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Moody's - Outlook for the global paper and forest products industry changed to negative

Moody's - Outlook for the global paper and forest products industry changed to negative  (Company news)

- Global operating income will fall 2%-4% over the next 12 to 18 months
- Input costs are rising, while demand for paper and prices for wood product and market pulp are falling

The outlook for the global paper and forest products industry has been changed to negative from stable, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. Global operating income will decline over the next 12 to 18 months, as wood product and pulp prices ease from recent peaks.

"The negative outlook for the global paper and forest products industry reflects a 2%-4% decline in industry operating income over the next year or so," said Ed Sustar, a Moody's Senior Vice President. "Increasing paper packaging prices and demand for paper packaging and pulp will only partially offset rising input costs, declining demand for paper and lower wood product and market pulp prices."

The outlook for the paper packaging and tissue subsector remains stable, Sustar adds. Most Moody's-rated paper and forest product companies will generate modestly stronger operating earnings this year as growing demand and higher prices across several substrates offset escalating labor and freight costs.

Moody's outlook for the paper subsector and the timber and wood product subsector both remain negative. Although capacity reductions through paper mill/machine closures or conversions likely will exceed demand declines in 2019, higher prices for several paper grades will be more than offset by falling demand. Meanwhile, prices for wood products will drop back to more normal levels this year, while US housing starts will be flat, limiting demand growth for wood products and harvesting of timberlands.

The outlook for the market pulp subsector has also been changed to negative from stable, Moody's says. Average prices across most pulp grades this year will decline from the peaks reached in 2018. Higher than usual pulp supply at the start of 2019 has led to price declines across most grades, though limited new pulp capacity growth this year will partially reverse price declines during the second half of the year.
(Moody’s Corporation)

Heidelberg and MK Masterwork present new folder gluer – Diana Go completes ...

Heidelberg and MK Masterwork present new folder gluer – Diana Go completes ...  (Company news)

...product portfolio for packaging market

-Entry-level machine Diana Go – attractively priced, flexible, and productive machine with a small footprint
-Constant investment in MK’s Nové Město site yields new models
-Successful cooperation between the two companies will result in a significant increase in production in Nové Město in the future

Photo: The Diana Go folder gluer offers both commercial and packaging printers a cost-effective, flexible, and productive entry-level machine with a small footprint.

In the middle of March, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and MK Masterwork (MK) presented the new Diana Go folder gluer for the growing packaging market at an open house event in MK’s European factory in Nové Město, Slovakia. Among the European packaging printers taking part were representatives from the companies that have already signed the first contracts for three serial production machines. The tour of Production and Assembly in Nové Město as well as the presentation of the Diana Go confirmed to the companies once again that their faith in MK and Heidelberg to deliver a machine that lives up to their expectations will be fully satisfied.

The Diana Go was developed on the basis of Heidelberg’s market requirements by the MK development team in Neuss, Germany, and offers both commercial and packaging printers a cost-effective, flexible, and productive entry-level machine with a comparatively small footprint. It can run a wide range of carton styles such as straightline and lockbottom as well as optionally special styles such as envelopes or CD covers. The Diana Go is able to hit a top speed of 250 m/min in a machine just over 9 meters long.

The optionally integrated glue, inspection, and ejector systems ensure high production quality. Designed for customers needing higher productivity and the ability to offer an expanded portfolio of products to their clients, the Diana Go is attractively priced to ensure a high return on investment in a very competitive market. As a result of technology transfer, the Diana Go has many design features present in the high-performance folder gluers of the Diana series to ensure reliable performance and peace of mind.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Kadant Announces CEO Succession Plan

Kadant Announces CEO Succession Plan  (Company news)

Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI) announced that Jeffrey L. Powell (photo) will be named president effective April 1, 2019 and chief executive officer and a director effective July 1, 2019, as part of a succession plan adopted by the board of directors. As part of the succession plan, Jonathan W. Painter will become executive chairman of the board of directors effective July 1, 2019. William A. Rainville, the Company’s current chairman of the board of directors, has decided not to stand for reelection as a director of the Company and will cease to be a director and the chairman of the board of directors when his current term ends at the Company’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders.

Mr. Powell has been a co-chief operating officer since March 2018 and an executive vice president for six years with supervisory responsibility for our Material Processing Group. He joined Kadant in 2008 and served in several capacities, initially having responsibility for our acquisition-related activities. Prior to joining Kadant, Mr. Powell was the chairman and chief executive officer of Castion Corporation, a provider of sustainable wastewater treatment and recovery solutions. Prior to Castion, Mr. Powell held various management positions at Thermo Electron Corporation, including chief executive officer and president of one of its publicly traded subsidiaries.

The succession plan is designed to retain the services of Mr. Painter for one year from the appointment of his successor as CEO. In his new position as executive chairman, Mr. Painter will continue to participate in strategic planning and acquisition activities, consult with management on operational matters, and be responsible for corporate governance matters. Mr. Painter is expected to continue as a director in a non-executive role after his retirement on June 30, 2020.

“After 27 years at Kadant and its predecessors, I am confident the succession plan announced today provides for continuity of leadership and maintains a strong team of leaders who can continue to build on Kadant’s successes,” said Mr. Painter. “I have personally known and worked with Jeff for more than 30 years since our early days at Thermo Electron. I believe the board has made an outstanding choice in the selection of Jeff as CEO. I look forward to continuing to work with Jeff and the board to support our customers and employees and deliver value for our stockholders.”

Mr. Powell commented, “I am honored to be appointed president and chief executive officer of Kadant at such a dynamic time for our Company. Having had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Jon over the past 11 years at Kadant, I have developed a deep appreciation for the unique and leading position Kadant has established throughout the world. I look forward to building on the momentum Jon has created while continuing to drive growth and profitability throughout the business to deliver long-term value.”

Mr. William A. Rainville, chairman of Kadant’s board of directors, noted, “The board has been impressed not only by Jeff’s performance and vision leading the Material Processing Group, but also by his successful track record of acquiring and integrating new businesses that have contributed to Kadant’s growth. Jeff is uniquely qualified to step into this role of CEO and to continue to drive growth across Kadant.

“On behalf of the entire board, I thank Jon for more than 25 years of service to Kadant and the notable contributions made during his tenure. Jon has been a strong advocate of diversifying Kadant’s business portfolio to serve process industries outside of the Company’s traditional pulp and paper segment providing stability and positioning the Company for long-term growth. While I am thankful for my long career at Kadant and the ability to serve the Company as chairman of the board of directors for the last ten years, I look forward to my retirement from the board and Jon’s continued insights and leadership as executive chairman.”

Mr. Painter added, “I want to thank Bill for his 47 years of service at Kadant. Many of us think of Bill as the founder of Kadant and without his leadership over the years we would not be the Company we are today. I also want to add my personal thanks to Bill for the support and guidance he has given me over the last 30 years. We wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

The Company also announced that Peter J. Flynn and Michael Colwell will each become a vice president of the Company effective July 1, 2019. Together, Mr. Flynn and Mr. Colwell, who will be executive officers of the Company, will have supervisory responsibility for the Company’s Material Processing Group.

Mr. Flynn has been president of the Company’s Kadant Black Clawson subsidiary (“KBC”) since 2003. KBC is part of the Company’s papermaking systems segment and manufactures stock-preparation equipment primarily for the pulp and paper industry.

Mr. Colwell has been president of the Company’s Kadant Carmanah Design (“KCD”) division and its predecessors since 2010. KCD is part of the Company’s wood processing systems segment and designs and manufactures equipment for the oriented strand board industry.
(Kadant Inc.)

Arctic Paper: Growth despite challenges in the graphic paper market

Arctic Paper: Growth despite challenges in the graphic paper market  (Company news)

•Sales revenue Q4 amounted to PLN 780,7m (EUR1181,6m).For the whole of 2018, sales revenue amounted to PLN 3158,2m (EUR1741,1m).
•EBITDA Q4 was PLN 3,0m (EUR10,7m). EBITDA for 2018was PLN 223,5m (EUR152,4m).•EBIT Q4 was PLN -21,4m (EUR1-5,0m). For 2018, EBIT was PLN 130,7m (EUR130,7m).
•The Management Board proposes no dividend for 2018.
•Decision to close one paper machine (PM7) in Grycksbo, provisions of PLN 8 m made in Q4.
•Michal Jarczyński (photo) was appointed CEO of Arctic Paper S.A.
•Launch of G-snow in early 2019–a new, ultra-white, high-quality coated paper.
•In March 2019, Arctic Paper signed a 15-year contract with Adven AB, which will design, own and operate a biomass boiler with a capacity of 30 MW at Arctic Paper Munkedals. This ensures lower, stable and predictable energy costs and reduces CO2-emissions.

Michal Jarczyński, CEO of Arctic Paper S.A.:
“The development during 2018 clearly shows that market related actions are not enough to restore our margins, we need to put even greater emphasis on cost reductions, productivity gainsand development of new products.“

For the fourth quarter for 2018, Arctic Paper Group increased its revenue to PLN 780,7m (compared to 740,0m Q4, 2017) with an EBITDA of PLN 3,0m (33,6m). For the full year 2018, the Group reached a turnover of PLN 3158,2m (2952,8m) with an EBITDA of PLN 223,5m (244,4m).

For the paper segment, the production for Q4 dropped to 150 000 tonnes (compared to 165 000 in 2017) due to a temporary decline in market demand during November and December that affected both coated and uncoated paper. The Q4 paper revenue amounted to PLN 539,1m (543,0m) with an EBITDA of PLN -12,3m (26,3m). For the full year 2018, the paper revenue was PLN 2263,3m (2173,5m) with an EBITDA of PLN 66,0m (131,0m). Pulp prices have decreased since its peak in Q3 2018, but were still 10-30 percent higher on average in Q4 2018 compared to Q4 2017.

The average paper sales revenue per ton grew by 12.2 percent in Q4 2018 compared to Q4 2017, which is the result of the combination of better product mix and price increases. We continue to gain market shares in selected segments with the help of our strong brands, while the market for graphic paper in general continue to shrink. At the end of the year, speciality and premium papers accounted for 22 (20) percent of the volume in tonnes and 27 (26) per cent of the sales value. We continue to invest in sustainable energy. In 2018 the decision was taken to expand the hydro power at Arctic Paper Munkedals. In March 2019 Arctic Paper signed a 15-year contract with Adven AB, which will design, own and operate a biomass boiler with a capacity of 30 MW at Arctic Paper Munkedals. This ensures lower, stable and predictable energy costs and reduces CO2-emissions.

Our strategy for the paper business will continue to guide our efforts to achieve sustainably higher profitability. The development during 2018 clearly shows that market related actions are not enough to restore our margins, we need to put even greater emphasis on cost reductions, productivity gains and development of products. During Q4, the plan to close of one of three paper machines in Grycksbo was announced, for which we have made provisions of PLN 8m in Q4.

For Rottneros AB, of which Arctic Paper Group owns 51 percent, net turnover in Q4 rose by 17 percent to SEK 580 million (compared to SEK 496 million in 2017). Turnover for 2018 rose by 18 percent to SEK 2260 million (1912).

The road to sustainably higher efficiency is not only about cost savings but about building a strong performance-oriented culture. We need to be better at recruiting, engaging, involving and motivating all employees in the company's development and in the necessary change. I look with confidence on the future, and look forward to leading Arctic Paper in a time of major changes.
(Arctic Paper S.A.)

Eckhard Kallies heads Koehler's packaging paper division

Eckhard Kallies heads Koehler's packaging paper division  (Company news)

Team for flexible packaging further expanded

Picture: Eckhard Kallies: New division manager for flexible packaging at Koehler

The family-owned company from the Black Forest enters a new market. New division manager with almost 30 years of experience in the industry. Honest sustainability with paper instead of plastic.

"Our challenge is to establish sustainable business models in the flexible packaging industry," says Eckhard Kallies, Director of Flexible Packaging at the Koehler Paper Group. A native of northern Germany, Kallies took up his new position in the Black Forest on March 1.

Target: Making a name for the company as an innovative and reliable supplier
Kallies knows what he's talking about. He's worked in the paper industry for almost 30 years, most recently in the area of paper for flexible packaging. He outlines Koehler's target as follows: "As a newcomer to the field, we will soon make a name for ourselves as an innovative and reliable supplier in the supply chain." The key here is creating target-oriented solutions with converters and brand owners and establishing paper as the packaging material of the future.

The construction of a new paper machine at Koehler's site in Kehl on the Rhine river is part of the development of the new product division. It will begin operation in September while the new coating machine will begin operation in July. In addition to conventional papers for flexible packaging, Koehler's decades of expertise in coating technology will enable it to produce papers whose barrier properties will replace plastic in some areas of packaging.

CEO Furler: Kallies is an asset for our team
Koehler's CEO Kai Furler sees Eckhard Kallies' commitment as an important part of his future success. "Mr Kallies brings to our team a great deal of experience in the area of papers for flexible packaging," he says. "In his previous roles, he made a name for himself as an executive who thinks and acts strategically."

In addition to conventional papers for flexible packaging, which are often used as part of composites, Koehler is working with research institutions and other companies in the value chain to develop papers with barrier properties. Of particular note here is the Green Coating Collaboration, which Koehler runs together with the TU Darmstadt.
(Koehler Holding GmbH & Co KG)

Smurfit Kappa launches innovative premium DigiStar® paper

Smurfit Kappa launches innovative premium DigiStar® paper  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has launched an innovative new range of premium papers that are suitable for both digital and flexographic printers.

The DigiStar® paper was developed in response to a growing demand in the market for a multi-purpose premium solution delivering high quality printing results.

Smurfit Kappa harnessed its expertise and experience in paper to develop a unique and sustainable solution that can maximise the capabilities of digital print and work hand-in-hand with both digital and flexographic printers.

The new paper range brings a wealth of benefits to the packaging industry. By using one type of paper for multiple printers, the true benefit of digital is maximised, delivering high quality graphics combined with high flexibility. In addition, wastage is reduced and stock is easier to control. As well as digital printing, the paper is also suitable for both UV and water-based inks providing more choice for customers.

