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Nazdar Ink Technologies to showcase wide range of ink solutions at InPrint Milan 2018  (Company news)

InPrint - 20th to 22nd November 2018 - Milan, Italy.
Stand 925

Nazdar Ink Technologies will once again be among the exhibitors at InPrint - the industrial print show - in Milan, Italy this November, showcasing its wide range of UV-LED, traditional UV, solvent and aqueous ink formulations to attendees.

The Milano Congressi (MiCo) will host the InPrint event between 20th and 22nd November, bringing together professionals from the fast-growing industrial print market*, including functional, decorative and packaging printing. Designed to meet the needs of specialists looking for customised industrial print solutions to generate new market opportunities and revenue, InPrint Milan will encompass speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D technologies.

Representatives from leading ink brand Nazdar will be available to discuss the wide variety of applications possible with its inks for inkjet, screen printing and narrow web, plus varnishes, primers and liquid coatings. Nazdar's newest inks include Nazdar NWIJ single-pass inkjet inks, Nazdar D2S inkjet inks for containers, and UV-LED inkjet, screen and narrow web inks. Visitors will be able to learn about these new developments and more by visiting Nazdar on stand 925.

The Nazdar team will also be taking questions for its InkAnswers program ( from visitors at InPrint. InkAnswers messages go to more than 20 experts at Nazdar, with a prompt response providing information and advice.
(Nazdar Limited)

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Labels matter in packaging design: UPM Raflatac presents Gold Beverage Award to ...  (Company news)

... Portuguese winemaker Lés-a-lés at Pentawards Gala in New York

UPM Raflatac, which is labeling a smarter future with its innovative and sustainable labeling solutions, proudly presented the Gold Beverage Award to Rita Rivotti for her label design for Portuguese winemaker Lés-a-lés at the recent Pentawards gala at the Guggenheim in New York.

The Pentawards are the most internationally respected competition exclusively dedicated to packaging design. By participating in the Pentawards, packaging designers, design students, brand-owners and packaging producers from around the world have the opportunity to compare their creations to those from around the world.

Lés-a-lés is born with the intention of recovering old wine grape varieties and styles that are almost extinct in Portugal. This dream of a Portuguese winemaker is a collection of exclusive wines of limited editions. Lés-a-lés is a Portuguese expression meaning "from one end to the other.” This brand represents more than 10 years of traveling across Portugal in search of passionate regions and forgotten castes. From the “Medieval de Ourém” to the “Arinto de Pedra e Cal” passing through the “L’imigrant Sauvignon Blanc,” each wine is a journey, each label a ticket to the unknown.

“We thank Pentawards immensely for this is award, for the recognition and motivation,” says Rita Rivotti of Rita Rivotti Wine & Design. “This project represents a lot for us, as it evokes the history of ancient winemaking of our country, Portugal. Each wine is a journey, each label is a ticket for the discovery of a forgotten heritage."

“Just like the finest wines, spirits and craft beverages, the best labels are born of a passion for creating experiences that live long in the memory – and making yours stand out on a crowded shelf is a true art,” says Lee Walker-Quinn,Global Director, Business Development, Wine, Spirits & Craft Beverage, UPM Raflatac. “UPM Raflatac partnered with the Pentawards because championing innovative design is a key strategic focus for our brand. Congratulations to Lés-a-lés for investing as much care and craft into what goes on the outside of their bottle as their wines within!”

UPM Raflatac’s label experts also moderated a panel on the Future of Packaging Design at the Pentawards Conferences in both New York and London. Walker-Quinn and Stefano Pistoni, Manager, Wine, Spirits & Craft Beverage, UPM Raflatac, were joined by a who’s-who of packaging industry experts to discuss sustainability, technologies, trends, collaboration and more.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

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LOPEC 2019 in Munich - Smart Packaging: Printed Electronics as Growth Driver  (Company news)

When pharmaceutical packages sound an alarm or food cartons measure the temperature, printed electronics are involved. LOPEC, the International Exhibition and Conference for the Printed Electronics Industry in Munich, will provide information about next generation packaging from March 19 to 21, 2019.

Who says it is merely a cardboard box? Printed circuits, displays and the like let packages become truly multi-talented. “Since printed electronics are thin, lightweight, flexible and yet robust, they can be integrated very well into packaging, either during production or as an affixed e-label,” explains Dr. Klaus Hecker, Managing Director of the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), a working group within the VDMA, the co-organizer of LOPEC.

Packaging with integrated electronics opens up new communication channels because it links the real world with the digital world. For instance in healthcare: Prototypes of drug packages with integrated e-paper display already exist. That way, using apps and Bluetooth, doctors can notify their patients of their individual dosages and easily adjust those if their state of health changes. “Printed electronics is becoming increasingly important in personalized medicine,” says Hecker.

The pressure to optimize costs is driving smart pharmaceutical packaging. About one fifth of all patients do not take their medication correctly—leading to expensive consequences such as antibiotic resistance or follow-up treatments. Blister packs with integrated clocks and circuits that register tablet removal are supposed to solve that problem: In case the intake is forgotten, the package flashes, emits an alarm or sends a reminder message. Smart packaging is already being used in clinical studies in which drug manufacturers test new drug substances on thousands of subjects, thus helping to reduce costs.

Packaging with built-in temperature and humidity sensors on the other hand can monitor the correct storage of drugs. Sensor technology is also of interest for food and other sensitive goods. In any case, smart packaging is a cross-sector trend. Near-field communication, NFC for short, plays a key role here, and is widely known from metro tickets, ski passes and more recently also from contactless payment by mobile phone. Packaging with NFC chips brings a breath of fresh air into marketing, because they connect brand products directly with the customer. Product information, videos and much more are sent to the consumer's smartphone as soon as it is held close to the packaging. As a seal of authenticity, NFC tags also protect perfumes, wine and other luxury goods against counterfeiting.

The global market for smart packaging is developing faster than anticipated and is expected to reach a volume of over 48 billion US dollars in 2024. “Printed electronics is making a significant contribution to this growth,” emphasizes Hecker. “We are thrilled that LOPEC 2019 will once again cover the entire value chain of printed electronics, from materials development to plant construction to the end product.” With its extensive exhibition and conference program, LOPEC is not only targeting insiders but also representatives of all sectors and industries that want to increase their competitiveness with the aid of printed electronics.
(Messe München GmbH)

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BillerudKorsnäs appoints Senior Vice President Paper  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs announced that Helene Biström is appointed as Senior Vice President for Paper, one of the company’s three divisions in the new organisation that came into effect on the 1st of October.

Earlier this year, BillerudKorsnäs announced that the company will create three divisions with profit and loss responsibility in order to more effectively realise the company's growth strategy. The three divisions are Board, Paper and Solutions. Helene Biström is appointed Senior Vice President Division Paper. She will be a member of the company’s senior management team. Helene is currently the CEO of Infanord.

“It is my conviction that Helene, along with the strong team at Paper, will lift the division to new heights both in regards to production stability and new products. Helene will also contribute to Group Management with her broad leadership experience,” says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

“I am honoured to be offered the position Senior Vice President for the Paper division at BillerudKorsnäs. It will be very exciting to take on this challenge. The combination of solid competence and innovation with a strong focus on sustainability, makes BillerudKorsnäs direction and products perfectly positioned in time. I look forward to developing the Paper division along with my team,” says Helene Biström.

Helene is a highly experienced leader with previous assignments as deputy CEO of Vattenfall and CEO of Norrenergi. Helene also has a background with several significant board assignments, including as chairman of Sveaskog, and is currently active in Pöyry's Board. In 2008 Helene was named Business Woman of the Year by Veckans Affärer.

Helene will start in the position at the latest during April 2019.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

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E-WIND® T200: Further success of the new generation A.Celli Rewinders  (Company news)

Successful start-up of a new E-WIND® T200 rewinder by A.Celli Paper in Portugal

On September 3, the E-WIND® T200 was started-up at The Navigator Company plant in Cacia, in northern Portugal.

This rewinder, which manages rolls of 5670 mm on the unwinder, with diameters up to 3000 mm and for a weight of between 11 and 40 gsm, was designed to meet all of the customer’s needs, ensuring excellent performance and a maximum operating speed of 1800 mpm.

The machine, equipped with a “Full Enclosure” dust removal system, is incorporated in a self-supporting aluminium and polycarbonate structure, which permits maximum containment and the relative reduction of dust deriving from unwinding, rewinding and cutting processes.

A long track record, a high level of expertise and close customer relations have once again made it possible for A.Celli Paper to develop an important partnership, this time with The Navigator Company.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

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BlueLine technology convinces Lucart with significant increase in production capacity and ...  (Company news)

... energy savings

-Significant increase in production capacity
-Energy savings of up to 25 percent
-Maximum fiber cleaning and sustainable fiber utilization

Voith recently reached a deal with Lucart Group for the delivery of a BlueLine stock preparation system at the company’s paper mill headquarters in Porcari, Italy.

The scope of supply includes all the latest Voith technologies to minimize energy consumption and achieve maximum efficiency in fiber usage. Above all, the Intensa technology was a key factor for Lucart in choosing Voith. With this pulping technology, based on a flow optimized vat and an eccentrically arranged rotor, Lucart will benefit from a significant increase in production capacity and energy savings of up to 25 percent compared to conventional technologies. The new stock preparation line will be equipped with additional energy-efficient components and systems – like ComMix, InduraHiClean and the Pluralis refining technology – which will help the mill to accomplish its goal of maximum sustainable fiber usage.

“At Lucart, we’re continuously seeking to improve the sustainability of our operations,” said Franco Pasquini, Technical Director at Lucart. “Energy consumption reduction and efficient fiber usage are key targets in all our operations. The installation of the latest stock preparation technologies from Voith will contribute to accomplish our strategic goals.”

“Lucart is well known for its focus on environmental sustainability and experience in raw materials usage,” said Roberto Buzzi, Sales Manager, Voith Paper. “We’re proud of having earned their trust with our stock preparation technologies.”
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Mitsubishi HiTec Paper: New initiative to increase energy efficiency  (Company news)

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, along with four other North Rhine-Westphalian paper mills and eight companies in the chemical industry, have together established the energy efficiency network ChePap Rhein-Ruhr II.

At the network's regular meetings, energy and technology managers share efficiency and technology initiatives with each other and with external experts and then implement them in their companies. As a result of the first energy efficiency network, ChePap Rhein-Ruhr I, which was also supported by the chemical and paper industries and which has now been superseded by this new initiative, efficiency gains of around 3% have been achieved.

"We are continuing our successful energy efficiency cooperation with this new initiative, because the topic is more relevant than ever," explains Gerd Finkenhofer, Energy Manager at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. "On the one hand, very good energy efficiency naturally contributes to our goals of sustainable management and protection of the environment, but on the other hand it is also indispensable for maintaining the competitiveness of Germany's energy-intensive industry."

Martin Drews, Managing Director of the Business Association of the Rhineland-Westphalian paper-producing industry, further explains: "Reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is a declared political goal in Germany. Our companies make their contribution within the framework of the energy efficiency network. But it must also be made clear: energy cannot be saved arbitrarily. There are technical limits and the capital for investment in action is limited."
(Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)

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Södra’s sustainability achievements recognised with two Sofidel awards  (Company news)

Picture: L to r: Marcus Hellberg, sales director, Södra; Andrea Piazzolla, chief purchasing officer, Sofidel; Gunilla Saltin, CEO Södra Cell; Luigi Lazzareschi, group chief executive, Sofidel

Södra received two of the 2018 Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Awards (3SAward) presented in Columbus, Ohio (USA) last week. Södra was named Best Supplier in the Pulp Producer Category and in the Best Sustainable Project, Social Category.

The prestigious 3SAward is an accolade awarded each year by the tissue manufacturer Sofidel to the suppliers who have distinguished themselves through their environmental and social sustainability activities.

In the Pulp Producer Category, Södra was recognised for the sustainability performance of its Swedish mills, Mönsterås, Mörrum and Värö, which between them produce close to 2 million tons of market pulp annually. The Best Sustainable Project, Social Category, was awarded for Södra’s ground-breaking “Act of a Hero” social media campaign.

