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Newsgrafik #118290

Yet another success for A.Celli Paper and for the E-WIND® technology  (Company news)

A.Celli Paper is pleased to confirm the start of a precious collaboration with the Portuguese Group The Navigator Company S.A. through the agreement for the supply of a latest-generation rewinder model E-WIND® T200 for their facilities in Cacia, in the district of Aveiro, in Portugal.

The tissue rewinder model E-WIND® T200, highly evolved from the point of view of design, has a 5670-mm format and guarantees a maximum production speed of 2000 mpm. It will be equipped with leading-edge technological innovations, among which:
-Dust removal system including total enclosure closed hood covering also unwinder stand units
-Latest bulk loss control system on winding and unwinding systems which allows the lowest loss currently on the market
-Output sorting platform.

The machine, whose startup is scheduled for 2018 3Q, will allow the Portuguese group to work very high quality papers.

This new investment by The Navigator Company is the latest of many demonstrations of the technological reliability of the most evolved generation of Tissue rewinders model E-WIND®, as well as of the fact that A.Celli Paper once again proves to be a precious, expert and professional partner capable of walking side by side with customers, building important relationships.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #118292

VPK Packaging Group invest in CorrBoard UK  (Company news)

VPK Packaging Group has announced investment in a 30% stake of CorrBoard UK, the privately owned corrugated sheet manufacturer located in North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, by capital increase and acquisition of Corrugated Synergies International’s stake in the consortium.

CorrBoard UK will be fully supported by the proficiency of Rigid Containers, VPK's UK based packaging division. VPK Packaging Group’s CEO Pierre Macharis stated: “CorrBoard’s modern 320,000ft2 factory is impressive and with VPK’s strong management, know-how and skills, we expect to continue to operate as an independent unit with a dedicated strategy. This will deliver high service levels and a competitive product offering to the market.”

A CorrBoard spokesperson commented: “Our operational success will be further enhanced with VPK’s involvement and we plan to grow the current volume of 130 Million m² of sheets produced off the state-of-the-art 2.8M Fosber corrugator. We also produce 35 Million m² of single faced product from the same machine. VPK have a proven track record in their Aquila sheet-feeding business producing 700 Million m² of sheets per annum.”

A statement released by Corrboard’s sheet plant partners expressed gratitude to Corrugated Synergies International for its expertise and assistance during the past three years as operational partner at the plant, and welcomes VPK into the organisation to further develop the business.

The CorrBoard consortium also includes: Beaucrest Packaging Solutions, Dairi-Pak, Fencor Packaging Group, GWP Group, Garthwest, McLaren Packaging and Swanline Print.
(VPK Packaging NV)

Newsgrafik #118293

Ricoh enters industrial decoration market with Ricoh Pro™ T7210 large format UV ...  (Company news)

...flatbed printer launch

Industrial printers and manufacturers’ needs for greater customisation capability, smaller lot size flexibility, and expanded materials versatility will be met by the Ricoh Pro T7210, Ricoh’s first UV flatbed printer.

Optimised for industrial decoration printing, the Pro T7210 offers both excellent image quality and high productivity at 50sqm per hour (standard mode) or 100sqm per hour in high speed mode. Its broad application range focuses on the industrial sector; interior decoration and building materials, especially rigid and heavy, including glass, wood, aluminium composite and metal.

“The Ricoh Pro T7210 spearheads our expanding solutions range as Ricoh continues to drive innovation in inkjet printing technology,” says Graham Kennedy Head of Commercial Inkjet Business, Commercial and Industrial Printing, Ricoh Europe. “Incorporating Ricoh’s own leading inkjet technology, it is designed to inspire user confidence. And provides new potential and value to a fast-evolving market sector.”

The printer uses Ricoh’s proprietary image processing technology, as well as 12 robust Ricoh MH54 series industrial print heads that deliver outstanding jetting performance and reliability, optimised for Ricoh’s own UV ink, which has high adhesion properties for performance on a wide range of rigid industrial materials.

With a maximum print size of 2.1metres × 3.2metres, the Pro T7210 can print on one board or a variety of pre-cut panels up to 110mm thick. This enables industrial printers and manufacturers to print directly onto a variety of materials.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Newsgrafik #118295

German Packaging Award 2017 - DS Smith celebrates great success with award-winning display ...  (Company news)

...for Brauns-Heitmann

Laundry and household care products are the core competence of BRAUNS-HEITMANN, Warburg – Germany. DS Smith's display strategists have developed an attention-grabbing 1/4-pallet display specifically for the promotion-related presentation of a laundry care cloths series in the retail trade. The display convinced not only the customer, but also the jurors of the German Packaging Award 2017. The market-ready prototype scored in the category "Presentation of Goods" and became a winner.

The attention-grabbing display distinguishes itself through its eye-catching effect from a distance. The body, resembling the shape of a washing machine, tells the shopper what it is about immediately. Washing and laundry care are placed in the focus of interest. The 1/4 pallet display for the promotion-related presentation of the laundry care cloths series convinces also through its space for 180 product items. Colour scheme and open design direct the shopper's gaze straight on to the presented merchandise, which can be picked up and refilled easily.

DS Smith’s display provides an impressive presentation for the colour and dirt collector cloths, the laundry white cloths and the laundry black cloths of BRAUNS-HEITMANN. The laundry basket arranged on top with a slight inclination and filled with merchandise ensures a convenient insight and is a design particularity as well as a special eye catcher. The Display is rounded by the printed tile patterns on the basement).

The design described above allows BRAUNS-HEITMANN to select between different types of assortment. The display can also be used for other product groups from the product range of “laundry care”, thanks to its height-adjustable shelves. The number of products can be reduced with the help of covers for placement in smaller retail spaces. The displays will be delivered to the retailer in a pre-filled state. Transport pads ensure safe shipment and provide maximum protection of the merchandise.
(DS Smith Packaging Division, Display/Packaging/Service)

Newsgrafik #118312

Clearwater Paper Provides an Update of Impacts to Third Quarter Results and Availability and ...  (Company news)

...Timing of Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) provided an update on certain factors that are expected to negatively impact operating results for the third quarter of 2017 by approximately $8 to $9 million, based on preliminary results. The company is currently in the process of completing its financial closing procedures for the third quarter of 2017 and will report final results for the quarter on October 19, 2017.

Several factors are expected to negatively impact the company's prior outlook for the third quarter. The planned major maintenance outage at the
Lewiston, Idaho, mill is expected to cost an incremental $3 to $4 million as a result of higher than expected repair costs and lost production due to a three-day delay in the startup of the paper machines. However, the delay
did not impact the new continuous pulp digester, which commenced start-up as scheduled at the end of the third quarter.

Inclement weather caused by hurricanes in the Southeast delayed shipments to customers and contributed to higher transportation expenses and reduced revenues with a net impact totaling approximately $2 million. The expected relief in rising pulp prices in the latter half of the quarter did not materialize contributing to approximately $2 million of incremental expenses. Also, lower than expected case shipments of consumer products and lower converted paperboard shipment volumes are expected to negatively impact results by approximately $1 million.

"Although we are disappointed with the expected negative impact to our third quarter results, we remain confident in our long-term plan to improve operating efficiencies and lower costs," said Linda Massman, president and chief executive officer.

Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Release and Conference Call
Clearwater Paper expects to release its 2017 third quarter earnings on
Thursday, October 19, 2017, after the market close.
Clearwater Paper management will host a live conference call to discuss the earnings release, the results of operations, and other matters after its earnings press release on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 2:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time.
(Clearwater Paper Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118314

West Linn Paper Company Ceasing Operations and Winding up Business  (Company news)

West Linn Paper Company annouced that it is ceasing operations and will commence a winding up of its business supervised by its second lien lender.

"We are deeply disappointed to end the mill’s 128 year history, the last twenty of which resulted from a major restructuring and restart when our current ownership took control of West Linn Paper Company. The commitment and support that we received from our employees, our lenders and our owners as we sought to adapt to structural changes in our markets has been remarkable. However, several unforeseeable events have led to a significant reduction in available pulp, making continued operations impossible. As a result we will wind up our operations as quickly and efficiently as possible, beginning immediately." states Brian Konen, Chief Operating Officer for West Linn Paper Company.

Company officials said that orders for stock product will continue to be accepted. Orders that have been produced but not yet shipped will be shipped. Manufacturing orders that have been accepted, but not yet produced, will be reviewed and customers will be contacted shortly with confirmations as to whether those orders will be produced. The Company will not be accepting new manufacturing orders going forward.
(West Linn Paper Co)

Newsgrafik #118318

ANDRITZ starts up second tissue machine with 20-foot steel Yankee successfully at ...  (Company news)

...Guizhou Chitianhua, China

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the TM6 tissue machine delivered to Guizhou Chitianhua Paper Industry Co., Ltd. (Taison Group), Guizhou Province, China. The new PrimeLineST tissue machine, with a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a paper width of 5.6 meters, will produce high-quality facial wipes and toilet paper, as well as paper tissues based on bamboo furnish.

This delivery follows the supply of TM5, which was started up successfully at Guizhou Chitianhua’s location in Chishui in September 2016.

Like the TM5, the TM6 is currently unique on the Asian market because it combines a high-performance Yankee with a steam-heated hood. The PrimeDry Steel Yankee is made entirely of steel, has a diameter of 20 feet, and hence is among the largest in the world. The combination of steam-heated hood and steel Yankee enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings compared to systems operated with gas because it uses steam. The steel Yankee’s evaporation rate is 15-20% higher than cast-iron models, which results in 8-10% better machine performance.

“The two high-speed tissue machines from ANDRITZ contribute to a substantial reduction in operating costs compared to traditional concepts due to their innovative, energy-saving solutions. Moreover, with the large steel Yankees we produce high-quality tissue paper at high speed from the mill’s own bamboo pulp,” says Wu Mingxi, President of the Taison Group.

The Yankee was manufactured at the ANDRITZ workshop in Foshan, Guandong Province, China, which offers customers state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and quality management.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #118243


Picture: Changing your Experience at Labelexpo Europe: save time, gain an edge. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR370)

The Avery Dennison Complete Compliance service builds on its show theme of “Pioneering Change,” and offers converters significant time savings while “solving the compliance puzzle” required to meet all global regulatory requirements.

“Frequent changes in regulation can create business risks, and Complete Compliance ensures that you don’t have to deal with all the legal complexities by yourself. The service takes regulations around the globe into account, with careful review by technical and compliance specialists. Complete Compliance gives you the confidence that you are fully compliant with legislation,” says Cor Verhart, product compliance group manager.

Every adhesive innovation must take into account related compliance information such as food regulations, UL certification, BS 5609 certification, plastic regulations, REACH, ISO and regional issues.

The Avery Dennison compliance certification service, available in 5 languages, allows users to generate their own individual compliance statements in just a few minutes and learn more about regulatory requirements. It’s an important new tool that helps label converters and brand owners identify the right material for a specific application – and demonstrate that the material meets all current regulatory demands for its proposed use.

BS 5609 Certification Service
As a leader in labelling materials, Avery Dennison follows strict test protocols aimed at certifying a variety of label stock according to BS 5609. The Drum Label Portfolio includes a list of 63 adhesive-facestock combinations (corresponding to more than 180 product codes) that are compliant with Section two of the BS 5609 (Marine Immersion test).

