further developments very closely. The branch was simply lacking another potential supplier to the premium segment,” says Dr. Jan Klingele, managing partner of the Klingele Group and president of the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO). Over the past two years, Koenig & Bauer has gathered a strong new team to push ahead development of the press. Koenig & Bauer executive board member Christoph Müller: “We studied the market very carefully and also spoke directly with many of the companies. On this basis, we then sat down to design a press which mirrors the specific needs of the customers as precisely as possible.”

Unique features of the CorruCUT
The Klingele Group has ordered a six-colour press with a working width of 2,800 mm for its Delmenhorst box plant. The press is in every respect a completely new design – from the feeder, via the printing units and rotary die-cutter to the delivery. The CorruCUT also incorporates a number of unique features such as a vacuum-belt feeder without infeed shaft, a new solution for anilox roller exchange and an overhead vacuum delivery. Dr. Jan Klingele: “The concept presented by Koenig & Bauer and the many new technical ideas embodied in the press sealed our decision in favour of the CorruCUT. We are now looking forward to accompanying the new rotary die-cutter through to series maturity in cooperation with Koenig & Bauer.” The new CorruCUT will first be set up and tested at the Koenig & Bauer manufacturing plant in Würzburg, and is then scheduled for delivery in early 2019. In addition, the two companies have already concluded an agreement on further presses in the future.

Klingele Group: Pairing tradition and progress
The Klingele Group was founded in 1920 and current managing partner Dr. Jan Klingele represents the third generation of the owning family. The company is an international supplier with a total of around 2,400 employees. The product range covers corrugated base paper manufactured using recycled waste paper, innovative and sustainable packaging solutions for a diversity of industries and applications, as well as adhesives. Together with affiliated partners, the company’s paper and packaging divisions serve customers through two paper mills, twelve corrugated board plants and eight processing plants in Europa, Africa and Central America.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

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Siegwerk and AGFA Graphics enter into strategic alliance for UV digital packaging inks  (Company news)

The contract signed between the two companies includes a business transfer from Agfa Graphics to Siegwerk of a selected OEM customer list, access to know-how, intellectual property and services.

Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co.KGaA, one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, and Agfa Graphics, a leading supplier in prepress offset and inkjet print, have entered into an important strategic alliance for digital packaging inks.

The contract signed between the two companies includes a business transfer from Agfa Graphics to Siegwerk of a selected OEM customer list, access to know-how, intellectual property and services in the domain of UV curable digital inkjet inks for the single pass packaging and labels industry.

‘’This strategic alliance is a perfect fit for both of us,’’ says Tom Cloots, Director Industrial Inkjet Agfa NV. ‘’Packaging and label printers are increasingly attracted by the performance and quality of the Agfa inks that are used in a wide variety of printing systems. With this deal, we allow Siegwerk to extensively leverage on our strong network with OEM print head and equipment manufacturers as well as on our know-how and intellectual property in the domain of UV curable digital inks for packaging. At the same time, Agfa continues to focus on the other domains of the growing industrial print segment where Agfa has stronger market access potential.“

“With this deal we are bridging the best of two worlds. While we will continue to rely on Agfa’s existing strong collaboration with OEMs and print head manufacturers, we will be able to offer our packaging market access and application know-how to these new partners”, says Matthieu Carni, Director Business Unit Inkjet Siegwerk.

Both companies will work closely together to ensure a handover of business without any interference for the customers of both companies. Agfa will continue to manufacture on behalf of Siegwerk for several months to support a smooth transition for the customers. After the transition period, Siegwerk will produce the new inks and varnishes according to the highest quality and safety standards at its own inkjet manufacturing center in Annemasse, France. With its global commercial network, Siegwerk then will be able to offer its new UV inkjet portfolio to customers worldwide.

The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

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Electromobility as a future issue: Thimm Packaging Systems is already delivering solutions today  (Company news)

As a specialist in the packaging of automotive parts and accessories, Thimm Packaging Systems is now also developing further in the field of electromobility, an issue with high relevance for the future. The solutions provider for packaging and services is supplying an integrated solution concept to the company Plug’n Charge, a provider of charging stations for electric vehicles. Through its flexibility in the procurement and the processing of a very wide range of materials, this project showcases one of the clear strengths of the company.

The car park system of Plug’n Charge consists of one main charging column and two subsidiary columns which are used to charge electric vehicles and bikes. For smaller customers the main column is also available as a stand-alone design. A packaging system for both variants was developed based on product drawings and on-site visits. It underwent improvements following various tests and then the final version was produced.

The solution consists of a euro pallet with a top and bottom sleeve and a corrugated cardboard ring. The fronts of the charging columns are used for customer branding and are fitted with a special film. These must be intensively protected from abrasions and to achieve this a PE foam film is placed between the charging stations and the corrugated cardboard. The steel pipes which connect the individual stations of the car park system to each other also require special protection. Here an elastic corrugated cardboard over-cover is used which can be pulled over the pipes quickly and easily.

