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    23.05.2017   Cenveo Reports First Quarter 2017 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news -Significant Progress on Implementation of $50 Million 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan
    -11.5% Notes Paid in Full, Only $5.5 Million of 7% Notes Due May 15 Remain

    Cenveo, Inc. (NYSE: CVO) reported financial results for the three months ended April 1, 2017. The reported results for all periods presented exclude the operating results of the Company's packaging operating segment and top-sheet lithographic print operation ("Packaging Business"), which have been classified in the consolidated financial statements as discontinued operations.

    Photo: Robert G. Burton, Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    First Quarter 2017 vs. First Quarter 2016 Overview
    -Net sales of $374.5 million compared to $432.8 million.
    -Net loss of $8.7 million compared to net income of $11.2 million.
    -Adjusted EBITDA of $31.2 million compared to $35.0 million.
    -Net cash used by operating activities of continuing operations of $6.4 million compared to $11.4 million.
    -Gross margin up 75 basis points to 17.1% compared to 16.4%.
    -Interest expense of $19.1 million compared to $24.1 million.
    -Achieved over $5 million in cost savings in Q1 2017.

    Management Commentary
    "Despite headwinds impacting net sales, we achieved several accomplishments this past quarter. The continued softness in our office products envelope business and the closure of our coating operation in mid-2016 were contributors to the decline in our sales year over year. Those events combined with further market softness across our print, direct mail and label platforms led to the decline of our net sales. On the other hand, our cost reduction efforts are beginning to show results. Our 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan provided sustainable savings of over $5.0 million during the quarter, which allowed us to improve our margins despite lower sales volume. The benefits of the 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan will continue in the second quarter and throughout the remainder of the year. We have now identified the remaining $10 million of our proposed $50 million of cost savings and feel good about our ability to achieve our stated goal of generating $25 million in savings for the full year. Additionally, the positive impact of our significant 2016 debt repurchases and refinancing decreased interest expense for the quarter compared to the same period last year by approximately $5.0 million," said Robert G. Burton, Sr., Chairman and CEO of Cenveo.

    Financial Results
    Net sales in the first quarter of 2017 were $374.5 million compared to $432.8 million in the same period last year, a 13.5% decline. The sales decline was primarily driven by: (i) lower sales in the envelope segment, primarily due to lower demand in office product and wholesale envelope product lines primarily due to marketplace trends, and lower direct mail demand from our customers; (ii) lower sales in the label segment primarily due to the decision to exit the coating operation, which was completed in the second quarter of 2016, and lower sales volumes; and (iii) lower sales volumes in the commercial print group, primarily driven by lower customer demand and continued pricing pressures.

    Operating income in the first quarter declined 41.0% to $10.0 million, compared to $17.0 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to lower gross profit due to lower sales volumes, the impact of the decision to exit the coating operation, and higher restructuring and other charges resulting from the 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan, including the announced closure of two facilities, partially offset by the benefit of lower selling, general and administrative expenses due to cost reduction initiatives and lower commission expense due to lower sales volumes. Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2017 was $19.2 million compared to non-GAAP operating income of $23.5 million for the same period last year. A reconciliation of all non-GAAP figures are reported in the tables below.

    Loss from continuing operations during the first quarter of 2017 was $8.7 million, or $(1.02) per diluted share, compared to income of $13.0 million, or $1.38 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016. Income in the first quarter of 2016 was primarily driven by gains on the early extinguishment of debt of $21.6 million. Non-GAAP loss from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2017 was $0.1 million, or $(0.01) per diluted share, compared to a loss of $1.7 million, or $(0.20) per diluted share, in the same period last year.

    Net loss in the first quarter of 2017 was $8.7 million compared to net income of $11.2 million for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $31.2 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $35.0 million for the same period last year. The change in Adjusted EBITDA was generally as expected with the continued impacts associated with the disruption in our office product and wholesale products and the exit of our coating operation accounting for a reduction of approximately $6.0 million while our profit improvement initiatives accounted for an increase of approximately $5.0 million, primarily due to our operational efficiency projects and position reductions across our operating platform.

    During the first quarter 2017, net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations was $6.4 million compared to $11.4 million for the same period last year. The decline was primarily due to changes in working capital, particularly the timing of payments to vendors and higher inventories due to the timing of customer orders, partially offset by sales to and collections from our customers.

    At April 1, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled $3.9 million, compared to $5.5 million at December 31, 2016. Total outstanding long-term debt, including current maturities, was approximately $1.0 billion as of April 1, 2017, an increase of $16.0 million from December 31, 2016. During the first quarter of 2017, the remaining $20.5 million of outstanding principal balance of 11.5% notes was redeemed in full. Additionally, the remaining $5.5 million principal balance of 7% convertible notes will be retired prior to or at maturity on May 15, 2017 using cash flow from operations or availability under the ABL facility.

    2017 Outlook
    Mr. Burton, Sr. continued: "As we enter the second quarter, we are pleased with the progress of our 2017 Profitability Improvement Plan and the progress that we have made addressing our capital structure over the past year. Despite a challenging operating environment and recent softness in our end markets, we believe these initiatives will further support us achieving our financial goals for 2017. I look forward to updating our investors on our conference call tomorrow."
    (Cenveo / Cadmus Specialty Packaging)
    23.05.2017   Mayr-Melnhof: Results for the first Quarter of 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news • Solid sales and volumes
    • Sharp increase in raw material costs at MM Karton weighs on profit
    • MM Packaging maintains good level
    • Cartonboard price increase is first priority

    The Mayr-Melnhof Group was able to sustain overall good capacity utilization in both divisions and to maintain the previous year’s sales level in the first quarter of 2017. This was achieved despite restrained demand at the beginning of the year and persistently intense competition. The packaging division recorded a further quarter with high profitability. In contrast, the result of the cartonboard division was weighed by another rise in recovered paper prices.
    Accordingly, passing on increased input costs through higher selling prices is now first priority with the aim to keep on long-term profitability in both segments.

    The Group's consolidated sales increased to EUR 584.5 million and were thus 1.5 % above the comparative figure of the previous year (1Q 2016: EUR 576.0 million). This slight rise primarily results from the packaging division.

    Operating profit, at EUR 50.6 million, was 8.3 % or EUR 4.6 million below the comparative figure of the previous year (1Q 2016: EUR 55.2 million). A stable performance at a high level in the packaging division was contrasted by a decline in the cartonboard division. The Group's operating margin reached 8.7 %, following 9.6 % in the first three months of the previous year.

    Financial income amounted to EUR 0.8 million (1Q 2016: EUR 0.7 million), financial expenses to EUR -1.4 million (1Q 2016: EUR -1.6 million).

    Profit before tax thus totaled EUR 49.2 million (1Q 2016: EUR 53.2 million). Income tax expense was at EUR 12.3 million (1Q 2016: EUR 13.8 million), resulting in an effective Group tax rate of 25.0 % (1Q 2016: 25.9 %).

    Profit for the period decreased by 6.3 % to EUR 36.9 million (1Q 2016: EUR 39.4 million), representing 6.3 % of sales (1Q 2016: 6.8 %).

    Our first priority currently is to pass on the increased raw material costs in a stable European market environment, however lacking impulses. Continuing highly competitive general conditions are sustaining margin pressure, which we are countering with targeted measures to reduce costs and increase business volume. Besides exploiting organic growth opportunities, we continue to focus on expansion through acquisitions.
    Due to the strong profit development in the first half of the previous year supported by a favorable product mix in the packaging division, as well as the successive compensation of increased raw material costs, interim results in the first half-year of 2017 will, as in the first quarter, come in below the comparative figure of last year. The target for 2017, however, remains to tie up with the challenging level of 2016 best possible.

    MM Karton
    Following a restrained beginning of the year, demand on the European cartonboard market improved slightly over the course of the first quarter of 2017. The average order backlog of MM Karton was around 69,000 tons, following 57,000 tons in the first three months of the previous year. At around 98 % (1Q 2016: 97 %), the capacities of the division were again almost fully utilized.

    The major challenge in the first months of the year was the situation on the raw materials markets, which experienced a significant price increase in the strategic raw material of recovered paper as well as in coating chemicals. Prices for recovered paper were driven in particular by strong demand from Asia and stockpiling for new European corrugated base paper machinery.

    Therefore, MM Karton currently sets highest priority to passing on the increased input prices.

    With 421,000 tons produced and 426,000 tons sold, volumes were similar to the previous year (1Q 2016: 419,000 tons and 427,000 tons respectively). Of this, 78 % was sold to European markets and 22 % to markets outside of Europe (1Q 2016: 81 %; 19 %).

    Owing to largely stable average prices, sales, at EUR 261.9 million, remained close to the previous year’s level (1Q 2016: EUR 263.4 million). In contrast, operating profit decreased as a result of the strong rise in raw material costs from EUR 20.2 million to EUR 15.9 million. The operating margin came in at 6.1 % following 7.7 % in the previous year’s period.

    MM Packaging
    Also demand on the European folding carton market still proceeded without noticeable stimulus in the first three months of the year. Accordingly competition continued with unabated intensity.

    Nevertheless MM Packaging was able to solidly maintain its position in this setting with a broad range of sales in various consumer goods sectors and regions as well as with the focus on cost leadership. The good profit-level was held up for another quarter in succession, still with a heterogeneous profit contribution by the individual sites.

    There are no signs of a sustained improvement in market dynamics recognizable. Thus, MM Packaging is continuing to focus on maximum efficiency in production as well as on long-term collaboration with successful customers. The success of this approach can also be seen in the first quarter of 2017.

    Sales as well as operating profit, at EUR 344.6 million and EUR 34.7 million respectively, were able to match the high standards set in the comparative period of the previous year
    (1Q 2016: EUR 339.2 million and EUR 35.0 million). As a result, at 10.1 % the operating margin stayed at a high level (1Q 2016: 10.3 %).

    At 190,000 tons, tonnage processed remained almost unchanged at the previous year’s level (1Q 2016: 189,000 tons), while the sheet equivalent increased by 1.4 % from 562.2 million to 569.9 Million.
    (Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)
    23.05.2017   Toscotec finalizes a drying section rebuilding project including a new drive system and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... tail feeding for Smurfit Kappa Italia - at Ponte all’Ania, Lucca

    Smurfit Kappa Italia has successfully started up its PM3 at Ponte all'Ania mill, after a dryer section rebuild supplied by Toscotec.

    The scope of the delivery was an advanced mechanical transmission section in “silent drive” with a new frame on the drive side for the whole machine, the installation of uni-run vacuum rolls in the first drying battery and an automatic air paper threading system in the first two drying sections and on the size press. The modification has completely changed the dryer section layout with the relocation of fabric rolls, improving machine runnability and reducing noise and vibration.

    Toscotec service specialists have provided the complete mechanical erection and supervision of the project and the commissioning and start up assistance for the fine-tuning of the new equipment.

    “The project was completed before the date agreed upon with SK and the performance was achieved immediately after start-up. The new drive technology exceeds all our expectations with regard to downtime improvements and it allowed a considerable reduction of noise and vibration that will reduce maintenance cost” - says Massimiliano Listi, Mill Manager of Smurfit Kappa Ania.

    “This project contributes to strengthening the partnership between Smurfit Kappa and Toscotec” - says Enrico Fazio, Toscotec Sales Manager – P&B division.

    “It is worth mentioning that, in addition to this project, which consolidates the long-standing collaboration with Lucca-based SK Ania, in the last two years Toscotec has taken part in almost all the projects developed by Smurfit in South America (Colombia, Mexico and Argentina) and it has just begun an important cooperation with the group in France. With this important rebuild project, Toscotec consolidates its leadership in the dryer section best available technology.”
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    22.05.2017   Koenig & Bauer is driving forward the medium-term Group targets with an expanded Executive Board    ( Company news )

    Company news The Supervisory Board of Koenig & Bauer AG has appointed Ralf Sammeck (54) and Christoph Müller (56) to the Executive Board with effect from 1 June 2017. As of today, Ralf Sammeck leads the Sheetfed division, and Christoph Müller the Digital & Web division. Both group management members will represent their segments in the Executive Board. Aiming at expanding new equipment sales, Ralf Sammeck has additionally taken over the coordination of global equipment sales. In order to push global service, Christoph Müller has also taken responsibility for coordinating services initiatives. The planned increase in the revenue share generated by Services to 30% by 2021 is set to achieve greater profit stability. The appointment of Ralf Sammeck and Christoph Müller to the Executive Board aims to support the implementation of the medium-term Group targets announced on 20 February 2017. By 2021, the target is to reach an annual organic growth rate of around 4% and an EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% across the Group. Of the targeted €70 million increase in earnings, approximately €20 million in either case is to be generated through service growth and the optimisation of the security printing business.

