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The premiere at the Packaging Première Launch of the GC1 Atelier folding box board 1 from Sappi in Italy

Innovative and sustainable packaging solutions : with Sappi boards and papers, both aspects can be implemented in a variety of ways. At the Packaging Première, the globally active manufacturer will be presenting its Atelier double-coated folding box board 1 for the first time in Italy. Visitors to the stand shared with Plastic Stratosfera (C56/D57) will also find out more about the premium paperboard Algro Design, the Fusion Topliner for corrugated board applications and various shopping bag papers.

After only two editions, the Packaging Première has already become a benchmark on the Italian trade fair calendar, attracting close to 5,000 visitors to Milan. Sappi will be exhibiting its selected products at the Plastic Stratosfera stand. "We are very pleased to be on site together with our partner for the third time. And this year we’re celebrating a premiere : our new Atelier folding box board 1 (GC1) will be shown for the first time in Italy," says Andrea Riva, Sales Manager for Italy, Spain and Portugal at Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers.

"brilliance meets function"
The new Atelier folding box board samples, which Sappi is presenting for the first time at this trade fair in Italy, are hot off the press. The manufacturer is even talking about a new dimension in folding box board with an unprecedented specific volume. Thanks to the multi-layer concept, the virgin fibre board is bright white and exceptionally stiff and firm – two indispensable properties for folding cartons. With this folding box board 1 (FBB1), Sappi is offering its customers a high-quality cardboard that can be produced in FSC® or PEFC™ quality on request and further processed to an impressive end result.

Premium boards for premium products
With its three variants, Algro Design is already very well established among many brand owners. The solid bleached board (SBB) stands out with its vivid colour reproduction, high contrast and ideal running properties. Depending on the variant, the reverse side is without, with single- or double-coated, and the finishing options are manifold. This enables designers, agencies and brand owner to set product-specific accents with their packaging.

Visually impressive and stable
Corrugated board packaging with the Fusion Topliner allows branded products to be presented even more effectively, since the corrugated board liner impresses with its high degree of whiteness. Printing with Sappi’s cover paper yields excellent results with brilliant colours and can be processed very well. The Fusion Topliner is used for standard packaging, shelf-ready packaging and POS displays. This fresh fibre liner as well as Algro Design and many other Sappi products are also suitable for shopping bags, transforming them into eye-catchers – from premium to standard bags.

Metallic glossy entirely without plastic
Plastic Stratosfera completes the exhibition portfolio at booth C56/D57 with its Sfera Argento Eco® product, a paperboard with metallic gloss. What also makes it stand out from similar products is the fact that the GC1 board is produced entirely without PET. This makes it recyclable and environmentally friendly. Before the Sfera Argento Eco® can be used to produce packaging, boxes or POS displays, it can be further processed using UV offset, UV screen printing or hot printing.

"The Packaging Première is an excellent opportunity to meet the main players in the Italian packaging industry. We have taken advantage of this opportunity since the first show to work with Sappi to showcase innovative and sustainable packaging solutions," say Virginia Parma, Managing Director of Plastic Stratosfera and Marco Fusani, direct sales, underscoring the significance of this event, which will take place from 28 to 30 May.

2019-03-22 
Environmental permit application for SCA’s biorefinery submitted

The project to establish a biorefinery connected to Östrand’s pulp mill is proceeding according to plan. In December, we announced that an important milestone had been achieved with the detailed development plan for the biorefinery gaining legal force. Now it is time for the next milestone – to submit the environmental permit application to the Land and Environmental Court in Östersund.

Production will process waste products from the plant and sawmill in the region into renewable hydrocarbons. These renewable hydrocarbons can be used to manufacture different kinds of vehicle fuels, chemicals, plastics, dyes, medical preparations and much more.

“Our mission in this phase of the project is to secure external permits granting SCA permission to establish a biorefinery in Östrand. The detailed development plan gaining legal force in December was an important milestone in the project. We believe this will make other permit processes easier, since the site’s suitability has been tested. The next step is to submit the environmental permit application to the Land and Environmental Court in Östersund this week. This relates to both a new environmental permit for the biorefinery as well as some amendments to the pulp mill’s environmental permit. In the permit for the biorefinery, we’re also applying for a water ruling that will allow a land extension into the water to make room for the facility. In total, we need around 23 hectares for the facility that we want to build,” says Roger Östlin, SCA’s Senior Project Manager for the project.

The production volume in question is equivalent to the fuel consumed by domestic flights within Sweden

The production volume specified in the application of renewable hydrocarbon at Östrand’s refinery is more than the aviation fuel used for domestic flights within Sweden [1].

“Whether the hydrocrabons we intend to produce will be used as aviation fuel, petrol or diesel is too early to say. The biorefinery would create many possibilities. The products could even be used as raw material to replace other fossil products in society. There’s no doubt that this is a major environmental project,” says Anders Edling Hultgren, Biorefinery Manager within the Renewable Energy business area.

Strong climate benefit

The project’s climate benefit is calculated to be a net greenhouse gas reduction of approximately 1,200,000 CO2equivalents[2] per year.

“Our ambition has been to submit as strong an application as possible to avoid substantial revisions later on. The authorities have an extensive amount of material to go through – 2,500 pages. A realistic estimate is that we can be called to a court hearing within one to one and a half years. Other permit processes are ongoing in parallel with this, for example to move power lines. If everything goes as we hope, we’ll have permission secured within a few years. I want to make it clear that no decision has been made within SCA that the biorefinery will be built. First and foremost, we need to have all of our permits in place before we can begin plans to build a new plant,” continues Roger.

Work has been conducted in close cooperation between different business areas at SCA and with external consultants.

“I’m relatively new at SCA, and I’m impressed with the warm reception I’ve received and the expertise and the collaborative climate here at SCA,” concludes Roger.

Unique project
In addition to raw material from the forest, a biorefinery linked to Östrand could utilize residual products and locally produced green electricity from the pulp mill. The systems-based approach and ambition to close the ecocycle would mean a unique project for Timrå. This is completely in line with the company’s ambition to increase value generation of by-products from the forest and industry, creating conditions for profitable and sustainable growth.

[1] Source : The Swedish Energy Agency

[2] A carbon dioxide equivalent is a measure of greenhouse gas emissions that accounts for how different gases contribute to the greenhouse effect and global warming. By expressing a given greenhouse gas in carbon dioxide equivalents, it is easier to compare the specific effects of different greenhouse gases on the greenhouse effect.

2019-03-22 
Conversion of the Sequana Safeguard procedure into Receivership

By judgment of the Nanterre Commercial Court dated March 21, 2019, it was decided to convert the safeguard proceedings opened on February 15, 2017 to the benefit of the Frenchf paper Group Sequana into receivership, the period of ongoing observation continuing until next May 18.

2019-03-22 
Södra moving into the hotel business

Single rooms, thousands of vacancies, sunny location and brand new. To promote natural diversity, Södra is placing 5,500 bee hotels in its members’ forests and gardens. The hotels are designed to accommodate solitary bees and the guests will hopefully move in this spring.

5,500 bee hotels were distributed at Södra’s local annual meetings in March. The aim of the hotels is to increase the number of solitary bees and promote natural diversity, which will improve pollination and lead to higher yields of fruit and berries.

“Several reports have shown how the number of pollinating insects has declined throughout the 2000s. With a minimum of resources, we can all be proactive and make a valuable contribution to beneficial insects like solitary bees,” said Klara Joelsson, ecologist at Södra.

Solitary bees do not build large colonies in beehives like honey bees. There are almost 300 species in Sweden, of which 100 are included on the Red List of Threatened Species. Bee hotels provide a nesting place where they can lay their eggs. Solitary bees are prolific pollinators and contribute to higher yields of fruit and berries.

“Bees play a vital role as pollinators of crops and wild plants, and are key contributors to natural ecosystem functions. Pollinating insects are extremely important for both humans and nature,” said Klara Joelsson.

You can put up your hotel from early spring to late autumn, because it provides a nesting place as well as protection from cold weather. The hotels are made in Åryd, outside Växjö in southern Sweden, by Jörgen Karlsson.

 Relaxation and safety
 Thousands of vacant rooms
 A south-facing position
 All-you-can-eat buffet
 Single rooms

The bee hotel is made from pine wood, and Södra’s logo is painted on water-resistant pine plywood.

2019-03-22 
FEFCO welcomed major European influencers to Brussels

On 18 & 19 March, FEFCO, the European Corrugated Packaging Federation, welcomed top European influencers to Brussels.
Over the course of two days, some of Europe’s leading journalists, bloggers, and influencers had the chance to learn more about how cardboard is 100% recyclable, bio-based, and biodegradable - in other words, a true circular economy champion. “We want every fibre back,” said FEFCO General Secretary, Angelika Christ at the event. “Give us your used packaging, and we’ll make new boxes out of them.”
On these “Influencer Days,” the cardboard industry opened its doors, and attendees discovered in a hands-on way, why corrugated is the ideal packaging material (for many applications including e-commerce). Thanks to a visit to a VPK paper mill and a corrugated manufacturing plant, the attendees saw how used packaging is recycled and transformed into new packaging.
Another highlight was a visit to the European Parliament. Participants were able to get directly involved in the discussion on policy issues with policy makers, on essential topics such as the circular economy, recycling, and food waste. During the event, Uroš-Valentino Saraja, assistant of MEP Davor Škrlec, (European Parliament), said, “We want to improve quality of life - sustainability and the circular economy make it possible.”
Rozalina Petrova, Policy Officer at the EU Commission, DG ENV, “Waste Management and Secondary Materials Unit”, added, “Inspired by nature, we want to make all materials sustainable and circular.”
Participants also visited DS Smith Brands & Experience office, an international company, which produces a wide range of packaging for consumer goods. They learned how to best design a box so that it would withstand a tough journey along multiple touchpoints within a supply cycle.

