Manufacturer News

Metsä Group selects the first projects to be funded as part of its nature management programme

In the autumn of 2021, Metsä Group launched a ten-year programme to support regionally effective development projects that are carried out outside commercial Finnish forests and support biodiversity and the state of waters. The projects may relate to bird waters and wetlands, watercourse routes, small waters and coastal environments, pollinator habitats or new water protection methods.

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Sappi releases the Sappi/Kantar Marketing Survey 2021

Last year, Sappi engaged global data analytics consultancy Kantar to survey more than 1,200 marketing specialists and take the temperature of what's important in marketing as the world shifts into a post-pandemic era. Focusing on five European countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK) plus the US, the survey provides key data and valuable insights for what lies ahead in modern marketing.

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High performing face stock paper by Sappi

Sappi is launching the Parade Label SG, a one-side coated face stock label paper that excels in terms of properties such as printability, opacity and stiffness, as well as with its many options for further processing.

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Huhtamaki has acquired full ownership of its paper bag joint venture in Poland

Huhtamaki has acquired full ownership of its Polish joint venture company Huhtamaki Smith Anderson sp. z o.o. from Smith Anderson Group Ltd. (SA). The company manufactures and sells foodservice paper bags in Eastern Europe at Huhtamaki's facility in Czeladz, Poland.

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Sappi Europe informs customers of additional cost driven increases

Sappi Europe informs customers that the ongoing challenges with unparalleled high energy tariffs will force it to address its pricing early in 2022. This continuing escalation of energy costs added to the already high increases for raw materials and transportation, presents an extraordinary challenge for Sappi and for the industry as a whole. In order to keep its entire supply chain and assets economically viable Sappi must pass on these additional costs to its customers.

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Resolute announces indefinite idling of pulp and paper operations at Calhoun, TN mill

Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced the indefinite idling of pulp and paper operations at its Calhoun (Tennessee) mill. Tissue manufacturing and converting will continue at the site and the adjacent distribution center will remain in full operation.

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Metsä Group donates a total of EUR 500,000 to the universities of Helsinki and Oulu

Metsä Group has donated EUR 250,000 each to the University of Helsinki and the University of Oulu. These donations will be allocated to science, agriculture and forestry at the University of Helsinki and to technology at the University of Oulu. Metsä Group wants to invest in developing teaching and research in these fields.

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The Navigator Company increases UWF paper prices

The Navigator Company announced that it will increase the price list between 10% and 15% for all its UWF products dispatched from January 3rd onwards. This price increase includes a rise of the surcharge announced in the last communication of October 15th, from 50 EUR/t to 100 EUR/t.

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Mondi opens ISTA performance lab for safer packaging in transit

Mondi has opened a new ISTA-certified laboratory at Mondi Bupak in Ceské Budejovice (CZ). The laboratory offers various transport performance tests, including ISTA 6 certification testing for packaging. In addition, Mondi’s laboratory is an approved member of the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS) and hence a partner of choice for testing Amazon’s Tier 1-3 compliant packaging (FFP, SIOC and PFP)1, which is a market standard of the online retailer for reducing packaging volume in eCommerce logistics.

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Application period for Metsä Group’s summer jobs starts

Metsä Group is hiring nearly 1,000 summer employees for the summer of 2022 for a wide range of positions with responsibility. Summer jobs in units across Finland provide a comprehensive overview of the forest industry, as well as an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of a specific production unit, business operation or Group function.

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New opaque paper for inserts of medications, leaflets, manuals and legal text applications

Mondi launches IQ Extralight. The new opaque paper solution is produced at Mondi Neusiedler, Austria, and targets the uncoated premium segment in opaque paper for inserts of medications and cosmetics, operating manuals, catalogues, directories or legal text application. IQ Extralight offers an excellent printability, folding performance and is developed for both web and sheet-fed offset printing.

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Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box launches new thermo-laminated film

The Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Ibi facility in Spain has started the production of bags with a new and more sustainable thermo-laminated metallised film – M-Compact 77. Thanks to the thermo-lamination technology, which bonds individual films together through exposure to heat without using the adhesives that are required for classic lamination, production of M-Compact 77 is more environmentally friendly and resource efficient. Smurfit Kappa has achieved a 12% bag weight reduction and 7% less CO2 emissions.1

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