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Toscotec launches its key innovations at iT’s Tissue 2018.

Toscotec launched its latest innovations during iT’s Tissue 2018. The advanced technologies it presented at its NOWNEXT open house include : Toscotec’s S-Crescent Former and the new TADVISION® machine.

The S-Crescent is a high efficiency forming section, which significantly increases dryness before the pressing area, through optimized dewatering. The aim is to reduce the burden of water removal for the press and consequently the drying section, by boosting dewatering in the wet section of the tissue machine.

Drawing on the experience of its successful installation in the U.S. market in 2004, Toscotec entirely redesigned its TAD machine to achieve superior tissue properties, including bulk and absorbency, and outstanding results in energy consumption. The new TADVISION® ensures improved runnability and machine efficiency thanks to its unique serpentine TAD section, composed of three TAD honeycomb coated drums. A detailed Computational Fluid Dynamic analysis ensures a highly optimized airflow in the air-system ducts leading to the TAD section and Yankee hoods. Overall, TADVISION® ensures a more effective use of energy, bringing consumption down to 4.5-5.5 MWh/ton, a significant decrease compared to the consumption of current TAD machines, which is estimated in the range of 6.0-7.5 MWh/ton. Toscotec is continuing its energy reduction program and is committed to further reducing the overall consumption to less than 4.5 MWh/ton for a plant of the same production capability over the next few years.

The other advanced technologies presented at Toscotec’s NOWNEXT open house include new upgrades of Toscotec’s rewinding line, TT WIND-H and TT WIND-L, and an overview of Toscotec’s excellence in tissue drying, with TT SYD and the Yankee Hood and Air System plants. In particular, Toscotec’s rewinders feature improved performances through a newly perfected automatic web tension control, fast cycles, operator friendly automation and the automatic shaft handling system. The Energy and Environment department presented the most comprehensive range of drying configurations presently available in tissue making, designed to suit all needs and operating conditions, with state-of-the-art heat recovery technology, including up to six energy recovery stages in one single plant.

Finally, Toscotec’s YES (Your Expert Service) division launched its 24/7 service catering for customers round the clock all over the world, with a very special tool, YES – CONNECT-VISION, the new helmet enabling fully integrated communication and problem-shooting excellence.

This year visitors concluded their experience of NOWNEXT open house in the newly inaugurated canteen, a brand-new building within the expanded perimeter of Toscotec’s headquarters, which includes recreational space for employees, such as a fitness center and two lounges.

2018-07-09  READ MORE...
Ontex confirms rejection of unsolicited proposal from PAI Partners SAS

Ontex Group NV notes the recent press speculation and confirms that it received an unsolicited and non-binding proposal from PAI Partners SAS  relating to a possible cash offer for the outstanding shares in Ontex.

Having reviewed the proposal, the Ontex board of directors has unanimously rejected it on the basis that it significantly undervalued the Company. The Ontex board of directors confirms its full confidence in the strategy being executed by the management team to deliver long-term value for Ontex shareholders.

As disclosed in Ontex’s annual report, Ontex’s CEO, Mr. Charles Bouaziz, serves on the supervisory board of PAI. As a result the board has not involved Mr. Bouaziz in discussions about the merits of PAI’s proposal. He has also recused himself from his position at PAI for as long as is appropriate.

2018-07-06  READ MORE...
Teknosavo renewed ChipSmart™ 3D - The only automated and real-time wood chip surveillance

Teknosavo has renewed the ChipSmart™ 3D chip quality surveillance device by expanding its analysis range. Fully automated analysis can be connected to the WoodSmart™ debarking optimization system, enabling real-time chip quality evaluation. With new features, the quality of wood as raw material and its potential can be optimized to the peak.

State of the art -technology to analyze chips in real time
The ChipSmart™ unit combines highly accurate camera optics and a comprehensive analysis software that applies artificial intelligence. The automatic sampler captures the chip sample from the main stream, after which the device analyzes its quality. Also manual samples can be analyzed any time when the equipment is running. The versatile ChipSmart 3D analysis tells a lot about chips - their individual dimensions, SCAN-CM 40 standard size distribution and thickness, length and width, bark and moisture content, as well as the ISO-brightness of the chips. In addition, as a new feature, the device recognizes the direction of wood fibers and quality of cutting edges of chips. The data is directed to the WoodSmart™ optimization system, which compiles real-time information of the total wood debarking and chipping process.

Controlling leads to better end products and productivity
The information from the chip analysis can help quality control in many ways. The WoodSmart™ optimization system combined with chip analysis can be used to monitoring e.g. trend of pin chips and fines, amount of accept and direct quality of cutting edge of chip. Direct chip quality monitoring indicates condition of chipper blades and counter blades. With online information, wood loss can be reduced while the need for manual work also decreases. Also, the quantity of chemicals needed for pulping process can be optimized when chip properties are known in advance. The homogeneous process provides direct savings of raw material, chemicals, energy and labor costs.

"The quality of wood delivered as raw material also has greater importance to the whole process. Fresh and healthy wood is the best raw material, that can be utilized maximally by using optimized process. It is clear that our customers will be able to get more power from quality control and improve the quality of chips with the renewed ChipSmart™", says Teknosavo’s CEO Hannu Hämäläinen.

ChipSmart™ can be installed on both new and existing barking lines. The device is always implemented to suit the needs and process of the customer.

