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The Robinette Company Partners with Asahi Photoproducts for Productivity, Quality Improvements

The Robinette Company Partners with Asahi Photoproducts for Productivity, Quality Improvements  (Company news)

Asahi AWP™ water-washable plates deliver a 50% reduction in makeready time, 33% increase in plate room throughput, 31% improvement in OEE, and a more sustainable platemaking process

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, reported that flexible film and paper packaging manufacturer and converter The Robinette Company has been able to completely eliminate solvent-based platemaking from its Bristol, Tennessee, plant. The company, which employs 300 and specializes in sustainable packaging for the food, beverage, nutraceutical, construction, textile and health care markets, has been using Asahi AWP™-DEF water-washable plates for several years, and is in the process of upgrading to Asahi AWP™-DEW plates for even more productivity improvements.

Photo from left to right: Mark Hamblin and Gene Martin at The Robinette Company Bristol facility.

“We have reduced our platemaking process from three hours to one hour for the first plate out, with subsequent plates delivered in 20 minutes,” states Gene Martin, Plant Manager at the Bristol facility. “This has given us a 33% increase in capacity in the plate room. Now, with the Asahi AWP™-DEW plates, the first plate out time will be 20 minutes, with subsequent plates delivered faster than that.”

In addition to revolutionizing its plate room and eliminating all hazardous chemicals, The Robinette Company has also achieved significant pressroom benefits. With solvent plates, presses at Robinette delivered a 49.58% Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Now with Asahi AWP™ plates, that has jumped to 64.92%, a 31% increase in OEE for the press room, with reduced makeready times and fewer press stops for plate cleaning. More specifically, the average time per month it took press operators to get a job in register with solvent plates was 297 minutes, while AWP™ plates took an average of 151 minutes.

“That’s a 50% reduction in makeready time,” Martin reports. “This is largely driven by the reduction in changeover time for jobs that share like colors, which represents about 65% of our jobs and has been reduced by two hours. Add all of that to our 33% gain in capacity in the plate room, and it is fair to say that with Asahi AWP™ plates, our plate and press rooms have been revolutionized!”

Clean Transfer Technology plates from Asahi Photoproducts have been specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the printed substrate. This is due to the plate’s lower surface energy. Clean Transfer Technology plates do not need to be cleaned as often as conventional digital solvent plates. Reduction of plate cleaning stops creates a significant productivity improvement as well.

The Robinette Company is the first in North America to use the next generation of Asahi water-washable plates, AWP™-DEW, and is in the process of implementing these plates. “Our first time out for a plate with the AWP™-DEW plates is reduced from an hour to 20 minutes, with subsequent plates produced about every 15 minutes,” Martin says. “Along with this, we were also the first in the country to have Asahi’s AWP 4260 inline plate processor, which reduces water consumption by reusing the wash water and reduces the amount of operator intervention required in the platemaking process. We use the AWP 4260 for production, but we also have a smaller offline Asahi system we use in case we have a damaged plate on press and we are down. We can generate a new plate in a very short time with this system.”
(Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)

Jet Press 750S wins coveted Red Dot Design and iF Design awards

Jet Press 750S wins coveted Red Dot Design and iF Design awards   (Company news)

Built for usability, functionality and performance, Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S has collected two prestigious European design awards already in 2019

Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S has been recognised for its innovative design, collecting both the 2019 Red Dot and iF Design awards. The awards are two of the world’s three most prestigious design awards, alongside the American International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), recognised internationally as a sought-after seal of approval for quality design.

The Jet Press 750S, new in 2018, features a striking and sleek, black and silver panelled body designed for easier to cleaning and maintenance. It is more compact in size than the 720S model, in order to maximise usability and streamline production workflow processes. Controls can be viewed remotely from a tablet or smartphone, contributing to the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the machine.

Mark Stephenson, Product Manager, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe comments: “We are delighted for the Jet Press 750S to have won these awards, as they are recognition of our dedication to continuous development in design and innovation. We have created a visually striking machine with every aspect tailored to enhance and improve the user experience, the functionality and the value of the product. We are proud of what we have created in the Jet Press 750S, and delighted it has been recognised with these two awards.”

The Jet Press 750S was one of 24 Fujifilm products across its many divisions that won a Red Dot Design award this year – Fujifilm’s highest record to date. 19 other Fujifilm products across various divisions also received iF Design awards in 2019.
(Fujifilm UK Ltd)

Ence' biofactory in Navia managed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2018

Ence' biofactory in Navia managed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2018  (Company news)

• The plant is located as one of the energy facilities with the best records in all of Asturias.

• The company plans to implement in 2019 a new control mechanism that will allow to continue improving the environmental performance of the organization.

Ence’s biofactory in Navia substantially improved its environmental performance in 2018, by reducing the tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere by 2,800 compared to the previous year’s data. This was confirmed by the verification audit of greenhouse gas emissions to which the plant was submitted at the end of last year. The audit results in the best emission efficiency data for this biofactory, in relation to its production.

With these data, the plant is among the best records of energy generation facilities in the region. The greatest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions has been achieved thanks to the reduction in fuel consumption, both in the recovery boiler, linked to the industrial process of pulp, and in the biomass boiler. Overall, the use of this fuel was reduced by 1,854 tons compared to 2017.

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the Navia biofactory confirms Ence’s commitment to the defense and care of the environment. Within this line, in the company’s bio-factories, measures to reduce the carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency are being carried out, and in 2019 work has begun to define a protocol for calculating the carbon footprint. of the organization that allows better directing actions in these areas.

Finally, it is necessary to emphasize that Ence contributes to the mitigation of climate change through its own activity, thanks to the carbon fixation in its forest areas, to the use of biomass as an energy source in the cellulose bio-factories and generation of renewable energy in independent power plants.
(Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

Full speed ahead at SCA's tree nurseries

Full speed ahead at SCA's tree nurseries  (Company news)

The season at SCA’s nurseries has begun in earnest. This year, we are growing almost 100 million seedlings and the first greenhouses are now filling up with plant cassettes where seeds are beginning to grow using heat, water and nutrition.

Photo: During the peak season, more than 50 people work at SCA’s nursery. Photo: Michael Engman

SCA’s seedling operation NorrPlant consists of the Bogrundet and Wifstamon tree nurseries, of which Bogrundet is considered the largest nursery in the world. This year’s sowing season began back in January, and we will now sow 1 million seedlings per day until the beginning of July.

The entire sowing process is automated with photocells ensuring that each pot contains a single seed. The pots are placed together in a seedling box and each pot has guide strips and is coated with copper paint to ensure the roots of the seedlings develop optimally and are not deformed. The seedling is kept in the pot until it is planted on the site.

“Most of the seedlings we sow this year will be delivered next year. The nurseries here are therefore one year ahead, in order to provide the right seedlings to our customers,” says Thomas Vestman, Head of SCA’s seedling operation NorrPlant.

Filling the greenhouses
When the spring sun can be felt in the middle of April we begin to open our 18 greenhouses and fill them with seedlings. The seeds germinate and the seedlings begin to grow — thanks to the favorable climate that we carefully control.

“Our advanced data system ensures the seedlings grow with the correct irrigation, temperature, fertilization and lighting. The seedlings normally remain in the greenhouses for 3–6 weeks. This gives them a good start and they are well-prepared for outdoor conditions,” explains Thomas.

At the end of May, the first seedlings are planted outdoors where they are left to grow. Most spend the winter at the nursery and are then ready for delivery the following spring.

Delivery between May and October
At the end of April we begin delivering seedlings to our customers, and these deliveries are then of last years seedlings. Delivery of some of the seedlings sown this year will not begin until the end of July.

“During the peak season, we deliver about 1.5 million seedlings per day. We deliver seedlings until October,” says Thomas.
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

New Corrugated Industry CO2 footprint

New Corrugated Industry CO2 footprint  (Company news)

FEFCO is proud to announce the new cradle-to-grave carbon impact of corrugated packaging at 538kg CO2 equivalents per tonne of product.

The carbon footprint covers the cradle-to-grave carbon impact of corrugated packaging, taking account of fossil and biogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removals and emissions from direct land use change.

The data for production of paper & board and conversion into corrugated boxes was sourced from the 2018 European Database for Corrugated Board Life Cycle Studies, organised by FEFCO (European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) and CCB (Cepi ContainerBoard).

The 2018 result reflects significant improvements to the methodology, and it is not appropriate to compare it with figures from previous years. However, if the 2018 carbon impact is calculated using the methodology applied earlier, then the result would show a 11% improvement for 2018 compared to 2015.

Corrugated board packaging has two unique positive attributes. It is based on a renewable raw material, using as a starting point the capacity of forests to captureCO2. By recycling the used packaging into new paper & board, it delays this CO2 from returning to the atmosphere.
(FEFCO European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers)

Durst and Koenig & Bauer sign joint venture agreement for digital packaging printing systems

Durst and Koenig & Bauer sign joint venture agreement for digital packaging printing systems  (Company news)

-50/50 joint venture agreement signed in Munich
-Joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry
-Antitrust clearance for Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH expected by the end of May

Photo: Joint Venture Signing Koenig & Bauer Durst (left to right): Stefan Kappaun, EVP Inks & Fluids, Durst Group; Christopher Kessler, General Counsel, Koenig & Bauer AG; Christoph Gamper, CEO & Co-Owner, Durst Group; Christian Gatterer, CFO, Durst Group; Jochen Sproll, Project Manager Corporate Development, Koenig & Bauer AG; Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO, Koenig & Bauer AG; Harald Oberrauch, Owner Durst Group

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer, the world’s second-largest printing press manufacturer, signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement in Munich on Wednesday, April 10. The signing of the agreement paves the way for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. The antitrust clearance that is still required from the relevant antitrust authorities before “Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH” can be officially established is expected to be granted in the next few weeks. Business operations should then commence by the end of May and a Managing Director will be appointed. Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH will have its registered office in Würzburg and cooperate closely with both parent companies’ global network. Initially, the joint venture portfolio will comprise the Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170 and the Durst SPC 130 – including all associated services and the ink business, as well as the development of the VariJET 106.

“It was a short path from letter of intent to official signature because the negotiations had already been conducted in a spirit of genuine cooperation,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group. “We want to work efficiently and purposefully towards a common goal – tapping the huge potential that digital production lines offer for the packaging industry.”

“Koenig & Bauer Durst will combine different key technology areas and market expertise to perfect effect,” says Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG. “I am convinced that the joint venture will benefit from the spirit embodied by both companies and that something really special is emerging here. The packaging industry is looking for new, more efficient production opportunities and Koenig & Bauer Durst will supply the necessary digital solution.
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

Valmet to convert a recovery boiler into a biomass boiler at DA Alizay in France

Valmet to convert a recovery boiler into a biomass boiler at DA Alizay in France  (Company news)

Valmet has received an order from Biomasse Energie d'Alizay to convert a recovery boiler into a biomass boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology (BFB) at DA Alizay mill in France. Biomasse Energie d'Alizay will start producing steam and electricity from biomass at the existing power plant.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. Typically, the value of this kind of order is EUR 20 million. Valmet's delivery is scheduled for 2020.

"Valmet is the leader in BFB conversion with more than 60 references over the past 30 years, including boilers initially manufactured by third parties. It is very efficient and cost-saving way to modernize and prolong the lifetime of high-capex plants to serve the customers' future needs," says Jouko Kylänpää, Director, Rebuilds and Conversions, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery scope includes converting the existing recovery boiler into a biomass boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology (BFB). Electricity production of the plant will be 50 MWe, and it will also produce process steam for the paper mill. Additionally, Valmet will deliver a complete Valmet DNA automation system for the power plant, including steam network optimization with the paper mill. The plant is expected to start in 2020.
(Valmet Corporation)

Pöyry awarded with detailed engineering services assignment for a new paper machine

Pöyry awarded with detailed engineering services assignment for a new paper machine  (Company news)

Voith, the world's leading innovator in the paper industry, awarded Pöyry with a services assignment to carry out the detailed engineering design of its XcelLine paper machine supplied to the Gondi Group in Monterrey, Mexico. The services include all engineering disciplines as well as field engineering, and will be completed by mid-2019. The equipment will be installed in Mexico and has an annual production capacity of 400,000 tons.

The XcelLine paper machine offers special technical features that improve final paper quality and reduce power consumption. Its annual production capacity is 400 thousand tons of Testliner-type packaging paper and corrugated core, with weights between 90 and 250 g / m², which will increase the total production capacity of the Gondi Group to 1.1 million tons per year.