Södra Cell CEO Gunilla Saltin said: “The prize for ‘Best Supplier’ shows that we at Södra maintain a high level in our sustainability efforts, thanks to the focus and commitment of our employees – this award is an honour and accolade for them. Our mills are well invested and expertly run for the benefit of customers, and selected key sustainability targets have the same status as financial ones.”

Södra’s strategy until 2020 is based on being a value-generating and cohesive Group with profitable growth, inspired by the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact. “Our ambitions on fossil free operations are high,” said Saltin. “Fossil-free and climate-positive operations are at the top of our agenda, as are sustainable forestry, sustainable innovation, resource efficiency and responsibility to our employees and those throughout the value chain.”

The “Act of a Hero” campaign was a social media expression of Södra’s belief in the sustainable role played by tissue and other paper products in society. Sofidel explained the winning formula: “For realizing an "out-of-the-box" communication approach, through a campaign developed by a b2b company and dedicated to a wide targeted audience of final customers, based on active involvement of retailers, and effective in influencing consumers' choice in favour of sustainable fibre/paper.”

“We thought out of the box for sure,” said head of marketing communications Linda Ottosson. “Our aim was to reach not only our customers, who know the sustainability credentials of our pulp, but to our customers’ customers and consumers who in many cases don’t. Through a simple but unexpected message delivered with humour and a strong human touch, the result was a level of targeted engagement beyond our most optimistic expectations, with more than 1.6 million impressions in the first three months.”
(Södra Cell AB)

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Case Paper Invests in New Sheeter in NC   (Company news)

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing customers with customized solutions, Case Paper will be installing in November, 2018 a Marquip sheeter at its newest division: Case Paper/WinterBell in High Point, NC. This investment is the plant’s second precision sheeter and will position the High Point facility to double its sales volume over the coming year.

“I’m excited that Case Paper continues to invest in Case Paper/WinterBell. A capital investment of this magnitude shows their commitment to our valued customers, as well as to our staff and their families,” explains Richard Lewis, General Manager of Case Paper/WinterBell.

Case Paper’s investment in state-of-the-art technologies has positioned the company as one of the only paper and board distributors in the U.S. that can convert and deliver skids or rolls, usually within 48 hours or less.

“Combined with a skilled workforce and a committed management team, this new sheeter will improve the plant’s ability to quickly and efficiently deliver converted paper and board to our valued customers,”said Todd Greenwood, VP of Paperboard at Case Paper.
(Case Paper Company Inc.)

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AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is now Nouryon  (Company news)

The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is being relaunched as Nouryon. The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and GIC and marks the company’s transition to becoming an independent, global specialty chemicals leader.

“Launching our new company is a significant milestone to add to our proud history and we are all looking forward to this exciting new chapter,” said new CEO Charles W. Shaver (photo). “We are ready to leverage our experience, global presence, and strong company culture to unleash our full potential as an independent company,” he said.

“We are starting from a great position,” Shaver added. “We have a great set of businesses, leadership positions across our portfolio, long-term customer partnerships, and a dedication to continuous improvement and innovation we can leverage for further success. As an independent company we can accelerate our progress on all fronts and take our rightful place alongside other industry leaders.”

Nouryon has a history that stretches back nearly 400 years and its new name and brand identity reflect that heritage. Noury & Van der Lande was one of the first companies to realize the important role chemistry could play in everyday life; today, Nouryon is a world leader in essential chemistries used to manufacture everyday products.

“When we started developing our new name and brand we asked our employees what mattered most to them,” explained Vivi Hollertt, Chief Communications Officer at Nouryon. “Our employees are especially proud of our heritage, as well our track record of growing through partnerships, innovation, sustainability, and contributing to society. We combined all of this to create a brand identity for Nouryon which is true to who we are and helps us stand out from our competitors.”

Nouryon’s new company purpose - Your partner in essential chemistry for a sustainable future - reflects this pride as well as the focus going forward. The company’s success has been built on strong partnerships and it believes that collaboration is key to future success.

Nouryon will be working closely with customers and other partners to innovate, make strategic investments, and develop essential, sustainable solutions that meet customer needs and fuel shared growth.

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Heidelberg organizes top management for digital future  (Company news)

-Sonja Mechling (photo) takes over as Chief Marketing Officer and becomes Managing Director of the Heidelberg Digital Unit
-As CIO, Dr. Stefan Heizmann is the new head of IT
-Robert Franz is leading global sales in the Sales Operations unit

As it pursues its digital transformation, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is also making organizational changes. As of October this year, three key management positions will be filled by individuals with international experience from various industries. One of these new arrivals is Sonja Mechling, who is joining the company from Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH and is taking over as Chief Marketing Officer at Heidelberg. She is also set to become Managing Director of the Heidelberg Digital Unit. Mechling is an acknowledged expert in e-commerce and in building up new business units and has many years of experience in Asia and around Europe.

As Chief Information Officer (CIO), Dr. Stefan Heizmann (38) will be the company’s new head of IT. Heizmann is currently in charge of IT for the Gühring Group and in 2017 won the Industrial Internet Award for digital innovation presented by trade magazine CIO for his work in this role. As part of the Heidelberg team, he will use his experience in corporate IT, creating digital platforms, and developing new business models to implement the company’s digital transformation in the field of IT.

Robert Franz (46) is a sales manager from Rittal with international experience, who will oversee global sales at Heidelberg in the Sales Operations unit. Franz has extensive experience in sales excellence and will be responsible for global Sales Operations and by extension for refocusing the organization at Heidelberg on digital omnichannel sales.

“We are delighted to have three highly qualified managers joining Heidelberg at this exciting time,” said Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg. “All three are going to be a driving force behind the company’s transformation. With their international experience in management positions, they’re going to make a major contribution to this period of expansion and growth.”
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

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ANDRITZ successfully closes its acquisition of Xerium Technologies, Inc.  (Company news)

International technology group ANDRITZ announced the successful closing of its previously announced acquisition of Xerium Technologies, Inc.

Xerium, headquartered in Youngsville, North Carolina, is a global manufacturer and supplier of machine clothing (forming fabrics, press felts, drying fabrics) and roll covers for paper, tissue, and board machines, including maintenance and aftermarket services. With its Smart® technology, the company provides a sophisticated digital software tool to optimize pressing performance by means of sensors integrated into the roll covers.

ANDRITZ, headquartered in Graz, Austria, is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial segments.
(Andritz AG)

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Successful Premiere of PSI Sustainability Summit 2018  (Company news)

Climate change, resource shortage, inhumane working conditions: sustainability is a word on everyone’s lips but it is far from being a mainstream topic. This became clear at the PSI Sustainability Summit on 7 September – a new platform for exchange between the promotional products industry, which is increasingly dealing with this issue, and representatives from private businesses. With over 50 participants from the promotional products industry the summit served as a successful kick-off for the fourth presentation of the PSI Sustainability Awards, the only sustainability prize in this industry.

Under the guiding theme “Future-Proof Supply Chains” the summit focused on sustainability and CSR. Discussions revolved around transparent communication as well as the necessity to be able to evidence CSR and sustainability-proofed supply chains. The panellists shared best-practice experiences acquired in their own companies to show how the promotional products industry can initiate an ongoing communicative exchange with business that fosters sustainability.

Alongside Stefan Schulze-Hausmann, representing the board of the German National Sustainability Prize and facilitator of the summit, participants in the panel discussion included Georg Schürmann, General Manager of Triodos Bank, Ralf Oster, CEO of PF Concept, the multi-promotional product specialist and Gold Sponsor of the PSI Sustainability Awards, as well as Jürgen May, CEO of 2bdifferent. “It became clear here that there are many ways to achieve the same goal,” explains Michael Freter, Managing Director of the PSI Network, and adds: “We’ve also learnt that sustainability is a permanent challenge and a dynamic process that all market players have to take part in. Comprehensive know-how is unavoidable for this. This is precisely our point of departure at the summit. We are very satisfied with the premiere.”

Most Sustainable Companies in the Promotional Products Industry
In the evening the PSI Sustainability Awards showed successful examples of commitment to sustainability in the promotional products industry. The CSR and sustainability profile of the participating companies from the promotional products industry was recognised in seven categories. This year saw Karl Knauer once again named Company of the Year “with its exemplary linking of the three pillars and its documented cutting-edge operational excellence,” according to the jury.
(Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH)

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BW Papersystems celebrates 50th anniversary of its founding  (Company news)

Price County’s largest employer preparing for continued growth and change

Picture: BW Papersystems' 50th Anniversary Picnic in Phillips, Wisconsin

Fifty years after engineers and inventors Cark Marschke and Richard Thomas founded Marquip in the tiny northern Wisconsin town of Phillips, the corrugating and paper product machinery manufacturer--now called BW Papersystems—is celebrating five decades of remarkable growth and change.

Last month, they marked the milestone with a picnic for its 600+ local team members. The event was held in Chapman Park, symbolic because the park is named after the family of Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, the global capital equipment and engineering solutions firm that purchased Marquip from Marschke and Thomas in 2000 and which has been shepherding the BW Papersystems meteoric trajectory from $100M company in 2000 to the $540M diversified global frontrunner it has become today.

“Founder Carl Marschke once told me he dreamt new machine designs,” Chapman recalled. “He and Richard founded Marquip on innovation and commitment to solving customers’ problems. We knew we could accelerate those capabilities and carry the legacy of their jewel forward.”

Propelling the jewel forward is exactly what Barry-Wehmiller has accomplished through acquisition and organic growth. Today, BW Papersystems is the combination of 13 well-known brands and has moved beyond corrugating to also serve the sheeting, packaging, stationery, book binding, and security documents industries. In June of this year, BW Papersystems further accelerated its growth when it completed a historic acquisition—its first in Asia—through a merger with K&H Machinery, a leading manufacturer of complete corrugators headquartered in Dongguan, China. Currently, BW Papersystems serves customers in more than 120 countries across the globe.
“Our goal is to be the global leader in the paper converting and corrugated market,” said Neal McConnellogue, BW Papersystems President. “Over the last 18 years, we have built a company with balance, depth and global reach. Our Phillips, Wisconsin headquarters was and is the foundation of the company and remains our largest and most profitable site. The team here is proud of that and also sees the opportunity to continue to improve and grow. Continuous improvement is part of our DNA. We know we can be better in so many ways.”

Growth has been a consistent theme of the BW Papersystems story. Worldwide, the company is closing in on 2,100 team members who work in one of the companies 21 locations throughout 12 countries. The 620+ team members at the Phillips operation make it Price County’s (population 13,600+) largest single employer and a vital component of the community.

“Everyone either works at BW Papersystems, is related to someone who works at BWP, is a friend of someone who works here, or knows someone who works here,” commented Trish Kempkes, BW Papersystems’ Director of Global Communications. “It’s big business in small-town America. All of my family, my friends, and everyone I see wherever I go in Phillips, counts on this crucial anchor of the community. Being located in Phillips creates an undeniable sense of community at Papersystems. The camaraderie we experience at work, and at a school sporting events, or seeing each other at the supermarket, makes for a strong support network for your whole life.”

The 50th anniversary picnic highlighted the company’s enormous imprint on the area, with multiple generations of families who have either worked there or had some connection to BW Papersystems in attendance. It is estimated that since its founding 50 years ago, more than 9,000 people have been employed at the Phillips location.

“When you consider the size of this community, that’s a significant number, especially since many of our team members spend their entire or most of their careers here. They join us and stay until they retire,” remarked Shayne Roberts, BW Papersystems Culture & People Development Director.
As a consequence, Roberts and his team have their work cut out for them in the coming years. Facing a sizeable silver tsunami--the term coined to describe the large number of Baby Boomers due to retire soon—they’re focusing on innovative ways of recruiting new talent. “We’ve estimated that around 75% of our manufacturing and engineering workforce will retire in the next ten years so we’re doing everything we can to create a talent pipeline in rural northern Wisconsin,” Roberts said.

This includes collaborating with the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) to develop an apprenticeship program that trains high school graduates for assembly and manufacturing roles. They’re also participating in college career fairs and events across the state to recruit for internships and co-operatives for associate-degreed electromechanical designers and those working toward bachelor’s degrees in engineering. They’re even using targeted social media advertising to reach highly-sought engineering talent who often look first to companies like Google, Apple or Intel.

“We’ve got something really special to offer, we just have to get the word out,” Roberts commented. “No doubt, there’s a wonderful quality of life in Phillips, especially if you like the great outdoors and the intimacy and pace of small town life.

