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Voith and PTS Heidenau set a new standard for measuring stickies and non-tacky contaminants..

Voith and PTS Heidenau set a new standard for measuring stickies and non-tacky contaminants..   (Company news)

...using near-infrared measuring technology

-New near-infrared measuring technology offers higher measuring accuracy and a wider range of applications compared to conventional measuring methods
-Reliable detection of stickies and non-tacky contaminants
-Voith, PTS Heidenau and PROPAKMA publish technical rule for sticky measurements as DIN SPEC 6745

Photo: A near-infrared camera detects stickies and non-tacky contaminants reliably and accurately.

In collaboration with the research and service institute Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) Heidenau in Germany, Voith is introducing a new measuring method to detect unwanted tacky contaminants known as stickies. The measuring method, which uses a near-infrared (NIR) camera, allows the reliable detection of contaminants along the papermaking process and offers higher measuring accuracy and a wider range of applications compared to conventional methods. The associated technical rule was recently published as DIN SPEC 6745.

Higher measuring accuracy and wider range of applications
Compared to established methods in the paper industry, the measuring technology uses NIR to determine more comprehensive information about the contaminants with a high measuring accuracy. The spectral measurements obtained are compared and assigned to values of known contaminants. This allows further classification of the contaminants based on their chemical composition. In addition, both adhesive and non-tacky contaminants can be identified and classified using the NIR measuring technology.

Reliable identification, reduced laboratory effort
The new measuring method enables much more reliable information to be obtained while reducing the amount of laboratory work involved. “Using NIR technology to measure stickies allows the papermaker to determine sticky balances with reliable and sufficient accuracy based on single measurements,” says Dr. Linus Friedrich, Senior Manager R&D Fiber Systems at Voith Paper. “This demonstrates one of the benefits of the new measurement technology. With conventional methods, this was only possible to a limited extent due to the large variation in results,” Friedrich said.

Since the new measuring method uses laboratory sheets that can be produced by a laboratory sheet former and contain fibers, stickies and non-tacky contaminants, numerous intermediate steps in sample preparation are eliminated. For example, the sticky contaminants in a stock sample no longer need to be concentrated in order to be analyzed. The preparation time for laboratory sheet formation is significantly shorter and the measurement is less prone to error than applying conventional methods. Moreover, the new NIR measuring method can be used to evaluate final paper samples in addition to stock samples.

A near-infrared camera detects stickies and non-tacky contaminants reliably and accurately.

Technical rule published as DIN SPEC 6745
The technical rule developed in cooperation with Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) Heidenau and PROPAKMA was recently published as DIN SPEC 6745. The DIN SPEC is a preliminary stage of the DIN standard and describes the measuring procedure based on NIR measuring technology. The DIN SPEC 6745 is available to download free of charge from the Beuth Verlag website.

A new standard for the paper industry
Thanks to its technological advantages, the NIR measuring technology has the potential to replace established methods for measuring stickies. The publication of a technical rule on sample preparation and the performance of measurements has created the underlying conditions for setting a new standard in the paper industry.

The new measuring technology is available at the Voith Paper Technology Center in Heidenheim for the technology group’s R&D activities and for customer trials. This innovation can also be used, e.g., in service operations and customer audits. Voith is the first company in the paper industry to make use of the measuring device developed by PTS Heidenau and thus, as a full-line supplier to the paper industry, contributes significantly to an ever better understanding and analysis of the entire paper manufacturing process through intensive research and development activities.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Visit MIAC exhibition in Italy in maximum safety

Visit MIAC exhibition in Italy in maximum safety  (Company news)

MIAC 2020 is confirmed for mid-October in Italy!
270 international exhibitors are waiting for you in Italy to restart together in maximum safety. Everything has been studied to guarantee a peaceful visit to MIAC visitors, according to the rules of the Italian Government and of the Tuscany region.

14.15.16 October 2020 - LUCCA / ITALY - 27th edition
We would like to inform you about the positive developments for MIAC 2020 in Italy, which is officially confirmed on 14.15.16 October 2020 in Lucca.

MIAC and all its 270 exhibitors are looking ahead optimistically and they are pleased that the technicians of the paper industry sector will soon be able to make personal contact again in an exhibition dedicated to them, in complete safety, following a few simple common-sense rules.

Social, working and economic life is returning to normal; the paper industry sector has never stopped and has been essential during the Covid-19 emergency. With this in mind, MIAC in October marks a starting point for the entire chain that operates around this industry, which has proven to be fundamental.

Read the few instructions to follow at the exhibition
In the past weeks, the MIAC Organization, together with Lucca Exhibition Centre, in order to be able to welcome technicians from the national and international paper industry sector in total safety, has worked on guidelines and protocols about hygiene and sanitation rules, regarding both the pavilions and the Exhibitors’ stands.

MIAC 2020 - Machinery and plants for the production of Paper and Paperboard and for the converting of Tissue Paper.
We are waiting for you at the exhibition to restart together!
(Edipap Srl)

Mondi Upgrades its Paper Bags Facility in Hungary

Mondi Upgrades its Paper Bags Facility in Hungary  (Company news)

• New €7 million investment in state-of-the-art paper sack converting machine at Mondi's plant in Nyíregyháza, Hungary
• The machine will increase the plant’s quality, efficiency and service standards to produce high-end and sophisticated paper sacks for food purposes
• The investment will see 130 million paper sacks produced annually
• Mondi Nyíregyháza is in the process of seeking certification from HACCP to serve the food, feed, and seed industries

Mondi, leading global packaging and paper group, has successfully completed the implementation of a new state-of-the-art paper sack converting machine at its Nyíregyháza site in Hungary. The machine – a Windmöller & Hölscher AD 8320 / AM 8115 – allows the plant to produce a new line of sophisticated paper sacks for food packaging. The site will be capable of producing more than 130 million sacks annually.

The Mondi Nyíregyháza plant, which employs more than one hundred people, serves the Hungarian, Romanian, Austrian and Bulgarian market in many industries and sectors. It produces industrial paper sacks (open mouth and valve bags) for applications such as cement, building materials, food-feed-seed, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

“Our goal is to serve our customers’ needs with excellence, so we focused on increasing the plant’s quality and hygiene standard to be able to produce high-end and sophisticated paper sacks for food. This investment means we are able to enhance our operational efficiency, as well as offering shorter delivery times to our customers. Our ambition to open this line did not diminish despite the beginning of the health pandemic. Working with revised health and safety measures in place, I am very proud of my team's determination to execute this project and deliver this complex product portfolio," said Péter Szabó, Managing Director, Mondi Bags Hungária.

Due to this €7 million investment, the entire layout and set-up of the Nyíregyháza plant was re-designed in four months, including the storage area, printer area, warehouse, and ink kitchen to increase operational efficiency and safety.

The plant is now in the process of seeking the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification by the end of this year in order to serve the food, feed and seed industry with sacks that meet their high quality and hygiene standards.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

New individuals at key functions in Iggesund Paperboard's management team

New individuals at key functions in Iggesund Paperboard's management team   (Company news)

Iggesund Paperboard, one of five business areas in Holmen, is a market-leading manufacturer of paperboard for the premium segment of consumer packaging. This spring Paul Okker (photo) has become the new Vice-President Sales and Ulf Löfgren has taken on the newly created role of Production Director of the business area’s three production units.

“Paul Okker has had a long and successful career in Holmen,” comments the business area’s CEO Johan Nellbeck. “He has worked at Iggesund Paperboard for 20 years, most recently as Vice-President Sales for the European market. He is a highly valued leader, and this, in combination with his industry experience and customer knowledge, will undoubtedly support our strategy of growing globally with two of the market’s strongest product brands, Invercote and Incada.”

On 1 April, Paul replaced Kenneth Nystén, who has left the company. In addition to this change, Johan Nellbeck has also created a new role to strengthen the cooperation and coordination of the business unit’s three production units: Iggesund Mill, Workington Mill and Strömsbruk Converting Plant, the company’s facility for the additional finishing of paperboard products. The former Mill Director of Workington Mill, Ulf Löfgren, took up this position on 1 March. In conjunction with that move, Jenny Bergström, formerly the departmental head of Workington’s paperboard production and with a total of 17 years’ experience in the paperboard industry, took over as Mill Director of Workington Mill.

“Ulf has done a fantastic job as Mill Director at Workington. With his ability to get people to work towards the same goal and to achieve their full potential, I believe we will see synergy and efficiency gains within all our production units,” comments Johan Nellbeck.

Since Johan Nellbeck became CEO of Iggesund in August 2019, the management team has been broadened, and also includes Supply Chain, Product Portfolio Management, HR, Communication & Sustainability, Finance, Technology and IT.

“I am very satisfied with the collective expertise and experience held by the management team. With this team we ensure a holistic overview of our business and operations, which is a prerequisite for creating value for our customers and engagement in our employees,” Johan Nellbeck concludes.
(Iggesund Paperboard AB)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches sustainable 'from Plastic to Purpose' campaign with launch of....

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches sustainable 'from Plastic to Purpose' campaign with launch of....  (Company news)

... CelluSnack™ Papers

As part of its continued focus on global sustainability leadership, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has initiated its ‘from Plastic to Purpose’ campaign, highlighting first its new brand of CelluSnack™ snack packaging papers.

“Our ‘from Plastic to Purpose’ campaign aims at raising awareness around the world regarding the possibility of fiber-based solutions as a renewable packaging option,” said Robyn Buss, Executive Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging & Technical Solutions Business Area. “Consumers and brand owners are demanding more sustainable solutions that reduce their impact on the environment and also have a positive end-of-life story – anywhere from compostability and biodegradation to recyclability. By promoting the story of ‘from Plastic to Purpose’ we are encouraging food and industrial packaging producers globally to consider fiber and paper-based solutions as they innovate products for their customers.”

CelluSnack™ snack papers boast sustainable features and shelf presence, while offering grease and oil resistance with renewable properties. CelluSnack™ papers drive sustainable food packaging differentiation in today’s marketplace.

“When customers work with our global team at Ahlstrom-Munksjö, they experience our collaborative innovation process,” explained Jeff Murphy, Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging Business Unit. “We help brand owners and packaging engineers create customized solutions combining an array of visual, functional, and sustainable benefits.”

CelluSnack™ snack papers additionally offer heat sealing and other barrier coatings. To achieve high performing and eye-catching packaging, CelluSnack™ supporting brands of Cristal™ transparent papers and Gerstar™ glossy packaging (C1S glossy outer packaging) help packages capture consumer attention.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

SAGE advises that single use paper towels should be used in public washrooms to help ...

SAGE advises that single use paper towels should be used in public washrooms to help ...  (Company news)

...control COVID-19

As people get ready to reopen many businesses, SAGE (the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies) has reviewed the evidence on the spread of COVID-19 and the efficiency of mitigation measures.

One of the issues considered is washroom hygiene with a large amount of useful information on cleansing and air flows.

Specifically on hand drying the documents states:
Replacement of jet dryers with paper towels
Rationale: Jet air dryers can aerosolise microorganisms from poorly washed hands. Incomplete drying of hands means that contamination can persist on hands.
Evidence: Mechanistic studies to show microbial dispersion and studies using surrogate microorganisms show persistence of contamination. No direct evidence for transmission.

Practical considerations: Relatively easy action to temporarily take dryers out of action and provide paper towels. Need to consider the management of paper towel waste. Longer term there are cost and energy implications.

This SAGE advice reinforces the consistent CPI message that single use paper towels are an important part of measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
(CPI Confederation of Paper Industries)

Konica Minolta Announces AccurioJet KM-1e B2+ UV Inkjet Press

Konica Minolta Announces AccurioJet KM-1e B2+ UV Inkjet Press  (Company news)

Konica Minolta has unveiled AccurioJet KM-1e digital inkjet B2+ sheetfed UV colour inkjet production press as it continues to accelerate its growth within industrial print markets.

Since its launch in 2016 Drupa, AccurioJet KM-1 has been acclaimed as the first choice for B2+ digital printing press. Many commercial printers, online printers, direct mailers, publishing and book printing companies have benefited from multiple installations because of its media versatility resulted from Konica Minolta’s original UV inkjet technologies.

Following the legacy of the AccurioJet KM-1, the main benefit of AccurioJet KM-1e remains its infinite business expansion possibilities from current business fields to more profitable applications. Konica Minolta culminated benefits of the UV inkjet technology to maximize excellent printing capability on various types of media, including plastic substrates, transparent film, foiled paper, metallic media, canvas and synthetic substrates.

The Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e will continue to help customers pursue high value-added products where high quality production, extensive media compatibility and personalisation are required. As one example, Konica Minolta is working with partner MGI on varnishing solutions for high value print and with motioncutter digital laser technology for highly decorative cutting that will open more doors for customers to work directly with agencies.

First installations of the Konica Minolta KM-1e have already been made in Europe and in the US. More details will follow soon.

