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New Solution Launches NS Lion – An Integrated Label Coating, Printing and ...  (Company news)

... Finishing System, Powered by Memjet

Memjet ( announces that OEM partner New Solution has incorporated Memjet technology into its NS LION label coating printer. The NS LION is an end-to-end, label printing solution that coats, prints, laminates, die cuts, slits and finishes labels in a single inline process. The NS LION enables converters to easily incorporate digital technology and produce small volumes of high-quality, customized labels for a fraction of the capital cost of digital or flexo alternatives.

“The emerging generation expects a consistent yet cohesive brand experience across a more dynamic product mix, requiring a new approach to label production,” notes André Jacques, vice president of sales and marketing, New Solution. “To operate in this new ‘instant-response’ culture where smaller volumes represent a growing portion of the industry, label converters need flexible, integrated solutions. The NS LION enables converters to meet those market demands and produce high-quality labels in a fast, affordable and integrated way.”

A Single Inline Digital Workflow

The NS LION combines an affordable price, with its ease of installation and cost-effective use of media. This means label converters can profitably produce high-quality short runs from 100 to 50,000 labels.

The NS Lion coating feature lets converters leverage their less expensive flexo label stock and apply the right coating inline with no additional steps. That process makes the production of digital labels with specialized coatings more cost-effective than UV and aqueous inkjet printing alternatives.

By utilizing Memjet printhead technology, the NS LION produces a 1600 x 1600 dpi output that equals the quality of offset at a fraction of the cost.

“All of the time-consuming setup work involved in flexo printing has been compressed into a fast, easy workflow that requires virtually no setup time,” says Manuel Martinez, product developer at New Solution. “Using the inline capabilities of the NS LION means less setup, fewer steps and a faster production of customized labels.”
(Memjet United States)

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UNIPAK HELLAS SA Member of INDEVCO Group, Completes Acquisition of PAKO SA, Greece  (Company news)

UNIPAK HELLAS SA member of INDEVCO Group, a multinational company with diversified manufacturing, technical and consultancy services, is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of PAKO SA, Greece. The acquisition was completed and finalized officially on 5 September 2018 for an undisclosed amount.

INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, has been operating in the corrugated business since 1957 and in the Greek market since 2009 through its Greek member company, UNIPAK HELLAS SA.

PAKO is a vertically integrated paper manufacturing company, producing corrugated packaging and pioneering the production of recycled linerboard and recycling fluting in Greece since 1960. PAKO has continued its steady growth over the years, despite the difficulties in the local market and has shown resilience and commitment in serving its customers across the industrial sectors. The business will be integrated into INDEVCO Paper Containers division.

Commenting on the acquisition, Eleni Koliopoulou, CEO of PAKO, explains, “The acquisition is very good news for PAKO. We look forward to achieving full potential with the foreseeable investment this transaction will bring to our vertically-integrated operation. Combining excellent customer service with INDEVCO’s Innovation Center and resources will certainly yield the added value we aim to provide. Most importantly, we share a common culture, values, and business practices.”

INDEVCO Paper Containers President, Fayssal Frem, says: “We are delighted to welcome PAKO into INDEVCO Group. This acquisition is a sign of confidence INDEVCO Group has in the Greek market and in the talents of the country. We have an objective to pursue growth in Greece and the wider Balkans and will continue to invest across all levels of the operation to offer high-quality, innovative, and world-class packaging solutions that serve our customers in the agricultural and industrial sectors.”

PWC acted as the financial advisors to PAKO, and KPMG as the financial and HR advisors to INDEVCO Group. Dryllerakis and Associates acted as the legal advisors to PAKO and Panouris and Associates as the legal advisors to INDEVCO Group.

More information is available on INDEVCO Group, INDEVCO Paper Containers and UNIPAKHELLAS websites and in File Number 660/2018 at the Hellenic Competition Commission.
(Unipak Hellas)

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Innovative and sustainable paper-based packaging solutions  (Company news)

Sappi at FachPack 2018: Paper. People. Possibilities.

Sappi, a leading global producer of packaging and speciality papers today reported it is again exhibiting at FachPack, scheduled for 25 to 27 September 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. Sappi will be located in Hall 9, Stand 9-260 at the show. The trade show, with a focus on packaging, technology, finishing and logistics, is a key platform for the manufacturer of speciality papers and boards for presenting its innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to a broad European expert audience. Well-known brand owners, agencies, packaging manufacturers, printers and print finishers will be showcasing their latest products and solutions while also seeking new and innovative ideas.

Under the slogan of “Paper. People. Possibilities.”, Sappi will have on display outstanding solutions of applications produced on a variety of packaging papers and boards, ranging from functional papers, flexible packaging and label papers, paperboard and containerboard. Visitors to the Sappi stand can benefit from the expertise of Sappi representatives as well as discuss their specific packaging requirements.

Barrier solutions that protect
At FachPack, Sappi will feature a range of functional papers, including paper-based barrier solutions that protect packaged products from mineral oil contamination, deterioration due to water vapor or oxygen, and grease resistance. “We are looking forward to presenting several new barrier products within our Guard family at the show,” said Kerstin Dietze, Marketing Manager for Sappi’s Packaging and Speciality Papers. “As a leading company in the production of paper-based functional barrier solutions and with our experience and know-how in this field, we have gathered both customer and development insights that are invaluable in developing new barrier products. We are looking forward to speaking about the specific needs of visitors to our stand.”

In addition to barrier papers, Sappi will also be showing a paper based solution with integrated sealing functionality for use in flexible packaging applications. These sustainable sealing solutions feature improved sealing properties. They are completely recyclable, and replace non recyclable paper-poly-laminates and they are also containing a high proportion of renewable raw materials.

Paperboard: Algro Design for premium packaging
Sappi will also have numerous examples of premium packaging produced on its family of Algro Design solid bleached board. This includes high-end packaging for cosmetics, perfume, beverages, confectionary and fashion that have benefited from Algro Design’s high brightness and excellent surface, demonstrating the ability to effectively use any printing or finishing techniques required to set the product apart on the shelf. Brand owners, agencies and designers will be especially intrigued with the possibilities this outstanding board, made from virgin fibres, can open. Visitors will be able to collect a personal copy of the new Algro Design swatch book at the show.

“New at the show for paperboard applications,” Dietze added, “will be our first board solution with integrated functional barrier properties. This will expand the range of applications that can be sustainably packaged in paperboard without the need for plastic or other liners to protect products.”

Solution in corrugated board packaging
Sappi Fusion Topliner for corrugated board packaging will also have a place of pride in the Sappi stand at FachPack. Fusion Topliner features better printability, excellent colour rendering and curl-free results that enable the use of countless finishing options. It fits seamlessly into existing production processes, reducing costs and improving quality. In addition, Fusion Topliner requires 30% to 50% less glue in lamination for reduced glue consumption and faster drying times.

Fusion Topliner is also ideally suited for digital printing applications. While digitally printing in the corrugated board market still comprises a small percentage of overall printing, experts predict double-digit growth rates per year due to the increase in shorter runs and more customized corrugated packaging.

Visitors to the Sappi stand at FachPack will be able to experience the brilliant colors and high whiteness that are possible with both conventionally and digitally printed topliners for corrugated board packaging.

Flexible Packaging and Labels
Sappi will also have on display its broad portfolio of paper-based products for flexible packaging and labels. This product portfolio was recently enhanced with the acquisition by Sappi of the Cham Paper Group, and FachPack will be the debut of this integrated product portfolio now incorporated into the Sappi brand. This includes grades for wet-glue and, self-adhesive labelling and a wide range of coated and uncoated Kraft papers suitable for many flexible packaging applications.

Paper. People. Possibilities
At the Sappi FachPack stand, visitors will be able to experience the industry’s broadest array of high-quality and sustainable paper-based packaging solutions. Sappi experts will be on hand to welcome guests, learn about their business requirements and make suggestions for innovative ways that brand owners, designers, agencies, converters, printers and finishers can utilize these outstanding solutions for business growth.
(Sappi Limited)

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Zünd at FachPack: new solutions for industrial finishing  (Company news)

The focus of the Zünd exhibit at FachPack 2018, September 25 - 27 in Nuremberg, Germany, is on modular automation in digital cutting. The leading supplier of digital cutting systems will present, among other things, a new automation solution for fully integrated industrial finishing.

The versatility of Zünd's finishing solutions provides numerous options for sustainable productivity increases with minimal demands in personnel. The product offering for finishing includes an automatic tool changer, collaborative robotic material handling, and production lines with fully automated loading/stacking systems. In Nuremberg (Hall 7A, Booth 628), Zünd introduces a brand-new development in automated material handling designed specifically for industrial applications. With a maximum stack height of 1.5 m (5 ft), the system offers longer continuous production time and helps make high-volume finishing even more efficient and profitable. To illustrate high-throughput processing of corrugated board and foam even without automated material-handling, Zünd has a G3 cutting system on display configured for tandem operation. The tandem setup enables a continuous production workflow in which loading and processing occur at the same time. In addition, the cutter is equipped with an RML high-performance router and automated tool changer ARC. The latter holds up to 8 different bits, which greatly facilitates jobs requiring multiple bit types and sizes. The operator never loses track of the tooling and can reduce the time spent in changeovers to a minimum for optimal use of the cutting system.

Roman Hasler, Segment Manager Packaging, explains: «Packaging providers are forced to produce under permanent time and margin pressures. With our modular cutting and material-handling solutions, we can meet individual needs for automation and assist our customers in making their digital finishing operations even more efficient and profitable». For example, with collaborative robot technology. Zünd demonstrates a possible application with a robotic device from Universal Robots. The robotic arm picks cut pieces off a Zünd S3 cutter and places them in predefined spots.

Intelligent production planning, control, and monitoring are critical for creating productive finishing workflows. The software suite Zünd Cut Center ZCC provides a virtual control center for fully integrated digital finishing. With new features such as high-speed registration methods, even simpler production planning, and a dashboard for easy monitoring of Zünd cutter performance, ZCC Version 3 offers unprecedented flexibility and even more user-friendly operation.
(Zünd Systemtechnik AG)

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Valmet to supply web monitoring systems to Shanying Huazhong Paper in China  (Company news)

Picture: Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System

Valmet has received orders for next-generation web monitoring systems from Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd. in China. The full-scale Valmet IQ Web Monitoring Systems will be installed on two paper machines at the company to improve and maintain machine productivity.

The orders were included in Valmet's first and second quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"Shanying has a clear strategy for the Industrial Internet and developing the automation level of its machines, and we are now taking steps forward with this. We believe that with Valmet's solutions and services, we can improve our product quality and machine runnability, as well as optimize machine efficiency," says Liu Fubin, Purchasing Director of Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd.

