Sona Commercial ties up with IBERBOARD to offer specialty grade grey board

Sona Commercial LLC, a regional provider of specialty grade fine paper products, has tied up with Spanish mill IBERBOARD to offer a range of exclusive products, including grey board, in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Dubai-based Sona Commercial is a decade-old organisation marketing and distributing fine papers. “We are very pleased to announce this partnership,” said Monalo Biz, export area manager, IBERBOARD. “This association will enable us to extend our reach and make our grey board available in this key region."

"With the rapid economic growth, the demand for grey paper board in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Indian subcontinent is also showing a positive climb. We seized this opportunity to enhance our portfolio

Sappi extends price increases to Europe from next month

Sappi Europe is to increase woodfree coated and woodfree uncoated paper prices by 5%-8% from April.

The increase mirrors Sappi’s notice in the second week of February, which announced an identical, immediate increase for the same grades, but only applied to export markets outside Europe, the US and Canada.

In a statement on the latest increase, Sappi said: “Decreasing profitability combined with further cost increases makes a 5%-8% price increase in all Sappi’s European markets

Sappi Europe begins consulting alternatives for Paper Machine 2

Sappi Europe has started a consultation process with employees at its Stockstadt mill to identify viable alternatives for its Paper Machine 2, as it aims to “adjust its capacity in line with market demand”.

The company said the “continuing and accelerating structural drop in demand” for coated papers in Europe and elsewhere has made it “impossible” for it to fill its capacities adequately and to be sufficiently profitable in its current form. “Importantly, the current unfavourable market

Bargain ends Finnish paper mill strikes

The strikes at paper mills in Finland have come to an end after a collective bargaining agreement was reached on 10th February.

About 9,000 paper mill workers went on strike after pay talks broke down.

After two weeks of no progress, and with the threat of the strikes moving into a fourth week, the ongoing mediation of the labour dispute between paper union Paperiliitto and the Finnish Forest Industries Federation has  resumed and both sides approved the proposal made by national mediator