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Newsgrafik #118806
 15.12.2017

SCA invest in increased production of White-top kraftliner in Munksund papermill  (Company news)

SCA invests mSEK 196 in increased production of White-top kraftliner, packaging paper with a white surface, in the Munksund papermill in Piteå. Through this investment, the mill’s capacity to produce white kraftliner will increase from 150,000 tons to 200,000 tons per annum. The total production capacity will not increase as a result of the investment.

The investment will affect the woodroom, where the pulpwood is debarked, and the pulpmill. The project will be finished and in operation in May 2019.

"This is an important step in our development towards more value-added products in Munksund papermill", says Mats Nordlander, President Business Area Paper. "The demand is increasing for white kraftliner with excellent printing properties. Through this investment we increase the production of high-value products in Munksund and we can optimize the production of kraftliner in the Obbola papermill. Thereby we improve the competitiveness of both mills."

The woodroom in Munksund is today debarking softwood and hardwood pulpwood in batches. Through the investment the flow of softwood is separated from the flow of hardwood and debarking can be carried out with higher quality and less noice.

The mill's capacity to produce hardwood pulp will be increased through a number of measures. The mill's use of softwood will be reduced, while the use of hardwood will increase.

The investment does not affect the number of employees.
(SCA Forest Products AB)

Newsgrafik #118812
 15.12.2017

Sappi, ACTEGA Terra and Koenig & Bauer join forces for calendar project   (Company news)

Pushing the boundaries in sports and print: Sappi’s Algro Design® Card forms basis for new 2018 photo calendar

“Move X-treme. Discover your possibilities” – This is the umbrella theme under which ACTEGA Terra, Koenig & Bauer and Sappi have continued their successful joint calendar project over the last few years. The new 2018 calendar, hot off the press, depicts athletes who push themselves to their limits, whether in speed skating, white water kayaking or motocross. Steely resolve and perfect preparation can lead to outstanding sporting success. The rewards: strong emotions, a great deal of public interest and the satisfaction of having accomplished something extraordinary. These are reactions similar to those experienced by three companies from the worlds of speciality papers, quality printing and overprint varnishes for high-quality finishing as they produce their annual calendar.

Implementation
Choosing a theme is usually the first step when planning a calendar. Previous themes have included exotic landscapes, distant cities, underwater worlds, animals and textures. For the 2018 edition, the team was once again on the lookout for images that express activity and inspire emotion. The images also needed to be suitable for high-quality finishes using varnish. As in previous years, the brilliant white cellulose carton Algro Design from Sappi was chosen as the substrate. This choice sets the calendar apart from the commodity printing paper typically used for calendar production.

“Across all 12 months, ‘Move X-treme’ takes the viewer into the world of performance athletes and extreme sports. We have once again purposely kept the calendar section quite small since the focus of the product is not its function as a calendar, but rather, its role as high-quality wall decoration and a presentation medium,” explains Timo Kondziela, Marketing Director at ACTEGA Terra GmbH. The calendar is a look book for high quality print, combining varied varnish effects and technologies designed to inspire companies to apply the those same inline finishing processes to their own projects.

ACTEGA Terra who want to give its premium calendar a look that would truly set it apart; for that reason, Sappi Algro Design Card cellulose carton, made from fresh fibres, was chosen as an ideal substrate for high-end applications, guaranteeing maximum precision and consistent high quality. Its bright white finish and consistent surface enable clearer, livelier printed images, ensuring increased contrast while giving an impression of greater space.

Production
Sven Kretzschmar, Process Engineer and Finishing Expert at KBA-Sheetfed, says, “Producing the ACTEGA calendar presents a great opportunity for all parties to jointly develop, test and implement innovative inline finishing processes. Algro Design is a high-quality material that shows finishing effects off to their best advantage. The better the coating of the carton board, the more impressive the effect. And Algro Design ticks all those boxes.”

The 82 x 58.5 cm calendar was produced at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, using a six-colour Rapida 105 PRO sheetfed offset press with twin coaters. This modern medium format printer is able to execute nearly all finishing processes except screen printing, which was added offline. For the calendar, many sheets required multiple processes in order to realise the desired varnish effects.
-For the month of June, two drip-off effects were implemented on the same image. By combining a UV-based coating with a conventional primer, matt/gloss contrasts as well as textured effects were created.
-A screen print varnish with sand effect, used in sheetfed offset printing, created tangible structures reminiscent of a road surface. Visible and invisible relief effects were created with two screen print applications.
-Combining a matt MotionCoat primer and MotionCoat overprint varnish with vector-based graphics creates the impression of movement when viewed from different angles. The MotionCoat system was applied on two sheets of the calendar: the front page, showing a diamond pattern, and a beam effect for the month of November.
-Other effects used in the calendar include UV matt, LED-UV gloss, pearlescent gold, Mirafoil UV silver before and after image printing, inline embossing and a new friction varnish, which creates a foam-like feel.

‘Move X-treme’ is a limited edition calendar and is not for sale. More than 5,000 copies have been produced and distributed to customers and business partners as a high-quality gift and coveted collector’s item.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

Newsgrafik #118815
 15.12.2017

A complete turn-key tissue plant project for Partex-Star Group in Bangladesh  (Company news)

In July 2017, Partex-Star Group from Bangladesh ordered a complete turn-key tissue plant, that includes the latest stock preparation equipment and slitter/rewinder.

Photo: Mr. Mario Fazzi, A.Celli Paper S.p.A. Managing Director, while signing contract.

Operating with great success in business sectors like communications and information technology, energy, materials, services and consumer products, the Partex-Star group’s goal is to manufacture tissue product with high levels of high absorbency, softness and bulk.

The new tissue machine, with a 2800mm width at the pope reel, a maximun speed of 1800 m/min, is part of a complete turn-key project that includes the “Control & Automation System”, with all ancillary equipment.

The latest generation design of the 15-foot steel forged Yankee cylinder is the additional element of technological excellence, a distinctive trait of A.Celli that makes its tur-key offer the right choice for developing new products to consistenly meet market demands.
A 100% pure cellulose pulp preparation system, a reel handling system and a three-ply slitter rewinder, complete the supply.

Plant start-up is scheduled for the end 1st Quarter of 2019.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #118821
 15.12.2017

Stora Enso announces intent to acquire forest assets in conjunction with planned structural changes.  (Company news)

... in Bergvik Skog AB

Shareholders representing 98% of the owners in Bergvik Skog AB, a Swedish forest holding company, have agreed to initiate discussions, based on a non-binding letter of intent, aiming at structural changes in Bergvik Skog Group. These shareholders are Stora Enso, Länsförsäkringar, FAM, BillerudKorsnäs, Kåpan Pension, Tredje AP-fonden, Persson Invest, Karl Hedin AB and Tham Invest.

“The wood supply agreement with Bergvik Skog, established 15 years ago, expires next year. Together with our partners, we have had a successful journey which now comes to an end. The planned transaction is a natural next step for us, as we strongly believe in the bioeconomy and want to secure our competitive raw material supply in the long term. We will seek support from the remaining 2% outstanding shareholders as well as all other relevant stakeholders”, says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso.

Bergvik Skog’s Swedish forest assets are owned by its subsidiaries Bergvik Väst AB and Bergvik Öst AB, representing approximately 83% and 17% respectively. As a result of the planned restructuring, Stora Enso would transform its current ownership of 49.3% in Bergvik Skog, to a direct holding of approximately 70% of the value of the forest assets in Bergvik Väst. Further, approximately 15% of Bergvik Väst would be directly owned by FAM, and approximately 15% directly owned by a consortium of smaller shareholders. BillerudKorsnäs would acquire Bergvik Öst. The remaining assets of Bergvik Skog would be liquidated or contributed to the forest holding entities.

The restructuring of Bergvik Skog would involve dividing the company’s assets between the owners. The financial impacts for Stora Enso are estimated to be the following:

Bergvik Skog is currently reported as an equity accounted investment. As a result of the restructuring, Bergvik Väst would be consolidated as a subsidiary. The transaction would result in a cash out effect of EUR 250–300 million. Stora Enso’s current debt would increase by approximately EUR 800 million. The net debt to EBITDA ratio would increase by approximately 0.6. The ratio was 1.8 in the end of Q3/2017. Capital employed would increase by approximately EUR 1 billion, resulting in a decrease in ROCE of approximately 1%-point. Bergvik Väst owns approximately 1.9 million hectares of forest land of which approximately 1.6 million hectares are productive forests. The balance sheet value of the fixed assets of Bergvik Väst amounts to approximately EUR 4 billion.

The final agreements are currently under negotiations between the parties with the aim of initiating the transactions during the first half of 2018. During the transaction and transition period, there will be business as usual for Bergvik Skog. The final agreements are subject to relevant approvals.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Newsgrafik #118837
 15.12.2017

Kenneth Holmberg, a friction researcher at VTT, wins the highest international award in the field  (Company news)

The Tribology Trust will present VTT’s Professor Kenneth Holmberg (photo) with the most highly prized award in the field, the Tribology Gold Medal Award, for his long-standing, major achievements in material and friction research. The impacts of Holmberg's research can be seen in lower energy consumption by machinery, which has an effect on climate change. Holmberg is the first Finn to be awarded the prize.

Tribology is a multidisciplinary research area which involves the study of friction, wear and lubrication-related phenomena on contact surfaces.
“Friction accounts for 20% of all energy consumption in the world. When friction is reduced, less energy is consumed. This is an excellent way of combating climate change,” says Professor Holmberg.

Friction and wear are major factors when putting large masses into motion. For example, friction accounts for over 30% of fuel consumption in passenger cars, 40% of energy consumption in mining industry equipment and 30% of mechanical power in paper-making machines.

Holmberg has three research focuses related to the reduction of friction and machine wear: thin surfaces layers such as nanostructured thin films, diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings and graphene; modelling and digital design; and their a global impact. The related findings have great impacts on whole of society, in industry, power plants, transport and residential environments.

Digitalisation is transforming the development of materials and enabling precise customisation. A computer can be used to design a digital model of the mechanical component and its material to which intelligent features such as sensors are added. These will detect cracks that appear in the machine and repair them automatically. Optimal surface shaping and thin coatings can reduce friction by 50%. We have now achieved surfaces that are one hundred times more slippery than 20 years ago. VTT's ProperTune material design tool accelerates various design stages, shortening time-to-market. In addition, machines last longer and expensive downtime is avoided.

Artificial intelligence is being applied increasingly often, due to the large data quantities needed for digital design.

Holmberg will be presented his award on 20 December at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Helsinki.
Keith Bowen, the chairperson of the Tribology Trust Award Committee, will present Holmberg the award in a ceremony arranged by Ambassador Sarah Price.

The Tribology Gold Medal Award is also known as the “Tribology Nobel prize”, because it is awarded in a manner similar to the Nobel prize procedure.
The prize was presented for the first time in 1972 and has been awarded to 38 people from 12 countries.
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

Newsgrafik #118843
 15.12.2017

Diva Art: Lecta's New Paperboard for Creativity  (Company news)

Designed for creative graphic applications and luxury packaging

Diva Art is a new one-side coated paperboard with an outstanding silk finish noteworthy for its printability and rich color reproduction in offset and digital printing, in addition to its perfect folding characteristics and exceptional resistance to cracking.