In addition, we offer testing of printed label materials for our customers and end users for BS 5609 Section three (Portfolio & Testing) compliance, in order to take the regulatory burden off of them. Our laboratory facilities and test protocol have earned external validation by UL. The Avery Dennison in-house testing is free of charge, and has a turn-around time of approximately 3-4 weeks, making certification 50% faster than the industry average.

At Labelexpo Europe, along with the Complete Compliance and BS 5609 certification services, the spotlight was also on flame-retardant PET cable labels, opening up opportunities for under-the-hood and electronics/devices industry applications, and on the range of BPA-free labels that is compliant with the 2020 BPA regulation change.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Newsgrafik #118279

Esko makes hybrid printing a piece of cake  (Company news)

Permapack experiences faster and more secure print workflow with Hybrid Press Support within Automation Engine

With Esko Hybrid Press Support, leading Swiss manufacturer of high-end packaging Permapack has been able to achieve flexibility and standardisation at the highest level. The tool is a component of Esko Automation Engine, designed to automate the prepress workflow of jobs using different printing processes. This means that now only one production file is required for hybrid print jobs, containing the parameters for the various printing processes. These are recognised within the workflow and take their own individual, predetermined path in order to automatically obtain the specific print settings. With this solution, Esko has been nominated for this year's ‘Award for Innovation’ at the Label Industry Global Awards.

"Process reliability in comparison to manual production is disproportionately higher with the Automation Engine and Hybrid Press Support,” says Mark Lehmann, Chief Technical Officer at Permapack. “Since implementing the solution, our packaging production speed has increased by 25%. As there are fewer manual settings required, the amount of operator errors has also decreased. This is an absolute must in our industry today.” Permapack took an important step towards process security and automation in its packaging production process a year ago, when it implemented Automation Engine and WebCenter for online approvals.

For Permapack the investment in automation solutions as a modern packaging manufacturer is essential, especially as the price situation is still critical at the Swiss production site due to the high exchange rate for the Franc. This means that solutions from Esko help to compensate for this disadvantage of location thanks to the benefits of automation. Permapack deploys Hybrid Press Support for flexo, screen, book and digital print jobs. This includes labels and sachets for food and cosmetics applications as well as laminate tubes for beauty care products. Simplifying its prepress workflow has led to significant standardisation and flexibility for hybrid print jobs at Permapack. Each printing process would otherwise require its own production file to be guided separately through the workflow. This has previously taken up precious time and been a source for errors, compromising the production flow, particularly for smaller runs and tight delivery deadlines.

Secure workflow for all parties with Automation Engine and WebCenter
Permapack has installed a solutions package with Esko to cope with the rapid increase in print design work being carried out with the help of an automation software package. An important advantage for Permapack is that all internal and external parties involved in the project – customer, advertising agency, sales, work preparation, pre-press and production – are working with one and the same file. This means a high level of reliability in the correction and approval process. Via the Viewer, all parties involved have the opportunity to compare the versions optimally.

Labels, tubular laminates, sachets, bags, films as well as wrap-around labels and much more are produced in the in-house print shop (77 conventional printing units and two digital printing systems from HP Indigo). The special challenges include data preparation for the sophisticated designs from the large range of customers with multiple individual versions as well as the varied finishing types that are possible on the 10-colour hybrid machines. The database stores far in excess of 5000 cutting dies, as well as around one thousand format drawings for flexible packaging options. Once the SmartMarks have been created and approved, they can be retrieved over and over again without errors.

Automation Engine
The core of the Esko prepress workflows is the Automation Engine, a modular workflow server that automates projects and processes in pre-press. It not only ensures a higher level of efficiency, greater throughput, but is designed in all aspects for the daily challenges that printing professionals are confronted with, by increasing quality, reducing the likelihood of errors and lowering process costs. The Automation Engine has a scalable and easy-to-operate client/server architecture. It can also be seamlessly integrated into any business system.
(Esko Belgium)

Newsgrafik #118281

Neenah Grows Technical Products Platform with Agreement to Acquire Coldenhove  (Company news)

Neenah Paper, Inc. announced it had signed a definitive agreement to purchase all of the outstanding equity of W.A. Sanders Coldenhove Holding B.V. ("Coldenhove"). Coldenhove is a specialty materials manufacturer based in the Netherlands, with a leading position in digital transfer media and other technical products.

Coldenhove has annual sales of over $45 million with EBITDA of approximately $6 million. The company's advanced media is a critical component used in dye sublimation, a growing method of digital image transfer. The purchase price is expected to be approximately $45 million, subject to final closing adjustments, and will be financed with available cash and short term borrowings. Closing is expected to occur on November 1, and is subject to customary conditions.

"This acquisition adds to our technical products portfolio with products, technologies and a customer base that nicely complement our existing digital transfer business, further accelerating our participation in profitable growing markets," said John O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer. "From a financial perspective, the investment provides an attractive return on capital, is immediately accretive, and will deliver mid-teen EBITDA margins in a growing market."

Additional details about the acquisition will be discussed in Neenah's third quarter earnings call on November 8th.
(Neenah Paper Inc.)

Newsgrafik #118282

Xeikon launched new Xeikon CX500 digital label press at Labelexpo Europe  (Company news)

Based on new generation dry toner platform ready for Industry 4.0

At Labelexpo Europe, Xeikon introduced the new Xeikon CX500 digital label press, the first press based on a new generation dry toner platform that is ready for Industry 4.0. For larger sized labels, labels requiring an opaque white or an extended colour gamut, the Xeikon CX500 outperforms all high-quality digital label presses in terms of productivity, thanks to its web width of up to 520mm (20.47"), full rotary printing technology and 30m/min (98ft/min) printing speed. The wide web Xeikon CX500 is part of Xeikon dry toner Cheetah Series serving the high-end self-adhesive label market, and it complements the narrow-web Xeikon CX3 which has been very successfully adopted since its introduction in 2015.

“With the launch of the Xeikon CX500, we are demonstrating our ongoing commitment to further development of dry toner technology for the print and packaging industries, ready for the future. It is the most productive digital label press in the high-quality class thanks to its combination of high speed and wider web. The ability to produce larger labels is particularly important with end-use applications such as labels for household products, pet food, decoration, etc.” states Filip Weymans, VP Global Marketing, Xeikon. “At the same time, we continue to support the entry-level Xeikon 3000 Series dry toner label presses, which are complementary to our high-end Cheetah Series.”

Build for the future

Xeikon’s new generation dry toner platform has been designed around four key values that differentiate it in the marketplace, and sets a new milestone in the digital press landscape.

Intuitive operator interactivity: the new operator interface features both interactivity and connectivity, making it extremely easy to use. It signals when operator intervention is required, allows ease of servicing for field engineers, includes a wiki database with online answers to support questions, and has a “Media Buddy” that guides operators with respect to substrate qualification. Operators can quickly define and implement optimal settings with this innovative Industry 4.0 man/machine interface
Consistent top-notch quality: expansion of the development unit ensures consistent top-notch quality and uniformity across the wider web width at high speeds and high resolution (1200 dpi)
Reliable best in class uptime: dry toner is a proven technology that has always been, and will remain, a very reliable technology. It uses no solvents or inks that can impact the performance as is the case with other technologies, and has less impact on the production environment. In addition, it features longer lasting components and ensures efficiency for both operators and service technicians
Unbeatable productivity: enhancements in the developing unit, the fuser system, material conditioning for more capacity, and much more in the development of this brand-new platform, make it the most productive digital label press in the high-quality class

Just like the Xeikon CX3, the Xeikon CX500 runs on Cheetah toner, which is based on Xeikon’s award-winning ICE technology and is designed specifically to cope with the higher speed. It ensures a reliable and proven printing process operating at 1200 dpi, that meets FDA regulations for food contact and allows to print on standard label materials without the need pre-treatment, including direct thermal papers, BoPP, PE and Co-Extruded films. As with all Xeikon presses, the Xeikon CX500 is driven by the Xeikon X-800 digital front-end which is unmatched in enabling consistent print quality in combination with industry-leading productivity for label production. The Xeikon CX500 continues the Xeikon tradition, built on nearly 25 years of experience in digital printing, of developing presses and workflow solutions that deliver high quality and exceptional uptime.

“This introduction extends the Xeikon dry toner digital label production portfolio from the entry-level Xeikon 3000 Series presses through to the high-end Xeikon Cheetah Series which includes the Xeikon CX3 and the Xeikon CX500. This places digital label printing within reach of label converters of all sizes. We are looking forward to hearing what visitors to our stand have to say about this expanded portfolio, and how it will help them in their decision process as they add or extend digital label printing capabilities,” concludes Weymans.
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Newsgrafik #118283


Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced the introduction of Adena Opaque 96, a new brighter and whiter shade of paper, providing an additional cost-effective option to its growing line of opaque papers, further enhancing the ability for customers to bundle products and streamline their supply chain. Adena Opaque 96 is manufactured at Glatfelter’s Specialty Papers facilities in Chillicothe, OH and Spring Grove, PA, whose central locations enable Glatfelter to offer service that supports small orders and quick turn requests.

“Glatfelter offers one of the broadest uncoated paper portfolios and has been the industry’s trusted source for book publishing and uncoated printing papers for more than 150 years. With the introduction of Adena Opaque 96, customers will have the ability to bundle nearly a dozen different product lines such as: tags, ledgers, index, inkjet, security papers, carbonless, laser MOCR and form bond, just to name a few,” said David Dickerhoof, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Glatfelter’s Specialty Papers Business Unit. “One call to Glatfelter avoids the cost and inconvenience of coordinating multiple suppliers and eliminates freight inefficiencies, saving customers time and money.”

Accentuate your next print job with Glatfelter’s affordable alternative, Adena Opaque 96.
(Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)

Newsgrafik #118306

TRESU showcases ancillary and chilling systems for quality, productivity and efficiency in ...  (Company news)

... corrugated printing at TAPPI CorrExpo 2017

TRESU will be focusing on its ancillary systems for helping corrugated printers improve print quality and productivity while cutting waste at TAPPI CorrExpo 2017, (16-18 October, Rhode Island Exhibition Center, Providence, Rhode Island).

At its booth (502), TRESU will present its ink supply systems (photo) and chamber doctor blades that provide a fully enclosed solution for regulating ink flow from bucket to substrate. Details about TRESU’s chilling systems for sustainable, efficient heat extraction, from flexo, offset and digital presses, will also be available.

The F10iCon ink supply system for automated flow regulation
TRESU’s F10iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity from the bucket, through the chamber and to the press, maintaining constant, pre-set ink density values for complete production runs. With the F10 iCon, simultaneous ink changes on printing stations take minutes, delivering significant time and materials savings per job.
Chamber doctor blade systems: uniform print quality and easy use
The TRESU chamber programme includes lightweight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre and ceramic variants and covers all flexo printing situations, in widths from 185mm (7.3in) up to 6000mm (236in). 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. When doctor blades need replacing, TRESU’s patented clamping systems enable changeovers in less than two minutes.

The enclosed chamber, created by the seal and precise blade positioning, ensures pressure and flow rate are maintained at desired levels without manual intervention. The enclosed chamber also prevents solvents from escaping and protects the ink from degradation due to exposure to the atmosphere.