“Thimm Packaging Systems impressed us with their fast, simple but also very customised solutions,” confirms Dr. Christian Kahl, Managing Director at Plug‘n Charge. “The specific added value of the packaging is in its flexible design which also takes the future requirements of our charging infrastructure into account. The highest possible standardisation of the packaging with its modular principle was also a persuasive factor.”

In addition to this project Thimm Packaging Systems has also delivered orders with a focus on batteries, electric vehicles and electric fun vehicles. “We are excited about the future of electromobility and are convinced that our solutions expertise will impress the providers,” says Ingo Holynski, Head of Sales at Thimm Packaging Systems.
(THIMM Packaging Systems GmbH + Co. KG)

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Mondi wins World Food Innovation Award with a packaging solution inspired by nature  (Company news)

The global packaging and paper group Mondi received a World Food Innovation Award 2018 in the “Best Packaging Design” category. The competition – organised for the fourth time by FoodBev media – recognises the company’s innovative concept for the Pistachio Dream box. Out of 220 entries from over 20 countries, the panel selected Mondi’s submission for its increased shelf appeal of dry food products at point of sale.

The judges welcomed the creative thinking behind the Pistachio Dream. The corrugated outer shell surrounding the nuts’ primary packaging enables easy stacking on the shelf and conveys the brand’s premium characteristics. The packaging structure and opening mechanism resemble the product itself: by simply pulling the two sides of the box apart, the end-user mimics the process of peeling off the outer shell of the pistachio. Besides facilitating easy manual assembly and opening, the exterior walls play an additional role – they provide a convenient receptacle for the empty pistachio shells after consumption. This enhanced functionality supports end-user convenience and boosts brand awareness. Combined with its intriguing design, the Pistachio Dream packaging positions the product as a premium item on the shelf that grabs consumers’ attention.

Armand Schoonbrood, COO Corrugated Packaging at Mondi, states that “today’s busy lifestyle means that consumers demand products that make life simpler and more comfortable while the product experience, health and environmental aspects continuously influence purchasing decisions. This convenience trend is particularly prominent in the food sector where the number of products on the shelf is continuously rising. Large and small brands compete for customers’ attention. As a result, we aim to develop new packaging concepts that proactively meet these needs and help set the scene for a future that stimulates the senses”.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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ANDRITZ launches the world’s most modern research center for tissue  (Company news)

Picture: The ANDRITZ GROUP’s PrimeLineTIAC in Graz, Austria. © ANDRITZ

International technology Group ANDRITZ has officially launched the world’s most modern research center for tissue, the PrimeLineTIAC Tissue Innovation and Application Center, in Graz, Austria.

The opening ceremony, attended by around 150 customers and other stakeholders from the tissue industry, was a great success. Together with the ANDRITZ experts and technical partner companies, the participants discussed the functions, designs, and features of the new PrimeLineTIAC and took a guided tour through the pilot plant. Several guest speakers also gave interesting inside views on developments in the tissue industry.

The Tissue Innovation and Application Center comprises a complete, state-of-the-art tissue production line, including laboratory facilities for tests and trials to develop new products and processes in the tissue sector. It is available to tissue producers and suppliers, research and development companies, and universities. Thus, customers and developers can conduct tests and trials under many different conditions, for example to optimize fibers for a specific product, improve product qualities, increase dryness, and reduce energy consumption. The impact of variables such as stock preparation, chemicals, vacuum, machine clothing, pressing, and drying with hot air and steam can all be measured and evaluated accurately.

For ANDRITZ, data security and confidentiality have a high priority. To run the trials in a highly professional and confidential environment, ANDRITZ experts from R&D, the stock preparation, machine design and engineering, automation, and pumps departments are available for collaboration and discussions. Customers can also bring along their own team of specialists.

The PrimeLineTIAC has its own complete stock preparation line together with the approach flow system. Many different kinds of pulp can be processed in one production line, which is split into a separate short fiber and a long fiber line. In addition, all units are available in small industrial scale, creating an excellent environment for best possible fiber treatment and tests according to the individual needs of customers and products.

The tissue production line offers utmost flexibility for the production of conventional, textured, and structured (TAD) tissue. It currently features various configurations that are also available on the market as single-machine concepts. This means customers can run extensive trials with what could potentially be their future machine configuration. With a design speed of 2,500 m/min and a sheet width of 600 mm, the machine can be operated with either a suction press roll or a shoe press, a regular CrescentFormer or a vertical CrescentFormer, and with a 16 ft. steel Yankee or two 14 ft. TAD drums.

The Metris PrimeControl E automation hardware and software developed by ANDRITZ provides utmost flexibility in monitoring and controlling the various machine configurations as well as the stock preparation system, including alarm management, online documentation, and eco-monitoring for example.

Custom-tailored pump solutions convey stock suspensions with the required consistencies in all production stages. The pumps are equipped with sensors to obtain detailed measurements and provide precise pump control and regulating.

