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ANDRITZ launches new dilution system for thickeners
 20.10.2020

ANDRITZ launches new dilution system for thickeners  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has developed the EvoLute NT dilution system, a new solution for diluting thickener feed that uses the overflow liquid from the thickener to dilute incoming slurries or suspensions to the optimum solid-liquid ratio.

Photo: ANDRITZ EvoLute NT dilution system for thickeners © ANDRITZ

This new, patented system is designed for flow rates between 600 and 9,000 m3/h. The dilution system does not interfere with the thickener settling process and can also accommodate slurries with low pH values. With the different flow rate configurations available, each system can be adjusted flexibly to the individual customer’s needs.

The high dilution flow rates that the ANDRITZ EvoLute NT dilution system achieves translate into cost savings through lower power consumption. It has also been optimized in terms of maintenance thanks to easily interchangeable parts that do not require the thickener to be shut down. In addition, the system can be integrated into the thickener automation processes.

In the most challenging applications, reliable clarification and thickening are critical to maintaining continuous production. That is why ANDRITZ has invested decades of expertise with thickening and clarification systems to develop an efficient and cost-effective solid/liquid separation system with a crystal-clear overflow. The dilution process, where liquid is added to the incoming material and the solids concentration is reduced by adding more solvent, is a critical step. Dilution guarantees a perfect solid-liquid ratio in the thickener feed, which in turn enhances the settling rate of particles in the suspension when flocculants are added.

ANDRITZ offers many more dilutions systems covering flow rates of up to 15,000 m3/h for a wide variety of applications. With their unique design features, ANDRITZ thickeners – including the ANDRITZ EvoLute NT dilution system – are considered the most effective and technologically viable systems on the market.
(Andritz AG)

Jujo Thermal: The construction works of the SHIELDPLUS® production facility completed
 20.10.2020

Jujo Thermal: The construction works of the SHIELDPLUS® production facility completed  (Company news)

The investment project aimed at starting industrial production of SHIELDPLUS® paper material was kicked off a year ago. The construction works have now been completed.

Photo: Project Manager (from left) Juha-Pekka Kaivola, Technical Development Director & Packaging Specialist Masashi Okamoto and Operations Manager Mikko Virta pictured in the new colour kitchen. “The new colour coating kitchen provides a modern facility for our coating production. The hygiene standards are stringent because one of the end applications of SHIELDPLUS® will be food packages,” tells Mikko.

”SHIELDPLUS® paper material is a new product group for Jujo Thermal. To start industrial production of this new range, the existing production facility has to be renewed. The construction works have progressed according to schedule. During the past year, we have expanded our coating colour kitchen to meet the requirements of SHIELDPLUS® production. Looking at this from the outside, the most visible result is a new space with a fine collection of containers, pumps, pipes, dispersers and mixers. However, the invisible, but still the most valuable part of the project, is the product development work done for this. And the product development continues, of course,” says Project Manager Juha-Pekka Kaivola.

SHIELDPLUS® products are paper-based materials with excellent barrier properties against oxygen, water vapour and aromas. The material consists of wood-based fibres and is protected with a water-based barrier coating. “We believe that paper as packaging material holds a great deal of potential. It is a part of the solution to developing environmentally friendly packaging materials. SHIELDPLUS® is recyclable, and thus it provides a sustainable basis for our customers’ end applications. The new colour kitchen strengthens our product development capabilities. We are, indeed, planning to produce other types of paper-based materials suitable for packaging use in the future,” concludes Technical Development Director & Packaging Specialist Masashi Okamoto.
(Jujo Thermal Oy)

Shanying Group: two 8-meter A.Celli Paper Rewinders successfully started-up
 20.10.2020

Shanying Group: two 8-meter A.Celli Paper Rewinders successfully started-up  (Company news)

Papermaking, is one of the main business of Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd and enjoys certain popularity and influence in the industry.

The company introduced their papermaking production equipment for the domestic and international market in order to build an industrial packaging paper production base with waste paper as raw material.

At the beginning of 2019 Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd entrusted A.Celli Paper with the supply of two latest generation E-WIND® P100 rewinders for the mill located in Jingzhou District, China. During September 2020, Shanying Huazhong Paper officially completed the commissioning and start-up of the machineries and this event is certainly a reason for success, in connection with the next contractual steps.

The E-WIND® P100 Paper Rewinders, highly developed in terms of design, have a paper width of 7960 mm, they guarantee a maximum production speed of 2500 mpm (design speed) and they are able to accommodate large reels on the unwinder with diameters up to 3800 mm and a weight of about 65 t.

The machines will allow the Chinese group to process high-quality flat-paper and Test-Liner paper of the lowest grammage (from 50 to 110 gsm).

With this supply, A.Celli Paper offers its customer a considerable qualitative leap aimed at important and ambitious production goals, in the spirit of partnership, in an extremely demanding market such as the Chinese paper one.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

BillerudKorsnäs launches recyclable paper-based flow wrap – challenging the standard in ...
 20.10.2020

BillerudKorsnäs launches recyclable paper-based flow wrap – challenging the standard in ...  (Company news)

...confectionery packaging

BillerudKorsnäs joins forces with Syntegon Technology to launch Recyclable Flow Wrap, a paper based packaging solution that enables a shift from conventional plastic to renewable and recyclable materials.

Flow wrap is a type of flexible packaging used for many products in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector and today plastic film flow wrap is standard for FMCG.

BillerudKorsnäs Recyclable Flow Wrap is an innovative paper packaging solution, based on primary fibres from well-managed forests and with high barrier performance that can be recycled as paper.

The product enables the shift from conventional plastic to paper and is suitable for medium to high barrier requirements such as those posed by chocolate bars and other confectionery as well as bakery product. A patent application for BillerudKorsnäs Recyclable Flow Wrap is pending.

Recyclable flow wrap is verified by Syntegon Technology and tested with their retrofit upgrade kit “paper-ON-form”.

“We are happy to launch a paper based flow wrap solution. The product is recyclable as paper and brand owners don’t have to compromise neither product shelf life nor converting productivity in comparison to plastic packaging options” says Peter Åström, Project Manager Recyclable Flow Wrap

With the Syntegon upgrade kit paper-ON-form it can be installed on existing horizontal flow wrapping machines and new flow wrappers from Syntegon Packaging Systems AG. The solution was engineered in Syntegon´s own development center in Beringen, Switzerland, and consists of a flow-wrap forming unit and sealing tools or paper cold-sealing applications. The kit is already being used on existing lines from international manufacturers for packaging chocolate bars in paper.

”To make flow wraps future-proof we have to take a holistic approach. In our test lab, we are concentrating on three elements. Avoidance. Recycling. Recovery. Our retrofit kit allows customers the transition to paper packaging on their existing Syntegon Packaging Systems horizontal flow wrapping machine – without any restrictions regarding speed compared to the existing for cold-sealable paper,” says Christoph Langohr, Project Manager of Sustainability Horizontal Packaging.

By introducing Recyclable Flow Wrap, BillerudKorsnäs brings forward innovation based on renewable and biodegradable materials meeting brand owners and legislators´ need to reduce littering and increase recycling without compromising on the barrier characteristics.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB)

Awards Success Sparks a Year of Innovation at Z Due
 20.10.2020

Awards Success Sparks a Year of Innovation at Z Due  (Company news)

Picture: Z Due continuously strives for excellence in flexo packaging prepress

In May last year the senior management at Italian packaging prepress company Z Due travelled to Istanbul for the awards ceremony of the first Global Flexo Innovation Awards. They returned with much more than a Gold Award, because in the space of a few days the Modena-based business, along with fellow award-winner Reproflex3, from the UK, laid the foundation of a collaboration that has already yielded significant benefits to both companies.

Giorgio Cattani, technical manager (R&D), describes Istanbul as “a spark” that started a year of innovation at the company that even the global COVID-19 pandemic has failed to halt. While the outbreak did cause the postponement of an international conference on flexo technology that Z Due had scheduled for February, in Fall the company is staging a major webinar at which it will announce the latest products resulting from the Z Due/Reproflex3 partnership.

Both are patented technologies that exploit the enhanced ink transfer control possible of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, supplied and supported by Miraclon. The benefits for brand owners, printers and converters extend from the printroom, where start-up times are shorter and plate and ink costs lower, to final packaging featuring the highest quality, consistency and optical density. The first of these, Z Due’s BlueEdge® solution, is based on the Project Blue technology developed by Reproflex3 for its flexible packaging customers, which Z Due has adapted for the corrugated postprint market. Full details of the second technology, Vortex®, will be announced at the webinar, but in extensive beta-testing over the spring and summer it has delivered exceptional quality and consistency and significant cost-savings. Says Cattani: “Add to this the fact that it requires no modification to converters’ existing equipment and we believe it will be a hugely important development for flexo packaging, with broad appeal across regions and applications.”

Speaking to the world of flexo
Z Due acknowledges that it’s unlikely any of this would have happened so quickly without that “spark” that the Global Flexo Innovation Awards provided, which makes Z Due and Reproflex3 great examples of the benefits that can result from entering industry award programs. In Z Due’s case, however, it took a while for the company to start seeking recognition for the excellent work its strong R&D department produces, as Marco Mingozzi, internal manager, explains. “Until a few years ago our focus was 100% on producing the best work we could, but as our reputation grew we decided to test ourselves against our competitors. And since we have, we’ve discovered that we have something to say to the flexo world.”

The “Future of Flexo” event in February, organised in partnership with Miraclon, would have provided the biggest platform so far for Z Due to talk about flexo. The venue chosen for the conference — the iconic Museo Ferrari in Maranello — demonstrated Z Due’s ambition, as did a program of presentations that covered all aspects of the latest flexo trends in both flexible and corrugated packaging. “It would have been a major event for flexo, and Italy,” says Marco Mingozzi, “but we certainly haven’t given up on the idea and hope to hold something similar when the time is right.”

The Modena area was among the first to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but despite the difficulties Z Due managed to keep working throughout. In keeping with its optimistic, ambitious outlook the company has found benefits in the situation. “It has been difficult to meet customers, of course,” says Giorgio Cattani, “but that gave us time to think about the future — about our products and how best to organize the business. Historically, crises are an opportunity to change and do some things better, and we are trying to do this.

“Everything we are doing to raise our profile in the market has one goal,” he continues, “and that’s to become a big enough player that we have a seat at the table with the large international brands. We believe we can get there if we have a technology and a product that the industry recognizes as the best available. We want brand owners to say, ‘We want our packaging produced using FLEXCEL NX plates and either the BlueEdge® or Vortex® technology.’ That’s our dream. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but through our partnership with Reproflex3 we’re on the way.”

Going for gold again
Unsurprisingly, one of the next steps along the way will be entering the second Miraclon Global Flexo Innovation Awards, which are now open for entries. First held in 2018 to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the FLEXCEL NX System, the program is notable for “looking beyond the package” and evaluating the impact of submissions on the entire value chain. With high quality considered a precondition, the independent panel of judges — chaired this time by Christopher Horton, formerly senior vice-president of SGS — will be assessing entries against four categories of innovation excellence: creativity in graphic design; conversion from other print processes; workflow efficiency; and commitment to sustainability.

This time around Z Due have a hard act to follow after an outstanding performance in 2018. No less than eight of the company’s submissions were successful, winning the company not only a Gold Award but also elevating it to the select group of four companies that were awarded the highest honors.
(Miraclon Corporation)

New OjiFS Packaging Southern Facility Breaks Ground
 20.10.2020

New OjiFS Packaging Southern Facility Breaks Ground  (Company news)

n November last year, Oji Fibre Solutions (OjiFS) announced we would be investing over $100m to develop a new fit-for-purpose corrugated cardboard packaging facility in Christchurch. All the behind the scenes work is done and we are delighted to now be ‘breaking ground’ and entering the building construction phase.

The new facility will consist of bespoke buildings designed to house state-of-the-art production machines, material handling and peripheral equipment that will significantly improve safety, quality and food safety, whilst reducing waste.

When completed in 2021, this site will be the South Island hub for OjiFS’ packaging operations; producing sustainable packaging products for South Island businesses, namely the primary sector such as meat, dairy, fish, and horticulture, as well as the industrial industry, who all use our boxes for shipping produce to local and export markets.

Grant Fitzgibbon, Chief Operating Officer, Packaging:
"The new Christchurch facility will replace our existing Shands Road operation. By investing in the best available equipment, we will improve product quality and productivity, deliver environmental improvements and provide a safer operation than is possible in the current facility."
(Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Ltd)

ANDRITZ to supply stock preparation equipment for sack paper production to Segezha Pulp ...
 19.10.2020

ANDRITZ to supply stock preparation equipment for sack paper production to Segezha Pulp ...  (Company news)

...and Paper Mill, Russia

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill, a member of the Segezha Group (part of PJSC Sistema), to supply stock preparation equipment for its mill in Segezha, Republic of Karelia, Russia.

Photo: ANDRITZ FibreSolve FSV pulper for efficient slushing

Start-up is scheduled for the beginning of 2021.

