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UPM Raflatac qualifies with Epson’s liner-free compatible thermal label printer

UPM Raflatac, supplier of innovative and sustainable labeling materials, announced the UPM Raflatac OptiCut™ Direct Thermal (DT) Linerless product line has been qualified on the new Epson OmniLink® TM-L100 liner-free compatible thermal label printer. This will enable Epson and UPM Raflatac to offer improved linerless label performance for OmniLink TM-L100 users in the hospitality segment.

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Packaging can make homecare more sustainable

Mondi has highlighted the power of packaging in creating a more sustainable homecare industry. Thomas Kahl, Head of Sustainable Packaging Solutions FMCG & Industrial Channels at Mondi Flexible Packaging, addressed industry leaders at the Smithers International Cleaning Products Conference in Prague on 29 and 30 March 2022 and discussed the ways in which packaging can help manufacturers become more proactive in their approach to the environment.

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Södra posts strong result in turbulent times

Södra posted a very strong result for the first quarter of 2022. The result reflects the favourable market conditions for Södra’s core products, while global turmoil is creating uncertainty about the future. In the first quarter of 2022, net sales for the Södra Group amounted to SEK 8,165 million (5,733), up 42 percent year-on-year. Operating profit totalled SEK 1,974 million (547), representing an operating margin of 24 percent (10). Return on capital employed was 36 percent (10) and the equity ratio increased to 64 percent.

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Sappi Europe announces further price increases for its Speciality Paper Portfolio

Sappi Europe informs customers about ongoing challenges to cope with further increases of pulp, energy, chemicals and transportation costs. Sappi Europe will therefore implement further price increases of between 6 and 12% across its entire Speciality Paper Portfolio. The increase will applied latest as of 1 June 2022, taking existing agreements into account. This will be in addition to the previously announced increases.

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Stora Enso divests its sawmills and forest operations in Russia

Stora Enso has entered into an agreement to divest its two sawmills in Russia. The Company’s Nebolchi and Impilahti sawmills will be divested to local management. In addition, the divestment includes Stora Enso’s Russian forest operation which through its harvesting supplies wood to the sawmills. Stora Enso’s assessment is that due to the uncertainties in the Russian market, local ownership and operation can provide a more sustainable long-term solution for these business operations and the employees working there.

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Fedrigoni supports Medecins sans Frontieres for Ukraine

The dramatic humanitarian emergency caused by the war in Ukraine has mobilised so many solidarity projects. Fedrigoni Group has entered the field to provide support to the Ukrainian citizens, both those still in their country under bombardment and those who have managed to escape and are now scattered over the bordering countries or Italy.

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FESPA

Dye Sublimation Papers that bring colour to life

At the upcoming FESPA Global Print Expo 2022 (31 May to 3 June) in Berlin, specialty papers manufacturer Sappi will be showcasing its extensive portfolio of coated and uncoated dye sublimation papers, containerboard and silicone base papers. At Europe’s most significant trade fair for screen and digital printing, large-format printing and textile printing, visitors to stand 4.2-D20 will have an opportunity to see for themselves the many qualities and diverse applications of Sappi’s papers.

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Huhtamaki to initiate process to divest its Russian operations

Huhtamaki has decided to initiate the process to divest its operations in Russia. This follows an earlier decision to stop all investments in Russia at the outbreak of the invasion of Ukraine. Huhtamaki considers that the current evolution of the situation and the long-term outlook in Russia will prevent the realization of its growth strategy and long-term ambitions in the country. Huhtamaki will continue to prioritize investments that capture the significant growth opportunities in the rest of the world, in line with its global ambitions and 2030 Strategy.

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Sappi Europe announces price rises for its Coated Mechanical Reel products by 8% from 15 May

Due to continuing high cost and volatility in raw materials, energy and transportation Sappi Europe will be forced to increase its prices to its European customers by 8% from 15 May. This is in addition to previously communicated increases.

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UN raises Södra’s sustainable business strategy

To mark the importance of forest industries on International Forest Day, Södra’s CEO Lotta Lyrå was invited to take part in a podcast produced by the UN on the importance of forests for the circular economy.

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A new approach to packaging

With new translucent paper Crystalcon, Sappi is adding another innovative product to its range of sustainable packaging papers. Used in combination with Sappi’s heat-sealable Seal Silk, the new paper delivers a recyclable, easy-to-implement packaging solution for a variety of food and non-food applications – all from a single source.

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Mondi Gronau: Exciting new options

Mondi has unveiled a state-of-the-art flexo printing line at its plant in Gronau, Germany. The new machinery will service the hygiene industry’s growing demand for advanced printing options for films and laminates and deliver greater flexibility in feminine care pouch wrapping designs and film choices.

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