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Agfa to increase price of its aluminum offset printing plates

Agfa announces that it will increase its offset plate prices worldwide, effective July 1, 2022. Since Q2 last year, Agfa has been implementing quarterly price increases and surcharges to compensate for the significant cost increases it has been facing in raw materials, logistics, energy, packaging material and labor.

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Mutoh EMEA celebrates 70 years of innovation

2022 is a special anniversary year for the Mutoh Group. Mutoh Japan is 70 years old, Mutoh Deutschland is 50 years old and Mutoh Europe is 30 years old. Few technology companies have been innovating for 70 years. This year, the Mutoh group are not only celebrating this incredible milestone, but doing so in style with two product premieres and a new trendsetting GBL-free, quick dry non-hazardous sign & display ink, exclusively at Fespa.

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Huhtamäki Oyj publishes Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework

The Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework (the “SLB Framework”) is issued in accordance with the International Capital Markets Association’s (ICMA) Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles 2020. The SLB Framework is designed to support the future issuance of sustainability-linked securities by Huhtamaki. For the securities issued under the SLB Framework, the interest rate, or other financial characteristics, of a security will change if Huhtamaki fails to meet the predefined sustainability performance target at an agreed testing date for a designated sustainability performance indicator.

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Andritz starts up dissolving pulp production plant for Bracell’s “Star” project

International technology group Andritz has successfully started up an environmentally friendly production plant for dissolving pulp at Bracell’s “Star” project in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo. In April 2022, one of the two flexible hardwood fiberlines that were started up successfully in September 2021 was switched from kraft to dissolving pulp production. High capacity with premium quality was reached within a few days of the switch.

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Miraclon partners with PCMC in new Packaging Innovation Center

Miraclon, home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions, has become Paper Converting Machine Company’s (PCMC) sole plate technology partner in the company’s new Packaging Innovation Center. Officially opened in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on April 26th, the new center is now home to a Kodak Flexcel NX System with Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra Processing Solution to support PCMC’s goal of creating a completely solvent-free environment.

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Koenig & Bauer makes press hall centrepiece fit for the future

A Commander press purchased from Koenig & Bauer has been the centrepiece of the print centre operated by Oberösterreichische Nachrichten in Pasching since 2003. Over the next few months, Koenig & Bauer will be performing a comprehensive retrofit to prepare the press for future challenges. The reelstands, printing towers, folders, press control system and operating consoles of the Commander will be brought into line with the latest state-of-the-art technology – both mechanically and in regard to their electronics.

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The Alegro increases competitiveness

The Polish company Books, whose printing division operates under the brand name Koninska Drukarnia Dzielowa (KDD), is implementing an investment package in the softcover sector end of 2022. Muller Martini's Alegro perfect binder will help the company achieve the required productivity even for short runs.

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Valmet to start personnel negotiations on temporary layoffs at its valve factory in Finland

The geopolitical situation caused by the crisis in Ukraine and the intensified COVID-19 restrictions in China have reduced the orders at the valve factory in Helsinki, Finland, during spring. The exceptional situation has particularly impacted the factory’s oil and gas projects. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in China also continues to cause challenges related to component availability and logistics.

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Körber Tissue: New folding head

Körber Business Area Tissue is introducing the MTC ITF Change, a solution capable of modifying the cut off of the product. By replacing a single cassette it is possible to change the cut format in a simple, fast, and automated way without compromising the quality of the finished product. MTC ITF Change is the ideal solution for companies that need to develop interfolded sheets of different lengths without losing OEE. Patented by Körber Business Area Tissue, the MTC ITF Change has only two folding rolls, which the cutting function is incorporated into. The cassette can be replaced automatically with a few manual operations without the intervention of a specialized operator.

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Södra launches new major initiative

Södra is launching a major initiative to develop family forestry. The company will invest in innovative companies that introduce new technologies for forest estates and enable a more multifaceted approach to family forestry. Södra will harness the opportunities created by technological advances and bring new know-how closer to forest estates. A new subsidiary, Södra Ädla, has been formed to strengthen these efforts – an investment partner focused on the future of family forestry.

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Chemspec Europe 2022 starts next week

Next week, from 31 May – 1 June 2022, the 35th International Exhibition for Fine and Speciality Chemicals will take place as a live event at Messe Frankfurt, Germany. With a highly specialised exhibition profile, the event will gather the fine and speciality chemicals industry, offering a marketplace for products sourcing, networking opportunities and an extensive conference programme.

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VDMA founds Additive Manufacturing trade association

Additive manufacturing (AM) processes are playing an increasingly important role in industrial production both nationally and internationally. In many branches of industry, the production of complex parts and structures is only made possible by 3D printing and all its variations. German and European companies are at the forefront of technological development here - and the members of the VDMA reflect this. In order to exploit their potential even further and to strengthen the network of companies, the VDMA is now founding an Additive Manufacturing Association specifically for this purpose, headed by Dr Markus Heering as Managing Director.

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