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Vogtland Kartonagen boosts efficiency with end-to-end solutions for packaging production

Vogtland Kartonagen boosts efficiency with end-to-end solutions for packaging production  (Company news)

• Die-cutting with Optima 106
• Folding carton gluing with Omega Allpro 110
• Sheetfed offset printing with Rapida 142

It could be said that Vogtland Kartonagen from Reichenbach in Eastern Germany already foresaw Koenig & Bauer’s recent activities and company acquisitions relating to the packaging market many years ago. The company has been using die-cutting equipment from Iberica since 1998. The original purchase was replaced with a newer model in 2005. One year later, the first folder-gluer from Duran was installed. In the meantime, both suppliers have been integrated into the Koenig & Bauer Group. Alongside these developments, large-format sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer have been the printing machines of choice since 2002.

Photo: All swear by the Omega Allpro 110 (left to right): Production manager Denny Polsfuß and managing partner Hagen Sczepanski from Vogtland Kartonagen, as well as Ronny Neugärtner and Oliver Fuchs from the sales department at Koenig & Bauer (DE)

Over the past two years, managing partner Hagen Sczepanski has been investing once more. Given the very good experience with machines from Duran and Iberica, he saw no reason to take his custom elsewhere. An Optima 106 was installed in 2017, and an Omega Allpro 110 went into production just a few weeks ago.

High flexibility and performance
Both machines naturally incorporate significant further developments compared to their predecessors. The Allpro from Koenig & Bauer Duran implements many of the ideas and wishes resulting from 10 years of production with the earlier machine. Hagen Sczepanski: “Many of the things which we had identified as desirable improvements to a folding carton gluer, irrespective of the manufacturer, have already been integrated into the Allpro. The feedback between users and Koenig & Bauer Duran functions perfectly.”

Meetings ahead of the first investment already left a lasting impression. “I was asked how many reference installations I wanted to visit,” Sczepanski recalls. As many as 20 were offered almost immediately. “We looked at several different folder-gluers, visiting printers who were working for pharmaceutical companies and thus boasted a configuration with all the bells and whistles, as well as simpler businesses where higher-volume production also ran like clockwork day after day.”

Even though the new Allpro has only been in use for a few weeks, it has already enabled an increase in output of around 20 per cent. This is attributable firstly to the high production speeds, which in some cases can only be maintained by deploying additional personnel to remove the boxes. At the same time, the fast changeovers between different constructions, formats and materials are convincing. If the box construction remains the same, most of the work is done in just 15 to 20 minutes. But even for a more complex changeover, for example between different styles and materials, the make-ready for a brand new job does not take more than two hours.

Positive experience with the Optima
With regard to die-cutting technology, too, the specialists in Reichenbach have no doubts that they have backed the right horse. During the 12 years in which they operated the previous machine, there was only one breakdown of any note – and even that was rectified in next to no time. With the purchase of the current Optima, performance parameters could be raised by another 20 per cent. Hagen Sczepanski also describes the cooperation with Koenig & Bauer Iberica as absolutely uncomplicated: “We travelled to Iberica and explained our wishes. The operators from here and the mechanics from Iberica then discussed everything on equal terms. By the time the machine was delivered, all the open points had been dealt with and we received exactly the machine we wanted.”

Economical alternatives to the mainstream
Like the Allpro, the Optima has fulfilled the company’s expectations in every respect. Hagen Sczepanski views the two machines as genuine alternatives to the standard equipment installed by many other companies. In his opinion, any investment should be preceded by a careful assessment of all the machines available on the market: “From my experience, the price-performance ratio is simply fantastic.”

Hagen Sczepanski expressly welcomes the integration of the two manufacturers into the Koenig & Bauer Group. Service is easier to coordinate under the single umbrella of the press manufacturer than with separate companies. Furthermore, spare parts deliveries should arrive faster when they are dispatched from Germany. And the investments can also be expected to retain a higher long-term value compared to products from a smaller, independent supplier.

Up to 70 million units of packaging each year
Vogtland Kartonagen is continuing a century-old tradition of packaging production in Reichenbach. The 40 employees produce between 50 and 70 million units of paper, solid board and corrugated packaging every year. The customers are primarily SMEs from various branches of industry, for example brewing, medical equipment, agricultural and food products or fasteners. Products are supplied throughout the German-speaking regions of Europe.

As was already the case when the “Green Dot” scheme was introduced, Hagen Sczepanski sees the current ecology debates as a major opportunity for solid and corrugated board packaging. Everyone wants to replace plastics wherever possible. “We promise appropriate solutions for environment-friendly packaging,” he says, “and can respond flexibly to every product and customer requirement.”
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Schreiner MediPharm to Showcase New Robust RFID Pharma-Label and Secure ...

Schreiner MediPharm to Showcase New Robust RFID Pharma-Label and Secure ...  (Company news)

...Supply Chain Solutions

“Connectivity” and “Integrity of the Supply Chain” are two hot topics of the pharmaceutical industry to be addressed by Schreiner MediPharm at this year’s Pharmapack in Paris. On February 5 and 6, in Hall 7.2 at Booth D46, the pharma label specialist will present a special product innovation: a Robust RFID-Label delivering reliable end-to-end functionality from production to final use. Two other innovative products to be showcased ensure the integrity of primary containers: Cap-Lock for sealing prefilled syringes and Flexi-Cap Prime that irreversibly indicates any tampering attempt on a vial.

Robust RFID-Label Ensures Reliable Connectivity
Interaction between the user and the pharmaceutical manufacturer, and communication between the product and a medical device: Equipping pharmaceutical products and medical devices with RFID-Labels results in smart devices that help optimize processes and enhance ease and safety of use. Extreme robustness and perfect performance of the RFID-Labels throughout the various processing stages and across the entire supply chain are prerequisites for achieving these objectives. Particularly critical to ensuring robustness is the label’s design.

The new Robust RFID-Label from Schreiner MediPharm consists of a label-integrated RFID tag that is secured by the label’s special construction. Thus, potential damage to the RFID chip, for instance due to mechanical impact during the manufacturing and handling processes, can be avoided. This guarantees perfect end-to-end performance of the RFID chip from production to final use – especially on round containers with narrow radii. Schreiner MediPharm customizes the label’s design to suit the respective application and pharmaceutical manufacturing process. Thus, pharmaceutical manufacturers are provided with an effective and reliable solution supporting product and patient safety.

Cap-Lock and Flexi-Cap Prime Support Integrity of the Supply Chain
Ever since the EU Falsified Medicines Directive came into effect, tampering with secondary packaging of prescription medicines has been more difficult. However, legislation has not yet resolved the issue of ensuring the integrity of primary containers. With Cap-Lock and Flexi-Cap Prime, Schreiner MediPharm is presenting two security concepts that prevent undetected opening of a primary container and thus ensure its integrity: The Cap-Lock cap adapter seals prefilled luer-lock syringes and reliably indicates if a syringe has been opened before. The innovative Flexi-Cap Prime cap label makes any attempt of tampering with a vial irreversibly visible.

Schreiner MediPharm will also take part in the Pharmapack conference program and present the following topics together with its partners:
• A Novel Container Integrity Concept for Vials – Use Cases and Concepts for Machine Processability
Workshop session with Bausch + Ströbel Maschinenfabrik Ilshofen, February 5, 10.00 – 10.40 a.m.
• Pharmaceutical Labeling for Prefilled Syringes – Providing More than just Information
Learning lab with Schott AG, February 6, 3.10 – 3.40 p.m.
(Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG)

Resolute invests $38 million in its Kénogami mill in Quebec

Resolute invests $38 million in its Kénogami mill in Quebec  (Company news)

Construction of a cellulose filament plant and optimization of the paper mill

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the construction of a commercial plant specializing in the production of cellulose filaments, a new sustainable biomaterial derived from wood fiber, at its Kénogami paper mill (photo) in Quebec as well as the optimization of the mill, at a total cost of $38 million.

"Our investment in cellulose filaments represents an opportunity to enter into non-traditional growth markets," stated Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer, during a press conference attended by government representatives, local dignitaries and employees. "The cellulose filament and Kénogami mill optimization projects will create synergies within our network of operations in Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean."

Cellulose filaments are derived from wood fiber that is mechanically processed without chemicals or enzymes. They are manufactured entirely from renewable sources, resulting in a low carbon footprint. Offering a wide variety of uses and a number of benefits, the filaments can be integrated into commercial and consumer products from many industries, including transportation, construction and energy, increasing the resistance and durability of those products.

The new $27 million project will create eight jobs in the startup phase slated for 2021, and a total of 23 jobs once the plant reaches its full production capacity of 21 metric tons per day. These new jobs will be in addition to the 200 existing positions at the paper mill.

Resolute will also invest $11 million to enhance the Kénogami paper mill's short-term competitiveness by modernizing equipment in order to produce high-grade SCA+ supercalendered paper, allowing the mill to access more favorable markets. The mill has a production capacity of 133,000 metric tons of specialty papers per year.

The cellulose filaments will be marketed with the help of Performance BioFilaments Inc., a joint venture established in 2014 by Resolute and Mercer International Inc. that is dedicated to the development of non-traditional applications for cellulose filaments. The extraction technology was developed by FPInnovations Inc., one of Canada's largest scientific forest product research and development centers, of which Resolute is a member.

The project will be funded in part by Quebec's Department of Forests, Wildlife and Parks ($2.5 million), Investissement Québec ($4.2 million) and Natural Resources Canada ($4.9 million).
(Resolute Forest Products)

Dagmar Schmidt Appointed President Flint Group Flexographic

Dagmar Schmidt Appointed President Flint Group Flexographic  (Company news)

Flint Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Dagmar Schmidt (photo) to President, Flexographic, with immediate effect. This appointment will ensure strategic consistency as the organisation continues on its journey to fully commercialise their innovative and market leading offering to print and packaging converters worldwide.

Dagmar joined Flint Group via BASF in 2003. Prior to her most recent CTO role, Dagmar successfully led Flint Group’s Flexible Packaging business as General Manager and prior to this she held various commercial leadership roles (including Global Key Account Management), operational and supply chain roles at Flint Group.

In her new role, Dagmar will succeed Aryan Moelker who will leave the business by the end of January 2020 to take a position as CEO of a German listed company.

Antoine Fady, CEO of Flint Group, said: "I would like to thank Aryan for his importantcontribution to our Company over the last six years. He has re-evaluated the strategicpositioning of Flexographic division and overseen the development of new products for FlintGroup for HD and Thermal plates, the exciting new technology of Nano plate quality and the easy to use Catena-E system”.

Speaking about the appointment Steve Dryden COO, Flint Group, commented: “We are delighted with the appointment of Dagmar to president of the Flexographic division where she will continue to drive her strong passion for innovation and building high performing teams. This appointment is yet another example of a key appointment being made from within the Flint Group business – which is always pleasing to see.

Dagmar is more than familiar with the business having worked closely with the division in her Transformation lead role and prior to that as General Manager for the Flexible Packaging Ink business. I am certain that she will provide a valuable contribution in the ongoing successful development of Flint Group.”

Dagmar Schmidt said: "I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge in what is an exciting period for the organisation and I now look forward to immersing fully in the business and working with the team to ensure that we deliver our strategy.”

Flint Group Flexographic is one of the largest global supplier offering both Flexographic and letterpress printing plates and is a leader in sleeve and adapter supply. We have been very successful in the past at combining our experience with the latest technology trends and this is something we will now look to build on to deliver even greater value to our customers.

With more than five decades of research and development in supplying the packaging industry, we have become the acknowledged experts in Flexo and letterpress printing while our innovative sales solution and service proposition support our customers in being even more successful in the markets they serve.
(Flint Group Headquarters)

Wood-Based Alternative: Feminine Hygiene Fibres from Kelheim

Wood-Based Alternative: Feminine Hygiene Fibres from Kelheim  (Company news)

Kelheim’s premium tampon fibre Galaxy® has proven effective in sanitary pads: It can substitute up to 70% of the synthetics in ADL (Acquisition-Distribution-Layers) in feminine hygiene pads.