The new system will feature a capacity of 350 bdmt/d and process bleached market pulp bales to produce a new final product – white high-porosity sack paper. The scope of supply comprises the bale feeding line with a manual dewiring station, an ANDRITZ FibreSolve FSV pulper for efficient slushing, a ModuScreen CP protection screen, as well as the complete control and electrification system.

With start-up of the new line, the Segezha Group will be the first producer of high-porosity sack paper in Russia. The entire production volume will be supplied to the company’s own converting facilities.
(Andritz AG)

Valmet has completed the acquisition of PMP Group, a provider of technologies and services ...
 19.10.2020

Valmet has completed the acquisition of PMP Group, a provider of technologies and services ...  (Company news)

... for the paper industry

Valmet has completed the acquisition of PMP Group in Poland following the agreement that was announced on September 11. PMP Group is a provider of technologies and services for the paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 64 million, plus a conditional and capped earn-out component.

The acquired business becomes a part of Valmet’s Paper business line. PMP Group supplies process technologies and services for tissue, board and paper machines globally, focusing on small and medium-sized tissue machines and board and paper machine rebuilds. The net sales of the company were approximately EUR 70 million in the fiscal year 2019. The company employs about 650 people in Poland, China, USA and Italy.

PMP will be included in Valmet’s financial reporting for the first time in Valmet’s fourth quarter financial reporting 2020.

Jari Vähäpesola, Business Line President, Paper, Valmet:
“The acquisition was completed as planned and we are happy to welcome 650 new colleagues to Valmet. The combination of Valmet’s current paper technology and services for wide and fast machines and rebuilds, together with PMP’s product portfolio, competence and presence in strategic markets, will create new business opportunities. From now on we will work as one team with a wider product offering, to further strengthen our capabilities to serve paper, board and tissue producers globally.”

Mirosław Pietraszek, former President PMP Group:
“I am satisfied that the closing process has been completed successfully. It is a great moment to celebrate an opening of a new chapter in our history. I am convinced that together with Valmet, we will create a professional, unique and strong team across the globe to bring our customers a more comprehensive service span and state-of-the-art solutions. As a team, we are ready for new challenges and excited to become a part of Valmet.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Coca-Cola Triumph at German Packaging Award 2020 with KeelClip™
 19.10.2020

Coca-Cola Triumph at German Packaging Award 2020 with KeelClip™  (Company news)

KeelClip™, an innovative packaging technology utilized by Coca-Cola as part of its move to replace plastic packaging on its multi-pack cans, has triumphed in the design and finishing category of the German Packaging Award 2020.

The solution, supplied by market leader in paper-based packaging solutions, Graphic Packaging International (“Graphic Packaging”), was recognized for its ‘Driving the Circular Economy – Accelerating Towards a World Without Waste’ entry in the prestigious awards, organized by the German Packaging Institute (DVI).

By switching to solutions such as KeelClip, CCEP has made progress on its “Action on Packaging”- strategy, which includes the aim to remove all unnecessary or hard-to-recycle plastics from its packaging portfolio.

Ralf Peters, vice president procurement, for Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “Innovation is a critical part of finding the most sustainable ways of delivering our drinks to consumers and we’re delighted that the KeelClip solution was recognized in this award. Innovative solutions such as KeelClip will help us to achieve our goal of moving from shrink to board for our multipack cans.”

The KeelClip solution is the first of its kind to work on all can sizes, diameters and multipack configurations (up to a 10 pack), making the solution easily scalable for brand owners with large range offerings to pack.

The innovative design features a central ‘keel’ for enhanced stabilization and the large surface area covering the can tops offers up enhanced branding opportunities, while addressing consumer hygiene concerns.

Steve Gould, new product development and marketing director of the beverage division at Graphic Packaging, added: “Taken at face value, KeelClip is a breakthrough innovation as it provides a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging. However, KeelClip’s potential is truly unleashed when you factor in its scalability and ability to meet the speed and efficiency demands of today’s fastest filling lines on all can sizes and configurations. This is a huge advantage for brands looking for a consistent, one-stop solution to meet sustainability requirements, while focusing on brand premiumization, now and over the coming years.”
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

Sitma Machinery and Poste Italiane, together for the e-Commerce management
 19.10.2020

Sitma Machinery and Poste Italiane, together for the e-Commerce management  (Company news)

Sitma Machinery provides Poste Italiane with three sorting systems for few different hubs to manage parcels for the e-commerce sector and improve their automation and efficiency at both hardware and software level.

One of the most innovative projects on which the company is working involves Poste Italiane. Their request was to increase the level of automation of few logistics hubs, specialized in the management of parcels and restmails, all within the world of e- commerce. Acting as a system integrator, Sitma took the lead with various suppliers for this project, providing a seamless handover. The last frontier for Sitma, from a technological standpoint, is the key investment in software

"We have already identified M&A targets for possible synergies in the e-logistics sector in order to position ourselves more and more as a Service supplier, much more than a Hardware producer " says Stefano Nanni - Sitma CEO - referring to future development strategies

The hub in Brescia uses the Easy Sort Tilt tray automated system; a system capable of recognizing and sorting parcels and restmails of different shapes, volumes and sizes, all from different origins. Consistent development, includes the tray exchange system, modified to allow a 20% increase in productivity and also the use of 3D printed trays in composite material, which are lighter and more reliable.

These developments also allow for a significant reduction in noise and a higher supply efficiency. The sorter also features an innovative exit safety system that allows operators to easily manage the change of containers once they are full.

A great deal of work has also been done in terms of software. Thanks to the partnership with skilled technological players, Sitma has managed to implement a system capable of integrating with the one already in use by Poste Italiane, allowing parcel recognition and tracking. Each package has a unique code that is read, transferred into a string and sent into a national database. This guarantees the management of shipments in total safety, while minimizing error rates and avoiding waste of money and time.

Further to the installations for an additional plant in Malpensa, with expected to start up by December 2020, Sitma is also working with Poste Italiane for the design of a custom management system. The solution will allow Poste Italiane to operate in compliance with the new legislation – which comes into force in 2021 - aimed at optimizing the delivery and processing of goods from non-EU countries within the European territory and subjected to tax and customs controls.

The sorting system designed by Sitma will be able to manage not only the flow of goods from all over the world, operating according to a capillary geographic distribution perspective, but will also support logistic operators in the management of customs aspects, linked to content and the value of each single package.
(Sitma Machinery S.p.A.)

Jungle packaging wins Gold in the German Packaging Prize 2020
 19.10.2020

Jungle packaging wins Gold in the German Packaging Prize 2020   (Company news)

Karl Knauer KG uses packaging concepts to focus on visionaries

Not only does unusually beautiful packaging transport the product inside, it also enchants us, allowing us to visit another world. In the case of ASAHEGO, it takes us on a trip to the jungles of New Guinea and tells an unbelievable but true story of the discovery of a nearly-forgotten yet beautiful recipe for beauty, shared only by word of mouth. This story is reflected in touching way in the diorama presentation box by ASAHEGO. A high-end cosmetic produced exclusively by The Creammaker in a limited edition.

The multi-level unboxing experience, the storytelling “from the depths of the jungle” along with the emotive product staging created by Antje Urbe (The Creammaker) and Joachim Maatz (Maatz Design) swayed the jury and resulted in a win in the design and refinement category.

This allowed Karl Knauer to celebrate the third creative partner in the team being awarded a prize in this international cross-sector and cross-material performance competition - the German packaging prize - sponsored by the German Federal Minister of Economics and Energy, Peter Altmaier.

Magical jungle feel. Perfectly staged and experienced up close:
Sabine Kuegler, co-founder of The Creammaker, also known as the “Jungle Child”, grew up with the then uncontacted Fayu tribe in West Papua. In her cosmetics, she uses childhood experiences of indigenous knowledge passed on by word of mouth, translating them into modern high-end cosmetics. ASAHEGO consists of 100 percent plant-based active ingredients and is said to contribute to significant skin rejuvenation. In order to set the scene for the origins and philosophy behind ASAHEGO, an elaborate diorama box was created and was made ready for production in collaboration with the experts from Karl Knauer.

The unboxing, or the journey into the depths of the jungle, starts with the opening of the sealed band. The “ASAHEGO” product name is lasered onto its filigree, only hinting at the product that lies behind it. Once the band is untied, a view of the diorama presentation box is revealed. Behind a curtain of plants, complete with a total of four depth levels, rests the bamboo jar containing the hand-mixed cream. Just like the wooden spatula included, the elaborately-crafted vessel is held securely with a cross inlay printed on both sides. This cardboard insert additionally increases the depth effect and serves to stabilise the packaging. At the same time, it forms the support frame, using which the jar can be lifted out of the box. Underneath is the information brochure, also lovingly designed and refined. It tells the unusual story of the discovery of ASAHEGOS from the jungle.

100 % nature – right down to the packaging
Just as ASAHEGO consists of 100% plants, the presentation box is also made of 100% renewable, recyclable paper and cardboard. The high-quality uncoated cardboard materials allow natural cosmetics to be experienced both visually and by touch. Just in case that's going overboard: the box can be fully recycled, meaning it meets the demands of The Creammaker to establish an exclusive, environmentally-conscious brand in the luxury sector.
“We are delighted that the jury valued the packaging concept as a whole and addressed the especially emotive effect that is created above all by unboxing. These emotions underline the central role of packaging - even and particularly when introducing new brands and products”, explains Martin Glatz, Head of Sales, Marketing, Research and Development and member of the management team at Karl Knauer KG.
(Karl Knauer KG)

Smurfit Kappa's innovative packaging recognised with 18 EFIA Awards
 19.10.2020

Smurfit Kappa's innovative packaging recognised with 18 EFIA Awards  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has walked away with a substantial 18 awards at the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Awards, including three Gold awards and a Special Award, further consolidating its leadership in the packaging industry.

Creative and innovative packaging solutions for brands including Stella Artois, Head & Shoulders, Hendricks Gin, Huggies, Haribo and Kimberly Clark resulted in Smurfit Kappa receiving this wide spectrum of awards.

Commenting on the company’s success at the awards this year, Eddie Fellows, CEO of Smurfit Kappa UK and Ireland, said: “Winning so many awards across the various categories this year demonstrates the huge effort across our talented teams and something we’re all very proud of.

At Smurfit Kappa, we are constantly innovating our print techniques to support our customers by increasing their visual presence and improving sales performance. We will continue to invest in the next generation of skilled printers and push the boundaries in print, design and sustainability”

Grace Stenson, who is currently completing her first-year apprenticeship in sales and marketing at the Smurfit Kappa Markham Vale plant in Derbyshire, was the proud winner of the “Student of the Year” award.

Commenting on her win, Grace said: “I would like to thank the entire Markham Vale team for their welcome and the ongoing support during my apprenticeship, especially during this challenging time. Joining Smurfit Kappa has given my career an exciting start and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work with a variety of customers and brands across several market segments.”

The EFIA Awards celebrate technical innovation and creativity in flexographic printing.

Full list of the EFIA Awards 2020 that Smurfit Kappa won
-Special Award Student of the Year
-Gold Stella VBI 24 Pack
-Gold Mibelle Head & Shoulders
-Gold WD40 Spray Tin
-Silver Molson Canadian
-Silver Hendricks Wonder 6 Carton
-Silver Kimberly Clark Pure 6 Pack
-Silver British Ales
-Silver Hendricks Gin 12x1L
-Silver Haribo Eggs Galore
-Silver Instalight
-Bronze Stella Xmas 2019
-Bronze Muller Tiramasu
-Bronze Plasto Sac UK Royal Gala Apples
-Bronze Perky Pets Intro Pack
-Bronze Haribo Supermix £1 Promo
-Bronze Kimberly Clark Jumbo Pure
-Highly Commended Hendricks Orbium 6x70cl
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

Koenig & Bauer gears up for the future
 19.10.2020

Koenig & Bauer gears up for the future  (Company news)

-Continued focus on packaging as a growth market
-Clear commitment to the current portfolio strategy
-Research and development budgets remain unaffected

Photo: Koenig & Bauer's portfolio strategy has proved a success and will be continued - eg with the Rapida 106 X - the new performance benchmark in industrial printing

To reinforce the company’s position as the leading supplier of press and post-press solutions for packaging, industrial and security printing applications, and to boost the earning power of the Koenig & Bauer Group, the management board has been working intensively on developing and expanding the “Performance 2024” efficiency programme over the past months. There are also plans to realise annual cost saving effects which will then amount to more than €100 million and continue increasing until 2024, while maintaining and, in fact, accelerating all innovation, process and product developments. The non-recurring costs in the mid two-digit million Euro range this makes necessary will be recorded in the group results for the business year 2020 as expenditure realised as a provision.

