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Pregis Corp.'s Hexacomb® business unit is announcing a 6% price increase on all grades and sizes of its product line shipped to customers in the U.K., Germany, France, Belgium  and The Netherlands.  The price increase is effective on or after June 1, 2010.

The latest price increase has become necessary due to additional upward pricing pressure from paper, fuel and adhesives.  Testliner has risen approximately EUR 30 per ton over April, which puts the increase at more than 25% since October 2009.

"World demand for pulp, which is the primary component of our linerboard, is continuing its two year climb.  This, coupled with the other escalating raw material prices, is forcing us to increase our prices so that we can maintain our quality supply. Superior raw material is a critical component in helping us deliver the high level of engineered performance required by our customers," said Jeff Kellar, president, Hexacomb.

"As the leader in quality and performance-driven honeycomb protective packaging, we are increasing our prices to ensure that we can maintain our quality supply and continue to deliver performance products in what is an increasingly tight raw material paper market. Quality raw material is a critical component in delivering the high level of engineered performance required by our customers," said Jeff Kellar, president, Hexacomb.

Hexacomb is made with 100% paper (all natural, renewable virgin and post consumer recycled fibers) and engineered into a proprietary honeycomb configuration. The product offers excellent strength, superior cushioning and blocking/bracing functions for a wide range of protective packaging and other applications.  Hexacomb® products include sheets, runners, edge and corner protectors.

About Hexacomb:

Pregis Hexacomb is a leading supplier of paper-based protective packaging and serves key industries which value product protection coupled with environmental sustainability. This includes furniture, consumer, automotive, textile, food, building products, energy, glass and industrial. Hexacomb has three manufacturing plants in Europe and nine in North America. For more information about Hexacomb visit www.hexacomb.com.

About Pregis:

Pregis Corporation is a leading global provider of innovative protective, flexible, and foodservice packaging and hospital supply products. The company offers packaging and product solutions for a wide variety of consumer and industrial market segments including food and foodservice, healthcare, agriculture, automotive, furniture, electronics, construction, fulfillment, catalog and military/aerospace. The specialty-packaging leader currently operates 47 facilities in 18 countries around the world. For more information about Pregis, visit www.pregis.com.

SOURCE Pregis Corporation; Pregis Hexacomb

Published in European News
Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:15

New issue of Heidelberg News

Lean manufacturing - getting fit to combat the recession

heidelberg-picWhile some branches of industry are already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, the consequences of the financial crisis are still very much in evidence in the printing industry. This being the case, it is more important than ever to optimize and ensure the sustainability of cost-effective print shop operation. The key is to streamline core production equipment to achieve maximum benefits and to avoid waste wherever possible.

In the latest issue of its customer magazine, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG highlights why effective lean manufacturing is a good way of combating the recession. For instance, Heidelberg News No. 269 takes the example of the French print shop Baudat to demonstrate how a Speedmaster SM 74 can be used for efficient and eco-friendly production of high-quality print media. In addition, the magazine reports how, thanks to a visit from the Pope and its highly productive Speedmaster XL 105, Slovakian print shop i + i print is leading the way on a fiercely competitive market. Readers will also discover how Norwegian print shop Moltzau Plasttrykk has practically reinvented itself, emerging from its worst ever crisis as one of the country's leading packaging printers.

Another article describes the efficiency improvements that packaging printers can achieve with the new Dymatrix 106 Pro CSB. Heidelberg News also investigates how Heidelberg Systemservice provides an effective response to the totally unexpected breakdown of such a highly reliable die cutter at Faltschachtelwerk Hammer-Lübeck. Last but not least, it takes a look at the successful web-to-print business of German company printoo GmbH and asks the sprightly typography legend Kurt Weidemann about the purpose of this art form in modern times.
The current issue also includes a 20-page supplement with information about the innovations that Heidelberg will be showcasing at IPEX 2010 (May 18 - 25 in Birmingham, U.K.).

Issue 269 of Heidelberg News is available now. Copies for your own use can be ordered under www.heidelberg-news.com or requested by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxing +49 (0)6221 92 50 42.

For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Dirk Henrich
Phone: +49 (0)6221 92 59 10
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 96
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Södra confirmed today its decision to invest in a new sawmill in Värö. This project will be expedited through the acquisition of machinery and equipment from the German sawmill company Klausner Group's plant in Adelebsen, Germany. The expansion means that production will almost triple from today's 275 000 m3 to 750 000 m3 per year.

