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Kelheim Fibres' new speciality fibre Danufil® QR selected as a Finalist for IDEA 2019 ...  (Company news)

... Achievement Awards

After a fire at Kelheim Fibres’ production plant in October 2018, the Bavarian viscose fibre specialists are gradually rebuilding their production capacity from currently 40% to full capacity by the middle of 2020.

While doing so, Kelheim Fibres deliberately focuses on the opportunities offered by the reconstruction of their plant: “In the future we will concentrate even more ever on speciality fibres. This strategy, combined with new state-of-the-art production lines, even better environmental performance and more than 80 years of experience in viscose fibre production will make us stronger and our business even more robust”, says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres. “”Coming back stronger” will be our motto for 2019.”

The IDEA19 fair provides the perfect platform to prove this point: Kelheim Fibres will present a new viscose fibre speciality, Danufil® QR, that was specifically designed for the use in disinfectant wipes. While standard viscose fibres, due to their negative charge, bind up to 80% of so-called “quats” (quarternary ammonium compounds, a common disinfectant) and so hinder their actual purpose, the positively charged Danufil® QR 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. The new speciality fibre has already impressed one panel of experts: Danufil® QR has been selected as a finalist for the IDEA 2019 Achievement Awards in the category “raw materials”.

Alongside Danufil® QR, the Kelheim Fibres team will showcase a broad range of – established as well as new – fibre specialities at IDEA19, such as, for example, Galaxy®, the world’s leading fibre for tampon production, or VILOFT® shortcut fibres for the manufacturing of flushable wipes. Meet Kelheim Fibres at IDEA19, Hall B, Booth Nr. 834!
(Kelheim Fibres GmbH)

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Smurfit Kappa combines sustainability and innovation to create revolutionary AgroPaperTM  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa continues to bring sustainable innovative solutions to the agricultural sector by launching its industry-leading AgroPaperTM.
AgroPaperTM is a renewable and compostable paper designed to replace the plastic material that is used by many farmers and growers for ‘mulching’ when growing vegetables. Mulching refers to placing a material (mulch) on the ground to improve the soil around plants, prevent weeds growing and maintain the temperature of the land.

Photo: AgroPaper in use in a Spanish field

A team of specialists from Smurfit Kappa’s Nervion and Sangüesa Paper Mills worked with the INTIA (a research centre for agrifood technology in Spain) to identify a way to use long pine fibres from sustainably managed local forests as a basis for the new paper. The polythene that is most commonly used for mulches can be difficult and costly to remove and leaves behind small fragments that can be consumed by animals. AgroPaperTM, on the other hand, is an eco-friendly material that safely and harmlessly biodegrades as a compost into the ground.

Tests on AgroPaperTM revealed that in many cases the crop yield actually increased. Speaking about the company’s latest breakthrough, Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper Europe, said: “At Smurfit Kappa, we believe we have a responsibility to respond to the challenge facing the environment and society as a whole today by developing the paper and packaging solutions of the future.

“Through our Better Planet Packaging initiative we're looking to generate innovative, sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on the environment. AgroPaperTM is an example of a truly circular product that solves a critical issue for many farmers and opens up a world of possibilities.”
(Smurfit Kappa Nervión S.A.)

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-Sales growth continued
-Temporary operational challenges – Dividend proposal EUR 0.50 per share

Photo: Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström

Q4/2018 (year-on-year)
-Sales increased 5.8% to EUR 2 657 (2 511) million, making Q4 the eighth consecutive quarter of sales growth.
-Operational EBIT decreased slightly to EUR 271 (280) million.
-The operational EBIT margin was 10.2% (11.2%), above 10% for the sixth consecutive quarter.
-EPS increased by 75.0% to EUR 0.39 (0.22) and EPS excl. IAC was EUR 0.33 (0.26).
-Cash flow from operations decreased to EUR 323 (519) million. Cash flow after investing activities amounted to EUR 148 (262) million.
-Balance sheet continued to strengthen, and net debt was reduced by EUR 161 million. The net debt to operational EBITDA ratio improved to 1.1 (1.4).
-Operational ROCE was 12.4% (13.5%).

Year 2018 (year-on-year)
-Sales of EUR 10 486 (10 045) million increased 4.4%.
-Operational EBIT of EUR 1 325 (1 004) million increased 32.0%.
-Operational ROCE was 15.5% (11.9%), well above the strategic target of 13%.

Outlook for 2019
Stora Enso introduces new way of giving annual outlook and quarterly guidance. The Group starts to guide absolute range for quarterly operational EBIT, instead of comparing quarterly sales and operational EBIT to the previous quarter qualitatively.

Stora Enso's year 2019 is expected to be largely in line with 2018, provided that the current trading conditions do not significantly change. Demand growth is expected to continue for Stora Enso’s other businesses except for European Paper, for which demand is forecast to continue to decline in 2019. Group’s sales are expected to be higher and costs are forecast to increase in 2019 compared to 2018. Stora Enso will implement measures to mitigate these cost increases and the increased uncertainties with a new profit protection programme.

Guidance for Q1/2019
Q1/2019 operational EBIT is expected to be in the range of EUR 260–350 million. The Group’s annual maintenance schedule has been changed from last year. During Q1/2019 there will be annual maintenance shutdowns at Veracel pulp mill and Ostrołęka containerboard mill. The total negative impact of maintenance is estimated to be EUR 20 million more compared to Q1/2018. In Q1/2018 there were no annual maintenance shutdowns.

Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström comments on the fourth quarter 2018 results:
We continue to deliver sustainable profitable growth for the eighth consecutive quarter, with a sales increase of close to 6%. This was the highest fourth quarter sales since 2012 and the growth was primarily due to favourable prices and our active work on product mix and pricing. Due to slightly weaker markets, we have had lower levels of deliveries. We have experienced temporary operational issues at six of our mills, which has resulted in an EBIT impact of approximately EUR 40 million. Our operational EBIT decreased a bit over 3%, while operational EBIT margin exceeded 10% for the sixth consecutive quarter.

Looking at the whole year of 2018, sales are again well above EUR 10 billion and our operational EBIT increased by 32%. Our operational ROCE was close to 16%, well above the strategic target of 13%. I am also very pleased with the quite significant increase in full year EPS of 62.5%. We continue to strengthen our balance sheet and net debt/EBITDA amounted to 1.1. Therefore, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting a dividend of 0.50 euros per share, an increase of 22% from last year. This is the fourth year in a row with an increase. This is a vote of confidence for the future of Stora Enso.

Our transformation projects are progressing well. The investment in a new cross laminated timber (CLT) unit at the Gruvön sawmill is being completed. Commercial production will begin during the first quarter of 2019 as planned. I am additionally encouraged that we have taken an important step in securing our competitive raw material supply for the long term. We, together with the other shareholders, have signed a binding agreement aiming at completing the Bergvik Skog forestry transaction during the first half of 2019.

We continue to launch new products that enable our customers to leverage digital solutions to further advance their business. The most recent one is a new sustainable RFID tag technology called ECO™ by Stora Enso. It is designed for intelligent packaging functionalities in supply chain, retail and e-commerce applications. We have also entered an interesting partnership with H&M group and Inter IKEA group to industrialise new textile fibres in a sustainable way at attractive cost levels.

As sustainability is in the core of our business, I am indeed proud that we have been top-rated in combatting global warming by the international non-profit organisation CDP. CDP has included us on its new 2018 Climate A List, which identifies the global companies that are taking leadership in climate action. Moreover, we have been acknowledged as the leading Swedish listed company on sustainability in a ranking of all companies listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and we have received the award of the Best sustainable brand of the year in our industry.

With reference to current geopolitical developments, there is a notable risk of escalation in protectionist measures to the extent that global trade could materially shrink. This would have major knock-on effects for inflation, business sentiment, consumer outlook and ultimately global economic growth. Therefore, we have started to implement a profit protection programme of EUR 120 million to be kicked-off immediately, to better prepare for potential market weakness.

In these times of increased uncertainty and less visibility, 2019 is expected to continue in line with 2018 for us, provided that the current trading conditions do not significantly change. I expect growth in demand to continue for all our businesses except for European paper, for which demand is forecast to continue to decline in 2019. Our sales are expected to be higher and costs are forecast to increase in 2019 compared to 2018. We will implement measures to mitigate these cost increases and the increased uncertainties with our profit protection programme.

As always, I would like to thank our customers for their business, our employees for their dedication, and our investors for their trust.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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Resolute Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and 2018 Results  (Company news)

-Q4 GAAP net income of $36 million / $235 million for 2018
-Adjusted EBITDA of $105 million in the quarter / $574 million for the full year
-Completed Catawba and Fairmont mill sales for approximately $360 million
-Net debt to adjusted EBITDA falls to 0.6x
-Repurchased $225 million of senior notes after year-end

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, of $36 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, compared to $13 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the same period in 2017. Sales were $932 million in the quarter, an increase of $34 million from the year-ago period. Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to $14 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the year, the company reported GAAP net income of $235 million, or $2.52 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $84 million, or $0.93 per share, in 2017. Sales were $3.8 billion, up 7%, from the previous year. Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $183 million, or $1.96 per diluted share, compared to $12 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in 2017.

"With our optimized asset base, we were able to deliver strong annual performance with the positive market dynamics in the year, despite cost headwinds and a soft lumber market in the fourth quarter," said Yves Laflamme (photo), president and chief executive officer. "We experienced significantly weaker pricing for lumber in the quarter, unforeseen operational disruptions, planned maintenance, as well as higher energy and wood costs. Despite these challenges, we generated $435 million of cash from operations in 2018, monetized the Catawba and Fairmont assets at attractive valuations, returned $136 million of capital to shareholders through a special dividend and further reduced our leverage shortly after year-end. Our stronger balance sheet improves our financial strength and flexibility and positions us well for future growth opportunities."

Operating Income Variance Against Prior Period
The company reported operating income of $75 million in the quarter, compared to $135 million in the third quarter of 2018. Overall pricing had an unfavorable impact of $33 million because of the $110 per thousand board feet drop in the average transaction price for wood products, which more than offset the increase in market pulp and paper prices. Manufacturing costs were also higher in the quarter, by $45 million, mostly due to production disruptions, planned maintenance, seasonally higher energy costs, as well as higher wood costs attributable to extremely wet weather, mainly in the U.S. Southeast.

In the fourth quarter, the company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $120 million against the goodwill and long-lived assets originally recorded at the time of the acquisition of Atlas Paper Holdings Inc. in 2015, to reduce the carrying value of these assets to their estimated fair value. We also recorded a $141 million gain on disposition of assets in the quarter, following the sale of the Fairmont (West Virginia) and Catawba (South Carolina) facilities.

The company generated $379 million of operating income in 2018, compared to $42 million in 2017, mostly due to higher average transaction prices across all business segments. The average transaction price increased by 19% for market pulp, 17% for newsprint, 13% for wood products and 9% for specialty papers. Operating results also benefited from gains on disposition of assets of $145 million, compared to a $15 million gain recorded in 2017 mostly related to the disposition of the assets at the Mokpo (South Korea) paper mill.

Manufacturing costs rose by $152 million this year, largely due to higher energy costs and market-related fiber and chemical expenses, as well as additional maintenance, while freight costs increased by $59 million, or 13%, because of higher rates and longer shipping distances. Lower sales volumes, reflecting weaker lumber markets ($23 million), the fluctuation of the Canadian dollar ($19 million), as well as higher impairment and closure-related charges ($14 million) also unfavorably impacted the company's results.

Market Pulp
Operating income in the market pulp segment was $41 million, a reduction of $16 million when compared to the previous quarter. The average transaction price continued to rise across most grades, up a further $25 per metric ton this quarter to $809. Shipments decreased by 25,000 metric tons, mostly due to scheduled maintenance downtime, operational disruptions and the reduction in recycled pulp capacity following the sale of the Fairmont facility. The operating cost per unit (the "delivered cost") rose by $59 to $688 per metric ton, due to production outages, as well as weather-related wood shortages in the U.S. Southeast, and an increase in energy costs. Consequently, EBITDA realized this quarter decreased to $46 million or, $136 per metric ton.

For 2018, the segment generated operating income of $172 million, a $93 million improvement over the previous year. The average transaction price rose by $123 per metric ton, while shipments remained relatively unchanged, despite the extended investment-related downtime at the Saint-Félicien (Quebec) mill in 2018. The delivered cost, however, increased by $57 per metric ton, mostly a result of higher energy and recovered paper prices, additional maintenance and a rise in freight rates, offset in part by lower fiber costs. Higher selling prices more than compensated for the increased costs, leading to an 81% improvement in EBITDA, to $199 million, or $140 per metric ton, compared to $77 per metric ton in 2017.

The tissue segment incurred an operating loss of $9 million in the quarter, relatively unchanged from the previous period, with EBITDA remaining at negative $5 million.

For the year, the segment reported an operating loss of $30 million, compared to a loss of $6 million in 2017, as the results of the Calhoun (Tennessee) facility were not included in the segment until April 1, 2018. While overall sales volumes grew compared to last year, the delivered cost remained elevated, as the company continues to ramp up the production of the tissue machine and converting lines at Calhoun. EBITDA for the segment was negative $15 million.

