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Kodak cancels participation in Drupa 2021

Kodak cancels participation in Drupa 2021  (Company news)

Kodak has made the decision to withdraw from Drupa 2021.

“Kodak’s commitment to the safety of our employees and customers during the COVID19 pandemic is paramount. The continued concerns and impacts of the pandemic make it difficult for us to commit resources for such an event in these uncertain times,” said Jim Continenza, Executive Chairman, Eastman Kodak Company.

Kodak will continue to invest in the print industry, doubling down on digital print and delivering the products our customers need to drive productivity and growth as the industry evolves.
(Kodak GmbH)

Even better pulp and yield at Smurfit Kappa Piteå

Even better pulp and yield at Smurfit Kappa Piteå  (Company news)

Pulp with higher quality, combined with increased yield from the wood raw material, is now a reality for Smurfit Kappa at its mill in Piteå, Sweden. The cooking process technology from Valmet played an important role in the successful rebuild project.

Photo: “The enormous ImpBin was manufactured in one piece. Weighing 114 tons and measuring 45 meters tall, the pre-impregnation vessel made special demands on transport and installation. The lift into the mill and the installation in a tight space required very careful preparation”.

Smurfit Kappa Piteå is one of Europe's largest kraftliner mills with an annual production of 700,000 tonnes of both brown and white-top kraftliner. The mill has a softwood line and a hardwood line, both of which were rebuilt in 2019 with Valmet as the main supplier. During the same period, the mill also upgraded its recovery boiler.

“The aim of these investments was to improve the production process and to get even better quality in our pulp and kraftliner grades,” says Bo Johansson, Technical Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå.

Project involved the latest technology and major equipment changes
The new improved pulping process is still based on continuous cooking, but with some major changes. Prior to the rebuild the mill had a total of three digesters – two on the softwood line and one on the hardwood line. Now there are only two digesters, one for each line. To achieve this, some existing equipment has been moved between the lines and new equipment has been added. This has resulted in both higher pulp quality and higher yield.

“Now,” continues Bo Johansson, “the softwood line is giving us even higher quality pulp thanks to the new Continuous Cooking G2 and ImpBin impregnation technology, which are the highlights of the new softwood line delivery. With ImpBin, Valmet’s latest innovation, chip impregnation is done over a longer time, which gives the dual benefits of higher yields from the raw material and more consistent pulp quality. And on the hardwood line we have installed some equipment that previously belonged to the softwood line and added a new pressure diffuser from Valmet to improve our washing.”

Many special challenges to be considered

Greger Stubbfält, Project Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå, looks back on a demanding project and sees the positive collaborative climate among everyone involved, and Valmet's ability to drive the project forward, as important success factors.

“This rebuild involved many special challenges since it was done in an existing plant that continued to operate normally while most of the work was carried out,” he says. “And I think we have succeeded very well, working together with our suppliers. It’s an excellent example of skillful engineering and good collaboration. In addition, we are pleased to say the project has gone very well from a safety point of view. The rebuild was extremely complex, involving about 1,300 people from more than 100 companies, but we have not had any serious incidents.”

Best startup in 30 years of experience
After a two-week long stop in the spring of 2019, to make the necessary piping and electrical connections, the rebuilt kraftliner mill was started up. Bo Johansson, the technical manager, has long experience in the pulp industry and has worked on many start-ups. But he says he has never participated in any startup of similar complexity that has gone as easily.

“Considering the complexity, this startup where we quickly reached all our set goals for production capacity and quality so quickly, is the best I have experienced in my 30 years. It clearly went better than we expected. The commissioning team from Valmet did a fantastic job and managed to quickly get the processes functioning well. I also believe that the process simulator we used has played an important role in this positive outcome.”

Smurfit Kappa Piteå chose to invest in a process simulator, built by Valmet, where the new cooking equipment and process could be tested before it was actually time for startup and the pressure was on. The simulator was a success and today it is being used for education and problem solving.

Fredrik Jonsson, production technician at Smurfit Kappa Piteå, says that “For training, we chose combined classroom teaching with the simulator training, and now after startup we also use the simulator for problem solving and it is of great value to be able to simulate and solve problems in the simulator.”

Excellent pulp quality, and lower chemical and energy consumption
It has now been more than a year since the rebuilt Smurfit Kappa Piteå mill was restarted. What results have been achieved by the team?

“Tests show that the quality of our pulp is excellent, and we have also gotten very positive feedback from the machine operators in the paper mill who use the pulp. We have exceeded our targets regarding pulp yields from the wood raw material, and we also have been able to reduce our chemical consumption and energy costs. The outlook is very positive, and we are well prepared in terms of pulp quality to meet the market demands for the best kraftliner,” concludes Bo Johansson.
(Valmet Corporation)

Best performance in the stripping process - New precision lower pins from Marbach Die Supplies

Best performance in the stripping process - New precision lower pins from Marbach Die Supplies  (Company news)

Marbach Die Supplies has extended its portfolio. Up to now, Marbach has only offered conventional lower pins for the stripping process. As of now, Marbach will also supply its new, self-developed precision lower pin.

André Angermeir, Sales Manager Marbach Die Supplies: "To make the stripping process during packaging production stable and safe, lower pins are used. They fix the waste to be stripped during the stripping process, and ensure that it is guided downwards in a controlled manner. Worn components and greater tolerances of previously available lower pins, can interfere with the stripping process and lead to production interruptions during packaging production. But not with our new precision lower pins. They are made of top quality materials possessing high precision and able to be accurately positioned due to their narrow guide tolerances. A re-adjustment in the die-cutting machine is therefore not necessary."

Thus, the Marbach precision lower pins support a stripping process free of disturbances and waste. They are available in thicknesses of 2 mm and 4 mm.
(Karl#Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

New technical support for Follmanns Print + Packaging business unit

New technical support for Follmanns Print + Packaging business unit   (Company news)

Andreas Gilcher (photo) was appointed to Follmann’s Print + Packaging business unit on 1 September this year. In his role as Printing Technician in the Print + Packaging sales team, qualified coatings laboratory technician Gilcher (51) is mainly responsible for international customer care and support in the field of water-based printing ink application technology.

With more than 25 years of experience in application technology and sales, Andreas Gilcher built up his expertise in national and international customer care and in the project business at various companies serving the printing ink industry. His appointments included that of Sales/Application Manager in the Flint Group. Before joining Follmann, he held the position of Local Sales Manager/Technical Account Manager at Siegwerk Druckfarben, where he was responsible for strategic further development of customer relations.

“We are delighted to have gained in Andreas Gilcher the right person at the right time for the launch of our new printing ink range. His many years of international experience in sales and application technology together with his specialist know-how in the field of printing inks make him the perfect complement to our team,” said Roland Geiselhart, Director of the Print + Packaging business unit at Follmann.
(Follmann GmbH & Co. KG)

All green products start with a #Greensource

All green products start with a #Greensource  (Company news)

Climate neutrality with Europe’s forest fibre industry

Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, and EPIS, the European Pulp Industry Sector Association and its members, present their #GreenSource initiative, a European-wide effort to explain how the forest-fibre industries make the 2050 climate neutrality target a reality.

The forest-fibre industry wishes to offer innovative solutions to the needs of the European citizens and contribute to a sustainable lifestyle while making sure that forests keep growing, absorbing CO2 and protecting biodiversity.

A recent scientific study commissioned by Cepi on the Climate effect of the forest-based sector in the European Union shows that, thanks to the forests and forest-based products, we take 806 million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year – this corresponds to 20% of the EU’s annual emissions – while bringing 3.5 million jobs, especially to rural areas.

“We can help decarbonise the economy and revolutionise consumption habits thanks to our innovative alternatives to fossil-based materials. According to a recent Material Economics[1] study, 25% of plastics could be easily replaced with paper and board already today without compromising end-product functionality.” Jori Ringman, Cepi DG.

We provide fossil-free alternative solutions for many sectors already today: media, packaging, health care and hygiene but also and increasingly for textiles. Cellulose-based materials might even replace the graphite used in portable technologies and the virtually limitless possibilities in biorefineries help us champion in bio-based green chemistry.

In times of COVID-19, it’s important to remember that we are delivering packaging, tissue and hygiene products that are essential to EU citizens while being good for the planet and good for the European economy.

#GreenSource is the common voice of our industry rising to tell the world how we are making a difference in the transition to a sustainable and climate-friendly future.
(CEPI aisbl)

Södra to raise price of NBSK by USD 40 to USD 880/tonne

Södra to raise price of NBSK by USD 40 to USD 880/tonne  (Company news)

Södra Cell is increasing the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp in Europe by $40/tonne to $880, effective 1 October.

“We do recognize the challenges presented in the wake of Covid-19. Nevertheless, demand for our NBSK in Europe has stayed healthy over the summer, and lately we’ve seen distinct signs of China recovering. Our stocks are balanced, and as we head into a period where numerous global maintenance stops will restrict supply, we expect the overall supply chain to tighten up. Current net price of NBSK in Europe is not sustainable and an upward momentum on price is to be expected”. commented Henrik Wettergren, VP Marketing and Sales, Södra Cell.
(Södra Cell AB)

Paper One Show: Future is virtual, be part of it!

Paper One Show: Future is virtual, be part of it!  (Company news)

Engage with key decision-makers and manufacturers with a complete virtual platform!

We are proud to announce that the world’s first virtual fair on the paper industry will open its second edition of Paper One Show Virtual will be held between November 03-06, 2020.

We are excited to welcome you and have you back at Paper One Show Virtual!

Followed by a successful 1st edition of the fair, Al Furat Fairs is hosting its 2nd Virtual Fair on 3rd November 2020. With a second edition of the Show, the fair is once again building off experience and paving the way for a cutting-edge virtual fair experience.

The platform that can easily connect you to thousands of professionals from the paper industry will give you a great insight into the comprehensive overview of the paper sector and the latest industry developments.

Paper One Show Virtual convenes the paper industry online: 4 days of full of business!

-Years of experience in the sector
-Paper One Show is the pioneer in this sector
-Focusing on paper market and continuous improvement
-Paper One Show is the leading company specialized in paper trade fairs
-Strong connections with both suppliers and customers from all around the world
(Al Furat Fairs)

WEPA invests in British site Bridgend

WEPA invests in British site Bridgend  (Company news)

The WEPA Group, headquartered in Arnsberg/ Westphalia, Germany, has announced further extensive investments in infrastructure and production at its plant in Bridgend, UK. The main focus of the investment is the construction of a new paper machine with a planned annual production capacity of 65,000 tons. The machine will start up in the 1st quarter in spring 2022.

Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group: "Our willingness to invest in state-of-the-art technology is an important part of our future-oriented Group strategy. UK remains an important growth market for us in Europe despite COVID-19 and Brexit. With the planned investments we will be able to meet our customers' expectations in terms product quality and sustainability even better in the future. It is important to us to produce for our customers in the UK in their own country. For the Bridgend site this means a doubling of production capacity.”

The WEPA Group thus strengthens its market position throughout Europe as the third largest European manufacturer in the hygiene paper market. The site in Bridgend produces toilet paper and kitchen towels for the British consumer market with around 280 employees and has been part of the WEPA Group since 2013 (initially as a joint venture before being fully acquired in 2018). The investments will create more than 50 additional jobs.

The two Managing Directors of WEPA UK, Tony Curtis and Mike Docker, welcome the decision: "The construction of a new paper machine and the other planned investments are significant measures for our UK business and our Bridgend site. These investments will strengthen our competitiveness in the UK market and safeguard jobs in the region.”
(WEPA Hygieneprodukte GmbH)

Metsä Board launches a state-of-the-art Excellence Centre to accelerate paperboard and ...

Metsä Board launches a state-of-the-art Excellence Centre to accelerate paperboard and ...  (Company news)

... packaging innovation

Growing consumption and demand for more sustainable packaging is boosting the need for new innovations. To develop solutions for packaging today and into the future, Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started up operations in its new Excellence Centre at the unique bioeconomy site in Äänekoski, Finland.

The centre, with its cutting-edge technology for R&D, packaging design and paperboard and packaging performance, aims to accelerate material and packaging innovation and provide a collaboration platform for customers and technology partners globally.

“As the amount of packaging continues to grow, new, sustainable solutions are needed to replace fossil-based materials and ensure circularity. The Excellence Centre concept enables paperboard and packaging solutions that look at the entire value chain, and not just at its separate parts. With the material knowhow, competence and tools now available, we can optimise performance throughout the packaging lifecycle”, says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

The Excellence Centre, which covers a total of 1,500 square meters, includes R&D facilities, a packaging design studio, a customer feedback centre and a state-of-the art laboratory providing more than 100 different measurement methods and analytics. The centre also features a virtual store and a computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool to allow sophisticated simulation and analysis of packaging performance.

Metsä Board’s Excellence Centre brings together Metsä Board’s own competencies and deep expertise in fibre-based solutions with that of various experts and partners, such as material suppliers, technology providers, start-up companies, universities and research companies. Virtual collaboration workshops have also been developed to enable joint development and co-creation if physical meetings are not possible.

