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First UK Corrugated Manufacturer Purchases EFI Nozomi Single-Pass Corrugated Board Press
 25.06.2019

First UK Corrugated Manufacturer Purchases EFI Nozomi Single-Pass Corrugated Board Press  (Company news)

Durham Box, a UK-based corrugated packaging manufacturer has purchased an EFI™ Nozomi C18000 single-pass, ultra-high-speed LED inkjet corrugated packaging press (photo) from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq: EFII). Durham Box made the investment to optimize its production process and provide superior-quality imagery for customers.

“The image quality, running speed and ease of changing between prints are hugely attractive,” said Dan Morris, joint managing director of Durham Box. “With this we are confident we can operate in several markets with a single machine.”

Scheduled for installation this summer, the 71-inch (1.8-meter) wide Nozomi press operates at speeds up to 246 linear feet (75 linear meters) per minute and offers the critical capabilities Durham Box can use to give its customers more application possibilities. The press also delivers significant time savings in production, outstanding image quality and the ability to create personalized prints. Moreover, it provides the company the capability to increase productivity on short- and medium-run jobs.

“Image quality is a very important factor, perhaps the most important in fact,” said Morris. “We regularly get asked to print jobs that are too challenging for our own flexo capabilities and as a consequence we need to manipulate the artwork which is time consuming and ultimately leads to a simplified image – and that can be frustrating to the customer.

“The wide range of print finishes is a great feature from the Nozomi,” he added, “as it has the ability to produce print that has similar qualities to flexo – only better – with high gloss photo-quality print.”
(efi Electronics For Imaging Inc.)

ALTANA's ACTEGA Division Inaugurates New Innovation Center at Grevenbroich Research Site
 25.06.2019

ALTANA's ACTEGA Division Inaugurates New Innovation Center at Grevenbroich Research Site  (Company news)

-Investment: around 10 million euros
-Space for research and development doubled
-New headquarters for simulation of future packaging trends

ACTEGA Rhenania, a globally leading coatings and adhesives specialist, inaugurated its new laboratory building in Grevenbroich on June 5. The company, which belongs to the specialty chemicals group ALTANA, invested around 10 million euros in the new building. The building has an area of 5,700 square meters, doubling ACTEGA Rhenania’s space for research and development. “With this investment we are considerably boosting our innovative strength and bolstering one of our most important competitive advantages,” says Dr. Thomas Sawitowski, the managing director of ACTEGA Rhenania GmbH.

Photo: The new laboratory building of ACTEGA Rhenania in Grevenbroich

A special feature of the new building, which at full capacity will accommodate around 70 employees, is the customer technology center. It encompasses various manufacturing plants in miniature format and enables ACTEGA to understand production processes and specific customer requirements better in practice than is possible under pure laboratory conditions. Not only ACTEGA Rhenania but also other companies in the ACTEGA division will make use of it.

“With the new building, the Grevenbroich site, to which we have been true for more than 100 years, will become one of the worldwide innovation centers for ACTEGA,” says Dr. Thomas Sawitowski, the managing director of ACTEGA Rhenania GmbH.

The company has traditionally worked closely with its customers in order to understand their needs in detail and to develop tailor-made solutions. This results in products that almost everyone comes into contact with in daily life. Many of these solutions help prolong the shelf life of food products. Among ACTEGA Rhenania’s most well-known products are inner coatings for yogurt lids. The aluminum foil used for this purpose is coated with a food-friendly coating manufactured by ACTEGA Rhenania that keeps the contents fresh and protects the lid from corrosion. The Grevenbroich-based company recently developed a PVC-free coating that enables packaging manufacturers to use significantly thinner foils, which can be recycled better. Thanks to this innovation, considerable amounts of aluminum can be saved.
(ACTEGA Rhenania GmbH)

NIB finances one of the world's largest bleached softwood kraft pulp mill in Sweden
 25.06.2019

NIB finances one of the world's largest bleached softwood kraft pulp mill in Sweden  (Company news)

NIB and the Swedish forest company Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA have signed a SEK 1 billion (EUR 96.37 million) loan agreement to finance the expansion of production capacity of bleached softwood kraft pulp at the SCA Östrand plant in the municipality of Timrå, Sweden.

Photo: SCA Östrand plant Photo: SCA

The expansion will more than double softwood pulp production at the company’s Östrand facility from the current 430,000 tonnes to 900,000 tonnes. This will make the Östrand plant one of the world’s largest production line for bleached kraft pulp.

The use of the work force at the facility will remain almost the same, implying a doubling of labour productivity at the facility, measured in output quantities.

The bi-products from the pulping process will increase significantly, annually yielding 17,000 tonnes of talloil and turpentine e.g. for production of biofuels and about 500 GWh of power, steam and district heat for external use.

The investment is expected to have notable implications for the forestry sector in Sweden, and add baseload energy to the local district heating system and to the Nordic power markets.

The loan has a maturity of ten years.
(Nordic Investment Bank)

New Natura enhanced with MFC – making the most out of our renewable materials
 25.06.2019

New Natura enhanced with MFC – making the most out of our renewable materials  (Company news)

New Natura™ by Stora Enso is a liquid packaging board enhanced with micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) for extra strength and lower weight. It was introduced in milk cartons in 2015, but now the material is available for any customers who want to reduce the weight and improve the sustainability of their packaging.

“New Natura enhanced with MFC delivers the best in product protection as well as printing, converting and filling performance but at a lower weight. It helps packaging manufacturers and consumer brands to use fewer raw materials, create less waste and lower their package weights. For consumers, the carton remains similar and easy to recycle, which is very important for today’s eco-aware consumers,” says Vesa-Pekka Aaltonen, Product Manager.

Stora Enso runs the world’s largest MFC production facilities at its Imatra Mills in Finland. MFC has the same basic chemistry as cellulose fibres but consists of smaller particles called micro fibrils, which improve the strength of the board.

“Stora Enso has been a pioneer in the development of MFC for decades, and today we can tailor the fibres to fit for purpose. Our MFC makes the fibre mesh stronger, so we can reduce weight without compromising the stiffness, strength or other board properties that are vital for the packaging performance. This saves raw material and makes New Natura even more sustainable, renewable and recyclable raw material for beverage cartons,” says Aaltonen.

New Natura enhanced with MFC can be used for any gable top liquid packaging application: dairy products, juice, other beverages, soups and spices. It is available with PE or high-barrier coating, depending on the product packed and the barrier properties required to protect it.
(Stora Enso Packaging Papers)

Domtar Corporation Names Marie Cyr New Dryden Mill Manager
 25.06.2019

Domtar Corporation Names Marie Cyr New Dryden Mill Manager  (Company news)

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced Marie Cyr as manager of the company’s mill in Dryden (photo), Ontario, effective August 1, 2019. Cyr succeeds Jim Blight, who will retire in August.

Since December 2013, Marie has served as the Windsor Mill’s pulp mill manager and superintendent, responsible for developing the pulp mill’s strategy and leading its manufacturing operations. Marie is an inspirational leader with experience working with large teams in operations, maintenance and engineering. She joined the Windsor Mill in 1995 as a maintenance engineer and project manager, and has held roles of increasing responsibility in maintenance and planning in the Windsor Mill’s pulp and converting operations.

Marie is a strong advocate for using the continuous improvement tools to foster a culture of learning and growth. She also has a unique ability to quickly bring teams together and unify them toward accomplishing an objective. We are confident her leadership will help the Dryden Mill continue to be successful.
(Domtar Inc.)

A new Award for DS Smith Displays Portugal!
 24.06.2019

A new Award for DS Smith Displays Portugal!  (Company news)

DS Smith's factory in Portugal, specialised in displays for point of sales, received a PAPIES 2019 award last June 5th.

The award-winning equipment, in the category of displays for point of sales, was a cardboard island, consisting of a modular structure, integrating real ropes as a true stand- out feature. This eye catching and attractive solution, structurally developed for Unilever FIMA, provided great prominence to the Tresemmé brand.

In the aim of creating differentiating displays for point of sales, assisting brands in their promotional campaigns, the DS Smith Displays team works side by side with its customers, designing high-impact, innovative projects. The award-winning display of this Papies edition is a clear example of an excellent result that can be achieved when developing a solution in close collaboration with the customer. In addition to convey efficiently the brand’s message and complying with sustainability requirements, our wide offer of corrugated cardboard displays provides high visibility to the products on display resulting in an increase in sales.

Every year, the Portuguese magazine “Revista do Papel” organizes the Papies awards, with the purpose of recognizing the best works in the area of graphic communication in Portugal. Following a consolidated tradition of 28 years, these awards bring together hundreds of professionals annually from the most varied industries working in the area of graphic communication and packaging.
(DS Smith Displays P&I)

Valmet supplies a forming section rebuild for Ajin P&P in Korea - introduces innovative ...
 24.06.2019

Valmet supplies a forming section rebuild for Ajin P&P in Korea - introduces innovative ...  (Company news)

... Sleeve Roll technology

Valmet will supply a forming section rebuild introducing a novel Sleeve Roll technology to Ajin P&P's Dalseong mill in Korea. The rebuild of the paper machine PM 3 targets production increase and improved end-product quality. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2020.

The orders are included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2019. The value of the orders will not be disclosed.

Photo: Shaking hands over the deal (from left): Timo Saresvuo (Valmet), Jin-Doo Kim, Yeon-Wook Jung (both from Ajin), Hannu T Pietilä, Sami Anttilainen and Tae-Yeon Kwon (all three from Valmet)

"Ajin highly appreciates Valmet's know-how and strong focus on customer-centric research and development. Valmet has been continuously providing new and innovative solutions to the market targeting for example improved energy, water and raw material efficiency. The Sleeve Roll is an excellent example of this," says Dr. Jin-Doo Kim, Vice President of Ajin P&P.

Technical details about the delivery
The delivery for PM 3 will include modifications to forming section. The existing fourdrinier forming section will be rebuilt into OptiFormer Hybrid by adding a top forming unit that utilizes a novel and innovative Sleeve Roll technology. Sleeve Roll is a specially designed roll, which has a sleeve-like outer layer where dewatering pressure is created with a shoe. Because of Sleeve Roll, the top forming unit is vacuumless. This makes the technology especially suited for rebuilds as it enables unrivalled dewatering capacity and energy savings. All the rebuilt machinery will be automated with Valmet DNA Machine Control System.

The 5,900 mm-wide (wire) PM 3 produces recycled fluting grades in the design speed of 1,300 m/min and a basis weight range of 90-120 g/m².
(Valmet Corporation)

UPM Raflatac announces portfolio of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for Americas market
 24.06.2019

UPM Raflatac announces portfolio of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for Americas market  (Company news)

UPM Raflatac, the world's most sustainable labeling company, is pleased to announce a new range of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for the Americas market. This announcement takes UPM Raflatac one step closer to achieving its target of sourcing wood fiber from 100 percent certified sources by the year 2030.

The new FSC certified products include paper wine label materials, semi-gloss, thermal transfer, direct thermal, and more. With more and more brands unveiling ambitious sustainability targets for their packaging materials, UPM Raflatac's portfolio of FSC certified products can support them in achieving targets for sourcing paper products from certified sustainably managed forests.

FSC certification by the Forest Stewardship Council(TM) is an internationally recognized mark of well-managed and sustainable forest operations. UPM Raflatac has supplied FSC certified products since 2008 and actively co-operates with the organization around the world. The aim is to increase the use of certified wood in the label production processes and to promote awareness of the forest certification and related responsibility issues.

"Only about 10 percent of the world's forests are certified today and much work remains to be done to promote responsible sourcing," says Tyler Matuseveich, Sustainability Manager, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "UPM Raflatac is continuously striving to have the most sustainable label materials portfolio in the industry. In offering a new range of high quality face stocks on FSC certified papers for the Americas market, we can assure our customers we always know the origin of fiber and can trace it back to the forest it came from. We invite you to partner with us to achieve your sustainability targets for sustainably sourced packaging materials."

Expanding the portfolio of FSC certified materials in the Americas is a significant milestone towards UPM Raflatac's aim to supply products that are sustainable over their lifecycles, and to increase the range of eco-labeled products.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

Canfor Pulp Temporarily Curtailing Taylor BCTMP Mill
 24.06.2019

Canfor Pulp Temporarily Curtailing Taylor BCTMP Mill  (Company news)

Canfor Pulp Products Inc.(TSX:CFX) announced it will be temporarily curtailing operations at its BCTMP mill in Taylor, British Columbia (BC) from June 29 through August 5, 2019, due to a combination of weaker market conditions and short-term fibre constraints resulting from industry-wide sawmill curtailments in the BCInterior.

The curtailment will reduce Canfor Pulp’s production output by approximately 25,000 tonnes of BCTMP. Canfor Pulp has three northern bleached softwood kraft pulp mills, one BCTMP mill, and one kraft paper mill in BC.
(Canfor Pulp Limited)

A Three-Million-Euro Construction Project - Faubel continues to extend its Melsungen HQ
 24.06.2019

A Three-Million-Euro Construction Project - Faubel continues to extend its Melsungen HQ  (Company news)

Less than a year after the official opening of its "New Technologies" production facility, Faubel is investing a further three million euros in a construction project at its Melsungen headquarters. To this end, two stories will be added to a building from the year 2002 located in Schwarzenberger Weg. Currently there is only one floor accommodating offices and storage space above the reel-fed printing area. This first floor is to be demolished by the end of 2019 and replaced by two stories dedicated to offices, meeting and staff rooms.

Photo: Two stories offering 1,400 m² of floor space will be added to the 2002 production hall that will remain unaltered.

Additional jobs
"When we moved into the new 10-million-euro building in 2018, we thought that 3,600 m² of floor space would do us for a while but far from it!" says Frank Jäger, Faubel's Managing Director in charge of Sales, Marketing, Product Development and New Technologies. "To meet the steady influx of incoming orders, we have hired more than 40 staff since January 2018," explains Jäger. Demand for specialists such as proofreaders, media designers and technical project managers is particularly high to cover the various services associated with the labeling of clinical trials.

