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Newsgrafik #117618

BillerudKorsnäs: Good prospects  (Company news)

CEO Per Lindberg (photo) comments on the development during Q2 2017:
“The market for sustainable packaging materials and solutions remains very encouraging. We delivered a stable result in the second quarter, despite the pressure from costs of external factors and the major disruption at Gruvön, which was communicated in May.

Looking ahead, we see that the path we have chosen is the right one. Markets are performing strongly over the short term, and in the long term the trend points to companies being ambitious in their sustainability efforts both in their business operations and their products. The prospects for growth are good.”

We delivered solid operating profit of SEK 489 million. Production was relatively stable and we had planned maintenance shutdowns at three of our production units over the quarter, which cost SEK 25 million more than we had estimated. In addition, we had SEK 25 million in costs for the shutdown of the pulp line for the fluting machine at Gruvön, which we communicated separately, as well as additional costs related to Rockhammar of approximately SEK 30 million. Our results were also negatively affected by increased costs of deliveries due to the strike at the Port of Gothenburg.

The business areas showed stable performance over the quarter on a strong market and we see some positive development in local prices. Consumer Board is showing volume growth of around 6% compared with the first half of last year.

The strong performance in the market by all business areas is expected to continue over the next quarter. The outlook is good and there are opportunities for further price increases, particularly in the Packaging Paper and Corrugated Solutions business areas.

Primary fibre-based material with high sustainability performance is our core business, but alongside this, our solutions-based offerings are growing rapidly. This is being driven by both demand for a comprehensive offering in which the material is a key component, and by other types of solutions and packaging services. We are seeing a trend of packaging gaining an increasingly important role in many brand owners’ efforts to make their products more competitive. The sustainability performance of packaging is particularly important. This continues to give us great confidence in our products and our development.

We are continually reviewing and updating our growth strategy, but our chosen approach remains in place and we are firm in our belief in our clear focus on the effectiveness, sustainability and innovation of both new materials and new solutions and offerings. Achieving long-term growth requires resources and investments, along with a balance between a strong proactive approach and a focus on the right initiatives.

Packaging generates significant value for virtually all product value chains, and BillerudKorsnäs aims to shift its position forward in these chains. These efforts have created opportunities to develop new end-to-end solutions together with other companies such as our cooperation with Bosch on Axello Zap. This solution, which has only been in place for a year, is an example of where we see growing interest in end-to-end solutions with the potential to replace conventional packaging with more sustainable options. Also, it recently won a prize at Packaging Europe’s Sustainability Awards in the Bio-based Packaging category.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB)

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Esko to bring efficiencies in end-to-end label workflow at Labelexpo Europe 2017  (Company news)

Esko ( will showcase many innovative prepress solutions for brand owners and label converters at Labelexpo Europe 2017, September 25 to 28, in Brussels. These solutions will address various business challenges of brand owners as well as converters across the end-to-end label workflow.

“On stand 3C50, visitors will see solutions that simplify many steps in the process of label production throughout each stage of the workflow,” said Udo Panenka, President of Esko. “Our range of solutions shorten the lead time by cutting time out of processes, reducing the risk for errors and assuring high consistent output quality.”

Labels Simplified — Innovations that help overcome growing complexity
Brand owners require a higher number of different print-runs produced faster to even “just in time” in lower quantities. Converters need to respond to these requirements with a more efficient and integrated production workflow that can involve a mix of print environments.

For label and packaging converters, Esko solutions are designed to improve lead-time and equipment utilization, reduce errors, and assure high consistent output quality. The result is an overall improved efficiency of the entire operation, from incoming order to the delivery of the printed and finished materials.

At Labelexpo Europe, Esko will demonstrate how its innovations bring efficiency in each of the workflow steps of a prepress and flexo platemaking operation. Key workflow steps of focus are:
· Project management: Manage assets, approvals and projects from the initial concept to print-ready design, and connect ERP/MIS systems to workflow for smooth throughput and single data entry.
· Design: Hyper-realistic 3D mockups for presentation, proofing and QA.
· Prepress editing: Intuitive PDF editing with packaging-specific preflight functionality.
· Workflow: Easy to set up preconfigured workflows boost prepress throughput and automate quality assurance.
· Color and Printing: Color management supporting all printing processes and ink sets, even in mixed environments. X-Rite, a Danaher partner company, will be co-exhibiting with Esko at the show.
· Flexo platemaking: An innovative, streamlined, automated and coordinated platemaking process with guaranteed quality and consistency.

As previously announced, two new Esko turnkey workflow solutions will be publicly unveiled at Labelexpo Europe 2017:
· WebCenter Essentials for Labels: a turnkey project management bundle for label production
· Automation Engine Essentials for Labels: a turnkey workflow bundle for label prepress workflow automation

Esko joins forces with key industry suppliers
New to Labelexpo Europe is the Automation Arena, held in collaboration with Cerm, Esko, Xeikon, MPS, Kocher + Beck, AVT, Rotocontrol, Matho and Wasberger, featuring two automated press lines for digital and conventional label production from job creation through prepress, printing, finishing and invoicing. The Esko software platform with a focus on cost control and productivity optimization, will show support of an end-to-end label workflow with hyper realistic 3D viewing, web collaboration, PDF editing, content management, and quality assurance tools.

Esko is also teaming up with the widest range of industry partners ever at Labelexpo Europe 2017, ranging from digital printing, ERP/MIS integration and color management to flexo platemaking. Worldwide Esko sales and support experts will also be present to handle all enquiries.

Panenka concluded, “Our presence across the Labelexpo floor clearly demonstrates how Esko’s end-to end prepress solutions are essential to the future of the industry.”
(Esko Belgium)

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The Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A.) has developed a new packaging solution for drinks manufacturers: a box-ice bucket for bottles of wine and cava, designed by the Group’s Packaging Division, which cools drinks and maintains the appropriate temperature for consumption. You only need to empty a bag of ice inside and wait for 30 minutes. So what is the advantage over a traditional ice bucket?​

-It cools drinks and maintains the optimum temperature for consumption after emptying a bag of ice inside and waiting for 30 minutes
-This packaging is intended for the distribution sector, where it would act as a sales tool for the wine and cava industry
-Drink and ice bucket are sold together and easily transported as one single product

Basically, this is ready-to-use packaging that acts as a sales tool for the wine and cava industry. The box-ice bucket is packaging with high quality printing to be placed on shelves at points of sale, where it becomes a medium for communication and a marketing tool to attract the attention of consumers and to strengthen sales. In addition, the wine or cava and the ice bucket are sold together in this packaging format and transported as one single product.

Carlos Larriba, director of Europac’s Packaging Division tells us, "these developments demonstrate Europac's commitment to acting as a strategic partner that brings value both to its customers and to its customers’ customers through innovative packaging solutions."

The box-ice bucket is a solid structure, which allows the bottle to be safely carried by a handle. Another noteworthy feature of the product - an internal development by Europac - is the absence of joints, which prevents the water from the melted ice penetrating the box’s structure. Once used, it becomes recoverable waste that is recycled and converted into raw material for manufacturing paper.
(Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.)

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Picture: Avery Dennison® Advanced Adhesives portfolio improves performance, productivity and sustainability. (Photos: Avery Dennison, PR364)

Under the theme 'a grip on any challenge', Avery Dennison is launching an Advanced Adhesives portfolio that expands converters’ options with four new adhesive choices - including a clear non-yellowing hotmelt adhesive for chilled food applications; a reclosure adhesive with high solvent resistance for household wipes; a compostable adhesive for fruit and vegetable packaging; and a heat-activated adhesive for automotive textile labelling.

Rene van der Graaff, principal scientist at Avery Dennison, said that the crucial role of adhesives is sometimes underestimated when finding the right label for your application challenge: “Our adhesives offer a whole range of benefits, from productivity improvements through to enhanced shelf appeal. For example, the ‘no label’ look depends critically on an ultra-clear adhesive, and wet-wipes need reliable reclosure performance for very challenging pack contents. Important sustainability gains can also be made with the right adhesives – for example, by using a compostable adhesive that allows your complete package to carry an ‘OK Compost’ logo. We are developing new technologies all the time, which sometimes enhance existing solutions, bring additional functionality or create entirely new ways of doing things.”

A global R&D capability combined with an in-depth understanding of industries worldwide means that Avery Dennison is able to develop adhesives with highly targeted properties. Jasper Zonnenberg, director films at Avery Dennison, said that the primary goal of innovation is to continue to produce leading solutions for our customers: “We invented the self-adhesive label back in 1935, and ever since we have continued to engineer new adhesives that meet any application requirement and customer need. They suit applications across health and personal care, food, pharmaceuticals, wine, beer, beverages and logistics… for applications all the way from deep freeze adhesives to hot metal labelling. This portfolio offers converters improvements in sustainability, productivity and performance. Our advanced adhesives are a winning choice, and we provide comprehensive technical support in choosing the right adhesive for your application.”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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Maximum performance with modular service solutions  (Company news)

Valmet's modular service solutions offer pulp and papermakers clearer choices for the maintenance of rolls and equipment for fiber production. This helps fiber, board, paper and tissue makers to make wise maintenance choices, for efficiency and maximum performance.

Photo: Modularity streamlines maintenance lead time, makes our services more flexible and lets us meet each customer's service needs in an optimum way.

Valmet serves over 2,000 mills and plants worldwide from over 100 service locations. We want to serve our pulp and paper customers efficiently and transparently which has led to modularizing our maintenance services for rolls and equipment for fiber production.

Reaching improved performance together
Pulp and paper makers are constantly aiming at improving productivity, and for that reason the focus of the modular services is on maximizing performance. Mills can be actively involved in decision making and the choices have been made easy and clear.

Valmet can provide expert customized recommendations of optimal service solutions. Arne Wessbladh, Director of Workshop Services explains that Valmet experts will "work with mill personnel to find out what real issues they are facing and help find applicable solutions and answers to these specific needs." In this way, the mill can make an informed choice of what options suit their immediate and future needs the best. Additionally, upgrades and modernizations can be suggested as well as identification of processes and equipment where there is room for improvement in availability or performance.

Valmets technology and global expertise can complement the mill in its operations. The aim is that the mill gets the best out of Valmet as the partner. The customers do not have to worry about paying for unnecessary activities.

Modular service solutions
The modular maintenance of rolls and equipment for fiber production is divided into three modules. The MaintAce maintenance services include the basic services activities for keeping operations up and running. The ReconAce reconditioning services will bring equipment back to as-new levels. RunAce upgrade services bring additional benefits through tailored modernizations.

The modular approach means that the mill knows what to expect from each service solution. This also ensures purposeful service actions and best possible use of assets. Mill personnel can ensure the best availability and safety and save on maintenance costs.

Moreover, through RunAce upgrades and value-adding repairs, benefits can be seen through extended running time, better energy efficiency and runnability, and improved end product quality.

Uniform quality all over the globe
A globally uniform high quality is the core of Valmet's service operations. This is achieved through agreed standards and practices all around the world.

Timo Karonen, Global Technology Manager for Roll Maintenance Services, explains how mills will benefit from modular service solutions: "The modularity clarifies service-related communication between the mill and Valmet and minimizes the chances of any misunderstandings. It also streamlines maintenance lead time, makes our services more flexible and lets us meet each customer's service needs in the optimum way."

RunAce upgrade services - Upgraded performance
RunAce offers updates to existing products with modern features, based on customer data, for performance and productivity enhancements.
ReconAce reconditioning services - As good as new

ReconAce ensures that components meet their original requirements - proposing and performing agreed additional work and component replacements to bring them to as-new condition.

MaintAce maintenance services - Keep running smoothly
MaintAce makes sure components are in acceptable operational condition, saving on longterm maintenance costs.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Flat Top Corrugate Plate launched  (Company news)

Flint Group launches nyloflex® FTC Digital for corrugated postprint with significant fluting reduction and outstanding print quality
- Inherently flat top flexo plate with excellent print quality on a variety of substrate types, from high to low quality liners
- Cost savings and increased productivity through quick press set-up, resulting in shortened start-up times and reduced waste
- Reduced complexity in an easy way, with increased reproducibility and consistency -

Following “The Easy Way”, Flint Group Flexographic Products expands its product range with a further inherent flat top dot flexo plate, which provides significant fluting reduction on various corrugated boards from fine to rough flute. Holding the finest highlights, the nyloflex® FTC Digital plate offers outstanding print quality - sharp and defined elements with precisely reproduced text and codes, inviting printers to push the boundaries of print resolution in corrugated postprint. Furthermore, the new flexo plate features excellent ink transfer, resulting in very smooth solids with even ink laydown, which allows for high and consistent print quality on a variety of substrates.

“With a continuing trend for lower quality liners due to cost reasons, however, uncompromised requirements for quality printing, printers, retailers and brand owners demand good quality in corrugated postprint, both for superior liners and more challenging materials,” says Dr. Eva Freudenthaler, Vice President Technology, Flint Group Flexographic Products. “With the development of nyloflex® FTC plate, we therefore had two focal points with regard to print quality - to reduce the fluting effect across many different liner qualities and to further enhance the quality of fine highlight screens in corrugated postprint - while at the same time keeping it simple for the pre-press operation by providing a plate that can be processed like any normal digital printing plate.”

nyloflex® FTC Digital plate provides the benefits of flat top dots in an easy and efficient way by processing it like any standard digital plate - no additional equipment, processing steps or consumables required. Hence, the complexity of plate making is clearly simplified, while reproducibility and consistency is increased. The plate material displays the well-known durability, robustness, high ozone resistance and good storage capabilities that are standard for all nyloflex® printing plates.

On the press, the new inherent flat top dot flexo plate allows for great consistency due to less dot gain tolerances, higher wear resistance and print-run stability, also at increased press speeds. The nyloflex® FTC Digital Plate ensures a reduced bump-up and consistent dot gain over the entire print-run. In addition, the new flexo plate provides cost savings and increased productivity through quick press set-up, resulting in shortened start-up times and reduced waste.

