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Pekka Rouhiainen appointed Director, Investor Relations, at Valmet

Pekka Rouhiainen appointed Director, Investor Relations, at Valmet  (Company news)

Pekka Rouhiainen (photo), M.Sc. (Econ), has been appointed Director, Investor Relations, at Valmet as of 1 September 2019. He will be based in Espoo, Finland, and will report to Kari Saarinen, CFO at Valmet.

For the past few years Rouhiainen has been employed as Investor Relations Director at Cargotec Corporation. He has previous investor relations experience from Sanoma Corporation and has worked as an equity analyst before joining Sanoma.

“We look forward to having Pekka on board as he will be a great addition to our internationally acknowledged Investor Relations team. He has versatile background for the position and understanding of modern, global investor relations. With Pekka's input and experience I'm sure our investor relations will continue improving further,” says Saarinen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Pharmaceutical box with integrated bulkheads

Pharmaceutical box with integrated bulkheads  (Company news)

Practical solid board solution for arranging, protecting and fixing the content inside the box.

Challenge: Customer wanted to keep the facing (dimensions) of specific product
Pharma customer has a line of Probiotics, available on the market in hard capsules. They launched new formula in liquid form. New formula is available in small bottle. New contents of the package are small glass bottle with relevant instructions. Optimal size of the secondary cardboard packaging would be much smaller box, but customer want to keep the facing with the line available in hard capsules, because the product is recognizable on the market. Because of that, the first solution is to adjust the current packaging in a way to fix and protect the small bottle into the box with the same dimensions. It is not an optimal solution and we want to make it better in the future – together with our customer.

Pharma industry was lagging in sustainability in the past, but it started to be aware of the huge importance of it. Pharma companies started to catch up in sustainability and are searching more and more for sustainability solutions, such us to optimize the packaging, make lass waste. Maximize energy efficiency, measure the carbon footprint etc. This is very encouraging and gives us a lot of potential in helping our customers to search and develop sustainable solutions.

The small bottle should be well protected and fixed inside the box.

Solution: Make a box with integrated bulkheads
The offset printed box is made from one piece. It is quite demanding for gluing but easy to form and fill, it protects the content, keep it well organized and easy to take out of the box.

-Customer was able to keep the facing
-Box with demanding bulkhead is easy to form and fill
-Content in fixed, organized and protected
-An open path for better solution in the future, to find a way how to optimize the packaging but still manage to keep the product recognizable on the market
(DS Smith Plc)

Södra posts a strong result in a declining market

Södra posts a strong result in a declining market  (Company news)

Södra’s operating profit for the first half-year totalled SEK 2,009 million, compared with SEK 2,257 million in the year-earlier period. Return on capital employed was 19 percent, which surpassed Södra’s target of 10 percent. Net sales for the second quarter of 2019 amounted to SEK 6,199 million (6,626), and operating profit totalled SEK 861 million (1,318). All production facilities delivered favourable results and, as planned, CLT production commenced in May.

“The favourable forest economy of recent years is about to subside in line with the slowdown in global economic growth. Nevertheless, Södra performed well in the second quarter. However, the economic slowdown will lead to a lower quarterly result for the second half-year compared with the year-earlier period,” said Lars Idermark (photo), President and CEO. “All business areas delivered favourable results. As expected, prices for the company’s core products – market pulp and sawn timber – were revised downwards, but remained at high levels during the quarter.”

“Södra is following its strategy for sustained profitable growth with a focus on increased processing. In the Södra Wood business area, CLT production commenced in May and investments in a large production facility are under way. The green biomethanol venture at Mönsterås is also making good progress and production start-up is planned for late autumn. Increased timber construction and the use of liquid biofuels are key components of a growing bioeconomy. Forests have a key role to play here,” said Lars Idermark.

In the second quarter of 2019, consolidated net sales declined six percent to SEK 6,199 million, with operating profit of SEK 861 million (1,318). The operating margin was 14 percent (20).

Sales for the first half-year amounted to SEK 12,517 million (12,343), up by just over 1 percent, with operating profit of SEK 2,009 million (2,257). The operating margin was 16 percent (18). Return on capital employed was 19 percent (26) and the equity ratio remained strong at 58 percent.
In the Södra Skog business area, operating profit totalled SEK 79 million (49) for the period. The result was positively impacted by both higher volumes and improved margins.

“In Södra Skog, tackling the severe spruce bark beetle outbreak required targeted measures, and despite the extensive damage, the situation was easier to handle than expected,” said Lars Idermark.

In the Södra Wood business area, operating profit for the period totalled SEK 118 million (210), reflecting the lower price formation for sawn timber. Sales for the quarter amounted to SEK 1,592 million (1,515). The investment in CLT production is progressing as planned. Increased processing is the next stage of the strategy for Södra Wood and constitutes a component of strengthening long-term profitability.

In the Södra Cell business area, operating profit for the period totalled SEK 753 million (1,196). The earnings trend was attributable to a declining market with lower price levels, but a continued favourable USD exchange rate. Sales for the quarter amounted to SEK 3,250 million (3,603), corresponding to an operating margin of 23 percent (33).
(Södra Cell AB)

Contiweb Builds Thallo Demo System

Contiweb Builds Thallo Demo System  (Company news)

Picture: Contiweb is building a Thallo demo system to meet the growing global interest in web offset for flexible packaging

Contiweb is constructing a Thallo demo system to meet the mounting global interest in web offset printing for flexible packaging. The Contiweb Thallo is a hybrid web offset printing system that exceeds international standards in high quality, sustainable production of film, foil, paper and board based label, packaging and security print applications.

According to Jan Willem Nota, Technical Sales Manager at Contiweb, packaging converters continue to face several key challenges, namely an ever-present squeezing of profit margins at the hands of short run lengths, together with environmental legislation aimed at reducing their carbon footprint.

Engineered to produce short runs
”Web offset printing provides a viable solution to overcome these pain points,” he explains. “With the capability to set-up a new job within minutes, the Contiweb Thallo dramatically slashes time-consuming changeovers and is engineered to produce short runs quickly and profitably. Beyond this, the solvent-free inks ensure that the print provider’s carbon footprint is kept to a minimum.”

Prospects can conduct their own tests or trial runs
Comprising seven UV offset units and one flexo unit for solvent- or water-based and UV inks, the demo system will be the first of its kind to be manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Boxmeer, the Netherlands.

“We want to ensure that prospects can conduct their own tests or trial runs to assess the speed and print quality achievable with the Thallo,” adds Nota. “We are confident that they will appreciate the multitude of business benefits, not least of which is the ability to increase throughput and exceed customer expectations with shorter job turnaround times.”
(Contiweb B.V.)

TRESU presents expanded chamber doctor blade and strengthened customer care ...

TRESU presents expanded chamber doctor blade and strengthened customer care ...  (Company news)

... programmes, plus retrofittable narrow-web flexo units at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Picture: TRESU D3P Chamber Doctor Blade

At Labelexpo Europe 2019, flexo equipment and machine manufacturer TRESU Group (stand 7D53) presents an expanded range of chamber doctor blades and supply systems for automating ink flow in label and package printing. The company will also provide information about its strengthened Customer Care programme that helps flexo printers to maximise machine time, and customised retrofittable flexo units for integration with narrow-web coating and printing lines.

TRESU chamber doctor blade systems, in widths from 185mm to 6000mm, feature patented rubber seals, controlling pressure while preventing leakage and air contamination - enabling clean blister-free print with fast drying characteristics and improved gloss values at faster print speeds. Chambers are available in carbon fibre form, featuring light weight and optimum corrosion resistance, while ceramic and aluminium alternatives are also available for various applications.

The TRESU FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber, for widths up to 800mm wide, includes an optimised reservoir, needing no connected pump. Ink may be added without press stoppages.

Also exhibited will be TRESU’s new carbon fibre D3P chamber for paperboard and flexible packaging flexo applications. The chamber provides clean doctoring when working with anilox roll diameters that are common with these applications, and features a smooth ink-repellent internal surface. These features enable controlled ink flow and thus consistent quality prints, at speeds of up to 800m/min.

Made with a single component and featuring a pneumatic fast blade-change clamping system, the D3P offers superior strength to withstand high printing speeds, and significantly lighter weights than aluminium alternatives, resulting in easier handling, contributing to faster setup times.

TRESU supply systems automatically control flow, pressure level and colour density, to provide consistent print quality without air contamination, and thorough, fast, simultaneous chamber-cleaning. As part of the automatic cleaning, a high proportion of the unused ink can be returned to the bucket, resulting in significant long-term ink savings. The chambers can be retrofitted as an upgrade of existing equipment. TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, maintaining constant ink density values. It performs automatic ink changes, including chamber cleaning, and ink returns, in minutes, saving significantly on time and materials.

Furthermore, TRESU strengthens its Customer Care programme that provides ancillary and machine customers with a comprehensive, ongoing support package to maximise machine uptime and assure consistent quality. Services provided include 24/7 support, machine and equipment upgrades, life cycle management, proactive diagnostics to boost performance, and a fast supply of consumable products and spare parts, optionally through an enhanced webshop.

There will also be information about TRESU’s high performing printing machines and retrofittable solutions for virtually any application, such as printing, coating and gluing units along with hot-air dryers for existing machines.

Henrik Kristensen, vice-president, TRESU Ancillary and Customer Care, comments: “Faster delivery times, customisation and stringent quality standards are now the norm in label and packaging supply chains. TRESU’s programme of ancillary and retrofittable flexo systems, backed up with comprehensive global customer care, provides the flexo printer with a firm basis for automating processes, reducing setup times, eliminating waste and assuring predictable, repeatable results. Visitors to Labelexpo are advised to schedule an appointment at the show to discover how this offering can be customised to optimise value for their business.”
(Tresu A/S)

BillerudKorsnäs Interim Report January – June 2019: Solid underlying result

BillerudKorsnäs Interim Report January – June 2019: Solid underlying result  (Company news)

-Strong sales performance
-Continued high fibre costs
-Ramp-up of KM7 proceeding according to plan
-Divestment of a majority share of Bergvik Skog Öst, to be completed in the third quarter

-Net sales were up by 7% to SEK 6 293 million (5 898) as a result of positive currency effects, higher sales volumes and increased sales prices.
-Adjusted EBITDA* was SEK 539 million (671), impacted by higher costs for raw materials and start-up effects for KM7.
-Operating profit was SEK 194 million (-174).
-Net profit was SEK 182 million (-133).
-Earnings per share amounted to SEK 0.88 (-0.64).

-Market conditions expected to remain good for liquid packaging board and cartonboard.
-Weaker market conditions for some segments.
-Increased price pressure expected.
-Total cost for fibre is expected to flatten out at the current high level.

COMMENTS BY CEO Petra Einarson (photo):
“We deliver a solid result despite continued high fibre costs and start-up effects for KM7”

High demand for sustainable packaging solutions continued to drive growth. Net sales in the second quarter improved by 7%, positively affected by currency, higher sales volumes and price increases. We deliver a solid result despite continued high fibre costs as well as start-up effects for KM7 of approximately SEK 190 million.

Production availability has been satisfactory during the quarter and sales volumes were up compared to same period last year. Operational efficiency is improving, supported by our production excellence programme and group-wide safety initiative, but lost production volumes have affected us during the first half of the year.

The ramp-up of the new board machine KM7 at Gruvön is proceeding as planned. During the second quarter we delivered on important milestones and since the end of June the machine is producing liner for customers. The next step will be to introduce coated material, and in October we aim to have certification material sent to customers. For the full year we estimate the negative start-up effects for KM7 on EBITDA to total SEK 500 million.

As communicated, we will divest a majority share of Bergvik Skog Öst to the pension company AMF and have agreed on a 15-year long agreement regarding the supply of wood corresponding to approximately one tenth of our total wood supply. We have thereby secured a long-term, competitive and stable wood supply from this forestland. The transaction is planned to be completed on 30 August and will result in a positive cash effect of around SEK 7.9 billion. The balance sheet will thereby be substantially strengthened, enabling investments and acquisitions for a continued profitable growth.

BillerudKorsnäs’ market position and know-how offers fantastic opportunities to grow within packaging solutions. We are investing in innovation of new products and believe that the fastest way to market is through collaboration. An example of our way of working is the joint venture that we have formed with ALPLA, where we share the joint vision to develop a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle in the near future. Carlsberg and Absolut have already signed up to take part in the commercialisation of the paper bottle.

