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Hakim Serhir is the new French Director of International Paper

Hakim Serhir is responsible for the International Paper Group in France which is dedicated to the production of board for industrial and food packaging business. Hakim Serhir will lead a team of plant managers and support functions and will be responsible for the continued strategic and commercial development of International Paper in France. He has been working with the group for thirteen years and has held several senior positions in Morocco, France and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Recently, he managed the three Normandy factories of International Paper (Saint-Amand in the English Channel, Cabourg in Calvados and Saint Langis-Lès-Mortagne in Orne). In France, International Paper has approximately 750 employees and operates 5 corrugated board packaging plants. Don’t miss the interview with this new leader in Pap'Argus’ next issue!


Published on 30/06/2022

European Parliament shows ambition on forest wells, not on material substitution

Recently the European Parliament approved a very ambitious, but realistic target for the European forests to reduce the amount of CO2 in the air. The goal can only be achieved by adapting our forests in Europe to the climate change threats and by increasing their annual growth, including through afforestation. Legislators rejected a proposal to combine the agricultural and forestry industries in the tabled revision of the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry Regulations (LULUCF). This should ensure that forests are not used to offset emissions from agriculture, which is known to be a "hard-to-decarbonize sector."  The LULUCF settlement vote sent a positive signal regarding the role of forestry in mitigating climate change, stressing that forests must not become a tool for other sectors, including agriculture, to compensate for insufficient emission reductions. The Cepi, a representative confederation of the European pulp and paper industry, welcomes this decision. Parliament members also supported the European Commission’s proposal to achieve net removal of 310 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2030. This new goal can only be achieved if climate adaptation practices from active forest management receive political support. Beyond simply safeguarding existing forests, the paper sector represented by Cepi has also pledged to support the EU’s goal of planting an additional 3 billion trees by 2030.

Another aspect of the forest carbon accounting voted by Parliament is the possibility of considering certain categories of products as temporary means of carbon storage. The forest fibre and paper value chain is already exploring new business models based on these biogenic carbon cycles. Unfortunately, Parliament’s vote limited these categories to "long-life" products only, missing the opportunity to recognise the level of storage permanence that can be achieved through more traditional paper and pulp products, including through their recycling. More than just carbon storage, pulp and paper also reduce emissions by replacing fossil products in a number of strategic sectors, such as construction, textiles and packaging. These substitution effects are currently reducing EU emissions by 410 Million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year by replacing fossil or CO2-intensive materials with wood-based products.


Published on 23/06/2022

Start of Arauco’s new BEK pulp line delayed

Arauco’s new BEK pulp line will not start in June. Arauco, a company that produces wood-based products, has once again postponed the start of its new bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEK) line in southern Chile. It will have a capacity of 1.56 million tonnes per year.


Published on 23/06/2022

Fibre Excellence Saint-Gaudens is closed for its regular annual maintenance check up

This annual maintenance operation is currently being carried out by the pulp mill Fibre Excellence Saint-Gaudens, located at the foot of the Pyrenees. This means that the site will be shut-down for about about ten days depending on the company. This is a large-scale operation that requires the presence of more than 120 companies and 700 specialists with an investment of about 4.5 million euros.


Published on 23/06/2022

Disruptions in natural gas supply would paralyze paper production in Germany

A 30% bottleneck in natural gas supply would have a huge impact on, or even severely perturb paper production in Germany. This is according to an ongoing survey conducted by the association Die Papierindustrie among its members. According to the survey, if the amount of gas was reduced to 30%, only 39% of the usual amount of paper, cardboard and cardboard could be produced.


Published on 23/06/2022

Belgium: Finnish company Stora Enso plans to invest €400 million in Langerbrugge

Stora Enso has started a feasibility study at its paper production site in Langerbrugge, Belgium in terms of the conversion of one of the two paper machines into a large-volume recycled board machine. To date, the Stora Enso site in Langerbrugge has two paper production lines, one for newsprint and one for super-calendered magazine (SC) paper. The study will focus on converting the site’s newsprint line. The conversion would allow Stora Enso to further develop its capacity for recycled and recyclable packaging materials and meet the growing demand in end-use segments such as manufacturing, e-commerce, furniture and electronics. The feasibility study is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023. Depending on an investment decision, the converted line should be in production during 2025. The annual capacity would be 700,000 tonnes of recycled testliner and recycled fluting and would generate sales of approximately 350 million euros at full capacity. The total investment for conversion is estimated at around €400 million. “A conversion to Langerbrugge would allow us to establish a competitive position in Western Europe as well', said Hannu Kasurinen,  Stora Enso’s Packaging Materials Division’s Director, referring to the company’s existing presence in the Eastern European market through its corrugated board production in Poland.