The new photopolymer flexo printing plate, nyloflex® FTC Digital, will be available in several thicknesses, from 2.84 mm (.112”) up to 6.35 mm (.250”) as of July 2017.
(Flint Group Flexographic Products)

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Constantia Flexibles sells Labels division to Multi-Color  (Company news)

Constantia Flexibles has signed an agreement to sell its Labels division to Multi-Color Corporation (“Multi-Color”) for an enterprise value of approximately €1.15 billion ($1.3 billion). The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

The majority of the transaction is payable in cash, while Constantia Flexibles will also receive 3.4 million shares in Multi-Color stock. On completion of the transaction, the flexible packaging company will hold 16.6% of Multi-Color, thereby becoming its largest shareholder. Two representatives of Constantia Flexibles will join Multi-Color’s Board of Directors.

Constantia Labels is a global supplier of labels to the beverage, food and home & personal care industries(HPC), with long-standing customer relationships with leading brands. It has 23 plants in 14 countries and has roughly 2,800 employees. The Labels division achieved sales of 605 million euro in 2016.

Established in 1916, Cincinnati, Ohio-based Multi-Color is one of the largest label companies in the world serving some of the most prominent brands in the following market segments: Healthcare, HPC, Food & Beverage, Specialty (Automotive & Consumer Durables), and Wine & Spirits. With approximately 5,500 employees, it operates 45 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Multi-Color achieved sales of $923 million in fiscal year 2017.

This value-creating transaction will bring together Constantia Labels’ leading food and beverage business with Multi-Color’s strong wine and spirits and home & personal care platforms. It will also widen the joint Group’s geographical footprint and create long-term synergies that will benefit all parties involved. Mike Henry, current CEO of Constantia Labels, will become CEO-elect of Multi-Color, and will work closely with the current CEO Vadis Rodato, who will retire in early 2018 after a transition period. Nigel Vinecombe will remain in his current role as Chairman of Multi-Color. After completion of the transaction, Multi-Color will generate pro forma sales of roughly $1.6 billion and EBITDA of $300 million, before synergies.

Alexander Baumgartner, CEO of Constantia Flexibles: “Following a detailed strategy review, we decided that our top-performing Labels division would be better suited with another partner, which will support its ongoing growth story. At the same time, Constantia Flexibles will participate in the future success story of Multi-Color through its shareholding. Constantia Flexibles will use proceeds from the transaction todeleverage its balance sheet and enable further acquisitions in the dynamic and consolidating flexible packaging industry. We will also focus on innovative products and services, as well as new technologies to strengthen our existing Food and Pharma divisions.”

Nigel Vinecombe, Executive Chairman of Multi-Color: “The acquisition of Constantia Labels marks a major milestone in the evolution of Multi-Color. We are bringing together complementary talents in markets and geographies, diversifying our business and creating a global leader with a transaction that is financially attractive, which will better help us serve our customers. I welcome Mike Henry to the executive team and representatives from Constantia Flexibles to the Board of Directors of Multi-Color.”

Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as legal advisor to Constantia Flexibles for the transaction.
(Constantia Flexibles GmbH)

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Mondi and IUFRO collaborate on sustainable business strategies  (Company news)

Forest science and business join forces to create a more sustainable future

Mondi, the international packaging and paper group, and IUFRO, the global network for forest science cooperation, will co-host an open dialogue at the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress this September in Freiburg, Germany. The aim is to identify strategies and options for long-term structured collaboration between business and science towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Photo: Mondi eucalyptus plantation

Mondi and IUFRO are both committed to the important role of business and science in advancing action towards sustainable development, especially to combat climate change and its impacts, conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable economic growth worldwide.

The IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress on 18-22 September 2017 in Freiburg will highlight the contribution of forest research to answering questions of global relevance in the past, present and future. A series of Science in Dialogue sessions will offer opportunities to strengthen the interaction between science and important national and international policymakers and stakeholders, and to build bridges to other sectors such as water and energy from local to global levels.

One of these sessions will be the Science meets Business dialogue on Tuesday, 19 September. It will focus on challenges faced in reaching the SDGs and consider how science can address the needs of the private sector. It will also examine whether there is a gap between the requirements of the private sector and the knowledge, skills and competences delivered by forest-related education.

Christian Skilich, Operations Services & Technical Director, Mondi Group will represent the forest-based private sector. He stated, “Mondi is actively collaborating with the scientific community and intends to support joint strategies and actions. We share with IUFRO a commitment to structured collaboration on global key challenges, such as climate change, sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources and product innovation. Our ‘Growing Responsibly’ model is closely aligned with the SDGs and we see value in collaborating with scientific experts to deliver these goals.”

Prof. Mike Wingfield, IUFRO President, confirms: “Business and industry are major players in promoting sustainable pathways. It is essential for science to effectively identify and address information requirements of business and industry in order to create science-based solutions for a sustainable future. Mondi and IUFRO, who coincidentally are neighbours in Vienna, jointly have the expertise, knowledge and capacity to contribute to identifying pathways for sustainable development and options for the way forward.”

The Science meets Business dialogue will feature a keynote speech by renowned Cambridge University Professor Bhaskar Vira that will set the scene and address interlinkages and trade-offs between SDGs. This will be followed by statements of three high-level panellists representing the forest-based, food and energy sectors, who will then engage in discussion with scientists and the audience.

This collaboration between business and science aims to create a platform for linking their perspectives on key sustainable development challenges and to identify opportunities for knowledge exchange and mutual learning among scientists, young professionals and business leaders.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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Nordic Paper to be acquired by Anhui Shanying Paper  (Company news)

Nordic Paper is a leading Swedish-based producer of kraft and greaseproof paper. Three of Nordic Paper’s mills are located in Sweden, and the fourth one in Norway.

A China-based pulp and paper company, Anhui Shanying Paper Industry Co., LTD (“Anhui Shanying Paper”), has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 % of the shares in Nordic Paper Holding AB from Special Situation Venture Partner lll and Petek GmbH.

The new owner, Anhui Shanying Paper, is a part of Taison Group. The company is listed at the Shanghai Stock Exchange since 2001. Anhui Shanying Paper has communicated to the stock market its intention to expand and diversify, both in terms of product portfolio and geographically. Today its core business consists of recycled fibre trading, kraft paper manufacturing, packaging, design, printing and logistics.

Nordic Paper will remain as an independent European pulp and paper company and there will be no changes regarding the business or operations at the moment.

The transaction is subject to approvals by relevant Chinese authorities as well as the shareholders’ meeting of Anhui Shanying Paper.
(Nordic Paper Åmotfors AB)

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Innovation from SIG addresses key demands of today’s consumers  (Company news)

SIGNATURE: World first aseptic pack 100% linked to plant-based renewable material

Picture: SIG has developed the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials – a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations.

SIG has developed the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials – a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations.

There are many global drivers that are shaping the food and beverage industry today. Two main factors which consumers are demanding are environmentally friendly products and packaging that is sustainable. Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG Combibloc: “Sales of consumer goods from brands with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability are growing much stronger than those without. These factors have been focal points for developing our SIGNATURE PACK. This is an important milestone in aseptic carton packaging, and we’re proud to present a genuine global innovation catering to these consumer needs”.

The SIGNATURE PACK drives the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels with certified and sustainable plant-based polymer materials. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the spout originate from renewable European wood sources and are certified according to ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) or CMS 71 (TÜV SÜD certification standard), respectively, via a mass balance system. This means that for the polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers.

Ace Fung, Global Product Manager at SIG Combibloc: “Developing an aseptic carton pack fully linked to renewable plant materials is quite a challenge. Aseptic packages, where the product can be stored without refrigeration over a long period, have higher barrier requirements than chilled packages”.

The SIGNATURE PACK solution is an important step on SIG’s net-positive journey. The company is focusing on three core areas in which it can do the most for society and the environment. Responsibility is at the centre of this – dictating how SIG runs the company, sources its materials, and manufactures its products. Markus Boehm: “We want to offer the most sustainable packaging solutions available in the market. Carton packs from SIG are already composed of up to 82% wood, a renewable resource. The SIGNATURE PACK is a logical next step towards replacing fossil fuel-based materials by renewable plant-based ones. We’ve achieved a new landmark on our Way Beyond Good, and can offer our customers and the world’s consumers this more sustainable, innovative solution which better cares for the environment. It’s another world first by SIG”.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

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Glunz & Jensen ready to show a new line innovative flexo platemaking solutions at LabelExpo 2017  (Company news)

Glunz & Jensen, the leading manufacturer and supplier of flexographic plate processing equipment for the tag/label, narrow web, and packaging and corrugated industry, will be exhibiting at Label Expo 2017 Europe in Brussels, Expo, Hall 7 - stand E41.

Glunz & Jensen will introduce a complete new line of flexo plate processing equipment, FlexPro, and exposure systems, FlexPose. These new products will be available for plate formats of:
900 x 1200 mm (36 x 47”), 1200 x 1600 (47 x 63”) and 1320 x 2030 mm (52x80”)

The new FlexPose and FlexPro systems will set new standards for exposure and processing latitude, enabling them to work with the latest digital plate technologies. The benefits are reduced exposure times and enhanced processing quality and latitude.

“Label Expo is a great place to meet up with all our valued partners around the world”, says Jacques Dutard, General Manager, at Glunz & Jensen. “We very much look forward to introducing our latest technologies in flexo plate making to our partners and flexo print customers.”

What is more, the next generation Flex-In-One 260 S, for solvent flexo platemaking will also be introduced at Label Expo.

Glunz & Jensen also offers complete automated flexo plate making solutions with our FlexLine system, and plate mounting systems – the FlexMount family.

“We invite you to come and visit us at Label Expo, Hall 7 - stand E41, to learn more about our latest innovations in flexo platemaking.” says Jacques Dutard.
(Glunz & Jensen A/S)

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Strong second quarter result for Södra  (Company news)

Södra´s operating profit totalled SEK 464 million (50) for the second quarter. The trend was boosted by favourable demand for Södra’s products, higher prices and internal operational improvements.

"The overall forest economy remains strong, which is to Södra’s advantage. Higher prices for both market pulp and sawn timber contributed to a strong quarter for Södra. A firmer customer and market orientation is also yielding results. In addition, the expansion investments at our pulp mills and the restructuring process in the sawmill operations had a positive impact on operating profit", said Lars Idermark (photo), President and CEO.

"All business areas reported higher year-on-year operating profit. Efforts to increase our strength and focus, based on Södra’s new strategic direction, will continue unabated", said Lars Idermark.

Consolidated net sales amounted to SEK 5,244 million (4,953) for the second quarter, up 6 percent, and the operating margin increased to 9 percent (1).

Södra Skog’s operating profit for the quarter totalled SEK 37 million (36), reflecting volume growth of 4 percent.

Södra Wood’s operating profit for the second quarter totalled SEK 50 million (loss: 204). The sharply increased result was mainly due to improved earnings for sawn timber. In addition, the second quarter of 2016 was impacted by a non-recurring cost of SEK 204 million related to the restructuring of Södra Wood’s sawmill operations.

Södra Cell’s operating profit for the second quarter totalled SEK 418 million (253), an improvement of 65 percent. The earnings trend was mainly due to higher volumes. Following the extensive expansion investments of recent years, the pulp mill at Värö is now fully operational and capacity is increasing according to plan, resulting in higher production and delivery volumes.

Sales for the first half-year amounted to SEK 10,342 million (9,498), the operating profit totalled SEK 915 M (299) and the operating margin was 9 percent (3). Return on capital employed was 11 percent (4) and equity ratio was 55 percent (52).
(Södra Cell AB)

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Flint Group brings full range of innovations to Labelexpo Europe  (Company news)

Flint Group reported it will be exhibiting a wide range of innovative solutions for labels and packaging at Labelexpo Europe, scheduled for 25 to 28 September in Brussels. Combining industry strengths, four of its divisions (Flexographic Products, Narrow Web, Digital Solutions (Xeikon and ThermoFlexX) will showcase together solutions that enable label printers and converters to better position themselves to address emerging market realities. Flint Group will be located in Hall 5 on stands 5C25-28.

“Flint Group is a one-stop shop for label converters and during Labelexpo Europe we want to demonstrate that for the first time on one booth,” comments Antoine Fady, CEO Flint Group. “This ranges from prepress and pre-production, through digital print & embellishments, converting and delivery. And we are excited to be bringing some new products to the show. As always, our teams of narrow web, Flexographic Products and digital print experts will be on hand to learn more about the business needs of visitors to our stand, providing them with relevant information about how we can help.”

Flexographic Products: Flexo platemaking in a class of its own
With an unmatched product line ranging from nyloflex® printing plates and equipment, rotec® sleeves and adapters, Flint Group Flexographic Products will showcase its comprehensive technology for the printing industry. New at the show will be the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System, with a smarter design that is easier to use. It delivers thermal platemaking with no compromise in quality. The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor will be on the show floor to demonstrate the unprecedented control and more consistent and stable plate production provided by the new equipment. At the heart of the processing system are the nyloflex® Thermal Printing Plates, which serve a variety of application needs, including film; and the innovative nyloflex® Developer Roll, which is designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly. “This is thermal like you’ve never seen before. We believe our new, integrated solution, is in a class of its own. We achieved this result by looking at the thermal process holistically. By combining the best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, Flint Group is offering a system which leads to reduced costs, improved quality and improved sustainability.” says Friedrich von Rechteren, VP Sales EMEA & Global Marketing. For more details, read the full news release. Visitors to the booth may request a free nyloflex® Xpress Plate Trial Test Kit.

Also on display at the booth will be Flint Group’s patent-pending, state-of-the-art rotec® Eco Bridge for use in flexographic printing presses and on plate-mounting equipment. The rotec®Eco Bridge is an adapter with a breathable metal ring which creates an air pillow to allow easy and fast mounting of sleeves. This bridge reduces up to 90% of the air volume requirement, up to 30% reduction in noise and significantly improves ease and speed of mounting all sleeves.

Expand your capabilities: get into food compliant packaging with the latest innovation, low migration UV LED inks
Flint Group Narrow Web will provide tangible examples of how converters can expand their capabilities and consider new market opportunities – the wider world of narrow web flexible package printing!