"This is a complex project with great challenges. We are glad to keep working with Pöyry on it and continuing our successful long-term partnership" says Hjalmar Fugmann, President of Voith Paper South America.

"This service is a continuation of the co-operation with Voith and Pöyry, and we are pleased to be able to strengthen our operations in Latin America," says Márcia Mastrocola, Pöyry's Director of Industrial Processes for Latin America.
(Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)

Not just paper but functionality

Not just paper but functionality  (Company news)

When it was facing with end-of-life issues of quality control systems (QCS), Neenah Coldenhove turned to Valmet for a new solution. The successful start-up of a Valmet IQ QCS on paper machine PM 1 in 2016 was closely followed by a second system on paper machine PM 2 the following year.

Neenah Coldenhove’s paper mill in the Netherlands gained worldwide recognition at the end of the 1990s with the introduction of a very successful paper grade for dye sublimation transfer printing on all kinds of soft and hard surfaces. Together with their other specialty products, such as barrier paper for sterile packaging, the production of transfer paper places high requirements on final product quality.
But the QCS systems on Neenah Coldenhove’s two paper machines were approaching end-of-life, with increased need for maintenance, lack of spare parts and aging basis weight nuclear sources. “The amount of servicing the old systems needed was excessive,” says Gert Van Beek, Process Engineer at Neenah Coldenhove.

Sellable paper within hours
In 2015, the mill had installed a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System on its 2.5-meter-wide PM 1, and van Beek’s experience had been very positive. “The web inspection system worked well, and Valmet compared very favorably with two other QCS suppliers we contacted, so we made the decision to install a Valmet IQ system on PM 1 in 2016.”

“A trouble-free startup, which went better than I could have expected, resulted in sellable paper within one-and-a-half hours. We bought the second QCS for PM 2 the following year, so the experience couldn’t be that bad,” says van Beek.

Second QCS installation in record time
The second QCS, on the wider 3.5-meter-trim PM 2, had a much tighter installation window. “With most of the cabling done, we had one weekend to install the scanner frame before the reel, the single-sided frame for moisture at the glazing cylinder, and a single-point moisture measurement device at the coater. Again, we had sellable paper within hours,” says Van Beek. Operators on both machines quickly accepted the new systems, and according to van Beek, the new QCS is so easy to use that within only two days, the operators became familiar with the most used parts during its operation.”

Laboratory results correlated very well with the scanned values. “There were a few grades where we did not have to change anything, and on others, the biggest deviation of moisture and basis weight before calibration was around 1 percent,” says van Beek. “Caliper correlation has perhaps been the most challenging, but we now have an R-squared correlation of 0.99 on PM 1, with a little more work to do for PM 2.”

First time moisture control – 66 percent less variation
Van Beek already has a thirty-year history of working at Neenah Coldenhove. “When I started at the mill in 1988, we already had QCS on both machines, but in all that time, I had never seen moisture controlled – it was only a measurement. Moisture control at the pre-dryers, glazing cylinder and after-dryers was manual, and each shift had their own way of adjustment. In all the time since then, we had never dared to control the moisture automatically, but now with the Valmet system the operators trust it and have started using it. Operators on PM 2 were really quick to utilize the automatic moisture control, and the two-sigma value of moisture has now decreased to one-third compared to our earlier manual control,” says van Beek.

“Fingerprints” of good operation
Van Beek emphasizes that as well as identifying problems, they want to know the conditions that ensure really good operation of the machines. “We are learning much more about the machine, IQ has analyzing tools which we intend to make use of much more in the future. We now have good OPC connections from both Valmet quality control systems and the web inspection system on PM 1 to the manufacturing execution system. Every second, we take a load of data from the system and use it for analysis. When a machine is running really well, we take what we call a ‘fingerprint.’ The operator presses the fingerprint button, and we save a lot of defined data from the systems, if possible at least once per shift. Each month, we look at the mean values of the fingerprints for different grades, and those become the startup values for next time,” explains van Beek.

This helps make grade changes faster and, because at present, both machines are worked with three shifts, with faster startups on Monday mornings after the weekend shutdown. With order books full for PM 2, it has already moved to four shifts and continued production through every second weekend.

More than paper: functionality
“We don’t sell just paper, we sell functionality, and therefore good reliable quality control is essential. That is what Valmet offered us, and they have delivered results,” concludes van Beek. “Their people react quickly and are willing to change things if necessary."

TEXT AND PHOTOS: Nigel Farrand
(Valmet Corporation)

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Leader Kathy Walters To Retire

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Leader Kathy Walters To Retire  (Company news)

Georgia‐Pacific announced that Kathleen A. “Kathy” Walters (photo) will retire as executive vice president – consumer products group, effective June 1, 2019, following a distinguished career in the consumer products and paper industry. David Duncan, who currently serves as executive vice president – building products group, has been named to lead the consumer products group. Pat Boushka, currently president of GP Cellulose, will succeed Duncan as leader of the building products group.

“I want to thank Kathy for her leadership of the largest retail and commercial tissue and tabletop businesses in North America over the past 15 years,” said Christian Fischer, president and CEO, Georgia‐Pacific. “The consumer products group has certainly benefited from her industry expertise and ability to drive growth through innovation, effective business strategies and operational improvements.”

Walters joined the company in 2004, taking on leadership of its commercial tissue business throughout North America including sales, marketing, customer service, business development and strategy. In 2006, she gained responsibility for the company’s communication papers business, and in 2007 was named executive vice president for the company’s entire consumer products portfolio worldwide – including, at that time, a leading consumer products and personal care business in Europe.

Walters came to Georgia‐Pacific after serving as president and chief executive officer of Sappi Fine Paper North America. Prior to that, she held a number of key leadership positions in Europe and the United States for Kimberly‐Clark Corporation and Scott Paper Company. Walters is chairman‐elect of the board of trustees for Syracuse University and is a member of the board’s executive committee. She also is a member of the board of directors and executive committee for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and serves on the boards of INVISTA, the Georgia Aquarium and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.

Duncan joined Georgia‐Pacific in January 2018 as executive vice president of Georgia‐Pacific's building products group after serving seven years as president of INVISTA Performance Solutions – also a Koch Industries company. Duncan joined Koch in 1997 and held positions with Koch Capital Services and Koch Ventures, Inc., where he became managing director in 2001, and subsequently worked in Koch's business development group. In 2004, he was director of transition for the company's INVISTA acquisition. Later that year, Duncan joined Koch Minerals as CFO before returning to INVISTA in 2007 as executive vice president of its Downstream business. His responsibilities across several Koch companies bring key experience in transactions and business development, trading, manufacturing, marketing, sales, supply chain and R&D.

Boushka, assuming the role of executive vice president of Georgia‐Pacific’s building products group, has served as president of GP Cellulose since 2006 and is responsible for the company's global pulp business. Previously, Boushka served as the chief financial officer for Koch Cellulose and led the team that formed the company in 2004, which then became GP Cellulose after Koch Industries purchased Georgia‐Pacific in 2005. Boushka first joined Koch in 1998, working in Koch Carbon and Koch Minerals before moving to GP Cellulose in 2002. Boushka brings more than 21 years of experience in corporate finance and business management to his role.

Munir Abdallah, currently vice president of sales and marketing for GP Cellulose, will succeed Boushka as president of GP Cellulose. Since 2009, Abdallah has been overseeing the business' commercial activities, including sales to more than 80 countries and pulp production planning for customers globally. He joined GP Cellulose in 1998 as a fluff pulp sales manager for Latin America, Middle East and Africa, and was instrumental in building the sales and service capability for the business. Abdallah also led the commercial team integration for the acquisition of Alabama River Cellulose in 2010 and Buckeye Technologies in 2013.

Georgia‐Pacific's leadership changes will take effect on June 1.
(Georgia-Pacific Corp.)

Xeikon Café Europe 2019 successfully closes with record number of almost 1.000 attendees

Xeikon Café Europe 2019 successfully closes with record number of almost 1.000 attendees  (Company news)

Xeikon Café Europe 2019 ( once again proves to be a leading event in the packaging industry’s calendar. With a creatively crafted conference programme providing a 360° view of the trends, challenges and solutions for today’s packaging industry and an application-driven technical Academy, this multi-vendor, educational and networking event attracted close to 1.000 visitors over the 3 days – this included over 500 label and packaging converters attending from over 55 countries.

Leading the way to discovering packaging innovation
”We are delighted with the success of this year’s Xeikon Café Europe. Once again it has shown its value to the industry with a substantial increase in visitors,” says Danny Mertens of Xeikon Café. “We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and expertise in packaging innovation and digital production, and each year we plan ahead to evolve and improve the visitor experience. For 2019 we further streamlined our Conference and Academy programmes inviting speakers that provide ‘spot on’ and challenging insights, intellectual entertainment and food for thought. This year a key discussion addressed the significant changes in consumer behaviour and communication that are impacting brand packaging and subsequently packaging production.”

Mertens continues, “The event delivered something for everyone whether newcomers to digital processes or those with more experience. It was clear that many of the visitors discovered new applications and production possibilities. We clearly recognise the need from the industry for straight-forward objective, hands-on information – both from a technical and a business perspective. It was particularly rewarding this year to see the label and packaging converters taking the chance to learn and connect and be inspired. Their enthusiasm was evident from the interaction and the many questions asked while they attended Xeikon Café’s demonstrations and discussions. We have had great feedback this year from both visitors and exhibitors. Media & partner feedback stated this is becoming the biggest event on the planet dedicated to digital production in labels & packaging.”

What visitors had to say
Aljan de Boer, Head of Inspiration at Trendsactive and this year’s Conference keynote speaker enjoyed the three-day event and said: “There was a very strong vibe amongst visitors searching for new insights. They were looking for new things to inspire their future direction and wanted to explore new perspectives. I also found it great to see such a varied bunch of printing professionals from such a wide range of regions.”

For AB Graphic, this was the fourth Xeikon Café they have attended as an exhibitor. Mark Hyde, UK Ireland and Australasia Sales Manager, stated: “We have had a lot of interest from visitors who are keen to develop creative labels with our embellishment capabilities. We try to be a one-stop shop for them with easy to use, high quality and affordable systems and that has certainly been part of the many conversations we have been having.”

It was the first attendance for converting equipment specialist Lemorau. They exhibited their finishing solutions. Susana Teixeira, CFO, states: “We saw the Xeikon Café advertising year after year, and it seemed the perfect environment for our solutions, so this year we decided to join as exhibitors. We like the broad scope of visitors coming from a wide range of sectors and countries, that are looking for good quality, robust solutions at a good price, and I’m pleased to close the event with lots of leads to follow-up on.”

For Dmitri Belov of Moscow printer Sarmatia LLC, it is the second time he has visited the Xeikon Café. He comments: “We came here with a number of questions about our digital equipment from Xeikon, and have met a lot of useful people that helped us answer those questions. The Xeikon Café is a unique event where we can meet up with many people from different companies and share information and experiences. It is a real working environment which is important.”

Xeikon Café next stops
To register or find out more about the upcoming Xeikon Café North America (May 14 to 16 in Chicago), visit A full agenda includes keynote speaker Peter Muir with an intriguing and pragmatic view on how to achieve and sustain success; Xeikon CEO Benoit Chatelard will update the audience on the company’s goals and achievements and Paul Reilly of New Direction Partners will address Printing Industry Megatrends.

To stay tuned about future Xeikon Café events, visit To learn more about the inspiring applications demonstrated at any of the Xeikon Café editions worldwide visit the online application index at
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

3 Reasons to visit Paper One Show Dubai 2020

3 Reasons to visit Paper One Show Dubai 2020   (Company news)

13-15 January 2020
Intercontinental Festival Arena - Dubai Festival City

The leading paper companies from around the world will be in attendance and will be eager to meet you at Paper One Show Dubai! The best suppliers, manufacturers, converters and traders of the paper industry in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as many others who are displaying their services and products.

Dubai, a metropolitan city that epitomises the economic development of the countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Exhibition space covering 5.000 square meters, an expected 150 exhibitors from many different countries will be in attendance.

Paper One Show Dubai 2020 offers the advantage of being able to bring together producers and buyers in the very center of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, thanks to its strategic location and commercial vision, as the region's most important paper fair.

