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    Birkner 2017 - NEW: Web database access and book editions at a special price    ( Company news )

    Company news Within a few weeks, the new, completely updated web database and book editions from Birkner 2017 - International PaperWorld, the unique source of information for the international paper industry, will be published.

    With the combination or individual offers fur use of the current database contents in web and book you have all advantages of professional reasearch in the Birkner media available to you.

    • Over 28,000 updated company profiles from 153 countries
    • Location, management, manufacturing, product, brand and service information
    • Detailed multilingual search functions with convenient data export options
    • NEW: Web database access plus preferred online company entry under www.paper-world.com
    • Unique linking of current news with company profiles

    Take advantage of the new low-priced single or combination prices for a successful start in 2017 and just fill out the order form here.
    (Birkner International PaperWorld)
     
    27.03.2017   Kodak SONORA UV Process Free Plate Now Available in Asia, ANZ, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Middle East, and European Markets

    Kodak announced that the KODAK SONORA UV Process Free Plate, the latest addition to the company’s process-free technology portfolio, is now available in many regions of the world.

    SONORA UV Plates expand the capability of Kodak’s process free plate portfolio to an even wider group of print service providers. They are capable of delivering longer run lengths for UV print applications than any other process free plate --up to 30,000 impressions. This allows printers to take advantage of both the environmental and economic benefits of process free plates and the expanded set of opportunities associated with UV technology, including flexibility, high print quality, and faster drying times.

    “As far as we’re concerned, there’s no alternative to Kodak’s process free plates when it comes to UV printing. We simply don't have room for a plate processor, and these plates have the general advantage of less effort and lower costs for plate making as well as more stability,” says Torsten Gröger, Production Director at cre art Die Werbeproduktion in Fulda, Germany. “Thanks to the KODAK SONORA UV Process Free Plate and the extensive capabilities of our press, which is equipped with numerous UV and print enhancement extras, we can produce complex and demanding jobs on any substrate. The level of creativity and quality is very high, and this kind of job would have been technically impossible a few years ago. The SONORA UV Process Free Plate enables significantly longer run lengths with at least twice as many impressions as we get from the SONORA XP Plate.”

    SONORA UV is based on technology used in the popular SONORA XJ Process Free Plate that has been commercially available in Japan since 2016. In the pressroom, SONORA Plates, like the flagship XP version work with your existing press setups and sequences. They are capable of running on sheetfed, heatset web, and commercial coldset presses and can run applications such as commercial print, newspapers, offset packaging, and UV. For packaging printers, the SONORA UV Plates is a very exciting development, as it now meets the rigorous demands of UV print applications increasingly used by today's packaging and commercial printers, but it will also enable printers to take advantage of both the environmental and economic benefits of process free plates.

    “Kodak is committed to investing in R&D that advances the capabilities of print service providers and equips them to offer a wider range of applications and tackle new markets while accomplishing all that in the most environmentally way possible,” said Richard Rindo, GM Worldwide Offset Print and VP Print Systems Division, Kodak. “Over 3000 customers around the world are yielding significant cost and environmental benefits from SONORA and with Kodak manufacturing facilities now located in the USA, Europe, Japan and China, printers across the globe benefit from faster supply, support and customer service.”

    Read more about the many benefits the SONORA Process Free Plates are delivering to printers around the world at the Kodak Blog.
    (Kodak GmbH)
     
    27.03.2017   Welcome to visit the number one event of chemistry and biotechnology    ( Company news )

    Company news ChemBio Finland event offers the most important working days of the year on 29-30 March. The event is the leading forum for the professionals of chemistry and biotechnology. The two-day event is organised at Messukeskus and presents lectures by the Finnish Chemical Societies, bioindustry seminars and an exhibition. ChemBio is the number one event for keeping up-to-date and networking with colleagues.

    The theme this year is responsibility which is tackled from the viewpoints of, for example, sustainable development and circular economy. This year for the first time the event also includes the Nordic Baltic Bioenergy Conference.

    Good reasons for your visit
    -the event gathers the most significant players among the field at a same location
    -thousands of satisfied visitors - over 84 % of the visitors 2015 were satisfied and over 92% will return
    -The seminars give you a look at the future and allows you to expand your knowledge on timely topics
    -the best place for net-working within the field

    Get the latest info – learn something new!
    On Wednesday 29th March visitors learn about viruses as friends and foes and production concepts of industrial biotechnology, just to mention a few. On Thursday 30th March the seminars include biobanks, brain research and CRISPR / Cas9 genome editing: Holy Grail or Doomsday for humankind. The Plaza in the exhibition area also hosts presentations such as Social media and chemistry by Dr. Stuart Cantrill from Nature Journal.

    Clinical chemistry also on display
    The Union of Professionals in Natural, Environmental and Forestry Sciences (Loimu) organises an afternoon for clinical chemistry on Wednesday 29th March. The topics covered include the social and health services reform, legislation stipulating public purchases and managing the changes in the purchase process.
    The lectures held at the same time by the Finnish Chemical Societies and the bioindustry’s seminars are free for all visitors of ChemBio Finland.

    Get ready for Nordic Baltic Bioenergy – Programme highlights!
    The Nordic Baltic Bioenergy Conference gathers companies and experts of bioenergy to Finland. The Bioenergy Association of Finland and Swedish Svebio organise the Nordic Baltic Bioenergy Conference at the same time with ChemBio Finland 29-30 March 2017 at Messukeskus Helsinki. The seminar gives answers to the question of how to replace fossil fuels in a sustainable way.
    (Messukeskus Customer Register)
     
    27.03.2017   Valmet to supply a winder for Shandong Chenming Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply a new winder for Shandong Chenming Paper Ltd. at its Zhanjiang site in Guangdong province, China. The board machine BM 4 producing folding box board (FBB) will be equipped with a new winder to increase winding capacity. The new winder will be started-up in 2018.

    Photo: OptiWin Drum two-drum winder similar to one to be delivered for Chenming

    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of orders of this type and scope is typically around EUR 5-10 million.

    Technical details about the delivery
    Valmet's delivery for BM 4 includes a high-capacity OptiWin Drum two-drum winder. The winder is easy to operate, has excellent web separation and its set changes are reliable and fast.

    "The high-capacity winder with the latest two-drum technologies is designed for the widest and fastest paper and board machines. This is the third winder with same modern sub-floor concept for Shandong Chenming. The customer has been very happy with the previous two. In this winder model, the winding drums are located below floor level and special attention has been paid to the dynamical behavior of the winder ensuring excellent runnability," comments Senior Technology Manager Jaakko Haapanen from Valmet.

    9,620 mm wide (trimmed web width) BM 4 produces folding box board grades with a basis weight range of 175-450 g/m2. The design speed for the winder is 3,000 m/min. The daily production is about 1,670 tonnes.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    27.03.2017   Iggesund's premium paperboard converts to digital luxury packaging at Xeikon Café    ( Company news )

    Company news Live print demonstrations will show high-quality effects of the Invercote and Incada paperboard grades

    Iggesund is a returning partner of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 (www.xeikoncafe.com) 28 to 31 March, presenting their high-end heavyweight substrates that will convert to luxury packaging on a Xeikon digital press. The Invercote and Incada paperboard grades that can transform into packaging, folders, brochures, paperback-covers, greeting cards, labels and tags, will be shown in live print demonstrations and highlighted further on the Iggesund stand.

    Founded in 1685, the Swedish Iggesund Paperboard is the proud maker of Invercote and Incada, two of the world’s leading paperboard brands preferred by some of the most demanding brand owners for their quality, functionality and design versatility. At the Xeikon Café, Iggesund will show how their premium paperboard substrates attract attention in appearance, visual impact, and tactile impression of high-quality digital packaging applications.

    “Xeikon Café attracts highly sophisticated printers, provides a fresh overview of the digital market, and gives suppliers the opportunity to absorb feedback and insights to adapt accordingly,” said Wouter Hendrikse, Regional Manager Benelux, UK and Ireland at Iggesund. “We look forward to educating printers on the range of application possibilities with Invercote and Incada, and how to choose the right paperboard for their high-end digitally printed packaging.”

    First-class paperboard with care for sustainability

    The Invercote and Incada product families have evolved over many years, during which the Iggesund paperboards have been continuously developed to meet the changing needs of packaging and graphical customers. Second-to-none sustainability initiatives in caring for the environment are essential to Iggesund, with their sustainably managed forests and environmentally sound mills.

    Incada is a multi-layered Folding Box Board (FBB) based entirely on virgin fibre of known and traceable origin. Various graphical applications use Incada, such as picture postcards, brochures and book covers, and also for the packaging of cosmetics, health care items, confectionery, pharmaceuticals and tobacco products.

    Also made from pure virgin fibre sourced from sustainably managed Swedish forests, Invercote is a solid bleached board (SBB) and preferred by demanding brand owners for its durability, design versatility, taint and odour neutrality. The Invercote Metalprint mirror-like paperboard with metallised PET laminated to the print side provides excellent conditions for decorative print where a luxurious appeal is required, in applications such as wine & spirits, perfume & cosmetics, toiletries, pharmaceuticals, brochures and confectionery.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    27.03.2017   UPM to sell its hydro power facilities in Schongau and Ettringen to erdgas schwaben    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has signed an agreement on the sale of its hydro power facilities in Schongau and Ettringen, Germany to erdgas schwaben gmbh, a regional energy company, located in Augsburg.

    The sale and purchase agreement is still subject to third party approvals. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction does not have an effect on the employees working at UPM Schongau and UPM Ettringen mills.

    "erdgas schwaben is a deep-rooted energy company in Bavarian Swabia as well as a pioneer in power generation from renewable energy sources. As an integral part of an energy company the hydro power facilities could be better developed and optimized," says Rainer Häring, Director Energy, Western Europe, UPM Paper ENA.
    (UPM Paper ENA)
     
    27.03.2017   Munksjö site in Rottersac, France, receives ISO 22000 Food Safety certification    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced specialty papers announces that its Rottersac production site in France has been awarded ISO 22000:2005 certification by SGS for its Food Safety Management System.

    A large proportion of the technical papers manufactured at the Rottersac mill include products for the food packaging industry. These packaging papers serve various end-use applications in the bakery, confectionery, fresh produce and dairy markets. Examples include baking papers and flexible packaging papers for take-away food, sweets, cheese and
    butter, to name a few.

    As part of the food chain, Munksjö must ensure that its papers are safe for direct food contact. Achievement of ISO 22000:2005 certification by the Rottersac site demonstrates that the management system implemented complies with the most demanding food safety requirements and operates in accordance with best industry practices.

    “Ensuring maximum consumer safety is a primary concern at Munksjö. The Rottersac production site has implemented the HACCP(*) method for effectively controlling food safety. Achievement of the ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety certification is in keeping with Munksjö’s commitment to follow the strictest Health and Safety standards for its employees, customers and suppliers,” comments Alexandra Venot, Vice President Flexible packaging.
    Rottersac now has a complete quality, safety and sustainability framework certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, ISO 22000:2005, FSC® and PEFC™ Chain-of-Custody standards.

    The Rottersac site has approximately 200 employees and is part of the Graphics and Packaging Business Area. The production site manufactures specialty papers for food and non-food flexible packaging, repositionable notes, transparent envelope windows and other industrial applications.
    (Munksjö Rottersac SAS)
     
    24.03.2017   Greycon improve production throughput at Pyroll with their central planning solution     ( Company news )

    Company news Pyroll Converting recently appointed Greycon to implement their central planning solution, opt-Studio, across 4 of Pyroll converting locations in Europe. The implementation started at the beginning of February 2017 with a pilot mill in the Netherlands and is due to go live by the end of May 2017. Greycon will install opt-Studio at a further 3 mills by the end of 2017.

    Pyroll Group is one of the leading paper, cardboard, paperboard, and plastic converters in the Nordic countries, with operations spanning fourteen locations. Pyroll converting provides sheeting and rewinding services handling over 300,000 tons of paper and paperboard annually. Pyroll is the leader in its field in Europe and a pioneer even globally.
    Jarmo Sara, Production Director, at Pyroll Converting commented “We are looking forward to complete the implementation of Greycon’s solution and the improvements it will allow for our production. Pyroll looks forward to the already justified improvements in overall production efficiency and thus an increase in production capacity. The multisite schedule optimisation capability allows Pyroll to utilise centralised production planning to support global customer service. Integrating Greycon’s planning solution with our current ERP system will bring our planners and management the extra time needed for moving from reactive-based decision making to proactive-based instead.”

    Before the implementation Greycon and Pyroll executed a comparison in order to find out how the schedules created by opt-Studio would compare with the current system at Pyroll. Substantial savings were identified in this head to head comparison convincing Pyroll management to progress to solution implementation and further roll-outs.

    Jari Kaukiainen, Business Development manager, EMEA, at Greycon says: “The implementation of opt-Studio will bring multiple benefits to Pyroll. The optimised schedules will improve the production throughput and will allow Pyroll to accept extra sheeting capacity for the customers. Since the system will manage the scheduling of the orders automatically, the effort of the planners will go towards analysing and optimisation instead of the routine work to feed orders and sequence them into the ERP-system.”
    (Greycon Ltd)
     
    24.03.2017   International Paper Receives $121MM Dividend from Ilim Group    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper (NYSE: IP) received a dividend of $121 million from Ilim Group, IP's joint venture partner in Russia. The dividend is based on prior year performance, and in 2016, the JV set production records at all three of its mills and realized higher sales volume due to increased demand for its products. Since inception in 2007, IP has received a total of $516 Million in dividends from the Ilim JV.