"Valmet is capable of offering complete automation packages, including process controls and quality controls. Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System plays a vital role in developing quality and total machine efficiency. We are delighted to be able to provide all the applications and services that our customer needs to achieve these demanding targets," says Zhutuan Guo, Sales Director, China, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System
Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System is a tool to improve the runnability of all production machines in the paper industry. Excellent image quality, synchronized video recordings and an easy-to-use operator interface ensure quick root cause analyses of web breaks. Spearhead technology utilized in system components, together with field-tested hardware and professional services, make Valmet the market leader of web monitoring systems.

Information about the customer
Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd. is a part of Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the largest industrial papermaking enterprises and packaging board manufacturers in China. Established in 1999, the company has been listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange since 2001. In 2013, the company was restructured as part of Ji'an Group Co., Ltd. The company has subsidiaries in the Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Hubei and Tianjin provinces, among others. It has set up wholly owned companies, for example, in the US, UK, Netherlands Germany, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong. Shanying International has an annual yield of 3,050,000 tons of paper and 1 billion square meters of cardboard and paper carton, ranking top within the industry in terms of scale.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Verso to Launch New Specialty Label Papers at Labelexpo Americas 2018  (Company news)

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) today announced the launch of three new label papers, OptiLabel™ HB, OptiLitho™ C1S and OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS, further expanding its specialty label paper portfolio, the largest in North America.

"We are pleased to be launching three new innovative label products for pressure sensitive, label and converting, and inkjet food contact applications to satisfy the growing needs of our specialty paper customers," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "We are very proud to be featuring these new products for the first time at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago next week."

Verso's OptiLabel™ HB family of general purpose pressure sensitive face stock papers expands with the addition of a new 58 lb. (3300 ft2 / 86 gsm) basis weight offering that is optimized for laminating, label printing, die cutting and high speed label application processes. The OptiLabel™ HB family is also offered in a 53 lb. (3300 ft2 / 78 gsm) basis weight and is designed for high-end, pressure sensitive label applications requiring premium label appearance and high strength for matrix stripping and runnability. Ideal for flexographic printing, OptiLabel™ HB features premium brightness and an enhanced blue-white shade, combined with high opacity and a semi-gloss finish.

OptiLitho™ C1S is a new family of C1S glue-applied cut and stack label papers for label and converting applications. OptiLitho™ C1S is offered in 55 lb. (3300 ft2 / 81 gsm) and 60 lb. (3300 ft2 / 89 gsm) and features a smooth surface, excellent ink holdout for offset, flexographic and rotogravure printing, and is designed to perform in demanding and unique printing and converting applications.

OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS joins the OptiPrime™ family of specialty pressure sensitive label papers for emerging label printing technologies and is offered in 42 lb. (3300 ft2 / 62 gsm) and 38 lb. (3000 ft2 / 62 gsm). OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS is a wet strength label paper designed for premium aqueous inkjet and flexographic direct food contact pressure sensitive label applications requiring wet strength performance for better durability in higher moisture environments. OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS has high strength for fast die cutting, matrix stripping and runnability along with a high brightness, high opacity and premium blue-white shade.

"OptiLabel™ HB and OptiLitho™ C1S products are made on the No. 3 paper machine known for making high quality release liner and label papers at Verso's Escanaba Mill in Michigan, a fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturing facility," said Verso Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Papers Ed Buehler. "OptiPrime™ Inkjet WS is produced at Verso's Stevens Point Mill in Wisconsin, North America's largest state-of-the-art specialty paper mill."

These new offerings join Verso's label paper portfolio which includes Aspect®, Sterling®, OptiTherm™, UniTherm™, DuraPoint, ProPoint, OmniPoint, LithoPoint, EcoPoint and CraftPoint™ - the most comprehensive label paper portfolio produced in North America.

For more information, visit Verso's booth #1539 at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago, Illinois, September 24 – 27, 2018, or visit or email
(Verso Corporation)

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Lecta to Increase CWF 1S Prices by 5% to 6%   (Company news)

Lecta announces a price increase of 5% to 6% on all its CWF 1 side grades in sheets and reels.

The continuous increase in manufacturing costs makes the price increase unavoidable.

The new prices will be effective on deliveries from October 1st, 2018.

Lecta sales teams are at our customers’ disposal to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied by product on a country-by-country basis.

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Nazdar EMEA Sales Manager forecasts growth of UV LED in flexographic industry  (Company news)

Picture: Jim Whitehead

Nazdar Ink Technologies appointed Jim Whitehead to the role of Sales Manager, EMEA, in February 2018 with responsibility for sales management of Nazdar's product offerings in the flexo technology sector to the UK and other European markets.

Having previously worked at leading companies including Sericol and Fujifilm, Jim has responsibility for sales management of Nazdar branded and OEM private labelled screen, digital and narrow web products.

Since his appointment, he has been busy evaluating, establishing and maintaining profitable channels for Nazdar products throughout the EMEA region. A particular focus for Jim and his team is the burgeoning UV LED market. Jim explains: "To date, UV LED technology has been adopted more readily in the USA than in Europe, partly due to grants from energy providers to switch to low consumption manufacturing processes. The US bias is unusual as the EU has tended to be the early adopter of new flexo technologies in the past."

Jim is keen to educate the UK and other European markets as to the offerings that Nazdar has available. He continues: "Some press manufacturers and label convertors don't fully appreciate the breadth of UV LED curing ink products that Nazdar has. It's not just a case of white and colours being available; the whole portfolio - including thermal varnishes, foiling and laminating adhesives, peel and reseal packages to name but a few - are available in UV LED curing technology."

But why would label convertors consider UV LED curing? In a nutshell it's a great way of saving energy - which, in turn, reduces costs. UV LED lamps, like in the home, use far less energy than conventional mercury lamps.
Jim continues: "Additionally, there is no ozone production, so less extraction is required. Lower heat output from lamps means it is easier to manage temperature-sensitive substrates and - again - less heat extraction is required. Other benefits include a longer lamp life, and the improved print consistency courtesy of the fact that peak output is better maintained with UV LED technology. Finally, there are also increased time efficiencies as UV LED lamps are ready to work in minutes, compared to the long heat up time of mercury lamps."

With more than 20 years' experience in the printing ink industry, Jim is ideally positioned to champion the growth of Nazdar in the flexographic print industry. Having entered the USA flexo market in 2006 offering a full range of water-based, UV, and UV LED technology, Nazdar has a proven track record. The business has grown organically and now has its sights set on the EMEA marketplace.

The company offers its high-quality flexo ink solutions to support the majority of end-user segments, including prime label (home care, food & beverage, personal care), pressure sensitive, in-mould, packaging (film, folding carton, paper), thermal imprintable, and more.

The Nazdar inks portfolio is broad and encompasses opaque white, CMYK and base colours, metallic, fade resistant, a wide range of varnishes, peel and reseal varnish and adhesives. With dedicated UK technical, service and support teams based in Stockport, Cheshire, Nazdar is well positioned to take advantage of the growing UV LED sector.
(Nazdar Limited)

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Winners in ‘Presentation of goods’ category  (Company news)

Model made an excellent showing at the German Packaging Awards this year, taking home two trophies. The Evian Aqua Drink display and hexagonal lighthouse display (DABSO SA – Fisherman's Friend) were both named winners in the ‘Presentation of goods’ category.

Evian Aqua Drink Display
The display reflects the purity of Evian water and highlights the product’s simplicity and clarity. The individual trays are stacked on top of one another, offering excellent stability.

The separate trays are positioned on a simple cardboard tube, allowing them to be arranged as desired at the point of sale.

The slim design and product-relevant colours round off the display. It has been finished with digital printing, fully implemented with food-safe, water-based inks. It is also 100% recyclable.

Hexagonal lighthouse display (DABSO SA – Fisherman’s Friend)
The lighthouse design captures the Fisherman’s Friend brand’s affiliation with the sea. The numerous openings on the sides allow the display to carry various flavours. The uppermost shelf, which resembles an observation deck, offers sample-sized portions of the product.

The packaging’s modular structure makes it easy to transport and handle and offers a high level of stability. The space-saving display also serves as transport packaging. The beautiful design represents an allusion to the sea and the strong brand communication makes the packaging stand out at the point of sale. It is completely recyclable and can be customised with digital printing.
(Model AG)

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Meet Kotkamills at FachPack Exhibition  (Company news)

We warmly welcome you to meet the Kotkamills Consumer Boards team at FachPack, the European trade fair for packaging, processing and technology on September 25th – 27th at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, Germany. You will find Kotkamills at stand 5-430 located in hall 5.

Kotkamills Consumer Boards will be presenting their AEGLE® range of Folding Boxboards at the show, including the recyclable barrier coated packaging board products, along with the ISLA® Duo cupstock for the production of easily recyclable plastic free paper cups.

The world is changing at a rapid pace towards a plastic free future and this will require new innovations to meet this demand. Kotkamills recognize these changes and have created packaging board products that meet these challenges. In addition to traditional folding boxboard solutions AEGLE® Pro and AEGLE® White, Kotkamills’ AEGLE® Barrier Light and AEGLE® Barrier Plus bring a new and innovative approach to consumer packaging with their water based dispersion barrier properties. All of the AEGLE® range of products (including the barrier grades) are free from fluoro chemicals and plastic coatings and can be easily recycled in the normal waste stream.

Moreover, Kotkamills' ISLA® Duo cupstock does not contain plastics. ISLA® Duo can be easily recycled with normal paper waste requiring no additional treatments to remove plastic coatings, thus ensuring cups made with our material form an integral part of the circular economy by allowing the valuable wood fibres to reused.

You are welcome to meet our sales representatives and technical customer service professionals to learn more about our innovative, plastic free solutions for the packaging and food service industries.
(Kotkamills Oy)

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Lecta to Increase CWF and UWF Prices by 5% to 7%   (Company news)

Lecta announces a price increase of 5% to 7% on all its 2 side CWF and UWF grades in sheets and reels.

The continuous increase in manufacturing costs makes the price increase unavoidable.

The new prices will be effective on deliveries from October 1st, 2018.

Lecta sales teams are at our customers’ disposal to coordinate the price increase implementation.

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TRESU showcases profit-building flexo systems for print quality improvement at PRINT 18  (Company news)

TRESU Americas, part of the global TRESU Group, will present its latest flexographic machine and equipment solutions for packaging converters at its booth (3342) at PRINT 18, 30 September – 2 October, McCormick Place South, Chicago, Illinois.

Designed to meet the demands of printers and brand owners, TRESU printing presses and ancillary equipment deliver print quality, speed and reliable cost-effective production. TRESU’s skilled manufacturing, sales, and support team in Dallas, Texas, provides service, support and consultancy to customers throughout North America and builds on TRESU’s 35 year-old tradition of high-level service. Its global presence and experience makes TRESU a strong partner for both international flexographic and digital printers, and brands.

