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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

Premier Paper expands its UK ops to target newer markets

Premier Paper rolled out a multimillion-pound expansion across its sites around the UK as it makes moves into new markets to respond to evolving client demand.

By the end of February, it had begun full operation at a new 5,850sqm warehouse in Dartford while doubling the size of both its Bristol facility to 3,250sqm and its North East hub in Washington to 1,020sqm.

While the expansion has been implemented due to the general increase in customer demand, group marketing director David Jones said

Mondi to cease UK manufacturing

Mondi is set to bring an end to its UK manufacturing with the planned closure of its two remaining UK production plants, putting 208 jobs at risk.

The paper and packaging group has announced a minimum 45-day consultation with employee representatives concerning a proposed plan to close all manufacturing operations at its Deeside Industrial Park site in Flintshire and its Nelson, Lancashire site by the second half of 2020.

The employees have been told that the work from the two sites, which

Two Sides fact sheets on paper recycling, sustainable forestry

Two Sides North America released three new fact sheets addressing key environmental topics related to paper and print.

Paper recycling not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, it also extends the supply of wood fiber, saves landfill space and often decreases the amount of energy needed to produce new products.  Some highlights include – The recovery rate for paper and paper-based products in the US is 68.1%.

In Canada, nearly 70% of all paper and cardboard are recycled. This recovery

Austrian company introduces new fully recycled label paper

Austrian paper specialist Brigl & Bergmeister has launched Niklakett Medium Pure, label paper made entirely from recovered fibers offering high wet strength.

The paper is designed to sustain high industry standards without compromising production efficiency or environment. It is currently available in 70gsm and with linen embossed surface as Niklakett Medium Pure Fashion. To complete the new Pure product line the company will launch with Nikla Select Pure, a non-wet strength label paper

Lecta launches new inkjet label paper

Paper specialist Lecta has expanded its Adestor line of self-adessive materials with Inkjet Matt LR FSC (C011032) SP123 White Glassine 62 made specifically for logistics and retail sector.

The new product has been specially developed for logistics and retail labels. It provides good absorption and uptake of inks, resulting in improved drying times both for UV and water-based inks.

With this launch, Lecta continues to build on its specialized multiproduct offer for digital printing, responding

Metsä Board to ensure quick supply of white kraftliners

Metsä Board recently announced the launch of a new WKL Common Stock Service to help streamline and enhance the order-delivery processes of white kraftliners in continental Europe.

“As part of the commitment to develop customer focused services, Metsä Board created this new service to improve the availability of white kraftliners and help corrugated converters be more responsive and competitive. The new Common Stock service, which was started in March, provides the converters with easy access and

Asia Pulp & Paper launches new label paper at Expo Pack, Mexico

The new Acadia 2000 is a premium one-side coated paper claimed to have superior bulk and excellent smoothness. The wet strength label resists disintegration and rupture when exposed to water or other moisture build-up, making it suited to replacing the plastic-type label. The material is aimed at soft drinks, juice, coffee, beer, wine and other cold liquid food packaging, where it can withstand varied temperatures and humidity.

All pulp and fibre used in the making of APP’s paper products are

Wigston launches its new paper match tool

Wigston Paper in May launched an online paper matching tool to enable designers to identify the closest match for brand identities and corporate colours.

Using the new Paper Lookup Tool, designers and marketers can upload a logo or brand visual identity.  The free-to-use software then searches the company’s coloured paper ranges for the closest match against the three dominant colours in the image that has been uploaded.

Designers can either work from the information given or can fill in an

Japan pulp and paper company acquires Premier Paper Group

Japan Pulp and Paper (JPP) in the first week of July this year acquired the entire share capital of RADMS Paper Limited, Premier’s holding company.

Turning over $5bn (£4bn), JPP is a global company that employed 3,900 people prior to the acquisition across a raft of sectors, including property, ICT systems, renewable energy, recycling, paper manufacturing – mainly tissue and packaging papers – and paper distribution.

The business has operations in North America, Central America, Asia, the Middle

Fujifilm shows off its Acuity Ultra at Fespa

Fujifilm showcased its upgraded Acuity Ultra at Fespa, with new features including a big speed increase to 400m²/hr.