    "This dividend reflects the significant progress we've made together during the past 10 years," said Mark Sutton (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This summer marks the 10th anniversary of our joint venture with Ilim, and we are very pleased with the investment and the relationships we've forged as we work together to create an even better business. The business is focused on serving customers in key markets such as Russia, Asia and Europe with a world class, low cost asset base and excellent commercial capabilities. The JV is a great example of IP's strategy of establishing advantaged positions in attractive markets."

    A key element of Ilim's strategy was the 2014 completion by the JV of a $1.5 billion capital investment over a five-year period at two of its three mills. This unprecedented investment in the Russian pulp and paper industry upgraded equipment, increased production capacity and allowed for high-value product development. Additionally, the investment was a key element in the JV's strategy to improve environment, health and safety standards across operations.
    (International Paper)
     
    24.03.2017   UPM Raflatac boosts brand performance at Gulf Print & Pack, Dubai    ( Company news )

    Company news ​UPM Raflatac will be present at the Gulf Print & Pack event at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 26-29 March. Under the theme ‘Boost Your Brand Performance’, UPM Raflatac will be presenting innovation in label films, and solutions for Pharma, Food and Durables labelling.

    Films have many advantages over paper label faces. They retain their functionality, stability, and visual appeal when exposed to water, chemicals, oils and UV light. They also support stunning effects like the ‘no-label look’. UPM Raflatac’s extensive range includes advanced materials like Raflex MDO and Raflex PRO, which bring optimal clarity even to contoured and squeezable containers, without the haze of traditional PE.

    UPM Raflatac’s pharmaceutical and healthcare labelling solutions cover needs from tamper-verification in the supply chain to cryogenic storage in laboratories. Global availability, comprehensive customer support and long-term stability of supply guarantee solid partnerships.

    In food labelling, meticulous regulatory compliance keeps consumers safe. UPM Raflatac food labelling materials are produced in facilities certified to the ISO 22000:2005 food safety management standard. They meet EU food contact regulations such as EU10/2011, and are available with Documents of Conformity as legally required by brand owners.

    For Durable goods labelling, UPM Raflatac offers robust solutions for all environments, exposures and surface types. This keeps identification and safety information intact for the lifetime of domestic and industrial appliances, electronics and automotive parts.

    Sustainability is a key driver in UPM Raflatac’s product development processes, from sourcing, production, delivery and product use to end-of-life. Sustainably designed, resource-efficient label products benefit the entire value chain. Examples include responsibly sourced FSC® and PEFC™ certified papers, and thinner papers and films precisely optimized for their intended applications.

    “With the theme ‘Boost Your Brand Performance’, UPM Raflatac is highlighting world-class quality, performance and sustainability – backed by industry-leading customer service,” says Dmitrij Strechin, Area Sales Director of Eastern Europe and Middle East. “We welcome label converters, packaging designers and brand owners to discuss market trends, share technical expertise and discover self-adhesive label solutions meeting the latest expectations for innovation at our stand M25.”
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    24.03.2017    Constantia Flexibles to close plant in Romania    ( Company news )

    Company news Constantia Flexibles Group is optimizing its film-based flexible packaging, manufacturing footprint in Europe by closing down its plant in Bucharest in Romania. The closure is expected to be finalized by July 2017 and will affect about 90 employees.

    Constantia Flexibles Group is optimizing its film-based flexible packaging, manufacturing footprint in Europe by closing down its plant in Bucharest in Romania. The closure is expected to be finalized by July 2017 and will affect about 90 employees.

    Constantia Flexibles will continue to serve its customers from the confectionery and snack industries from its qualified, large-scale plants in Weiden, Germany, Ankara, Turkey and Kleszczów, Poland.

    “We will carry out this closure in a fair and socially responsible way, while at the same time ensuring that our valued customers experience no disruption in supply,” said Stefan Grote, Executive Vice President of the Food Europe Division.

    “The transfer of production capacities will also mean we can offer a dedicated plant concept to our customers in the long-term, thus optimizing order placement, production scheduling, logistics and quality,” added Grote.

    Constantia Flexibles’ Food Europe Division has twelve production sites in eight countries, serving the Dairy, Processed Meat and Confectionery/Processed Food industries.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    23.03.2017   Mondi hosted the closing event of the research project called Flippr°    ( Company news )

    Company news Mondi hosted the closing event of the research project called Flippr° (Future Lignin and Pulp Processing Research) at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria lately.

    The event marked the end of a four year collaborative funded research project between several company partners and Austrian Universities, Graz University of Technology, BOKU Vienna and University of Graz, on the topic of biorefinery issues. The main objective of the unique collaboration project has been the development of future business areas based on lignin and modern fiber utilization for the involved companies.

    The Flippr° project is within the scope of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) managed COMET (Centers for Excellent Technologies) program.
    (Mondi Europe & International Division)
     
    23.03.2017   Canon launches Océ Colorado 1640, built on Canon's new UVgel technology    ( Company news )

    Company news Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced a new print technology that will offer large format graphics print providers unique levels of print speed, quality, automation, and cost of operation.

    Canon, a world leader in imaging solutions, proudly introduces a new 64 inch roll-to-roll printer designed to deliver exceptional productivity for high quality indoor and outdoor graphics. Customers will be able to easily handle peak periods with fully automated media loading of multiple online rolls, confidently print unattended with on-the-fly quality assurance, produce instantly cured prints on a wide variety of media including heat sensitive media, and help cut expenses with segment-leading low operating costs. The Océ Colorado 1640 will transform 64 inch roll-to-roll sign and display printing.

    “We are very excited about this revolutionary new game changing technology” said Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new technology will help large format print providers to increase their print production while lowering their operating costs, enabling them to profitably grow their business. This technology will have a great business impact on the market including small, midsize and even the large production shops, everyone will benefit.”

    UVgel Technology
    At the heart of the new Océ Colorado 1640 is Canon’s recently announced UVgel technology. This technology combines a radically new UV curable ink from Canon that instantly gels on contact with the media, an advanced “self-aware” piezoelectric printhead technology, an LED-based UV system that cures without adding any damaging heat to the media, and continuous, on-the-fly, printhead nozzle monitoring and performance compensation. These unique technologies come together to create a 64” roll-to-roll printer that sets new standards for quality, productivity, automation, application range, and operating costs.

    Breakthrough Productivity
    The new Océ Colorado 1640 is the fastest 64 inch printer on the market. It boasts a top speed of 1710 square feet per hour and delivers high quality, POP prints at 430 square feet per hour faster than any competing system in this segment. The new, technologically advanced UVgel ink instantly gels on contact with media resulting in precise dot gain and positional control, perfectly repeatable images, and instantly cured, durable prints. The state-of-the-art low temperature LED-UV curing system moves independently from the printing carriage thus enabling uniform, post-print UV curing that further contributes to print speed and print quality. Confident unattended printing, automated quality assurance, unattended roll change, and reduced print waste all significantly contribute to overall productivity.

    Innovations in Automation
    The Océ Colorado 1640 sets a new standard in industrialization and automation. It features a heavy-duty drawer mechanism that holds up to two rolls of media at one time, each weighing up to 110 lbs. The two rolls can be of the same media type and size or different media, and once initialized, the print engine can switch jobs between rolls without operator assistance. If an unknown media is loaded, the printer will automatically measure its thickness and adjust the print gap accordingly. This ensures the best possible print quality and reduces the risk of printhead crashes. This information is then stored in the media library along with other media parameters so that the next time this type of media is loaded, the printer knows exactly how to handle it.

    Reliability is key for a true production-oriented printer, and the machine must be able to print while unattended. This is why Canon has developed several innovative technologies for on-the-fly quality assurance and control. The UVgel printheads incorporate patented continuous nozzle monitoring to detect and correct any underperforming nozzles. During each and every printing pass, Canon’s patented nozzle monitoring technology automatically checks all nozzles using acoustic sampling and even detects whether nozzles are going to misfire before they actually do. In the event of nozzle failure, corrective maintenance is automatically performed.

    Broad Application Range
    The Océ Colorado 1640 is excellent for both indoor and outdoor applications. It delivers a large color gamut, similar to solvent inks but combines this with the environmental benefits and safety profile of latex and UV-cured systems. The result is nearly odorless, VCL-free, durable, colorfast, high quality prints even on the thinnest, most heat-sensitive media. Canon’s unique UVgel technology features ultra-thin ink dispersion with almost no discernible physical profile on the media surface. Prints feel uniquely smooth, unlike other UV ink technologies, and satisfy the highest environmental standards for indoor usage with a virtually odorless profile.

    As with all roll-to-roll printers, an important factor in print quality, and subsequently application range, is the accuracy with which the printer advances the media. Built on a heavy, robust frame for class-leading rigidity and equipped with industrial components, the media handling system uses an optical feedback loop that continuously monitors media advance. Using virtually invisible printed index marks at the edges of the media, the system measures media advances in real time to automatically correct the subsequent step size as needed.

    Lowest Operating Cost
    The Océ Colorado 1640 leads the way in terms of low operating costs. Canon’s unique UVgel technology features ink consumption much lower than competitive technologies, as much as 40 percent lower. This technical advantage is matched with a competitive ink price, making the ink cost of production significantly lower than competing technologies. Looking beyond the easily measured cost savings found in every print, additional savings may be realized through unsurpassed automation features that help reduce operator machine handling time by up to a third compared to competitive products.

    “Canon is looking forward to the U.S. debut of this product at the ISA Show in April,” said Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We know that there has been a lot of anticipation around this technology and we are very excited about what the future will bring.”

    In summary, this proprietary UVgel technology, consisting of both inks and print heads from Canon, will offer large format graphics print providers significant benefits to existing eco-solvent or Latex ink technology, including:
    -The world’s fastest 64 inch roll-roll printer with a maximum usable print speed of 1710 square feet per hour and a high quality POP mode at 430 square feet per hour.
    -Up to 40 percent reduction in ink/printing costs compared to other technologies such as latex
    -Industrial designed production printer capable of printing higher print volumes and built to withstand high duty cycles
    -Very high print quality across a wide range of applications without having to significantly compromise productivity by reducing speed
    -Extremely easy and fast media loading and automatic switching with the support of 2 in-line rolls
    -On-the-fly quality assurance technology facilitates unattended printing and reduced print waste
    -Automated maintenance provides consistent print quality and higher uptime

    This product will have its first public debut in the U.S.A. at the ISA International Sign Expo in April of 2017. In conjunction with the first commercially available units, pricing and specification details will be released at that time.
    (Canon Europe Ltd)
     
    23.03.2017   Digital print products get into shape with BOGRAMA at the Xeikon Café    ( Company news )

    Company news The Swiss manufacturer will demonstrate creative power of die-cut finishing with digital print

    At the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 (www.xeikoncafe.com), set for 28 to 31 March, print finishing specialist BOGRAMA will demonstrate the creative application potential for digital print with its innovative rotary die-cutting technology. The recently launched BOGRAMA compact BSR 550 basic offline solution (photo), will show how small and medium runs can be produced economically and efficiently.

    Xeikon Café partner BOGRAMA returns to the must-attend industry event for live digital print production and a strong conference program with the BSR 550 basic rotary die-cutter. Short setup times, simple control guidance, economic and cost-effective productions achievable with the BSR 550 basic will be seen, with die-cutting from two magnetic cylinders using proven Bograma technology. Live demonstrations at the Xeikon Café will feature the BSR 550 basic die cut folding carton, but the machine’s die cut capabilities extends to other applications such as labels, flyers, leaflets, direct mail, greeting cards, presentation folders and more, from both offset and digitally printed material.

    “For BOGRAMA, the Xeikon Café structure is ideal in presenting digital printing capabilities in die-cutting, and learning about industry trends to expand into new markets,” comments Stefan Büechi, Bograma Sales Manager. “With our rotary die-cutter BSR 550 basic, we can show Xeikon Café visitors how various jobs can be die-cut with a simple change of tool, and the wealth of possibilities high-quality die cutting can bring to digital print applications.”

    Getting print products into shape
    The compact and attractively priced BOGRAMA BSR 550 basic rotary die-cutter is highly-suited for die-cutting, kiss-cutting, creasing, perforating and embossing of various products such as packaging, labels, mailings, presentation folders and more.

    With a capacity up to 8000 cycles/h and a maximum sheet size of 550 x 750 mm, the offline solution (no connection to folding machines, cross cutters or downstream machines) is designed specifically for printers looking to produce small and medium runs economically and efficiently. The integrated breakout and deliver system for the automatic separation of the inner cuts and simultaneously deflection of the section grids is adjustable without tools and ensures a proper display of the products.

    Simple tool technology, short setup times and high-precision register accuracy of the BSR 550 basic stand for a cost-optimised production.
    (Bograma AG)
     
    23.03.2017   ROTTNEROS YEAR-END REPORT JANUARY-DECEMBER 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news STRONG ANNUAL PROFIT ONCE AGAIN
    -Profit after financial items amounted to SEK 163 million (259) for full year 2016 and earnings per share were SEK 0.84 (1.46).
    -Net turnover for the fourth quarter of 2016 was SEK 441 million (429), an increase of 3%. Delivery volumes in the fourth quarter rose by 2% compared with fourth quarter 2015.
    -Like last year, fourth quarter earnings were impacted by the annual maintenance shutdown at Vallvik Mill. The loss of production and the direct cost of the shutdown decreased earnings for the fourth quarter by approx. SEK 55 million. The loss after financial items for the fourth quarter was SEK 7 million (profit 1).
    -The list price for NBSK pulp over the fourth quarter was 1% lower in USD, but 5% higher in SEK, compared with fourth quarter 2015. For full year 2016, however, the list price was 6% lower in USD and 5% lower in SEK than in 2015.
    -Investments in the Agenda 500 development programme continue to increase capacity. Investments in 2016 totalled SEK 278 million (103).
    -A new annual production record for Rottneros Mill and for the Group in the current structure.
    -In the fourth quarter, a previous write-down recognised in 2011 relating to the grinding line at Rottneros Mill was reversed and certain write-downs were recorded, with a net positive effect of SEK 14 million on the quarterly earnings.
    -In February 2017, the Board of Directors decided on an extended purification plant at Rottneros Mill, as part of Agenda 500. The investment of SEK 84 million is planned to be commissioned in 2018.
    -The Board of Directors proposes an ordinary dividend of SEK 0.30 per share and an extra dividend of SEK 0.10 per share.

    COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT LENNART REBERLEH (photo)
    Strong year for earnings
    I took over as President and CEO of Rottneros on 1 September and have the privilege of leading the Group on the well-worn path to achieving sustainable and profitable growth and becoming more efficient. I am pleased to note that full year 2016 was yet another strong year in terms of earnings. Because external factors such as prices and electricity costs were not as favourable as last year, we were unable to match last year’s results. But with a return on capital employed of 15 per cent, we remain at the top among comparable pulp producing companies. Rottneros has a strong balance sheet and remained debt-free at year-end, which sets a good foundation for the continued development in line with our long-term plan
    Agenda 500.

    The fourth quarter is usually a weak quarter for Rottneros because of the annual maintenance shutdown at Vallvik Mill along with the commissioning of new investments, and this year was no exception. The startup process at Vallvik was more problematic than planned, which had a negative impact on delivery volumes, especially in December. Operating loss for the quarter was SEK 4 million, to be compared with a profit of SEK 3 million in the
    previous year.

    The pulp market is expected to continue to be stable and demand for our products is good. The published NBSK pulp price during the year has fluctuated around USD 800 per tonne, +/- USD 10. The price trend for our mechanical pulps during the latter part of the year has been positive, especially in Asia. The development of the USD exchange rate continues to be an uncertain factor.

    We remain focused on our primary objective of increasing the Group's volumes by increasing capacity and productivity. The investments in our Agenda 500 long-term plan are proceeding according to plan in both mills. The first step in streamlining CTMP production at Rottneros Mill was completed during the fall and has produced positive effects. Rottneros Mill set a new annual record for production at 157 thousand tonnes. Overall, projects amounting to SEK 270 million were concluded within the Agenda 500 framework in 2016.

    In the fourth quarter Rottneros signed a debt financing agreement totalling SEK 120 million that will be used for investments in the Group’s two mills within the Agenda 500 investment programme.

    It is important that our ambitious investment programme is carried out by an efficient organisation with shared values and a strong team spirit. The continued development of clear leadership with good communication skills, which inspires commitment and motivation and develops employee empowerment, is fundamental to my aspirations. We are therefore working intensively with both skills and leadership development so that we will be among the very best in these areas. Shared values based on a clear set of core values that are strongly embraced by our employees are crucial for delivering added value to our customers.

    The earlier announced EU project PULPACKTION started on 1 October 2016, with Rottneros Packaging as the coordinator. The goal is to develop completely bio-based packaging at a competitive price, thereby contributing to more sustainable development in the packaging industry.

    I would like to thank all of our employees, customers, shareholders and suppliers for an inspiring and productive collaboration since I took over
    on 1 September.

    In conclusion, Rottneros is continuing on its journey towards becoming a sustainable company in a broad sense with respect to the environment, our employees and our financial strength. While we can clearly see the effects of what we have accomplished, much remains to be done. I look forward to an exciting year.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
     
    23.03.2017   PACE automates the cutting process    ( Company news )

    Company news Quite often, people deem the cutting process to be a necessary evil. This is why when making their investment decisions they do not put much emphasis on this factor. But it’s exactly here that an enormous optimization potential lies dormant. When a printing house automates its cutting process this will either increase its efficiency or save personnel while keeping the output at the same level. POLAR not only offers a comprehensive analysis to make such potential visible, but also offers attractive solutions for exploiting them.

    With its PACE Cutting System (photo), POLAR provides a benchmark in cutting efficiency. An automated cutting system of this kind is able to process up to 45,000 sheets in 60 minutes. This means that a single PACE system easily cuts the material produced by two Speedmaster XL 106 printing presses. The additional costs for this automation pay off after only two to three years. Figures show that it may be entirely worthwhile to take a closer look at the cutting process.

    POLAR Automation for Cutting Efficiency
    PACE is synonymous with automation of the cutting process and an acronym for “POLAR Automation for Cutting Efficiency”. The Autoturn turning gripper and the Autotrim high-speed cutter are the key components of our PACE Cutting System. At least five automatic cuts can be performed this way. Meanwhile, the operator has time to prepare the next cutting ream, laying the foundation for the high quality of the final product. Consequently, the operator works much more efficiently while at the same time the working load is enormously reduced. A real win-win story!

    The POLAR PACE CuttingSystem perfectly complements the printing presses that run without interruption in accordance with the principle of “Push2Stop”. PACE forms a part of the Smart Print Shop and is integrated in the printing house’s digital workflow. The key to minimizing set-up times is the well-established and proven Compucut® software. This makes the operation of the Cutting System child's play while ensuring the highest flexibility. Automation safeguards a consistent cutting quality - 24 hours a day.

    Further automation options
    For more than 15 years now POLAR automation solutions have been very successful. While PACE focuses on automating the cutting process, POLAR also offers various solutions for preparing the material, such as EasyLoad and Autojog. Our EasyLoad loading aid is the perfect alternative to both, manual and automatic jogging. A gripper system supports the operator when the automatic jogger needs to be loaded and still allows him/her to check the quality of the cutting ream. Autojog, on the other hand, automates the complete jogging process, from separating the untrimmed stack into partial reams and jogging right through to the completely cut ream.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    23.03.2017   Allimand launches new technology 'S4 Hydraulic Headbox'    ( Company news )

    Company news ALLIMAND Hydraulic headbox S4 is characterized by an extremely compact design, without any compromises being made in respecting the hydraulic criteria which allow ALLIMAND hydraulic headboxes to deliver a perfectly homogeneous spray and an optimum deflocculating effect.

    As part of a machine rebuild, its lateral feeding system allows it to be installed on machines with very little space, minimizing the cost of modifying equipment on the approach flow system.

    The ALLIMAND hydraulic headbox S4 can be supplied with or without the system of basis weight control by dilution and is suitable for a wide range of papers. It has easy access for cleaning operations by tipping the rear feeding system and if necessary, by the lateral opening of the flanges.
    (ALLIMAND)
     
    23.03.2017   SOFIDEL FOR WORLD WATER DAY: NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH WATERAID PRESENTED ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... IN MILAN

    The paper manufacturer, known for its Regina brand, as part of the launch for the new partnership dedicated to water and sanitation,
    organised a meeting today at the Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan to understand and explore the many aspects connected to this precious resource.

    Today, on World Water Day, Sofidel, world leading Italian hygiene and household tissue manufacturer, known for the Regina brand in particular, presented its new three-year partnership with WaterAid at the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan. This international non-profit association works to ensure access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services in some of the world’s poorest countries. Sofidel proposed an opportunity for reflection and in-depth consideration of water resources, curated by the Feltrinelli Foundation.

    The meeting, entitled “Water Factor: hygiene, environment ethics, economy”, saw contributions from experts in various fields who addressed the theme of “water resources”, analysing the multi-faceted impact that water has on our lives: from the natural balances of the planet to health and well-being and consequences for business. Among the speakers were Laura Achene, of the Italian National Institute of Health, Silvio De Girolamo, Chief Audit Executive & CSR Officer of the Autogrill Group, Alessandra Goria, economist, and Antonio Massarutto, Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Udine.

    Sofidel, which has always worked to limit the consumption of water in its production processes, through this new partnership is committing to a more general task of raising awareness among its stakeholders and supporting projects that aim to ensure access to water and the availability of better toilets, sanitation and levels of hygiene, in the developing countries where the organisation operates.

    The problem of water today still affects 2.4 billion people worldwide, while more than 650 million people worldwide don’t have access to sources of clean water, causing the spread of otherwise avoidable diseases. WaterAid – which since 1981 has brought drinking water to 25 million people and sanitation and hygiene to 24 million people in 37 countries – estimates that approximately 900 children each day die due to diseases that can be linked to a lack of drinking water and sanitation.

    “Our Group’s sustainable growth strategy is completely in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations set for 2030. In concrete terms, for us this means acting firstly to limit the environmental footprint of our products and then working towards responsible water management, starting from our plants,” declared Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “The partnership undertaken today supplements and reinforces our commitment in this area, and is another way to play, aware of the importance of this resource in terms of well-being and hygiene, a responsible role with respect to an issue of global interest, together with a highly appreciated NGO, such as WaterAid.”

    As far as the Integrated 2016 Accounts are concerned, Sofidel has once more, from an environmental point of view, improved on all the main parameters that monitor the environmental footprint of the Group’s production. The carbon intensity – quantity of CO2 emitted per kg of paper produced – has been further reduced: −19.1% with respect to the base figures of 2009 (compared to the −17.8% of 2015). The average water consumption has also been further reduced, 7.0 l/kg in 2016 (with respect to 7.3 l/kg in 2015) compared to a sector benchmark of 15–25 l/kg. Finally, the percentage of procurement of cellulose certified by independent third parties with forestry certification schemes has reached 100% (it was 99.97% in 2015).

    The launch of the partnership is accompanied by a photo exhibition organised by WaterAid entitled “Water is Life”. Installed in the Reading Room of the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation (viale Pasubio, 5), the exhibition can be visited free of charge from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 23 March, and from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday the 24th.
    (Sofidel Group)
     
    22.03.2017   Sofidel UK Lancaster: a new start-up spells success!    ( Company news )

    Company news The start-up of the latest-generation tissue rewinder manufactured by A.Celli Paper and sold last year in the UK to customer Sofidel, internationally renowned Italian player and tissue market leader, was concluded on 25 January 2017 with excellent results!

    In just 8 months, the machine, a rewinder Mod. 865 shafted in a 3400-mm format was built, installed at the Sofidel UK facilities in Lancaster and started up to the full satisfaction of the customers who signed the acceptance certificate.

    The start-up took place with no delays and is certainly an additional piece added to the mosaic of collaborations that A.Celli Paper is collecting in regards to this major Italian group.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
     
    22.03.2017   Michelman brings superior digital print fidelity to in-mould labelling at the Xeikon Café    ( Company news )

    Company news Effectiveness of their DigiPrime® 4453 digital press primer will be shown on live applications with Xeikon presses

    Michelman returns for another edition of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 (www.xeikoncafe.com), set for 28 to 31 March to showcase their flagship DigiPrime® 4453 digital press primer in a hands-on platform. The patented solution for superior print fidelity will be a highlight of live in-mould labelling applications for food containers and wraparound labels for soft drink labels.

    The well-known innovator of digital printing press primers, Michelman will feature its DigiPrime® 4453 brand primer, especially formulated for use on Xeikon digital presses, during the 4-day Xeikon Café event. The water-based primer provides excellent ink adhesion to most IML films, improves rub resistance, and is Xeikon-approved for use with Xeikon dry toners (QA-I toner, ICE toner and Cheetah toner) which respectively run on the Xeikon 3000 Series and Xeikon CX3. DigiPrime® 4453 is particularly effective in difficult applications such as in-mould label printing and is suitable for food contact. Food safety in packaging is an important aspect that Xeikon Café visitors will learn about and see in viable solutions during the event and conference.

    “Events like Xeikon Café are an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges label and packaging printers face,” said Jan Denies, Industry Manager, Printing & Packaging Group of Michelman. “We will be listening particularly to the printers in attendance, to better understand their needs as they transition to digital printing solutions.”

    Water-based, environment-friendly primer
    DigiPrime® 4453 is a versatile solution commonly used as a primer for digitally printed labels and flexible packaging, and can also be used in conventional offset and UV printing applications. It facilitates the production of premium-quality output on a digital press.

    With excellent adhesion to most papers and films, DigiPrime® 4453 is a 100% aqueous product, providing a safer option for operators and the environment and does not yellow or lose its print receptivity over time.

    The DigiPrime® 4453 will be featured in live, total solution food and beverage applications in combination with Xeikon presses during the Xeikon Café.
    (Michelman Inc.)
     
    22.03.2017   Toscotec to rebuild Cartiera Olona's dryer section in Gorla Minore, Varese (Italy)    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec has been awarded a contract to deliver a dryer section rebuilding of Cartiera Olona S.R.L. paper machine in Varese, Italy. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.

    Cartiera Olona was founded in the 1960’ in the Olona River Valley, Varese, covering an area of approximately 20.000 square meters. Currently the paper mill is equipped with a continuous production line for grey coreboard. The annual production is of 50,000 tons of paper suitable for the manufacturing of spiral and parallel wound cores, edge protectors, textile cones and honey comb.

    The flexibility and intense activity of research and development enable Cartiera Olona srl to supply products in different qualities to meet customer requirements. Commitment to new technology has allowed the company , for half a century, to serve Italian, European, Middle Eastern and Nord African customers resulting in long lasting partnerships.

    According to its philosophy the Company has decided to choose Toscotec for its dryer section rebuild on the paper machine. The purpose of the rebuilding is to implement machine efficiency, reliability and safety in operations. Toscotec’s delivery includes 25 new TT SteelDryers in place of casted iron dryers, that will allow the paper mill to increase its drying capacity, production and the width of the paper produced. The existing mechanical drive will be replaced with a new silent drive system. Tail threading will be ropeless from the press section through the new dryer section up to the pope reel.

    This new project consolidates Toscotec capabilities to provide, not only a wide range of new machinery but also complex rebuild projects based on turn-key concept.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    22.03.2017   PJSC Kiev Cardboard and Paper Mill: 'Everyone who saw the production figures of the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... OCC process said that they had never seen anything like it.”

