LignoTech South Africa is an equal partnership joint venture between Sappi Southern Africa Limited and Borregaard AS of Norway. The lignin extraction plant in Umkomaas, KwaZulu Natal was first commissioned in December 1998 and officially opened in 1999. The plant at LignoTech was designed to generate revenue from a previously-unused component of the effluent stream from Sappi’s Saiccor mill. These are used as binding and dispersing agents in a wide range of agricultural and industrial applications. Gary Bowles, Group Head Technology of Sappi Limited commented on the anniversary: “LignoTech has been a tremendous success. Sappi and Borregaard showed faith and commitment 20 years ago and have created a synergistic integration of local competencies, infrastructure and raw material with internationally-proven technology and global reach. This innovative venture continues to benefit all stakeholders. LignoTech is an example of Sappi’s commitment to work with partners to develop solutions, in particular in the exciting fields of biochemicals and biomaterials.” Click Read More below for additional detail.
WestRock, an American paper and corrugated packaging company, has released a new coated paper in answer to growing consumer trends favoring premiumization. The 18pt. caliper provides added sturdiness, translating to a tactile feel that consumers equate with higher quality.
Recent research indicates that sturdier paper can significantly increase response rates, evidenced by a 38 percent response lift (1.64 percent response rate for “control” up to a 2.27 percent response rate for the “test”) from consumers in a direct mail campaign by a Fortune 1000 Nationwide retailer. Related research by WestRock has shown that sturdiness and paper quality carries over to how consumers feel about the advertised brand or product.
The new 18pt. offering from WestRock is the ultimate paper solution for brands that want to “stand out from the pack” for applications including digital packaging, direct mail, presentation folders, business cards, in-store signage, displays, faux credit cards and more.
Like the rest of their comprehensive digital portfolio, WestRock’s new 18pt. digital product is available through its extensive nationwide network of merchant distributors. The new offering includes the following sizes:
18” x 12”
19” x 13”
20.8125” x 29.5” (B2)
C1S and C2S surfaces.
The new 18pt. digital coated cover is engineered for excellent performance one toner-based printers and is RIT certified for runnability, adhesion and blanket compatibility on HP Indigo 7000 machines and higher.