Sappi, Felix Schoeller will jointly develop sustainable packaging Solutions

Sappi Europe and Germany-based Felix Schoeller Group have entered into a collaboration agreement that includes the joint development of sustainable barrier paper solutions for flexible packaging applications. The two companies will be combining competencies in their respective business fields in the future in order to provide brand owners with more sustainable packaging solutions for their products.
Sappi is a leading global manufacturer of speciality paper and carton board. In recent years

Stora reconsiders plan for chemical pulp mill

Stora Enso has initiated a process with the Government of Guangxi, China with the target to remove the authorisation for the hardwood chemical pulp mill from its investment permit, reported PaperAge.
Stora Enso has previously announced that it considers building a chemical pulp mill at its Beihai Mill site, once the consumer board machine is up and running. The final decision is yet to come in.
“The market demand for high-quality food packaging board will continue to grow in China and

FINAT will host event in Berlin

The international labelling association, FINAT will be hosting its  prime annual event, the European Label Forum in Berlin. The event will be held between 7th-9th June this year.
It will bring together a spectrum of industry leaders, from label converters to raw material suppliers, media and stakeholders, to debate major  business topics, gain in-depth market knowledge, and be inspired by a programme of top international speakers. It also hosts FINAT’s annual General Assembly, and the

BillerudKorsnäs to invest over $600m in new board machine

The board of BillerudKorsnäs has  made the decision to carry out the largest investment in the history of the company and one of the largest in Sweden in recent years — the investment in a new board machine at the Gruvön site. The decision has been made in view of growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions for food and beverages globally.
The investment of SEK 5.7 billion (approx. USD 622.25 million) includes the construction of a new board machine at the Gruvön production site and

De La Rue: ‘minute traces’ of animal products in polymer

The tallow backlash that has engulfed the Bank of England has also caused De La Rue to revisit its polymer formulation, PrintWeek can reveal.
The world’s largest security printer lays claim to being the only vertically integrated producer of polymer substrates and banknotes, encompassing manufacturing, design and printing. It launched its Safeguard polymer substrate in 2012.
It had initially seemed that Safeguard was free from animal products, and therefore ‘vegan’.
De La Rue has now revisited the

New UPM product catalogue 2017 out sample books available

UPM has announced that its  paper product catalogue 2017 and sample books are now available.  The German and French version of the paper product catalogue will be published soon.
“The printed product catalogue gives our customers the perfect overview. It is complemented by our comprehensive UPM Paper Catalogue online”, says Antti Pokkinen, Director, Product Portfolio, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America).
More details on the papers are available on UPM Paper Catalogue online, providing

IP strenghtens position

International Paper  has finalized $2.2 billion purchase of Weyerhaeuser’s pulp business.  Because the transaction is a purchase of assets, Interna-tional Paper expects to realize a tax benefit with an estimated net present value of approximately $300 million.
International Paper expects annual synergies of approximately $175 million by the end of 2018, which will require the need for one-time costs of approximately $85 million.
“This transaction positions International Paper as the premier

UPM reduces capacity by closing mills in Austria and Germany

UPM is planning to permanently reduce its graphic paper capacity in Europe by 305,000 tonnes. The capacity reductions are planned to take place in Austria and Germany.
UPM plans to permanently close two paper machines:  SC paper machine 3 at UPM Steyrermühl, Austria and  SC paper machine 2 at UPM Augsburg, Germany. 
The plan would result in annual cost savings of about EUR 30 Million. UPM would book charges of approximately EUR 75 Million as an item affecting comparability in Q4 2016. Of the

Zanders launches new digital paper for high-end packaging

German paper manufacturer Zanders has launched Zanpack silk digital paper for high-end packaging and added it to its Zanpack range.
Zanpack silk digital was launched in October 2016, and joins three other papers in the portfolio: Zanpack silk, Zanpack silk 2 and Zanpack touch, all of which were launched in May 2016.
Sales director John Tucker said: “As a mill we are developing a full portfolio of packaging papers and boards. We have a complete label portfolio so to give the customers the same

James Cropper profits and revenue up

Cumbrian papermaker James Cropper has posted strong revenue and profit growth in its half-year results.  For the six-month period ending 1 October 2016, revenue grew by 7.8% to £45.4m, up from £42.1m for the same period last year.
The firm said it will continue to target growth in this segment during the second half by focusing on key growth markets, including packaging and photo papers.
It also noted it has already launched a raft of new products this year, including Dolcelicious advanced food

