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

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