Long-term demand for fibre-based packaging is being driven by the mega trends of urbanisation, digitalisation, globalisation and sustainability. Country by country, decisions are being taken to reduce the use and litter of plastic. In Europe, our largest market, the EU has adopted a directive on single-use plastics which constitutes a great opportunity for us to replace plastic packaging in many applications and contribute to a more sustainable consumer behaviour.

For the third quarter we expect the market conditions for our liquid packaging board segment, constituting around one third of our sales, to remain good and within this segment we have secured a number of long-term contracts. However, uncertainty in the containerboard market has increased somewhat and we expect weaker market conditions and increased price pressure for some of our smaller segments. To mitigate the effects and safeguard our results we will continue to focus on growth in areas where we are strong and to continue our programmes for operational efficiency and cost savings. The total cost of fibre is expected to flatten out at the current high level in the second half of the year.

BillerudKorsnäs is well positioned to capture customer demand for innovative and sustainable packaging. Our strategy is based on profitable growth by challenging conventional packaging. We will continue to focus on a successful ramp-up of KM7, safety, production stability, efficiency improvements and innovation.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))



The team behind KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions invite pre-press specialists, printers and brands to join them in Transforming Flexo Together

This September in Brussels, Miraclon – the new home of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions – is ready to welcome visitors for the first time as an independent company at a major international trade fair. At Booth 4B61, designed to reflect the company’s innovative vitality and new-found agility, the Miraclon team will demonstrate their commitment to driving the transformation of flexographic printing forward with continued innovation and collaboration.

The official European launch of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution will provide plate makers with another way of producing a high-performance KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate. Delivering the same on-press benefits as the flagship KODAK FLEXCEL NXH Plate, the ground-breaking FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution offers solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based processing that allows printers to create a press-ready plate in less than an hour. Enabled by patented KODAK Ultra Clean technology, developed by the Miraclon team, the FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution is the first aqueous solution that provides consistent, high-performing flexo plates in a high volume, low maintenance environment.

“The technology is truly innovative,” commented Hal McLenon, Product Marketing Director at Miraclon, “and it’s been extremely rewarding to see how fast our beta sites have converted print production from their incumbent thermally-processed plates to FLEXCEL NX Ultra Plates. We’re excited to have it on the show floor and ready to provide printers in Europe with another option for achieving the outstanding print performance for which FLEXCEL NX Plates have become well known.”

Transforming Flexo Together
Driven by a collective goal to expanding the reach of flexo, visitors to the booth will also learn how Miraclon is teaming up with users and industry partners to leverage KODAK FLEXCEL NX technology as a key enabler for industry change. Examples of customer-led innovation provide evidence of more efficient print production workflows and sustainable solutions that position flexo as a truly viable alternative to gravure and offset production for even the most demanding print buyers.

“As a global player that is totally focused on the future of flexo, we’re looking forward to sharing our vision and presenting our innovative KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions at Labelexpo Europe,” says Miraclon CEO Chris Payne. “Most importantly, though, we see Labelexpo as an invaluable opportunity to listen and learn. Our work is all about relationships. Only by collaborating closely with our customers every step of the way, can we predict the challenges they’ll face and create the solutions they need to resolve them. Our job is to continually challenge ourselves by asking ‘What’s Next?’”
(Miraclon Corporation)




Plastic waste in the environment, especially in oceans, is a serious global challenge. Together with around 40 companies, the Metzingen-based protective packaging specialist has set itself the goal of eliminating the entry of plastic waste into the environment and eliminating the plastic already present in the environment. The international Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) was founded in January of this year and has already committed to funds of around one billion US dollars. Within the next five years, a total of at least 1.5 billion dollars will be made available for various projects.

"Plastic waste does not belong in the environment but into orderly recycling circuits. This is why we are joining the Alliance with the greatest conviction and in order to make a contribution," says Hermann Reichenecker, Chairman of the Management Board of Storopack.

Measures planned by the Alliance
AEPW concentrates on a four-part strategy with solution-oriented projects. One of the focal points is the development of the necessary infrastructure. Cities and regions particularly affected by plastic waste are to be supported in the development of a waste disposal infrastructure. Investments will also be made in new technologies for recycling processes and the recovery of plastics. Innovative solutions for recycling of packaging are to be created and a closed-loop economy to be made possible. Part of the budget will also be used to raise awareness among the affected population. The aim is to inform consumers about recycling processes and to create awareness. A special focus is also placed on the disposal of the already accumulated plastic in oceans and rivers, as there is a particularly high need for action here.

The non-profit global initiative encompasses international corporations along the entire plastics value chain, which includes raw material suppliers, chemical companies, plastics producers, consumer goods manufacturers and recycling companies from all over the world. The Alliance also works with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). In the future, cooperation will also extend to governments, non-governmental organizations and investor groups.
(Storopack Deutschland GmbH + Co. KG)

Koehler appears at LabelExpo

Koehler appears at LabelExpo  (Company news)

Innovative products at LabelExpo from September 24 - 27 in Brussels. The world market leader in thermal paper presents its full portfolio.

LabelExpo is the largest trade fair for label and packaging printing in the world – and it wouldn't be complete without the leading manufacturer of thermal paper. Right in line with the commissioning of Koehler's brand new paper and coating machine at its Kehl location, the company will be presenting at this year's LabelExpo in Brussels from September 24 to 27, 2019. Koehler will be in Hall 6 at booth 6A55.

New opportunities for the thermal paper sector
"LabelExpo offers an excellent opportunity to present our portfolio of thermal paper solutions," says Willy Früh, Director Thermal Paper Division at the Koehler Paper Group. Fitting the event, the focus will be on label applications, an area where Koehler intends to further strengthen its position.

For Koehler, the new paper and coating machine at its Kehl location is a stepping stone into the flexible packaging market. At the same time, it opens up a wide range of possibilities for thermal paper in label applications, including topcoat. Koehler has invested 300 million euros in this project and is taking further steps towards achieving its corporate goals of innovation and sustainability.

In the area of thermal paper as well, Koehler's ongoing innovative developments ensure that it will always offer its customers the best solutions for labels and POS applications. "Our constant goal is ensuring that we can meet this standard," says Früh.
(Koehler Holding GmbH)

UPM steps to a digital transformation journey with suppliers

UPM steps to a digital transformation journey with suppliers  (Company news)

UPM is digitalising procurement processes by creating a collaborative ecosystem with its suppliers. Processes, such as demand planning, tendering, contracting and purchase transactions, will be simplified and automated by taking into use SAP Ariba solution.

"I'm excited to invite our suppliers to this joint journey towards a future with efficient and easy collaboration which adds value not only to UPM and its suppliers but also to other stakeholders", Ilkka Nurmi, Senior Vice President, UPM Sourcing says. "This project with SAP Ariba means not only investing in a new technology but also investing in the skills of our employees. Going forward, transacting through Ariba Network will be the standard way of doing business with UPM", Nurmi continues.

UPM is a recognised industry leader in responsibility. By adopting the latest technology in managing supply chain transparency and risks proactively, the company continues to set the new gear in achieving sustainable and compliant supply also in the future.

SEK 8.8 million to research projects

SEK 8.8 million to research projects  (Company news)

The Södra Research Foundation has decided to grant an additional SEK 8.8 million to 12 research projects linked to forestry and the forest industry.

The funding was awarded to projects including process development in the pulp industry, recycling textiles and controlling pulpwood flows.

“The linear life cycle for textiles needs to become circular, but the lack of recycling technologies is a major problem. One of the projects that has received funding will further develop a process to recycle mixed textiles that is compatible with today’s Swedish forest industry, which will be of interest to both our industry and the textile industry,” said Catrin Gustavsson, Senior Vice President Innovation and New Business at Södra.

Several forest-related projects were awarded funding, for example studying genetic gains, Douglas fir, damage to pine and better swarming forecasts for spruce bark beetles.

“There is a desire to increase the share of pine in young forests, not least given climate change. However, we can see increasing problems with disturbance of growth in regeneration stands of pine, which is causing concern about the initiative. The Foundation’s funding for a research project that aims to clarify the cause-effect relationship will hopefully guide us in how we can address these problems,” said Göran Örlander, Forestry Strategist and Chairman of the Research Foundation.

In conjunction with this autumn’s call for proposals, research into the “efficient utilisation of resources” in the forest industry is particularly welcomed. The call for proposals concerns both core forest industry products and by-products.

“The efficient use of wood raw material, by-products from harvesting, energy, water and chemicals keeps costs down and improves profitability. At the same time, it also benefits society, businesses and individuals by minimising environmental and climate-change impacts,” said Göran Örlander.
(Södra Cell AB)

Codimag unveils productivity enhancements and software integration solution for ...

Codimag unveils productivity enhancements and software integration solution for ...  (Company news)

... VIVA Aniflo label press range at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Label press manufacturer Codimag (stand 11C10) unveils productivity, performance and software integration advances for its VIVA Aniflo printing press programme, with live demonstrations and opportunities for private trials.

Codimag’s Aniflo technology, using waterless offset plates and inks supplied by an anilox roll inking system, combines outstianding quality with short setup times, minimum manual input, an extended colur gamut, and a fully digital prepress workflow. It is providing a competitive solution for wine labels as well as food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and household chemical labels in short and medium production runs.

Codimag offers three Aniflo presses: the VIVA 340 Evolution press is a stand-alone option suitable for printers with offline finishing capabilities. The VIVA 340 and VIVA 420 presses offer the same features and capabilities in 340mm and 420mm widths and are configured with inline finishing options that can include hot-foil, flatbed foil, fluted foil, photopolymer embossing, flexo varnishing, lamination, screen printing and die-cutting.

At the show, Codimag unveils its enhanced 420mm-wide Viva 420 Aniflo press with advances in productivity. Features include a new web motion system and maximum speeds of 85m/min, with inline finishing. There will be live demos throughout each show day in several languages.
Codimag renews its Aniflolive experience at the show, inviting customers to print their own job immediately on the press and experience the simplicity, speed and quality of the complete Aniflo process – from the PDF file, through the prepress workflow to extended gamut label printing - at first hand.

An integrated digital workflow between the pre press and the press will also be revealed. This Industry 4.0 development, provides a data connection between ERP and management information software, the prepress software and the press, digitalizing the process and further reducing manual input.

Codimag welcomes visitors to its booth with the company’s new ambassador, Annie Lox, at the entrance.

Japan Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd. acquires Premier Paper Group

Japan Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd. acquires Premier Paper Group  (Company news)

The beneficial interest in the entire share capital of RADMS Paper Limited, the holding company that owns the Premier Paper Group, has been acquired by Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited on 5th July 2019

Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited (JPP) is a $5bn turnover global company which employs 3,900 people across a number of diverse sectors such as; property, ICT systems, renewable energy, recycling, paper manufacturing (mainly tissue and packaging papers) and paper distribution. With operations in North America, Central America, Asia, Middle East, Australasia and Europe; JPP is a business operating in many diverse sectors but with paper at its core. It is best known in the UK for its publishing merchant Gould Paper Sales.

Premier Paper Managing Director Dave Allen states “Premier Paper is one of the most successful paper merchants in Europe, and for some time the board of directors has been searching for a partner that can help the Company build on our current success and achieve our full development potential. Our strategy of diversifying into parallel market sectors, such as display and packaging, whilst maintaining our position in the core coated and uncoated sector, will continue. We believe that being part of JPP will help us achieve our business growth objectives and continue to provide a wide choice of products and a first class level of service to customers across the UK. This in turn will ensure that Premier Paper continues to prosper, providing a secure future for the Company and all employees. “

The existing Premier Paper management team remains in place and is fully engaged in this new and exciting phase of the Company’s development as part of the JPP organisation.
(Premier Paper Group)

Mondi Štětí: Czech Republic’s largest paper mill celebrates 70 years of ...

Mondi Štětí: Czech Republic’s largest paper mill celebrates 70 years of ...  (Company news)

... successful paper-making

The art of making paper has a long tradition in the Czech Republic with the first paper mill dating back to the middle ages. Today Mondi Štětí is proud to be the country’s leading paper mill in terms of size of the mill, production rates, and environmental responsibility.

From sugar refinery to a leading paper mill
But how did it all start? After the Second World War, packaging paper reserves were all but depleted. The need for a new paper mill led project planners to a small town on the right bank of the Elbe river, Štětí, where a sugar refinery had recently ceased operation. A paper mill was founded in its place in 1949 under the trade name “Národní podnik Severočeské papírny” (National North Bohemian paper mill). Three years later manufacturing commenced and the very first reel of paper emerged from the production line. In the coming decades, the site developed into largest paper mill in what was then Czechoslovakia.