Klausner's plant in Adelebsen has only been in operation for a year and is one of Europe's most modern sawmills. The entire facility will be moved to Värö.

Södra has good faith in its timber supply in Värö and at the same time sees a need and an opportunity to seriously compete with the larger and more productive production units in Central Europe, when compared to those currently existing in Sweden.

- With the investment in Värö, we get a cost effective and flexible mill. This strengthens our competitiveness which is very important both in the timber market and in the raw materials market, said Södra's CEO, Leif Brodén.

- Important reasons for Södra investing in Värö are its proximity to the pulp mill and to a seaport, and the combined advantage in the form of energy, logistics and chips. Besides that, we have common recourses in many areas, said Peter Nilsson, CEO at Södra Timber.

Klausner Group has its roots in Austria and was founded in the early 1900s. Today it is owned by Fritz Klausner. A recent reorganization headed up by Klausner has the business back on track after the global economic recession the business faced in 2008 and 2009. Current operating rates indicate annual production of more than 2 million m3 from the remaining Klausner plants in Germany.

Klausner will be responsible for the relocation and start-up of the plant in Värö.

- We are very pleased with the deal and the cooperation with Klausner will give us unique knowledge about production and logistics for the large mill we are going to build in Värö, said Nilsson.

Klausner and Södra Timber are also announcing their future marketing cooperation in various major markets.

- We are looking forward to the cooperation. Klausner and Södra Timber complement each other and a joint approach to sales and logistics in our main markets will provide value to all stakeholders, including our customers, commented Leopold Stephan, CEO at Klausner Group.

Construction will start in Värö during summer 2010 with production forecast to begin at the new mill during the spring of 2011. Production at the existing sawmill in Värö will not be interrupted during the construction period. By using an existing plant, both construction time and start-up time will be limited.

Södra Timber produces about 1.7 million m3 per year and is one of the leading manufacturers of construction wood in Europe. The company operates 10 sawmills in the south of Sweden and its products are sold primarily to Scandinavia, the Netherlands, U.K. and the U.S.

For further information, please contact:
Peter Nilsson, President Södra Timber,
+46 70 315 09 27

Leif Brodén, CEO Södra Group,
+46 70 558 94 26

Fritz Klausner, Klausner Group,
+43 535 260 21 10

Per Braconier, Director of Communications,
Södra, +46 70 534 51 66

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The Print Media Academy (PMA) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is hosting the next Executive Forum which will be taking place in Heidelberg, Germany from July 13 to 16. The four-day intensive seminar at the Print Media Academy is first and foremost geared to participants from all over the world, offering them the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the sector and share experience and strategies for success.

"The pressure to compete and changing market dynamics are continuing to increase. Managers in the print media industry therefore always need to be up to date on current trends in the industry and comprehensive, sustainable methods of strategic management," says Martina Brand, Head of International Business Training at the Print Media Academy. That's why the seminar will be focusing on the different aspects of business management in particular. Further presentations and discussions will spark new ideas within the areas of finance, controlling, leadership and marketing & management. Participants will also have the chance to discuss their own experience with experts and colleagues and get valuable feedback.

The course will be led by Stan Solomidis and Martina Brand. Solomidis is the owner and director of Synthesis Australia Pty Ltd. Stan sits on the board of some very competitive and marketing oriented printing businesses and this experience coupled with his corporate experience makes him well equiped to assist printing managers who are looking to improve their firm's performance. Martina Brand is in charge of International Business Training at the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg.

The Executive Forum has established itself within the print media industry as an important international forum. Executives from all over the world use the opportunity to share country-specific experience and network in an informal atmosphere. Previous venues have included Shanghai, Hongkong, Moscow, Sao Paulo, and Dubai.

The location for the event is the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg. The seminar fee is EUR 1,990 plus VAT, which includes lunch and drinks on each day and all seminar handouts. As the number of participants is limited, early registration is recommended. The seminar language is English.

Up-to-date seminar information and profiles of the speakers are available on the internet at www.print-media-academy.com

About the event organizers
The Print Media Academy (PMA) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Germany, is a center for training and communication in the print media industry, with 18 sites worldwide. This year the Print Media Academy in Germany celebrates its 10th anniversary. Last year alone over 9,000 participants from all over the world attended training programs at the PMA.