ANDRITZ collaborated with many key partners on this project, including Albany International Corp., Danfoss Drives, Fibria, IBS Paper Performance Group, Nash, Södra, Solenis, as well as Flowtec, Lantier, EDELVENT, and the Kumera Corporation. The PrimeLineTIAC is sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG as part of its R&D infrastructure promotion program.
(Andritz AG)

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Hans Sohlström to start as Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s President and CEO on April 16, 2018  (Company news)

The appointment of Hans Sohlström as Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s new President and CEO was announced on December 21, 2017, and he will assume his position on April 16, 2018.

Sohlström is currently the President and CEO of Ahlström Capital Group. As previously announced, Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s current President and CEO Jan Åström will retire.
(Ahlstrom Munksjö Group)

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DS Smith Paper: Lucca Mill achieves ISO 50001 Energy Management certification  (Company news)

DS Smith Paper is pleased to confirm that on December 19 2017 its paper mill in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, received the ISO 50001 Energy Management certification for the first time.

Energy management is a key concern for paper mills, as the papermaking process can require large quantities of energy to power paper machines. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the world’s leading quality management regulators, awards the Energy Management certification to organisations that develop efficient energy usage policies, use data to make decisions about energy use, and continually improve energy management – among other criteria.

The ISO 500001 certification is the first certification to be fully integrated between Lucca Mill and its on-site power plant. DS Smith Paper worked with an external consultant to implement a series of internal audits, before a final audit by an external certifier confirmed that the mill and power plant had reached the ISO 50001 standard.

Lido Ferri, Sustainability Manager at DS Smith Lucca Paper Mill, said:
"It is very important for us to have this certification, because the systems we have developed for it will help us to manage the mill’s consumption of heat and power, making us more sustainable. Following the success of this integrated certification and the collaborations between teams in the mill and the on-site power station, we are planning to integrate other certifications, so that we can work closely together and fulfil our company’s goal to lead the way in sustainability."
(DS Smith Paper)

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Metsä Tissue invests in new converting line in Žilina mill  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue is acquiring a new tissue product converting line to its Žilina mill in Slovakia. The project has started, and the new converting line for consumer tissue products will be operative by the end of 2018. The total value of the investment is approximately EUR 10 million.

“The demand for tissue papers grows steadily in all market areas, and with this investment we want to strengthen our capacity and market position especially in the Central Eastern European markets. At Žilina mill we produce Tento and Mola tissue products for consumers, as well as Katrin tissue products for the away-from-home customers. In addition to this, we also produce tissue products for our customers´ own brands”, says Christoph Zeiler, SVP Consumer Continental. “Tento has a strong market position in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia, and the new converting line supports our strategic intention to continue growth in high-quality multi-ply tissue products.”

“This investment is very positive news to our mill, and a sign of Metsä’s will to further develop the Žilina mill. The new converting line helps us to stay competitive and operate efficiently also going forward, which is a good sign not just to our mill but to the whole Žilina community”, says Mill Manager Ľubomír Kotulač.
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

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Digital production from start to finish shown live at Xeikon Café 2018  (Company news)

Demonstrations by nearly 40 industry suppliers showcasing creative label & packaging applications with real business impact

At this year’s Xeikon Café Exhibition and Conference (20 to 23 March in Belgium), nearly 40 leading industry suppliers will be showing live demonstrations of a comprehensive range of creative label & packaging applications. These demos will add a practical, real-life dimension to the concepts and ideas discussed during the technical Academy sessions and Conference presentations. The applications are the result of industry suppliers integrating solutions, in order to help visitors understand true end-to-end digital production and visualise how digital technologies could impact their businesses.

“Xeikon Café is the only industry event, where complete end-to-end digital production is demonstrated live,” says Danny Mertens of Xeikon Café. “The nearly 40 suppliers exhibiting at the event are leaders in their respective field – including software, print media, consumables, digital printing and finishing solutions. They will not, however, simply show their own products, but by working together demonstrate what can be achieved by fully integrating solutions for label and packaging production.”

“Our aim is to be an open and objective industry event. Everyone with an interest in digital production is invited to attend, no matter the segment they are active in. We will be showing applications for food, pharma, household, beverages, health & beauty, amongst others”, Mertens continues. “We strive to be as technology agnostic as possible. Our focus is very much on creating a setting that educates and inspires people, in line with our theme ‘Learn. Connect. Discover’. Visitors should come away from the event with concrete ideas as to how they might benefit from implementing new packaging applications in their own businesses.”