"Under our concept ’Igniting Print Possibilities’ we summarize our drive to solve customers’ and social challenges by the means of digital printing through further automation, integrated on-demand digital production and visualization of quality and operation. The AccurioJet KM-1e is a key pillar in ourstrategy to help our customers seize the many new opportunities digitalisation brings along, supporting the trend to switch from offset to inkjet printing in a fast-growing market. The main benefit of AccurioJet KM-1e remains its infinite expansion possibilities. It helps customers to unlock doors to new and more profitable applications. As just one example, we know from feedback that some customers are working more with agencies directly now thanks to the combination of world-class technologies. We can offer from high quality print through to varnishing and highly sophisticated decorative cutting for customer business expansions." (Toshi Uemura, Executive Officer, Division President of Professional Print, Konica Minolta Inc)

Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1, which is referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife” of printing thanks to its versatility with substrates and applications, as well as its successor benefit from Konica Minolta’s unique Dot Freeze Technology™. The patented process, known as DFT, has overcome one of the fundamental challenges of inkjet printing – uncontrolled ink dot movement that reduces print quality and workable materials. The technology uniquely self-freezes ink drops upon contact with materials, resulting in superior colour stability and consistency and excellent results with instantly dry perfects prints.
(Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH)

Asahi Photoproducts Enters into Distribution Partnership with Matset Matbaa Makine for ...

Asahi Photoproducts Enters into Distribution Partnership with Matset Matbaa Makine for ...  (Company news)

...Increased Accessibility to Asahi Products by the Turkish Packaging Community

Matset’s strong market position enables a high level of direct service to Turkish printer

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, reported that Matset, an innovative pioneer serving the Turkish packaging and printing industry, is now an authorized distributor of Asahi products in that country.

“We are pleased to be entering into this important relationship for the benefit of the Turkish printing industry,” said Doğu Pabuççuoğlu, General Manager of Matset Matbaa Makine ve Malzemeleri San.A.Ş. “We were particularly attracted by the high quality of Asahi’s water-based flexographic plates and CleanPrint strategy. As our customers become more familiar with the benefits of CleanPrint, we expect to be able to significantly increase Asahi’s market share in the Turkish market. These benefits include improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) with Asahi plates and processors, important to enable the Turkish market to hold a competitive global position.”
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)

Project engineering for Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Kemi to begin in August 2020

Project engineering for Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Kemi to begin in August 2020  (Company news)

The project engineering for Metsä Fibre’s bioproduct mill project in Kemi, Finland will start at the beginning of August 2020. This means the detailed engineering of the mill’s technology, civil construction, MEI installations and commissioning, as well as preparation for the project’s construction phase. The engineering work will be carried out in cooperation with the selected four main implementation partners: Valmet, ABB, AFRY and Fimpec.

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has signed preliminary contracts that are conditional for the investment decision. Contract with Valmet covers the main equipment and automation of the mill and with ABB the electrical systems. The preliminary contract with AFRY includes project management and engineering services, and the preliminary agreement with Fimpec covers the construction services of the mill. From the beginning of August, more than 400 people, including around 50 Metsä Group employees, will be working in the project engineering organisation. Up until now, around 40 Metsä Group and Botnia Mill Service employees have been involved in the bioproduct mill’s pre-engineering.

“The Kemi bioproduct mill project is proceeding as planned and according the schedule, we will start project engineering at the beginning of August. This is an important step towards the investment decision and construction of the mill. For example, the project organisation expand as required,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director at Metsä Fibre.

Prerequisites for the EUR 1,5 billion investment decision are estimated to be fulfilled in the autumn of 2020 after the environmental permit process is completed. In addition to the environmental permit process, the bioproduct mill project is currently being progressed through financing negotiations and the development of the logistics needed for the new mill. Second-phase preparatory work is already ongoing in the mill area in Kemi to ensure the smooth start of the construction phase of the bioproduct mill immediately after the investment decision has been made. The second-phase preparatory work in the mill area includes for example test pilings.

During the construction phase, the bioproduct mill’s employment impact is estimated to be nearly 10,000 person-years, of which more than half would be carried out in Kemi. The number of individual employees working in the mill area over the entire construction phase is estimated to rise to around 15,000. The planning of the new bioproduct mill is based on a high degree of environmental, energy and material efficiency. If implemented, the mill will be built using the best available techniques (BAT) and even more advanced techniques, such as the sulphuric acid plant and the bark gasification. The bioproduct mill will not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate will be 250%. This would further strengthen Metsä Group’s major position as an electricity producer using renewable domestic raw materials.

If implemented, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce around 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp a year, as well as many other bioproducts. The investment would secure current 250 jobs in the Kemi mill area. Through its direct value chain, the bioproduct mill would employ around 2,500 people in Finland, which is 1,500 people more than with the current Kemi pulp mill. The bioproduct mill’s annual use of pulpwood, mainly procured from Finland, will be around 7.6 million cubic metres per year, which is 4.5 million cubic metres more than the existing pulp mill uses annually.
(Metsä Fibre Oy)

W+D sells 11 vote by mail inserters to Runbeck Election Services for 2020 US elections

W+D sells 11 vote by mail inserters to Runbeck Election Services for 2020 US elections  (Company news)

W+D North America, the leading provider of vote by mail ballot inserting technology, announces the sale of eleven W+D BB700 S2 high speed inserters for vote-by-mail solutions to Runbeck Election Services of Phoenix, AZ. According to Jeff Ellington, President of Runbeck, “our current fleet of BB700 inserters had already enabled us to help numerous states with their expansions into comprehensive vote-by-mail processing. The BB700’s open architecture allows us to adapt to the varied workflow requirements of states and counties throughout the U.S. while maintaining 100% integrity throughout the process. Its ability to easily process a wide range of substrates gives us the flexibility to accommodate the most stringent requirements throughout the country.”

With this new expansion, which includes other important infrastructure additions to Runbeck Election Services’ capacity, the company says it is poised to become the largest vote-by-mail processor in the U.S.

“We are proud and excited to take on such an important responsibility during the upcoming elections,” added Ellington. “Furthermore, the level of personalized service and support we have received from W+D has been a key factor in our continuing relationship with them for election services solutions. Their machines’ reliability, where our first machine is still running 24 hours a day after 8 years, made it an easy long-term decision.”

Bob Pitel, senior account manager for W+D North America, notes “it has been an exciting challenge as our ballot inserting equipment has technically evolved to handle, from both a hardware and software perspective, the integrity requirements demanded by the vote-by-mail market. Arguably, vote by mail is one of the fastest growing segments our industry has seen in decades and Runbeck has been a great partner as they continue to preserve such an important American right”.
(W+D North America Inc.)

Flint Group announces fully automated flexographic plate processing equipment – ...

Flint Group announces fully automated flexographic plate processing equipment – ...  (Company news)

...The ThermoFlexX Catena+ equipment line

· Fully automated line with minimum operator intervention, resulting in more plate production even after the end of a shift

· An open system allowing easy loading of plates even from other Imagers into the Catena line

· Access to production data of all modules, provides a brand new level of pro-active maintenance, minimizing the need for physical service intervention

The revolutionary fully automated plate processing line consists of equipment modules which were announced earlier by the group; Catena - E (UV LED exposure), Catena - W (solvent plate processor), and Catena - DLS (dryer, light finisher and plate stacker combination with robotized plate transport).

Catena means “connected chain” and just as the name reveals, the Catena+ line is a modular system, which can join together for various levels of automation.

A Catena-DLS module can be connected to a Catena-W for automatic plate-processing. The Catena-DLS has 10 drying units, 7 stacking positions and a light finisher. Robotic movement ensures that plates are fully finished with no operator intervention after loading into the washer.

“We are proud to announce the Catena-DLS, the missing piece on our way to fully automated flexo plate processing. In combination with our ThermoFlexX imager, the recently released Catena-W and the Catena-E UV LED exposure, we provide a state-of-the-art, fully automated and integrated flexo plate processing system, which allows our customers to produce flexo plates at lowest total cost for every application“, explains Uwe Stebani, General Manager Xeikon Prepress. “And in combination with our groundbreaking ThermoFlexX Woodpecker surface screening software and best-in-class Flint Group flexographic plates, we enable our customers to rival any other system in the market.”

Catena+ brings the whole chain together, resulting in leading edge fully automated flexo plate making. Once the operator has removed the cover sheet the plate is automatically loaded into the imager, and is completely processed and fully finished with no further operator interventions needed, eliminating any damage caused by manual plate handling.

Designed as an open system, Catena+ allows easy loading of plates from other imagers into the Catena-E LED exposure unit. Plates from other exposure frames can also be easily loaded to take advantage of the highly productive WDLS.

The full line Catena+ also includes Catena Cockpit, which provides a highly visible status report on plate processing, progress and expected time of completion.

With Catena ProServX software, the machine health status of all modules is constantly monitored, thus, enabling a new level of pro-active support and maintenance. The need for physical service-interventions is minimized.
(Flint Group Xeikon Prepress NV)

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE is the first in the world to be certified with FSSC 22000...

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE is the first in the world to be certified with FSSC 22000...  (Company news)

... accreditation for its Competence Center for the production of drinking straws

With the establishment of a Competence Center for drinking straw papers, DREWSEN wants to make a decisive contribution to the development of high-quality paper drinking straws. The interaction of paper, glue and drinking straw machine are largely unknown.

Since first producing and marketing papers for the food industry, DREWSEN has ensured that they comply with all of the relevant hygiene standards, including the VO 852/2004 – HACCP hygiene management system, which was established several years ago and certified by DQS GmbH.

Even more stringent hygiene requirements must be met when producing drinking straws in DREWSENs Competence Center. To ensure this, DREWSEN consciously elected to work to an approved standard by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). Within a few months, a FSSC 22000 hygiene management system was established, which was successfully certified by DQS GmbH in May 2020.

DREWSEN is proud to be the world's first manufacturer of drinking straws with FSSC 22000 certification.

Domino launches X630i digital ink jet corrugated press with AQ95 aqueous ink set

Domino launches X630i digital ink jet corrugated press with AQ95 aqueous ink set   (Company news)

On 16 June, on what should have been the first day of drupa 2020, Domino Digital Printing Solutions announced the launch of the Domino X630i single pass, digital ink jet press supplied with the revolutionary Domino AQ95 CMYK aqueous ink set representing ‘The new business model for corrugated box production.’

Although Domino has been developing industrial ink jet technologies since 1978, this represents their first step into the digital corrugated printing space. Domino is part of an international group with its headquarters in Cambridge in the UK, who became part of the Japanese based Brother Industries corporation in 2015. After launching into the label printing sector in 2012, Domino quickly established itself as the ink jet technology digital press market leader, and now intends to repeat this same success in the corrugated box printing market.

The Domino X630i is a new digital ink jet printing solution designed for everyday corrugated production, enabling corrugated box printers to print with minimal set-up time and waste, significantly improving overall plant productivity.

Matt Condon, Corrugated Sector Business Development Manager at Domino Digital Printing Solutions division, says: “We are delighted to be introducing this highly automated, single pass Domino X630i digital ink jet press which will enable you to profitably develop short and medium run market opportunities, facilitating new streams of business and providing a more complete range of capability for your customer base.” The X630i is based on Domino’s proven and reliable Generation 6 ink jet platform, which has approaching 1000 worldwide industrial installations.

Condon continues, “Digital printing allows you to remove the need for printing plates and the lost production time and waste associated with set-up and make-ready, thereby increasing your uptime, productivity and efficiency, and reducing cost and consumption. With speeds of up to 75m/min (246ft/min), 600 x 600dpi print resolution, and a maximum print area of 3000mm x 1345mm (118” x 53”), the Domino X630i ink jet press is designed for everyday corrugated box production. This investment will enable you to move your short run, multiple SKU and short lead time jobs to digital, rebalancing production with your analogue printing equipment, driving up efficiency and output with reduced costs and improved profit margins. It will give you a competitive advantage, allowing you to grow your longer run conventional print production, whilst at the same time attracting new business and giving your customers the opportunity for more versioning, personalisation and consumer engagement.”

The X630i is supplied with the revolutionary Domino AQ95 CMYK aqueous ink set, which incorporates i-Tech PolyM, one of Domino’s unique intelligent Technology features. These features reflect Domino’s depth of ink jet expertise and are designed to create systems altogether more flexible and reliable. Based on unique micro polymeric particles, i-Tech PolyM is designed to print on both uncoated and coated corrugated substrates without the need to either apply a separate primer or even a bonding agent. In addition, it is also suitable for many non-direct food packaging applications being Swiss Ordinance, Nestlé and EuPIA compliant.

Further i-Tech components are incorporated into Domino’s proven Generation 6 ink jet platform. These include the i-Tech ActiFlow ink circulation system, i-Tech CleanCap automated print head cleaning and capping station, and i-Tech StitchLink automated print head alignment. These i-Tech features optimise ink jet nozzle performance and reliability, delivering more consistent and high quality print results. The automation provides a more controlled process with minimal operator intervention and maintenance and reduced set up times. It is all designed to improve uptime, ensuring the highest levels of productivity.

Condon continues, “Domino recognises that corrugated converters are facing the same challenges faced by label printers ten years ago with increased demands from brand owners for shorter print runs, shorter lead times and more SKUs. The question is how do you meet this challenge cost-effectively? Add to this, the increasing demands for personalisation, shelf-ready packaging, and Covid-19 which has ‘temporarily’ accelerated the already predicted market growth in e-commerce, as security and hygiene take on greater importance. All these factors are drivers towards the digital production of corrugated. Domino wanted to extend and share our digital ink jet knowledge and expertise with the corrugated sector to help you respond to these changing market demands.”

Condon concludes, “ The Domino X630i has a small footprint, with big benefits that will help you transform your business and make your entire production floor more efficient.” But don’t just take Condon’s word for this…

During the virtual launch of the Domino X630i, print & packaging industry expert, Dr Sean Smyth, interviewed Finn MacDonald, President of Kentucky based Independent II to discover the reasons why Independent II decided to take their first step into digital with Domino and invest in this ‘transformational’ digital ink jet press.
(Domino UK Ltd)

Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM1 at Cartiera di Ferrara, Italy

Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM1 at Cartiera di Ferrara, Italy  (Company news)

Cartiera di Ferrara selected Toscotec for a complete dryer section rebuild of its coreboard machine at Ferrara mill in Italy. The paper machine produces coreboard in the range of 220 to 620 gsm, processing 100% recycled paper. The delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.

