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Sappi Europe: Price increase for Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated paper grades

Decreasing profitability combined with large, sudden cost increases, both in raw materials and logistics, make a price increase unavoidable. Consequently, Sappi have announced an increase of 8-10% in all European markets to be implemented at the latest by the 1st of March 2021. This increase will be made on Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated sheets and reels.

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Sappi Maastricht sells south-western part of the industrial estate

On Thursay, Sappi Maastricht and the Belvédère Wijkontwikkelingsmaatschappij (Neighborhood Development Company,  WOM) of the Municipality of Maastricht have signed an agreement that will finalize the sale of the southwestern part of the Maastricht paper mill site to the WOM. The sale and subsequent purchase of this land creates a win-win situation for both parties as well as to the local area and will have no negative impact on employment at the Sappi site.

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Stora Enso divests non-core forest holdings in southern Sweden

As part of its forest land optimisation, Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest forest assets located in southern Sweden to the forestry fund Silvestica Green Forest AB. The total area of forest land in the transaction is approximately 5 200 hectares. The selling price is approximately SEK 940 million (EUR 90 million).

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Iggesund: Launch of this year’s season’s greetings card

A highly sophisticated design and advanced finishing techniques were used to make Iggesund Paperboard’s 2020 season’s greetings card, designed by the Marianne Guély Studio in Paris. The card’s message, however, is a simple one reflecting nature and people growing together at a time when this is needed more than ever.

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Stora Enso invests EUR 80 million in wood handling at Imatra mills

Stora Enso has decided to invest in centralising and modernising the wood handling capacity at its Imatra mills in Finland. The investment of EUR 80 million will enhance Stora Enso’s production capabilities for premium packaging board. The investment supports the Group’s strategy of sustainable profitable growth through packaging in strong customer segments. The investment is planned to start in Q1 2021 and to be completed in Q3 2022.

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Södra to raise price of NBSK to USD 960/tonne

Södra Cell is increasing the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp in Europe to $960, effective 1 January 2021.

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Mondi sponsors Bristol Gulls to raise awareness for plastic pollution

Mondi, global packaging and paper manufacturer, is the main sponsor for the Bristol Gulls, a four-woman team taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They will be rowing an Eco Boat for the 4,800 km race and consuming food freeze dried in recyclable packaging provided by Mondi.

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Applications for Metsä Group’s summer jobs 2021 now welcome

Metsä Group opened up the application process for next year’s summer jobs today. “We are hiring several hundreds of summer employees in Finland for the period between April and September. The recruitment will be carried out in accordance with the appropriate safety precautions. This year we already carried out the majority of the interviews and inductions of summer employees with the help of remote connections. The application process has been improved to better meet the wishes of summer employees.”

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BASF and BillerudKorsnäs: Home-compostable paper laminate for flexible packaging

BASF and Swedish packaging manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs have cooperated to develop a home-compostable paper laminate for flexible packaging. The multi-layer film consists of three basic components: BillerudKorsnäs‘ paper ConFlex® Silk, a sealing layer made of BASF’s certified home compostable and partly bio-based biopolymer ecovio® and BASF’s water-based adhesive Epotal® Eco 3675 X which joins the film to the paper.

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Mondi: First paper bags plant in Colombia

Mondi, global packaging and paper manufacturer, will open its new state-of-the-art paper bags plant in Cartagena, Colombia in January 2021. It will be Mondi’s first operation in South America, reinforcing the group’s strength as a global paper bags supplier with a wide local footprint. The new plant will enable Mondi to improve and grow its services to better serve customers in the region.

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What is the key to sustainable innovation?

Sappi Europe has been promoting the development of sustainable packaging solutions for a number of years and has positioned itself as a “driver of innovation” in the industry. What is the secret of the global paper manufacturer’s success and what new and improved developments can we look forward to? Sappi will share the details on the latest episode of Blue Couch at 10 a.m. (CET) on Wednesday, 2 December (www.sappi-bluecouch.com).

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Drewsen upgrades PM5 pre-drying section

Drewsen Spezialpapiere has successfully implemented the second step of a 2-stage rebuild-concept to PM5, with an upgrade of the pre-drying section which has made a significant step towards improving over-all productivity.

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