MaxiPrint Concept: optimised efficiency with integrated ink supply and cleaning
The TRESU MaxiPrint Concept combines a compact ink supply system with an integrated cleaning system, providing the benchmark for low ink loss and setup times in wide web and corrugated flexo printing.
The MaxiPrint Concept chamber’s cleaning nozzles with robustly designed water-shot mechanisms provide an ink change and cleaning cycle of 3-5 minutes. It comes with a peristaltic or diaphragm ink supply system and can be adapted to any press.

Chilling systems for efficient heat extraction
TRESU will also highlight its chilling systems for sustainable, efficient heat extraction from flexo, offset and digital printing presses. TRESU’s new intelligent iSeries offers an innovative control platform that interfaces directly with the TRESU Internal Diagnostic Monitoring System (IDMS). IDMS is a state-of-the-art, proactive system that monitors the chiller, alerting the TRESU service department about any performance issues, facilitating remote diagnostics, and enabling swift remedial action.

“Corrugated converters are looking for ways of reducing costs, while improving productivity and print quality. TRESU’s ancillary systems can make a major contribution in cutting ink waste by improving ink life, and precisely controlling its application,” said Scott Hibbs, president and CEO, TRESU Americas. “Cutting preparation times and reducing clean-up and maintenance times, as is possible with our ink supply and chamber doctor blade systems, can have a major impact on efficiency and competitiveness.”
TRESU’s global support network of subsidiary companies and agents provides the resources and expertise to provide long-term support. The company also offers training, and management of retrofitting projects to raise the performance of existing presses with tailored ink logistics solutions.
(Tresu A/S)

Newsgrafik #118254

Ontex announces investment for new production site in Poland  (Company news)

Ontex Group NV (“Ontex”) announced that it will further expand its personal hygiene business around the world through a new production plant to be built in Radomsko, Poland. The investment related to the new facility is estimated at this stage to amount to € 40 million, the new site is expected to start up by the end of 2018 and to employ 170 people by 2020.

Photo: Ontex CEO Charles Bouaziz

The new Polish plant will support the Central European business of its Mature Markets Retail Division. It marks another step in Ontex' growth strategy and its ongoing transformation into a leading consumer goods company. Adding production capacity in Central Europe also fits in the company’s global ambition to widen its international presence.

With an investment that is estimated to amount to €40 million over the next years, Ontex aims to open a total site area of around 110 thousand m² and a total industrial area of 24 thousand m². This would allow Ontex to optimise production processes and service its Polish and international customers and consumers better. The investment is expected to create 170 or more new jobs by the end of 2020. With the current planning in mind, the first production in the new facility should be by the end of 2018 and site should be fully operational by 2020.

Ontex CEO Charles Bouaziz commented on the extension of Ontex’ production capacity in Poland: “To remain competitive it is important to continue investing in productive capacity. The new facility in Radomsko will help us to fulfil our growth ambitions, create job opportunities in the region, and make sure we continue to satisfy our expanding retailer customer and consumer base in Central and Eastern Europe.”
(Ontex N.V.)

Newsgrafik #118259

Labelexpo Europe records all-time high in event attendance  (Company news)

Labelexpo Europe 2017, the largest international event dedicated to the label and package printing sector, culminated in its biggest-ever edition with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor figures and show floor occupying nine exhibition halls – 12% bigger than 2015.

Held at Brussels Expo over 25 – 28 September, Labelexpo Europe hosted 679 exhibitors, including 198 new exhibiting companies. Visitors and exhibitors alike enjoyed a massively enhanced experience thanks to the recent refurbishment of Brussels Expo. Attracting large delegations from Brazil, China, India and Japan, the show reported 37,724 visitors; an increase of 5.6% on 35,739 visitors in 2015.

While labels remained central to the overall Labelexpo experience, the show floor reflected its continued diversification into flexible package printing with a wider appeal for brand owners and wide web converters. With 25% more working machinery demonstrated at the show, 2017’s event was used for a large number of significant product launches with new machines unveiled by many of the leading press manufacturers. In addition, inkjet technology made a real breakthrough at this year’s show.

Running alongside the Linerless Trail and educational master classes from the Label Academy, the Automation Arena feature made its debut as it highlighted the latest automated label and package printing technology. As Industry 4.0 becomes a reality for label printers, the Automation Arena was put on to show the complete automated workflow in action from job creation and prepress through to finishing and customer invoicing. The ground-breaking special feature was run in partnership with AVT, Cerm, Esko, Grafotronic, Kocher + Beck, Matho, MPS, Wasberger and Xeikon.

Growth in the digital printing technology sector remained evident, with many high profile launches including Mouvent, a joint venture between Bobst and Radex. ebeam Technologies, Uteco Converting and INX Digital International jointly introduced Gaia, the industrial end-to-end digital narrow web system for mass-personalization of indirect food contact packaging and labels. Other digital launches included Durst’s new high resolution Tau330 RSC and Xeikon adding UV inkjet capability with the global launch of its Panther PX3000 technology. HP Indigo unveiled the GEM digital decoration system in-line with a WS6800 digital press. There was also the latest hybrid press offerings from major conventional press suppliers such as Gallus, Mark Andy, MPS and Nilpeter.

There was also a wealth of new conventional flexo press developments on show with enhanced features for automation, package printing and increased efficiency for short runs. Highlights included Gallus marking the European debut of its LabelMaster press, Nilpeter launching the latest iteration of its established FA-4* press and OMET introducing a film package for its iFlex press.

Lisa Milburn, Labelexpo’s managing director comments: “The Labelexpo team have worked incredibly hard to deliver outstanding content for what was a very bold show and thanks to the commitment and support of our exhibitors and industry partners, we’ve created a very successful business environment for the industry. This edition has broken all previous records and its success is testament to the fact that the label and package printing industry continues to see Labelexpo as being the place to be. We are still extremely ambitious for the show’s future and we look forward to returning to Brussels with an even bigger and better event in September 2019.”
(Tarsus Group)

Newsgrafik #118260

Two category wins for Iggesund  (Company news)

Picture: The beauty Box. @Iggesund

Cartons made of paperboard from Iggesund Paperboard won two of the categories at the Carton Excellence Awards 2017. They were given at the Pro Carton/Ecma congress in Vienna in late September. Iggesund products were used for the winners in categories “Beauty & Cosmetics” and the new category “Save the Planet”.

Beauty Box from brand owner FEMIA Cosmetic Vertriebsgesellschaft GmbH is a five-day intensive treatment. Ampoule treatments and their highly concentrated ingredients are regarded as turbo boosters for the skin. The packaging is an eye-catcher at the point of sale: the window in the packaging allows a clear focus on the ten fragile glass ampoules as well as the pink beauty potion. The treatment pack was placed in stores for Mother‘s Day giving a highly exclusive beauty kick.

Rlc packaging group did both the conversion and the structural design. The board used was Incada Silk 280 g/m2. Design highlights: the ampoules are secured carefully by both the lid and base – perfect protection against breakage or premature removal, even without a PET window foil. Opening of the pack creates a unique “wow” effect which is hard to forget. In addition, the packaging is extremely efficient: finishing is in-line with soft-touch varnish. The cartonboard construction can be fully recycled giving it a sustainable quality.

“Beautiful, simple and secure. This attractive box does everything needed to hold, protect and display the precious glass ampoules. The liquid containing vials are held in place in the base AND the roof of the carton. The ampoules are placed in such a way that when the carton is closed, both ends of the ampoules are held within base and roof apertures. When opened, they display beautifully. The soft touch varnish just adds that ‘little extra’”, the jury commented.

HAL Allergy Venomenhal, winner of the Save the Planet category, is an example showing that intelligent concepts are in high demand in the field of healthcare and can deliver major advantages for both consumers and manufacturers. This new design of the interior has been developed for an existing outer carton pack, which now can be glued and set-up using a semi-automated packing line. This new set replaces the completely manual set-up of the old design and eliminates the need for a dedicated transport pack. The printed colours on the back of the interior are intended to assist in filling the cartons correctly with the vials having corresponding cap colours.

The new design substantially reduces the packaging costs and the reduced amount of material used has a significant positive environmental effect. The interior keeps the vials perfectly intact and ready for use. Also, the new design requires far less space than the old design again saving costs.

”Considerable reduction in packaging is what makes this pack the winner in this section. The new design does away with hand packing plus a dedicated transportation pack is now not needed. Yet the valuable vials are still well contained and protected”, was the verdict of the jury.

Intergrafipak converted and also did graphical and structural design.
(Iggesund Paperboard AB)

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Kipaş Kağıt is counting on Voith's XcelLine at its Söke production facility  (Company news)

• Efficient production of high-quality board and packaging papers
• Basis weights from 90 to 400 g/m2 possible
• Automation package guarantees process reliability

A consistently high quality for all basis weights and low energy consumption were the two main requirements to be met by the new PM 1 at Kipaş Kağıt. This is why the Turkish paper manufacturer opted for an XcelLine system from Voith featuring a high degree of automation.

At the end of September 2017, Voith won a contract from Turkish paper manufacturer Kipaş Kağıt to build the PM 1 at the company's mill at Söke in Western Turkey. The company will use the XcelLine facility to produce around 700,000 metric tons per year of high-quality board and packaging papers with basis weights of 90 to 400 grams per square meter. Kipaş Kağıt is planning to run at a production speed of 1,200 meters per minute. The wire section has a flexible design allowing the production of two-ply and three-ply paper.

One of the key priorities for the Turkish papermaker was high paper quality with high machine efficiency even in the case of low grammages. In addition, the machine should be particularly energy efficient, i.e. use less power, water and steam. XcelLine meets both these criteria thanks to its perfectly matched components.

In the stock preparation unit of the PM 1, for example, various products of the BlueLine family reduce the costs for energy, fresh fiber treatment, water and maintenance. In four stock preparation lines featuring processing technology specially designed for various recovered papers and pulp and with a total production capacity of more than 3,000 t/day, the conditions have been created for manufacturing high-quality paper products. Apart from the process machines, Voith will also supply the complete water, sludge and reject system and the main components for the effluent treatment plant.

Stock distribution is done via three MasterJet Pro headboxes. The OnQ ModuleJet dilution water system, which is integrated into the headbox for the middle ply, allows the dilution water to be dosed directly into the intermediate layer. This results in a uniform distribution over the entire height of the layer. The system improves the accuracy of the control response in the paper web by over 50 percent compared with conventional systems, allowing optimum CD profiles and an excellent fiber orientation to be achieved.
A key element of the Combi DuoRun dryer section are the EvoDry steel cylinders which allow the number of drying cylinders in the pre-dryer and after-dryer sections to be reduced. This reduces the weight of the dryer section and saves investment and electricity costs, without compromising the quality of the products. In addition, the PM 1 will be fitted with a Tandem NipcoFlex shoe press with four felts and a downstream third press to improve smoothness, a SpeedSizer AT film applicator unit and an EcoCal Hard and EcoCal Soft nip calender. If the paper is to be coated this is done using up to three DynaCoat AF coaters and a DF Coat unit for direct coating. Non-coated papers are transferred via an intermediate Sirius winding system directly to the two VariFlex winders with two-drum winder technology. Voith will also supply the complete initial clothing for the PM 1 and three further clothing sets.