A one of a kind event that will convene business, investors and industry experts.
Whether your interest is in paper, tissue, cardboard and corrugated materials, cartons, converters, raw materials or machinery, we have it covered.
(Al Furat Fairs Organizer)

Drytac to shine new light on retail graphics at ISA International Sign Expo

Drytac to shine new light on retail graphics at ISA International Sign Expo  (Company news)

Drytac® will be delivering a must-see presentation on retail graphics media at the forthcoming ISA International Sign Expo, demonstrating its position as an authority in this sector.

Caption: Drytac to shine new light on retail graphics at ISA International Sign Expo 2019

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, making it a perfect fit for the ISA International Sign Expo. Taking place in Las Vegas, USA from April 24th to 26th 2019, over 20,000 professionals from the sign, graphics and visual communications industry are expected to attend.

A key part of the ISA International Sign Expo is the Lounge and Learn free educational program. On Wednesday April 24th from 1pm, visitors are invited to join Drytac's Global Product Manager Shaun Holdom and Territory Sales Manager Dennis Leblanc for an essential learning session.

Adhesives for Retail Graphics, the 30-minute express presentation explains why branding and graphics are crucial to reaching customers in a retail environment - before they even interact with a product or sales staff member. Using the proper media for the specified job can make a big impact as well as saving time and money, and Drytac specialists Shaun and Dennis will explain the dos and don'ts of this application.

"There are several factors to consider when choosing the proper media for these projects and during the Adhesives for Retail Graphics session Dennis and I will give attendees a great basis for getting it right," says Shaun. "We're hoping to see lots of industry professionals stopping by at the presentation, which will be sure to get them thinking about retail graphics in a new light."

In addition, Drytac is partnering with several print technology manufacturers and distributors who are exhibiting at ISA International Sign Expo, allowing visitors to see Drytac products in use across the show floor. This will demonstrate the compatibility of Drytac ranges - including ViziPrint, SpotOn, ReTac and Polar - with a variety of different printing technologies and applications. Regular updates will be posted on Drytac's social media platforms prior to and during ISA International Sign Expo, and on those of Drytac's partners.

ISA International Sign Expo will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from April 24th to 26th 2019, with the Adhesives for Retail Graphics scheduled for 1pm to 1.30pm on April 24th in the Lounge and Learn area. For further details on ISA International Sign Expo or to register to attend, please visit
(Drytac Europe Limited)

Stora Enso wins Swedish communications prize

Stora Enso wins Swedish communications prize  (Company news)

Stora Enso was awarded for its work with PR & communications at the “Stora Kommunikatörspriset” event, a major Swedish communications award ceremony that is held annually.

Photo from the left: Cathrine Wallenius, Ulrika Lilja and Daniel Badman Photo: Sveriges Kommunikatörer

The award is issued by Sveriges Kommunikatörer (The Swedish Communication Association), with Stora Enso awarded for best communication in the “industry” category. The jury’s motivation for the award was as follows:

“With sustainability at the foundation of their strategy, Ulrika Lilja and her communications team have transformed the brand from a traditional industrial company with a worn-down reputation to a successful company that embodies sustainability and renewal. The communication team has carried out a change process in which Stora Enso’s trust and credibility have been strengthened. Stora Enso shows that a management group that invests in strategic communication can achieve impressive results.”
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Featuring high-quality seams, Voith MultiFlex Advance and PrintFlex Advance press fabrics ...

Featuring high-quality seams, Voith MultiFlex Advance and PrintFlex Advance press fabrics ...  (Company news)

...enhance paper mill productivity

-Advance series offers superior dewatering and reduced installation time as Voith’s best seam in the market
-Advance series press fabrics are resilient and compaction resistant through the life of the fabric
-MultiFlex Advance used in kraft liner board and other board production; PrintFlex Advance appropriate for graphic grade paper and uncoated free-sheet paper

Voith has enhanced its line of press fabrics for paper mills with the MultiFlex Advance and the PrintFlex Advance, which offer exceptional dewatering properties. Only available in North America, these press fabrics feature Voith’s best seam in the market and are resilient and compaction-resistant through their expected lifetime.

“Mill managers will appreciate the performance of these press fabrics. Aside from their high-quality seam, they achieve a steady-state performance through their expected lifetime, which is a key factor in creating a consistent output. That high level of reliability is the result of engineered design, top-of-the-line materials and careful construction at our press fabrics facility in Appleton, Wisconsin,” said David Uitenbroek, product manager, Voith Paper Fabrics & Roll Systems, North America.

The Advance series lowers resource use while improving sheet quality and reducing installation times. Compared to other offerings, these fabrics provide mills with faster break-in periods at lower vacuums and can be tailored to suit specific needs.

Benefits are applicable for two key paper manufacturing categories. MultiFlex Advance is for producers of kraft liner board, medium, corrugated medium, gypsum and white top liner. PrintFlex Advance is for all graphic grade paper production, including uncoated free-sheet paper.

“MultiFlex Advance and PrintFlex Advance deliver on improved productivity, which makes the fabrics a step above others,” Uitenbroek said. “Additionally, Voith’s expertise and service capabilities contribute to these fabrics being the ideal choice for both graphic paper and board and packaging mills.”
(Voith Paper Inc.)

Michael Berggren leaves Rottneros Group

Michael Berggren leaves Rottneros Group  (Company news )

The Mill Director for Vallvik Mill, Michael Berggren, has decided to take up a position outside Rottneros and will therefore leave his position as Mill Director. Michael has six months' notice and will remain in full capacity during this period.

“Vallvik Mill has, under Michael's management, developed rapidly and major efforts are being made to achieve the decided goals”, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros AB. “Vallvik Mill has today a strong and competent organisation and I feel confident that Vallvik Mill will continue to develop on its current path. We begin to see the result of a value-based leadership that in a structured and systematic way works towards improved productivity and higher capacity utilisation. I would like to thank Michael for his efforts for Vallvik Mill and Rottneros and wish him good luck in his continued career. It is rewarding to see Rottneros contribute to the personal development of its staff who are sought after by other companies.”

“It has been very developing and rewarding to have been responsible for the development of Vallvik Mill after major investments have been made”, says Michael Berggren. “It was no easy decision to now accept the assignment to become the mill manager for Aspa Bruk, part of Ahlström-Munksjö, but in the end I made the decision based on personal reasons. I am happy and proud of what we have achieved in Vallvik in the last few years and I will miss all the competent and happy colleagues.”

The recruitment of a new Mill Director for Vallvik Mill will begin immediately.
(Rottneros AB (publ))




Picture: Avery Dennison recognizes 2019 Suppliers of Distinction at Global Awards Ceremony. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR416)

Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials honored 18 pressure-sensitive industry suppliers during the company’s annual supplier recognition ceremony, held April 1 to 3 in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

“This is our opportunity to celebrate suppliers from around the world that meet or exceed our standards for customer satisfaction and performance,” said Garrett Gabel, vice president, global finance and procurement, Label and Graphic Materials. “Thanks to their dedication to the values highlighted in this program, we are able to continue to collaborate, innovate, and ultimately grow with our customers.”

The Avery Dennison Supplier Distinction Award Program considers four areas of excellence required to maintain a competitive advantage in an increasingly demanding industry: Sustainability, Quality, Service, and Growth. To be considered eligible for recognition, a supplier must have met key metrics in each of the four areas.

“We’re also pleased to honor three suppliers with a ‘Special Recognition’ designation. In the face of natural disaster, capacity challenges, and other special circumstances, these suppliers went above expectations to help us ensure uninterrupted service to our customers,” said Gabel.

Congratulations to the 2019 Avery Dennison Supplier Distinction Award Winners:
- Ahlstrom-Munksjö
- CPC Logistics, Inc.
- Eternal Materials Co., Ltd
- Filmax
- Heritage Interactive Services
- Manucor
- Mexichem
- Mondi Technical Film
- Mondi Release Liners
- Pallet Alliance Inc.
- Randstad
- Ricoh Co. Ltd.
- Sappi
- Synthomer
- Wacker
- Wampolet

Congratulations to the 2019 Avery Dennison Special Recognition recipients:
- Marubeni/Nippon
- Trüb Emulsions Chemie
- Sumei
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Paper and Board industry helps demonstrate safety of its materials in food contact applications

Paper and Board industry helps demonstrate safety of its materials in food contact applications  (Company news)

The paper and board manufacturing industry, as well as converting sectors including the tissue industry published just recently the completely rewritten voluntary ‘Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles’.

Formally called “Industry Guideline”, the revised guidelines are intended to enhance the trust of public authorities, business operators and consumers in the safety of paper and board materials for food contact applications.
This technical document, first published in 2010 and updated in 2012, outlines how to meet the highest safety standards for paper and board products used in food contact applications. The processing chain for paper and board food contact articles is diverse; it has to deal with many challenges in demonstrating the safety of materials:

"Our sectors’ key priority is to safeguard - at all times - the safety both of the packaging system and food that we deliver. With the Food Contact Guidelines, we wish to provide an effective compliance tool in line with the EU Framework Regulation on Food Contact Materials by ensuring an efficient exchange of information along the supply chain” explained Jori Ringman, Deputy Director General at CEPI and expert in product safety.

The guidelines take into account the increasing need for a compliance monitoring tool that covers risk management, product design, material selection, Good Manufacturing Practice as well as process monitoring and control.
In the absence of specific EU legislation covering paper and board products in the field of food safety, the industry took the initiative to fill the gap by developing this guidance which serves both industry and consumers, also from an environmental point of view:

“The lack of a specific EU wide measure for paper and board, including tissue, has created a disadvantage in the market because compliance for these materials is perceived to be less clear than for plastics in contact with food. Whenever the European Commission decides to choose paper and board as its next priority for regulation, the guidelines could be used as a starting point” concluded Angelika Christ, Secretary General of FEFCO.

From a practical point of view, the guidelines help producers fulfill obligations deriving from EU legislation and support suppliers to adequately perform their own compliance work by giving them the required and necessary information.

Since their launch in 2010, the guidelines have gained much support among users and well proved their value: watch our explanatory video to learn more!

The paper and board industry will continue to focus on ensuring compliance with existing EU provisions and supporting the demand of the market and customers for unquestionable product safety.
(CEPI aisbl)

Marbach is expanding in the United States - New production site in Michigan City, Indiana

Marbach is expanding in the United States - New production site in Michigan City, Indiana  (Company news)

Marbach is on course for expansion. After Marbach has founded subsidiaries in the USA, Malaysia, China and Mexico in the recent years, a second location in the USA will follow this summer. Since 2012 Marbach is already represented with a production site in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jan Brunner, Head of Business Development at Marbach: "The packaging market in the USA is one of the largest in the world. After our plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, has developed very well in recent years, we want to offer our customers in the USA even more on-site performance. Our new subsidiary, which we will open this summer, is located in Michigan City, Indiana. We chose this location because it is an excellent place to serve customers in the Chicago metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest."

Planning is in full swing. A suitable building has already been found. Marbach is currently equipping the new company with state-of-the-art machines and materials. In addition, Marbach is already recruiting and training employees for the new location. In Michigan City, Marbach will concentrate mainly on manufacturing of tools for the folding carton industry. In addition, tools for flatbed die cutting of corrugated board are manufactured.

Fernando Pires, COO Marbach America: "We are excited to announce our new plant in the USA. Our business is running extremely well and customers are happy. Soon we will be able to offer more capacity, and shorter delivery times, especially for customers in the Midwestern States. To ensure that everything will run smoothly during the start-up phase, the new employees will be trained and supported by experts from other Marbach plants. Our team is looking forward to bring on board many new customers.”
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Xeikon introduces Panther DuraCure – a unique curing technology

Xeikon introduces Panther DuraCure – a unique curing technology  (Company news)

Maximum curing performance and long-term durability using the lowest amount of energy

Xeikon has applied to patent its Panther DuraCure UV curing technology for use with Xeikon PantherCure UV inks. This unique curing technology takes the Xeikon Panther UV-inkjet series of digital presses to new levels of performance. The Panther DuraCure curing technology is a unique technique achieving optimal gloss effects in all colours, as well as ultimate durability for multiple applications across multiple sectors. Key benefits are consistent curing performance, long-term durability, and the lowest possible energy consumption.

Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon, states: “In response to industry demand, DuraCure is the next step forward in our strategy to provide a portfolio of complementary solutions. Good curing performance is an important factor when looking to invest in UV inkjet printing technology. The quality and durability of DuraCure expands the capabilities of this printing technology and makes it a very attractive opportunity. The new DuraCure technology can achieve optimal curing for a variety of applications, it combines with our PantherCure UV inks and substrates to achieve the highest quality results and provide added value business opportunities for our customers.”