Speaking about the new paper, Lars Henriksson, VP Product Development, Smurfit Kappa Paper Division said: “Digital printing is evolving strongly and our paper technology is developing at a similar pace. We created DigiStar® to respond to the need for a premium, multi-purpose paper and we are very excited about the potential that it holds.

“Feedback has been very positive and we’re already working on additional types of paper to augment the range.”

Demand for premium printed paper-based packaging as a sustainable alternative has grown and it is used widely in both the eCommerce and retail sectors.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution at W&H Printing Technology Center enables ...

KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution at W&H Printing Technology Center enables ...  (Company news)

... time-saving flexo workflow

Kodak's new solvent- and VOC-free flexo plate making solution drives efficiency for high quality packaging production

Kodak is proud to partner in the "Experience the Future of Flexo" Open House event held by Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) on March 27 and 28, 2019 in Lengerich, Germany. At this event, which is expected to attract customers and prospects from the global flexo printing industry, Kodak will showcase its new, innovative KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution for the first time outside the United States. The W&H Printing Technology Center is now home to a dedicated Flexo Plate Center, a partnership between Kodak and W&H, where the FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution will be available to both W&H and Kodak for customer demonstrations on an ongoing basis.

Top performance in high-quality flexo platemaking
The FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution offers a new dimension with respect to productivity and performance in flexo plate production for packaging printing. It's the first aqueous solution that provides consistent, high-performing flexo plates for high-volume, low-maintenance requirements. Kodak's revolutionary flexo solution will provide high-quality plates for all demonstrations to be given on W&H's new flexo presses at the Open House, and will be available for in-house plate production for customer jobs going forward.

With its fast and eco-friendly flexo plate production, the FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution helps to improve the position of the flexo process vis-à-vis other technology options in the packaging printing segment. The FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution's ability to produce press-ready KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra plates in less than an hour will be demonstrated on both days of the Open House event with the aid of a special packaging motif featuring images of the day.

"We're extremely pleased to have been given this opportunity to partner with W&H as they put the spotlight on the Future of Flexo. At Kodak we are constantly challenging ourselves to ask ‘What’s Next?’, and the new FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution is a prime example of forward-thinking that has been many years in development. It enables printers to take advantage of our well-established industry-leading plate technology without the hassle of solvent processing, in a stable, simple-to-control and highly automated process," said Chris Payne, President Flexographic Packaging Division, Kodak. "A focus on controlled and efficient manufacturing processes that don’t compromise quality further strengthens the leading position of flexo printing in the packaging printing market."

"Our guests to the Printing Technology Centre are given the full lowdown on the very latest developments in flexo printing. We see our extremely efficient and intelligently automated presses as part of the overall process. We work together with numerous partners to demonstrate the possibilities for an optimum overall process. Faster changeovers and shorter time-to-market are particularly important issues. With its FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution, our partner Kodak offers prepress specialists an exceptional addition to their existing equipment. In-house plate production enables simpler and faster processes and helps shorten time-to-market," said Markus Bauschulte, Technical Sales Director Business Unit Printing and Finishing at W&H, explaining this partnership.

The FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution enables the outstanding and proven print performance for which KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates have become renowned. KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Plates utilize a flat-top dot structure and are fully compatible with Kodak’s NX Advantage technology and patented Advanced Edge Definition for superior ink transfer control. The plates, available in thicknesses of 0.067 inches (1.14 mm) and 0.045 inches (1.70 mm), are targeted at label, paperboard and flexible packaging applications.
(Kodak GmbH)

Koepala and Kemira test new renewable packaging formats

Koepala and Kemira test new renewable packaging formats   (Company news)

Koepala, a sustainable packaging company providing innovative solutions for on-the-go food, and global chemistry expertise company Kemira are pleased to announce a cooperative partnership. This partnership is a result of the recent "Food for Thought" innovation challenge, which Koepala won. The challenge looked for new business models and alternatives to single-use plastics in food packaging. As a result, the two companies started to work collaboratively to test their solutions.

Koepala are a Helsinki based take-out food packaging development company. They innovate, test and seek to commercialize new packaging concepts. The end goal of Koepala's innovation is to reduce the use of single-use plastics in food packaging. One of the unique elements of Koepala's solution is that the packaging is engineered to be flat. It flexes in to a bowl shape to allow ease-of-use. Kemira's chemistry expertise enables this unique design to take shape.

"The cooperation allows us to test our chemistry innovations for renewable food packaging very hands-on," explains Sami Puttonen, Senior Manager at Kemira. "At Koepala, we are driven by our environmental commitments for sustainable, flat and flexible packaging solutions," says Koepala's CEO Janne Asikainen.

The results of the testing are hoped to provide major leaps forward in sustainable packaging. Both organizations are committed to finding a viable solution, which provides value in the form of sustainability, commercial appeal and functionality to all players in the industry.
(Kemira, Paper Segment)

Cascades Announces a Change in Leadership for its Tissue Group

Cascades Announces a Change in Leadership for its Tissue Group  (Company news)

Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades, has announced a change in leadership for the company's Tissue Group: Jean-David Tardif (photo) will take over from Jean Jobin as President and Chief Operating Officer.

"I indicated to Cascades' management in recent weeks that I wanted to devote my time to personal projects. This is therefore an emotional day as I announce that I am leaving Cascades and the Tissue Group after a career spanning more than 26 years. In doing so, I feel that my mission has been accomplished and I am sure the company has a capable and competent succession team as it continues forward," explained Jean Jobin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Tissue Group.

Mario Plourde, President and CEO of Cascades, thanked the outgoing President of the Tissue Group: "On behalf of all the Cascaders, I would like to thank Jean Jobin for his outstanding years of service to our company. I would also like to wish him best of luck in his future endeavours. We have selected the person best prepared and best equipped to take on the challenge of being his successor: Jean-David Tardif."

With a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA, Mr. Tardif first joined Cascades in 1997. His career path has led him to work successively for each of the company's three groups. In the Tissue Group, he was Vice-President, Consumer Products, from 2013 to 2017. Since December 2017 , he has held the position of Vice-President, Operations for Cascades Containerboard Packaging.

"I very humbly and enthusiastically accept the responsibilities of President of the Tissue Group. Despite the challenges we are facing today, I am confident that many opportunities await us and that we have not yet reached our full potential," noted Jean-David Tardif.
(Cascades Tissue Group)

Specialty Papers Europe Conference

Specialty Papers Europe Conference  (Company news)

Specialty Papers Europe brings together over 230 key industry experts from across the paper supply chain to hear about the latest updates on advancements and trends affecting the industry and to share knowledge and ideas.

The conference offers attendees the chance to:
-Expand their business opportunities and meet leading personalities from companies across the paper supply chain
-Learn what is happening within the paper industry. Previous topics have included innovations, trends and new technologies, through to packaging sustainability, new barrier developments and coatings.
-Gain updates on the lastest policy issues
-Hear from high-level speakers offering key insights and advice
-Source new products and discover the latest innovations from key industry suppliers
(Smithers Pira)

Less plastics - Better future: DOLEA Fibre-based Drinking Straw

Less plastics - Better future: DOLEA Fibre-based Drinking Straw  (Company news)

Dolea Ltd has launched a unique plastic-free innovation, a sustainable fiber-based and plasticfree drinking straw, from RENEWABLE material, it is RECYCLABLE and BIODEGRADABLE.

With this new innovation and its patented design Dolea straw inspires with its natural haptic look and touch. Technologically advanced manufacturing method together with it’s the most sustainable raw material choice, Dolea offers a winning edge to the market longing for more ecological alternatives. All that perfectly combined, Dolea drinking straws provide to the food service industry as well to the food industry a great relief from the harmful environmental issues caused by plastic straws.

Dolea straw is developed and protected by patent family (pending) by a Finnish start-up company Her Majesty’s Drinking Box Ltd.
Dolea is a private Finnish company providing sustainable Dolea drinking straws as well as licensing product for its manufacture as well as the manufacturing lines. Dolea has been founded in 2019 and its technology and IP are based on the earlier developed innovation of Her Majesty’s Drinking Box Ltd.​

Dolea straws are made of high quality Finnish Forest products with PEFC™ & FSC® certificate of origin. Dolea products combines the latest design and technology with the high quality manufacturing methods and certified quality systems in their manufacturing units. Dolea drinking straw is based on NextGen Cup Challenge winner ISLA® board of Kotkamills Ltd.

Paper Vietnam 2019 will take place on 26 – 28 June 2019

Paper Vietnam 2019 will take place on 26 – 28 June 2019   (Company news)

Paper Vietnam 2019, co-organized by Minh Vi Exhibition and Advertisement Services Co., Ltd (VEAS) and China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC), will take place on 26 – 28 June 2019 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. With strong supports from Ministry of Industry and Trade Vietnam (MIOT), Ministry of Commerce of P.R. China (MOFCOM), Vietnam Pulp and Paper Association (VPPA) and India Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association (IARPMA), this year’s eighth edition promises to have more interesting activities in enhancing business cooperation between Vietnamese and International enterprises.

As the success of the last edition, Paper Vietnam 2019 is expected to attract more than 3000 commercial visitors, 90 local and international exhibitors from 30 different countries, including Vietnam, China, Germany, India, Philippines, Korea,… to present their quality products and innovative technologies in the pulp and paper industry. This is the connective platform where local and international enterprises in the paper-related sectors can connect, exchange ideas and expand their market. Remarkably, Paper Vietnam 2019 provides the B2B Business Matching platform where participants can pre-schedule meetings with potential clients and forge partnerships and collaborations for their business while saving time and expenses.

Moreover, “China Brand Show”, held by the Ministry of Commerce of P.R. China and organized by the Trade Development Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce is integrated into Paper Vietnam 2019, shall lead the most excellent enterprises from China to Vietnam with high-quality & self-owned brand products and advanced technology to show the development of “Green Chemical” in the pulp and paper industry in China and be expected to deepen cooperation between China and Vietnam.

Market Information: According to Vietnam Pulp and Paper Comprehensive Report by VIRAC, in the first quarter of 2018, the export value of pulp and paper of Vietnam increased by 48.2% compared to the same period of 2017, accounting for 0.38% of total export turnover. Despite the shortage of the production line and raw materials, it is expected that the pulp production capacity of Vietnam will be increasing to meet domestic production demand.
(Minh Vi Exhibition and Advertisement services Co., Ltd. (VEAS))

ICE Europe 2019 sets record for exhibition space, exhibitor and visitor numbers

ICE Europe 2019 sets record for exhibition space, exhibitor and visitor numbers  (Company news)

From 12 – 14 March 2019, the international converting industry gathered for the 11th ICE Europe at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. This year, the World’s Leading Exhibition for the conversion of flexible, web-based materials, such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens, achieved higher numbers of exhibitors and visitors than ever before and also set a record for the exhibition space. A total of 7,150 visitors from 75 countries came to the Bavarian capital to discover machinery, systems, materials, and accessories; which is an increase of visitors by 4% compared to the previous event. A total of 463 exhibitors from 25 countries presented their latest technologies on a net exhibition space of 11,500 m2, setting records with an 8% increase in exhibitor numbers and a 4% increase in net exhibition space compared to the previous event. For the second time, the organisers honoured four exhibiting companies with the ICE Awards for their outstanding technological achievements.

Once again, this year’s ICE Europe attracted converting specialists from around the world. A total of 7,150 visitors from 75 countries came to the show, where 463 exhibitors from 25 countries covered a net floor space of 11,500 m2. Compared to the previous show in 2017, the number of exhibitors has increased by 8%, the number of visitors by 4%, and the net exhibition space by 4%. The majority of visitors of ICE Europe 2019 came from Germany, Italy, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and China. The most important exhibitor countries were Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland, and the United States.

The results of the visitor analysis have also shown that the visitors mainly came from the industry sectors packaging, printing, plastics, engineering, paper, chemicals, automotive, textiles and nonwovens as well as electronics. They were primarily interested in coating and laminating; slitting and rewinding; accessories and materials; flexographic and rotogravure printing; control, test, and measurement systems; finishing; drying and curing; and special films and extrusion.

ICE Awards 2019: Innovative exhibitors honoured with awards
For the second time, the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions honoured best practice, excellence, innovation and outstanding achievements of exhibitors with the ICE Awards, in four categories: ‘Digital Converting Solutions’, ‘Sustainable Products and Manufacturing Processes’, Efficient Production Solutions’ and ‘Special Film Innovations’. Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of Mack Brooks Exhibitions, presented the ICE Awards 2019 to four exhibiting companies on the first day of the show. The winners had previously been determined via an online voting on the show website. A total of 37 exhibitor entries made it onto the short list; and 1,370 industry experts cast their vote to determine the winners of the individual categories.

The company JHT GmbH received 41% of all votes in the category ‘Digital Converting Solutions’ and won an ICE Award for its vacuum-roller-system ‘VacuFl3X’, an additively manufactured modular system. Active-assisted, air-driven separation-zones and optimised vacuum-zone-geometries facilitate the detachment and gentle handling of sensitive materials and enable contactless web deflection.

In the category ‘Sustainable Products and Manufacturing Processes’, the company Nepata GmbH received 77% of all votes and won the ICE Award for its DL1650 film separator, which separates self-adhesive film from its carrier paper. It is the first machine to perform automatic delamination, thus, making it possible to obtain recyclable, pure PVC from faulty film media.

With 55% of all votes, the company Derichs GmbH won the ICE Award in the category ‘Efficient Production Solutions’ for its ED touchless-clean, an innovative solution for the inline-cleaning of different roller surfaces. It uses a newly developed, dielectrically impeded plasma (DBD – dielectric barrier discharge) and facilitates smooth production processes, minimises downtime costs, and optimises workplace safety.

The companies OPTIMA life science GmbH und Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH won the ICE Award for their jointly developed machine COMEDCO in the category ‘Special Film Innovations’, with 47% of all votes. COMEDCO facilitates intelligent coating, drying, cutting, rolling and packaging processes of transdermal dressings and oral dispersible films.