    Photo (from left): Ralf Sammeck, Dr. Andreas Pleßke and Christoph Müller

    In order to swiftly optimise the security printing business, the Supervisory Board has delegated Dr Andreas Pleßke, a member of the Supervisory Board, to the Executive Board for a period of one year from 1 June 2017. Dr. Pleßke will lead the Special segment and in particular the announced performance optimisation of the securities printing business on an interim basis. During the period of his delegation, he will not undertake any duties as a member of the Supervisory Board.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    22.05.2017   Valmet and Orora's Botany Mill renewed the services agreement    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Orora Limited have signed a multi-year agreement to continue the supply of maintenance and technology services for board making line 'B9' at Orora's Botany Mill in New South Wales, Australia.

    The value of the agreement will not be disclosed. The agreement will be effective as of July 1, 2017.

    Photo: Valmet and Orora signed an agreement to continue the journey forward

    Continuation of good cooperation
    Valmet supplied the complete B9 containerboard line in 2012 and took full responsibility for establishing the maintenance operations, mill maintenance services, management of several improvement projects and the mill utilities since start-up.

    "Valmet is one of our key partners and supports B9's operation as a world class paper mill. Orora and Valmet have worked closely together over the past five years and we have renewed the maintenance agreement to continue our cooperative relationship. The new agreement offers our business many benefits and we look forward to working with Valmet to maintain and enhance the high performance of the B9 facility," says Scott Beckett, Maintenance & Engineering Manager, Botany Mill, Orora Limited.

    "We are fully engaged and integrated into one B9 team and have been working side by side to deliver steady results in all areas since the machine's start-up. The renewal of this maintenance agreement is the best acknowledgement of what we have achieved over the years together with Orora. We're happy to share the journey forward with the B9 team to continuously improve the performance of the equipment and process, and keep B9 as a safe and stimulating place to work," says Pierre De Villiers, General Manager for Valmet in Australia and New Zealand.

    Information about Valmet's delivery
    Extended scope in the renewed maintenance outsourcing agreement includes a 'Booster Package' targeting clear and systematic development of planned and unplanned downtime to best in class levels. The maintenance agreement also includes comprehensive automation services, enabling the maintenance team to monitor the process, perform troubleshooting and corrections remotely, and utilize the acquired data to optimize the process operation through the Valmet Industrial Internet.

    Other complementary agreements with Orora and its B9 facility include a Cooperation Agreement in which Valmet process experts and board makers work together to optimize various processes.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    22.05.2017   Daio Paper chooses a Voith XcelLine tissue machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Daio Paper, Japan’s leading tissue manufacturer, has ordered from Voith the state-of-the-art tissue production technology. With the new XcelLine tissue machine Daio Paper aims to meet the growing demand for tissue papers in Japan by producing approximately 54,000 metric tons/year of high-quality facial tissues, bathroom tissues, and kitchen papers made from virgin fibers.

    The scope of supply includes innovative technologies from Voith for the production of high-quality tissue papers with a reduced use of natural resources. Some of the key technologies are the MasterJet Pro T headbox, CrescentFormer, the NipcoFlex T shoe press, steel Yankee dryer cylinder with deckle insulation, high-efficiency gas fire hood, MasterReel with automatic core shaft return, and full automation for machine operation control: MCS, DCS and QCS. This new environmentally friendly production line will help to achieve Daio Paper’s sustainable growth path.

    “Voith is honored to be a partner to Daio Paper, one of the fastest-growing companies in the tissue market in Japan, and to take part in this new and exciting project,” commented Tetsuhiko Nogami, Sales Director from Voith IHI Paper Technology, Japan.
    (Voith IHI Paper Technology Co. Ltd)
    19.05.2017   Discussions with the Government of Uruguay progressing - key items aligned     ( Company news )

    Company news "Good progress has been made in the discussions between the Government of Uruguay and UPM concerning the infrastructure development and other local prerequisites for long-term industrial growth in Uruguay. We are now in agreement regarding the majority of the key items on the negotiation agenda," says Jaakko Sarantola, Senior Vice President, UPM, Uruguay Platform.

    "Some remaining items still need to be solved as we start the work on the contract language which will specify the mutual responsibilities. Our focus lies heavily on solving these remaining topics," says Sarantola.

    In July 2016, UPM commenced discussions with the Government of Uruguay regarding the prerequisites for long-term industrial development in Uruguay, including infrastructure development.

    The aim of these discussions during the first preparation phase has been to come to a mutual understanding on an investment agreement that defines the local prerequisites for industrial investment as well as initiatives for infrastructure development.

    The subsequent second preparation phase would consist of a pre-engineering study and permitting process, and achieving significant progress in the implementation of the infrastructure initiatives agreed upon during the first preparation phase. This phase is expected to last one and a half to two years.

    If these two preparation phases are concluded successfully, UPM will initiate the company's regular process of analysing and preparing an investment decision regarding a potential pulp mill.
    19.05.2017   Zecher works with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen to provide optimised end-customer solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news SteppedHex engraving delivers optimised finishings and spot-varnishing performance

    Ever since its founding in 1948, Zecher GmbH - a manufacturer of premium quality anilox rollers - has been the driving force behind numerous innovations. These include its SteppedHex technology, developed in-house and thoroughly tried and tested. Based on an application of the parameters of 60° engraving, it offers both an alternative to it and additional benefits. SteppedHex engraving assists the printer's task with improved emptying of the anilox roller cells to deliver optimised printing results. This is proven by a series of successful SteppedHex-based projects carried out by Zecher together with their customers.

    Cooperation-based search for the best customer solution for gold lettering
    One such project, starting in early 2016, was a joint endeavour involving printing machine manufacturer Heidelberger, with a mission to provide an end-customer with the best possible solution to print gold lettering. Jörg Rohde, Zecher’s Head of Application Technology, explains how the manufacturer of anilox rollers delivered its support services: “Our cooperation with the specialists from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen included the provision by us of a corresponding technical-application analysis for the downstream varnishing/flexo printing works in relation to the print quality to be achieved.” To ensure an ideal outcome, Zecher also carried out test prints, likewise in collaboration with Heidelberger, at the Print Media Center (PMC) in Wiesloch-Walldorf (Germany), using a Speedmaster XL 106 double coating machine.

    SteppedHex rollers deliver outstanding results
    With the requirements of the end-customer in mind, Jörg Rohde recommended the use of innovative SteppedHex technology: “Up until now the engraving specifications used for printing gold lettering have been relatively coarse. These include conventional, hexagonal 60° engraving and the open line screen. Appose to this, the SteppedHex technology convinces with its special staggered structure and increased screen ruling without loss of volume.”
    Initial test-prints carried out at Heidelberger’s PMC demonstrated these benefits in terms of excellent positioning accuracy and, at the same time, outstanding positive and negative detail rendering. The use of 240 L/cm SteppedHex engraving amply fulfilled the end-customer’s expectations.

    A clever solution that makes sense in both print-quality and business terms
    Zecher SteppedHex engraving provided Heidelberger’s customer with clearly improved printing performance. The application specialists at the Heidelberger PMC were positively surprised by the print quality delivered by SteppedHex engraving technology. But SteppedHex engraving is also a clever solution when it comes to the printing of logos and fine gold lettering, given the cost savings in relation to the application of gold foil. Heidelberger and Zecher have created, with this project, a system that likewise gives other customers who use SteppedHex engraving a way of guaranteeing a stable varnishing process. More and more customers are becoming interested in the possible range of applications of this technology, as an alternative to conventional engraving. We therefore expect this innovative engraving technique to gain an ever-firmer footing in the market.
    (Zecher GmbH)
    19.05.2017   iFoodbag helps Swedes abroad to eat herring, meatballs and Swedish whey cheese    ( Company news )

    Company news Scandi-Shop has sent a thousand bags to Switzerland

    Environment and stronger logistics are in focus when Swedish iFoodbag continues to deliver its unique refrigerator and freezer bag throughout the world. Now the company is approaching a patent license for the product, which now also transports classic Swedish goods all the way down to Switzerland.

    A lot has happened since iFoodbag launched its unique refrigerator and freezer bag almost 18 months ago. The company was rewarded quite soon with a sought after EU grant and signed agreements with both national companies such as Volvo and as well as international companies such as Mondi, the packaging company. The company had a total revenue of 7 million SEK in 2016, but it does not end there as the company is constantly developing and has sold and started pilot tests on several continents by now. The ambition is to improve iFoodbag even more, thus not only giving users a better experience but also contributing to a sustainable environment and less carbon dioxide emissions.

    "The global market for these types of environmentally friendly products is gigantic and we believe in a good future," says Karl Fallgren, CEO and founder of iFoodbag. “We aim to work for our environment by planting more trees than we take down and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Another goal for us is to reduce food wastage and secure deliveries of both food and medicines in exposed areas of the world.”

    One of the Swedish companies that has chosen to use the solution is Scandi-Shop, which supplies Swedish goods all the way from Helsingborg down to Switzerland, which is a tough logistical challenge. In order to keep the food cool and fresh, they use the Swedish iFoodbag, which is completely insulated and equipped with a cooling element to keep the right temperature all the way to the door. The first delivery of bags took place in October 2016 when Scandi-Shop started its journey.

    "The most difficult thing for us was to figure out the logistics. We were looking for a solution and had trouble finding a solution so that the fresh food would not be destroyed, and it is very important to be able to send cold goods without compromising the cooling chain. Then iFoodbag appeared and the price was right, the quality was right and it's also a big plus that the bags can be reused and that they are environmentally friendly, not only for Sweden but also in Switzerland and other countries that have much tougher recycling requirements. We have sent 1000 iFoodbags now and it has really worked perfectly since day one. We are very pleased and have achieved a superb result," says Jesper Nordström, CEO of Scandi-Shop.

    iFoodbag has submitted several international patent applications, of which the first in the series has now received a favourable opinion from the PCT Authority. The company's application will now be reviewed by the national patent offices in the US, Australia, Canada, China, India and South Africa, as well as by the European Patent Office with the PCT Authority's positive statements in mind. When the European Patent Office has granted the patent, the company can put the patent into force in 36 European countries.

    "It is a comprehensive patent protection that will give iFoodbag AB the protection of the method and system for transporting refrigeration and freezer goods. It is important for business purposes that the patents have the ambition to protect effectively and make it impossible or difficult for competitors to make similar products and solutions," says Michael Andersson, senior partner at Zacco Consulting.
    (iFoodbag AB)
    19.05.2017   Xeikon to focus on label and folding carton applications at PacPrint 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news First attendance underlines Xeikon’s direct and dedicated Australian organization

    Xeikon announces it will showcase its cutting-edge label and packaging technology for the first time at PacPrint 2017, one of Australia’s leading trade shows for the printing and packaging industry taking place May 23-26 in Melbourne. Xeikon is presenting on stand A22 where a Xeikon CX3 digital label press (photo) will take centre-stage:

    Xeikon’s first PacPrint attendance follows the creation of a dedicated sales, service and support operation in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year. The new business unit was established after the acquisition of Xeikon by Flint Group and a thorough review of synergies between the companies. Xeikon ANZ uses its own service engineers to support the presses, with parts and consumables located in Sydney and with demo / benchmark support from the regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, which hosts the regional technology centre with both simplex and duplex technology installed.

    “PacPrint falls in the middle of a very exciting time for Xeikon. First there was the launch of the direct operation here, followed by the international Xeikon Café event in Belgium, and now our first PacPrint attendance,” comments Bent Serritslev, Xeikon Managing Director Asia Pacific.” We look forward meeting our Australian customers at the show to share updates on our local organization and latest technology developments such as the recently announced Panther technology.”

    Running live at the show will be a Xeikon CX3 aka Cheetah which offers label printers faster running speed, lower operating costs and an unseen flexibility to meet complex customer demands without compromising quality, reliability or consistency, whatever the label. This five-colour press, dedicated solely to the production of self-adhesive/pressure sensitive labels, offers variable substrate widths up to 330mm and comes with a top speed of 30m/min. It offers all the benefits that make Xeikon presses unique: full rotary printing, true 1200 x 3600 dpi print resolution, food safe toners and one pass opaque white toner. Next to the standard CMYK + White, the fifth station can be used to print gamut extension or security colours without reducing productivity.