Top six applications with maximum potential
The demonstrations will cover the packaging decoration techniques most commonly used in today’s label and packaging industry: wet-glue, self-adhesive labelling, in-mould & blow-mould, folding carton, wraparound labels, heat transfer labels,... To make it easier for visitors to navigate the large number of demos and find those that are most relevant to their business, Xeikon Café has identified the top six applications with the most potential to positively impact businesses by bringing new opportunities from digital production:
-Self-adhesive labels, craft beer: micro-breweries are a strongly growing market. Digital production is the most cost-effective solution for the large variety of short-run craft beer labels these companies need, and offers benefits such as high quality and an outstanding professional offset look.
-Self-adhesive labels, premium beer: as the beer market is becoming ever more diverse, breweries are looking for smaller series and customized labels. With digital production, random variable image printing of multi-designs for premium labels can be achieved all in one run, resulting in eye-catching labels that stand out on the shelf.
-Food services, paper cups: digital provides the only food-safe complement for the production of over 50,000 paper cups, an ever more popular marketing tool. It offers unlimited possibilities for personalisation and advertising whilst ensuring high productivity.
-In-mould, food containers: digital printing solutions on show at Xeikon Café offer food safety, high productivity and waste minimisation. This makes it the ideal complement to conventional technologies for brands who are seeking to improve their communication with their target audience.
-Wet-glue labels, wine & spirits: a market driven by perception where high quality but also embellishments play an important role. Technically, these labels are amongst the most challenging to produce, and digital is the perfect complement to conventional offset print runs of up to 50,000 labels.
-Peel & Reveal, chemicals: whether for industrial or household use, chemical labels must appeal to the consumer, be UV light resistant and resist chemical/mechanical stress. Digital production fulfils these needs, and adds fine details with pin sharp quality on top.
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

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The Global Packaging Media Alliance about to be grandly launched alongside SinoCorrugated....  (Company news)

.... South 2018

According to “Active and Intelligent Packaging Research”, published by the well-known marketing research agency Freedonia, the compound annual growth rate for intelligent packaging in the United States will be around 8% in the next three years. Overall speaking, the future of the packaging industry will be directed to more global communication and its integration into global industry sectors. In response to the trend, Reed Exhibitions Greater China will launch a Global Packaging Media Alliance alongside SinoCorrugated South 2018, which will be held from April 10-12, 2018 in Guangdong, China.

The Global Packaging Media Alliance (hereafter as to “GPMA”) will be a professional media consortium to force the information exchange and to share resources, consisting of international media partners within the printing and packaging industry. With the vision to ally the global media power for a better corrugating, printing & packaging world, the Alliance will delicate itself to promote information exchanges and resources within related industry fields.

The Launch of the Media Alliance campaign shows Reed’s strong faith in the power of offline and online media. Just as the saying goes, communication changes the world: “As an event organizer, Reed is merely a platform. We hope to integrate our platform resources to serve for a globally prosperity of the packaging industry. Without doubt the media has played a significant role in reducing potential communication gaps among people living around the globe. We are greatly honored to have many of the leading communication channels within the industry to join and work together with us, as what they did for the past 20 years for SinoCorrugated and SinoCorrugated South. We greatly appreciate that”, said Alex Wang, General Manager of Converting Team in Reed Exhibitions Greater China.

GPMA will focus on all aspects of related industry fields, including but not limited to qualified services, advanced technologies, leading products, latest industry news, academic knowledge, innovative ideas as well as business opportunities. So far, more than 30 established media have joined the network. These are International Paper Board Industry (IPBI), Cartiflex Carton Ondulado, Swiat Druku, Apr Wellpappe, Kursiv Publishing House, Flexo Gravure & Convering, Converter &Cartotecnica, PRESSGRAPH MEDIAGROUP SL, TMT Media Group, Papir a celuloza representing the European market; Print Week India, Indonesia Print Media, SHP Media Group, Carton Box, Ochre Media Group representing the Asian market, Meprinter, Print2pack and G Publishing representing the Middle East market; CORRUGANDO, mundocorrugador and O papel representing the American market, etc.

“On behalf of Converter & Cartotecnica, we are delighted to be the official member of the Global Packaging Media Alliance. We are pleased to provide and express our constant support to SinoCorrugated and SinoCorrugated South launched by Reed Exhibitions Greater China. We are firmly convinced that this professional alliance will enhance the global media relationship and further contribute to a smooth communication process”, a recap from Mr. Andrea Spadini, the Chief Editor of Ciessegi Edutrice Snc.
The Media Alliance will be launched on 11.04.2018 alongside SinoCorrugated South 2018 which will be held from 10 to 12 April at the GD Modern International Exhibition Center in Guangdong, the heart of the Pearl-River Delta and driving force of China’s packaging industry. Participants in this event are assured of joining a dynamic global platform which will feature new products, advanced technologies and innovative service solutions – all of which are integral to get along with the rapidly changing demand in today’s corrugated packaging industry.
(Reed Exhibitions)

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Looking into the packaging lifecycle  (Company news)

How does packaging fit the different ways and habits of everyday life, and which factors affect the choices we make while grocery shopping? We have got some insights through our consumer study. Turns out the packaging journey varies a lot depending on culture and geographical location.

