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Newsgrafik #117564

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

...pulp mixture quality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...Labelexpo Europe 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Channel baling press HSM VK 4212   (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lenzing Invests in Thailand  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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OMET Tissue boosts production capability  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... using pioneering digital technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inapa: Merger in France  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bekaert Solaronics supplies infrared drying system GemDryer® and Energy Recovery System ...  (Company news)

... to Metsä Board Kyröskoski, Finland

Bekaert Solaronics will supply Metsä Board Kyröskoski millwith a GemDryer® system (photo) for coat drying on their BM1, linked with one Energy Recovery System (ERS).

The GemDryer® infrared system replaces existing gas infrared equipment. The new drying system from Bekaert Solaronics offers higher input power, higher efficiency and helps to decrease the total running costs.

Bekaert Solaronics and Metsä Board share a long history of partnership and Metsä Board counted once more in the considerable experience of Bekaert Solaronics in the upgrade and optimization of non-contact drying systems. In this new project, the GemDryer® together with Gem9E emitters will increase the drying performance by 20%. They will also meet the customer needs in terms of high power density, high efficiency, flexibility and ease of maintenance.

In addition, the combination of the infrared drying system and ERS ensures significant energy savings by recirculating the final exhaust from the IR hood into the existing air dryer.
(Solaronics SA)

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New integrated tissue paper mill with the latest technology is being built  (Company news)

After a long and severe examination process, the Hungarian Ministry of National Economy had selected our investment plan for an integrated hygiene paper manufacturing site as from national economical perspective preferred one and decided to support it with 4,5 billion HUF non-refundable contribution in the program of the National Enterprise Investment Scheme. From the total 11 billion HUF investment, we will build Hungary’s biggest and most modern integrated hygiene paper production site.

The long-time planned factory project and the related developments will not only play an important role in the performance of the Hungarian economy, foster and stimulate national GDP, but also creates over 100 new jobs and contribute to a more successful and thriving local community in the region of Dunaföldvár. Beyond playing a significant role as converter in the region, now by further increasing our capacity and becoming a tissue base paper manufacturer also in Hungary, thus as an integrated supplier, we can ensure even more secure operations and service towards our customers and consumers.

The ceremony of the laying of the foundation-stone took place on 12th June 2017 in the presence of our guest of honor, Mr. Mihály Varga, Minister of National Economy. As he stated: “the government supports the investment with 4,5 billion HUF as a part of the program that targets those Hungarian big enterprises that do not fall under the conditions for financing subsidies from the EU. This program proves to be very successful.” The owner and managing director of Vajda Papír, Mr. Attila Vajda mentioned in his speech, that “the 23 thousand sqm. plant is being built by the construction company, Scorpio-Trans Kft., on a 20-acre land and will be up and running by February 2018. Furthermore the most modern and state of the art technology will meet the highest sustainability and environmental protection standards.”

With this investment, our domestic capacity will reach the 100.000 tons p.a. and will help to further support the successful development of our Ooops! brand as well as the numerous internationally supplied own label products.
(Vajda-Papír Kft.)

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Sihl at LabelExpo 2017: Brand-new films and composites from Sihl  (Company news)

Sihl will present its new brand image and comprehensive product portfolio at this years’ Label Expo from 25 – 28 September. The concept behind the relaunch of the Sihl brand is to provide future product solutions that will contribute to improved added value for the customer. The declared goal is to strengthen the Sihl market profile and increase global growth.

The stand will focus on FACESTOCK, DURABLES and PRESSURETAC. You can expect the following news from these product ranges:

Sihl is to present a new film to the range SIHL FACESTOCK. The PICOFILM WS is a white polyolefin film with a special V.I.P. top coating for waterbased inkjet printing. Thanks to its squeezability and deformability, it is ideal for the labelling of various PE containers and bottles. Sihl will offer PICOFILM WS in 4 variations.

Furthermore, a new ENDURO composite material will be available. As tear resistant as film – as printable as paper: ENDURO takes the best properties of both paper and film, combining them to create perfect printability and durability. ENDURO Effect 265 Metal detectable (photo) is the ideal solution for the labelling of groceries. Thanks to the electric conductivity of the material, labels or parts of labels produced will not land inadvertently in the food as they can be sorted using metal detectors during the processing process.

Waste and residue-free logistics labelling thanks to the revised PRESSURETAC assortment. Loop labels and labels made from PRESSURETAC offer the perfect solution to a sticky problem: thanks to their properties this material has a special coating that ensures that it only sticks to itself and doesn’t stick to anything else. This has a positive knock-on effect for the entire distribution process. All required information can be printed in a bar code using thermal transfer print to the PRESSURETAC labels which are then simply attached to the appropriate roll container, the whole process is quick, easy and no waste is produced.

Come and visit us at LabelExpo in Hall 6, Booth C15!
(Sihl GmbH)

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Goals achieved with coater section rebuild in Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo  (Company news)

With good planning, suitable equipment and professional personnel, good results are achieved as planned – even in challenging board machine rebuild projects.

Photo: Rok Sustar from MM Kolicevo (left) and Timo Nurmiainen from Valmet know the importance of pilot trials; they give the opportunity to test the papermaking process and coating chemistry

All the targets for the project were achieved. Runnability is better than before, and the efficiency is better, too,” says Rok Sustar, Technologist and Assistant to the Production Manager at Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo mill in Slovenia. After more than a year, this positive atmosphere has not changed: the mill personnel are content with and confident about the improved coating section.

Before the rebuild, board machine BM 3 of Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo Karton was facing challenges with runnability and efficiency. The coating section required improvements since the speed of the board machine was going to be increased and the existing coating technology was not suitable any longer. This resulted in the decision to rebuild the coating section.
Pilot trials before the decision

Before the rebuild decision was made, the coating concept, coating color chemistry, and performance were tested at the Paper Technology Center in Järvenpää, Finland. Rok Sustar is convinced that finding the correct solution is easier with the chance to run a pilot. The decision does not have to be based on assumptions and conjecture when there is concrete proof before your eyes. “You can see the benefits and witness the good runnability,” Rok Sustar says.

