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Durst brings Software Ecosystem to FachPack 2019

Durst brings Software Ecosystem to FachPack 2019  (Company news)

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will be in Hall 8, Stand 300, at FachPack 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, from 24 to 26 September. The Corrugated Packaging & Display Printing segment in conjunction with Durst Professional Services (DPS) will present the comprehensive Software Ecosystem with the Workflow and Smart Shop Solutions. At the Durst booth, visitors have opportunities to learn about the integrated "Pixel to Output" concept, from data input to the final product, and to have demonstrations of the processes. Durst will also be offering in-depth discussions on the topics at a workshop on 24 September from 13.00 where customer and integration projects will be presented in addition to a detailed product launch. Workshop participation numbers are limited, so email to reserve a place.

Durst will deliver all large format printing systems with the new production software solution Durst Workflow Print and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics. This turns the printer into a production unit from day one. For the integration of e-commerce, Durst also offers a scalable solution with the Durst Smart Shop. All Durst software can be extended modularly and managed via a web-based user interface.

-Durst Workflow Print: An intelligent and lean solution for managing print production.
-Durst Workflow Plus: Expanded version with extensive prepress functionalities for fast and flexible data preparation.
-Durst Analytics: Web-based monitoring tool for recording job statistics and relevant production data.
-Durst Analytics Plus: Server-based monitoring software for networking multiple printing systems and integration into production planning or ERP systems.
-Durst Smart Shop: Webshop software with calculation tools, realistic 3D preview and print-specific product configuration.
-Durst Smart Shop Plus: Expanded version with innovative graphical online editor. With the Durst Smart Editor, customers can create print layouts directly in the browser.

Durst Professional Services GmbH offers its customers comprehensive consulting, training and integration services for the new Durst software solutions in order to fully exploit the potential of process automation and digitization.
(Durst Phototechnik AG)

UPM Raflatac showcases sustainable labeling solutions that help reduce, recycle and renew at ...

UPM Raflatac showcases sustainable labeling solutions that help reduce, recycle and renew at ...  (Company news)

...Labelexpo Europe 2019

UPM Raflatac will be showcasing its sustainable labeling solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels from September 24-27. UPM Raflatac’s innovative solutions can help printers and brand owners reach beyond their sustainability goals by offering solutions to reduce, recycle and renew.

The company’s thinner and lighter film materials reduce the use of raw materials. The UPM Raflatac PP Lite range combines a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive and a lighter backing which makes them incredibly lightweight and optimizes the use of raw materials and resources. Ultrathin UPM Raflatac Vanish™ PCR labels are another good example, featuring 90 percent recycled content face and liners.

The company optimizes the recycling process of plastic packages by ensuring that labels can be easily removed. UPM Raflatac wash-off adhesive is an excellent way to enable the recyclability of PET containers. Turning waste into a resource is a key concept in the circular economy and an important part of UPM Raflatac’s approach to sustainability. The RafCycle® by UPM Raflatac recycling programme supports this by offering a new life for label waste.

In addition, UPM Raflatac helps to reduce the use of fossil raw materials by offering renewable options, such as certified materials and other bio-based alternatives. UPM Raflatac’s revolutionary new Forest Film™ is the industry’s first wood-based polypropylene film material. Another innovative labeling material that will be showcased at the exhibition is UPM Raflatac Fossil-Free Adhesive – a renewable multipurpose solution, which together with other responsibly sourced label materials like the forest positive UPM Raflatac RAFNXT+, forms a comprehensive solution making each layer of labeling even more sustainable.

Visit stand 5D41 in Hall 5 to find out more about UPM Raflatac’s sustainable labeling solutions.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

California Lawmakers Reject Bill to Ban Paper Receipts

California Lawmakers Reject Bill to Ban Paper Receipts  (Company news)

California lawmakers recently rejected a bill meant to ban paper receipts. The proposal would have required businesses to ask customers if they wanted a paper receipt before printing one, and businesses would have been forbidden to print coupons or advertisements on receipts unless requested by the customer.

Assembly Bill 161 by Assemblymember Phil Ting of San Francisco stalled in the state’s Senate Appropriations Committee as the legislature pared bills before the final two weeks of the session. Advocates of the California bill to ban paper receipts, dubbed Skip the Slip, suggested it would reduce paper waste in the state.

The bill initially would have required businesses to provide customers electronic receipts unless a paper printout was requested. After an outcry about privacy concerns related to digital receipts and what it would cost small businesses to use new payment software, that provision was dropped. The move to ban paper receipts also faced strong opposition from the California Restaurant Association and the California Retailers Association.

The bill also sought to ban the use of certain chemicals on paper receipts by promoting myths about the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) in lightweight thermal paper, the health risks associated with handling thermal paper and claims that BPA and BPS make paper receipts unrecyclable.

“The defeat of this legislation to ban paper receipts is an important victory for Domtar,” says Tom Howard, Domtar’s vice president for government relations. “California represents almost 10 percent of the receipt paper market, and other states, including Illinois and New York, have watched developments with the bill closely. California legislators took a hard look at the value receipts bring to consumers and decided consumers’ interests are paramount.”

Jessica Mause of the Keep the Receipt opposition group told the Los Angeles Times, “Public policy should be based on facts and sound science, not misinformation and unsubstantiated claims. We’re pleased that legislators recognized paper receipts are not only preferred by the majority of consumers but are also safe for consumers and employees.”
Paper Receipts Are Safe and Recyclable

Lawmakers in Illinois and Connecticut have approved measures to ban paper receipts and other documents that are printed on thermal paper that contains BPA. New York has a similar bill under consideration.

But such bills promote myths about this type of paper. Lightweight thermal receipt paper manufactured in the United States is BPA-free. We know because we make it at our Marlboro Mill and send it to Appvion in Appleton, Wisconsin, which applies the BPA-free thermal coating. At the time of this writing, Appvion is the largest North American producer of thermal point-of-sale receipt paper, and the company hasn’t used BPA since 2006.

While BPA can still be found in lightweight thermal receipt paper produced in Asia and Europe (the EU is phasing it out), the amounts are well within the acceptable levels monitored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Paper receipts made from imported thermal paper don’t pose the significant health risk mentioned in the Skip the Slip bill to ban paper receipts. The same is true for all lightweight thermal receipt paper that contains BPS.

Similarly, claims that paper receipts can’t be recycled are overstated. Lightweight thermal receipt paper is just as recyclable as any other paper and doesn’t pose any more of a threat to the recycling stream than other materials containing phenols, such as aluminum cans and plastic bottles. In fact, as BPA levels in imported lightweight thermal receipt paper continue to fall, this will become even less of a concern.

Howard says the disruptions caused by attempts to ban paper receipts will negatively impact businesses models that are predicated on paper.

“Not all areas have sufficient internet connectivity to sustain this [type of] bill,” he says. “And not everyone carries a smartphone all the time. That would be problematic for businesses like dry cleaners and wholesale superstores where paper is an essential part of business operations.”
Skip the Myths

When it comes to legislation to ban paper receipts, skip the myths before you skip the slips.

“We are committed to not only protecting our industry’s interests but also advocating for people’s right to choose paper,” Howard says.
(Domtar Paper Operation Center)

Sitma Machinery and Bizerba, synergy of excellence at the Birmingham IMHX for the world of Logistics

Sitma Machinery and Bizerba, synergy of excellence at the Birmingham IMHX for the world of Logistics  (Company news)

Sitma Machinery, specializing in the design and construction of machines and complete lines for the Packaging, e-Logistics, Post Press and DM/ Transpromo sectors, has partnered with Bizerba, a leading company in the weighing sector, to present the new e- Wrap 2.0 (photo): an exemplary case of collaboration for the integration of complementary technologies. The machine will be shown to the public during the next edition of IMHX, in Birmingham, from 24 to 27 September.

Logistics as an ecosystem for partnership development
The skills offered by Bizerba result in perfect synergy with Sitma's know-how. The latter has made the logistics sector one of its "pillars," boasting the installation of complete systems and lines at important logistics hubs. Both companies are characterized by versatility, including for example supplying machines that allow customers to use different types of materials, such as plastic film, bio-film and paper, all with minimal modifications. Versatility is an important driver in a world that increasingly looks at environmental sustainability and the use of green materials.

e-Wrap 2.0: one machine, multiple functions
The e-Wrap 2.0 is the solution around which the technological partnership between the two companies has developed.
Logistics is well known as a sector that features strong growth but that still relies on many processes to occur manually. It boasts a high level of evolution and is therefore accompanied by frequent requests for automation. The e-Wrap 2.0 fits perfectly within this context, as it combines multiple activities with a single compact and modular system.
The system developed by Sitma is in fact based on the automation and integration of different processes: order fulfillment; online printing of promotional and/or transactional materials; specific packaging of variable-size products; weighing, printing and application of labels; and finally product sorting, which can be placed upstream or downstream of the line, depending on customer needs. Moreover, thanks to the most modern NFC/RFID technologies, the package, from the object to contents of the shipment, can be transformed into an intelligent product.
In fact, using the concept of “digital twin identity,” a digital identity can be created for each package through which characteristics and information are recorded during the shipping process. The set of data collected in the cloud is then processed in dashboards to optimize logistics-center operations.
Bizerba, Sitma's consolidated partner for the supply of printing and labeling systems, is a company that is already active and strongly oriented toward logistics development, making it the ideal partner to support Sitma in presenting the e-Wrap 2.0.

Sitma Machinery, with the participation of Bizerba, will be present at IMHX in Birmingham, from 24 to 27 September, at stand 19K47
(Sitma Machinery S.p.A.)

Inkcups Introduces Two Digital Inks: T2 and BB Series

Inkcups Introduces Two Digital Inks: T2 and BB Series  (Company news)

Eliminates pre-treatment for Tritan™ and advances print durability on flexible applications

Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces the release of two new digital inks, the T2 and BB Series.

The T2 digital ink is specially designed for Tritan™ plastic and is the only digital ink for this substrate that does not require pre-treatment. After a rigorous testing process, Inkcups has formulated the ideal ink for drinkware manufacturers who want to speed up their operations while ensuring exceptional adhesion to Tritan™ products.

Tritan™, a BPA-free durable plastic, is becoming increasingly popular as a result of the growing movement to help the environment and reduce waste. The T2 digital ink provides highly durable and long-lasting image reproduction on Tritan™ that will not crack or chip.

The new BB digital ink produces high-quality graphics with superior adhesion on ultra-flexible products, surpassing the industry’s “squeeze” and “ice bucket” testing measures. With the invention of BB digital ink, Inkcups has resolved the long-standing industry challenge of achieving full-color graphics on flexible bottles without chipping, cracking or distorting after only a short period of time or following the “squeeze test.”

Ideally suited for soft and flexible plastics, common BB digital ink applications include bicycle water bottles, stadium cups, sports bottles, shakers and infuser bottles. The ink is compatible with Inkcups’ suit of digital printers. Pre-treatment is necessary before decorating plastic bottles with the BB ink. This formulation is a combination of a flame-treatment followed by a primer.

T2 and BB Series digital inks are engineered and manufactured in the U.S. and available for order now.

LEDcure SCR for retrofitting label printing machines

LEDcure SCR for retrofitting label printing machines  (Company news)

At Labelexpo Europe, which takes place from 24 to 27 September in Brussels, UV system manufacturer IST Metz will present its new LEDcure SCR LED system for retrofitting label printing presses at Stand D21 in Hall 5. The LEDcure SCR meets the requirements of label production and can be easily integrated into existing printing presses.

The basic design of the LEDcure SCR is intelligent and modular as well as robust and compact, giving users the utmost flexibility and versatility. The system is available in lengths from 270 to 540 mm and can be adapted to all requirements of offset and flexo printing machines. The LEDcure SCR is part of the LED product range that IST offers in cooperation with its subsidiary Integration Technology Ltd.

Synergy between the two companies is having an increasing effect on the product range; the XT8-Booster is just one example. Thanks to booster technology, the LEDcure SCR has up to 30% more power than other LED systems currently available on the market. IST Metz supplies the LEDcure SCR as a fully configured package including cables, power supply, control and chiller, full light shielding and interlocking for absolute safety. The system will be installed at the customer’s location by experienced IST technicians.

Matting with Excimer technology
This year IST Metz is also presenting an Excimer lamp for the first time at Labelexpo Europe. Due to its short-wave emission, an Excimer lamp has a low penetration depth and can be used for matting varnishes, for example. A thin layer of coating cures very quickly on the surface above the liquid substrate and contracts without affecting deeper layers of coating. The micro-folds of the surface can then be preserved by the immediate subsequent final curing with UV or LED. The result of matting with Excimers are surfaces with an extremely high scratch and abrasion resistance as well as a high chemical resistance.

