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Newsgrafik #118042

Kruger creates a new entity  (Company news)

Picture: Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, during the press conference

Kruger Inc. announced a $377.6-M transaction to diversify operations at its Brompton and Wayagamack Mills into specialty niches, such as flexible food packaging, labelling and digital printing. This major project, undertaken in partnership with the Government of Québec, will help to maintain more than 500 jobs in the Mauricie and Estrie regions. The announcement has been made on September 8 in the presence of Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec; Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation; and Joseph Kruger II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kruger, as well as Ministers Luc Blanchette, Julie Boulet, and Luc Fortin.

Kruger and the Government of Québec have formed a partnership by which Investissement Québec, acting as the government’s agent, will grant loans and a loan guarantee totalling $59.8 million and acquire an equity participation of 37.5%, or $44.6 million, in the new entity Kruger Specialty Papers Holding L.P. The new entity comprises the assets of the Brompton and Wayagamack Mills, as well as the Biomass Cogeneration Plant adjacent to the Brompton Mill.

To carry out this diversification project, Kruger Specialty Papers Holding L.P. will invest $107.5 million over the next three years to enable the Brompton and Wayagamack Mills to gradually reduce the production of some publication paper products that are in decline, such as newsprint and magazine paper, while accessing new markets that are on the rise around the world. Investments will be distributed as follows:
- Wayagamack Mill: $32.9 million;
- Brompton Mill: $47.5 million;
- Trois-Rivières Mill: $22.3 million; and
- Biomass Cogeneration Plant (Brompton): $4.8 million.

The project’s other significant benefits include an additional 100,000 metric tonnes of wood chips procured annually, which will have a direct positive impact on Québec’s sawmill sector.

Maximizing operational complementarity
The Mills’ diversification strategy is based on the complementarity of the Company’s various operations, which is why the project calls for investments in the Biomass Cogeneration Plant next to the Brompton Mill and in the Thermo-mechanical Pulp Mill at the Trois-Rivières Mill, which will supply the Brompton and Wayagamack Mills with raw material.

The amounts invested will be used to acquire new production equipment, modify existing equipment, make technical improvements to boost productivity, and for various energy efficiency measures.

Adjusting to changing markets
The new Kruger Specialty Papers entity will supply products that are in high demand due to changing market trends around the world, specifically increased demand for sustainable packaging and the growing popularity of e-commerce. New specialty products include food packaging paper, labelling products (backing paper) and coated paper for digital inkjet web presses to print mass-circulation catalogues and flyers that can be customized for targeted mailings.

By the end of the project, the Brompton Mill will focus exclusively on specialty products and therefore will no longer manufacture 200,000 metric tonnes of newsprint annually.

Green technology and innovation
The innovative specialty papers developed by Kruger will offer several competitive advantages, including the use of cellulose filaments (CF). This new-generation biomaterial is Kruger’s proprietary strengthening additive that is manufactured at the world’s first CF plant built by Kruger in Trois-Rivières in 2014. Tests conducted by the Company have shown that adding CF helps to make products stronger, lighter and more sustainable.
(Kruger Publication Papers Inc.)

Newsgrafik #118052

Tips on Preparing for Labelexpo Europe 2017   (Company news)

Labelexpo Europe 2017 is fast approaching. It’s a good time to take stock of the efficiency of your labels & packaging converting operation. Is there room to improve your operating efficiency? Could quality be boosted even further? Can these things be done while improving profitability?

Our experience says that for most operations, the answer to all three questions is yes. Labelexpo Europe provides a unique opportunity to educate yourself on the latest technologies and solutions that are available to help you address these things. And Labelexpo Europe is a great place to see many of them in action. So how best to proceed?

Before You Go
Take the time to assess your operation and identify any gaps you find in operational efficiency, quality or the ability to produce jobs profitably. Document these gaps with as much quantification as possible. This will be the baseline against which you can measure the potential or actual improvements investments can deliver. Make a list of the suppliers present at Labelexpo Europe who are likely to have solutions that can close these gaps. Map out a logical pathway through the show to ensure you are able to visit all of them. At the same time, be sure to allow yourself time to explore new areas of opportunity you might not have considered. And don’t forget that this is a terrific opportunity to network with your peers to gain insight into how they have addressed moving their businesses forward.

Areas of Opportunity
There are several areas of opportunity that apply to most firms, even if they have taken significant steps to improve operations. It seems that there are always opportunities to do even more. Consider these:
- Improve Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). Downtime is deadly. Take a page out of the Colognia Press book – the company went from about 20% uptime to more than 50% uptime by simply changing out its plates and platemaking system. “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. Now we can run a full 10 kilometer 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!”
- Consider implementing fixed color palette printing. By shifting to a process printing approach using up to seven ink colors, you can minimize the need for acquiring, managing and storing a large inventory of spot color inks. Using a fixed palette of inks means even more improvement in OEE, as makeready and job changeover times are significantly reduced, since there is no need to wash up the press between jobs. Plus, using a fixed ink palette also makes it easier to run combo jobs. Of course, process printing with up to seven colors requires plates that deliver precise registration and clean ink transfer to assure excellent quality in the highlights and midtones while still delivering required ink laydown for solid areas.
- Find a partner willing to invest in you. Unfortunately, there are too many suppliers in the marketplace that consider a sale to be “one and done.” To truly transform your business, you need to find suppliers that have demonstrated they truly partner with their customers. This is where talking to your peers can be helpful. If you are interested in a particular supplier, ask for references, and then follow up with them. You’ll quickly find out whether customer experiences live up to expectations.

Asahi Photoproducts will, of course, be at Labelexpo Europe. You can find us on Stand 5A34. We hope you will make us a stop on your journey to better performance and improved profitability. We especially want to show you how our flexo plates are different. Not only do we have a plate type for just about every application, but most of them feature Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer, a unique plate technology with low surface energy that is specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the print substrate. This delivers stunning graphical quality and improves overall production efficiencies. And these plates are ideal for fixed color palette printing.
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)

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New Ahlstrom-Munksjö to showcase its sustainable release and label papers at Labelexpo Europe   (Company news)

With its first participation to Labelexpo Europe as the newly created Ahlstrom-Munksjö, the company confirms its commitment to the global labelling industry, aiming to contribute with innovative, sustainable and effective paper-based solutions to the benefit of the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) value chain. The company will showcase the latest advances in its dedicated range which now includes supercalandered and clay-coated release papers, as well as niche facestock label papers. Labelexpo Europe 2017 will take place on September 25-28 at Brussels Expo in Belgium.
“We form today a larger company, with a strong financial position, extended R&D capabilities and a wider geographical footprint. Our aim is to rely on these strengths to support strategic growth while continuing to deliver customer value through high quality, backed by advanced technology, deep know-how and tailored services. We are glad to connect at Labelexpo with the entire PSA value chain, as one of the key industries we commit to.” says Marco Troglia, Vice President Release Liners.

Among release papers, Ahlstrom-Munksjö will present the range of Acti-V(R) supercalandered papers, based on patented technology, which also includes Acti-V(R) Industrial grades for double side silicone coating of technical release liners for Tapes, Medical or Composites applications. Proprietary technology grants Acti-V(R) unique benefits: stronger and more durable silicone anchorage, and less platinum and energy required, contributing to efficiency and sustainability of the silicone coating process. The latest Acti-V(R) XB, combines those performances with enhanced surface barrier for silicone hold-out, with the result of better silicone coverage and the possibility to optimize silicone coat-weight.

The range of Silco(TM) Flat clay coated products includes high lay-flat two-side coated papers designed for high performance digital,screen printed or plotter cut graphic laminates, and is broadened by Silco(TM) 2S Ultrastable, a release paper for double side silicone coating, for application in Composites release liners. The paper offers high smoothness and very high dimensional stability trough steep changes of temperature and humidity.

On the facestock side, Ahlstrom-Munksjö will present Adercote(TM), a range of advanced papers specially developed for high-end PSA applications such as vegetable oil, wine & spirits, cosmetic or pharmaceutical labels. For instance, Adercote(TM) GP delivers a unique greaseproof barrier to minimize potential oil spots, ensuring intact brand image until the last drop. Adercote(TM) HG offers outstanding gloss for elegant and high-quality printed labels. Adercote(TM) Pharma enables premium opacity and excellent printing results for perfect information identification.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö was formed on April 1, 2017 with the merger of Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj, creating a global leader in fiber-based materials, with about EUR 2.15 billion annual net sales and 6,000 employees.

All the company’s release and label papers are manufactured in Chain-of-Custody certified sites, and are available with FSC(R) or PEFC(TM) certifications.
(Ahlstrom Munksjö Group)

Newsgrafik #118068

Klingele Papierwerke expands into Cuba  (Company news)

Investment in the Cuban corrugated cardboard industry through a shareholding in the Spanish company Trade Packaging S.A.

Picture: Compacto Caribe Plant in Havanna, Cuba

Klingele Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of corrugated base paper and packaging made from corrugated cardboard, is investing in the promising market in Cuba through its Spanish subsidiary Klingele Embalajes. Klingele has a shareholding in the Spanish holding company Trade Packaging S.A. and will therefore operate two corrugated cardboard plants and a folding box plant in Cuba in the future. Klingele is continuing on its expansion course with this commitment: the company recently announced its shareholding in the Scandinavian Peterson Group with six sites in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Attractive market potential – shareholding in the sole manufacturer of corrugated cardboard packaging
Klingele's investment is being made in the wake of the economic reforms that President Raùl Castro introduced after the death of his brother Fidel. These are mainly aimed at strengthening private enterprise and getting more foreign companies involved in the local economy.

Klingele is also now one of these: the company puts itself and its partner Trade Packaging in a unique competitive position with its investment. The percentage share in the Cuban packaging company Compacto Caribe S.A could be increased to 51% with Klingele's shareholding in Trade Packaging, while the Cuban state will hold 49% in the future. This is an exception in the country characterised by its centrally planned economy where the state normally has a shareholding of at least 50% in joint ventures.

Trade Packaging previously held a share of 50% in Compacto Caribe with a folding box plant in Palma Soriano and a corrugated cardboard plant in San Jose. With Klingele on board, the Cuban state is incorporating the two corrugated cardboard plants of the second Cuban producer Cubapel into the company that was formerly 100% state-owned. In return, investments will be made in both plants that were built in Havana and Santiago de Cuba in the 1970s.

Only two corrugated cardboard plants and one folding box plant with a total of 263 employees remained after closing and relocating the production from San José to Havana. They are in a good position to supply the 11 million inhabitants on the over 1,000 kilometre long island.

Corrugated base paper from the Weener paper mill
Klingele is mainly contributing to the joint venture in Cuba with investments in machinery and technical know-how. The focus is on reliable machine technology that runs on a stable basis. Klingele is therefore opting for a new BHS corrugated cardboard system in the Havana plant that meets the requirements in terms of production safety. Spare parts and support will be provided by BHS Mexico.

An extensive investment plan of $ 20 million was approved to lay the foundations for future growth. Further investments are intended to be made especially in processing machines and their printing technology, in the power and steam supply and in adhesive systems. The aim is to double the current capacity of around 40 million m² of corrugated cardboard packaging in the plants in Havana and Santiago de Cuba.

There is also potential in the supply of the Cuban plants with high-quality corrugated base paper from the company's own paper mill in Weener (East Frisia). The paper currently used in Cuba does not meet the quality requirements for high-quality packaging; imports from Weener can achieve substantial improvements in this area – and expand the sales channels for the Weener paper mill at the same time.

Demand especially from the fishing and local industry The demand for corrugated cardboard packaging mainly comes from the fishing and seafood sector as well as the local tobacco, beverage and pharmaceutical industry.

Currently around half of the demand is met by import because the appropriate production capacities were not available up until now, in particular for high-quality packaging. With a view to safeguarding the future of the industry, the objective of the state is to bring the corrugated cardboard plants to a competitive level and to strengthen the domestic economy. Klingele’s commitment gives it the opportunity to invest in a protected market with a solid price level at the same time and to break into a new sales market.

“Through our commitment in Cuba we get a unique opportunity to participate in a market that is only just emerging,” comments Dr. Jan Klingele, Managing Partner of the Klingele Group. “Of course we have to manage certain country-specific risks but there will be immense opportunities for us as a pioneer in the Cuban market. With our partner Trade Packaging we have an experienced local entrepreneur with an excellent network at our side, which gives us an outstanding starting position to lead the Cuban corrugated cardboard industry to success.”
(Klingele Papierwerke GmbH & Co KG)

Newsgrafik #118085

Negotiations at Stora Enso’s Kvarnsveden paper mill concluded  (Company news)

Stora Enso announced in February plans to permanently close down one paper machine 8 (PM8) and related reorganisation at the Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden that could affect a maximum of 140 people at the mill. PM8 was permanently shut down in June, and the negotiations between central parties have now been concluded.

The impact of the reorganisation and PM8 closure was mitigated through individual solutions, such as early retirement. Altogether the number of people affected will be 122.

Stora Enso is convinced that through the measures taken, it is possible to improve the competitiveness of the Kvarnsveden Mill going forward.

Production at Kvarnsveden Mill will continue on two lines, PM10 for improved newsprint paper and PM12 for SC papers.
(Stora Enso Nymölla AB)

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Succession at the top of Voith Group decided   (Company news)

Picture: Stephan Schaller

The Shareholders' Committee of Voith Management GmbH has decided about the succession of Dr. Hubert Lienhard, long-standing President and CEO of the Management Board. Stephan Schaller, currently member of Voith Shareholders’ Committee and head of the global motorcycle division of BMW Group, has been appointed as successor.

As planned, Lienhard, who has been in charge since 2008, will retire in 2018 upon completion of his second term in office at the age of 67. The change at the top will take place on April 1st 2018.

Stephan Schaller, born in 1957, studied mechanical engineering at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen. From 1981 to 1999, he held management and executive positions at BMW Group. After four years, initially as head of technical planning, then in the technical management of Linde AG's refrigeration division, Schaller joined Volkswagen AG in 2004 as head of production for the commercial vehicle division. Since 2007, he has been Chairman of the Board of Management of commercial vehicle brand of Volkswagen. In 2010, he became Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Schott AG before being appointed head of the global motorcycle division of BMW Group in June 2012. Schaller has been a member of the Shareholders' Committee of Voith since October 1st 2015.

