Antalis strengthens environment commitment with initiative

Antalis will join like-minded organisations committed to the environmental cause in supporting Cap COP 21, a series of events to help protect the environment. The initiative, organised in the run up to the United Nations Framework convention on Climate Change conference (COP 21), includes meetings, informative events and discussion forums which will be held in the run-up to the main conference, which will take place in Paris, France in December 2015.

Commenting on the Antalis Group’s

WAN-IFRA to host its Asia Pacific newspaper conference in Thailand

Publish Asia 2015, the annual Asian newspaper conference from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), and the Asian Media Awards 2015, are set to take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 to 30 of April. Over 400 newspaper executives from Asia Pacific and the Middle East are expected to attend the three-day event said the organizers.

“Following the outstanding success of the World Newspaper Congress, which was held in Bangkok in 2013, Publish Asia’s main industry

Sappi increases brightness of its Opus Sheet coated paper line

Paper manufacturing giant Sappi has announced that it has it has increased the brightness of its Opus Sheet coated paper line to 94 bright, reported. 

“The increased brightness for Opus Sheets demonstrates Sappi’s continued commitment to deliver brilliant brand experiences,” said Jennifer Miller, executive vice-president of the coated business and chief sustainability officer, Sappi North America in an interview.

“Opus is the most versatile line of premium coated paper in

APP sheds its paper pariah past in first FCP progress report

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has been given a cautious vote of confidence by the Rainforest Alliance in the first independent evaluation of its progress in meeting its “ambitious” self-imposed Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) commitments.

Until recently one of the bête noires of environmental NGO’s, APP started its rehabilitation in July 2013 with the publication of a Forest Conservation Policy designed to end deforestation in Indonesia.

The four core commitments outlined in the FCP were

Arjowiggins Graphic launches ‘customer-friendly’ website

Paper manufacturer Arjowiggins Graphic has launched its new website, which it said would enhance the customer experience.

The website, which launched last week, has been designed and developed by web design agency Mud. It features enhanced imagery and design, and an interface that is fully compatible with mobile devices.

This will enable printers, designers and corporates to more easily order samples and calculate the Environmental Benefit Statements on the go, according to the firm.

A new

Metsa will expand paperboard business, exit paper production

Metsä Board Corporation, part of Metsä Group, is introducing the final steps of transformation to a paperboard company and invests approximately $191.2m in a new folding boxboard machine at its Husum mill in Sweden, reported PaperAge. The production capacity of the new machine is approximately 400,000 tonnes per annum and it will start up in early 2016. 

Full production capacity is expected to be reached by the end of 2016. Husum mill’s paper production is planned to be discontinued mostly

Arjowiggins launches its inter-active paper range

Arjowiggins Creative has launched a range of interactive versions of its fine papers.

The ‘Alive’ range blends the paper manufacturer’s creative papers with PowerCoat, its FSC-certified, biodegradable and 100%-recyclable interactive paper for printed electronics. The products in the range – Enter Conqueror Alive, Curious Alive, Rive Alive and Pop’Set Alive – are all ready-enabled for interactive print without featuring PET plastics.

By scanning the technology with a near-field communication

Caledonian Paper mulls over its 96pp investment

Manufacturer of coated magazine paper,  Polestar’s new 96pp web presses have resulted in an investment dilemma for UPM Caledonian Paper.

    It has one paper machine and an annual capacity of 270,000 tonnes. But it cannot currently produce reels in the 2.86m width required for the 96pp press format.

     As well as the wider width, the 96pp reels also have a larger 150mm core than typical heatset web offset paper reels. The reels are also much heavier, which requires clamp trucks and

Antalis has extended its UPM Raflatac range of products

Antalis  has extended its portfolio of products in the UPM Raflatac range of self-adhesive materials.

The expanded range includes the introduction of a new multipurpose SRA3 range, which has been designed for both dry and liquid toner printing. The products have also now been made available in 100 sheet boxes, for customers printing short runs. The entire range of products in the UPM Raflatac range is fully optimised for high speed dry and liquid toner laser printers, covering all quality

UPM cuts capacity, Shotton’s PM1 among closures

One of the two newsprint machines at UPM Shotton will be permanently shut down as part of a plan to cut a further 800,000 tonnes of European publication paper capacity.

UPM’s plan includes shutting down four paper machines within the next four-and-a-half months.

In addition to the Shotton machine these are: a newsprint line at Chapelle in France; an SC paper machine at Jämsä River Mills in Finland; and a coated mechanical paper machine at Kaukas, also in Finland.