WestRock to Reconfigure North Charleston, SC, Paper Mill

WestRock to Reconfigure North Charleston, SC, Paper Mill  (Company news)

-Shut down of one paper machine will reduce linerboard capacity by approximately 288,000 tons
-Focuses mill on manufacture of differentiated DuraSorb® and KraftPak® products
-Enables approximately $40 million EBITDA improvement

WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) announced that it is reconfiguring its North Charleston, SC, paper mill to improve the mill’s operating efficiency and long-term competitiveness.

As part of the reconfiguration, WestRock will permanently shut down one of the mill’s three paper machines and related physical infrastructure, eliminating approximately 288,000 tons of linerboard capacity. The reconfigured mill’s production capacity will total approximately 605,000 tons per year, consisting of three grades: kraft linerboard; KraftPak, an unbleached folding carton kraft paper; and DuraSorb, a saturating kraft paper used for decorative laminate and industrial end uses.

“The actions that we are taking at our North Charleston mill will substantially improve the long-term competitiveness of the mill by reducing our on-going operating costs and capital needs, and focusing more than half of the mill’s production on the high-value, differentiated DuraSorb and KraftPak products,” said Steve Voorhees (photo), chief executive officer of WestRock. “Reducing the production of linerboard at this mill will help balance our supply with customer demand across our system.”

The company anticipates that the reconfiguration will increase WestRock’s annual EBITDA by approximately $40 million, primarily due to the reduction in operating costs from the shutdown of the paper machine and its associated infrastructure. This reconfiguration includes an anticipated workforce reduction of approximately 260 positions at this mill over a five-month period, starting in January 2020.

“We understand that this reconfiguration will impact our employees, their families and the community,” continued Voorhees. “Our teams are working to provide support and resources to our employees and their families as we move forward.”
(WestRock Companies)

Grupo Gondi orders Voith's OnCare.Asset system for its paper mill located in Guadalupe, ...

Grupo Gondi orders Voith's OnCare.Asset system for its paper mill located in Guadalupe, ...  (Company news)

...Nuevo León, Mexico

-Customer relies on Voith’s full-line experience, domain knowledge in papermaking, controls systems, maintenance and operations management
-Through user-friendly software, OnCare.Asset allows users to reliably monitor assets and workforce data to establish appropriate maintenance plans

Photo: Grupo Gondi orders Voith’s OnCare.Asset system for its paper mill located in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Grupo Gondi has ordered Voith’s OnCare.Asset workforce management software for its new PM 7 paper machine, which is currently being built in its paper packaging mill in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Work on the system is already under way, and it is scheduled to be in operation in early 2020 (Q1). Once OnCare.Asset is installed, the level of data collection at the site will be the highest possible, and the mill operators will be able to understand their operation far better. OnCare.Asset will analyze the collection of new information and offer suggestions to optimize maintenance activities on a component-by-component basis.

"It allows us to easily monitor the performance levels of a variety of our paper machine components and provides us with information which we will use to develop appropriate maintenance plans," said Oscar Hernández, COO, Grupo Gondi.

For Grupo Gondi, ease of use was highly important to gather, organize and analyze performance information to understand the mill’s maintenance needs. In particular, Grupo Gondi found that OnCare.Asset’s intuitive controls and user-friendly database management interface meant that even employees with limited database expertise could also utilize the system.

"We’re pleased to partner with Grupo Gondi on this installation. OnCare.Asset will easily facilitate the maintenance management of this paper mill – from planning, servicing and documentation through cost control, to spare parts management," said Jeff Gorges, Vice President Service Business.
(Voith Paper Inc.)

Metsä Board to Showcase Paperboard and Packaging Design Innovations at PackExpo Las Vegas,...

Metsä Board to Showcase Paperboard and Packaging Design Innovations at PackExpo Las Vegas,...   (Company news)

...September 23–25

Metsä Board
, the leading European producer of premium, fresh fiber paperboards, will be featuring its latest advancements and sustainable solutions at PackExpo, September 23–25, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

On the exhibit floor, Metsä Board will highlight its range of packaging analysis and design services that encompass material and structural evaluation as well as modification of existing packaging. Together with its lightweight paperboards, Metsä Board's packaging analysis and design service enables better, safer and more sustainable packaging solutions.

The exhibit will also feature:
• An improved and sustainable folding boxboard portfolio
• Eco-barrier boards developed for food and food service packaging
• The Better with Less – Design Challenge Submission Info
• New Excellence Center combining package design and R&D
• PackageLab that provides inspiration and ideas for materials innovation

Visit Metsä Board at booth #6638.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

New Prinect version 2020 from Heidelberg forms the backbone of digitization in print shops

New Prinect version 2020 from Heidelberg forms the backbone of digitization in print shops  (Company news)

-Push-to-Stop – greater automation, lower costs
-Gang form creation with automatic optimization
-Plate Pilot supplies plates right on time as printing commences
-Prinect supports hardcover book production
-SmartBi provides key lever for improving overall efficiency
-Case-based online support
-New functions for the packaging sector

Photo: Prinect is the backbone of digitization in print shops.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is making it even easier for Prinect users to run their print shop with the new and partially cloud-based functions in the Prinect production workflow.

“A growing number of Prinect functions are gradually migrating to the cloud. By taking out a subscription contract, customers can gain access to them as and when required and based on the benefits they offer,” says Jürgen Grimm, head of software solutions at Heidelberg. “The Prinect workflow thus forms the backbone of digitization in print shops.”
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Valmet to supply a board machine to JK Paper Limited in India

Valmet to supply a board machine to JK Paper Limited in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a board machine with an extensive automation and Industrial Internet package for JK Paper Limited’s Fort Songadh Mill in India. By investing in the latest coated board technology, JK Paper targets to increase its market share on a growing Indian market and to serve the market with more local supply. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the end of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed.

“To increase our market share on the growing Indian market, we wanted to invest in coated board technology we could really rely on. For this reason, we tested the technology concepts at Valmet’s pilot facilities. We are also planning to use the piloting services to further develop our paper board products later in the project. Valmet’s know-how on coated board making with a long list of good references further strengthened our decision,” says S.K. Jain, Head of Packaging Board Project, JK Paper Limited.

“I’m really pleased that Valmet was chosen as the main supplier in this project. In addition to board machine technologies, we will deliver a large scope of chemical systems – our first chemical system delivery in India. Our strong know-how on special coating and excellent wet end technology references in India and other countries in Asia further contributed to reaching the agreement,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet’s delivery will include a new coated board machine from the headboxes to reel with air dryers, chemical systems, heat recovery and other boardmaking systems. The coating is applied in multiple coating stations including a technologically advanced Opti Coat Layer coating station, which applies two coating layers simultaneously. A disc filter by Valmet’s new Mill Process Solutions Business Unit (former GL&V) and a vast automation system package with Valmet Performance Center (VPC) services with on-demand expert support will also be included in the delivery.

The 4,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce folding boxboard, solid bleached board (SBS) as well as cup and barrier board grades.
(Valmet Corporation)



The decision regards its Italian companies as of 1st July and will be extended over the coming months to all Group companies across Europe and the US.
A few weeks ago, the company also announced it will halve the use of conventional plastic in its production by 2030.

Sofidel, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, particularly well-known for its Regina brand, has decided to abandon use of disposable plastic items in its workplaces.

In Italian offices and production sites, all disposable plastic bottles, glasses, plates and cutlery have been eliminated, replaced with more sustainable materials or ones with a more consolidated recycling system such as, for example, returnable glass bottles, aluminium cans, wood pulp plates and glasses, and wooden cutlery. This protocol will be extended over the coming months to all Group companies in the 13 countries across which Sofidel operates in Europe and the US.

The decision to eliminate disposable plastic in the work environments comes just a few weeks after the company announced that it will halve use of conventional plastic in its production by 2030. This will be achieved with the introduction of new paper packaging, already present or due to arrive on European distribution shelves, the progressive use, on some markets, of recycled plastics or bioplastics, and a general reduction in the thickness of the plastic film used in the production process (launched some years ago).
The commitment begins with the Sofidel brands (including Regina, Cosynel, Nalys, Le Trèfle, Sopalin and KittenSoft), many of which are leaders on their reference markets.

The Sofidel Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use and has its headquarters in Porcari, Italy. Founded in 1966, the Group is present in 13 countries and currently counts more than 6,000 employees. With an annual production capacity of 1,308,000 tonnes, the Group is second in Europe and sixth in the world in its sector.

Sofidel has always placed strategic importance on sustainability as a strategic lever for development and growth, setting itself the goal of reducing its environmental impact to a minimum and maximising benefits for society. Sofidel has been the first Italian manufacturer, and the world’s first in the tissue sector, to have joined WWF’s flagship climate leadership programme – WWF Climate Savers – that seeks to transform businesses into leaders of the low-carbon economy by setting particularly ambitious objectives.

To date, Sofidel has reduced direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 18.3% (reduction in carbon intensity, 2009-2018). To achieve this result, the company invested in ten years (2009 – 2018) about 100 million euros in cogeneration plants and energy production from renewable sources (photovoltaic and hydroelectric), biomass power plants and energy efficiency. Furthermore, Sofidel limits its use of water within production processes (7.1 l/kg against a sector benchmark of 15–25 l/kg) and sources 100% of pulp certified by independent third parties with forest certification schemes (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™).
(Sofidel Group)

Sonoco Introduces EnviroSense™ Sustainable Packaging Development Initiative

Sonoco Introduces EnviroSense™ Sustainable Packaging Development Initiative  (Company news)

New product innovations focus on meeting demand for environmentally-conscious packaging

Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest sustainable, diversified global packaging companies, today announced the creation of its new EnviroSense™ sustainable packaging initiative. Crossing a range of packaging materials, including cans made from 100-percent recycled paperboard, rigid plastic packaging containing post-consumer recycled content, mono-material flexible pouches that are recyclable, and innovative packaging made from agricultural fibers, EnviroSense products are designed to incorporate a number of elements associated with more sustainable packaging. These attributes include: reduced environmental impact, optimized package-to-product ratio and shipping optimization, increased use of recycled content, recyclability, fiber sourcing, compostability, and the use of bio-based materials.

“At Sonoco, we recognize the critical importance of developing sustainable packaging solutions that will protect and preserve our planet for future generations. We also recognize holistic solutions of any kind require genuine curiosity, focused thought and an exploration of new ideas, materials and processes that can help answer the challenge before us. That’s what led us to the creation of EnviroSense, which carries with it the goal statement, Packaging with tomorrow in mind™. EnviroSense goes beyond just a portfolio of packaging, it’s a way of thinking, a sensibility and a philosophy, that guides our development of innovative, sustainable packaging,” said Sonoco President and CEO Rob Tiede.

Several members of the new EnviroSense family of sustainable packaging will be on display at Sonoco Booth #6106 at this year’s Pack Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 23-25, 2019.

While Sonoco remains committed to reducing its environmental impact and improving the use of recycled materials in its packaging, the Company is also focused on developing initiatives to reduce the nearly $1 trillion global food waste issue, according to Tiede. “We believe sustainable packaging provides a key resource in helping achieve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which is targeting to halve food waste by 2030.”

Sonoco is one of the largest recyclers in the U.S., annually collecting nearly 3 million tons of materials, much of which it uses as raw materials to make new sustainable packaging. As an example, the Company uses recovered fiber to produce more than 2 million tons annually of uncoated recycled paperboard, much of which is converted into industrial and consumer packaging. In 2018, Sonoco utilized 26 percent recycled content in its plastics supply chain of which 23 percent was post-consumer material. As a further example of its commitment to increase recycled content in its plastic packaging, one in five PET bottles recycled in California are used by Sonoco to manufacture packaging for fresh produce.
(Sonoco Products Co)

Semi-transparent Lumafin now also available for labels

Semi-transparent Lumafin now also available for labels  (Company news)

Packaging designers and finishers involved in sheet-fed printing are already familiar with the semi-transparent Lumafin transfer product from Kurz, which allows the printing underneath to shine through in a mysterious manner. Lumafin was developed by Kurz to give designers new design possibilities for creating a unique product presentation. This finishing element adds unusual accents to packaging and can be used to produce designs that are surprisingly different and distinctive. At Labelexpo Europe, Kurz will be presenting a new Lumafin grade for narrow web printing. The special light and color effects of this transfer product are now also available for roll-fed labels.