At the same time, Dr. Hubert Lienhard will be appointed to the Shareholders' Committee with effect from April 1st 2018. He will take the current seat of Stephan Schaller in this committee.
“With Stephan Schaller we found the ideal successor for Dr. Lienhard. He has already been involved in all strategic developments of the company in recent years in his role as member of the Shareholders' Committee. He has excellent knowledge of Voith and its structures. In this way, we ensure a high degree of continuity for the company in succession. At the same time, Stephan Schaller brings with him many years of international experience in various sectors and industries outside Voith. Among others, he held leading positions in two of the world's largest automotive companies. We are pleased that we were able to win such a distinguished leader from German industry for Voith", said Professor Dr. Hans-Peter Keitel, Chairman of the Shareholders' Committee of Voith Management GmbH and Supervisory Board of Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA.

Keitel also expressed that he is delighted that Dr. Lienhard has agreed to contribute his seventeen years of extensive experience within Voith to the Shareholders' Committee and to continue his support of the future development of the Group with his expertise: "Dr. Hubert Lienhard has made an outstanding contribution to Voith in the last seventeen years, first as CEO of Voith Hydro, and from 2008 as President and CEO of the entire Voith Group. He has successfully led the Group through one of the most challenging and toughest phases of the last few decades with a clear line, strengthened profitability on a sustained basis and restored the Group's strategic ability to act by means of a far-reaching restructuring program. With his digital agenda, he has established Voith as an important player in the digital transformation in our industries. For this, he already deserves the thanks of the Shareholders' Committee and the Supervisory Board, as well as of all 19,000 employees of our company around the world," continued Professor Dr. Keitel.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil  (Company news)

Picture: ANDRITZ successfully started up a complete pulp mill on schedule for Fibria in Brazil © ANDRITZ

International technology Group ANDRITZ has completed start-up of key production technologies and equipment for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

All ANDRITZ processes were started up successfully on schedule.

Fibria’s new pulp mill has a production capacity of 1.95 million tons of eucalyptus pulp per year. Combined with the existing mill at Três Lagoas the total production capacity reaches 3.25 million tons per year, thus making Três Lagoas one of the largest pulp production sites in the world.

With this successful EPC delivery and smooth start-up of the equipment, ANDRITZ has once again demonstrated its outstanding technological capabilities and its proven experience in handling very large projects.

ANDRITZ has supplied the following equipment to Fibria’s new pulp mill:
- A complete wood processing plant with four chipping lines each consisting of the world’s biggest horizontally fed HHQ-Chippers with a capacity of 400 m3 solid-under-bark per hour. The scope also includes the chip screening station, chip storage with a round pile stacker-reclaimer, which also provides chips to the first pulp production line, and bark handling. The unique HHQ-Chipper contributes towards providing the highest and most uniform chip quality, which significantly increases fiber yield both in woodyard and in fiberline operations.

- A hardwood fiberline comprising a chip feed system, LoSolids continuous cooking, screen room and bleaching, and eight DD-Washers, which ensure low operating costs, low emissions, extremely high washing efficiency, and excellent fiber quality. The capacity (6,120 adt/d) is the highest in the world for a single fiberline.

- Two energy-efficient pulp drying lines (working width of 8,004 mm and capacity of 3,060 adt/d each) based on the high-capacity Twin Wire Former technology, air borne dryers, cutter-layboy, and five baling lines. The approach system includes a full cascade screening plant and ensures homogeneous pulp feed to the subsequent process stage. The pulp dewatering machine comprises a dilution-controlled headbox, Twin Wire Former, and press section with combi-press and shoe press. The drying plant is designed for a specific plant capacity of more than 380 tons per day and meter of working width, which has been very well proven for ANDRITZ pulp drying plants all over the world. The ANDRITZ airborne dryer is the most energy efficient of its kind. The reliable ANDRITZ cutter-layboy provides the pulp bales to be further processed in the high capacity baling lines, where the final pulp bales are produced.

- The largest black liquor evaporation plant in the western hemisphere (evaporation rate 1,950 t/h), which concentrates black liquor to a dry solids content of 80% for efficient combustion in the HERB recovery boiler. The plant is equipped with the latest of ANDRITZ’s innovations in secondary condensate quality enhancement for 100% reuse in other departments of the mill. Furthermore, the evaporation plant is integrated with the recovery boiler, which has an energy-efficient boiler feed water heating system.

- The largest recovery boiler in Latin America with a peak capacity of 8,250 tds/d. The ANDRITZ HERB recovery boiler is equipped with state-of-the-art combustion technology to minimize the emissions and maximize green energy production. It is capable of burning and destroying all the harmful non-condensable gases and the methanol produced in other process areas of the mill. The HERB recovery boiler supports and provides steam and power for the complete pulp mill and generates a large electricity surplus, which is to be distributed through the national grid.

- Energy-efficient and largest white liquor plant in the world (18,900 m3/d white liquor production), which meets the highest environmental standards and provides top performance and excellent availability under any process conditions. The white liquor plant consists of the single-line recausticizing plant and two lime kilns (840 t/d each), designed to burn oil, natural gas, and syngas.

- In addition, ANDRITZ has delivered a chloride and potassium removal system to enhance the chemical recovery process and a liquid methanol plant for production of biofuel.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #118123

Lecta and the Top Photographic Creations of the Year  (Company news)

Spanish national photography awards choose Lecta’s new GardaPremium
Natural coated paper for the publication of the prestigious 2016 LUX book

Lecta reaffirms its support for the world of art, creativity and culture with its premium coated paper as the choice for the LUX Photography Awards Book, a premium edition where emphasizing the importance of every detail is essential.

Since their creation in 1993, the LUX awards have emerged as a touchstone of professional photography in Spain, recognizing the year’s best work by professional photographers, with a special emphasis on innovation and the image’s ability to communicate.

This year, the paper chosen to showcase the LUX winners’ and finalists’ photographs was Lecta’s new PEFC-certified semi-matt coated 170 g/m2 GardaPremium Natural. The paper is specifically designed to guarantee excellent print quality, with a neutral tone to enhance both color and black-and-white photography results.

With the LUX Photography Awards Book, our paper will be in the hands not only of the best professional photographers but also in schools, libraries and the leading book stores in Spain.

Lecta is proud to contribute, once again, to making quality creative work available to a wider audience.

For more information about Lecta’s extensive range of paper for printing and publishing, please visit us at

Newsgrafik #118028

SCEA goes for growth with investment in BOBST gravure technology  (Company news)

Picture: Enzo Pattaro, President of SCEA (center), with daughter Marina Pattaro, Quality Manger, and son Mauro Pattaro, Managing Director, in front of the BOBST gravure printing press in SCEA production plant.

SCEA is one of the success stories in the Italian flexible packaging production industry. Established in 1977 in the Veneto region of North-East Italy, the company soon began a rapid expansion recording annual double-digit growth from the year 2000. This meant SCEA needed to relocate to a larger production facility in Zevio, near Verona, in 2008 in order to accommodate the increasing number of production lines required to match its continuously expanding capacity requirements in gravure and flexo printing, lamination, slitting-rewinding and thermoforming. SCEA’s production serves primarily the food packaging, label and disposable plates and trays market sectors, supplying very large customer bases, in both domestic and export markets averaging 3000 tons of goods per year.

To upgrade the performance of the gravure department and gain the cost savings and productivity benefits of today’s latest technology and equipment, SCEA conducted a diligent consideration of all gravure printing options and at the end of 2016 installed a 10-colour BOBST RS 4003MP gravure printing line. Configured for shaftless cylinders, the press accommodates a web width up to 1350 mm and to ensure versatility, it delivers rapid changeover ability and can process a wide range of packaging films at high production speed. Six months into production, BOBST gravure technology is proving a perfect fit to SCEA’s requirements for print quality, production efficiency and flexibility.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver outstanding performance, high quality production and trusted customer service to our clients,” explained Mauro Pattaro, managing director of SCEA, “We have the capacity to provide a very wide range of capabilities across a broad spectrum of materials and application demands in gravure printing. We are satisfied that the RS 4003MP perfectly fits our customers’ requirements in terms of responsiveness, short lead times, flexibility and full dedication to quality. The machine’s register performance is excellent in providing consistency throughout long run production, as well as fast register correction at speed variations, keeping waste to minimal levels. We also appreciate the high production flexibility that derives from the fast job changeover times required for short runs.”

Both SCEA and BOBST look forward to a long lasting cooperation. “With every investment in new equipment we must make sure that it will be able to support our profitability and production goals, as we are always looking ahead to new possibilities to provide innovative and eco-friendly packaging solutions for our clients. This is a new collaboration and we are confident that the high performance delivered by our new BOBST machine and the BOBST service team will pave the way to further grow our ability to achieve our objectives,” concluded Mr Pattaro.
(Bobst Italia SpA)

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SPGPrints introduces RotaMesh® Glitter Screen for reflective, colour-changing inks ...  (Company news)

... on premium labels and packaging

SPGPrints widens the decorative and security options for premium label and packaging design with the introduction of its RotaMesh® Glitter Screen, a nickel rotary screen suitable for applying glitter, lustre, shimmer and optically variable inks.

Hank Guitjens, commercial manager label printing, SPGPrints, comments: “There has been tremendous innovation in reflective inks that create a range of exclusive effects, providing an effective way to differentiate brands and enhance shelf-impact. The new RotaMesh Glitter Screen provides a cost-effective and productive way to incorporate these effects seamlessly inline, alongside other processes such as flexo, offset and gravure, and create a distinctive, appealing packaging presentation.”

Particles for exclusive effects require wide diameters, typically of approximately 70µm, to enable reflectivity that makes their functionality possible. RotaMesh Glitter Screen features relatively large hole sizes to facilitate the smooth transfer to the substrate of these delicate particles, without risk of blockage, at high printing speeds.

RotaMesh Glitter Screen is available in a range of printing widths up to 914mm. Ideal for luxury packaging, cosmetics and gift-wrap applications, it is suitable for numerous synthetic and paperboard substrates including self-adhesive labels, flexible packaging and folding cartons. Like all rotary screens in the nickel RotaMesh programme, the new Glitter Screen is both reusable and re-imageable.

RotaMesh Glitter Screen makes its global debut at Labelexpo Europe 2017 (SPGPrints stand 4C20), where samples showing the screen’s full aesthetic potential will be available.
(SPGPrints B.V.)

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Uteco concluded the testing on the new generation coating machine Rainbow EVO for ...  (Company news)

... Perfection Packaging Pty Ltd

Uteco, with its wide range of solventless laminators available in various configurations with fixed or fully automatic rewinders and unwinders, successfully concluded the testing on the new generation coating machine Rainbow EVO for Perfection Packaging Pty Ltd. The Australian customer has trusted Uteco coating technology since 1998, when they invested in their first Rainbow and in 2013 with the purchase of a second Rainbow.

TheRainbow EVO, with a speed of 500 m/min, is perfect for medium and long runs. The machine is supplied with 1000 mm diameter automatic rewinders, rubberized sleeves on the transfer cylinder, automatic washing system, motorized corona treaters and a mixer for a two-component adhesive system.

Thanks to the uniformity of low coating weights and a perfect web tension control, the machine is suitable for all flexible packaging materials. The complete automation of the machine provides important time and cost savings and is a great investment for anyone looking for productivity and efficiency with excellent coating results.

With this purchase and the upcoming delivery of a Uteco Onyx 808 flexo press, Perfection Packaging Pty Ltd (Uteco’s long standing customer) strengthens its position in the Australian market as one of the fastest growing food packaging producers.
(Uteco Converting S.p.A.)

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Exclusive signing ceremony at the Governments office  (Company news)

Nordic Paper Holding is changing the ownership as Shanying Paper International is about to acquire the pulp- and paper company. At a signing ceremony at the Governments Offices representatives from both companies met.

CEO Per Bjurbom from Nordic Paper signed the cooperation agreement together with Shanying Paper Internationals Chairman of the board, Wu Mingwu. The ceremony was witnessed by among others Minister of Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg and Party Secretary of the Zhejiang Province, Che Jun. In addition to these participants there was approximately 40 representatives from China.

We are really looking forward to the new ownership. It´s a long-term industrial owner and that is something that we strongly believe will be good for the company and the employees future. And to be a part of a signing ceremony is obviously something out of the ordinary, says Per Bjurbom.

Shanying is a China based pulp and paper Company and its core business consists of recycled fibre trading, kraft paper manufacturing, packaging, design, printing and logistics. The company is part of the Taison Group and has been listed at the Shanghai Stock Exchange since 2001.

The acquisition of Nordic Paper holding AB makes Shanying one of Chinas biggest paper and packaging manufacturers with global focus. The Group has approximately 9000 employees.

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

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Cascades Inaugurates its Expanded Drummondville Packaging Plant   (Company news)

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, celebrated the official inauguration of its expanded corrugated packaging plant in Drummondville, a $26.4-million investment.

The 45,000-ft 2 expansion allowed for the installation of a new corrugator that is among the fastest on the market. The new equipment has been operating since early 2016. Today, the ramp-up period is complete and the plant is one of the most efficient in its category. The plant produces cardboard boxes used to package products made in Quebec and the United States, particularly food products.

Attendees of the inauguration included Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, Laurent Lessard, Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region, Alexandre Cusson, Mayor of Drummondville, and Cascades customers, suppliers and employees. Cascades acknowledges the government's contribution to this project in the form of a $6-million loan from Investissement Québec.

"The Drummondville expansion is a concrete example of our continuing efforts to modernize our manufacturing equipment. By investing in high performance and state-of-the-art technology such as that used in Drummondville , the company not only consolidates the plant's 214 jobs, but also its position as a leader in containerboard packaging in Canada and the Northeastern U.S.," said Mario Plourde , Cascades President and Chief Executive Officer.

"This new equipment allows us to produce higher-quality packaging and increases our efficiency and flexibility to better serve our customers. Along with the purchase or construction of new plants in Connecticut and New Jersey, this investment demonstrates Cascades' desire to grow and gain market share. I wish to acknowledge the outstanding dedication of employees and partners who helped make this project possible," said Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging.
(Cascades Inc.)

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“DualXcluder® Protection Screen solved our major problem”  (Company news)

“We quickly discovered that we could run our stock preparation equipment trouble-free much longer after we got rid of the baling wire with the DualXcluder® protection screen delivered by GL&V. This stage, stock preparation for the paper machine, is essential for our entire production process. The pulp on our multi-grade machines must be clean, since challenging grade changes take place constantly,” says Operations Manager Jonas Schmachtl, Arctic Paper Munkedals AB, Sweden.