Lecta’s Diva Art paperboard offers outstanding finishing and converting properties, and is ideal for a wide range of end uses such as book covers, folders, labels, postcards and greeting cards, as well as packaging for cosmetics, perfumes, premium beverages and chocolates or confectionary.

The Diva Art range is available in substances of 220, 250, 280, 300, 330 and 350 g/m2.

For the launch of this new product and presentation of the versatility of its six substances, Lecta collaborated with six international female artists active in the fashion and cosmetics industries: Eli m. Rufat, Dagna Majewska, Naja Conrad-Hamsen, Marina Esmeraldo, Pascale Pratte and Sofía Bonati.

Using the slogan “Reveal your inner talent with Diva Art”, these artists created pieces on Diva Art that represent six different divas with originality and elegance. The pieces feature creative, unexpected finishing such as fluorescent inks, black flocking, dry embossing and gold and metallized stamping that highlight and reveal the hidden details of the works. An open door to an infinite creative world through Diva Art.
(LECTA)

Newsgrafik #118862
 15.12.2017

Emreser shows its continued confidence in Pasaban for the supply of a paper and board winder  (Company news)

The winder will significantly increase production capacities, helping to improve delivery times for its customers.

Manipulados Emreser S.L., one of Pasaban’s committed customers, has once again trusted Pasaban for the supply of a BM-2600 board and paper winder. This converter, located in Murcia (Spain), offers solutions aimed at satisfying the carton requirements for the manufacture of all types of casing, display stands and packaged products, amongst others.

For over 20 years, Pasaban has provided them with the necessary machinery, such as several folio sheeters, in order to offer a high added value product.

Due to having recently expanded their facilities, they have entrusted us with the design and manufacturing of a winder which will reliably cut their high-quality cartons: folding FBB, craft, recycled, cardboard, coated and liner.

The winder has a width of 2600 mm and it is designed for cartons from 250 to 500 g/m2. It is prepared to handle both input and output reels of large diameters (2100 mm/1800 mm) at speeds of up to 1500 m/min. And It incorporates an automatic blade positioning system together with the last control improvements developed with the IK4-Tekniker technology centre.

With this project, we have contributed to Emreser reaching their objective of increasing the factory’s production and, consequentially, improving their delivery times.
(Pasaban S.A.)

Newsgrafik #118765
 14.12.2017

Kemira increases prices of key sizing chemicals for paper and board industry globally  (Company news)

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in pulp & paper and other water intensive industries, announces price increases of 10-25% across its main sizing product lines and FennoSize-products.

The price adjustments of the AKD-wax and -emulsions result from a challenging raw material situation and increased costs within the AKD-wax supply chain. The price increases of the ASA-sizes are driven mainly by increased raw material costs and tight olefin supply globally. Olefins are the main raw material of the ASA-products.

The price increases of the sizing agents will become effective on January 1st, 2018 or as contracts and other conditions allow and will be implemented globally.
(Kemira, Paper Segment)

Newsgrafik #118782
 14.12.2017

Bekaert Solaronics to install a gas IR system (GemDryer®) in an impregnation line for ...  (Company news)

... laminate flooring

Bekaert Solaronics will install an infrared drying system in a decor paper impregnation line, just before the first drying oven, for a major industrial group in Europe. The objective of this investment is to increase significantly the line speed while maintaining a high product quality as well as decreasing the operating costs. The installation is scheduled beginning of 2018.

The Bekaert Solaronics GemDryer® transfer infrared energy without contact to the overlay or backer impregnated paper in a very small footprint. By rising the product temperature before the air oven, the speed of the line can be increased up to 30%. The hood will move away from the sheet using a parallel retraction mechanism to allow easy paper threading and optimize the service access in safety conditions. Thanks to its high compactness, the implementation of this system is easy and does not require any modification of the line.

In addition, the GemDryer® system is equipped with Gem12E emitters, known for their high efficiency and reliability. When running at full power, the gas consumption is reduced by 10%, allowing significant energy savings in the long run.
(Bekaert Solaronics)

Newsgrafik #118794
 14.12.2017

New platen cleaning device - For even more productivity in the die-cutting process  (Company news)

Marbach Automation & Service now offers a cleaning device for corrugated board die-cutting machines: the mplaten|cleaner. With it, the platen of a die-cutting machine can be cleaned efficiently by the machine operator and the machine’s productivity increased.

The productivity requirements of the market for die-cutting tools are high. Ever shorter make-ready times are demanded. Important factors in minimizing these times are the technological equipment and the quality of the die-cutting, stripping and blanking tools themselves. For maximum output – in addition to the used tooling technologies and their functionality – the condition of die-cutting machines also play a major role.

Sandra Hemberger, Sales Marbach Automation & Service: “The die-cutting machine becomes subject to natural wear and tear during the packaging production. But that’s not all. Through increased soiling of the platen, unevenness in this area grows steadily. This results in increased make-ready work. And with that productivity declines little by little. With the aim of offering our customers the optimal solution for every requirement, we have developed a new platen cleaning device. The mplaten|cleaner is characterized by easy handling and is less expensive to purchase than conventional systems.”

With this tool, dirt and rust is removed from the platen. Through cleaning unevenness is smoothed out and therefore the work needed for setting-up a tool is reduced significantly. The tonnage can then be reduced thus extending the tool life span. Moreover the die-cutting results are also positively affected through a clean platen.

A purification process is not easy due to different machine factors. That’s why many printing and shops and cutting departments have skipped any regular comprehensive cleaning of the platen in the past. Hemberger continues: “With our new platen cleaning device, the upper and lower part of the platen can be cleaned with only one movement. The disassembly of the chain in the die-cutting machine is not necessary. The mplaten|cleaner is designed in such a way that even difficult to access spots can be easily reached. Cleaning can be accomplished by the machine operator and takes – when carried out regularly – usually not longer than one hour. Depending on the condition of the machine, the first cleaning can naturally take some more time. It is however worth investing this time in maintaining the condition of the machine. Because this time and effort for cleaning pays off quickly through a positive impact on the make-ready times.”

Marbach recommends cleaning the machinery every six months in order to maintain die-cutting machines in the best condition.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Newsgrafik #118796
 14.12.2017

Green Bay Packaging Announces An All New State Of The Art Container Board Machine  (Company news)

Green Bay Packaging (GBP) has announced that it is in the first phase of
evaluating construction of a new, state of the art recycled containerboard machine at its location in Green Bay Wisconsin.

The 220” machine would be operational in 2020 and would replace the Company’s existing 164” trim machine, originally constructed in 1950. The investment would increase GBP’s recycled containerboard capacity by over 70%.
(Green Bay Packaging Inc.)

Newsgrafik #118798
 14.12.2017

Strengthened by a good fiscal year, Voith enters new phase of growth  (Company news)

-Orders received increase by 6.3 % to €4.4 billion
-Profitability in core business strengthened further, Group’s net result at an all-time high (€596 million)
-Sales remain stable at €4.2 billion
-Implementation of the digital agenda going according to plan
-Electromobility roadmap presented

After a good fiscal year 2016/17, the Voith Group is entering a new growth phase strategically, operationally and financially strengthened. Orders received in the previous year improved by 6.3 % to € 4.4 billion and so exceeded expectations. The Voith Paper Group Division made a particular contribution to that, growing its orders received strongly by 24 %. Orders on hand at the end of the fiscal year remained at a high level and were € 5.2 billion (previous year: € 5.3 billion). Sales at the Group were € 4.2 billion and so, as forecast, were able to be maintained at the high level of the previous year, despite a challenging market environment.

Good performance in operating business
Operating business developed positively in the company’s 150th anniversary year with a further increase in the profitability of its core business. The profit from operations at its three traditional Group Divisions Voith Hydro, Voith Paper and Voith Turbo rose to a total of € 304 million (previous year: €295 million); Voith Paper stood out here in particular, posting a hefty increase of 40 %. The return on sales from core business rose to 7.3 % (previous year: 7.0 %); the ROCE (return on capital employed) increased to 15.9 % (previous year: 15.1 %). The cash flow from operating activities also developed very well (€ 135 million). However, the profit from operations reported for the Voith Group as a whole fell as forecasted to € 241 million (previous year: € 275 million), mainly due to the planned start-up costs for Voith Digital Solutions. The start-up costs for Voith Digital Solutions amount to around € 45 million in the current fiscal year. The Group’s net result climbed to an all-time high of € 596 million (previous year: € 29 million).

The high proceeds from the sale of KUKA meant a significant improvement in the Group’s financial position in the past fiscal year. The equity ratio in the Group reached a historic high of 27.3 % (previous year: 14.9 %). The Voith Group’s financial strength also improved sharply. Net liquidity increased in the same period to € 648 million (previous year: € 168 million). “Fiscal 2016/17 was a good year for Voith – with a clear confirmation that our operational earnings power has grown sustainably, a comfortable financial position and a significant improvement in our balance sheet. We’re fully on track to achieve our goal of positioning Voith as a significant shaper of the digital industry,” stated Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO.

Clear focus on issues of the future
The Group pressed ahead with implementing its digital agenda in the past fiscal year. All initiatives at the Voith Digital Solutions Group Division are going according to plan. In the two fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, Voith is investing a total of around € 100 million in developing digital products and services, on top of the around € 225 million the Group spent on research and development (in fiscal year 2016/2017). The Group thus increased its forward-looking investments appreciably. The expenditures for research and development in the past fiscal year amounted to 5.3 % of sales.

Alongside work on developing the Digital Solutions Group Division, which was established in 2016 and already has approximately 1,400 employees, Voith also worked on expanding its portfolio of digital offerings successfully in the past fiscal year. In March 2017, for example, Voith Digital Solutions launched the “merQbiz” trading platform, the world’s first digital marketplace for recovered paper, in Manhattan Beach near Los Angeles, USA. In addition, Voith Digital Solutions is working together with the three traditional Group Divisions on numerous incubator projects. The first of these applications will have their market debuts in early 2018. As part of its digital agenda, Voith also made an initial acquisition in this field by purchasing a majority share in the digital agency Ray Sono. Voith also established its own Voith Innovation Lab in Berlin in the past fiscal year. The new unit will support the entire process of innovation at the company in the future with methods such as design thinking and scrum.

In the past fiscal year, the Voith Turbo Group Division presented a strategic roadmap for tapping the market for electric drives. In the field of electromobility, the company aims to become a system vendor for electric drives and digital vehicle and fleet management systems in the coming years. It is to present its own fully electric drive for buses and a dynamic fleet management system to the trade public at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show.

Good business performance at the Group Divisions
The Voith Hydro Group Division can look back on a satisfactory 2016/17 fiscal year in which sales and profit from operations remained at a high level and its return improved slightly. However, the market volume and Voith Hydro’s orders received were well down on the previous year owing to delays in the award of hydropower projects.