2018-07-06  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ pulp drying plant achieves new world record at UPM’s Kymi mill, Finland


The ANDRITZ pulp drying plant installed at UPM’s Kymi mill in Kouvola, Finland, achieved a new record production capacity of 2,452 tons per day on May 31, 2018. In terms of specific drying capacity, this equals 389.2 tons per day and meter of working width on the 6.3 meter wide sheet drying machine, which is a new world record for drying of bleached birch and pine kraft. The mill was started up successfully in 2015 and has achieved several production records since then.

The ANDRITZ high-capacity pulp drying line enables efficient and very quick switches between birch and pine pulp production within less than 23 minutes and handles the wide production range of 1,550°to 2,452 tons per day perfectly.

ANDRITZ high-capacity pulp drying lines feature :
• Highest capacities at highest operational reliability for any pulp grade thanks to proven pulp drying technology, including the ANDRITZ Twin Wire Former and shoe press equipment.
• Maximum production flexibility and adaptability for large production windows and short grade changing times.
• Stable operation and low maintenance due to high degree of automation.

This impressive production record is the result of ANDRITZ’s leading and proven pulp drying technology and of the excellent cooperation and partnership with UPM.

UPM Kymi is one of the world’s most efficient producers of softwood and birch pulp and is recognized worldwide for its high-quality products and excellent customer service, which makes the company a benchmark producer in Europe.

2018-07-06  READ MORE...
IBC Paper Training has launched, with success, its new concept of web series

IBC Paper Training has launched, with success, its new concept of web series last Thursday by organizing a webinar LIVE about energy Optimization. More than 70 papermakers worldwide were present on the platform listening and asking questions for 1,5h. This new concept consists to give the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and innovate about Pulp & Paper Process Optimization. Every last Thursday of the month you’ll be able to assist LIVE to a webinar about various subjects such as Industry 4.0, Energy Optimization, Water Management, Felt conditioning, Maintenance via vibrations… Next to this, streaming of all the LIVE sessions and past are available any time. For more detail visit our web site : https://www.ibcpapertraining.com/webseries/

2018-07-06  READ MORE...
PRIMA 2018 - Programme announced with Nordea, Costa Coffee and more...

Smithers Pira announced the programme for the 49th annual PRIMA conference, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands across the 19 & 20 September 2018.

This year’s PRIMA theme will cover ‘Into the New Decade – Chances and Challenges’ and will provide a platform for paper, print and packaging companies to discuss new opportunities, innovations, communication models and more to evolve and thrive in a constantly changing market place.

Global experts, include SAPPI, Anatalis International, Costa Coffee, Iceland, CEPI, The Recycling Association, Heinzel Holdings, Smurfit Kappa and others who will offer their expert perspectives within sessions and lively panel discussions on :

 Market overview and trends
 Environmental and sustainability issues
 Digitisation and the future of the graphic paper market
 The future of print in a changing media, advertising and communications market
 Packaging innovation and consumer behaviour

All delegates are invited to attend the exclusive networking reception at the end of day one for an evening of dinner and drinks on board the PRIMA candle light cruise on Amsterdam’s canals.

Current delegates who have already secured their tickets include Euro-Graph, Dow Chemical, SUEZ, Stora Enso, BASF SE, DS Smith Packaging, Crown Van Gelder B.V, Holmen Paper and many more.

Special discounts apply to PaperFIRST users when using the code PRIMA18PAP on the registration page.

Contact :

Adriana Lobo
alobo@smithers.com 
+44 (0) 1372 80 2085


2018-07-05  READ MORE...
Pöyry launches plastic substitution global consultancy

Pöyry has announced the launch of a new global consultancy service, which will give companies all the information they need to switch from petroleum-based plastics to more sustainable products.

Pöyry has developed the ’Pöyry Plastics Substitution Book’ - a methodology and knowledge base of petroleum-based plastics, biobased plastics, recycled plastics and fibre-based solutions - and the properties that are necessary and useful for the various main end uses today in industrial and daily life. This makes it possible to map the best candidates to replace fossil-based plastics.

Using the methodology and knowledge base, Pöyry’s consultants can advise clients on how their existing plastics can be substituted. This database will allow all companies across all sectors - industry, manufacturing, consumer goods, agriculture - to deep dive into their plastic use, and advise how they can become more sustainable. Pöyry are already working with some Fortune 500 companies advising them on substituting petroleum-based plastic with bio-based, bio-degradable solutions.

The single largest end use for plastics is polyethylene used in packaging, with around 42 million tonnes being used every year. If this could all be substituted for paper products, it would avoid approximately 250 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, equivalent to 61.9 coal-fired power plants or 53,533,191 passenger vehicles driven for one year .

Project leader Petri Vasara, Pöyry’s VP and head of new concepts and bioproducts, said : "As companies come under increasing pressure to play their part in ending the "plastic ocean", Pöyry has launched a service that gives companies and authorities information they need to switch from petroleum-based plastics to more sustainable products.

"Our new global consultancy offering allows Pöyry to identify sustainable alternatives to plastic use across an entire company, with minimal disruption to its business.

The ’Pöyry Plastics Substitution Book’ is a complete approach, database and analysis tools, providing real solutions to our over-reliance on petroleum-based plastics."

