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Newsgrafik #122168

New Heidelberg Versafire digital printing generation successfully launched  (Company news)

-Customers from Europe, Asia, and the USA excited by new possibilities
-Heidelberg China Commercial Day generates a lot of interest in Asia
-Rindt print shop tapping creative potential for its customers with Versafire EV and rounding off its service portfolio

Photo: A mailing showing the creative possibilities of Versafire EV with opaque white, coating and neon pink is sent to Rindt's customers.

The European launch of the new Versafire digital printing generation took place last past spring. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) launched two new models on the market: the Versafire EV is a flexible production system that is ideally tailored to the requirements of the graphics industry thanks to its creative applications, and enables extended business models, while the high-performance Versafire EP production system scores with stability and maximum performance at high volumes. In summer 2018, the new Versafire models celebrated their premiere in Heidelberg USA’s Print Media Center Atlanta. The visitors were enthusiastic about the new functions, and impressed by the two presses’ price-performance ratio. The Commercial Days in the Print Media Center Shanghai in October 2018 marked the launch of the presses on the Asian market, where there was also great interest in the Versafire EV and EP. The new presses are now installed and in operation worldwide at many Heidelberg customers.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Newsgrafik #122177

Valmet and Kemira collaborate to bring significant improvements to wastewater treatment processes  (Company news)

Valmet and Kemira have signed a partnership agreement in developing wastewater and sludge treatment customer applications for municipal and industrial plants in Europe. Reliable real-time measurement data will increase the water treatment process visibility and enable predictive and proactive process management. The target is to bring significant savings and efficiency improvements to customers.

The partnership combines Valmet's comprehensive analyzer and measurement technology, process optimization know-how and on-site service network with Kemira's strong chemistry and process optimization expertise in the municipal and industrial water treatment space. The agreement widens the existing Industrial Internet ecosystem collaboration between the two companies.

Valmet has a long history in offering measurement and optimization applications for sludge dewatering processes. These reliable measurements have provided proven results for Valmet's customers.

"Polymers and chemicals are an important part of the wastewater treatment process which is one reason why this collaboration with Kemira is a great opportunity for us. Especially in sludge dewatering, the right chemicals selection is one of the key elements to achieve the best performance," says Heli Karaila, Business manager, Wastewater, Automation, Valmet.

"We are actively expanding our portfolio of smart chemistry through the KemConnect(TM) platform for example sludge dewatering and phosphorus treatment. As part of this full-service approach, it makes perfect sense to partner up with a leading industrial automation hardware, software and equipment service provider like Valmet," says Jussi Ruotsalainen, Application Development Manager, Kemira.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122139

Sitma at Logimat with specific new solutions for the e-commerce world: Sorters, e-Cobots and ...  (Company news)

... e-Wrap 2.0 (Bild)

Sitma Machinery will take part in the Stuttgart trade fair from February 19 to 21, presenting, together with its solutions for sorting, its innovative cobots technology and the next evolution of the species for wrapping parcels in the e-commerce field: the Sitma e-Wrap, one of the most popular platforms designed by the Italian company.

Originally created for Åland Post Ltd, a postal operator based in Northern Europe, today e-Wrap is presented in its most advanced 2.0 form, redesigned to respond to renewed needs for savings and efficiency in the logistics sector.

The e-Wrap concept: from the island of Aland to the rest of the world
Formed as a postal operator specializing in shipping newspapers and magazines, Åland Post Ltd gradually shifted its activity to focus on management of envelopes and parcels, becoming a true logistics operator in the field of e-commerce. This structural change meant needing to find more flexible packaging solutions, capable of handling products of different sizes and, at the same time, allowing savings on materials. Building on its experience in both the logistics and packaging sectors, Sitma worked together with Åland Post Ltdt to develop a tailor-made solution: the "e-Wrap" packaging machine. The machine developed by the Italian company, characterized by the use of plastic film and variable formats, has been operating for over three years at the Aland Post headquarters, where it has showed excellent efficiency, flexibility and productivity.

The evolution of the species: e-Wrap 2.0
The e-Wrap proved to be a winning solution, able to respond to the needs arising from the boom in the e-commerce sector in Europe, but Sitma wanted to go further. Building on its experience in sorting processes, the company developed an evolved version of e-Wrap. The "2.0" version, in addition to allowing packages of variable sizes to be packaged with different types of films, integrates and automates advanced processes, increasingly meeting the needs of efficiency, work management and cost saving experienced by companies active in the sector. In the e-Wrap 2.0 packaging machine’s operating concept, upstream the e-Cobots automatically pick up packages from the racks (drawers containing orders to be packaged and shipped) and, thanks to a special feeding system created by Sitma engineering, offers the possibility to take and apply paper inserts (such as invoices or other documents), integrating perfectly with the package without needing glue, thus ensuring significant savings in materials. The packaging machine operates in a vertical direction, guaranteeing wrapping with tailored film applied to packs of different sizes and shapes, quickly performing the various operations of cutting, welding, weighing and labeling. Finally, downstream in the process, the e-Wrap integrates perfectly with the sorting systems, Sitma’s flagship, which concludes the package management cycle from picking to final shipment.

It will be possible to see the solutions for sorting, integration with e-cobots, and e-Wrap 2.0 at the Sitma Machinery stand in Logimat, Hall 5 Booth D21.
(Sitma Machinery S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #122158

Södra's first robot employee  (Company news)

Södra welcomes Clerk, the company’s first digital robot employee. Clerk is a software robot that works in six departments and uses its expertise in everyday, repetitive and time-consuming tasks. With Clerk’s help, Södra’s employees can devote their days to more value-creating activities.

“Digitalisation is creating a myriad of exciting opportunities in our working day. Automation and robotics are prioritised areas for Södra to strengthen the Group’s competitiveness by freeing time up for our employees that they can then spend on tasks that create more value. The development of Clerk is a first step in this process,” said Hans Falk, IT Automation & Robotics Manager, Södra.

Clerk was developed in 2018 using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology. The aim is that Clerk will remove the burden of administrative and repetitive tasks from employees. Clerk is currently assisting six departments performing tasks that include invoice processing, book-keeping and the preparation of reports. A total of 12 different processes in the company have been robotised and Clerk works full time with these.

“We view this as a step in creating scope for more stimulating work tasks, being able to recruit the right skills and gaining more satisfied employees. The long-term vision is to ‘employ’ more digital employees in 2019, to increase the number of departments that these can assist and to view software robots as a natural resource for the future,” says Cristian Brolin, Chief Digital Officer, CDO, Södra.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #122159


tna is pleased to announce the promotion of Jonathan Rankin (photo) to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Having recently returned to tna as Chief Sales Officer (CSO), Jonathan will lead tna’s day-to-day operations, while focusing on the implementation of new processes that will take tna’s operational efficiencies and growth to the next level.

Founded in 1982 by Alf Taylor and his wife Nadia, tna revolutionised the snack food industry by inventing the world’s first rotary, continuous motion, high-speed VFFS system. The company has since grown from Australian packaging pioneer into a global leader of food processing and packaging solutions for a wide range of industries, including snacks, confectionery, fresh and frozen produce.

“Our growth over the last few years has been incredible,“ comments Alf Taylor, co-founder and managing director, tna. “We now operate out of 30 sites and employ over 500 talented people around the world. It’s a huge step-up from when Nadia and I started the business from our kitchen table. Over the last 36 years, we’ve added some truly amazing people to our team, gained a fantastic bunch of customers and established ourselves as a global leader on the snack food manufacturing market. Jonathan celebrated some of our most important milestones with us and played an instrumental role in our growth. We were thrilled when he decided to come back and can’t wait to see just how much further he’ll take the business.”

Jonathan’s experience in the food industry spans over three decades. Having held various global management roles at tna from 1993 until 2003, he returned to tna earlier this year to oversee tna’s global sales division. He is well-versed in the company’s culture, business objectives and portfolio of integrated food processing and packaging solutions. Before re-joining tna, he served as general manager for food processing specialist Marel, where he was responsible for the successful growth of the company’s Oceania operations.
(TNA Australia Pty Ltd)

Newsgrafik #122161

WorldStar Packaging Award 2019: BoFood Organic from Epple wins award  (Company news)

BoFood® Organic, the migration harmless ink for printing the inner sides of primary foodstuff packaging, has received the WorldStar Packaging Award for 2019. The product from Epple Druckfarben AG, Neusäß, won the award in the category “Packaging Materials & Components”. The World Star Packaging Award is presented by the WPO (World Packaging Organisation) and underlines the worldwide significance of a product for the printing industry.

“The WorldStar Packaging Award for BoFood® Organic both delights us and provides us with a lot of motivation. The excellence of the numerous international WorldStar-Competitors is a particular distinction for us. The selection of the jury demonstrates that inner side printing of packaging is in demand and that our low migration printing inks are absolutely future orientated for the global printing market”, according to Gunther Gerlach, Chairman of the Executive Board at Epple Druckfarben AG. Within their broad portfolio of sustainable solutions, BoFood Organic is a component of the BoFood Series, which is a complete package of migration harmless, coordinated Epple products for both the outer and inner side printing of primary foodstuff packaging, as well as a corresponding varnish effect.

Migration harmlessness convinced the Jury

BoFood Organic, as the winner of the German Packaging Prize for 2018, was already in the illustrious shortlist for the WorldStar Packaging Award. The 20 person international Jury had an extremely difficult task in Jinan, China. Within the time frame of one week, representatives from 20 packaging organisations and members of the WPO (World Packaging Organisation) investigated 319 entries from 35 countries. Prizes were awarded for branch specific packaging, among others, such as in the category of drinks and foodstuffs. In addition, prizes were awarded for performance in the sectors of POS, Transport or even “Packaging materials and components”. This is where

BoFood Organic was evaluated as an exceptional product. The Jury spoke as one: “In contrast to previously available inks with limited migration, BoFood Organic is composed exclusively of raw materials which are permitted in foodstuffs. This means that the inks present no toxicological risk; independent of whether they are determined for short or long term direct food contact. These inks are migration harmless”. The ceremonial presentation will take place at the WorldStar Packaging Award on May 15th, 2019 in Prague.
(Epple Druckfarben AG)

Newsgrafik #122163

Palm Paper builds waste paper sorting plant in King's Lynn  (Company news)

A waste paper sorting plant for the production of newsprint is being built alongside the Palm Paper plant in King’s Lynn, UK.

Directly connected to the paper machine’s materials processing, the fully automated sorting plant will house separately collected mixed waste paper from a range of collection points for sorting into newspaper and magazines. Sorted cardboard and corrugated board will be transported for recycling to other paper plants around the United Kingdom and Europe.

Palm Group’s supply company Palm Recycling will annually supply up to 200,000 tons of waste paper from local authorities and waste disposal companies for sorting.

Palm Group’s decision to make this considerable investment demonstrates the group’s clear support of newsprint production in Norfolk. It will ensure sufficient quantities of the required quality of waste paper raw materials will be available for recycling. The waste paper storage area will also be expanded significantly.

Raw materials sorting
Palm Recycling emphasised that this will not be a conventional recycling plant for sorting mixed reusable materials. It will solely process mixed waste paper types collected separately to glass, metals, plastics and other materials. “Our goal is to sort mixed waste paper with a high content of graphical paper and to separate these from cardboard materials,” says Gero Hempel, Managing Director of Palm Recycling.