Systems for success
On its booth at PRINT 18 will be a selection of TRESU’s leading ancillaries, including carbon fiber and ceramic doctor blade chambers, the F10 iCon automatic ink control system and the MaxiPrint Concept chamber. Videos, information and samples of other TRESU ancillaries will be available as well as for its flagship Flexo Innovator press.

The Flexo Innovator is a versatile, custom-configured multi-process inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates. Available in web widths from 670mm to 1700mm (26.38in to 66.92in), the press is an efficient alternative to labor-intensive central impression presses. It can integrate water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks and high-end complementary processes in a single operation. With speeds up to 800m/minute (2625ft/min), the press features unit-to-unit drying, automatic ink supply and sleeve systems.

Inline architecture means that all units are easily accessible, and make-ready preparations can be made on unused units while the press is running. Handling multiple processes saves time in moving materials to off-line finishing equipment, reducing the risk of handling damage.

Many of the features and options of the Flexo Innovator press are available for retrofitting to existing presses.

Ancillaries and options for quality and efficiency
TRESU’s chamber doctor blade systems can make a major difference to printers through efficient ink application and fast color changes. Options include a choice of light-weight corrosion-resistant carbon fiber or ceramic construction. Both systems are designed for label, flexible packaging and paperboard printing and coating applications, and are available in widths from 185mm to 6000mm (7.28in to 236.22in).

Improved print quality is another benefit of TRESU’s chamber doctor blade systems. “Pressure Control Technology” prevents micro-foaming and ensures clean, uniform print – even for high-viscosity metallic coatings. A long-life rubber seal system provides an airtight enclosure, preventing leakage, and maintains consistent ink pressure. Ink quality is assured by a liquid barrier, formed between the rotating anilox rolls and the chamber, preventing air from entering in the cells during production. The chamber doctor blades also feature fast, safe blade exchange as standard.

For web widths from 1600mm to 6000mm (63in to 236.22in), the new MaxiPrint Concept chamber features an integrated cleaning nozzle with a robustly designed water-shot mechanism for fast, efficient cleaning of the chamber and the anilox roll. A low-pressure shot mechanism ensures minimal water loss during cleaning. The TRESU P-Line pneumatic clamping system also ensures fast, safe blade exchange within two minutes.

The new SAVEink chamber, for narrow web applications, and FlexiPrint Easy chambers, for flexible packaging, are light-weight and feature a carbon fiber ink-repellent surface with high corrosion resistance. The SAVEink chamber features a pre-set doctor blade for precise application control, for press widths up to 800mm (31.5in).

Automatic ink supply and temperature control systems
The F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, to ensure a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate without air contamination. An energy-efficient system, it provides thorough automatic cleaning with a complete ink change cycle taking between 5 and 15 minutes. As part of the automatic cleaning, a very large proportion of the unused ink can be returned to the bucket. Information on TRESU’s full range of coating circulators and conditioners for high-viscosity coatings will also be available on the stand.

A core competency of TRESU’s ancillary portfolio is process temperature control. Since the 1980s, TRESU’s Dallas facility has been providing innovative solutions for pumping heat from printing presses. The company’s chilling systems utilise a “split system” design using a remote condenser to extract heat from the pressroom and not interfere with the printing process or place additional demands on a facility’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

TRESU is a leading provider of process temperature control systems and devices for managing heat generated by offset, flexo and digital printing presses. A unique feature in every process chiller from TRESU is the proactive IDMS (Internal Diagnostic Monitoring System) module. IDMS monitors the chiller and alerts the TRESU service department of performance issues, and gives customers peace of mind.

Flexo printers can achieve higher speeds with TRESU’s drying technologies. High-performance drying depends on air flow and velocity, especially when water-based inks are involved. Drying speeds and efficiency have been optimized, and up to 80 per cent of the air inside the dryer – and 60 per cent of the exhaust energy - can be recycled, through TRESU’s green technology solutions.

Inline coating for digital packaging printing
As digital packaging converting continues to grow rapidly, TRESU works closely with digital press manufacturers, developing versatile, efficient inline coating systems to meet the demands of very short-run production. TRESU coating systems integrate with sheet-fed digital presses to apply added-value coatings and metallic embellishments to folding carton, papers and synthetic materials for pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and beverage, promotional gift, consumer electronics packaging and commercial printing applications.

The TRESU iCoat 30000 is designed for use with the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press, and the TRESU Pinta is available for Xerox iGen press users. TRESU also supplies a comprehensive range of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in this coating workflow. The TRESU iCut 30000 digital cutter quickly prepares plates for localised coating situations.

“PRINT remains a major marketplace for all sectors of the industry, and in today’s business environment it is essential that packaging converters learn what is available to make them more efficient and competitive” said Scott Hibbs, president, TRESU Americas. “TRESU’s printing presses, ancillaries and ability to serve its customers throughout North America position it as an ideal partner for successful converters and major brands.”
(Tresu A/S)

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Metsä Board to showcase paperboard and design innovations at FachPack 2018  (Company news)

At FachPack in Nuremberg, Metsä Board will present its product portfolio of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, white kraftliners and food service boards along with its award-winning design services.

Metsä Board will feature the latest addition to its product offering, an eco-barrier paperboard called MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1. Its special barrier treatment is bio-based, recyclable and biodegradable, and developed especially for food service use. In addition to the sustainability benefits it also offers efficiencies in printing and converting.

At the exhibition Metsä Board will highlight its range of packaging analysis and design services which encompass material and structural evaluation as well as modification of existing packaging. Together with its lightweight paperboards Metsä Board’s packaging analysis and design service enables better, safer and more sustainable packaging solutions. One example of this service is the innovative and award-winning SkinCare 2.0 gift box which uses fibre-based materials to replace plastic.

Under the ‘PackageLab’ concept Metsä Board will provide inspiration and ideas to demonstrate the innovative use of materials and design for cosmetics, food, e-commerce, healthcare and beverage packaging. Visitors will be able to experience how the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology, contained within the Arilyn-app, helps transform the physical world into a virtual experience.

Visitors can also see first-hand the ground-breaking winning design ‘Stretching Inner Part’ from the recent ‘Better with Less – Design Challenge’, which was organised by Metsä Board. This innovative design introduces an ingenious alternative to plastic bubble wrap. In addition, inspirational designs from the other finalists will also be presented at the show.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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Valmet Advantage DCT tissue production line successfully started up at ...  (Company news)

... Velvet CARE's mill in Poland

Velvet CARE's Klucze mill in Poland has successfully started up a Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line. As one of the largest and most modern tissue lines in Eastern Europe, it will help Velvet CARE to strengthen their position as a leader in tissue production in Poland, and Central and Eastern European markets.

"This is a most joyful milestone in Valmet's and Velvet CARE's 's joint effort to boost tissue quantity and quality of Velvet's production," says Hans Englund, Project Manager, Valmet.

"We want to ensure that our products meet the highest requirements in the homes of the Poles, every day. The reliable and efficient Advantage DCT technology from Valmet will help us accomplish that," says Artur Pielak, CEO, Velvet CARE.

"Just like Valmet, Velvet has its focal point set on future development," Marek Sciazko, Director of Klucze Mill, adds. "The Advantage DCT tissue making technology empowers that vision by setting the table for quality tissue grades fit for the future. We have already started to improve the cost efficiency of the production by changing the settings of the process and machine".

Valmet's Advantage solutions are designed to meet tissue producers' challenges of today as well as of tomorrow. Valmet has until today delivered 80 Advantage DCT production lines. The concept is well-known for its high efficiency and ability to manufacture most types of conventional tissue with the highest quality - making it a popular choice for tissue professionals worldwide.

Technical information of the delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery includes a complete Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line with a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The machine is 5.6 m wide, making it one of the largest machines in the Central Eastern European market.

Stock preparation systems and auxiliary equipment were also included, and the machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. Furthermore, it features an Advantage ViscoNip, AirCap hood with Air system, WetDust system and a SoftReel. Valmet has also delivered basic and detailed mill engineering. An automation package including DCS (distributed control) and QCS (quality control) systems, was also a part of the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Creative premium packaging at LUXE PACK Monaco  (Company news)

Improving brand communication with Algro Design paperboard

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of packaging and speciality papers and boards, reported that it is exhibiting for the first time at LUXE PACK Monaco, scheduled for 1 to 3 October 2018 at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum. At the show, Sappi will be located in the Diaghilev Hall 9, Stand DG26. For more than 30 years, the world’s most prestigious brands have gathered at LUXE PACK Monaco to learn about advances in innovative packaging for luxury products.

“We are excited to be making our corporate debut with our own booth at LUXE PACK in Monaco,” said Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager Paperboard at Sappi. “We are looking forward to meeting with converters, designers, brand owners, printers, finishers, and others. We will share with them information on the positive impact our premium solid bleached boards of the Algro Design family could make in terms of shelf appeal and total consistency in communication for branded products, such as cosmetics, perfume, confectionary, luxury drinks, lifestyle and fashion.

Paperboard: Algro Design for premium packaging
At LUXE PACK, Sappi will have numerous examples of premium packaging for luxury products produced on its family of Algro Design solid bleached board. These samples demonstrate the ability to effectively use any printing or finishing techniques required to set the product apart on the shelf. Brand owners, agencies and designers will be especially intrigued with the possibilities that this outstanding product family, made from 100% virgin fibres, can offer to create effective and highly consistent marketing and brand communication that ranges from uncoated and single coated to symmetrically double coated surfaces.

Visitors will be able to collect a personal copy of the new Algro Design swatch book at the show as well.
(Sappi Limited)

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Invercote and Incada - when paperboard pros get to choose  (Company news)

Picture: The Origin Box is made of three kinds of paper material, of which two, Invercote and Incada, are made by Iggesund Paperboard. Converter was Du Caju Printing & Packaging, Belgium

Iggesund Paperboard, which is part of the Holmen Group, has the two most valuable paperboard brands in Europe. That’s the conclusion of a brand survey done by the analyst firm Opticom International Research. Over 200 converters – companies that process paperboard into finished packaging – rank Invercote and Incada from Iggesund at the very top.

The survey encompasses converters in Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands in the packaging segments: pharmaceuticals & health care products, cosmetics & beauty, chocolate & confectionery, dry foodstuffs, frozen & chilled foods, and wines & spirits. The study has been done every second year since 2004 and Iggesund’s brands have consistently placed at the top.

“Every time we place highest in this survey we get confirmation that both our paperboard families offer what the market wants,” comments a satisfied Kenneth Nysten, Sales and Marketing Director at Iggesund. “Of course, it is particularly pleasing that the survey participants are converters, who make their living from transforming this white and lightweight paperboard into functional and elegant packaging.”

The survey also concludes that high quality and sustainability characteristics are becoming more and more important as selection criteria. Converters also have high expectations on properties such as printability, runnability in the conversion process, and folding properties – all of which both Invercote and Incada achieve with ease.

Iggesund and Stora Enso are perceived as leading the paperboard market with regard to sustainability, even though the majority of the respondents do not see any clear leader within the industry.