For the event Flint Group Narrow Web will demonstrate their comprehensive range of food packaging compliant printing inks for all major printing technologies: UV Mercury Flexo, UV LED Flexo, Water Based Flexo and UV and EB Offset. We will present our latest innovations in Low Migration– with a special focus on the award winning and ground-breaking UV LED low migration technology, EkoCure™ ANCORA.

"Low Migration LED curable inks and printing systems open up opportunities for expansion into food packaging that did not exist before," stated Kelly Kolliopoulos, Global Marketing Director, Flint Group Narrow Web. "Narrow Web Customers can now print on heat sensitive films because the LED systems operate at much lower temperatures, and additionally they can meet food packaging compliance because of Flint Group's novel low migration ink chemistry. We look forward to sharing with our customers details on food packaging compliance, LED and reliability of cure, business expansion ideas, and an economic model to show how fast return on investment can be."

The new Xeikon PX 3000 European debut at Labelexpo Europe 2017
Xeikon will be displaying its newly launched Panther technology, a UV inkjet platform that complements Xeikon’s dry toner technology, and the first UV inkjet press based on this technology, the Xeikon PX3000. The new press was developed in response to the growing need for new technologies in digital label printing, to drive new applications and to produce them in the most efficient way. The primary application focus for the Xeikon PX3000, which prints at a resolution of 600 dpi, is self-adhesive health & beauty and industrial labels, with dry toner being the preferred technology for applications where food safety is a requirement.

“The Xeikon PX3000 complements our comprehensive portfolio of toner-based digital label presses that will also be on display at the show,” comments Filip Weymans, VP Global Marketing for Xeikon. “This technology will enable even more applications and longer runs to migrate from analogue to digital technologies. The printed output is scuff and scratch resistant and resists damage from water or chemicals without the need for lamination. Plus, our new aXelerate program will help converters understand how to sell digital in order to ramp up volumes quickly – whether in toner or inkjet.” For more details, read the news releases on Panther Technology and Xeikon PX3000.

State of the art imaging technology presented by ThermoFlexX
ThermoFlexX platemaking systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, as well as workflow management. Next to automated prepress workflow software from partner Hybrid Software, ThermoFlexX will also showcase:
· The ThermoFlexX 48 with a maximum plate size of 900 x 1200 mm, which comes with a fixed FlexTray that makes automatic loading and unloading of plates easier. Its standard 2540 dpi resolution makes it ideal for flexible packaging and folding carton applications.
· The ThermoFlexX 30 will be shown with a hybrid drum that enables processing of both Polyester Flexo plates as well as "Steel-back" Letterpress plates.

“All of our imagers use our proprietary imaging technology that enables us to image at different resolutions, including the unique ability to image different resolutions on a single plate,” explains Christophe Lievens, Director of Sales & Marketing for ThermoflexX. “And our maximum resolution of 5080 dpi offers the ability to create extremely high quality products. In addition, our unique vacuum slider concept allows production of partial plates without the need to fix plates with tape, improving overall productivity.”
(Flint Group Headquarters)

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The Voith Paper Webshop simplifies ordering of spare parts and provides comprehensive ...  (Company news)

... documentation options

-Readily accessible, clearly structured machine Information
-Order tracking and integration into customer ERP System simplifies planning and implementation
-Perlen Papier and Papierfabrik Palm among the first satisfied customers

Photo: Fewer incorrect orders and faster processing thanks to Voith Paper Webshop: Alain Gafner, Maintenance Manager at Perlen Papier AG (middle), and Christian Stocker, Team Leader Technical Purchasing at Perlen Papier AG (right) talk about more efficient ordering processes with Michael Thoma, Director Global E-Business Solutions Voith Paper (Ieft).

Since January, papermakers around the globe have been able to purchase Voith products and services quickly and easily around the clock in the Voith Paper Webshop. But the new online platform offers more than just an easy way to purchase replacement parts. It also enables all information about a machine, from the original delivery to the order history and operating instructions, to be viewed at a glance.

Ordering matching replacement or wear parts for paper machines that have tens of thousands of technical components can often be very timeconsuming and is therefore a significant cost factor. Even if the machine documentation has been scrupulously kept, the ordering process often has to be preceded by extensive research with the manufacturer. It is estimated that searching for the required components can take up to 30 percent of the time needed to prepare for maintenance work.

Initial customers, such as Perlen Papier and Papierfabrik Palm, were the first to gather experience with the platform during a test phase. On the basis of their experience Voith continued to refine the platform, focusing on making it more user-friendly.

For example, customers can opt to search for the spare parts they need using a clearly arranged tree structure or the order number, which may also be a customer-defined internal part number. "A search based on our own part numbers makes the order process much simpler and helps us to avoid ordering the wrong parts," says Christian Stocker, Team Leader Technical Purchasing at Perlen Papier. In the meantime, the Swiss paper manufacturer is ordering around 90 percent of its replacement parts from the Voith Paper Webshop.

A few clicks are all it takes to access prices, delivery times and availability. For Michelle White, Senior Purchaser for the UK at Papierfabrik Palm, the Voith Paper Webshop has meanwhile become one of the most important platforms used by the company: “The Webshop shows me all information on component specifications and sizes – and also, exactly where the part is located in the machine." She believes that the benefits of the Voith Paper Webshop are much greater than those of other online shops she is familiar with.

"Thanks to order tracking the person placing the order can see exactly when a part arrives at the plant, allowing for highly accurate scheduling of maintenance works. Being able to see the current availability of parts also allows paper manufacturers to maintain a leaner spare parts inventory," explains Michael Thoma, Director Global E-Business Solutions Voith Paper.

A seamless integration of the Webshop into the customer's ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system allows ordering and order processing to be realized effectively without system interruptions. As a result, ordering history and tracking are rendered transparent for both parties, the ordering process is easier to plan and is much simplified for all participants.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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CPH Group Paper Division to acquire Papierfabrik Utzenstorf AG's paper recycling business   (Company news)

Paper Division to acquire Papierfabrik Utzenstorf AG’s paper recycling business

The Paper Division of the CPH Group is to take over the customer and recovered paper supplier contracts of Papierfabrik Utzenstorf AG with effect from 1 January 2018.
The acquisition will ensure the continuation of waste paper recycling in the Swiss communities concerned. The Utzenstorf recovered paper sorting facility will also remain in operation.

Perlen Papier AG, which constitutes the Paper Division of the CPH Group, is to take over, with effect from 1 January 2018, the contractual agreements with customers and recovered paper suppliers and the remaining paper stocks of Papierfabrik Utzenstorf AG of Canton Bern, Switzerland, which will be ceasing its paper production and distribution at the end of 2017. The development ensures the continued collection and recycling in Perlen of some 260,000 tonnes of recovered paper a year.

“The Utzenstorf paper factory and our Perlen Papier AG subsidiary have agreed a far-sighted and forward-looking solution here that ensures the future of paper recycling in Switzerland and sustainably strengthens the country’s paper production credentials,” says Peter Schildknecht, CEO of the CPH Group.
“These additional volumes of recovered paper from Switzerland will replace expensive and less eco-minded imports from abroad at our Perlen paper production plant. They will substantially raise the proportion of recovered paper that we source from Switzerland; and this will reduce our raw materials costs from 2018 onwards, and thus further enhance the ompetitiveness of our recycled paper products on the Swiss and international markets. So this is another major step for Perlen Papier AG
on its course to cost leadership.”

Perlen Papier AG will be Switzerland’s only manufacturer of newsprint and magazine paper from 2018 onwards. Its production plant in Perlen (Canton Lucerne) will then process some 500,000 tonnes of recovered paper sourced from Swiss households a year and recycle it into new paper products. In doing so, Perlen Papier will also ensure that Swiss communities can continue to dispose of their residents’ household paper waste in an ecofriendly way.

Perlen Papier will also continue to operate the recovered paper sorting facility in Utzenstorf, which separates some 30,000 tonnes of recovered paper and cardboard a year. To this end, Perlen Papier will acquire these
facilities and take over a small number of their personnel, and will rent the present premises.
The parties have agreed not to divulge the sale price involved.

The Paper Division of the CPH Group operates two paper machines at its Perlen plant. The PM7, which came into operation in 2010, is Europe’s most advanced paper machine, and produces over 350,000 tonnes of newsprint a year. The PM4 is used to manufacture lightweight coated (LWC) magazine paper. The Paper Division produced 513,000 tonnes of paper last year for the Swiss and international press publishing markets.
(CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG)

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New automatic knife position system 'QUICK SET NW' developped for the area narrow web  (Company news)

Dienes is proud to present on Labelexpo 25th to 28th September 2017 in Brussels booth 4/A52 the “QUICK SET NW” a new automatic knife position system for the area narrow web.

For more than 100 years DIENES stood for holistic solutions and service features in the slitting industry cutting. More than 600 successful installed slitting systems and the good cooperation with the clients are the best basis for a new automatic knife position system for the area narrow web, which will be represent on the Labelexpo. This system is either for crush cutting or for shear cutting. The compact design as well as an intuitive handling ensures a high compatibility to the integration into existing or new machines. The proven slitting tools of our company ensure high-quality slitting and reduces amount of dust.

Technical Information:
Material width: max 600 mm
Slitting width: min 20 mm
(Dienes Werke für Maschinenteile GmbH & Co. KG)

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In April 2017, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract with Australian Paper for delivery of an Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox for their paper machine 2 (M2), located in Morwell, Australia.

The new headbox is an investment in the future operating performance of M2.

The project goal is to exchange the existing headbox for a PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox. Australian Paper has chosen PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox due to its high performance and impressive references. The project drivers are based on machine maintenance and quality, achieved through the application of state-of-the-art technology.

The scope of delivery is for a 5 meter Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox. PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox technology has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper industry. It is a part of PMP’s Intelli-Paper® platform for papermakers. There are 138 Intelli-Jet V® headboxes working successfully on 6 continents.

PMP looks forward to supporting Australian Paper through the entire project process. The delivery, installation, and start-up are scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2018.
(PMPoland S.A.)

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Nilpeter customer of 40 years acquires the first PANORAMA in Africa  (Company news)

Picture: Owner of Rebsons Labels, Benny Friedmann (right), with Nilpeter's representative in South Africa, Del Wiggill, at LabelExpo Americas 2012

With 57 years of label printing expertise, South African Rebsons Labels, a family-owned business, moves into digital label printing with their purchase of a Stand-Alone Nilpeter PANORAMA – the first of its kind in Africa.

Moving with the times
In 1963, Rebsons Labels purchased their first printing press and started to produce labels – thus becoming a self-adhesive label manufacturing company. Rebsons Labels has “moved with the technological trends over the past years, upgrading and purchasing state-of-the-art label printing equipment”, says Rebsons’ owner Benny Friedmann.

The Nilpeter PANORAMA is next in line. “There is a constant and ever growing demand for digitally printed labels; run-lengths are getting shorter, and customers require variable data on labels and demand shorter delivery times,” says Benny Friedmann.

“In addition to being a loyal Nilpeter customer for more than 40 years, we assessed the digital market during a 2- to 3-year period, and decided that the Stand-Alone PANORAMA was by far the best solution for us. An immediate benefit is our vast production of generic labels with variable data for a large super market chain customer – the PANORAMA allows us to reduce production time and stock holding of variants, and enables us to print on demand and improve cash flow,” he adds.

The beginning of a 40-year relationship
In 1972, Benny Friedmann attended his first Drupa exhibition with the intention of buying a flexo press of the same brand as those already in his production. However, when Mr. Friedmann arrived at the Nilpeter booth and saw the S-185 4-colour flexo press, his eyes lit up. He admitted to the South African Nilpeter agent that this was his dream machine, but unfortunately, it was out of his price range. Luckily the Nilpeter agent had good contacts in the South African banking industry, so he pulled a few strings and managed to arrange funding. This meant the beginning of a 40-year long business relationship.

"My first Nilpeter press changed my business. Suddenly I was able to print the highest quality. I printed self-adhesive labels that were far more sophisticated, launching my business into an entirely different league", Friedmann explains. “All the presses I have bought since have been state-of-the-art, and I have retained my advantage”, he concludes.

From B-200 to the PANORAMA
Over the years, Rebsons has bought many Nilpeter presses. In the 80s, before the era of trade sanctions, the first B-200 was acquired. As Danish suppliers to South Africa were part of the sanctions, trading stopped, but in 1992 with sanctions lifted, Rebsons bought a second B-200 and a third followed shortly thereafter. Nilpeter FA-2500, FB-2500, and FB-3300S have all been part of the growth at Rebsons, and now the next step has been taken with the addition of the PANORAMA.

Rebsons Labels is a leading supplier of labels in South Africa and produces self-adhesive labels for local and international clientele from various industries.
(Nilpeter A/S)

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Print 2017 TRESU highlights: complete flexo / offset ancillary systems; ...  (Company news)

... coating solutions for digital folding carton lines

Picture: TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system, automatically regulating flow pressure, rate and viscosity in flexo printing

At PRINT 2017, TRESU Group presents its ancillary solutions for automating ink logistics and temperature control in flexo and offset printing situations, together with complete coating systems for integration with sheet-fed digital packaging and commercial printing lines (booth 657, September 10-14, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA).

TRESU’s ancillary program comprises ink supply systems, together with chamber doctor blade systems for narrow, mid and wide-web flexo applications, providing a complete solution for regulating ink flow throughout the press – from bucket to substrate. This significantly reduces material and ink waste, setup times, emissions and labor and results in consistently accurate color targets at speeds that can exceed 600m/min (approx. 2000ft/min.). Additionally, TRESU’s broad product line of ancillary solutions includes process temperature control systems and dampening water circulators for sheet-fed and web offset presses, infrared and hot air drying systems, and coating/ink circulation systems for water-base, UV, and solvent applications.