2018-07-05  READ MORE...
The preliminary agreement for the 100% acquisition of Barcelona Cartonboard S.A.U. was signed

Reno De Medici has signed the preliminary agreement for the 100% acquisition of Barcelona Cartonboard SAU, a Spanish company and ranked seventh in Europe in the coated cartonboard sector, with the German private equity fund Quantum Capital Partners.

Founded in 1967, Barcelona Cartonboard S.A.U. operates in the business of coated cartonboard produced from recycled fiber (WLC – White Lined Chipboard) and, secondly, from virgin fiber (FBB – Folding Box Board), a business segment developed since the end of 2016. Headquartered and with production plant in Castellbisbal, Catalonia, the company has an annual production capacity of 180,000 tons and it employs approximately 230 people.

The acquisition of Barcelona Cartoboard S.A.U. will allow the RDM Group to strengthen its presence in a well-known market, to optimize its product portfolio and to further improve the level of service to current customers and new ones. In fact, thanks to the proximity of the Barcelona plant to some of the major European converters, strategic customers will be served in a shorter time. This operation fits perfectly into RDM Group’s Vision to become the Partner of Choice for its main stakeholders.

2018-07-05  READ MORE...
iT’s Tissue 2018 An unprecedented success and unique opportunity for the world to discover Made in Italy technology

iT’s Tissue closed its doors on Friday 29th June after a week which surpassed even the most optimistic expectations. The next event in Italy is scheduled for 2021.

Lucca, Italy 3 July 2018. After five intense days from June 25-29, the 12 network members behind iT’s Tissue have reported an overwhelmingly positive response to their innovations for the entire tissue value chain - production, converting, packaging and handling.

A record attendance was recorded for “iT’s Tissue – The Italian Technology Experience” : more than 2,000 highly-qualified visitors came from 85 countries.

This unique global event was created by the 12 leading Italian technology companies in the sector : A.Celli, Elettric80, Fabio Perini, Futura, Gambini, MTC, Omet, PCMC, Pulsar, Recard, TMC, Toscotec. While many of the network members compete directly with each other, they came together in 2012 with the aim of making Italy the international hub for technical innovation in the tissue sector.

“We welcomed all the most important tissue enterprises from around the world, and many clients came for the first time,” said Executive Vice President Marco Dell’Osso. “iT’s Tissue 2018 has proved a very important positive signal for the Italian companies behind this event – consolidating their leadership in mature markets while also opening up new frontiers in emerging markets.”

During each day of the week-long event, tissue experts from around the world valued the opportunity to see and touch innovations across the entire chain of production. They toured 14 open houses – 10 in Lucca, one in Viano-Reggio Emilia, two in Bologna and one in Lecco – to see machines in operation. Presentations and demonstrations revealed the progress of the digital revolution in support of the Smart Factory related to Industry 4.0. At the same time, Customer Service and innovative products designed with sustainability in focus were high on the agenda. For visitors, the networking opportunities were exceptional.

iT’s Tissue has confirmed itself as the leading international event in the sector : “Looking forward to 2021 we know we can do even more,” said Dell’Osso. “Italy’s state-of-the-art technology is recognized worldwide. The network companies never stop seeking innovative technological solutions across the whole chain, to improve performance and productivity, and respond to the needs of the future.”

Dell’Osso concluded : “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our main sponsor Rockwell Automation, Gold Sponsor, Henkel and Silver Sponsor SKF, for their valuable support.”


2018-07-05  READ MORE...
Catalyst Paper completes sale of U.S. operations

Catalyst Paper  announced today that it has completed the sale of the company’s U.S. operations to ND Paper LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed company, for proceeds of US$175 million as previously announced on May 25, 2018.

The transaction includes Catalyst’s Rumford, Maine and Biron, Wisconsin mills along with the Company’s U.S. operations center in Dayton, Ohio.

"We’re pleased to have completed the sale of our U.S. operations to ND Paper,” said Ned Dwyer, Catalyst President and CEO. “The net proceeds of the sale will be used to re-pay a significant share of our debt.”

Catalyst’s B.C. operations, including the company’s pulp and paper mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River, its Surrey Distribution Centre and Seattle sales office, are unaffected by the transaction.

2018-07-05  READ MORE...
Winder upgrade by Voith: 15 percent increase in capacity thanks to SmoothRun damping bearing system


The new SmoothRun hydropneumatic damping bearing system for winders effectively reduces vibrations occurring during the winding process. Hydropneumatic damping allows for higher operating speeds and better winding results. Overall, capacity increases of up to 15 percent are possible. This compact upgrade solution is suitable for Voith and Jagenberg two-drum winders.
In conventional winders without special damping, vibrations can occur at higher production speeds for certain paper grades, and these vibrations can impair winding quality. To minimize the disruptive effect of vibrations during the winding process, the production speed and accelerations rates are reduced below the maximum capability of the winder. The solution : With SmoothRun hydropneumatic damping bearings from Voith the vibrations can be effectively reduced even at high speeds, allowing the equipment to operate at consistently high production speeds. At the same time, SmoothRun improves the winding results and reduces the overall mechanical stress on the machine.
Eliminating bottlenecks through capacity upgrades
Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (PKV) based in Lower Saxony, produces high-quality corrugating medium and testliner on its PM 5. Until now, the existing VariFlex M had to be run at a lower speed when producing paper grades sensitive to vibrations. The result is the winder could barely keep up with the production of the paper machine.