Lively color changes a real eye-catcher
Lumafin is available in grades for hot stamping, cold transfer as well as digital transfer. The product can be used like a dry varnish as a large-area or spot coating. It produces a semi-transparent color transfer and allows the printed motifs underneath to shine through in a deeper or modified color. It overlays the print image like a glossy shimmering veil and makes it appear as if at a depth. As the viewing angle is changed an eye-catching effect occurs: the semi-transparent varnish transforms into a high-gloss, metallic-like reflective color.

Process advantages of dry transfer
Lumafin is available in a wide variety of standard colors and can also be produced in customer-specific shades. Kurz also offers a special product line with a bronze appearance for vintage effects. Furthermore, a fully transparent variant of Lumafin also exists. In this case the transparent high gloss finish transforms into an iridescent white as the incident light changes. But this is not the only difference compared to spot varnishing. Lumafin produces an ultra-thin, flat layer when applied. This makes the transfer product highly suitable for the finishing of roll-fed labels as no distortion occurs as the labels are wound up. Furthermore, when Lumafin is applied by hot stamping no print unit is required. This eliminates the time-consuming cleaning of the print unit otherwise normally required before spot coating.

The new design possibilities and optical effects of Lumafin will be illustrated by means of numerous labels and packaging designs at the Kurz booth 3D40.
(Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG)

Best Practices for Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer Maintenance

Best Practices for Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer Maintenance  (Company news)

Maintenance managers and supervisors in tissue mills are required to work to budget and cut the costs of maintenance wherever possible. An efficient management of your TT SYD (Steel Yankee Dryer) helps reduce maintenance costs and avoiding the risk of emergency stops.

What to do to reduce the maintenance cost of your TT SYD:

Within 2 years after start-up and every 5 years after the first inspection, you should perform structural checks and NDE of the structural welds and connecting bolts of your Yankee, according the following Non Destructive Examination (NDE) methods: Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI), single beam Ultrasonic Testing (UT) and automated ultrasonic testing (Phased Array - PA and Time Of Flight Diffraction - TOFD).

This will ensure compliance with the requirements of your local pressure vessel regulations and insurance.

Once a year, plan an internal inspection of your TT SYD and its condensate removal system.

Make sure you thoroughly clean the soda straws - one by one, from the bottom of the grooves - and their blocking clips. Check inside the straws if there is any magnetite: its build-up may be a sign of corrosion. This clean up will also ensure a uniform moisture profile on the paper. You should also check the sealing of the condensate removal pipes, to ensure maximum heat transfer efficiency.

The chemical parameters of the boiler’s water circuit and of the Yankee’s condensate must remain within the recommended ranges. This will ensure the smooth operation of the boiler, of the steam and condensate system and of the equipment and machinery integrated in this circuit, including your TT SYD and the instrumentation.

You should continuously monitor the key chemical parameters and make periodical tests, to ensure that the water quality is under control. Increase the frequency of the tests if you suspect there is a contamination in the steam and condensate system.

If the water quality is under control, you should see a thin and uniform layer of magnetite (black oxide, Fe3O4) that adheres tightly on the internal surfaces of your TT SYD. This layer creates a barrier to possible corrosion.

Perform a visual inspection of the metalized surface on each shutdown of the paper machine. A scratch or localized damage on the metalized coating may significantly affect the runnability of your SYD. In this case, you should consider making a spot repair of the damage. If you see chatter marks, consider checking the doctor blades for vibration, the machine frame for vibration resonance, the chemical coating application and the process parameters in general for large variances from centerlines.

Once a year, measure the roughness of the metalized coated surface. This will allow you to better understand the status of the metallization, in terms of chemical coating, blades, etc. If you find an increasing porosity of the metalized coating, consider planning a polishing/grinding job, before it starts affecting paper quality.

The insulating sleeves protect the bearings, especially during warm-up of the Yankee. Once a year, check if the insulation sleeves are working properly by using a contact thermometer to measure the temperature of the Yankee journals during production. Once every 5 years, perform a pressure test or dismantle the insulating sleeve pipes (depending on your type of sleeve), in order to verify the conditions and good functioning of the sleeves. Repair or replace any damaged part. It is good practice to replace the gaskets and insulation packing/wrap after 5 years of operation.

At least once a year, during ordinary maintenance, check the tightening of the SYD deckle insulation screws. This is important to avoid any possible damage due to their fall and passage between the press and the Yankee, and it ensures a safe working area for the operators.

At least once a year, you should also thoroughly clean the deckle insulating panels. If the TT SYD is at room temperature, you may use high-pressure water to do so. This clean up eliminates the risk of possible damage to the panels and to the components adjacent to the Yankee, due to build-up of fibers and chemicals.

The doctor blades should be of the right length and mounted cantered in the middle, to make sure that they cover the Yankee’s surface completely during the oscillation of their support. Usually, the rule is LBLADE = LYD – LOSCILLATION.

If you use oscillating doctor blade holders, make sure that their movement is smooth and steady. Jerky movements may cause grooves or streaks on the metallization. This will eliminate the risk of damaging the surface of the metalized coating and will increase its lifetime.

Check the wear level of the sealing graphite according to the indications of the supplier. If it exceeds the max allowable wear, replace the sealing graphite during machine stop and with the steam rotary joints at room temperature.

Once a year, measure the TIR (Total Indicated Runout) of your TT SYD. Measure the TIR at grinding pressure and with the paper sheet off. You may also do this measurement in cold conditions, to get a rough indication of roundness status of your SYD. A TIR test helps you identifying possible problems and creating a database of reference records.

In case of long-term shutdown, remove all the condensate inside the Yankee dryer, clean the heads/deckle insulation panels and remember to rotate the Yankee by 90° once every two days.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security   (Company news)

Our lives’ most precious documents are memorialized on paper. Marriage and birth certificates, deeds, diplomas, family photos and letters from loved ones are all safeguarded on the printed page. Although there are exceptions in this increasingly paperless world, there is an undeniable link between the permanence and tangibility of physical documents and our attachment to them.

Important information belongs on paper and should be shielded from broken hard drives, data breaches and foreign hackers. Paper is personal, permanent, safe and confidential.

The hallmark of our democratic system — the ballot — is rushing into an uncertain digital future. As Americans are becoming aware of the constant threat of election interference from foreign actors, the lack of paper ballots is a clear weakness.

According to a report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee detailing the extent of America’s electoral vulnerability, “[p]aper ballots and optical scanners are the least vulnerable to cyber attack; at minimum, any machine purchased going forward should have a voter-verified paper trail and remove (or render inert) any wireless networking capability.”

According to a POLITICO survey, voters in 14 states participated in the 2018 elections using machines that failed to produce an auditable, verifiable paper ballot. These states included key swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania. Citing a lack of funding, procedural issues or necessity, many election administrators have noted that they have no intentions to depart from paperless voting. To fully secure our elections, these administrators must recognize the threat facing our nation.

The education gap regarding this issue is one of the most significant roadblocks facing positive action to protect the ballots of thousands of American citizens. The decentralization of our electoral system provides a high level of security, yet it is imperative that critical information is disseminated to decision makers that can make a difference.

However, there is a bright side. States, counties and municipalities are transitioning to either exclusive use of paper ballots or encouraging the use of a physical paper trail. Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina all plan to be paper-protected by the 2020 elections with hundreds of counties in other states following suit. POLITICO’s analysis (as noted above) provides a helpful guide to the status of each of these jurisdictions’ efforts.

In fact, the value of paper ballots appears to be one of the few issues both Republicans and Democrats agree on in principle — albeit not in implementation. In a 2018 response to a question regarding election security, POLITICO reports President Donald Trump stated, “[o]ne of the things we're learning is, it's always good — It's old-fashioned — but it's always good to have a paper back-up system of voting…It's called paper. Not highly complex computers, paper. A lot of states are doing that. They’re going to a paper back-up. And I think that's a great idea.” Meanwhile, a majority of the Democratic presidential primary candidates have integrated paper ballots into their policy platforms.

Americans’ ability to vote in free and fair elections has been protected by thousands of men and women in our nation’s armed forces. It is our job to ensure that ballots are protected and safe from tampering in a physical paper form.
(By Michael Blume - Manager, Government and Industry Affairs)
(AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)

Make the right choice with Domino at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Make the right choice with Domino at Labelexpo Europe 2019  (Company news)

With over 40 years' printing industry experience Domino offers a multitude of trendsetting digital ink jet solutions that can be tailored precisely to your application requirements.

From Digital Colour Label Printing, Traceability and Digital White through to Versioning & Digital Foiling, Domino's Digital Printing Solutions printers are designed to meet the high speed, high quality demands of commercial printing environments, bringing new capabilities to a number of sectors including labelling, packaging converting and security Printing.

Labelexpo Europe is the world's largest event for the label and package printing industry - with more products, more launches and more live demonstrations!
(Domino Deutschland GmbH)

Balluff at FachPack 2019

Balluff at FachPack 2019  (Company news)

Balluff is once again at FachPack, the international trade show for packaging solutions (Sept. 24-26, 2019) in Nuremberg. With its portfolio for the packaging industry the global sensor specialist and supplier of automation solutions has the answers for the rapidly increasing demands on production with respect to productivity, flexibility and quality.

Balluff at Fachpack: Booth 4A / 4A-429

Photo: Smart vision solutions for tasks in the packaging industry

Balluff sensors made of stainless steel with ECOLAB certification for example offer everything you need to make packaging processes secure, stable and hygienic. Their food grade stainless steel housing material and tested resistance to aggressive cleaning agents makes them the first choice for wet and hygienic processes in the foods industry. Various sensing principles are available for specific requirements and conditions. IP 67, IP 68 and IP 69K protection as well as temperature ratings up to 120 °C guarantee long service life and high process reliability.

Intelligent sensors for the demands of the smart factory
How modern production concepts and Industry 4.0 solutions can profit from intelligent sensors in many different ways is something Balluff will also be showing in the form of two new photoelectric sensors. These versatile units combine different measuring principles in one device and provide the switching signal via IO-Link as well as information about the sensor status and current ambient conditions. Since the sensor operating modes can also be changed on-the-fly through IO-Link, production is made flexible and adaptable to differing requirements.

Automatic identification and tracking with RFID
Anyone interested in how format change parts can be automatically detected on a packaging machine should take a look at the RFID solutions from Balluff. These are yet another important component for implementing Industry 4.0. In addition to the proven range of rugged LF and HF systems, UHF systems (865-868 and 902-928 MHz) are available for long range requirements. These are also a proven solution for track-and-trace applications in production and logistics.

Smart vision solutions for tasks in the packaging industry
In the packaging area Balluff BVS vision solutions cover a diverse range of tasks in the fields of object detection, identification and quality assurance. The range of applications for industrial cameras, SmartCameras and vision sensors extends from comparatively easy tasks, such as reading barcodes and data matrix codes, to position-independent testing of complex characteristics as part of a 100% quality inspection in a production process.
(Balluff GmbH)

Valmet introduces new inline optical total consistency and ash measurement

Valmet introduces new inline optical total consistency and ash measurement  (Company news)

Valmet has launched a new Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC2R), which has been developed for recycled pulp manufacturing applications, as well as general stock preparation applications in paper, tissue, and board.

Valmet OC2R shares the total consistency measurement method utilized in the original Valmet Optical Consistency transmitter with the added capability of ash content available as a second measured value. Particularly in low-consistency measurements, Valmet’s optical transmitters are frequently the only possible measurement technique to provide reliable results. Valmet OC2R offers easy and low-cost installation with a measuring probe that makes insertion and removal possible without requiring special tools or a process stop.

For mechanical and chemical pulp, as well as for recycled fiber furnishes, Valmet OC2R is an ideal choice for control applications, from re-pulping and screening all the way to the machine chest.

“The addition of the ash measurement to total consistency opens new possibilities for recipe management in pulp blending, better broke handling, and reducing machine chest furnish variability. In recycled fiber processing, the benefits of the two measurements include better end product quality with improved strength and optical properties,” says Heikki Föhr, Product Manager, Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement, Automation business line, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC2R)
Valmet OC2R joins the Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC) family of transmitters, each optimized for use with eucalyptus pulp, recycled fiber and chemical pulps in addition to mechanical furnishes. Installed in an area of turbulent flow, the temperature and vibration resistant probes are self-cleaning even in the demanding environment of recycled fiber processing. Sharing the same basic components and modules optimized for each application, they have gained a deserved reputation for accuracy, reliability, and ease of installation.
(Valmet Corporation)




Picture: A Sustainable World. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR431)

Global materials science and manufacturing company Avery Dennison will feature new and recently launched sustainable solutions at Labelexpo Europe, September 24-27, 2019. “A Sustainable World”, one of the four world of discovery areas, will spotlight portfolios that offer a comprehensive range of materials designed to meet new labeling challenges.

