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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

Paper manufacturers look to implement stock charges

Paper manufacturers are understood to be looking at charging customers for any paper that is held at wharf for 60 days or more.

While previously mills have offered to hold stock at wharf locations for an unlimited period, it is understood that paper will now be invoiced on the 60th day.

One industry insider said the change for stocking paper was mainly in the cut-size paper sector, and had been going on for a while now due to challenges with cashflow.

Malcolm Sinclair, marketing director at

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe to increase Giroform carbonless prices

The company will increase the cost of Giroform rolls and sheets worldwide by 5-7%, with the hike taking effect from 18 July.
A spokesman for the company said the move was due to the steady rise in costs for energy and raw materials.
He said: "This is the first worldwide increase in the price of Giroform carbonless papers that has been made this year.

"In view of the cost increases experienced in raw material and energy prices, this increase is very much

Sappi to close coated graphic paper mill Biberist by July end

Sappi Fine Paper Europe (SFPE) is to close its 550-staff Biberist mill, a move that will take out 500,000 tonnes of its annual coated graphic paper capacity.

It is anticipated that production at the Switzerland-based mill will cease at the end of July, while the company investigates possibilities for a sale and alternative industrial use of the site.

Mat Quaedvlieg, director of manufacturing at SFPE, said the reason for the closure of the mill was mainly the costs that had risen, which he

New creative papers launched by Arjowiggins in seminar

Arjowiggins in collaboration with their distributor Giffin graphics conducted three seminars to give printing hints on speciality papers. Two of them were conducted in Dubai on 29th March 2011 for printers and creative agencies. The seminar for printers was organised with PPG Group and attended by 50 people with focus on creative papers and environmental issues. The third seminar was organised in Abu Dhabi for creative agencies as well printers.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, business manager for

April Fine Paper conducts its 2nd partner seminar for MEA region

April Fine Paper recently conducted a conference for its MEA region partners in Dubai.

Some 58 partners attended the event representing 31 countries. Head of sales at April Fine Paper, Sunil Sood gave the presentation about company's developments and future strategy.

Company has invested in a new facility in China with an annual capacity of 1.5Mt. "We cater to 26 countries in ME region which contributes to 15% of our global sales forming it to be our largest territory group. We intend to

UPM launches low-cost uncoated option for catalogues and books

Paper giant UPM has launched UPM EcoLite, an uncoated paper available in very low weights of 29gsm and 31gsm.

The paper manufacturer said the product is a low cost paper that provides a competitive option for very low weight woodfree uncoated papers.

Petri Salminen, product manager, UPM paper business group, said: "The paper is low cost and environmentally friendly, and it is the ideal product for when whiteness and yellowness are not the most critical elements in the end use."

UPM EcoLite can be

UPM to acquire Myllykoski Corporation and Rhein Papier

UPM has agreed to acquire Myllykoski Corporation and Rhein Papier to "improve cost competitiveness".

The move is in line with the broad consolidation across the industry, which has seen aggressive acquisitions and millions of tonnes of capacity taken out.

Myllykoski Corporation and Rhein Papier have and estimated enterprise value of €900m ($1.2m) comprise seven publication paper mills in Germany, Finland and America, which have an annual production capacity of 2.8m tonnes.

The deal will add

APP launches HVA products at roadshow for Levant region

Indonesian Paper giant, APP Jordan, organised a roadshow for local and regional printers and distributors in the Levant region.

The event held on 12th December, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Amman, introduced the new line of high value added (HVA) paper products and their specifications through a detailed presentation.

"We are delighted to launch the high value added paper and board products in the region, as we are committed to continuously provide new products for various usages that meet

Sappi boss says get used to new reality

Founded in South Africa in 1936, Sappi has paper pulp production of 3.3 million tons per annum and paper production of 6.8 million tons per annum. The company has introduced its price increase for third time this year with 8% for speciality products. A 16,400 employee company has manufacturing operations over four continents.