“Renewable and recyclable fresh fibre paperboard can be utilised for packaging in many ways. Fibre-based packaging has a lot to offer, and together with our partners and the new Excellence Centre, we are able to explore the possibilities even more comprehensively. I am excited about the opportunities this will bring for today and the future,” says Metsä Board’s CEO Mika Joukio.

Äänekoski’s world-unique bioeconomy ecosystem includes a next-generation bioproduct mill, a paperboard mill, plywood mill, the Pro Nemus visitor centre, and a textile fibre demo plant.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Coming soon… Domino’s Next Generation ink jet technology

Coming soon… Domino’s Next Generation ink jet technology  (Company news)

Domino Digital Printing Solutions is delighted to announce the forthcoming launch of its next generation digital ink jet technology at a virtual event that will be transmitted, in English, live from The Domino Studio in Cambridge, on Wednesday, 30th September 2020.

Photo: Domino N600i - four colour digital ink jet label press

With over 42 years’ experience of developing and manufacturing digital ink jet printing technology, Domino Printing Sciences has a long and successful history of innovation and continuous growth. This is matched by an established global reputation for providing quality, reliability and unrivalled customer service and support.

After launching its first four colour digital ink jet label press, the Domino N600i in 2012, Domino has gone on to take a market leading position in the digital label press market and is one of the most successful and leading global players in the digital Printing industry today.

In 2016, the 7-colour Domino N610i digital ink jet label press received industry recognition when it was awarded the category of Best Label Printer at the European Digital Press (EDP) Association’s Awards. These awards recognise innovation and quality, as well as assessing aspects such as value to the user, support and service capabilities.

And now, with approaching 1000 worldwide industrial installations based on its proven and reliable Generation 6 ink jet platform, Domino will shortly be unveiling its Generation 7 technology at this virtual launch event.

Louise Adcock, Global Product Manager at Domino Digital Printing Solutions said, “We are really excited about this forthcoming product launch. We asked our customers what would make their business better and by combining this insight with our technical expertise and in-house manufacturing capability, we have designed and built a revolutionary new technology platform. It has been a team effort working in close collaboration with our colleagues at Brother and GraphTech, to develop this ground-breaking Generation 7 technology, which represents a real step change for the label Printing industry.”
(Domino UK Ltd)

SCA increases pulp price by $ 40

SCA increases pulp price by $ 40  (Company news)

SCA increases the price on bleached softwood kraft pulp, NBSK, by $ 40 per tonne.

“We see a growing demand for pulp and our stocks are decreasing”, says Henning Ellström, VP sales and marketing pulp. “Furthermore, the pulp supply this autumn is limited, not the least by maintenance stops among pulp producers. Many planned maintenance stops this spring were postponed until this autumn.”

The new price on bleached softwood kraft pulp, $ 880 per tonne, is valid from October 1, 2020.
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

GSE’s compact Colorsat FCS manual ink dispenser brings cost reduction and traceability ...

GSE’s compact Colorsat FCS manual ink dispenser brings cost reduction and traceability ...  (Company news)

... to small-scale label printing operations

Picture: GSE's Colorsat Formula Checkweigh System is an ink dispenser for flexo, offset, gravure, screen and letterpress processes, ideal for small-scale consumption

GSE has introduced a compact, manual ink dispenser for fast accurate and efficient colour preparation, helping small label or packaging printing enterprises to reduce ink-related costs, achieve consistent colour quality and provide traceability of ink in the supply chain.

The Colorsat FCS (Formula Checkweigh System), featuring GSE Ink manager software, manages all conventional inks – including waterbased and UV-flexo, offset, gravure and letterpress inks - cutting makeready time and reducing ink consumption by up to 30 per cent.

Ink kitchen processes are simplified. Colorsat FCS’s automatic ink recipe calculations enable spot colours to be prepared, on target and in the exact quantity needed for the printing job, without needing to produce excess quantities. It provides the formula of the base colours in exact weights, then leads the operator through a controlled weighing process, using a precision Mettler-Toledo scale, to create the colour. Inks returned from flexo chamber doctor chambers on previous jobs can also be calculated into new recipes, keeping waste to a minimum.

The Colorsat FCS includes GSE Ink manager (GIm), a software package that provides the control and information needed to run a cost-efficient, responsive operation. A modular software, GIm includes several optional packages that automate and simplify ink-related processes. With the optional GSE Traceability software package installed, Colorsat FCS brings full traceability of ink batches. In food and pharmaceutical markets, therefore, complying with strict Good Manufacturing Practice and British Retail Consortium safety standards becomes much easier.

The software packages provide a long-term solution for business improvement: customers eventually upgrading from a manual system to an automatic dispenser may continue to use the software database, without losing data.

Both Colorsat FCS and its software are easy to for the customer to install and use, without the need for a GSE engineer to provide on-site installation or training.

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, comments: “In label and packaging production, controlling ink-related processes is vital for staying competitive, but automated dispensing systems enabling this have only been economical for larger-scale operations till now. The introduction of the new, compact Colorsat FCS manual dispenser with Ink manager software puts the boutique enterprise on an equal footing, providing a long-term, viable system for reducing the cost to print while achieving consistent repeatable quality.

“The FCS and its software can also benefit larger businesses seeking to integrate peripheral operations – perhaps a stand-alone folding carton or envelope converting line – into the corporate management information system.”
(GSE Dispensing B.V.)

Waggeryd Cell selects AFRY Pulse to help improve efficiency and digitalisation

Waggeryd Cell selects AFRY Pulse to help improve efficiency and digitalisation  (Company news)

The pulp manufacturer Waggeryd Cell AB has selected AFRY’s digital software and system platform, “AFRY Pulse”, to increase productivity and efficiency at their mill located in Vaggeryd, Sweden.

Photo: David Andersson, Section Manager Industrial Digitalization at AFRY in Sweden

Waggeryd Cell pulp mill is owned by the ATA Group, which is a Swedish producer of sawn wood products. The majority of the bleached CTMP pulp produced by the mill is exported. With an annual capacity of approximately 180,000 tonnes per year, the mill is already considered to be very efficient.

With the goal to develop and increase the plant's utilisation rate further, Waggeryd Cell has chosen to install AFRY Pulse with the objective of reaching more structured and continuous improvement. A warehouse management module will also be installed to streamline the production process further. Installation and configuration will take place during Q4, 2020.

AFRY Pulse is a prominent and modern production support software developed by AFRY. The software helps to maximise availability in industrial processes, and thereby increases productivity. Through a modern and user-friendly interface, the user can easily gain an overview the production, be in control of directing efforts where required or find places in the production chain where there is spare capacity, and thus work in a more proactive manner.

"AFRY Pulse is a platform that suits our needs today and, at the same time, allows us to continue developing and streamlining our business. Through the platform, we can facilitate the demands of daily work and simplify the follow-up of production,” says Peter Dahlbom, CEO of Waggeryd Cell AB.

AFRY Pulse is integrated with the process and the physical equipment and other more administrative systems. It also provides an overview of the process and an opportunity to provide feedback throughout the manufacturing process. At the same time, the user gains complete traceability and transparency within the system, such as OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), to see where there is untapped potential.

“We are pleased that Waggeryd Cell has chosen our platform to achieve even greater efficiency in their production. We look forward to support their efforts to develop their facility and their choice to use our AFRY Pulse platform," says David Andersson, Section Manager Industrial Digitalization at AFRY in Sweden.
(AFRY (Pöyry Sweden AB))

Saica launches new Fresh Pack maintenance facility

Saica launches new Fresh Pack maintenance facility  (Company news)

Saica Pack has established a new maintenance facility for its Fresh Pack customers. The facility will have its own dedicated engineering team and allow Saica to respond to customer callouts efficiently.

Jane Gorham, Saica’s Fresh Pack Manager for UK & Ireland, said: “Saica is always looking for innovative ways to streamline its service, so we are delighted to open our new Fresh Pack Maintenance Facility.”

“The centre means we can offer an increasingly flexible service to existing and prospective clients. It ticks all the right boxes and is another step forward towards our goal of offering a completely integrated business solution.”

Saica Group’s Fresh Pack products are used for packaging fresh fruits and vegetables and the high-quality corrugated cardboard boxes can withstand extreme climate and transport conditions.

Saica supplies machines to their client’s customers, allowing businesses to independently erect their own corrugated fresh produce boxes. Situated on the King Street Industrial Estate in Peterborough, the facility is strategically located in the UK to serve the Fresh Produce market.

In addition to attending to machine maintenance, Saica’s Fresh Pack Service Engineering team will make regular site visits to service equipment and carry out preventative maintenance. This will ensure invaluable production time is not lost. Saica is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the Fresh Produce market sector and continued growth in the UK and Ireland.
(Saica Pack)

Fedrigoni 365 project delivers a year of print creativity

Fedrigoni 365 project delivers a year of print creativity  (Company news)

Daily inspiration for a full year is on its way via newly printed Fedrigoni 365 – a highly individualised calendar printed on Fedrigoni papers by Ricoh technology.

Ricoh produced 4,000 uniquely different copies of the 2021 416pp calendar in ten different colourways. Fedrigoni’s Golden Star K was used for the jacket while Splendorlux was chosen for the cover and Freelife Vellum for the inside pages. Each calendar comprises 365 successful artwork submissions drawn from a pool of more than 830 designs received from UK based creatives.

The highly automated end to end process began with typesetting and layout during composition managed by variable data publishing solution FusionPro. RICOH ProcessDirector™ then assigned workflow to deliver streamlined production while RICOH TotalFlow Batchbuilder™ prepared batches of jobs efficiently and enabled centralised control to monitor and manage the variable jobs.

The powerful printed results were produced by the Ricoh Pro™ C7200sx colour sheetfed press using extended colour gamut neon colours selected from Touch7 neon colour guides from Khaos Technologies.

Erwin Busselot, Business Innovation & Solutions Director, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, says: “The project demonstrates the ability of Ricoh’s software to flexibly manage such a unique production process. The imaginative and creative designs from such talented contributors also showcases the huge variety of print production possibilities enabled by the Ricoh Pro C7200x when teamed with Touch7. We were delighted to work with Fedrigoni on such a dynamic and inspiring project to illustrate how impactful design and high quality well executed print creates a powerful combination. Brands and creatives will be able to see for themselves how the right mix can prove irresistibly engaging.”

Copies of Fedrigoni 365 can be bought here. Each year profits from the sale of 500 calendars go to charity. Past recipients have been Make a Wish Foundation, Shelter and Trees for Cities. The recipient for 2021 has yet to be decided.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Clyde Industries Supplies Boiler Efficiency Equipment for LD Celulose

Clyde Industries Supplies Boiler Efficiency Equipment for LD Celulose  (Company news)

Clyde Industries, a leading provider for boiler efficiency solutions in the pulp and paper sector, received an order from CBC Indústrias Pesadas to supply boiler cleaning equipment for the LD Celulose in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Clyde Industries will supply sootblowers for both the recovery boiler and the power boiler, as well as automatic port cleaners and spare parts for two years of operation and supervision for commissioning, start-up, and training services. The delivery of the equipment is expected for early 2021 with start-up of the new boilers following in 2022.

“This order is the result of our team’s hard work with CBC Indústrias Pesadas over the past few months,” said Dominick Garton, CEO of Clyde Industries. “We have worked to understand the specific needs expressed by the client, made necessary technical refinements, and offered the best commercial alternatives to make this project possible. We are very glad to have earned CBC’s trust in providing the equipment for this important project. Our long-term relationship with CBC highlights the reliability and the value we provide to our customers with our products and services.”

CBC Indústrias Pesadas SA is part of the Mitsubishi Power group and specializes in design and production of heavy equipment such as boilers for various industrial sectors, including Pulp and Paper, Power Generation, Petrochemical, Chemical, Steel and Others.

Lenzing Duratex is a joint venture between the Austrian group Lenzing, leader in the production of special cellulose fibers, and Duratex, the largest producer of industrialized wood panels in the Southern Hemisphere. The LD Celulose project is an initiative between the two companies and aims to produce and commercialize pulp, after the construction of the largest industrial line of soluble cellulose in the world. The new plant that will be installed in the forest area of Duratex in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
(Clyde Industries Inc.)

Another milestone in the use of sustainable printing inks

Another milestone in the use of sustainable printing inks  (Company news)

Flexographic printing ink system for flexible sheets receives Material Health Certification GOLD from Cradle to Cradle Certified™

Once again Werner & Mertz, in cooperation with its Reyclate Initiative partners, has pioneered a new printing ink system for applications way beyond its own industry. With the ink manufacturer Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, the EPEA Switzerland GmbH (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency), and the global packaging and paper company Mondi, the Mainz cleaning products maker has developed a recyclable printing ink system for flexography which has been awarded Material Health Certification (MHC) GOLD. The use of sustainable printing inks is a significant step in designing packaging according to the Cradle-to-Cradle® principle. "In the spirit of the Open Innovation approach promoted by the Werner & Mertz Recyclate Initiative, the certified ink series with the product name 'NC 270' is not patented. It may be and should be used by other companies," said Torsten Haas, Packaging Developer at Werner & Mertz.