This equates to 345,000

Tullis makes bright white shade standard across Trucard range

Paper and cartonboard producer Tullis Russell has made its new bright white shade standard across the entire Trucard matt-coated range to meet increasing demand for whiter stocks.

The bright white shade is available with immediate effect across Trucard 1 and 2 matt and in an extended range of weights from 200gsm to 500gsm. Also, the company has produced a brochure to show the results that can be achieved when using the new bright white coated stock where the brochure demonstrates the high

Stora Enso announces EUR 27 m project to increase production

Stora Enso has said that it will invest EUR 27 million in an upgrade project involving consumer board machine 5 at the company’s Imatra Mills’ Tainionkoski unit in Finland. The project is designed to increase the machine’s annual production by 20,000 tonnes according to a report in PaperAge.

Specifically, the upgrade will focus on the coating part of the machine and on modernizing the winder and reel packaging section.

Imatra Mills consist of two production units: Kaukopää and Tainionkoski

UPM launches new paper grade for coldset web offset printing

UPM has unveiled a range of machine finished speciality paper grades at the World Publishing Expo 2014 called UPM Brite 80. The paper range is suitable for publishers printing supplements, inserts, flyers, books and catalogues.

“Print is a complementary medium within the increasingly diverse world of publishing. To add value requires getting the best from content, and to do this well requires a greater appreciation of paper and its intrinsic characteristics,” says UPM’s Ken Ehrnrooth, head

Kruger to shut down its paper machine due to drop in demand

Kruger Inc. announced that it will stop production on the No. 1 paper machine and deinked pulp plant operations at its Brompton (Québec) Newsprint Mill for an indefinite period, effective from November 14, 2014, Paper Age reported.

“This decision, which is intended to rebalance the order book and improve the Mill’s competitive position, will affect some 98 employees and reduce its annual newsprint production by 100,000 tonnes,” the company said in a news release.

The paper mill’s capacity

Gimpex commemorates 20th year of reselling Magno papers


UAE based distributor of paper Gimpex celebrates the 20th anniversary of reselling Magno, fine coated papers manufactured by Sappi, in the Gulf region.

     Elias El-Wadi, general manager of  Gimpex commented: “The sales of Magno in our market has increased more than 200% since we started. Magno is the only European art paper that is available consistently in all the ranges from 90 to 400g in silk and gloss finish, either locally from our stock and directly from the mill via

World Printers Forum inaugural conference set for October

The World Printers Forum will hold its inaugural conference in October in Amsterdam at the World Publishing Expo, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has announced.

 The World Printers Forum is a new initiative that will guide WAN-IFRA’s activities in all areas of newspaper production, materials and sustainability. This will include promoting the value of print, encouraging the creation of

Sequana presses ahead with Arjo restructure, posts results

Sequana, owner of Arjowiggins and Antalis, has posted an 11% improvement in its first-half EBITDA despite difficult market conditions as it presses ahead with its financial and operational restructuring.

Group sales for the six months to 30 June 2014 rose 2.7% to $2.28bn, while EBITDA increased 11% to $90.2m. Sequana reported a net loss of $106m (H1 2013: $48m loss) after recording exceptional costs of $102, including restructuring costs of $87.5m.

    Meanwhile, the key components of the

Gimpex and UPM in joint venture to distribute labels in Middle East

By Shilpa Jasani
Dubai-based Paper distributors, Gimpex has partnered with UPM to distribute Raflatac Labels in the Middle East region.
General manager- Gimpex, Elias El-Wadi commented: “Gimpex has been a UPM partner for a long time, having the best network of paper distribution in the Gulf and Middle East market. When we started to think of a new business model for UPM Raflatac, the self-adhesive label business of the UPM Group, we focused on having a distribution centre. Our main target was

Sappi Europe announces price hike for coated woodfree, reels

Sappi Europe has announced that prices for its coated woodfree (CWF) sheets and reels will rise by between 6%-8%, depending on “country-specific circumstances” as of 1st September.
According to a spokeswoman, the increase was inevitable due to “today’s cost structure and the low levels of profitability” impacting the paper manufacture. The increase will apply to all Sappi CWF brands including Magno, Quatro, GalerieArt, Vantage, Royal, Furioso and Galerie as well as white-label products

Sappi introduces sustainable papers for packaging industry

Sappi Fine Paper Europe is launching Algro Guard M and Leine Guard M barrier paper grades at Interpack 2014 .
In a statement Sappi announced that these recyclable packaging materials are designed to address concerns about migration of mineral oil into food from packaging that is manufactured from recycled paper. Developed in partnership with BASF and Eurofins, the Algro Guard M has been designed for gravure printed primary packaging such as pouches, sachets, bags and wrappers, and is available

