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

Spandex introduces new films for decorative vehicle wrapping

Spandex has added new products for vehicle wrap and interior decoration applications to its portfolio. It has four new vehicle wrap films from Avery Dennison, 3M and Orafol, as well as an Avery Dennison wall film.

Marketing manager Europe  Gabi Parish said: “Vehicle wrapping and interior decor markets are demonstrating rapid growth. There is also a growing trend towards customisation among private owners – the desire to make their car unique – and the range of products available now is

Sappi introduces new packaging suitable for gravure and flexo

Sappi has launched  a new high-barrier paper-based packaging solution, Algro Guard OHG,  with heat sealing properties that makes the paper is suitable for flexible packaging applications.

According to Sappi, Algro Guard OHG provides integrated barriers that prevents the migration of oxygen and water vapor into packaged products such that it no longer required to apply special coatings or lamination to obtain a flexible paper-based packaging.

Algro Guard OHG can also be used for sealed

Agfa exhibits Eversify publishing software

Agfa Graphics has developed Eversify, a software that stimulates the distribution of  multi-platform content towards readers.

This content publishing software solution can be integrated in any editorial, content management system or layout system based on InDesign said Agfa. The software service allows publishers to push content on a number of different platforms and delivers diversified content streaming in a variety of fully automated ways to a wide range of devices (smartphones, tablets)

UPM to sell mill to Leipa

UPM has announced  that it signed an agreement to sell its Schwedt newsprint mill site in Germany to LEIPA Georg Leinfelder for EUR 70 million, reported PaperAge.

Currently, the mill has the capacity to produce 280,000 tonnes per year of newsprint, but LEIPA plans to eventually convert the mill’s production to 450,000 tonnes per year of linerboard.

As part of the deal, the parties have entered a manufacturing agreement whereby newsprint would be produced by the mill for  a transition period

Mepco Gulf, Mondi host special conference on digital printing

Mepco Gulf with its Austrian partner Mondi – Vienna had a conference on 26th April at the Shangri La Hotel. During the show they presented the latest trends in Digital printing and Mondi office communication paper products and  profiles developed especially for such applications, in addition to a highlight on the development of the  “Color Copy” brands and its updated range of products as well as on the High speed Inkjet Papers and machines taking over the print industry away from regular

Sappi to inject funds to in paper mill to up production capacities

Sappi has announced that is now reinforcing the performance capabilities and benefits of its release liner portfolio with several investments and activities. Sappi will expand the packaging and speciality paper business following an investment in the rebuild of PM2 at Alfeld Mill. Sappi is also enhancing its leading position in silicone base papers in the European pressure sensitive adhesive market while growing its presence in the Americas and Asia.

“It will continue to be the case in the

UPM sells its Schwedt mill to LEIPA Georg Leinfelder

UPM has signed an agreement to sell its Schwedt newsprint mill site and relevant assets to LEIPA Georg Leinfelder with the aim of a conversion into liner production. The transaction price is EUR 70 million. The transaction is subject to   customary third party approvals. As part of the transaction, the parties have agreed to enter into a contract a agreement for newsprint for a transition period which would end latest at the end of 2017. The mill’s capacity is 280,000 tonnes of newsprint

Verso closes Kentucky mill

Verso Corporation announced the closure of its paper mill located in Wickliffe, Kentucky. The mill has been idle since November 2015, the result of a continuing and accelerated decline in demand for the company’s coated paper products.   The Wickliffe mill has one paper machine with the capacity to produce 285,000 tons per year of coated freesheet, specialty and uncoated paper, and 30,000 tons per year of dried market pulp and and influx of imports driven by the strength of the U.S. dollar

Sappi expands its product line with Containerboard group

Sappi has announced that it is expanding its corrugated raw material product line with topliner and fluting with a new containerboard product group Containerboard.

“My goal is to establish Sappi as an attractive, long-term and innovative partner in the corrugated card industry with the Containerboard product group,” says Bernd Gelder. “The trend toward high-quality yet environmentally friendly packaging solutions offers opportunities for growth for packaging converters and their brand owner

Hallsta Paper Mill restarts PM 11 production line


Holmen Paper has restarted its PM 11 production line at its Hallsta Paper Mill in Hallstavik, Sweden.  The machine has not been in operation since a fire stopped production at the mill on 20 November last year.

Holmen Paper said it can now start scheduling customer production for fresh fibre-based magazine paper Holmen XLNT Elite, XLNT Classic and Holmen View on PM 11.