The purpose of the hydropneumatic damping bearings was to allow the winder to be operated at the maximum speed. “Following commissioning of the new bearing system we were able to reduce vibrations for all paper grades and increase speeds. We are currently optimizing the settings of the bearing system with intensive support from Voith,” explains Michael Wolff, Line Manager Equipment at PK Varel. “Following this optimization phase we assume that the speed of the winder can be increased. While further enhancements together with Voith are being made the winder can keep pace with the production of the PM 5,” says Wolff. Voith is helping the company achieve this goal by providing intensive support, e.g. by performing vibration measurements.

2018-07-05  READ MORE...
UPM joins Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative to enhance sustainability in its supply chains

UPM has joined Together for Sustainability (TfS), a chemical industry initiative that promotes and improves sustainability practises within its supply chains. By joining the initiative the member companies share a wide coverage of supplier data, such as audit reports and sustainability assessments performed by independent experts.

"UPM’s traditional businesses are having high exposure to chemical industry supply chain, not only on chemical raw materials but also on equipment and services." says Ilkka Nurmi, Senior Vice President, UPM Sourcing. "While UPM is not a chemical company, we actively work on portfolio transformation and have a great growth potential in biofuels and biochemicals businesses where we are heavily entering the arena of chemistry", he continues.

TfS has established a standard approach for evaluating and improving the sustainabilty performance of suppliers. Evaluation covers key areas such as environmental impact, health and safety, labour and human rights as well as management and governance. The assessments and audits benefit both members and suppliers, who only go through the process once and avoid multiple assessments by different customers.

"We welcome UPM to the TfS Initiative and look forward to working together on our shared vision of improving supply chain sustainability. UPM brings a strong track record in sustainability to the membership base as well as the ambition to work on sustainability together with the TfS members," says Rüdiger Eberhard, TfS President and Senior Vice President, Head of Procurement (CPO) Evonik Industries.

"Responsible sourcing has been high on UPM’s agenda for years and we have already done a lot of work to ensure the sustainability of our supply chains. However, the global supply networks are so complex that it’s necessary to pool the resources so that everyone can have access for a wider range of supplier sustainability information. This efficiency will enable focus on sustainability improvements in the supply chains. This is what TfS is all about" Nurmi tells. "We are looking forward to start working together with the other TfS members to further develop the initiative, and to make our global supply chains even more sustainable," Ilkka Nurmi concludes.

2018-07-05  READ MORE...
The Helsinki Distilling Company’s luxurious packaging uses Metsä Board’s white kraftliner

 

Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards, is proud that its uncoated white kraftliner has been selected as the packaging material for the launch of a new luxury spirit from The Helsinki Distilling Company called ‘Helsinki White Dog’.

“In the consumer market, the packaging is of huge importance. It creates the first impression of the brand and an expectation for what the product will taste like,” says Kai Kilpinen from The Helsinki Distilling Company.

The Helsinki Distilling Company wanted packaging that combined a true respect for raw materials with an uncompromising attention to detail. The packaging for its newly launched White Dog spirit uses MetsäBoard Natural WKL Bright 120 g/m2 to communicate the brand aesthetics by combining a natural board material with a luxurious finish. The natural quality of the uncoated material gives the packaging a natural feel to the touch. Starcke in Finland manufactured the package.

“The packaging is made from lightweight microflute with all of its layers made from MetsäBoard Natural WKL Bright. No printing was used on the entire packaging - the design details are made entirely of hot foiling – forming a balance between the organic surface and the metallic elements of the foil. The paperboard has the ideal natural qualities to combine with the hot foil emboss details ; it makes for a beautiful 3D effect and visual contrast,” says Ilkka Harju, Metsä Board’s Packaging Services Director.

2018-07-04  READ MORE...
Coral Book Natural 1.2: Lecta’s New Natural White Paper

A new uncoated woodfree paper in a natural white shade for the publishing industry.​

In keeping with the natural theme of its Coral Book ​range of uncoated woodfree papers, Lecta portrays nature as an open book in which the printed word comes to life on its new Coral Book Natural 1.2 paper.

An offset paper manufactured with woodfree pulp, Coral Book Natural 1.2 is designed to offer excellent machine performance and is available in substances of 70, 80, 90, 100, 110 and 120 g/m2. Produced from natural and renewable raw materials, i​t is 100% recyclable and biodegradable and is made using elemental chlorine free pulp (ECF).

With this new product, Lecta expands its range of Coral Book uncoated woodfree papers in white and ivory shades : Coral Book White, Coral Book Ivory, Coral Book Ivory 1.5 and Coral Book Ivory 1.65.

Coral Book Natural 1.2, the natural choice for a more beautiful, sustainable future.

2018-07-04  READ MORE...
Biodegradable fibre packaging could catalyze shift away from black plastic

With packaging producers under pressure to find a replacement for plastic, the latest contender could be Durapulp fibre, which is used to create biodegradable packaging to replace the black plastic trays often used in ready meals and raw beef products, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The producer, Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki, has been trialling Durapulp fibre in the UK ready meal category since May 2018 up until the end of June 2018. The company hopes that the trial will eventually lead to the adoption of biodegradable packaging in ready meals.

Ryan Choi, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData, comments : “The main issue with black plastic trays is the color. Black is used as it makes pack contents stand out better and appear more attractive on shelves. However, optical sorting equipment in recycling facilities has difficulty detecting black packs and most of the time fails to do so.”