Published on 16/06/2022

Sustainable packaging drives VPK growth

2021 was a busy year for the Belgian Group VPK which already had a strong balance sheet, up 28% with a turnover of 1.75 billion euros. The group’s paper recycled 1.4 million tonnes of recovered paper. However, due to inflationary pressure on the essential components of raw materials, the increase in EBITDA was limited to 7% or 212 million euros. Net current income remained stable at EUR 88 million. Last year, VPK invested in further integrating its sites and expanding its European presence. The new corrugated board processing site near Wroclaw, Poland has been commissioned. Thanks to the two other Polish production sites, this investment will help meet the growing number of customers in this promising market, through new solutions for corrugated board packaging. Closer to home, remember that in June 2021, VPK signed an agreement to acquire Alizay’s 75-hectare industrial site. What’s on tap?  The printing paper machine will be transformed into a production unit for recycled corrugated paper with an annual production capacity of 450,000 tonnes. In addition, the site is preparing to create a corrugated board that will be dedicated to producing innovative corrugated board in «Folded in Z».


Published on 16/06/2022

Bobst is getting ready for its future

The Swiss manufacturer Bobst rebounded strongly in 2021 with a turnover similar to 2019 (1.563 billion Swiss francs) and solid prospects for 2022. The Mex group near Lausanne shared its future objectives using a united management style led by the CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst, with Alain Berger in charge of manufacturing, Raphaël Indermühle, in charge of services and Attilio Tissi, head of finance. The factory was overhauled from top to bottom for more automation and an optimized lean management. This is done to maintain and strengthen its leadership in its major business areas such as not only printing and shaping of corrugated packaging, but also of carton board and flexible packaging, as well as in the conventional and digital printing label sector. They are also launching Bobst Connect, allowing its customers to better manage their equipment performance and maintenance. Bobst also announced the construction and installation of a giant warehouse in Belgium that will serve as a spare parts hub for the entire EMEA region. Finally, in terms of sustainable development, Bobst has set up a repair and upgrading plant in Italy near Lake Garda, thus extending the life of its machines and thus reducing their carbon impact. (Pictured here is the Speedpack, released last summer, for the packaging and shipping of formed boxes)


Published on 16/06/2022

Labels: UPM Raflatac will take over AMC

UPM Raflatac is accelerating its growth in labelling materials by acquiring AMC AG (Advanced Methods of Coating),  based in Germany, best known for its ‘Intercoat’ brand. This acquisition will expand UPM Raflatac’s product offering. “This acquisition will strengthen our position in Central Europe and expand our offer to new self-adhesive product lines,” said Antti Jääskeläinen, UPM Raflatac ‘s Executive Vice President. The transaction is expected to be completed by Q3 2022.  Founded in 1996 with roots dating back to 1959, AMC AG has two production sites, Kaltenkirchen and Hagenow, located in northern Germany. AMC’s business includes the Intercoat, Global Notes and Print Inform brands. The company employs over 300 people. In the last financial year, its turnover amounted to 110 million euros. UPM Raflatac employs around 3,000 people and had a turnover of 1.7 billion euros in 2021.


Published on 09/06/2022

Bracell’s production of dissolving pulp has begun at the Lençóis Paulista mill

In September 2021, the Bracell mill (part of the Royal Golden Eagle Group) in Lençóis Paulista completed the assembly and commissioning of two lines designed for a capacity of up to 2.8 million tpy of BEK pulp or 1,5 million tpy of Eucalyptus Fibre Based Dissolving Pulp (DP). Andritz is the main supplier of Bracell’s Project Star to Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo. The company also delivered a recovery boiler, a wood processing machine, two fibre lines and a pulp drying system made up of two pulp drying lines. Additional ‘key technologies’ such as an evaporation machine and a white liquor machine were supplied by Valmet. RGE acquired the Lençóis Paulista plant in Lwarcel in 2018. In addition to the two new fibre lines, the mill also houses an old 250,000 tpy BEK pulp line.


Published on 02/06/2022

Kerala Paper launches newsprint mill in India

New newsprint capabilities have been put online in India. How? By restarting the Hindustan Newsprint papermill, located in the south of the country, which had been closed for more than three years. Kerala Paper is behind this re-start. At the end of the recovery program, the mill will be able to start newsprint and printing paper production. The final phase will focus on the restructuring of existing machines towards kraft paper packaging grades production. For initial production trials, the site uses its own de-inked pulp and pulp purchased from Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited. It should be noted that plans are underway to roll out a paper collection program as well.


Published on 02/06/2022

RDM to increase its GD production

RDM will increase its GD production capacity by up to 200,000 t over the next 3 years. To do this, the manufacturer will increase the capacity of existing mills, including the French Blendecques mills. The unit’s start up is scheduled for early next year. The goal is to meet European demand, which has increased over the past 18 months. RDM Blendecques is a manufacturer of recycled carton board, located in the north of France near Saint-Omer. RDM is the largest producer of recycled carton board in Italy, France, the Netherlands and the Iberian Peninsula.