The project includes two dryer sections. In the first part, Toscotec will install new felt, guide and stretcher rolls; it will modify the existing frame structure and supply a new frame section. The second part will be completely new and it will feature 16 new TT SteelDryers of 1,829 mm diameter designed for an operating steam pressure of 10 barg. The scope also includes bearings and housings, steam fits and joints, turbulence bars for the dryer cans, and all the main section components such as felt rolls, stretchers, guiding devices, and doctors.

Toscotec will supply mechanical drives for the entire dryer section in silent drive configuration. The services package includes mechanical erection, supervision, commissioning, and start-up assistance.

The rebuild will increase the mill’s production by 30%. Toscotec will reposition the existing 1,500 mm diameter cast-iron dryers to the first part of the dryer section, and it will implement an increased thermal efficiency in the second part using TT SteelDryers of a larger diameter.

Giulio Spinoglio, President and CEO of Cartiera di Ferrara, says: “Out of the various proposals we evaluated for this project, Toscotec’s rebuild solution was the most compelling one for two main reasons. First, the timeline of the project. Toscotec gave us good guarantees on the PM shutdown time and their previous record of successful rebuilds confirmed their capability to deliver. Second, their technical solution was the most advantageous for us in terms of production increase and energy efficiency. ”

Enrico Fazio, Head of Sales of Toscotec Paper & Board division, says: “Our rebuild solution allows for a significant increase of PM1 production capacity, without changing the length of the dryer section. This means that the positions of the press and the pope reel remain unchanged and that civil works will not be required, thereby significantly reducing the machine shutdown time.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Ilim Group Develops its Sustainable Forest Management Practices

Ilim Group Develops its Sustainable Forest Management Practices  (Company news)

As part of its annual reforestation efforts in 2020, Ilim Group will plant trees in an area covering 55,000 ha in the Irkutsk and Arkhangelsk Oblasts

As part of its annual reforestation efforts in 2020, Ilim Group will plant trees in an area covering 55,000 ha in the Irkutsk and Arkhangelsk Oblasts, using over 6.5 million seedlings and 4 tons of pine and spruce tree seeds. The number of seedlings planted grows every year.

Ilim uses ball-rooted planting stock, which helps to improve the quality of reforestation due to higher survival of planted seedlings. This planting stock production technology allows to extend the time for planting trees by several months. Forest nurseries in Ilim’s Siberian locations cover a total area of 20 thousand square meters.
(Ilim Group)

Voith Group’s results remain solid in the first half of the fiscal year 2019/20

Voith Group’s results remain solid in the first half of the fiscal year 2019/20  (Company news)

- Group sales slightly up from the previous year
- EBIT in the Group has increased and all three lines of its core business have positive figures
- Orders received remain at a high level, in particular to the further growth of Voith Paper
- M&A strategy has advanced successfully
- First negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Voith Group’s figures for the end of March

Picture: Dr. Toralf Haag, Voith President and CEO

The Voith Group continued to show solid results in the first six months (October 2019 through end of March 2020) of the current fiscal year 2019/20, despite a very challenging market environment. Voith’s figures were negatively affected beginning late March by the COVID-19 pandemic, which first appeared in China – one of Voith’s important markets – before spreading around the world towards the end of the reporting period. The pandemic went hand in hand with contact restrictions in many places, initial production stoppages and a noticeable reluctance on the part of customers to invest.

Despite this, Group sales of EUR 2.08 billion were slightly higher than in the same period in the previous year (EUR 2.07 billion). Orders received were worth EUR 2.17 billion, almost as high as in the previous year (EUR 2.29 billion). The value of orders received was EUR 5.58 billion on the reporting date of March 31 and was slightly higher than the high-level in the previous year (EUR 5.54 billion). Voith was able to increase its operating results slightly in the first half of the fiscal year. EBIT increased by 3 percent to EUR 79 million. All three lines of our core business were clearly in the black while future investments in Digital Ventures continued to impact results, as planned. The Voith Group’s EBIT margin rose slightly to 3.8 percent. The net result rose significantly to EUR 23 million (previous year EUR 18 million).

For the first time, the figures for the first half of the fiscal year also include BTG, which was integrated on December 1, 2019. The new Voith subsidiary, a provider of integrated, highly specialized process solutions for the global pulp and paper industry, contributed EUR 51 million of incoming orders, sales of EUR 48 million and operating results of EUR 7 million.

Acquisitions further strengthen core business
In addition to the crisis management which is necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, Voith is continuing to focus on its targeted strategy of strengthening its core business, in particular through further M&A transactions. The most recent successes in the last few months have been the first steps towards founding the HMS – Hybrid Motion Solutions GmbH joint enterprise with Moog Inc., a developer, manufacturer and supplier of electrical, hydraulic and hybrid drive solutions. The partners will work together to build business with hydraulic drives in various industry markets. Voith is also planning to acquire Traktionssysteme Austria GmbH (TSA) together with the Swiss company PCS Holding. A contract for the joint acquisition of a 59 percent shareholding was signed in April. TSA is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric motors, generators and transmissions for rail and commercial vehicles.

Voith had already achieved important milestones in its M&A strategy in the previous months. After completing the integration of BTG, two other important acquisitions were agreed upon in December 2019, and have now closed. The acquisition of a 90 percent holding in the Italian company Toscotec has further strengthened Voith’s position in the paper industry. Toscotec’s product and service portfolio will extend Voith Paper’s offering and further strengthens the position of the company as a full-line supplier in key sectors of the paper industry. The Turbo Division has also made a strategic addition to its portfolio by acquiring a majority shareholding in ELIN Motoren GmbH, a high-tech Austrian company with a global business in electric motors and generators for industrial applications. This acquisition will strengthen Voith Turbo’s position as a technology-independent supplier of drive systems even further.

Sound development in the Group Divisions
The Group Division Voith Hydro reported sales of EUR 504 million, which was substantially lower than in the previous year (EUR 553 million). Orders worth EUR 521 million were received which was, as anticipated, significantly lower than in the very good previous year (EUR 762 million). The Service business continues to develop encouragingly. Operating results of EUR 17 million were lower than in the previous year (EUR 27 million) as a result of sales.

In the first half of the 2019/20 fiscal year, the Group’s growth was again primarily driven by the Group Division Voith Paper. Despite the normalization of investments in the paper industry, Voith Paper was able to boost the value of orders received significantly up to EUR 901 million (previous year: EUR 747 million). Sales increased to EUR 895 million (previous year: EUR 821 million) thanks to excellent capacity utilization and the acquisition of BTG. Operating results of EUR 46 million were again higher than the previous year (EUR 42 million).

The persistently difficult market environment (e.g. in the oil sector) and the immediately noticeable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on important customer industries led to the Group Division Voith Turbo receiving 7 percent fewer orders (EUR 697 million) and generating 3.3 percent less in sales (EUR 641 million) than in the same period of the previous year. Accordingly, EBIT fell to EUR 20 million (previous year: EUR 26 million).

The Group Division Voith Digital Ventures reported encouraging successes in the market and was able to increase the number of orders received by 57 percent to a value of EUR 47 million and also boosted sales by 26 percent to EUR 36 million. Due to important investments in future digitalization and start-up activities, the operating results remained negative at EUR -6 million, which was nonetheless an improvement from the first half of the previous year (EUR -18 million).

Outlook: Negative influence of the COVID-19 pandemic anticipated
There has been no fundamental change in the Voith Group’s strategic objective of achieving sustainable and profitable growth in the years ahead. In the present circumstances, in which there remains significant uncertainties concerning the full scale of the impact of the pandemic and the timing and speed of economic recovery, it is impossible to provide a reliable short-term forecast. Nonetheless, Voith does expect that the most important key figures will be negatively affected by a substantial degree due to the impact of COVID-19 throughout the rest of the fiscal year 2019/20.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Finewebtech Increases Production Capacity By More Than 20% With New Nilpeter FA-17

Finewebtech Increases Production Capacity By More Than 20% With New Nilpeter FA-17  (Company news)

Picture: Mr. Jang Tae-Soo, President & CEO, and Mr. Lloyd Jang, General Director, Finewebtech Label Solution System in front of their new Nilpeter FA-17

Finewebtech of South Korea has seen a 20% increase in production capacity following the installation of their new Nilpeter FA-17. The company has already signed on for two additional Nilpeter FA-Line presses to further expand and streamline the business.

Finewebtech was founded in 1987 in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The award winning label and flexible packaging printer primarily deals in cosmetics, household items, foods, pharmaceuticals, and more. After a comprehensive market search, Finewebtech decided to go with the Nilpeter FA-17 midst 2019, which decorated the first All New Nilpeter FA-line installation in the country. According to Erik Blankenstein, Sales Director Nilpeter Asia-Pacific; Nilpeter’s local representation by SCREEN Korea and in particular Mr. Johnny Lee, GA Company & Marketing Director, has played an important role in the Korean market development and business relationship with Finewebtech. The first press was installed in August 2019.

The Confidence to Quote Customers with Shorter Lead Times
“The flexibility on the All New FA has cut our production time significantly,” says Mr. Jang Tae-Soo, President & CEO, Finewebtech Label Solution System.

“For example, having the option to put Rotary Screen on the rail, with its own dedicated UV lamp system, has cut down our preparation time by at least 20% and increased our production capacity by more than 20%. With this, our 9-colour press is working as a 13-colour press as we do not have to compromise print stations to do rotary screen. The ability to put most of the embellishment options on the rail has given our production team the confidence to quote customers with shorter lead times,” he adds.

Print Quality from the All New FA is Uncontested
“Nilpeter’s dedication and development within flexo printing has brought our print quality to an absolute top-level. By keeping the impression and the chill roller separate, print quality from the All New FA is uncontested! Density levels are amazing. The longer web-path on each print station, and even longer web-path at the end for varnish, gives fantastic print and varnish results,” says Mr. Lloyd Jang, General Director, Finewebtech Label Solution System.

”We have many different flexo press brands in-house, and I have to say, the machine downtime on the Nilpeter press is incomparable. And we’ve experienced nothing but quick response times and solutions from the Nilpeter team. When faced with complicated new jobs, the Nilpeter application team is always of great help,” he continues.

Two Additional Nilpeter Presses on the Books
“We have just signed off on our 2nd & 3rd Nilpeter All New FA presses and we are looking forward to further expanding and streamlining our business. We feel very confident that the level of automation, efficiency and flexibility that our additional two FA-lines will bring, will allow us to make this happen,” Mr. Jang Tae-Soo, President & CEO, Finewebtech Label Solution System concludes.
(Nilpeter A/S)

BOBST Group expects first half year loss due to Covid-19 lock-down impact and announces...

BOBST Group expects first half year loss due to Covid-19 lock-down impact and announces...  (Company news)

... change in the Group Executive Committee

The spread of Covid-19 has caused major disruptions in the global supply chain and has impacted the international trade and service business in recent months. Most machine installations and service interventions scheduled for the second quarter of 2020 could not be performed as planned due to travel bans, which has a significant impact on revenue recognition. 2020 sales will be even less balanced than in previous years affecting negatively the first half-year’s profitability. Bobst Group expects its sales for the first half of 2020 to be more than CHF 200 million lower than the CHF 737 million achieved in the same period in 2019. The operating result (EBIT) for the first half of 2020 is expected to be around CHF 50 to 60 million lower than the CHF 15 million achieved in the same period of 2019.

Although countries are reopening borders, there is still a lot of uncertainty mainly linked to air travel and the overall economic and pandemic situation. It is therefore not possible at this time to give a reliable guidance for the Group’s full year revenues and results.

The Group announces change in the Group Executive Committee
After 9 years of dedicated service in Bobst Group’s Executive Committee, Philippe Milliet, Head of Business Unit Sheet-fed, decided to take on new mandates and to re-focus his activities on business outside of BOBST in the near future. During his tenure he not only prepared the Business Unit Sheet-fed, which he led, for the new market requirements in the folding carton and corrugated board industries, he was also prominent in the evolution of Bobst Group to the current stage by leading major Group transformation program, standardization of core processes and systems, as well as helping increase BOBST’s market presence in China over the past years. “We warmly thank Philippe Milliet for his strong contributions to the success of the Business Unit Sheet-fed globally and also Bobst Mex SA operations in Switzerland. He always led with great passion and professionalism. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.”

Effective 1 July, 2020, Jean-Pascal Bobst, Group CEO, is now heading the Business Unit Sheet-fed ad interim.
(Bobst Mex SA)

PMP supports dynamic development of Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A.

PMP supports dynamic development of Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A.   (Company news)

Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A. has been continuously working on modernizing its machine fleet for last several years. The priority is, invariably, an increase of production capacity, an improvement of final products’ quality parameters and implementation of environmentally friendly & energy-saving solutions. Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A. for years have been partnering with PMP applying ambitious technological projects. In addition, both companies support the idea of "good, because it is Polish".

In 2019, PMP successfully rebuilt a press section of PM#1 with a new Intelli-Nip® shoe press included. The solution proposed by PMP improved dryness after press from 43% before rebuilt to 48% after rebuilt. The technology of the shoe press also enhanced properties of paper, and also significantly improved PM efficiency.

