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Colbert Packaging Installs State-of-the-Art Signature™ Folder Gluer
 09.04.2019

Colbert Packaging Installs State-of-the-Art Signature™ Folder Gluer  (Company news)

Machinery investment demonstrates Colbert’s commitment to customer satisfaction

Colbert Packaging Corporation, a premier provider of paperboard packaging solutions, announces its implementation of a new Signature™ Compact Folder Gluer in its Kenosha, Wisconsin facility. To satisfy growing demand for speed and accuracy, coupled with cost efficiency, the model 90 SLB includes a Sig Feed pre-feeder, Sig Pack auto carton packer, Leary glue system, overhead auto ejection system and more. This equipment will help Colbert employees meet and exceed the stringent quality expectations of its pharmaceutical and consumer product customers.

“The new Signature equipment, quite literally, enables our Kenosha plant to operate on all cylinders,” says Bill Snyder, VP of Operations. “Now we can serve our customers an even wider variety of cartons from a single machine.” From the operator’s perspective, this machine is easier to use and involves less repetitive motion. Improved efficiency means more work can be accomplished in less time.

“Since the Leary glue system is aligned with the inline auto eject for defective cartons, we can achieve 100% glue and barcode detection, ensuring our customers receive the premier quality product Colbert is known for,” says Oscar Costilla, Colbert finishing manager, “and with Signature’s exclusive distributor, American International Machinery, Inc., just a few minutes away, technical support is readily available.”

Additional features of the Signature model 90 include a multi-feeder, left- and right-hand glue pots, motorized carriers with digital indicators for easy make-ready on repeat jobs, crash-lock bottom capabilities, two-code reader and placement detection.

ANDRITZ to supply biomass handling system to Eldorado, Brazil for a biomass power plant
 09.04.2019

ANDRITZ to supply biomass handling system to Eldorado, Brazil for a biomass power plant  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Eldorado Brasil to supply a biomass handling system for their new Onça Pintada plant in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.

The new plant will generate energy by using biomass from eucalyptus stumps and roots as raw material and will have a capacity to produce around 50 MW of electrical energy for the national grid. The storage and reclaiming technologies for biomass utilization supplied by ANDRITZ will substantially contribute towards Eldorado Brasil’s goal of achieving effective and environmentally friendly green energy solutions.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes biomass receiving with two dumper trucks, a belt conveyor leading to a 270° stacker-reclaimer with 40,000 m3 storage capacity, and the belt conveyor to the power boiler.

Eldorado Brasil is one of the most advanced and competitive pulp producing companies worldwide. Its self-managed forests as well as the energy the company generates from biomass, its reuse of resources, and low carbon footprint are some of the features that distinguish the company from other industry players.
(Andritz AG)

ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2019 provides multifaceted further education offering
 09.04.2019

ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2019 provides multifaceted further education offering  (ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2019)

The ZELLCHEMING-Expo, the platform for the European pulp, paper and supplier industry, will feature a particularly comprehensive and high-caliber program of lectures on further training and new formats in the exchange of knowledge in Frankfurt am Main from 25 – 27 June 2019.

Press photo - Copyright: ZELLECHEMING e.V./Andrea Fabry

Future-oriented lectures at a high level
In 2019, the exhibition forum at the ZELLCHEMING-Expo will be presented in a new look utilizing interactive, digital formats and a top-class lecture program.

A special highlight includes the keynote lecture by Charles Bahr, founder of tubeconnect, a social media agency that develops advertising formats for Generation Z.

At the Science Flash, young scientists from various universities will provide innovative insights into their scientific work.

Expertise from practice for practice
The lecture program will be supplemented this year by practice-oriented seminars and workshops, for which the participants can acquire certificates. This gives them the ideal opportunity to combine further education, and yet still participate in the exhibition.

The seminars and workshops on the topics of occupational safety and energy, which are held in German by the two speakers Jörg Mauel, Mauel Sicher Arbeiten, and Bernd Maur, mbFlux GmbH, are aimed at a wide variety of target groups in the paper and pulp industry.

"We are delighted to be able to accompany the exhibition program with our seminars this year. With our current seminars on the subject of ISO 50001 and energy monitoring, we offer important support for everyday operations in a short but very informative way. Our aim is to show solutions from practice for practice", explains Bernd Maur, state-certified electrical engineer and trainer at the ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2019.

Guided Tours - first-hand information
Visitors who are interested in specific information on the topics of digitization, maintenance, drying, machine cross direction profiles and clean processes and who would like to get an overview of the exhibitors' offerings can register for the Guided Tours. These are included in the ticket price and enable visitors and exhibitors to get in touch with each other in an uncomplicated way.

Inspiring insights into the industry
New this year is the "Road of Maintenance", where companies from the maintenance sector are able to present their products and services in a targeted manner – at their exhibition stand and at the Showcase Arena with a live repair, a use case or a short lecture.

The focus will be on current topics such as the challenges of digitalization in maintenance, energy savings, downtime optimization, maximizing plant capability through preventive maintenance, outsourcing, avoiding oil leaks, TPM Total Productivity Maintenance, etc., which will be dealt with by the specialists on site.

Market overview of the latest trends and innovations
National and international exhibitors will present their know-how and expertise along the entire value chain of the paper and pulp industry. ABB Automation GmbH, Andritz AG, AS Drives & Services GmbH, Bellmer GmbH, Omya International AG, Valmet GmbH and Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA as an exhibitor.

Three-day event ticket now available in the new ticket shop
Visitors can purchase their three-day event ticket at zellcheming-expo.com/tickets. More information about the event and the highlights of the exhibition can be found at zellcheming-expo.com.
(Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)

SPGPrints' new RSI® III rotary screen integration module offers improved uptime, reliability and ...
 08.04.2019

SPGPrints' new RSI® III rotary screen integration module offers improved uptime, reliability and ...  (Company news)

... waste reduction

SPGPrints’ new RSI® III – the third generation of its rotary screen printing integration module for label and packaging presses – features time, safety and ergonomic innovations for increased production efficiency.
Operator safety has been augmented with the introduction of guards to prevent contact with the rotating screen, squeegee pipe and gear wheels, significantly reducing the risk of injury.

A new web-cleaning scraper, positioned on a guiding roller immediately after the nip between the screen and substrate, automatically removes undesired ink splashes on the web that may have spilled from the screen during stoppages or slow-rotation mode. Operated only for the first one-and-a-half screen rotations at the start of the production run, the scraper ensures thorough drying of the substrate at all times. This minimises the risk of ink contaminating the rollers, thereby reducing the cleaning requirement. Its long-life plastic blade collects the UV-curable ink in a pan attached to the scraper, which is easily removed for fast cleaning.
A new colour interface display offers enhanced visibility with a wider angle of observation. This means that operators can comfortably monitor and control the unit without needing to view the screen at eye level, minimising risk of strain injury. Among other benefits, this facilitates easier monitoring of controls and ink levels.

The RSI III unit is fully compliant with the latest version of European Union RoHS (Restrictions of Hazardous Substances) regulations which stipulate that all electronic machine components and manufacturing processes must be free of materials hazardous to health and the environment.

Introduced in 1994, and with over 1000 installations worldwide, SPGPrints’ RSI module has enabled the seamless integration of rotary screen printing into single-pass label converting lines. The process is vital for creating a host of value-adding sensual and functional features that enhance brand presentation or product identification. The RSI module, along with with SPGPrints’ pure nickel re-imageable RotaMesh® and reusable RotaPlate® rotary screens, are often used for creating tactile varnishes, metallic and glitter inks, opaque inks, braille dots and optically variable inks for security applications. They offer easy robustness, print stability and easy handling, for laying down thick ink and varnish layers of max. 250µm thickness at web speeds of up to 150m/min (490fpm).
(SPGPrints B.V.)

High-performing and flexible Ferag technology is a winner with postal service providers worldwide
 08.04.2019

High-performing and flexible Ferag technology is a winner with postal service providers worldwide  (Company news)

Omniva in Tallinn, which until 2014 was known as the Estonian Post (Eesti Post), has opted for Ferag’s precollecting technology. Thus the company is following the footsteps of numerous other postal service providers in Europe and the USA. Starting in summer 2019, Omniva will be using an EasySert/FlyStream system to assemble advertising packages for direct delivery.

Photo: Ferag’s EasySert/FlyStream technology is the first choice for postal service providers worldwide when it comes to assembling collections for direct delivery.

The Baltic state of Estonia regained independence in 1991. Now it stands among the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to communications. Innovative IT solutions are in use by private industry and all across the public sector. The company formerly known as Eesti Post has enjoyed many years of success offering postal services in its Baltic neighbours Latvia and Lithuania, which in turn led to international activities being put under the Omniva flag in 2014.

Omniva drives innovation
Omniva is a driver of innovation among postal service providers: for example, it has already trialled autonomous robot-delivery solutions for delivering mail to private addresses. In a move to automate distribution of unaddressed direct mail products, Omniva decided last year to invest in a precollecting system to create individualized collections. The aim is to segment direct advertising into very small collections, individualized even down to street level in some cases. Collections are thus prepared on the basis of distribution data for specific delivery rounds, which means drawing items off stacks for collation in sequence.

In a public tender with open bidding, Ferag prevailed over five qualified European competitors to win the contract. Final negotiations with Omniva/Eesti Post concluded successfully in January 2019. The equipment is set for shipping to Estonia in May this year and will be commissioned in late June/early July.
Flexible JetFeeder

Items to be delivered include an EasySert inserting drum, a FlyStream precollecting line, 18 JetFeeder hoppers and a TapeFix module. The TapeFix applies a pair of adhesive strips to help form stable collections with no need for a four-page holding jacket.

One of the main reasons for Ferag’s technological lead are the JetFeeder hoppers, which are extremely flexible and easily process the entire spectrum of direct mail products. JetFeeder’s outstanding ergonomics contribute to short changeover times for the entire system, likewise the Navigator control software and the Optimizer tool. Optimizer feeds distribution data into production processes so as to minimize format and hopper changes with their associated downtimes.

Unlike a number of competing configurations, Ferag’s top speed of 30,000 collections per hour means that Omniva can be sure of having the requisite capacity from just one production line. The Estonian customer has already concluded a Service Level Agreement with Ferag, even though EasySert/FlyStream systems have proven high availability and are extremely reliable in operation. Confirmation of this comes from postal service providers in Sweden, France, Germany, Austria and elsewhere: there are around 50 comparable systems already installed and operating well.
(Ferag AG)

Sören Gaardboe appointed as CEO of OptiGroup AB
 08.04.2019

Sören Gaardboe appointed as CEO of OptiGroup AB  (Company news)

OptiGroup announces the appointment of Sören Gaardboe (photo) as CEO of OptiGroup.

Sören has most recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer of OptiGroup. He is also Acting Business Area Head for the Facility, Safety and Foodservice Solutions business area. Prior to that he held various senior positions as SVP of Papyrus in the Nordic region, in the South East, and in the Benelux. He has been very involved in the development of Papyrus as well as the recent acquisitions and integrations of Procurator, Stadsing and Pac and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Christoph Sander, who took over as Chairman and CEO of Papyrus in July 2016 and then led the OptiGroup transformation journey to successfully reposition the Group, will continue as a board member of OptiGroup. He is appointed as Deputy Chairman and Head of the Acquisition Committee, where he will support the management team with new developments. In addition, he will take responsibility for the planned divestment of Papyrus Germany and work closely with the German management team in the coming months.

Christoph Sander said: "It has been an exciting time to lead the transformation journey of OptiGroup and a pleasure to work with the management teams. We have successfully completed a dozen acquisitions, focused the Group into strong business areas, and thereby laid a very solid foundation and platform for the future. It is therefore also now the right time for me to hand over the reins to Sören, who has done a tremendous job as COO of OptiGroup. I am delighted that he will take the business on to the next level and I look forward to supporting him and the OptiGroup Board in this next exciting phase of our development".

Sören Gaardboe said: "It has been a pleasure to work closely with Christoph in the past years and to be a part of the transformation journey. I look forward to taking the next step as CEO of OptiGroup. We have to continue the road we started in 2016 to develop our business organically, and also to add more acquisitions. Standing still is not an option in my world, we always need to develop and move forward".