“The converters’ opinion, not least the fact that they single out runnability and product quality, reinforces our view that we are heading in the right direction. Their appreciation of our sustainability work is also important and a strong argument in favour of our products,” Nysten concludes.
(Iggesund Paperboard AB)

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Global Hygiène to start tissue production in Charavines in 2020  (Company news)

The former Arjowiggins site in Charavines, France will become operational again. The new owner Global Hygiène plans to start producing tissue at the site in 2020, which will make it an integrated producer of tissue products.

French sanitary products manufacturer Global Hygiène has announced more concrete plans for the former Arjowiggins plant Charavines in the east of the country. The company, which had announced the takeover of the idle site back in 2015 and now finalised it, plans to start tissue paper production in early 2020. The installation work is scheduled to begin in September and will take 18 months. The financing of the project had now been secured and completed, said Global Hygiène. The company receives €490,000 from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and a total of €1.18m in subsidies from the national government. A total of €20m is to be invested in the project.

Global Hygiène plans to install a new tissue machine in Charavines with an annual capacity of 30,000 t. According to the company, the machine will produce tissue paper for the group's two converting plants in Auxonne and Vern d'Anjou. This makes Global Hygiène an integrated manufacturer of tissue products. The company currently buys around 30,000 tpy of tissue paper on the open market which it converts to tissue products at its two plants. Global Hygiène produces single-use wipes and sanitary products such as toilet paper, paper towels or medical drapes. The company employs over 130 people and its annual sales amount to around €47m. The start-up of Charavines will initially create 35 new jobs.

Luc Brami, CEO of Global Hygiène, said at the time of the acquisition announcement that the new plant would consolidate the company's leadership position in the market for sanitary products. The company was said to be the market leader with a market share of 15%.
(EUWID Papier und Zellstoff)

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Hygienic Tissue Mills fired up a new TT WIND-P tissue rewinder supplied by Toscotec, ...  (Company news)

... in South Africa

On July 27, Hygienic Tissue Mills started up a Toscotec-supplied TT WIND-P tissue rewinder at its Pietermaritzburg mill, in eastern South Africa. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, following the supply of a MODULO-PLUS tissue machine, PM2, in 2017. The TT WIND-P slitter rewinder serves PM2, processing 100% virgin pulp and recycled paper parent rolls.

The TT WIND-P slitter rewinder features 2 unwind stands and handles parent rolls of 2750 mm sheet trim and 2500 mm diameter, with a design speed of 1500 mpm. The pneumatically loaded slitting system has a minimum width of 150 mm. Toscotec supplied the complete electrification and control system, and the sectional drive system. The scope of supply also included the erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance, and on-site training.

Toscotec Start-up & Service Engineer David Ponte commented, “It was one of the fastest commissioning I have seen for a rewinder. The TT WIND reached its maximum speed in record time with a final product that was already sellable. Thanks to the great cooperation of Hygienic Tissue’s team, we completed fine tuning in two days with the machine running at top speed”.

Hygienic Tissue CEO Ashraf Jooma said, “On the day of start-up, we reached the maximum speed in a few hours. On this rewinder, we expect to get the same efficiency that we have on the MODULO-PLUS machine. High efficiency and consumption reduction are our priorities, and we are happy with the results we are getting in both areas”.

Matteo Giorgio Marrano, Toscotec Area Sales Manager said: “the TT WIND-P rewinder completed the scope of supply of a MODULO-PLUS tissue line that has been running efficiently for nearly one year and a half. This is a new achievement for Toscotec in the South African market, which has been growing steadily in the last few years. Hygienic Tissue’s strong focus on energy savings matches our mission of tailoring the design of high performing tissue machines to the mill’s specific working conditions, in order to optimize energy usage. The good performance of the slitter rewinder goes into this direction”.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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FIPA in practice: Reliable picking for cardboard packaging  (Company news)

Packaging manufacturer chooses the FIPA Varioflex® vacuum cup

To handle the perforated cardboard packaging, Smurfit uses grippers with vacuum cups. However, the bellows vacuum cups previously in use would sporadically lose the packaging during picking, and suffered from premature wear. This made the system unreliable. FIPA was commissioned to retrofit the system. As a solution for reliable handling of the abrasive cardboard packaging, FIPA used Varioflex® vacuum cups. Bellows vacuum cups made from the composite material Varioflex®, a special polyurethane in two different degrees of hardness, consisting of a soft and flexible sealing lip plus a strong body. The flexible lip seals securely against the cardboard packaging, ensuring high holding forces and low leakage. The stable body absorbs high transverse forces and prevents the load from slipping sideways. Due to their low wear, Varioflex® vacuum cups have a long life cycle. Another component to the solution is FIPA ejector boxes, with high suction power for rapid evacuation.

“The changeover to FIPA Varioflex® bellows vacuum cups for suction that works on the special surface of corrugated board and the switch to vacuum generation with FIPA ejectors has been a complete success,” says Dirk Keitel, Maintenance Manager at Smurfit Kappa Neuss. With FIPA Varioflex® vacuum cups and FIPA ejector boxes, the system now runs smoothly – with low wear.

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Six finalists for Metsä Board at the 2018 European Carton Excellence Award  (Company news)

Pro Carton and ECMA have recently revealed the finalists for the European Carton Excellence Award 2018, with six out of 36 finalists produced from Metsä Board’s paperboards. Each of these finalist cartons were submitted by Metsä Board customers into the following categories: Frozen & Chilled Foods, Fast/Convenience Foods, Dry Foods & Beverages, Confectionery, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Non-Food.

“We are extremely excited that once again a wide selection of cartons using our paperboards have been selected as finalists,” Mika Paljakka, VP Sales EMEA, Metsä Board. “As the focus is now to reduce the use of non-renewable materials and meet consumer needs for total safety and an improved user experience, we firmly believe that our fresh fibre paperboards are well positioned to meet these requirements. When our paperboards are combined with cutting-edge design, as shown by the quality of the entries received for these awards, the benefits are universal.”

All the entries can be viewed and voted for by visiting Public voting closes on 16 September and the winners will be announced at the Award Gala in Riga, Latvia on 20 September.

The European Carton Excellence Awards attract hundreds of entries, with the jury looking for excellence in design, convenience, brand communication and the major role cartonboard plays as a sustainable packaging material.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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Solidus Solutions buys Northern Paper Board  (Company news)

Solidus Solutions (“Solidus”), a European producer of solid board, graphic board, core board and solid board packaging, today announces its acquisition of a majority stake in Northern Paper Board Limited (“the Company”), the UK-based manufacturer of boxes used for packaging. Solidus has acquired the stake from Northern Paper Board’s current owners, John and Paul Curran, who will continue to lead the company along with its existing management team.

Established in 1979, Northern Paper Board supplies a wide variety of solid board and corrugated octabin solutions and services to the food processing industry. The Skipton-based company also has a merchant packaging operation supplying cardboard, guillotine cardboard, polythene and other packaging services. The Company operates from its purpose-built premises in North Yorkshire.

Richard Houben, CEO of Solidus, commented: “We are pleased to announce Solidus’ acquisition of a controlling interest in Northern Paper Board, which has a reputation for quality, excellence and dedication to meeting customer needs. It’s an impressive business with high-quality manufacturing capabilities. We look forward to working with John and Paul Curran going forward.”
(Solidus Solutions Board B.V.)

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KAPAG offers unique and sustainable paperboard creations  (Company news)

Broad range of products for luxury packaging and graphical applications

Picture: Made of EcoBoard White Coated Duo

Customers can source a unique range of laminated paperboard from KAPAG Karton + Papier AG, or alternatively, look to the paperboard laminator for the rapid realisation of their own product ideas.

“When it comes to the development of a new product, our customers benefit from an almost unlimited selection of base papers”, says Mr. Alexander Meyer, managing owner of KAPAG. According to the customer’s requirement, the papers are combined to create a paperboard compound that consists of between two and six layers. “Thus, our customers are able to create a product for luxury packaging, graphical applications and for uses in logistics and industry that is not only unique but also has the added benefit of being sustainable”, continues Mr. Meyer.

Some of the products the company presents at FachPack 2018 (Hall 9, Stand 262) are:

EcoBoard White Coated Duo is the latest product offering that came to life thanks to the flexibility of raw paper ingredients that lamination makes possible. The quality has been specifically designed for spirits such as whisky, gin, vodka, champagne as well as for fine wines. Its bright white surface ensures superior printability and finishing options. EcoBoard White Coated Duo can be produced double coated on both sides or with either an uncoated white surface or a silver front side. It contains a minimum waste paper content of 50%, an important feature for spirit associations such as the Scottish Whisky Association, as it enables them to comply with their environmental targets.

FibreForm® Board and FibreForm® Duo represent yet another new product from KAPAG Karton + Papier AG. This food approved solid bleached board has got high tensile stretch and tearing resistance. These properties allow for unusually deep embossing (greater than three times the board thickness), which until recently was unheard of in the field of cartonboard. The unusually deep embossing not only attracts attention to packaged branded goods but also helps to guard against counterfeit packaging. FibreForm® Board complements the FibreForm® paper range from BillerudKorsnäs.

Algro Duo is KAGAG’s established solid bleached board grade. Customers are assured of a perpetual radiant white and uniform surface regardless of whether they use this food approved quality in 450gsm or 1660gsm. These homogeneous properties allow products to be converted with a consistent look and feel for a virtually unlimited range of applications. Algro Duo complements the Algro Design® range from Sappi.

The popularity of EcoLine reflects the international trend for sustainable products that are now used increasingly in premium packaging for luxury goods. This graphical recycling paper is made from
100 % recycled fibres and can be transformed into unique cards, designer wrapping paper, envelopes or premium packaging. EcoLine, and its laminated version, EcoLine Duo, are available in either brown or grey from 90gsm to 440gsm.

Alpha BlackCore is dyed a solid deep black throughout and is the preferred option for applications where stylish design counts. The entire Alpha BlackCore range is acid free, buffered and wood free and therefore perfectly suited for picture framing (e.g. passe-partouts) or for use in museums and archives. Alpha BlackCore can also be embossed or produced with flock for applications in luxury packaging. Combinations with coloured outer or middle layers as well as self-adhesive film are equally possible. The thickness ranges from between 0.5mm and 2.0mm.
(KAPAG Karton + Papier AG)

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BillerudKorsnäs Capital Markets Webcast 2018: “Unlocking the Potential”  (Company news)

“Unlocking the Potential” is the main theme of BillerudKorsnäs’ Capital Markets Webcast on 17 September 2018. During the webcast, BillerudKorsnäs will provide a strategy update including more insights into the Next Generation and Production Excellence programmes. The group’s long-term financial targets remain unchanged. In addition, new KPIs to measure the group’s progress over the next years will be presented.