The next Executive Forum will be taking place at the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg from July 13 to 16, 2010, offering international print managers the opportunity to expand their knowledge, share experience, and learn about success strategies.

For further information on the seminar, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Print Media Academy
Silvia Becker (registration office)
Phone: +49 6221 92 5011
Fax: +49 6221 92 4929
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For further information for journalists, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Hilde Weisser
Phone: +49 6221 92 5066
Fax: +49 6221 92 5069
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Published in Financial News
Thursday, 08 April 2010 14:13

NASH vacuum pumps for the PM 7 in Dunaujvaros

Gardner Denver Nash Germany supplied the complete vacuum system for dewatering in the forming and press sections of the new PM7 paper machine in Dunaujvaros. This technology has already proven itself in every other paper machine within the Hamburger Group, with robustness, efficiency and flexibility that guarantee the highest operational reliability.

On the new PM7 in Dunaujvaros, nine NASH 2BE3 vacuum pumps are used. Each pump is driven by a motor equipped with a frequency converter, allowing the rotational speed to be set to exactly suit the actual process conditions. This causes the vacuum pressure to adapt to process conditions as well. Additionally, three centrifugal fans for the low-vacuum scavenge points in the forming section have been included. As a result, the vacuum system provides the greatest flexibility at optimum efficiency.

For the plant operator, the advantages of a NASH liquid ring vacuum system were obvious:

  • An extremely robust system: overload safe and resistant to process failures
  • Very high overall efficiency, particularly in conjunction with optimum control
  • Optimum felt dewatering through the volumetric operating principle of the liquid ring vacuum pump - the scavenge pressure adjusts automatically to suit the felt permeability
  • Scavenge-side liquid carry-over with low fiber content is not a problem for the NASH pumps
  • Rotation speed control offers the potential of high energy savings
  • Low specific power requirements
  • Low noise emissions due to low peripheral speeds of the vacuum pump
  • Future system adaptation, without influencing other scavenge points, is easily done by changing the rotation speed of individual vacuum pumps
  • High operational safety, even if individual vacuum pumps are deactivated
  • Very low service and maintenance costs

Confidence in more than 100 years of know-how accumulated by the market leader in the paper industry
With the decision to use NASH vacuum pumps, the plant operator also made a decision for an innovative, environmentally friendly and economical attractive solution.

Nash –Zweigniederlassung der Gardner Denver
Deutschland GmbH
Wolfgang Kraft
Phone: +49 (0)911 / 1454-7771
Fax: +49 (0)911 / 1454-7777
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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has completed the restructuring announced in November 2009 and identified further potential for improving efficiency. From April 1, 2010, the Group will be split into the Heidelberg Equipment, Heidelberg Services, and Heidelberg Financial Services divisions. "We are starting the new financial year with a leaner and more efficient organization. This will enable us to also provide our customers all over the world with a faster and more focused service," said CEO Bernhard Schreier. 
The company is also responding to the changing structures in the global print media industry by expanding the Heidelberg Services division in the future, which is relatively independent from economic cycles. The objective is to provide services that will help Heidelberg customers enjoy greater business success on a sustainable basis.

"The new structure has paved the way for Heidelberg to be even more powerful in the strategic core businesses of equipment and services," continued Schreier.

New corporate structure geared towards strategic core businesses and expected market volumes
The aims of the Heidelberg Equipment division are to build on the company's market-leading position in the commercial printing segment, and to achieve growth in packaging printing and the associated postpress operations. The new Heidelberg Services division also strengthens the company's claim to be the preferred service partner for print shops in the print media industry.

The company's restructuring has involved optimizing processes and streamlining the entire organization. This will result in the planned shedding of up to 450 jobs worldwide in administrative and sales.

The slight upward trend in the print media industry has continued over recent months, but no major upturn is as yet apparent. Heidelberg plans to adjust the production workforce so as to gear capacities to the continuing economic uncertainty in 2010. This will result in the loss of up to 400 jobs - primarily at the Wiesloch/Walldorf site.

From financial year 2011/2012, the lowering of structural and personnel costs will result in annual savings of approximately EUR 80 million. The plan is to achieve EUR 60 million of these savings already in financial year 2010/2011. Some EUR 30 million of the costs resulting from these job cuts will be additionally booked in financial year 2009/2010, with a further EUR 20 million to be booked in the next financial year.