Professional project

With clear targets in mind, a multilayer curtain coater and a blade coater started up after a very short shutdown period in the summer of 2015. A supply system for the two layers of the curtain coater was also installed. Sustar explains that the Valmet personnel were really professional. He continues: “The installation went according to plan. It was a short installation time, and there was a lot to do – like building it and testing it with water – but everything went well. The compact size of the curtain coater was also a real advantage in the rebuild.”
“In ten minutes, it was working”

When everything is well planned, you are likely to get good results quickly. All the movements and hydraulics were tested at the workshop before the equipment was sent to the customer site. “In ten minutes, the board was saleable,” Sustar states.

The coating section has been easy to operate and more reliable since the rebuild. Curtain coating has a contactless coating application, which is good for runnability and reduces web breaks. “There is less second-rate board and fewer breaks at the coating section. Also, the day-to-day handling is a lot easier than before,” says Sustar.
High coating color quality with supply system

To achieve high coating color quality, curtain coating requires a completely airless coating. This sets high standards for the OptiSupply machine circulation and its degasser. “The degasser in the supply system is working very well. We always reach the pressure we want to,” says Sustar. The maintenance requirements are relatively moderate: “We clean the degassers every two months in the longer shutdowns. They’re quite easy to clean. It takes less than two hours to open them, clean them with high pressure water, and close them – this includes everything.” A short, automatic cleaning sequence is used during the briefer shut-downs.
Asking for better and better

The Kolicevo mill has noticed that their customers are ever more demanding for higher quality and lower prices. Continuous improvement must be a constant state of mind for each producer.

A cost-effective rebuild with fast results is the only alternative. Any shutdown is a direct loss of income for the board producer. For good results, you need the correct concept choice, good planning, and proper raw materials to achieve the desired targets. A rebuild is always a challenge, but the risks are minimized with a good and reliable partner. “Valmet personnel are really professional,” summarizes Sustar.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Premier Tissue Exhibition in MENA  (Company news)

TISSUE Middle East Exhibition the 4th International Exhibition for Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting Industries will be held on October 24th -26th, 2017. at Cairo International Convention Center, Cairo, Egypt. Hall (2)

TISSUE-ME 2017 will cover the entire spectrum of products and services for the industry. It is Co-located with PAPER-ME 2017 the MENA's largest exhibition on paper and allied industries.

TISSUE-ME 2017 This B2B exhibition is an ideal platform for business transactions, branding and product showcasing in the field of tissue paper and disposable hygienic products.
TISSUE-ME provides you with a unique opportunity to meet key players and discuss your products and solutions with many of the decision makers in the world of tissue.

Exhibit @ TISSUE-ME 2017 to:
• Showcase your latest machinery, technology, products and services to highly focused trade visitors and trade delegations
• One to One interaction with the industry professionals in one location
• Brand building with the industry and end users
• Explore new business and investment opportunities

TISSUE-ME 2017 is the premier industry platform, where senior industry professionals from around the world come together to seek competitive insights, learn about the latest technologies, and network, for four days of intensive and rewarding business activities.
(Nile Trade Fairs)

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Sense, Sustainability & Shelf Appeal - Avery Dennison at Labelexpo 2017  (Company news)

Innovation and sustainable solutions brought to life with five interactive zones

Piture: The Avery Dennison Sensorial Collection gives designers a broad toolset to create soft, textured or patterned papers that give a premium, vintage or artisanal feel. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR360)

Performance, sustainability and intelligent solutions will be at the top of the list for Avery Dennison at Labelexpo Europe 2017 (Brussels, 25-28 September), as new products will be launched that deliver enhanced shelf appeal, higher performance, increased sustainability, intelligent solutions, and increasingly transparent compliance and services. These innovations will be brought to life in an interactive section of the booth with five special zones (5A31).

“As our industry’s most important show, Labelexpo Europe provides a vital opportunity for us to learn and share. We gain massive insights by listening to our customers that attend, and we have a golden moment to demonstrate what we do, how we do it, and the things that will change for the better, especially in the coming year,” says Georg Mueller-Hof, vice president marketing. “This year we will focus particularly on how we will meet customer demands for more environmentally sustainable products and processes, as well as demonstrating innovations that create incredible brand shelf appeal.”
Among the new products Avery Dennison will be demonstrating is a Recycled Paper facestock certified by FSC, the “Sensorial Collection” of textured label materials, and Clear Hotmelt adhesive for chilled food packaging.

FSC Recycled paper facestock
FSC Recycled facestock comes from a unique blend of post-consumer waste and modern paper manufacturing processes. Manufactured without chlorine bleaching, the facestock has similar whiteness and brightness compared to its conventional alternatives, converts as quickly, and enables label converters to help customers meet sustainability targets while still delivering exceptional print results, and without adding costs following the pricing at parity.

Sensorial Collection
The Avery Dennison Sensorial Collection gives designers a broad toolset to create soft, textured or patterned papers that can give a premium, vintage or artisanal feel. These diverse label surfaces can give consumers subtle messages about a bottle’s contents while contributing to an outstanding visual impact.

Clear Hotmelt Adhesive
A hotmelt adhesive without the yellowing, Avery Dennison’s new clear hotmelt adhesive offers a straightforward and competitive solution that allows for more design freedom in the chilled food section. It also delivers a lower total applied cost as it does not require a barrier-film facestock.

“Labelexpo continues to be the most important industry platform, and we do our utmost to provide innovative solutions and interactive experiences that, combined with our serious listening to customer needs, make it a memorable and positive experience for our customers,” says Rob Verbruggen, director communications. “We look forward to sharing our commitment to sustainability, service and superior performance in Brussels this autumn.”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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Prices to rise on greaseproof papers from Nordic Paper  (Company news)

The company will increase prices on greaseproof papers by 5% on all despatches from 1st September 2017.