“Converters will find a number of materials designed to help them reduce, reuse and recycle for more sustainable label and packaging solutions. They’ll also see how we’re reducing our own environmental footprint and helping our industry do the same,” said Burak Sahbaz, senior marketing director, Films and Paper for Label and Packaging Materials Europe.

A number of new-to-market product lines will be featured in the Sustainable World exhibit, including:

- Recycled Content Liners - Avery Dennison’s rPET and rBG liners cost the same as conventional liners and deliver the same ease of conversion and smooth dispensing, but are made with recycled material, 30% and 15% post-consumer waste, respectively.

- Recycled Content Facestock - Designed for a more natural look, Avery Dennison rPE is made with 30% recycled PE resin. It naturally offers a slightly varied look from batch to batch, signaling authenticity, simplicity, and a commitment to the earth.

- Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ Adhesive Technology - Enables ink, label and adhesive to fully separate from PET during the recycling process, without sacrificing adhesion or aesthetics of the package during its use. The newest addition to the product line CleanFlake™ Flex -- to be launched at Labelexpo -- is specially designed for use with freshly blown PET bottles, helping ensure the containers are easier to recycle.

- Wine Crush Range - For wine and spirits brands aiming to boost shelf appeal while signaling environmental integrity, Avery Dennison is excited to introduce a new line of paper facestocks made of recycled paper and organic waste. To support a transition to a circular economy, converters can choose from facestock made with 15% grape, citrus, or barley waste, along with 40% FSC-certified recycled paper.

- Sustainable Wine Range - A new range of paper facestocks for wine, with 30% to 100% recycled content, unique finishes ready to inspire creativity, and low minimum orders to enable small production runs.

“Until now, brands had a choice to make when choosing label materials: recycled content or an artfully designed facestock with a premium look and feel. With our new recycled content liners, facestocks and wine ranges, there’s no sacrifice needed. Converters can consume fewer resources, help keep plastic out of the waste stream, and get the packaging look they want - all while continuing to lay the foundation for a closed-loop plastics economy,” said Jan ‘t Hart, senior director Innovation, Sustainability and Compliance for Label and Packaging Materials Europe.

Avery Dennison experts will be available to engage with visitors about sustainability challenges and related solutions that are designed to help them meet consumer demand, stay ahead of regulations, and improve the environment. “Guests will have the chance to collaborate directly with the innovators developing the material solutions that are solving today’s big challenges and creating opportunities for the future,” said Sahbaz.

Visit Avery Dennison at Booth #A31 in Exhibition Hall 5. Join Avery Dennison for daily seminars, held in the M-Use Live Theater, for interactive conversations on essential industry topics, led by innovators working to solve the label and packaging challenges that matter most.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Lecta Launches New Range of Adestor Hot-Melt Adhesives

Lecta Launches New Range of Adestor Hot-Melt Adhesives   (Company news)

Lecta is expanding its Adestor self-adhesive product portfolio with the launch of a new range of rubber-based Adestor Hot-Melt adhesives for excellent performance in these applications.

Initially, the new range comprises three adhesives: Adestor HM100 and Adestor HM300 ​for the food sector, ​specifically for labelling under chilled or frozen conditions, and Adestor HM200L, developed for labelling the most frequently used surfaces in logistics and retail applications.

Adestor HM100 and Adestor HM300 adhesives comply with food safety regulations and with Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 of the European Union on materials and articles intended to come into food contact.

The three products are available with a wide variety of Adestor facestooks suitable for conventional, direct thermal and thermal transfer printing systems.

With this launch, resulting from significant investment in the latest Hot-Melt adhesive production technology at its Almazán mill, Lecta has taken another step forward in its specialized multi-product offer in response to current market demands in these three sectors.

The entire Adestor range is manufactured under ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management system standard, ISO 9001 quality standard and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standard. It is also available upon request with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain of Custody forest certification.

Xeikon adds valuable features to its Panther technology

Xeikon adds valuable features to its Panther technology  (Company news)

Increase application range with creative and enhanced designs

Xeikon has developed a specific solution for printers looking to enhance and increase their range of labels. It is the unique combination of the Xeikon X-800 workflow and the PantherCure UV ink that can generate a tactile layer, responsible for a so called “haptic effect” in print. Printers can easily create designer labels with enhanced tactility, textures and a luxury feel. Xeikon’s new haptic printing process not only boosts and expands the range of possible applications for high-end label markets, it helps make significant time savings by avoiding any modifications to the prepress files. Tactile effects on labels are greatly appreciated by the beer, beverage, food, and Health & Beauty markets.

Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management, says, “The technology generating the tactile and textured layer is embedded in the Panther’s X-800 workflow. It is the brand owners and designers who define the structure, shape and form of the design. When the file is received, the workflow automatically recognizes the elements of the design and generates the information required to drive the print head – that’s what creates the haptic effect in print on the end product.”

Increasing uptime
In order to further optimize the workflow on the Panther, Xeikon has developed a specific solution, embedded in the X-800 workflow: an automated optimization of the white ink layer.

The production of labels on clear facestocks (e.g. premium beer or Health & Beauty labels) comes with unique challenges. An opaque white is required to make the design standout, this may result however in varying ink layer thicknesses across the web. The uneven thickness of the ink layer will generate a telescoping effect on the printed rolls. In the past, press operators have overcome this by printing smaller rolls, resulting in more frequent roll changes and extra waste in material and time. Some printers found a solution in spending extra time in prepress to reduce the amount of white. This time-consuming prepress work can now be handled in a fully automated way by the X-800 digital front-end without intervention at any stage in the production process. The X-800 automatically reduces the white layer. The extent of reduction will depend on the colors that come on top of it. The result is an increase in uptime during the manufacturing process – both in printing and converting – as printers can run larger rolls. In addition, PSP’s save on cost, not only because of the reduced amount of white ink, but also because of the reduction of waste.

Van Bauwel concludes, “Xeikon continues to work towards excellence to enhance every facet of its portfolio. We continue to look for opportunities to make savings on costs and time. By improving each small step of the process, we can make a big difference to the overall production process and reduce manufacturing costs. Achieving haptic effects in print through the unique capabilities of our X-800 workflow and ink optimization not only boosts and increases the range of possible applications but allows printers to streamline their operations.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

BillerudKorsnäs invests in recycling

BillerudKorsnäs invests in recycling  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs invests in the area of recycling as it acquires a minority holding in the innovative company Recycl3R. The company has developed a digital solution to increase recycling rates of single use packaging. A product that can be used globally.

The investment is made by BillerudKorsnäs’ wholly owned subsidiary BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, which invests in young and innovative companies with solutions that will influence the future for packaging.

- Waste production is one of the largest environmental problems that society faces today, and solving it is a big challenge. In Europe alone we produce 240 million tons of waste, and only 44% is recycled. BillerudKorsnäs shares our vision of solving this global challenge and is an excellent partner and investor for Recycl3R, says Ivan Gonzalez, environmental lawyer and Co-founder of Recycl3R.

Recycl3R builds a database with information about what packaging material different consumer products consist of. They also understand the different recycling regulations and requirements around the world. This knowledge is used to guide consumers to the nearest recycling station and help them recycle correctly. The solution also makes it possible for producers and distributors to give consumers incentive to recycle more with gamification and by connecting value such as deposits or loyalty points to the different packaging materials.

The team behind Recycl3R has a background in environmental consulting, and the system was developed partly within the European “TagitSmart” project. It has caught the interest of international retailers and brands with a mission to get more material back into recycling streams. Carrefour Spain has successfully implemented the solution and more customers and markets are in the pipeline.

- Packaging recycling is an area that we believe will be increasingly important in order to solve the environmental challenges ahead. Sustainability and digitalization connected to packaging are strategic focus-areas for BillerudKorsnäs Venture, and Recyc3R presents a very interesting opportunity based on their combined expertise in both areas, says Martin Neselius, Venture Manager at BillerudKorsnäs Venture.

- There are already steps taken towards more legislation and restrictions regarding single use products, and we believe this development will continue. There is still a lot of work to do in order to ensure that more packaging enters the recycling stream and is recycled into new products. Recycl3R’s product supports increased and cleaner recycling streams for this purpose”, says Martin Neselius.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Milestone in the construction of the new PM 2 papermachine completed

Milestone in the construction of the new PM 2 papermachine completed  (Company news)

On August 30th, the completion of the structural work at the building site of Hamburger Containerboard’s paper machine 2 in Spremberg was celebrated.

Participating guests included, among others, Dr. Klaus-Peter Schulze, member of the German Bundestag, deputy mayor of the administrative district of Spree-Neiße Olaf Lalk as well as the mayors of Spremberg and Spreetal Christine Herntier and Manfred Heine, respectively.

Dr. Klaus-Peter Schulze said: “To this day, the Hamburger Group has honoured all its commitments, has created jobs with great promise for the future, and has proved to be a reliable partner for the region.”

Managing director of the Hamburger Containerboard, Harald Ganster, thanked the construction workers for their high-quality labour: “With this investment, we are pleased to have set a milestone not only for our group strategy, but also for the region of Lausitz as a whole. This investment confirms our trust in the locally responsible players, as well as in our employees, who for the large part have accompanied us throughout 15 years in the region. With this step, the number of direct employees of all Prinzhorn companies active in this area will thus increase to 700.”

Since September 2018, the working group of the construction companies Implenia and Habau has been collaborating with numerous subcontractors on the building site. For the construction of the 400 metre-long complex formed by the paper machine hall, as the key component of the investment, 5,500 tonnes of structural steel were integrated on site, and 2,700 precast concrete elements were incorporated for the reinforced concrete frame. With an investment volume of 370 million euros, Hamburger Containerboard is expanding its production site at the Schwarze Pumpe industrial estate to become one of the most modern and efficient paper factories in Europe. At full capacity utilisation of the plant, 500,000 tonnes of high-quality white and brown packaging paper are manufactured each year.
(Hamburger Rieger GmbH)

GPHC Announces $600 Million Investment in New Coated Recycled Board Machine

GPHC Announces $600 Million Investment in New Coated Recycled Board Machine  (Company news)

-Graphic Packaging’s Board of Directors has approved a $600 million highly strategic investment into its coated recycled board (CRB) platform
-Investment fully supports Graphic Packaging’s commitment to sustainable packaging, exceptional product quality and an unmatched cost position for producing CRB
-Capability to produce 500,000 tons of CRB is expected to be capacity neutral by eliminating higher cost production at other facilities
-Investment is expected to deliver $100 million in incremental annualized EBITDA upon full ramp up in 2022, delivering returns well above the cost of capital
-The Company has scheduled an Investor Day for September 26, 2019 in New York City at the NYSE where it will discuss the strategic and financial rationale for the investment in more detail, as well as other key strategic and financial priorities

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), (the "Company"), a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies, announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $600 million investment in a new coated recycled board (CRB) machine in the Midwest with annual capacity of approximately 500,000 tons. The Company is planning to make the investment in either Ohio or Michigan, subject to a number of conditions, including environmental permitting and negotiations currently underway relative to government incentives and labor relations.

The CRB machine is designed to be the largest and lowest cost producer of CRB in North America. Upon completion of the project, the Company believes the CRB machine will produce the highest quality coated recycled board product in North America with the lowest-caliper capabilities in the industry. The Company expects the investment will be capacity neutral by eliminating higher cost production at other facilities and will deliver an incremental $100 million in annualized EBITDA upon full ramp up in 2022. The increase in EBITDA will be driven by cost savings from significantly increased scale production, reduced raw material consumption, and lower fixed costs. The investment will be funded from cash flow and existing credit facilities with most of the spending occurring in 2020 and 2021.

"We are very pleased to announce our intent to proceed with this significant investment into our integrated CRB platform. This is a unique opportunity to make a highly strategic investment in sustainable packaging, exceptional product quality and an unmatched cost position for producing CRB," said President and CEO Michael Doss. "Importantly, the investment will be capacity neutral as we expect to reduce production at other higher cost CRB facilities after we ramp up production of this highly productive CRB machine starting in early 2022. Increasing consumer preference for sustainable packaging is expected to drive steady, long-term demand for packaging solutions manufactured from 100% recycled fiber. We are confident the investment will deliver returns well above our cost of capital, and remain fully committed to executing our balanced approach to capital allocation as we continue to build a growing, highly integrated, low cost paperboard packaging platform."