The company will be working closely with municipal organisations and private contractors to ensure high-quality recycling through the separate collection of waste paper. He adds: “Developments in China have led to changes in the markets and Palm is convinced that this plant will create sustainable recycling for separately collected, valuable waste paper resources.” He also explains: “The production of high-quality newsprint requires the right raw materials, which are best obtained by collecting paper separately.”
(Palm Paper Limited)

Newsgrafik #122174

More options and greater availability - August Faller continues to expand production capacity  (Company news)

The pharmaceutical packaging specialist, August Faller, continues to expand its production capacity: The company has invested in a new, state-of-the-art printing press at its head office in Waldkirch, Germany. This means that August Faller is not only able to guarantee even greater availability of its products, but it is also able to offer its customers more options when it comes to designing individual, modern packaging solutions.

Photo: The new Heidelberg XL106-7 printing press has been in operation
at August Faller in Waldkirch since November 2018

The new equipment from the manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen is suitable for multicolour printing in up to seven colours, including UV coat application. “This gives us more options for high-quality, visually appealing packaging,” explains Peter Ganter, Director of PSC Folding Cartons at August Faller. It’s particularly important for ‘over-the-counter’ (OTC) products sold in pharmacies and supermarkets to be attractive.

Large-format pharmaceutical packaging on trend
The new acquisition means that August Faller is also broadening the scope
for the production of large-format medical packaging. “It’s mainly the 3B
format, measuring 70 x 100 centimetres that is gaining importance in the
pharmaceutical industry,” says Ganter. The reason for this is that the
packaging has to include even more information but also additional flaps,
for example to protect against interference or to add syringes or pens. “As
an expert in individual custom-made products, it’s really important to us
that we are able to offer our customers even more options here.” The
additional production capacity will also help August Faller to be able to
guarantee high availability for its entire product portfolio.

Long-term partnership with machine suppliers
The packaging specialist has been partnering with Heidelberger
Druckmaschinen for a number of years. “We have been using the new XL106-7 machine since November and everything's running smoothly,” notes Ganter. “We see the reliable performance and first-class results as benefits that we can pass on directly to our customers.” Overall, August Faller invested approximately five million euros in printing and further processing at its Waldkirch site in 2018.
“We are well-equipped for future growth and want to continue to strengthen our prominent market position,” stresses Dr. Daniel Keesman, Managing Partner of the August Faller Group.
(August Faller GmbH & Co. KG)

Newsgrafik #122144

BillerudKorsnäs appoints Executive Vice President Solutions  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs announced that Anders Lundin (photo) is appointed Executive Vice President for Solutions, one of the company’s three divisions in the new organisation.

During 2018 BillerudKorsnäs announced that the company will create three divisions with profit and loss responsibility in order to more effectively realise the company’s growth strategy. The three divisions are Board, Paper and Solutions. Anders Lundin, today head of BillerudKorsnäs M&A, is appointed Executive Vice President Division Solutions. He will be a member of the company’s senior management team.

- With Anders Lundin as Executive Vice President Solutions, we now have committed and experienced leaders for all three divisions. At BillerudKorsnäs, Anders has successfully led projects within efficiency and business development and has had the responsibility for our efforts in BillerudKorsnäs Venture. Anders’ experience is a perfect match with the task to strengthen our position and create growth within solutions, says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

- It is exciting to take a new step within the group. There is a huge demand for new sustainable packaging where BillerudKorsnäs’ efforts are timely. I am looking forward to develop division Solutions and working with the team, says Anders Lundin.

Anders Lundin has been employed by BillerudKorsnäs since 2015 as head of M&A and executive chairman of the board in BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB. He has experience from various leading positions within Perstorp, including Executive Vice President for Perstorp Performance Products and member of the senior management team. During his time at Perstorp, Anders Lundin has also been responsible for business development and efficiency projects as well as being head of M&A.

Anders Lundin will start in the position on the 1 February 2019.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Newsgrafik #122146

Skidata approval for TICKETTHERM TOP 190 SD and TICKETTHERM TOP 220 SD  (Company news)

Both Tickettherm qualities TOP 190 SD and TOP 220 SD have been approved by the company SKIDATA for the production of parking tickets in both carparks with a barrier control, as well as for use in the SKIDATA ticket machines.

Both products proved a high sensitivity, excellent resistance to environmental influences, together with good runnability and flatness in the machines, even under fluctuating climatic conditions. In addition to the production of parking tickets, they can also be used to produce entry tickets, industrial labels and hangingtags.

SKIDATA AG is a global company and counts as one of the worlds leading providers in the sector of access and visitor management solutions, as well as being a premium manufacturer of automated barriers and ticket machines.
(Sihl GmbH)

Newsgrafik #122154


PAPERplus® Grass, Storopack’s new type of paper, increases the focus on sustainability. The paper consists of 50 percent grass, which is a renewable raw material and requires less water and energy during production than conventional types. PAPERplus® Grass boasts the same out-standing packaging characteristics as other Storopack paper types and is ideal for filling voids and packaging shipping goods weighing between five and 50 kilograms. Padding made from PAPERplus® Grass can be produced directly at the packing station with the PAPERplus® Classic and Classic² paper cushion systems.

Focus on Sustainability
“Sustainability is very important to us when it comes to product development. We’re therefore delighted to have PAPERplus® Grass in our portfolio, a paper that underlines this issue in several ways and allows us to conserve resources and embrace a regional approach,” says Product Manager Paul Deis. The grass in PAPERplus® Grass comes from the Swabian Jura, the area surrounding the paper factories in Metzingen and Lenningen, and is dried on-site before being processed into packaging material. Grass grows back faster than wood and requires fewer resources during processing: when producing the paper, each metric ton of grass fibers requires only a fraction of the total water needed for the same amount of wood fibers, as well as less energy. When it comes to manufacturing PAPERplus® Grass, Storopack also doesn’t use process chemi-cals. PAPERplus® Grass is available around the world and comes in rolls with 280 meters of paper and a width of 600 millimeters.
(Storopack Deutschland GmbH + Co. KG)

Newsgrafik #122157

A.Celli Paper and Global Hygiène for a turn-key tissue plant project  (Company news)

A.Celli Paper is pleased to begin a valuable collaboration with the French company for the supply of a complete tissue production plant.

Global Hygiène has chosen to rely on A.Celli Paper technology for the order of a complete turnkey plant to be installed in >Charavines, in southeastern France.
The French company has secured the A.Celli technological excellence, from the stock preparation to the roll handling system.

The new iDEAL®1800S machine will have a 2850 mm format and an operating speed of 1800 mpm. The project also includes an E-WIND® T100 rewinder and a R-WAY® roll-handling system.
The Yankee supplied is the forged one of the latest A.Celli generation and has a diameter of 15’.

Luc Brami, CEO of Global Hygiène, said that the production of Charavines, estimated in 30.000 t/y, will cover the needs of the two Global Hygiène group’s converting plants, in Auxonne and Vern d’Anjou, consolidating the company’s leadership position in the market for hygienic products.

As usual A.Celli has given its total availability in experience and professionalism to the customer, with a full spirit of partnership.

The delivery is expected for the fourth quarter of 2019.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #122190

Archroma launches Leucophor® AFCN, a new FDA-approved OBA aimed for food contact, ...  (Company news)

... high-whiteness packaging and paper

Picture: Archroma launches Leucophor® AFCN, a new FDA-approved OBA aimed for food contact, high-whiteness packaging and paper. (Photo: Leah Kelly)

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced the introduction of a new optical brightening agent (OBA) specially designed for food packaging and paper, Leucophor® AFCN liq. The newly launched OBA has been approved for food contact by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Urbanization and digitalization are rapidly changing our lifestyle. People around the globe are increasingly purchasing and consuming on the go. A growing part of food containers are made from renewable sources, such as paper and board. It is necessary to ensure that these paper containers are free from substances that would be harmful for the consumer.

Archroma is committed to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. We strive to introduce innovations that allow safe, efficient and enhanced manufacturing processes - and end products.

Leucophor® AFCN liq was designed with these guiding principles in mind:
- Leucophor® AFCN liquid has approval for use in food-contact paper and paperboard under FDA Food Contact Notification 1921, which became effective on 9 November 2018.
- Leucophor® AFCN liq is ideally suited for stock application and for use in coating formulations that contain polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) or casein as a secondary binder.
- Leucophor® AFCN liq is a disulphonated OBA, with a characteristically high substantivity in the wet-end delivering the papermaker cost savings through the ability to make more rapid grade changes.

"There is a fast-growing demand for food packaging made with paper and board, and our Leucophor® AFCN liquid OBA has been developed to help manufacturers to respond to that demand”, comments Andrew Jackson, Global Product Manager Optical Brightening Agents, Paper Solutions Business, Archroma.

“Complementing our FDA-compliant tetrasulphonated OBAs and shading colorants, Leucophor® AFCN liquid provides our customers with greater flexibility to produce attractive, white, paper-based packaging and containers for food applications. Because it’s our nature!”
(Archroma Management GmbH)

Newsgrafik #122140

GSE praised for digitalisation as regional winner of Netherlands’ annual ...  (Company news)

... ‘Smart Manufacturing’ award

Ink logistics provider GSE has been confirmed as one of six national regional winners of the Metaalunie Smart Manufacturing Award 2019 in the Netherlands. The company, based in Brummen, was declared the winner for Gelre.

The annual award is organised by Koninklijke Metaalunie, a confederation representing over 14,000 small and medium metalworking firms across the Netherlands. It recognises organisations that distinguish themselves with modern production techniques and processes, choice of materials, well-thought-out systems, digitalisation and a self-managing and self-learning organisational culture.

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, comments: “For over 40 years, GSE’s ink logistics solutions have been helping printers to eliminate waste and optimise efficiency. These solutions are inspired by our creative, team-oriented culture and values, such as continually striving to beat customer expectations and seeking new opportunities for improvement. As pioneers of smart working methods and digitalisation, we are delighted to that our efforts to lead by example have been recognised, as we reach the final stage of this prestigious competition.”

GSE and the five other regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be revealed on 13th March at the “Evening of the Manufacturing Industry” ceremony, staged at the Utrecht Jaarbeurs exhibition centre.

Anita van Gils, award jury leader and lecturer at the National Expertise Center for Family Businesses at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, says: "The winners are all good examples of small-medium enterprise metalworking companies, which understand that the power of our manufacturing industry lies in 'inventing' in combination with 'making', now and in the future. That is important for a profitable company."

GSE’s modular dispensing systems provide fast, accurate mixing and dispensing of flexo, gravure and screen inks and are available for label, flexible packaging, paper, carton and textile applications. GSE Ink manager software, launched in 2018, enables converters to minimise ink-related waste, providing improved ink yields, enhanced reporting and business planning and reduced setup times.

Besides GSE, the other five regional winners of the Metaalunie Smart Manufacturing Award 2019 are, in alphabetical order:

- AW Machinery bv in Emmeloord, winner East
- Metafas bv in Asten, winner Southeast
- Otolift Trapliften bv in Bergambacht, winner Zuid-Holland
- Sunshield bv in Raamsdonksveer, winner West-Brabant
- Vanmac bv in Amersfoort, winner Middle

In addition to jury chairman Anita van Gils, the jury consists of Aukje Kuypers, Businesswoman of 2018 and managing director of Kuijpers; Martin van Zaalen, editor-in-chief, Link Magazine; Paul d'Hond, senior advisor product management at the Chamber of Commerce; and Arjan Ester, CEO of Aebi Schmidt Nederland bv, the Smart Manufacturing Award national winner in 2018.
(GSE Dispensing B.V.)

