UPM plans to adapt its uncoated publication paper capacity to a long-term profitable customer demand. The capacity reductions are planned to take place in Germany and Austria:
UPM Communication Papers plans to permanently close paper machine 6 at UPM Schongau, Germany, reducing the annual capacity of uncoated publication papers by 165,000 tonnes by the end of Q2 2023.
UPM Communication Papers accelerates the earlier announced stop of production at its Steyrermühl mill by six months. The exit of a total annual capacity of 320,000 tonnes of newsprint will take place already by the end of Q2 2023.

Köstlin Prepress Services, based in Ditzingen, Germany, has successfully completed the Miraclon Certification program for KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates. The program evaluates FLEXCEL NX System users’ ability to meet stringent international flexo platemaking standards set by Miraclon. It represents a feature set that drives industry-leading efficiency, repeatability, and consistent quality in flexo platemaking, and is also supported by extensive data measurement series and analyses.

Stora Enso has completed the divestment of its Maxau paper production site in Germany, and all related assets to Schwarz Produktion, part of Schwarz Group. The divestment announced on 13 September 2022 was completed today after regulatory approvals. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately EUR 210 million.

Lessebo Paper is partnering with Bonnier Books and Livonia Print and is now launching the paper quality Livonia Zero Offset by Lessebo Paper. This is an initiative from the three companies to minimise the carbon footprint of printed books.

Valmet will supply an extensive rebuild for Sappi’s Somerset paper manufacturing facility in Skowhegan, Maine, USA. Previously, Valmet rebuilt the paper machine 1 (PM1) and with its success, Sappi has chosen Valmet again to rebuild the paper machine 2 (PM2).

• Extension of ABB’s Automation Software Maintenance program specific to pulp and paper industry helps protect Quality Control System (QCS) investment with more proactive management approach
• New subscription levels allow customers to benefit from greater service support and immediate access to the latest QCS software updates between major system upgrades
• Improved QCS lifecycle management helps to futureproof and maximize system performance to manage total cost of ownership

SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN GA) has made significant upgrades to JetInspection, its high-resolution scanning and inspection system for digital inkjet presses. As well as improvements to JetInspection’s core logic, these changes include the adoption of an inspection engine that utilizes the results of analyses conducted by newly developed AI software.

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