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International Paper to convert UFS to linerboard, containerboard

International Paper  announced plans to invest approximately $300 million to convert its paper machine in Alabama from uncoated freesheet to high quality whitetop linerboard and containerboard. The conversion is targeted to be completed by mid-year 2019. The investment will add 450,000 tons of annual capacity, with flexibility to shift between containerboard products.
“Our customers expect us to support their growth and this machine conversion will meet their needs,” said Tim Nicholls, IP’s senior vice president, Industrial Packaging the Americas. “Our Industrial Packaging business continues to focus on our customers in strategic channels including our box business, domestic and export containerboard and specialty grades.”
Nicholls added its

UPM strengthens its digital presence

UPM Specialty Papers has strengthened its digital presence by launching www.upmspecialtypapers.com.
The new website offers a quick and easy access to comprehensive information on UPM Specialty Papers’ extensive range of specialty papers, service solutions and responsible operations. The UPM Paper Online Catalogue, where UPM’s vast paper portfolio can easily be browsed, can also be accessed via the new website. Visitors can also stay informed with the latest news of the company on the new

UPM launches magazine paper for CSWO printing

Paper manufacturer UPM has launched a new innovation, UPM Impresse plus C, an SC paper custom-developed for coldset web offset printing. UPM Impresse plus C offers a smoother, glossier finish and magazine-quality result for CSWO printing.
“Customers with coldset presses told us they needed to make better use of their capacity and expand into new areas of commercial printing but they couldn’t compete with the quality of heatset and rotogravure printers,” explains Olli Juntunen, product manager at

Mondi to postpone investment

Mondi announced that it has decided to postpone its $159.4 million investment in a new 90,000 tonne per annum machine glazed speciality kraft paper machine at its Steti mill in the Czech Republic.
In January of this year, Mondi announced plans to invest a total of EUR 470 million in the modernisation and expansion of the Steti mill. 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

Mills to hike prices of paper due to increasing cost of raw materials

More paper price rises are on the way with global suppliers James Cropper and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper both announcing significant price hikes that will take effect in coming weeks.
Mitsubishi HiTec, manufacturer of coated specialty papers, is increasing prices for its Thermoscript thermal paper and Giroform carbonless paper by 6-7%, effective Sept.
“Further increases in costs for pulp, chemicals and logistics make this adjustment necessary,” the company told customers in a letter.
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