PM1, 5300 mm @reel, after rebuild, produces offset paper, with a grammage range from 60 to 100 gsm. The operating speed after rebuilt is 1000 mpm. PMP's scope of delivery included: press section equipped with the Intelli-Nip® shoe module (maximum design pressure 600 kN/m, shoe module diameter 1100 mm); this is the first PMP reference for a module with a smaller diameter. In addition, PMP provided controls, replacement parts and assembly and commissioning supervision.

As a result of so far a fruitful cooperation, in April 2020, PMP signed another contract with Arctic Paper Kostrzyn team, for a revamp of a press section, this time for another machine. The purpose of the rebuild is to improve the condition of the section framework and to eliminate vibrations.

PM2, 5300 mm @reel and an annual capacity of 160,000 tons, produces single-layer wood-free graphic paper with a grammage range from 60 to 170 gsm. The scope of supply will cover an entire new framework, including press roll swing arms, savealls, platforms, mechanical drives as well as assembly and commissioning supervision service. The framework will be entirely made of stainless steel. The investment is planned for summer 2021.
(PMPoland S.A.)

Koenig & Bauer celebrates award series at virtual printing fair

Koenig & Bauer celebrates award series at virtual printing fair  (Company news)

-New Rapida generation receives both iF Design Award and Red Dot Design Award
-Sheetfed offset flagship combines technical and visual highlights
-German Brand Award for consistent brand management

Photo: The new sheetfed offset portfolio from Koenig & Bauer has already picked up two coveted design awards

With its new Rapida press generation, Koenig & Bauer offers proud proof of the power of industrial design. The new flagship of the company’s sheetfed offset portfolio has already picked up two coveted design awards. And consistent implementation of a brand management concept has likewise earned praise from competition jury members. The good news crowned the virtual fair event Koenig & Bauer LIVE.

The presentation of the Red Dot Design Award on 22nd June kicked off the second week of Koenig & Bauer LIVE. Broadcast as an online stream, the event was a perfect opportunity for the company to showcase its latest product innovations for the print industry. One undisputed highlight was the new Rapida press generation for the sheetfed offset segment. “Our newly developed machine will set new standards in the printshop, not only technically but also in its design,” said a clearly delighted Ralf Sammeck, member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer and CEO of the Sheetfed business unit, during the product presentation.

Clear lines, generous glass surfaces and an overall appearance characterised by the brand colours of Koenig & Bauer also convinced the jury of the international Red Dot Design Award. They identified the Rapida as the “Best of the Best” in its category and honoured this achievement with the competition’s top prize. In addition, Koenig & Bauer was already announced as a winner of the iF Design Award for the new Rapida generation in February. The award ceremony at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin was originally planned for May but then fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the new generation of its sheetfed offset presses, the oldest press manufacturer in the world has added yet another decisive aspect to the relaunch of the Koenig & Bauer brand which began in 2017. In terms of machine design, too, the company is committed to strengthening this brand identity. “Consistent implementation of the brand identity, also with regard to product design, underlines Koenig & Bauer’s claim as a leading partner to the print industry,” says Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communication and marketing at Koenig & Bauer.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Showing closeness from a distance - Adhesive Notes in Times of Corona

Showing closeness from a distance - Adhesive Notes in Times of Corona  (Company news)

Simple and creative solutions is what people want in times of crisis above all. There is no time for experiments when things get tough or have to be done in a hurry, and we tend to stick with what we know and love wherever possible. When that does not work, we need to get creative. Right now, with the corona crisis dominating everything, we can see this happening with one of the most popular promotional gifts ever. Adhesive note products are booming.

During ‘normal’ times, these practical sticky notes are given away to make life easier in the office, promote brands, and as trade fair goodies. Since the start of the year – after the coronavirus outbreak – more and more companies are using these notes to communicate messages and information: as a notice that a desk or hotel room has been disinfected, a reminder of the social distancing rules, or any other information for customers and staff. The possible uses are as versatile as the note blocks and formats available. According to one of Germany’s leading promotional product specialist, Black Forest based Karl Knauer KG, they have even been used as protective covers on shopping trolley handles.

“We can clearly see how the way our customers communicate has changed during the corona pandemic. Instead of advertising marketing messages, they now focus on disseminating information. The content may be different, but the objective is still essentially the same: to let customers know that they are important and that the company is thinking about them,” explains Frederik Zecheus, Key Account Manager for Promotional Products at Karl Knauer. He goes on to explain: “There is a huge demand for sticky notes at the moment because they are easy to make, can be produced at low cost, and the designs can be incredibly flexible.”
(Karl Knauer KG)

New research reveals sustainability is transforming businesses approach to packaging innovation

New research reveals sustainability is transforming businesses approach to packaging innovation  (Company news)

-One-third of companies say sustainability is driving all R&D and new product development
-Companies are investing most heavily in using recycled materials in their products and packaging
-68% of businesses view materials used in packaging as the most challenging area for sustainability
-37% of consumers rate packaging design as important when making a purchasing decision

A new survey by paper-based packaging leader Smurfit Kappa has revealed sustainability is transforming the innovation agenda as businesses rethink their products and packaging solutions in an effort to tackle environmental waste. The Sustainability and Profitability Survey, which was conducted among 200 senior business executives in the UK, showed that sustainability is driving all R&D and new product development in more than a third of companies.

The research also showed how businesses are focusing on packaging specifically as a key innovation opportunity with seven in 10 businesses citing materials in packaging as their biggest sustainability challenge, followed by collection and recycling (59%) and the materials used to manufacture products (56%). Furthermore, almost nine in 10 businesses have included used or recycled material in products / packaging as part of their sustainability strategies.

Commenting on the research findings, Arco Berkenbosch, Smurfit Kappa VP of Innovation & Development, said: “This research highlights that businesses are now having to address sustainability in a challenging economic environment and consumers will continue to drive the sustainability agenda.

“There are plenty of easy wins for suppliers to tackle in the global packaging industry without driving up significant costs, starting with reducing the amount of empty packaging in the eCommerce channel and the use of plastic when transporting goods in the supply chain. We have found that there is growing demand for the products in our Better Planet Packaging portfolio which are sustainable alternatives for single-use plastic.

“As the shift to sustainable packaging intensifies, it is critical businesses continue to invest in innovative solutions in order to respond to consumer demand, improve brand perception and deliver successful sustainability strategies,” added Mr Berkenbosch.

The survey, which also examined consumers’ views on sustainability and how they are adapting to create a more sustainable future, found that 37% rate packaging design as important when making a purchasing decision. Further signalling consumers’ awareness of brands’ packaging, the research showed more than half of customers have purchased a product specifically because it had reusable or biodegradable packaging in the past six months.

The Sustainability and Profitability Survey showed eight in 10 businesses view sustainability as a long-term investment rather than a cost with consumers continuing to drive organisations’ attitudes towards sustainable practices.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

Saving the climate - freight of wood chips from road to rail

Saving the climate - freight of wood chips from road to rail  (Company news)

For many years, transportation of wood chips from saw mills in the Lillehammer area to the wood processing industry in Halden has been done by trucks on road. Now the trucks are being replaced by trains.

The transition from road to rail has come about as a result of good cooperation between customers and suppliers. The rails were in place, but adjustments have been necessary in order to facilitate loading and discharging of the cargo. The first wood chip load was successfully transported this week.

- We have acquired new train wagons and we use electrical train engines. We are planning weekly deliveries thereby saving 1650 truck loads per year. These trucks now being replaced by train would otherwise have travelled on the E6 through Oslo centre, giving huge environmental benefits, says Kjell Arve Kure, managing director of Norske Skog Saugbrugs.

- We have worked with this project for a long time and we are very happy that we now have managed a smooth transition from road to rail for this kind of transport. Freight by rail is a much more environmentally viable solution with the additional benefit of being more cost efficient, says Jørn Nøstelien, managing director of Gausdal Brucoll.

The wood industry company Gausdal Bruvoll in Oppland produces building materials. Wood chips is a by-product which is transported to Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden where the chips are processed into different types of magazine paper.
(Norske Skog Saugbrugs)

Valmet to deliver machine vision system to ITC in India

Valmet to deliver machine vision system to ITC in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a new-generation machine vision system to ITC in India. The new Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) will be installed on ITC’s packaging board machine - BM7, replacing the existing WIS system. The new Valmet IQ WIS will enable the mill to inspect and improve paper quality in greater detail.

Photo: Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) uses multi-geometry technology.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The commissioning is scheduled during the third and fourth quarter of 2020.

“Our BM7 already has Valmet quality control solutions, and we are happy to work together with Valmet on progressive improvements too, such as the upcoming runnability improvement,” says Sanjay Singh, CEO, ITC Limited Paper Boards and Specialty Paper Division.

“Based on the proven results and trust, we decided to select Valmet again,” continues Vadiraj Kulkarni, COO, ITC Paper Boards and Specialty Paper Division.

“The customer was seeking for the latest inspection technology to improve the product quality. Our new WIS features matched their requirement of the limited installation space and advanced line scan technology of detecting faint blade lines and calendar marks. In addition, we did the test for its blade line samples, and as the results were good, the customer was even more confident about our solution,” says Pravin Tripathi, Head of Sales & Services, Automation, India, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
The delivery includes two camera beams and two LED light beams for transmission, top high angle reflection with side light and bottom high angle reflection using multi-geometry technology with intelligent 8K Dual-line TDI cameras.

The Valmet IQ WIS provides new information to reduce the origins of web defects in order to improve production efficiency and product quality. With the IQ WIS operators can quickly focus on the specific quality problems, making the necessary changes in the machine operations to optimize the machine efficiency and high product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

INOMETA qualifies as an anilox roller supplier to Windmöller & Hölscher

INOMETA qualifies as an anilox roller supplier to Windmöller & Hölscher  (Company news)

For more than 30 years, INOMETA has maintained a strong partnership with Windmöller & Hölscher of Lengerich.

For many machine and printing unit components, INOMETA is known by W&H to be a reliable supplier and long-standing development and innovation partner for flexographic printing.

n the past year, INOMETA has also succeeded in qualifying for Windmöller & Hölscher's Technology Centre with the product family INOflex® INOlox roller sleeves. Just like in the area of hydraulic CFRP adapters, INOMETA is now one of a select circle of certified partners for anilox components to the global market leader from Lengerich. “We are very proud to have achieved this qualification. This strong collaboration marks a milestone for our INOlox product family. A particularly positive point to highlight is that the range of equipment on offer to W&H customers has expanded”, commented Michael Kassebeer, Sales Manager at INOMETA in Herford. “For many years now, our CFRP bridge adapters have been present in the printing units of machines, such as the NOVOFLEX”. Since this qualification, we now have the ability to be specified as a supplier of anilox rollers and sleeves in Windmöller & Hölscher flexographic printing machines.” Particularly for high-speed applications, INOMETA anilox rollers and sleeves are amongst the most powerful products in their segment. INOMETA has been supplying its INOlox anilox rollers since last year, specifically for W&H Novoflex II, and has been impressing W&H’s end customers with excellent printing results ever since.

“Windmöller & Hölscher have the most stringent quality standards for their machines and all of the components used within them. For INOMETA, that makes the qualification of our anilox rollers particularly valuable.”
(Windmöller & Hölscher KG)

Smurfit Kappa demonstrates truly impactful sustainability at leading kraftliner mill

Smurfit Kappa demonstrates truly impactful sustainability at leading kraftliner mill  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa’s industry-leading new recovery boiler is now operating at its Nettingsdorf paper mill in Austria.

The unveiling of the state-of-the-art boiler marks an important milestone in Smurfit Kappa’s Future Energy Plant project, which was a €134 million investment to increase the sustainability and efficiency of the leading kraftliner mill.

The innovative new boiler will enable the plant to further boost energy optimisation at the mill. By recovering energy from the biomass contained in black liquor from pulp production, the new boiler is set to cut CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes, which equates to about two-thirds of the current emissions at the site, and 2.4% of those from Smurfit Kappa Europe.

The Future Energy Plant also involved developing an advanced new steam turbine, as well as several other projects including an upgraded water treatment plant and installation of additional drying cylinders to the paper machine.

Speaking about the mill’s latest milestone, Günter Hochrathner, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, said: “I am very proud to get to this day in such a huge and ambitious project and it’s a great moment for all our employees here. By starting to operate this new recovery boiler, we have taken a very important step forward in sustainability and are practising true circularity.”

Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper & Board, Europe, added: "The Future Energy Plant project was part of an ongoing investment programme by the Smurfit Kappa Group to implement a series of transformative sustainable innovations. Efficient energy plants play a major role in the production of paper.

“This investment in Nettingsdorf will enable us to ensure a long-term supply of high-quality and sustainable containerboard - something our customers have come to expect from us.”

Founded in 1851 and with over 360 employees, Nettingsdorf is one of Smurfit Kappa’s most efficient paper mills and one of the leading producers of kraftliner in Europe. The mill produces approximately 450,000 tonnes of paper annually and has seen a 34% increase in productivity since becoming part of Smurfit Kappa in 1995.
(Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf)

Announcing IDERA - Xeikon and Flint Group Bring Digital Print to the Corrugated Industry

Announcing IDERA - Xeikon and Flint Group Bring Digital Print to the Corrugated Industry  (Company news)

Xeikon and Flint group announced the launch of IDERA, a brand-new digital solutions platform for corrugated packaging converters. One of the cornerstones of this platform is a post-print, single-pass printing press. This press uses certified food-safe water-based inks on coated and uncoated corrugated sheets up to 1.6 m wide x 2.8 m long (5’ 3” wide x 9’2” long) at up to 150 linear m/min (492 ft/min).