Wood Products
The wood products segment recorded an operating loss of $8 million in the quarter, compared to an operating income of $45 million in the third quarter, almost entirely due to weaker pricing. The average transaction price fell to $347 per thousand board feet this quarter, down 24%, or $110. The delivered cost increased by $11 to $366 per thousand board feet, reflecting higher maintenance and log costs. Despite market and weather-related production curtailment in the quarter, shipments increased by 7 million board feet. EBITDA for the segment dropped to $1 million, compared to $53 million in the prior quarter and finished goods inventory remained elevated at 157 million board feet.

Operating income for the year was $169 million in the segment, $17 million lower than in 2017. The delivered cost rose by $50 to $354 per thousand board feet, as a result of higher market-driven fiber costs and an increase in transportation expenses. Shipments were also lower by 165 million board feet, largely due to lower production volumes and weaker market conditions in the latter part of the year. Offsetting in part these unfavorable elements was the increase in average transaction price, which rose by $50 per thousand board feet this year, to $446. EBITDA for the segment declined to $201 million, or $109 per thousand board feet, compared to $219 million in 2017, reflecting EBITDA margins of 24% and 27%, respectively.

At $28 million in the fourth quarter, newsprint's operating income declined by $4 million compared to the previous quarter. Sales were 6% higher, driven by a $5 per metric ton rise in the average transaction price, to $634, and a 17,000 metric ton increase in shipments, due to the timing of export sales and seasonality. Higher sales were more than offset by a $19 per metric ton increase in delivered cost, largely attributable to the lower contribution from the Thunder Bay (Ontario) cogeneration assets, following a turbine failure. EBITDA decreased by $3 million to $45 million for the quarter, equivalent to $116 per metric ton.

Newsprint recorded operating income of $74 million in 2018, compared to an operating loss of $23 million in 2017. The improvement reflects the rise in average transaction price, up $88 per metric ton to $602, partially offset by an increase in costs. Higher spending on maintenance, energy and freight exceeded lower fiber costs, leading to a $24 per metric ton increase in delivered cost, to $552. Pricing gains largely outweighed higher costs and lower volumes from capacity closures in 2017, resulting in EBITDA of $140 million, or $93 per metric ton, an increase from $43 million in 2017. EBITDA margin rose from 5% in 2017 to 15% in 2018.

Specialty Papers
The specialty papers segment generated operating income of $18 million in the quarter, compared to $26 million in the previous quarter. Pricing rose by $19 per short ton to $756, while shipments remained relatively unchanged at 287,000 short tons, as higher seasonal demand for supercalendered papers was largely offset by a decrease in volumes of other grades due to lower productivity. Operational disruptions, combined with lower contribution from the Dolbeau (Quebec) cogeneration assets during their planned outage, higher wood costs in the U.S. Southeast, and an increase in energy costs, pushed the delivered cost up $50 to $697 per short ton. EBITDA decreased to $28 million, or $95 per short ton, compared to $38 million in the previous quarter. Finished goods inventory at year-end decreased by 24,000 short tons, in part due to the sale of the Catawba facility.

The segment reported an operating income of $40 million during the year, compared to an operating loss of $9 million in 2017. Operating results in 2018 were supported by higher pricing, up $61 per short ton, and lower fiber costs, more than offsetting higher freight costs, which led to an $18 per short ton increase in delivered cost. Despite the 213,000 short tons decrease in shipments from the capacity closures in Catawba and Calhoun in 2017, EBITDA increased by $51 million to $87 million in 2018.

Consolidated Quarterly Operating Income Variance Against Year-Ago Period
The company's operating income improved by $22 million, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Overall pricing added $72 million to the results, as the average transaction price increased by 21% for newsprint, 19% for market pulp and 15% for specialty papers, offsetting the 21% drop in lumber prices. The improvement in operating income also included the favorable impact of the weaker Canadian dollar of $11 million and an increase in the gain on the disposition of assets of $128 million, mostly due to the $141 million gain recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018 following the sale of the Fairmont and Catawba facilities.

These favorable items were largely offset by the $120 million impairment charge recorded in the quarter and an increase in manufacturing costs of $57 million, mainly resulting from higher energy and maintenance expenses and market-driven fiber and chemical costs. Results were also impacted by lower sales volume of $16 million, mainly due to the timing of scheduled pulp outages, and a 10%, or $11 million, rise in freight expense.

Corporate and Finance
During the fourth quarter, the company generated $84 million of cash from operations and completed the sale of its Fairmont and Catawba facilities for net proceeds of $333 million. Following the revocation of the countervailing duty order on supercalendered paper, substantially all of the $61 million of cash deposits were refunded, with $35 million received in the quarter. After returning capital to shareholders with a dividend payment of $1.50 per share, or $136 million, as well as making $61 million of capital expenditures and $15 million of lumber duty deposits, cash rose to $304 million and liquidity stood at $821 million at year-end. Subsequent to year-end, the company reduced its total debt of $645 million by repurchasing $225 million of senior notes. Net debt to adjusted EBITDA fell to 0.6x.

Cumulative duty deposits of $110 million were recorded on the balance sheet, including $103 million for softwood lumber and $6 million for uncoated groundwood papers. The uncoated groundwood duty deposits of $6 million will be refunded, with interest.

Despite an increase in the applicable discount rate and ongoing pension contributions, the net pension and other postretirement benefit liability on the balance sheet increased by $182 million in the quarter, to $1.3 billion, largely the result of the negative equity market returns late in the year.

On January 7, 2019, Standard & Poor's Global Ratings revised the company's outlook from stable to positive and affirmed the BB- long-term corporate rating.

"After reaching historical highs in the first half of the year, lumber prices dropped to multi-year lows in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, favorable economic conditions and recent production curtailments among Canadian producers, including ourselves, make us cautiously optimistic that markets will gradually improve in 2019. Accordingly, our long-term view for lumber is unchanged; we believe in the underlying fundamentals and growth prospects for this market. Despite recent softening in Chinese buying activity, we expect the fundamentals for market pulp to remain positive, given the limited capacity additions over the medium term. For paper, given lower seasonal demand, as well as the continued structural decline, we expect our shipments to be lower in the first quarter. We are now making progress in stepping-up the productivity of Calhoun tissue operations, leading us to target positive earnings generation in the first half of 2019. We remain optimistic with the long-term growth prospects of our tissue business," added Mr. Laflamme.
(Resolute Forest Products Inc.)

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Feldmuehle - Restart after restructuring  (Company news)

Insolvency proceedings in self-administration have been commenced on 28 January 2019

Feldmuehle GmbH announced on December 7, 2018 that it would concentrate on the production of Specialty Papers in the future, i.e. wet and alkali resistant Label Papers as well as Flexible Packaging Papers. In this context, the production of graphic papers was discontinued and the paper machine 2 was shut down at the end of 2018.

On January 28, 2019, the management and the works council signed a reconciliation of interests and social plan as part of the restructuring plan. The majority of the employees accepted the company's offer to switch to a transfer company on February 01, 2019 in order to further qualify for the job market. Feldmuehle GmbH will continue its business operations from February 01, 2019, with around 200 employees.

The new Specialty Paper business model includes all necessary measures to improve profitability and thus sustainable competitiveness of the company. Feldmuehle GmbH will continue to serve international markets by producing high-quality label and flexible packaging papers with an annual volume of approx. 75,000 tons.

Also on January 28, 2019, the insolvency proceedings over the assets of Feldmuehle GmbH were opened at the Pinneberg District Court (IN 238/18) in accordance with the management's proposal. As in the preliminary proceedings Dr Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwaelten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as solicitor.

The process continues to be self-administered. The management is working on an insolvency plan, which should be implemented by summer 2019. All previous restructuring steps were implemented according to plan and the company complies with its current business plan.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

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Lecta presents its new Creaset HG HWS paper for high wet-strength refillable bottles  (Company news)

Lecta continues developing its Creaset​ one-side coated paper line, designed for the label and flexible packaging sector, with its new Creaset HG HWS paper for the beverage industry.

Creaset HG HWS is a high wet-strength, alkali-resistant high gloss paper. It is particularly suitable for all types of refillable containers that need to be recovered in caustic soda baths.

Creaset HG HWS is ideal for beer and wines, whose labels require high-resistance to low temperatures and ice water, guaranteeing a flawless image throughout their useful life. It also offers excellent performance on labeling lines, adapting to the bottle perfectly and, thanks to its anti-moisture treatment, avoiding raised borders, blistering and creasing of labels.

The new Creaset HG HWS paper is designed for high-speed printing given its stiffness and fast ink penetration. It is suitable for offset, flexographic and rotogravure printing.

It is available in 65, 68, 70, 75 and 80 g/m2 in plain finish.

The entire Creaset line is manufactured with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp. It is manufactured to ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standard, ISO 9001 quality standard and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standard. It is also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications upon request.

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iDEAL® forged YD: another new-generation Yankee has been shipped  (Company news)

A further confirmation for the A.Celli Group after the presentation of the patent during the “iT’s Tissue 2018” event

At the end of last December, a new 15’ iDEAL® Forged YD was shipped to the customer PartexTissue Ltd, in Bangladesh.

The latest generation Yankee is an integral part of the project for a complete turnkey plant consisting of an iDEAL-1800 Tissue Machine, a E-WIND T100 rewinder with three unwinders and the A.Celli R-WAY roll handling system.

The customer has chosen a highly innovative A.Celli product, the iDEAL® forged YD, created using the new patented technology that involves the production of the dryer cylinder shell starting from a single piece of steel shaped and worked with forging and hot rolling systems.

From this particular process a homogeneous material is obtained; the unique seamless structure allows greater variation in operating pressure and definitively eliminate the risk of welding failures.

Innovation, safety, efficiency, the A.Celli Group’s basis of research.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

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FIPA in practice: Gripping thin cardboard packaging without leaving marks  (Company news)

Thai brewery uses grippers with HNBR pads

Beerthai Co. Ltd. is a business unit of ThaiBev, the largest brewery group in Thailand. In their packaging line, robots pick up thin partitions and place them in packaging boxes for bottles. The grippers previously used left marks on the thin cardboard packaging. A more satisfactory solution was needed. FIPA recommended the GR04.100H gripper with replaceable HNBR soft contact pads.

Proven in the plastics industry
The HNBR gripper is normally used mainly in the plastics industry to demold workpieces out of the injection molding machine without scratching them. Such applications must provide high temperature resistance of up to 160°C, must be free of paint-wetting impairment substances (PWIS) and ensure gentle handling.

Thanks to their soft pads, the HNBR grippers are also impressive for applications outside of the plastics industry. After a test showed that the grippers did not leave any pressure marks on the thin cardboard, Beerthai approved the grippers for use in production.

The grippers have now proven themselves in the highly dynamic system, which has a cycle time of seven seconds and packs eight boxes per minute. Further packaging lines with FIPA grippers as End-of-Arm-Tooling on the robot are being planned.

The project developer from Beerthai summarises the advantages of the FIPA grippers with soft pads: "The soft HNBR pads ensure that the cardboard packaging is handled gently. Worn HNBR pads can be replaced without dismantling the grippers, saving us both time and money. In addition, the gripper is a proven standard product that is also available in Thailand."

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CCE International 2019 indicates future trends to corrugated and folding carton industry  (CCE International)

From 12–14 March 2019 the corrugated and folding carton industry will gather for the 4th edition of CCE International at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. More than 150 exhibitors from 23 countries have booked their stand space and occupy a netfloor space of 5,000 m². Featuring hundreds of exhibitor profiles and product information, the Show Preview is now available to all visitors in print and online. The printed version also includes the exhibition profile, an excerpt from the seminar programme and a professional article about inkjet in corrugated printing production.

The corrugated and folding carton industry benefits from the booming online trade, and the trend towards recyclable and sustainable packaging is boosting significant growth in the corrugated and folding carton industry. ‘The economic situation of the industry is thoroughly positive, but it is important to catch up with the latest trends, such as the customers’ demand
for individualisation and the new opportunities that digitalisation offers’, explains Liljana Goszdziewski, Exhibition Director of CCE International, on behalf of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. ‘CCE International indicates future trends to the corrugated and folding carton industry and remains the most important meeting point for industry experts’, says Liljana Goszdziewski.

Open seminars
CCE International continues its successful series of open seminars in 2019.
Visitors of the show will be able to benefit from daily expert seminars free of charge. The seminars’ focus will be on ‘Digital Print’ as well as
‘Sustainability’ and ‘Converting Techniques’. Among many other presentations, British Converting will hold a session on ‘Digital Print Trends in Short-Run Boxmaking’, Sun Automation Group will cover the to pic ‘Digital Corrugated–Creating Value from the Same Box’ and EFI Electronics for Imaging will discuss the topic ‘Driving Sustainability with Trailer Planning Solutions’. An up-to-date seminar programme is available on the CCE International website as well as in the printed Show Preview.

Show Preview: Comprehensive information prior to the event
The printed Show Preview with comprehensive information about CCE International 2019 is now available. Visitors can order it on the show website free of charge. The Show Preview contains brief profiles of many exhibitors and their products, exhibitor lists (sorted alphabetically and by exhibit categories), the exhibition profile, an excerpt from the seminar
programme and a professional article about opportunities and challenges of inkjet in corrugated printing production by Marcus Timson, expert for innovative printing applications, and Phil Jackman, Global Product Manager at Digital SunJet. The topic will be further discussed in the seminar ‘Developing Inkjet for Corrugated’ on 12 March 2019, 2pm, held by Marcus Timson.

In addition to the printed document, an Online Show Preview is available on the CCE International website. By using the online tool and ticking particular exhibit categories, visitors have the chance to create their individual exhibitor list, which only includes profiles that are relevant
to them.