Published on 25/05/2022

Germany: CCL Industries announces major expansion of its factory near Leipzig

Clearly, the label industry continues to make noise. The Canadian label giant CCL Industries will invest 70 million euros in a new 8-metre-wide multi-layer co-extrusion line for its German plant, which is based near Leipzig and managed by its subsidiary Innovia Films. The goal is to produce high-quality, low-thickness labels to meet the growing demand for low-resin materials. The annual capacity of the new production line will be approximately 36,000 tonnes. Production is expected to start in the second half of 2024. Guenther Birkner, Innovia’s President said: "The new line in Germany will provide finer films for the label market, closer to where many customers are located." CCL Industries employs approximately 25,100 people and operates 204 production facilities in 43 countries.


Published on 25/05/2022

STORA ENSO HAS SOLD ITS RUSSIAN PACKAGING BOARD MILLS

Stora Enso has sold its three corrugated board packaging mills (Lukhovitsy, Arzamas and Balabanovo) in Russia. Their total annual production capacity is estimated at 395 million m² of corrugated board packaging. It should be noted that the sale of its mills, which had a turnover of 35 million euros in the first quarter, will have no significant impact on Stora Enso’s annual sales and operational EBIT. As a reminder, the paper manufacturer announced on March 2nd that it would stop all production and sales in Russia until further notice. Last year, Stora Enso had a turnover of 10.2 billion euros.


Published on 25/05/2022

Sylvamo confirms its intention to sell its Russian operations

In its latest press release, Sylvamo announced that it is currently in the process of selling its Russian businesses. It plans to complete this process quickly, including obtaining approval from its board of directors, as well as the government approvals required to complete the transaction. Sylvamo, which is the spin-off of International Paper’s printing paper business, owns the Svetogorsk pulp and paper mill in Russia’s Leningrad region. The Svetogorsk plant employs more than 1,700 people and produces printing papers, carton board for liquid packaging and innovative BCTMP. The plant is also the main supplier of water and electricity to the city of Svetogorsk. In 2021, Russian operations accounted for about 15% of Sylvamo’s total turnover. For the record, Sylvamo announced at the beginning of March that it would suspend its operations in Russia until further notice. Sylvamo is a global paper producer with mills in Europe, Latin America and North America. Its net sales for the past 12 months, ending June 30,th  2021, reached 3.2 billion USD


Published on 25/05/2022

Sappi Stockstadt to replace coal with biomass and natural gas

The response to climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Sappi is committed to this and is focused on decarbonizing its operations. To do so, Sappi will abandon the use of coal at its German site in Stockstadt where it will operate only with renewable biomass and natural gas. The Sappi mill in Stockstadt was founded in 1898 and is one of Sappi Europe’s  ten production sites. Coal removal is expected to reduce annual emissions in Stockstadt by at least 100,000 tonnes of CO2. This corresponds to about 1/3 of the previous fossil emissions. In addition, the project is expected to have many positive environmental benefits in terms of reduced traffic, noise and waste. This transition began in late 2021 and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2022. As a reminder, Sappi’s decarbonization targets for 2025 include reducing specific greenhouse gas emissions by 25% and increasing the share of renewable energy in Europe to 50% (compared to 2019). Sappi’s decarbonization roadmap includes nearly 80 projects to be implemented in all European factories between 2021 and 2025.


Published on 25/05/2022

CMPC announces the end of production at several pulp mills

In the turbulent context of ongoing blockades in southern and central Chile, the pulp producer Empresas CMPC has stopped production in its three Chilean pulp mills. As a result, pulp lines with a total capacity of 2.3 million tonnes are currently shut down. But other entities in the group are also affected. The production sites affected by its stops are as follows: the Loncoche sawmill, the Santa Fe pulp mill (celulosa), the Villa Mininco plywood mill, the Mulchen sawmill, the Los Angeles refurbishment plant, the Laja mill (celulosa), the Pacifico plant (celulosa), the Nacimiento sawmill and the Coronel reconditioning plant. Overall, more than 3,000 employees are involved.


Published on 19/05/2022

5 reasons why the pulp market  price is so high

Global average prices for softwood and hardwood pulp increased significantly in 2021, with spot prices soaring in the second quarter.  Despite a decline, they remained significantly high; in 4Q 2021, softwood prices rose by 25% and hardwood prices rocketed by 35% compared to 4Q 2020. According to Fisher International, there are the five main explanations. The first is related to supply chain problems. Shipping times increased by 4% between December 2021 and February 2022 and 21% from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second reason is the fact that South American producers are having difficulty modifying contracts for shipping from Asia to Europe, where prices are more attractive. The third reason is the market for recovered paper. Many expect a difficult year of export for recovered paper in terms of export. The fourth reason is the recent strike in the UMP Finnish factories. Finally, the fifth factor is the war in Ukraine, which, because of the embargoes on the Russian markets, leads to a drop in the tonnage produced on European territory.