In the company, there is another business segment where the potential for job creation is high: "We are also looking for specialists such as software and hardware developers to develop and produce our so-called Smart Labels that integrate RFID and e-paper technology".
(Faubel & Co Nachf. GmbH)

Paper-based food freshness sensors could replace 'use-by' dates to cut food waste
 24.06.2019

Paper-based food freshness sensors could replace 'use-by' dates to cut food waste  (Company news)

Imperial academics have developed low-cost, smartphone-linked, eco-friendly spoilage sensors for meat and fish packaging.

The researchers say the new sensors could help detect spoilage and reduce food waste for supermarkets and consumers.

One in three UK consumers throw away food solely because it reaches the use-by date, but sixty per cent (4.2million tonnes) of the £12.5 billion-worth of food we throw away each year is safe to eat.

These new laboratory prototype sensors, developed at Imperial College London, cost two US cents each to make. Known as ‘paper-based electrical gas sensors’ (PEGS), they detect spoilage gases like ammonia and trimethylamine in meat and fish products.

The sensor data can be read by smartphones, so that people can hold their phone up to the packaging to see whether the food is safe to eat.

Dr Firat Güder's team at Imperial’s Department of Bioengineering, made the sensors by printing carbon electrodes onto readily available cellulose paper.

The materials are biodegradable and nontoxic, so they don’t harm the environment and are safe to use in food packaging. The sensors are combined with ‘near field communication (NFC)’ tags – a series of microchips that can be read by nearby mobile devices.

During laboratory testing on packaged fish and chicken, PEGS picked up trace amounts of spoilage gases quickly and more accurately than existing sensors, at a fraction of their price.

The researchers say the sensors could also eventually replace the ‘use-by’ date – a less reliable indicator of freshness and edibility. Lower costs for retailers may also eventually lower the cost of food for consumers.

Dr Güder said: “Although they’re designed to keep us safe, use-by dates can lead to edible food being thrown away. In fact, use-by dates are not completely reliable in terms of safety as people often get sick from foodborne diseases due to poor storage, even when an item is within its use-by.

“Citizens want to be confident that their food is safe to eat, and to avoid throwing food away unnecessarily because they aren’t able to judge its safety. These sensors are cheap enough that we hope supermarkets could use them within three years.

“Our vision is to use PEGS in food packaging to reduce unnecessary food waste and the resulting plastic pollution.”
(Imperial College London)

Verso Corporation Explores Strategic Alternatives And Approves Adoption Of Stockholder Rights Plan
 21.06.2019

Verso Corporation Explores Strategic Alternatives And Approves Adoption Of Stockholder Rights Plan  (Company news)

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) ("Verso" or the "Company") announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board"), had in late March of 2019, reengaged Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. as the company's financial advisor to assist Verso in identifying and evaluating a range of potential strategic alternatives, including a possible merger, joint venture, partnership, business combination, stock repurchase, recapitalization, sale, distribution, transfer or other disposition or acquisition of assets or equity interests, while the Company conducts its search to identify and retain a permanent chief executive officer.

Alan Carr (photo), Co-Chairman of the Board, stated, "In light of recent headwinds faced by Verso and many of our competitors, we have taken several steps to address our challenges, including the announcement of the closure of the Luke Mill and the announcement of a change in leadership."

Gene Davis, Co-Chairman of the Board added, "We are very pleased with the efforts of our interim Chief Executive Officer, Leslie Lederer, former chairman and interim president and CEO of Catalyst Paper, who, within a very short period of time, has provided invaluable direction, experience and expertise to the role. However, we have yet to select a permanent chief executive officer and, given industry wide challenges, we believe it is imperative for us to explore all of our options."

The Company also announced that the Board has approved the adoption of a limited duration stockholder rights plan (the "Rights Plan") and authorized a dividend distribution of one right ("Right") for each outstanding share of common stock, subject to the Board's approval of final documentation.

The Rights Plan is intended to enable all Verso stockholders to realize the full potential value of their investment in the Company and to protect their interests by reducing the likelihood that any person or group gains control of Verso through open market accumulation or other tactics without paying an appropriate control premium. In addition, the Rights Plan provides the Board with time to make informed decisions that maximize the value of Verso for the benefit its stockholders and does not deter the Board or stockholders from considering any offer that is fair and otherwise in the best interest of Verso's stockholders. The Board determined to approve the adoption of the Rights Plan in order to encourage all potential participants to participate in the strategic process, rather than through unsolicited offers designed to discourage a full and fair process.

The Rights Plan is similar to other plans adopted by publicly-traded companies and has the following specific terms:
(1)
The rights generally would become exercisable only if a person or group acquires beneficial ownership of 15% or more of Verso's common stock in a transaction not approved by the Board;
(2)
The Rights Plan does not include so-called "wolfpack" language, but does apply to groups acting in concert with respect to the acquisition or disposition of the Company's equity or assets;
(3)
The Rights Plan would expire on the earlier of (a) one year, (b) the Board's determination to not pursue any strategic alternatives and (c) upon the approval by the Company's stockholders of any strategic transaction recommended by the Board;
(4)
The Rights Plan will be "chewable." In other words, the rights will not be issued if an offer meets the following criteria: (a) the offer is a fully financed, all-cash tender offer or an exchange offer offering shares of the offeror traded on a national securities exchange (or a combination thereof); (b) for any and all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company; (c) with a minimum condition of at least 80% of the outstanding shares of the Company and (d) at the same per-share consideration for all such shares.

Each holder of a right (other than the acquiring person or group, whose rights will become void and will not be exercisable) will have the right to receive for 50% of the then current market value a certain number of shares of Verso's common stock, calculated in accordance with terms of Rights Plan. In addition, if Verso is acquired in a merger or other business combination after an acquiring person acquires 15% or more of Verso' common stock, each holder of the right would thereafter have the right to receive for a purchase price equal to 50% of the then current market value a certain number of shares of common equity interest of the acquiring person that is a party to such transaction. The acquiring person or group would not be entitled to exercise these Rights. In the Rights Plan, the definition of "beneficial ownership" includes derivative securities.
(Verso Corporation)

MBO equips T800.1 with intuitive M1 control
 21.06.2019

MBO equips T800.1 with intuitive M1 control  (Company news)

Until now, the tried and trusted MBO T800.1 buckle fold machine was available either with MC- or Navigator control. Both control versions will now be replaced by the newer M1 control in the T800.1. The M1 will be used in all machines of the MBO Group and will replace all older control units. With this step, MBO is consistently pursuing its aim of streamlining its product portfolio.

The M1 control impresses with its simple and structured operator guidance. The graphic interface permits intuitive working. Performance data, operating statuses, history and many other parameters are displayed based on icons. The control also includes a router for the RAS remote maintenance software.

The M1 control is available in the variants Basic and Advanced. In the case of the inexpensive M1 Basic, the first folding unit of the T800.1 has an adjustable touchscreen with a screen diagonal of around 10“. In addition, the first folding unit is equipped with sheet monitoring by means of optical sensors. Basic functions such as “Start”, “Stop” and “Production” can be carried out at the subsequent folding units with M1 Basic. The speed of the folding units is set manually.

With the more convenient M1 Advanced control, each folding unit of the T800.1 has a touchscreen. As all screens show the same interface, full operation of the folding machine from every folding unit is possible with M1 Advanced. The diagonal of the touchscreen on the first folding unit is an impressive 15.6“, on the subsequent folding units 10.1“. The operator is optimally supported when setting up a new job. Common standard buckle types are preconfigured in “Quick Mode”. Every technically possible and sensible variant can be put together in “Expert Mode”. This automatically prevents incorrect operation. In addition, optimal sheet gaps and speeds are automatically calculated and set in all folding units. In addition, the M1 Advanced features sheet monitoring across folding units. This includes sheet length control and sheet-monitoring using sensors. If the sheet is too long or does not pass a sensor, the machine stops. Sheet running jams are displayed in plain text. The M1 Advanced is also compatible with the Datamanager 4.0, a software package for production planning and analysis. Among other things, Datamanager 4.0 contains a folding imposition catalogue which supports the user during set-up.

MBO T800.1 buckle fold machine
The MBO T800.1 buckle fold machine is designed for the B1 / 70 x 100 cm format range. It impresses with its universal scope of applications with a unique range of folding types. Individualised automation options ensure smooth production for medium and high print runs and frequently changing folding types. In addition to the T800.1, the MBO range includes the B30E buckle fold machine for the B1 / 70 x 100 cm format range.
(MBO Maschinenbau Oppenweiler Binder GmbH & Co KG)

Sun Chemical receives ‘UK Excellence Award Jury Commendation’ from the ...
 21.06.2019

Sun Chemical receives ‘UK Excellence Award Jury Commendation’ from the ...  (Company news)

...British Quality Foundation

Sun Chemical has received a Jury Commendation for the UK Excellence Award for “Managing with Agility” from the British Quality Foundation, after it received a five star EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) rating. Sun Chemical received the Commendation at the British Quality Foundation Awards dinner on Thursday 16th May at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, after being shortlisted for a UK Excellence Award and Excellence in Collaboration Award.

The UK Excellence Award and Jury Commendation involves a robust assessment undertaken by an experienced team of trained assessors using the EFQM Excellence Model. The assessment judges various aspects of a business ranging from strategy and leadership to processes and business results. Sun Chemical first undertook the assessment in 2014, receiving a four star rating. The company was then reassessed in November 2018, resulting in a five star rating and it being shortlisted for the UK Excellence Award. Sun Chemical received the Jury Commendation for excelling in “Managing with Agility”, for which it was specifically recognised for entering new markets.

Sun Chemical was also shortlisted as a finalist for the Excellence in Collaboration Award, in recognition of a project it ran in partnership with its packaging customer, Saica Flex, a division of Saica Group, at its Buxton site. As part of Sun Chemical’s previous contract with Saica Flex, it adapted a partnership approach and, after carrying out an assessment at the Buxton site, implemented a project to insource more of their products and improve the capacity and speeds of various production lines. Thanks to this project, Saica improved its processes in a more efficient way. It also, helped Sun Chemical to increase its sales.

Greg Hayes,Group Managing Director Northern Europe, Sun Chemical, comments: “Utilising our business improvement skills in partnership with our customers has added tremendous value to customer relationships. The recognition of this by the British Quality Foundation in being shortlisted through such a rigorous process with other great companies is a great honour and a tremendous credit to the teams involved.”
(Sun Chemical European Headquarters)

DS Smith Plc - 2018/19 FULL YEAR RESULTS: A year of Significant delivery
 21.06.2019

DS Smith Plc - 2018/19 FULL YEAR RESULTS: A year of Significant delivery  (Company news)

Highlights
• Strong operational performance
◦ Market outperformance - volume growth at 2.4%
◦ Volume growth in all regions through FMCG and e-commerce focus
◦ Continued success of US operations
• Strong financial performance
◦ Record return on sales and upgrade of medium-term target to 10 - 12%
◦ Organic adjusted operating profit growth(8) of 9%
◦ Profit before tax up 35%
◦ Free cash flow up 84%
◦ Robust balance sheet - pro-forma net debt/EBITDA(9) <2.0X
• Strategic delivery
◦ Acquisition of Europac - upgrade to synergies from €50m to €70m
◦ Sale of plastics division agreed

Miles Roberts (photo), Group Chief Executive, commented:
"This strong set of results from DS Smith demonstrates the company's growing scale and strategic progress in key markets. We are continuing to gain market share throughout Europe, particularly among more resilient FMCG customers, and our US business is performing well following our recent acquisition there.

I am very pleased to be able to raise our medium-term return on sales target, up to 10 - 12 per cent, as well as adding to our cost synergy estimate following successful initial progress in integrating Europac, which we acquired during the year. DS Smith is increasingly well-placed to capitalise on rising consumer demand for sustainable corrugated packaging as well as greater convenience from both e-commerce and more traditional retail channels.

The underlying drivers of demand for sustainable corrugated packaging and our differentiated offering give us confidence in ongoing volume and market share growth. We saw some volume weakness in certain export-led markets in the second half of 2018/19, including Germany, but we expect this to improve during the current year. While volatility in the macro-economic environment and input costs remains, our focus on pricing discipline, operating efficiencies and cash flows supports our expectations of further good progress in the coming year."

Overview
2018/19 has been another year of good delivery from DS Smith, with substantial progress developing our strategic position in Europe along with further organic growth. We have delivered record return on sales margins of 10.2 per cent alongside continued market share gains and return on capital of 13.6 per cent, in the middle of our target range. We also made the significant acquisition of Europac, which was announced in June 2018 and completed in January 2019. Europac represented an exceptional scale opportunity to enhance our customer offer in Iberia, a key packaging growth region, and strengthen our global supply platform, in particular with the addition of a strategically important kraftliner mill to our assets. Initial integration work has been excellent and I am pleased to announce that we are now able to increase our initial cost synergy target for this acquisition, from €50 million per annum to €70 million per annum, by the end of 2021/22. Our North America operations, comprising Interstate Resources (acquired in August 2017), along with Corrugated Container Corporation (acquired in May 2018), have continued to perform ahead of plan with $33 million of the target $40 million cost synergies now achieved. We have also agreed the disposal of our plastics business for c. £400 million (net), with completion expected by the end of this calendar year.

The success of these acquisitions means that we are now able to look at how we best optimise our paper assets so that we maintain the optimum balance between paper and packaging manufacturing, consistent with our short paper strategy, as well as leveraging further efficiency across the Group.

Strong organic growth
Organic corrugated box volumes have grown 2.4 per cent across the year (excluding Europac), reflecting a strong H1 period and a lower growth rate through H2, due to some weakness in export-led markets, including Germany, as well as some capacity constraints in North America. Once again, all regions have reported growth, with particularly strong regional volumes in the UK and in Central Europe and Italy. Growth once again has been particularly strong from our multinational customers, particularly FMCG, e-commerce and shelf-ready packaging. We have been particularly focused on achieving sales price increases to reflect increasing input costs, resulting in a record return on sales achieved in the year. Our focus is on corrugated packaging, where we see continued market growth, and to be differentiated to succeed in that market. The core market growth drivers of e-commerce, plastic substitution and retail changes are more relevant than ever. In particular, public awareness of the importance of alternatives to plastic packaging has increased substantially over the past 12 months and we have corrugated packaging alternatives that are currently marketed to take advantage of this opportunity. Our differentiators of scale, innovation, end-to-end solutions and partnership approach continue to resonate with customers as we help them to increase their sales, reduce their costs and manage their risks.