CCE International 2019 is highly international
Europe’s only trade fair solely focussing on manufacturing and converting corrugated and cartonboard stands out due to the remarkably high internationality of its exhibitors. Trade visitors will have the chance
to discover more than 150 exhibitors from 23 countries, who occupy a net floor space of 5,000 m². A great majority of the exhibitors at CCE International 2019 come from Europe, mainly from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Exhibitors from other regions are primarily from Asia and the United States. Many exhibitors present their
machinery and equipment for manufacturing and converting of corrugated and cartonboard live at their stands.

A comprehensive product portfolio along the entire production chain will be showcased at CCE International. The exhibition profile includes raw materials, machinery, equipment and services for the manufacturing and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard: Papers – corrugated and carton board; consumables; corrugating line, equipment and components; corrugated and carton converting machinery; design and CAD/CAM; printing processes and
equipment; cutting, creasing and die cutting equipment; ancillary equipment; materials handling and warehousing; pallet strapping and handling systems; MIS and plant scheduling systems as well as waste extraction and baling. With its specialised profile, CCE International addresses buyers and users of machines for the production and converting of
corrugated and cartonboard.

Important visitor information
Tickets for CCE International 2019 are available in the Online Ticket Shop. Day tickets are available for €24 online and €38 on-site, season tickets are available for €34 online and €50 on-site. The tickets also grant access to the co-located show ICE Europe, the World’s Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film & Foil Converting.

In addition to the Show Preview, the visitor brochure is also available in print as well as for download from the CCE International website. It contains all important information about the show, the exhibition profile, the exhibitor list, the accompanying programme as well as visitor services.

CCE International 2019 will take place in hall B6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. The 11th edition of ICE Europe is once again co-located with CCE International and will be held in halls A5 and A6. Both shows will be open on Tuesday, 12 March 2019, and Wednesday, 13 March 2019, from 9.00
–17.00 and on Thursday, 14 March 2019, from 9.00–16.00.
(Messe München)

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UPM Financial Statements Release 2018: UPM delivered record earnings in 2018 - in a strong ...  (Company news)

... position for 2019

Q4 2018 highlights
-Sales grew by 6% to EUR 2,731 million (2,571 million in Q4 2017).
-Comparable EBIT increased by 10% to EUR 404 million (366 million).
-Sales prices increased in all business areas, outweighing the impact of higher input costs.
-Operating cash flow was strong at EUR 420 million (407 million).
-Net debt decreased to EUR -311 million (174 million).
-UPM increased the fair value of its forest assets in Finland by EUR 345 million, mainly due to higher forest growth estimates.
-UPM Jämsänkoski release liner expansion in Finland was completed.

2018 highlights
-Sales grew by 5% to EUR 10,483 million (10,010 million in 2017).
-Comparable EBIT increased by 17% to EUR 1,513 million (1,292 million).
-Sales prices increased in all business areas, outweighing the impact of higher input costs and unfavourable currency exchange rates.
-Operating cash flow was EUR 1,391 million (1,558 million), held back by an increase in working capital.
-The Board proposes a dividend of EUR 1.30 (1.15) per share, an increase of 13% from previous year.
-UPM initiated focused investments in Germany, Finland and China to grow in the attractive release liner segments.

Jussi Pesonen(photo), President and CEO, comments on Q4 and full year 2018 results:
"2018 was a record year for UPM. We achieved record earnings and our net debt fell below zero. The year was a commercial success and we succeeded in mitigating higher input costs. We laid the groundwork for future growth in our current and innovative new businesses and received exceptional recognition for our responsibility performance. The results in 2018 demonstrate the impact of many years of transformation and I wish to thank all UPMers and our partners for achieving excellent results together.

Our sales grew by 5% and comparable EBIT increased by 17% in 2018. Our cash flow was strong, and we finished the year with a record low negative net debt of EUR -311 million.

While the uncertainties in the global economy increased towards the end of the year, we delivered a strong fourth quarter. This marked the 23rd consecutive quarter of earnings growth. Our sales grew in Q4 by 6% and comparable EBIT increased by 10% to EUR 404 million.

UPM Biorefining had an excellent fourth quarter. Our pulp deliveries resumed growth despite the Pietarsaari mill maintenance shutdown. Biofuels continued to operate on a new level of profitability and production, which was achieved after the Q2 turnaround shutdown.

UPM Communication Papers continued to increase its earnings despite steadily declining market demand and steep increase in variable costs. This shows the result of consistent work for customer commitment, cost efficiency and effective use of assets. Also UPM Energy continued to improve its performance thanks to higher prices, even though hydropower volumes remained very low.

UPM Raflatac resumed sales growth, but its quarter was still impacted by variable cost increases. UPM Plywood enjoyed good demand, but deliveries were unfortunately held back by political strikes in Finland.

UPM Specialty Papers had a disappointing quarter. In the Asian fine paper business, margins continued to be under pressure as destocking in the value chain continued to pressure prices and pulp costs remained high. However, good demand continued in the label paper and release liner businesses. We will focus on measures to restore the profitability of the business.

Looking forward, we are excited about 2019. UPM is in great shape with competitive businesses, aiming higher culture and consistently strong cash flow. Additionally, we have net cash in the balance sheet, which is unforeseen in this industry.

Furthermore, we look forward to our transformative prospects that provide us with unique opportunities for significant long-term earnings growth. In Uruguay, preparations for the potential new world-class pulp mill are proceeding. The implementation of the investment agreement between UPM and the Government of Uruguay is now in an intensive phase, where tangible progress in the infrastructure initiatives is required. In January, we announced that UPM is taking part in the international public tendering process in the port of Montevideo. If the ongoing second preparation phase is concluded successfully, UPM will initiate the company's regular process of analysing and preparing an investment decision on the potential pulp mill project.

In UPM Biochemicals, we are continuing the basic engineering work for the potential first industrial-scale biochemicals refinery in Germany. In UPM Biofuels, we have completed the Environmental Impact Assessment for a possible biofuels refinery in Finland.

UPM's Board of Directors has proposed a dividend of EUR 1.30 (1.15) per share for 2018, representing an increase of 13% from the previous year and 50% of operating cash flow per share. The proposal, which is above company's long-term dividend policy range of 30-40%, reflects UPM's exceptional financial position and confidence in future cash generation.

Overall, the long-term outlook for our businesses is stronger than ever. It is driven by global megatrends, more sustainable consumer choices and the need to reduce reliance on fossil resources. UPM is ready to grasp the limitless opportunities that bioeconomy offers for value creation and business growth."

Outlook for 2019
The global economic growth is estimated to continue in 2019, albeit at a slower pace than in 2018. There are, however, significant uncertainties related to this, including trade negotiations between China and the US, growth in China, the undefined nature of Brexit and political uncertainties in several countries. These issues may have an impact on the global economic growth and on UPM's product and raw material markets during 2019.

UPM reached record earnings in 2018. UPM's business performance is expected to continue at a good level in 2019.

In 2019, favorable demand is expected to continue for most UPM businesses. Demand decline is expected to continue for UPM Communication Papers.

In the beginning of the year 2019, pulp prices are expected to be lower and graphic paper prices in Europe are expected to be higher than in Q4 2018.

Input costs are expected to stabilise after the significant increases seen in 2018. UPM will continue measures to reduce both variable and fixed costs.

Fair value increases of forest assets are not expected to contribute meaningfully to comparable EBIT in 2019.

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Valmet to supply process and quality vision systems to Blue Paper SAS in France  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) (photo) and a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) to Blue Paper SAS's Paper Machine 1 in Strasbourg, France. The systems will improve the machine's overall production efficiency.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"As we have established a long-standing partnership with Valmet for many automation systems, we naturally wanted to look at their solution in the field of web break analysis and web inspection. The discussions we had with Valmet throughout the supplier selection process, as well as the tests we carried out on site with the WMS hardware, convinced us that the Valmet IQ process and quality vision system is a powerful integrated solution that will meet our expectations," says Vincent Muller, Electrical and Automation Manager, Blue Paper.

"Valmet is capable of offering complete automation packages, including process controls and quality controls. Valmet IQ Web Monitoring and Valmet IQ Web Inspection Systems play a vital role in developing quality and total machine efficiency. We are excited to be able to provide the applications and services needed to meet our customer's goals and continue an effective partnership by strengthening our local presence," says Patrick Rojo, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 21 cameras throughout the whole production process on Paper Machine 1 and a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System that combines transmission and reflection detection. The high-speed cameras will monitor critical process areas and help operators analyze the root causes of runnability disturbances.
(Valmet Corporation)

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ANDRITZ to convert former groundwood reject system to TMP line at JSC Volga, Russia  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from JSC Volga in Balakhna, Nizhnij Novgorod Region, Russia, to rebuild the existing groundwood reject line into a TMP (thermo-mechanical pulping) line.

Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The new 180 bdmt/d TMP line will process spruce as raw material to feed existing paper machines. In order to increase the capacity of newspaper production significantly, ANDRITZ will rearrange the existing parallel layout of high-consistency (HC) refiners to a two-stage HC refining set-up and install a new chip washing and HC refiner feeding system with a new plug screw feeder and an ANDRITZ DiscFilter.

The project also comprises modernization of the existing screening and low-consistency refining system and includes the complete automation and electrification equipment with DCS system. Engineering, training, advisory services for mechanical installation work, commissioning, and start-up are also part of the scope.

JSC Volga is one of the largest Russian newsprint producers and uses 100% TMP as furnish. The company is one of the top 200 exporting companies in Russia, also ranking among the top 50 companies in the Russian forestry industry and the top 100 companies in the Nizhnij Novgorod Region.
(Andritz AG)

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Stan Blakney joins PCMC as President of US operations  (Company news)

Picture: Stan Blakney joins Paper Converting Machine Company as the Business celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019

He brings 20-plus years of domestic and international manufacturing operations experience to the role

Tim Sullivan, Barry-Wehmiller Group President, Paper and Converting, is pleased to announce that Stan Blakney has accepted the position of President of Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) in the US. PCMC, part of Barry-Wehmiller, is a leading global supplier of manufacturing equipment for the tissue converting, tissue packaging, flexographic printing and nonwovens industries.

“Stan is a Wisconsin native and a great fit with our people-centric culture at Barry-Wehmiller and PCMC,” said Sullivan. “I’m excited to have him join our team, especially during this milestone 100th anniversary year for PCMC.”

Blakney brings to the role 20-plus years of senior leadership experience in manufacturing, which includes domestic and international operations expertise, as well as a proven track record of successfully transforming business performance in challenging capital equipment manufacturing environments. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Goss International, a leading worldwide producer of web offset presses and finishing systems.

In his new role, Blakney will be responsible for all aspects of PCMC’s US business, including new equipment sales, aftermarket sales, customer service, field service, engineering and manufacturing. PCMC employs more than 700 team members within the US.

Blakney will transition leadership responsibilities from Steve Kemp, who will retire at the end of February after 38 years of service to PCMC.
“I’m incredibly grateful for Steve’s leadership, integrity and coach-like approach, which has allowed PCMC to re-establish itself as a premier North American manufacturer since joining the Barry-Wehmiller family,” said Sullivan. “Under Stan’s capable direction moving forward, I’m confident PCMC will continue to flourish.”
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

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PMT SRL to rebuild Dayasa PM#1 in Indonesia  (Company news)

Dayasa selected PMT S.R.L. for the rebuilding of PM#1 in Surabaya – Indonesia.

PT DAYASA ARIA PRIMA (“Dayasa”), a subsidiary company of PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk (“Fajar”), decided to convert the former Surya Kertas 5,1m wide paper machine from coated & uncoated P&W to corrugated medium production with an expected production of 230.000 tons per year.

PMT is the supplier of main components in the rebuild project. The scope of supply is consisting of the renovation of dewatering elements on wire section, the press section upgrade to a Tri-Ex configuration with new shoe press and the dryer section rebuild. The completion of rebuilding is represented by the installation of new tail threading systems to bring efficiency of the paper machine to the highest level.

Fajar and Dayasa have identified PMT as a global paper machinery supplier with experience in rebuild projects and specifically in paper grade conversion from graphic grades to packaging.

With this project, PMT consolidates and confirms its presence on the Asian market as high-tech equipment supplier for the paper industry.
(PMT S.r.l.)

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Industrial compostability certification for Metsä Board’s ground-breaking eco-barrier paperboard  (Company news)

The new eco-barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1, which is manufactured by Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium lightweight paperboards, has recently achieved the industrial compostability certification complying with DIN EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards. The certification is issued by DIN CERTCO and the testing was carried out by ISEGA laboratories.

Katja Tuomola, Business Development Director at Metsä Board, commented upon this important development: “Brand owners are looking for new, more ecological solutions made of renewable, non-plastic materials, which can be composted and recycled. This external certification helps them choose packaging materials that truly comply with their disposal requirements.”

DIN EN 13432 standard refers to ‘Requirements for Packaging Recoverable through Composting and Biodegradation’. US certification ASTM D 6400-12 covers the ‘Standard Specification for Labelling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities’.

