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    Tissue World São Paulo: The Meeting Point for the Tissue Industry in Brazil and South America    ( Company news )

    Company news From May 31st to June 2nd
    Transamerica Expo Center - Hall E
    Address: Avenida Doutor Mário Vilas Boas Rodrigues, 387 - Santo Amaro, São Paulo/SP

    The Tissue World São Paulo event will be the meeting point for the tissue industry in Brazil and South America. The show is attracting key tissue industry professionals, tissue makers, converters and suppliers offering a unique opportunity for them to meet, exchange ideas, network and learn. As a visitor you will benefit in the following by attending:
    -Identify the latest product or technology and offers the best returns for your investment;
    -Gain insight in to the latest industry developments that can shape your business in future and help you make an informed decision;
    -Learn how the region continues to improve in terms of sustainability and profitability;
    -Expand your business networks and generate business contacts by meeting top suppliers and manufacturers

    Retail sales of tissue paper in Brazil grew 11% in 2015. According to Euromonitor International, the domestic market should expand to a monthly average of 3% per year by 2020, an annual increase of approximately US $ 3 billion.

    Brazil is the largest producer of Towel & Tissue (T & T) in Latin America, accounting for 32% of the market’s 3,978 metric tons, which puts the country in fifth position in installed capacity, behind China, USA, Japan and Italy. Almost 64% of the regional industry is represented by the sum of Brazilian, Mexican and Argentinean businesses.

    To discuss issues related to the growth and improvement of the tissue sector, the global business platform Tissue World is holding the second edition of Tissue World São Paulo, from May 31st to June 2nd, at Transamérica Expo Center, in São Paulo. In 2015, its first year, the show counted on 63 exhibiting companies and received about 1,200 qualified visitors.
    (UBM Exhibition Singapore Pte Ltd)
     
    29.05.2017   Smart Packaging Solutions launches high-end offset printing press    ( Company news )

    Company news VPK’s division for solid board packaging, Smart Packaging Solutions, has invested in a new offset printing press of the highest quality. The Heidelberg XL 162 is among the manufacturer’s top-of-the-range products and offers remarkable printing quality.

    The new offset printing press was successfully launched at the Meer site last month. This is excellent news for customers who require high-quality printing. The Heidelberg XL 162 is among the absolute best in its class in offset printing. It features outstanding printing quality in five colors plus coating, in large format and with an exceptional maximum speed of 15,000 pieces per hour. In addition, the machine increases productivity thanks to its ultra-short switching times. The investment sum totals EUR 3 million.

    Local and international growth for Smart Packaging Solutions
    Earlier this year, Smart Packaging Solutions announced international growth through its acquisition of SolidPack in Loenen. Smart Packaging Solutions is now able to supply top-quality solid board packaging from three sites, together able to produce 150,000 tons of packaging. The newest site in the division has already been entirely rebranded. See the most recent images from Loenen above.

    Additional investments are planned later this year: in June, a Bobst Masterfold will be delivered in Loenen; three months later the installation of a new Bobst flatbed die cutter will take place in Meer.
    (Smart Packaging Solutions)
     
    29.05.2017   Ricoh's digital book printing solution and Ricoh Pro™ C5200 series receive EDP endorsement    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh’s creative print production hardware and software solutions have won two EDP awards. They were presented at yesterday’s EDP Award Ceremony, FESPA, Hamburg.

    Winning the prestigious awards were Ricoh’s digital book printing solution and Ricoh Pro C5200s and Ricoh Pro C5210s. They were chosen from more than 150 entries.

    Eef De Ridder, Director Commercial Printing, Ricoh Europe,comments: “Both these Ricoh solutions are designed to address the daily challenges our clients face. It is an honour that the EDP agrees that they are leaders in their field and tuned to the need of today’s print production environments.”

    Ricoh’s digital book printing solution is a TotalFlow solution that streamlines short run and on demand book production. It enables book printers to seamlessly track and efficiently complete jobs. Developed to simplify and automate many short run digital production steps, it has a single web-based interface helping to automate production workflows, finishing operations and batch similar jobs together.

    The Ricoh Pro C5200s and Ricoh Pro C5210s compact digital colour sheetfed production systems help print-for-pay businesses, commercial printers, in-house print centres and corporate reprographics, and marketing environments, deliver highly responsive creative print.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    29.05.2017   tna breaks boundaries with the launch of a new ultra-high spped case packer    ( Company news )

    Company news tna has launched the tna ropac® 5, a ground-breaking, ultra-high-speed case packer for flexible bags that is capable of industry-leading speeds of up to 300 bags per minute. Part of tna’s performance 5.0 packaging system, the new tna ropac 5 is the first and only side-load case packer in the world that uses tna’s unique, patented semi-rotary bag stacking technology to quickly and efficiently pack small to medium, pillow-style snack bags into secondary containers. With its innovative, highly compact design, the new tna ropac 5 takes a monumental leap in terms of performance by more than doubling the industry’s average case packing speeds, offering snack food manufacturers unprecedented levels of throughput, exceptional equipment reliability and one of the smallest machine footprints.

    With the tna ropac 5, tna is breaking new grounds in regards to engineering excellence and innovation. Contrary to the majority of case packers that employ vacuum pick and drop technology, the tna ropac is based on tna’s own revolutionary, semi-rotary bag stacking motion. Using continuously revolving horizontal platforms that can accommodate multiple rows of bags, tna’s proprietary system is able to quickly and efficiently form, lower and side-load vertical stacks of bags into a secondary container such as a box. As a result of this highly innovative, ultra-high-speed stacking technology, the tna ropac 5 is capable of packaging up to 300bpm, making it the world’s fastest case packer for flexible bags. The semi-rotary bag stacking system also avoids bags being gripped and dropped by vacuum heads, ensuring that each bag is handled with the utmost care, minimising the risk of product breakage and missed bags.

    In addition, the tna ropac 5 features semi-automatic, tool-less changeovers that take less than 10 minutes to complete, offering manufacturers complete flexibility over bag and case size. Together with the overall simplicity in design of the case packer featuring a low number of moving parts compared to competitor models, tna’s innovative technology ensures that there is less wear and tear of the equipment’s components for superior equipment reliability, ultimate ease of maintenance and complete investment security. The tna ropac 5 also requires minimal power and air due to the low amount of pneumatic actuators and the semi-rotary action that avoids reciprocating motion. As a result, operating costs are reduced significantly and manufacturers are able to achieve a much more sustainable production.

    “The snacks market is booming and food manufacturers need equipment that is able to deliver the speeds and efficiencies they need to respond to the ever-increasing demand for packaged snacks,” comments Michael Green, group general manager at tna. ”With speeds of up to 300 bags per minute, our new case packer has the potential to double food manufacturers throughput overnight, completely redefining industry standards. When combined with our complete portfolio of high performance turnkey solutions, this means that snack manufacturers can source all their production line equipment from a single supplier, from pre-processing equipment at the start of the line all the way to case packing solutions for the end of the line. What’s more, with our upcoming tna robag® 5, we’ll soon be able to offer snack manufacturers the industry’s fastest bagging and case packaging speeds all in one integrated ultra-high speed system and as part of tna’s performance 5.0 concept.”

    Designed to use the minimum amount of factory footprint, the tna ropac 5 is one of the most compact side-loading case packers in the industry and can be seamlessly integrated with any upstream and downstream equipment, including check weighers, case erectors and top sealers. With a width of only 1220mm, the tna ropac 5 was specifically built to fit in line of the VFFS system, enabling manufacturers to place a case packer after every single bagger. It even allows for the installation of two case packers in twin configuration for the most efficient use of factory floor space. In addition, the tna ropac 5 only measures 2120mm in height, opening up the possibility to add a case erector on a mezzanine floor level above the case packer, further maximising the use of the space available.
    (TNA Australia Pty Ltd)
     
    29.05.2017   Pöyry awarded detail engineering services assignment for the modification of Paper Machine 1 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...at Roermond, Netherlands

    Smurfit Kappa (Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier) has awarded Pöyry with the detail engineering services assignment for the modification of Smurfit Kappa's paper machine 1 at Roermond, Netherlands. The assignment includes process engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical, automation and instrumentation engineering.

    Smurfit Kappa is one of the world's leading producers of packaging papers. The company employs approximately 45,000 people at 370 locations in 34 countries. In Roermond, Smurfit Kappa produces around 600,000 tons of paper per year on three paper machines. The paper machine 1 has been in operation for 40 years. Since the last modification, it produces Testliner & Fluting up to 1,000 metres per minute.

    The target of the rebuilding of the approach flow system and the wire section is to increase the operating speed as well as the production quality. "Thanks to the revamp of our paper machine 1, we will be able to produce more efficiently and reach the highest possible standards in quality. This investment enables us to continue to be ahead of the market and satisfy our customers' needs," says Sjon Vrieze, Project Manager at Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier.

    "With Pöyry's competencies in the pulp and paper industry as well as the outstanding knowledge in rebuilding and modernisation of paper mills, we are the right partner for this modernisation, now and in the future," says Christian Beyer, Head of Industry Business Group for Central Europe.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in H1/2017.
    (Pöyry Deutschland GmbH)
     
    29.05.2017   ANDRITZ to supply TAD tissue machine to First Quality Tissue, USA    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from First Quality Tissue to supply a PrimeLineTAD tissue machine with complete stock preparation for its mill in Lock Haven, USA. Start-up is scheduled for 2019.

    The TAD (Through-Air-Drying) tissue machine has a capacity of approximately 70,000 tons per year. The improved softness, absorbency, and bulk generated by the TAD technology give these products superiority over products made using conventional processes. ANDRITZ has supplied two TAD machines previously to First Quality Tissue’s Lock Haven mill.

    First Quality Tissue, which markets its products under the brand name “PlentyTM”, is one of the leading private label producers worldwide of TAD premium quality tissue and towel products. It currently operates five tissue machines in the USA (two at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and three at Anderson, South Carolina).
    (Andritz AG)
     
    26.05.2017   Smart Develops new The Greenery Asparagus Packaging for the German Market    ( Company news )

    Company news Together with our customers, we gladly develop a total solution that offers an added value to the packaging: a nice design, better quality performance, logistical efficiency. We make sure the total cost of packaging is optimalised.

    Together with our customer The Greenery, we developed new asparagus packaging. The new asparagus tray 30x40cm comes with an integrated filling, making the presentation of the product more effective.Besides containing the filling, the design was also optimalised. Therefore, the new box in many ways becomes more practical and offers more communicative opportunities.
    (Smart Packaging Solutions)


     
    26.05.2017   Ahlstrom-Munksjö Genuine Vegetable Parchment products    ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces 6% price increase on all Genuine Vegetable Parchment products

    Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in sustainable and innovative fiber-based solutions, announces price increases on all Genuine Vegetable Parchment products produced by the Specialties business area allowing the Foodpack business unit to absorb the increasing cost of sales for this product group.

    The price increase will be 6% and will be implemented as of July 1st, 2017.

    Genuine Vegetable Parchment products are mainly used for Cooking and Baking, Food wrapping, Furniture laminates and Textile Tubes.