Growing under the Mondi brand
After the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and further democratisation of the country, the vast majority of companies were privatised. After several periods of short private ownership, the mill finally landed in the hands of Mondi Group in 2000. Ever since Mondi has continued the paper manufacturing tradition, investing in the mill and its people, and sharing expertise from its global network to take the mill from strength to strength. Mondi has become a respected patron of the region, providing attractive permanent jobs for around 850 people and contributing to the local economy.

Since joining the Mondi Group, the mill has undergone significant investments and improvements, increasing production by 50%, enhancing the product mix, and reducing its environmental footprint including now being 100% electricity self-sufficient.
(Mondi Štetí a.s.)

European pulp and paper industry creates 2,000 more jobs in 2018

European pulp and paper industry creates 2,000 more jobs in 2018  (Company news)

In 2018, CEPI members produced 92.2 million tonnes of paper and board, keeping the same level of production than in 2017, and benefiting from a healthy economic environment.

Our 2018 data confirms the longstanding trend of increased production in packaging, hygiene and speciality paper sectors while graphic paper continues to decline, following the demand reduction.

For the first time since 1990s, the sector opened 9 new mills and created 2,000 more jobs with a total increased turnover of +3%.

CO2 emissions from operations are steadily going down while the production of paper and board remained stable which illustrates the significant industry investments in decarbonisation technologies and increased energy efficiency. We have demonstrated how the industry is actively taking responsibility in reducing its carbon emissions, as well as playing a leading role in providing bio-based alternatives to carbon-intensive products in our REINVEST 2050 project.

Exports of paper and board products are growing, especially to North America, with 20.6 million tonnes in total, +1.1% compared to 2017 and imports are going up by 3.3%. Europe remains a net exporter and the number one exporting area in the world.

Our commitment to the circular economy remains stronger than ever with paper for recycling utilisation on the rise, i.e. the volumes recycled in European mills for reprocessing, keeping the fibres longer in the loop.

However, the 2018 recycling rate, i.e. proportion of the paper and board consumption that has been recycled, is slightly down from 72.4% to 71.6% due to trade flows, namely a significant export erosion of paper for recycling (-6.1%).

“Our 2018 Key Statistic report demonstrates once again that our industry is fast-transforming, creating jobs and believing in its capacity to grow in Europe putting into practice a true circular bioeconomy model ” said Jori Ringman, CEPI Director General.
(CEPI aisbl)

Mondi agrees to sell Belcoat extrusion coatings plant in Belgium

Mondi agrees to sell Belcoat extrusion coatings plant in Belgium  (Company news)

Mondi Group has agreed to sell an extrusion coatings plant (‘Belcoat’) in Duffel, Belgium to Walki Group Oy (“Walki”).

Belcoat produces highly specialised extrusion coated products serving customers across protective clothing, imaging, automotive and other speciality products markets.

Mondi’s remaining extrusion coatings plants in Europe are primarily focused on consumer and other selected applications.

The transaction remains subject to competition clearance and other customary closing conditions and it is expected to complete in the second half of 2019.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

Mimaki Hybrid Printer Demonstration at ITMA 2019 Emphasises Accessibility of Textile Printing

Mimaki Hybrid Printer Demonstration at ITMA 2019 Emphasises Accessibility of Textile Printing  (Company news)

An evolution of the Mimaki TX300P-1800, this new hybrid printer will enable textile and garment manufacturers unparalleled flexibility and enhanced application opportunities.

-New hybrid printer enables direct-to-textile or direct-to-transfer printing on entry-level printer.
-Flexibility of press enables smaller print service providers to broaden applications and enter new markets.

Mimaki Engineering
, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, demonstrated the first global technology of a brand-new hybrid digital textile printer from the TX300P series at ITMA 2019 (Barcelona, Spain, 20-26 June, Booth B110, Hall 3). Uniquely featuring both direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer print capabilities, the new printer achieves unparalleled flexibility in ink combinations and substrates – opening new profitable opportunities for businesses.

The new printer is an evolution of the Mimaki TX300P-1800, with the added capability of printing direct-to-transfer. Crucially, print service providers will benefit from enhanced versatility in terms of fabrics, applications and targeted markets. This affords smaller print service providers with an opportunity to provide a full range of textile printing applications with just one system. Aligned with Mimaki’s Total Solution Provider approach, the printer is compatible with Mimaki’s full range of pre-treating, steaming and washing equipment.

“The textile market is still relatively early-on in the adoption of digital printers, with most textiles being printed in the conventional way and a lot of large players dominating the market. With this new hybrid printer, Mimaki has provided an affordable solution that lowers the barriers to entry for smaller print providers,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA. “For larger volume production houses, the printer is valuable for smaller runs and the myriad of benefits digital production provides.”

Interchangeable platens enable the hybrid nature of the printer. When printing direct-to-textile, excess ink that penetrates through the fabric is drained by a platen with an ink-receiving ditch. This can quickly be swapped out for a vacuum platen, suitable for printing onto heat transfer paper. The printer can also be configured with three different ink combinations, comprising textile pigment/direct sublimation, or textile pigment/sublimation transfer, or direct sublimation/sublimation transfer. This means more versatility and more possibilities, making it an ideal entry model.

Reliable productivity is assured with Mimaki Core Technology including a Nozzle Check Unit and Nozzle Recovery System. This enables the printer to automatically clean print heads when nozzles malfunction, and when nozzles are not repairable, and to also switch any missing or damaged nozzles with working nozzles without stopping production and without affecting final print quality. An adjustable head gap also means the distance from print head to substrate can be changed, preventing print heads from touching substrates.

“The features of this new hybrid printer will enable textile and garment manufacturers to achieve unparalleled flexibility and enhanced application opportunities for increased business growth. With this product, Mimaki is effectively democratising accessibility to textile printing, and with solutions like this in the market, we expect to see improved growth of digital printing in textiles,” van den Broek concludes.
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

BillerudKorsnäs first to produce paper battery on a paper machine

BillerudKorsnäs first to produce paper battery on a paper machine  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs continues the development of the paper battery and has during the spring completed the world's first production on a paper machine. The project is thus a step closer to the commercialisation of both small and large-scale energy storage in a paper battery.

In collaboration with researchers at Uppsala University, basic research has been developed to be able to use ordinary paper fibers for the manufacturing of batteries.

The first production has now been carried out on a paper machine. This has been done at the dedicated pilot machine FEX at RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden. It is an important step forward that confirms the possibility of industrial production of the electrode material.

-This is a big step for us, seeing a concept born in test tubes now running on a big paper machine, says Maria Strømme, Professor of Nano-technology at the Department of Engineering Sciences, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials at Uppsala University.

The battery material is now ready for commercial testing. BillerudKorsnäs continues to work on identifying possible partners in energy storage and other electrochemical applications. The next step is further product development in-house and with partners, for production on an industrial scale.

- We are really happy to be part of the project. It has been an interesting challenge for us that shows the value of the pilot machine in scaling up bio-based concepts, says Konstantin Sundin, Vice President Papermaking and Packaging at RISE.

- Confirming run-ability on a paper machine is an important milestone for production of the forest based Paper Battery electrode. The pilot production confirms that we can produce the material really effectively and in big scale, says Lars Sandberg, Innovation Leader at BillerudKorsnäs.

There are several potential applications of the paper battery. One is within Internet of Packaging, that is, digitization of packaging. Intelligent and active packaging provides sustainable solutions that create and protect products and also offers new experiences for consumers. Another application is large-scale and cost-effective energy storage in the smart grids field.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Preparatory work included to the pre-engineering project of Metsä Group’s bioproduct ...

Preparatory work included to the pre-engineering project of Metsä Group’s bioproduct ...  (Company news)

... mill in Kemi begins in the mill area

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, will start the preparatory work as a part of the pre-engineering at the Kemi mill area during July 2019. Preparatory work means the cleaning and organisation of land areas and the demolition of buildings. In addition, the electricity, IT and piping connections of the operational pulp and board mills in the planned bioproduct mill area will be organised. The preparatory work ensures the proficient progress of the construction works following the possible investment decision. The investment decision of the bioproduct mill is made earliest at the summer 2020, after which the construction of the new mill would begin. The new bioproduct mill could start up in the first half of the 2020s.

The 21 buildings to be demolished are mainly buildings that have remained unused for long periods of time and are partly in a poor condition. The municipality of Kemi granted a demolition permit in June 2019, and the demolition of these buildings does not require building permits for the new mill.

The preparatory work of the pre-engineering phase may cause occasional noise outside the mill area, generated by the chipping and crushing of concrete. Dust will be prevented from spreading by means of continuous watering. The work will continue until January 2020.

The areas where the work will be carried out have been closed for safety reasons. Metsä Fibre is responsible for the preparatory work.

If implemented, Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Kemi would be the largest wood-processing plant in the Northern hemisphere. With a value of around EUR 1.5 billion, the bioproduct mill would be the largest investment in the history of Finland’s forest industry. Efficient in terms of the environment, energy and materials, the mill would operate entirely without fossil fuels and produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and birch pulp and many other bioproducts annually. Its wood consumption would be 7.6 million cubic metres per year. The new mill would have a significant impact on the Finnish national economy: it would employ around 2,500 people throughout its direct value chain in Finland, including 1,500 new jobs.
(Metsä Fibre Oy)

Valmet's second tissue line to Crecia-Kasuga in Japan

Valmet's second tissue line to Crecia-Kasuga in Japan  (Company news)

Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki are once again collaborating in delivering an Advantage tissue production line to Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd in Japan. The new tissue line will be installed at the new Fuji Mill premises. Start-up is planned for 2020.

This is the second time Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki co-operate in a machine project delivery to the joint venture Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd to. The first tissue machine has been in continuous successful operation, at the same mill site since May 2018.

Continuation of a successful collaboration
“We at Valmet appreciate the opportunity to further develop the excellent cooperation between the three companies. It is very encouraging that the introduction of the Advantage ViscoNip press and other leading tissue technologies installed in the first tissue machine at the Fuji Mill has been so successful. It is a privilege to continue our cooperation." says Ingmar Andersson, VP Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Exceeding expectations
"We are very impressed about the performance of our first Advantage DCT tissue machine as well as the smooth and efficient cooperation with Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki, and we are pleased to invest in a second tissue machine from the same suppliers. The previously installed machine from Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki is exceeding our expectations and has been operating successfully since the start-up. We look forward to work together with Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki also in this new project," says Mr. Hirofumi Narita, President, Crecia-Kasuga.
High pressing performance

"It is a great pleasure to continue our cooperation and to contribute to establish the latest tissue machine technology in the Japanese market. The Advantage DCT tissue machine equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press provides a unique value-adding performance," Mr. Takahiro Shinohara, Executive Managing Director, Kawanoe Zoki, adds.

Latest technology
Valmet's delivery includes an Advantage DCT 135HS machine with Valmet's key technologies OptiFlo II TIS Headbox, Advantage ViscoNip press, Advantage AirCap hood and a Advantage Yankee S. Manufacturing of other equipment, site assembly and installation services will be performed by Kawanoe Zoki. The new line has an annual production capacity of 40,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Over 440 companies across the world remove misleading 'go green – go paperless' messaging

Over 440 companies across the world remove misleading 'go green – go paperless' messaging  (Company news)

Two Sides, a global non-profit promoting the sustainability of print and paper, continues to address misleading environmental claims made by some of the world’s largest corporations.

Environmental claims such as “go green – go paperless” and “save trees” are regularly used by banks, telecoms, utilities, insurance companies and many other service providers, as they encourage their customers to switch from paper to lower cost electronic bills and statements. However, a Two Sides global anti-greenwash campaign operating since 2010 has found that the majority of these claims are unsubstantiated and misleading.

To date, Two Sides has successfully engaged with 441 companies worldwide to remove or change such claims about print and paper. Sectors showing the highest occurrence of greenwashing include telecom providers, banks and financial institutions, utility providers and governmental organizations.

In North America, 120 companies, including many of the Fortune 500, have changed or removed their environmental claims following discussions with Two Sides. “Environmental claims in the U.S. and Canada must meet the guidelines and rules of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission¹ and the Competition Bureau of Canada² which include having credible and specific science-based facts to support claims. Unfortunately, we have found that these requirements are rarely met and corporations use ‘go green’ claims purely for marketing and enticing more customers to digital options. Companies are also ignoring the growing environmental footprint of their electronic infra-structure, including the use of non-renewable resources, energy and the large amounts of e-waste generated,” says Phil Riebel, President, Two Sides North America.