    GL&V Sweden AB has delivered a major Recycled Pulp Line for fluting and test liner in Ukraine. The customer is PJSC Kiev Cardboard and Paper Mill. The process recycles local and Russian OCC.

    The capacity on this recycled fiber production line is 600 BDTPD. The delivery scope contains bale conveyer, pulping station, centrifugal cleaning, fractionation, fine screening, reverse cleaning, thickening and refining.

    PJSC Kiev Cardboard and Paper Mill, located in Obukhiv city in Kiev region in Ukraine, chose GL&V Sweden AB as their technology partner to deliver a new OCC Pulping Line for their production plant.

    The new OCC pulping line was constructed for fluting and test liner from local and Russian OCC. The raw material dry content is 88%. Fiber production is min. 300 BDMTPD and max. 600 BDMTPD. The short fiber/long fiber split is SF 60–70% and LF 30–40%.

    PJSC Kiev Cardboard and Paper Mill, part of the Austrian Pulp Mill Holding, is one of the biggest enterprises in Europe in cardboard and paper production. The mill accounts for about 30% of the total pulp and paper produced in Ukraine. The main raw material used for cardboard and paper production is recycled paper. The waste paper processing capacity is more than 1500 tons per day.

    PJSC Kiev Cardboard and Paper Mill consists of three main production plants. The cardboard plant produces coated and uncoated cardboard and containerboard, including fluting for corrugated products with a total output of 240 000 tons per year. The tissue plant produces tissue materials used for mass-consumption, san-itary and hygiene products as well as finished goods such as toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels, with a total output of 70,000 tons per year. The corrugated packaging plant produces corrugated containers and packaging with a total output of 300 million square meters per year.

    PJSC Kiev Cardboard and Paper Mill is currently implementing a challenging investment program. In December 2016, in an interview in Kiev, Igor Oleshchuk, CTO of the PJSC Kiev Cardboard and Paper Mill told GL&V’s representatives that the company has ongoing investment projects in three areas. The company needs to develop new fast-moving tissue products for the consumer markets. In late 2016, a new yankee cylinder was taken into use at PM1, and a new converting line for household products and modernization of tissue machine 2 (TM2) are under planning. Prepar-ations are also under way to rebuild the refining of TM1, a project in which Igor Oleshchuk was hoping to start co-operation with GL&V’s experts.

    The New OCC Recycled Pulp Line

    In the interview in Kiev in December 2016, Igor Oleshchuk made an open statement on GL&V’s contribution in the project.

    “The main target of our investment project was to improve the quality of the pulp such that our cardboard products would be re-cognized in the markets for their high quality criteria,” says Igor Oleshchuk, CTO of the PJSC Kiev Cardboard and Paper Mill.

    In addition to increasing the capacity of the new OCC pulp line, another important target was to reduce fiber loss and energy consumption. These are essential issues in terms of our production economy.

    We wanted to scale up the production of the PM2. Initially we aimed to increase the capacity of the pulp line to 600 t/d, and to reduce the use of secondary fiber by 50 kg/t and electricity by 50 kW/t.

    We wanted to ensure the use of best available technology in terms of both operational and financial aspects, and GL&V’s solution seemed very promising in that respect.

    Naturally, we were aware that GL&V offered novelty technology, which wasn’t in wide use as a complete process at that time. But we were willing to take the risk and choose GL&V as our partner. We knew that GL&V is a reliable company with global operations.

    The early stages of the investment ran smoother than we have ever seen before. As the project proceeded, we naturally faced some problems, but GL&V’s experts constantly came up with solutions. We were extremely happy with GL&V’s determined attitude.

    Once we reached the line start-up phase, the cooperation between our own project team and GL&V proved exemplary. The entire team was simply excellent. We contributed a great deal of our knowledge to the project, but we realized that GL&V did too.

    The start-up of the new OCC pulp line went without any major glitches, which allowed us to focus on further improving our processes without any delays. This phase lasted a while, since we didn’t simply aim to increase capacity, but also to save energy and reduce fiber loss. We successfully reached the process settings that we had set as a target. I remember well the latest negotiations with the team personnel at both our mill and GL&V’s location in Tampere, Finland.

    When the OCC line was started up, the process ran just as it was supposed to. The production personnel were able to run the new line from the get-go so that the targeted capacity increase was exceeded by 20%. It was at that moment we could – at the latest – congratulate each other for a job well done. We faced a huge challenge and overcame it.

    We also achieved great figures in terms of energy savings, and we are very pleased about that. Everyone who saw the production figures of the OCC process said that they had never seen anything like it. The pulp line’s energy consumption was reduced by 25% compared to existing OCC lines.

    For us, it is very important to monitor the dirt and sticky content of the pulp in order to prevent the contamination of the board machine’s cylinders. We had been using chemicals to keep the web clean, but we don’t need them anymore as we no longer have problems with stickies.

    The Innovative Process High Lights

    Pulping/HD-cleaning/Coarse Screening

    The new patented Pulping and detrashing process, replaces conventional Pulping, HD-cleaning and coarse screening processes. Conventional systems require a lot of energy, beats up the contaminants into hard to remove fragments and suffer from heavy maintenance issues in the final stage coarse screening. GL&V´s patented process simplifies the process, eliminates problems in traditional processes and makes a very operator friendly solution since it even can be operated by one person.

    Long Fiber Screening and Reverse Cleaning

    The Long Fiber screening system is a three stage system, comprising a two-stage screen with both accepts sent forward to the LF disc filter thickener. Rejects from secondary stage is sent to a rejects chest from which it is pumped to a single stage tertiary screen. The tertiary accept is cascade coupled back to the feed tank of the primary screen.

    The Long Fiber screen accepts is further treated in Reverse Cleaners, to remove light weight contaminants. Traditionary Light reject cleaners require high pressure drop and are at least in the primary stage using high volumetric reject flows. The drawbacks with these systems are high energy consumption and large recovery stages.

    GL&V uses a new patented system combining high efficiency with low reject flows and high accepts consistency thickening. The solution is a cleaner that initially draws a large portion of water with the light reject, to obtain a high accepts consistency; the water is separated from the light reject in a second separation before leaving the cleaner. The water is used as dilution in the stock preparation.
    (GL&V Sweden AB)
     
    22.03.2017   KBA-Sheetfed keeps its firm hold on pole position in large formats: 1500 installations since 1995     ( Company news )

    Company news KBA-Sheetfed Solutions has been the acknowledged market leader for large-format sheetfed offset printing presses for many decades. That applies especially – but by no means exclusively – in packaging printing. Since the initial market launch of a wholly redesigned Rapida large-format generation in 1995, a total of 1,500 large-format presses have left the Koenig & Bauer factory in Radebeul. That equates to well over 6,000 printing units for the format classes 910 x 1300 to 1510 x 2050 mm since the turn of the century.

    Photo: KBA-Sheetfed recently shipped its longest large-format sheetfed offset press to date – with 14 printing and finishing units – to a European packaging group

    Large-format sheetfed offset presses in unit design had already been manufactured at the Radebeul factory since 1968. It was then drupa 1995 which marked the transition from the dependable workhorses of the previous Varimat series to the extensively automated, high-performance Rapidas. Newly engineered from the ground up, the large-format Rapida series immediately claimed pole position in this format class. From the mid-1990s onwards, they successively displaced presses based on the out-dated five-cylinder system with their fast makeready times, superior substrate flexibility and application-specific configurations. The availability of highly automated technologies geared to significantly accelerated job changeovers heralded a renaissance for large-format sheetfed offset, not only in traditional fields such as book and packaging printing, but also in the commercial and publication segments.

    Large-format sheetfed offset from Saxony since 1968
    Irrespective of the new competition which has emerged in this format class over the past ten years, KBA-Sheetfed remains the clear number one with a market share of 60% of new large-format installations. In total, more than 3,000 large-format presses have been supplied by the Radebeul factory, including 1,500 Rapidas. KBA-Sheetfed currently offers the large-format Rapida in four series: Rapida 145, Rapida 164, Rapida 185 and Rapida 205, which together cover formats from 106 x 145 cm to 150 x 205 cm.

    Presses becoming longer and longer
    The large-format Rapidas have also been setting new standards with regard to the press configurations realised for customers. The longest large-format press in the world to date, a 42-metre long Rapida 145 with a total of 14 printing and finishing units was recently supplied to a European packaging printer. The first printing unit is followed by a coater and two intermediate dryer units, then an automatically convertible perfecting unit, another six printing units, two further coaters either side of two more intermediate dryer units, and finally a three-section extended delivery. Thanks to the comprehensive automation, with automated pile logistics, simultaneous plate and coating forme changing, CleanTronic Synchro for parallel washing processes and full inline colour control, even such press lines are easy to handle.

    At home in international packaging and book printing
    Large-format Rapidas are at home in packaging, book and commercial printing companies throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and in a few individual cases also Africa. In the packaging segment, in particular, the share of long presses with 10, 11, 12 or even 13 printing, coating and drying units has risen significantly, not least due to a constantly growing trend towards inline finishing in folding carton production. In the coming year, such presses are to be delivered to customers in the USA, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Chile, among other countries. Where a large-format Rapida typically comprised five printing and finishing units at the turn of the century, the average length of a press has today risen to seven units.

    With the Rapida 205, KBA-Sheetfed also manufactures the press with the largest sheet format on the market – 3 m2 of print on a single sheet. Around 50 of these superlarge-format presses have been supplied since they were first launched in 2003. They are used above all in display and poster printing, but occasionally also in folding carton production where particularly large outer packaging is involved. The second press model in this format class is the slightly smaller Rapida 185, which has already been installed in a double-coater configuration with 12 units and a total length of 38.5 metres.

    Alongside cardboard, microflute corrugated and plastic films, large-format Rapidas around the world print a diversity of commercial jobs, books, magazines and catalogues. The list of such installations shows not only straight presses with four or five colours and inline coating, but also long perfectors with eight printing units for 4-over-4 production. Slightly modified Rapida printing units are furthermore the basis for metal decorating presses from KBA-MetalPrint.

    Unique technical features
    To be able to defend a leading position on the market in the longer term, it is imperative for a manufacturer to offer users unique technical and process-enhancing features. In the case of the Rapidas, this means consistent implementation of the DriveTronic dedicated drive technology at the feeder, the infeed (DriveTronic SIS) and in the printing and coating units. Practice-oriented automation is another aspect which must not be neglected. Both yield significant benefits in terms of makeready times, ergonomic operation and efficiency. On packaging presses for industrial-scale operations, options such as anilox roller sleeves, which can be changed in a flash by a single operator, are fast becoming a standard choice.

    Facilities to disengage unused inking units have been standard on large-format Rapidas for decades. Pallet-free logistics systems for substrates from 220 g/m2, reel-to-sheet feeders, cold foil modules and a double-pile delivery are further unique equipment options. Automation solutions such as CleanTronic Synchro (parallel washing processes), sheet inspection systems and inline colour control in numerous variants, including Instrument Flight for control based on grey balance, take workload off the press crew, shorten makeready times and reduce waste.

    Enormous productivity
    With top speeds of 18,000 sheets/h (Rapida 145) and 16,500 sheets/h (Rapida 164), the large-format Rapidas can output up to 30,000 m2 of print in a single hour. That corresponds to the entire production and storage floor space of many a large packaging company.
    (KBA-Sheetfed Solutions AG & Co. KG)
     
    22.03.2017   ICE Europe 2017 Jubilee Awards – The winners    ( Company news )

    Company news Industry 4.0:
    DERICHS GmbH
    Germany
    Hall A6, Stand 457

    DERICHS GmbH has been awarded for ED-1 providing data from inside of the roller. Directly inside of the roller the DERICHS ED-1 measures inlet and outlet temperature and transmits this data in real-time via a digitized radio signal to a corresponding receiver. The acquired data can thus be either directly integrated into a PLC control system via a suitable PC dongle, or read out, stored and evaluated via a cloud in the intranet or internet via a mobile telephone or tablet (currently IOS App). The data is thus available to any interested employee: Operator, Process Engineer, Maintenance Technician or Manager. Measurements to ± 0.4 °C (on request ± 0.1 °C) in a range of -40 °C - 150 °C (on request up to 400 °C) are possible. Data logging allows the observation of deviations over long periods. If the limit values are reached, the roller can automatically trigger an alarm. Failures are more predictable and reworks are minimized.

    Green Technology:
    Applied Materials WEB Coating GmbH
    Germany
    Hall A5, Stand 954

    Applied Materials is awarded for TopBeam™. Using electron beam evaporation, TopBeam™ offers a solution for applying transparent coatings with improved clear barrier performance for a variety of oxide materials, including AlOx and SiOx with up to 2850 mm coating width. The system offers high coating speed for vacuum web coating processes; top quality transparent barrier layers, e.g. for packaging applications; a patented ESCOSYS® in-line production control system for high layer uniformity, cost-effective production and efficient use of evaporation material as well as easy operation and maintenance. TopBeam™ 2850 supports production of barrier enhanced packaging materials with reduced raw material use at coating environment-friendly ceramic materials in the nanometre range.

    Converting Solutions for New Materials:
    Infiana Group
    Germany
    Hall A5, Stand 962

    Infiana Group is awarded for their innovative antistatic release films. Infiana addresses a problem that many will be familiar with: you pull off a piece of film, only to have it stick to your hands or clothing. With its patented antistatic release films, Infiana has made this phenomenon a thing of the past. The advantages are immediately obvious. The release films can be siliconized on one or both sides and their antistatic properties are not dependent on high humidity, but function even at environmental humidity levels of less than 50 percent – and that permanently. This means that the films are just as effective a year later as they were on the first day. What delights the consumer also helps converters. Films no longer gather a charge during unwinding, as any charge will immediately be dissipated. This eliminates discharges during processing or unwanted static shocks from touching the film. Infiana’s antistatic release liners are available as LDPA and PP products.