Published on 12/05/2022

UPM mills start- up again

After a 16-week strike, UPM’s Finnish paper mills could bring a new twist to the supply-demand relationship in the European print and writing paper markets. After the end of the strike in the UPM mills in Finland on Friday, April 29th, UPM started to be operational right after. Sources close to the company indicated that the Jämsänkoski paper mill (630,000 tpy of SC paper and label/packaging paper) started to produce and sell paper on Thursday, May 6th. The Rauma paper mill, which has a capacity of 665,000 tpy of LWC magazine paper, began operation in early May too. The UPM mill in Kymi (700,000 tpy of coated and uncoated woodfree paper) was expected to enter service in mid-May, while the start-up of the Kaukas paper mill could be slightly delayed due to ongoing maintenance work at the pulp mill.


Published on 12/05/2022

Spain: Successful reconstruction of Papresa’s PM5 in Renteria

In March 2021, Papresa, one of the leading newsprint manufacturers in southern Europe, commissioned Voith to convert its PM5 at its Rentería mill in Spain. One year after the order was placed, the machine was successfully put into service. The machine’s capacity is approximately 205,000 tpy of testliner and fluting, at a design speed of 1200 m/min. This conversion is part of the company’s new strategic plan, launched in 2021, which focuses on paper production for the packaging segment without giving up newsprint, which until 2020 was Papresa’s main activity. Production is concentrated on lightweight packaging between 65 and 140 g/m². The mill’s PM6 machine produces newsprint.


Published on 12/05/2022

EU imports of kraft paper and pulp from Russia are now banned

Sanctions against Russia continue to accumulate. The European Union now includes trade in paper, board and pulp. Depending on the grade of the paper, this can affect imports and/or exports. The regulation, which went into effect the day after it was published on April 8th in the Official Journal of the European Union, contains a number of exceptions, such as commercial contracts signed before April 9th. Article 3i now prohibits the importing products in category 4804, consisting of uncoated kraft paper and board, in rolls or sheets, other than 4802 or 4803. This also applies to products in category 4705, namely wood pulp obtained by a combination of mechanical and chemical pulp reduction processes (CTMP). At the same time, EU producers are not allowed to export to Russia exports of kraft paper and kraft board, testliner, filter paper, special paper and printing and writing paper such as LWC. The ban also applies to exports of carton board and folding boxes, recycled paper (4707 10 and 4707 30) and chemical pulp (4701, 4703 to 4706). Belarus is not directly affected by these sanctions.


Published on 05/05/2022

Mayr-Melnhof Kotkamills modernizes its PM 1 and increases its capacity

After acquiring the Kotka cardboard factory from Kotkamills, Mayr-Melnhof plans to expand the site. MM Kotkamills, part of the Mayr-Melnhof group, will increase the capacity of this factory located in Finland. The company announced that it would upgrade its PM 1 at the site, which can currently manufacture up to 170,000 tpy. The reconstruction work will be carried out by the German engineering company Bellmer. The pre-drying section will also be renewed. Mayr-Melnhof acquired the Kotkamills site last year and stated that it would expand it. In addition to its PM 1, the factory operates a cardboard machine, which was built in 2016 and has a capacity of 400,000 tpy of FBB in virgin fibre and of FSB (Food Service Board). MM Kotkamills said last year that its medium-term goal was to increase the sales volume of its BM 2, which at the time was about 260,000 tpy. The Kotka factory employs 500 people.


Published on 05/05/2022

The Van Genechten packaging factory in Hungary is up and running

Van Genechten Packaging (VGP) has opened its second packaging factory in Komárom, Hungary. The factory started production in April. VG Komárom II, another VG factory, consists of a 10,000 sqm production building, offices and warehouses for raw materials and finished products. Once fully operational, VG Komárom II will create more than 100 jobs. Zsolt Horvath, the director of the VG Komárom I factory, will also be the director of this one. With this factory, VGP is answering the growing demand for alternatives to plastic packaging along with sustainable and recyclable packaging materials. Van Genechten Packaging, headquartered in Turnhout, Belgium, is a large folding box company with ten processing factories and an extrusion site in seven countries. The company employs more than 1,500 people and has an annual turnover of 350 million euros.


Published on 05/05/2022

Corrugated board: the new version of the FEFCO code is available

The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) has announced the release of the 12th FEFCO code. This code is the internationally applied system for the design of corrugated board packaging. It was developed by the FEFCO in the late 1960’s to replace complicated discussions on packaging design and create a common basis for communication with customers around the world. The code’s evolutions aim to keep up with developments in the corrugated board industry, new technologies used and market developments. More than 100 new designs were integrated, especially in the retail and e-commerce fields.