"The order situation in the print media industry has stabilized over recent months. The higher demand is still coming mainly from emerging markets such as China and Brazil. There is no prospect of a significant increase in the industry's investment volume in 2010. We are adapting our company's capacities and structure accordingly. As a result, the level of sales at which we achieve an operational break-even result has been lowered once again, to less than EUR 2.5 billion. The objective of this measure is to achieve a break-even operating result for the next financial year assuming stable economic development and furthermore an economic value added (EVA) in all areas of business in the medium term," said Schreier. The company will provide at the earliest an outlook for the new financial year at the Annual Press Conference.

The company intends to negotiate the additional personnel adjustments with employee representatives and the union straight away.

Business at Heidelberg in the fourth quarter of the current financial year 2009/10 is in line with the company's expectations. As already forecasted, sales will be up slightly on the third quarter, which will also improve the operating result. Heidelberg will thus achieve its most recent forecast for 2009/2010 as a whole.

Heidelberg Services
In addition to its proven Heidelberg Systemservice and Original Heidelberg spare parts, the "Heidelberg Services" division offers customers worldwide Saphira consumables, Prinect software solutions - including plate imaging equipment - services, consultancy, and training at all levels, thereby helping print shops to enjoy long-term success. Key focal points include improving machine availability, boosting productivity, enhancing process efficiency, and providing consultancy services geared towards environmentally friendly printing. Customers around the globe have access to the Heidelberg service team, with around 4,500 employees in some 170 countries.

Heidelberg Equipment
The Heidelberg Equipment division offers products and technologies along the entire process and value added chain for print media companies in the commercial and packaging printing sectors. This division develops, produces, and markets precision presses - in the sheetfed offset format classes 35 x 50 cm (13.78 x 19.69 in) to 120 x 162 cm (47.24 x 63.78 in) - and postpress equipment. Innovation projects such as Linoprint - for customized decoration and labeling of folding cartons, labels, and blister packs based on inkjet technology - and printed organic layers round off the portfolio.

Heidelberg Financial Services
In an environment dominated by customers from small and medium-sized businesses, financial services are a great help when it comes to making economically astute investments in Heidelberg products. The associated opportunities and risks require unique know-how and transparency that has little to do with more traditional areas of business. All sales financing activities will still be combined in a dedicated segment. In addition to direct financing through one of the Group's own financing companies, this primarily involves putting customers at small and medium-sized companies in touch with Heidelberg financing partners.

For additional details, please visit the Internet Press Lounge at www.heidelberg.com.

Other dates:
Publication of the preliminary figures for financial year 2009/2010 is scheduled for May 11, 2010.

For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Thomas Fichtl
Phone: +49 6221 92 5900
Fax: +49 6221 92 5069
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Important note:
This press release contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimations by the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft. Even though the Management Board is of the opinion that those assumptions and estimations are realistic, the actual future development and results may deviate substantially from these forward-looking statements due to various factors, such as changes in the macro-economic situation, in the exchange rates, in the interest rates and in the print media industry. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft gives no warranty and does not assume liability for any damages in case the future development and the projected results do not correspond with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

Published in Financial News
Friday, 19 March 2010 10:00

M-real increases carbonless paper prices

Due to the significantly rising raw material costs during the last months, particularly pulp and logistic costs, M-real Zanders increases prices for carbonless papers for deliveries from 19 April 2010 up to 10 per cent.

For any further questions:

Heikki Husso, Senior Vice President, Speciality Papers
Tel: +49 2202 15 2000
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Helga Disimino, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Merchant Business, Speciality Papers
Tel: +49 2202 15 6300
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Published in European News
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:06

Howard Hutchings Appointed New Heidelberg CIO

From April 1, 2010, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will have a new Chief Information Officer in the shape of Howard Hutchings (56). Following his IT studies in New Hampshire, U.S., Hutchings initially worked in the print media industry and finance.

In 1979, he joined what was then the Harris Graphics Corporation, a manufacturer of web offset presses that Heidelberg subsequently took over. Here, he was responsible for setting up and expanding the IT infrastructure. Following the takeover by Heidelberg, Hutchings relocated to Germany in an executive position with responsibility for developing the global IT infrastructure and Internet services.