"From the Board's perspective, we are convinced that Sören, with his solid experience from, among others, OptiGroup, is the right person to take on and further develop the successful business that exists in OptiGroup today", says Chairman of the Board, Johan Sjö. "Christoph has had a significant impact on the Group's positive development. The fact that Christoph will continue to be a member of the Board of Directors in OptiGroup will ensure continuity in the CEO succession and that he can contribute further to a continued positive development", continues Johan Sjö.
(OptiGroup AB)

Valmet has completed the acquisition of GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services ...
 08.04.2019

Valmet has completed the acquisition of GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services ...  (Company news)

... to the pulp and paper industry

Valmet has completed the acquisition of GL&V, which was announced on February 26, 2019. GL&V is a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 113 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments.

GL&V will be a part of the Services business line
The acquired business becomes a part of Valmet's Services business line. GL&V supplies technologies, upgrades and optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally. The acquired operations had net sales of approximately EUR 160 million in calendar year 2018 and employ about 630 people.

GL&V will be included in Valmet's financial reporting for the first time in Valmet's Half Year Financial Review January 1-June 30, 2019.

As announced on February 26, 2019, GL&V's washing, oxygen delignification and bleaching operations with Compact Press®, pumps and mixers technology for chemical pulping as well as the related Product Center in Karlstad Sweden are not included in the transaction scope.

Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet: Valmet's stable business and services capabilities are now further strengthened
"The acquisition was completed as planned, and we welcome our 630 new colleagues to Valmet. This strengthens Valmet's global services business further and complements our technology offering for the pulp and paper industry customers. The acquisition also consolidates our local presence and capabilities globally. The combination of Valmet's global reach and GL&V's product and services offering for chemical pulping, stock preparation, papermaking and finishing create a good basis for new business opportunities and for serving our customers even better," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Fortress Global Enterprises Reports Fourth Quarter 2018 Results
 08.04.2019

Fortress Global Enterprises Reports Fourth Quarter 2018 Results  (Company news)

Fourth Quarter 2018 Consolidated Results

Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. ("Fortress Global Enterprises" or the "Company") (TSX:FGE) (OTCQX:FTPLF) reported 2018 fourth quarter operating EBITDA from continuing operations of $4.2 million compared to operating EBITDA from continuing operations of $7.5 million in the previous quarter and operating EBITDA loss from continuing operations of $5.7 million in the prior year comparative period. The Dissolving Pulp Segment generated operating EBITDA of $6.1 million. The Company invested $0.8 million in the Bioproducts Segment and corporate costs were $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Giovanni Iadeluca (photo), Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Global Enterprises, commented:
"Fortress Global Enterprises achieved significant improvements in fiscal 2018 when compared to the previous year. Operating EBITDA from continuing operations increased by $12.7 million and total improvement, excluding the Bioproducts segment, was $14.4 million. Progress was made in productivity, reliability, and quality all while managing a baseline capital expenditure program, leading to our second highest EBITDA total for a fourth quarter. Our people were the key drivers of performance gains, a direct result of the formal leadership program initiated in 2018 to drive operational improvements. Further progress is anticipated in 2019."

Significant developments in 2018 included:
-The Company transitioned the CEO position and changed name from Fortress Paper Ltd. to Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. in order to better reflect its existing business and future prospects;
-The Company created a new reporting segment (the "Bioproducts Segment") as a result of the acquisition and integration of S2G Biochemicals Inc. ("S2G"). Subsequent to the acquisition of S2G:
-The Company obtained commitments in principle from the federal and Quebec governments for up to $17.4 million in funding for the xylitol and complementary bioproducts demonstration plant planned to be constructed at Fortress's dissolving pulp mill in Thurso, Quebec (the "FSC mill"). Up to an additional $10 million in federal government funding was announced in early 2019; and
-The Company entered into a Technology License and Collaboration Agreement with Mondelēz International, Inc. ("Mondelēz"), one of the world's largest snacking companies. Mondelēz has agreed to grant an exclusive worldwide license to a subsidiary of the Company to use its sugar based xylitol manufacturing technology that was jointly developed by Mondelēz and S2G;
-Holders of the Company's 7.0% convertible unsecured debentures due December 31, 2019 approved certain amendments to the debentures including, among other things, an extended maturity date to December 31, 2021 and a revised interest rate of 9.75%; and
-The 5th Digester project was completed on time and on budget, and operational permits were received.

Looking mid to long term, with support from our partners, we are finalizing plans to modernize the FSC mill, diversify revenue streams by converting underutilized mill process streams into high value bioproducts, such as xylitol, and more permanently improve the balance sheet. The bioproducts demonstration plant project is a key component of our biorefinery vision. We will provide details of these important plans in the coming months.

Due to a combination of factors beyond our control, such as multiple region-wide electrical outages and extreme cold weather, operating results in the first quarter of 2019 did not carryforward the momentum from the fourth quarter. We are encouraged with our fiscal 2018 results and are confident we will be continuing our progress in 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Segment Results
The Dissolving Pulp Segment generated operating EBITDA of $6.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Operating EBITDA for the Dissolving Pulp Segment was $9.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 and operating EBITDA loss was $4.4 million for the prior year comparative period. Production volumes in the fourth quarter of 2018 were slightly lower than the third quarter of 2018 due to the annual shutdown and 43% higher compared to the prior year comparative period. The prior year production was impacted by operational challenges due to the auxiliary system failure at the FSC mill.

A total of 39,498 air dried metric tonnes ("ADMT") of dissolving pulp were produced in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the FSC mill sold 37,818 ADMT of dissolving pulp in the same period, compared to sales of 38,433 ADMT and 24,798 ADMT of dissolving pulp in the previous quarter and prior year comparative period, respectively.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the FSC mill's production costs, including amortization of some of the planned shutdown costs and the positive impact of the cogeneration facility, were improved by 21% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. This was due primarily to productivity gains and lower variable costs. Management does not report production cost per ADMT dissolving pulp due to competitive reasons.

As a result of completing early maintenance measures during the third quarter of 2018, the Company completed a three day annual maintenance shutdown in October 2018, reduced from the eight days originally scheduled. The shutdown and subsequent restart were on time and on budget. The next major annual maintenance shutdown is planned for the second quarter of 2019.

The requisite permit for the fifth digester required for commercial operation was received during the fourth quarter of 2018. The fifth digester is expected to increase annualized production by approximately 17,000 tonnes once it is operating as projected, which is anticipated to be by the summer once cooking sequence (time, temperature and recipe) has been optimized.

The Bioproducts Segment generated operating EBITDA loss of $0.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2018. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company continued negotiating definitive agreements with various organizations within the federal and provincial governments for up to $27.4 million of grant, equity and loan funding to support the demonstration project. FXI concluded a $10.0 million non-repayable contribution agreement with the Department of Natural Resources Investments in Forest Industry Transformation during the fourth quarter.

Corporate and Cash
Corporate expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and the previous quarter were both $1.1 million. Cash and restricted cash at December 31, 2018 was $20.8 million compared to $33.1 million at September 30, 2018. As at December 31, 2018, the Company had $8.2 million in restricted cash.
(Fortress Global Enterprises Inc.)

2019 edition of Paperworld China set to return between 15 – 17 November
 05.04.2019

2019 edition of Paperworld China set to return between 15 – 17 November   (Company news)

Paperworld China, Asia’s leading trade fair dedicated to the stationery and office supplies industries, has confirmed the dates and venue for its 2019 edition as 15 – 17 November in Hall 1 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). The fair will once again present fairgoers with trend setting stationery, office supplies, and hobby and craft products through its four renowned zones: ‘Tomorrow’s Office’, ‘Stationery and Hobby’, ‘Quality Suppliers’, and ‘Oriental Products’. In total, the fair is expected to welcome 500 exhibitors across 23,000 sqm of exhibition space.

Thanks to high demands from the country’s growing student population, China’s stationery industry is entering into a new growth period. China has the world’s largest student population. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the total number of students in China exceeded 240 million in 2017. With the number of students forecasted to rise to its peak between 2020 and 2030, the coming decade can be considered the golden decade for international stationery brands to penetrate the Chinese market.

At the same time, the per capita GDP in China is also set to continue steadily increasing, from USD 4,411 per capita in 2010, it reached USD 8,523 in 2017. Based on the measurement standard of the World Bank, once a country’s GDP per capita reaches 8,000 USD and above, it is considered a high-income developing country. China’s rise in wealth, in tandem with its record numbers of school students, has the potential to lead to a drastic increase in demand for educational and stationery related products, with consumers increasing their consumption volume and demanding higher quality.

Paperworld China is an ideal gateway for industry players to step into the market and capture the growing number of business opportunities. Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, is looking forward to the coming edition: “Paperworld China is the right platform for suppliers to connect with quality buyers and increase their brand exposure. As we step into the golden decade for the Chinese stationery industry, Paperworld China will continue to serve as a business and information exchange hub for the most up-to-date products and trends.”

The 2018 edition of the fair received highly positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike for its dedicated themed zones and product areas. In light of the positive response, the coming edition of the fair will once again be divided into the four zones of ‘Tomorrow’s Office’, ‘Stationery and Hobby’, ‘Quality Suppliers’, and ‘Oriental Products’. In addition, the Small yet Beautiful showcase, which serves as a mock retail store that includes a cafe area and an interactive art workshop, will return at the Stationery and Hobby zone. Visitors to the showcase will find adaptations of Zakka, a Japanese concept that describes a variety of consumer lifestyle goods, including products such as home office supplies and travel accessories.

The design area, which made its debut to promote originality and intellectual property protection in the industry, is set to return under the new name of ‘Design S’, providing an opportunity for original stationery brands to showcase their creatively designed products and enhance their brand image. Unique products showcased at the last edition came from well-established and emerging brands such as AIT, Card Lover, Douban, Ggem, Happihood, Honorscent, Orange Creation, Tsnow Stationery, Whitehole, and Xiaolin Creative.

Another avenue through which Paperworld China promotes original stationery designs is the ‘Best Stationery of China Awards’, which will return this year to discover inventive stationery from around the world. The award ceremony will be held on the first day of the fair.

To additionally enhance attendee experience at the fairground, various fringe events will take place during the fair to allow participants to catch up with the latest trends in the industry. Further information on fringe events and other aspects of the show will be revealed closer to the show dates.
(Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd)

Carl Macher Still on Course for Growth
 05.04.2019

Carl Macher Still on Course for Growth  (Company news)

Investments in Logistics and Resource Efficiency

Carl Macher GmbH & Co. KG in Brunnenthal, Germany, a member of Kunert Group and a Hidden Champion in the European core board industry segment, is continuing to expand its production capacity. Together with its sister company Papeteries du Rhin, production capacity is expected to exceed 300,000 tonnes per year by 2020. The company has invested over 10 million euros in automation and logistics technology in order to secure the internal supply of Paul & Co's paper core plants and to guarantee its capacity to deliver premium-quality core board to numerous bulk purchasers throughout Europe.

A new logistics building was commissioned in Brunnenthal to allow for Carl Macher to increase its production volume. Starting this summer, modifications to the technology of its production line to increase efficiency in terms of energy and raw materials will enable the company to generate maximum possible fibre yield. One such modification involves an upgrade to the headbox and dryer section of paper machine number 3. The two rewinders currently installed are moved in order to significantly lengthen the dryer section. This will increase both the economy and the sustainability of the system. In the future, the finished products will be transported to the new logistics building situated above the paper machine hall via an elevator 28 meters (approx. 90 feet) high and a bridge 280 meters (over 900 feet) long. With nearly 14,000 square meters (over 150,000 square feet) of storage, the new warehouse (which will be operated using autonomous floor conveyor vehicles) will accommodate almost an entire month's worth of production. This substantial investment to increase the capacity of the Brunnenthal location echoes the motivation and commitment of the approximately 135 employees. It also highlights the excellent performance of Carl Macher GmbH & Co. KG.

Papeteries du Rhin, Kunert Group's second paper manufacturer and located in Mulhouse in the Alsace region of France, has also been increasing its production volume steadily for the past few years. The initials PDR are known across Europe to stand for highest-quality core board boasting ply bond strengths of up to 1,000 joules per square meter.

What's more, compared to the industry average, both companies achieve their excellent results with very low consumption of water and primary energy. Carl Macher achieved this
with repeated retrofits to its energy generation and wastewater treatment systems, while Papeteries du Rhin opted to cooperate with the waste management association of the Mulhouse region and the French national agency for energy savings. As a result of their environmentally friendly power generation, the two companies have reduced their CO2 emissions by more than 70 percent.
Furthermore, they produce core board from 100 percent recycled paper. In the last few decades, Kunert Group has played a major role in proving that this can be done – even for products of the highest qualities.