The Company expects to complete final negotiations and provide an update on the status of the investment, including the location, in late September. The Company has also scheduled an Investor Day for September 26, 2019 in New York City at the NYSE where it will discuss the strategic and financial rationale for the investment in more detail, as well as other key strategic and financial priorities.
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

Paper One Show Dubai 2020 - Connecting people to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa!

Paper One Show Dubai 2020 - Connecting people to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa!  (Company news)

Are you ready for Paper One Show Dubai 2020?

The 6th edition of the premier International paper exhibition in the MENA region is taking place at the Intercontinental Festival Arena in Dubai, 13-15 January 2020.

Paper One Show is an exhibition solely dedicated to all kinds of paper and paper manufacturing, it is focused on paper jumbo rolls, finished products, raw materials, writing, printing, packaging, tissue and hygienic paper, converters, carton, corrugating, machinery and paperboard.

Leading companies in the sector have a platform to showcase their products, and suppliers and consumers can benefit from an exchange of ideas.
• Provides the perfect opportunity for you to promote your company to a captive audience of paper industry representatives and stakeholders.
• Provides excellent networking opportunities, giving you the chance to make contact with potential partners and potential customers and form strategic alliances.
• Ensure that your company is at the heart of the paper industry in the MENA region.
(Al Furat Fairs Organizers)

New shoe-blade gap former DuoFormer CBh with excellent first results at Smurfit Kappa

New shoe-blade gap former DuoFormer CBh with excellent first results at Smurfit Kappa  (Company news)

-Compact design is ideally suited for rebuilds and new machines alike
-Features a unique, smart combination of well-known, reliable components from Voith’s DuoFormer product Family
-Lower operating costs compared to other former concepts at reasonable investment

Voith expands its portfolio in the forming section with the DuoFormer CBh (photo) – a cost- and space-efficient shoe-blade gap former solution for the fabrication of packaging papers at high production rates, providing paper producers with the utmost flexibility and a fast return on investment.

Papermakers who are either looking for a new former with a very good quality-performance ratio or are faced with the challenge of having to replace their existing former to gain productivity benefit from the DuoFormer CBh. Due to its compact design, it is ideal for rebuilds where space is at a premium.

Its dewatering elements are designed to achieve the best possible combination of dewatering capacity and paper strength with minimum effort. Using a full ceramic slotted impingement shoe cover design and a high vacuum suction box (HiVac) instead of a suction couch roll, the DuoFormer CBh ensures the highest dry content and lower maintenance costs compared to market standard solutions.

Voith’s DuoFormer CBh can be applied in a wide operation window, allowing for sustainable and reliable papermaking. It operates up to a maximum speed of 1,600 m/min. The drainage section’s capacity is exactly designed for desired production rates.

Well-devised design enables a steep ramp-up curve
After undergoing extensive testing at Voith pilot facilities in Heidenheim, the new former concept has already proven itself in actual use. “We chose Voith to supply this shoe-blade gap former for Roermond PM 1 because of the high quality and technology level of their equipment and their people. Based on our past experiences with Voith delivering successful projects, we felt good about investing in their technology, because it pays off in the long term,” says Wouter Lap, Managing Director of Netherlands-based manufacturer Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier.

“Once again, the decision for Voith proved to be the right one. We had a great ramp-up curve from stock on wire to saleable quality within only one day after the rebuild that changed the entire forming section into an innovative DuoFormer CBh concept. We have seen a significant increase in the quality of our packaging papers and a production boost up 20% since the startup. Overall, we are very pleased with the results,” Lap concludes.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)




Cost-competitive Allen Coding technology also features reduced maintenance and enhanced flexibility

Allen Coding GmbH announces the launch of the MLi, a unique-in-the-industry multi-head thermal transfer printer providing cost-effective, high-speed multi-lane, multi-line printing of graphics, alphanumerics and barcodes on thermoformed packages.
chines including horizontal flow-wrappers, sachet machines, blister pack machines, four side seal machines and thermoform fill and seal machines. The MLi can be positioned either parallel with or perpendicular to the flow of the packaging film in the host equipment. This positioning versatility helps minimize printer changeover when the host machine changes from one pattern to another.

Ease of Use
The intuitive color touch screen interface of the MLi provides simple, centralized message editing for individual and batch messages across all lanes of print. All settings (printing formats, print speeds, contrast, ribbon saving commands, and print position) can be programmed and saved in the printer's memory for quick and easy recall in seconds. If a lane configuration change requires print heads be repositioned, this can be accomplished easily in less than two minutes by sliding the heads along the T-slot to their new positions.

The MLi is available with anywhere from two to twelve individual print heads. To accommodate various web widths, 620, 820 and 1020 mm frame options are available. Print areas are up to 56mm wide and 40 or 90 mm in length.
(Allen Coding GmbH)

Smurfit Kappa sees surge of interest in sustainable packaging solutions for fresh produce

Smurfit Kappa sees surge of interest in sustainable packaging solutions for fresh produce  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has seen a marked increase in the number of companies seeking sustainable packaging alternatives for fresh fruit and vegetables.

The packaging leader, which launched its Better Planet Packaging initiative last year, has been working on a portfolio of products designed to replace less sustainable packaging as many brands come under increasing pressure to become more sustainable. In a recent survey, 75% of consumers indicated a preference for paper-based packaging against less sustainable alternatives.

Portuguese grape producer Pomares do Sol approached Smurfit Kappa with the intention of finding a solution that would meet its sustainability requirements, increase the profile of its brand and have the capacity to withstand the journey through a complex and demanding supply chain.

Smurfit Kappa has a strong track record in creating packaging solutions for the agricultural sector including its award-winning SoFru pack for berries.

Like SoFru pack, the new solution is an easy-to-assemble corrugated punnet on which high quality colour and graphics can be printed to attract consumer attention in the retail environment. It is fully recyclable, and designed to ensure that the condition and quality of the fruit remains in perfect condition from farm through to the consumer.

Raul Andre, General Manager of Smurfit Kappa Celapack, commented: “This was the result of a collaborative process with Pomares do Sol during which we analysed all aspects of the supply chain and the product requirements.

“Raising the profile of the brand was a key consideration and we also created a packaging solution that has a lifespan which matches the lifespan of the product inside which is very important.”

Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging initiative seeks to reduce packaging waste and ultimately address the challenges of waste and litter that ends up in oceans and landfill.
(Smurfit Kappa Celpack)

DS Smith comes out boxing against coffee cup waste

DS Smith comes out boxing against coffee cup waste  (Company news)

Leading British recycler seeks to drastically reduce the estimated 7.8 million coffee cups sent to landfill or burned each day

DS Smith, a leading sustainable packaging solutions provider, has called on independent businesses across the UK to help stop the scourge of coffee cup waste as it launches a brand-new scheme which could see hundreds of millions of cups recycled each year.

In the UK up to 7.8 million cups end up in landfill or are burned every day, with 58% of British workers disposing of their cups at work - making it a critical battleground in the fight to recycle. To respond to this, and following successful trials with key partners including EY, DS Smith has launched its specially designed Coffee Cup Drop Box.

Made from recycled paper, the box can be used to collect coffee cups from across the UK and is available to the 2.7 million businesses operating in the UK. Each box holds around 700 cups and once full it is collected by Royal Mail and it is returned to DS Smith’s recycled paper mill, the UK’s largest, to be recycled back into new paper packaging products.

"We broke new ground last year when we redefined coffee cup recycling and announced capacity to recycle 2.5 billion coffee cups at our Mill in Kent. With this figure only increasing, we need to ensure these cups reach us separate from other waste. Through our Coffee Cup Drop Box we can provide the much-needed national infrastructure to reduce the 7.8 million coffee cups that are currently falling through the gap on commutes, in offices and across the UK." — Jochen Behr, Head of Recycling at DS Smith

As a result of efforts by DS Smith and others in the industry, coffee cup recycling has increased from 1 in 400 to 1 in 25 cups over the past two years. According to new YouGov research commissioned by DS Smith, over half of GB adults (54%) believe that when they recycle their used coffee cups they are turned into new products. However, nearly 20% of adults think that even when recycled these cups end up either incinerated or landfilled. Critically, the number of disposable cups used each year in the UK is estimated to have risen by 20% from 2.5 billion in 2016 to 3 billion.

Despite a major push and incentives to use reusable coffee cups, research shows that of the 46% of Brits who had a reusable coffee cup, only 12% used it all the time when purchasing a hot drink and 41% admitted to rarely or never using it.

Increases in coffee cup recycling capability is the result of innovation across DS Smith’s Recycling, Paper and Packaging divisions, as well as collaborations with logistic partners and customers. The Coffee Cup Recycling Drop Boxes will be available through DS Smith’s ePack ecommerce platform, meaning small and medium size businesses, as well as larger organisations can easily access the scheme.
(DS Smith plc)

Mimaki to champion sustainable packaging at FachPack 2019

Mimaki to champion sustainable packaging at FachPack 2019  (Company news)

At Fachpack 2019, Mimaki Deutschland will demonstrate how show-stopping technology combined with sustainable choices are key to creating smarter packaging in the future.

Mimaki Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Mimaki Europe, announces that it will endorse green innovation in packaging at FachPack 2019 (Nuremberg, Germany, 24-26 September 2019). Addressing the exhibition’s key theme, ‘Environmentally friendly packaging’, the company – together with its local dealer, Ernst Mendel GmbH – will exhibit show-stopping technologies and an inspiring array of applications to emphasise how packaging print service providers and converters can use Mimaki solutions to make more sustainable choices.

Photo: Packaging sampling, prototyping made by CFL-605RT

A diverse range of cost-effective hardware and software solutions together with eye-catching applications, including layer printing with white and clear inks, added-value silver ink effects and 2.5D-textured print, will be on display on the Mimaki booth (Hall 8, Stand 8-312). The company will also highlight how a streamlined production workflow – from design software to digital printers and cutting systems – can empower greener processes for packaging manufacturing.

“Sustainability is a hot topic in today’s packaging industry and a key asset in Mimaki’s strategy,” says Mr. Hisashi Takeuchi, CEO of Mimaki Deutschland GmbH. “Visitors at our booth will experience first-hand how the use of Mimaki’s UV and UV-LED inkjet technologies and packaging solutions can make creative ideas a reality, whilst significantly decreasing the environmental impact of the production process. Championing environmentally-friendly packaging production and driving sustainable innovation in the industry will be our goal at FachPack 2019.”

Mimaki systems have many eco-friendly credentials, including:
-All Mimaki UV printers are equipped with LED lamps which cure wet ink instantly with UV irradiation, rendering heating unnecessary and saving energy.
-UV printing enables printing direct onto different types of substrates, giving users the choice to use more sustainable materials.
-Digital is an on-demand solution for producing packaging and other applications, eliminating the waste caused by over-production.
-Mimaki UV inks are GREENGUARD Gold certified. The inks have met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air, and are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.

A technology highlight on the Mimaki booth will be the company’s brand-new JFX200-2513 EX. Seen for the first time in Europe at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, this cutting-edge large flatbed UV inkjet printer uses the Mimaki 2.5D Texture Maker. This proprietary feature uniquely enables smooth embossed print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects at the touch of a button. Opening new and valuable application opportunities for customers, the new Mimaki layering technology has been designed for supreme simplicity and ease of use, as well as increased productivity. Eradicating the time-consuming and skilled process of creating multiple Photoshop files featuring stacked stepped layers for smooth expression, Mimaki’s genuine RIP software ‘RaterLink6Plus’ completes the process in seconds. For further benefits, the JFX200-2513 EX enables the use of white and clear inks, and prints on a wide variety of substrates up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm (98.4″ x 51.2″), including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood cardboard and metal.

A further highlight on the Mimaki stand will be the UJF-7151plus direct-to-object UV flatbed printer. Achieving flawless print quality on a wide range of substrates, this printer enables short-run packaging applications with reduced waste and minimised use of space, making more sustainable manufacturing options more accessible. Additionally, the UJF-7151plus uses longer-life UV LEDs, consuming less energy than printers using conventional UV lamps. An ink circulation system also provides stable ink jetting and removes air bubbles from the system, reducing the need for nozzle-cleaning and thereby saving energy and costs. At FachPack, the UJF-7151plus will be equipped with Mimaki’s MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink to inspire visitors with a showcase of elegant and sophisticated applications on glass, acrylic and aluminium boards, synthetic leather and cardboards.