The F10 iCon ink supply system for automated flow regulation
TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity from the bucket, through the chamber, to the press, maintaining constant, pre-set ink density values for complete production runs. When ink changes are required, the F10 iCon system carries out fast and thorough cleaning of the chamber automatically, and returns almost all unused contents to the bucket for reuse on subsequent jobs. With the F10 iCon, simultaneous ink change cycles on printing stations takes minutes, delivering significant time and materials savings per job.

Chamber doctor blade systems deliver uniform print quality print and ease of use
The TRESU chamber program includes lightweight, corrosion-resistant carbon fiber and ceramic variants and covers all flexo printing situations, in widths from 185mm (7.3in) to beyond 6000mm (236in). Assisted by the company’s patented seals and constant pressure maintained by the supply system, TRESU chamber doctor blades prevent leakage and air contamination, thereby ensuring clean, blister-free print results with fast drying characteristics, better reflection and higher gloss values. When doctor blades need replacing, TRESU’s patented clamping systems enable changeovers in less than two minutes.

For wide web and corrugated flexo applications between 1600mm (63in) and 6000mm (236in), the carbon fiber TRESU MaxiPrint Concept reduces cleaning time and improves color quality and consistency. Comprising a closed chamber, an integrated ink supply unit and a cleaning cycle, MaxiPrint Concept offers fast, automatic internal cleaning, corrosion-resistance, improved print quality consistency and reduced ink loss. The chamber’s cleaning nozzles with robustly designed water-shot mechanisms provide an ink change and cleaning cycle within 3-5 minutes.

Versatility and productivity: the Flexo Innovator hybrid in-line printing press
There will also be information about TRESU’s hybrid Flexo Innovator printing line with integrated finishing options. With several installations worldwide, press has proved to be a highly efficient, productive solution for paper, carton board, laminates, metallic substrates and unsupported films with both water-based ink and UV OPV coating media. The press can be equipped with automatic inking and control systems to minimize operator intervention, setup times and material waste. Enclosed, automatically controlled ink circulation and uniform ink laydown is achieved by regulating the ink chemistry during the printing process.
Productivity-enhancing features may include inline inspection and color management systems; hot air drying; unwind / rewind stands as well as finishing options like cold foil, laminating, die-cutting, embossing, and rotary cutting and sheeting, to give the Flexo Innovator unparalleled flexibility.
Integrated coating systems for digital printing
At the stand, there will also be presentations about TRESU’s coating workflow for integration with digital printing lines.

TRESU coating systems integrate with sheet-fed digital presses to apply added-value coatings and metallic embellishments to folding carton, papers and synthetic materials. Applying full-surface or spot coatings, the systems provide the essential link in a productive single-pass digital printing and converting solution for pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and beverage, promotional gifts, consumer electronics packaging and commercial printing applications.

TRESU iCoat single and dual coaters are available for HP Indigo 30000, HP Indigo 12000 and HP Indigo 10000 presses; TRESU Pinta is available for Xerox iGen presses. The coaters perform at maximum speeds equivalent to those of the press. Fast sleeve changeovers and automatic chamber cleaning bring setup times to within five minutes.

The coating systems may be complemented by the recently introduced TRESU Flexo Kit, a flexo printing unit with integrated peristaltic pump, for applying high-gloss metallic, Iriodin®, and other special-effect coating finishes.

Additionally, TRESU supplies a comprehensive range of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in this coating workflow.

TRESU’s iVarnish UV and water-based coating media are specially formulated for the iCoat 30000. There will also be new varnishes with improved adhesion properties so that plastic as well as board substrates may be run. One potential application for these media is the retail loyalty card.
The newest addition to the sleeve range is a ready-to-print sleeve for flood varnish application, assuring optimized print results at top speeds.
The TRESU iCut cutter provides a fast, straightforward means of imaging flexo plates or sleeves for spot coating effects. Accommodating sleeve-mounted B2-size plates used by TRESU iCoat units, the TRESU iCut processes the same software as that used by the digital printer and the accompanying analogue coater. The plate, mounted on a sleeve, is cut directly from the file, without the need for shrinkage compensation, within ten minutes.
Also available is an inkjet coating feature called the TRESU iJet, for variable positioning of spot coatings. Integrated into the iCoat, it features up to 11 print heads that can be positioned in the cross direction of the sheet to apply coating anywhere on the surface of the image.

Chilling systems for efficient heat extraction
TRESU will also highlight its chilling systems for sustainable, efficient heat extraction from digital, flexo and offset printing presses. TRESU’s new intelligent iSeries offers an innovative control platform that interfaces directly with the TRESU Internal Diagnostic Monitoring System (IDMS). IDMS is a state-of-the-art, proactive system that monitors the chiller, alerting the TRESU service department about any performance issues, facilitating remote diagnostics and enabling swift remedial action.
Highlights of the range include the compact SCi single-zone chiller with remote condenser configuration for ink rollers on sheet- and web-fed offset presses; the CCi combi-chiller for continuous circulation of water to the ink rollers; the UCi UV chiller for providing temperature-controlled process water to the UV-curing system; the MCi multi-zone controller to control water temperature where independent temperature control is needed for every printing unit; and the ZCi zone control module for managing multiple temperature control needs on sheet- and web-fed offset presses.

TRESU also offers the DPC (Digital Process Chiller) 5-6 iSeries for HP Indigo Series 4 presses, exhausting heat to remote external condensers. Each chiller and condensing unit has a heat extraction capacity of 42.2kW (144,000 Btu/hour or 1.2 refrigeration tons). The process does not involve the plant’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system.
(Tresu A/S)

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Sealed Paper Packaging wins Sustainability Awards 2017  (Company news)

Bosch and BillerudKorsnäs solution for dry foods receives global recognition.

Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs’ collaboration on Sealed Paper Packaging has won the 2017 Sustainability Awards in the Bio-Based Packaging category. The international jury recognized Sealed Paper Packaging specifically for its unique combination of mono-material Axello® paper from BillerudKorsnäs and the ZAP-Module from Bosch Packaging Technology, which together enable the production of 100 percent dust-tight yet fully recyclable packaging for dry products such as sugar, grains and flour. Launched in June 2016, the solution is currently available on vertical form-fill-seal as well as mandrel wheel machines, providing an attractive alternative to the traditional paper bags in this segment.

“Bosch takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability. We strive to support our customers in any way we can - from developing and testing new concepts to implementing them in production. Sealed Paper Packaging is a perfect example of how our solutions address the market challenges of today and tomorrow. Retailers and consumers profit from clean shelves, high product protection and improved product quality”, Dr Stefan König, chairman of the managing board of Bosch Packaging Technology, said.

“Thanks to our long-standing cooperation with Bosch we can challenge conventional packaging and transition towards a more sustainable future. We are honored that our passion for innovation is being recognized by this award”, Johan Nellbeck, senior vice president at BillerudKorsnäs.

The philosophy behind the Sustainability Awards is to promote innovative solutions throughout the packaging supply chain that make outstanding contributions to sustainability. In its third year, the competition is organized by Packaging Europe, a leading trade magazine for packaging professionals all over the world, and recognizes advances made in seven categories: weight reduction, circular economy, cutting food waste, bio-based packaging, machinery, best practice and best sustainable packaging.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB)

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Service newly defined – with performance commitment and fully automated  (Company news)

manroland web systems redefines its service and takes the complete support and service range into consideration. WE ADD VALUE. This means holistic support – from consultation through to the right spare and wear parts in original quality, training, classical repair service and upgrade and automation solutions and on to maintenance and servicing of the printing systems, as well as offers and recommendations for once again improving the uptime and performance. All innovations in this category aim directly at reducing costs and increasing flexibility and productivity – always clearly focused on customer value, and not only for manroland web systems technology and product users.

The manroland web systems service is aimed at the complete sector. It is not only about relocations or reconfiguration – manroland web systems has already started realising upgrades and retrofits for competitor presses and is successfully offering more. In 2016 the company started catching people’s attention with retrofits for third-party presses. For the first time, a complete e-retrofit was carried out on a GOSS press in the USA – a highlight which will be succeeded by many more.

Servicing third-party presses is not the only highlight of the new service structure: The newly designed and enhanced 24/7 online platform for spare and wear parts, the manroland web STORE, was completely relaunched in 2016. The platform is now even more user-friendly and registered an immense customer growth in the first months after the relaunch. For mid-2017, manroland web systems has planned to open the manroland web STORE as a diverse marketplace for the entire industry.

MARKET-X will be the new benchmark of the B2B online stores, where also sub-suppliers will be able to market their products. An expansion of the platform for used parts and presses is already scheduled.

Automated maintenance – Maintellisense
The service contract sector is also evolving – manroland web systems offers comprehensive service contracts with all significant services for the complete life cycle of a press, in short: service next generation. The focus lies on developing new concepts with automated solutions in the spirit of Industry 4.0. This means that the solutions ensure increased machine efficiency and thereby reduce the total costs.

manroland web systems applies the Industry 4.0 concepts to the field of predictive maintenance. Because every printing system failure costs money; however overcautious maintenance does as well. Modern technologies will soon be able to help replace spare and wear parts only when necessary, but always in time. As a press manufacturer, manroland web systems has sufficient data and resources to do this and therefore increase the productivity of its customers and lower their costs.

The name of the project which tackles exactly this problem at manroland web systems is Maintellisense. The project name is derived from the words maintenance, intelligence and sense – this is what needs to be intelligently connected. The idea is generating even more automatically serviceable “smart data” from the “big data” which we have already collected in different areas of the company. The first expansion stage of the new automated service philosophy is already being tested with pilot customers. Further expansion stages and information about Maintellisense will follow in the next weeks.
(manroland web systems GmbH)

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Verso to Permanently Close 200,000 Tons of Annual Production Capacity at its Androscoggin Mill ...  (Company news)

... in Maine

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) announced plans to permanently shut down the No. 3 paper machine and associated equipment at its Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, reducing annual coated paper production capacity at the mill by approximately 200,000 tons. The shutdown will be effective August 1 and is expected to be complete by the end of the third quarter of 2017. The No. 3 paper machine and a recovery boiler and digester that support it were idled in January of this year in response to declining customer demand that resulted in more coated paper capacity than could be filled. Most products made on the No. 3 paper machine were transitioned to lower-cost machines in other Verso mills.

"Verso is leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to move the company toward sustained profitability in a market where customer demand for our graphic paper products continues to decline," said Verso Chief Executive Officer B. Christopher DiSantis. "Consistently matching the supply of our graphic paper products with customer demand for them, dramatically reducing our costs and rapidly diversifying our product portfolio into growing markets are essential keys to Verso's future success, and we're relentlessly pursuing all three across the company. Although the footprint of the Androscoggin Mill is getting smaller, we continue to take steps to position the facility as a leading producer for the growing specialty papers market."

The permanent shutdown of the No. 3 paper machine and associated equipment will impact approximately 120 employees at the Androscoggin Mill. Employees affected by the shutdown will receive severance in accordance with Verso's severance policy and Maine state law. Verso's Human Resources team will immediately begin scheduling individual meetings with these employees to provide support and detailed information on severance and related issues.

"While permanently closing this capacity is the right strategic decision for Verso as a whole, we are mindful of the effects this action will have on the people at the Androscoggin Mill who are directly affected, and we are committed to treating them with fairness, dignity and respect during this difficult time," DiSantis said. "On behalf of the entire Verso team, I want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to them for their dedicated service and many contributions to the mill and to our company."
(Verso Corporation)

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State aid: Commission approves Slovakia's investment aid to paper manufacturer Mondi SCP  (Company news)

The European Commission has found Slovakia's €49 million investment aid to Mondi SCP, a paper and pulp manufacturer, to be in line with EU state aid rules. The support will contribute to the development of the region, whilst preserving competition in the Single Market.

The investment aid granted by Slovakia will support Mondi SCP's plans to invest €310 million to introduce in its existing plant in Ružomberok the production of corrugated case material. Corrugated case material is used for the production of corrugated board, which is then processed into boxes. In particular, Mondi SCP will extend its pulp production capacity in the plant and install a new paper machine. The project is expected to create 105 direct jobs. Ružomberok is located in the Žilina region, in Stredné Slovensko, an area eligible for regional aid (Art. 107(3)(a) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union).

The Commission assessed the measure under its Guidelines on Regional State Aid, which enable Member States to support economic development and employment in the EU's less developed regions and to foster regional cohesion in the Single Market.

The Commission's assessment showed that without the public funding, the project would not have been carried out in Ružomberok, but in another location outside the European Economic Area. The Commission also found that the aid was limited to the minimum, as it merely compensated the company for the financial disadvantage incurred by carrying out the project in Ružomberok and not in an alternative location. The Commission therefore concluded that the positive effects of the project on regional development clearly outweigh any distortion of competition brought about by the state aid.

Slovakia granted the aid subject to Commission approval in March 2016. The aid was granted in the framework of pre-existing aid schemes, but had to be notified to the Commission for individual assessment and clearance because of the high aid amount that carries a higher risk of distorting competition.

Mondi SCP is a joint venture between Mondi SCP Holdings, B.V. (51%) and Eco-Investment a.s. (49%).

When approving an aid measure under the Commission Guidelines on Regional State Aid for 2014-2020, the Commission has to be convinced that among others the following conditions are respected:
-The aid must have a real "incentive effect", in other words it must effectively encourage the beneficiary to invest in a specific region.
-The aid must be kept to the minimum necessary to attract the investment to the disadvantaged region.
-The aid must not have undue negative effects. Examples of such undue negative effects would be the creation of excess capacity by the aided investment in a market which is in absolute decline; or the granting of an aid amount that would exceed the regional aid ceiling applicable to the region in question; or that the aid would have causal effect for the relocation of existing/closed down activities to the aided establishment; or that the aid would lure away investment from a region, which has the same or a lower level of economic development than the region where the aided investment takes place.

The non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under the case number SA.45584 in the state aid register on the Commission's competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved.
(European Commission)

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New horizons for the label industry: FINAT European Label Forum  (Company news)

The international labelling association FINAT convened its European Label Forum in Berlin in June, since Germany hosts well over 400 label printing companies today, including Hagmaier Etiketten, whose Managing Director, Thomas Hagmaier, had served as FINAT President for the last two years. He handed over the presidency to Chris Ellison of OPM Labels, UK, at the event.

