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Drupa 2024 focuses on key future themes with Special Forums

They provide a deep dive into tomorrow’s print and packaging industries, connect technology leaders, newcomers and users and specifically focus on the top trends in the industry: the five Special Forums of drupa 2024 will open up new perspectives.


Visy installs first Andritz FibreFlow Drum pulping system in Australia

Andritz will deliver a FibreFlow Drum pulper with a maximum feed capacity of 1,400 t/d, various fiber cleaning equipment, and a spray water treatment system for the production of various board grades. “The drum pulper is the first of its kind in Australia,” says Jean Yves Nouaze, Executive General Manager Pulp & Paper, Visy. “This upgrade will increase our capacity to process up to an additional 95,000 tonnes of wastepaper per year, to be made into new products here in Victoria. We thank Andritz for partnering with Visy and working collaboratively on this critical project.”


Hunkeler Innovationdays

Solimar Systems at Hunkeler InnovationDays 2023

Solimar Systems, Inc., provider of workflow software solutions for print production and digital communications, announces its presence at Hunkeler InnovationDays (HID), from February 27th to March 2nd, 2023, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Solimar Systems will demonstrate how its workflow-enhancing solutions streamline production printing, finishing, mailing, e-delivery, and document archiving – benefitting production sites with efficient automation and file optimization.


New packaging regulation: Views from the packaging supply chain

At a conference entitled Packaging regulations and the impact on the packaging supply chain organised recently by Amaplast (Italian Plastics and Rubber Processing Machinery and Moulds Manufacturers' Association) and UCIMA (Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers' Association), leading figures from the packaging industry and institutions discussed the critical issues arising from the New Packaging Regulations and the various strategies that have been adopted. The importance of the topic for the industry was reflected by the presence of more than 150 companies.


Koenig & Bauer strengthens market presence in Vietnam

Koenig & Bauer recently underlined its commitment to the Vietnamese market with its participation in the Print & Pack 2022 trade fair in Ho Chi Minh City, and with a dedicated roadshow. The scale of the two events reflects the strong growth of the local industry, which is characterised by an increasing number of international players. There are around 2,000 printing and packaging businesses in the country, among them companies from all over the world that have chosen to invest in Vietnam. Trade volumes and the national economy are expanding rapidly.


Voith supports 50 social projects worldwide

Technology Group Voith is conscious of its social responsibilities and for a long time now has been demonstrating its commitment to society through a wide range of measures. Last year, Voith stepped up its commitment by launching the #VoithCares program. Within the scope of this initiative, Voith employees from all locations were invited to nominate projects at non-profit organizations where they volunteer to receive support from Voith. During the submission period, around 100 applications were received from employees from all around the world.


New ERA member

Flexo Wash joins ERA. The company offers cleaning solutions for individual needs of gravure printers worldwide. The Danish-based company specializes in cleaning equipment and eco-friendly cleaning liquids for the flexographic and converting industries and has an experience of 30 years in developing innovative cleaning technology.


New technology to meet the demands of the supplement business

Our constantly changing production range spurred Rheinpfalz on to overhaul their mailroom. To process large numbers of supplements even more efficiently, a second Ferag EasySert insert line was commissioned at the Oggersheim printing centre in Ludwigshafen-Oggersheim in late autumn 2022. Die Rheinpfalz is one of the biggest daily newspapers in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, having celebrated its 75th birthday in 2020. Rheinpfalz’s printing centre in the Oggersheim neighbourhood in Ludwigshafen first came into being in 1979. The site benefits from excellent transport connections, being in direct proximity of the Bundesstrasse B9 main road and the nearby surrounding Autobahn motorways.


Paper industry impacted by high energy prices and eroding economic growth in 2022

Preliminary statistics for 2022 released by Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, show the impact of high energy prices and of an eroding EU and global economic growth. The sector can, however, capitalise on positive long-term trends, which the EU Green Deal Industrial Plan could accelerate.



CCE International & InPrint Munich 2023

From 14 – 16 March 2023 the corrugated and folding carton industry, as well as the printing community, will gather for the 6th edition of CCE International at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Incorporating the offerings of InPrint Munich, industry professionals can benefit from the enticing Open Seminars and InPrint Munich Conference, deep-diving crucial industry topics. The show will be co-located to ICE Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the conversion of flexible, web-based materials.


ABB contracted by Stora Enso to optimize production efficiency with MES at two Swedish board mills

Stora Enso, global provider of renewable solutions, has contracted ABB to upgrade two of their mills in Sweden to ABB Ability™ Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for pulp and paper to manage and streamline end-to-end production and improve overall mill efficiency. Migrating to ABB’s MES will offer new functionalities and customized features that meet Stora Enso’s specific site requirements. Most importantly, the system will interface with the mill’s ERP, DCS, QCS, WIS, laboratory devices and more for true integration and greater visibility over systems and processes across the entire manufacturing chain. This will give operators, supervisors, production engineers and plant managers the insights to act and optimize, in turn improving productivity and end-product quality while reducing waste.


OceanCoat P: Voith launches new coater backing roll cover

As an addition to the proven OceanCoat roll cover, Voith has now developed the OceanCoat P. The new coater backing roll cover is specially made for high-demand positions in blade coater applications. Due to its new polyurethane chemistry and unique filler concept, OceanCoat P is optimized to meet the requirements of stable profile conditions and highest wear resistance.