    Ahlstrom-Munksjö 's Specialties business area products are used in a variety of applications including Food Packaging, Beverage, Labeling, Medical drape & Gowns, Masking Tape and Laboratory Filtration products. The Specialty business area has 14 production sites in 7 countries.
    (Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)
     
    26.05.2017   Operational reliability and efficiency of Metsä Fibre's bioproduct mill's production ensured with ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Metso's valve solutions and maintenance services

    Preparations for the start-up of Metsä Fibre's next-generation bioproduct mill are currently under way in Äänekoski, Finland. Start-up is scheduled for late summer. In 2015 Metso was selected as the main supplier of the bioproduct mill's valve solutions. Metsä Fibre and Metso have worked in close collaboration to select the technically and economically optimal valve solutions to keep all the mill's processes operating reliably. Metso has supplied the customer with about 3,000 valves and related devices and has also signed agreements on comprehensive maintenance and spare parts services. The total order is one of Metso's largest valve orders in Finland.

    "Metso not only has strong expertise in selecting valve solutions to meet the requirements of pulp mill processes, it also has a wide product selection as well as tried and true, reliable solutions for flow control," says Timo Merikallio, Project Director, Bioproduct Mill Project, Metsä Fibre.

    Excellence in the operational reliability of valves, actuators, and positioners is a key factor in ensuring trouble-free production. "The collaboration between the equipment and process suppliers must be seamless; the operating experiences of the parties have been utilized during technical specifications. In terms of the process control needs, the valves must operate in the optimal operating range so that we can achieve the desired production efficiency targets," Merikallio emphasizes.

    Under the latest order signed with Metsä Fibre for spare parts services, spare parts inventory for all essential valves will be available in the mill's warehouse. The bioproduct mill service agreement is appended to the service agreement between Metso and Metsä Fibre.

    "To ensure cost-efficient spare parts and maintenance service solutions, for us it is very important that the spare parts and maintenance services and the availability of a maintenance expert are secured. In the preparation for annual outages, we also intend to utilize the valve manufacturer's experience in the planning of correctly-timed maintenance of valves and the related devices," Merikallio notes.

    The valve orders have been booked in the Metso's orders received starting from the fourth quarter of 2015 with subsequent quarterly bookings in 2016. The order for the spare parts service has been booked in the orders received during the first quarter of 2017.

    Metso-supplied valve solutions
    "Reliable flow control solutions can contribute to the operational reliability of production, a reduction in water consumption, energy efficiency, and minimized emissions. Valves selected specifically for each process increase the new mill's efficiency and achieve business advantages. We are proud that we have been able to participate in building the next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski," notes Mika Sjöholm, Vice President, Valves business line, Metso Flow Control business area.

    Metso has supplied the new mill with Neles® ball valves, segment and butterfly valves for on-off and control applications and Neldisc® butterfly valves for manual on-off duty. The control valves are equipped with Neles® ND9000 series valve controllers, which have the capability for advanced performance follow-up and also enable predictive maintenance planning activities.

    Metso is also ensuring the correct timing of future maintenance needs of the mill's valve installations by utilizing digital valve controller properties and product information management.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    26.05.2017   On top with Fusion Topliner    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to its Fusion Topliner virgin fibre line, Sappi continues to be a pioneer in white coated liners for corrugated board applications. Given that Fusion Topliner is produced from one hundred percent bleached virgin fibres, it offers visual benefits as well as considerable strength advantages. At Interpack 2017, Sappi presented new lower paper weights in its Fusion Topliner product line. Thanks to the lower weight, the grammage of 115 g/m2 delivers weight savings while retaining very high strength values. Sappi’s Fusion Topliner is recommended for applications where high visual quality is required, when lightweight packaging and finer fluting are desired and when flexible and customised print runs are to be produced using digital and flexographic printing. When food safety is involved, thanks to its 100% virgin fibres combined with functional barriers, a new level of safety can be achieved with Fusion Topliner.

    Comparison of liners
    When choosing the best liner for corrugated board applications, it pays to closely compare kraftliners, testliners and virgin fibre liners for each specific application. The surface quality and strength of virgin fibre liners clearly distinguish them from kraftliners and testliners. The bright white colour is certain to provide extraordinary colour brilliance and a great shelf impact. In many applications where the visible surface advantages are paramount, use of a virgin fibre liner is clearly the better choice. This is why a growing number of processors are using virgin fibre liners in order to impress their customers and deliver greater appeal in the retail environment. A virgin fibre liner like Fusion Topliner achieves the same material strength as test liners, with a lower weight per unit surface area. If the total costs are considered (TCO = Total Cost of Ownership), virgin fibre liners represent a real alternative to the double-coated topliners that are commonly used.

    Post-print prints on the rise
    These days most corrugated board packaging is printed with flexography. Flexographic pre-printing has historically been the dominant method. However, over the last few years, flexographic post-printing has grown considerably. Given the trend of smaller print runs and demand for very fast cycle times and customised packaging, there is growing interest in post-printing. Increasingly, liners are laminated on without printing and then printed. Small runs can therefore be produced more economically and with greater flexibility.
    Essentially, in the case of flexographic post-print, it is important that the liner displays as little rippling as possible after lamination and excellent flatness. Tests have shown that, above a grammage of 115 g/m2, Fusion Topliners deliver very positive results in the post-print process regardless of the printing method selected. The material’s capacity for printing without streaks is impressive. In terms of the printing results achieved, virgin fibre liners such as Fusion Topliner are delivering excellent quality with flexographic, offset and digital printing technologies.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    26.05.2017   Appvion Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Appvion's 2016 operating income improved to $23.5 million from $10.5 million in 2015 as aggressive cost reductions combined with sales and volume growth and improved prices for its thermal products more than offset lower prices and shipment volume for its carbonless papers.

    Photo: Kevin Gilligan, Appvion's chief executive officer

    Appvion's fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $167.1 million were $2.3 million lower than fourth quarter 2015. Thermal papers net sales were $101.1 million which was $5.3 million higher than fourth quarter 2015. Carbonless papers net sales of $66.0 million declined $7.6 million compared to fourth quarter 2015.

    Current quarter shipments of thermal papers gained more than 4% in fourth quarter 2016 compared to fourth quarter 2015. Shipments of tag, label and entertainment papers (TLE) were nearly 8% higher than in fourth quarter 2015, while shipments of receipt paper were essentially flat in fourth quarter 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

    Carbonless papers shipment volume in fourth quarter 2016 was approximately 5% lower than fourth quarter 2015. Specialty papers continued its strong growth with a volume increase of nearly 10% compared to fourth quarter 2015. Sequentially, carbonless volume was flat in fourth quarter 2016 compared to third quarter 2016.

    Appvion recorded fourth quarter 2016 operating income of $6.7 million compared to operating income of $3.5 million for fourth quarter 2015. Current quarter operating income was positively impacted by the continued improvements in manufacturing, lower selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses and a $4.4 million mark-to-market favorable variance associated with the Company's retiree benefit plans compared to the same period last year. These favorable variances were partially offset by lower total volume, price, and product mix. In addition, the current quarter included $2.4 million in fees for advisory services supporting continuous profit improvement.

    Appvion's net sales for full-year 2016 were $690.4 million; $9.7 million lower than 2015. Thermal papers 2016 shipment volume was approximately 6% higher than for 2015 with TLE volume increasing nearly 11% while receipt paper volume declined less than 1%. Full-year shipment volume for carbonless papers declined approximately 10% compared to 2015. Despite overall volume decline for the segment, specialty papers volume grew more than 13% compared to last year.

    The Company reported operating income of $23.5 million for 2016 compared to operating income of $10.5 million for all of 2015. Factors that contributed to the year-on-year improvement included increased thermal papers volume, improved pricing and product mix in the thermal papers segment, continued improvements in operating performance, execution of cost-savings initiatives, lower SG&A expenses, and lower spending associated with the annual maintenance downtime taken at the Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania mill. The positive impact of those improvements was somewhat offset by lower volume and price in the carbonless papers segment and by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates.

    Performance overview
    Kevin Gilligan, Appvion's chief executive officer, said the Company's manufacturing operations and cost reduction initiatives, combined with lower SG&A spending, delivered $30.1 million in operating earnings improvement in 2016 compared to full-year 2015. He added that improved pricing, primarily for the company's receipt paper products, as well as a better product mix, increased earnings by $3.2 million compared to full-year 2015. However, those results were dampened by the continued strength of the U.S. dollar that negatively affected sales of the Company's thermal products and impacted earnings by $2.5 million compared to full-year 2015. Improving business performance has enabled the Company to deliver increased adjusted EBITDA on a sequential basis over each of the last three quarters of 2016.

    "The success we achieved in 2016 reflects our focus on elements of the business over which we have the greatest control," Gilligan said. "Our manufacturing operations delivered a solid performance and we achieved significant objectives for our profit improvement and cost reduction initiatives." Gilligan added that full-year results from Appvion's thermal business segments were consistent with the company's outlook despite dynamic market conditions.

    Sales and volume for thermal TLE products grew nearly 11% in 2016 compared to 2015. Gilligan noted that such growth reflects the Company's strategy to place greater focus on growth for thermal TLE products while working to improve the profitability of the thermal receipt paper business. Net sales for the Company's thermal receipt paper increased nearly 5% in 2016 compared to full-year 2015, while volume declined approximately 1% during that same period. Prices for thermal receipt paper improved during first half 2016, however, downward pressure on prices returned during second half 2016 and hindered the Company's efforts to improve the profitability of the product line.

    Growth of the TLE product line also helped to counter the negative impact of declining demand and prices for carbonless paper. The Company's carbonless volume declined approximately 10% in 2016 compared to 2015 while carbonless sales dropped nearly 13%. However, the Company benefited from the 13% year-on-year volume growth for its specialty/digital product line that includes its kaBoom!® brand of colored papers and Triumph® brand of inkjet papers.

    Gilligan also noted that as of October 3, 2016, Appvion fulfilled its contractual obligation for the Company's share of the costs associated with the cleanup of the Lower Fox River by making its last payment. The Company agreed to the settlement in September 2014 to resolve any additional potential costs associated with the cleanup of PCBs from the Fox River.

    Thermal Papers
    Fourth quarter 2016 thermal papers net sales totaled $101.1 million compared to net sales of $95.8 million for fourth quarter 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 operating income was $3.1 million compared to fourth quarter 2015 operating income of $0.8 million, an increase of $2.3 million. Higher shipment volumes positively impacted fourth quarter earnings by $1.1 million. Favorable pricing and product mix contributed $1.1 million. In addition, the thermal papers segment had lower SG&A of $0.5 million and a $1.3 million mark-to-market favorable variance associated with the Company's retiree benefit plans compared to fourth quarter 2015. Operating performance slightly offset these improvements with an unfavorable variance of $1.7 million, most of which resulted from advisory services supporting continuous profit improvement, in fourth quarter 2016 compared to the same quarter in 2015.