In her speech, Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, thanked the exhibitors for their many innovative entries and extraordinary achievements in the converting industry: ‘Diverse challenges, such as the ongoing digitalisation of manufacturing processes, increasing regulatory requirements, the growing demand for recyclable packaging, increasing energy and commodity prices, and the trend towards individualised products require innovative ideas and technological development in various areas of the converting industry. With their entries to the ICE Awards, exhibiting companies have shown a remarkable level of excellence, innovation, and achievement. The current boom in the industry, which is reflected by this year's record exhibition, is characterised by technological innovations by pioneering companies in the converting industry.’

Date of the next show
The majority of exhibitors at this year’s show have already announced that they will exhibit again at the next ICE Europe. ICE Europe 2021 will take place from 9 – 11 March 2021 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. The next ICE International Converting Exhibition will be ICE USA, which will take place from 9 – 11 April 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.
(Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)

Roland Unveils TrueVIS VG2 Print & Cut Solution

Roland Unveils TrueVIS VG2 Print & Cut Solution  (Company news)

Exceptional print & cut quality, new Orange ink set this print & cut solution apart

Roland DG Corporation, a leading supplier of digital print technologies with more than 35 years of manufacturing expertise, announced the availability of the TrueVIS VG2 Series Print & Cut Solution, the 16th generation of print & cut solutions. It includes new inks, an improved VersaWorks workflow and optional take-up and dryer units, resulting in a system that can be configured to meet the needs of small to mid-sized providers, or of larger providers looking to bring additional capacity. This includes commercial printers looking to enter the sign & display graphics business to generate new revenue streams, capture new customers, and increase the value of existing customers with a compact, easy-to-use and efficient system.

Karel Sannen, Marketing Manager at Roland DG, states: “our objective when creating the VG2 series was to improve upon the already incredibly high standards set by the previous award-winning VG series. By creating printer/cutters that boast the highest output quality in Roland DG history, we did not stick to existing concepts, but we redefined product development by focusing on dozens of little details. The result is that the new TrueVIS VG2 series offers customers a true competitive advantage.”

The TrueVIS VG2 Series includes more than 40 new or improved features, ranging from accuracy and quality to workflow and stability, as well as the ability to produce new applications. When combined, small changes create a significant performance increase. For example, a busy print service provider looking for fast turnaround is now able to print, laminate, and apply graphics in one day with the assurance of high-quality output and reliable installation. This enables print professionals to meet their customers’ expectations and to beat their competitors’ time to market.

In addition, using a solution that combines printer and cutter in one footprint offers significant productivity advantages, but only if it delivers outstanding quality at an investment level that offers an exceptional ROI. That’s where the new Roland TrueVIS VG2 mid-level production printer, available in 54” and 64” configurations with 4 to 8 colors, comes in. The many small improvements this printer/cutter offers over its previous generation – in addition to its benchmark position in the cut & print world – make it the solution of choice for any serious buyer.

One such buyer is Gielen Reclame BV, located in the Netherlands. The company tested the VG2 over a seven-week period with sellable production, printing over 800 meters of media. “We especially like the orange ink,” says Chris Gielen, owner of the company. “We were already using white ink on our Roland Soljet Pro XR-640, which gives us a lot of nice effects with foil. Now, with the orange ink, we can print corporate colors much more accurately. In four-color offset printing, those orange colors often came out brownish, or you had to use a PMS color ink, and the same is true with four-color inkjet printing. Now, with the Roland TR2-OR orange ink, we are getting excellent results.”

Gielen is also thrilled with the accuracy of the cutting plotter on the TrueVIS VG2, reporting that it has eliminated the need to apply overlap to cut logos to account for inaccuracies that cause white edges. “That is no longer necessary with this printer,” he says. “The machine is so precise that we can cut without overlap.”

New features and capabilities for the TrueVIS VG2 include:
-New TR2 inks featuring improved stretchability, washability for garment decoration, outstanding outdoor performance, and a brand-new Orange ink for an expanded color gamut with support for the Roland Orange Library and the Pantone color library.
-TR2 inks certified to meet the requirements of 3M’s MCS warranty and Avery Dennison’s ICS warranty. 3M™ MCS™ and Avery Dennison™ ICS™ Warranty coverage currently applies to CMYKLkLcLm, White and Orange to follow. Users of 8c configuration can select 7c for full conformity. The inks are also GREENGUARD Gold certified for low chemical emissions, and feature exceptionally low ink consumption costs, including reduced ink consumption during maintenance. The use of media-specific profiles also reduces ink consumption.
-TrueVIS TR2 inks ready to finish after a 4- to 6-hour outgassing period.
-Includes VersaWorks 6 RIP software supporting the latest Harlequin® RIP dual core engine with PDF 2.0 and native 64-bit processing plus new, easy-to-use capabilities that make it the most powerful RIP software ever.
-In-RIP selection with nozzles to use in case of printhead related issues. This allows production to continue until nozzle issues can be resolved, minimizing downtime.
-A new pinch wheel design that improves print & cut accuracy, and optimized side pinch roller pressure that enables better registration. Center pinch wheels have an auto-raise functionality to avoid damaging printed graphics. Pinch rollers are also auto-raised when switching from printing to cutting, with no manual labor required.
-A new Overcut function emulating the results of a tangential cutter, delivering sharp, clean corners on challenging media, minimizing waste and reducing weeding time.
-Multiple crop mark function giving users increased flexibility in choice of layouts for improved accuracy or unattended production over longer periods of time. This includes single marks around page size, marks around horizontal groups, and marks around each object.
-TUC-4 optional take-up controller that enables operators to select between two modes with a simple switch, making it easy to move from standard mode for media such as self-adhesive vinyl, to tension mode for media such as PVC Banner.
-With ease of use, accuracy and reliability, the TrueVIS VG2 Series builds on the 64-bit native PDF platform of VersaWorks 6. It fully supports PDF 2.0, minimizing the need to request alternative file types from customers, and streamlines the production process. And operators can perform key operations remotely from the newly-designed Roland DG Mobile Panel App, available for both iOS and Android.

“We are excited to make the TrueVIS VG2 Series available to the market,” Sannen states. “We believe it will open opportunities for a wide range of customers, and we expect to see strong interest as our dealers begin educating customers on the benefits, fast ROI, and exceptional performance offered by this new print & cut solution.”
(Roland DG GmbH)

Jujo Thermal develops the SHIELDPLUS ® series, a new recyclable and biodegradable paper ...

Jujo Thermal develops the SHIELDPLUS ® series, a new recyclable and biodegradable paper ...  (Company news)

... material to minimize plastics in flexible packaging

Jujo Thermal is developing a totally new, environmentally friendly specialty paper, aimed at flexible and sustainable food packaging. The new product has superior barrier properties to protect the content and to maintain its quality. It is a viable alternative to food packages that presently use barrier films made of plastic or aluminium. Therefore, the new product will significantly help to reduce the use of plastics in packaging.

Jujo Thermal´s new product is a significant step on a long journey aimed at decreasing the use of plastics. It provides an alternative to flexible food packages that presently use barrier films made of plastic or aluminium. The new product is made of paper-based material and it provides superior barrier properties against oxygen, water vapor, and flavour penetration. The product consists of wood-based fibres coated with a water-based barrier coating, and it is completely recyclable and biodegradable.

The new specialty paper product is based on a technology innovation from Jujo Thermal´s parent company, the Nippon Paper Industries. Nippon Paper Industries launched the SHIELDPLUS® technology and the first product applications in 2017. Jujo Thermal will be Nippon Paper Group´s European production base for SHIELDPLUS®. “The SHIELDPLUS® is a revolutionary technological material for the packaging industry. I am confident that it can be the solution for brand owners, who seek to develop biodegradable packaging materials. As our group slogan “Let paper do what it can do” states, we believe that paper, as a material, has a vast capability. The ecological challenges caused by a tremendous amount of plastic waste are serious. We are committed to addressing this challenge and the growing market need for ecological packaging material by developing sustainable materials. This new product is only the beginning,” says Senior R&D Manager & Packaging Specialist Masashi Okamoto of Jujo Thermal Ltd.

The new product marks an important milestone, not only because of its ecological nature, but also because it is a new product category for Jujo Thermal. “We have collaborated in the product development phase with the Paper Converting & Packaging Department of the University of Tampere. The collaboration has provided us with the possibility to develop and learn together. We have gained an in-depth understanding of the new product´s capabilities and we will utilize this know-how when training our personnel,” says Mika Anttila, R&D Director of Jujo Thermal Ltd.

The new product concept is currently in the market validation stage. Jujo Thermal is confident that it will provide its customers with an innovative and responsible platform to further develop their own products to be more competitive and yet ecological.
(Jujo Thermal Oy)

Sappi Announces Commercial Availability of Paperboard Packaging Products, Proto® and Spectro™

Sappi Announces Commercial Availability of Paperboard Packaging Products, Proto® and Spectro™  (Company news)

New paper-based packaging solutions ready to make their mark in print

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp, announced that its Proto® and SpectroTM paperboard products are available globally for commercial orders in all calipers.

"It's difficult to find products with high-quality print capabilities and consistency, but Sappi's new line of products have helped grow our folding boxboard and high-end application services," said Ron Moore, President, Cutting Edge Paper Ltd. "We strive to provide our customers with the best products for their packaging needs, and Proto and Spectro are setting the new standard for the paperboard market."

Announced at the end of 2018, Proto and Spectro offer enhanced optics with high impact and lightweight feel. The products are produced at Sappi's Somerset Mill in Maine, which recently invested over $200 million to rebuild its Paper Machine 1 and woodyard. Both products are now available for commercial orders and samples, which can be requested online here:

Proto C1S is a sturdy, single-ply SBS for everyday premium packaging applications. The folding carton board can be applied to cosmetics, health and beauty, confectionery, consumer electronics and other consumer packaging. This line can also be used for magazine and book covers, shopping bags, point of sale (POS) materials, direct mail and more to provide a superior surface and printability for a lasting impact.
Spectro C1S is a single-ply SBS for high-quality packaging and graphic applications in the consumer and lifestyle markets, similar to Proto. Whether using UV, aqueous, or specialty coatings, hot foil stamping, embossing, special effects, or varnishes, this line brings a substantial feel at a lighter weight with enhanced optics for everyday products looking to stand out on the shelves.

"We're excited with the qualification, success, and acceptance of our paperboard products with our customers," said Deece Hannigan, Vice President, Packaging and Specialties Business, Sappi North America. "We've worked hard to create products that meet the needs of converters and end-use customers."
(Sappi North America)

Mayr-Melnhof Group: Annual Results 2018

Mayr-Melnhof Group: Annual Results 2018  (Company news)

-Further profit increase
-Dividend increase to EUR 3.20/share proposed
-High capacity utilization
-Significant growth in results at MM Karton
-Higher costs weigh on margin at MM Packaging
-Demand again normalized after slowdown in 4Q/2018

The Mayr-Melnhof Group was able to conclude the year 2018 with a further profit increase in succession. A strong development in the first three quarters contrasted with a noticeable market- and production-related decrease in volumes in the final quarter, which reduced the lead over the previous year. The company nevertheless succeeded in maintaining capacity utilization and volumes at a high level on a whole year perspective. The cartonboard division was the main driver of profit growth, in particular as a result of improved average prices. In contrast, a sharp rise in input costs, in particular for cartonboard, put pressure on the margin, as this increase could only be passed on with delay.

In line with the sound profit development, a recommendation will be made to the 25th Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting on April 24, 2019, to increase the dividend for the financial year 2018 to EUR 3.20 per share (2017: EUR 3.10).

With the acquisition of the Tann-Group, which was successfully closed on January 15, 2019, MM Packaging took an important growth step. The aim is to expand value added and strengthen the profitability of MM Packaging as well as to achieve further growth.

Consolidated sales of the Group totaled EUR 2,337.7 million and thus were at previous year's level (2017: EUR 2,336.8 million). A price-related increase in sales at the cartonboard division contrasts with a slight decrease at the packaging division.

At EUR 217.1 million, an operating profit above the previous year's level was achieved (2017: EUR 215.0 million). The Group’s operating margin reached 9.3 % (2017: 9.2 %), the return on capital employed 15.5 % (2017: 15.1 %).

Financial income of EUR 1.3 million (2017: EUR 2.0 million) contrasted with financial expenses of EUR -6.1 million (2017: EUR -6.2 million). “Other financial result − net” went up to EUR 5.6 million (2017: EUR -5.3 million), in particular as a result of foreign currency gains, after one-time expenses due to accumulated currency translations of EUR 2.6 million had been reported in the previous year following the deconsolidation of subsidiaries.

Profit before tax increased by 6.0 % to EUR 217.9 million (2017: EUR 205.5 million). Income tax expenses totaled EUR 53.7 million (2017: EUR 50.5 million), with the effective Group tax rate for 2018 remaining constant at 24.7 % (2017: 24.6 %).

Profit for the year rose by 5.9 % to EUR 164.2 million (2017: EUR 155.0 million).

Consolidated Balance Sheet
As of December 31, 2018, the Group's total assets amounted to EUR 2,065.7 million and were thus EUR 52.3 million higher than the respective figure at the end of 2017 (December 31, 2017: EUR 2,013.4 million). The Group's total equity rose from EUR 1,318.6 million to EUR 1,384.8 million, mainly as a result of profit. Total equity to total assets was therefore at 67.0 % (December 31, 2017: 65.5 %), return on equity at 12.1 % (December 31, 2017: 12.0 %).

Financial liabilities at EUR 211.7 million (December 31, 2017: EUR 212.5 million) remained almost unchanged and are primarily of a long-term character. Provisions for non-current liabilities and charges related to accruals for employee benefits decreased to EUR 115.9 million (December 31, 2017: EUR 121.4 million).

Total funds available went up to EUR 261.1 million (December 31, 2017: EUR 200.7 million), resulting in the Group reporting a net liquidity of EUR 49.4 million (December 31, 2017: net debt of EUR 11.8 million) at the end of 2018.