Business Unit Sales and Marketing Director, Peter Warren says “Over the past two years our business has endeavoured to keep cost inflation to a minimum by driving internal efficiency and making targeted investments. However, we face increases over a wide range of input costs which we have accepted to ensure supply stability. Many of these costs have been absorbed but we have to pass on some through higher market prices.”
(Nordic Paper Åmotfors AB)

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Screen launches two new game-changing digital label presses for high-end labels and food packaging  (Company news)

New inkjet presses to debut at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Screen announces the launch of two new UV inkjet label presses, expanding its remit into food packaging, breaking boundaries with new world-class speeds and further strengthening its position within the digital labels sector. The commercial release of the Truepress Jet L350UV+ and the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM will take place in parallel at the upcoming Labelexpo exhibition (see Screen on stand 9B30 from 25th September).

The new Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM brings unrivalled levels of functionality to food packaging label production. As well as using newly developed low migration (low permeability) inks that offer enhanced safety, the press includes a nitrogen purge mechanism for accelerating the curing of UV inks, further preventing ink migration and UV odour.

Furthermore, the new Screen Truepress L350UV+LM press pushes the envelope in terms of productivity, sharing a host of fresh features with the L350UV+ press, which was developed by Screen for high-end, high-speed label production. The L350UV+ system offers superior productivity, substrate compatibility, colour reproduction, operability and other advanced features that provide a significant edge over conventional technologies in a wide range of fields.

Both new Screen presses deliver industry-leading, reliable print speeds of up to 60 meters per minute and enable the reproduction of a wider colour gamut by adding support for a special orange ink to conventional C, M, Y, K and white inks. Each system’s transfer section can also be equipped with an optional chill roller for cooling thin substrates that are particularly susceptible to the heat generated by the UV lamp. Labels such as those required for the wrappers used on PET bottles can now be printed with ease on the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM press. These functions provide print companies with the ability to produce an expanded range of new and profit generating applications with greater quality and productivity than ever before.

The continuing diversification of consumer preferences has led to sustained growth in small- to medium-run work in a wide array of the food label printing market. Brand owners have also sought to create label designs on a greater variety of substrates to differentiate their products from the competition. In response, printers have increasingly been calling for digital label presses that can accommodate a wider range of substrates while maintaining the high safety levels required for food products. Screen meets this rising demand with the introduction of these new products.
A technology preview is taking place today at Screen Europe for those customers that have already expressed interest in the direction Screen’s technology is taking.

“We announced our first specialised digital label press, the Truepress Jet L350UV system, in 2013. Delivering world-class print speeds of up to 50 meters per minute, the combined quality, productivity and substrate compatibility attracted significant attention, adoption continues to grow internationally as does its excellent reputation,” comments Bui Burke, Senior Vice President Sales at Screen, “Screen will continue its development of systems designed to meet the needs of the label printing industry, we’re fully committed to the stable, long-term growth of the sector.”

Find out more about the Truepress Jet L350UV+ and the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM presses at Labelexpo, Brussels, on stand 9B30 from 25-28th September.
(Screen Europe)

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New MBO K80 combi folding machine completes the 70 x 100 product range  (Company news)

The K80 (photo) fits perfectly into the new product range of MBO combi folding machines for the 70 x 100 cm size range. It closes the gap between the manual K70 and the K8RS, the world's fastest folding machine.

The K80 is ideal for high-precision, high-performance production of signatures, flyers and other similar products in medium industrial print run lengths. It runs at speeds of up to 230 m/min (755 fpm), and offers a comprehensive range of standard equipment and multiple automation options.

Eight optimised versions
The K80 is available in eight pre-configured versions. Customers can choose between a palletized and a continuous feeder, as well as between four and six buckle plates in the parallel unit. They can also choose from manual or automated fold rollers and slitter shafts.

Standard equipment
The K80 is available in a Super-KTL version. The standard equipment includes M1 control technology, including touch screen. This simplifies the intuitive setup of the machine. If the palletized feeder is chosen, the tried and trusted Vaculift III feeder head is used. Vivas is included with both the palletized and continuous feeder. Vivas is used to improve the sheet infeed and the sheet alignment with challenging materials and at high production speeds. The first buckle plate in the parallel fold is always equipped with a continuous sheet stop in the K80. This increases the contact surface by approx. 30 %, preventing sheet deformation, resulting in better fold quality at high speeds. With the K80, customers can choose between hard PU fold rollers or Virotec fold rollers. The standard equipment also includes the ergonomic, patented slitter shaft cassette in the parallel fold. This means that the slitter shafts are user friendly and can equipped by just one person, and the tools can be adjusted quickly and accurately. High-precision pneumatic cross fold and three fold knives also allow for a faster throughput and keep wear to a minimum. The K80 is also factory-fitted with a router that permits connection to the MBO remote access service software, RAS.

In addition to the comprehensive standard equipment version described above, each of the eight pre-configured K80 versions can be optionally enhanced with MBO features to increase performance. These include the slitter shaft in the three fold and the pneumatic gatefold plate. The combination buckle plates can be optionally ordered in manual or automated versions.

In contrast to the K80, the K70 cannot be automated. At 210 m/min the K70 is slightly slower than the K80, and due to having fewer features in the standard equipment version, it is not quite as convenient in usage. On the other hand, the K70 does offer a very good price/performance ratio as an entry-level model.