The amount of feminine hygiene waste is enormous – and often the time it takes for these products to degrade is hundreds of years longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it, because the synthetic components are not bio-degradable. Changing consumer behavior drives the need for environmentally friendly yet safe alternatives.

The viscose hygiene fibres from Kelheim offer significant ecologic advantages: they are made from cellulose, which means they are based on renewable wood and they are fully biodegradable.

These fibres are manufactured exclusively in Germany, in one of the most environmentally friendly plants worldwide.

Galaxy® in sanitary pads offers not only a benefit for the environment. Due to its excellent wicking and absorption capacity it conducts liquids quickly and efficiently away from the body and leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin – in other words, it does exactly what the ADL layer is made for. In addition, Galaxy® helps to distribute the liquid evenly in the absorbent core enhancing so the overall performance of the pad.

In comparison to other sustainable and conventional (synthetic) materials Galaxy® excels by
+ faster acquisition
+ lower rewetting
+ enhanced distribution.

“Plastic must disappear from these single-use products. The substitution of single synthetic components in sanitary pads is the first step”, says Dominik Mayer from the Bavarian fibre expert’s R&D team. “Down the road we want to offer a completely bio-based solution for sanitary pads and for various other hygiene applications.

Our advantage – besides the functionality of our patented Galaxy® fibre: Kelheim Fibres has been a renowned partner of the hygiene industry for decades; our production fulfils highest hygiene requirements. We offer our customers fibres that are ideally suited for the specific needs of their products and their processes.”
(Kelheim Fibres GmbH)

ALTANA CO₂ Neutral by 2025

ALTANA CO₂ Neutral by 2025  (Company news)

-By 2025 the specialty chemicals group will reduce its CO2 impact from production and energy procurement to zero worldwide
-Complete conversion to green electricity already in 2020
-Call for significant strengthening of renewable energies

By 2025 the specialty chemicals group ALTANA will reduce its CO2 impact from production and energy procurement worldwide to zero. Already in 2020, the company’s entire power supply will be converted to renewable energies. ALTANA will compensate for the unavoidable use of natural gas until 2025 by financing equivalent climate protection projects in the regions where CO2 emissions are generated. The same applies to offsetting CO2 emissions arising from necessary business trips, company cars, and the transport of goods. The specialty chemicals group will thus achieve climate neutrality in its direct sphere of influence by 2025.

“We want to leave our footprint on innovations, not on emissions,” said Martin Babilas, CEO of ALTANA AG, explaining the decision. “With our CO2 neutrality program up to 2025, we are fulfilling our responsibility for climate protection and consistently pursuing our sustainability course.” In 2017, ALTANA had already achieved the goal it set itself in 2007 of reducing CO2 emissions by 30 percent in relation to gross value added by 2020.

In order to further reduce its CO2 emissions, ALTANA is relying on greater energy efficiency as well as heat and electricity generation at its worldwide sites. In the long term, renewable energies should also replace natural gas as a source of energy. In addition to the existing solar systems at ELANTAS in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, and at BYK in Deventer, the Netherlands, a further photovoltaic system went into operation at ELANTAS in Pune, India, which covers the electricity requirements of the new research center at this site. In Collecchio, Italy, ELANTAS is currently constructing another photovoltaic system for a new production and laboratory building.

Aside from the measures at its own sites, ALTANA is setting up a program in close cooperation with its suppliers to consistently further improve the CO2 balance of purchased raw materials, too. This makes ALTANA one of the companies that consider the CO2 emissions of their entire value chain.

“Industry must create the facts, politics the framework”
According to ALTANA CEO Babilas, industry plays a decisive role in driving forward global climate protection. “The more companies that commit themselves to climate neutrality and create the relevant facts, the faster we can achieve the Paris climate protection targets.” However, he added, policymakers should create an indispensable framework for this. The climate protection targets cannot be achieved without sufficient electricity from renewable energies at competitive prices and the corresponding grid infrastructure. Based on current calculations by the VCI, the German Chemical Industry Association, the annual electricity needs of the German chemical industry on the way to greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 will increase to more than eleven times the current value (628 TWh compared to 54 TWh today).

"We are therefore calling on policymakers to promote renewable energies much more strongly and swiftly. Incentives must be created to ensure that sufficient electricity and heat capacities from CO2 neutral sources will continue to be available in the future,” says Babilas. “New procedures must be accelerated by public subsidies and barriers to use and own production must be eliminated. Furthermore, policymakers should create comparable competitive conditions for the industry with internationally uniform CO2 pricing,” he adds.

Innovations for climate protection
ALTANA has been a member of the UN Global Compact initiative for responsible and sustainable corporate management since 2010. At the Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries had agreed on a global action plan to limit global warming to well below 2°C to combat dangerous climate change.

ALTANA's corporate goals for environmental and climate protection have been factored into the calculation of the variable income of top management since 2007. The goal of climate neutrality by 2025 that has now been formulated will also be integrated into the individual target agreements.

“Our decades of experience in researching and developing innovative solutions that contribute to sustainability will benefit us in the implementation of our climate protection target,” emphasizes ALTANA CEO Martin Babilas.

Wire enamels from ALTANA’s ELANTAS division, for example, are increasingly being used in electric vehicles and extend their service life. BYK offers a solution for the recycling of polypropylene in car batteries, which was previously not recyclable. An aluminum pigment in wall paints developed by the ECKART division ensures that up to 50 percent of the heat is radiated back from the walls into the room. A PVC-free seal from the ACTEGA division helps beverage bottlers save 10,000 tons of steel for their crown caps. This corresponds to the weight of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
(Altana AG)

Change in Huhtamaki's Global Executive Team

Change in Huhtamaki's Global Executive Team  (Company news)

Leena Lie, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications, and a member of Huhtamaki Global Executive Team has decided to leave Huhtamaki to pursue other career opportunities.​

“I want to thank Leena for her contribution to Huhtamaki and wish her all the success in her future endeavors” says Charles Héaulmé, President and CEO of Huhtamaki.​

Teija Sarajärvi (photo), Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Safety, will have an interim role as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications in addition to her current role, until a successor for the position has been appointed.​

The change is effective as of January 16, 2020.​
(Huhtamäki Oyj)

Peter Oswald appointed new CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG

Peter Oswald appointed new CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG  (Company news)

The Supervisory Board of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG has appointed Peter Oswald (57, photo) as new Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of the company with a contract for a period of five years. Peter Oswald will become member of the Management Board as of 01 April 2020.

Wilhelm Hörmanseder (65), CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG for the past 18 years will hand over to Peter Oswald on 01 May 2020 after 30 years with the MM Group and 25 years thereof on the Management Board.

Under the management of Wilhelm Hörmanseder, the MM Group demonstrated sustained earnings growth and a solid expansion path in Europe as well as globally holding today numerous excellent positions in several attractive markets as market leader in cartonboard packaging with high competitive strength.

Peter Oswald, born in Upper Austria, brings 28 years sector experience to the MM Management Board. Since 2017 he has been CEO of the stock-listed packaging and paper company Mondi Group, which he joined in 1992. Contributing significantly to the company development, he became CEO of Mondi Packaging in 2002 and CEO of Mondi Europe & International in 2008. Peter Oswald completed university studies in law and business administration.

Rainer Zellner, chairman of the Supervisory Board, on the appointment of the new CEO: „With his international industry expertise and his long-term management experience Peter Oswald is for us the ideal person to take over as CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG.“
(Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)

Kodak and Uteco are excited to announce the successful installation of the first UTECO ...

Kodak and Uteco are excited to announce the successful installation of the first UTECO ...  (Company news)

... Sapphire EVO Press powered by KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology

Kinyosha Printing Co., Ltd., Japan, produces different applications on the high-speed digital inkjet solution for flexible substrates

Japanese packaging printer Kinyosha Printing Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, has started production on their newly installed UTECO Sapphire EVO Press, following a successful on-site acceptance test. This high production digital inkjet press expands the company’s packaging print capabilities with a cost-effective and highly flexible digital solution for high-speed, high-quality applications. The Sapphire EVO Press was developed by the Uteco Group in partnership with Kodak and is installed at the Kinyosha plant in Ōguchi, a short distance from the Nagoya urban area.

Kinyosha uses the Sapphire EVO Press to print both paper and plastics substrates across different applications for leading brand clients. “Kinyosha is looking forward to new business opportunities with the Sapphire EVO and the ability to drive new digital concepts for our customers,” said Izumi Makino, President of DP2 International (Digital Package Print International) which is responsible for packaging digital marketing activities as one of the group of Companies under Kinyosha. “It is exciting to be the first operating installation site in the world for this ground breaking capability in the packaging market. The flexibility to digitally print on flexible substrates and papers with environmentally friendly inks will enable us to offer our brand customers new creative solutions.”

Utilizing KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology and environmentally friendly water-based pigment inks from Kodak, the Sapphire EVO Press delivers excellent CMYK print quality on a variety of papers and plastic film materials such as PP, BOPP, PE and PET. The web press, which is equipped with KODAK Stream inkjet lineheads and driven by a Kodak high-speed digital front end, supports a maximum web width of 650 mm and a print width of 622 mm. With production speeds of over 150 meters per minute, it is faster than any other digital solution for flexible substrates. Kinyosha is using Kodak’s Personal Care pigment inks which are certified for skin contact on personal care products and comply with regulatory requirements for indirect food contact in the EU and the US.

“The successful commissioning of the Sapphire EVO Press at Kinyosha is fantastic proof that KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology meets both printers’ and brands’ requirements for a high-performance, high-quality, full-color production digital solution for flexible substrates with very short make-ready times and minimal waste,” said Randy Vandagriff, President, Digital Print Group and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company.

Aldo Peretti, President and CEO of the Uteco Group added: “The Sapphire EVO combines Uteco Group’s technological excellence in the development and manufacture of printing presses with Kodak’s innovative continuous inkjet technology. Packaging converters now have a digital solution at their fingertips which lets them expand their portfolios with totally new applications and simultaneously save time and money by migrating work from traditional printing processes to digital.”
(Kodak GmbH)

Digital laser cutting: Thimm installs a unique technology across Europe

Digital laser cutting: Thimm installs a unique technology across Europe  (Company news)

Thimm is once again assuming the role of pioneer and has invested in a machine for the digital laser cutting of corrugated cardboard. The new Highcon Beam 2C machine is unique in Europe as regards its design and opens up unusually creative opportunities for packaging designers. Lasers can cut delicate designs out of corrugated cardboard which previously could only be produced with difficulty, or not at all.

The new Highcon Beam 2C laser cutting machine is now supporting the digital production process from design and data preparation through to the finishing of the corrugated cardboard. The laser cuts and engraves the corrugated cardboard with absolute precision. Creases are created using the patented Digital Adhesive Rule Technology (DART) system which can also engrave and cut curved corrugated cardboard.

Digital laser technology is in an ideal position to fully meet current market requirements for more and more new products of different types and in customised variants. Producers often have to respond flexibly and at short notice and because digital laser cutting requires no additional cutting tools, no tooling costs are incurred which in turn shortens the production process. Digital laser cutting not only operates without cutting devices but can also cut very sophisticated cut-outs which would have been technologically impossible for cutting dies. This raises the production process to a higher level and is flexible and fast to apply.

Michael Weber, Head of Corporate Marketing, explains: “Our objective is always to deliver the best solution to the customer. Alongside digital printing, this digital laser cutting technology for the digital finishing of corrugated cardboard represents a logical expansion of our capacities. We are convinced that laser-cut packaging and displays are relevant to many different sectors and we are currently working closely with our customers in the preparation of new packaging and presentation options in order to generate a competitive advantage for them.”

