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Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 12:59

Reduce waste and increase production

Industrial component supplier, CP Automation, now supplies SmartMotion web guide controllers from converting industry component manufacturer, RE-spa. The controllers improve feed accuracy and reduce waste for anyone winding, unwinding or printing on paper, aluminium, plastic or card.

The SmartMotion controller fuses drive technology with a stepper motor, reducing the amount of wiring and resulting in a single, compact device that can be incorporated into a new machine, or retrofitted to a machine already in use.

The motor is controlled to 1/128 step, to ensure the system is incredibly accurate, quick and almost silent. The high heat dissipation range of the controller also ensures a constant working temperature, which prevents the device from overheating.

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“When operating a printing press in particular, if the web material is not aligned correctly you’re wasting production time and potentially creating unnecessary waste,” said Tony Young, director of CP Automation. “RE-spa web guides eliminate this problem. It uses a sensor to monitor whether the edge of the material is in line and automatically adjusts if not.

“People often consider automation as a large investment in robotics or artificial intelligence (AI). But, in truth, adding something simple like the SmartMotion controller improves the automated process and can save you time and money by reducing scrap material.”

The controller can be supported by a WLigo display, which has been developed to support applications where there are more than one web guide system installed in a facility. This means that plant managers can control and manage all parameters of a system from one remote controller.

RE-spa web guide systems are available from CP Automation, along with the full range of converting machine automation equipment from RE-spa. To find out more about the RE-spa range, call +44 (0)1724 851515 or email sales@cpaltd.net.

About CP Automation: CP Automation is a specialist in the repair and replacement of automation equipment including electronic boards, PLCs and Ac and DC drives. It was established to provide an independent maintenance service, without exclusive ties to any manufacturer. However, it does have strong relationships with the principal inverter, encoder, resistors and motor manufacturers.

Mondi, the global packaging and paper Group, gives its office and professional printing paper IQ a brand new look. The IQ brand concept revolves around ‘Intelligence’ and what it means to be an intelligent paper solution, offering the right answer for all needs, from offset to digital printing. IQ combines this versatility with a 99.99% trouble-free runnability

Since its launch in 2001, IQ has built up its strong brand recognition and is ranking today number two in brand awareness for all of Europe in the 2016 EMGE Cut-Size Survey. Mondi is building up on that high level of brand awareness with the rejuvenated image for IQ. This includes a new logo, freshly designed ream wrappers, and new sales and marketing tools. 

“IQ is already one of the best-known paper brands in Europe,” says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper. “So we want to maintain its high profile and also highlight the great versatility of this portfolio: There is an IQ suitable for every printing technology and every purpose. Whether for office or professional printing, IQ has the solution for you.” 

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The IQ portfolio has continuously adapted to customer needs and could therefore build a loyal customer base. The success of the IQ story also rests upon the good partnership between Mondi and Europapier, Mondi’s key distribution partner for the IQ range. 

“IQ has always been an essential and reliable part of our long-standing cooperation with Mondi. We are pleased to work now together on promoting IQ papers even further,” says Helmut Limbeck, CEO of Europapier Group. “We very much like the new IQ campaign, which gives the brand a fresher image and also focuses on what IQ paper really stands for - an intelligent solution for all printing needs. Europapier is serving around 10.000 customers with IQ papers, which is an impressive proof point of this statement.”

The communicative power of IQ 

Intelligence is defined as the mental quality that enables one to learn from experience and adapt to new situations. "This is exactly what our IQ papers stand for in the printing industry as they are versatile and can be easily adapted to all printing situations,” highlights Johannes Klumpp the story of the “Intelligent Paper Brand”. 

Thirty-six colours and a grammage range from 60 up to 400 g/m² show the great diversity of the IQ portfolio. Symbolic for this diversity, new visuals were designed for all the sub-brands of the office and professional printing portfolio, each relating to the concept of intelligence. For its “high-performance paper” IQ PREMIUM a high-tech robot represents the enhanced productivity and quality the paper gives you in the work place. A bust of Leonardo da Vinci is featured on the new packaging of IQ ALLROUND, linking one of humankind’s greatest thinkers and multi-talents to a paper with perfect runnability that is the solid all-rounder among the IQ range.