Closed cycles down to the smallest detail
Within the Recyclate Initiative, all packaging is developed in accordance with the Cradle-to-Cradle® principle, that is, designed from the start to go into a closed material cycle and to pose no risk to human health and the environment. Sustainable and healthy raw materials are just as important as packaging's recyclability after its use phase. That's why, in addition to the bottles and caps made of recyclates, sustainable printing inks are critical for a product's recyclability. With the Material Health Certification, the safety of the solvent-based printing ink NC 270 is now confirmed scientifically for biological cycles. Gold certification is awarded exclusively to products that "do not contain carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants with plausible exposure routes," according to the MHC.

"The New Green Deal of the EU Commission calls for safe and reliable plastic packaging that is sustainable for coming generations and the environment. This project is the guide to that goal. It has been confirmed by an independent third-party with the only certification system for cycles," said Albin Kälin, CEO of EPEA Switzerland, an accredited assessment body for Cradle-to-Cradle Certified™ and MHC Standard.

Development of a second printing ink system
In 2017 Werner & Mertz, Siegwerk and EPEA Switzerland developed a sustainable UV ink for offset printing as many pigments used in the standard process did not comply with the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ requirements for certification. The developed UV offset printing ink series, which also received MHC GOLD status, is used for the labels of the Frosch brand Citrus Shower & Bath cleaner.

With the ink series NC 270 for flexographic printing, the Werner & Mertz Recyclate Initiative has developed the second important printing process for packaging. The flexographic printing ink system can be used to print polyolefin plastic sheeting such as polethylene and polyproplylene. It also is well suited to the stability and resistance properties required for the stand-up pouch.

"We are proud that we could contribute an element to the development in this outstanding groundbreaking project. Now that a solvent-based ink for flexographic printing with MHC Gold certification is available, many 100 percent recyclable packaging solutions based on this single-layer PE stand-up pouch can be realized for the food and non-food sectors," said Dr. Stefan Häp, Brand Owner Collaboration Team at Siegwerk.

Integrally sustainable stand-up pouch
The idea for a sustainable flexographic ink came up in the joint development project with Mondi for a completely recyclable stand-up pouch (StripPouch). Honored with the German Packaging Award and the World Star Award, the project yielded the first pouch, which, thanks to the monomaterial and removable printed panels, can be recycled at a high quality level. The independent Institute Interseroh said in its assessment that the stand-up pouch has "very good recyclability that cannot be optimized any further." Having created optimum conditions for the technical cycle, Werner & Mertz and Mondi wanted to do the same for the biological cycle. Because Mondi uses only flexographic printing for the StripPouch, the cooperation partners from 2017 came together again and drew on their earlier work to develop sustainable printing inks for yet another printing system.

"The joint project on the development of the StripPouch was such a success because everyone involved pulled together from the very beginning. With the use of sustainable and certified printing inks, we are taking another big step together toward the circular economy and packaging solutions that are designed with sustainability in mind," said Jens Kösters, Manager of Technical Services at Mondi Halle, Werk Steinfeld.

By the end of 2020 the new Siegwerk NC 270 printing inks will be used in series production of the first stand-up pouch for creme soap for the Frosch Senses brand.
(Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)

HolyGrail 2.0 launched: Mondi trials digital watermarking to separate waste for ...

HolyGrail 2.0 launched: Mondi trials digital watermarking to separate waste for ...  (Company news)

... a circular economy

Picture: HolyGrail 2.0 launched: Mondi trials digital watermarking to separate waste for a circular economy. (Photo: Mondi)

- AIM, the European Brands Association, has launched HolyGrail 2.0 with Mondi and other partners across the value chain to prove the viability of digital watermarking for sorting waste at scale.

- Digital watermarks have the potential to revolutionise the way we sort and recycle waste, increasing the commercial value of waste so that it can be reused again as a resource.

- Mondi was a founding member of the Pioneer Project HolyGrail and continues to play an active role to validate the technology. This includes running trials with partners across the value chain.

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has joined forces with AIM, the European Brands Association, and other partners across the value chain to prove the viability of digital watermarking for sorting waste at scale. The HolyGrail 2.0 initiative has the ambitious goal of assessing whether this pioneering digital technology can enable better sorting and higher-quality recycling rates for packaging in the EU, thereby driving a truly circular economy.

Mondi was a founding member of the original Pioneer Project HolyGrail, facilitated by the Ellen MacArthur foundation. Now over 85 partners across the value chain are working together to refine and commercialise this concept, with Mondi continuing its active role in trialling the innovative technology.

Postage stamp sized watermarks on packaging—which are not visible to the naked eye—make it possible to effectively sort the material into specific waste streams. Conventional sensor technologies (e.g. near infrared spectroscopy) are not able to reliably identify multi-material packaging, so they can end up as contaminants when recycling mono-materials. With this new technology, it becomes possible to separate materials more accurately and generate new waste streams, which then can be recycled with enhanced recycling technologies. These digital watermarks also provide other opportunities. For example, consumers can use a smartphone app to find details about the packaging and how to recycle it, and brand owners can add product details as well.

Mondi has played an important role in this project since the beginning. Graeme Smith, Head of Product Sustainability for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials, explained: “As members of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy, we were part of the initial team to bring the Pioneer Project, HolyGrail, to life. At Mondi, we believe packaging should be sustainable by design and we see the need to improve the sorting and separation of packaging waste as part of a circular economy. Digital watermarks have the potential to make this a reality. Improved recycling will increase the value of packaging waste, driving higher collection rates and making it a valuable commercial resource for the future.”

As HolyGrail 2.0 progresses, Mondi is well positioned to contribute to its success by validating digital watermarks with partners along the value chain. Mondi will be conducting full-scale industrial trials with key customers in the near future.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

LEGO Group to invest up to US$400 million over three years to accelerate sustainability efforts

LEGO Group to invest up to US$400 million over three years to accelerate sustainability efforts  (Company news)

- Next step is to begin to phase out single-use plastic bags from LEGO® boxes in latest move to make all packaging sustainable by 2025.
- Further investments will also be made in creating more sustainable products, achieving zero waste & carbon neutral operations, circularity and inspiring children to learn about sustainability through play.

The LEGO Group announced plans to invest up to US$400 million over three years to accelerate sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. The investment will cover both long-term investments and ongoing costs. The company, which has made a series of moves over the past 10 years to build a better planet for future generations, believes it’s increasingly urgent and important to prioritise environmental and social activity.

The LEGO Group CEO, Niels B Christiansen said: “We cannot lose sight of the fundamental challenges facing future generations. It’s critical we take urgent action now to care for the planet and future generations. As a company who looks to children as our role models, we are inspired by the millions of kids who have called for more urgent action on climate change. We believe they should have access to opportunities to develop the skills necessary to create a sustainable future. We will step up our efforts to use our resources, networks, expertise and platforms to make a positive difference.”

As a next step, the company will begin to phase out single-use plastic bags used in LEGO boxes to package the loose bricks. This is part of its ambition to make all its packaging sustainable by the end of 2025. From 2021, Forest Stewardship Council-certified recyclable paper bags will be trialled in boxes.

Christiansen said: “We have received many letters from children about the environment asking us to remove single-use plastic packaging. We have been exploring alternatives for some time and the passion and ideas from children inspired us to begin to make the change.”

Moving away from the existing packaging is not a simple task and will take time as new material must be durable, light weight and enhance the building experience. Several prototypes made from a range of different sustainable materials have so far been tested with hundreds of parents and children. Children liked the paper bags being trialled in 2021 as they were environmentally friendly and easy to open.

Long-term investment in building a sustainable future
In addition to developing and implementing sustainable materials, the up to US$400million investment will also focus on a range of social and environmentally focussed actions to inspire children through learning through play, making the business more circular, and achieving carbon neutral operations. The activity will drive meaningful, long-term change aligned to two United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: #4 Quality Education and #12 Responsible Consumption and Production:

By 2022, the LEGO Group aims to reach 8 million children around the world annually with learning through play through a range of activities with partners, in collaboration with the LEGO Foundation. It will build on its work with organisations such as UNICEF, Save the Children and local partners to scale up programmes that give children-in-need access to play and opportunities to develop life-long skills such as problem solving, collaboration and communication. In 2019, 1.8 million children were reached through such programmes. 25% of profits from the LEGO Group go to funding the LEGO Foundation’s projects, activities and partnerships.

The LEGO System in Play inspires endless play possibilities that supports the principles of circular design – a product made of quality materials that can be used and reused. The quality, durability, safety and consistency of LEGO bricks mean they can be passed from generation to generation. Bricks made today, fit those made more than 40 years ago.

Programmes will be put in place to encourage people to donate their pre-loved bricks to children in need of play. LEGO Replay, which was successfully trialled in the United States in 2019, will be rolled out in two additional countries by the end of 2022. So far, LEGO Replay has donated bricks to over 23,000 children across the United States.

Sustainable Materials
Work will continue on the company’s Sustainable Materials Programme, which employs more than 150 experts, to create sustainable products and packaging. In 2015, the Group set a target to make its products from sustainable materials by 2030. It will expand its use of bio-bricks, such as those made from sugar cane, which currently account for almost 2% of its element portfolio.

It will continue research into new, more sustainable plastics from renewable and recycled sources, and join forces with research institutes and other companies especially those developing new recycling and bio-based material production technologies to find materials which are as durable and high quality as those used today.

The planned investments include both costs associated with the development of new sustainable materials and the investments in manufacturing equipment.

Zero Waste & Carbon Neutral Operations
The Group’s manufacturing operations will be carbon neutral by 2022. To achieve this, additional solar panels will be installed on all its factories and onsite capacity will be supplemented with the procurement of renewable energy. Further investments will be made to improve energy usage, for example by installing new systems that use ambient air in cooling processes during LEGO brick production.

Improved waste handling and reduction in water consumption will further reduce the Group’s operational impact on the environment. No waste will be diverted to landfill by 2025 and water use will drop by 10% by 2022.

Joining forces to have a positive impact
The LEGO Group will continue to work with organisations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Wild Fund for Nature, RE100, UNICEF and Save the Children in order to create the greatest impact.

Christiansen said: “At a time when the world is facing numerous challenges, companies must take action to create a lasting positive impact on the environment and society. No one can do it alone. I urge companies, governments, parents, children and NGOs to continue to join forces to create a sustainable future for our children, the builders of tomorrow.”
(LEGO System A/S)

Die LEGO Gruppe investiert in den nächsten drei Jahren bis zu 400 Millionen US-Dollar, um ...

Die LEGO Gruppe investiert in den nächsten drei Jahren bis zu 400 Millionen US-Dollar, um ...  (Firmennews)

... ihre Nachhaltigkeitsagenda schneller voranzutreiben

-Der nächste Schritt ist die kontinuierliche Abschaffung von Einweg-Plastikbeuteln aus LEGO® Sets, um alle Verpackungen bis 2025 nachhaltig zu gestalten.
-Weitere Investitionen werden in die Entwicklung nachhaltigerer Produkte, in abfallfreie und kohlenstoffneutrale Verfahren, in die Kreislaufwirtschaft und in die spielerische Vermittlung von Nachhaltigkeit an Kinder fließen.

Die LEGO Gruppe kündigt an, dass sie über einen Zeitraum von drei Jahren bis zu 400 Millionen US-Dollar in ihre Projekte zur Nachhaltigkeit investiert. Auf diese Weise unterstützt sie sowohl laufende Kosten als auch langfristige Investitionen. Die entsprechenden Initiativen werden mit Nachdruck vorangetrieben. Diese Maßnahme ist Teil des Engagements der LEGO Gruppe, ihrer Verpflichtung gegenüber der Gesellschaft und Umwelt nachzukommen und die begrenzten Ressourcen der Erde für zukünftige Generationen zu schützen. Hierfür hat das Unternehmen in den letzten zehn Jahren bereits zahlreiche Schritte unternommen und ist der Ansicht, dass es zunehmend dringlicher ist, ökologische und soziale Anstrengungen zu priorisieren.

„Wir dürfen die grundlegenden Herausforderungen, vor denen künftige Generationen stehen, nicht aus den Augen verlieren. Es ist entscheidend, dass wir jetzt dringend weitere Schritte einleiten, um den Planeten und die nächsten Generationen zu schützen. Als Unternehmen betrachten wir Kinder als Vorbilder und nehmen daher ihre Forderungen nach dringenderen Maßnahmen gegen den Klimawandel sehr ernst. Wir glauben, dass Kinder Möglichkeiten haben sollten, die notwendigen Fähigkeiten zu entwickeln, um eine nachhaltige Zukunft zu schaffen. Daher bemühen wir uns verstärkt darum, unsere Ressourcen, Netzwerke, unser Fachwissen und unsere Plattformen zu nutzen, um etwas Positives zu bewirken“, so Niels B. Christiansen, CEO der LEGO Gruppe.

In einem nächsten Schritt wird das Unternehmen damit beginnen, Einweg-Plastikbeutel, die in LEGO® Sets zum Verpacken der losen Steine verwendet werden, auslaufen zu lassen. Dies ist Teil des Bestrebens für den Einsatz nachhaltiger Verpackungen bis Ende 2025. Ab 2021 werden vom Forest Stewardship Council zertifizierte, recycelbare Papierbeutel in LEGO Kartons erprobt, die umweltfreundlich und leicht zu öffnen sind.