“Our customers expect top quality paper products and fast deliveries from us. We have plenty of traditional competence in the industry, which we have developed together with our customers. Our two paper machines are tailored for quick grade changes and for producing our high-quality core products in the extensive grammage range of 60–240 gsm.”

Arctic Paper means quality
Arctic Paper S.A. is a leading European producer of high quality Graphic Paper. The company delivers over 700 000 tonnes of premium Graphic Paper for quality printing, reading and branding purposes. The products are manufactured and marketed by 1250 employees, three mills and 14 sales offices.

Arctic Paper S.A Group have many years of expertise in making Fine Paper. Arctic Paper Grycksbo in Sweden began in 1740. Arctic Paper Munkedals AB, in Sweden as well, was established in 1871 and the mill in Kostrzyn Poland in 1958.

Arctic Paper Munkedals AB is located in Munkedal, Sweden, which is 100 kilometres North of Gothenburg. It is situated by the Örekil River, which is considered to be one of the country’s finest salmon rivers. During the last 20 years there have been major investments, and the company values that the mill today is one of the most environmentally-friendly paper mills in the world. With approximately 300 employees and two paper machines Arctic Paper Munkedals AB produces some 160 000 ton/year high quality graphical paper under the brand name Munken and Amber.

Munkedals is not an integrated paper mill, which means that the hardwood and softwood pulp is brought to the mill by trucks in bales tied with metal wires. Before the introduction of the protection screen, some the wires were removed before and into the pulper. The hydrocyclones also removed some of them, but the remaining wires damaged the segments of the conical refiners.

In 2010, Munkedals contacted GL&V in order to solve the problem. That is when Kari Urholm, Sales Engineer for the Dual-Xcluder protection screen product group, paid his first visit to the mill.

“Tommy Ekström, who was in charge of production at the time, was very agitated since it was a major problem. Baling wires were ending up in the production process, and the mill urgently needed a solution. They had already invested in a dewiring machine, but it didn’t work as expected,” says Urholm.

GL&V was not able to deliver an immediate solution either.

“We wanted to be absolutely sure that our protection screen would work perfectly with the set operational and quality targets. We also didn’t want to sell the device to just any production process – we wanted to make sure that the device is used in the right process to do the job it was developed for,” Urholm continues.

GL&V spent a couple of years developing the design and functions of the DualXcluder protection screen. During this period, GL&V completely changed the original design of the protection screen, which derived from technology that was transferred to GL&V from outside the company.

“Since we were familiar with Munke-dals’s problems, we were more than ready to solve the mill’s problem. When I returned to Munkedals, I was able to say that we now have a safe solution for removing the baling wires,” Urholm recounts.

Munkedals purchased the first Dual-Xcluder protection screen in 2015 and a second, identical, one in spring 2017. Munkedals now uses protection screen to remove baling wires on the stock lines of both of their paper machines.

Munkedals must have been very pleased with the first DualXcluder protection screen, since they decided to acquire another one for the second paper machine. “Indeed. Thanks to the DualXcluder protection screens, we can run the refiners much longer due to the reduced need for maintenance. The effective removal of wires also helps maintain the condition of the valves. When we got our first protection screen, it proved to be so reliable and effective that, after operating it for a year, we decided to buy another one for our second paper machine,” says Munkedals’s Operations Manager Jonas Schmachtl.

- DualXcluder protection screen works perfectly in removing baling wires. The cost savings created by avoiding damage to the refiners and rolls are substantial.
- Previously, the refiner segments had to be refurbished every six months, but now it is necessary only every two-and-a-half years.
- Initially, the wipers that clean the screens of the DualXcluder protection screen had to be changed at three-month intervals, but now it’s done every six months. In addition to the baling wire, the wipers remove all other tramp material from the screen.

GL&V’s Sales Engineer Kari Urholm confirms that he has heard similar testimonies from other customers, too.

“Several of my customers have acquired the protection screen. Based on my mill visits, I can say that customers have only one thing to say about the effective removal of baling wire with the DualXcluder protection screen: ‘Why haven’t we made this purchase earlier!’. My customers also really appreciate the low power consumption of the protection screen’s drive, which is only 7.5 kW. The power consumption of a standard screen is in the range of 50 to 60 kW,” says Urholm.

“Energy consumption is monitored continuously and over a long term at our mill, and environmental aspects are a priority for us. In this respect, it is great that our latest DualXcluder protection screen uses less energy than the first one, although the energy costs caused by it are also minimal,” adds Schmachtl.

DualXcluder® Protection Screen
Proactive Equipment Protection
The protection screen protects downstream refiners, cleaners and other equipment from damage caused by baling wire, metals, tiles and other heavy contaminants in recycled and virgin pulp applications. The DualXcluder protection screen is a barrier screen efficiently removing contaminants larger than screen cylinder apertures, which can be slots as small as 1.5 mm or holes as small as 3 mm, depending on the application. The machine is intended to replace traditional High-Density cleaners, magnetic traps and trash screens.

Inline Protection Screen
The separator can operate at up to 5% consistency and is available in four sizes depending on the stock type, flow volume, and screen aperture. The pulp flow enters the machine tangentially and passes through the screen cylinder from outside in. Rejects unable to physically pass through the openings are separated into a trap supplied with the unit that is emptied automatically on a timed cycle. Dilution is introduced into the rejects trap to minimize good fibre loss. Accepted tock exits the machine axially from inside the screen cylinder.

DualXcluder® Protection Screen Key Benefits
- Proactive protection from heavy contaminants
- Very low energy consumption
- Compact and easy to install
- Easy to operate
- Consistency up to 5%
- Low maintenance cost
- Cost efficient solution
(GL&V Sweden AB Stockholm)

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British master papermaker James Cropper has supplied paper for the Turkish Tulips exhibition at The Bowes museum, County Durham. The exhibition, which opened on the 29 July and will run until the 5 November, is showcasing a colourful origami tulip display made exclusively from James Cropper’s Vanguard range.

British master papermaker James Cropper has supplied paper for the Turkish Tulips exhibition at The Bowes museum, County Durham. The exhibition, which opened on the 29 July and will run until the 5 November, is showcasing a colourful origami tulip display made exclusively from James Cropper’s Vanguard range.

James Cropper has attended the exhibition on 24 August, taking along some handmade paper tulips, which were added to the museum’s display. The trail of tulips runs alongside over 30 contemporary artists’ work including Damien Hirst, Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk and Sir Peter Blake.

Vanguard, James Cropper’s most popular coloured paper range, lends itself well to an array of custom-made paper products due to its smooth uncoated surface and extensive collection of pastel and intense colours. The tulip-inspired shades for the display include the likes of Gold, Tangerine, Cherry, Raspberry, Jade and Purple.

The floral treasure trail at the exhibition winds through the grand halls of the Bowes Museum, delving into Britain’s historical relationship with Europe and the Middle East. Curated by Gavin Turk, Turkish Tulips is staged as part of the museum’s 125th anniversary celebrations and combines contemporary art with antique artefacts. Thought-provoking artworks are hidden among the collection, all of which illustrate the iconic flower.

Geoff Leech, art and framing director at James Cropper Paper, said: “Culture and heritage play a huge role in the Turkish Tulips exhibition and, with these being key values of our own, we’re honoured to play a part in its history. The display is incredibly colourful and we’re thrilled that the Bowes museum called upon our expertise to complete the exhibition.”

Based in the Lake District, James Cropper has long been associated with the world of art, providing high-quality British papers for many leading art galleries, designers, conservationists, artists, writers and poets. Currently in production is the new James Cropper Art Selector, which showcases many of the artist papers made at the historic mill.

Geoff added: “The James Cropper Art Selector is an exciting project for us as we celebrate all of the specialty artists’ papers created at our mill. Like the works of art they support, our papers truly stand the test of time and it’s great to see them brought together in this way.”

James Cropper will be showcasing its Art Selector at Packaging Innovations, which takes place on 13 and 14 September at Olympia, London. The company will be at stand H14.
(James Cropper plc)

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Leading industry players from around the world prepare for the opening of Paperworld China 2017  (Paperworld China)

“Small yet Beautiful” and “Oriental Sense Zone” form impressive show schedule

Concurrent fringe events offer insight from all corners of the industry
The 13th edition of Paperworld China, the highly anticipated trade fair dedicated to the stationery and office supplies industry in China, will take place from 21 – 23 September 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China. With strong industry support from around the world, the 2017 edition will host a total of 548 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Serbia, Switzerland, the UK, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

With the show’s opening day just around the corner, numerous global renowned brands are preparing to present their latest products, market insight and industry knowledge to worldwide visitors. Some of the biggest participating names include Akashiya, Amos, Aneos, Beifa, Comix, Dahle, Durable, Edu3, Elco, etranger di costarica, Fas, Guangbo, Hamanaka, Herma, Kidstoyo, Languo, Lion, Lyra, Mindwave, Monami, Morning Glory, Online, Papier Imperial, Pilot, Platinum, Premce, Schneider, Sdi, Snowwhite, Sunwood, Topstick, Treein Art, Tsukineko, Zebra and many more.

In addition, product pavilions from Chinese regions including Yiwu, Wenzhou, Qingyuan, Ningbo, Fujian, Taiwan and Hong Kong, will also be a key highlight of the 2017 fair, with each area’s participants looking to demonstrate their innovative products, as well as share the latest industry developments from their respective regions.

“Small yet Beautiful” and “Oriental Sense Zone” form impressive show schedule

Following its successful debut last year, the “Small yet Beautiful” showcase will be featured at the 2017 fair once again. This particular highlight will reflect the evolving trends of the stationery retail industry, and will unveil a range new opportunities for the sector.

Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd said: “By launching ‘Small yet Beautiful’, we aim to demonstrate the most innovative product displays and the most effective business models, to help small and medium-sized enterprises maximise their business performance. I believe that with this unique platform, these companies can have more direct interaction with the industry’s heavyweights, and gain invaluable insight to help with business development. With last year’s tremendous feedback, the new edition of ‘Small yet Beautiful’ will double in size compared to the previous year and will occupy approximately 200 sqm of exhibition space.”

For the 2017 edition, up to 100 global leading brands will converge in this area, featuring a comprehensive product range of trendy stationery, office supplies, gifts and other lifestyle products. What’s more, a business discussion area will also be allocated to offer visitors to the area an even better sourcing experience.

In addition to this, Paperworld China will also feature the “Oriental Sense Zone” this year, which aims to promote oriental culture and China’s creative and culture industry. Supported by Art Exhibitions China, the Oriental Sense Zone has been a part of Paperworld China for three consecutive years, and this year will converge nearly 70 renowned museums, emerging designers, design brands and quality manufacturers. Some noteworthy names include the Nanjing Museum Administration, the Ningbo Museum and the Shenzhen Museum.

The number of exhibitors for this edition has increased by 65% compared to last year.

Here, various cultural-orientated products will combine contemporary designs and traditional Asian elements. For example, Taiwanese brand gridesign studio will feature a range of products made using bamboo materials, such as pencil holders. Meanwhile, Chinese exhibitor Xian You Qiu Mu will display its signing pens made with Phoebe zhennan wood and Chinese calligraphy brushes, each of which incorporate extraordinary design elements.

Concurrent fringe events offer insight from all corners of the industry
In order to offer an all-in-one platform for both business and knowledge exchange, this year the show’s organisers have arranged a whole range of informative concurrent events. One such example is “TEDxKids” – a talk which focuses on discovering children’s creativity. A selection of students chosen from primary and secondary schools in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai will share their views and ideas during the last day of the fair. This event will allow the stationery industry to connect and learn more about the needs and ideas of the next generation.

Meanwhile, yet another concurrent event is the “Seminar on Enhancing Design and Marketing for Chinese Museums’ Creative Products”. During this seminar, renowned speakers including Mr Shiro Aoki, Senior Consultant and former Executive Director COO of Japan Institute of Design Promotion, and representatives of various Taiwanese brands, will share their successful product designs and effective business models specifically for museums.

During the last day of the show, a special event and a dedicated area will be on display at Paperworld China, where a strong number of planner designers will showcase their own creations. This display area, which is supported by the Shanghai Journal Show, will highlight the strong demand for personal planners and allow stationery manufacturers to stay in sync with the latest market developments.

Paperworld China is jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, the China Chamber of Commerce for I/E of Light Industrial Products & Arts-Crafts, and Guangzhou Foreign Trade South China Exhibition Corp Ltd.
(Messe Frankfurt)

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A common spirit: Thimm Color® digital for start-up customer yamo  (Company news)

Picture: Customised shipping packaging from a single source: The digitally-printed Thimm secureLock

High cost-effectiveness for small to medium print runs and outstanding levels of flexibility are just some of the major benefits of the digital web press technology that Thimm introduced to the market in April through its Christiansen Print division. And for young companies such as the start-up and online provider, yamo AG, these factors are crucial. Thimm supplies the Swiss producer of innovative baby food with high-quality, digitally-printed and customised shipping packaging from a single source.

Yamo places a special emphasis on regionality, naturalness and freshness and produces its products using a particularly gentle process. Using creative product names such as “Pirates of the carrotean” or “Applecalypse now” the baby foods can be ordered online in different box combinations in a range of sizes. To accompany the market launch in the middle of the year, the young company was looking for appropriate shipping packaging. The packaging had to reflect the reliability, quality and sophistication of the products. The solution selected was Thimm secureLock, a shipping packaging system with a tamper-evident lock. The integrated corrugated cardboard safety lock ensures that when goods are delivered to the recipient they are still sealed and intact. Other sealing methods such as plastic adhesive tapes are therefore not required. This means that the packaging consists totally of environmentally-friendly corrugated cardboard which further highlights the sustainability of the yamo products.

Another important element of the successful brand presentation is the high-impact print imaging. Thanks to the possibilities offered by Thimm with its digital web press technology, the customer can be supplied with a print image customised to his needs. The flexibility and fast responsiveness of the technology is ideally suited to market entrants such as yamo. Furthermore, campaigns can be changed extremely cost-effectively. Once the first order has been successfully delivered, a different print image is used for each subsequent order.
“Our customers and we at yamo and are excited” confirms Tobias Gunzenhauser, managing director and founder of yamo AG. “The new digital printing possibilities from Thimm mean we can constantly surprise our customers.”
(THIMM Group GmbH + Co. KG - Unternehmenszentrale)

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Company news: Avery Dennison’s heat-activated adhesive technology allows manufacturers of automotive interior and safety components and OEMs to apply safety and warning labels onto woven and non-woven textiles without sewing. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR366)

At the upcoming Labelexpo show in Brussels, Avery Dennison is building on its show theme of “Pioneering Change,” and will showcase a broad portfolio of innovative products to help converters spur growth and unlock new industry opportunities.

