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    25.04.2017   Bigger and bolder than ever before: Mimaki Europe at FESPA 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki Europe has two stands: one dedicated to textiles, the other to Sign & Display, Industrial Print and 3D

    Photo: high-speed direct-to-textile Tiger-1800B

    Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announced that it will have its biggest presence ever at FESPA 2017 with two stands totalling 534 square meters. FESPA 2017, scheduled for 8 through 12 May, takes place in Hamburg. Mimaki Europe will be located in the Digital Hall (Stand A1-A25), where it will be demonstrating a wide range of solutions for the sign and display graphics market and industrial print, along with a technology demonstration of its unique 3D printing solution. The company will also have a presence in the Textile Hall (Stand B6-C50), demonstrating its long-time commitment to the textile industry.

    “We are looking forward to FESPA 2017 with great excitement,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Not only is it a good opportunity to reinforce our dedication to provide innovative solutions for the textile industry, but it is also a chance to display our full product portfolio for signs and displays and industrial printing. This includes a technology demonstration of our new 3D printer, which we also discussed with attendees at drupa 2016. Because of the wide range of products we wanted to bring to the show, we decided to engage two stands in two separate halls to give each segment the focus it deserves.”

    In the Textile Hall, Mimaki Europe will be demonstrating its latest range of textile printers, including the recently-announced and very unique dual-ink Tx300P-1800 and the high-speed direct-to-textile Tiger-1800B. The Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers have been updated to simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation dye inks. This enables the use of a single printer to print directly on a wide range of textiles without the need to change out ink systems. This new technology, not possible until now, is a breakthrough that will improve productivity and increase flexibility for these Mimaki textile printers. The Tiger-1800B was developed by Italy’s La Meccanica S.p.A., recently acquired by Mimaki. With a maximum printing speed of 390 m2/h, the Tiger-1800B fits perfectly in high-volume production environments that have traditionally printed with analogue printing methods, bringing the benefits of digital printing to these higher volume applications.

    Flagship solutions in the Digital Hall

    In the Digital Hall, Mimaki’s flagship solutions for the Sign and Display Graphics and Industrial markets will be on display, including four solvent printers and up to six UV printers. Mimaki will also showcase two cutting solutions. Together these printers represent profit-generating solutions for sign & display and industrial print companies. Van den Broek adds, “We are also pleased to be introducing something totally new to the visitors with the technology demonstration of our 3D printing solution, a UV-curable four-colour printer that will be able to generate products featuring more than 10 million colour combinations. While at drupa, we had samples on our stand and at FESPA, we will actually be showing a prototype of the printer itself. As a point of interest, we have just shown this prototype in Japan for the first time at the 46th Japan Shop 2017, held from March 7th until the 10th.”

    Mimaki’s printer and ink technologies enable high-quality 3D printing that can create fine, precise and incredible real detailed products. Extremely detailed and fine line pattern samples, such as an intricate scale model of a castle or a Hina doll (ed. a typical Japanese figurine), will be shown at the Mimaki stand in the Digital Hall. Another unique feature of this printer is its clear ink that can be combined with colour ink to create half colour transparent models.

    In other firsts for FESPA, Mimaki will be showing the JFX200-2531 high efficiency printer with a large table for the first time on the Continent. “We will be unveiling details about all of the new products at our press conference scheduled for May 8th at 1 PM,” van den Broek added.
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    25.04.2017   Norske Skog Saugbrugs develops new technology to produce biocarbon for the alloy industry    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog has been granted NOK 15.7 million over four years from the Research Council of Norway to further develop the production of biogas fuel at the Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden. The project, called "Pyro Gas", has a total budget of NOK 31.5 million. The project fits well into Saugbrugs' strategy of developing new fibre- and energy products in synergy with the existing paper production.

    The project will develop new technologies for combined production of biogas fuel and bio-based reducing agent for the alloy industry based on biowaste from the paper production. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Paper and Fibre Research Institute in Trondheim (PFI), the University College of South-Eastern Norway in Porsgrunn (HSN), Cambi and Eramet Norway AS.

    - Norske Skog intends to be a driving force in the development of future biofuel. The paper and pulp industry in Norway has made a roadmap for zero emissions and a doubling in the value creation by 2050, this project is therefore a good contributor, says Sven Ombudstvedt, CEO of the Norske Skog and chairman of Norske Skog Saugbrugs. - Norske Skog Saugbrugs's strategy is to exploit raw materials in our entire value chain to further develop existing products and develop new products. The Pyro Gas project lifts us into an entire new dimension, namely to provide biocarbon to the alloy industry. The project is unique in the sense that we utilize Norwegian technology across traditionally independent industries. The pyro-gas project will also be an important step to reduce the CO2-footprint of both the alloy industry and the transport sector, and thus be in line with the Government's stated objectives, says Kjell Arve Kure, managing director of Norske Skog Saugbrugs.

    Research Council ENERGIX program received in this round 67 applications in category innovation projects for businesses, of which 29 projects were supported. Norske Skog Saugbrugs also participates in the National Center for sustainable production of biofuels and bioenergy, Bio4Fuels, which now starts up. Both Norske Skog, Cambi, PFI and the University College of South-Eastern Norway are key players in the center.
    (Norske Skog Saugbrugs)
    25.04.2017   DS Smith Bulgaria SA awarded ISO 50001 certification    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Bulgaria SA are committed to achieving the highest possible standards and for that reason they applied for the ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System Certificate.

    We are delighted to announce that our Bulgarian operations including Trakia Paper Mill & Pazardzhik Plant have been awarded the ISO 50001 certification.

    The purpose of the ISO 50001 International Standard is to enable organisations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use, and consumption. The implementation of this standard will lead to reductions in energy consumption and costs, and other related environmental impacts, through systematic management of energy.
    (DS Smith Bulgaria SA)
    25.04.2017   Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH acquires envelope printing equipment manufacturer Halm Industries    ( Company news )

    Company news Mailing solutions leader expands offerings for the envelope overprinting market

    Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D), a Barry-Wehmiller company, is strengthening its position as a long-term technology and service-solutions partner for the envelope and printed mail market with the acquisition of Halm Industries, a leading manufacturer of offset and digital printing presses. Halm has locations in Glen Head, New York, and Warmond, Netherlands.

    “Halm’s new four-color digital inkjet envelope overprinting press D415MJ, designed to meet customers’ rapidly growing demand for personalization and short-run envelope overprinting production, will be a perfect complement to W+D’s short-run, highly flexible and easy-to-use line of envelope converting, inserting and printing solutions,” said Frank Eichhorn (photo), Managing Director of W+D. “We are eager to globalize this new product’s very successful North American introduction.” W+D will assume the service for the installed base with the support of the keypoeple in USA and the location Warmond in the Netherlands.

    With Halm as its 89th acquisition, Barry-Wehmiller, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), grows to more than 11,000 team members in 100-plus locations worldwide. Since 1987 when it began its acquisition strategy, the privately held firm has experienced significant growth, with revenues of $2.5 billion.

    “It gives me great pleasure to warmly welcome the team members of Halm to the people-centric culture of W+D and Barry-Wehmiller,” said Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO. “We are looking forward to collaborating and creating additional value for customers.”
    (Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH)
    25.04.2017   Hygienic Tissue successfully starts up a Toscotec-supplied tissue machine at its Pietermaritzburg...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...plant in South Africa

    On 4th April, the South African tissue producer Hygienic Tissue started up their new MODULO-PLUS tissue machine supplied by Toscotec.

    With an annual production capacity of 27,000 tonnes, the unit will increase the total mill’s production capacity by threefold. Hygienic Tissue provides its customers with a wide range of products for hygienic use and AFH market, made from 100% virgin pulp as well as from recycled paper.

    Based on an intensive energy-saving concept, Toscotec’s scope of supply included the approach flow system, featuring the ultimate TT SAF® technology, a MODULO-PLUS tissue machine with single-layer headbox, single press configuration and TT SYD-12FT with TT Milltech-MYH (Monosystem gas heated hood), Turbo Blower and Core Extraction unit. The supply also included an electrification and controls package and the steam & condensate system. Toscotec’s TT WIND-P tissue slitter rewinder completed the scope of supply.

    The excellent cooperation between Toscotec and Hygienic Tissue has allowed the South African tissue maker to achieve immediately high quality tissue paper, optimizing the production cycle, both in terms of performance and energy saving.

    Hygienic Tissue Mill plays an important role in the South African tissue market, producing higher value disposable paper products, including toilet tissue, napkins, towels, facial and jumbo rolls. Since 2000 the company has been investing in state of the art manufacturing machinery. This is the first MODULO-PLUS tissue machine installed by Toscotec in South Africa and increases Hygienic Tissue Mill's capacity to make it the largest independent producer of Tissue in South Africa.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    25.04.2017   Sharing Vision, Knowledge and Expertise at the Flexo Innovation Day    ( Company news )

    Company news The who-is-who of the European flexo industry gathered at Esko’s customer center in Belgium to debate market trends, share flexo vision and expertise, and to see the latest technology in action. A wonderful yet casual deep dive in state-of the art flexo platemaking.

    Esko ( shared its flexo technological know-how and market insights driven by trends such as shorter print runs, design versioning and shorter time to market last month during a well-attended and informative Flexo Innovation Day. It also presented its broad portfolio of workflow automation and platemaking solutions.

    Esko continues to pioneer and lead the flexo platemaking industry with solutions to automate the process and to improve flexo print quality.

    Esko welcomed more than 80 industry executives from leading European trade shops and converter operations to its customer center in Ghent to experience the latest innovations the company has brought to market. Visitors took part in learning and discovering through demonstrations and interactive sessions conducted by Esko’s leadership team, product and application experts.

    At the Flexo Innovation Day, industry professionals were able to experience first-hand how the latest generation in technology can transform the platemaking production process. They saw in action how the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS integrates and automates plate imaging, main and back exposure, and how the XPS 5080 UV LED exposure device adds increased consistency to the established Esko quality standard. Its intuitive touchscreen interface makes operation easy and increases plate room production efficiency.

    Attendees were also able to observe the complete integration of flexo platemaking with workflow software with the new Automation Engine Device Manager. Full control over the flexo platemaking process is moved further upstream into prepress for increased efficiencies. They inspected beautiful print samples produced with the new screening and platemaking technology that takes digital flexo to the next quality level.

    Udo Panenka, Esko president, comments, “It was great to welcome leading experts from all over Europe to our headquarters and share our vision for the flexo industry, and show how our innovations simplify the flexo platemaking process. In today’s production environment with continuously decreasing average print run lengths, it is essential to make the platemaking process as efficient as possible. The industry is always looking for ways to produce plates faster, more accurately, and more effectively with even higher quality. At Esko, we work hard to keep the innovation coming and bring products to market that exactly fulfill those demands.”

    Visitors were very enthusiastic about the event. They could connect with industry peers, interact with leading technologies and discover the latest innovations and trends. Gyula Marlok, Managing Director at Schawk!, says, “We are planning to invest in the next three years. This event is very important to us to discover what is state-of-the-art.”

    Panenka concludes, “The time is right to rethink flexo platemaking, with greater integration of process steps, more automation, and improved quality, consistency and ease of use. We need to bring our customers the benefits of more efficiently manage the digital flexo platemaking workflow. The full range of digital flexo innovations that Esko has recently launched is now commercially available. Industry feedback has been phenomenal, and we are seeing great interest from customers, trade press and partners from all over the globe.”
    (Esko Belgium)
    24.04.2017   KaiCell Fibers and CHTC Group intensify collaboration    ( Company news )

    Company news A CHTC Group delegation visited Finland April 8 to 11, 2017, lead by Vice President Wang Dongxing, who heads the fiber section within the group. CHTC Group is an influential leading edge company in the textiles field and wood based viscose in particular, and contains divisions for engineering, machinery manufacturing and viscose production. China is the world’s biggest viscose producer with almost 4 million tons annual output. The delegation was hosted by KaiCell Fibers top management.

    During the visit, mutual cooperation between the companies was further strengthened through the signing of a Collaboration Agreement as a logical follow-up to, and extension of, a Memorandum of Understanding signed in China in October 2016.

    “It was a pleasure to meet up in Finland, a country with vast sustainable forest resources, innovative environment and the readiness for collaboration as expressed by your Minister of Agriculture and the Environment. Together with the KaiCell Fibers team we will jointly accelerate Arbron development.” stated Mr. Wang Dongxing and continued, “Arbron will restructure the value chain of textile fibers and help resolve environmental issues with current viscose lines.”