„Wir haben viele Briefe von Kindern zum Thema Umwelt erhalten. Darin bitten sie uns, die Einwegverpackungen aus Plastik nicht weiter zu nutzen. Wir suchen bereits seit einiger Zeit nach Alternativen, und die Leidenschaft und die Ideen der Kinder haben uns dazu motiviert, die Veränderung voranzutreiben“, so Christiansen.

Langfristige Investitionen in den Aufbau einer nachhaltigen Zukunft
Neben der Entwicklung und Einführung nachhaltiger Materialien fließt ein Großteil der Investitionen in eine Vielzahl von sozialen und umweltorientierten Maßnahmen: Kinder durch spielerisches Lernen zu inspirieren, das Geschäft zirkulärer zu gestalten und einen kohlenstoffneutralen Betrieb zu erreichen. Dieses Engagement wird einen sinnvollen langfristigen Wandel vorantreiben, der auf zwei Ziele der Vereinten Nationen für nachhaltige Entwicklung ausgerichtet ist: #4 Qualitätserziehung und #12 Verantwortungsbewusster Konsum und verantwortungsbewusste Produktion.

Verso Introduces Direct Mail Promotion: Vote for Verso Papers

Verso Introduces Direct Mail Promotion: Vote for Verso Papers  (Company news)

Promotion Provides Tips for Reaching Voters during Political Campaigns

Verso Corporation (NYSE:VRS) introduced a new direct mail promotion, Vote for Verso Papers, to create awareness of its extensive 7 & 9 pt. sheetfed, digital, web and inkjet printing papers amongst those designing and printing direct mail for political campaigns. The promotion was printed on a sheetfed printing press on Verso's Anthem Plus® Gloss, 7 pt. cover.

"Direct mail lets you reach the right voters with the right message," said Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Aaron Haas. "In fact, mail works well for campaigns looking to reach specific audiences on topics and issues that are just not possible with mass communication, while connecting them to online content that provides more information on a candidate's views."

The promotion includes a chart that helps those designing direct mail select the appropriate print method based on the level of personalization desired and print quantity, and choose the right 7 or 9 pt. Verso paper that meets United States Postal Service (USPS) direct mail requirements.

Haas adds, "Selecting Verso papers for printed collateral is an effective way for all U.S. candidates to convey their important political messaging, while demonstrating to voters that they support U.S. based companies like Verso and U.S. based manufacturing jobs. Moreover, because paper is both renewable and recyclable, using direct mail demonstrates a candidate's commitment to environmental sustainability."
(Verso Corporation)

Sappi announces a significant step towards climate neutrality through the upgrade of ...

Sappi announces a significant step towards climate neutrality through the upgrade of ...  (Company news)

... boiler 11 at its SEU Gratkorn mill

As part of Sappi’s global long term commitment to sustainability and the focus it has on climate action a decision has been reached to invest in a complete modernisation of boiler 11 at the Sappi Europe Gratkorn production site. This investment into state-of-the-art technology will see a shift from a coal boiler to a multi fuel boiler in two phases with the goal to finally use only sustainable and renewable fuels. “The rebuild is an important investment in our sustainable pulp and paper production and a further important contribution to climate protection. It allows Gratkorn mill to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 % and is a big commitment to boosting the decarbonisation of our sector”, says Berry Wiersum, CEO Sappi Europe.

This investment is part of an overall larger scale decarbonisation strategy for Sappi Europe, which in the near term seeks to deliver a 25% specific greenhouse gas reduction by 2025.
The chosen technology for the project will additionally allow us to sharply reduce dust and NOX emissions.

In June 2020, Sappi Limited committed to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Gratkorn is the largest production site within Sappi Europe and manufactures high quality coated woodfree paper for the printing and writing market distributing globally. Sappi has realised several investments over the years, which have kept the Gratkorn site technologically ahead with its facilities housing one of the largest and most advanced coated fine paper production lines in the world. This further investment proves Sappi steadfast commitment to not only maintaining and improving its production sites but to helping themselves and their customers on their sustainability journeys.

The rebuild is expected to be complete in late 2021.
(Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co KG)

Kimberly-Clark Introduces Ambitious Sustainability Strategy for a Decisive Decade

Kimberly-Clark Introduces Ambitious Sustainability Strategy for a Decisive Decade  (Company news)

The company announces new social impact commitment to reach 1 billion people, and goals to halve its environmental footprint in key areas by 2030

Kimberly-Clark has announced its new 2030 sustainability strategy and goals, aimed at addressing the social and environmental challenges of the next decade with commitments to improve the lives and wellbeing of one billion people in underserved communities around the world with the smallest environmental footprint.

"These extraordinary times remind us why our purpose is more important than ever. Our values, that have guided us for nearly 150 years, will continue to shape our response to the challenges ahead," said Mike Hsu, Chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark. "I am inspired by our ambition to advance the well-being of one billion people around the world and proud of the significant environmental commitments that we are making to address the impact our products have on the environment."

The ambitious strategy is outlined in the company's 2019 Global Sustainability Report, which reflects progress towards the company's Sustainability 2022 strategy and its pivot to 2030.

"It's great to see Kimberly-Clark setting such an ambitious new social goal to 2030," said Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future. "There is also no doubt that we have entered a decade where decisive action will be critical if we hope to survive and thrive through the next century and beyond. It's exciting to see such strong focus on human well-being, from a business with so many touchpoints with our health. Achieving such goals while protecting natural systems will not be easy, but delivery of these ambitions will help transform the systems we rely on today and allow future generations to flourish."

Trusted Brands at the Leading Edge of Social Impact
Kimberly-Clark and its trusted brands, including Huggies®, Kleenex®, Andrex®, Cottonelle®, Scott®, Kotex® and Depend®, deliver essentials for a better life to one quarter of the world's population every day. Yet millions around the world still lack access to basic products and solutions that could dramatically improve their quality of life – either because they can't access or afford them, or because of associated social stigmas. Meeting these unmet societal needs is the foundation for our new ten-year commitment – to advance the well-being of one billion people in vulnerable and underserved communities.

The new goal will create positive social outcomes by creating shared value in three areas:
-Caring for the health and well-being of people at all stages of life;
-Challenging stigmas and championing the progress of women everywhere; and
-Championing a world where all enjoy access to clean water and sanitation.

"We make lives better when we break down barriers and create opportunities with our purpose-driven brands and products," said Alison Lewis, Chief Growth Officer for Kimberly-Clark. "To reach a billion people is certainly an ambitious goal that requires a significant step change from our previous efforts, and we are ready to take it on."

Safeguarding Natural Systems
Kimberly-Clark understands that a strong and enduring focus on the smallest environmental footprint is just as essential to helping people live a better life. To that end, the company is focused on the areas where it can make the biggest difference – climate, forests, water and plastics.

"Kimberly-Clark's success is dependent on innovating new ways to give consumers the essentials they need while safeguarding natural systems and the life they support," said Lisa Morden, Vice President of Safety, Sustainability and Occupational Health, Kimberly-Clark. "That means eliminating waste and recovering resources; protecting forests of high carbon, biodiversity, and cultural value; cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science; and building strong water stewardship practices where it matters most."

Each area of the new environmental strategy aims to reduce the footprint by half:
-Carbon Footprint – As previously announced, the company is committed to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and supply chain by 50 percent for absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions (direct and indirect) from its operations, as well as a 20 percent reduction in absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and end of life treatment of sold products. Both targets are based on a new 2015 base year. These targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

-Forest Footprint – Kimberly-Clark will continue its previously stated goal to reduce its Natural (Northern) Forest Fiber footprint by 50 percent by 2025 and increase our use of environmentally preferred fibers such as plantation-grown wood, alternative non-wood and recycled fibers. In addition, the company's 2030 goals will tackle the challenges posed by climate change and biodiversity loss, and the impact on Indigenous communities, and communities that depend on forests for their livelihoods.

-Water Footprint – By 2030, Kimberly-Clark intends to reduce its water footprint by 50 percent in water stressed regions by creating meaningful improvements in the supply chain and the surrounding communities. The impact of water insecurity and water scarcity is felt across the value chain, from the sources of fiber to the manufacturing facilities.

-Plastics Footprint – Kimberly-Clark will reduce its use of new, fossil-fuel based plastics by 50 percent through delivery of solutions that use more renewable materials and can be regenerated after use. The strategy builds on the company's previous leadership in manufacturing waste diversion to tackle single-use plastics in its products and packaging, and support innovation in waste collection and circular systems.

"Kimberly-Clark's continued commitment to doing the right thing underpins our social impact and smallest footprint ambitions," added Morden. "Living our purpose begins with ensuring the health and safety of our customers, consumers, and employees, promoting diversity and inclusion within our business, and protecting the rights of workers across our supply chain. These are essential to our ambitions."

2019 Sustainability Report
In 2019, Kimberly-Clark achieved a number of notable environmental and social objectives as part of the company's Sustainability 2022 strategy, including:
-Celebrating five years of the "Toilets Change Lives" program, which has improved access to sanitation for nearly four million people in need;
-Expanding Huggies' "No Baby Unhugged" initiative into Latin America, growing its potential global impact by nearly two million babies and young children across 16 countries;
-Combatting stigmas and period poverty by providing menstrual hygiene education and donations of 11.8 million period products to those in need;
-Achieving a 34.7 percent reduction in Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions (vs. 2005 baseline), on track to achieve its previously announced 40 percent reduction target by 2022;
-Reducing its natural forests footprint by 31 percent (vs. 2011 baseline) and its water footprint in water-stressed areas by 28.9 percent (vs. 2015 baseline).
-Launching new waste-reduction initiatives that helped Kimberly-Clark divert 96 percent of its manufacturing waste and 26,300 metric tons of product and packaging waste to value-adding alternatives.

Kimberly-Clark's 2019 Global Sustainability Report outlines its 2019 results in detail and is organized and presented in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards. In addition, the report provides the company's first disclosures against the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) frameworks. In the coming years, the company plans to further evolve its management and reporting practices to better meet the needs of the investment community using these frameworks.
(Kimberly-Clark Corp.)

Stora Enso plans to shut down one standard newsprint paper machine in Sweden

Stora Enso plans to shut down one standard newsprint paper machine in Sweden  (Company news)

Stora Enso will start codetermination negotiations with employees at its Hylte Mill (photo) in Sweden regarding a plan to reorganise the mill, including permanent closure of paper machine PM3 and the deinking plant (DIP). After the planned restructuring, the mill would run on 100% thermomechanical pulp (TMP), improving the competitiveness of the mill. The planned closure of PM3 and the reorganisation of the mill would impact a maximum of 140 persons. PM3 is planned to be closed by the end of 2020 and the DIP latest in Q2 2021.

The plan would result in annual cost savings of EUR 14 million. Stora Enso will book restructuring costs of approximately EUR 12 million as an item affecting comparability (IAC) in its Q3 2020 results, of which about EUR 8 million will have a cash impact. The planned closure would not have material impact on Stora Enso’s sales or operational EBIT.

“The decline in global newsprint demand continues due to changes in consumer behaviour, and it is not expected to recover. This has led to global overcapacity, low operating rates, and poor profitability at the Hylte Mill. The planned measures would improve the competitiveness of the mill. Also, Stora Enso has invested in the future of the site to produce formed fiber products and biocomposites,” says Kati ter Horst, EVP, Paper division.

No decisions regarding the planned reorganisation or employee impact will be taken until the codetermination negotiations have been concluded. Hylte Mill currently operates two newsprint machines with an annual capacity of 480 000 tonnes. Production at Hylte Mill would continue on one line, PM4 for standard newsprint paper. The planned shutdown would decrease Stora Enso’s annual newsprint capacity by 26% or 235 000 tonnes, which represents 4% of total European newsprint paper capacity. The planned shutdown would reduce Stora Enso’s total paper capacity by 5%.

Stora Enso will continue to produce standard newsprint at Hylte, Langerbrugge and Sachsen mills. The closure of Hylte Mill PM3 would not impact Stora Enso’s newsprint product offering, and we would be able to serve our customers as today.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

Kruger Forced to Partially Shut Down Its Brompton Mill

Kruger Forced to Partially Shut Down Its Brompton Mill  (Company news)

Due to market conditions that remain unfavorable, after a 6-month temporary shutdown, Kruger Specialty Papers is forced to permanently shut down its newsprint, specialty papers and pulp production at its Brompton Mill (photo). However, the water treatment plant will continue to operate and the biomass cogeneration plant will restart.

The Company will use all the measures at its disposal to minimize the impact of this shutdown on the 189 affected employees, including the creation of a reclassification committee. Furthermore, approximately 25 employees will return to work to restart the biomass cogeneration plant.

Kruger wishes to express its sincere gratitude to all Brompton Mill employees for their service and dedication over the years.

As a result of the shutdown, Kruger’s overall annual production will be reduced by 100,000 mt of newsprint and 70,000 mt of specialty paper.
(Kruger Publication Papers Inc.)