“But if you really look closely at this company--our track record of growth and financial success and being part of a large global organization and then add that to our strong culture and deep commitment to giving our people a chance to grow and thrive—you’ll have difficulty finding the kinds of opportunities we offer in any company in any size community.”
In fact, parent company Barry-Wehmiller regularly brings other companies and groups to Phillips to tour the operations and meet team members so they can experience up close Papersystems’ vibrant culture and business practices.

“It’s the critical combination of people, purpose and performance—dedicated team members, united around a shared purpose, who perform together to achieve something bigger than themselves,” shared Chapman. “What visitors see at BW Papersystems is what’s possible when you create an environment where your people practices and your business practices are in harmony.”
This past May, members of the Conscious Capitalism organization and students from an Ivy League university toured the operations in Phillips. (Watch the video highlighting the unique gathering of business leaders and students to hear what they experienced.)

John Walter, BW Papersystems Senior VP of Operations, explained that their team members enjoy sharing the Papersystems’ story with visitors as it validates what they’ve accomplished. “But it’s not about what we have become, but rather about our journey to reach what we can be,” he continued. “At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to staying focused on our goals, valuing everyone’s role in reaching them, while understanding the need to continually improve. That’s the key to providing meaningful work for our team and a solid future for this entire community.”
(BW Papersystems, Inc.)

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

Since the promotional launch and presentation during the “iT’s Tissue” event, the A.Celli solution has gained more recognition than ever before

A.Celli Paper is pleased to announce the start of a series of supplies of the iDEAL® Forged_YD new generation Yankee.

Specifically, in this case, we are talking about valuable collaboration with the Mexican customer Blue Tissue S.A.P.I. de C.V., sealed with an agreement for the supply of an iDEAL® Forged_YD – 16” new generation Yankee Cylinder for the Apizaco plant, in the district of Tlaxcala, Mexico.

This extraordinary result is thanks to the investment strategy of A.Celli, aimed at increasing its influence in the tissue and paper sectors with the development of highly innovative technological solutions.

iDEAL® forged YD is the new production technology conceived and patented by A.Celli Paper, characterised by a cylinder with a shell made from a single piece of steel that is shaped and worked with hot forging and rolling systems.

The result is a highly innovative and seamless product that stands out for its exceptional quality of manufacture.

The uniform material and the unique structure, free from processing stress, allow for greater variation in operating pressure and definitively eliminate the risk of breakage.

A.Celli Paper iDEAL® forged YD: the future of Steel Yankee Dryers!
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

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Automation for more productive and profitable business by Esko and B+B International at ...  (Company news)

... Viscom Italia 2018

Esko ( and its Italian distributor B+B International will co-exhibit at Viscom Italia 2018 (Fiera Milano, October 18 to 20, Hall 8 Stand G19) to demonstrate how a streamlined workflow helps packaging, display and signage specialists to be more flexible and productive.

B+B International distributes Esko’s ArtiosCAD software for CAD-CAM applications and the Kongsberg line of cutting tables. At Viscom Italia, they will show a Kongsberg C64 table.

The Kongsberg C64 multifunctional digital cutting table for signage and display applications keeps up with today’s faster, wider printers. The versatile system delivers precision and productivity thanks to it’s lightweight carbon composite traverse which delivers high accuracy at top speed and a 3kW continuous duty high-performance milling unit.

Eddy Fadel, Vice President Sales EMEA of Esko explains: “Esko’s future orientated solutions, such as the Kongsberg C64, deliver ‘Right First Time’ production because they drive faster throughput and higher quality. Automation of the prepress and setup workflow as well as the usage of a feeder, make the entire sign and display production process more streamlined, faster, error-free and above all more profitable.”

B+B International provides system integration and customer support to converters, packaging designers, digital shops and printers. It will also be showcasing its Packway job costing and management system for carton printers.

Davide Dal Col, B+B International General Director, comments: “We are constantly working on ways to add value to our client’s workflow and we look forward to sharing how these solutions help today’s operations address key market demands efficiently and effectively.”
(Esko Belgium)

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photokina thrills Hahnemühle  (Company news)

Hahnemühle’s fair booth in the guise of a gallery was very popular with photokina visitors. On all the days of the fair, there was a great rush at Hahnemühle, the world market leader for FineArt inkjet papers. Five of the more than 30 motifs were printed on the new Photo Rag® Metallic, which the guests were particularly impressed by.

“We are delighted with the fact that the response to Photo Rag® Metallic—with its fine touch of silver—was so positive, but I have to admit that we were surprised by the euphoric feedback of the public,” said Andrea Sippel, Hahnemühle’s Product Manager Digital FineArt Media. “At the same time, we also were very happy with the interest in the artist signings and the sales of the sample packs, giving visitors a chance to try our FineArt range.”

With the ‘Artist Signing’ campaign, renowned photographers signed limited edition prints on Hahnemühle papers to then give away to fair visitors. It was the third edition of the popular campaign following 2014 and 2016. This time, the artists on site were Mária Švarbová, Eva Gieselberg, Arina Dähnick, Martin Häusler, Stefan Nimmesgern and Francesco Gola who signed a total of more than 400 exclusive FineArt prints.

Meanwhile, the sample packs comprising different paper selections were available at prices from €5 to €10. As it was the case in previous years, the complete proceeds will be donated to charity. This year, Médecins Sans Frontières will be the beneficiaries of the proceeds amounting to nearly €12,400.

The award bestowed on Hahnemühle by the Technical Image Press Association, TIPA for short, was the icing on the cake of a successful fair for Hahnemühle. Photo Gloss Baryta, a paper part of the ‘Hahnemühle Photo’ range, was awarded the prize ‘Best Inkjet Photo Paper’.
(Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)

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Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan cancels the bankruptcy of Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC  (Company news)

Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC’s rehabilitation procedure is resumed

On October 10, 2018, the civil division of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan annulled the decisions of the lower instance courts declaring Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC bankrupt and cancelling the company’s rehabilitation procedure. The rehabilitation procedure has therefore been resumed.

The management of Kazakhstan Kagazy Group are satisfied with the Supreme Court’s decision, which has impartially confirmed Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC’s solvency and prospects for repaying creditors. The appeal was supported by all of Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC’s major creditors.

KK Group’s management consider that the Supreme Court victory, together with the enforcement of the $315 million judgment given by the London High Court, will allow Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC to fulfil its obligations to creditors.

We are grateful to the Group’s creditors for their patience and participation in the appeal against bankruptcy, and also to the Group’s employees and partners for their support.
(Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC)

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ND Paper LLC to Purchase Old Town, Maine Pulp Mill  (Company news)

ND Paper LLC (“ND Paper”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited (the “Company” or “Nine Dragons”), announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) with OTM Holdings, LLC (the “Seller”), a subsidiary of CVG, Inc, pursuant to which ND Paper will acquire the Seller’s bleached kraft pulp mill, plus approximately 100 acres of real property, located in Old Town, Maine (the “Old Town Mill” or the “Mill”) for an undisclosed sum, payable in cash.

Prior to its idling in the fourth quarter of 2015, the Old Town Mill was engaged in the business of manufacturing and distributing approximately 155,000 air dried metric tonnes (admt) annually of bleached hardwood kraft pulp.

Under ND Paper ownership, the Mill will be reconfigured to operate at substantially lower manufacturing costs compared to the predecessor company, achieved by three primary tactics.

* First, with abundant local availability of softwood, ND Paper intends to move the production mix from hardwood kraft to softwood kraft pulp.

* Second, by eliminating bleaching operations and focusing on unbleached softwood pulp, the Mill will increase its production rates and lower variable input costs.

* Finally, the mill will share several management and administrative functions with ND Paper’s Rumford Division, lowering overall overhead costs.

After a series of phased capital investments, ND Paper expects the Mill will restart in the first quarter of 2019 and ultimately produce 275,000 admt annually of unbleached kraft pulp.

“We are absolutely thrilled to restart the Old Town Mill and return well over 100 high-paying jobs to Penobscot County,” said Ken Liu, CEO of ND Paper. “By leveraging our existing manufacturing platform in Maine, combined with the financial capacity to wisely invest in the mill’s production capabilities, we expect to create a very strong future for this facility. Also, similar to our other recent acquisition announcement in West Virginia, this transaction supports Nine Dragons’ company-wide fiber sourcing requirements and global growth initiatives.”

“We always knew Old Town was a tremendous asset and would eventually reopen,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “I want to congratulate ND Paper for showing the confidence and vision to get it back up and running. This is just the latest example of new investment and career opportunities throughout our forest products industry. It’s a trend we expect will continue as we work with various investors and projects in areas such as biofuels, cross laminated timber and pellets.”

OTM Holdings, LLC. originally purchased the Old Town Mill properties with intentions of keeping the site viable in the forest products industry. “We see this investment as further proof that the pulp and paper industry is positively adjusting to market changes and is very much alive and well in Maine”, said Jean Carrier, President of CVG, Inc. “One way or another, it has been our goal to protect the Old Town Mill site and see that it thrives into the future. There are many very talented and hardworking people in the forest products industry who will help make this a tremendous long term success and we are excited to see ND Paper growing at this site”.

Mayor David Mahan agreed, saying, “we promised the people of Old Town that something great would be coming at the Mill site. Over the last few years we’ve worked closely with Bill Firestone from MFGR, and over the last several months with Jean Carrier of CVG, Inc towards my goal of bringing jobs back to Old Town. Thank you all, but a special thanks to ND Paper for investing in our city. Welcome to Old Town!!”

ND Paper expects to complete this transaction in the next thirty days, subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.
(ND Paper LLC)

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Lanxess: Safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly brine purification with ion exchang  (Company news)

Chelating resins from the Lewatit MDS line proven for brine purification in chlor-alkali electrolysis

The new generation of well-established finely dispersed Lewatit ion exchange resins from LANXESS has proven its worth in practice: Lewatit MDS resins significantly increase the efficiency of brine treatment in chlor-alkali electrolysis using the membrane method. They make an effective contribution to preventing damage to the latest generation of ion exchange membranes used for electrolysis, which are becoming more and more sensitive, thus prolonging their service life and reducing the energy costs of the process. Dr. Jenny Barbier, Technical Marketing Manager in the LANXESS Liquid Purification Technologies business unit, will present the new class of ion exchange resins applied to protect these membranes at the FlemionTM Seminar, which will be held in Amsterdam from October 23 to 25, 2018. At the conference, which will be attended by representatives of the global chlor-alkali industry, Barbier will explain the properties of the products and present new case studies in her presentation “New Advances in Brine Purification by Novel Chelating Resins.”

Making brine purification more efficient
In the electrochemical process of chlor-alkali electrolysis, sodium hydroxide, chlorine gas, and hydrogen are produced from a highly concentrated saline solution (brine) – these are important basic chemicals for the production of PVC, paper, cellulose, disinfectants, and bleach, for example. The membrane method was developed for this purpose in the 1970s. It can be run efficiently and safely, offers energy savings of around 25 percent compared to other processes and does not require mercury or asbestos. Due to these and other advantages, it has been used for more than two decades for all new plants and older plants are increasingly being converted to the membrane method. Since impurities can irreversibly damage the cost-intensive fluorinated ion exchange membranes used in electrolysis, the brine is finely purified using ion exchangers.

With the particularly fine monodisperse, macroporous chelating resins of the Lewatit MDS series, brine purification in chlor-alkali electrolysis using the membrane method can be made much more efficient. The decisive difference between the new resin types and those previously offered is the bead diameter. This is only 390 µm for the MDS types (Mono Disperse Small, such as Lewatit MDS TP 208) and is thus around 40 percent smaller than for the Lewatit MonoPlus TP 208, which is also monodisperse. As a result of this difference, the MDS types are characterized by improved kinetics, a higher degree of regeneration and a significantly increased total and operating capacity especially for alkaline earth cations. They have optimal mechanical and osmotic stability.

Barium and strontium ions are separated particularly efficiently from the brine. “Because of the low selectivity of many other resins and the slow exchange kinetics, this is particularly remarkable – and is increasingly the focus of customers,” says Barbier. The chelating resin also binds the lighter elements of the alkaline earth group, i.e. calcium and magnesium. “The improved removal rates are an important advantage because the reduced leakage helps to increase the service life of the electrolysis membranes. In this respect, the MDS resins have already anticipated the continuously progressing membrane development by allowing the user to protect their membranes better through significantly lower concentration tolerances for alkaline earth ions,” explains Barbier.