The event took place on Global Recycling Day, which allowed the industry to repeat its core message on recycling, which is that on average, a box contains 88% recycled material. Of course, everyone can participate in the solution by actively recycling their packaging.

2019-03-22 
ANDRITZ has officially launched its new...

ANDRITZ has officially launched its new tissue machine for textured tissue, the “PrimeLineTEX”, enabling customers to produce textured tissue of a quality superior to dry crepe and very close to structured (TAD) tissue, while at the same time achieving significant cost savings.

PrimeLineTEX is available with widths of 5.6 or 2.8 m and produces high-quality tissue for towel and sanitary applications. The machine offers up to 25% fiber savings compared to dry crepe and consumes up to 50% less energy than a TAD machine. The PrimeLine TEX is substantially shorter in length than other market solutions and uses only one additional fabric instead of two. Furthermore, the PrimeLineTEX machine can switch between production of textured and dry crepe tissue within a much shorter time than comparable solutions.

As a turnkey supplier, ANDRITZ can offer the complete textured tissue production line, including stock preparation, pumps, and the automation system.

“Our new PrimeLineTEX tissue machine enables customers to produce high-quality tissue close to TAD but with substantially reduced investment and operating costs. It is available to all markets worldwide, without any restrictions. This new machine offers profitable advantages for our customers,” says Klaus Blechinger, Vice President Tissue at ANDRITZ.

The ANDRITZ tissue pilot plant in Graz, Austria – the PrimeLineTIAC – is currently configured as a PrimeLineTEX machine and now offers customers the opportunity to test and develop their future textured tissue. The first paper samples will be available during the Tissue World Milan trade show from March 25 to 27, 2019 at the ANDRITZ booth, F680.

With the new PrimeLineTEX machine, ANDRITZ once again confirms its strong position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of complete tissue production lines and the right partner for innovative solutions.

2019-03-22 
France : Philippe d’Adhémar is appointed President of COPACEL

On March 21, the Board of Directors of the French Union of Cardboard, Paper and Cellulose Industries (COPACEL) elected Philippe d’Adhémar (International Paper), as President. He succeeds Agnès Roger (Arjowiggins) who held this position since December 2015. Philippe d’ADHEMAR is elected for two years, The COPACEL bureau members include Philippe Gaudron (Fibre Excellence), Nikita Mulard (Ahlström Munksjö) and Rémi Poirson (Smurfit Kappa). Philippe d’Adhémar is currently CEO of International Paper SA, and is responsible for Saillat Paper Mill.

2019-03-21 
A 4,5 % growth in value for French paper production in 2018, but production globally down by 2% at 7,9 Mt

This morning, COPACEL* has drawn up the balance sheet of the French paper industry activity in 2018. The turnover grew by 4.5% vs 2017 (market pulp, paper and carbonboard). On an annual average, prices rose by 10% for the main category of corrugated paper and by more than 13% for newsprint.
The production volume was however lower (-2%) compared to 2017 (7,9 Mt), but the situation is rather contrasted depending on paper grades . On the other hand, production in other European countries remained almost stable in 2018 compared to 2017 (-0.2%). Last year, the French paper and board consumption has also plummeted by 1, 2 % (8,76 Mt).

Graphic : 2,11 Mt (- 5,1 %)
Wrapping & Packaging : 4,46 Mt (- 1,2 %)
Sanitary & Household : 846,000 t (+ 0,6 %)
Others : 447,000 t (+ 0,8 %)

The production of packaging paper and board contracted, due to technical shutdowns at several corrugated paper sites. In addition, a plant producing flexible packaging had to be shutdown over several months.
Chemicals and energy costs (+ 31 % annual average for gas and + 11 % for electricity) rose significantly in 2018, a year also marked by tensions for the purchase of transport.
Pulp markets were stretched through much of 2018 due to sustained global demand, driven by China, and reduced supply due to technical problems at several mills. Even with lower demand from the last quarter and lower prices, pulp prices averaged historically high levels annually. The price of softwood pulp (NBSK), in dollars, was thus 30% higher than the 2017 average. This unprecedented situation has weighed heavily on the profitability of non-integrated paper companies.
In 2017, China adopted a restrictive policy on imports of waste, which had the effect of restricting market opportunities for RCPs collected in Europe and North America. This increase in supply in Europe has had a decreasing effect on prices, significantly for corrugated case material (CCM) (-38% on average per year in 2018 compared to 2017).
What are the prospects for 2019 ? Like most industrial activities, the French paper industry will be impacted by the trends in global and European growth, which in turn will be partly determined by international factors : the result of the trade war between the United States and China, the consequences of Brexit and the scale of the slowdown in Chinese demand.
(*) COPACEL brings together 75 companies, 85 mills, employing some 12,300 people, with a turnover of 6,2 bn€ in 2018.

2019-03-21 
Tailor Made tissue products and 3D experiences: Engraving Solutions expand existing product portfolio with digital services and customized solutions for the new needs of the tissue market

Engraving Solutions, leader in the production of embossing rollers for the tissue industry and part of the Business Area Tissue of the Körber AG Group, has presented the latest products in the embossing field : innovative and highly competitive products that meet the actual needs of the market.

Premiumization and Digitization trends play an increasing role in the choice of converters. The best companies’ strength lies in offering products tailor-made according to the specific customer’s needs. Today customers want to co-create with the supplier, being part of the creative and development teams from the early stage of the project so that their requirements are fulfilled in the best way.

The challenge of Engraving Solutions is to provide customers with innovative solutions that answer and anticipate market changes and help them optimize their manufacturing performance. For this reason, thanks to its technological know-how in the production of embossing rollers, and keeping continuous exchanges and workshop with the customers, Engraving Solutions has expanded its offer with new digital and customized solutions that fit to the new market trends and simplify the development processes of new products. This assures the shortest time-to-market of a new product on the shelf.

“Ghost is designed to satisfy the current trend in the tissue market. – Giacomo Bianchi, Product Engineer of Engraving Solutions, declares – It is the new generation of embossing, obtained by combining, for the first time ever, two different micro-embossing techniques – chemical and mechanical – thereby bringing together the benefits of both. This innovative technology, unique to this market, results in a product that is more pleasing to the touch compared to the traditionally embossed one. Ghost is ideal for all high-yield products with refined embossing but is at the same time resistant, bulky and featuring excellent softness, independently from the number of plies and for every product type : toilet paper, kitchen towel and away-from-home segments”.

The name Ghost evokes the special shape of the points, similar to a ‘ghost sheet’. Actually, the profiles of the engravings have been softened, and therefore act with less cutting aggressiveness on the paper. This allows to reduce the strength loss that usually occurs during embossing when traditional rhomboid points are used.

Ex-press is a technology that allows to obtain double-colour products using embossing alone. By simply adding coloured water to the pre-embossing station, on first pass the ply is decorated with one colour, and when it is passed through the second embosser using coloured glue, the final product comes out with 2 different colours providing a stunning aesthetic effect.

The last novelty presented by Engraving Solutions is Smoothie, the embossing system specifically designed for entry-level products that is capable of making the paper smoother and softer to the touch. This helps improving products made using traditional or recycled and unstructured paper, featuring low weight and low quantities of long fiber paper, that usually are less appealing to the consumer.

With a single pass, the ply is embossed on the side portions, with or without the use of glue, and calendered on the central portion. All this is obtained using a single embossing station instead of requiring a pair of rolls or a machine dedicated to the calendering of the entire ply.

The final result is a roll that is smooth on most of its surface and aesthetically pleasing thanks to the application of (coloured or non-coloured) decorations. This represents an improvement for entry-level products that have always privileged price and convenience over aesthetics and quality.
At Tissue World Milan Engraving Solutions has also launched the new tissue configurator Touch ’N’ Roll. The new configurator aims to simplify the process of new product development. Through a digital platform accessible from PC or tablet, with few simple steps, the user can create a preview of the finished product, a real-time prototype, even before making a pilot line test. This allows the customer to have an early view of the product and reduce decision-making time.
Thanks to the new configurator it is possible to create your own "tailor-made" product, choosing between three predefined types of rolls : toilet paper or kitchen paper, four types of paper each with a defined surface and colour, 36 embossing designs, eight colours. A total of 1,440 configurations are possible. 