The principal market segments addressed by Koenig & Bauer, such as the structurally expanding areas of packaging and industrial printing, remain fundamentally intact. This is clearly demonstrated by the good levels of capacity utilisation currently reported by printers of packaging for food products, beverages, and pharmaceuticals, as well as the booming online trade. Even so, customers are postponing new investments due to all the uncertainty brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The primary objective of the four-year, multi-pronged programme is to strengthen the company’s competitiveness for the long term. A range of measures aims to ensure further development of the product range in accordance with market needs, to continue with the digitalisation of processes, and, at the same time, achieve reductions in manufacturing costs. Koenig & Bauer continues to focus on end-to-end system solutions and optimisation of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the customer. The investments in digital print and direct post-printing on corrugated board are being pursued with vigour, as is the joint venture with the Durst Group; so too are new developments for security printing in the pipeline. Koenig & Bauer stands by its current product portfolio and will continue to work on consistently expanding it. The further digitalisation of the services it offers is another area at which particular attention is being directed.

Alongside increased efficiency, the Performance programme also aims to scale group activities, as the global economic situation, the still widely applicable travel restrictions, and worsening Covid-19 developments suggest there will only be moderate turnover growth in the next few years, and a short-term return to pre-crisis levels is not anticipated.

The supervisory board was closely involved in the evaluation process and approved the programme after detailed deliberation and extensive discussions during the board meeting held on 28 September 2020.

As supervisory board chairman Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner explains: “Alongside the strategic ongoing development of the Koenig & Bauer Group, the supervisory board has taken a very close look at the plans that the management board tabled on the basis of its broad expertise and commitment to increasing the earning power and overall performance of the group, and we have contributed our own experience and know-how to the evaluation process. The Performance 2024 programme is laying the foundations for a profitable development of the company, which builds up on interesting future opportunities for new markets and technologies.”

The effects of the short- and medium-term measures will bear fruit in the period from 2021 to 2024, whereas a continued negative impact on business results is expected in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which is worsening internationally. In addition, the planned introduction of a new internal guideline in relation to turnover reporting in the Sheetfed segment in 2020 will result in a one-time balance sheet deferral amounting to approx. €40–60 million in turnover and €9–12 million in EBIT to 2021.

Upon conclusion of the programme, turnover at the Koenig & Bauer Group is expected to reach around €1.3 billion. On the earnings side, the management board hopes that implementation of the approved cost and structural adaptations will help maintain a return on sales totalling at least 7% over the medium term, while reducing working capital requirements to an average level of 25% of annual turnover.

The programme adopted provides for the following:
-Supply chain reorganisation effected by changes group-wide structures, purchasing arrangements and production processes within the framework of one organisation, as well as innovative approaches to part and component optimization
-Adjustments to cost and personnel structures, and improvements in productivity based on process streamlining and standardization
-Increased effectiveness and efficiency in development and design by implementing measures targeting product, process and organisational optimisation, such as design-to-cost projects
-Continuation and acceleration of the development of new products and solutions for the fields of sheetfed and webfed packaging printing by means of conventional and digital printing technologies, hollow container decoration, post-press and banknote production
-Reduced administration costs by continued pooling of specific tasks as shared services, as well as changes to sales and service structures
-Optimisation of the production and assembly factories, including internal pooling within the group, and the relocation and realignment of production and assembly facilities

In addition to the effects of the measures already being implemented, such as cutting back on overtime and subcontracted labour, a hiring freeze and short-time working, the group-wide measures approved today will affect between 700 and 900 jobs in the short and medium term. The changes will be discussed and negotiated with employee representatives and social partners over the coming months. Along with implementing the necessary measures in a socially acceptable manner, the objective is to achieve a return to the planned level of group growth in the medium term by taking innovative approaches.

“Today, we have made far-reaching decisions for Koenig & Bauer, made necessary by negative global economic developments in tandem with ever-changing customer needs and demands. They are also associated with painful cuts for the workforce. These difficult and challenging steps were not easy to take, but they are imperative to safeguarding the long-term future of our 203-year-old company,” as President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann explains.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Inauguration of the world’s first fossil-free biomethanol plant
 19.10.2020

Inauguration of the world’s first fossil-free biomethanol plant  (Company news)

On Wednesday, 7 October, Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise Ibrahim Baylan inaugurated Södra’s plant for commercial biomethanol at the pulp mill in Mönsterås. Members of the European Parliament Fredrik Federley, Jytte Guteland and Jessica Polfjärd were present at the inauguration as well as Professor Johan Kuylenstierna of the Swedish Climate Policy Council.

“Södra’s investment is entirely in line with the European Green Deal as set out by the European Commission, which has the aim of dramatically reducing our carbon footprint and reducing emissions. By manufacturing the world’s first fossil-free biomethanol, we are demonstrating how engineering prowess and innovation can contribute to the transition of society. We are pleased that the importance of this kind of investment is understood by politicians,” said Lena Ek, Chairman of Södra.

The transition to a bioeconomy means that all raw materials must be used efficiently. The biomethanol will be made from the crude methanol derived from the manufacturing process at Södra’s pulp mill, where the premise is that all of the parts of the renewable wood raw material are used as efficiently as possible.

“Södra’s strength lies in its extensive value chain, from sustainable forestry and renewable raw materials to modern industries and a healthy tradition of research and development. This means that we have the expertise required to develop these types of complex and innovative products,” said Catrin Gustavsson, Senior Vice President of Innovation and New Business at Södra.

Södra is investing extensively in liquid biofuel and has robust sustainability targets of its own for entirely fossil-free transportation by 2030.

“With this dynamic move and climate-friendly investment, we are looking outward and showing the way to reduced fossil dependency across several markets. At the same time, this is just the beginning of a journey in which we have the opportunity to develop products together with our customers. We can already see substantial interest from different segments and stakeholders from across the globe,” said Magnus Björkman, Business Area President Södra Cell.
(Södra Cell AB)

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild to Modern Karton...
 16.10.2020

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild to Modern Karton...   (Company news)

...in Turkey

Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild and a wide scope of automation to Modern Karton Sanayii Ve Ticaret at its Tekirdağ Mill in Turkey. In the project, paper machine PM 3 which is currently producing recycled containerboard, will be rebuilt to produce high quality coated containerboard grades. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 40-50 million.

“We chose Valmet as our strategic partner to support our growth strategy. We value Valmet’s high technical expertise and expect to have excellent cooperation in the project,” says Hamdullah Eren, Chairman of the Board of Modern Karton.

“The cooperation during the sales phase was excellent, which sets a good foundation for the project. Valmet’s coating process knowhow and the convincing references made our solution very appealing to the customer,” says Petteri Soini, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's grade conversion delivery will include modifications in the existing stock preparation line and paper machine. The scope includes broke collection system, white water system and modifications to the approach flow system. The delivery in the existing paper machine will include three new OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes, modifications to forming, press, pre-drying and sizing sections. The delivery will also include a completely new coating section with OptiCoat Layer curtain coating station, OptiCoat Jet blade coating station, a coating color preparation system, supply systems for both coating stations, an OptiCalender Soft calender and an OptiReel Linear center-driven reel.

The delivery will also include rebuilding of the existing air systems with e.g. new open hood, heat recovery system and OptiDry Coat air dying units. The delivery will be complemented with an automation package including machine control, quality management, condition monitoring systems and retention measurement. In addition to the on-site support, the start-up and the further optimization of the rebuilt machine will be supported remotely from Valmet Performance Center.

The 5,600-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine PM 3 will produce recycled white-top testliner, coated white top testliner, recycled fluting and testliner grades with a basis weight range of 105-225 g/m2 and design speed of 1,300 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Heidelberg launches customer campaign - expert knowledge at the push of a button during ...
 16.10.2020

Heidelberg launches customer campaign - expert knowledge at the push of a button during ...  (Company news)

...“Innovation Week”

-From October 19 to 23: current innovations in the commercial, label and packaging printing segments show the potential offered by the digitization of processes
-Hybrid customer event combines a digital brand experience with a one-on-one customer approach
-Register free of charge at: “heidelberg.com/innovationweek”
-Digital customer experience accessible via new myHD app

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is launching a global customer campaign this fall. Worth knowing, digital, personal – with the “Innovation Week” from October 19 to 23, 2020, the company is holding a digital event with product presentations of its current highlights, innovation talks, and one-on-one conversations via video chat. Under the motto “Unfold your potential”, Heidelberg will showcase the potential offered by the digitization of processes for the commercial, label, and packaging printing segments. The aim is to increase the productivity and competitiveness of print shops. The company will present answers to the challenges in the print media industry and how to make the industry fit for the future: with innovative technologies, new business models, and end-to-end solutions to boost performance.

Heidelberg wants to inform its customers of the latest developments quickly, flexibly, and continuously, and to provide support for investment decisions also in times of Covid-19 through digital formats with presentations on products and innovations.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Grupo Gondi expands automated paper testing to include second ABB solution at its ...
 16.10.2020

Grupo Gondi expands automated paper testing to include second ABB solution at its ...  (Company news)

...Monterrey, Mexico mill

L&W Autoline will be a key differentiator for Grupo Gondi customers seeking the highest quality

Photo: Technician working with the L&W Autoline user interface

ABB has been chosen to supply leading Mexico packaging paper producer Grupo Gondi with a robust and reliable automated paper testing solution for its greenfield site in Monterrey, Mexico.

The comprehensive order—which focuses on ensuring quality and efficiency at the mill—includes L&W Autoline, with a wide range of testing modules and sample trimmer and L&W benchtop testing instruments. Engineering and installation of the project is planned for completion in Q3 2020.

Grupo Gondi became the first paper producer in Mexico to commission automated paper testing with the L&W Autoline installation at its Guadalajara mill in 2013, emphasizing the company’s commitment to achieving high quality outputs.

The new order for the Monterrey mill in northeast Mexico will continue to improve efficiency and reduce costs for the company, reducing dependence on manual testing and allowing resources to focus on optimizing product quality.

“Our previous experience of L&W Autoline and ABB’s excellent service made ABB an obvious choice for this contract,” said Felix Rocha, Paper Mills Director, Grupo Gondi. “We are confident that this order will provide us with rapid, reliable feedback on product quality across the business, ensuring the highest quality of output.”

“Having worked with Grupo Gondi to commission the first automated paper testing solution in Mexico, we have now built on our relationship to contribute to the company’s focus on consistently high-quality product,” said Per Sandstrom, Head of Lab and Process Testing Measurements, Pulp & Paper, Process Industries, ABB. “Automated paper testing will benefit the mill by enabling the prompt identification and resolution of issues that can compromise quality, helping to maximize on-spec output.”

By rapidly gathering information and highlighting off-spec data, L&W Autoline measures paper properties, identifies problem areas and allows papermakers to tune processes promptly, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to optimize product quality. Reports and visualizations provided to operations and engineering personnel both locally and remotely in real time ensure the fulfillment of production targets and quality specifications.
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

Voith successfully executes start-up of five BlueLine OCC stock preparation lines for ...
 16.10.2020

Voith successfully executes start-up of five BlueLine OCC stock preparation lines for ...  (Company news)

...Nine Dragons Paper

-The new capacity with Voith machines strengthens Nine Dragons’ leading position as Asia’s biggest recycled paper manufacturer
-Voith BlueLine OCC portfolio supports Nine Dragons’ sustainable and low-carbon development philosophy

In early 2017, Voith received an order for six BlueLine OCC stock preparation lines from Nine Dragons, the largest manufacturer of packaging paper in Asia. With the recently commissioned PM 41 at the customer’s Hebei site, five Voith BlueLine OCC lines, each with a production capacity of 2,000 tons per day, have now been successfully launched. The handover of the sixth line is planned for 2022.

Nine Dragons is leading the industry in sustainable paper manufacturing based on the management philosophy "no environmental management, no papermaking." The continuous expansion of new production capacity benefits Nine Dragons in strengthening its leading position in the packaging industry.

The five OCC stock preparation lines are the sole expansion that Nine Dragons has carried out over the past three years. Voith received the contract as the full-line supplier to deliver the entire approach flow systems together with the complete stock preparation portfolio.

While China is implementing restrictions on recovered fiber imports and stringent environmental regulations, papermakers are partnering up with suppliers who are offering leading sustainable solutions and technology in plant operations and stock preparation. Voith’s complete OCC solution creates sustainable and eco-friendly competitive production lines with 15 to 20 percent reduction in energy consumption and at least 0.5 percent fiber savings.

The Nine Dragons project demonstrates Voith’s ability to collaborate and manage the installation and commissioning of multiple orders on time, even under a tight project schedule and with the impact of COVID-19. When the pandemic strongly affected the project due to traffic and logistics interruption, Voith used all means of communication to collaborate with its customer. With a proactive and problem-solving attitude, the Voith team successfully completed the projects.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Tecnau Launches Space Efficient Cutting/Stacking System for B2+ Sheets
 16.10.2020

Tecnau Launches Space Efficient Cutting/Stacking System for B2+ Sheets  (Company news)

Stack 1212 Cost-Effectively Produces Postcards, Letters, Books

Tecnau announces general availability of its Stack 1212 cutting/stacking system. Users may convert multi-up output from the emerging generation of B2+ color digital presses (as well as sheet-fed offset presses) into smaller, stacked finished pages without guillotine cutting. Tecnau’s Stack 1212 reduces manual print handling and consolidates labor-intensive finishing operations in a single-pass automated process.