Now in its third year, the European Label Forum replaces FINAT’s annual congress, to meet the changing needs of the label and packaging industry. “With the new event,”, comments FINAT Managing Director Jules Lejeune, “we aim to encourage business and opinion leaders to address topics relevant to the longer-term future of our business.”

‘The Other’ Michael Jackson and Industry 4.0
The prime all-embracing topic addressed by the forum was change – the fourth industrial revolution – and its relevance for the label industry. Opening keynote speaker, ‘The Other’ Michael Jackson – an expert and consultant in change, and a renowned international speaker – summarised the major change challenges as computing, communication, connectivity, collaboration, and convergence, and defined them one by one. “The more things change, the faster they change”, he showed; and his message was “if you are not disrupting your industry, you are rapidly becoming outdated.” He proposed a new central focus – on the future destination of a business – supported by a concept of ‘effective togetherness’, embracing objectives, information, networks, and teams – because, he said “people united by a real deliverable, and visibly-manageable common purpose, deliver more effectively.”

Employer branding
Jan Denys, Labour Market Expert at global recruitment company Randstad Group, examined the strategic question of employer branding. Today, there are new profiles for employees, created by new forms of work, which demand new talents and skills in such arenas as social media, design, innovation, and transdisciplinary thinking. Mr Denys offered ten ‘golden insights’ into successful recruitment in today’s transitional world – including being realistic and patient, daring to dream, have an eye for diversity, think global, and do not fear the future. In the label industry, he adjured delegates to raise their employer branding to encourage recruitment.

The impact of digitisation
“What can be digital, will be digital” was the uncompromising statement of Stephan Lechel, a partner in Porsche Consulting and leader of the company’s Competence Center. He urged delegates and the print and packaging industry: “disrupt yourself, before others do”, because digital technology must become a key feature of their business in a variety of forms – in their print offering, and in customer interfaces, production and systems efficiencies, and automation of repetitive processes. While some 75% of companies surveyed in Porsche Consulting’s recent management survey indicated they agreed on this point, only 35% already have a digitisation strategy – and only 30% have the required competence to achieve it. 52% of respondents said they saw great future opportunities for smart packaging, so label and packaging companies must embrace digitisation for a successful business future, with, as Mr Lechel said, “a focus on value propositions, effectiveness, and efficiency.”

Labels and the ‘Internet of Things’
The forum’s focus moved even closer to the needs of the brand, packaging, and label markets as Andy Hobsbawm, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of smart products platform EVRYTHNG, looked at the Internet of Things. Its inception has meant, he said, that “the age of smart products is happening now”, and it has brought considerable change in terms of customer interaction and resultant data collection, plus supply chain efficiencies, stock monitoring, and reduced counterfeiting and grey market losses. Andy Hobsbawn adjured the label industry “to stop thinking about what you do as purely physical. Labels and packaging are the digital bridge between the physical product and a cloud-powered universe of real-time data and software applications – ‘jumping off point’ for services in the supply chain through to retail, consumers, and beyond. If label companies don’t figure out how to answer the call and transform their labels into smart, digital assets, they’ll be out-manoeuvered and out-competed by those who do.”

Debating the ‘smart’ agenda
Andy Hobsbawm, Stephan Lechel, and Jan Denys were then invited by Marc Büttgenbach to discuss the future with the delegates, who asked questions interactively via their smart phones. The lively discussion covered many topics, including exploiting digital interaction in business-to-business labelling applications; using digital tools to promote label recycling; and how web robots – bots – can deliver real value.

Label industry scenarios 2020-2025
Delegates participated in a management workshop on keeping the future at the top of today’s label industry agenda, and creating four scenarios for the years 2020-2025, hosted by Paul de Ruijter and Renate Kenter, De Ruijter Strategy. The workshop centred on a fictional label company and its owner, and the different routes to achieving a satisfactory balance sheet result in an arena where key influencers in the label industry today – protectionism, consolidation, technological disruption, and a shortage of qualified labour (particularly of incoming ‘young talent’) – must be managed. The workshop left delegates with plenty of food for thought during their evening entertainment: dinner at Berlin’s Classic Remise centre – a reconstruction of a historical tram depot now housing a wonderful collection of classic cars.

Direct-to-container digital print
An upcoming technology in the product identification segment, direct-to-container digital print, was the opening topic on the next day’s agenda addressed by Corey Reardon, President and CEO of market research consultants AWA Alexander Watson Associates. Examining the advantages and disadvantages for brand owners as evidenced by a recent AWA opinion study, he enumerated the substantial list of demands at brand–owner level – from functionality and turnround time to cost, marketing benefits, and sustainability issues – and explored the impact of direct digital print on existing label technologies, suggesting that self-adhesive label volumes might be the most affected. He identified the end-use segments most likely to adopt direct-to-container technology (probably the beverage and home and personal care segments), and the equipment manufacturers already active in the field; highlighting growth drivers that will determine the future of this potentially-disruptive technology for the label industry.

Industry statistics
Jules Lejeune reported on the results of FINAT’s six-monthly RADAR review of the market, along with the association’s European labelstock consumption statistics. There was almost 25% growth in labelstock demand between 2010 and 2016, driven by an increase in packaged consumer goods, particularly food; high-quality branding; and variable information print for online shopping, process automation, and consumer protection. In the same period, regional growth was dominated by southern Europe, but eastern Europe – especially Hungary, Poland and Romania – led the growth trail, with relative cumulative growth at more than 60%.

Digital print prospects in Europe
Current status and prospects for digital print in the European narrow-web sector were explored by Jennifer Dochstader and David Walsh of market researchers LPC in their FINAT Digital Label Study 2017. Of the 2000 digital presses already installed in Europe, 76% are toner-based and 24% inkjet/hybrid, but research indicates that inkjet presses will grow at 14,5% per annum to 2022. 28% of European converters are planning to purchase a digital press within the next two years, but challenges for converters remain. Cost of ownership, press downtime due to service issues, and finding enough business to fill the available digital capacity were the three top-ranking concerns. The survey ended with an evaluation of brand owners’ responses to digital label print.

The FINAT business debate
Paul de Ruijter returned to the platform to present delegates’ suggested outcomes for the future of the imaginary company featured in the prior day’s workshop, and then welcomed four high-powered representatives of the global label and packaging industry for the FINAT Business Debate: Chris Ellison, owner of OPM (Labels and Packaging) Group and FINAT President; Geoff Martin, President, CCL Label; Adrian Tippenhauer, CEO of All4Labels; and Mike Henry, Executive Vice President, Constantia Flexibles Label Division. The four panellists talked around the current business environment, answering delegates’ interactive questions; and providing real insights into their ‘live’ world today.

Keynote: the wider context
From an inside view of the industry, the agenda moved to an outside evaluation of the wider context: the future of the European economic and political landscape. This was the closing keynote, presented by Joschka Fischer, Vice Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Germany 1998-2005, currently co-chair of the Executive Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and also running a business consultancy in Berlin. One of the most highly-respected statesmen of recent years, Joschka Fischer connected past and present, to create an awe-inspiring vision of the future centred on Europe’s need to bring together all its different national cultures – “Europe means diversity”, he underlined – “in a united front, to peacefully protect and promote its continued success and happiness because, after all, there will,” he said, “be a shift of power from west to east – and who will then take care of us? Our common destiny will be very important!”

Food for thought
European Label Forum delegates were generous in their applause for a keynote speech that certainly left them with food for thought, and Chris Ellison joined them as he closed the formal agenda, and thanked all the speakers, and the many supply chain customers who had sponsored the event – including Gold Sponsors Labelexpo Global Series and Labels & Labeling; Avery Dennison; Gallus; MPS; Nilpeter; and Wacker Chemie. With a personal agenda now fuller than ever, Chris Ellison commended “the excellent European Label Forum programme”, and, as newly-elected FINAT President, added with enthusiasm: “I am really looking forward to the next two years!”

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AGRANA plans to double wheat starch capacity in Pischelsdorf, Lower Austria  (Company news)

At the supervisory board meeting, the Supervisory Board of AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG has approved plans to double the production capacity of the wheat starch factory in Pischelsdorf, Lower Austria. The total investment volume will amount to EUR 92 million. After obtaining the necessary official approvals, the intention is to start construction work in early 2018 and to commission the new facility at the beginning of 2020. The expansion project will create 44 new jobs.

“The doubling of our wheat starch production capacity in Pischelsdorf represents an important step for AGRANA in terms of sustainably consolidating our position in the starch market. The expansion of our annual processing capacity at the Pischelsdorf site from 820,000 tonnes at present to over one million tonnes is a major competitive factor. This reflects the increasing level of demand, particularly from the paper industry due to the high proportion of recycled paper and rising demand for packaging stemming from internet / mail order trade”, emphasises AGRANA CEO Johann Marihart.

With 200 employees in future, the Pischelsdorf site also houses Austria’s only bioethanol facility in addition to its wheat starch plant. The close integration of both plants enables the cereals processed to be utilised to an extent of 100%. After extracting wheat starch and gluten, the remaining fractions of the raw materials are used in the production of bioethanol and a high-grade, GMO-free, protein-rich animal feed. Taking into account the high-purity CO2, which is extracted from the fermentation tanks of the bioethanol plant and liquefied by the industrial gas company Air Liquide, this makes a total of four top-quality products which are manufactured from a single commodity.
(Agrana Stärke GmbH)

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Vinda Paper (Zhejiang) Co. Ltd successfully starts up two Toscotec supplied tissue machines  (Company news)

Vinda Paper Zhejiang fired up two Toscotec supplied tissue machines, TM 3 and 4, at its Longyou mill in Zhejiang province. The mill successfully achieved start-up according to schedule and thus increased its production capacity by 60,000 tons/year.

The new AHEAD-2.0M tissue lines are designed for the production of premium quality tissue products, including toilet paper and facial tissue. Vinda Zhejiang’s new mill currently has four Toscotec’s tissue machines, two AHEAD-1.5M fired up in 2014 and the new AHEAD-2.0M. In view of the superior performance of the first two, the Vinda Group chose to invest in Toscotec’s top-of-the-line tissue machines. The AHEAD-2.0M advanced technology delivers top quality products, in line with Vinda’s highest quality standards, and guarantees the lowest possible energy consumption, thanks to a comprehensive energy saving concept, the TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving).

“I was proud to see another Toscotec’s tissue machine start up at Vinda’s mill. Under the expert operation of Vinda Zhejiang’s technicians, the new AHEAD-2.0M lines will perform to meet the customer’s expectations. We also expect to achieve yet again great results in terms of reductions of the energy cost.” said Marco Dalle Piagge, Toscotec’s Sales Director.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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ABB launches image-based online system for monitoring fiber properties to help control ...  (Company news)

...pulp mixture quality

-L&W Fiber Online expands ABB’s offering for pulp measurements to help improve quality and reduce costs for paper producers
-Compared with other traditional indirect measurements, L&W Fiber Online provides paper makers with complete information on fiber properties, refining effect and fiber mix, to help them monitor and control pulp quality

Photo: L&W Fiber Online for advanced analysis of fiber quality and fiber dimensions – measures fiber properties such as width, length, shape factor, two classes of fines (P and S) and macro fibrillation.

ABB has launched L&W Fiber Online – a reliable, repeatable and cost-effective online system for measuring, monitoring and controlling significant fiber quality variables in paper stock preparation and pulp production. This helps pulp and paper customers to save production costs by optimizing fiber usage, as well as reducing energy consumption through elimination of over-refining, and to improve quality by generating uniform pulp furnish for the paper, board or tissue machine.

Compared with traditional indirect measurements such as Canadian Standard Freeness (CSF) and Schopper-Riegler (SR), the measurements based on fiber images provided by L&W Fiber Online provide a more detailed and accurate information on the status of pulp quality. Fiber properties are categorized and presented as mean values and statistical distributions of width, length, shape factor, two classes of fines (P and S) and macro fibrillation.

L&W Fiber Online mitigates the problem of detecting late in the production process quality issues caused by fiber variations. By discovering variations earlier in the process, and as early as in stock preparation, it becomes feasible to take corrective actions in time to produce paper, board or tissue that meets the specifications. This system is based on ABB’s well-known L&W Fiber Tester Plus, a laboratory instrument which is used by hundreds of papermakers to track their pulp quality, and is a preferred tool by research centers and universities around the world. The system also allows for multiple sampling points with a single instrument, reducing initial investment and ongoing maintenance costs. For mixed furnishes, the optional Blend software analyzes the ratio of reference fiber species in a fiber mix, making it possible to save raw materials when switching grades or during start-up.

“We can now offer a robust unit that tells the complete story of the fibers in real time, which gives our customers an easy way to pinpoint and follow trends on furnish quality, and at the same time help them to reduce variations in stock preparation or pulp production, as well as saving energy” says Anna Schärman, Global Product Manager, ABB Pulp & Paper products.
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

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Organic food packaging cues in the UK, Germany and China  (Company news)

Due to lack of knowledge and confusion about organic food, the look and feel of the packaging is even more important when it comes to reaching the consumers. Let's have a look on how the design impacts consumer's registration of organic food.

Green, illustrations, paperboard and distinctive fonts are parameters which are significant for how consumers act when they choose, or not choose organic products. Many consumers are all in to organic food, but there are also many skeptics.

British consumers who buy organic or aspire to do so, firmly believe that it’s better for you – no pestides and no E numbers. They feel that it tastes better. Many feel buying organic is more important for certain types of products: especially meat and dairy, as it means no usage of antibiotics. However, many aspire to buy organic but their budget simply will not stretch to it.

Some are more skeptic about organic food, beyond its price. They believe it does not always equal better taste. Some people feel that if you choose something that is organic, you need to follow through and buy everything organic for it to make sense.

