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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Europe-South America collaboration strengthened  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

... biodegradable straws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...2018 FSC® Leadership Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Karlsson will become a member of Group Senior Management.

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

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

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Sonoco Announces New Senior Leadership Structure  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... at its Wagram, NC plant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rengo to Exhibit at EcoPro 2018  (Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PEFC Board Elections 2018  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Marisanna Jarva - member of the Finnish Parliament - wears Arbron™ on the ....  (Company news)

... Independence Day of Finland on December 6th

Demand for safe and environmentally friendly textile fibers is growing steadily. Total volume of the textile fiber market is already over 100 million tons. Arbron™ is an environmentally friendly textile fiber made of softwood pulp. KaiCell Fibers’ target is to set up the first Arbron™ facility in Paltamo, Finland. KaiCell Fibers has submitted an environmental permit application and is shifting to basic engineering.

The textile fiber market is dominated by oil-based synthetic fibers, such as polyester, with them having up 70% share of total textile fiber market. Synthetic fibers, like polyester, are non-renewable but also among the biggest sources of the prevalent microparticle problem. The second most common textile fiber, cotton, is associated with a number of problems such as high-water demand, use of plant pesticides and the fact that cotton farming competes with food production when it comes to finding suitable land areas.

Wood-based fibers are not unproblematic either. At present, most of the wood-based fibers are based on a 100-year-old viscose technology that uses highly toxic chemicals, the worst being carbon disulfide. Development has led to most of the world's wood-based textile fibers being made in China and elsewhere in Asia. However, now even China has woken up to environmental problems and viscose fiber is actively seeking alternatives.
Arbron™ material is based on technology developed in Finland. Arbron™ material can be used in viscose plants to avoid the use of toxic carbon disulfide, CS2.

"Demand for safe and environmentally friendly textile fibers is growing strongly" says Jukka Kantola, CEO of KaiCell Fibers, and continues: "In such a project, development work has to be carried out through the entire value chain starting from the forests up to the markets. MP Marisanna Jarva’s evening dress is a great example of what can be produced. And best of all – it is safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly."

Kaicell Fibers’ goal is to manufacture Arbron™ material at a plant in Paltamo, Finland. Systematic work is underway both in Europe and in China to scale up production at the commercial level.

The evening dress is a good indication that Arbron™ based textile performs well in practice. “It is pleasant to the skin, beautiful in appearance and tailored easy”, as commented by the designer of the dress, Maija Kumpula. The fabric was woven by Kultavilla and it was colored by Pia Leppänen-Keränen. According to them, the fabric behaved superbly at all stages. Based on this, Arbron™ will fit well in various applications comparable to viscose.
(KaiCell Fibers Oy)

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Niels Petter Wright appointed as new CEO of Norske Skog group  (Company news)

After the successful completion of an extensive financial restructuring process, the Norske Skog group has been transformed into a financially solid, leading publication paper producer. Having established this solid foundation for the operating business, the Board of Norske Skog AS has appointed Mr Niels Petter Wright (photo) as new President and CEO of the Norske Skog group effective 1st December 2018. Niels Petter Wright’s previous experience includes almost 17 years in Elopak, of which the last ten years serving as the company’s CEO.

“We are pleased to welcome Niels Petter Wright as the new CEO of Norske Skog. Together, we share the ambition to make Norske Skog as competitive as possible in a challenging industry, and to continue to develop the core business and explore new opportunities in a disciplined manner,” says Sven Ombudstvedt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Norske Skog AS.

“Wright’s strong track record as leader of an international industrial group driven by process and product innovation, along with a constant focus on addressing the evolving demands of customers makes him an excellent choice for Norske Skog,” Ombudstvedt adds.

“I am very motivated to accept this challenge. Norske Skog has many skilled employees with high competencies and drive to improve the business. My priorities will include continuing to strengthen the customer dialogue, making production as efficient and competitive as possible, driving continual process and production innovation, and working constructively with suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure a sound financial and political framework”, says Niels Petter Wright.

Niels Petter Wright will replace Lars P. Sperre who has been acting President and CEO for the Norske Skog group since May 2017. Lars P. Sperre will continue to work for Norske Skog as part of the Corporate management team, as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy.

“The Board and the owners of Norske Skog are very grateful for all the efforts Lars has made to lead the group through a very complex financial restructuring, and we are excited that he will continue to play an important role going forward. Lars has kept the operating business stable through very challenging periods and showed great leadership. The change of CEO will allow Lars to devote his efforts fully on the continuing strategic development of the group” says Ombudstvedt.
(Norske Skogindustrier ASA)

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CymMetrik Receives Grand Printing Award Using Asahi AWP™ Flexographic Plates  (Company news)

Asahi AWP™ flexographic plates continue to reap awards for high quality production around the globe

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, reported that the Shanghai plant of global label producer CymMetrik was recognized with a Grand Printing award at the 2018 SUN CUP Asia Label Awards for its Head & Shoulders shampoo label. CymMetrik produced the label using Asahi AWP™ flexographic plates with Clean Transfer Technology. The award was granted in conjunction with the All in Print exhibition in Shanghai, China. The Grand Printing Award is one of several awards which the company has achieved using Asahi AWP™ flexographic plates.

Photo: CymMetrik & Asahi Photoproducts at SunCup 2018 Asia Label Award Celebration.

“Our congratulations go out to CymMetrik for its outstanding performance and for being granted this prestigious award,” said Yuji Suzuki, Technical Manager of Asahi Photoproducts in China. “This is another great validation of the extremely high quality Asahi AWP™ plates are delivering for brands and converters around the world. In addition to the many awards CymMetrik has received, Asahi customers have also received a number of Best of Show awards around the globe, such as in the UK and at FTA Europe Diamond Award, as well as in the United States and at FTASA in South Africa.”

“We have been extremely pleased with the overall performance we have gotten from Asahi AWP™ flexo plates,” said Brent Wang, Deputy Chief Engineer for CymMetrik. “We are proud of the awards we have received, especially this most recent Grand Printing award, and we appreciate Asahi’s partnership with us as we continue to strive to achieve even greater heights.”

CymMetrik has 10 manufacturing facilities in China and Vietnam, as well as offices in Hong Kong and California. The company provides a full range of label & packaging services to many well-known brands around the globe. In its pursuit of quality and efficiency, the company has acquired many international certifications to ensure the best in product quality, environmental management, and workplace safety to ensure customer confidence and trust over the long term.

Benefits of AWP™ Clean Transfer Technology
Asahi’s AWP™ Clean Transfer technology provides a viable alternative to conventional flexo printing plates. Its water washable printing plate technology does not require high temperatures or VOC-based solvents. It provides high register accuracy, making it particularly suitable for printing with a fixed color palette and enabling odorless production. In addition to saving time and money and reducing waste, it also supports energy savings, while assuring exceptional quality and brilliant prints with significant improvement in overall equipment efficiency (OEE) as compared to traditional flexo plates. All of this delivers the most efficient flexographic printing plates in balance with the environment resulting high quality printed materials.
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)

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With Brand Repositioning, GL&V Officially Becomes GLV  (Company news)

Global solutions provider for the pulp and paper industry, GLV, has announced the rebranding of its formal company name and logo. Formerly known as GL&V, the new brand reflects GLV’s venerable history while aligning the company for long-term success in pulp and paper production.