Stack 1212 system specs include:
- Support for 1-up to 21-up impositions
- Handles papers from 70 – 350 gsm
- Input up to 6000 B2 sheets (up to 21” x 29.5”) per hour
- Output as small as 4” x 5” postcards (102 x 127 mm)
- Space efficient with footprint of about 100 square feet / 30 sqm

Systems highlights include a double cut/gutter capability for bleed print, and a cutter/slitter cartridge-based approach for easy job changeovers in minutes. Stack 1212 features efficient offline operation to handle output from multiple presses. A pallet feeder option may be included for easy integration into an existing environment. Output sheets are neatly stacked and delivered – each job can be delivered to the conveyor one at a time, individually offset within the stack or delivered when the operator-programmed stack height is reached.

“Tecnau is excited to launch the Stack 1212. We believe it’s a cost-effective and space efficient cutting/stacking solution for users of B2 color digital presses looking to automate their finishing,” says Scott Peterson, Tecnau product marketing manager.

For more info visit www.tecnau.com/product/stack-1212, or to request a live/virtual demo on the Stack 1212, contact your Tecnau representative.
(Tecnau Srl)

Toscotec starts up two AHEAD 2.0L tissue lines at Sofidel America
 16.10.2020

Toscotec starts up two AHEAD 2.0L tissue lines at Sofidel America  (Company news)

Two Toscotec-supplied AHEAD 2.0L tissue machines came online at Sofidel America’s mill in Inola, Oklahoma. Shortly after start-up, the two lines met Sofidel’s quality standards, and have been running at a high operation efficiency, producing premium quality tissue.

In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges it posed, Toscotec and Sofidel went the extra mile and managed to successfully complete the project in record time.

Toscotec delivered a turnkey plant including two AHEAD 2.0L machines of 5500 mm sheet trim width, 2000 m/min operating speed, each producing 60,000 tons/year. These machines are equipped with TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer and high-efficiency TT Hoods, designed for a high level of energy recovery.

The supply also included the stock preparation system, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), the DCS and QCS, as well as the dust and mist removal systems. Toscotec also supplied the boiler plant, the compressed air station, the bridge crane, the shaft puller, the roll handling and wrapping systems, the chemical preparation system, the hall ventilation system, and the water treatment plants.

Sofidel was provided with a comprehensive service package including the detailed mill engineering according to US codes and standards, the construction management, the plant and the machines erection, training, commissioning, and start-up supervision.

Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel, says, "Today’s achievement steps up Sofidel’s strategic coverage in the U.S. market. Technological innovation is key to our Group. It allows us to deliver the product quality and safety that build consumer trust, and it makes us honor our long-term commitment to sustainability. I applaud the hard work and strong cooperation of Sofidel and Toscotec that made today’s success possible."

Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, says, "It is a great satisfaction to see that two top-of-the-line Toscotec machines achieved great performances at Sofidel America. This excellent result rewards us for all the efforts that our teams made together over the past three years. We look forward to continuing this important partnership with Sofidel in the coming years."
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

DS Smith Appoints New Group HR Director
 16.10.2020

DS Smith Appoints New Group HR Director  (Company news)

Sustainable packaging company announces new hire to head HR team

DS Smith, the sustainable packaging company, has announced the appointment of Darren Littleboy (photo) as Group HR Director. A commercially-focused, internationally experienced HR executive, Darren has a demonstrable record of building high performing HR teams and delivering business transformation within publicly listed businesses.

He joins the FTSE 100 multinational – which employs over 30,000 people across its Paper, Recycling and Packaging divisions – to lead on a number of strategic priorities for the Group, including furthering its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Following a number of acquisitions in recent years, Darren will also further the development of the company’s employee value proposition.

Darren joins DS Smith from Morgan Advanced Materials, a FTSE250 global manufacturing business where he has been Group HR Director for almost four years. Darren brings significant strategic HR experience having previously worked for Smiths Group and BAE Systems, both large multinationals.

Commenting on his new role, Darren Littleboy, Group HR Director at DS Smith said: “I am joining DS Smith at a crucial time as we further integrate our purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ into our people vision shortly after facing the impact of Covid-19. I look forward to sharing my experience across all the divisions to ensure everyone at DS Smith is proud and enabled to realise their potential.”

Reporting to Miles Roberts, the company’s Chief Executive, Darren will replace Jacky Wearn who had been holding the position of Interim Group HR Director. She will now take on the role of Divisional HR Director for DS Smith’s Paper and Recycling divisions. Darren’s direct reports include heads of talent management and development, engagement and culture, recruitment and reward.

Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive at DS Smith said: “I am delighted to welcome Darren to DS Smith. He brings significant experience in building strong HR and people capability to drive business growth within global engineering and manufacturing companies. Darren will be working closely with me and the senior leadership team on developing our people agenda. I’d like to take the opportunity to also thank Jacky Wearn for her contributions.”

This position will be based in DS Smith’s headquarters in Euston Road.
(DS Smith plc)

The construction of UPM's innovative biochemicals facility starts in Germany
 15.10.2020

The construction of UPM's innovative biochemicals facility starts in Germany  (Company news)

UPM celebrated the official start of the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany. The biorefinery investment of EUR 550 million is a major milestone in UPM’s strategic transformation.

In Leuna, UPM will produce a range of 100% wood-based biochemicals that enable a switch from fossil-based products to sustainable alternatives in a number of end-uses such as plastics, textiles, cosmetics and industrial applications. Technology and process have been developed by UPM over the past ten years, mainly building on the company’s own innovation capabilities and selectively working with international partners. The biorefinery is expected to start up by the end of 2022.The investment has been awarded The Bio Act of the Year 2020 by the World BioEconomy Forum earlier in September this year.

“Today marks a new era for UPM’s biomolecular businesses. The biorefinery in Leuna will be the nucleus for an entirely new and high-value growth business and opens totally new markets for UPM with large growth potential for the future,” says Jyrki Ovaska, Executive Vice President Technology at UPM. “Awareness of climate change has increased customer demand for sustainable alternatives to fossil-based products. UPM has committed to UN’s Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C and constantly innovates more sustainable products from renewable raw materials. The biorefinery in Leuna opens new perspectives for UPM as well as the bio-economy as a whole,” Ovaska continues.

The total annual capacity of the biorefinery will be 220,000 tonnes bio-monoethylene glycol (BioMEG) and lignin-based renewable functional fillers. In addition, the biorefinery will produce bio-monopropylene glycol (BioMPG) and industrial sugars made from sustainably harvested beechwood sourced regionally in Germany. MEG is used for the production of textiles, plastics, PET, packaging and industrial coolants while MPG is used in composites, pharma or cosmetics products. Renewable functional fillers are used e.g. in a variety of rubber applications such as tires and sealings.

UPM’s wood-based products can be used to replace oil, gas or coal-based materials and they perform consistently in established production processes and the existing recycling infrastructure. They will significantly reduce the CO2 footprint of the end-use products. Furthermore, raw materials and other services for the biorefinery will be sourced in the region which enables local value creation and ensures compliance with high social and environmental standards.

The biorefinery will be built in Leuna, a renowned chemical site with more than 100 years of history, that has undergone significant transitions in the past. The state government has committed to supporting the build-up of new, sustainable industries and has also supported UPM in the process to date. The state’s Prime Minister, Dr. Reiner Haseloff welcomes UPM’s investment: “Saxony-Anhalt develops more and more into a hub for future technologies. The UPM Biorefinery is a key investment for the state of Saxony-Anhalt and I am grateful that UPM decided to invest in our state. Leuna offers a well-developed infrastructure and a business environment which is supportive to such investments.”

UPM has already established the project office at the site and is now ready to start the construction phase of the project. The work has continued uninterrupted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with high health and safety standards ensuring safe working conditions.
(UPM)

Klippans Bruk: Changes to Management
 15.10.2020

Klippans Bruk: Changes to Management   (Company news)

On Thursday 17 September, Chair of the Board Olle Grundberg (photo) has been reinstated as CEO of Klippans Bruk. He is succeeding Per Skoglund, who has opted to not renew his CEO contract. The new Chair of the Board will be Stefan Sundh.

Olle Grundberg has been involved with Klippans Bruk for almost 20 years and has been one of the mill’s owners since 2006.

A major challenge faced by the entire organisation is to recover from the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Our plan is to use the new PM11 machines to quadruple capacity in the mill in terms of sales, logistics, production and marketing.

Product development, IT and market development are very high priorities. This will all require plenty of painstaking, diligent work.

The mill is extremely fortunate to have talented employees, many of whom have extensive experience, as well as new employees with good, general skills who can be trained to perform multiple tasks.
(Klippans Bruk AB)

Smurfit Kappa launches sustainable new alternative for banana producers
 15.10.2020

Smurfit Kappa launches sustainable new alternative for banana producers  (Company news)

BanaBag® enhances growing conditions and is 100% recyclable

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company and leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions, has extended its range of sustainable and biodegradable products for the agricultural sector with the launch of BanaBag®.

BanaBag® is an innovative and sustainable product created by Smurfit Kappa to address the quality assurance needed for excellent bagging during the complete growth cycle of the banana plant. It is a unique solution for organic producers because it protects the fruit from disease and insects, whilst also reducing the overheating that can result from using other materials like plastic.

The BanaBag® is made from cellulose which acts as a natural insulator to the growing bananas maintaining the quality of the product even in higher temperatures.

In addition to advantages in the farming process, BanaBag® is the right choice for banana producers that are supplying international markets where consumers are demanding sustainable products with traceable production processes and supply chains. The BanaBag® is 100% paper-based, making it renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and importantly, it can be used as compost for the soil.

Laurent Sellier, Chief Operating Officer of Smurfit Kappa Europe Paper and Board, commented: “At Smurfit Kappa, we are committed to innovation and the development of paper-based sustainable products that support our customers in the improvement of their processes and products. With a continuing drive to make a positive impact on the agricultural sector with innovative solutions like BanaBag®, we aim to positively contribute to better outcomes for farmers who are moving towards more sustainable methods.”

Juan Guillermo Castaneda, CEO of Smurfit Kappa The Americas added: “Some of the largest banana exporters in the world are in South and Central America where we operate. Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are on the list of the 10 countries that export more than 80% of the world´s bananas, mainly to European markets. This challenges producers to continuously adapt to the fast paced trends of consumers who want to be reassured that the products they buy and consume are sustainable.”

These trends have led the organic banana sector to implement environmentally friendly processes in their plantations, without sacrificing quality and efficiency throughout all stages of the fruit´s growth.

“Our job is to carefully handle the fruit in the production process so that it arrives in the best possible condition at its final destination – whether international or local,” says Louis Hesselholt, Manager of Dominique Banana in Santa Marta, Colombia. “BanaBag® perfectly matches the needs of our plantation by reinforcing the organic characteristics of our export product and contributing to our goal of eliminating 100% of all contaminant plastic waste from our farms.”

The use of non-sustainable materials in Dominique Banana´s production process was a huge challenge for the company, because of their difficult recycling process and the problems of land pollution. Additionally, because the plastic bunch bag commonly overheated the fruit, this contributed to lost produce. By implementing the Smurfit Kappa BanaBag® in the Campo Alegre and Granja plantations, the fruit´s quality increased, post-harvest recycling processes were optimised and the soil was fertilised since BanaBag® is compostable.

Smurfit Kappa has a number of sustainable products for the agricultural sector including AgroPaper for eco-friendly mulching in crop growing, the SoFru corrugated pack for berries, and Safe and Green biodegradable trays for fresh fruit.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

BOBST launches oneINSPECTION - a comprehensive quality control offering for all ....
 15.10.2020

BOBST launches oneINSPECTION - a comprehensive quality control offering for all ....  (Company news)

...packaging industries

BOBST has launched oneINSPECTION, an integrated and evolving set of quality control solutions to proactively meet the needs of brand owners and converters, making zero-fault packaging a reality in the labels, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated board industries. The new quality control will also provide significant value to packers, retailers and consumers as part of the packaging value chain.

oneINSPECTION ensures an end-to-end data driven quality process specifically tailored for each industry, which can be deployed in both new and existing production lines. It is a core enabler of the BOBST vision to shape the future of the packaging world and a core component of BOBST CONNECT – an open architecture cloud-based platform delivering solutions for pre-press, production, process optimization, maintenance and market access.

“Brand Owners and converters are faced with increasingly tight margins and timelines, which places huge amounts of pressure on quality control,” said Alexandre Pauchard – Group R&D Head. “We have launched oneINSPECTION to alleviate these pressures. Most companies no longer have the luxury of quality control personnel carefully checking their packing and filling processes. That is why our solutions are highly digital, automated, completely reliable, inline and offline. They offer peace of mind for converters and brand owners alike.”

The current solutions for each industry are as follows:

Labels
-Print Tutor Max – a system specifically designed to measure and control color for DigiColor.
-iQ 500 – a 100% inline quality control system checking each individual label for quality, color, codes, text and register.

Flexible Packaging
-HAWKEYE – an optical density and pinhole detector monitoring system.
-Digital Inspection Table – a quality center that enhances the operator’s skills with augmented reality overlays while gathering photographic evidence for audit; ensuring trust and top production quality for flexible packaging production.