Featuring a cutting area of 610 x 510mm, the multifunctional, versatile and compact CFL-605RT will complete Mimaki’s FachPack line-up. Ideal for packaging sampling, prototyping and short-run production, as well as packaging inlays and foam materials cutting, the system has a wide range of cutting and creasing tools, including an eccentric cutter for coated packaging board, a pen tool for line drawings and a creasing roller for folding lines.

Many Mimaki printers include a number of pioneering core technologies, which Mimaki executives will be on-hand to discuss with visitors at FachPack. MAPS (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) prevents banding and colour-shifting during the printing process by spreading the edge of each pass to create a gradient. NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) monitors nozzle outages and automatically activates a series of recovery functions, whilst NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) enables printers to replace damaged nozzles without stopping production – enhancing performance and boosting productivity and print quality for the user.

“As the label and packaging markets thrive, it is the right time to take a step back and look at environmental impact. We look forward to demonstrating how brands can make smarter, more sustainable choices with Mimaki technology at FachPack,” Mr. Takeuchi concludes.
(Mimaki Deutschland GmbH)

Pankaboard chooses Tieto to modernise their key business processes and enable ...

Pankaboard chooses Tieto to modernise their key business processes and enable ...  (Company news) transformation

Pankaboard, the world leader in high thickness folding boxboards and uncoated speciality cartonboards in Finland, has selected Tieto to modernise and automate their sales, planning and production system.

The renewal improves Pankaboard’s process management and enables transparency in the whole value chain based on Tieto Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS) for the paper industry. The new system includes e.g. functions for sales management, logistics, production management and planning, quality control and invoicing while also including tools for a wide range of reporting and analytics needs.

“We have selected TIPS as integrated solution in our processes and operations and expect to have major improvements in order-to-cash management, supply chain operations and process management. Co-operation with our customers and key partners is to be improved with up-to-date technology, and investment is enabling us to prepare for next steps in digitalization of business processes,” says Arto Pekkarinen, Director, Supply Chain at Pankaboard.

“We are pleased to expand our long-term collaboration with Pankaboard and to support them on their transformation journey. The paper industry is in the middle of big changes, and automation and digitalization of key processes enable more efficient, faster and flexible reactions to the market changes and help our customers to drive growth,” says Carsten Henke, Head of Pulp and Paper, Forest Industry at Tieto.

Tieto’s integrated TIPS solution is optimised for the pulp, paper, board, tissue and flat sheet industries utilising industry-proven best practices. It is the leading MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and already installed at 250 paper mills worldwide.
(Tieto Germany GmbH)

Designed to Appeal: Sonoco at the FachPack 2019

Designed to Appeal: Sonoco at the FachPack 2019  (Company news)

Safe, convenient and sustainable: the demands on modern consumer packaging are diverse and can vary greatly from product to product. But no matter which product it is, one thing is certain: the packaging plays a key role in consumers’ purchasing decisions. Above all, it needs to perfectly match consumers’ lifestyles – which are increasingly flexible and environmentally conscious. At this year’s FachPack in Nuremberg, Sonoco Europe will demonstrate that excellent branding, high convenience and sustainability can very well go hand in hand. At booth 5-319, hall 5, visitors will be able to see for themselves how it’s done: from all-around-decorated cardboard cans to individually shaped IML containers – Sonoco Europe offers individual packaging designed for individuals.

“We’re looking forward to FachPack because it will give us the opportunity to present our latest developments to a broad audience of packaging and industry experts, while at the same time discussing important trends for the future”, says Séan Cairns, Vice President and General Manager Sonoco Consumer Products. “Not surprisingly, sustainability will continue to play a central role this year. Although our packaging solutions are already among the most sustainable in their segment, we’ll proudly present further improvements and innovations in Nuremberg.”

Cardboard ends for increased recyclability
Sonoco’s giveaway, which was specially manufactured for the FachPack, is a small snack can filled with freeze-dried fruit. It showcases how modern packaging solutions combine high sustainability with appealing design elements and convenience by featuring both a cardboard end and a digitally printed label. Digital printing offers an alternative to larger scale flexographic or gravure printing: since it doesn’t require the manufacturing of print cylinders or sleeves, it represents a flexible and cost-efficient way to quickly print smaller, yet high-quality batches of labels, which are ideal e.g. for seasonal or promotional products.

“It’s a great example of how you can further improve an already very sustainable packaging by changing or adding additional features like a paper bottom”, Cairns explains. “At Sonoco we prefer to see sustainability as a multifaceted concept rather than focusing on only one single aspect, such as recyclability. Of course, recyclability is an important component – but certainly not the only one that determines the sustainability of packaging.” An in-depth Piqet (Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool) analysis, which is displayed at the Sonoco booth, will therefore invite visitors to discuss and also compare different packaging solutions with regard to six different evaluation criteria, including CO2 emissions, energy consumption, and recyclability. With the help of Piqet spider graphs, developers can compare e.g. Sonoco’s cardboard cans with alternative packaging solutions, identify advantages, and discuss how to further improve sustainability.

“For instance, if you’re searching for a packaging for a less delicate product like sweets or cereal, you can choose a non-aluminium lining and a cardboard bottom for your cardboard can”, said Cairns. The cardboard bottom is manufactured in the new DRECE (Deep Recessed Exposed Cut Edge) design. DRECE ends as well as Sonoco’s EcoSeal end are currently being tested by several Sonoco customers who are considering replacing their standard tin ends with cardboard.” For sensible products such as coffee or infant formula, Sonoco offers alternative solutions to aluminium linings such SiOx (silicone oxide) barriers. “We are working around the clock on sustainable options and testing new materials”, explains Cairns, “I am also proud to say that our In-Mould-Labelling (IML) solutions currently already achieve recyclability rates of up to 98 percent.”

Design and convenience are what win over consumers
The design of Sonoco’s FachPack booth is intended to highlight packaging solutions like the give-away snack can. Consisting of a kitchen, a living room and a supermarket, it displays Sonoco’s cardboard and IML solutions in the settings where they win over consumers with their outstanding design and convenience features. IML solutions for yoghurt products, for example, provide visitors with a clear view of their contents, and can be found in the kitchen area. Snack cans demonstrate their reclosability and are waiting on the living room coffee table. Another type of innovative product on display: cardboard cans for spices and spice mixtures from the start-up justspices, which will feature prominently in the supermarket area of the booth. Other brands showcased include mymuesli, Emmi and Rügenwalder.
(Sonoco Consumer Products Europe GmbH)

Metsä Board to apply for an environmental permit for the planned new recovery boiler at its ...

Metsä Board to apply for an environmental permit for the planned new recovery boiler at its ...  (Company news)

...Husum mill in Sweden

On 26 April 2019 Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, announced that it will launch pre-engineering for the first phase of the planned renewal of its Husum pulp mill (photo) in Sweden. The first phase of the renewal consists of a new recovery boiler and a new turbine. Metsä Board estimated earlier that the final decision on the planned investment could be made in the fourth quarter of 2019, at the earliest. The estimate was based on an assumption that the new boiler can be operated under the existing environmental permit.

The competent authority in Sweden, Länsstyrelsen, has decided that the planned new recovery boiler will require an amendment in the environmental permit. Metsä Board has readiness to apply for an amended permit immediately. Similar permit processes in Sweden have typically taken between 6 and 12 months. Based on the decision by Länsstyrelsen, Metsä Board now estimates that the final investment decision for the first phase of the renewal can be made in the second quarter of 2020, at the earliest.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Arctic Paper S.A., Q2/H12019: Greater flexibility in production opens for new business

Arctic Paper S.A., Q2/H12019: Greater flexibility in production opens for new business  (Company news)

•Q2consolidated sales revenue was PLN 762.5m(EUR 1177.6m).
•EBITDA in Q2was PLN 90.5m(EUR 121.1m).
•EBIT in Q2was PLN 69.9m(EUR 116.3m)and net profit PLN 47.7m(EUR 111.1m).
•The Arctic Paper Kostrzyn investment in increased capacity and greater flexibility for PM1 is finalized and fully operational, opening for a wider range of graphic and kraft paper products.
•The paper profit improvement program is running as planned, and the shared services centre opened in Kostrzyn during the summer.
•Sale of the Mochenwangen mill land resulted in one-off revenue of PLN 18m.
•Rottneros AB reached record-high pulp production with 9 percent net profit growth.

“On the consolidated level, the result continues to be strong. The combination of pulp and paper stabilizesour results,as fluctuations in the two segments offset each other. Our growing business in kraft paper has resulted in 3,000 tonnes of new volumeduring the first half of 2019.” Michal Jarczyński (photo), CEO of Arctic Paper S.A.

During the second quarter of 2019, Arctic Paper Group reached a turnover of PLN 762.5 million (compared to PLN 784.1 million in Q22018) with an EBITDA of PLN 90.5 million (vs. PLN 65.9 million). On the consolidated level, the result continues to be strong. The combination of pulp and paper stabilizes our results, as the fluctuations on the two segments offset each other.

The paper segment generated a turnover of PLN 537.6 million (vs. PLN 558.8 million in Q2 2018) with an EBITDA of PLN 35.4 million (vs. PLN 19.7 million), of which PLN 18 million is non-recurring revenue attributable to the sale of the land at the Mochenwangen mill. Production during Q2 was 147,000 tonnes (vs. 160,000) and during the first half of 2019 production was 296,000 tonnes (vs. 326,000in H1 2018).

Our paper business is still operating in a challenging and highly competitive environment, even though we have seen a tendency towards more favourable market conditions during the second quarter. Pulp prices have decreased by 10 percent on average, while our revenue per tonne, due to price adjustments and a better product mix, has increased by 4.6 percent compared to Q22018. Our biggest challenge now is to compensate for the lower demand for graphical paper by introducing new products in other segments and maximizing the output from our mills. Our growing business in kraft paper has resulted in 3,000 tonnes of new volume during the first half of 2019. The investment in expanded capacity at Arctic Paper Kostrzyn was finalized during Q2 and the modernized PM1 is now in production. The investment of EUR 10m opens up a wider range of products and qualities to be produced, both graphical and kraft paper, thus making the mill much more flexible. The share ofpremium and speciality products represented 28 percent of total sales during the first half of 2019(vs 26 percent in H1 2018).

The profit improvement program, with the ambition to generate annual cost savings of approximately PLN 40 million from 2020,is on-track and running as planned. During the summer our new shared services centre for Group supporting functions openedin Kostrzyn. For Rottneros AB, of which the Arctic Paper Group owns 51 percent, net turnover increased by 1 percent to SEK 582 million (vs SEK 576 millionin Q2 2018) and EBITDA by 11 percent to SEK 131 million (vs SEK 118millionin Q2 2018). We are persistent in defending and restoring our margins. We are therefore working hard to lower our costs, increase productivity and accelerate the reshaping of our product portfolio. The necessary changes will take time to implement, but during the second quarter we started to see some early effects of our efforts. (Michal Jarczyński, CEO of Arctic Paper S.A.)
(Arctic Paper S.A.)

Avery Dennison Store of the Future to transport visitors into ‘A Connected World’ at ...

Avery Dennison Store of the Future to transport visitors into ‘A Connected World’ at ...  (Company news)

..Labelexpo Europe 2019

Avery Dennison will take visitors to Labelexpo Europe on a journey through the industries being transformed by intelligent labels as they join live RFID and NFC demonstrations and immerse themselves in the next evolution of shopping.

Radio-frequency identification technology and near-field communications are just two of the technologies that will be on display in Avery Dennison’s Store of the Future, part of “A Connected World”, one of four world of discovery areas on exhibit. “We are creating an interactive environment in which Labelexpo visitors will be able to experience the speed and efficiency of inventory accuracy with RFID and feel the ease of autonomous checkout -- all while getting a first-hand, interactive view into the shopping environment of the future,” said Francisco Melo, vice president and general manager, RFID. There will also be opportunities to see how NFC technology enables consumer engagement with features like augmented reality or connectivity with other online platforms.