 Performance driven. Every day. 

Not only is IQ versatile, it is also extremely reliable. Addressing end-customers’ challenges with printing, Mondi introduced the “Performance Champion” for their IQ paper portfolio. Provided it has been stored under proper conditions, Mondi ensures 99.99% trouble-free runnability of its paper on copiers, printers and other office equipment. 

In addition, IQ SMOOTH and IQ PREMIUM both feature ColorLok® Technology, which enhances the quality of inkjet printing. With ColorLok®, pigments are held close to the surface, resulting in more vivid colours, bolder blacks and faster drying time. 

Sustainable. Every day. 

As with all Mondi uncoated fine papers, IQ is part of the company’s Green Range, which symbolises high environmental performance in sustainable paper production. IQ papers fulfil Mondi’s Green Range criteria for either FSC® or PEFC™ certification for responsibly managed forests. All Mondi IQ papers also carry the EU Ecolabel. IQ branded papers are sustainably produced at all three of Mondi’s European paper mills: Mondi Neusiedler in Austria, Mondi SCP in Slovakia, and Mondi Syktyvkar in Russia, offering the right paper solution to customers everywhere and every day. 

Discover more about IQ at www.mondigroup.com/IQ

We are Mondi: IN TOUCH EVERY DAY

Mondi is a global packaging and paper Group, employing around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries. Our key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2016, Mondi had revenues of €6.7 billion and a return on capital employed of 20.3%.

We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and compound plastics, to developing effective and innovative industrial and consumer packaging solutions. With over 100 products customised into more than 100,000 solutions, we offer more than you may expect. Leading brands around the world rely on our innovative technologies and products across a variety of industries such as agriculture; automotive; building and construction; chemicals and dangerous goods; food and beverages; graphic and photographic; home and personal care; medical and pharmaceutical; office and professional printing; packaging and paper converting; pet care; retail and e-commerce; and shipping and transport.

We believe sustainable development makes good business sense. It's integral to our responsible and profitable growth, and embedded in everything we do, every day. We continue to look for ways to do more with less, promote the responsible management of ecosystems, develop and inspire our people, and enhance the value that our sustainable product solutions create.

Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. We have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

 About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is part of Mondi Group. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, and Russia Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, PERGRAPHICA® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

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Investment in Italy enhances offerings to hygiene market

Berry Global Inc. has completed the investments establishing a “Center of Excellence” for carded nonwovens in Terno D’Isola, Italy.

The two-year program delivers enhanced production, conversion and innovation capabilities.

New and upgraded production lines optimize the production of low and high basis weight, air-through bonded carded nonwovens. Downstream capability has been enhanced with the installation of a new advanced Spooling asset.

With a key focus on innovation, Berry has established a multi-layer pilot line and dedicated application laboratory to support customers in the development of enhanced functionality such as softness and sustainability.

Berry first announced this investment in early 2016. Other recent investment initiatives include new lines in Asia and North America.

BASF has completed the announced divestiture of the production site for styrene-butadiene-based paper dispersions in Pischelsdorf, Austria to Synthomer Austria GmbH, a subsidiary of the British specialty chemicals manufacturer Synthomer plc. Consent by the competent antitrust authorities has been obtained.

2018 02 02 091647The agreed purchase price amounts to €30 million; the 42 employees who work at the Pischelsdorf site have been taken on by Synthomer Austria GmbH.

The concentration of the production of paper dispersions in Ludwigshafen and Hamina, which is associated with the divestiture of the production site in Pischelsdorf, will strengthen the competitiveness of BASF in the European market. With this measure, BASF has laid the foundations that will enable the company to continue to offer its customers products and services at attractive terms well into the future. At the same time, and based on its application technology expertise and its enhanced product portfolio, BASF is further expanding its market position as a leading supplier of dispersions for paper finishing, in particular in the field of packaging and barrier applications.