Folding Carton
-New ACCUCHECK – a 100% inline quality control system checking each individual blank for quality, color, codes, text and register.
-iQ 400 – a 100% inline quality control system for web-fed folding carton production.

Corrugated Board
-iQ 300 – a 100% inline quality control system for corrugated production
-PREMIUM GAP CONTROL – a system controlling the folding process of all finished boxes at full production speed.
-Digital Inspection Table – a quality center that enhances the operator’s skills with augmented reality overlays while gathering photographic evidence for audit; ensuring trust and top production quality for corrugated packaging production.

These solutions provide data-driven quality control processes, eliminating human errors. They offer digital reporting for quality tracking, and unique and robust image processing algorithms for perfect inspection. They also provide new capacities, such as:
-machine learning, available on the New ACCUCHECK and iQ 500 systems, which enables easier and faster machine set-up;
-accurate proprietary PDF functions, developed on the iQ 500, which allow precise conformity checks and shorter setup times;
-optimized overall production, thanks to close-loop functionalities with the HAWKEYE and the Print Tutor Max, which guarantee quality and maintain a high level of productivity;
-increasing connectivity and workflow integration for fact-based decision making, e.g. OEE statistics on the New ACCUCHECK and iQ 500 products.

The oneINSPECTION systems will benefit from these new capacities and gradually integrate them to enrich their offers.

Ultimately, oneINSPECTION will provide a range of end-to-end quality control solutions, which will close the loop from artwork design to the final product through BOBST CONNECT, resulting in reduced production recalls and waste.

“oneINSPECTION moves quality control into the digital age,” said Alexandre Pauchard - Group R&D Head. “It perfectly reflects our vision to shape the future of the packaging world through four key pillars of connectivity, digitalization, automation and sustainability, in this instance by aiming at delivering a new range of equipment and solutions that leverage digital intelligence, software and cloud-based platforms.”

For converters, oneINSPECTION means complete peace of mind, enabling them to deliver the highest possible quality products to brand owners, while simultaneously improving efficiency and profitability. It puts guaranteed quality control at their fingertips, making zero-fault packaging a reality.
(Bobst Mex SA)

Kodak receives five BLI Outstanding Innovation awards for its groundbreaking ...
 15.10.2020

Kodak receives five BLI Outstanding Innovation awards for its groundbreaking ...  (Company news)

... continuous inkjet technology

Kodak is thrilled to have won a total of five Buyers Lab (BLI) Outstanding Innovation awards in Production Print from Keypoint Intelligence. These coveted awards were conferred to Kodak for the following products and technologies, all of which are related to the company’s unique high-speed continuous inkjet technology:
- KODAK PROSPER ULTRA 520 Press
- KODAK PROSPER Plus Imprinting Systems
- KODAK PROSPER QD Packaging Inks and Film Optimizer Agent (FOA)

Kodak shares two more awards with its partner the Uteco Group:
- Uteco Sapphire EVO M Press powered by KODAK STREAM Inkjet Technology
- Uteco Sapphire EVO W Press powered by KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology

A Keypoint Intelligence judging panel of experienced experts assessed the products and solutions submitted with respect to quality, productivity, connectivity, workflow, media range as well as productivity and environmental impact. One particularly important question concerned the impact the product is likely to have on the targeted industry segment or product class.

“We at Kodak regard this quintet of awards as a phenomenal success and proof of Kodak’s leadership in inkjet innovation,” commented Randy Vandagriff, Senior Vice President, Print, Eastman Kodak Company. “These five awards including the two shared with Uteco, our industry partner, concern products and technologies which provide customers expanded digital solutions to grow their business in new applications which will fundamentally transform digital commercial and packaging printing.”
(Eastman Kodak Company)

Kodak receives five BLI Outstanding Innovation awards for its groundbreaking ...
 15.10.2020

Kodak receives five BLI Outstanding Innovation awards for its groundbreaking ...  (Company news)

... continuous inkjet technology

Kodak is thrilled to have won a total of five Buyers Lab (BLI) Outstanding Innovation awards in Production Print from Keypoint Intelligence. These coveted awards were conferred to Kodak for the following products and technologies, all of which are related to the company’s unique high-speed continuous inkjet technology:
- KODAK PROSPER ULTRA 520 Press
- KODAK PROSPER Plus Imprinting Systems
- KODAK PROSPER QD Packaging Inks and Film Optimizer Agent (FOA)

Kodak shares two more awards with its partner the Uteco Group:
- Uteco Sapphire EVO M Press powered by KODAK STREAM Inkjet Technology
- Uteco Sapphire EVO W Press powered by KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology

A Keypoint Intelligence judging panel of experienced experts assessed the products and solutions submitted with respect to quality, productivity, connectivity, workflow, media range as well as productivity and environmental impact. One particularly important question concerned the impact the product is likely to have on the targeted industry segment or product class.

“We at Kodak regard this quintet of awards as a phenomenal success and proof of Kodak’s leadership in inkjet innovation,” commented Randy Vandagriff, Senior Vice President, Print, Eastman Kodak Company. “These five awards including the two shared with Uteco, our industry partner, concern products and technologies which provide customers expanded digital solutions to grow their business in new applications which will fundamentally transform digital commercial and packaging printing.”
(Eastman Kodak Company)

Cascades green-lights Bear Island project and concurrently announces a CAD$125 million ...
 14.10.2020

Cascades green-lights Bear Island project and concurrently announces a CAD$125 million ...  (Company news)

... bought deal public equity offering

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS) ("Cascades" or the "Company"), a leader in eco-friendly recycling, hygiene and packaging solutions, is pleased to announce plans to proceed with the strategic Bear Island mill conversion project located in Virginia. Subject to obtaining final permits, the currently idled newsprint machine will be converted to a 1st quartile containerboard machine capable of producing high-quality, lightweight, 100% recycled linerboard and medium for the North American market.

To finance the equity portion of the Bear Island mill conversion, Cascades is also pleased to announce today that it has entered into an agreement with CIBC Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters (the “Underwriters”), pursuant to which Cascades will issue from treasury, and the Underwriters will purchase on a “bought deal basis”, 7,441,000 common shares (“Common Shares”) at a price of $16.80 per Common Share for gross proceeds of approximately $125 million (the “Offering”).

The total cost of the Bear Island mill project will be US$380 million, which includes the initial US$35 million acquisition cost paid to White Birch Papers in 2018. Following completion of the Offering, the equity requirements of the Bear Island mill project will be fully financed. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 465,000 short tons and is scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 2022. It will operate at approximately 80% of capacity by the end of 2023, reaching 100% by the end of 2025.

"This investment, one of the largest in our Company’s history, is a decisive and very important strategic move in the modernization of our packaging assets," explains Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades. "By adding the Bear Island mill to our platform, more than 60% of our containerboard manufacturing capacity will be in the top quartile of the industry. In addition to offering a unique development platform, this plant will strengthen our geographic positioning and presence in the U.S. and will enhance the competitiveness of our asset base and our product offering regardless of economic conditions."

"From an operational standpoint, Bear Island will also optimize the flexibility of our manufacturing platform by providing a product offering that will be complementary to its sister plant Greenpac, located in Niagara Falls (NY)" adds Mr. Plourde. "Bear Island will also offer 100% recycled products with light basis weights. Greatly valued by our current and future customers, these eco-responsible products are particularly well suited for e-commerce."

As the Company continues to execute its strategic plan to increase its down-stream integration, it will initially convert volume in its existing converting facilities in addition to entering into long term agreements with customers. The remaining tonnage that will initially be sold on the open market is expected to decrease, reducing market exposure. "The significant expertise that was developed within Cascades from the Greenpac build, and the ongoing success of this mill give us full confidence that we will increase our market share and expand our geographic footprint in the United States. Bear Island will be equipped with the latest technology and will be able to offer one of the lightest high-end 100% recycled containerboard products on the market" affirms Charles Malo, President and COO of Cascades Containerboard Packaging.

Project Financing
Cascades will finance the entire project with the Offering, cash flows generated by its operations and available bank facilities.

"We are confident that we will be able to reach our targeted leverage ratio of 2.5x by the end of 2023 while simultaneously completing this important project," highlights Allan Hogg, Vice-President and CFO.

During the project development period, the Company expects to limit its capital investment envelope to approximately $200 million annually, excluding the Bear Island project. This project will add approximately US$190 million to this envelope in 2021 and US$120 million in 2022.

Public Offering of Common Shares on a Bought Deal Basis
To finance the equity portion of the project, Cascades has entered into an agreement with CIBC Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets on behalf of the Underwriters, pursuant to which Cascades will issue from treasury, and the Underwriters will purchase on a “bought deal basis”, 7,441,000 Common Shares at a price of $16.80 per Common Share (the “Issue Price”) for gross proceeds of approximately $125 million. The Underwriters have also been granted an option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the Common Shares issued under the Offering at the Issue Price exercisable in whole or in part at any time for a period of 30 days from the closing of the Offering (the "Over-Allotment Option") for additional gross proceeds of $18.75 million and a total size of the Offering of approximately $143.75 million if fully exercised.

Cascades intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to finance a portion of the Bear Island mill conversion and for general corporate purposes.

The Common Shares issued pursuant to the Offering and Over-Allotment Option will be offered in all provinces of Canada by way of a short form prospectus to be filed by the Company.

Closing of the Offering is subject to customary conditions including the approval of applicable securities regulatory authorities and the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Offering is expected to close on or about October 22, 2020.
(Cascades Inc.)

Renewcell establishes textile recycling at SCA's industrial site Ortviken
 14.10.2020

Renewcell establishes textile recycling at SCA's industrial site Ortviken  (Company news)

SCA and the textile recycling company Renewcell have signed an agreement for Renewcell to establish textile recycling at SCA’s industrial site Ortviken in Sundsvall. The operation is expected to create one hundred new jobs.

“We are glad that Renewcell chooses Ortviken as the site for this investment”, says Ulf Larsson (photo), SCA’s President. “We know that Ortviken is a very attractive industrial site with excellent infrastructure, including first class logistic solutions.”

SCA will discontinue the production of publication paper at Ortviken and will thereafter make room for Renewcell’s operations, where one of SCA’s paper machines is currently located. SCA has also started the investment to produce chemically pretreated thermomechanical pulp, CTMP, on the site.

SCA will rent out the space for Renewcell’s operations and will supply utilities such as steam, water treatment and other services.
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

BillerudKorsnäs is the best in the industry in sustainability
 14.10.2020

BillerudKorsnäs is the best in the industry in sustainability  (Company news)

In its latest ESG Risk Ratings, the sustainability analysis company Sustainalytics has ranked BillerudKorsnäs the most sustainable enterprise to invest in within the packaging sector. For the renowned Swedish company, this top ranking is proof positive that its unswerving focus on sustainability has paid off. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index already ranks BillerudKorsnäs the most sustainable packaging company in the world.

In its annual assessment, the sustainability analysis company Sustainalytics rates BillerudKorsnäs as having low risk exposure combined with a strong approach to sustainability issues. In fact, BillerudKorsnäs was awarded an ESG Risk Rating score of 10.0, where low figures represent low risk, putting the company in first place among all the packaging companies analysed.

BillerudKorsnäs has improved its ESG score in relation to last year, moving up the rankings to an impressive 88th place among the 12,000 companies included in the Sustainalytics evaluation. According to Sustainalytics, BillerudKorsnäs has the lowest sustainability risk within its industry at global level, resulting in it being awarded top spot among a total of 80 packaging companies. BillerudKorsnäs is also assessed as presenting a lower ESG risk than any of the paper and forestry companies included in the Sustainalytics evaluation.

- “The improvement proves that all our hard work and tightly structured sustainability initiatives, where we focus on those areas where we can make the biggest difference, are being recognised from the perspective of investment as well,” says Malin Ljung Eiborn (photo), Director Sustainability at BillerudKorsnäs.

The areas in which BillerudKorsnäs is assessed as being particularly strongly placed are carbon dioxide emissions from own production and work with health and safety.

- “I am reminded on a daily basis of how important sustainability issues are for both institutional investors and smaller savers. So it is delightful to see that Sustainalytics has awarded us such a high rating,” adds Lena Schattauer, Head of Investor Relations at BillerudKorsnäs.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

SOFIDEL GROUP OPENS ITS NEW PRODUCTION PLANT IN OKLAHOMA (USA)
 14.10.2020

SOFIDEL GROUP OPENS ITS NEW PRODUCTION PLANT IN OKLAHOMA (USA)  (Company news)

This is the second integrated, greenfield plant built by Sofidel – after the one opened in 2018 in Circleville, Ohio – with an overall investment of $360 million.
The Italian tissue manufacturer strengthens in the first half of 2020 the good results achieved last year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic impacts.

The new Sofidel plant in Inola, Oklahoma, is now fully operational. Based in Porcari, Lucca (Italy), Sofidel is a global leader in the production of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, and it is mostly known in Italy and in Europe for its Regina brand. The company is owned by the Stefani and Lazzareschi families.

