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

Mepco Gulf and Mondi release treated wrapping paper

Mepco Gulf and Mondi Kraft Paper are extending their product portfolio with a new product, barrier treated wrapping paper called Advantage Barrier Wrap.
“Advantage Barrier Wrap is another innovative product brought to the market by the close cooperation of Mepco and Mondi Kraft Speciality division,” said Fadi Baaklini, managing director of Mepco Gulf.
“It has been developed to create a moisture and water vapour barrier on the paper, a function which so far has been reached by waxing or PE

Gimpex launches E-TAG, a new range of static paper for GCC

Gimpex, representing wide range of papers from mills in Europe, South America and Southeast Asia has launched a new range of static papers product, E-TAG printable film for the Gulf countries.
E-TAG is manufactured by ‘specifically structured’ statically charged polypropylene film. For printing purpose, it has a porous coating which is capable of absorbing the printing ink on itself.
Elias El Wadi, general manager, Gimpex said, “E-TAG has no adhesives on it. It adheres to any smooth surface with

Revamped paper range targets expanding high-speed inkjet

Crown Van Gelder has re-branded its high-speed inkjet papers as the papermaker gears up for growth in colour inkjet printing.
The five papers in its family will now come under the ‘Crown Letsgo’ brand, and range from Letsgo Eco targeted at transactional printing and the multi-purpose Letsgo Universal, through to Letsgo Bright Silk aimed at publishers and retailers.
Grammages range from 70gsm to 170gsm. The Dutch papermaker has two paper machines at its Velsen site near Amsterdam, with the

Sappi invests for upgrading its paper making machine

Paper manufacturer Sappi has announced a 61 million Euro investment to upgrade its papermaking machine and turn it into the ‘world’s largest’ machine producing one-side coated and MGBK (Machine Glazed Bleached Kraft) speciality grades.
“This is the biggest investment that has been made at this 300-year-old mill in the past 20 years,” said Rosemarie Asquino, Sappi Europe’s sales and marketing director, specialities. “Not only will it expand our capacity for producing high-demand speciality

APP in association with Regraph launched Hybrite Preprint

Hybrite Preprint is a ‘new age’ preprint paper from Asian Pulp and Paper. It was launched in association with Regraph at an event held at Sheraton Creekside in Dubai this July.
The launch event was hosted by Suneet Sood, regional sales director - MEA starting with a welcome address while Anil Sharma, head of product entrepreneur department gave a presentation on Hybrite Preprint. Sharma explained, “It’s a premium uncoated wood free paper for offset & subsequent sheeting for inkjet/ laser

A’wiggins announces further price hike

Arjowiggins Graphic has made a further price increase announcement, this time of $ 62 per tonne for its Maine 1-Sided paper range.
The increase will come into effect from 1 July and will apply to both sheets and reels. It follows from a £40 per tonne increase in April for the manufacturer’s wood-free coated papers, with the rising costs of raw materials, energy and transport again cited as the reasons for the rise.
Both increases join a raft of price hikes from other paper manufacturers. Metsa

Lamican’s Road show at Gulf Print & Pack

Lamican, Finland OY organized Road show to display its products and the technical abilities during the recently concluded Gulf  Print & Pack in Dubai this April.
 The integrated company unit consists, base paper manufactured in JFY , china for their supplies of food & liquid packaging and aseptic customers, printing, poly laminating facilities and cup making unit in Kunshan, China and for their filling machines supplies are from Finland.
The seminar’s held were complete with corporate

Cordenons at their Emirates night launched new papers with Sona

Italian manufacturer of Fine Papers Gruppo Cordenons together with Sona Commercial, their regional distributors welcomed 300 guests at Armani Ballroom, Burj Khalifa on 25th April, for celebrating Cordenons Emirates Night with the launch of their latest speciality papers.
The Commercial management team flew in from Italy and also the Management team of Sona Commercial came for this event from the headquarters in India.
Two of Gruppo Cordenons new offerings were ‘WILD’ and ‘Art Nouveau’, and they

Antalis ups product portfolio with two new product ranges

Antalis is expanding its portfolio by stocking two new product ranges.
 The paper merchant will be the exclusive stockist for UPM’s Raflatac labelstock products, and will also stock the HP Everyday Paper range, after being appointed by OEM supplier International Paper in January.
 “Our customers can have peace of mind that they can choose from one of the most comprehensive ranges of products and grades to suit most applications, from quality focused and environmentally responsible suppliers,”

Arjowiggins follows Sappi’s lead on paper price rises

Arjowiggins Graphic is to implement a price increase across its woodfree coated papers from 1st April this year.
The paper manufacturer said that rising costs and unfavourable exchange rates had forced the paper manufacturer to announce a £40 per tonne price increase, equal to approximately 6%, for all its customers across the related paper grades.
The rise will impact woodfree coated substrates across the Arjowiggins Graphic porfolio including Satimat, Maine Gloss and Chromomat. Recycled

Insolvent Vida Paper looks for investor post Chapter 11


Swedish paper manufacturer Vida Paper is looking for an investor to save the company after it declared bankruptcy at the end of 2012.
The firm applied to take the company into reconstruction, similar to US Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 6 November 2012 after its bank terminated loans with immediate effect.