“We have many ways to help you ‘Change Your Horizons’ and open new paths for growth,” says Georg Müller-Hof, vice president marketing Europe. “Ever since inventing the self-adhesive label, Avery Dennison has been creating innovative product solutions. Our mission is to help label converters to source and use labels that look good, comply with regulations, excel in real-world performance, and convert successfully.”

“Our unique combination of facestock and adhesive expertise has led us to develop labels that deliver both high performance and extended functionality,” adds Müller-Hof.

At Labelexpo, Avery Dennison will display a vast range of solutions, including:
- Heat-activated adhesive
- Hot metal label
- Extended Water-based Inkjet portfolio (Silver PET)
- UV Inkjet premium paper range

The innovative patent-pending heat-activated adhesive technology allows manufacturers of automotive interior and safety components and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to apply safety and warning labels onto woven and non-woven textiles without sewing. Many such OEMs need a solution for “permanent” marking/labelling of their products covering multiple substrates, multiple conditions and meeting automotive requirements. Today there is a limited number of suitable technologies with narrow application windows, including ink transfer by heat, heat-seal label, and direct (silk screen) printing. Avery Dennison’s heat-activated acrylic adhesive is changing the game in this space, offering cost efficient and higher performance solutions.

When it comes to performing in harsh conditions, the Hot Metal Label, which is part of the Heavy Industrial Labelling™ portfolio, allows label converters to offer producers of metal and steel parts a highly effective option – an easy-to-apply label that ensures traceability throughout the manufacturing process. This innovative, white top-coated, aluminium label material offers extremely high abrasion and solvent resistance for thermal transfer print. It can also withstand peak temperatures up to +375°C. Other options in the portfolio include hanging tags and self-adhesive labels that allow the addition of tracking information to raw materials such as metal, timber and stone.

Meanwhile, digital printing continues to gain acceptance, and water-based inkjet and UV inkjet technologies are also growing in popularity. Avery Dennison has extended its offerings to address the growing demand of solutions that differentiate with innovative label designs and print in small production runs. These new offerings include an exclusive silver water-based inkjet film and a premium range of textured UV inkjet materials – all of which help to differentiate products on the shelf. The UV inkjet materials feature a new and unique topcoat, that – unlike traditional UV inkjet top coatings – retains both the look and the feel of the textured base paper.

Learn more about these and other innovative Avery Dennison solutions that can help generate new opportunities for growing the business at Labelexpo Brussels in hall 5, 5A31.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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VForm: Maximum flexibility for Fourdrinier paper machines and hybrid formers  (Company news)

Picture: At the Schönfelder Papierfabrik PM 1, three conventional boxes have been replaced by two VForm hydrofoil boxes. By using the VForm hydrofoil, papermakers will be in a position to react flexibly to the increased market demands in the future as well

- Increasing the dewatering capacity and paper quality
- Compatibility with the ComCore platform for automatic setting
- Successful use at Schönfelder Papierfabrik

By individually setting the height and angle, VForm makes it possible to precisely adjust the activity of the pulp suspension. This increases the dewatering capacity and improves e.g. the strength of the paper. The optional integration in ComCore makes VForm a Papermaking 4.0 solution.

With the new VForm hydrofoils from Voith, papermakers can decisively improve the quality of all grades of paper already in the wire section. Unlike conventional dewatering systems the VForm allows the height and angle to be set for each individual hydrofoil. This increases the activity in the fiber suspension, which in turn leads also to a significant increase in the dewatering capacity.

Every VForm hydrofoil can be adjusted by up to five millimeters in height and up to seven degrees in the angle. This adjustment can be made manually. But in order to obtain a consistently high paper quality, the positioning of the hydrofoils needs to be adapted to the paper grade. For this reason, it makes sense to install an electric control system. The VForm foils can be adjusted for the specific grade using the Voith automation platform ComCore. Moreover, this also makes it possible to react to process fluctuations. The VForm is therefore another production solution from Voith that makes Papermaking 4.0 a reality – that is, the digitalization of paper production.

Through the interaction of height and angle adjustments in connection with ComCore, VForm simultaneously combines three setting options that make it possible to increase paper quality. “Thanks to this genuine 3-in-1 solution, it is possible to significantly improve the formation, for instance. Moreover, the more homogeneous pulp suspension results in greater paper quality with respect to its strength as well,” stresses Dr. Thomas Jaschinski, Global Product Manager at Voith Paper. VForm therefore helps to reduce the use of starch and other chemicals in paper production, for example.

Integration in ComCore also increases the process reliability. This is because the paper manufacturer can store the ideal setting of the VForm hydrofoil for each paper grade. The setting process is then performed automatically. Since it is possible to adjust each individual foil, papermakers have many more levels of freedom compared to conventional systems when it comes to achieving the desired paper quality. At the same time, this means an increase in flexibility during paper production.

Adjusting the dewatering system precisely results in better homogenization of the fiber suspension, thereby leading to greater paper strength. “With the new VForm hydrofoil from Voith, we are achieving greater dewatering capacity and better formation. At the same time, we have been able to increase the static strength properties and obtain improved pulp orientation,” adds Andy Diedrich, Production Manager at Schönfelder Papierfabrik. VForm is in operation since March 2017 there.

VForm will be delivered completely preassembled with hydrofoil boxes or as a retrofit of existing dewatering boxes.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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ColorLogic Announces ZePrA 6 Smart Color Server Now with PantoneLIVE Support  (Company news)

ColorLogic GmbH has announced that its latest smart color server, ZePrA 6, now includes support for PantoneLIVE™, a cloud-based solution for digitally communicating color across the entire packaging workflow. Released this month, ZePrA 6 integrates PantoneLIVE in the Spot Color Module, allowing users to directly access spectral values of spot colors and use them for conversion tasks in ZePrA. With inclusion of PantoneLIVE, ZePrA is more versatile than ever before, ensuring that users have access to the most up to date color specifications regardless of where they are located. This ensures color consistency throughout any workflow, reducing opportunity for error, waste and rework.

“We are always looking to add features to our applications to simplify the workflow of our clients. Adding support for PantoneLIVE to ZePrA certainly eases the process of production for our users while maintaining the high quality of our product,” said Barbara Braun-Metz, Managing Director for ColorLogic GmbH. “This addition is especially valuable for the packaging market and will help converters more efficiently meet brand owner demand for consistent color.”

First released in 2008, ZePrA is a hot folder based color server for optimizing TIFF/JPEG/PSD/PSB image files and PDF data with DeviceLink and ICC device profiles. ZePrA’s primary applications include optimization or color conversion of CMYK printing data, installation in media neutral workflows with RGB data, and multicolor processing.

PantoneLIVE provides a secure, centralized cloud-based ecosystem for digital dependent standard colors to be stored, including PANTONE® and brand private colors. This ensures that a brand’s desired colors are coordinated and always up to date, while providing instant access worldwide to accurate color data to facilitate consistency in production.

For a limited time, ZePrA 6 users can contact ColorLogic for a free 60 day PantoneLIVE license to use within ZePrA, PantoneLIVE Visualizer and Adobe® Illustrator®.
(ColorLogic GmbH)

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OK biodegradable MARINE certificate for Kelheim’s VILOFT® fibre  (Company news)

Kelheim’s viscose speciality fibre VILOFT® has been granted the OK biodegradable MARINE certificate from the Belgian certification body Vinçotte. The fibres were tested according to International Standards and confirmed they naturally break down completely in marine water. VILOFT® short cut fibres from Bavarian viscose fibre specialist Kelheim Fibres have been specifically engineered for use in flushable moist personal hygiene tissues. These speciality fibres are characterized by their flat cross-section and their short fibre length – both these properties have proven particularly beneficial in delivering rapid disintegration of such products. Moist tissues made with VILOFT® and cellulose can prevent the increasing problem of blocked pumps in sewage treatment plants.

Looking beyond the boundaries of local waste water management, there is a second, equally important aspect to the disposal of moist hygiene wipes: worldwide, about 1.1 million tons of nonwovens are used for wipes applications every year, with a majority of these based on petrochemicals. A large percentage of these wipes is used for baby and personal care; these wipes are more likely to be disposed of incorrectly, either via the toilet, or even directly discharged into the environment: wipes are among the most common debris found on beaches.
Passing through the sewer system or disposed of on the beach: wipes based on petrochemicals become a significant part of the vast amount of plastic waste – estimates range from 4.4 to 13 million tonnes - that pollute our oceans every year. This marine litter, with degrading times up to 450 years, poses a threat for marine life and can enter the food chain as microplastics – with as yet unknown consequences.

Since the recycling of personal hygiene products is a challenging task, the best choice is to substitute the non-degradable by bio-degradable components wherever possible, particularly for such disposable applications.

VILOFT® fibres and wipes made of VILOFT® and cellulose are completely bio-degradable. VILOFT®, as all viscose fibres, is made of cellulose – the most abundant material in nature and a renewable raw material of which all plants are made. Therefore, the biodegradation of cellulose is a naturally occurring process in nature.

The “OK biodegradable MARINE” certificate from Vinçotte is - as well as the “compostable” seal of Kelheim’s fibres– one more proof for the excellent biodegradability of the fibre in different environments.
(Kelheim Fibres GmbH)

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European paper industry shows the way in innovative solutions for ...  (Company news)

... energy efficiency and renewables

In a first of its kind project the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has called upon its member companies to voluntarily exhibit innovative, emissions-reducing projects that centre on increasing energy efficiency and promoting the use of renewable energy sources.

The ‘To Our Roots and Beyond’ project puts the focus back on the industry’s leading role in contributing to a sustainable, low-carbon society. The project demonstates how industry is taking responsibilty in reducing its carbon emissions, as well as taking a leading role in providing bio-based solutions to decarbonise society at large.

In total, the project gathers 14 innovative case studies from 10 EU countries, involving 12 companies representing a diverse array of projects. The innovative projects which focus on energy efficiency and/or renewables are indicative of the diverse means the paper industry has at its disposal to reduce emissions whilst building upon its unique strength as an entirely renewable material.

“Our industry has set a vision to unleash the full potential of the bioeconomy by 2050, driving both value creation and deep decarbonisation. This project demonstrates how we put words into action and what it takes, on the ground, to turn ¬vision into reality through smart industrial integration, innovation in energy efficiency or advanced use of renewables” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General at CEPI.

As part of its commitment to reducing emissions this project will be renewed on a bi-annual basis. This project will remain a permanent feature of the industry’s commitment to put into practice its vision outlined in its ‘2050 Investment Roadmap’.

About: CEPI 2050 Investment Roadmap
In February 2011 CEPI relaunched its Roadmap putting into action its vision to reduce emissions by 80% while creating 50% more added value. The Roadmap envisions the need for €44 billion additional investment - a 40% increase on current levels – to lead the transition towards a low-carbon bioeconomy by 2050.
(CEPI aisbl)

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Kemira has successfully started up its new sodium chlorate production line ...  (Company news)

... in Joutseno, Finland

Kemira has finalized its approximately EUR 50 million investment into a new sodium chlorate production line in Joutseno, Finland. The production of sodium chlorate as well as customer deliveries have started, well ahead of the original schedule. Full capacity is expected to be achieved by the end of the year.

The new production line is based on Kemira's proprietary in-house technology and it will significantly increase Joutseno site's current sodium chlorate capacity. Sodium chlorate is the raw material for chlorine dioxide (ClO2), which is produced on-site at the pulp mills and it is the primary bleaching agent for kraft pulp.

"The consumption of bleaching chemicals is increasing due to the recent pulp mill expansions and the announced greenfield projects in the Nordics. We are ready to respond to the new demand and can now even more effectively serve our customers with high quality products for many years ahead. Our strategy is to grow faster than the market and to strengthen Kemira's position as the leading chemical supplier for the pulp & paper industry, and our investment in Joutseno supports these targets", says Kim Poulsen, President, Pulp & Paper segment.

After the accomplishment of the expansion, Joutseno site is employing 80 persons and produces a wide range of chemicals for pulp and paper industry.
(Kemira, Paper Segment)

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RISE invests in new advanced X-ray equipment  (Company news)

The RISE Bioeconomy division has been delivered a SAXS & WAXS instrument, an advanced X-ray equipment that will be an important complement to the division's existing analytical instruments. The new equipment can also be seen as a prelude to trials at the MAX IV synchrotron light system in Lund. With analyses from the SAXS & WAXS, the researchers get preliminary parameters for these trials.

Both research activities at RISE and other players have already shown great interest in using the equipment. Thanks to SAXS & WAXS, the possibilities to study structures and crystallinity in cellulose, for example, increases. This is particularly important for The Bioeconomy Research Programme 2018-2020.

"This technology will give us an even better picture of the molecular structure of cellulose in the cellulose-based materials we develop. I think it will also contribute to better processes for tailor-made pulps," says Tomas Larsson who is responsible for the SAXS & WAXS instrument at RISE Bioeconomy.

"We have already conducted a preliminary trial of regenerated cellulose from our own high-end specialty pulps. The technology seems promising and the instrument is easy to get started with," says Fernando Alvarado who is one of the first scientists to try the new X-ray equipment.

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UPM Raflatac collaborates with Magic Add to launch RafMore smart label solution  (Company news)

UPM Raflatac launches an innovative new solution for brand promotion, protection and logistics applications. Developed in cooperation with cloud-based data and content management experts Magic Add, RafMore combines pressure-sensitive labels and unique machine-readable codes to open up completely new possibilities for product verification and tracking, marketing analytics and consumer engagement.

RafMore is a smart solution that provides the possibility to give each and every labeled product a unique digital identity. The unique codes embedded into the label designs are stored in a cloud database and act as an information channel at every point on the product’s journey from creation to consumption.

Brands can use this unique digital identity to add value in a variety of ways. For brand promotion, RafMore can be used to boost consumer engagement by providing new ways to tell a brand’s story. For example, the code embedded in a label can be linked to digital content that evolves as the consumer journey progresses. RafMore also allows brands to create new service models, accurately track and trace products, improve inventory accuracy, verify authenticity and protect against counterfeiting attempts.