With these and other major investments, in addition to the networked expertise of the Kunert Group as a whole, the two paper mills Carl Macher and Papeteries du Rhin have achieved unparalleled performance and secured front-runner positions in the core board market.
(Carl Macher GmbH & Co. KG)

Mac Papers Announces Executive Promotion
 05.04.2019

Mac Papers Announces Executive Promotion  (Company news)

Mac Papers Promotes Craig Boortz to Executive Vice President, Paper

Mac Papers, one of the largest merchant distributors in the Southeast U.S., has promoted Craig Boortz to Executive Vice President, Paper. Boortz most recently served as Vice President of Sales, Paper and Regional Manager.

As the EVP of Paper, Boortz leads the company’s largest business segment, planning and overseeing the development and execution of the sales and marketing strategy for the paper business. Boortz retains his regional management responsibilities and continues to report directly to Mac Papers CEO David McGehee.

“We are extremely pleased to promote Craig to a senior executive position leading a segment that remains a core business for us,” stated CEO McGehee. “Craig’s well-earned promotion reflects his excellent leadership and business skills, extensive sales and management experience, and proven performance in a variety of senior roles, as well as his enduring commitment to Mac Papers. We have every confidence that our paper business will continue to be successful with Craig’s oversight and strategic leadership.”

Boortz has been with Mac Papers for 27 years, joining the company as an account manager at its Tampa, Florida, branch shortly after completing a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Tampa. Within three years, Boortz progressed into branch leadership roles, initially as General Manager of the Greensboro, North Carolina, branch and then as General Manager of the Greenville, South Carolina, branch. In January 2014, Boortz was promoted to Vice President and Regional Manager.
(Mac Papers)

Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd. Installs No.2 Tissue Paper Machine Producing long roll toilet tissue ...
 05.04.2019

Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd. Installs No.2 Tissue Paper Machine Producing long roll toilet tissue ...  (Company news)

... by making use of its unique technology

Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd. (hereinafter "Crecia-Kasuga"), a joint venture for tissue paper products established by Nippon Paper Crecia Co., Ltd. (President: Kazufumi Yamasaki; headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; hereinafter "Nippon Paper Crecia"), a Nippon Paper Group company, and Kasuga Paper Industry Co., Ltd. (President: Noboru Otsuka; headquartered in Fuji-shi, Shizuoka; hereinafter "Kasuga Paper Industry") will install the No,2 paper machine following the No.1 paper machine, which commenced operation in May 2018.

The No.2 paper machine will be installed next to the first paper machine in the premises of Fuji Mill (Fuji-shi, Shizuoka) of Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo). Like the No.1 paper machine, it makes effective use of the assets of the Mill, such as utilities. Its annual production capacity is approximately 40,000 tons. It will mainly produce long roll toilet tissue, for which demand has been increasing in recent years.

With this increase in the production capacity of Crecia-Kasuga, Nippon Paper Crecia will work to enhance the supply system that will meet the increase in demand for long roll products. In addition, the company will not only work to promote the further popularization of long roll products but will also strive to achieve growth in the market for the household paper product business while responding to diverse market needs precisely.
(Kasuga Paper Industry Co. Ltd)

BillerudKorsnäs has hired a new head of Investor Relations
 04.04.2019

BillerudKorsnäs has hired a new head of Investor Relations  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs has hired Lena Schattauer as new head of Investor Relations.

Lena Schattauer joins from the position as Head of Communication and IR at Nobia. Lena started 18 March 2019, and can from that date be contacted by email at lena.schattauer@billerudkorsnas.com and telephone: +46 8 553 335 10.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Cascades launches a new brand: Cascades IMGN retail solutions™
 04.04.2019

Cascades launches a new brand: Cascades IMGN retail solutions™  (Company news)

Cascades, a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, is proud to unveil its new brand for retail solutions: Cascades IMGN retail solutions™.

The diverse IMGN portfolio comprises POS, displays, consumer and shelf-ready product packaging, all of which used to improve in-store brand impact. The total offer includes high-resolution colour printing via flexography, lithography and digital. It brings you unparalleled colour intensity and printing precision.

"Cascades IMGN is the result of major investments, in both Canada and the United States, to acquire cutting-edge technology — and of the exceptional work done by our teams. Backed by a diversified, integrated range of products, this new brand offers a wealth of solutions for the most challenging needs of customers and distributors who want distinctive brands, personalized consumer experiences and high-quality colour printing," said Mario Plourde, Cascades President and Chief Executive Officer.

The name IMGN, a contraction of the word Imagine, embodies several qualities of Cascades IMGN retail solutions™: its ability to create products that stand apart, the ingenuity of its teams and the infinite possibilities of the solutions it offers customers through a simple, reliable process.

"Our packages don't just protect the products they contain, they're also a source of infinite creative possibilities for capturing the consumer's attention. They're custom-designed and manufactured using the highest industry standards in order to attract interest and create the desired impact. The Cascades IMGN retail solutions™ team will help you send a powerful message to consumers through innovative, environmentally friendly solutions," said Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging.
(Cascades Inc.)

Clearwater Paper Appoints Robert Hrivnak as Chief Financial Officer
 04.04.2019

Clearwater Paper Appoints Robert Hrivnak as Chief Financial Officer  (Company news)

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) announced the appointment of Robert Hrivnak as senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer, effective April 8, 2019. Mr. Hrivnak, age 58, will be responsible for overseeing the company’s financial reporting and controls, investor relations, risk management, tax and treasury functions, and purchasing.

Linda K. Massman, president and chief executive officer, said, “On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to welcome Robert to Clearwater Paper. Robert is a seasoned executive who brings over three decades of experience overseeing corporate controls, auditing, accounting, and finance functions. We are confident we will benefit from his expertise in leading rigorous process controls and bringing an operational focus in partnering with our business segments. We look forward to his contributions as we work on executing on our strategies of driving strong financial performance and delivering value for our employees, customers, and shareholders.”

Mr. Hrivnak joins Clearwater Paper from Itron, Inc., a U.S.-based technology company that offers products and services to utilities and municipalities in the management of their data and critical infrastructure needs. Itron reported 2018 revenues of approximately $2.4 billion. Mr. Hrivnak most recently served as Itron’s chief accounting executive – vice president and corporate controller. Prior to Itron, Mr. Hrivnak held financial and accounting positions at Education Management Corp., Fluor Corp., Tyco International Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Mr. Hrivnak began his career as an auditor with KPMG LLP. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business and accounting from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He is also a certified public accountant.

Mr. Hrivnak succeeds John D. Hertz, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

“We thank John for his many contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Ms. Massman.

Mr. Hertz commented, “I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with this team, and believe the company is well positioned for continued success.”
(Clearwater Paper Corporation)

Mosca showcases modern end-of-line system for the corrugated board industry at SinoCorrugated
 04.04.2019

Mosca showcases modern end-of-line system for the corrugated board industry at SinoCorrugated  (Company news)

Artificial intelligence is replacing gray matter and robotic arms are supplanting muscle power. Automation has arrived in Asia's corrugated board market. At this year’s SinoCorrugated in Shanghai from 8th to 11th April, Mosca is demonstrating what a fully automated end-of-line solution with robotic palletizing looks like at Stand N5A110. In cooperation with Fuji Yusoki Kogyo, the technology leader is presenting a fully automatic system consisting of an MCB-2 XT strapping machine, a Fuji Ace EC-201 palletizing robot and LCU pallet packing press.

The Mosca stand at SinoCorrugated is where loose stacks of corrugated cardboard boxes are transformed into securely palletized products ready for transport. At the beginning of the line MCB-2 XT straps individual corrugated bundles, a Fuji Ace EC-201 palletizing robot stacks them on a pallet which is then strapped multiple times by a Mosca LCU for secure shipping. Representatives from Mosca and Fuji Yusoki will be available at the trade show to discuss system options and variants for corrugated board manufacturers. "Our cooperation with Fuji Yusoki enables us to present a complete end-of-line packaging solution to our customers and trade show visitors," explains Mosca CEO Timo Mosca. "A fully automated palletizing and load securing system can increase production output and significantly lower costs for customers." For instance, customers in Indonesia will recoup their investment in a Mosca pallet strapping system within two and a half years. Perfectly coordinating all machines connected in the line – from folder-gluer machines to strapping and palletizing units – increases throughput and reduces personnel costs. Flexible palletizing robots like those in the Fuji Ace series are extremely efficient and can adapt to special product formats.

Partner for automation
Customers are increasingly automatizing their production processes, especially in the Asian region. "Automation in Australia is at a similar level as Europe and the degree of automation in China is developing very rapidly. Corrugated board manufacturers in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and other countries are also relying more and more on fully automated palletizing and load securing systems," explains Mosca CEO Alfred Kugler. "We use our expertise to support companies on the path to automation. Working together, we analyze their potential and come up with a solution to increase production efficiency." With local offices and a manufacturing facility in Malaysia, Mosca is in a position to quickly respond to customer needs and develop customized strapping solutions.

Efficient inline strapping
As the first station in the end-of-line system on display at SinoCorrugated, the MCB-2 XT gently straps the packages inline, i.e. parallel to the flute, to prevent damage to the corrugated structure of the material. With two parallel sealing units, the high-performance machine can double-strap up to 27 packages per minute to keep pace with the growing production output of folder-gluer machines. The MCB-2 XT automatically configures the format with the first package. This enables the machine to flexibly switch between different formats without requiring an operator to change the program. A proven pusher system and five-sided bundle control ensure packages are optimally positioned for strapping.

Production site in Malaysia
As the last element in the fully automated system presented at the Mosca exhibition stand, the LCU secures pallets for downstream transport. Ideal for processing of frequently changing product batches with different formats, this machine adds a cost-efficient, entry-level model to the Mosca portfolio of high-end pallet packing presses. The machine's compression plate applies up to two tons of pressure on the corrugated sheets or bundles. The LCU optionally straps up to 95 pallets per hour with one moveable sealing unit or up to 150 pallets with two fixed units. By shifting final assembly of LCU to Southeast Asia, Mosca Malaysia’s production portfolio of smaller machines has recently been extended to a larger pallet strapping system. This relocation strengthens Mosca's presence in the Asian market by ensuring short lead times without compromising the proven Mosca quality.
(Mosca GmbH)

Kruger Specialty Papers Expands its Product Portfolio
 04.04.2019

Kruger Specialty Papers Expands its Product Portfolio  (Company news)

Kruger Specialty Papers reached an important milestone earlier this year when Kruger’s Trois-Rivières facility delivered its first shipment of bleached thermomechanical pulp (TMP) which enabled the Wayagamack Mill to expand its product portfolio into a wider range of brightness levels. In total, $40 million were invested to build the new bleached TMP plant at Kruger Trois-Rivières and to upgrade production at Wayagamack.

Launched in September 2017, Kruger’s SPEK project is a three-year initiative to develop new markets for the Brompton, Wayagamack and Trois-Rivières mills as part of the Company’s strategy to diversify its production and complement its product portfolio. Upon launching SPEK, Kruger also created its new Specialty Papers division which is leveraging the Company’s long-standing papermaking expertise, production facilities and customer service infrastructure to introduce innovative and sustainable high-quality products. Target markets for these new products include lightweight packaging for the food and retail industries, labelling and digital printing.

This expansion of Wayagamack’s product portfolio was achieved less than six months after another important SPEK project milestone was achieved, in August 2018, when Kruger’s Brompton Mill introduced new specialty grades and quickly reached its targets in terms or production volume, product quality, sales and customer satisfaction. Similarly, preliminary reactions to the new coated paper manufactured by Wayagamack from the Trois-Rivières TMP have been excellent.

In addition, the Wayagamack and Brompton Mills could benefit from a unique advantage in the market with their access to a steady supply of cellulose filaments (CF) from Kruger Biomaterials. This eco-friendly strengthening additive, which helps make the paper lighter and stronger, is an exclusive advantage that enables Kruger to offer high-performance alternatives to manufacturers of specialty packaging and labelling products who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Committed to offering environmentally friendly solutions to its customers, Kruger is also proud to have earned the EcoVadis Silver level rating after its very first assessment by this international organization that evaluates corporate social responsibility (CSR).
(Kruger Publication Papers Inc.)