According to a report conducted by Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), most black plastic ends up in landfills rather than being recycled. Several UK-based companies have identified this as an issue and are looking to phase out black packaging despite the high costs involved. Waitrose is looking to phase it out completely by 2019, with Quorn Foods looking to do the same by 2025.

Choi continues : “The main problems facing manufacturers of new packaging materials are the cost of manufacturing and how well the pack can last. Plastic was always the perfect solution, being cheap with a long life cycle – albeit too long.

“Although these packaging trials will highlight the usefulness of the packaging material in practice, ultimately the potential adopters of new packaging materials will always asses how well the new material delivers in these two key areas. If the new pack is not cost effective to produce at the same time as offering a long enough life cycle, it will not be adopted, even if it is more environmentally friendly.”

2018-07-04  READ MORE...
France : FCPP becomes CAP

The French Federation of Cartonboard and Stationery (Fédération française du cartonnage et des articles de papeterie, FFCP) is now called CAP (Cartonnage et Articles de Papeterie – i.e. Cartonboard and Stationery). This announcement was made during the Congress FFCP organized in Le Touquet (Northern France) last June.
As a consequence, the logo has changed with new colors (brown which stands for Material and Green, representing sustainability). The stylish graphic also conveys the ideas of cartonboard and corrugated board.

2018-07-04  READ MORE...
Magnus Kangas new Mill Manager of Ortviken paper mill

SCA has employed Magnus Kangas as new Mill Manager of Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall. He will take on his new postion as of January 1, 2019.

Magnus Kangas comes to Ortviken from a position as manager of BillerudKorsnäs’ paper mill in Gävle. He has held a number of leading positions in the paper industry and the energy sector.

Magnus Kangas is succeeding Kristina Enander, new President of SCA’s business area Pulp.

“With Magnus Kangas, the Ortviken paper mill will get a very experienced leader with broad experience from Sweden and abroad”, says Mats Nordlander, President of SCAs business area Paper .

Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall produces coated and uncoated publication paper, has a capacity of 775,000 tonnes per annum and 625 employees.


2018-07-03  READ MORE...
Great satisfaction for Omet at It’s Tissue event in Lucca

OMET has been one of the protagonist of latest IT’s Tissue, the landmark event for all the tissue industry in the world, with more than 200 visitors during the exhibition week. This time OMET was not in its headquarter on the lake of Como only, but it was also in the center of the tissue industry world with its showroom in Lucca in a great location kindly given from its partner OT Lucca. OT Lucca is a branch of OMET in Lucca that allows to take advantage of their experience and technology in the design and production of complete lines for the converting of towels and facial tissue, and special units also for the paper roll sector.
This year, OMET celebrates its 55th anniversary since its foundation in 1963. From the first napkin machine up to today many years and over 1,500 installations have passed, with a constant technological development that allowed the machines to be more and more automated, simple to use and tailor-made for converters all over the world. Today, OMET is a group of companies operating in different sectors, with facilities in Italy and abroad, with over 400 employees and an annual turnover of more than 100 million euros.
“The trend we saw in last years in tissue industry – said Marco Calcagni, OMET sales & marketing director - especially in the production of folded products such as napkins and towels, is that converters require more and more production automation and product customization. OMET is working hard to satisfy what new trend requires. The continuous innovation and technology of OMET machines allow to our customer to get more production flexibility and an increasing of the automation level.”
The most important innovation of recent years introduced by OMET is the TV503 with Chameleon digital printing. Already launched at It’s Tissue 2015, it has been made more efficient and today already boasts several successful installations on the market. OMET shown a complete line installed in its showroom in Lucca with nice packs of napkins all different inside one from the other. This machine is equipped with the Chameleon variable data inkjet digital printing unit, a revolutionary innovation for the napkin industry. CHAMELEON is the new 4-color digital inkjet printing unit of OMET, a direct-print system in which a computer installed on the machine receives the files, processes them and sends them directly onto the napkins using simple pdf, jpg or other common formats.
The machine is synchronized with the printing unit and the speed depends on the type of resolution set. With this printing technology it’s possible to print on napkins any image without plates and without prepress time and costs : any customization is possible with the on-demand printing for short runs. Chameleon is also a marketing tool that allows to be different on the market with infinite solutions and innovative ideas : infact there are no limits to creativity. Chameleon also allows to print variable data such as barcodes, QR codes and progressive numbers, or any other source of text or image coming from a database : in fact in the machine there is a complex software for the management of variable data, which also allows the creation of prize contests on napkins or to create an extreme personalization.
OMET is always working to create new opportunities for converting companies, both creating new machines for the production of different final products and offering new solutions for existing machines. The ASV Line is the new easy-to-use and highly modular automatic interfolding line for high-speed production of interfolded tissue products. This line is the result of advanced technological research and offer completely innovative operating principles, different from those on the market.
The real heart of this line is the folding unit, thanks to new patents of OT Lucca & OMET allowing the highest production speed on the market, 250 m/min, and to completely eliminate the maintenance of the machine over time. The modularity of this machine allows the addition of various functional modules such as unwinders, embossing units, gluing stations, longitudinal slitting group, bending or integral wrapping modules. The ASV Line by OMET allows production of different products : hand towels, facial tissue and toilet paper, with different folds and 2 or 3 ply. An ASV line being assembled was shown in OMET showroom in Lucca, it is the third machine OMET has in production.
Another news in the OMET products portfolio is the FV Line is the new machine with vacuum folding and complete automation and digitalization of the line for maximum production efficiency with the possibility of making napkins with different sizes and folds, including dinner napkins with 8-fold.
With a video connection live from production factory in Lecco, visitors had the possibility to see a TV840 XP machine in action from remote. It’s fully servo driven and equipped with up to 9 printing units, one per color, which offer the possibility of quick sleeve change for the customization of printed napkins. The absolute novelty is that all the adjustments of these printing units are completely motorized, without manual job. From the easiest touch to the sleeve changes are made automatically from the control panel.
The RFID devices applied on the sleeves allow to memorize and repeat the operations on different runs in an automatic way. The new vision system allows you to register the various colors directly from the operator panel, optimizing production performance and eliminating all waste and setting times.
In Lecco the video cameras shows also a live reel change on OMET No-Stop unwinder, available both on the TV503 and TV840 double lane. It’s a real revolution allowing to reduce waste and production times thanks to the reel change without stopping production. The unwinder can bond single-ply, 2-ply or 3-ply paper rolls with plies jointed independent from each other, by overlapping and connecting them through adhesive tape.
The same machine TV503 was equipped with an embossing system IBT, Improved Bonding Technology, a revolution for the traditional embossing operation, which allows to obtain a better franking of the plies. To the steel-steel standard embossing we have introduced the addition of a very small quantity of glue which ensures, as well as a greater adhesion of the layers, the possibility of using a colored glue to create a napkin with colored embossing.
Another machine in Lecco, a TV840 XP, show the maximum speed of 900 m/min for neutral napkins production.
All OMET machines offer the possibility of remote connection for viewing production data and assistance operations. In fact, it is possible to use a data collection system and viewing all the production data of the line, see the machine in operation from remote with a camera viewing, analyze the trends of the line production speed and stops ; but these are just examples, all the machine data can be accessed remotely to be analyzed through the use of specific tools. It’s a web connection and therefore active all over the world, wherever you are. The same video connection between Lucca showroom and Lecco factory was realized by video assistance software.

