The American Forest & Paper Association released its August 2016 Kraft Paper Report, which said total Kraft paper shipments were 151.5 thousand short tons, 6.6 percent higher compared to August of last year. Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased from 6.7 thousand short tons in July to 9.5 while unbleached Kraft paper increased from 126.3 to 142.1 thousand short tons. Overall, year-to-date shipments in 2016 were 2.4 percent lower compared to the same period in 2015. Total month-end inventories decreased from 80.2 to 74.7 thousand short tons.
As part of its increased expansion in the Latin American pressure-sensitive label market, UPM Raflatac is pleased to announce it will be opening a new slitting and distribution terminal in Santiago, Chile in early 2018. This new terminal will allow UPM Raflatac to improve its service capabilities and offer an expanded range of paper and film products to customers in the Chilean market, particularly in the wine and craft beverage segments.
Currently under construction in the Lo Boza industrial sector adjacent to Santiago International Airport, this brand new facility will join UPM Raflatac’s growing Americas Terminal Network, which includes a number of facilities throughout North and South America. The new terminal will feature two meter-wide slitting capabilities and the company plans to have trimless offerings on select materials.
“UPM Raflatac is proud to expand its operations in South America and our new terminal demonstrates our commitment to the Chilean market and surrounding region,” says Mark Pollard, Senior Vice President, Global Films SBU & Americas Region, UPM Raflatac. “The wine market continues to flourish, and the new terminal gives us the capability to expand our local high quality product portfolio and combine it with best-in-class service. We look forward to further growth opportunities both here and around the world.”