    Visitors can also learn more about Xeikon’s end-to-end solution for folding carton and see for themselves the value of going digital in folding carton production.

    “Finding the right solution for every label or packaging project is crucial for businesses today. The Xeikon solutions allow operations to handle workloads efficiently and in a way that would allow their business to grow. They also complement longer flexo runs supporting competitiveness in a range of fields,” concludes Trevor Crowley, Xeikon ANZ Sales General Manager.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)
    19.05.2017   ANDRITZ to supply tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press to PMI, Algeria    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Paper Mill Investment (PMI) to supply a tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press to Algeria. The new plant will produce high-quality facial wipes as well as toilet and towel papers. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

    The new ANDRITZ PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue machine has a design speed of 2,000 meters per minute and a paper width of 2.85 meters. The order includes a complete ANDRITZ stock preparation for virgin pulp with a capacity of 135 bdmt/day.

    The tissue machine is equipped with the latest ANDRITZ shoe press technology (PrimePress XT Evo). Thanks to the energy-efficient design, improved dewatering, and reduced need for thermal drying, the shoe press minimizes energy consumption. The 16 ft. PrimeDry Yankee is made entirely of steel and enables a high drying capacity.

    Paper Mill Investment (PMI) is a new innovative paper manufacturing company founded by people with longtime and profound experience in the paper making industry. Its expansion plans include paper mills in several countries of the MENA region.
    (Andritz AG)
    19.05.2017   Lecta to Increase CWF Prices by 6 to 7%    ( Company news )

    Company news ​Lecta announces a price increase of 6% to 7% on all its 2 side CWF grades in sheets and reels.

    The increase will apply to European and overseas markets and will be effective on deliveries from June 19th, 2017.

    The price increase is unavoidable to offset the increase in manufacturing costs due to continuously rising prices of raw materials, particularly pulp and latex.

    Lecta sales teams are at our customers' disposal to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied in each market.
    18.05.2017   U.S. Paper Recovery Rate Reaches Record 67.2 Percent in 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that a record 67.2 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2016.

    U.S. paper recovery rate statistics are available at

    “The voluntary, market-driven recovery system, the millions of Americans who recycle every day, and industry efforts to inform consumers about the importance of paper recycling continue to enable a high U.S. paper recovery rate,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

    “Paper recovery for recycling helps extend the useful life of paper and paper-based packaging products, making it an integral part of our industry’s sustainability story,” said AF&PA Board Chair and Clearwater Paper Corporation President and CEO Linda Massman.

    The annual paper recovery rate has doubled since 1990 and U.S. paper recovery has met or exceeded 63 percent for the past eight years. The industry has a goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020 as part of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative.

    For more information about paper recycling, including statistics and other resources, visit
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
    18.05.2017   Lars P. S. Sperre appointed as interim President and CEO of Norske Skogindustrier ASA    ( Company news )

    Company news The board of directors has unanimously appointed Lars P. S. Sperre as interim President and CEO of Norske Skogindustrier ASA with immediate effect. Sperre has been employed by Norske Skogindustrier ASA since 2006 and been member of the corporate management team since 2014. Prior to this appointment, Sperre acted as Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy & Legal.

    An unanimous board supports the appointment. Lars is the natural candidate to the role as interim President and CEO. He knows the industry well and has been highly involved in the group's restructuring and financing processes during recent years, in addition to being instrumental in the development of the current strategy, says chairman of the board Henrik A. Christensen.

    I am very motivated to accept this challenge. Norske Skog has many skilled employees with high competences and drive. I am certain that we together will solve the challenges and bring the potential of the group to fruition. Norske Skog's operations and cash flow are good, the debt level is, however, too high and too much cash flow is consumed by interest payments instead of being reinvested in the group, says Lars P. S. Sperre, interim President and CEO of Norske Skog. Lars P. S. Sperre received a law degree from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2002. Sperre previously worked as a lawyer at Wikborg Rein law firm from 2004 to 2006. Sperre has through his various roles at Norske Skog during the last 10 years acquired extensive knowledge of cost reduction activities, financing, restructuring processes and business transactions. - The board is very pleased with Lars accepting this challenge. We will together with the management team seamlessly continue the work to find the best refinancing solution for the group, further develop Norske Skog's competitive and solid asset portfolio, in addition to realising the group's growth initiatives. Norske Skog has high debt, but positive cash flow and no bond maturities before December 2019, says chairman of the board Henrik A. Christensen.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    18.05.2017   Responsible sourcing of forest products beneficial for businesses, new report    ( Company news )

    Company news Retail companies with strong responsible forest products sourcing policies are seeing numerous tangible business benefits, demonstrating that sustainability makes business sense, according to a new WWF report.

    Drawing from the experience of the forest product supply chains, the report supports a growing body of research attesting to the business benefits of taking action on sustainability in supply chains.

    “Deforestation and forest degradation are one of the leading environmental challenges today, and we need concerted action from across sectors to tackle this issue,” said Alistair Monument, WWF Forest Practice Lead. “The number of deforestation-free commitments over the last few years are encouraging, but we need concrete action.

    “Research overwhelmingly shows that retail chains are positioned to mobilize transformational impacts because of their leverage over product supply chains and influence on consumer choices,” Monument added. “We need retailers to take the lead and understand that sustainability is no longer a niche, but the norm.”

    Companies surveyed for the WWF report cited a number of benefits of responsible sourcing. Over 80 per cent reported positive impacts on risk management and brand reputation; and over 60 per cent of retailers saw positive impacts on customer satisfaction and stakeholder engagement. More than 70 per cent of retailers claimed sustainability commitments had a positive impact on employee engagement, indicating potential gains from higher employee satisfaction and retention.

    In the case of Migros, one of the largest retailers in Switzerland, sales of sustainable products increased by more than 30 per cent between 2012 and 2015, demonstrating clearly that customers expect to see responsibly produced products on the shelves. In the case of Bunnings, Australia’s largest home improvement retailer, supply chain risks were reduced as a result of a more stable, longer term relationship with fewer number of suppliers.

    “Companies with genuinely responsible timber sourcing strategies – based on clear commitments and public reporting – have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd,” Monument said. “This is particularly important for retailers, who operate in a highly competitive public-facing space where maintaining a competitive edge and a positive reputation is crucial.”

    The WWF study was based on a literature review, global survey of more than 50 retailers from 20 countries, and in-depth interviews with select retail leaders. The companies shared detailed information about their timber sourcing policies, and the perceived costs and benefits. Four company-specific case studies are featured in the report.

    The report is part of WWF’s broader efforts to research and understand the business case for responsible forest management and trade. Released in August 2015, the first report in the series, Profitability and Sustainability in Responsible Forestry: Economic impacts of FSC certification on forest operators, found that tropical and small or medium producers, regardless of geography, can benefit significantly from attaining FSC certification.
    (WWF Forests for Life Programme)
    18.05.2017   GWG Needs Your PDF Workflow Know How    ( Company news )

    Company news The Ghent Workgroup needs your knowledge and expertise on PDF workflow to participate in a survey. Following up a similar survey conducted in 2008, it aims to find out what has changed since and gain insight on today’s PDF use. Further, it wants to discover how well GWG specifications and tools (and other PDF standards) are being adopted and what the worldwide differences are.

    The survey aims to make the participants and the Ghent Workgroup aware of the state of PDF in document production, and current issues the creators and service providers are facing. David Zwang, GWG Chairman, comments: “The more information we gather, the better equipped we will be to improve our solutions and industry best practices. The collective responses will develop a better understanding of how processes have changed, which specifications are being adopted, and how workflows vary. This will help GWG improve the solutions it offers.”

    GWG is dedicated to advancing the print, publishing and packaging industries. Its goal is to create practical workflow tools that make daily production tasks easier, faster and more reliable. The results will help GWG continue to provide the industries with free specifications and best practices.

    It takes just a few minutes to complete and the survey can also be shared with others PDF workflow users.
    (Ghent Workgroup)
    17.05.2017   Valmet to upgrade evaporator train at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp & paper mill in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Evaporation plant at the BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden

    Valmet will supply an upgrade of the evaporation plant at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden. The evaporation plant in a mill concentrates black liquor from the pulp cooking process. The installation of the new equipment is scheduled for spring 2018.

    The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A project of this type and scope is typically valued below EUR 15 million.

    In this project, the existing evaporation train will be converted, from using medium-pressure steam as today's heating media, to become essentially low-pressure steam driven. This will optimize the overall steam balance at the Gruvön mill by making medium pressure steam available for the mill's new liquid board machine that will be installed at the mill.

    "Valmet delivered the original evaporator train in 2001 and we are happy to cooperate with BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön also for this important plant modification. This upgrade will be beneficial in many ways for Gruvön mill. Besides ensuring medium pressure steam for the new board machine, we are adding washable heating surfaces in order to improve the availability and flexibility of the upgraded evaporation plant," says Thomas Norrgård, Product Sales Manager EVAPS at Valmet.

    Details about the delivery
    From the evaporation plant the evaporated water is brought back to the pulp process in order to minimize mill's water consumption. After evaporation the concentrated black liquor is fired in the recovery boiler for steam generation and recovery of cooking chemicals.

    New equipment to be installed includes a TUBEL evaporator, two Tube Evaporators, two liquor preheaters, and Valmet's patented LP-steam boosting system. A substantial upgrade of the piping system will also be performed as part of the plant upgrade.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    17.05.2017   TRESU optimizes packaging printing performance with flexo ink supply solutions and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... hybrid press at EXPOGRÁFICA 2017

    At EXPOGRÁFICA 2017, TRESU Group (Stand 1922) will emphasize the importance of its complete ancillary solutions for automating ink flow and optimizing performance of both flexo and offset presses. There will also be information about TRESU’s hybrid Flexo Innovator printing line for mid-web applications, and the company’s local technical support team for managing fast, smoothly coordinated retrofitting programs (May 17 – 20, 2017 Expo Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).

    TRESU’s ancillary equipment provides a fully enclosed solution for ink logistics in flexo printing units, minimizing waste, emissions and manual input. This includes the company’s sealed chamber doctor blades, working harmoniously with the TRESU F10 iCon ink supply system.

    Chamber doctor blade systems deliver uniform print quality print and ease of use
    The TRESU chamber program includes lightweight, corrosion-resistant carbon fiber and ceramic variants and covers all flexo printing applications, including printing widths exceeding 6000mm (236in) often seen in corrugated printing. Assisted by the company’s patented seals and constant pressure maintained by the supply system, TRESU chamber doctor blades prevent leakage and air contamination, thereby ensuring clean, blister-free print results with fast drying characteristics, better reflection and higher gloss values. Additionally, TRESU’s pneumatic clamping systems enable blade changeovers in less than two minutes.

    F10 iCon ink supply system for lean ink management
    TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity from the bucket, through the chamber, to the press - maintaining constant, pre-set ink density values for complete production runs. Furthermore, the F10 iCon performs fast and thorough chamber cleaning automatically, returning almost all unused contents for reuse. Simultaneous ink change cycles on printing stations take minutes, delivering significant time and materials savings per job.

    “Process efficiency and control are major concerns for Mexico’s package printing industry, which seeks to achieve higher, consistent quality, while overcoming challenges such as high energy costs and variable climatic conditions,” comments Juan Carlos Mejía, sales manager – Latin America, TRESU Americas.

    “TRESU’s complete ancillary offering, regulating ink and coating circulation in a completely enclosed environment, enables printers to bring their existing flexo and offset presses to the latest performance standards. At hundreds of installations worldwide, TRESU retrofitting programs have proven to generate significant long-term value, through reductions in manual involvement, material waste and setup times, along with accurate color targets at speeds exceeding 600m/min.

    “TRESU has a dedicated, experienced sales and technical support team, based both in Mexico and at its American headquarters in Dallas, USA. This means we can offer our Mexican customers a local source of carefully coordinated retrofitting programs, technical advice and consumable products.”

    Versatility and productivity: the Flexo Innovator hybrid printing line
    The hybrid Flexo Innovator is a modular, integrated printing and converting line for paper, carton board, laminates, metallic substrates and unsupported films. A hybrid press, it is compatible with both water-based ink and UV OPV coating media. The Flexo Innovator can be equipped with automatic inking and control systems to minimize operator intervention, setup times and material waste. Enclosed, automatically controlled ink circulation and uniform ink laydown is achieved by regulating the ink chemistry during the printing process.