To read the full release go here....>

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The ZELLCHEMING General Meeting and Expo as the leading annual meeting of the pulp and paper industry in Europe takes place from June 29 until July 1, 2010 in the Rhein-Main-Halls in Wiesbaden. Congress und Expo offer a platform for branch experts and specialists of industry, research and development.

The technical lectures at the 105th ZELLCHEMING General Meeting provides an excellent programme for further training, networking and exchange of experiences.

Supporting the General Meeting, the Expo presents machines and accessories for the entire process chain: from product development and production to service and consulting.

In spite of the economic crisis, about 200 exhibitors have already registered for the ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2010. This underlines the importance of the event for the branch even in difficult times. In 2009, ZELLCHEMING-Expo could welcome 278 exhibitors and about 3,000 visitors. The event is organised by the GzF Expo Team.

The ZELLCHEMING General Meeting and Expo establish not only the biggest yearly event for the pulp and paper industry in Europe, but offer also a central and easy-reachable venue with the city of Wiesbaden. You have direct connections by plane and train as well as by car. The event will be accompanied by a comprehensive supporting programme.

More information for the ZELLCHEMING General Meeting and Expo are available on www.zellcheming.com and www.zellcheming-expo.de.

Your contact persons:

Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V
Mrs. Patricia Vorbach
Emilstrasse 21
64293 Darmstadt/Germany
Phone             +49(0)6151-332 64
Fax                  +49(0)6151-31 10 76
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Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Maschinenbaues mbH (GzF)
- Expo Management –
Mrs. Jennifer Höhn
Lyoner Strasse 18
60528 Frankfurt am Main/Germany
Phone             +49(0)69-6603 1982
Fax                  +49(0)69-6603 2284
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At this year's IPEX trade show in the U.K. city of Birmingham from May 18 to 25, 2010, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be showcasing the latest developments in its product and service portfolio. The company's stand in Hall 8 will focus on current market trends such as lean, environmentally friendly production for print shops. "Our aim is to ensure that our customers are well positioned to face future challenges, and we will work with them to develop and successfully implement new business options in a changing environment," stated Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schreier.

* New products and services put print shops in an excellent position for when the economy picks up again
* Focus on solutions for new business options
* Heidelberg views IPEX as a trend barometer for the printing industry in 2010
* Initial signs of macroeconomic recovery in parts of the world

Heidelberg still offers the best price-performance ratio in the industry thanks to numerous prepress, press, and postpress innovations combined with the integration of all process steps. The successful entry of Heidelberg into the large-format sector in 2008 underlines the fact that innovations and, above all, greater customer benefits are the driving forces behind investments in the industry. "For Heidelberg, IPEX is a trend barometer and also an opportunity for the printing industry in 2010," said Schreier.

Despite initial positive signs in some parts of the world, it is still too soon to anticipate a significant turnaround in the economy in the near future. "Companies who invest in new technologies and new areas of business now, though, will be well positioned for the future," stated Schreier. Heidelberg would be using the trade show to continue redefining parts of the market with further innovations, he said. "Our customers expect us to boost their competitiveness with the latest technologies and a comprehensive service portfolio. We will definitely meet their expectations at IPEX," he stressed.

Heidelberg provides local support for its customers with a wide range of services that pave the way for sustainable business success. "We will also optimize and expand our range of products and services," stated Schreier. The digital printing was a market segment with excellent prospects that customers would increasingly add to their portfolios and for which Heidelberg was looking for a suitable partner, he explained. "We have the ideal service and logistics network for this, which gives us a clear competitive edge," Heidelberg's CEO stated. He added that the two technologies were predicted to successfully continue side by side on the future market.

Schreier also underlined that it was vital not to ignore the structural changes in the industry, but to adapt to them. He added that the global print volume of just under EUR 400 billion was an encouraging sign for the development of the market and that, when the economy picked up again, commercial printing would recover too and lead to new investments in this offset market segment. Packaging printing has enjoyed greater stability during the crisis and offers growth potential for Heidelberg. "We have systematically geared our range of products and solutions to the requirements of our customers in both market segments and ensured that they represent the state of the art. This makes us confident that both our customers and our companies are extremely well positioned for the recovery to come," concluded Schreier.

For further information:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Thomas Fichtl
Phone: +49 (6221) 92 5900
Fax: +49 (6221) 92 5069


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