Featured product lines in the Connected World include:
• RFID for metals and liquids -- With Avery Dennison On-Metal tags, metals and packages containing liquids are no longer a barrier to RFID adoption and the compelling ROI it offers in segments like beauty and food.
• WaveSafe™ RFID tag -- The first microwave-safe RFID tag, WaveSafe™ tags are specially designed for item-level tagging of chilled and frozen packaged foods. WaveSafe™ tags eliminate the fire risk from microwaving RFID-labeled food packages, while still delivering highly accurate read rates and item tracking. And they are TÜV-certified, so compliance is assured.
• ConnectIC® FlexICs by PragmatIC® -- Avery Dennison is partnering with PragmatIC®, a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics, to develop inlays for multiple market applications. Bringing together expertise from the two companies to deliver practical high-volume packaging solutions, this unique electronics platform delivers high frequency flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) thinner than a human hair that can easily be embedded into multiple substrates.

“In the future, everything we buy and use will soon have a unique digital identity and the ability to connect to the internet—and everything else,” said Jasper Zonnenberg, senior global marketing director for Intelligent Labels. What will this connected universe look like for brands? For consumers? How will labeling and packaging play a role? “We look forward to engaging with visitors to answer those questions and more at this year’s Labelexpo.”

Labelexpo Europe runs September 24-27, 2019, at the Brussels Expo. Visit Avery Dennison at Booth #A31 in Exhibition Hall 5.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Valmet to deliver TwinRoll dewatering press to Metsä Board in Finland

Valmet to deliver TwinRoll dewatering press to Metsä Board in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver, install and start-up TwinRoll™ dewatering press (photo) to Metsä Board Joutseno mill in Finland. The start-up is planned for October 2020.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 2.5-3.5 million.

“Metsä Board is investing in improving the energy efficiency of its Joutseno chemi-mechanical pulp mill. This investment increases the dry matter content of the pulp going to drying and saves energy for drying. Natural gas consumption will be reduced by 20 percent,” says Toni Tahvanainen, Vice President and Mill manager, Metsä Board, Joutseno pulp mill.

“Metsä Board decided to place this order with Valmet based on our good references for TwinRoll presses. It is an important milestone for Valmet to install the largest VPE press type in to a bleached chemi-thermomechanical mill for the first time in Finland. The press will enable Metsä Board to increase and stabilize the pulp consistency to the flash drying, thus reducing impact to the environment,” says Lari Lammi, Senior Process Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
The scope of Valmet’s supply includes one TwinRoll dewatering press type VPE 1245 for bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp production.
(Valmet Corporation)



This announcement is made by the Company pursuant to Rule 13.09 of the Listing Rules and the Inside Information Provisions under Part XIVA of the SFO.

Photo: Ms. Cheung Yan, Chairlady of Nine Dragons Paper

The Board wishes to inform the shareholders of the Company and potential investors that, based on the preliminary review of the management accounts of the Group, if the exchange losses on operating and financing activities net of tax were excluded, the profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the year ended 30 June 2019 is to be expected to decrease not more than 50% as compared to the Last Year. The decrease was mainly due to decrease in the selling price of the products and decrease in profit margin of the Group.

The profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the Last Year was RMB7,868.8 million if the exchange losses on operating and financing activities net of tax amounted to RMB20.7 million were excluded.

Shareholders of the Company and potential investors are advised to exercise caution when dealing in the shares of the Company.

As the Company is in the course of preparing its annual results for the Year, the information contained in this announcement is only a preliminary assessment by the Board based on the information currently available. The preliminary annual results of the Group for the Year as provided in this announcement have not been audited or reviewed by the Company’s auditor or the audit committee of the Board, and will be subject to change and finalisation. The annual results of the Group for the Year is expected to be published before the end of September 2019. Shareholders of the Company and potential investors are advised to exercise caution when dealing in the shares of the Company.

At the date of this announcement, the Executive Directors of the Company are Ms. Cheung Yan, Mr. Liu Ming Chung, Mr. Zhang Cheng Fei, Mr. Lau Chun Shun, Mr. Kn Liu, Mr. Zhang Lianpeng and Mr. Zhang Yuanfu; and the Independent Non-Executive Directors are Ms. Tam Wai Chu, Maria, Mr. Ng Leung Sing, Mr. Lam Yiu Kin and Mr. Chen Kefu.
(Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited)

SCA invests in Obbola kraftliner mill

SCA invests in Obbola kraftliner mill  (Company news)

SCA to build a new paper machine for the production of kraftliner at its Obbola paper mill in Umeå. The annual production in Obbola will increase from the current 450,000 tonnes of kraftliner to 725,000 tonnes to meet the growing demand for renewable packaging. The investment amount is SEK 7.5 billion.

Photo: Obbola Paper Mill. Picture byline: Bergslagsbild

SCA produces kraftliner – paper for transport packaging – at the paper mills in Obbola (Umeå) and Munksund (Piteå). SCA has decided to invest to increase kraftliner capacity to 725,000 tonnes of kraftliner per year, an increase of 275,000 tonnes. The new paper machine will start operation in the first quarter of 2023.

The total investment amounts to SEK 7.5 billion over a five-year period. The investment replaces necessary reinvestments in Obbola of approximately SEK 2.5 billion. The investment will be mainly financed by operating cash flow, complemented by regular group financing acitivities.

In addition to the Obbola paper mill, SCA also produces kraftliner at Munksund paper mill in Piteå. Over the past twelve months SCA’s kraftliner operations had an EBITDA margin of 35%. With a kraftliner trend price of EUR 600 per tonne, the investment is expected to generate an annual EBITDA improvement of approximately SEK 800-1,000 million after full ramp-up.

A profitable investment
Demand for paper based packaging is growing. This trend is being driven by a number of factors – increased e-commerce, a growing population and the ambition to reduce the use of plastic.
“This is a profitable investment in a growing segment,” says CEO Ulf Larsson. “We expect the investment to be profitable already during the first year of operation and to contribute positively to the return on capital from our industrial operations.”

“With the investment in Obbola we can meet the increased demand for sustainable packaging,” says Mats Nordlander, President, Paper. “We have access to high-quality wood fiber from Norrland. We have efficient and reliable supply of wood and logistic operations. As a result of this investment in the markets’s most advanced kraftliner machine with the best available technology, we will considerably improve the mill’s competitiveness, cost position and product quality.”

Full production during construction
The new paper machine is being constructed in a new building in line with the current paper machine. As a result the plant will be in full production during the entire construction period before switching over from the old machine to the new one ahead of the start up in 2023. The new plant’s ramp-up to full capacity is expected to take three years.

The total investment amount of SEK 7.5 billion includes investments in environmental improvements of approximately SEK 1 billion, including a reduction in the need for oil by 8,000 cubic meters per year and improvements in the water treatment capacity. Following the investment, SCA’s own industrial processes will be 97 per cent fossil-free.
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

Digital label finishing live at Labelexpo Europe

Digital label finishing live at Labelexpo Europe  (Company news)

At this year's Labelexpo Europe Leonhard Kurz will be presenting the digital metallization of labels using its DM-Jetliner embellishing unit in-line with a HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press. During the show visitors will see live production of narrow-web labels with metallization applied before print and then overprinted by the press, achieving a colorful and high brilliance effect. This unique narrow web application and configuration was presented for the first time in February 2019 at HP Indigo's Global VIP customer event in Israel. Those who could not be at the event will now have two opportunities to see it in Brussels: at the Kurz booth as well as at the HP booth.

Flat, ultra-thin metallization developed for web-fed applications
At the Kurz booth, a DM-Jetliner will be connected in-line, upstream to the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press. In the first step, a digital metallization will be applied to the web-fed labels by the DM-Jetliner unit, in a process Kurz calls 'Digital Metal'. Then, in one pass, the metallized labels will be multi-color overprinted by the HP Indigo 6900. Visitors to the Kurz booth will be able to see just how seamlessly metallization and color printing can be combined. One of the key features of the Digital Metal process is the flat application of the metallization. This characteristic is perfect for finishing web-fed labels, as no distortion of the extremely thin and flat coated labels occurs as they are wound up, so the labels can be further processed without problems. Other core benefits of the Digital Metal process are variable data in precious metal tones, reliable register accuracy between metallization and color printing and a high brilliance metallic effect. The DM-Jetliner is currently the only machine in the world that supports this type of finishing of web-fed labels.

Holographic effects shimmer through the color printing
Digital Metal finishing can be thought of as a fifth color in the printing process, which enables unique combinations of metallization and color printing. Various features of this unique technology combination will be demonstrated at the show. A wide variety of label applications for the beverages, personal care, and detergent industries will be presented. The labels will be metallized in pure silver or in vivid metallic colors achieved by overprinting, and also decorated with variable elements. An especially striking effect can be achieved by overprinting diffractive Digital Metal designs with color, since at certain viewing angles, a rainbow color shift shines through the luminous metallic tones. These iridescent rainbow effects will also be created in a live application at the Kurz booth 3D40. In addition, numerous label designs will be displayed to illustrate the broad spectrum of design possibilities.
(Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG)

Mimaki Unlocks Latest Innovations at FESPA Africa 2019

Mimaki Unlocks Latest Innovations at FESPA Africa 2019  (Company news)

Under the theme ‘Imagine the Future of Print’, Mimaki Europe will take visitors to FESPA Africa 2019 (Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa – 11-13 September 2019) on a journey through its cost-effective and profit-generating printing solutions. Represented by its established distributor in Africa, Graphix Supply World (GSW) on stand D21-43, hall 3, the leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems will demonstrate how businesses can use Mimaki technology to support increased revenues, address new markets and drive pioneering application possibilities.

Mimaki’s brand new JFX200-2513 EX large flatbed UV inkjet printer (photo) will be exhibited in Africa for the first time at the exhibition. With a new print mode and an extra printhead, the JFX200-2513 EX boasts substantial productivity increases on previous JFX models – when printing in four colours plus white it reaches a 280% speed increase in draft mode, and is 100% faster in all other print modes. Its predecessor, the JFX200-2513, however will not be replaced by the new model, but offered to the market at a new attractive price point.

Also equipped with Mimaki’s cutting-edge 2.5D Texture Maker, the JFX200-2513 EX uniquely enables smooth embossed print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects at the touch of a button. Designed for supreme simplicity and ease of use, as well as for increased productivity, the Mimaki layering technology opens up new and valuable application opportunities for customers. Eliminating the previous time-consuming and skilled process of creating multiple Photoshop files featuring stacked stepped layers for smooth expression, Mimaki’s genuine RIP software ‘RaterLink6Plus’ completes the process in seconds. Ideal for demanding production workflows, the JFX200-2513 EX prints on substrates up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm (98.4″ x 51.2″), in a wide variety of materials including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood, cardboard and metal.

“Mimaki has a history of pioneering innovation and continues that vision, maintaining its position at the forefront of advancements in digital printing. Each new technology that we introduce has been developed to support our customers’ success today and to support their future growth for tomorrow too,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe.

Mimaki will also expound the benefits of its latest 3D printing solution, the 3DFF-222, at FESPA Africa. Based on Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and using PLA material, the 3DFF-222 is designed to enable sign and display printers to produce jigs used in direct-to-object printing in-house. The 3D printer will be combined with the Mimaki UJF MkII series in Johannesburg to illustrate to visitors how production costs can be reduced and new profitable markets reached by introducing the 3D printer to their businesses and employing it to its full capacity. Full colour and fine detail models produced by the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer will also be exhibited on the stand.

GSW executives will furthermore reveal details of an upcoming product release at the show. As part of this, FESPA Africa visitors will get exclusive insights on the SWJ-320EA solvent printer and how it will build on the legacy of Mimaki innovation.

“We are delighted to share some of our latest innovations at FESPA Africa and we strongly believe that our technology enables printers from the region to stand out from the crowd. Epitomising our show theme ‘Imagine the Future of Print’ and building on our industry-acclaimed printing platforms, we will empower our visitors to become forward-thinkers, boost productivity and ensure healthy margins,” concludes Benckhuysen.
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

Mondi ‘SizeMeMailer’ wins ScanStar 2019 award for reducing environmental footprint for ...

Mondi ‘SizeMeMailer’ wins ScanStar 2019 award for reducing environmental footprint for ...  (Company news) shopping

Leading global packaging and paper group Mondi, has a long tradition of producing innovative corrugated packaging that is sustainable by design. One of the most recent innovations, the e-shop SizeMeMailer (photo) was honoured with a ScanStar 2019 award, with the jury highlighting the positive environmental credentials that this innovative product can offer e-retailers.

The e-shop SizeMeMailer sets out to challenge the market standards for slim line packaging in e-commerce.