The process is very simple :

1. Choose between three predefined types of rolls : toilet rolls, kitchen towels, away-from-home ;
2. Insert technical specifications (height, diameter, virgin or recycled paper) ;
3. Choose between up to 36 embossing patterns in eight colours for a total of 1,440 possible configurations ;
4. Obtain a preview of the final product
The customer can consult at any time, remotely, the complete list of engravings made and has immediate availability and access to the technical data sheets of the rollers. Also, through the platform, the customer can communicate directly with the Engraving Solutions experts, reserve a pilot test and check the order status of new rollers or product tests. A real digital experience that allows the customer to speed up the decision-making cycle and reduce its time-to-market.

2019-03-21 
Koepala and Kemira test new renewable packaging formats

Koepala, a sustainable packaging company providing innovative solutions for on-the-go food, and global chemistry expertise company Kemira are pleased to announce a cooperative partnership. This partnership is a result of the recent “Food for Thought” innovation challenge, which Koepala won. The challenge looked for new business models and alternatives to single-use plastics in food packaging. As a result, the two companies started to work collaboratively to test their solutions.

Koepala are a Helsinki based take-out food packaging development company. They innovate, test and seek to commercialize new packaging concepts. The end goal of Koepala’s innovation is to reduce the use of single-use plastics in food packaging. One of the unique elements of Koepala’s solution is that the packaging is engineered to be flat. It flexes in to a bowl shape to allow ease-of-use. Kemira’s chemistry expertise enables this unique design to take shape.

“The cooperation allows us to test our chemistry innovations for renewable food packaging very hands-on,” explains Sami Puttonen, Senior Manager at Kemira. “At Koepala, we are driven by our environmental commitments for sustainable, flat and flexible packaging solutions,” says Koepala’s CEO Janne Asikainen.

The results of the testing are hoped to provide major leaps forward in sustainable packaging. Both organizations are committed to finding a viable solution, which provides value in the form of sustainability, commercial appeal and functionality to all players in the industry.

2019-03-21 
Moody's changes outlook to negative for global paper and forest products industry

- Global operating income will fall 2%-4% over the next 12 to 18 months - Input costs are rising, while demand for paper and prices for wood product and market pulp are falling
The outlook for the global paper and forest products industry has been changed to negative from stable, Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report. Global operating income will decline over the next 12 to 18 months, as wood product and pulp prices ease from recent peaks.
“The negative outlook for the global paper and forest products industry reflects a 2%-4% decline in industry operating income over the next year or so,” said Ed Sustar, a Moody’s Senior Vice President. “Increasing paper packaging prices and demand for paper packaging and pulp will only partially offset rising input costs, declining demand for paper and lower wood product and market pulp prices.”
The outlook for the paper packaging and tissue subsector remains stable, Sustar adds. Most Moody’s-rated paper and forest product companies will generate modestly stronger operating earnings this year as growing demand and higher prices across several substrates offset escalating labor and freight costs.
Moody’s outlook for the paper subsector and the timber and wood product subsector both remain negative. Although capacity reductions through paper mill/machine closures or conversions likely will exceed demand declines in 2019, higher prices for several paper grades will be more than offset by falling demand. Meanwhile, prices for wood products will drop back to more normal levels this year, while US housing starts will be flat, limiting demand growth for wood products and harvesting of timberlands.
The outlook for the market pulp subsector has also been changed to negative from stable, Moody’s says. Average prices across most pulp grades this year will decline from the peaks reached in 2018.
Higher than usual pulp supply at the start of 2019 has led to price declines across most grades, though limited new pulp capacity growth this year will partially reverse price declines during the second half of the year

2019-03-21 
Holmen is celebrating the International Day of Forests, today on the 21st of March by planting a tree in the name of everyone who signs up to ‘plant it forward’.

"To plant a tree, watch it grow and see it come to use is a timeless pleasure. On the International Day of Forests, we are extending that opportunity to anyone out there who wants to mitigate climate change and plant it forward", says Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen.

Holmen is wholly committed to mitigating climate change and to leave nature better off. To spread the beauty of forestry and knowledge of its possibility to mitigate climate change, Holmen is ‘planting it forward’ by planting a tree in the name of the contributor. Everyone who signs up will receive a Certificate of Care and be able to make a symbolic contribution for a better climate.

"Forests transform carbon dioxide into oxygen. They are nature’s own carbon storage solution. They are a seed for change, and I hope we can spread the knowledge about how responsible forestry can mitigate climate change by planting it forward", concludes Henrik Sjölund.

2019-03-21 
Arjowiggins French mills : Trade Court decision expected on March 26

The Commercial Court of Nanterre met today to consider the takeover offers of the Arjowiggins French factories based in Bessé-sur-Braye, Le Bourray and Greenfield.
According to “France Bleue Maine” media, the court was not convinced by the Norwegian buyer, Lessebo, represented by Terje Haglund. Lessebo is the only company that made an offer for the takeover of the three sites. The court is expected to issue its final decision on March 26.

2019-03-20 
Smurfit Kappa launches innovative premium DigiStar® paper

Smurfit Kappa has launched an innovative new range of premium papers that are suitable for both digital and flexographic printers.

The DigiStar® paper was developed in response to a growing demand in the market for a multi-purpose premium solution delivering high quality printing results.

Smurfit Kappa harnessed its expertise and experience in paper to develop a unique and sustainable solution that can maximise the capabilities of digital print and work hand-in-hand with both digital and flexographic printers.

The new paper range brings a wealth of benefits to the packaging industry. By using one type of paper for multiple printers, the true benefit of digital is maximised, delivering high quality graphics combined with high flexibility. In addition, wastage is reduced and stock is easier to control. As well as digital printing, the paper is also suitable for both UV and water-based inks providing more choice for customers. 

Speaking about the new paper, Lars Henriksson, VP Product Development, Smurfit Kappa Paper Division said : “Digital printing is evolving strongly and our paper technology is developing at a similar pace. We created DigiStar® to respond to the need for a premium, multi-purpose paper and we are very excited about the potential that it holds.

“Feedback has been very positive and we’re already working on additional types of paper to augment the range.”

Demand for premium printed paper-based packaging as a sustainable alternative has grown and it is used widely in both the eCommerce and retail sectors

2019-03-20 
CCE International 2019: Live demonstrations and technological innovations attract international expert audience

Last week, from 12 – 14 March 2019, CCE International, the International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry, took place for the 4th time at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. A total of 2,406 visitors from 79 countries came to Munich to discover the wide range of machinery, accessories and services covering the entire production and processing chain of corrugated and folding carton. The number of visitors has, thus, risen by 13% compared to 2017. Once again, the live demonstrations at the stands of the 155 exhibitors from 23 countries attracted a highly international expert audience, 69% of whom came from outside Germany. Digital print on corrugated and folding carton was the predominant topic at the show.
CCE International 2019 was, once again, characterised by its high degree of internationality regarding both, exhibitors and visitors. The majority of visitors came from Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic. The most important exhibitor countries at the show were Italy, Germany, China, the Netherlands and Great Britain.
At CCE International 2019 trade visitors got an overview of the latest technology trends, manufacturing processes, machinery and services covering the entire production and processing chain. Many exhibitors presented the benefits of their machines and systems with live demonstrations at their stands ; an opportunity that many trade visitors made use of. ‘Live demonstrations make CCE International stand out’, explains Liljana Goszdziewski, Exhibition Director of CCE International, on behalf of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. ‘Our visitors value this service by the exhibitors and, once again, used the opportunity to ask questions about the machines and develop individual production solutions together with the manufacturers’, Liljana Goszdziewski continues.

First results of the visitor analysis
The first results of the exhibition analysis show, that trade visitors were experts who were mainly interested in equipment for corrugated board plants and sheet plants, printing applications, control systems, equipment for folding carton converting, raw materials, as well as materials handling and warehousing.
The majority of visitors at CCE International 2019 represented corrugated board plants and sheet plants, others were folding carton converters, corrugated sheet feeders, packaging designers and specifiers, trade representatives, and rigid carton manufacturers.
The most important industry sectors that visitors belonged to were corrugated, packaging, folding carton, printing, food and beverage, transport and logistics, electrical appliances and electronics, furniture, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics.
The Future of Digital Print
A highlight of this year’s CCE International were the open series of free seminars on all three exhibition days, which were very popular with the visitors. The main topic of the expert seminars was Digital Print. Industry experts looked at this topic from different angles and gave valuable insights into the potential of digital printing techniques. Presenters and audience agreed that the continuous development of digital print on the one hand, and consumers’ increasing demand for individualised products on the other hand, would further promote the establishment of digital printing techniques in the corrugated and folding carton industry. Digital print offers new opportunities and many advantages compared to other printing techniques. It is now up to the corrugated and folding carton industry to exploit the full potential of this technology and explore new business areas. In addition to ‘Digital Print‘, presenters also addressed the topics ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Innovative Converting Techniques’ in the expert seminars.
´We are delighted that this year’s exhibition attracted such a high number of trade visitors, making CCE International the industry sector’s first address in Europe for technological innovations in corrugated and folding carton production and conversion. Advancements in the field of finishing and digital printing applications and the associated market opportunities ensure that the innovation cycle in the corrugated and folding carton industry continues to pick up speed. Many exhibiting companies have therefore already reserved their stand space for the upcoming event´, concludes Liljana Goszdziewski. 
The next CCE International, 5th International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry, will take place from 9 – 11 March 2021 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany.