Martyn Eustace, Chairman of Two Sides Europe/UK, said: “We are really pleased that our ongoing effort is having such a significant effect on some of the world’s largest and most influential companies and organizations. However, our latest research shows that misleading environmental messages are having an impact on consumer perceptions of print and paper – particularly regarding the impact on forests. This is why it is so vital for Two Sides to continue working with organizations to remove greenwashing claims and educate them about the unique sustainable aspects of print and paper. Paper comes from a renewable resource and is one of the most recycled materials in the world. When responsibly produced and used, it can be a sustainable way to communicate.”

The drive to digital is not welcome by many consumers
Recent research commissioned by Two Sides has shown that consumers feel strongly about their choice to receive paper bills and statements from service providers. In fact, efforts by major corporations to force their customers to go digital, often citing environmental benefits, are not welcome by many consumers.

An international survey of 2,094 consumers in the U.S.³ and 1,044 consumers in Canada4 commissioned by Two Sides in February 2019 found:
-86% of U.S. respondents and 82% of Canadian respondents believe they have the right to choose how they receive their communications (printed or electronically) from financial organizations and service providers.
-66% of U.S. respondents and 63% of Canadian respondents don’t agree that corporations are really going paperless because they regularly need to print out documents at home if they want a hard copy.
-61% of U.S. respondents and 58% of Canadian respondents think claims about the switch to digital being ‘better for the environment’ are made primarily because the sender wants to save money.
-45% of U.S. respondents and 34% of Canadian respondents would consider switching service providers if they were forced to go paperless.
(Two Sides North America Inc.)

G & G Preißer is commissioning six new machines from BOBST in its new manufacturing site

G & G Preißer is commissioning six new machines from BOBST in its new manufacturing site   (Company news)

Picture: Five BOBST machines are already operating three shifts a day at the new G & G Preißer plant in the vicinity of Pirmasens, Germany. The site has already ordered two more machines from BOBST.

With the size of its new manufacturing site near Pirmasens in Germany and the equipment installed within it, G & G Preißer is setting new standards in the European market for packaging made out of corrugated cardboard.

To do this, the manufacturer of corrugated board packaging commissioned four new converting machines from BOBST at the beginning of 2018. It only took a few months for the machines – EXPERTLINE 1.6, with five FLEXO 160-VISION print units and hot air intermediate dryers; the specialty folding-gluing machine MASTERFOLD 230; the Inliner FFG 1636 NT and the Miniline FFG 618 Quatro – to be running at full capacity, three shifts a day.

G & G Preißer also upgraded a Midline FFG 924 NT with a pre-feeder and an automatic palletization system, and has already ordered another EXPERTLINE 1.6 and an additional EXPERTFOLD 165 from BOBST. They will be delivered and installed during 2019. G & G Preißer will then have more than seven converting machines from BOBST in its new plant. They will be used to manufacture packaging made of corrugated board, primarily for customers in the food, personal care and cosmetics industries. The production process takes place in a completely clean environment.

“Use of this innovative technology fulfils any requirements our customers may have extremely well,” stated Tobias Preißer who manages the company along with his brother Christof. The three Inliners are still covering about 80% of the production volume. However, the demand from customers for high quality packaging, such as multi-color printed and varnished trays or shelf packaging, is growing steadily. This is why G & G Preißer needs two EXPERTLINE 1.6 lines with high quality FLEXO 160-VISION print units and the hot air intermediate dryers.

Both EXPERTLINE 1.6 lines are also fitted with a LOADER AF sheet-feeder, an EXPERTCUT 1.6 flat-bed die-cutter and a BREAKER blank-separator. Christof Preißer said: “We cannot accommodate our customers with price reductions. However, we can convince them with the quality we are getting from our new machines. The flatbed die-cutting delivers high-quality creasing and cutting and the tolerances for the GAPs and slots are tighter. The nicks can also be smaller or even dispensed with completely. The process also improves the flatness of the flatbed die-cut trays and packaging. There are also no cutting waste between the packaging.” This is all advantageous for the customer’s filling processes.

Using its three Inliners, G & G Preißer is very flexible in the sheet format of the packaging to be manufactured and can pull out all the stops when it comes to color. While the FFG 924 NT covers all formats, with a length of between 600 and 2,490 mm, the FFG 618 Quatro processes sheet lengths of 385 to 1,880 mm and the FFG 1636 NT processes sheet lengths of 700 to 3,690 mm. The FFG 618 Quatro is fitted with dryers and can deliver high-quality print images on sheets at high production speeds, even with four colors. The two other Inliners each have two print units.

To avoid downtime as much as possible, the packaging manufacturer uses the preventive Maintenance Plus program for all of its BOBST machines. In case there should be an issue, a BOBST service technician can remotely access the machine over Helpline Plus and solve problems very quickly. In the future, G & G Preißer plans to tie the machines to the innovative BOBST Connected Services, with the goal of analyzing machine and process data and to gain optimization potentials from the results.

In 2018, G & G Preißer processed about 85 million m2 of corrugated board into folding boxes and die-cut packaging. For 2019, the company is planning to process a volume of 110 million m2. Currently, 1,600 pallets with finished product leave the plant every day. Only ten years ago the yearly volume of processed corrugated board was just 450,000 m2. “With its high performance and reliability, the technology from BOBST is the ideal support for our growth,” said Tobias Preißer. “We will continue our success story.”
(Bobst Mex SA)




The XLS 2xx Labeling System- Family offers a wide range of solutions for small to extra-wide labels, from low to high speed labeling. Whatever labeling requirements exist, the new labeling system can cope with any scenario: The XLS is the choice for applying all kind of labels and label shapes: from decorative to promotional, nutrition or warning labels.

For food, beverages, personal care, pharma or chemical products – the new developed, mulitfunctional XLS 2xx Labeling System manages every industrial labeling requirement. Various configuration options and a large selection of features ensure maximum flexibility – for continuous operation and maximum production line uptime. User-friendly features such as a large colour display and the new Easy Push Rewinder for an easy handling of labels complete the new development. And additionally the device is more compact than ever before.

The XLS 2xx Labelers convince with the following advantages:

Highest flexibility:
The XLS 2xx is prepared for every industrial labeling challenge. Both very small and extremely wide labels are applied with high accuracy, in every imaginable position.

Due to the modular design, the labeling system can be quickly and easily integrated into new and existing production lines. In addition, the XLS 2xx can be used in tandem mode for maximum uptime and productivity.

Thanks to robust components, the XLS 2xx is reliable and needs limited maintenance.

User-friendly operation:
A large display with an icons-controlled menu ensures an intuitive operation. Thanks to different colored backlights, the machine status can be recognized at a glance. Another innovation is the Easy Push Rewinder, which allows easy and quick removal of label material. Thefore the handling is as user-friendly as never before.

Intelligent functions:
The XLS 2xx family is equipped with a range of intelligent features to make the labeling process even more efficient. The dispensing speed automatically adapts to the conveyor speed which increases the productivity and performance of the entire production line. Optionally, the labeling system can be combined with IP65 kits for use in humid or dusty environments. Thanks to this, the labeling system is also prepared for rough production conditions.

“The XLS 2xx is a powerful further development of our portfolio. The labeling systems are developed and produced in Germany and are of the highest quality,” says Geert Jan Kolkhuis Tanke, Director of Product Management at NOVEXX Solutions. “It can handle any labeling challenge and efficiently applies labels to products, trays and cartons. Due to the many possible configurations, the XLS 2xx Labeling System Family is a real all-rounder – no matter in which industry it is used. The XLS 2xx keeps the costs for industrial labeling low and therefore it is the ideal labeling system for every production line. ”
(Novexx Solutions GmbH)

The new GlueCalc app from Baumer hhs calculates savings on adhesive and CO2 ...

The new GlueCalc app from Baumer hhs calculates savings on adhesive and CO2 ...  (Company news)

... in packaging production

With the new GlueCalc smartphone app from Baumer hhs, packaging manufacturers can easily and effectively calculate and optimise adhesive consumption on a job-by-job basis right at their production lines. A world’s first, this tool can identify potential ways to cut adhesive consumption and reduce associated CO2 emissions. GlueCalc has been thoroughly tested in practice on a variety of customer systems. Based on the app’s calculations, customers switched adhesive application from lines to dots where possible for a product and succeeded in reducing adhesive consumption by 50% and more. Annual savings range from thousands to tens of thousands of euros, depending on respective production volumes. The app further provided customers with sound, scientifically supported information on the extent to which minimising glue consumption reduced their CO2 emissions.

The GlueCalc app is available now in the App Store for free download for Apple and Android systems. “Packaging manufacturers are under immense pressure to cut costs. At the same time, they are expected to continuously improve the eco-balance of both their manufacturing processes and products. The calculations from our new app give them a solid foundation for optimising adhesive application in both economic and ecological terms,” says Baumer hhs Marketing Manager Andreas Brandt, emphasizing the major advantages of the tool for packaging manufacturers.

How much can we reduce adhesive consumption, the associated costs and CO2
emissions if we glue packaging with dot patterns instead of lines? With GlueCal c, plant and production managers can answer this question in virtually no time. The only production data they need to enter is the number of glue lines per product, their length and width prior to final pressing, the per-minute production rate, weekly working hours, types of adhesive, costs per kilogram and currency, and already the app can calculate the costs and CO2 emissions of different glue application methods. The results are displayed on the user’s smartphone in clearly structured tables and diagrams. What is more, the calculations can be emailed from inside the app, for example to supervisors, giving them sound documentation for making decisions, or to sales staff, who
can show customers how to optimise adhesive application based on solid facts and figures. It doesn’t get any easier.

“Baumer hhs has set itself the goal of supporting packaging manufacturers in all aspects of adhesive application. GlueCalc helps our customers to fully exploit the flexibility of our low-maintenance adhesive application
heads and lower their environmental impact at the same time,” points out Andreas Brandt.

The new GlueCalc smartphone app from Baumer hhs is available now in the App Store for free download. With it, packaging manufacturers can easily and very effectively reduce both adhesive consumption and CO2 emissions on a job-by-job basis. Practical tests conducted on the premises of several customers showed: Using this world’s first, customers can potentially save several thousand euros a year, while improving the eco-balance of their packaging products.
(Baumer hhs GmbH)




Nomination recognizes industry first for recycled PET liner launched in Europe

Picture: PET bottles are recycled and used as content for rPET liner. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR427)

Global materials science and manufacturing company Avery Dennison has been shortlisted for the Environmental and Sustainability Award of the Label Industry Global Awards 2019.

One of three finalists, Avery Dennison is the first pressure sensitive label material supplier to introduce liner made from recycled PET, available commercially in Europe. The liner, which uses 30% PET post-consumer waste, meets technical qualifications while maintaining quality and performance for label design, printing, and application.

Life cycle analysis of the recycled PET liner shows that use of one million square meters of Avery Dennison recycled PET23 liner in place of virgin PET23 liner reduces:
- Use of fossil fuel by 30% — or the equivalent of saving 60 barrels of oil
- Energy use by 23% — or the equivalent of saving energy of 17 households per year
- Water use by 20% — or the equivalent of saving drinking water for 123 people per year

“Avery Dennison’s rPET liner is a great example of how innovative thinking and collaboration across the label and packaging value chain are resulting in new ways to replace virgin resources with recycled alternatives. This is in line with our 2025 Sustainability Goals, where we want to introduce more products that contain recycled content and/or enable recycling of end use packaging,” said Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager Label and Graphic Materials EMEA.

Since the product was introduced in late 2018, adoption of the rPET liner continues to accelerate with additional ClearIntent™ products launched since then, including the CleanFlake™ portfolio and ClearCut™ adhesive.

“Conversion and application speeds are helping to drive an ongoing rise in demand for PET liners. We have been careful to retain those benefits, while also supporting converters and end users as they make the transition from glassine,” said Rob Groen in ‘t Wout, senior marketing manager, films.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs intensify innovation collaboration

Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs intensify innovation collaboration   (Company news)

Picture: Billerud Karlsborg production unit

The demand for sustainable packaging among consumers and brand owners all over the world is growing at an exponential rate, which in many cases drives a strong need to replace plastic packaging. Strong partnerships are required to bring about the development and innovation needed to meet this demand. A good reason for Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs to intensify their successful collaboration.