The non-plastic special barrier treatment developed for MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1 improves the grease resistance of the board and makes it an ecological and efficient packaging material for food, takeaway and food-on-the-go applications. The grease resistance can be cost-efficiently enhanced further at the converting stage with the addition of just one varnish layer. The product is safe for direct food contact and no optical brighteners (OBA free) or fluorochemicals have been used in the production. It is available in basis weights of 195–320 g/m2 and can be recycled with paper and board recycling schemes.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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New Tetra Pak CEO appointed​  (Company news)

The Tetra Laval Group Board has appointed Mr Adolfo Orive, President & CEO of Tetra Pak effective April 1, 2019. The appointment follows the decision by Mr Dennis Jönsson to step down from his position after 14 years as President & CEO and 36 years with the company.

Adolfo Orive, presently Cluster Vice President North Central and South America, joined Tetra Pak in 1993. Prior to his present position he has had several managerial positions in the Group, including Managing Director of Colombia, Spain and Cluster Vice President North and Central Europe. He joined the Tetra Pak Global Leadership Team in 2014.

Mr Orive, who is 55 years old, has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Ibero-American University (IBERO), Mexico and a Master’s in Business Administration at Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM), Mexico.​
(Tetra Pak GmbH & Co. KG)

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Marbach expands. New subsidiary in Mexico.   (Company news)

Marbach expands further. After having opened die production facilities in the USA, Malaysia and China in the past years, Marbach will open a Marbach Die Supplies subsidiary in Mexico in January. From here Marbach will supply materials to Mexican and North American die and packaging manufacturers. In addition, training in the application of technologies will be offered. Marbach's goal is to support the Mexican market in its further development.

Jan Brunner, Head of Business Development at Marbach: "In Mexico, the packaging market is growing strongly. In recent years there has been a lack of investment in new technologies and machinery. This is currently undergoing radical change. Large investments are being made in die-cutting equipment, and Mexican companies want to produce to top international standards. For this they need our support. In the tool technology itself. But also in the area of training and consulting. We would like to assist the local market with our materials and our expertise in order to develop it further and to accompany our large Mexican customer base step by step into the future. But not only our direct customers need our support. We also want to raise the overall level of die-cutting technology by equipping die-manufacturers with better materials. And all this with adequate stock availability so as to avoid long delivery times and high freight costs."

In addition, Marbach wants to attract new customers who have not yet imported our tools. The new branch will simplify significantly the import of cutting-dies made by Marbach USA or Marbach Germany and thus considerably reduce the barriers to the import of tools.

Brunner continues: "We are looking forward to the opening of our new subsidiary and to be able to support the Mexican market with our tools, our materials and our know-how."
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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At Krasnokamsk paper mill, cutting-edge manufacturing technology produces banknotes and ...  (Company news)

... specialty papers

Picture: From left to right: Wolfgang Neuss, Purchase Director Mr. Kozlov, Günther Meuser, Senior Project Manager Voith Paper. In the background, the MasterVat and ShortFormer, which are the centerpiece of the new facility in Krasnokamsk. The technology they use forms the basis for the production of specialty papers with the strictest security features

- Voith supplies complete production facility to Krasnokamsk paper mill in Russia
- New banknote production line allows the Goznak Group to produce paper with the latest security features
- High level of automation improves quality, security and efficiency

With the opening of its new production facility in Krasnokamsk on September 28, 2018, the Russian Goznak Group has commenced operation of one of the world's most modern paper machines for banknotes and specialty papers. The entire plant was developed under the direction of Voith.

The Russian Goznak Group has been developing and producing various products that are important for the state’s ability to function and for the citizens’ everyday life since 1818. To coincide with its 200th anniversary, the manufacturer of security products like banknotes, coins, passports, postage stamps, revenue stamps, ID cards, secure documents, government orders and medals, security and specialty papers successfully commissioned the PM 7, one of the world's most modern production facilities for banknotes and specialty papers, at one of its eight locations in Krasnokamsk in central Russia.

The guests at the official opening ceremony included Alexej Moiseev, Deputy Russian Finance Minister and Chairman of the Board of Goznak, and Alexej Chibisov, Minister of Industry, Economic Affairs and Trade for the Perm region. In his address, Arkady Trachuk, General Director of Goznak, pointed out: “Within a few years, we worked with the designers, equipment suppliers and contractors to create a production complex that is one of the best in the world.”

And Voith was on board from the very start. The technology group was responsible for the overall planning of the facility, providing expertise and technologies that were a crucial factor in the outstanding success of the new facility. Highly efficient machines from Voith, the integration of the group's innovative solutions and a high degree of automation allow Goznak to produce paper with cutting-edge security features.

One of the key components of the paper machine is the forming section. It contains a MasterVat, an optimized uniflow vat in which the watermark is created at the same time as the banknote paper, and the ShortFormer for the first ply of the two-ply papers. Both of these components ensure the high quality of the products. At the same time, they allow the integration of reliable security features or multi-colored watermarks.

The high degree of automation in Krasnokamsk is the cornerstone for the security of the papers. For example, there is an automatic quality control in all phases of paper production. At the same time, this increases the efficiency of the plant and helps to substantially reduce raw material losses and running costs.

Through their very close collaboration based on a spirit of trust and partnership, Voith and Goznak have created a benchmark for future plants with the facility in Krasnokamsk, says Wolfgang Neuss, Director Sales and Technology Banknote and Security Paper Machines at Voith.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE launches new PROINKJET Silk range available in low substances  (Company news)

DREWSEN presents a new Premium Inkjet alternative for high quality coated papers in Offset printing. This pigment coated grade PROINKJET Silk targets high-end, full colour applications such as book printing, mailings and other commercial print requirements. It combines a smooth touch with a rich, silky surface. Brilliant colour printing as well as excellent processing properties are the main advantages.

Starting at a cost-effective 56 g/m², the PROINKJET Silk grade is available in a range of substances up to 100 g/m² providing our customers with a comprehensive product portfolio.

Learn more about DREWSEN’s paper range for high-speed inkjet printing at

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Soundview Paper's Marcal Paper Mill in Elmwood Park, NJ Destroyed by Fire  (Company news)

On behalf of Marcal, our associates and management, we wanted to express our deepest appreciation for the outpouring of support we have received from the community. This has lifted and encouraged our spirits throughout this tragic event more than you will ever know.

We also extend our most sincere thanks and admiration to all the hard-working firefighters and first responders—the men and women who have been working tirelessly at the site of our mill since Wednesday night—despite bitterly cold temperatures and life threatening conditions.

Given the ongoing response work, we have not yet been able to access the site to truly understand the full magnitude of destruction—or what our future path forward might be for our company.

While we remain hopeful, your continued support is dearly needed, now more than ever. If you would like to continue to show us your support, please use and ask for our Marcal Pro line of professional paper products in your restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools and businesses. These products are still being produced by Marcal, in our remaining Northeast facility, and will be critical to the future survival and rebuilding of our iconic brand and company. Meanwhile, we’re hard at work on plans to continue to bring to your grocer’s shelf the Marcal bath tissue, paper towel and napkin products you’ve always known.
(Soundview Paper Company)

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Nilpeter Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation  (Company news)

Picture: Lars and Peter: 100 years in the making, Nilpeter remains a family-owned business. Lars Eriksen and Peter Eriksen, the 3rd and 4th generation of owners, lead Nilpeter towards new historical milestones

May 1, 2019 will be a special day at Nilpeter Headquarters in Slagelse, Denmark, as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary. Founded by two old friends in 1919, Nilpeter started out servicing newspaper printing machines in central Copenhagen, before launching its first semi-rotary printing press, The Simplex, in 1924, which in various versions remained part of the company’s product range until the 70s. With the introduction of the self-adhesive substrate, Nilpeter targeted its business towards the label market, and the rest is history. To this day, Nilpeter remains family-owned and -managed, with Lars Eriksen and Peter Eriksen, father and son, and the 3rd and 4th generation of owners, leading the company towards new historical milestones.

Global Manufacturing and Customer Care
Today, Nilpeter manufactures printing presses for labels and flexible packaging on three continents: Europe, North America, and Asia. Consistent quality is a key driver, achieved through in-house manufacturing of all vital components, high levels of automation, and comprehensive quality control.
Nilpeter has a number of subsidiaries, which supports the company’s global Customer Care strategy to deliver a high level of customer support to both the local and the multinational printing companies.

Clean Design Lines
The Nilpeter press design has always been easily recognisable. The Danish tradition for clean design lines mixed with a high level of functionality is a constant priority in the development phase, and is evident in today’s product lines. Nilpeter’s developments in press design cater to a new generation of machine operators that requests a modern operator interface and intuitive handling.

Technology on Display
The 5 modern Technology Centers located in Denmark, USA, Thailand, India, and Brasil have the latest Nilpeter products on display and provide the perfect scene for engaging with printers. Moreover, co-suppliers and industry partners utilise the facilities to test new technology trends in a local setting.

A Strong Vision for the Future
Throughout the years, Nilpeter has pushed the boundaries of technical excellence and created many significant innovations that have shaped the label printing industry – innovations, such as UV-flexo printing, drop-in rotary screen printing, and the first true platform-based offset press. Today, Nilpeter is a healthy company with a strong vision for the future.

Quote Lars Eriksen, President & CEO, Nilpeter A/S:
“The Nilpeter brand is positioned stronger than ever due to years of important partnerships and product innovations. We value partnerships – with customers, suppliers, and industry partners alike. We strive to share our experience and work closely with leading technology providers, in order to generate value with and for our customers. Inspired by the latest technological trends, our skilled, intelligent workforce is constantly developing and implementing new solutions, allowing us to remain a driving, innovative force in the printing industry. While we benefit from 100 years of experience, we are not rooted in what has worked in the past, but focused on what will work in the future. That is the essence of ...your printing partner.”

A Yearlong Celebration
Nilpeter looks forward to celebrating 100 YEARS OF INNOVATION with employees, customers, partners, and suppliers, marking the anniversary in various ways throughout the year.
(Nilpeter A/S)

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Hong Kong International Stationery Fair 2019 meets market sourcing requirements and ...  (Messe Frankfurt)

... delivers strong business results

The 2019 trading season got off to a promising start as 21,871 stationery buyers converged at the 19th Hong Kong International Stationery Fair. In a testament to the fair’s important role as a premier business hub for the Asian market, both buyers and exhibitors left positive feedback about the comprehensiveness, quality, and internationality of the fair.

“Our priority was to ensure that both exhibitors and visitors were able to take away concrete business results from the show,” said Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. “The feedback indicates that this goal was achieved, with many valuable industry connections having been made during the course of the fair. I am delighted that the show continues to receive strong industry support from across Asia, and this year we are proud to have welcomed back two well traversed pavilions from Korea and Taiwan.”

In addition to the two international pavilions, five dedicated zones of ‘DIY Supplies’, ‘Kids & School’, ‘Pen & Paper’, ‘Gift Stationery’, and ‘Smart Office’ were designated at the show to meet all of the market’s most important sourcing requirements. Spread across the zones and pavilions was a highly international mix of 265 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, i.e. from Mainland China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA and new participants from Australia and Malaysia.

Exhibitors unleash market potential and increase brand exposure
Over the course of nearly two decades, the fair has garnered a strong reputation that enables it to reliably attract big brands and rising stars. Many exhibitors participate at the show to expand their sales network, gain new business contacts, and boost their brand exposure.

One such company is Sozen Design, a first time exhibitor at the fair. Ms Dan Shen, the Project Leader at the company recognised the show as an effective gateway into the Asian market: “We are a company based in Mainland China that specialises in designing bookmarks, postcards, and gift stationery. By participating at the fair, we can access markets in countries and regions such as Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. We are delighted to have exchanged business contacts with around 100 prospective buyers and distributors, and it’s even more encouraging to have secured deals with the National Museum of China as well as up and coming bookshops from Taiwan.”

Another company left satisfied with the business results achieved at the fair was Eyeguard Systems. A provider of screen protection filters for PCs and mobile phones, the company returned to the Korea pavilion having successfully found Hong Kong based business partners during the previous edition of the show. “Because of the great success last year, I have returned to the show together with my partner to further expose our brand to the Chinese market,” said Mr Jay Kwak, the Overseas Sales Division Manager of the company. “It's only the first day of the fair, and we have already successfully engaged with around 50 useful contacts. The show is especially effective at increasing our brand exposure in new consumer market segments.”

Buyers commend the quality and variety of products
For many visitors, the show provided an excellent opportunity to find products that they are unable to source in their local regions. Mr Amit Rehmat, a sourcing specialist from Merricns International, travelled to the show from India in order to find manufacturers that his company can co-operate with: “My experience at the fair has been very positive. Today I have successfully located a number of products that are popular in the Indian market. I am very impressed with the new-to-market drawing boards - this is something that I cannot find from Indian suppliers. The range of exhibits is very satisfying and I will certainly be coming back again next year.”

Positive sentiments from visitors also extended to the quality of products that were on offer at the fair. Mr Dietrich Horter, Managing Director of Innovative Merchandise GmbH, has been returning to the show since 2004. Shortly after attending one of the fair’s informative fringe seminars, he spoke about his satisfaction with the exhibitor quality: “We are a merchandiser based in Germany. At this edition, there are a lot of products that I am interested in. The standard of exhibitors is high, and the suppliers here are focused on quality. The fair is a great place to network, collect samples, and compare different products. I will definitely return again next year.”

Fringe seminars deliver practical commercial advice
To give visitors the information they need to make important commercial decisions with confidence, a series of seminars were held during the course of the fair. The seminars covered stationery and retailing trends, digital marketing and trade financing strategies.