The Navigator Company and National Geographic launch environmentally friendly envelope
 04.04.2019

The Navigator Company and National Geographic launch environmentally friendly envelope  (Company news)

• National Geographic subscribers will receive their magazine in an envelope made from sustainable sources;
• Paper is a natural, renewable, recyclable, biodegradable resource and is one of the most recycled products in Europe, with a recycling rate of 72.5% (2017).

The Navigator Company and the magazine National Geographic have just taken an important step towards protecting the environment by creating a paper envelope that will, as of April, replace the use of about 150,000 plastic bags per year. For the first time in Portugal, the magazine will reach its subscribers in a more ecological and environmentally-friendly form, made from The Navigator Company paper.

Paper is a natural, renewable, recyclable and fully biodegradable resource, with attributes that are hard to find in other materials such as plastic. By partnering with National Geographic – a leading name in the field of popular science – The Navigator Company is making a sustainable commitment to protecting the planet and through the new paper format that replaces the traditional plastic bag, it is drawing attention to the importance of reducing its ecological footprint and adopting attitudes that safeguard the future of the environment.

For António Quirino Soares, marketing director at The Navigator Company, “this partnership with a prestigious brand like National Geographic is a very important step for our company, which has always been committed to the sustainable development of the planet through the use of natural and renewable resources and the development of sustainable paper-based products. By replacing National Geographic’s plastic bag with a paper envelope, we want to contribute alerting society to the importance of sustainability”.

In the summer of 2018, the National Geographic Society launched the global “Planet or Plastic?” campaign, encouraging all local partners to find ways of reducing plastic consumption in their operations. “In The Navigator Company we have found the ideal partner to start this transition in Portugal, given the company’s commitment to our mission of sustainability in forest management”, says Teresa Vera Magalhães, general director of RBA Revistas, the publisher responsible for National Geographic in Portugal. “We are aware that this is the first step, but all revolutions begin with a first gesture”.

Produced by a technologically advanced and responsible industry, paper is the result of a production chain that depends on tree planting where environmental standards are increasingly demanding and rigorous. The modern paper industry does not use wood from natural forests, so the raw material it processes is the result of trees planted specifically for this purpose: when paper is used, it stimulates the planting of trees and contributes to the sustainability of the forest.

The paper-making process fulfils the sustainability criteria that guide this ecologically-aware and responsible industry in safeguarding the environment – whether in its active and professional management of the forest, its use of renewable energy, the rational use of water, the management of its waste and by-products or in the use of paper and its derivatives for recycling, currently one of the resources whose use can be extended. Paper is today the most recycled product in Europe, with a recycling rate of 72.5% in 2017.
(The Navigator Company)

Safety first! Efficiency, too
 03.04.2019

Safety first! Efficiency, too   (Company news)

Picture: How to combine efficiency, increased output, and quality with the highest operational safety?

How a manufacturer of paper-based office material, operating its converting line mainly with blind or visually impaired employees, is able to combine the highest operational safety requirements with an impressive increase in output, reliability, and product quality.

AVRE is a private, non-profit organization reliably supplying its main customer, federal government agencies, with copy paper. Like other manufacturers of paper-based office products, AVRE pays utmost attention to product quality, reliability, and equipment efficiency. Yet, their most important requirement is operational safety. This is certainly what makes AVRE special as a manufacturer of office supplies. The converting line must be handled primarily by employees who are blind or visually impaired operators, making up over 75 percent of AVRE’s direct labor force.

AVRE needs to be prepared for new product requirements in the future. Therefore, modernizing its existing converting line was urgently needed back in 2015. AVRE wanted to increase its production with a reliable, more flexible solution, guaranteeing higher output without losing product quality. Today, an SHM Digicut sheeter operates in line with a Model 32 ream wrapper from BW Papersystems. Both machines are customized to AVRE’s accessibility requirements and operational safety, yet they reach an average output of 12 tons of paper in a 7.5-hour shift.

AVRE used to manufacture its products on two Lenox sheeters. Lenox is a historical brand of BW Papersystems for which the company still offers parts and service support. In 2012, AVRE had already invested in a modern and customized Model 32 ream wrapper from BW Papersystems. They mainly produced 8.5x11 copy paper with occasional changes to a 9x12 format. On good days, AVRE converted 8 to 9 tons of paper. But it wasn’t only time-consuming format changes that caused trouble. Growing quality and output issues of the two sheeters became more and more of a problem. AVRE had difficulties keeping the sheeters running at capacity. In addition, AVRE wanted to create additional business through a broader product portfolio, including digital formats.

Higher output, better product quality, and varied size flexibility were not the only requirements AVRE had. The new sheeter had to be equipped in such a way that it could be operated by blind or visually impaired operators, as well as by sighted maintenance staff. A potential equipment supplier would thus have to manage balancing apparently conflicting objectives: highest operational safety and special accessibility requirements with higher output and efficiency.

Designing a modern converting line for visually impaired operators requires some innovative engineering.
In 2012, AVRE became aware of a possible solution to their problems when they came to Sheboygan, WI for machine acceptance of the ream wrapper. BW Papersystems’ project managers had linked the Model 32 to an SHM Digicut sheeter to demonstrate its full potential. AVRE was immediately taken with the idea to have both ream wrapper and sheeter from the same manufacturer, guaranteeing an easy and well-proven linkage between both systems.
Using leading dual rotary cross-cutting technology from BW Papersystems, the SHM Digicut is designed to meet any quality requirements. The size flexible crosscutter and the quick-change gripper discharge offer maximum size flexibility for cut sizes and digital sizes. Using several collating boxes for different formats allows for gripper discharge changes within 15 minutes or less. All other sections of the line involved when changing formats can easily be adapted via touch panel. Only the slitters are adjusted manually. Auto-slitters are available if required.
Once these conditions were met, discussions about finding solutions for AVRE’s unique requirements could begin.

In order to meet AVRE’s accessibility requirements, BW Papersystems’ engineers developed individually designed screens. They combined default display screens for maintenance people and larger screens for visually impaired operators. Those displays use strong color contrast and extra-large characters and symbols that are easy to read and familiar to people who are blind or visually impaired. In addition, plexiglas stencils with tactile symbols can be placed over the screens, for example, at the ream wrapper unit.

Additional support in the event of disturbances is provided by voice output. Multiple sensors, safety locks, and other control systems monitor both the sheeter and the ream wrapper. Operators are immediately informed verbally about low paper rolls, sheet transfer faults, or if a door is opened while the machine is running, to name just a few of them.
In order to avoid serious injuries and to guarantee the highest level of operational safety, BW Papersystems has placed additional guarding at the slitter and crosscutter, at the entire tape section, and the gripper discharge. On the drive side of the machine, guarding is placed around the main drive to avoid accidental access.

Output records meet highest acceptance amongst operators
The result is impressive! While AVRE used to process 8 to 9 tons of paper with two sheeters on a good day, the company today produces an average of 12 tons of copy paper in a 7.5-hour shift. "During normal operation, we were able to increase output by more than 30 percent. And we are really proud of the records our operators set with the SHM Digicut,” says Charles Gardner, Director of Manufacturing at AVRE. “In a 9-hour shift, we have already achieved several times 18 tons of paper, once even 20 tons. Our record with the old sheeters was 13 tons of paper in 13 hours."

One important factor is certainly the generally higher uptime of the line. The wear of parts is considerably lower, too. And, if parts or services are needed, BW Papersystems is available around the clock. In most cases, replacement parts, coming from warehouses in the US, can be shipped within 24 hours. In case of an unscheduled machine downtime, BW Papersystems offers fast support via online diagnostics and remote services.

The high acceptance of the customized production line among the operators contributes to the fact that the system delivers top performance again and again. “The machine’s accessibility for visually impaired operators makes working on the line a pleasure,” says John Skinner, Team Lead at AVRE. He adds: “The additional guarding on areas with high risk of injury completely meet our high standards for a safe working environment.”

Furthermore, changeover times are dramatically reduced. Instead of over an hour, a new format can now be converted only after 15 minutes or less. "Looking ahead, this gives us all the necessary strategic flexibility we need," says Ken Fernald, President/CEO of AVRE. "Even though we are focusing on 8.5x11 commodity cut-size papers right now, we wish to keep the option open to serve new markets and customers with additional formats in the future, including digital sizes.”

Reaching boundaries, moving boundaries
Today, AVRE runs its converting line at 751 fpm, equaling 87 percent of maximum speed. Most of the time, the company is making production requirements, but they are very close to maxing out their capabilities. AVRE is thinking about adding a second roll stand to the line to double production if required.

"We are looking forward to being able to expand production on the AVRE line with a second roll stand," says Sven Gruenwoldt, Sales Director at BW Papersystems. "Both the SHM Digicut and the Model 32 ream wrapper offer sufficient capacity to handle double the production volume resulting from an additional unwind. And he proudly adds: "We are already hearing of new production records set by the operators from AVRE".
(BW Papersystems, Inc. (MarquipWardUnited))

Sitma Machinery: Focusing on paper for a bio-sustainable approach
 03.04.2019

Sitma Machinery: Focusing on paper for a bio-sustainable approach  (Company news)

Sitma Machinery, a company from Spilamberto (Italy) specializing in the design and construction of machines, systems and complete lines for the Packaging, Post-Press, DM/Transpromo and e-Logistics sectors, is strengthening its commitment to eco-sustainable technologies. In recent years, Sitma has invested heavily in finding a packaging alternative to traditional thermoplastic materials, and has been developing a solution that can reconcile sustainability, production costs and mechanical performance.

Paper, plastic or bio-plastic?
Sitma has always considered the environmental impact of its work, placing it at the center of product development strategies. Each of the four "pillars" around which the company's activities revolve is in fact concerned with the use of packaging materials that are likely to contribute to global pollution, particularly in the case of plastics.

For this reason, the company has decided to carry out comparative studies, evaluating the pros and cons of different materials in search of the optimal choice in terms of both performance and sustainability. Putting aside the traditional thermoplastic materials, whose technological development has come to an end, it is now paper and bio-plastic which are being taken into consideration.

Each of the two solutions has a series of advantages: the first case involves a highly recyclable material obtained from natural renewable sources and with a reduced carbon footprint. However, paper requires special precautions due to its various mechanical properties. In the case of bio-plastic, we have an eco-compatible material with inherent characteristics that make it ideal for packaging, but it’s expensive, both in the production and recycling phases, as it requires avoiding contamination with "common" plastics during these operations. Furthermore, the raw materials that contribute to its construction are obtained from crops that primarily serve (or could serve) as a food source.

Paper as the preferred solution
Considering this study, Sitma endorses the paper option. Its intrinsic characteristics, including its biodegradability within a matter of weeks, in addition to the aforementioned renewability of the production source, make it the solution with the greatest benefit for the environment.

In fact, choosing paper means promoting the development of the forest industry as a supply source, simultaneously supporting the recycling chain and ultimately encouraging the emergence of professional entities oriented toward a sustainable approach. Using packaging material with a high level of sustainability means not only meeting the needs of the environment but also responding to consumer expectations.

Numerous studies show that in selecting consumer goods, users increasingly reward eco-sustainable solutions, a trend that is growing not only in Western countries but also in developing nations. Also contributing to this trend are increasingly strict international regulations (within the EU, for example) aimed at reducing sources of air pollution. In this context, being able to guarantee packaging with "zero impact" is a critical factor in obtaining an important competitive advantage.

Sitma’s next step was to update its packaging solutions to be able to use paper as an alternative to films or bio-films -- materials that can still be used by the company’s line-up of systems -- thus providing its customers with convenient and less invasive alternatives.

Paper packaging technology: A "win-win situation"
What are the specific benefits that Sitma can guarantee its customers who decide to take the paper route? First of all, versatility: the company has developed a process that allows the packaging of differently sized objects on the same machine, encompassing a market that ranges from envelopes, to packages sent via e-commerce, to consumer goods.

Specifically, the pilot area in which Sitma has developed paper packaging is that of magazines, but the company is also implementing this technology in the logistics and general packaging sector, supporting the transition to the use of paper by promoting envelopes, for example, as a type of packaging.

Thanks to the retrofit created by Sitma, the use of paper does not require changing machines or production lines in most cases. It also guarantees quality packaging, obtaining a product whose features conform to the standards of film packaging in terms of protection, aesthetic requirements and customization options. Sitma has indeed developed the system so that it is backward compatible with the plastic or bio-film machines already in use. The software sector can also be integrated with pre-existing platforms, thus eliminating costs deriving from the new purchase.