Many economic advantages
The Lewatit MDS chelating resins open up a whole series of economic advantages for the electrolysis operator, particularly in terms of significant savings in energy costs, and are primarily based on the following effects:
· Longer lifetime of membranes and resin
· Lower operating costs due to lower regenerant requirements and wastewater reduction
· Longer cycle times in operation
· Higher throughput in brine preparation

The new resin types are already being used successfully on an industrial scale. In her presentation at the FlemionTM Seminar, Barbier explaines the benefits for the industry using two case studies. One from a leading European PVC supplier from Germany and one from a chemical manufacturer from South India that ensures a supply of basic and specialty chemicals.
(LANXESS Deutschland GmbH)

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Mondi scores a hattrick at Czech packaging competition Obal Roku 2018  (Company news)

The global packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi has received three Obal Roku awards for its corrugated solutions. The international packaging competition recognises the best ideas, innovations and technologies in the Czech packaging market and beyond. This year, the jury gave awards to three packaging concepts designed by the Mondi Group subsidiary in Bupak, Czech Republic, that enhance convenience, reduce material waste and meet the global trend of customers aiming for more sustainability in packaging.

“We are honoured to win three awards at this year’s Obal Roku competition since it recognises Mondi Bupak’s innovations and technical expertise. We are proud to be able to launch such innovative packaging solutions on the Czech market that combine sustainability with real time savings in material use and production efficiency,” commented Jiri Holik, sales director at Mondi Bupak.

The first award went to Mondi’s dividable corrugated tray for yoghurt (photo), which was developed for the Hollandia brand and submitted in the “food” category. Its unique tear tape application impressed the jury, since it is a brand-new concept on the Czech market. Mondi experts integrated the tear tape into the tray in such a way that the two tray halves can easily be separated if needed. As a result, once filled the tray size can be adjusted based on the distribution channel – either twenty cups on one tray or two trays comprising 10 cups on each. Most notably, using the tear tape does not affect the tray’s performance during the assembly, gluing or filling process. This simple yet smart solution not only enhances logistics and handling, it also has a positive impact on the environment by maximising material efficiency: no additional trays are needed.

The Obal Roku judges also recognised Mondi’s enhanced bottom closure solution in the “transport and industrial packaging” category. Initially designed to avoid plastic adhesive tape for closing the bottom flaps, this solution’s main benefit lies in the elimination of a two-step production process - as the bottom can be produced inline and thus much faster now. As a consequence, this semi-automatic bottom solution and its benefit of instant, tapeless closure is now also interesting for high volume runs. In the version presented the top of the box is now also re-closable, which further simplifies the overall packaging process. Mondi´s customer ES Plastic, for whom this solution was developed, claims that the innovative design allows a faster packaging process and saves 1440 mm of plastic adhesive tape per box, which has a significant economic and environmental impact: In fact, it helped the customer save approximately 320km of tape in total, which equals the distance of Prague to Berlin. The improvement of Bupak´s bottom enhancement and its benefits did not go unnoticed in the industry and has now already been implemented by two further e-commerce players.

Last, but not least, Mondi received an award in the “other” category for its pallet utilisation system, developed to ship DVDs at Sony DADC. Uneven top layers on the pallet stack resulting from individual order amounts of DVDs hindered further pallet stacking and therefore full truck space utilisation. Mondi developed an easy- to-fold system that fills the voids in the top layer to support further pallet stacking. Despite its light weight, the pallet utilisation system has a robust structure which can withstand a top load of at least 746 kg, enabling higher and secure stacking to fully utilise available transport space.

The awards ceremony was held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 4 October 2018 during the PackSummit conference.
(Mondi Bupak s.r.o.)

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Stora Enso and Gasum to make renewable energy from wastewater in Sweden  (Company news)

Stora Enso and energy company Gasum have signed a contract to build a biogas plant at Stora Enso’s Nymölla paper mill (photo) in Sweden. The plant, built and operated by Gasum, will turn the mill’s wastewater effluent into renewable energy.

Gasum plans to upgrade the biogas into Liquefied Biogas (LBG) and sell it as fuel for cars, buses, trucks, and ferries. The expected LBG production of the plant is 75-90 GWh per year, equivalent to the amount of fuel needed annually for more than 200 average long haul lorries in Sweden. Production is expected to start during 2020.

“We are happy to be part of a project that will turn waste into valuable renewable energy,” says Michael Lindemann, Mill Director at Nymölla Mill. “For Stora Enso, substituting fossil-based fuels in our society with renewable solutions is a vital way to combat global warming. The cooperation with Gasum is a good example of the collaborative efforts Stora Enso is taking to do this.”

”We are pleased about the circular economy cooperation with Stora Enso. The biogas plant is a sustainable solution for the processing of wastewater. Gasum is actively building a gas ecosystem for industry, marine and road transport segment in the Nordics,” says Johanna Lamminen, Chief Executive Officer of Gasum.

The total investment of the project for Gasum is around EUR 27 million and for Stora Enso around EUR 5 million. Gasum has been granted an investment subsidy of SEK 121.5 million (EUR 12.7 million) by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency under the Climate Leap (‘Klimatklivet’) programme.

Located in southern Sweden, Stora Enso’s Nymölla Mill has an annual production capacity of 340 000 tonnes pulp and 485 000 tonnes woodfree uncoated (WFU) paper for office and postal use. Stora Enso’s well-known office paper brand Multicopy is produced in Nymölla.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf selected Toscotec to supply a dryer section rebuild  (Company news)

Nettingsdorfer Papierfabrik AG & Co KG selected Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM6 at Nettingsdorf mill in Austria. Nettingsdorfer Papierfabrik is a member of Smurfit Kappa Group and one of the largest European sites of the company. The mill is one of the leading producer of containerboard in Europe. The paper machine 6 produces Kraftliner with 7.4 m reel trim and 1100 mpm speed.

The rebuild of the dryer section of PM6 is part of the Future Energy Plant Project. This forward-looking project has the objective to reduce CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes (= 2/3 of the current emissions).

With this rebuild, Toscotec breaks new ground and takes it to the next level, by supplying a new dryer section for a large-format paper machine.

Smurfit Kappa has decided to install 5 TT SteelDryers (3 additional and out of the 63 existing dryers 2 will be replaced), as the best technical solution to achieve its production and efficiency increase targets. The TT SteelDryers will be designed for a steam pressure of 12 barg. The supply is on a turnkey basis, including erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

The rebuild is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö builds on its global platform for high-performance filtration material by ...  (Company news)

... completing the investment in Madisonville, U.S.

As market demand for high-performance filtration material continue to increase globally, Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to grow its attractive Filtration business and strengthens its manufacturing platform globally by completing a major investment in its plant in Madisonville, US.

This EUR 23 million investment was announced in October 2016 and is one of several investments through which Ahlstrom-Munksjö has expanded its filtration manufacturing capabilities globally, in response to growing demand for high performance filtration material, both for engine and industrial applications.

”We can be proud of what we have accomplished in Madisonville, delivering this major investment successfully in time and on budget, states Fulvio Capussotti, EVP Filtration and Performance. This investment significantly strengthens our technical capabilities in the region, supporting the industry with sustainable filtration solutions, and increases our production capacity in the US. It brings new unique product capabilities to the plant, making Madisonville a solid platform to support future needs of our customers. The investment shows our long term commitment and our ambition to maintain a leading position. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project”, Fulvio Capussotti concludes.

The Filtration and Performance business area develops and produces filtration materials for transportation as well as industrial applications. It also produces glass fiber media for flooring products and wind turbine blades and makes nonwoven materials for automotive, construction, textile, hygiene applications and wallcover materials.
(Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)

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Austrian Label Printer Hauer Etiketten Purchases Award-Winning Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM  (Company news)

Citing superb print quality, cost-effectiveness and excellent customer service, Hauer Etiketten has invested in a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM, its first piece of Screen equipment, and the first L350UV+LM model to be installed in Austria.

Martin Hauer, CEO, P. Hauer GmbH comments, “The decision to invest in Screen technology was based on a number of key deciding factors. Most importantly, the overall print is of the highest quality compared to its competitors in the industry. Secondly, the low migration features of the press open further opportunities for our business in short-run food package labelling. The customer service we have received from Screen Europe and their Austrian partner MCA Pro GmbH has been first class, with very professional technicians and good all-round communication and efficiency during and after installation. Also significant are the quicker delivery times; less complicated realisation of serialisation or numerous variations of a label; and the overall added benefit of the haptic experience of the ink.”

The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM continues to break barriers with its world-class speed and productivity, the press placed first in the ‘Best Label Printer’ category at the European Digital Press Association (EDP) Annual Awards.

Hauer continues, “Demand for labels is ever-increasing, as such, we were looking to extend our portfolio. Short-run jobs and jobs with a high number of variations will be produced in a fraction of the time of conventional printing with this new equipment. Customers want more variety in design and size of labels, whilst demand for visual impact is also growing. We are now able to match the changing requirements of the market in a more effective way.”

“The feedback from Hauer Etiketten has been very positive. The delivered low migration solution – a combination of new SCREEN LM ink and a special curing process under inert gas – is opening the door to completely new applications for the food packaging industry,” says Martin Strobel, Managing Director, MCA Pro Austria. “We partner with Screen because we know we’re selling first-rate reliable technology that customers love. The L350UV+LM label press is another example of the continuing innovation coming from the Japanese company, which provides substantial, tangible benefits for our customers.”
(Screen Europe)

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Emtec Electronic attends the ABTCP 2018 in Sao Paulo  (Company news)

As every year, emtec Electronic will attend the ABTCP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition takes place from October 23rd to 25th. The German producer of innovative lab and online testing equipment can be found at booth no. 137/138 together with its Brazilian representative Elof Hansson.

Photo: FPA touch! and CAS touch!

Emtec will present the state-of-the-art charge measuring systems CAS touch! and FPA touch! Both devices are used to optimize the wet-end process, by
measuring the interaction between particles or fibers with additives and process chemicals in the pulp suspension. The use of both instruments in the production process helps to optimize the utilization of chemicals with the target to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce costs.

Another device that can be used in the wet-end of the tissue and paper production is the DFA – Dynamic Filtration Analyzer, which helps to determine the influence of chemicals on drainage and retention behavior.
But, also producers of base and final products will find innovative measurement equipment at the booth: the well-known TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer which is used to reliably assess the Softness, Smoothness/Roughness and Stiffness as well as the overall Hand Feel of tissue and nonwoven materials. Additionally, the EST – Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. The EST is a useful tool to determine important paper surface properties such as surface hydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.
(emtec Electronic GmbH)

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Archroma adds strength booster Cartastrength® ABL to its solution system for packaging and ...  (Company news)

...tissue paper production

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced the introduction of its new innovation, Cartastrength® ABL, a dry strength booster for packaging and tissue papers.

Archroma is committed to introducing innovations especially aimed at making fast-growing sectors - such as packaging and tissue paper - more sustainable. Its innovation efforts focus on increasing performance and sustainability for its customers, both during the manufacturing process and in the end product.

Archroma is therefore working at helping create more durable board and paper, with products aimed at making board and paper stronger or by making the use of recycled fiber easier. The company recently reinforced its strength management portfolio with Cartastrength® ABL, a solution that combines increased filler retention whilst maintaining dry strength.
Archroma now adds a new innovation to its portfolio with Cartastrength® ABL, a product also aimed at boosting the performance of wet, dry and surface strength solutions, as well as improving the retention of fines and fillers.