The new Acuity Ultra 5044 model can be configured with an eight channel, dual-CMYK setup that “boosts productivity, and also offers a choice of one- or two-pass printing, producing almost photographic levels of quality”.

“The 400 metre square per hour speed is 60% faster than the previous model, and users can select a level of speed versus quality via the smoothing function.”

OKI Europe launches smallest A3 printer

OKI Europe has announced the launch of its new C800 Series of compact, cost effective A3 colour printers for organisations that typically outsource print jobs.

The C800 Series can handle a range of media in HD colour, from pre-cut media to posters and expansive banners as required by retailers.
“The launch of the new C800 series of A3 colour printers marks an exciting step for in-house printing,” said Anna Emilia Dorrington, senior product marketing manager, OKI Europe Ltd. “Further pushing

Sappi, Borregaard celebrate 20 years of biorefinery investment

LignoTech South Africa (LignoTech) is an equal partnership joint venture between Sappi Southern Africa Limited (“Sappi”) and Borregaard AS of Norway (“Borregaard”). The lignin extraction plant in Umkomaas, KwaZulu Natal was first commissioned in December 1998 and officially opened in 1999. The plant at LignoTech was designed to generate revenue from a previously-unused component of the effluent stream from Sappi’s Saiccor mill. These are used as binding and dispersing agents in a wide range of

UPM culls magazine paper machine in Germany, cutting 160 jobs of 590

UPM plans to take out around 155,000 tonnes of magazine paper capacity by closing down a paper machine at its Plattling mill in Bavaria.

Plattling makes coated and uncoated LWC and SC magazine papers and currently runs three paper machines. Its capacity at present is 785,000tpa.

UPM intends to permanently close PM10, which it said was the lowest capacity coated mechanical machine across all of its European papermaking operations. It was also described as having the “highest technical age”.

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International Paper to expand its business

DS Smith has agreed the proposed sale of two of its packaging businesses to International Paper for €63m.

The London-headquartered packaging giant said the sales of the businesses, based in north-west France and Portugal, would fulfil the commitment it made to the European Commission in relation to the clearance of its acquisition of Europac, which was completed in January.

Completion of the two sales is subject to customary closing conditions including works council consultation and regulatory

Papcel signs Saudi deal

Czech paper machine maker Papcel has secured a deal with a paper industry player from Saudi Arabia. Papcel production range also includes complete services related to “used papermaking machinery” rebuilds and refurbishments and relocation of the machinery anywhere in the world.

Under the plan, Papcel will supply a new tissue paper production line to a new plant operated by the unnamed Saudi business, the Czech company said in a statement.

The amount of the latest deal was not disclosed by

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper initiates new system

Coated specialty paper manufacturer Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has introduced a new quality control system to ensure production at its site in Bielefeld, Germany meets future market needs.
As part of the company’s new business development programme, the new quality control system has been initiated on the CM 21 coating machine. The recently commissioned, modern Honeywell quality control system includes several measuring frames of different equipment and system peripherals for precise process

Mondi launches 2018 Report: Sustainable Packaging & Paper by Design

Mondi Group has released its 2018 reporting suite Sustainable Packaging and Paper by Design, including its full Sustainable Development report and Integrated report and financial statements.
The Sustainable Development report shows positive progress on climate change achieved through the introduction of biomass and recovery boilers in Mondi’s mills leading to 100% electricity self-sufficiency, with 64% of fuel from renewable sources. In total, there has been a 14.5% reduction in specific CO2e

Smurfit Kappa launches premium papers for digital, flexographic

Smurfit Kappa has launched an innovative new range of premium papers that are suitable for both digital and flexographic printers.
The DigiStar paper was developed in response to a growing demand in the market for a multi-purpose premium solution delivering high quality printing results.
Smurfit Kappa harnessed its expertise and experience in paper to develop a unique and sustainable solution that can maximise the capabilities of digital print and work hand-in-hand with both digital and

Andritz launches new PrimeLineTEX tissue machine for textured tissue

ANDRITZ announced that it has officially launched its new tissue machine for textured tissue, the “PrimeLineTEX”, enabling customers to produce textured tissue of a quality superior to dry crepe and very close to structured (TAD) tissue, while at the same time achieving significant cost savings.