How the curing process works

Working with the Panther UV-Inkjet series of digital presses, the Panther DuraCure curing process operates in a number of ways. UV ‘pinning’ of white keeps the ink from spreading and bleeding into the CMYK inks. This ensures that the quality of the CMYK image is kept at the highest level. UV ‘pinning’ after black following CMYK transfer means DuraCure ‘freezes’ all colours across the image and maintains a uniform optimal colour brilliance and gloss. The use of LED curing, with its ability to go deep into the ink layers, combined with HG or mercury curing for lightly but effectively curing the surface of the UV ink offers the best of both worlds. The intelligent use of these existing technologies is what makes the difference. Combining them in an optimal way to use less energy has a positive impact on the lifetime of the curing lamps.

Van Bauwel concludes, “The combination of all these curing steps results in the most durable, sustainable, and effective curing solution on the market today. This is why we have applied to patent our Panther DuraCure curing technology. Xeikon continues to work towards excellence to enhance every facet of its portfolio. With our very long history and substantial knowledge of the digital label printing market and our access to market leading technologies as part of the Flint group, we can provide our customers with the very best products and services.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Rottneros develops eco-friendly food packaging and builds a new production line

Rottneros develops eco-friendly food packaging and builds a new production line  (Company news)

Rottneros has developed a food packaging tray for fresh food and take away. The tray is manufactured entirely with wooden raw material and is both recyclable, renewable and degradable. The new product has been developed at Rottneros’ facility in Sunne, Sweden where a completely new production line for the trays is currently building. The tray will replace today’s plastic alternatives and will be used for convenience food, meat in grocery stores and take away food.

The tray is based entirely on Swedish wooden raw materials and can withstand moisture and keep the food fresh. To further develop the product, Rottneros is committed to developing environmentally friendly and biodegradable trays that at the same time can withstand moisture and fat from the food. Depending on the use, plastic is either completely eliminated or greatly reduced in products with high barrier requirements, as a renewable and degradable type of plastic can also be used.

– We are very pleased to be able to present a product based on Swedish wooden raw materials, developed by Rottneros, that we will have the opportunity to start manufacturing and supplying to the food industry. In addition, it is a product that is far ahead in the development, says Kasper Skuthälla, Managing Director of Rottneros Packaging.

The development of the tray from idea to commercial product has been a teamwork and involved large parts of the staff. Henrik Grankvist, Production Manager, who has lead the development work believes that the interest shown by the food industry during the project shows that there is a great need for environmentally friendly trays of this type.

Rottneros CEO Lennart Eberleh, says that this is a very interesting step in the development of Rottneros Packaging and demonstrates the future potential of sustainable packaging solutions. Rottneros Packaging fits well with the company’s niche strategy and the growth phase the group is currently in.
(Rottneros Packaging AB)

Schumacher Packaging increases its annual sales to 627 million euros

Schumacher Packaging increases its annual sales to 627 million euros  (Company news)

Family-run packaging group still on road to international success

In 2018, the Schumacher Packaging Group, one of the biggest independent and family-run manufacturers of packaging solutions made from corrugated and solid cardboard, increased its sales once again. Compared to the previous year, there was a growth in sales of over 6 percent – to the current figure of 627 million euros. The number of employees also climbed to more than 3300.

“Price before volume” growth principle
Björn Schumacher (photo), Managing Director of the Schumacher Packaging Group, explains, however, that the increase in sales had not been the central objective for the past year at all: “In 2018, the packaging sector once again had to cope with a very difficult environment – increasing raw material prices for paper caused a drop in revenue and a major shortfall. Our motto was therefore “price before volume”. We are not unhappy, of course, that in spite of all this, we were able to achieve a considerable profit,” continues Björn Schumacher. “However, the revenues in the sector have not been at the level they should be for some time now. The increased costs in all areas still require strict price discipline.”

The new Greven plant – a success story
One of the driving forces behind the positive sales trend in the past year was the very pleasing development in the corrugated cardboard plant in Greven. Schumacher Packaging had built the brand-new production facilities in the Airportpark at Münster-Osnabrück Airport in 2014. Since the plant opened, the packaging specialist has made further investments costing tens of millions of euros and doubled the production capacity there. “In 2018, Graven was the only place where our sales increased by more than 20 percent,” reports Schumacher. “But we also made a profit in all other markets – whether in Germany, in our Polish plants or in the Netherlands.”

200 million euros – even for less dependence on raw paper material
Schumacher Packaging has set the course for further growth. “Our investment strategy for the next four years totals 200 million euros,” explains Björn Schumacher, “more than 50 million of which has been earmarked for this year.” A significant portion of the sum will go into technological innovations at all sites. The family business is also pursuing strategic objectives with its investment programme. “Greater self-sufficiency in the supply of raw materials is particularly important to us,” explains Schumacher. In Myszków, Poland, the group took over a paper plant at the end of 2016 to convert it to recycled corrugated base papers. “Production began there in March, and in a few months, our plant will have taken the first step towards reaching a production capacity of around 150,000 tons, and later, in a second step, 300,000 tons per year,” explains Schumacher. “Together with the plant in Grudziądz, the total figure will be over 400,000 tons.” Growth plans are thereby yet to be finalised: “Beyond these investments of 200 million euros in existing sites, we also want to press ahead with our expansion by acquiring additional companies.”

Mass volume digital printing ready for mass production
Schumacher Packaging is recognised as a leader in productivity and technology in the packaging sector. For example, the company was the first in Germany to use modern mass volume digital printing on an industrial scale. The benefits of modern printing technology for high print runs are that it combines speed with high-quality, multicoloured print images almost in offset quality. This makes digital printing faster and more environmentally friendly than flexo printing because no printing blocks are needed. It is also possible to randomly vary the print images, up to the individual printing of each individual item of packaging. “The machine prototype, which we have tested and perfected in an industrial setting in Ebersdorf in collaboration with our technology partner Durst, will be ready to go into mass production this year. Then we will install digital printers in yet more sites.” Björn Schumacher reveals: “We now have the next rung on this technology’s evolutionary ladder in sight.”

CargoPropal pallets – as light as paper, as sturdy as wood
The material innovation CargoProfil is now being put into mass production at Schumacher Packaging too. CargoProfil is a wood profile made from twisted corrugated raw paper, which combines the stability of wood with the light weight of paper and is 100% recyclable. Since the cover frames from the material were initially available under the name CargoProtop, the new CargoPropal pallets are now also ready to go into mass production. “We have now concentrated the mass production of both products made from CargoProfil in our Czech plant in Nýrsko,” explains Björn Schumacher. Due to their light weight, the new CargoPropal pallets pose a very interesting alternative to traditional wooden pallets. “A CargoPropal can be handled and loaded like any traditional Euro pallet,” explains Schumacher. “It is just as stable, but has a distinct advantage: Instead of the 28 kg that a traditional wooden pallet weighs, they only weigh 7 kg.” Unlike wood, the paper profile doesn’t require any pretreatment, is hygienic and is therefore ideal for transporting food products too.

The forecast – no easy environment for 2019
Asked about his economic forecast for the current year, Björn Schumacher definitely envisages risks for the packaging sector: “Economic cooling is one factor. We could also be occupied with Brexit and its consequences, as well as the trade dispute with the USA,” says Schumacher. A growing protectionism could impact on customers’ business, thereby suppressing the demand for packaging. However, the trend for Schumacher Packaging so far was definitely pleasing. “Our first few months of 2019 were better than the same period last year. In all our plants, current capacity utilisation is very good to excellent – we aren’t observing any slump in demand,” concludes Björn Schumacher. “Even though growth has decelerated somewhat.”
(Schumacher Packaging GmbH)

ANDRITZ starts up new dewatering technology at Zellstoff Pöls, Austria

ANDRITZ starts up new dewatering technology at Zellstoff Pöls, Austria  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the latest innovation in dewatering – the Vertical Screw Thickener (VST) – at Zellstoff Pöls AG, Austria. The VST has been operating successfully since the beginning of December 2018 and supplying the existing MG paper production line PM2 with the maximum capacity of 360 t/d.

The pioneering Vertical Screw Thickener is a screw press with a vertical configuration and a very small footprint, making it suitable for retrofit installations in existing buildings. The pulp suspension is fed into the top of the machine, and its downward transport is gravity-assisted. At Zellstoff Pöls, the VST is located just before the finished pulp storage tank that feeds the paper production line and thus enables separation of the pulp mill and paper machine water loops.

The VST dewaters the pulp suspension from 3% inlet to 25-30% outlet consistency, and the water removed is recycled and re-used in the pulp mill. The ability to dewater from low-consistency inlet to high-consistency discharge is an important advantage compared to conventional dewatering equipment: Paper machine water is added to the dilution conveyor after the VST. Separation of the water loops results in savings in paper additives (e.g. sizing agent) at the paper machine. The VST replaces an existing gravity table at Zellstoff Pöls and feeds the MG paper production line for PM2.

Jürgen Rieger, Chief Operations Manager at Zellstoff Pöls, points out: “Our expectations of the new Vertical Screw Thickener were more than fulfilled. After the fast and trouble-free start-up, we are now already seeing the positive effects, like reduction of sizing agent consumption.” Patrick Wohlmuth, Process Technology Manager at Zellstoff Pöls, continues: “The results of our previous tests in the ANDRITZ Stock Preparation Pilot Plant were perfectly implemented in our mill-site production process with the VST 1005.”
(Andritz AG)

Nazdar Ink Technologies to reveal latest innovations at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019

Nazdar Ink Technologies to reveal latest innovations at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019  (Company news)

Nazdar Ink Technologies will exhibit brand new and established inkjet, screen and flexo inks, as well as examples of its special effects portfolio, at the forthcoming FESPA Global Print Expo 2019.

Taking place in Munich Messe, Germany, between 14th and 17th May, FESPA 2019 is the FESPA federation's global, all-encompassing event for the wide-format, textile printing and signage markets that typically attracts over 20,000 visitors from across the world. May's expo will be co-located with the European Sign Expo 2019.

Debuting at FESPA will be Nazdar's newest addition to its wide-format inks portfolio - the 204 Series Solvent Inkjet Inks. 204 Series Inks are designed as a colour-match, chemically-compatible alternative ink for Roland™ TrueVIS SG and VG Series printers using TrueVIS™ TR Inks. With plug-and-play capabilities and consistent high-speed printing performance, users can simply replace with 204 Series as the OEM ink runs out, producing high-impact, high-intensity colours comparable to the original inkset.

Alongside the new introduction, Nazdar will be promoting its full range of market-leading wide-format 'plug and play' alternatives to OEM inks. These products allow end-users to reduce costs without compromising on quality when running their Roland™, Mimaki™, and other wide-format digital printers. The Nazdar range offers exceptional colour and chemistry compatibility, quality and cost effectiveness combined with a seamless conversion process, enabling users to switch out individual colours as and when required, saving time and money.

Nazdar inks formulations are available for virtually every make of grand-format printer, including HP Scitex, HP Nur, Mutoh, Gandinnovations, DGI, Océ/Canon and Agfa, and Ricoh, Konica Minolta, Xaar, Seiko, Dimatix print-head technologies.

Also on show will be the new Nazdar 735 Bridge Series UV Inkjet Ink. Recently announced and now available worldwide, the primary uses of this versatile product are for "bridge" type printers running POP displays, durable graphics and banners where colour fidelity and adhesion are of primary importance. Typical substrates for this graphic ink include acrylics, styrene, Dibond, foam boards, Sintra, rigid and flexible vinyl, rigid PVC, pressure sensitive banner, and window cling.

An expert in screen printing inks, Nazdar will also be debuting the new Nazdar 2800 Series Durable Graphic Screen Ink. One of the first dual-cure UV/UV-LED inks specifically formulated for the durable decal market, 2800 Series offers excellent adhesion on vinyl and print-treated polyesters and boasts 4-year outdoor durability without an overprint. The 2800 Series exhibits excellent chemical resistance, accepts premask, and thermal die-cuts without edge chipping. Five-year outdoor durability can be achieved by overprinting with Nazdar 2829 Durable Overprint Clear.

Nazdar will also be presenting its 2300 UV and UV-LED Screen Inks. This dual-cure series, developed for the container market, is perfect for printing on various glass and plastic bottles used in the packaging of cosmetics, household chemicals and other similar applications, and offers energy savings and a smaller environmental footprint compared to traditional UV curing energy requirements.

