New laboratory to research fibre swelling

Mondi collaborates with TU Graz and Océ

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Ulrich Hirn, head of the Christian Doppler (CD) laboratory for fibre swelling and paper performance

The team of the CD Laboratory will investigate swelling and de-swelling processes during paper production, printing and converting. Ulrich Hirn explains, “In modern high-speed inkjet printing presses the fibre swelling is crucial – less swelling means faster drying but fibre swelling also has a positive impact on paper stability. Based on our investigations we will develop simulation models of the different processes. We aim to find solutions to further improve the paper, the printing including inks and equipment as well as the converting in close collaboration with our industrial partners.”

At the opening ceremony, Harald Kainz, rector of TU Graz, and sponsoring partner representatives Leo Arpa from Mondi and Michael Pohlt from Océ pointed out the positive elements of this collaboration of science and industry. They highlighted the development of meaningful results for the industry, the creation of a powerful network of expertise for solving industrial and scientific questions and the development of a talent pool of young technicians and scientists available for the industry.

Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.