PW: Whats your take on Middle East market?

BW: I have been coming for the last two years to the ME, but Sappi has been in the market for the last 30 years and our policy is

Chinese paper companies hit with anti-dumping duties

Imports of coated fine paper (CFP) from Chinese paper mills have been slapped with provisional anti-dumping duties of up to 39.1% following an investigation by the European Commission.

The move, which resulted from a complaint by Cepifine, applies to CFP sheets (not rolls) of 70gsm to 400gsm and an ISO 2470-1 brightness of more than 84, for a provisional period of six months.

Asia Pulp and Paper's (APP) Gold East Paper (Jiangsu) and Gold Huasheng Paper (Suzhou) will face duties of 19.7% following

Rumours of newsprint merger may herald European shake-up

The European newsprint market could be on the verge of a massive shake-up following reports that three of the four largest manufacturers in the sector have been discussing a merger.

Paper manufacturers Stora Enso, Holmen and Norske Skog were forced to issue statements earlier this month (2 September), after a report in Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat caused a spike in their share prices.

According to the report, the three companies were planning "the partial or complete merger" of facilities

Sappi puts up coated fine paper price for the third time this year

Paper manufacturer Sappi has said it will put up the price of its coated fine papers by a minimum of 7% and its uncoated fine papers by at least 10% - the grades' third increase this year.

The increases will take place as of 1 September, following "a continuous rise in input costs" that the company said has kept profitability for the industry at "unacceptably low levels".

Sappi said energy, wood and transportation costs had also recently started to increase sharply, following the unprecedented

Printec distributes 100% wood- free, FSC-certified papers in UAE

Maxnoa, the speciality paper division of Printec LLC are the sole distributors of 100% wood free speciality papers produced by the Scottish company, Tullis Russel. The FSC certified papers are currently distributed in UAE, with plans afoot to gain distributorship for the entire Middle East.

Mazen Haj Ali, managing director, Printec L.L.C. said, "This range of specialty paper is used for a wide variety of end uses including premium packaging, cards and high profile text and cover

Idempapers raises carbonless prices to counter higher costs

Paper manufacturer Idempapers is to raise the price of its Idem range of carbonless products.

The company's carbonless reels products will go up by up to 8% and its sheet products will rise by up to 5%, although prices will vary from one market to another.

Arnaud de Brandt, IdemPapers marketing manager, said that the current levels of sales prices "do not compensate for significant cost increases, despite previous price increases implemented this year".

Over the past 12 months, the paper industry

Sappi blames pulp cost for paper price rise

Sappi Fine Paper Europe is set to put up its prices again after claiming that its last increase "barely compensated for the extraordinary increase in pulp costs".

The paper giant will increase the price of its flexible packaging, label, and release liner papers and boards by 6% as of 1 July in all European and overseas markets.

In April, Sappi raised the price of its coated fine papers by "at least 10%" and said it would stagger increases for its mechanical coated papers across the rest of the

APP blasts 'abuse' after subsidy investigation launched by EU

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has denied allegations that it receives subsidies from the Chinese government, after the European Commission launched an investigation into the claims.

Stuart Andrews, APP Eu-rope's spokesman, descri-bed the allegations as "unfounded" and said the company had serious concerns over the legitimacy of the initiative.

"We will prove that our competitive advantage is the result of long-term strategic investments, state-of-the-art technology and effective processes, fully in

Sappi blames latest paper price rises on 'unacceptable' margins

Sappi has said it will increase the price of its fine coated papers by "at least 10%" and will stagger increases for its mechanical coated papers across the rest of the year.

The 10% increase will apply to woodfree coated (WFC) sheets and reels for deliveries from 1 June, and is in addition to the rise of 10% for WFC sheets and reels implemented by Sappi last month (8 March).

According to the South African company, input costs have continued to rise because of pulp, chemicals and oil prices going