BillerudKorsnäs estimates that global demand for sustainable packaging solutions will remain strong, with a growth rate in the packaging market of approximately 3% CAGR. Following a long period of large investments, driven principally by the new KM7 board machine, BillerudKorsnäs is ready to unlock its potential and strengthen its leading position.

Next Generation is close to completion and entails the construction of KM7 and renovations to the existing pulp mills. As well as adding new capacity, this will also contribute to more focused production facilities. The total investment for KM7 is expected to amount to SEK 7.6 billion, which is higher than the previous estimate due to increased costs for the civil and construction project as well as negative currency effects. The machine will be started in March-April 2019 and is expected to produce ~240 ktonnes in 2019 and 390 ktonnes in 2020. The group’s total capital expenditure is expected to amount to SEK 5.3 billion in 2018 and SEK 2.75 billion in 2019, and will level out at SEK 1.3 billion in 2020.

BillerudKorsnäs will continue to pursue its strategy for sustainable solutions and profitable growth, with focus on position, innovation, sustainability and effectiveness. To unlock its full potential over the next years, the group will follow an agenda of prioritised activities aimed at securing the successful ramp-up of KM7, safeguarding the wood supply, stabilising production, enhancing effectiveness, and accelerating innovation and solutions. BillerudKorsnäs has identified certain KPIs to monitor the progress of this work.

“Sustainable packaging has a bright future and BillerudKorsnäs is in a position to increase the pace of challenging the conventional with new solutions. I look forward to presenting our priorities for the next few years, with an agenda that reflects our strong potential”, says Petra Einarsson, BillerudKorsnäs President and CEO.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

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W&H develops digital printing machine for flexible packaging  (Company news)

Development project based on inkjet technology reaches first milestone

Picture: Sven Michael, head of the digital team at W&H, says the new digital machine concept from W&H will be characterized by higher quality and higher speeds

While digital printing is already firmly established in the label and commercial printing sector, flexible packaging continues to be a challenge: An economical and stable digital printing process has yet to be developed. W&H, machine builder and specialist for flexible packaging, has reached a first milestone in its development project with a machine concept for a new digital printing machine. Now the technology leader starts onboarding partners, including leading inkjet printhead manufacturer Xaar. The digital printing machine from W&H is based on piezo inkjet technology.

"We see a need in the flexible packaging market to use digital printing in addition to the established processes. This is driven by the need for faster time-to-market and very short order lengths," explains Dr. Jürgen Vutz, CEO of W&H. "However, the application of flexible packaging has very special requirements, for example regarding the adhesion of the ink to the film. As specialists in this market, we bring expert knowledge to offer answers to these challenges. First, by continuously advancing the established processes such as flexo and gravure printing. Second, by opening up the possibilities of digital printing for flexible packaging."

W&H has been conducting research in the field of digital printing for several years. Since 2016, the digital printing team drives forward the implementation with a development project involving investments in the millions. "We first collected practical requirements, evaluated technologies and tested new approaches. This has resulted in a machine concept that stands out from all existing approaches and provides our customers with added value. We are now implementing this with suitable partners. The new digital machine concept from W&H is characterized by higher quality and higher speeds," explains Sven Michael, head of the digital team at W&H. "High availability and usability in daily use are our top priorities. Our goal is to go to market with a functioning and mature digital printing machine that delivers on the promises of digital printing for flexible packaging as well," summarizes Vutz.
(Windmöller & Hölscher KG)

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Picture: Avery Dennison joins the Plasticity Partner Program, LED by Ocean Recovery Alliance. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR403)

Global materials science and manufacturing company, Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY), and Ocean Recovery Alliance, founders of Plasticity Forum, have entered into a three-year agreement as part of the Plasticity Partner Program.

Over the three year period Avery Dennison and Plasticity aim to collaborate across the industry to discover, connect and facilitate solutions to create innovative prevention programs for plastic pollution.

“Avery Dennison has eight ambitious sustainability goals that we have committed to meet by 2025, and we know that to achieve them we need to work collaboratively within our industry and beyond. Partnering with Plasticity enables us to work across our value chain to find systemic solutions to convert plastic waste into valuable second-life resources, which is a key priority for us.” Roland Simon, vice president of global procurement and corporate sustainability at Avery Dennison.

Doug Woodring, founder and managing director of Ocean Recovery Alliance added: “At Plasticity, we look for practical and progressive thinkers to join our forum, to bring together new ways of thinking, technologies and creativity in order to introduce innovative projects and initiatives that will help improve our ocean environment. We are delighted to have Avery Dennison join us as a partner, and we are confident that together we can create significant change.”

To find out more about Avery Dennison’s sustainable solutions for label and packaging visit

To find out more about Plasticity and to reserve your space for the forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 25, 2018, visit
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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BillerudKorsnäs has opened up one of Europe's largest and most efficient ...  (Company news)

... MG paper machines

Picture: (from left to right) Petra Einarsson, President and CEO BillerudKorsnäs, Carl Fredrik Graf acceding Governor of Östergötland County, Elisabeth Nilsson , retiring Governor of Östergötland County and Håkan Krantz Manager of Skärblacka Production Plant

BillerudKorsnäs has opened one of Europe's largest and most efficient MG paper machines at Skärblacka production unit outside Norrköping in Sweden. The opening ceremony was held by BillerudKorsnäs President and CEO Petra Einarsson, retiring Governor of Östergötland County Elisabeth Nilsson, acceding Governor of Östergötland County Carl Fredrik Graf and Factory Manager of Skärblacka Production Plant Håkan Krantz. More than 500 people attended the ceremony at the Trozelli Gallery in Norrköping.

The investment of approximately SEK 1.3 billion, partly in an upgraded existing paper machine and partly in a new machine for machine glazed kraft paper (MG paper), is part of BillerudKorsnäs venture to create a world-leading MG center in Skärblacka. The investment enhances BillerudKorsnäs product mix, lays the foundation for a broader product portfolio with higher value added and demonstrates that the company strengthens its leading position as global supplier of kraft paper for packaging purposes.

The applications for machine glazed kraft paper range from consumer goods to industrial products such as fat-resistant paper for consumer bags and fast food markets, barrier paper for dairy products such as butter packaging and paper for sealing medical disposable items.

Both the new MG machine and the capacity enhancement of existing machines opens new as well as enables growth in attractive market segments, while at the same time the investment as a whole provides a solid foundation for further development of Skärblacka as a world-leading MG center.

"It is with great joy and pride that we today have opened one of Europe's largest and most efficient MG machines. With this effort, we have strengthened our position as world leader in MG paper and also laid a solid foundation for further development of our product mix and offering," says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.
(BillerudKorsnäs Skärblacka AB)

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New e-commerce security solution from Thimm  (Company news)

Picture: The high-quality shipping boxes ensure secure transportation

Thimm Group launches Thimm parcelProof, a new generation of shipping packaging solutions with tamper-proof locks. The single-material solution made from corrugated cardboard prevents unauthorised access and ensures the authenticity of the shipped goods. Isabella Glutenfreie Pâtisserie (Isabella gluten-free patisserie) is the first customer to use this new design. The family business offers high-quality, hand-made gluten-free bakery and confectionery products with a focus on health and sustainability.

Isabella Glutenfreie Pâtisserie was founded in 2014 in Düsseldorf. In order to enable consumers with food allergies or with the desire for conscious nutrition, to enjoy exclusive bakery and confectionery goods, the products are all produced totally gluten-free, mainly lactose-free and some are also vegan. Much emphasis is also placed on freshness, regionality and organic quality. For the launch of its online shop the company was looking for a packaging solution that would embody these brand values whilst also meeting the high requirements for shipping sensitive food products in particular.

Thimm parcelProof was the answer. The shipping packaging includes a tamper-proof lock which means it cannot be opened without damaging it, so the recipient can immediately recognise on receipt that the packaging is intact. The final recipient simply uses the thin tear-off strip to open and unpack the box. The packaging is easy to dispose of and recycle because the external material proportion of the packaging is much less than five percent. Other sealing methods are not required. The pre-glued automatic floor is primarily used for products that are quickly and manually finished. “Together with Thimm we have developed a tasteful food box in the truest sense of the word,” says company founder Isabella Krätz describing the final result. “Totally aligned with our ideas, the packaging combines sustainable raw materials, secure locking technology and an innovative design. From the initial idea to the final development, Thimm worked closely with us and gave us many suggestions.”

The sophisticated print images on the packaging used by Isabella Glutenfreie Pâtisserie have been created using the digital web press technology of Thimm and Christiansen Print. Every box size has been created in a customised design. The colours used are water-based and suitable for indirect food contact.
(THIMM Packaging Systems GmbH + Co. KG)

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Brigl & Bergmeister announces 11% price increase on all deliveries effective January 1st 2019  (Company news)

This measure is inevitable and aimed to partially offset the continuous and extreme increase of raw material cost over the previous months.

Our experience of the past two years has shown that especially the pulp market remains very volatile and unpredictable. To protect the mutual interest of our customers and us we could offer longer price validities only when they are indexed on the market pulp price.

In addition to the cost increase in raw material, the energy market also expects a sharp price increase which will remain an additional challenge to our industry.

We would like to kindly emphasize and assure our customers and partners in the supply chain that we have taken all internal measures to optimise our cost and efficiency ensuring the lowest possible effect on our product pricing.
(Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)

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BOBST collaborates with BPIF Cartons to deliver hands-on training  (Company news)

BOBST, one of the world's leading suppliers of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers, has collaborated with BPIF Cartons to deliver specialist, hands-on foundation level training sessions to the industry.

The courses cover key areas of the production line and include a mix of practical and theoretical training to give insight into packaging manufacturing. The aim is to widen the knowledge of new employees working in the industry or for those not necessarily working on the production line but where insight would be useful.

The first Foundation Training Courses, on cutting and creasing and folding and gluing, were held earlier this year with great success. Attendee Nicola Whitmore, Key Account Manager at Graphic Packaging International, said: "It was incredibly informative to be able to see the key parts of carton manufacturing first-hand, giving me the chance to truly understand exactly what goes into the process and where any potential pitfalls may be. I look forward to applying what I've learnt to my work and would recommend BOBST and BPIF training to anyone within the industry."

A further two Foundation Training Courses have been organised at the Bobst UK & Ireland Competence Centre in Redditch, UK. The first session takes place on September 18 2018, which will cover folder-gluing, where participants will receive hands-on experience setting up and running a job on the machines.

On October 17 2018, the focus will be on die-cutting, with demonstrations on BOBST Novacut 106-E, as well as a chance for participants to meet the BOBST team during an office tour.

Jon Clark, General Manager at BPIF Cartons, said: "We are thrilled to be collaborating with BOBST to deliver these courses, offering a unique opportunity for attendees to get invaluable hands-on experience of the carton manufacturing process using BOBST machines."