Nazdar 3500 and 3529/3539 Screen Inks, also on display, are designed for long-term outdoor durability on premium pressure-sensitive vinyl films intended for exterior applications, featuring excellent weatherability and chemical resistance.

Nazdar's new eye-catching Special Effects Inks binder will also showcase creative ways to harness specialty inks' capabilities, such as metallic finishes, phosphorescence (glow-in-the-dark), various textures, and more.
Finally, ink experts from Nazdar's technical service team, InkAnswers, will be on hand to answer visitors' perplexing printing problems. Whether printing indoor or outdoor applications on paper, plastics, textiles, metal, glass, or containers and packaging, there's a Nazdar ink that's right for every job.

Nazdar Ink Technologies can be found at FESPA 2019, Munich, in Hall B5, Stand F50, May 14-17, 2019. To book a meeting or for more information, contact a representative via, or visit for details of your local distributor.
(Nazdar Limited)

STS Inks: Meet us at ISA show, Las Vegas

STS Inks: Meet us at ISA show, Las Vegas  (Company news)

Come see us at this year’s ISA show and see the true definition of Eco-Solvent inks:
Mandalay Bay Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV
April 24-26 | Booth: 4627

If you want your Eco-Solvent inks to be truly environmentally friendly, they would have to be: • GBL free • Prop 65 compliant • EN71-3 compliant • CPSIA compliant.

STS is an industry leader when it comes to Eco-Solvent inks for wide format printers, and STS Eco-Solvent inks comply with all four of the key environmental standards mentioned above.

This separates STS Inks from its competition supplying OEM equivalent color gamut and no-mess conversions making it easy to save operating costs when you switch to STS.
(STS Inks)

Metsä Board's takeaway packaging achieves success in a Finnish innovation competition

Metsä Board's takeaway packaging achieves success in a Finnish innovation competition  (Company news)

The Helsinki Wholesale Market area launched, in October 2018, an innovation competition aimed at finding new ideas and solutions for the development of services and versatile entrepreneurship. From around 60 entries submitted, the best seven were chosen for a pilot phase. Metsä Board is delighted to announce that one of the selected entries is for its recyclable packaging concept targeted at restaurant takeaway services.

The Metsä Board’s project involves the whole packaging value chain, and these needs formed the basis for the packaging development. In addition, a consumer study was carried out at the beginning of the pilot stage. “The current takeaway packages used by restaurants either have functional challenges or consumers regard them as non-ecological. We also got feedback that current packaging does not fulfil the criteria of premium packaging,” says Leena Yliniemi, Technical Marketing Director from Metsä Board.

The piloted packaging concept is manufactured from Metsä Board’s paperboard which is suitable for direct food contact and is recyclable. Furthermore, the packaging can be easily personalised to the restaurant. The packages are designed and manufactured by a Finnish company, Cadpack Oy. Package Testing & Research Oy is responsible for coordinating the pilot as well as for the consumer study. The pilot project will continue until the end of May 2019.

The innovation competition, funded by the City of Helsinki and Business Finland, was organised to find new technological and other innovative solutions specifically for food and food production, and also packaging, circular economy and clean technologies. The competition jury consisted of members representing the City of Helsinki, the University of Helsinki and the business sector.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Follmann at FESPA

Follmann at FESPA  (Company news)

After making a successful first appearance at the trade fair last year, Follmann is exhibiting once again at FESPA in Munich. From 14 to 17 May 2019, the family-owned company from Minden will be at Stand B43 in Hall A6 to present its water-based ink-receiving coatings for digital printing media, which have successfully complemented the Follmann product portfolio since March 2018.

Photo: Water-based ink-receiving layers

Last year, FESPA, the world’s largest exhibition for the wide-format printing industry, already proved to be an ideal platform for Follmann to present its expanded product range for digital printing to a specialist audience. “We are very pleased with our successful entry into the segment last year and the opportunity to showcase our new product range, which has expanded to include some interesting products which we will present at this year’s fair,” said Heiko Kirstein, Head of Sales Functional Coatings at Follmann.

Ready-to-use, water-based coatings for digital printing media
The aqueous, ready-to-use coatings from Follmann enable subsequent digital printing of numerous substrates such as films (PVC, PP, PE, PET), paper, textiles, wallpaper and canvas. They are suitable for various ink systems, including water-based pigment and dye inks, latex inks, solvent inks and UV-curable inks. The functional surface coatings ensure high-quality print result and guarantee exceptional colour brilliance. Thanks to the impressive drying speeds, the media to be printed, e.g., roll-ups, banner ads, packaging and labels can be quickly processed. If required, the coatings can also be finished to meet more stringent UV stability, scratch-resistance and flame retardancy standards.

New addition to our range: primers for digital printing
In addition to the aqueous coatings for the signage segment, Follmann now also offers product solutions specially developed for the industrial market. These are primers for digital printing processes like HP Indigo, laser printing or single pass inkjet. “These new products enable us to tap into new applications such as flexible packaging, corrugated board, and decorative films or labels,” said Heiko Kirstein. “We look forward to informing interested trade fair visitors at our stand about our range, our innovations, our customised solutions and our services.”
(Follmann GmbH & Co. KG)

Make Embossing Decisions Fast With The New Touch 'N' Roll 3D Configurator

Make Embossing Decisions Fast With The New Touch 'N' Roll 3D Configurator  (Company news)

Embossed products present tissue converters with a unique challenge: how to accurately convey the embossing pattern look and performance characteristics to sales and marketing teams, and equipment operators on the shop floor. Creating physical 3D models of rolls using printouts of 2D embossing patterns met with limited success and was often time-consuming. If the design was somehow modified, new models would have to be created from scratch, further contributing to an inefficient process.Digital technology and the forward thinking of Engraving Solutions, a sister company of Fabio Perini under Körber Process Solutions, now offers tissue converters another option — the Touch ‘N’ Roll 3D embossing configurator.

What’s Touch ‘N’ Roll?
Touch ‘N’ Roll is the tissue industry’s only 3D configurator that offers the user an onscreen 3D experience as to how an embossing pattern will appear on a specified roll type. Colors and detailed design elements appear exactly as they will when the embossed rolls are produced.

A dynamic visualization tool, Touch ‘N’ Roll allows users to see the roll from all angles and to zoom in and out for closer inspection of embossing properties. Seeing a representation of the finished product instead of assuming how a flat design will translate onto rolls allows for faster, better decisions and improved efficiencies.

How Does Touch ‘N’ Roll Work?
Advanced Touch ‘N’ Roll technology is available to customers through the purchase of a license. The type of license a customer holds determines the number of features and level of access granted but, in general, users operate the configurator in four simple steps:
-Choose the product type: toilet roll, kitchen towel, or away-from-home.
-Input technical specifications (height, diameter, paper type).
-Select an embossing pattern from the shared Touch ‘N’ Roll database or from proprietary options maintained on a customer-specific database.
-Review the resulting 3D images onscreen in real time on a desktop computer, tablet, or other mobile device.

Why Should Tissue Converters Use Touch ‘N’ Roll?
Touch ‘N’ Roll allows key decision makers to visualize hundreds of product ideas quickly using a database of thousands of embossing patterns — including their own proprietary options — and gain clarity around next steps. License agreements dictate how the configurator can be used.

Touch ‘N’ Roll licensing is divided into three types, and customers may purchase one, two, or all three depending on their needs, with all three providing the most comprehensive benefits:
-Marketing has access to all designs available within the database in order to better understand trends, possibilities, and possible needed changes in order to develop campaigns that differentiate products from each other and the competition.

-Sales has access to a subset of designs within the database that they can use for real-time demonstrations of product options while with current and prospective customers.

-Production has access to the features and technical specifications of all embossing patterns in addition to the design database, so they can easily compare what’s onscreen with the physical product to ensure accuracy and quality without guesswork.
(Engraving Solutions srl)

FEFCO takes on EPRC chairmanship

FEFCO takes on EPRC chairmanship  (Company news)

The European Paper Recycling Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Angelika Christ (photo) as the new chair for a two years period starting as of 4 April 2019, taking over from Lisa Kretschmann (FEPE). Angelika Christ has been the Secretary General of FEFCO since 2007 and the Secretary General of CITPA since 2014.

She has been involved in associations of corrugated board manufacturers for over 20 years, first in Germany and then at the European level. Prior to FEFCO, she was the Managing Director of the German Association of Corrugated Board Industries (VDW) from 1996 until 2007. Her first professional experience was with the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), where she executed various positions from 1980-1996.

During her two years mandate as chair of the EPRC, Angelika Christ will pursue the following goal:
“The EPRC has been very successful in bringing all parties together, develop recyclability guidelines for printed graphic paper and boosting recycling of all papers. We will continue this work and support the industry efforts to further improve the recyclability of paper packaging on the market. Paper packaging is a recycling champion. We need to intensify our communication and increase the public awareness about the great recyclability of paper packaging”.
(EPRC The European Paper Recycling Council )

Introducing Miraclon – the new home of  KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions

Introducing Miraclon – the new home of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions  (Company news)

New company to fully focus on developing and delivering innovative technology solutions that drive the transformation of flexo printing

Welcome to Miraclon, the new independent company where industry-leading KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions are brought to life for the package printing segment. Formed by the sale of Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu, a leading private equity firm, Miraclon is a global company with over 300 employees, an innovative R&D team, manufacturing operations in the US and Japan, and a passion for flexo.

Fully focused on flexo
Miraclon will concentrate fully on the development, production and sale of its industry-leading KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions, including the flagship KODAK FLEXCEL NX System. Under Montagu’s ownership, the company is in a great position to leverage the strengths of the former Kodak flexo business, that include an experienced team, a strong patent portfolio and the trusted Kodak brand, with renewed focus, agility and investment to support customers throughout the world with a constant stream of innovation. The company intends to further strengthen its role as a technology enabler of change as flexographic printing is transformed into a premium printing process for packaging.

Committed to ongoing innovation
Chris Payne, who has been leading Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging Division since January 2015, is the new company’s CEO and will continue to lead the team responsible for the development and dynamic growth of Kodak’s flexo business. “Customers will experience the same products, same people and same trusted Kodak product brand that they have come to depend upon to support their own business growth. Together with our customers, we’ve played a decisive role in shaping flexo’s evolution over the last ten years, and we’re now looking forward, as Miraclon, to being the driving force behind the next evolution of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions, and setting new benchmarks for years to come,” said Payne.

Close to our customers
Miraclon has offices across the globe, from Brussels, Belgium and Rochester, NY to Guadalajara, Mexico and Singapore. With R&D centers in Minnesota, Vancouver and Israel as well as two key manufacturing locations and a global supply chain operation it is well positioned to support the global packaging business. The Miraclon team, together with a worldwide network of distribution partners will ensure KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions have an effective presence on every continent. “My number one priority is always the customer,” Payne added “I know it sounds like a cliché but it’s at the heart of everything we do. We will continue to push back the limits of what is technically possible in flexo printing with innovative KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions, and help our customers grow and be successful.”

New name, new company identity, same trusted Kodak product brand
Through Miraclon, the Kodak brand will continue to be at the forefront of flexo printing and will be the brand that all Miraclon products carry, but behind the scenes, the new company name and new company logo are very deliberate choices. Visit the new company website to find out the meaning behind the name and the creative thought process behind the new identity.
(Eastman Kodak Company)

Xeikon has developed a digital printing solution for pouches

Xeikon has developed a digital printing solution for pouches  (Company news)

Customer demand driving innovation

Xeikon announces its digital printing solution for pouches. This latest innovation has been developed for consumer goods markets – food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The digital process for printing on pouches responds to current trends, i.e. significant numbers of SKU’s, shorter lead times, and the rising popularity of pouches in store. Brand owners looking for shelf impact for their products are drawn to flexible pouches for their ability to stand, their light weight and their sustainability. Xeikon has simplified a key part of the overall production process to provide a fast turnaround solution.

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Vice President Marketing, states: “This is a prime example of what we call "customer driven innovation”. By focusing on this application, we are supporting our customers’ requirements and also responding to the current trends in consumer preference. This development takes our digital production portfolio to the next level. With its technological expertise, Xeikon is ideally positioned to provide innovative digital processes.”