    CEO Jukka Kantola added: “We are progressing entirely according to our plan, and we are pleased to have taken this step to strengthen our joint commitment to build the first Arbron plant at the KaiCell Fibers bio-products mill in Paltamo. We benefit from a world-class pool of expertise that now extends all the way from the forests of Finland to the world’s biggest textile market in China. Through this collaboration between fully committed partners we will be able to speed up the process and remain on target for 2021 start-up.”
    (KaiCell Fibers)
    24.04.2017   WestRock Tacoma Containerboard Mill Earns ISO Certification    ( Company news )

    Company news WestRock is committed to quality. That’s why the company recently completed all the requirements for ISO 9001: 2008 certification of our Tacoma, Washington containerboard mill.

    Tacoma is the last of the thirteen WestRock containerboard mills to earn this distinction. “It’s more than just a plaque on the wall,” says Thomas Stigers, executive vice-president, containerboard mills. “It’s a commitment, to ourselves and our customers.”

    ISO 9001: 2008 is an international set of guidelines that companies choose to meet to demonstrate they adhere to the highest standards of quality and excellence in such areas as management principles, customer relations, and the manufacturing process. “From the time the chips get to our mill to the time the paper gets to the customer, that’s all in the scope of the ISO system and we want to make sure we’re consistently at our best,” says Steve Devlin, general manager, Tacoma mill.

    “We want our mills to be top notch, from gate to gate,” says Stigers. “Like safety, quality is part of our company culture.”

    Many companies have chosen not to participate in this process because of its high expectations on continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. WestRock, however, sees this as an opportunity to add value to their portfolio. This showcases our company’s commitment to go beyond the standards set forth by the industry, positioning us a differentiator.

    In Tacoma, the mill’s employees see this as a major accomplishment. “This took many long hours and a tremendous amount of work from everyone in the mill,” says Devlin. “The employees are very proud to receive this recognition.”

    The mill’s registration is good for three years and WestRock will go through annual third party audits to maintain their ISO status.
    (WestRock Company)
    24.04.2017   Pure Nature: Biochemicals of the Lenzing Group Given Official Biocertification    ( Company news )

    Company news The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants its “biobased” certificate to the acetic acid, furfural and magnesium lignosulfonate produced by the Lenzing Group.

    The biochemicals acetic acid, furfural and magnesium lignosulfonate manufactured in the biorefinery of the Lenzing Group were granted the Biobased Product Label by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This prominent certification is further official proof that the above-mentioned products of the Lenzing Group are derived 100% from the natural and renewable raw material wood.

    “Lenzing stands for a responsible approach to nature. For this reason, we use 100% of the natural resource wood, from the core to the bark – as pulp, bioenergy and biochemicals such as acetic acid”, explains Lenzing CEO Stefan Doboczky. “That is why we are very pleased that our pioneering role with respect to the issue of sustainability has gained worldwide recognition”, Mr. Doboczky adds.

    The Lenzing Group produces dissolving pulp at its sites in Lenzing, Austria and Paskov, Czech Republic. All the valuable raw materials are extracted from the wood within the framework of a cascading use. Acetic acid is derived from beech wood in the pulp production process, is recovered in several process steps and processed into high quality, food-grade acetic acid, for example for the food industry. Furfural is a product utilized as a solvent in the refining of lubrication oil, to name one example. Magnesium lignosulfonate is found in animal food or fertilizers.

    On this basis of this award, Lenzing once again underlines its very high ecological standards. Just a few months ago, Lenzing Modal® fibers and Lenzing Viscose® fibers, including all product families, were also given the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. The particularly environmentally compatible TENCEL® fibers have already been certified as biobased since the year 2011.
    (Lenzing AG)
    24.04.2017   LGR Packaging will exhibit from 4th to 10th May, 2017 at Interpack    ( Company news )

    Company news LGR Packaging will exhibit from 4th to 10th May, 2017 at Interpack (Düsseldorf, Germany), international tradeshow dedicated to packaging.

    LGR will present its global offer for offset printed cardboard packaging: litho-printed laminated boxes for all sectors (food, wines & spirits, household equipment, DIY tools, toys, electronics, etc.), solid board folding cartons and leaflets for the pharmaceutical market as well as premium rigid boxes.

    Recent developments of LGR engineering teams in the field of microflute and premium packaging will be especially highlighted: innovative designs for wine boxes, complex inner compartments, XXL packaging, high-quality printing and finishing, Gloss & Green® metallization, smart packaging, e-commerce solutions.

    Interpack will also be the opportunity for LGR Packaging to talk about its international development projects. Through its locations in France, Belgium, Spain, Poland and Turkey, the company offers a wide network of competencies to national and European players. Synergies developed over the past years with Duran Dogan in Turkey and more recently with Erbi in Poland (LGR as part of Erbi’s capital and upcoming opening of a new plant dedicated to litho-laminated boxes in Poland) allow LGR Packaging to expand its action in Central and Eastern Europe.

    For more info and news on LGR Packaging: Hall 11 – Stand A70
    (LGR Packaging SAS)

    Company news Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM), announced that Frédéric Villoutreix (photo), who has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since 2009, will be departing the Company effective May 5, 2017. The Board of Directors initiated the search for his successor at the request of Mr. Villoutreix, who expressed his view that the time was right for him personally and professionally to transition out of the CEO and Chairman roles. After an exhaustive search to identify the successor who would continue to build upon the strong foundation of growth established over the last several years, SWM's Board of Directors has named Jeffrey Kramer, PhD as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Dr. Kramer, who will also become a member of the Board of Directors, will join the Company on April 21 and serve as Co-CEO with Mr. Villoutreix until May 5. Subsequent to that transition period he will become the sole CEO.

    Following his departure date, Mr. Villoutreix will provide consulting services to the Board and CEO as requested through February 28, 2018.

    Dr. Kramer comes to SWM from Brenntag AG, a German-based company which is one of the world's largest distributors of chemicals, where he served as Vice President, Lubricants. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of J.A.M. Distributing which was acquired by Brenntag AG in December 2015. Previously, Dr. Kramer had a career of over 25 years at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD), during which time he leveraged his technical and commercial expertise and moved through a succession of technical, corporate development and executive leadership roles both domestically and internationally. Dr. Kramer has a Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Lehigh University.

    Mr. Villoutreix stated, "I am honored to have led SWM during such an exciting time in the company's history. We have made tremendous progress in optimizing our global operations and implementing a diversification strategy. It has been a pleasure to work with such a talented and dedicated team, and I thank my colleagues and the Board for their considerable support over the years. We are at a milestone in SWM's evolution, and I feel the time is right to make a change. I believe the Board has found the right combination of skills and experience in Jeffrey Kramer to lead the company into the future."

    K.C. Caldabaugh, Board director since SWM's spin-off from Kimberly-Clark in 1995, will be named as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, effective April 21, 2017. Mr. Caldabaugh commented, "The Board has been fortunate to have the benefit of Frédéric's extraordinary leadership during a dynamic time in SWM's history, and we thank him for his dedication and many contributions. His expanded vision for the company has been instrumental in driving SWM's transformation, particularly during the last several years. He led the company's diversification strategy and the multi-year action plan resulting in the creation of the Advanced Materials & Structures business unit and the expanded portfolio of the Engineered Papers business unit. Frédéric's work has positioned the company for continued growth and we are confident that Dr. Kramer is the right choice to take the company to the next level. His unique combination of education, experience and leadership qualities position him as the right person to build upon the current momentum, drive growth, and realize a future of continued success and opportunity for all SWM stakeholders. We look forward to welcoming him to the Board and supporting him as he transitions into the CEO role."

    Dr. Kramer states, "I look forward to joining the SWM team and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead SWM going forward. It is an exciting time for the company and I am eager to get started. I will focus on taking the company's strong operational foundation and the considerable growth momentum that the team has generated under Frédéric's leadership to open new doors and fuel future growth."
    (Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.)
    24.04.2017   BASF to increase prices for Paper and Water Chemicals worldwide    ( Company news )

    Company news Driven by continued increases in cost of raw materials, transportation, and energy, BASF will increase prices across the portfolios of paper and water chemicals with immediate effect as contracts allow. Price increases of 5 to 10 percent globally are targeted for selected product lines while measured increases will be implemented for specific products and delivery locations.

    Paper coating chemicals are not affected by the price increase.
    (BASF SE Paper & Water)
    24.04.2017   Lecta to Increase Prices of Thermal Papers from Mid May 2017     ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta announces a price increase for its thermal paper orders, effective mid-May, 2017. The increase will range from 6 to 7%.

    The price increase is unavoidable to offset rising manufacturing costs, particularly energy, pulp, latex and other raw materials.​

    Lecta sales teams are at our customers' disposal to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied on a country by country basis.​
    21.04.2017   The new Speedmaster CX 75 – space-saving Multi-Talent for agile Smart Print Shops    ( Company news )

    Company news -Compact, flexible, and economical straight printing press for print shops on a growth course
    -Combination of the innovative platform of the Speedmaster XL 75 and components of the Speedmaster SX 74
    -Digitally integrated production with Prinect Press Center 2 and patented Intellistart assistance system
    -Official presentation at China Print in Beijing from 9 to 13 May 2017

    The 50 x 70 cm format is still the ideal fit in terms of product range and sales volume for the many small and medium-sized print shops, despite strong competitive pressure from larger print formats. The requirement profile is changing, since smart production that offers reproducibility and consistently high print quality in return for a manageable investment is also in demand here. Digital integration, flexible use of paper, cardboard, and foil as well as a small footprint are important factors in this.

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) offers just such a Multi-Talent with the new Speedmaster CX 75 (photo). The Speedmaster CX 75 combines the best of both worlds – the innovative platform of the Speedmaster XL 75 from the Peak Performance class combined with components of the Speedmaster SX 74. As a flexible and economical straight printing press in 50 x 70 cm format, the Speedmaster CX 75 can process substrates ranging from lightweight paper through to rigid cardboard thanks to its double-diameter impression cylinders.

    The presettings from the prepress stage for preset functions from the feeder to the delivery can be integrated via the Prinect digital print shop workflow, ensuring high productivity. Switching from the last sheet in one run to the first good sheet in the next can be done in under five minutes.

    The meticulously planned ergonomic concept together with generous space between the printing units permits optimal access and therefore quick and easy operation and maintenance. The Speedmaster CX 75 comes as a four- to six-color press with coating unit. It has a top production speed of 15,000 sheets an hour and an impressively compact design. It is the narrowest press offered by Heidelberg in the 50 x 70 cm format range. It will be officially presented at China Print in Beijing, where a Speedmaster CX 75 four-color press with innovative DryStar LED technology from Heidelberg will be showcased.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    21.04.2017   UPM to strengthen its improved newsprint offering: Production of UPM Brite family expands ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...into Austria

    UPM Paper ENA has a strong foothold all over Europe. Local presence and supply reliability of its improved newsprint offering will now be further strengthened by expanding regular production of the UPM Brite family to the UPM Steyrermühl mill in Austria.

    "We already have wide geographical coverage in Germany, France and Finland, but the latest product development initiatives enable us to increase and strengthen our local presence in Central Europe and to improve our service promises to customers nearby," says Matthias Reh, Product Portfolio Director at UPM Paper ENA.

    UPM Brite papers are widely regarded as setting the industry benchmark for highest quality in improved newsprint grades.

    "Extended print runs at various coldset customers have proven a maximum of interchangeability between our local mills in Central Europe. We have been able to match the same standards of quality and are now offering the complete range of high-performance papers for coldset enduse from Austria as well."

    The UPM Brite family offers a unique selection of choices in terms of brightness, bulk and basis weight. It offers a high performance platform for various printed products on coldset web offset machines. The UPM Brite family also meets the most demanding sustainability requirements. The paper is made of a combination of recycled and fresh fibre and it carries the EU Ecolabel guiding consumers who want to buy environmentally sound products.

    UPM Brite papers are available in up to 80 brightness levels.
    (UPM Paper ENA)
    21.04.2017   Fibria moves forward to September the completion and startup of its new mill in Três Lagoas    ( Company news )

    Company news The Horizonte 2 Project to build a new production line is already 87% complete

    Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading eucalyptus pulp producer, announces that it is moving forward the expected date for the completion and startup of the Horizonte 2 Project to build a second pulp production line at its unit in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul. Previously scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017, the mill is now slated to start operations in the third quarter of the year, in September.

    “Since we first announced the expansion project, in 2015, we have invested all our efforts into finishing Horizonte 2, always supported by a solid financial structure. Over these last two years, we have revised upwards the new line’s production capacity and now we are moving forward its conclusion, which attests to the dedicated effort made by the entire team to capture productivity gains, cut costs and always deliver their best. With the accelerated commissioning of the new line at Três Lagoas, we embark on a new phase of reaping the fruits of what we have sown,” said Marcelo Castelli, Fibria CEO.