A comprehensive automation package consisting of OnControl process control system, OnQ quality control, OnView information system and OnCare CM condition monitoring increases process reliability and allows preventive maintenance. Interminable and costly machine shutdowns can therefore be avoided. Moreover, the OnV energy management system that is also integrated into the PM 1 identifies, localizes and visualizes all energy consumptions during ongoing paper production and offers the user numerous options for improvement. In this context, the entire machine air system, which guarantees high heat recovery rates and operational reliability, makes an especially important contribution to energy saving and economic efficiency.

The good experience that Kipaş Kağıt had with Voith in the past during the construction of the new stock preparation unit in 2013 was the reason the company decided from the very outset that the new facility had to come from one source. The Turkish paper manufacturer was more than satisfied with the performance and reliability of the stock preparation unit and therefore decided to award Voith the entire contract for the PM 1 and also entrust the technology leader from Heidenheim with the complete planning of the facility. As part of its Process Line Package, Voith assumes total responsibility for the project and guarantees scheduled completion of the system at the agreed price.

Moreover, Kipaş Kağıt is planning to work with Voith again to build another paper machine for non-coated packaging papers in the same width and with a similar production capacity at the same location.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Metsä Board celebrates winners in 2017 European Carton Excellence Awards  (Company news)

Metsä Board’s paperboards were used by winners in three categories at the 2017 European Carton Excellence Awards: Food & Beverages, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and the Public Award. The Award Gala was held on 21 September in Salzburg, Austria.

“We are delighted that our products have been an integral part of the winning packages. This demonstrates the important part that the packaging plays in creating maximum shelf-impact and can help differentiate a brand from the competition. Sustainability too should be an integral part of the packaging design, so that the packaging is not only made of sustainable materials but it is also lightweight, right-sized, functional and easy to recycle; our products also helped achieve these goals”, states Mika Paljakka, VP Sales EMEA, Metsä Board. “We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone who participated in the vision, design and production of the winning cartons.”

The jury looked for excellence in design, convenience, brand communication and the major role paperboard plays as an innovative packaging material. In total Metsä Board paperboard featured in eight of the finalist packages.

The winning cartons, using Metsä Board products, were the following:
JDE Z1 Packaging (photo)
Carton producer: STI Group
Brand owner: JDE – Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Paperboard: MetsäBoard Classic FBB

Ventofor-Combi Pack
Carton producer: Lithosan Basim Yayim Ambalaj Sanayl ve Tic.
Brand owner: Bilim llac San. ve Tic.
Paperboard: MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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Domsjö Fabriker AB: New lignin line  (Company news)

​On Monday, October 2, the governor Gunnar Holmgren opened the new packageline for lignin. The new bag size allows Domsjös lignin to be sold in completely new markets.

​The new line for small bags is an investment of approximately SEK 30 million. The project that has been going on for almost a year has been very successful.

"The investment is another step in the development of our biorefinery. We are pleased that our owner, Aditya Birla, sees our potential and wants to continue to drive development together with us in Domsjö, comments CEO Lars Winter.
(Domsjö Fabriker AB)

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Toscotec identified in London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’ report  (Company news)

·Toscotec recognised in second edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe report
·Report demonstrates critical importance of high-growth private small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to future European economic growth, innovation and job creation
·As one of the most advanced industries in the manufacturing and engineering sector, Toscotec talks about its history, its mission and the new challenges of its competitive market.

Toscotec has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe. The report is a celebration of high-growth and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across Europe.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their country peers.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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FFIF: Jyrki Peisa appointed director and member of the management team  (Company news)

LL.M. Jyrki Peisa (38) has been appointed director and member of the management team at Finnish Forest Industries Federation as of 1 November 2017. He will be in charge of lobbying associated with energy and climate policy, mill environment issues and product logistics.

Peisa currently works as Special adviser for Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment. Before this, he served as Managing Director at The Bioenergy Association of Finland.
(Metsateollisuus ry - Skogsindustrin rf / FFIF Finnish Forest Industries Federation)

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Nuceria Group Rings the Nilpeter Bell at LabelExpo Europe and Acquires New PANORAMA Hybrid  (Company news)

Picture: Nuceria Group and Nilpeter moments after ringing the bell at LabelExpo Europe 2017

LabelExpo Europe is the most important international exhibition in the self-adhesive label industry, the center for live demonstrations of new machinery and the perfect place to meet leading suppliers and industry experts. As a global corporation, Nuceria Group attends LabelExpo Europe not only to see the latest product news, but also to expand partnerships and together outline strategies for the future.

Nuceria rings the bell
For the 2017 event, Nuceria Group did not miss the opportunity to ring the famous bell on the Nilpeter stand, marking the on-show sale of a press, further strengthening their historic partnership with the leading Danish narrow web printing press manufacturer.

With a strong focus on excellence and cutting-edge technologies in the combined digital printing industry, Nuceria is betting on their latest Nilpeter addition, The PANORAMA Hybrid, to further the cause. The new press supports five InkJet digital colours in combination with flexo processes, silkscreen, cold foil, and quick-change die-cutting.

Setting new industry standards
Guido Iannone, General Manager of Nuceria Group, comments, ”The new PANORAMA Hybrid product line will be installed in our Milano Plant and will follow our strategy to set new industry standards in terms of flexibility, customisation, and supply chain excellence.”

“We have embraced the market trend towards customisation for a long time, and with this investment we will reach the next level. We have chosen Nilpeter’s PANORAMA because it perfectly combines the strength of the different technologies to build sustained value and transform something special into something truly unique,” he continues.

A proud key partner
Delivering innovative products and solutions is a big part of the Nilpeter and Nuceria company DNA. “Consumers are becoming more and more demanding, and we believe the PANORAMA is a clear and innovative answer to these new requirements," said Peter Eriksen, COO of Nilpeter A/S. “We are proud to be a key partner of Nuceria Group in this exciting journey,” he concludes.
(Nilpeter A/S)

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Trinseo Announces Price Increases for Latex Binders in EMEA  (Company news)

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe
announced, effective immediately or as contract terms permit, Trinseo will increase the price for all latex products sold into the Paper, Board, Carpet and Textile, and Adhesive and Construction Binder markets in the EMEA region. The increase will be 60 Euros per dry metric ton for all latex products.
(Trinseo Europe GmbH)

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Kemira and Valmet partner for the development of industrial internet solutions for pulp and ...  (Company news)

... paper industry

Two global leaders, chemicals company Kemira and process technology, automation and services company Valmet, have signed a partnership agreement for the development of digitalized data-based applications and services for their customers in the pulp and paper industry.

“Kemira and Valmet are leading suppliers to the industry globally and both companies are also actively developing digital solutions. Ultimately, the goal is to improve the speed, quality, reliability, predictability and performance of our customers’ business. With these synergies, it makes great sense to join forces to create value and reshape business collaboration models,” says Antti Matula, Vice President of Product Lines and Business Development at Kemira.

"Through this cooperation and the companies' complementary know-how, customers’ production process data can be integrated and optimized for the customers' benefit. This provides superior performance for the customers instead of each actor operating independently," says Jari Almi, Director of Industrial Internet at Valmet.
(Kemira Oyj)

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Tissue World Istanbul is returning at the Istanbul Congress Center from 4 – 6 September 2018  (Company news)

Tissue World Istanbul is set to take place at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), Turkey from 4 – 6 September 2018.

Part of the international Tissue World portfolio established since 1993, Tissue World Istanbul is the 2nd edition of Tissue World trade show and conference in Turkey. Took place for the first time as a fully-fledged trade show in 2016, Tissue World Istanbul 2016 was a resounding success and welcomed a total of 1,602 participants from 65 countries across the 3 show days.
Strongly supported by the local and regional tissue industry, the show floor featured leading tissue manufacturers and industry suppliers which accounted for over 40% of the regional tissue business.

Trade visitors included key decision makers from a diverse range of profiles including traders, distributors, retailers, finished product manufacturers, jumbo roll producers and many more.
Being a huge tissue producer with a leading role in the MENA region mainly thanks to its strategic location, Istanbul is the ideal meeting point for the local and international players from Eastern Europe, Russia, the CIS, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

New addition in 2018: Hygiene Nonwoven Machinery Suppliers introduced on the Show Floor
The hygiene nonwovens sector in Turkey shows a growing process in the manufacturing segment of the industry. According to figures collected and compiled by EDANA, the overall production of nonwovens in Europe grew by 3.6% in 2015, despite an environment of slow economic growth. Turkey continues to record double-digit growth in nonwoven production. Over the course of 2014-2017, the production has increased by 16%.

In addition, the Turkish retail market size in 2017 for wet wipes, nappies/diapers/pants and sanitary protection is estimated at US$1,006 billion, according to Euromonitor International.

Against this backdrop and in view of the compatibility with the business profiles of Tissue World exhibitors, the hygiene nonwoven machinery suppliers will be introduced on the 2018 show floor, all set to welcome a broader landscape of buyers from the manufacturing and converting side as well as traders, distributors and retailers.
(UBM Exhibition Singapore Pte Ltd)

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Fujifilm presented the latest in flexo ink technology at Labelexpo 2017  (Company news)

Fujifilm’s new ink, Flexo JDR, offers flexo printers greater quality, faster curing and improved ease of use.

Fujifilm showcased at Labelexpo Europe 2017 a brand new ink called Sericol Flexo JDR which has been designed to offer the best possible quality and performance to flexo printers.

Fujifilm’s award-winning ink factory in Broadstairs in the UK is known around the globe for developing some of the world’s leading inks. These include graphic and industrial screen inks and inks for textile printing, as well as an impressive range of UV narrow web and flexo inks – all designed to maximise quality and efficiency and minimise production costs.

The Sericol Flexo JD ink range is one of the key ink ranges among Fujifilm’s narrow web ink portfolio. This high gloss UV flexo ink system was designed for general purpose narrow web label printing onto a variety of substrates, and has long had a reputation for quality and precision. Fujifilm has now taken this to another level with the introduction of a new ink, Flexo JDR, to the range. Like the rest of the Flexo JD range, it is ITX and benzophenone free and, thanks to improved manufacturing processes and the use of the latest raw materials, Flexo JDR also offers significant improvements in a number of key areas:
-Product range – Flexo JDR is available in CMYK and White, alongside the existing JD range it offers printers more options and increased flexibility in achieving the best quality finish on press.
-Quality – Flexo JDR manages to improve on the already very high quality standards of the JD range.
-Performance – The use of the very latest raw materials and improved manufacturing processes mean that Flexo JDR inks are faster curing, and offer improved adhesion.
-Balanced CMYK ink set – All JDR process colours can be used with the same specification anilox rollers.

In addition to all these improvements, printers will also benefit from all the key advantages of the original Flexo JD ink range:
-Low viscosity press ready colours
-Adhesion to a wide range of synthetic substrates and papers
-High colour strength
-Dedicated PANTONE® formulations
-High gloss
(Fujifilm Europe GmbH)

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Irving Consumer Products Breaks Ground on their New $400 Million Tissue Production Plant in ....  (Company news)

... Macon, Georgia

Irving Consumer Products broke ground on the construction of their new $400 million state-of-the-art tissue plant in Macon, Georgia at an event at the site of their future home. Joined by Mayor Robert Reichert and Charlie Gatlin, Special Projects Advisor for Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), President Robert K. Irving acknowledged the next step in the construction of the new facility.