Mill will close temporarily

Verso Corporation announced plans to temporarily idle the No. 3 paper machine at its Androscoggin Mill , reducing annual coated paper production capacity by approximately 200,000 tons. Verso intends to implement this capacity reduction beginning in the first quarter of 2017.
The mill also will idle a digester and recovery boiler that support the No. 3 paper machine.
In a press release, the company noted, “Most products currently produced on the No. 3 paper machine will be transitioned to other

Pankaboard launches luxury packaging board

Finnish cartonboard manufacturer Pankaboard has launched a new cartonboard for the luxury packaging sector.
PankaLux, which is on show for the first time at this week’s FachPack packaging exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, will become available for worldwide distribution straight after the exhibition shut its doors on 29th September.
 The new board is being targeted at luxury beverage packaging producers.
 Pankaboard head of product development Christer Nordman said: “We specialise in high-end

Designer notebooks with a difference from Antalis

Antalis has engaged with a dozen high-profile graphic designers and artists on a major project that offers an international take on the role of paper in a digital age.
The merchant’s ‘Book of 12’ campaign has resulted in the creation of a set of 12 special notebooks, each showcasing the work of a design professional and with an interview about their approach to paper choices and selection.
Antalis marketing director Ian Webb highlighted the “inherent added value of paper” including sensory

Idempapers to hike prices

Belgium-based specialty papermaker Idempapers SA said that it will increase the price for its carbonless products in sheets up to 5 percentage, effective with deliveries starting from November 14.
In a press release, the company said, “Despite the price increases already implemented during the past months, the volatile UK currency has impacted our margins and we are forced to implement a further price correction. The current Pound/Euro Exchange Rate is more than 20% lower than it used be a year

Stora consolidates corrugated operations

Paper and packaging giant Stora Enso is set to close its Heinola corrugated packaging plant in Finland, citing market pressure and shrinking volumes.
It proposes to move the site’s corrugated packaging production to its Lahti plant, 40km away.
Stora senior vice president Peter Torstensson said: “I think the Finnish corrugated market has been under pressure for quite a long time now and it is significantly smaller today than it was before the financial crisis in 2008. We have seen the market

Soyang Europe launches new products and website

Soyang Europe has launched a number of new products to expand its material portfolio and also launched a new website.
The new products include new carpet materials for UV and sublimation printing, a new range of wall coverings, window films and a set of printable magnetic sheets.
The products have been available for purchase for the past few weeks, apart from the carpet materials, which became available this week.
Soyang sales director Andrew Simmons said: “We are quite positive about these

Antalis to use i-Tone in Creative Papers for first time

Antalis has added new i-Tone technology to all of its Creative Papers. The Creative Papers range includes Antalis’ Curious Matter, Pop Set and Mohawk papers. They have been available for about two years for digital printers.
Speaking to PrintWeek at London’s Packaging Inno-vations 2016 trade show, Antalis digital business partner Jim Whittington said: “To make papers run on Indigo technology, you need a good treatment. There are various treatments in the market, previously we were using a

Neschen Filmolux FGS conforms to standards

Specialist substrate manufacturer Neschen has made its Filmolux FGS product suitable for use in sports facilities. With immediate effect, the 185µm self-adhesive film for floor graphics now conforms to the European standard (EN 14904) for sports floors in gymnasiums and indoor surfaces for multifunctional sports activities.
Filmolux FGS has been part of Neschen’s product range for more than 15 years and was originally developed for classic photographs and inkjet digital print media.
It was R9

Brazil’s surplus increased

Brazil’s wood product trade surplus totalled $3.3 billion in the first half of 2016, an increase of 12% over the same period of last year. Total revenue from exports of sawnwood, panels, pulp and paper for the first half year amounted to $3.8 billion up slightly from the same period in 2015, ITTO reported.
Exports of wood-based panels in the first half were 443,000 cubic metres, compared to 289,000 cubic metres in the same period in 2015, a 53% increase.
Pulp exports grew to 6.4 million tonnes, a

Sappi to introduce sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack

Sappi has announced that it has recently restructured its containerboard product range in order to provide both new and improved solutions for the corrugated cardboard market. 

This includes the bright white Fusion topliner as well as corrugating liner & fluting Ultraflute.  These latest products are designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging across packaging segments.

According to Sappi, Fusion topliner has an ‘excellent’ surface finish as compared  with other

Stora Enso inaugurates its new consumer board mill in China

Stora Enso has inaugurated its new consumer board mill in Beihai, China. The mill started up in May and it        is expected to reach full        production within 18 to 24 months. 