“GLV equipment, parts and service bring together the people and brands that mills have trusted for decades, with the latest innovations that impact pulp and paper today,” explains Drew Humphries, President of GLV. “With projects and customers all over the world, we are committed to growing as ‘one GLV’ so that we can fulfill our mission to deliver long-term, sustainable solutions that create peace of mind forever. That is the promise we make to our customers.”

That brand promise was the driving force behind GLV’s new image, as well as its slogan: “Our Team. Your Performance.” The GLV story is rooted in innovation, expansion and continuous improvement. Founded in Quebec, Canada in 1975, GL&V (Groupe Laperriere & Verreault) grew through strategic partnerships, acquisitions and new developments in equipment manufacturing. Over the next forty years, the firm built up an installed base in over thirty countries, with technical centers now located in the United States, Canada, Sweden, India and Brazil. Today, GLV is pioneering technology that redefines efficiency in pulp and paper making with inventive products such as the Coru-Lok washer deck attachment system, MagTrimTM slitter positioning system and the DF-6000 Deflaker.

GLV’s new look represents a renewed, unified and global approach to delivering a top-of-the-line experience for the current and future generations of pulp and paper customers. The phased roll out of the reimagined GLV brand will be completed by December 31, 2018.
(GLV USA Inc.)

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Mercer International Inc. Reports Strong 2018 Third Quarter Results and Announces ...  (Company news)

...Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.125

Selected Highlights
-Third quarter net income of $41.2 million ($0.63 per share) and Operating EBITDA of $86.7 million
-Stable pulp price realizations in the quarter
-Completed majority of 2018 annual pulp mill maintenance and capital spending

Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq: MERC) reported strong results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 due to higher pulp sales realizations. Operating EBITDA in the current quarter was $86.7 million compared to $64.3 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $60.5 million in the second quarter of 2018.

For the third quarter of 2018, net income was $41.2 million, or $0.63 per share, compared to net income of $21.1 million, or $0.33 per basic and $0.32 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017 and $16.8 million, or $0.26 per share, in the prior quarter of 2018.

Mr. David M. Gandossi, the Chief Executive Officer, stated: "Our agreements to acquire Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. and the Santanol sandalwood business reflect our disciplined approach to acquisitions and capital allocation. Both advance our long-term value creation strategy to deliver sustainable profitable growth. These businesses leverage our core competencies and complement the world-class assets that comprise Mercer’s platform for growth.

Our third quarter performance reflected modestly higher average pulp prices and the absence of the scheduled downtime we took in the second quarter to implement productivity upgrades at Celgar. While the ramp-up of this new equipment negatively affected production early in the third quarter, the mill is now meeting our performance objectives. We also took significant downtime in our lumber business in the third quarter, completing important upgrades to our large saw line and installing a new auto-grader in the existing planer mill. These capital investments have increased production, optimized lumber grading and reflect our commitment to continuous improvements in our plant, equipment and operations.

Global pulp markets remained steady throughout the quarter, while our third quarter lumber realizations were negatively impacted by weaker demand in the U.S. market, where approximately 25% of our lumber is sold.”

Financial Highlights
Consolidated: Stable pulp prices and a focus on continuous improvement
In the third quarter of 2018 our operating income increased to $63.3 million, or by approximately 69% from $37.5 million in the prior quarter of 2018, and approximately 52% from $41.7 million in the same quarter of the prior year. The increase in the current quarter over the prior quarter is primarily due to lower maintenance costs at our pulp mills and higher pulp sales realizations. The increase in the current quarter over the same quarter of the prior year is primarily due to higher pulp and lumber sales realizations partially offset by lower pulp and energy sales volumes and higher maintenance and per unit fiber costs in the current quarter.

In the nine months ended September 30, 2018, operating income increased to $176.9 million or by 74% from $101.9 million in the same period of 2017 as higher pulp and lumber sales realizations more than offset lower pulp and energy sales volumes, higher maintenance and per unit fiber costs and the negative impact of a weaker dollar on our euro denominated costs and expenses.

Segment Results
Pulp: Stable pulp realizations and significant turbine maintenance complete
In the third quarter of 2018 pulp segment operating income increased by approximately 68% to $68.8 million from $41.0 million in the same quarter of 2017. In the current quarter our pulp realized sales price increased by approximately 34% to $852 per ADMT from $638 per ADMT in the same quarter of the prior year as a result of steady demand. Pulp sales volumes decreased by approximately 17% to 319,850 ADMTs in the current quarter from 383,795 ADMTs in the same quarter of the prior year primarily due to lower production and the timing of shipments to China. Our maintenance program was larger in the current quarter which reduced our energy and pulp sales volumes and increased our costs. Included in this quarter’s maintenance was the completion of the final steps of the turbine revision work at each of our Stendal and Celgar mills which we began in Q2. We estimate that planned annual maintenance downtime at our Rosenthal mill in the current quarter adversely impacted our operating income by approximately $10.8 million, and our turbine maintenance this quarter resulted in foregone energy revenue of approximately $5.9 million. Per unit fiber costs increased by approximately 15% in the current quarter from the same quarter of 2017 primarily as a result of strong demand for imported wood from Scandinavian pulp mills and in our Celgar mill’s fiber basket, a decrease in pulp log availability and demand from coastal pulp mills.

Wood Products: Continuous improvements in equipment and operations
In the third quarter of 2018 our wood products segment had an operating loss of $1.8 million compared to operating income of $3.0 million in the same quarter of 2017. In the current quarter we took planned downtime to upgrade our large saw line and to install an auto-grader in the existing planer mill which reduced our production and energy sales and increased our costs. In the current quarter, per unit fiber costs increased by approximately 4% from the same quarter of 2017 primarily as a result of strong fiber demand. Average lumber sales realizations increased by approximately 9% to $409 per Mfbm in the third quarter of 2018 from approximately $375 per Mfbm in the same quarter of 2017 primarily due to increased sales to the U.S. where we realized higher sale prices.

We continue to expect the NBSK pulp market to remain balanced through the fourth quarter due to continued steady demand growth and expected supply limitations. At the end of September world producer inventories are about 33 days' supply. We currently expect fourth quarter lumber pricing in Europe and Japan to remain stable and we feel U.S. prices are near their floor.

In the fourth quarter we will also be focused on closing the Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. acquisition and beginning the process of integrating it into Mercer to ensure we maximize our identified synergies. We look forward to working with our new employees as well as our new government and various community stakeholders.
(Mercer International Inc.)

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Valmet to supply a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler to Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler (photo) to Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd in China. The solution will enable the mill to increase production capacity as well as improve runnability and the economic efficiency of the pulp production line.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2018 orders received. The delivery will take place in the fourth quarter of 2018.

"We have good long-term cooperation with Valmet, who is a leading supplier in the pulp and paper industry. IQ Steam Profiler has many good references with excellent performance around the world, and we believe the solution will help us improve reliability and product quality," says Zhou Zhengyin, Production Manager, Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper.

"With industry know-how and extensive application experience, Valmet is able to provide solutions that the customer wants. We are delighted to be able to work closely with Luzhou Yongfeng to improve the mill's production efficiency and achieve the desired end-product quality," states Bevin Li, Account Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet's delivery
The delivery includes a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler for a pulp production line with electro-mechanical actuators, full diagnostics features and actual position feedback. In addition, most of the auxiliary components, such as pneumatic retraction equipment and its control, main steam system components and an operator interface will be supplied by Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Essity awarded for innovation and sustainability  (Company news)

Essity has won the awards ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’ for Tork EasyCube® (photo) and ‘Best Practice - Sustainability’ at the 2018 European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards. The awards were announced on November 15 in Berlin.