Outlook on the financial year 2019
Since the beginning of 2019, demand for cartonboard packaging has once again normalized following the weakening in the fourth quarter of last year, though without any noticeable momentum. Against this background, the plants are reporting overall good capacity utilization, however competition in the markets remains very intense.

The price increase for virgin fiber-based cartonboard announced by MM Karton as a result of higher prices for pulp and groundwood pulp took effect at the beginning of the year. In contrast, a continuous pricing policy is pursued for recycled fiber-based cartonboard due to stable recovered paper markets. The focus at MM Packaging remains on passing on increases in input factors promptly.

The aim of both divisions in 2019 is to continue to grow with the market as well as through displacement and to maintain the profit quality at a high level. Therefore, the focus on products with high value added and productivity gains in manufacture will be pursued consistently. In 2019, the largest contribution to growth will result from the acquisition of the Tann-Group, which will be integrated into the Group following the successful closing in the first quarter of 2019.
We will continue our investment activities on a long-term scale focusing on growth and cost reduction through the use of state-of-the-art technology.

After another record result was achieved in 2018, our goal is to make 2019 another year of success.

High attention will also be paid to the continuation of our acquisition course.

Development in the 4th Quarter of 2018
After a solid development during the first quarters, demand for cartonboard packaging showed a noticeable weakening in the fourth quarter, especially due to a reduction in stocks along the supply chain.

MM Karton recorded, market- and production-related, a lower capacity utilization of 90 % after 99 % in the fourth quarter of the previous year. The operating margin of the division was at
6.3 % (4th quarter 2017: 7.3 %).
MM Packaging reached an operating margin of 8.4 % (4th quarter 2017: 10.5 %).

Consolidated sales at EUR 574.6 million were around 2.2 % lower than in the previous year’s period (4th quarter 2017: EUR 587.7 million). While MM Karton was able to keep up sales due to better prices, MM Packaging faced a reduction.

The Group's operating profit totaled EUR 44.8 million (4th quarter 2017: EUR 56.1 million), resulting in an operating margin of 7.8 % (4th quarter 2017: 9.5 %).

Profit before tax was at EUR 48.9 million after EUR 53.6 million in the last quarter of 2017. Profit for the period amounted to EUR 37.8 million (4th quarter 2017: EUR 41.7 million).

Development in the Divisions
MM Karton
Good demand characterized development on the European cartonboard markets in the first three quarters of 2018. However, this was followed by a noticeable weakening in the final quarter due to seasonal factors and the filled supply chain.

On procurement markets, a fall in prices for mixed recovered paper qualities due to reduced exports from Europe to Asia, contrasted with a sharp price increase for virgin fiber-based products, with the need to adjust prices for virgin fiber-based cartonboard.

MM Karton was able to maintain its position very well in 2018 through better prices, a sound volume development, and an optimized product portfolio and concluded the year with a significant increase in profit compared to the previous year. We continued to implement our proven strategy of a disciplined price policy while maintaining market shares.

The average order backlog totaled 77,000 tons and was thus below the previous year's level (2017: 85,000 tons). At 97 %, capacities in the division were however still well utilized (2017: 98 %).

Cartonboard production, at 1,664,000 tons, was 1.2 % below the previous year (2017: 1,685,000 tons). 1,313,000 tons (79 %) thereof were attributable to recycled fiber-based cartonboard and 351,000 tons (21 %) to virgin fiber-based cartonboard (2017: 1,345,000 tons or 80 % and 340,000 tons or 20 %, respectively). Cartonboard sold developed in line with production, totaling 1,663,000 tons (2017: 1,675,000 tons).

Sales increased, driven by prices, from EUR 1,048.7 million to EUR 1,062.2 million. With a share of around 63 % in Western Europe (2017: 62 %) and 21 % in Eastern Europe (2017: 21 %), slightly more was sold on the European markets, thus the sales share in countries outside Europe decreased to 16 % (2017: 17 %).

Operating profit increased significantly by 31.2 % or EUR 22.9 million to EUR 96.4 million compared with the previous year (2017: EUR 73.5 million) owing to better average prices and lower direct costs. The operating margin amounted to 9.1 % after 7.0 % in 2017.

MM Packaging
European packaging demand for consumer goods was high from the beginning of 2018 and showed just in the fourth quarter a noticeable weakening as a result of a successive reduction in stocks along the supply chain. Competitive intensity remained very high, as capacities in the industry continued to be sufficient.

Against this background, it was largely possible to maintain plant capacity utilization at a high level. At the same time, however, the margin was under pressure due to previous cartonboard price increases and further cost rises, especially for transport and logistics, since corresponding price increases are difficult to be realized in the market or are only possible with delay. While the efficiency gains achieved in the course of rationalization programs were able to alleviate the pressure on the result, they could not fully compensate these developments.

The strategic focus of maintaining strength and exploiting growth opportunities in individual markets such as FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), cigarette packaging, pharmaceuticals as well as personal care with dedicated locations on the basis of maximum cost efficiency and quality was pursued consistently and implemented in the course of the investment program. High priority was attributed to automation and digitalization projects.

Tonnage processed, at 766,000 tons, was close to the previous year's figure (2017: 767,000 tons). The sheet equivalent developed largely in parallel to this, with 2,270.7 million sheets in 2018 after 2,289.9 million sheets in the previous year.

At EUR 1,384.2 million, sales developed steadily compared to the previous year (2017: EUR 1,392.7 million). The geographical distribution of sales was also characterized by continuity, with 57 % and 32 % accounted for by Western and Eastern Europe, respectively, and 11 % by business outside Europe (2017: 58 %; 30 %; 12 %).

The decrease in operating profit by 14.7 % to EUR 120.7 million (2017: EUR 141.5 million) resulted primarily from the significant increase in direct costs. The operating margin accordingly amounted to 8.7 % (2017: 10.2 %).
(Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)

Paper Excellence Canada welcomes Catalyst Paper

Paper Excellence Canada welcomes Catalyst Paper  (Company news)

Paper Excellence Canada (PEC) has finalized the acquisition of Catalyst Paper Corporation. This includes its three facilities located in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River, its Surrey distribution centre and headquarters in Richmond, B.C.

“This acquisition is a continued step towards Paper Excellence Canada’s long-term growth plan within Canada’s pulp and paper industry and clearly demonstrates its commitment to the province of British Columbia,” said Brian Baarda, Paper Excellence Canada Chief Executive Officer. “Together these combined operations will improve efficiency and sustainability in the forest industry in British Columbia and Canada.”

With this acquisition now complete, Paper Excellence Canada’s product range expands to include printing papers, specialty and packaging papers and increased pulp production to service our customers worldwide.

“I’m grateful to Paper Excellence for committing to the B.C. forest industry and helping to move it forward. Last year, we stepped up to protect pensions for Catalyst employees and stood up against unfair U.S. trade tariffs – because when forestry is successful, B.C. is successful,” said Premier John Horgan. “Our government will keep working hard to revitalize the coastal forest industry, and today’s announcement shows that others are committed to that work, too.”

“This transaction is good news for our now 3,500 employees, our customers, our operating communities, and British Columbia’s pulp and paper and forest products industries,” states Baarda.

Barclays acted as exclusive financial advisor to Paper Excellence on the transaction.
(Paper Excellence Canada)

W&H Enhances Presence in Asia-Pacific

W&H Enhances Presence in Asia-Pacific  (Company news)

New subsidiaries and local branches in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea and Philippines

Machinery manufacturer W&H is significantly enhancing its local presence in Asia-Pacific: With the beginning of 2019 W&H has opened fully owned subsidiaries with local service and support teams in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and soon in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Customers in Korea and the Philippines will be supported by branch offices managed by W&H. The specialist for machines for flexible packaging has been present in the Asian-Pacific Market for more than 40 years.

The regional headquarter of Windmoeller & Hoelscher Asia-Pacific Co., Ltd. was established in Bangkok in 1996, followed by W&H Asia in Hongkong in 1998, W&H Australasia in 2008 and Windmoeller & Hoelscher Machinery (Taicang) Co., Ltd. in 2014.

For decades W&H has built up its own sales and service business in Asia Pacific. Today the WHAP team consists of more than 130 people, among them more than 65 service technicians who support with technical solutions, maintenance and spare part services.

Michael Fischer, CEO Asia-Pacific concludes: “W&H is investing significantly into the new regional structure to support our customers even better across the entire machine portfolio and life-cycle and we will grow our footprint in Asia-Pacific to the next level.”
(Windmöller & Hölscher KG')

ANDRITZ launches new PrimeLineTEX tissue machine for textured tissue

ANDRITZ launches new PrimeLineTEX tissue machine for textured tissue  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has officially launched its new tissue machine for textured tissue, the “PrimeLineTEX”, enabling customers to produce textured tissue of a quality superior to dry crepe and very close to structured (TAD) tissue, while at the same time achieving significant cost savings.

Photo: The ANDRITZ tissue pilot plant in Graz, Austria – the PrimeLineTIAC – is currently configured as a PrimeLineTEX machine and offers customers the opportunity to test and develop their future textured tissue. © ANDRITZ

PrimeLineTEX is available with widths of 5.6 or 2.8 m and produces high-quality tissue for towel and sanitary applications. The machine offers up to 25% fiber savings compared to dry crepe and consumes up to 50% less energy than a TAD machine. The PrimeLine TEX is substantially shorter in length than other market solutions and uses only one additional fabric instead of two. Furthermore, the PrimeLineTEX machine can switch between production of textured and dry crepe tissue within a much shorter time than comparable solutions.

As a turnkey supplier, ANDRITZ can offer the complete textured tissue production line, including stock preparation, pumps, and the automation system.

“Our new PrimeLineTEX tissue machine enables customers to produce high-quality tissue close to TAD but with substantially reduced investment and operating costs. It is available to all markets worldwide, without any restrictions. This new machine offers profitable advantages for our customers,” says Klaus Blechinger, Vice President Tissue at ANDRITZ.

The ANDRITZ tissue pilot plant in Graz, Austria – the PrimeLineTIAC – is currently configured as a PrimeLineTEX machine and now offers customers the opportunity to test and develop their future textured tissue. The first paper samples will be available during the Tissue World Milan trade show from March 25 to 27, 2019 at the ANDRITZ booth, F680.

With the new PrimeLineTEX machine, ANDRITZ once again confirms its strong position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of complete tissue production lines and the right partner for innovative solutions.
(Andritz AG)

Klabin becomes South America's first papermaker to place an order via OCI at the ...

Klabin becomes South America's first papermaker to place an order via OCI at the ...  (Company news)

...Voith Paper Webshop

-Paper and pulp producer places South America’s first order via Voith’s digital platform
-IT system integration speeds up spare parts delivery
-Purchasing history ensures greater efficiency in sourcing the right parts for specific machines

Following a worldwide trend, Klabin has become South America’s first papermaker to integrate its ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system to the Voith Paper Webshop digital platform and place an order via OCI (Open Catalog Interface).

The Brazilian company now joins more than 60 papermakers worldwide that are already using the portal created by Voith to place orders 24/7. Other papermakers in Brazil are already under negotiation to start using the system.

Flexible ordering times, process transparency and customized interfaces for each paper manufacturer are some of the benefits that the Voith Paper Webshop offers. ERP system integration allows for fast and efficient processing of spare parts orders, which translates into less time spent on component searches.

Becoming a member of the Voith Paper Webshop and integrating ERP systems via OCI make it easier for maintenance departments to place orders directly through their ERP systems; they simply select the necessary components in the Webshop and transfer them to the ERP to find all the required fields automatically populated. The order is then forwarded to the purchasing department, which approves the purchase and sends the order directly to Voith, closing the purchase cycle.

Since the online platform automatically stores the individual parts for each customer machine, the purchasing task becomes more efficient by sparing users from having to choose among various product models.

Searching for specific components can take up to 30% of the total time spent on maintenance work. By using the Voith Paper Webshop, companies benefit from increased speed in placing orders as well as greater control of purchases, since the prices, delivery lead times and inventory are available at a click.

“The future of the paper industry is linked to process automation,” says Joel Crivelari, Purchasing Manager at Klabin. “Integrating IT systems is important for streamlining processes and increasing operational efficiency. We are pleased with the first results achieved after using the Voith platform.”
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Futura harnesses the sticking power of water for lamination

Futura harnesses the sticking power of water for lamination  (Company news)

JOI Hydro-Bond is a new technology from Futura which, for the first time in tissue converting, achieves perfect adhesion of tissue plies using water alone - no glue.

The technology is the result of months of experimentation at FuturaLab – Futura’s hub of innovation – and the results have been a revelation.
“There are no chemicals at play here,” says Futura’s Chief Technology Officer Giovacchino Giurlani. “Perfect adhesion of the tissue plies is the result of a combination of the uniform nip pressure of JOI’s renowned Zero Deflexion steel marrying roll, which evenly connects the plies using water to create permanence to the tissue-to-tissue bond which results.”

The technology has been tested and proven under real-life operating conditions, using a wide variety of toilet tissue, including conventional and structured. And thanks to collaboration with our customers, Futura has been able to verify the process in everything from warm and humid to cold and dry climates, using the varied local water quality available. The results have consistently confirmed the validity of Hydro-Bond even with 3 and 4 plies.

The end result is a product which is more hygienic and pleasant for the consumer to use, and more sustainable, from both an environmental and economic point of view. “The roll which results from JOI Hydro-Bond retains all its qualities, but is better thanks to what it is missing,” says Sergio Tonarelli, Futura’s Chief Sales Officer.

The production process without glue will provide increased output. Removing glue from the equation also means reduced contamination of the machine with the benefits which this brings. While glue represents a cost, the main impact is the efficiency-related savings in the process, which mean increased Overall Equipment Efficiency.

“Our task now is to continue sharing this genuine innovation with the industry,” says Tonarelli. “FuturaLab is going to be a busy place as we can now show tissue makers how JOI Hydro-Bond works with their specific paper.”
An open house demonstration to launch JOI Hydro-Bond will take place on Thursday 28 March 2019 at FuturaLab in Lucca.
(Futura S.p.A.)