The K8RS is MBO's high-tech folding machine in the 70 x 100 cm market segment. With speeds of up to 275 m/min, it is the fastest folding machine in the world. Comprehensive standard equipment options ensure highest possible ease of use. The cross fold and three fold in the K8RS are very easy to use. In addition, the cross fold has an ejector unit. On request, the K8RS can of course also be automated, just like the K80.
(MBO Maschinenbau Oppenweiler Binder GmbH & Co KG)

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60 years and Elopak is ready for more growth  (Company news)

Elopak celebrated 60th Anniversary in 2017

Elopak (European Licensee of Pure-Pak®) was founded on 11th February 1957 by Johan Andresen Snr. who invested in the vision of Norwegian engineer Christian August Johansen to bring the Pure-Pak® carton license to Europe from the U.S. and to build Pure-Pak® filling machines.

Today Elopak has developed and expanded to more than 30 countries with over 40 office sites including eleven manufacturing plants and three Pure-Pak® associates, and operates in over 80 markets. During its growth over the last 60 years Elopak has revolutionized the functionality, convenience and shape of the Pure-Pak® carton alongside industry-leading developments in filling technology and systems.

The traditional Pure-Pak® carton has grown into a portfolio of cartons meeting changing consumer demands. Elopak has developed carton features and closures to enhance convenience and secure food safety and system quality. On the environmental footprint of its systems the company is constantly working to lead the way and exceed any regulatory requirements. Its wide range of carton packaging includes the greenest Pure-Pak® carton ever - a virtually 100% renewable carton from Elopak as a Carbon Neutral Company.

Elopak has developed the Pure-Pak® Aseptic System to meet market demands for high speed and high quality filling equipment for long shelf life applications. In 2011 Elopak opened a new state-of the-art filling machine manufacturing plant in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Within a couple of years a new technology platform for modular designed filling machines was constructed and brought to market meeting the highest hygienic standards and efficiency requirements.

In 2013 Elopak successfully started the production of Roll Fed aseptic packaging material and is ramping up the business with both new and existing customers.

“For over six decades Elopak has developed both the Pure-Pak® carton and filling machine technology with foresight, innovation and a culture of team work and collaboration. All of this is increasing the value of our products and services for the best of our customers and the consumers. We are continuously developing and expanding our product offerings and will pursue further possibilities by making packaging count and showing how much our customers matter. As we celebrate our 60th anniversary and our many achievements – we are ready for reaching out to even more consumers,” says Niels Petter Wright, CEO of Elopak.
(Elopak AS)

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Congratulations to the winners of Heinzel-Mondi-Sappi Award 2017!  (Company news)

We are happy to announce the winners of the the Heinzel-Mondi-Sappi Award 2017, presented at the PAPER & BIOREFINERY Conference, in Graz, Austria.

Picture From left to right: Max Oberhumer, CEO Sappi Austria; Kurt Maier, CEO Heinzel Group; award winners Sebastian Porkert, Huy Quang Lê and Marco Beaumont; Christian Skilich, Group Operations & Technical Director Mondi.

The award recognizes outstanding publications (journal publications, review papers, survey reports, theses) having a potentially significant impact on the pulp and paper industry.

The winners of this year’s award are Huy Quang Lê for Wood biorefinery based on γ-valerolactone/water fractionation; Marco Beaumont for Modification of a Cellulose II Gel; and Sebastian Porkert for Physico-Chemical Processes during Reactive Paper Sizing with Alkenyl-Succinic-Anhydride (ASA).

The annual award is jointly given by Heinzel, Mondi, and Sappi, three international packaging and paper companies, to support young researchers (age 35 and under) working at, or in collaboration with, European institutes.

Picture From left to right: Max Oberhumer, CEO Sappi Austria; Kurt Maier, CEO Heinzel Group; award winners Sebastian Porkert, Huy Quang Lê and Marco Beaumont; Christian Skilich, Group Operations & Technical Director Mondi.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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GENEVA project successfully completed  (Company news)

In 2015, a beta version of a BOBST digital printing press was put into operation at Model AG in Weinfelden. Over the last two years, the site has been continuously developed. The forward-looking investment in digital stream inkjet technology was recently completed with the installation of the coating unit.

Model AG thus continues to focus on digital production at the Weinfelden site, a future-oriented step that is already beginning to pay off. The days when customers had to maintain expensive storage facilities for packaging and display materials are finally over. The market requires ever more flexibility; print motifs and layouts are altered at ever shorter intervals or are adapted to regional requirements. Customers want to reach the market ever more quickly, an aim which the water-based stream inkjet digital printer makes possible, even for the food industry.

The printing press has clear advantages for small batch sizes as well as for large print runs. The high speed of up to
200 m/min means that even large quantities can be economically produced, and thanks to the high availability of the base material, corrugated board, the ordering cycle is shortened by weeks. Digital printing thus simplifies and accelerates the entire manufacturing process in comparison to an offset laminated version. The rapid, high-quality production of a specific print run optimises the entire supply chain and changes the behaviour of all the market players: this is stream inkjet printing's greatest potential. Variability and flexibility in all upstream and downstream processes are convincing arguments in favour of this digital application in comparison to existing printing processes.
(Model AG)

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ANDRITZ to supply tissue production line with the latest shoe press technology to Vajda Papír  (Company news)

Picture: PrimePress XT Evo, the latest ANDRITZ shoe press technology

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Vajda Papír to supply a complete tissue production line for its mill in Dunaföldvár, Hungary. Start-up is scheduled for March 2018.

The order comprises a PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press as well as a complete stock preparation system, including pumps, automation, electrification, all auxiliaries, and services.

The stock preparation system includes an FSV pulper, which is equipped with the latest design of energy-saving rotor, three proven ANDRITZ double-disc TwinFlo refiners, a ModuScreen CP protection screen with rotating cylinder, and a low-energy ModuScreen HBE headbox screen.

The ANDRITZ tissue machine has a design speed of 2,200 m/min and a width of 2.74 m. It is equipped with a PrimePress XT Evo, the latest ANDRITZ shoe press technology. PrimePress XT Evo ensures both improved dewatering and better product quality, thus reducing the need for thermal drying. As a result, the energy demand of the tissue machine with shoe press is substantially lower. Perfect edge control is provided by a new, patented control system. The 16 ft. Yankee is made entirely of steel, thus enabling safe operation and efficient drying.