Pouches can be reasonably complex to manufacture because of the flexible nature of their multi-layers. It is essentially a laminated bag made from several layers of material that requires a number of different steps in production. Xeikon is helping to simplify the overall process to provide a fast turnaround solution. By firstly digitally printing the text and graphics on a thermal laminate, the outside layer of the pouch is prepared and ready for the next steps. A variety of different layers is then constructed by lamination with a series of barriers for protection before the pouch is finally put together in the manufacturing process. Xeikon’s digital printing solution offers the lowest possible complexity and the broadest lamination construction possible.

Marketers and brand owners see a lot of value in this kind of packaging for a variety of reasons, such as product presentation and functionality for the consumer. Pouches can also be sustainable: a pouch has a so-called "product-to-package" ratio of 35:1, which essentially means that it can carry up to 35 times its own weight, resulting in less energy consumption to produce and to transport. Pouches can have a variety of different shapes depending on size, end-use application and functionality. Many brands are transitioning from rigid types of packaging to more flexible versions such as pouches.

Digital printing with Xeikon’s dry toner technology has many advantages. It is not only the highest print quality on flexible substrates but there are also reductions in start-up costs and no job changeover costs. Importantly, the printer has the ability to print variable data information in both single and full colour. Xeikon’s digital dry toner technology allows JIT production, versioning and last minute adaptations on the fly. For busy print operations with a high volume and complex jobs looking to assess which process and technologies will give them an advantage, the crossover point for flexo and the digital process is at least 4000lm.

Weymans concludes, “Xeikon continues to develop new innovations for diverse markets to meet today’s challenging and fast moving world of consumerism. With our broad technology portfolio, we are in a perfect position to respond to current market trends and develop any solution required. Our digital printing solution for pouches utilizes our dry toner technology, which comes with a guarantee for food safety. This technology also ensures consistency and an equal finish to offset (am screen) and to flexo when colour matching is required. With our aXelerate programme, our dedicated teams provide direct and personal training and support for our customers every step of the way. Xeikon is committed to providing only the very best products and services.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

A.Celli iDEAL® TM6 has been successfully started up at Yibin Paper

A.Celli iDEAL® TM6 has been successfully started up at Yibin Paper  (Company news)

The fifth A.Celli iDEAL® Tissue machine “100% bamboo” has been successfully started up on March 11 2019.

This is the last of five tissue machines ordered by Yibin Paper to A.Celli Paper in July 2017.

TM6-iDEAL®, which is using 100% bamboo slush pulp as raw material, is designed for operating speed of 1600m/min and paper width of 2850mm.

This is yet another demonstration that A.Celli Paper is a precious and professional partner, able to support customers with long-lasting and stable relationships.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Printing textiles more efficiently and with higher quality with Transjet Drive

Printing textiles more efficiently and with higher quality with Transjet Drive  (Company news)

Sappi launches a sublimation paper optimised for glue-belt printers

The rapid individualisation and personalisation of fashion and home textiles on polyester-based materials using sublimation transfer is in high market demand. With this in mind, Sappi is expanding its portfolio of dye sublimation papers: with its silky-smooth reverse side, the Transjet Drive sublimation paper innovation enables better runnability on digital high-speed printers with a glue-belt system. This smooth printing performance increases productivity. Moreover, due to its low grammage, Transjet Drive offers weight per unit area advantages.

The new sublimation paper is specifically designed for glue-belt printers, but is also suitable for high-speed printers without a glue-belt system. Due to its specially treated reverse side, it adheres to the printing belt without slipping and can pass through quickly. The smooth reverse side also ensures that the paper does not stick to the adhesive-belt and that it slides away without leaving any residue on the belt. These special properties protect the glue-belt and save work steps such as cleaning or corrections during production. With grammages of 45 and 55 g/m², Transjet Drive also offers weight advantages. Here is another reason why this new product is attractive to customers: every ton of Transjet Drive gives you more printable paper area compared to heavier grammages.

On the surface, the paper is specially coated, so that the ink dries quickly and the final result on the textiles appears very colour-intensive. Thanks to fast drying, the webs can be rolled up again immediately after printing. Because of these properties, Transjet Drive is used especially for fashion and home textiles such as scarves, bed linen and curtains. The 55 g/m² version is also suitable for soft signage.

Worldwide availability, efficient printing processes
With Transjet Drive, Sappi has adapted its portfolio to the latest machine standards and expanded it in line with customer requirements. Paola Tiso, Head of Digital Solutions at Sappi, adds: “Thanks to our broad portfolio of high-quality dye sublimation papers, coupled with our many years of expertise in digital transfer printing, we can find the most suitable product to meet every customer requirement. We are definitely the right partner when it comes to efficient and reliable solutions for the individualisation of polyester-based textiles and hard substrates.”

All Sappi Transjet sublimation papers offer optimum cost efficiency, uniform reliability and consistent ink transfer with minimal ink consumption. They are PE-free, contain 100 per cent recyclable pulp and are manufactured in FSC quality. At the FESPA Global Print Expo in Munich, which will be held between 14 and 17 May, all customers and interested parties will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with Transjet Drive and other Sappi products at Stand B6-B30.
(Sappi Alfeld GmbH)

TIPA Award: Photo Rag® Metallic is 'Best Inkjet Photo Paper 2019'

TIPA Award: Photo Rag® Metallic is 'Best Inkjet Photo Paper 2019'  (Company news)

Hahnemühle is delighted to receive the seventh TIPA Award for a Fine Art Inkjet Paper. As the inventors of the Digital FineArt Papers for Inkjet Printing, Hahnemühle has also attained another product innovation with Photo Rag® Metallic, which has been named the best product in the imaging industry by the Technical Press Imaging Association – TIPA for short.

Photo: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic

The editors and publishers of 30 photo and imaging magazines around the world are excited about Photo Rag® Metallic and stated:
“Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic adds a special touch to Fine Art images. For printmakers who want an extra “glow” on selected images, this 100% cotton, 340 gsm, natural white paper offers a high-gloss metallic finish. The paper features a special silvery shimmering surface effect for bold colours, a deep black and fine delineation of colour and tone. It is a prime choice for images with metallic elements, reflections, ice and snow or architecture. It is also a unique choice for black and white images with high contrast tones. Photo Rag® Metallic has no optical brighteners, is acid and lignin free and is ISO9706 compliant/museum quality for high age resistance.”

Photo Rag® Metallic is the brand-new paper from Hahnemühle’s renowned Photo Rag® family, which elevates fine art printing to a new level. It fulfils the wish of many photographers for a 100% FineArt cotton paper – now with a metallic surface. The evenly shimmering metallic effect corresponds perfectly with the feel and structure of a real artist’s paper and is unique on the market.

“As the oldest German artist paper manufactory, we are the pioneer of FineArt papers. We have developed these papers and refine them for more than 15 years now for photography and art reproductions. The renewed TIPA World Award boosts our innovative power and strengthens our worldwide reputation as quality leader “, says product manager Andrea Sippel.
With different roll and sheet sizes, photographers can choose from a wide range of options. Users get the best printing results with our Hahnemühle ICC profiles. The ICC profiles are available for download on the website.

Photo Rag® Metallic celebrated its worldwide premiere in autumn of 2018 and is currently a real magnet at the world’s photo fairs. After Photokina, Photo Plus Expo or Salon de la Photo and the Photography Show, the first Metallic Fine Art paper was last week in the spotlight at Fotografar in Brazil and at the Photo & Imaging in Seoul in May. In Tokyo, the paper will be awarded the TIPA World Award on May 20, 2019.
(Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)

9 in 10 Brits prefer Easter eggs to be packaged in cartonboard

9 in 10 Brits prefer Easter eggs to be packaged in cartonboard  (Company news)

With Easter Sunday (21 April) approaching fast it has been revealed that 91% of UK adults would prefer to purchase an Easter Egg predominantly packaged in carton/cardboard rather than plastic.

According to a new survey, conducted amongst 2,030 UK consumers by Censuswide, over 6 out of 10 (61%) people said they were prepared to pay extra for Easter eggs that had more environmentally-friendly packaging, with nearly three quarters (76%) of millennials (people aged 19-29) prepared to pay a premium.

45% of all UK consumers think Easter egg packaging has become more environmentally sound in the last few years with just 6% thinking it is less environmentally friendly now, reflecting the reality of the positive changes that brand owners have made to their Easter packaging over the years.

Growing influences
Environmental concerns have grown significantly in recent times, and new Wildlife Trust adverts featuring high-profile celebrities David Attenborough, Stephen Fry and Catherine Tate have once again shone a spotlight on the impact of non-recyclable waste going to landfill.

The media is clearly playing a big part in influencing consumers. The survey found that, of those that expressed an opinion, more than half (55%) said that the plastic packaging debate had influenced their choice of Easter Eggs, with the under 40s the most likely age group to be affected (62%).

Tony Hitchin, General Manager for Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers commented: “These results, show how important the packaging material can be in helping consumers make their purchasing decision. Consumers understand that cartonboard packaging is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and clearly prefer it to less sustainable alternatives.

“The opinion of the UK general public when it comes to Easter eggs mirrors what we found previously – that consumers want more environmentally-friendly packaging and many of them are willing to pay more for it.”
(Pro Carton)

Ricoh's Pro™ VC20000 inkjet delivers ease of use for multiple print applications

Ricoh's Pro™ VC20000 inkjet delivers ease of use for multiple print applications  (Company news)

Print service providers can profitably produce a wide range of applications with the new Ricoh Pro VC20000 colour continuous feed inkjet press. These applications range from transactional print such as bills, statements and policy documents to books and direct mail.

The compact, versatile and simple to use system is now available across EMEA. It brings competitive colour production to existing users of continuous feed printers, as well as sheet fed users who are looking to consolidate the output of multiple devices to a single machine. With a footprint of just 4.3 square metres, it can fit in to almost any production environment.

The Pro VC20000 inkjet printer is compatible with a wide variety of papers. Its versatility can be further enhanced with inline finishing solutions where the ability to change speed to match the capability of each device helps to maximise production and minimise paper waste.

The Pro VC20000 joins the mono 75 metres per minute, 600 x 600 dpi Ricoh Pro™ V20000 and the mono 150mpm, 600 x 600 dpi Ricoh Pro™ V20100.

Eef de Ridder, Vice President, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group says: “The Pro VC20000 further enhances our fast-growing portfolio of colour continuous feed inkjet printers that includes the Ricoh Pro™ VC60000, and of course, the groundbreaking Ricoh Pro™ VC70000. As the system is so easy to run clients can quickly enjoy improved operational efficiency, increased running speeds and significantly lower running costs enabling them to competitively elevate their service delivery and explore new markets.”

The Ricoh Pro VC20000 is supported by Ricoh’s fast-growing software portfolio. It includes the new cloud-based Ricoh Supervisor, a remotely accessible Internet of Things solution that supports informed decision making by collecting, securely storing and analysing operational data; and Ricoh Communications Manager that delivers and deploys Customer Communications Management services with end to end visibility from source system to the final delivery for both print and digital communications.

There is also the newly updated Ricoh ProcessDirector that controls and manages print production processes, TotalFlow BatchBuilder for intelligent and optimised production processes and FusionPro for the design and production of personalised communications.

Clients will also have access to Ricoh’s knowledgeable and responsive service and support network dedicated to helping them develop exciting new revenue streams to help achieve optimum return on investment.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Rengo Establishes Matsumoto Plant

Rengo Establishes Matsumoto Plant  (Company news)

Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; Chairman, President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces that its Matsumoto Sub-Plant (Matsumoto-shi, Nagano Prefecture), which currently belongs to the Nagano Plant (Nagano-shi, Nagano Prefecture), will become independent and newly started as the Matsumoto Plant from 1 April, 2019.

The aim of this independence is to enhance the corrugated board products supply system in the Chubu region as well as further boosting the Rengo Group’s corrugated packaging business by more rapidly responding to user needs and making further improvements to quality.

Name: Matsumoto Plant, Chubu Region Group, Rengo Co., Ltd.
Plant General Manager: Toshiro Kawabe
Main business: Manufacturing and sales of corrugated board and boxes
Address: 5511-8 Wada, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano Prefecture Japan 390-1242
TEL.: +81-263-48-1211 (Main)
FAX.: +81-263-48-1215
Date of change: April 1, 2019
(Rengo Co Ltd)

DS Smith Showered With Praise at the EFIA Print Awards 2019

DS Smith Showered With Praise at the EFIA Print Awards 2019  (Company news)

"Splashing Fruits” Win Silver.