2018-07-03  READ MORE...
Insolvency Zanders GmbH: restructuring process continues

After the request of the management of the Zanders GmbH for opening of insolvency proceedings, Cologne District Court had first appointed lawyer Dr. Marc d’Avoine to the appraiser on 22 June 2018 and then to the provisional insolvency administrator in the insolvency opening proceedings Zanders GmbH. In addition, enforcement measures are prohibited.
The restructuring process continues. Restructuring Director Igor Ferlan and external consultants manage Zanders in collaboration with lawyer d’Avoine and his team. Everyone involved is optimistic that they will be able to create a stable future for Zanders.
In 1829 Johann Wilhelm Zanders founded the company in Bergisch Gladbach.
Zanders still operates the Gohrsmühle paper mill there today. The applicant was exclusively a supplier of special papers until the end of the 1980s. As of 2012, there was a reorientation in the area of graphic mass papers. Overcapacities in the paper market and the progressive digitization led to a considerable fall in the price of paper products. In addition, the one-product strategy, under-utilized machinery, over-dimensioned infrastructure and brain drain have been major causes of the company’s crisis.
Following the acquisition of the company by the current shareholder mutares AG in May 2015, with the support of the employees important restructuring successes were achieved, a considerable part of the investment and repair bottleneck was eliminated and processes were significantly improved. Despite sales growth of an average of 12 percent between 2015 and 2017, price increases for the required raw materials (pulp, chemicals and coal for the company’s own power plant) had a negative impact on the way to restructuring. In the past 12 months alone, the cost of these raw materials has risen by more than 40%.
The assets of the capital assets of the Zanders company are currently being collected and evaluated in an objective manner. At the same time, an inventory is being carried out. Claims are recorded, examined and evaluated, which will take weeks to complete. The work on the business plan and the restructuring concept is underway, with an initial interim result expected by the end of July 2018. The mutares AG continues to support the restructuring in the interests of all involved. under-utilized machinery, over-dimensioned infrastructure and brain drain have been major causes of the company’s crisis.
Following the acquisition of the company by the current shareholder mutares AG in May 2015, with the support of the employees important restructuring successes were achieved, a considerable part of the investment and repair bottleneck was eliminated and processes were significantly improved. Despite sales growth of an average of 12 percent between 2015 and 2017, price increases for the required raw materials (pulp, chemicals and coal for the company’s own power plant) had a negative impact on the way to restructuring. In the past 12 months alone, the cost of these raw materials has risen by more than 40%.
The assets of the capital assets of the Zanders company are currently being collected and evaluated in an objective manner. At the same time, an inventory is being carried out. Claims are recorded, examined and evaluated, which will take weeks to complete. The work on the business plan and the restructuring concept is underway, with an initial interim result expected by the end of July 2018. The mutares AG continues to support the restructuring in the interests of all involved.
Wages and salaries secured
Zanders currently employs about 500 employees and 22 apprentices. The business operations are fully continued in order to obtain the possibilities for a reorganization. The management and the workforce as well as key suppliers and customers have already signaled support for the continuation and reorganization. Wages and salaries are secured through the insolvency payments up to and including August 2018. We will inform you soon about further insights and steps.
Insolvency application process at Cologne District Court, docket number : 75 IN 232/18

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Smurfit Kappa Group is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Reparenco

The acquisition represents a transaction multiple, pre-synergies, of 6.4x Reparenco’s 2018 expected full year EBITDA of €72million. Reparenco’s strong strategic fit with SKG’s existing European businesses is expected to deliver synergies of in excess of €30 million. Including synergies, the acquisition multiple is less than 4.5x EBITDA.

