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GAW: Conversion of PM9 at Sappi Gratkorn

GAW technologies was recently commissioned by Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co KG to deliver a chemical preparation plant for the PM9. So far, multi-coated fine papers for graphic applications have been produced on the paper machine, in the future label papers for various applications such as bottles and food packaging will be produced. For these special papers, very demanding raw materials and chemicals are processed in compliance with the highest safety standards. GAW supplies both the technology and the assembly and commissioning of the highly complex system.

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Tania von der Goltz appointed CFO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

At its meeting on November 02, the Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG appointed Tania von der Goltz as CFO with effect from January 01, 2023. She will join Heidelberg at the same time and become a member of the Management Board. Tania von der Goltz thus succeeds Marcus A. Wassenberg, whose departure from the company had recently been announced. The Chairman of the Executive Board, Dr. Ludwin Monz, will assume the function of Labor Director at the same time.

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Miraclon announces global price increase on all consumables

Miraclon has announced a global price increase of 5% on all consumables, effective November 1st, 2022. The unprecedented inflation of the costs of raw material, utilities and labor, finance charges and business services felt by the industry globally have necessitated the increase to alleviate these rapidly increasing costs also experienced by Miraclon.

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New Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg boosts productivity

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is once again underlining the company’s position in its core business with a world premiere. The option to increase the printing speed of the Speedmaster XL 106 to 21,000 sheets per hour makes this high-performance system the world’s fastest sheetfed offset press, according to Heidelberg, and means an annual output of over 100 million prints is now also possible in folding carton production. This press is a particularly good option for companies producing packaging in the 70 x 100 format, who are calling for ever higher machine outputs and end-to-end automation.

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Sappi realigns production of its non-wet strength wet-glue label papers

Due to growing demand, packaging and speciality paper manufacturer Sappi Europe is expanding production of its successful Parade Label Pro label paper to include higher grammages. Sappi is also expanding production of the premium paper from its Gratkorn mill in Austria to include its Alfeld mill in Germany – so ensuring greater security of supply to customers.

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Derksen Packaging kicks off with an Omega Allpro 110 from Koenig & Bauer

It takes quite some courage to set up a new company in unsettled times. Heinrich Derksen has chosen to take the risk, however, and opened Derksen Packaging as a folding carton conversion specialist in Ammerbuch near Stuttgart on 28 October.

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James Cropper toasts eco-designed gifting in the champagne market

James Cropper, one of the world’s most innovative papermakers, has partnered with French, family-owned Champagne maker, Rogge-Cereser and French packaging producer, L’Agence Le Sanglier, to create an industry leading example of eco-design in the luxury drinks market. Using paper from the Rydal Packaging Collection, which unites beauty and sustainability, the minimalist design of the Rogge-Cereser champagne box infuses the art of gifting with environmental responsibility.

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Conversion from gas to light heating oil – the first milestone has been reached

At the beginning of August 2022, Feldmuehle GmbH informed that it would switch its steam supply from gas to light heating oil in Q4/22 in order to be able to continue production in the event of a gas shortage. Now the first big step has been taken. On 26.10.2022, the burners and pressure control station for the steam boiler were delivered and lifted into the power plant.

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Fedrigoni acquires the Spanish company Guarro Casas

The Fedrigoni Group, global player in the production of premium papers for luxury packaging and other creative applications, premium labels, and self-adhesive materials, has signed an agreement with the Anglo-French multinational Arjowiggings for the acquisition of Guarro Casas, with over 300 years of history and high-profile expertise in manufacturing and finishing of specialty graphic papers. The company is based in Gelida (Barcelona), Spain, where it operates a plant with 140 employees.

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Comeback of the Cortina User Workshop

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cortina users and supplier industry partners from all over the world were at last able to revive their annual get-together this year. At the 16th Cortina User Workshop in St. Gallen, Switzerland, they shared experiences on various aspects of the waterless offset printing process. The workshop was, at the same time, an opportunity to bid farewell to Peter Benz, the ‘father’ of this much-loved conference series.

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Circular economy: Glassine paper gets a new lease of life

Fedrigoni is launching a new range of products based on the upcycling of siliconized glassine liner material, which until now has been partly recycled and partly discarded. The glassine liner, which is recovered from end-users, becomes now, and for the first time, part of the facestock of the self-adhesive construction, enhancing the value of the product and reducing waste, emissions and energy consumption.

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Scodix sells landmark 400th Digital Enhancement Press

Scodix has announced a milestone as it celebrates the sale of its 400th Digital Enhancement Press to Curtis Packaging in Connecticut, USA. Curtis Packaging invested in the latest evolution of the Scodix Ultra 6000 Press, now powered by SHD. Developed for embellishment for the packaging industry with its B1/41-inch format, the Ultra 6000 system also allows thicker substrates and incorporates industrial pallet feeders and stackers. Scodix SHD (Smart High Definition) algorithm-controlled digital printing achieves high accuracy and quality precision of complicated detailing for foiling, spot embellishments and micro fonts.

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