At Voith Paper, there was impressive confirmation of the turnaround that was initiated last fiscal year. The Group Division operated very successfully in an improved market environment, increasing orders received sharply and its sales slightly. Growth was driven by sharply improved project business (new machines and major rebuilds). The restructuring measures of previous years are having a clear impact. There was a strong above-proportionate increase in profit from operations and the main return ratios over the previous year.

Voith Turbo performed pleasingly in a market environment that remained challenging for the most part. As expected, sales and profit from operations declined due to the fall in orders received in the previous years. However, orders received grew appreciably, surpassing expectations.

The new Voith Digital Solutions Group Division is reported as a separate segment for the first time in the 2016/17 fiscal year. However, the business generated by Voith Digital Solutions is predominantly carried in the sales of the core business, since Digital Solutions acts as a cross-cutting function that drives the digital business of all Group Divisions. The new unit, at which all the Group’s know-how in the fields of automation, IT, software, data analytics and sensor technology is pooled, continued to develop as planned. The profit from operations at Voith Digital Solutions was negative as anticipated and was impacted by its high start-up costs.

Outlook: Voith Group on a good footing for future growth
The Group anticipates perceptible growth in sales and a further increase in orders received for the 2017/18 fiscal year that has just started. The profit from operations in core business is also expected to improve. Voith continues to shoulder the start-up costs for the Voith Digital Solutions Group Division from current operations. Even taking into account these additional investments, which are once again expected to be well in the double-digit million range, the Voith Group’s profit from operations is to increase slightly.

Voith also feels confident about its business beyond the current 2017/18 fiscal year. “Following the fundamental groundwork and changes in the past years, the Group is now fully agile, both strategically and financially, and is in good shape operationally to overcome the challenges the future holds,” summed up President and CEO Lienhard.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Newsgrafik #118799
 14.12.2017

Solvent-base flexo provides flexibility to OMET Varyflex V2  (Company news)

The OMET Varyflex V2 is the most flexible narrow- and mid-web press for packaging printing and converting on the market. Thanks to its unique platform design, it is able to combine a wide range of printing and finishing technologies in-line and satisfy the requests of the market. One of its most successful configurations, in terms of customer satisfaction, is integrates in-line both UV and solvent-base flexo printing units.

Solvent-base flexo printing is mainly used in food packaging printing, in particular on plastic films, laminates or aluminum material for yogurt lids. Slovent-base flexo inks are much cheaper than UV inks, but they need to be cured through specific hot air drying systems, which can also be produced on demand thanks to the unique expertise of OMET R&D in this field.

OMET is able to satisfy every printers’ specific need thanks to a wide range of hot air drying modules, including high-performing blowers, with different dimensions to better fit into the machine. It is also possible to combine UV curing and hot air drying systems on the same flexo unit.

Rotogravure is another printing technology using solvent-base inks that can improve the performance of the OMET Varyflex V2, thanks to interchangeable groups that can be moved everywhere in-between the flexo stations according to the job to be printed. Rotogravure is the ideal cost-effective solution especially for solid printing, metallic inks and special varnish applications.

Several successful installations all around the world prove the reliability and the high performance of OMET technology. Alfonso Melesi, OMET technical manager explains: “We designed also a few machines entirely prepared for solvent-base printing, other machines with one solvent-base flexo or rotogravure unit in-line for special color application, or exclusive projects featuring standard UV configuration with the addition of 2 rotogravure units, one in front and one at the end of the line. In this case, rotogravure technology is used to make compliant food packaging through solvent lamination, which doesn’t allow for ink migration”.

The OMET Varyflex V2 is available with web width 430 mm (16”7/8), 530 mm (20”7/8), 670 mm (26”3/8), 850 mm (33”4/8) and confers the possibility to print with solvent-base flexo or rotogravure technology in the full compliance with international standards and Atex regulations in terms of explosion-proof equipment, which guarantees a safe working environment.
(Omet S.r.l.)

Newsgrafik #118776
 13.12.2017

Ricoh's fully subscribed Art of the New showcased expanded inkjet portfolio  (Company news)

Creative print service providers from across Europe and beyond learned how Ricoh’s fast-growing inkjet portfolio can help them open new worlds of opportunity at its Art of The New event.

Senior executives from commercial, transactional, direct mail and book printers attended the fully subscribed three-day inkjet showcase. It was held at Ricoh’s European Customer Experience Centre, Telford, UK.

Eef de Ridder, Director, Commercial Printing,of theCommercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe, comments: “Both from a participation and interest point of view the Art of The New was a clear success. There were close to 200 visitors from nearly 20 countries. We are excited to see how many will now choose inkjet to embrace new production opportunities.”

Those opportunities will be supported by the newly announced Ricoh Pro™ V20000 series of mono continuous feed printers, the enhanced Ricoh Pro™ VC60000 flagship continuous feed system and the Ricoh Pro™ VC40000 colour continuous feed inkjet platform.

As well as seeing these presses producing an exciting range of products, attendees heard Tim Taylor, Head of Continuous Feed Market, Ricoh Europe, detail inkjet’s exciting future.

Print consultant Sean Smyth highlighted the continuing shift from analogue to digital print, and how inkjet will be the winner, while a panel of technology experts from Hunkeler, Tecnau and Kern examined the respective benefits of inline and offline finishing.

Test-Tech paper and print consultant Richard Saunders reinforced the importance of picking the right substrates and application master classes focused on automated workflow that manages short runs and dynamic content, productively and efficiently as well as colour management for consistency.

Demonstrations of the new high speed inkjet systems in the Smart Factory, plus the option to explore sheet fed, large format, hybrid printers and Direct to Garment technology, completed the packed agenda.

Adds de Ridder: “It was great to see such interest in our high speed inkjet technologies from so many leading operations. It is clear that the needs of the commercial print market are evolving quickly and we are delighted that our portfolio is perfectly placed to support them.”
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Newsgrafik #118779
 13.12.2017

Koenig & Bauer and Esko strengthen partnership: Workflow solutions for packaging print  (Company news)

-Cooperation between packaging specialists
-New presentation possibilities in Radebeul near Dresden
-Extended colour gamut spares use of spot colours

Koenig & Bauer and Esko, both global leaders in the field of packaging printing, recently agreed to further strengthen their partnership. To this end, colour management and workflow solutions from Esko were installed at the Koenig & Bauer demo centre in Radebeul and are available with immediate effect for live presentations to interested customers.

Photo: The Koenig & Bauer customer centre is now able to demonstrate colour management solutions for printing with an extended colour gamut from Esko

As a solution provider to the packaging industry, Koenig & Bauer sees Esko as a strong partner when it comes to process-integrated workflow solutions. Accordingly, it is pleased to be able to show users the Equinox colour management technology, which enables printing with an extended colour gamut, with the necessary RIP architecture being provided by Esko’s Imaging Engine. One of the benefits of an extended colour gamut is that printers are spared the constant wash-ups which accompany the use of spot colours. Job changeover processes are accelerated and extra production time is gained.

This is an especially interesting option for packaging printers. A growing number of brand owners are today accepting the use of an extended colour gamut as an alternative to company- or product-specific spot colours. It is thus all the more important for both companies to present practically integrated pre-press and print solutions which meet the highest quality standards. After all, a wider gamut alone is not sufficient; for the overall process, the absolute stability of all relevant parameters in print is also imperative. With its advanced measuring and control systems, Koenig & Bauer here offers ideal prerequisites for a stable process even over long runs and for repeat jobs.

Packaging printers who come to the Koenig & Bauer customer centre can in future not only become acquainted with the latest print and finishing technologies, but also obtain a more comprehensive overview of the integrated process and the range of workflow solutions for packaging production. Esko will likewise be using the new presentation opportunities in Radebeul to inform its own customer base. The first joint activities of the two companies are already planned within the framework of the Print & Postpress Innovation Days which are to be held at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul from 29th November to 1st December.
(KBA-Sheetfed Solutions AG & Co. KG)

Newsgrafik #118781
 13.12.2017

Mouvent appoints ex-Graph-Tech General Manager Reto Simmen as Chief Business Officer  (Company news)

Mouvent has appointed Reto Simmen (photo) as its Chief Business Officer (CBO).
Simmen is a high-profile figure in the industry with nearly 30 years’ experience in printing, most recently as General Manager of Swiss-based inkjet developer Graph-Tech.

At Graph-Tech he oversaw a double digit average growth in turnover during his tenure, while doubling the number of employees within the period.
Simmen will report to Mouvent CEO Simon Rothen, and will be responsible for marketing, sales and service within the company. He will oversee the marketing and global sales channels to ensure coordinated and consistent messaging and rollout of Mouvent’s innovative portfolio of products. He will establish a service organisation that will provide best-in-class support to the company’s customers from the outset.

“We are delighted to welcome Reto to the Mouvent Management team,” said Simon Rothen, CEO of Mouvent. “We have assembled some of the leading figures in the industry at Mouvent and Reto is no exception. At Mouvent we are on a journey to change the face of digital printing, and with the combination of innovative technology and personnel that we have, I firmly believe we will do just that.”

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to join the Mouvent team and to be part of a unique journey that has the potential to completely revolutionize the industry, said Reto Simmen. “I look forward to helping the company to achieve its full potential.”
(Mouvent AG)

Newsgrafik #118783
 13.12.2017

Solenis to Increase Prices on all Alkaline Sizing Product Lines Globally  (Company news)

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by up to 20 percent on all alkaline sizing products globally, effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.

The price increase is necessary due to the increase in certain raw material costs combined with a tightening overall global supply chain.
(Solenis)

Newsgrafik #118785
 13.12.2017

Heat-sealable paper: Environmentally friendly solution for flexible packaging  (Company news)

Heat-sealable packaging paper runs successfully at NOMI Co-Packing

Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH now offers a heat-sealable paper solution for packaging manufacturers and packing companies. The coated flexible packaging paper with a heat-sealable reverse side can be easily used on existing packaging lines and can be recycled in the waste paper cycle. The Dutch copack service provider NOMI Co-Packing has already successfully produced and filled stand-up pouches with the new material.

With the new heat-sealable paper, Feldmuehle further expands its wide product range within its Packaging Solution business area. This provides brand owners with a natural and recyclable material option, which can be used in form-, fill- and seal packing lines similar to plastic films. Available with a high white, glossy or matt surface, the product is suitable for high-quality printed packaging as well as for simple inner pouch solutions.

“For applications which don’t require a barrier function from the material, our product offers an environmentally friendly alternative, made primarily from cellulose instead of plastics,” explains Stefan Eitze, Technical Marketing Manager at Feldmuehle. The material gets its sealing functionality during the paper production process with a water-based dispersion coating applied. It is repulpable in the waste paper recycling process, so that the raw materials can be reused.

The product performs well on existing form-, fill- and seal packing lines. “The new material is ideally suited for our stand-up pouch packaging line,” says René Beijsens, Technical Manager at NOMI Co-Packing, copack partner for many well-known brands. “On top of this, the change in material, from foil to heat-sealable paper, was possible without any additional changes to our machine setting.”

