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Payne Opts for Dusenbery Slitter
U.K.-based P.P. Payne is using a custom-built Dusenbery Model 785 as its primary slitter of jumbo rolls to be converted into Supastrip tear tapes.

A shaftless unwind stand loads 1,600-mm-wide rolls weighing up to 1,200 kg from floor level. Mounted on rails to take rolls to 1,200 mm in dia, a built-in splice table enables roll changes to be made with minimum downtime.

Because unwind edge alignment is critical, the 785 features a sensor that moves the web up to 50 mm either way to maintain alignment. From a 1,600-mm parent roll, the 785 reportedly delivers slit rolls accurate to 1 mm.

The machine has both score and shear slitting. After slitting, the web splits onto a cantilevered, twin-shaft rewind to produce rolls up to 1,000 mm dia.
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Supplier News
FIS to Supply Kimberly Clark

CASSINA DE' PECCHI, ITALY—FIS Impianti s.r.l. will supply an automatic jumbo tissue paper roll handling and film wrapping system to Kimberly Clark's Romagnano mill in Italy.

A second installation will consist of an automatic roll-downending and conveying system to the converting area.

Absolutely Micro Clean Names Distributor for Asia
MOORESVILLE, NC, USA—Absolutely Micro Clean's anilox cleaning systems will be represented in Asia by distributor Raum Zub Chareon, managed by Prasert Vachiraprakarnsakul in Thailand. The company also reports a recent Micro Clean installation at Tetra Pak in Forsham, China.

Ashe Converting Sells Sixth Opal to Paragon
IPSWICH, U.K.—Ashe Converting Equipment reports Paragon Labels Ltd., Spalding, Lincs., U.K., has ordered its sixth Opal slitter/rewinder. The latest model will be equipped with a single die-cutting station for the complete production of blank labels.

Other Opal machines at Paragon include 410-mm web width base machines fitted with options tailored to specific production requirements. The company also has an automatic Opal turret slitter/rewinder.

ITW Takes Delivery of Quadro TTR Slitter
WOLLERAU, SWITZERLAND—FAES AG has installed a new TTR slitter, the Quadro 400, at ITW Thermal Films in Leicester, U.K. The slitter is equipped with a Fully-Auto Leader Applicator and an Auto Cross Cutting/Tail Winding system for the ribbons.

Raflatac Opens New Factory in South Africa
TAMPERE, FINLAND—Raflatac Group reports it has opened a production facility in Pinetown, Durban, South Africa. General manager Ken Steyn is responsible for the operation. The company also has sales and distribution terminals in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.

Raflatac South Africa is the result of Raflatac's acquisition last year of Vynide, a manufacturer of specialized synthetic self-adhesive laminate.

Show News
Packaging Shows Are Scheduled

CHICAGO, IL, USA—Messe Düsseldorf North America reports Interpack 2002, 16th International Trade Fair for Packaging Machinery, Packaging, and Confectionery Machinery, will be held April 24-30 in Düsseldorf, Germany. More than 2,500 exhibitors and 175,000 visitors from around the world are expected to take part in the event.

The show sponsor also reports IPE China 2001, International Packaging Exhibition in China, will take place Nov. 12-15 in Beijing, China. IPE will feature exhibits by more than 300 companies and will attract visitors from all over Asia.

For more information contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2920, Chicago, IL 60601; ph: 312/781-5180; fax: 312/781-5188; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; web site:

Stora Enso Expands Russian Corrugated Plant

HELSINKI, FINLAND—Stora Enso Packaging will expand the production capacity of its Balabanovo plant in Russia. Capacity at the plant, which makes corrugated board and boxes, will increase from 70 million sq m to 105 million sq m; 35 new employees will be added.

The investment in expanding the premises and adding new converting lines will be euro 14 million. This additional capacity, expected to be in operation by March 2002, will enable the company to respond to the increasing demand in Russia.

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