Yankee cylinder for new paper machine

Yankee cylinder for new paper machine  (Company news)

Hats off: Koehler has the largest cylinder

Largest Yankee cylinder in the world arrives in Kehl. This special production comes from Brazil. Target: Sustainable solutions for the packaging market.

"The arrival of the cylinder represents an important step towards our new paper machine," says Dr. Stefan Karrer, technical director of the Koehler Paper Group. The 200-ton steel cylinder forms the heart of the new paper machine that Koehler is currently building at its Kehl site on the Rhine. With a diameter of 7.31 meters, it is the world's largest smoothing cylinder of its kind.

Baden-Württemberg companies working together
The cylinder has already made a long journey. Although the manufacturer Voith has its headquarters in Heidenheim, Germany, the cylinder was manufactured in Brazil and transported from there by ship via the port of Santos to Kehl. Two cranes of 500 and 700 tons from MSG Krandienst GmbH in Kehl were already waiting here.

For MSG, these are two handy cranes that don't require major effort to set up. Nevertheless, MSG alone had nine employees on site and another three from the transport company Gutmann. It was also the Gutmann employees who brought the cylinder the short distance from the port to Koehler's factory premises. When the cylinder is used at the end of April, 60 trucks will be required to deliver the crane components. The shell of the workshop will once again be opened up.

The excellent teamwork of the three Baden-Württemberg companies was rounded off by the performance of LS Cargo, which transported the cylinder from Brazil to Kehl. Thanks to the excellent flow of information between the companies involved, the transport went smoothly.

The aim is to develop sustainable solutions for the packaging market
Koehler will use the cylinder to produce paper for flexible packaging. In addition to the paper machine, Koehler is also building a new coating machine. Here the paper is given a special surface that will eventually have barrier properties for aroma, oxygen, water vapor, oils and fats. It will thus be possible to replace plastic with easily recyclable paper for various packaging applications.

"As a company, we will make a contribution to reducing the waste problem and developing sustainable solutions," says Dr. Karrer. Koehler is already working on advanced solutions together with partners from industry and science. Of particular note here is the Green Coating Collaboration, a joint laboratory set up by Koehler and TU Darmstadt.
(Koehler Holding GmbH & Co KG)

Valmet Kappa QC analyzer adds HexA measurement capability for eucalyptus pulp producers

Valmet Kappa QC analyzer adds HexA measurement capability for eucalyptus pulp producers  (Company news)

The accurate online measurement of Kappa number, indicating residual lignin content, is essential for the optimization of cooking and bleaching in the production of eucalyptus kraft pulp.

Since the 1990s it has been known that the presence of hexenuronic acid (HexA) in unbleached hardwood pulp increases the consumption of bleaching chemicals leading to higher production costs and product quality variability as well as worsening environmental performance. Part of the product variability can be explained by the fact that HexA also consumes potassium permanganate in the Kappa number analysis which leads to an erroneous lignin content signal to automatic controls. Valmet has development new and unique online method for the measurement of HexA, now available as an additional module working alongside the Kappa, brightness and fiber& shive properties measurements in the Valmet Kappa QC analyzer.
Online hexenuronic acid measurement

Cooking conditions influence HexA formation and modern continuous cooking concepts, utilizing lower temperatures to improve efficiency and yield, increase the HexA content in the pulp. HexA and residual lignin react differently with commonly applied bleaching chemicals and highlight the complex chemistry of cooking and bleaching of hardwood kraft pulps. HexA can be removed from the pulp by a mild acid hydrolysis, leading to two basic approaches to the problem. One is to use a hot A (acidification) stage prior to bleaching or second approach combining the hot A-stage with the D0-stage in a single hot D0-(Dhot) stage. Both benefit from the simultaneous online measurement of Kappa and HexA by the Valmet Kappa QC analyzer. This new feature has installed already several Kappa QC analyzers in South-America and Finland.
Excellent laboratory correlation

Valmet Kappa QC analyzer can be calibrated against the mill HexA laboratory method with excellent correlation. Calibration and follow up samples can be obtained from the analyzer’s automatic laboratory sampling collection, which enables fast and accurate calibration with laboratory analyzed pulp the same as analyzer measured pulp.

The Kappa and HexA results from the Valmet Kappa QC analyzer open a new window to follow up O2- and A stage process responses. It is possible to see the Kappa number and the HexA amount both before and after the O2 stage as well as after the subsequent A stage.

Optimized process
Balancing the bleachability and brightness stability of the pulp with yield and required papermaking properties is made much easier with the better understanding of the lignin and HexA reduction relationship in the process. Whether mills utilize a separate A-stage as above or the Dhot stage approach, the new measurement offers the opportunity to further optimize cooking conditions and chemical consumption.
(Valmet Corporation)

Arctic Paper signs agreement on sustainable energy supply in Munkedal

Arctic Paper signs agreement on sustainable energy supply in Munkedal  (Company news)

Arctic Paper has concluded a 15-year agreement with Adven AB on sustainable energy supply to the Group's paper mill in Munkedal. The agreement ensures lower, more stable and predictable energy costs and reduces CO2-emissions.

Adven AB will construct, own and operate a boiler plant with a capacity to deliver 30 MW. The plant is expected to be put into operation in two years.

”Energy prices are volatile and there is a significant political risk for the future. This agreement ensures Arctic Paper Munkedals long-term competitiveness through lower, more stable and predictable energy costs, it will also strongly reduce our environmental footprint”, says Michal Jarczyński, CEO of Arctic Paper S.A.

The new plant will mainly be operated on recycled wood and well-defined sorted and recycled materials. In combination with the previously announced investment in the expansion of hydropower in Munkedal, this means that Arctic Paper Munkedals can phase out the use of natural gas and externally sourced electricity. This will reduce the mill's carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent and has significant positive impact on the energy cost.

“Our investments in sustainable energy infrastructure generates value to our customers and to the society. We are very pleased that Arctic Paper selected us as their partner in Munkedal” says Ilkka Niiranen, CEO of Adven Sweden.
(Arctic Paper S.A.)

CTI Paper USA introduces Ruche™

CTI Paper USA introduces Ruche™  (Company news)

Handcrafted tradition meets papermaking innovation to create Ruche™, a new and wholly unique family of highly tactile creped printing and packaging papers.

With its luxurious, gently antiqued “cotton-like” surface texture, Ruche is ideal for well-differentiated social and business communications— as well as bespoke specialty packaging. Ruche delivers unmatched performance in letterpress along with foil stamping, engraving, embossing and die-cutting treatments. It is also well suited for inkjet and flexo printing.

Ruche is a designer’s treasure, complementing artistic vision and commanding attention. Its elegant, artisanal hand provides a one-of-a-kind canvas and aesthetic for the print craftsperson who appreciates the beauty and subtlety of a soft, tactile, randomly patterned substrate. No competing brand can deliver the statement and impact you make when you put Ruche to work in your premium print communications.
(CTI Paper USA)

Xeikon Partners with Kotkamills – it's a Game Changer

Xeikon Partners with Kotkamills – it's a Game Changer  (Company news)

Next generation of sustainable food packaging safely printed with Xeikon dry toner digital technology

Xeikon is delighted to announce its partnership with Kotkamills Oy. Visitors to this year’s Xeikon Café will have the opportunity to see the first demonstrations of the Xeikon 3500 dry toner digital press printing on Kotkamills ISLA® Duo paper cup stock. This sustainable and plastic-free food packaging solution carries the potential for paper cup converters to create new business opportunities.

The cooperation validates Kotkamills ISLA® Duo paper cup stock as the ideal media for the Xeikon 3500 range using dry toner technology. Xeikon’s digital printing method using food safe dry toner technology together with Kotkamills’ plastic-free, recyclable, and biodegradable board produces a digitally printed paper cup that answers consumer demand for sustainable paper cups to be used for drinks on the go.

Sébastien Stabel, Market Segment Manager Carton Packaging at Xeikon, says, "We were delighted to test and validate the new paper cup stock ISLA® Duo from Kotkamills. During testing, we saw a match between our food safe dry toner technology and the ISLA® Duo board characteristics. We tested printability, productivity, and toner adhesion. The results were excellent and consistent."

Xeikon printed the Kotkamills ISLA® Duo on a roll-to-roll Xeikon 3500 series with dry toner technology. Following the excellent results, Xeikon added the ISLA® Duo to its print media list as a Xeikon validated substrate. Stabel continues, “We are convinced that our roll-to-roll dry toner engine set-up offers a perfect technical fit for paper cup converters and has the potential to create new or alternative business opportunities.”

Kotkamills board production technology and the raw materials used in the ISLA® Duo production offer a high stiffness cup with a smooth and pleasing tactility. The barrier properties needed for the paper cups are produced with water-based dispersion, making it a plastic-free alternative. Unlike traditional PE coated paper cups, the water-based dispersion barrier layer of the ISLA® Duo does not become charged by static electricity. This is the innovative key to achieving high printing speeds and excellent stackability properties.

Saila Kettunen, Director Barrier Boards at Kotkamills Oy, states, “The cooperation with Xeikon in developing the high quality of digital printing of our ISLA® Board has been very smooth and fruitful. The suitability of our material for digital printing provides cup producers with the possibility to offer individual and smaller, customized batches of plastic-free paper cups that are easy to recycle within any paper or board waste streams. We consistently endeavour to bring our best know-how and experience to our innovations. At Kotkamills, we are passionate about changing the game, and we are proud to have been nominated as one of the winners of the NextGen Cup Challenge, the global innovation initiative that took place at the end of February 2019. This groundbreaking challenge was launched by the NextGen Consortium dedicated to advancing the design, commercialization, and recovery of food packaging alternatives.”

Stabel concludes, “By working together with leading suppliers in substrates, workflow, converting, and finishing we effectively demonstrate what can be achieved by fully integrated end-to-end solutions for digital production. At the Xeikon Café 2019, we will share actual applications and business ideas that have proven to immediately drive business growth. We are delighted to be working with Kotkamills as our partner and we are looking forward to piquing the interest of our visitors in this game-changing solution.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Stora Enso ranked the best in a new diversity comparison in Finland

Stora Enso ranked the best in a new diversity comparison in Finland  (Company news)

Stora Enso received the highest scores in the FINDIX report, which was published for the first time today. The study examined the diversity of 89 Finnish companies through five different variables. These include gender distribution, age distribution, international background, educational background and industry-specific background of management teams and board of directors. The variables are based on the Finnish Securities Market Association’s corporate governance code, where they are highlighted as factors promoting diversity.

“At Stora Enso, we believe diversity strengthens our competitiveness and we aim to reflect the societies in which we operate. Diverse working teams enable us to explore different perspectives and challenge our way of thinking, contributing to better decision-making,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo), Stora Enso’s CEO. “To benefit from diverse working teams, we need inclusive work environments that respect and appreciate individual differences. Dimensions such as skills and experiences, gender, age, cultural background and personality are important to Stora Enso when we strive for diversity.”
(Stora Enso Oyj)



Papernet Freshen Tech, a Sofidel Group product, received on March 12 the 2019 PPI (Pulp & Paper International) Award in the Tissue Innovation category at the awards ceremony in Vienna.

Freshen Tech, part of the Away from Home range, developed for bars, hotels, restaurants, public facilities, public transport, etc., is the new toilet paper that neutralises bad odours thanks to an active ingredient capable of modifying their molecular structure.

The active ingredient, innovative and 100% allergen-free, patented by Firmenich - one of the world's largest producers of essences - means Freshen Tech users do not need to make use of alternative products, reducing deodorisation time and costs, with considerable benefit also for the environment in terms of reduction of CO2 emissions and gases harmful to the atmosphere.

The PPI Awards, sponsored by Fastmarkets RISI, the leading information provider for the global tissue production industry, recognise tissue products and companies as an example of international excellence. Receiving the award for the Tissue Innovation category highlights the product innovation delivered by Sofidel, the tissue paper production group known in particular for the Regina brand.

Freshen Tech is the latest addition to an innovation-focused product range which Sofidel, under its Papernet brand, has developed for the Away from Home sector. From Papernet Dissolve Tech, the paper that combines exceptional performance with rapid dissolving times in water to prevent clogging in pipes and systems, to Papernet Bio Tech, the biologically active paper, winner of the PPI Award in 2015, which cleans and sanitises pipes and reduces bad odours thanks to a carefully selected mix of spores.

These achievements were made possible by the significant investments in both paper mill and converting technology, that the Group has made over the years.
(Sofidel Group)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö coated products extends their product line of Aerobak™ liners for ...

Ahlstrom-Munksjö coated products extends their product line of Aerobak™ liners for ...  (Company news)

...advanced composites

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s North America Specialty Solutions Coated Products team announced an extension to their brand of release liners used in the manufacture of Advanced Composites. In collaboration with our suppliers and customers, the product was designed with specific properties and performance characteristics to meet the challenges encountered with low tack prepregs and demanding ATL processes. This new line of products represents years of development and experience addressing the constant evolution of products used for the aerospace composite segment.

“The Ahlstrom-Munksjö Coated Products liners deliver solutions to the market using unique technologies that extend our products beyond traditional release liners,” explained Harry Challender, Vice President of Coated Products. “Through a collaborative process, our team leverages the depth of experience we have in both paper and coating technologies to provide a distinct product to address individual requirements. We are committed to this industry as witnessed by our investment in capacity designed around the growing needs of the composite market.”

While customized to meet the demanding requirements of the aerospace segment, AeroBak™ liners are also used in Ballistics, Recreational, and Wind Energy applications.
(North America Specialty Solutions)

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Newsprint Price Revisions

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Newsprint Price Revisions  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter, "the Company") has announced price revisions for newsprint as follows.