A.Celli Paper acquires PMT Italia

A.Celli Paper acquires PMT Italia  (Company news)

A.CELLI PAPER SPA, main affiliate of ITALIA TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE group, announces the acquisition of PMT ITALIA - PAPER MACHINERY TECHNOLOGY, a company operating in the production of machinery for tissue and paper industry.

PMT ITALIA, based in Pinerolo, was born in 2000 but shares a long tradition of expertise and success as former subsidiary of Beloit Corporation. It was in fact, for over 50 years, the main European headquarters of the American group with the name of Beloit Italia. Thanks to its consolidated know-how and skills, PMT ITALIA has successfully operated in the tissue and paper market for a further twenty years.

With the entry of A.CELLI PAPER SPA, PMT ITALIA’s range of products will get fresh impetus through synergies with the organization and know-how of A.CELLI PAPER SPA. The specific and cutting edge technologies developed in the field of packaging papers, cardboard, printing, will be available for the group worldwide customers, and the Customer Service division will be restructured and strengthened as well, in order to guarantee continuity and reliability to customers operating with ex-Beloit / PMT ITALIA machineries.

«With this operation, carried out in a period of general uncertainty, we want to demonstrate the desire to guarantee cutting-edge technologies and timely assistance for Italian and foreign companies operating in the strategic sector of paper and tissue.» states Mauro Celli, shareholder of ITALIA TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE «Maintaining this heritage in Italy is an important step that will bring benefit to the entire paper supply chain, including the district of Lucca.»
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)



Building on its rich heritage in flatbed printing, Canon is launching the new Arizona 2300 series for the large format graphics market, helping customers to speed up production, improve operational efficiencies and fuel growth opportunities through new applications. Customers are able to see the Arizona 2380 XTF with Roll Media Option via online and live demos from Canon’s Customer Experience Centres in Australia (Melbourne), the Netherlands (Venlo), United Kingdom (Birmingham), France (Paris) and USA (Chicago). The new series has varying ink channel options available (40, 60 and 80) to support a diverse range of applications, which includes three compact GTF models (Arizona 2340 GTF, 2360 GTF, 2380 GTF) with a flatbed area of 1.25m x 2.5m and three large XTF models (Arizona 2340 XTF, 2360 XTF, 2380 XTF) with a flatbed area of 2.5m x 3.08m.

Photo: Dirk Brouns, Vice President, Large Format Graphics and Martijn van Hoorn, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Canon Production Printing

Smart productivity
Revolutionising flatbed table architecture, the new printer series is built around Arizona FLOW technology, an airflow suction technique that combines a zoneless, multi-origin table layout with easy-to-use pneumatic registration pins to better secure the substrate in place on the table. The result? Productivity up by more than 20% compared with previous generations of Arizona printers, as no operator time is required for masking the table or taping the media down, enabling faster changeover between jobs, shorter set-up times and hassle-free job switching. The FLOW technology makes printing on unusual and more challenging media, such as cardboard, wood and glass, or even printing large images tiled over multiple large boards, easier than ever before. Print from edge to edge on the substrate to benefit from less or no waste, more output and even more possibilities.

The pneumatic registration pins allow you to align media to either the left or the right edge of the table – or even to both – and you can print 2-up, 4-up and 6-up. Turning the substrate over from front to back and from left to right on the flatbed enables perfect registration when printing double-sided, regardless of whether the substrate has dimensional imperfections. Confidently print on unusual, heavy, smooth or pre-cut media.

Keep productivity at an all-time high by printing up to 95m2/hr while maintaining print quality. The automated maintenance system offers hands-free printhead maintenance and reduces downtime by restoring nozzle functionality in seconds – including for white ink, which is usually difficult to maintain. You no longer have to wait for your printer to warm up – the new Arizona 2300 series offers an instant-on capability through its LED-UV curing system, enabling quicker turnaround for last minute jobs. Plus, its high-resolution camera alignment system enables easy, quick and precise printhead alignment and flatbed table mapping.

With Arizona Xpert, the Arizona 2300 series has a self-learning capability so you can design – and then repeat – complex, multi-layered projects. The printer remembers the ‘recipe’ for the next time you want to print similar applications, saving you set-up time and automating the production process.

In addition to the Arizona 2300 series, Canon is also introducing Arizona Xpert version 2.1. With new features and ‘recipes’ to further enhance productivity, the software application is able to print intelligent outlines of the media onto the flatbed table for perfect positioning without taping or masking. Arizona Xpert 2.1 supports ‘recipes’ for print and cut workflows via integration with Canon’s ProCut software. Double-sided and multi-panel printing is now easier than ever thanks to maximum automation. No mistakes and, consequently, reduced waste. The software application also enables easy ‘recipe’ exchange between print supplier and designer, so they can see the end product with a 3D view in Adobe Creative Suite®, reducing the chance of design flaws to the bare minimum.

Sustainable by design
The Arizona 2300 series offers LED-UV curing for 40% less energy consumption compared with other flatbed printers thanks to its instant-on operation (as no warm-up period is needed), the longevity of the lamp life and its connectivity to a regular power network. It also offers low ink consumption, using less than 8ml/m² of ink on average, including maintenance.

Manufactured in Germany, the Arizona 2300 series has passed both the German TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein) and DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) assurance tests, which confirm that the product range is in line with health and safety regulations for minimising environmental impact and guaranteeing a safer working environment. Its UV inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, so prints are suitable for use in schools, hotels and hospitals.

To ensure your print room is meeting the specified requirements for air ventilation, an air filtration system is optional to help maintain a healthy working environment for you and your employees.

A new dimension of possibilities
Achieve superior print quality, print after print, across a broad media range at the fastest production speeds, thanks to the high-key print mode, pixel placement compensation, enhanced screening and the award-winning, third-generation VariaDot printhead technology. If you’re looking for optimum configuration for high-value, high-margin applications, you can add extra ink channels (from four to six and up to eight channels) – including the brightest white ink set and crystal clear glossy varnish.

Meet any customer demand for printing on hard plastic materials such as acrylic, polycarbonate and styrene. The Roll Media Option allows you to explore a vast range of roll media, including thin, heat-sensitive media up to 220cm. This allows you to easily switch between rigid and flexible media jobs with no machine preparation. 24/7 production becomes a reality for safe, unattended overnight printing with the option of a fully robotised workflow with automated loading and unloading of boards.

Looking to add a new dimension to your work? The Arizona 2300 series can be equipped with Canon’s textured printing software, Touchstone, enabling applications, such as interior décor products including wallpaper and furniture panels, and functional applications such as braille, to be printed with elevated texture effects.

Dirk Brouns, Vice President, Large Format Graphics and Martijn van Hoorn, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Canon Production Printing, comment: “The large format graphics market is driven by innovation and we are fully committed to the R&D programme of our Arizona flatbed solutions. With the Arizona 2300 series, we are introducing new revolutionary flatbed technology: a unique airflow system that simplifies customer workflows and speeds up production processes. We’re excited to bring this product to the market to help our customers fuel new growth opportunities.”

Wouter Derichs, Sales & Marketing Director, Large Format Graphics at Canon Europe: “We’re confident that the Arizona 2300 series will enable our customers to boost profits, expand their application possibilities and open up new market opportunities, while achieving operational excellence. With the addition of this new flatbed printer series to our portfolio and alongside our Colorado UVgel roll-to-roll printers, we have a range of large format solutions to suit any and every customer’s needs.”
(Canon Production Printing)

Agfa announces robotic plate loader to automate prepress and boost productivity

Agfa announces robotic plate loader to automate prepress and boost productivity  (Company news)

Agfa introduces a plate loading robot that streamlines and speeds up printers’ prepress operations, while reducing the overall cost.

Agfa’s robotic plate loader frees prepress staff from heavy manual, repetitive tasks such as plate loading cassettes of autoloaders, or fixing pallets on the base frame of skid loaders.

“Heatset printers usually have multiple presses with different sizes, and therefore multiple CTP lines. Linked to that come so-called COMBO loading configurations, each consisting of a pallet loader and autoloader. The robotic plate loader replaces both configurations, reducing footprint by up to 30%, and making prepress operations more efficient and productive,” says Iris Bogunovic, Product Manager Plate & CTP Systems at Agfa.

In a first phase, Agfa offers its plate loading robot to printing companies using its Avalon VLF platesetters. The robot is custom-built according to a printer’s exact needs and can simultaneously feed multiple plate production lines with a picking speed of up to 80 printing plates per hour, independent of plate size. The set-up is especially convenient for printers that need to handle multiple (up to five) plate sizes. For optimal ease of use, the plate loading robot is fully integrated with Agfa’s Apogee workflow software.

Leading Scandinavian printed marketing solutions provider Stibo Complete is an early adopter of Agfa’s robotic plate loader. As the company’s strategy for the future includes a whole range of investments, as well as acquisitions of companies, one of the conditions for its success is the configuration of its print business to handle more output with less resources. The investment in Agfa’s new state-of-the-art plate loading robot supports their journey perfectly.

“Automation is important in the strategy of any growing and forward-looking company,” says Svend Erik Grue Nielsen, Operations and Development Manager at Stibo Complete. “Agfa’s robot plate loader gives us a competitive edge as it improves our productivity, reduces costs, minimizes mistakes and optimizes working conditions for our employees. Our plate loading robot saves employees from approximately 230 tonnes of heavy lifting per year.”

Success with remote commissioning and start-up support in Ilim Bratsk Evaporation project

Success with remote commissioning and start-up support in Ilim Bratsk Evaporation project  (Company news)

Valmet delivered a new Evaporation line to Ilim Group’s Bratsk mill located in Irkutsk Oblast in the middle of Siberia in Russia. The erection works were completed in spring 2020 and the start-up in early July 2020.

Photo: New Valmet Evaporation System at Ilim Group’s Bratsk mill (Russia)

During the spring, it was time to start the commissioning works, the global coronavirus pandemic threw a curveball to the team with borders closing and travel to the site becoming impossible.

“We had a Russian E&I advisor and a DCS expert onsite, but we needed to quickly find a way to support the customer to be able to supervise the commissioning and start-up phase. Through joint efforts together with the Ilim team, such a way was found,” tells Valmet’s Project Manager Sven Lennartsson.

Valmet set up a commissioning team located in Gothenburg, Sweden with a meeting room turned into a remote control room. As the mill is located in eastern Russia, just north of Mongolia, with a six hours’ time difference, the team worked initially from 2 a.m. to noon Swedish time, to be able to work at the same time with the customer. In June, to prepare for the start-up, the team moved to 24/7 remote support.

“During the commissioning phase we planned the steps and sent customer tasks for the coming few days, and the customers’ mill team did the work onsite. We had daily Teams meetings with the site, and the mill team reported back on what they had done. We received a lot of photos and videos from the site. Additionally, we had access to the DCS system to have access to the complete data of the mill. The last weeks before the start up we worked very intensively together. Once the hot commissioning started, we tested the equipment and finetuned it for the start-up. The remote connection to the DCS system was especially valuable in this phase,” tells Tommy Lundin, Valmet’s Commissioning Manager.

“Being onsite is important, but this has actually worked quite well – much better than we expected. The key to successful cooperation has been the very skilled and professional mill team, and the possibility to get photos and videos from the site – and naturally a working internet connection,” the team explains – completing each other’s sentences.

“We were all committed to a successful outcome. We worked closely together with the Ilim team and had common goals for secure a successful start-up. The successful start-up was achieved with dedicated professionals on both sides, good communication and mutual trust,” Sven Lennartsson concludes.
(Valmet Corporation)

MIAC 2020 is postponed to April 2021 and it is called MIAC RESTART

MIAC 2020 is postponed to April 2021 and it is called MIAC RESTART  (Company news)

We wish to inform you that EDIPAP S.R.L., the MIAC Organizer, has decided, after recent consultations with companies in the paper industry sector, to postpone the October 2020 edition of the MIAC Exhibition to April 2021 on 21.22.23 April 2021. The April 2021 edition takes the official name of MIAC RESTART.

"It was a difficult decision, especially because MIAC still had 160 direct Exhibitors ready to exhibit at the exhibition in October 2020. Furthermore, during the last months we have worked to offer both Exhibitors and Visitors a safe environment and fully in line with governmental, regional and local directives in terms of personal safety and health," says Gianmaria Pfeiffer, director of MIAC.

"We have studied very specific protocols to allow people to visit the MIAC Exhibition in a responsible way and in total safety and we have waited for the month of September to make a final decision by evaluating the Covid-19 situation: organizing the exhibition this October, however, would not have guaranteed the Exhibitors and Visitors to 'experience' the MIAC that we all know due to travel restrictions on an international level," continues Pfeiffer," and so we decided to move the exhibition to April 2021 waiting for better times."

MIAC 2020 then becomes MIAC RESTART and is organized on 21.22.23 April 2021 at the Exhibition Centre of Lucca in Italy.
MIAC 2021, on the other hand, remains scheduled in the usual month of October and is organized on 13.14.15 October 2021.

Valmet to supply Metsä Board’s Kemi mill with Industrial Internet solutions to enhance ...