    Innovative Partnerships:
    Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Germany
    Hall A6, Stand 514
    Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG has been awarded for their ‘Converting 4.0 Network’. At ICE Europe 2017, the open KAMPF Converting 4.0 network will be showing practical examples for industrial applications for the very first time. This is being realized by the companies of the network starter group KAMPF, BST eltromat, Neuenhauser Vorwald, Paul&Co as well as Codecentric and XYQOM. The focus is on the customer with his individual needs. As part of the Converting 4.0 network, the KAMPF Production Cockpit serves as a technical platform for the integration of the innovative partners' solutions around slitting and winding technology.

    The persons in this photo (left to right): Maria Barthels (DERICHS GmbH), Stephanie Holzmann (DERICHS GmbH), Dr. Christoph Daube (Applied Materials WEB Coating GmbH), Lutz Busch (Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG), Dr. Sven Bernhard (Infiana Group), Nicola Hamann (Mack Brooks Exhibitions)
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    21.03.2017   Fibria starts construction on intermodal terminal in Aparecida do Taboado, MS    ( Company news )

    Company news Fibria’s pulp output will be shipped by rail to the Port of Santos in São Paulo for export

    Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading eucalyptus pulp producer, started construction on an intermodal terminal located in Aparecida do Taboado, Mato Grosso do Sul, which will ship the pulp produced at its new plant in Três Lagoas (photo), Mato Grosso do Sul to the Macuco Terminal at the Port of Santos in São Paulo, from where it will be exported to clients in Asia, Europe and the United States. The cornerstone ceremony, which was held on Thursday, was attended by the Governor of Mato Grosso do Sul, Reinaldo Azambuja, the State Secretary of Environment and Economic Development, Jaime Verruck, the Mayor of Aparecida do Taboado, José Robson Samara Almeida, the CEO of Fibria, Marcelo Castelli, the Chief Logistics & Procurement Officer of Fibria, Wellington Giacomin, and other officials.

    The intermodal terminal, which integrates various transportation means, such as highway and rail, in Aparecida do Taboado is located on Highway BR 158 and will have annual pulp shipment capacity of 1.95 million tons. Construction is slated to be concluded in July 2017. The startup of Fibria’s second pulp production line in Três Lagoas is scheduled for early in the fourth quarter of this year.

    “Fibria has been doing its homework by investing in practices that combine growth with sustainable regional development. This is one such example. Using rail transportation is more attractive economically and has a lower environmental impact. This is good for Fibria, for Aparecida do Taboado and for the state of Mato Grosso do Sul,” said CEO Marcelo Castelli.

    Fibria’s investment in the new Aparecida do Taboado Intermodal Terminal is included in the overall amount, of R$7.5 billion, to be invested in the Horizonte 2 Project. The terminal will adopt the structural standard of integrated terminals located in other regions of Brazil, which serve freight hubs to expedite the use of broad-gauge railroads (rail structure that allows freight cars and locomotives to travel at higher speeds).

    “Fibria is constantly seeking to enhance its processes to ensure operating excellence. We are taking yet another step to reinforce the competitive advantages of our integrated logistics model. The new terminal structure was conceived to facilitate the shipping of our production, while reducing costs and capturing efficiency gains in processes,” said Chief Logistics & Procurement Officer Wellington Giacomin.

    Aligned with the company’s social development strategy, the terminal’s construction will create 220 direct and indirect jobs. Once operational, the Terminal in Aparecida will strengthen the Midwest logistics corridor.
    (Fibria Celulose S/A)
     
    21.03.2017   The inkjet revolution: Ricoh delivers billions of impressions, hundreds of engines, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... nearly a dozen ink types and more

    Ricoh presented its inkjet technologies at Hunkeler innovationdays 2017. The global technology company continues to expand its impressive portfolio and build on its decade-long legacy as the first company to enter the high volume drop on demand market. At the biennial event held at Messe Lucerne, Switzerland, from 20 to 23 February, Ricoh showcased its production portfolio, including recent enhancements affecting print speed, quality and capabilities to help customers adapt to their fast paced, fast changing markets.

    Photo: Ricoh Pro™ VC40000 features a powerful combination of speed, resolution and ease of use.

    Ricoh continues to grow its inkjet portfolio to serve an increasingly diverse client base. Throughout this journey, the company has marked several milestones worth celebrating:
    -More than 650 engines installed in 29 countries worldwide, averaging more than 20 engines per country.
    -Being named a consistent global leader in high speed inkjet, most recently highlighted in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide High-Speed Inkjet Press 2016 Vendor Assessment*
    -More than 10 ink types developed and deployed, providing unmatched versatility and creative possibilities.
    -Five generations of control unit platform, as Ricoh continues to evolve and reinvent to meet changing market needs.

    Ricoh’s commitment to innovation spreads to its focus on reduced power consumption, reliability, output quality and application flexibility. Beyond the metrics, Ricoh has committed itself to driving continuous improvement in the inkjet market as well. This commitment is also reflected in Ricoh’s dedication to enabling clients protect their investment by making needed enhancements that help meet the demands of the evolving marketplace.

    “Hunkeler innovationdays, one of the premier production print shows in the world, consistently provides an unparalleled opportunity to measure progress,” said Benoit Chatelard, Vice President, Production Printing, Ricoh Europe. “Ricoh is making huge strides, hitting big milestones and satisfying diverse client needs in a way that really stands out. We were proud to carry this momentum to the show and beyond. The way technology has changed in recent years, we really do seem to be entering into an Age of Inkjet, and that’s an age where Ricoh can be right at the forefront.”

    Milestones and portfolio enhancements are strong evidence of effectively helping clients grow their business, but the Ricoh added value is also clear from clients’ own words:
    -Tri-Win Direct, a national direct marketing company in the United States, distributed 200 million direct mail pieces in 2015. When they wanted to go bigger and better, they turned to Ricoh and the Ricoh Pro -Pondres, one of the leaders in Dutch data driven marketing and print, focused the Ricoh Pro VC60000’s speed and power on delivering high quality printing for its clients as it pursued a multichannel approach.
    -Recent German adopter Walter Digital ordered the Ricoh Pro VC60000 to support its mailings, point of sale-material, marketing collateral and manuals.
    -Urban Fulfillment Services (UFS), the US’ largest minority owned business outsource services provider to the financial services industry, as upgraded its print operations by adding multiple InfoPrint 5000s, helping to increase throughput and efficiency.

    Enhancements to Ricoh’s market leading inkjet portfolio include:
    -The brand new Ricoh Pro™ VC40000, announced last month, features a powerful combination of speed, resolution and ease of use. The Ricoh Pro VC40000 operates at speeds up to 120 metres/minute, making it capable of producing more than 100,000 A4 images per hour. Paper support from 40 to 250 gsm and an optional fifth printhead array for MICR, security inks and other options, bring astounding flexibility to the powerful platform.
    -New and enhanced features for the Ricoh Pro VC60000, including a new 100 metres/minute speed option. This speed will support further inline finishing technologies that are not optimised for the platform’s usual 120-150 metres/minute speed; therefore enabling smooth production.
    -Over the history of the InfoPrint 5000 programme, Ricoh has demonstrated a commitment to our clients by offering high value improvements on a consistent basis. Recent upgrades have included paper saving mode, to nearly eliminate white paper from the start of a print job. Ricoh has also introduced new inks, DFE enhancements, enhanced JDF support, new colour management tools, and many other improvements.

    Ricoh was also proud to again sponsor the DOXNET lectures and networking event at Hunkeler innovationdays 2017.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    21.03.2017   Siemens optimizes converting machines with new compensation functions    ( Company news )

    Company news -New Simotion Motion Control functions for higher winding quality, machine speed and process reliability
    -Prismatic winding compensates for path length differences on non-circular winding bodies
    -Learning Error Compensation (LECo) compensates for cyclic disturbance variables in the process

    Siemens has expanded its Simotion Motion Control solutions for converting machines to include prismatic winding and Learning Error Compensation (LECo). Prismatic winding compensates for path length differences on non-circular winding bodies. The advantages are higher winding quality, machine speed and process reliability. The new self-learning LECo function compensates for periodic disturbance variables in the process, and quickly restores the process and product quality. Deviations, such as position errors of a process axis triggered by mechanical shock, are already largely compensated for after just one cycle. The new Simotion applications are used, for example, in the manufacture of battery electrodes as well as in the processing of corrugated cardboard or material webs.

    Winding on non-circular cylindrical, near elliptical bodies creates web length changes between the material support point and the deflector roller. These were previously compensated mechanically or by a variable winding speed. The new Siemens Motion Control solution for prismatic winding calculates cyclically in advance the support points of the material on the deflector roller and winding body, and feeds these into the controller. The machine constructor benefits from higher winding quality, higher machine speed and process reliability.

    The new self-learning LECo application replaces the previous dynamic position controllers. These correct position errors of the process axes caused, for example, by a mechanical shock, but only after a delay. By continuously monitoring the process axes, the new Siemens solution quickly detects deviations, calculates the pre-control value on the basis of the following error, and feeds this into the controller in the next cycle. Deviations are already largely compensated for after the first cycle. In the following cycles, a learning algorithm continuously monitors the result of the compensation, fine tunes the drive control, and thus also increases the process accuracy.
    8Siemens AG)
     
    21.03.2017   Trimble Acquires Savcor Oy and Silvadata to Expand its Global Reach and SaaS Solutions for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... the Forest Industry

    Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that it has acquired the forestry business of Savcor Oy, a global supplier of forestry solutions for performance optimization and enterprise management. Trimble has also acquired Silvadata, a provider of cloud-based data, collaboration and workflow automation services to small- and medium-sized forestry companies. The acquisitions expand Trimble's global reach and complement Trimble's Connected Forest solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Trimble's Connected Forest solutions manage the full raw materials lifecycle of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, transporting and processing. The solutions improve decision making at every step—from forest to mill and from land acquisition to product delivery—by combining industry-specialized software and state-of-the-art hardware into solutions for land, forest and fiber management. With the addition of Savcor and Silvadata to the Connected Forest portfolio, Trimble now offers the most comprehensive supply chain solutions available to the forest industry today.

    "The Savcor and Silvadata acquisitions build upon our strategy to provide global customers with a complete end-to-end ecosystem for forest management, traceability and timber processing," said Ken Moen, general manager of Trimble's Forestry Division. "Our fundamental focus is to provide integrated solutions that drive agility, improve efficiency and provide better visibility at each stage of the forest lifecycle."
    (Trimble Inc.)
     
    21.03.2017   CCE International 2017 shows latest trends for the corrugated and folding carton industry over the .    ( Compayn news )

    Compayn news ... three days in Munich

    From 21 – 23 March 2017 the corrugated and folding carton industry will gather at Munich’s Trade Fair Centre for their specialised industry event CCE International. A total of 150 exhibitors from 23 countries will present raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard. Major exhibitor countries are Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Great Britain.

    The demand for products made from corrugated and cartonboard is continuously increasing all across the globe. From simple transit packaging to modern POS displays and luxurious gift boxes – corrugated and folding carton products are highly versatile, light-weight, eco-friendly and thus right on trend. With new applications, in particular in the areas of printing and converting, the industry sector is currently seeing a dynamic technological development. The large variety of innovative production and converting solutions which will be presented at CCE International on a net exhibition space of 4,700 m2 offer visitors ideas for new business opportunities in many different industry sectors.

    Beside the large number of live demonstrations at the exhibition stands, there are excellent opportunities for exchange of expertise among industry specialists. An open seminar on all three show days will, once again, be held alongside the exhibition, in the presentation area on the show floor. This year’s programme is focussed on the topic ‘Digital Print for Corrugated and Folding Carton’. Experts from leading technology providers provide insight into innovative printing solutions enabling corrugated and folding carton converters to enter new growth markets with an enhanced choice of products. The open seminar is free of charge for all visitors to the exhibition.

    Once again, CCE International 2017 is being held alongside the world’s largest paper, film and foil converting exhibition, ICE Europe 2017. The event allows converters and packaging specialists to experience the latest trends in the production and conversion of flexible web-based material first-hand. A total of 429 international exhibitors offer an innovative choice of equipment and solutions. All participants at ICE Europe and CCE International can benefit from visiting both co-located industry events with their tickets.

    The exhibitions are accessible from entrance East of the Munich Trade Fair Centre. Opening hours are on the first two show days, 21 - 22 March 2017, from 9:00 – 18:00 and on Thursday, 23 March 2017, from 9:00 – 16:00.

    Tickets for the show are available from the Online Ticket Shop at www.cce-international.com at €22 for a day pass and €32 for a 3-day-pass – a saving of 25% and over 30%, respectively, compared to buying the tickets on-site.
    (CCE International Press Office, Mack Brooks Exhibitions)
     
    20.03.2017   A pathway to success - Young label industry managers explore the route    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT, the international labelling association, represents an industry that is, on almost every front, a centre for change. With its roots in the family-owned self-adhesive label companies established in the 1970s, the association is bringing together the industry’s younger generation for the fourth Global Young Managers Club Congress, taking place in Lisbon, 22-24 March. This growing annual event is the result of the establishment of the FINAT Young Managers Club (YMC), FINAT’s initiative to address the challenges on both the technical and business management fronts that face second-generation and young newcomers to the label industry’s extended value chain.

    Attracting delegates from across Europe and further afield, the FINAT Global Young Managers Club Congress this year is focused on ‘creating your pathway to success’. According to FINAT YMC President Dana Kilarska – herself the second-generation MD of Slovak label printers Purgina – “it represents a hub where young managers can learn business skills in the context of our special industry, and our closely-knit supply chain.”

