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Sappi Europe to increase prices for Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated paper grades

Sappi Europe to increase prices for Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated paper grades by 5-8% for all Export markets with immediate effect.

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Sappi Europe initiates consultations regarding the future of Paper Machine 2 at its Stockstadt mill, Germany

Sappi’s strategy recognises the “leadership position of the company in graphic papers markets” and the need to strengthen its position in these markets to deliver maximum value to the company. The continuing and accelerating structural drop in demand for coated papers in Europe and elsewhere has made it impossible for Sappi Europe to fill its capacities adequately and to be sufficiently profitable in its current form. Importantly the current unfavourable market situation is caused by factors that are beyond Sappi’s control.

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Pixelle acquires specialty papers business from Verso

Pixelle Specialty Solutions (“Pixelle”) has completed its acquisition of specialty papers mills in Jay, ME (”Androscoggin”) and Stevens Point, WI from Verso Corporation. With the addition of the newly acquired mills, Pixelle is now the largest specialty papers producer in North America with production currently exceeding one million tons annually. Pixelle has “industry-leading positions” in multiple specialty paper grades including release papers, thermal labels, food and beverage labels, food packaging papers, inkjet papers, casting liners, book papers, carbonless and forms, security papers, envelope and converting papers, and various niche products.

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Mondi’s BarrierPack Recyclable helps consumer goods brands advance their circular economy goals

Mondi, global player in sustainable packaging and paper, had its award-winning BarrierPack Recyclable all-polyethylene film certified for recyclability. This lightweight mono-material offers a more sustainable packaging solution for diverse applications ranging from stand-up pouches for dishwasher tablets to resealable pouches for organic dog food.

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UPM opens consultation process for potential closure of its Chapelle newsprint mill while continuing the sales process

Earlier, in September 2019, UPM announced the intention to sell its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France. It was communicated at the same time, that a process for the potential closure of the mill would be opened in case no credible offer would be received until mid-January 2020.

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Smurfit Kappa supports international wine contest

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box and Vitop, experts in comprehensive Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, are official sponsors of the Concours International ‘Best Wine in Box’ contest once again this year. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has supported the prestigious wine contest since it began in 2015 when a strategic partnership was born. The innovative concept of this contest has proved to be a real success as it has become a benchmark for consumers from all over the world, bringing together over 100 producers from different countries.

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JK Paper selects BTG to supply all specialty process measurements for their pulp mill

JK Paper, pulp & paper producer in India, has selected BTG to supply all the specialty process measurements in the planned relocation of pulp mill and the new board machine project at their Central Pulp mill, Songadh, Gujarat site.

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Lecta’s new Adestor Inkjet Matt LR FSC

Lecta increases its extensive offer of Adestor self-adhesive materials for digital printing with the launch of Adestor Inkjet Matt LR FSC (C011032) SP123 White Glassine 62. This new product, specially indicated for logistics and retail labels, provides good absorption and uptake of inks, resulting in excellent drying times both for UV and waterbased inks.

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BillerudKorsnäs Number One in Global Sustainability Rating

For the sixth consecutive year, BillerudKorsnäs receives the highest rating level in EcoVadis, thus continuing to be in the top of the companies being evaluated. This is one of several sustainability assessments, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, that confirms that BillerudKorsnäs is one of the leading companies in sustainability within the industry.

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Mondi supports Unilever with its ambitious recycling journey

Mondi collaborates with Unilever to deliver innovative new polypropylene (PP) mono-material solution in Turkey for its Knorr dry soup powder range. Unilever approached Mondi Kalenobel in January 2018 with the challenge of replacing a multi material laminate, with a recyclable mono-material film alternative. The new packaging preserves the shelf-life of the food product and does not impact the runability on the production machines. Furthermore, the packaging material designed by Jindal is certified as recyclable by the Institut cyclos HTP.

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Stora Enso divests its Pfarrkirchen Mill

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sawn construction timber (KVH) mill at Pfarrkirchen in Germany, to the fund LEO II. – VV1 GmbH, managed by the private equity firm Dubag Group. The divestment is part of Stora Enso’s profit protection programme and it is in line with the Group’s strategic transformation to focus on developing integrated mills for wood products production. Pfarrkirchen Mill has a good reputation on the market, is well equipped and holds a team of very competent personnel, but it is a non-integrated further processing mill.

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Walki licenses Earth Coating technology

Walki Group has entered into a license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies, for the use of Earth Coating™ in a number of next generation environmental packaging applications. Earth Coating™ is a plastic reduction technology providing superior performance and improved recyclability for all types of plastic, paper, and paperboard packaging applications.

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