    During 2016, thermal papers net sales totaled $405.5 million, an increase of $32.7 million compared to the full-year 2015. Operating income for 2016 was $14.3 million compared to an operating loss of $5.8 million for the segment during 2015, an increase of $20.1 million. Higher shipment volumes positively impacted full- year 2016 earnings by $5.2 million. Favorable pricing and product mix added $10.0 million. That gain was offset $1.9 million by the negative impact of unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates. Continued improvements in operating performance and execution of cost-savings initiatives added $4.7 million to earnings. Lower SG&A expenses and other spending had a favorable variance of $1.9 million compared to 2015. In addition, the thermal papers segment had a $0.2 million mark-to-market favorable variance associated with the Company's retiree benefit plans compared to 2015.

    Carbonless Papers
    Fourth quarter 2016 carbonless papers net sales totaled $66.0 million, a decrease of $7.6 million compared to the same period in 2015. In fourth quarter 2016, carbonless papers recorded operating income of $4.0 million compared to operating income of $5.0 million reported for fourth quarter 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 earnings were $2.3 million lower compared to fourth quarter 2015 due to lower shipment volumes and a $3.7 million negative impact due to unfavorable pricing and product mix. Continued improvements in operating performance and execution of cost-savings initiatives, as well as lower SG&A expenses and other spending, added $2.2 million to fourth quarter 2016 earnings compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, the carbonless papers segment had a $2.8 million mark-to-market favorable variance associated with the Company's retiree benefit plans compared to the same period year last year.

    During 2016, carbonless net sales totaled $284.9 million, a decrease of 12.9% compared to full-year 2015. Operating income for the carbonless segment in 2016 was $17.3 million compared to $26.7 million in 2015. Current year results included a $1.0 mark-to-market favorable variance associated with the Company's retiree benefit plans compared to last year.

    Other (Unallocated)
    Unallocated corporate charges for 2016 totaled $8.1 million compared to $10.4 million for 2015. Current year expenses included $5.8 million in fees for advisory services supporting continuous profit improvement, of which $1.6 million was included in unallocated expenses. Of the remaining expenses, $2.3 million was allocated to the thermal papers segment and $1.9 million was allocated to the carbonless papers segment.

    Balance Sheet
    At the end of 2016, the Company held cash balances of $6.4 million compared to cash balances of $1.8 million at year-end 2015. Net debt was $432.1 million compared to $413.5 million at year-end 2015.

    Outlook
    Gilligan said the Company will focus on extending its strong operational performance and expand the scope and benefits of the rigorous profit improvement process implemented in 2016. The Company expects that market demand that drove strong growth of its thermal TLE products throughout 2016 may be slightly lower for first quarter 2017 due to strong order volume at the end of 2016. Similarly, demand for the Company's thermal receipt paper in the first quarter 2017 is expected to be softened by strong order demand that occurred in fourth quarter 2016. The Company expects pricing for thermal receipt paper to remain competitive in first quarter 2017. The Company has announced a 5 to 7% price increase for its thermal receipt paper effective April 10.

    The Company expects the decline in carbonless volume to be consistent with historical market decline trends. Appvion expects to see benefits from the 6% price increase for carbonless sheets the Company implemented January 30 and the announced 6% increase for carbonless rolls and security products that will be effective March 20. To expand and accelerate the strong growth of its specialty/digital product line, the Company recently added experienced marketing and technical leaders to the product team.

    Gilligan also noted that the Company anticipates a slight increase in the rate of inflation during 2017 and the Company expects to counter the impact of that increase through a combination of operational excellence and ongoing profit improvement processes. He stated that the Company has identified a pipeline of cost improvement projects and has implemented rigorous management processes to ensure the Company achieves its $25 million savings target for 2017. At the same time, the Company is committed to achieving an annual run rate of $45 million from profit improvement projects by the end of 2017.
    (Appvion Inc.)
     
    24.05.2017   Tieto signs deal with SCA Forest Products to manage SAP environment    ( Company news )

    Company news Tieto has signed a three-year contract with SCA, Europe's largest private forest owner, to handle SAP Application Lifecycle Management Services for its forestry business area. The deal means Tieto will be responsible for application management and support.

    "We are extremely pleased that SCA Forest Products has entrusted us with the management of their extensive SAP environment. Tieto takes great pride in helping the forest industry meet the challenges brought on by digitalization and we are excited for the opportunity to work with SCA over the coming years," says Christer Lindqvist, Customer Executive for forest industry Sweden at Tieto.

    Under the contract, Tieto will provide application management within five major areas, including Incident Management, Problem Management, Event Management, Change Request Management and Change Control Management.

    Tieto will also support the implementation of Digital Core S/4HANA and increase the use of automatization and insights to business processes through SAP Solution Manager, while the use of offshore delivery centres is expected to help SCA cut costs. The contract also includes a framework agreement for further deals during the three-years period.

    Tieto has 20 years of SAP experience and offers several specialised solutions for the forest and paper industries.

    “This deal confirms Tieto’s position as a leading partner to the forest industry in the Nordics. Our aim is to help SCA follow industry best practices and at the same time ensure business continuity and lowering application maintenance costs,” says Christer Lindqvist.
    (Tieto Sweden AB)
     
    24.05.2017   Marbach: New die-cutting machine from Brausse. For even more performance.    ( Company news )

    Company news Marbach has expanded its machine park. Marbach has ordered a die-cutting machine from Brausse Europe. The Brausse 1060 ER will be delivered to Marbach in the summer.

    Michael Münchow, Head of Sales at Brausse Europe: “We are very happy that we have found a partner such as Marbach that is market leader in the area of die-cutting technology. We have managed to secure Marbach as a partner through our top price-performance ratio. We are very proud of that and are looking forward to successful cooperation.”

    The Brausse 1060 ER is a die-cutting machine with cutting, stripping and blanking stations. It processes paperboard between 80 to 1,600 g/qm as well as corrugated board up to 4 mm thick. The maximum sheet size is 1,060 x 750 mm.

    Marbach marketing director Tina Dost: “We are looking forward to the Brausse 1060 ER and the opportunities that come with it. We were able to impress visitors at the Marbach and Brausse Innovation Days in March 2017, by showing how well Brausse machines harmonize with Marbach tools.”

    Marbach will not only expand its training division with the new die-cutting machine but also test innovations on-site. This will shorten the time-to-market time-frame. So Marbach innovations will reach the customers much faster.
    (Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    24.05.2017   International Paper Names Guillermo Gutierrez Vice President of Investor Relations    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced Guillermo Gutierrez has been named vice president of Investor Relations, effective July 1, 2017, reporting to Glenn Landau, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

    Gutierrez, 45, joined International Paper in 1994 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in finance, sales, marketing, supply chain and general management. He currently serves as Regional Managing Director, EMEA Packaging. Gutierrez earned a Bachelors degree in finance from Tulane University in 1994 and an MBA from the University of Miami in 2001.

    Guillermo, his wife Melanie, and their sons will relocate from Madrid, Spain to Memphis.

    Gutierrez succeeds Jay Royalty, who has been named vice president and general manager, Foodservice. Royalty joined International Paper in 1991 and has served in a variety of converting, sales, marketing, general management and finance roles. Jay has served as Vice President, Investor Relations since 2013.

    Jay and Guillermo will begin a transition that will conclude with the public announcement of our second-quarter financial results in late July 2017.
    (International Paper)
     
    24.05.2017   Valmet to supply an off-machine coater rebuild for Hansol Paper in South Korea    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply an off-machine coater rebuild for Hansol Paper Co., Ltd., at its Shintanjin site in South Korea. The target of the rebuild is to convert the paper mill for thermal paper production, and to increase production and market share of high quality thermal grades. Today the off-machine coater is producing coated wood-free paper grades. The mill will gradually decrease the portion of printing papers and other low-profit products. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2018.

    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically EUR 10-20 million.

    "The making of thermal paper is quite challenging. Thermal coating color is very expensive and requires very sensitive drying. Valmet has a long history of providing successful thermal coating machines - our technology and process knowhow is on a very good level. The references and the knowhow about thermal process convinced Hansol Paper to choose Valmet", says Senior Sales Manager Pekka Jernberg from Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    Valmet's delivery for the off-machine coater will include a new OptiCoat Layer curtain coating station, which gives a very good coverage even with thin layers, thus the amount of expensive thermal coating color can be kept low. The delivery includes also two calenders, a reel and coating air dryers. The capacity and the temperatures of the air dryers have been carefully calculated and optimized for high quality thermal paper. The delivery will also include a supply system for the curtain coater unit.

    The 5,300 mm wide (reel) off machine coater will produce fine paper and thermal grades. The design speed for the new parts is 1,500 m/min. After the rebuild, the thermal paper production capacity of Hansol Paper will be approximately 320,000 tonnes/year.
    (Valmet Coproration)
     
    24.05.2017   ANDRITZ continues successful tissue machine start-ups for the Hengan Group    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up another tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group, China, thus once again demonstrating ANDRITZ’s strong market position on the Chinese tissue market and confirming its excellent relationship with the Hengan Group.

    The PrimeLineTM W8 tissue machine started up at Hengan’s Chongqing mill is the 13th ANDRITZ tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group. It has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.6 m. The machine is equipped with an 18-foot steel Yankee for energy-efficient drying and safe operation. The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant with ShortFlow concept, which minimizes both the investment costs and energy consumption as well as ensures high flexibility for grade changes. The entire automation system was also supplied by ANDRITZ.

    The Hengan Group was established in 1985 and is – with around 30,000 employees – one of the leading Chinese manufacturers of hygiene and sanitary products.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    24.05.2017   BillerudKorsnäs fluting production in Gruvön up and running    ( Company news )

    Company news As communicated earlier BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the digester in the semi-chemical pulp production line in Gruvön. The problem has now been resolved. The pulp line and the fluting machine PM6 is back in production.

    The impact on EBITDA for the breakdown is estimated to approximately SEK 25 million after compensation from insurance.

    “The impact of the breakdown could be limited thanks to a very efficient work in the mill, and we could start up production relatively quickly. Now we have to limit the indirect damage in the form of missing deliveries and customer relations,” says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    24.05.2017   Packaging Prevents Food Waste: Corrugated is Part of the Solution    ( Company news )

    Company news FEFCO welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution on “Resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety”, adopted on 16 May 2017.

    The initiative, led by rapporteur MEP Biljana Borzan (S&D, Hungary), calls for a 50% reduction of food waste by 2030 and improving the information to consumers. It is estimated that every year around 88 million tonnes of food is wasted in the EU, along with the associated environmental impact and resources used.

    Packaging prevents food waste. The resolution emphasises the positive contribution of packaging materials and solutions to reduce food waste along the supply chain. `For years, the corrugated packaging industry has been developing packaging and logistics solutions to preserve the quality and hygiene of food. We are constantly refining our packaging to make it fit for purpose and satisfy the needs of the products and consumers” says Angelika Christ, FEFCO Secretary General.

    The resolution recognises that recyclable packaging obtained from renewable resources can also contribute to resource efficiency and the Circular Economy ambition.
    (FEFCO I.A. Fédération européenne des fabricants de carton ondulé)
     
    24.05.2017   DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE awarded HACCP Certification for Hygiene Management    ( Company news )

    Company news In order to meet the stringent requirements of food safety standards, DREWSEN has introduced a hygiene management system in accordance with the HACCP principles of Regulation (EC) 852/2004, and was successfully accredited by DQS in May 2017.