New connectivity, customer insights and proven customer value convinced the jury to see Essity’s Tork EasyCube as an innovation that just keeps innovating. Tork EasyCube®, launched in 2014, is the world’s leading facility management software for data-driven cleaning. Sensors in facilities measuring visitor traffic and refill levels allow facility managers and cleaning teams to do exactly what’s needed, when and where it's needed.

Using aggregated data and insights from customers, such as amusement parks, shopping malls, airports and office buildings, Essity can demonstrate 24 percent less cleaning rounds needed, 20 percent less hours spent whilst increasing the quality of cleaning and employee satisfaction. Read more about our insights here.

The company´s commitments and activities on well-being, more from less and circularity were named best in class by the jury, awarding Essity with ‘Best Practice-Sustainability’. The introduction of Tork PaperCircle™, world’s first recycling service for paper hand towels, is so far launched on parts of the European market and was mentioned as an example of leadership in circularity.

Tork PaperCircle™ enables customers to decrease their environmental footprint and work circular by collecting and recycling used paper hand towels locally into new tissue products. The result cuts the carbon footprint by 40 percent compared to current waste handling options, verified by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd, where the avoided processes have been taken into account.
(Essity Aktiebolag)

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Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. ("SWM" or the "Company") (NYSE: SWM) reported earnings results for the three month period ended September 30, 2018 and announced a 2% increase of its per share quarterly cash dividend rate to $0.44 from $0.43.

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results Summary
-Total sales grew 1% to $260.3 million (no acquisition benefit)
-GAAP operating profit was $31.1 million, or 11.9% of sales, down 21%; adjusted operating profit was $36.7 million, or 14.1% of sales, also down 21%
-GAAP earnings per share was $1.33, up 58%, and included a $0.43 per share favorable tax adjustment related to the 2017 Tax Act in the U.S.; Adjusted EPS was $0.77, down 23%

Third Quarter 2018 Business Highlights
-AMS segment sales increased 4% (no acquisition benefit) with filtration leading the portfolio
-AMS GAAP and adjusted operating profit margin contracted 340 and 440 basis points, respectively, compared to strong segment margin in the prior year period, due primarily to escalating resin costs and expenses associated with the Austin site closure
-EP segment sales decreased 1%; positive price/mix performance of 5% nearly offset a 6% volume decline
-EP GAAP and adjusted operating profit margins contracted 370 and 400 basis points, respectively, due primarily to higher wood pulp costs
-The Company issued $350 million of unsecured notes and refinanced its credit facility, provided increased financial flexibility and extended debt maturities

Dr. Jeff Kramer (photo), Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Third quarter results reflected continued organic top-line growth, which was overshadowed by the challenges of an inflationary raw materials cost environment and the inherent timing lag for price recovery. That said, we are still tracking close to our full year plan, and we expect margin pressure to subside in the coming quarters following the closure of an AMS site in November and additional price increases in both operating segments."

"AMS sales increased 4%, with continued momentum in filtration led by double-digit growth in our RO water business. We are also seeing our infrastructure and construction business resume normalized growth rates after poor weather conditions caused a slow start to the year. Consistent with 2018 trends, higher sales were offset by elevated resin costs and anticipated expenses related to the Austin site closure, which created a challenging comparison to strong segment adjusted operating margin in the prior year period. While we had previously raised prices in response to higher-than-expected polypropylene resin costs, the continued escalation of those costs have made it challenging to balance the timing of additional pricing actions. We have recently implemented another round of price increases, effective during the fourth quarter, across a large portion of the AMS portfolio."

"EP segment sales declined 1% as continued positive mix and selective price increases nearly offset the tobacco-driven volume decline. Higher pulp costs continued to pressure margins, but we believe price increases in several product lines and pricing resets on several large paper contracts in early 2019 will provide some offsets."

Dr. Kramer concluded, "In September, we completed a significant balance sheet initiative, refinancing our credit facility and issuing $350 million of senior unsecured notes. By introducing unsecured debt into our capital structure and extending the term of our credit facility, we have improved our financial flexibility. In a rising interest rate environment, and with increasing global uncertainties, we were pleased to complete this transaction, achieve our objectives in an attractive manner, and welcome our new credit investors to the SWM story. The expected incremental interest and certain one-time transaction expenses in 2018 from the recent financing activities total approximately $0.05 per share and were not contemplated in our original 2018 Adjusted EPS guidance of $3.30 to $3.45. Despite substantial raw materials increases, we believe we are in position to the finish the year at the lower end of our original guidance range, excluding the impact of the financing activities, due to a combination of operational improvements, increased pricing, favorable currency, and a lower tax rate."

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Advanced Materials & Structures segment sales were $120.8 million, up 4%, with no acquisition benefit in the quarter. Double-digit growth in filtration, with particular strength in RO water, was the key driver. Infrastructure and construction, transportation, and medical sales also increased, while industrial declined. GAAP operating profit was $11.9 million, down 23%. Adjusted operating profit was $17.5 million, down 20%, with margin contracting 440 basis points to 14.5% compared to strong segment profitability in the prior-year quarter. Significantly higher resin costs and certain site closure expenses related to the Austin facility were the primary factors of the margin decline. Recently implemented price increases and the closure of the Austin site are expected to drive improved results in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Engineered Papers segment sales were $139.5 million, down 1%, with 5% positive price/mix combining to nearly offset a volume decline of 6%, with most product lines lower versus last year. Currency provided a 1% headwind (% changes of volume/price/mix/currency do not sum to sales growth due to rounding). GAAP operating profit was $27.5 million, down 17%, and adjusted operating profit was $27.5 million, down 18%; adjusted operating profit margin contracted by 400 basis points, due primarily to higher pulp costs and other inflationary pressures and reduced manufacturing efficiencies and overhead absorption as a result of lower volume. Favorable currency movements resulted in a $1.3 million benefit to operating profit due to lower local currency costs at certain sites.

Unallocated GAAP and adjusted expenses were each $8.3 million, down 10% and 11%, respectively. Adjusted unallocated expenses were 3.2% of total sales, down 40 basis points.

Consolidated sales were $260.3 million, up 1% (no acquisition benefit). GAAP operating profit was $31.1 million, down 21%, and GAAP operating profit margin was 11.9%, down 330 basis points. Adjusted operating profit was $36.7 million, down 21% and adjusted operating profit margin was 14.1%, down 380 basis points. Adjusted EBITDA was $46.5 million, down 17%, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 17.9%, down 370 basis points.

GAAP income was $40.9 million, up 59%; this equated to GAAP EPS of $1.33. Adjusted income was $24.5 million, down 20%; this equated to Adjusted EPS of $0.77. Interest expense was $7.3 million, as lower outstanding debt balances essentially offset higher effective interest rates and a $0.5 million write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs as a result of the credit facility refinancing. Other income was $11.2 million, up from $3.3 million, and included a $10.2 million gain from the revaluation of a contingent consideration liability related to the Conwed acquisition. The Company reported an income tax benefit of $5.6 million during the third quarter, due to a $13.0 million favorable adjustment related to the 2017 Tax Act in the U.S.; adjusting for this item, tax rate was 21.2%, down from 27.0%, due primarily to the impact of new tax legislation in the U.S. The Chinese JVs generated a $0.01 gain for both GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS, versus a breakeven result in the prior year period. Net currency movements had less than a 1% negative impact on sales and a $1.5 million positive impact on operating profits; the translation impact of net currency movements was negative $0.01 to both GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS.