Last but not least are the benefits to the environment: Sitma technology is in line with the regulations for reducing the carbon footprint of industrial processes, which are increasingly moving toward a Product Lifecycle Management approach: controlling emissions all the way from the supply of raw materials to the end of the line. From this viewpoint, Sitma is looking with great interest at compensation projects for certified CO2 credits, both in Europe and outside Europe, with the ambitious goal of obtaining Carbon Neutrality Certification.
(Sitma Machinery S.p.A.)

Resolute's Hialeah Tissue Mill Completes EcoLogo Certification
 03.04.2019

Resolute's Hialeah Tissue Mill Completes EcoLogo Certification   (Company news)

Resolute’s Hialeah tissue mill recently received its EcoLogo certification after completing a comprehensive audit process last December. Products bearing the EcoLogo designation are certified for their reduced impact on the environment. The certification also provides assurance to our customers that our products are produced responsibly.

EcoLogo is the world’s second oldest environmental standard and certification organization, and the only North American standard approved by the Global Ecolabeling Network as meeting the international ISO 14024 standard for environmental labels. EcoLogo certification is voluntary, and demonstrates that a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing and exhaustive auditing.

Resolute’s Florida tissue mills in Hialeah and Sanford are also certified to the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) chain of custody standards, Green Seal® standards, in addition to being authorized to use the SFI Certified Sourcing label.

Congratulations to the Hialeah team for building on our certification credentials!
(Resolute Forest Products, Hialeah Mill)

Orchids Paper Products Company Enters Into Option for Asset Purchase Agreement With ...
 03.04.2019

Orchids Paper Products Company Enters Into Option for Asset Purchase Agreement With ...   (Company news)

...Orchids Investment LLC; Proposed Transaction To Be Facilitated Through Chapter 11

Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE American: TIS) (the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and national supplier of high quality consumer tissue products, including paper towels, bathroom tissue and paper napkins, announced it has entered into an option agreement (the "Option") with Orchids Investment LLC ("OI"). The Option gives the Company the right to execute an asset purchase agreement with OI (the "Purchase Agreement"), through which, should the Company exercise the Option, OI would acquire substantially all of the Company's assets in exchange for a credit bid of approximately $175,000,000 against the Company's obligations under its pre-petition secured credit facility plus other consideration. OI is indirectly owned by a fund affiliated with Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. and Brant Paper Investment Company LLC.

To facilitate the potential sale and address its debt obligations, the Company has initiated proceedings under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware ("Court"). The Company has filed a bid procedures and sale motion with the Court, and the Purchase Agreement will be subject to an auction at which higher and better offers may be made and will require Court approval.

The bid by OI comprises the initial stalking horse bid in the auction process. Subject to the results at auction, the closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of usual and customary conditions, but the Company anticipates the transaction will move swiftly and aims to complete the process no later than August 2019.
(Orchids Paper Products Company)

UPM Communication Papers plans to reduce coated mechanical paper capacity in Germany
 03.04.2019

UPM Communication Papers plans to reduce coated mechanical paper capacity in Germany  (Company news)

UPM plans to permanently close paper machine 10 at UPM Plattling (photo), Germany, reducing the annual capacity of coated mechanical paper in Europe by approximately 155,000 tons. Paper production on paper machines 1 and 11 is planned to continue at the mill site.

In total 160 positions would be affected by the plans at UPM Plattling. The employee consultation process will start in the course of April in line with local legislation. The machine is planned to be closed after the consultation process will have been finalized.

"Paper markets globally have been declining consistently over the past 10 years. UPM Communication Papers has responded to this development by selective capacity reductions, always considering the competitiveness of our business - and we will continue to do so also in future. The planned closure announced today is in line with this approach and focuses on maintaining the most modern and competitive assets," says Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President, UPM Communication Papers.

"UPM Communication Papers has maintained the position of a leading supplier of magazine papers globally. Among our European coated mechanical machines Plattling PM 10 has both the lowest capacity and the highest technical age. We adjust our capacity to remain a reliable partner to our customers and will engage in a fair dialogue with employee representatives. At the same time, we will continue delivering products of the highest quality and full service at all times during this process," says Ruud van den Berg, Senior Vice President, Magazines, Merchants and Office Business at UPM Communication Papers.

UPM will recognize restructuring charges of approximately EUR 30 million as items affecting comparability in its Q2 2019 results. The planned actions would result in annual savings of approximately EUR 17 million.
(UPM)

Clearwater Paper Launches NuVo® Cup Paperboard Solution
 02.04.2019

Clearwater Paper Launches NuVo® Cup Paperboard Solution  (Company news)

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) introduced NuVo®, a new brand of cup stock paperboard that provides foodservice operators choice and differentiation through customized material to fit their specific brand needs. The newly-branded cup stock paperboard is now available to Clearwater Paper’s customers.

“We are excited to introduce NuVo to our customers, with a quality standard that we believe stands apart from any other paperboard cup product in the market,” said Steve Bowden, senior vice president of the pulp and paperboard division. “Our newly-branded NuVo products are an important part of our plan at Clearwater Paper to offer innovative and sustainable solutions that fit the evolving needs of our customers.”

NuVo is distinct, offering an option of up to 32% post-consumer recycled fiber. Operators may also choose an enhanced surface technology which offers uniform and consistent ink coverage, a premium white shade and a high definition process print capability. The brand also offers Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) chain of custody certification which helps operators show their commitment to sustainability.

NuVo is a brand promise that Clearwater Paper intends to continually evolve to provide customers innovative choices to maximize differentiation and sustainability.
(Clearwater Paper Corporation)

High-performance insulation materials, disinfectant wipes and supply chain transparency ...
 02.04.2019

High-performance insulation materials, disinfectant wipes and supply chain transparency ...  (Company news)

...Kelheim Fibres to present innovative fibre solutions at Techtextil

High-performance insulation materials, disinfectant wipes and supply chain transparency – viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres will present solutions for these and more topics at this year’s Techtextil.

Photo: Danufil® QR is specifically designed for use in disinfectant wipes

With dry short cut viscose fibres, Kelheim Fibres contributes to energy saving: Fibres with an extremely fine titre are processed along with pyrogenic silica to vacuum insulation panels (VIPs). With their specific properties, Viscose fibres contribute reinforcement and allow for permanent dimensional stability.

Vacuum insulation panels offer the same insulation effect as rock wool with only one tenth the thickness. Such panels are used for example in refrigerators and freezers, as well as in building insulation. Transport logistics that demands an uninterrupted cold chain is another promising future market for these speciality fibres.

Fresh from Kelheim’s R&D laboratory comes the new viscose speciality fibre, Danufil® QR. It is specifically designed for use in disinfectant wipes. While standard viscose fibres, due to their negative ionic charge, bind up
to 80% of “quats” (quarternary ammonium compounds, a common disinfectant) and so hinder their actual purpose, the positively charged Danufil® QR fibre can reduce this undesired effect to less than 10%.
Softness, excellent fluid management and full biodegradability are the typical properties of viscose fibres – with the use of Danufil® QR, disinfectant wipes can now also benefit from these.

Supply chain transparency and protection against forgery is another topic addressed by the viscose fibre experts: A marker fibre enables the – invisible for the human eye, but definite and even customer-specific – coding of products. So, the traceability of a product can be guaranteed, and customers and manufacturers can be protected from possible economic damages by plagiarism.

Alongside these new fibres, Kelheim will showcase many well-known speciality fibres as well as a range of new development projects.
That, according to Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres, demonstrates the optimistic and future-oriented atmosphere at Kelheim: After a fire in their production plant in October 2018, the Bavarian viscose fibre specialists are gradually rebuilding their production capacity.
Currently five lines are working, which is the equivalent of about 50% of Kelheim’s former production capacity.
The rebuilding process is expected to be completed by the middle of 2020.

“Until then, we concentrate all available resources on the creation of innovative new fibres and the development of new application areas so that we will restart with new state-of-the-art production lines, combined with more than 80 years of experience in viscose fibre production and numerous fibre innovations,” says Matthew North. “‚Coming back stronger‘ will be our motto for 2019.”
Meet the Kelheim Fibres team at Techtextil, Hall 3.1 Stand F23!
(Kelheim Fibres GmbH)

Prima Controls Group Launched as Controls, Drives, and Remote Service Provider
 02.04.2019

Prima Controls Group Launched as Controls, Drives, and Remote Service Provider  (Company news)

After obtaining intellectual property rights to the assets of Harland Simon following the company’s insolvency in October 2018, manroland Goss web systems has announced the launch of the new group focused on controls and drive upgrades and remote support programs for all newspaper press brands, Prima Controls Group.

Made up of former Harland Simon Engineers and Technicians and led by Senior Manager of Engineered Solutions Steve Withers, Prima Controls Group is focused on providing the proven solutions for all different makes and models of newspaper press equipment, utilizing their over 100 years of press controls experience to create new opportunities for success in newspaper printing, as well as support the large installed base of controls & drives systems and remote support programs already in place throughout the world.

“With the launch of Prima Controls Group, we believe that we are in the best position we have ever been to offer support and enhancements to the Newspaper market,” stated Ron Sams, Vice President of Sales for manroland Goss web systems. “We now have the expertise and the portfolio with solutions for press controls and drive upgrades at every size and for every brand on the market.”

Prima Controls Group Senior Project Manager Shawn Wright sees the benefits of being a part of manroland Goss web systems. “Now that we are supported by the combined resources of the new manroland Goss web systems company for both manroland and Goss press equipment, this opens the door for a completely new level of collaboration that was not possible in the past.”

With the establishment and industry launch of Prima Controls Group, the team is now fully engaged in discussions with print providers of all sizes within the newspaper industry, creating best-in-class solutions made for the challenging requirements of newspaper production.
(manroland Goss web systems)

Valmet to deliver pressure diffuser to AustroCel Hallein's mill in Austria
 02.04.2019

Valmet to deliver pressure diffuser to AustroCel Hallein's mill in Austria  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a pressure diffuser (photo) for AustroCel Hallein’s mill in Hallein, Austria. The start-up of the pressure diffuser is planned for the fall of 2019.

“The new pressure diffuser will improve our bleach plant washing in a very clever and energy efficient way,” says Dr. Ulrich Kastner, Head of pulp production, AustroCel mill in Hallein.

“Valmet is proud to be part of this project, as it shows our strength in creating innovative solutions to our customers, it also shows the strong competitiveness in Valmet’s washing product portfolio,” says Patrik Lidbäck, Manager Sales, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet’s scope of supply includes a new pressure diffuser with hydraulic system.
(Valmet Corporation)

W&H: That's how fast modern flexo printing can be
 02.04.2019

W&H: That's how fast modern flexo printing can be  (Company news)

More than 500 guests experienced the latest developments in package printing at “Experience the Future of Flexo”

On 27. and 28. March, machine manufacturer Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) hosted visitors to the open house "Experience the Future of Flexo". More than 500 visitors from around the globe attended demonstrations showing how fast an optimized printing processes can be today: Just 3 hours after a group photo was taken, the image was produced on the new NOVOFLEX II at speeds of 600m/min. Job changes every 5 minutes demonstrated the efficiency of the W&H machines and intelligent automation systems for short runs.

The highlight of the Open House was the premiere of the NOVOFLEX II highperformance flexographic printing press, which can print the most challenging jobs at maximum speeds. W&H demonstrated the performance of the new system by switching between two images at a speed of 600 m/min. Both jobs were high line count graphics with particularly hard leading edges of plates. The first image was the group picture taken in the morning.

Speed in the overall process
The conversion from image to finished print in 3 hours was made possible by
an optimized overall process. Partner KODAK FLEXCEL used the FLEXCEL NX Ultra solution to produce ready-to-print Ultra plates in less than one hour.
The NOVOFLEX II with its clearly structured printing unit as well as automatic storage and sleeve ejection system enables a sleeve change in just a few minutes. The EASY automation modules ensure fast setting as well as impression setting and register setting in less than 90 seconds. "We wanted to demonstrate that flexo printing, with its high quality and proven process reliability with modern W&H machines and an optimized overall process, enables enormous flexibility and speed. The reactions of the guests showed: We were successful," summarizes Hermann Veismann, Head of the Printing Division at W&H.