For the full year, revenue growth of 12 per cent on a constant currency basis was due to organic growth, the contribution from Europac (which was owned for just over three months of the period) and the incremental four month contribution from Interstate Resources (which was acquired part way through the prior year). Organic growth was driven principally by increases in sales price reflecting rises in underlying costs, plus a contribution from volume growth in corrugated boxes, partially offset by reduced volume in external recycling and paper sales reflecting greater matching of our paper manufacturing with the requirements of our packaging operations.

Adjusted operating profit (continuing operations) increased by 28 per cent on a constant currency basis to £631 million (2017/18: £492 million). This was driven by the significant contribution from acquisitions, including just over three months from Europac, the full year effect of ownership of Interstate Resources, and synergies delivered from the North America business, together with strong organic profit growth. Volume growth together with increases in the sales price due to the lagged pass-through of paper price rises, principally in calendar 2018, offset in part by rising costs, contributed 8.8 per cent growth (£46 million) compared to the prior year. Operating profit increased 29 per cent on a constant currency basis to £427 million.

Adjusted earnings per share for continuing operations increased by 8 per cent on a constant currency basis to 33.3 pence (2017/18: 30.7 pence). Including the earnings per share contribution from discontinued operations i.e. the Plastics division, of 1.7 pence, total adjusted earnings per share was 35.0 pence. This result builds on nine years of consistently strong growth, with the nine year compound annual growth rate for adjusted EPS being 23 per cent. Earnings per share for continuing operations decreased by 8 per cent to 19.7 pence per share, reflecting the benefit of profit growth offset by the increase in number of shares in issue.

The Board considers the dividend to be an important component of shareholder returns and, as such, has a policy to deliver a progressive dividend, where dividend cover is between 2.0 and 2.5 times, through the cycle and having taken into account the future financing requirements of the Group. For the year 2018/19, in accordance with our dividend policy, the Board recommends a final dividend of 11.0 pence per share, which will be paid to all shares on the record date. This, combined with the 2018/19 interim dividend of 5.2 pence, makes a total dividend for the year of 16.2 pence (2017/18: 14.4 pence).

Developing the business
The year 2018/19 has been one of substantial strategic progress. It has been the first full year of ownership of our North America business Interstate Resources, we have acquired Europac in Iberia, and we have also agreed the disposal of our plastics business. These steps together mean that DS Smith will be a fibre-based packaging focused, strategically aligned and financially strengthened business.

Our North America business has performed well ahead of our initial expectations. Integration work has continued through the year such that the majority of the upgraded cost synergy target of $40 million has been achieved, well ahead of schedule. Meanwhile, the customer reaction to our packaging continues to be very good, with a number of customer wins from large multinational groups that we had previously served only in Europe. Our success means that we are now expanding our packaging operations in the region with a new greenfield site in Indiana, substantially increasing our capacity in the region. That site is expected to begin production towards the end of calendar 2019. A one-off impact on divisional profitability of £15 million is expected in 2019/20 relating to start-up losses from this new site.

Europac was acquired on 22 January 2019 and integration work is going very well, with the management team established and positive engagement from employees. We are now announcing an increase to our estimate of cost synergies from Europac from €50 million to €70 million, due to additional synergies from head office cost reductions and paper optimisation.

Optimisation programme in paper
DS Smith has grown substantially over the past nine years with a unique footprint of European capability and operations, and this presents an opportunity to optimise our paper operations.

Our paper assets are managed to support our packaging operations, for example, producing specific paper grades required for our performance packaging, particularly in regions where external supply is scarce. The strategy of DS Smith has consistently been to be 'short' paper, i.e. a net buyer of paper in the market, in order to maintain the consistency of our profitability. The recent acquisitions have resulted in a much improved network of high quality paper mills (in addition to our packaging operations), both geographically and from a product perspective. We have added mills in key locations where there is a shortage of specialist grades, such as the lightweight paper mill of EcoPaper, and significant kraftliner production though the acquisition of Europac. We now plan to optimise our footprint and capability. Taking into account the full operational run-rate of Europac, DS Smith has an annual external corrugated case material (CCM) requirement of around 800 thousand tonnes in Europe. This is equivalent to c. 20 per cent of our total paper requirement, and as such we are c. 80 per cent integrated. Taking into account future growth in packaging, we expect to reduce integration to towards 60 per cent in Europe, in the medium-term. In the US, our strategy has always been to have full security of supply given the differences in market structure in that region. At present we are 'long' c. 275 thousand tonnes CCM per annum in the US and expect to bring this to a balanced position as we continue to build the packaging side of our business, including the new site in Indiana currently under construction.

Upgrading our medium-term margin targets
DS Smith has reported a record return on sales margin in 2018/19 of 10.2 per cent, ahead of our medium-term financial KPI of 8 - 10 per cent. We expect margin to continue to grow in the medium-term due to our value-adding customer proposition, the benefit of contribution from NAPP and Europac, and from a continuous focus on cost and efficiency. As a result, the Board intends to increase the medium-term target for return on sales up to 10 - 12 per cent.

Operating review
Unless otherwise stated, any commentary and comparable analysis in the operating review is based on constant currency performance.

UK
Our UK corrugated packaging business has performed very well despite the uncertain political and economic backdrop. Overall volumes were very good, driven by both FMCG and e-commerce. Revenue increased reflecting volume gains and price recovery, with the additional revenue dropping through to profit, leading to a 11 per cent increase in adjusted operating profit and a 70 basis points increase in margin.

The Group has considered and planned for the potential impact of Brexit on our business. The UK operations utilise paper manufactured at our Kemsley mill in Kent, UK, in addition to paper from other mills on continental Europe. We also import some other input materials such as starch. The substantial majority of our packaging product is distributed to customers in the UK with our Kemsley mill exporting an element of its production to continental Europe. We have also made plans for contingency levels of spare parts and other essential items for continuous running. As such, while not immune from disruption that might occur in the event of a disorderly Brexit, including the impact of changes in order patterns from customers, we expect disruption to our own operations to be relatively contained.

Western Europe
The Western Europe division has seen like-for-like volume growth ahead of market growth in the period, although volume growth was behind the Group average. While volume growth in France was impacted somewhat by the periods of civil disruption in the country, this was partially offset by good growth in Iberia and very good growth in the Benelux region. The growth in revenue was largely driven by the inclusion of Europac for just over three months, having been acquired on 22 January 2019, in addition to the increase in sales price from recovery of historic paper price rises. The increase in adjusted operating profit relates to the inclusion of Europac as described above and good recovery of operating costs through pricing from the underlying business. Return on sales increased significantly by 110 basis points, broadly in line with the Group margin increase, to 8.0 per cent.

DCH and Northern Europe
Volumes have grown modestly across the region, driven by very good volume growth in Northern Europe, offset by a contraction in Germany and Switzerland due to a focus on price discipline and difficult market conditions. These tough trading conditions related to packaging for export-led industrial customers in Germany, particularly in the second half of 2018/19, where a wider economic slow-down has been seen. Revenues fell 2 per cent due to a reduction in external volumes from paper and recycling and, in addition, reduced pricing from recycling, partially offset by sales price recovery in packaging.

Adjusted operating profit increased by 12 per cent, reflecting the contribution from our paper manufacturing operations in the region. Consequently, return on sales increased to the upper end of our target range at 9.3 per cent.

Central Europe and Italy
Volumes in this region have again been good, slightly ahead of Group growth, with performance in Italy particularly pleasing. Revenue growth of 9 per cent was driven in approximately equal parts due to the inclusion of EcoPaper and EcoPack, and from organic growth in packaging, particularly sales price. EcoPack and EcoPaper were acquired on 6 March 2018 and hence this year was the first full year of inclusion and represented an incremental 10 months contribution.

Adjusted operating profit increased 29 per cent, reflecting a small contribution from the acquired businesses and organic growth from the benefit of drop-through from volume and sales price increases. As a result, return on sales increased by 150 basis points.

North America
The performance of the North America Packaging and Paper division has been very good once again, with margins considerably above that of the Group. Corrugated box volumes have continued to grow, though have been constrained to some degree by our available capacity. We are, at present, part way through the construction of a new packaging site in Indiana which will address this issue, and which is expected to be operational by the end of calendar 2019. Revenue grew 59 per cent principally driven by the incremental four months contribution from the Interstate Resources business, acquired in late August 2017, and from Corrugated Container Corporation, acquired in May 2018. Increases in sales price also contributed to revenue growth. Adjusted operating profit for the division grew by 63 per cent, reflecting both the incremental contribution from the acquired businesses and the benefit of synergies ($23 million) from the Interstate Resources acquisition. Combined with the synergies delivered in 2017/18, this brings the total synergies to $33 million, close to the total of $40 million targeted, substantially earlier than planned.

Our medium-term targets and key performance indicators
We measure our performance according to both our financial and non-financial medium-term targets and key performance indicators.

As set out above, like-for-like corrugated box volumes grew by 2.4 per cent (excluding Europac). This was modestly lower than our target of GDP+1 per cent, with year-on-year GDP growth, weighted by our sales in the markets in which we operate, estimated at 1.9 per cent (source: Eurostat). All regions have again recorded volume growth in the year, with a particularly strong contribution from the UK and Central Europe and Italy regions. Towards the end of the year we have seen some weakness, particularly in industrial customers in export-led markets including Germany, reflecting wider macroeconomic conditions. In addition, the North America business was capacity constrained. Underlying the regional performances has been the strong growth of our pan-European customer base, where we continue to make significant gains with existing customers as we increase our market share with them, further demonstrating the demand for a high quality pan-European supplier of corrugated packaging, operating on a co-ordinated multinational basis.

Adjusted return on sales increased 120 basis points to 10.2 per cent (2017/18: 8.9 per cent), above the top of our target range of 8 to 10 per cent, reflecting our strong commercial offering and the benefit of the sales price increases, partially offset by increased overall input costs.

Adjusted return on average capital employed (ROACE) is 13.6 per cent (2017/18: 13.7 per cent), around the middle of our medium-term target range of 12 to 15 per cent and significantly above our cost of capital, despite the recent significant acquisitions of Interstate Resources in North America and of Europac in Europe, and the exclusion of our plastic packaging business (now discontinued), all of which has a dilutive impact on this ratio. This result reflects a continuous focus on an efficient capital base, in addition to profitability. We have maintained our continual focus on tight capital allocation and management within the business, including capex, which has been closely managed as shown by the year-on-year reduction despite the increased size of the business. ROACE is our primary financial measure of success, and is measured and calculated on a monthly basis.

Net debt as at 30 April 2019 was £2,277 million (30 April 2018: £1,680 million) reflecting the significant acquisitions made in the year of £1,702 million (including debt assumed of £204 million including deposits), less the issue of new equity of £1,006 million net. Cash generated from operations before adjusting items of £774 million was used to invest in net capex of £289 million which included £17 million in relation to Europac, a reduction from £312 million in 2017/18, reflecting our focus on cash management, while still including substantial growth capex. Adjusting items of £93 million primarily related to the acquisition and integration of the new businesses. Net debt/EBITDA (calculated in accordance with our banking covenant requirements) is 2.3 times (2017/18: 2.2 times). This reflects the acquisitions made as well as ongoing tight cash management and control throughout the business and is 0.2 times lower than anticipated at the time of the 2018 rights issue. This ratio excludes the cash required to fulfil the Interstate Resources put option which, if exercised, would take reported leverage to c. 2.5 times. On a pro forma basis, taking into account the disposal of the Plastics business for £400 million (net) and remedy disposals of c. £54 million (as discussed in the financial review), and the relevant adjustment to EBITDA, net debt/EBITDA at 30 April 2019 would have been under 2.0 times. The Group remains fully committed to its investment grade credit rating.

During the year, the Group generated free cash flow of £339 million (2017/18: £184 million), an improvement of 84 per cent. Cash conversion, as defined in our financial KPIs (note 15) was 102 per cent, in line with our target of being at or above 100 per cent.

DS Smith is committed to providing all employees with a safe and productive working environment. We are pleased once again to report improvements in our safety record, with our accident frequency rate (defined as the number of lost time accidents per million hours worked) reducing by a further 23 per cent from 3.0 to 2.3, reflecting our ongoing commitment to best practice in health and safety. The prior year figure of 3.0 is based on the full inclusion of Interstate Resources on a like-for-like basis. We are proud to report that 265 sites achieved our target of zero accidents this year and we continue to strive for zero accidents for the Group as a whole. We did, however, have a tragic accident in our Tallinn plant in the year that resulted in the fatality of a colleague, which overshadows all our performance improvements. Our thoughts are with the family, colleagues and friends of the deceased as we support them and the local authority investigation.

The Group has a challenging target for customer service of 97 per cent on-time, in-full deliveries. In the year we achieved 95 per cent, a further year on year improvement but still below our target. While there has been improvement, management remains dissatisfied with this outcome and is fully committed to delivering the highest standards of service, quality and innovation to all our customers and will continue to challenge ourselves to meet the demanding standards our customers expect.

One key part of the DS Smith strategy is to lead the way in sustainability. Corrugated packaging is a key part of the sustainable economy, providing essential protection to products as they are transported and, at the end of use, it is fully recyclable. Corrugated packaging is also substantially constructed from recycled material, as are many of our plastic packaging products. Our Recycling business works with customers across Europe to improve their recycling operations and overall environmental performance. In calendar year 2018, compared to calendar year 2017, on a restated basis to reflect acquisitions, our CO2 equivalent emissions, relative to production, has reduced by 6 per cent, a good step towards our overall goal of 30 per cent reduction (compared to 2015) by 2030. We have also become a global partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a leading environmental charity focused on sustainability, in line with our corporate purpose.