Non-GAAP Adjustments reflect items included in GAAP operating profit, income, and EPS, but excluded from adjusted operating profit, income, and EPS. The largest item was a $0.43 non-cash per share benefit from to a favorable tax adjustment to the Company's initial estimated impact of the 2017 Tax Act in the U.S. Other significant items included a $0.25 per share non-cash gain related to the revaluation of a contingent consideration liability related to the 2017 acquisition of Conwed, and purchase accounting expenses of $0.11 per share (purchase accounting expenses reflect the ongoing non-cash intangible asset amortization, as well as any non-cash one-time inventory step-up charges, associated with AMS acquisitions). Restructuring and impairment expenses were $0.01 per share.

2018 Year-to-Date Financial Results
Advanced Materials & Structures segment sales were $360.1 million, up 8%, including the 3-week partial period benefit from the Conwed acquisition in 2018. Pro forma (assuming SWM had owned Conwed for the full first quarter of 2017) organic growth was 5%. Strong sales increases in filtration, medical, and transportation products were key drivers while infrastructure and construction was flat and industrial declined slightly. GAAP operating profit was $39.5 million, down 3%. Adjusted operating profit was $56.3 million, down 10%, with margin contracting 310 basis points to 15.6%. Accelerated depreciation and anticipated manufacturing inefficiencies related to the Austin site closure and higher resin costs were the primary negative factors.

Engineered Papers segment sales were $432.5 million, up 5%, with favorable currency movements of $16.5 million, or 4%. Overall volume decreased 3%, driven by lower reconstituted tobacco volumes while cigarette and non-tobacco papers were down less than 1%. Price and mix combined for a 4% sales increase. GAAP operating profit was $94.7 million, up 2%, and adjusted operating profit was $94.9 million, up 1%; adjusted operating profit margin declined 100 basis points. The decrease was primarily driven by higher pulp costs and other inflationary pressures, which offset improved manufacturing efficiency versus a prior year period that was negatively impacted by certain production issues (during first quarter 2017). Favorable currency movements resulted in a $6.4 million benefit to operating profit.

Unallocated GAAP and adjusted expenses were each $26.0 million, down 1%. Adjusted unallocated expenses were 3.3% of total sales, down 20 basis points.

Consolidated sales were $792.6 million, up 6%, and 5% on an organic basis (pro forma assuming SWM had owned Conwed for the full first quarter of 2017). GAAP operating profit was $108.2 million, up 1%, and GAAP operating profit margin was 13.7%, down 70 basis points. Adjusted operating profit was $125.2 million, down 4%, and adjusted operating profit margin was 15.8%, down 170 basis points. Adjusted EBITDA was $155.1 million, down 1%, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 19.6%, down 150 basis points.

GAAP income was $87.6 million, up 42%; this equated to GAAP EPS of $2.84. Adjusted income was $80.1 million, up 3%; this equated to Adjusted EPS of $2.58. Interest expense was $20.1 million, as lower outstanding debt balances essentially offset higher effective interest rates and a $0.5 million write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs as a result of the credit facility refinancing. Other income was $10.4 million, up from $0.6 million, and included a $10.2 million gain from the revaluation of a contingent consideration liability related to the Conwed acquisition. The Company reported a year-to-date effective tax rate of 10.6%, driven by a $13.0 million favorable adjustment related to the 2017 Tax Act in the U.S.; adjusting for this item, the effective tax rate was 23.8%, down from 30.2%, due primarily to the impact of new tax legislation in the U.S. The Chinese JVs generated a $0.02 loss for both GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS, versus a $0.01 gain in the prior year period. Net currency movements had a 3% positive impact on sales and a $7.4 million positive impact on operating profits; the translation impact of net currency movements was positive $0.06 to both GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS.

Non-GAAP Adjustments reflect items included in GAAP operating profit, income, and EPS, but excluded from adjusted operating profit, income, and EPS. The largest item was a $0.43 non-cash per share benefit from to a favorable tax adjustment to the Company's initial estimated impact of the 2017 Tax Act in the U.S. Other significant items included purchase accounting expenses of $0.39 per share, down $0.05 (purchase accounting expenses reflect the ongoing non-cash intangible asset amortization, as well as any non-cash one-time inventory step-up charges, associated with AMS acquisitions) and a $0.25 per share non-cash gain related to the revaluation of a contingent consideration liability related to the 2017 acquisition of Conwed. Restructuring and impairment expenses were $0.03 per share, down $0.06.

Cash Flow, Debt, & Dividend
Year-to-date 2018 cash provided by operating activities was $93.0 million, flat with prior year. The Company's working capital-related cash outflows were $31.3 million, up $9.5 million, due mainly to higher receivables associated with higher sales. Capital spending and capitalized software totaled $20.9 million, down $9.2 million, due mainly to timing of capital projects. Free cash flow increased to $72.1 million, from $63.1 million in the prior year period, due mostly to lower capital spending. Year-to-date, the Company has paid dividends to stockholders totaling $39.7 million.

Total debt was $640.8 million on September 30, 2018, down $43.4 million from year end 2017; net debt was $550.3 million on September 30, 2018, down $27.0 million from year end 2017. At the end of the third quarter, the Company issued $350 million of senior unsecured notes and refinanced and extended its credit facility. Pursuant to the debt covenants, the Company's net debt to adjusted EBITDA was approximately 2.6x as of September 30, 2018, down from 3.0x at year-end 2017.

The Company announced a 2.3% increase of its quarterly cash dividend per share to $0.44 per share from $0.43. The dividend will be payable on December 21, 2018 to stockholders of record as of November 30, 2018.

2018 Financial Outlook
In February 2018, the Company issued Adjusted EPS guidance of $3.30 to $3.45, which equated to $2.73 to $2.88 of GAAP EPS. Due mainly to significant raw material cost increases throughout the year, the Company expects 2018 Adjusted EPS to finish at the lower end of guidance, excluding the impact of the debt refinancing. The impacts of the incremental interest and other related expenses associated with the debt refinancing were not contemplated in initial guidance, and are expected to reduce 2018 GAAP and adjusted EPS by $0.05.
(Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.)

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The Ricoh Pro™ VC70000  (Company news)

The Ricoh Pro VC70000 is the newest addition to Ricoh’s continuous feed family. It joins the Ricoh Pro™ VC60000, Ricoh Pro™ VC40000, Ricoh Pro™ VC20000, Ricoh Pro™ V20000 and InfoPrint 5000 in our high speed production inkjet portfolio developed to support operations in their conversion from offset to digital production.

The Pro VC70000 prints at speeds up to 150 metres per minute, producing nearly 12,000 duplex B2 sheets per hour. It is capable of running multiple millions of impressions per month which is perfect for clients who have high peak volumes in a month or seasonally.

Our latest state of the art piezo drop on demand print heads print at a resolution up to 1200x1200 dpi on uncoated, offset coated, inkjet treated or inkjet coated papers. They run the new Ricoh-developed inks that rival the output of offset inks with their media versatility and compatibility with gloss, silk and matt coated stocks.

The Pro VC70000 features multiple elements that contribute to its exceptional performance including the new entrance and exit modules and a unique dryer unit.

Unique Dryer Unit Supports Broad Applications
The dryer unit, patent pending, supports a wide range of media and high coverage applications in the commercial market.

The objective of the new dryer is to produce flat sheets on all media but in particular with offset coated media.

