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FLEXO Magazine : March 2014
RockTenn Establishing West Coast Mill NORCROSS, GA—RockTenn is set to acquire the Simpson Tacoma Kraft Paper Mill located in Tacoma, WA. Word is the purchase price is near $343 million. RockTenn has committed to invest $60 million in the facility by 2017. Last year, the mill produced 465,000 tons on two paper machines and two pulp dryers that made paper grades including containerboard, specialty kraft paper and pulp. "The Tacoma Kraft Mill is a great strategic fit for RockTenn," said Steve Voorhees, RockTenn's CEO. "Adding a West Coast mill will improve our ability to sat- isfy West Coast customers and generate significant operating efficiencies across our system." "We look forward to working with the entire Simpson team to build on the fine relationships they have developed over the years with the Tacoma Kraft Mill's customers, as well as enhancing the satisfaction of RockTenn's customers in the western United States," said Jim Porter, president of RockTenn's corrugated packaging segment. "This is exciting news for Tacoma Kraft employees and the community. The Tacoma Kraft Mill will be better positioned as part of RockTenn—a successful fiber based company that is committed to the long term success of the mill," said Allan Trinkwald, president of Simpson Lumber. INDUSTRY INDICATORS Quantum Design Buys KTI SOUTH BELOIT, IL—Quantum Design, of Loves Park, IL has taken ownership of Keene Technology Inc. (KTI), a world class manufacturer of automatic splicers and turret rewinders, founded in 1985 by John Keene. Danny Pearse has taken over as president and Dave Culvey has taken over as vice presi- dent of KTI. They currently serve as president and vice pres- ident of Quantum Design Inc. and have more than 30 years experience in the controls engineering, electrical engineering and manufacturing industries. They plan to keep the compa- ny in its current location and retain its current name. Pearse and Culvey have big plans for the future of KTI: They have already started on the development of new programs and improvement upon the current product lines that will bring the company to new levels. The company is committed to improving both the products and services of KTI to best serve the needs and goals of customers. “ We are very excited about the new opportunities at KTI under this change,” said Pearse. “ Dave and I have been fortunate enough to be a part of different manufacturing and engineering companies over the years that have continuously exceeded our expectations. We are looking at this change as the ‘beginning of a new era’ for KTI and look forward to mak- ing improvements that will better the customer relationships as well as the overall product lines.” KTI currently has more than 3,000 machines installed in 24 countries being utilized by printers and converters in the tag and label, envelope, packaging, business forms, newspaper and folding carton industries. In response to the expanding customer base, KTI has diversified its product line over the years to include infeeds, unwind and rewind stands, butt splicers and multi spindle and slitter rewinds, as well as a non stop die cutting system. Flexpack Tech Tour Brings Narrow Web Across Country Leaders from the narrow web flexible supply chain will hold a series of free seminars across the country, addressing the challeng- es, directions and solutions with flexible packaging. These compa- nies, who include Avery Dennison, GEW, DuPont, Screen, Karlville, Zeller+Gmelin and MPS have joined forces to share their knowledge and provide content specifically relevant to narrow web converters. Those in attendance will be able to meet experts from the industry and learn about the latest technologies, such as: • Low migrations UV Inks • Nitrogen inert UV Curing • Newest printing plate technology • Latest high and standard barrier flexible packaging substrates • 4,800 dpi imaging technology • Converting equipment; shrink film finishing, pouch making and offline solventless laminators • Latest printing press technology “ T he Flexpack Tech Tour provides an ideal opportunity to engage with leading U.S . narrow web converters in a setting that provides an open dialogue, ” s aid Denny McGee, president of MPS America LLC. “ Specific needs can be discussed and responded to directly with collective knowledge and shared solutions. There are many new market opportunities for current label printers to print shrink sleeves, pouches and flexible packaging with the focus on short runs and faster turnaround.” The Tour kicked off on March 13 in Los Angeles, CA. Subsequent stops will include: • Charlotte, NC on April 17 • Dallas, TX on May 8 • New York, NY on June 12 • Chicago, IL on Nov. 5 PRESSING ISSUES 8 FLEXO MARCH 2014 www.flexography.org