The new Highcon Beam 2C machine has been commissioned in the production plant in Všetaty (Czech Republic). It further enhances the Czech plant of Thimm pack’n’display which was already operating at a very high level of automation and digitalisation with state-of-the-art digital high-end laser technology in Europe.
(THIMM Group GmbH + Co. KG - Unternehmenszentrale)

Diva Art Metal: Lecta’s new metallized paperboard for luxury packaging

Diva Art Metal: Lecta’s new metallized paperboard for luxury packaging  (Company news)

New metallized range of high-substance paperboard for creative projects and luxury packaging

Just over a year after introducing Diva Art into the market, Lecta expands the possibilities within the high-end packaging sector and other creative uses with its Diva Art Metal range of metallized paperboard products.

Available in substances of 250, 300 and 350 g/m2, the new Diva Art Metal paperboard offers outstanding finishing and converting properties, exceptional cracking resistance and perfect folding characteristics, and excellent printability in flexographic (solvent, UV and water-based), conventional offset and UV offset printing.

The extensive list of applications in which this range stands out includes: folders, brochures, postcards and greeting cards, cosmetic packaging, perfumes and premium beverages boxes.

Its launch also includes a swatch book under the brand slogan “Reveal your inner talent”. This catalog, along with the swatch books from the Diva Art and Diva Art Duo ranges, shows the Group’s wide range of products that offer new creative possibilities both for packaging and other graphic uses.
Diva Art Metal is an environmentally friendly product, manufactured with ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) pulp and in accordance with ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 9001 quality standards and OHSAS occupational health and safety standards. It is also available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody Forest Certifications upon request.

Antalis unterstützt das Gewinnerprojekt: „2020 Alletage Feiertage“

Antalis unterstützt das Gewinnerprojekt: „2020 Alletage Feiertage“  (Firmennews)

Antalis erfreut sich weiterer Auszeichnung: Beim internationalen Gregor Calender Award 2020 erhielt „2020 Alletage Feiertage“ den Award of Excellence. Der innovative Kalender wurde von Studierenden der Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung Konstanz (HTWG Konstanz) kreiert und mit Unterstützung von der Agentur Heudorf Kommunikation & Design und den Firmen Druckpartner und Agfa realisiert. Antalis hat das Papier Nautilus Classic 300 g/m2 und 90 g/m2 beigesteuert – ein mit dem Blauen Engel zertifiziertes Recyclingpapier.

An jedem Tag im Jahr ist irgendwo auf der Welt ein Feiertag: Am 29. Januar ist beispielsweise das hinduistische Frühlingsfest Vasant Panchami, am 5. Mai Kindertag in Japan, am 18. Mai Tag der Patrioten in Kanada und am 21. September UN-Weltfriedenstag. Der Jahreskalender „2020 Alletage Feiertage“ führt in 366 Tagen rund um die Welt und ihre besonderen Feiertage aus unterschiedlichsten Ländern und Kulturen.

Der 25cm breite und 42cm hohe Kalender ist in vielerlei Hinsicht einzigartig: Denn auf jedem Kalenderblatt gibt es nicht nur die Beschreibung des jeweiligen Feiertages in deutscher und englischer Sprache, sondern auch eine individuelle, farbenfrohe Illustration. „Es ist jedes Jahr aufs Neue spannend, wie die Studierenden der HTWG Konstanz unser Papier als Basis für spannende und kreative Projekte nutzen. Dabei freut es uns besonders, dass das Medium Papier in Form dieses Kalenders den Nutzer durch das ganze Jahr und die ganze Welt begleitet“, so Jürgen Schoch, Business Development Manager bei der Antalis GmbH.

Außerdem war allen Beteiligten die Nachhaltigkeit des Kalenders besonders wichtig. Aus diesem Grund ist der „2020 Alletage Feiertage“ durchweg Blauer Engel-zertifiziert – vom Umweltpapier bis zur Bio-Druckfarbe.

Über den Gregor Calendar Award
Der Gregor Calendar Award gehört zu den wichtigsten Wettbewerben der Druck- und Medienbranche und wird vom Graphischen Klub Stuttgart e.V., dem Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg sowie dem Verband Druck- und Medien in Baden-Württemberg vergeben und ist die höchste Jury-Auszeichnung für einen herausragenden Kalender in Deutschland.
(Antalis GmbH)

Join DS Smith Pharma at Pharmapack 2020 and learn how sustainability is possible in pharma

Join DS Smith Pharma at Pharmapack 2020 and learn how sustainability is possible in pharma  (Company news)

DS Smith is participating at the Pharmapack exhibition in Paris, the main event in Europe for the pharmaceutical and medical devices packaging sector. Our packaging experts will welcome you at the stand E50 on 5-6 February 2020 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles - Hall 7.2.

We see that sustainability has become a trending topic worldwide in 2019 and the pharmaceutical world is no exception. Despite challenges such as the strict hygiene and safety regulations governing the pharmaceutical and medical packaging trade, more and more companies look for solutions to decrease their environmental impact.

At DS Smith, we achieved 100% chain-of-custody certification in our fibre sourcing. 97% or our packaging comes from recycled or chain of custody certified papers. In 2019 DS Smith officially announced the partnership with Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It will accelerate the company’s circular economy drive and support innovation in our business model based on 3 core divisions – Paper, Packaging and Recycling.

Join us for a presentation with DS Smith sustainability and pharma packaging experts to see how DS Smith can help you achieve your sustainability goals such as reductions in carbon footprint, waste, plastic replacement and recycling.

When: 5 February at 2pm
Where: DS Smith stand E50 in Hall 7.2
(DS Smith Plc)

Logimat 2020: Die Zukunft des Versandetiketts ist trägerlos

Logimat 2020: Die Zukunft des Versandetiketts ist trägerlos  (Firmennews)

Bild: Ein noch ungewohntes Bild: ein Etikettierer ohne die zweite Rolle, die sonst das nicht mehr benötigte und somit zu entsorgende Trägermaterial aufwickelt. Das HERMA InNo-Liner System schafft völlig trägerlose Versandetiketten.

- Das globale Paketaufkommen und die dafür benötigte Menge an Versandetiketten wird sich bis 2025 verdoppeln: auf 200 Milliarden Einheiten – pro Jahr.

- Das Etiketten-Trägermaterial und dessen aufwändige Entsorgung einzusparen, wird damit zu einer vorrangigen Herausforderung.

- Das HERMA InNo-Liner System arbeitet komplett trägerlos, aktiviert den Klebstoff rein wasserbasiert und operiert prozesssicher selbst bei hohen Taktzahlen.

Es ist eine Zuwachsrate mit geradezu gigantischen Folgen: Um 17 Prozent pro Jahr wächst derzeit das globale Paketaufkommen – schon allein aufgrund des boomenden E-Commerce. Innerhalb der kommenden sechs Jahre wird sich die schiere Menge verdoppeln: von derzeit 100 Milliarden auf dann 200 Milliarden Pakete pro Jahr. Das prognostiziert der jüngste Parcel Shipping Index, der Mitte Oktober veröffentlicht wurde. Wie sich dieses Wachstum zumindest im Hinblick auf die benötigten Versandetiketten umweltverträglicher gestalten lässt, zeigt der Selbstklebespezialist HERMA auf der Logimat 2020 (Halle 4, Stand C80) – mit einem Etikettiersystem, das völlig ohne Trägermaterial auskommt, jedoch prozesssicher in der hohen Taktzahl arbeitet, die in modernen Logistikzentren gefordert ist. Das HERMA InNo-Liner System, das speziell für Versandetiketten entwickelt wurde, trägt damit entscheidend dazu bei, tausende Tonnen silikonisiertes Unterlagenmaterial aus Papier und dessen Entsorgung einzusparen. „Versandetiketten sind üblicherweise eher großformatig, deshalb kann man bei dieser Anwendung auf einen Schlag riesige Materialmengen einsparen“, erläutert HERMA Geschäftsführer Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner, der auch den Bereich Haftmaterial leitet. „Nicht zu vergessen: Die entsprechenden Etikettenrollen werden ohne Unterlagenmaterial viel leichter und kleiner. Das spart zum Beispiel beim Transport zusätzlich unzählige Tonnen des klimarelevanten Gases CO2.“ Auch vor diesem Hintergrund wurde das HERMA InNo-Liner System im Herbst mit dem Deutschen Verpackungspreis in der Kategorie Nachhaltigkeit ausgezeichnet.

Hohe prozesssichere Taktzahl
Was das neue System von bisherigen Linerless-Lösungen unterscheidet, ist nicht nur seine hohe prozesssichere Taktzahl von mindestens 40 Etiketten pro Minute. Es ist auch sein im Grunde leicht verständliches und einfaches Konzept: „Die zum Patent angemeldete Aktivierungseinheit für den zunächst nicht-klebrigen Haftkleber funktioniert rein wasserbasiert. Das heißt: keine Lösemittel, keine Hitze und keine anderen Mittel mit irgendwelchen unerwünschten Nebenwirkungen“, erklärt Martin Kühl, der bei HERMA den Geschäftsbereich Etikettiermaschinen verantwortet. „Der Etikettenverwender ist praktisch frei in der Wahl des Etikettenpapiers und nicht mehr auf silikonisiertes Thermopapier angewiesen, das die Möglichkeiten einer Bedruckung immer stark eingeschränkt hat. Außerdem ist ein solches Etikett nicht teurer als ein klassisches Selbstklebeetikett.“

Das HERMA InNo-Liner System basiert auf einer speziellen, ebenfalls zum Patent angemeldeten mehrschichtigen Klebstoffausführung des Haftmaterials und der eigens dafür entwickelten Mikrozerstäubungseinheit. Nur in diesem Zusammenspiel erreicht der Kleber die gewünschte extrem hohe Haftung. „Unseres Wissens nach sind wir jetzt die ersten und derzeit auch die einzigen, die ein komplettes Linerless-System bieten, das unter den Anforderungen in Logistikzentren hinsichtlich Geschwindigkeit und Prozesssicherheit stabil funktioniert“, so Dr. Baumgärtner. „Wer täglich viele Pakete auf den Weg bringt, für den sprechen alle Argumente für den schnellen Umstieg auf diese ressourcenschonende Art der Versandetikettierung.“

NEW: Liquim® – new liquid-proof anti-slip paper replaces corrugated cardboard and ...

NEW: Liquim® – new liquid-proof anti-slip paper replaces corrugated cardboard and ...  (Company news)

... PE base sheets

Palcut A/S, specialists in automatic palletising, are launching Liquim®, which will radically change the rules of palletising. Liquim has a liquid-proof impregnation, is high friction, and made out of recycled paper. It protects palletised goods from liquids and removes the need for corrugated cardboard and PE liners, as well as contributing to companies’ green profiles. At the same time, Liquim stabilises goods during transportation, prevents pallets from collapsing, and can reduce paper consumption by up to 40%.

After four years of development, Palcut A/S are introducing a liquid-proof, anti-slip paper with unique properties, targeted at industries which use fully automatic palletising. Many manufacturers have problems with the formation of condensation on palletised goods or with moisture seeping up through the bottom of the pallet. This can result in damaged goods and unstable pallets.

“Liquim is revolutionary because it is a friction paper which is liquid-proof. It cannot dissolve, and it ensures that pallets will not collapse in the warehouse, during transport or in the shop, whereas corrugated cardboard can become degraded and make pallets unstable,” says Lars Østergård Jonasen, Product Manager at Palcut A/S.

Liquim is also environmentally friendly, as it is made from FSC®-certified recycled paper and can reduce paper usage by up to 40% by replacing the interlayers in corrugated cardboard.

“It is a real Russian doll. Liquim is liquid-proof, is high friction and environmentally friendly. It's three things at once. We are proud to be launching a sustainable total solution which can reduce the consumption of packaging materials and has been designed for fully automatic palletising lines,” continues Lars Østergaard Jonasen.