“We’re excited to begin construction on this new plant. The plant will create over 200 permanent, skilled jobs and allow us to continue to meet our customers’ growing demands,” said Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products. “It will also provide growth in our home province. The pulp will be from Irving Woodlands, manufactured at our New Brunswick pulp mill.”

Photo Caption:
Pictured at the ground breaking of the new Irving Consumer Products plant, from left to right are: Sam Hart, Chairman, Macon Water Authority; Robert E. Fountain, Jr., Chairman, Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority; Charlie Gatlin, Special Projects Advisor, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Elaine Lucas, Commissioner of Macon-Bibb; Robert Reichert, Mayor of Macon-Bibb; Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products; Tim Baade, General Manager, Irving Consumer Products; David Dennis, Vice President of Manufacturing, Irving Consumer Products; and James Gunn, Director of Maintenance and Engineering, Irving Consumer Products

The new plant will produce ultra-premium quality household paper products including soft bath tissue and high quality paper towel that is both strong and absorbent.

“It's a great day in Georgia when we get to celebrate a ground-breaking event,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner Tom Croteau. “We are excited that Irving Consumer Products chose Macon to expand their North American footprint, and are confident that they will find success here in Georgia.”

Following the ground breaking, Irving Consumer Products hosted a community BBQ in Rosa Parks Square to recognize first responders for their efforts during Tropical Storm Irma. Hundreds of emergency responders worked to open shelters, restore major power outages and clear debris from blocked roads. Irving Consumer Products contributed $30,000 to local relief efforts. The American Red Cross of Central Midwest Georgia and Salvation Army of Central Georgia each received a cheque for $15,000 for disaster response and relief efforts in Macon-Bibb County.

“I’m thrilled that Irving Consumer Products is already breaking ground on their new, state-of-the-art plant in the Sofkee Industrial Park. When we first met the people from Irving, I was amazed at their family atmosphere and values, and I knew they would be a great fit for our community,” says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “I am inspired and encouraged by their show of support for our emergency responders and know they will continue to be a great partner for many years to come."

Construction will be completed in 2019 and is estimated to provide 1,000,000 person hours of work. At the height of construction, over 540 people will be working on-site.

In November 2016, Irving Consumer Products announced the purchase of a new ThruAir Dry machine. In August 2017 the company selected Macon, Georgia as the site for their new plant. The new plant will double the company’s ThruAir Dry capacity, increasing it by 75,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 15 million cases.
(J.D. Irving Limited)

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UMV to supply coaters to OOO Mayak-Technocell (MTC), Penza Russia  (Company news)

Joint venture OOO Mayak-Technocell (MTC) have selected UMV Coating Systems to supply key components for their new PM6 in Penza Russia.

The contract contain state of the art coating units for surface treatment of both top- and reverse side of the paper.

The new PM 6 will produce décor- and non-woven wallpaper base and production start is scheduled to the first quarter of 2018.
(UMV Coating Systems)

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AR Packaging strengthens centres of excellence and optimises its footprint  (Company news)

AR Packaging is in an expansion phase since a few years, including acquisitions, coupled with continued migration from general packaging to selected segments where AR Packaging has a competitive edge. The Group has a strategic plan built on three pillars: further growth in Europe in selected business segments, global expansion with selected packaging solutions and further improved operational excellence and cost-efficiency. This approach has proven very successful.

In order to secure that AR Packaging continues to sustainably and professionally meet its customers’ increasing expectations on high efficiency, broad expertise and strong innovation skills, a review of the operational footprint of the Group has been initiated.

”AR Packaging has gained significant new business in targeted segments as set in our strategy”, says Harald Schulz (photo), President and CEO at AR Packaging. “After a successful integration of the businesses acquired during latest years, we now take a holistic view on our footprint. Strong skill centres and further site specialisation through focused technology and know-how will increase the Group’s ability to lead future developments while aligning presence to optimal locations.”

Cutting edge investments are on-going at several plants across Europe and cover a span from state-of-the-art equipment for improved efficiencies to expansion of selected plants.

“We have a vast investment program in place which includes for example four new printing machine installations during 2016-2018 as well as expansion of our plants in Krakow, Poland, and Tabasalu, Estonia”, comments Harald Schulz. “It supports our ambitious growth plan in a very good way.”

The strengthened centres of excellence will increase AR Packaging’s capabilities as well as capacity. Therefore, it is our plan to actively consolidate and optimise our operations in certain locations.

Following the acquisition of the European operations of Mead Westvaco in 2015, AR Packaging operates three plants in Russia. Sales volume development does not justify three plants in the region at the same time as price pressure increases. Consequently capacity and infrastructure costs need to be reduced to meet the profitability demands for the Russian rotogravure operations. The A&R Carton plant in Moscow, will be closed and the Group will serve the Russian market from its two plants in St. Petersburg and Timashevsk, each with focused technology, competence base and increased production capacities.

To be competitive and profitable on the Nordic carton market the cost base needs to be substantially reduced and asset utilisation increased. Therefore, the AR Packaging board has in its meeting on 28th September taken the decision to reallocate volumes to other plants in the Nordic region and close the Kauttua production. Sales, customer service and product development functions will remain in Kauttua.

The announced changes at the Russian and Finnish operations will have an impact on around 150 employees. AR Packaging will offer employment at other locations to the utmost extent feasible.
(AR Packaging Group)

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Södra's port becomes fossil-fuel free  (Company news)

Södra’s port in Mönsterås will become completely free from fossil fuels in October. All work vehicles and cranes at the port will begin using HVO diesel – a completely fossil-free alternative to standard diesel.

Södra’s port has four cranes and 16 work vehicles. Together, these handle about three million tonnes of freight each year. The freight is loaded for transport to Europe by land and sea and includes 430,000 tonnes of paper pulp and 170,000 m³ of sawn timber. This will now be carried out using only fossil-free HVO diesel.

“As a representative of a green industry, we consider this an obvious next step,” said Niclas Strömqvist, Site Manager at Södra’s port in Mönsterås.

The switchover at the port began in the spring of 2017 and was completed at the end of September. The move is part of Södra’s sustainability targets that aim to achieve fossil-free production by 2020 and fossil-free transportation by 2030 – targets adopted in 2016 and assigned the same status as Södra’s financial targets.

“Efforts have focused on examining and ensuring that the HVO diesel is compatible with existing equipment at the port. We are always on the lookout for climate-smart solutions. This is in line with how we want to act and operate as a company,” said Jörgen Erlandsson, Head of Technology, Environment and Quality at Södra’s port in Mönsterås.

HVO is both a climate-smart and economical alternative to synthetically produced petrodiesel. The raw materials for Södra’s HVO are slaughterhouse waste and rapeseed oil.

“HVO is a better environmental choice because it is 100-percent fossil-free. This means it is completely renewable and greenhouse gas emissions are substantially lower,” said Åsa Forss, Manager of Södra’s wood-chip truck fleet.
(Södra Cell AB)

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BillerudKorsnäs cartonboard facilitated three winning entries in the prestigious ...  (Company news)

... European Carton Excellence Award 2017

Cartonboard material from BillerudKorsnäs, a leading global provider of sustainable packaging materials and solutions, has been used in three winning categories at the prestigious European Carton Excellence Awards, including the most prestigious “Carton of the Year”.

Photo: Packaging from liquorish manufacturer LIQ

On September 21, 2017, the 21st edition of the European Carton Excellence Award, Europe’s most renowned award for carton packaging, was held and BillerudKorsnäs and their converter and brand owner partners went home with three prestigious awards.

"It’s a great honor to be part of and being able to help our customers, both converters and brand owners, with realizing all their great visions, design and environmental packaging ideas. At BillerudKorsnäs we have developed a series of materials creating no need for compromises. Our cartonboard is made from primary fibers, making it so strong that the packaging weight can be reduced without compromising performance, making it possible for both beautiful, functional and environmental packages",
Magnus Levinsson, Business Segment Director Cartonboard at BillerudKorsnäs.

Together with Domenis 1898 SRL and Lucaprint, BillerudKorsnäs won the most reputable award “Carton of the Year” with the entry Geometrie Cividât. The classic gin is elegantly presented in a diagonally cut carton, where the round bottle is perfectly secured inside the functional and attractive design, making it stand out and at the same time enhance the sophisticated quality of the product. The superior quality and printability of BillerudKorsnäs cartonboard made sure that the cartons designer, Ufficio Tecnico Lucaprint and Giulia Toscanelli, could realize their vision which in the end resulted in being crowned the best carton of the year.

BillerudKorsnäs also helped liquorish manufacturer LIQ and producer VG Kvadra Pak JSC to win best packaging in the “Confectionary” category with their prgifemium packaging “LIQ gift set”. The t set consists of one large gift box which holds four small cube boxes, all made from BillerudKorsnäs cartonboard. The small boxes have a double layer of material produced from eco-friendly cartonboard material, which helps to achieve a more natural and matte look and at the same time allows for excellent printing quality and what the jury named “an exceptional experience”.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

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Marzek Flexibles: M-FlexiLog opening celebrations in Hungary  (Company news)

Marzek Etiketten+Packaging is a brand that has been recognised throughout Austria for its high-quality labels and packaging for a number of decades. However, the company passed a new milestone on 14th September 2017 as it celebrated the opening of a new Marzek Group factory in Békéscsaba, Hungary, together with the commissioning of its state-of-the-art machinery. The M-FlexiLog Kft. site was opened less than 12 months after construction work began. More than two hundred people attended the opening celebrations, including high-profile guests, members of the press and three generations of the Marzek family. The Marzek Flexibles factory, which operates under the name of M-Flexilog Kft, is located in Békéscsaba, just a stone’s throw away from the existing Marzek Kner Packaging Kft. factory. The greenfield project involved the construction of more than 8500m² of new factory space dedicated to the manufacturing of flexible packaging, pouches, sleeves and wraparound labels. Operations comply with the strictest safety and hygiene standards applicable to the food manufacturing and pharmaceutical production industries.
(M-FlexiLog LLC)

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Graphic Packaging Completes Acquisition of Spain-Based Norgraft Packaging, S.A.  (Company news)

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), has announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries has acquired Norgraft Packaging, S.A.

Photo: Michael Doss, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging Holding Company

Norgraft is a leading folding carton producer in Spain focused on the food and household goods markets. Norgraft converts approximately 25,000 tons of paperboard annually and operates two converting plants located in Maliaño and Requejada in Cantabria, Spain. The business generated revenue of approximately $40 million on an LTM basis.

"The announced transaction is consistent with our strategy to pursue acquisitions that allow us to grow our folding carton volume in attractive geographies and end-markets, improve our cost position, service our customers with excellence, and increase our mill to converting plant integration levels over time," said President and CEO Michael Doss.
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

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Label Technology Successfully Completes Its Installation of PCMC's Innovative Fusion C ...  (Company news)

...Flexographic Press

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-­Wehmiller and a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of inline and CI presses, is pleased to announce that Label Technology has successfully installed a Fusion C flexographic press.

