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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

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
  
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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