The package is important for our behaviour of buying. In the UK, consumers believe that organic food is easily identifiable through its design. For example, the Brits highly associate designs with green, earthy colours and muted colours and a rustic, authentic and ‘back to nature’ look and feel with organic food. They also believe that it has less photography, more illustrations and distinctive fonts and that the package is in paperboard. Disappointing though, some brands are copying the organic look and feel to communicate that their products are healthy and better for you than the average ones, without being truly organic.

The "bio" notion evokes a wide spread of associations amongst German consumers. The regional aspect means shorter transports and ingredients that fit the seasonal needs of the consumers. People think that treating both the environment and themselves well will lower the risks of toxics and chemicals. For many, organic equals premium, high-quality food and is therefore considered more expensive. People are willing to pay more for fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, fish and partly for dairy products. The animal welfare, for both ethical and own health reasons, is also an important argument to choose eco, and not only by vegans or vegetarians.

However, there is no unconditional trust in bio products, seals or labels. Consumers in Germany have a lot of skepticism about supermarket chains and the mass of bio products. Organic food packaging is expected to deliver the look and feel of "unprocessed" nature. Organic packaging tends to have a smart design in solid materials. Paper and carton board is preferred and also mute colours with rough surface. The packaging should be simple and plain with natural depictions.

Even if bio logos have to be placed on bio food, not all of them are understood and consumers are not sure which ones are trustworthy. For consumers, organic is automatically linked to sustainability. Examples of sustainable but useful packaging in terms of a natural feel and functional usage are sandwich and wax paper.

In China, consumers believe organic food is healthy, yet some are suspicious about the authenticity. Due to the concerns on food safety, some environmentally conscious and high-end consumers always buy organic vegetables and grains, but seafood and meat are difficult to ensure if it is organic. Some consumers are suspicious about the genuineness of the organic foods in the market; therefore they are not willing to pay a premium price for current organic products.

In China, consumers believe organic products are all well packed with "organic" printed on the package. Some products even provide more detailed descriptions such as no chemical pesticide, no chemical fertilizers, no chemical additive, no artificial colouring, or no GMO (genetically modified organism). Chinese consumers like organic food packaging to be transparent so that they can see the content clearly. To give the food an even more organic feeling, some consumers hope the packaging can be recycled as well.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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Mimaki aims to revolutionise production workflow of labels and packaging professionals at ...  (Company news)

...Labelexpo Europe 2017

Enables brands and converters to affordably produce special or customised short runs

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced that it will be bringing a variety of innovative digital print-and-cut solutions for short-run and customised labels and packaging to Labelexpo Europe 2017. The show, scheduled for 25 to 28 September in Brussels, bears the theme of “Gain an Unfair Advantage,” and Mimaki experts will be on hand to help attendees achieve that goal on Stand 8A08.

Photo: The CJV150 integrated printer/cutter solutions provide high performance, creativity and versatility with vibrant ink types in a cost-effective solution for label printing

“Brands are increasingly looking for ways to differentiate labels and packaging for better market performance,” says Ronald Van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “While this is an effective approach for brands, it can put strain on conventional labels and packaging workflows due to the shorter runs and faster time to market these strategies demand. Plus, there is a growing need for fast production of samples and mock-ups to speed the design process. At Mimaki, we have worked hard to develop innovative, affordable ways to ensure labels and packaging converters can meet these changing customer requirements, and visitors to our stand will see it all in action.”

Direct printing on rigid substrates
At the show, Mimaki will be using its UJF-7151plus to demonstrate direct printing on rigid substrates to create high-quality nameplates suitable for industrial marking or placarding. Additionally, a small laser-cutting device will be used in combination with the printer to cut rigid labels to finished product. Visitors will be pleased with the simplicity and affordability this solution delivers, especially for short-run production of industrial applications such as identification plates or number plates. The UJF-7151plus, a compact UV LED direct- to-object printer, utilises state-of-the-art technology to deliver a powerful and reliable digital alternative to traditional screen print operations. With a print resolution of up to 1200 dpi, the UJF-7151plus features a 710 x 510 mm printable area using process, white and clear inks plus primer.

Silver ink for stunning labels
Mimaki will also be showing print-and-cut of high quality specialised labels using silver ink. The CJV150 Series integrated printer/cutter solutions provide high performance, creativity and versatility with vibrant ink types, including silver, orange and light black, in a cost-effective solution for label printing. At a resolution of up to 1440 dpi and speeds of up to 56.2 m2, this solvent ink printer is a handy addition to any label converting operation.

Up to speed on corrugated
Digital direct-to-corrugated printing is another hot topic Mimaki will address at Labelexpo Europe 2017. “With the combination of the Mimaki UJF-6042MkII printer and the CFL-605RT cutting table, operations can quickly and affordably create corrugated items, from boxes to in-store displays, featuring stunning graphics sure to draw attention,” adds Van den Broek.

The UJF-6042MkII flatbed LED UV printer, with a maximum print area of 610 x 420 mm, brings increased productivity and ease of use to on-demand, direct-to-corrugated printing. It is also ideal for other labels and packaging applications as well as for the creation of signs, displays and other graphically rich applications, including substrates up to 153mm thick. It features a choice of inks, including LH-100 (a hard UV curable ink with high scratch and chemical resistance and brilliant colour reproduction) or LUS-120 (suitable for printing on soft materials). Each is available in nine colours including white, clear and primer.

Printing on 360o surfaces
Mimaki will also be showing its popular Kebab option, an affordable direct-to-object 360º printing solution. At the show, the Kebab option will be shown printing on glass and plastic bottles with the Mimaki UJF-3042MkII flatbed LED UV printer.

Van den Broek concludes, “We are truly looking forward to welcoming visitors to our stand at Labelexpo Europe 2017 and exploring ways to help them ‘gain an unfair advantage’ in the highly competitive and rapidly evolving labels and packaging market. We have lots of innovative ideas to share with them, and we believe these discussions will spark even more creative approaches they can take back to their businesses for continued growth, profitability and competitive advantage.”
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

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Channel baling press HSM VK 4212   (Company news)

For industrial applications with medium material loads, e.g. processing industry, department stores, document shredding facilities, printing and paper industry.

-Suitable for applications with a throughput rate up to approx. 251 m³ / hour
-Versatile solution for materials up to approx. 60 kg /m³ bulk weight
-Suitable for compressing paper, cardboard, shredded material and foils
-With large loading aperture for optimised feeding methods
-Suitable for continuous loading with conveyor belt, air feeding or similar
-Operating side can be selected
-Versatile use, also suitable for special materials (on request)
-Control of compression cycle via light barrier
-High compression and bale weights
(HSM GmbH + Co. KG)

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Hong Kong International Stationery Fair to open in January  (Company news)

Growth in Asia Market under Spotlight; Strong Participation of Key Pavilions and Brands

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, the 18th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will run from 8 – 11 January 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The four day fair expects more than 250 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions, and over 20,000 visitors from around the globe.

Thriving opportunities in Asia’s stationery market
Under the digital era, the stationery industry remains resilient and shows strong potential for market growth. According to data shared by Statista, one of the world’s leading statistics companies, global revenue for the “Hobby and Stationery” segment in 2017 will reach USD132 billion (HKD1030 billion; RMB894 billion), with an annual growth rate of 11.3 per cent between 2017 and 2021.

Asia is forecasted to emerge as the highest revenue generator in 2017, which accounts for up to 42% of global revenue (USD56 billion; HKD437 billion; RMB379 billion). Hong Kong, as the major trade hub in Asia Pacific, has attracted the attention of brands and manufacturers from around the world thanks to this revenue generating region.

Key pavilions and brands spice up the fair
Supported by the industry across Asia, the fair will continue to feature pavilions from Korea and Taiwan in cooperation with renowned industry associations, the Korea Stationery Industry Cooperative and the Taiwan Association of Stationery Industries. In addition to pavilions, many notable brands have confirmed their participation.

Quality visitor profile draws exhibitors back
Wenzhou Kaiwen Stationery & Sports Manufacturing Co Ltd from the Chinese mainland returns to the 2018 fair, and intends to display its wide range of stationery items such as fibre tip pens, fineliners, highlighters and markers. “We aim to strengthen trade ties with our old customers and meet new ones at the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair,” said Shirley Zhou, Sales Manager of the company. “We are able to meet more serious buyers from our targeted sales markets in this fair than the other shows at which we have exhibited before.”

Also present at the fair will be the International Writing Instrument Corporation from Taiwan, which has specialised in metallic pen manufacturing for more than 30 years. The company exhibited for the first time at the previous edition of the fair and was overwhelmed by the encouraging results. “The fair is an ideal platform for brand promotion and we were able to meet quality buyers. We successfully found a Korean dealer from our first participation.” said Mei Chang, sales manager of the company, who is going to showcase their newest series of ball pens and fountain pens at the 2018 fair.

Another company which joined the fair in 2017 for the first time is Gala Plus International Company from Hong Kong. It engages in various paper and packaging products including calendars, greeting cards, journals and writing pads. The company found it very effective to gain exposure at the fair, as they received numerous orders afterwards. They will also implement a marketing plan to include the fair in their regular marketing strategy.
The 2018 fair will once again feature five product zones, including DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office. To offer a one-stop trading platform and better sourcing experience, the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held concurrently with the HKTDC’s Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Licensing Show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
(Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd)

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Lecta to participate at Drinktec 2017  (Company news)

​Lecta will present innovations in its specialty papers at this leading international event for the beverage industry.

Lecta will exhibit at the Munich's next Drinktec trade fair, the world's most prestigious platform for the beverage and liquid food sector. From September 11 to 15, it will present and exhibit its innovations in specialty paper labels for this sector, within this excellent platform for launching new products and developments.

Visitors will discover the exceptional quality and versatility of three of Lecta's product lines: Metalvac metalized papers, the wide range of Adestor self-adhesive materials and Creaset one-side coated papers.

Metalvac, Lecta's high-vacuum 100% recyclable metallized paper, will be presented at Drinktec in the form of a new catalogue. The sample book is made up of three folders that correspond to the brand's three application segments: wet-glue labels, pressure-sensitive labels and tobacco and packaging. Each​ multi-lingual folder (ES/EN/IT​/FR) contains technical specifications and product samples in different colors and finishes.

Metalvac A HG is the newest addition to the range of Metalvac metallized papers. This facestock with an excellent gloss finish has been designed for producing self-adhesive labels for the beverage industry. It is suitable for printing in offset and UV offset, flexo (solvent, UV, water-based) and letterpress (solvent and UV).

The new and impressive Labels to Celebrate collection consists of 16 graphic design proposals of self-adhesive labels for the beverage industry. It beautifully highlights the different possibilities that the Adestor line offers the sector's printers and manufacturers. The swatch book contains 27 labels that have been produced in a wide range of printing techniques such as silkscreen, stamping and embossing, designed for embellishing different containers: wine, cava, spirits, water and beer bottles.

Another innovation worth noting is Adestor Metal HGWS facestock. Its superior high gloss and moisture-resistant treatment make this product the ideal choice for premium labels for cava, champagne, beer and spirits, both for refrigerated bottles, ice-water immersion as well as recoverable bottles.

Creaset Endless possibilities, Lecta's extensive range of one-side coated paper will also be on display at the trade fair for its two application segments: Labels and Packaging. Particularly noteworthy in the Labels range are coated and embossed papers with high and low moisture resistance for labelling beer and water, as well as grades with fungistatic treatment for applications requiring a barrier to prevent the spread of fungi.

We invite you to discover all this and more in Hall A2, Lecta Stand 231 from September 11 to 15 in Munich.

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UPM launches an exclusive magazine paper for CSWO printing  (Company news)

UPM, the world's leading paper manufacturer, has launched a new innovation, UPM Impresse plus C, a pioneering SC paper custom-developed for coldset web offset printing. UPM Impresse plus C offers a smoother, glossier finish and a unique, magazine-quality result that sets new benchmarks in CSWO printing.

The velvety finish and appealing texture enable superior-quality print reproduction characterised by intense colours and rich contrasts. This new innovation opens up a whole new range of business opportunities for CSWO printers, whilst also enabling more efficient utilization of press capacity.

Brighter, smoother and finer
"Customers with coldset presses told us they needed to make better use of their capacity and expand into new areas of commercial printing but they couldn't compete with the quality of heatset and rotogravure printers," explains Olli Juntunen, Product Manager at UPM Jämsä River Mills in Finland.

"We realized this called for a new, innovative product. Working closely with our customers, we devoted two years to extensive research and development until we were confident that UPM Impresse plus C met their exact requirements. The silky finish and smooth feel are exceptional."

Minimum resetting, maximum value
For printers looking to stand out from the competition with commercial titles, inserts, value-added advertising and special-interest supplements, this revolutionary SC paper offers a cost-effective way of expanding their core business with minimum outlay.

UPM Impresse plus C is offered in three grammages: 48 g/m², 51 g/m² and 54 g/m². Although special press settings are not strictly required for higher-quality results, UPM offers straightforward press/post-press recommendations for the best possible print quality.
(UPM Group - Paper Industry)

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Digital print solution from Heidelberg – Faller reserves one of the first Primefire 106 for its ...  (Company news) pharmaceutical packaging production

-Digitization supports the trend towards smaller runs resulting from specialized medicinal products
-Primefire guarantees the high safety standards of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry
-Development of new service offerings
-Sustainable production through environmentally friendly materials and less paper waste

Photo: The Primefire 106 opens up new applications through variable printing and customization. The seven-color inkjet system provides a large color space for optimal spot color simulation and offers print quality identical to that of offset printing.

The pharmaceutical and healthcare market is increasingly moving towards specialized medicinal products. As a result, the packaging runs for these specially developed medicines are becoming ever shorter, along with the delivery times. August Faller GmbH & Co. KG based in Waldkirch near Freiburg has decided to counter this trend by placing an advance order for the Primefire 106 digital printing system from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in order to obtain one of the first machines worldwide in 2018. “We specialize in the production of secondary packaging for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, and see ourselves as a supply chain partner to our customers,” explains Managing Partner Dr. Michael Faller. “The diversity of the Primefire technology will create new opportunities in packaging production, which is increasingly moving towards customization, serialization, and digitization.”
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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James Cropper is set to take attendees of Packaging Innovations London to the dark side as it showcases its extensive range of black papers.