    Construction on the expansion project is currently 87% complete, while its financial progress stands at 59%. In February, construction began on the intermodal terminal in Aparecida do Taboado, Mato Grosso do Sul, which will distribute the pulp produced by the new mill in Três Lagoas to the Macuco Terminal at the Port of Santos in São Paulo, which also is already under construction. The intermodal terminal, which integrates various transportation means, such as highway and rail, is located on Highway BR 158 and will have annual pulp shipment capacity of 1.95 million tons. Construction on the terminal is slated to be concluded in July 2017.

    The forestry base to supply Fibria’s new production line is already assured and located near the mill in Três Lagoas, with a maximum supply radius of 100 kilometers, in line with the planning. Of the 187,000 hectares of planted forests required to supply the new unit, 135,000 hectares already have been planted with eucalyptus and another 52,000 hectares will be planted in 2017 and 2018.

    Fibria estimates that, from September to year-end, the new mill in Três Lagoas will produce 377,000 tons of pulp. Production will ramp up gradually to reach the mill’s full capacity of 1.95 million tons/year in 2020.

    Fibria’s new production line adopts the most modern concepts in ecodesign, with cleaner and more efficient production processes. In addition, all the energy consumed is generated by the mill itself using biomass in the form of eucalyptus bark and the liquid biomass resulting from the industrial process. With the expansion in production capacity, the industrial unit will generate and consume its own energy and have surplus power of 130 MWH, which will contribute to Brazil’s energy balance and benefit the country’s energy profile with more renewable sources.
    (Fibria Celulose S/A)
    21.04.2017   Flint Group appoints Benoit Chatelard as President & CEO Digital Solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news Also takes lead in further developing XEIKON

    Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, and market leader in digital colour printing technology announced that Benoit Chatelard (photo) will assume the role of President & CEO of Flint Group’s Digital Solutions effective May 8th. In his mandate to further develop Flint Group Digital Solutions portfolio and customer reach in that arena, for which Xeikon is a strategic element, he will be proposed as CEO of Xeikon (to be confirmed by the Xeikon shareholders meeting).

    Chatelard has a rich history in the digital production printing market. Most recently, he was Vice President, Production Printing Business Group for Ricoh Europe. His digital production printing career began in 2002 when he led the IBM Printing Systems Division for France, Belgium and Luxembourg. With the creation of the InfoPrint Solutions Compoany Joint Venture between Ricoh and IBM in 2007, Chatelard was appointed Vice President & General Manager for the joint venture in Asia Pacific based in Singapore, and continued to take on increased leadership responsibilities within Ricoh Europe over the ensuing years.

    “First, I want to thank Wim Maes for his years of service to Xeikon, and for the great work he did in getting the Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions division off the ground following our acquisition of Xeikon,” says Antoine Fady, CEO of Flint Group. “His contributions have been invaluable in our ability to continue growth at Xeikon, better integrate sales efforts among our divisions, implement proper market segmentation, develop and implement investment strategies, and build a product roadmap for the Digital Printing Solutions division. Under his leadership, Xeikon fully developed its labels and packaging domain, expanded market coverage, and thanks to customer-driven innovation, leaves the company in a strong position with a robust product portfolio. As Wim leaves our organization, we are thrilled to have an executive of the quality and with the experience of Benoit to carry the business forward. His mission is to continue executing the plan and further grow the division. Flint Group's mission is to be a global provider of digital printing equipment and overall printing supplies, and his knowledge and expertise will be important as we continue to move that mission forward.

    ”I am leaving Xeikon and Flint Group with mixed feelings,” Maes says. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company and feel good about the progress we made. I especially want to thank our wonderful Xeikon customers, partners and employees for eight very interesting and rewarding years. I feel proud to have been able to contribute to the Xeikon story, and I have full confidence Benoit will continue this great story with even more achievements in the future.”

    “I am looking forward to taking on this new role,” Chatelard says. “It is an exciting time in the industry, both for Xeikon and its customers. Under Wim’s leadership, the company was set on a solid path to the future, and I will be taking up the reins to continue his work, building even greater levels of customer intimacy, working to understand and address emerging customer needs in an ever-changing marketplace.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)
    21.04.2017   The Two Twentyfive strategy hits the ground running: Prowell continues to expand and increases...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... its production capacities in Central Europe

    Prowell, a company belonging to Progroup AG pursues its Two Twentyfive strategy with determination and continues expanding at a fast pace with two further corrugated sheet board plants. Europe‘s fastest growing corrugated board manufacturer is thus expanding its production capacities by a further 250,000 tonnes in the medium term. As from 2018, it will have a production capacity totalling 1,380,000 tonnes of corrugated sheet boards per year. This further secures Progroup‘s market leadership in the Central European corrugated sheet board market. While Prowell Plößberg (Germany) and Prowell Trzcinica (Poland) take their successful partnership to a new level with a further packaging park in Drizzona (Italy), the most powerful corrugated board plant of the entire industry is being built in the UK, close to the existing site in Ellesmere Port.

    Italy: expansion into new markets – Prowell penetrates the Italian board market
    With the production launch of Prowell Drizzona (Italy), which is scheduled for the first quarter 2018, Progroup shall be entering the largest corrugated sheet board market in Europe and consequently further enhancing its capacities and the associated market share as part of the Two Twentyfive strategy.

    The newly founded Prowell S.r.l. will be operating a corrugated board machine in Drizzona next to the Italian packaging specialist Imbal Carton S.r.l. and supply it with corrugated board at no additional logistics expenditure. This pursues the extremely successful Packaging Park II model of Prowell Plößberg (Germany) and Prowell Trzcinica (Poland).

    A 2.8-metre-wide corrugated board machine will be operated at the new site, and will produce 100,000 tons of corrugated sheet boards per year at a working speed of 350 m/min. We are planning to produce single and double-wall in the grades B, B NG, C, E and combinations. This will create approx. 40 new high-tech jobs at Prowell.

    The Prowell plant is fully integrated in the Progroup network for high efficiency and centralised control of all relevant data and orders. This not only allows us to achieve maximum synergy and integration effects within the business model of Progroup but also within the framework of the packaging park model.

    Great Britain: the most efficient and powerful corrugated sheet board mega plant in the world

    A little over eight years ago, the corrugated sheet board plant of Prowell Limited, which had just been founded in Ellesmere Port near Liverpool, launched its production on a 2.50 m wide corrugated board machine from the first Prowell plant. As part of the Two Twentyfive strategy concept, a reform strategy with a generation change of the first Prowell system is now taking place to successfully meet market growth and customer requirements for delivery reliability and quality.

    The most efficient and most powerful corrugated sheet board mega plant of the entire industry will be created by the third quarter 2018, within just a few kilometres of the current location. A total of € 75 million is being invested in a high-tech plant, which is set to become a highly competitive production facility with efficient process flows. Following a start-up and optimisation phase, the plant will produce 235,000 tonnes of corrugated board each year with a working width of 3.35 m, thus seamlessly integrating into the Progroup mill system.

    Industry 4.0 at Progroup
    At Progroup, Industry 4.0 is reflected in largely self-optimizing production lines that operate automatically with as little human intervention as possible. In this context, the three-men corrugator represents the next logical development step that already started with the introduction of the one-man dry-end concept at the Prowell plant in Plößberg. In the new plant in Ellesmere Port, it leads to a whole series of technical innovations and organisational developments. True to the Progroup slogan Power of Innovation, the new location will thus become the absolute benchmark of the entire industry.

    Some of the most important innovations include a 350 m/min steady stater, the improvement of the one man dry end concept introduced in the Plößberg and Trzcinica packaging parks, a highly efficient high-rack storage system, automatic pallet handling, edge protection, strapping as well as the optimisation of waste disposal and the glue system.

    The additional use of a CHP (combined heat and power) system to produce electricity and heat places particular emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental protection. Excess heat from electricity generators is re-absorbed in a special process and used for refrigeration or even reapplied directly for heating purposes – green high-tech made by Progroup.

    The overall concept is rounded off by a sound absorption system that, besides ensuring very low noise pollution, also caters for low temperature fluctuations. An excellent basis for a pleasant and very modern work environment.
    (Progroup AG)
    20.04.2017   Perfect plate changes on Rapida sheetfed offset presses    ( Company news )

    Company news DriveTronic Plate Ident for Rapidas in half, medium and large formats

    On most Rapida sheetfed offset presses, plate changing is performed either fully automatically with FAPC or simultaneously with DriveTronic SPC. The highest level of automation is the facility for non-stop job changeovers (Flying JobChange) on the KBA Rapida 106. As a vital prerequisite, the function DriveTronic Plate Ident here ensures that the new plates are mounted on the press in the correct position and order. This automation option is unique to KBA-Sheetfed and contributes to further makeready savings at job changeovers, enabling saleable production to re-commence with practically no need for adjustment.

    Photo: Rapida 145 with DriveTronic SPC and DriveTronic Plate Ident for simultaneous plate changing

    Plate detection before the change process
    DriveTronic Plate Ident is a camera-based system which determines the proper positioning of the printing plates during a fully automatic plate change. Special register marks on the plate enable Plate Ident to detect the presence of a plate and at the same time to check its correct insertion into the plate clamps. If the new plates are correctly positioned in all the units to be changed, the automatic process is enabled and plate changing begins.

    DriveTronic Plate Ident was to date only available for presses of the Rapida 106, Rapida 145, Rapida 164 and MetalStar 3 series with DriveTronic SPC. With immediate effect, however, it is now offered as an option for all presses with FAPC plate changers. That means that the half-format presses Rapida 75 PRO and Rapida 76 can also be configured with this additional automation function for FAPC in future.

    Automatic correction of the plate position
    Plate Position Check is an additional function of DriveTronic Plate Ident to permit automatic correction of the plate position already before the first sheet is printed. It evaluates the relative positions of the plates and corrects the plate cylinders accordingly. In most cases, only minimal register corrections remain to be made after checking of a first sample sheet before full job production begins. Users who wish to move straight on to production without stopping to check a sample sheet are recommended to consider the inline QualiTronic ICR system.

    Plate Position Check is aimed above all at print companies where plates are still punched manually. The punching accuracy of modern CtP systems is generally such that the Plate Position Check function is superfluous, provided all the plates for a given job were punched on the same device.

    The right plates in the right place
    While the job presetting data such as ink profiles, duct roller speeds and area coverage are being transferred to the Rapida press from the PPS system LogoTronic Professional or via CIPLinkX, DataMatrix Select checks that the new plates to be mounted actually belong to the current job or section of a job, and furthermore that the colour sequence matches the press configuration. In this way, DataMatrix Select is a further significant step towards full process management.

    Any incorrect plate assignments are immediately detected and signalled to the operator. In addition, the possibilities for cost accounting after completion of a job are improved.

    Two data matrix codes are exposed onto each plate together with the register marks used by DriveTronic Plate Ident (see photo 1). After reading the codes from each printing unit, LogoTronic Professional or CIPLink X compares the data with those held in a central database. On the basis of the code data, various plausibility checks are performed, e.g. correct plates for the current job, plates mounted on the correct printing units, plates with correct colour separations, or correct language versions. In this respect, the data matrix code permits unambiguous identification of every printing plate.

    The combination of fully automatic plate changing and the additional functions offered by the plate detection system DriveTronic Plate Ident achieves a significant increase in productivity for printers faced with ever shorter run lengths and thus frequent job changeovers. The reduction in start-up waste improves profitability, and errors in connection with plate changes become a thing of the past.
    (KBA-Sheetfed Solutions AG & Co. KG)
    20.04.2017   BURGO GROUP ANNOUNCES THE RESULTS AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2016, WHICH REPORT ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... AN INCREASE OF EBITDA OF 27.4%


    Burgo Group S.p.A., one of the leading European manufacturers of graphic and speciality papers, announces the Results as at 31 December 2016.

    As at 31 December 2016, the operating revenues and income of Burgo Group S.p.A., one of the leading European manufacturers of graphic and speciality papers, amount to Euro 1,991 million, compared to Euro 2.212 million for the previous year. This result is mainly due to the change of sales prices for electricity and reduction of sales volumes for paper, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

    The Gross Operational Margin (EBITDA) as at 31 December 2016 amounts to Euro 129 million, up by 27.4% compared to Euro 101 million for FY 2015. In percentages, EBITDA for FY 2016 was 6.5% of the turnover compared to 4.5% as at 31 December 2015.

    The Operating Result before non-current charges as at 31 December 2016 amounts to Euro 47 million, a sharp increase compared to Euro 22 million for FY 2015.