“RafMore allows brands to unlock the largely untapped potential of the labels attached to their products in a variety of different ways”, says Jan Hasselblatt, Director, Global Business Development, UPM Raflatac. “RafMore connects each and every labeled product to the web and helps brands gather valuable information that can be used to increase consumer engagement, optimize logistics processes, and protect brand integrity.”

RafMore will be showcased at Labelexpo Europe 2017 – the world's largest event for the label and package printing industry – in Brussels, Belgium on September 25–28.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

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DS Smith releases its Sustainability Review 2017  (Company news)

At DS Smith our business model places us right at the heart of the circular economy movement.

DS Smith is delighted to publish the Sustainability Review 2017 which celebrates achieving both CO2e and water reduction targets four years ahead of schedule, and reflects the DS Smith vision to be the leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions.

Titled ‘Shaping the Circular Economy’ the report focuses on the role of DS Smith in the circular economy, both through its own integrated, closed-loop business model and through the Group’s focus on working with customers, to use packaging as an enabling tool in creating more efficient supply chains.

Building on last year’s review, DS Smith discusses the progress that has been made regarding each of their seven priority sustainability topics, their expanded stakeholder engagement strategy, and commitments for the coming year.

"Whilst we are always working to reduce our environmental impact and realise the potential of our people, as a leading supplier of packaging solutions we also recognise the role we can play in helping our customers operate more sustainably. We listen to our stakeholders, understand our impacts, assess new opportunities, and take action", says Ian Simm, Chairman of the Sustainability Committee.
(DS Smith Packaging Division, Display/Packaging/Service)

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Hamburger Containerboard purchases land to set up a new paper mill in Kütahya, Turkey  (Company news)

Major step in 300 Mio. Euro investment completed

Hamburger Turkey Ltd., part of the Austrian Prinzhorn Group, has signed a land purchasing agreement to set up a third paper mill in Turkey. The location is situated 250 Km south-east of Istanbul. The new paper machine will have state-of-the-art technology, a width of 7,80m and an annual production capacity of 480.000 tonnes containerboard, mainly light-weight Testliner and Fluting. The 300 Mio. Euro investment will create 500 new jobs and is planned to be finalized in 2020.

“Turkey is an important market for us and this investment shows our strong commitment to this fast growing region. If all relevant factors, such as governmental permissions and political stability, show a green light we are happy to proceed with the next project steps.” said Cord Prinzhorn, CEO of
Prinzhorn Group.

“We are excited to have found such an excellent location for this project. This additional paper mill will help us to secure our high quality paper supply to our customers,” added Harald Ganster, MD of Hamburger Containerboard Division.

Hamburger Turkey Ltd. is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division with a total of seven paper mills in four countries and 2 Mio tonnes of produced container board per year. The two existing paper mills in Turkey are based in Corlu and Denizli.
(W. Hamburger GmbH)

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Leonhard Kurz at Fakuma: Surface design and coating technology innovations  (Company news)

Leonhard Kurz will be presenting novel backlit surface designs at Fakuma 2017. Using an automotive door trim as an example, Kurz will demon-strate the use of variable partial backlighting to produce mood-setting day/night designs with color changes, color gradients and changing color intensities. Besides surface finishes, multi-colored designs with a special depth effect will be presented where the three-dimensional effect is especially striking as a result of the backlighting.

New possibilities for combining holographic images with lighting functions will be illustrated with the aid of a futuristic demonstrator in which a 3D looking on/off symbol becomes visible when the backlighting is active. Thanks to this prototype from Kurz, which employs patent pending hologram technology, visitors to the trade fair will be given a glimpse into the future of holographic design effects on control elements and displays.

Most of the backlighting functions presented at the trade fair booth can be sensor driven. The necessary sensor technology is available from the Kurz subsidiary PolyIC, whose PolyTC range of highly-conductive, capacitive sensors have been incorporated into all the trade fair demonstrators. Single-touch, multi-touch as well as contactless gesture control will be shown.

At the Kurz booth A4-4122, there will also be a live demonstration of complex plastic components being chrome finished. Visitors to Fakuma will be able to see in action the latest generation of the Geba 32/SW hot stamping system from Kurz subsidiary Baier. This high-performance machine, which comes with a programmable logic controller, interactive user interface and servo control drive, will be used to chrome finish radiator grilles with demanding geometries.
(Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG)

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Mondi to show how packaging addresses industry and consumer trends at PACK EXPO Las Vegas  (Company news)

September 25-27, 2017
Las Vegas Convention Center
Lower South Hall, Booth S-6715

Enhancing consumer brands with packaging that is more convenient and appealing

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, will show how its packaging solutions are addressing industry and consumer trends at the 2017 PACK EXPO trade fair in Las Vegas.

“Industrial customers and consumers today are sophisticated and demanding,” says Georg Kasperkovitz, CEO Mondi Consumer Packaging. “Whether for their own customers or themselves as end-users, brand managers prefer packaging that is convenient and that helps with the buying decision. Producers of consumer goods, food, animal feed and seed are asking the packaging industry for solutions and materials that are easy to use, increase brand recognition, differentiate at the point of sale, and build trust with consumers.”

At PACK EXPO, Mondi will show how it is using its capabilities to meet customer needs in the North American market and addressing these trends with its wide range of packaging solutions, including flexible packaging, bags and pouches, barrier coatings, technical films, and industrial bags. With a focus on food and beverage packaging, Mondi’s booth will feature a special product discovery area allowing visitors to discover how Mondi’s products touch millions of lives, every day.

Visit Mondi in Lower South Hall, Booth S-6715 at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, September 25-27.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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Fujifilm Uvijet UV inks obtain UL GREENGUARD Certification  (Company news)

Fujifilm’s commitment to environmental responsibility has been recognised as fourteen inks in its Uvijet UV range have achieved UL GREENGUARD certification. The criteria to obtain this widely-recognized accreditation are among the most stringent product emissions standards in the world. UL GREENGUARD Certified products are well established and scientifically proven to meet rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards, creating healthier indoor environments.

Fujifilm Uvijet UV inks for wide-format inkjet printers are low odour, low emission inks that produce vibrant, high quality imagery. “There is increasing demand for healthier products and working environments across many industries, and regulations are changing as a result,” explains Mike Battersby, Marketing Manager at FUJIFILM Global Graphic Systems. “We take great pride in seeing fourteen of our Uvijet inks recognised by UL for their low emissions – vital credentials for those who work with them.“

“Fujifilm’s passion is about making environmentally friendly products that are ‘zero waste to landfill’. Our UK factory, based in Broadstairs, generates its own electric power in-house via 800 ground-mounted solar panels that also fuel our high efficiency manufacturing equipment. Running our business this way allows us to conserve and reuse heat energy, helping to reduce our internal carbon footprint and pass those same benefits on to our customers.”

Battersby concludes: “The achivement of UL GREENGUARD Certification for the Uvijet UV inks listed below reaffirms Fujifilm’s commitment to its policy on chemicals: that they will be designed for health, safety and the environment, offering customers total peace of mind that the inkjet inks they are using are certified as low-emitting. We look forward to seeing other inks in the Uvijet range achieving the same accreditation when testing is complete.”
(Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Ltd)

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Nippon Paper Concludes Agreement for the Purpose of Conserving National Forest of Iriomote Island  (Company news)

Aiming to create forests where humans can coexist with the Iriomote wild cat

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro (photo); hereinafter "the Company") entered into an agreement on August 8 with the Forestry Agency Kyushu Regional Forest Office Okinawa District Forest Office (Head of Office: Shunji Shimizu) to carry out forest conservation activities such as the eradication of non-native plants on the approximately nine hectares of national forest of Iriomote Island. This agreement is based on the "People's participation in the forest management through agreement" system of the Forestry Agency to provide national forests for the promotion of public participation in the creation of forests through a variety of forest maintenance and conservation activities.

In addition, the Company concluded an agreement regarding collaborative activities with the Iriomote Island Ecotourism Association (President: Shoken Taira), a specified not-for-profit organization, which has been a partner in activities carried out for the preservation of nature and traditional culture on Iriomote Island since 1996.

The Company had formerly managed forests on the national land of Iriomote Island. Iriomote Island is covered with highly diverse forests, including Japan's largest mangrove forest and subtropical broad-leaved trees, providing a habitat for precious animal and plant species. One such species is the Iriomote wild cat, which has been designated a special national treasure. However, large numbers of invasive non-native plants have been found over an extensive area, and it is feared that these will have an impact on the ecosystem and biodiversity of the region. Therefore, the Company decided to collaborate with the Iriomote Island Ecotourism Association to promote forest conservation activities, harnessing the experience that the Company has cultivated by the forest management of company-owned forests nationwide over many years and the activities for the conservation of Blakiston's Fish Owl (an endangered species type IA) carried out with the Wild Bird Society of Japan in company-owned forest in the Hokkaido region.

As "a comprehensive biomass company shaping the future with trees," the Company manages the forest in an appropriate manner and provides a wide range of products and services that utilize the trees as a renewable resource. The Company will continue to contribute to the creation of a recycling-based society.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

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Flexibility in blanking - Marbach counts on the marbapusher|p  (Company news)

Marbach introduced its optimized blanking technology at the beginning of the year. Since then all upper marbablankers from Marbach are equipped with the new long-life component marbapusher|p. As a result customers are very pleased with the increased flexibility and productivity in their blanking process.

Earlier this year, Marbach re-defined its standard for blanking tools. In doing so, it changed to the presser system marbapusher|p. With huge success, reports Jan Brunner, Head of the Business Development department at Marbach: “The biggest advantage of the marbapusher|p is its special construction. Because with it, we can build a cost-efficient presser plate for every kind of frame. Since using a presser plate is the best way to fix the waste grid, the machine can therefore run at higher speeds.”

Another advantage of the marbapusher|p: the blanking tools allow more efficiency in space-saving because the pushers don’t stand out on the back.

Brunner continues: “Our customers are happy with the new standard. They report to us significantly faster machine performance than with conventional pushers and they achieve a major increase in productivity of their blanking process.”

The marbapusher|p is available exclusively from Marbach.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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Ence acquires to EDF Energies Nouvelles its biomass power plant of Lucena (Córdoba)   (Company news)

-Ence's generation capacity increases by 19% after the acquisition of the plant which has a capacity of 27.1 MW. Estimated production is 190 million kWh/year.
-Ence advances in the execution of its Strategic Plan, which contemplates achieving an EBITDA of its independent generation business of € 80 million in 2020.
-Ence expects to achieve significant operating improvements through the optimization of the biomass supply.

Ence – Energía y Celulosa has closed the purchase of EDF Energies Nouvelles's stake in Lucena's power generation plant (Córdoba), which has a total capacity of 27.1 MW. Ence has executed the operation through a capital and debt acquisition structure that entitles it to 90% of the company's economic rights. After the operation, Ence increases the installed power of its energy business by 19% and reaches 170 MW of capacity.

Ignacio Colmenares, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, emphasized that "Ence takes a new step in the fulfillment of its Strategic Plan which aims to achieve € 80 million EBITDA in its independent power generation business in 2020." Ignacio Colmenares said that "we expect to achieve significant improvements thanks to the optimization of the biomass supply to the plant, supported by the strong knowledge and management capacity of Ence in the field of agricultural and forestry biomass, where we are leaders in Spain."

The energy complex of Lucena consumes olive pulp as fuel (biomass derived from the treatment of the olive for extraction of the oil), very abundant in the surroundings of the installations, and pruning’s of the olive tree. The acquired plant will contribute with an annual EBITDA of 5 million € / year, thus Ence Energía will already have a recurring EBITDA of more than 50 million € per year. Ence has valued 100% of the plant at € 28 million, before the improvements by synergies and optimization of the biomass supply that Ence expects to materialize quickly, once it incorporates the implementation of its management model to the operation of the facilities.
(Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

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BillerudKorsnäs production unit in Karlsborg expected to be back to full ...  (Company news)

... production during next week

During the night between September 5th and 6th, there was a fire in one of the buildings at BillerudKorsnäs’ production unit in Karlsborg and the production has been stopped since then. After analysing the impact of the fire, BillerudKorsnäs now expects Karlsborg to be back to full production during the week starting with Monday September 18th.

"The most important thing is that no person has been injured in the fire. We have now assessed the impact of the fire and the work with making the unit ready for start of production is ongoing at high intensity. We expect full production to be reached during next week, i.e. the week starting with Monday September 18th. As it is a complex start-up after this type of event, there is some uncertainty about the exact timing", says Per Lindberg, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

The fire started as a result of a malfunctioning security valve leaking oxygen leading to ignition.

The production unit in Karlsborg manufactures sack and kraft paper as well as market pulp for the Packaging Paper business area and has a production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year.
(BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg AB)

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Valmet included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive year  (Company news)

Valmet has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth consecutive year and thus maintains its position among the world's sustainability leaders. Valmet was listed both in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices.

The annual evaluation conducted by a Swiss investment specialist RobecoSAM comprehensively reviews the companies performance with regard to social, environmental and financial factors. This year in total 320 companies are included in the DJSI World for 2017-2018.

"Being listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indices for the fourth time in a row is a recognition of Valmet's strong focus and consistent progress in sustainability. This is also an acknowledgement to our 12,000 employees globally, because through their work we are continuously improving our sustainability performance. Sustainability is at the core of our business, and we will continue our systematic work with our sustainability agenda," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

Valmet defined its sustainability agenda named Sustainability360º initially in early 2014. The agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

About the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI is a sustainability index family which includes the global sustainability leaders across industries. The company inclusion is based on a best-in-class approach, which means that the indices only include the top ranked companies within each industry. The index serves as a benchmark for investors who are committed to ethical investing and review companies' sustainability performance as part of their analyses.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Lecta Presents Its New HM300 Adhesive for High- Speed Air-Blow Labelling  (Company news)

Lecta brings out a new Adestor hot-melt adhesive for packaging applications

Adestor HM300 is a permanent hot-melt adhesive with a very high tack especially formulated for high-speed air-blow labelling. It performs well at low temperatures and can be used at room temperature of -5ºC. Its immediate strong adhesion makes it ideal for rough and curved surfaces. The new HM300 adhesive is available in a range of different paper and film face
stock. All Adestor products are manufactured under ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards and ISO 50001 energy efficiency, ISO 9001 quality and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. They are also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certification upon request. For further details on Adestor HM300 and other Adestor products please visit where you can find complete technical specifications and full
details on Lecta's self-adhesive product line.