2019-03-20 
Eckhard Kallies heads Koehler's packaging paper division

The family-owned company from the Black Forest enters a new market. New division manager with almost 30 years of experience in the industry. Honest sustainability with paper instead of plastic.

"Our challenge is to establish sustainable business models in the flexible packaging industry," says Eckhard Kallies, Director of Flexible Packaging at the Koehler Paper Group. A native of northern Germany, Kallies took up his new position in the Black Forest on March 1.

Target : Making a name for the company as an innovative and reliable supplier

Kallies knows what he’s talking about. He’s worked in the paper industry for almost 30 years, most recently in the area of paper for flexible packaging. He outlines Koehler’s target as follows : "As a newcomer to the field, we will soon make a name for ourselves as an innovative and reliable supplier in the supply chain." The key here is creating target-oriented solutions with converters and brand owners and establishing paper as the packaging material of the future.

The construction of a new paper machine at Koehler’s site in Kehl on the Rhine river is part of the development of the new product division. It will begin operation in September while the new coating machine will begin operation in July. In addition to conventional papers for flexible packaging, Koehler’s decades of expertise in coating technology will enable it to produce papers whose barrier properties will replace plastic in some areas of packaging.

CEO Furler : Kallies is an asset for our team

Koehler’s CEO Kai Furler sees Eckhard Kallies’ commitment as an important part of his future success. "Mr Kallies brings to our team a great deal of experience in the area of papers for flexible packaging," he says. "In his previous roles, he made a name for himself as an executive who thinks and acts strategically."

In addition to conventional papers for flexible packaging, which are often used as part of composites, Koehler is working with research institutions and other companies in the value chain to develop papers with barrier properties. Of particular note here is the Green Coating Collaboration, which Koehler runs together with the TU Darmstadt.

2019-03-20 
LIMS software by Noviprofibre

A LIMS software is a Laboratory Information Management System. It’s a management integrated specialized software which assures a perfect match with the mainly used laboratory processes. A LIMS is a efficient tool which assures an autonomous and automatic data collect as well as a quality traceability of samples and a precise input of the data collected. The risk of error doesn’t exist.

Indeed, in laboratory measures, measures devices are most of the time very accurate and don’t have issues for adaptability to the field. On the other hand, the input and traceability of collected data is a lot less mastered. Thanks to a LIMS software, the link between the data collection from the measure device and the input in the database is entirely automatic and avoid human errors.

The Novilog software developed by Noviprofibre, is a software which can be used as a LIMS. It allows to interconnect existing software on laboratory devices. It allows a secure and reliable data transfer between the measure devices and existing systems, without the need for manual input intervention. It is not just time saving, it’s also a quality benefit : errors are avoided and traceability is more reliable. A software like Novilog allows to automate data managing processes and secure the measure in itself, all of this, in compliance with the standards. It also allows more measures taking without increasing the amount of tools and technical staff.

It can also be connected to another existent LIMS in order to be used like a data collecting tool between the measuring device and the existing LIMS.

2019-03-20 
Valmet to supply a containerboard line for GS Paperboard & Packaging in Malaysia

Valmet will supply OptiConcept M containerboard making line with automation solutions and a winder for GS Paperboard & Packaging (GSPP) Sdn., Bhd. in Selangor, Malaysia. With the new production line PM 3, GSPP will produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades as well as strengthen its position in the Malaysian market. The start-up of PM 3 is scheduled for 2021.

The order is included in Valmet’s first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of order of this type is typically around EUR 60-70 million.

"We have built a strong and long-lasting relationship with Valmet, which set a very good base for the negotiations. Valmet’s excellent references were another important cornerstone. OptiConcept M boardmaking lines stand out with their energy- and resource-efficient processes and high-speed production. We are convinced with Valmet’s technology, which is reliable throughout the whole boardmaking line," says Sia Boon Soon, President of GS Paperboard & Packaging.

"The customer had a clear idea about the machine concept from the very beginning. Thanks to our close cooperation and interactive discussions with the PM3 project team, we were able to find together a solution that fits well for the customer’s needs," says Timo Puijola, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet. 

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include equipment for stock preparation system with broke and approach flow systems. The delivery for the new high-capacity containerboard machine will include an OptiConcept M containerboard machine, which is already the 26th OptiConcept M line sold globally. The delivery consists of a complete machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder with transfer rails. The delivery will also include an OptiAir Hood high humidity hood, OptiAir Recovery heat recovery with other related air and ventilation systems, a surface starch preparation system and supply system for sizer as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up. The automation delivery includes Valmet DNA Automation System for process and machine controls and Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution. 

The 7,250-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce fluting and testliner grades with a design basis weight range of 70-180 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the design daily capacity 1,445 tonnes.

2019-03-19 
Christophe Beck Named Ecolab President and COO; Thomas Handley to Lead Upstream Spin-off Until Retirement

Ecolab Inc. has announced that Thomas W. Handley, president and chief operating officer (COO), will retire from Ecolab later this year.

Christophe Beck, currently executive vice president and president of Ecolab’s Global Industrial Group, will succeed Handley as Ecolab’s president and COO, effective April 1, 2019.

Until retirement, Handley will lead the work on the previously announced spin-off of the company’s Energy Services upstream business into a stand-alone company.

“Tom has been a simply outstanding leader in advancing Ecolab’s strategy, execution, talent and culture,” said Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab’s chairman and chief executive officer. “His contributions have been an important part of our success and will have lasting impact. We are pleased that Tom will continue to lead our work on such a strategically important initiative for our company.”

Handley has served as president and chief operating officer since 2012. Previously, he was senior executive vice president and president of Global Food & Beverage. Earlier, he was executive vice president and later president of Ecolab’s Industrial and Services North America sector. He joined Ecolab in 2003 as senior vice president of Strategic Planning. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2003, Handley spent 22 years at Procter & Gamble.

Beck joined Ecolab in 2007. He previously served as executive vice president and president, International Regions. Prior to his International Regions role, Beck was executive vice president and president of global integration, overseeing the integration of the Nalco acquisition. Beck’s earlier roles at Ecolab included executive vice president, Institutional Sector ; senior vice president and general manager, Institutional Foodservice – North America ; and senior vice president, Corporate Marketing and Strategy. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2007, Beck was a senior executive at Nestlé for 16 years.

“Christophe has demonstrated strong leadership and success throughout his career at Ecolab,” said Baker. “He has done a terrific job in each role bringing great energy, innovative thinking and excellent execution capabilities to every opportunity. He has driven product development and sales and service effectiveness, strengthened teams and built businesses for long-term success. These experiences have prepared him well for this position. We are confident he will lead the overall business with the same passion, commitment and results focus as he has in each of his prior responsibilities.”

2019-03-19 
Cellulose pretreatments for a nanofibrillation by twin-screw extrusion

February 1st 2019, Fleur Rol defended her doctoral thesis of the University Grenoble Alpes, prepared under the supervision of Julien Bras, Associate Professor HDR (Grenoble INP-Pagora/LGP2). She presented the results of her research work entitled Cellulose pretreatments for a nanofibrillation by twin-screw extrusion.

The CERISE project, conducted under the auspices of the Tec21 Laboratory of Excellence and the Carnot PolyNat Institute, aims to develop a new process for manufacturing cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) with a high dry matter content and low energy consumption. Twin screw extrusion (TSE) - industrially well-known energy-efficient and highly adaptable technique - was optimized to produce CNF at 20 % dry content. By decreasing considerably their water content, this new strategy improves their transport cost, their storage and extends their field of application.

The objectives were to

 Develop new pretreatments of cellulose fibers to facilitate the nanofibrillation and produce high quality functionalized CNF.
 Optimize TSE screw profile and conditions to produce CNF.
 Prepare new materials made of this new type of CNF.

Four chemical pretreatments, identified as easily industrializable, have been optimized. Extrusion nanofibrillation was simulated by software to obtain optimal extrusion conditions. This cost-effective approach was validated at semi-industrial scale. Various applications are considered for these new NFC with a high dry matter content.

2019-03-19 
Paperworld Middle East 2019 opens in Dubai with 305 exhibitors from 42 countries

Paperworld Middle East, the region’s largest international trade fair for stationery, paper, gifts and office supplies, opened today (18 March) in Dubai, featuring 305 exhibitors from 42 countries.

Running for three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the annual showcase was opened by H. E. Butti Saeed Al Ghandi, Second Vice-Chairman of the Dubai World Trade Centre.

With a new ‘More than Paper’ theme for 2019 and beyond, the 9th edition of Paperworld Middle East opens with an expanded product offering, underlined by its co-location with Leatherworld, where 23 exhibitors are presenting their latest finished leather goods, from garments, footwear, and bags, to unique hand-crafted accessories and luxury gift ideas.

Other dedicated product groups across an increasingly diversified portfolio include the Corporate Gifts area, packed with unique promotional ideas, while the Playworld Village is displaying the magical world of children’s toys and games. 