About BASF’s Dispersions & Pigments division
The Dispersions & Pigments division of BASF develops, produces and markets a range of high-quality pigments, resins, additives and polymer dispersions worldwide. These raw materials are used in formulations for coatings and paints, printing and packaging products, construction chemicals, adhesives, fiber bondings, plastics, and paper as well as for electronic applications such as displays. With its comprehensive product portfolio and its extensive knowledge of the industry, the Dispersions & Pigments division offers its customers innovative and sustainable solutions and helps them advance their formulations. For further information about the Dispersions & Pigments division, please visit  www.dispersions-pigments.basf.com.

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has just announced the selection and appointment of Yves Laflamme as Resolute's new president and chief executive officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, succeeding Richard Garneau. The announcement of Mr. Garneau's retirement today coincides with the announcement of the company's fourth quarter and 2017 annual results.

2018 02 02 100952"The Resolute Board of Directors enthusiastically supports Yves Laflamme's selection, recognizing his good judgment and strong business acumen. Yves has a strong reputation in the industry, a well-refined focus on costs, and built teams that consistently deliver results. There is no better person to lead Resolute into the future," stated Bradley P. Martin, chairman of the Board of Directors. "The choice of an internal candidate to succeed Richard Garneau is a credit to the internal talent developed by the company. Yves' appointment is also a reaffirmation of our strategic direction."

Under Mr. Garneau's leadership, Resolute established a competitive cost structure and diversified asset base, a conservative capital structure and a sustainable business strategy. His unwavering commitment to a safe workplace and environmental stewardship has earned North American and global recognition.

In expressing its appreciation to Mr. Garneau, the Board of Directors recognize his dedication, strength of purpose and personal integrity. "Resolute is a stronger, more dynamic and far more sustainable company today following Richard's seven-year tenure as president and CEO," added Mr. Martin. "Richard personified courageous leadership, not only tackling complex issues but also challenging the status quo. Richard above all else is a man of his word, and Resolute in turn reflects this transparency and integrity. His principled leadership and insistence on truly sustainable outcomes have set the foundation for shared prosperity."

"I am honored to now lead Resolute as we take our next steps, further defining our collective future. We will build on the positive momentum, and continue to make Resolute a profitable and sustainable company," stated Yves Laflamme. "Richard led by example, exemplified principled leadership, and built upon his knowledge with a commitment to life-long learning. We are very pleased that Richard has agreed to stay on in an advisory capacity working with me on specific mandates."

Mr. Laflamme currently serves as senior vice president, Wood Products, Global Procurement and Information Technology for Resolute. He is a 37-year veteran of the industry, as well as Resolute and its predecessor companies. Mr. Laflamme began his career in Finance working at Donohue Inc.'s Saint-Félicien integrated pulp mill and wood products operations in 1981, and moved on to serve as controller for the company's integrated newsprint and wood products facilities in the Abitibi region of Quebec. Over the past 15 years, he held a series of successive roles as vice president and senior vice president, covering the overall wood products business, including both Operations and Sales, as well as the company's former Recycling business. Over the past several years, Mr. Laflamme expanded his scope to also include a wide range of corporate support functions, including IT and Global Procurement, among others. In addition, he led a number of important mandates for the company, including M&A activity and enterprise resource planning (ERP), and has represented Resolute in major negotiations with governments. Mr. Laflamme currently serves as chairman of Resolute-LP Engineered Wood joint ventures, a Board member of Toundra Greenhouse, an Executive team member of the Quebec Forest Industry Council, and is a past chairman of the Canadian Wood Council. He is a CPA (CMA), after pursuing his university education in administration and finance.   

"Yves has the depth of experience, necessary skill set and track record of success, prerequisites for the top job in this challenging industry environment. Yves is a tireless worker who has never lost sight of his roots. He has high expectations and is fair," said Richard Garneau. "Yves' strong leadership traits have positioned Resolute's wood products business as top tier, and have given the company a competitive edge across business cycles." 