    Productivity-enhancing features may include inline inspection and color management systems; hot air drying; unwind / rewind stands as well as finishing options like cold foil, laminating, die-cutting, embossing, and rotary cutting and sheeting, to give the Flexo Innovator unparalleled flexibility.
    (Tresu A/S)
    17.05.2017   Stora Enso Skutskär converts DM7 into Fluff Pulp production with Bellmer equipment    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new project gets off to a good start

    Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery has won a major contract at Stora Enso Skutskär pulp mill in Sweden. The Skutskär mill is located 160 km north of Stockholm and 16 km south of Gävle on the Baltic coast. Pulp dryer DM7 will be converted from bale-based market pulp into soft wood fluff pulp, which is delivered in rolls to customers. The capacity of DM7 will be about 150,000 tons annually.

    Bellmer´s scope of supply includes a TURBOVaahtoJetter hydraulic headbox with dilution control and associated approach flow and white water collection systems. The dry-end of DM 7 will be equipped with a TURBOReeler for jumbo roll reeling, a TURBOTransporter for jumbo roll handling and a TURBOWinder for customer roll winding and slitting. Bellmer companies based at the Niefern headquarters and winder excellence centre in Willich are internal partners for Bellmer Vaahto, the Finnish main contractor.

    Fluff pulps are used as raw material in absorbent hygiene products and air laid products such as diapers.
    (Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery Oy Tampere)
    17.05.2017   Holmen appoints a Director of Sustainability and Communications    ( Company news )

    Company news Holmen has appointed Stina Sandell (photo) Director of Sustainability and Communications, a newly created post that sees her reporting to the CEO as a member of Group management.

    "Holmen has a long history of working actively on sustainability issues. With our considerable renewable forest and hydro power assets and our products based on fresh fibre, we help drive the transition to a more sustainable society," says Holmen's President and CEO Henrik Sjölund. "The aim of the new post is to draw on our excellent sustainability assets to strengthen our business."

    Stina Sandell comes to Holmen from SBAB, where she was Head of Sustainability, and before that her positions have included Director of Sustainability and Communications at AMF. She will begin her new job in May.

    Current Director of Communications Ingela Carlsson has chosen to leave the company after nine years in her post.

    "Ingela Carlsson has done a tremendous job of developing Holmen's communications work and shown enormous commitment over the years. We wish Ingela every success as she chooses to take on new challenges outside the company," says Henrik Sjölund.

    Forest and hydro power make up two thirds of Holmen's assets. Together with large-scale production of paperboard, paper and wood products in well invested plants, this provides stable profitability that will increase over time. In addition, Holmen's business brings substantial climate benefits, as it reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by over 2 million tonnes per year. At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Holmen was named one of the world's 100 most sustainable corporations by Canadian analysis firm Corporate Knights.
    (Holmen AB)
    16.05.2017   Minerals Technologies Signs Agreement With PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper, a ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper Group, to Construct a 125,000 Metric-Ton Per Year Satellite PCC Plant in Indonesia, and to Expand an Existing Satellite to 140,000 Metric Tons

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX) announced today that it has signed an agreement with PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper (IKPP), a subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to build a 125,000 metric-ton per year satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant at its paper mill in Perawang, Indonesia. As part of the agreement, Minerals Technologies will also expand its present satellite PCC facility at the Perawang mill by 40,000 metric tons to 140,000 metric tons. The facility will be operated by PT Sinar Mas Specialty Minerals, an existing joint venture with APP in Indonesia.

    “We are extremely pleased to expand our relationship with this long-term partner and world-class paper manufacturer through this agreement to build a new satellite and provide additional capacity at the satellite we have had at Perawang since 1997,” said Douglas T. Dietrich, chief executive officer. “This customer is integral to our Asia growth strategy for PCC.”

    These facilities are scheduled to begin operation in the second quarter of 2018. Rand Mendez, senior vice president and managing director of Paper PCC, commented further: “APP is an innovative paper company, and we are pleased that they have confirmed the value of our PCC technology in their fine paper grades. Our PCC will be used as a paper filler to improve brightness, opacity and bulk, and to reduce the cost to the papermaker of higher-cost fiber.”

    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills, and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has more than 60 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.

    New York-based Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. MTI serves the paper, foundry, steel, construction, environmental, energy, polymer and consumer products industries. The company reported sales of $1.638 billion in 2016.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
    16.05.2017   Valmet's Advanced Process Control application improves combustion at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... WestRock's Covington mill in Virginia, USA

    Picture: Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager protects the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances

    Valmet's Advanced Process Control (APC) application, Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager, has improved combustion for the biomass boiler at WestRock's Covington mill in Virginia, USA.

    By optimizing combustion, the mill has been able to maximize and increase the main steam output of the biomass boiler beyond the maximum continuous rating (MCR). Other benefits include more stable and controlled boiler steam output as well as improved operational uniformity across shifts, furnace symmetry and spray valve control. Valmet's APC application estimates the British thermal units (BTU) of the biomass fuel in real time and ensures a consistent optimum fuel power-to-air ratio.

    The application has lowered the average O2 by about 0.3 percentage points, which improves boiler efficiency, reduces NOX emissions and subsequently minimizes NH3 consumption. Additionally, Valmet's advanced load controller now properly allocates the fuel demand between the feeders, taking into account any control and/or mechanical process limitations.

    "This improvement has enabled us to run a higher, more stable load, resulting in a record-setting steaming average the following month," says Barry Hensley, Powerhouse Superintendent, WestRock.

    The combustion control application is part of the boiler plant's Valmet DNA automation system. In 2012, Valmet was chosen as the automation supplier for the new biomass bubbling fluidized bed boiler at the Covington mill. The scope of the system included the boiler, Balance of the Plant, auxiliaries and a training simulator. Valmet's strong project execution team and close cooperation with Covington personnel made it possible to meet the challenging project deadlines.

    "Valmet's commitment to a shared journey forward together with the Covington mill is how the APC project came about. The ROI for the project was less than six months. With our solution and biomass expertise, and working together with the mill's personnel, we were able to exceed all the project targets," says David Eapen, Solution Manager, Automation, Valmet.

    Technical information about Valmet's Advanced Process Control
    Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager is an advanced control application for the optimized combustion of both bubbling and circulating fluidized bed boilers. The purpose of the application is to protect the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances.

    As a result, Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager provides several environmental, operational and financial benefits, including a stabilized combustion process, increased boiler efficiency, a wider boiler operation range, minimized flue gas oxygen content, as well as minimized NOX and CO emissions.
    (Valmet Corporation)

    Company news ... CATEGORY

    The Scientific Committee confers the award to the CEO of the Sofidel Group “for having combined the injection of state-of-the-art production technologies with industrial management of rare environmental sensitivity”

    Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group, received the 2017 edition “Capo d’Orlando” Award in the Science and Industry category. The award ceremony was held on Friday at Castello Giusso in Vico Equense, in the province of Naples.

    The accolade was given with unanimity from the Scientific Committee “for having combined the injection of state-of-the-art production technologies with industrial management of rare environmental sensitivity, the value of which is enhanced by outstanding initiatives to educate new generations”.

    “Sofidel is honoured to receive this award, which encourages us to commit ever more forcefully towards fully sustainable development, capable of ensuring shared value throughout the value creation chain,” commented Luigi Lazzareschi, who also added: “Our country needs to get science, industry and culture to dialogue to an ever greater extent, eliminating barriers that today more than ever have no rationale. Among other merits, the Capo d’Orlando Award has that of stimulating this dialogue.”

    Among the other winners, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 Serge Haroche and the writer and journalist Bruno Arpaia.

    The Capo d’Orlando Award “represents a public recognition for those who produce important results within the world of multi-disciplinary research, those involved in the diffusion of science and scientific journalism, in the running of museums, in the promotion of science through the internet”.

    The Science and Industry category of the Capo d’Orlando Award was instituted in 2011 and has, since this time, been awarded to important representatives of Italian industry, such as Giorgio Squinzi, Andrea Illy, Brunello Cucinelli, Giampietro Beghelli, Adolfo Guzzini and Massimo Moschini.
    (Sofidel Group)
    16.05.2017   BillerudKorsnäs production of semi-chemical pulp supplying PM6 in Gruvön experience breakdown    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the digester in the semi-chemical pulp production line in Gruvön. The pulp line supplies the fluting machine PM6 with pulp and consequently no fluting from PM6 can currently be produced. The breakdown of the pulp line does not have an impact on the integrated chemical pulp mill, neither does it impact the production of kraft paper, liner or liquid packaging board at the mill.

    “At this point in time it is not possible to estimate the financial damage and consequences on customer deliveries, but it will have a significant impact on the current quarter financials. We will return with additional information when we know what the impact will be,” says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ) )
    15.05.2017   A Bright, Beautiful SBS Paperboard/Caliper Cover That Fits    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Introduces New Productolith® Pts. Promotion

    Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) released "A Bright, Beautiful SBS Paperboard/Caliper Cover That Fits," a new printed promotion showcasing its Productolith® Pts. product line. Productolith® Pts. is the ultimate combination of a solid bleached sulfate (SBS) construction produced with a bright, beautiful fine-paper surface. Its SBS construction provides better consistency and stability than multi-ply boards, ensuring cleaner die cutting, sheeting and other finishing techniques.

    "Productolith® Pts. is a proven performer with the right optics, printability and price to do the job it's needed to do," said Verso President of Graphic Papers Mike Weinhold. "It offers all the attributes you want from a graphical paperboard or coated cover—and a new 16 pt. C1S and C2S in both a folio and digital product offering to better serve the needs of our customers."

    "This promotion is a demonstration piece that showcases the breadth of applications that are beautifully created using Productolith® Pts.," said Verso Brand Manager Tanya Pipo. "Using a variety of print techniques and post press applications, this promotion illustrates the smooth, bold, enhanced 92-bright, whiter-white offering of Productolith® Pts. and Productolith Pts. Digital®."

    Pipo adds, "Productolith® Pts. SBS construction and fine-paper surface support a quality image in a wide range of applications. Postcards to posters. Packaging to point-of-purchase displays. Tags to tickets. Calendars to greeting cards. Book covers to laminated corrugated board. Productolith® Pts. is perfect for printing and post press applications, including converting, scoring, folding, die cutting, film laminating, foil stamping, or embossing to create something that will get your brand noticed."

    Productolith® Pts. is made in America on fine-paper machines with Verso expertise. It is available in a wide selection of stocking items as well as custom sizes through Verso's three-day PressDate® Service program, saving customers time and money. Productolith® Pts. matching sheets, digital and web products are all backed by Verso's guarantee of full customer and technical support from start to finish.
    (Verso Corporation)
    15.05.2017   ANDRITZ to supply equipment to BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden, for fiberline upgrade    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: ANDRITZ Drum Displacer Washer enables extremely high-end product quality

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has been selected to build a new brown stock washing sideline to produce extremely high-purity pulp for the new board machine at the BillerudKorsnäs’ Gruvön mill in Sweden. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

    The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes a new DD-Washer, which ensures the production of high-purity pulp used for food packaging. The delivery also includes four MC pumps and a pulp Screw Press with ANDRITZ’s unique control system.

    ANDRITZ has some hundreds of very successful DD-Washer installations around the globe. ANDRITZ DD-Washers are characterized by lowest operational costs and lowest emissions as well as extremely good washing efficiency based on the required number of displacement washing stages in a single unit. Washing capacities are over 6,000 admt/d/unit.

    This order is part of BillerudKorsnäs’ investment at the Gruvön mill, which includes the construction of a new board machine and rebuilds in the existing pulp mill. The investment is the largest in the history of the company and one of the largest in Sweden in recent years.
    (Andritz AG)
    15.05.2017   GardaPremium Natural: Lecta's New Coated Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news The newest addition to “The Excellent Collection” product line

    With it most recent launch, Lecta extends its range of “The Excellent Collection” coated papers, high-quality products for publishing that are ideal for all printing needs.

    GardaPremium Natural is a 2 side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade. Available in 135, 150, 170 and 200 g/m2, the new grade offers good thickness, extraordinary runnability, high stiffness and good resistance to cracking on fold, in addition to high opacity and excellent print results.

    GardaPremium Natural’s distinguishing feature when compared to other coated silk papers currently on the market is its natural color, obtained without the addition of optical brighteners. This neutral tone is perfect for enhancing color as well as black-andwhite images, highlighting every detail.
    12.05.2017   Voith and Trützschler introduce new Safety Standard for Wet-laid Spunlaced Nonwovens Machines    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Voith and Trützschler present new safety standard for WLS facilities (machines for wet-laid spunlaced nonwovens)

    - Basis for safe production of Nonwovens
    - Combination of proven standards for paper and textile machines
    - Standardization process by ISO initiated

    In the shape of standard VN 3260/TN 0790, Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens have developed a new safety standard for wet-laid spunlaced (WLS) Nonwovens machines. The standard will help producers of Nonwovens to ensure safe and reliable operation of their machines. It also provides the basic prerequisite for meeting expectations in respect of production and quality.

