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RockTenn and MeadWestvaco Combine as $16 Billion Packaging Company

RICHMOND, VA and NORCROSS, GA—January 26, 2015—Rock-Tenn Co. ("RockTenn") and MeadWestvaco Corp., ("MWV") have entered into a definitive agreement to create a leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging ("NewCo") in a transaction with a combined equity value of $16 billion. The combined company will have combined net sales of $15.7 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.9 billion, including the impact of $300 million in estimated annual synergies to be achieved over three years.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, MWV stockholders will receive 0.78 shares of NewCo for each share of MWV held. RockTenn shareholders will be entitled to elect to receive either (a) 1.00 shares of NewCo or (b) cash in an amount equal to the volume weighted average price of RockTenn common stock during a five-day period ending three trading days prior to closing for each share of RockTenn held. The cash and stock elections by RockTenn shareholders will be subject to proration such that the resulting ownership of NewCo will be approximately 50.1 percent by MWV shareholders and 49.9 percent by RockTenn shareholders. Based on the shares outstanding, approximately 7 percent of RockTenn shares will receive cash in lieu of stock. This targeted ownership ratio of NewCo will facilitate the continued favorable tax attributes of the previously announced spin-off of MWV's specialty chemicals business, which the parties intend to complete after the closing of the business combination.
 
Steven C. Voorhees, CEO of RockTenn, said, "This transaction brings together two highly complementary organizations to create a new, more powerful company with leadership positions in the global consumer and corrugated packaging markets. This is a terrific opportunity for shareholders, employees and customers of both companies, all of whom stand to benefit enormously from the combination. Importantly, our two companies are also an exceptional cultural fit, sharing a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and a focus on developing innovative packaging solutions."
 
John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and CEO of MWV, said, "We are creating the leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging solutions and generating significant value for both companies' shareholders. This transaction is a logical step borne of our strategic progress and financial success, and it offers MWV shareholders both immediate value and the opportunity to participate in significant upside as the new company generates substantial growth from its market-focused global strategy."
 
Voorhees will serve as CEO and president of the combined company, and Luke will become non-executive chairman of the board of directors. The board will be comprised of eight directors from RockTenn and six directors from MWV. Other key executives and their positions will be determined according to their strengths and will be named prior to closing. The combined company will maintain its principal executive offices in Richmond, VA and will have operating offices in Norcross, GA.
 
The transaction requires the approval of shareholders of both MWV and RockTenn and is subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Both parties target closing the transaction in the second calendar quarter of this year.

DRG Technologies Adds a Second Performance Series Press

ST. LOUIS—January 13, 2015—DRG Technologies of Safford, AZ has added a second Mark Andy Performance Series P7 press to enhance capabilities and capacity. The new press has already been put to work on a variety of prime labels and pressure sensitive film labels.

Since installation of its first Performance Series P7 in 2012, DRG Technologies has been keeping the press busy running three shifts a day and producing a variety of pressure sensitive labels and insert cards. According to the company, the quick change capabilities of the Performance Series have been a distinct advantage when running products with multiple SKUs, allowing them to plan and manage jobs based on client demand.
 
Each press can be run by a single operator, supported by a pre-press support team assisting in the offline set up of subsequent jobs.

Both machines have rail-mounted web turn bars, allowing more application flexibility including extended content and back-side printing, as well as additional decoration capabilities for higher-end labels and packaging.

Why You Should Go to ICE USA 2015

By Noel Ward

I’ve long since lost count of how many shows and conferences I’ve been to over the past 20 years, but there has been one constant across them all. It is the value that comes with networking, gaining new knowledge, coming up with new ideas, and seeing first-hand how equipment and software can deliver new productivity and profitability.

Being a technology junkie, I am drawn to the show floor where I can get up close with the equipment, see how things work, and ask questions. That strokes my engineering genes, but very often it is the conference sessions that are the real gold. These are the places where perspectives are gained and ideas are born. I often find myself frantically scribbling down notes on new thoughts while listening to the speakers. Almost every notebook I take to a show comes home with a several pages filled with new thoughts and ideas for magazine articles, videos and webinars. This happens at nearly every show or conference I attend.

Conferences are also places where, free from the day-to-day demands of running a printing and converting operation, you can seek out new opportunities, maybe look at your business in a new way, and even question the status quo. You see something new, ask a question, or hear someone else ask one, and something “clicks” in your head. And you suddenly have a different way to think about a process, problem or challenge. Or maybe just see a new opportunity.

So as you cruise the floor at ICE USA 2015 next month, go with an open mind. Look at both digital and conventional technologies and see what they have to offer. Listen to what the speakers have to say about all types of printing and converting, and about how you can make your business more successful and more adaptable to our changing industry. The range of information available can be almost overwhelming and a little intimidating at times, but the more you hear and think about, the better prepared you are to make the moves in your business that can separate you from your competitors.

