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UPM has signed an agreement to sell its Shotton newsprint mill site in North Wales, United Kingdom and all related assets to Eren Paper Ltd, a subsidiary of Modern Karton Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.Ş., the containerboard and corrugated packaging business of the Turkish industrial conglomerate Eren Holding (“Eren”). The closing of the transaction is planned for late Q3 2021.

The new KODAK LIBRA VP2 Digital Plate offers significant improvements over Kodak’s previous generation of violet plates with faster imaging speeds, higher durability on press, and a low environmental impact.

Continued very strong rising costs for raw materials, in combination with higher freight rates fuelled by global logistic circumstances cause the necessary increase. New prices are applicable for all deliveries from July 1st onwards at the latest. Further increases will occur should these developments continue.

Valmet and ARAUCO have signed an agreement to jointly develop the Arauco Mill Line 3 in Chile to become the world’s most autonomous pulp mill. Valmet will supply its Industrial Internet Solutions (VII Solutions) comprised of Mill Wide Optimization applications, advanced prediction and monitoring applications as well as expert services. The target is to improve the overall efficiency and profitability of the entire mill by coordinating and optimizing across process islands. The expert support is given both onsite and remotely through Valmet Performance Centers in South America and the Nordics.

Fujifilm Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) announced today it will increase the price of its offset printing plates, processing chemicals, PWB films and inks on a global basis. The price will be increased by a double digit percentage as of May 1st, 2021 and will differ depending on the region and the product.

Valmet has delivered the world’s first fully virtual paper mill to Mondi’s new production line at the Mondi mill in Ružomberok, Slovakia. Prior to the start-up of the Valmet-supplied Old Corrugated Container (OCC) line, the stock preparation and the containerboard machine, the new machinery’s virtual design twin is being used to train operators and other personnel.

Stora Enso will start co-determination negotiations with employees at its Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden and Veitsiluoto Mill in Finland regarding a plan to permanently close down pulp and paper production at both mills. The planned closures would take place during the third quarter of 2021, and affect directly 670 people in Finland and 440 people in Sweden.

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