    DREWSEN's recently developed range of greaseproof papers, PROBARRIER and the fluorochemical-free variety PROBARRIER Nature, are both suitable for direct food contact. The assurance of maximum consumer safety is indispensable, and the HACCP accreditation will also benefit customers of our sterilization papers (medical packaging) and thin printing papers for the pharmaceutical market.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    23.05.2017   Cenveo Reports First Quarter 2017 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news -Significant Progress on Implementation of $50 Million 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan
    -11.5% Notes Paid in Full, Only $5.5 Million of 7% Notes Due May 15 Remain

    Cenveo, Inc. (NYSE: CVO) reported financial results for the three months ended April 1, 2017. The reported results for all periods presented exclude the operating results of the Company's packaging operating segment and top-sheet lithographic print operation ("Packaging Business"), which have been classified in the consolidated financial statements as discontinued operations.

    Photo: Robert G. Burton, Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    First Quarter 2017 vs. First Quarter 2016 Overview
    -Net sales of $374.5 million compared to $432.8 million.
    -Net loss of $8.7 million compared to net income of $11.2 million.
    -Adjusted EBITDA of $31.2 million compared to $35.0 million.
    -Net cash used by operating activities of continuing operations of $6.4 million compared to $11.4 million.
    -Gross margin up 75 basis points to 17.1% compared to 16.4%.
    -Interest expense of $19.1 million compared to $24.1 million.
    -Achieved over $5 million in cost savings in Q1 2017.

    Management Commentary
    "Despite headwinds impacting net sales, we achieved several accomplishments this past quarter. The continued softness in our office products envelope business and the closure of our coating operation in mid-2016 were contributors to the decline in our sales year over year. Those events combined with further market softness across our print, direct mail and label platforms led to the decline of our net sales. On the other hand, our cost reduction efforts are beginning to show results. Our 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan provided sustainable savings of over $5.0 million during the quarter, which allowed us to improve our margins despite lower sales volume. The benefits of the 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan will continue in the second quarter and throughout the remainder of the year. We have now identified the remaining $10 million of our proposed $50 million of cost savings and feel good about our ability to achieve our stated goal of generating $25 million in savings for the full year. Additionally, the positive impact of our significant 2016 debt repurchases and refinancing decreased interest expense for the quarter compared to the same period last year by approximately $5.0 million," said Robert G. Burton, Sr., Chairman and CEO of Cenveo.

    Financial Results
    Net sales in the first quarter of 2017 were $374.5 million compared to $432.8 million in the same period last year, a 13.5% decline. The sales decline was primarily driven by: (i) lower sales in the envelope segment, primarily due to lower demand in office product and wholesale envelope product lines primarily due to marketplace trends, and lower direct mail demand from our customers; (ii) lower sales in the label segment primarily due to the decision to exit the coating operation, which was completed in the second quarter of 2016, and lower sales volumes; and (iii) lower sales volumes in the commercial print group, primarily driven by lower customer demand and continued pricing pressures.

    Operating income in the first quarter declined 41.0% to $10.0 million, compared to $17.0 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to lower gross profit due to lower sales volumes, the impact of the decision to exit the coating operation, and higher restructuring and other charges resulting from the 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan, including the announced closure of two facilities, partially offset by the benefit of lower selling, general and administrative expenses due to cost reduction initiatives and lower commission expense due to lower sales volumes. Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2017 was $19.2 million compared to non-GAAP operating income of $23.5 million for the same period last year. A reconciliation of all non-GAAP figures are reported in the tables below.

    Loss from continuing operations during the first quarter of 2017 was $8.7 million, or $(1.02) per diluted share, compared to income of $13.0 million, or $1.38 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016. Income in the first quarter of 2016 was primarily driven by gains on the early extinguishment of debt of $21.6 million. Non-GAAP loss from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2017 was $0.1 million, or $(0.01) per diluted share, compared to a loss of $1.7 million, or $(0.20) per diluted share, in the same period last year.

    Net loss in the first quarter of 2017 was $8.7 million compared to net income of $11.2 million for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $31.2 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $35.0 million for the same period last year. The change in Adjusted EBITDA was generally as expected with the continued impacts associated with the disruption in our office product and wholesale products and the exit of our coating operation accounting for a reduction of approximately $6.0 million while our profit improvement initiatives accounted for an increase of approximately $5.0 million, primarily due to our operational efficiency projects and position reductions across our operating platform.

    During the first quarter 2017, net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations was $6.4 million compared to $11.4 million for the same period last year. The decline was primarily due to changes in working capital, particularly the timing of payments to vendors and higher inventories due to the timing of customer orders, partially offset by sales to and collections from our customers.

    At April 1, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled $3.9 million, compared to $5.5 million at December 31, 2016. Total outstanding long-term debt, including current maturities, was approximately $1.0 billion as of April 1, 2017, an increase of $16.0 million from December 31, 2016. During the first quarter of 2017, the remaining $20.5 million of outstanding principal balance of 11.5% notes was redeemed in full. Additionally, the remaining $5.5 million principal balance of 7% convertible notes will be retired prior to or at maturity on May 15, 2017 using cash flow from operations or availability under the ABL facility.

    2017 Outlook
    Mr. Burton, Sr. continued: "As we enter the second quarter, we are pleased with the progress of our 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan and the progress that we have made addressing our capital structure over the past year. Despite a challenging operating environment and recent softness in our end markets, we believe these initiatives will further support us achieving our financial goals for 2017. I look forward to updating our investors on our conference call tomorrow."
    (Cenveo / Cadmus Specialty Packaging)
     
    23.05.2017   Mayr-Melnhof: Results for the first Quarter of 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news • Solid sales and volumes
    • Sharp increase in raw material costs at MM Karton weighs on profit
    • MM Packaging maintains good level
    • Cartonboard price increase is first priority

    The Mayr-Melnhof Group was able to sustain overall good capacity utilization in both divisions and to maintain the previous year’s sales level in the first quarter of 2017. This was achieved despite restrained demand at the beginning of the year and persistently intense competition. The packaging division recorded a further quarter with high profitability. In contrast, the result of the cartonboard division was weighed by another rise in recovered paper prices.
    Accordingly, passing on increased input costs through higher selling prices is now first priority with the aim to keep on long-term profitability in both segments.

    The Group's consolidated sales increased to EUR 584.5 million and were thus 1.5 % above the comparative figure of the previous year (1Q 2016: EUR 576.0 million). This slight rise primarily results from the packaging division.

    Operating profit, at EUR 50.6 million, was 8.3 % or EUR 4.6 million below the comparative figure of the previous year (1Q 2016: EUR 55.2 million). A stable performance at a high level in the packaging division was contrasted by a decline in the cartonboard division. The Group's operating margin reached 8.7 %, following 9.6 % in the first three months of the previous year.

    Financial income amounted to EUR 0.8 million (1Q 2016: EUR 0.7 million), financial expenses to EUR -1.4 million (1Q 2016: EUR -1.6 million).

    Profit before tax thus totaled EUR 49.2 million (1Q 2016: EUR 53.2 million). Income tax expense was at EUR 12.3 million (1Q 2016: EUR 13.8 million), resulting in an effective Group tax rate of 25.0 % (1Q 2016: 25.9 %).

    Profit for the period decreased by 6.3 % to EUR 36.9 million (1Q 2016: EUR 39.4 million), representing 6.3 % of sales (1Q 2016: 6.8 %).

    OUTLOOK
    Our first priority currently is to pass on the increased raw material costs in a stable European market environment, however lacking impulses. Continuing highly competitive general conditions are sustaining margin pressure, which we are countering with targeted measures to reduce costs and increase business volume. Besides exploiting organic growth opportunities, we continue to focus on expansion through acquisitions.
    Due to the strong profit development in the first half of the previous year supported by a favorable product mix in the packaging division, as well as the successive compensation of increased raw material costs, interim results in the first half-year of 2017 will, as in the first quarter, come in below the comparative figure of last year. The target for 2017, however, remains to tie up with the challenging level of 2016 best possible.

    DEVELOPMENT IN THE DIVISIONS
    MM Karton
    Following a restrained beginning of the year, demand on the European cartonboard market improved slightly over the course of the first quarter of 2017. The average order backlog of MM Karton was around 69,000 tons, following 57,000 tons in the first three months of the previous year. At around 98 % (1Q 2016: 97 %), the capacities of the division were again almost fully utilized.

    The major challenge in the first months of the year was the situation on the raw materials markets, which experienced a significant price increase in the strategic raw material of recovered paper as well as in coating chemicals. Prices for recovered paper were driven in particular by strong demand from Asia and stockpiling for new European corrugated base paper machinery.

    Therefore, MM Karton currently sets highest priority to passing on the increased input prices.

    With 421,000 tons produced and 426,000 tons sold, volumes were similar to the previous year (1Q 2016: 419,000 tons and 427,000 tons respectively). Of this, 78 % was sold to European markets and 22 % to markets outside of Europe (1Q 2016: 81 %; 19 %).

    Owing to largely stable average prices, sales, at EUR 261.9 million, remained close to the previous year’s level (1Q 2016: EUR 263.4 million). In contrast, operating profit decreased as a result of the strong rise in raw material costs from EUR 20.2 million to EUR 15.9 million. The operating margin came in at 6.1 % following 7.7 % in the previous year’s period.

    MM Packaging
    Also demand on the European folding carton market still proceeded without noticeable stimulus in the first three months of the year. Accordingly competition continued with unabated intensity.

    Nevertheless MM Packaging was able to solidly maintain its position in this setting with a broad range of sales in various consumer goods sectors and regions as well as with the focus on cost leadership. The good profit-level was held up for another quarter in succession, still with a heterogeneous profit contribution by the individual sites.

    There are no signs of a sustained improvement in market dynamics recognizable. Thus, MM Packaging is continuing to focus on maximum efficiency in production as well as on long-term collaboration with successful customers. The success of this approach can also be seen in the first quarter of 2017.

    Sales as well as operating profit, at EUR 344.6 million and EUR 34.7 million respectively, were able to match the high standards set in the comparative period of the previous year
    (1Q 2016: EUR 339.2 million and EUR 35.0 million). As a result, at 10.1 % the operating margin stayed at a high level (1Q 2016: 10.3 %).

    At 190,000 tons, tonnage processed remained almost unchanged at the previous year’s level (1Q 2016: 189,000 tons), while the sheet equivalent increased by 1.4 % from 562.2 million to 569.9 Million.
    (Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)
     
    23.05.2017   Toscotec finalizes a drying section rebuilding project including a new drive system and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... tail feeding for Smurfit Kappa Italia - at Ponte all’Ania, Lucca

    Smurfit Kappa Italia has successfully started up its PM3 at Ponte all'Ania mill, after a dryer section rebuild supplied by Toscotec.