Despite Vida Paper claiming it had fulfilled payment obligations, its bank cut its borrowing limit from SEK100m ($15m) to SEK40m ($6 m), and the current owner was not prepared to raise the

Arjowiggins targets printed electronics with Powercoat

Arjowiggins Creative Papers has entered the printed electronics market with the launch of its Powercoat range.
Arjowiggins Creative Papers said that the product received an "extremely positive" response at its launch at California's Printed Electronics USA show.
The company has hailed Powercoat as the first alternative to plastic substrates for electrical conductivity and printing by the manufacturer.
The paper outperforms plastic-based products in its category, the manufacturer claimed, and is

PMT Italia to rebuild sack kraft and testliner at United Paper, Kuwait

United Paper Industries,has selected PMT Italia, a global paper machinery producer as the supplier of a major rebuild of their facility, located in Shuaiba Industrial Area in Kuwait. The project is slated to start in the fourth quarter of 2013

United Paper Industries,has selected PMT Italia, a global paper machinery producer as the supplier of a major rebuild of their facility, located in Shuaiba Industrial Area in Kuwait. The project is slated to start in the fourth quarter of 2013

Papers Worldwide to re-sell Korean papers

Papers Worldwide UAE has signed an exclusive franchisee agreement with Korea-based Moorim papers for distributorship of coated fine paper brands Renoir and Galaxy.
Says Vikramjeet Judge, managing director, "Sensing a demand from the graphics market for reasonable priced coated paper for calendars, brochures and even stationery, we have entered into this agreement for exclusive distributorship in the entire GCC.  These papers will be in the medium range. It will be about 15 – 20% cheaper than

Fifth edition of Paper Arabia ‘12 has 6700 visitors,125 exhibitors

The fifth edition of Paper Arabia was hosted at Dubai World Trade Center between 1st-3rd October this year.  
The event had 125 exhibitors, one less than the last edition and 6700 visitors.  The principal sponsor APP had a prominent booth at the entrance of the exhibition.
Satish Khanna, general manager of Al Fajer Information and Services, organisers of Paper Arabia said, "We received very good feedback from the exhibitors, some people quoted 120% increase over their targets.  The good part was

Chromolux launches new range of papers in heavier board

Previously, the highest grammage available for the Chromolux range was 250gsm, which was dedicated to the graphics market.

The new range is suitable for carton packs for luxury products such as fragrances, as well as displays, covers and cards.

Chromolux marketing manager Christian Drissler said: "When retailers are producing shorter runs for gift packs, they want something extraordinary rather than a commodity board."

He said that the heavier range benefits from the same glossy, smooth surface as

Bobst unveils speciality coating equipment for paper, flexibles

Bobst unveiled new silicone coating line called Rotosil, for paper and flexible substrates for the production of release liners at Bobst Open House in Italy.

According to the manufacturer, the coating unit is trolley type, which provides for flexibility and versatility of the line through the possibility of applying different coating methods.

This also allows for changes in the configuration to match future market trends and new requirements.

The coating unit can be configured as a 5-roller unit

Smurfit Kappa launches new biomass energy plant

Paper packaging giant Smurfit Kappa has announced that it has launched a new biomass energy plant at its Nervion paper mill in Spain.

This is part of a €20m investment project on energy generation from biomass, which will, according to the firm, significantly reduce fossil CO2 emissions as well as improving the mill's profitability.

Smurfit Kappa Nervin general manager Rafael Sarrionandia said: "The objective of this energy project has been to increase the mill's thermal and electrical

APP focuses on packaging with new food grade paper boards

Paper manufacturer, APP conducted road show in Dubai on 19th April 2012 discussing paper and boards available for food packaging.

Anil Sharma from APP's corporate product development presented complete product range of APP's food grade papers.