    The increase of profitability allows the Group to end the year with a net profit of Euro 5 million. The good result of the year and an attentive management of current assets resulted in a sharp drop of the net financial debt, for Euro 594 million as at 31 December 2016 compared to Euro 689 million as at 31 December 2015.
    (Burgo Group spa)
    20.04.2017   Accrol: Official opening of new manufacturing facility in Leyland, Lancashire    ( Company news )

    Company news Accrol Group Holdings plc, the AIM listed leading independent tissue converter, announces the official opening of its new 168,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Leyland, Lancashire with the unveiling of a ceremonial plaque by Lord Shuttleworth, Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire.

    This facility has had two tissue converting lines installed, which will increase Accrol's total converting capacity to 143,000 tonnes per annum. Manufacturing began at the end of January 2017 and output will steadily increase as new shift patterns are added over the coming weeks. When both lines are fully manned they will create over 80 new jobs, taking Accrol's total number of employees to almost 600, all of whom are based in Lancashire. The new facility has space for a further four converting lines.

    Steve Crossley, Accrol's CEO, commented, "This new facility marks another milestone in Accrol's development, increasing our total production capacity by 25,000 tonnes to 143,000 tonnes per annum."
    (Accrol Papers Ltd)
    20.04.2017   Harmac Pacific Selects FITNIR Analyzers to Supply Online FT-NIR Analyzer    ( Company news )

    Company news FITNIR Analyzers Inc. has been awarded with supplying its state-of-the-art FT-NIR online analyzer system to Harmac Pacific. A single analyzer and field sampling station system will analyze seven recovery and recaust streams at the Nanaimo, BC mill.

    “Harmac’s primary intention for installing FITNIR Online is to stabilize the TTA (Total Titratable Alkali) for more consistent slaker operations and a higher CE (Causticizing Efficiency),” stated Doug Barbour, Production Engineer. “With that, Harmac will see an improvement in white liquor strength and stability, potentially translating to an increase in digester yield.”

    Harmac Pacific considered other available liquor analyzer technologies, but a number or key attributes elevated FITNIR’s position to the top, including the technology’s broad acceptance within the pulping industry as well as overall life cycle cost.

    “With a slight delay in initiating this project due to market downturn, we are pleased to finally be proceeding with the installation of FITNIR Online at Harmac Pacific,” said Ryan Prontack, Engineering Superintendent. “We are looking forward to improved operations from having an online liquor analyzer and expect to see a very quick return on investment on the project.”

    “We are excited to add Harmac Pacific to our growing list of Canadian pulp and paper installations,” stated Thanh Trung, VP of Technology for FITNIR Analyzers. “We are pleased to contribute to the reinvestment of yet another locally owned and operated mill.”

    Equipment delivery to Harmac Pacific is being planned for June 2017 in preparation for a target start-up date of July 31, 2017.
    (Fitnir Analyzers Inc.)
    20.04.2017   Landa Announces 2017 Beta Customer Line-up    ( Company news )

    Company news Landa announces its final 2017 beta customer line-up. First shipment of the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press will take place in July 2017 to Graphica Bezalel, the award-winning Israel-based folding carton, packaging and label convertor. In November 2017, Landa will ship North America’s first Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press to Imagine!, a US-based leader of point-of-purchase solutions. In December 2017, Edelmann, the German-headquartered world leader of high-quality and innovative board and paper packaging solutions, will become the first European beta customer for the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press.

    Photo: Yishai Amir, CEO, Landa Digital Printing (L) and Dierk Schröder, Chairman, Edelmann (R)

    Graphica Bezalel – first Landa S10 beta customer
    As a traditional offset print house, Graphica Bezalel has selected the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press as its first digital solution, affording it the unique competitive advantage of high-speed, high-quality digitally printed folding carton production.

    Eyal Harpak, Director of Graphica Bezalel, comments: “Nanography® is the first technology to tempt us into the world of digital print. Until we saw what the Landa S10 could produce, we couldn’t believe that any digital press could match offset print quality at the high-speeds required to open-up the medium-run folding carton market. We were astonished with what Landa and the team have achieved.

    “Working with leading companies like Calvin Klein, Carlsberg Nestlé, Coca-Cola, SodaStream and others, we know that brands are always looking for new ways to increase on-shelf appeal and sales. With the incredible color palette provided by the Nanographic printing process – colors that really stand out - customers will be excited with what the Landa S10 has to offer. Through increased production flexibility, the Landa S10 provides a unique ability to both reduce inventory costs through shorter runs, respond quicker to customer needs, as well as increase the ability to version with customized packaging and special promotions,” concludes Eyal Harpak.

    Landa and Graphica Bezalel will hold a worldwide customer event during the week of September 12, 2017, to demonstrate the Landa S10 in a customer production environment.

    Imagine! – North America’s first Landa S10 beta customer
    As announced at Drupa 2016, the leading provider of large-scale point-of-sale displays and instore signage, Imagine!, remains on track to become the first beta site for the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press in North America.

    “We bought this press because of Benny Landa’s track record in developing innovative, industry-changing technology,” says Bob Lothenbach, Founder at Imagine!. “We don’t usually chase technology trends, however we believe in Nanography® and want to be instrumental in the digital-for-mainstream revolution. Nanography is the first digital printing solution with the format sizes and speeds that will let us migrate our applications away from offset. The reduced setup costs and improved turnaround times will bring substantial growth to our business.”

    Edelmann – Europe’s first Landa S10 beta customer
    Specializing in packaging solutions for health care, beauty care and consumer brands, Edelmann has production plants in nine countries with sales exceeding 300 million euros. Producing 5.5 billion packages and leaflets per year, it is one of the world’s leading packaging manufacturers and system suppliers.

    Dierk Schröder, Chairman, Edelmann, says: “Our business is all about customer service. Staying in tune with the market and delivering what it needs, but also anticipating, innovating and then proactively offering what it didn’t know it needed. We’re excited to be working with Landa; this is a value-based partnership that will drive long-lasting end customer relationships. What’s more, Nanography is breakthrough technology with the potential to transform the print, packaging and communication markets.”

    Oliver Sattel, Technical Director, Edelmann comments: “Brands are actively looking to streamline their operations to remain lean and efficient, but not at the expense of product quality or price. The Landa S10 delivers this. It removes the previous barriers of minimum order quantities with money tied-up in unnecessary printed stock and storage. This represents unprecedented flexibility that will interest not only our customers’ procurement departments, but their creative teams too. We already have lots of interest for this new service, and are confident that Landa is the right partner and Nanography the only technology to deliver this capability.”

    Landa Chairman, Benny Landa, comments: “I am thrilled that after many years of development, we are now reaching the milestone of delivering our first Landa Nanographic Printing Presses to customers. We are very proud that these industry leaders, and others who share their vision, have chosen to become our beta partners in this program.

    “As promised, Landa press stability, print quality and speed are now consistently high. It’s exciting to think that in only a matter of months we will see Nanographic print in the market, representing a paradigm shift in print economics and empowering brands like never before,” concluded Benny Landa.
    (Landa Digital Printing)
    20.04.2017   colordruck Baiersbronn selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...pilot customer for Primefire 106

    -Intensive technical testing confirms: Primefire 106 is the right solution for packaging converters to build new business models and start offering the unlimited possibilities of customized and personalized packaging
    -Strong competences in the packaging market, outstanding color- and printing quality, accompanied by the service promise and the reliability of the Heidelberg brand have been main decision factors for Primefire 106
    -A great deal of interest: numerous packaging producers from all over the world are reviewing the application opportunities of the Primefire technology for cutting-edge and innovative business models

    Photo: Strong competences in the packaging market, outstanding color- and printing quality, accompanied by the service promise and the reliability of the Heidelberg brand have been main decision factors for Primefire 106.

    The packaging service provider colordruck Baiersbronn, which operates throughout Europe, has been confirmed as pilot user of the Primefire 106, the first industrial digital printing system in B1 format from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). After intensive tests of a wide variety of technological and business concepts, Primefire 106 is set to expand the new Packaging Digital division at colordruck Baiersbronn. In the future, the leading innovator from the Black Forest will therefore be able to offer its customers from all over Europe unlimited opportunities for mass customization by personalization and individualization of packaging.

    “Heidelberg Primefire 106 integrates seamlessly into our industrial print production and improves our flexibility, thus enabling us to respond to market trends more quickly and to implement new business models successfully. As the future will increasingly mean mass customization in packaging, the Primefire 106 will provide us with the ideal basis for meeting up-and-coming requirements,” explains Martin Bruttel, managing director colordruck Baiersbronn.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    20.04.2017   2016 RESULTS FOR THE SOFIDEL GROUP     ( Company news )

    Company news In the year of its 50th anniversary, the books are looking good for Sofidel, in line with forecasts, offering excellent conditions for the investments that the company is making, starting from those on the US market.

    In the 2016 period turnover passed from 1,809 to 1,842 million euros (+33 million) with a 1.8% increase. The Ebitda grew from 207 million euros in 2015 to 237 million euros in 2016 (+30 million) and the net profit rose from 63 million euros in 2015 to 83 million euros in 2016 (+ 20 million).

    This is how the turnover breaks down: United Kingdom/Ireland (20.9%), Italy (17.5%), United States of America (13.1%), Germany (11.7%), France (11.5%), Poland (5.5%), Belgium (3.0%), Spain (2.9%), Romania (2.1%), others (11.8%).

    As far as finished product sales are concerned, the market trend is growth for all lines of business, well above the sector average.

    There was also an increase in all figures linked to monitoring environmental performance. The reduction of specific emissions (carbon intensity: quantity of CO2 per kilogram of paper produced) saw further progress: -19.1% compared to the -17.8% of 2015 (base year 2009); there was also a decrease in the average water consumption figure, which in 2016 was 7.0 l/kg compared to the 7.3 l/kg of 2015 (sector benchmark:15–25 l/kg); finally, positive growth in the percentage of procurement of pulp certified by independent third parties with forest certification schemes, which passed from 99.97% to 100%.

    Finally, we wish to highlight that, to increase the accessibility of the information from its financial statements, Sofidel extended their availability to its own site ( with the economic/environmental data and the Letter to Stakeholders offered in an interactive version that can be used on any device.
    (Sofidel Group)
    19.04.2017   Codimag and IST launch IST UV MBS LEDcure system at UV Days 2017 - ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... bringing efficient narrow-web production and new opportunities

    Codimag will present the new, energy-saving IST MBS UV LEDcure solution for its label presses at UV Days 2017, organised and hosted by its partner, IST METZ GmbH, 15-18 May, in Nürtingen, Germany.

    At the event, a Codimag Viva 340 press will be shown for the first time with the air-cooled IST MBS LEDcure system that offers longer lamp lifetime, reduced energy consumption, increased start-up speeds and the elimination of ozone releases found with traditional UV lamps. This LED UV system will be used to cure the waterless offset UV inks printed on the Aniflo units of the Viva 340.

    “The introduction of the IST MBS LEDcure system demonstrates Codimag's expertise in the integration of new technologies and the benefits of its 20-year collaboration with IST,” comments Benoit Demol, president, Codimag. “In addition to its other benefits, IST MBS LEDcure technology reduces the heat generated by dryers, enabling the printing of temperature-sensitive substrates, including shrink sleeve materials. This ability can help users extend their product offering and attract new customers.”

    The Aniflo inking unit on the Viva press, a breakthrough technology designed by Codimag, combining offset quality, flexo simplicity and digital flexibility, offers label converters the unique opportunity to print on almost all commonly used narrow-web substrates. Together with LED UV system, the Aniflo unit, with its predictability, stability and repeatability, enables customers to enter new markets with state-of-the-art technologies that provide a rapid return on investment. It offers efficiencies, through short set-up times, reduced waste and compatibility with low-cost offset plates. Furthermore, Aniflo, together with the Viva press, bring high added value as well as inline finishing. Visitors to the UV Days event will be able to appreciate this at first-hand, as the Viva 340 will be demonstrated with integrated hot foil and die cutting.

    This UV LED technology is the latest fruit of the 20-year collaboration between Codimag and IST METZ, in a year that also marks the 40th anniversary of both companies.
    19.04.2017   Asahi Photoproducts Wins a Raft of Prestigious EFIA Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Gold, Silver and Bronze International Flexographic Printing Awards Highlight Asahi Photoproducts‘ exceptional plate technology in 2017

    Significantly improved OEE and reduced waste compared to conventional plates

    Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development has proved again its leading market position with a raft of gold, silver and bronze prizes at the UK´s EFIA Awards 2017. Categories included Print on Film, Print on Paper and Print on Corrugated proving that Asahi plate technology is the perfect choice across multiple substrates.