    Voith and Trützschler jointly developed the manufacturing process for wet-laid and hydroentangled Nonwovens. The machines on which the materials are produced consist partly of paper machine components and partly of components from Nonwoven machines. The manufacturing process for wet-laid Nonwovens is similar to that for producing paper: A suspension consisting of water and fibers up to 40 mm long is passed over a wire on which a homogeneous fiber mat forms. The hydroentangling or spunlacing process produces bonded Nonwovens that can be textured if required. Drying and winding of the Nonwovens are done on other machine components.

    The newly developed standard combines various Voith and Trützschler safety standards for paper and textile machines in a new document and thus defines the safety requirements for new hybrid machines.

    The safety standard has already been incorporated by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) as the basis for developing an international standard, so as to achieve greater impact at global level.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    12.05.2017   AEGLE Zero. The natural choice.    ( Company news )

    Company news AEGLE Zero, a new uncoated folding boxboard with an uncoated reverse, has been added to the range of packaging materials offered by Kotkamills from their BM2 cartonboard machine in Kotka, Finland.

    AEGLE Zero is a special uncoated packaging grade, suitable for food and non-food end-uses, where a natural look is as important as excellent printability and conversion properties. The grade is made from the same strong, virgin Nordic fibre that AEGLE Pro and AEGLE White are made from and offers the same opportunity for creative design. Printability, CD stiffness and value are all offered by this special new grade.

    “The tactile and natural looking surface of AEGLE Zero provides the opportunity for creative packaging design where values of pure, organic quality are implicit in the final product choice. It offers a real opportunity for packaging differentiation and is suitable for a range of printing processes and finishing techniques, like hot and cold foiling. A natural choice from Kotkamills AEGLE range of folding boxboards,” says David Ingham, Sales Director Consumer Boards at Kotkamills.

    AEGLE Zero is produced in the range of 305 to 615 micron and is available to order now.
    (Kotkamills Oy)
    12.05.2017   Xerium Awarded Machine Clothing and Rolls Business for Fibria’s ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Horizon 2 Project - New Pulp Machine in Tres Lagoas, Brazil

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, announced that the Company was recently awarded orders for machine clothing and rolls technology for Fibria’s new pulp machine at the Tres Lagoas mill in Brazil. The new machine is scheduled to go online in Q3/2017, adding 1.95 million tons of market pulp to Fibria’s annual production.

    “We are delighted to be one of the suppliers for Fibria’s new pulp machine at Horizon 2 Project, in Tres Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil)”. said Eduardo Fracasso, President of Xerium Latin America. “We are very excited to participate in the commissioning of this new technology machine which will utilize some of Xerium’s most innovative press felts, conveyors belts and roll covers.”

    The growing market pulp segment is a strategic target for Xerium, whereas the Company has developed specific machine clothing and rolls products designed specifically to support the demanding water handling requirements of these newer machine configurations, and deliver higher production output with lower energy consumption.

    For this new machine, Xerium will be supplying ProSeam XT seam felts and DryTrans ND conveyor belts. Additionally, the Company will be supplying AquaWell IIS, VersaTec, and Everguard roll cover technology.

    “We look forward to partnering closely with the Fibria team to help ensure an optimum start-up with maximum pulp product quality, and the highest overall machine efficiency on the Horizon 2 Project, “ adds Fracasso.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
    12.05.2017   Cenários Ibá: pulp production shows positive results for the first quarter of this year    ( Company news )

    Company news Pulp production recorded 3.0% growth in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 4.69 million tons against the 4.55 million tons recorded in the same period of last year. In the paper sector, the surplus continues with exports that reached a volume of 544 thousand tons sold between January and March, a 5.6% increase compared to the same period in 2016 when 515 thousand tons were traded. In the wood panels segment domestic sales rose 2.9%, reaching the 1.6 million cubic meter mark.

    Check out the other performance indicators for the planted tree sector in the 35th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry.

    Export volume - In the first quarter of 2017, the volume of pulp exports reached 3.3 million tons, an increase of 5.5% over the same period in 2016, when 3.1 million tons were exported. The wood panels segment recorded exports of 284,000 cubic meters (+45,6%).

    Export revenue - From January to February of 2017 the sector recorded exports of US$ 1.9 billion (-2.6%); pulp reached US$ 1.4 billion (-4.3%), paper registered US$ 464 million (-0.2%), and wood panels US$ 64 million (+25.5%). As a result the balance of trade in the sector registered a positive balance of US$ 1.7 billion during the first three months of the year (-0.9%).

    Destination of exports - China continues to be the main destination for the Brazilian pulp sector, with a 44% share. In the first quarter revenues for this country increased by 21.6% (US$ 620 million) compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels in the period, with exports to this region increasing 17.5% (US$ 295 million) and 25% (US$ 35 million), respectively.

    Production - Brazilian pulp production surpassed 4.6 million tons (+3.0%) between January and March of 2017, and paper registered 2.5 million tons (-2.2%).

    Domestic sales - In the first quarter of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 1.3 million tons (-3.0%), while the wood panels sector registered sales of 1.6 million m³ (+2.9%).
    (IBÁ - Indústria Brasileira de Árvores)
    11.05.2017   Ahlstrom-Munksjö awarded with EcoVadis Gold rating for its CSR engagement     ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom-Munksjö awarded with EcoVadis Gold rating for its CSR engagement

    Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, has been awarded with a Gold rating by EcoVadis, following to the assessment of the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) engagement.

    The Gold rating is a result of performance improvements in all four CSR dimensions assessed by EcoVadis; environment, labor practices, fair business practices, and sustainable procurement. It places the company among the top 1 percent of all suppliers evaluated by the platform, regardless of their industry.

    “In the last few years we have worked hard to continuously improve performance and consistency in the area of sustainability and responsibility. I am very pleased by the recognition from EcoVadis and I’d like to thank all internal and external stakeholders who have contributed to the achievement,” says Anders Hildeman, Vice President Sustainability.
    (Ahlstrom-Munksjö Corporation)
    11.05.2017   Nico Delvaux appointed President and CEO of Metso Corporation    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso's Board of Directors has appointed Nico Delvaux President and CEO of Metso, effective at the beginning of November 2017 at the latest. Nico Delvaux is currently Senior Executive Vice President for Atlas Copco AB and Business Area President for Compressor Technique, with responsibility for the global compressed air business of the Atlas Copco Group.

    "This nomination is part of Metso's successor planning and the timing is good for Metso to progress into the next development phase. I am convinced that Nico Delvaux is the right person to further accelerate value creation for Metso's customers and shareholders, thanks to his broad international experience, leadership skills and a proven track record in developing leading businesses," says Mikael Lilius, Chairman of Metso's Board of Directors.

    "I know Metso as a company and highly respect its brand and achievements. I really look forward to joining Metso and working together with the Metso people all over the world as well as to moving to Finland," says Nico Delvaux.

    "Matti Kähkönen has been the President and CEO of Metso since March 2011, and he has under difficult market conditions led significant changes, which have built a strong foundation for Metso going forward. This is a good moment for the Board to make decisions on the CEO's successor. We want to thank Matti Kähkönen for his very good work for the benefit of Metso and its shareholders during the past nearly 40 years. We have also agreed that he will act as a Senior Advisor to the Board until his retirement," Mikael Lilius continues.

    In Matti Kähkönen's view, Metso has developed to a point where it is natural for a successor to continue. "This decision was not made overnight, as we have looked for a good timing for the change together with the Board. I will continue with full focus and energy until the end of my duties as President and CEO," he says.
    (Metso Corporation)
    11.05.2017   Cell trio offers added value    ( Company news )

    Company news Innovative SteppedHex technology and a new direction in sales give Zecher GmbH an extra spurt of growth

    Picture: Zecher’s main plant in Paderborn (Germany) is equipped with a total of seventeen laser-engraving machines and ten further mechanical units, which between them produce twelve thousand anilox rollers every year

    Things are going well at Zecher GmbH. Sales figures are up, and the newly developed SteppedHex engraving, which the Paderborn (Germany)-based supplier presented at last year’s Drupa trade fair, is creating more and more interest. Specialisation in the company’s core product of anilox rollers and consistent implementation of a proactive sales strategy form the basis of this current success. This is reflected in, for example, the company’s sales for the past year of 2016, which grew by 12% in the twelve months concerned. In this article, Jörg Rohde, who is Zecher's Head of Application Technology, explains what lies behind the development of the company’s new SteppedHex technology, while Head of Sales Thomas Reinking tells us more about the context of the current success in sales.

    The foundations of today’s success can be traced back to 1948, when Kurt Zecher originally founded the firm. Operating as what would nowadays be termed a start-up entrepreneur, he ran a small workshop specialised in hard chrome plating. Enquiries from the printing sector ignited his pioneering spirit, and by 1950 he had produced the first regularly engraved anilox roller. Since then, the firm’s development has been based wholly on anilox rollers, of which the Paderborn-based company produces approximately twelve thousand units annually. All production takes place in Paderborn, where the company employs a workforce of 170 persons.

    Production defined by state-of-the-art laser technology
    Ever since the Zecher Company launched its first laser-engraved anilox roller in 1989, this technology has become widely recognised as standard. Engraving with a diamond-tipped tool nevertheless remains in use for certain applications. As a result of all this, the company’s production facilities now include a total of seventeen laser-engraving machines, along with ten mechanical units.

    When ceramic anilox rollers first came into use, cells tended to be aligned at an angle of 45°, as was the practice with chrome rollers. The hexagonal format, which works with an angle of 60°, has nevertheless become more common over time. One advantage of this type of engraving is that it minimises the risk of moiré patterns forming during halftone printing. There were also repeated attempts to make use of cross-hatching, particularly known in the area of coating techniques, for the printing of flexible packaging items.

    Laser engraving paves the way for alternative cell geometries
    As cross-hatching entails both benefits and disadvantages, there have been long-standing efforts in the sector to apply the possibilities of laser engraving to alternative cell geometries, and several relevant suppliers market corresponding products with a variety of designations.

    The development of a new engraving presents an important challenge, given the multiple factors and various physical requirements that need to be taken into account. These may include:
    - ink transfer, which is normally determined by the filling and emptying characteristics of the cell,
    - the mechanical stability of the engraving, which is for example needed to guide the doctor blade,
    - the geometric arrangement of the cells, which must correspond to the various screen angles arising from reproduction,
    - the suitability of the cell’s shape for engraving onto a cylindrical object in an endless and seamless way,
    - the use of all commonly employed types of ink, such as those based on water and solvents and those designed for UV-dried inking systems,
    - along with all common printing machine configurations,
    - and compatibility with any type of printing where the tendency to use ever-finer screening and pattern details demands special requirements in terms of the ink-transfer performance of anilox rollers.

    Zecher GmbH has developed, with SteppedHex, a free-standing cell geometry that fulfils all the requirements in the list. The name of the product reflects the stepped arrangement of the cells, which are organised in groups of three (see fig. 2). The “omission” of the adjoining walls of three cells lying on a given radial line creates the open engraving and typical offset of SteppedHex technology, with its German registered-design status.

    SteppedHex expands the possibilities of conventional engraving
    The company has invested several years of intensive work in the development of its new SteppedHex technology. This has involved cooperation both with industrial partners and selected users of the firm’s products. The latter, in their role as “beta users” put the anilox rollers through their paces over a long period of actual day-to-day operation. One of the initial test markets was the field of narrow-web UV flexo printing. It is for this reason that some of the label printers involved have now been using this anilox roller technology successfully for more than three years. The project then went on to cover the market for flexible packaging and other segments, such as pre-printed corrugated cardboard.

    The lengthy test phase ensures that printers can work with SteppedHex as part of a proven existing system that has fulfilled previous requirements without problem, but which is now open to new opportunities. These include such benefit as better-quality flexo printing, often involving anilox rollers of a higher resolution. The challenge in this case is to transfer the same volume of ink, despite the finer quality of the engraving. This balancing act succeeds thanks to the open engraving of SteppedHex technology. “The increased fineness of the line resolution is compensated for by the open nature of the cells”, explains Jörg Rohde. “This permits the use, depending on line configuration, of SteppedHex anilox rollers that increase resolution by 80 to 120 - and sometimes even 180 lines per centimetre - without any of the loss of volume typical of hexagonal engravings.”