It is an ideal solution for a corrugated box market with decreasing lot sizes, shorter lead times, and ever-increasing demand for high-quality packaging. IDERA will deliver higher print quality than flexography and enable printing of both short and long runs with all the benefits of a digital print-on-demand solution, including reduced waste, Xeikon states. With a much smaller and more environment-friendly footprint, IDERA also has the ability to customize and version. From September onwards, the IDERA solution will be available at the Global Innovation Center in Lier, Belgium for customer evaluation and testing.

“It is no secret that we are seeing rapid changes in the behavioural patterns of consumers, brands and retailers,” explains Sebastien Stabel, Market Segment Manager Carton Packaging. The exponential growth of e-commerce and the increasing pressure on sustainability are underlying forces that drive creative innovation in the digitization of packaging to higher levels of productivity. Ever rising consumer expectations for instant, unique and entertaining products continue to set the bar higher within the supply chain for decreased lead times and even faster delivery.

Stabel believes there is more change yet to come. In its May 2019 study ‘No ordinary disruption – winning with new models in packaging 2030’, the consulting firm McKinsey warns, “This is the time for companies in the packaging industry to buckle up and get ready. They have less than 2 years to prepare”. With that in mind, companies need to change their focus with an ‘intuition reset’ and review their business models and markets. Migrating from corrugated post-print to digital corrugated printing is the optimal way for forward-thinking businesses to set themselves up for future success. Xeikon’s IDERA solution provides the winning combination of a best-in-class, single-pass digital press for the corrugated sector, food-safety patented ink technology, and an open architecture system for third-party integration.”

To develop IDERA, Xeikon relied on its long established in-house digital expertise and on the experience and manufacturing footprint of its parent company, Flint Group. As the number one supplier of inks for corrugated packaging, Flint has a deep understanding of the corrugated market. Stabel continues, “We are working closely with Flint Group, our partners, and most importantly our customers, to customize the software, hardware and ink sets and address more closely the needs of the corrugated market in Europe and North America. At the same time, we add our digital expertise to what is already a solid base product.”

Lode Deprez, VP Digital Inks & Imaging Technology adds, “In our R&D Competence Center for digital inks, our engineers develop, formulate and produce our own high-performing, food-safe, water-based inks. This includes our new and patented technology used for pigment dispersion that guarantees the best performance and a cost-efficient solution.

Key benefits of Xeikon’s IDERA platform for corrugated packaging printers and converters:
- High throughput with a post-print, single-pass printing press. Ready to print on uncoated and coated boards
- Xeikon developed food safety compliant water-based inkjet inks to drive print performance and cost
- An open ecosystem that works together with various best-in-class partners – peripheral equipment, workflow, camera inspection, and more – to get to the best integrated solution
- A true digital transformation capability supported by Xeikon’s X-800 workflow for corrugated packaging
- Color management and profiling tools as well as integration with third-party manufacturing and MIS software

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Vice President of Marketing, states, “With more than 30 years of innovation and experience in digital printing, we are still leading the way. Xeikon is recognized as an advisor in many key markets, such as graphic arts and labels, and now in the corrugated market. Xeikon is a true technology-agnostic advisor in the digital transformation that print manufacturing processes are undergoing. We are excited to be bringing Xeikon and Flint Group knowledge and expertise to the corrugated market with IDERA and our broad range of consulting and advisory services.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Klingele acquires kraftliner mill in Brazil

Klingele acquires kraftliner mill in Brazil  (Company news)

Klingele Paper & Packaging Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated board packaging has signed an agreement with Klabin S.A., the largest producer of paper and corrugated packaging in Brazil, to purchase the kraftliner mill in Nova Campina in the state of São Paolo.

In March, Klabin had made a contract with the American manufacturer International Paper to purchase the paper mill together with six other production facilities. The current transaction between Klabin and Klingele is still subject to the approval of the Brazilian competition authority for Klabin's previous acquisition of International Paper.

Nova Campina produces virgin fiber containerboard from eucalyptus and pine wood, which comes from FSC-certified plantations in the vicinity of the paper mill. Virgin fiber containerboard is especially suitable for the direct contact with foods, for high-quality printing and for the packaging of refrigerated products. This strategic move will improve the supply of raw materials to the Klingele Group and the Blue Box Partners Alliance.
(Klingele Paper & Packaging Group)

Outotec® expands grinding portfolio with new equipment transporter and reline machine solutions...

Outotec® expands grinding portfolio with new equipment transporter and reline machine solutions...  (Company news)

... for easier, safer relining operations

Outotec’s commitment to facilitating safe, reliable, and efficient mill relining continues with the release of the Outotec Mill Equipment Transporter (MET, photo) and Outotec Tube Mill Reline Machine (Tube MRM). Both products focus on maximizing functionality and include many features that are brand new to the industry. They also come equipped with safety-rated control systems to protect personnel and user-friendly interfaces to keep maintenance and downtime to a minimum.

Transportation of grinding mill feed chutes is a critical part of maintenance procedures such as mill relining. The Outotec Mill Equipment Transporter (MET) is a specialized mobile unit for the safe and reliable transportation of feed chutes and other challenging loads.
The combination of independently driven wheels and independently controlled rear steering enables the MET to turn on the spot. The pivoting rear axle ensures that all four wheels are always in contact with the deck, while the large rubber tires optimize load distribution.
Built-in safety systems ensure that loads are kept within the unit’s rated capacity while monitoring the load’s center of gravity to ensure stability. The multi-language display makes it easy for operators to monitor the machine’s status and review any system alerts.

Key benefits
• Protects personnel from unnecessary risk due to load instability or unexpected machine movement
• Provides feedback during operation with machine status and other information shown on a user-friendly display
• Compatible with smaller mill deck designs than traditional feed chute transporters
• Backed by comprehensive after-sales support via Outotec’s global service network

“Outotec’s mill reline equipment product range is built on a drive to innovate in relining safety and technology and the MET is a great example of this – its novel steering system and suite of safety features will enable new levels of safety, efficiency, and convenience in feed-chute transportation,” says Jared Le Cras, Technical Product Manager, Mill Reline Equipment, Grinding business line.

The Outotec Tube Mill Reline Machine (Tube MRM) is a compact relining solution for smaller SAG and ball mills. The patented tube design minimizes the required mill opening size while maximizing the usable open area for liner delivery. The Tube MRM provides fixed three-axis hydraulic crane support that ensures stable lifting and minimizes time lost during mill inching.
The high capacity crane streamlines the relining process by allowing large liner designs, while the simple tube support structure decreases both maintenance requirements and machine cost due to the reduced number of moving components. Maintenance is further simplified thanks to the built-in multi-language display that provides diagnostic information for all aspects of the machine.
A range of safety systems is equipped as standard to provide the highest possible level of protection for personnel. Rated capacity limiting and installation monitoring mitigate the risk of instability and overload during operation, while remote-control operation and hydraulic spool monitoring prevent unexpected machine movement.

Key benefits
• Enables safe relining of smaller SAG and ball mills unsuitable for traditional reline machines
• Easier navigation of small mill decks enabled by four-wheel drive and tight steering angle
• User-friendly operation with multi-language display
• Lower capital cost and simplified maintenance due to simple tube structure
• Backed by service solutions that maximize performance and productivity throughout the mill life cycle

“Historically, smaller-diameter grinding mills have been relined by hand or with a limited-capacity mast-type handler or other makeshift arrangement. Our novel design provides the safety and speed of a conventional reline machine at an optimal price point for small to medium-sized mills,” says Bjorn Nielsen, Director, Product Management, Grinding business line.
(Outotec Oyj)

Pasaban Service, Helping Our Customers Worldwide

Pasaban Service, Helping Our Customers Worldwide  (Company news)

“Customer proximity and offering a high-quality service are our top priorities.” Iñigo Pagola, Service Manager of Pasaban.

At Pasaban, we want to make sure that our clients receive excellent technical support. In order to ensure this, we have prioritised our customer services as we know this is the best way to obtain maximum performance from our paper and board sheeters and winders.

Our extensive knowledge of the paper converting industry and its technical problems allows us to offer a close, fast and efficient service around the world, which translates into a relationship of trust with our customers in the long term.

Pasaban's technical service is endorsed by qualified engineers specialised in machinery upgrades, emergency service, machine installation and regular and preventive maintenance.

The modernisation of sheeters and winders is essential to extending their lifetime and improving the efficiency. Our Upgrades service offers clients the option of updating Pasaban machines and machines from other brands.

We supply mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic spare parts with short delivery times and a six-month warranty. You can request them by calling us or on our online parts store.

Our remote support will help you avoid downtimes caused by a malfunction, and in turn significantly reduce maintenance costs. We can provide a fast, efficient and secure cover in emergency maintenance situations such as when you need urgent repairs.

We also offer regular maintenance services that provide a quick solution to specific problems, as well as preventive maintenance services through inspections, operation line analysis and consultation on technological improvements and adaptations.

In a case that a client needs a machine relocation, we take care of the disassembly, transfer, installation and start-up at the final destination. We can also train new operators and create user manuals and relevant documentation suited for the new location.

We complete our technical customer service with in-house training and advice for operators and maintenance personnel. Our post-sales services include basic training in the operation of the acquired machine and safety training in order to minimise the risk of accidents. We also offer advice for process improvement.
(Pasaban S.A.)

Lecta Introduces Its New Adestor Laser 60 LB DfE Product

Lecta Introduces Its New Adestor Laser 60 LB DfE Product  (Company news)

Designed to ensure the efficient identification of test tubes.

Lecta expands its offering of Adestor self-adhesive products for the healthcare industry with the launch of Adestor Laser 60 LB DfE.

Hospitals and laboratories handle chemical samples and tests that require a high degree of traceability to ensure the monitoring of all the coded data on test tubes. The identification of the containers, through variable labeling, requires label integrity, both in terms of adhesion and data legibility.

The new Adestor Laser 60 LB DfE facestock, with greater environmental efficiency, provides excellent performance for all small-diameter labeling applications used in the most frequently performed analysis processes in laboratories. This new product is also ideally suited to different variable data printing technologies.

With this launch, Lecta continues to develop within its Adestor brand a specialized offer of more sustainable pressure-sensitive materials for digital or variable data printing, in response to the growing demand for environmentally friendly products intended for hospitals and labs.

The entire Adestor range is produced in accordance with ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards, ISO 9001 quality standards and ISO 45001 standards for occupational health and safety management systems. The range is available upon request with PEFC™ or FSC® Chain of Custody forest certification.

Södra announces further expansion of Värö

Södra announces further expansion of Värö  (Company news)

Södra is planning a new investment for its state-of-the-art pulp mill in Värö which will allow the mill to increase capacity yet further, in steps toward 850,000 tpy.

“The investment is part of Södra’s new Group strategy and means that we can continue to follow our chosen path and grow together with our customers. Increasing production will strengthen our competitiveness and our position in the global market as a long-term and secure partner,” said Peter Karlsson, Interim President and CEO at Södra.

In 2016, Värö was completely rebuilt to become one of the world’s most modern and largest softwood pulp mills with a capacity of 700,000 tpy but it has the potential for 850,000 tpy.

“It was soon apparent that the new line had even greater potential than we had anticipated. We now see a possibility to further increase production in a cost-efficient way by the end of 2022. This is a major first step toward the 850,000 tpy that is within the framework of the existing environmental permit,” said Marcus Åsgärde, Mill Manager for Södra Cell Värö.

A secure fibre base for the additional capacity is guaranteed as Södra will source the wood needed from the forest estates of its 53,000 members. The project is scheduled to start up in April 2022 and will ramp up until the end of the same year.

“Our control of the value chain, from seedling to value-added products and services, makes Södra a unique business partner. We invest in growing our industrial operations, but only in parallel with ambitious sustainability targets to increase the growth of our members’ forest estates. This investment also facilitates future investments in optimizing pulp quality – that’s important because we know our customers’ expectations will only increase in the future,” said Magnus Björkman, Business Area President for Södra Cell.
“We are a leading player in a global market and Värö is ideally placed to supply nearby European markets as well as the rest of the world”, added Henrik Wettergren, Vice President Södra Cell International.
(Södra Cell Värö)

L/M/B Druck Louko fires up a second Rapida 106

L/M/B Druck Louko fires up a second Rapida 106  (Company news)

-Five-colour hybrid press joins a Rapida 106 perfector already in use
-Economical and high-quality inline finishing
-184 million impressions in three years of production

In mid-May, the Nuremberg-based company L/M/B Louko began work on installing a new Rapida 106 featuring five printing units, a coater, and hybrid facilities for both conventional and UV finishing. This state-of-the-art, high-performance 3b press is joining a nine-colour model from the same series which has already been in use at the company for the past three years.

Photo: L/M/B Louko Managing director Oliver Stapfer in front of the new Rapida 106 during its installation

60 million sheets per year
A wealth of experience gained since the most recent Rapida 106 was installed shows that these ambitious goals can be achieved. Production output has increased phenomenally. Managing director Oliver Stapfer has never had a reason to question the purchase: “At the time, it was a decision critical to the company's survival.” The long Rapida 106 clocks up 60 million impressions year after year. Monthly performance reports show that the press is running at speeds over 16,000 sheets/hour for a third of the production time, and at more than 12,000 sheets/hour for 95 per cent of the time. In April 2020, the sheet counter stood at 184 million impressions.