Newsgrafik #122143

GEMÜ honoured as 'Global Market Leader' for 2018 – the third year in a row  (Company news)

The Ingelfingen-based specialist in valves has been awarded the title of "Global Market Leader" for yet another year, earning the distinction for 2018 as part of the global market leader index of the University of St. Gallen and the Academy of German Global Market Leaders.

For the third time in succession, the German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche has awarded the family-owned enterprise GEMÜ Gebrüder Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG the WirtschaftsWoche quality seal of "Global Market Leader", declaring them "champions" of 2018. In doing so, WirtschaftsWoche has recognised GEMÜ's inclusion in the global market leader index in the segment "Valves and automation components: Valves, Process and Control systems for sterile applications".

The global market leader index is compiled under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr Christoph Müller of the HBM Unternehmerschule (school for entrepreneurs) at the University of St. Gallen, in cooperation with the Academy of German Global Market Leaders (ADWM). In doing so, objective selection criteria and transparent selection processes are developed to determine the actual global market leaders. The information acquired is then scientifically evaluated and the results are published in a condensed form.

The researchers designate companies as "Global Market Leader Champions" where they are – among other criteria – represented on at least three continents with their own production and/or sales companies, have an annual turnover of at least €50 million, are first or second in the relevant market segment, and can demonstrate an export share or foreign share of at least 50% of their turnover. Another important criterion for a company to obtain the accolade of "Global Market Leader Champion" is to be (owner-)managed with headquarters in the German-speaking region (Germany, Austria or Switzerland).

As a family-owned, owner-managed business headquartered in Ingelfingen-Criesbach (in the German state of Baden-Württemberg), with 27 subsidiaries as well as six manufacturing sites in Germany, Switzerland, China, Brazil, France and the USA, GEMÜ fully satisfies these requirements. In addition to these prerequisites, it was the cutting-edge technology and market leadership in the field of valves, process and control systems for sterile applications that served as a crucial factor for WirtschaftsWoche in awarding the accolade and WirtschaftsWoche quality seal of "Global Market Leader 2018 – Champions" to GEMÜ.

"We are proud to be represented as a global market leader in the current index and for the third year in a row. This award from WirtschaftsWoche has shown and confirmed to us that it is truly worth focusing on customer requirements, product quality and the continuous further development of our product range," says Gert Müller, Managing Partner at GEMÜ. "As it is based on scientific methods," he adds,"this award serves as confirmation of GEMÜ's worldwide success and its dominance of the technological market."
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)

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Reed Exhibitions announces definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions, ...  (Company news)

... opening window to new value for customers on three continents

Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions in a move that will add an outstanding line-up of industry-leading brands to its global portfolio. It also promises access to innovation and new value in both face-to-face and digital formats for the more than 175,000 Mack Brooks customers around the world.

Mack Brooks Exhibitions, based in St. Albans, United Kingdom, was established in 1965 and features more than 30 business-to-business events in 14 countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom, serving nine industry sectors. Flagship brands include EuroBLECH (sheet metal working technology); inter airport (airport infrastructure and technology); Fastener Fair (fastener and fixing technology); Chemspec (fine and speciality chemicals); RAILTEX (rail infrastructure and technology); ICE Europe (paper, film and foil converting); CCE (manufacturing and converting corrugated and cartonboard); PSE Europe (plastics) and InPrint (print technology for industrial manufacturing). A broad programme of geo-cloning has successfully positioned many of these brands and related adjacencies outside Germany and the United Kingdom to include a presence today in countries including France, Italy, the United States, Mexico, China, Singapore, Thailand, India and Turkey.

Stephen Brooks, Chairman of Mack Brooks, said: “I am delighted for our customers and staff and extremely positive about the future of Mack Brooks as part of Reed Exhibitions. Our events and customers will benefit tremendously from Reed Exhibitions’ global reach, experience in delivering customer value and investment in technology. I am proud of the business we have built and happy to see it in such experienced hands for the next chapter of its evolution.”

“Mack Brooks is an excellent fit with Reed Exhibitions’ existing portfolio and the combination of the two businesses will deliver value for all stakeholders, including customers and staff,” said Chet Burchett, CEO of Reed Exhibitions.

“Mack Brooks is widely recognised as a market leading exhibitions organiser and bringing these shows together with Reed Exhibitions’ own strengths in delivering customer value and innovation represents an exceptional opportunity. For customers, we will be able to add value through capabilities such as our International Sales Group, innovative digital tools and increasingly sophisticated customer matchmaking programmes. For employees, Reed Exhibitions will provide exciting new opportunities. The acquisition is in line with our organic growth driven strategy, supported by acquisitions of targeted show portfolios that are natural additions to our existing business,” Burchett said. “We will be delighted to welcome the Mack Brooks team to Reed Exhibitions and look forward to working together to deliver ever-greater value for all our customers.”

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory consents and is expected to close during the first half of 2019.
(Reed Exhibitions)

Newsgrafik #122151

Relocation of the W+D envelope inserting division from Löhne to Bad Oeynhausen  (Company news)

W+D is continuing to invest in the future of envelopes and its Mail Solutions / Inserting division. The Inserting division will be relocating its activities from Löhne to the neighboring town of Bad Oeynhausen. The new location will develop, build and deliver inserting systems and modules from W+D as of January 2, 2019.

In the new production hall, we were able to optimize the arrangement of the flow assembly of our high-quality inserting systems, making the assembly even more efficient and faster. Distances have also been shortened in the service and development area, guaranteeing improved internal and external communication.

Our employees’ individual contact info will not be changing; there is a single central fax number at extension 199.
(Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH)

Newsgrafik #122164

PMP is launching new marketing campaign 'We Are Stronger Together' for 2019!  (Company news)

PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) is announcing new marketing campaign for the year 2019, entitled "We Are Stronger Together”.

Campaign was launched during an official ceremony in the Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland. PMP is co-author in exhibition vernissage that shows incredible history of paper machines and rich history of PMP.

Exactly 220 years ago a paper machine was patented and brought to the market, changing the reality of every human being. We believe that our rich history that has started over 165 years ago, has a direct impact on who we are today… We are a big, worldwide family, who is eager to claim higher and higher… We are a dedicated, international team, powered by 7 divisions all around the globe. Our history, passion and values defines us… We are stronger together!
(PMPoland S.A.)

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Durst strengthens Large Format Printing division with new dual leadership and central management  (Company news)

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is expanding its high-revenue Large Format Printing (LFP) segment with a new leadership. Previously, the segment was divided into the areas of web-fed printing in Brixen and flatbed printing at the Lienz production site. With the introduction of the P5 technology platform and the future development of hybrid printing systems, the historically grown structure will be dissolved in favor of better efficiency in the daily dealings with Durst customers and the business unit will be controlled from the Durst headquarters in Brixen, northern Italy.

The new dual leadership will be formed by experienced Durst managers Christian Harder and Andrea Riccardi. Both employees have been with the company for over 20 years and have helped shape the evolutionary stages of Durst inkjet technology in all its facets. As the new Global Sales Director, Christian Harder has cross-segment know-how and has been responsible for successful worldwide sales management for Ceramics Printing in recent years. Prior to that, he was responsible for sales in Eastern Europe and Latin America in the LFP segment. Andrea Riccardi, as the new Head of Product Management, worked for many years in direct sales in the important LFP market Italy and since the end of 2016 has been responsible for the product portfolio in LFP web printing and the further development in Soft Signage/Fabrics Printing.

"The reorganization in the LFP segment brings together the building blocks we set in 2017 with the introduction of the P5 technology platform, the expansion of the Lienz and Brixen customer centers and the new headquarter in Brixen," says Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group. "The new dual leadership has my fullest confidence and the best prerequisites for further developing the segment and consolidating our position as market leader. By concentrating the management function in the Group, we are also paving the way for optimal networking and integration with the relevant areas in development, software and services. The Lienz location will also benefit from the cross-segment technology transfer.”
(Durst Phototechnik AG)

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VTT develops a new sustainable way to turn forestry waste into transport fuels and chemicals  (Company news)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new technique based on gasification, which offers a sustainable way to turn forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport fuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 90% compared to fossil fuels.

The new approach uses gasification to turn biomass into intermediate products – liquid hydrocarbons, methanol or methane – in production units integrated with communal district heating plants or forest industry power plants. The intermediate products are processed further in oil refineries to make renewable fuels or chemicals.

VTT developed and piloted the new gasification process and evaluated the competitiveness of plants based on the technique in the course of a recently concluded project called BTL2030. The distributed generation process developed by the project team makes efficient use of the energy content of biomass. Approximately 55% of the energy content is turned into transport fuels and a further 20–25% can be used to provide district heating or to produce steam for industrial processes. The new technique reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 90% compared to fossil fuels.

Sustainable bioenergy plays an important role in the fight against climate change
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), modern bioenergy plays a key role in building a cleaner and more sustainable energy system. Bioenergy currently accounts for approximately 50% of the world's renewable energy consumption, and the IEA estimates that bioenergy will be the most rapidly growing form of renewable energy between 2018 and 2023. In the longer term, limiting global warming to two degrees requires, according to the IEA, almost quadrupling bioenergy's contribution to the world's energy consumption, from the current 4.5% to approximately 17% by 2060.

Bioenergy is needed, in particular, for reducing emissions from air transport and shipping and as a back-up fuel for road transport as more electric cars are introduced. The use of forest industry by-products, such as bark, forestry waste, recycled wood, straw or other biomass as raw materials does not impact on the carbon sink effect of forests, and they do not compete against forest industry raw material procurement or food production.

By-products to provide heat throughout the year
The process is based on VTT's low-pressure, low-temperature steam gasification technology, simplified gas purification and small-scale industrial syntheses. Thanks to the small-scale approach, the heat generated by the process can be used throughout the year, and the process can be fuelled with local waste. Finland's previous plans have involved considerably larger gasification-based diesel plants, the raw material demands of which could not have been satisfied with locally sourced waste. Moreover, it would have been impossible to make full use of the by-productheat of the large plants, and their energy efficiency would have therefore been easily less than 60%.

Considerable improvements expected in the competitiveness of plants
"Not one of the large gasification plants of more than 300 MW that have been planned for Europe has been built yet. The almost EUR 1 billion investment needed together with the risks associated with new technology has proven an insurmountable obstacle. The smaller scale of our solution makes it easier to secure funding for building the first plant based on the new technology", explains VTT's Senior Principal Scientist Esa Kurkela.

The BTL2030 project team estimates that the production costs of transport fuels made from domestic waste would amount to EUR 0.8–1 per litre of petrol or diesel. The new technology is set to become considerably more competitive as the costs of the raw materials of competing technologies increase, and the process is expected to be highly competitive at least from the year 2030 onwards. The project involved mapping out the path from pilot-scale development to demonstrations and commercialising the technology with participating businesses. Even in the short term, the ultimate competitiveness of the new technique hinges on the prices of crude oil and carbon dioxide quotas as well as the taxation of renewable transport fuels.

Gasification technology projected to have huge export potential
Experts estimate that, in addition to other measures, Finland will need sustainable biofuels to account for 30% of the energy consumption of the transport sector by 2030. Supplying half of this demand with domestic waste would require 5–10 locally integrated energy production plants. The 3.6% target set for advanced biofuels in the European Commission's Renewable Energy Directive (RED2) equates to 11 million tonnes of oil, which would mean approximately 200 gasification plants in Europe alone.