Mr Chuen-Pei Ng, an attendee at the “Insight into the Upcoming Stationery Trends” seminar, talked about how the topics covered at the seminar were highly applicable to his business: “My business, Muze Culture, focuses on global distribution of high quality fountain pens. I found the video marketing topic highly relevant, with practical advice for sustaining my business in the digital era. I am joining all three days of the seminar programme as I find the topics are interesting and pertinent to my company’s development.”

Ms Vicki Wai, Group Account Director of Guru Online, and a speaker at the “Digital Marketing: Innovation Key to Success” seminar, shared Mr Ng’s sentiment and spoke about the important role that the fair plays in spreading valuable business advice: “This is the right platform to introduce attendees to new ways of developing their stationery business. New marketing channels are emerging that can help brands to illustrate their exciting stories, concepts and innovations. Brand owners can use the information from the seminar to develop their own personalised online channels after the show.”

In addition to the seminars, another highlight of the show was the “One Moment in Time” theme display, which was located at the entrance of Hall 5B. The display demonstrated the various ways in which stationery is an important element of daily life and featured a selection of noteworthy products for school, work, travel and celebration.

The Hong Kong International Stationery Fair was held concurrently with the HKTDC’s Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Licensing Show from 7 – 10 January 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Both the Toys & Games Fair and the International Licensing Show are the largest fairs of their kind in Asia. The four fairs together gathered more than 130,000 buyers, creating even more business opportunities for participants.

The next edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will take place from 6 – 9 January 2020. For more information, please visit
(Messe Frankfurt)

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Mimaki Launches New Metallic UV Ink, Opening Creative Possibilities for Customers  (Company news)

Mimaki Europe to release UV-curable metallic ink, and will be demonstrated for the first time at C!Print 2019

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that it will release a UV-curable metallic ink, named MUH-100-Si, in February 2019. The new ink strengthens Mimaki’s product offering and pushes the boundaries of graphic expression beyond that of ordinary UV flatbed inkjet printers. The ink is compatible with Mimaki’s UJF-7151plus printer, which produces high-quality print for an impressive range of applications, from gifts and novelty items to wide-format boards. The MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink will be demonstrated to the French market for the first time at C!Print 2019 (5-7 February 2019, Lyon, France – Stand 2L22).

The new MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink will bring a strong competitive edge to Mimaki customers, allowing them to provide added value to the brands who use their services. Supporting Mimaki’s ideology of “new technology for creating the next generation of digital printing”, the new ink demonstrates how digital print enables creative ideas to be realised highly efficiently in the product manufacturing process. Whilst metallic effects on printed products typically require further processing and manual handling after printing, C!Print visitors will see how Mimaki’s new technology can be used to produce impactful prints without cost or time restraints.

Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager, Mimaki Europe comments: “We are very excited to launch this metallic ink and have the opportunity to display it at C!Print in Lyon. At Mimaki we dedicate ourselves to providing customers with products that will allow them to stand out within their markets. Not only will the new metallic ink ensure this, but it will also provide a much more efficient way for our customers to manufacture more luxurious and sophisticated products.”

Created by mixing a bright pigment into the ink, MUH-100-Si can place metallic ink directly onto the product without the need for a separate manual transfer process, as is the case when applying glitters or foils to produce a metallic effect. Decorative options such as printing both gloss and matte tones, texture expression with embossing effect, and full-colour metallic expressions can be achieved in-house by printing coloured ink overlaid on metallic ink. Available for use with the UJF-7151plus printer, the metallic ink can be used for a wide range of applications, including items such as paper containers, films and novelty items.

“Broadening our range of inks really helps our customers to optimize the use of their Mimaki printers and differentiate themselves from competitors. Delivering new creative possibilities whilst maintaining the same high quality and reliability that we pride ourselves on, helps our customers’ businesses to thrive and helps the brands they work with to stand out from the crowd,” concludes Benckhuysen.

Mimaki’s new MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink will be demonstrated at C!Print 2019 (5-7 February 2019, Lyon, France – Stand 2L22).
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

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Shining beauty  (Company news)

Bright cosmetics packaging from the Black Forest wins the display Superstar Award 2019

The luminous folding box series, which Karl Knauer created for the Swiss premium cosmetics brand “elline Switzerland”, has won the display Superstar Award 2019 in January at viscom, Europe's trade fair for visual communication. The integrated packaging concept, which uniquely conveys the brand name “elline”, which means “the shining one”, has won gold in the “Packaging” category.

The cosmetics industry, renowned for its luxurious presentation of its products, has a new highlight. This is because Swiss Premium Cosmetics AG is the first company operating in this market segment to take advantage of the innovative opportunities offered by the use of light in and on packaging. The Black Forest packaging specialists behind the smart lighting effect as well as the elaborate design and high-quality finishing of the folding boxes, have developed a packaging solution that renders the product promise of "shining skin" tangible at the POS. When a package of the anti-ageing collection "Treasures of Youth" is opened, the lettering of the name begins to glow brightly. Even more spectacular is the top product of the line, the 24k Lifting Serum, in which real gold crystals float. Sliding open the packaging activates an integrated lighting effect that illuminates the interior of the velvet-bedded bottle. When the packaging is closed, the secret of the user's youthful complexion disappears again.

The warm golden glossy sliding folding box features a perfect combination of film lamination, double hot-foil embossing and UV matt varnish, and the "Treasures of Youth" lettering subtly punched out by laser.

“Of course, we are delighted to receive this award for this truly exceptional packaging series. We were able to demonstrate our entire competence both in terms of lighting technology and design as well as finishing. The fact that this is recognised by experts is, of course, a special honour", explains Bernd Wussler, Key Account Manager at Karl Knauer KG, who was instrumental in supervising this project.
(Karl Knauer KG)

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Valmet to replace a quality control system at Papelera del Principado, S.A. (Paprinsa), Spain   (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Quality Control System, a related reporting system and a recently launched Valmet DNA IQ Dashboard to Papelera del Principado, S.A.'s (Paprinsa) cartonboard machine in Spain. The systems will improve machine runnability and the overall quality of the end-product.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"We are happy that the customer acknowledges us as the technology leader in the pulp and paper industry and as the supplier of the best QCS solution on the market. Our moisture management concept is unique. Valmet's reporting solution and strong local service played a crucial role in the customer's decision-making. Now, we will develop the reporting concept further with Paprinsa. We are really looking forward the cooperation," says Javier Navas, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS) with three scanners and related measurements and controls. With more process information available, the machine can be controlled much better than before, resulting in improved machine performance and end-product quality. In addition, faster start-ups and grade changes will increase production efficiency. The delivery also includes a connection to the existing distributed control system (DCS) and a Valmet DNA IQ Dashboard, which provides real-time and recent history information, allowing users to better react to changing situations.

The comprehensive Valmet IQ Reporting package consists of jumbo roll and customer roll reporting and management of laboratory data. With the help of reporting and laboratory data management, the mill operators can follow and control the paper quality and production online, as well as from a history point of view. With the help of the Valmet DNA Roll Monitoring tool, mill operators can easily access any customer roll quality data to confirm quality information for customer orders, if needed.

Information about the customer Papelera del Principado, S.A. (Paprinsa)
Founded in 1978, Paprinsa produces high-quality coated cartonboard for domestic and international markets using 100% recycled fiber. The company is known for its research and constant improvement, which has allowed it to offer superior products and service to its customers. Paprinsa bases its strength on high-quality products and production flexibility, adapting to meet customer needs.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Tetra Pak to offer new levels of customisation and flexibility with digital printing technology  (Company news)

A first for the beverage carton industry, this investment taps the power of digital on-package printing to offer new possibilities for beverage brands

Tetra Pak is to become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages, working in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer, a global leader in the field.

The digital printing technology will simplify the complexity of design handling, reducing time from design to print and opening up new opportunities for flexibility in order placement and product customisation. Beverage brands can take advantage of added benefits like dynamic on-package printing and the ability to include a variety of designs within the same order.

Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management & Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak said, “We are committed to helping our customers explore new avenues with a truly ‘smart’ package, supporting their need for product customisation, smaller batch sizes, greater traceability and the ability to interact with the consumer. Our investment in this digital printer demonstrates our commitment to support customers with future-proof technologies as the digital revolution transforms the way we all do business.”

The full-width digital printer is currently being built by Koenig & Bauer and will be installed at Tetra Pak’s converting plant at Denton, Texas. Field testing of the new, digitally-printed carton packages is expected to begin in early 2020 with North American customers.

Carmen Becker, President and CEO of Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, said, “Brands continue to look for opportunities to deliver greater customisation and personalisation of their products. We’re thrilled to offer our customers new and innovative ways to engage with consumers, all while increasing flexibility in the design and order process.”

​Christoph Müller, Member of the Board of Koenig & Bauer said, “We are absolutely delighted that Tetra Pak has decided in favour of our digital printer. Collaboration between our companies is on an extremely constructive and trusting basis. I am sure that, together, we will significantly change the market for the benefit of Tetra Pak customers.”
(Tetra Pak GmbH & Co. KG)

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AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman Announces Retirement  (Company news)

Donna Harman (photo), the longest-serving President and CEO in the 25-year history of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), announced her retirement. She has represented the interests of the forest products industry for the past 29 years and AF&PA member companies for 18 years, including the last 12 years as President and CEO. Spencer Stuart has been retained to lead a search for her successor, and her retirement will become effective later in 2019 once the search and transition are successfully completed.

Under Harman’s leadership, AF&PA developed and implemented a public policy advocacy program that accomplished major energy, environmental, tax and trade and product policy successes at both the federal and state level. Those accomplishments included leading efforts to: prevent premature termination of an alternative energy tax credit; achieve a revised EPA Boiler MACT rule that reduced industry capital costs from a proposed $9 billion to $1 billion; drive passage and enactment of long-advocated carbon neutrality legislation in 2017; and protect the industry’s products and their employees from mandates, fees and bans and anti-biomass legislation in dozens of states.

“It has been an honor to help one of the nation’s most important manufacturing industries navigate changing political and public policy dynamics throughout my career at AF&PA and in Washington, D.C. I am grateful for the opportunity to promote the interests of paper and wood products manufacturers and the 950,000 workers who make products that improve our daily lives,” said Harman. “I have been fortunate to serve with an incredible group of industry leaders and amazingly talented association staff. I am confident the association and the industry it represents, has a bright future ahead. Paper and wood products manufacturers know that continuous innovation and attention to customer needs are the path to a sustainable future. Ensuring that government policies help, rather than hinder, future success is what AF&PA is about.”

During a time of major economic and industry business model transformation, Harman adapted the focus of the association to ensure it continued to serve the changing needs of one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation. Her leadership was pivotal in shepherding the creation of two major industry initiatives: Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 – the first of its kind industry-wide set of quantifiable and verifiable sustainability goals, several of which have been achieved ahead of schedule, and a $25 million paper promotion program now known as the Paper+Packaging Board.

Pete Watson, President and CEO of Greif, Inc. and incoming 2019 AF&PA Board Chair, praised Harman saying, “AF&PA members benefited tremendously from Donna’s leadership. Her consensus building skills helped the industry to speak with one voice and find new allies and coalition partners on many issues. The solid foundation she leaves behind will help a new leader propel the industry and association forward to meet the advocacy challenges we will face in the future.”

Harman, a frequent speaker at conferences and events, has served in a range of cross-industry leadership roles such as Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations, President of the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations, Secretary Treasurer for the Forest Products Industry National Labor Management Committee and a member of the BIPAC Board of Directors.

Originally from Dodge City, Kansas, Harman earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Anderson University (Indiana) and a law degree from the American University. She joined AF&PA as Vice President, Congressional Affairs, in 2001, after having worked previously in government affairs for Champion International Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company as well as in Congress as a legislative assistant. She was named AF&PA Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs in 2006 and then as the association’s President and CEO in 2007.
(AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)

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Nippon Paper Industries Announces Price Revisions of Glassine Paper, etc.  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter, "the Company") has announced price revisions of glassine paper, etc.

1. Products subject to price revisions:
Overall glassine paper, light weight simili paper

2. Markup: Minimum 10%

3. Timing of implementation: From March 1, 2019 shipment

4. Reason for implementation:
The business environment of industrial paper is increasingly severe because of rising prices of main raw material such as chip and pulp, materials including fuel and chemicals, logistics costs, etc. The Company has worked on review of its production structure and thorough cost reductions, and strive to maintain product prices. However, the rise in manufacturing costs is more than the Company can absorb through self-help efforts alone. Therefore, the Company decided the revision of the product prices.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

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Production Back in Balance  (Company news)

Two high-performance Primera MC saddle stitchers from Muller Martini have helped Austria’s Sandler print&packaging regain the necessary production balance.

Photo: Managing Director Hannes Sandler can track production at his two new Primera MC saddle stitchers at any time using an app on his cellphone.

The operation, which is located in Marbach an der Donau, is one of the world’s best-equipped companies in off-set printing. The technology mix enables every procedure to be optimally used on behalf of its customers. However, the company’s flexibility with respect to non-standard products results in more complex orders, whose success also depends on its strengths in print finishing and processing. Therefore, in an effort to ensure continuous process optimization, Sandler replaced its outdated saddle stitcher with two Primera MC machines from Muller Martini. With a capacity of 14,000 cycles per hour, the company’s productivity jumped considerably.

Gone are the times when the older saddle stitchers increasingly threw production off schedule. The view that it was impossible to ramp up the capacity of modern printing machines without first improving performance was followed up with action. ”The high uptime and production reliability of the Primera MC make it a must-have machine for companies that currently think on an industrial scale,” notes Managing Director Hannes Sandler. In particular, he highlighted the quick changeover and setup times thanks to Motion Control Technology.