As with the recently launched Cartastrength® DST.03, Cartastrength® ABL also helps with deposit control (stickies) and machine runnability.
John Cowman, Technical Manager at Archroma comments: “Cartastrength® ABL, and the recently Cartastrength® DST.03, are the latest illustrations of our commitment to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. The strength booster was inspired by our innovative focus on the needs of our customers and market. Once more the result is a new chemistry that benefits not only paper producers - who will enjoy a more efficient and cost effective production process, but also the environment, because the recyclability of paper and board is made easier.”
(Archroma Management GmbH)

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KODAK FLEXCEL NX System donated to Stuttgart Media University in Germany  (Company news)

Kodak’s innovative flexo technology helps ensure quality and practical relevance for international students – German Flexographic Technical Association (DFTA) also profits from this contribution

Picture:Official handover of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Mid System to Stuttgart Media University (from left to right): Professor Volker Jansen (Stuttgart Media University), Roland Hamacher (Division Sales Manager EAMER, Flexographic Packaging Division, Kodak), Nilgun Turan (Marketing Manager EAMER, Flexographic Packaging Division, Kodak) and Professor Martin Dreher (DFTA)

Kodak has donated a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Mid System to Stuttgart Media University (HdM, Kodak's solution for high-performing flexo plate production upgrades the prepress equipment for packaging printing at the internationally renowned higher education institution to the highest technological standard.

By making this valuable material donation, Kodak is helping to ensure the high-quality level – and add to the diversity – of the practical content of the University’s relatively new, international degree course in Print Media Technologies. Leading to a Bachelor of Engineering, it is conducted in English and attracts applicants from all over the world. The course focuses on future and growth-oriented segments in the print media industry, such as smart printing in a wide range of packaging and industrial applications. Flexo, as a highly dynamic and globally expanding printing process, is a key packaging printing technology. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) as well as different variable data printing (digital) technologies and applications are other major elements of the curriculum. Classic commercial printing is covered as well. The curriculum also embraces natural sciences and business basics. All technical courses are supported by a superbly equipped Technology Center, where students can gain practical experience in research, development and production.

“The industry needs competent young talent, familiar with the newest production processes as well as with future trends in packaging printing and other growth markets – not just in Europe but throughout the world. Our aim is to get young people worldwide enthusiastic about the world of print and produce highly qualified graduates to work in emerging international markets. We provide ambitious young blood with a one-of-a-kind study environment. It’s a definite advantage that, as far as we’re aware, Stuttgart Media University has access to better and more extensive hardware than any other higher education institution worldwide offering courses in print technology,” said Volker Jansen, Academic Dean and Professor of Print Media Technologies. “The FLEXCEL NX System from Kodak will significantly support our efforts to elevate our practical options in packaging printing to the latest technological standard.” At the same time, Professor Jansen emphasized Stuttgart Media University’s interest in strengthening its collaboration with the industry, which has benefits for all stakeholders – students, the university itself and its industry partners.

FLEXCEL NX System donation reflects the growing importance of flexo in packaging
“Flexographic printing is increasingly playing a key role in the packaging sector; in terms of quality, performance and production efficiency, the standard meanwhile achieved with this process would have been considered impossible only ten years ago. KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate technology has made a vital contribution here. That’s why we want to give students who will be taking on management responsibilities in tomorrow’s global printing industry an opportunity to come into contact with this innovative technology,” said Chris Payne, President, Flexographic Packaging Division and Vice President of Kodak. “Kodak sees the donation of the FLEXCEL NX Systems as a way to foster the course’s quality and industry relevance, giving students and lecturers alike a chance to make flexo plates for premium packaging printing using leading-edge technology.”

The FLEXCEL NX System installed at the university is equipped with all the latest features including Kodak’s NX Advantage technology – a mechanism for optimizing ink transfer during printing through innovative plate surface patterning. An extremely versatile device, the system can also image thermal film for screen printing stencils and features the Hybrid Option, which means the FLEXCEL NX Imager can also image thermal plates for offset. Thanks to these capabilities, the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System will soon replace two other CTP systems at Stuttgart Media University.

The FLEXCEL NX System in Stuttgart will also be made available to the German Flexographic Technical Association (DFTA) – which shares premises with the university – for test and training purposes. “We were interested in the technology because Kodak’s FLEXCEL NX System has caused much of a stir in the market and set new benchmarks. In the future, this donation will allow us to demonstrate state-of-the-art flexo platemaking in our own Flexo Academy courses,” commented Professor Martin Dreher, Scientific Director of the DFTA Technology Center and Director of the DFTA Flexographic Academy.
(Kodak GmbH)

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Over 300 million packaging jobs processed by Esko customers in the last 12 months  (Company news)

An increasing number of jobs processed by a growing number of customers need flexible and faster than ever end-to-end workflows

Esko ( reports that in the past 12 months, over 300 million packaging jobs were processed through Esko workflows; a staggering number that shows significant increase over the previous 12 months.

This major milestone comes as Esko gears up for Labelexpo Americas, where it will demonstrate how the industry’s most trusted comprehensive and flexible packaging workflow is connecting with more key industry partners and their solutions. New features being announced include a new direct connection to HP Indigo’s Digital Front-End and a new, more user-friendly, browser interface for its bespoke Automation Engine.

“When we listen to our customers, they indicate the need to speed up time-to-market without any sacrifice in quality, while keeping costs in check”, says Udo Panenka, Esko’s President, “This explains the growing trend to adopting workflow automation: our more than 3,000 workflow customers around the globe confirm how their businesses are transforming thanks to Esko’s workflow automation, collaboration and integration with MIS / ERP systems.”

With decades of experience working with our customers in automating prepress, digitizing processes and integrating with third-party systems, Esko has amassed a unique portfolio of standard solutions that provide the industry’s strongest base for a streamlined packaging ecosystem. It covers the entire packaging supply chain and supports all the critical processes associated with the efficient production of packaging.

“Esko’s Packaging Connected truly is transforming the market. Process automation, seamless collaboration and implementing an end-to-end strategy of the packaging lifecycle are critical to achieving the objectives of brands and converters alike. This is the digital transformation the market demands and one that our customers benefit from. The 300-million figure confirms it,” concludes Panenka.

Visitors to Labelexpo will be able to see how Esko’s Packaging Connected approach transforms label converter workflows
At Labelexpo Americas (Booth 5202), Esko will demonstrate how Packaging Connected provides a complete labels and packaging ecosystem from concept through to the shop floor, shipping and logistics. It’s the world’s only comprehensive workflow serving the needs of brands and designers, premedia, production, and beyond to logistics and palletization.

Increased support for mixed printing technologies
Esko solutions are designed to support operations with mixed printing technologies from a long list of leading industry partners. New at Labelexpo is Esko’s a bi-directional connection to the HP Indigo press. Having access to and controlling the output of the press within the workflow optimizes press uptime and productivity.

Connecting with industry partners to reduce errors
At Labelexpo, Esko will showcase how it connects its broad portfolio of label technologies with those from a wide range of industry partners to assure ‘best-in-class’ workflow solutions.

Esko shares a booth with its Danaher sister companies X-Rite, Pantone and, for the first time, AVT. Esko will demonstrate how Esko’s automation and collaboration solutions are integrated with the
X-Rite and Pantone color technology and AVT’s camera inspection solutions. This end-to-end integration is designed to address customer demand for faster time to market and ‘Right First Time’ production for smaller lot sizes while taking cost and waste reduction into account.

Industry best practices for automation and integration, also for smaller organizations:
-Standard Workflows for specific segments: After a long & close cooperation with its customers, Esko has launched the QuickStart versions of Automation Engine and WebCenter to deploy predefined label-specific workflows in just a few days. Users can reap the benefits of standard automation quickly after a fast and easy deployment.
-Standard integrations: The success of an end-to-end workflow relies on the ability to connect with the many MIS/ERP solutions used in the label industry. Esko will demonstrate standard integrations between the Esko ecosystem and a variety of third-party applications. This makes it easier also for smaller organizations to quickly become successful in the labels and packaging arena.
-Special focus will be on the Automation Arena where Esko is part of a bi-directional integration with the CERM system. The Esko ecosystem also enables bi-directional communication with EFI Radius.
-Browser-based user interface: To give users the choice to work with Automation Engine in a more intuitive way, the software now comes with a browser-based user interface, designed for digital natives who are used to swiping, dragging and pinching. It gives users the choice to work in Automation Engine with a more user-friendly interface.
-One platform beyond design and print: To make label and packaging production a streamlined process that is safe and cost-effective, a workflow is required that easily can go beyond design and print. A Packaging Connected workflow also can offer the right end-to-end tools from initial order entry through the finishing process, warehousing and logistics.
-Esko WebCenter not only provides the one industry platform of choice that enables collaboration among brands, premedia and converters, it is also tightly integrated with the overall workflow and enables seamless connections among these stakeholders and their systems. At Labelexpo, visitors will learn how WebCenter, can best serve their business goals.
-The 3D advantage: Visualization – Proofing – Pack Shots: Packaging Connected also offers the unique possibility to combine packaging artwork with structural CAD information. The wide range of Esko’s innovative and unique 3D applications helps speed the different design, approval and manufacturing processes.
-In addition to hyper-realistic visualization of labels including all colors, special ink and finishing effects in context, the combination of Esko’s workflow with its 3D tools makes it possible to automatically produce pack shots for use during the design phase but also in ecommerce and marketing campaigns. This unique application speeds up the pack shot process and eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming photo shoots.
-Virtual 3D mockups also save time and money in proofing. The recently announced partnership with Scodix aims to render realistic visualization of even the most complex packaging enhancements to ensure products stand out on the shelf.

Connecting Packaging tomorrow
“Right now, bringing new packaging to market can take around 198 days(*), yet brand owner CMO’s dream of bringing this down to 60 days(*) or less.” says Udo Panenka, Esko’s President, “The clear goal of our Packaging Connected strategy is to make this dream come true. We are committed to continue investing to deliver even more and stronger connections within our own hardware and software portfolio, with an ever-wider range of industry partners, and ultimately, with all the stakeholders in the packaging ecosystem.”
(Esko Belgium)

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Glatfelter Completes Acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European Nonwovens Business  (Company news)

Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business for $185 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

The transaction includes Georgia-Pacific’s operations located in Steinfurt, Germany, along with sales offices located in France and Italy. The Steinfurt facility produces high-quality airlaid products for the table-top, wipes, hygiene, food pad, and other nonwoven materials markets, as well as other materials focused primarily on consumer applications. The Steinfurt facility is a state-of-the-art, 32,000-metric-ton-capacity manufacturing facility that employs approximately 220 people.

“This expansion of our nonwovens business represents another milestone in our transformation to become a leading global engineered materials company,” said Dante C. Parrini (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Glatfelter. “This acquisition is an excellent complement to Glatfelter’s existing business and provides immediate financial benefit. Moving forward, we will continue to focus on accelerating the growth of our engineered materials businesses.”

Glatfelter financed the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and borrowing under its existing revolving credit facility.

Credit Suisse acted as the financial advisor in connection with the transaction, and Shearman & Sterling LLP as legal advisor.

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Sappi launches Verve - sustainable dissolving wood pulp for a thriving world  (Company news)

Building on its reputation for quality, service and responsibility, Sappi moved to strengthen its leadership in the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) market with the launch of the Sappi Verve brand.

Demand for DWP continues to grow as consumer preference increases for products made from renewable, sustainably sourced and processed woodfibre. As a significant producer of DWP over the past decades, Sappi today produces close to 1.4m tons per annum, enjoying a significant 16% share of the DWP market. Sappi continues to invest to ensure customers are able to meet demands for sustainably grown and responsibly processed dissolving wood pulp.

Commenting on the launch of the Sappi Verve brand, Steve Binnie, Sappi Limited CEO said: “Our products and service offering within the dissolving pulp market are highly valued and we remain an industry leader in this space. Verve gives recognition to this enviable reputation and the value we offer this market. Brands, including industrial business-to-business brands carry tremendous value, not just to customers but to the whole value chain. Sappi Verve represents our commitment to the entire value chain from brand owners through to the cellulosic fibre producers; our commitment to producing a natural fibre sourced from sustainably managed forests. As a responsible corporate citizen it is a commitment to our ethos of sustainability within the context of people, planet and prosperity.”

The majority of dissolving wood pulp is consumed in the viscose industry where pulp is converted through the value chain to yarn and ultimately textiles providing naturally soft, breathable fabrics which is smooth to the touch, hold colour well and drape beautifully. DWP cellulosic fibre is also used for a myriad of household, industrial and pharmaceutical applications including for tablets, personal hygiene, cellophane, washing sponges etc.

In the past, DWP sold by Sappi was unbranded and industry generic names were used as product names. This did not reflect the specific benefits which has always differentiated Sappi’s DWP. The new Sappi Verve brand creates a very specific identity within the DWP market.