The small footprint module comprises a heat drum with small heat rollers (sHR) that support up to 120mpm printing on offset coated papers ranging from 40gsm to 250gsm and up to 150 m/m from 64gsm to 157gsm.

The dryer can be operated through the Ricoh Digital Front End (DFE) and each of the front and rear engines (Printer 1 and Printer 2) have their own settings.

Predefined dryer temperature settings can be preset and stored.

Eliminating Cockling
With its unique design the dryer significantly reduces cockling on all media. Cockling occurs when paper becomes distorted by ripples or wrinkles in areas of high ink coverage. There are two main causes of cockling – the use of too much ink, particularly on lightweight grades, and too much moisture and humidity in the paper.

The Pro VC70000 can eliminate cockling on lighter weight coated papers with a two-stage correction process:
-The paper is dried on the large heat drum evenly.
-The dryers in the two engines use the small heat rollers to dry and condition the paper. They are tuned to ensure the correct drying on side 1 and side 2 with the aim of eliminating cockling of the paper.

This is achieved by new dryer technologies that include the:
-Reduction in the diameter of the heat roller to stretch any paper wrinkles.
-Removal of cockling by heating at wrapping position.
-Prevention of re-cockling during the heating process with repeated “Wrapping on small Heat Roller and Release”.
-Increased heating capacity before the first contact with the printed face.

Both the Pro VC70000 and the Pro VC60000 run our newly developed inks and the Pro VC70000’s dryer supports a faster print speed with greater ink coverage. It also allows the use of higher ink limits. The system boasts a typically lower running cost with lesser coverage applications and is highly efficient at switching jobs through its ability to handle dynamic variable data.

Ideal uses are direct mail, books, brochures, post cards, inserts, coupon books, education material including books and course packs, as well as critical communications documents.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

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New Trend – Digital print coating appeals from beginning to end  (Company news)

More and more customers all over the world are making the most of this flexibility and shortened time-to-market. They have the assistance of Steinemann Technology AG, a proven specialist in the development and manufacture of efficient and high-quality machinery for industrial print enhancement. Steinemann paved the way even back in 2014, when the company dedicated itself to the digital world. The first coup is an offline coating machine with advanced industrial inkjet coating technology. Since 2017, this machine, the «dmax», additionally integrates «dfoil» digital foil blocking with gloss foil – rounding off digital enhancement.

Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG, a manufacturer of label presses, has entered the field of digital coating as well. As an ideal complement to the company’s digital technology, they integrated the Steinmann module into their digital flagship, the «Gallus Labelfire». This way, gloss and matt coatings, as well as tactile relief effects, can be created inline and in a single run. What is new is that this module can also be used to create this relief effect in a metallic look through the use of metallic foils. This marks the first time a digital label press has been able to perform this task in this way.

Both machine types operate on the basis of the diVarâ coating technology developed and patented by the coatings specialist Schmid Rhyner AG. The diVarâ brand stands for «Digital Varnishing Technology». This technology can be used to create effects in new dimensions. With it, different coating depths can be used to achieve a variety of tactile experiences in a single run. Schmid Rhyner keeps its finger on the pulse of the times and is constantly developing new, innovative effect coatings for digital applications.

Systems by Steinemann and Gallus are already successfully in industrial use by customers with entrepreneurial vision. Druckhaus Mainfranken, for instance, has been working with the associated online platform, Flyeralarm, since 2014, with a «dmax»; the same is true of Insignis, a Vienna-based label-printing company that recently integrated the digital coating module DEU («Digital Embellishment Unit») in its Gallus Labelfire. As these successes confirm, digital enhancement has the capability to make the best possible use of the benefits of digitalisation.
(Schmid Rhyner AG)

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Hua-Chuan Group and A.Celli Paper for two E-WIND® P-100 rewinders  (Company news)

A.Celli Paper has been awarded the supply of two rewinders, establishing a new partnership with the important Chinese Group.

A.Celli Paper signed an order for two E-WIND® P-100 rewinders with Yiwu Yinan Paper Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hua-Chuan Group.

The rewinders have a design speed of 2500 mpm, support a mother roll width of 6760 mm and are used in the production process of high-strength medium board paper. This type of product, having a minimum weight of 60 gsm, requires an extremely high precision control of the web tension and stability of the machine.

A.Celli Paper has distinguished itself among the various competitors, obtaining the assignment of the order and thus becoming a new partner of the important Hua-Chuan Group.

The design of the two rewinders has already been completed and production is underway. The two machines will become operational in the second half of 2019.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

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Wood fiber costs for the pulp industry have trended upward in most regions of North America ...  (Company news)

...throughout 2017 and 2018, with the biggest increases occurred in British Columbia and US Northwest, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review

Pulpmills in five of the nine major pulp-producing regions of North America have seen their wood fiber costs go up over the past year, reports the NAWFR. In the 3Q/18, average market prices for wood chips and pulplogs were highest in Interior BC and US Northwest, while pulpmills in the US South, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces had the lowest wood costs.

Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in North America remained generally unchanged from the 2Q/18 to the 3Q/18 but were higher than in the 3Q/17, according to the latest issue of the North American Wood Fiber Review. The biggest increases yearover-year came in British Columbia and the western US where prices for wood chips (the major fiber source for the two regions’ pulp industry) increased by 25% and 23%, respectively.

US South
Prices for hardwood chips and pulplogs in the South Central sub-region were up about five percent quarter-over-quarter in the 3Q/18, while the price increases were more modest in the Southeastern region. Low inventories and reduced harvests of hardwood stands have contributed to record high hardwood chip prices and hardwood pulplog prices being close to their highest levels in two years.
Softwood chip prices have remained practically unchanged for more than a year throughout the South due to increasing supply of residuals from the region’s sawmills. Prices for sawmill chips in both South Central and Southeast are currently among the lowest in North America.

US Northwest
There was an uptick in the price of Douglas-fir and hardwood pulplogs in the 3Q/18 in coastal Washington and Oregon, with the price for Douglas-fir reaching a high last seen in the 1Q/12. The current price equals the price of hemlock/fir, which was unchanged from the 2Q/18.
There was a noticeable decrease in residual chip prices due to multiple factors, including plentiful residual supplies at the region’s sawmills, log buyers building sawlog and pulplog inventories because the forests remained opened in spite of the wildfire threat, and more logs becoming available for domestic mills due to US-China trade tensions. The average softwood chip price in the 3Q/18 was down 25% from the same quarter in 2017.

US Lake States
Dry summer weather resulted in log contractors maintaining full production schedules and a robust supply of fiber for the region’s pulpmills. In the 3Q/18, softwood and hardwood roundwood prices were unchanged from the previous quarter.
Although there remains an oversupply of softwood logs, prices have remained stable throughout most of 2017 and 2018, while prices for hardwood logs have inched downward. Sawmill chips were plentiful, but suppliers reported little to no difficulty in moving their residuals. However, this plentiful supply did result in the price of softwood chips dipping slightly from their 2Q/18 levels.

US Northeast
There was no change in softwood pulplog prices from the second to the third quarter, marking the third consecutive quarter with steady pricing. Hardwood roundwood prices edged downward slightly due to the cessation of a temporary price increase which was in place for the first half of the year. Although hardwood-consuming pulpmills in Maine reported low fiber inventories during the summer, by late August, the inventory levels had recovered.