The networking of the machine – in line with the Finishing 4.0 approach – makes it possible to follow the status of the Primera MC using a mobile app. The two new saddle stitchers are also configured differently based on the company’s needs. To handle short and medium runs, one of the saddle stitchers is equipped with two cover feeders and eight vertical pile feeders. The other one lends itself to the smooth processing of runs of well over a million copies thanks to its cover feeder and five flat pile feeders with stream feeders.
(Müller Martini Marketing AG)

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Klippan Bruk: New capacity to come soon!  (Company news)

New capacity will be available during summer 2019.

We have experience to produce tissue since 1962 and we are now investing in the future installing a new tissue machine.

The new machine will add an annual capacity of 30.000 tonnes of coloured and white high quality tissue to the market.

The first trucks of machine parts have arrived – there will be 50 trucks to come in total!

Preparation and building work in the existing building is going on as planned.

Please contact us for further information, or, rather come and visit us at Tissue World Milan 25-27 March in stand B100.
(Klippans Bruk AB)

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Changes in Valmet's Executive Team  (Company news)

Juha Lappalainen (photo), Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operational Development (SOD) has successfully lead Valmet's Strategy and Operational Development corporate function since 2015. Juha wants now to move closer to the business and will start in a new position in Valmet's Services business line as of March 1, 2019. In his new role he will concentrate on managing strategic projects of the business line and reports to Aki Niemi, Business Line President, Services.

Due to this change, Valmet will divide the Strategy and Operational Development function so that the Strategy function will be integrated into Valmet's Finance corporate function lead by CFO Kari Saarinen. Julia Macharey, currently holding the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Valmet, is appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Operational Development. The changes are effective as of March 1, 2019.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Valmet sets targets for health and safety 2025  (Company news)

To continue its health and safety improvement, Valmet has renewed the strategic objectives and established the targets for 2025.

As stated in Valmet’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy, Valmet is committed to protecting the health, safety and environment of its people, customers and communities. To continue the improvement, Valmet has renewed the strategic health and safety objectives and established the targets for 2025.

The new objectives have been set for reduction in contractor injuries, increase in access to health promotion and wellbeing activities, management safety walk rates, ISO 45001 certification coverage as well as elimination of life changing incidents. Valmet also continues with targets to reduce employee injuries and increase safety observations.

“We believe that all incidents can be prevented, and therefore we pursue the goal of zero harm to people and environment. The health, safety and environment practices are integrated into all aspects of our business and everyone is expected to take responsibility”, says Victoria Larsson, Valmet’s Director, HSE.

The updated objectives are aligned with the OHSAS 18001 standard requirements for Valmet’s certified Global Management System (GMS) covering 71 locations in 20 countries.

“All Valmet organizations follow the global set of objectives and set annual action plans to work towards the targets. The leading key performance indicators (KPI's) that promote safety culture are cascaded down as individual targets to all employees and managers. The new contractor targets are used in supplier selection processes and in supplier engagement programs,” Larsson explains.

Steady progress towards the targets

Since 2012, Valmet has followed a health and safety improvement program, which includes targets for reducing incident frequencies as well as increasing near miss and safety observation reporting and HSE training rates.

Valmet has steadily progressed towards its targets and is continuously improving the HSE processes, practices and performance. Since 2012, three quarters of all injuries resulting in more than one day of absence have been eliminated from Valmet’s workplaces.

Sustainability is at the core of Valmet's business strategy and operations. Valmet’s values, Code of Conduct and related policies as well as selected globally acknowledged initiatives and principles create the foundation for sustainable performance.

Health, safety and environment (HSE) is one of the five focus areas of Valmet's 'Sustainability360º agenda. The agenda takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability at Valmet by focusing on sustainable supply chain, people and performance, sustainable solutions and corporate citizenship.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Drytac appoints Gareth Newman to lead new Drytac Academy  (Company news)

Drytac®, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, is preparing to open a fully interactive training centre in Fishponds, Bristol: the Drytac Academy.

Gareth Newman has been appointed Academy Manager and, supported by Drytac's Global Product Manager Shaun Holdom, is developing an extensive curriculum of training courses for display graphics professionals to begin later this month.

The Drytac Academy is a showcase of Drytac products and how they can be used with the newest and most popular wide-format printing technology on the market today, provided by the manufacturers themselves. This includes: a Roland TrueVIS VG-540 with Roland VersaWorks 6 RIP software; a Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II using Caldera RIP software; and an HP Latex 365 and an Epson SureColor SC-S80600, both powered by Onyx Thrive RIP - with more to be installed soon.

The Drytac Academy also houses profiling equipment, the i-1 Pro 2 provided by X-rite, which allows custom profiles to be built. In addition to the above, the space includes a complete finishing area with a laminator and Hot Press vacuum press.

Gareth Newman explains: "Naturally we have the entire Drytac product range at our disposal so having a full variety of machines allows our customers to learn how to get optimum results from Drytac materials using different systems and technologies.

"We'll also be working closely with the printer hardware manufacturers themselves by providing training to their employees using their own systems and Drytac materials."

This collaboration with print brands is also contributing to the course development.

"We're asking manufacturers what their customers need: what do they want to know, what are they struggling with, how would they like to be more creative with our products?" says Gareth. "By drawing on this wealth of experience from both within and outside Drytac we're approaching training in a fresh, new way."

The Drytac Academy will also serve as an exhibition space, showcasing how Drytac's products can be used in real-world display applications, such as retail store fronts. The company's innovations in adhesive-coated products include graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives - all of which will have an eye-catching place in the Academy.

"The space itself will form part of the training courses," says Gareth. "For example, at Drytac we have several different types of wallpaper products. By showcasing them in the training facility we will help demonstrate the difference between them, and how they work with different printing technologies."

The course titles will be announced shortly, but topics will include: an introduction to digital media; business development; practical application skills; and creative design.

In addition, the Drytac Academy will play a role in Drytac's R&D; with so many different technologies on hand, the development team can run tests and create samples quickly and easily in-house.

Gareth Newman is a product specialist with over six years' experience in the industry, moving to Drytac from Roland. Prior to Roland, he was an experienced sign-maker, having worked in the sign industry since he was a teenager.

"We're delighted to welcome Gareth Newman to Drytac and are looking forward to opening the new Drytac Academy with Gareth leading the training," says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac. "He has the experience, knowledge and energy to drive a new approach in professional training - from newcomers to veterans."
(Drytac Europe Limited)

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Metsä Board strengthens its packaging design services  (Company news)

Picture: (from left to right) Ilkka Harju, Iiro Numminen and Marko Leiviskä

Metsä Board operates Packaging Service teams on three continents – Europe, the Americas and APAC – to jointly, with customers, create lighter, more environmentally friendly and efficient packaging. Metsä Board is delighted to announce that the teams will be further strengthened with new design expertise following the appointments of Marko Leiviskä and Iiro Numminen.

Marko Leiviskä, Metsä Board’s new Graphic Packaging Designer, has a strong global background working for brand owners, converters and board mills. This experience has given him a unique perspective on how packaging can strengthen a brand and this role will allow him to combine his technical skills into design and brand strategy. He moves to Metsä Board from OneMusketeer Oy, where he worked as an entrepreneur and head of design. He has experience of designing and conceptualising global campaigns for companies like Metsä Board, Stora Enso, Kotkamills, Walki Group and Woikoski. Before OneMusketeer, he worked for Konsepti Advertising and Drum Communications.

Iiro Numminen, Metsä Board’s new Structural Packaging Designer, has worked as a structural designer for almost eight years and has a deep knowledge of production methods related to the conversion of paperboard as well as digital tools. He constantly seeks new innovative ways to use the fibre based materials. His latest innovation ‘Stretching Inner Part’ was chosen as the winner of Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge in 2018. He moves to Metsä Board from the packaging design team at Pa-Hu Oy, a manufacturer of corrugated board and packaging solutions.

Says Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA: “We are pleased to have extended our global Packaging Services expertise with the appointments of both Marko and Iiro. Both are highly experienced designers with extensive knowledge of the requirements for sustainable, efficient and high impact branding and packaging.”
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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Siegwerk supports CEFLEX to further enhance the performance of flexible packaging in the ...  (Company news)

...circular economy

As a member of CEFLEX, Siegwerk again emphasizes its strong sustainability commitment by actively driving the development of advanced flexible packaging solutions to further strengthen a circular economy approach for flexible packaging.

Siegwerk, one of the leading global providers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, cooperates with CEFLEX, a collaborative European consortium of companies and associations representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging, to develop advanced flexible packaging solutions for a circular economy. Siegwerk is a committed member of the initiative contributing its extensive ink expertise to enhance performance and recyclability of flexible packaging to help realize the full potential for a sustainable future.

The CEFLEX initiative unites almost 100 companies and associations from the entire value chain of flexible packaging – from manufacturers of packaging films and processors (including ink providers), to brand owners, retailers and specialized companies for recycling. “CEFLEX is the most significant and solution-oriented industrial initiative for flexible packaging,” explains Jörg-Peter Langhammer, Head of Global PSR + Sustainability at Siegwerk. “It offers a perfect platform to network and exchange with experts from other areas and to cooperatively shape the future by redesign and innovation, along with the parallel development of a strong infrastructure to collect, sort and recycle flexible packaging. I am firmly convinced that together we can make a real difference.” Siegwerk has joined CEFLEX in 2017 as the first ink provider. Prior to that, the company was already contributing to preliminary projects regarding the future of flexible packaging managed by the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

The CEFLEX commitment and New Plastics Economy
Flexible packaging represents an application area that provides customized product protection at minimum total cost and with the lowest environmental impact – in other words it is very resource efficient. CEFLEX and its stakeholders are fully committed to the goal of 100 percent collection and recycling of all plastic packaging. Working together, the initiative’s underlying goal is to prepare a comprehensive sustainability and circular economy roadmap for flexible packaging by 2020. Next to design guidelines for flexible packaging in a circular economy this roadmap shall include activity plans for an increased resource efficiency as well as measures for the optimized collection of flexible packaging waste and recovery of recyclables. By 2025 CEFLEX wants to establish a collection, sorting and reprocessing infrastructure based on the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly processes, concretely developed for post-consumer flexible packaging across Europe. Alongside with CEFLEX, Siegwerk fully supports the Global Commitment and Common Vision issued by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) on a New Plastics Economy envisaging a future where plastic, including flexible plastic packaging, is never becoming waste and is in line with a circular economy.

Siegwerk’s contribution
Siegwerk’s contribution applies to printing inks and varnishes and their essential role in the future of flexible packaging. Today, the company’s experts are participating in three of the seven overall workstreams that were established to achieve CEFLEX’s defined goals. These include:
1. Design Guidelines for a Circular Economy
2. Sustainable End Markets
3. Facilitating Technologies

Through its work, Siegwerk contributes to the design guidelines for flexible packaging in a circular economy and the influence of inks and printed layers on the automatic sortability of flexible packaging waste and on recyclates derived from mechanical recycling including extrusion. Together with all other stakeholders, Siegwerk takes the discussion further and investigates the removal from inks and printed layers during the recycling process (deinking) to improve the quality of the recyclates. Ultimately, Siegwerk is engaged in investigations on ink influence within advanced recycling technologies like chemical recycling where polymers are extracted from pre-sorted post-consumer waste streams. Apart from mechanical recycling many of these advanced recycling technologies haven’t been used on a large scale yet and thus might be promising options for the future.

The company’s strong commitment within the CEFLEX network is once again demonstrating its leading role in terms of sustainability and product safety. Sustainability means progress for Siegwerk. Siegwerk has a wealth of experience with inks for paper & board applications and the corresponding need for ultimate deinkability of inks to support paper recycling. The company offers ink series that are compostable according to DIN EN 13432. Siegwerk also makes every effort to further develop bio-based inks – like the newly- developed water-based ink range UniBio – with an increased share of raw materials based on renewable resources. With its ink series Sicura Litho NutriEco Siegwerk also markets the world’s first low migration UV ink range for cosmetics and food applications that has been awarded Gold status of the “Cradle to Cradle® Material Health Certification” by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). This means, that these inks are safe for recycling processes and therefore fit well into the circular economy approach. These are just a few examples of Siegwerk’s extensive activities to further shape the future of packaging through innovative and sustainable ink solutions.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

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BOBST K4000 with Hawkeye installed at IG Design Group UK Ltd   (Company news)

IG Design Group UK Ltd had their new BOBST K4000 1650 installed in their South Wales manufacturing facility in December 2017.

In order to increase capacity and enhance product capability, the company chose a BOBST K4000 1650 due to BOBST’s reputation in the market as a proven solutions provider and the unique BOBST Hawkeye monitoring system. BOBST Hawkeye is an OD beam measuring up to 4.5 OD at 25mm pitch that detects pinholes and other defects alerting the operator immediately to ensure no interruptions to production, improving quality and machine efficiency.

The BOBST K4000 is used as part of the Transfer Metallizing process developed by IG Design Group to manufacture gift wrap. The process encompasses Coating of a fully recyclable, polyester based carrier film with a fully sustainable water based varnish system, transferred onto an FSC accredited base substrate.