Already in 2016, Bosch and BillerudKorsnäs presented their first major joint innovation - Sealed Paper Packaging on a vertical form, fill and seal machine (VFFS). The ZAP module from Bosch makes it possible to process mono-material Axello® ZAP paper from BillerudKorsnäs on VFFS technology with dust-tight sealing. Now Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs are developing new sustainable paper-based packaging innovations. Both companies are further strengthening their approach to work closely with partners along the value chain to find better solutions for a sustainable future.

“Developing sustainable packaging solutions is an urgent and challenging topic. New solutions must be sustainable and at the same time ensure efficient processing. By combining the expertise of BillerudKorsnäs in the field of paper-based packaging material with our technological know-how, we will be able to answer both challenges,” says Dr Stefan König, president of Bosch Packaging Technology.

“The collaboration with Bosch Packaging Technology offers new perspectives for sustainable packaging. Bosch brings many years of experience in technology and implementation into the cooperation. By joining forces, we can realize our ideas in a more targeted way and shape the future of packaging together,” says Petra Einarsson, president and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

The first concrete result of this enhanced collaboration is the development of a new packaging concept called Pearl. It aims to show how uniquely formed and right-sized small packages, called shaped paper pods, can contribute to a more sustainable future by utilising the unique formability of the FibreForm® material (the leading 3D-formable paper on the market, patented by BillerudKorsnäs). The material is processed on machinery from Bosch Packaging Technology, who not only contributes long-standing expertise in forming, filling and sealing of a wide variety of materials to the cooperation but also ensures the subsequent industrialization of the newly developed technologies for commercial production.

In industries like beauty and personal care, bread spreads, savoury and confectionery, single-use plastic packaging is widespread. “The goal is to support these industries with a sustainable packaging system and replace plastic in product samples, inserts, refills, portion packs and disposable packaging,“ says Simon Johansson, project manager Packaging Solutions at BillerudKorsnäs. “We have already passed several milestones in the project,” Torsten Sauer, project manager sustainability at Bosch Packaging Technology adds. “Now we are inviting selected brand owners to join our journey towards a sustainable future.”
(BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg AB)

Sitma finds an answer for servitization: CO-Ware, the cooperative platform ...

Sitma finds an answer for servitization: CO-Ware, the cooperative platform ...  (Company news)

... for managing software

Sitma Machinery, an Italian manufacturing company which specializes in designing and assembling machines, systems and turn-key solutions for the Packaging, Post-Press, DM/Transpromo and e-Logistics fields, have begun to heavily invest in expanding their know-how in the software sector. This is to develop programs to give customers better control over their manufacturing processes and to let them transform monitoring data into value added solutions for the customers themselves.

Innovation, but keeping with tradition, also in software
Since the company’s inception in Spilamberto - Italy, more than fifty years ago, innovation has been one of its most distinguishing features. Sitma has always been very attentive towards software development, something which blends well with the latest trends at Industry 4.0 level, especially in automation. The use of software to collect, process, and bring together big data to manage increasingly smart processes, means that Sitma are at the forefront of the industry. At the same time, Sitma seeks to simplify user interfaces, making them more user-friendly and intuitive. Feedback between machines and operators must be immediate, so that manufacturing becomes more and more nimble and efficient.

What are we doing at Sitma? “We want to sell ourselves as the best global technology partner for everyone,” says Stefano Nanni, CEO at Sitma. “At a time when services are increasingly more important than the actual product a company makes, we want to offer our customers a complete solution to let them interface with just one person, when they are looking for the best possible advice, installation and after-sales service.” “If this is a target we want to reach,” adding Engineer Nanni, “we have to bring together the mechanical side – which for us at Sitma means absolute reliability and the latest design – with the most efficient software possible. Co-Ware is this solution: a cooperative platform which gives absolutely efficient supervision of automated parts.”
(Sitma Machinery S.p.A.)

Sappi becomes an International Stakeholder member of PEFC

Sappi becomes an International Stakeholder member of PEFC  (Company news)

Sappi Limited (Sappi) is pleased to announce that we have become an International Stakeholder member of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification TM (PEFC). This membership aligns with our focus on sustainable forest management and responsible procurement throughout our supply and value chains.

Steve Binnie, Sappi Chief Executive Officer, commented that “Credible, internationally recognised, robust forest certification systems like PEFC are fundamental to Sappi’s commitment to sustainability. These systems give assurance to our value chain of the origin of our woodfibre and responsible forest management practices.”

Graeme Wild, Sappi’s Group Head of Sustainability and Investor Relations, added “Given that stakeholder engagement underpins our approach to doing business at Sappi, we welcome the opportunity to become a PEFC International Stakeholder member. Through voting in PEFC´s General Assembly and joining Working Groups and Committees we look forward to sharing our expertise and contributing to the mission of PEFC.”

“The collaboration reinforces our contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 15 - Life on Land; given our common priorities to promote sustainable forest management and support smallholder forestry around the world.”

PEFC is also increasingly becoming an important forest certification option in South Africa, responding to customers’ requests for PEFC labelled products. Over the past years, Sappi has been collaborating with national stakeholders to develop a national forest certification system. These efforts have now delivered the South African Forest Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) – which has recently been assessed and endorsed by PEFC.
(Sappi Limited)

Metsä Board to establish faster availability for white kraftliners

Metsä Board to establish faster availability for white kraftliners  (Company news)

Metsä Board – part of the Metsä Group - has announced the start of a new WKL Common Stock Service to help streamline and enhance the order-delivery processes of white kraftliners in continental Europe.

As part of the commitment to develop customer focused services, Metsä Board has created this new service to improve the availability of white kraftliners and help corrugated converters be more responsive and competitive. The new Common Stock service, which was started in March, provides the converters with easy access and reliable availability to ready-made standard white kraftliner reels from Metsä Board’s warehouse in Lübeck.

This service enables a genuine just-in-time delivery service based upon improved availability of local stock. It includes a comprehensive fixed offering consisting of industry standard specifications and stock items, optimised to market requirements.

“The service is designed to help corrugated converters become more competitive, win new business and manage special promotions as well as react to one-off orders and urgent jobs”, says Veijo Korkalainen, VP Sales, White Kraftliners. “We are delighted with the enthusiastic feedback we have received as our customers see Common Stock as a great solution to tighter deadlines.”
(Metsä Board Corporation)

 Waiting for Autumn. Marbach at the FachPack in Nuremberg.

Waiting for Autumn. Marbach at the FachPack in Nuremberg.   (Company news)

Marbach is exhibiting - as in previous years - at the FachPack in Nuremberg at the end of September. For Marbach, this coming together of the packaging industry has become an established part of the exhibition year.

Tina Dost, Marketing Manager at Marbach: "We are already looking forward to exhibiting again at FachPack in Nuremberg. The three days of the fair are perfectly suitable for presenting our new technologies and for networking with our customers and other industry members and exchanging information on the latest trends in the packaging market. Also numerous new customers find their way to our FachPack stand on these occasions."

Also, on this occasion Marbach will introduce exceptional technologies. These include the height-adjustable anvil, the platen cleaning device mplaten|cleaner, the new marbanick|2+ for inserting nicks and the PES|IV for setting up embossing dies. Marbach will also be presenting in Nuremberg tried and proven technologies such as the masterstrip|plate, pure edge, the digital zone levelling DZL|plate or the marbablanker. In addition, a topic which has quietly developed into one of the most important products for the trade fair are rotary tools with active ejection technology. These have become extremely popular in the corrugated board sector. Marbach also offers the right solution here.

Dost continues: "At FachPack we are not only showcasing our technologies for maximum performance, but also our services. For some time now, we have been offering our 360° service for packaging development and optimization. Our training courses at the Marbach Academy have also become very popular with our customers and attract a great deal of interest at trade fairs. We are looking forward to welcoming many visitors to our stand 612 in hall 7."
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

ANDRITZ to supply new HERB recovery boiler to Ilim Group’s “Big Ust-Ilimsk Project” in Russia

ANDRITZ to supply new HERB recovery boiler to Ilim Group’s “Big Ust-Ilimsk Project” in Russia  (Company news)

Picture: ANDRITZ HERB recovery boiler in Russia

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Russia’s Ilim Group to supply a new recovery boiler to its Ust-Ilimsk mill in Russia. The ANDRITZ HERB recovery boiler will have a black liquor combustion capacity of 1,950 tds/d, with start-up planned in the second half of 2021.

The order is part of the one billion US dollar “Big Ust-Ilimsk Project” that targets increasing pulp output at the mill by 130,000 tons per year and a finished product capacity increase from 550,000 to 1.5 million tons per year.

The HERB recovery boiler offers high efficiency and availability as well as a modern combustion air system, among other things. It is designed to handle all non-condensable odorous gases generated in the new pulp line in any foreseen operating situation.

In recent years, ANDRITZ has received three major recovery boiler upgrade orders from the Ilim Group, and this new HERB recovery boiler delivery is another example of the excellent long-term relationship between the Ilim Group and ANDRITZ.
(Andritz AG)

Kelheim Fibres wins World of Wipes Innovation Award

Kelheim Fibres wins World of Wipes Innovation Award  (Company news)

During the World of Wipes in Atlanta, the Bavarian manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres has been presented with the World of Wipes Innovation Award.

The award recognizes the newly developed Danufil®QR fibre, a positively charged viscose fibre, that was specifically designed for use in disinfectant wipes: Danufil® QR is the only viscose fibre worldwide that – in contrast to standard viscose fibres – binds less than 10% of “quats” (quarternary ammonium compounds), so that this common disinfectant can release its intended effect in the wipe. Danufil® QR fibres are completely made of renewable cellulose and therefore fully biodegradable. They can be easily processed with all nonwovens technologies.

The annually presented WoW Innovation Award honours products that both expand the use of nonwovens and demonstrate creativity, uniqueness, and technical sophistication. The unique thing about the award: One third of the votes comes directly from the WOW attendees.

“Product innovations have a right to exist only if they work in practice and if they create added value. Therefore, we are particularly pleased about this approval from the industry”, says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres.

North also takes the award as a confirmation of the company’s strategy: After a large fire in October 2018, Kelheim Fibres is currently rebuilding their fibre production site.

“We seize the historic opportunity to rebuild our plant with state-of-the-art technology and to meet the latest environmental standards. At the same time, we use the resulting slow-down in production to focus our energy even more on new fibre developments and process improvements. “Coming back stronger” remains our motto!”
(Kelheim Fibres GmbH)

Increased use of bioenergy

Increased use of bioenergy  (Company news)

Borregaard has decided to invest NOK 131 million in a project aimed at increasing the use of bioenergy from production residuals at the Sarpsborg site in Norway.

When completed in 2021, the bioenergy produced as a result of this project will be approximately 20 GWh per year, representing a reduction of CO2 emissions of 1,200 tonnes. Longer term there is a potential to increase production to 34 GWh per year, and a corresponding reduction of 1,400 tonnes CO2 emissions.

Enova SF, a state enterprise under the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, has decided to support the project by a grant of NOK 46.2 million, thus reducing Borregaard’s project cost to a net amount of NOK 85 million.
(Borregaard ChemCell)

Norske Skog to invest EUR 72 mill in energy boiler

Norske Skog to invest EUR 72 mill in energy boiler  (Company news)

The board of directors in Norske Skog AS has approved a EUR 72 million investment in a new 50MW wide range energy boiler at the Norske Skog Bruck mill in Austria. The investment will improve the carbon footprint, further strengthen the mill’s profitability and create new business beyond publication paper. The new revenue streams will be derived from utilizing refuse derived fuels and paper production residuals.

Sven Ombudstvedt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norske Skog, commented: "This investment fits perfectly with our long term green diversification strategy. This energy plant will represent a step-change in our Bruck mill competitiveness as a publication paper producer and will generate significant cash flow from the start-up in 2022."

Norske Skog’s long-term strategy remains to improve the core business, to convert certain of the Group’s paper machines and to diversify the business within the bioenergy, fibre and biochemical markets.

The boiler project fits well with Norske Skog’s strategy of doing attractive energy investments and further increasing the Bruck mill’s cost competitiveness, along with increasing the Group’s exposure to revenue streams beyond publication paper.