All this has transformed production beyond recognition. Printing operations at L/M/B Druck’s facility in Nuremberg primarily cater to high-volume covers, order cards and supplements for mail-order companies with a primary focus on fashion and electronics. The production schedules are extremely tight. In many cases, the data arrive by noon. This requires an initial run to be completed by 8:00 p.m. the same day, with the remainder often due just 24 hours later. And these jobs can easily comprise up to 500,000 printed and folded copies. The capacity available to the Nuremberg specialists allows up to 600,000 sheets a day to be printed.

Fast and straightforward technology
The exceptional performance of the Rapida 106 has helped to significantly reduce the levels of stress involved in what are often hectic production processes. The DriveTronic feeder, which is highly praised by everyone at L/M/B, helps contribute to this: where the paper used to be brought into the storeroom 48 hours prior to the scheduled start of production before being moved into the press room to acclimatise for the last 24 hours, it can now be delivered just-in-time and be loaded directly from the lorry into the press. And this is even possible in winter, despite the significant differences in temperature and humidity.

Furthermore, the Rapida 106 facilitates considerable savings in terms of waste. Even when customers are present for press passes and the press is being adjusted by eye – to cater for their specific requirements, 200 sheets in total are sufficient to complete the whole makeready process. The customers are consistently amazed to witness how quickly the press adapts to the colour specifications. They say that they would never have believed how automatic regulation using QualiTronic ColorControl makes everything so much faster, and are surprised to see sellable products arriving at the delivery after just a few sheets.

Versioning and individualisation on the increase
Despite a high level of what are generally long runs, fast plate changes are increasing in importance. The magazine and brochure component business is undergoing a major upheaval. Versioning – not only in terms of languages – is on the increase, and more and more new customers are requesting highly individualised supplements. Small codes in the black imprinting of magazine supplements are also being used to identify where the order form has come from. Companies can then analyse this data to determine who reads what, and to predict the anticipated response rates from the individual magazines.

At L/M/B Druck in Nuremberg, everything is optimised for high performance. A large proportion of the work is subject to regular, repeat orders. However, these jobs are rarely for final products, and instead almost always involve specific print components which are turned into finished products elsewhere. This approach distinguishes L/M/B Druck in Nuremberg from many other classic commercial printers. At the same time, it guarantees a good basic level of utilisation of the company’s capacities.

The 45 L/M/B Druck employees work in up to three shifts at the company's Nuremberg facility. Another 22 are based in Herzogenaurach. This is where the company’s classic commercial printing business is based, which operates a mix of half-format presses and digital printing systems. The combination of different equipment options at the two locations allows an exceptionally broad product portfolio to be offered.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

VPK Group invests in FlexoCleanerBrush™ from Baldwin Technology

VPK Group invests in FlexoCleanerBrush™ from Baldwin Technology  (Company news)

New system automatically cleans corrugated printing plates in less than four minutes

Picture: Baldwin's FlexoCleanerBrush enables efficient plate cleaning at VPK's new Halden, Norway, plant, which focuses on advanced automation and carbon-neutral corrugated production

Baldwin Technology Company Inc. has announced that corrugated packaging market leader VPK Group has recently installed a FlexoCleanerBrush. This new system—which automatically cleans and dries corrugated printing plates in less than four minutes—has been added to VPK’s advanced 2.1-meter-wide six-color Göpfert Ovation High Board Line flexographic printer at the company’s new high-bay factory in Halden, Norway.

“We are excited about the advanced cleaning automation now enabled at our new plant,” said Robert Stade, Project and Technical Manager of VPK Group. “Besides not having to stop production for manual cleaning, we can now regularly have multiple plates cleaned more efficiently, both during and between print runs. As a result, we have increased our production capacity and dramatically decreased our downtime.”

VPK Group prides itself on offering customers sustainable and innovative corrugated solutions. For the new plant, an independent study was conducted to validate the capacity of Baldwin’s FlexoCleanerBrush system. The study measured all performance data and validated that the automated system could fully clean and dry all printing plates in less than four minutes and pick hickeys in seconds.

“The FlexoCleanerBrush is truly an innovation for post-print flexographic printing onto corrugated boards—there is nothing even remotely comparable on the market,” said Lee Simmonds, Regional Sales Manager at Baldwin. “Thanks to the elimination of micro-stops mid-run to clean plates, print jobs are set up faster from print run to print run, and as a result, the system reduces lost hours over a week to just minutes. Further, the high print quality is maintained and even further enhanced.”

With the FlexoCleanerBrush system, an inline cleaning station installed within each print unit uses a brush that runs the full width of each printing plate. Paired with a precision spray application system, the FlexoCleanerBrush evenly distributes a mixture of approximately five percent detergent and water across the plate as it spins, gently cleaning its surface. The plates are then dried by the integrated air knife. Cleaning cycles can be controlled through the FlexoCleanerBrush’s operator panel or the integrated Göpfert human-machine interface.

Besides offering efficient cleaning during runs and fast end-of-job cleaning, the FlexoCleanerBrush system also enables operators to remove dry plates from the machine without the potential risk of plates sticking together once they are placed back in the plate-racking system. This helps to ensure increased board throughput, less downtime and a safer working environment by eliminating operators’ contact with nip points, moving parts and chemicals.
(Baldwin Technology Company Inc.)

MTC celebrates 25 years in business with the expansion of its R&D and the achievement ...

MTC celebrates 25 years in business with the expansion of its R&D and the achievement ...  (Company news)

...of over 100 technological patents

Daniele Bernacchi (photo), MTC General Manager: “The Covid emergency? It will increase the demand for folded products”.

MTC of Porcari (LU), a company of the Business Area Tissue of the Körber Group for folded products, is celebrating 25 years in business with the achievement of over 100 technological patents and the expansion of its area dedicated to Research & Development.

"Since its founding - says Daniele Bernacchi, General Manager of MTC - the company has had a very dynamic trajectory, with constant double-digit growth in terms of turnover, production area, and staff. Our great intuition, back then, was to focus on folded products, placing us in a market that had very few producers at the time, and we were rewarded for this choice. To celebrate our 25 years in business, we have decided to invest further in research, which is what has always distinguished the company’s DNA: our research and development area will be expanded and a specific space will be created and reserved for design, prototyping, and testing of new lines dedicated to the production of innovative folded tissue products that will be presented at the 2021 edition of iT's Tissue ".

But it’s not only about innovation — there is growth in foreign markets, too. “Being part of the Körber Group since 2017 - continues Bernacchi - has been a strong drive for the development of MTC in international markets. We are increasingly consolidating our presence in the United States, including through the training of technicians on site, and the opening last year of an area within the Fabio Perini site in Joinville, Brazil, allowed us not only to offer a dedicated after-sales service, but also to create the first line for MTC folded tissue in South America ".

MTC currently represents approximately 13% of Körber Group's Business Area Tissue sales, a turnover that the Covid emergency has not slowed down. In fact, Bernacchi concludes: "The worldwide emergency caused by coronavirus will increase the market for folded tissue paper products, due to the increased demand for disposable items, and I believe that this trend will continue for a long time. In addition, the lockdown has encouraged us to develop tools and devices that enable us to provide technical assistance and support to our customers at 360°, even remotely. Thanks to the use of tools that utilize virtual reality, it was possible for us not only to directly check the health status of our lines installed all over the world, and to intervene quickly in case of any issues, but also to assist customers in the machine installation and start-up phase".
(M.T.C. srl)

Fortum and Metsä Group to launch a joint EUR 50 million R&D programme in circular bioeconomy

Fortum and Metsä Group to launch a joint EUR 50 million R&D programme in circular bioeconomy  (Company news)

Fortum and Metsä Group join forces with Business Finland to create a world-class R&D programme with pulp fibre from renewable and sustainable sources as its node. The 4-year joint R&D programme, called ExpandFibre, aims to develop ground-breaking technologies and smart business concepts that are required to convert straw and wood pulp fibre into novel bioproducts, such as textile fibres. The R&D programme has been granted EUR 20 million from Business Finland.

ExpandFibre will be part of a global innovation ecosystem. The ExpandFibre partners Fortum and Metsä Group want to encourage members of the ecosystem to significantly accelerate their efforts within the circular bioeconomy. Members of the ecosystem can apply for financing from Business Finland or from the EU.

Already today, Finland is a leader in the circular bioeconomy. In addition to production and export of physical bioproducts, such as pulp, paper, board, and solid wood products, Finland is also known for having one of the highest standards in terms of biomass management, for its technology suppliers, and its education curriculum, as well as for its engineering and R&D services. ExpandFibre builds on this profound knowledge platform with a mission to provide selected markets with new, high-volume bioproducts that have a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to similar (but fossil-based) products available today.

“We are excited to enter into this innovative partnership through ExpandFibre and are looking forward to a mutually rewarding cooperation within the whole ecosystem. With this setup, Fortum will continue building on its pioneering bioproducts vision: bringing residual straw raw material into industrial processing and further into environmentally friendly materials and chemicals. Our aim is to develop high-value end-products from all the main components of straw – cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin,” explains Risto Sormunen, Head of Bio2X Development at Fortum.

“Metsä Group is firmly rooted in the sustainably managed Finnish forests. Finding new, added-value applications for pulp fibre obtained from our Northern wood is a key R&D target for the group. We are thrilled to partner up with Business Finland and Fortum in the ExpandFibre programme and we are very much looking forward to co-creating new technologies and concepts within the partnership and as part of the larger innovation ecosystem,” says Niklas von Weymarn, CEO of Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring.

ExpandFibre is a unique collaboration scheme to be launched during the summer of 2020 and extending until August 2024. The programme focuses on seven research themes:
-Packaging materials
-Other new fibre products
-Sourcing and fractionation of straw

The value chains of interest to the ExpandFibre programme are all based on renewable and sustainable raw materials, namely straw and Northern wood. Importantly, ExpandFibre is challenging other actors of related value chains to accelerate their efforts in building a world-leading innovation ecosystem together and, subsequently, enabling new bioproducts and green businesses to reach commercial maturity.
(Metsä Group)

Siegwerk and Varcotec form partnership for Lock 3 antimicrobial coating innovation

Siegwerk and Varcotec form partnership for Lock 3 antimicrobial coating innovation  (Company news)

As the new and preferred sales partner for Varcotec's innovative Lock 3 technology, Siegwerk is expanding its range of packaging inks and varnishes with a unique antimicrobial dispersion varnish suitable for a wide range of applications and packaging types.

Photo: Hanns Martin Kaiser, Vice President Paper & Board EMEA and Liquid Food Packaging at Siegwerk and Jens Frings, Managing Director of Varcotec, signing the contract.

Siegwerk, one of the leading suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, and Varcotec, a specialist for technically sophisticated overprint varnishes made for the printing industry, have entered into a distribution partnership for Varcotec's Lock 3 antimicrobial coating technology in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). This innovative dispersion varnish is the first of its kind, and was developed in cooperation with a spin-off company affiliated with the University of Regensburg, Germany. The antimicrobial effectiveness of this product has already been confirmed by several independent testing institutions.

“With the integration of Varcotec's innovative product technology, we are adding a unique solution for various applications and packaging industries to our portfolio, thereby once again reinforcing the holistic nature of our offers for the packaging market,” said Hanns Martin Kaiser, Vice President Paper & Board EMEA and Liquid Food Packaging at Siegwerk. Even if printed surfaces on packaging generally do not constitute a hazard, consumers continue to be exposed to potentially contaminated surfaces. As different germs (e.g. viruses, bacteria, fungi) exhibit varying survival times, the Lock 3 technology makes a valuable contribution to avoid risks of transmitting bacterial and viral infections when products’ printed surfaces (outer packaging, partitions, exercise books, etc.) are handled by multiple people in short time. Lock 3 antimicrobial solutions help to provide extra security in a multitude of applications by interrupting chains of infection early on.

“With Lock 3, Varcotec has launched the first antimicrobial dispersion varnish based on the principle of photodynamics in order to reliably reduce the germ loads,” added Paul Pain, Global Head of Water-based Technology at Siegwerk. “We are pleased to be able to include this unique product innovation in our portfolio, allowing us to offer this to our customers as partner of Varcotec." According to scientific data, germs can survive on surfaces from a few hours up to several months. “Until now, it has not been possible to apply a reliable coating onto absorbent substances, such as paper and cardboard, which would continuously and permanently destroy those germs,” explains Joachim Frings, from Sales and Development at Varcotec. “With Lock 3 we have succeeded in developing a varnish system which can demonstrably reduce the germ load on a wide range of printed products, already at ambient lighting conditions.”

The water-based overprint varnish Lock 3 allows for permanent, independent disinfection of the printed surfaces under ambient room lighting or in open daylight. Lock 3 contains a specially patented substance, taking advantage of the principle of photodynamics: the photocatalyst is activated by visible light and transfers the energy thus absorbing the surrounding oxygen. This process creates so-called singlet oxygen, efficiently killing germs by oxidizing their shells.

For more than 20 years, singlet oxygen has been used routinely in medicine for the treatment of tumors and degenerative diseases. Antimicrobial use of singlet oxygen was confirmed during this time period. No resistance develops against singlet oxygen, in contrast to what is usually observed with antibiotics and conventional biocides. The active oxygen is gaseous: It can easily reach and kill microorganisms on dry and damp surfaces. With a range of about 1 mm it reaches far enough to destroy surface microorganisms, but remains constrained from arbitrary release into the environment.