Superior coating repels liquids
The secret behind Liquim is a patented coating which provides extremely high friction and simultaneously protects against moisture, condensation and liquid leaks. The coating repels water, oil and other liquids. According to the COBB test, which measures how much water the paper absorbs in 60 seconds, the result is excellent: Only 3 grammes of water are absorbed per square metre of the paper, compared to 45 grammes for corrugated cardboard.

Liquim has two limit values for friction - that is, when the goods start to slip. These are 50 and 75 degrees respectively when goods have been loaded on the paper for some time. For corrugated cardboard, which is not deformed, the values are between 25 and 35 degrees.

Up to 40% reduced paper consumption
The test also shows that the friction of Liquim is released gradually. This is an advantage when goods such as bottles need to be 'pushed into place' after a robot has placed them on the pallet and the friction paper. When they are in place, Liquim binds them effectively to the surface.

Liquim is FSC-Recycled-certified, which means that only FSC Recycled paper is used. There is also three kinds of friction paper – 150, 220 and 300 grammes, and it is only delivered in rolls of up to 3000 metres.

The delivery in rolls is because Liquim is part of a complete solution including a Palcut machine which cuts the paper to the proper size and can be fully integrated into producers’ palletising lines.

“Liquim replaces interlayers of cardboard and can reduce paper consumption by up to 40%, while creating a much more stable pallet structure,” says Lars Østergaard Jonasen.

PE-base sheets are now redundant
In the field of chemical products and foodstuffs such as sugar and flour, moisture can penetrate from below, through the pallet base and into the goods. Here, Liquim replaces other base sheets made from polyethylene (PE), reducing the environmental impact. Compared to Palcut’s own PE liner, Liquim protects against liquids and moisture equally well but with twice the friction, which stabilises the pallet regardless of whether goods are packed in cardboard boxes or big bags.

“We have great expectations for industries where there are problems with moisture, including the food and ingredients industry, which today uses PE-based base sheets. Liquim stops moisture rising up through the bottom,” says Lars Østergaard Jonasen.

Thoroughly tested, approved and ready for sale
Palcut also have high expectations when it comes to selling to producers of drinking water and to the food industry, which until now have not had interlayers which cannot be dissolved by water and condensation and which also block the penetration of moisture.

“Liquim is a giant step forward in friction paper. It has been thoroughly tested by independent institutions and by a major manufacturer which found that it could reduce the use of interlayers by more than a third. So we have a foundation for our high expectations,” concludes Rudi Pedersen, Managing Director at Palcut A/S.
(Palcut A/S)

Peter Oswald to step down as Group Chief Executive Officer

Peter Oswald to step down as Group Chief Executive Officer  (Company news)

Picture: Peter Oswald

Mondi plc (“Mondi” or “the Group”) announces that it has agreed with Peter Oswald, Group Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), that he will step down as CEO and from the board of Mondi plc, and will leave the Group, on 31 March 2020.

Mondi’s Nominations Committee will now begin the process of searching for a successor to Peter. We are pleased to confirm that Andrew King, Group Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), has agreed to take on the role of Interim CEO after Peter steps down and until a successor is appointed.

David Williams, Chair of Mondi plc, commented:
“Peter has made an immense contribution to the growth and development of Mondi since joining in 1992, most notably during his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the former Europe & International Division and subsequently as CEO. His drive to grow the business and his focus on ensuring Mondi’s long-term sustainable future have been invaluable to Mondi. The Board thanks Peter for his contribution to the Group and wishes him all the best for the future.”

Peter Oswald commented:
“It has been an honour to have worked for Mondi and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together. While I am sad to be leaving, I know the Group is in the hands of a strong Board and an experienced senior management team that will ensure its continued success.”
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

BillerudKorsnäs Number One in Global Sustainability Rating

BillerudKorsnäs Number One in Global Sustainability Rating  (Company news)

For the sixth consecutive year, BillerudKorsnäs receives the highest rating level in EcoVadis, thus continuing to be in the top of the companies being evaluated. This is one of several sustainability assessments, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, that confirms that BillerudKorsnäs is one of the leading companies in sustainability within the industry.

“We are proud to receive the Platinum medal by EcoVadis, which reflects BillerudKorsnäs’ commitment to sustainability. Sustainability is at the core of our business and we believe in a future where 100 percent of packaging is recyclable, renewable and fossil-free. We still have a lot of work to do, and it is crucial that we succeed to involve our suppliers and customers on this journey.” (Malin Ljung Eiborn, EVP Sustainability, BillerudKorsnäs)

The EcoVadis assessment is an evaluation of how well a company has integrated the principles of CSR into their business and management system. The methodology covers 21 criteria across four themes of environment, labor & human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.

This year's evaluation shows that BillerudKorsnäs scores high in environmental and supply chain work. One example is BillerudKorsnäs’ ambitious commitment to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Today the company uses 97 percent bio-fuels in the production, and the long-term goals is to become fossil-free. Another important area is the sustainable procurement of wood, where BillerudKorsnäs complies with high standards.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Valmet to deliver key pulp mill technology and automation for Lenzing's and Duratex's ....

Valmet to deliver key pulp mill technology and automation for Lenzing's and Duratex's ....  (Company news)

... joint pulp mill project in Brazil

Valmet will deliver key process islands for Lenzing’s and Duratex’s joint venture named LD Celulose S.A. The new 500,000 ton/year dissolving pulp mill is located in the cities of Indianópolis and Araguari in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Valmet’s delivery includes a fiber line, a pulp drying and baling line, an evaporation plant, a white liquor plant and a mill-wide automation system.

Photo: The new 500,000 tonnes dissolving wood pulp mill is being built in Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of a delivery of this size and scope is typically around EUR 200-250 million.

Valmet’s delivery is part of the Lenzing and Duratex joint venture investment of approximately USD 1.3 bn in the 500,000 tonnes dissolving wood pulp mill where Lenzing holds a 51 percent and Duratex a 49 percent stake. The start-up of the new mill is planned for the first half of 2022 and will create approximately 8,000 direct jobs during the construction phase. When it is ready, LD Celulose S.A. will employ approximately 1,100 people to operate the industrial plant and the plantations that will supply it. The dissolving pulp is a key raw material for manufacturing Lenzing’s wood-based textile and speciality fibers.

“Wood-based cellulosic fibers offer an important contribution to enhance sustainability in the textile industry and this investment is in line with our growth strategy and a key milestone to structurally strengthen our cost leadership position. In planning the new production facility, particular importance was given to sustainability aspects. The plant will be among the most productive and energy-efficient mills in the world,” states Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group.

“LD Celulose S.A. will bring a positive socioeconomic impact throughout the region. We are working with the best environmental practices and with leading companies in the pulp industry, such as Valmet,” emphasizes Luís Künzel, CEO of LD Celulose S.A.

“With our good references in dissolving pulp production technology and strong presence in Brazil we were able to meet the customer’s needs of high quality and energy efficiency as well as supporting high productivity and reliability with our automation solutions. We are happy to be a key partner in delivering a world class mill for Lenzing and Duratex and thus being part of turning renewable raw materials for sustainable textile fibers,” says Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet will supply key process islands with an extended scope of supply. Valmet’s technology is proven for dissolving pulp production with several references. The equipment for this project is tailored for high availability and energy efficiency resulting in low operating costs.

The fiber line features Valmet TwinRoll technology for high washing efficiency with low chemical and water consumption. The pulp drying and baling line secures flexibility and high-quality pulp with easy operation supported by Valmet Quality Control System. The evaporation plant features Valmet Tubel technology for high availability and produces clean condensate quality for 100% reuse in the mill. The white liquor plant includes recausticizing and lime kiln and is designed for high reliability and less maintenance.

The mill-wide automation system, Valmet DNA, offers unique integration with process solutions including process analyzers. In addition, the delivery includes Valmet Industrial Internet solutions for Operator Training Simulator for the whole plant as well as basic hardware for connectivity for Performance Center services.
(Valmet Corporation)

ANDRITZ has signed a preliminary agreement for a significant pulp mill order

ANDRITZ has signed a preliminary agreement for a significant pulp mill order  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ and UPM have signed a preliminary agreement under which ANDRITZ is to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies as well as key process equipment.

The final contract will have a mid-triple-digit million euro order value for ANDRITZ and is expected to be booked in Q1 2020. Further details of the agreement will be disclosed after the final contract has been signed, which is expected to happen in the coming weeks.
(Andritz AG)

Ricoh scoops up Buyers Lab award for A4 colour intelligent MFP

Ricoh scoops up Buyers Lab award for A4 colour intelligent MFP  (Company news)

Ricoh is celebrating another Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab success having won a BLI Winter Pick award for its new A4 colour intelligent multi-function printer (MFP), the Ricoh IM C300.

Awarded twice a year, BLI Picks acknowledge the office equipment and products that scored highest in Buyers Lab’s extensive lab tests over the previous six months. The Ricoh IM C300 was declared the winning device in the category of Outstanding Colour MFP for Mid-Size Workgroups.

The Ricoh IM C300 is part of a range of four new A4 colour intelligent MFPs, which also includes the Ricoh IM C300F, IM C400F and IM C400SRF. The range is part of Ricoh’s Dynamic Workplace Intelligence approach and features Ricoh’s Always Current Technology, ensuring the technical capabilities of products evolve in parallel with customer requirements. Each device incorporates Ricoh’s Smart Operation Panel, equipped with an upgraded processor that provides faster transitions between applications and a smooth, responsive touch screen. Ricoh service experts can remotely access a device’s Smart Operation Panel for fast troubleshooting and perform automatic firmware updates.

Kaitlin Shaw, Senior Editor of Printer/MFP Analysis at Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab, says: “The Ricoh IM C300 series is unsurpassed in the mid-volume colour MFP category thanks to its exceptional usability, along with its impressive performance and feature set. The device is packed with features to help keep busy offices productive. Its large, intuitive touchscreen allows users to select from an assortment of Ricoh smart apps that can simplify workflows and boost productivity even more. Image quality was another highlight, as the tested model produced vibrant colour output. Topping it all off, IT workers will appreciate the unit’s robust administrative utilities. All in all, the Ricoh IM C300 series has everything mid-size workgroups could want in a colour MFP.”

Olivier Vriesendorp, Vice President of Product Marketing, Ricoh Europe, adds: “What a great way to start the New Year. This award is further recognition of our ongoing commitment, innovation and leadership in the intelligent MFP space. Providing customers with advanced, reliable and industry leading devices is our main priority – it is also a core component to empowering digital workplaces. We look forward to helping our customers evolve further throughout 2020 and beyond.”
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Three new A.Celli E-WIND® P-100 Paper Rewinders in Laos

Three new A.Celli E-WIND® P-100 Paper Rewinders in Laos  (Company news)

The Chinese group Shan Don Sun Honghe Paper Industry Co., Ltd. has purchased three more A.Celli E-WIND® P-100 Rewinders, this time for the subsidiary Sun Paper Savannakhet Co., Ltd., for a project in Laos located in Xepon, province of Savannakhet.

The almost twenty-years partnership between this important Chinese group and A.Celli Paper is further strengthened.

The three E-WIND® P-100 Rewinders will handle Medium Liner Board rolls, 6730mm wide.

Two Rewinders will be positioned downstream of a first Paper Machine that produces paper (basis weight 140-250 gsm), while the third Rewinder will be placed at the service of a second line that produces paper, whose basis weight is 100-160 gsm.

All these three Rewinders have a design speed of 2500 mpm and are equipped with unwinders in-line to the Paper Machines, Automatic Spool Storage and new Slittomatic® Web-in cutting systems.

This order follows the one of the Rewinder sold at the beginning of the current year for the Shandon plant, already started-up and producing for several months.