Bernhard Riegler VP Marketing for Sappi’s dissolving wood pulp explains: “At Sappi we have always known there is something special to our dissolving wood pulp products. We have consistent, outstanding quality products, supported by dedicated customer service, all underpinned by a strong sustainability story. As a fibre produced from natural and renewable resources, Verve provides the value chain with a sustainable choice not only within the broader textile sphere which includes cotton and polyester, but as a preferred sustainable choice within the dissolving wood pulp market.”

Riegler continues: “Committing to a brand such as Sappi Verve means committing to the broader values it denotes, not only the product attributes but also the broader commitments and values that Sappi as the parent brand stands for. Consumers are becoming more active in making the right choices to contribute toward a tomorrow that is better than today. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important within a brand promise. Sustainability that uplifts people, builds communities, generates economic value and secures the environment. Sappi Verve represents enthusiasm, life, vigour and energy. Sappi Verve is the sustainable choice and our way of making tomorrow better than today.”

Binnie concludes: “Sappi Verve aligns perfectly with our goals as a business – diverse, sustainable, committed to growth and adding value to our customers, communities and investors. Sappi Verve meets the needs of a discerning, fast-growing and thriving world.”
(Sappi Limited)

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Announcement of establishment of new corrugated container plant in Cambodia  (Company news)

Oji Holdings Corporation (Director of the Board/President: Susumu Yajima, Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo) announces the decision on establishment of a new plant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Packaging Business in Cambodia
Oji Group set “Further expansion of overseas business” as one of the major pillars to strive towards the realization of an innovative value-creating company. Our group company HPI Resources (Harta Group) has been developing
corrugated business in Cambodia, operating its first plant in Phnom Penh, the capital city and the second one built in 2012 in a port city of Sihanoukville in the southern part of Cambodia.
Harta Group is the leader in the corrugated container market in Cambodia and will further increase its market share through the operation of the third plant.
The new plant will be Oji Group’s 23rd corrugated container plant in South East Asia and India.

Overview of the New Plant
Planned location: Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, Cambodia
Planned land size: 62,000 m2 (approximately)
Planned production capacity: 8 million m2 / month (approximately)
Planned investment: JPY 3 billion (approximately)
Planned commencement of operation: January 2020
(Oji Holdings Corporation)

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Valmet-supplied world's largest production line for bleached softwood pulp successfully started up..  (Company news) SCA Östrand mill in Sweden

The expanded pulp mill SCA Östrand in Timrå, Sweden, was started up end of June 2018, according to plan. SCA invested SEK 7.8 billion in Östrand pulp mill expansion project making it one of the largest industrial investments in Sweden to date. With this project SCA Östrand doubled its production capacity from 430,000 tonnes to 900,000 tonnes per year and became the largest production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp in the world.

Photo: Östrand pulp mill. Picture: Torbjörn Bergkvist.

"The rebuild and expansion of Östrand pulp mill is one of the greatest industrial investments in northern Sweden ever. In spite of complexities such as building a twice as big pulp mill in a running mill, we started up the new plant on schedule and budget. The success is the work of many actors, not the least our supplier Valmet", says Ingela Ekebro, Project Director, SCA.

"The start-up went very well. Valmet delivered the most sustainable solution available today consisting of the new cooking, fiber line and evaporation plants," says Stefan Mattsson, Sales Director, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

The project was implemented in phases, and the new evaporation plant was started up some months before the cooking and fiber line. Very soon after the start-up, pulp was produced with high strength, purity and brightness. In the next phase, the production is increased gradually towards the new nominal production capacity.

State-of-the-art technology and environmental performance
Valmet's delivery to the project included new cooking, fiber line and evaporation plant. The cooking plant has the world's largest soft wood digester, while the new evaporation plant is Sweden's largest with an evaporation capacity of 1,150 tons of water per hour.

The 7-effect evaporation plant is extremely energy-efficient, with its in-built possibility to also recover excess heat from Valmet's cooking plant and includes a methanol plant for producing liquid methanol. This enables Östrand to sell surplus energy in the form of green electricity.

Following the investment, SCA Östrand mill has state-of-the-art technology to minimize emissions to air and water. Customers will be offered both TCF (total chlorine free) and ECF (elemental chlorine free) pulp, produced with wood from sustainable forestry.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards  (Company news)

LineoTM by Stora Enso, launched earlier this year, has won ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018. ICIS, Independent Chemical Information Service, is the world's largest petrochemical market information provider. Stora Enso was shortlisted in its award category alongside other industry leaders. The judges recognised the impressive potential of Stora Enso’s versatile and renewable bio-based solution made from lignin, one of the main building blocks of a tree.

Lineo can be used in a range of applications for which fossil-based materials are currently used. It is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, which are used in resins for adhesives, e.g. in plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. In the future, Lineo can be developed into other types of binders and also used in carbon fibre and energy storage applications.

Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015 and the mill has the capacity to produce 50 000 tonnes of lignin per year – making Stora Enso the largest kraft lignin producer in the world.

Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, “We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from stakeholders since launching Lineo and we’re delighted it has been recognised as an innovative solution by top chemical industry representatives. It is another key renewable solution provided by Stora Enso, we continue to believe that: ‘Everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow’.”
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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TRESU and Lohmann collaborate to show quality of flexo on carton packaging  (Company news)

Picture: The Van Gogh self-portrait printed on board using TRESU's Flexo Innovator press and Lohmann duploFLEX® mounting tape

Flexo machine and equipment provider TRESU and mounting tape manufacturer Lohmann have collaborated to show how flexo printing can efficiently meet brand-owners’ expectations for high-quality, impactful folding carton packaging.

Using TRESU’s Flexo Innovator printing line, with Lohmann’s compressible DuploFLEX® 5.2 foam mounting tape securing high-definition plates, the companies reproduced in 60lpc resolution an 1889 self-portrait by post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, made challenging because of its vivid colour contrasts and fine brush strokes.

The painting was printed in four water-based colours on 240gsm full-coated paper, followed by UV-treatment with the Flexo Innovator at TRESU’s Kolding, Denmark-based Demo Center.

TRESU’s Flexo Innovator printing line, with its stable platform, unit-to-unit air drying and the company’s own enclosed chamber doctor blade system, ensured register accuracy and uniform, clean ink transfer at speeds up to 800m/min. The press has the capability to integrate water-based, UV and solvent ink sets as well as a host of added-value finishing processes inline.

To accurately reproduce the highlight areas, a soft Kodak NX plate was selected, with microdots capable of reproducing tonal ranges from 0.5% to 100%. Lohmann’s 0.55mm-thick DuploFLEX® 5.2 compressible foam tape, with a pure polyethylene foam carrier, has a smooth surface, absorbing the excess pressure, to protect the plate’s microstructures but enable the desired level of ink transfer when the plate makes contact with the substrate.

Thomas Holzer, market manager graphics EMEA at Lohmann, comments: “The aim of this project was to print in flexo a job that normally executed in offset, and to compare results in terms of resolution, definition, register, tonal range and colour intensity. Using a challenging artwork, we have shown that through careful selection of compatible components, flexo printing quality is at least equivalent to other processes. This provides packaging converters and brand owners the opportunity to save costs thanks to flexo’s workflow efficiencies, higher speeds and versatility with many substrate types, while getting the same excellent results.

“This self-portrait was selected, in Lohmann´s new marketing campaign, to pay homage to the printers, because every print should be a masterpiece,” continues Holzer. “It goes to show that getting maximum quality out of flexographic printing is real artistry.”

For more information about Lohmann's DuploFLEX® foam mounting tape, and inspiration for achieving flexographic excellence on folding carton, self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging, visit:
Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions, comments: “Trialling and testing to find the optimum combination of materials and equipment is crucial for advancing print quality and efficiency. The Flexo Innovator at our Demo Center is proving a fast and cost-effective way of bringing value-adding product innovations to market, in conjunction with supplier partners, converters and brand-owners.”
(Tresu A/S)

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Smart View: Omron and Futura Team up to transform paper converting innovation  (Company news)

Giovacchino Giurlani, Chief Technology Officer of Futura: “The development of automation is the key to the future of tissue production. For Futura, however, automation is merely an instrument at the service of our people. Human ability and intuition will always be the driving forces behind any innovation. This is what we call MANCHINE, the perfect synergy between human talent and complete production process control.”

K.Tateishi, founder of Omron: “To the machine, the work of the machine. To man the thrill of further creation.”

It is this shared vision of the role of industrial automation which provided the impetus for a collaboration between Omron and Futura centred around the development of innovative solutions in the tissue sector.

It is a partnership which has led to the study and consequent development of “Smart View”, an intelligent monitoring system used in the paper converting process.

Presented at this year’s “iT’s Tissue”, the event which brings together OEMs, end users and system integrators from the tissue industry throughout the world, the monitoring system was developed by Futura using Omron FH series visual and tele-camera systems. It affords operators a live visual overview of every critical zone of a machine and enables them to instantly check performance against production data directly from inside the Control Room.

Any defective or non-compliant material passing through the machine is immediately identified, allowing the operator to intervene promptly and restore normal production activity swiftly, thus reducing both wastage and downtime.

The videos recorded in Live View are automatically archived on the local server and filed by date and time, making them easily accessible for later viewing if required. This allows Futura to monitor every single phase of production, including those before or after any incident requiring a review.

The Omron FH series vision systems also enable checks on the position of a machine’s components to be made. This function not only guarantees more accurate and reliable production performance, but also provides valuable input into planning preventative maintenance by helping to detect potential wear and tear.

The Smart View supervision system was developed with the aim of meeting any production requirement and being completely adaptable across all machines types.
(Omron Corporation)

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Clearwater Paper Announces New Pulp and Paperboard Leader  (Company news)

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) announced a key divisional executive appointment. Effective October 1, 2018, Steve Bowden has been named senior vice president and general manager of the pulp and paperboard division.

"Steve truly exemplifies our core values and brings to Clearwater Paper his extensive experience in the print, packaging, and paperboard manufacturing businesses,” said Linda K. Massman, president and chief executive officer. “I am confident that with Steve’s leadership, we will continue to strengthen our position as a leading manufacturer of high-quality paperboard while continuing our focus on operational efficiencies.”

Before joining Clearwater Paper, Mr. Bowden was the president of the America’s food and beverage division for Multi-Color. He also held key leadership roles at International Paper, including the executive vice president of marketing and strategy for xpedx, formally an International Paper division, and mill manager for the company’s Augusta, Georgia, coated paperboard facility.

Mr. Bowden received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and completed executive programs at Louisiana State University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
(Clearwater Paper Corporation)

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Successful tissue machine restart by Valmet at Xiamen Sin Yang Paper Co., Ltd  (Company news)

Valmet's delivery of a tissue machine restart package to Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM 1 in China concluded with the restart of the machine in September 2018, with a speed of 1,100 m/min. The scope of Valmet's delivery included necessary project management, maintenance, spare parts, and the restart of the tissue machine, which was originally delivered by Valmet but had been idle due to market reasons since 2014.

Photo: Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM 1 paper on reel

The DCT 200HS tissue machine has now been restarted after a joint effort by Sin Yang Paper, Sen Yang Enterprise (Xiamen) Co., Ltd., and Valmet. The 5.6-meter-wide TM 1 is equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press and has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year.

Guo Xiaodong, President of Sin Yang Paper, Tu Huiming, General Manager, and Lin Wen, Chief Engineer, expressed their thoughts after TM 1 restarted successfully: "In April this year, the restart contract was awarded to Valmet. Valmet's service and project teams performed professionally, and worked hard and efficiently every day. Valmet is worthy of trust and commitment, and we are very satisfied with the successful restart of TM 1".

