New Machine Being Built by Stora Enso in Poland

EUR 285 million (US$381.4 million) are to be invested by Stora Enso at its Ostroleka mill in Poland to add new corrugated packaging capacity. The company says in a release announcing the project, that the new capacity will strengthen the business in Eastern and Central Europe for Stora.

It is expected that the project will be complete by 2013 first quarter.

As observed by them, due to the new container board machine, their product offering will not only be strengthened, but the overall cost position of Stora Enso will also be improved through proficient inside supply of container board that is lightweight made from recycled fiber. With the start-up taking place, Stora Enso has plans at the mill to shut down PM2 container board machine.

Modern lightweight corrugated packaging demand is increasing swiftly among customers. This investment is in agreement with the objective of Stora Enso in offering new packaging solutions to demanding customers, as said by Mats Nordlander, Stora¡¯s Packaging Business Area executive VP.

The dominant raw material is recycled fiber for corrugated packaging and keeps winning share from virgin fibers. The transport packaging Markets in Eastern and Central Europe have grown and will keep growing by more than 5 percent per year. This investment will enhance their growth and raise the self-sufficiency of Stora Enso in containerboards to 60 percent from 35 percent. It will also unmistakably advance the cost competitiveness of the Industrial Packaging segment of Stora Enso. Nordlander also says that this new state-of-the-art containerboard machine and the new efficient power plant just completed ¨C integrated recovered paper (RCP) collection network of Stora Enso in Poland, will make Ostroleka the benchmark in both product offering and cost in Europe.

The annual capacity of Ostroleka mill is currently 270,000 metric tons of kraft paper and containerboard. 455,000 metric tons will be the annual capacity of the new containerboard machine, and the annual capacity is 85,000 metric tons of containerboard for paper machine 2.

Biomass Project Approved by Graphic Packaging

A subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company, Graphic Packaging International, Inc., has announced recently that a plan has been approved by it to expand use of biomass energy with an expected cost of up to $80 million in its Macon, Ga., paperboard mill. To be started immediately, the project will include a 40 megawatt turbine generator and a high-efficiency biomass boiler.

The objectives of this project of biomass are to advance the sustainability strategy of the Company, decrease costs of energy and to develop the Macon mill¡¯s profitability before probable increases in costs of electricity. Approximately per day 1,600 tons of paperboard is currently produced by the mill.

By mid-year 2013, the Company intends to finish the project and start operations. From a steam generation and electrical power standpoint, the new biomass system is anticipated to make the Macon mill self-sufficient thus reducing and stabilizing energy costs and alternatives based on fossil-fuel dependency. The mill is expecting to develop into a net producer of electricity.

Expected biomass system has many benefits.

Expected biomass system will give energy from biomass which is a renewable carbon neutral energy source.

It will approximately produce 40 megawatts per hour of power from a source of renewable energy, sufficient electrical power to approximately sustain 27,400 homes per year.

It will lessen the emissions of fossil-fuel based greenhouse gas of Macon mill by more or less 200,000 tons per year through the biomass substitution whose emissions are equivalent of around 35,000 passenger cars.

The system will produce power from roughly 400,000 tons logging residuals per year (branches and tops of trees). In the Macon area, currently, residuals of a likely 3.3 million tons per year are available.

Xerox to Manage P&G¡¯s Worldwide Print Operations

Xerox¡¯s managed print services improve document management from the print shop to the virtual office

Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) will manage the Procter & Gamble Company¡¯s (P&G) worldwide print operations, helping the consumer products company reduce operational costs by an estimated 20-25 percent. The five-year services contract calls for Xerox to manage P&G¡¯s print shops, offices and home-based work settings.

Xerox Office Services is the company¡¯s industry-leading managed print services offering. It helps organizations drive cost out of IT and office infrastructure by managing document devices such as printers, copiers, and fax machines -controlling how and when documents are printed.

Working with Xerox, P&G has the opportunity to deliver substantial sustainability benefits in addition to cost savings and increased user satisfaction and reliability. P&G predicts it will reduce print-related power usage by 30 percent and paper consumption by 20-30 percent annually.

¡°Simplifying our global printing structure helps increase reliability and efficiency, transforming the way we work,¡± said Filippo Passerini, chief information officer and president, Global Business Services, P&G. ¡°This innovative initiative is one step on the journey to ¡®go digital¡¯ and make our workplace more sustainable.¡±

Using Lean Six Sigma-based methodologies, Xerox Global Services will deliver an enterprise-wide strategy, expected to free up hundreds of minutes of employee time annually.

Xerox will provide on-site training to help P&G¡¯s employees manage the new print environment, including tips on how to reduce the time spent on print-related activities. Xerox¡¯s change management program focuses on how best to support the staff during the transition in order to minimize disruptions. Xerox will also create a Web portal for online learning and easy procurement of equipment, consumables and support for virtual employees.

The breadth of the P&G agreement is an example of how Xerox is extending its managed print services leadership across the global enterprise. According to Ken Weilerstein, vice president, research at Gartner, Inc., ¡°Enterprise-wide document management continues to represent one of the most labor-intensive, inefficient and overlooked opportunities for companies to reduce cost and increase productivity.¡±

¡°We believe this agreement with P&G will be a benchmark for all companies to get more out of the print infrastructure they¡¯ve invested in ¨C from the print shop to remote locations,¡± said Stephen Cronin, president, Xerox Global Services. ¡°Implementing managed print services allows P&G to concentrate on their core business and at the same time achieve sustainability objectives.¡±

Project Name: Proctor & Gamble Awards Xerox Worldwide Print Contract

Location:NA

Commencement:2009

Completion:2014

Estimated Investment:NA

Capacity:NA

Key Players:Xexox and P&G

VPK Packaging Group Announces to Invest in a new Papermill

VPK Packaging Group is planning to bulid a new paper mill in central Europe. The firm plans to invest €200m (¡ê158m) in the new paper mill that will produce 300,000 tonnes of light weight recycled corrugated case material (80-160 g/m2) per year.