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute has received regional, North American and global recognition for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit www.resolutefp.com for more information.

SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.

BARRICOTE® stands for a range of particularly environmentally friendly and at the same time very effective barrier papers for food packaging from Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. In order to meet the stringent requirements for food safety, the mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg have now been successfully certified as hygienic in accordance with INREKA and DIN EN 15593.

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Following successful completion of the field tests for BARRICOTE® barrier papers by the Bielefeld-based speciality paper manufacturer Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, hygiene management systems were introduced as part of an integrated management system (DIN EN ISO 9001, 14001, 50001) at the Bielefeld and Flensburg mills. These have now been certified in accordance with the INREKA certification standard including DIN EN 15593.  This confirms the effective implementation of the stringent hygiene requirements placed on the production of food packaging papers.

As part of this certification, compliance with other laws and standards was confirmed at the same time:

  • Regulation on food hygiene (8.8.2007)
  • EC regulation 852/2004 on food hygiene (29.4.2004)
  • EC regulation 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice (22.12.2006)
  • The Royal Society of Health “Food Packaging Hygiene Accreditation Scheme – Code of Good Practice” (February 1995)
  • BRC / IoP Standard "Technical Standard and Protocol for Companies Manufacturing and Supplying Food Packaging Materials for Retailer Branded Products for Category A" (September 2004)

BARRICOTE® barrier papers for food packaging are pure paper products made from virgin fibres with water-based coatings for combinable barriers against migration of mineral oils, water and water vapour, grease, and oil, as well as aroma. Free from plastic (PE / PP), aluminium, foils or fluorocarbons, the FSC® Mix and PEFC™ certified BARRICOTE® papers are recyclable, compostable and highly sustainable. This not only protects the food, but also the environment and consumers.

As a responsible manufacturer, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper pays special attention to environmentally conscious and high-quality production of specialty papers. In addition, Mitsubishi assumes social responsibility and is involved in various environmental associations and organizations such as B.A.U.M., ChePap Rhein-Ruhr, Klimapakt Flensburg, Ökoprofit® Klub OWL and Wirtschaft pro Klima.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 700 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

Both factories stand out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery, six different coating technologies and innovative coating recipes. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper supplies a full range of specialty papers featuring a modular system for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

Turkish coated cardboard producer, Kartonsan has appointed Greycon to implement its full range of solutions including opt-Studio for production planning, X-Trim for trim optimisation and GreyconMill as Manufacturing Execution System at its facilities in Turkey.

1510061065Kartonsan is the leading coated cardboard producer in Turkey with about 40% market share, and is the 4th largest producer in Europe. Founded in 1967, Kartonsan has been increasing its capacity and production volume over the last few years by investing in the expansion and modernisation of the company.

Mr. Umit Ozkan, Mill Manager at Kartonsan said: “Production power supported by expertise, experience and technology, as well as strong corporate competencies and efficient human resources are among the most important factors and the founding principles for Kartonsan. The implementation of Greycon’s products will ensure we continue to meet and exceed our customer’s needs delivering superior customer satisfaction based on uncompromising quality standards as well as on our production and logistics capacity.”

Greycon’s systems will bring numerous benefits to Kartonsan including:

  • Trim efficiency – expected improvement between 0.5% and 1.0% of reduced waste;
  • Improved item genealogy and quality tracking;
  • Production progress visibility for planning and sales department with opt-Studio and web reports;
  • Customer service improvements due to scheduling capabilities.

Constantine Goulimis, CEO at Greycon commented: “Kartonsan maintains its production procedures with a high level of environmental awareness and a minimum use of natural resources and pollution. The usage rate of waste paper in Kartonsan is 99%, exceeding the average use in Europe. We are excited to be working with Kartonsan to implement this project and embed our solutions to assist them in furthering their achievement of targets and objectives, both in economic growth and sustainability.”