The effectiveness of this varnish was already validated by several independent testing institutions. Tests have shown that Lock 3 varnishes can kill both bacteria (according to ISO 22196 (mod.) for paper and cardboard) and infectious viral particulates (based on ISO 21702 (mod.)) by more than 99%. Additional tests against other virus strains, including three members of the Coronavirus family, are currently in the testing phase.

Lock 3 can already be applied to paper and cardboard by means of all commonly used printing machinery and coating equipment. The first pilot applications on plastic films are already underway, an expansion of the application range is under development and subjected to the required testing. This varnish is currently the only fully effective antimicrobial technology on the market which functions independent of moisture and temperature conditions and remains effective on dry surfaces. The photodynamic effect is temporarily suspended in darkness, but reactivated immediately upon renewed exposure to light. This varnish remains effective for up to three years. In contrast, other comparable technologies, such as coatings containing silver and copper, require the presence of moisture or even UV radiation to obtain a sufficient effectiveness for disinfection. Lock 3 dispersion varnishes are free from heavy metals, odorless and without impact on the recycling process of respective products or packaging.

“We are very pleased to have gained a leading player in the printing ink and packaging industry such as Siegwerk as our partner, able to integrate our unique and innovative coating technology into a significantly larger and international sales structure, in order to increase the product’s market exposure,” added Jens Frings, Managing Director of Varcotec. Within the framework of this partnership, Siegwerk will commence marketing Varcotec's Lock 3 products in the EMEA region starting in June 2020. These products will first be available in Germany, then gradually launched in Central Europe with all countries in EMEA serviced by end of this year. The production of these varnish coating systems is still the responsibility of Varcotec. In the beginning, the product portfolio will only consist of water-based solutions. At the same time, the partners remain open to advancement of joint development activities in other areas of application, coating technologies and market regions at a later date.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

New Product Launch of Strawless Paper Pack for School Milk

New Product Launch of Strawless Paper Pack for School Milk   (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Toru Nozawa; Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo; hereinafter "the Company") has developed a strawless paper pack for school milk, NP-PAK-mini School POP (hereinafter "the Product"), and will be released in September 2020.

The Product is paper container which satisfies strong market demand of strawless paper pack for school milk. Thanks to easy-opening mechanism in paper pack, children/students can easily open and drink it without using straws.

Image: Mechanism of opening "School POP"

Characteristics of the Product
Improvement of functions
① Easier to open
Different from regular gable containers for milk and juice, gap in the roof of mini-cartons for school milk is narrow, which makes it difficult to put fingers inside. The bottom part of roof is designed to put fingers inside easily when opening the Product.

② Improvement of pouring and drinking
The slope of pouring outlet is adjusted by unique ruled line and liquid inside can be poured smoothly to drink.

③Able to use straw as usual
Straw hole remains as it is and be able to use straw during the period of children's growth or for other reasons.

・Conventional filling machines can use the Product
Existing filling machines* with minor adjustment can use the Product, and there is no need to install new filling machine to use the Product at the factory. No additional arrangement for packaging line, etc is required.

※Applicable filling machines: UP-MC240, UPN-ME160, UPN-ME80 (universal mini)

Background of the Product development
In a growing trend toward plastic free world after G20's announcement, plastic straw is shown as a symbol of marine plastic waste. Under the business environment that management guidelines take SDGs into consideration, companies in a wide variety of industries are under pressure to take action. In addition to the product launch of our paper straw to lead the plastic free movement, we propose "paper packs with no straw" strongly demanded by market as a solution to reduce plastic waste through product development in a different point of view.

The number of paper packs used for school milk in Japan is approximately 1.4 billion packs per year. Assuming the weight of each straw is 0.5g, about 700 tons of plastic resin per year are used.

For example, reduction of 10 million pieces of straws for school milk would result in reducing consumption of about 5 tons of plastic resin, equivalent to approximately 500,000 PET bottles, depending on specifications of straws.

Under the slogan "Let Paper do what it can do", we offer a wide variety of products that are made from wood, a renewable resource,and add new functions to recyclable paper products.We continue to work toward expanding the use of paper in the future.

The CoBo-Stack is turning a year old – and MBO is giving its customers a gift to celebrate

The CoBo-Stack is turning a year old – and MBO is giving its customers a gift to celebrate  (Company news)

Almost exactly a year ago, MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH presented its CoBo-Stack stacking robot. As the first manufacturer with an automated solution for moving folded signatures from the delivery unit to the pallet, MBO is a global market leader in this industry. That which used to be done manually, the CoBo-Stack now does on its own – while at the same time making it possible for the operator to do other activities such as monitor the fold quality and prepare the next job. With clever positioning of the folding machines, one operator can even handle two folding machines simultaneously with the help of the CoBo stack.

MBO is taking the occasion of the birthday of the CoBo-Stack to give its customers a bit of joy in these difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic. All customers who have already invested in a CoBo-Stack get a free half year of warranty extension. This offer also applies to customers who invest in a new CoBo-Stack by September 30, 2020. Among others, the warranty extension includes the so-called “care check”. This happens every six months and is done by an MBO technician or a trained employee of one of 70 MBO agencies worldwide. In addition to revision of the CoBo-Stack, the check includes a software update. Tips and tricks for finishing processes from the book binder professionals are also available free of charge.

The CoBo-Stack was a major attraction at the market launch at the Baumann Open House in 2019. Since then, MBO has received a lot of positive feedback about its innovative product, and has sold quite a few robots. MBO has also continued to develop the CoBo-Stack in the meantime. It is now available with an optional height adjustment function and can stack pallets up to 1.4 meters (55”) high. The different-sized grippers make it possible to set down signatures with a size of 95 mm x 210 mm (3 ¾”–8”) to 260 mm x 340 mm (10 ¼”–13 3/8”). Even DIN-sized formats can be handled with ease. An integrated camera detects what is printed on the web. This means that, in double stream production (A/B production), the CoBo-Stack can detect on its own whether the signature stack belongs to production A and has to be placed on the left pallet or whether it belongs to production B (right pallet).

The CoBo-Stack is a collaborative robot. It does not need protective devices such as fences or laser scanners. If the CoBo-Stack touches the operator, the robot stops automatically. This rules out injuries caused by the new “robot colleagues”. An additional advantage is that a collaborative robot like the CoBo-Stack can be easily positioned and used where it is needed at the moment.

And last but not least, new technologies such as robotics and Industry 4.0 can help improve the negative image of the book binding profession and make the printing and finishing sectors more interesting for the younger Generation.
(MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH)

Packaging for e-commerce: Sitma's unique offer

Packaging for e-commerce: Sitma's unique offer  (Company news)

Sitma Machinery is a company based in Spilamberto, Italy, that for more than 50 years has specialized in developing solutions for the packaging and logistics sectors. The company has always operated in response to market trends, and has been a forerunner in developing applications for the e-commerce sector to offer its customers both sorting and packaging systems. Machines such as the "e-Wrap 2.0" (photo) were designed for top performance while being capable of using new and innovative materials, including paper and biofilm, for a packaging characterized by sustainability.

E-commerce, a step forward for a sector already at the top
The Coronavirus epidemic has significantly accelerated the expansion of the e-commerce sector. According to data published by Forbes at the end of April, the North American market alone enjoys an annual growth rate of almost 130%, with acceleration in the early months of 2020 related to the pandemic. The sector’s expansion does not only involve the field of logistics and transport; the connected world of packaging is also experiencing growth and change, with forms and features that are increasingly defined according to e-commerce. This imposes new challenges on logistics hubs and on the entire supply chain, primarily that of having systems capable of packaging, sorting and managing an ever-increasing number of packages of different shapes and sizes, guaranteeing their traceability.

A complete offer for multiple sectors
Sitma boasts long-term experience in both the packaging and logistics sectors: the combination of this know-how has led it to develop a portfolio of applications specifically dedicated to e-commerce. The company's solutions are highlighted above all for flexibility, being able to work at different speeds and accommodate packages of different sizes and thicknesses. The company’s offering is vast and includes both stand-alone and complete automatic feeding solutions for perfect in-line integration. Machines such as the Quick Pack, Fast Pack, Thick Pack and the aforementioned e-Wrap have received unanimous praise in e-commerce supply chains, satisfying the needs of logistics operators, e-fulfillment centers and e-tailers, and being embraced by sectors such as such as clothing, consumer electronics, books and personal care products.

Sustainable and tailor-made solutions
There are many advantages to trusting in a Sitma solution. First, the company's machines are particularly appreciated for their incredible reliability developed during more than 50 years of experience in the field. In addition, the machines are built in the name of sustainability, allowing use of innovative and low-impact materials, such as paper or biofilm, instead of traditional packaging films. Another advantage is that Sitma machines create tailor-made and compact packages in order to limit not only material waste for packaging but also reduce package “emptiness,” facilitating transport during the downstream supply chain phases with a significant reduction of the carbon footprint. Thanks to the process offered by Sitma, it is in fact possible to manage the variable geometry of the packages and measure the dimensions of the product/s that make up an order, to create an ad hoc package.

Track-and-trace for e-commerce and digital transformation
A further added value is the possibility to implement complex data management systems on the line, thanks to the adoption of advanced track-and-trace technologies. The digital transformation that is changing all over the world has also borne fruit in Sitma. In the specific case of packaging, Sitma has implemented a system that allows users to trace information relating to the management of an e-commerce order along the entire distribution chain, ensuring its uniqueness and interconnection. During the preliminary phases, data relating to the product are collected, then later analyzed, associated and further enriched. The product, defined as contents plus packaging, is associated with a unique ID that is then traced throughout the process. The technologies implemented by Sitma are engineered to integrate perfectly with the WCS and customer database, enriching the information already present and with the option to carry out a further data check. All of this allows high levels of efficiency and minimizes the possibility of errors, rejections and rework. This offer complies perfectly with Industry 4.0, which does not stop at the packaging phase. The proposal for the end of the line is in fact also rich and characterized by a high level of automation, which includes integration with weighing and labeling systems.
(Sitma Machinery S.p.A.)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö introduces FortiCell®, a new product platform specifically designed for ...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö introduces FortiCell®, a new product platform specifically designed for ...  (Company news) storage applications

Ahlstrom-Munksjö takes further steps into the energy storage market and pre-launches Ahlstrom-Munksjö Forticell®, its new platform of fiber-based solutions for energy storage applications.

Electricity is the fastest growing source of energy and demand for energy storage is expected to grow significantly in coming years, driven by vehicle electrification, a shift towards renewable energy, an increasing demand in stationary applications and effective electricity supply chain management.

Fiber-based materials are widely used in energy storage devices and, thanks to the Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s extensive expertise in cellulose, microglass and specialty nonwoven materials, the company is developing a complete range of solutions to its customers.

“50 years of experience serving the automotive industry and a unique set of various technologies put us in a very good position to meet the energy storage industry needs moving forward”, says Daniele Borlatto, Executive Vice President, Filtration & Performance Solutions. “The creation of Forticell® is a milestone into the journey that will lead Ahlstrom-Munksjö to a leading supplier to this market.”

“Ahlstrom-Munksjö already has very strong know how in glass, micro glass, cellulose and specialty nonwovens”, says Bertrand Rupin, Head of Business Development, Energy Storage. “As we move forward on this journey, we will capitalize on the expertise we already have in house to bring to market new attractive product offerings for the various segments of the energy storage market.”

Further details on the product portfolios to be available from the FortiCell® platform will be announced in the third quarter of 2020.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

Dr. Fabian Gaus complements the LEIPA Group GmbH as managing director

Dr. Fabian Gaus complements the LEIPA Group GmbH as managing director  (Company news)

Dr.-Ing. Fabian Gaus (Foto), 39, has joined the management board of LEIPA Group GmbH on 1 July 2020. He takes over the newly created function of Chief Sales Officer (CSO). His central field of responsibility in this function will be the goal- and future-oriented development of the LEIPA Group's sales activities.

With a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, Dr. Gaus has extensive knowledge in the manufacturing and energy industries, and with asset-heavy businesses in particular. Most recently, Dr. Gaus was Managing Director and CFO of Innogy Renewables US and Georgia Biomass, two subsidiaries of European utility innogy group in the United States. Georgia Biomass operates the largest wood pellet plant in the world.

"The LEIPA Group and its employees have set standards in the industry. I am honored to be part of an outstanding, highly motivated team and to help shape and further develop the relationship with our customers," said Dr. Gaus.
(LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH)

Pasaban to supply a second board sheeter for a multinational group German mill

Pasaban to supply a second board sheeter for a multinational group German mill  (Company news)

The German group, has once again trusted Pasaban for the design and manufacturing of a KB 1700 board sheeting machine for one of its cartonboard mills in Germany, being one of the key parts of their renovated finishing room.

Together with a fully automatic KB2400 machine purchased in 2017, the new machine plays a key role in the improvement of the mill’s finishing room. It has 2 unwind stands, a fully automatic pallet change mechanism and it is set to cut a wide range of weights from 150 to 500 gsm at of 350 m/min speed.

“The KB board sheeter is the optimal solution for customers that require a high production capacity. It offers a high level of cutting precision and an outstanding final product quality.” Carlos Muriel, Sales Director at Pasaban.

With a capacity of over 1 million tonnes of coated cartonboard per year, the group is one of the market leaders of high-quality packaging for the food and commercial sectors.

“We are proud to continue offering high-tech machines to some of the top mills and converters worldwide".
(Pasaban S.A.)

Sustainable solutions that pack a punch - Huge interest in virtual interpack conference from ...