    Combining a Label Industry Young Talent Platform, expert speaker presentations, and interactive workshops with a lively programme of social events, the Congress agenda is designed to provide insights into current industry topics, issues, and opportunities; to increase delegates’ management skills; and to build an active global network of young managers working in this key aspect of the packaging industry.

    Speakers contributing their expertise include Erik Joosten (NL), Founder and CEO of international healthcare pathfinders and innovators in both products and services Arion Group (NL); and Johannes Höfler (AT), creator of the Patent & Founders Factory, dedicated to transforming Austria into Europe’s leading business start-up nation.

    Supported by the overarching information base of FINAT and affiliated regional and national label associations around the world, the FINAT Young Managers Club is, says President Kilarska, “delivering access to an ongoing source of focussed industry knowledge – for example on legislation, technology, and new markets. It is for sure the first step in creating your pathway to success.”
    (FINAT)
     
    20.03.2017   Recycling Paper Strengthens the Circular Economy    ( Company news )

    Company news FEFCO welcomes the European Parliament’s vote supporting the ambitious report on the waste package adopted by the Environmental Committee in January 2017.

    Recycling keeps materials like paper & board alive for a long time. The circular economy needs recycling to keep the value of the materials in the loop and to minimise the use of resources.

    The vote today recognises the need to raise public awareness and encourages Member States to improve the market conditions for bio-based recyclable packaging. Corrugated is such a packaging and a perfect example of a real circular economy. `We use recycled paper as a raw material, optimising the use of resources and reducing the environmental impact – on average corrugated packaging has 88% recycled content.` says Angelika Christ, FEFCO Secretary General.

    Europe can achieve a fair and reliable circular economy that reduces waste, avoids emissions and other environmental impacts in which recycling targets are realistic. Requiring 90% recycling of paper & board by 2025 would be a big challenge, when the other necessary conditions are not fully in place and there are significant differences among countries.

    The vote strengthens the need for separate collection, providing an opportunity for high quality of materials for recycling, which is beneficial for the European economy, the society and the environment.
    (FEFCO I.A.)
     
    20.03.2017   A perfect pair: Sappi and the new ACTEGA Terra calendar    ( Company news )

    Company news Algro Design® Card from Sappi provides the ideal substrate for overprint varnish from Europe's leading manufacturer ACTEGA Terra in its new 2017 annual calendar

    Inspiration for packaging printing: As in previous years, the popular new edition of the photo wall calendar from ACTEGA Terra GmbH reflects a variety of varnish finishing on the bright white Algro Design Card carton board from Sappi. The high quality of the printing substrate once again strongly differentiates the calendar from commonly used image-printing paper types. The theme this year is "Cultures": The calendar includes photographs that focus on people, their habits, everyday activities, their lives.

    "After exotic landscapes, animals, cities and underwater worlds, it was time for something new with images that touch us emotionally and that express vitality. The calendar takes the viewer across continents and highlights what makes our earth so interesting and multifaceted… just as multifaceted as the world of overprint varnishes," according to Timo Kondziela, Head of Marketing at ACTEGA Terra GmbH in Lehrte. Each month highlights a different finishing technique. "It is intended to show our customers that they can achieve high-quality finishing effects with industrial machine configurations," Kondziela adds.

    The individual month pages were printed and finished in offset – except for the use of screen printing on the August calendar page – on a KBA Rapida 105 PRO. On the brilliant, white surface of Algro Design Card 235 g/m2, all carefully selected varnish finishes are perfectly highlighted. This was confirmed by the printing and process technicians involved in producing the calendar at KBA in Radebeul: Algro Design is characterised by a smooth and extremely dust-free surface and high dimensional stability. This leads to homogeneous and consistent results during the print finishing process. Experience has shown that even multiple print runs can be carried out with a high level of reliability.

    High-quality carton as a distinguishing feature
    This in-demand calendar in the printing industry appeals, thanks to its combinations of matt, gloss and high gloss varnishes, drip off systems and pearlescent gloss applications. The finishing techniques also include metallic, sensory and screen printing effects. A breakthrough feature is the use of a highly reactive UV gloss varnish for LED UV applications with LED UV inks for the month of October image depicting a couple dressed in national costume in front of an alpine panorama. The decision as to which varnish effects were used was based heavily on the statement the image was intended to make.

    "Eye-catching images are simply very much in demand today,” Kondziela says. “Varnish effects that create visible and tangible differences between printed products influence our purchasing decisions.” The "Cultures" calendar consciously combines visual and sensory elements. For example, the January image depicting an Inuit during a hunt shows silvery, glossy ice created using a water-based pearlescent varnish. A UV matt varnish from the print unit provides the desired contrast on the horizon. In addition, the traditional Inuit reindeer pelt skin has been given a particularly soft feel.

    For ACTEGA Terra, who want to give their premium calendar due kudos and impact, Sappi Algro Design Card carton board made from virgin fibres represents an ideal substrate and guarantees maximum precision, high quality and consistency. The high quality of the carton board, its look and feel, and in particular the bright white finish and consistent surface create clearer, livelier images in the printing, ensure increased contrast, at the same time giving an impression of greater space.

    Additional information on the inks used, the production and finishing details as well as on the history behind the images is available for users on the popular microsite "www.calendar-insights.com".
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    20.03.2017   Launch of brand-new line of household paper products: Cascades Fluff & Cascades Tuff, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... soft and strong, are soon to be preferred by Canadian families

    Cascades is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new consumer line of tissue paper. Consisting of three varieties of toilet paper and two varieties of paper towels, these innovative products will gradually replace the current generation of their Cascades counterparts.

    "Today, Cascades is launching a line of toilet paper and paper towels that is among the softest and strongest on the market, while maintaining all of the green properties our products are famous for. This will give consumers the comfort and performance they're looking for in a product, while protecting the environment. We believe that through these new and improved products, Cascades will be chosen by a growing number of families across the country thereby increasing our market share" said Mario Plourde, Cascades President and CEO.

    "Cascades' Research and Development team worked for over two years reviewing each step in the construction process to finally arrive at the superior quality Cascades Fluff TM and Cascades Tuff TM products. No detail was overlooked in improving families' experience—from the manufacturing formula of the paper to its embossing and packaging," stated Jean Jobin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Tissue Group.

    "To mark this important advancement, Cascades decided to create cute fictional characters that embody the evolution of the Cascades brand, called Fluff © and Tuff © . Fluff is a bunny with a comforting softness that accurately reflects Cascades toilet paper," said Thierry Trudel , Vice‑President, Marketing and Communications at Cascades Tissue Group. "Tuff is confident, energetic and full of vigour, which aptly represents the sturdiness of this paper towel. Together, they form a dynamic duo, enhancing the lives of today's families," he added.

    Made, as always, according to the most environmentally friendly standards, Cascades Fluff toilet paper and Cascades Tuff paper towels are now available in grocery stores and pharmacies in Québec as well as in many stores across Canada. To introduce these new products, an ad campaign by Sid Lee, featuring the voice of Gilles Girard (Les Classels, a famous Québec pop band of the 60s), will be launched across media networks.
    (Cascades Tissue Group)
     
    20.03.2017   Ence posts a net profit of €38.7 million in 2016     ( Company news )

    Company news -The Company achieved good results in an adverse environment of low pulp and energy prices in 2016.
    -Ence advances in its Strategic Plan accomplishments: strong reduction of the cost production to €341/t within the fourth quarter. The Company speeds up its growth in energy from biomass, with a 29% increase of its power.
    -Financial strength: the net debt was reduced by 9.5% in 2016 to €218 million, with a leverage of EBITDA x1.6, the lowest in its sector.
    -Attractive and steady shareholder remuneration: the Board will propose to the General Meeting a complementary dividend of €0.0473 gross per share. The profitability for the shareholder rose to 6.6% within 2016.

    Ence – Energía y Celulosa posted a net profit of €38.7 million in 2017 (-22.4%), a good result in an adverse environment of low pulp and energy prices in 2016. Besides, it’s remarkable how the pulp price has initiated a strong growth within the first months of 2017. The adjusted EBITDA rose to €42.2 million within the fourth quarter, with an increase of 29.1%, driven by increases of 26.5% and 35.6% in pulp and energy business, respectively. The adjusted EBITDA for the year was €138 million.

    Ignacio Colmenares, CEO of Ence, highlighted: “throughout 2016 we have achieved significant advances in our Strategic Plan, as it shows the strong reduction of the costs made and the progress in the achievement of our growth objectives in our energy business. Moreover, we expect a good 2017 given the recovery of the pulp prices and the good pace in the execution of our investment plan”.

    We must remark the cost reduction to €340.9/t within the fourth quarter, lower than €375/t in the first quarter of 2016 and very close to our goal for 2017. The energy business, that had already reached an EBITDA of €34 million (+9%), was driven by an increase of 29% in its installed capacity after the incorporation of two new biomass for power generation plants.

    The levered free cash flow rose up to €110 million and the net financial debt ended the year in €218.3 million, 9.5% less than 2015. The financial leverage of the company is the EBITDA x1.6, significantly lower than its competitors.

    The Board has agreed to propose a complementary dividend of €0.0473 gross per share for the 2016. The company, one of the 10 first companies in the IBEX Top Dividend index, offered a profitability of 6.6% for the shareholder in 2016.
    (Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A.)
     
    17.03.2017   Control Group adds another Nilpeter press to their lineup    ( Company news )

    Company news Control Group of Norwood, NJ, USA has added a third Nilpeter press to their production lineup – a 22-inch FA-6

    Picture: Control Group Owners Bill Cheringal (left) and Jeff Levine (right) with their latest Nilpeter press

    Founded in 1971, Control Group is a customer-focused company that delivers specialized printed packaging solutions to the pharmaceutical, healthcare, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and personal care markets.

    To achieve an even higher quality of label and flexible packaging production, with print options tailored to customer specifications, Control Group recently acquired their third Nilpeter press, and the second press from Nilpeter’s FA-Line.

    “We have been working with Nilpeter for years now, and their commitment and attention to detail is unparalleled,” says Control Group COO Jim Imburgia. “Our first purchase was the 16-inch FG servo press. Being the first press built in that product line we expected to have some issues, but true to the Nilpeter name it was installed, and we were producing within a week. Since the installation in 2008 we have recorded zero downtime,” he adds.

    “Since that experience was very positive, we decided to add a 22-inch FA-6 in 2012. Having 13 colors, rotary screen, movable towers, and die-cutting, this press really raised the bar and made us stand out from the competition. At the recent LabelExpo Americas 2016 we purchased our third Nilpeter press, the 22-inch FA-6* on display, and had it configured precisely as the press on show. We thought the FA-6 was ahead of its time but the FA-6* has raised the bar again,” Jim Imburgia says. “Its Clean-Hand Technology is perfect for our evolving workforce and product innovation. Having a relationship with a vendor is important. With Nilpeter we have a partnership that will help move us forward for years to come,” he concludes.

    Nilpeter, too, are pleased to continue this great, mutually beneficial working relationship, says Paul Teachout, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Nilpeter USA.

    “Control Group have become more than a partner. The innovation they offer to the printing industry sets the bar for the future of dynamic packaging solutions. It has been a mutually rewarding experience as they allow us to push the bar with new press innovations. These innovations have led to award winning products in many associations- and industry awards competitions. The addition of the FA-6* will allow Control Group to take their production and product offerings to another level,” Paul Teachout concludes.
    (Nilpeter A/S)
     
    17.03.2017   Sangeeta Sachdev appointed managing director of SPGPrints America    ( Company news )

    Company news SPGPrints announces the appointment of Sangeeta Sachdev as the managing director of its North American business, SPGPrints America, Inc. In her role, Sachdev takes responsibility for the company’s operations in the United States and Canada.

    SPGPrints America, Charlotte, North Carolina, is the regional base for manufacturing, research and development, sales and marketing, and full support activities. The company is a global leader in rotary screen technology for the self-adhesive label and industrial narrow-web markets. Furthermore, SPGPrints provides complete digital inkjet printing solutions for the textile and wallcover printing markets, in addition to rotary screen technology.

    Since joining SPGPrints – formerly known as Stork Prints – in 2003, Sangeeta Sachdev has held several managerial positions, at locations around the world. In the USA, her roles included managing digital textiles, labels and packaging operations. She also headed sales in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

    Among Sachdev’s priorities will be expanding the use of rotary screen as a complementary technology in the production of labels and folding cartons, and the roll-out of SPGPrints’ new inkjet textile printing technology based on its Archer® technology ink delivery system.

    Sangeeta Sachdev comments: “With its capability for applying thick layers of coverage in a single pass, rotary screen printing is an essential technology for achieving numerous vivid, tactile and luster effects, productively. It is a powerful complementary technology for brand differentiation. SPGPrints offers solutions for every step in the rotary screen workflow for package printing applications up to one-meter (39.37in) width. With our strong support network and application expertise as well, we are uniquely placed to help printers adopt the process and competitively offer creative, added-value branding solutions.”

    SPGPrints’ rotary screen printing offering includes retrofittable RSI® (Rotary Screen Integration) units that can be integrated with almost all flexo, offset and gravure label presses; non-woven nickel re-engravable RotaMesh® and – on non-SPGPrints presses – reusable RotaPlate® screens; and fast, digitized solutions for high-definition screen imaging. The rotaLEN direct laser engraving system images rotary screens with resolutions of up to 4000dpi in a single step without film, chemicals or water. The variLEX hybrid laser exposer is a single, digital imaging solution for high-definition flexo, dry-offset, screen and letterpress printing formes and comes with SPGPrints’ own software solutions.