"The addition of the PCMC Fusion C will extend our ability to meet the continued growth in both flexible packaging and finished pouch markets, while maintaining the high­-quality products for which Label Technology is known," comments David Bankson, President and CEO of Label Technology. "The Fusion C’s sustainability features also figured heavily in our decision to choose this press."

The Fusion C is loaded with fast make­-ready and waste-­saving features, and has a smaller footprint and fewer parts – saving space and cost. Its accessibility and ease of use make the Fusion C a unique offering in the market. Plus, PCMC also provides customers with a commitment to quality and a dedication to service.

The new Fusion C press joins Label Technology’s other flexible-­packaging flexographic presses in its manufacturing location in Merced, California, which is specifically engineered for food­safe operations and is annually audited by third parties for food safety production. The location also houses lamination, slitting and pouch­-making operations.

"What a privilege for PCMC to continue to be able to grow with Label Technology," says Rich Stratz, Strategic Accounts Sales Manager­Printing for PCMC. "Our relationship started 12 years ago when this customer purchased our Evolution inline press. We’re excited Label Technology chose PCMC and the Fusion C for the company’s first central impression flexographic press. When coming to us looking for a solution for the flexible-­packaging and finished-­pouch markets, we knew the Fusion C was the right choice."
(PCMC Paper Converting Machine Company)

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ABB opens Collaborative Operations Center for Pulp & Paper in Helsinki  (Company news)

-ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Center opens in Helsinki, Finland
-Expands the global network of ABB industry experts, digital technologies and knowledge base to improve customers profitability and efficiency
-Delivers the true benefits of today’s digital technologies, by the latest analytics and cloud technologies from ABB's partners, such as Microsoft and IBM
-Real-time remote monitoring and technical support with the objectives of optimizing production, improving quality and minimizing costs

The center will function as the central focal point for expert resources and for systems that are equipped with ABB technology. It will leverage ABB’s extensive pulp and paper expertise to provide true data-driven solutions for its customers by providing remote connectivity, secure access to process performance information, and technical support. The new center will be part of ABB’s Global Collaborative Operations Center network.

Countless sensors and operation-critical systems transmit data on the health and performance of paper machines to the centers, where sophisticated software performs advanced data analytics on a 24/7 basis. The insights gained will allow engineers to quickly diagnose potential issues, advise on preventive maintenance or suggest measures to improve performance. ABB experts and customers work in close collaboration, taking data-driven decisions in real time that increase operational performance and business profitability.

"The new center demonstrates our leadership in delivering the real benefits of big data to our customers, changing insights into actions to improve their processes," says Jim Fisher, Global Product Group Manager for Pulp and Paper. "ABB remotely monitors and provides real-time support to close to 150 mills worldwide today, and we are expecting that number to rise with this new offering.”

Earlier this year ABB opened a Collaborative Operations Center in Westerville (Ohio) focusing on the pulp and paper industry. Later this year one more center will be opened in Singapore, leveraging the “follow the sun” principle to support customers anywhere in the world.

"The Collaborative Operations Center raises our functions to a whole new digital level. There has never been a software, system and hardware spectrum as broad as this in the Nordic countries, and the cooperation with the centers in other parts of the world is intense," says ABB’s business director, Jukka Auranen.

ABB Collaborative Operations is a true Internet-of-Things application and is part of the company's portfolio of ABB Ability with industry-leading digital solutions. Collaborative Operations provides performance management, remote monitoring and preventive analysis technologies to ensure security, and improve efficiency and productivity in various industries. ABB Collaborative Operations Centers connects people in enterprise-wide production facilities and headquarters to ABB’s technology and expertise.
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

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Fortress Paper restarts production at its dissolving pulp mill   (Company news)

Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) (OTCQX:FTPLF) is pleased to announce that the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill (the "FSC Mill") restarted on October 6, 2017, three days earlier than previously announced in its September 27, 2017 news release. The Company has completed the necessary repairs at the FSC Mill caused by the failure of a pressurized auxiliary gas collection system and has re-commenced production of dissolving pulp.

Mr. Giovanni Iadeluca, President of the FSC Mill, commented: "We wish to thank our team at the FSC Mill for their tireless efforts in resolving the system failure and achieving a restart three days earlier than originally anticipated. The FSC Mill restarted the normal ramp up of its operations on October 6th, the production and cogeneration facility are now operating in ordinary course."

The Company has initiated an insurance claim pursuant to its property damage and business interruption insurance coverage, which has a $2.5 million deductible. Based on current information, the Company is confident that costs associated with the replacement and repair of damaged equipment and business interruption costs should be covered by the insurance claim.
(Fortress Paper Ltd)

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Valmet: Seeking excellence with polarized forming fabrics  (Company news)

In 2016, Valmet introduced a new generation of forming fabrics with a polarized structure. Customer experiences have shown that these polarized forming fabrics have the potential to revolutionize water removal in the papermaking process.

Picture: Polarized fabric: The machine direction yarns eliminate the straight-through channels.

SSB (sheet support binding) forming fabrics entered the paper and board industry in the mid-90s. Since then, these fabrics have been made thinner and finer to achieve higher retention, excellent paper and board quality, and to improve the runnability of the machines.

However, thinner forming fabrics started to face durability problems, and product development needed to find a new solution to meet customers’ expectations.

“In 2016, we introduced a new polarized structure in the forming fabrics. Based on the experiences we have so far, we most likely created something that will revolutionize the water drainage process in the wire section,” says Pekka Kortelainen, Product Technology Manager for Forming Fabrics at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Grafomed Printing Company to install SPGPrints’ RSI® Compact unit and become ...  (Company news)

... Serbia’s first label converter with rotary screen capability

Picture: Grafomed Printing Company invests in an SPGPrints RSI® Compact unit at Labelexpo Europe 2017. Left to right: Dušan Beočanin, business manager, Grafomed Printing Company; Bart van Kempen, area sales manager SPGPrints; Radomir Beočanin, CEO and owner, Grafomed Printing Company

Grafomed Printing Company will become Serbia’s first label converter to offer rotary screen printing capabilities after agreeing, at Labelexpo 2017, to install an SPGPrints RSI® Compact printing unit on a six-colour MPS flexo press at its Aleksandrovac printing facility.

Since investing in the 330mm-wide flexo press in 2009, Grafomed Printing Company has become a leading supplier of self-adhesive, wrap around and shrink sleeve labels to the beverage and chemical industries across the Balkan region.

Radomir Beočanin, CEO and owner of Grafomed Printing Company, comments: “We see SPGPrints’ rotary screen technology as essential for meeting the rising quality expectations and safety requirements from brand owners in Serbia and other states in the region. We are experiencing a strong demand, especially among wine-makers, for sophisticated solutions that communicate the quality of their products, while motor oil manufacturers are seeking braille to be incorporated into their packaging. The RSI Compact unit and RotaMesh® reusable nickel screens will enable us to incorporate a range of high-impact and tactile effects requiring thick ink deposits inline, with flexo, in a single pass and at speed.”

Positioned on a sliding rail above the printing stations of the press, the RSI Compact can be moved effortlessly into different positions in the printing sequence. Using RotaMesh screens that deposit ink up to 250µm thickness, the unit can apply features including opaque white, for the no-label look, tactile varnishes that also add colour richness to underlying graphics, metallic foil and other reflective substrates.

The re-imageable non-woven nickel RotaMesh screens offer long-term cost savings, thanks to their strength, stability at speeds of up to 150m/min, easy handling and reusability.

SPGPrints will coordinate the retrofitting of the MPS press in the final quarter of 2017, and ensure service and a fast supply of engraved RotaMesh screens through its regional distributor, Rotografix. The distributor, based in Vienna, has offices in Belgrade, and across the Balkan region.

Bart van Kempen, area sales manager at SPGPrints, comments: “As the first company in Serbia to install rotary screen printing technology, Grafomed Printing Company is leading the label converting market in making a host of creative branding possibilities locally available, and thereby providing a vital competitive edge to retail goods manufacturers. We are looking forward to providing the long-term support to help Grafomed adopt the technology, so they reap the full benefits of this investment.”

Currently working a three-shift operation, Grafomed Printing Company intends to increase capacity with the installation of a second press in 2018.
(SPGPrints B.V.)

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Sales and strong interest highlights Codimag’s Aniflo end-to-end workflow ...  (Company news)

... Labelexpo Europe 2017

Picture: The Codimag stand at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Label press manufacturer Codimag reported significant interest in its Aniflo-based VIVA 340 Evolution printing lines and pre-press workflow at Labelexpo Europe 2017. Several deals will be finalised in the coming weeks after a show which saw multiple live demonstrations of the technology, requested by printers for various retailing applications.

Codimag’s ground-breaking Aniflo technology, featured on the VIVA 340 Evolution press, combines offset quality, flexo simplicity and digital flexibility. Using waterless offset inks and plates, it features an offset printing unit with a simple anilox delivery system to supplies a uniform ink amount along and across the web.

In the “AnifloLive Experience” at the stand, Codimag provided over 30 exclusive appointments where converters could submit a PDF label file to observe their design being processed and printed within 30 minutes in an automated workflow that includes colour management with Esko Equinox software, colour proofing, plate-imaging, and press makeready.

According to Codimag’s managing director, Benoit Demol, it is thanks to these demonstrations to converters from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, that Aniflo’s versatility as a premium label printing technology is being fully understood:

“Labelexpo Europe 2017 has been a breakthrough moment for Aniflo technology. The process has already established itself as a high-value technology for wine labels,” he said. “Through our live demonstrations on the VIVA 340 Evolution press, label printers in consumer goods markets including food, beverage, cosmetics and household chemicals had a real-time appreciation of the technology’s competitiveness for short and medium runs. Aniflo impressed visitors with its capacity for immediate and precise register and colour-matching, extended gamut, fast prepress times and printing speeds. Many were also astounded that semi-rotary technology, on which Aniflo is based, can be set up in less than 10 minutes and reach speeds of 75 metres per minute, making it productive as well as economical on tooling costs.”

AnifloLive was not only an opportunity to test a print process during the show, but all participants were entered into a lottery to win an electrical bicycle GIANT QUICK E +. The winners were Bratislava, Slovakia-based label converter Purgina.

Radovan Kilarsky, marketing and business development manager, Purgina, commented: “We were excited to have the opportunity to test Codimag’s Aniflo Evolution press during Label Expo 2017. We saw the entire workflow from data processing with the Esko Equinox module to simulate a job with three spot colours. The prepress and job setup was quick and, with its high level of automation, easy to operate. Aniflo Evolution showed short setup time excellent quality and great productivity. I believe ultimately the low running costs and high flexibility compared to digital presses are far more efficient for the label printer."

Benoit Demol added´: “Codimag VIVA 340 presses are bespoke configurations built to the customer’s application requirements. We are concluding the specifications for several customers following meetings at the show, and we expect to make a number of agreements with others in the coming weeks.

“Finally, it is pleasing to see interest for Codimag coming not only from converters, but also from many partners or agents in new markets. They understand the benefits of our Aniflo breakthrough technology for their customers,” Demol concluded.