The Inola production site is the second built from scratch (i.e. greenfield) by Sofidel in the United States – after the one in Circleville, Ohio, opened in 2018 –, and joins the already operating Group’s sites in Green Bay (Wisconsin), Circleville (Ohio), Las Vegas (Nevada), Hattiesburg (Mississippi), Haines City (Florida) and the U.S. head office in Horsham (Pennsylvania).

The integrated plant – i.e. including both the papermill phase (which leads from the raw material, the cellulose, to the production of paper) and the converting phase (which leads to the finished product, such as toilet paper, kitchen towels, napkins, tissues) – has involved a total investment of about $360 million, and employs over 300 people.

“The U.S. market is fundamental for the growth of the Sofidel Group and the new plant, enabling an enhanced production capacity and a further improvement of the geographical coverage, strengthens our position and creates the conditions for further growth,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “This is an important step, of which we are proud, all the more so in light of the results achieved in the first half of 2020 which improve last year’s already good performances.”

Inola plant characteristics
The Inola plant is located on 240 acres (97 hectares) of land, in an area rich in water, gas and electricity, as well as a skilled workforce. The area is close to a strategic logistics hub with excellent intermodal connections (roads, waterways, railways) thanks to which the Group further increases its ability to better satisfy large-scale retail operators and end-consumers in the central-southern and central-western areas of the United States.

In the Inola plant, two conventional paper mill machines, AHEAD-2.0L manufactured by Toscotec, have been installed – for a total production capacity of 120,000 tons per year (60,000 tons/year each). The machines have a format of 5,500 mm and can reach a maximum speed of 2,000 m/min.
With regard to the converting phase, 14 lines are installed for the manufacturing of products for both the Away-from-Home (e.g. cafés, restaurants, hotels, offices) and Consumer markets.
The Inola plant has been designed focusing on energy saving, reduction of water consumption and fiber loss in the production process and recovery (water, exhausts, and mechanical energy), in line with the company’s sustainable development strategy.

Sofidel sales in 2020
The start-up of the new plant fits into in an economic context that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic impacts, sees Sofidel strengthen in the first six months of 2020 the already good performances achieved in 2019.
Compared to the first half of 2019, Sofidel records a 17.88% increase in net sales, from €945 to €1,114 million.
(Sofidel Group)

Cascades Announces the Closure of Tissue Manufacturing and Converting Activities at the ...
 13.10.2020

Cascades Announces the Closure of Tissue Manufacturing and Converting Activities at the ...  (Company news)

... Ransom and Pittston Plants, PA

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in eco–friendly recycling, packaging and hygiene solutions, announces that it will progressively and permanently close tissue production and converting operations at its Ransom and Pittston plants, located in Pennsylvania, between December 7 and January 31st of 2021.

Photo: Pittston plant

The two paper machines at the Ransom plant have a total annual production capacity of 50,000 short tonnes of tissue paper. Currently, the conversion of this volume into 6 million cases of product occurs primarily at the Pittston plant. These volumes will be moved to other Cascades plants and filled with additional capacity. The two sites employ a total of 229 workers.

"The aging equipment of these facilities, the low profitability, the high logistic costs and our recently announced investments in other production and converting units in the U.S. have prompted us to move production to our other sites to optimize operational efficiency. The closure of these units is part of our ongoing strategic initiatives to improve the Tissue Group's profitability. We would like to reassure our customers that Cascades' service and product quality levels will not be impacted by this decision," said Jean-David Tardif, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Tissue Group.

Over the coming weeks and months, Cascades will work to mitigate the impact of this announcement on the employees of the Ransom and Pittston operations, including by offering as many of them as possible the option to transfer to Cascades' other business units. Employees who cannot, or do not wish to relocate to other plants, will receive support in their search for other employment.

"I want to thank every one of our employees at the Ransom and Pittston operations for their loyalty and dedication over the years. I would also like to thank them in advance for their professionalism and commitment to continuing to serve our customers until the closures of the facilities," concluded Jean-David Tardif.
(Cascades Inc.)

Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions established
 13.10.2020

Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions established  (Company news)

A new name for the high security printing business of Koenig & Bauer

Photo: High security printing solutions for banknotes support the longevity and sustainable means of payment around the world

-Renaming of KBA-NotaSys to Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions
-Structure and organisation of the business segment remains unchanged
-Cash will remain a key element among different payment systems

October 1st, 2020 marks a key milestone for the rebranding and launch of Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions. The press manufacturer has now completed the worldwide harmonised naming of all Group companies. The new name has no impact on the organisation and structure of the business unit.

Claus Bolza-Schünemann, President and CEO of Koenig & Bauer: “We are very proud, because the new name Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions reflects the unique competence of the company in the world.”

“The renaming of KBA-NotaSys to Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions reflects the operational and structural situation that has existed for many years, and ensures consistency across the entire group”, explains Eric Boissonnas, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions. “We want to fully integrate the Koenig & Bauer brand and offer our unique know-how under a single global name.”

The name “Banknote Solutions” underlines the competence and leadership of Koenig & Bauer in high-tech security printing. “Banknotes are still the most secure form of payment for people all over the world”, says Andreas Pleßke, board member for the Special segment. “Banknote printing is an integral part of our company for the long future.”

In regards to the importance of cash in the future, Eric Boissonnas states, “Cash is a key element and will live parallel to all other payment systems. It will be based on innovative technology and breakthrough ideas that will increase the security of cash and ease of use.”

With a history of more than 200 years the Koenig & Bauer group is the oldest press manufacturer in the world. With 5,800 employees worldwide and a turnover of EUR 1.2 billion the group serves the industry's broadest product portfolio. Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions is part of the Special segment, which concentrates on high-security printing solutions, particularly in the field of banknote printing.

The renaming included a global overhaul of the logo, website, social media presence and associated visuals. Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions has also produced a new corporate film to highlight the complex manufacturing process for high-security products.
(Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions)

Toscotec's tissue line exceeds production target at EuroVast Group
 13.10.2020

Toscotec's tissue line exceeds production target at EuroVast Group  (Company news)

Italian tissue manufacturer EuroVast fired up a new MODULO-PLUS tissue machine supplied by Toscotec at its Cartiera della Basilica paper mill in Villa Basilica, Lucca, Italy. PM5 is running efficiently at the speed of 1,600 m/min and since its start-up in February, it has exceeded the project’s production targets with excellent results in energy consumption.

The new line completely replaced the mill’s existing PM5, a suction breast roll machine. The sheet width is 2,770 mm and the production capacity is over 30,000 tpy. It is equipped with a single press TT BlindDrilledPressRoll, a TT SYD and gas-fired TT Hoods. PM5 produces toilet tissue, kitchen towels and napkins from 100% pre-dried virgin pulp. EuroVast also purchased a complete service package including dismantling operations, erection, training, commissioning, and start-up assistance.

This is a repeat order for Toscotec, who in 2015 supplied another MODULO-PLUS tissue line to EuroVast’s Cartiera della Basilica mill in Lugliano, near Lucca. This new line will increase the Group’s production capacity to 150,000 tons/year.

Vincenzo Romano, owner of EuroVast S.p.A., says, “EuroVast supports its growth by investing in advanced technology. We also want our growth to be sustainable for the environment that is why we keep our focus on energy efficiency. PM5 meets our standards for quality and production, and our energy consumption targets. We have worked with Toscotec for many years, today’s achievement is the outcome of the good cooperation between our teams.”

Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, says, “Our partnership with EuroVast Group dates back over 20 years. That is why we are particularly pleased to see another Toscotec machine running efficiently at their mill today. EuroVast has very high standards of product innovation and quality and I believe that the performance and flexibility of this tissue line will meet their needs and serve as a key asset to support their growth in the market.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Reusability of paper bags promoted by third European Paper Bag Day
 13.10.2020

Reusability of paper bags promoted by third European Paper Bag Day  (Company news)

With various activities throughout Europe, the European Paper Bag Day will take place for the third time on 18 October. The annual action day raises awareness of paper carrier bags as a sustainable and efficient packaging option that helps consumers to avoid littering and minimise negative impacts on the environment. This year’s edition will centre around the reusability of paper bags. For this occasion, initiators “The Paper Bag”, Europe’s leading kraft paper manufacturers and paper bag producers, have also launched a video series in which a paper bag’s reusability is tested and demonstrated in different everyday situations.

Most consumers are increasingly concerned about the environment. This is also reflected in their consumption behaviour. By choosing environmentally friendly products, they try to reduce their personal carbon footprint. “A sustainable packaging choice can make a significant contribution towards an eco-friendly lifestyle,” states Elin Gordon, Secretary General of CEPI Eurokraft. “On the occasion of the European Paper Bag Day, we want to promote the advantages of paper bags as a natural and sustainable packaging solution that is durable at the same time. In this way, we aim to support consumers in making responsible decisions.” As in previous years, members of “The Paper Bag” platform will celebrate the European Paper Bag Day with different events. This year, the activities are centred around a thematic focus for the first time: the reusability of paper bags.

Paper bags as reusable packaging solutions
“Choosing a paper bag is only the first step,” says Elin Gordon. “With this year’s theme, we would like to educate consumers that they should also reuse their paper bags as often as possible to minimise impacts on the environment.” According to a survey by GlobalWebIndex, consumers in the US and UK have already understood the importance of reusability as they value it as the second most important factor for environmentally friendly packaging, behind only recyclability . Paper bags offer both: they can be reused several times. When the paper bag is no longer good for another shopping trip, it can be recycled. In addition to the bag, its fibres are also reusable. The long, natural fibres make them a good source for recycling. On average, the fibres are reused 3.5 times in Europe. Should a paper bag not be reused or recycled, it is biodegradable. Due to their natural compostable characteristics, paper bags degrade in a short period of time, and thanks to switching to natural water-based colours and starch-based adhesives, paper bags do not harm the environment. This further contributes to the overall sustainability of paper bags – and to the circular approach of the EU’s bio-economy strategy. “All in all, when using, reusing and recycling paper bags, you do good for the environment”, summarises Elin Gordon.

Video series tests reusability
But is it realistic to reuse paper bags more than once? In a four-part video series, the reusability of paper bags is put to the test. With heavy loads of up to 11 kilos, bumpy transport methods and contents with moisture or sharp edges, the same paper bag has to survive many different challenges. It accompanies the test person on demanding shopping trips to the supermarket and fresh market and supports him by carrying books and picnic utensils. The video series will be promoted on the social media channels of “The Paper Bag” around the European Paper Bag Day and can also be watched there.

How to participate
All communication activities taking place around the action day will be communicated on the social media channels of “The Paper Bag” under the hashtag #EuropeanPaperBagDay: on the Facebook fan page “Performance powered by nature” and the LinkedIn profiles of EUROSAC and CEPI Eurokraft. Consumers are invited to participate in the discussions, visit the local events or to join in with their own activities, using the hashtag.
(CEPI Eurokraft)

Introduction of water-resistant paper bags for the Australian cement industry by Adbri Ltd, ...
 13.10.2020

Introduction of water-resistant paper bags for the Australian cement industry by Adbri Ltd, ...  (Company news)

... Pope Packaging and Mondi

Mondi’s new Advantage Protect White sack kraft paper bag launches in Australia
• The new packaging solution aims to deliver cost savings across the building and construction industry, by reducing damaged product and waste
• This innovation has led to Adelaide Brighton Cement, an Adbri Ltd Company, to convert all of their paper bags for cement and hydrated lime, to the new water-resistant bags

Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper manufacturer, has partnered with Adelaide Brighton Cement and Pope Packaging on the development of a new water-resistant paper bag called ‘Rain Barrier,’ made out of Mondi’s Advantage Protect White sack kraft paper, for the Australian construction market.

Standout characteristics include its water repellent surface and high tensile strength in a wet environment. While a standard paper bag absorbs water, the qualities of the Rain Barrier bag, keeps water from seeping in, as it stays on the surface where it evaporates. The paper itself is rain resistant for up to six hours and can resist water ingress for up to five full days when stored in damp conditions.

After being actively involved in testing and developing the new product, Adelaide Brighton Cement, one of Australia’s leading producers of cement, hydrated lime and packaged products, is the first business in the country to market the new innovative product. The business is in the process of converting all of their cement and hydrated lime paper bags, manufactured in South Australia and the Northern Territory, across to Rain Barrier bags.

Applying Mondi's customer-centric EcoSolutions approach, Mondi focused on Adelaide Brighton Cement and Pope Packaging's goal to provide a more functional and sustainable packaging solution.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with both Pope Packaging and Mondi, to launch this innovative packaging solution to the market. This partnership has allowed us to provide our customers and end users with additional value and packaging improvements, that help reduce common industry issues like damaged product and waste due to moisture ingress,” said Tara Gracie, National Packaged Products Manager of Adbri Ltd.

Matthew Sullivan, General Manager, Pope Packaging for Papersacks, said: “Until the introduction of Advantage Protect and Advantage Protect White in our bag construction, water damage to bagged cement remained a problem on building sites exposed to weather or damp. Our Rain Barrier bag offers an unbeatable combination of water resistance in a paper bag, which is less costly and has higher filling speeds than the non-paper alternative.”