A total of 13 awards went to DS Smith’s display and packaging strategists at this year’s Print Awards by the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA). The silver medallists included DS Smith Germany with their printed image for the multivitamin-12 juice drink by the Christinen brand. The photo-realistic image of fruit splashing into mineral water showcases DS Smith’s excellence in flexographic post-printing down to the very last halftone detail. When placed on the shelves, this high-impulse printed image on the corrugated board packaging becomes an unmistakeable brand ambassador and sales driver. Brilliant colours, smoothly flowing lines, and razor-sharp image details convey a visual quality which whets one’s thirst for this naturally healthy refreshing drink by the Bielefeld-based beverage group Gehring-Bunte.

Caption: DS Smith Packaging Germany won silver at this year’s EFIA Print Awards for the sophisticated printed image of the shelf packaging for the multivitamin-12 juice drink by Christinen.

The family-owned company Gehring-Bunte was founded in 1895 on the values of tradition and innovation. Their Christinen brand stands for premium mineral water of certified organic quality: Obtained from the untouched rock layers more than 400 metres deep, the naturally pure mineral waters, spritzers, and soft drinks by Teutoburger Mineralbrunnen GmbH & Co. KG are by now sold in more than 15 countries in Europe.

The multivitamin-12 juice drink, which comes in various sizes and bottles, is one of those drinks. The corrugated board packaging realised by DS Smith for the sale of the convenient 0.5-litre PET bottles helps to put the goods on adequate display on the shelves. The brand values of the drink — natural, fruity, refreshing — are conveyed perfectly in the photo-realistic image of fruit splashing into sparkling water. Realised in flexographic post-printing with 24 lines per centimeter in five colours, the shelf packaging distinguishes itself through extraordinarily brilliant colours, razor-sharp image details, and delicate colour gradients.

“The major beverage brands cannot afford to leave anything to chance in the fierce competition for the consumers’ favour”, says Anja Röhrle, Marketing & Communication Manager at DS Smith. Displays for secondary placement, seasonal editions, and eye-catching shelf packaging are supposed to push sales. “Natural-looking photo-realistic printed images which convey the taste adventure down to the very last detail and thus trigger a buying impulse in the shopper are in great demand, of course. A procedure to realise impressive print results on corrugated board which is both quick and cost-efficient is flexographic post-printing.” But technology isn’t everything, as Ms Röhrle points out. “Excellent know-how is required to achieve the best possible print. Our colleagues from the printing area know their craft, as attested by our success at this year’s EFIA Print Awards.”
(DS Smith Packaging Division, Display/Packaging/Service)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Extia® filtration media wins the New Product Award

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Extia® filtration media wins the New Product Award  (Company news)

The American Filtration & Separations Society awarded Ahlstrom-Munksjö Extia® with the New Product Award in their Annual Awards Luncheon at FiltCon 2019.

Extia®, a breakthrough highly durable filtration media designed to extend filtration lifetime for Air Pollution Control (APC) applications. APC filtration media is used in a wide range of industrial applications to reduce or eliminate the emission of particles into the atmosphere from stationary sources. New Extia® extends filtration lifetime by more than 40% and helps customers to extend the operational duration, before needing to change the filters. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a leading producer of industrial air filtration materials.

“I am very proud of our South Korean R&D team which developed this great new product. Extia® is an excellent example of how Ahlstrom-Munksjö can leverage on its global scale in developing and manufacturing high-performance filtration products” says Fulvio Capussotti, EVP Filtration and Performance. “Extia® is targeted for industrial filtration customers and we will continue to strengthen our product offering for our customers in this field.”

Ahlstrom-Munksjö ‘s Filtration business, part of Filtration and Performance business area, develops and produces efficient filtration materials for engine oils, fuels and air, as well as industrial air, used in vehicles or for industrial purposes. The Filtration business also has applications and is further developing filtration solutions for e-mobility.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

Verso Corporation Announces Executive Leadership Change

Verso Corporation Announces Executive Leadership Change  (Company news)

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) announced that B. Christopher DiSantis has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Verso Corporation board of directors effective as of April 5, 2019. Leslie Lederer (photo), former chairman, interim president and CEO of Catalyst Paper Company, has been named as interim Chief Executive Officer as of April 5 in order to ensure a smooth transition until such time as a permanent CEO has been identified and retained. Verso's board of directors intends to undertake a robust succession process to find a successor for DiSantis, including a search process that will include internal and external candidates.

"On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Mr. DiSantis for his leadership and contributions to Verso's success and wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Co-Chairman of the Board Alan Carr. Co-Chairman Gene Davis added, "We are thrilled to have Les join us and, given his industry expertise and proven leadership qualities, we look forward to him leading our talented and experienced team."

"I feel honored and privileged to have been part of Verso's leadership team and board," DiSantis said. "The economic turnaround driven by Verso's management and associates is a great victory for stockholders. I leave the company in capable hands, poised for continued success and wish my many colleagues the brightest of futures."
(Verso Corporation)

Marbach is growing worldwide - Number of employees rises to 1,500

Marbach is growing worldwide - Number of employees rises to 1,500  (Company news)

Marbach has been growing continuously. Since 2016 the number of company employees has increased from 1,300 to 1,500. Today Marbach has 200 employees more than 3 years ago. This increase of more than 15 % illustrates the positive development of the mid-sized family business. The trend continues.

Stefanie Schier, Commercial Managing Director at Marbach: "This year we have managed to reach the 1,500 employee mark. This growth is not only due to our German companies, but also to our foreign subsidiaries. In recent years we have extended and accelerated our global reach by opening new subsidiaries in China and Mexico. Over the next few years, we will continue to expand our existing locations and push ahead with the process of internationalization."

Marbach was founded in 1923 and has since developed into one of the most important global players in the packaging market.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

Drytac announces new appointments to support expanded dealer network

Drytac announces new appointments to support expanded dealer network  (Company news)

Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Regional Sales Managers at Drytac Europe.

Photo: Drytac has appointed Ian Farrand (left) and Dave Newbery (right) to support its expanding distribution network.

Ian Farrand and Dave Newbery will oversee Drytac's business development in the north and south of England respectively, with Ian based in West Yorkshire, and Dave in London. The appointments have been made to support Drytac's dealer network, which sees Perfect Colours, Soyang, Granthams, Sabur and CSL Digital join existing sales partner Antalis to significantly expand Drytac's distribution channels.

On Ian's new appointment at Drytac, Regional Sales Manager Ian Farrand comments: "Having worked in distribution for the last 25 years I am thrilled to have joined Drytac, a leading manufacturer of self-adhesive coated products. I am looking forward to my new role of Regional Sales Manager where I am extremely keen to grow the business for Drytac in the north of England and feel that my years of experience and knowledge will be invaluable.

"My goal is to ensure that Drytac products become the established range for all my customers, new and old, and our working relationships continue to flourish - as does Drytac."

His counterpart Dave is already very familiar with Drytac products having worked within the industry - enabling him to hit the ground running in his new role. He starts his new position with immediate effect.
"I am excited about Drytac's innovative ideas and about the luxury of having a true direct access to our lab and coating lines - it'll be great to have an input into future products," says Regional Sales Manager Dave Newbery. "Drytac is also a very technical company in what we do - we design and create products rather than just assembling them - which appeals to me."

Dave is well respected in the industry for his extensive experience and knowledge of the wide-format printing and finishing sector, built up since leaving school, but his history in print actually goes back even further.
He explains: "I actually started printing in the family screen print business when I was seven, and I'm 48 this year!"

Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: "Drytac is delighted to welcome Ian and Dave, where their decades of experience, knowledge and ambition will make them both fantastic additions to the team. These new appointments, ahead of a busy period full of exciting new product developments, will support our growing distribution network."

Drytac's key product areas include window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, high-performance tapes, industrial adhesives and durable labels.
(Drytac Europe Limited)

Albany International Announces New CFO

Albany International Announces New CFO  (Company news)

Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Stephen M. Nolan as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to succeed John Cozzolino, effective April 1, 2019.

Mr. Nolan has over 16 years of experience in operational and strategic finance, most recently serving as CFO for Esterline, where he co-led the recently completed sale of Esterline to TransDigm Group Incorporated.

Mr. Nolan had served as CFO of Esterline since February 2018. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Vista Outdoor, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of outdoor sports and recreation products, and worked on the formation and spin-off of Vista Outdoor from its aerospace and defense parent company Alliant Techsystems (ATK) in 2015, as well as the related merger between ATK and Orbital Sciences to create Orbital ATK. Prior to that time, Mr. Nolan worked in a number of strategic and operational management roles within ATK, including Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development and several business unit leadership positions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Nolan served for five years in corporate development and strategy roles at Raytheon Company and five years as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Nolan (age 49) began his career in engineering, designing freeway traffic management systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Trinity College, the University of Dublin, a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Olivier Jarrault, Albany’s President and CEO, said, "I am very pleased to welcome Stephen Nolan as our new CFO and Treasurer. Stephen brings extensive experience within the aerospace and defense sector, and an impressive track record of strategic execution - most recently with the successful sale of Esterline to TransDigm - as well as a history of success serving in senior financial and business management roles in a number of global manufacturing environments. I am confident that his expertise in financial and strategic planning, combined with his results-oriented business leadership skills, will be of significant value to me and the senior management team as we all strive to achieve Albany’s objectives.

“As a valued member of the Company’s senior management team for many years, and CFO and Treasurer since 2011, John Cozzolino has played a critical leadership role in managing the Company’s capital structure and access to capital, overseeing investor and analyst communications, and negotiating and facilitating the transformative strategic transactions that helped bring Albany to where it is today. On behalf of the Company and the Board, I thank him for his significant contributions and wish him all future success in his post-Albany career.”

Mr. Nolan said, "I am privileged to have the opportunity to join Albany as CFO and Treasurer. I look forward to reaching out to our investors, analysts and banking partners, my new co-workers, the entire Albany organization, and the Board over the coming days to introduce myself and establish a relationship with each of you. I am pleased to be able to join with Olivier and the other members of his management team to continue, and to further expand, the efforts already underway to deliver greater value to our customers and increased returns to our shareholders."
(Albany International Corp.)

Ence collaborates in a project to eliminate the odor of sewage sludge with the ashes of its ...

Ence collaborates in a project to eliminate the odor of sewage sludge with the ashes of its ...  (Company news)

...biomass boiler

The ashes of the boilers in which Ence burns the biomass with which it produces renewable electricity could be an environmental and social solution to the high odorous impact of sludge from the wastewater treatment of cities. It is the objective of the research project in which the technical staff of Ence in Huelva collaborates with EMASESA, the water supply and sanitation company of Seville, and the VALORA Group, specialized in the valuation of non-hazardous waste for use in agriculture. and environmental restoration of degraded soils.

The necessary and essential treatment of water in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) generates sludge of high value for agriculture and other applications in soil recovery, however its management entails a high odorous impact, not only during its extraction and temporary storage in the treatment plants, also during their transfer and application for example as fertilizer and other agricultural or forestry utilities.

Only EMASESA manages between 70 and 80,000 tons per year of sludge from the wastewater of the towns where it operates, which is why it is a priority of its management to promote research projects and socio-environmental improvement such as this, which could substantially increase the quality of the waste management and its recovery.

Once the laboratory tests have been passed, in which the ashes of the Enzo Huelva kilns have proved their effectiveness in eliminating the odor of the sludge and even improving their properties for agricultural use, the project has begun the field tests, which reproduces the laboratory tests on a larger scale to check and corroborate the results.

While the final results are obtained, the VALORA Group is optimistic and highlights not only the deodorizing capacity of the ashes of the Ence boilers, but also the nutrients that it contributes to the structure of the sludge, facilitating its management and improving its agronomic utility. to provide sustainable and long-term solutions for the waste generated by the population.

For Ence, which already allocates more than 99% of its waste to other uses, the collaboration in this project responds to its maximum commitment to sustainable management, which has an important chapter in the reduction and reuse of all byproducts of its processes productive.
(Grupo Empresarial#ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

IST Metz and Heidelberg to Intensify LED Curing Cooperation

IST Metz and Heidelberg to Intensify LED Curing Cooperation  (Company news)

Market and technology leaders IST Metz and Heidelberg are further expanding their cooperation in the sheetfed offset printing sector. UV unit manufacturer IST Metz will cover the LED retrofit business for various Heidelberg Speedmaster series and manage the handling and installation of the systems directly. IST Metz will also supply LED curing systems for various new machines in the Speedmaster series for small and medium-size formats.