Advantages of The SizeMeMailer include:
-100% recyclable made from sustainably-sourced corrugated material
-Less raw materials used to make the product
-More cost effective for e-retailers with lower overall packaging costs
-Adjusts to three different height levels depending on the product to be inserted in the packaging
-E-retailers spend less on transport/ shipping costs as it takes up less space
-Tamper resistant due to its integrated side walls so e-retailers spend less on damage/ potential theft

“We wanted to create a pull-up design offering our customers a packaging solution that can be filled faster than any other existing product, while being 100% recyclable,” says Michał Ryfiński, Key Account Designer, Corrugated Packaging, Mondi Warszawa.

“We took a holistic view from the start of the creative process as we believe fit-for-purpose packaging minimises envirionmental impact in line with circular economy principles and offers the greatest protection for each product. The SizeMeMailer meets this ambition and gives our customers a highly effective packaging solution,” says Jan-Willem Kleppers, Sales & Marketing Director of Mondi Corrugated.

Mondi’s vision is to contribute to a better world through more sustainable packaging. Taking a pro-active approach to sustainable development is key to helping customers meet their own sustainability targets and vital for addressing the environmental challenges facing the planet.
(Mondi Warszawa Sp. z o.o.)

ANDRITZ to supply three paper machine approach flow systems to Hamburger Rieger in Germany

ANDRITZ to supply three paper machine approach flow systems to Hamburger Rieger in Germany  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Hamburger Rieger GmbH, Papierfabrik Spremberg, to supply three paper machine approach flow systems as well as broke screening for the new greenfield production line PM2 in Spremberg, Germany. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2020.

Photo: ANDRITZ ModuScreen HBE screen © ANDRITZ

The paper machine, with a total capacity of 500,000 tons per year, will produce both brown and white top test liner. The PMA systems for the top and back layers will be equipped with ANDRITZ ShortFlow Deaeration systems, comprising deaerators, the corresponding vacuum pumps, as well as the proven ModuScreen HBE screens for stock and dilution water screening. The patented ShortFlow Deaeration system enables effective air removal with partial deaeration. In comparison with conventional deaeration concepts on the market, ShortFlow Deaeration has an extremely small footprint.

The third PMA system will supply the back layer headbox with white water for cross-profile control. A two-stage broke screening system completes the scope of supply.

Hamburger Rieger is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division of the Austrian Prinzhorn Group. The RiegerLiner, RiegerTop and SpreeWhite product lines have made the company the market leader in the white-covered corrugated board sector. Producing two million tons in seven plants, Hamburger Containerboard is one of the leading producers of high-quality corrugated board in Europe.
(Andritz AG)

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE: Exhibiting at FachPack 2019 in Nürnberg

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE: Exhibiting at FachPack 2019 in Nürnberg  (Company news)

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE will again be present at this year's FachPack in Nürnberg (Hall 9 / booth 461).

This year, the specialist paper manufacturer will focus on recyclable packaging for the food and beverage market.
In addition to the natural barrier solutions based on renewable raw materials, DREWSEN will highlight its newly developed range of paper grades for drinking straws.

Photo: Drinking straws, which are used in huge volumes, especially in the fast food industry, can easily be made from paper. A food-safe kraft paper is wound into a hollow tube and glued.

Thanks to its innovative approach to the ever-changing demands of today's paper requirements, DREWSEN continually updates and improves its range of products.

In addition, DREWSEN invites visitors and interested parties to discuss brand protection. Packaging papers can also include a wide range of bespoke security features – always with the aim of providing optimal counterfeit protection of the product.

EPCM services for the production capacity increase project

EPCM services for the production capacity increase project  (Company news)

Bracell, a global leader in the production of dissolving wood pulp, has awarded Pöyry with an EPCM assignment to develop the BoP (Balance of Plant) of the Star Project.

Pöyry's services include interconnections between all process areas, turbo generators and steam distribution systems, the water cooling centre and other complementary systems.

The new mill located in Lençóis Paulista, state of São Paulo, will increase its current production capacity of 250,000 tons to 1.5 million tons per year. The new mill will be a flexible line, designed primarily to produce dissolving pulp to supply internal integrated demand.

Pöyry has been involved with the Star Project since the beginning and was responsible for conceptual study, environmental licensing support, basic engineering, and detail engineering for the site infrastructure and access road duplication.

The completion of the Star Project is scheduled for 2021.
(Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)

Valmet extends roll service agreement with SCG Packaging in Southeast Asia region

Valmet extends roll service agreement with SCG Packaging in Southeast Asia region  (Company news)

Valmet and SCG Packaging have signed a two-year roll recovering service agreement to serve SCG’s all subsidiaries in Southeast Asia region, which include Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd., Thai Cane Paper Public Co., Ltd., Thai Paper Co., Ltd., Phoenix Pulp & Paper Public Co., Ltd., and Vina Kraft Paper Co., Ltd.

The value of the agreement will not be disclosed. The agreement has been effective as of May 1, 2019.

Photo From left: Mahisorn Sornjaroon (Siam Kraft Industry), Sumana Techaphatikun, Ekaraj Niroj (both from SCG Packaging PCL), Wiwat Walaipachara, Sangchai Wiriyaumpaiwong (both from Siam Kraft Industry), Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Ravinder Sachdev, Polchai Jungsawat, Kengkarn Jangsatiansuk (all from Valmet) and Ekapod Chuwiwat (Siam Kraft Industry)

Continuation of good cooperation
Valmet has already been providing roll services to SCG’s two subsidiaries in Thailand since 2000. In addition, Valmet has also been serving SCG Packaging’s subsidiary United Pulp & Paper Public Co., Ltd. in Philippines’ mill since 2018.

The new roll service agreement will extend the roll recovering service to SCG’s all paper mills including packaging paper and fine paper in Thailand and Vietnam. With this new agreement, Valmet will be responsible for all the roll recovering services consisting of rubber, polyurethane and composite covering for all rolls.

“Valmet’s Service Center in Laem Chabang, Thailand, has the world class technology to serve our customers in the region. We just expanded our service operations on the roll composite covering facilities and it’s definitely supporting us to help our customers to achieve their targets,” says Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Director, SEA region, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM1 at Gulf Paper Manufacturing on a turnkey basis

Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM1 at Gulf Paper Manufacturing on a turnkey basis  (Company news)

Gulf Paper Manufacturing selected Toscotec for the rebuild of the dryer section of its PM1 at Mina Abdullah paper mill, Kuwait. The paper machine has a reel trim of 2,550 mm and produces fluting, test liner and white top grades from 100 to 200 gsm using 100% recycled fibres. Start-up is planned for the last quarter of 2019.

Toscotec will supply 24 TT SteelDryers, with a maximum operating steam pressure of 10 bar and a design speed of 800 mpm. The dryer section’s driving system with obsolete gears will be replaced by a silent drive system. The scope also includes the lubrication unit for the new dryer section and it will be especially designed for the high-temperature working environment of the mill. The supply is on a turnkey basis, including the erection, commissioning and start-up.

The target of the rebuild is to boost the drying capacity, thanks to the TT SteelDryers. The dryer section’s length will remain unchanged.

Enrico Fazio, Toscotec’s P&B Head of Sales, comments, “This new project consolidates our presence in the Middle East region, where we have delivered over 100 TT SteelDryers since the mid-1990s. We are very happy to start this cooperation with Gulf Paper Manufacturing, who is a very well established producer and renowned company in the Middle East. I am confident that the rebuild will meet their production targets, thanks to TT SteelDryer’s advanced technology.”

Mr Ghaleb Al-Hadhrami, Gulf Paper Manufacturing Projects & Development Manager, says, “We had known each other for many years, but didn’t get the chance to cooperate. This is the first project that we do together, and we hope i twill be the first of many in the years to come. We were impressed by the remarkable reference list of TT SteelDryers and other equipment. We got to know the people and the company, including its ability to manage complex turnkey projects. This is why we decided to select Toscotec for this important rebuild, where we expect to exceed our targets.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

DS Smith Optimises Zalando's Shipping Packaging: Quickly Packed, Quickly Delivered

DS Smith Optimises Zalando's Shipping Packaging: Quickly Packed, Quickly Delivered   (Company news)

In order to speed up the packaging processes in its logistics centres, Zalando has re-designed its most common shipping packaging size. The display and packaging manufacturer DS Smith is the development partner and supplier of the optimised solution. Now, the shipping box features an automatic bottom that can be unfolded more quickly instead of the previous folder-type variant. At the same time, the auto-bottom variant helps Zalando to improve its eco-balance. A sturdier packing scheme not only allows more cartons to be transported per pallet. It also eliminates the need for stretching with film for transport safety. In annual terms, Zalando saves over 200 truck loads and 370,000 m² of film. DS Smith's tailor-made packaging design is convincing along the entire supply chain and underpins the packaging manufacturer's high level of expertise in e-commerce.

Caption: Uwe Streiber, Lead Packaging Management (centre) and Alex Astanin, Junior Manager Packaging Management (right), both from Zalando SE, are enthusiastic about the re-design of the packaging. Thanks to its automatic bottom, the optimised solution (right in picture) saves valuable seconds in erecting compared to the old folder-type packaging (left in picture). The solution was developed by the display and packaging strategist DS Smith (here represented by the Key Account Manager, Rainer Büttner, left). Picture source: DS Smith

In 2018, fashion-loving online shoppers pressed the “buy now” button more than 116 million times in Zalando's web shop. As a result, over 28 percent more orders were received than in the previous year. Highly efficient processes are required in the warehouse and logistics centres to ensure that goods reach customers punctually and safely despite the growing volume of orders. Every second counts, especially at the packing tables, in order to fulfil the customers' expectations and wishes for short delivery times in the best possible way. For this reason, Zalando wanted to change its most frequently used packaging size, which corresponds to the volume of two standardised shoe boxes, to an automatic bottom variant, which can be unfolded more quickly. DS Smith's display and packaging strategists were commissioned with this design change. Their auto-bottom solution follows industrial standards and meets the high load requirements with a stacking crush resistance of 1,400 Newton.

“So far, the feedback from the locations regarding the packaging solution optimised by DS Smith has been consistently positive,” says Alex Astanin, Junior Manager Packaging Management at Zalando SE. “The time saved by the colleagues in the logistics centres during the packing process is significant.” Zalando will therefore roll out the shipping carton successively in all locations, adds the Packaging Manager. Not least because the new auto-bottom packaging from DS Smith not only saves time but also has considerable ecological benefits. Thanks to the sturdier packing scheme, pallets can be used more efficiently when transporting the cartons. The better capacity utilisation is expected to save 200 truck loads per year. At the same time, the company can do without the traditional stretching with film. According to Zalando, the omission of the approximately eight tonnes of film per year alone will reduce its ecological footprint by 20 tonnes of CO2.

“Zalando wants to become the leading platform for sustainable fashion in Europe,” stresses Uwe Streiber, Lead Packaging Management at Zalando SE. “For us, packaging is a strategic topic with great potential for brand building. To achieve our goals, we work closely with partners such as DS Smith, who support us with their packaging expertise in developing sustainable solutions and guarantee consistently high quality in production, even with large quantities and short delivery times.”
(DS Smith Packaging Division, Display/Packaging/Service)

Heimbach and AstenJohnson cancel the merger of their PMC businesses

Heimbach and AstenJohnson cancel the merger of their PMC businesses  (Company news)

The Heimbach management announces that the proposed transaction to merge the Heimbach and AstenJohnson PMC businesses has been called off. While both companies have a high level of respect for each other and saw great potential to merge, the obstacles proved too great to overcome at this time.

Heimbach will continue to focus on our strong and international Paper Machine Clothing (PMC) and Technical Textiles businesses while searching for future strategic growth opportunities.

"Although we are all disappointed that the PMC merger is not taking place now, we will be writing the next chapter in our more than 200-year history on our own. Our innovative products, outstanding quality and competent technical service provide the best conditions for this. In this way, we will remain a reliable partner for our paper industry customers and gain new ones," says Peter Michels, Managing Director.
(Heimbach GmbH)

Changes in the ANDRITZ AG Executive Board

Changes in the ANDRITZ AG Executive Board  (Company news)

Mark von Laer, who has been Chief Financial Officer of ANDRITZ AG since March 1, 2017, will leave ANDRITZ AG at the end of 2019. The Supervisory Board has appointed Norbert Nettesheim (photo) as his successor, effective as of December 1, 2019.

Norbert Nettesheim was born in 1962 and has a degree in business administration from the University of Cologne. He has extensive experience in project business and spent by far the greater part of his career in managerial positions with increasing responsibility at the Voith Group, including the position of commercial director in various group companies and most recently as head of Group Controlling, Accounting and Investments at Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA.

The positions of the other Executive Board members of ANDRITZ AG remain unchanged.
(Andritz AG)

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