    Caption: Left-to-Right: Charlie Baker, the host and Sante Conselvan /FTA on the right – Sante Conselvan presented the International categories for the Flexo Print on Paper, International: The silver for DS Smith Deutschland accepted by Steffen Blankenburg and Michael Fleck.

    Award winning Asahi customers included CJSC Uniflex winning a Gold Award for Flexo Print on Film, Ultimate Packaging for Flexo Print on Paper and DS Smith Packaging Deutschland for Flexo Print on Corrugated.

    David Galton, Sales director of Asahi Photoproducts Europe expressed the company’s pleasure, “We are delighted with these prestigious EFIA Awards. Asahi plate technology continues to perform to the highest standards of quality and efficiency. We know from our customers’ feedback that Asahi Plates are the product of choice for companies requiring the ultimate in product control.”

    Asahi's flexographic plate range with unique Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer enables kiss touch printing pressure with soft tonal shades fading out to zero. This ensures consistent repeatability of printing quality during the production run as well as longer plate life. The key advantages of these plates are enhanced ink transfer and reduced ink filling at the mid-tone area with reduced dot gain resulting in fewer cleaning intervals and press stop downtimes. A big plus is the reduction in waste for improved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Asahi‘s Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer plates are compatible with many of the recent high definition screening and microcell patterning technologies.

    Additionally Asahi plates offer precise registration taking quality levels to an all-time high to meet brand owner demand and ensuring a competitive edge for flexographic printers. Galton adds, “The printing efficiency of the Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer during testing demonstrated a 26% OEE improvement over conventional solvent plates. The significant contributing factors were that the Pinning Technology plate completed the run length 33 minutes faster than the conventional plate. The Pinning plate required less press stops for cleaning, saving 39 minutes. The Asahi plate produced 575 linear meters less waste material. And the Pinning plate produced higher print quality (lower dot gain) with more print contrast. Asahi is proud of these results and the benefits they signify for our customers.”
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)
    19.04.2017   BOBST at Interpack 2017 is all about Leading Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Interpack 2017 will see BOBST highlight its leading technology and services for the food, beverage, pharma and cosmetics packaging sectors, among others. BOBST innovations cover both web-fed and sheet-fed printing and converting equipment, along with developments in substrate production and functionality, quality assurance and environmental compliance.

    During Interpack, BOBST will host an Open House for show visitors at its Competence Center in nearby Meerbusch, where some of its innovative technology will be demonstrated live.

    Other BOBST Competence Centers throughout Europe will also be available during Interpack for customer demonstrations and a Gravure Innovation Technology Forum and Open House Event will be held at Bobst Italia immediately after the show.

    Erik Bothorel, Head of the Business Unit Web-fed at BOBST, said, “Interpack is an opportunity for us to talk directly to people involved throughout the entire supply chain of the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors. We have a comprehensive range of innovative equipment that meets the demands of all these segments, from flexo and gravure printing, through coating, laminating and metallizing, to converting and finishing. Just last year alone we launched multiple new products that pushed forward what packaging manufacturers can achieve: from opening up new markets with Digital Flexo, the UV flexo printing of food packaging, and new barrier coatings, to substantially increasing the productivity of processes such as die-cutting and folding & gluing.”

    Along with its ranges of web-fed CI & in-line flexo printing, multi-process printing, gravure printing, coating, lamination and vacuum metallizing equipment, BOBST is also leading innovation in process development. This includes driving the development of high barrier functionality in packaging substrates, making them industrially viable solutions in terms of machinability, and ensuring their properties are maintained unaltered even during the more complex conversion processes required by some flexible packaging applications. Mr Bothorel said, “We support our customers in achieving excellence in process performance so that they can profitably manufacture the highly functional substrates the market increasingly demands.”

    In the sheet-fed sector, as well as being the premier innovator in equipment such as those that will be in demonstration at Bobst Meerbusch, the company is also known as a force in the development of printing and post-press processes that deliver the productivity and functionality that packaging manufacturers need, from high-performing equipment to intelligent quality control systems and the ability of packaging manufacturers to achieve food-grade compliance. During Interpack 2017, the BOBST Competence Center at Meerbusch will run daily live demonstrations of the VISIONCUT 106 LER blank separating die-cutter and EXPERTFOLD 110 high-performance folder-gluer for folding carton applications, a FOLIOSTAR litho-laminator, and a high-productivity MASTERCUT 2.1 die-cutter for corrugated packaging manufacture.

    Mr Bothorel said, “After a successful show last time, we’re returning to Interpack so that people from throughout the industry can again talk directly to our team. Whatever role visitors have in the supply chain, we directly participate in the quality of the products they produce because, today, the packaging is very much part of the product. Our solutions help solve many of the production issues they find themselves facing.”

    Interpack 2017 will run from 4th -10th May at Messe Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany. BOBST can be found in the Swiss Pavilion - Hall 11, stand C31. Show attendees are invited to visit the BOBST Competence Centre in Meerbusch throughout the event. Other BOBST Competence Centers throughout Europe will be in on available during Interpack for customer visits.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    19.04.2017   Smurfit Kappa appoints Saverio Mayer as CEO Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group plc (‘SKG’ or the ‘Group’), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of paper-based packaging products, with operations in Europe and the Americas, announces the appointment of Saverio Mayer (photo), COO of Corrugated and Converting Europe, as CEO Europe. He succeeds Roberto Villaquiran who steps down from this position to pursue another opportunity.

    Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, commented:
    “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Saverio Mayer as CEO Europe. Saverio Mayer has been with the Group for over 30 years and was most recently the COO of our European Corrugated and Converting operations. Saverio has played a key role in the growth and development of our European business and will bring great energy and experience to the role.

    “Roberto leaves Smurfit Kappa to pursue another opportunity outside of the paper-based packaging sector. He has helped the Group build and sustain its leading position in Europe and we thank him for his significant contribution to the Group in his various leadership roles. We wish him well for the future.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

    Company news The Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.) has purchased two companies that collectively own a comprehensive packaging plant in the town of Lucena, in Cordoba. The operation cost 9.8 million euros, company value, representing a post merger value of 5.5 times EBITDA for Europac.

    -In 2016, the plant produced 16 million m2 of cardboard, turned over 7.6 million euros and generated an EBITDA of 1.2 million euros, representing a margin of 15.8%.
    -The operation cost 9.8 million euros, company value, representing a post merger value of 5.5 times EBITDA for Europac
    -Europac will gradually implement a ten-million euro investment plan to expand its facilities, increase production, purchase new assets and optimise current assets.
    -WIth this purchase, Europac now has a presence in Andalusia, which is an attractive market with strategic sectors, such as agriculture and food

    Up until now, shares in the business were distributed among ICOA (Industrias Cartones Ondulados Andaluces S.L.) and OASA (Ondulados Andaluces, S.A.), two companies dedicated to manufacturing corrugated cardboard and using cardboard for packaging.

    The new facility, which will now be called Europac Packaging Lucena, turned over 7.6 million euros and generated an EBITDA of 1.2 million euros at the end of 2016, which represents an EBITDA margin of 15.8%. At the moment, the plant has one corrugator and three converters to turn cardboard into boxes, in a 15,000m2 warehouse, within a 42,000m2 plot of land. Last year it used 7,000 tonnes of paper and produced 16 million m2 of cardboard and packaging.

    The Europac Group will carry out a ten-million euro investment plan with the aim of increasing production, purchasing new assets, optimising the current assets and expanding the installations. It is expected that during the investment period, 25 direct new jobs will be created.

    Growing in the Spanish market
    José Miguel Isidro, executive chairman of Europac, states that “the purchase of the Lucena plant is the result of our long-term project to expand in the packaging sector and fulfil the commercial strategy of the Packaging Division in Spain, where the company does not yet have the position it deserves”.

    José Miguel Isidro also declared that “Europac Packaging Lucena is a very profitable factory with a huge potential for growth. Our goal is to establish it as a leader within the sector".

    Luis Serrano, country manager of Packaging Division of Europac in Spain and manager of the new plant, stated that “our commercial objective is to strengthen the current position in the industrial sector and move into new markets, specifically those of agriculture and food, which are especially relevant strategic sectors in Andalusia and big consumers of packaging”.

    The plant is strategically situated in the geographical centre of Andalusia, with a sphere of influence that covers target markets in Córdoba, Seville, Almería, Málaga, Jaén and Granada, all of which are at a distance of between 70 and 150 kilometres.
    (Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.)
    19.04.2017   Italian producer Ariete S.r.l. – Futura Line S.p.a. Group – chooses Toscotec for the installation...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... of a new tissue machine

    Ariete S.r.l., Italian company producing high quality tissue paper, has ordered a new MODULO-PLUS machine (photo) from Toscotec for its paper mill in Cava dei Tirreni (Salerno), Italy.

    The new tissue machine replaces the exiting one and startup is scheduled for July 2017.

    All the dismantling and assembly operations will be performed and synchronized in order to minimize the mill’s downtime. The scope of the supply includes a
    MODULO-PLUS in Crescent Former configuration with single-layer headbox.

    Approach flow, electrical and control systems together with dismantling of the existing machine and installation of the new one, supervision and assistance for startup will all be performed by Toscotec.

    Ariete S.r.l. has been working in the field of tissue paper since 1965, manufacturing qualitatively high standard products capable of meeting the different and changing demands of the market.

    The paper mill, headquartered in Italy in Cava dei Tirreni (Salerno), spans along a property of 14,000 m2 and has a production capacity of 22,000 tons/year. The company offers its customer a wide range of semi-finished products for hygienic use and for use in the food industry, with productions that vary from 15 gr/m2 to 38 gr/m2 and from 1 to 4 plies of pure cellulose. Traditionally oriented towards innovation and quality in full respect of people and of the environment, Ariete has decided to make this investment pursuant to a new strategy focused on maximizing efficiency.

    “Toscotec’s offer turned out to be the best on a technological level and the most suitable to our needs. To be competitive on the market, we must have the proper instruments: we are convinced that the new MODULO-PLUS is the technical solution that we were looking for and that will allow us to increment quantity and quality”, states Nicola Salsano, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Ariete S.r.l.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    19.04.2017   SCA to become two listed companies: the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news company Essity

    At the Annual General Meeting of SCA, the company’s shareholders voted in favor of the Board of Director’s proposal to split the Group into two listed companies. One of these will continue to operate as SCA, an efficient and well-invested forest products company that will include the forest products operations and all forest land currently owned by the Group. SCA’s hygiene business, including the current business areas of Personal Care (including the recently acquired BSN medical) and Tissue will become a leading global hygiene and health company operating under the name Essity.

    The split of the company will be carried out at a suitable time following completion of the listing process, but no later than in the second half of 2017. In addition to their existing shareholding, SCA’s shareholders will also receive shares in the newly listed hygiene and health company Essity in connection with the listing.

    “I am pleased that the shareholders support the Board’s proposal regarding two separate listed companies. This will increase value for shareholders in the long-term through increased focus, customer value, development opportunities and enables each company to successfully realize its strategies. We look forward to an exciting future for our two strong listed companies,” says Magnus Groth, currently President and CEO of SCA and future President and CEO of the new hygiene and health company Essity.
    SCA was founded in 1929 as a forest products company operating in Sweden. Over the years, the company expanded geographically and into other business activities, such as paper products production, personal care, consumer tissue and Away-from-Home tissue. In 2016, the hygiene business accounted for approximately 86% of the Group’s net sales and the forest products business for approximately 14%. Synergies between the operations have diminished over time.
    Today, SCA owns 2.6 million hectares of forest in Northern Sweden, an area corresponding to about 5% of Sweden, making it the largest private forest holding in Europe. With this unique resource as the foundation, SCA has developed a well-invested, resource-efficient industrial operation, designed to generate the highest possible value from the forest using all parts of the tree. The forest products business produces solid-wood products, pulp, kraftliner, publication papers and renewable energy.

    Following the split, Essity will be a leading global hygiene and health company that develops, produces and sells personal care and tissue products. Essity stems from the words ‘essentials’ and ‘necessities’, a fitting name for the products the new hygiene and health company offers – everyday necessities. Essity’s vision is; dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions.

    Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under globally leading brands including TENA for incontinence products and Tork for Away-from-Home tissue, and under other well-known regional brands, such as Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. With the acquisition of BSN medical, a leading medical solutions company, Essity is further strengthening its capabilities in the health arena with brands such as Leukoplast, Cutimed, JOBST, Delta Cast, Delta Lite and Actimove.