Outlook
The underlying drivers of demand for sustainable corrugated packaging and our differentiated offering give us confidence in ongoing volume and market share growth. We saw some volume weakness in certain export-led markets, including Germany, but we expect this to improve during the current year. While volatility in the macro-economic environment and input costs remains, our focus on pricing discipline, operating efficiencies and cash flows supports our expectations of further good progress in the coming year.
(DS Smith Plc)

TRESU appoints Thomas Ellegaard Mohr Vice President of its Solutions Division
 21.06.2019

TRESU appoints Thomas Ellegaard Mohr Vice President of its Solutions Division  (Company news)

TRESU Group, global supplier of flexographic printing and converting machinery and equipment, announces the appointment of Thomas Ellegaard Mohr (photo) as vice president of TRESU Solutions.

An engineer, Mohr joins TRESU after a ten-year career in the Danish Navy and ten years in industry. Previously, Thomas Mohr worked for Tetra Pak Hoyer as an installation and commissioning engineer before becoming a technical sales engineer, representing the entire portfolio.
“The experience at Tetra Pak included consultancy, assessment of customers’ needs and the development of appropriate after-market support,” Mohr says. “Related to TRESU was my work with ice cream packaging materials, including foils and cartons, which helped me to understand converting from the customer’s viewpoint.”

Most recently, Mohr worked for global industrial processing concern Andritz as a global sales and application manager, then moving to become European sales director for after market and capital equipment.

“While there will be much that is new in the job at TRESU, there are also many overlaps with my previous experience,” Mohr explains. “It will be exciting to manage a team that comprises so much experience and expertise.
“I am excited by this opportunity because it builds on my experience and will take me deeper into an industry that I began to know at Tetra Pak,” he continues. “TRESU is unique in the industry because it is really a one-stop-shop offering broad capabilities. It doesn’t just sell equipment but works with its customers to optimise the operation of their whole factory. It also has a well-known reputation for after market service and support.”

The flagship of TRESU Solutions is the Flexo Innovator press that offers print quality and speed with a high level of versatility. A complete inline solution for paperboard applications including folding cartons, the Flexo Innovator has gained a worldwide reputation for performance and reliability.

TRESU Solutions also supplies coating units for folding carton, pouches and sanitary product applications. Also within the division’s offering are coating solutions for inline or near-line configuration with HP, Xerox and Océ Canon digital presses. The coaters apply water-based UV coatings or special varnishes – on one or both surfaces – for digitally printed folding carton applications. For use with the digital coaters, TRESU Solutions also supplies the iCut 3000 for imaging flexo plates for coating applications.

On his ambitions for the new position, Mohr comments:
“I believe that all the right competences already exist at TRESU. What I would like to do is make it easier for customers to work with us; to streamline our internal processes, and to focus outwards, towards what we can do for our customers.”
(Tresu A/S)

Valmet introduces new stand-alone wet end control package for paper, board and tissue machines
 20.06.2019

Valmet introduces new stand-alone wet end control package for paper, board and tissue machines  (Company news)

Valmet introduces new control product called Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control (Valmet RET) for retention and break-time headbox ash consistency management. It offers benefits for paper, board and tissue makers previously only available to the users of Valmet DNA process control and Valmet IQ quality control system.

Utilizing the Valmet Retention Measurement (Valmet RM3), low consistency measurement and control hardware with state-of-art model predictive control, the product enables users to take control of the wet end to a new level.

"Both controls, based on the Valmet IQ MD Optimizer, already have a proven track record. We know that by stabilizing the wet end we can offer improved quality, chemical and energy savings as well as better runnability for virtually all grades," says Timo Rantala, Product Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Active wet end management for stability and runnability
Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control improves paper quality in the machine direction by reducing variations in basis weight, paper ash and moisture. Additional advantages include fewer wet end breaks, savings in chemicals and drying steam as well as better control of grade changes and start-ups - all leading to higher productivity.

As the very first pilot user of Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control mentioned: "Retention measurement and control are fully reliable solution, which both are used all the time. We can say they are standards at our paper machine."

Technical information about Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control
The goal of Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control is to minimize consistency variations within the short circulation and stabilize wet end operation. It stabilizes white water consistency by controlling retention aid flow.

The goal of breaktime headbox ash control is to keep paper web ash content stable and thus make web threading easier, breaktime shorter and paper ash on target right after sheet break. Breaktime headbox ash consistency control becomes automatically operational during sheet break.

Both controls reside in Valmet hardware installed in the cross-connection room. This enables fast deliver, short implementation and tuning time of the control product in the mill. A secure remote connection to Valmet RET allows a fast response and remote help from Valmet locations around the world. Connection to mill system can be made with standard 4.20 mA I/O signals or optional digital links.
(Valmet Corporation)

Jori Ringman becomes Director General of CEPI
 20.06.2019

Jori Ringman becomes Director General of CEPI  (Company news)

CEPI, the European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry, announces that Jori Ringman (photo) has unanimously been appointed by the CEPI Board as successor to Sylvain Lhôte at the helm of the Brussels-based organisation.

“I am honoured to be entrusted the role of leading a team of great professionals, representing a sector with fascinating potential. The growing demand for sustainable, recyclable products is increasing the importance of fibre-based products in a wide range of sectors. The European paper industry will enable the EU economy to transform itself and become a more sustainable and resilient society” said Jori Ringman, newly appointed Director General of CEPI.
He added “I am proud to take on this challenge and look forward to helping advance sustainability, innovation and opportunities for pulp and paper sector companies and workers across Europe.”

Kalle Sundström, CEPI Chairman and CEO of Stora Enso: “In this challenging time, with the sudden and unexpected death of Sylvain Lhôte, I am glad to be able to count on the experience and competence of Jori Ringman to efficiently deliver on what has been prepared by the CEPI team over the last months, and continue to shape the strategic presence of our industry at EU level.”
(CEPI aisbl)

Shan Don Sun Honghe Paper Industry Co., Ltd and A.Celli Paper for a new E-WIND® P-100 ...
 20.06.2019

Shan Don Sun Honghe Paper Industry Co., Ltd and A.Celli Paper for a new E-WIND® P-100 ...  (Company news)

... paper rewinder

The Chinese customer has confirmed its trust in the A.Celli Group, signing a new contract for the order of the E-WIND® P-100 paper rewinder, whose delivery is scheduled for July 2019.

The new rewinder is destined to the Shandong plant and will be installed downstream of the PM36 and PM37 paper lines; it has the design speed of 2500 mpm, with the mother roll width of 6660 mm and will be dedicated to the production process of Medium Liner Board paper. This product, having the weight range between 60 and 110 gsm, requires extremely precise control of the web tension and of the process stability. It is equipped with the Slittomatic Web-in automatic system, which allows the slitting units to be positioned without breaking the sheet, with considerable time savings.

The partnership between A.Celli and Shan Don Sun Honghe Paper Industry, about rewinders, dates back to the mid-2000s and was consolidated in 2014 with the supply of three E-WIND® P-100 rewinders, similar to the one sold recently in features and with the same paper format.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Konica Minolta targets new growth wave with AccurioLabel 230 launch
 20.06.2019

Konica Minolta targets new growth wave with AccurioLabel 230 launch  (Company news)

Konica Minolta has launched the AccurioLabel 230 (photo), a new version of its highly successful digital toner press, to bring important benefits for customers in terms of productivity, flexibility and stability as it continues to accelerate its presence within digital label printing.

The easy-to-operate Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230, which will be officially shown in public for the first time at Labelexpo in Brussels, Belgium, from 24-27 September, will meet growing market needs for shorter runs and more customization.

Shipments have already started for the new label press that from the outside looks identical to its predecessor, the Konica Minolta AL190, which has been developed and manufactured in Europe with Danish firm Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM).

The enhancements of the Konica Minolta four-colour AL230 include:
-Speed. The 23.4 meters/min speed represents a 73% increase because most of tack paper and films (including PP, PET and YUPO) can now be printed at full speed.
-Productivity. It can continuously print up to 1,000 meters without the need for recalibration, as well as the possibility to switch between two different paper widths (from 250 to 300 mm)
-Overprinting. Adding this option allows the AL230 to print seamless on media pre-printed by conventional printing. For example to print on a white background
-No warm-up/less waste. The time taken between jobs has been eliminated, thanks to the fuser being kept warm for up to 30 minutes
-More accurate print registration. A built-in speed detector for media feeding also cuts paper wastage

The AccurioLabel 230 has been built on the Konica Minolta highly acclaimed AccurioPress engine technology well known for its exceptional print quality and substrate compatibility. It is targeted at small- and mid-range segments and is suitable for label printers, print providers, brand owners, packaging companies and commercial printers.

"The AccurioLabel 230 has been developed very much with customer interests in mind. Customers and prospects who are shifting to digital production have welcomed the launch and have been highly impressed by productivity, stability and new features that help shape their thinking for new profitable business applications.​ As one example, it now takes around half the amount of time on the AccurioLabel 230 to print four 300m jobs. We know that smaller label converters have found that up to 60% of their existing jobs could be done digitally, so freeing up their conventional press for longer-run work.” (Khaled Alakhwas, Product Manager Industrial Printing Product Manager, Professional Printing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe)

“Whereas the machine might look the same as its predecessor, there are big differences inside. This new model marks the next chapter of an incredible success story when you think how far we have come since entering the label market only four years ago.” (Edoardo Cotichini, Team Manager Industrial Printing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH)
(Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH)

Inkcups Introduces the Helix® Hi-Fi
 20.06.2019

Inkcups Introduces the Helix® Hi-Fi  (Company news)

Global printing industry leader Inkcups announced the release of its newest product, the Helix® Hi-Fi (photo), a 7-color rotary digital printer that delivers photorealistic skin-tone matching with the addition of three new color pockets.

The Helix® Hi-Fi is an evolution of the Inkcups Helix®, the industry’s best-selling printer in its class. In addition to Helix®’s standard CMYKWV, the Helix® Hi-Fi has three additional colors: light cyan, light magenta and light black. While the standard Helix® already delivers the best image quality in the industry, the addition of the light colors brings output quality to a new level. The benefits are most dramatic in printing skin tones where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother shade transitions, less graininess, and higher-resolution edge effects.

The Helix® Hi-Fi’s unique skin-tone matching function is increasingly in demand for personalized printing, which often requires one-off production of facial images. Helix® Hi-Fi can import a series of unique image files and produce high-resolution printed products of stunning quality. Typical applications include personalized images on glass candle holders, drinkware including stemless wine glasses, stainless steel tumblers, pint glasses and many more.

Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix® Hi-Fi prints multi-color graphics on straight-walled cylinders, tapers, and objects with limited wall curvatures. The system features a built-in programmable tilt to reduce change-over time and eliminate the need to optimize print recipes for each SKU change. The Helix® Hi-Fi uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The machine’s printable area is 8.6 inches; the system can print on items up to 12 inches in length with a diameter ranging from 2-5 inches.

The Helix® Hi-Fi is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions, as well as Inkcups world-class InkcupCare warranty and service coverage. The company offers multiple pre-treatment options (including newly released MagiCoat), inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request. Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing.

“The Helix® Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups. “The addition of these three inks is a game changer for customers looking to achieve high-quality personalized results. Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalization category.”

The Helix® Hi-Fi is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. and is available for order now.
(Inkcups)

Prestigious Global Achievement Award goes to Jim DeFife
 20.06.2019

Prestigious Global Achievement Award goes to Jim DeFife  (Company news)

Jim DeFife (photo), VP Pressure-Sensitive Materials, Multi-Color Corporation has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award 2019. Judging for the annual Label Industry Global Awards, now in its 16th edition, took place on 5 June during the FINAT European Label Forum in Copenhagen. The panel of international judges considered entries for a total of six award categories and drew up a shortlist.

Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award recognizes an innovation or idea that has helped transform and progress the label industry across the world. Bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values, the award builds on the previously named R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award to reflect the global nature of the industry and recognize the collective contributions of the many as well as individuals.

DeFife has been a driving force in the global label industry for almost 40 years, with a focus throughout his career on the development of technical solutions that have revolutionized and grown the pressure-sensitive market – firstly with Avery Dennison and then, for the past 17 years, with Spear and Multi-Color.

During his 20 years with Avery Dennison he led the company’s specialty films division, coming up with new filmic constructions. He subsequently led a global initiative for materials down-gauging at Spear, C-Flex and Multi-Color.

DeFife has also been a long-term pioneer in thin film technology, adding wide-web coating into Spear’s facilities, including major work with the entire supply chain incorporating all the film/paper, adhesive and coating suppliers. He also developed the first plastic bottle recyclable PS label recognized by the APR.

Previous winners of this award include: Alex Knott, of Dow Chemical Company, Professor Tan of PEIAC, Tomas Rink of Ritrama, Helmut Schreiner of Schreiner Group, Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies, and Neil McDonough of FlexCon.

The finalists of the European Converter of the Year Award will be announced in July.

Mike Fairley, founder of the Label Academy and chair of the judges, said: “As the highest accolade within the label and package printing industry, the quality of entries to the Label Industry Global Awards is always extremely high, so drawing up the finalists is no easy process. However, the judging panel agreed that Jim DeFife was the stand-out choice for this year’s R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award, with multiple recommendations from around the world.

“Beyond his technical ability, what also really stood out for us was his ability to gain and retain the respect of the industry throughout his career – from suppliers, his peers, and his customers. What better moment to celebrate his achievements from an incredible 40-year label career than 2019, the 40th anniversary year of Labelexpo. We look forward to honoring him and all our winners in person at a very special awards ceremony in Brussels in September, at which we will also be celebrating Labelexpo’s important milestone.”

The other members of the judging panel for this year’s awards were: James Quirk, group managing editor, Labels & Labeling; Chris Ellison, president, FINAT; Craig Moreland, past chairman, TLMI; Steve Katz, editor, Label & Narrow Web; and Jean Poncet, editor-in-chief, MP MEDIAS.

All winners and official presentations of the prizes will be announced during the first evening of Labelexpo Europe 2019, 24 September, at a 1,000 capacity gala event hosted at Brussels Expo.
(Avery Dennison Corporation)

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Stora Enso in Finland
 19.06.2019

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Stora Enso in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Stora Enso at its Oulu Mill in Finland. In the project, originally Valmet-supplied paper machine PM 7, which is currently producing fine papers, will be rebuilt to produce high-quality virgin-fiber-based kraftliner grades.

