Effective March 1st, Ib Jensen takes over from Jan Secher as Chief Executive Officer of Perstorp Group, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, and since 2022 part of Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG). Ib Jensen is a highly respected senior industry executive with a long career as CFO and extensive experience from M&A and integration of acquired companies, something that will be required in the next phase for Perstorp.
The European Rotogravure Association (ERA) is announcing the retirement of its Secretary General, James Siever. Mr. Siever announced his intention to retire on December 31, 2022 to the Board of Directors at a November board meeting. The Association is pleased to announce that Stefani Dhami (photo) will serve as Secretary beginning January 1, 2023.
More and more commercial printers are equipping their Rapida sheetfed offset presses with fully automatic plate logistics systems. Web-to-print providers are being particularly active when it comes to doing so. Several Koenig & Bauer systems are already in use in daily practice and further installations are expected to follow.
Valmet has been selected to rebuild the cooking, fiberline and evaporation plant of Andhra Paper’s Rajahmundry unit in India. The delivery is scheduled to take place in December 2023, and the start-up is planned for the first quarter 2024. The order is included in Valmet’s order received of the fourth quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
The Swedish electrofuel developer Liquid Wind has selected AFRY to provide basic engineering for the balance of plant for its second electrofuel facility in Sweden – FlagshipTwo in Sundsvall. Liquid Wind’s ambition, together with Sundsvall Energi, is to develop a 100,000-ton electrofuel facility.
Metallic finishes play a vital role in marketing and brand communication, especially in the packaging of premium products. Meanwhile, issues of recyclability, the circular economy and climate protection are high on the agenda. Can print-based metallic decorations play a part in providing premium looks and plastic-free embellishment?
ABB has introduced its new QCS Automation Software Maintenance (ASM) program that not only allows system evolution from older versions to the latest, but also provides continuous improvements between versions through access to regular software updates, therefore helping pulp, paper, packaging and tissue mills to maximize their system investment.
There is a great deal of uncertainty among “Generation Z”. Career and study orientation are already a major challenge in normal times, but when a pandemic, climate crisis, and political tensions are added to the mix, the challenge quickly becomes too much. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG would like to provide answers to the question of what follows after leaving school at its open day under the motto “Training live” at the Training Center at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site. In the morning from 10:00 to 13:00, trainees, students and trainers will be on hand to answer questions from interested parties. You can find out about the entire range of training and study programs and look over the trainees' shoulders as they go about their work.
Voith has opened another OnPerformance.Lab (OPL) location in Kunshan, China, to offer the comprehensive know-how and competencies of its experts worldwide as close to the customer as possible. With this step, Voith is strengthening the global network of the remote service center, which offers data-based services such as data analysis, condition monitoring, smart monitoring and expert advice. From the OPL, the Voith team is available quickly and easily via remote support, regardless of whether short-term problems or long-term optimization projects are involved. OPL locations can already be found in Heidenheim, Germany, and Tokyo, Japan. The opening of additional regional offices is planned.
Following the announcement on 16 August 2022, Mondi is pleased to confirm that it has completed the acquisition of the Duino mill near Trieste, Italy, from the Burgo Group. Mondi plans to invest around €200 million in converting the existing lightweight coated mechanical paper machine at the mill into a high-quality, cost-competitive recycled containerboard machine with an annual capacity of around 420,000 tonnes. The mill is ideally located to source paper for recycling, supply Mondi’s corrugated solutions plants in Central Europe and Turkey as well as to serve the growing local Italian market. The converted machine is expected to start-up in 2025.
The Felix Schoeller Group has started 2023 with a newly formed Management Board. As part of the realignment, Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp is no longer responsible for global sales. From 1st January 2023, he will increase his focus on strategic issues as part of his responsibilities as chairman of the Management Board.
Over the last decade and a half, Uruguayan flexo packaging prepress trade shop Cromograf has reached beyond its Montevideo base to become a model for similar businesses in Latin America. CEO Alejandra Acosta Salati puts this down to what she describes as the company’s “restless DNA, which is always motivating us to improve. As a result, we have become something of a laboratory of innovation that has driven change in other trade shops.”