    Jörg Rohde uses the example of a conventional roller with a resolution of 160 L/cm to illustrate these effects. The maximum volume of this engraving is comparable to that of a SteppedHex roller with a resolution of 240 L/cm. This increase of 80 lines in terms of screen resolution has the advantage of homogeneous ink transfer, and therefore of uniform colouring of the printed item. This improves the representation of fine detail, but still makes available the volume required for the printing of the surfaces concerned.

    Improved emptying and cleaning performance
    The afore-mentioned is also supported by an open engraving structure; with fewer cell-walls, adhesion powers which usually retain a proportion of the ink in the cell, are diminished. The cell geometry, consisting of groups of three cells that each form a shape reminiscent of a bathtub, is beneficial in terms of cleaning performance. This aspect is of increasing importance, given that most modern printing machines are equipped with automatic cleaning equipment.

    The fine resolution of SteppedHex engraving lets it deliver yet another benefit: in the shape of its high basic stability, which ensures smooth and efficient application of the doctor blade.

    SteppedHex creates a growing interest on the market
    Anilox rollers have raised quality standards right across the flexo printing sector in recent years. The products offered in this respect were largely similar. The Zecher Company has managed, with the development of its new SteppedHex technology, to offer technical product advantages to users of anilox rollers. This gives its worldwide sales organisation, which includes 60 representatives, a valuable unique selling point. The product’s attractiveness is enhanced even more by the fact that the price-to-performance characteristics of this new engraving technology are comparable to those of conventional anilox rollers.

    Market interest in SteppedHex is therefore correspondingly high. Ever since it was first launched at the Drupa trade fair in May 2016, the level of demand has grown in parallel with the number of items delivered. Special test rollers are being made available to manufacturers of printing machines and printing companies alike, and an OEM customer has already completed an extensive range of test prints with SteppedHex rollers. All this has shown that, among other things, the typical worries about open engraving possibly leading to the transfer of excessive quantities of ink, along with the concerns of many print works regarding inefficient drying, are unfounded.

    An up-to-the-minute approach to sales based on key success factors
    The development of this new engraving technology is however not the only reason for celebrating the recent successes of Zecher GmbH in terms of sales. During the past eighteen months, the company has applied targeted efficiency measures across departmental boundaries, which have optimised both its production processes as well as sales and distribution procedures.

    Thomas Reinking, who has been in charge of Sales and Marketing at the Paderborn-based company since May 2015, describes these changes in detail: “Customer requirements were previously focused on technical advice. Before the purchase of an anilox roller, a printing company normally had to consider which specifications would be suitable for a particular application. Zecher has been able, as a company wholly specialised in anilox rollers, to use its expertise and long experience in the field to create a strong market position. There has meanwhile also been a fundamental shift in the nature of the flexo printing sector, which now demands a new, customised approach to sales.”

    Many flexo printing companies have over time developed a profound knowledge of everything to do with printing technology, which often renders superfluous any advice that might be available on the specifications of the anilox rollers that they require. Purchasing decisions are nowadays seldom based on such technical parameters as line resolution, pick-up volume or cell geometry, but tend rather to depend on investment budgets. Thomas Reinking continues: “It therefore follows, in the context of this newly aligned approach to sales, that today’s decision-makers occupy commercial posts in the companies of our main target group.” This point applies in particular in the case of OEM customers. The new approach likewise offers several advantages. On one hand, concentrating on a single channel of distribution means that quotations can be issued considerably faster; and on the other, the Sales team is able to react more quickly to customer demands, as increased proximity to customers is associated with earlier involvement in investment and decision-making processes.

    Implementation of all the above measures has already had a considerable impact on business development. In the previous four quarters of 2016, for example, Zecher GmbH has reported a 12% growth in orders compared to the twelve-month period before. This in turn creates significant scope for future investments. New hirings and staff-qualification measures in the area of human resources, coupled with further progress in the field of production technology, promise to secure this success in the long term.

    Communications between Application Technology and the printer
    The estimated 90% of orders that are now handled directly via the sales organisation likewise translates into a considerable advantage for the department of Application Technology. “The streamlining of our sales procedures has permanently taken the pressure off our specialists in the field of application technology”, explains Thomas Reinking. “They only have to go into action nowadays if customer requirements exceed the expertise of our colleagues in Sales; a scenario that applies in just one out of ten cases.”

    This means that the valuable resources of the Application Technology team can be significantly better-targeted, which in turn translates into a jump in the quality of advice regarding their field of expertise.

    A helpful pyramid guide in a jungle of specifications
    This new approach means that the Sales team must be able, to a certain extent, to provide technical advice and support – a truly demanding task, given the wide variety of uses that anilox rollers can be put to. This is made easier by the “specifications pyramid” that the Zecher Company first made public at the 2012 Drupa trade fair. This tool developed by the company in-house has since become a proven and coherent way of matching an individual application to the right kind of engraving.

    This new SteppedHex technology is a star addition to the catalogue of Zecher GmbH. While previous products were normally anilox rollers designed for specific purposes, SteppedHex is an alternative concept that breaks the bounds of individual applications. What this means in practice is that users can cover all their needs with a single system, should they wish to do so. As SteppedHex is not restricted to individual fields of application, it can be used to deliver benefits to printers dedicated to high-quality halftone work, those dealing with line-halftone combinations and even those producing white blanks.

    Zecher GmbH has managed to convert its SteppedHex technology and new sales concept into the foundation stone of healthy growth, and is now set to break into new markets. One example is North and South America, where the company spent the autumn of 2016 acquiring new partners for its distribution network.
    (Zecher GmbH)
    11.05.2017   Metsä Board's comparable operating result in January–March 2017 was EUR 45 million    ( Company news )

    Company news January–March 2017 (1–3/2016)
    - Sales amounted to EUR 444.5 million (435.6).
    - Comparable operating result was EUR 45.2 million (35.0), or 10.2 per cent (8.0) of sales. Operating result was EUR 45.2 million (32.7).
    - Comparable result before taxes was EUR 39.9 million (30.0). Result before taxes was EUR 39.9 million (27.7).
    - Comparable earnings per share were EUR 0.10 (0.07), and earnings per share were EUR 0.10 (0.07).

    Events in January–March 2017
    - The delivery volumes of Metsä Board’s paperboards and market pulp increased from the previous quarter.

    - The market prices of folding boxboard remained stable. The average price of Metsä Board's folding boxboard was burdened by Husum's sales mix. The prices of coated white-top fresh fibre linerboard rose in North America.

    - The capacity utilisation rate of Husum's new folding boxboard machine was approximately 70 per cent during the review period.

    - No major maintenance shutdowns took place during the review period.

    - Metsä Board's Annual General Meeting was held on 23 March 2017. The Annual General Meeting decided to pay a dividend of 0.19 euros per share for the 2016 financial period.

    Events after the period
    -The new extrusion coating line started up at Husum mill in Sweden in April.

    Profit guidance for April–June 2017
    Metsä Board's comparable operating result for the second quarter of 2017 is expected to remain roughly on the same level as in the first quarter of 2017.

    Metsä Board's CEO Mika Joukio:
    “The delivery volumes of paperboards grew compared to the previous quarter and achieved a monthly all-time high in March. As expected, the most significant growth derived from Husum's folding boxboard, but demand for fresh fibre linerboards was also strong. Our operating result was supported by the positive development of Finnish mills and a strong pulp market. No major maintenance shutdowns that would have weakened the result took place during the review period.

    We still have plenty of potential to improve our profitability at Husum. In folding boxboard, the increase of the capacity utilisation rate will lower the production costs per tonne produced. The extrusion coating line targeted for food and food service packaging will speed up sales growth in a customer segment that is new for us. In fresh fibre linerboards, our focus in the coming years is increasingly on coated linerboard, which has better profitability than uncoated linerboard.

    In 2017, we aim to sell 300,000 tonnes of Husum's folding boxboard primarily in North America, where demand for Metsä Board's paperboards is strong. The lightness of our folding boxboard is still a considerable competitive advantage for us, and one of the most important focus areas in our product development. Increasing product safety requirements and the growing emphasis on the appearance of packaging are increasing demand for premium and sustainably produced packaging materials. Metsä Board's paperboards bring all these qualities together. We want to continue to develop our products in such a way that they meet our customers' needs and to keep growing profitably together with our customers in the coming years.”

    Near-term outlook
    Global demand for high-quality consumer packaging board made from fresh fibre is expected to continue to grow. The increases in capacity made by European producers of folding boxboard have not had a negative impact on price development. Several producers of white fresh fibre linerboards announced price increases in Europe and North America at the beginning of the year. Global demand and supply for long-fibre and short-fibre pulp is expected to remain stable.

    Metsä Board's paperboard deliveries in April–June are expected to grow from the previous quarter. The growth is supported by Husum's production of folding boxboard.

    A number of maintenance shutdowns will take place at Metsä Board's mills in Finland during the second quarter of the year. The production costs of paperboards will continue to be impacted by the price increase of latex.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    11.05.2017   WEPA plans take over of Van Houtum with the Satino brand    ( Company news )

    Company news - AfH specialist from the Netherlands with sales of around € 60 million
    - With the takeover, WEPA is expanding its position in the AfH segment as a major supplier in Central Europe
    - Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group, explains: "We are looking forward to further develop with Van Houtum an AfH-specialist rooted in tradition and the Satino brand in the WEPA Group."
    - Henk van Houtum, owner of Van Houtum: "I am very pleased that our family business is moving into good hands in this way".

    WEPA Hygieneprodukte GmbH has signed a contract to acquire all shares in Van Houtum Group Holding B.V., located in the Netherlands. The acquisition is expected to be concluded in the coming weeks and is subject to the approval of the competition authorities. The contracting parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

    Van Houtum produces in Swalmen, in the Netherlands, with 200 employees exclusively for the Away-from-Home (AfH) segment achieving a turnover of € 60 million. With the Satino Black brand, Van Houtum has established a leading position in the market for sustainable product solutions.

    Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group, explains: “We are looking forward to further develop with Van Houtum an AfH-specialist rooted in tradition and the Satino brand in the WEPA Group. The values of the family business are very similar and the product ranges complement each other well. WEPA intends on expanding the Satino brand and the private label offering, especially from the specialized AfH-locations in Müschede, Piechowice and Swalmen, as well as to offer from a single source.”

    Henk van Houtum, Owner of Van Houtum, adds: " I am very delighted that our family business is moving into such good hands this way". The Managing Director of Van Houtum, Bas Gehlen, adds: "I am convinced that the company Van Houtum and the Satino brand have a better perspective in the WEPA Group than today as an independent company."
    (WEPA Hygieneprodukte GmbH)
    10.05.2017   Valmet to supply new bleaching plant to CENIBRA's pulp mill in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: CENIBRA's pulp mill in Belo Oriente in Brazil

    Valmet has been selected as supplier for a new bleaching plant to be installed at CENIBRA's pulp mill in Belo Oriente in Brazil. The new plant will have the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes of pulp per year. Start-up is scheduled to be in April, 2018.

    The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2016 orders received. A typical value for this scope of supply is around EUR 30-50 million.

    The new bleaching plant, equipped with Valmet's modern TwinRoll press technology, will replace the original plant, dated from 1977, that is based on vacuum filter technology. The bleach plant renewal utilizing the most advanced existing washer technology, is part of CENIBRA's project for fiberline modernization.

    "Along the years, CENIBRA has searched the balance between the production activities and environmental performance, always looking for the process improvement of pulp production through implementation of environmentally sustainable projects and technological innovations, as this new bleaching plant," mentioned the Industrial Director and Technician, Róbinson Félix from CENIBRA.

    "By upgrading individual key process parts in chemical pulping to latest technology, it is possible to reach significant reductions in environmental impacts, and at the same time, increase the performance of the production process. We are very pleased that CENIBRA appreciates our bleach plant technology and that we got their confidence to deliver this important project," says Stefan Mattson, Vice President, Fiber Processing, Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    10.05.2017   MiniGrinder: Voith's compact grinder for restoring the Yankee cylinder's ideal crown profile     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The MiniGrinder developed by Voith's OnSite Yankee Service enables easy, accurate removal of deformations on Yankee cylinders

    - Precise removal of surface irregularities
    - Suitable for all tissue machines
    - Significant reduction of downtime

    Deformations on Yankee cylinders frequently result in production and quality deficiencies in tissue manufacturing. The MiniGrinder developed by Voith's OnSite Yankee Service enables easy, accurate removal of these kinds of irregularities restoring the Yankee cylinder's ideal crown profile.