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Improved display service thanks to new plotters and digital printer  (Company news)

Peterson’s Display plant in Sarpsborg (Norway) has recently installed two new plotters. These are the ideal equipment for production of both displays and smaller production runs for corrugated packaging. The digital printer that was installed last year completes the in-house capacity to produce high-class displays and packaging within ultra-fast delivery times.

Finest plotting technology
At the beginning of Summer Peterson’s display plant near Sarpsborg received two new Elitron Kombo TAV-R plotters, a totally automatic die-less cutting system for packaging and displays with a working area up to 3200mm x 2200mm. This recent model comes with the latest technology to increase overall performance.

Thanks to dual cutting heads per plotter instead of one, output capacity almost doubles compared to traditional plotting tables. A fully integrated loading system with elevating platform reduces loading times. Furthermore, the take off system is fully automated. In addition, patented software is used for the reading and recognition system.

The new plotters are put in line with the recently installed HP 15500 UV digital printer, to combine excellent plotting and printing results.

Faster production, better quality
Having in-house plotting and digital printing capacity offers real added value for our customers. It is the ideal equipment to create new packaging and display innovations and allows the customer to experience and assess a live version of the required product. And of course it is perfect for producing a high quality finished product, covering displays, POS material or packaging solutions in smaller runs, within ultra-short delivery times.
(Peterson Packaging AS)

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Ecolab Agrees to Acquire Georgia-Pacific Paper Chemicals Business Transaction planned to ...  (Company news)

... expand Ecolab’s offerings for the paper industry

Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services has signed an agreement to acquire the paper chemicals business from Georgia-Pacific. This business supplies differentiated products and applications that provide strength, softness and durability to paper. These products and applications will enhance Ecolab’s position in the growing Tissue and Towel, as well as the Packaging and Board segments of the paper industry. The business had 2016 revenues of approximately $43 million. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the year subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition will expand the paper industry offerings of Ecolab’s Paper business, which provides innovative chemistries and solutions, to help producers improve their efficiency, water and energy savings, product quality, and profitability.

“This acquisition will enable us to provide additional value to our customers who strive to produce higher-quality paper more efficiently while preserving natural resources,” said Christophe Beck, executive vice president and president, Nalco Water, Ecolab’s water management business. “The chemistries gained through this transaction will complement our existing solutions and provide greater opportunity to customize end-to-end programs that meet the needs of our customers.”

“We believe this sale to a global industry leader like Ecolab’s Nalco Water will be in the best interest of our customers and stakeholders,” said Rick Urschel, president, Georgia-Pacific Chemicals.
(Ecolab Inc.)

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Metsä Board to showcase premium white kraftliners for outstanding brand promotion  (Company news)

FEFCO – Messe Wien, Austria, on 11–13 October

At the 2017 FEFCO Technical Seminar, Metsä Board will be showcasing its recently launched unified product and service portfolio, including its complete white kraftliner range. The offering focuses on contributing to even more sustainable, safe and efficient packaging, now all under one Metsä Board family. As part of this launch Metsä Board introduced the ‘Better with Less’ concept that highlights the company’s aim to improve consumer experience and to make packaging even more sustainable.

Photo: Retail-ready coffee packaging

Metsä Board’s white kraftliners, made from fresh fibres, add strength and printability to corrugated boards, producing attractive results for consumer and retail packs, shelf-ready packaging, displays and point-of-sale solutions. Its lightweight white kraftliners provide different options for top liners, reverse liners and fluting, creating numerous options to design packages that create better consumer experiences with less environmental impact.

Veijo Korkalainen, Commercial Director, White Kraftliners, goes onto explain: “It is clear that high quality corrugated packaging is playing an ever-greater role in the promotion and differentiation of product brands, particularly as on-line shopping grows.
We also recognise that the role of packaging materials in the circular economy is becoming ever more important. Consequently, we are actively developing solutions for reducing packaging weight and replacing non-renewable materials.”

Metsä Board has been working to reduce the carbon footprint in its operations and has also received recognition for this work. This will be covered in more detail during a FEFCO ‘Spotlight Presentation’ (Session 4) by Leena Yliniemi, Technical Marketing Director for Metsä Board on 12 October at 11am.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

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BOBST reveals game-changing innovations to be showcased at FEFCO 2017  (Company news)

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn all about the new technology at the BOBST stands.

BOBST – one of the world’s leading suppliers of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers – announced that it will feature innovations in post-print flexo and automatic packer technology for folder-gluers at this year’s European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) Technical Seminar 11-13 October 2017 in Vienna.

THQ FlexoCloud is a major leap forward in post-print flexo, bringing unmatched quality on corrugated board at lower cost in one pass. The THQ FlexoCloud technology – first revealed at a recent private seminar at its Lyon Competence Center – is promising significant improvements over existing post-print flexo technology, with a large color range, perfect color density with solid printing and outstanding quality on a large range of liners.

SPEEDPACK meanwhile, is a new automatic packer that will allow users to realize the full potential of their BOBST folding-gluing line. With the highest possible number of batches per hour and very short set-up times, it drastically increases productivity. This robust and ergonomic packer can process literally all types of boxes, while preserving their quality, thanks to particularly smooth movements and other patented solutions. As the most productive packer on the market, SPEEDPACK could soon become the natural extension of your corrugated folder-gluer.

PREMIUM GAP CONTROL ensures total quality folding to your exact specifications, on 100% of your boxes. This is an extremely easy-to-use and reliable system, bringing total control of the folding process and major resource savings, with removal of non-compliant packaging, waste and customer complaints, as well as operator time dedicated to control and compliance. Come and find out more about the first 100% Gap Control on finished boxes on the market.

We will be demonstrating all three of these technologies at the stand, along with some other surprises. Come to the BOBST stands – 079, 080, 081 and 082 – to talk to us and find out more!
(Bobst Mex SA)

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Valmet to supply a grade conversion rebuild for Sappi Lanaken Mill in Belgium  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a vast grade conversion rebuild with a wide scope of automation for Sappi Lanaken Mill in Belgium. In the project, the mill's paper machine 8 (PM8) currently producing lightweight coated (LWC) paper grades will be rebuilt to also produce lightweight and high-quality woodfree coated paper grades, which the mill will gradually start producing. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2019. The project is an EPC delivery (engineering, procurement and construction) with an extensive site operation scope.

Photo: Signing the contract at the Sappi Lanaken Mill. From left Werner Reiter, Bernhard Zottler, Günther Engelen, Wim Devens, Eric Raedts (all from Sappi), Marko Oinonen (Valmet) and Robert Mohr (Valmet).

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 60-80 million.

"Sappi has been relying solidly on Valmet in the past years, and the excellent collaboration and results from the previous projects were certainly an asset in the negotiations. In addition to this new, extensive rebuild for Lanaken, five other major ongoing or already started-up projects for Sappi are Valmet-supplied (Sappi Maastricht 2018, Sappi Sommerset 2018, Sappi Kirkniemi 2016, Sappi Gratkorn 2014 and Sappi Alfeld 2013). These projects have led into a true partnership between Sappi and Valmet. Valmet has been able to offer just the right solutions to fulfil the customer needs. To ensure the selected concept, pilot trials were run at Valmet Paper Technology Centers," says Robert Mohr, Vice President of Central Europe Sales, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes modifications to stock preparation and pulp bale de-wiring system, paper machine, air systems and major changes and improvements in the automation systems. The paper machine modifications include rebuilds in the forming section, press section, dryer section, and coating section, a new sizer, calender and reel. The re-reeler will be relocated. Automation delivery includes quality management system, machine and process control systems, as well as web inspection system. All the equipment will be delivered with installation.

PM 8 will be producing lightweight coated paper grades in the dimensional weight of 115 g/m². The mill has a total capacity of 530,000 tonnes/year.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Picture: Avery Dennison is rolling out its Forest Stewardship Council-certified Recycled Paper Facestock range. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR368)

From new recycled paper facestock to marble-based “paper” and compostable adhesive, Avery Dennison is offering brand owners and converters an increasingly wide choice of sustainable options for their needs.

“Avery Dennison is making excellent progress toward our ambitious 2025 sustainability goals we announced at Labelexpo Europe in 2015,” said Renae Kezar, sr. director, global leader of sustainability.

“At Labelexpo 2017 in Brussels, we provided a detailed update on our performance against these goals, releasing our Sustainability Report 2015-2017, while also showcasing our range of sustainable products and solutions”, Kezar continues.

Avery Dennison is rolling out its Forest Stewardship Council-certified Recycled Paper Facestock range. The range helps brand owners meet their sustainability targets. Next to that, label printers and converters want to differentiate themselves and increase their value in the supply chain by helping brand owners to achieve those goals.

Avery Dennison’s latest solution is a 100% recycled paper facestock manufactured without chlorine bleaching, while offering similar whiteness, bright appearance and opacity as its non-recycled counterparts. Carefully selected post-consumer waste (PCW) streams are used to ensure good material properties for high-quality, pressure-sensitive labelling with outstanding environmental credentials. The resulting FSC-certified facestock delivers exceptional print quality and conversion speed, and the 100% recycled PCW material contains up to 30% recycled liner, and helps brand owners and converters to close the loop at no additional cost.

Avery Dennison also showcased the ClearIntent™ portfolio, aimed at supporting converters and brand owners in their quest to meet sustainable packaging goals.

“Avery Dennison has been creating more and more materials designed to empower sustainable choices, and it makes perfect sense to assemble all of them under one umbrella,” explains Georg Mueller-Hof, vice president marketing.

“Label converters can now offer materials with confidence to their customers, knowing that anything within the ClearIntent range provides the sustainability credentials they seek. The available materials cover a wide range of applications, and enable converters more ways to say ‘yes’ to sustainability.”

“The materials in this portfolio have to meet at least one of three main sustainability standards to qualify for the new portfolio,” adds Luuk Zonneveld, Avery Dennison’s product manager for sustainability. These are:
- Responsible sourcing, where it has been verified by third party companies that a significant amount of the product’s content comes from sustainably sourced materials.
- Reduction of material – a product must offer comparable or superior performance to a conventional alternative, while using less material.
- Recycling, requiring a label material to be recyclable itself, to be made of recycled content, or to enable or improve the recyclability of the container or packaging the label is on.

Some of the most recent product innovations from Avery Dennison are included in the ClearIntent range: For example, the ClearCut™ adhesive technology combined with an FSC®-certified liner offers improved sustainability with no compromise on performance or productivity.

Also at Labelexpo, Avery Dennison highlighted its compostable label construction, in combination with biodegradable ink, which allows all of this packaging to be composted – using nature’s way of recycling. This range of materials means that label converters can finally help brand owners meet the recycling challenge in full by creating packaging that allows dramatic reductions in waste going to landfill or incineration, ending landfill taxes and boosting brand credentials.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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PaperWorks announces new president and CEO  (Company news)

PaperWorks Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of paperboard and specialized folding cartons, announced that C. Anderson “Andy” Bolton has joined the company as president and chief executive officer.

Bolton has more than two decades of senior leadership experience with several multinational packaging companies. He brings to PaperWorks a significant track record in finance, sales, strategy, business development and executive management in flexible and rigid packaging. In his prior roles, he has served the needs of many market segments including personal and home care, beverage, medical, pharmaceutical and others.