In addition to transport fuels, the biomass gasification technique can be used to produce renewable raw materials to replace oil and natural gas in various chemical industry processes. Synthesis gas applications, on the other hand, could help in the attainment of several circular economy goals, such as close-loop recycling of plastics and other packaging materials.

Research and development work to continue through EU projects
The development of gasification technology is set to continue through two EU Horizon 2020 projects coordinated by VTT. The projects focus on gas purification and increasing the efficiency of synthesis technology and aim to demonstrate the performance of the entire biofuel chain at VTT's Bioruukki piloting centre in Espoo, Finland. Another solution under development is a flexible hybrid process based on biomass and solar and wind energy, which can either be run on just biomass or be boosted with electrolysis. This provides an efficient way to store solar or wind energy as a renewable fuel and could as much as double the renewable fuel output of the biomass sources available.
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

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Intec expands its ColorFlare range with two new models  (Company news)

Intec Printing Solutions Limited, innovators in digital imaging and finishing, continues its expansion of unique solutions by introducing the ColorFlare CF350 and CF750 as part of the ColorFlare range of lamination and foiling equipment.

Two new models added to the range
Recently unveiled at The Print Show UK and Print ’18 USA, the ColorFlare CF350 and CF750 join the CF1200 flagship model, creating a highly creative print finishing range – which will be shipping in volume from this month!
The ColoFlares are compact dual laminator and foil flaring solutions designed to offer commercial printers, marketers and designers in-house decorative effects. Primarily designed for short run, on-demand digital applications as well as lamination for traditional litho output, the ColorFlares open up new opportunities for the production of greetings cards, vouchers, security print, packaging, book jackets and labels etc.
Intec’s CF350 enters the market at an incredibly competitive price, offering the flexibility of laminating and foiling and with its softer feed rollers, great for foiling trickier items such as envelopes without any detrimental effects from the pressure required to achieve a fantastic foil finish.

Emulating its bigger brother, the CF750 offers three different set up options; as a desktop solution, with a stand and with the new dual feed roller assembly so lamination and foil rolls can be loaded together for exact material alignment and quicker production set.

The two new additions to the range also help by giving users access to the widest range of media at the best possible prices compared to typical desktop entry level or mid-range foiling or laminating solutions that employ 1 or 2 inch core rolls of foil or laminate, that are more expensive and harder to source. Intec’s ColorFlare range, is unique as it utilises an industry standard 3” core for both laminate and foils across its entire range making it easier and more cost effective for users to stock just one range of laminates and foils.

Coupled with the ColorSplash colour digital printer, the ColorFlare can foil flare directly onto printed toner and also onto lamination films creating extra special effects without expensive set up charges. Not limiting themselves to promoting this with the ColorSplash units only, Intec offers the ColorFlare to anyone who has a digital printer from any one of today’s major printer manufacturers.

“We were very encouraged by the incredible sales received from the launch of the flagship CF1200 and after extensive market research, discovered that there was a gap in the market for smaller, entry level, desktop solutions that utilised the more cost effective 3 inch core materials in the market, so we developed these units to fill that gap” states Ian Melville, managing director at Intec Printing Solutions. “And with the production enhancing features such as the dual feed assembly, unique to Intec ColorFlares, we are offering some key advantages to laminating and foiling facilities worldwide.”

ColorFlare is all about adding decorative effects to printed sheets – and adding extra value to print. By combining a ColorFlare with ColorSplash digital printer the results are limitless!
(Intec Printing Solutions Limited)

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Beverage Carton companies launch EXTR:ACT platform to boost recycling  (Company news)

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) announced that it has launched a new platform to drive the industry’s engagement in carton recycling across Europe. The platform, named EXTR:ACT – Driving Value for mulitmaterial recycling, has been set up by ACE members BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak Tetra Pak to foster recycling of beverage cartons, including the non-paper components, such as polymers and aluminium.

With this new platform beverage carton industry takes additional measures to increase recycling of its packages, scale and drive value for recycling solutions and secure their long-term sustainability. It will also coordinate and drive initiatives to enhance beverage carton collection across Europe. Heike Schiffler, President of EXTR:ACT said the new platform reflected the industry’s commitment to the circular economy. “We have come a long way to reach our current recycling rate of 48% in Europe, despite the absence of a specific recycling target for beverage cartons in the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. With this new initiative and partnerships, we are confident we will be able to achieve a significantly increased collection and recycling rate by 2025,” she said.

Sustainable recycling programmes require collaboration both in and beyond our own industry. EXTR:ACT aims to work in partnerships with stakeholders with similar needs in recycling of composite packaging.
(ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))

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New experts added to the CITO GROUP  (Company news)

As of January 15th 2019, Wolfgang Gross is joining CITO’s team of experts. He is an employee within the CITO GROUP, and his job will be to provide international support for all members of the CITO GROUP involved in projects in the field of cutting tool production. Mr Gross enjoys a reputation throughout the industry as an absolute expert, gained over many years spent working for leading German companies in the field of cutting die production. Most recently, he was the CEO of a leading diemaking company, a position he held for many years.

Today, CITO is regarded as the world leader in the field of creasing technology. But for a number of years now, it has also been a supplier for cutting die manufacturers and has meanwhile earned a considerable reputation in this area. Traditionally, CITO has always striven to be a technological market leader. In line with this strategy, it has over the last few years acquired the diemaking company Bieling & Petsche Stanzformen GmbH, as well as PolyMX bv, a manufacturer of ejection material, and incorporated them within the group.

The GROUP’s CEO, Jürgen Mariën, formulated his strategic objective as followed: “In four years, CITO will not only be the market leader in the field of diecutting technology but also diemaking technology, particularly in the area of ejection material.”

Specialist competence and innovative strength are essential in order to reach this goal, which is why it was decided to add the rotary specialist Andrew Powell to the team only a short time ago. After working for an international corrugated board group, Andrew Powell spent many years as an expert at a leading cutting tool producer in the Netherlands, and has now found his new home at PolyMX bv. We have also gained a further expert in the form of Wolfgang Gross.

His main fields of activity will cover project work with international groups, research & development, process enhancement, and training. The aim is to establish high-performance cutting dies in our industry. The approach taken by CITO is to improve customers’ production processes, increase productivity, implement savings in waste and scrap, and therefore increase profitability. Some of these projects have already been initiated with customers, and they have meanwhile begun showing success.

The guiding principle generally followed at CITO is that improving tool performance by using quality material and high-grade components, coupled with know-how, leads to a better result. Naturally, this also requires an open dialogue with the customer, because it is only possible to achieve optimum joint results when there is clarity regarding the needs of the customer. In the preliminary talks held with Wolfgang Gross, it quickly became clear that we are on the same wavelength. In his first statement, Wolfgang Gross tells us:
“I am looking forward to my new tasks and I am already thrilled with the R&D possibilities available at CITO. You can tell straight away that the entire team is passionate about what it does, and I am really happy to be part of it.”

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U. Günther GmbH operates FLEXCEL NX System in tandem  (Company news)

Picture: Visual inspection of a processed FLEXCEL NX Plate

Leading German packaging prepress service provider boosts its commitment to FLEXCEL NX Plate technology with a second KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide 5080 System – from Kodak’s limited anniversary edition

Five years after KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate technology made its debut at U. Günther GmbH with the acquisition of a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide 5080 System, a second line of the same type was commissioned in November 2018. U. Günther is now the first Kodak customer in Europe to use two of these large-format systems to make high-resolution, high-performance flexographic plates in 1270 x 2032 mm size.

Full-service provider for the A to Z of packaging
Established in 1968 by Ulrich Günther, this family owned Hamburg firm currently employs around 125 people. The portfolio covers everything from consulting through packaging design, artwork and mock-up production, reproduction and platemaking for any letterpress application to print production support on behalf of brand owners and retailers. Early in 2016, rapid growth prompted the decision to transfer the company’s entire platemaking operations to Greven, about 35 miles to the east in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Twenty-five percent of U. Günther’s turnover is generated with international clients, with business not confined to Germany’s immediate neighbors but as far afield as Greece, Israel, North Africa and Turkey.

At U. Günther, flexo dominates platemaking with 85% of all plates produced; the remainder are letterpress and offset varnish plates. Among the flexo plates, paperboard and corrugated postprint account for 50% of the total surface as opposed to 35% for flexible packaging and 15% for labels. The packaging prepress service provider uses FLEXCEL NX Plate technology for all of these flexo applications alongside various LAMS systems and a direct laser engraving system.

FLEXCEL NX Plate technology – because it’s what the market wanted
When asked about his reasons for purchasing the first KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide 5080 System back in 2013, Peter Tarnowski, Managing Director of U. Günther GmbH, replies: “We select the plate material based on our customers’ needs and preferences. They’re free to choose whatever solution suits them best out of all of the production processes available in the market. FLEXCEL NX Plates had a very good reputation and with demand booming, that investment was a logical step. It was soon clear that the KODAK plates provide exceptional consistency and repeatability. We achieve high-quality results even if the press settings aren’t absolutely precise.”

Tarnowski is equally enthusiastic when it comes to the FLEXCEL NX System’s printing properties: “The ink laydown is very homogeneous and we can control it in a targeted way using the special advanced KODAK DIGICAP NX Patterning. We conduct tests upfront to determine which DIGICAP Patterning best matches the combination of press, anilox rollers, inks and substrate. That way, we can deliver FLEXCEL NX Plates that convince the customer all round with good ink laydown, optimally controllable dot gain and excellent printing results.” U. Günther uses FLEXCEL NXH Plates for flexible packaging and labels as well as FLEXCEL NXC Plates for corrugated printing in every conceivable thickness from 0.76 to 3.94 mm. As far as screen resolution is concerned, the prepress experts manage up to 200 lpi with FLEXCEL NXH Plates and up to 150 lpi with FLEXCEL NXC.

The volume of plates manufactured has increased steadily since the first FLEXCEL NX System was installed five years ago. Today, 25% of all photopolymer flexographic plates made by U. Günther are FLEXCEL NX, and the figure is still rising.

From solo to duo with an anniversary model
Business with FLEXCEL NX Plates developed extremely positively, and so the decision to invest in a second KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide 5080 System was an easy one. “On the one hand, we’ve succeeded in winning new customers who were looking for FLEXCEL NX Plates while on the other, a backup solution is vital in the interests of delivery reliability. Our original FLEXCEL NX Wide 5080 System had got so busy that if it had ever broken down, the short delivery deadlines that are nowadays the norm in the plate world would have caused serious problems for us,” Tarnowski explains. “Having an extra system gives us double the capacity and one-hundred-percent backup.” This newest acquisition is one of a special anniversary edition, which is limited to just 25 units worldwide. Kodak created this exclusive series to mark the tenth anniversary of the FLEXCEL NX Plate technology, giving it a striking design that is symbolic of the technology’s benefits for packaging users.