1. Product subject to price revisions: Overall newsprint
2. Markup: 100 Yen/ream
3. Timing of implementation: From April 1, 2019 delivery

4. Reason for implementation:
In recent years, the demand for newsprint has continued to decline, but the Company is striving to ensure stable supply and quality of newsprint while implementing various cost-cutting measures. Under the Sixth Medium-Term Business Plan (FY2018 to FY2020), the Company will further consolidate production facilities to reduce fixed costs by shutting down the No. 8 paper production machine at the Kushiro Mill and the No. 6 paper production machine at the Hokkaido Mill (Yufutsu).

However, the business environment of newsprint is increasingly severe. In addition to rising prices of waste paper and other raw materials and fuels, the rise in logistics costs has become unavoidable. Therefore, it will be extreme difficult to reproduce if the situation continues beyond the limits of our independent efforts to reduce costs. To secure business continuity and stable supply, the Company decided the revision of the product prices.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

First CorruJET from Koenig & Bauer installed at KOLB

First CorruJET from Koenig & Bauer installed at KOLB  (Company news)

-HANS KOLB Wellpappe as development partner
-Focus on growth markets
-Portfolio expansion as an important objective
-Digital post-printing directly on corrugated board

Its focus on growth markets such as digital packaging printing is part of the successful Koenig & Bauer strategy. With the installation of the first CorruJET press at the KOLB company group in Memmingen, it has now taken the next step along this fruitful path. Koenig & Bauer management board member Christoph Müller: “In exactly the same way as for our analogue presses, the CorruFLEX and CorruCUT, we based the project specifications on a careful evaluation of the market and customer wishes. The KOLB Group is here an ideal partner with whom to further the development of our new CorruJET for digital post-printing on corrugated board.” The CorruJET is set to enter production in the second quarter of 2019.

Photo: 3D schematic of the new CorruJET from Koenig & Bauer

New premises for KOLB DigitalSolutions were opened in Memmingen-Amendingen just last year, barely a stone’s throw from the KOLB group headquarters in the town. The CorruJET will form the heart of a new production plant with integrated finishing and conversion. “Differentiation, fast time-to-market scenarios, or reduced run lengths in conjunction with increased versioning – the demands expressed by our customers are forever changing,” says Dr. Bernhard Ruffing, managing director of Hans Kolb Wellpappe. “Against this background, focus is naturally turning to the option of digital post-printing. With Koenig & Bauer and the CorruJET, we are well equipped to respond to future customer demands and can also open up new markets.”

Successful for almost 90 years

HANS KOLB Wellpappe was founded in Memmingen in 1933 and is currently led by second‑generation managing partner Alwin J. Kolb and managing director Dr. Bernhard Ruffing. The company is an international supplier with a workforce of around 1,100 employees, who develop and produce a broad spectrum of packaging, packaging materials and special corrugated board products.

Digital post-printing on corrugated board
When developing the new CorruJET press for the corrugated board industry, Koenig & Bauer was able to call upon extensive experience already gained with the RotaJET. The CorruJET delivers high-resolution digital print at production speeds of up to 6,000sph and handles formats up to 1,700 x 1,300mm (66.9 x 51.2in). All customary outer liners, whether coated or uncoated, are printed in exceptional quality. This combination of high quality and maximum throughput is a key distinguishing feature of the CorruJET. As the sheet infeed was designed for a hard-edge sheet orientation, it can be combined easily with typical peripheral equipment (pre-feeder, stacker) and harmonises with the standard logistics of every corrugated board plant. The incorporation of a coating unit provides for gloss or matt coating of the four-colour images printed using water-based inks.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Valmet to supply a containerboard line for GS Paperboard & Packaging in Malaysia

Valmet to supply a containerboard line for GS Paperboard & Packaging in Malaysia  (Company news)

Valmet will supply OptiConcept M containerboard making line (photo) with automation solutions and a winder for GS Paperboard & Packaging (GSPP) Sdn., Bhd. in Selangor, Malaysia. With the new production line PM 3, GSPP will produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades as well as strengthen its position in the Malaysian market. The start-up of PM 3 is scheduled for 2021.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of order of this type is typically around EUR 60-70 million.

"We have built a strong and long-lasting relationship with Valmet, which set a very good base for the negotiations. Valmet's excellent references were another important cornerstone. OptiConcept M boardmaking lines stand out with their energy- and resource-efficient processes and high-speed production. We are convinced with Valmet's technology, which is reliable throughout the whole boardmaking line," says Sia Boon Soon, President of GS Paperboard & Packaging.

"The customer had a clear idea about the machine concept from the very beginning. Thanks to our close cooperation and interactive discussions with the PM3 project team, we were able to find together a solution that fits well for the customer's needs," says Timo Puijola, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include equipment for stock preparation system with broke and approach flow systems. The delivery for the new high-capacity containerboard machine will include an OptiConcept M containerboard machine, which is already the 26th OptiConcept M line sold globally. The delivery consists of a complete machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder with transfer rails. The delivery will also include an OptiAir Hood high humidity hood, OptiAir Recovery heat recovery with other related air and ventilation systems, a surface starch preparation system and supply system for sizer as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up. The automation delivery includes Valmet DNA Automation System for process and machine controls and Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution.

The 7,250-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce fluting and testliner grades with a design basis weight range of 70-180 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the design daily capacity 1,445 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

CCE International 2019: Live demonstrations and technological innovations attract international ...

CCE International 2019: Live demonstrations and technological innovations attract international ...  (Company news)

... expert audience

Last week, from 12 – 14 March 2019, CCE International, the International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry, took place for the 4th time at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. A total of 2,406 visitors from 79 countries came to Munich to discover the wide range of machinery, accessories and services covering the entire production and processing chain of corrugated and folding carton. The number of visitors has, thus, risen by 13% compared to 2017. Once again, the live demonstrations at the stands of the 155 exhibitors from 23 countries attracted a highly international expert audience, 69% of whom came from outside Germany. Digital print on corrugated and folding carton was the predominant topic at the show.

CCE International 2019 was, once again, characterised by its high degree of internationality regarding both, exhibitors and visitors. The majority of visitors came from Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic. The most important exhibitor countries at the show were Italy, Germany, China, the Netherlands and Great Britain.

At CCE International 2019 trade visitors got an overview of the latest technology trends, manufacturing processes, machinery and services covering the entire production and processing chain. Many exhibitors presented the benefits of their machines and systems with live demonstrations at their stands; an opportunity that many trade visitors made use of. ‘Live demonstrations make CCE International stand out’, explains Liljana Goszdziewski, Exhibition Director of CCE International, on behalf of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. ‘Our visitors value this service by the exhibitors and, once again, used the opportunity to ask questions about the machines and develop individual production solutions together with the manufacturers’, Liljana Goszdziewski continues.

First results of the visitor analysis
The first results of the exhibition analysis show, that trade visitors were experts who were mainly interested in equipment for corrugated board plants and sheet plants, printing applications, control systems, equipment for folding carton converting, raw materials, as well as materials handling and warehousing.
The majority of visitors at CCE International 2019 represented corrugated board plants and sheet plants, others were folding carton converters, corrugated sheet feeders, packaging designers and specifiers, trade representatives, and rigid carton manufacturers.
The most important industry sectors that visitors belonged to were corrugated, packaging, folding carton, printing, food and beverage, transport and logistics, electrical appliances and electronics, furniture, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics.

The Future of Digital Print
A highlight of this year’s CCE International were the open series of free seminars on all three exhibition days, which were very popular with the visitors. The main topic of the expert seminars was Digital Print. Industry experts looked at this topic from different angles and gave valuable insights into the potential of digital printing techniques. Presenters and audience agreed that the continuous development of digital print on the one hand, and consumers’ increasing demand for individualised products on the other hand, would further promote the establishment of digital printing techniques in the corrugated and folding carton industry. Digital print offers new opportunities and many advantages compared to other printing techniques. It is now up to the corrugated and folding carton industry to exploit the full potential of this technology and explore new business areas. In addition to ‘Digital Print‘, presenters also addressed the topics ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Innovative Converting Techniques’ in the expert seminars.

´We are delighted that this year's exhibition attracted such a high number of trade visitors, making CCE International the industry sector's first address in Europe for technological innovations in corrugated and folding carton production and conversion. Advancements in the field of finishing and digital printing applications and the associated market opportunities ensure that the innovation cycle in the corrugated and folding carton industry continues to pick up speed. Many exhibiting companies have therefore already reserved their stand space for the upcoming event´, concludes Liljana Goszdziewski.

The next CCE International, 5th International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry, will take place from 9 – 11 March 2021 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany.
(Mack Brooks Exhibitions)

ETS to participate in Tissue World 2019

ETS to participate in Tissue World 2019  (Company news)

Presenting latest scientific evidence on the importance of hygienic hand drying and its relevance in relation to single use towels vs jet air dryers

The European Tissue Symposium, ETS, will take part in Tissue World Milan, at Fieramilanocity Milan from 25-27 March. In addition to its presence at Stand G804, ETS will also speak at the Senior Management Symposium.

ETS chairman Fanis Papakostas will present during the session Sustainability – Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk. His presentation – Hand drying is a serious business – will take place from 14:35-15:00 on Monday 25 March. Delegates will learn about ETS’s activities and future plans, and there will be a special focus on the findings of the latest scientific studiesundertaken by leading microbiologists and published in scientific journals.

The presentation showcases two studies: a single site pilot study which showed that microbial contamination levels in hospital washrooms are associated with hand drying methods; and the findings of a new, real life multi-site study undertaken in hospital washrooms in France, Italy, and the UK. In all three countries, bacterial contamination was significantly higher in washrooms with jet air dryers than in washrooms equipped with paper hand towels dispensers.

“Both laboratory and real-world studies have demonstrated multiple examples of significant differences of surface bacterial contamination, including faecal association and antibiotic resistant bacteria with higher levels seen in washrooms using jet air dryers,” explains Fanis Papakostas. “WHO warns against jet air dryers in healthcare settings and advises using paper towels to prevent pandemic flu. These results suggest that jet air dryers are unsuitable for use in settings where cross-infection risk is increased.”

The world’s largest trade fair specifically dedicated to the tissue business, Tissue World is a truly global event attracting over 3000 visitors with tissue makers, converters and suppliers from 100 countries around the world. Established for over 20 years, it features the very latest innovations and technological advancements in tissue manufacturing, and offers an excellent opportunity for networking with industry decision makers.

With the theme: Smart and Sustainable – Strategies to Stay Sharp as a New Decade Dawns, this year’s 3-day conference explores the sustainable future of the tissue industry, including key drivers and areas of growth. ETS welcomes this focus on sustainability, and Mr Papakostas’ presentation will also touch on some of the Symposium’s key initiatives in this area.
(ETS European Tissue Symposium)

Huge international response to Gulf Print & Pack 2019

Huge international response to Gulf Print & Pack 2019  (Company news)

Preparations are ramping up for this year’s Gulf Print & Pack 2019 – the Middle East’s leading trade show for the commercial and package printing sector – with almost half of exhibitors taking part hailing from outside the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Gulf Print & Pack 2019 returns to World Trade Centre in Dubai from 15-18 April.
The show boasts a growing number of first-time exhibitors, alongside a growing number of companies from the Indian sub-continent making their show debut.

Returning exhibitors will be showcasing their machinery to potential buyers at a series of live demonstrations taking place throughout the four days of the show as part of a newly introduced “Innovation Trail” feature. Gulf Print & Pack 2019 is the only platform that brings all these manufacturers together under the one roof in the region.

Lisa Milburn, managing director, Gulf Print & Pack, commented: “We are delighted with the international response from overseas exhibitors at this year’s event. At its core, it has typically been Middle Eastern and African, but already we are looking forward to the most far-reaching edition of the show yet, with a particularly strong representation from Europe and Southeast Asia. It is proof that overseas companies are eager to take advantage of the opportunities presented in the region. It truly is a global show.”

The number of pre-show registrations from outside the MENA region are already way ahead of 2017 and come from countries as diverse as Bahrain, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. With the show displaying the newest in multi-substrate presses, wide and narrow format digital presses, laser die-cutting, smart labels/packaging, and software, it is aimed primarily at printers, service providers, brand owners and designers.

Explaining why the show plays such a key role in connecting all these industry stakeholders, Chris Lynch, head of production technology, Xerox Middle East & Africa, said: “Gulf Print & Pack 2019 promises to be another ‘must see’ event for those in the business of printing and packaging across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. By connecting industry leaders, suppliers, market-creators and print service providers together with consumers of print and packaging, this event has rightfully earned a reputation for helping grow the market in new and exciting ways.”

Echoing this momentum, as a first-time exhibitor, Susana Teixeira, CFO & Sales, Lemorau, said: “Lemorau decided to attend Gulf Print & Pack 2019 in order to achieve more visibility in the Middle Eastern market. Lemorau already has some customers in Dubai and looks forward to expanding in this market by exhibiting at the show.”

Entry to the exhibition is free, but visitors should pre-register at
(Tarsus Group Limited)

New VersaUV LEF2-200 Features Exceptional Print Capabilities and Ease of Use

New VersaUV LEF2-200 Features Exceptional Print Capabilities and Ease of Use  (Company news)

Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, announced the launch of the VersaUV LEF2-200 20” benchtop UV flatbed printer.

This latest model forms part of Roland DG’s popular range of LEF-series desktop and benchtop UV printers, with the LEF2-200 inheriting their renowned ability to print amazing graphics and life-like textures, including premium finishes such as simulated embossing, onto a vast array of materials up to 100 mm (3.94 in.) thick. In addition, this new model offers an array of new enhancements that make the LEF2-200 even easier and more efficient to use, on top of its already-strong market reputation.

Likely to appeal to promotional print companies, retailers, screen and pad printers, sign shops, commercial printers, product manufacturers, industrial businesses and designers, the LEF2-200 can print onto virtually any surface, with typical applications ranging from customised promotional goods, gifts, souvenirs, stationery, electronics, awards, signs, packaging, industrial items and prototypes.

“The VersaUV LEF2-200 makes it very simple to print premium-quality photographs, graphics and text on almost anything,” said Kohei Tanabe, President of Roland DG’s Digital Printing Business Division. Its ECO-UV ink cures instantly on the surface of the material, so that it’s possible to print directly onto PVC and plastics, canvas, wood, leather, fabric, etc.