A Green Room for sustainably produced stationery and office supplies is another show feature, along with a two-day seminar programme ensuring industry professionals and insiders are kept up-to-date with the latest Middle East market trends.

“While Paperworld Middle East remains as the region’s largest dedicated trade fair for paper, stationery, and office supplies, we’re adding other key elements that leverage the synergies between related industries, further emphasising the trade fair’s ‘More than Paper’ theme,” said Alexandria Robinson, show director of Paperworld Middle East.

“We’re delighted to return with all the popular highlights, including Wrap Star, the UAE’s only gift wrapping competition, and as is customary, we’ve added something new for 2019 : the Qualatex Mystery Box competition, which invites professionals to create their own balloon décor that’s becoming increasingly popular at weddings, parties, and special themed events across the region.

“Then there’s the show itself, where exhibitors are presenting their latest offerings, from school articles, creative materials, and office and business supplies, to premiums and branded gifts, and baby lifestyle products. Whether a wholesaler or distributor, a corporation or commercial end-user, a buyer of corporate gifts or an owner of toys, baby and kids stores, there is something for everyone at Paperworld Middle East,” Robinson added.

The European presence at Paperworld Middle East 2019 is particularly strong, with more than 50 exhibitors this week hailing from the old continent. Long-time exhibitor Olmar from Portugal is among these, and is showcasing its eco-friendly range of Fegol branded products for office supplies, and Pajory for school supplies.

João Oliveira, Olmar’s CEO said : “We’ve managed to grow our sales in the Middle East and African region by 45 percent over the past three years and we hope to improve on that record. We’re currently exporting to 32 countries and we plan to add at least another two countries to that list by the end of the year. We’ve created very good partnerships with all the distributors that we’ve met at Paperworld Middle East and we always come back to increase the recognition of our Pajory and Fegol brands.”

Paperworld Middle East is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and is expected to attract more than 6,000 trade buyers and industry professionals from across the wider region.

2019-03-18 
Smurfit Kappa Announces Intention to Launch a Tender Offer to Acquire the Minority Shares in Cartón de Colombia S.A.

Smurfit Kappa Group plc is pleased to announce that it intends, subject to the approval of the Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia, to launch a tender offer to acquire the minority shares in Cartón de Colombia S.A. ("Cartón") for cash. Smurfit Kappa currently holds 69.94% of the shares in Cartón.

Certain minority shareholders of Cartón, who hold approximately 15.54% of the shares in Cartón have entered agreements with Smurfit Kappa to tender their shares into the Transaction once launched.

The consideration payable under the Transaction, if all the minority shares are tendered, will amount to approximately EUR €90 million and will be funded from the Group’s existing cash resources. It is expected that the Transaction will complete in the second quarter, subject to customary completion conditions and adjustments and regulatory approval.

2019-03-18 
Holmen gets top sustainability rating at every level

Holmen has secured three new Gold medals in sustainability, with CSR analysis firm EcoVadis placing Holmen’s forestry and paper manufacturing in its highest category. This puts the forest company among the best in the world when it comes to sustainability, with a top rating along the whole production chain – from sustainable forestry to climate-smart products.

Paperboard production at Iggesund Mill and its sister mill in Workington, UK, has previously secured the top grade, but now Hallsta and Braviken Paper Mills and Holmen’s forestry have also achieved the highest honour, a Gold medal. 

“We are part of the forest’s ecocycle from seedling to product, transforming the raw material into everything from wood for climate-smart building to renewable packaging, magazines and books. Receiving a top rating for multiple elements of our production chain is one of many testaments that Holmen has a very strong sustainability profile at every level,” says Elin Swedlund, head of sustainability for the Holmen Group. 

Over the past 10 years the Holmen Group has been included in indices of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies drawn up by both the UN Global Compact and the Corporate Knights. Holmen has also been named on several occasions by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as a leader in efforts to tackle climate change. 

EcoVadis assesses companies on the basis of their work on environmental issues, production and working practices, health and safety, fair trade and procurement. These assessments offer a guide to major global corporations when choosing suppliers. Companies that use EcoVadis’ assessments include big names such as Nestlé, Johnson&Johnson, Coca-Cola, Nokia, L’Oréal, Heineken and Air France-KLM.

2019-03-18 
Impact of pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass prior to biofuel production

Charlotte Loustau Cazalet defended her doctoral thesis of the University Grenoble Alpes, prepared under the supervision of the Professor Christine Chirat (Grenoble INP-Pagora/LGP2). She presented the results of her research work entitled Morphology / Reactivity relationship of lignocellulosic substrates : impact of steam explosion pretreatment.
In a context of energy transition and the fight against global warming, the production of 2nd generation ethanol seems a very promising way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Three key steps are needed to produce this biofuel : pretreatment disrupts the lignocellulosic matrix to make cellulose more accessible to enzymes ; enzymatic hydrolysis produces fermentable sugars ; finally, the fermentation transforms the latter into ethanol.

The pretreatment by steam explosion, considered by the industry as the most effective, involves two stages - an acidic cooking and then an explosive trigger causing the mechanical bursting of the lignocellulosic substrate - in order to make the cellulose more reactive to enzymatic hydrolysis. This thesis aims to better understand the physicochemical effects of this pretreatment by relying in particular on experimental discrimination of chemical phenomena (depolymerization reactions) and physical phenomena (explosive relaxation) as well as on a multi-technical and multi-scales characterization of biomass obtained after pretreatment. The objective is also to determine the main characteristics of the biomass causing the reactivity differences observed during the enzymatic hydrolysis step and to explain the impact of the steam explosion pretreatment on the physicochemical properties and therefore on reactivity.

2019-03-18 
Stora Enso starts co-determination process regarding the possible conversion of the Oulu paper mill into packaging board mill and closure of one paper machine

Stora Enso starts co-determination negotiations with employees at Oulu Mill in Finland regarding a plan to convert the paper mill into packaging board production and the closure of paper machine 6 and a sheeting plant. The planned change could result in a reduction of a maximum of 400 employees at the mill. The decision on the potential conversion will be made by the Stora Enso Board of Directors during the first half of 2019 after the co-determination process has been completed.

Stora Enso announced in June 2018 that it would evaluate development opportunities for the Oulu Mill, because current coated wood-free paper production is facing challenges with market demand and profitability. The feasibility study focused on converting the mill into packaging board grades. Based on the technical and financial aspects of the feasibility study results, the proposed plan is to convert paper machine 7 into kraftliner production and close down paper machine 6 and the sheeting plant by the end of 2020 at the latest. The capital expenditure for the potential investment is estimated to be approximately EUR 350 million during the years 2019–2021 instead of the EUR 700 million estimated in the initial feasibility study scope.

The potential investment would include a new world-class kraftliner line with a capacity of 450 000 tonnes per year and the modification of the pulp mill and drying machine to produce unbleached brown pulp. Moreover, it would include investments to enhance environmental performance.

The potential conversion of Oulu Mill would enable Stora Enso to further improve its position in the growing packaging business and take a major step in its transformation. The aim of the change is to improve the competitiveness of Oulu Mill and to ensure a long-term future for the mill.

The environmental permit will be filed in March. The permit application will also include a description of a potential conversion for paper machine 6, in case this option would be considered at a later date.

The entire personnel of Stora Enso Oulu Oy, approximately 600 people, falls within the scope of the negotiations, which will start on 25 March 2019. In line with Finland’s co-determination law, the negotiations are based on the proposed conversion plan and include the reorganization of structures, functions, resources and job roles. The negotiations are expected to take at least six weeks. The potential changes affecting personnel would take place by the end of year 2020.

No decisions regarding the planned conversion or redundancies will be taken until the co-determination negotiations have been concluded.

2019-03-18 
World Recycling Day: Lucart shows that choosing recycled toilet paper saves 80% of renewable resources and 38% of water resources

According to Lucart estimates, following an EPD analysis, doubling the annual national consumption of recycled toilet paper could lead to an annual saving of over 5 million m3 of water and 400 thou-sand tonnes of wood

On Monday, March 18th, for the second consecutive year, will be celebrated World Recycling Day. This is an event that aims to raise awareness about the key role that this practice plays in preserving the planet’s resources, and that this year will have as its theme “recycling in the future". Today, in fact, humans use the natural resources of the earth faster than they are able to recover, consuming 1.7 times the regeneration capacity of the planet .

Among these, one of the materials most used is wood which serves, among others, for producing the paper we use every day, including paper for hygienic-sanitary purposes : just think that in Italy, in just one year, about 1.5 million tonnes of tissue paper for hygienic and sanitary use are produced and of these only 7% is produced with recycled materials . These figures show how, although Italy is one of the most virtuous countries in Europe when it comes to recycling paper and cardboard , there is still much to be done to reduce the ecological footprint that man leaves on the planet.
During the EPD certification (Environmental Product Declaration) process on two toilet papers produced by the same Italian multinational, Lucart was able to ascertain the environmental advantages of toilet paper made using recycled materials compared with that produced starting from virgin materials.
In fact, for each tonne of recycled toilet paper produced, the following environmental benefits can be observed :
• a reduction of 80% in the consumption of renewable resources, with a saving of 4,060.9 kg of wood ;
• a reduction of 38% in consumption of water resources, that is, 50.63 m3 of water ; 
• a saving of 404.50 kg of CO2, the gas which is one of the main culprits of climate change.