Valmet to supply Metsä Board’s Kemi mill with Industrial Internet solutions to enhance ...  (Company news)

... end-product quality and the mill’s productivity

Valmet and Metsä Board have signed an agreement on data-driven optimization of paperboard quality of the board machine at Metsä Board’s Kemi mill. The machine produces premium quality white top kraftliner. Valmet will supply the mill with Valmet Industrial Internet VII Data Discovery and VII for Paper Quality (photo) solutions.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed.

The agreement is the first step in a jointly built digital roadmap between Metsä Board and Valmet. The target of this first step is to ensure top-quality end-product to enable smooth runnability in the paperboard converting process. A mill-wide action plan will be created by combining historical mill process data, converting data from Metsä Board’s customer and Valmet’s expertise to discover the improvement potential of the board machine BM1 production process. This is enabled by Valmet’s VII Data Discovery solution.

“Metsä Board’s products are known for high quality consistency and converting runnability, and we are committed to continuous improvement. With virtual sensors for quality management using artificial intelligence we can reach even better performance. We chose Valmet as our partner based on technical expertise and long-term trust between our companies,” says Tomi Vähä-Ruohola, Technical Development Manager, Metsä Board.

“This project is a good example of how we can use VII Data Discovery findings to build a mill-wide action plan and create the right artificial intelligence-based VII solutions for the customer’s needs. With this first step in our common digital roadmap, we are together moving towards data-based optimization of the entire value chain from pulping to converting,” says Arttu-Matti Matinlauri, Director, Analytics and Applications, Automation business line, Valmet.

Further details about Valmet’s delivery
The VII for Paper Quality solution, including Valmet’s artificial intelligence-based applications and the Valmet IQ Quality Management System are used to predict and autonomously optimize paperboard surface quality in real time.

A key part of the VII for Paper Quality solution is the world’s first predictive application for online optimization of paperboard surface quality. It helps maintain high end-product quality and optimize the usage of raw material.

Another important application in this solution is the Dynamic Centerline Advisor, which builds optimal production recipes for each operating mode, ensuring maximized overall equipment effectiveness.
(Valmet Corporation)

ABB supplies electrical package and drives automation to new Grupo Gondi mill in Monterrey, ...

ABB supplies electrical package and drives automation to new Grupo Gondi mill in Monterrey, ...  (Company news)


On completion, PM7 will be the largest containerboard machine in Mexico, and among the most modern in the world

ABB has supplied and commissioned a full electrical solution for major packaging paper producer Grupo Gondi at its greenfield site in Monterrey, Mexico.

Photo: ABB has supplied and commissioned a full electrical solution for Grupo Gondi

The project includes switchgear, transformers, motors, drives, and automation for the paper machine drive system with the industry’s leading distributed control system, ABB Ability™ System 800xA.

The highly robust solution focuses on quality and efficiency, and ABB will also supply a specialty instrumentation package to enable Gondi to optimize operations while maintaining low energy costs. Commissioning of the project is close to completion, with startup of the paper machine scheduled this month, September 2020.

ABB worked with Grupo Gondi’s trusted local partner, Grupo BTO, on the supply of the electrical and drives automation system. This collaboration ensures the best lifecycle support for the systems long after start-up is completed.

“Given the importance of this project, working with a reliable and experienced supplier that guaranteed meeting stringent paper machine specifications was crucial,” said José Iribarne, Project Director, Monterrey Mill, Grupo Gondi. “ABB also has solid resources for support and maintenance in Mexico, and we look forward to working with them to ensure ongoing success.”

“This landmark project with Grupo Gondi strengthens our position as a leading supplier of end-to-end solutions to the pulp and paper industry in Mexico,” said Steve St. Jarre, head of business development, Pulp and Paper, Process Industries, ABB. “Our comprehensive portfolio allows us to align solutions with customer needs and provide integrated, digital solutions backed by global expertise gained from more than 100 years of industry experience.”
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

Mimaki Europe Announces Appointment of New Managing Director

Mimaki Europe Announces Appointment of New Managing Director  (Company news)

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has announced the appointment of Takahiro Hiraki (photo) as Managing Director.

Hiraki joined Mimaki Engineering in 1997 as a sales representative for the Mimaki CF-series. Over the next 20 years, he remained with Mimaki, developing his expertise in the technology and advancing his sales career in various senior positions. As Hiraki’s career progressed, he became responsible for larger teams and Mimaki’s success in new and emerging markets as the company expanded its solutions.

In 2019, Hiraki joined the board of directors and was assigned management responsibility for Mimaki Europe. The appointment to Managing Director of the region this year reflects his commitment to the organisation and enthusiasm for this diverse, innovative, and successful part of the Mimaki business.

Hiraki is pleased to accept this latest challenge and exciting opportunity, and stated, “From very humble beginnings in a prefab building and one of only 180 employees selling cutting plotters and CAD plotters, my Mimaki journey has been one of industry innovations, technology break-throughs and significant growth. My goal as MD for Mimaki Europe is to further develop relationships with our partners and customers to meet the evolving local needs of these businesses and take Mimaki Europe into its next phase of success.”

Mimaki Europe also welcomes Ryosuke Nakayama as Executive Assistant to Hiraki. Nakayama joined Mimaki Engineering in 2012 and during his 8 years at the company, has excelled in marketing, sales, and product management roles worldwide. Nakayama’s extensive experience, expertise and diverse skillset will be substantial assets to the Mimaki Europe management team.

Hiraki succeeds Yuji Ikeda who commented, “In Hiraki and Nakayama, Mimaki Europe is adding two accomplished and highly qualified team members. I am confident that Hiraki will lead this newly bolstered team to achieve great things in the months ahead, despite the unprecedented and challenging situation we have all faced this year. I wish him and Mimaki Europe every success.”
(Mimaki Europe B.V.)

MPM: Expanding Distribution Partnership with Anchor Paper Company

MPM: Expanding Distribution Partnership with Anchor Paper Company  (Company news)

Full Stocking of Sustainably-Advantaged Papers and Packaging Materials to Better Serve Upper Midwest

Photo: Astrolite PC 100® Smooth

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, announced that it has entered into an expanded sales partnership with St. Paul, Minnesota-based Anchor Paper Company, a leading privately-held paper, packaging, and equipment enterprise servicing customers in the Upper Midwest.

The venerable, 97-year-old Anchor Paper will be offering a greatly expanded line from Monadnock’s sustainably-advantaged fine printing and packaging papers, geared toward meeting the growing demand for FSC-certified, PCW recycled papers.

“Deepening our current relationship with Anchor Paper means more shared opportunities and a fuller offering of sustainable fine paper choices for their current and prospective customers,” said Lisa Taylor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Monadnock Paper Mills. “As two long-time, family-owned companies with deep community commitments we understand that doing right by our customers and strategic partners is a smart investment that pays off now and in the future.”

Anchor’s dedicated and knowledgeable Specification Sales Representatives work closely with designers, ad agencies and corporate marketers to find the best papers for their projects.

“We’re excited to build on our current partnership with Monadnock and help our customers discover the newest and highest-performing sustainable paper and packaging options,” said Brooke Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Anchor Paper. “After nearly 100 years our customers expect the best, and Monadnock is best-in-class.”

Anchor Paper will be stocking and offering for immediate delivery the following sustainable papers from Monadnock:
Astrolite PC 100® Smooth
Astrolite PC 100 Digital + for HP Indigo
Astrolite PC 100 Velvet 2CS
Envi PC 100 Performance Board
Hemp Envi Performance Board (30% Hemp; 70% PCW)
(MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)

BTG has supplied its 200th Single Point Kappa Analyzer

BTG has supplied its 200th Single Point Kappa Analyzer  (Company news)

The 200th BTG Single Point Kappa Analyzer (SPK) was supplied to the Oji Group, one of the leading manufacturers of paper and paperboard in the world, headquartered in Japan. Oji was among the early adopters of the SPK, and this latest order for Oji Materia in Japan is a key element in replacing an existing multi-point kappa analyzer system.

The BTG Single Point Kappa offers the unique capability to measure kappa number directly at the installation point, rather than in a lab or through a traditional centralized analyzer. This allows a higher frequency of analyses and no need to have a dedicated sample line. SPK facilitates improved process control and operational stability in the fiberline.

The first version of SPK was released in 2014, as a breakthrough innovation for Kappa control. The unit has been improved for higher Kappa applications, enhanced reliability and its capability extended to Hexuronic acid measurement.

SPK is a key part of an integrated solution, optimizing the overall pulp quality and cost in the fiberline, including connection to advanced process controls and remote accessibility.
(BTG Eclépens S.A.)

Mondi to invest in Szczecin plant in Poland to expand and broaden e-commerce portfolio

Mondi to invest in Szczecin plant in Poland to expand and broaden e-commerce portfolio  (Company news)

-New machinery to expand packaging portfolio and improve production processes
-Strengthens Mondi's position as preferred e-commerce packaging supplier to growing European markets

Photo: Mondi's award winning 100% recyclable SizeMeMailer

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has successfully completed the installation of major new equipment at its corrugated box production plant in Szczecin, Poland to meet growing e-commerce demand. The installation of the new machinery also marks further progress in Mondi’s ambition to further digitalise its business by using more advanced analytics and automation to better serve its customers with innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions.

The new equipment includes a five-colour Bobst Masterline 2.1 HD and a Robot MUK, which will produce sustainable packaging solutions for the growing e-commerce market in north-eastern Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Poland. Both machines will be equipped with automatic palletisers, run at faster speeds to increase production capacity and ensure high quality printing. Mondi's award winning 100% recyclable SizeMeMailer and Envelope Mailer alongside other packaging solutions will be produced from this site.

Mondi’s expanded range of e-commerce packaging solutions follows the ‘3-e approach’ of being more efficient, economic and easy. Not only do they maximise convenience and the customer experience, they can also reduce the costs of logistics and contribute to greater sustainability by reducing product and material waste.

"This investment in our Szczecin plant has strengthened our e-commerce packaging approach. With our expanded range of sustainable solutions, like our award winning SizeMeMailer and Envelope Mailer, and greater production capacity, our customers will enjoy more packaging options and faster deliveries. In parallel, the arrival of these new machines will result in reducing our energy consumption as we focus on limiting our carbon footprint in order to contribute to a better world." (Armand Schoonbrood, COO, Mondi Corrugated Solutions)

ScanStar 2019 award winner for reducing environmental footprint for online shopping
-100% recyclable made from sustainably-sourced corrugated material
-Less raw materials used to make the product
-More cost effective for e-retailers with lower overall packaging costs
-Adjusts to three different height levels depending on the product to be inserted in the packaging
-E-retailers spend less on transport/ shipping costs as it takes up less spaceTamper resistant due to its integrated side walls so e-retailers spend less on damage/ potential theft

The unique rigid construction of the corrugated board EnvelopeMailer is made entirely from renewable resources. A hybrid between a standard mailer and a box, it can be shipped flat, elevated or box-shaped and snugly holds products up to 7cm tall in place for extra protection. As it adjusts to the product, without the use of size adjusting via crease lines, it also reduces the number of different packaging types in the fulfilment process. It further eliminates the need for polyethylene bubble wrap and fillers used to cushion small and mid-sized, lightweight, pressure and shock sensitive items during transportation, especially of smaller consumer electronics.
-Recyclable and biodegradable – made 100% from renewable resources
-Reduces unnecessary transport volumes to lower transport emission impact
-Saves packaging filler and cushioning material with increased product protection
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

'Fusion Factory' launched at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden

'Fusion Factory' launched at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden   (Company news)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden has commissioned a new facility to strengthen its competence as a partner for additive manufacturing. The Fusion Factory of XERION BERLIN LABORATORIES is a compact production line for additive manufacturing of metallic and ceramic components. It was developed by XERION with scientific support from Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden and brought to market maturity.

Photo: The newly installed “Fusion Factory“ at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden. © XERION BERLIN LABORATORIES® GmbH

For the institute, which already has a wide range of generative manufacturing processes, the plant supplements particularly the range of binder-based manufacturing. In this case, fused filament fabrication (FFF) is used for metal parts without loose powder, which in principle can also be used for other powder materials. Metallic FFF is a particularly resource-efficient manufacturing process, since the metal powder from the filament is found 100% in the finished component.

The Fusion Factory has three modules that combine the process steps of printing, debinding and densification, i.e. the final heat treatment to produce a purely metallic and dense component, in one plant. With additional printing modules, the system can be expanded for industrial series production.

The parts produced with the Fusion Factory allow a particularly high degree of design freedom, as both open and closed porosity of the parts can be achieved in the printing process. This process, therefore, opens up new bionic perspectives.

Through the technological expansion with the Fusion Factory, the institute not only plans to implement new filament materials, but also to further develop the system technology itself and the process chain for optimized industrial production in the future. In addition to component studies for the industry and economic feasibility studies, the system can be used to support project partners in their entry into additive production and to assist in the integration of the process chain into existing production processes.

The Fusion Factory is also available for training and information events for both beginners and experienced users. For example, the industrial workshop "Additive metallic filament printing for practical use" will take place at Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden on January 21, 2021. If you are interested, you can get to know the new system on site.