About Kartonsan

Kartonsan was founded in 1967 as the “first” private producer of coated cardboards in Turkey, under challenging market conditions at a time when paper production was a state-controlled business. Having begun its production in 1970, Kartonsan, today, is the leading coated cardboard producer in Turkey and the 4th biggest in Europe. According to data gathered in 2015, Kartonsan commands a 40% share of the coated cardboard market in Turkey.

http://www.kartonsan.com.tr/en/

About Greycon

Greycon is the world’s leading provider of production planning, forecasting, scheduling and manufacturing execution systems that have been designed specifically for roll-based & flat sheet industries. Greycon operates throughout the world. Greycon’s strength is the extensive range of specialist software solutions for Plastic Films & Flexible Packaging, Nonwovens, Metals, Converting, Paper and Board industries supported by powerful optimisation algorithms and a highly experienced team of consultants.
www.greycon.com

2018 02 02 091647Driven by continued increases in cost of raw materials, transportation, and energy, BASF will increase prices for wet-end paper chemicals in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) by 4 to 12 percent, effective February 1, 2018 or as existing contracts allow.

About BASF Paper and Water Chemicals
BASF offers a comprehensive and customer-centric range of chemicals for the paper and water industry. Our paper chemicals portfolio comprises dry strength agents, fixing agents, retention and drainage aids, deaerators, flocculants and coagulants for water management. Furthermore, we offer basic dyes, direct dyes, sizing agents, pigment preparations, wet strength agents and color developers for thermal paper. The water chemicals portfolio includes products used in the key processes of industrial and municipal water treatment. We are a leading supplier of chemicals to purify the raw water used for the production of drinking water, to treat waste water streams and industrial process water, to protect cooling towers, boilers and desalination plants. We are fully committed to the future topic water. Further information can be found at:  www.basf.com/paper and  www.basf.com/water

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at  www.basf.com.

Friday, 02 February 2018 07:27

Amazon Papyrus to Increase Prices

2018 02 02 072639“Amazon Papyrus Chemicals (APC), Hong Kong, announces a price increase of 5 - 15% depending on the products, with immediate effect or wherever contracts allow. This price increase is necessary due to a significant increase in raw material, manufacturing, packaging, transportation and regulatory costs. The APC team will continue to work proactively with our customers to further optimize applications related to process and functional chemicals, ensuring a favorable return on investments.”

About Amazon Papyrus

“Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Hong Kong, Amazon Papyrus is a specialty chemical company, which has established presence in 11 countries with more than 450 employees, serving over 350 pulp and paper, viscose and fiber cement manufacturers in Asia and Middle East. Learn more at Amazon Papyrus’ website “www.amazon-papyrus.com”.

Europac Viana PM4 vacuum system is fully installed and fulfills all guarantees. This turn-key vacuum system rebuild project includes five (5) Ecopump Turbos, one low vacuum EP Blower, new Ecodrop water separators and full Ecoflow system. Turnkey delivery includes equipment, mechanical installation, piping, automation and installation supervision.

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Old vacuum systems had 10 liquid ring pumps and 2 blowers. Total power consumption of the vacuum system was 3900 kW and SEC was 76 kWh/t. Now after short optimization period total energy consumption is 1800 kW / SEC 35 kWh/t. Total energy saving is over 17 GWh/year or 1,7 MEUR/a.

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Europac Viana do Castelo mill is located in North parts of Portugal. Viana PM4 is one of the bigger virgin fiber krafliner machines in Europe. Machine is 6,4-meter-wide and produces almost 400 000 t kraft paper a year.

About Runtech

Runtech is your reliable partner, whenever you are looking for solutions to improve the runnability and efficiency of your tissue, board, paper and pulp machines.

With our patented solutions in vacuum system energy saving and system optimization, press section and forming section dewatering and doctoring optimization, as well as ropeless tail threading you can understand and control your paper machine operation conditions in the most cost-effective way.

The Runtech story started from a group of paper making professionals. It dates back to 1989, when Ecopump Oy started paper machine optimization services. In 1997, Runtech Systems Oy was established and later on in 2008 Ecopump Oy was merged to Runtech Systems. Selotek Oy was acquired in 2011.

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