    The scope of the delivery was an advanced mechanical transmission section in “silent drive” with a new frame on the drive side for the whole machine, the installation of uni-run vacuum rolls in the first drying battery and an automatic air paper threading system in the first two drying sections and on the size press. The modification has completely changed the dryer section layout with the relocation of fabric rolls, improving machine runnability and reducing noise and vibration.

    Toscotec service specialists have provided the complete mechanical erection and supervision of the project and the commissioning and start up assistance for the fine-tuning of the new equipment.

    “The project was completed before the date agreed upon with SK and the performance was achieved immediately after start-up. The new drive technology exceeds all our expectations with regard to downtime improvements and it allowed a considerable reduction of noise and vibration that will reduce maintenance cost” - says Massimiliano Listi, Mill Manager of Smurfit Kappa Ania.

    “This project contributes to strengthening the partnership between Smurfit Kappa and Toscotec” - says Enrico Fazio, Toscotec Sales Manager – P&B division.

    “It is worth mentioning that, in addition to this project, which consolidates the long-standing collaboration with Lucca-based SK Ania, in the last two years Toscotec has taken part in almost all the projects developed by Smurfit in South America (Colombia, Mexico and Argentina) and it has just begun an important cooperation with the group in France. With this important rebuild project, Toscotec consolidates its leadership in the dryer section best available technology.”
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    22.05.2017   Koenig & Bauer is driving forward the medium-term Group targets with an expanded Executive Board    ( Company news )

    Company news The Supervisory Board of Koenig & Bauer AG has appointed Ralf Sammeck (54) and Christoph Müller (56) to the Executive Board with effect from 1 June 2017. As of today, Ralf Sammeck leads the Sheetfed division, and Christoph Müller the Digital & Web division. Both group management members will represent their segments in the Executive Board. Aiming at expanding new equipment sales, Ralf Sammeck has additionally taken over the coordination of global equipment sales. In order to push global service, Christoph Müller has also taken responsibility for coordinating services initiatives. The planned increase in the revenue share generated by Services to 30% by 2021 is set to achieve greater profit stability. The appointment of Ralf Sammeck and Christoph Müller to the Executive Board aims to support the implementation of the medium-term Group targets announced on 20 February 2017. By 2021, the target is to reach an annual organic growth rate of around 4% and an EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% across the Group. Of the targeted €70 million increase in earnings, approximately €20 million in either case is to be generated through service growth and the optimisation of the security printing business.

    Photo (from left): Ralf Sammeck, Dr. Andreas Pleßke and Christoph Müller

    In order to swiftly optimise the security printing business, the Supervisory Board has delegated Dr Andreas Pleßke, a member of the Supervisory Board, to the Executive Board for a period of one year from 1 June 2017. Dr. Pleßke will lead the Special segment and in particular the announced performance optimisation of the securities printing business on an interim basis. During the period of his delegation, he will not undertake any duties as a member of the Supervisory Board.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    22.05.2017   Valmet and Orora's Botany Mill renewed the services agreement    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Orora Limited have signed a multi-year agreement to continue the supply of maintenance and technology services for board making line 'B9' at Orora's Botany Mill in New South Wales, Australia.

    The value of the agreement will not be disclosed. The agreement will be effective as of July 1, 2017.

    Photo: Valmet and Orora signed an agreement to continue the journey forward

    Continuation of good cooperation
    Valmet supplied the complete B9 containerboard line in 2012 and took full responsibility for establishing the maintenance operations, mill maintenance services, management of several improvement projects and the mill utilities since start-up.

    "Valmet is one of our key partners and supports B9's operation as a world class paper mill. Orora and Valmet have worked closely together over the past five years and we have renewed the maintenance agreement to continue our cooperative relationship. The new agreement offers our business many benefits and we look forward to working with Valmet to maintain and enhance the high performance of the B9 facility," says Scott Beckett, Maintenance & Engineering Manager, Botany Mill, Orora Limited.

    "We are fully engaged and integrated into one B9 team and have been working side by side to deliver steady results in all areas since the machine's start-up. The renewal of this maintenance agreement is the best acknowledgement of what we have achieved over the years together with Orora. We're happy to share the journey forward with the B9 team to continuously improve the performance of the equipment and process, and keep B9 as a safe and stimulating place to work," says Pierre De Villiers, General Manager for Valmet in Australia and New Zealand.

    Information about Valmet's delivery
    Extended scope in the renewed maintenance outsourcing agreement includes a 'Booster Package' targeting clear and systematic development of planned and unplanned downtime to best in class levels. The maintenance agreement also includes comprehensive automation services, enabling the maintenance team to monitor the process, perform troubleshooting and corrections remotely, and utilize the acquired data to optimize the process operation through the Valmet Industrial Internet.

    Other complementary agreements with Orora and its B9 facility include a Cooperation Agreement in which Valmet process experts and board makers work together to optimize various processes.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    22.05.2017   Daio Paper chooses a Voith XcelLine tissue machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Daio Paper, Japan’s leading tissue manufacturer, has ordered from Voith the state-of-the-art tissue production technology. With the new XcelLine tissue machine Daio Paper aims to meet the growing demand for tissue papers in Japan by producing approximately 54,000 metric tons/year of high-quality facial tissues, bathroom tissues, and kitchen papers made from virgin fibers.

    The scope of supply includes innovative technologies from Voith for the production of high-quality tissue papers with a reduced use of natural resources. Some of the key technologies are the MasterJet Pro T headbox, CrescentFormer, the NipcoFlex T shoe press, steel Yankee dryer cylinder with deckle insulation, high-efficiency gas fire hood, MasterReel with automatic core shaft return, and full automation for machine operation control: MCS, DCS and QCS. This new environmentally friendly production line will help to achieve Daio Paper’s sustainable growth path.

    “Voith is honored to be a partner to Daio Paper, one of the fastest-growing companies in the tissue market in Japan, and to take part in this new and exciting project,” commented Tetsuhiko Nogami, Sales Director from Voith IHI Paper Technology, Japan.
    (Voith IHI Paper Technology Co. Ltd)
     
    19.05.2017   Discussions with the Government of Uruguay progressing - key items aligned     ( Company news )

    Company news "Good progress has been made in the discussions between the Government of Uruguay and UPM concerning the infrastructure development and other local prerequisites for long-term industrial growth in Uruguay. We are now in agreement regarding the majority of the key items on the negotiation agenda," says Jaakko Sarantola, Senior Vice President, UPM, Uruguay Platform.

    "Some remaining items still need to be solved as we start the work on the contract language which will specify the mutual responsibilities. Our focus lies heavily on solving these remaining topics," says Sarantola.

    In July 2016, UPM commenced discussions with the Government of Uruguay regarding the prerequisites for long-term industrial development in Uruguay, including infrastructure development.

    The aim of these discussions during the first preparation phase has been to come to a mutual understanding on an investment agreement that defines the local prerequisites for industrial investment as well as initiatives for infrastructure development.

    The subsequent second preparation phase would consist of a pre-engineering study and permitting process, and achieving significant progress in the implementation of the infrastructure initiatives agreed upon during the first preparation phase. This phase is expected to last one and a half to two years.

    If these two preparation phases are concluded successfully, UPM will initiate the company's regular process of analysing and preparing an investment decision regarding a potential pulp mill.
    (UPM)
     
    19.05.2017   Zecher works with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen to provide optimised end-customer solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news SteppedHex engraving delivers optimised finishings and spot-varnishing performance

    Ever since its founding in 1948, Zecher GmbH - a manufacturer of premium quality anilox rollers - has been the driving force behind numerous innovations. These include its SteppedHex technology, developed in-house and thoroughly tried and tested. Based on an application of the parameters of 60° engraving, it offers both an alternative to it and additional benefits. SteppedHex engraving assists the printer's task with improved emptying of the anilox roller cells to deliver optimised printing results. This is proven by a series of successful SteppedHex-based projects carried out by Zecher together with their customers.

    Cooperation-based search for the best customer solution for gold lettering
    One such project, starting in early 2016, was a joint endeavour involving printing machine manufacturer Heidelberger, with a mission to provide an end-customer with the best possible solution to print gold lettering. Jörg Rohde, Zecher’s Head of Application Technology, explains how the manufacturer of anilox rollers delivered its support services: “Our cooperation with the specialists from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen included the provision by us of a corresponding technical-application analysis for the downstream varnishing/flexo printing works in relation to the print quality to be achieved.” To ensure an ideal outcome, Zecher also carried out test prints, likewise in collaboration with Heidelberger, at the Print Media Center (PMC) in Wiesloch-Walldorf (Germany), using a Speedmaster XL 106 double coating machine.

    SteppedHex rollers deliver outstanding results
    With the requirements of the end-customer in mind, Jörg Rohde recommended the use of innovative SteppedHex technology: “Up until now the engraving specifications used for printing gold lettering have been relatively coarse. These include conventional, hexagonal 60° engraving and the open line screen. Appose to this, the SteppedHex technology convinces with its special staggered structure and increased screen ruling without loss of volume.”
    Initial test-prints carried out at Heidelberger’s PMC demonstrated these benefits in terms of excellent positioning accuracy and, at the same time, outstanding positive and negative detail rendering. The use of 240 L/cm SteppedHex engraving amply fulfilled the end-customer’s expectations.

    A clever solution that makes sense in both print-quality and business terms
    Zecher SteppedHex engraving provided Heidelberger’s customer with clearly improved printing performance. The application specialists at the Heidelberger PMC were positively surprised by the print quality delivered by SteppedHex engraving technology. But SteppedHex engraving is also a clever solution when it comes to the printing of logos and fine gold lettering, given the cost savings in relation to the application of gold foil. Heidelberger and Zecher have created, with this project, a system that likewise gives other customers who use SteppedHex engraving a way of guaranteeing a stable varnishing process. More and more customers are becoming interested in the possible range of applications of this technology, as an alternative to conventional engraving. We therefore expect this innovative engraving technique to gain an ever-firmer footing in the market.
    (Zecher GmbH)
     
    19.05.2017   iFoodbag helps Swedes abroad to eat herring, meatballs and Swedish whey cheese    ( Company news )

    Company news Scandi-Shop has sent a thousand bags to Switzerland

    Environment and stronger logistics are in focus when Swedish iFoodbag continues to deliver its unique refrigerator and freezer bag throughout the world. Now the company is approaching a patent license for the product, which now also transports classic Swedish goods all the way down to Switzerland.

    A lot has happened since iFoodbag launched its unique refrigerator and freezer bag almost 18 months ago. The company was rewarded quite soon with a sought after EU grant and signed agreements with both national companies such as Volvo and mat.se as well as international companies such as Mondi, the packaging company. The company had a total revenue of 7 million SEK in 2016, but it does not end there as the company is constantly developing and has sold and started pilot tests on several continents by now. The ambition is to improve iFoodbag even more, thus not only giving users a better experience but also contributing to a sustainable environment and less carbon dioxide emissions.

    "The global market for these types of environmentally friendly products is gigantic and we believe in a good future," says Karl Fallgren, CEO and founder of iFoodbag. “We aim to work for our environment by planting more trees than we take down and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Another goal for us is to reduce food wastage and secure deliveries of both food and medicines in exposed areas of the world.”