Convenience when opening
The material is also extremely user-friendly, supporting a simple and controlled tearing opening of the packaging for the consumer. Therefore, perforations and notches that are necessary for opening film packaging are not required with this paper-based material.
(Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)

Newsgrafik #118792
 13.12.2017

ANDRITZ to supply a new stock preparation line and paper machine approach system for Varaka,...  (Company news)

... Turkey

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Turkish Albayrak Group to deliver a new stock preparation line with a design capacity of 1,000 bdmt/d for its Varaka paper mill in Balikesir, Western Turkey.

ANDRITZ will also supply the main components in the approach flow systems for the top layer of PM 2. Start-up is scheduled for summer 2018.

Varaka will reinstall and rebuild the PM 2, which currently is a second-hand newsprint paper machine, into a modern brown packaging paper machine. After full conversion, the PM2 will have an annual production capacity of over 300,000 tons, with a design speed of 1,200 m/min and a paper width at reel of 6,500 mm. The machine will produce corrugating medium, imitation kraft papers, and white top testliner with a basis weight range of 90-175 gsm for the production of containerboard. The raw material is OCC and mixed waste paper for the new line, and stock from the existing DIP line for the top layer of white top testliner grades.

The new stock preparation line comprises a pulping system with FibreSolve FSR pulper, cleaning, fractionation, and screening. The approach flow system for the new top layer will have two-stage screening and a four-stage cleaner plant. Basic engineering, erection supervision, start-up, commissioning, and training for the entire equipment supplied by ANDRITZ are also included in the scope of supply.

Varaka is part of the Turkish Albayrak Group, a conglomerate that is active in a broad range of sectors and industries. With the new brown packaging paper machine, the Albayrak Group will be entering the packaging business, which is a strongly growing sector in Turkey.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #118767
 12.12.2017

Siegwerk strikes new paths to further shape the future of packaging  (Company news)

Digitalized processes and strategic partnerships with relevant start-ups will enable the ink manufacturer to confront future industry trends in an optimum way and further shape the future of packaging.

Siegwerk, one of the leading global providers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, is one of the pioneers in shaping the future of packaging. With its packaging expertise and ink development know-how the company is a well-accepted partner for its customers worldwide. By providing a combination of best-in-class ink performance, optimum product safety and continuous support and guidance, Siegwerk always makes every effort to help its customers address upcoming trends and to meet their specific needs with cutting-edge ink solutions. That’s why the company has started some forward-looking initiatives to gain even more efficiency and achieve faster reaction times to future trends. Strategic partnerships with relevant start-ups as well as digitalized processes will help the company setting sails for a successful future and expanding its leading position in the packaging market.

Partnering with start-ups
The strategic collaboration with relevant start-ups is key for the company to gain important insights in new ideas and developments that might initiate innovative ink developments to address upcoming trends in the ink and packaging industry. “Start-ups are home of trendsetting ideas and an exceptional inventive spirit,” explains Christoph Barniske, Head of Digital Business at Siegwerk. “We as established market player can support start-ups with our technical expertise to develop their ideas to product maturity and successfully launch them to the market.” Siegwerk is concretely looking for technologies and innovations to support the development of pioneering packaging concepts.

The future of packaging is about connecting product and consumer by adding unique features to the packaging causing the need for innovative ink solutions. Smart packaging, for which intelligent pigments or functional coatings are needed, or the internet of packaging, that uses integrated digital tags to interact with the consumer, are just two exemplary areas of new packaging approaches. At the same time, sustainable and eco-friendly packaging and manufacturing processes will continue gaining importance for brand owners, converters and of course consumers. Assessing ways of enhancing the ecological footprint of the company’s inks with no loss of performance is one of Siegwerk’s key R&D efforts since years already.The company is always looking into further opportunities to enable entirely new and more sustainable packaging solutions.

Siegwerk has already started the first discussions with start-ups and plans to set up a systematic process for both, screening the start-up scene for potential partners and offering interested start-ups an easy platform to introduce themselves to the company and discuss the potential of a collaboration. Siegwerk has recently launched a microsite where potential start-ups can contact Siegwerk’s digital unit. http://startups.siegwerk.com/en

Digitalized processes
Siegwerk has made a strong commitment to digitalization this year in order to take account of inevitable changes in good time. The company has established a new digital business unit to understand how customer proximity and big data can help to improve its services to customers, to enhance the work of the sales teams and to initiate new infrastructure projects designed to generate worldwide synergies. “It’s all about making the company ready for the future and helping customers to achieve optimum performance by providing modern solutions and services,” says Herbert Forker, CEO of Siegwerk, about the goal behind the company’s digital transformation. The Berlin-based digital unit is focusing on digital services that will improve the interaction between Siegwerk, its customers and brand owners. Therefore, the team determines the relevant pain thresholds that customers have and analyzes whether digital processes could help to improve and simplify the day-to-day work of customers and thus enhance the overall customer journey and increase efficiencies.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

Newsgrafik #118769
 12.12.2017

Lucart boosts production performance with a new Toscotec – supplied tissue rewinder at ...  (Company news)

...Laval sur Vologne mill, in France

Lucart has recently started up a new tissue rewinder TT WIND-P supplied by the Italian machinery producer Toscotec at their facility in Laval sur Vologne – France.

The tissue rewinder model TT WIND-P features 2 unwind stands and handles parent rolls of 2900 mm width and 2600 mm diameter at the maximum speed of 1400 mpm. Toscotec’s machinery is equipped with a slitting unit of 150 mm min width, automatic control of all unwinding and rewinding operations and sectional drive system.

This turnkey project includes Toscotec’s proprietary automation and control system. This recently developed system is integrated into Toscotec’s rewinder technology and guarantees a significant increase in efficiency and productivity. Supervision during erection, commissioning and start-up was performed by Toscotec’s Service division YES – Your Expert Service.

The new "state-of-the-art" rewinder serves the PM9 tissue machine and represents another important collaboration between Lucart and Toscotec after the rebuilding of PM10 in late 2016.

Lucart’s sas President Mr. Alessandro Pasquini declared: “Toscotec has been working with us since 2008. They have grown to become a strong partner for Lucart and we are now cooperating on a number of interesting projects. This new rewinder at Laval sur Vologne mill has been performing well and meets our expectations.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #118772
 12.12.2017

Smurfit Kappa has won two prestigious PPI awards, demonstrating its leadership in the ...  (Company news)

...global paper industry

Organised by RISI, the PPI awards recognise the stand-out achievements in the global pulp and paper industry.

Smurfit Kappa operations from both sides of the Atlantic were lauded with the company’s Zülpich Paper Mill in Germany winning the ‘Resilience – Managing Risk’ award and the Cali Paper Mill in Colombia taking the prize for ‘Bringing Paper to Life – Innovative Printing & Writing Campaign of the Year’.

The Zülpich Mill, which was established in 1873, has an exemplary record in health and safety and a robust risk management strategy. Speaking about the award, Christian Ludwig, Managing Director, said: “We have always had the full support of the Group to build up our resilience strategy to the standard is at today and we are encouraged to take an innovative approach to finding solutions.

“I would like to thank my team in Zülpich for going the extra mile across all activities and our day-to-day business.”

The Cali Paper Mill certainly delivered on the brief of ‘Bringing Paper to Life’ with its CartoPrint school paper display. The vibrant appearance of the product, which was created in a collaboration with the Packaging Division, was inspired by its sustainable forestry origins and the ongoing work to preserve biodiversity that the company carries out.

Luis Vasquez, Sales Manager of the Pulp and Paper Division, said: “The bold colours and multi-sensory CartoPrint display is a talking point in many stores and invites customers to explore it further.

“Like with all our products, we seek to promote the life cycle of paper within a circular economy, while bringing innovation to every stage of the production process.”

Smurfit Kappa maintains full transparency and traceability for the complete fibre flow through the plantations and forests it owns and manages in the Americas, and is the No.1 producer of kraftliner and recycled containerboard in Europe.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

Newsgrafik #118774
 12.12.2017

Rengo Completes Conversion of Kanazu Mill’s No. 2 Paper Machine to Produce Both ...  (Company news)

... Corrugating Medium and Linerboard

Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; Chairman, President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces the completion of conversion of its containerboard machine at Kanazu Mill (Awara-shi, Fukui Prefecture) from one dedicated to producing corrugating medium into one also capable of producing linerboard.

Photo: Front view of paper machine from reel part

In addition to conversion of the machine, the stock preparation process, which greatly affects the quality of containerboard, has also been revamped to further improve product quality. At the same time, the paper machine has been made to meet the rising demands for lightweight containerboard due to environmental considerations, and reborn as a cutting-edge equipment dedicated to saving both energy and resources.

Currently, Rengo Group produces containerboard at six mills in Japan. This conversion was conducted as part of the work currently underway to restructure the production system and consolidate to five mills. Consolidation will increase the operating rates of paperboard mills, and at the same time improve the supply and demand balance of linerboard and corrugating medium, thereby further strengthening the foundation of the paper business.

Rengo Group has many plants in Fukui Prefecture, including Kanazu Mill. With this conversion, Rengo Group hopes to continue supporting the further economic growth of Fukui Prefecture through packaging, and at the same time contribute to the local community such as by boosting employment.
(Rengo Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #118789
 12.12.2017

Valmet to supply OptiConcept M containerboard making line for Shanying International in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard making line for Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China. New production line (PM 21) with a wide automation package is designed to produce high-quality testliner grades. By increasing its production capacity, Shanying is aiming for bigger market shares. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for end of the year 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of order of this type is typically EUR 40-50 million.

"Valmet has a long and successful relationship with Shanying International. Shanying International has six Valmet-supplied paper and board making lines, the latest ones are the two containerboard lines in Ma'anshan. These earlier projects and our successful OptiConcept M references convinced the customer to choose our reliable and well-proven technology. I am very pleased to say that with this board machine, the number of delivered OptiConcept M machines will be more than a dozen," says Mikko Osara, Vice President of Paper Mills Business Unit at Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's delivery includes a high-speed OptiConcept M containerboard making line from broke collection to reel. PM 21 producing fluting grades will be equipped with OptiFlo Gap headbox with Aqua layering technology for two-layer sheet production with very good layer coverage using only one headbox and a forming unit, as well as OptiFormer Gap former with shoe and blade technology enabling high capacity at high speed, which is the key feature of efficient lightweight containerboard manufacturing. Former with shoe and blade technology gives good strength properties, uniform CD profiles and excellent board formation.

The headbox and former are followed by OptiPress Center roll based press section, OptiRun Single dryer section, OptiSizer Film sizer, OptiCalender hard nip calender, OptiReel Pope and OptiCart Stream parent roll cart with transfer rails. The delivery will also include related ventilation equipment, runnability components and Valmet DNA machine control and process control systems, and Valmet IQ quality measurement system. The machine will be delivered with a fabrics package and an additional production and maintenance support after take over.