To learn more about all of Lecta's products, please visit us at

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Sappi to exhibit at Labelexpo Europe 2017  (Company news)

Sappi will present innovations in Release Liner and Label Papers product groups

As one of the world's leading providers of speciality papers for self-adhesive applications and packaging, Sappi has announced it will be participating in Labelexpo Europe 2017 from 25 to 28 September at the Brussels Expo site. The world's largest event on the label and packaging industry calendar provides the year's most important forum for Sappi to demonstrate its expertise in the field of silicone base papers and label papers. The primary focus of Sappi’s presence at the trade fair, under the theme "People, Paper, Possibilities", will be its innovations in the Release Liner and Label Papers product groups. These include the new CCK (Clay Coated Kraft) carrier paper Sappi Sol DNC as well as two new label papers in the form of Sappi Parade Face Stock C1S and Sappi Parade Face Stock Vellum. Sappi will be exhibiting in Hall 5, Stand E05.

Release Liners: silicone usage reduced even further
For more than 40 years, Sappi has been a market leader in the field of silicone-based papers. CCK papers under the Sappi Sol brand are undergoing continuous innovation. This ongoing development work is reflected in the improved surface structure of the new Sappi Sol DNC papers. This is because carrier papers with a smoother surface result in lower silicone consumption during the finishing process. This is why Sappi is constantly working to improve the surface quality of its silicone-based papers, resulting in ongoing improvements in the quality of its carrier papers. The most recent examples of this are the Sappi Sol DNC carrier papers with a satin finish. The use of a state-of-the-art calendar further reduces scratches on the paper and significantly improves the surface quality. This results in lower overall silicone consumption, a condition that is important to label converters.

Label Papers: New Face Stock qualities
With its Parade product range already well-established on the marketplace, Sappi offers a comprehensive range of wet glue label papers for a variety of processing options. At Labelexpo, Sappi will be presenting two new Face Stock label papers in the form of Parade Face Stock C1S and Parade Face Stock Vellum. They are approved for direct contact with food and conform to DIN EN 71 for toy safety. The range of applications for these self-adhesive label papers include decorative labels for tins, glass containers, single-use and multi-use bottles and stickers or price labels (such as those found in the fruit and vegetable aisle) and more. Thanks to their excellent surface properties, these label papers ensure a brilliant appearance and excellent print results. Single-side-coated Semi-Gloss-Paper Parade Face Stock C1S can be processed with all standard printing processes, while Parade Face Stock Vellum meets the requirements for a high quality result in thermal transfer printing. Parade Face Stock C1S is available in a weight of 80 g/m2, and Parade Face Stock Vellum in grammages of 70 and 80 g/m2. Both papers are also available in FSC-certified versions.
(Sappi Europe S.A.)

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Mimaki brings photorealistic colour to 3D printing with unique 3DUJ-553 UV LED printing solution  (Company news)

Enables full-colour modelling with more than 10 million accurate colours

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced the launch of a brand new approach to 3D printing with the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 UV LED printing solution. This is the world’s first 3D printer with over 10 million colours, enabling the production of colour-realistic signs, prototypes, parts, products and other 3D printed applications that eliminate the need for time-consuming hand painting of 3D printed objects.

“As the 3D printing market continues to grow, Mimaki has capitalised on an opportunity to bring a truly unique solution to the market,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Other 3D printing solutions have two primary issues when it comes to creating 3D printed objects. First, they cannot produce objects in photorealistic colour. This often requests that objects be hand painted, a time-consuming and expensive prospect. Secondly, most 3D printed objects require removal of stabilising fixtures before they can be used. This again takes time and risks damaging the object. With the Mimaki 3DUJ-553, both of these barriers are eliminated, since it can print photorealistic colour, choosing from up to 10 million different colours. And its water-soluble support material can easily be washed off without damaging the object. This enables the cost-effective production of exquisite 3D printed products with elaborate finishing. We believe this printer will be warmly welcomed by professionals in many industries, from signs & display graphics to education, healthcare, manufacturing, architecture, construction and more.”

Mimaki has a long history of bringing innovative inkjet printing solutions to the market, for the printing of everything from banners and dimensional signs to textiles and direct print to cylindrical objects. The company has brought to bear its deep knowledge and expertise in the development of the 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer. It satisfies even the most exacting professional requirements for full-colour modelling of 3D objects of all types, with highly precise laydown of ink droplets and a choice of three dot sizes for modelling of colour gradations with less granularity. These 3D printed objects are also durable enough to withstand post-processing such as overcoating and attachment of screws and other fixtures.

“We showed this as a technology demonstration at drupa 2016 to rave reviews,” Van den Broek comments. “And we have shown the printer and/or objects it has printed at a variety of shows and events since that time. Prospective customers tell us this is exactly the 3D printing solution they have been waiting for, and we expect to see fairly rapid uptake once it is commercially available by the end of this year. Customers will also be able to take advantage of Mimaki’s excellent service and support infrastructure to get up and running fast, and to ensure uninterrupted production to the fullest extent possible.”

The details: Focus on colour
-More than 10 million colours . With its UV LED curing method, the 3DUJ-553 is able to produce objects layer by layer and apply a final UV ink coating of approximately 22 microns using CMYK, white and clear inks, producing a finished object of exquisite quality. UV LED curing also applies minimal heat to the object. The printer exhibits fast start-up times and minimal power usage, reducing the overall running costs.
-Extended colour gamut . This full-colour modelling approach is able to achieve 84% of the FOGRA 39L colour gamut and 90% of the SWOP gamut. A white ink layer results in objects featuring brilliant colours.
-Colour profiles . The 3DUJ-553 is the world’s first 3D printer to take advantage of colour profiles. This means not only accurate colour from the printer but also allows the development of simulation profiles for accurate viewing of colour on a PC monitor. This ensures accurate colour specification before printing even begins, saving time and reducing waste.
-Add translucency with clear ink . Using clear ink adds an additional effect to 3D printed objects, especially if the object will be backlit. The combination of clear and CMYK inks opens the door to increased designer creativity.
-Excellent post-process performance . The inks used by the 3DUJ-553 contain an acrylic resin that produces hardness equivalent to ABS resin. This means that overcoating, drilling and attachment of screws can be accomplished without damage to the object. It also adds superior weather resistance, surface smoothness and strength to the object.
-Water-soluble support material . The 3DUJ-553 uses a water-soluble support structure which can be easily washed away with water. This enables removal of the support material even on very delicate objects, without the need to cut or scratch away support material as in other 3D printing processes.
-Camera for monitoring of modelling status . The 3DUJ-553 has a monitoring camera that enables users to observe modelling status, reducing modelling losses.
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

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Toshihiro Sawamura appointed CEO of Jujo Thermal Ltd  (Company news)

Toshihiro Sawamura of Nippon Paper has been appointed CEO of Jujo Thermal. He has been in the pulp and paper industry for 30 years and he has worked for the Nippon Paper Group since 2000. Toshihiro Sawamura has held various technical and managerial positions not only in Japan, but also in the US, Canada, Thailand and Australia. Most recently he has been managing the Maryville Mill of Paper Australia Pty Ltd.

“I hope to contribute to Jujo Thermal´s development by bringing in a vast global experience. I strongly believe that the Group values Challenge, Fairness and Teamwork will be key drivers for further strengthening Jujo Thermal’s competitiveness,” says Toshihiro Sawamura.
(Jujo Thermal Oy)

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Håkan Larsson to become Director of Strategy for the Södra Group  (Company news)

Håkan Larsson (photo), Director of Forestry and President of Södra Skog, assumes responsibility for strategic issues within the Södra Group. He will remain a member of Södra’s Group Senior Management and continue to report to the President, Lars Idermark.

“After more than four very rewarding and stimulating years as President of Södra Skog and over 20 years of engagement in this business area, I feel that I’m ready for a change. I am very happy, therefore, for this opportunity to work with Södra’s more long-term issues,” said Håkan Larsson.

“Rapid and major changes are taking place in our business environment. Increased globalisation and digitisation is changing companies’ business models. The role of forests as an active player in a more forest-based bioeconomy is subject to growing demand. Håkan Larsson is a driven and experienced person and will now be working with these strategic issues for the entire Group, which will generate major business value for Södra,” said Lars Idermark.

The change will take effect on 1 September and mean that Håkan Larsson will be stepping down from his position as President of Södra Skog. A process to recruit a successor to the Director of Forestry position will begin immediately. The Interim President of the Södra Skog business area will be Södra’s Wood Supply Manager, Olof Hansson.
(Södra Cell AB)

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Picture: Archroma’s new Color Finder tool allows paper and packaging industry customers to search for products within the company’s entire range of colorants

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, today announced the launch of a free online tool that allows paper and packaging industry customers to search for products within the company’s entire range of colorants.

Already known for its pioneering color management services for the textile industry, Archroma launches the Color Finder aimed to packaging, paper and tissue applications. This publicly available, web-based tool can quickly search Archroma’s global range of colors, plus selected local shades, to help spur inspiration in the most practical way possible. Customers can use it to search the company’s core range of colorant products and first see useful technical and application information. Developed using responsive design technology, the tool is easy to use on computers and mobile devices alike. For each colorant, Archroma shows the CIELAB values, product performance (such as water-fastness, light-fastness, backwater, etc.), food-contact approvals, application recommendations, eco-label status, and offers shade card downloads.

Features and benefits include:
- An innovative, user-friendly search tool;
- A broad colorants range for packaging and paper applications;
- Extensive technical information that draws on Archroma’s deep knowledge and expertise;
- Eco label and food contact data that demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainability and leadership in this realm.

A good example of the final point relates to Archroma’s work to ensure compliance with the three major eco-labels – EU Ecolabel, Nordic Swan and Blue Angel.

“We have undertaken considerable efforts in recent years to enhance our products further and to make them ever kinder for people and the environment and ensure regulatory compliance. Already, more than 80% of Archroma paper colorants included in the Color Finder today, fulfill the requirements of at least one eco-label. In addition we have invested in a continuing R&D program to ensure our products are fully compliant with the latest EU/BfR food contact regulations. As an example we have recently launched four new colorants which were reformulated to remove restricted additives such as DEA and TEA. These additions enhance our already extensive food contact range,” comments Simon Boyd, Product Manager Colorants, Packaging & Paper Specialties.

With a dedicated R&D team, Archroma is a leading company in developing patented and REACH-registered chemistries of anionic direct, cationic direct and modified basic liquid dyes, especially designed for paper applications. It remains one of the few companies with a complete range of colorants and an own manufacturing network in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

“We believe the Color Finder to be a unique tool in the packaging and paper industry with regards to the depth of technical data and breadth of different colorants offered,” adds Boyd.
(Archroma Management GmbH)

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Norske Skog: Stable operating performance  (Company news)

Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the second quarter 2017 were NOK 190 million, an increase from 158 million in the first quarter 2017. The European units contributed less to gross operating earnings than in the first quarter; whereas, the Australasian units gross operating earnings improved.

Operating earnings in the second quarter was NOK -52 million compared to positive operating earnings of NOK 2 million in the first quarter of 2017. Net loss in the second quarter was NOK 546 million compared with a net loss of NOK 274 million in the first quarter 2017. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items seasonally increased from NOK 175 million in the first quarter 2017 to NOK 226 million in the second quarter 2017.

In Europe, a positive currency effect in the quarter was offset by high maintenance costs and inflation of recovered paper prices. Australasia had normal production after some production problems at Boyer in the first quarter. The Board decided to defer interest payment of NOK 211 mill on the existing 2019 senior secured notes (SSN), 2026 senior notes and the 2020 Norwegian Securitization Facility (NSF) to support the operating business, which contributed to the cash balance at the end of the quarter of NOK 496 million.

Net interest bearing debt increased by NOK 0.2 billion from the end of the first quarter to NOK 6.6 billion, as a result of a weaker Norwegian krone against the euro. The equity was negative NOK 558 million at the end of the second quarter compared to positive NOK 39 million at the end of the first quarter.

Norske Skog has received a commitment letter for a EUR 16 million liquidity facility from the majority holders of the SSN bond and the NSF loan to support operational business. Norske Skog plans to launch a revised recapitalization proposal to improve the liquidity, equity and debt position of the group. In addition, Norske Skog has introduced a cost reduction program for all operating units, which is targeted to add to an annual improvement of NOK 500 million from 2019. The program intends to realize margin improvements throughout the entire value chain, including both revenue and variable costs enhancing measures, and some targeted fixed cost initiatives, offsetting underlying inflation.

- We continue to make our units more competitive and robust through a new comprehensive cost reduction programs. At the same time, there are significant progress in realizing the new growth initiatives. All these measures will be effectuated simultaneously but further progress depends on a successful outcome of the on-going recapitalization process, says Lars P.S. Sperre (photo), CEO of Norske Skog.

Key figures, second quarter of 2017 (NOK million) Q217 Q117 Q216 2016 Operating revenue 2 848 2 693 2 891 11 849 Gross operating earnings (EBITDA) 190 158 335 1 049 Gross operating margin (%) 6.7 5.9 11.6 8.9 Gross operating earnings after depreciation 32 8 149 367 Restructuring expenses -10 - -46 -67 Impairment - - -1 238 -1 238 Other gains and losses -75 -7 -10 -127 Operating earnings -52 2 -1 146 -1 065 Share of profit in associated companies -46 -6 -204 -211 Financial items -445 -260 1 359 1 044 Income taxes -3 - 10 220 538 Profit/loss for the period -546 -274 229 306 Cash flow from operations before net financial items 226 175 321 953 Net interest bearing debt 6 579 6 399 6 353 6 302

Outlook: The market balance for publication paper in Europe is supported by industry capacity closures and conversions. This has resulted in a relative high operating rate for newsprint and SC magazine paper. The LWC magazine segmented though remains oversupplied.

Higher energy costs, cost inflation for recovered paper and NOK appreciation are headwinds for the group. Continued weak newsprint price in Asia are a challenge due to higher export volumes from Australasia reflecting a structural decline in domestic demand.

Norske Skog's identified green growth diversification strategy is in need of funding to be executed. In ongoing considerations around the recapitalization of the group, updated projected full year 2017 gross operating earnings for the group is around NOK 800 million. The downward revision from earlier outlook statements largely reflects external factors such as negative currency effects with a stronger NOK and a weaker USD, higher energy costs, increased exports to lower-margin Asian markets and continued weakness in the LWC market.