Smurfit Kappa, CEO, Europe, Saverio Mayer, said : “We are very pleased to complete the acquisition of Reparenco and to welcome their 315 employees to Smurfit Kappa. There is a strong cultural fit between our businesses and we are excited about the potential for Reparenco within the Smurfit Kappa integrated system.

Reparenco represents early delivery of a central element of our Medium Term Plan – to increase our European recycled containerboard capacity. It is ideally situated in our core European operating region where we continue to see strong demand driven by growth in e-commerce and increased substitution of plastic with paper-based packaging. The mill is also very well placed on the cost curve and specialises in producing basis weights from 80 to 120 grams which caters for the market’s growing demand for lighter-weight materials.”

Laurent Sellier, Smurfit Kappa COO, Paper Europe, added : “The acquisition of Reparenco will strengthen our integrated business model and adds 405,000 tonnes of recycled containerboard capacity to our system.We are also pleased to have acquired a high quality graphic paper machine very well positioned in its market. While the machine offers the potential for conversion to containerboard over the medium-term, our intention is to continue to produce graphic paper for our customers for the foreseeable future.

The 750,000 tonne recycling operation increases our security and quality of raw material supply and also ensures we can provide our customers with greater certainty about the quality and performance of our products.”

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LignoTech Florida Plant Officially Opened

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. and Borregaard ASA announced today LignoTech Florida, owned 45 percent by RYAM and 55 percent by BRG, officially begun operations at the new lignin plant in Fernandina Beach. The plant has production capacity of 100,000 dry metric tons of lignin with the option of a second phase that can later expand production by an additional 50,000 dry metric tons

“We are excited to complete construction phase of the plant, on time and within $110 million combined budget,” said Paul G. Boynton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rayonier Advanced Materials. “This investment provides new jobs for the Fernandina Beach community, diverse and environmentally-friendly products for Rayonier Advanced Materials, and a solid return on capital for our investors.”

Lignin, a natural component of wood, is a co-product of Rayonier Advanced Material’s sulphite cellulose manufacturing process inFernandina Beach. The new operation will process the lignin into value-added products that provide environmentally-friendly alternatives to fossil fuel-based products used globally in construction, agriculture and other industrial applications.

LignoTech Florida has received unwavering support from the City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County and the State of Floridathroughout the evaluation and construction process. The economic and logistical support provided by local and state governments helped to bring this investment into the community and created more than 50 new high-paying jobs at the plant.

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Paperboard is replacing plastic to reduce climate impact

“When our card supplier, Megacard, suggested we could make our gift cards from paperboard and thereby drastically reduce their environmental impact, it was self-evident to us to switch,” explains Anna Marcusson, product manager for gift cards at SF Bio.

“In plain language, it means we’re phasing out the use of 10 tonnes of PVC a year by phasing out the plastic and replacing it with cards made of Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard,” she continues.

Replacing plastic with a non-fossil material is a clear trend, not least in the packaging industry. Switching from fossil plastic to an alternative material such as paperboard reduces companies’ climate impact. Changing an established infrastructure takes time, though, especially if it means that the packaging must be redesigned, the packing equipment modified or replaced, and the distribution from manufacturer to consumer is affected. The UK food company Iceland has attracted widespread attention with its pledges to eliminate plastic in its packaging within five years. Many people with packaging experience say five years is a fairly short time given the challenges faced by Iceland.

In light of these factors, the switchovers by IKEA and SF Bio have occurred very quickly, and there is reason to believe that many more companies will follow their example.

“Because the cards’ format is identical, it’s easy to make the switch. Apart from the actual production process for making the cards, very few other components of companies’ existing equipment need to be modified. So this is a very simple step to take compared with redesigning a plastic packaging solution, where complex and fully automated packing lines must be modified,” explains Johan Granås, Head of Sustainability at Iggesund Paperboard, who was closely involved in developing the solution that IKEA finally chose.

Another example of this packaging industry trend is Apple, where packaging developers are focusing on reducing the use of plastic. This is clear from Apple’s Paper and Packaging Strategy, which the company published in October 2017. Among other things, the report details how Apple succeeded in reducing the plastic content of the iPhone 7 packaging by 84 per cent compared with that of the iPhone 6s.

Apple’s smart speaker, HomePod, launched at the beginning of 2018, is a clear example of this approach. An incredibly complex paperboard construction with closures holds the speaker cord in place and there is also a setup to secure the plug.

“Ten years ago, any manufacturer would have solved this issue with plastic,” Granås says. “But now we’re seeing time and again how companies are investing strongly to create alternative solutions in paperboard – not only Apple but many, many others.”

Granås is careful to say that plastic is still an important material in both today’s and tomorrow’s packaging market. Traditional paperboard packaging for food often needs a plastic barrier to create a seal that protects against grease, moisture and aromas. Making the packaging’s construction out of paperboard and then creating the barrier with the thinnest possible plastic coating is already a good example of good materials management.