The energy cost saving will come from reduced consumption of gas and no need of purchasing CO2 allowances; thus, the mill’s carbon foot print will be substantially improved. The boiler project will mainly be financed by external loan from Austrian banks at very competitive terms.
(Norske Skogindustrier ASA)

Cascades announces agreement for the acquisition of Orchids Paper Products assets

Cascades announces agreement for the acquisition of Orchids Paper Products assets  (Company news)

Cascades (TSX: CAS) ("the Company"), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of packaging and tissue products, announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Orchids Paper Products Company ("Orchids" or "Orchids Paper") following the approval thereof by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (subject to completion of definitive documentation). Cascades will pay a cash consideration of US$207 million, financed by the Company's credit facilities. The assets to be acquired include the Barnwell , South Carolina and Pryor, Oklahoma operations, as well as certain assets, the supply and other commercial arrangements with Fabrica de Papel San Francisco , S.A. de C.V. ("Fabrica"), based in Mexicali, Mexico , and certain of its affiliates. Cascades anticipates the transaction will close in August or September 2019 , subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

The acquired assets are expected to generate annual EBITDA of approximately US$45 million beginning in 2021, implying an acquisition multiple of approximately 5x, driven by the maximization of capacity utilisation of the acquired facilities, Company asset rationalization, and important reductions of corporate, sub-contracting and logistics costs.

Orchids Paper's integrated plants have an estimated parent roll capacity of up to 114,000 tons and up to an estimated 114,500 tons of converting capacity. Additionally, Orchids Paper has an agreement with Fabrica providing access for up to an additional 20,000 tons of converted products for the Western U.S. market. More than US$240 million has been invested in the plants' modern production and converting equipment and strategic partnership over the last five years. This includes, at the Pryor site, the installation of a new paper machine, two new converting lines and the modernization of two others converting lines. At the Barnwell site, a new Valmet QRT paper machine was installed in 2017. In the coming months, Cascades will invest approximately US$5 million to add swing functionality to expand the range of products that can be manufactured from ultra-premium structured tissue to high-quality conventional, thereby maximizing its full potential.

The acquisition accelerates the modernization of Cascades' U.S. tissue platform while strengthening the geographic and operational positioning of the Company's retail tissue segment in the Southern and Western United States . The acquired plants, equipped with 100" paper machines, are better aligned with Cascades' long-term model for its converting equipment, which will reduce the rejection rates during conversion operations and improve overall efficiency and productivity.

In the coming months, Cascades will maximize the profitability of the Barnwell and Pryor plants, which operated at approximately 30% and 70% of their total converting capacity in 2018, by transferring volumes that are currently outsourced to third parties or produced at the Company's other U.S. plants to these facilities. The operational optimization of the new assets, lower transportation and sub-contracting costs, reduction of Orchids corporate costs, and the rationalization of Cascades' current platform are expected to generate full-year annual EBITDA run-rate of approximately US$45 million beginning in 2021.

Cascades President and CEO, Mario Plourde , commented: "This acquisition is very well aligned with our strategic plan and supports our efforts to position our tissue platform for long-term growth. The acquisition of these well-funded assets enables us to do so while simultaneously supporting market consolidation and avoiding the risks inherent in the construction or installation of new equipment. We are focused on carrying out strategic investments in our key tissue sector that will modernize our assets, lower our fixed cost base, optimize our geographic footprint, and improve our logistics network and requirements to support the growth of our customers and Cascades. We are very pleased that this acquisition is well equipped to do all these. I have confidence in our future in this sector which has been very beneficial and generated interesting margins for Cascades over the past 40+ years".

Cascades Tissue Group President and COO Jean-David Tardif noted: "This acquisition combined with the ongoing execution of our modernization plan are enhancing our ability to serve our customers, increasing the quality of the products we manufacture, and improving the profitability of the Tissue Group. The Barnwell and Pryor sites have well-invested modern equipment and an experienced and seasoned workforce. Today's acquisition is another important step we are taking that will increase our competitive positioning and support the growth of our customers by providing them with quality, value-added service and products."
(Cascades Inc.)

Tackling the future of packaging at the EUROSAC Congress 2019

Tackling the future of packaging at the EUROSAC Congress 2019  (Company news)

Picture: Michael Longstaffe (Smith Anderson) presents the EUROSAC Grand Prix gold award winner: “secure-seal” paper carrier for foodservice deliveries. Copyright: EUROSAC

"Shaping the future of packaging" was the theme of EUROSAC’s annual congress in Ljubljana from 23 to 24 May 2019. More than 100 participants discussed the EU’s view on the bio-economy, recent market developments in the European paper sack and sack kraft paper industry, different bio-barrier developments and how megatrends can be integrated in the packaging industry. During the EUROSAC Grand Prix Award ceremony, the industry’s latest innovations were honoured. The gold award went to the UK-based company Smith Anderson for their “secure-seal” carrier for food delivery services. The silver and bronze trophies were presented to Segezha and dy-pack.

With a slight plus of 1.2% paper sack deliveries in 2018, the European paper sack industry recorded stable development. “Our industry is going through many trends and changes. We need to make sure that we can provide solutions that meet the needs of future market demands, especially in terms of offering various barrier functions by granting sustainability and recyclability at the same time,” stated EUROSAC president Olivier Tassel as he introduced the focus of this year’s congress topics.

Bio-economy and EU policy
“Bio-based materials are the future,” concluded Krassimira Kazashka, director from the International Confederation of Paper and Board Converters in Europe (CITPA) her presentation. “Concerning climate change, one of the EU citizens’ major concerns, paper packaging as a forest-based product has a great advantage: Forests are one of the keys to reducing emissions.” She gave a comprehensive overview of the priority areas, strategies and policies of the European Union concerning the bio-economy and how they can affect the paper packaging industry. Moreover, a keynote speech on megatrends provided inspiration on how to address global consumer trends in marketing and corporate business models to successfully shape the future of the packaging industry.

Insights into recent bio-barrier solutions
Regarding the industry’s circular approach, one of its set targets is to produce paper sacks that are made 100% from natural materials and fulfil the same functions as sacks with polyethylene (PE) barriers – protection of the product from migration, water (vapour), light, oxygen, aromas and grease, for example. Different companies introduced their innovative developments of highly functional and, at the same time, easy to recycle and biodegradable barrier materials and technologies to the audience.

EUROSAC Grand Prix Award 2019
Innovations were also the focus at this year’s EUROSAC Grand Prix Award. It honours the industry’s most remarkable inventions of the past year. A new element to the prestigious award is that EUROSAC introduced gold, silver and bronze categories and a public choice award for the first time. The jury was particularly impressed with the wide range of the innovations submitted, including services, raw materials and paper sack products. It chose the “secure-seal” carrier bag for food deliveries from Smith Anderson as the gold winner. “The best innovations are those that meet a particular need and offer value to the user,” said jury president Mark van der Merwe as he explained the jury’s decision. “The seal technology from Smith Anderson met the user’s need for security and reuse in a simple and innovative way without negatively impacting the aesthetic aspects of the packaging. It is also fully recyclable and biodegradable, fitting neatly with current end-of-life and sustainability requirements.”

The gold award was presented to Smith Anderson for its reusable, recyclable and biodegradable “secure-seal” paper carrier bag. It was developed for a big fast-food chain to combat undetected regular theft of small parts of food service delivery meals. A paper handle patch below the main handle structure was equipped with a double-sided adhesive tape, securing the bag’s sides together. A broken seal is easily visible to the customer on delivery – but doesn’t destroy the bag or handle area.

Segezha received the silver award for their brand-new dry mixes industrial paper sack made from its innovative SKE i4 paper. It meets the growing market demands for eco-friendly sacks with high performance qualities. The sack’s low weight and durability allows customers to reduce material and logistics costs as well as damages in the supply chain – and it saves CO2 emissions during transportation.

Double Grand Prix Award winner was dy-pack: The German-based company won the bronze and public choice award for Vardy. The highly efficient barrier coating on the inside of the sack’s outer layer provides state-of-the-art water vapour protection. Vardy is an environmentally friendly alternative to PE film and suitable for direct food contact. It allows easy recycling in the paper waste stream and is compostable according to DIN 13432.

Moreover, the Grand Prix entrant Mondi presented a new platform for smooth business processes: myMondi is the only all-in-one digital customer platform for paper sacks worldwide. The platform offers numerous functions and information with few clicks such as stock reports, order history and status overview, invoices overview and filtering, certificates and detailed product specifications. It is simple to use and navigate, available 24/7 and gives customers full transparency about their products and orders, anytime and anywhere.

GSE enhances efficiency, quality in ink logistics for labels and packaging with ...

GSE enhances efficiency, quality in ink logistics for labels and packaging with ...  (Company news)

... automated dispensing controls and new management software

Ink logistics solutions provider GSE introduces new Windows 10-based automation controls on its Colorsat dispensing systems and enhances its ‘Ink manager’ software package with new reporting, scheduling, and machine connectivity features. To be presented for the first time at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (stand 7D59), GSE’s latest software introductions enable packaging and label converters to manage inks with greater efficiency, security, accuracy and flexibility at all stages in the workflow, including purchasing, mixing, returning and reusing.

“The introduction of Windows 10-based controls in combination with the new software version mean GSE Colorsat dispensing systems can connect more easily with other machines and software packages, reducing human input and the risk of error,” says Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE. “The enhanced controls feature a more compact design and fewer parts, meaning easier and more efficient maintenance, and come with at least 10 years of security updates. We have also designed a Windows 10 upgrade package so our current Colorsat equipment users can benefit from state-of-the-art controls technology.”

The controls’ pneumatics have greater robustness while the same pneumatic valves are common to all dispensers in the Colorsat programme. Its design enables improved responsiveness for more accurate dispensing and thus greater colour accuracy.

GSE has also added integration and reporting features to its GSE Ink manager software, the comprehensive solution for ink-related waste reduction and business planning in the printing house.

“GSE Ink manager version 5.1 features new reports that provide more information about performance of the ink management system, allowing users to continuously improve their workflows,” says Hummelen.

The new version can create data about ink stocks when they are booked in after purchasing or returned from the press, containing easily retrievable information such as expiry date, supplier, batch code, amounts used per job, providing greater traceability of inks at every step in the process and more accurate job costings. There are options for controlling automatic conveyors, blenders and agitators and scheduling ink blending times per formula. It also comes with new grid features like filter rows, search boxes and sum lines.

Additionally, GSE Ink manager offers greater modularity, with more options such as integrated data export, ink returns, order management, traceability and supply chain management, so users may specify the software solution suited to their business needs.

GSE invites converters to live demonstrations of its controls and software enhancements, taking place daily at its Labelexpo Europe 2019 stand, with the possibility of one-to-one presentations on request.

Maarten Hummelen comments: “The supply chain demands for shorter production runs, traceability and shorter lead times mean that packaging and label converters must not only drive out waste from workflows, but accelerate processes, with manual intervention limited to higher-value activities wherever possible. GSE’s software developments are focused on solving these challenges, simplifying processes and providing converters with smarter ways of achieving repeatable quality, with more flexibility.”

GSE’s Colorsat range of dispensing systems provide fast, accurate mixing and dispensing of flexo, gravure and screen inks for label and packaging applications. UV, aqueous and solvent inks are covered. Benefits are reduced setup times, 30 percent ink-yield improvements, a cleaner ink kitchen and better stock management. For labels, the Colorsat Switch (using exchangeable buckets) and Colorsat Match (fixed refillable storage tanks), dispense in 1kg – 10kg volumes.
(GSE Dispensing B.V.)



Picture: Avery Dennison is making a material difference at Labelexpo Europe 2019. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR426)

Avery Dennison invites you to join them in Making A Material Difference at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels, 24-27 September, 2019.

To celebrate the 40th year of Labels and Labelling, Avery Dennison is creating their biggest ever trade show presence at the Labelexpo event. Under the theme “Making a Material Difference”, the Avery Dennison team of experts will demonstrate a range of newly launched and significant innovations across four key areas of focus, including sustainable materials and intelligent labels, to name two.

New product innovations include:
- rPE - the industry’s first-ever facestock made from recycled polyethylene, launched in Europe in May.
- rPET - a liner with more than 30% recycled PET bottle content, shortlisted for this year’s Label Industry Global Awards 2019, Environmental and Sustainability Award.
- A new extension of the Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ portfolio, an innovation that enables closed-loop PET recycling and which won this year’s FINAT Recycling and Sustainability award.

Over the next few months, Avery Dennison will release more information on other new innovations to be launched at the show.