“The new water-resistant paper bags fill just as fast as traditional paper bags and can be filled on existing machinery – so no new investment is needed on the part of the cement companies. They are also made from a renewable natural material, which is part of Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach to provide the most sustainable solution for its customers. We’re delighted to have helped make a paper bag solution available in Australia,” said Gerry Gosen, Head of Sales Region Asia Pacific Sack Kraft Paper at Mondi.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

Dell’Osso steps down as iT’s Tissue Chairman
 13.10.2020

Dell’Osso steps down as iT’s Tissue Chairman  (Company news)

Marco Dell’Osso has stepped down from his position as Chairman of Tissue Italy, the organization behind the iT’s Tissue events.

Having been instrumental in the creation and development of the unique iT’s Tissue brand since its inception in 2013, Dell’Osso said: “Today more than ever, iT’s Tissue offers the most effective meeting point for the global tissue industry. I leave the organisation in very good hands and remain a strong supporter of all that iT’s Tissue represents. I would like to thank all the network members and sponsors for their commitment to the project over the years and into the future.”

The Tissue Italy network and iT’s Tissue events will now become the responsibility of the current Network Manager Stefano Bortoletto with Maddalena Marcone as PR and event manager.

All the network members of Tissue Italy thanked Dell’Osso for his contribution to the success of the iT’s Tissue events, along with his commitment and leadership, and wished him well in his future projects.

The next iT’s Tissue event is scheduled for June 6-10, 2022.
(Tissue Italy Network)

Arctic Paper to develop high barrier biodegradable paper with co-financing of NCBIR
 13.10.2020

Arctic Paper to develop high barrier biodegradable paper with co-financing of NCBIR  (Company news)

Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A., a subsidiary of the Arctic Paper S.A., has signed a contract with Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) for co-financing of the project “Development and implementation of technology for production of high-barrier biodegradable packaging paper” as part of the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014–2020. The total net value of the project is over PLN 20 million, and the maximum value of the co-financing is about PLN 8.3 million.

The aim of the project is to develop and implement technology for manufacturing of a new product: high-barrier, biodegradable, antibacterial, antifungal packaging paper.

This manufacturing innovation will introduce products into the packaging paper segment featuring high barrier properties and biodegradability, while maintaining high printing quality. This is particularly important in times of pandemic.

The main customers for the results of the project will be manufacturers of packaging. The barrier papers could be used for production of such items as:
-Packaging for direct contact with foods
-Bags for baked goods, sandwiches, and fast food
-Packaging for the catering industry
-Packaging and flyers for the pharmaceutical industry.

Michał Jarczyński (photo), CEO of Arctic Paper S.A., commented: “The launch of another innovative project, with the financial support of NCBiR, is a major step in the direction of increased competitiveness and flexibility of production at our paper mills, but first and foremost is our company’s response to the changing needs of the market and consumers’ expectations. Development and implementation of this new manufacturing technology will allow us to expand the range of products we offer to include packaging papers that have special barrier qualities but are also biodegradable. We take care to ensure that our newly developed products not only offer the unique characteristics sought by customers, but are also environment-friendly, which is consistent with the culture of sustainable growth that is an important element of the identity of the Arctic Paper Group.”

Arctic Paper Kostrzyn is the largest of the three paper mills in the Arctic Paper Group. After completion of capital expenditures last year, the plant in Kostrzyn nad Odrą increased its annual production capacity to 315,000 tonnes. The paper mill produces primarily top-quality uncoated wood-free general-purpose papers for such uses as printing of books, brochures and forms and for manufacturing envelopes and other stationery items. Since 2019, packaging papers under the Munken Kraft brand, designed for the packaging industry, have also been produced at the Kostrzyn plant.
(Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A.)

ANDRITZ acquires Enviroburners
 12.10.2020

ANDRITZ acquires Enviroburners  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has acquired the Finnish company Enviroburners Oy, which designs and manufactures advanced industrial burner solutions for energy production and environmental protection.

The company was established in the mid-1970s, and has been a trusted sub-supplier of ANDRITZ for decades.

The acquisition includes all of Enviroburners’ intellectual property rights, technical expertise, tools, systems, and inventory. The company supplies industrial burners, burner upgrade parts, and services that strengthen ANDRITZ’s self-sustainability and reliability in the area of burners, and will provide growth possibilities especially in environmental protection application where hazardous materials are burned in order to produce new raw materials such as complicated Non-Condensable Gas (NCG) systems combined with sulfuric acid production, wood powder burning to replace fossil fuel usage in lime kilns, and methanol and turpentine combustion in recovery boilers and many more.

The Enviroburners organization will be fully integrated into the ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper organization. Enviroburners is located in Vantaa, Finland.

With ANDRITZ as the owner, Enviroburners’ products, as well as technologies, will continuously be a strong player on the market.

Operations will continue as before, and your former contact persons will continue to serve you.
(Enviroburners Oy)

P. H. Glatfelter Company Announces Corporate Name Change
 12.10.2020

P. H. Glatfelter Company Announces Corporate Name Change  (Company news)

Construction Completed on Previously Announced New Corporate Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina

P. H. Glatfelter Company (NYSE: GLT), a leading global supplier of engineered materials, announced it is changing the name of its parent company to Glatfelter Corporation. In addition, the Company completed the construction of its previously announced new Corporate Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Given the progress the Company is making with our transformation, we believe now is an appropriate time to further shape the Company’s brand as a leading global engineered materials business,” said Dante C. Parrini (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While we will always be grateful to our founders and proud of our heritage when operating as the P. H. Glatfelter Company, today’s announcement is part of the continued actions we are taking toward building the New Glatfelter and further repositioning the Company to deliver on our growth aspirations.”

The Company will continue to use “Glatfelter” in everyday business relations and informal communications and will maintain its existing stock symbol on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: GLT). Coinciding with these changes, the address of the Corporate Headquarters will also change to reflect the new Charlotte location: 4350 Congress Street, Suite 600, Charlotte, NC, 28209 U.S.A. The Company’s new name and headquarters address are effective immediately. The Company started trading under its new name and CUSIP on the NYSE on October 6, 2020.
(Glatfelter Corporation)

UMV Coating Systems to supply a coating section to Stora Enso Forshaga
 12.10.2020

UMV Coating Systems to supply a coating section to Stora Enso Forshaga  (Company news)

Stora Enso have selected UMV as the supplier of an offline coating section to be installed at their Forshaga site. The delivery includes all equipment for application of dispersion barriers including mechanical installation, the order value are undisclosed. The new coating section design is a result of a close cooperation between the Stora Enso team and UMV Engineers. Start-up and commission will take place in the second quarter of 2021.

“The new coating section enables the development and production of sustainable packaging barriers, which will help our customers and consumers become more eco-friendly.” says Fredrik Werner, Plant Director Stora Enso Forshaga.

“This project strengthens UMV’s position as the technology leader in barrier coating and is also positive for the region to maintain as a center for know-how in the paper industry,” says Håkan Karlsson, managing director of UMV Coating Systems.
(UMV Coating Systems AB)

BillerudKorsnäs contributes to positive climate effect
 12.10.2020

BillerudKorsnäs contributes to positive climate effect  (Company news)

The role of the forest in combating climate change is important and well known. It is, however, less known that the products from the forest's raw material contribute to large amounts of fossil oil remaining underground. This means, among other things, that BillerudKorsnäs' operations and products provide a strong, positive climate effect, according to a new study.

- Overall, the effect of replacing plastic, glass and aluminium packaging with paper-based solutions is much greater than what has previously been estimated. We hope that the study contributes to increased understanding both in politics and for commerce, brand owners and consumers when they choose between different packaging materials, says Malin Ljung Eiborn, Sustainability Director at BillerudKorsnäs.

The study is led by Peter Holmgren, forestry specialist and former Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and shows that BillerudKorsnäs' sales of cardboard, paper and pulp contribute to an annual reduction of 5.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This corresponds to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from the entire Swedish steel industry, or one third of all domestic transport in Sweden. The figure also includes the negative climate impact from BillerudKorsnäs’ operations, which mainly concerns emissions related to the purchasing of input products and transport. BillerudKorsnäs' production is today 97 percent fossil-free.

- Our role is to stimulate responsible forestry and ensure that fossil-based products are replaced by renewable products. It is very gratifying to receive the confirmation that we contribute to a positive climate effect on such a large scale. In addition we have a large focus on phasing out the remaining 3 percent of fossil fuels from our production, says Malin Ljung Eiborn.

Today, there is no formal method to report the climate effect of replacing fossil products with bio-based products, the so-called substitution effect. The calculations in the study are therefore based on a number of third-party life cycle analyses for comparable packaging solutions. The starting point of the methodology is that the biogenic carbon contained in the paper packaging is part of a cycle where the emissions are absorbed by the forest, while fossil carbon leads to a net addition to the atmosphere.

- In recent years, we have noticed an increased interest in the forest as a raw material. An interesting conclusion from the study is that paper and board products can generate a climate advantage that is significantly higher than if the forest raw material is used directly as biofuel. However, more research is needed within this area to understand the full potential, says Malin Ljung Eiborn.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Verso Corporation Announces Change in Leadership
 12.10.2020

Verso Corporation Announces Change in Leadership  (Company news)

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) announced that Adam St. John has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective as of September 30, 2020. The Verso Board of Directors has named Randy J. Nebel (photo), a current member of the Board, as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Nebel will also continue to serve as a member of Verso's Board. Verso's Board will commence a search for a permanent President and Chief Executive Officer, and plans to engage a national executive search firm to help identify and evaluate qualified candidates.

Mr. Nebel joined Verso's Board in 2019 and has extensive paper and packaging industry knowledge and experience. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Integrated Packing at KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation, where he oversaw manufacturing and direct customer commercial operations. He was formerly President of Longview Fibre Paper and Packing, Inc. and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and the American & Forest Paper Association.

Sean Erwin, Chairman of the Board, said, "We are pleased that a leader of Randy's caliber is stepping into the interim President and CEO role while we search for a permanent successor to Adam."

"On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank Adam for his many contributions to Verso during his years of service," said Erwin. "We wish him well in his future endeavors."

Mr. Nebel stated, "I'm honored to take on the interim President and CEO role and continue the work of building a stronger, more flexible operating model, delivering the highest quality of products and service to our customers, and creating long-term value for all of our stakeholders."
(Verso Corporation)

Mondi shines by winning two awards for sustainable food packaging
 12.10.2020

Mondi shines by winning two awards for sustainable food packaging  (Company news)

Picture: Mondi shines by winning two awards for sustainable food packaging. (Photo: Mondi)

- Two products developed using Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach have been recognised:
---PerFORMing, a paper-based packaging with patented barrier for cheese slices, developed for Austrian retailer REWE
---A fully recyclable, mono-material thermoforming film for Austrian meat producer Hütthaler’s meat and sausage products
- Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach focuses on developing products for customers using paper where possible and plastic when useful

Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper manufacturer, has been recognised in this year’s Austrian Green Star Packaging Awards for two recent sustainable packaging innovations developed using its customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions:

PerFORMing - paper-based packaging with special barrier coating to protect cheese slices
Austria’s biggest retailer REWE worked together with Mondi to launch a more sustainable cheese tray for their organic brand Ja! Natürlich. Mondi developed a special kraft paper, Advantage Formable Brown, to replace rigid plastic trays. Its unique stretch characteristics mean it can be formed into a shallow tray enhanced with a special barrier coating.

This PerFORMing technology combines 80% paper, a renewable and recyclable raw material, with a 20% barrier coating. “The adoption of this package allowed REWE to reduce the amount of plastic used by 70% and the carbon footprint by two-thirds,” said Marko Schuster, COO of Mondi Functional Paper & Films.

Fully recyclable thermoforming plastic film for meat
Mondi was able to reinvent packaging for Austrian meat producer Hütthaler. The packaging was designed for recycling while maintaining optimum barrier properties and replacing a previous, less sustainable, packaging.

“Together with Hütthaler, we developed a mono-material film solution for thermoforming applications that can be fully recycled, and still provides a barrier to protect food. The new film meets high food standards, preserves shelf life and also helps Hütthaler to save on disposal fees due to its recyclability,” said Andreas Koppitz, COO of Mondi's Consumer Flexibles business.

Schuster and Koppitz, on behalf of their teams, expressed how proud they are to win these awards. Both products underscore Mondi’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions that contribute to a better world.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

Reusability of paper bags promoted by third European Paper Bag Day
 12.10.2020

Reusability of paper bags promoted by third European Paper Bag Day  (Company news)

With various activities throughout Europe, the European Paper Bag Day will take place for the third time on 18 October. The annual action day raises awareness of paper carrier bags as a sustainable and efficient packaging option that helps consumers to avoid littering and minimise negative impacts on the environment. This year’s edition will centre around the reusability of paper bags. For this occasion, initiators “The Paper Bag”, Europe’s leading kraft paper manufacturers and paper bag producers, have also launched a video series in which a paper bag’s reusability is tested and demonstrated in different everyday situations.