    One of the Swedish companies that has chosen to use the solution is Scandi-Shop, which supplies Swedish goods all the way from Helsingborg down to Switzerland, which is a tough logistical challenge. In order to keep the food cool and fresh, they use the Swedish iFoodbag, which is completely insulated and equipped with a cooling element to keep the right temperature all the way to the door. The first delivery of bags took place in October 2016 when Scandi-Shop started its journey.

    "The most difficult thing for us was to figure out the logistics. We were looking for a solution and had trouble finding a solution so that the fresh food would not be destroyed, and it is very important to be able to send cold goods without compromising the cooling chain. Then iFoodbag appeared and the price was right, the quality was right and it's also a big plus that the bags can be reused and that they are environmentally friendly, not only for Sweden but also in Switzerland and other countries that have much tougher recycling requirements. We have sent 1000 iFoodbags now and it has really worked perfectly since day one. We are very pleased and have achieved a superb result," says Jesper Nordström, CEO of Scandi-Shop.

    iFoodbag has submitted several international patent applications, of which the first in the series has now received a favourable opinion from the PCT Authority. The company's application will now be reviewed by the national patent offices in the US, Australia, Canada, China, India and South Africa, as well as by the European Patent Office with the PCT Authority's positive statements in mind. When the European Patent Office has granted the patent, the company can put the patent into force in 36 European countries.

    "It is a comprehensive patent protection that will give iFoodbag AB the protection of the method and system for transporting refrigeration and freezer goods. It is important for business purposes that the patents have the ambition to protect effectively and make it impossible or difficult for competitors to make similar products and solutions," says Michael Andersson, senior partner at Zacco Consulting.
    (iFoodbag AB)
     
    19.05.2017   Xeikon to focus on label and folding carton applications at PacPrint 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news First attendance underlines Xeikon’s direct and dedicated Australian organization

    Xeikon announces it will showcase its cutting-edge label and packaging technology for the first time at PacPrint 2017, one of Australia’s leading trade shows for the printing and packaging industry taking place May 23-26 in Melbourne. Xeikon is presenting on stand A22 where a Xeikon CX3 digital label press (photo) will take centre-stage: www.xeikon.com/CX3.

    Xeikon’s first PacPrint attendance follows the creation of a dedicated sales, service and support operation in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year. The new business unit was established after the acquisition of Xeikon by Flint Group and a thorough review of synergies between the companies. Xeikon ANZ uses its own service engineers to support the presses, with parts and consumables located in Sydney and with demo / benchmark support from the regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, which hosts the regional technology centre with both simplex and duplex technology installed.

    “PacPrint falls in the middle of a very exciting time for Xeikon. First there was the launch of the direct operation here, followed by the international Xeikon Café event in Belgium, and now our first PacPrint attendance,” comments Bent Serritslev, Xeikon Managing Director Asia Pacific.” We look forward meeting our Australian customers at the show to share updates on our local organization and latest technology developments such as the recently announced Panther technology.”

    Running live at the show will be a Xeikon CX3 aka Cheetah which offers label printers faster running speed, lower operating costs and an unseen flexibility to meet complex customer demands without compromising quality, reliability or consistency, whatever the label. This five-colour press, dedicated solely to the production of self-adhesive/pressure sensitive labels, offers variable substrate widths up to 330mm and comes with a top speed of 30m/min. It offers all the benefits that make Xeikon presses unique: full rotary printing, true 1200 x 3600 dpi print resolution, food safe toners and one pass opaque white toner. Next to the standard CMYK + White, the fifth station can be used to print gamut extension or security colours without reducing productivity.

    Visitors can also learn more about Xeikon’s end-to-end solution for folding carton and see for themselves the value of going digital in folding carton production.

    “Finding the right solution for every label or packaging project is crucial for businesses today. The Xeikon solutions allow operations to handle workloads efficiently and in a way that would allow their business to grow. They also complement longer flexo runs supporting competitiveness in a range of fields,” concludes Trevor Crowley, Xeikon ANZ Sales General Manager.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)
     
    19.05.2017   ANDRITZ to supply tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press to PMI, Algeria    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Paper Mill Investment (PMI) to supply a tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press to Algeria. The new plant will produce high-quality facial wipes as well as toilet and towel papers. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

    The new ANDRITZ PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue machine has a design speed of 2,000 meters per minute and a paper width of 2.85 meters. The order includes a complete ANDRITZ stock preparation for virgin pulp with a capacity of 135 bdmt/day.

    The tissue machine is equipped with the latest ANDRITZ shoe press technology (PrimePress XT Evo). Thanks to the energy-efficient design, improved dewatering, and reduced need for thermal drying, the shoe press minimizes energy consumption. The 16 ft. PrimeDry Yankee is made entirely of steel and enables a high drying capacity.

    Paper Mill Investment (PMI) is a new innovative paper manufacturing company founded by people with longtime and profound experience in the paper making industry. Its expansion plans include paper mills in several countries of the MENA region.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    19.05.2017   Lecta to Increase CWF Prices by 6 to 7%    ( Company news )

    Company news ​Lecta announces a price increase of 6% to 7% on all its 2 side CWF grades in sheets and reels.

    The increase will apply to European and overseas markets and will be effective on deliveries from June 19th, 2017.

    The price increase is unavoidable to offset the increase in manufacturing costs due to continuously rising prices of raw materials, particularly pulp and latex.

    Lecta sales teams are at our customers' disposal to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied in each market.
    (LECTA)
     
    18.05.2017   U.S. Paper Recovery Rate Reaches Record 67.2 Percent in 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that a record 67.2 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2016.

    U.S. paper recovery rate statistics are available at www.paperrecycles.org/statistics.

    “The voluntary, market-driven recovery system, the millions of Americans who recycle every day, and industry efforts to inform consumers about the importance of paper recycling continue to enable a high U.S. paper recovery rate,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

    “Paper recovery for recycling helps extend the useful life of paper and paper-based packaging products, making it an integral part of our industry’s sustainability story,” said AF&PA Board Chair and Clearwater Paper Corporation President and CEO Linda Massman.

    The annual paper recovery rate has doubled since 1990 and U.S. paper recovery has met or exceeded 63 percent for the past eight years. The industry has a goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020 as part of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative.

    For more information about paper recycling, including statistics and other resources, visit paperrecycles.org.
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    18.05.2017   Lars P. S. Sperre appointed as interim President and CEO of Norske Skogindustrier ASA    ( Company news )

    Company news The board of directors has unanimously appointed Lars P. S. Sperre as interim President and CEO of Norske Skogindustrier ASA with immediate effect. Sperre has been employed by Norske Skogindustrier ASA since 2006 and been member of the corporate management team since 2014. Prior to this appointment, Sperre acted as Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy & Legal.

    An unanimous board supports the appointment. Lars is the natural candidate to the role as interim President and CEO. He knows the industry well and has been highly involved in the group's restructuring and financing processes during recent years, in addition to being instrumental in the development of the current strategy, says chairman of the board Henrik A. Christensen.

    I am very motivated to accept this challenge. Norske Skog has many skilled employees with high competences and drive. I am certain that we together will solve the challenges and bring the potential of the group to fruition. Norske Skog's operations and cash flow are good, the debt level is, however, too high and too much cash flow is consumed by interest payments instead of being reinvested in the group, says Lars P. S. Sperre, interim President and CEO of Norske Skog. Lars P. S. Sperre received a law degree from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2002. Sperre previously worked as a lawyer at Wikborg Rein law firm from 2004 to 2006. Sperre has through his various roles at Norske Skog during the last 10 years acquired extensive knowledge of cost reduction activities, financing, restructuring processes and business transactions. - The board is very pleased with Lars accepting this challenge. We will together with the management team seamlessly continue the work to find the best refinancing solution for the group, further develop Norske Skog's competitive and solid asset portfolio, in addition to realising the group's growth initiatives. Norske Skog has high debt, but positive cash flow and no bond maturities before December 2019, says chairman of the board Henrik A. Christensen.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    18.05.2017   Responsible sourcing of forest products beneficial for businesses, new report    ( Company news )

    Company news Retail companies with strong responsible forest products sourcing policies are seeing numerous tangible business benefits, demonstrating that sustainability makes business sense, according to a new WWF report.

    Drawing from the experience of the forest product supply chains, the report supports a growing body of research attesting to the business benefits of taking action on sustainability in supply chains.

    “Deforestation and forest degradation are one of the leading environmental challenges today, and we need concerted action from across sectors to tackle this issue,” said Alistair Monument, WWF Forest Practice Lead. “The number of deforestation-free commitments over the last few years are encouraging, but we need concrete action.

    “Research overwhelmingly shows that retail chains are positioned to mobilize transformational impacts because of their leverage over product supply chains and influence on consumer choices,” Monument added. “We need retailers to take the lead and understand that sustainability is no longer a niche, but the norm.”

    Companies surveyed for the WWF report cited a number of benefits of responsible sourcing. Over 80 per cent reported positive impacts on risk management and brand reputation; and over 60 per cent of retailers saw positive impacts on customer satisfaction and stakeholder engagement. More than 70 per cent of retailers claimed sustainability commitments had a positive impact on employee engagement, indicating potential gains from higher employee satisfaction and retention.

    In the case of Migros, one of the largest retailers in Switzerland, sales of sustainable products increased by more than 30 per cent between 2012 and 2015, demonstrating clearly that customers expect to see responsibly produced products on the shelves. In the case of Bunnings, Australia’s largest home improvement retailer, supply chain risks were reduced as a result of a more stable, longer term relationship with fewer number of suppliers.

    “Companies with genuinely responsible timber sourcing strategies – based on clear commitments and public reporting – have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd,” Monument said. “This is particularly important for retailers, who operate in a highly competitive public-facing space where maintaining a competitive edge and a positive reputation is crucial.”

    The WWF study was based on a literature review, global survey of more than 50 retailers from 20 countries, and in-depth interviews with select retail leaders. The companies shared detailed information about their timber sourcing policies, and the perceived costs and benefits. Four company-specific case studies are featured in the report.

    The report is part of WWF’s broader efforts to research and understand the business case for responsible forest management and trade. Released in August 2015, the first report in the series, Profitability and Sustainability in Responsible Forestry: Economic impacts of FSC certification on forest operators, found that tropical and small or medium producers, regardless of geography, can benefit significantly from attaining FSC certification.
    (WWF Forests for Life Programme)
     
    18.05.2017   GWG Needs Your PDF Workflow Know How    ( Company news )

    Company news The Ghent Workgroup needs your knowledge and expertise on PDF workflow to participate in a survey. Following up a similar survey conducted in 2008, it aims to find out what has changed since and gain insight on today’s PDF use. Further, it wants to discover how well GWG specifications and tools (and other PDF standards) are being adopted and what the worldwide differences are.

    The survey aims to make the participants and the Ghent Workgroup aware of the state of PDF in document production, and current issues the creators and service providers are facing. David Zwang, GWG Chairman, comments: “The more information we gather, the better equipped we will be to improve our solutions and industry best practices. The collective responses will develop a better understanding of how processes have changed, which specifications are being adopted, and how workflows vary. This will help GWG improve the solutions it offers.”