VPK has opted two possible locations for the establishment of the mill ¨C Zeitz in Germany and Wroclaw in Poland. The construction, which will take 2 years to complete would be operational in 2011. The new mill will create 150 new direct jobs and 100 indirect jobs in the periphery of the plant.

Project Name:A new Papermill

Location:Zeitz in Germany or Wroclaw in Poland

Commencement:N/A

Completion:N/A

Estimated Investment:€200m

Capacity:300,000 tonnes of light weight recycled corrugated case material (80-160 g/m2) per year

Key Players:VPK Packaging Group

Ball Packaging Europe Plans to Build a New Can Plant in Poland

Ball Packaging Europe, an aluminium can manufacturer, intends to buy a 12.5 ha lot and plans to build a new plant within a year¡¯s time after obtaining a permit to invest in the Lublin Sub-Zone. The project which is estimated to cost 200 mln PLN may offer employment to more than 100 people.

Grzegorz Skora, the production director from Ball Packaging Europe Radomsko, said that the company wants to start the construction as soon as possible.
The Lublin plant, with production premises equipped with one can-manufacturing line, warehouses and office blocks, will be the second, together with the Radomsko plant, investment of the partnership in Poland. According to ¡°Wiadomosci Lublin,¡± the plant¡¯s productive capacity may amount to 2 mln packages a day as the production process will be highly automated in the plant. The low-qualified staff percentage will be low and the required cadre will consist mainly of highly-qualified specialists; engineers and economists. After the recruitment process, which will start in June, selected persons will take part in several months¡¯ training in the Ball plants.

The plant is scheduled to start operating in the first half of 2009.

Project Name: Investment in the Lublin Sub-Zone

Location:Poland

Commencement:N/A

Completion:N/A

Estimated Investment:200 mln PLN

Capacity:2 mln packages a day

Key Players:Ball Packaging Europe

Amcor to Build a Third Glass Furnace at its Gawler Wine Bottle Plant

Amcor announced that it is going to build a new glass furnace at its Wine Bottle Plant in Gawler, South Australia with an investment of US$ 150 million. The project is expected to be completed during the first half of 2010. After completion, the site will have three furnaces with an annual production capacity of 600 million wine bottles.

The investment is a part of Amcor¡¯s strategy of focusing capital on nominated growth segments such as glass wine bottles in Australia. According to the company, the wine industry in Australia promises solid growth and thus there will be more demand for wine bottles. To meet such demand, the company believes that a new furnace needs to be constructed every three to four years. According to Amcor¡¯s Managing Director and CEO, Mr Ken MacKenzie, ¡°Investment in wine bottle manufacturing in Australia has been a great success for Amcor. This new $150 million furnace builds on our strong position, creating a low cost, three furnace site, ideally positioned to service the large wine filling locations in the Barossa region.¡±

Project Name:A Third Glass Furnace at Gawler Wine Bottle Plant

Location:South Australia

Commencement:N/A

Completion:First half of 2010

Estimated Investment:US$ 150 million

Capacity:600 million wine bottles

Key Players:Amcor

Pamarco Global Graphics Installs Laser In La Palma Plant

Pamarco, a leading company in the printing industry, has installed a third laser at its new location in La Palma, California. This is aimed at serving its the west coast market better. This will help the western division to have increased laser capacity and improved engraving capabilities. The plant was opened in October 2007.

The plant joins Pamarco¡¯s other anilox roll facilities and a total of fifteen lasers in North America. Other facilities are located in the following areas: Atlanta, Georgia; Batavia, Illinois; Vaughan, Ontario and Roselle, New Jersey.

Pamarco Global Deploys New Laser in its European Plant

Pamarco Global Graphics, global leader in the printing industry and manufacturer of anilox rolls, has announced that it has added another multi-beam laser at its anilox manufacturing facility in Warrington, UK. This is in line with the growing demand for its high line screen and volume anilox rolls in the European market.

According to the company, the investment is part of a continuing strategy to move all of its lasers to solid state technology. This addition will result in Pamarco having three multi-beam lasers for use across the globe.

Project Name:Installation of multi-beam laser

Location:Warrington, UK

Estimated Investment:N/A

Key Players:Pamarco Global and its European customers.

Amer Sports Selects Zebra Technologies to Implement its RFID Compliance Labeling Project

Zebra Technologies announced that Amer Sports selected its EPC Gen 2-standard labelling system for its RFID compliance labeling project for shipments of its Wilson Sporting Goods brand. Zebra¡¯s best-of-breed RFID printer/encoders help manufacturers and distributors comply with UHF Gen 2 mandates while providing superior track and trace capabilities for total asset visibility throughout the supply chain.
Wilson¡¯s team of experts installed four Zebra R110Xi printer/encoders to label shipments that require RFID compliance tagging, which is suited for use in harsh shipping environments. According to Steve Park, Zebra vice president and general manager for RFID, ¡°Additionally, organizations looking for high-volume labelling will benefit from some of its unique features such as flexible inlay placement, automatic calibration, multiple power levels and easier RFID programming.¡±
The XML-enabled Zebra R110Xi allows for seamless integration into existing enterprise systems. At Wilson, the R110Xi printer/encoders interface directly with applications running on an SAP Auto ID Infrastructure (AII) via an IBM AS/400 host to receive the order information necessary to produce the shipping labels.

Project Name

RFID Compliance Labeling Project

Location

Vernon Hills, IL

Commencement

May 2008

Completion

N/A

Estimated Investment

N/A

Capacity

Key Players

Zebra Technologies and Amer Sports