    The MiniGrinder also readily removes old coatings and chatter marks. What is special about the MiniGrinder is its size. It is so compact that it can be used on any tissue machine without the need to remove and re-install key machine parts, as is normally the case with conventional grinding machines. This reduces time and labor for the maintenance crew allowing production to restart much sooner.

    One Voith customer was able to reduce the downtime for his machine by 14 hours, because there was no need to dismantle machine parts. The exhaust air system used with the MiniGrinder removes the airborne dust that inevitably occurs during the grinding process. On the one hand this reduces the cleaning effort before restarting the machine, and on the other hand it protects the health of personnel working on and around the Yankee cylinder.

    The design and shape of the MiniGrinder has been optimized so that the grinding bed has optimum rigidity. Although the grinding bed is smaller than conventional grinding machines the rigidity is significantly higher. The grinding force of the head is equivalent to that of conventional tangential grinding heads, ensuring maximum precision for all types of applications.

    The MiniGrinder is suitable for all kinds of metal surfaces.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    10.05.2017   High interest in innovative barrier papers at Interpack 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news New Sappi Guard packaging papers with integrated barrier properties draws strong visitor interest.

    Four years ago, Sappi was the world's first manufacturer to present a new speciality paper with a mineral oil barrier integrated directly in the paper, as well as including heat sealing properties. The company’s long-standing technical expertise and investments in the development of new innovative products and sustainable packaging solutions are paying off. The latest innovations from the Sappi Guard product line were presented to trade visitors at Interpack 2017, where they attracted a great deal of interest.

    Sappi’s paper-based packaging solution with an integrated barrier against mineral oil is intended for both outer and inner packaging. Its original application was dry foodstuffs such as pasta, rice, cereals, pudding powder, tea, and much more; and that remains the case today. What’s more, thanks to good heat-sealing properties, these recyclable packaging materials also represent an alternative to PE packaging which offers good sealing properties but does not have any mineral oil barrier.

    Sappi has jointly developed another exciting paper-based packaging solution in collaboration with the Belgian chocolate producer Delafaille. This solution has grease and mineral oil barriers and also prevents the ingress of oxygen and water vapour, and is being used with the company’s luxury Amusette chocolate brand. The brand needed a paper type that could be used with no additional foil lamination or adhesive, minimising the production costs involved.

    As part of the world’s largest packaging trade fair, Sappi also presented initial results of the recently announced cooperation agreement between Sappi and Felix Schoeller. The two companies have developed a paper-based, sealable packaging solution with high-barrier properties against water vapour, oxygen and grease.

    At Interpack 2017, Sappi was also presented with the international WorldStar Packaging Award for foodstuffs. This award for Sappi’s Guard papers follows hot on the heels of its receipt of the 2016 German Packaging Award in the "New Materials" category.
    (Sappi Alfeld GmbH)
    09.05.2017   Greycon's Suite 8.9 Achieves Certified Integration with SAP® Application    ( Company news )

    Company news Greycon announced its Greycon Suite 8.9 has achieved certified integration with SAP® Business Suite software and the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimisation (SAP APO) component. The solution has been proven to integrate with SAP APO providing another step forward on the road to Greycon fully integrating with SAP HANA.

    The SAP Integration and Certification Center has certified that Greycon Suite solution version 8.9 integrates with SAP APO to exchange critical data with instances of SAP Business Suite software.

    Abder Guezour, VP Global Sales, commented from Greycon: “Greycon software has been certified by SAP for a number of years now and this certification is important for our clients as many of them use SAP APO. Greycon’s systems are designed to be open and to work with our clients own systems, recertifying with SAP proves we do this.”
    (Greycon Ltd)
    09.05.2017   Domtar Corporation Reports Preliminary First Quarter 2017 Financial Results    ( Company news )

    Company news -First quarter 2017 net earnings of $0.32 per share
    -Price increases announced for several pulp grades
    -$91 million of cash flow from operating activities

    Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) reported net earnings of $20 million ($0.32 per share) for the first quarter of 2017 compared to net earnings of $47 million ($0.75 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016 and net earnings of $4 million ($0.06 per share) for the first quarter of 2016. Sales for the first quarter of 2017 were $1.3 billion.

    Photo: John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Excluding items listed below, the Company had earnings before items1 of $20 million ($0.32 per share) for the first quarter of 2017 compared to earnings before items1 of $47 million ($0.75 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016 and earnings before items1 of $22 million ($0.35 per share) for the first quarter of 2016.

    First quarter 2017 items:

    Fourth quarter 2016 items:
    -Closure and restructuring impact of $(1) million ($(1) million after tax); and
    -Negative impact of purchase accounting of $1 million ($1 million after tax).

    First quarter 2016 items:
    -Closure and restructuring costs of $2 million ($2 million after tax); and
    -Impairment of property, plant & equipment of $21 million ($16 million after tax).

    “The Ashdown mill continued to focus its efforts on the production and quality of fluff pulp; we shipped primarily softwood bales in the quarter, but we are making good progress with the qualification of our grades and we’re receiving positive feedback from our customers,” said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our pulp business is growing and becoming more meaningful. We’ve shipped nearly 25% more tons when compared to the same quarter last year, and current initiatives will support continued profitable growth. Our nearly 2 million tons of high-quality softwood, fluff and specialty market pulp capacity provides us with a scale business that will add momentum to our growth strategy for years to come.”

    Mr. Williams added, “In Personal Care, strong sales growth and operational improvements in the first quarter continue to offset currency, price and cost headwinds. We are focusing our efforts on rolling out our growth plans, capturing the benefits of our cost savings program and building value for our customers to effectively compete in this competitive environment. Our sales pipeline remains active with numerous opportunities to grow in both North America and Europe.”

    Operating income was $42 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to an operating income of $74 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Depreciation and amortization totaled $80 million in the first quarter of 2017.

    Operating income before items was $42 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to an operating income before items1 of $74 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

    The decrease in operating income in the first quarter of 2017 was the result of higher maintenance costs, lower productivity, lower average selling prices and higher raw material and other costs. These factors were partially offset by higher volume, lower selling, general and administrative expenses and favorable exchange rates.

    When compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, manufactured paper shipments were up 1% and pulp shipments increased 9%. The shipments-to-production ratio for paper was 105% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 104% in the fourth quarter of 2016. Paper inventories decreased by 36,000 tons and pulp inventories decreased by 61,000 metric tons when compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.

    Cash flow from operating activities amounted to $91 million and capital expenditures were $34 million, resulting in free cash flow1 of $57 million for the first quarter of 2017. Domtar’s net debt-to-total capitalization ratio1 stood at 30% at March 31, 2017 and at December 31, 2016.

    For the remainder of the year, we anticipate paper shipments to be in-line with market demand. We expect to benefit from recently announced pulp price increases, while mix should continue to improve as we convert to more fluff pulp sales at our Ashdown mill. Costs, including freight, labor and chemicals are expected to marginally increase. In Personal Care, market growth, investments in advertising and promotion in addition to new customer wins should drive higher sales, while raw material costs are expected to marginally increase.
    (Domtar Paper Operation Center)
    09.05.2017   Canon Expands its Leading Sheet-fed Inkjet Portfolio with the New Océ VarioPrint i200 Inkjet Press,.    ( Company news )

    Company news ...MICR inks, and the next generation PRISMAsync controller

    Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced its newest inkjet technology breakthrough, poised to increase application ranges and ensure even faster turnaround times for professional printers looking to expand their business offerings and explore new opportunities.

    Canon, a world leader in imaging solutions, is proud to announce the Océ VarioPrint i-series Release 2, an expansion into a family of groundbreaking products that include the introduction of the Océ VarioPrint i200 press, an MICR version for sensitive financial documents, and the previously launched, revolutionary Océ VarioPrint i300 device. Powered by Océ iQuarius technologies, the new expansion is set to provide inkjet productivity combined with sheet-fed versatility, while offering cost-effective, premium inkjet quality prints on an expansive range of media. By taking action to expand the inkjet line of products, print providers will have access to a highly versatile device that is within their budget and enable them to acquire a device that better serves their operational needs.

    “When we originally launched the Océ VarioPrint i300, we brought innovation to the inkjet space that was unprecedented and introduced a technology that was built around the evolved needs of our valued production print customers,” said Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Now, after the successful market adoption of our ground breaking Océ VarioPrint i300 device, we once again look to enable our customers to expand their business by further enhancing the already industry-leading application versatility and productivity of the VarioPrint i-series.”

    Key Customer Benefits
    As proven by customer accounts from around the world, the Océ VarioPrint i300 press is game-changing in its uptime, print quality, and economics. It opened the doors to new business opportunities, while paving the way for the inkjet revolution to redefine the print industry.

    With a One Canon approach, developers from Canon and Océ sought out to make the good even better, and did so by addressing customer benefits that include:
    -Application versatility: New offering allows users to combine media into one job and consolidate monochrome and color on one device. Extra paper feeding options to enable running tabs and pre-punched stocks.
    -Production efficiency: For print service providers looking to maximize daily output with less labor, the Océ VarioPrint i-series allows for one operator to seamlessly run multiple devices.
    -Best-in-class uptime: Enhanced functionality in place to help users meet service level agreements and keep the Océ VarioPrint i-series presses running reliably while producing myriad types of jobs.

    Additionally, the i-series Release 2 includes the next generation PRISMAsync version 5 workflow to offer a full native PDF workflow and enhanced Graphic Arts functionality to help advance productivity in print shops of all sizes.

    High speed inkjet. On Sheets.
    As the high speed inkjet printing market continues to grow, this latest launch solidifies Canon’s commitment to offering a range of new options, improvements, and software for the Océ VarioPrint line, and recognizing the need to adapt to the ever-evolving requirements of customers around the world. Perhaps more than ever before, the Océ VarioPrint i-series enables Canon customers, both new and existing, to produce high quality prints on sheets at accelerated speeds.
    Portfolio Strengthened

    With the launch of the Océ VarioPrint i200, Canon similarly took a look at its production print portfolio and ways to further strengthen it for customers. At 194 Letter size pages per minute, Canon’s Océ VarioPrint i200 press now bridges the gap between the Canon imagePRESS C10000 device at up to 100 pages per minute and the Océ VarioPrint i300 device at 294 pages per minute, and Océ ColorStream and Océ ProStream series’ with its sheet-fed versatility and consolidation of monochrome and color printing.

    “As a worldwide leader in inkjet, Canon focuses on constant innovation and pursuing opportunities to fill the speed and capacity void that exists between toner and inkjet presses,” said Francis McMahon, senior vice president, Marketing, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America. “This persistence has led to the advancement of the VarioPrint i200 device, which will help open the door to new print applications and market opportunities for customers looking for increased versatility, automation and end-to-end productivity at an affordable cost.”

    The Océ VarioPrint i-series Release 2 including the Océ VarioPrint i200 will be available for customer installations in June through Canon Solutions America. To learn more, visit today. To protect the investment of current costumers, the new Release 2 functionality is also available to existing i300 customers.
    (Canon U.S.A. Inc.)
    09.05.2017   JSC Volga started the production of the new substance newsprint    ( Company news )

    Company news The 40 gsm newsprint production was mastered at Volga’s Paper Mill. The printers have already tested the production samples and gave an expert opinion. The increased area in a standard newsprint reel is the main advantage of the low-substance newsprint.

    The production test runs of Volga’s low-substance newsprint (40 gsm) took place in March, 2017 in the printing complexes of JSC PK “EXTRA М” (Moscow) on UNISET and GEOMAN printing machines and in a CJSC “Prime Print” (Nizhny Novgorod) printing-house on a TENSOR 1400 machine.

    After the carried out testing the “Prime Print” experts confirmed the conformity of the tested newsprint to the declared properties and printability on the TENSOR equipment because no ink setting-off and other defects of the printed products were identified. In their opinion, the quality of the edition appearance printed on the lower substance newsprint didn’t visually differ from the quality of the samples printed on the standard newsprint with the substance of 42 gsm. There were also no web breaks or increased flaking of the paper.

    Printing industry experts see good prospects for the development of this segment. For example, a JSC PK “EXTRA М”’s chief engineer Irina A. Potselueva considers that the future of the lower substance newsprint production is dictated by the situation on the printing market. “In my opinion, such a newsprint will be in demand by those editors offices and publishing houses which use printed materials mailing, because they are interested in lighter newsprint allowing to reduce circulation weight and therefore to save money.”- Irina A. pointes out. “As for the printing on the newsprint with the substance of 40 gsm, such newsprint under Volga’s brand has sufficient caliper and is opaque that is certainly a big plus for printers.”