Canada West
The price for chips rose across all regions of British Columbia in the 3Q/18. In the Northern Interior, residual chip pricing increased significantly based on increases of the NBSK pulp prices to which they are linked. Prices in Canadian dollar terms have gone up for four consecutive quarters to reach their highest levels since the 1Q/96.
Sourcing fiber to meet demand remains a concern for most of British Columbia, particularly for the Coastal region. High prices continued due to the imbalance between supply and demand. Lack of wood supply on the coast resulted in fiber buyers reaching into the Interior of the province or sourcing fiber from the US Northwest to supplement their fiber inventories.
Alberta saw a slight increase in residual chip prices in the 3Q/18, a continuation of an upward trend that started in the 2Q/17.

Canada East
In Eastern Canada, growing lumber production has created ample supplies of residual chips while demand for the fiber has stagnated. The imbalance, building over the past 18 months, resulted in significant price declines when 2018 annual price negotiations were concluded earlier this year. Eastern Ontario and Quebec now have the lowest softwood chip prices in North America. In contrast to the plunge in softwood residual chip pricing, hardwood roundwood pricing in Eastern Ontario/Quebec has remained flat for all of 2018. Hardwood and softwood pulplog prices in the Maritime provinces were unchanged in the 3Q/18 at levels similar to price levels seen earlier in 2018.
(Wood Resources International LLC)

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BillerudKorsnäs appoints CFO  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs announced that Ivar Vatne (photo) is appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Ivar will be part of BillerudKorsnäs Group Management and will take up his post by 1 June 2019 at the latest.

Ivar Vatne has more than 16 years’ experience of different roles within finance, mainly focusing on Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) from Procter & Gamble (P&G), Fiskars and Arla. At P&G Ivar’s roles have included Group CFO for one of P&G’s divisions, with responsibility for 19 markets. For the past three years he has been employed in the Arla Group, where he has served as CFO of Arla Foods Sweden AB and then around two years as CFO of Arla UK Ltd, with net sales of around EUR 2.2 billion. Ivar has an M.Sc. of strategy and management from the Norwegian School of Economics, along with a degree in philosophy from the University of Tromsø (UiT).

“I’m convinced that Ivar’s strong commercial profile and broad experience of major investment projects, innovation-driven growth and his solid international background will make a very positive contribution to the development of the entire company and bring valuable expertise to Group management,” says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

“I’m delighted and honoured to have been offered the role of CFO at BillerudKorsnäs. The combination of world-leading expertise and innovation with a sharp focus on sustainability mean that BillerudKorsnäs’ direction and offering are fully in keeping with the times. I greatly look forward to taking on this task and supporting the company as it continues to develop,” says Ivar Vatne.

Ivar will be part of BillerudKorsnäs’ Group management and will take up his post by 1 June 2019 at the latest. Kristina Schauman, Board member at BillerudKorsnäs, took up her post as acting CFO as of 1 November 2018.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

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Resolute Appoints Remi Lalonde as Chief Financial Officer  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the appointment of Remi Lalonde (photo) as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lalonde succeeds Jo-Ann Longworth, who will be retiring after a distinguished career, including the past seven years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Resolute.

Mr. Lalonde had been serving as Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, since May 2018. Previously, he was General Manager of Resolute's pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Before taking a leadership role in operations, Mr. Lalonde was Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations. He initially joined the company as Senior Counsel, Securities, following six years at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. Mr. Lalonde holds bachelor's degrees in both law and civil engineering from the University of Ottawa.

"Remi has distinguished himself as a leader and built a strong record of achievement since joining Resolute almost a decade ago. He has broad-based knowledge of the company and depth of financial acumen," stated Yves Laflamme, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The promotion of Remi to this critically important role reflects well on the development of internal talent here at Resolute. As part of our Executive Team, Remi's diversity of experience, rigorous approach and commitment to excellence will support the company's ongoing transformation."

"On behalf of the Board of Directors and employees of Resolute, I would like to thank Jo-Ann for her years of service and valued counsel. She has played an important role in building a stronger, more profitable and sustainable Resolute," added Laflamme.

Ms. Longworth will serve as a special advisor to Mr. Lalonde until January 31, 2019.
(Resolute Forest Products Inc.)

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö: Changes in the Executive Management Team  (Company news)

Executive Vice President, CFO and Communications & Investor Relations Pia Aaltonen-Forsell has informed that she will leave Ahlstrom-Munksjö to take up new responsibilities outside the company. She will continue in her current role until end of February 2019.

Sakari Ahdekivi (photo) appointed Deputy CEO and CFO as of March 1, 2019
Sakari Ahdekivi, currently Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President Corporate Development, is appointed Deputy CEO and CFO as of March 1, 2019, in addition to his current role. He continues as a member of the Group Executive Team. Sakari has previously held CFO positions in publicly listed companies Ahlstrom Oyj, YIT Oyj and Huhtamäki Oyj. In addition he has acted both as CFO and Managing Director of Tamro Oy as well as interim CEO of Ahlstrom Oyj during the merger process with Munksjö Oyj.

Hans Sohlström, President and CEO: ”I want to thank Pia for her valuable contribution as CFO in an intense period of transformation and strong growth and wish her all the best in her new responsibilities. I am pleased that Sakari has agreed to take up Pia’s responsibilities in addition to his current responsibilities. Sakari’s broad experience is valuable for the company during our path of profitable growth and value creation.”
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

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drupa 2020 generates positive stimuli   (Company news)

-Messe Düsseldorf registers impressive booking figures at the closing date for registration
-Highlight topics reflect the innovative power of the industry

drupa will provide decisive stimuli to the global print technology industry from 16 to 26 June 2020. Messe Düsseldorf is experiencing a strong demand for exhibition space. Shortly after the official registration deadline, 96 percent of the planned 160,000 square meter space is already booked. Companies from more than 40 countries have already confirmed their participation, including the large global players as well as many smaller companies and promising start-ups. A current list of exhibitors is available on

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, is pleased about the positive booking status. "The companies in the print industry know that every four years they find the perfect platform to highlight innovation. They count on the world's leading trade fair to launch new products and engage with clients and prospects effectively. We already see that key players will display their products in identical or even larger areas. The entire drupa team is already looking for the world’s product premieres to come”.

drupa 2020 will again occupy the entire Düsseldorf Exhibition Center. The offer profile ensures clear structures and encompasses the following product groups:
-Prepress / Print
-Premedia / Multichannel
-Post press / Converting / Packaging
-Future Technologies
-Equipment / Services / Infrastructure

Sabine Geldermann, Director drupa and Global Head Print Technologies of Messe Düsseldorf, is convinced that the trade fair will demonstrate the dynamism and innovative capabilities of the entire print industry. "drupa stands for cutting-edge technologies and solutions that reach target groups in a wide range of markets. It has become very clear that the fascination of print products increases with the constant development of technical possibilities. Print conquers new dimensions with haptic elements, innovative materials and embellishments opening a bright new world of customer experiences. In addition, future and cross-sectional technologies and in particular global megatrends have a major influence on our industry: applications for organic and printed electronics, nanotechnology and all further developments resulting from ‘industry 4.0‘ which will intervene in a large number of processes.