Performance across the entire portfolio
The MIRAFLEX from W&H is the market’s best-selling press with more than
650 machines worldwide. At the Open House, W&H showed the MIRAFLEX II
in two versions: The proven dual-port and a new compact single-port that
requires less floor space. Thanks to the face-to-face winder configuration on the single-port, there is a central loading and unloading area for the winder, which shortens web and operator distances. In addition to a pure 4C process job, the single-port showed further developments in the fully-integrated VISION print monitoring system designed in-house by W&H. The audience was particularly interested in the unique Head-Up Display and the intelligent print defect classification. "The developments presented are part of our focus on PACKAGING 4.0: intelligent machines, intuitive operation and integrated processes," says Veismann.

CMYK color separation to multicolor separation
W&H also used the demonstration of the two MIRAFLEX II versions for a direct comparison of CMYK color separation with multicolor separation. While the single port printed in 4C, the dual port worked with a fixed 7C color palette.
This direct system comparison showed the advantages and possibilities
offered by the consistent use of an extended color gamut. In this context, the technical highlights in the areas of inking, inking unit design and drive technology of the W&H presses were clearly demonstrated.

Maximizing machine benefits through digital services
New digital technologies will facilitate customer support in the future. The Information and Diagnostics Center (IDC) demonstrated the use of digital data glasses during live troubleshooting: A customer who needs technical support puts on the headset with integrated camera and connects to an expert from the IDC. The expert sees everything the customer sees in real time and can help him quickly and easily. In the medium term, the digital services will be used in both service support and training. "With digital data glasses, we are bringing our experts even closer to our customers. This enables us to make our service even simpler, faster and more convenient for our customers," says Christian Brönstrup, head of the IDC.
(Windmöller & Hölscher KG)

Norske Skog CEO steps down
 02.04.2019

Norske Skog CEO steps down  (Company news)

Niels Petter Wright (photo) has decided, in full agreement with the board and with immediate effect, to step down as the CEO of Norske Skog AS. The Chair of the Board, Sven Ombudstvedt, will fill the interim CEO role until a permanent replacement is in place.

During the last few months Niels Petter Wright and the Board of Directors have experienced that they have different views on how to further develop company operations.

The Board of Directors wishes to express its gratitude for the service and efforts from Niels Petter Wright during his time with the company, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.
(Norske Skogindustrier ASA)

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper continues to invest
 02.04.2019

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper continues to invest  (Company news)

As a competent manufacturer of high-quality coated specialty papers, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper continues the path of innovation and investment. As part of the "New Business Development" program, a new quality control system on the SM 21 has now been successfully commissioned at the Bielefeld site.

Photo: Coating Machine 21 | Bielefeld Mill

Amongst other things, the "New Business Development" innovation programme will enable the multi-stage orientation of the Bielefeld Coating Machine 21 to future markets. The recently commissioned, modern Honeywell quality control system includes several measuring frames of different equipment and system peripherals for precise process control.

Kai Borenius, Head of Machine Technology at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, says: "We will be able to combine the special coating units even better and make more efficient use of them. In doing so, we not only achieve a further increase in process quality and production flexibility, but ultimately also an optimized product quality. This applies both to our traditional product areas such as thermal or inkjet papers, but especially to our new product areas such as the environmentally friendly barricote barrier papers for food packaging."

With this investment of around EUR 1 million, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper will continue to focus on future, innovative markets and applications.
(Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)

Former Port-Alfred mill site to be transferred to City of Saguenay for one dollar
 01.04.2019

Former Port-Alfred mill site to be transferred to City of Saguenay for one dollar  (Company news)

The residents of Saguenay (Quebec) will gain access to an area of stunning natural beauty when the site of Resolute’s former Port-Alfred mill is sold to the City of Saguenay for the symbolic amount of $1. The area, which measures approximately 0.3 square kilometers (0.1 square miles), features a dramatic landscape dominated by the awe-inspiring Saguenay Fjord (a narrow inlet bound by steep cliffs). The sale will be concluded later in 2019 and is contingent upon a promise from the City that the site will remain accessible to the public.

“We are pleased the Port-Alfred site will be transformed into a public space for residents of La Baie and the Saguenay region to enjoy year round,” said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. “Our vision is clear: We want to develop a space for recreational use accessible to all citizens, while respecting our budgets and in collaboration with the community,” stated Josée Néron, mayor of Saguenay.

The sale represents a new chapter in the long history shared by Resolute and its predecessor companies with the people of the Saguenay region. The town of Port-Alfred was founded in 1918 and became home to the Port-Alfred Pulp & Paper Corporation in 1924. In 1976, Port-Alfred merged with neighboring Bagotville and Grande-Baie to form the City of La Baie, which, in turn, became part of the city of La Baie became part of the City of Saguenay in 2002.

Thank you to the citizens and leadership of the City of Saguenay for their vision and commitment!
(Resolute Forest Products)

Efficient blanking - With solutions from Marbach
 01.04.2019

Efficient blanking - With solutions from Marbach  (Company news)

Marbach has different solutions for the blanking process in its portfolio: the compact blanker, marbablanker (photo) and lightblanker. The latter two have quietly become the industry standard in recent years.

Automatic blanking is fully in trend. Compared to manual blank separation, it brings increased productivity to the entire postpress sector. In addition, it ensures precise stacking of blanks or paperboard sheets. These advantages mean an existing blanking unit in a machine should be used as often as possible. Even for short runs. This increases the efficiency of the further processing of packaging. It saves the operator time and as a result costs for the packaging manufacturer. In addition, it prevents possible health issues for the machine operators, as the physical work required to separate the blanks by hand becomes obsolete.

Sales Manager Bernhard Reisser: "For blanking, we work with a modular system similar to that used in the automotive industry. This means that our solutions are quickly available and we can respond very flexibly to customer expectations. Our systems are all ready-to-use, so that they can be easily and quickly installed in the blanking station. Without long set-up times. We offer a wide range of solutions. Depending on our customer's needs and technical requirements."

The Marbach lightblanker.
The lightblanker is a modular blanking tool. Its advantage: the base frame can remain in the machine. It can be quickly and easily adapted to the order-specific separating form for any application. Due to its quick-lock system, it is ready for use in just a few simple steps. Reisser: "Since the introduction of the Marbach lightblanker, our customers have increasingly relied on automatic blanking, even for small runs and simple layouts. In 2014, our customers did this in only 5% of cases, today in more than 30%. In other words, the rate of automatic blanking compared to manual blanking has risen sharply for short runs and simple layouts. And the strong upward trend continues."

The marbablanker.
For frequent repeat orders, Marbach recommends the marbablanker to its customers. The marbablanker is individually tailored to the customer's needs and is distinguished by its low weight and high stability compared to a comparable tool in full steel design. Since the tool frame is individually designed for each order and firmly attached to the actual separating form, the marbablanker ensures short set-up times.

Reisser continues: "With our different technologies for the blanking station, we can offer the right solution for every requirement. Providing maximum flexibility for our customers".
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Voith Installs MasterJet Pro Headbox at Unionpel Mill in San Justo, Argentina
 01.04.2019

Voith Installs MasterJet Pro Headbox at Unionpel Mill in San Justo, Argentina  (Company news)

-Benefits include higher quality in paper formation and higher CD profile consistency
-Voith’s presence in Argentina was beneficial for the sale

Unionpel, one of Argentina's leading packaging paper manufacturers, chose Voith to supply its new MasterJet Pro headbox (photo) fitted with EdgeMaster format limiters for its paper machine (PM1) that operates at its San Justo mill, located in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

The new Voith MasterJet Pro headbox allowed the manufacturer to achieve significant improvements in paper web formation, as well as a significant decrease of CD basis weight variations. The erection, commissioning and start-up services were completed as scheduled, and the machine’s commercial production was resumed immediately after start-up.

Voith is a strategic supplier for Unionpel, not only because it is acquainted with the paper machine’s critical areas, but also because the German multinational manufacturer operates a subsidiary in Argentina, which has enabled it to establish important partnership with its customers by and thereby offer products, services and solutions more quickly and accurately.

Voith MasterJet Pro Headbox
The precision and accuracy of the headbox’s design and manufacture are fundamental requirements, since they determine the quality of the paper web formation and reduce CD profile variations, while also allowing for production increases.

Voith’s MasterJet Pro headboxes offer outstanding dimensional stability thanks to their design with built-in force compensation, which ensures good basis-weight profiles as well as a good web formation. Additionally, Voith MasterJet Pro headboxes incorporate the proven lamella technology that ensures streak-free web formation.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

AF&PA Statement of Opposition to New York State Paper Bag Tax
 01.04.2019

AF&PA Statement of Opposition to New York State Paper Bag Tax  (Company news)

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) underscored its opposition to a proposed tax on paper carryout bags currently under discussion as the New York legislature works out its 2019-2020 state budget. AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement:
“Taxing paper carryout bags is a regressive move that wrongfully penalizes a product that is recyclable, easily processed at municipal recovery facilities, compostable, made of recycled material and reusable. Retail stores today have the option to charge for carryout bags or any other in-store service without needing permission from the state. A state-required fee creates state-mandated profits at the expense of customers, particularly impacting low-income New Yorkers.”

Paper bags are an environmental success story, made from a renewable resource (trees) and paper recovered from recycling programs. In 2017, 65.8 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling, and the recovery rate has met or exceeded 63 percent for the past nine years.

Paper is the most-recycled material in the U.S. today. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more paper (by weight) is recovered for recycling from municipal solid waste streams than glass, plastic and aluminum combined.1 Paper recycling extends the useful life of fiber, keeps paper out of landfills, is widely accessible and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Paper use translates to incentives to plant more trees. Because of the sustainability commitment of the paper industry, more trees are planted each year than are harvested. Well managed forests provide a multitude of environmental, social and economic benefits to thousands of American communities. Forests are also the key to help mitigate climate change due to carbon sequestration and promoting biodiversity.
(AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)

PEFC turns 20!
 01.04.2019

PEFC turns 20!  (Company news)

2019 is a very special year for the PEFC family as together we celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Before the birth of PEFC, forest certification was designed primarily for large-scale forest owners, managing huge areas of land and able to shoulder the burden of certification. But this meant the millions of small-, family and community forest owners were shut out, unable to afford a certification that was not created for them.

It was back in 1999 when European small-forest owners came together to create an international forest certification system that had their needs at heart. On 30 June 1999, PEFC was created!

“Having no certification system suitable for smallholders was a serious issue back in the 90s,” said Ben Gunneberg, the CEO of PEFC International since the very beginning. “Not only for the many small-forest owners that could not benefit from certification, but also for the world.”

“Families and communities own 25% of the world’s forests, so it’s vital for all of us that these forests are managed sustainably. By providing these forest owners with the opportunity to gain certification, PEFC led a great leap forward for sustainable forest management, and we continue to work hard to ensure PEFC forest certification continues to be accessible and relevant to forest owners worldwide.”

A year of celebrations
Over the next 18 months, we will be celebrating our achievements from 20 years of caring for forests globally and locally. We have uncovered all our old photos to give you a glimpse of what PEFC looked like at the beginning and how we have changed over time.

Through a series of chapters, we will tell the PEFC story, from 1999 to 2019, highlighting some of the key events and challenges that have shaped our organization. You’ll also get the chance to hear from voices of the past and present, and see a few of our old communications.

In April, get your cameras and phones ready for the third instalment of our international photo contest, and if you see the PEFC label, make sure you take a picture of it and share it online with the hashtag #myPEFCmoment.

In November, the whole PEFC alliance heads to Würzburg, Germany, where one of our very first meetings took place, for the 2019 PEFC Forest Certification Week. Under the theme ‘Certification and Sustainability: from Niche to Mainstream’ our Stakeholder Dialogue will be looking to the future to see where the next 20 years will take us.
(PEFC International)

ANDRITZ to supply wood processing plant for Ilim Group in Russia
 01.04.2019

ANDRITZ to supply wood processing plant for Ilim Group in Russia  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Ilim Group to supply a wood processing plant with two debarking and chipping lines, chip and bark handling equipment, and a SmartWoodyard advanced control system to the Koryazhma mill in the Arkhangelsk region, Russia. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2021.