Plus, alongside full colour printing, you can also produce premium gloss and matt finishes as well as simulated 3D embossing for amazingly life-like textures with multiple layers of Clear ink. Capable of printing on corners and curves as well as soft materials such as leather and fabric. Simply put, the advanced Roland ECO-UV ink formulations are designed for both flexibility and beautiful imaging.

According to Tanabe, the new LEF2-200 incorporates a host of advanced functions to simplify high quality printing. A Start Timer Function completes the setup procedures of printhead cleaning and white ink circulation automatically by your designated start time – even getting it ready for when you arrive at the office or workshop. A positioning jig makes it easy to align items on the print table. Plus, the VersaUV LEF2-200 includes the latest VersaWorks 6 RIP software, featuring an intuitive interface for easy operation and job management. The LEF2-200 also adopts a new cleaning system to increase reliability. Plus, a Head Refresh Feature removes any ink remaining on the printheads and cleans the printhead surface to maintain the health of the printer. An airtight cover protects operators from UV light and prevents dust from settling onto the surface of materials while printing.

"With the LEF2-200, now anyone can print stunningly realistic and colourful images onto many different materials that you might not think possible,” Tanabe said. "To be able to offer this print capability even to people who are inexperienced in using this technology, we focused on ease of operation and the highest levels of reliability so that everyone can enjoy printing graphics and textures with confidence. In summary, this LEF2-200 adds incredible value and opportunity for business growth."
(Roland DG (UK) Ltd)

Online print shop SAXOPRINT investing in new large-format press from Heidelberg – ...

Online print shop SAXOPRINT investing in new large-format press from Heidelberg – ...  (Company news)

...substantial increase in productivity and efficiency

-Partnership-based relationship driving innovations
-New Speedmaster XL 162 with world’s first CutStar roll sheeter in this format nearly doubles efficiency at SAXOPRINT
-Heidelberg increasing its share of the growing online printing market

Picture: Klaus Sauer, Managing Director of SAXOPRINT, is very satisfied with the CutStar for the Speedmaster XL 162. This means that for the first time, the full flexibility to use sheets or roll-fed stock is available in 7B format.

The online print shop SAXOPRINT based in Dresden has recorded double-digit sales growth in recent years, and last year generated sales of over EUR 100 million in the area of commercial online printing as part of the CEWE Group. Its product range has undergone a significant change in this time. Standard commercial printed matter such as flyers, posters, catalogs, and brochures are still the main focus and account for 80 percent of its business, however packaging and finishing represent a large growth market. “Our business model is based on cost leadership,” explains Managing Director Klaus Sauer. “We use special algorithms to bundle the orders received via the web shop into gang runs and distribute them to the respective machines.

“With us, every order is individual. As well as a good price, delivery reliability and speed are important,” confirms Sauer. Customers from all over Europe order from SAXOPRINT, whether private individuals, business customers, agencies, or resellers, who now account for a not insignificant share. International customers are looked after by a call center in London staffed with native speakers. According to SAXOPRINT; the answer quota, in other words how quickly telephone calls are answered, is 98 percent, and the repeat order rate is over 80 percent.

High efficiency and speed are important here. Up to 5,000 orders are produced daily in three shifts. This is only possible using industrialized processes and the most modern equipment. With this in mind, the company has invested over EUR 70 million in new solutions in the past seven years.

The latest installation in the press room comes in at an impressive fifty meters: a Speedmaster XL 162 eight-color perfecting press with the world’s first CutStar roll sheeter in this format on a machine of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). CutStar in other formats, such as 50 x 70 or 70 x 100, has been available from Heidelberg for many years. This means that the full flexibility to use sheets or roll-fed stock is now available in 7B format. More than anything, this significantly reduces the makeready times. This means that SAXOPRINT now has eight printing presses with a total of 36 printing units from Heidelberg: five large-format Speedmaster XL 162 presses, one Speedmaster XL 145, and two Speedmaster XL 106 presses, both of which are equipped with the CutStar roll sheeter. “We saw the benefits and so entered into negotiations with Heidelberg at drupa 2016 to include CutStar in the next large-format press,” recalls Sauer.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Verso Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Verso Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results  (Company news)

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights:
-Net sales up $56 million, or 9%, from fourth quarter 2017.
-Net income of $86 million, up 139% from fourth quarter 2017; $2.44 per diluted share; $22 million special item.
-Adjusted EBITDA of $96 million, up 48% versus fourth quarter 2017.
-No debt outstanding, $26 million of cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2018.

"Considerable sales growth, materially enhanced profitability and $211 million in debt reduction marked 2018 as a fantastic, banner year in Verso's history," said Verso Chief Executive Officer B. Christopher DiSantis (photo). "With stronger pricing, effective mix management, and new Specialty and Packaging products as underlying drivers, we continue to explore every available opportunity to capitalize on our strengthened balance sheet, build a more diversified, sustainable business, and create value for our stockholders."

Comments on Results of Operations - Comparison of Three Months Ended December 31, 2018 to Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
-Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by $56 million or 9% compared to the prior year. This growth in sales is primarily attributable to higher specialty paper and pulp sales volume, an increase in packaging paper volume from the restart of previously shuttered No. 3 paper machine at our Androscoggin Mill, increased price across all product lines and favorable product mix, partially offset by general softening of demand for coated papers.
-Operating income was $63 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of $40 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. This increase in operating income is primarily attributable to favorable average net selling price and product mix, lower SG&A expense and lower restructuring charges, partially offset by decreased total sales volume, higher raw material costs and higher planned major maintenance costs, primarily because of timing related to major maintenance outages.
-SG&A expense in the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased $2 million compared to the same period in 2017, primarily attributable to lower costs associated with our strategic alternatives initiative.
-Restructuring charges in the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased $2 million compared to the same period in 2017, primarily attributable to the closure and relocation of the Memphis office headquarters and closure of our Wickliffe Mill in 2017.
-Interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased $8 million over the same period in 2017, driven by the reduction in amounts outstanding under our revolving credit facility and the payoff of our term loan on September 10, 2018.
-Other (income) expense in the fourth quarter of 2018 includes $22 million of income related to a countervailing duty Settlement Agreement with certain Canadian producers of supercalendered paper. Additionally, the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017 include income of $3 million and $7 million, respectively, associated with the non-operating components of net periodic pension cost (income) in connection with the adoption of a new accounting standard in the first quarter of 2018. Other (income) expense in the fourth quarter of 2017 also includes $7 million of income related to the extinguishment of our obligation in December 2017 in connection with the unwind of a New Market Tax Credit transaction.

Comments on Results of Operations - Comparison of 12 Months Ended December 31, 2018 to 12 Months Ended December 31, 2017
-Net sales in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 increased by $221 million or 9% compared to the prior year. This increase in sales is primarily attributable to higher specialty paper sales volume, increased price across all product lines and favorable product mix, partially offset by lower volume in graphic paper and external pulp sales. Total volume was down by 32 thousand tons driven by general softening of demand for coated papers, and a reduction in external pulp sales due to internal pulp needs, partially offset by an increase in packaging paper volume from the restart of previously shuttered No. 3 paper machine at our Androscoggin Mill.
-Operating income was $152 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, an increase of $173 million when compared to an operating loss of $21 million in the prior year. This increase in operating income is primarily attributable to favorable average net selling price and product mix, decreased downtime and lower depreciation, SG&A and restructuring expenses. These increases were partially offset by higher raw material costs across all categories including chemicals, energy, wood fiber, and purchased pulp, higher freight costs, and higher planned major maintenance costs, primarily because of bi-annual major maintenance expenses at our Quinnesec Mill and a significant outage at our Wisconsin Rapids Mill.
-Depreciation and amortization expenses in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 were lower than the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, attributable to capacity reductions at our Androscoggin Mill, in which $6 million of accelerated depreciation was recognized in the first quarter of 2017 in connection with the temporary idling of the No. 3 paper machine.
-SG&A expense in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 decreased $5 million compared to 2017, primarily attributable to cost reduction initiatives implemented across the Company, partially offset by higher costs associated with our strategic alternatives initiative and non-cash equity award expense.
-Restructuring charges in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 decreased $8 million compared to 2017, primarily attributable to the closure and relocation of the Memphis office headquarters and closure of our Wickliffe Mill in 2017.
-Other operating (income) expense in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 includes a $9 million gain on the sale of our Wickliffe Mill, partially offset by fees associated with our prior Chapter 11 Cases.
-Interest expense in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 decreased $5 million over 2017, driven by the reduction in amounts outstanding under our revolving credit facility and the payoff of our term loan on September 10, 2018, partially offset by non-cash interest expense from the accelerated amortization of debt issuance cost and discount resulting from the voluntary principal prepayments and excess cash flow payments on the term loan.
-Other (income) expense in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 includes $42 million of income related to the Settlement Agreement. Additionally, the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 include income of $12 million and $14 million, respectively, associated with the non-operating components of net periodic pension cost (income) in connection with the adoption of a new accounting standard in the first quarter of 2018. Other (income) expense in the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 also includes $7 million of income related to the extinguishment of our obligation in December 2017 in connection with the unwind of a New Market Tax Credit ("NMTC") transaction.
(Verso Corporation)

Environmental permit application for SCA's biorefinery submitted

Environmental permit application for SCA's biorefinery submitted  (Company news)

The project to establish a biorefinery connected to Östrand’s pulp mill is proceeding according to plan. In December, we announced that an important milestone had been achieved with the detailed development plan for the biorefinery gaining legal force. Now it is time for the next milestone – to submit the environmental permit application to the Land and Environmental Court in Östersund.

Production will process waste products from the plant and sawmill in the region into renewable hydrocarbons. These renewable hydrocarbons can be used to manufacture different kinds of vehicle fuels, chemicals, plastics, dyes, medical preparations and much more.

“Our mission in this phase of the project is to secure external permits granting SCA permission to establish a biorefinery in Östrand. The detailed development plan gaining legal force in December was an important milestone in the project. We believe this will make other permit processes easier, since the site’s suitability has been tested. The next step is to submit the environmental permit application to the Land and Environmental Court in Östersund this week. This relates to both a new environmental permit for the biorefinery as well as some amendments to the pulp mill’s environmental permit. In the permit for the biorefinery, we’re also applying for a water ruling that will allow a land extension into the water to make room for the facility. In total, we need around 23 hectares for the facility that we want to build,” says Roger Östlin, SCA’s Senior Project Manager for the project.

The production volume in question is equivalent to the fuel consumed by domestic flights within Sweden
The production volume specified in the application of renewable hydrocarbon at Östrand’s refinery is more than the aviation fuel used for domestic flights within Sweden.

“Whether the hydrocrabons we intend to produce will be used as aviation fuel, petrol or diesel is too early to say. The biorefinery would create many possibilities. The products could even be used as raw material to replace other fossil products in society. There’s no doubt that this is a major environmental project,” says Anders Edling Hultgren, Biorefinery Manager within the Renewable Energy business area.

Strong climate benefit
The project’s climate benefit is calculated to be a net greenhouse gas reduction of approximately 1,200,000 CO2 equivalents per year.

“Our ambition has been to submit as strong an application as possible to avoid substantial revisions later on. The authorities have an extensive amount of material to go through – 2,500 pages. A realistic estimate is that we can be called to a court hearing within one to one and a half years. Other permit processes are ongoing in parallel with this, for example to move power lines. If everything goes as we hope, we’ll have permission secured within a few years. I want to make it clear that no decision has been made within SCA that the biorefinery will be built. First and foremost, we need to have all of our permits in place before we can begin plans to build a new plant,” continues Roger.

Work has been conducted in close cooperation between different business areas at SCA and with external consultants.

“I’m relatively new at SCA, and I’m impressed with the warm reception I’ve received and the expertise and the collaborative climate here at SCA,” concludes Roger.

Unique project
In addition to raw material from the forest, a biorefinery linked to Östrand could utilize residual products and locally produced green electricity from the pulp mill. The systems-based approach and ambition to close the ecocycle would mean a unique project for Timrå. This is completely in line with the company’s ambition to increase value generation of by-products from the forest and industry, creating conditions for profitable and sustainable growth.
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE increases its commitment to replace plastic with paper

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE increases its commitment to replace plastic with paper  (Company news)

DREWSEN already offers compostable and biodegradable barrier papers for food packaging. Activities in this area are now being intensified with the aim of replacing other plastic applications with sustainable and environmentally friendly papers.

Photo: PROBARRIER Nature Mineral Oil Repellent Paper for food safety against migration of harmful mineral oil constituents from primary packaging

As of April 1st, 2019, the business development group ‘Sustainable Paper Solutions’ will be available as a qualified partner. The team will be directed by Mr. Christian von Buchwaldt and Dr. Imke Bremer.

DREWSEN welcomes the opportunity to work together in development partnerships to find tailor-made solutions for Tomorrow.

Case Paper Hires New GM for Philly

Case Paper Hires New GM for Philly  (Company news)

Thomas McDonough (photo) joined the Case Paper team in February 2019 as the first General Manager of the company’s Philadelphia division who is not a Philadelphia sports fanatic.

“We have a hardworking, dedicated team in Philadelphia, so we’re thrilled that Tom is now managing and leading this division. And we promise not to hold it against him that he’s a Jets fan,” explains Case Paper’s Simon Schaffer, CMO and Vice President of New Business Development.

For the last decade and a half, Tom was an executive manager for Bilcare Research and Tekni-Plex Inc., pharmaceutical packaging and specialty film manufacturers. At these companies, he executed commercial and operational initiatives at local, national, and multi-national levels.

Prior to that, he was responsible for operations in the ink and coatings industries as well as the commercial textile wallcovering and upholstery markets. He has a broad background in business management, as well as experience in web handling, printing, slitting, sheeting, lamination, extrusion, and thermoforming.

“His manufacturing experience, combined with over a decade of managerial success, will help us streamline operations so we can enhance our service platform and plan for the future,” says Robin Schaffer, CEO and President of Case Paper.
(Case Paper Company Inc.)