He said that the food grade papers are specialy designed to meet specific criterias. "The paper should protect food from contamination, should not contain hazardous chemicals, no migration of chemicals and should not change the aroma and taste of the

Sappi announces 5% price hike on coated paper from 1st April

Paper manufacturers Sappi has announced a 5% price hike on its coated art paper citing, 'increase in long term pulp prices, which went down earlier, but are on the way up again, and other cost factors' as the reason for the latest increase.

"The market, if you take the region as a whole, is growing, though there is overcapacity in Dubai and UAE, but the crisis is largely over," says Barry John Wiersum, CEO of Sappi Fine Paper Europe.

"The Saudi market is growing fastest in terms of

Double A launches new brands of office paper at Paperworld

Double A participated in Paperworld exhibiting new products for its markets in Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

"Paperworld now being held in Dubai was a good platform for Double A to showcase our brand and reach out to new customers," says Thirawit Leetavorn, senior executive VP - Double A

We are introducing our new stationery range, bringing in more affordable products. So far we were positioned as a premium grade, but now the new budget range will give us added mileage. The good thing

International Paper gets green light to buy Temple-Inland

Paper giant International Paper has announced that it has won US antitrust approval for its $3.7 billion takeover of Temple-Inland, on condition that it sells three containerboard mills.

The settlement agreement filed on 10 February in a federal court in Washington requires International Paper to sell Temple-Inland mills in Tennessee and California, and an IP mill in Hueneme, California.

The sale of the mills will trim 970,000 tons of containerboard production capacity, or about 7% of the total

UPM announces Albbruck mill closure, affecting 508 jobs

UPM has put more than 508 jobs on the line after pressing ahead with the decision to close its unprofitable Albbruck paper mill in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

The mill's sheeting lines will be transferred to the company's paper mill in Plattling, a transfer that will create 30 new positions at the site.

UPM had been looking for an investor for the site, which ultimately proved unsuccessful, before opting to close the premises.

According to Jyrki Ovaska, president of UPM's paper business group, the

UPM has announced its new mills restructure in Germany

UPM has permanently closed down the paper machine 3 at UPM Ettringen paper mill from 14 December 2011 as being uncompetitive. In addition, overlapping operations are being restructured in the supply chain, paper sales and functions in the Ettringen, Plattling and Hrth mills. The negotiations concerning reconciliation of interest and social plan are concluded at the German units except Albbruck.

The aim of the changes is to improve the profitability and cost-efficiency of UPM's paper business in

APP given EU Ecolabel all clear, but NGO asks for transparency

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is celebrating after an official report by the European Commission ruled that a number of its key products meet the criteria required for the EU Ecolabel.

The controversial paper manufacturer's Golden Plus and Lucky Boss brands were awarded the Ecolabel flower logo in 2006; prompting criticism from the environmental group FERN in its paper EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction.

French firm AFNOR carried out the audit (the same firm which originally awarded the Ecolabel

Sappi outlines 5-year growth strategy following refinancing

Paper manufacturer Sappi has said that there is scope for growth despite declining demand for graphic paper.

The company issued a strategy statement on (7 October), updating its plans for growth over the next five years. It follows a £319m ($510m) refinancing, completed in August.

Sappi said that it was clear that there was a "declining demand trend for graphic paper in our major markets".

However, it added: "We see opportunities in these businesses, which are currently the backbone of the

Stora Enso develops new paper for use in injection-moulding

Manufacturer Stora Enso has developed a speciality paper that aims to reduce the amount of non-renewable material required to produce packaging using injection-moulding processes.

The company said that the new "InnoMould" paper, which is being produced at its mill in Ueterson, Germany, could be used to replace printed film labels, containing information and advertising, that are placed in the mould before the plastic melt is injected.

Stora Enso said that the InnoMould paper combined with melted

UPM to acquire Myllykoski Oyj and sister concern Rhein Papier

The EU Commission has given the green light for paper manufacturer UPM to acquire Myllykoski Oyj and its sister company Rhein Papier.

First mooted in December last year, the acquisition of the combined €900m (784m) turnover companies was finally completed on 13 July 2011.

UPM issued 5m new shares at €10.84 per share to direct and indirect owners of its new businesses and drew €800m in long-term debt in order to finance the deal.

The deal includes seven publication paper mills in

APP launches quadruple coated 'Hi-Kote' paper at road show

Paper manufacturer Asia Pulp and Paper has launched its new flag ship product from its new Hainan Jinhai paper mill in China.

The two-sided coated paper will be available in Gloss and Matt coating from 150 to 270 gsm. Anil Sharma from APP's corporate product development presented the new product at a road show in Dubai held on 19th July 2010. The road show was attended by over 200 people who were mainly UAE printers and paper distributors from the region. Next show is planned in October in