    “Hygiene and health are necessities for better lives and our products and solutions play an essential role in improving well-being for people around the world,” says Magnus Groth, currently President and CEO of SCA and future President and CEO of the new hygiene and health company Essity.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
    18.04.2017   New Avery Dennison complete compliance: the reliable choice    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: New Avery Dennison complete compliance: the reliable choice.(Photo: Avery Dennison)

    Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has created a new set of tools designed to help customers choose products that are fully compliant with regulations.

    Burak Sahbaz, director paper and variable information, Avery Dennison Europe, said that Complete Compliance is about working with converters and brand owners – supporting them in meeting all necessary regulatory demands: “Avery Dennison has created a package of services and portfolios help solve our customers’ challenges in the compliance landscape. Label converters can now offer materials to their customers with confidence, knowing that any offering in the Complete Compliance range is fully compliant with regulation.”

    Cor Verhart, director Compliance for Europe said that certificates and statements are crucial for Avery Dennison’s customers: “So we can support converters more quickly and easily, we have created an online application. It can generate immediate customized compliance statements for converters, which can be downloaded straight away.

    Support extends beyond immediate application needs; Reliable, complete and up-to-date compliance information can be found on the new Complete Compliance portal. The portal covers a large amount of information on the various (EU) regulations, and also links to a number of compliant portfolios including food and direct fatty-food approved products; British Standard (BS) 5609 labelling; and the current listing on SVHC, such as BPA-free materials. Cor Verhart said that the goal of the new website was to meet all compliance needs in one place whenever possible: “The breadth of projects supported by Avery Dennison’s experts around the globe means that all current regulations are taken into account, and a close watch is maintained on future trends. If a trend is emerging, we want converters to know ahead of time.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

    Company news The visit is the result of the cinematographer expressing his wish to find out about the papermaking process.

    A great director visiting the Lucca papermaking district: that’s what happened on April 10 at Sofidel, the paper manufacturer known for its Regina brand, with the visit of American cinematographer Oliver Stone, three-time Academy Award-winner (two for Best Director, one for Best Adapted Screenplay).

    Photo: Oliver Stone and Luigi Lazzareschi

    The visit results from the wish that Stone recently expressed, during the press conference held for the Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema at which he is a guest: to experience the papermaking process first hand, admiring “everything which is transformation”.

    Sofidel was eager to follow up on this wish, inviting – together with the director of the Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema, Nicola Borrelli – the director to the Porcari Soffass paper mill in via Giuseppe Lazzareschi. He was welcomed by Sofidel President, Emi Stefani and CEO, Luigi Lazzareschi.
    “It was a great honour for us to be able to accompany a master film-maker such as Oliver Stone as they discover the papermaking process,” stated Lazzareschi.

    A very simple and pleasant visit in which the great US cinematographer once more demonstrated the gifts of curiosity and sensitivity that make his film-making great.

    Sofidel, operating in 12 European countries, is making substantial investments also in the United States, Oliver Stone’s homeland.
    (Sofidel Group)
    18.04.2017   Viscose Speciality Fibres from Kelheim Fibres – Tailor-Made Added Value    ( Company news )

    Company news The broad range of types of products and application areas is, according to its own statement, the winning formula of Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens.

    The Bavarian viscose speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres offers a solid basis for both of these: their exceptionally wide spectrum of the most varied functional fibre products is the perfect raw material for a whole range of technical applications, from nonwovens applications to functional apparel, and from sportswear to filtration.

    Commercial Director Matthew North describes the unique characteristic of Kelheim Fibres as follows: „Our core strength is the exact matching of our fibres to our customer’s specific needs, to their final product or to their production process. This way we generate added value for the customer and that is the best foundation for a long-lasting and successful partnership.”

    Customers can choose from a constantly growing variety of well-established Kelheim brands – for example the extremely versatile Danufil® (photo) - and innovative new fibre developments: At Techtextil, the Bavarians will present Olea, the world’s first viscose fibre with inherent hydrophobic properties, as well as the fibre speciality Bramante, which – in contrast to Olea – delivers significantly increased levels of absorbency relative to standard viscose fibres: Bramante can store liquids in the segmented hollow
    structure inside the fibre and keep it there even under pressure. Thus, Bramante is the ideal raw material for re-usable incontinence products and other hygienic applications.

    Danufil® BF, a flame retardant viscose speciality, serves a completely different purpose: used as a protective barrier nonwoven in mattresses or furniture Danufil® BF can help to prevent a fire from spreading.

    All these speciality fibres have one thing in common: By precisely controlling fibre dimensions and cross sections or by incorporating additional functionalities in the fibre matrix, Kelheim’s fibre experts
    not only create a fibre with additional new functionalities but at the same time, they can preserve the typical properties of a viscose fibre such as softness, skin-friendliness and wearer comfort.

    Kelheim products are also clear winners in terms of sustainability, as they are produced completely from cellulose that is sustainably farmed and certified by both the FSC® and PEFC® organisations.

    And after use, the consumer does not need to worry about the safety of disposal of the products – the fibres are biodegradeable and certified as compostable.

    Meet Kelheim Fibres at Techtextil – from 9 to 12 May, 2017 in Frankfurt, Hall 3, Stand F23 (with Bayern Innovativ)!
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
    18.04.2017   Esko Crystal flexo plate making solution wins Red Dot Award    ( Company news )

    Company news Innovative CDI Crystal 5080 XPS imager and exposure unit wins prestigious award

    Esko ( is delighted to announce its innovative CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo platemaking solution has received a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017. The CDI Crystal 5080 XPS was entered into the competition by Esko’s German design agency designship. Submissions were received from 54 countries, and all entered products were assessed individually by an independent international jury of more than 40 specialized design experts from various subject areas. They assessed the entries for three days both live and on-site, determining that Esko’s design was one of the best in the industry.

    Catching the judges’ attention were the modern design, outstanding ergonomics, ease of use and innovation incorporated in the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS, especially with regard to addressing customer requirements in today’s demanding flexo industry.

    designship’s Managing Director Thomas Starczewski says, “We were delighted to win the Red Dot Award with this design for Esko. It’s a major achievement that only was possible thanks to the great and in depth partnership we had with Esko’s development team on the Crystal project. We are pleased to share with Esko the honor we receive from well-respected design experts and to join the esteemed community of previous winners, including HP, Polycom, La Cimbali, Bosch and others.”

    Thomas Klein, Esko’s Vice President Hardware explains, “Esko has pioneered digital flexo plate making for more than two decades, and the industry recognizes us as the clear market leader for delivering flexo plates with highest quality and consistency. We have had a few product redesigns in the past. And now, based on past experience, market trends and a deep understanding of customer needs, we developed this innovative flexo plate making concept that simplifies the entire digital flexo platemaking process. We focus on improving the ease of use and ergonomics for the operator, which is handled through the hardware design as well as through the operator software interface. Designship helped us by translating this concept into the brilliant design for the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS.”

    He continues, “This solution rethinks flexo platemaking altogether. The previously rather complex and manual process often involves up to six different processing steps and runs the risk of damaging the plate or use wrong parameters when moving from one step to the next. With the integration of multiple steps and automation of the platemaking process, quality, consistency and ease of use was significantly improved. This enables our customers to more efficiently manage the flexo platemaking workflow and results in higher quality printed output.”

    With its origins dating back to 1955, the Red Dot Award is organised by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the most respected design competitions in the world. Through this competition, the organisation appraises the best products of the year based on submissions from manufacturers around the world. Innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility are just some of the criteria on which the decision is based. The international Red Dot jury bestows the quality seal only on products which set themselves apart with their good design from comparable objects on the market. The Red Dot is now a revered international seal of outstanding design quality.

    The award will be presented at the Red Dot Gala on July 3 at the Aalto-Theater in Essen. As part of the award, Esko’s CDI Crystal 5080 XPS will be displayed in the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen for a year.
    (Esko Belgium)
    18.04.2017   Innovative, sustainable packaging solutions - Sappi to present unique possibilities for new ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... packaging concepts at Interpack 2017

    As one of the world's leading suppliers of packaging substrates, Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers will be presenting its innovative sustainable packaging solutions made from renewable raw materials at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf. For this global supplier of speciality papers and boards, the world’s largest packaging trade fair is the ideal forum for exchanging ideas with international packaging experts. The Sappi stand (D19 in Hall 9) will showcase efficient ways and possibilities to take advantage of packaging trends to meet the growing demands to deliver the packaging of the future. Featured will be solutions and information for brand owners, packaging companies, converters, printers and print finishers, designers and advertising agencies. Of particular interest in the Sappi stand will be the world's only packaging papers with integrated barrier and heat-sealing properties, a truly innovative approach to packaging. In addition, the company will be presenting innovations and packaging solutions for containerboard, rigid packaging, label papers and flexible packaging.

    Functional Papers: now with an expanded range
    Four years ago, Sappi was the world's first manufacturer to present an innovative speciality paper with a mineral oil barrier and heat sealing properties integrated directly into the paper. Since then, the Sappi Guard product range has been continuously expanded with additional high-barrier paper-based solutions. As part of Interpack 2017, Sappi will be presenting more new developments in the field of multifunctional barrier papers for food and non-food packaging.

    Innovations on show will include initial results from the recently announced collaboration agreement between Sappi and Felix Schoeller. Both companies have unique competencies in their respective business segments and together are focusing on highlighting sustainable and high-quality alternatives to current packaging solutions with their future products. They really have their finger on the pulse with this approach. The World Economic Forum in Davos recently provided a highly relevant point of reference here. Just prior to the event, 40 of the world's largest corporations committed to using less plastic.

    At Interpack 2017, the Sappi Guard product range will also be featured in the international WorldStar Packaging Awards 2017 in the food industry sector of the World Packaging Organisation. Just last year, multifunctional barrier papers from Sappi received the German Packaging Award 2016 in the "New Materials" category. The jury praised Sappi's sustainable paper packaging solutions, which offer innovative integrated barrier and heat seal characteristics otherwise only achievable with multi-layer films. Papers in the Sappi Guard product family also have exceptional tactile properties and excellent printability, the jury noted.

    Containerboard: Benefits of virgin fibre liners
    The Fusion virgin fibre liner from Sappi was the pioneer in the field of white coated topliners for corrugated board. Thanks to the use of bleached virgin fibres as the raw material, these topliners also offer visual benefits as well as considerable strength advantages. They achieve approximately the same material strength as test liners, with a lower weight per unit surface area. When the total cost of ownership (TCO) is considered, as companies are increasingly doing, the virgin fibre liners represent a real alternative to the double-coated test liners that are most commonly used. The use of the Fusion top liner provides corrugated board with a significant upgrade as a raw material for high quality consumer goods and shelf-ready packaging since it enables consistently high quality levels. And this will drive greater demand. To meet that demand, Sappi has expanded production to a second production site in Ehingen. This ensures rapid and reliable supply to all customers. At Interpack, Sappi will also be presenting new paper weights for its Fusion Topliner.

    Rigid Packaging: Ultimate brand differentiation with Algro Design
    Sappi will also be presenting its multi-award-winning bright white solid bleached board, Algro Design, displayed in a variety of applications. This board is generally used for demanding folding box applications, especially for cosmetics, perfumes, beauty and healthcare, fine chocolate and confectionery packaging, as well as fashion and lifestyle items, luxury drinks and for outstanding graphic applications. The highly-white, silky-coated cellulose carton board in the Algro Design product range provides the ideal basis for uniform, visually and physically appealing, high quality brand communications.

    In the premium packaging segment, solid bleached board grades must exhibit distinctive and relevant features that symbolise brand values and provide the end-user with a unique experience. These include the excellent whiteness and the unique surface quality of Algro Design with its outstanding finishing properties. These characteristics give Algro Design its unique look and distinctive brand appearance. Sappi has expanded production of Algro Design and Algro Design Duo to its Maastricht mill. This means the company has the unique opportunity in the marketplace of producing this high quality carton at two locations with the ability to respond even more quickly to customer requirements.

    Label Papers: new facestock grade
    With its Parade product line, Sappi offers a comprehensive range of facestock and wet glue label papers for a variety of processing options. At Interpack, Sappi will be launching a new facestock label paper in the form of Parade FS, which is suitable for use in self-adhesive label applications such as stickers and price tags. Parade FS can be printed with offset, flexographic and gravure and laminated. Thanks to its excellent surface properties, the glossy paper, coated on one side, ensures a brilliant appearance and excellent print results.

    Flexible Packaging: Large range for specific applications
    Sappi offers a comprehensive range of coated and uncoated papers for food and non-food applications in the field of flexible packaging. These include speciality papers for sachets, bags and wrappers. Sappi papers impress with their outstanding processing properties. The speciality papers that are coated on one side are ideal for outer packaging of products requiring high-quality printing. Uncoated varieties lend themselves to inner packaging, foil lamination and pouches. The versatile Sappi product portfolio offers brand owners and converters the best packaging solution for each individual requirement.

