Euro-Graph Publishes Monthly Statistics of the European Graphic Papers Industry

Total European shipments of graphic papers in September 2020 were down 15.0% vs. September 2019 and year-to-date shipments are down 20.0%. Total European shipments of newsprint in September 2020 were down 14.8% vs. September 2019 and year-to-date shipments are down 18.0%. Total European shipments of sc-magazine in September 2020 were down 12.1% vs. September 2019 and year-to-date shipments are down 19.1%. Total European shipments of coated mechanical reels in September 2020 were down 23.4% vs. September 2019 and year-to-date shipments are down 27.6%. Total European shipments of uncoated mechanical (improved & others) in September 2020 were down 2.6% vs. September 2019 and year-to-date shipments are down 9.0%. Total European shipments of coated woodfree in September 2020 were down 23.0% vs. September 2019 and year-to-date shipments are down 26.4%. Total European shipments of uncoated woodfree in September 2020 were down 7.1% vs. September 2019 and year-to-date shipments are down 14.9%.
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Matti Koski has been appointed Kotkamills Oy’s Vice President, North America

Matti Koski’s role is to establish North American businesses and increase board sales and help other businesses in North America. Koski reports to Ari Tanninen, the Senior Vice President of the Consumer Board business. Matti has lived in the United States since 1997, where he has worked e.g. at Stora Enso for more than 15 years. For the last seven years, Koski has run his own consulting company and collaborated, e.g. with Kotkamills Oy. We wish Matti good luck and success in his new challenges.
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Paper Excellence Canada announces restart date of Crofton paper machine

Paper Excellence Canada announced that it plans to restart the number 3 paper machine at its Catalyst Paper mill in Crofton, British Columbia in early January 2021. The restart reflects the strong performance being delivered by Catalyst’s paper sales force and paper operations making both existing printing and writing grades with new food and packaging papers. The machine was curtailed in the spring of 2020 after the impacts of an external malware attack, a forest fibre shortage, and the COVID-19 pandemic simultaneously impacted paper production as well as global paper demand. Approximately 58 jobs will return with the startup of the paper machine at the Crofton facility bringing its total employee count to about 560. Crofton is one of Canada’s largest pulp and paper mills responsible for injecting almost $3 million into BC’s economy daily.
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Sappi Symbio biocomposite solution utilised for upcycling birdfeeder

A collaborative effort between Sappi, MaBe and Kegelmann Technik GmbH from Rodgau-Jügesheim has culminated in the development of a biobased alternative for an injection moulding birdfeed-adapter. This development used the expertise of all partners. MaBe a German based company focused on upcycling and sustainability, sells lanterns made from recycled soda bottles. With recent innovation and adapters, these lanterns could now be used for bird-feeding devices. Partnering with Kegelmann Technik GmbH from Rodgau-Jügesheim, experts in the field of material composite formulations, these adapters were produced efficiently from more sustainable material. Instead of regular plastic, a natural fibre composite material was proposed. Sappi Symbio provided that alternative being a highly resistant, biocomposite cellulose fibre derived from responsibly managed renewable forests. This partnership has reflected the need for developing mutually beneficial, value adding products that could be recycled. This places a shared responsibility to move toward a sustainable future and recognise it is work that cannot be done alone.
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Neenah Renews Share Repurchase Plan

Neenah, Inc. announced that on November 19, 2020, its Board of Directors renewed the Company’s share repurchase plan for up to $25 million of its outstanding common stock effective January 2021. The current share repurchase plan remains in effect through December 31, 2020. Purchases by the Company under the program would be made from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions in accordance with the requirements of applicable law. The timing and amount of any purchases will depend on share price, market conditions and other factors. The program does not require the Company to purchase any specific number of shares and may be suspended or discontinued at any time.
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American Forest & Paper Association Releases October 2020 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 24 percent in October compared to October 2019. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 21 percent in October compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased two percent when compared to September 2020. U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in October decreased 18 percent compared to last October while the inventory level decreased two percent compared to September 2020. UFS imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2019, down seven percent and 38 percent respectively. Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 16 percent compared to October 2019 while the inventory level decreased four percent compared to September 2020. CFS imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2019, down 34 percent and 14 percent respectively. U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in October decreased 40 percent compared to last October while the inventory level decreased four percent compared to September 2020. CM imports decreased 20 percent while exports increased 35 percent in September 2020. Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 47 percent compared to October 2019 while the inventory level increased three percent compared to September 2020. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2019, down 11 percent and 56 percent respectively.
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Lecta Reduces Energy Consumption at its Mills By 60% With New Lighting

In accordance with its firm environmental commitment in carrying out its manufacturing operations, Lecta has updated the lighting installations at its Zaragoza, Sant Joan les Fonts and Motril mills in Spain. This energy efficiency project carried out in cooperation with Spanish energy and renewables company Acciona entailed substituting all the lighting at plant facilities, replacing conventional lighting with new LED installations. This first phase is part of an overall energy plan that aims to optimize energy management at Lecta's five mills in Spain. Before implementing the projects defined within the plan, most of which are currently being developed, several audits and an exhaustive analysis of the current situation at each mill were carried out.
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Mondi delivers innovative logistics solution to reduce waste and provide more efficient customer service

Mondi is the first global paper manufacturer to introduce an innovative logistics solution for its large reels, which provides benefits throughout the supply chain. The ProVantage Komiwhite reels with a width of 280cm, a diameter of 139cm and a weight of nearly four tonnes, presents a logistical challenge when it comes to transporting krafltiner products. To address this issue, Mondi is now transporting large reels on more efficient "roll-on/roll-off" (RoRo) vessels from its mill in Syktyvkar (Russia), via Bronka (Russia) and Luebeck (Germany), to the Innocenti terminal in Milan (Italy) without the need for them to be placed in shipping containers. "With this new way of transporting large reels, we are able to reduce our carbon footprint even further when moving goods. There is no longer a need for additional packaging materials to wrap around the reels to protect the cargo during transport. This innovation has led to us decreasing the amount of protective material waste by one truck load per month. Additionally, we now dispose of far fewer damaged reels." Giovanni Mondini, Sales Director at Mondi Italy
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