The customer has also involved A.Celli Paper in some upgrades on the slitting groups of Rewinders supplied in the past: this type of activity will allow the Chinese group to obtain a higher efficiency with the relative modernization of its machinery.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

OMET introduces the new ASV Storm Line for interfolded towel and facial tissue

OMET introduces the new ASV Storm Line for interfolded towel and facial tissue  (Company news)

After the presentation of the ASV Tornado Line during the “OMET Interfolding Experience” open house, organized in October 2019 at its OT Lucca premises, OMET introduces the ASV Line Storm to the market, with a new automatic interfolding head.

OMET doubles the offer for the new ASV Line, introducing the new Storm version after having recently presented the Tornado version at the latest “OMET Interfolding Experience” open house in Lucca. ASV Line is the new automatic interfolding line that combines extensive modularity, ease of use and high productivity for the production of 1,2 or 3-ply paper hand towels, 2,3 or 4-ply facial tissue and 2-3-ply toilet paper. This line is the result of a careful technological research with innovative and patented operating principles, that allows a complete modularity with in-line, mirror or 90 degrees configurations. Actually, the ASV Line can be designed and configured in a flexible way according to the needs of the user with the addition of several functional modules: unwinders, lamination unites, embossing units, calenders, lotion application systems and wheel knurling units, banding units, log and gang saw, as well as the automatic interfolding head and the longitudinal slitting units that form the core of the machine.

The ASV embodies the essential requirements that have always been sought by the user: high levels of quality of the product, simplicity of use and easy maintenance. Its complete automation allows considerable savings of personnel costs and a consequent reduction of risks.

OMET offers two versions of the ASV Line, the Tornado and the Storm Line, distinguished by their different folding units and a wide range of finishing units, in order to specifically fulfill different production needs. The new ASV Line Storm is equipped with side suction system and two folding and cutting rollers of the panel. This folding system allows to use a head up to 1500 mm and enable an extremely high production capacity.

The new ASV Line Storm interfolding head is now available at OMET Lucca Demo Center for any tests, where it is possible to require customized demonstrations in order to notice the outstanding performance, the ease of use for the operator, the complete automation and the user-friendly and essential interface.
(Omet S.r.l.)

Frank Ohle new CEO to Van Genechten Packaging

Frank Ohle new CEO to Van Genechten Packaging  (Company news)

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Frank Ohle (photo) has taken up the role of Chief Executive Officer to Van Genechten Packaging.

He succeeds undersigned, who as Board member had been acting as CEO ad interim since December 2018.

Dr. Ohle has a profound experience in the packaging sector and has been working in the European carton industry for more than 15 years. He is perfectly familiar with the fluted and compact folding carton business and has a strong and broad strategic view on our challenging market.

He joined our industry in 2006, mostly in the position of CEO, supporting several family companies in strategic and turnaround situations. He led the Germany-based STI Stabernack Group till 2013 and steered RLC I Packaging Group from 2016 till 2019.

Dr. Ohle adds: “The Van Genechten Packaging Group is one of the leading innovative packaging companies in Europe. I am very proud to be part of this Company and eager to contribute to the long-term sustainable success“.
(Van Genechten Packaging N.V.)

AF&PA Applauds U.S. Senate for Ratifying USMCA Trade Agreement

AF&PA Applauds U.S. Senate for Ratifying USMCA Trade Agreement  (Company news)

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock (photo) praised the Senate for ratifying the U.S. – Mexico – Canada (USMCA) trade agreement and issued the following statement:
“Free and fair cross-border trade took an important step forward today with United States Senate approval of the USMCA – action we applaud. Long overdue revisions to the twenty-five-year-old trade agreement – including commitments to promoting sustainable forest management and legal trade in forest products – will further competition, economic growth and job creation.

“This action on USMCA preserves free and fair trade in North America and ensures existing supply chains that extend across the region are strengthened. We call for the swift implementation of the USMCA.”
(AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)

Schmid Rhyner joins the ALTANA Group's ACTEGA division

Schmid Rhyner joins the ALTANA Group's ACTEGA division  (Company news)

ALTANA and Conzzeta signed a purchase commitment for Schmid Rhyner. ALTANA, a privately owned German corporate group, has an annual revenue of EUR 2.3 billion and is one of the most innovative, profitable and high-growth chemical companies in the world. It consists of the divisions BYK (additives and instruments), Eckart (metallic and pearlescent pigments), Elantas (electrical insulation materials) and ACTEGA.

Schmid Rhyner will reinforce the Group’s ACTEGA division. Specializing in solutions for the printing and packaging industry, ACTEGA develops and produces coatings, printing ink, adhesives and sealants, and plastic compounds for use in the healthcare sector. The company sells its products around the world and achieved revenue of EUR 353 million in 2018, which accounts for 15.3% of the ALTANA Group’s overall revenue.

“This takeover will strengthen our competencies in the area of overprint varnishes,” says Thorsten Kröller, head of the ALTANA division ACTEGA. “This will enable us to make inroads into new markets and applications, especially in terms of flexible packaging and digital printing technology.”

The sale is expected to be completed – subject to the approval of the supervisory authorities – by the end of the first quarter of 2020.
(Schmid Rhyner AG)

Pixelle Specialty Solutions Names John P. Jacunski Chief Financial Officer

Pixelle Specialty Solutions Names John P. Jacunski Chief Financial Officer  (Company news)

Pixelle Specialty Solutions (“Pixelle”) has named John P. Jacunski Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Jacunski will report to Timothy R. Hess, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pixelle.

Prior to joining Pixelle, Mr. Jacunski served P.H. Glatfelter Company from 2003 until 2019 in positions of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, President of the Specialty Papers Business Unit, and Vice President and Controller. Previously, he served WCI Steel as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and also worked for KPMG. Mr. Jacunski completed leadership and strategy programs at Wharton School of Business and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University.

Pixelle was created in 2018 through private investment firm Lindsay Goldberg’s acquisition of Glatfelter’s Specialty Papers Business Unit. Pixelle is one of the largest specialty paper producers in North America with annual sales of more than $825 million and 728,000 tons. Pixelle has industry-leading positions in food contact papers, high speed inkjet papers, release liners, carbonless and forms, envelope paper, greeting cards, trade book paper, and playing cards. The company operates two integrated mills (Spring Grove, PA and Chillicothe, OH), converting operations (Fremont, OH), and woodyard operations (Delmar, MD; Piketon, OH; and Washington, WV).

Commenting on Mr. Jacunski, CEO Hess said, “John is a very experienced senior leader with a long track record of success in our operations and our industry who brings strategic and executional depth to our leadership team. I am confident he will help us build on our strong first year of performance as Pixelle and continue driving our performance as a specialty papers leader that helps our customers win in their respective markets.”

Mr. Jacunski, commenting on the CFO role, said, “The opportunity to help Pixelle advance its position as a high-performance, customer-focused specialty business is very exciting. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience of these operations with the ‘manufacturing excellence’ expertise of the Pixelle and Lindsay Goldberg teams to further accelerate our performance.”
(Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC)

Brazilian dairy producer reaps the rewards of SIG’s pioneering solutions in ...

Brazilian dairy producer reaps the rewards of SIG’s pioneering solutions in ...  (Company news)

... connected packaging

With the support of SIG’s Connected Pack solutions, Brazilian dairy producer Languiru Cooperative has become one of the leading market players in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul at a time of increasing competition and growing consumer demands. And to reaffirm its ongoing partnership with SIG, Languiru has commissioned another filling line from SIG.

Since implementing SIG’s pioneering digital solutions in 2017, Languiru has experienced a number of achievements. These include greater consumer trust and quality perception in their products, improvements in productivity, and now a market share growth that puts Languiru in the region’s top three largest dairy producers, according to Kantar WorldPanel. Before its traceability project with SIG, Languiru was the fifth largest dairy producer in Rio Grande do Sul.

Languiru operates in an environment where consumers are demanding more transparency in business, more product information, and more digital communication with their brands of choice. Alongside this, food and beverage producers like Languiru need to reliably manage products in their supply chain, and ensure visibility at all times to guarantee efficiency, control and safety.

As a response to these market challenges, Languiru set out to create a new dairy concept: Qualidade do início ao fim, which translates as “Quality from beginning to end”. But in order to realise this promise, the producer needed a solution that not only makes product data easily accessible, but can also drive consumer engagement, trust and brand recognition.

Quality from beginning to end
To technically realise its vision of “Quality from beginning to end”, Languiru turned to SIG’s integrated Connected Pack platform – a drive to deliver unique digital coding technologies and track-and-trace solutions that ensure 100% connectivity and transparency together with greater digital interaction and engagement.

“Languiru has always stood out for the quality of its products, and the use of SIG’s innovative Connected Pack technology has enabled us to strengthen this perception and show consumers that Languiru milk is truly differentiated,” said Languiru Cooperative president, Dirceu Bayer.

As of May 2017, Brazilian consumers of five different Languiru milk products can access quality data, brand information and interactive quizzes directly on their smartphones by scanning a unique on-pack QR code. This QR code system was unprecedented in the food industry when it launched and proved SIG’s early commitment to the connected packaging trend.

"We have no doubt that with SIG we have a greater competitive advantage within the market compared to many other brands,” added Languiru’s Bayer. “SIG understood our demands and developed a tailor-made solution for Languiru that demonstrates quality and therefore adds value to our brand.”

Adding value throughout the supply chain
With a direct link to consumers, Languiru also has the opportunity for digital marketing activities, such as games, quizzes and promotions. In addition to this, in-line monitoring capabilities and vast data collection in the product journey has enabled Languiru to optimise production and logistics, and manage quality risks more proactively. The process of product traceability in the supply chain has now been reduced from five hours to five minutes, making recalls significantly easier. And in 2018, Languiru recorded a productivity improvement of more than 5% at its dairy plant, resulting in less waste and improved costs.

Languiru has also commissioned a third SIG filling machine. This new line ensures that 100% of Languiru’s long-life milk and chocolate milk product Chocolan has surgical traceability with unique QR codes securing end-to-end traceability for consumers and Languiru.

"For SIG, our greatest achievement is the success of our customers. Being part of the growth of Cooperativa Languiru and its consolidation as a market leader in long-life milk in Rio Grande do Sul is very gratifying and shows SIG's commitment to be not only a supplier but a solution partner," said Ricardo Rodriguez, CEO of SIG Combibloc Americas.

Traceability from the start for Origem
In August, Languiru launched a new premium milk called Origem. The milk is produced by only five farms, which all have the Good Practices of the Farm seal – a local initiative recognising dairy farms with best practices and processes – and are filled within 24 hours. The originating milk doesn’t have stabilizers, which maintains its purity, freshness and flavour characteristics.

With SIG's Connected Pack technology, consumers can obtain information about the milk and the farm where it was produced, as well as information from producers, time of collection and satellite images of the farms.

Unique QR codes tied to the originating milk, as well as Languiru’s regular line, offer detailed information on factory quality tests and support traceability all the way to the shelf. This means Languiru can offer consumers an even more premium product with differentiation for those seeking a product of proven quality.

SIG’s Connected Pack is one of three value-adding segments that are part of its Value Proposition to help food and beverage producers meet increasing industry demands. Other solution-driven segments available include Product Innovation & Differentiation, and Smart Factory.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Valmet to start co-determination negotiations in the Fabrics Business Unit in Finland

Valmet to start co-determination negotiations in the Fabrics Business Unit in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet is planning changes in the Fabrics Business Unit which is part of the Services Business Line in order to secure the unit’s profitability and future competitiveness. The most important action in the preliminary plan is to move the dryer fabric and wide filter fabric production from Tampere in Finland to Valmet’s unit in Portugal. The possible actions will have employee impacts. The functions under consideration are part of Valmet Technologies Oy.

Photo: Valmet Dryer Fabric OP

As a consequence of the above, Valmet starts co-determination negotiations in Fabrics’ operations in Tampere on January 21, 2020. The co-determination negotiations are estimated to last six weeks and they include Fabrics’ personnel in Tampere. The co-determination negotiations can result in the reduction of 90 persons at maximum mainly during year 2021 by estimate, and in possible temporary lay-offs and part-time work during 2020. Fabrics Business Unit employs altogether approximately 500 persons in its Tampere operations.