With an investment of EUR 800 million, this is the largest Nordic direct investment in China, and a significant investment in the history of Stora Enso.

The Beihai consumer board mill has an annual capacity of 450,000 tonnes of high-grade carton board products. One of the key end products is Liquid Packaging

Ingenta buys 5fifteen, ad software supplier 5fifteen

Publishing industry software provider Ingenta has acquired magazine and newspaper industry software supplier 5fifteen.

The purchase, which was completed on 29 July, will allow Ingenta to strengthen its product portfolio and strategically build on its existing plans to diversify its client base. This will extend its offering into the media industry as well as the trade and academic publishing markets.

Ingenta will pay up to $1.32m for the share capital of 5fifteen, half of which will be paid

Metsä exits losing paper

Finnish board maker Metsä Board is exiting from several unprofitable paper businesses, and has concentrated the company’s production in linerboard and folding boxboard.

The production of uncoated paper reels at the Husum mill ended in July. The remaining inventory will be sold during the second half of the year.

Metsä Board is also planning to close down its wallpaper base machine PM3 and discontinue its loss-making wallpaper base manufacturing at the Kyro mill in Häm-eenkyrö, Finland. The

Mondi acquires Turkish flexible packaging producer Kalenobel

Recently Mondi Group announced the acquisition of Kalenobel, the Turkish flexible packaging manufacturer, for EUR 90 million on a debt-and-cash-free basis (consideration for 90% of the business). Kalenobel, headquartered in Istanbul with two production facilities in Kırklareli, will become part of Mondi’s consumer goods packaging business and will be renamed Mondi Kalenobel.

Kalenobel serves both international FMCG companies as well as regional food and beverage producers. The company

Record volumes for office paper Navigator in the first quarter

Office paper manufacturer The Navigator Company has said its paper volumes were at record levels in the first half   of 2016.

Despite lower paper imports into the US as a result of anti-dumping measures and pressure from Asian manufacturers importing into Europe, Navigator’s paper volumes grew 3.7% in the first half of 2016 to around 775,000 tons – its highest ever figure for the first half of a year.

This was due to expansion into new geographical regions, improved penetration in the

UPM to invest Euros 98 million in Kymi Mill

UPM has announced that it is investing EUR 98 million in Kymi pulp mill in Finland to increase the mill’s capacity and environmental performance. The investment at Kymi mill will begin immediately, comprising upgrades in wood handling, the birch fibre line, recovery plant and effluent treatment. New machinery will be connected to the process during the next pulp mill shut-down planned for the autumn of 2017.

Kymi’s annual pulp production capacity is expected to increase from the current

Neenah adds to product line

Neenah Packaging annou-nced the expanded offering of its Box Wrap portfolio, with new additions to         its Premium Packaging Solutions and the introduction of its Luxury Packaging Solutions suitable for   retail, beauty, alcohol, electronics and entertainment media brands, PaperAge reported.

“The value of our custom capabilities is immense for brands looking to create unique, one-of-a-kind at shelf recognition with a color, texture, finish combination designed specifically for that brand

Stora Enso follows UPM in latest paper mill sale

Finnish paper manufacturing group Stora Enso has sold its German Kabel mill as it moves away from traditional paper and board production, while Leipa looks to convert UPM’s Schwedt mill for liner production.

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to dispose of the coated mechanical paper mill to Hagen-Pulp & Paper for a cash consideration of €23m, amounting to a loss of €15m.

The German site produces some 485,000 tonnes of lightweight and medium-weight coated paper annually. It employs

Neschen launches chalkboard PVC for both the dry and liquid chalk

Neschen has expanded its range of easy dot products with chalkboard black, a decorative print media where information can be applied with dry or liquid chalk. Product manager for the specialist substrate maker Rita Gerhard said the product was coated with a solvent-free and water-based adhesive. She likened it to a printable chalkboard.

“The black film is easily printed and cut, you can write on it with dry and liquid chalk and it is easy to clean with a wet sponge or a cloth,” Gerhard

Neenah adds 26 new items to paper range

Neenah Packaging annou-nced the expanded offering of its Box Wrap portfolio, with new additions to its Premium Packaging Solu-tions and the introduction of its Luxury Packaging Solut-ions. The Box Wrap premium packaging collection includes 26 new items of offset printable, uncoated and lightweight C1S premium box wrap papers with a range of whites, colours and environmental friendly products.

“This expansion has elevated our box wrap offering to the level where we can address key end users