The board of directors recognizes the severity of the financial position and has called for an extraordinary general meeting on 24 August 2017 to provide the shareholders with, amongst other things, an update on the financial situation of the group. The board of Norske Skogindustrier ASA has decided to use the 30-day interest payment grace periods on its exchange notes due in 2021 and 2023 and, thereby postponing interest payments of about EUR 8.3 million, to support the operating business.

Markets and segments: Total annual production capacity for the group is 2.7 million tonnes. In Europe, the group capacity is 2.0 million tonnes, while in Australasia the capacity is 0.7 million tonnes. Capacity utilization for the group in the second quarter was 91% compared with 93% in the first quarter.

Europe Operating revenue increased from the previous quarter with somewhat higher sales volumes and a weaker Norwegian krone to euro and British pound. Variable costs increased per tonne due to recovered paper inflation and NOK depreciation. Fixed costs were higher due to higher maintenance costs. Gross operating earnings declined as higher costs offset the positive revenue effect. Demand for newsprint paper decreased by 6% through May compared to the same period in 2016. Demand for SC magazine paper increased by 2%, while LWC dropped 5%. Capacity utilisation was high at 91% in the period (94% in the first quarter 2017).

Australasia Operating revenue and gross operating earnings increased from the previous quarter due to higher LWC sales volume. Both variable cost per tonne and fixed costs remained stable in the quarter. Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Australasia decreased respectively by 17% and 9% through May compared to the same period last year. Demand development is addressed by more low-margin export sale to Asian markets. Capacity utilisation was high at 93% in the period (91% in the first quarter 2017).

Update on new growth opportunities: Norske Skog is aiming to generate 25% of group GOE from new businesses by 2020, but is in need of financing to achieve that target. The shift will predominantly involve identified investments in new green industries.

Initiatives at Saugbrugs The NOK 150 million biogas investment at Saugbrugs was officially opened by His Majesty the King Harald V of Norway on April 3. The biogas facility already contributes fully to gross operating earnings. Saugbrugs has, in addition, initiated growth projects related to the development of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), fibreboard and biocarbon for the alloy industry.

Initiatives at Golbey The Golbey biogas plant is under construction and is expected to be completed during 2017. The project will be financed locally. The plant will be connected to the biological- chemical treatment plant and be dimensioned to absorb all organic waste from the paper production. At the same time, Golbey is implementing new projects, which will combine synergies from the existing mill and a nearby industrial cluster.

Initiatives at Skogn A biogas plant is under construction next to the Skogn mill in Norway. Norske Skog Skogn will be the supplier of raw material to this new biogas facility adjacent to the paper site.

Tissue project at Bruck At the Bruck mill in Austria, Norske Skog intends to close its oldest and least efficient paper machine (125 000 tonnes) towards the end of 2018. The newsprint machine may be replaced by a new tissue machine. The 265 000 tonnes LWC machine will continue production.

Biochemicals at Boyer in Australia The Tasmania based newsprint and magazine facility Boyer has started small-scale test production of new bio-based chemicals, applicable for the pharmaceutical industry.

Wood pellets in New Zealand Nature's Flames pellets production has reached an annual capacity of 40 000 tonnes. Norske Skog considers to expand the production of pellets, given the considerable competitive export advantage and the abundance of fibre available in New Zealand. Wood pellets are a renewable alternative to fossil fuels in the large economies of South-East Asia.
(Norske Skogindustrier ASA)

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Beer and beverage label printing? What you need to know  (Company news)

By Filip Weymans, Xeikon VP Global Marketing

Not one label is the same – different applications require different digital technologies. Whether it is for pharma, wine & spirits, durables, health & beauty, industrial chemicals or beverages, every label comes with its own aesthetic and functional requirements. Which is why we are diving deeper into the characteristics of each of these labels in a series of blogs.

In this blog, n° 3 in our series, we focus on beer and beverage label printing, a niche of label printing that requires a specific approach in order to get the desired white opacity level and look & feel of the end product.

The no-label look, a capability provided by clear-on-clear label materials, has transformed beer labels into a strong growth market for the self adhesive label market, at the expense of wet-glue labels. The growth of the clear-on-clear adhesive labels is driven by the fact that they provide more capabilities regarding aesthetics, variation in look & feel etc. In the following paragraphs, we tell you exactly which digital printing technology is most optimal to achieve the best result with these labels.

Which beverage label type do you produce?
Beverage labels can be divided in two types.There are the craft beer labels, which are paper-based labels, with natural or coated paper facestock, commonly printed in 4-color. The other type are premium labels, for which clear-on-clear materials and BoPP facestock are typical and high white opacity is a requirement to make the color stand out.

Regardless of the type, Xeikon recommends both dry toner and UV inkjet printing technology. So how do you know which technology is best suited for a specific beverage label project? This choice depends on a number of factors – let me guide you trough them.

#1 Substrates
Two factors determine if a printing technology is suitable for a certain substrate: adhesion (if and how well the printed image stays fixed to the substrate) and pigment penetration (if and how well the ink or toner penetrates the substrate). For beverage labels, adhesion should be high in different conditions (in a refrigerator, outdoor, in an icebucket…), while pigment penetration should be avoided at all cost as this reduces color strength and implodes the color gamut.

The two common substrates consist of paper or BoPP facestock. Due to its chemical affinity dry toner is a great choice for both paper and BoPP facestock. It can be used without any coating or primer and still achieve good adhesion and no pigment penetration. UV-curable inkjet, due to its low viscosity (6 times lower than UV flexo), can penetrate paper so it is recommended to use a primer. This will improve the UV curing process and ensure a proper image quality. For BoPP facestock you need to ensure a high enough surface tension to ensure a proper spread of the UV inkjet ink.

#2 White opacity
For premium beverage labels (clear-on-clear labels) a sufficient level of white opacity is required. The opacity of white is determined by the concentration of pigments, pigment particle size and the layer thickness that can be achieved. Dry toner scores well on both accounts as the technology allows for thick toner layers. White dry toner combines the highest pigment load with the largest particle size, offering white layers of an opacity that is higher than that of liquid toner, in a single pass.

For UV-curable inks used in single-pass inkjet systems, the pigment particle size should be small enough to avoid nozzle clogging. Also, the required viscosity of the inks does limit the maximum possible pigment load. However, inkjet inks are capable of achieving an opacity comparable to that of screen printing, provided the printhead features a low native resolution, producing a large-sized droplet, which allows for high ink lay-down.

#3 Look and feel
Dry toner gives a matte impression which, by applying a varnish, can give a glossy impression. When offset quality is required this technology is preferable. UV inkjet gives a very high gloss and tactile impression, which can appeal to certain people. The image details are not as sharp as dry toner but this is not necessarily a requirement (‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’). The appearance of both technologies is not influenced when the labels get in touch with the water (condense) on the outside of the bottle.
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

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EU funding for Metsä Fibre's long-term development projects  (Company news)

Metsä Fibre plays an important role in three new development partnerships that have been successful in project evaluations and thus secured multiannual funding from the EU.

The concepts of relevance to Metsä Fibre in these partnerships include new technologies to produce lignin-based products and pulp-based textile fibres, as well as the utilisation of bark as a replacement for coal in the production of heat and electricity. The recently initiated long-term development projects aim to prove the commercial viability of these concepts.

“Operating within the EU’s research and development networks demand perseverance and world-class competencies. The EU funding now granted to us is a clear indication of the high quality of Metsä Fibre’s research and development activities and the new concepts. It also indicates their relevance in respect to finding solutions that help mitigating some of the greatest challenges facing society, such as population growth and resource scarcity,” says Niklas von Weymarn, Vice President, Research at Metsä Fibre.

The LigniOx project focuses on the utilisation of lignin in products with high added value. The project advances a technology developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, in which wood-based lignin is separated from the black liquor generated in pulp production. At the same time, it will be converted into so-called dispersants, i.e. additives that improve solutions and mixtures. One example of the potential end-products is a plasticiser, which improves the workability of concrete.

The Biomotive project aims to develop new environmentally friendly biomaterials to be used in car parts, for instance. Metsä Fibre’s role in Biomotive is to develop a new production method for pulp-based textile fibres. In addition to clothing, textile fibres are also used in technical textiles, such as the seats of vehicles.

The third project is Biofficiency, which studies, among others, the significance of bark’s high ash content when it is used as fuel in large-scale combined heat and power boilers.

LigniOx and Biomotive are four-year projects operating under the Bio-Based Industries PPP instrument, while Biofficiency is a three-year project operating under the European Union’s normal Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The projects aim to strengthen and diversify the future bioproduct portfolio and ecosystems of Metsä Group and Metsä Fibre, which is part of Metsä Group. The Bioproduct mill entity, started up in mid-August 2017 in Äänekoski, Finland, already now includes innovative production plants that produce bioproducts on an industrial scale. These plants produce product gas from bark, sulphuric acid from the mill’s waste gases, and biogas and biofuel pellets from the sludge of the wastewater treatment plant. Furthermore, a new biocomposite demonstration plant will start up at Metsä Fibre’s Rauma pulp mill later this autumn. The biogas and biocomposite plants are owned by Metsä Fibre’s partners, and they complement the industrial ecosystems at Äänekoski and Rauma.
(Metsä Fibre Oy)

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Label Technology successfully completes its installation PCMC's innovative Fusion C ...  (Company news)

...flexographic press

The Fusion C (photo) saves space and cost with a smaller footprint and fewer parts

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller and a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of inline and CI presses, is pleased to announce that Label Technology —an experienced developer and manufacturer of flexible packaging, finished pouches and labels—has successfully installed a Fusion C flexographic press.

“The addition of the PCMC Fusion C will extend our ability to meet the
continued growth in both flexible packaging and finished pouch markets, while maintaining the high-quality products for which Label Technology is known,” commented David Bankson, President and CEO of Label Technology. "The Fusion C is loaded with fast make-ready and waste-saving features, and has a smaller footprint and fewer parts — saving space and cost. Its accessibility and ease of use make the Fusion C a unique offering in the market.
Plus, PCMC also provides customers with a commitment to quality and a dedication to service.

The new Fusion C press joins Label Technology’s other flexible-packaging flexographic presses in its manufacturing location in Merced, California, which is specifically engineered for food-safe operations and is annually audited by third parties for food-safety production. The location also houses lamination, slitting and pouch-making operations.

“What a privilege for PCMC to continue to be able to grow with Label Technology,” said Rich Stratz, Strategic Accounts Sales Manager-Printing for PCMC. “Our relationship started 12 years ago when this customer purchased our Evolution inline press. We’re excited Label Technology chose PCMC and the Fusion C for the company’s first central impression flexographic press. When coming to us looking for a solution for the flexible-packaging and finished-pouch markets, we knew the Fusion C was the
right choice.”
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

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New Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series of digital monochrome production presses from Canon ...  (Company news)

...drives productivity and extends media flexibility

Canon Europe, leader in imaging solutions, launches the new Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series (photo) of cut-sheet monochrome production presses, introducing a range of technology innovations to further enhance productivity, quality and media versatility, while maintaining the VarioPrint 6000 series’ best-in-class environmental performance.

The technology has been developed to help Print Service Providers (PSPs) who operate in the commercial, publishing and transactional segments to produce high quality black and white prints, at increased speeds and using a wider selection of media weights and formats.

The new TITAN series presses build on the well-established Océ VarioPrint 6000 platform, which set a new bar for monochrome digital production when it was first launched a decade ago. Its unique Gemini Instant Duplex Technology is still unmatched to this day.

Supporting volumes of up to 10 million A4 size impressions per month, the new presses are ideally suited for producers of commercial print materials, books and transactional documents, as well as large in-plants. The Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series comes in three versions to meet specific customer needs - Standard/TP(Transactional Print)/MICR - and has a range of finishing options including booklet-making, perfect binding, tape binding, die punching, trimming and offers an open Document Finishing Device (DFD) Interface for further connectivity to compatible 3rd party finishers on demand.

The Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series represents a substantial redesign of the press, with an ultra-robust steel body to support customers’ industrial production requirements, facilitate maintenance and maximise press uptime.

Following on from its predecessor, the VarioPrint 6000+ series, the increased maximum running speed of 328 A4 images per minute (ipm) in perfecting mode translates to a potential of over 30,000 additional images, in one week, in one shift operation. Four models are available to meet different speed requirements (VarioPrint 6180, 6220, 6270 and 63301), with the option for customers using the lower speed models to purchase temporary licences for increased speed to handle short-term or seasonal production peaks.

Increased productivity is also supported by extended functionality in the TITAN series’ PRISMAsync print server v7, which allows for advanced job scheduling for up to eight hours to enable unattended printing. Further tools such as PRISMAsync Remote Manager, Remote Control App for smart devices2 and the new PRISMAlytics Dashboard3 cloud service boost productivity by enabling remote management and monitoring of multiple engines. Windows 10 base, user authentication, and configurable UI are just some of the features that contribute to device security.

The new Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series presses are optimised for the broadest range of media in the series’ history, designed to help print service providers to extend their applications range and access new commercial opportunities. The new TITAN Light Weight Media (LWM) Option with LWM Air Guide Technology enables printing on substrates as light as 45 gsm, opening up multiple new product avenues for users, for example in applications such as legal documentation, specialist publishing and multi-language product and pharmaceutical inserts.

This new light weight media capability is supported by the proven Océ Gemini Instant Duplex Technology, which uses a twin print heads to print simultaneously on both sides of the media without the need to stop and turn the sheet. The Océ Copy Press technology, which presses toner into the substrate at a low fusing temperature, further reduces the physical stresses on the substrate, while also helping to maintain a flat surface for optimal print and finishing quality and delivering a matte, offset-like image.

The VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series supports plain, coated, textured and other specialty media such as NCR paper. It is also the only digital press in its class able to print double-sided tabs for products such as manuals and guides.

New Paper Input Module (PIM) options for the VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series give customers choices and configuration flexibility. The Standard PIM is for media up to 320 x 488 mm, while the Flex XL PIM is designed for media up to 350 x 500 mm, making it ideal for multi-up digital on-demand book production. Depending on their work mix, customers are able to work with three Standard or three Flex XL PIMS, or combine two PIMS of one size with one of the other.

