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 unavoidable.

“Your local sales office representative will contact you with further market related details.”

The increase on reels and sheets will come into force on 14 April.

One industry source said: “With the recent mill strikes in Finland and the pressure on

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

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

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

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