Looking at the store shelf
Since the earliest stage in-store there are clear differences between consumers depending on where they live. In the UK, consumers pick packaging that looks appealing and delivers taste cues. Taste and price are top-of-mind factors while very few think of recycling and the ease of storage at this point.

To attract the Germans at the store shelf, the packaging needs to look untouched. Freshness is an important property, which is why German consumers tend to choose packaging with transparent windows to ensure an appetizing appearance of the product. Just like the UK consumers, they don’t really think of storability or recycling yet.

In China on the other hand, consumers think one step ahead: they want small packaging that is easy to carry home. When in need of bigger items, they prefer to order online with home delivery service.

In the shopping cart
There are also slight differences in how consumers place the packages in their shopping carts. They all separate their packaging in the cart but in different ways and for different reasons. The Germans think about stability and therefore place heavy packaging at the bottom followed by light packaging on top. In China, consumers want to separate dry, frozen and fresh food in the cart. They also think how to protect fragile products, which means they put them in the inner part of the cart. The UK consumers don’t seem to care that much about the trolley at all. They might simply sort their packaging by type of product.

Using it
When using the food products, the UK consumers prefer easy-to-use packaging and they want to avoid food waste. They believe the issue can be solved by using squishy, squeezable plastic as packaging material; however, this is now being challenged by the concern for the plastic ending up in the oceans, and we can expect consumers switching to other packaging materials such as paperboard instead.

In Germany, the consumers find it a hassle to pour from plastic bags in box. Moreover, they tend to think perforated tears are too often tearing in the wrong places. Resealability without hassle is key, which is why German consumers often create their own solutions with rubber bands or clips.
Consumers in China want to reseal packaging before they place it in the fridge. They also organize food in the same category and/or similar shape together.

When recycling
Even the last point of the packaging lifecycle seems to be somewhat different. In China, there is no government recycling program and therefore the knowledge regarding recycling is rather low but still the Chinese consumers tend to empty the trash and recycle it on a daily basis.

German consumers commonly follow recycling regulations and want to take concrete actions to protect the environment. For example, they do not wash out yoghurt cups as it burdens the environment by wasting water.

In the UK, recycling is a fairly new habit. The Brits prefer minimum amount of packaging to avoid waste and single material packaging for easy recycling.

Naturally, all the consumer insights need to be considered if you want your brand and packaging to be selected by consumers, at the first sight as well as next time.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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Sappi Europe announces price increase for its Specialities and Packaging Papers as of April 1, 2018  (Company news)

Particularly the ever increasing pulp costs but also other rising raw material prices force Sappi to increase its Specialities and Packaging Papers prices as from 1 April 2018. This measure is necessary to mitigate continuing margin erosion.

The increase will be 6% for all uncoated grades and 4% for all coated grades. The price rise will apply to all European and Overseas markets.

Practical implementation will be discussed by Sappi’s sales team with individual customers over the next weeks.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

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Esko to showcase breakthrough automation for the Sign and Display Market  (Company news)

Esko Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign is a turnkey workflow solution for sign and large format printers.

Esko ( will attend Sign & Digital UK 2018 (24 – 26 April 2018) to showcase its complete solutions from order, design and finish through to shipping products. At Sign & Digital 2018, Esko will share stands with UK distributor CMYK – Stands J10 and J20

Photo: Kongsberg C wide format cutter

On display will be two cutting tables - the Esko Kongsberg C64 and Kongsberg X24. The Kongsberg C64 is a multifunctional super wide digital cutting table for signage and display applications. The Kongsberg X24 cutting table comes with a wide range of specialty tools. These tools offer speed, power and flexibility to handle a wide variety of materials, such as corrugated, folding carton, solid board, foam, coating blankets, wood and a long list of plastics. Esko will also demonstrate its portfolio of software – Studio structural design software and ArtiosCAD for 3D projects, i-cut Suite to optimize prepress production and Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign.

Geert De Proost, Director Solutions Marketing, “Our focus is to support the sign and display sector by tailoring solutions that address the requirements of a company’s business strategy. Our automated workflow will dramatically boost production capacity without the need to invest in additional headcount. It will also eliminate human errors in every step of the way. This frees up time and money to allow businesses to add value and diversify. We are really excited to present Automation Engine QuickStart to the UK Sign and Display market. With QuickStart, we offer companies out of the box, proven and expert workflows for sign and wide format production. No need to hire experts, no long learning curves. We get them trained up and in production in just 5 days. Our tools have been developed to offer maximum OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) on the shop floor and reduce waste. The difference with Esko tools is in our analysis of the customer’s needs; we look first at the company’s strategy upstream and downstream and focus on eliminating pressure points, bottlenecks and errors. Based on many years’ experience, Esko is once more leading the way in automation and simplification. The Esko team is looking forward to meeting visitors and customers at Sign and Digital UK.”
(Esko Belgium)

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TRESU’s new SAVEink chamber doctor blade enhances process efficiency ...  (Company news)

... in narrow-web flexo printing

Picture: TRESU SAVEink chamber doctor blade for narrow web flexo applications

TRESU announces the introduction of its FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber doctor blade, a light, fast-change inking system for narrow-web UV and water-based flexo applications that can be used without an ink pump.