International Paper launches new lightweight board, Alaska Plus

International Paper announced the launch of its new lightweight GC2 product board called Alaska Plus, produced after the modernization of its Kwidzyn mill in Poland.
Alaska Plus is designed for pharmaceutical, healthcare and beautycare packaging as well as for chocolate and all kinds of dry food applications. At this moment, three basis weights are available to all customers while the full range of products, comprising 7 basis weights starting from 200g/m² will be available shortly.
‘Alaska Plus

A’wiggins to refocus, Sequana announces debt refinance

Sequana, owner of the Antalis paper merchanting group and Arjowiggins paper mills, has announced details of a refinance of both companies’ debt alongside an operational restructure at Arjowiggins.
   The group-wide debt restructure includes the conversion of $173m of Arjowiggins’ debt into bonds that will be converted into shares totaling 30% of Sequana’s issued share capital on a diluted basis in December 2020, as well as the write-off of $227m of combined Arjowiggins and Sequana debt.

Epson announces first dye sub transfer paper

Epson has announced the launch of DS Transfer Production Paper, its first dye sublimation material, which has been specifically developed for the volume production of textiles for fashion and soft signage applications.

   The DS Transfer Production Paper is lightweight (75gsm) and designed to dry quickly and avoid wet cockling said Epson in a statement. Its ink transfer to textile substrates capability, even with heavy ink loads, maximises ink use efficiency and produces consistent quality

Afra International are exclusive dealers of Mohr equipment

Dubai based and a part of the Asianray Afra Group , Afra International JLT have signed an exclusive dealership agreement with Hochheim, Germany based Mohr Paper Guillotines to resell and distribute MOHR Eco & Net series Programmable Paper guillotines in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Oman markets. Mohr range of cutters comes in 560mm, 660mm and 800mm sizes.

   Vinay Krishnan, general manager of AFRA International JLT commented : “Afra represents other digital print

Free guide for variable data printing released

Chief technology officer for Global Graphics, Martin Bailey has released a free guide - ‘Do PDF/VT Right: How to make problem-free PDF files for variable data printing’, for designers and users of variable data print can speed the production of VDP jobs.

A number of leading vendors in the VDP sector have sponsored the guide, including DirectSmile, Global Inkjet Systems, HP Indigo, HP Inkjet High-Speed Production Solutions and Screen. The content is completely vendor-independent which is why

Double A widens its reach and horizons in the MENA region

Double A launched a new product range with the introduction of Double A Toners in the MENA region during Paperworld Middle East 2014. Double A will also unveil its special service centers in the form of Double A Copy Centres (DACC) in the UAE.

“Paperworld Middle East is the perfect platform to connect with customers and business partners from key regional markets, and is also the best place to meet new customers and foster fresh partnerships. Double A’s recent capacity increase with the Alizay

International Paper launches new mobile app for new products

International Paper has launched a new mobile app called International Paper Stock Guide App. This app includes five brands of  International Paper (Accent Opaque, Carolina, Hammermill, Springhill and Williamsburg paper products), few hundred paper options and sortable stock information.
According to International Paper, the app is the first of its kind in the Printing Papers industry, and it provides real time updates on new products and spec changes each time the app is accessed. It also

Felix Schoeller Group releases new canvas Collection

Felix Schoeller Group, manufacturer of photographic papers, has expanded its canvas range to include a total of four matt canvas products. The new products are equally suitable for use in large-format printing for wall decorations and large-format digital reproductions of fine art or photos.
The new range consists of Canvas and Canvas Premium. The two options differ primarily in structure and weight. Canvas has a homogeneous structure and a grammage of 340 g/m². By contrast, Canvas Premium has a

International Paper’s coated board project on target

International Paper announced that its investment project at the Polish Kwidzyn mill is progressing on time. The company disclosed earlier this year its plans for a substantial investment in the mill to enhance its product quality and service platform for the coated board market in EMEA.  The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
    Through this investment International Paper will rebuild its coated board machine at Kwidzyn to enable the production of lighter- weight

Middle East edition of WAN-IFRA in March

The 9th WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) Middle East Conference will take place on 12th and 13th March in the Address Hotel, Dubai. During two days an array of international and regional speakers will bring participants up-to-date on a variety of  topics including: industrial inkjet - bubble or innovation push for newspapers, digital news in the age of the platform and strategies for new revenues.
Speakers at the event include Princess Rym Ali, founder of the Jordan