"We have always maintained that because they cannot be further recycled, it is important that products such as toilet paper are made using recycled materials," says Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart. "We were however surprised to read the results of the environmental savings of recycled paper established by the EPD analysis we commissioned on some of our products. Saving more than 50 m3 of water per tonne of paper produced means that if the recycled products had more space in our shopping cart, perhaps by doubling the amount of recycled toilet paper purchased for the same level of consumption, we could save a quantity of water that could fill 2000 Olympic swimming pools, an incredible amount !"

An ambitious but absolutely achievable result : for this to happen, however, it is necessary to implement a regulatory framework, harmonised at European level, that encourages the production and sale of recycled products.

“In this way, virtuous products would also find more space on supermarket shelves.
Finally, purchases of sanitary products by public bodies with minimum environmental criteria should include a significant percentage of recycled paper. If separate waste collection is not followed by the production and purchase of recycled products, in fact, it becomes an activity with no added value" - concludes Massimo Pasquini.

In the process of implementing the EPD declaration and the LCA study which constitutes its scientific basis, Lucart S.p.A. availed itself of the technical and methodological support of a research team of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and of Ergo s.r.l., a spin-off company of the aforementioned University.

2019-03-15 
Prinzhorn Group is further developing its paper processing business in Hungary

One of the state-of-art paper factories, Hamburger Hungária implements a series of technology-intensive investments worth more than EUR 45 million, consisting of several elements, in Dunaújváros. These developments enhancing competitiveness and aiming at the completion of the sustainable circular economy shall result in the increase of the volume of corrugated basic paper of high quality which is now 700,000 tons annually produced at this site. Furthermore, automation and logistics systems are going to be advanced.

Hamburger Hungária belongs to the Prinzhorn Group, a predominant corporation of European paper and packaging industry, employing 7,000 people in 15 countries with an annual price revenue of EUR 1.6 billion.

This Group has been operating in Hungary since 1990. Activities of its three companies are unique examples of the realisation of circular economy creating value from waste : Duparec Kft. collects paper waste, Hamburger Hungária Kft. recycles it, manufacturing corrugated basic paper of high quality from it, and then Dunapack Magyarország Kft. produces attractive, innovative and tailor-made corrugated paper packaging means from it. Hungarian affiliates of the Prinzhorn Group employ a total of 1,120 persons, and its total price revenue exceeded HUF 153 billion in 2018.

Hamburger Hungária is a leading manufacturer of brown corrugated basic paper in Europe, producing 700,000 tons of corrugated basic paper of high quality from 100% recycled paper waste at its Dunaújváros site. This is ca. 80% of the total paper volume produced in Hungary. The major part of the production is exported to the markets of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. The company employs almost 400 persons with a price revenue of HUF 98 billion in 2018. Their fundamental value is to reinforce environmentally sound activities.

In the last decade, the Prinzhorn Group realised an investment worth more than EUR 500 million only with Hamburger Hungária. The Prinzhorn Group Hungary has been a strategic cooperative partner of the Government since 2014.

2019-03-15 
A prestigious award for ACIMGA: Confindustria Brand Ambassador

ACIMGA was named as “brand ambassador” by Confindustria following the association’s record performance in 2018 in the category “High Impact” – one of the “Best performers” of the Confederation among over 200 competing associations. During a ceremony held this week at the Confindustria headquarters located on viale dell’Astronomia in Rome, ACIMGA Director Andrea Briganti was presented the prestigious award based on the weighted average of number of member companies and number of employees – identifying the association having both the highest number of members and the largest member companies. 

The award is even more significant as it rewards an organisation that started out on a small scale but over the last four years achieved a string of impressive performances : the number of members tripled from 27 to 70, the range of services was considerably enlarged and several successful initiatives were put in place in the exhibition industry. These include 9 international collectives a year, the creation of the Printech project promoting internationalization by targeting the most promising South-East Asian countries in partnership with UBM ALLWORLD (a world-leading organisation in the exhibition industry) and the implementation of Industry 4.0.

“We have been working towards making the association less focused on individual companies and increasingly oriented to service and sharing to bring it in line with Confindustria’s guidelines - explained Briganti. In addition, for two years now ACIMGA has been a member of the Paper Graphic Federation, where it plays a specific role in promoting internationalization and Industry 4.0”.

In addition to increasing its member base, ACIMGA’s new course of action includes a series of initiatives indicative of a new way of interpreting its role and representativeness. In 2014, starting from Germany, the Association launched the Industry Meetings with the purpose of encouraging a dialogue between machinery manufacturers and upstream and downstream industries on issues such as production and innovation. A unique example among all Confindustria associations, the initiative was followed up by a specific event held during Expo 2015 and the Print4All Conferences – annual meetings gathering the leading players in the industry in connection to the exhibition Print4All. The Association’s new exhibition format, at its debut edition in 2018 Print4All far exceeded all of the indicators used to assess the success of a trade event : 35,000 visitors on a total surface area of 15,000 square metres, over 400 exhibitors of which as many as 40% from outside of Italy and, most importantly, an extremely high degree of overall satisfaction among participants. The next edition of Print4All is already scheduled for 2021, again as part of the Innovation Alliance also including several other exhibitions such as Plast, Ipack Ima, Meat Tech and Intralogistica Italia. The annual Print4All Conference is set to take place at Fieramilano in just a few days - 21 and 22 March.

2019-03-15 
Harsh conditions for soft paper

Kimberly-Clark is a world leader in hygienic papers. The company’s plant in Niederbipp, Switzerland, runs a 24-hour a day operation with the hot, humid, dusty conditions placing high demands on the materials handling equipment.
• The Kimberly-Clark fleet consists of 23 Yale trucks, supported by local Yale dealer Avesco.
• Avesco and Yale were able to tailor the equipment to Kimberly-Clark’s specific requirements, with the client singing the praises of the Yale equipment.
Heat, humidity, dust, abrasion - producing soft, hygienic paper is tough business and having equipment that can perform continuously in this environment is crucial to maintaining productivity. The Kimberly-Clark factory in Switzerland exclusively trusts trucks supplied by Yale® dealer, Avesco. From heavy duty forklifts to platform pallet trucks, the Yale equipment onsite operates round-the-clock and continues to impress with its ergonomics and reliability.
Andreas Nussbaum is not easily impressed. The facility manager at the Kimberly-Clark Group operation in Niederbipp has seen many different materials handling providers come and go. Almost every brand has attempted at some time to prove their worth in the Swiss paper factory. For six years, this producer of Kleenex® and Hakle® hygiene products has used only Yale trucks. In Andreas’ opinion, that’s how it should stay, because he and the other 47 drivers appreciate the equipment’s durability. "The trucks are robust and there is very little damage - that’s great for our operations here," says Andreas.
42,000 employees, 175 countries and brands like Huggies® and Kleenex® make Kimberly-Clark the world leader in hygienic papers. At its plant in Niederbipp, in the Swiss canton of Bern, 320 Kimberly-Clark staff produce products primarly for the local market. Paper production is not child’s play : it’s hot, it’s humid, there’s dust everywhere and production is a 24-hour a day operation. "Our work environment places very high demands on the vehicles in our factory," says Andreas. At the same time, it is necessary to move large quantities : the paper machines have an almost insatiable appetite for waste paper and pulp - the two key raw materials in paper making. The Kimberly-Clark fleet of 23 Yale trucks work accordingly hard : six diesel engine forklifts, from the GDP35VX to the GDP60VX, operate in the outside yard keeping the raw materials flowing and five electric trucks focus on logistics in the
warehouses. They have impressively long service lives, with the ERP16/18 VF series trucks clocking up over 8,000 hours in five years onsite and one GDP35VX registering 14,750 hours in just 65 months. "The trucks are used intensively, also in terms of operating hours," says Andreas.
In 2012 Kimberly-Clark switched to Yale from a German truck manufacturer. The Swiss Yale dealer Avesco was already a known quantity because they had previously provided wheel loaders for the raw material supply chain.
Andreas recalls how Avesco put together the right overall package : in addition to reliable and ergonomic trucks from Yale, the deal also included a long-term five-year rental contract with the option of replacement vehicles after that period. Avesco gave Kimberly-Clark a service level commitment which, according to Andreas, the dealer has honoured to the letter. Service technicians are available at short notice and replacement trucks are usually provided the same day.
Senior management at Kimberly-Clark appreciated how Avesco and Yale were able to tailor the equipment to their specific requirements. For example, the exhaust aftertreatment systems on the diesel trucks have been fitted with a heat protection foil to avert fire hazards and hydraulics and water cooling systems have extra coolers to cope with the heavy-duty operation. Two electric forklifts are fitted with bale clamps and one heavy-duty forklift even has shears to cut the wire on waste paper bales.
"‘Not possible’ is not part of the dealer’s vocabulary, which we think is very good," states Andreas.
He also appreciates being able to speak honestly and openly with Avesco. "You can state your opinion and don’t need to beat about the bush," says Andreas. That applies on the one hand to Kimberly-Clark, who can raise any maintenance requirements but it is also true for Avesco, who can alert Kimberly-Clark to schedule the next driver training course. The supplier and the client sit down together twice a year and talk about hours worked, damage, terms and conditions. Another positive for Kimberly-Clark is the single point of contact Avesco provides : someone who started their career as a mechanic and knows the business inside out.
The operators at Kimberly-Clark also sing the Yale equipment’s praises. René Känzig has been driving trucks at Kimberly-Clark since 1989. One thing he likes in particular is that he can control all of the truck’s functions using just his right hand with the Yale AccuTouchTM mini-lever. The air-sprung seat enhances his comfort, especially over long working hours, and air conditioning means he can shut the windows of the cab. Last but not least, having a radio makes work for him and his colleagues that little bit easier.
In April 2018 Kimberly-Clark and Avesco celebrated a milestone in their partnership. After five and a half years of the ongoing rental agreement, Avesco delivered 13 new trucks. To mark the occasion, Avesco presented Kimberly-Clark with a symbolic key, artfully woven by a local baker. Admittedly, this edible key is one delivery which - unlike all other Avesco supplies - won’t last long onsite.