Visitors to the Avery Dennison booth (Hall 5 - Booth A31) will get a tour through a world of discovery, one that highlights the materials Avery Dennison creates, the industries they serve, and the people with whom they collaborate. In addition to highlighting the large range of material solutions, there will also be a key focus on collaboration, with a hospitality area to meet, listen and collaborate with show attendees, as well as a dedicated seminar space where Avery Dennison and partners will host think tank sessions on key industry topics, including:

- Sustainability: designing labels for recyclability
- Intelligent Labels: getting started with RFID and learn about the future of connected products
- Neuromarketing insights: what makes a wine label say “buy me”?
- Adhesives enabling functionality, shelf appeal or sustainability
- And more...

Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager of Avery Dennison Label and Graphics Materias, Europe says, “I am very excited about Labelexpo 2019, as it gives us a great opportunity to launch new and exciting products to our customers, to gain their direct feedback, and to listen and collaborate with other industry players. In fact, we have new technologies and innovations that we are launching this year that were inspired by conversations that we have had at previous shows!”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Archroma to acquire stilbene-based OBA business for paper and powder detergent applications

Archroma to acquire stilbene-based OBA business for paper and powder detergent applications  (Company news)

Picture: Archroma India Private Limited and BASF India Limited (BIL) have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Archroma of BASF’s stilbene-based OBA (optical brightening agents) business for paper and powder detergent applications. In the picture: Narayan Krishnamohan, MD, BIL and Head, South Asia (Left) and Alexander Wessels, CEO, Archroma group. (Photo: Archroma)

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that Archroma India Private Limited and BASF India Limited (BIL) have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Archroma of BASF’s stilbene-based OBA (optical brightening agents) business for paper and powder detergent applications.

The transaction includes BASF’s manufacturing unit at Ankleshwar, India, where approximately 100 people are currently employed.

Archroma is a member of the SK Capital Partners group. In July 2015 the company acquired the global textile chemicals business of BASF, and, between 2014 and 2018, M. Dohmen, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors.

“We are extremely pleased with this opportunity to further consolidate our position as a global leader in the chemical industry by expanding both our supply capacity and application markets,” said Marcos Furrer, President of Packaging & Paper Specialties, Archroma. “This acquisition will not only allow Archroma to strengthen our OBA supply to customers in the packaging & paper industry, in particular in India and Asia; it will also help us develop our portfolio offering to customers in the detergents market with high performance powder OBAs”.

“In line with BASF’s strategy of actively managing its portfolio, this transaction allows us to better fulfill our business potential,” said Narayan Krishnamohan, Managing Director, BASF India Limited and Head, South Asia. “Archroma is a global leader in color and specialty chemicals. Ensuring a smooth transition of our customers, suppliers and employees to Archroma will be a priority.”

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.
(Archroma Management GmbH)

Canfor Pulp Temporarily Curtailing NBSK Pulp Production This Summer

Canfor Pulp Temporarily Curtailing NBSK Pulp Production This Summer  (Company news)

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (TSX:CFX) announced recently it will be implementing phased summer curtailments in July and August at its Intercontinental and Northwood NBSK pulp mills in Prince George, British Columbia (BC). This is due to a significant deterioration in market conditions, in combination with fibre supply constraints and higher fibre costs resulting from recent sawmill curtailments across the BC industry. The curtailments will reduce Canfor Pulp’s production output by approximately 75,000 tonnes of NBSK pulp. The Company intends to resume full production at Intercontinental and Northwood in September.

Canfor Pulp has three northern bleached softwood kraft pulp mills, one BCTMP mill, and one kraft paper mill in BC.
(Canfor Pulp Limited)

Two Paper Rewinders E-WIND® P100 for Liensheng Paper (Shanying Group)

Two Paper Rewinders E-WIND® P100 for Liensheng Paper (Shanying Group)  (Company news)

A.Celli Paper is pleased to confirm its ongoing and valuable collaboration with the Chinese group Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd., enshrined in the agreement for the supply of two latest generation E-WIND® P100 rewinders, for the mill located in Zhangzhoi City, in Fujian province, China.

The E-WIND® P100 Paper Rewinders, highly developed in terms of design, will have a paper width of 6660 mm and will guarantee a maximum production speed of 2500 mpm (operating speed).

They are combined with sophisticated technological innovations including:
-Innovative Slittomatic® double motor cutting unit positioning system;
-Web-in technology, the automatic system that maximises the management of positioning cutting units without the need to break the web, with considerable time and safety savings for operators;
-Jumbo roll parking station and shuttle (mobile trolley on rail) for their handling.

These two rewinders have been selected by the Chinese group to process medium board paper, with basis weight range from 80 up to 160 gsm.

Liansheng Paper had already purchased two other rewinders, with the same width, in 2016 and Shanying Group, of which the paper mill is part, bought two large-width paper rewinders (8 meters) from A.Celli last year.

An important new confirmation of a consolidated partnership between Shanying Group and A.Celli, which underlines the success of the paper rewinders A.Celli E-WIND®.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Jaakko Nikkilä appointed Executive Vice President, UPM Specialty Papers

Jaakko Nikkilä appointed Executive Vice President, UPM Specialty Papers  (Company news)

Jaakko Nikkilä (photo) has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for UPM Specialty Papers business area as of 1 July 2019. He will be based in Helsinki reporting to Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO.

Jaakko Nikkilä is currently Senior Vice President for UPM Specialty Papers European and North American business unit. He has been in his current role since 2018. Before that he was responsible for UPM Specialty Papers sales in APAC region, based in Shanghai for five years. He joined UPM in 1995.

Jaakko holds a Master's degree in Engineering and Industrial management from Helsinki University of Technology and eMBA from Aalto University. He is 52 years old and a Finnish citizen.

"Jaakko has a broad understanding of the entire value chain in the specialty paper business. He has exceptionally strong experience in doing business in Asia. I know him as a team player and a person who delivers. UPM Specialty Papers is in an interesting phase with growth investments in Germany, China and Finland proceeding well. I am confident that Jaakko's active input will bring this growth step to a successful conclusion," says Pesonen.
(UPM Group - Paper Industry)

Rubbering catches on - flexpower from Marbach gains market share

Rubbering catches on - flexpower from Marbach gains market share  (Company news)

Marbach has been using for some time now a new rubber for rubbering cutting-dies. The name of this high-performance material is flexpower. Certified by ISEGA for use in the food industry, this rubber offers numerous advantages to operators. Marbach uses flexpower in corrugated board tools (both flat and rotary) and also sells it as raw material.

Ingo Graham, Product Manager at Marbach: "flexpower is an absolutely high-performance rubber. Tools that are rubbered with flexpower ensure maximum performance when applied to die-cutting packaging. Because of its structure and special properties, flexpower is particularly productive."

flexpower is characterized by high compression, its extremely fast rebound elasticity and endurance. The Marbach rubber is also tear-resistant and has low abrasive properties. This makes it very durable. Its unique composition, means it can also be used for die-cutting food packaging without any concerns.

Graham continues: "Due to its structure, flexpower can be very highly compressed. With significantly stronger compression than conventional rubbering. This feature has very positive effects on the quality of die-cutting. During rotary die-cutting, its high rebound elasticity means that waste is ejected quickly and efficiently – ensuring waste-free operation and maximum machine speeds. In the case of flat die-cutting, the high rebound elasticity also ensures a smooth production process and stable machine operation at fast and long-term jobs. In addition, it is even cheaper than conventional materials available on the market."

flexpower is available in two different hardnesses – "hard" or "soft" - to suit particular requirements. The portfolio has also been expanded to include form parts, benefiting all users who do not own a waterjet machine. The form parts are available for flat dies in strips with and without spacers to the cutting rule, for rotary dies as transport strip, ejection-blocks, as well as strip goods to be cut to length.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Increase your workflow efficiency through smart optimization

Increase your workflow efficiency through smart optimization  (Company news)

As the industry continues to undergo a major transformation, no printer can afford to ignore opportunities to optimize processes and improve efficiency. Ever shorter runs are the norm today, bigger orders are divided into several smaller jobs with differentiated content and time schedules, while web-to-print portals mostly generate a large number of small jobs and personalized products are on the increase. That all adds up to higher-than-ever requirements and an even heavier workload for your prepress. More files have to be processed and more plates and / or digital print jobs delivered to the pressroom in less time, to prevent the presses from standing still. The workflow and its potential for optimization are taking center stage. This is where the key lies to improving the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of your printing operations. Mass optimization represents an attractive option here that can help you raise the efficiency of your workflow sustainably and hence save time and money.

Mass optimization drives efficiency
Mass optimization is a strategy for leveraging the known information of all work-in-progress jobs, so that the jobs can be produced in the most efficient manner using the least amount of resources. Various approaches and possibilities exist for implementing mass optimization. Apart from job batching, where groups of jobs are automatically created based on certain criteria, file and sheet optimization also offer tangible benefits here. Automation and the use of intelligent software guarantee the necessary process speed and precision, so that operator intervention is reduced to a minimum.

The first step on the journey is file optimization, which ensures that all files and content supplied by the customer can be reproduced without any problems or errors in all printing processes relevant for the job. PDF preflight is a typical file optimization software, and printers using a KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System are in the envious position of having the most robust automatic preflight technology as an integral element of their workflow.

Preflight software automatically checks the files against selected preflight profiles, which can be either based on industry standards or user defined, and reports any nonconformances or errors. Preflight+, which includes the preflight power of callas pdfToolbox, is integrated in KODAK PRINERGY Workflow. Not only does it identify errors and problems; it also corrects the files automatically where possible. And that’s not all – in conjunction with PRINERGY Workflow’s Rules Based Automation feature it can automatically send notifications to the person whose job it is to optimize the files in the event of a serious problem. In addition to this, for instance, Rules Based Automation can also cause the problematic files to be moved to a specific directory.

Incidentally, Kodak-style file optimization covers not just production but also customers. Printers who offer customers the option of collaboration via the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal, which docks onto PRINERGY Workflow, can use INSITE to automatically provide them with preflight reports generated by PRINERGY’s Preflight+. Any essential improvements that have to be carried out at the customer’s end can thus be completed quickly and in a targeted way at the lowest possible cost.

The fast and reliable way to optimized press sheets
Sheet optimization is all about combining several jobs on one sheet, or splitting jobs between several sheets, in such a way that even the tightest deadlines are met while production costs and material usage are minimized. When it comes to utilizing the resources available to your business as efficiently as possible, sheet optimization is paramount. Optimizing processes and costs by ganging jobs that share common production attributes (such as the delivery date, press, substrate, inks, coating, type of finishing etc.) is a highly complex affair, especially when the jobs concerned have to be produced within a specific time period. Traditional, manual planning methods are not only very time-consuming; they are also error-prone and inflexible. Fortunately, smart, high performance solutions exist for this purpose today, which even a few years ago would have been considered impossible.

KODAK PRINERGY Workflow users can choose Dynamic Print Planning – one of the innovative PRINERGY Cloud Services – as a convenient solution for automated production planning and creation of press-ready, cost-efficient layouts. Dynamic Print Planning leverages the computing power of PRINERGY Cloud and artificial intelligence to generate the press layouts along with a manufacturing plan that makes optimum use of the available press capacity in minimal time. In case of last-minute changes to the printing conditions, Dynamic Print Planning can supply an updated plan in next to no time.

This advanced, high performance sheet optimization solution is closely integrated with PRINERGY Workflow. Job ganging workflows can thus be configured with different levels of automation, including fully automatic processes based on a pool of jobs received either online or via a MIS system or else created in the traditional way.

Don’t wait any longer!
The challenges confronting printers daily are incredibly diverse. Yet one thing is clear: if you’re reluctant to shape the transformation now and in the future, you’ll end up among the losers. Mass optimization is a strategy that can help you actively realize those changes in your organization. What’s more, mass optimization is absolutely within reach today. Kodak has suitable, tried-and-tested tools for this purpose in its portfolio as components of a highly automated workflow that is in tune with tomorrow’s world.
(Kodak GmbH)

5 Reasons Paper Books Are Still More Popular Than E-Books

5 Reasons Paper Books Are Still More Popular Than E-Books  (Company news)

The first e-reader was released in 1998, and it looked like the beginning of the end of the printed page. But today, paper books are just as popular as ever.

According to the Association of American Publishers, e-book sales haven’t diminished the popularity of paper books. Today, e-books comprise just 20–30 percent of book sales. In fact, e-book sales declined 4.9 percent in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.