You can go online and register to be part of the leading America’s leading event for converting professionals and I hope to see you in Orlando!

Dee Paper Box Adds New KBA Wide-Format

DALLAS—January 20, 2015—Dee Paper Box Company, a folding carton design, printing, and manufacturing firm located in Chester, PA, is broadening its pressroom capabilities with the installation of a new seven-color, 57˝ KBA Rapida 145 double-coater UV press with a host of unique automated KBA technology.

The new 57˝ KBA Rapida 145 press will be equipped with the latest technology including new, automation such as the award-winning KBA SIS Sensoric sidelay-free infeed, the CleanTronic UV system with a pivoting washing beam for washing of blankets and impression cylinders sequenced with automatic plate changing, and additional parallel makeready processes that contribute to significantly higher net production output. The press is also equipped with the KBA QualiTronic ColorControl inline color measurement and control camera system that monitors and maintains color consistency by taking a snapshot of every printed sheet thus guaranteeing optimum color fidelity. The new press combines KBA's density-based inline QualiTronic Color Control capability with a full-scale version of System Brunner’s Instrument Flight inking unit control software, which prioritizes grey balance values. This creates a closed-loop system for measuring and controlling color during impression, assessing the visual appearance of every printed sheet to help ensure uniform production from one day to the next.

FTA Annual Forum to Spotlight New Trends in Packaging Design

BOHEMIA, NY—January 16, 2015—Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) 2015 Annual Forum, themed “Hitting the Perfect Harmony,” aims to do just that in myriad ways over the course of four days, May 3-6, in Nashville, TN.

One session in particular, "Upside Down or Inside Out: What’s Next in Packaging?" will focus on overall packaging trends that are being driven by changing population demographics, including printed electronics and brand protection.

The two-hour session, set for Sunday, May 3 at 12:30 p.m., will mark the opening of
Forum 2015. It is sure to serve as a great conversation starter for attendees.

Chaired by leading-edge thinkers, Penny Holland, Sun Chemical Corp. and Galen Croxton, Tetra Pak, the session will explore new opportunities for flexo printers/converters to consider as they seek to diversify offerings, expand capabilities and increase revenue streams.

Additional presentations will include:
  • “Packaging Trends,” Colleen Twomey, California Polytechnic State University
  • “How Technology and Consumer Trends Affect Packaging’s Future,” Suzy Badaracco, Culinary Tides, Inc.
  • “Brand Protection Solutions,” Lori Campbell, The Label Printers
To register for FTA’s 2015 Annual Forum, visit www.flexography.org or contact FTA’s Customer Service Department at 631-737-6020. Early-bird rates offer a $200 savings and are valid through Feb. 27, 2015. Special discounts for printer/converter registrants are available, as well as a “Buy two, get the third free” promotion. Consumer Product Companies are entitled to complimentary registrations.

Delta Industrial is Now Delta ModTech

MINNEAPOLIS—January 22, 2015—Delta Industrial Services has formally changed its name to Delta ModTech, a name that conveys its strength and identity in the web converting and packaging industries.

However, the "ModTech" name is not new, having been the brand on most of the company's products for many years. It stems from the modular web-handling technology that serves as the foundation for the company's servo-motor driven systems that are used in industries that include medical, pharmaceutical, labeling, print finishing, packaging, consumer, electronics, and automotive. The company's tagline, "Masters in Motion," plays on that history.

According to the company, "There are many Deltas but there is only one Delta ModTech, a name that conveys the company's service, engineering and precision performance its customers have come to know and respect."

First Xeikon Cheetah Installed at Mercian Labels

EEDE, THE NETHERLANDS—January 22, 2015—Mercian Labels in Burntwood, Staffordshire, England is home to the first installation of Xeikon's new Cheetah digital label press. It will run alongside an existing Xeikon 3000 Series digital press; as well as other hotfoiling, flexo and inkjet technologies, helping Mercian provide robust label manufacturing services.

According to Dr. Adrian Steele, managing director of Mercian Labels, the company expects to gain market share from traditionally flexo territory as digital becomes more competitive on longer runs. He notes that customers increasingly want to deal with one supplier for their custom packaging requirements, and not be forced to use multiple suppliers that only serve a narrow profile of work because they refuse to adopt the best of both digital and analog worlds, and in different market segments such as cartons and labels. "We have already taken a small but significant step into digitally printed cartons, a move that has really connected with our customer base,” Steele says.

"We will look closely at how digital can grasp even more jobs that used to be printed in flexo, thanks to the faster running speed and lower consumables cost," says Steele. "With increased capacity, the cost point also goes down. And with a genuinely different cost base compared to our competitors, we can improve competitiveness.”