Chambers are air-tight and prevent leakage, thanks to TRESU’s patented seals, and can be installed or removed safely in five seconds without the risk of spilling ink. To introduce the unit to its mounting, the operator locks it to the anilox roll, and rotates it from a six-o’clock to a nine-o’clock position. Removal reverses the process.

Doctor blades are in a pre-set position, and there is no need for further adjustment. The pre-set position ensures optimal anilox contact with minimal wear. An automatic indicator shows when blade replacement is necessary, so time is not wasted on unnecessary checks.

The chamber can hold 250ml – 2000ml of ink making it ideal for application of normal and spot colours, as well as high ink transfer printing. Ink may be added manually without stopping the press, giving the system flexibility for long and short-run production.

Since the chambers are sealed, there is no risk of ink contamination and optimal pressure is maintained, to ensure foam-free printing and an even ink coverage across the web. The chamber maintains precise inking even at the high speeds demanded by narrow-web printers. Available in widths up to 800mm, the TRESU FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber may be fitted to almost any narrow web press.

For those using manual filling, the chambers can be removed and sealed so that ink can be reused. As the unit features a single compartment, manual cleaning is fast and easy.

Printers using an optional pump system have the advantage of precise flow control, as well as the ability to return unused ink to the bucket. Complete flushing and anilox cleaning to enable colour changes is also possible with pump systems.

Henrik Kristensen, vice president, TRESU Ancillary, comments: “With shorter runs and faster turnarounds, label converters are under increased competitive pressure to eliminate waste. TRESU’s single-component SAVEink system makes an attractive option for an efficient label printing workflow, with its fast setup times, minimal maintenance requirements and capability for consistent quality at high speed. With a short return on investment, the benefits of our chamber doctor blades are a viable and value-adding alternative to investing in a new press.”
(Tresu A/S)

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Mondi's fully recyclable packaging material, BarrierPack Recyclable, drives circular economy forward  (Company news)

Mondi has developed a fully-recyclable plastic laminate for pre-made pouches and FFS roll stock that is perfect for integration into existing recycling schemes.

BarrierPack Recyclable, an innovative new plastic laminate for pre-made pouches, provides positive environmental outcomes and value creation through a sustainable material with performance properties equivalent to conventional materials. It was developed in direct response to the need to reduce plastic waste without compromising on quality or functionality, and it supports the circular economy.

“Our new laminate, BarrierPack Recyclable, is a leap forward for sustainable packaging,” said Carl Stonley, Technical Account Manager at Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging. “In addition to being fully recyclable, it offers exceptional mechanical properties and is ideal for a range of packaging style formats. Constructed using two layers of PE film, BarrierPack Recyclable is a highly functional, flexible, packaging material that’s easy to open and reclose for consumer convenience. It’s functional in that the material is stiffer, stronger and lighter than a conventional PET/PE laminate of the same thickness and it can be formed directly on FFS machines, as well as used for pre-made packaging.”

The moisture barrier provided by BarrierPack Recyclable makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, such as dry food, food ingredients, personal care and pet care applications.

BarrierPack Recyclable provides sustainable alternative
Sustainable plastic packaging is evolving faster than the general understanding of the related materials and recycling issues. Industry-wide initiatives are driving development of recyclable packaging for a circular economy that maximises the lifecycle of plastic and minimises its ecological footprint.

Plastic packaging plays a crucial role in protecting products, reducing food waste and increasing convenience. However, there is no doubt that more sustainable consumption and waste management practices are needed. BarrierPack answers the market’s need for sustainable alternatives for flexible laminates by offering full recyclability, validated by extensive trials by CeDo Recyling in the Netherlands, a leader in recycling technologies.

“Mondi is committed to developing sustainable plastics using circular economy design approaches, so we are delighted to be able to bring this valuable innovation to market,” Stonley said.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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Klabin chooses Wedge for the Ortigueira Mill in Brazil  (Company news)

The big paper and board producer Klabin has awarded Savcor with a Wedge order for its Ortigueira Mill in Brazil.

According to Process Engineering and Development Coordinator Claudio Ferreria, Ortigueira mill had a need for a special and reliable tool to improve its process data analysis. The mill has a high automation level, which increases the number of tags to be evaluated. It makes more difficult to handle the big data in a common data analytics tools.

–We chose Wedge process diagnostics system because it gives us much more reliable, fast and easy process data analysis. It makes possible to analyze disturbances and process changes in an incomparable time, resulting in better solutions and actions in a shorter time to correct problems, says Ferreria.

The Ortiqueira mill has the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of pulp a year, of which 1.1 million tons is hardwood pulp and 400,000 tons softwood pulp. A portion of the softwood pulp is converted into fluff pulp. Wedge installation covers the entire plant of Ortigueira mill.