Ricoh's evolving portfolio supports profitable diversification at FESPA 2019

Ricoh's evolving portfolio supports profitable diversification at FESPA 2019  (Company news)

Ricoh’s rapidly evolving portfolio will show FESPA visitors how they can profitably diversify their service capabilities and explore new markets.

On its 304sqm, B4 K31 stand at Messe Munich, from May 14 to 17, Ricoh will present solutions designed to support print production environments that want to enhance or expand the services they offer.

Among the systems designed to meet an increased need to deliver broader job capabilities, as well as faster short run production and elevated productivity, is the Ricoh Pro™ L5160 latex roll-to-roll large format printer (photo). Available from April 2019 in Europe, it delivers increased productivity and performance compared to its predecessor, aligned with reduced maintenance requirements and outstanding quality.

For those intending to move into garment decoration, there is the easy to use Ri 100 Direct to Garment printer. For higher production demands, there will be the Ri 6000 Direct to Garment solution. Both enable print providers to deliver flexible, cost-effective digitally printed offerings including T-shirts, cloth bags, hoodies, sweatshirts and socks.

For creative and versatile print, the five colour Ricoh Pro™ C7200x colour sheet fed press will be running inspiring fifth colour applications on a range of media.

In the solutions hub the latest in intuitive software capabilities will demonstrate how consistently accurate and high quality production can be achieved from one single workflow platform. The ColorGATE production server will be present, following the December 2018 acquisition of the company.

Joining these will be a new large format flatbed system. There will also be some exciting DTG, ink and printhead technology news. Further information will be communicated soon.

The entire inkjet portfolio is underpinned by core Ricoh technologies in both printheads and inks. Ricoh’s team of experts will be on hand to assist the adoption of these technologies within the OEM community looking to take advantage of the latest innovations for a diverse range of applications in sectors including Sign & Display, textile and décor.

Graham Kennedy, Head of Commercial Ink Jet Business, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe, comments: “This is our fourth FESPA and each year our stand gets bigger and bigger to make room for our expanding portfolio. The latest additions have been developed to ensure the functionality, quality and capability to match clients’ developing needs. We are also excited to show how the latest technologies enhance and complement each other. In turn they allow our clients to investigate new markets and pursue new ventures, confident they can deliver and safe in the knowledge that Ricoh’s expertise is on hand if required.”

Throughout the show, visitors can meet with Ricoh specialists to discuss how they can broaden their production horizons and introduce new revenue earning opportunities.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

ABP Bolsters Business with Paper Company Joining Port of Hull

ABP Bolsters Business with Paper Company Joining Port of Hull   (Company news)

ABP has won a two-year contract with Belgium-based manufacturer - VPK Packaging Group - to handle 35,000 tonnes of paper per year at the Port of Hull.

This bespoke agreement sees ABP handling paper reels destined for consumer packaging, from a weekly container shipment from Ghent at the Hull Container Terminal. It is then offloaded into the UK’s only All Weather Terminal storage area.

VPK has moved its shipments to the Humber area to enhance ease of distribution by road and strengthen its customer relations. A fully-integrated IT system enables live visibility of stock.

ABP Humber Director, Simon Bird, said: “Another win for ABP Humber is great to see as we welcome VPK to the Port of Hull.
“It’s testament to our prime location, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, backed by recent substantial investment and our strongly qualified, highly experienced teams who tirelessly deliver these successful operations.”

VPK expects to grow its volumes significantly in the coming years and ABP has the facilities and experience to accommodate that growth.

VPK Sales Manager, Kevin De Winter, said: “We have relocated to the Port of Hull to guarantee the best possible service and ensure raw material supply to our customers in the packaging industry, as well as our own Rigid plants to produce corrugated packaging in Selby, Desborough and Wellington.”
(Associated British Ports)

Lecta Temporarily Stops Line 8 Production at Its Condat Mill in France

Lecta Temporarily Stops Line 8 Production at Its Condat Mill in France  (Company news)

Given the Group's total production capacity, service to its coated paper customers will not be affected during this period.

Lecta has announced the temporary shutdown of line 8 production at its Condat mill, in the French town of Le Lardin Saint Lazare, from the end of April. The decision will be reevaluated in the following months depending on market developments.

The decrease in coated paper demand over the last several years resulted in overcapacity in our industry. The worsening of this trend observed in the last months is the main reason for the temporary line 8 shutdown at the Condat mill.

The Condat brand product range and service levels during this period are guaranteed due to efficiency improvements and streamlining on Condat line 4 as well as through the contribution of the Group's other coated paper mills.

Despite the temporary shutdown, meeting the overall demand of Lecta's coated paper customers is assured, given the Group's total production capacity of more than 850,000 tons per year.

At the same time, Lecta continues working on a strategic transformation plan that will allow Condat to move forward with greater chances of success, although this project needs further definition over the next few months.

This plan would entail the transformation of production line 8 from manufacturing two-side coated papers to manufacturing specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging, a market in which Lecta has extensive experience given its manufacturing operations in Spain and business operations worldwide.

Eighty percent of machine problems resolved via W&H Remote Service

Eighty percent of machine problems resolved via W&H Remote Service  (Company news)

When machine problems occur, fast action is needed. This is why the Information and Diagnostic Center (IDC) is available 24 / 7/ 365 to all W&H customers worldwide. The IDC team can successfully resolve more than 80 % of all machine problems via Remote Service from three locations with its comprehensive error analysis. In April 2019, IDC celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Caption: Service technicians of W&H’s IDC are available 24 / 7/ 365 and resolve eighty percent of machine problems via Remote Service

"The 26 service technicians in our Information and Diagnostic Center are reachable day and night via our Service Hotline," explains Christian Brönstrup, head of the IDC. A customer can speak directly to an engineer with expertise in his specific machine type via the hotline: "If a customer has a question or a problem, we want to provide him with the best and fastest possible support," says Brönstrup. All IDC engineers have at least five years of experience as field service technicians along with in-depth machine know-how.

Around-the-clock availability of the IDC team is guaranteed by the "follow-the-sun" principle: Depending on local time, the customer reach engineers in Germany, India or the USA.

Remote Service enables comprehensive troubleshooting and analysis.
For almost 10 years, W&H service technicians from IDC have been able to connect to a W&H machine at the other end of the world via Internet using a remote function. With just a few clicks and operator approval, they can look into a customer’s machine, right down to the control and drive level, identify and correct issues quickly. "With our comprehensive first-level support and especially via the remote function, we solve over 80 percent of machine problems directly, without the need for a service technician to be on site at the customer", says Brönstrup. "Therefore, successful Remote Service saves both time and money ". When purchasing a new machine, the Remote Service is free of charge during the warranty period. However, the service can also be continued with a service contract.

The history of the Information and Diagnostic Center began in 1994 with the service hotline. In the following years, machines were equipped with modems to which service technicians could connect and connect remotely to the customer’s machinery. The next development is already underway: remote diagnosis will be supported with live image transmission and the use of data glasses.
(Windmöller & Hölscher KG)

Tieto to renew and digitalize Shandong Sun Paper's business processes

Tieto to renew and digitalize Shandong Sun Paper's business processes  (Company news)

Shandong Sun Paper in China, part of the Shandong Sun Holdings Group, has selected Tieto to modernize their business systems and enable digitalization. The business renewal is based on Tieto Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS) for pulp and paper industry. The new solutions enable better production planning and optimisation to gain significant production efficiency improvements both in costs and material.

The first phase includes TIPS Production Planning and Trim Solutions implementation for Sun Paper’s 7 mills and 14 paper machine lines with the needed ERP integrations. The parties have also agreed to expand the collaboration for wider use of the TIPS MES, Manufacturing Execution System.

Photo: Lina Li and Jarmo Ropponen are shaking hands after signing the contract.

“Digitalization and automation of our key processes increase efficiency and help us to compete in the tough paper market. Modernization of the systems improves our readiness to serve our customers and meet their demanding needs. Our company is one of the fastest growing paper companies in the world and we are regularly investing in environmental protection and this aspect has been taken into account in planning of the on-going business renewal,” says Lina Li, Vice Chairman of Shandong Sun Holdings Group.

“We are very pleased to establish a long-term partnership with fast growing Sun Paper and to support their business renewal. The new agreement is a very important step in Pulp & Paper industry China market expansion and strategy execution,” summarize Carsten Henke, Head of Pulp and Paper Industry, Tieto.

Tieto’s integrated TIPS solution is optimized for the pulp, paper, board, tissue and flat sheet industries utilizing the industry-proven best functions for both MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). It seamlessly integrates planning, business operations and production processes i.e. order to cash, and it’s the #1 solution worldwide.
(Tieto Finland Oy)

Colbert Packaging Reduces Carbon Footprint Through Wind Energy Purchase

Colbert Packaging Reduces Carbon Footprint Through Wind Energy Purchase  (Company news)

Colbert Packaging Corporation, a premier provider of paperboard packaging solutions, announces its commitment to environmental stewardship through the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) in the form of wind energy. This initiative complements Colbert’s overall sustainable strategy and commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations. The investment allows Colbert to lower its carbon footprint and protect the environment, and supports the development of renewable energy technologies.

“We manufacture paperboard-based folding cartons, which is a sustainable alternative to plastics,” states Colbert President and COO, John Lackner, “and now we are able to further our strategy to meet overall clean energy goals with wind energy credits. We firmly believe it’s important to make sustainable decisions with the future in mind – for our employees and their families, our customers and our community.”

Colbert made this investment in renewable wind energy by purchasing Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to reduce the emissions associated with its electricity consumption. That’s an environmental impact equivalent to the avoidance of 17,640 barrels of oil. A REC represents the environmental benefits associated with one megawatt-hour of energy generated from renewable resources.
(Colbert Packaging Corporation)

Nippon Paper Industries Constructs a New Manufacturing Facility for Highly Functional Cellulose ...

Nippon Paper Industries Constructs a New Manufacturing Facility for Highly Functional Cellulose ...  (Company news)

... at the Gotsu Mill

Strengthening Brands for Food and Lithium Ion Batteries

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; hereinafter "Nippon Paper Industries") announces the construction of a new facility for the functional cellulose product carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC, product name: "SUNROSE®") at the Gotsu Mill (Gotsu City, Shimane Prefecture). Nippon Paper Industries will invest approximately 4.7 billion yen into this facility, which is planned to be completed in November 2020. Upon this construction, Nippon Paper Industries will re-establish a CMC production system and work toward a shift to high-value-added and high-quality fields such as special brands for food and lithium ion batteries developed with its unique technologies.

CMC is an anionic, water-soluble polymer that is derived from wood cellulose. Because it is derived from wood, it offers slow biodegradability and is also known as an eco-friendly material. Since it features outstanding adherence, water absorption and water retention, it is widely used for food, hygiene and industrial applications. Recently, applications for lithium ion batteries are increasing and future growth is expected.

Nippon Paper Industries has experience with manufacturing products derived from wood such as dissolving pulp and functional chemicals at Gotsu Mill, which is its main factory in our chemical business. In September 2017, it launched a cellulose nanofiber (CM-CNF, product name: "CELLENPIA®") mass-production facilty as a new member of the CMC lineup. With this increase in production capacity, Nippon Paper Industries will work to strengthen the foundations of the business, aiming for further expansion as a comprehensive biomass company shaping the future with trees.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

World Recycling Day: Lucart shows that choosing recycled toilet paper saves 80% of renewable ...

World Recycling Day: Lucart shows that choosing recycled toilet paper saves 80% of renewable ...  (Company news)

... resources and 38% of water resources

According to Lucart estimates, following an EPD analysis, doubling the annual national consumption of recycled toilet paper could lead to an annual saving of over 5 million m3 of water and 400 thousand tonnes of wood

On Monday, March 18, for the second consecutive year, World Recycling Day is being celebrated. This is an event that aims to raise awareness about the key role that this practice plays in preserving the planet's resources, and this year it will have as its theme "recycling in the future". Today, in fact, humans use the natural resources of the earth faster than they are able to recover, consuming 1.7 times the regeneration capacity of the planet.

Among these, one of the materials most used is wood which serves, among others, for producing the paper we use every day, including paper for hygienic-sanitary purposes: just think that in Italy, in just one year, about 1.5 million tonnes of tissue paper for hygienic and sanitary use are produced and of these only 7% is produced with recycled materials. These figures show how, although ours is one of the most virtuous countries in Europe for the recycling of paper and cardboard, there is still much to be done to reduce the ecological footprint that man leaves on the planet.

During the EPD certification (Environmental Product Declaration) process on two toilet papers produced by the same Italian multinational, Lucart was able to ascertain the environmental advantages of toilet paper made using recycled materials compared with that produced starting from virgin materials.

In fact, for each tonne of recycled toilet paper produced, an environmental benefit can be observed:
-a reduction of 80% in the consumption of renewable resources, with asaving of 4,060.9 kg of wood;
-a reduction of 38% in consumption of water resources,that is,50.63 m3 of water;
-a saving of 404.50 kg of CO2, the gas that is one of the main culprits of climate change.

"We have always maintained that because they cannot be further recycled, it is important that products such as toilet paper are made using recycled materials,"says Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart. "We were however surprised to read the results of the environmental savings of recycled paper established by the EPD analysis we commissioned on some of our products. Saving more than 50 m3 of water per tonne of paper produced means that if the recycled products had more space in our shopping cart, perhaps doubling the amount of recycled toilet paper purchased for the same level of consumption, we could save a quantity of water that could fill2000 Olympic swimming pools, an incredible amount!"

An ambitious but absolutely achievable result: for this to happen, however, it is necessary to implement a regulatory framework, harmonised at European level, that encourages the production and sale of recycled products.

"In this way, virtuous products would also find more space on supermarket shelves.

Finally, purchases of sanitary products by public bodies with minimum environmental criteria should include a significant percentage of recycled paper. If separate waste collection is not followed by the production and purchase of recycled products, in fact, it becomes an activity with no added value" - concludes Massimo Pasquini.
(Lucart Group)

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