Prestige paper innovator James Cropper is set to take attendees of Packaging Innovations London to the dark side as it showcases its extensive range of black papers.

At the exhibition, taking place from 13 to 14 September at Olympia in London, the company will also shine a light on its Tailor Made service, which allows brands to develop unique, custom-made paper solutions.

James Cropper holds recipes for over 50 different shades of black, with four ready-to-order FSC®-certified black ranges available from stock and other blacks developed as custom projects.

Amongst those on show at the event include: Liquorice and Black Lentil from the Dolcelicious range, which are luxurious food contact-approved non-carbon papers made from pure fibre; Black Bowston, made from 100 per cent recovered fibre and often specified as laminating liner, as part of a complex for a folding box, or as an elegant alternative to grey board; and the Black from Vanguard, James Cropper’s leading colour range, which has a smooth finish ideal for promotional print.

Susan Wilson, group packaging director at James Cropper, said: “Our Tailor Made service offers a wide range of bespoke solutions, with clients able to choose everything from the individual fibres used to make paper to the ways they’re engineered, embossed and converted. Naturally, a huge part of this comes down to colour – something we’re internationally renowned for.

“Most people take this to mean our specialism lies in the colours of the spectrum – and imagine reds, blues, greens and so on. Of course, these are important, but when it comes to packaging, black paper is like a wardrobe essential, it brings an air of sophistication, class and has timeless appeal.”

Retailers at the exhibition looking to boost their environmental credentials are set to learn more about James Cropper’s policy on fresh fibre being sourced from sustainably managed forests, as well as its use of ingredients such as coffee cup fibre or post-consumer waste.

Sue added: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating the versatility of paper packaging and how it can be used to elevate the product within, while satisfying sustainability credentials. And when it comes to colour, more and more luxury brands are turning to the darker palette for their packaging, and black certainly offers great contrast to many types of printing foils, enhancing that premium effect and giving fantastic shelf appeal!”
(James Cropper plc)

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Rebuilding of a Synchro Jagenberg at Burgo Group  (Company news)

Burgo Group possesses two SINCRO JAGENBERG of the last generation: at Sarego, and Toscolano Plants. The faults of the original drives, and the no longer availability of their spare parts, lighted the idea to quickly rebuild those machines.

Further the last fault of the Control Techniques drive, as much as the unavailability of spare parts quickly, the management got the idea to rebuild and renew the control of those machines.

The competitiveness of the SAEL Mustertextzuaktivieren ONE drives – with their long-life insurance – pushed the changing of the whole existing drives. The sheeter control electrical cabinets have been modified and upgraded in two days and the production has been optimized achieving performances never got before.

A fault occurred to Drives at Toscolano paper mill – blades drive application - was enough to warn the Management and go for a change. Actually all the drives mounted on this application are 10 years old: their spare parts were not longer available.

It is a common strategy of many SAELs competitors to obsolete their Drives after few years. This allows to be focused on the new technologies but obliges the customer to manage a machine with the electrical section who gets old much faster than the mechanical one.

SAEL approaches the market in a different way: the after sales department can repair any old equipment (no matters how old it is) and the R&D, continuously focused on the new technologies, improves the Drives with a full compatibility vs. the former versions as much as the existing systems. Moreover, SAEL can work on existing competitor equipments, offering full revamping / rebuilding and saving a lot of their parts – offering a great cost saving and value selling, in fact.

The mounting of the new drives into the original electrical cabinet was quick and efficient. In a very short time Sael changed the old drives, the DC-Bus – in phase off – and its capacitors: older than the others within the drives. Thanks to their own functions, the new SAEL ONE Drives allowed to remove many auxiliary analogical/digital boards originally used by the existing system.

Within one week – tests and settings included – the machine was ready to produce. Moreover, it was possible to fulfil an important paper mill need: to use the machine with one drive/motors in case of single fault.
(Sael S.r.l.)

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SPLASHBAG on World Tour – sustainable, water-repellent paper bag receives global recognition  (Company news)

Mondi Industrial Bags, in collaboration with its customer and cement producer LafargeHolcim, has created SPLASHBAG – a paper-based solution designed to satisfy the need of dealing with materials that are often exposed to wet conditions or environments. The product has been developed as a direct response to the customer’s packaging needs in this area, and is suitable for the protection of moisture-sensitive filling goods, including building materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Having successfully launched in Europe, the product is now gaining traction in many other markets around the world.

Based on Mondi`s Advantage Protect sack kraft paper – a grade that offers both a water-repellent surface and high wet tensile strength – the bag maintains high strength even in wet environments. Thanks to its bespoke benefits, within the last year SPLASHBAG has quickly gained global recognition – from Azerbaijan and Bulgaria to France and La Réunion. The key to SPLASHBAG‘s success lies in its enhanced sack kraft paper properties – absorbing less moisture than conventional paper bags and maintaining both integrity and product quality.

As a result, this fully recyclable water- repellent solution offers increased wet strength while matching the filling speed of standard paper bags. Even after a few hours of direct exposure to rain, or moisture ingress, it can still be handled and stored without difficulty. This way it significantly reduces bag breakage rates, leading to genuine cost savings through reduced waste, lower vehicle and site clean-up costs and time savings for logistics and site managers.

The enhanced properties of the SPLASHBAG’s paper are a result of close collaboration with our integrated supplier – Mondi Kraft Paper – and are an example of how Mondi constantly improves product quality to meet customers’ needs. Another benefit is the reliability Mondi delivers every day by thoroughly testing its solutions. Both through engineers at its dedicated Bag Application Centre, as well as by customers and suppliers, Mondi makes sure the products withstand the most rigorous conditions. This way filling processes can be optimized to ensure efficiency and increased productivity.

Claudio Fedalto, Sales & Marketing Director, Mondi Industrial Bags, commented: “With a broad range of industrial bags optimized for high-speed filling lines and multiple closing options, Mondi can provide its dynamic customers with the right tools to ensure global market success. We are currently working on further improvements that will extend the water resistance of SPASHBAG and will exceed the markets’ expectations in terms of the bags’ strength and shelf-appeal. Stay tuned for more details how our World Tour progresses.”
(Mondi Industrial Bags GmbH)

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Nippon Paper Industries Launches Coated Paper 'b7 LIGHT'  (Company news)

- New product in the “b7” series featuring low base weight yet high paper thickness -

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter "Nippon Paper Industries ") is pleased to announce the July 3 launch of "b7 LIGHT", a new product in the "b7" series. The new product will be produced with the PM N4 and CM 4 at Nippon Paper Industries' Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki-Shi, Miyagi).

The "b7" series uses Nippon Paper Industries' unique bulking technology to produce well-textured coated paper that achieves low base weight and high paper thickness. To date, the series lineup has comprised b7 TRANEXT, b7 CREAM, b7 NATURAL and b7 BULKY. By adding "b7 LIGHT" this time, Nippon Paper Industries continues to address more diverse requirements.

As for features, b7 LIGHT offers a rougher and more natural color tone and softer page-turning experience thank to its low density compared with b7 TRANEXT, while at the same time achieving improved print performance compared with b7 BULKY. In addition, the paper offers superior shelf life because it is a wood free-based printing paper.

The paper is available in 67g/m2, 77g/m2, 87g/m2 and 97g/m2 at 10g/m2 unit in terms of the base weight, and designed under a lineup concept similar to that of b7 TRANEXT in terms of paper thickness.

Nippon Paper Industries expects that the paper will find diverse applications, including magazines that require expressiveness in printing while simultaneously featuring rough and natural tones, and color-printed yet small-sized books that are also expected to offer an excellent page-turning experience.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

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Lenzing Invests in Thailand  (Company news)

-Lenzing plans construction of a state-of-the-art lyocell fiber production plant in Prachinburi (Thailand) by the end of 2020
-Decision to establish a subsidiary and purchase property in Industrial Park 304
-Next steps: finalizing of approvals and technical planning

The Lenzing Group aims to substantially increase its share of specialty fibers as a proportion of total revenue. Following the expansion drive already underway in Lenzing and Heiligenkreuz (both in Austria), Grimsby (Great Britain) and Mobile, Alabama (USA), the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG approved the proposal of the Management Board yesterday to build the next state-of-the-art facility to produce lyocell fibers in Thailand. For this purpose, Lenzing is establishing a subsidiary in Thailand and purchasing a commercial property in Industrial Park 304 located in Prachinburi near Bangkok. In the coming months, the required permits and licenses as well as technical planning will be finalized. A definitive decision on constructing the new production plant will be made in the first quarter of 2018. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2020.

The selection of Industrial Park 304 in Prachinburi was based on its excellent overall infrastructure, outstanding expansion opportunities and the sustainable biogenic energy supply. Similar to the plant in Mobile, the planned production facility will be constructed on the basis of the latest state-of-the-art technology and feature a capacity of up to 100,000 tons annually. This site will strengthen the worldwide lyocell network of the Lenzing Group and enable its global customers to source TENCEL® branded fibers from Europe, North America and Asia.

“The planned expansion underscores our commitment to support the business growth of our customers, which will result in offering them even more environmentally friendly products by using TENCEL® fibers, the world’s most sustainable botanic fibers”, says Lenzing CEO Stefan Doboczky. “The expansion to Thailand represents the next consistent step in the implementation of our sCore TEN strategy as a means of increasing the share of specialty fibers and expanding our geographical footprint. With Asia accounting for 70 percent of total Lenzing Group revenue, it is logical that we will construct the next production plant for TENCEL® fibers in Asia,” Doboczky adds.
(Lenzing AG)

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OMET Tissue boosts production capability  (Company news)

OMET opened a new production site (photo) for the business unit dedicated to tissue converting machines manufacturing, which in the last year achieved a strong growth in sales. The new area, covering over 1000 m2 including outdoor and indoor space, is situated in Valmadrera (LC) and integrates the historical headquarter in Via Caduti a Fossoli in Lecco. It serves as complementary production site where a dozen operators work at tissue converting machines assembling and testing.

“The new premises have been operative for a couple of months – as Marco Calcagni, OMET commercial director explained – and it represents the answer to the enormous increase in demand registered in the latest years in Italy and in many foreign markets “.

This is a further evidence of the regular and constant growth for the Italian company, which at the end of 2016 started a new production site in Molteno (LC) dedicated to the printing machines business unit.

OMET Tissue product portfolio includes four main converting lines for the automatic production of disposable napkins, paper towels, non-woven products and placemats.
(Omet S.r.l.)

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270 Exhibitors, 5000 Visitors. This is MIAC in Lucca (Italy)!  (Company news)

Machinery and plants for the production of Paper and Paperboard and for the converting of Tissue Paper.

This 11.12.13 October we wait for you in Lucca for the 24th edition of MIAC Exhibition.

Give a look to the detailed programs of MIAC 2017 Conferences.
Participation is free of charge but it is necessary the pre-registration.

270 International Companies are waiting for you in Lucca/Italy!
Watch the full list of MIAC 2017 Exhibitors. This October, in Italy, you can meet the leading international companies of the Paper Industry sector.

The venue of MIAC
The address of the Exhibition Centre of MIAC is:
MIAC (c/o Lucca Fiere Exhibition Centre) – Via della Chiesa XXXII, 237 – 55100 Lucca (Italy)

IMPORTANT! It is advisable to indicate on the car navigator system Via Vitricaia – Lucca (MIAC free parking).

MIAC opening time
11, 12 and 13 October 2017.
Entrance to MIAC Exhibition is free of charge.
(Edipap Srl)

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Allied Pacific Invests in the Nilpeter FA-4*  (Company news)

Picture: Ann Chua, General Manager of Allied Pacific Packaging Solutions Corporation, in front of their new Nilpeter FA-4*

Allied Pacific Packaging Solutions Corporation has acquired their first Nilpeter press.

Allied Pacific has invested in an 8-colour FA-4* flexo press with de-/relamination, UV-lamination, cold foil, and Quick-Change Die Unit. The investment is a result of an increased demand for value-added flexible packaging.

The Philippine packaging solutions company is a large player on the local package printing market and is one of 50 subsidiaries in the giant RD Corporation. Since 2005, the company specialises in printing of labels, pouches, boxes, wrappers, and much more, within the food segment.

“We see a clear trend towards advanced flexible packaging solutions”, General Manager of Allied Pacific, Ann Magdalene S. Chua, explains. “We operate in a highly competitive market in the Asian region, so we need to differentiate ourselves from the competition”.

In 2015, Ann Chua set out to find her next flexo press to keep up with the increasing demand. She spotted Nilpeter’s FA-4* running candy sachets at LabelExpo Europe’s Packprint Workshop in 2015, and her interest was sparked.

“I was immediately impressed with the level of automation on that press”, says Ann Chua. “It basically combines a very cool design with a lot of practical and ergonomic features – and this appeals to me”.

Another contributing factor for Allied Pacific’s decision is the confidence in Nilpeter’s service setup in the Asian region. “Service is of the utmost importance to us, and we have no doubt that Nilpeter Customer Care will support us every step of the way”, says Allied Pacific’s General Manager.

Allied Pacific Packaging Solutions Corp. expects to move into more segments, such as health & beauty, beverage, and pharmaceuticals. “There are so many benefits to the FA-4*, and I would be very surprised if this is the last Nilpeter press we invest in!”, Ann Chua concludes.
(Nilpeter A/S)

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Highest efficiency. With the thinplate system for hotfoiling.  (Company news)

Marbach presented to the visitors of the Marbach & Brausse Innovation Days its solution for a fast make-ready and archiving of hotfoil clichés: the Marbach thinplate system. Customers save the most of make-ready time with this system. This advantage becomes especially clear for repeat orders. A customer, who has already used this system for years is the company Tako Carton Plant Ltd. – that belongs to the Pyroll-Group.