PrimeLineTEX is available with widths of 5.6 or 2.8 meters and produces high-quality tissue for towel and sanitary applications. The machine offers up to 25% fiber savings compared to dry crepe and

The Navigator Company to unveil Navigator UHD paper at Paperworld Middle East 2019

The Navigator Company will be present at the 9th edition of Paperworld Middle East, which will be held from 18 to 20 March 2019, in Dubai, to launch the new Navigator paper quality. The world's best-selling premium brand of office paper will be presented in the Middle East with its improved quality, Navigator UHD, which translates in a special surface treatment allowing an even better printing quality, with an improved machine performance. Printed samples will be available to visitors, so that

Sappi joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition to drive environment

Sappi Limited announces that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.
With its membership in the SAC, Sappi joins more than 240 global brands, retailers, and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organizations, and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to improving supply chain

Flint Group introduces AquaCode

Flint Group introduces AquaCode, a full technology range and an ink system that it says goes beyond conventional chemistries to deliver 21st century print quality while providing environmental stewardship opportunities.

Kim Melander, VP & GM EMEA and global strategy for Paper & Board, said, “With AquaCode, we present a global water-based technology designed to reduce the total cost of print.  Flint Group experts from around the world worked jointly using combined best practices to

Stora Enso completes negotiations on possible temporary layoffs at Oulu

Stora Enso has completed co-determination negotiations on possible temporary layoffs with employees at its Oulu Mill in Finland.

As a result of the negotiations, Stora Enso can, if needed, temporarily lay off employees at the mill, excluding the personnel at its adjacent Oulu pulp mill, for a maximum of 90 days during the first half of 2019.

“Basically, there are 500 employees in the scope of the temporary layoffs, which can be used as a precautionary measure to adapt production to possible

Asia Pulp & Paper signs corrugated container joint venture agreement with Japan's Oji Holdings

PT Purinusa Ekapersada, an Asia Pulp & Paper company, and Oji Holdings Corporation have agreed to enter into a US$35 million joint venture to set up a new converting factory in Indonesia. The new venture, PT Oji Sinar Mas Packaging, will produce corrugated cardboard and containers to meet growing domestic demand in Indonesia.
The new factory will be based in Bekasi City, West Java, and is expected to come online in January 2020. It is expected to produce 5,000 tons of cardboard from recycled

Paperworld Middle East expands offerings to reflect ‘More than Paper’ theme

A whole new world of potential business opportunities awaits thousands of regional trade buyers, distributors, retailers, corporations, and educational institutes at the upcoming edition of the Paperworld Middle East 2019 exhibition in Dubai.

‘More than Paper’ is the underlying theme of the region’s foremost trade fair for stationery, office supplies, toys and games, and organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East is staying on course with an expanded product line-up and special programme of

Zanders under new ownership led by Terje Haglund

German papermaker Zanders is set to be acquired, with the loss of 150 jobs.
The firm, based in Bergisch Gladbach near Cologne, will be taken over by new company Zanders-Paper, headed up by Norwegian pulp and paper businessman Terje Haglund.
Haglund is also the chief executive of new start-up company Virginal Paper which earlier this year bought a Belgian paper mill, formerly the home of insolvent Idempapers. He described Zanders-Paper as a “continuation” of its predecessor that will operate as a

Stora Enso to acquire forest assets in Bergvik Skog

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to acquire the forest assets in Bergvik Skog. The forest assets of Swedish forest holding company Bergvik Skog are owned by its subsidiaries Bergvik Väst and Bergvik Öst, split 83/17 percent of these shares, respectively. As a result of this transaction, Stora Enso will transform its current ownership of 49.8% in Bergvik Skog, to a direct holding of 69.8% of the value of the forest assets in Bergvik Väst.
Stora Enso’s forest holdings in Sweden will increase to