Commenting on the purchase, Lance Burn, Managing Director from IG Design Group said “Our new BOBST K4000 has been operational since the start of this year and we are very satisfied with the performance. When we needed to expand our capacity to meet demand, we chose BOBST due to their experience and reputation in the metallizing market and also as a UK manufacturer, their ability to offer local service support”.

IG Design Group offer a complete end-to-end service from design to distribution across four product categories of Celebrations, Stationery & Creative Play, Gifting and Not-for-resale paper bags. The company began in 1979 as Scandinavian Design to design, manufacture and supply gift wrap to retail and wholesale customers. After a number of mergers and acquisitions the company is today a global business operating under the name of IG Design Group.
(Bobst Manchester Ltd)

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TRESU exhibits automated ink supply solutions for enhanced flexo performance, ...  (Company news)

... with presentations of Flexo Innovator inline press at PrintPack India 2019

Picture: TRESU F10 iCon Ink Supply System

At PrintPack India 2019, TRESU Group, together with its regional agent CGSASP, will show its ancillary solutions for automating ink supply and enhancing quality, efficiency and output on flexographic label and packaging presses (Stand G12, Hall 9, India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi, 1-6 February). The company will also present information about its Flexo Innovator, an inline flexo printing and converting machine for paperboard applications, combining high speed, minimised waste and fast setup times.

TRESU’s Ancillary division will highlight the vital contribution its programme of chamber doctor blades and ink supply systems make in optimising print quality, waste elimination and machine uptime.

Pressure-control with chamber doctor blades for all flexo situations
Covering label, paperboard, flexible packaging, tissue and specialist coating applications, TRESU’s chamber programme is available for all web widths between 185mm and 6000mm. Using the company’s unique “Pressure Control Technology”, the chambers eliminate air contamination and microfoaming, to ensure clean, uniform print on the substrate. A long-life rubber seal system provides an airtight enclosure, preventing leakage, and maintains consistent ink pressure. Ink quality is assured by a liquid barrier, formed between the rotating anilox rolls and the chamber, preventing air from entering the cells during production. The chamber doctor blades also feature fast, safe blade-exchange as standard. Light-weight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre and ceramic alternatives are available. Chamber doctor blades may be supplied with new presses and retrofitted on existing ones.

For web widths from 1600mm to 6000mm (63in to 236.22in), the new TRESU MaxiPrint Concept chamber features an integrated cleaning nozzle with a robustly designed water-shot mechanism for fast, efficient cleaning of the chamber and the anilox roll. A low-pressure shot mechanism ensures minimal water loss during cleaning. The TRESU ‘P-Line’ pneumatic clamping system ensures blade-exchange within two minutes.

The TRESU FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber doctor blade is for narrow web flexo applications up to 800mm wide. With an integrated high-capacity reservoir, the TRESU SAVEink is ideal for process and spot colours as well as high ink-transfer printing, without the need for a connected pump. It is sealed and locks into place in seconds without the risk of spilling or ink contamination. Ink may be added to the reservoir without stopping the press.

Also featured are other models in the FlexiPrint range: FlexiPrint Basic and FlexiPrint Reservoir, offering high price-performance ratios. These doctor blade systems maximise print quality, ink usage and savings on waste.

FlexiPrint Basic offers high-quality doctoring for anilox rolls from 80mm to 2000mm in width and between 60mm and 400mm in diameter. Suitable for water, solvent and UV-curable inks and coatings, FlexiPrint Basic features TRESU’s patented ‘E-Line’ eccentric clamping system and seals for fast, accurate and easy doctor blade changes, and protection of ink quality.
FlexiPrint Reservoir is designed for water-based and UV coatings. It can be manually filled or used with a pump. The easy-load cassette enables fast colour / coating changes and the patented seals mean that surplus ink can be reserved in the chamber for future use.

Supply systems and circulators for consistent ink and coating application
TRESU is recognised for its ink supply systems, which can be part of the configuration of a new press or retrofitted. The F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, to ensure a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate without air contamination. An energy-efficient system, it provides thorough automatic cleaning with a complete ink change cycle taking between 5 and 15 minutes. As part of the automatic cleaning, a very large proportion of the unused ink can be returned to the bucket. Information on TRESU’s full range of coating circulators and conditioners for high-viscosity coatings will also be available on the stand.

The flexo process provides the optimum solution for applying coating over offset and digitally printed graphics. Flexographic ancillary technologies from TRESU, including chamber doctor blades, circulators and conditioners, can be integrated with offset and digital presses to apply sensually appealing matte, gloss and textured varnishes to commercial and packaging print-work, consistently and accurately. Equipment is also available for high-viscosity and specialist effects, including Iriodine and mettalure. TRESU also provides drying technology for fast air drying or curing at higher speed.

Flexo Innovator: advanced inline flexographic printing
Information, samples and animations about the TRESU Flexo Innovator flexo printing machine for advanced, high-quality, high-speed packaging production for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates will also be available on the stand.

With its customised line configuration, in web widths from 670mm to 1700mm, the Flexo Innovator can integrate water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks, as well as value-adding complementary processes, including double-sided printing, gravure coating (double-sided), inkjet, cold foil and lamination. Speeds of up to 800m/minute make the Flexo Innovator an advanced, versatile solution for both short and long-run production.

Global support
TRESU adds value to its customers’ operations with a responsive global support network, with subsidiaries and agents providing technical and sales assistance, training, and application consultancy to optimise returns on investment. CGSASP Pvt Ltd, based in New Delhi and representing TRESU Group in India, provides a first point of contact for enquiries, as well as a local source of support and consumable products.

“While the packaging printing market in India is strong and vibrant, we are increasingly competing against regions with high levels and fresh investment,” says Kunal Gandhi, managing director, CGSASP. “Rising quality standards and demands for fast-turnaround times with shorter run lengths require modern equipment and systems. TRESU’s retrofittable chamber doctor blades, ink supply and other ancillary equipment are ideal for improving production efficiency and competitiveness.

“With fast responses, a strong support network and application expertise, CGSASP and TRESU offer a dynamic partnership with local knowledge to Indian converters,” he concludes.
(Tresu A/S)

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Valmet achieves the best rating in CDP's climate program ranking  (Company news)

Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by receiving the best A rating in CDP's climate program ranking. The results were published today, January 22, 2019.

CDP's evaluation is based on the company's 2018 disclosure about its actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

"It is an honor to receive this acknowledgement for our contribution to climate change mitigation. Valmet's technology and services increase raw material efficiency and enable our customers to manufacture sustainable products from renewable resources. We also have a systematic program to reduce CO2 emissions in our own operations with a focus on sustainable transportation, energy-efficiency improvements and process optimization. We continuously investigate new ways to improve the energy, water and material efficiency of our solutions and to bring new innovations to the market," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Valmet.

Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. Valmet's comprehensive Sustainability360º agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

In 2018 Valmet was also included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe.
(Valmet Corporation)

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VTT is developing a software tool for continuous monitoring of the environmental ...  (Company news)

... loading of a production plant

In the future, it will be possible to control a paper machine, for example, on the basis of its carbon footprint. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a software tool for on-line life cycle assessment that offers information to the operators of production equipment or an entire plant concerning the impacts of operational procedures on product-based environmental loading.

Climate change and increasing shortages of natural resources are encouraging business enterprises to clarify how their products and services are burdening the environment throughout their entire life cycle. Methods include the calculation of carbon footprints, acidification or eutrophication of waterways, use of fossil raw materials and rare minerals, and nitrogen and sulphur emissions. However, the means to understand the environmental impacts of emissions caused during production on a real time basis are still inadequate.

There are several advantages to monitoring production-based environmental impacts in real time. Not only can processes be optimised more precisely, but all employees participating in the control process can also see the effects on the environment resulting from their decisions. For example, the operator of a paper machine can see, in real time, how the running of the machine impacts its carbon footprint.

VTT is developing an on-line LCA software tool that provides data to the operators of production equipment, a process section or an entire plant concerning the impacts of procedures on production- and product-based environmental loading. The system reacts to changes made during production and provides its users with information on environmental loading related to these changes.

The system also takes the procurement of raw materials into consideration in the life cycle assessment.

VTT’s research scientists have tested the modelling tool by connecting it to a distillation column control system at Tampere University of Technology. The test indicated that the method is technically feasible. Introducing the modelling tool to the data transfer chain of the entire plant as well as to its historical materials data still requires cooperation with the process facilities and automation suppliers.
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

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Toscotec’s Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD starts up at CMPC in Argentina  (Company news)

Papelera del Plata, part of CMPC Tissue Latam group, fired up a TT SYD-12FT supplied by Toscotec. The new TT SYD is installed on PM3 at Papelera del Plata - Zarate mill in Argentina. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who in 2010 fired up another TT SYD at CMPC Tissue’s Industria Papelera Uruguaya SA in Uruguay. These TT SYD replaced two existing Steel Yankee dryers supplied by another manufacturer.

The new TT SYD-12FT features a diameter of 3,660 mm and a face width of 2,800 mm. The scope of supply includes Toscotec’s patented deckle insulation system, which allows for safe and practical application of the deckle insulation on the Yankee’s heads without any machining, the drive group, support and bearings, and the main components of the steam and condensate system. The service package included the engineering design, installation supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance, as well as onsite training program.

Simone Pieruccini, Toscotec’s Pressure Vessel Technical Manager, says “In order to meet the stringent delivery requirements of the customer, we manufactured and delivered the TT SYD in record time. From the project kick-off meeting to the notice of goods ready for shipment, it took us only 3 and a half months. Thanks to the good cooperation with Papelera del Plata, installation, commissioning and start-up were very successful and the TT SYD started performing well from day one.”
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Durst targets more converters with Tau 330 RSC E launch  (Company news)

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has launched the Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass press (photo) that will bring affordable digital production to increasing numbers of converters.

Specifically targeted at small and medium converters in the mid-tier market, the budget-priced new model – prices start from €350,000 – will be field upgradable to the full Durst Tau RSC high-speed press at full 8 colours and 78 linear meters/min (245 ft./min).

In line with Durst’s “Configure Your Digital Future” theme, the press is available in 330mm and 244mm print widths, offering 4 colors or 4 colors and white option in full-speed mode. The Tau RSC E benefits from Durst’s state-of-the-art RSC technology. Its native resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi combined with its smallest drop size of 2 pl provides photo-like quality.

Production capabity of 1,020 m² / hour is achievable with a printing speed of 52 m/min at full color including White. High pigmented inks reduce ink consumption by up to 20% per sq meter, optimising running costs to the lowest possible level.

All options from the Tau 330 RSC can be fitted to the new model, which include the chill roller, variable data printing or the external jumbo winders. The new machine runs at 52 linear m/min and can have up to 8 color stations (CMYK-W-OVG). Fast, efficient, powerful and easy-to-use preppress Durst Workflow Label software is also offered.

Helmuth Munter, Segment Manager, Durst Label & Packaging Printing, said: “During the development of the Dust Tau 330 RSC E, a special focus was dedicated to the upgradeability and flexibility of the press. This is an important addition to the Durst Tau RSC family of variable, versatile, adjustable and configurable machine systems. Affordable digital label printing is now available to increasing numbers of converters and printers. We’re incredibly excited at the new opportunities that the new and budget priced press model will open up for increasing numbers of converters. Digital UV Inkjet label printing is definitely here.”
(Durst Phototechnik AG)

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ANDRITZ starts up modernized board machine successfully at R.D.M. Arnsberg  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ started up the modernized BM3 board machine successfully in Arnsberg, Germany, for R.D.M. Arnsberg GmbH at the beginning of January 2019 after a delivery time of just eight months.

In this contract, ANDRITZ was responsible for the new design of feed system for the new headbox, adapting the required dewatering capacity, and for recirculation of the white water. The components supplied by ANDRITZ are set up for a future production speed of 1,000 m/min and enable a significant improvement in the quality of formation as well as enhancing the profile stability of the top ply to obtain better processability of the finished products. At the moment, the production speed is approximately 780 m/min and the working width is 3.63 m.

The scope of supply includes a PrimeFlow SW headbox for the top ply, including a new headbox pipe, new dewatering elements, as well as a new white water channel with white water tank. In addition to installation of new frame parts needed for the top ply wire, the couch press frame was also repaired and adapted to meet future production requirements.

The work on the press frame and installation of the entire ANDRITZ scope of supply was performed by ANDRITZ Local Service Mönchengladbach.

The very successful and punctual project execution was all thanks to perfect coordination and, above all, close collaboration between ANDRITZ and R.D.M. The cornerstone of this success was laid in the project phase, when detailed concepts were developed in intensive cooperation with the customer. This successful start-up confirms ANDRITZ’s position as one of the world’s leading global suppliers of complete lines, key components, services and rebuilds for paper and board production.

The RDM Group is the second largest producer of coated recycled fiber board in Europe and the largest in Italy, France and the Iberian peninsula. The group also manufactures products based on virgin fibers. The location in Arnsberg produces coated liner grades for packaging made of corrugated board.
(Andritz AG)

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Sixth Annual KODAK SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Program Recognizes 13 ...  (Company news)

... Printers for Excellence in Sustainable Printing

Kodak, a global leader in developing environmentally sustainable printing solutions, today announced the 2018 KODAK SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winners, which includes 13 printers from around the world. The program, now in its sixth year, celebrates printing industry partners who are leaders in adopting sustainable practices and in offering their customers eco-friendly options for their printing needs.