Deliveries to customers will start again in April, after final paper qualifications and test prints.

The firm had

Holmen to sell its mill to International Paper

Holmen announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its paper mill in Madrid, Spain, including energy and recycled paper operations, to International Paper, PaperAge reported. Currently, the mill produces newsprint.

According to Holmen, IP will continue to produce newsprint at the mill until the second half of 2017, then begin a grade conversion project for the production of recycled containerboard. During this period, Holmen will sell the newsprint produced at the mill and continue to

Metsä starts up a new production line

Metsä Board has started up a new folding boxboard production line at its Husum mill in Sweden. The company is aiming the 400,000 tons per year volume of the production line, as well as at food service end-uses such as cups, plates and trays globally.

“Metsä Board is well-known for its high-quality, lightweight folding boxboards, used widely in packaging globally. Thanks to the new production line and our recent product development, we are now able to respond to food service packaging

Increasing number of harvesting sites awarded

Södra has become even better at applying sound environmental consideration in connection with final harvesting. This was one of the findings of the company’s Green Balance Sheet for 2015. The proportion of approved final harvesting sites has increased from 72 to 92% since 2010. In parallel, the quality of the nature consideration shown in the approved sites has been enhanced.

“The approval rating for our environmental consideration is rising,” says Södra Skog’s Environmental Manager Tomas

Södra announces investment into enhancement of capacity

Södra has announced that its Board of Directors has decided to invest SEK 1 billion in the company’s pulp mill in Mörrum, Sweden.

The investment will increase the mill’s capacity by 45,000 tonnes per year, bringing the total production of paper and dissolving pulp to 470,000 tonnes.

This particular investment includes a new evaporator, and a modernization of the brown stock washing system in the dissolving pulp line, where pulp for textile uses is produced. A new evaporator will make it

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper increases price of coated speciality paper

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is increasing the cost of all its coated specialty papers by 6% from 1 April.

The Bielefeld, Germany-based manufacturer said this was in response to the continued rise of the price of raw materials.

The company said: “Since 2015, costs for raw materials and chemicals have significantly increased in particular due to the important changes in currencies and could not be compensated despite actions already carried out. In light of the market price level this still

Stora Enso agrees sell its stake in Arapoti Paper Mill in Brazil

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its entire 80% shareholding in the Arapoti magazine paper mill in Parana, Brazil, to Papeles Bio Bio, a Chilean paper producer. The consideration for the divestment of the shares is approximately $23.3 million, subject to customary closing day adjustments. The loss on disposal amounts to approximately $29.9 million and will be recorded as a non-recurring item in Stora Enso’s fourth quarter 2015 results.

The transaction will reduce Stora Enso’s net

McDonald’s partners for recycling trial

British master papermaker James Cropper has announced a trial recycling partnership with McDonald’s UK, as the two explore pioneering moves in sustainability and recycling.

The partnership will enable paper cups used in McDonald’s restaurants across the UK, every week, to be recycled at James Cropper’s state-of-the-art reclaimed fibre plant –turning previously non-recyclable, plastic-coated paper cups into new paper products.

Richard Burnett, market development manager at James Cropper

Sappi to infuse investment

Sappi has approved investments of approximately $27.7 million for mill upgrades in Europe during the course of 2016, Paper Age reported. 

Sappi Lanaken Mill will improve the performance of its paper machine 7 (PM7) by installing a state-of-the-art film-press coater, and Sappi Kirkniemi Mill will undergo a variety of modifications to its paper machine 3 (PM3) to increase energy efficiency and further improve quality consistency.

“These investments support our continued drive for efficiency and

Stora Enso’s Innovation Centre for Biomaterials in Stockholm

Stora Enso announced that it is officially inaugurating its new Innovation Center for biomaterials in Stockholm, to host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof, PaperAge reported.

By creating renewable solutions and products from second-generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressing societal problems such as climate change, increased urbanisation as well as water and land use issues. “The

Hallsta Paper Mill postpones the restart of PM 11 production line

Holmen Paper has postponed restarting the PM 11 production line at its Hallsta Paper Mill in Hallstavik, Sweden until mid-March.

The machine has not been in operation since a fire stopped production at the mill on 20th November last year.

The clean up after the fire has been completed, and that has enabled a better assessment of the damage caused.

An investigation into the cause of the incident shows that the fire arose next to a rotating axle, the heat from which caused smouldering that