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GAW congratulates Sappi Condino on successful “Primavera” start up

End of January 2021 the new coating kitchen at Sappi Condino/Italy, supplied by GAW technologies Graz/Austria, was successfully started-up. The Condino Mill (Trentino area) was founded in 1964 and became a Sappi mill in 2018. It employs 130 people and produces up to 60,000 tons of paper per annum. Paper grades include glassine (silicone base paper) and supercalendered, uncoated flexible packaging papers.

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“Think green” by increasing output by 50 per cent

The Arnold group, which is based in Großbeeren near Berlin, treated itself to a very special Christmas present at the end of last year. 23 December marked the start of production on a brand new Rapida 106 X from Koenig & Bauer. Right from the very first day, the eight-colour press with perfecting unit and an additional coater boosted output by 50 per cent and enabled makeready times to be slashed by half.

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Heidelberg further expands volume-based contract business with Prinect software

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is further expanding its data-based contract business with Prinect software. The company recently reached a milestone with Essen-based media service provider druckpartner, when it installed the 1000th Prinect Production Manager since the product’s market launch at drupa 2016.

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Xeikon reinforces its go-to-market for IDERA

Xeikon has appointed Victor Ortiz as Sales Manager of their Corrugated Business Division. In his new role, Ortiz is first of all tasked with developing Xeikon’s IDERA business in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Victor Ortiz brings 20+ years of relevant experience working in the industrial digital printing industry as well as in the Sign and Display sector. The appointment is taking place with immediate effect.

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New CEO for Wetend Technologies Ltd

The Board of Directors of Wetend Technologies Ltd has invited Jussi Matula as the company's new CEO as of February 1, 2021. He succeeds the current CEO Jouni Matula.

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Stora Enso will close its Virdia operations in the U.S.

Stora Enso has decided to permanently close its US-based Virdia operations during 2021. Virdia was acquired in 2014 and has focused on conversion of cellulosic biomass from sugar cane bagasse into refined sugars. The operations have consisted of a research centre in Danville, Virginia and a demo plant in Raceland, Louisiana, which will both be closed.

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First AI-equipped visual inspection system in production line

Syntegon Technology recently installed the first fully validated visual inspection system utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in an automated inspection machine. The installation constitutes a major step in the company’s sustained effort to introduce AI to pharmaceutical visual inspection, thereby exploring largely uncharted territory in the industry.

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Change in Valmet’s executive team

Mr. Petri Paukkunen (B.Sc., Eng.) has been appointed Area President, Asia Pacific Area at Valmet as of April 1, 2021. Petri Paukkunen is currently employed as Vice President, Board and Paper Mills business unit (BU) in Valmet’s Paper business line. He will be a member of Valmet’s Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

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Succession plan at MABEG Systems GmbH

The traditional Swiss mechanical engineering company Gietz, Gossau, Switzerland, takes over the majority shares of MABEG Systems GmbH, Moerfelden-Walldorf, Germany, as part of a succession plan.

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Valmet launches a new blade consistency measurement for pulp and paper producers

Valmet launches a redesigned Valmet Blade Consistency Measurement (Valmet SP) for pulp and paper producers. With the latest technology, new user interface, and patented internal detection principle, the transmitter continues to offer reliable, accurate, and cost-efficient consistency measurement for all applications.

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Delivering high quality flexo services without compromise

One word sums up the approach that Krzysztof Malengowski, the owner of Polish prepress company Fleksograf studio prepress, takes to his business and to his customers: quality. It’s therefore no surprise that the word forms the foundation of the company’s logo, “When Quality Counts”, which he says, “best defines the way in which our company operates.”

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Green Packaging Showroom

The Green Packaging Showroom is an event organized by leading companies of the flexible packaging industry to present technology advantages of the solvent-less Electron Beam printing in a wide range of applications for sustainable and recyclable flexible packaging.

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