Photo: HQ-Press bark press increases the energy value of bark. © ANDRITZ

The new woodyard will replace existing woodroom and chip storage facilities, which have a pneumatic conveying system. The technology supplied by ANDRITZ will substantially contribute towards reducing emissions and operating costs, resulting in environmentally friendly, high-quality chip production and considerable savings in raw material.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes new debarking and chipping lines with:
-unique de-icing process for logs in the debarking drums
-horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper
-two HQ-Press bark presses
-chip and bark handling equipment, including chip storage
-SmartWoodyard advanced control system, including Decision Support Wall (DSW) and process optimization system with smart sensors like WoodScan, BarkScan, ChipperEKG, CrusherEKG, and ScanChip wood chip analyzer.
(Andritz AG)

Graphic Packaging International Approved to Join Amazon Packaging Support and ...
 29.03.2019

Graphic Packaging International Approved to Join Amazon Packaging Support and ...  (Company news)

...Supplier Network (APASS)

Graphic Packaging International (GPI) has been approved to join Amazon's Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS) focused on delivering packaging solutions that comply with Amazon's rigorous requirements to meet the demands of today's e-commerce packaging.

APASS was created to support Amazon vendors in certifying products under their Frustration-Free Packaging programs (FFP), Ships-in-Own-Container (SIOC) products and Prep-Free Packaging (PFP) initiative. By joining the network, Graphic Packaging is recognized for producing packaging that optimizes distribution while improving the customer experience. Brands can rely on GPI's team of e-commerce specialists to increase speed to market with custom, right-sized paper-based solutions that reduce shipped air and minimize damage, all while leveraging the brand's current supply chain.

"We've always created custom packaging for our customers," said Bill Sedlacek, vice president of innovation and new business development at GPI. "Now we're ensuring that the same exacting standards we apply to in-store packaging are extended from the digital shelf to the consumer's doorstep in beautifully printed and expertly engineered packaging, designed specifically for e-commerce."

Graphic Packaging International takes a sustainable approach to light-weighting materials that will still protect products in transit and provide a positive consumer experience through recyclability, brand enhancement and convenience features. GPI also provides custom, full-system solutions with machinery, material, and packaging engineering for unparalleled automation.
(Graphic Packaging International Inc.)

Metsä Tissue: Rethinking the use of plastic
 29.03.2019

Metsä Tissue: Rethinking the use of plastic  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue supplies hygiene paper products and solutions for public washrooms, industrial production and food processing under the Katrin brand. Katrin’s product range includes dispensers for toilet papers, hand towels, soaps and hand disinfectants. The dispensers are made of plastic, but designed and engineered to be robust and long-lasting and in the end, recyclable.

To make the dispensers even more sustainable, Metsä Tissue has trialled recycled material in them. The trials have been successful, and all black plastic parts in the dispensers will be replaced with recycled material during spring 2019. In addition, a fair share of dispensers will be produced with their transparent part out of recycled material. Also pin plugs that secure the smooth operation of the Katrin dispensers are now made of recycled plastic.

At Metsä Tissue, we continuously look for ways to reduce, recycle, and replace plastics in packaging, too.

“Plastic is not the only way to pack tissue products and we have a large range of products that we deliver in cardboard boxes, which offers a good protection when there is no fear of excess moisture and the content is heavy. Metsä Tissue aims to develop thinner packaging in order to reduce the amount of plastic in them. Also avoiding overpackaging and focusing on bigger transport units reduces the use of plastic per paper product delivered,” says Markus Reivala, Vice President, Supply Chain, Finland & Baltics.
(Metsä Tissue Corporation)

ISO 9001/2015 Certification for MoveRoll Production
 29.03.2019

ISO 9001/2015 Certification for MoveRoll Production  (Company news)

We are proud to announce that in February 2019 the manufacturing and assembly of MoveRoll products has been certified according to the ISO 9001/2015 standards.

Quality management is very important for MoveRoll and the MoveRoll production. That is why the seven quality management principles customer focus; leadership; engagement of people, process approach; improvement; evidence-based decision making; and relationship management have already clearly been reflected in MoveRoll’s day-to-day operations before the ISO certification has been achieved.

“Managing the quality of our products and services is very important. The ISO 9001/2015 certification was an additional process to further improve our quality management standards as well as to better fulfill our customers’ requirements. There is no contradiction between striving to offer new innovative roll handling and following established quality standards. On the contrary, adhering to high quality standards and keeping the importance of quality for all processes in mind, we can ensure that our customers receive safe and reliable products”, says CEO Mikko Rantanen.
(MoveRoll Oy)

Experiences of UPM's and Yara's recycled fertiliser project taken to good use
 29.03.2019

Experiences of UPM's and Yara's recycled fertiliser project taken to good use  (Company news)

UPM's and Yara's joint nutrient recycling project has been completed. The Finnish Ministry of the Environment granted funding to this project under the Raki 2 nutrient recycling programme to investigate the possibility of developing a functional and cost-efficient recycled fertiliser for industrial-scale production. During the project, the companies developed an organomineral fertiliser with moderately good yield results. As the production process turned out to be both technically and financially challenging, no profitable business could be generated from the project.

The research and development was carried out at the UPM Research Centre in Lappeenranta, Finland and at Yara's Research Station in Vihti, Finland and Reseach Center in Hanninghof, Germany. During the project, the sludge generated from pulp and paper manufacturing processes was dried and complemented with mineral nutrients that are easier for the plants to utilise. Finally, the product was pelletised to facilitate transport, storage and spreading.

The pot trials conducted in Hanninghof determined how well ryegrass is able to utilise the nitrogen and phosphorus derived from sludge, which, in turn, has a substantial effect on the quality and yield of the crop. The results showed that ryegrass was only able to utilise approximately 40 per cent of the total nitrogen and phosphorus in sludge, whereas the percentages for mineral nitrogen and mineral phosphorus were approximately 80 per cent and 70 per cent respectively. Field trials conducted at the Kotkaniemi Research Station showed that the yield from recycled fertiliser was 20 per cent lower compared to mineral fertiliser with an equivalent amount of total nitrogen. The proportion of nitrogen derived from sludge was 20 per cent, at most. In practical field trials, the size and durability of the recycled fertiliser pellets proved to be a challenge for the fertiliser spreaders used today. Further product development is therefore still needed.

"The objective set for our collaboration project was to develop an effective, industrial-scale nutrient solution, in which recycled fertiliser plays a part in producing clean domestic food profitably with minimum environmental emissions", Timo Räsänen, Commercial Director, Yara Suomi says. "Recycled nutrients are part of the nutrient solutions of the future. We will together with UPM utilise the learnigns from the project and continue developing the further end-uses for sludge",Timo Räsänen says.

"The Raki2 programme has built a strong framework for industrial collaboration, and has sped up the practical research to establish sustainable end-uses for sludge", Esa Laurinsilta, Director of Strategic Partnerships at UPM says. "We have gained high volumes of valuable research data that both companies can utilise in the future - either in collaboration or separately - for raw-material processing and product development. Public funding plays an important role in enabling groundbreaking circular-economy projects, and together with Yara, we would like to thank the Finnish Ministry of the Environment for sharing the financial risk with us", Esa Laurinsilta concludes.
(UPM)

Valmet to deliver fifth tissue production line to Papel San Francisco in Mexico
 29.03.2019

Valmet to deliver fifth tissue production line to Papel San Francisco in Mexico  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue production machine to Papel San Francisco in Mexico. The new machine will be installed at the company's mill in Mexicali and the start-up is planned for the third quarter of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2019 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

The new tissue line will fulfill Papel San Francisco's need of new capacity for standard tissue products. Valmet has previously delivered four tissue machines to the company. Three Advantage DCT machines started up in 2006, 2009 and 2018. In addition, Papel San Francisco was the first to start up an Advantage NTT line in 2013, which fulfills the company's demand of textured tissue.

"The choice to select the Advantage DCT machine was quite easy. Equipped with the Advantage ViscoNip press, it is the most efficient and best choice for the grades we need to produce. It is also in our philosophy to go for low energy consumption and lowest possible emissions to air and water. With this new tissue line, we expect to achieve the best tissue quality combined with lowest energy consumption," says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Operational Director, Papel San Francisco.

"We are very proud to be the chosen supplier and partner for yet another expansion by Papel San Francisco. After many years of several projects together, we know that Papel San Francisco is a very demanding customer expecting continuous improvements. The company is continuously running their assets at or near world record speed and still achieving very high efficiency numbers. This is yet another opportunity for us to take another step forward in performance in a very strong and trustful relationship," says Jan Larsson, Director of Sales, North America, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a width of 2.8 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. It will add 30,000 tons tissue paper per year to Papel San Francisco's current production of toilet tissue, kitchen towels and napkins.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinder. The machine will also be featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood and WetDust dust system. Start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Cascades announces the end of its operation at its Trois-Rivières plant
 29.03.2019

Cascades announces the end of its operation at its Trois-Rivières plant  (Company news)

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS) announces that it will discontinue manufacturing felt backing for flooring at its Lupel plant (photo) in Trois‑Rivières, Québec. In total, 35 employees will be affected by the resulting plant closure, which is expected on or about July 1, 2019. As a result of this decision, Cascades will be permanently withdrawing from felt production for the floor covering market.

"Despite efforts to increase sales levels at the plant, the drop in popularity of vinyl flooring and the gradual market shift from felt backing toward fibreglass backing has had a serious negative impact on the plant's operations. Unfortunately, the resulting low production volumes mean that the plant is not profitable, a trend that is not expected to reverse given the market outlook. In these circumstances, we unfortunately have little choice but to announce that the plant will cease operating," said Luc Langevin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group.

In the coming weeks, the company will offer staff impacted by the closure the possibility of relocating to its other business units. Employees who do not wish to or are unable to relocate to other plants will receive support in their search for other employment opportunities.

Cascades is proud of the loyalty and commitment of its Lupel staff, and wishes to thank them in advance for their dedication to continue serving clients until the plant stops operating. The Company is committed to working with every employee to minimize the impact of the closure.
(Cascades Inc.)

GSE makes final three in Netherlands’ annual ‘Smart Manufacturing’ award
 28.03.2019

GSE makes final three in Netherlands’ annual ‘Smart Manufacturing’ award   (Company news)

Ink logistics provider GSE was announced as a top three finalist in the Metaalunie Smart Manufacturing Award 2019 – a national competition in the Netherlands, recognising success in creating efficient digital processes.

The annual award is organised by Koninklijke Metaalunie, a confederation representing over 14,000 small and medium metalworking firms across the Netherlands.

GSE was among six regional winners contending for the Dutch national title at a gala evening held in the Jaarbeurs exhibition centre in Utrecht, compared by TV presenter Jort Kelder. The title was won by Otolift Trapliften bv.

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, comments: “As providers of ink logistics, we are dedicated to helping our customers in packaging and textiles become more efficient, flexible and faster, and that is reflected in our internal processes too. We take great pride to reach the final three and that our efforts to create smarter and leaner ways of working have been recognised at a national level. Finally, many congratulations to Otolift Trapliften on their well-deserved title.”
(GSE Dispensing B.V.)

Pasaban upgrades one of OKAB Group's cardboard sheeters
 28.03.2019

Pasaban upgrades one of OKAB Group's cardboard sheeters  (Company news)

Pasaban upgrades the electrical cabinets of a cardboard sheeter for Okab in order to improve the machine’s performance.

The Okab Group has been providing cardboard and paper converting services to European market since 1969. It originally started converting envelopes, cutting paper sheets and currently provides tailormade converting services such as, sheeting, rewinding and ream wrapping across the entire continent from its plants in France, Germany and Sweden.

Pasaban has been working with the Okab group designing and manufacturing their paper and cardboard sheeting machines for more than two decades. During this time, we have manufactured more than 10 machines, just two of which are now more than 15 years old. That is the case of the KDD 1700, designed to work with high quality coated cardboard.

After analysing the possibilities for upgrading the sheeter, it was decided to update the electronic components. The PLCs, the hardware of the machine’s computer, and the electrical cabinets were replaced.

With this update, all the Okab’s sheeters now use the same technology.
(Pasaban S.A.)

Skjern Papirfabrik A/S, Denmark selects Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of its PM1
 28.03.2019

Skjern Papirfabrik A/S, Denmark selects Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of its PM1  (Company news)

Skjern Papirfabrik A/S chose Toscotec for the complete rebuild of its paper machine’s dryer section at Skjern mill, Denmark. The delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. PM1 has a wire width of 3,200 mm and produces core board from 90 to 450 gsm using 100% recycled fibres.