The new plant is part of the Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing (ICAM) at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden. Here, the institute has concentrated its additive manufacturing technologies at one location and can, thus, offer tailor-made solutions for a wide range of problems from a single source. Customers can choose from the processes selective electron beam melting, three-dimensional screen printing, fused filament fabrication as well as three-dimensional stencil printing and dispense printing at the site.

With the new possibilities, questions concerning metallic filament printing can now be dealt with comprehensively and individual solutions regarding materials, system technology and its extensions can be offered.
(Fraunhofer-Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung IFAM)

Arctic Blue Gin package designed by Metsä Board wins a ScanStar award

Arctic Blue Gin package designed by Metsä Board wins a ScanStar award  (Company news)

The Arctic Blue Gin package, featuring images of Northern Lights, has won a ScanStar 2020 award. The Nordic competition was organised by the Finnish Packaging Association. Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, designed the Arctic Blue Gin package. It featured an impressive holographic design inspired by the Northern Lights and used MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright lightweight folding boxboard.

Metsä Board designed the package structure, the original graphics, and the embossing. The Northern Lights image was created by printing on top of Envirofoil®, a plastic-free, holographic metallisation effect designed by US-based paper converter, Hazen. It uses 1% of the aluminium of traditional foil laminates – making it both economical and environmentally friendly. The carton was printed and manufactured by the AM Lithography Corporation.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Feldmuehle strengthens Management

Feldmuehle strengthens Management   (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully completed the restructuring process, that began in 2018, in January 2020.

In addition to various structural process improvements, the extensive restructuring measures have also significantly strengthened Feldmuehle's financial resilience to external unplanned incidents.

The company result in 2020 has been above plan in all planning references - especially in terms of operating result and cash flow - since the beginning of the year despite the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

During the restructuring phase Feldmuehle GmbH was led by the Managing Directors Heiner Kayser and Steffen Liebich.

In August 2020, the company's shareholders appointed Bernd Weber to the Management with sole power of representation. As the company's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bernd Weber is responsible for Accounting, IT, Human Resources and Treasury.

The Management of Feldmuehle GmbH expects latent consolidation pressure in the market medium and long termed with simultaneously increasing pressure to innovate on the product side and has aligned its strategic business planning accordingly.

By appointing Bernd Weber to the Management, the Management's ability to act and communication with our financial partners will be significantly strengthened.

Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen is one of the leading manufacturers of label and flexible packaging papers.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)



“From a procurement perspective — and even a supply perspective — flexo is winning. When one of the really large brands switches to flexo, the world will shift.” Andrew Hewitson, co-founder and business development director of UK flexo prepress house Reproflex3, is talking about an approaching tipping-point when he confidently expects the flexo process to get the recognition it deserves after a decade of technological refinements and enhancements. “The rate at which flexo is winning converts, especially from gravure, is gaining pace,” he continues. “There’s wide acceptance that flexo can do the job, particularly when it comes to sustainability, which is brand owners’ biggest concern now.”

From its base in north-east England Reproflex3 has done its share of spreading the flexo word, both geographically and technologically. Expanding overseas to reduce dependence on the intensely competitive UK market, the company has established successful presences in the UAE and India and partnerships with likeminded prepress specialists in the US and — most recently — Italy.

Technologically, Reproflex3 is best known for its FTA award-winning ProjectBlue® solution, launched in 2016. Based on the groundbreaking Kodak FLEXCEL NX System, ProjectBlue® optimizes ink delivery and image consistency by linking superior color separations, differentiated screening, patented plate patterning and specially-designed aniloxes. The combination delivers outstandingly vibrant and consistent ultra-high definition output, produced at maximum press speeds and within a standard four-color ink palette.

ProjectBlue® also provides the technology platform for BlueEdge, the first product to result from Reproflex3’s collaboration with Z Due. Available exclusively from Z Due, BlueEdge does everything ProjectBlue® does, but has been adapted by the two partners to meet the requirements of the Italian corrugated postprint market, in which Z Due has a strong presence (Reproflex3 specializes in flexible packaging for blue-chip FMCG brands.)

Reproflex3 and Z Due owe their partnership directly to their participation in the Global Flexo Innovation Awards, introduced in 2018 to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Kodak Flexcel NX System. At the Istanbul awards ceremony both companies won Gold Awards for outstanding examples flexo-printed packaging but, just as importantly, laid the foundations of their present collaboration.

Andrew Hewitson describes both companies as “artisans, in the best sense of the word. By this I mean that we both have a real enthusiasm for our craft. We both take pride in developing practical solutions. In Istanbul, we weren’t alone in this because, without exception, all the winners were true artisans. That was one of the real positives we took away from the awards.”

ProjectBlue® and BlueEdge are products of that artisan mindset. “We take technology and put our own stamp on it” is how Hewitson describes Reproflex3’s business model. He adds that key to the company’s continued growth is the idea of finding “headroom — the space where we can innovate and add value. If you don’t do that you risk becoming a commodity producer.”

The latest example of this philosophy in action — VORTEX® — is currently in beta-testing and is the subject of high hopes for both Reproflex3 and Z Due. “Vortex has enormous potential because it addresses a wider market than ProjectBlue®,” explains Hewitson. “By its very nature, ProjectBlue® isn’t for everybody. To get the best results from ProjectBlue®, the printer not only has to print at the very highest quality, with the highest consistency, but also maintain the process to the highest standard. There is a market sector for this application but not all printers are ready, but there are many more that want to start on the path towards ProjectBlue®. Vortex is for those businesses: it’s about using and adapting screening technology and a 360 advanced colour certification solution to help them increase their quality, step by step. Together with our partners, we are very excited about approaching the wider market in all regions with the VORTEX® solution soon.”

Both Reproflex3 and Z Due are in the process of deciding what to enter in the 2020 Global Flexo Innovation Awards, which are now organised by Miraclon, the new home (since 2019) of Kodak FLEXCEL Solutions. The awards are notable for “looking beyond the package” and evaluating the impact of submissions on the entire value chain. With high quality considered a precondition, the independent panel of judges — chaired this time by Christopher Horton, formerly senior vice-president of SGS — will be assessing entries against four categories of innovation excellence: creativity in graphic design; conversion from other print processes; workflow efficiency; and commitment to sustainability.
(Miraclon Corporation)

SCA appoints new SVP Communications

SCA appoints new SVP Communications  (Company news)

SCA has appointed Anders Edholm as new Senior Vice President Communications and member of SCA’s Executive Management Team. Anders is succeeding Björn Lyngfelt, who will retire.

Anders Edholm is presently International Director and Head of EU-office in Brussels for the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. He has held leading communication positions in Electrolux and been Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General for the political party Moderaterna.

Anders Edholm will take on his new position as of February 1, 2021.
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

Valmet strengthens its business by acquiring PMP Group, a provider of technologies and ...

Valmet strengthens its business by acquiring PMP Group, a provider of technologies and ...  (Company news) for the paper industry

Valmet has on September 11, 2020 entered into an agreement to acquire PMP Group in Poland. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 64 million, plus a conditional and capped earn-out component. The acquisition is estimated to be completed on October 1, 2020 at the earliest.

PMP Group supplies process technologies and services for tissue, board and paper machines globally, focusing on small and medium-sized tissue machines and board and paper machine rebuilds. The net sales of the company were approximately EUR 70 million in the fiscal year 2019. The company employs about 650 people, the majority of whom are located in Poland and the rest in China, USA and Italy.

Jari Vähäpesola (photo), Business Line President, Paper in Valmet:
“The acquisition will bring two companies with different offerings and customer segments together. PMP’s technology and services portfolio for small and medium-sized tissue, board and paper machines will be a very good complement to Valmet’s current paper technology and services for wide and fast machines and rebuilds. Together with PMP’s product portfolio, their competence and presence in strategic markets, we will create new business opportunities and further strengthen our capabilities to serve paper, board and tissue producers globally. PMP has a very skilled team and I am happy to warmly welcome them to Valmet,” says Jari Vähäpesola, Business Line President, Paper business line, Valmet.

Mirosław Pietraszek, PMP Group President:
“Joining to Valmet opens a new chapter in PMP’s rich history in the pulp and paper industry and represents a huge leap forward for our future development. I am convinced that the joint technological, production and human resources in our key markets will allow us to reach new heights and ultimately benefit the advancement of the entire paper industry,” says Miroslaw Pietraszek, PMP Group President.

PMP Group - a company with a long history in the pulp and paper industry
PMP Group is a provider of tissue, paper and board machinery and services. The company has been serving the pulp and paper industry for over 165 years. The 650 employees are located in Jelenia Góra and Świecie in Poland, Changzhou in China, South Beloit in USA and Lucca in Italy.
(Valmet Corporation)

Handling Tumultuous Times in the Tissue and Towel Market

Handling Tumultuous Times in the Tissue and Towel Market  (Company news)

Picture: Stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines and consumer panic buying have created major irregularities in tissue and towel market dynamics and consumption patterns. These challenges present opportunities for companies like Solenis to help customers adapt and respond

The unfolding of the past several months has led to more unpredictability than any of us could have imagined. Stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines and consumer panic buying have created major irregularities in tissue and towel market dynamics and consumption patterns. These challenges also present a great opportunity to help tissue and towel producers adapt and respond to these sudden changes.

Pushing for Productivity
As consumers around the world actively stockpiled supplies and household staple items, tissue makers were pushed to maximize production. In some countries, bath tissue sales increased by more than 50% during the early months of the pandemic. Though machine utilization rates spiked to nearly 100%, there were still difficulties meeting demand. For Solenis, being part of a larger effort to help customers increase output through higher production efficiency was an opportunity to transform our expertise and capabilities into tangible benefits for our customers and, ultimately, for consumers who rely on their products every day. Our teams partnered with tissue makers across the globe to help optimize wet-end process and coating stability to improve productivity and paper quality. These efforts have helped multiple customers achieve record machine speeds to meet the unexpected surge in demand.

Beyond great chemistry and applications, many of our customers have also leveraged the Solenis OPTIX™ Applied Intelligence adaptive analytics platform to optimize their papermaking processes and meet quality targets. We have documented successes in reducing off-spec tissue production by helping customers significantly improve wet tensile target adherence and reduce variability.

Managing Fiber Supply Challenges
Tissue made from recovered fiber accounts for approximately 30% of global production. Over the past few months, the recovered paper market has experienced extreme volatility. An unprecedented surge in tissue and packaging board demand, combined with reductions in office wastepaper and old corrugated cardboard availability, has tightened supply. This has forced some tissue makers to switch from higher quality office waste to lower quality alternatives, which can result in lower strength and increased wet-end contamination. We have collaborated with a number of these tissue manufacturers, helping them evaluate and modify their dry-strength and contaminant control solutions to overcome these challenges.
An increasing number of tissue makers are also producing tissue made from non-wood alternative fiber, such as bamboo, which is not related to the pandemic per se, but it is exacerbating some of the other challenges affecting the industry. Non-wood tissue accounts for approximately 10% of global tissue production. Though more common right now in the Asia Pacific market, non-wood tissue will continue to expand across the other regions. In fact, several recently launched direct-to-consumer tissue brands are selling 100% bamboo tissue outside of Asia.

This type of tissue is seen as a more environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative. However, non-wood pulps typically contain higher levels of contaminants, such as silica and fines, which create Yankee coating challenges related to hardness, dusting and abrasiveness. Solenis has partnered with tissue makers to address challenges related to improving
softness/hand feel, machine runnability and extending doctor blade life.

Preparing for New Paper Towel Opportunities
In the wake of the global pandemic, there is a renewed emphasis on hand hygiene that has resulted in more hand washing and hand drying occasions. Many establishments are also replacing hot and jet air dryers with paper towel dispensers in public restrooms. In addition, experts recommend cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least once a day to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission via surface contact. All of these trends are driving an increase in paper towel usage and pushing manufacturers to enhance their product requirements.

Solenis is well-positioned to help tissue makers produce more — and higher quality — paper towels. Our extended network of field professionals and application experts collaborate directly with paper producers to customize solutions to their unique needs. At the same time, our global manufacturing footprint allows us to deliver a variety of wet- and dry-strength products efficiently and cost-effectively to any mill, anywhere in the world. Our additives have enabled towel producers in all regions to enhance product quality in the areas of wet strength (for improved durability when used with disinfectants/cleaners), absorbency and scrubbability (to ensure the
towel can clean a wider surface area).

The New “Normal”
Post-COVID-19, the world will likely operate very differently. Suppliers must evolve as much as the customers they serve, which is why Solenis is actively working to enhance, extend and redefine our capabilities to align with the changing world. We have an exciting pipeline of new activities planned for the next 12 months and look forward to helping producers navigate through these tumultuous times.
(Solenis LLC)

GP Packaging Begins Manufacturing Curbside Recyclable Paper Padded Mailers for E-Commerce

GP Packaging Begins Manufacturing Curbside Recyclable Paper Padded Mailers for E-Commerce  (Company news)

The growth of e-commerce has generated significant demand for sustainable packaging options, as both consumers and e-retailers look to increase the recyclability of their packaging. This curbside recyclable padded paper mailer is a sustainable alternative to non-recyclable dual material packaging.