    “No doubt, this will be a job with many challenges, but it is also one of many opportunities, and working with the worldwide SPGPrints’ team, I see a strong future for the company and its customers,” Sachdev concluded.
    (SPGPrints America Inc.)
     
    17.03.2017   Mimaki announces unique hybrid printer for flexible textile printing    ( Company news )

    Company news One printer, two inks: enabling fast, efficient print on cotton, hemp, polyester and more, at an entry-level cost and with a compact footprint

    Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced that its Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B (photo) direct-to-textile printers have been updated to simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation dye inks. This enables the use of a single printer to print directly on a wide range of textiles without the need to change out ink systems. This new technology, that wasn’t possible until now, is a breakthrough that will improve productivity and increase flexibility for these Mimaki textile printers.

    “Recently, in the textile and apparel markets, quick deliveries and short, customised production are becoming increasingly important. This new system is specifically designed to address this need for cost-effective short run printing of textiles for products or samples,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales of Mimaki Europe. “It means that producers can switch fabric types quickly and easily, selecting the appropriate ink system for each fabric. And these inks do not require usage of water or steaming in the post-treatment process, making them environmentally sustainable as well.”

    Mimaki offers five different ink types for textile printing, including sublimation dye ink, dispersion dye ink, textile pigment ink, reactive dye ink and acid dye ink. In the normal course of operation, one ink per printer must be selected. But now textile producers will be able to use the two most popular ink types in one single printer. The Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers will be able to simultaneously load TP400 textile pigment ink for cotton and hemp materials as well as Sb420 sublimation dye ink for polyester material. Since neither ink type generally requires steaming or washing in the post-treatment process, there is no need for a large space, a huge quantity of water, or special expertise in handling the printed fabric. All that is required is the printer and colour fixing equipment, making these entry-level printers suitable for use by designers, fabric workshops, and educational and research institutions.

    “We are very excited about this breakthrough,” van den Broek added. “We understand the need for an affordable printer with a compact footprint for these users, and we moved swiftly to address this need with a very unique approach. As digital textile printing continues to gain traction, placing these printers in design and educational environments will help educate more people about the possibilities presented by on-demand printing of textiles and spur further demand for digitally printed textiles.”

    The Details
    -With textile pigment ink TP400, large post-treatment equipment is not required. These inks, which consist of solvent, pigment and binder agent, are fixed through heat without impairing the breathability and water absorbency of the fabric. The result is beautiful printing on cotton and hemp materials and is recommended for interior fabrics, T-shirts and various other apparel applications.

    -Sublimation dye ink Sb420 is specifically designed for use with pre-treated fabrics, especially polyester. The colour is fixed using heat after printing. Printing on polyester with these inks delivers excellent colour accuracy and reproducibility.

    -The Tx300P-1800 printer can print directly onto almost any type of natural or man-made fabric and is ideally suited for thick and woven textiles. Its combination of an affordable price, speed and high quality make it perfect for producing short runs or samples of customised and other designs.

    -The Tx300P-1800B printer uses an innovative automated belt-fed conveyance system that is particularly effective when printing on modern stretchable materials. It prints to a broad range of natural and man-made fabrics and is ideal for the production of fashion, clothing and soft furnishing materials.

    The hybrid ink system for the Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers will be commercially available in the summer of 2017.
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    17.03.2017   Munksjö launches Steralia, a medical paper for high-performance sterilisation pouches    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced specialty papers, announces the launch of Steralia[TM], a technical paper for the manufacturing of medical pouches used for the sterilisation of medical devices. Once sealed, such medical pouches help identify the sterilisation method used, and once sterilised, maintain the sterility of the contents until opening, reducing infection risk for maximum patient safety.

    Steralia[TM] acts as a filter to form an efficient bacterial barrier. This uncoated paper delivers high performance during the converting, sealing and sterilisation process of medical devices. Thanks to a good wet and dry strength combined with adequate permeability, the paper allows the passage of the sterilising agent into and out of the pack, while insuring the required bacterial barrier. The cold or heat sealing properties of Steralia[TM] makes it suitable for both paper-film or paper-paper medical pouches.

    Steralia[TM] ensures trouble-free processing with the most common sterilisation methods such as steam, hot air, Eo-Gas, FORM-Gas and gamma irradiation. Made from virgin fibers, it offers a fiber-free peel for perfect cleanliness during opening. Available in 60 and 70 g/m[2], it delivers good results with flexo printing, lacquering and coating for impeccable product identification. Manufactured at Rottersac production site, SteraliaTM complies with DIN EN ISO 11607-1 and DIN EN 868-3 & 6 standards.

    "Patients safety and risk of bacterial infection is of high concern globally. Medical pouches are consequently a growing market with an increasing demand for sterilisation solutions of medical devices. Munksjö's ambition is to provide technically-advanced materials for these very specific needs. As an expert in specialty papers, Munksjö also delivers solutions for pharmaceutical and food packaging applications. The company is continuously working on the development of paper-based solutions that address demanding requirements in markets where people safety is the key concern and strict health and safety regulations have to be followed." comments Alexandra Venot, Vice President, Flexible Packaging.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    17.03.2017   Scott Harman and Adam Missell Join Appvion's Digital Products Segment    ( Company news )

    Company news Scott Harman (left) and Adam Missell (right) have joined Appvion Inc. to help the company expand its digital products segment, which includes Appvion’s Triumph High-Speed Inkjet papers.

    Harman joined Appvion as director of digital. He is responsible for developing and executing the long-term strategy for digital products and the associated annual operating, marketing and profit plans.

    Missell serves as technical development manager. He will lead the technical aspects of the company’s digital product development process.

    Harman joins Appvion with nearly 20 years of experience establishing new lines of business, revitalizing mature business units, and creating strategic partnerships. Most recently he served as director of sales and marketing for Forbes Custom Products, a manufacturer of customer packaging and presentation solutions based in Rochester, New York. He has also served as director of business imaging for Millcraft Paper Company in Cleveland, Ohio, where he launched new products to address packaging needs of the craft brewery market. Harman worked for six years as national sales and marketing manager for business imaging products at paper merchant xpedx in Rochester, New York. His career also includes work at Alling & Cory/xpedx, where he served as vice president and general manager in Pittsburgh.

    Missell most recently worked for Domtar Corporation in Rochester, N.Y., where he served as product and engineering manager for Xerox brand solutions. Prior to that, Missell was employed by Xerox Corporation for 10 years, first as a media quality and field technical support manager and then as business and operations manager for custom media solutions. He began his career in 1999 when he was hired by Appvion as a senior process engineer in R&D.
    (Appvion Inc.)
     
    17.03.2017   26th International Munich Paper Symposium - only 40 places left    ( Company news )

    Company news More than 200 companies from 21 countries have already registered for the 26th IMPS - INTERNATIONAL MUNICH PAPER SYMPOSIUM which is again going to take place in the modern Sheraton München Arabellapark Conference Center from 22-24 March 2017. The theme of the meeting is “Progress in Board and Paper Technology”, and while almost all of the papers are going to be presented by board mills and paper mills, it will be clear that papermaking equipment and innovations designed to improve the performance of paper, board and printing machines play a very important role.

    As you may notice from the program at www.paper-online.de almost all presentations deal with first important results of technological improvements directly from board and paper mills. Although the main intention of the IMPS are presentations and knowledge transer, the attached exhibition is already fully booked.

    The IMPS is always focused on specific topics related to the paper manufacturing and paper supplying industry. In contrast to many very large conferences, the IMPS will host not more than about 400 participants, in a superb first class atmosphere. It is intended to provide an international platform for people engaged in the field of board, paper and printing technology. The conference will be bilingual (English + German) with highest quality simultaneous translation.
    Registration can easily be done online at www.paper-online.de where you can also find the latest information about the program and the exhibition. Please be aware that the IMPS is mainly a presentation and information conference with only a small exhibition area.

    The unchanged fee of 1490 Euro plus VAT includes a number of services: simultaneous translation German/English, internet access to abstracts, presentations as files, coffee breaks with snacks, superb lunches and a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, and, as far as places are available, an interesting mill tour or a visit to the well known paper institutes of Munich University of Applied Sciences and, finally, on Thursday evening a fascinating cultural event.

    Please be aware that the IMPS has always been fully booked since 2013 with more than 400 attendees from up to 25 different countries and that less than 40 places are still available.
    (IMPS Management Ltd & Co. KG)
     
    16.03.2017   Arnauld Demoulin new CEO to Van Genechten Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Former Ontex General Manager brings experience and drive to growth plans

    Van Genechten Packaging International (VGPI) has elected Arnauld Demoulin (photo) as their new Chief Executive Officer effective as of June 6th. With years of international experience in personal care and FMCG, and an energetic drive, VGP is all set for further growth.

    At home in FMCG
    Arnauld Demoulin succeeds Inge Plochaet, who as Board Member took up the role of CEO ad interim in September 2016. Before his new role, he has spent 15 years at Ontex, a leading international producer of personal hygiene solutions. Since 2006 Arnauld has led 3 different divisions of the Group between 2006-2009, 2010-2013 and 2013-today. In his last assignment he was responsible for the largest division and in charge of 2,800 people in 7 factories, leading sales, manufacturing, supply chain and finance. Before Ontex, Arnauld took on various commercial roles within the FMCG industry.

    We very consciously looked for someone with a mindset focused on people, results and growth. Equally important for Van Genechten Packaging was international experience in production and FMCG – both in mature and high-growth markets.

    Catching personality
    Alongside his strong team player attitude Arnauld will also bring extra drive and energy. It perfectly matches the momentum already initiated by Inge.

    “We are confident that Arnauld’s leadership and contagious enthusiasm will bring back growth again. Van Genechten Packaging with its 10 innovative and well-invested Pan European plants is ready for the challenge”, says Frederic de Somer, Managing Director of VGPI.

    “I’m really delighted and excited to join one of the largest independent European folding carton packaging companies. Together with the teams we will reinforce our position to deliver custom folding carton packaging that makes our customers’ brands stand out”, concludes Arnauld Demoulin.
    (Van Genechten Packaging N.V.)
     
    16.03.2017   BOBST at ICE Europe 2017     ( Company news )

    Company news As a dedicated converting event, ICE Europe (21- 23 March 2017, in Munich) is the ideal platform for BOBST process specialists to take visitors through the displays and samples dedicated to functional substrate excellence. The information available and the samples produced in BOBST’s Competence Centers in Europe will reflect the equipment capabilities to satisfy the global market demand for added value applications aimed at increasing substrate functionalities.

    These include vacuum web coating and metallizing processes: from the very latest AluBond® breakthrough in advanced metal adhesion technology, through to the processes for the production and the conversion of AlOx clear high barrier films, to the well-established SelectMet® system and DarkNight® process. Information will also be available about the new K5 EXPERT, the highest productivity metallizer in the world.

    In coating, the solutions presented will also spotlight the increasing demand for high performance substrates, for example lacquered aluminum foils, coated and barrier films, release liners, consumer and industrial tapes and labels. The latest BOBST developments in the field of coating, featured on its range of ROTOCOAT, ROTOMELT and ROTOSIL lines, include the optimization of the pressurized doctor blade chamber used for the production of no-label-look labels, a high performance dryer for air temperatures up to 350°C and a modular coating head for hot melt applications.

    The advanced range of BOBST technology and process solutions for printing and laminating, including CI and inline flexo printing, and gravure printing, as well as BOBST service and support packages will also be represented on the ICE Europe stand.

    BOBST will be attending the ICE exhibition in Munich Germany, 21- 23 March 2017 on stand 1166 in hall A 5.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    16.03.2017   Smurfit Kappa announces the appointment of Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen to the Board as an ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... independent non-executive Director with immediate effect

    In addition, non-executive Directors Thomas Brodin and Gary McGann have indicated to the Board they will not seek re-election at the Group’s AGM to be held on 5 May 2017 and will step down from the Board on that date.

    Liam O’ Mahony, Smurfit Kappa Group Chairman, commented:
    “We are pleased to welcome Jørgen to the Board. We look forward to drawing on his expertise in the FMCG sector and his experience as CEO of one of the world’s leading beverage companies.”

    “We would also like to record our sincere appreciation for the substantial contribution of Thomas who has been a valued member of the Board since 2008 and our Senior Independent Director for the last two years. Gary is our former CEO and we would again like to thank Gary for his outstanding achievements while leading the Group as CEO from 2002 to 2015.”

    Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen
    Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen was President and CEO of Carlsberg Group from 2007 to 2015. Appointed to the Executive Board of Carlsberg A/S in 2006, he previously held senior positions covering Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia in several global FMCG companies, including Gillette Group, Duracell, Mars and Unilever.

    He is Chairman of Novozymes AS, a biotechnology company and Chairman of Uhrenholt AS, a global food wholesaling company.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    16.03.2017   Siegwerk expands its water-based ink business by acquiring Hi-Tech Products Ltd    ( Company news )

    Company news With the acquisition of UK-based Hi-Tech Products Ltd, Siegwerk is further expanding its water-based ink business and thereby enhancing its product and service portfolio for packaging printers.

    Siegwerk, one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has signed a contract to purchase UK-based Hi-Tech Products Ltd. The specialist supplier of water-based inks and coatings develops and manufactures high-quality water-based flexo inks, mainly for printing on corrugated board packaging.

    By making this purchase, Siegwerk is once again expanding its product and service offering for the packaging market. “Hi-Tech Products Ltd is an established and well-known water-based ink supplier in the UK. The company’s ink solutions and coatings perfectly complement our water-based ink portfolio”, says Dirk Weissenfeldt, Vice President Paper & Board and Liquid Food Packaging at Siegwerk. “This merger enables us to expand our local footprint in the UK and therefore to continue raising our profile as a supplier of water-based printing inks in Europe.”
    The integration of the acquired products into Siegwerk’s water-based ink offering will enable customers from Hi-Tech Products Ltd to benefit from a more comprehensive product portfolio and the wider technological expertise offered by Siegwerk as well. Both companies target their solutions specifically at the customer’s individual needs. This perfect cultural fit will support a smooth transition and will simplify the integration process going forward.