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

Photo: Happy faces after shaking hands after the deal (from left): Teemu Houhala, Kari Räisänen (both from Valmet), Ari-Pekka Määttänen, Rickard Arnqvist (both from Stora Enso), Jari Vähäpesola (Valmet), Ari Saarnio, Harri Metsärinne (both from Stora Enso), Kirsi Peltola, Marko Oinonen, Pasi Ronkainen (all three from Valmet), Janne Myllykangas (Stora Enso) and Kimmo Kyllönen (Valmet).

The project is part of Stora Enso's investment plan to transform to higher profitability business with grade conversion projects. Oulu Mill will cease to produce wood-free coated papers by the end of 2020. The start-up of the rebuilt PM 7 is scheduled for the end of 2020.

"The conversion of Oulu Mill will enable Stora Enso to further improve its position in the growing packaging business and we are taking a major step forward in our transformation," says Project Director Ari Saarnio from Stora Enso.

"Valmet and Stora Enso have had a long and successful cooperation over the years at all of Stora Enso's mills. Our strong experience in complicated projects and grade conversions is essential for this project. It is also an advantage that the paper machine was originally supplied by Valmet in 1997. It will smoothen the project execution further. The selected technology will enable high end-product quality and production capacity in a sustainable way," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include a new world-class production line for virgin-fiber based kraftliner (both brown and white-top). All the equipment will be delivered with installation.

The 9,000-mm-wide (wire) PM 7 will be producing kraftliner and white top liner grades with a basis weight range of 80-225 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 1,300 m/min. The annual capacity will be 450,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Mondi introduces the first all-in-one customer platform for paper sacks worldwide
 19.06.2019

Mondi introduces the first all-in-one customer platform for paper sacks worldwide   (Company news)

myMondi offers greater customer service and convenience

Customers of Mondi Industrial Bags, the world’s leading industrial paper bags producer, can now enjoy the convenience of 24/7 customer service through the new myMondi web-based platform. It is the first all-in-one digital customer platform available in the paper sack industry worldwide.

Rudy Nouws, Plant Manager, Natural Granen NV / Group Arvesta says, “I am a true fan of the new myMondi system. I can check my stock and order history any time. Sending call-offs works really easily, and you get a confirmation immediately so you know your order is confirmed.”

Mondi is a leading global packaging and paper group, constantly innovating to develop better and more sustainable solutions for its customers. Yet product innovation is only half the story; just as important is to improve processes and offer innovative services. Over the past two years, Mondi’s Industrial Bags team has been developing myMondi while taking into consideration the needs and input of its customers.

The resulting online service will make everyday business easier and more convenient for customers who rely on Mondi paper sacks.

Multitude of features and functions
myMondi provides up-to-date product and stock information, allows customers to place orders and track the order status anytime, anywhere. Once registered on the platform, a simple login is all that’s needed to obtain an ‘at-a-glance’ overview of the account and manage orders in a secure online environment.

Claudio Fedalto, Sales & Marketing Director, Mondi Industrial Bags says, “We believe customers will enjoy the transparency that myMondi provides. They can be sure to have our latest, up-to-date product information and specifications, all of which are available on the platform, as well as the details and control of their individual customer account.”

From their myMondi account dashboard, customers are immediately able to see information about their current stock at Mondi, available products to order, current open orders or claims and the newest product innovations. With just few clicks, they can download reports on their stock management, product information, certificates, and have an overview with a filtering option for their invoices and credit notes.

Moreover, they can reorder their paper sacks anytime quickly and easily, always keeping an eye on their stock for obsolete or aged bags. Orders via the platform immediately reach Mondi’s systems, speeding up the time to delivery. Should a customer wish to submit a claim, myMondi makes it possible to do so online and to check up on its progress any time.

Easy and convenient access
Two primary criteria in the design of myMondi were that it be easy to navigate and efficient to use. The objective was to make it easy for customers to obtain the right paper sacks and information for their business needs in the most timely and efficient way.

In this fast-paced world, customers appreciate being able to quickly access useful information from their account whenever they choose and from any computer, smartphone or tablet device. myMondi is available to customers worldwide in 13 languages.

Claudio Fedalto, Sales & Marketing Director, Mondi Industrial Bags, says, “Naturally our salespeople continue to welcome direct contact from customers and are happy to answer any questions and handle orders as before. myMondi simply gives our customers an additional channel for high-quality service – one that is easy to access and available round the clock.”

Customers already using myMondi appreciate its speed and ease of use:
“We all were very impressed by the platform and its capabilities. We look forward to exploring using the platform as we move forward in time.” John Fitzgerald, Purchasing Manager, Lakeland

“The myMondi system looks really nice and is very user friendly. I can access the correct data any time, so getting my reports works really efficiently and I save a lot of time at work.” Peter Van Den Langenbergh, Production Manager, Beduco NV
(Mondi Bags Austria GmbH)

Nomo launches 'KIZEI' the first metallic shielded spherical roller bearing on the market
 19.06.2019

Nomo launches 'KIZEI' the first metallic shielded spherical roller bearing on the market  (Company news)

Nomo, a technical solution provider within bearings, transmissions and seals, launches in collaboration with NTN-SNR "KIZEI", the obvious solution for customers using open spherical roller bearings in tough conditions. The metallic shield on the bearing keeps the solid external contamination away, which significantly increases the service life and requires considerably fewer service stops.

An innovation based on field analyzes
After thorough analyzes of open spherical roller bearings, it was found that the most common reasons for shortened lifetime are dirt penetrating the bearing or that the bearing does not retain the lubricant between the lubrication occasions.

There are rubber-sealed spherical roller bearings on the market, but they have their limitations in not being able to manage the same speed limitations, not being equally heat-resistant, and that they don’t keep the ISO dimensions regarding the width of the bearing

KIZEI can withstand the same loads as unsealed spherical roller bearings and is thus 100% replaceable to a corresponding open bearing. Because the KIZEI meets the ISO standard, it has the same dimensions as a conventional spherical roller bearing. Temperature range is -40 ° C to + 200 ° C

- "KIZEI will give our customers in, for example, the mining, sawing and steel industry a much better overall economy through longer operating lifetime, less unplanned downtime and fewwr service stops. We also get a positive environmental impact as the customer consumes considerably less lubricants and also the lifetime of the bearings is extended”, says Göran Nyberg, Product Manager for Rolling Bearings at Nomo.
(Nomo Kullager AB)

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen: Personnel change in the Management Board
 19.06.2019

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen: Personnel change in the Management Board  (Company news)

In its meeting, the Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has consented to the amicable termination of the board position of the company's long-time CFO, Mr. Dirk Kaliebe (photo), as of 30 September 2019. Kaliebe had informed the Supervisory Board that he was not seeking to renew his current contract, which expires in the calendar year 2021.

Kaliebe (53) has been a member of the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG since 2006 and is responsible for Finances and Financial Services. "It was with great regret that we learned of Mr. Kaliebe's decision," said Supervisory Board Chairman Dr. Siegfried Jaschinski. At the same time, he expressed his greatest appreciation for Kaliebe's successful work, including the restructuring necessary due to the financial crisis and the various refinancing measures in recent years for the realignment of the capital structure and Heidelberg's reorientation as a digital enterprise.

Following a sabbatical, Kaliebe intends to open up a new chapter in his professional life dedicating himself to new entrepreneurial challenges.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Segezha Group announces IFRS results for Q1 2019
 19.06.2019

Segezha Group announces IFRS results for Q1 2019  (Company news)

Segezha Group, a leading Russian vertically integrated forest holding with a with a full cycle of logging and advanced wood processing, and a Sistema (LSE:SSA; MOEX:AFKS) company, announces its unaudited consolidated financial results in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)1 for the first quarter of 2019.

1Q 2019 financial highlights
-Revenue in rouble terms grew by 19.4% year-on-year to RUB 14.5 billion.
-OIBDA rose by 82.4% year-on-year to RUB 4.0 billion. The OIBDA margin was 27.4%.

Mikhail Shamolin (photo), President and Chairman of the Management Board of Segezha Group, said,:
"In the first quarter of 2019 Segezha Group delivered a record OIBDA margin of 27.4%, which is among the highest in the industry globally. This was due to OIBDA growth of 82.4% YoY and a reduction in costs across the Group.

“The Group's revenue rose by 19.4% year-on-year, while costs were down by 6.4%. We have managed to keep our production costs flat year-on-year despite rising raw material prices and pressure from other external factors. Our overall performance is in large part a result of taken measures to increase high margin paper types’ share in our product portfolio and improvements in the sales structure including traders’ commissions decrease and transition to an open-book contracts in sales of paper and packaging. Revenue growth was also driven by a surge in plywood sales following the commissioning of a new production line in July 2018. A key factor in holding down production costs was a reduction in costs for fuel oil and electric power as a result of the launch of a multi-fuel boiler at Segezha Pulp & Paper Mill that utilises bark waste as an alternative to costly fuel oil, as well as improvements in the energy efficiency of specific companies across the Group.

“The strong results meant we were able to bring the net debt/OIBDA ratio down to 2.5x from 4.4x in Q1 2018, when the business was going through an active investments phase.

“We spent the quarter closely scrutinising new investment projects. A new modernisation programme – dubbed Segezha West – is designed to boost production capacity to 850,000 t a year and to broaden the product portfolio. In addition to the brown paper that we already produce, we also plan to start making white paper and bleached pulp (from both hard and softwood). Stage 1 of the programme is scheduled for 2019. Another investment project with great potential is Segezha East, which focuses on a new biotech complex to be built in the Siberian town of Lesosibirsk. The plant will leverage the latest technology to produce 0.7 to 1.0 million t of pulp a year. We see strong potential in the pulp market due to rising demand from producers of paper packaging and sanitary paper, as well as e-commerce operators."

Revenue in Q1 2019 increased by 19.4% to RUB 14.5bn. Most of the revenue growth was generated by the Paper & Packaging segment, which accounts for 60% of total sales. The increase in paper revenue was the result of changes in pricing policy in Paper & Packaging segment. Revenue growth was also driven by an increase in plywood sales following the commissioning of a new manufacturing plant in the Kirov region in July 2018.
OIBDA growth was mostly due to increase of high margin products share in our portfolio and improvements in the sales structure, in addition to contained opex growth. All this led to a historical record high OIBDA margin of 27.4%.

Net profit increased following operating income as well as due to favourable FX trends.
Capex totalled RUB 1.5 bn, mostly on scheduled machinery maintenance.
(Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill JSC)

Labelexpo to present most extensive educational schedule to date
 19.06.2019

Labelexpo to present most extensive educational schedule to date  (Company news)

Visitors to the 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe, the world’s biggest label and package printing industry trade show, will be able to deepen their technical knowledge of flexible packaging and self-adhesive labels with the introduction of dedicated expert-led master classes and a workshop. These bring the number of in-depth technical learning programs to four - the show’s most extensive educational schedule to date.

Led by the Label Academy, the industry’s global training one-stop shop, the new master class and workshop will run simultaneously as half-day sessions on Thursday 26 September, from 9am. The new Flexible Packaging master class will be hosted by Label Academy founder Mike Fairley alongside other leading experts and aims to equip label converters looking to enter or expand their production into flexible packaging with the essential technical knowledge required. This includes substrates, design and origination, printing and converting. Participants will learn how ink components interact with drying and curing technologies, and with packaging line demands. Current legislation, including ink migration, will also be addressed.

The new Self-Adhesive Label Materials workshop will be hosted by Labelexpo’s strategic director Andy Thomas-Emans, alongside other experts in the field of self-adhesive label substrates. Participants will learn how self-adhesive laminates are made; the importance of materials and the need for different adhesives; why different laminate constructions are needed, their usage and how to identify them; and use of different self-adhesive test methods. The workshop also provides an insight into the correct methods for handling and storage of unprinted and printed laminates, and management of material waste.

Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, said: “We are delighted to offer our most extensive educational schedule yet, with the addition of two new expert-led programs at Labelexpo Europe’s 40th anniversary edition. The show is known for being the place where visitors can top up their in-depth knowledge of the latest technical developments driving progress and see it in action on site.

“Flexible packaging has an annual global rate of around five percent - one of the highest across all printing sectors. The dedicated master class will give label converters a valuable insight into its potential, and they can build on this knowledge by watching live digital and flexo press line demonstrations in the Flexible Packaging Arena. Self-adhesive labels continue to be Europe’s dominant label technology, so it’s vital that those involved in label production keep their knowledge fresh and relevant by taking advantage of this specialist workshop.”

A host of high-profile specialists are lined up to present at the learning programs. They include Alex Knott, senior technical service and development scientist at Dow Chemical Company and winner of the 2018 Label Industry Global Award for individual achievement, who will present on release liner substrates, and Christopher Ellison, FINAT president and managing director of OPM (Labels and Packaging) Group, who will be among the presenters at the Flexible Packaging master class.

Back by popular demand are two more master classes taking place at Labelexpo Europe 2019: Digital Label and Package Printing, and Inks, Coatings & Varnishes. Both will run on 27 September. The digital printing master class will be hosted by Mike Fairley and leading experts from the fields of materials, pre-press printing and finishing technology. The inks and coatings master class is led by Andy Thomas-Emans and offers participants the opportunity to learn how inks, top and barrier coatings, primers and varnishes are being adapted and applied to modern narrow-web converting operations.

Places on the master classes cost €695 (including the relevant Label Academy text book), while workshop places are €595. In either case, bookings include refreshments and lunch. Places are limited, so early booking is encouraged.
(Tarsus Group Limited)

Sappi Lanaken PM8 successful start-up after rebuild
 18.06.2019

Sappi Lanaken PM8 successful start-up after rebuild  (Company news)

Sappi’s Lanaken mill (photo) in Belgium has recently undergone a two month long rebuild on its PM8. As of June, 12th 2019 the PM now has the ability to produce woodfree coated paper in addition to light weight coated paper.

After a scheduled ramp-up and optimization this widened product capacity will provide excellent flexibility. Sappi will use this flexibility to meet the market demands.
(Sappi Lanaken N.V.)