Mikko Pihkanen, Product Designer at Tako Carton Plant Ltd.: “Setting up hotfoil clichés is very time-consuming. That’s why years ago we were already looking for a solution that reduced this time and effort and improved our efficiency in production. After a long search we became aware of the Marbach thinplate system. We have now been using this for more than two years. It is mainly used for packaging for the consumer goods industry with a high level of refinement. With the latest version of this system, we shorten the make-ready time of hotfoil jobs to a minimum. For purely repeat orders, it is in most cases a reduction of make-ready times of around 100%. We take the thinplate, on which the single clichés are archived, from our storage, insert it into our machine and start producing. Arranging the clichés to the print image is normally unnecessary for repeat jobs, because the clichés can be archived on the thinplate during the first make-ready. An unbeatable advantage. On a 10-ups tool for example, we can sometimes save 8 hours. Thus a whole shift.”
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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PMT to rebuild Varaka PM 2 in Turkey  (Company news)

Varaka Kağit Sanayi AŞ, a member of the Albayrak Group, selected PMT for the technological sections of the rebuild of the 7.1 m wide paper machine #2 in Balikesir, Turkey. The machine, that originally was producing Newsprint and Machine Finished Coated in Spain, will be converted to produce 1,100 tpd of Test Liner and White Top Liner at a target speed of 1,200 mpm.

On June 2, 2017 Mr. Ahmet Taşcı, General Manager of Varaka, Mr. David Dostal, Chairman of the Board of PAPCEL and Mr. Valter Canelli, Sales Director of PMT, signed the contract that includes a ÆGO™FLX SHOE and a ÆGO™STREAM S.

This is the first capital project of the new PMT S.R.L., former PMT Italia S.p.A., just two weeks after the acquisition by PAPCEL, a.s. This is an important step for the whole PAPCEL Group but in particular for PMT, demonstrating how the market was waiting for the new PMT.

PMT is still operating in Pinerolo, Turin - Italy, where its employees have been working before under the name of Beloit Italia and later as PMT Italia.
(PMT S.r.l.)

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Karl Knauer KG obtains a majority interest in HEPACK druck+verpackung GmbH  (Company news)

// Karl Knauer KG obtains a majority interest in HEPACK GmbH
// Successful growth strategy required expansion of capacity
// HEPACK brings in specialisation in food packaging

Karl Knauer KG, packaging manufacturer from Biberach/Baden, has acquired HEPACK druck+verpackung GmbH from Neuenstein near Heilbronn as of 3 July 2017. With 75% of the company shares, Karl Knauer KG thus becomes the majority owner, while the managing director of HEPACK GmbH, Peter Heim, continues to hold 25% of the shares. Richard Kammerer, Stefanie Wieckenberg and Joachim Würz were also appointed managing directors of HEPACK. Both companies are experts in the field of packaging and appeared very satisfied with the course of the amicable negotiations. It is planned to retain all former employees of HEPACK.

Of benefit for everyone involved
As part of its own growth strategy, the acquisition enables the Karl Knauer Group to considerably increase its production capacities with immediate effect and to expand the food packaging division: With roughly 100 employees and state-of-the art machinery, HEPACK has at its disposal many years of expertise in food, confectionery and sanitary product packaging. In doing so, Karl Knauer KG owns up to its growth and successfully expands to now three locations in Biberach (Baden), Pniewy (Poland) and Neuenstein near Heilbronn. In total, the Karl Knauer Group now employs a workforce in excess of 700.
It is planned to retain all former employees of HEPACK. A change of the corporate name is initially not intended.

Richard Kammerer, executive partner and management spokesman of Karl Knauer KG, is clearly pleased with the successful takeover:
“HEPACK is extremely lean and produces food packaging in top quality at a very competitive price. In all other lines of business, Karl Knauer KG is represented with a broad product range and has for many years demonstrated high innovative capabilities - the best requisite for a successful joint future!”

Stefanie Wieckenberg, executive partner of Karl Knauer KG, adds:
“Only a few months ago we were rivals on a highly competitive market. Now we can pool our expertise and jointly look forward to a successful future!”
“The company acquisition generates precious synergies, which will also benefit our costumers and suppliers.“
(Karl Knauer KG)

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BOBST and Radex announce launch of Mouvent, a new company focused on digital print ...  (Company news)

... using pioneering digital technology

BOBST – one of the world’s leading suppliers of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers, and Radex – a startup company owned by multiple stakeholders with a long track record in the field of DOD inkjet digital printing, announced the launch of Mouvent, a joint venture that will become the digital printing competence center and solutions provider of BOBST. Mouvent, which is comprised of 80 employees in Switzerland, will focus on inventing and delivering the future of digital printing.

Central to the digital innovation at Mouvent is an ingenious digital printing technology developed by Radex, which is based on a highly integrated cluster and represents a quantum leap for the industry. Thanks to its intelligent and compact design, it will be the centerpiece of revolutionary new machines developed by Mouvent for a wide variety of markets such as textile, labels, corrugated board, flexible packaging, folding carton and more.

“We truly believe this is a watershed moment for the future of digital printing independent of the industry or market,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst Group SA. “Current industry trends – including high demand for digitalization, short runs, fast availability, promotion and versioning, personalized and seasonal products, and increasing sensitivity towards cost and environment – are driving demand for high quality and affordable digital printing machines. Through Mouvent we aim to initiate a quantum leap in this area, ultimately providing the market with what it needs most; highly reliable industrial digital printing on different substrates at a competitive cost.”

As well as the digital printing presses, Mouvent offers a fully integrated, complete solution – it develops, engineers, tests, and industrializes digital printers based on the MouventTM Cluster, it writes the software around the printers, develops inks and coatings for various substrates, as well as providing a full servicing offering. The company is promising a new standard in inkjet label production cost and quality, in ink pricing, head durability, quality and machine performance. Its first machine that has been launched is an innovative, highly productive digital printer for textiles, which prints with up to 8 colors, and there is a full product pipeline to follow.

The innovative cluster design is the base building block for all systems, current and in development. “Our radical new approach is to use a base cluster which is arranged in a modular, scalable matrix instead of having different print bars for different applications and different print width” explains Piero Pierantozzi, Co-Founder of Mouvent. “The Mouvent Cluster is the key technology behind the Mouvent machines, resulting in high optical resolution for a crisp, colorful, very high printing quality, as well as a never-seen-before flexibility and possibilities in terms of machine development. Simplicity is our engineering philosophy.”

Mouvent printers are the smallest digital printers in their category – closer to desktop printing than to traditional analogic printers like flexo – making them very compact, light-weighted and easily accessible. The modular, compact system allows easier settings and start-up with less fine adjustments required resulting in a productivity boost. The compact design has many other benefits, including smaller footprint, faster change-over, simple implementation and low cost.

“We are very excited to start rolling out the pipeline in the months ahead,” said Simon Rothen, CEO of Mouvent. “Today is the announcement of an exciting journey of bringing large-scale digital printing to various industries. The digital printing solutions offered by Mouvent will present new opportunities for all sorts of companies, bringing more flexibility, unmatched productivity, shorter time to market and infinite variation, all with a very compact and energy efficient design. This will revolutionize the digital printing world.”

The Mouvent Team welcomes you to visit their stand A60 Hall 3 during Labelexpo 2017 for the launch of the new digital printing presses for the label industry.
(Bobst Mex SA)

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Freez-BIB® : LGR Packaging’s latest beverage market innovation  (Company news)

LGR Packaging has developed a new bag-in-box concept for consumers who want to enjoy fresh drinks: the Freez-BIB®.

LGR has integrated a cooling system – ice cooler – into the box, which allows you to keep your beverage fresh more than 2 hours after exit of the bag-in-box from the fridge. Freez-BIB® is a perfect pack to enjoy a cool drink during a summer party or meal with friends!

The pack has been designed in a way that the cooling system is easy to place – either by the final user or on packing lines –; it does not interfere with the functioning of the bag-in-box and it makes cooling diffusion optimal. The Freez-BIB® packaging can be mechanized and adapted to all kinds of standard shapes and cut-angle forms.

More than a technical concept, Freez-BIB® is a perfect marketing tool, in particular for promotional campaigns in summer time.

A few months after the introduction of the "Easy-Recycling" bag-in-box, LGR Packaging confirms with Freez-BIB® its dynamic market approach, and innovative and creative capabilities for the Bag-In-Box market.
(LGR Packaging SAS)

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Asahi Photoproducts to Bring Innovation, Education to Labelexpo Europe 2017  (Company news)

A focus on Fixed Colour Palette printing: The future of flexography

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, reported it will be showing its AWP™ of water-washable flexographic plate solutions featuring Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer at Labelexpo Europe 2017. Asahi will be located on Stand 5A34 at the show, scheduled for 25 to 28 September in Brussels.

“Labelexpo Europe is always a highlight in our show schedule,” states Akihiro Kato, Managing Director of Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “That is especially true this year as interest in higher quality and more efficient production of labels and packaging is heating up across Europe. At the show, our experts be on hand to help visitors better understand how Asahi AWP™ plates can improve OEE and profitability without any compromise in quality. Visitors to our stand will also be able to see printed application examples and get advice from our experts about the best plates for their individual needs.”

Asahi experts will also be available to speak with visitors about fixed colour palette printing, which uses a fixed palette of up to seven inks to virtually eliminate the need for spot colour inks. Because it uses a fixed set of inks, there is no wash-up required between jobs, and combo jobs are made easier. Asahi plates with Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer deliver the precise plate-to-plate register required to implement this printing process successfully. “In our opinion,” adds Mr. Kato “this is the future of flexography, especially for flexible packaging, and favourably positions flexography to compete with digital printing for all but the very shortest runs.”

At the show …
New at Labelexpo from Asahi Photoproducts is the AWP™-DEW plate solution, incorporating the renowned quality properties of AWP™-DEF plates with the addition of a faster plate processing speed, making this plate ideal for labels and packaging operations with higher plate throughput looking to achieve significant quality and OEE benefits.

Voice of the Customer
“Converters looking to move away from gravure and offset are truly surprised by what AWP can achieve,” according to Matt Francklow, Managing Director, Creation Reprographics. “We pioneered the Asahi AWP water washable plates technology in the UK from the outset. The plate delivers outstanding performance compared to other photopolymer plates on the market; … the number of repeat clients we now have on board all utilising the technology proves that its exceptional print accuracy and quality is appreciated.”

Another satisfied Asahi customer is Colognia Press, a Czech-based label converter, who needed to find a way to improve OEE. “With the flexo plates we were using, we had excessive stop times to clean or replace plates,” says Bohdan Holona, Manager of Desktop Publishing. “For long-run jobs, this meant half of the time to produce the job was downtime. And even for shorter runs, we were not happy with the consistency from beginning to end of the job, often requiring press stops to clean plates or otherwise adjust quality.” After looking at several alternate solutions, Holona reports the company chose to implement the Asahi AWP platemaking system. “Now,” he says, “We can run a full 10 kilometre job without stopping. We even ran a 22-hour job with one set of plates, no stops, and very consistent quality from beginning to end. It’s been amazing!”

Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer: The Details
A feature of many of Asahi’s flexographic printing plates, Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer enables a clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surfaces and shoulders in screen areas. This leads to fewer cleaning intervals and reduced press downtime, as well as significant quality improvements. Precise plate register achieved with Asahi plates ensures very high quality process printing with a fixed colour palette, minimizing the need to use and manage spot colour inks.

Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer allows a kiss-touch printing pressure setting. It makes use of low plate surface tension, made possible by a specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry, to inhibit liquid flow. The ink forms a globule, with a large contact angle and high pinning point. This results in a cleaner and more homogeneous ink transfer from plate to substrate, helping flexographic printers meet the ever-increasing quality demands of their customers.
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)

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Inapa: Merger in France  (Company news)

Inapa has completed on June 30 another important milestone on its development strategy, with the completion of the merger of the former Papyrus France with Inapa France.

The merger by absorption of the former Papyrus France creates the market leader in French paper distribution market, Inapa France, with a turnover of approximately 300 million euros and 300 employees. It will improve the efficiency and the level of service that Inapa brings every day and will strengthen the proximity with customers.

This is a very important point towards the realization of synergies, as Inapa France will be now operating as one company, under the internally Inapa Group ERP system (ISI) and the same brand, Inapa France. It will also enable to improve the customer service level, through a more efficient logistic and a with a wider and product portfolio.
(Inapa France S.A.S.)

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Wood fiber costs for pulpmills throughout the US fell during 2016 and early 2017 with the ...   (Company news)

...price discrepancy between the Northwest and the Southern states narrowing, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review

Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in the US Northwest have fallen faster than in other region of the US the past year, resulting in a more competitive industry sector, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. Despite the recent price reductions in Washington and Oregon, pulp manufacturers in the southern states continued to have lower wood fiber costs than pulpmills in the Northwest, Northeast and the Lake States in the 1Q/17.

“Volatile” could best describe many of the North American regional market conditions in the first quarter of 2017! The volatility came in many different areas; adverse weather events, operation breakdowns, plant explosions, and idling, as well as uncertainties over looming trade policy decisions, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR). Wood flows across Canada and the U.S. northern tier of states as well as through the Pacific Northwest were impacted by weather–either too much snow (leading to transportation difficulties), or mild temperatures followed by early breakup.

The declining price trend for chips and pulplogs in the Northwest that occurred during 2015 and 2016 came to a halt in early 2017 because of uncertainty about fiber availability as a result of slowdowns in harvest operations. Over the past two years, fiber costs have declined by 13% in the Northwest and pulpmills in the region have become more competitive. In the 1Q/17, pulpmills had only slightly higher wood fiber costs than pulpmills in the historically low-cost US South. Pulpmills in the Lake States and the Northeastern states continue to have the highest wood costs in the US.

Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in the US South have also fallen over the past year, with average softwood pulplog prices being five percent lower in the 1Q/17 than in the 2Q/16.

Prices for both softwood and hardwood pulplogs have slowly declined over the past four quarters to reach their lowest levels in three years. With several planned pulpmill maintenance outages anticipated in the 2Q/17, fiber demand will remain muted in the coming months. Increased lumber production across the South will continue to generate additional volumes of residual chips resulting in downward price pressure on both chips
and pulplogs in late spring and summer.
(Wood Resources International LLC)

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