JP to invest in Australasian

Japan Pulp and Paper (JP) has announced its plan to buy a 51% stake in the soon-to-be merged businesses of Australiasian paper and packaging suppliers BJ Ball (Page Pack Pty Ltd) and KW Doggett.
In a deal subject to several approvals, including that of the ACCC, BJ Ball, an importer and wholesaler of paper, packaging and related products and KW Doggett, importer and merchant of fine papers are set to merge their businesses, and JP will purchase a 51% stake in the merged entity to the value of

Australian Paper demands level playing field for products

Australia’s only manufacturer of printing and packaging paper has expressed grave concern about calls for the removal of trade barriers for Indonesian paper products.
Allegations that Indonesia and other countries have already dumped cheap A4 copy paper in Australia have been the subject of an Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) inquiry that’s expected to hand down its final report on or before 17 March 2017.
During a visit to Australia last month to discuss a proposed free trade deal, Indonesian

Stora to close paper machine at Swedish Mill

Stora Enso is targeting savings of €12m with plans to permanently close a paper machine at its Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden.
The closure of paper machine 8 (PM8) at the Kvarnsveden Mill, part of the paper giant’s broader ongoing restructure that includes the reorganisation of its Swedish site, will put around 140 jobs at risk.
The manufacturer is proposing to close PM8 by the end of the second quarter this year. The machine has an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes of super-calendered (SC) uncoated

Leading the way in waste paper recycling

Looking at waste paper as a resource instead of a liability will help the paper and print industry go a long way in adopting sustainable natural resource management.   
According to the World Bank, about 1.6 billion people depend on forest resources for their livelihoods. Of this, 60m people are fully dependent on forests, while an additional 350m depend on them primarily for income and subsistence.
Forests also play an important role in climate regulation by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide

Goudsmit on recycling

Goudsmit highlights use of its magnetic filter for removing steel wires from paper pulp.
The metal separation expert Koen Böggemann recently visited a large paper mill in the Netherlands. The company was looking for a solution for removing steel wires from the paper pulp. These steel wires end up in the pulp as a result of incomplete removal of the binding wires that hold the bales of cellulose together. This is done before the cellulose is processed into pulp.
Koen: “As a result of the automated

More paper price rises are on the way, say manufacturers

Soon after paper price increases of up to 10% were implemented across the board, a number of mills have now announced subsequent increases for coated and uncoated woodfree grades.
Lecta is set to increase European prices of all two-side coated woodfree grades in sheets and reels by 8% to 9%, effective with deliveries from 13th March.
“The price movement is unavoidable to offset rising manufacturing costs, particularly energy, pulp, latex and other raw materials,” the firm said in a statement.

Mondi to invest EUR 470 million in modernisation of paper mill

Mondi announced that it will invest EUR 470 million in the modernisation and expansion of the Steti mill in the Czech Republic, subject to obtaining approval.  The project consists of the installation of a new recovery boiler, the rebuild of the fibre lines, the debottlenecking of the paper machines and an investment in a new 90,000 tonnes per annum machine glazed kraft paper machine.
The new recovery boiler and rebuilt fibre lines are expected to start up in late 2018, while the new paper

Containerboard mill invests EUR 20 million

Hamburger Containerboard said it has completed an EUR 20 million paper machine upgrade project at its mill in Germany.  The mill produces  white testliner and grey plasterboard.
The project included increasing the machine’s production width to 5 meters, along with upgrades to the film press and drying section. In addition, a new pope reeler to accommodate wider diameters and an upgraded soft-nip calendar were installed.
The updated production line now has the capacity to produce 250,000 tons of

Lecta increases prices of paper

In February this year, Lecta  announced a price increase for its carbonless paper deliveries, effective March 1, 2017.
The price increase will range from 5 to 6%, depending on product format and country, Lecta said.
In a press release Lecta said, “The price increase is unavoidable to offset rising manufacturing costs, particularly energy, pulp, latex and other raw materials.
“Lecta sales teams are at our customers’ disposal to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied

Mepco Gulf with its European partner conducted a conference

Mepco Gulf with its European partner International Paper conducted a special conference at Shangri La Hotel, Dubai on 26th of January and presented their specialty products in Digital papers and how they can further enhance the image of HP. The presentation included a presentation of International Paper company, the HP range, Colorlok technology and environmental credentials.
International Paper Worldwide was founded in 1898 and they are one of the world’s largest producers of paper and

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