Published on 05/05/2022

The strike at the Finnish UPM mills is over

Finally! UPM and the Paperiliitto Paper Workers' Union have finally found common ground. Both agreed to the settlement proposals submitted by the conciliator after the negotiations were suspended on April 14th. “We are very pleased that the parties have approved all settlement proposals and that the long strike of the paper workers' union is ending. UPM and the union made history together by agreeing on five company-specific collective labour agreements, which replace the old paper industry agreement. dating back to the 1940’s,” said Riitta Savonlahti, UPM’s Executive Vice-President of Human Resources. The strike concerned UPM Pulp, UPM Communication Papers, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Raflatac and UPM Biofuels sites located in Finland. It began on January 1st, 2022 and lasted 112 days. The company also stated that it would resume deliveries to customers as soon as possible. The duration of the new agreement’s contract is four years. Salary revisions will be negotiated after the first two years.


Published on 28/04/2022

Germany: Mayr-MeInhof plans to reduce its GD carton production in Neuss

The Austrian group Mayr-Melnhof will reduce its GD carton production at its Neuss, Germany mill. The company announced that its GD carton production will be reduced by 50,000 t as of June 2022. At the same site, Mayr-Melnhof plans to increase its recycled liner.


Published on 28/04/2022

Cepi gives an overview of the paper situation in Europe

Like all industries, the paper industry, which is already experiencing supply difficulties and shortages, is feeling the brunt of the Ukraine conflict. Bernard Lombard, Trade & Industrial Policy Director of Cepi (pictured here), gave Pap'Argus an overview of the situation in Europe, which was published in the French version of Pap’Argus last month, along with an analysis from Paul-Antoine Lacour, Copacel’s General Delegate, specifically tailored to the French market. Finland (20%), Germany (15%) and Poland (13%) account for about half of the EU‘s  paper and board exports to Ukraine, with around 212,000 tonnes of products. They are closely followed by Hungary (10%), Austria (9%) and Sweden (8%). Germany and Sweden account for 55% of EU pulp exports to Ukraine. Finland is by far the largest paper and board exporter to Russia, contributing 54% of all EU exports to Russia. Germany (16%), Poland (6%) and Sweden (6%) also export paper and paperboard to Russia, but at much lower volumes. As for pulp, almost 70% of EU exports to Russia come from Finland (45%) and Sweden (25%). To date, the EU-Ukraine trade in pulp and paper is almost one-way, with approximately 440,000 tonnes of paper and paperboard imported from the EU. Ukraine’s exports are very limited. Belarus is similar, importing even less volumes, 60,000 tonnes of paper and board from the EU. As far as Russia is concerned, that is another story. About 900,000 tonnes of paper and board are imported by Russia from the EU, while Russia exports nearly 700,000 tonnes to the EU. Italy (23%), Germany (19%) and Poland (8%) account for 50% of Russian exports to the EU. About two-thirds are packing grades, with boxes accounting for 43% of all exports. As far as pulp is concerned, EU-Russia trade is fairly balanced with around 400,000 tonnes traded in total.


Published on 21/04/2022

Mayr-Melnhof has stopped carton board deliveries to Russia

The Austrian group Mayr-Melnhof (MM), one of the main producers of carton board and folding boxes in Europe, is no longer supplying Russia with carton board. The group also announced a global, financial and overall support program for its employees in Ukraine and their families. According to the Mayr-Melnhof Packaging website, the MMP site in the village of Villozi south of Saint Petersburg which includes MM Polygrafoformlenie Packaging and MM Polygrafoformlenie Rotogravure, is the largest producer of folding boxes in the region as well as the market leader in the Russian Federation. The factories mainly supply the food, personal care and cigarette packaging markets. Including their most recent acquisitions, the MM Group generates a turnover of around 3.2 billion euros and employs 12,500 people.


Published on 21/04/2022

Lila Kagit increases its tissue production capacity

The Turkish paper and hygiene manufacturer Lila Kagit, founded in 2006 by the Lila conglomerate group, is continuing its rapid expansion. In mid-February, Lila Kagit started up its fourth paper machine at the Corlu mill and expanded its production capacity to a total of 270,000 tonnes of tissue per year. As a result, it is  one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of toilet paper. The four paper machines come from the Finnish machine manufacturer Valmet. The TM 4 can reach up to 2,200 m/min and can produce up to 70,000 t/year of fresh fibre toilet paper.


Published on 14/04/2022

Finnish paper manufacturer Stora Enso wants to sell four graphic paper mills

Breaking news! The Nordic paper manufacturer Stora Enso has started a process to possibly sell four sites that produce mostly coated and uncoated for publishing, newsprint and improved newsprint for the press. This is in-line with the group’s strategy to focus on the long-term growth potential of its renewable products in packaging, construction solutions and biomaterials innovations. More specifically, the paper production sites to be sold are the following: Anjala in Finland, Hylte and Nymölla in Sweden and Maxau in Germany. The Stora Enso site in Langerbrugge, Belgium will remain within the group. Stora Enso currently has five paper production sites that are supported by sales, management and divisional administration functions. In total, the Paper division currently employs approximately 2,200 people. In 2021, the Paper division’s turnover was €1,703 million.