This order once again confirms ANDRITZ’s excellent position as one of the global innovation drivers in the tissue market. ANDRITZ has numerous successful reference plants across the globe, thus demonstrating its strong market position as one of the world market leaders for supply of complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.

Vajda Papír is one of Europe’s most dynamically expanding tissue producers. The 100% Hungarian-owned private company operates tissue production mills in Hungary and Norway and covers the complete tissue product range. Vajda Papír, with its top-quality “Ooops!” brand and many other retail brands that are also supplied to international customers, has gained a leading position as supplier in Hungary as well as playing an acknowledged and dominant role in the Scandinavian markets. During its history covering almost two decades, the company has also won several regional and national awards for its business and product quality and strongly focuses on environmentally friendly tissue production, while meeting the highest standards for all internationally known certificates, such as Nordic Ecolabel and BRC.
(Andritz AG)

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AiroGuide – long-lasting guide roll cover for universal use  (Company news)

-Guide roll cover suits all types of paper machines
-High cover abrasion resistance helps to ensure a constant fabric service life
-Low total cost of ownership thanks to stable service life

With the addition of AiroGuide to its product range, Voith is offering a guide roll cover in a modern fiber composite material suitable for all paper machines. Voith is producing the AiroGuide with a composite material which is very light but highly durable.

Endurance tests in the field showed that the new guide roll covers were able to increase the replacement intervals also in positions suffered from high wear using standard rubber covers. This reduces downtimes and results in lower total cost of ownership. The high wear resistance of the cover helps to ensure that the fabric wear profile stays straighter for a longer period, because the roll wear will not be transferred to a higher fabric wear. Like all composite roll covers from Voith, AiroGuide covers can also be repaired in the case of minor damage, avoiding the need for a complete replacement.

The purpose of guide rolls is to guide or redirect wires, felts or paper in a paper machine. AiroGuide is a highly versatile modular cover concept that can be used for every guide roll position in every section of the paper machine: wire guide rolls, felt guide rolls, paper guide rolls. AiroGuide roll covers offer excellent value for money and can be precisely adapted to any machine. The specification of the roll cover will always be optimized to the requirements of the application in terms of cover thickness, temperature resistance, and electrical conductivity. AiroGuide can be readily matched with other Voith products, which also improves the performance of the paper machine.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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As a leader of innovative solutions in the specialty paper industry, Expera has continued to customize its line of food packaging and processing papers with its newly launched brand Prepera™ Food Processing Papers. Expera’s Prepera™ Papers keep individual food slices neatly separate and wrapped, while easily releasing from products that have been vacuum packaged, frozen, or thawed. Offering a breadth of performance options, Expera produces layout sheets for raw and pre-cooked applications as well as paper-based solutions designed to address a variety of needs in today’s refrigerated and frozen food categories.

“Prepera™ papers are used in a wide variety of applications and they have the flexibility necessary for unique and demanding applications,” said Robyn Buss, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Expera. “Whether it’s bacon layout, or an interleave application for cheese or meat, these papers are safe, sustainable, and provide the food release properties necessary for all types of performance.”

The new line of Prepera™ papers are designed to resist oil, grease, and water and are available in low to high wet-strength varieties.

“Prepera™ papers are custom-designed in multiple color options and we have monthly runs,” explained Buss. “These are strong papers that prevent fluids from passing through, achieving a high-level of performance for multiple end-use applications.”

Staying committed to Expera’s sustainability Initiative, SOAR™, Expera’s Prepera™ papers can be produced with bleached, natural, blended and post-consumer waste recycled options and can carry Chain of Custody certification through FSC®, SFI® or PEFC certification schemes.
(Expera Specialty Solutions)

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PAPCEL to supply machinery and equipment for the SFT Group in Russia  (Company news)

The joint-stock company PAPCEL, Czech Republic, won a tender for the supply of new machinery and equipment for the preparation of starch, which will be delivered to the paper mill OOO "Alexinskaya bumazhno-kartonnaya fabrika" in the Russian Federation, a member of the holding SFT Group.

PAPCEL will supply two stations for preparation of starch (enzymatic, cationic) and working station for size press. The starch preparation stations will be delivered together with the system for powdered starch dosing and with storage tanks for cooked starch.
(Papcel a.s.)

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European paper industry's performance resilient in 2016, demonstrates CEPI's latest key statistics  (Company news)

In the background of increasingly uncertain global markets, European production of paper and board demonstrated resilience in 2016. This not only continues the trend of recent years but exceeds the performance of other key paper-producing regions including the United States and Canada.

European consumption of paper and board has exhibited a rise for the third consecutive year, growing by 0.3% in 2016, driven by stronger demand for certain categories of paper products particularly sustainable packaging, hygiene and speciality papers. The rise in consumption has also had a knock-on effect on imports into CEPI countries which rose by 4.5% in 2016 (7.2% of total European paper consumption). Despite this trend and increased competition globally the industry remains a net exporter, exporting approximately 21% of its production.

On another positive note a 2.7% increase was witnessed in pulp production putting a halt to recent years of decline. This was buoyed by an increase (17.8%) in the export of market pulp to non-CEPI countries, particularly Asia (20.8% increase). Utilisation of paper for recycling has remained relatively stable as in previous years exhibiting a slight increase in 2016. The collection of paper for recycling has also moved in the right direction, displaying a modest increase of 1.0%. At the same time, exports of paper for recycling have increased by 5.6% the majority of which reached Asian markets (91.7%).
(CEPI aisbl)

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ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2017: Successful outcome in new hall   (ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2017)

After three intensive exhibition days, ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2017 draws a positive balance in Frankfurt am Main: The move from hall 11 to hall 4.1 at the Frankfurt fairground has paid off.

“ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2017 was a great success,“ summarizes Simone Pfisterer, Vice President at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. This is confirmed by exhibitors as well, e.g. Erich Kollmar, CEO of Gebr. Bellmer GmbH. He states that the new hall 4.1 supported the overall excellent and familiar atmosphere. In his opinion, numerous valuable conversations and contacts also during the evening program, provided a perfect finishing touch for the event. He is looking forward to participating in 2018 again.

High standard of the event convinced
1,880 visitors informed themselves within three days at this year’s ZELLCHEMING-Expo. 152 exhibiting companies, among 88 main exhibitors, 61 co-exhibitors and three represented companies, showcased their latest products and services along the process chain of the pulp and paper production as well as fiber-based materials on 5,528 square meters (+ 11 percent).

New established exhibition forum on the pulse of time
The new established exhibition forum was very well received by visitors. Renowned speakers offered exclusive insights into the future topic “Industry 4.0” and discussed the increasing influence of digitalization and their effects of the paper industry.

Practical experience was given by the exhibitor lecture series “Best Practice – Learn from the best“ under professional supervision of the association ZELLCHEMING e.V. as well as by the lecture series of the publisher Deutscher Fachverlag with presentations from exhibitors of the market place.

“We are very satisfied how ideas of the open forum have been accepted.
The feedback was great and the interest in the lecture series of our ZELLCHEMING-committees of microbiology with focus on ‘VDI 20147’ and pulp and paper testing with the all-day workshop ‘Paper Industry 4.0’. We want to actively continue pursuing,” according to Petra Hanke, Executive Director, ZELLCHEMING e.V.

Diversified networking platform
Especially the evening events were a powerful magnet to establish new contacts: On the first exhibition day, the “After Fair“ appealed very well to the participants and in addition to that the “Summer Evening” of the association ZELLCHEMING e.V. offered excellent networking possibilities on the second day.

The next ZELLCHEMING-Expo will take place from 26 – 28 June 2018.
(Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)

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ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre successfully perform joint program to eliminate fossil fuel use ...  (Company news)

... in lime kiln at Joutseno mill, Finland

ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre have successfully collaborated on a program to maximize reduction of the use of fossil fuels, as well as improve the overall performance of the lime kiln at the Joutseno mill in Finland. The goal of the program, entitled “Gasification Plant 100% Utilization Rate”, was to maximize the availability of all equipment, including the wood processing plant, dryer, gasification plant, and lime kiln, as well as the lime kiln burner and its heat transfer system.

As a result of the program, the Joutseno mill has now replaced 95% of natural gas being used in the lime kiln with biomass (bark) derived gas. Moreover, the quality of lime product has markedly improved. The cooperation between the two companies will continue with Overall Production Efficiency (OPE) agreements to further fine tune the systems.

The Joutseno 48 MW gasification plant is based on the Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) technology developed by ANDRITZ.
(Andritz AG)

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ABB's pulp & paper Network Platform 800 scanner wins Red Dot design award  (Company news)

-Red Dot design award recognizes the most innovative product designs from around the world
-Network Platform 800 scanner awarded with Red Dot for high design quality
-Completely new scanner design provides pulp and paper customers with solid, stable foundation for precision measurements of product quality and consistency

ABB’s recently introduced Network Platform 800 scanner has been recognized with the prestigious Red Dot award in the groundbreaking design category. This completely new scanner’s structure provides customers with a stable, solid foundation for precision measurements of product quality and consistency during the process of making pulp or paper. The scanner detects the slightest imperfections in the paper web to ensure that on-spec product is made for and delivered to end customers. ABB worked with Irish product design firm Dolmen to design the scanner to be durable, accurate, and perform flawlessly in rough mill environments.

“We are delighted to be honored with this prestigious design award,” said Jim Fisher, Global Product Group Manager for Pulp and Paper, “This underscores ABB’s ongoing commitment to continuously improving our customers’ experience and delivering products that help to be more successful.”

Manufacturers and designers from around the globe are invited each year to enter their products in the competition. The jury of around 40 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists test, discuss and assess each individual product. The year’s competition included more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries. The Network Platform 800 received the “Red Dot for high design quality”.

The Network Platform 800 is a high-performance scanner correctly-sized for today’s small-to-mid size paper machines of up to 6.2 meters (244 inches) sheet width. When combined with ABB’s leading-edge paper sensors and controls, Network Platform 800 is a critical component of the ABB quality control (QCS) system for improving paper quality, optimizing paper machine stability and improving process efficiency. Its combination of powerful processing and real-time data acquisition provides precise sensor and frame coordination, fast signal processing and world-class measurement accuracy.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, stated “The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

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UPM tests Carinata sequential cropping concept as part of Biofuels future development   (Company news)

UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels' feedstock and protein for animal feed.

Photo: Carinata field seeded in early May 2017 in Uruguay.

The sequential cropping concept enables contract farmers to take agricultural land into use outside the main cultivation period, in winter time, without compromising existing food production. This does not cause any land use change, prevents erosion and improves soil quality. Carinata will provide additional income to local farmers, who do not normally have their fields in productive use during winter. In South America UPM grows and tests Carinata with third-party farmers in Uruguay and Brazil.

Carinata is an oilseed crop specially designed for sustainable production of biofuels. UPM has made a long term agreement with Canada-based Brassica Carinata crop developer Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. who utilise non-GMO technologies to improve crop varieties.

"Sustainable land use is UPM's core competence. We are developing this sequential cropping concept with Carinata as it provides new feedstock solutions for low carbon biofuels without compromising existing food production," says Petri Kukkonen, Head of UPM Biofuels Development.

Biofuels produced from Carinata oil reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 70% compared to fossil fuels.

"Exploring new feedstocks is part of UPM Biofuels' long term development. In addition to the Carinata concept, UPM studies waste and residue as well as wood-based feedstocks for biofuels," says Kukkonen.

The Carinata concept has no direct impact on the operations of UPM's Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland.