According to U. Günther’s Managing Director, the FLEXCEL NX System was incorporated “noiselessly” into the production process from the outset and soon became an integral part of it. “We took the right decision back then. In the meantime, our portfolio would be unthinkable without FLEXCEL NX Plates and thanks to the second system, we’ve now got the backup and the spare capacity we were previously lacking,” Tarnowski concludes. “We’ve not had a single complaint from customers. Printers who use our FLEXCEL NXH and FLEXCEL NXC Plates are more than happy with them. Make ready, start up and print – that’s all they have to do.”
(Kodak GmbH)

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RISI and FOEX announce rebranding as Fastmarkets  (Company news)

New brand to unify RISI, FOEX and associated brands into world-leading price reporting agency

Photo: Dan Klein, CEO of Fastmarkets RISI and Fastmarkets FOEX

RISI and FOEX, two leading providers of forest products commodities data and market analysis owned by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, have been rebranded as Fastmarkets RISI and Fastmarkets FOEX. This rebranding represents the investment made by Euromoney in its price reporting agency (PRA), Fastmarkets.

The new brands extend Fastmarkets commodities coverage into forest products, alongside its metals & mining pricing business, which includes products formerly known as Metal Bulletin (rebranded in 2018 as Fastmarkets MB), American Metal Market (now Fastmarkets AMM), and Industrial Minerals (now Fastmarkets IM). The unified Fastmarkets brand advances its vision to be a single, definitive source for trusted commodities data. Today, Fastmarkets provides more than 5,500 commodity reference prices and benchmarks for use in physical contracts, as financial benchmarks, and for tracking and analyzing key trends in the markets it serves.

“The change to Fastmarkets is not just a new name and look,” said Dan Klein, CEO of Fastmarkets RISI and Fastmarkets FOEX. “It highlights our commitment to expanding and strengthening our presence in the global forest products market. This is reflected by our 2018 acquisition of Random Lengths, an important price reporting agency for the North American lumber industry, as well as our expanded investment in technology and process improvements worldwide,” Klein said.

“What’s not changing is our commitment to objectivity, transparency, and being the leading source of pricing data, analytics, and events for the international forest products sector,” stated Dan Klein. “Enabling our customers to master their markets remains our core mission. We are extremely excited to improve our customers’ experience by developing new ways for our data and insights to improve their workflows.”
(Fastmarkets RISI)

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Hamburger Rieger uses Voith efficiency system for the first time for White Top Testliner production  (Company news)

-OnEfficiency.DIP (photo) ensures high raw material quality and low running costs
-Efficiency concept used for the first time for the production of packaging papers
-Automatic adjustment of flotation technology and input of chemical additives
-Virtual sensors predict contamination areas

Hamburger Rieger has engaged Voith to supply the complete stock preparation unit for its new PM 2 in Spremberg, Germany. Voith will deliver three separate stock preparation lines with a total capacity of 2,450 metric tons per day. Meri Environmental Solutions is responsible for the complete reject and water treatment facility.

The key to the stock preparation concept is the OnEfficiency.DIP (deinked pulp: recycled waste paper without color residues) system from Voith, which has already proven effective for the manufacture of graphic papers based on recovered paper. The efficiency concept is now being used for the first time in the production of packaging papers. In the stock preparation unit of the new PM 2, ultra-modern sensors and actuators ensure consistent raw material quality and low running costs.

The system consists of two DIP yield control modules, two DIP bleach control modules and a DIP optimizer. The DIP yield control module uses online sensors to measure the ash content and whiteness of the DIP stock. Using actuators, the flotation technology automatically adjusts it as necessary to obtain the required degree of whiteness. The DIP bleach control module also measures the whiteness before and after a bleaching step. If necessary, actuators also regulate the flow of chemical additives here as well. The control modules are connected with the DIP optimizer, which defines optimum target values based on the optimization of running costs. The cost model takes account of relevant parameters such as energy, raw material and chemicals. This dynamic interaction between the individual components reduces quality fluctuations, which occur thanks to the heterogeneity of the raw material or production adjustments. This at the same time improves production costs.

In the PM 2 in Spremberg, Voith is also testing a new prototype of a virtual sensor which uses the measurements in the stock storage tower and the process parameters to predict contamination areas. The DIP optimizer uses the model calculated in this process to optimally adjust the variables. The self-learning system allows for automated controls, which means that the full potential of the system can be reached sooner.

At present, only the OnEfficiency.DIP from Voith offers this kind of comprehensive performance. According to Hamburger Rieger this was a decisive factor in awarding the order for the stock preparation unit. With a tailored service package, Voith ensures that the OnEfficiency system will continue to perform optimally in the long term.

Following a groundbreaking ceremony on 26 September 2018, work began on Hamburger Rieger's new paper machine in Spremberg. From June 2020, the 7.8 m wide PM 2 will produce up to 500,000 metric tons a year of White Top Testliner with various basis weights. The two-loop DIP line produces the white top layer of the WTTL (White Top Test Liner). The paper manufacturer has opted for a particularly environmentally friendly de-inking system for stock preparation.

Hamburger Rieger is investing around EUR 370 million to build the PM 2 and is creating more than 200 new jobs in the Lusatia region. Hamburger Rieger is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division of the Austrian Prinzhorn Group, whose annual production of more than two million metric tons makes it one of the market leaders in the segment for white uncoated and coated testliner.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Mayr-Melnhof Packaging closes acquisition of TANN Group  (Company news)

Mayr-Melnhof Packaging has closed the acquisition of TANN Group.

TANN prints on and finishes externally sourced fine paper to produce tipping paper (cigarette filter paper) and is the global market leader in this area.
(Mayr-Melnhof Packaging Austria GmbH)

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Suzano Pulp and Paper announces final approval of merger with Fibria  (Company news)

Suzano Pulp and Paper announces to the market that it has obtained regulatory approval from the European Commission to conclude the combination of operations and shareholder bases with Fibria. With reviews by all required antitrust agencies duly completed, the companies can now proceed with the consummation of the transaction. The corporate restructuring, which has been concluded on January 14, 2019, will create Brazil’s fourth most valuable company (excluding financial institutions).

“We are about to transform a dream into reality and set a true milestone for Brazil. We will combine the best operational and sustainability practices of the two companies, the best professionals and the most important innovation projects in renewable resources,” said CEO Walter Schalka.

Once the corporate restructuring is concluded, the company will have a new brand, changing its name to Suzano. Walter Schalka will lead the company as CEO.

Suzano will have an annual production capacity of 11 million tons of market pulp and 1.4 million tons of paper. The company will have approximately 37,000 direct and indirect employees and 11 manufacturing units with the capacity to supply more than 90 countries and to ship exports worth R$26 billion, based on exports in the 12 months to September 30, 2018. From January to September this year, the two companies reported operating cash flow of R$10.1 billion and consolidated net revenue of R$24.5 billion. Together they already have invested R$4.9 billion in the first nine months of the year.

The transaction will be concluded in accordance with the plan announced on March 16, 2018, when the merger agreement was signed. On September 13, 2018, the shareholders of Suzano and Fibria approved the terms of the corporate restructuring at their respective Extraordinary Shareholders Meetings.

All other conditions precedent for the merger of Suzano and Fibria have been fulfilled. The transaction was approved without restrictions by the antitrust authorities in the United States (May 31), China (Aug. 31) and Turkey (Sept. 6). In Brazil, the agreement was approved, also without restrictions, by the country’s antitrust authority CADE (Oct. 11) and by the National Water Transportation Agency – ANTAQ (Nov. 14). On November 29, the antitrust authority in Europe also approved the restructuring, subject to the early termination of the hardwood pulp offtake agreement between Fibria and Klabin S.A.

The corporate restructuring involves a series of steps. Each Fibria shareholder will receive 0.4611 common shares in Suzano and R$52.50 per common share, which will be adjusted as provided for in the merger agreement approved by shareholders. The total amount to be paid on the date of the transaction’s consummation, i.e. January 14, will be announced to the market on January 10.

To fund the amounts to be paid to Fibria shareholders, Suzano has entered into commitments with international financial institutions to raise financing in the aggregate amount of US$9.2 billion, of which US$6.9 billion is a three-year bridge loan and the remaining US$2.3 billion is a six-year financing facility. The proceeds from the bridge loan signed in March, however, have been replaced over the course of the year by new funds at more attractive conditions. Due to the strong cash generation by Suzano in the intervening period, the capital requirement for completion has been lower than initially projected.

Consequent to the transaction, Suzano stock will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Fibria stock will be delisted from the São Paulo Stock Exchange (B3) and from the NYSE after the close of trading on January 3. The ADSs of Suzano is expected to trade on the NYSE as from December 10.

With the consummation of the merger between Suzano and Fibria, Suzano begins to forge a new path to the future. “We are very motivated by the challenge of continuing to reinvent ourselves to generate even more positive impacts for society,” said Walter Schalka.
(Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A.)

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Take two: Action! (On quality control)  (Company news)

A new project focusing on the pulp once it leaves Södra’s mills will aim to take customer care to a new level.

“Feedback tells us that our delivery record scores extremely highly in terms of customer satisfaction,” says Johannes Bogren, Södra’s Technical Product Director, “but we want to get as close to 100% perfect as we can. I want to be able to walk into a customer’s warehouse and feel that our units stand out from the rest, every time. We know that our pulp is up to the mark when it leaves our line, now it’s time to take things a step further and eradicate the few issues that sometimes arise beyond our mill gate.”

Take Care 2.0 is a new project which will look at ways to measure the quality of care a unit receives once it’s released from the drying line. “We don’t yet know the precise form this measuring will take,” says Johannes, “but we intend to start finding the most effective options. It’s vital that everyone involved in handling our units is aware of our stringent requirements and knows what is expected of them. We have had a quality-control programme running for some years across our delivery chain with great results, but as people change jobs and new staff enter the chain, we felt it was time to take a fresh look at the delivery chain and see if we can enhance our service yet further.”

“Digital tools are a great opportunity. A unit may leave our mill correctly labelled and wrapped but occasionally arrive at its destination missing a strap or a label,” he continues. “Perhaps digitalization will mean we can track the bale all the way back to the mill and see exactly where an issue arose between our mill and the customer’s gate. It’s too early to say exactly what initiatives will come out of our research but we have enlisted the cooperation of three major customers to help us get there. They will be providing direct feedback as we look to optimise our entire supply chain.”
(Södra Cell AB)

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Vietnam's Premier Event for Pulp, Paper, Tissue, Packaging and Related Industry Suppliers  (Company news)

Paper Vietnam is an annual International exhibition and conference for paper and pulp industry. It is a bridge connecting businesses from Vietnam and around the world together. As the exhibition develops in both size and quality, the prospects and opportunities it brings are becoming a vital part for the growth of Vietnam pulp and paper industry.

The 8th edition of Paper Vietnam will takes place from 26-28 June, 2019 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC), HCMC. The expo looks to welcome more than 120 businesses from 15 countries, along with 6,000 commercial visitors.

Paper Vietnam B2B Platform
Business matching (B2B) platform is the converging of many brands, distributors, retailers, and company representatives in the same industry from around the globe. It is a great medium through which you can bring your products closer to potential buyers and partners.

When you sign up and participate in Paper Vietnam B2B platform, we, the organizers will seek out and set up meetings between you and the companies of your interests, according to the preferences you provided. It enables you to meet and connect with multiple companies all at the same place and same time, boosting your productivity whilst saving lots of expenses.
(Minh Vi Exhibition & Advertisement Services Co., Ltd. (VEAS))

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Drytac ReTac helps turn Aquaman project around at super-speed  (Company news)

A project promoting the latest superhero blockbuster Aquaman in Canada was turned around in just a few days, using specialist graphics media from Drytac®.