BPIF Cartons is the Special Interest Group of the British Printing Industries Federation, the business support organisation for employers in the printing, packaging and graphic communications industry. It promotes the benefits of carton over other mediums and supports, advises and encourages members to strive for excellence in the industry.

Both courses are free to attend though places are limited, so early booking is advised.
(BPIF Cartons)

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Valmet maintains its position among the world's sustainability leaders  (Company news)

Valmet has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year and thus maintains its position among the world's sustainability leaders. Valmet was listed both in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices.

The annual evaluation conducted by a Swiss investment specialist RobecoSAM comprehensively reviews the companies' performance with regard to social, environmental and financial factors. This year in total 317 companies are included in the DJSI World for 2018-2019.

"Maintaining our position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is an excellent achievement for Valmet. It proofs that our systematic work to integrate sustainability into our business processes has been successful and we have improved our performance year by year. We will now continue this work by implementing our updated sustainability action plans for the next three years emphasizing amongst other things sustainable supply chain and our R&D work," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

Valmet defined its sustainability agenda named Sustainability360º in early 2014. The agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

About the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI is a sustainability index family which includes the global sustainability leaders across industries. The company inclusion is based on a best-in-class approach, which means that the indices only include the top ranked companies within each industry. The index serves as a benchmark for investors who are committed to ethical investing and review companies' sustainability performance as part of their analyses.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Drytac wins two SGIA Product of the Year awards ahead of 2018 expo  (Company news)

Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has won two awards in the SGIA Product of the Year competition for its innovative products.

Photo: SpotOn® Floor 200

Ahead of the SGIA Expo 2018 in October, industry professionals evaluated the most exciting products to be showcased at the event.
Drytac topped the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category with ReTac® WipeErase® a product that turns standard surfaces into whiteboards. The 6 mil (150 micron) white dry erase film features a chemical- and scratch-resistant UV hard coat and a clear gloss surface that allows the film to be written on and wiped off easily. Unlike a whiteboard, it won't suffer from ink staining or ghosting and can be removed and repositioned easily for convenience.

At the SGIA awards, Drytac also won the Media - Adhesive Back Vinyl category for SpotOn® Floor 200. This monomeric PVC film is designed for short-term indoor floor graphics, offering a non-slip surface and a Class B1 Fire Rating without lamination. The product is easy to install - even for non-professionals - and to remove within six months of its application thanks to Drytac's smart dot-pattern adhesive, making it perfect for public areas such as retail, education and healthcare environments.

Both award-winning products will be demonstrated at Drytac's show space (booth #2341) at SGIA Expo 2018, alongside popular and new products including AmourPrint™ Emerytex® and ArmourGrab™.

"Drytac is delighted to have won not one, but two awards in the SGIA Product of the Year competition," says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac. "The winners are decided by key members of the printing and imaging technology industry who are ideally positioned to understand the needs of the market and what makes an innovative product.

"ReTac WipeErase is a dry erase board in a roll, perfect for a variety of customers and applications, while SpotOn Floor 200 is used for safe and stunning floor graphics in a wide range of different environments. We're proud to win both of the SGIA Product of the Year awards and are looking forward to demonstrating these materials to delegates at SGIA Expo 2018."

SGIA Expo 2018 will place in Las Vegas, USA from October 18th to 20th, and will feature an educational seminar on Adhesives for Retail Graphics from Darren Speizer, Drytac's VP of Sales, on Friday October 19th at 9am (room S34).
(Drytac Europe Limited)

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Almost invisible – but effective: Kelheim Fibres to present transparent viscose speciality fibre ...  (Company news)

... at Dornbirn

The viscose fibre “Leonardo” from the Bavarian speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres is an extremely smooth and flat viscose fibre with a width to thickness ratio of up to 1:40. This geometry with parallel sides gives the fibre its unique characteristics: In wet laid nonwovens, Leonardo scores with skin friendliness and high liquid storage capacity, typical properties of viscose fibres, which are further improved in Leonardo. In contrast to other viscose fibres, however, Leonardo also offers high transparency – a property that is much sought after in cosmetic facial sheet masks in the Asian market. Here, transparency not only suggests a high load of moisture, but it also enables a discreet use of the mask even in everyday situations.

But transparency also offers benefits for other nonwovens products, e.g. for tea bags where the contents can be clearly seen. The possible applications of Leonardo are not limited to nonwovens either: processed into effect yarns, the transparent Leonardo fibre can provide a special look in textiles.

Leonardo – as all viscose specialities from Kelheim Fibres – is made of 100% renewable cellulose and is therefore fully biodegradable.

Dr. Ingo Bernt from the Bavarian fibres expert’s R&D team will present Leonardo at this year’s Global Fiber Congress at Dornbirn. For further discussions and with a broad range of other speciality fibres, he and his colleagues will be available at Kelheim Fibres’ info point at the conference.
(Kelheim Fibres GmbH)

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New KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate Certification raises Nägele’s profile as a supplier of ...  (Company news)

... high quality flexographic plates

Picture: Werner Rost, Production Manager at Nägele Digital Repro GmbH (left), is handed the FLEXCEL NX “Certified Partner” seal and certificate by Sascha Paus, Sales Manager DACH, Flexo Packaging Division, Kodak.

Nägele Digital Repro GmbH of Kempten, in the far south of Germany at the gateway to the Alps, is one of a worldwide community of KODAK FLEXCEL NX System users to have successfully completed the KODAK Certification Program for KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates. This certification program, launched by Kodak five years ago, requires companies to demonstrate that the FLEXCEL NX Plates they produce are consistently made to a standard Kodak global specification.

Established in 1975, Nägele has grown over the years to become a leading regional provider of packaging prepress and flexo platemaking services. The portfolio includes both photopolymer and elastomer flexo plates and sleeves, mainly for printing flexible packaging for food products. Nägele has been working with KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate technology since 2010 and today employs 13 people. A redundancy strategy is in place for all business critical production systems, in order to guarantee the highest possible levels of production and supply reliability. This is why the company operates two KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide Systems (4260), whose imagers are equipped with the Hybrid Option and can thus also be used for offset printing plates.

Near monopoly for FLEXCEL NX Plates
FLEXCEL NX Plate technology plays a central role at Nägele, and this is reflected by the fact that ninety percent of all photopolymer plates which leave the premises are FLEXCEL NX Plates. “When it comes to plates for high definition flexo printing, FLEXCEL NX continues to set the standard that all other technologies are measured against,” says Managing Director Michael Nägele. “And that’s not all – thanks to the FLEXCEL NX System’s proven capabilities, we’ve even been able to shift several very demanding jobs from gravure to flexo in cooperation with printers.”

Nägele currently supplies FLEXCEL NX Plates, mostly 1.14 or 1.17 mm thick, to about 60 packaging printers throughout southern Germany. The preferred screening methods are AM flexo screens (typically between 105 and 150 lpi), hybrid KODAK MAXTONE Screening and stochastic KODAK STACCATO Screening, depending on the subject and the flexo printer’s requirements. Nägele implements the Kodak screening technologies on a KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System.

According to Production Manager Werner Rost, Nägele’s ongoing success in the market with FLEXCEL NX Plates – especially at the high end of the packaging printing segment – is due not least to technical refinements like the Advanced KODAK DIGICAP NX Patterning and Advanced Edge Definition options: “These features help printers achieve the high printable densities they’re aiming for and give them better ink laydown on the substrate as well as a clean reproduction of reverse type and lines.”

Nägele originally achieved FLEXCEL NX Plate Certification in 2015 and has now undergone the program successfully a second time. The certification confirms the manufacturer’s ability to make FLEXCEL NX Plates that meet Kodak’s rigorous criteria for standardization. “We’re a very experienced user of FLEXCEL NX Plate technology, which means we can offer each customer an exact-fit solution whatever their requirements. It was therefore only logical that we should go for recertification,” Rost explains. “The FLEXCEL NX Plate Certification mark provides our customers – and us – with an assurance that our process meets a high, internationally recognized standard and that all FLEXCEL NX Plates made by us deliver optimal, consistent print quality.”
(Kodak GmbH)

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At Progroup all the signs indicate rapid growth: The company is expanding ...  (Company news)

... with another corrugated sheet board plant in Eisfeld (Thuringia)

Prowell, a company belonging to Progroup AG based in Landau, is expanding with another corrugated sheet board plant in Germany. In order to be able to successfully cater for the continuing growth in the market and customer demands for reliable deliveries and quality products, what is now the eleventh corrugated sheet board plant is being constructed in Eisfeld/Thuringia. Thanks to this new, state-of-the-art production site with an annual capacity of 140,000 tonnes of corrugated sheet board, Progroup’s total capacity will increase to 1.5 million tonnes. The total level of investment for the project is around 50 million euros. Operating in four shifts, the plant will create a total of 52 new jobs and three apprenticeships.

With the new corrugated sheet board plant in Eisfeld (Thuringia), Progroup is ambitiously pursuing its Two Twentyfive strategy and continuing to expand at great pace. The announcement of this new corrugated sheet board plant demonstrates once again that Progroup is the fastest organically growing manufacturer of containerboard and corrugated sheet board in Europe. It was only at the start of August that Progroup broke the ground to herald the start of the project for another paper factory with a total investment of 375 million euros. The eleven corrugated sheet board plants that will exist in the future in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Great Britain and Italy will process 85% of the containerboard manufactured in the company’s own paper factories. This will see Progroup continue to expand its leadership of the market for corrugated sheet board in Central Europe.

The new corrugated sheet board plantm is being constructed on a plot of land covering around 87,000 square metres in Eisfeld (Thuringia). Production is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2019. The plant will be equipped with the same technical innovations that will already have been deployed from November 2018 at the new corrugated sheet board mega plant in Ellesmere Port (Great Britain). Jürgen Heindl, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Progroup AG, explains: “Our plants, which are optimised for Industry 4.0, follow theapproach of production lines which in automatic mode operate optimally largely on their own and report any deficiencies in production and the plant autonomously.”

The key innovations include the oneman dry-end concept, a highly efficient high-bay warehouse with 11,000 storage spaces and three storage and retrieval machines, the automatic handling of pallets, edge protection and strapping as well as the optimisation of waste disposal and the gluing system. The corrugator will be equipped to operate at a speed of up to 400 m/min and with a working width of 2.80 m will blend seamlessly into the Progroup mill system. Single-wall and double-wall Next Board® grades of varieties B, C, E and resulting combinations will be produced.

The use of a CHP (combined heat and power) plant for producing electricity and heat will take account of Progroup’s Green Hightech philosophy. The waste heat from electricity production is used to generate cold by employing an absorption process or is used directly for heating purposes. “As well as using the CHP plant, we will also achieve a maximum level of environmental efficiency by producing our Next Board® corrugated boards, involving less use of energy and raw materials as well as lower CO2 emissions coupled with increased performance,” explains Jürgen Heindl.