    Consulting and investment for the future
    Also at Interpack, experienced packaging specialists from Sappi will be discussing potential packaging concepts with visitors attending from around the world. "We are the expert and reliable partner when it comes to challenging packaging solutions as well as the manufacturing and processing processes for these types of packaging,” confirms Thomas Kratochwill, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers. “In light of the high investment levels and significant amount of work that Sappi has put into packaging and speciality papers, we will be offering even more surprises to visitors at our Interpack stand. For this reason, we are delighted to invite all visitors to stop by the Sappi booth to discuss their specific requirements with us." Sappi has set itself the goal of launching at least two innovative products into the market each year. The results for the year 2017 will be on show at Interpack 2017.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
    18.04.2017   FajarPaper achieves record result in 2016     ( Company news )

    Company news FajarPaper trading as PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk (FASW.JK) announced a record breaking profit performance, on the back of strong sales from a highly successful move into high quality lightweight packaging papers. Net sales climbed 18% to Rp 5,875 billion driven by higher prices, with net income boosted by over 350% to Rp 778 billion or Rp 314 earnings per share.

    Result highlights
    Substantial demand for the new range, as well as established products, coupled with lower raw materials usage, reflecting the lightweight specification of the new range, plus well contained factory overheads were the main factors to boost gross profit margins from 8% to 20%.
    Operating expenses were well controlled with the focus of sales activity being to serve the domestic market. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) improved by 190% to Rp 1,190 billion.

    Despite a degree of uncertainty in general over consumer spending power amidst slow economic growth in 2016, Yustinus Y. Kusumah, President Director of FajarPaper remained upbeat. “The encouraging reception for our new products validates the commitment we made in the previous year to upgrade product specifications and pursue further capacity expansion. The substantial turnaround in our financial performance is the result of these strategic decisions,” he said.

    The company’s newest paper machine, PM8 is due to commence production this month and has the capability of being totally dedicated to the lightweight PerformaMedium, and together with PrimeLiner range, currently account for about 50% of total monthly sales giving the company’s considerable potential. The new PM8 paper machine will add 350,000 tons to raise total manufacturing capacity to 1,550,000 tons per annum.

    Strong cash generation during 2016 has helped to improve the company’s financial position. A stronger Rupiah has contributed to reducing foreign exchange translation costs.

    Looking ahead
    The exceptional performance in 2016, and the timely investment in new capacity place the company in a strong position for the future. Global packaging trends indicate substantial growth potential for paper packaging and particularly the use of recovered paper. Indonesia’s fundamentals stand out, including demographics, increased disposable income and substantial new investment in modern retail. Leading multinational FMCG companies, such as Indofood, Unilever, Aqua-Danone and Wings, among others, constitute a substantial end user customer base. For the medium term, improvements in infrastructure and the rapid rise of online shopping with the need for robust recyclable packaging are further positive factors.
    (PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk)
    13.04.2017   Ricoh supports new market moves for print service providers at FESPA 2017    ( Company new )

    Company new Ricoh will help print service providers identify new market opportunities with its broad portfolio of creative solutions at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg from 8 to 12 May.

    Photo: Ricoh Pro™ L4100 latex large format printer

    Visitors will witness ways to enhance their service offering with Ricoh’s comprehensive range of wide format, large format and flatbed devices, supported by a dedicated suite of software solutions. There will also be direct-to-garment print solutions from Anajet, a Ricoh company.

    “Ricoh has established a versatile range of hardware and software solutions to support print service providers as they seek to open new production worlds,” says Benoit Chatelard, Vice President, Production Printing, Ricoh Europe. “Ricoh has evolved to become a communication provider; offering the graphic display market roll to roll, large format, flatbed, software and digital textile printers. We aim to use our innovation-led ethos and collective expertise to enable confident choices in high quality, cost effective solutions.”

    Demonstrated for the first time in Europe will be the 1.65metres-wide EFI VUTEK H1625 LED UV Hybrid roll/flatbed technology device. It features four colour print plus white and includes single pass and multilayer capabilities. Variable droplet sizes provide eight levels of grayscale. It is ideally suited to backlit displays, indoor and outdoor signage, posters, point of sale, display and exhibition graphics.

    Also on show will be the Ricoh Pro™ L4160 latex large format printer an eco-friendly green technology with Ricoh’s own non-solvent based aqueous resin inks. The Pro L4100 series features the latest generation of Ricoh’s own piezo variable drop print heads. They deliver latex ink droplets as small as four picolitres offering durable printing for outdoor and indoor applications. Reduced environmental impact is another important benefit thanks to lower print heater temperature than its closest competitor models, enabling highly efficient power consumption.

    The Ricoh technology will run alongside the MPC W2201SP colour wide format multifunction device. Potential buyers can choose between copier/printer or scanner functionalities and use Ricoh’s highly affordable, environmentally sustainable pigment-based Liquid GelTM ink technology to print on plain paper, photo paper or onto a blue-back media range. Capable of printing advertising and other graphic arts applications for outdoor as well as indoor environments, the MPC W2201SP is a versatile output device

    Chatelard adds: “FESPA 2017 is the perfect place for print service providers to explore with Ricoh how they can move into new markets, increasing their reach, prestige and profitability. We are proud that the Ricoh systems on show support a more environmentally responsible approach to production with lower print temperatures and lower power consumption.”

    In its software studio Ricoh will demonstrate MarcomCentral software-as-a-services for web to print capabilities and Marketing Asset Management and ColorGATE’s menu-driven wide and large format workflow for exact feature set specification.

    Also on the Arjowiggins booth in Hall 6B, stand B45, a Ricoh Pro C7110X colour cut sheet press will be running the DigiPeel HD, a new digital transfer paper suited to a wide range of textile products.

    Ricoh will be present at Hall B4L, Stand C10 throughout the event.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
    13.04.2017   PCMC announces new tissue embosser-laminator    ( Company news )

    Company news The Omnia will offer customers flexibility and safety in a small footprint

    Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of the Barry-Wehmiller family and a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of tissue converting and packaging equipment, announced today it will unveil the Omnia, a new tissue embosser-laminator, this summer.

    The Omnia, which in Latin means “all, everything,” marks a new era for PCMC in the embossing and laminating market. This full-featured machine will deliver safety, flexibility, fast changeovers and productivity for customers, all in a compact footprint. Other highlights include an open design for accessibility and ergonomics, the elimination of hydraulics, modularity for easy upgrades and automatic roll changes.

    “The Omnia proves that customers really can have it all in their embosser-laminator,” said Jason Hilsberg, Tissue Sales Director at PCMC. “Fueled by the desire for more simplicity and safety, our design meets those needs on all levels. The accessibility of the rolls from one location makes roll changes and maintenance easier and safer, and the Omnia takes up 25 percent less floor space than our previous designs. Despite its smaller size, it still delivers all the features our customers need to compete in the marketplace today without sacrificing quality.”

    The first Omnia is currently in production, and will be available for demonstration in June 2017.
    (PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)
    13.04.2017   Packaging Printing Redefined: The VARIOMAN from manroland web systems    ( Company news )

    Company news VARIOMAN is the name of the newly designed packaging printing press from manroland web systems. Due to its sophisticated design, the offset-gravure hybrid press produces printed films and offers system integration, service- and maintenance packages and all proven key competences of printing systems Made in Augsburg. The first customer is already waiting in the wings.
    “With the VARIOMAN, we want to provide a new production system to our customers – at the first configuration level for flexible packaging printing,” Alexander Wassermann, Managing Director of manroland web systems, explains. He adds: “The market asks for press systems that meet the demands for brand differentiation, enhanced comfort and additional packaging sizes. Therefore, we have developed the VARIOMAN.“ The press combines the latest technology with high substrate- and production flexibility and process integration. The result: faster, more efficient and cost-reduced packaging printing.

    The business field of the VARIOMAN f:line are films and paper
    The VARIOMAN is a real all-rounder for packaging printing. It shows its complete performance when printing films and paper with high grammages. The variable sleeve offset printing units are the base in circumference and width. They can be individually designed for printing films and combined with several other components. Thanks to a combination of variable sleeve offset printing units, a corona treatment, EB- or UV-drying and gravure printing units with dryers, different films can be printed in high quality and variability.

    Production variety is appreciated
    The VARIOMAN stands for substrate- and production variety. Printable substrates include films or paper from 10 to 300 μm. The product range enables solutions for different web widths and a production speed of up to 400 m/min. Modular offset printing units offer highest flexibility. Thanks to the proven sleeve technology, the printing unit is format-variable and A job change can be carried out quickly.

    Cost-conscious offset technology
    The well-known integrated presetting- and control systems from manroland web systems considerably reduce waste rates – especially in comparison to presslines without these control systems. Compared to flexo printing, digital printing or gravure printing solutions, the offset technology reproduces a high printing quality with a huge benefit in cost-per-copy. Compared to the latter, the production costs can be decreased to 25% – depending on each particular job structure. This can be achieved due to the usage of offset printing plates instead of gravure cylinders and a significantly faster job change. A quick finishing is enabled by a long-lasting drying of the offset ink. Electron Beam Systems help to make photo initiators, as used for UV-color, redundant. Thus, the printing press can be additionally equipped with UV-drying.

    Further application fields in preparation
    At a later stage, the VARIOMAN c:line will take over the part of carton printing. Its printing units will be especially designed for cartons and optimized for the use of substrates with 250-700 µm. Inline finishing will be enabled by optional punching units and sheeters. Further system configurations for additional application fields are possible.

    More benefits from intelligent networked processes
    A main guideline of manroland web systems is the efficient networking of the entire printing room. The VARIOMAN makes no exception here. The proven drive-, operation- and workflow management system PECOM-X integrates the different components from manroland web systems to one systems solution. Thanks to a steady reporting and controlling, the networked production of the packaging press guarantees a faster process – from the packaging design up to printing the product.

    Completed by a strong service partner
    The VARIOMAN establishes highest service quality for packaging printing. The worldwide retrievable lifetime service package is part of every VARIOMAN offer. With this, the user gains access to the three manroland web systems service columns: Solutions, Support and Store. The customers benefit from calculable costs and a 24/7 access to the remote maintenance system TeleSupportCenter – over the entire lifecycle of the press. Additionally, an easy and comfortable handling for wear- and spare parts delivery is provided at the online shop manroland web STORE.

    The premiere of the VARIOMAN already lies ahead
    The first system of this new generation will start its production for an international packing printer beginning of 2018. It is designed as a hybrid press with offset and gravure printing units for flexible packaging printing and associated with a life-time service contract that ensures a consistent high performance of the press.
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
    13.04.2017   KarTent and Smurfit Kappa win prestigious global product design award for ground-breaking ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... eco-friendly tent

    KarTent and Smurfit Kappa have been recognised for their innovation in product design at the internationally-renowned Red Dot Awards for a pioneering cardboard tent. Selected over entries from more than 40 countries, the eco-friendly product – the KarTent – sits alongside previous winners including Apple, Dyson, Rolls-Royce and Samsonite.

    KarTent was invented by two young Dutch entrepreneurs who spotted a growing tendency by festival goers to abandon their tents at the end of the event, creating an enormous waste pile of mostly unrecyclable material. As the worldwide leader in paper-based packaging, Smurfit Kappa was able to help the pair turn their vision into reality by creating a 100% cardboard tent that is both eco-friendly and convenient.

    Due to its effective design and use of materials, the cardboard structure is able to absorb up to 400% of its own weight in water and can retain its integrity even in wet conditions, as was proved at some very rainy events last year. It is more energy-efficient in production, emitting just half the amount of carbon dioxide of a traditional tent, and is completely recyclable after use.

    Jan Portheine, co-founder of KarTent, said: “Being passionate about both music and the environment, I wanted to find a way to make the festival experience more eco-friendly. Working with Smurfit Kappa made it possible to achieve an impossible mission - being able to produce such a unique product. We could never have unlocked the full potential of KarTent without Smurfit Kappa’s input and we’re very proud to see our creation recognised by Red Dot.”

    Arco Berkenbosch, Vice President of Innovation and Development, Smurfit Kappa said: “Red Dot recognises the very best in design so we are honoured that this collaboration has won one of their prestigious product awards. It’s a welcome addition to the six Red Dot Communications Design Awards we’re proud to have already won. Finding solutions to complex challenges is an opportunity we relish at Smurfit Kappa and the KarTent is a prime example of how innovation and sustainability can work together to create something truly exceptional. The team in our Van Dam Plant really enjoys working with KarTent on this product.”