Global Printing Enterprises created the 250ft (76m) movie poster hoarding at super-speed: five days from the site visit, to receiving files and creating colour proofs, to the print set-up and printing, to c utting down the panels, labelling and packing, to finally an overnight installation.
As the company posted on Instagram: "Ten hours of printing, ten hours of install, ten out [of] ten quality project."

Based in Mississauga, ON, Global Printing Enterprises is a large-format print branding specialist working with Fortune 500 companies, supplying work for over 200 events per year including music festivals, sports events and brand promotions. The Aquaman project was scheduled through Rooftop Agency on behalf of Warner Bros Canada, with installation services provided by Sekanskin Media.

"The biggest challenge was coordinating the project with the tight deadline," explains Carlo Toscano, President, Global Printing Enterprises. "Projects like these should take two weeks to come together. We impressed ourselves in achieving this print and install in just five days."

To produce the super-sized Aquaman movie artwork, Global Printing Enterprises used an HP 3000 Latex printer running two rolls of Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 concurrently. ReTac Smooth 150 is a 6 mil (150μ) white polymeric printable PVC film coated with Drytac's innovative ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology to allow easy installation, repositioning and removal. It has excellent compatibility with UV, solvent and eco-solvent ink technologies as well as latex, and has a Class 0 fire rating making it suitable for most indoor surfaces in public areas with strict fire regulations.

"Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 was recommended to us for its concealing abilities, especially on drywall with taped seams, with no lamination required," says Carlo Toscano. "Installers also commented that they liked using this product as it was easy to use and install."

Global Printing Enterprises, established in 2005, uses other Drytac products including films from the Polar range, thanks to their performance in outdoor installations in cold climates, and ViziPrint products for retail window applications.

"Drytac offers great products that are competitively priced and perform as advertised," comments Carlo Toscano. "We also like the ability to custom-make products. We have many approved projects for 2019 in which we will utilise Drytac products, such as interior wall graphics films for the interior decor business - this seems to be once the largest growing market segments in the large-format printing industry.
"The brand also has excellent customer service and knowledgeable reps."
(Drytac Europe Limited)

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Södra wants to inspire teenage girls to become tomorrow's engineers  (Company news)

Södra is one of the main sponsors of Introduce a Girl to Engineering day (IGEday) — an initiative by the organisation Womengineer that aims to increase interest in technology and engineering among teenage girls.

Södra is a gold partner for IGEday and is throwing open the doors of its three pulp mills in Värö, Mörrum and Mönsterås as well as the head office in Växjö on 29 March. The participants encompass girls and non-binary teenagers aged 13–19. This initiative is fully aligned with Södra’s sustainability target — namely that by 2020, at least 30 percent of Södra employees should be women.

The issue affects the entire industry and several other companies are also IGEday partners. Currently, the percentage of Sweden’s engineering students at bachelor’s and master’s levels varies 20–25 percent.

“This is far too low a share. As an industry, we need to act cohesively and promote equality at our workplaces. Inspiring teenage girls at an early age to choose a career in engineering, a traditionally male-dominated profession, is important for Södra’s and for Sweden’s future competitiveness. And this is where meeting platforms, such as IGEday, have an important role to play,” said Christer Thörn, HR Director at Södra.

During the day, some 60 teenage girls will test various activities that showcase how to work with technology and engineering using an approach conducive to development and sustainability. They will also gain insight into how we, on a daily basis, conduct research to develop new products, process wood and produce paper and dissolving pulp.

“Through the IGEday initiative, we want to be part of opening new possibilities for the female engineers of tomorrow,” said Christer Thörn.

IGEday 29 March
Age 13–19
Last day for applications: 17 February
(Södra Cell AB)

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The KATZ Group has a new CEO  (Company news)

Even though Karsten Beisert (photo) originally hails from Lower Saxony, he has now grown extremely fond of Baden. “Every valley here is home to a global market leader,” he said. He is now taking over responsibility for the global market leader for beer coasters as CEO, replacing Daniel Bitton, who had been responsible for operations at The KATZ Group for the past nine years.

Professionally, the friendly 51-year-old comes from a completely different background, having worked in the textiles industry for the past 20 years. But he not only brings to his new role an analytical mindset coupled with a wealth of experience in customer relationship management from this time, but also the desire to successfully grow and enhance a business. “I am obviously focused on earnings and performance,” he said, but highlighted the importance of working together. “I want to work with my team to enhance The KATZ Group in order to meet the challenges of the future.” And he believes that the underlying conditions for this are excellent.

“The parent company is well positioned, which is an important factor,” he said. A company also needs to have certain structures in place to be successful, which he also assumes is the case. Mr. Beisert is looking forward to his new role. This also has to do with the fact that he can now remain in Baden after his last stint in Karlsruhe. “I’m proud of where I’m from, but I’m an honest guy,” he said, and summed up: “The food is better, the wine is better, and the residents of Baden are able to enjoy it better.”

Kai Furler, CEO of Koehler, which owns The KATZ Group, is pleased to have acquired Mr. Beisert as CEO. “In Karsten Beisert, we were able to find the addition to our team that we wanted,” he said. At the same time, he also thanked Daniel Bitton, who has turned to new challenges after nine years at the head of the company.
(Katz GmbH & Co. KG)

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MPM: Announcing Investment in New Hires – Senior Sales Managers  (Company news)

As Monadnock celebrates its 200th anniversary making a diverse range of specialty papers, it announces an investment in two new members of its Sales and Marketing team.

Troy Hill (photo left) is a proven sales professional offering innovative client solutions and he excels in developing business in new markets. He has over 20 years of experience in narrow- and wide-format digital printing platforms. Troy hails from Leander, Texas where he will serve as one of Monadnock’s two new senior sales managers.

Michelle Jambor (photo right) has over 25 years of experience in technical/specialty papers in direct sales and territory management. Her knowledge of polymer-saturation and fiber-based performance papers will lead to new opportunities for Monadnock. Michelle resides in Dowagiac, Michigan.

“There are significant growth opportunities for Monadnock’s technical/specialty and digital printing papers,” said Brendan Lesch, vice president of sales and marketing at Monadnock. “Troy and Michelle are well positioned to help us achieve our aggressive sales objectives.”
(MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)

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Valmet continues the reshaping of its internal IT services and signs a business ...  (Company news)

... transfer agreement with Capgemini

Valmet takes key steps to continue the reshaping of its internal Information Technology (IT) services aimed at shifting focus towards planning, building and deploying new IT-enabled, value-adding capabilities and supporting businesses. The set of actions to be taken include a business transfer agreement signed with Capgemini.

Under the agreement Valmet IT's application development and maintenance services, including application maintenance and support services, application development services and platform management services, will be moved from Valmet and its current partners to Capgemini.

The transfer agreement concerns a total of 38 current Valmet IT employees in Finland, Sweden and Portugal. Today, Valmet IT employs about 150 IT professionals. Employees in scope will be offered to transfer to Capgemini with similar terms. The transfer is targeted to become effective on March 1 and the full transfer project is to be closed by the end of July 2019.

The transfer together with connected organizational changes and other initiatives will enable Valmet IT to clearly shift its focus from running existing IT services towards creating and deploying new IT-enabled services and products. These can, for example, be related to Industrial Internet, product lifecycle management (PLM) and field service capabilities. In addition, the transfer of IT application development and maintenance services will further enhance Valmet's IT services and supplier management.

"With these actions we will continue to shift our focus towards more strategic, value-adding activities, and thus support Valmet's businesses and contribute to Valmet's future success. Transferring the IT application development and maintenance services, after a careful evaluation process, to Capgemini is one of the key steps in executing our IT transformation," says Janne Puustinen, Vice President, Information Technology, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

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DS Smith Pharma at Pharmapack 2019  (Company news)

DS Smith will exhibit at the annual Pharmapack exhibition in Paris, the leading trade fair for Europe’s pharmaceutical packaging industry. Visit us at stand H74 on 6-7 February 2019 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles - Hall 7.2.

Photo: Emmanuel Pascart, Head of DS Smith Pharma

Meet our pharma and medical device packaging strategists and discover what we offer in pharmaceutical solutions and services in Europe, USA and China, in areas such as complexity management, safety, ergonomics, optimization, sustainability and brand value.

In the last year, DS Smith has witnessed a significant geographical expansion into the USA and acquired 16 manufacturing plants and 8 warehouse locations, including a strategically located plant at Holly Springs, NC. In China we work with our unique approach as a full-service partner for packaging needs with more than 100 suppliers, able to cover a large geographical area.

Pharmaceutical packaging challenges – a zoom on China
Join us for a cocktail conference on 6 February at 14h00 at our stand H74 to meet Mr Emmanuel Pascart, Head of DS Smith Pharma, and Mr Andreas Guip, General Manager of DS Smith China, who will present the unique challenges of the Chinese pharmaceutical market and the solutions offered by DS Smith for big pharma in this key market.
(DS Smith Packaging)

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Ricoh's inkjet innovation reaches new heights at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019  (Company news)

Ricoh will present patent pending technology designed to help Print Service Providers’ (PSPs) production soar at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019. The Ricoh Pro™ VC70000 continuous feed inkjet press (photo) will make its worldwide public debut at Messe Lucerne, February 25 to 28.

At the largest global specialist continuous feed event Ricoh will present the Pro VC70000’s patent pending dryer technology designed for greater ink coverage and to eliminate cockling. It prints at 12,000 sheets per hour and assures fast, consistent and high quality print using new Ricoh-developed inks that support traditional offset coated substrates. The latter capability will be highlighted with a wealth of offset coated paper applications including a 225mm square sewn and bound photobook printed on 150gsm media as well as direct mailers and leaflets.

Showcasing flexible and responsive mono continuous feed inkjet production is the compact Ricoh Pro™ V20000. It enables PSPs to profitably produce applications ranging from pharmaceutical leaflets to transactional print such as bills, statements and policy documents as well as books and direct mail.

Colour sheet fed productivity and reduced operational costs will be presented by the Ricoh Pro™ C9200 digital press. Built on the highly successful Ricoh Pro™ C9100 technology platform, it offers increased image quality with outstanding registration to empower business growth.

To support efficient and streamlined continuous feed and sheet fed production Ricoh will present new additions to its software portfolio and highlight the capabilities of Ricoh’s TotalFlow BatchBuilder and Ricoh’s ProcessDirector.

Eef De Ridder, Vice President of Commercial Printing, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe, says: “Our continuous feed production platform is growing fast and we are delighted to be able to give visitors to Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 a first look at all the exciting technologies featured in our Pro VC70000 system. The combination of Ricoh proprietary technologies, including the unique dryer and our new inks, supports offset substrates and opens up a whole new world of production possibilities.”

Ricoh will join other printer manufacturers on the Successful With Automation panel discussion during the Partner Conference and is proud to again sponsor the DOXNET lectures and networking event.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

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Segezha Packaging continues setting a series of records  (Company news)

Segezha Packaging LLC, one of the key assets of Segezha Group (part of Sistema JSFC) in Karelia, which produces paper packaging, has established a new record of 2018, now in the segment of consumer packaging.

Photo: Mikhail Shamolin, President of Segezha Group

On November 22, 2018 the production of ready products – bags and packets made of kraft paper produced at Segezha PPM in Karelia with the help of Triumph 5 QT SK bag-making machines reached the figure of 42 million pieces. To compare: in 2017 both Triumph machines in Segezha produced 34 million pieces of packaging, and in 2016 – 29 million.