Toscotec will supply a new frame for the entire dryer section and 19 TT SteelDryers, designed for an operating steam pressure of 10 barg, and equipped with bearing housings, steam fits and turbulence bars. The TT SteelDryers will replace most of the mill’s existing cast iron cans. The scope of supply also includes: a new tail blowing system in the press section and new mechanical drives for the entire paper machine. An interesting feature of this project is the supply of blowing doctors, which will improve air circulation in the pockets. The services package consists of onsite erection, supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

The target of the rebuild is to increase the drying capacity by over 20%, without increasing the paper machine’s length, thanks to the advantages of TT SteelDryers and the higher steam pressure. The upgrade will also aim to improve the stability of the web run. The tail threading will increase the machine efficiency, thanks to the new tail blowing system in the press and new ropes system throughout the entire dryer section. As a result, Toscotec expects to boost both the efficiency and ease the run ability of the paper machine.

Enrico Fazio, Toscotec’s P&B Head of Sales, says “This is Toscotec’s first paper & board reference in Denmark. We are happy to enter the northern European market, because it is very high-tech oriented. We are proud that Skjern mill chose our technical solution. Thanks to Toscotec’s advanced technology, the rebuild will meet the targets of the customer, maintaining the same machine length.”

Kurt Larsen, Project Manager of Skjern Papirfabrik A/S, says, “We are very much focused on the environmental sustainability of our mill. Toscotec’s technology will boost efficiency and production, as well as meet our targets of specific consumption reduction.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Tiruña and Fosber joint future
 28.03.2019

Tiruña and Fosber joint future  (Company news)

The owners of Pamplona, Spain-based Tiruña Industrial Group (TGI) and Lucca, Italy-based Fosber Group, have jointly confirmed that they have now completed a shareholding deal. The deal centers around Fosber acquiring shares in TGI; as a result, Fosber is now holding the majority of the shares in the Spanish company. Established in 1921, TGI owns Tiruña S.L. (the Pamplona business unit), Tiruña France (located in Lyon), and Tiruña Brazil (located in Curitiba).

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. This is an exciting development that will further cement both companies as world leaders in the field of corrugating machinery and rolls.

All the interested parties are fully committed that Tiruña’s existing policies and business organizations will remain totally unchanged, operating under the same name Tiruna S.L. and guaranteeing that all customers will continue to receive all business and services as usual. Tiruña’s corrugating rolls will continue to be 100% produced, manufactured and serviced from either Europe and USA, in exactly the same way as before the deal.

Tiruña and Fosber have agreed to jointly continue developing Guangdong Tiruña, the production facility in China where they manufacture high quality corrugating rolls, specifically marketed for the Asian market (in particular for South East Asia, China and India). By combining the Tiruña know how with the proven capabilities of Fosber of managing a production facility in China is not unrealistic to forecast that this enterprise will very quickly become the market leader in these fast growing target territories.

“This is an excellent strategic move for the development of Tiruña, as growth over the last five years or more has partially been attributed to the strong orders received from Fosber for the supply of corrugating rolls for their growing number of complete corrugators being installed around the world,” states Jose M. Guibert, TGI President and Tiruña´s Managing Director. “We have earned a strong reputation from the market for not only supplying the highest quality of finished goods, but also for the exceptional levels of service and support. This will only be enhanced from now, as it is very much ‘business as usual’ for us and our growing customer base around the world.”

“As two companies, we have been aligned for many years,” says Massimiliano Bianchi, President and Managing Director, Fosber Group. “Our wholly owned subsidiary, Fosber America, has been a partner with Tiruña in the Tiruña America business, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin for many years. This shareholding acquisition brings the two companies, who share a common customer base, closer together, allowing for continuing growth, as well as securing the supply of excellent rolls quality that we need for Fosber’s ongoing activities.”
(Fosber S.p.A.)

Solenis Price Changes for Chemical Products in Asia Pacific
 28.03.2019

Solenis Price Changes for Chemical Products in Asia Pacific  (Company news)

Effective immediately, or as customer contracts allow, Solenis will increase prices by 5-20 percent on specialty chemicals for the pulp and paper industry in the Asia Pacific region.

The company will also increase prices by 5-10 percent for polyacrylamide (PAM) products in the region. These price changes are necessary due to the increase in certain raw material costs combined with a tightening overall global supply chain.
(Solenis)

technotrans systematically maintains growth strategy
 28.03.2019

technotrans systematically maintains growth strategy  (Company news)

Growing dynamism in electric mobility / Board of Management proposes dividend of EUR 0.88 / Further growth planned for 2019

technotrans SE successfully completed the past financial year by increasing its diversification and focusing systematically on growth markets. The company grew revenue by 5.5 percent to EUR 216.3 million in the period under review, while operating profit (EBIT) of EUR 17.4 million remained unchanged from the previous year. For 2019, the Board of Management expects the growth trajectory to continue and proposes a dividend of EUR 0.88 per share for the past financial year.

“We mastered the challenges of the past financial year outstandingly and at the same time paved the way for further growth,” commented Dirk Engel (photo), Chief Executive Officer of technotrans SE, upon the presentation of the audited figures for 2018. Including the two acquisitions completed in the period under review, revenue rose 5.5 percent to EUR 216.3 million.

With regard to operating profit at EBIT level, technotrans matched the previous year’s level at EUR 17.4 million. This development is attributable partly to the weakening of the economic environment over the year and partly to investment for business expansion, as well as to the growth-related buildup in capacity. Net income rose by 1.6 percent to EUR 12.4 million in the 2018 financial year. “We have shown how addressing diversified markets, with a focus on growth markets, can also compensate for variations in economic conditions,” stressed Engel.

In the period under review, the Technology segment brought in 72 percent of revenue. technotrans generated growth of 6.0 percent to EUR 156.5 million in this segment. The result for the segment was EUR 8.1 million, as in the previous year. The Services segment grew by 4.0 percent and generated revenue of 59.8 million in 2018. In this case the increase was driven predominantly by follow-on business in the technology markets outside the printing industry and by an improved business in the Technical Documentation area. The segment brought in an operating result (EBIT) of EUR 9.3 million.

Growing dynamism in electric mobility
The growth markets again merit particular mention. The activities in the areas of electric mobility, semiconductors as well as medical and scanner technology remained successfully on track in the past financial year with high double-digit revenue growth. The area with the most momentum was electric mobility, where technotrans strengthened its position as a specialist for mobile and stationary battery cooling systems. The installed base of technotrans cooling systems is growing thanks to further pioneering application projects associated with wide-ranging mobility activities.

In the past year technotrans further increased its market penetration in the plastics processing industry by taking over Reisner Cooling GmbH (Holzwickede) and the business operations of Hahn Enersave GmbH (Wiehl). These ventures are already expected to make a positive contribution to revenue and profit in the current financial year.

The business areas of laser equipment and machine tools as well as stamping and forming technology likewise played a part in our positive business performance in 2018.

The print area remains a significant core business area of the Group of companies, whose wide range of products span offset, digital and flexographic printing. However technotrans was not immune to ongoing consolidation in the printing industry’s end user markets, and the company consequently suffered a slight drop in revenue for that area. Nevertheless, growth in the other markets as previously mentioned comfortably compensated for this effect.

Orderly financial position
technotrans is again able to present a solid balance sheet. As a result of the growth investments made in the past financial year, the balance sheet total grew by a further 8.6 percent. Equity rose to EUR 75.2 million and the equity ratio reached 55.3 percent. Net debt increased particularly in connection with the raising of fresh financing for the construction of the new production plant of Termotek GmbH, reaching EUR 19.4 million at the balance sheet date.

With net income of EUR 12.4 million, operating cash flow came to 22.5 million in the period under review. The changes in working capital of EUR 16.2 million as well as higher cash outflows for tax payments for the years 2017 and 2018 had a negative cash flow effect. Net cash from operating activities thus came to EUR 6.3 million. After deduction of the cash outflows necessitated by investing activities, free cash flow consequently remained slightly negative at EUR -3.8 million. Financing activities produced a positive cash contribution in the amount of EUR 4.5 million in the past financial year. The fact that the overall financial position remains orderly is reflected in a very comfortable gearing ratio of 0.9x (net debt/EBITDA).

Outlook
The further business development of the technotrans Group in 2019, too, will depend to a large degree on the world economy and on various project launches. Based on the economic environment and despite continuing political uncertainties, technotrans expects to see growth in the financial year in progress. Against this backdrop, the Board of Management anticipates revenue in the range of EUR 224 to 232 million and an operating result (EBIT) of between EUR 17.5 and 19.0 million for the Group.

The Board of Management expects this to be based on a steady business performance in the printing industry, plus moderate growth in the markets of the laser and machine tool industry as well as for stamping and forming technology. In the plastics processing industry, technotrans believes it will increase its market shares despite the market’s sideways movement.

“What is more, in close cooperation with a large number of existing and new customers we are developing new customer-specific solutions for the dynamically growing markets in the spheres of electric mobility and medical technology,” summarised Engel.

technotrans continues to probe the market for potential acquisition targets, while in parallel taking measures to increase productivity. In the medium term, consolidated revenue of EUR 300 million is the target.

With the construction of the new production building in Baden-Baden, which reflects the latest findings in energy efficiency and process organisation, technotrans is performing the groundwork for sustained future growth. The production start is scheduled for August 2019.

The Board of Management and Supervisory Board will again propose to the Annual General Meeting on May 10, 2019 that half of the consolidated net profit be distributed; this represents a dividend of EUR 0.88 per share.
(technotrans SE)

emtec at the Tappi PaperCon 2019 in Indianapolis, IN, USA
 28.03.2019

emtec at the Tappi PaperCon 2019 in Indianapolis, IN, USA   (Company news)

Technidyne showcases emtec´s innovations at the PaperCon 2019

The paper and packaging professionals will meet again this year at Tappi´s PaperCon 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from May 05th to 08th. At booth no. 707, the company Technidyne will be the contact for all inquiries regarding the innovative testing equipment from the German company emtec Electronic GmbH. The representative from the U.S. will showcase a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction. From the wet end to the finished product, the application of the equipment enables an efficient process, to get the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

The smallest, lightest and most-modern charge measuring systems for the wet-end in paper and board production are the CAS touch! and the FPA touch! (photo). These instruments are used to measure the interaction between particles or fibers with additives and process chemicals in the pulp suspension. The use of both instruments in the production process helps to optimize the utilization of chemicals with the target to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce costs.

Besides this, the EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. A useful tool to determine those surface properties of paper and board, that are relevant for the converting process, in particular the surface hydrophobia (sizing) as well as the surface porosity. Both parameters help to predict the converting behavior while printing, coating and gluing. The usage of the device enables the optimal runnability during the finishing or converting processes of paper and board.

Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the popular TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling: the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of these values opens a huge amount of chances to optimize the tissue production and converting processes.
New for hand sheet measurements: an updated version of the TSA and an improved measuring method for hand sheets (made in the lab) enables a reliable prediction of the final product quality in the lab without expensive trials at the tissue machine.
(emtec Electronic GmbH)

ANDRITZ presents PrimeScreen X for next-generation screening performance
 27.03.2019

ANDRITZ presents PrimeScreen X for next-generation screening performance  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ launches the next generation of its highly successful ModuScreen family of pressure screens – the new PrimeScreen X.

The newly developed screen has thoroughly been tested in most demanding OCC applications and shows significant improvements in energy efficiency, screening performance and maintainability.

The PrimeScreen X builds on the success of more than 5,400 globally installed ANDRITZ pressure screens in stock preparation applications and offers additional and innovative key benefits to our customers.
-Top-feed stock inlet. The top-down design takes advantage of gravity to remove heavy contaminants quickly and minimize wear on rotor and screen basket. Top-down also improves the removal of light rejects, preventing the accumulation in the feed area, which again extends the life of wearing components.
-New PrimeRotor and foil design. The PrimeScreen X can be equipped with the new PrimeRotor, which improves screening efficiency and reduces energy consumption by up to 25%, compared to a competitive screen in a comparable application. The PrimeRotor foils are interchangeable with any other ANDRITZ foils and the rotor could be installed in any screen type available on the market.
-Easier maintenance. The design of the new rotor attachment and basket fixing results in reduced downtime, as maintenance and replacement of rotor and basket is quick and easy.
-Enhanced geometry. The optimized screen basket height-to-diameter ratios comply with the requirements of different furnishes and applications, helping to reduce the thickening factors and leading to a better control of fiber loss.
-Versatile in application. The PrimeScreen X is suited to all screening applications independent of the raw materials.

Wolfgang Lashofer, Senior Vice President and Global Division Manager of Paper, Fiber and Recycling Division at ANDRITZ: “Our new PrimeScreen X reduces energy consumption significantly and improves performance of our customers’ plants, thus meeting exactly market demands”.
(Andritz AG)

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