This is the first tissue mill improvement project in China with such an extensive scope of service. "We are capable of offering a very broad scope of services to our tissue customers locally. This is a good example of how we at Valmet are committed to moving our customer's performance forward," said Kevin Jiang, Director of the Mill Improvement business unit at Valmet China.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Nazdar Ink Technologies highlights breadth of ink solutions at the SGIA Expo 2018  (Company news)

Las Vegas Convention Center, October 18-20, 2018. Booth #2941

Nazdar® Ink Technologies will once more be a key exhibitor at SGIA Expo, taking place between 18th and 20th October 2018 in Las Vegas, USA. The event brings together professionals from across the speciality and wide-format printing markets and welcomes delegates from around the world.
Stationed at distributor Nazdar SourceOne's booth #2941, the leading alternative ink brand will focus on some of its key products including Nazdar 184 Series, 203 Series, 702 Series, 703 Series, 705 Series and 730 Series inkjet inks; alongside Nazdar 710 Series inks for UV/LED applications. Additionally, the company will showcase its new Nazdar 2800 Series inks for durable screen-printed graphics and the Nazdar 2300 Series UV/LED screen inks. Every ink in Nazdar's range has been developed to provide prints that equal or surpass the quality and reliability of OEM inks but at a lower price point.

Nazdar 184 Series inks for Mimaki printers:
Nazdar 184 Series inks have been developed as an alternative to the Mimaki BS4 inks and are fully compatible with Mimaki JV/CVJ150 and JV/CJV300 inkjet printers. Closely colour matched and chemically compatible with the OEM inks, Nazdar 184 Series inks can be switched one colour at a time - this saves both time and money as there is no need to perform wasteful ink fill procedures or dispose of unused ink.

Nazdar 203 Series inks for Roland printers:
Nazdar 203 Series inks have been formulated as a quality alternative to Roland Eco Max 3 inks and sit alongside Nazdar's well-established alternatives to the Roland Eco Sol and Eco Sol Max 2 inks-sets, the Nazdar 2000 Series and Nazdar 202 Series respectively. Specifically developed to provide ease of use while handling the demands of faster print speeds, Nazdar 203 Series inks not only offer convenience and performance but also great value.

Nazdar 702/703 Series UV inkjet inks:
Nazdar's 702 and 703 Series inks have been formulated for the UV inkjet market. Designed for use in Océ Arizona printers using IJC256 inks (702 Series), and Fujifilm Acuity printers running the KI Series inks (703 Series), these inks offer exceptional compatibility, quality, and cost effectiveness, combined with a seamless conversion process. Closely colour matched and chemically compatible with the OEM inks, users can save both time and money by switching one colour at a time. Flushing, purging, or re-profiling is not necessary when transitioning to Nazdar 702 or 703 Series due to the accurate colour reproduction capabilities of the ink set.

Nazdar 705 Series inkjet inks:
This plug-and-play inkjet ink is designed for use with HP FB500 and 700 printers as a direct replacement for HP 250 Series inks. Users should expect a seamless conversion process with no need to flush, purge, or re-profile, allowing accurate colour-matching and machine compatibility at a lower price point than the OEM inks - without any loss of quality. The Nazdar 705 Series is suitable for a variety of graphics materials including acrylics, vinyl banners, window cling, foam board, and styrene.

Nazdar 730 Series inkjet inks:
POP displays, graphics, and banners requiring excellent adhesion properties and precise colour replication will benefit from Nazdar 730 Series UV inkjet ink. Exceptionally versatile and reliable against chipping on both rigid and flexible materials, the inks offer vibrant, robust colour-density on a range of substrates, including non-digital grade acrylics, fluted polypropylene, and all typical POP substrates.

Nazdar 710 Series for UV/LED:
With low-odour ingredients and designed to cure LED as well as conventional UV, the 710 Series inks offer the ultimate in flexibility and adhesion, making them perfect for both flexible materials as well as rigid materials that require router or die cutting. This ink series includes in its adhesion gamut all general POP substrates, as well as acrylics and fluted polypropylene.

Nazdar 2800 Series durable graphic screen inks:
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 2300 UV LED screen inks:
Nazdar will also be presenting its 2300 UV LED Screen Inks. This 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, while offering energy savings and a smaller environmental footprint. Nazdar 3500 Series and 3529/3539 Screen Inks, also on display, are designed for long-term outdoor durability on premium pressure-sensitive vinyl films.

Finally, Nazdar will be taking questions for its InkAnswers program from visitors at the SGIA Expo. With the best technical support in the industry, Nazdar's InkAnswers service helps printers worldwide find solutions to their ink needs.
With a team of 30+ ink technicians, scientists, and industry consultants, the InkAnswers group fields questions from multiple print applications - including digital inkjet, graphic screen, narrow web, pad printing and more - and delivers a prompt response providing information and advice.

SGIA Expo 2018 takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 18th to 20th 2018. With more than 550 exhibitors, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and see new products.
(Nazdar Limited)

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Kemira increases prices of polymer products globally in Pulp & Paper as of October 15th, 2018   (Company news)

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries, announces price increases for all polymer products globally in the Pulp & Paper segment.

The price increases will vary based on different product types and may be significantly higher in specific countries. New prices will be effective for all deliveries from October 15th, 2018 or as contract terms allow.

These price increases are necessary as the prices for the main raw materials for polymers, together with tight supply and strong demand in the downstream polymer market, have all continued to increase during 2018 and are expected to further increase in 2019.

Kemira continues to be committed as a long-standing, reliable supplier of high quality products to its customers.
(Kemira, Paper Segment)

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Verso Showcases Sterling® Premium in New Printed Promotion  (Company news)

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) continues to celebrate the power of print in its latest promotion titled Sterling® Premium. ELEVATE YOUR IMPACT. Sterling® Premium is Verso's premium coated sheetfed printing paper.

"Verso's Sterling® Premium challenges the paper quality/cost paradigm and delivers a first – premium coated paper at a budget-friendly price," said Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers, Mike Weinhold. "We've raised the bar on the status quo, delivering a more affordable premium coated paper that has a pleasing white shade and 96 brightness that brand owners desire and appreciate."

ELEVATE YOUR IMPACT. This new printed brochure, the third in a series, showcases the 96 bright, white shade and exceptional premium surface and print quality of 130 lb. Sterling® Premium Silk Cover and 120 lb. Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo Silk Cover through detailed imagery and the use of various techniques to enhance the subject matter. Only print can offer special techniques such as embossing, foil stamping and die cutting that grab attention, create memories, build brands and drive sales.

"Sterling® Premium's optics combined with premium surface quality, print performance, product breadth, sustainability and Verso service continue to elevate the definition of a premium coated sheet," said Verso Brand Marketing Manager Ryan Graham. "This promotion both demonstrates and celebrates the possibilities of print with special techniques and premium optics, and the No. 2 pricing of Sterling® Premium broadens the opportunity for brand owners to elevate their message. Think of it as gold for the price of silver."

Made in the U.S.A., Sterling® Premium has the widest and deepest offering of any premium grade, with a full line of sizes and finishes including gloss, silk and matte, with weights to meet a broad spectrum of requirements. Sterling® Premium offers true premium selection, with the industry's broadest range of basis weights—70 lb. text through 130 lb. cover, including 7 pt. and 9 pt. caliper guaranteed products for direct mail. The product line also includes two matching digital companion products, Sterling® Premium Digital™ and Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo, guaranteed on all digital offset, toner and HP Indigo print equipment. Sterling® Premium is manufactured with 10% post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber, complies with Lacey Act requirements and is chain-of-custody tri-certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) BV-COC-953662, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) BV-PEFCCOC-US09000012, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), BV-SFICOC-US09000011 standards.
(Verso Corporation)

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Toscotec partners with Chemitex-Egypt to increase sales in Egypt  (Company news)

Toscotec signed an agency agreement for both its Tissue and Paper & Board divisions with Chemitex Egypt for Trading & Agencies, S.A.E. to increase its sales in the Egyptian market, where it recently landed a number of P&B rebuilding orders.

Toscotec entrusted Sameh Habib, founder and owner of Chemitex-Egypt, with the agency. Habib has fifteen years of sales experience in the tissue and paper industries in Egypt.

Following the deal with Toscotec, Habib said, “The Egyptian paper and tissue market has a high growth potential. Toscotec’s technology fits very well in this market for its strong focus on customization and flexibility, paired with energy reduction.Building on our customer portfolio and the relationships of mutual respect, trust, and cooperation we established, we expect to see promising results in the coming years”.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Siegwerk and Prismade Labs collaborate on interactive packaging innovations  (Company news)

The initial results of the development partnership between Siegwerk and Prismade show a high degree of innovation and market potential for interactive packaging solutions that offer a strong response to an increasingly digital world.

Photo: First prototypes of the interactive folding box application.

Siegwerk, one of the world's leading suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, is working on innovative folding box applications for interactive communication between the product and the consumer. This is part of a development partnership with Prismade Labs, a start-up and FutureLab of the edding Group that was founded in 2016 to develop innovative technologies for brand authentication and document security.

The partnership between the two companies is the result of Siegwerk's 2017 start-up program, through which the ink manufacturer is explicitly looking for technologies and innovations that can further advance the development of groundbreaking packaging concepts. "The possibility of communication between the product and the consumer is certain to have an impact on the future of the packaging sector due to the increasingly digital world in which we live," states Christoph Barniske, Head of Digital Business at Siegwerk. "Smart packaging or the 'Internet of Packaging,' which uses integrated digital tags to interact with the consumer, are just two examples of new packaging concepts of the future." Prismade has developed a special technology that enables smartphones to interact with printed electronic structures. After placing the packaging onto their smartphone's screen, the user is able to enable interaction on the smartphone by swiping their finger over the packaging.

For the past few months, a joint project team consisting of technical, sales and conception experts from both partners has been working on the development of customized color solutions to establish the 'Prismade process' for interactive folding box applications. In this context, Siegwerk is developing special printing inks that are compatible with standard ink systems for folding box applications and ensure that the Prismade technology works as well.

The first prototypes of the interactive folding box applications will soon be presented. For this purpose, the partners developed a demonstration model together with Hamburg packaging expert Uwe Melichar from the brand agency FACTOR (, Brösske, Meyer & Ruf (an agency for packaging design) in Düsseldorf, and the Edelmann Group, a specialist for innovative developments, folding box construction and production. This demonstration model allows interested parties to get to know the product by using a packaging example. Visitors at Pharma PLAY in Frankfurt, Fachpack in Nuremberg, LUXEPACK in Monaco and the AIPIA conference in Amsterdam can look forward to getting a first glimpse at this newly-developed packaging experience.

Prismade and Siegwerk complement each other very well with their respective core competences and together form a strong team for the long-term development of trend-setting packaging solutions. "Through our collaboration with Prismade, we have the opportunity to actively participate in the development of digital applications in the packaging sector. Their process consists of a successful combination of product authenticity and interactivity," states Christoph Barniske as he explains the ink manufacturer's potential. Siegwerk is already among today's pioneers when it comes to shaping the future of packaging. With its packaging expertise and ink development proficiency, the company is a recognized partner for its customers worldwide. "With Siegwerk as a development partner at our side, we can successfully scale our technology, secure the functionality of our process with ink systems developed specifically for us and strengthen our application potential," states Dr. Karin Weigelt, Managing Director of Prismade Labs. Both companies plan to further expand their collaboration in the future and use the technology for other packaging applications.

Strategic collaboration with relevant startups is essential for Siegwerk to gain important insights into new ideas and advancements that could lead to innovative ink developments and dovetail with upcoming trends in the ink and packaging industry. As an established market player, Siegwerk uses its expertise to support startups in developing their ideas to product maturity and successfully launching them on the market. Further information about Siegwerk's startup program can be found at
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

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Paper Excellence enters into agreement to purchase all shares of Catalyst Paper  (Company news)

Catalyst Paper Corporation (“Catalyst” or the “Company”) announced that Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation (“Paper Excellence”) and Catalyst have entered into an agreement under which Paper Excellence has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company. Paper Excellence is a BC-headquartered company with close to two million tonnes of pulp production capacity through five operating mills in Canada and two mills in France. "When complete this transaction will benefit all of our stakeholders, including our customers, employees, suppliers, the communities where we operate, and BC's pulp and paper and forest products industries," said Ned Dwyer, Catalyst President and CEO.

Photo: Catalyst Paper Crofton Mill

The transaction will be effected by means of a corporate plan of arrangement under Catalyst’s governing law and will require approval of the Supreme Court of British Columbia as well as the approval of at least two-thirds of the votes cast by Catalyst shareholders at a special meeting thereof. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter 2018 or early first quarter 2019, and is subject to the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Shareholders holding approximately 87% of the outstanding common shares of the Company have entered into voting and support agreements pursuant to which they have agreed, subject to the terms of these agreements, to vote in favour of the transaction.