Klabin is Brazil’s largest paper producer and exporter, the leading manufacturer of paper and board for packaging, corrugated board packaging and industrial bags, and also markets timber in logs.

With the Ortigueira mill, Klabin becomes the only Brazilian company to simultaneously supply hardwood pulp (eucalyptus), softwood pulp (pine) and fluff pulp to the market. Ortigueira is the only one mill in Brazil producing fluff pulp from pine planted forests, processed in an industrial unit entirely designed for this purpose.
(Savcor Forest Oy)

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System migration with the first redundant PROFINET  (Company news)

CP Kelco recently installed Valmet DNA to replace an end-of-life automation system on CMC production line 4 in its Äänekoski facility in Finland. New technology was a key part of the delivery including Valmet’s first redundant PROFINET extension to DNA for motor controls.

Picture: One of the 50 motors controlled with PROFINET in the Valmet DNA automation system

CP Kelco’s plant in Äänekoski produces carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), a water-soluble polymer derived from cellulose having significant applications in almost all industries from medicines to food products and from papermaking to oil drilling. The Äänekoski plant has three production lines, two of which already had process automation systems from Valmet installed on line 3 in 1992 and line 6 in 1999. With the Honeywell control system installed on production line 4 in 1986 at end-of-life, the decision was made to replace it with a Valmet DNA distributed control system (DCS) in 2016. “Experience from Valmet’s earlier deliveries and the desire to standardize control room operator stations made Valmet the best choice,” says Pekka Rönkä, CP Kelco Project Manager. In addition to the two existing automation systems in Äanekoski, in 2008 Valmet had also supplied the control system for CP Kelco’s greenfield CMC plant in Taixing, China.

Although not included in the original contract, made in July 2016, an addition was made to include PROFINET motor controls in Valmet’s scope of delivery. “We already had good PROFINET experience with PLCs in the plant and will soon be facing the replacement of I/O hardware dating back to 1992. As the motor control cabinets on line 4 needed upgrading we decided it would be a good opportunity to test PROFINET solutions on a larger scale, and give us another alternative for future upgrades,” says Rönkä.

System and media redundancy
While Valmet had already delivered several PROFINET solutions to paper, chemical and food industry applications, this was to be Valmet’s first redundant PROFINET implementation. Redundant PROFINET makes the process automation systems more robust with availability and flexibility maximized during network design according to requirements. Valmet took total responsibility for the network design, critical to ensure trouble free and correct operation of all network components. Duplicate process stations on the ring network provide system and media redundancy while PROFINET’s CiR (Configuration in Run) allows the removal, replacement or re-parameterization of a device while the system is running.

When asked if he had any reservations about Valmet’s ability to deliver the solution, Rönkä replies, “I have trust in Valmet. We conducted the system FAT (factory acceptance test) together with the motor controls and PROFINET during December in Valmet’s service facility in close by Jyväskylä and it went very well.” With the FAT concluded, installation of the system commenced at the beginning of 2017 together with some process equipment changes on line 4. Twenty motor controls were included during this installation and at a second shut, during summer 2017, an additional thirty motors were added to make a total to 50 motors connected to the system with PROFINET switches on two redundant rings.

PROFINET benefits
“We now have the ability to reset tripped motors from the control room, read information from the controller, like the number of starts and have real time diagnostics information. A big benefit of the redundancy is the possibility to replace a motor control module on the run without stopping the process,” declares Rönkä, “Earlier that might have caused a problem.” The PROFINET ring is active all the time with a spare PROFINET switch connected to the ring that can be taken into use without reconnection of the PROFINET cable. So far, Rönkä reports no problems with the new Valmet system, “We are very satisfied, we got what was promised” he says.

A good project
The start of the CMC process is a batch process where recipes and sequences are a key part of the control. Cellulose is first shredded and ground before being fed to a reactor vessel where it is first treated with sodium hydroxide. Alkali cellulose is formed in the reaction between cellulose and sodium hydroxide which is a crucial step in the process to ensure that the cellulose is homogeneously converted to alkali cellulose. After completion of the different reaction steps the product contains about 25-35% of by-product salts (sodium chloride and sodium glycolate). It is then dried, ground and bagged as technical grade CMC. Other grades produced in Äänekoski are further neutralized and washed to remove by-products to result in higher purity CMC products. With more than a thousand I/Os in addition to the PROFINET extension, Valmet DNA on line 4 has performed to expectations. In conclusion, Rönkä states that he is very satisfied with the delivery, “The PROFINET addition to the system replacement was very worthwhile, cabling was simplified and as the motor controls were totally new made the job easier. Overall it was a very good project.”
(Valmet Corporation)

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manroland web systems presents the new press for flexible packaging printing   (Company news)

VARIOMAN is the name given to the newly conceived packaging printing press from manroland web systems. VARIOMAN means that manroland web systems has created a technology platform which combines the benefits of varied technologies and processes while specifically avoiding the weak points inherent in other technologies and simultaneously providing top customer benefits. The pilot press is an offset gravure hybrid press, which prints foils and provides the proven core competences of the Augsburg printing system like mature design, system integration and service and maintenance packages.