Fabrics Business Unit develops and manufactures press felts, shoe press belts, dryer fabrics and wide filter fabrics in Tampere. Valmet’s location in Portugal, to which the dryer fabric and wide filter fabric production possibly is relocated, develops and manufactures filter fabrics and other industrial textiles.

Active review of operations’ locations is part of Valmet’s normal business development globally. In recent years, for example, Valmet’s production of evaporation plants from Sweden and the production of Quality Control Systems (QCS) from China have been relocated to Finland. Valmet employs 5,100 persons in Finland of which 2,000 in Tampere. At the moment Valmet has approximately 160 open positions in Finland.
(Valmet Corporation)

Finnish trade unions announce two-week strike in the paper industry

Finnish trade unions announce two-week strike in the paper industry  (Company news)

The Finnish paper industry and other industry sectors could be paralysed for two weeks from the end of the month - a strike is looming.

Finnish trade union Teollisuusliitto announced an extensive strike from 27 January to 9 February, which would affect around 150 companies from several industry sectors including the forest and chemicals industry.

The trade union for the paper industry Paperiliitto also drew attention to the planned strike, which stands to affect most of the paper industry. The strike would be held unless the result of a new collective bargaining agreement with employee representatives was reached, the trade union said. The next meeting with a mediator is slated to take place on 21 January.

Explaining the reasons for the strike, Paperiliitto said that it had been in negotiations with the Finnish Forest Industries Federation FFIF since August for new collective bargaining agreements and talks had not made any progress, let alone led to an agreement.

The consequences of a strike in the forest industry would not be insignificant. According to FFIF, forest industry products account for about a fifth of Finland's exports. The segment employs about 42,000 people directly and about 140,000 Finns indirectly.
(EUWID Pulp and Paper)

Diego Hervás new CEO of Comexi

Diego Hervás new CEO of Comexi  (Company news)

The appointment of Hervás, independent member of the board of the company until now, is a clear commitment to the promotion of innovation and technology

Comexi, a global supplier of solutions for the printing and flexible packaging industry transformation, has appointed Diego Hervás (photo) as the new CEO of Comexi from 1st January, 2020. Hervás, who was born in Barcelona and has extensive executive experience, replaces Jeroen van der Meer, who had held the position since 2014 and who will continue to be involved with Comexi to ensure as efficient a transition as possible.

Comexi faces 2020 with the assurance that the commitment to a more innovative and technological vision will yield results, together with Intelligent Data Management and active listening with clients. In 2019, after closing the loss-making rotogravure unit in Italy, the company managed to return to profits despite the economic slowdown in the market.

The signs of the flexible packaging sector are good, as shown by the last K Fair in Dusseldorf, held more than two months ago, where Comexi closed the sale of eight machines. Talks were also established for 50 new projects with several global companies.

Throughout the days of the fair, as a novelty, visitors were able to directly test the operation of Smart Glasses, a technology that allows real-time remote communication with the exchange of images between the customer and Comexi engineers. Another global innovation was the Comexi Cloud, the new digital platform that allows analysis of the production process, control and optimisation of costs and materials, and placing orders online for spare parts.

Diego Hervás takes over the CEO role of Comexi in a context in which the market is evolving rapidly and the ability to adapt immediately is essential, in order to remain a technological reference as well as a supplier with the maximum reliability.

For more than a year, Hervás has been an independent member of the board of Comexi. This has given him a broad understanding of both the market and of the structure and operation of the company. In addition, his professional profile is ideal for taking on the task of maximising innovation and the use of technology at Comexi.

From 2018, Diego Hervás held COO responsibility at Plyzer Technologies, a company with branches in Barcelona and Toronto, which specialises in Intelligent Data Management to improve brand positioning and identify client needs.

He previously has held different executive positions for more than fourteen years at Xerox Corporation, where he led the European Graphic Communications Division.
One of the key aspects of innovation to be intensified concerns recycling and the use of sustainable materials. Comexi investigates and applies technology to its production to achieve solutions with less impact on the environment, thanks to the use solvent-free inks to make packaging more easily recyclable.
(Comexi Group S.L.)

Mondi: Peter Oswald to step down as Group Chief Executive Officer

Mondi: Peter Oswald to step down as Group Chief Executive Officer  (Company news)

Mondi plc (“Mondi” or “the Group”) announces that it has agreed with Peter Oswald (photo), Group Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), that he will step down as CEO and from the board of Mondi plc, and will leave the Group, on 31 March 2020.

Mondi’s Nominations Committee will now begin the process of searching for a successor to Peter. We are pleased to confirm that Andrew King, Group Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), has agreed to take on the role of Interim CEO after Peter steps down and until a successor is appointed.

David Williams, Chair of Mondi plc, commented:
“Peter has made an immense contribution to the growth and development of Mondi since joining in 1992, most notably during his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the former Europe & International Division and subsequently as CEO. His drive to grow the business and his focus on ensuring Mondi’s long-term sustainable future have been invaluable to Mondi. The Board thanks Peter for his contribution to the Group and wishes him all the best for the future.”

Peter Oswald commented:
“It has been an honour to have worked for Mondi and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together. While I am sad to be leaving, I know the Group is in the hands of a strong Board and an experienced senior management team that will ensure its continued success.”
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

Brigl & Bergmeister has launched a new Recycling Label Paper

Brigl & Bergmeister has launched a new Recycling Label Paper  (Company news)

With Niklakett Medium PURE the label paper specialist offers now a high wet strength recycled label paper made from 100% recovered fibres. The paper is designed to sustain highest industry standards without any compromise towards production efficiency in converting and environment. The grade is currently available in 70 gsm, also as Niklakett Medium Pure Fashion, with a linen embossed surface.

To complete the new PURE product line the company will also launch with NiklaSelect PURE, a non-wet strength label paper, also purely based on 100% waste paper fibres.

„With our new PURE line we are setting a new standard for the labelling industry. Our PURE grades are developed and designed to have the same performance through the value chain as our well known standard products. Surface and opacity are at highest values, the performance in converting and labelling has proven excellent results ...“Markus Bammer, Technical MD at B&B, stated.

Jürgen Schulz, MD Sales & Marketing added: „Sustainability is one of the key drivers along our entire company policy. Our standard Niklakett Medium is already cradle to cradle certified and by introducing our new “PURE”-line we continue to offer innovative and environmental friendly products which meet highest international standards”.

B&B is a leading manufacturer of label paper and flexible packaging paper. The company operates 2 paper mills in Austria and Slovenia and is serving markets and customers across all continents.
(Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)

Elof Hansson and emtec Electronic at ACOTEPAC 2020 in Cali, Colombia

Elof Hansson and emtec Electronic at ACOTEPAC 2020 in Cali, Colombia  (Company news)

Emtec test equipment enables a very exact evaluation of the relevant paper and board properties

Photo: Fiber Pozential Analyzer FPA touch!

From February 12th to 14th emtec presents its innovative measuring instruments for the pulp, paper and board industry at the ACOTEPAC conference (booth no. 56). The use of these devices enables a more efficient and reliable process and quality control from the wet end to the finished product and helps to achieve the best possible quality at the lowest possible costs.

At the ACOTEPAC interested visitors can take a look at the Charge Analyzing System CAS touch! and the Fiber Pozential Analyzer FPA touch!, two devices, which measure the particle charge and the surface charge of fibers. The easy handling, light weight and small size makes them an ideal partner. What the FPA touch! achieves with high accuracy in the laboratory, its “big brother”, the Fiber Potential Analyzer online FPO achieves directly in the production process, to which it is directly connected. Up to four fully automatic measurements per hour are possible. The results can be provided online, but can also be transferred to the computer system of the mill. The permanent controll allows an immediate reaction, in case it becomes necessary.

Together with our Colombian partner Alberto Marin, from Elof Hansson, our area manager, Daniel Ohndorf, will attend the conference of the Colombian papermakers once again in 2020. Besides the wet-end test devices CAS touch! and FPA touch!, the EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing Tester will be presented at the booth. By the help of the device, the surface sizing or more general the surface hydrophobia and the surface pore structure of paper and board can be evaluated. Both parameters have a big influence to the converting relevant quality characteristics printability, coatability and glueability.
(emtec Electronic GmbH)

BOBST & Partners to present a unique end-to-end flexo process experience

BOBST & Partners to present a unique end-to-end flexo process experience  (Company news)

The flexible packaging industry moves faster and faster and to stay ahead it is necessary to innovate, automate and connect.

To support flexo printers to achieve increasingly demanding expectations, BOBST and leading industry suppliers* will follow an innovative route for the Open House event they are hosting in the Competence Center of Bobst Bielefeld, in Germany, on 13th February 2020.

Visitors to the event will experience the advantages of the seamless integration of all the elements that concur to an end-to-end flexo process that is simpler, faster, more sustainable, more competitive and geared towards the future.

The agenda will combine short presentations and equipment demonstrations that will span across the full process from file to platemaking to printing.
(Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)

Silverton Pulp & Paper awards order for High Pressure Tail Cutters to ProJet

Silverton Pulp & Paper awards order for High Pressure Tail Cutters to ProJet  (Company news)

ProJet will deliver new dry end Tail Cutters to Silverton Pulp & Paper, India. The order was included in ProJet’s fourth quarter 2019 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.The ProJet High Pressure Tail Cutters can be equipped with redundant pumps and redundant nozzles guaranteeing the highest availibility of the system. Pressure used is up to 500bar (8,000psi) and the Tail Width is adjustable from 20-300mm (0.8-12 in.)

The ProJet HP Tail Cutters generate a 100% reliable clean cut, guaranteeing maximum reliablity of Tail Threading. One Tail Cutter will be installed before the Size Press and the second before the reel at the end of the machine.

Water-jet nozzles have ruby tips, with typical sizes between 0.05-0.60mm. Customers that have these High Pressure Tail Cutters installed, immediately notice the reduction in dirt and dust build up in the cutting area, which A. Leads to a cleaner and healthier working environment for operators and B. Maximizes reliability of the Tail Cutting and Tail Threading procedure on a paper machine. No vacuum or dust bag are required so maintenance is minimized and fire hazards are eliminated.

The equipment is scheduled to be delivered in Q2, 2020 and installation & start-up in Q3, 2020.
(ProJet B.V.)

Reyes Cerezo appointed General Director of Ence Sustainability

Reyes Cerezo appointed General Director of Ence Sustainability  (Company news)

The Board of Directors of Ence Energía y Celulosa has appointed Reyes Cerezo (photo) as General Director of Sustainability of the company. She will make this position compatible with his current responsibilities as General Secretary of Ence and Deputy Secretary of the Board of Directors, in order to reinforce the development and monitoring of Sustainability policies from the company’s first governing body.

Excellence in Sustainability is one of the axes of the Ence Strategic Plan 2019-23. This appointment reinforces the company’s response to the ambitious objectives set out in its Sustainability Master Plan, which covers all its businesses and corporate areas.

In this sense, Ence seeks to permanently guarantee the social license to operate, as well as the sustainability of its supply chain, and especially its forestry activity. In addition, the company will continue advancing in the development of sustainable products that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Circular Economy, favoring, as well, investment from the financing boost with ASG criteria.

Reyes Cerezo joined Ence Energía y Celulosa in July 2017 as Director of the company’s General Secretariat. Previously, she held various responsibilities in the legal field at Banco de Santander, where she was Deputy General Director of the Legal Department, and at the Atento Group, where she was General Secretary and of the Board of Directors.
(Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

Metsä Tissue is investing in a new production line at the Raubach mill

Metsä Tissue is investing in a new production line at the Raubach mill  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue, a part of Metsä Group, is investing in a new production line for professional tissue papers at its Raubach mill in Germany. The total value of the investment is approximately EUR 10 million.