2019-03-15 
Lecta Temporarily Stops Line 8 Production at Its Condat Mill in France

Given the Group’s total production capacity, service to its coated paper customers will not be affected during this period.

Lecta has announced the temporary shutdown of line 8 production at its Condat mill, in the French town of Le Lardin Saint Lazare, from the end of April. The decision will be reevaluated in the following months depending on market developments.

The decrease in coated paper demand over the last several years resulted in overcapacity in our industry. The worsening of this trend observed in the last months is the main reason for the temporary line 8 shutdown at the Condat mill.

The Condat brand product range and service levels during this period are guaranteed due to efficiency improvements and streamlining on Condat line 4 as well as through the contribution of the Group’s other coated paper mills.

Despite the temporary shutdown, meeting the overall demand of Lecta’s coated paper customers is assured, given the Group’s total production capacity of more than 850,000 tons per year.

At the same time, Lecta continues working on a strategic transformation plan that will allow Condat to move forward with greater chances of success, although this project needs further definition over the next few months.

This plan would entail the transformation of production line 8 from manufacturing two-side coated papers to manufacturing specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging, a market in which Lecta has extensive experience given its manufacturing operations in Spain and business operations worldwide.

2019-03-15 
Tappi’s Papercon to be held May 5-8, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

12th annual conference continues tradition of providing innovative solutions to contemporary mill challenges

 TAPPI is holding its anticipated 12th annual PaperCon, May 5-8, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN, USA.
PaperCon is the world’s largest technical conference for the paper and packaging industry, drawing mill and other industry professionals from around the world to learn new strategies, technologies, and processes.
Developed by technical experts and business leaders in the paper, packaging and nonwovens industries, the 2019 program includes topic-specific, peer-reviewed tracks : Papermaking Conversions ; Papermaking Additives ; Coating & Graphic Arts ; Process Control ; Papermaking Fundamentals ; and PIMA Management. Additionally, four major co-located events are also offered : Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) ; NETInc (Innovative Nonwovens Conference) ; Reliability & Maintenance (TAPPI/IDCON) ; and the International Paper Physics Conference (IPPC). Attendees can participate in all five events with their single registration fee.
In addition to its superior technical program, PaperCon is also known for providing a platform for networking and building business relationships. Multiple social events, career advancement and training opportunities, roundtable discussions, and young professional sessions will be available.
PaperCon’s keynote address will be delivered by Amy Blankson, co-founder of GoodThink Inc. Ms. Blankson combines the research of positive psychology with stories of real-world application in her presentations. She will give her perspective on how to raise levels of well-being and performance, while also providing attendees with actionable strategies for positive, sustainable change.
To learn more about special mill rates, program updates, multiple special events and receptions, exhibitor information, hotel offerings, and registration, visit paperCon.org.

2019-03-15 
Futura harnesses the sticking power of water for lamination

JOI Hydro-Bond is a new technology from Futura which, for the first time in tissue converting, achieves perfect adhesion of tissue plies using water alone - no glue.
The technology is the result of months of experimentation at FuturaLab – Futura’s hub of innovation – and the results have been a revelation.
“There are no chemicals at play here,” says Futura’s Chief Technology Officer Giovacchino Giurlani. “Perfect adhesion of the tissue plies is the result of a combination of the uniform nip pressure of JOI’s renowned Zero Deflexion steel marrying roll, which evenly connects the plies using water to create permanence to the tissue-to-tissue bond which results.”
The technology has been tested and proven under real-life operating conditions, using a wide variety of toilet tissue, including conventional and structured. And thanks to collaboration with our customers, Futura has been able to verify the process in everything from warm and humid to cold and dry climates, using the varied local water quality available. The results have consistently confirmed the validity of Hydro-Bond even with 3 and 4 plies.
The end result is a product which is more hygienic and pleasant for the consumer to use, and more sustainable, from both an environmental and economic point of view. “The roll which results from JOI Hydro-Bond retains all its qualities, but is better thanks to what it is missing,” says Sergio Tonarelli, Futura’s Chief Sales Officer.
The production process without glue will provide increased output. Removing glue from the equation also means reduced contamination of the machine with the benefits which this brings. While glue represents a cost, the main impact is the efficiency-related savings in the process, which mean increased Overall Equipment Efficiency.
“Our task now is to continue sharing this genuine innovation with the industry,” says Tonarelli. “FuturaLab is going to be a busy place as we can now show tissue makers how JOI Hydro-Bond works with their specific paper.”
An open house demonstration to launch JOI Hydro-Bond will take place on Thursday 28 March 2019 at FuturaLab in Lucca.

2019-03-15 
Resolute Forest Products won the first RISI Safety Award sponsored by Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre

Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, were sole sponsors of a new RISI PPI Safety Leadership Awards category. We are happy to announce that the winner was Resolute Forest Products.

“We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner. Resolute has done good work in safety, and inspire us all to develop our processes within safety audits and risk management”, says Rune Årnes Vice President, Health & Safety. “We hope RISI Safety Award will encourage companies to share their knowledge and best practices in safety thus improve the safety of the whole industry sector.”

The target for the safety award is to recognize a pulp or paper production plant for their consistent management and meritorious commitment to occupational safety, long term performance and to encourage their continuous improvement in safety.

“We see that safety has no boundaries and therefore we want to boost the collaboration with all stakeholders to promote work safety not just in our own mills but throughout the pulp and paper industry and the whole value chain. Sharing best practices, safety findings and improvement ideas helps us all to continuously improve our safety performance”, says Ari Tanninen, Vice President, Joutseno Mill, Metsä Fibre.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre would also like to thank RISI for arranging the annual awards and their support in developing the new Safety category.

Safety is our mindset and everyone’s right

At Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we strongly believe zero accident is possible. We have set ambitious targets for continuous improvement, developing consistent safety practices and competencies. We focus on preventative activities, behavior-based safety interactions, safety inspections and auditing, and tailored safety training to ensure a safe working environment. Safety is our mindset.

At Metsä Fibre, a safe workplace is everyone’s right. It is our duty to take care of our own safety and the safety of our co-workers. By working safely, we are realizing our mission of being the most professional and skilled player in the pulp business and the most efficient company in the industry. We concentrate on preventive and well planned safety work. We also want to be the preferred supplier of premium bioproducts and services that support our customer’ business operations.

2019-03-14 
Valmet to deliver pressure diffuser to AustroCel Hallein’s mill in Austria

Valmet will supply a pressure diffuser for AustroCel Hallein’s mill in Hallein, Austria. The start-up of the pressure diffuser is planned for the fall of 2019.

“The new pressure diffuser will improve our bleach plant washing in a very clever and energy efficient way,” says Dr. Ulrich Kastner, Head of pulp production, AustroCel mill in Hallein.

“Valmet is proud to be part of this project, as it shows our strength in creating innovative solutions to our customers, it also shows the strong competitiveness in Valmet’s washing product portfolio,” says Patrik Lidbäck, Manager Sales, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

2019-03-14 
Stora Enso invests in next-generation renewable, recyclable and biodegradable formed fiber solutions

Stora Enso is investing EUR 5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and do not contain any plastic.

The formed fiber investment further strengthens Stora Enso’s opportunities to replace fossil-based products and contribute to combatting the global problem of plastic waste. First products are expected to be on the market by the end of 2019.

Formed fiber products are manufactured from various chemical pulps and chemi-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) by pressing it into a desired shape in a molding machine. The raw material is pulp made from wood from FSC and PEFC certified, traceable sources in Sweden and Finland. Stora Enso will manufacture the raw material at its mills in Sweden and Finland and do the converting at Hylte Mill. The initial annual capacity during the pilot stage will be approximately 50 million units of product with the intention to expand.

The production line will be operated by a new business unit for formed fiber which will also conduct research and development of new formed fiber materials and technologies. Potential products include single-use food packaging items such as plastic-free cups, bowls, clamshells, plates and coffee cup lids as well as non-food applications, responding to the needs of eco-conscious consumers looking for more environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic.