What customer benefits does the new technology bring? manroland web systems has based the VARIOMAN f:line on its decades of experience in offset printing and has connected this with the most modern automation. The strongly performing business partner and total solutions provider for the print industry has created a technology, which specifically avoids the weak points inherent in other processes: the mixture of offset and gravure here, provides particularly short make ready and changeover times with reduced start-up waste rates, achieved through high levels of automation and format flexibility. manroland web systems’ VARIOMAN f:line is ideal for printing flexible foils for Shrink-Sleeve applications as well as for a further array of substrates, like foils, paper and aluminium foils. The VARIOMAN hereby fits perfectly in the production gap of medium sized print runs with excellent offset printing technology and the cost benefits inherent in this technology. The special offset printing units have been developed with the cooperation partner Goebel GmbH.

This translates to the highest levels of flexibility for the customer; very important in modern packaging printing, which must meet the present day demands of numerous job changeovers, short runs with many sub-jobs and a plethora of “on demand” print runs. Time is saved and costs are minimised thanks to the highest degree of modern automation in printing, direct from the house of manroland web systems. At the same time, the combination of technologies like the degree of variability and particularly the quality of the printed product from the offset side, with the benefits provided by gravure printing e.g. in the areas of varnishing, adhesives and opaque white, are important factors for the packaging printing of today and the differentiation that a modern printing house requires from its offerings. A comprehensive, all-round, worry-free service package is a further assurance of the presses availability throughout its entire service lifetime.
(manroland web systems GmbH)

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Non-stick feeder module improves fine non-ferrous separation from IBA flows

Goudsmit Magnetics of Waalre is producing a black edition of the EddyFines® 38HI eddy current separator specially for IFAT 2018. This updated separator has a non-stick feeder module that further improves non-ferrous separation from IBA (Incinerator Bottom Ash) flows. For the black edition, the magnetic drum separator with vibratory feeder has been replaced by a non-stick feeder module with integrated 1800 or 3000 gauss head roller magnetic separator. Owing to the moist, cement-like product consistency of, in particular, incinerator slags, the use of a magnetic drum separator led to uneven distribution and sticking on and in the vibratory feeder trough and in the shell of the magnetic drum separator. This resulted in poorer process control and poorer separation results. In the improved version, the feeder module is fed with a mono-layer, resulting in perfect distribution over the width of the belt. Then the product is turned over, producing a looser consistency, which allows the eddy current separator to separate the NF metals even better. The result is a significant improvement, both in terms of the process and the metal separation.

A head roller magnetic separator is a conveyor belt system with integrated magnetic conveyor roller, the magnetic strength of which can be chosen to match the application. A spreading module or a series of wide belts or sieves produces a wide spread on the belt of the eddy current separator, better distributing the capacity and layer thickness. The belt speed is adjustable, which allows the magnetism to be calibrated to the ballistic effect of the specific product and is therefore an additional adjustment parameter. The magnetic conveyor captures iron particles or iron-containing slags as small as 0.1 mm and releases them on the underside, where a funnel collects and/or carries them away. This can also be done with a separation partition. The remaining (practically non-magnetic) fraction continues on its way to the eddy current separator, which handles the separation of fine NF metals (>0.5 mm), such as aluminium, copper, silver and gold. The head roller magnetic separator is available in various strengths, such as 1800, 3000, 6000 and 9000 gauss, to match the application. The 1800 and 3000 gauss models are used for processing incinerator slags. The stronger, 6000 and 9000 gauss versions are used for other fractions, such as WEEE and ASR.
(Goudsmit Magnetics Group)

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

... by 6-8% from April 1st 2018

Due to continuing input cost increases and unsustainable profit levels, Sappi is forced to continue passing on this cost inflation by increasing its WFC and WFU in sheets and reels by 6-8% effective on deliveries from April 1st 2018 for all European and Overseas markets.

Despite strong order books margins continue to be depressed by this severe input cost inflation. Sappi’s sales representatives will be in touch with their customers to agree on the specifics over the following weeks.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

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Grupo Iberpapel's net profit rises 13.93% to €22.91 million  (Company news)

Grupo Iberpapel's net profit amounted to €22.91 million in 2017, growth of 13.93% from 2016 (€20.10 million). EBITDA, meanwhile, was 3.67% higher year-on-year at €36.91 million (2016: €35.60 million).

Consolidated sales revenue was 7.51% higher year-on-year at €217.05 million (€201.89 million in 2016).

These results were enabled by growth of 6.02% in revenue from paper sales, in turn driven by higher sales volumes, and, to a lesser extent, the slight growth (1.5%) in the average sales price.
(Iberpapel S.L.)

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