Published on 07/04/2022

A major fire broke out in Blendecques' RDM board mill

From 4 pm to 10 pm on March 22nd, firefighters battled a fire that spread through the RDM cardboard mill (formerly Cascades) in Blendecques, in Pas-de-Calais, near Saint-Omer. They were finally able to contain the fire. According to witnesses, the fire started in a storage building, at the level of a baling press before spreading to the paper roll stock and the cutting room. Luckily, none of the 72 employees present were injured and the paper machine was not touched. The Italian recycled cardboard producer RDM to reassured its teams by stating that although the plant’s production was temporarily suspended, the main production line was not damaged. Under normal circumstances, RDM Blendecques has an annual production capacity of 140,000 tonnes.


Published on 07/04/2022

Cartiera Giacosa started a kraftliner PM at the Front Canavese papermill in Italy

Andritz successfully started the rebuilt kraftliner paper machine PM2 for Cartiera Giacosa in its mill in Front Canavese, Italy. With a design speed of 400 m/min, it produces kraftliner in the range of 170 to 225 g/m². Andritz also received an additional order to further improve the machine’s performance. Marco Roscio, Cartiera Giacosa’s CEO, said: "Thanks to this successful reconstruction, we can now produce our kraftliner more efficiently and sustainably. Our PM2 offers potential for further improvement, especially in terms of better quality and profiles - so it is no surprise that we have partnered again with Andritz." Cartiera Giacosa was founded in 1961 and specializes in the production of decorative paper production and kraft paper for laminated plastic, mainly used in furniture.


Published on 07/04/2022

ND Paper is converting the Biron paper machine B26

ND Paper, the American subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper, like many of its competitors, is now making packaging products. At the ND Paper plant in Biron, Wisconsin, USA, the company announced that it will convert its B26 paper machine. The Biron division employs over 300 full-time people and operates two paper production lines with a combined annual production capacity of approximately 530,000 short tons. Its B25 paper machine produces about 270,000 short tons per year of corrugated board and linerboard for packaging applications, while its B26 machine produces about 260,000 short tons per year of lightweight coated mechanical paper for uses such as catalogues, magazines and retail inserts. Once the conversion is complete, the machine and plant will have increased annual production capacity. The B26 machine will have a capacity of over 500,000 short tons of wrapping paper, and the plant, in total, will have a capacity of over 800,000 short tons. Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2022 with start-up expected by the end of 2022. These changes support the Biron Division’s strategic transformation. In recent years, demand for packaging qualities, such as kraft paper and paperboard lining, has grown substantially due to a shift towards e-commerce along with the consumer demand for more sustainable products. This growth should logically continue in the future.


Published on 07/04/2022

Liansheng Pulp & Paper invests in new pulp mill in Zhangzhou

Andritz received an order from Chinese pulp and paper producer Liansheng Pulp & Paper to supply the most value-added and resource-efficient technologies for a new pulp mill in Zhangzhou located in Fujian province, China. The new site is scheduled to start in mid-2024. Liansheng Pulp & Paper is a new production facility of Liansheng Paper.  It was created in April 2020 to enter the domestic paper production industry. Liansheng Paper is Fujian’s largest wrapping paper manufacturer in China.


Published on 07/04/2022

Mayr-Melnhof has stopped carton board deliveries to Russia

The Austrian group Mayr-Melnhof (MM), one of the main producers of carton board and folding boxes in Europe, is no longer supplying Russia with carton board. The group also announced a global, financial and overall support program for its employees in Ukraine and their families. According to the Mayr-Melnhof Packaging website, the MMP site in the village of Villozi south of Saint Petersburg which includes MM Polygrafoformlenie Packaging and MM Polygrafoformlenie Rotogravure, is the largest producer of folding boxes in the region as well as the market leader in the Russian Federation. The factories mainly supply the food, personal care and cigarette packaging markets. Including their most recent acquisitions, the MM Group generates a turnover of around 3.2 billion euros and employs 12,500 people.


Published on 31/03/2022

Norske Skog Bruck Publishing Paper Mill Starts Producing Again

The war in Ukraine continues, but the gas market is stabilizing. This helps explains Norske Skog’s decision to resume operations at its Bruck site in Austria. The paper manufacturer stopped producing newsprint and magazine paper on March 9th due to operational difficulties caused by the significant energy price increases. The company also announced the upcoming opening of a new waste-to-energy facility at the Bruck plant. This should reduce the plant’s exposure to gas prices which is certainly a wise move these days.