“This investment is another step on our transformation journey to replace plastic and other fossil-based materials with renewable and recyclable alternatives. This investment allows us to help our customers build their brands as eco-friendly, circular companies,” says Sohrab Kazemahvazi, Vice President, Head of Formed Fiber.

Hylte Mill produces newsprint based on thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP) and recycled fiber, and has experience from taking new production technologies into use, as Stora Enso’s biocomposite granules production line was inaugurated at the mill in 2018. At Hylte Mill, Stora Enso can make best use of the resources available to support the new investment : industrial infrastructure and highly competent workforce. The formed fiber business currently belongs to reporting segment Other.

2019-03-14 
Largest Yankee cylinder in the world arrives in Kehl.

Largest Yankee cylinder in the world arrives in Kehl. This special production comes from Brazil. Target : Sustainable solutions for the packaging market.

"The arrival of the cylinder represents an important step towards our new paper machine," says Dr. Stefan Karrer, technical director of the Koehler Paper Group. The 200-ton steel cylinder forms the heart of the new paper machine that Koehler is currently building at its Kehl site on the Rhine. With a diameter of 7.31 meters, it is the world’s largest smoothing cylinder of its kind.

Baden-Württemberg companies working together

The cylinder has already made a long journey. Although the manufacturer Voith has its headquarters in Heidenheim, Germany, the cylinder was manufactured in Brazil and transported from there by ship via the port of Santos to Kehl. Two cranes of 500 and 700 tons from MSG Krandienst GmbH in Kehl were already waiting here.

For MSG, these are two handy cranes that don’t require major effort to set up. Nevertheless, MSG alone had nine employees on site and another three from the transport company Gutmann. It was also the Gutmann employees who brought the cylinder the short distance from the port to Koehler’s factory premises. When the cylinder is used at the end of April, 60 trucks will be required to deliver the crane components. The shell of the workshop will once again be opened up.

The excellent teamwork of the three Baden-Württemberg companies was rounded off by the performance of LS Cargo, which transported the cylinder from Brazil to Kehl. Thanks to the excellent flow of information between the companies involved, the transport went smoothly.

The aim is to develop sustainable solutions for the packaging market

Koehler will use the cylinder to produce paper for flexible packaging. In addition to the paper machine, Koehler is also building a new coating machine. Here the paper is given a special surface that will eventually have barrier properties for aroma, oxygen, water vapor, oils and fats. It will thus be possible to replace plastic with easily recyclable paper for various packaging applications.

"As a company, we will make a contribution to reducing the waste problem and developing sustainable solutions," says Dr. Karrer. Koehler is already working on advanced solutions together with partners from industry and science. Of particular note here is the Green Coating Collaboration, a joint laboratory set up by Koehler and TU Darmstadt.

2019-03-14 
Forging a sustainable path toward 2025 and beyond: UPM Raflatac announces its commitments for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy

UPM Raflatac is proud to announce the ambitious commitments it is making to reduce unnecessary plastic packaging as a signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. UPM Raflatac is the only label supplier among the more than 350 organisations announcing commitments, which include many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers, recyclers, governments and NGOs.

"As the world’s most sustainable labeling company and a packaging solutions provider, we know collaboration for sustainability is critical. That is why we joined with other leaders in signing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment," says Robert Taylor, Sustainability Director, UPM Raflatac. "This is one of the most important steps we have taken as a company to develop more circular solutions for plastic packaging."

The company’s specific commitments are :

 - Developing labeling solutions and partnerships that support UPM Raflatac’s customers in achieving their target of 100 percent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

 - Offering materials that enable companies to reduce unnecessary plastic packaging.

 - Offering paper and films with a range of recycled content that are suitable and safe for different end-uses.

 - Developing labeling solutions that promote reusable packaging solutions.

 - Developing partnerships that will grow its RafCycle recycling programme and enable partnering end-users to return 100 percent of their PET and paper label liners.

 - Sourcing 100 percent of the plastic packaging it uses in its production units to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

- As part of UPM, the Biofore Company, developing renewable alternative labeling solutions to support moving beyond fossils towards net positivity. 

- Targeting zero waste to landfill in all production units in line with UPM’s published 2030 targets.

"Labels matter when it comes to sustainability in packaging and play a unique role in enabling the circular economy. Through our commitments, we want to do our part in reducing unnecessary plastic packaging and set concrete targets to create future innovative circular materials," adds Timo Kekki, Vice President, Films, UPM Raflatac. "We invite customers, brand owners and other like-minded stakeholders with targets of their own to join us in labeling a smarter future beyond fossils."

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment aims to create "a new normal" for plastic packaging. At the heart of the Global Commitment is a vision of a circular economy for plastic, where plastics

never become waste. Each signatory formally endorses the vision and the need to work towards achieving it. 

Targets will be reviewed every 18 months, and become increasingly ambitious over the coming years. Businesses that sign the commitment will publish annual data on their progress to help drive momentum and ensure transparency.

2019-03-14 
Stora Enso signs global commitment to combat plastic pollution

Stora Enso has joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at the source. The Global Commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastic is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment.

For Stora Enso, signing the commitment is another step to combat the global problem of plastic pollution by providing renewable alternatives. Stora Enso will contribute by cooperating with customers and suppliers to develop circular and low carbon solutions to replace plastic packaging. The materials are based on wood fibres from sustainably managed forests and plantations. This commitment is an example of the increasing demand for alternatives to plastic, also demonstrated by the EU’s recent policy on single-use plastics.

“Stora Enso operates at the heart of the circular bioeconomy and we collaborate with customers and partners to create a sustainable future with less plastics,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso. “We have, for example, developed a renewable, biodegradable drinking straw to replace the traditional plastic straw, and our mouldable biocomposites help reduce the amount of plastic in products.”

The Global Commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastics are supported by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It has also been endorsed by the World Economic Forum, The Consumer Goods Forum (a CEO-led organisation representing some 400 retailers and manufacturers from 70 countries), and 40 universities, institutions, and academics.

Moreover, more than fifteen financial institutions with in excess of USD 4 trillion in assets under management have endorsed the Global Commitment and over USD 200 million has been pledged by five venture capital funds to create a circular economy for plastic.

The Global Commitment aims to create “a new normal” for plastic packaging. Commitments and targets will be reviewed every 18 months, and become increasingly ambitious over the coming years. Businesses that sign the commitment will publish annual data on their progress to help drive momentum and ensure transparency.

2019-03-14 
Papernet Freshen Tech (Sofidel Group) receives the 2019 PPI Award for innovation

Developed for the Away from Home market, the product is designed to eliminate bad odours, with an active ingredient capable of modifying their molecular structure.

Papernet Freshen Tech, a Sofidel Group product, received yesterday the 2019 PPI (Pulp & Paper International) Award in the Tissue Innovation category at the awards ceremony in Vienna.

Freshen Tech, part of the Away from Home range, developed for bars, hotels, restaurants, public facilities, public transport, etc., is the new toilet paper that neutralises bad odours thanks to an active ingredient capable of modifying their molecular structure.

The active ingredient, innovative and 100% allergen-free, patented by Firmenich - one of the world’s largest producers of essences - means Freshen Tech users do not need to make use of alternative products, reducing deodorisation time and costs, with considerable benefit also for the environment in terms of reduction of CO2 emissions and gases harmful to the atmosphere.

The PPI Awards, sponsored by Fastmarkets RISI, the leading information provider for the global tissue production industry, recognise tissue products and companies as an example of international excellence. Receiving the award for the Tissue Innovation category highlights the product innovation delivered by Sofidel, the tissue paper production group known in particular for the Regina brand.

Freshen Tech is the latest addition to an innovation-focused product range which Sofidel, under its Papernet brand, has developed for the Away from Home sector. From Papernet Dissolve Tech, the paper that combines exceptional performance with rapid dissolving times in water to prevent clogging in pipes and systems, to Papernet Bio Tech, the biologically active paper, winner of the PPI Award in 2015, which cleans and sanitises pipes and reduces bad odours thanks to a carefully selected mix of spores.

These achievements were made possible by the significant investments in both paper mill and converting technology, that the Group has made over the years.

2019-03-13 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö coated products extends their product line of Aerobak™ liners for advanced composites

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s North America Specialty Solutions Coated Products team announced today an extension to their brand of release liners used in the manufacture of Advanced Composites. In collaboration with our suppliers and customers, the product was designed with specific properties and performance characteristics to meet the challenges encountered with low tack prepregs and demanding ATL processes. This new line of products represents years of development and experience addressing the constant evolution of products used for the aerospace composite segment.

“The Ahlstrom-Munksjö Coated Products liners deliver solutions to the market using unique technologies that extend our products beyond traditional release liners,” explained Harry Challender, Vice President of Coated Products. “Through a collaborative process, our team leverages the depth of experience we have in both paper and coating technologies to provide a distinct product to address individual requirements. We are committed to this industry as witnessed by our investment in capacity designed around the growing needs of the composite market.”

While customized to meet the demanding requirements of the aerospace segment, AeroBak™ liners are also used in Ballistics, Recreational, and Wind Energy applications.

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