    This is the seventh time Smurfit Kappa has been recognised by Red Dot, having won six Communications Design Awards in the last two years. This year’s winner, the KarTent, will be on display at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, amongst a host of other cutting-edge designs.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    13.04.2017   Pro-Gest awards Kemira with a start-up contract at a green field board machine in Mantova, Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira has been awarded a start-up contract at Pro-Gest Mantova in Italy, the only green field containerboard machine in Europe in recent years. Kemira will supply the start-up with all water treatment and wet end chemistries in line with its Total Chemistry Management (TCM) concept. The contract is signed for three years. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the second half of 2017, and the production capacity will be 550,000 tons of high-quality lightweight recycled board.

    "Kemira is proud to have the opportunity to participate in the new Pro-Gest Mantova board machine start-up", says Kimmo Strengell, Marketing Manager, Strength Products, Export Manager, Kemira Pulp & Paper EMEA. "Our TCM model makes chemistry management carefree in all different phases of the mill lifecycle – from start-ups and conversions to day-to-day operations. With our expertise, service capability and broad portfolio of board making chemistries, we are able to support Pro-Gest in reaching the desired quality and productivity targets of the new board grade.”

    “We are convinced that Kemira is the most capable partner for Pro-Gest to handle the chemistry on the board machine during the start-up period”, says Francesco Zago, General Manager and shareholder of Pro-Gest. “The whole team is very excited about the close cooperation in this high capacity and high quality board machine start-up.”

    Pro-Gest is Italy’s leading vertically integrated producer of packaging in corrugated board, active in all fields, from the collection of raw materials to packaging production. It operates in 8 Italian regions with 22 production sites, employing over 1,100 people. In 2016 Pro-Gest generated a consolidated annual turnover of EUR 435 million.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    13.04.2017   KOHLSCHEIN: New product highlights     ( Company news )

    Company news As manufacturer and distributor of high quality paper fibre-based display boards, cardboard specialties, foamboards and other substrates KOHLSCHEIN presents besides proven products such as KROMA, KAPA, DIBOND or FALCONBOARD other novelties at FESPA 2017.

    New: KROMA® Outdoor - a both sides printable display board for temporary outdoor usage.
    The strong kraft board with smooth surfaces & high wet strength is ideal for outside posters and is a recyclable and eco-friendly alternative to synthetic materials. Suitable for offset, screen and direct digital printing, die-cutting and digital cutting. Ex stock available in thicknesses of 0.9 mm (625 gsm) and 1.1 mm (745 gsm) in formats up to 1.400 x 3.000 mm.

    Also new: HYLITE®. The world´s thinnest aluminium composite panel with compact PP-core offers various applications like f.e. creative 3D works, interior design or hinge functions.
    Further properties are digital printability, lightweight & high heat resistance.
    The ultralight composite panel with foamed core is available in thicknesses up to 4.0 mm.

    More innovations & application examples can be experienced at KOHLSCHEIN, hall B7 - booth D63.
    (KOHLSCHEIN GmbH & Co. KG)
    13.04.2017   Together into the future – quality guaranteed    ( Company news )

    Company news After a series of in-depth strategic discussions, the partnership between the Netherlands-based company PolyMX bv and the German company CITO-SYSTEM GmbH has now been sealed. CITO is teaming up with this successful company as a partner. Both companies have been liaising for several years and, as a result of CITO’s heightened focus on materials used for cutting die manufacture and its international distribution network, the common goals on both sides have become increasingly evident – which makes this new partnership a logical move. Over the past few years, POLYMX has grown to become the quality leader in ejection material for both rotary and flatbed diecutting. CITO is well-known in the industry as an exceptionally innovative company.

    Based in northern Bavaria, CITO enjoys a reputation as one of the world market leaders in creasing and diecutting technology. POLYMX products are highly regarded by leading processors of cardboard and corrugated board due to the company’s position as global quality leader. This collaboration will therefore open up new opportunities for further optimization of the processes involved within packaging production. CITO clearly affirms that POLYMX will remain an independent company. Its production site in the Netherlands will very quickly undergo further expansion to provide another boost to its production capacity. During the first few months of 2017, POLYMX sales have already risen by approx. 35 %.

    Joining forces will create a strong partnership from which the whole industry will benefit. CITO takes its R&D work very seriously and has made innovative research a top priority for many years, ploughing 10 % of its turnover back into R&D. Their exceptionally well-equipped research and quality laboratory located in Schwaig bei Nürnberg and their newly-opened DFG CENTER allow them to carry out their practical development work.

    Jürgen Mariën, CEO of the CITO GROUP, said: “We have so many ideas on ways to optimize the diecutting process – and ejection material is a key factor here. I am delighted that we have been successful in forming a partnership with POLYMX because it gives us the opportunity to put our joint ideas into practice by working together with a manufacturer.” The type of ejection materials used has a significant impact on the productivity of rotary and flatbed dies. So far, there have been hardly any products developed specifically for this process – in fact, the materials used are more or less “waste products” from other industries.

    Any specialist in the industry today will know that these two techniques have fundamentally different physical requirements. Oliver Kellermann, R&D Director at CITO, said: “We have already come a long way with our analysis. I think it’s brilliant that we can now cooperate directly with our partner POLYMX.” The POLYMX/CITO partnership is an ideal win-win situation. Both sides can contribute their respective know-how, but the real winners are the cardboard and corrugated board processors who are gaining a strong, new partner with whom they can continue optimizing their processes.

    POLYMX MD, Cees van Golverdingen, added: “Thanks to CITO’s worldwide sales network, POLYMX is able to focus again at the production of high quality polyurethane products. This ensures and continues the success of POLYMX. In the future we will concentrate on improvements to our existing products, innovations that provide added value to the diecutting industry and other synergy effects resulting from this cooperation.” As of now, the same slogan “partner for success” applies to POLYMX and CITO, too.
    13.04.2017   A Valmet supplied demonstration scale plant for second generation sugar extraction ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... officially opened at Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa

    In 2016 Sappi and Valmet agreed on a joint development project to deliver a demonstration plant to Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa in order to explore and optimize the extraction of biorenewable chemicals.

    Photo: The opening ceremonies of the second generation sugar extraction demonstration plant were conducted by Sappi and Valmet representatives at the Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa

    The demonstration plant was officially opened on April 5, 2017. Guests from all over the world participated in the opening ceremony which included speeches from Sappi and Valmet management representatives.

    The event was opened by Alex Thiel, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Southern Africa and followed by SW Engelbrecht, General Manager Sappi Ngodwana Mill, who gave a mill perspective. Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President Pulp and Energy, Valmet, highlighted the good cooperation between Sappi and Valmet and finally Luis Kruyshaar, leader of Sappi Biotech division, introduced the biotechnology concept.

    "The plant continues Sappi's strategic move into the biomaterials and bio-energy business fields to extract more value from the production processes and in response to the global demand for renewable materials with a lower carbon footprint," commented Andrea Rossi, Group Head Technology from Sappi.

    "The development of solutions to replace fossil materials with renewable ones and to produce new high-value end products is one of Valmet's research and development focus areas. This project is a concrete example of new opportunities. By working together, we have been able to combine Valmet's leading technology knowledge with Sappi's process and market insight," said Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy from Valmet.

    "New revenue opportunities include possibilities to extract biobased materials from the cooking plant such as hemicellulose sugars and lignin for beneficiation to higher value biochemicals. The products under development will expand Sappi's renewable biomaterials offering which include nanocellulose, biocomposites and lignosulphonate," said Louis Kruyshaar, leader of the new Sappi Biotech division.

    The plant is close to industrial size and makes it possible to study the next generation dissolving cooking process and test new ideas in mill scale.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    12.04.2017   Speciality Cellulose: Ice Bear capacity expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Borregaard will invest NOK 115 million in increased capacity for Ice Bear products in Speciality Cellulose. This investment will be finalised in the second half of 2018, and will bring Borregaard's Ice Bear capacity to approximately 60,000 tonnes.

    The Ice Bear project is Borregaard's main initiative to drive further specialisation by developing new "niches within the niches" products as well as solidifying existing market positions within speciality cellulose.

    The initial Ice Bear investment has proven that Borregaard's technology will enable the company to deliver world class quality into segments with the strictest quality requirements. The new investment enables a more optimal production process in addition to the increased capacity.

    The ramp-up of the Ice Bear production will be based on market demand. The volume potential for Borregaard is, as previously communicated, estimated to be around 20-30,000 tonnes per year by end of 2018.
    (Borregaard ChemCell)
    12.04.2017   Kodak announces strategic decision to retain PROSPER inkjet business    ( Company news )

    Company news Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: KODK) announced it will retain its PROSPER inkjet business. The decision was made following in-depth management review of business operations and multiple discussions with prospective buyers. “This is a pragmatic decision given the improvements in the business and the offers received,” said Jeff Clarke, Kodak Chief Executive Officer. “PROSPER performed well in 2016 with a 40 percent increase in annuity sales for the full year. We expect our Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division (EISD) to be profitable this year, including our next-generation ULTRASTREAM investment.”

    Kodak will continue to invest in its ULTRASTREAM program and has entered into letters of intent with partners which will create new applications that drive market demand for the technology. Kodak will begin delivering ULTRASTREAM evaluation kits to 17 companies, including Fuji Kikai, GOSS China, Matti, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery (MHI-PPM) and Uteco, to explore the integration of ULTRASTREAM into their future printing solutions. Kodak expects products built on ULTRASTREAM technology to go to market in 2019.

    “Kodak will continue to evaluate and act on opportunities to improve shareholder value through acquisitions, partnerships, and sales of businesses within its portfolio,” said Clarke. ” The sale process for PROSPER which we conducted over the past year was robust,” said David Bullwinkle, Kodak Chief Financial Officer. “We hired Sagent Advisors, which solicited interest from global organizations. Strong interest in the business and technology existed throughout the process. While we had multiple offers, the range of consideration did not reflect the value of the business today.”

    Kodak will recast financial results to reclassify PROSPER into continuing operations of the company within the Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division. Kodak has been accounting for PROSPER in discontinued operations as an asset available for sale and will provide an update of this reclassification on its next quarterly earnings call.
    (Eastman Kodak Company)
    12.04.2017   Xerium to Present Energy Saving Roll Technology at the Tissue World Conference in Milan, Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, announced today that Mr. Philipp Salmannshofer, Press Optimization & Application Manager - EMEA, will present a technical paper titled “Energy Savings from Advances in Tissue Suction Pressure Roll Venting” at Tissue World Milan on April 12, 2017.

    Mr. Salmannshofer’s paper will focus on Xerium’s innovative and recently patented roll cover venting technology called EnerVentTM. This new roll cover is enabling tissuemakers to significantly reduce energy consumption while optimizing productions costs and enhancing end-product quality.

    Mr. Salmannshofer has held a number of Application Engineering positions during his more than 10 years at Huyck.Wangner / Xerium in both press felt and roll cover applications.

    With an extensive background in press optimization, Mr. Salmannshofer is skilled in analyzing conditions and identifying opportunities for improved performance. Utilizing proprietary systems to simulate machine operation, Mr. Salmannshofer can evaluate machine configurations and production variables to quickly understand how to maximize performance and achieve the greatest potential for improved quality, machine speeds, and reduced operating costs.

    During his session, Mr. Salmannshofer will review several case studies highlighting this new technology.

    “As global tissuemakers face increasing demands for higher efficiency, improved tissue sheet quality, and reduced energy consumption, our engineering team responded by developing the highly successful EnerVent concept to help them achieve their goals,” said Bill Butterfield, the Company’s EVP & CTO.

    “Speeds continue to increase as do the requirements for roll covers and machine clothing to handle the high water loads on modern tissue machines. Our customers have been very pleased to experience a new-concept roll cover technology that is performing at a very high level on these very demanding positions. Unlike conventional covers, EnerVent is uniquely engineered with various combinations of drilled and grooved patterns that prevent problematic degradation of performance during the cover’s running life,” said Butterfield.

    The presentation will not only highlight EnerVent technology, but also Xerium’s unique RezolveTM machine simulation system. Rezolve combines sophisticated predictive analysis with real-time process monitoring to provide tissuemakers with innovative decision-making tools to significantly enhance machine performance while minimizing downtime and cost-per-ton.

    “The Rezolve system utilizes hundreds of variables on a paper machine to develop fact-based technical recommendations on clothing and roll cover technology, rather than relying merely on subjective opinions. Ultimately, our technologies create customized solutions for each machine, delivering documented improved machine performance, while also supporting sustainability and reductions in energy, fiber and specialty chemicals,” said Butterfield.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)

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