“The development of fossil-free plastic materials is happening very quickly and I predict we will soon have bioplastics with less and less fossil content, which will significantly reduce the climate impact of food packaging in particular,” Granås concludes.

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Production restarts in Lenningen Valley - Focus on Bioeconomy

After five months of intense efforts a solution for the continuation of traditional German Paper producer Scheufelen, Lenningen (Germany) has been found.
Thanks to a strong partnership of investors Green Growth Fund 2 / Wermuth Asset Management, Nordia Invest and Scheufelen Equity Partners, the newly established „Scheufelen GmbH“ will initiate operations with staff of 100 on July 2nd, 2018.
Scheufelen had declared insolvency end of January 2018. „Even though production had to be stopped in April 2018, we never gave up hope or stopped our efforts to find a solution for Scheufelen to survive,” insolvency administrator Tibor Braun, Stuttgart, declared today. Especially the new Scheufelen grasspaper products and the respective exclusive production know how served as motivation to explore all possibilities for the restart of Scheufelen operations.
Scheufelen started in 2017 with grasspaper, made from grass fiber and pulp, a small revolution in the German paper markets, not the least in order to try and gain some independence from the global pulp markets. Scheufelen grass paper is an especially sustainable and cost effective fresh fiber paper, with massive savings on water, chemical and energy requirements in fiber production. Compared to recycled papers, Scheufelen grasspaper avoids issues with consumer protection standards stemming from mineral oil migration from recycled paper fibers. Grass fiber also regrows quickly – different than wood fiber – and can therefore compensate CO2 emissions from its harvesting and production process almost immediately.
„Big international brands, smaller clients, but also many end consumers continued to show their huge interest in our product notwithstanding the difficult position Scheufelen found itself in over the last few months,” notes Stefan Radlmayr (CEO of Scheufelen also in the new set up). This fact encouraged the investors to believe in the first mover advantage and the extensive know-how of Scheufelen staff as a solid base for quick growth for the new company and its green product. Special thanks are given by Stefan Radlmayr to the entire staff at Scheufelen : “Without their efforts and belief in a future for Scheufelen we would not have reached this turning point.”
The insolvency administrator is glad that the continued operations maintain in a first step at least a staff of 100 in Lenningen valley and can serve as a rallying point for new job opportunities in the future. “Our efforts were supported diligently by the German federal agency for employment and the industry union Mining, Chemicals and Energy (IGBCE). The agency helped especially with the establishment of a transfer company which will initiate operations also on July 2nd, 2018. The transfer company Refugio offers the staff who could not continue in Scheufelen GmbH opportunities to retrain and to use its network for quick relocation. At least 100 employees in the transfer company will have a job for 5 months, avoiding unemployment during such time. While Scheufelen staff in 2017 counted 340 heads, the number had already been reduced to 264 heads after the temporary production stop.
The investor concept involves other than a strong focus on Scheufelen grass paper also the continued production of the globally respected Scheufelen premium paper products, especially the high white packaging board Phoenolux, but will not count on standard wood free graphical papers, the main reason for the insolvency. Development of Scheufelen products will continue to be supported by Packaging Campus Lenningen in cooperation with Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart and other partners. The innovative Packaging Campus can now strengthen its activities and further research and development institutes covering the areas of resource efficiency and alternative fibers are expected to follow soon.
Stefan Radlmayr is optimistic that thanks to the restart the site in Lenningen is now an ideal location for multiple projects with a focus on bio economy as supported by the government of Baden-Württemberg. Considering the importance of the Scheufelen site for the regional economy, it will be helpful if such ideas develop quickly in addition to the classical paper production. Tibor Braun is already grateful for the strong political support during the insolvency procedure. “The environmental ministry of Baden Württemberg, especially the minister Franz Untersteller has done an admirable job, not only helping in identifying possible investors, but also supporting in complex administrative matters.”

Regarding the investors :
Wermuth Asset Management (WAM), Berlin, is a family office focused on impact investments in resource efficient companies through its green gateway funds (please also see attached press release)
Nordia Invest, Hamburg ist an investment company which selectively acquires participations in companies in restructuring situations. The focus lies on companies with a significant industrial base and which offer products with sustainable success opportunities.
Scheufelen Equity Partners is an investment holding for the traditional swabian industrial families Schaeff and Scheufelen for investments in the area of pulp and paper.

2018-07-02  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a Valmet Pulp Analyzer to UPM in China


Valmet has received an order for a Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) from UPM in China. The Valmet MAP with freeness module and optional Fiber Image module will be installed with six sampling devices for UPM’s PM 2 in Changshu.

"We have been using the previous generation Valmet online freeness analyzer on PM 2 for ten years. With technological upgrading and innovation, we again selected the latest Valmet Pulp Analyzer for its fast and precise online fiber and furnish measurement to improve runnability and productivity," says Mr. Zhou Long, Production Manager for PM 2. Installation and start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

The Valmet Pulp Analyzer provides paper, board and tissue makers with fast and precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties. It represents the state of the art in online fiber analysis, built on continuous advancements by Valmet for the past thirty years. Rather than waiting for infrequent, time-delayed laboratory tests, fast and decisive control actions can be achieved to manage furnish properties for better paper and improved production.

"Valmet MAP will be the ideal tool at PM 2 for furnish management, screening, blending and improving refining operations while providing energy savings as well," according to Jackson Sui, Senior Automation Sales Manager for Valmet in China.

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