The 8,600-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce test liner grades. Design production values are the following: basis weight range 80-130 g/m2, design speed 1,500 m/min and daily capacity approx. 1,600 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118719
 11.12.2017

Simple and minimalist with great complexity  (Company news)

Picture: Jimmy Choo’s L’EAU is an example of a simple and minimalist design that requires complex processing. For the project the converters Draeger and licensee Interparfums chose to use Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard. ©Iggesund

In the world of packaging it is sometimes complicated to achieve something that looks simple, minimalist and elegant. The paperboard cartons for Jimmy Choo’s L’EAU that was launched in summer 2017 is a clear example of this. Its colour is pale pink apart from the brand, the name of the contents, and the fact that it is an eau de toilette. Yet the packaging has passed through twelve finishing stages.

The carton is made of Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard. Conversion is by the distinguished French printing company Draeger on behalf of Interparfums. The packaging is offset printed on both the inside and outside. The printing on the inside is in a pale pink shade, which creates the mood around the bottle. Externally the packaging has a blind-embossed snakeskin pattern plus two rows of text on the front. The outside is also laminated with soft touch film, matt varnished, and foil embossed with both silver film and holographic film.

“Our choice to use Invercote G was motivated by the fact that its smooth surface allowed a very faithful reproduction of our design in terms of color and hot foil stamping. It also brings great embossing properties to achieve the impressive snakeskin pattern on the whole packaging” says Axel Marot, Supply Chain & Operations Director at Interparfums. For producers of advanced paperboard packaging involving many finishing stages, one paperboard property can be of critical importance to the end result: dimensional stability. This may not be the first thing people consider when choosing a material but experienced converters always include it in their calculations.

“If you have twelve finishing stages and get a misregister at stage ten, you don’t just lose the material but also all the work you invested prior to that,” explains Edvin Thurfjell, product manager for Invercote. “In today’s world of ever-increasing time pressure you also risk missing delivery times – and for many projects that just cannot be allowed to happen.”

In Invercote’s case the secret is a combination of a high proportion of long cellulose fibres from pine and spruce plus the sulphate process that extracts these fibres in a gentle way. In addition, the paperboard is constructed in several layers. This is not only important for dimensional stability; it also reduces the risk of cracks in creases compared with single-ply paperboard and paper. However, there is no simple measurement of dimensional stability that customers can find among the lists of specifications from paperboard manufacturers.

“For people who do read these specifications, two clues are high values for tearing strength and tensile strength. But I believe that a large proportion of our customers have discovered this strength from their own experience,” Thurfjell says.

As a product manager he believes, naturally enough, that people should pay more attention to their choice of material.

“As someone who is interested in packaging, I think it’s a pity when people compromise on their choice of material and endanger all the work that’s been invested before the production even starts. When people hire the best creatives and choose star photographers and models but don’t understand that the quality of the packaging material must be correspondingly high, then I do wonder if they’re thinking along the right lines.”
(Iggesund Paperboard AB)

Newsgrafik #118737
 11.12.2017

Award to Circular textile paper project   (Company news)

Archana Ashok (photo) was awarded the Bo Rydin Foundation for Scientific Research grant for Best Master’s Thesis Project 2017. Her project “Textile paper as a circular material” was carried out within the transdisciplinary TechMark Arena master students’ academy at RISE Bioeconomy division.

Bo Rydin Foundation for Scientific Research annually awards a grant for the year's best master's degree project within SCA's strategic areas; personal hygiene products, tissue paper or forest products.

Archana Ashok, KTH, is rewarded for her project “Textile paper as a circular material” which evaluated circularity of a new paper manufacturing concept where the raw material is largely made up of low value fibres from textile recycling plants. According to the circular economy framework, this is a cascade recycling of fibres from the textile industry to the paper industry, forming thus an industrial symbiosis.

Previously, the textile paper material was produced on a pilot scale at RISE and used as the cover of the Global Outlook report A Cellulose-Based Society, demonstrating thus technical feasibility of producing this circular material. Archana's project took the concept to a new level by investigating whether the textile paper is suitable as a circular packaging material for paper bags. In particular, evaluations of technical performance, environmental and economic aspects of the new material as well as market conditions were combined in a multi-dimensional context of circular economy. The result showed that it could be better to use low value textile fibres as a circular material instead of incinerating it, which is a common practice nowadays.

“Archana's project was unique because it was the first time that we both evaluated and quantified the circularity of a new material by applying circular economy framework. Both research and industry actors will be able to use her results as a guideline and inspiration in evaluating their materials and products,” says Tatjana Karpenja, one of the supervisors at RISE.

“The 6 months journey at RISE was really exciting and fun-filled with the TechMark Arena group having lots of discussions and workshops on circular economy,” says Archana Ashok.

This is the second time in three years this prize goes to a student at TechMark Arena. This transdisciplinary academy brings together master students from various backgrounds in order to work on a common theme. This arrangement encourages a broader approach to a topic and ensures a greater exchange of ideas between students and increased knowledge sharing between different projects. Archana’s supervising team involved Tatjana Karpenja, Marie-Claude Béland, Karin Edström, Hjalmar Granberg and Ida Kulander.

Another project from TechMark Arena 2017 was nominated for the award. Emma Dahlgren at Linköping University with her project “Exploring biodegradable electronics”, aimed at an innovative area, using cellulose substrates for electronics, which would bring both environmental benefits and cost advantages. This research field is an expanding research area currently being explored within RISE.
(RISE AB)

Newsgrafik #118756
 11.12.2017

Case Paper: New Sheeter Increases Converting Capabilities by 30%  (Company news)

Case Paper recently completed the installation of a MarquipWardUnited sheeter at their Chicago, IL plant. The new equipment provides custom-sized sheets of both paper and paperboard and has increased the plant’s sheeting capabilities by 30% to approx. 30,000 tons a year.

The third sheeter to be installed at the Chicago location and the tenth converting equipment purchase by the company over the past seven years, Case Paper’s latest acquisition utilizes industry-leading sheeter knife technology. And with a three-pocket slitting system and series of pulsed air jets, the sheeter offers enhanced reliability at higher running speeds. Moreover, side and lateral jogging help operators stack the sheets more efficiently.

“Along with a skilled workforce and a solutions-based management team, our latest purchase will enhance our ability to deliver paper and board more quickly to our valued customers throughout the Midwest,” said Robin Schaffer, President and CEO of Case Paper.

Even as the paper and board markets continue to contract, Case Paper’s investment in state-of-the-art technologies has positioned the company as one of the only distributors that can convert and deliver skids or rolls anywhere in the U.S., usually within 48 hours or less.
(Case Paper Company Inc.)

Newsgrafik #118758
 11.12.2017

Rottneros introduces new organisation for increased market and productivity focus  (Company news)

As part of optimising the Rottneros Group, a new organisation is introduced with a group-wide sales organisation and a site manager for each mill. At the same time, a group-wide safety function is established, which becomes part of the Human Resource Department. The purpose of the new organisation is to create an increased focus within each sub-area.

Through the new organisation, the mills can focus wholeheartedly on productivity, quality, environment, costs and completion of Agenda 500. The common safety function also means that we will be able to get even more out of our high-priority safety work in the future, while it can be conducted in an efficient way, comments Lennart Eberleh (photo), President and CEO of Rottneros.

In conjunction with the introduction of the new organisation, Kasper Skuthälla will assume the role of the Group's Sales and Business Development Director, in addition to his current position as Managing Director of Rottneros Packaging.

The new sales organisation will strengthen our market presence, continue to work on our niche strategy and take advantage of the common aspects of our different products. With a background in various parts of the value chain, Kasper Skuthälla has excellent opportunities to do a very good job, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.
(Rottneros AB (publ))

Newsgrafik #118762
 11.12.2017

ANDRITZ to supply flash drying line to Stora Enso, Finland  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso Imatra Mills to supply a new flash drying line, including an ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press, fluffer, and flash dryer.

Start-up of the new plant, which has a production capacity of 400 admt/d, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

ANDRITZ’s well-proven flash drying technology ensures minimum energy consumption and highest pulp quality. As a leading supplier of flash dryers, ANDRITZ will be supplying a drying system for gentle drying of mechanical pulp fibers, at the same time using the energy flows available to optimum benefit. The high-efficiency cyclones in combination with a scrubber will reduce emissions to the lowest possible level.

The ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press allows for highest dryness ahead of the flash dryer. Over 600 presses sold and installed around the world prove superior dewatering performance for any kind of fibrous material at any freeness level and with high discharge consistencies of up to 50%.

Stora Enso Imatra Mills, a member of the Stora Enso Group, consists of two production units: Kaukopää and Tainionkoski. Together, they employ approximately 1,000 people and produce one million tons of board and paper annually. More than 90 per cent of production is exported, mostly to countries in Europe, but a substantial share is also exported to Southeast Asia. Imatra produces mainly liquid packaging board for beverage cartons and food service board for paper cups and various food packagings.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #118786
 11.12.2017

PMP Management Board Announcement  (Company news)

PMP Group (Paper Machinery Producer) Management Board announces with deep regret the unexpected death of Mr. Aaron Braaten (photo) – PMP’s long standing and respected Chairman of the Board and co-owner/stockholder. Mr. Braaten passed away on November 9th, 2017 while on a business trip.

Mr. Braaten has been on the Supervisory Board, and has led PMP as its Chairman, since 2000. Prior to his role at PMP, he worked for the Beloit Corporation, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA as an engineer, in sales, and ultimately as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Europe.
Miroslaw Pietraszek, President – PMP Group, commented: “We are greatly saddened by Aaron’s passing. The Supervisory Board and the Company are indebted to Aaron for his strong leadership, boundless energy and significant contribution to PMP’s development during his tenure. The thoughts of the management and employees of PMP go out to Aaron’s wife, daughters and family.”

Zbigniew Manugiewicz, a member of the Supervisory Board, has been appointed to take over the role of Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He will be supported by other Supervisory Board members and PMP’s Senior Operation Group. “Our tribute to Aaron will be to act wisely, stay focused and be agile. Customer focus will be our main priority. We are determined to stay strong and aim even higher than before.” said Zbigniew Manugiewicz.

In addition, based on previous decisions of the PMP Management and Supervisory Boards made in October this year, PMP Group corporation is in the process of executing a dynamic development strategy entitled: “PMP Everest Strategy” for the years 2017-2020. This strategy will focus on its mission to create success, together with its customers, in the Pulp & Paper Business worldwide.
(PMPoland S.A.)

Newsgrafik #118672
 08.12.2017

FPInnovations Announces the Appointment of its New President and Chief Executive Officer  (Company news)

Yvon Pelletier, Chairman of FPInnovations' Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stéphane Renou (photo) as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Renou will officially assume his new role on December 14 as successor to Pierre Lapointe, who has held this position since December 2008.

A native of Montréal, Stéphane Renou has a number of degrees from Université de Sherbrooke as well as Polytechnique Montréal where he went on to complete a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
In 2015, he earned an MBA (Innovation Management) from the University of Colorado.
In 2000, Mr. Renou moved to the United States to join General Electric's research centre, where he took on increasingly senior positions, heading a number of divisions at various locations in the United States as well as in Florence, Italy. Within his various responsibilities, he led teams in both the GE Aviation, and Oil & Gas divisions. Most recently, he was the Leader
of Industrial Outcomes Optimization at GE Global Research. These varied experiences enabled him to acquire a vast background of R&D combined with
commercial knowledge and a strong sense of entrepreneurship. He holds eight patents, in addition to having published numerous scientific articles.

