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Siemens Xcelerator: An open digital business platform

Siemens AG has launched an open digital business platform, Siemens Xcelerator, to accelerate digital transformation and value creation for customers of all sizes in industry, buildings, grids and mobility. The business platform makes digital transformation easier, faster and scalable. Siemens Xcelerator includes a curated portfolio of internet of things (IoT) enabled hardware, software and digital services from across Siemens and certified third parties; a growing ecosystem of partners; and an evolving marketplace to facilitate interactions and transactions between customers, partners and developers.

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Kurz Label Weeks: Large-scale in-house trade fair

This spring, after more than two years without live events and face-to-face exchange, the label and packaging industry was excited at the prospect of getting together at Labelexpo in Brussels. The disappointment was all the greater when the show was cancelled just weeks before its scheduled start due to increasingly uncertain supply chains and the unpredictable development in Ukraine, according to a statement of the Labelexpo team.

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Germark chooses Bobst inkjet and flexo printing technology

Germark has optimized its production floor with the investment in a Bobst Mouvent LB702-UV digital inkjet press and a Bobst Master M5 inline flexo press. These strategic investments will give the leading Spanish label specialist more flexibility to address the widest range of applications and offer faster delivery times for customers in the health & beauty, pharma, and industrial sectors.

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Andritz: First nonwovens pilot line for wipes with integrated wetlaid pulp process

Andritz has established a new inline Wetlace™ CP pilot line with an original design at its center of competence in Montbonnot, France. From now on, Andritz partners will be able to conduct trials and test all options available for wipes production – from carded staple fibers to pulp and various combinations thereof – thanks to the new inline Wetlace™ CP line.

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Toscotec: Breakthrough in Steel Yankee Dryers

Toscotec introduces TT Induction SYD, a “carbon-reduction breakthrough that redefines Yankee dryer technology entirely”. TT Induction SYD uses electrical induction instead of steam energy to dry the paper web, thereby cutting direct greenhouse gas emissions to zero.

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Valmet to deliver two chip washing and defibrator systems to Siempelkamp

Valmet will deliver two chip washing and defibrator systems to Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH as part of Siempelkamp’s panelboard plant deliveries to two different end customers, one in Europe, one in Asia. The start-ups of the systems are planned for 2023 and the beginning of 2024. The orders were included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the orders will not be disclosed.

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AkzoNobel announces Gregoire Poux-Guillaume as new CEO as of November 1, 2022

AkzoNobel has announced that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume will become the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of November 1, 2022. He will succeed Thierry Vanlancker, who has been CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017, and whose term of office is coming to an end.

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Ghent Workgroup welcomes new association member

Association members are very important to the Ghent Workgroup as they represent printers, publishers, design agencies and prepress houses. Ghent Workgroup is happy to announce that the Italian Association of Graphic Arts Technicians, TAGA, has become its newest association member, giving their members the opportunity to have insight in future developments and influence standardization in the industry.

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Cepi Update

Cepi voices strong concerns over robustness of tools provided to the industry to achieve the EU’s climate objectives

The EU Parliament has now adopted its mandates for negotiations on the revision of the emissions trading scheme (ETS), the EU’s main carbon pricing tool, and the carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM). Both are instruments to attain the EU’s 2030 climate objectives, supported by Cepi. The Commission’s plan to decarbonise EU industries is now also being reviewed by the European Council. Most importantly both pieces of legislation will have to demonstrate more rigorously that they can be applied to the real economy, and that the goals fixed can be met in spite of adverse economic conditions.

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Successful start-up of PM 6 of Shanxi Qiangwei Paper in Jinzhong

At the beginning of June, the XcelLine PM 6 supplied by Voith was successfully started up at the Jinzhong site in the central Chinese province of Shanxi by the paper manufacturer Shanxi Qiangwei Paper. As full-line supplier, Voith delivered the entire production line. The machine has a wire width of 7 m, a design speed of 1,200 m/min and produces plasterboard liner and containerboard with a basis weight of 90 to 160 gsm. An annual production of over 300,000 tons is possible. Voith's latest solutions enable highly efficient, resource-saving and sustainable production.

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90% of the world's banknotes are “Swiss”

The vast majority of the world's banknotes is produced using Swiss technology. Just like the special inks produced by SICPA, the sophisticated presses and all the related solutions (printing plate production, design, quality control, etc.) are developed in Lausanne by Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions (K&B Banknote Solutions) and then made available to Central Banks and private printers for the production of their banknotes. This year, the company is celebrating 70 years of existence and presence in Lausanne.

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Andritz enhances automation solution deliveries with high level of cyber security protection

Andritz has successfully implemented new processes and tools for equipping all of its automation solutions with a high level of cyber security. In partnership with Otorio, an OT security provider based in Israel, Andritz offers automation solutions that help to protect customers' production infrastructure and all related assets against cyber- attacks in the best way possible, thus reducing the risk of production downtime to an absolute minimum.

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