A fire broke out on Friday evening at Hallsta Paper Mill in Hallstavik, outside Norrtälje, Sweden. No-one was injured, but production has been stopped. The fire took place in the pulp factory in the north of the factory site. It was put out by the emergency services, and clean-up efforts began immediately at Friday night. The two paper machines at the mill were not affected or damaged by the fire. Paper production has been halted until activities in the fire-damaged pulp factory can be resumed. The current assessment is that it will be possible to start up the pulp factory again, in any case partially, within two to three weeks.
Lecta transitions to BPA-free papers before 2020.
On December 12, 2016, the European Union prohibited the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in the composition of thermal paper, setting the deadline of January 2, 2020, for mandatory compliance with this regulation.
Lecta has been working for some time on replacing this component. It has announced that starting on July 1, 2019, all the thermal paper it supplies to the European Union will be BPA-free, thereby guaranteeing compliance with the regulation by January 2020.
While Lecta is committed to optimizing the process, the transition to BPA-free alternatives could entail higher production costs and therefore some price changes.