    GWG is dedicated to advancing the print, publishing and packaging industries. Its goal is to create practical workflow tools that make daily production tasks easier, faster and more reliable. The results will help GWG continue to provide the industries with free specifications and best practices.

    It takes just a few minutes to complete and the survey can also be shared with others PDF workflow users.
    (Ghent Workgroup)
     
    17.05.2017   Valmet to upgrade evaporator train at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp & paper mill in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Evaporation plant at the BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden

    Valmet will supply an upgrade of the evaporation plant at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden. The evaporation plant in a mill concentrates black liquor from the pulp cooking process. The installation of the new equipment is scheduled for spring 2018.

    The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A project of this type and scope is typically valued below EUR 15 million.

    In this project, the existing evaporation train will be converted, from using medium-pressure steam as today's heating media, to become essentially low-pressure steam driven. This will optimize the overall steam balance at the Gruvön mill by making medium pressure steam available for the mill's new liquid board machine that will be installed at the mill.

    "Valmet delivered the original evaporator train in 2001 and we are happy to cooperate with BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön also for this important plant modification. This upgrade will be beneficial in many ways for Gruvön mill. Besides ensuring medium pressure steam for the new board machine, we are adding washable heating surfaces in order to improve the availability and flexibility of the upgraded evaporation plant," says Thomas Norrgård, Product Sales Manager EVAPS at Valmet.

    Details about the delivery
    From the evaporation plant the evaporated water is brought back to the pulp process in order to minimize mill's water consumption. After evaporation the concentrated black liquor is fired in the recovery boiler for steam generation and recovery of cooking chemicals.

    New equipment to be installed includes a TUBEL evaporator, two Tube Evaporators, two liquor preheaters, and Valmet's patented LP-steam boosting system. A substantial upgrade of the piping system will also be performed as part of the plant upgrade.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    17.05.2017   TRESU optimizes packaging printing performance with flexo ink supply solutions and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... hybrid press at EXPOGRÁFICA 2017

    At EXPOGRÁFICA 2017, TRESU Group (Stand 1922) will emphasize the importance of its complete ancillary solutions for automating ink flow and optimizing performance of both flexo and offset presses. There will also be information about TRESU’s hybrid Flexo Innovator printing line for mid-web applications, and the company’s local technical support team for managing fast, smoothly coordinated retrofitting programs (May 17 – 20, 2017 Expo Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).

    TRESU’s ancillary equipment provides a fully enclosed solution for ink logistics in flexo printing units, minimizing waste, emissions and manual input. This includes the company’s sealed chamber doctor blades, working harmoniously with the TRESU F10 iCon ink supply system.

    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 applications, including printing widths exceeding 6000mm (236in) often seen in corrugated printing. 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. Additionally, TRESU’s pneumatic clamping systems enable blade changeovers in less than two minutes.

    F10 iCon ink supply system for lean ink management
    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. Furthermore, the F10 iCon performs fast and thorough chamber cleaning automatically, returning almost all unused contents for reuse. Simultaneous ink change cycles on printing stations take minutes, delivering significant time and materials savings per job.

    “Process efficiency and control are major concerns for Mexico’s package printing industry, which seeks to achieve higher, consistent quality, while overcoming challenges such as high energy costs and variable climatic conditions,” comments Juan Carlos Mejía, sales manager – Latin America, TRESU Americas.

    “TRESU’s complete ancillary offering, regulating ink and coating circulation in a completely enclosed environment, enables printers to bring their existing flexo and offset presses to the latest performance standards. At hundreds of installations worldwide, TRESU retrofitting programs have proven to generate significant long-term value, through reductions in manual involvement, material waste and setup times, along with accurate color targets at speeds exceeding 600m/min.

    “TRESU has a dedicated, experienced sales and technical support team, based both in Mexico and at its American headquarters in Dallas, USA. This means we can offer our Mexican customers a local source of carefully coordinated retrofitting programs, technical advice and consumable products.”

    Versatility and productivity: the Flexo Innovator hybrid printing line
    The hybrid Flexo Innovator is a modular, integrated printing and converting line for paper, carton board, laminates, metallic substrates and unsupported films. A hybrid press, it is compatible with both water-based ink and UV OPV coating media. The Flexo Innovator 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.
    (Tresu A/S)
     
    17.05.2017   Stora Enso Skutskär converts DM7 into Fluff Pulp production with Bellmer equipment    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new project gets off to a good start

    Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery has won a major contract at Stora Enso Skutskär pulp mill in Sweden. The Skutskär mill is located 160 km north of Stockholm and 16 km south of Gävle on the Baltic coast. Pulp dryer DM7 will be converted from bale-based market pulp into soft wood fluff pulp, which is delivered in rolls to customers. The capacity of DM7 will be about 150,000 tons annually.

    Bellmer´s scope of supply includes a TURBOVaahtoJetter hydraulic headbox with dilution control and associated approach flow and white water collection systems. The dry-end of DM 7 will be equipped with a TURBOReeler for jumbo roll reeling, a TURBOTransporter for jumbo roll handling and a TURBOWinder for customer roll winding and slitting. Bellmer companies based at the Niefern headquarters and winder excellence centre in Willich are internal partners for Bellmer Vaahto, the Finnish main contractor.

    Fluff pulps are used as raw material in absorbent hygiene products and air laid products such as diapers.
    (Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery Oy Tampere)
     
    17.05.2017   Holmen appoints a Director of Sustainability and Communications    ( Company news )

    Company news Holmen has appointed Stina Sandell (photo) Director of Sustainability and Communications, a newly created post that sees her reporting to the CEO as a member of Group management.

    "Holmen has a long history of working actively on sustainability issues. With our considerable renewable forest and hydro power assets and our products based on fresh fibre, we help drive the transition to a more sustainable society," says Holmen's President and CEO Henrik Sjölund. "The aim of the new post is to draw on our excellent sustainability assets to strengthen our business."

    Stina Sandell comes to Holmen from SBAB, where she was Head of Sustainability, and before that her positions have included Director of Sustainability and Communications at AMF. She will begin her new job in May.

    Current Director of Communications Ingela Carlsson has chosen to leave the company after nine years in her post.

    "Ingela Carlsson has done a tremendous job of developing Holmen's communications work and shown enormous commitment over the years. We wish Ingela every success as she chooses to take on new challenges outside the company," says Henrik Sjölund.

    Forest and hydro power make up two thirds of Holmen's assets. Together with large-scale production of paperboard, paper and wood products in well invested plants, this provides stable profitability that will increase over time. In addition, Holmen's business brings substantial climate benefits, as it reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by over 2 million tonnes per year. At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Holmen was named one of the world's 100 most sustainable corporations by Canadian analysis firm Corporate Knights.
    (Holmen AB)
     
    16.05.2017   Minerals Technologies Signs Agreement With PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper, a ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper Group, to Construct a 125,000 Metric-Ton Per Year Satellite PCC Plant in Indonesia, and to Expand an Existing Satellite to 140,000 Metric Tons

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX) announced today that it has signed an agreement with PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper (IKPP), a subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to build a 125,000 metric-ton per year satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant at its paper mill in Perawang, Indonesia. As part of the agreement, Minerals Technologies will also expand its present satellite PCC facility at the Perawang mill by 40,000 metric tons to 140,000 metric tons. The facility will be operated by PT Sinar Mas Specialty Minerals, an existing joint venture with APP in Indonesia.

    “We are extremely pleased to expand our relationship with this long-term partner and world-class paper manufacturer through this agreement to build a new satellite and provide additional capacity at the satellite we have had at Perawang since 1997,” said Douglas T. Dietrich, chief executive officer. “This customer is integral to our Asia growth strategy for PCC.”

    These facilities are scheduled to begin operation in the second quarter of 2018. Rand Mendez, senior vice president and managing director of Paper PCC, commented further: “APP is an innovative paper company, and we are pleased that they have confirmed the value of our PCC technology in their fine paper grades. Our PCC will be used as a paper filler to improve brightness, opacity and bulk, and to reduce the cost to the papermaker of higher-cost fiber.”

    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills, and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has more than 60 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.

    New York-based Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. MTI serves the paper, foundry, steel, construction, environmental, energy, polymer and consumer products industries. The company reported sales of $1.638 billion in 2016.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
     
    16.05.2017   Valmet's Advanced Process Control application improves combustion at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... WestRock's Covington mill in Virginia, USA

    Picture: Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager protects the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances

    Valmet's Advanced Process Control (APC) application, Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager, has improved combustion for the biomass boiler at WestRock's Covington mill in Virginia, USA.

    By optimizing combustion, the mill has been able to maximize and increase the main steam output of the biomass boiler beyond the maximum continuous rating (MCR). Other benefits include more stable and controlled boiler steam output as well as improved operational uniformity across shifts, furnace symmetry and spray valve control. Valmet's APC application estimates the British thermal units (BTU) of the biomass fuel in real time and ensures a consistent optimum fuel power-to-air ratio.

    The application has lowered the average O2 by about 0.3 percentage points, which improves boiler efficiency, reduces NOX emissions and subsequently minimizes NH3 consumption. Additionally, Valmet's advanced load controller now properly allocates the fuel demand between the feeders, taking into account any control and/or mechanical process limitations.

    "This improvement has enabled us to run a higher, more stable load, resulting in a record-setting steaming average the following month," says Barry Hensley, Powerhouse Superintendent, WestRock.

    The combustion control application is part of the boiler plant's Valmet DNA automation system. In 2012, Valmet was chosen as the automation supplier for the new biomass bubbling fluidized bed boiler at the Covington mill. The scope of the system included the boiler, Balance of the Plant, auxiliaries and a training simulator. Valmet's strong project execution team and close cooperation with Covington personnel made it possible to meet the challenging project deadlines.

    "Valmet's commitment to a shared journey forward together with the Covington mill is how the APC project came about. The ROI for the project was less than six months. With our solution and biomass expertise, and working together with the mill's personnel, we were able to exceed all the project targets," says David Eapen, Solution Manager, Automation, Valmet.

    Technical information about Valmet's Advanced Process Control
    Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager is an advanced control application for the optimized combustion of both bubbling and circulating fluidized bed boilers. The purpose of the application is to protect the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances.

    As a result, Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager provides several environmental, operational and financial benefits, including a stabilized combustion process, increased boiler efficiency, a wider boiler operation range, minimized flue gas oxygen content, as well as minimized NOX and CO emissions.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    16.05.2017   LUIGI LAZZARESCHI WINS THE CAPO D’ORLANDO AWARD IN THE 'SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY'...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... CATEGORY

    The Scientific Committee confers the award to the CEO of the Sofidel Group “for having combined the injection of state-of-the-art production technologies with industrial management of rare environmental sensitivity”

    Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group, received the 2017 edition “Capo d’Orlando” Award in the Science and Industry category. The award ceremony was held on Friday at Castello Giusso in Vico Equense, in the province of Naples.

    The accolade was given with unanimity from the Scientific Committee “for having combined the injection of state-of-the-art production technologies with industrial management of rare environmental sensitivity, the value of which is enhanced by outstanding initiatives to educate new generations”.