Peter Wolff, Senior Director, Customer Group Commercial Printer and Production CRD, Canon Europe, comments: “When the first iteration of the Océ VarioPrint 6000 entered the market in 2007, it redefined expectations of what was possible from a mono press in terms of output speed, quality and reliability, and has since supported the growth and development of hundreds of businesses. Fast-forward ten years, and with the new TITAN series, we have engineered a range of high performance monochrome presses that brings together the best technical attributes of the original VarioPrint platform with new technologies to push the boundaries of heavy black-and-white production still further. These new presses are at the pinnacle of speed, reliability, quality, versatility and sustainability in their class.”

The established Océ Gemini Instant Duplex technology delivers near-perfect front-to-back registration with a tolerance of +/- 0.3 mm for exceptional print quality. Other existing features of the original VarioPrint series also contribute to highest output quality, for example ScreenPoint technology, which detects and optimises the image type (text, line or photo) for each individual page, and the intelligent SuperCell half-toning algorithm for excellent image sharpness and smooth gradations.

The new Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series presses generate virtually no ozone emissions or waste toner, and their energy consumption is calculated to be 30% less than other machines in their category, helping customers to minimise running costs while supporting a healthy operator environment.

Wolff concludes: “Black-and-white output remains a mainstay of industrial print production, and Canon is committed to continuous innovation in this technology space to anticipate our customers’ evolving needs. With our varioPRINT 140 series, imagePRESS Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series and Océ JetStream solutions, we can meet the monochrome production requirements of print service providers and in-plant print facilities at all points on the production volume spectrum. These latest products can help them meet ever-tightening deadlines, sharpen their competitive edge and embrace new business models that can transform their service offering and profitability.”
(Canon Europe Ltd)

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PulPaper looks to the future of the forest industry  (Company news)

PulPaper is the leading international event in the forest industry’s calendar, and will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. The event acts as a global meeting place where visitors can get a comprehensive overview of the latest forestry technology. The previous event attracted visitors from a total of 70 different countries, and exhibitors from 30 countries are expected at PulPaper 2018.

The event was last held in 2014. Preparations for the 2018 event are now in full swing with regard to both the programme and sales. New technologies and innovations from start-ups will also be on display at the event.

Three other even ts will also be held at the same time as PulPaper: Wood, a new event in the field of mechanical wood processing; PacTec Helsinki, a packaging industry event; and the brand-new Bioenergy.

In addition to comprehensive coverage of fields in the forest industry, the event programme as a whole also covers the packaging, energy and chemical industries to offer visitors and participating companies a chance to meet actors from many different industries.

“Together, the events form a vast, synergetic programme in which each field supports the others. There is nothing comparable anywhere else in the world, and this new event programme supports integration within the forestry cluster. PulPaper offers a unique opportunity for uniting different fields in the forest industry,” says Messukeskus Sales Team Manager Marcus Bergström, who is in charge of the events.

“PulPaper has received an enthusiastic reception. Almost all of the leading forest companies and equipment suppliers in the forest and packaging industries are attending, and their commitment has also encouraged other companies to reserve their exhibition spaces well ahead of the event,” says Hanna Koskela, Sales Manager.

What does the future of the industry look like?
The event’s theme – Visit tomorrow today – is clearly focused on the future. The programme includes both paid conferences and free lectures. Topics in PulPaper’s conference programme include the circular economy, 3D printing, the bioeconomy, climate change, digitalisation, and the opportunities afforded by the industrial internet. Practical examples from companies bring a concrete aspect to these visions of the future.

Business Forum – a new seminar package targeted at company management – will be held on the opening day. Its speakers will be forefront opinion leaders from both Finland and abroad, and their topics will range from consumer habits to change management, and from innovation to sustainable development.

The exhibition area’s Future Square stage will run a free programme focusing on the opportunities afforded by the bioeconomy and career outlooks for industry students. The programme will also be supplemented with visits to pioneering companies in the industry, such as the new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski.

“Thanks to numerous new investments, the future looks bright for Finnish advancements in the bioforest industry. A lot of new things have been happening in the industry, and new products have come on the market. Expectations are high for the new event programme. PulPaper will have an extremely interesting and diverse conference programme reflecting the positive developments in the industry,” says Antti Lindqvist, CEO of Puunjalostusinsinöörit ry.

The forest, packaging, energy and chemical industry events PulPaper, Wood, PacTec Helsinki and Bioenergy will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018.
(PulPaper Helsinki 2018)

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Asahi Photoproducts Europe Strengthens Team with Addition of Three New Flexo Experts  (Company news)

Stephan Doppelhammer, André Jochheim, Dennis Hubbeling bring know-how, flexo print expertise to growing Asahi Photoproducts business

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today announced the addition of three new team members to its European team. Stephan Doppelhammer, André Jochheim and Dennis Hubbeling each add their deep understanding of flexographic printing for the labels and packaging industry to the ranks of Asahi Photoproducts Europe. These additions reflect Asahi Photoproducts’ ongoing investments in personnel that celebrate four years of unbroken growth, and position the company for continued growth into the future.

“Since I started in the business over 30 years ago, we’ve witnessed a consistent positive evolution in our client base,” said David Galton, Asahi Photoproducts Europe Sales Director. “This has been matched by steady investments in our staff line-up. These most recent additions to our Team ensure we’re in the best possible position to accelerate the next phase of our growth.”

- Stephan Doppelhammer joins Asahi Photoproducts Europe as sales manager with direct responsibility for business development. He has 25 years of experience in print and packaging, and most recently served as Global Market Manager for Packaging at QuadTech.
- André Jochheim, who most recently served as Director Sales & Marketing of TLS Anilox GmbH, brings 19 years of experience in print and packaging to his new role as sales manager responsible for sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He previously held a number of positions at Inometa GmbH or Zecher GmbH over the years.
- Dennis Hubbeling previously provided sales and technical support at Schawk (previous Saueressig Flexo GmbH & Co. KG). He brings 13 years of experience in print and packaging to his role as technical sales representative for Asahi Photoproducts’ German sales team.

New team members are joining Asahi Photoproducts as the company is strengthening its focus to support flexo printer by multi-skilled experienced experts using the power of Asahi Flexographic products featuring Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer.

Galton added, “Our team has always been focused on delivering effective benefits for the improvement of our customers’ efficiency. Now is the right time to refresh our brand to reflect these qualities, which are designed to help our clients thrive in these challenging and cost competitive times. The fact that many of our clients, who work in incredibly competitive sectors such as retail packaging, have been with us for a number of years is testament to the skill, dedication and integrity of the Asahi Photoproducts team to deliver unmatched ROI for their businesses. We are confident these new team members are ideal additions to ensure we carry forward this reputation for knowledge and service. We also continue to invest in our dedicated R&D team to keep our offerings at the forefront of the market. We’ll be announcing a number of new client wins shortly that demonstrates how our strategy is playing out in the market and helping customers be the best that they can be.”
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)

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Holmen's interim report January-June 2017   (Company news)

-Operating profit for January–June 2017 was SEK 1 152 million (January–June 2016: SEK 1 063 million, excluding items affecting comparability). The improvement in earnings was due to higher wood product prices, better earnings from forests and the divestiture of the newsprint mill in Madrid. -Compared with the first quarter, operating profit decreased by SEK 102 million to SEK 525 million as a result of a maintenance shutdown within paperboard and seasonally lower hydro power production.
-Profit after tax for January–June amounted to SEK 880 million (587), which corresponds to earnings per share of SEK 10.5 (7.0).
-Return on capital employed increased to 9.4 (8.4) per cent.
-Production of paperboard, paper and wood products has been established at a higher level than previous years and the sales mix has developed well. Cash flow was strong and largely covered the SEK 1 billion dividend that was paid in April.

The demand for logs and pulpwood in Sweden was good in the second quarter. Selling prices increased slightly.
Profit for January–June before changes in value was SEK 378 million (355). The increase was due to higher selling prices and lower costs. Operating profit, which includes changes in value of SEK 165 million, increased by SEK 50 million to SEK 544 million.
Compared with the first quarter, profit before changes in value decreased by SEK 60 million to SEK 159 million as a result of seasonally higher silviculture costs and the fact that first quarter earnings included income from the sale of a small property. Operating profit for the second quarter amounted to SEK 261 million (283).
Profit for January–June, before changes in value, in relation to book value of company forests corresponds to a yield of 4.3 per cent.

Deliveries to Europe from European producers increased by 3 per cent in the first six months of the year compared with the same period last year. Prices were largely unchanged. Holmen’s paperboard deliveries amounted to 264 000 tonnes in January‒June, which was 6 per cent higher than the first six months of 2016 as a result of investments enabling increased production. Operating profit for January–June totalled SEK 429 million (436). Higher production and deliveries made a positive contribution but were offset by higher shipping costs and slightly lower income from green electricity certificates. Operating profit was impacted by SEK 50 million as a result of costs and production losses from a maintenance shutdown at Workington.
Earnings for the first six months of 2016 included a net amount of SEK - 40 million from a rebuilding shutdown and a successful outcome in a dispute over water charges.
Compared with the previous quarter, profit decreased by SEK 62 million to SEK 184 million as a result of maintenance shutdowns and increased shipping costs.
Profit in the fourth quarter is expected to be negatively impacted by just over SEK 100 million as a result of maintenance shutdown at Iggesund Mill.

Demand for printing paper in Europe decreased by 3 per cent during the January–May period compared with the same period last year. Selling prices were largely unchanged in the second quarter.
Holmen’s deliveries for January‒June amounted to 548 000 tonnes, which is 3 per cent higher than the same period last year, adjusted for the sale of the Spanish newsprint mill and the effects of a fire in 2016. The increase occurred in magazine and book paper, which now accounts for 85 per cent of deliveries.
Operating profit for January–June was SEK 164 million (SEK 131 million, excluding items affecting comparability). The earnings improvement was mainly due to the sale of the Spanish newsprint mill, which was carried out on 30 June 2016.
Compared with the first quarter, profit increased by SEK 16 million to SEK 90 million as a result of good production and high deliveries.

Wood Products
Market conditions for wood products in Europe were good in the second quarter and market prices increased slightly.
Holmen’s deliveries of wood products for January‒June totalled 430 000 cubic metres, which was 9 per cent higher than the same period last year as a result of better production and a stronger market.
Operating profit for January–June was SEK 38 million (-6). The improvement in earnings was due to higher prices and increased production.
Compared with the first quarter, operating profit rose by SEK 4 million to SEK 21 million.
The nearby Linghem Sawmill has been acquired to strengthen the raw material supply for Braviken Sawmill and expand the product offering. Linghem Sawmill has production capacity of 75 000 cubic metres. The acquisition took effect from 28 April 2017 and the purchase price was SEK 48 million.

Renewable energy
Operating profit for January–June was SEK 65 million (78). The decrease in profit was due to production being 13 per cent lower than normal as a result of low precipitation.
The Swedish Parliament has decided to gradually reduce property tax on hydro power by 2020. The reduced property tax had a positive effect of SEK 10 million on Holmen’s profit for the first six months of the year.
Compared with the first quarter, operating profit decreased by SEK 25 million to SEK 20 million as a result of seasonally lower production. At the end of the quarter, the levels in Holmen’s water storage reservoirs were normal for the time of year.
(Holmen AB)

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Versatile and efficient packaging solutions with process reliability for packing medical products  (Company news)

MULTIVAC at Compamed in Düsseldorf (Hall 8a, Stand H01)

Photo: R 081 thermoforming packaging machine

The trend in the medical products industry towards greater individualisation and product variety continues unabated. At this year's Compamed in Düsseldorf, the focus on the MULTIVAC stand is therefore on flexible solutions for packing medical products in small to mediumsized batches, as well as on the automated infeed of products of all types. The thermoforming packaging machines, traysealers and chamber machines, which will be exhibited, are highly efficient and suitable for producing a very wide range of pack formats.

The exhibits will include a versatile thermoforming packaging machine in the MULTIVAC Clean Design for GMP-compliant packing of sterile medical products. The web advance for the lower web is performed by means of a chain guide on one side, and this ensures that a monitored packaging procedure and simple line clearance are achieved. The monitored web advance also contributes to a low level of start-up loss after batch changes for example. The packaging machine has great flexibility for packing products in a wide range of formats and materials. Fast and reproducible conversion of the machine is achieved through simple quick-change systems for the dies and complete cutting tool.

The thermoforming packaging machine is equipped with an innovative infeed system for the automated loading of syringes. This means that up to 300 prefilled glass or plastic syringes per minute can be loaded into the pack cavities and monitored with a high level of process reliability. The infeed system consists of a shaft infeed system, a separating wheel, a transport conveyor, a 3-axis robot and a H 242 handling module. All the components of the infeed system are synchronised with the thermoforming packaging machine, and they can be operated via its control terminal in a convenient and reliable way.

In addition to this, MULTIVAC will also be showing with its R 081 thermoforming packaging machine a compact model for small-scale production and for those companies, which want to launch into automated packaging. The machine can be used for producing both vacuum packs and modified atmosphere packs with reduced residual oxygen content. Flexible and rigid films as well as Tyvek® and paper-based packaging materials can be run with ease. The range of pack formats can be freely configured. The drawer system ensures that format change is fast and simple.

In Düsseldorf the R 081 will be exhibited with the DP 230 direct web printer and the TTO 06, a network-enabled thermal transfer printer of the latest generation. The DP 230, which is fitted in the area of the sealing station, can print the packs in both the longitudinal and cross directions and is therefore suitable for machines with multi-row and multi-track dies.

As regards the traysealer sector, the T 260 will be on view, which was specially developed to meet the high demands of the medical products and pharmaceutical industries. This mobile and compact model is designed for running a wide spectrum of trays, and it offers companies packing small to medium-sized batches a high degree of process reliability, reproducibility and above all flexibility. The sealing die ensures that a controlled sealing pressure and precise temperature distribution are achieved. Critical parameters are monitored permanently by sensors.

MULTIVAC will also be presenting the C 300 TC chamber machine from its wide range of chamber machine products. This model enables sterile medical products to be packed securely in film pouches, and packs can be produced either as vacuum packs or with modified atmosphere and reduced residual oxygen content. A temperature-controlled and permanently heated sealing bar, which can be both validated and calibrated, ensures that this machine achieves reproducible sealing quality.

All the above mentioned machines are cleanroom-compatible and of course meet all the legal requirements as well as the GMP, GAMP5 and ISO guidelines.
(Multivac Deutschland GmbH und Co. KG)

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