In 2020, in addition to printing and converting processes, the focus will be on package printing, industrial and functional printing as well as additive manufacturing. Especially the growth potential of inkjet and expansion into new areas drives fast changing innovation. The drupa hotspots touchpoint packaging, Touchpoint 3D fab + print, dna - drupa next age and drupa cube will provide forums for knowledge transfer and dialogue that reflect the innovative spirit of the industry.”

touchpoint packaging
touchpoint packaging covers the entire spectrum of packaging production, from design to new materials, from printing to converting, from amazing embellishments to security and track & trace features. The special forum, which received its much-acclaimed premiere at drupa 2016, will be realised in cooperation with the European Packaging Design Association (epda), Europe's leading association of brand and packaging designers. A steering committee composed of well-known exhibitors such as Agfa, BOBST, Esko, Heidelberg, HP, Kurz and Siegwerk, as well as international brand owners Danone and Nestlé will contribute to a rich visitor experience. Touchpoint packaging is built on the global megatrends changing our lives and impacting packaging production. The drupa touchpoint packaging experience area will showcase multiple packaging applications in a tangible way providing inspiration for brand owners, designers and converters. It will be a drupa 2020 ‘must see’ with guided tours, short lectures, panels and tangible samples.

touchpoint 3D fab + print
The enormous potential of additive manufacturing will be an outstanding topic at drupa 2020. The touchpoint 3D fab + print in Hall 7A will complement the exhibitors' offerings and reflect the entire spectrum of 3D technologies. State-Of-The-Art innovations and Best-Practice-Cases will be presented. The special show will be a meeting place with visionary opportunities for 3D printing. Visitors will be able to engage and be inspired by the tremendous economic potential of additive manufacturing.

dna - drupa next age
dna stands for drupa next age. The special show is dedicated to the long-term future topics of the industry and stimulates productive exchanges between global players and start-ups aiming at innovation in a fast changing world. The special show builds on the start-up area of ​​the previous drupa innovation park (dip!) and is embedded in a new hall concept. Innovators from the start-up scene have the opportunity to present new product ideas, services and new approaches addressing future technologies to facilitate communication around print.

drupa cube
drupa cube, the conference and event programme for drupa 2020, will focus on the innovative power of print and the exciting potential of diverse print applications in a wide variety of industries and areas of life. This involves new technologies such as printed electronics and creative multichannel applications or the use of digital printing techniques in conventional sectors like packaging or in in a myriad of vertical markets. At the same time, the drupa cube’s interdisciplinary approach bridges the gap between creative agencies, marketers and brand owners across numerous markets. The design of the programme and its implementation on site are the responsibility of the British based brand agency FreemanXP.

drupa 2020 takes place throughout all halls of the Messe Düsseldorf fairgrounds. It is open from Tuesday, 16 June to Friday, 26 June 2020, every day from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
(Messe-Düsseldorf GmbH)

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Smurfit Kappa's TOPPSafe™ adds a new sustainability dimension to the supply chain  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has invented a sustainable new alternative for the heavy wooden, chipboard and plastic boards that are used to protect palletised products during transport and storage.

A team of Smurfit Kappa designers in its Hexacomb operations collaborated to identify a food-safe and innovative solution that would be suitable for a range of sectors including those which have stringent hygiene regulations.

Made from 100% paper-based material, the innovative TOPPSafe™ is crafted from Hexacomb material which is lightweight and strong due to its honeycomb structure.

A number of Smurfit Kappa’s customers were struggling with the weight and inflexibility of the more traditional wooden, chipboard and plastic pallet tops that are currently used in supply chains and often dropped causing risk of injury. As TOPPSafe™ is significantly lighter, it is easier to handle making it more suitable for manual handling.

The TOPPSafe™ pallet top offers a number of benefits, including the fact that it is supplied flat to reduce storage space and the material is fully recyclable.

Wim Peeters, MD of Smurfit Kappa Hexacomb, said: "We are very excited about launching TOPPSafe™ because it has the potential to have a transformative effect on the supply chain. The feedback from the customers who have been using it already has been unanimously positive.

“At Smurfit Kappa, we aim to come up with solutions that score highly when it comes to safety, sustainability and innovation.”

Smurfit Kappa’s SupplySmart service has gathered insights from over 60,000 supply chains which it uses to identify opportunities to make sustainable changes.
(Smurfit Kappa Hexacomb)

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Orchids Paper Products Company Announces Amended Agreement With Its Creditors And ...   (Company news)

...A New Ultra-Premium Customer Win

Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE American: TIS), a national supplier of high-quality consumer tissue products, announced that the Company has reached an agreement with its creditors, amending its credit agreement. The Company also announced that it has won a significant bid with a new customer, to supply 100% recycled ultra-premium quality tissue.

Jeff Schoen, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our lenders continue to support and maintain access to the liquidity needed to operate our business. On November 20, we executed modifications to our credit facilities to increase the amount available under our revolving line of credit by $5.9 million and to defer future principal and interest payments to December 31, 2018. In addition, the amended agreement extends the milestone dates to execute a transaction to December 31, 2018. At the end of the third quarter, the Company had $5.1 million of cash on hand.

"Additionally, we recently won a significant bid from a national supercenter retailer as the sole supplier of 100% recycled ultra-premium kitchen towel and bath tissue supporting the sustainable product channel, which will be serviced out of our Barnwell facility using QRT paper. We expect this business to begin shipping in March 2019 and to make a significant contribution to the overall profitability of the Company."
(Orchids Paper Products Company)

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BaglessPlus disc filter sectors: The basis for efficient and resource-conserving dewatering ...  (Company news)

...for 20 years

-Optimum filtrate quality minimizes consumption of fresh water
-Significant cost savings due to greater machine availability and lower maintenance requirement
-New development FloWing offers even higher capacities and longer service lives

Twenty years ago, Voithlaunched its first disc filter sectors that operated entirely without filter bags and substantially improved machine availability. Low maintenance requirement, long service lives and a consistently excellent filtrate quality have made the products of the BaglessPlus family a market leader. To mark this anniversary, Voith is once again setting the benchmark for filter segments with its new development FloWing. Existing machines can be adapted to the BaglessPlus family, including the new generation product FloWing.

Photo: Since its introduction 20 years ago, more than 6,500 filter discs, consisting of 130,000 BaglessPlus sectors from Voith, have been installed worldwide.

When it tested the first prototypes of the BaglessPlus disc filter sectors in 1998, Voith revolutionized the dewatering process in the stock preparation unit. Since then, the Heidenheim technology group has installed more than 6,500 filter discs, consisting of more than 130,000 BaglessPlus sectors, and is the undisputed market leader in this area. Worldwide, disc filters with BaglessPlus sectors have paved the way for efficient and resource-conserving dewatering.

Prior to the launch of BaglessPlus, filter discs were regarded as wear parts that paper manufacturers had to replace after around two to four years in operation. For filter discs from the BaglessPlus family, on the other hand, service lives of more than 15 years are usual. Overall, about 93.5 percent of all first generation filter discs installed are still in operation today. In the first ten years after their introduction, there was not a single failure due to wear. At Leipa, where BaglessPlus filter discs have been used since 2004, Voith only had to replace a few of the total 67 discs installed so far. The first BaglessPlus sectors, which Voith installed in 1998, are also still being used today. These long service lives allow manufacturers to significantly reduce the operating costs of their machine.

Superclear filtrate reduces fresh water consumption
The filter bags commonly used in conventional disc filters are responsible for a lot of shutdowns in the stock preparation unit. They repeatedly tear during operation, which results in corresponding fiber losses. The filtrate, which is usually used at various spray nozzles on the paper machine, is also contaminated by fibers and fines, which clog up the nozzles and result in the system having to be shut down for cleaning.

BaglessPlus technology from Voith introduced filter discs without high-maintenance filter bags to the market for the very first time. This resulted in a reduction of downtimes, because the BaglessPlus discs reliably maintain the high quality of the filtrate over the entire service life. At the same time, paper producers can save fibers and fillers. The cost efficiency of the system is also improved because spray water with low solids content has a positive impact on felt service life. Thanks to the high filtrate quality, the fresh water requirement for the entire plant is also reduced. Ideally, a closed loop system is achieved.