The 2018 winners are: Artes Gráficas Sagitario (Bolivia); Presse-Druck- und Verlags-GmbH (Germany); Blackmore Group (UK); Colour King (South Africa); PT. Gelora Aksara Pratama (Indonesia); Hebei Xindong Printing Co. (China); Leanin Tree (US); Mitchell Press (Canada); The Profeather Printing Co., Ltd. (DongGuan) (China); SRB Printing (South Korea); Stuff New Zealand (New Zealand); Toyokuni Printing Co. (Japan); Wijeya Newspapers (Sri Lanka).

In addition to integrating KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates into their operations, each of the winning companies demonstrated an ongoing commitment to investing in sustainable business practices. Award entrants were judged on a range of criteria, including management practices to improve energy and water efficiency, participation in local community sustainability initiatives and the use of eco-conscious materials and supplies. All submissions are reviewed with scores determined by a panel of Kodak judges.

“At Kodak we believe that sustainable printing provides the critical foundation for bolstering business success and each of this year’s SONORA Green Leaf Award winners are once again exemplary examples of how to put this practice in action,” said John O’Grady, President of Kodak’s Print Systems Division. “The specific outcomes that each of these printers yields from incorporating more eco-friendly actions into their whole business are quite tangible, from reduced operating costs to measurable increases in key performance metrics that benefit their customers.”

One of the most meaningful ways Kodak contributes to a more sustainable world is to empower customers to meet their sustainability objectives, which is why Kodak’s product engineering prioritizes environmental sustainability. KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates are the centerpiece of Kodak’s sustainable product offering, with over 4,000 customers using the technology worldwide and on pace to grow in adoption with the latest version, SONORA X, enabling 80% of printers to switch to process free plates. Beyond SONORA Plates, Kodak’s CTP (computer-to-plate) solutions reduce energy consumption by up to 95 percent compared to alternative platforms. KODAK PROSPER Presses and KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology have print head components designed for refurbishment and reuse, while the KODAK NEXPRESS Press and KODAK NEXFINITY Platforms include environmentally responsible features, like HD Dry Inks that create virtually no emissions and electrical power requirements significantly below those of alternative platforms.
(Eastman Kodak Company)

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On a visit to Voith, CEO of German Koehler Paper Group inspects the ...  (Company news)

... manufacturing process of the world’s largest MG cylinder

- New cylinder has a diameter of 7.3 meters
- Equipment is being manufactured at Voith’s plant in São Paulo

Picture: Kai Furler, CEO of German Koehler Paper Group, inspects the manufacturing process of the world’s largest MG cylinder, accompanied by Hjalmar Fugmann, President of Voith Paper South America

Voith’s South American headquarters, located in the Jaraguá district in São Paulo, Brazil, welcomed Mr. Kai Furler, CEO of the German Koehler Paper Group, for a visit in the first half of December 2018. The executive came to Voith Brazil to inspect the manufacturing process of the world’s largest MG cylinder (with a diameter of 7.3 meters, weighing 180 tons), which will be shipped in early 2019 to Koehler’s mill located in the German city of Kehl.

The Koehler Paper Group, already leading the market with a variety of specialty papers, will use the new paper machine with its MG cylinder to produce paper for flexible packaging, aiming at replacing petrol-based packaging with fiber-based materials from renewable sources. The goal is to replace plastic with paper where it is viable.

Manufactured out of carbon steel plates, the MG cylinder yields higher smoothness on one side of the paper during the manufacturing process. As Koehler’s long-standing business partner, Voith has already supplied other machines to the German paper producer.

Manufactured entirely in Brazil, the MG cylinder stands for the quality and reliability of the work carried out by Voith’s Brazilian staff, and it bears witness to the capabilities of the manufacturing shop located in São Paulo, which produces components for customers worldwide. In addition to the MG cylinder, Voith Brazil’s scope of supply includes smaller, 1.8-meter diameter cylinders that will also be shipped to Koehler’s plant in Kehl.

During his visit, Kai Furler toured the entire Voith plant in São Paulo, including the Tissue Innovation Center, an industry benchmark for the development of new products.

“The visit was excellent, and the cylinder will soon be shipped to its final destination,” said Hjalmar Fugmann, President of Voith Paper South America. “From our side, we feel a strong sense of mission accomplished, as well as the pride of participating in another bold project like this one, which reinforces our position as a full-line supplier for the paper industry with a focus on promoting cutting-edge technologies for our customers.”
(Voith Paper Máquinas e Equipamentos Ltda, São Paulo)

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International Paper Again Selected to FORTUNE's List of World's Most Admired Companies  (Company news)

Picture: Mark S. Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced that it has been named again by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "Worlds Most Admired Companies." International Paper has earned this recognition sixteen times in the last seventeen years based on scores achieved in the following categories:

1. Ability to attract and retain talented people
2. Quality of management
3. Social responsibility to the community and the environment
4. Innovativeness
5. Quality of products or services
6. Wise use of corporate assets
7. Financial soundness
8. Long-term investment value
9. Effectiveness in doing business globally

"This recognition reflects the exceptional talent and commitment of International Paper's 52,000 employees around the globe," said Mark Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer. "We work with the world's leading brands to make products that improve peoples' lives and we mobilize our people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work. I want to thank our global team members for this well-deserved achievement."
(International Paper)

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News Desk Flexible Packaging and Sustainability: new online toolkit offers facts and figures  (Company news)

Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) presents new toolkit looking at the sustainability of flexible packaging / Main target groups are people working in the fields of flexible packaging and products packed in flexible packaging but also the general public

A new toolkit has been created by Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), who have put together and created visual formats to explain about flexible packaging and sustainability. It is available free of charge to anyone interested in the subject, from the association’s website.

“With our comprehensive information package, we want to highlight, how flexible packaging supports sustainable consumption and production of food. Flexible Packaging actually offers many advantages when it comes to sustainability, especially when looking at the big picture – this is backed by scientific facts,” explains Jean-Paul Duquet, FPE’s Director of Sustainability. “Still sustainability in packaging remains a complex matter and we have tried to reduce complexity by providing a practical overview with facts and figures at European level over much-debated key issues like circular economy or food waste.

Easy-to-understand infographics for example explain that flexible packaging is designed to actually minimise the use of packaging materials and how it how it helps preserve valuable goods and reduce risks of food waste. “Very often, flexible packaging is more resource efficient than alternative packaging solutions – serving the same purpose while consuming less material and energy resources throughout the entire lifecycle,” adds Duquet. “We have created a useful tool for the different audiences, helping them to better understand and further explain the role of flexible packaging in sustainability”.

The toolkit comprises downloadable infographics, posters, a fact sheet and a useful pocket guide. The information is currently available in five languages: English, German, French, Italian and Spanish (Polish and Turkish to follow soon) making it a very comprehensive and accessible source of information about the sustainability of flexible packaging.
(FPE Flexible Packaging Europe)

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Product marking by passion: cab enters its 44th company year  (Company news)

Klaus and Alexander Bardutzky have with passion and insistence turned an idea into a global 400 employees company. 44 years after the company was founded, cab is a leader in automated and highly precise labeling and Europe's largest manufacturer of label printing systems.

The wide range of accessories for every application has been unique in this market segment. Amongst others, modules for automatic label application, label rewinders or unwinders, cutters to separate labels or devices for label stacking are provided. In terms of the motherboard, printer language and drivers, RAM and interfaces, the various cab printers are built on the same platform. A unitary large, colored touch display enables each of the devices to be operated the same way. In addition, the same components are used in many cab device types. Companies that are using the devices benefit from minimal spare parts handling and low service costs.

Setting benchmarks
cab’s product history proves that it is worth to go untouched paths sometimes. The devices of the current generation automatically indicate that they want to be maintained or that the material to be printed resp. the ribbon are running short and must be replaced. Labels can be loaded remotely, as well as label characteristics can be read and variable data be exchanged for printing. Operating parameters such as the print head's running performance so far, its temperature or the number of labels still to be printed in the current print job are displayed just in time. Information is transferred by the printer to the plant’s control system and is identified and interpreted by the latter. The appropriate measure is initiated directly. cab was a trendsetter in label printing in stand-alone mode as well as the hinged printer cover with a transparent panoramic window enabling to track the printing process. When the GHS was confirmed as a globally consistent system for classifying and labeling chemicals and came into force in accordance with European law, cab printers were the first to enable two-color label printing in one operation.

High level of vertical integration
In terms of business economics, the company's mission statement is derived from independence. Investments in employees, buildings, equipment and machinery are made from the company's own resources, while profits are reinvested in the company. All competencies for the whole process chain of electronic, mechanic and software engineering are provided in-house. All mechanical and plastic components used in the devices and plants are manufactured in the production plant in Sömmerda. Three large halls for production and storage and 10,000 square meters floor space form the basis for ultra-modern production. The machinery and equipment on site are continually further developed. Thus, preconditions are set up to manufacture even complex marking systems economically. In addition to the German sites, local subsidiaries in France, the USA, Mexico, China, Taiwan and South Africa as well as a global network of distribution and service partners enable high availability of devices, spare parts and manpower all over the world.
(cab Produkttechnik Gesellschaft für Computer- und Automations- Bausteine mbH & Co KG)

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Arctic Paper to close down CWF machine in Grycksbo in March  (Company news)

45,000 tpy of fine paper capacity will be taken from the market on 1 March, when Arctic Paper's PM 7 at Grycksbo will be stopped.

Photo: Arctic Paper's Grycksbo mill. Photo courtesy of Arctic Paper

Swedish-Polish fine paper manufacturer Arctic Paper is planning to definitely idle the PM 7 at its Grycksbo mill in Sweden and has now announced a concrete date for the closure. The mill's managing director told EUWID that production at the fine paper machine was planned to be stopped on 1 March this year.

PM 7 is the smallest of three machines at the Grycksbo site and has the capacity to produce 45,000 tpy of coated woodfree paper. The mill as a whole can produce up to 265,000 tpy of paper. The spokesman also mentioned that the machine had not run in full in the past years and that production was currently down.
(EUWID Pulp and Paper)

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Change in Duni Management team  (Company news)

Linus Lemark (photo), Business Area Director Meal Service, is appointed Business Area Director Table Top.

Linus Lemark will take over the role as Business Area Director Table Top on January 31th 2019. Linus Lemark will continue as Business Area Director Meal Service until we find a successor. This process will start immediately.

“Linus has been instrumental in the very positive development of the Meal Service Business Area in the last six years. I’m confident he will also lead the Table Top Business Area, which focuses on the HoReCa market, in the same successful way”, says Johan Sundelin, President and CEO.

Robert Dackeskog leaves his position as Business Area Director Table Top on January 31th. Robert has been employed by Duni and member of the management team since 2012. During his first three years he successfully led Business Area Consumer. At the end of 2015 he took over the responsibility as Director of Business Area Table Top.

Johan Sundelin, CEO, comments: ”I want to thank Robert for his valuable contribution to both the Consumer and Table Top businesses for the past seven years. He will now proceed with his career outside of Duni and I wish him the very best for the future.”
(Duni AB)

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P&G Thinks Inside the Box with New Tide Eco-Box   (Company news)

New bag-in-box designed for eCommerce ships Liquid Tide more efficiently

Tide has reimagined its classic liquid detergent with a new Eco-Box package containing an ultra-concentrated formula designed for eCommerce.

The Tide Eco-Box arrives on a shopper's doorstep in a sealed, shipping-safe cardboard box. Inside the box is a sealed bag of ultra-compacted Tide liquid laundry detergent. To use, a perforated cardboard flap is peeled off to reveal a dosing cup and a new “no-drip” twist tap. To make dosing simpler on flat surfaces, the box includes a pull-out stand to raise the height of the box so the cup fits easily beneath the tap.

The name “Eco-Box” is a nod both to eCommerce and the lighter shipping footprint these packages are designed to drive. Products sold online typically need to be packaged with a second or third layer of packaging like cardboard boxing and bubble wrap that’s then discarded by the consumer. To address this, P&G designed the Tide Eco-Box to ship as efficiently as possible on its journey from a manufacturing site to a retailer’s warehouse to a consumer’s front door.

“We know that the ‘last mile’ remains the biggest challenge both economically and ecologically in eCommerce,” said Isaac Hellemn, Brand Manager for eCommerce innovation in P&G’s Fabric Care group. “The Tide Eco-Box is designed to keep the convenience of online shopping for the consumer but reduce the overall impact of that convenience on our environment.”

The new Tide Eco-Box:
-Contains less packaging, 60% less plastic and 30% less water than the current 150 oz Tide press-tap
-Doesn’t require any secondary re-boxing or bubble wrap,
-Is lighter because of its ultra-compacted formula, and
-Takes up less space because of its boxed design, which means more loads of laundry can fit on fewer delivery trucks.

The Tide Eco-Box is the first product launch from P&G Fabric Care’s eCommerce Innovation Group. “For the first time, we have designed a package ‘eComm-Back,’ beginning with the unique challenges and opportunities the eCommerce environment presents,” said Sundar Raman, Vice President of P&G’s North America Fabric Care business. “This is a fundamentally different approach than we’ve taken in the past and represents our relentless obsession with delighting consumers – wherever they want to purchase our brands.”

P&G will continue to innovate in the ecommerce space as it adapts its product offerings for the channels its consumers are shopping. “We have some pretty exciting ecommerce projects we’re working on, and that shouldn’t be surprising,” says Isaac Hellemn, “eCommerce isn’t a trend anymore, it’s a reality, and we’re excited to keep innovating for it.”
(Procter & Gamble Paper Products Co)