Tieto and Valmet co-operate to enhance fuel supply chain management and transparency ...
 18.06.2019

Tieto and Valmet co-operate to enhance fuel supply chain management and transparency ...   (Company news)

...for energy producers

Tieto and Valmet have begun a cooperation to support energy producers in utilizing new digitalisation technologies to enhance fuel supply chain management and transparency.

One of Tieto’s most recent developments with other forest industry companies is a service called Forest Hub. This service provides an interface for energy producers, such as power plants who want to buy and share information easier with biofuel suppliers and logistics companies.

Valmet’s DNA Fuel Chain Management application complements the Forest Hub service by providing fuel related data that enables all partners within the Forest Hub service to comply with the Finnish Energy Authorities’ new directive to verify the origin of biofuel. Valmet offers fuel reporting for power plants and their fuel suppliers through Valmet’s cloud-based Industrial Internet applications. Centralized fuel reporting utilizes fuel analysis data from the power plant and fuel supplier data that is received through Forest Hub.

With the help of the Forest Hub service and the Valmet DNA Fuel Chain Management solution, power plants can send and receive information to and from all service and fuel providers. The combined service provides information about upcoming fuel load deliveries, ensuring faster and more effective reception proceedings with fewer possibilities for mistakes. The load-specific measuring information sent back to the supplier enables quick and continuous delivery quality control and further process improvements.

The wood and fibre supply chain is multidimensional, with a large number of business transactions being processed between different organizations. With the help of Tieto Forest Hub, all parties can exchange relevant business information. The real-time digital communication between partners also reduces manual errors and improves data security. The ecosystem service makes operational planning easier throughout. Furthermore, the service automatically monitors data transmissions and provides support services to ensure the continuity of business operations.

“Through this co-operation, Valmet strengthens its Industrial Internet offering for the fuel management processes of power plants. The Tieto Forest Hub service complements Valmet’s cloud-technology-based DNA Fuel Chain Management solution, which enables efficient and transparent fuel logistic planning, from forest to gate,” says Janne Koivuniemi, Senior Product Manager, Valmet.

"The co-operation with Valmet marks a break into a new branch segment for Tieto Forest Hub. We are excited to be able to further help our customers and their partners in the energy sector to fully utilise the possibilities that digitalisation has to offer, and to support their business activities with a solution that instantly offers advantages,” says Jaakko Kuusisaari, Director, Tieto's Wood & Fibre solutions.

Tieto Forest Hub is based on the Business Information Exchange (BIX), which is a cloud service for B2B integration. Tieto BIX currently covers 1,500 direct customers, 28 sales partners and exchanges close to 500 million transactions annually.
(Tieto Finland Oy)

Edelmann Group announces Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press now in commercial production
 18.06.2019

Edelmann Group announces Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press now in commercial production   (Company news)

Edelmann Group and Landa Digital Printing announced that 60 leading converters and printers from around the world attended an open house at Edelmann’s Heidenheim facility, to see Europe’s first Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press producing commercial jobs at 6,500 B1/41 in. sheets per hour.

Visitors heard how the Landa S10 perfectly complements Edelmann’s offset technology, and how its brand customers now request its new Nanographic Printing® capability because of the freedom it offers – to order what they want, when they want it – all with high and consistent print quality.

“In the print and packaging world, everyone is clamoring to know if our Landa S10 is running as expected. We repeatedly get asked if print quality is good and if we’re running seven colors. They also ask if we’re achieving 6,500 B1/41 in. sheets per hour and if we’re able to produce commercial jobs,” comments Oliver Bruns, CEO, Edelmann Group. “The simple answer to all of that is, yes of course. The Landa S10 is built to be a full production machine, 24/7. The colors are brilliant and vibrant - so intense and lively. I haven’t seen any other technology that comes close.”

“Before installing the Landa S10, we were limited in the solutions we could offer our customers. B1/41 in. digital printing with seven colors and at 6,500 sheets per hour has eliminated these previous constraints. The S10 installation has been a great success, and we now expect to be out of beta in a matter of weeks,” confirmed Bruns.

Specializing in packaging solutions for health care, beauty care and consumer brands, the Edelmann Group has operations in nine countries, spanning Europe, Asia, North and South America. Employing more than 3,000 people and with sales of over 300 million euros, Edelmann produces over 5.6 billion packages and leaflets per year. In meeting the environmental demands of some of the world’s most exacting blue-chip brands, sustainability initiatives are also a top priority for the company.

Speaking at the open house, Oliver Bruns also confirmed that partnering with Landa was the best decision for their business. “This is not just a supplier-customer relationship, it’s far more. I love the color from our S10, but crucially, the Landa technology allows us to get a good ROI and that’s just as essential. High speed and great efficiency enable us to earn money with the press.” said Bruns.

Yishai Amir, CEO, Landa Digital Printing, comments: “We are obviously thrilled with the success of the Landa S10 at Edelmann, and we are looking forward to moving them out of beta within weeks. This success echoes our own business progress, on all fronts. With a continued ramp-up of production and go-to-market operations, we will have presses installed and printing across three continents by the end of 2019.”
(Landa Digital Printing)

Christiansen Print achieves new excellence in CI flexo printing with SteppedHex
 18.06.2019

Christiansen Print achieves new excellence in CI flexo printing with SteppedHex  (Company news)

Zecher´s longstanding customer Christiansen Print was more than convinced by the SteppedHex engraving: Boosting efficiency and saving costs while at the same time optimizing print quality. With the extensive use of the SteppedHex engraving technology, the packaging manufacturer from Ilsenburg stands out as a pioneer in the industry.

Christiansen Print is highly regarded as a leading company in the European Preprint market for superior quality printed corrugated cardboard packaging. Driven by the pursuit of excellent solutions, the company ventured a technological system change in central cylinder flexo printing and, with Zecher SteppedHex anilox rollers, implemented a new standard for the future.

With conventional hexagonal 60° engraving, Christiansen Print had to in parts print "linework" or "screen" separately, making it necessary to change anilox rollers in order to cater for different applications. With the Zecher SteppedHex engraving things have changed. This special engraving is characterized by a unique and in particular offset arranged cell geometry. Based on the known 60° angle, it consists of a combination of three consecutive conventional cells and allows for the combination of previously separate printing plates. Thanks to this clever cell geometry,
Christiansen Print has succeeded in simultaneously printing "linework" and "screen" with one and the same anilox roller. Where before three different screen rulings were necessary, they can now be combined in just one specification.

By reducing specifications, the company achieved an entirely new process
standardization. "We now benefit from less anilox rollers in use, fewer change-overs and less transport, a firm assignment of inking units and the reduction of set-up times and washing cycles. SteppedHex anilox rollers save us valuable time and in addition, reduce our costs," reports Björn Vorlop, project manager at Christiansen Print. At the same time, the higher 460 L/cm resolution of the SteppedHex engraving achieves a substantial improvement in halftone print quality.

Furthermore, ink consumption is minimized, as this anilox engraving also supports a better and more consistent emptying of the cells. Christiansen Print were able to significantly reduce their ink consumption compared to the previous year and inherently, to reduce costs. Thanks to the Zecher SteppedHex engraving, they also benefit from a particularly homogeneous ink transfer, a smooth doctor blade movement and easy and optimized cleaning of the anilox rollers after use.

Due to their comprehensive switch to Zecher SteppedHex engraved anilox rollers, Christiansen Print achieved an overall performance optimization in CI flexo printing.
(Zecher GmbH)

TRESU appoints B2Print as agents for its flexo ancillary and machine systems in Russia and the CIS
 18.06.2019

TRESU appoints B2Print as agents for its flexo ancillary and machine systems in Russia and the CIS   (Company news)

TRESU, global provider of flexographic machine and ancillary equipment and drying systems, has appointed B2Print, based in Moscow, as agents to support the company’s growing customer base of packaging converters in the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Founded in 2006, B2Print represents several market leading machine, equipment and materials suppliers to the folding carton, corrugated, flexible packaging and label converting industries, including Grafotronik, Durst, MacDermid, Sandon Global and Ruco. With a team of in-house certified engineers, an expanding technical sales team and a logistics department, B2Print offers full support, including installation, application advice and troubleshooting.

Steen Rasmussen, area sales manager, TRESU Group, comments: “Increasingly, converters across Russia and the CIS are realising the significance of automated, enclosed ink supply and chamber systems for optimising machine uptime, quality consistency and waste reduction in flexo printing. The appointment of B2Print as official TRESU agents in the region makes us well-placed to meet this growing demand.

“B2Print’s strong presence in the narrow-web market means they have a high level of flexographic and installation know-how. This gives us a perfect regional base to provide a responsive, comprehensive service in the local language, along with the high levels of support that our customers elsewhere are accustomed to.”

Sergey Kuzin, general manager and founder of B2Print, comments: “There is a steady growth in flexo printing in Russia, especially in response to increasing demand for carton and flexible packaging. TRESU ancillary systems enhance press performance because of their stability, predictable results and ability to significantly cut setup times. We are already experiencing strong interest in installations on new presses, and in retrofitting programmes to bring older machines with traditional ‘open chamber’ inking systems to the latest global performance standards.”
B2Print will be introducing TRESU’s complete ancillary programme to the CIS markets at Printech 2019, an exhibition of printing technology, taking place within the RosUpack 2019 packaging trade fair, at Crocus Expo, Moscow, 18 – 21 June (stand number: A455, Hall 13, Pavilion 3.)

TRESU’s ink supply systems and chamber doctor blades provide a complete solution for automatically supplying ink and coating media to the press, enabling clean, consistent print results, with improved uptime, reduced waste, faster printing speeds and minimal manual input.

The F10 iCon ink supply system provides stable and controlled ink circulation, by maintaining precise flow, pressure and viscosity levels at predetermined values. The system provides significant material and time savings by automatically returning remaining ink to the bucket at the end of the production run, and thorough, simultaneous chamber cleaning in a matter of minutes.

TRESU’s chamber doctor blades, engineered for optimal performance, ink consumption and ink preservation in an enclosed environment, are available with carbon fibre or ceramic surfaces for corrosion-resistance and effective automatic cleaning. Patented seals prevent foaming, ink contamination and leakage, while enabling uniform, accurate ink transfer at high printing speeds. For wide web applications (1600mm to 6000mm / 63in to 236.22in) the carbon fibre MaxiPrint Concept features an integrated nozzle with a water-shot mechanism, allowing efficient chamber and anilox roll cleaning. Other TRESU chamber doctor blades include the SAVEink chamber for narrow web and FlexiPrint Easy chamber for flexible packaging applications.
The highlight of TRESU’s machine offering is its Flexo Innovator press, for high-value paperboard packaging applications, combining outstanding print quality, high output, fast job changes, sustainable printing and ergonomic design.

Available in several widths between 670mm and 1700mm (26.38in to 66.92in), the Flexo Innovator is a custom-configured multi-process, inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates.

TRESU also specialises in custom-designed retrofittable flexographic units, for integrated coating, printing and gluing on commercial printing, packaging and industrial converting lines. They are designed to apply coating media, ink, silicone and glue to a wide range of papers, plastics and nonwoven substrates. Examples include applying fire-retardant barriers to cigarette paper, anti-slip coating to baking paper, logos and patterns to detergent pouches and nonwoven sanitary napkins, high-quality graphics to wallpaper, and glue for direct-mail newspapers.
(Tresu A/S)

Handgards Inc. reports positive results with PCMC's Meridian laser anilox cleaner
 18.06.2019

Handgards Inc. reports positive results with PCMC's Meridian laser anilox cleaner  (Company news)

The Meridian has improved print consistency and ink densities

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, is pleased to announce that Handgards Inc., an industry leader in food service disposables located in El Paso, Texas, has installed a Meridian laser anilox cleaner with positive results.

“The Meridian laser anilox cleaner has helped us clean our anilox rolls much more efficiently to achieve better color matching,” commented Brian Bain, Vice President of Manufacturing at Handgards Inc. “With the Meridian laser anilox cleaner, rolls are cleaned to near full volume minus wear, which has helped us maintain more consistent printing. After one year of use, we have seen stronger and very consistent ink densities throughout our production runs.”

The Meridian deep cleans the anilox cells without damaging them, using a powerful laser that vaporizes deposited particles inside of the cells. It deeply cleans chrome and ceramic rolls of any line screen without causing surface wear. The result is a superior clean, improved print quality and a longer life for anilox rolls.

A worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of inline and CI presses, PCMC also offers customers superior quality and exemplary service.
“The decision to buy from PCMC was an easy choice to make,” said Bain. “The Meridian has a proven design and a good track record that is backed by PCMC’s superior service, plus the Meridian is built and serviced in the United States.”

“I’m thrilled that Handgards has had such exceptional results with the company’s new Meridian laser anilox cleaner,” said Rich Stratz, Strategic Accounts Sales Manager-Printing. “The Meridian is a great complement for that facility.”
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

FachPack: Special show 'Enviromentally friendly premium packaging'
 18.06.2019

FachPack: Special show 'Enviromentally friendly premium packaging'  (Company news)

During FachPack 2019, NürnbergMesse and bayern design will present the special show Environmentally-Friendly Packaging in the Premium Sector in hall 8. The exhibition will illustrate how packaging design enables sustainable packaging design through conception, realization and other different approaches.

The packaging industry is developing, thanks to the public interests innovative ideas and concepts for packaging, demonstrating new opportunities and ways to accommodate the trend and the dynamics of sustainable packaging. This creates new forward-looking and creative designs that inspire visitors.

The exhibits are divided into five categories, which provide an overview of different approaches to Environmentally-Friendly Packaging in the Premium Sector. They aim to show how a successful brand identity, first-rate design and sustainable packaging can help to achieve harmony. The curated exhibition will follow these five guiding themes:
-Recycling packaging
-Resource-saving materials
-Reusable packaging and systems
-New) environmentally-friendly processes
-Design as added value

The presented innovations describe new trends and impulses from the packaging industry and are divided into the areas material, value, processes and idea creator.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Accrol Group Holdings plc: TRADING UPDATE AND NOTICE OF RESULTS
 17.06.2019

Accrol Group Holdings plc: TRADING UPDATE AND NOTICE OF RESULTS  (Company news)

The Board of Accrol is pleased to announce the following trading update ahead of its results for the full year ended 30 April 2019 ("FY19"), which will be announced on 3 September 2019.