    After Volga’s newsprint testing Irina A. Potselueva concluded that such newsprint could be used for printing of the periodicals with an average number of pictures.

    According to the Volga’s General Director Dmitry A. Donchenko, consumer interests as well as the output quality are a major focus of the Balakhna Paper Mill employees. This desire to meet the needs of the paper market has become a driver for seeking new solutions. The newsprint of the reduced substance of 40 gsm will be positioned as an alternative to the 42 gsm newsprint in the premium segment.

    “We’ve already had the first orders and so the production of the new substance newsprint is churned out. And we hope that our newsprint consumers will highly appreciate its quality,” Dmitry A. Donchenko pointed out.
    (Volga JSC)
    09.05.2017   ANDRITZ successfully starts up twelfth tissue machine for Hengan Group    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group, China, at its Chongqing mill.

    The PrimeLineTM W8 tissue machine is the twelfth tissue machine supplied by ANDRITZ to the Hengan Group. It has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.6 m. The machine is equipped with an 18-foot steel Yankee for energy-efficient drying and safe operation. The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant with ShortFlow concept, which minimizes both the investment costs and energy consumption as well as ensures high flexibility for grade changes. The entire automation system was also supplied by ANDRITZ

    The Hengan Group was established in 1985 and, with around 30,000 employees, is one of the leading Chinese manufacturers of hygiene and sanitary products.
    (Andritz AG)
    09.05.2017   Kemira increases prices of paper sizing chemicals in EMEA    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira announces a price increase for its paper sizing products in EMEA. The adjustment will be effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.

    The price increase of the ASA sizing chemicals will be approximately 5-10%, depending on the specific formulations and can differ in selected geographies. This adjustment is necessary due to increased raw material costs and currency variations.

    Also as announced on January 25th 2017, Kemira will increase AKD sizing chemical prices by approximately 5-10%. This adjustment is necessary due to significantly increased raw material costs and currency variations.
    (Kemira Chemicals Germany GmbH)
    08.05.2017   FESPA 2017 marks European debut of Mimaki TS30-1300    ( Company news )

    Company news Dedicated transfer paper printer delivers time savings, reduced environmental footprint and reduced space requirements for textile and apparel printing

    Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced it will debut its entry-level sublimation inkjet printer, the Mimaki TS30-1300, at FESPA 2017. The show is scheduled for 8-12 May in Hamburg, Germany. Mimaki Europe, which has two stands at FESPA, will be showing this new printer on its stand in the Textile Hall (Stand B6-C50). Mimaki will also be present in the Digital Hall (Stand A1-A25), where it will be demonstrating a wide range of solutions for the sign graphics market and industrial print.

    “In recent years, we have seen an accelerating shift in the textile and apparel industry from conventional plate-based analogue printing to plateless digital printing,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales of Mimaki Europe. “This offers a number of advantages, including reduced costs, less water usage and elimination of the need for post-printing deposition and washing processes that require large-scale machines. Products like the Mimaki TS30-1300 dye sublimation printer are gaining popularity with apparel makers, printing companies, sewing firms and design studios that want to take advantage of these benefits. We are looking forward to discussing this shift with visitors at FESPA and showing them how the easy-to-operate TS30-1300 can bring new efficiencies to their businesses with no compromise in quality.”

    Entry-level printer with countless possibilities
    The Mimaki TS30-1300 is a 1.3-meter-wide roll-to-roll sublimation transfer inkjet printer for the textile industry. It enables users to quickly and easily print their designs on demand at speeds up to 20 meters per hour. Key attributes include:
    -Ease of Use: This entry-level sublimation transfer printer features a selected set of functions that reduces the operator learning curve. The bundled RasterLink6 software and the printer’s highly functional Sb54 ink make it easy for even first-time users to get up and running quickly.

    -Print on demand: The TS30-1300 is ideal for in-house production of high-mix low-volume printed products, including prototyping of textiles or sports apparel, or creation of customised items. This reduces lead times for sample delivery as compared to outsourcing. Design changes can be implemented quickly.

    -Versatility: With the TS30-1300, you can print original full-colour images on polyester fabrics, now widely used in the textile and apparel industry. This process can be used for clothing, bags, scarves, tights, socks and more. One-off designs for items like player numbers and names on sports uniforms can also be created with ease.

    -New Revenue Streams: Other uses include polyester-based banners, towels, t-shirts, handkerchiefs, mouse pads, lanyards and cushions. In addition to textile-based products, the TS30-1300 can be used to create unique designs on polyester-coated mugs, glasses, coasters, etc. – customised items that can broaden product offerings and drive new revenues.
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    08.05.2017   Stora Enso launches FlyoBrite for retail print    ( Company news )

    Company news To improve its product range and to meet the requirements of retail customers, Stora Enso is introducing a new product, FlyoBrite. FlyoBrite is based on 100% recycled fibre and provides a great balance between brightness and smoothness, ensuring a glossy printed image and brilliant colours.

    "Flyo Papers are the recycled choice for retail print! Made from 100% recycled fibre, FlyoBrite contributes to the circular economy in which nothing is wasted and all materials are used efficiently. Due to its high brightness, super smoothness and enhanced whiteness, FlyoBrite helps products shine!" says Juha Ceder, Vice President, Improved and Book Papers, Stora Enso Paper division.

    Today, transportation is a big cost for retailers. The lower bulk of FlyoBrite means that fewer reels need to be transported. Thanks to its thinness, FlyoBrite can help save up to 20% compared to virgin fibre alternatives.

    The new member of the Flyo family from Stora Enso, FlyoBrite, is a glossy machine finished uncoated mechanical paper with a higher brightness. Its extra high smoothness gives a glossy impression of the printed image. The brilliance of the colours comes from a better ink holdout property. In short, great printability for short-shelf-life products. The applicable printing methods are HSWO (Heat Set Web Offset) and Rotogravure. Typical end uses are commercial flyers and supplements. FlyoBrite is available in the following grammages: 40, 42.5, 45, 48.8 g/m².
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    08.05.2017   WestRock Reports Solid Results in Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter    ( Company news )

    Company news WestRock Company (WestRock) (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, announced results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2017.

    Second Quarter 2017 Highlights and Portfolio Transformation
    -Earned $0.40 per diluted share and $0.54 of adjusted earnings per diluted share
    -Generated net cash from operating activities of $300 million and adjusted free cash flow of $109 million
    -Achieved $103 million in year-over-year productivity improvements and an annual run rate of $675 million of synergy and performance improvements
    -Continued our portfolio transformation with:
    ---the completion of the sale of the Home, Health and Beauty business, generating net after-tax proceeds of approximately $1 billion
    ---the sale of $97 million of Land and Development assets
    ---the announcement of the agreement to acquire Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited for a total enterprise value of approximately $2.3 billion
    -Returned $126 million to stockholders through $101 million in dividends and $25 million in share repurchases

    “We executed well during the March quarter and delivered year-over-year productivity improvements of $103 million and strong earnings,” said Steve Voorhees (photo), WestRock’s chief executive officer. “While higher input costs may persist, favorable price and demand trends along with WestRock’s unique portfolio of products and capabilities position us well to drive value for our customers and stockholders. We are looking forward to adding Multi Packaging Solutions to our portfolio, which is currently expected to occur by the end of the June quarter.”
    (WestRock Companies)
    08.05.2017   Secure easy selection and more uptime with new one-type-fits-all valve actuator    ( Company news )

    Company news Things to consider when choosing an actuator:

    1. How many types of actuators would I like in my plant?
    Making sure that your time is spent as efficient as possible, we know that easy selection is crucial in hygienic industries.
    To meet these demands, we present the new Alfa Laval Unique DV-ST UltraPure Actuator that fits the complete range of our standard diaphragm valves. It simplifies inventory management and makes the specification process quick, easy and secure. Regardless of the process or application, the same actuator can be stocked as a spare part for all Alfa Laval Unique DV-ST UltraPure diaphragm valves - whether cast, forged or block, and even used for autoclave duties.

    2. How can I ensure reliable, trouble-free performance?
    The Unique DV-ST UltraPure Actuator withstands high temperatures required for sterilization. It operates at working pressures up to 10 bar (6 bar TFM/EPDM).
    Unlike many other actuators in the market, it is able to close the valve at the same working pressures at 0% pressure drop.
    As long as the working pressure remains below 10 bar (6 bar TFM/EPDM), the actuator continues to deliver reliable, trouble-free performance. There is no need to change the actuator size or configuration – even if changes in the process line occur.

    3. How can I have efficient valve control and minimize human error?
    Alfa Laval sensing and control units can easily be integrated with the Unique DV-ST UltraPure Actuator, which enables customers to take advantage of Alfa Laval’s superior valve automation solutions. Alfa Laval sensing and control units feature tight tolerance bands to provide maximum process safety and no-touch, set-and-forget sensors with simple set-up. This minimizes human error and promotes safe and efficient production, ensuring more uptime.
    (Alfa Laval Mid Europe GmbH)
    08.05.2017   Building & construction sector in the focus of Mondi’s interpack presence     ( Company news )

    Company news Booth A24/B23, Hall 9, interpack 2017, 4-10 May, Düsseldorf

    Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, will highlight its solutions for customers in the building & construction sector at the upcoming interpack fair in Düsseldorf. Building & construction is one of three sectors in focus at the Mondi booth, where visitors can experience special product discovery areas including a staged construction site.

    Mondi is a trusted supplier of materials for customers in the building & construction industry around the world. We offer packaging solutions for aggregates, cement and premixes, as well as sack kraft paper solutions that feature high strength, stiffness and porosity. Beyond packaging, Mondi also provides insulation materials, building membranes, siliconized barrier films and flooring films.

    Here are some examples of Mondi’s solutions for the building & construction sector:
    - Insulaid® is a Mondi extrusion coatings brand that has become a preferred facer material for the building insulation industry. Mondi offer versatile solutions for both foam and mineral wool insulation, as well as HVAC and other industrial applications.
    - SplashBag is a water-resistant paper bag suitable for protecting moisture-sensitive filling goods and was developed in collaboration with cement producer LafargeHolcim. It helps prevent moisture ingress if conditions are damp or humid during storage on construction sites. Even after up to two hours of direct exposure to rain, the bag can still be moved, handled and emptied without tearing or breaking. It maintains its high tensile strength thanks to Mondi’s wet-strengthened, machine-finished Advantage Protect sack kraft paper. SplashBag absorbs less moisture than conventional paper bags while still matching them on filling speed.
    - Notch-fold makes it super easy to pack heavy products such as industrial metals of up to 7.5 meters in length for shipping. The packaging made of heavy-duty corrugated board folds effortlessly around the goods thanks to precision bevel cuts of a 45 degree angle.
    - Advantage Semi Extensible White Print is a sack kraft paper that combines the excellent printability of calendered machine-finished grades with the strength properties of standard sack kraft papers. Strong enough to be used for 50 kg valve bags, customers in building & construction benefit from the high-quality printing and branding possibilities it offers as well as lower total package costs.
    - Advantage Smooth White Strong is a calendered speciality kraft paper that offers high strength and good printability. It is used in smaller (up to 5 kg) bags, e.g. Knauf-branded bags, to package building materials typically used by consumers for do-it-yourself projects.
    - Mondi’s containerboard range of ProVantage KraftTop liners can be used for a variety of applications, from sensitive goods to heavy-duty and industrial packaging. It is a two-ply containerboard grade with a top layer of 100% virgin fibre and a bottom layer of recycled fibre.
    - Embossed and siliconised PP-coex release film for building applications has a barrier to avoid the migration of unbounded mineral oils in the bitumen layer.

    As a full-range packaging and paper supplier, Mondi provides more than 100,000 different solutions to customers in many different industries. At interpack, Mondi will demonstrate its wide-ranging expertise through its theme for the fair of “Discover how Mondi’s products touch millions of lives, every day.”

    Visit the Mondi booth in Hall 9, Booth A24/B23, at Interpack, 4-10 May in Düsseldorf to learn more than you expect about Mondi’s solutions for the building & construction sector as well as many other customer industries. Mondi’s team of experts looks forward to welcoming you and helping you discover how Mondi’s products touch millions of lives, every day.

    You can find out more about Mondi and its presence at interpack 2017 at
    (Mondi Packaging Corrugated)

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