Nippon announces plans to sell coated paper, U-ltima Gloss

Paper manufacturer Nippon Paper Industries has announced that it will start to sell coated paper U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) in the coated paper U-ltimax series.

According to Nippon, U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) will make it possible to achieve sharp printed images on the print side using offset printing, something that has hitherto been possible only with gravure printing. 

The gloss level (degree of light reflection from paper) of U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) is 80%, almost as high as the

Sappi ramps packaging strategy, pledges new developments

Sappi Europe has pledged to develop at least one new speciality packaging substrate a year as it works to reposition itself as a packaging innovator.

Sales and marketing director at Sappi Speciality Papers Thomas Kratochwill said the company had a number of products in development ready for 2016 and 2017 launches but would not reveal how many.

As part of the strategy Sappi released a white hybrid folding box board, Atelier, in March and is taking that and other products such as the Algro

Stora closes corrugated converting plant

Stora Enso has announced plans to permanently shut down the Group’s corrugated packaging converting unit in Chennai, India, due to unprofitability and a major decrease in local market demand.

The mill closure will involve negotiations with the local employees’ union. The mill employs 350 people, who will receive compensation and other support including training, medical care and assistance in finding new employment.

The packaging unit in Chennai has been part of Stora Enso since July 2011

Ricoh launches clickable paper

Ricoh Europe has developed new authoring capabilities for Clickable Paper that will enable companies to deliver client-centric service. Ricoh is also launching customisation software during the second half of 2015 that will allow clients to embed Clickable Paper into their own branded apps.

Clickable Paper is an image recognition technology that allows printed materials to be repurposed without marking, editing or reformatting the source documents. Hotspots are used to link to rich media from

Metsä Board’s technology to now produce lighter paperboards

Folding boxboard and linerboard producer Metsä Board is testing foam forming technology at its Kyro mill in Finland, to produce lightweight paperboards.

The company has already completed extensive development work to commercialise the new technology.

The foam forming process involves aerating the water-fibre suspension with a stream of tiny bubbles, to make the paperboard structure bulkier but lighter in weight.

In addition, fibres are distributed more evenly in the web, which improves

UPM closes mill in France

UPM permanently closed paper machine No.3 at UPM Chapelle Darblay in France on 22nd June, reducing 130,000 tonnes newsprint capacity.

UPM Chapelle Darblay will continue paper production on the remaining paper machine No.6 producing standard newsprint and improved grades (MFS) with an annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes.

“This year the European newsprint market has faced even stronger headwind than expected. However, our collective actions will ensure the efficient use of our remaining capacity

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper raises its prices for whole product range

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is increasing its paper prices by 8% - for all products. The coated speciality papers manufactured at the Mitsubishi Paper Mills’ German subsidiary Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe in Bielefeld, include high-quality thermal papers (thermoscript), digital imaging papers (jetscript), carbonless papers (giroform) and label papers (supercote).

The company said the price rise was prompted by “constantly rising costs, particularly of raw materials”, in a statement released this

Mohawk, Arjowiggins Creative Papers announce alliance

Mohawk and Arjowiggins Creative Papers have announced a strategic alliance starting from May 12, 2015.  Through this exclusive arrangement, the two companies will share best-in-class manufacturing capabilities, facilities, technologies, sales and marketing resources and expertise.

According to Mohawk, the alliance is unprecedented in the paper industry, especially for two brands which previously acted as competitors.  Under the terms of the agreement, Mohawk will have exclusive rights to

More price rise for paper in the pipeline say manufacturers

Two European papermakers have announced plans to implement further price rises over the summer.

Sappi Europe is putting up the price of its woodfree coated sheets by 8%, while the price of its woodfree uncoated sheets and reels is set to rise by 5%-8%. The rises are effective from 1 July, and follow Sappi’s announcement earlier this month about its intention to raise the prices of coated fine paper and coated mechanical reels, also by 8%.

Sappi stated: “Ongoing cost increases allied with

Quality Printing Press invests in Ricoh’s C7100x from Giffin Graphics

Dubai based paper converter and printing press, Quality Printing Press has invested in the Ricoh Pro C7100x through Giffin Graphics.

Speaking about the investment, Sandeep Bhatia, managing director of Quality Printing Press, commented, “We saw many machines like Kodak’s Nexpress, MGI’s and Ricoh’s Pro C7100x in the Gulf Print & Pack but we were pretty impressed with the performance of the Ricoh machine which made us to invest in this digital machine. Also, the support from Giffin

Antalis has added Priplak to its polypropylene range

Antalis has extended its plastic substrates portfolio with the addition of Priplak, a range of strong but flexible polypropylene sheets that can be used for a variety of applications.

The range, which is PVC-free and 35% lighter than PVC, allows for fine image detail to create high-impact marketing campaigns, according to Antalis.

Priplak is corona treated on both sides, which enables it to be printed in UV offset, UV screen and UV digital, and it is suitable for POS and display

Kiian Digital to launch water based inks at Fespa in Cologne

Manufacturer of digital inks for the textile industry, Kiian Digital has announced that they will use Fespa 2015 in Cologne as the platform for the international unveiling of its new Digistar range of water based inks for the soft signage and textile printing industry. 

Kiian also announced that they are Platinum Partner Sponsors for Fespa 2015.

Alessandra Borghi, sales director, Kiian Digital said: “We are very excited to be attending Fespa once again as a Platinum Partner and with such an

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