"We are confident that Stéphane, working closely with the members of our senior management, will further increase our current momentum and take FPInnovations to the next level," emphasized Yvon Pelletier. "Stéphane's background and interests fit very well with FPInnovations' strategies and plans for the future, and we are confident that he has the skills and competencies that will make him a successful President and CEO."

Stéphane Renou is taking the reins from Pierre Lapointe, who announced his intention to step down as President of FPInnovations last spring. Mr. Lapointe spearheaded many major projects at FPInnovations and is leaving a rich and promising legacy to the Canadian forest industry. His commitment was recently recognized through being officially welcomed to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
(FPInnovations)

Newsgrafik #118717
 08.12.2017

SOFIDEL CONTINUES TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESULTS ...  (Company news)

... ACCORDING TO THE WWF ENVIRONMENTAL PAPER COMPANY INDEX

The tissue production Group known for the Regina brand has made significant progress in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and in its Environmental Management System and reporting, according to the biannual EPCI, a WWF tool to promote transparency and continual improvement in the PPP sector.

The figures from the 2017 edition of the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index have been published in the last days. The EPCI is a biannual tool that the environmental organisation proposes to companies in the paper and cellulose sector to assess and make public on a voluntary basis their commitment to the environment and transparency. The results of the index are retrievable at www.epci.panda.org/results/sofidel.

Sofidel, the tissue production group known for the Regina brand, achieved an overall score of 76,6% which marked a distinct improvement of 10,4% on the last assessment, in 2015. Sofidel was able to improve their scores in all three subcategories, responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS (Environmental Management System)/transparency, demonstrating that the sustainability policy implemented by the company is heading in the right direction.

On a scale of 0% to 100%, Sofidel achieved a score of 72% for responsible cellulose fibre sourcing (compared to 68% in 2015), 79% in the clean manufacturing category (72% in 2015) – which considers the reduced environmental impact of production processes – and 79% for the Reporting & EMS (58% in 2015) section.

Sofidel has long employed sustainability as a strategic lever for development and growth, setting itself the goal of reducing its environmental impact to a minimum and maximising benefits for society. Sofidel’s activity concentrates in particular on limiting climate-changing emissions, safeguarding water resources and the procurement of cellulose certified by independent third parties with forestry certification schemes.

In addition to increased overall scores assessed in the WWF Index, Sofidel discloses the following improvement data: to date, Sofidel has reduced its own carbon intensity by 19.1% (understood as direct CO2 emissions into the atmosphere between 2009 and 2016 per kg of paper produced), has achieved an average use of water resources of 7.0 kg/l, against a sector benchmark of 15–25 l/kg, and procures 100% cellulose certified by independent third parties with forestry certification schemes (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™).
(Sofidel Group)

Newsgrafik #118740
 08.12.2017

Cellwood builds new Dispersing Units for Bohui Paper Group – China  (Company news)

In March 2017 Bohui Paper Group contracted Cellwood Machinery to supply six Krima Hot Dispersing Units (photo) for their PM5 & PM6-project.

The six units will have a capacity of 420 Tpd up to 1000 Tpd.

The contract is the result of Cellwood’s position as the no.1 supplier of Hot Dispersing Systems.
(Cellwood Machinery AB)

Newsgrafik #118750
 08.12.2017

Bellwyck and Faller establish Joint Venture in Germany  (Company news)

Waldkirch, Germany based pharmaceutical packaging specialist August Faller GmbH & Co. KG and Toronto, Canada based Bellwyck Pharma Services have agreed to form a joint venture.

Photo: The joint venture is ready to go (from left) Greg Keizer (Bellwyck), Jeff Sziklai (Bellwyck), Dr. Daniel Keesman, Dr. Michael Faller, (2nd row from left) Mathias Felber, Michael Nemeth, Jürgen Hendricks, Jörg Frischkorn, Roland Wiesler (all from August Faller GmbH & Co. KG) - Image: August Faller GmbH & Co. KG

Bellwyck and Faller each hold 50 percent of the shares in the new Bellwyck Faller Pharmaceutical Services GmbH, located in Grossbeeren, Brandenburg, Germany. All staff employed at the PharmaServiceCenter Packaging Services location in Grossbeeren will be kept on by the new company. Beginning in early 2018, in addition to the existing contract packaging services, the joint venture will offer packaging and logistics services for clinical trials.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Bellwyck Pharma Services, a division of Bellwyck Packaging Inc., is an established provider of Clinical and Commercial Packaging Solutions in Canada and the US, and is now expanding its offering for the European and global market in collaboration with Faller.

The Bellwyck-Faller joint venture’s portfolio for clinical trial management includes storage and distribution capabilities in both ambient and refrigerated temperatures, the management of returns and reconciliation, as well as expiry extension labelling.

With support from Bellwyck Pharma Services in North America, Bellwyck Faller Pharmaceutical Services GmbH can also offer full project management and logistics consultation for clinical trials in the North American market, from pure material distribution to dynamic randomized distribution via IVRS systems; the handling of studies in single or multi-language versions, country-specific packaging including use information/booklets through to consistent temperature control of the supply chain of the study material. The service offering in Bellwyck-Faller’s Grossbeeren site will expand to these offerings for the European and global market as well. The good manufacturing practices laid down for the pharmaceutical industry are ensured for the entire supply chain for contract packaging and clinical trial logistics.

The managing director of Bellwyck Faller Pharmaceutical Services GmbH, Juergen Hendricks, states: “With our new partner company, we want to sustainably establish ourselves among our customers in Europe as a partner with tailored solutions for everything related to the logistics and packaging services which are necessary to optimally organize clinical trials.”

Jeff Sziklai, CEO of Bellwyck Packaging Inc., is excited by the opportunities this joint venture presents: “With the experience and outstanding know-how of our German and Canadian staff, we can now further support the global study requirements of our customers worldwide.”

Dr. Daniel Keesman, CEO of August Faller GmbH & Co. KG, emphasizes: “At the Grossbeeren location, our customers can now also receive logistics and packaging services for clinical trials specifically tailored to their requirements. Our expertise in packaging logistics is optimally complemented by the competence and experience of our Canadian partner.”
(August Faller GmbH & Co. KG)

Newsgrafik #118754
 08.12.2017

ANDRITZ to modernize stock preparation in the sack kraft paper production line at Mariysky Pulp...  (Company news)

... and Paper Mill, Russia

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Mariysky Pulp and Paper Mill in Volzhsk, Russia, to upgrade the existing stock preparation line of PM 1 with state-of- the-art equipment for thickening and high-consistency refining.

Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

ANDRITZ will modernize the existing two-stage, low-consistency refining process, which will achieve a significant improvement in the final product. The installation includes a ModuScreen CP, an ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press with shredder, as well as an ANDRITZ high-consistency 1C refiner to significantly enhance the sack paper properties. The existing ANDRITZ low-consistency TwinFlo refiner, supplied in 2015, will remain in the layout. Engineering, training, and advisory services for mechanical installation work, commissioning, and start-up are also part of the ANDRITZ scope of supply.

The sack paper production line has a capacity of 175 bdmt per day and uses a mixture of unbleached hard- and softwood as raw material.

Mariysky Pulp and Paper Mill is a well-known Russian supplier of paper products, such as wrapping paper, sack paper, writing paper, packaging paper, and corrugated board.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #118708
 07.12.2017

Metsä Board Simpele implements new standards in food safety  (Company news)

Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium paperboards is pleased to announce that its Simpele mill has recently integrated the FSSC 22000 food safety system into its management systems and received third party certificate to verify this.

The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System provides a framework for effectively managing an organisation's food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recognised by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and is based on existing ISO Standards. It demonstrates that a company has a robust Food Safety Management System in place that meets the requirements of both direct customers and consumers. The GFSI brings together key players from the food industry to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food safety management systems around the world.

As leading fresh fibre paperboard manufacturer Metsä Board wants to ensure that its product safety practices are equivalent to the standards in the food industry.The preparations for change have taken a year with both contractors and staff going through comprehensive training. As Simpele mill among all other Metsä Board mills already had ISO 22000 certificate, the food safety procedures were already in place, but via the new standard the processes and prerequisite programmes were further strengthened.

Marjatta Punkka, Product Safety Manager at Metsä Board commented; “Consumers appreciate the benefits of paperboard made from traceable and renewable fresh fibres, particularly when the paperboard is in direct contact with food. We therefore want to ensure that our paperboard products continue to meet the tightest requirements and that our systems are future-proof in respect to any changes. The food sector is a notable user of Simpele mill’s products and therefore the implementation of the FSSC 22000 Food Safety System is a very important development for us in respect to producing first class paperboard for our food sector customers. As next, we are looking at expanding the implementation also to our other mills.”
(Metsä Board Cartonboard Division)

Newsgrafik #118732
 07.12.2017

Sappi expands its speciality & packaging paper capacity; will acquire the speciality paper business  (Company news)

...of Cham Paper Group Holding AG (CPG)

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic (printing and writing) paper and biomaterials, announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding AG (CPG) for CHF146.5 million (approximately $149 million).

The transaction includes the acquisition of CPG’s Carmignano and Condino Mills in Italy, its digital imaging business located in Cham, Switzerland as well as all brands and know-how. It will be funded through internal cash resources. The transaction is conditional on the approval from certain competition authorities. We expect the acquisition to be completed during the first calendar quarter of 2018.

The main benefits of the acquisition include:
-Supports Sappi’s diversification strategy and 2020vision to grow in higher margin growth segments
-Strengthens Sappi Europe’s speciality and packaging papers footprint and skills; adds 160,000 tons of speciality paper to our capacity
-Increases Sappi’s relevance in speciality papers, opening up new customers and markets to Sappi’s existing products and generating economies of scale and synergies
-Gaining greater share-of-wallet with valued brand owners; accelerating innovation and new product development
-Improved near-term profitability and serve as platform for organic growth and further acquisitions. Will add €183 million of sales and approximately €20 million of EBITDA before taking into account synergies
-Builds on the investments currently underway to increase speciality paper capacity at our Somerset, Maastricht and Alfeld Mills
-Unlocks the growth potential of the CPG speciality paper business

Commenting on the transaction Steve Binnie, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited, said:
“This acquisition further strengthens Sappi’s speciality paper business both in Europe and globally by combining Cham’s strong brands and assets with Sappi’s global reach. This transaction will increase profitability and unlock the significant growth and innovation potential inherent within the speciality paper market. I am very pleased that we have taken another signification step towards realizing our Vision2020 goal.”

Berry Wiersum, CEO Sappi Europe stated:
“We are very excited about the possibilities this transaction opens up for Sappi as well as for Cham’s highly respected business. The products and brands which have been acquired are an excellent complement to our market offering, enabling us to offer our existing, as well as new customers in Europe, North America and globally, a broader range of products coupled with excellent customer service.”