    “We are delighted to have found in Siegwerk a great partner and a new owner for our company. Over the last years we have built a solid company with innovative technology and excellent customer service. I’m convinced that Siegwerk can integrate our offering into their larger structure and thus advance it on the market. After 12 years, I would like to thank all of our customers for their support and to our staff for the many years of dedicated service. In the future, we hope to spend more time closer to our family in New Zealand,” says Wade Brealey, Managing Director of Hi-Tech Products Ltd.

    The acquisition of Hi-Tech Products Ltd follows other strategic investments and disinvestments that Siegwerk has completed to enhance its position as a full-range provider for the packaging market.

    The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details.
    (Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA)
     
    16.03.2017   Archroma celebrates opening of global competence Center for Surface & Coating Technology    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Beate Plueckhan, President Region EMEA, at the opening ceremony of Archroma’s Global Competence Center for Paper Surface & Coating Technology with Donna Baldwin, PS Head of Customer Support (left) and Adam Bastow, Lab technician (right) and behind him Paul Raywood CSD Textiles UK.
    (Photos: Archroma)

    Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, has officially inaugurated its new Global Center of Excellence for Surface & Coating Technology. The Center, which opened yesterday, underlines Archroma’s ambition to bring new, innovative solutions to the packaging and specialty paper markets.

    The brand new Global Center of Excellence for Surface & Coating Technology is based in Bradford, UK, at the location of Archroma's application laboratory team for deposit control. It hosts the global product manager for Surface & Coating and a team of application experts, all with close links to Archroma's Research & Development organization and the sales teams around the globe. Over the last four months, the existing laboratory facilities have been extended and state-of-the-art equipment for application development and measurement have been installed.

    This investment emphasizes the commitment by Archroma to bring new technologies in the area of barrier and surface coating to the packaging market. At the opening session, Beate Plueckhan, President Region EMEA, commented on the potential offered by this market: "Especially in the area of food packaging, consumers are looking for safe, convenient and sustainable packaging. This offers many opportunities to market new surface & coating solutions. With its technology and application know-how Archroma is well positioned to participate more intensively in this growing market."

    The new application laboratory will also allow Archroma to quickly run application tests for packaging producers, as well as to develop customized recipes for them.

    During the last few years, Archroma has launched several eco-advanced innovations in the area of food packaging. Its solutions are widely accepted in the market and the company is continuing to strengthen its capacities in order to support the segment's increasing demands. Examples include:
    - Cartaguard® KST liq: A cationic fluoropolymer providing a strong and long-lasting barrier to grease and water. FDA and BfR approved.
    - Cartaseal® HFU liq: A recyclable wax alternative coating for corrugated packaging and multipurpose water barrier coating. Fluorine-free and FDA compliant.
    - Cartaseal® VWF liq: Extremely flexible water vapor barrier coating imparting grease, oil, fat and solvent resistance. It is a FDA and BfR approved fluorine-free alternative providing complete protection ideal for ream wrap, food and pharmaceutical packaging.

    "These products are great examples highlighting Archroma's ability to provide a specific solution for every individual packaging challenge: be it superior barrier properties to oil, water and water vapor, be it excellent printability, glueability, and heat sealability, or temperature resistance. With the new Center of Excellence for Surface & Coating we will be able to collaborate even more closely with customers," said Andy Bell, Global Product Manager Surface & Coating. "Safety and sustainability are two areas to which we pay special attention, which is why our innovation pipeline is geared up to provide new food contact approved solutions with a strong focus on recyclability and biodegradability," added Andy Bell.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    15.03.2017   Cascades Increases Annual Net Earnings and Announces Fourth Quarter 2016 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS) reports its unaudited financial results for the three-month period and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 .

    Q4 2016 Highlights
    -Sales of $979 million (compared to $1,021 million in Q3 2016 (-4%) and $975 million in Q4 2015 (stable))
    -Adjusted (excluding specific items) OIBD of $82 million (compared to $103 million in Q3 2016 (-20%) and $104 million in Q4 2015 (-21%))
    -Net earnings per common share of $0.16 (compared to $0.32 in Q3 2016 and $0.23 in Q4 2015)

    As reported (including specific items)
    -OIBD of $83 million (compared to $98 million in Q3 2016 (-15%) and $44 million in Q4 2015 (+89%))
    -Net earnings per common share of $0.04 (compared to $0.21 in Q3 2016 and a net loss of $0.81 in Q4 2015)

    2016 Annual Highlights
    -Sales of $4,001 million (compared to $3,861 million in 2015 (+4%))
    -Adjusted (excluding specific items) OIBD of $403 million (compared to $426 million in 2015 (-5%))
    -Net earnings per common share of $1.21 (compared to $1.18 in 2015)

    As reported (including specific items)
    -OIBD of $413 million (compared to $343 million in 2015 (+20%))
    -Net earnings per common share of $1.42 (compared to a net loss of $0.69 in 2015)

    Net debt of $1,532 million as at December 31, 2016 (compared to $1,721 million as at December 31, 2015 (-11%)) and net debt to adjusted OIBD ratio at 3.8x, down from 4.0x at year-end 2015.

    For further details, please see the IFRS and non-IFRS measures reconciliation tables, included herewith.

    Mr. Mario Plourde (photo), President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: "We finished our financial year with positive results, in spite of a fourth quarter that was below our expectations. Among the factors that impacted Q4 results on a sequential basis, the most notable was longer market related and maintenance downtime in our tissue and containerboard segments, which hindered both volume and operating cost levels of these divisions. On a year-over-year basis, sales remained stable, driven by increased sales from recovery and recycling activities and better volumes in our Containerboard Packaging and Specialty Products groups, which counterbalanced the continued weakness in Europe and softer containerboard pricing following the onset of pricing weakness at the beginning of 2016.

    On an annual basis, our North American operations executed well in 2016, delivering a 6% year-over-year sales increase that more than counterbalanced the 4% sales decline in Europe . While adjusted operating income decreased compared to 2015, this largely reflects continued weakness in Europe , and the higher level of investments we are making to implement our ERP platform across our facilities and adapt many of our business processes.

    Lastly, we are pleased to note that we continued to deliver on our commitment to lower our debt levels. Despite fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, which increased net debt by $24 million during the period, we successfully reduced our total net debt by an additional 6%, or $93 million during the fourth quarter. This brought full year debt reduction to $189 million , which represents a notable 11% decrease from year-end 2015 levels, and resulted in our leverage ratio decreasing to 3.8x from 4.0x at the end of last year. We remain committed to continuing our efforts to deleverage our balance sheet going forward in order to bolster our operational flexibility, and improve our overall financial profile."
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    15.03.2017   Jonas Gustavsson appointed new President and CEO of ÅF    ( Company news )

    Company news The board of directors of ÅF has appointed Jonas Gustavsson (photo) as new President and CEO. Mr Gustavsson will assume the post by August 1st, replacing Jonas Wiström who is stepping down after 15 successful years at the helm.

    "I am pleased and proud to present Jonas Gustavsson as new President and CEO," says Chairman Anders Narvinger. "He is a capable leader who, in his role as head of Sandvik Machining Solutions, has demonstrated his profound understanding of how to generate growth in a complex, innovation-driven business. I am confident that he will be able to further develop what Jonas Wiström has built and to lead ÅF to new successes."

    Mr Gustavsson has headed Sandvik Machining Solutions since 2013 and, prior to that, has held a series of management positons within Sandvik since 2008. He served as Vice President Operations at Rotax from 2002-07 and in various management roles at Bombadier from 1997-2002 and at ABB from 1995-97. He is a Swedish citizen, born in 1967, and holds a degree in engineering.

    "I am honoured to be taking over as CEO from Jonas Wiström and to have the opportunity to lead a company with such solid expertise and innovative power," says Mr Gustavsson. "I look forward to working with ÅF's employees, board of directors and customers and taking the next step in the company's development and creation of innovative, sustainable solutions."

    Jonas Wiström will step down as CEO when Mr Gustavsson takes up his new post.
    (ÅF-Consult Oy)
     
    15.03.2017   Grupo Iberpapel's net profit jumps 24.79% to €20.1 million    ( Caompany news )

    Caompany news Grupo Iberpapel's net profit amounted to €20.1 million in 2016, growth of 24.79% from 2015 (€16.11 million). EBITDA, meanwhile, was 12.95% higher year-on-year at €35.59 million (2015: €31.51 million).

    Revenue from sales narrowed 7.49% year-on-year to €201.89 million (from €218.24 million in 2015).

    These strong earnings at the consolidated level were underpinned by a clear-cut improvement in the cost structure and in pulp mill efficiency, which more than offset the topline contraction driven by market difficulties.

    At a meeting held on February 28, the Board of Directors approved an interim dividend from 2016 profits of €0.30 per outstanding share carrying dividend rights (before withholding tax). It also resolved to submit a motion at the Annual General Meeting for the payment of a final dividend of €0.35 per outstanding share carrying dividend rights.
    (Iberpapel S.L.)
     
    15.03.2017   Nippon Paper Industries Agrees to Sell Port Angeles Paper Mill to Bio-Pappel    ( Company news )

    Company news Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. announced the sale of the Port Angeles, Washington paper mill and cogeneration assets, which are owned and operated by Nippon Paper Industries USA Co., Ltd. to McKinley Paper Company.

    McKinley is the US subsidiary of Bio-Pappel, a leading producer of paper and paper products in Mexico.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Nippon Paper Industries noted that it acquired the Port Angeles mill in 1988 in order to produce and sell printing and writing papers including telephone directory paper. Although the operation performed well in sales and leveraged lightweight and high quality paper products mainly in the North American market for many years, it has recently been facing a challenging business environment due to diminishing demand for its products.

    After conducting a strategic review of its global operations as part of its fifth medium-term business plan (FY2015-FY2017), Nippon Paper Industries concluded that the Port Angeles mill did not fit with its global strategy and objectives and began looking for an appropriate buyer.

    The Port Angeles mill was built in 1920 and operated under the name Crown Zellerbach. Daishowa Paper of Japan purchased it in 1988 and later merged to become Nippon Paper Industries USA. The mill is a fully integrated pulp and paper mill with the capacity to produce about 325 tons per day of lightweight printing and specialty papers. The recycled deinked pulp mill was built in in the early 1990's and has the capacity to produce more than 200 tons per day of high quality recycled pulp.

    In December of 2014, Nippon Paper curtailed production of the mill's No. 2 Paper Machine, and according to a recent news story in the Peninsula Daily News, Nippon Paper curtailed paper production on the mill's remaining paper machine as of January 21, 2017 for market-related conditions. However, the co-generation facility at the site is continuing to run.

    Andy Grossell of Port Angeles, the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Local 155 president at the Ediz Hook plant, told Peninsula Daily News that most of the 105 hourly workers have been laid off, and that about 20 to 30 employees are maintaining the plant and running Nippon's recently built $90 million-plus biomass co-generation plant.

    Nippon Paper Industries expects the sale to close on March 31, and noted that “McKinley has an intension to sustain Port Angeles mill operation.”
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
     
    15.03.2017   Voith wins two new PM 36 and PM 37 XcelLine papermaking machine orders from Sun Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Heidenheim: A signing ceremony was held on the morning of January 25, 2017 to mark Sun Paper’s order of two new XcelLine papermaking production lines from Voith. The orders are for the PM 36 production line with an annual production of 400,000 metric tons of low-grammage highgrade Testliner and the PM 37 production line with an annual production of 300,000 metric tons of high-quality corrugating medium paper.

    Photo: The signing ceremony, with Dr. Michael Trefz, Senior Vice President Project Sales Voith Paper; Mr. Thomas Holzer, President of Voith Paper Asia; Mr. Ying Guangdong, Deputy General Manager and Chief Engineer; and Mr. Fu Guoling, Director of Packaging Paper Division at Sun Paper (front from left to right).

    The event was attended by the Deputy General Manager and Chief Engineer of Sun Paper, Mr. Ying Guangdong; the Director of the Packaging Paper Division, Mr. Fu Guoling; the President of Voith Paper Asia, Mr. Thomas Holzer; and Dr. Michael Trefz, the Senior Vice President Project Sales. The design speed of the two paper machines is 1200 m/min, with a working width of 6,660 mm at the reel. The two production lines will be built as part of the second phase of the Zoucheng Papermaking Industry Park, with foundation work planned to begin in May 2017 and startup scheduled for July and September 2018. The machines are based on the PM 31 and PM 32 paper machines of 2016. The resulting paper offers low basis weight, high ring crush strength, high strength and good folding resistance. It also saves resources, and reduces packing costs and carbon emissions. These products are already widely used in domestic and overseas medium-quality and premium product packaging markets.

    Voith is now deepening the implementation of its new "Papermaking. Next Level" concept of product transformation, in order to improve efficiency, increase production, ensure quality and create more intelligent, costeffective and sustainable industrial processes throughout the entire papermaking chain.

    Voith Paper ensures that customers can save costs and achieve sustainable development through new resource-saving technologies. They can therefore achieve their best performance at lower prices through every papermaking step and paper grade, to better meet the challenges of "Industry 4.0". The concept of "Papermaking. Next Level" has opened up a new journey towards intelligent production for manufacturers using Voith technology. When the two production lines ordered by Sun Paper are put into operation, they will enrich its product mix and variety, enhance its core competitiveness and further promote Sun Paper’s strategic transformation.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     

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