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Stora Enso divests the rigid paperboard business Re-board in Sweden  (Company news)

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest the business and assets of its Swedish subsidiary Stora Enso Re-board AB, a producer of rigid paperboard for expositions and displays, to Culas AB, which is partially owned by the current managing director of Stora Enso Re-board AB, John-Åke Svensson.

“Stora Enso’s focus within packaging is on developing and delivering fibre-based solutions throughout the value chain. Re-board delivers a niche product and we believe that a new owner can better give this business the attention it deserves and develop it further,” says Peter Torstensson, SVP and Head of Corrugated Nordics, Stora Enso’s Packaging Solutions division.

The transaction is expected to be closed during Q3/2017 and will have no significant impact on Stora Enso sales and operational EBIT. The transaction is subject to negotiations under the Swedish Co-determination Act (MBL). Once the divestment is completed, the employees of Stora Enso Re-board AB will be offered to transfer to the new owner.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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Looking forward to Labelexpo Europe: FINAT and Tarsus celebrate a 25 year partnership  (Company news)

Two iconic brands in the labelling industry – Labelexpo and FINAT (Stand 11A31) – will celebrate the 25th anniversary of a successful partnership at this year’s Labelexpo Europe in Brussels, 25-28 September. The event represents an appropriate opportunity for the partners to focus their vision once again on the broad canvas of the industry to whose growth both have contributed much, and which is uniquely represented by the Labelexpo Europe exhibitors and visitors.

World’s leading showcase
Labelexpo Europe has gone from strength to strength since its debut in London in 1980, and this year’s show now occupies no less than nine halls at the Brussels Expo – over 35,000m2 of floor space, accommodating over 700 exhibitors from 40 countries worldwide and also providing the venue for this year’s Global Label Industry Awards presentation dinner.

Tarsus’ predecessor (the Labelex/Cowise Group) and FINAT signed their first Labelexpo agreement in 1991, and it is up for its fifth renewal towards the end of this decade. Meanwhile, similar partnerships have been developed with other regional associations around the world, such as TLMI (Labelexpo Americas, Chicago), LMAI (Labelexpo India, New Delhi) and, most recently PEIAC Labels (Labelexpo Asia, Shanghai).

The transformation of Labelexpo Europe from a niche self-adhesive labeling event to an established global trade show covering a much broader spectrum of labelling and package printing and converting technology, also reflects the changing shape of the industry, in terms of imaging technologies – particularly digital print – and packaging styles such as flexible pouches, shrink sleeves, and in-mould labelling. Label printers today are certainly positioned at the very heart of the lively packaging industry.

However, Labelexpo’s continuing success will depend very much on its ability to respond to market demands, so Labelexpo and FINAT have expanded their joint Labelexpo Advisory Board (LAB) – initially consisting of management representatives from Labelexpo and Board members from FINAT – to include a cross-section of exhibiting suppliers. Their efforts, coupled with the first results of a long-term investment by the event venue, will deliver improvements in logistics, facility management, and visitor convenience for this year’s show.

‘An unmissable event’
As Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Labelexpo Global Series, says: “Our collaboration with the Labelexpo Advisory Board (LAB) undoubtedly makes Labelexpo Europe an unmissable event for label and package printing professionals. Our close working relationship helps shape serious and practical content for the show, and has driven important improvements at the show’s home, Brussels Expo. The LAB is very influential within the wider label community, and we are very appreciative of their ongoing support, invaluable input and expertise.” Ralf Drache, Director of Sales and Marketing at HERMA and FINAT Board Liaison in the Labelexpo Advisory Board, adds: “Inspiring and supporting our industry is the greatest ambition of Labelexpo Europe. For many years now, the LAB has focused on continuous improvement of this trendsetting trade show. Feedback and the expectations of both visitors and exhibitors, combined with the vision and experience of the Labelexpo Europe organisation, initiate a dynamic process of creating new measures and developing ideas. It’s an excellent example how FINAT represent the interests of its members and the entire label industry.”

FINAT Managing Director Jules Lejeune concurs. “Our information and support platform is continuously expanding in this fast-moving technology and business arena. We very much value our partnership with Tarsus and Labelexpo, in the Labelexpo Advisory Board and in all-round collaborative activities. It delivers real added value, and – as it has been for the last 25 years – is a key enabler in keeping our members at the leading edge of the label industry.”

FINAT will be welcoming current and potential members of the association at Labelexpo Europe on Stand 11A31.

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Faster, smarter paper purchasing with UPM's new eOrder service   (Company news)

UPM celebrates a digital milestone in 2017 with the launch of its new eOrder service, a groundbreaking online tool enabling speedy, transparent 24/7 order fulfilment through an intuitive, hassle-free digital interface.

The pioneering eOrder tool forms part of UPM's existing Customer Online (COL) portal, which already offers paper customers a variety of convenient services such as real-time order status tracking, access to account history, invoicing and inventories, product browsing, e-claims and sample requests.

With eOrder, real-time service now extends to the actual ordering process. The customer simply logs in, selects the product, the desired quantity and delivery date. The order is then submitted and processed automatically. The process is intuitive and easy to master, enabling customers to order paper online anytime and anywhere: their delivery is now literally only a few clicks away.

The new tool marks a radical enhancement of the Customer Online (COL) portal as it takes UPM's digital services a significant step beyond just information-sharing.

"The eOrder tool is more than just a convenient order channel. It is automatically aligned with our business processes and IT infrastructure, so we can give speedy confirmation of our delivery capabilities. We can guarantee our promise to the customer from the very moment the order is placed," explains Mark Hatfield, Director of E-Business at UPM Paper ENA.

The official external rollout of eOrder began at the start of 2017 following a series of customer trials and fine-tuning last year. "External implementation will be expanded in years to come based on our experiences this year," reveals Hatfield.

The initial feedback from customers has been encouraging. "If you can use Amazon, you know how to place an order with eOrder, it's not more difficult. And you can see the delivery date right away; you don't have to wait for a confirmation," states Bastian Steinmetz from Steinmetz Briefumschläge in Schenefeld, Germany.