The speciality paper business of CPG will continue to operate separately and independently from Sappi until clearances from the authorities are obtained.
(Sappi Limited)

Newsgrafik #118734
 07.12.2017

BHS Corrugated wins FEFCO Gold Award 'Best Innovation'  (Company news)

On the last day of this year´s FEFCO in Vienna/Austria, BHS Corrugated had to celebrate something:
When it came to achieve the award for the best innovation, we shared the first place with Bobst and won the FEFCO Gold Award “Best Innovation”. BHS Corrugated has been award for the development of the Modul Facer MF-A, which sets new standards regarding machine intelligence, automation and operator friendliness.

An employee from machinery sales department of BHS Corrugated who gave a presentation about the Modul Facer MF-A, on the first day of FEFCO 2017, and received a throughout positive feedback of the audience, received the award.

BHS Corrugated is very happy about winning the FEFCO Gold Award and is striving to repeat this success at the next FEFCO.

We would like to thank all visitors who came to our exhibition booth at FEFCO 2017 in Vienna. We are looking forward to see you also at the next FEFCO, in 2019.
(BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)

Newsgrafik #118735
 07.12.2017

Ilim Group signs USD 500 million syndicated loan  (Company news)

Ilim Group, Russia’s leading pulp and paper company, a major exporter and one of the biggest companies in the industry globally, announces that it has signed a four-year unsecured syndicated loan agreement for USD 500 million. The agreement is the largest corporate debt transaction in the industry across Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS, according to Dealogic data.

The loan was arranged by Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI Group) and Intesa Sanpaolo, with Crédit Agricole also joining the syndicate on the European side. In Asia, the syndicated loan includes the four largest banks in China – Bank ICBC, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China and China Construction Bank – as well as Korea’s KDB Bank. The split between European and Asian sides of the syndicate is approximately 50:50.

Ilim will use the funds to finance its strategic development projects focusing on Europe and Asia, which are its priority markets.

Ilim Group CEO Ksenia Sosnina (photo) said: “Our ability to raise such a substantial amount of funding for our industry is proof of the confidence that investors and the European and Asian financial communities have in us. 2017 is the company’s landmark year and we are expecting strong operational and financial results. We are celebrating 25 years of Ilim, and 10 years of partnership with International Paper under our joint venture agreement. The fact that a Russian-American JV can achieve success and gain the trust of financial institutions in Europe and Asia is for me a striking example of business diplomacy and long-term strategy implementation, as well as the ability to pursue opportunities in a challenging environment.”

The deal was well received by the Asian and European member banks. The final amount raised significantly exceeded the target, indicating Ilim Group’s credibility in these markets. The conditions of the loan agreement allow Ilim Group to increase the credit line up to USD 750 million.

Since Ilim’s JV with IP was established in 2007, USD 3.2 billion has been invested in the investment projects, which include the construction of the world’s largest bleached softwood pulp production line located in Siberia, and the launch of a modern paper making facility manufacturing high-quality white paper grades at the company’s mill in European Russia. The JV has grown significantly in its 10-year history, with EBITDA increasing by 140% from USD 308 million in 2008 to USD 742 million in 2016, and output rising by 30% since 2008.
(Ilim Group)

Newsgrafik #118745
 07.12.2017

Koehler Kehl increases productivity with products and expertise from Voith  (Company news)

-100 percent longer press sleeve service life
-Better paper quality thanks to optimized press felts
-Improved production safety

When upgrading its PM 2, Koehler Kehl opted for products from Voith's AdvancedPRODUCTS range that enable the company to reduce the machine's water consumption, achieve a faster starting curve and at the same time improve paper quality.

Photo: Wiebke Petzold (Voith Product Manager) and Joachim Fuchs (Productionmanager PM 2 / CM 2 at Koehler Kehl Germany) at the PM 2 in Kehl.

One of Koehler’s major strengths is its willingness to constantly improve. This is why for the upgrade of the press section on the PM 2 the focus was on achieving more stable operation, reliable planning of shutdowns and improved safety in the production process. On the PM 2, the company produces just short of 130,000 metric tons of thermal paper per year with basis weights of between 35 and 47 g/m².

In the course of various improvement measures, Voith fitted the press section with products from PressMax range of its AdvancedPRODUCTS. The prime objective was to continually improve the quality of the paper grades and reduce its operational costs.

The latter was especially achieved by using of the QualiFlex press sleeves for the shoe press. Refinements were made to the sleeves and their abrasion behavior was improved. On the PM 2 this led to a doubled runtime. This reduced the maintenance work for replacing the shoe press covers. Previously, the press sleeves had needed to be changed after 180 days on average.

An increase in productivity was also the reason for introducing press felts with PeakElement which allow a faster start and better nip dewatering than standard felts. As a result, the start-up curve of the machine could be shortened considerably following the felt change. “With the installation of the Voith products, we were able to clearly improve the start-up curve after felt change on the PM 2. The machine can be brought to its maximum speed faster and with fewer problems, resulting in greater availability and lower operating costs,” states Joachim Fuchs Productionmanager PM 2 / CM 2 at Koehler Kehl Germany.

In addition, the measurements taken by the FeltView system delivered important moisture and permeability data for targeted conditioning of the pick-up felts. Koehler can use this data to continually optimize machine settings and improve efficiency. Critical felt conditions can be identified before they impair the process and the felts are run in optimum operating condition. FeltView also makes manual measurements redundant, which ultimately improves the safety of the production process.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Newsgrafik #118746
 07.12.2017

Norske Skog: Update on recapitalization process  (Company news)

Funds managed by Oceanwood Capital Management and Aker Capital AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aker ASA, have issued a joint press release stating the intention to form a new company (Bidco), which will bid in an auction process to ensure that there is a strong new owner of Norske Skog's paper mills.

Photo: Norske Skog Skogn mill

The board of directors of Norske Skogindustrier ASA is pleased that Aker, with its strong industrial knowledge and financial expertise, has taken a role together with Oceanwood in the recapitalization of the Norske Skog group.

The board of directors of Norske Skogindustrier ASA will continue to safeguard the interest of all its stakeholders through the recapitalization process. As part thereof, the Norske Skog group's seven paper mills will continue as normal, and our customers, suppliers and other business partners will continue to receive high quality products and the best service from Norske Skog withouth interruption through the remainder of the recapitalization process.

Following the announcement by Oceanwood and Aker, a consensual recapitalization of the Norske Skog group is unlikely to be achievable. Consequently, Norske Skogindustrier ASA is likely to initiate insolvency proceedings. The board of directors of Norske Skogindustrier ASA will continue to assess the situation and the implactions of the recent developments.
(Norske Skogindustrier ASA)

Newsgrafik #118748
 07.12.2017

The start of containerboard production at Laakirchen Papier  (Company news)

Paper has been manufactured in Laakirchen for the past 150 years and now with its entry into the packaging paper market, Laakirchen Papier AG has ushered in a new era. Indeed, the decision to break into the containerboard field will secure the long-term success of the company, as with a volume of 26.4 million t/y and annual growth of between two and three per cent, the strong, European corrugated board market segment offers considerable future potential for the paper industry. Accordingly, the production of lightweight containerboard made entirely from recycled fibres on PM10 started in Laakirchen mid of October. The paper machine meanwhile runs stable and produces paper on A quality level.

Mark Lunabba, the CEO of Laakirchen Papier AG, sums up the positive market outlook as follows: “Above all, the combination of rising online retailing volumes and the current economic upturn with its related increase in consumer spending has triggered sizeable expansion in the packaging paper market.”

Quality and efficiency as the key to a position amongst the top producers
The PM10 will now manufacture up to 450,000 t/y of containerboard based on recycled paper with working widths of 7.5 m at a speed of 1,600 m/min. This production switch also required additional investments at the company location. These included new plant for the treatment of wastepaper fibres and anaerobic used water cleaning, storage areas for recycling paper, and the completion of a warehouse with an automated crane system for the new products.

100 per cent sustainable manufactured: starboard Liner and starboard Wave
“Containerboard serves as the basis for corrugated board packaging and we offer our customers the products starboard Liner and starboard Wave with substances of between 70 and 140 gsm”, says Thomas Krawinkler, Head Sales and Marketing at Laakirchen Papier AG.. Owing to these low grammages, lightweight containerboard is ideal for mail order purposes, while in addition its high strength and stability make it equally suitable for industrial packaging (e.g.in the automotive, furniture and consumer goods sectors), as well as for agricultural products and electronic devices. Furthermore, Laakirchen Papier has a certified hygiene management system in accordance with DIN EN 15593, which makes it possible to use the containerboard for corrugated packaging in the food industry.

As far as sales are concerned, Laakirchen Papier relies upon the expertise and market reach of Heinzel Sales. This trading house already sells the starboard selection from Raubling Papier GmbH, which is also part of the Heinzel Group, and now the lightweight containerboard from Laakirchen will expand the existing starboard range still further.
Apart from Austria and Germany, Poland, Italy and the states of central Europe also number among the large target markets for starboard Liner and starboard Wave from Laakirchen.
(Laakirchen Papier AG)

Newsgrafik #118698
 06.12.2017

Tecnau introduces a new high-speed book-block production system  (Company news)

Picture: Unwinder u30 for wide web paper rolls

Ivrea, Italy: to meet customers’ demands for even more variable and productive solutions, Tecnau announces the availability of the new High-Speed TC 7800 Book-Block Production System, mainly targeted as a roll-input channel for the well-known Libra 800 book finishing solution. The system increases web speed and reduces book block assembly cycle time, resulting in a throughput improvement for book binding by up to 30%.

Configured with a high-speed unwinder, slit-merge and dual web cutter, the system can produce books-of-one variable in height, width and thickness at speeds up to 180 m/min. The system is based on the well-established Cutter TC 7800 series and includes a new tight web merging module, which ensures stable paper handling at high speeds for a broad paper weight range, from lightweight to heavy stocks.

The new High-Speed TC 7800 Book-Block Production System supports web widths up to 25.2-inch (640mm), enabling the widest array of applications for book-of-one productions, including A4 landscape size, to maximize the size range of the Libra 800 VB Variable Binder and Libra 800 VT Variable Three-Knife Trimmer.

The system can also produce book blocks to feed third party binders, with fully automated non-stop book-by-book delivery, or be used as a standalone production line for short runs.

As for all new Tecnau lines, the new High-Speed TC 7800 Book-Block Production System offers a wide level of integration and customization, with a centralized workflow control system and remote diagnostics for quick service support.

Tecnau innovative solutions for the publishing segment include book block and finished book production, both from roll and cut sheet, targeted to short runs and book-of-one. Tecnau leads the way towards lean book manufacturing, from order entry to delivery, helping to dramatically reduce inventory, minimize paper waste and simplify internal and external logistics.
(Tecnau Srl)

Newsgrafik #118707
 06.12.2017

New curtain coater installed at the BASF Pilot Plant for paper coating in Ludwigshafen  (Company news)

-Comprehensive service offer for customer trials with paper and board coating
-Increased strategic focus on packaging and barrier applications

BASF has recently integrated a curtain coater, based on a “VOITH DF Coat slot dye” into its existing pilot facility. This is now available to customers, as well as interested third parties, for application trials with coating colors for paper and board in both the graphic and packaging sectors.