Amcor Joins Recycling Investment Efforts in South Carolina

MANCHESTER, MI—January 21, 2015—Amcor joins Coca Cola, Alcoa, and other industry partners that have combined to form the Recycling Partnership, a collaborative, industry-funded effort designed to boost residential recycling in the United States. The funding will support the Recycling Partnership’s inaugural project in Columbia, SC, where a complete modernization of the city’s residential curbside recycling program will be undertaken.

Amcor and its partners have invested $300,000 in the Columbia project, which provides strategic partnership grants to organizations that share the goal of responsible packaging and helping people in need.

“The Recycling Partnership provides the initial funding to help communities prioritize recycling among other important municipal projects,” said Charlie Schwarze, global sustainability manager at Amcor Rigid Plastics. “This investment also serves a dual-purpose within Amcor by enabling us to invest in a community where we operate and also increase the amount of valuable recycled PET material for future conversion.”

Amcor operates a manufacturing facility in nearby Blythewood, SC.

Amcor’s Rigid Plastics unit - one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care, and healthcare industries – is joined by the Alcoa Foundation, American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corp., Carton Council, Coca-Cola, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and Sonoco Products as financial supporters of this groundbreaking effort designed to leverage one-time private investments with public funding to support recycling efforts in several cities.

The Recycling Partnership has selected four partner cities to launch the effort. Along with Columbia, they include Richmond, VA., and Florence, AL. A fourth city will be announced later this year. These municipalities will receive technical and financial assistance which will target four key areas:
  • Recycling Access – ensuring municipal households are served by large roll carts.
  • Champion Building – bolstering support from local and state-elected officials.
  • Regional Coordination – creating strategies across the entire recycling value chain to ensure best management practices for municipal recycling.
  • Education and Outreach – Increasing recycling participation and reducing contamination in the recycling stream.
Columbia is converting its recycling program from a bin-based to a cart-based collection program. As part of the program, some 34,000 households will receive 96-gallon carts, technical assistance, and recycling education/outreach. During the next 10 years, Columbia’s improved recycling efforts are expected to produce a savings of 236 million gallons of water, 1.2 million BTUs of energy, and 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases.

Projections show that cities receiving Recycling Partnership grants and technical assistance could realistically increase recovery of recyclable materials by more than 200 percent, bringing them on par with some of the top performing programs in the country. The city of Columbia, specifically, expects to see a 500 percent increase in recovered material.

Amcor expects to see a substantial increase in the recovery of valuable post-consumer PET plastic for input into polyester and PET products. According to the company, only 31 percent of PET bottles in the United States are recycled each year, resulting in millions of dollars’ worth of PET being thrown into landfills each year. The Recycling Partnership plans to invest more than $1.4 million this year in recycling infrastructure improvements nationwide.

Heidelberg Shows Off New Diecutter and Gluer

HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—January 21, 2015—More than 200 visitors from Africa, Europe, South America, China, India, Korea, Russia, and the Middle East attended the Packaging Days hosted by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to discover new solutions for packaging printing. Heidelberg presented its new Promatrix 106 CS die cutter and the new Diana Smart 55 and Diana Smart 80 folding carton gluing machines. These machines are aimed at companies that manufacture folding cartons and at all-rounders that need optimum quality and reliability for short to medium-sized runs. Using the example of an end-to-end job for a fictitious outdoors store, Heidelberg staged a live demonstration to show visitors the production process for invitation cards, stand-up displays, posters, folding cartons, and CD jackets.

The Promatrix 106 CS diecutter is meant  for short to medium production volumes and performs die cutting and embossing at a speed of 8,000 sheets per hour. The machine offers a wide range of standard features, extremely user-friendly operation, and an attractive price-performance ratio.

In the Diana Smart 55 and Diana Smart 80 folding carton gluing machines, Heidelberg has developed a new platform for medium volumes in the production of straightline and lockbottom cartons. The products require less space and feature a modular design that means they can be adapted to suit specific customer requirements.

Source: Heidelberg.

Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web Proud Members of the UV LED Curing Community

PLYMOUTH, MN—January 26, 2015—The UV LED Curing Community is a website community designed by Paul Mills, a long-time proponent of UV curing. This non-commercial website was formed to focus specifically on growing the UV LED curing industry. The community works with publications, suppliers, and associations to provide news and information to their readers and members. 
 
The Community has two primary purposes:
  • Provide a forum for UV LED curing conversations
  • Foster communication between suppliers and consumers of UV LED solutions
Mills, like Flint Group, feels that UV LEDs are making new inroads in the printing industry but adds that, “We still have much to learn about how this technology will fit in for printers, converters, and suppliers, and what applications may benefit the most. The UV LED Community, with the support of knowledgeable companies like Flint Group, is helping to close that gap.”
 
For more information on the UV LED Curing Community, or to become a member, please visit their website at www.uvledcommunity.org.