GP is expanding its offerings to include paper padded mailers. In May, the company opened a new facility in Arizona to manufacture curbside recyclable paper padded mailers with Amazon as a key customer. To manufacture this product, Georgia-Pacific created approximately 80 jobs at a new manufacturing facility in Tolleson, Arizona, outside of Phoenix. The company will begin supplying Amazon’s West Coast fulfillment centers with potential expansion to other parts of the country.

“This padded paper mailer is a significant advancement in developing a sustainable packaging alternative to reduce environmental impacts,” says Adam Ganz, vice president – commercial development at Georgia-Pacific. “Shipping items to consumers in a mailer that can be tossed in the bin with the rest of their paper recyclables is a game changer. We’re excited to bring this to our customers at a time when e-commerce continues to grow rapidly.”

In 2019, Amazon introduced this recyclable paper padded mailer, which protects customer orders and is fully recyclable curbside. As a major supplier of corrugated boxes for Amazon, Georgia-Pacific has previously worked with the company on innovative packaging solutions and is now producing this mailer.

“Crafting Amazon’s recyclable padded envelope required the ingenuity of scientists, engineers, and technicians at Amazon’s and Henkel’s packaging and materials lab,” said Kim Houchens, director of Customer Packaging Experience at Amazon. “Replacing our comingled material mailer (paper bonded to bubble wrap) with a curbside recyclable paper padded mailer continues our waste reduction initiatives, which since 2015, have reduced the weight of outbound packaging by 33% and eliminated more than 810,000 tons of packaging material, the equivalent of 1.5 billion shipping boxes.”

The innovative mailer combines a unique expansive material, which contains no polystyrene, between layers of kraft paper made at Georgia-Pacific’s paper mills. This material technology was introduced by Henkel’s Packaging and Consumer Goods Division in 2019, winning a diamond finalist Packaging Innovation Award. The mailer received a Widely Recyclable label from How2Recycle® based on lab tests at a recycled fiber mill, which means that it can be deposited in any curbside single-stream recycling bin.

“Georgia-Pacific is a great manufacturing partner for the recyclable paper padded mailers and we are looking forward to extending the ability to provide curbside recyclable packaging to Amazon and others,” said Scott Farber, Henkel global head of marketing, Paper Solutions.

While Amazon is the flagship customer for the plant, Georgia-Pacific plans to offer this innovative product to a range of customers seeking alternative envelope solutions.
(Georgia-Pacific Corp.)

BOBST drives digital transformation in folding carton sector with launch of connected ...

BOBST drives digital transformation in folding carton sector with launch of connected ...  (Company news) solutions

A combination of new BOBST visionary technologies will bring unparalleled levels of automation and digital transformation to folding carton converters seeking greater agility and efficiency in die-cutting operations. Flatbed die-cutter, MASTERCUT 106 PER, together with the novel digital recipe management tool, TooLink, epitomize the new BOBST vision, unveiled in June, for an entirely connected packaging production system.

Bodo Junge, Product Marketing Director Folding Carton at BOBST, said: “We have identified connectivity, digitalization, automation and sustainability as the cornerstones of packaging production now and in the future. Our vision for the industry is ultimately about enabling converters to adapt and respond quickly to brand owners’ constantly changing requirements.

“With these four cornerstones front of mind, BOBST is aiming to create a seamless packaging supply chain where machines and tooling communicate with each other to deliver optimum quality and performance, while reducing errors, waste and costs at every point. The introduction of new smart systems, such as our cloud-based workflow platform, BOBST Connect, and TooLink, complement and enhance plant and machine automation to levels not seen before.”

MASTERCUT 106 PER is a next-generation die-cutter with an even higher degree of automation and production capability than its market-leading predecessor. Its new design makes it today’s most highly automated and ergonomic die-cutter, encompassing a range of innovative features, to support the BOBST vision.

It is the world’s only die-cutter that can be set from just a single point of control and the automation of functions and settings, from ‘feeder to delivery’, means minimal operator intervention is required during operation. Stripping and blanking tools settings are now completely automated thanks to the new Matic Plus system which uses cameras to measure the position of tools and then aligns them automatically in register to the printed sheet. Jam detection and setting has also been automated on this new machine, as has the nonstop rack system in the delivery section.

Bodo Junge added: “MASTERCUT 106 PER demonstrates a new and unique level of automation. The new features enable a considerable setup time reduction of 15 minutes, allowing for faster make-readies – so critical to production lines today. Its exceptional level of automation makes this machine the most productive die-cutting equipment for short as well as long runs, enabling packaging manufacturers to be able to accept all types of jobs irrespective of run length.”

MASTERCUT 106 PER incorporates TooLink, a platform that connects the die-cutter with tooling to bring together the entire converting process. Production flexibility, job turnaround times and productivity are all positively impacted by this unique piece of technology.

The die-cutter is data-chipped with TooLink technology, creating a unique digital ID that enables instant recognition through the machine’s HMI. Chip-equipped tools are automatically detected by the machine and a production-ready job recipe is provided, leading to both waste and time savings of up to 15 minutes during job changeovers. It also allows automatic job recall, without any operator intervention.

“TooLink connects, digitalizes and automates converting,” said Alex Volery, Head of Tooling Division at BOBST. “It creates a true converting ecosystem that addresses the key production concerns of efficiency, control, speed, quality and sustainability. With TooLink and its suite of IoT applications, packaging manufacturers have complete oversight of their dies, recipes and job histories and access to a higher level of production data and insight.

“This combination of outstanding technologies is the BOBST vision in practice. For packaging manufacturers, it presents a real opportunity to future-proof their operations against the ever-changing market demands.”
(Bobst Mex SA)

APP Launches Sinarboard IG Anti-fungal Across The United States & Latin America

APP Launches Sinarboard IG Anti-fungal Across The United States & Latin America  (Company news)

New sustainable folding box board eliminates plastic coating for soaps & personal hygiene packaging

APP Sinar Mas announced the availability of its new polyethylene (PE) free, Sinarboard IG antimicrobial packaging board across the United States & Latin America. The new folding boxboard is designed to eliminate mold, fungus and bacterial growth for high moisture packaged goods such as bar soap, hygienic and bath products.

Sinarboard IG is a PEFC certified virgin pulp based, multi-ply folding boxboard (FBB). It’s available in 280gsm (15.2 pt.) and 300gsm (16.1 pt.), with a brightness of 90%. The sheet has high bulk and is stiff and rigid, designed for quick run speeds with intricate graphics, ideal for embossing and foil treatments. Sinarboard IG also converts exquisitely for die-cutting, scoring, and gluing.

“By eliminating the plastic coating, we are ensuring that Sinarboard IG is naturally compostable and eliminates intensive Carbon Emissions and chemicals used in PE coating production, making it a true sustainable alternative,” said Felix Koh, Senior Vice President & Head of Global Business Unit (Industrial), APP. “Sinarboard IG multi-layer production uses less fiber and ultimately less trees, adding even more sustainable value.”

Sinarboard IG is part of an extensive portfolio of innovative folding box boards designed for specific end use packaging for food, tobacco, consumer products, electronics, health and beauty, greeting cards, direct mail, publishing and other markets. The product is food contact and chemical safe with both REACH and FDA certifications.
(IKPP P.T. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper TbK)

SCA discontinues publication paper and invests in pulp production

SCA discontinues publication paper and invests in pulp production  (Company news)

SCA decided to discontinue the production of publication paper and to invest SEK 1,45bn in the production of chemically pre-treated thermo-mechanical pulp (CTMP) at the Ortviken industrial site (photo) in Sundsvall. The decision has been preceded by consultations with employee representatives.

The proposed restructuring plan for Ortviken paper mill was announced on August 26. Following the conclusion of negotiations with employee representatives regarding the closure of publication paper production, consultations will now commence regarding the consequences of this closure for the employees. Approximately 800 employees are affected, most of whom are located at the Ortviken paper mill.

“Publication paper is a product with a declining market and we now entirely leave this product area, this enables us to focus on products with healthy growth and good prospects for the future,” says Ulf Larsson, SCA’s CEO. “The plans we are now carrying out will have significant impact and now, together with representatives of our employees, we will seek the best possible solutions for those affected.”
(Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA)

Lessebo Paper publishes all-time low CO2 figures

Lessebo Paper publishes all-time low CO2 figures  (Company news)

Lessebo Paper has launched the environmental declaration of year 2019 and reports a drastic decrease of CO2 emissions. The production of pulp and paper emits only 22kg per tonne finished product from Lessebo Paper, resulting in placing the company as one of the lowest CO2 emitters in the entire paper industry.

As a Swedish producer of paper, Lessebo Paper is committed to developing high-performance and environmentally responsible papers and boards to the international market. The environmental figures of 2019 of mark a progression in the company’s strong focus on the responsible management of emissions to both air and water.

The production of pulp and paper emits 22kg per metric ton finished product from Lessebo Paper, an all-time low figure. The figures are accredited by an external auditor and in accordance with current standards. On average, a producer of equivalent products emits 616 kg CO2 per metric ton finished paper, according to European Association of Graphic Paper Producers.

Lessebo Paper AB has reducing CO2 emissions for years, since 2013 the CO2 emissions from pulp and paper production has fallen by more than 76%.

“This development clearly shows that our environmental strategy is successful. We improve our operations on a continuous basis, and we support this with certified management systems of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015”, explains Eric Sigurdsson, CEO at Lessebo Paper.
(Lessebo Paper AB)

Segezha PPM is getting ready for production of white high porous sack paper

Segezha PPM is getting ready for production of white high porous sack paper  (Company news)

Segezha Group (part of PJSC Sistema) is expecting the supply and start-up of installation of a pulp disintegration line at Segezha PPM this December. This is so called vertical hydropulpermade by Austrian manufacturer Andritz AG. It will be installed at paper mill #3. Its capacity is 350 tons per day. The start-up of new equipment is scheduled for Q1 of 2021. Investments to the project will amount to or about 500 million rubles.

New equipment will enable the company to start commercial production of white high porous sack paper. At this stage, paper will be produced for in-plant needs. Segezha PPM specializes on production of extra strong kraft paper for industrial and consumer packaging. White paper will be supplied to Segezha Group LLC converting lines producing premium-quality products.

At the moment, a room for new equipment is being prepared at paper mill #3. A hydropulper, sorting section and tanks will be placed in a separate adjacent building. The hydropulper will provide for the optimal load of paper-makingmachines and possibility to maintain paper output in the periods of scheduled shutdowns of production facilities.

A water treatment unit will be installed at paper mill #4. NPK Mediana-Filtr was chosen as a technology and equipment provider. The unit capacity is 350 cubic meters per hour. Unit components are expected to be supplied and installed in November this year.

“An ultrafiltration technology was selected for the water treatment unit, where water is additionally decolorized for white paper production,” - said Tatiana Balekhova, Director for Investments at JSC Segezha PPM. - With this technology, pressurized fluid is pressed through a special semipermeable membrane. Using pressure difference and varying direction of water flow, the internal part thereof is purified continuously”.

Ultrafiltration equipment is designed to reduce water color, silt content, and remove suspended solids, ferrum, colloids, microbiological contamination and high-molecular organics. It guarantees high purification efficiency and stable quality parameters of effluent, even when the original water content varies; for instance, this happens throughout high-water and blooming periods, when amount of mineral and organic impurities and microorganisms in water increases.

As the project is implemented, a special attention is given to environmental protection. The need to ensure minimal impact on environment and environmental friendliness of production facilities being developed is taken into account.
(Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill JSC)

TRESU iCoat II: leaping up to a new level of coating for short-run print jobs

TRESU iCoat II: leaping up to a new level of coating for short-run print jobs  (Company news)

Responding to customer inquiries TRESU now presents an advanced and improved version of TRESU iCoat II. The upgraded version is optimized for coating applications in short-run digital print jobs requiring fast job changes and capable of speeds up to 6,000 sheets/hour, while accommodating paper sizes up to B2.

TRESU iCoat II features the industry’s fastest job change with a 30-second sleeve change, proof tray for on-the-run proofing and a recipe storage recalling complex job details at the push of a button.

With unique modularity of the new TRESU iCoat II platform, machine configurations matching any individual customer need are now available. Any configuration can be changed later and more modules added to accommodate any possible future change in brand owners’ printing operations, or changes arising from short-run seasonal fluctuations or fashion cycles.

Customers only buy what they need – no more, no less.
The modular stand-alone TRESU iCoat II targets a broad span of configurations – from a combi coater with dual varnish system and separate WB and UV circuits for general folding carton applications, to an efficient twin-coater configuration with more advanced single-pass finishing operations for high-end carton. For pharmaceutical packaging applications, an inspection conveyor module can be added, delivering traceability and inspection of individually marked units.

Ronni Nielsen, VP TRESU Solutions Division, comments: “We have significantly boosted the TRESU iCoat II to a new level and with this modular stand-alone version, converters can now match digital printing requirements for fast job changes and switch to a new task with great flexibility”.

Any configuration of TRESU iCoat II is based on proven TRESU flexo technology with genuine TRESU doctor chamber blade and varnish supply technology.
(Tresu A/S)

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