Sustainable solutions that pack a punch - Huge interest in virtual interpack conference from ...  (Company news)

...the market and innovation leader Sappi

With over 6,500 visitors and more than 2,000 participants at a total of 720 minutes of live presentation sessions and with many potential new customers in the live info chat, the virtual interpack conference organised by Sappi was a resounding success. Sappi presented its latest developments, future prospects and current range of packaging and speciality papers at the event. In addition to further networking opportunities, the visitors took full advantage of the chance to get in contact with the Sales team.

Image: Sappi successfully ran its virtual interpack 2020 conference from 6 to 31 May. Photo Credits: Sappi Europe

-For the packaging of the future: sustainable, high-quality paper
-Second-generation barrier papers ensure optimal protection of goods as food packaging
-Providing what the world wants: fully recyclable packaging

Based on the motto ‘Pro Planet: Paper Packaging – welcome to the new pack-age’, the market leader in functional paper packaging presented numerous opportunities at its virtual interpack 2020 conference for its customers to package their food or non-food products in sustainable, premium packaging. In doing so, the company is contributing to the UN’s sustainability objectives. With the Sappi Guard range, Sappi presented barrier papers that render additional special coatings and laminations redundant and can be recycled in the paper stream. Featuring integrated barriers, they ensure that the productquality of foods and other goods is preserved. The second generation of barrier papers, now even more environmentally friendly, was also introduced at the virtual event. Another area of focus of the virtual interpack event was sealable papers, suitable for a wide range of packaging applications in the food and non-food sectors.

Of course, the concept of sustainability was also a key issue at the conference. As a home-compostable paper, Algro Nature meets the current demand for fully recyclable packaging. Sappi thus remains true to its goal of presenting its customers with more and more environmentally friendly solutions for the benefit of people and the environment.

‘We were overwhelmed by the success of our first virtual interpack conference, but we look forward to having direct contact again in spring 2021 in Düsseldorf,’ says Thomas Kratochwill, Vice President Sales & Marketing Packaging and Speciality Papers at Sappi Europe, with regard to the delayed interpack conference.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

ABB selected to supply new automated paper testing solution at Progroup's most environmentally...

ABB selected to supply new automated paper testing solution at Progroup's most environmentally...   (Company news)

...friendly mill

ABB’s next generation L&W Autoline will boost efficiency by rapidly reducing off-spec production at the state-of-the-art Sandersdorf-Brehna mill in Germany

ABB has been selected by Progroup - one of Europe's leading containerboard and corrugated board manufacturers - to supply and install its latest L&W Autoline automated paper testing solution for a new 750,000 tonne-capacity PM3 paper machine at Progroup’s third ultra-modern mill in Sandersdorf-Brehna, Germany.

Commencing production in late Summer 2020, the mill will set industry-leading standards of energy efficiency and sustainability in line with Progroup’s ‘Green Hightech’ philosophy. ABB’s L&W Autoline solution contributes to this by enabling 24/7 quality control to eliminate wastage associated with off-spec production.

“We optimize every part of our paper mill to conserve resources in all areas of production,” said Peter Resvanis, Head of Growth Processes Paper at Progroup. “We were convinced by ABB's many years of experience in the field of automatic paper testing and the use of measuring methods that conform to the highest standards.”

The PM3 paper machine at Progroup’s Sandersdorf-Brehna mill uses 100 percent recovered paper as raw material. An integrated, circulating water treatment plant reduces the fresh water requirement by around 80 percent compared with similar factories. This can save 3.75 million cubic meters of fresh water per annum. Innovative production technologies also reduce annual CO2 emissions by 170,000 tonnes.

“We have supported Progroup as it realizes its pioneering vision for an environmentally-aware, sustainable future for the pulp and paper industry,” said Per Sandstrom, head of lab and process testing measurements for ABB Pulp and Paper. “L&W Autoline’s ability to rapidly enable smart decision-making and apply process adjustments will ensure that all quality specifications are met with maximum efficiency.”

ABB’s latest L&W Autoline is 10 times faster than manual testing, enabling rapid reduction of off-spec production. Scalable to fit any lab and extremely easy to use, the system incorporates a unique, visual touchscreen interface, requiring minimal training. Other features include the smoothest and most reliable feeding system on the market to minimize jamming; a unique dual test function to reduce queuing by allowing simultaneous testing; high-volume information storage, enabling identification of quality trends over time; and real-time visualization, providing direct feedback to operators on the unit and throughout the mill.
(ABB Automation GmbH)

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia and certain affiliates file for voluntary CCAA creditor protection.

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia and certain affiliates file for voluntary CCAA creditor protection.  (Company news)

Northern Pulp remains committed to resuming Mill operations

Paper Excellence Canada announced that 1057863 B.C. Ltd, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia, Northern Timber Nova Scotia and other related non-operating affiliates (collectively, “Northern Pulp”) have obtained an initial order under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”). The initial order stays proceedings against Northern Pulp in order to provide it with an opportunity to restructure its business and financial affairs. Paper Excellence Canada has not sought relief in the CCAA proceedings.

Northern Pulp owns a pulp mill in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The pulp mill, which had been operational since 1967, was forced to stop production by January 31, 2020, after the Province of Nova Scotia’s decision to require Northern Pulp to cease using the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility (BHEFT). This left the mill with no ability to treat or transport pulp effluent. Since January, Northern Pulp has been conducting a safe and environmentally sound hibernation of the mill, which would allow it to reopen in the event a proposed new Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) receives the necessary approvals.

“The CCAA filing has become necessary in light of the decision of the Province in December and in order to preserve the value of assets, complete the hibernation of the Mill in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and provide needed time to engage with stakeholders and explore alternatives for restarting the mill,” said Graham Kissack, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Communications for Paper Excellence Canada. “We want to operate in NovaScotia and believe that a modern mill and healthy environment can co-exist in Pictou County, just like it does in 89 other communities with pulp and paper mills across Canada.”

As part of the CCAA application, EY Inc. has been appointed as Monitor to oversee the CCAA proceedings and report to the Court. Northern Pulp continues to be managed on a day to day basis by existing management who intend to work with EY Inc. to continue to satisfy its obligations to employees,serviceproviders,suppliers,contractors,andretirees. InformationontheCCAAfiling will be available at Northern Pulp will provide updates throughout the CCAA proceedings.
(Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation)

New Certified Partnership between Kodak and Dataline Solutions highlights automated ...

New Certified Partnership between Kodak and Dataline Solutions highlights automated ...  (Company news)

... integration of MultiPress MIS with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow

Kodak and Dataline Solutions have just entered into a Certified Partnership to advance process integration and networking between management information systems (MIS or ERP systems) and the digital production workflow in the printing industry.

Dataline develops and provides the MultiPress MIS software for print service providers of all sizes and operating in all segments of the graphic arts industry. MultiPress is number one in the Benelux countries in terms of installations and is also rapidly gaining in popularity throughout Europe. As a condition of end-to-end automated operations, printers need high performance integration between their management information system and the production workflow. The efficient two-way integration of MultiPress with the market leading KODAK PRINERGY Workflow is achieved using KODAK PRINERGY Business Link Software and additional integration developments by Kodak and Dataline, which are all based on open standards. This enables seamless connectivity with third party applications and eases future system expansions.

Customers of both companies can profit from a seamless, automated and transparent flow of data and information between the business and administrative level and production. Thanks to the accurate order data and instructions which are received from the MIS, the job files are automatically processed correctly in the PRINERGY Workflow environment without any further operator intervention. Jobs can be routed through production with end-to-end automation and maximum efficiency – up to the final output, whether on plates or digital. In the opposite direction, detailed production information that is supplied to the MultiPress MIS from Kodak’s PRINERGY Workflow supports precise costing, production planning and invoicing.

“This new partnership between Kodak and Dataline will generate lasting benefits and significant added value for the customers of both of our companies,” said Todd Bigger, Vice President, Software, Kodak Print Division. “The collaboration will enable even tighter integration as well as end-to-end automation between processes that are crucial to get jobs to press fast, economically and error-free as a condition of efficient and profitable print production.”

“We’re delighted that this collaboration will result in significantly higher operational efficiency and precision as well as cost savings and, ultimately, more profit for customers working with market leading software products such as KODAK PRINERGY Workflow and our Dataline MultiPress MIS solution,” commented Dirk Deroo, CEO of Dataline.

Options and benefits demonstrated in a webinar
As part of the new partnership, Kodak and Dataline will host the joint webinar “Boosting Integration & Automation by Dataline & Kodak” with a live demonstration of the automated interaction between MultiPress MIS and PRINERGY Workflow as well as the concrete application benefits for print service providers. The webinar will take place at 4:00pm on 9th July. Customers and prospects from the printing industry are cordially invited to take part.
(Kodak GmbH)

PASABAN supplies a highly automated cardboard sheeter in Finland

PASABAN supplies a highly automated cardboard sheeter in Finland  (Company news)

The Finnish company, within the strategy framework of increasing the sheeting capacity of its high-quality paper and cardboard, commissioned Pasaban to design and manufacture a highly automated cardboard sheeting machine capable of being integrated into its production process.

Packaging in the food industry is constantly evolving to adapt and meet the consumption and market demand. Taking this into account and after having decided to depend to a lesser extent on external sheeting centres, the company decided to purchase a new Pasaban sheeter.

The machine, a KDD sheeter, is configured with a high degree of automation to assuredly absorb high production levels and at the same time provide the flexibility the plant requires. As for its characteristics, the sheeter is able to process reels with a diameter of up to 2500 mm, it has 2 unwind stands and it is able to operate at a speed of 400 m/min with the utmost precision. On the whole, the machine provides a non-stop fully automated solution ideal for high production requirements.

Pasaban's relationship with this customer has been ongoing throughout the years. We have supplied several machines, this last one aimed to this plant that produces high-quality folding boxboard for consumer packaging, especially for food, confectionery and pharmaceutical products.

Once again, Pasaban technology provides the right solution addressing the growth requirements of a top-class mill in the paper and cardboard industry.
(Pasaban S.A.)

Pure Performance by KM7, the world's most modern board machine

Pure Performance by KM7, the world's most modern board machine  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs launches Pure Performance, a White Top Kraftliner that combines high strength, excellent printability and purity in one material. Pure Performance is a unique paper product that offer packaging material reduction thanks to its 3-ply construction.

Pure Performance is one of the first products from the world´s most modern board machine KM7 at BillerudKorsnäs and has received great appreciation among customers within the corrugating industry. Pure Performance offers extraordinary strength thanks to a 3-ply construction with optimized fiber properties:

-The top ply contains well distributed short white fibers optimized for excellent printability.
-The bottom ply has unbleached long fibers for highest strength.
-The middle ply is used to create bulk in order to maximize stiffness and minimize washboarding.

“The 3-ply construction of Pure Performance enables great opportunities to optimize liner strength and to go down one grammage step compared to traditional White top Kraftliner grades on the market. The combination of this superior strength and qualitative printability makes Pure Performance a unique product that offers true sustainability savings and packaging material reduction”, says Rolf Gustafsson, Business Segment Director Containerboard at BillerudKorsnäs.

Pure Performance is a strong addition to the BillerudKorsnäs family of Pure Liners. All our liners are produced from 100% primary fibers, sourced from responsible forestry. Primary fibers are extraordinary strong which allows the customers to use a lower grammage. 100% primary fibers also enable Pure Performance to meet the toughest food contact standards and therefore this product complies with demanding product- and food safety regulations.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Packaging printer continues to strengthen its market position with new Speedmaster XL 106

Packaging printer continues to strengthen its market position with new Speedmaster XL 106  (Company news)

-Successful installation even in coronavirus times:
-Schäfer Druck & Verpackung takes delivery of an elevated Speedmaster XL 106 six-color press with coating unit for the production of folding cartons
-Complete package consisting of innovative press, workflow, and service clinches the deal
-Growth through customer orientation and investment in state-of-the-art technology

Photo: Already looking forward to resuming production with the new generation of the Speedmaster XL 106 (left to right): Timo Schäfer, Michael Fritz from Heidelberg Sales Germany, and Udo Schäfer.

The wait was worth it. Schäfer Druck & Verpackung GmbH & Co.KG in Werther has been a hive of activity for several days with the installation of the Speedmaster XL 106 2020 generation from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). It represents the first installation of an elevated press for a packaging printer in Germany. A new foundation up to two meters deep was poured specifically for the Speedmaster XL 106-6+L. Schäfer Druck & Verpackung added a countdown to its homepage to count down the days to the installation, which given the coronavirus pandemic had to be planned even more carefully to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. Schäfer Druck & Verpackung specializes in folding cartons for the food industry and numbers well-known brands from the confectionery and frozen food sectors among its long-standing customers. The staff of 43 produces for companies in these sectors in the region, as well as for customers from across Germany.

“Flexibility, reliability, and proximity to the customer with round-the-clock accessibility,” is how Timo Schäfer describes the factors behind the success of the company he has headed up as managing director for the past four years. His father Udo Schäfer established the company in 1987 to print advertising materials and forms. The company moved to a new building ten years later, adding small carton batches to its commercial print activities with a Speedmaster CD 74. After replacing that press with a Speedmaster XL 75-6+L , the company made the full switch to cartons and for more than fifteen years has only been producing folding cartons and shelf trays. “Now we’re taking the next step and switching the format class from 75 to 106. Our customers rely on our flexibility and speed, and our intention with this investment is to maintain and, needless to say, continue to build on this,” explains Timo Schäfer.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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