FloWing: the latest addition to the product range
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the BaglessPlus system, Voith presents FloWing, the logical development of the proven technology. Practical experience with BaglessPlus over the last two decades enabled Voith engineers to gain crucial insights for the development of the new generation FloWing. Among other things, they investigated the effects of different disc surfaces and topographies on the capacity. At the same time, the new development needed to retain the excellent knock-off properties and high filtrate quality of the BaglessPlus sectors. This resulted in a geometry that allows the formation of a thick fiber mat but also ensures ideal fiber separation.

Same dimensions, more surface
Thanks to a unique wing design, the FloWing filter sectors have a 56 percent larger surface than conventional systems. Compared with BaglessPlus discs, the surface has increased by around 30 percent. Depending on raw material quality, there is therefore an increase in throughput of 20 to 30 percent. FloWing disc filter sectors are even stronger at critical positions and therefore allow for longer service lives than the previous BaglessPlus sectors.

In July 2018, the first FloWing filter discs were installed in a European testliner facility. The initial reaction from the Managing Director for Production and Technology has been positive: “Since start-up, we have had no more capacity problems, even in the event of high tonnage at the PM. This was not the case in the past.”

Thanks to optional adjustments, FloWing filter discs, like all Voith products from the BaglessPlus family, can be used in existing disc filters, including those from other manufacturers.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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UPM Raflatac offers extreme-strength for durable labeling  (Company news)

UPM Raflatac is introducing a new solvent-free RX adhesive family for durable labeling applications. The RX family is made up of two high-tack products: RX15 for polar surfaces such as metal and glass, and RX18 for non-polar surfaces such as PP and PE plastics. As these adhesives have been specially developed for these specific substrates, they ensure the highest bonding and durability performance - even in the challenging conditions experienced in automotive, industrial, and consumer electronics applications.

Both materials in the RX family work hard to ensure that vital information stays in place for the entire lifetime of the label. These extreme-strength adhesives withstand extreme conditions and are resilient to chemicals, and UV light. Furthermore, this high performance is achieved without solvents, making RX adhesives a safer, more sustainable choice for durable labeling applications.

"The adhesives in our new RX product family provide extremely strong and enduring adhesion without resorting to solvents, which not only reduces the environmental impact of producing the labels, but also makes them a more ecodesigned choice for product labeling," explains Jouni Iiskola, Segment Manager, UPM Raflatac. "With RX15 for polar surfaces like metal and glass and RX18 for non-polar surfaces like PP and PE plastics, a targeted adhesive can be chosen according to the substrate, leading to excellent product performance, extreme bonding, and life-long durability."
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

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Vinda Personal Care (China) starts up two AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines supplied by Toscotec  (Company news)

On November 19th Vinda Personal Care (China) Limited started up two Toscotec supplied AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines in Xiaogan city, Hubei, China. With the start-up of these production lines, Vinda inaugurates its second production base in Xiaogan, located in the vicinity of its existing mill.

Both AHEAD-2.0M lines feature a second generation large diameter TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and the energy-efficient TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings). This new configuration will grant additional improvements of the finished product’s quality in terms of softness and basis weight uniformity, and an additional reduction of steam consumption. The two AHEAD-2.0M machines will increase the group’s annual production by over 60,000 tons.

Anna Wang, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vinda International Holdings says, “This is what we count on when we work with Toscotec, our long-term partner: a successful start-up, on time and on budget. Vinda Personal Care (China) is a very strategic production base for the Group, we are investing on its operations and therefore we expect efficient performances and very low consumptions on these new Toscotec’s lines.”

Stefano Raffaelli, Toscotec’s Customer Care and Project Manager, comments, “We achieved an important objective today. At Vinda’s new Xiaogan mill, we started up the first two of Toscotec’s machines with advanced technological features in China. We also delivered on the mill’s requirement to start up both machines at the same time, thanks to the great coordination of Toscotec’s and Vinda’s teams during the entire installation and commissioning period. We continuously support Vinda’s growth with our most advanced technology. We are currently installing another two tissue machines at Xiaogan mill that will feature significant upgrades both in the forming and pope reel sections.”

Toscotec is installing other two tissue lines at Vinda Personal Care (China), scheduled for start-up over the next few months.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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New Case Paper Converting and Distribution Facility Opens in CA  (Company news)

On October 1, 2018, the California branch of Case Paper moved into a new converting facility and office space (photo) in Rancho Cucamonga, CA; paper and board inventory is expected to be onsite by November 16.

“Our former office in Arcadia, CA was too small for our needs,” explains CMO of Case Paper Simon Schaffer. “So we created a new, 103,250 sq. ft. converting and distribution center that can more efficiently serve the needs of all our West Coast customers.”

The move allows Case Paper to not only provide greater warehousing options but also streamline production. The installation of a new, state-of-the-art Marquip twin-knife sheeter will provide stock custom-sized paper and board grades, and a new guillotine cutter will be able to trim folio sheet sizes down to smaller paper sizes. A slitter-rewinder will be installed over the coming months that will be able to trim rolls down to narrow widths.

“A capital investment of this magnitude demonstrates Case Paper’s exceptional commitment to our valued customers, throughout California and beyond, as well as to our staff and their families,” explains Tim Resser, General Manager of Case Paper CA.

Case Paper’s investment in state-of-the-art technologies has positioned the company as one of the only paper and board distributors in the U.S. that can convert and deliver skids or rolls, usually within 48 hours or less.

Customers on the West Coast can now place orders by calling (909) 476-1500. The new facility is located at9168 Hermosa Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.
(Case Paper Company Inc.)

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Fifth Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT tissue line successfully started up at ICT's Iberica mill ...  (Company news) Spain

Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line including an extensive automation package was successfully started up at ICT Iberica's mill in Burgo, Spain, in September 2018. The new tissue line meets the company's intention to adopt state of the art technology for highest quality tissue production. Valmet has previously delivered four tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy, France and Poland.

Image: Successful startup in Burgo, Spain on September 12, 2018.

"Thanks to the teamwork between Valmet and ICT technicians, the project achieved all the objectives, both in terms of quality and timing. The capability to manage the main planning of all the phases - engineering, installation and commissioning - in a flexible way, the final tuning of the on-site activities, joined with the skills of the team members involved in the project, were the keys to achieve a regular and smooth start-up," says Silvano Marcelli, Technical manager at ICT and Antonio Jordan, Project manager at ICT Iberica.

"Despite all the work, all people involved did a great job. Together we managed to achieve a very good result and a start-up according to the plan. It was one of the smoothest start-up's I have ever seen," says Stefan Ziegel, Project manager at Valmet.

The production line was optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality. The new line will add 70,000 tons a year of high-quality toilet, towel, facial, and napkin grades for the European market. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber. The flexibility of Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip press makes it possible to adjust the production to fit current and future market needs, from production of tissue with high bulk and softness to energy- and cost-efficient products with high quality, only within minutes.

Technical information of the delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line including a stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine. The delivery also included a two-layer OptiFlo Headbox, Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system, Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage SoftReel reel, as well as Advantage AirCap hood, steam generator and a complete mill equipment system from bale handling to fan pumps.

Complete engineering, training, start-up and commissioning were also included in the delivery as well as an extensive Valmet automation package.
(Valmet Corporation)

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