    “Sofidel is honoured to receive this award, which encourages us to commit ever more forcefully towards fully sustainable development, capable of ensuring shared value throughout the value creation chain,” commented Luigi Lazzareschi, who also added: “Our country needs to get science, industry and culture to dialogue to an ever greater extent, eliminating barriers that today more than ever have no rationale. Among other merits, the Capo d’Orlando Award has that of stimulating this dialogue.”

    Among the other winners, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 Serge Haroche and the writer and journalist Bruno Arpaia.

    The Capo d’Orlando Award “represents a public recognition for those who produce important results within the world of multi-disciplinary research, those involved in the diffusion of science and scientific journalism, in the running of museums, in the promotion of science through the internet”.

    The Science and Industry category of the Capo d’Orlando Award was instituted in 2011 and has, since this time, been awarded to important representatives of Italian industry, such as Giorgio Squinzi, Andrea Illy, Brunello Cucinelli, Giampietro Beghelli, Adolfo Guzzini and Massimo Moschini.
    (Sofidel Group)
     
    16.05.2017   BillerudKorsnäs production of semi-chemical pulp supplying PM6 in Gruvön experience breakdown    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the digester in the semi-chemical pulp production line in Gruvön. The pulp line supplies the fluting machine PM6 with pulp and consequently no fluting from PM6 can currently be produced. The breakdown of the pulp line does not have an impact on the integrated chemical pulp mill, neither does it impact the production of kraft paper, liner or liquid packaging board at the mill.

    “At this point in time it is not possible to estimate the financial damage and consequences on customer deliveries, but it will have a significant impact on the current quarter financials. We will return with additional information when we know what the impact will be,” says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ) )
     
    15.05.2017   A Bright, Beautiful SBS Paperboard/Caliper Cover That Fits    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Introduces New Productolith® Pts. Promotion

    Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) released "A Bright, Beautiful SBS Paperboard/Caliper Cover That Fits," a new printed promotion showcasing its Productolith® Pts. product line. Productolith® Pts. is the ultimate combination of a solid bleached sulfate (SBS) construction produced with a bright, beautiful fine-paper surface. Its SBS construction provides better consistency and stability than multi-ply boards, ensuring cleaner die cutting, sheeting and other finishing techniques.

    "Productolith® Pts. is a proven performer with the right optics, printability and price to do the job it's needed to do," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "It offers all the attributes you want from a graphical paperboard or coated cover—and a new 16 pt. C1S and C2S in both a folio and digital product offering to better serve the needs of our customers."

    "This promotion is a demonstration piece that showcases the breadth of applications that are beautifully created using Productolith® Pts.," said Verso Brand Manager Tanya Pipo. "Using a variety of print techniques and post press applications, this promotion illustrates the smooth, bold, enhanced 92-bright, whiter-white offering of Productolith® Pts. and Productolith Pts. Digital®."

    Pipo adds, "Productolith® Pts. SBS construction and fine-paper surface support a quality image in a wide range of applications. Postcards to posters. Packaging to point-of-purchase displays. Tags to tickets. Calendars to greeting cards. Book covers to laminated corrugated board. Productolith® Pts. is perfect for printing and post press applications, including converting, scoring, folding, die cutting, film laminating, foil stamping, or embossing to create something that will get your brand noticed."

    Productolith® Pts. is made in America on fine-paper machines with Verso expertise. It is available in a wide selection of stocking items as well as custom sizes through Verso's three-day PressDate® Service program, saving customers time and money. Productolith® Pts. matching sheets, digital and web products are all backed by Verso's guarantee of full customer and technical support from start to finish.
    (Verso Corporation)
     
    15.05.2017   ANDRITZ to supply equipment to BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden, for fiberline upgrade    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: ANDRITZ Drum Displacer Washer enables extremely high-end product quality

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has been selected to build a new brown stock washing sideline to produce extremely high-purity pulp for the new board machine at the BillerudKorsnäs’ Gruvön mill in Sweden. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

    The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes a new DD-Washer, which ensures the production of high-purity pulp used for food packaging. The delivery also includes four MC pumps and a pulp Screw Press with ANDRITZ’s unique control system.

    ANDRITZ has some hundreds of very successful DD-Washer installations around the globe. ANDRITZ DD-Washers are characterized by lowest operational costs and lowest emissions as well as extremely good washing efficiency based on the required number of displacement washing stages in a single unit. Washing capacities are over 6,000 admt/d/unit.

    This order is part of BillerudKorsnäs’ investment at the Gruvön mill, which includes the construction of a new board machine and rebuilds in the existing pulp mill. The investment is the largest in the history of the company and one of the largest in Sweden in recent years.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    15.05.2017   GardaPremium Natural: Lecta's New Coated Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news The newest addition to “The Excellent Collection” product line

    With it most recent launch, Lecta extends its range of “The Excellent Collection” coated papers, high-quality products for publishing that are ideal for all printing needs.

    GardaPremium Natural is a 2 side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade. Available in 135, 150, 170 and 200 g/m2, the new grade offers good thickness, extraordinary runnability, high stiffness and good resistance to cracking on fold, in addition to high opacity and excellent print results.

    GardaPremium Natural’s distinguishing feature when compared to other coated silk papers currently on the market is its natural color, obtained without the addition of optical brighteners. This neutral tone is perfect for enhancing color as well as black-andwhite images, highlighting every detail.
    (LECTA)
     
    12.05.2017   Voith and Trützschler introduce new Safety Standard for Wet-laid Spunlaced Nonwovens Machines    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Voith and Trützschler present new safety standard for WLS facilities (machines for wet-laid spunlaced nonwovens)

    - Basis for safe production of Nonwovens
    - Combination of proven standards for paper and textile machines
    - Standardization process by ISO initiated

    In the shape of standard VN 3260/TN 0790, Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens have developed a new safety standard for wet-laid spunlaced (WLS) Nonwovens machines. The standard will help producers of Nonwovens to ensure safe and reliable operation of their machines. It also provides the basic prerequisite for meeting expectations in respect of production and quality.

    Voith and Trützschler jointly developed the manufacturing process for wet-laid and hydroentangled Nonwovens. The machines on which the materials are produced consist partly of paper machine components and partly of components from Nonwoven machines. The manufacturing process for wet-laid Nonwovens is similar to that for producing paper: A suspension consisting of water and fibers up to 40 mm long is passed over a wire on which a homogeneous fiber mat forms. The hydroentangling or spunlacing process produces bonded Nonwovens that can be textured if required. Drying and winding of the Nonwovens are done on other machine components.

    The newly developed standard combines various Voith and Trützschler safety standards for paper and textile machines in a new document and thus defines the safety requirements for new hybrid machines.

    The safety standard has already been incorporated by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) as the basis for developing an international standard, so as to achieve greater impact at global level.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    12.05.2017   AEGLE Zero. The natural choice.    ( Company news )

    Company news AEGLE Zero, a new uncoated folding boxboard with an uncoated reverse, has been added to the range of packaging materials offered by Kotkamills from their BM2 cartonboard machine in Kotka, Finland.

    AEGLE Zero is a special uncoated packaging grade, suitable for food and non-food end-uses, where a natural look is as important as excellent printability and conversion properties. The grade is made from the same strong, virgin Nordic fibre that AEGLE Pro and AEGLE White are made from and offers the same opportunity for creative design. Printability, CD stiffness and value are all offered by this special new grade.

    “The tactile and natural looking surface of AEGLE Zero provides the opportunity for creative packaging design where values of pure, organic quality are implicit in the final product choice. It offers a real opportunity for packaging differentiation and is suitable for a range of printing processes and finishing techniques, like hot and cold foiling. A natural choice from Kotkamills AEGLE range of folding boxboards,” says David Ingham, Sales Director Consumer Boards at Kotkamills.

    AEGLE Zero is produced in the range of 305 to 615 micron and is available to order now.
    (Kotkamills Oy)
     
    12.05.2017   Xerium Awarded Machine Clothing and Rolls Business for Fibria’s ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Horizon 2 Project - New Pulp Machine in Tres Lagoas, Brazil

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, announced that the Company was recently awarded orders for machine clothing and rolls technology for Fibria’s new pulp machine at the Tres Lagoas mill in Brazil. The new machine is scheduled to go online in Q3/2017, adding 1.95 million tons of market pulp to Fibria’s annual production.

    “We are delighted to be one of the suppliers for Fibria’s new pulp machine at Horizon 2 Project, in Tres Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil)”. said Eduardo Fracasso, President of Xerium Latin America. “We are very excited to participate in the commissioning of this new technology machine which will utilize some of Xerium’s most innovative press felts, conveyors belts and roll covers.”

    The growing market pulp segment is a strategic target for Xerium, whereas the Company has developed specific machine clothing and rolls products designed specifically to support the demanding water handling requirements of these newer machine configurations, and deliver higher production output with lower energy consumption.

    For this new machine, Xerium will be supplying ProSeam XT seam felts and DryTrans ND conveyor belts. Additionally, the Company will be supplying AquaWell IIS, VersaTec, and Everguard roll cover technology.

    “We look forward to partnering closely with the Fibria team to help ensure an optimum start-up with maximum pulp product quality, and the highest overall machine efficiency on the Horizon 2 Project, “ adds Fracasso.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    12.05.2017   Cenários Ibá: pulp production shows positive results for the first quarter of this year    ( Company news )

    Company news Pulp production recorded 3.0% growth in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 4.69 million tons against the 4.55 million tons recorded in the same period of last year. In the paper sector, the surplus continues with exports that reached a volume of 544 thousand tons sold between January and March, a 5.6% increase compared to the same period in 2016 when 515 thousand tons were traded. In the wood panels segment domestic sales rose 2.9%, reaching the 1.6 million cubic meter mark.

    Check out the other performance indicators for the planted tree sector in the 35th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry.

    Export volume - In the first quarter of 2017, the volume of pulp exports reached 3.3 million tons, an increase of 5.5% over the same period in 2016, when 3.1 million tons were exported. The wood panels segment recorded exports of 284,000 cubic meters (+45,6%).

    Export revenue - From January to February of 2017 the sector recorded exports of US$ 1.9 billion (-2.6%); pulp reached US$ 1.4 billion (-4.3%), paper registered US$ 464 million (-0.2%), and wood panels US$ 64 million (+25.5%). As a result the balance of trade in the sector registered a positive balance of US$ 1.7 billion during the first three months of the year (-0.9%).

    Destination of exports - China continues to be the main destination for the Brazilian pulp sector, with a 44% share. In the first quarter revenues for this country increased by 21.6% (US$ 620 million) compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels in the period, with exports to this region increasing 17.5% (US$ 295 million) and 25% (US$ 35 million), respectively.

    Production - Brazilian pulp production surpassed 4.6 million tons (+3.0%) between January and March of 2017, and paper registered 2.5 million tons (-2.2%).

    Domestic sales - In the first quarter of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 1.3 million tons (-3.0%), while the wood panels sector registered sales of 1.6 million m³ (+2.9%).
    (IBÁ - Indústria Brasileira de Árvores)
     

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