The new MF4 production line with annual production capacity of 16,000 tonnes will produce folded hand towels, which are used typically in public washrooms.

“Demand for professional tissue paper products is growing and according to our strategy, we are increasing our capacity to meet the market situation. The investment will strengthen our market position especially in Western Europe,” says CEO Esa Kaikkonen.

Production on the new line will begin during the second quarter of 2021.
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

Charmin® Answers the Call of Nature with Futuristic Bathroom Innovations

Charmin® Answers the Call of Nature with Futuristic Bathroom Innovations  (Company news)

Charmin® rolls into CES 2020 with Charmin GoLab, the first-ever innovation showcase focused on helping people Enjoy the Go, anytime, anywhere. GoLab features three cheeky, never-before-seen conceptual prototypes made to deliver a better bathroom experience from start to flush.

People use the bathroom 6-7 times a day, and spend on average 156 hours a year on the toilet. And yet, in a world that’s ever-evolving with new technology, the bathroom is basically the same as it was 100 years ago. That is, until now.

Charmin’s vision for a better bathroom experience extends into the future to address top potty pain points everyone can relate to:
-RollBot – RollBot is a first-of-its-kind robot that, when controlled with a smartphone using Bluetooth, delivers a fresh roll of Charmin to you so you won’t have to be left in a bind ever again. Its futuristic design uses self-balancing technology to give it a more bear-morphous look.
-SmellSense – An electronic sensor monitoring system that lets you plan ahead and check how the bathroom smells without having to experience it yourself. It is calibrated to detect carbon dioxide or hydrogen sulfide found in a *toot* or *two*. SmellSense notifies you via a GO/NO GO display on the status of the stench and when it’s safe to go in.
-V.I.Pee (photo) – A premium porta-potty experience enhanced with Oculus Rift S VR that will transport a GOer missing out on any moment – whether it be an event or concert – to the front row so you never miss a beat while on the seat. You can pick up right where you left off before the call of nature rolled in, with the bathroom being the best seat in the house.

“At Charmin, we’re always on a mission to bring people a better bathroom experience, and while that starts with the best TP, Charmin GoLab allows us to finally expand beyond just the seat,” said Rob Reinerman, Charmin Brand Director. “The concepts we’re bringing to CES are a playful way to showcase our relentless obsession with helping people Enjoy the Go now and into the future.”

The P&G LifeLab, in its second year at CES 2020, gives consumers an immersive look at the intersection of P&G’s deep and meaningful consumer knowledge, and the category-changing innovations that define its brands. CES attendees can visit the P&G LifeLab at space 42131 in the Smart Homes Marketplace and view other innovations from Baby Care, Grooming, Home Care, Oral Care and PG Ventures.
(Procter & Gamble Paper Products Co)

Lecta's New Adestor Inkjet Matt LR FSC

Lecta's New Adestor Inkjet Matt LR FSC   (Company news)

Efficient and cost-effective print-on-demand.

Lecta increases its extensive offer of Adestor self-adhesive materials for digital printing with the launch of Adestor Inkjet Matt LR FSC (C011032) SP123 White Glassine 62.

This new product, specially indicated for logistics and retail labels, provides good absorption and uptake of inks, resulting in excellent drying times both for UV and water-based inks.

With this launch, Lecta continues to build on its specialized multiproduct offer for digital printing, responding to the increasing market demand for highly customized environmentally friendly products.

The entire Adestor range is produced in accordance with ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards, ISO 9001 quality standards and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. The range is also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain of Custody forest certification upon request.

Kelheim Fibres a Frontrunner in CanopyStyle 'Hot-Button' Ranking

Kelheim Fibres a Frontrunner in CanopyStyle 'Hot-Button' Ranking  (Company news)

In the 2019 `Hot-Button´ report issued by the forest conservation organisation Canopy, Kelheim Fibres attained a “green shirt” ranking. This result underlines the company‘s excellent performance as regards to raw material sourcing. Many fashion brands already value the `Hot-Button´ report as a reliable indicator for sustainability for viscose fibre producers.

Raw material wood sourced only from certified sustainable forestry
The CanopyStyle initiative aims to achieve that no wood from ancient and endangered forests is used to produce viscose fibres. The audited companies must prove that they avoid these fibres and have implemented appropriate rules and procedures to check the origin of the wood. Performance in the areas environmental protection and innovation have been examined and evaluated by qualified external auditors; the report will be posted publicly in the first quarter of 2020.

Sustainable fibres for a changing market
“For years now Kelheim Fibres has consistently recognised the importance of sustainability and environmental protection. Now that resource saving and alternatives to plastics are of focal interest to the public and to the economy, our products are meeting with an even better reception from the market. Fibres produced in Germany with low emissions from certified sustainable timber meet the needs of customers seeking products that have a low risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests. “Having been awarded a `green shirt´ in the `Hot-Button´ ranking once again underlines this absolutely clearly!” says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres.
(Kelheim Fibres GmbH)

New Head of Sales for Wallpaper at Follmann

New Head of Sales for Wallpaper at Follmann  (Company news)

Tobias Kleeberg (photo) took on the role of Follmann’s Head of Sales Wallpaper on 1 January this year. In this position, the 46-year-old commercial clerk is responsible for the domestic and international distribution of wallpaper printing inks and coatings within the Design + Function business unit.

Tobias Kleeberg has 25 years of international sales experience in various roles in the fields of surface technology, decorative printing, design and design development, printing inks, as well as in the solid surface and wood-based materials industry. Having held positions at Impress Decor, Melaplast and Abet Laminati, he most recently worked for Varicor, where he was responsible for the German location as Sales Director and authorised signatory.

“In my new role at Follmann, I look forward to advancing the wallpaper business together with a committed team – both in Germany and internationally,” said Tobias Kleeberg. Mark Stefan Schmitt, Director Business Unit Design + Function at Follmann, is also looking forward to working with Kleeberg: “With his many years of international leadership experience and technical expertise, Tobias Kleeberg is the ideal person to fill this position, and we are confident that with him we will be able to successfully expand the distribution of our wallpaper printing inks and coatings.”

Tobias Kleeberg will of course also attend the Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt and be at the joint stand of Follmann, Kämmerer and SPGPrints (stand D30 in Hall 3.1).
(Follmann GmbH & Co. KG)

Kimberly-Clark Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Kimberly-Clark Announces Executive Leadership Changes  (Company news)

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) announced executive leadership changes to accelerate the company's progress toward achieving its K-C Strategy 2022 goals.

Aaron Powell (photo left), President of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been named President of Kimberly-Clark'sAsia-Pacific consumer business. In this role, Powell will be responsible for the company's largest international region with operations in more than 30 countries, including the ASEAN member states, Australia, China, India and South Korea.

Achal Agarwal (photo right), President of Kimberly-Clark's Asia-Pacific consumer business, has been named to the newly created role of Chief Transformation Officer. In his new role, Agarwal will lead the strategy and roadmap for further building K-C's global organizational capabilities and evolving its work practices to consistently deliver results.

Both Agarwal and Powell will continue to report to Mike Hsu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Kimberly-Clark. The moves are effective March 1. A successor to lead the Kimberly-Clark Professional business will be named in the near future.

"These leadership changes will help further enable achievement of our K-C Strategy 2022 objectives," said Hsu. "Achal and Aaron are both seasoned executives with proven ability to deliver higher levels of sustained results and position us to delight consumers every day, everywhere."

Powell has held a series of roles with increasing responsibility since joining Kimberly-Clark in 2007. Prior to leading the Kimberly-Clark Professional business, he led the company's consumer business in EMEA, and served as Vice President and Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark's consumer business in Central and Eastern Europe.

Agarwal brings extensive experience in building high-performance teams and leading organizational change. He joined Kimberly-Clark in 2008, and has accelerated growth and market share gains in emerging markets like China and ASEAN. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Achal served in a variety of leadership roles at PepsiCo, Inc. and Imperial Chemical Industries.
(Kimberly-Clark Corp.)

CENIBRA sets annual pulp production record

CENIBRA sets annual pulp production record  (Company news)

Headquartered in Belo Oriente, State of Minas Gerais, Celulose Nipo-Brasileira S.A. (CENIBRA) set a new annual production record in 2019, with an output of 1,222,888 tons of bleached eucalyptus hardwood pulp. This figure is 16,676 tons above the budget. In a statement, the Company’s management congratulated employees on the historic landmark.

According to Júlio César Tôrres Ribeiro, Industrial and Technical Director, “even more important than any record is the high production stability achieved throughout the year, with emphasis on factory-forest integration, and the company’s great effort in terms of maintenance and new projects implemented during the scheduled stoppage in 2019.”

He pointed out that such an accomplishment was only possible thanks to enhanced integration between all Company areas and investments in new process management tools, which “highlights the employees’ level of maturity, competence, and commitment”.

Other factors that helped the Company achieve such outstanding performance are investments in plant modernization and the elimination of bottlenecks.
(Cenibra Celulose Nipo-Brasileira S.A.)

Valmet launches a new microwave consistency measurement for pulp and paper makers

Valmet launches a new microwave consistency measurement for pulp and paper makers  (Company news)

Valmet launches a completely redesigned Valmet Microwave Consistency Measurement – Valmet MCA (patent pending) for pulp and paper makers. Valmet MCA is now provided by digital electronics and the new Direct Sweep Detection measurement to offer higher performance measurement sensitivity and accuracy than competing analog designs.

A wider applicability with the new Twin Blade sensor
Valmet MCA’s new Twin Blade sensor complements the offering, along with the newly redesigned Flow Through sensor, by allowing paper and pulp makers to install it in larger pipe diameters. The Flow Through sensors are totally interchangeable with earlier installations.

With a wider applicability, the new Twin Blade sensor can also be used to measure unscreened pulp. The sensor’s completely redesigned clamp mounted probe is suitable for the much higher conductivity environment of chemical pulping.

“This new measurement technology is a leap forward in terms of performance and usability. For long Valmet has been the market leader in microwave consistency measurements with more than 6,000 deliveries. The new Valmet MCA now leads the way for all pulp and paper needs,” says Marko Heikkinen, Product Manager, Automation business line, Valmet.

The new and easy-to-use operating unit
Commissioning and operation have also been enhanced with the Valmet Bridge user interface, a new 7’’ touch screen control platform designed for use with Valmet process sensors and analyzers. With comprehensive diagnostics, Wi-Fi and Industrial Internet ready capabilities, Valmet Bridge user interface provides a user-friendly experience and intuitive access to transmitter operation and remote services from Valmet.

The industrial standard in total consistency measurement
Valmet MCA measures total consistency of the pulp process stream independent of fiber length, freeness, wood species or blend. The measurement is not affected by flow rate, brightness or color and enables better control for more efficient production, improved quality and economic savings with fewer process upsets and less off grade product. With low lifetime costs, the sensor is simple to install and requires no regular maintenance to keep commissioning and running costs to a minimum.
(Valmet Corporation)

Bobst Group seeks to accelerate the transformation of the packaging production through ...

Bobst Group seeks to accelerate the transformation of the packaging production through ...  (Company news)

... strategic investments

Bobst Group SA & CITO-SYSTEM GmbH
Bobst Group SA, Mex/Switzerland (“Bobst Group” or “BOBST”), and CITO-SYSTEM GmbH, Schwaig/Germany (“CITO-System”), have entered into exclusive negotiations regarding a potential majority participation of BOBST. As part of its strategy to provide end-to-end solutions for the production of packaging, BOBST recognizes the critical importance of tooling in an agile and sustainable packaging production chain. In a fast changing world, the BOBST and CITO-System partnership would leverage the strengths of both companies to drive innovation in tooling and more globally in the packaging production worldwide.

The proposed transaction is subject to the parties reaching a definitive agreement, with the closing of the transaction expected to occur in the first quarter of 2020. If a definitive agreement is reached, the transaction may be subject to customary regulatory approvals and potentially other conditions. There is no assurance, however, that any definitive agreement will be reached or that the closing of the contemplated transaction will occur.