Published on 31/03/2022

Ankutsan to increase its corrugated board production capacity in Turkey

Several new corrugated board capacity projects are being implemented in Europe. The Turkish company Ankutsan has announced a new PM for fresh fibres and recycled corrugated board. In January, the Turkish paper and packaging producer began construction of the second production hall at its site in Adana, Turkey. The company is investing 60 million euros in its expansion project and plans to put its new corrugated board machine into service in the fourth quarter of 2023. This new equipment will produce kraftliner, kraftliner substitute, corrugated board and testliner in the weight range from 80 to 270 g/m².


Published on 25/03/2022

Ukrainian Pulp and Paper Industry shuts down

It was a foregone conclusion: with Russia’s war against Ukraine, virtually all Ukrainian pulp and paper companies stopped production in the afternoon of February 24. Eduard Litvak, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Pulp and Paper Industry Association (UkrPapir), based in Kiev, made the announcement. He explained that the military operations that were taking place throughout the country had led to a break in the supply chains and that, for the sake of safety for the employees, the factories had been temporarily closed.


Published on 17/03/2022

Italian Pro-Gest suspends production of all its factories

The war in Ukraine and exorbitant energy prices left their first traces in the paper industry. The ProGest packaging group has announced a temporary halt in the production of all its paper mills in Italy. As a reminder, the Italian producer operates nine machines in its six paper mills. We see that the price of natural gas today is more than ten times higher than it was twelve months ago and has tripled in just over a week. We will do our best to accompany our customers by assessing the delivery situation on a case-by-case basis. We sincerely hope to be able to resume production as soon as the situation allows,' the company said in a statement. To date, the Pro-Management Group employs around 400 people in Italy.


Published on 17/03/2022

Norske Skog suspends production at Bruck plant

Due to the unaffordable nature of operations in the current energy environment, temporary shutdowns have been initiated at the Norske Skog paper mill in Bruck, Austria. The publishing paper manufacturer temporarily stopped production at this plant. Norske Skog Bruck houses two machines with a production capacity of 120,000 tpa of newsprint and 260,000 tpa of coated magazine paper (LWC).


Published on 17/03/2022

Germany: Delivery times for virgin fibre board increase from 4 to 16 weeks

The latest report from Fachverband Faltschachtel-Industrie (FFI), the German association that represents folding box companies, shows that communication in the supply chain has improved significantly compared to the pre-Covid era for almost 90% of the 40 participating folding box manufacturers, though not in the same way for all customers.  “A fundamental change in mindset is needed, especially among brand owners and retail customers,” observed Andreas Helbig, the FFI’s board of Directors spokesman. He added, “Folding boxes are becoming increasingly popular. As at the moment, we think the demand for recyclable and durable folding boxes will also increase in the post-Corona era” At the same time, current peaks in demand are meeting supply that is working at full load.  He told customers in the folding box industry that “what we need is the safety and predictability to be able to plan. Now we need much more open communication between suppliers, processors and customers to rebalance the demand for folding boxes and the carton and board supply.“ According to the survey, only 12.5% of participants believe that current delivery times for virgin fibre board among existing customers have not changed since October 2021. By the same token, 77.5% of folding carton manufacturers report extensions of between 4 to 16 weeks. The same goes for recycled cardboard. No surprises on prices: they have increased! The majority of survey respondents reported price increases of at least two digits, regardless of fibre type. Price increases since October 2021 have gone up to 25% for recycled board, and in some cases more than 30%. For virgin fibre board, price increases since then have increased up to 25%.


Published on 11/03/2022

Several Finnish UPM papermills continue to be on strike

Intense negotiations between UPM and the paper workers' union continue… as well as the strikes.  The announcement was recently made by the Paper Workers' Union and it suggested a three-week extension of the strike in most Finnish UPM factories until April 2, 2022, unless new collective agreements are concluded by then. For the record, the union strike in the UPM Pulp, UPM Biofuels, UPM Communication Papers, UPM Specialty Papers and UPM Raflatac mills in Finland began on January 1, 2022. As a reminder, in 2020, strikes causing the closure of UPM’s pulp and paper mills for two weeks and its wood and plywood mills for four weeks cost them an estimated 30 million euros.


Published on 11/03/2022

Sappi wants to increase its Carmignano site production capacity

The South African paper manufacturer Sappi will invest at least €10 million to expand its Italian mill in Carmignano dedicated to special papers. What is its objective? The company wants to support the thermal sublimation industry’s current growth. Even in 2018, Sappi recognized the importance of sublimation paper for digital transfer printing. The company had even taken over Cham Paper Group’s specialty paper business with high-performance mills in Carmignano and Condino (Italy). The opening of the Digital Solutions Center in Carmignano a year later supported the launch of other product innovations in the sublimation printing field - such as the Transjet Tacky Industrial and Transjet Drive. "By expanding our Carmignano mill, we can offer a complete in-house solution for sublimation papers, from development and production through conversion to shipping. This will allow us to maintain the highest quality standards in all stages of production and provide world-class service to our customers, while having a positive impact on our CO2 emissions", said Pierluigi Masi, the Carmignano paper mill’s director. Site work is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.