Paper Books Remain Popular
Here are five reasons people still choose paper books over their digital counterparts:
-Better Sensory Experience — The feel of paper matters when reading a book. There is a real human experience to holding a book in hand, smelling the paper, hearing the crackle of the binding and flipping through the pages. Observing the number of pages you’ve read and the number you have left to read also plays a part in the psychological experience of reading.
-Better for children — Studies have shown that babies and children learn better with paper books. The more interaction a child has with an object, the better he or she learns. Parents and children also talk and interact less when using e-readers, compared with reading paper books
-Better for your health — According to a Harvard Medical School study, reading a light-emitting e-book before bed hinders your ability to sleep, decreases your alertness the next morning and negatively affects your overall health. Paper books don’t create the same adverse effects. They also bring a wealth of benefits, including increased language skills, enhanced mental development and improved memory.
-Better at conveying information — A study reported in the Guardian concluded that people using e-readers were less likely to recall events in a short story than people who read the same story in print. The research suggests that the tactile experience of using an e-reader doesn’t offer the same benefit.
-Better price point — E-readers can cost upwards of $100, a large investment for someone who can get a much more affordable paperback novel for less than $15 or, better yet, borrow a book at the library for free.
(Domtar Inc.)

Agfa sets a new standard in heatset and coldset printing with SPIR@L technology

Agfa sets a new standard in heatset and coldset printing with SPIR@L technology  (Company news)

Agfa launches SPIR@L, its latest patented screening technology that replaces traditional dots with alternative shapes to increase quality and reduce production cost. It’s the latest addition to Agfa’s ECO³ program, which focuses on economy, ecology and extra convenience.

SPIR@L – the screening innovation for heat-set and cold-set
SPIR@L is Agfa’s latest patented screening technology. Applicable to both commercial and newspaper printing, it makes it possible to hold dots from press to paper ranging from 1 to 99% without any additional effort, guaranteeing vibrant colors and sharp images. Due to the shape of the screen, print artifacts such as image slur or smaller CtP imaging artifacts become invisible. As confirmed by several early adopters, this new screen avoids color contamination in the blue color range, yielding a higher quality reproduction. Due to the nature of the dot shape, the ink layer is reduced, which positively impacts drying time or energy consumption.

“The concept behind SPIR@L is simple but brilliant,” explains Erik Peeters, market manager commercial print at Agfa. “We replaced the traditional dot used in printing with a more efficient spiral shape. That way, print jobs require less ink to fill in the exact same space, resulting in a crystal-clear image and a higher press efficiency every time.”

SPIR@L requires no hardware additions to existing press and workflow setups.

Agfa’s ECO³ program
SPIR@L is a crucial element of Agfa’s ECO3 program. In designing and creating solutions based on hardware, software and consumables, Agfa focuses on ecology, economy, and extra convenience (ECO³) to make prepress and printing operations cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to manage and maintain.

“SPIR@L adheres to Agfa’s ECO³ philosophy by improving quality and saving our customers time and money”, says Guy Desmet, Head of Marketing Offset Solutions at Agfa.
(Agfa Graphics Belgium)

Tieto appoints Jussi Mekkonen to drive Tieto customers' digitalization-based business development

Tieto appoints Jussi Mekkonen to drive Tieto customers' digitalization-based business development  (Company news)

Tieto has appointed Jussi Mekkonen (M.Sc.), as Head of Advisory, Industry Software starting September 1, 2019. The role is new at Tieto.

Mekkonen has a strong background in development and management positions, especially in the finance sector. He joins Tieto from Ferratum Bank, where he was CEO. Prior to that, he held multiple leadership positions at Nordea, including serving as Head of Personal Banking for Finland. In his new role at Tieto, Mekkonen will focus on strengthening the dialogue between business and IT in Tieto’s customer projects.

“Business requires new solutions to succeed,” says Mekkonen. “At the same time, however, we must take care that existing, often old processes can be carried out with little risk and renewed in a controlled manner. The business strategies leaders pursue and the technology choices they make must go hand in hand. We need new thinking and deeper cooperation between technology providers and client companies. I am very excited to contribute to this important work in my new role at Tieto.”

“Jussi complements our team well,” says Christian Segersven, Head of Industry Software. “His deep know-how of the financial sector is an asset to Tieto, and he will be able to apply his expertise and proven leadership abilities in multiple business fields. Furthermore, his arrival opens up several interesting development areas too.”

Jussi Mekkonen reports to Christian Segersven.
(Tieto Finland Oy)




One of Scotland’s leading paper businesses, PG Paper Company Limited has made two key hires to support its growth plans across its international markets.

The company, established by entrepreneurial couple Poonam and Puneet Gupta in 2003, has experienced exponential growth in recent years and now trades in 55 countries around the globe.

Chris McKendrick, formerly CEO of luxury beauty and home fragrance brand, Arran Aromatics and Cath Kidston has joined as PG’s new Manager Director.
Jim McKenzie, most recently Sales Development Director at Antalis, has also joined the ambitious paper company as its Sales Manager.

PG Paper’s CEO, Puneet Gupta commented: “We are delighted to have secured candidates of Chris's and Jim’s calibre to work alongside Poonam, myself and the existing senior team at PG. Both Jim and Chris bring formidable experience and knowledge, which I am certain will support and develop PG Paper's international presence across our key markets.”

McKendrick added: “The entrepreneurial spirit of PG has resulted in exponential growth for the business in recent years. I am looking forward to mapping out and delivering the next steps in the PG success story."
On his appointment as Sales Manager, McKenzie said, “My sights will firmly be on developing our international sales team and working alongside the PG senior team to review existing processes and procedures.”

The appointment of McKendrick and McKenzie follows hot on the heels of other international appointments in Turkey and China to support the ambitious company’s growth plans. The company has also established offices in America and Sweden in recent months.
(PG Paper Company Ltd)

Paper Formulation Technology is a Key Driver for Sustainable Packaging

Paper Formulation Technology is a Key Driver for Sustainable Packaging  (Company news)

As interest groups raise awareness about plastic waste, governments around the world are starting to ban various types of plastics, especially single-use packaging items. We all know the reasons behind this push: Plastic waste is filling our landfills and waterways and breaks down very slowly in the environment.

Ultimately, the impact will not be confined to items such as grocery bags and straws. Analysts expect the movement to extend to plastic bottles, disposable cups, food-service packaging and ready-meal containers. In fact, several major consumer brands, as well as a significant number of European retailers, have moved to reduce or eliminate their use of plastics in packaging. And more will certainly follow.

Renewed Focus on Paper Materials
In this new paradigm, the pulp and paper industry has an opportunity to rise to the challenge of providing more environmentally friendly fiber-based solutions to replace all those plastic straws, bottles, disposable cups and food containers. But before that happens, it’s important to address the foundational aspects of packaging production that will enable these products to be replaced with environmentally friendly alternatives, especially in food applications.

The Enabling Technologies
Almost anything, of course, is technically recyclable at a cost. But what makes a paper package most valuable in this new world is whether a material is repulpable. To this end, the goal is to replace paraffin wax or polyethylene (PE), fluorocarbon for grease barriers and the use of PE in cups and food-service applications. To achieve this goal, special formulations are required for paper packaging that act as a barrier to water, hot/cold liquids, greases and oils, moisture and water vapor—to name just a few. Suitable replacement formulations include barrier biowaxes used for different applications. Individual barrier products can also form a “system” consisting of one to three different coatings, each having different functions, with the final system design depending on the end producer’s requirements.

As the packaging industry moves toward fiber-based material for more sustainable solutions, there are some key issues to consider when it comes to paper material formulation.

Is it repulpable? Repulpability enables creation of a segregation system for post-consumer cups that can be repulped, where the fiber is recovered and reused to produce paper and paperboard products, perhaps even back into cups. The value of the fiber in these cups is very high, enough to make it economically feasible to develop the infrastructure needed to collect, segregate and recover these containers after use. Therefore, the barrier formulation should enable repulpability. This is not typically economically viable with PE-coated cups.

Is it compostable? The long-term objective, of course, is to recover the fiber. In the short term, if the material can be redirected to composting facilities – as opposed to landfills – this helps with consumer messaging and is a step forward for brand owners and the environment as well. As a result, fiber material with compostable barrier formulations have a significant advantage over PE products, which cannot be composted. However, this is still secondary to repulpability.

How is the formulation produced? This is a key point on sustainable sourcing, where many consumer brand owners have aspirational goals of using more than 50 percent sustainably sourced raw materials. Manufacturers of paper barrier coating formulations are seeking to minimize non-fossil fuel derived components and maximize renewably sourced raw materials. Some barrier solutions for example are 100% non-fossil based.

Is the barrier formulation functional? Barrier formulations must meet the functional requirements of the material being replaced. These requirements include resistance to oil, grease and water in applications like hamburger wrap, and resistance to staining for on-the-go coffee cups. Many paper-based packages are designed for consumer appeal and branding, and involve printing, sealing, gluing, flexibility and elasticity. As a result, paper barrier formulations must still allow the same packaging functionality while meeting sustainability goals.

Does the formulation facilitate manufacturing? One of the biggest advantages with some barrier coating formulations is that you can apply them using paper machine coaters, off-machine coaters or even flexo/reverse gravure printing presses. With some barrier coatings you can even convert the coated board into cups on existing cup-making machines designed to work with PE. As a result, very little capital expenditure is required to utilize these barrier systems; paper manufacturers can run them now if they have a coater.

The good news is that awareness of fiber as a functional packaging alternative continues to gain ground. For example, in the Next Gen Cup Challenge, a global consortium that includes major food industry players recently issued a challenge to “identify and commercialize existing and future solutions for the single-use, hot and cold fiber cup system.” Solutions could include cup lids, sleeves and straws, as well as reusable and alternative delivery systems. Nearly 500 entrepreneurs, inventors and scientists from more than 50 countries, including a team from Solenis, responded enthusiastically with ideas and potential solutions. Solenis was recognized as one of 12 final winners and work to scale its proposed solution is underway.

Working together, the paper industry can make a difference in reducing plastic waste in the environment and supporting the circular economy in 2019 and beyond.

New, recyclable packaging film for fresh and processed food puts Mondi on the MAP

New, recyclable packaging film for fresh and processed food puts Mondi on the MAP  (Company news)

Mondi Group has developed a fully-recyclable polypropylene construction for thermoforming applications with a 23% reduction in carbon footprint compared to existing packaging

Flexible food packaging has traditionally presented brand owners with a choice –– either extract the maximum performance parameters or make it fully recyclable. Achieving both goals at once has been almost impossible ... until now.

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable paper and packaging solutions, has created a recyclable polypropylene film that is ideal for the thermoforming of flexible films for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging, which is known for its ability to extend the shelf life of products such as meat and cheese.

Mondi’s film is certified as recyclable
The new, coextruded material includes a top and bottom web, with an internal barrier layer that comprises less than 5 percent of the entire structure, meaning it qualifies as a mono-material construction and is fully recyclable in existing waste streams. The Aachen, German-based Institut cyclos-HTP –– the Institute for Recyclability and Product Responsibility –– has independently certified that both the top and bottom webs of this construction have the highest qualification “Class AAA” in recyclability.

The previous multi-material construction rendered the previous packages unrecyclable and also resulted in a much higher carbon footprint as confirmed by life cycle analyses.

“We’re delighted to report that this innovative new film reduces the package’s carbon footprint by 23 percent compared to existing conventional structures,” said Günter Leitner, Managing Director of Mondi Styria, the Austrian plant that produces this film.

The best of both worlds: fully recyclable while keeping foods fresh
Thomas Kahl, Project Manager EcoSolutions for Mondi Consumer Packaging, explains: “Mondi’s view is that packaging should always be fit-for-purpose –– paper where possible, plastic when useful –– and sustainable by design. The challenge with this project was to maintain the functionality that is key to such applications, including excellent oxygen and moisture barriers, and high puncture resistance –– while also enhancing the package’s recyclability. The latter factor was vital as Mondi continues to support the principles of a circular economy.”

In summary, Mondi customers who use this product can:
• thermoform a fully recyclable PP film that retains all the functionality of the previous, multi-material construction
• achieve great sealability in the resulting package due to both the top and bottom web being the same, compatible material

• benefit from excellent optical properties and an outstanding gas barrier that provides for longer shelf life of the packed foodstuffs.

Users also benefit by tapping into Mondi’s years of experience in food packaging, with Mondi’s plant in Styria offering extensive expertise high-barrier applications for food packaging.

A step closer to a circular economy
This latest development is fully in line with the design guidelines of major brand owners and retailers who have sustainability in mind. This thermoformable food packaging corresponds to their requirements for redesigning flexible packaging to become more sustainable, while also meeting the challenges laid out in the ‘New Plastic Economy’ global initiative ( which is striving toward a more circular and sustainable economy.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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