Paper industry on forest-license

The government will have to revoke a freeze on operating permits for more than 900,000 hectares of industrial forest or the local pulp and paper industry will lose its competitiveness due to a disruption in the suply of raw materials, business groups and analysts have said. 

Executive director of the Indonesian Forest Concessionaries Association (APHI), Purwadi Suprihanto, recently demanded that the government lift its ban, arguing that it would hamper the supply of raw materials to the

Wellcare Infotech opens ‘Sam Ink’ bottling plant in Middle East

Wellcare Infotech LLC have started their first bottling plant of “Sam-Ink” in Middle East on 19th November 2015 where the event was attended by their customers, press and well-wishers.

Speaking about the inauguration, Sam Leong, the managing director of Inkjet Systems Private Limited, Singapore, commented, “ The new plant can produce 500 bottles in a day per shift where it can produce 10,000 in 20 days. The Wellcare will receive the inks in big containers where they can use the machine and

Norske Skog in talks on debt due to declining demand

Newsprint and magazine papermaker Norske Skog is attempting to restructure its near $1bn debt, in the hope of avoiding a “comprehensive balance sheet restructuring”.

The Norway-headquar-tered group has been adversely impacted by a sharp decline in the value of the Norwegian krone, combined with an operating environment during 2015 that the firm described as “exceedingly more challenging than envisaged”.

 It wants to persuade holders of its senior loan notes that mature next year to switch

Sappi sells one mill, invests in another

Sappi has announced that it has completed the sale of the Enstra Mill to Corruseal as the company had announced in July this year. The agreement with Corruseal regarding Enstra Mill includes the recycled containerboard and kraft papers business produced on PM6, as well as the fine paper and security paper portfolio produced on PM2.

Sappi has also announced that it has invested and committed in 2015 and 2016 capital upgrades to secure Stanger Mill as a world-class office and tissue paper

A’wiggins mill invests millions on upgrades to boost SBS output

Arjowiggins’ Stoneywood paper mill has increased production of SBS board to 40% of its output, following a multimillion-pound machine upgrade and work migrating from French mill Charavines.

Stoneywood, the company’s biggest production facility in the UK, has spent $2.31m upgrading one of its machines to handle heavier papers used by packaging clients. It started producing extra products in May in anticipation of Charavines’ closure in June, part of a restructure of operations announced by

Spandex adds Avery’s Diamond films to wrapping range

Spandex is offering five new ultra-metallic finishes after adding Avery Dennison’s Diamond films to its range of Supreme Wrapping Films.

The new Diamond collection offers the finish in white, red, blue and amber plus one limited-edition purple targeting high-quality vehicle wrapping and personalisation.

Spandex said the new films are durable and faster to install thanks to Avery Dennison Easy ApplyT RS adhesive technology for accent colours and full wraps.

Spandex UK general manager Leon

Favini launches paper up-cycled from leather

Papermaker Favini has launched a new paper made partly from leather-making leftovers.

The Italian company, which specialises in high-end papers aimed primarily at the fashion and creative industries, has produced the new paper, called Remake, using 25% by-product from the leather goods industry, 30% FSC-certified post-consumption recycled cellulose, and 45% FSC-certified virgin cellulose fibre.

The product comes from a new process developed by the company that treats leather by-products in

Portucel becomes the latest papermaker to push up prices

Portucel Soporcel is to increase the European prices of its uncoated fine papers, sheets and reels, by between 4 percentage and 8 percentage, for the third time this year. Recently, the company had announced a price increase in Middle East and North of Africa.

The Portuguese company has said it has been forced to make the move, which will come into effect in September, because “the strong pressure on the industry’s cost structure, continuous profitability deterioration and high operating

Sappi Europe launches new direct thermal base paper

Sappi Europe has launched Algro Thermo, a new premium-quality base paper for the direct thermal printing market. Sappi said the product, which is available in weights ranging from 100gsm to 193gsm, is suitable for tickets, vouchers, labels and other thermal printing applications and is aimed at converters who add a thermal coating layer to its surface.

Text and images can be pre-printed on both sides of the substrate by applying a reverse side coating.

Sappi Speciality Papers marketing

Stora Enso will divest packaging plant iKomarom, Hungary

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its offset printed micro-flute packaging plant in Hungary to Van Genechten Packaging International, a leading Belgian packaging company, reported PaperAge.

“There have been major changes in the Komarom plant’s customer base, making the plant no longer strategic to Stora Enso. I believe that a new, solid, international owner can give the company the attention it deserves and develop it further in the new situation,” says Gilles van Nieuw-enhuyzen

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