Houlihan Lokey is acting as exclusive financial advisor and investment banker to Catalyst Paper Corporation in the transaction. Stikeman Elliott LLP is acting as legal advisor to Catalyst Paper Corporation.
(Catalyst Paper Corporation)

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Omya acquires Galderma-Spirig site  (Company news)

•Extension of the rapidly growing headquarters in neighboring Oftringen
•Establishment of research and development activities
•Around 150 to 200 jobs planned in an initial phase

Following Galderma-Spirig’s decision to close their Egerkingen site in September 2017, Omya International, based in neighboring Oftringen, will move research and development activities to the site. To this end, Omya is acquiring the property from Galderma-Spirig’s parent company, Nestlé Skin Health.

In addition to acquiring the property, including all buildings and facilities, Omya intends to acquire Spirig Pharma's Cosmospheres business
unit, which develops and manufactures high-quality cellulose-based additives for the cosmetics industry. Omya will offer continued employment to the employees in this business area. In addition, the continued employment of facility management and maintenance staff is reviewed.

Growth in Oftringen and Egerkingen
In recent years, Omya headquarters in Oftringen have grown strongly and have reached their capacity. With the relocation of research and evelopment activities to neighboring Egerkingen, the bottleneck at the headquarters will be eliminated long-term without further construction and space will be made available for the company's strongly growing activities.

The buildings in Egerkingen have a modern technical infrastructure, which are suitable for research and development activities without substantial structural interventions. The Cosmospheres business unit, which Omya intends to acquire, would complement and expand Omya’s offering, as Omya already is a supplier of raw materials for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. In the end, up to 350 full-time jobs will be located at the new (Omya International AG)

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Drytac to unveil new and award-winning products at SGIA Expo 2018  (Company news)

Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, will be a key exhibitor at the forthcoming SGIA Expo 2018, with award-winning products on show. Drytac will also be presenting an educational seminar regarding retail signage ideas and applications.

Taking place in Las Vegas, USA from October 18th to 20th, SGIA Expo 2018 will bring together print specialists, businesses and buyers from around the world to take part in conferences, networking and educational sessions.
Drytac (booth #2341) will be demonstrating its extensive range of self-adhesive materials to over 25,000 registered attendees over the three-day event, including live demonstrations and interactive wall displays of some brand new products and of its two SGIA Product of the Year award-winning products.

Visitors will be able to see the all-new ArmourPrint™ Emerytex® and ArmourGrab™, a combination counter mat solution ideal for retailers and restaurants. This dual-product system has an FDA incidental food contact rating and a low slip rating, making it both safe and effective for POP advertising applications.

Also on display will be Drytac's SpotOn® Floor 200 (photo), winner of the Media - Adhesive Back Vinyl category in the SGIA Awards, alongside best-selling media SpotOn Clear Gloss, SpotOn Clear Matte and SpotOn White Matte for short-term interior displays, and SpotOn SynPaper, developed to deliver exceptional results with the HP PageWide XL. Every SpotOn product features Drytac's innovative dot-pattern adhesive for easy, bubble-free application.
Drytac is also the winner of an SGIA award for ReTac® WipeErase® in the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category, for its application in creating tailor-made dry-erase or planning boards. Creative delegates will see the benefits of this as well as ReTac Smooth and ReTac Textures, printable self-adhesive PVC films for outstanding wall coverings and large-scale indoor displays, and get hands-on with ReTac ChalkMate®, which can turn any surface into a traditional chalkboard.

Visitors will be able to experience durable, eye-catching graphics printed on Drytac's innovative Polar® line, with information and samples of Polar Burst, Polar Polymeric, Polar Monomeric and Polar Transit available to take away.

The popular ViziPrint® range will be on display too, demonstrating its superior adhesion and finish on glass. For window graphics, decals and signage, images printed on ViziPrint Impress Clear, ViziPrint Impress White and ViziPrint Illuminate remain bright and vivid even after repositioning.
Various print partners throughout the show will be printing and displaying Drytac's innovative line of print media. Real-time updates can be followed on Drytac's social media platforms.

In addition, Steve Broad, Drytac's Europe & Asia Sales Director, and Dennis Leblanc, Sales Manager for Central Canada, will be presenting an educational seminar on Adhesives for Retail Graphics on Friday, October 19th at 9am in room S34.

"We're looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the print and display industry to stand 2341 across the three days of SGIA Expo 2018," says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac.
"Our expert team will be presenting a wide range of exciting products - including two recognized in the SGIA Product of the Year awards - set to inspire visitors to create incredible window graphics, wall coverings, decals, floor graphics and more."
(Drytac Europe Limited)

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Sappi Digital Solutions highlights dye sublimation paper portfolio at SGIA  (Company news)

Consistent high quality, flexibility and reliable production are hallmarks of Transjet® heat transfer dye sublimation papers

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of speciality papers, will showcase the performance possibilities available to the market with its broad portfolio of Transjet® dye-sublimation papers at the SGIA Expo, scheduled for October 18 to 20 2018, in Las Vegas. Sappi Digital Solutions, formed by the acquisition of Cham Paper Group at the beginning of this year, will be located in booth 1997 at the show.

Stronger market presence
The establishment of this new division reflects Sappi’s already significant presence in the dye sublimation market, and its strong dedication to this sector. The company continues to place considerable focus on this crucial and growing market segment, as will be evidenced by its extensive showing at SGIA.

Transjet® heat transfer sublimation paper, already in wide use in the industry, is the flagship brand for Sappi Digital Solutions. Transjet® is known for delivering excellent quality with fast ink drying, shorter heat dwell time and optimum ink consumption. It is ideal for a broad array of applications in both soft and hard goods, including sports apparel, fashion, soft signage, home textiles, shoes, skis, and it also offers grades compatible with industrial equipment.

Paola Tiso, Head of Digital Solutions, comments, “Sappi Digital Solutions’ broad portfolio of dye sublimation papers supports many industries in their quest to meet demand for individualization and speed to market. Customers need quality papers, fast solutions and excellent service. Sappi Digital Solutions offers complete assistance and dedicated partnership for this industry”.

Beyond dye sublimation papers, Sappi Digital Solutions also offers large format substrates up to 3.10 meters wide, optimized for inkjet printing for both indoor and outdoor applications using for CAD/Engineering or imaging printers. These substrates deliver the brilliant color and homogeneity that applications in technical printing and architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries increasingly demand. Sappi’s portfolio includes papers suitable for use with water-based, solvent or UV-curable inks as well as HP Latex inks.

At SGIA, Sappi Digital Solutions experts will be on hand to discuss the individual requirements of visitors to its booth and, to share details about its broad range of specialty products and services to educate and inspire attendees.
(Sappi Limited)

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Major PulpEye order from Iggesund  (Company news)

PulpEye received its second biggest order ever when Iggesund Paperboard bought two complete PulpEye sets, one for the unbleached and one for the bleached pulps. Both PulpEye cabinets are equipped with modules for online analysis of kappa number, brightness, fibre, shives and fibre wall thickness as well as the dot analyser DotEye. The order also comprises two ScreenEye, two LabEye and one RMEye.

Photo: One part of the Iggesund Paperboard order is modules for measuring fibre wall thickness.

”I am very happy that we, in stiff competition, have landed our second biggest order ever,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD at PulpEye. “By equipping both PulpEye cabinets with a number of modules as well as one ScreenEye in each fibre line, Iggesund has good opportunities to make sure that the pulp quality will be of even higher quality and consistency, which will be beneficial to their exclusive board.

Iggesund replaces an old kappa number analyser with new technology to measure fibre quality in a new way to be able to follow wood raw material variations in a better way. The fibre wall thickness module is a very new technology for characterisation of pulp. Thanks to this comprehensive investment even better possibilities have been created to follow the fibre from wood yard to board mill in order to achieve an even more consistent board quality.

ScreenEye is a sampler which is put in the blow line, screening the pulp in two steps and pre-washing it before it is transported to the analyser. Online dot measurement by DotEye shows the pulp cleanliness in real-time and possible disturbances are immediately detected and can be dealt with.

”Iggesund’s bleached SBB board Invercote is well-known for its high quality and is used in packaging in different premium segments all over the world,” says Malin Ekroos, Pulp Manager, Iggesund Paperboard. “When we decided to invest in new technology for measuring different quality parameters our choice, after careful evaluation, was PulpEye as their technology enables online measurements of the pulp parameters that are important to us.”

Iggesund Paperboard produces ca 420,000 tonnes bleached long- and short-fibre pulps as well as ca 350,000 tonnes of Invercote annually.
(PulpEye AB)

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Luigi Lazzareschi (CEO Sofidel Group) has been inducted in the Paper International Hall of Fame  (Company news)

Sofidel’s CEO is the first Italian to become part of the small number of big names in the global tissue production industry. An induction that rewards his efforts in pursuing sustainable development and in expanding the business of the Group.

With a ceremony held on the evening of Thursday 4th October in Appleton, Wisconsin (US), the CEO of Sofidel, Luigi Lazzareschi, has been inducted in the Paper International Hall of Fame (PIHF), the small number of big names in the global tissue production industry. Mr. Lazzareschi is the first Italian to be tributed with this honor.

Over the years, the Sofidel Group went from being a national player in the hygienic and domestic paper industry (especially known for its Regina brand) to become a multinational with operations in 13 countries, more than 6,000 employees and net sales of EUR 1,724 million / USD 1,947 million (2017), with a production capacity of more than one million tonnes (2017). Sofidel is now the sixth biggest industry manufacturer in the world and the second across Europe.

“It’s an honor for me to join the Paper International Hall of Fame. A tribute I am especially proud of because it comes from a panel of experts who are well aware of the challenges that the production of this material, which is so important in the everyday lives of billions of people, implies,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel. “I consider it a reward for all the people who over the years have supported me, first and foremost the co-founder, along with my father Giuseppe, and the current President of Sofidel, Emi Stefani”.

The Paper International Hall of Fame is an organization founded in 1992 in the United States, and has been created to raise awareness of the values, the know-how and the benefits that the paper industry contributes to people’s everyday lives. Since its foundation, the PIHF has inducted 135 personalities from around the world into the Hall of Fame.

Sofidel has made sustainability a strategic lever for development and growth, with the aim of reducing the impact its business has on the environment and of boosting the benefits it produces for society. To date, the Group has reduced its direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 20.6% (measured as the reduction of carbon intensity between 2009 and 2017 per kg of paper manufactured). Moreover, Sofidel has limited the consumption of water in its manufacturing processes (7.1 l/kg compared to an industry benchmark of 15-25 l/kg) and sources all the pulp it uses in production from independent suppliers that are officially certified (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™).

On Wednesday 3rd October, Sofidel has inaugurated in the US its first greenfield manufacturing plant overseas in Circleville, Ohio. The plant also happens to be the Group’s largest, most modern and sustainable to date.
(Sofidel Group)

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Valmet to supply key pulp mill technology for ARAUCO pulp mill project in Chile  (Company news)

Valmet has signed a letter of award (LoA) with ARAUCO to supply key pulp mill technology including pulp drying and baling, a recovery boiler and a biomass boiler. This LoA is part of ARAUCO's MAPA project, a major investment to expand current production capacity and build a new pulp production line at the Arauco Mill located in the Bio Bío Region in Chile.

The value of the anticipated delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 250-300 million. The order is expected to be included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received.

"With this project ARAUCO continues our long cooperation in the area of boilers and pulp drying. Our cooperation extends over 15 years of successful project deliveries," says Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy from Valmet.

The delivery of the pulp drying and boilers is agreed to be done on EPS basis including plant engineering, procurement and supervision. The pulp drying line will have a daily capacity of 5,000 air dry tons (Adt). The recovery boiler will have a daily capacity of 6,300 tons dry solids (tDS). The biomass boiler features bubbling fluidized bed technology and has a capacity of 160 MWth.

One of the largest pulp investments in the world
The modernization and extension of Arauco Mill, an initiative that involves a USD 2,350 million investment, is the largest investment in ARAUCO's history. The project includes a new pulp production line, line 3, with an annual capacity of 1,560,000 tons. The new line is estimated to start operation in 2021.
(Valmet Corporation)

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