Published on 11/03/2022

Georgia-Pacific Will Invest Over $500 Million in its Green Bay Plant

Georgia-Pacific has announced significant investments totalling more than $500 million for its Green Bay, Wisconsin, mill which will significantly improve the company’s retail paper and towel business. Investments in the Green Bay plant include the construction of a new paper machine which will use “through air-drying” technology. (TAD), as well as the additional associated converting equipment and infrastructure. The new machine is scheduled to be operational in the first half of 2024. Approximately 150 jobs will be created to operate the new paper mill complex, in addition to the 850 current employees. To date, the Green Bay Broadway mill operates seven paper machines and several processing operations which manufacture toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and tissues for retail and away- from -home use. Remember that Georgia-Pacific withdrew from the European market about ten years ago by selling its tissue business to SCA.


Published on 04/03/2022

Russia: Arkhbum-Upak LLC wants to become the leading paper bag producer

Russian Arkhbum-Upak LLC, part of the Austrian Pulp Mill Holding, increased its paper bag production by 162% to 71 million units in 2021. The company has also expanded its export range. Deliveries are now destined for both markets in the CIS countries and European countries, such as Germany and France. Arkhbum-Upak LLC currently specializes in the production of kraft paper bags with a 140 to 540 mm width that have twisted and flat handles. Their customers are mainly large domestic and foreign chains, such as McDonald’s, KFC, Adidas, in particular, along with   others. The company recently acquired a factory in the city of Kolomna to create a single modern production complex. After moving to a new site and installing additional equipment, the company’s productivity will increase to 120 million eco-friendly packagings per year.  That will depend on the current political situation.


Published on 04/03/2022

Stora Enso has doubled its production capacity in Hylte

Stora Enso is investing €8 million to double its European shaped fibres production capacity. With new machines in Hylte, Sweden, Stora Enso will be able to meet the growing demand for shaped fibres. This investment further strengthens Stora Enso’s position as a leading supplier of renewable materials that replace fossil materials. Stora Enso’s shaped fibre products are currently used in food packaging such as bowls, trays and lids. The technology is also used for the development of fibre bottles. Once the investment is complete, the annual fibre capacity of the Hylte site will increase from 50 to approximately 115 million product units, making Stora Enso one of Europe’s leading suppliers of shaped fibre. Shaped fibre is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, and can be used to replace plastics in a wide range of applications. PureFiber from Stora Enso is thus a range of shaped fibre products that do not contain perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and have a CO2 footprint up to 75% lower than than alternative packaging materials such as plastic and bagasse. In addition to shaped fibre products, Stora Enso produces newsprint in Hylte with a yearly capacity of 240,000 t.  Stora Enso is committed to offering 100% regenerative products and solutions by 2050.


Published on 24/02/2022

Leipa to restructure Schrobenhausen site

The German paper manufacturer Leipa is reorienting its businesses by optimising and structurally modernizing its sites. The family business, led by CEO Peter Probst, announced its intention to transform its Schrobenhausen site based near Munich. The projects include the permanent closure of the site’s paper machine, which currently produces mainly envelope papers. Investments will also include extensions and upgrades to the carton & board machine. The restructuring plans also include the construction of a power plant in Schrobenhausen.


Published on 24/02/2022

A new corrugated board factory to be built in Washington State

Word on the street is that the paper & board packaging manufacturer Westrock has decided to build a corrugated board box factory in Longview, Washington. What is their objective? They hope to meet the growing demand of clients in the Pacific  Northwest. The new factory will serve all segments of the industry in the Pacific Northwestern markets. Once completed, this new factory will replace the company’s current corrugated board operations in Longview.


Published on 24/02/2022

Norske Skog Golbey awarded the ecological transition award

Bérangère Abba, Secretary of State for Biodiversity, presented the Norske Skog Golbey site located in the Vosges with the ‘Ecological Transition’ Award during the 3rd edition of the ‘Choose France 2021’ Awards. Organized by Business France, this award recognizes international investors and their contribution to the France Relance plan. In this case, it rewarded the Box project, created to convert one of the newsprint production lines to corrugated paper. Norske Skog Golbey was selected among 50 entrees! Don’t forget that Norske Skog diversified its production towards CCM. Specifically, Norske Skog will enter the European packaging market at the end of 2022, when the converted PM 3 from Norske Skog Bruck in Austria will begin producing CCM. Almost a year later, Norske Skog Golbey will follow suite, when its converted PM 1 will be fully operational. At full capacity, the two paper machines will produce up to 760,000 t/year of testliner 3 and recycled flute grades.


Published on 17/02/2022
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