The innovations at the state-of-the-art plant will be completed with a sound insulation system which will ensure a very low level of noise pollution on the one hand and low temperature fluctuations on the other. This will provide an ideal basis for a pleasant and very modern working environment. A total of 52 highly skilled jobs and three apprenticeships will be created in theregion.
(Progroup AG)

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Digital label press installations surpass conventional press sales for the first time, reports ...  (Company news)


European digital label press installations overtook conventional press sales for the first time in 2017, according to the latest FINAT RADAR.

Published twice a year by the international label association FINAT, this market monitor report compiles focused research and analysis based on surveys conducted by LPC Inc. FINAT RADAR also reported that 2017 was a year of growth for the non-prime label sector.

A unique perspective
The ninth edition of RADAR provides a unique perspective on the trends and developments in the European label and narrow web industry, its markets and its prospects. In addition to data and analysis obtained from the RADAR Converter Survey, it contains a special section on the evolution of digital printing, and the inaugural edition of the FINAT Digital Press Index featuring press installation volume figures from every European digital label press manufacturer for 2017.

The latter found that 2017 was the first year that, with nearly 300 digital press installations, the volume of newly added digital label presses surpassed that of new conventional label press installed volumes.

Digital trend set to continue
This is a trend that is set to continue, with 45% of FINAT converters indicating they will be purchasing a digital press over the next 18 months, with inkjet projection volumes surpassing toner-based and hybrid system projections.

The RADAR report also included details about investment levels for digital presses. Nearly 60% of digital presses sold into the European marketplace in 2017 were in the price range of €250,000 to €750,000. 10% of digital press installations were priced below €250,000, and 8% of installations were more than €1million.

Growth segments shifting
Historical RADAR analysis has often indicated that highest growth sectors for converters were the prime label markets of food, beverage, health and beauty. However, in this year’s RADAR Converter Survey, respondents indicated that 2017 was a year of robust growth in markets such as automotive, consumer durables and industrial chemicals. The only prime label market that was among the four highest-growth sectors for 2017 was the beverage segment.

Critical criteria for end-user procurement
The survey also asked converters to rate specific technical application areas and to indicate their criticality when it comes to customers and prospects. More than one in four converters indicated that the ability to offer digital printing capabilities was critical, while just 4% said the ability to offer digital was ‘not important.’ After digital, the next most-critical ranked criteria included removable adhesives, low migration inks and extended text/extended content labels.

A valuable benchmarking tool
FINAT President Chris Ellison concludes, “Again and again, brands claim that their label solutions providers offer more innovation and agility over other packaging sector providers, and FINAT’s RADAR helps our members assess their own performance against the industry average. It helps them make informed decisions about their business strategies going forward.”

FINAT RADAR is an in-depth, reliable portrait of the current status in the label industry. It is now recognised by members as a valuable complement to the association’s extensive portfolio of industry-standard technical publications and its programme of annual events.

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Kyiv CPM has installed a new plotter at the corrugated plant  (Company news)

Kyiv CPM has installed a new plotter of the Swiss company Zünd.

The equipment is used for cutting corrugated products. The new plotter will significantly increase the number of samples for customers, improve the quality of scoring, specially of double wall corrugated board.
(Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill JSC)

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Valmet Refiner Segments creates 6 GWh in energy savings annually  (Company news)

Energy cost is the major issue for producing mechanical pulp. Valmet Refiner Segments latest solutions lowers the energy consumption in the PGW process remarkably and thus creates major savings for the customers.

Valmet Grinding Surfaces Galileo and Turbine segments feature are examples of the latest solutions that tackle the energy consumption challenge at different phases in the PGW process. In addition, the overall optimization increases production rate and guarantees an excellent quality of the end product.

Diamond coated surface
Valmet introduced the Grinding Surfaces Galileo in 2010 to improve the grinding process. It is based on a steel core that has industrial-diamond-coated segments bolted to it and it replaces the pulp stone traditionally used for grinding. With this technology, a saving in energy as high as 300-500 kWh/per ton of produced paper can be reached. In addition, the overall production capacity can be increased by 20-50%.

Turbine Segments is the most energy efficient segment design
Reject refining is another energy-consuming part in PGW process. Turbine segments is a key to totally new approach to refining. The main objective is to produce fibers that have been treated uniformly and have as similar properties as possible. To achieve this, fibers and steam must flow in a controlled fashion through the disc gap, and all rotation and back flow must be minimized. The efficient flow reduces energy need in the refiner.

“To offer excellent optimization services to our customers, we are supplementing the Grinding Surfaces Galileo with Refiner Segments development in reject refining. The most energy efficient feature, Turbine segments, has been measured to reduce energy the most at the refining stage. In reject refining fibers are strong and high intensity refining treats them to good bonding properties thus creating excellent pulp,” explains Global Technology Manager Petteri Vuorio from Valmet.

Verzuolo Mill has reached significant energy savings with Valmet’s optimization solutions
Raffaele Marinucci, Mill Director, at Burgo’s Verzuolo Mill summarizes the results:
“We have co-operated with Valmet in two different projects, reaching good results. Earlier, replacing the conventional pulpstone with Valmet’s Grinding Surfaces Galileo, we reached energy savings of 10% and increased the production rate by 25%. Further, the energy savings generated after installing new Turbine segments on both reject refiners, amounted to 30%; estimated at about 6 GWh/year.
The combined result of the two projects has had a significant impact on the paper mill, both from an economic and environmental point of view in terms of CO2 savings.”
(Valmet Corporation)

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Graphic Packaging Holding Company Appoints Paul McCann as Senior Vice President, ...  (Company news)

... Supply Chain

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), announced that Paul McCann will join the company as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain. McCann will have responsibility for procurement, logistics, operations planning, global quality processes and for building Lean and Six Sigma capability. He will also lead the supply chain integration of the newly combined Foodservice and SBS businesses.

Mr. McCann joins Graphic Packaging from Monsanto Corporation, where he has been responsible for global manufacturing and supply chain. Prior to that, he held positions with Smurfit-Stone Container as Vice President Strategic Sourcing, Vice President and General Manager Asia, and Vice President and General Manager Fiber. Mr. McCann has also worked for Solo Cup Company as Vice President Global Procurement. "Paul's global supply chain expertise and strong leadership background make him extremely well-qualified to lead our supply chain team as they deliver on their priorities and complete the integration of the Foodservice and SBS businesses," said President and CEO Michael Doss.
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

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New Head of Sales & Marketing at Brigl & Bergmeister  (Company news)

On 1st of September 2018 Mr. Jost Orichel joined the Sales Team of Brigl & Bergmeister. He will be responsible for the entire Sales & Marketing activities of the B&B Group.

With Jost Orichel B&B could win an experienced manager who has over 30 years of specific industry knowledge. During his professional career he was employed at internationally acting companies like Mayr-Melnhof Packaging Group or AR Metallizing where he served amongst others as Sales & Marketing Director and Business Development Director.

In his last position he acted as Vice President Sales & Marketing at AR Metallizing.
(Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)

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First Ever Venture Forum for Forest, Paper/Pulp, Timber & Wood Innovations & Technologies -   (Company news)

...Housing and Living with Wood – October 9th, Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg, Tiergartenstraße 15, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

This forum is based on my experience. My father dedicated his life to the management of Germany’s eldest natural reserve „Siebengebirge“ (Cologne area), appr. 1,000 hectars of wood.

„Sustainability“ – the buzzword in industry - was firstly mentioned and realized in Saxony/Germany in early 18 century!

This forum is the very first forum that focuses on forest, timber and wood technologies.

We welcome any startup and SME along the entire value chain from green biotechnology, plant breeding, reforestation, any IoT & software applications, drones, timber works, smart services & trade, game & hunting, fire incidence detection and combating technologies, machinery, construction, furniture, viscose fiber, paper & pulp, pallets, wood based heating, biocomposites, wood composites, biomass technologies, wood recycling, wood surface protection (varnishes) and forest related services, smart cities green(ing)s and park, facade greening, roof gardening ...
(Leonhard Ventures Ulf Leonhard e.K.)

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö strengthens its capability to serve the South American market ...  (Company news)

... by investing EUR 21 million

Ahlstrom-Munksjö will invest EUR 21 million in its Coated Specialties business to improve capabilities and flexibility at its Jacarei plant in Brazil and better serve customers in South America with a broader offering.

The project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, and will expand the site’s capabilities of coating and calendering on the paper machine. It will allow Ahlstrom-Munksjö to offer more efficient, high-quality on-line coated products to its customer in the areas of self-adhesive and wet glue labeling, flexible packaging and sublimation printing. Demand growth for high value-added coated specialty papers has been robust in the region during past years.

The upgrade of the production line will also improve the company’s flexibility to deliver a wider range of product trims, better matching the needs of its customers. Additionally, it will open up further innovation opportunities in existing and new product areas. The benefit of the investment includes an improved product mix and increased production efficiency.

“The investment shows our long-term commitment to the South American market and our ambition to maintain a leading position in coated specialty papers. This allows us to better serve our customers, continuing to grow with them by developing sustainable and value added fiber-based solutions,” says Daniele Borlatto, Executive Vice President, Industrial Solutions.

“The project represents the latest step in the journey to reinforce our position in Brazil” says Valmir Piton, Vice President, Coated Specialties, and Country Manager, Brazil. In April, Ahlstrom-Munksjö agreed to acquire MD Papéis’ Caieiras specialty paper mill, located in the vicinity of Jacareì, in the Sao Paulo area. Following the acquisition, Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s presence in Brazil will comprise three operating plants, all near Sao Paolo, employing over 700 persons and with revenues of approximately of EUR 200 million.

Coated Specialties business is part of the Industrial Solutions business area, producing a wide range of products and materials often used in manufacturing and production processes, such as abrasive backings, electrotechnical insulation papers, coated label and flexible packaging papers, release liners and specialty pulp.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

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Celupaper S.A. boosts production with a new Toscotec-supplied MODULO-PLUS in Argentina  (Company news)

Toscotec will supply a new MODULO-PLUS tissue line to Celupaper S.A. of the leading South American group Grupo Vual, based in Argentina. The MODULO-PLUS machine - PM5 - is scheduled for delivery in autumn 2019 and it will be installed at Papelera Nicaragua mill.

The MODULO-PLUS has a daily production of 65 tpd and is equipped with TT SuctionPressRoll, TT SYD-3200MM and TT Milltech-MGYH Multigen hoods. The scope of supply also includes the approach flow system, the steam and condensate system and the machine and distribution control system.

PM5 is the fourth repeated order awarded by Celupaper to Toscotec in 4 years. The Italian manufacturer had previously supplied a major rebuild on PM2 in 2015, then a MODULO machine - PM3 - in 2016 and finally PM4, a MODULO-PLUS line, which started up in mid-July 2018.

Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager Gabriele Romanini said, “The fact that Celupaper chose to work again with us on their PM5 project is an exciting challenge to exceed their expectations on productivity and energy reduction. Our TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package, in combination with our Multigen Hood in cogeneration mode, is the core of this effort. We are currently working on the engineering, where the design of our system will integrate into the mill’s cogeneration plant with a gas turbine. Back in 2011, our Energy and Environment department won the PPI Efficiency Improvements of the Year Award with the Spanish producer L.C. Paper 1881 SA, for the effective integration of the tissue machine’s hood system with the cogeneration facility. Drawing on that experience, we expect to achieve substantial energy recovery and very interesting cuts on the machine operating costs”.

Mario Speranza, CEO of Celupaper S.A. commented on the order, “We invest in leading-edge technology to step up our growth in the high-quality tissue market in South America. Toscotec’s tailor-made design has once again provided us with the flexibility and competitive advantage we need to succeed. We knew that Toscotec had significant experience with cogeneration plants and therefore we have great expectations for the performance and consumption of PM5”.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Nazdar releases 184 Series solvent inkjet ink  (Company news)

Nazdar Ink Technologies has announced the 184 Series, a newly developed digital imaging ink formulated specifically as a high-performance alternative for Mimaki™ JV150/300 and CJV150/300 digital printers using Mimaki BS4 ink.

Nazdar 184 Series users will benefit from low odour and enjoy the convenience of a range of packaging options, including 600ml bags and 2000ml bags compatible with MBIS.

"The new Nazdar 184 Series exhibits outstanding performance, with excellent outdoor resistance to colour fade and chemical attack caused by UV degradation or environmental pollution," said Stephen Woodall, Nazdar Ink Technologies' Global Segment Manager - Aqueous & Solvent Digital. "We've developed an ink with excellent performance and adhesion on flexible and pressure sensitive vinyl, banner material, blue back paper and backed mesh."
(Nazdar Limited)

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Innovative Testing Equipment for the Corrugated Board Industry  (Company news)

Emtec Electronic attends the Corrugated Week in Indianapolis, USA

For the first time, emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the Corrugated Week in Indianapolis, USA from September 24th to 27th 2018, together with its US representative Technidyne Corporation. At exhibition booth no. 848 the company will present innovative testing instruments for the corrugated board industry.

The special EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester determines those surface parameters of paper and board, which are relevant for the converting process, in particular the surface sizing / hydrophobicity and surface porosity. With its help, converting properties, such as printability, gluability, coatability and dusting tendency can be predicted. It enables the optimal runnability during the finishing or converting process of paper/board. An according modular system PDA.C02 Penetration Dynamics Analyzer for more applications is available.

Alongside with the EST12, emtec will have the CAS touch! and FPA touch! on display. These instruments represent the most-modern charge measuring systems for the wet-end in paper and board production and are used to measure the interaction between particles or fibers with additives and process chemicals in the pulp suspension. The use of both instruments in the production process helps to optimize the utilization of chemicals with the objective to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce cost.

The new measuring method to measure the mineral filler content of the ACA Ash Content Analyzer, is nondestructive, quick, easy and accurate. Typical mineral filler and pigment content in paper and board, such as calcium carbonate, kaolin/ talcum, titanium dioxide, and the total mineral filler content in percent are determined. It enables optimal process control due
to instant availability of measuring results, and helps to narrow down the specifications for the filler content in the finished product and therefore to optimize the consumption of fillers.

Additionally, emtec Electronic will inform about its DSS Dimension Stability System, a modular measuring system for the investigation of the dimension stability of paper, board and foils in one-sided contact with temperature or liquids. The WSD module Wet Stretch Dynamics Analyzer measures the dynamics of the change in dimension of paper under onesided
liquid contact. And the HSA module Heat Shrinkage Analyzer predicts the dimension stability of paper, board and foils in contact with high temperature during the converting process.
(emtec Electronic GmbH)

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New development engineer joins Palcut  (Company news)

Palcut is strengthening its development department with the appointment of Karsten Mosegaard

Photo: Karsten Mosegaard (35) has been recruited as a development engineer at Palcut A/S in Borbjerg, near Holstebro. He is returning to Palcut after a short spell with another company in the area.

Karsten Mosegaard’s job will be to customise Palcut's palletising solutions for various industries, including food and beverage. He will be responsible for the technical dialogue with customers and for designing and monitoring product development until the products have been manufactured, installed and successfully integrated in the customer’s palletising line.

Karsten Mosegaard has left his position as project manager at Linatech in Kjellerup, where he has been involved in development for the medicinal sector. He previously worked for Palcut for six years as an engineer, the position to which he is returning.

He served his apprenticeship as a metalworker with Alfred Priess in Vinderup, and Karsten Mosegaard has subsequently qualified as a technical designer at Herningsholm Erhvervsskole in Herning.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Karsten Mosegaard back to Palcut. He has many years of experience and is an expert in customising our solutions to meet the needs of customers. This is important because 80 percent of Palcut’s installations have to be adapted to suit the relevant packaging line,” said Rudi Pedersen, managing director of Palcut A/S.
(Palcut A/S)

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RISE becomes a partner in Treesearch  (Company news)

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden becomes a partner in Treesearch, Sweden's so far largest investment in fundamental research and knowledge and competence building in the field of new materials and speciality chemicals from forest raw material.

The collaboration between academia, industry, private foundations and the government creates a world-leading, open research environment in the form of a national research platform, which contributes to the development of competences and knowledge that enables future innovations based on the forest. Through RISE's participation, the possibilities for scaling up and further developing the research results generated within Treesearch are now strengthened.

RISE is Sweden's research institute with 2,300 employees, of whom more than 300 people are directly involved in research, development and innovation linked to forest raw materials. RISE infrastructure extends from advanced X-ray equipment for material characterization to pilot and demonstration plants for scaling up manufacturing processes of bio-based materials and chemicals.

For many years there has been close cooperation between RISE and the academy. Researchers at RISE have, for example, been active in the Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC), funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which will be the core of Treesearch's research activities. The involvement in Treesearch also strengthens the link between fundamental research and RISE’s industry-funded "The Bioeconomy Research Programme", which develops and demonstrates new technologies. The new partnership will also increase the cooperation areas within the strategic innovation programme BioInnovation.

“Treesearch is an important investment in building long-term skills and we are very pleased to be part of it. As an innovation partner for both business and society, we can help to transform knowledge and skills into new business opportunities,” says Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

“We welcome RISE as a partner in Treesearch. Not least, the availability of RISE research infrastructures with associated expertise, advanced instruments and unique pilot facilities will support research, postgraduate education and our opportunities to contribute to innovation,” says Treasearch Manager, Daniel Söderberg.

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Every 3 years once again - Marbach presents its innovations at the Scanpack in Gothenburg  (Company news)

Marbach will exhibit at this year's Scanpack. From 23 to 26 October 2018 in Gothenburg (Sweden). Here everything will revolve around packaging. At the largest trade fair for the packaging industry in Scandinavia, Marbach will present its innovations at its 24 m² stand.

Marketing Manager Tina Dost: "For our visitors we have packed our cases with the innovations of the last months, with these our customers will be able to increase their performance. Digital zone levelling reduces make-ready time when setting up the cutting-die in the machine. The height-adjustable anvil for reverse cutting of packaging also reduces make-ready time. The lightblanker blanking tool is easy to handle, flexible and can be quickly converted to sheet delivery. In the field of hot foil stamping, Marbach has developed a way of archiving hot foil stamping plates for repeat jobs with the thinplate technology. This saves customers the set-up time of the plates. And last but not least, Marbach will bring its marbanick|2 to Gothenburg, with which pre-defined nicks in 3 different sizes can be inserted easily into cutting rules."

Marbach warmly invites all interested visitors to its booth G05:02.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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Moritz J Weig trust's in Trimble Wedge Process Data Analysis  (Company news)

The Paper mill company Moritz J Weig GmbH & Co in Germany has decided to integrate Trimble’s Wedge process diagnostic tools at the paper mill in Mayen according their Digitalization Strategy.

Privately owned Moritz J Weig is a group of companies which offers recycling, cardboard and packaging products in Central Europe. The company was founded 1931 and its line of business includes manufacturing of paper and paper products.

Trimble´s Wedge is fast online process diagnostics system. It enables huge amount of process data from different sources for analysis and diagnosis of the root cause of different disturbances in the process.
(Savcor Oy A Trimble Company)

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Expansion of chemical recovery capacity at Södra Cell Värö mill  (Company news)

The massive upgrade of the Södra Cell Värö mill in Sweden was recently completed. The mill's capacity has been increased by 64%, with a new maximum at 700,000 ADMT/year of Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft. This new capacity allows development and reinforcement of Södra's market position. Besides capacity, environmental performance has been a key focus area for improvements, including water consumption being significantly reduced through a combination of 100% reuse of evaporation condensates in the mill and the installation of high consistency wash presses in the upgraded fiberline. The use of fossil fuels had already been eliminated through the installation of a new lime kiln, but with the completion of the expansion project the mill has become even more energy efficient. This allows an increase in production of renewable power and biofuels, which helps the surrounding region to further reduce its use of fossil fuels.

A white paper reviews changes made to the evaporation and chemical recovery boiler area as part of the project and their role in the production capacity increase, improved environmental performance, as well as increased efficiency of the upgraded mill. Valmet supplied almost all the process equipment for the complete pulp mill. The white paper reviews changes made to the evaporation and chemical recovery boiler area as part of the project and their role in the production capacity increase, improved environmental performance, as well as increased efficiency of the upgraded mill.

All given parameters, including information not traditionally shared by the customer, should be evaluated in a plant optimization. With everything taken into account, the evaporators and recovery boiler can be optimized within the context of overall mill upgrade, to meet customer requirements, including optimal energy solutions, the lowest possible environmental impact on air and water, and high availability. The Södra Värö mill upgrade of the recovery island has demonstrated that:
-Increased and more stabilized product solids lower emissions as well as improved the energy efficiency of the recovery island.
-Many different mill effluents can be incorporated in the black liquor evaporation plant to reduce the outflow from the mill and/or allow destruction and chemical recovery in the recovery boiler.
-With hot water production integrated in the upgraded evaporation plant, overall energy efficiency can be increased significantly - here exemplified as hot water that is led to the mill's secondary heating system and also to Södra's nearby sawmill.
-Recovery boiler design upgrades continues to show the potential for additional incremental gains in capacity compared to what was believed to be ultimate limits before.
(Valmet Corporation)

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John Holton joins Toscotec North America  (Company news)

Toscotec North America, Inc. Green Bay, WI and Toscotec S.p.A. Lucca, Italy announced that John Holton has joined the group as Technical Support and Service Coordinator for North America.

Holton comes to Toscotec with over 30 years of Tissue Industry experience and will assist Toscotec’s growing customer base in North America.

Holton is a 30 Year TAPPI Member active at the Committee Level and past presenter and contributor to Tissue World Exhibitions in both the US and Europe.
(Toscotec North America)

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