The curtain coater enables the development of excellent paper surface properties and enhances machine runnability
Due to the non-contact application method, the curtain coater allows a particularly homogeneous and defect-free contour coating layer in comparison to other application methods. During the coating process, the base paper undergoes no mechanical stress, and as a result, runnability through the curtain coater is enhanced. In addition, highly uniform fiber coverage and layer thickness are achieved, which not only have a positive effect on printability and optical effects, but also can give paper very good barrier properties.

In addition to the newly installed curtain coater, BASF continues to offer all industry standard coating application methods on its state-of-the-art paper coating machine, including roll / blade, jet / blade, roll / varibar and film press. Coating colors can be produced on site. All necessary preparation facilities are available, including options for dispersing pigments at variable shear and preparing starch solutions with both batch and jet cookers. A 12-roll supercalender enhances sheet smoothness and gloss development. The paper produced can be cut, packaged and shipped as required.

The expanded pilot facility supports the strategic focus of BASF Paper Coating
The investment in the curtain coater underlines BASF’s ongoing commitment to the paper and board industry, especially in the areas of packaging and barrier applications. The combination of an extensive product portfolio, a paper-specific testing laboratory and experienced and qualified employees reinforces BASF’s market position as a leading supplier of paper coating chemicals.

“With the installation of the new curtain coater in our pilot plant, we are completing our range of application technologies and can thus further advance the optimization and development of coating formulations together with our customers,” says Professor Thomas Schiele, Vice President of Paper Coating Chemicals Europe. “This will further strengthen our application expertise in the field of paper coating chemicals at our Ludwigshafen site.”
(BASF SE Paper & Water)

Newsgrafik #118709
 06.12.2017

Cascades wins a 2017 Food Innovation - Packaging Award for northbox®  (Company news)

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, is proud to have received a Food Innovation Award from the Food Processing Council of Quebec (Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec, or CTAQ), in the Packaging category, for its northbox® product (photo), a new recyclable, insulated box.

The northbox® is an isothermal container made entirely of recycled materials, that is ideal for shipping temperature-sensitive products by mail. It was designed with the objective of being recyclable at the end of its lifecycle—a first in North America. With its thermal performance and eco-friendly features, northbox ® meets the needs of high-growth markets, notably e-commerce, for prepared and ready-to-cook meals.

Each year, the CTAQ recognizes the avant-gardism of technologies and Quebec products that stand out in the industry. For the 2017 contest, a Packaging category was added for the first time and included evaluation criteria such as technological innovation, product conservation and sustainable development. The prize awarded to Cascades recognizes the company's continuous efforts to develop innovative packaging solutions.

"The northbox® is the fruit of a remarkable team effort, our culture of innovation and more than 50 years of expertise in eco-packaging design. This packaging solution was developed entirely by Cascades in collaboration with our customers, which made it possible to meet their specific needs in a high‑growth market. We are motivated and equipped to meet this kind of challenge," affirmed Luc Langevin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group.
(Cascades Inc.)

Newsgrafik #118712
 06.12.2017

Delfort Tervakoski paper mill in Finland gets Wedge  (Company news)

Founded in 1818, Tervakoski specialty paper mill is the oldest paper mill in operation in Finland today. Tervakoski is part of Delfort Group since 1999. The mill has five paper machines with more than 100 000 ton annual capacity of customized paper grades. In addition to super thin printing papers, they produce tobacco-related paper, release base paper, electrical insulation paper and other highly specialized grades.

The delivery is the third roll-out of the five mill corporate Wedge™ frame agreement between Delfort and Savcor. The delivery is scheduled to be completed by year end.
(Savcor Forest Oy)

Newsgrafik #118725
 06.12.2017

Valmet delivers new chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi's Saiccor pulp mill ...  (Company news)

...in South Africa

Valmet will deliver a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, Saiccor mill. The upgrade targets to increase the chipping capacity, to improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and the start-up is planned for January 2019.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2017 orders received.

"Valmet's high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard's current and future mill capacity requirement," says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

"Valmet's wood handling business continues to flourish in the South African market area. With our biggest drop feed chipper this project will be extremely important to us and we are delighted that Sappi once again trust our technology and capabilities. We look forward to working with the Sappi team," says Jussi Taskinen, Manager, R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet.

Details about the order
The order consists of a chipping line with a Camura GS1300 chipper and chip handling with storing and screening, including machinery, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation of the chipping line is also carried out by Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118730
 06.12.2017

ANDRITZ successfully starts up rebuilt paper machine for Heinzel Group in Laakirchen, Austria  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the rebuilt PM10 at Laakirchen paper mill for the Heinzel Group, Austria. The machine that originally produced SC paper was converted to a fluting and testliner machine producing basis weights ranging from 70 to 140 g/m² based on recycled fibers.

With a design speed of 1,600 m/min and a working width of 7,500 mm, it is now one of the world’s most productive paper machines for fluting and testliners.

“We have implemented a comprehensive investment package for our paper mill in Laakirchen. The heart of this package is the PM10 rebuild. The new ANDRITZ technology enables production at the highest quality level. In addition to our PM11, which will continue producing paper for the high-quality SC market, the PM10 produces 450,000 t/y of fluting and testliners,” says Thomas Welt, Production Director at Laakirchen Papier AG.

In the stock preparation section, the ANDRITZ scope of supply comprises a complete OCC line with a capacity of 1,350 t/d, rebuild of the existing paper machine approach flow system, as well as sludge and reject handling. The pulping system with detrashing includes a 130 m³ FibreSolve FSR pulper, which is the largest low-consistency pulper ANDRITZ has ever installed in Europe.

The rebuilt paper machine features a PrimeFlow TW double-layer headbox with PrimeProfiler F consistency profiling system. This headbox enables best surface profiles at maximum production flexibility with the stiff separating lamella between the layers. The new PrimeForm TW gap former with a specially designed forming suction roll for higher dewatering capacity gently dewaters the web and ensures high retention rates. Forming shoes at both the top and bottom ensure optimized dewatering within a broad operating window. In combination with the PrimeFilm Sizer unit, high strength is achieved in the end product.

In the first drying group, PrimeRun Evo web stabilizers were installed to improve the runnability of the machine after the press section. PrimeRun Evo web stabilizers are high-vacuum boxes with three different vacuum zones in one box. Thus, the web can be removed carefully from the surface of the drying cylinder. In addition, PrimeRun Duo web stabilizers were installed in the existing pre-drying section and in the new after-drying section to enable an even web run throughout the drying section.

Instead of cast iron cylinders, PrimeDry Steel cylinders are used to achieve the targeted production capacities. They provide up to 7% more drying capacity compared to same-sized cast iron cylinders at the same operating pressure and thus enable either increased production or reduced energy consumption within the space available. In addition, a new air system including heat recovery for the rebuilt drying section was installed to provide energy-efficient paper production.

The new PrimeFilm Sizer applies surface starch to both sides of the paper web simultaneously to achieve the requested strength values. This starch application technology was installed due to the high speed of the machine. The PrimeAir Glide air-turn and the PrimeFeeder tail threading system result in gentle web turning and reliable and fast tail threading.

The scope of supply further includes the entire basic process engineering as well as the complete PrimeControl automation package.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #118736
 06.12.2017

Kemira increases prices of wet strength chemicals in EMEA  (Company news)

Kemira announces a price increase for its paper wet strength products in EMEA. The adjustment will be effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.

The price increase of the wet strength chemicals will be up to 15%, depending on the specific formulations and can differ in selected geographies. This adjustment is necessary due to significant increase in key raw material costs.
(Kemira, Paper Segment)

Newsgrafik #118664
 05.12.2017

Qualvis builds on-demand, short run folding carton service with two Xerox – TRESU ...   (Company news)

... digital printing and coating lines

Picture: Qualvis supplies a diverse range of packaging in short runs for the Leicester-based meal delivery provider SpiceNTice. The packages are printed and coated on the Xerox – TRESU digital printing and coating lines

In response to demand for dramatically shorter packaging run-lengths in the food and personal healthcare sectors, folding carton converter Qualvis Print & Packaging, of Leicester, UK, has moved into digital production with major investments in printing, coating and finishing equipment. With two digital printing and integrated folding carton coating lines from Xerox and TRESU, Qualvis is offering an efficient on-demand service with lead-times of between six and 10 days.

Installed in early 2017 in a dedicated clean room, two printing and coating lines provide personalised packaging, multiple brand and language variations, as well as market testing samples. With minimal makeready costs, the production lines are providing a cost-effective source of quality packaging to start-up companies such as farms and home delivery providers that, in many cases, are seeking a print run of only 100 cartons. Additionally, customers have benefited from reduced stockholding and material waste, and reduced chance of stock-outs.

Each production line features a sheet-fed Xerox iGen digital press, integrated with a TRESU Pinta flexo coater, providing a single-pass package printing solution with speeds of up to 2500 sheets per hour, overseen by only one operator. One line features the iGen5, featuring CMYK plus a station for blue, green or orange, allowing the matching of up to 93 per cent of the Pantone colours; the other features the iGen4, with four process stations but the same levels of speed, automation and quality, with maximum resolutions of 2400 x 2400dpi. The iGen 4 line includes a CP Bourg dual feeder, making dual-sided coating possible. After coating on each line’s TRESU Pinta, the automatically stacked sheets, of sizes up to 364 x 660mm, are wheeled to a KAMA DC76 cutting and creasing system nearby.

“In the last decade we have seen average packaging print runs reduce by over half to about 8,000 sheets,” explains Jason Short, Qualvis’s managing director. “The make-ready times in litho mean we could not fulfil the growing need for shorter runs and maintain the machine uptime critical for success. With practically no setup times, a digital investment would clearly enable us to offer the variety, responsiveness and flexibility demanded by the market, and critical to creating value.

“The two Xerox iGen presses combined with the TRESU Pinta coaters give us the combination of sharp quality, productivity and reliability to compete in these short-run markets. And, with two lines, we have the back-up to ensure the most demanding delivery times, common for foods, are met on time,” Short continued.

Coating is a vital process that adds impact and aesthetic appeal to the package. The Pinta coater uses food-safe varnish media, including water-based matt, gloss and soft-touch, as well as UV-gloss, specially formulated by TRESU. The large gamut of the Xerox iGen 5, combined with the Pinta’s ability to create a wide range of finishes, means Qualvis can achieve an indistinguishable look to litho on the vast majority of its jobs.

The digital lines run one shift per day, and production schedules can vary heavily. Some shifts can be devoted to a single run, whereas others may comprise as many as ten jobs. Digital printing has grown quickly and already represents about 10 per cent of Qualvis’s turnover.

The digital investment at Qualvis complements a litho operation centred around a seven-colour KBA Rapida 106 and a six-colour Heidelberg 6LX Speedmaster.
(Tresu A/S)

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