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Mutoh EMEA extends XpertJet Pro range with XpertJet 1682SR Pro sign & display productivity printer

Mutoh Europe nv, EMEA business unit of Mutoh Industries Co. Ltd., Japan, unveiled the XpertJet 1682SR Pro (64” – 1.6 m) high productivity twin head sign and display printer targeted at long term outdoor/indoor sign & display and commercial print applications. The new XPJ-1682SR Pro carries two AccuFine HD print heads, each with 3200 nozzles, a new weaving algorithm and Mutoh’s genuine VerteLith RIP software to deliver a significant improvement in both print quality and print speed. The XPJ-1682SRP is ideally suited for high productivity environments, delivering high quality production speeds up to 35 m2/h. The new printer also integrates automatic alignments to ensure uninterrupted production and consistent quality.

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Voith's XcelLine paper machine nominated for German Sustainability Award

For the 16th time, the jury of the German Sustainability Award (DNP) has nominated outstanding innovations in the field of sustainability. Out of more than 1,000 applicants, Voith's XcelLine paper machine is a finalist in the “Design” competition in the “Vision” category. With eight competitions, the high number of applicants and more than 2,000 guests at the award’s closing events, the DNP is the most comprehensive award of its kind in Europe. The award is based on the goals of the 2030 Agenda and thus on the key transformation fields such as climate, biodiversity, resources, supply chain and society.

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Color-Logic and Ecofoil Digital eliminate gambling with metallics

Color-Logic developed the design and Ecofoil Digital printed a deck of cards recently distributed to Ecofoil customers. The cards were produced using Ecofoil Digital substrate, by a licensed Color-Logic printer in the UK. Commenting on the unique metallic cards with Color-Logic embellishments, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: “Printing these beautiful cards using Ecofoil Digital left nothing to chance. The Color-Logic embellishments and metallic colors on the Ecofoil Digital substrate produced predictable and repeatable results on both the cards and the accompanying playing card case. Ecofoil Digital substrate is certified by major digital press manufacturers that also support Color-Logic. In addition to the playing cards, a variety of other Color-Logic files are currently being shown by Kelly Spicers, the Ecofoil Digital distributor in North America.”

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Excellent results for Metsä Group in the Finnish Excellence Award 2022 competition

Metsä Board was chosen as Finland’s best organisation in 2022. The company won both the Finnish Circular Economy Award and the Finnish Quality Award presented by Excellence Finland. In addition, Metsä Spring won the Quality Innovation Award, and Metsä Fibre as well as Metsä Forest were recognised for their development work.

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Smurfit Kappa acquires liner bag plant in Spain

Smurfit Kappa announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Pusa Pack S.L., a bag-in-box packaging plant located in Onda, close to Castellón in the Valencian region. Pusa Pack S.L. specialises in the manufacture of large-capacity flexible bags, sized from 200 to 1500 litres ,which are used for the storage and transport of bulk food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and other liquid and semi-liquid products. Pusa Pack will be integrated into Smurfit Kappa’s Bag-in-Box operations in Spain.

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Flexcel NX Ultra Solution at Nägele Digital Repro: “Indispensable production tool”

Nägele Digital Repro GmbH of Kempten, in the far south of Germany at the gateway to the Alps, has been a Flexcel NX Technology user since 2010. The prepress and platemaking service provider produces plates for highly demanding flexo packaging printers on two Flexcel NX Wide 4260 Systems, and further expanded its platemaking capacity with a Flexcel NX Ultra Solution investment last year to help them keep up with demand – not only from printers but lately from other prepress providers, too.

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Toscotec: Over 25 tissue machine rebuild projects in 2022

In 2022 Toscotec has managed more than 25 tissue machine rebuilds for leading manufacturers that remain confidential. The projects are located at different mills across 6 continents: Africa, North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

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Cepi Update

Cepi welcomes BASF as its newest partner

BASF SE is the latest addition to Cepi’s partnership programme with pulp and paper industry suppliers, reinforcing Cepi’s position as a key player in the process of defining a new, greener and more circular industrial model for the EU. Cepi is the Confederation of European Paper Industries. Its partnership programme answers the complexity of the paper value chain and the need for expertise on relevant issues. It serves as a forum for discussion and the exchange of technical information in the policy context of the European Union. Current partners are OMYA, Voith, Valmet, Buckman and Afry.

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Takigawa corporation adds gravure capacity

Takigawa Corporation, an international producer of flexible packaging, has added a second Heliostar gravure press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher to their Bardstown, Kentucky facility. The 10-color press has been in production since July 2022. “We opened operations in the United States in 2019 and have made excellent headway in printing flexible packaging, in markets such as pet food. We are committed to printing beautiful quality images that can evoke emotion and awaken senses as packaging aims to do, while doing so sustainably,” said Weijia Zhang, Director of Business Development and Marketing.

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Klabin successfully starts up new gasification plant supplied by Andritz

Klabin has successfully started up a biomass gasification plant at the Puma Unit, located in Ortigueira/PR, Brazil, with a new biomass treatment line supplied by Andritz. The gasification plant enables 100% fossil-free operation of the lime kiln by replacing all heavy fuel oil currently burned in one of the mill’s lime kilns, significantly reducing the Klabin pulp mill’s carbon footprint.

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VTT accelerates the development of sustainable soft materials by 50% through physics-based modeling and AI

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has expanded the application of its Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) toolbox ProperTune beyond hard materials like metals to now model and design soft materials like wood, polymers and plastics. This allows companies to cut down product development time by at least 50%, decrease cost elements of product development, reduce environmentally harmful materials and design entirely new materials that perform better. This expanded use of ICME makes it fast and economically viable for the replacement of an increased number of unsustainable materials while providing improved material performance.

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Agfa puts offset packaging in focus at Value Conference 2022

Agfa has announced the details for their upcoming Value Conference on 29 November 2022, as the company prepares to welcome offset packaging experts to the exclusive event in Brussels, Belgium. The aim of the European conference is to demonstrate quantifiable value that will allow offset printers and converters to evolve their businesses and become more profitable.

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