The day before, on November 21, 2018 the company delivered its 543 millionth sack on the market, beating the “historic high” of 2016, when the company sold 542 million pieces of products.

According to representatives of the commercial service at Segezha Packaging LLC, the success was based on effective analysis and forecasting of the situation on the market, balanced and well-informed positioning of products, and optimization of sales by channels and markets. One of the main reasons for growing production and sales of consumer packaging are, professionals say, changing consumer preferences. Consumers are becoming more ecologically conscious and choose paper bags instead of plastic.

The European market of consumer paper packaging is in more beneficial conditions, first and foremost due to legislative limitations on the turnover of polymer packaging; in other aspects the European and Russian markets are experiencing similar trends.

“It is no secret that paper packaging is times more environmentally-friendly than PPT, which takes hundreds of years to decompose,” President of Segezha Group Mikhail Shamolin said at the opening of the Triumph Line in Salsky Branch of Segezha Packaging. “In many countries of the world the use of plastic packaging has already been disallowed. The same trend will inevitably come to Russia. We want to be ready for this. According to our estimates, the market demand is hundreds of millions. And total demand, if we include plastic packaging, in Russia is far beyond a billion pieces.”

Specialists of Segezha Group who work in packaging sales, say that the growing demand has to do not only with better ecological consciousness of the population but the improved look of the paper bag. The paper bag looks better than the polymer bag in segments where it comes into direct contact with food or food products. In electronic sales and delivery it underscores the premium class of the commodity being delivered.
The paper packaging assets of Segezha Group in Karelia, Rostov Region and Europe annually produce more than 1.2 billion units of ready products. The main effect on the business of packaging and its growth is contributed by modernization of Segezha PPM, and growing production of sacks. The company’s products are being used at almost every Russian plant that manufactures cement and dry construction mixtures. They are also in high demand among major retailers, such as IKEA, Auchan, Pyaterochka, Azbuka Vkusa and others. The level of availability of own high-quality materials allows the brand of Segezha Group to control the cost of production of paper sacks and compete successfully with European manufacturers, not only on the market of Europe, Russia, and the CIS, but on the market beyond the FSU countries.
(Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill JSC)

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W&H Express Manufacturing produces Spare Parts in Record Time  (Company news)

In the event of (imminent) machine downtime, machine spare parts are often required in record time. Windmöller & Hölscher has 90 percent of all required original spare parts directly available from stock. But there are also rare consumables or old machine parts that are not stored. The W&H express production closes this gap: Simple to medium complex machine components that have been manufactured to customer specifications (drawing parts), can be rebuilt and delivered in less than 24 hours.

Caption: In the Express Manufacturing Service at W&H rare machine spare parts can be produced and delivered in less than 24 hours

"Our express service for spare parts works in a similar way to an emergency room: the most important thing is to stabilize the patient, i.e. the machine, and keep it alive. This is how we prevent production shutdowns. We get very positive feedback from our customers for the fast immediate help," says Jörg Dellbrügge, Head of W&H Service Logistics. The conventional delivery time for rare consumables that are not stored in stock is two weeks or longer. W&H's express spare parts, on the other hand, can be on their way to the customer just one day after receipt of the order. "It always depends on the urgency of the order. A spare part from us is sometimes just an interim solution until the final machine part is finished. If, for example, this still has to be refined, experience has shown that production always takes a little longer."

Express manufacturing was set up as an additional service in April last year. A total of three full-time employees produce the spare parts in the machine park at Headquarters of W&H in Lengerich.

Since April, express production has successfully completed more than 200 rush orders.
(Windmöller & Hölscher KG)

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Xeikon qualifies Ahlstrom-Munksjö WALLSTAR DIGITAL®  (Company news)

Xeikon, a market leader in digital colour printing technology for the labels and packaging as well as the graphic arts printing industry and a subsidiary of the Flint Group, reported that it has qualified Ahlstrom-Munksjö WALLSTAR DIGITAL® nonwoven wallcovering media for use on Xeikon digital presses as part of the alliance between the two companies.

WALLSTAR DIGITAL® nonwoven wallpapers have been specifically developed for digital printing technologies, they guarantee excellent homogeneous print results and are also PVC-free. The range features smooth, structured, coated and non-coated substrates, from 110gsm to 180gsm, that ensure very easy handling and excellent dry stripability. Ahlstrom-Munksjö also reports high customer satisfaction, especially regarding the soft-touch feeling.

The latest addition, the BR9708, is the only matt fibrous option on the market. It opens up a whole range of new applications and design opportunities for Xeikon customers and prospects.

Xeikon Wall Decoration Suite
The long standing cooperation between Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Xeikon intensified last year when the non-woven manufacturer and printing specialist worked together to qualify a range of papers for Xeikon presses. This includes Xeikon’s Wall-Decoration Suite. It enables cost-efficient production of high-quality wall decoration for commercial, retail and residential purposes. It consists of five major components: a Xeikon Digital Press, a dedicated workflow, application-specific toners, process optimization tools and pre- and post-press solutions.

Xeikon’s Success in Wall Decoration
“We have seen an excellent 2018 performance of our Wall Decoration segment, both in terms of production volumes at our existing customers and new installations of Xeikon production lines in the field,” says Dimitri Van Gaever, Business Development Manager, Xeikon.

“We are pleased to be adding the WALLSTAR DIGITAL® media to our catalogue of qualified wallcovering substrates. The BR9708 grade from Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a textured high quality grade. We were impressed by its luxurious, textile-like appearance and its natural, esthetic and fibrous tactile touch. We expect to see good market uptake of this exceptional wallcovering substrate, especially with the growing demand for customized interior décor solutions, both among interior decorators and consumers.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

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Atlantic Zeiser: new company within the Coesia Group  (Company news)

-Independent operation in an efficient holding structure.
-Globally active group provides opportunities for accelerated growth in expanding core industries.
-The packaging division focuses on FMCG, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products while the cards division covers the whole range of credit, ID, gift, and customer loyalty cards.
-Groundbreaking technology for inline printing, future-oriented networking, in-house ink production thanks to parallel acquisition of Tritron shares.

Photo: CARDLINE VERSA Color for gift, loyalty, membership and promotional cards

The Coesia Group is a globally active player consisting of 21 innovation-based industrial and packaging solution companies headquartered in Bologna. In September 2018, Coesia completed the acquisition of Atlantic Zeiser’s card personalization and packaging divisions as well as the majority stake of Tritron GmbH, manufacturer of innovative special inks for digital industrial printing, as announced in the first half of 2018. Joining the group as an independent unit, Atlantic Zeiser maintains its headquarters in Emmingen-Liptingen. Thomas Obitz, previously Commercial Director at Atlantic Zeiser, will head the new company. Atlantic Zeiser’s activities in bank note serialization and individualization of security documents are not part of the acquisition, and remain in the Orell Füssli Group, headquartered in Zurich and sole owner since 2003, and will operate as Zeiser GmbH within the Orell Füssli holding.

Clear positioning
“Atlantic Zeiser will consistently focus on growth segments in digital inline printing”, explains Managing Director Thomas Obitz. “Within the packaging division, these are primarily the FMCG, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical sectors; while in the cards division this applies to the whole spectrum covering credit, ID, gift, and customer loyalty cards.” Obitz states that Atlantic Zeiser already belongs to the market leaders in personalization, individualization, and serialization: “Our technologies enable users to implement efficient inline or nearline product packaging individualization solutions – for batch sizes as small as 1.” This lends a high degree of flexibility to packaging lines while simultaneously allowing for product personalization and differentiation to an extent that has not been economically feasible previously. “In addition, it allows users to significantly reduce costs throughout the logistics chain, e.g. for stocking pre-printed packaging materials. Thanks to the possibilities of brilliant digital color or black/white printing, offset preprints, for instance, are required less and less.”

As is customary in the Coesia Group, the new company will operate independently in the market while simultaneously benefitting from synergy effects where it is efficient and appropriate. The good integration in the Coesia Group with its extensive market access in particular presents a special opportunity to accelerate growth. All employees of Atlantic Zeiser acquired by Coesia have been taken over.

Groundbreaking technology
“Well-prepared for the dawn of Industry 4.0, our solutions not only stand out by providing groundbreaking printing technology, but also through future-oriented networking – for instance with regard to Smart Factories”, the Managing Director continues to explain. He adds that besides digital inkjet technology, ink from in-house production is another key factor for the company’s success. Therefore, the parallel acquisition of Atlantic Zeiser’s shares in manufacturer Tritron was a decisive factor in the integration into the Coesia Group. Thomas Obitz concludes that the company is now well-prepared for a new chapter of profitable expansion.
(AZ Coesia GmbH)

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India's most trusted event on Corrugated Packing Industry returns to DELHI NCR!  (Company news)

IndiaCorr Expo 2019 is a leading global event serving the entire value chain of the corrugated industry. It is the India edition of the world's leading show— SinoCorrugated that takes place in China every year. The objective of the show is to cater manufacturers, buyers and users of corrugated packaging and allied technologies. The show is scheduled to be held from September 05-06-07, 2018 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR, India.

- Only dedicated exhibition in India on corrugated packaging industry.
- Features over 350 representative brands, offering end-to-end solutions from both Indian and international.
- The 2019 edition has dedicated pavilions for international exhibitors, which will provide
unrivalled networking opportunities.
- Innovative technologies at concurrent shows India Folding Carton, Digital Printing Zone, Paper Zone and India Flexography Expo.
- Brings together participants from countries such as India, China, Taiwan, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Korea, USA, Switzerland, Thailand and many more.
(Reed Manch Exhibitions)

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Screen Europe is pleased to announce its participation at Hunkeler innovationsdays 2019 (HID 2019), where its new Truepress Jet520HD+ press (photo) will make its debut. Under the theme ‘Digital Everywhere!’ Screen’s exhibit will reflect the major international impact of digital printing and the company’s ability to lead change.

The Truepress Jet520HD+ press comes with new features including an integrated Screen ‘NIR’ Dryer. This system will be a core focus of Screen’s exhibition (hall 2), along with the Truepress Jet520NX, at HID 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland, from February 25-28th. The company will also outline its relationship with Solimar Systems and exhibit its range of digital printing solutions, including its pioneering SC inks and workflow technology.

The Screen NIR Dryer technology features newly enhanced drying functions, improving drying performance for both lightweight coated stocks and heavier weight, coated offset stocks. The results are an expanded range of applications for print service providers and even higher productivity for difficult-to-dry substrates with increased print speeds on offset coated stocks.

The Screen Truepress Jet520HD+ system is a high-definition inkjet web press with a true print resolution of 1,200 dpi and precise droplet size control at up to 150 metres per minute. The Truepress Jet520HD+ achieves the colour, texture, detail and solid ink areas expected for high-end publication and commercial work. With exclusive access to Screen SC inks, Truepress Jet520HD+ users can maximise the exceptional quality available with the press on a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated stocks, without the need for pre-treatment.

Visitors to HID2019 can also discover the next generation Truepress Jet520NX, developed from Screen’s more than 10 years of experience in inkjet printing. The system supports not only transactional printing, but also direct mail, transpromo, and book printing, which allows customers to extend their markets. In addition to the standard printheads, the Truepress Jet520NX can be fitted with an extra ‘fifth colour’ printhead enabling the use of Screen’s unique UV invisible ink, developed as an anti-counterfeiting measure, as well as other special inks. The press delivers superb quality, market-leading uptime and a maximum speed of up to 150 meters per minute.