Following the conclusion of the restructuring, the Group performed well in Q4 and in line with the management's strategic turnaround objectives, achieving and maintaining acceptable levels of monthly profitability on an Adjusted EBITDA level.

Total revenues in FY19 were c.£119 million, broadly unchanged on a like for like basis against the prior year, as the Group exited a number of low margin contracts. Sales in the Group's core toilet roll product, however, increased by c.12% year on year to c.£85 million from £76 million in FY18. Adjusted EBITDA was c.£1 million, representing a c.£7 million improvement on the prior year despite the substantial impact of FX and material cost headwinds which increased by an estimated c.£10 million. Adjusted loss before tax is expected to be in the range of £2.5 million to £3.0 million. Exceptional costs, primarily associated with the turnaround process, are expected to be in the range of £7.5 million to £8.0 million. Net debt was reduced faster than anticipated, finishing the year at c.£27.1 million, c.£2.5 million lower than the previously anticipated level of c.£29.6 million, ensuring that the Group comfortably fulfilled on its banking commitments.

Dan Wright (photo), Chairman of Accrol, said:
"I am very pleased to report that we finished FY19 in a much stronger position, following the conclusion of a transformational restructuring, and that the new financial year has started well. The Group is now enjoying the full benefits of the structural cost savings achieved in FY19, achieving an acceptable level of margin for a business of its type. Our management team is confident of delivering further profitable revenue growth and creating new exciting opportunities for the Group. I look forward to reporting further details of our progress when we announce the Final Results in September."
(Accrol Papers Ltd)

Cascades northbox® wins a Ruby Award for innovation of the year in the confectionery industry
 17.06.2019

Cascades northbox® wins a Ruby Award for innovation of the year in the confectionery industry  (Company news)

Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in ecological recycling, packaging and hygiene solutions, is proud to have won the Ruby Award for innovation of the year in the confectionery industry thanks to its recyclable and insulating container northbox®.

Each year, the Ruby Awards recognize a product in the confectionery market that is a break-through innovation that helps advance the industry. This award is presented by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) during the Sweets & Snacks Expo, this year held in Chicago .

With the rise of e-commerce, there is an urgent need to reduce the environmental footprint of the thermal packaging used by the confectionery industry. Packaging is now an integral part of the brand experience, and the new generation of buyers understands its impact on the environment. Cascades is proud to be part of the solution with its isothermal container northbox® made of 100% recycled cardboard, which was designed to be recycled at the end of its life: a first for North America .

"Our most recent innovation, the northbox® level 2 insulator, is perfectly suited to parcel delivery of temperature-sensitive products during the summer season. We are delighted to offer the confectionery industry a recyclable alternative that preserves the freshness and integrity of their products during transport. We are very proud to have received this award," said Luc Langevin, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cascades Specialty Products Group.
(Cascades Inc.)

First GEOMAN e:line in operation
 17.06.2019

First GEOMAN e:line in operation  (Company news)

The Siegener Zeitung – founded in 1823 – is the first publishing house to start production with the new GEOMAN e:line. The press was designed to the individual needs and economics of the newspaper house. With numerous configurations available, the GEOMAN e:line can be upgraded and retrofitted at a later stage. This allows manroland Goss to offer its customers long-term, flexible and future-proof solutions.

Picture: The GEOMAN e:line newspaper press from manroland Goss.

The new GEOMAN e:line series was developed with a special focus on profitability: Short make-ready times and efficient inline control systems for automated quality control during production make the press ideal for medium-sized printing houses like Siegener Zeitung. Furthermore the GEOMAN e:line is characterized by low overall investment costs and low operating expenses during its long lifespan.

With its high-quality coldset inking units and folding performance, the GEOMAN e:line stands for excellent production quality and reliability. The cylinder arrangement of the press enables parallel upgrading, high speed, and uncompromising printing quality with low start-up waste. The IDCµ ink density control system from manroland Goss, especially developed for newspaper presses, ensures consistently superior production, with low waste and long-term consistency for operating personnel.

Besides an attractive price-to-performance ratio, the GEOMAN e:line’s customized equipment configuration is of paramount value to The Siegener Zeitung. Having a flexible printing press that can meet all requirements is particularly important, especially when producing 4 local editions 6 days a week with a daily circulation of up to 50,000 copies. The newspapers Siegerländer and Sauerländer Wochenanzeiger run twice a week from the operation at The Siegener Zeitung, with a total weekly circulation of 370,000 copies. Additionally, the publication and printing of 5 telephone books and the production of various brochure supplements (some in special formats such as Super-Panorama) create a demand for format flexibility.

”Thanks to the high performance of the GEOMAN e:line, production with two sections is now much more economical with only one section. In addition to excellent printing quality, customers can also benefit from advantages such as energy savings and minimal waste with the e:line," explains Wolfgang Hiesinger – Product Manager at manroland Goss.

The addition of the first GEOMAN e:line to Sigener Zeitung creates the opportunity for manroland Goss to become a reliable partner, offering the Company’s full range of technological advances in efficiencies, production flexibility, and scalability for future needs in newspaper printing.
(manroland Goss web systems)

AF&PA Announces Heidi Brock as New President & CEO
 17.06.2019

AF&PA Announces Heidi Brock as New President & CEO  (Company news)

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that Heidi Brock (photo), President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Aluminum Association, will join AF&PA as its new President and CEO. Brock is succeeding Donna Harman, who announced her intention to retire earlier this year after 12 years serving as AF&PA’s President and CEO.

“I look forward to leading the American Forest and Paper Association, a notable manufacturing trade association representing an industry that is unquestionably committed to significant sustainability goals and targets,” Brock said. “I am excited to return to the industry at a time when the association will be updating its outstanding work ‘Better Practices, Better Planet 2020’, developed under Donna Harman’s leadership. This work is one of the most extensive sets of sustainability goals established for a U.S. manufacturing industry. In addition, I look forward to working with the highly regarded team at AF&PA on its robust public policy agenda – an agenda that will clearly strengthen the manufacturing success of its member companies and the communities in which they operate.”

Brock will bring to AF&PA extensive experience, serving as the CEO of a prominent manufacturing association for almost eight years and having worked for nearly 20 years as a senior executive for one of the paper and wood products industry’s largest companies. Under Brock's leadership, the Aluminum Association strengthened its advocacy mission and role as the key policy voice for the aluminum value chain in the U.S. The organization launched the Aluminum PAC, collaborated with Congress on the creation of the Aluminum Caucus and significantly increased the engagement of member companies with government stakeholders. In addition, the association recently led two significant and successful trade enforcement cases for the industry while also achieving record membership levels.

Before joining the Aluminum Association in 2011, Brock served as Vice-President of Federal and International Affairs for Weyerhaeuser, where she was an active member on AF&PA committees. During Brock’s 18 years at Weyerhaeuser, she worked as vice-president for e-business, director of strategic planning and manager for government affairs. Brock sits on the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and ASAE Foundation Boards of Directors, the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, as well as the Board for DC Central Kitchen. In 2018, she was awarded the CMA Leadership Award to recognize her work to promote sustainability and manufacturing while chairing the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations.

“On behalf of the AF&PA board, I am very pleased to welcome Heidi back to the paper and wood products industry and to the helm of AF&PA,” said Greif CEO and AF&PA Board Chair Pete Watson. “Her extensive industry and public policy advocacy experience make her the ideal person to lead our industry into the future. Heidi has demonstrated association leadership and achieved significant public policy outcomes for the manufacturing sector during her career. I know she will build on the legacy of successful fact-based advocacy of Donna and the entire AF&PA team.”

“Heidi is a consummate professional and an extraordinary leader,” Watson continued. “I know she will help AF&PA staff and members continue to speak with one voice to achieve successful outcomes in the federal, state and local policy realms. Her knowledge of the industry’s commitment to sustainability initiatives and her leadership skills will help the industry build on its solid foundation and bring new ideas forward to address important issues well into the future.”
(American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) )

Foxy launches two innovations on the French market
 17.06.2019

Foxy launches two innovations on the French market  (Company news)

Foxy Cotton (photo) is a 5-ply toilet paper, enriched with cotton fibres, giving it a unique touch of softness. With its large sheets featuring central embossing, you only need to use one sheet at a time.

Foxy Tornado is the first 3-ply jumbo roll ever on the French market. Strong and absorbent, it is perfect for multiple purposes: on windows, in the garden, as well as in the kitchen, because it is food-grade tested (like all Foxy kitchen rolls).
(ICT France (SA))

Elimination of 50% of plastic from supermarket shelves by 2030 - Sofidel starts with paper packaging
 14.06.2019

Elimination of 50% of plastic from supermarket shelves by 2030 - Sofidel starts with paper packaging  (Company news)

The goal is equivalent to eliminate more than 11,000 tonnes plastic
onto the market every year.

Sofidel, one of the global leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, particularly well-known for its Regina brand, is taking another step forward in its sustainable development strategy.

Photo: Rotoloni Regina Eco

The Group has set itself the goal of achieving a 50% reduction in the use of conventional plastic in its production by 2030 (compared to 2013), which is equivalent to the elimination of over 11,000 tonnes of plastic released onto the market every year.
A goal pursued with a general reduction in the thickness of the plastic film used in the production process (launched some years ago), the introduction of new kraft paper packaging, which is already present or due to arrive on European distribution shelves, and the progressive use, on some markets, of recycled plastics or bioplastics.

“This is a consistent and responsible choice by Sofidel,” declares Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel. “A commitment that falls within a broader product innovation and differentiation strategy that we are pursuing. A new contribution towards fully sustainable development which intends to meet the growing demand for attention to the environment.”

The commitment begins with the Sofidel brands, many of which are leaders on their reference markets. Sofidel undertakes to eliminate the equivalent of 600 tonnes of plastic a year from the product packaging of its main European brands (including Regina, Cosynel, Nalys, Le Trèfle, Sopalin and KittenSoft) by the end of 2020 already. This will be achieved mainly thanks to the introduction of paper packaging in place of or alongside the existing products.

In Italy, the new Rotoloni Regina line, Rotoloni Regina Eco, will be arriving in supermarkets from July. This new line, with packs made of kraft paper – a plant-based material that is renewable, biodegradable and easy to recycle – instead of standard polyethylene film, joins the traditional range and is manufactured using electricity from 100% renewable sources, generated at the Sofidel production plants.
(Sofidel Group)

PMP to deliver Key Technological equipment to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., Ltd ...
 14.06.2019

PMP to deliver Key Technological equipment to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., Ltd ...  (Company news)

...in China

PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has signed a contract for a delivery of Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox (photo), Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press and Intelli-Sizer® Metering Size Press for Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., Ltd. The agreement has been established in April 2019. The items will be implemented on PM10 in Pinghu, Zhejiang, China.

The main goal of the rebuild is by adding the metering size press to increase the strength and paper surface quality, as well as the efficiency to lower the cost. The machine with new PMP key sections will produce kraftliner board with basis weight of 200-320 gsm, design speed of 550 mpm and sheet width on reel 4950 mm.

The New Intelli-Sizer® Metering Size Press with carbon fiber metering heads will ensure the uniform of starch application and dramatically increase the sheet strength and quality, reduce the sheet breaks for better runnability. The change of configuration for press section by adding new Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press with Intelli-DCR® as second press will maximize the amount of water removed from the sheet and optimize machine efficiency. The Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox will replace the current local cushion headbox which helps for better basis weight profile, sheet formation and fiber orientation.

The scope of supply includes design, supply and onsite services. The delivery and start-up is planned in the first quarter of 2020.
(PMPoland S.A.)

Ilim Group signs a contract with Voith to receive the world's largest KLB machine
 14.06.2019

Ilim Group signs a contract with Voith to receive the world's largest KLB machine  (Company news)

Ilim Group has signed a contract with Voith, German machine building company, to supply a XcelLine paper machine.

The machine will be started by the end of 2021 at the new pulp and paperboard mill in Ust-Ilimsk, which is the key project of Ilim’s large-scale investment program aimed to increase production capacities in Siberia and continue business expansion in the growing Chinese market, where Ilim has been operating for more that 23 years.

With an annual output of 600 thousand tons, this KLB machine, custom designed by Voith for Ilim Group, will be the largest in the world in terms of capacity. Its maximum capacity will be 2,150 tons per day. Paper web width on the winder will be 9,400 mm. The machine will produce kraftliner with a basis weight ranging from 80.0 to 175.0 gsm.

In accordance with Ilim’s digitalization strategy, a special focus was placed on high-tech KLB-machine equipment. Voith will equip the machine with in-house designed OnControl system, which will ensure full access to process control and data mining. The KLB machine will be equipped with Quality Scanners and Sensors and Web Break Analysis cameras, which allow to monitor and record web breaks on-line and data storage (including images) for further analysis. The machine will also include two separate BlueLine refining lines for SW and HW pulp. These lines will ensure strict pulp stock composition compliance, which in turn will allow to achieve the highest product quality level.

All equipment and systems of the KLB machine will enable optimized production process and operational efficiency. The equipment will be delivered to Ust-Ilimsk as preassembled Mill Installation Units. The heaviest element of the KLB machine, Nipco-P center rider roll, will weigh 79 tons.
(Ilim Group)

Twin Rivers Paper Company Announces Leadership Transition
 14.06.2019

Twin Rivers Paper Company Announces Leadership Transition  (Company news)

Twin Rivers Paper Company announced that Ken Winterhalter (photo), who currently serves as the Company’s President, has been named Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Winterhalter, who joined the company in 2013, succeeds Robert (“Bob”) Snyder, who has been named Chairman of the Board. These new roles are part of a long-term growth and succession plan established by Twin Rivers’ management.

Mr. Winterhalter has served as Twin Rivers President since 2013. His decades of experience prior to joining the company include serving as President & CEO of National Envelope and President of Unisource.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved at Twin Rivers these past six years thanks to our exceptional team, world-class suppliers and loyal customers,” said Winterhalter. “I am extremely grateful to Bob for his friendship and counsel and look forward to continuing our partnership together in his role as our Board Chair.”