From the basic model to the peak performance class, Speedmaster machines are renowned for their high productivity and long service life. Retrofitting these printing presses with the latest LED curing technology from IST Metz will accelerate the production process. The LEDcure high-performance LED system developed by IST offers outstanding curing performance and its flexibility makes it a perfect alternative for retrofitting Speedmaster machines (built in 2004 and onwards).

Heidelberg and IST Metz have been working together successfully in the UV printing sector for more than 20 years. This has resulted in impressive quality, quick curing processes and therefore printed sheets that can be processed directly without any loss of time. The new LEDcure system from the UV unit manufacturer is ideal for printing companies that want to take advantage of LED printing in order to be able to react more flexibly to changing market requirements such as uncoated papers, gloss effects and extremely short turnaround times. LEDcure systems already form the backbone of various national and international Heidelberg customers' successful business models, i.e. printing companies that rely on the latest and most innovative technology to provide their customers with the best at all times.

When it comes to the interaction between machine, LED dryer and consumables, optimum dryer integration determines the stability and productivity of the printing process. The installation and commissioning of curing systems in existing printing presses can be complex and have far-reaching repercussions. As the world market leader for UV curing systems based on ultraviolet light, infrared and warm air, and with more than 40 years of expertise in UV unit construction, IST offers comprehensive consulting services and safe, professional retrofits of LED curing systems. The communication between the machine and the curing system and the interaction between the interfaces must function perfectly when retrofitting – this is guaranteed with IST Metz systems.

IST Metz also offers its customers the opportunity to produce orders on its own Speedmaster CD102 in Nürtingen before making an investment. And after making a successful investment in a UV or LED system, the UV technology specialist ensures a smooth and straightforward transition for the customer. Services range from seminars and technical training at the customer's site to comprehensive aftersales services including fast preventative services on request.

New gas-tight tray from Stora Enso and AR Packaging to reduce plastic in chilled food packaging

New gas-tight tray from Stora Enso and AR Packaging to reduce plastic in chilled food packaging  (Company news)

AR Packaging has introduced a gas-tight pressed board tray packaging for chilled foods based on technology developed together with Stora Enso.

Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is a new application for pressed paperboard trays. Now it has been enabled for the first time by combining Stora Enso’s expertise in renewable materials with tray production expertise by CC Pack. The new gas-tight tray provides a cost-efficient and sustainable alternative to plastic trays with high proportion of renewable materials and attractive look and feel of paper. The trays are produced with new tray pressing technology, and their material is barrier coated board Trayforma by Stora Enso.

“We are pleased to see a new renewable packaging solution entering the market as a result of this cooperation. The new tray with its high renewable material content is a sustainable packaging option for chilled food products, a market segment that has been dominated by plastic so far. This is a breakthrough and will certainly gain high interest among food companies who are looking for more eco-friendly alternatives”, says Henna Paakkonen-Alvim, Vice President, Innovations, Stora Enso Consumer Board Division.

“The increasing demand for sustainable packaging has led to an intensive search for a gas-tight board trays. We have invested lots of effort to develop this new packaging solution together with Stora Enso. The shape of the tray is optimised to ensure tight packs, which gives a shelf life up to 18 days, depending on the product packed. We thereby meet the needs for a wide range of chilled food products, such as fresh meat and chicken, processed meat, cheese and ready meals etc.”, says Åke Larsson, Managing Director at CC Pack.

The board trays are supplied together with a matching lidding material which provides a safe seal and a barrier adapted to the packed product’s needs. The trays are converted by CC Pack and the lidding material comes from Flextrus, both members of AR Packaging and situated in Sweden. AR Packaging is already running trials of the new trays with several major chilled food producers in Europe.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Tissue World 2019 welcomed 3,200 visitors from 91 countries

Tissue World 2019 welcomed 3,200 visitors from 91 countries   (Company news)

Milan event gathered experts from across the entire tissue value chain

This year’s Tissue World 2019, held at Fieramilanocity, Milan, from 25-27 March, welcomed 3,200 participants from 91 countries around the world, with the highest number of attendees coming from Italy, Germany, USA, Turkey, UK, Spain, Serbia, and Sweden.

The world’s largest dedicated tissue industry event, Tissue World 2019 featured a trade show with 172 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest technical and innovative developments. It also included a 3-day conference on the theme of ‘Smart and Sustainable – Strategies to Stay Sharp as a New Decade Dawns’.

The Conference heard from 60 expert speakers – including the keynote address entitled ‘Creating today a sustainable business for tomorrow’, delivered by President and CEO of Essity, Magnus Groth. It included a Senior Management Symposium, Technical Sessions, and a Yankee Dryer Workshop. Some 276 delegates from across the industry were able to meet and network while also gaining the latest industry insights. They included C-level executives, engineers, sales and marketing, procurement and operations personnel.

New to this year’s event was the Mill of the Future Zone, where visitors donned VR headsets to experience the very latest tissue making technologies, with solutions from Andritz, Firefly, Körber Digital, Valmet and Voith.

The Tissue World magazine Mills Awards were also held for the second time and bestowed awards in two categories. The award for Best Tissue Marketing Strategy was shared by two companies: Essity for its ‘Take Back the Lunch break’ campaign, which promoted data demonstrating the benefits of lunch breaks for employee productivity and happiness; and Hayat Kimya for its successful creation of a new product category – detergent wipes – offering consumers the practicality of tissue paper and the hygiene of detergent in just one product.

Essity won the award for Most Energy-Aware Mill, showcasing a solid track record of improvement in energy consumption on its Lucca operations site. Having reduced its energy use by 13% over the last 10 years, the company reduced it a further 5% in 2017 and 2018 – the equivalent to the CO2 emissions produced by 1,300 cars travelling an average 15,000 km.

Two networking functions were held: Tissue World’s Aperitivo on the first evening, and the traditional Happy Hour on the second evening with swinging live music.

As for the future edition of the biennial event, there was some exciting news to share. “I am pleased to announce that after two highly successful editions in Italy, our next event – Tissue World 2021 – will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany,” explained Tissue World Deputy Event Director, Agnes Gehot. “Düsseldorf has been chosen based on an in-depth market study and a survey among industry stakeholders. I am confident that it will offer new business opportunities for all industry players.”

Tissue World Milan 2019 was sponsored by TREBOR, ELETTRIC80 and BEMA, ICM MAKINA, HAYAT KIMYA, LILA GROUP, 9.SEPTEMBER, TOSCOTEC, SVECOM and STAX Technologies.
(UBM Exhibition Singapore Pte Ltd)

UPM and Carbodeon developing cellulose and nanodiamond materials for 3D printing

UPM and Carbodeon developing cellulose and nanodiamond materials for 3D printing  (Company news)

UPM and Carbodeon are developing cellulose and nanodiamond reinforced raw materials for 3D printing. The nanodiamond additives provide the product not only improved stiffness and strength but also higher heat deflection temperature. The product novelties will be available both for Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF) and for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).

Photo: UPM Formi 3D granules

"By joining our forces we are able to combine the excellent mechanical properties and printing speed of nanodiamond enhanced 3D printing products to UPM cellulose based 3D printing raw materials," says Vesa Myllymäki, CEO, Carbodeon.

The printing speed is significantly enhanced due to compound tailored thermal and flow properties. Fine cellulose fibres in turn brings self-supporting melt flow, enabling objects with round or other complex shapes to be printed without warpage problems.

Another benefit of cellulose biocomposite is its wood like post processing. Prints not only have pleasant matte surface touch and feel but 3D prints can be finalized by standard wood processing methods.

"Our aim is to bring sustainable biocomposite alternative to the field of technical polymers with short fibre filling. UPM Formi raw material grades are 100% recyclable and available with FSC® and PEFC(TM) certification," says Eve Saarikoski, Application Manager, UPM Biocomposites.

"By combining nanodiamond and cellulose fibre technologies together we can have natural fibre composite that has higher melt flow than of standard plastics," Saarikoski continues.

The combination of technologies opens new possibilities for tailoring the properties for 3D filaments and large scale granular based additive manufacturing. 3D materials market is estimated to be ~$5 billion by 2020.

The first joint UPM-Carbodeon 3D products will be PLA (polylactic acid) based, with possible further developments on other thermoplastic materials.

"Product development partnerships with innovative companies like UPM are a key part of Carbodeon's global growth strategy," says Dr. Myllymäki.

The developed, co-branded PLA compound granule and filament products will be available both from UPM and Carbodeon.

BOBST launches major breakthrough products and solutions, providing new business opportunities...

BOBST launches major breakthrough products and solutions, providing new business opportunities...  (Company news)

... for converters and brand owners

BOBST, along with Mouvent and 12 REVO partners, has unveiled major new innovations that will help to redefine the future of labels and packaging production.

Converters and brand owners attending the BOBST Labels & Packaging Innovation event in Florence were the first to see the new solutions in action.

BOBST has been showcasing two revolutionary solutions, which will change the established flexo process.

-The new Ink-on-Demand (IoD) system eliminates ink trays and chambered doctor blades. It only requires 30 grams of ink in the print unit to operate. Full wash-out and ink change are performed in minutes with only a few grams of ink and washing liquid wasted. This will establish a new benchmark in the market, reducing costs and environmental burdens.

-The new DigiColor system performs "on-the-fly" job changes of color Delta E. Each of the seven Extended Color Gamut (ECG) inks is split into a darker and a lighter ink, which are mixed in-line to match the targeted Delta E. Closed-Loop color control of DigiColor achieves "digital" color-matching, color consistency at any speed, on any substrate, with any operator worldwide. Converters and brand-owners will now be able to rely on a new "digital" technology to protect their brand identities. Converters will benefit from major time savings and quality improvement benefits.

BOBST has also been presenting a world premiere for a solution that enables the full traceability of every piece of packaging. In collaboration with ESKO, AVT, Pantone and X-Rite, the new solution allows the “digital” traceability from the original file, to the press, to the job validation and final storage of digital data generated from the final printed job. It is built on the BOBST Digital Flexo technology and combines WebCenter, ColorCert, SpectraLab and PantoneLive assets. This enables a fully digitalized and connected workflow, transforming the way labels and flexible packaging can be done - timely, with the right quality control and the proper costs.

The traceability project is based in the REVO Academy in BOBST Firenze. REVO Academy is open to converters worldwide to test and get training on turnkey ECG solutions, delivered by the 12 REVO Members and Partners.

Meanwhile, Mouvent, the digital printing competence center of the Bobst Group, has been showcasing the recently announced LB702-UV digital press. There will be live demos of the machine at 100 m/min with 6 colors and 1200 dpi resolution on multiple jobs and various substrates. The LB702-UV will set a new benchmark for digital label printing, combining, quality, speed and affordability, without any trade-off.

During the event, BOBST Flexo and Mouvent Digital presses also showcased how different print technologies on different substrates can achieve the same Delta E, maintaining accurate color consistency. This is very important as brand owners have various requirements, which can’t always be met by one technology only.

Finally, BOBST is providing brand owners and converters with new opportunities to increase the safety of food packaging. In collaboration with Flint, GEW and the UVFoodSafe Alliance, BOBST is announcing the digital control of UV energy. This allows for the unique safety traceability of each printed meter of substrate, opening new opportunities for UV printed food packaging production with new food safety certifications. Compared to solvent and water-based inks, UV inks achieve higher print quality and color consistency combined with the absence of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), improving ink stability and sustainability.

"The label and packaging industry is clearly going digital, in terms of processes, value creation, and new business models,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of BOBST “The collaboration between partners is essential to the success of our industry and the packaging industry as a whole. BOBST is helping to drive the industry transformation with meaningful innovation and real collaboration, which will result in solutions that fulfil the requirements of converters and brand owners alike.”
(Bobst Firenze srl)

Per Bjurbom appointed as new CEO of European Division of Shanying International

Per Bjurbom appointed as new CEO of European Division of Shanying International  (Company news)

Per Bjurbom (photo) has been appointed as CEO for European Division of Shanying International. Nordic paper is a subsidiary to Shanying International since October 2017.
During his almost five years as CEO of Nordic Paper he has developed and built Nordic Paper to what it is today, a modern and successful company owned by Shanying International.

Per Bjurbom will act as chairman of the board of Nordic Paper.

As new CEO of Nordic Paper Anita Sjölander has been appointed. Anita has been director of operations in Nordic Paper since July 2018. She has a long experience within paper and pulp industry and has held several number of senior positions.

- I am proud to have been appointed to lead Nordic Paper's journey forward together with the competent and committed employees in the group, says Anita Sjölander, who also remains in the present position until a new Production director is appointed.
(Nordic Paper Greåker)

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