“PaperWorks has an excellent reputation as a leading integrated recycled board manufacturer and specialized folding carton provider for many well-known brands in the food, home, personal care and health sectors. Going forward, our focus will be to continue to enhance and drive value for our customers by providing innovative packaging solutions. We continue to invest in our facilities and further develop our capabilities to remain at the forefront of our industry, which will help our customers and brand owners achieve their marketing objectives,” Bolton said.

Most recently, Bolton was president of Crown, Cork & Seal’s Aerosols, Closures & Specialty Packaging North American (NA) divisions. During his six year tenure, he led both the Aerosols NA and Metal Closures NA divisions, driving significant process improvements and commercial growth. Prior to Crown, Bolton was a vice president/general manager for Amcor, focused on the semi-rigid packaging sector. For 15 years prior to that, Bolton held multiple senior leadership positions with the Bemis Company, Alcan and Pechiney.

Bolton earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
(PaperWorks Industries Inc.)

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Voith FilmLube: Uniform moistening results in improved press felt performance  (Company news)

• Optimum felt changing interval
• Reduced water consumption
• Improvement of CD moisture profile in paper

With FilmLube, Voith is offering a new kind of moistening principle for press felts upstream of the Uhle box. An integrated lubrication gap directly in front of the Uhle box ensures optimum application of water over the entire width of the machine. This protects the felt, ensures a more even CD cross profile and reduces water consumption by avoiding spray mist in the vicinity of the machine. As a result, the safety of machine operators is improved.

Photo: More even profile with Voith Filmlube

More uniform CD moisture profiles, a consistently high felt performance over a record lifetime and the reduction of mist: These were the results achieved by a customer of Voith during the first practical application of the new FilmLube on a tissue machine.

Previously the customer had used low pressure fan showers for lubricating the felts. However, their nozzles got blocked by dirt easily, preventing uniform moistening of the press felt. As a result of partial heating on the Uhle box, the felt could not perform as designed.

Instead of single nozzles that tend to block, FilmLube features an integrated lubricating gap over the entire width of the machine. This allows an even film application that prevents damage to the felt from hot Uhle box surfaces and reduces CD profile variations. Because the water is applied directly, this also avoids spray losses and cuts water consumption. Generally, on a single-width tissue machine, FilmLube uses less than 1.5 m³ water an hour. The targeted application of water ensures that less lubricating water collects next to the machine, reducing the risk of slipping and making work on the machine safer. The integrated lubricating gap also simplifies maintenance and cleaning of FilmLube.

Above all, Voith's FilmLube also reduces the uneven abrasion of the felt, because moistening upstream of the Uhle box prevents its hot surfaces from damaging the material. In a worst case scenario, such damage – e.g. felt fiber breakage – leads to residues in the paper that necessitate a reduction of the felt lifetime and a variation of the felt changing cycles for individual felt positions. Voith has designed FilmLube so that it can be retrofitted to almost all commonly used Uhle boxes.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Koenig & Bauer: Successful anniversary week on the company's 200th birthday  (Company news)

-650 international guests at the ceremony in the VCC
-Over 13,000 visitors in the course of the Open Day
-World of Print from a practical perspective
-Köhler against national egoism on key issues for the future

The festive week for the 200th anniversary of Koenig & Bauer AG in Würzburg drew to a close with more than 13,000 visitors at the Open Day on 23 September. 650 guests from all over the world attended the official ceremony in the Vogel Convention Center (VCC), with the former Federal President Horst Köhler as main speaker and short presentations by three CEOs of renowned printing companies. Many customers and business partners visited the spruced-up main factory in Würzburg and experienced historical and modern printing presses in action. The week of celebrations had begun with an international press conference at which the company, which has successfully adapted to a changing print market, presented its ambitious goals and strategies for the future, as well as its new market appearance.

Bild: In a rousing speech, former German President Horst Köhler called for a global partnership to meet the challenges posed by population growth, scarcity of resources and digitalisation

Print has an exciting history
In his welcoming speech to the guests in the VCC, CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann dealt with the history of the company, which is closely linked to that of his own family. He thanked generations of customers, executives and employees for their contributions through economic crises, wars and technological transformations. Mr Bolza-Schünemann: "Print has been keeping our company and its employees moving for 200 years now. Even in a digitalised world, it is always an exciting task finding new technologies, solutions and applications for print with which our customers can continue to be successful."

World of Media, … Packaging and … Security from the point of view of the CEOs
With brand expert Karsten Kilian from the Hochschule Würzburg-Schweinfurt acting as anchor man, three CEOs from renowned companies spoke about the current situation and future prospects of print in different segments of the large and diversified market for printed products. In his short lecture on the "World of Media", Axel Hentrei, CEO of the Bertelsmann Printing Group in Gütersloh, explained the impact of the online media on book, brochure, catalogue, magazine and advertising printing. In the light of reduced volumes with a growing number of titles, he sees possible solutions in the automation of production processes, the finishing of printed products, the division of work between print and online, and in digital printing.

Hans Schur, owner and CEO of the Danish packaging group Schur International, spoke about the "World of Packaging", and in view of the growing world population, particularly emphasised the often-overlooked role of packaging for the longer shelf lives of foodstuffs. Besides the role of packaging as a silent salesman at the point of sale, this function is becoming more and more important, since the online trade now also includes food, for which an uninterrupted refrigeration chain and suitable packaging solutions are required.

The "World of Security" was the topic of Ralf Wintergerst, CEO of Giesecke+Devrient in Munich. The CEO of the renowned producer of banknotes and electronic payment systems dealt, among other things, with the growing risks of cybercrime for electronic and online payment systems, as well as efforts to make physical banknotes as forgery-proof as possible by employing new security features. In spite of electronic competition in the age of digitalisation, he does not see the end of printed banknotes, especially since the currency in circulation is continuing to rise world-wide.

In his concluding short lecture on the "World of Brands", Karsten Kilian pointed out the enormous importance of brands for business success. His credo: "A great idea is the basis of every major brand." His conclusion: "Especially in our times of increasing digitalisation and dynamic change, we need strong brands for orientation."

The traditional brand of Koenig & Bauer, which has been comprehensively redesigned for the company's 200th birthday after many acquisitions in the last 25 years, as well as its underlying messages and values, were presented to the guests in a professional video.

Horst Köhler: Population growth, the scarcity of resources and digitalisation require global partnership
Horst Köhler, former Federal President of Germany, former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and expert on Africa, presented the conflict between the growth of the world population, the scarcity of resources and digitalisation as the central points of his impressive speech. Horst Köhler: "You can regard these three trends as big trains heading towards each other. Only when we understand how little solutions on only one side of the triangle can help us we will realise what a mammoth task humanity is facing. In the future as well, every country must forge its own destiny. But to be successful, we must all keep an eye on much more than just our own anvil. In the 21st century, we need nations that realise that they are all sitting in the same boat. We need political answers that merge into a new paradigm of global partnership. We need a global economy that allows all people on earth to live in dignity, without destroying our planet."

The former German President described Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer, the founders of Koenig & Bauer, as examples of the wealth of ideas, creative drive and entrepreneurial spirit needed to solve the questions of the future. He also emphasised the social achievements of the company in the mid-19th century under Fanny Koenig. Prof. Köhler: "Such a social dimension is characteristic of many family-run businesses and family enterprises in Germany, and it contributes substantially to the climate and to the success of the social market economy."
(Koenig & Bauer AG)

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Appvion Initiates Process to Restructure Debt and Position Business for Long-Term Success  (Company news)

- Company and Subsidiaries Commence Chapter 11 Cases to Facilitate Financial Restructuring
- Operations Expected to Continue as Usual During Restructuring Process
- Commitment for $85 Million in New Debtor-in-Possession Financing to Support Ongoing Operations
- Discussions Continuing with Lenders on Plan for Expedited Restructuring and Emergence

Appvion, Inc. (the "Company") announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to facilitate a balance sheet restructuring and better position the business for long-term growth and success.

The Company expects to continue operations as usual and has obtained a commitment for $85 million in new debtor-in-possession ("DIP") financing from a group of its first lien lenders. Subject to Bankruptcy Court approval, this DIP financing, combined with cash generated by the Company, is expected to provide more than adequate liquidity to support ongoing operations during the process.

"We thoroughly explored various alternatives to address our debt and have been engaged in constructive discussions with our lenders regarding sponsorship of a plan to delever the Company and enhance our liquidity," said Kevin Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer of Appvion. "While those discussions are active and continuing, we determined that pursuing a restructuring through Chapter 11 is the best path forward for Appvion and our stakeholders. We believe this process will result in a sustainable capital structure for our business."

Gilligan continued, "The Chapter 11 process itself will have little impact on how we do business. We will continue to implement profit improvement and growth initiatives to optimize our operations and maximize the efficiency of our supply chain. As we work toward restructuring and emergence, we will remain focused on combining our market insight, extensive manufacturing capabilities, and unique coating technologies to serve our customers' needs. Our goal is to emerge a stronger company – well positioned to compete long-term in the evolving coated paper market and further invest in the innovation that has made Appvion a market leader."

The Company will work closely with its customers and vendors to ensure that ongoing obligations are met and that production and delivery are uninterrupted.

Appvion has filed with the Bankruptcy Court a series of customary motions seeking to maintain business-as-usual operations during the process. These "first day" motions include requests to continue payment of employee wages and benefits and honor customer programs as well as other motions to ensure a smooth transition into Chapter 11 without business interruption.
(Appvion Inc.)

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Essity: Comment in relation to Greenpeace report  (Company news)

In response to a Greenpeace report, Essity wishes to outline its work to promote sustainable forestry.

Essity’s use of wood fiber comprises both recovered fiber (collected recycled fiber) and fresh fiber. All fresh wood fiber in our products is to be FSC® or PEFC™ certified, or fulfill the FSC’s standard for controlled wood.

The Forest Stewardship Council, an independent, international certification organization, promotes the environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Essity prioritizes the FSC® certification system, and encourages all suppliers to work toward certification. We view this as an important tool to spread sustainable forestry practices across the globe.

In 2016, 6.5 million tons of fresh fiber was delivered to Essity in the form of wood, pulp, packaging, mother reels and third-party supplied articles. 100% of the fiber was certified or controlled which means that our suppliers uphold and safeguard principles on biodiversity and forest conservation. Essity requires pulp suppliers to guarantee that they have robust systems and documented procedures in place to ensure traceability and compliance throughout the supply chain.

Discussions are currently ongoing in the FSC organization to determine how Intact Forest Landscapes are to be included in the certification work. We fully support this work and look forward to the presentation of clear guidelines from the world’s most respected forest certification organization, the FSC.

Essity is engaged in dialog with Greenpeace regarding developments of responsible forestry and the integration of Intact Forest Landscapes into the FSC.

Commenting on the report, Kersti Strandqvist, SVP Group Function Sustainability, said: "We respect Greenpeace’s commitment to sustainable forestry. Essity places the highest priority on sourcing sustainable materials. Essity adheres to the FSC standards - the highest and most respected in the world and we require that all our suppliers do the same. Recently Greenpeace have implied that FSC standards are not enough. Discussions are already ongoing within FSC, involving stakeholders such as ourselves and Greenpeace, exploring areas of improvement. In the meantime, we will continue to follow FSC recommendations as the current gold standard".
(Essity Aktiebolag (publ))

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