The new eOrder service marks a natural continuation of UPM's benchmark-setting work as a digital pioneer. The palette of online services offered by UPM is unmatched by any other operator in the paper sector.

Although UPM will continue working to offer speedy, convenient online services - with a future focus on mobile apps - Hatfield hastens to add that personalized service will always remain part of the portfolio. "We've always wanted to build alternative channels for our customers to work with us, but this doesn't mean that digital platforms will ever replace traditional face-to-face services," he concludes.

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Easy-fix S. Corrugated board tool securely transported  (Company news)

Marbach has a new system in place, with which cutting-die and guillotine for corrugated board can be fixed to each other for transport and storage.

Guillotines are used in the corrugated board division in order to separate the die-cut blank from the front trim waste of the sheet size. A guillotine is significantly smaller than a cutting-die. It has been common practice to screw the guillotine to the cutting-die, so it doesn’t get lost or damaged during transportation and storage.

This previous solution required that several plastic components be fixed with screws to the cutting-die as well as the guillotine. This was not only time-consuming but also ran the risk of losing components.

The new Easy-fix S is not only perfectly suitable for the secure transport of cutting-die and guillotine but also for an optimal storage of corrugated board cutting-dies.

Tool handling on the machine is very easy with the Easy-fix S. Tool and guillotine can thus be transported securely. Easy to fix they are quickly ready for use. And storage is also safe. The Easy-fix S consists of only one piece and possessing an integrated key function, with which it can be locked in the tool. As a counter pressure for fixation, rubber is used in the area of the balancing rules. So a constant distance between cutting-die and guillotine is guaranteed.

The Easy-fix S provides a solution that is characterized by easy handling and secure transport and storage.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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OVERMADE delivered a new DYNAFLOW FL HEADBOX to PRATT PAPER  (Company news)

OVERMADE has completed the delivery of a DYNAFLOW FL Hydraulic headbox for PRATT PAPER (USA).

With a pond width of 6200 mm and an operation output of approx. 750 tpd., the headbox is intended for the bottom layer of a machine producing up to 1200 tpd of high quality testliner and fluting at a speed of 1100 mpm.

The headbox design has been selected for the excellent distribution of the fiber it is able to grant, contributing to achieve the highest market standards of CD basis weight profile and paper properties. The target of the modification is to improve the efficiency of the forming section when basis weights ranging from 100 gsm to 273 gsm are produced using up to 80% of mixed waste paper and only 20% of OCC.

The performances of the DYNAFLOW-FL headbox are the result of the latest innovations applied to the “DYNAFLO CONCEPT”, the exclusive turbulence generator developed in OVER's pilot plant. The CD basis weight profile is controlled by means of a dilution system. The headbox features an additional edge flow control system, capable of locally adjusting the flow from 60% to 160% of its nominal value, designed to optimize the fiber orientation all across the paper width.
The headbox is supplied with stiff lamellas in the slice area to maintain a high level of micro-turbulence up to the jet exit, thus improving paper formation at high speeds.

DYNAFLOW-FL, the headbox for high speed Fourdrinier forming section, is available also in a multilayer layout. Multilayer headbox permits to use stocks of different characteristics or qualities to produce multilayer paper with a single forming section available.
(OverMade Srl)

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TRESU presents high-performance flexo ancillary and lottery printing machine solutions at ...  (Company news)

... Labelexpo Europe 2017

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

At Labelexpo Europe 2017, TRESU Group (Booth 7D53) highlights its comprehensive range of ancillary products for controlling ink flow in flexographic label and package printing situations, along with video presentations of its complete printing and converting lines for lottery and game cards.

TRESU’s ancillary programme includes an extensive range of chamber doctor blade systems for narrow, mid and wide-web flexo applications, as well as ink supply systems, providing a complete solution for automating ink flow throughout the flexo press – from bucket to substrate. This results in significant reductions in material and ink waste, setup times, emissions and manual intervention as well as high quality consistency at speeds that can exceed 600m/min (approx. 2000ft/min).

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

Among the chamber exhibits is the closed-cassette FlexiPrint Reservoir, ideal for many narrow-web uses. The portable chamber slots easily into position, facilitating fast setup chambers, including when printing processes are interchanged. FlexiPrint Reservoir needs no pump and operates at press speeds of up to 300m/min (984ft/min).

For wide web and corrugated flexo applications between 1600mm (63in) and 6000mm (236in), the carbon fibre TRESU MaxiPrint Concept cuts cleaning time and improves quality consistency. Comprising a closed chamber, an ink supply unit, and a cleaning cycle, MaxiPrint Concept offers fast, automatic internal cleaning, corrosion-resistance, improved print quality consistency and reduced ink loss. Its chamber features integrated cleaning nozzles with robustly designed water-shot mechanisms, for a complete ink change and cleaning cycle within three to five minutes. MaxiPrint Concept is designed for new OEM solutions as well as retrofit projects on existing machinery.

The 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. When ink changes are required, the F10 iCon system carries out fast and thorough cleaning of the chamber automatically, and returns almost all unused contents to the bucket for reuse on subsequent jobs. With the F10 iCon, simultaneous ink change cycles on printing stations take minutes, delivering significant time and materials savings per job.

High-performance flexographic printing line for lottery cards
There will be video presentations of TRESU Solutions’ flexographic printing line, for printing instant lottery tickets and gamecards.

With its automated controls, stable servo-driven build and capability to include numerous high-value printing and finishing processes, the TRESU lottery printing line provides a productive solution for converting foil and cards between 114µm (4.5-point) and 609µm (24-point) thickness into secure, high-end products. Features of the press include inkjet imaging towers to print variable game data, along with integrated drying and curing systems to allow easy switching between aqueous, solvent, and UV-ink sets at several printing stations.
(Tresu A/S)

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