Most consumers are increasingly concerned about the environment. This is also reflected in their consumption behaviour. By choosing environmentally friendly products, they try to reduce their personal carbon footprint. “A sustainable packaging choice can make a significant contribution towards an eco-friendly lifestyle,” states Elin Gordon, Secretary General of CEPI Eurokraft. “On the occasion of the European Paper Bag Day, we want to promote the advantages of paper bags as a natural and sustainable packaging solution that is durable at the same time. In this way, we aim to support consumers in making responsible decisions.” As in previous years, members of “The Paper Bag” platform will celebrate the European Paper Bag Day with different events. This year, the activities are centred around a thematic focus for the first time: the reusability of paper bags.

Paper bags as reusable packaging solutions
“Choosing a paper bag is only the first step,” says Elin Gordon. “With this year’s theme, we would like to educate consumers that they should also reuse their paper bags as often as possible to minimise impacts on the environment.” According to a survey by GlobalWebIndex, consumers in the US and UK have already understood the importance of reusability as they value it as the second most important factor for environmentally friendly packaging, behind only recyclability. Paper bags offer both: they can be reused several times. When the paper bag is no longer good for another shopping trip, it can be recycled. In addition to the bag, its fibres are also reusable. The long, natural fibres make them a good source for recycling. On average, the fibres are reused 3.5 times in Europe. Should a paper bag not be reused or recycled, it is biodegradable. Due to their natural compostable characteristics, paper bags degrade in a short period of time, and thanks to switching to natural water-based colours and starch-based adhesives, paper bags do not harm the environment. This further contributes to the overall sustainability of paper bags – and to the circular approach of the EU’s bio-economy strategy. “All in all, when using, reusing and recycling paper bags, you do good for the environment”, summarises Elin Gordon.

Video series tests reusability
But is it realistic to reuse paper bags more than once? In a four-part video series, the reusability of paper bags is put to the test. With heavy loads of up to 11 kilos, bumpy transport methods and contents with moisture or sharp edges, the same paper bag has to survive many different challenges. It accompanies the test person on demanding shopping trips to the supermarket and fresh market and supports him by carrying books and picnic utensils. The video series will be promoted on the social media channels of “The Paper Bag” around the European Paper Bag Day.

How to participate
All communication activities taking place around the action day will be communicated on the social media channels of “The Paper Bag” under the hashtag #EuropeanPaperBagDay: on the Facebook fan page “Performance powered by nature” and the LinkedIn profiles of EUROSAC and CEPI Eurokraft. Consumers are invited to participate in the discussions, visit the local events or to join in with their own activities, using the hashtag.

For further information, please visit thepaperbag.org or contact
Elin Gordon: +46 (0)8783 8485, email: info@thepaperbag.org.
(Silcoms Ltd)

Drupa Statement - Konica Minolta withdraws from drupa 2021 while engaging with customers ...
 09.10.2020

Drupa Statement - Konica Minolta withdraws from drupa 2021 while engaging with customers ...  (Company news)

...in new and creative ways

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe has announced its decision to withdraw from its participation at drupa 2021 to follow the path of new, tailored formats of engaging with its customer base.

The market leader in production printing for more than a decade (InfoSource) has today announced its withdrawal from drupa 2021. The company has already taken the path of new, tailored and digital or hybrid formats of engagement with its target groups and will pursue these new rules of engagement further.

Olaf Lorenz, General Manager International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH:
"We very much still believe in the power of personal relationships and of course the power of seeing our portfolio and touching the print products from our presses and are evaluating the potential combinations of virtual and real-life concepts. However, exhibiting at drupa or any other trade fair at the moment makes no sense to us during the current world uncertainty. Things are too unpredictable. Our highest priority is always to make sure that our colleagues, customers and all their families stay safe and healthy. And while the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt on a global basis, we have taken a decision to withdraw our physical presence from drupa, as well as other shows for the foreseeable future."

With drupa postponed in June, the company’s rules had to adapt and it had to rethink what’s possible for its customers and prospects. For example, Konica Minolta has launched a virtual showroom that holds many features for an interactive exploration of their manifold product offers in printing. In the Konica Minolta Inkjet Center of Competence in Bratislava the company offers virtual live demonstrations where people can experience products with a two-way camera set-up and interact with the Konica Minolta experts.

Additionally, Konica Minolta is reviewing opportunities for bespoke local events that leverage the best of two worlds: having customers being able to come and see the new solutions and possibilities that Konica Minolta has in stock for them while being safely embedded in their own country without travel restrictions and having the full power of a world leader in printing solutions in the background – with global innovation and technology power and expertise right at their fingertips.

Olaf Lorenz concluded: “Our utmost goal has been and always will be to help shape ideas for our customers in a partnership approach – no matter the ‘communication channel’, whether face to face or virtually. We are fully convinced that print will endure as a communications medium even with the perceived threats from digital, mobile and virtual channels, which many people thought had signalled the death-knell for our medium. In fact, despite the pandemic and less predictable environment in which we all now live, print is thriving and finding new ways to deliver impact and value, often alongside those other media channels. We will keep exploring these new ways of delivering value together with and for our customers and are excited to what lies ahead of us.”

And he adds: “It is with a somewhat heavy heart and regret that we have made this decision and wish the organisers success with all future shows. drupa has always represented some of the best of what can be achieved at a face-to-face event for the global printing industry. For me, personally, it would have been my fifth drupa. It’s always been a highlight of the calendar and I look forward to returning to future events when the time is ripe.”
(Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH)

2022 date announced for iT’s Tissue
 09.10.2020

2022 date announced for iT’s Tissue  (Company news)

The iT’s Tissue event planned for June 2021 has been postponed. The next edition of this unique global tissue industry platform from the Tissue Italy Network will take place 6-10 June 2022 in Lucca, Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Lecco.

Representing “The Convergence of Tissue Excellence”, iT’s Tissue has grown ever more influential since its launch in 2013. The decision to postpone reflects uncertainty over travel arrangements in the light of the ongoing pandemic, combined with the desire to provide the best possible, hands-on experienced for the visitors who attend iT’s Tissue from all over the world.

The network companies and sponsors remain fully committed to iT’s Tissue and look forward to providing an unrivalled global platform for tissue technology and networking in 2022.
(Tissue Italy Network)

Metsä Fibre and Aquaflow signed preliminary agreement on Kemi bioproduct mill's ...
 09.10.2020

Metsä Fibre and Aquaflow signed preliminary agreement on Kemi bioproduct mill's ...  (Company news)

...wastewater treatment plant

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, and Aquaflow have signed a preliminary agreement concerning a wastewater treatment plant for the Kemi bioproduct mill. The plant would treat the wastewaters of the entire Kemi mill integrate. The agreement covers equipment delivery and process engineering. The degree of Finnish content is approximately 70%. The planning of the bioproduct mill is based on a high degree of environmental, energy and material efficiency. If implemented, the mill would be built using the best available techniques (BAT), and the wastewater treatment plant would represent even more advanced technology than required by BAT standards. Wastewater emissions are minimised primarily by closing water circulations and with good operation of the production process, and with the help of an advanced wastewater treatment process.

The Kemi mill integrate’s wastewater burden on the waterways would be extremely low compared to the emission levels achievable by the best available techniques. Achieving emission level as low as this requires the latest process technology in both production processes of bioproducts and wastewater treatment, combined with good and consistent usability. The emission level as a whole can be considered exceptionally low on both the Finnish and global scale.

“The wastewater treatment plant represents the best available technique and helps to ensure that we will achieve the best environmental performance possible, whatever the conditions,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director, Metsä Fibre.

Aquaflow also delivered the wastewater treatment plant of Äänekoski bioproduct mill. The plant to be delivered to Kemi will be implemented with equivalent technology. Operation of the new wastewater treatment plant is based on a multistage biological treatment process and further chemical treatment, which achieves the required efficiency and reliability. Aquaflow is a global market leader as a supplier of wastewater technology to the chemical forest industry.

“We will bring the good experiences achieved with a skilled partner from the Äänekoski bioproduct mill project to Kemi and we are going to achieve ambitious environmental targets,” adds Johansson.

“It is great to continue the effective cooperation with Metsä Fibre in a very large domestic project,” comments Mikko Lonka, Sales Director, Aquaflow.

The Kemi bioproduct mill project of Metsä Group, is progressing according to plan. In addition to equipment purchasing, the project is currently being progressed through environmental permit process, financing negotiations and logistics needed for the new mill. The investment decision of EUR 1.5 billion mill will be made at the earliest this autumn 2020. The project engineering started in August 2020 which means the detailed planning of the mill’s technology, construction, installations and commissioning, as well as preparation for the construction phase. Project engineering is carried out with the four main implementation partners: Valmet, ABB, AFRY and Fimpec. More than 400 people have been working in the project organisation since the beginning of August. During the bioproduct mill’s construction phase, its employment impact is estimated to be nearly 10,000 person-years, of which more than half would be carried out in Kemi. The number of employees working over the entire construction phase is estimated to rise to around 15,000.

The bioproduct mill would not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate would be 250 per cent. This would further strengthen Metsä Group’s major position as an electricity producer relying on renewable Finnish products.

If implemented, Kemi bioproduct mill would produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp a year, as well as many other bioproducts. The investment would secure the existing 250 jobs at the Kemi mill for decades to come. Through its direct value chain, the bioproduct mill would employ around 2,500 people in Finland, which is 1,500 people more than the current pulp mill in Kemi employs.
(Metsä Fibre Oy)

Sappi's Spectro® Paperboard Line Certified for HP Indigo Presses
 09.10.2020

Sappi's Spectro® Paperboard Line Certified for HP Indigo Presses  (Company news)

New Spectro Digital substrates meet top standards for runnability, adhesion and blanket compatibility

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving pulp, announced that its Spectro® paperboard line has been certified as compatible with all HP Indigo Digital Offset Color™ presses. As part of the certification process, the company added new Digital substrates to its C1S and C2S lines to further expand its offerings for custom, short-run packaging and commercial printing applications.

The new Spectro Digital for HP Indigo C1S and C2S products obtained the highest three-star rating based on runnability, adhesion and blanket compatibility from the Rochester Institute of Technology's Printing Applications Lab as a part of the HP Indigo Media Certification Program. Each product exhibited a high percentage of ink adhesion and exhibited excellent runnability with a high level of blanket cleanliness during normal testing intervals. The adhesion levels for all calipers and sides of the board, both coated and uncoated, exhibited side-to-side consistency and tested at photo recommended levels.

"This certification from HP and the accompanying launch of Spectro C1S and C2S Digital grades is an exciting step forward for Sappi and our customers as we continue to provide unmatched printability," said Heather Pelletier, Director of Brand Management, Sappi North America. "Now, more than ever, we're able to help brands' paper products stand out and give their customers a unique and lasting experience, all while maintaining our commitment to a low carbon footprint."

Spectro paperboard, with its enhanced optics, is ideal for both packaging and commercial printing applications. Spectro C1S and C2S' smooth surfaces feature a proprietary coating engineered for brilliant color reproduction, sharper details and better ink hold-out. They also have the strength and durability to provide optimum convertibility for folding, die-cutting, gluing and other applications. Now, with the HP Indigo certification, customers have even more options to create striking, short-run and customized paper products. The Spectro line is certified for all HP Indigo presses including the HP 7000, 7500, 7600, 7800, 1000 and 12000.
(Sappi North America)

Cascades launches a 100% recycled and recyclable thermoformed cardboard food tray, ...
 09.10.2020

Cascades launches a 100% recycled and recyclable thermoformed cardboard food tray, ...  (Company news)

...a North American first

Cascades (TSX: CAS), a leader in eco-friendly recycling, packaging and hygiene solutions, is launching the first 100% recycled and recyclable thermoformed cardboard tray designed for fresh food packers using automated equipment in North America.

This thermoformed tray delivers a unique innovative food packaging solution that was developed entirely using a circular economy approach and ecodesign principles. The tray is composed of 100% recycled fibres, mostly sourced from post-consumer sources certified "Recycled" under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standard.1 In addition, it is designed with a patented water-based coating that protects it from moisture without compromising the recyclability of the cardboard. Unlike traditional containers coated with a thin layer of plastic or other non-recyclable coatings, this food tray is easily recyclable and can be placed in the recycling bin. Its SurfSHIELD® water-based coating also helps preserve the integrity and freshness of food, reducing food waste.


This container joins the innovative range of cardboard trays launched by Cascades in 2019. It sets itself apart by using thermoforming, which gives it an optimal design for automated food packaging without compromising on equipment performance. Its rigidity has been rigorously tested to ensure that the tray is compatible with automatic unstacking, in addition to working on high-speed systems. Its large stacking capacity speeds up filling and optimizes transport and storage. This tray is thus on the leading edge of the food market with its design combining efficiency and respect for resources.

According to Luc Langevin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group: "We have always believed that eco-responsibility and performance can go hand in hand. This innovative product accomplishes both: it is a high-performance solution for food packaging, which at the same time helps conserve resources. Our goal is to pursue, along with our customers, a large-scale transformation of food packaging for the benefit of the environment."

This Cascades Fresh™ packaging is primarily intended for food producers and processors, in particular for meat, poultry, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables. It complies with Health Canada and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for direct food contact.
(Cascades Inc.)

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