“In recent years, thanks to strategic planning and excellent execution by a superb team across the organization, Twin Rivers has grown from primarily serving the commodities space to becoming an industry leader in technical specialties, lightweight packaging, and products within the label industry,” said Snyder. “With Ken transitioning to his new role as our CEO, I am confident that we will continue to grow and expand in the months and years to come.”

Twin Rivers first opened its doors in the early 1900s with only one dimension lumber mill in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. In 2013, the company was purchased by Atlas Holdings and Blue Wolf Capital Partners. While several paper companies across Maine – and throughout the country – have struggled to meet new challenges and evolve, Twin Rivers continues not only to survive but thrive. Today, Twin Rivers employs over 1,000 associates, owning and operating six paper mills, two pulp mills, a sawmill, and a co-generation plant in the U.S. and Canada.

“Under Bob and Ken, with the support of an extraordinary team of leaders and associates, Twin Rivers has become one of North America’s most nimble, high-quality producers of innovative solutions for premium niche markets in the forest products sector,” said Tim Fazio, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Atlas Holdings. “A typical Atlas-style investment, Twin Rivers has stayed true to its roots, focusing on product quality, workplace safety, strategic growth and community stewardship. We’re thrilled to congratulate both Bob and Ken as they transition to these new positions.”

“The transition of Ken to CEO and Bob to Chairman reflects the successful implementation of a long-term value creation plan put in place by the talented team at Twin Rivers,” said Adam Blumenthal, Managing Partner of Blue Wolf Capital Partners. “Bob and Ken have done terrific work together growing the business and we are grateful to have both on board as we write the next chapter of the Twin Rivers story.”
(Twin Rivers Paper Company)

EcoFishBox enabling sustainable switch for fish packaging companies
 14.06.2019

EcoFishBox enabling sustainable switch for fish packaging companies  (Company news)

Stora Enso’s eco-friendly product for fresh fish packaging, EcoFishBox, continues to gain traction in the Nordic market. The latest company to make the switch from EPS packaging (expanded polystyrene) to EcoFishBox™ is Finnish fish packaging company Tuomaan Kalatukku.

The company, which packages around one thousand tonnes of fish per year, has made the move from plastics to the award-winning corrugated board solution. The driver was to minimise use of fossil-based materials but also to save on storage space and cost.

“The environmental friendliness of the packaging was a key selection criterion for us, along with cost and transport benefits” says Tuomaan Kalatukku’s CEO Jari Tainio. “With a corrugated packaging solution our customers, the fish resellers, can recycle the easily-flattened EcoFishBox along with their waste cardboard, which also saves on waste processing costs.”

“We are pleased to have yet another customer onboard that recognizes the benefits of phasing out less environmental-friendly packaging materials in favour of wood-fibre based products,” says Vesa Penttinen, Business Development Manager, Stora Enso Packaging Solutions. “Our EcoFishBox concept offers the fish industry a cost-effective means to reduce the use of plastics while also ensuring high food hygiene standards.”

The leak-tight EcoFishBox is delivered as flat sheets on a pallet and the boxes are raised by an erecting machine, or by hand, thus facilitating up to an 85% saving on storage space.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

The Technology Inside the KODAK PROSPER Press Pigment Inkjet Inks
 14.06.2019

The Technology Inside the KODAK PROSPER Press Pigment Inkjet Inks   (Company news)

What if you could ... achieve wider color gamut, offer a broader range of substrates for inkjet printing, and have state-of-the art ink development which is environmentally friendly using water-based inks ... all delivered at a reasonable cost?

You can, with aqueous nano-particulate inks and dispersions from Kodak. A pioneer in inkjet technology, Kodak brings years of experience and market-proven expertise to the development and commercialization of nano-particulate inks and dispersions. Kodak formulates, develops and manufactures high-performance inks and dispersions that are ideal across a wide range of processes and applications.

The cutting-edge materials science inside the Kodak PROSPER Press pigmented inkjet inks is just the latest example of over 100 years of researching, inventing, engineering, and manufacturing of imaging materials. Three key interrelated core competencies have been leveraged to produce the world’s most advanced pigment inkjet inks that have been fine tuned for the Kodak PROSPER presses: (a) micromedia milling materials and process engineering, (b) imaging colorant chemistry, and (c) pigment dispersant chemistry. Kodak has brought these technological innovations together to produce the Kodak PROSPER Press pigment inkjet ink set.

In the early 1990’s, when color pigment inkjet inks were first becoming available in the marketplace, they were notoriously problematic for issues such as nozzle clogging, kogation, poor color gamut, and differential gloss. The existing conventional milling technologies, pigment grades, and dispersant technologies were simply inadequate to produce small enough and stable enough pigment dispersions. Fortunately, at Kodak, comminution technologies capable of producing very narrow, sub-100-nm dispersions had already been invented and commercialized for different applications. This milling process, often referred to as “micromedia milling” uses a proprietary polymeric milling media and a proprietary milling process to efficiently grind most pigments to median particle sizes of well under 100 nm.

Producing such ultrafine particle dispersions is one thing but producing them with pigments selected for optimum imaging performance and producing pigment dispersions with extremely high stability toward particle growth or settling, is quite another. This is where Kodak’s rich heritage in producing ultra stable colloids and dispersions for both silver halide imaging and liquid electrophotographic printing, combined with our vast knowledge of imaging colorants, both dyes and pigments, was leveraged to commercialize the first set of reliable, high image quality, and high image stability pigment inks for wide format commercial inkjet applications in the late 1990s. The pigments were carefully selected to (a) maximize color gamut, (b) maximize dispersion stability, and (c) maximize fade resistance. The choice of dispersant is critical to both particle comminution and particle stabilization. Suffice it to say that commercially available dispersants are inadequate for these purposes. At Kodak we have screened literally thousands of commercial and proprietary dispersants, both molecular and polymeric, and in the process, we have found only a few classes of materials that are up to the task.

When comparisons are made with Kodak and other competitive or offset ink sets, several key points are clear. Kodak’s nanoparticulate pigment inks demonstrate proven quality, flexibility and scalability.

Key benefits include the ability to print superior color gamut and tonal scale with less pigment, jetting module improved reliability and efficiency and the ability to customize formulations to enhance specific attributes.
(Kodak GmbH)

ICCA Announces Officers for 2019-2020
 13.06.2019

ICCA Announces Officers for 2019-2020  (Company news)

The International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA) Board of Directors elected officers for the 2019 – 2020 term at their Board of Directors Meeting held May 23, 2019 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Chairman Tom Hassfurther from Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) and Second Vice Chairman Michael Lefave of Kruger Packaging LP will remain in their positions.

Jan Klingele, Chief Executive Officer of Klingele Papierwerke GmbH, was elected to First Vice Chairman.

The next election of officers will occur during the Association’s Board of Directors Meeting in May 2020.
(ICCA International Corrugated Case Association)

Voith Group reports solid position on orders and increased profits in first half of fiscal year
 13.06.2019

Voith Group reports solid position on orders and increased profits in first half of fiscal year  (Company news)

-EBIT increased
-Order intake stable at prior-year level
-Slight increase in sales
-Substantial increase in Hydro's order intake and improvement in Group operating profit
-Satisfactory first half of year overall
-Full-year forecasts confirmed

At the end of the first six months of the current fiscal year 2018/19, the Voith Group remains in strong shape. The operating result has improved significantly year-on-year. Following a difficult prior year, Voith Hydro managed to double its order intake, while Voith Turbo reported an increase in orders received of 7.5 percent. In the Paper Division, order intake returned to appropriate levels following an exceptional, record-breaking previous year.

Overall, in the first six months of the current fiscal year, i.e. from October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the Voith Group received orders for a total volume of EUR 2.29 billion; order inflow was equivalent to the previous year’s level (EUR 2.29 billion). On the reporting date of March 31, 2019, the order backlog was EUR 5.54 billion, which is higher than the level at the end of the previous fiscal year (EUR 5.17 billion).

Voith Group sales increased slightly in the first half of the year to a total of EUR 2.07 billion, up 1.1 percent year-on-year. The operating result (EBIT) was EUR 76 million (prev. EUR 70 million). The operating result was again influenced by the initial investments for Voith Digital Ventures, but as planned, these were lower than in the previous year. At 4.6 percent, the EBIT margin in the company’s core business was slightly lower than the level reported the previous year (5.1 percent).

"On the operating side, the Voith Group continues to be in a strong position. On this basis, we are going to be focusing in the coming months on continuing to implement our planned measures for future profitable growth. In this context, we benefit from the fact that we continue to have solid financial leeway for organic and inorganic growth that we are going to leverage in the coming years. (Dr. Toralf Haag (photo), CEO)

Focus on future technologies and digital services
In the first half of the current financial year, Voith continued its activities to implement its strategy for sustainable, profitable growth, with a continuing focus on developing the system environment for the digital industry. For example, further acquisitions were successfully completed in the reporting period in order to further digitize the portfolio. In January 2019, the Group was able to acquire Swedish company Pilotfish, a leading provider of on-board IT systems and applications for buses, trains and trolley cars. To this end, Voith acquired the controlling majority of shares in Pilotfish and fully consolidated the company. Within the scope of this collaboration, Voith will develop customized cloud-based solutions to improve the availability, reliability, safety and efficiency of vehicles used in public transport.

In April 2019, Voith acquired the controlling majority in TSP OnCare Digital Assets Inc. This company is a market leader for automation services for quality management systems in the North American paper industry and is set to be fully consolidated from the second half of the current fiscal year. Through this purchase, Voith expand its presence in North America in the important automation and digital services market.

Joint venture with the world’s largest rail group CRRC
The Voith Group also undertook another major step towards expanding its global market presence by establishing a joint venture with Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Corporation Limited, the world’s largest manufacturer of rolling stock. Through this joint venture, Voith aims to significantly strengthen its business in the Chinese rail market.
Inconsistent performance in Group Divisions

At EUR 553 million, Voith Hydro Division’s sales were around the previous year’s level (EUR 555 million). At EUR 761 million, order intake could be doubled year-on-year (prev. EUR 380 million), in particular as a result of what is the biggest single order to date in the division’s history, for one of the world’s largest pumped storage plants, Snowy 2.0 in Australia. However, the operating result of EUR 27 million fell short of that for the year prior (EUR 36 million).

Following two years of extraordinarily high investment activity, the paper market returned to its usual state as expected. At EUR 747 million, the order inflow for Voith Paper in the first half of the year under review remained satisfactory; however, it was 37 percent lower than the record-breaking values from the same period in the previous year. Although sales fell by 4.8 percent to EUR 821 million (previous year: EUR 862 million), the EBIT increased to EUR 42 million (previous year: EUR 36 million).

At Voith Turbo, order intake increased by 7.5 percent and sales by 8.7 percent year-on-year in the first half of the fiscal year. As a result of one-time costs, the EBIT fell from EUR 34 million to EUR 26 million.

The young division Voith Digital Ventures was able to double its sales from EUR 14 million in the previous year to EUR 28 million. As a result, the EBIT improved from minus EUR 37 million in the previous year to minus EUR 18 million. As announced, however, the figure was still negative due to costs for R&D in the core platform business and start-up activities.

Outlook: annual forecast confirmed
Upon completion of the first half of the fiscal year, Voith is on track to achieve its full-year targets. Voith continues to expect noticeable growth in order inflow for the entire fiscal 2018/19. In this context, significant growth at Hydro should more than make up for the slowdown in the paper machine market. The Turbo Division is also likely to contribute to growth. A slight increase continues to be forecast for consolidated sales. Through a large number of initiatives and measures, Voith continues to work rigorously on improving its profitability and expects the consolidated EBIT in the entire fiscal 2018/19 to increase on a year-on-year basis. The established core business and the young Digital Ventures Division are set to contribute to the expected improvement in operating result.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

Metsä Board to establish a new Paperboard and Packaging Excellence Centre
 13.06.2019

Metsä Board to establish a new Paperboard and Packaging Excellence Centre  (Company news)

Metsä Board – part of the Metsa Group - is proud to announce that it will establish a Paperboard and Packaging Excellence Centre in Äänekoski, Finland.

The new centre will combine packaging design and R&D excellence under the same roof to be able to boost the development of new paperboard and packaging solutions of the future.

"The new Excellence Centre will enable a wide variety of collaboration, especially in the area of holistic packaging design, throughout the value chain. We will be able to organise packaging design workshops and innovation days together with our customers and partners in order to demonstrate the full potential of our lightweight, fresh fibre paperboards," said Sari Pajari, SVP Sales and Marketing, Metsä Board.

The centre is perfectly situated in a bioeconomy ecosystem which is unique in the world. The site is shared with many businesses including Metsä Group's next-generation bioproduct mill, Metsä Board's board mill, the Pro Nemus visitor centre and a demo plant for Metsä Spring and Japanese Itochu Corporation that will start the production of textile fibres at the end of 2019.

The Excellence Centre will include offices, a laboratory, R&D facilities and a packaging design studio with modern technology, as well as the customer feedback centre. The project will proceed with construction planning starting in the summer with the aim for the centre to be operational in 2020.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

Kelheim Fibres joins CanopyStyle initiative for protection of endangered forests
 13.06.2019

Kelheim Fibres joins CanopyStyle initiative for protection of endangered forests  (Company news)

At the CanopyStyle Brand Summit in Shanghai, the German viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres announced that it is joining the CanopyStyle initiative. The CanopyStyle initiative aims to make sure that no wood from ancient and endangered forests is used for the production of viscose fibres by seamlessly documenting the supply chain. The initiative is actively supported by numerous leading fashion brands, such as H&M, Zara and Levi Strauss.

As a European producer, Kelheim Fibres already meets the requirements of the strict EU Timber Regulation and exclusively uses wood pulp from sustainable forestry with either FSC® or PEFC™ certification. Joining the CanopyStyle initiative is a logical next step which will deliver more transparency to customers and consumers.

„In the past few months, we have looked deeply into the topic of sustainability and have been able to collect data that proves that we lead the industry in many aspects. In future we do not only want to communicate these achievements better but also will increase our efforts to consequently expand our position as the most sustainable viscose fibre manufacturer. Joining the CanopyStyle initiative is a first step and more are to follow!” says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres.
(Kelheim Fibres GmbH)

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