Bui Burke, Senior Vice President of Sales at Screen Europe, says, “HID is always a highlight in Screen’s calendar, so we’re delighted the Truepress Jet520HD+ and NIR Dryer will debut at the event. Once again, Screen digital technology is at the forefront of innovation, resulting in market-leading speed, productivity and uptime.”
(Screen Europe)

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Changes to Södra's Group Senior Management  (Company news)

Södra’s current CFO, Anna Belfrage (photo), has made a decision to resign on 31 May 2019.

“Anna Belfrage has been a competent and ambitious person and during her tenure as CFO, she has developed and improved Södra’s accounting, IT and purchasing activities in a professional manner,” said President and CEO Lars Idermark.

Peter Karlsson has been appointed new CFO as of 1 March 2019. His previous positions have included Business Controller for the Södra Group and Interim CFO, and he led Södra Wood through the changes to Södra’s involvement in the Interiör segment. Before joining Södra, Peter Karlsson built up many years of professional experience in companies such as IKEA.

“I am delighted that Peter Karlsson has accepted the position as CFO of Södra. Under his leadership, efforts to maintain a high level of quality will continue and be further developed,” said Lars Idermark.

Peter Karlsson will become a member of Group Senior Management.

A high-quality IT operation and the ambition to be a leading forest company in the field of digitisation will be crucial to the development of Södra’s business model. Therefore, it is only natural that this area becomes an independent and Group-wide service function and that its current manager Cristian Brolin becomes the CDO, and a member of Group Senior Management. He will assume his new role at the end of the year.

“Cristian Brolin has in-depth experience and knowledge of IT and digitisation in Sweden as well as internationally. This change will increase both the speed and focus of Södra’s development moving forward,” said President and CEO Lars Idermark.
(Södra Cell AB)

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Georgia-Pacific to Exit Communication Papers Business  (Company news)

Port Hudson Communication Papers and Pulping Operations to Shut Down

Tissue, Towel Manufacturing To Continue As Important Asset For GP Consumer Business

Georgia-Pacific announced that it is exiting the communication papers business following an assessment of its long-term competitive position in a declining market. As a result, the company will permanently shut down the communication papers machines, related converting assets, as well as the woodyard, pulp mill and a significant portion of the energy complex at its Port Hudson, Louisiana, facility.

Approximately 650 jobs at the facility will ultimately be impacted by the communication papers and pulp asset closures. About 40 business and sales jobs also will be affected by this decision.

Georgia-Pacific will continue to operate and invest in the Port Hudson mill to support its growing consumer tissue and towel business. The Port Hudson facility, with its premium product tissue and towel machines and associated converting equipment, is a key contributor to the success of the Consumer Products Group’s retail business. The company will retain approximately 300 employees to manage those operations.

Employees will continue to operate the Port Hudson communication papers and pulp mill assets, with final operations of those assets expected by mid-March. Georgia-Pacific has begun discussions with union leadership and the hourly and salaried workforce on how the process will work for employees affected by the job reductions, including the potential to transfer to other Georgia-Pacific locations.

“The employees in our printing and writing papers business have worked diligently to support the business, and in recent years we have invested significantly in our operations. We have ultimately decided that the required investment to sustain the operation long-term, coupled with the declining market, is not viable,” said Mike Adams, president – GP PRO and Communication Papers. “We will be working closely with our printing and writing customers during this time of transition.”
(Georgia-Pacific Corp.)

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ANDRITZ to supply ATMP line to Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper, Germany  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper to supply a new ATMP (Advanced Thermo Mechanical Pulp) line to their mill in Hagen, Germany.

Photo: ANDRITZ MSD Impressafiner, to be installed at Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper.

The ANDRITZ ATMP technology is a highly optimized process design with modular process steps that ensure enhanced fiber properties at reduced energy consumption. Start-up is scheduled for the final quarter of 2019.

ANDRITZ will refurbish second-hand machines that Kabel Premium bought from a former magazine paper production line in Germany. In order to meet Kabel Premium’s high demands with regard to energy efficiency and fiber quality, ANDRITZ will install several new, key equipment units: a new MSD Impressafiner to delaminate and impregnate chips even more gently and efficiently as well as new fiber centrifuges to guarantee superior fiber/steam separation. Two second-hand and refurbished ANDRITZ high-consistency refiners will form part of the first and second refining stages.The scope of supply also includes the DCS system, complete installation of the scope delivered, basic engineering, commissioning, and start-up.

The broad spectrum of ANDRITZ’s capabilities within the pulp and paper industry as well as its specialist know-how in the second-hand business were decisive in the Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper’s decision to place the order with ANDRITZ.
(Andritz AG)

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Founded in 1819, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. is proudly celebrating 200 years of American papermaking in 2019. Located in Bennington, New Hampshire on the banks of the Contoocook River, Monadnock is the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the country and has survived and thrived through radical changes in the paper business.

Today, Monadnock is humming with life and its eco-friendly products are found everywhere from blue jean tags to craft beer labels and retail gift cards. Monadnock decided decades ago to focus on environmental awareness and sustainability as the key to survival. While many companies continue to use plastic, a growing number of the world’s leading brands have adopted paper as a high-performing, eco-friendly alternative to plastic.

Monadnock is dedicated to helping make the world a more sustainable place. Like-minded brands such as The Gap have even paid a visit to Monadnock to better understand how the company has managed to succeed and innovate.

Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock Paper Mills, states: “Disruptive innovation has allowed Monadnock to thrive in a tough paper market. We created an entire line of plastic replacement products. We created Kona Paper, which is made with shredded coffee bean bags reclaimed from roasters across the country. We believe in reusing the world’s resources and are focused on relentless improvement moving forward. We are proud to celebrate 200 years of continuous papermaking and look forward to a long and prosperous future.”

Lisa Berghaus, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, states: “Many generations have been employed by Monadnock over these 200 years. It’s a true American success story of hard work and ingenuity. We believe it is our commitment to sustainability-oriented innovation, coupled with our support for the local community, that has earned us the pleasure of celebrating 200 years of continuous American papermaking.”
(MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)

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UPM is tendering for a pulp terminal in Montevideo deep sea port in Uruguay  (Company news)

UPM is taking part in the international public tendering process in the port of Montevideo organized by the National Ports Administration (ANP) of Uruguay. The scope of the concession tender is the building and operation of a port terminal specialized in the storage and shipping of pulp, chemicals and other inputs related to pulp production with a capacity to handle approximately 2 million tonnes of pulp annually. The tender includes the design, financing, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the pulp terminal. The tenure of the concession would be for 50 years.

Photo: UPM Fray Bentos in Uruguay

Port development, supporting an efficient and reliable outbound logistics, is a key fundamental for the potential installation of the third pulp mill in the country. Modern facilities in the Montevideo deep sea port would offer a competitive gateway from South America to growing export markets benefiting the Uruguayan economy.

The tender is made in the context of UPM's current study on the potential of building a new pulp mill in Uruguay. The investment agreement with the Government of Uruguay was signed in 2017. As part of the agreement the Government will promote concession for a terminal specializing in pulp in the Montevideo port with rail access. The possible pulp mill would have an annual capacity of approximately 2 million tonnes of eucalyptus market pulp. The preliminary estimate for a pulp mill investment on site is approximately EUR 2 billion.

Two preparation phases need to be successfully completed before UPM would be in a position to make a final investment decision on the pulp mill. The second preparation phase is currently proceeding. Achieving significant progress in the implementation of the agreed infrastructure initiatives by the Government of Uruguay and any relevant items are to be agreed prior to the possible final investment decision. If these two preparation phases are concluded successfully, UPM will initiate the company's regular process of analysing and preparing an investment decision.

If awarded a concession in the Montevideo port, UPM's financial commitment in the form of a performance bond would be USD 20 million at this stage. At the time of the potential final investment decision on the pulp mill project UPM would proceed with the port investment decision and start of the construction of the port facilities. The preliminary UPM investment estimate for the port facilities would be approximately USD 260 million.

UPM is not in a position to disclose further information of the tendering process at this stage.

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SURTECO GROUP SE: Change in the Management Board  (Company news)

The CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of the Company, Dr.-Ing. Herbert Müller (photo), has asked the Supervisory Board to prematurely terminate his service agreement expiring on 30 June 2021 in the course of 2019. The Supervisory Board regrettably complied with this request at its meeting on 19 December 2018. The Supervisory Board would like to express his profound gratitude for Dr. Müller rendering services to the Company and its predecessor companies for more than 30 years, his merits to the SURTECO Group, his loyalty and long-standing solidarity as well as the good cooperation with the Supervisory Board, the shareholder representatives and the other members of the Management Board.

In its meeting of 19 December 2018, the Supervisory Board of the Company approved the execution of a service agreement as director with Mr. Wolfgang Moyses, MBA. Mr. Moyses is currently Chairman of the Executive Board of SIMONA Aktiengesellschaft, Kirn, and member of the Supervisory Board of SURTECO GROUP SE. He is to be appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of SURTECO GROUP SE with effect from 1 November 2019 or, if possible, from an earlier date for a term of office of five years. Mr. Moyses will resign from his office of a member of the Supervisory Board of the Company prior to the beginning of his term of office as Chairman of the Executive Board.
(Surteco SE)

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Toscotec Paper & Board chosen by Smurfit Kappa for PM5 rebuild project  (Company news)

Toscotec has been awarded a contract by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin in France to rebuild the entire dryer section of its 6m wire PM5 at Facture, Aquitaine, France.

Toscotec will rebuild the entire pre-dryer section of the machine, including 36 new TT SteelDryers with a diameter of 1.8 m, maintaining the same machine length of the existing 43 cast iron cans. The scope of supply includes 4 new TT Uniroll for the first battery. Toscotec will also rebuild the existing post-dryer section to improve the present design according to the new production rate, adding 2 new TT SteelDryers. The scope includes a rope-less tail threading system throughout the whole dryer section, an optimised tail transfer to the Film Press with a TT Ripper and TT Transfer (vacuum belt device) and an improved paper sheet transfer between press and dryer section. The main auxiliary systems will also be part of Toscotec’s scope, including the lubrication system, the hood with its air and ventilation system and the sheet stabilisation. The hall ventilation system will be also part of the package.

The PM5 produces White Top Kraft Liner with a reel trim of 5,500 mm, Toscotec’s rebuild will allow to increase machine speed up to approximately 900 m/min and will strengthen Smurfit Kappa’s position as the leading European supplier of White Top Kraft Liner.

The supply is on a turnkey basis and includes engineering, erection, commissioning, start-up assistance and training.

This new rebuild reaffirms Toscotec as one of preferred partners for the Smurfit Kappa Group, with which Toscotec has been working for the past 10 years on several projects, in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Austria.

“It gives us great satisfaction to be selected for such an important rebuild project by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin. Thanks to the increased efficiency of the overall drying process, PM5 will significantly boost its capacity, and deliver actual energy savings, thereby cutting the mill’s energy bill” says Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager.

Mr. Bruno Tormen, Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin’s Mill Manager says: “At Smurfit Kappa, we offer our customers constant, secure and reliable quality thanks to our unrivalled standards. Toscotec’s design met our targets in terms of the dryer section’s performance and machine production increase. The high level of customisation of their turnkey solution was one of the deciding factors for our choice, along with the significant advantages of TT SteelDryers”.

The project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)