Bobst Group SA & Yancheng Hongjing Machinery Technology Co., Ltd
Shanghai Eternal Machinery Co., Ltd, Shanghai/China (“Eterna”), a member of Bobst Group, acquired 70% of the equity of Yancheng Hongjing Machinery Technology Co., Ltd, Dongtai/China (“Hongjing”). The transaction, which was closed on January 6th, 2020, is part of a strategy to successfully improve and continuously widen the portfolio of machines of Eterna. With this partnership, Eterna intends to leverage the strengths of both companies to drive innovation in the folder/gluer industry and continue to grow the business at an international level. Hongjing will become the competence center for folder-gluers of Eterna.
(Bobst Group SA)

The president of the Board of Castilla-La Mancha inaugurates the Ence biomass ...

The president of the Board of Castilla-La Mancha inaugurates the Ence biomass ...  (Company news)

... generation plant in Puertollano

The President of the Board of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, on January 9 opened in Puertollano the new renewable energy generation plant with low emission biomass of 50 MW of Ence in the town of La Mancha, in an act that has told with the presence of the Mayor of Puertollano, Isabel Rodríguez García, as well as the President of the company, Ignacio Colmenares, and the President of Honor, Juan Luis Arregui.

In his speech, Emiliano García-Page, stressed that “we are facing a project that is committed to the revitalization of a city that has been industrial capital, and has been especially linked to the energy sector. With its implementation, employment is created and the trauma that constituted the closure of Elcogás for this municipality is restored ”. He also stressed that “the profitability of clean energy and the circular use of natural resources, such as that of this project, is enormous, and in Castilla-La Mancha we must take advantage of it.”

Ignacio Colmenares stressed in his speech that the project “constitutes an example of a contribution to the just energy transition thanks to the acquisition of Ence in 2017 of the site of the former Elcogás thermal power plant, for the construction of this new renewable biomass generation plant . A project that is in line with the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 and that has allowed us to maintain quality industrial employment, which contributes to the revitalization of the economy of the area and that favors the decarbonization of our energy system ” .

The event was also attended by the Minister of Economy, Business and Employment, Patricia Franco Jiménez, the Minister of Sustainable Development, José Luis Escudero Palomo, and the President of the Diputación de Ciudad Real, José Manuel Caballero Serrano.

An example of just energy transition
The new 50 MW biomass generation plant is a clear example of a just energy transition, contributing very positively to the environment. In fact, it stands out for its high generation of direct, indirect and induced employment (about 27 jobs per installed MW). It will produce an estimated 325,000 MWh / year, equivalent to the energy needs of more than 60,000 people. To do this, it will consume around 238,000 tons / year of biomass, among which is pomace, vine shoots and shoots, olive leaf, and woody forest and agricultural remains.

All of this biomass will comply with the Decalogue of Ence for the Sustainability of Biomass as a Fuel, a pioneering initiative in the Spanish company launched to guarantee its commitment to sustainability in the use of biomass and the care of the environment in the use from this renewable energy source. In addition, the activity of the Puertollano plant will allow a strong reduction in the uncontrolled burning of agricultural stubble – which has a high environmental impact -, while contributing to the maintenance of more than 1,300 direct, indirect and indirect jobs. induced, most of them in rural areas. These jobs will be added to the 500 direct jobs generated by the plant during its construction.

Ence has made an investment of about € 100 million in its new plant that has the Best Available Techniques to guarantee a permanent respect for the environment and the highest levels of energy efficiency in such an installation.
(Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

Prestige-Pak invests in additional Fusion C flexographic press from PCMC

Prestige-Pak invests in additional Fusion C flexographic press from PCMC  (Company news)

Purchase marks company’s second in two years as growth continues

Picture: Prestige-Pak will be adding a second Fusion C press to its current PCMC presses

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, is pleased to announce that Prestige-Pak of Fond du Lac has purchased a new Fusion C flexographic press. The press will be the second Fusion C (and the fourth PCMC press) for Prestige-Pak, a second-generation, family-owned business, and producer of printed and laminated flexible packaging materials.

“We’re looking forward to our new Fusion C press,” said Vince Kuber, President of Prestige-Pak. “Our Fusion C and Fusion presses have helped us better meet the needs and requirements of our customers. We’ve experienced significant growth, and that has prompted us to add an additional press. One deciding factor in choosing PCMC is the fact that the company’s machines are engineered and built in the United States.”

The Fusion C is loaded with fast make-ready and waste-saving features, all in a smaller footprint with fewer parts. This reliable flexographic press also includes PCMC’s SteadyPrint print-stabilization technology, winner of the 2019 FTA Technical Innovation Award. With this feature, the bearing arrangement is coupled with an algorithm that uses noise-canceling technology to largely remove the impact of bounce when printing graphics with hard edges. With patents pending on all features, SteadyPrint is currently the only product on the market using this kind of technology to eliminate disturbances and monitor in real time.

Prestige-Pak’s second Fusion C press will continue to help the company move forward with its vision of excellence and customer satisfaction through state-of-the-art equipment, preferred vendor affiliations, rigid industry certification and environmental stewardship.

“It’s a privilege for PCMC to continue to be able to grow with Prestige-Pak,” said Mike Shaw, Regional Sales Manager, PCMC. “We’re honored to be part of the growth of a fellow Wisconsin company.”
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

SCA's Ship owning business is moving home to Sweden

SCA's Ship owning business is moving home to Sweden  (Company news)

As a result of the new Swedish tonnage tax system, the SCA Group will be moving its vessel registration home to Sweden. At the turn of the year, a new company, SCA Shipping AB, will be formed.

Photo: SCA Shipping is not an entirely new chapter in our company’s history. From the 1960s until to the beginnings of the 1990s, SCA Sourcing & Logistics went under the name SCA Shipping. The picture shows M/S Holmsund in our terminal in Sundsvall 1971. Picture from SCA’s archive.

“Gathering our entire shipping business is a more logical solution,” says Per-Anders Westin, Finance Manager SCA Logistics.

SCA’s shipping operations have been located on the Isle of Man for a number of years; however, some 10 Swedish companies, among them SCA, have applied to the Swedish Tax Agency to move their shipping businesses back home from 1 January. This is the result of a change to taxation regulations for vessel ownership.

“Thanks to the tonnage tax, more shipping companies will be registering here in Sweden instead of abroad,” says Per-Anders.

This change will not result in price rises for customers
In conjunction with this, there will be changes to what are known as Liner Terms and Conditions; however, this will not result in any changes to either administration or the cost to our customers. The tonnage tax system will make it easier to develop maritime-related businesses in Sweden.

“This is positive for Sweden and for the shipping community,” concludes Per-Anders.

The new company’s impact on SCA
The new Shipping company refers to our own RoRo vessels m/v SCA Ortviken, m/v SCA Obbola and m/v SCA Östrand. The chartered container vessels m/v SCA Munksund and m/v SCA Tunadal will not be a part of the new company. From an employment point of view, the shipping company will not have employees on the vessels. There have also been some adjustments for the systems relating to finance, invoicing and transport. All of these are prepared to work in the new shipping company from January 1, 2020.
(SCA Forest Products AB)

Universal conveyor clears the way for automation and improved workflow

Universal conveyor clears the way for automation and improved workflow  (Company news)

Linus Wittich Media Group counts among the largest publishers of local newspapers in Germany. The Group also operates three printing plants, the largest being Druckhaus Wittich KG Föhren in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate: from here alone, around 200 local newspaper titles leave the presses every week. Ferag MultiStack compensating stackers recently began organizing those into handy bundles. By switching to Ferag technology, Wittich was able to overcome several challenges at a single stroke.

Linus Wittich Media Group is a family-owned company based in Höhr-Grenzhausen in Germany’s Westerwald region. It operates at a total of 14 locations across Germany and Austria and publishes around 900 local newspapers. 650 are weeklies, their circulation adding up to five million copies. The final format of most is DIN A4, with a few titles produced in DIN A3.

In addition to the Föhren printing plant, the Group operates two others located at Herbstein in the state of Hesse and Herzberg in the state of Brandenburg. Together they cover a large distribution area, since Wittich is active in almost all the German federal states. The three locations are mostly kept busy producing the Group’s own newspaper titles: every week around 200 of them ship out from Föhren alone. All that is accomplished by 90 or so employees working here five days a week, with double shifts from Monday to Thursday.

The three printing plants are also in the print service provider market, producing brochures, inserts and newspapers in A4 and A3 formats for various customers. On top of this is an online shop,, which has been catering to that market with great success since 2012.

Trimming enhances perceived product value
Items that first rolled off a Rotaprint 40 in the 1960s are meanwhile produced on Manroland Cromoman web offset presses, with several of them at each of the three printing locations. The ten single-width eight-couple towers in Föhren are arranged in two lines each capable of outputting up to 80 A4 pages in one print pass. The machines are equipped with a total of three folder deliveries, almost always used in parallel.

Some two years ago, Linus Wittich Media Group decided on an across-the-board facelift for its publications by introducing three-sided trim to lend its local newspapers a magazine-like look and feel. This move saw the first Ferag trimming drums installed behind two folder deliveries, those already being supplied and evacuated by universal conveyor (UTR) paced conveyor chains. Also served via UTR are the Ferag MultiStack compensating stackers that collate newspapers into neat and handy bundles of 40 to 200 copies, depending on product page count. In summer 2019 the third folder delivery also gained a Ferag processing line consisting of a UTR and MultiStack compensating stackers. This one is overwhelmingly dedicated to products made up of just a few pages.

After all, newspaper page counts and print runs are both highly variable, starting at four A3 pages / eight A4 pages and peaking out at 160 A4 pages, while print runs start at 200 to 300 copies and in exceptional cases may even exceed 100,000 copies. All newspapers have their spines glued already in the printing press.

UTR enables changes in material flow
Such a portfolio breadth puts elaborate demands on logistics at Wittich’s printing plants. Items containing more than 80 A4 pages, for example, need routing to an offline gatherer-stitcher. The same applies when inserts are introduced on a separate production line.

Whereas newspaper stacks previously travelled along a floor standing conveyor, UTR conveyor chains have now cleared a path to reorganizing material flow and production processes. They also represent an important step towards automating currently manual production stages. Thus, downstream of the MultiStack compensating stacker in Föhren, large print runs and page-heavy products are now transferred directly to a layer palletizer. Small final formats may be challenging, yet the high-grade bundles coming out of the MTS make this possible.

Frank Trossen, an Executive Board member at Druckhaus Wittich KG, rates the supply partner experience with Ferag as “very good.” He praises in particular the “absolute reliability and commitment” that are so crucial to mid-sized enterprises such as Wittich. He has similar sentiments about the MultiStack compensating stackers, which replaced a competitor’s machinery that was designed more for job printing – those impressed Druckhaus Wittich “from day one of production”.
(Ferag AG)

Walki licenses Earth Coating technology

Walki licenses Earth Coating technology  (Company news)

Walki Group strengthens the Zero Waste Future Platform and licenses Earth Coating technology from Smart Planet Technologies

Walki Group has entered into a license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies, for the use of Earth Coating™ in a number of next generation environmental packaging applications. Earth Coating™ is a plastic reduction technology providing superior performance and improved recyclability for all types of plastic, paper, and paperboard packaging applications.

With this technology Walki takes a big step towards a zero-waste future. Today above 80% of our products are made out of renewable or recyclable materials. Our goal is to reach 100 % by the year 2030.

“The technology agreement will contribute to accelerating some of the developments Walki is working on and further expanding our versatile Zero Waste Future Platform providing sustainable barrier solutions for our customers”, says Annika Sundell, Executive Vice President, Innovation.

The license agreement is valid for the European markets and covers seven product application verticals, spanning from board packaging to flexible packaging.
(Walki Group Oy)

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