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  • 28 May 2021

Sappi expands labels portfolio

Sappi has expanded the portfolio at its ultra-modern site in Gratkorn, Austria, to meet customer demands for base papers for non-wet-strength wet-glue and self-adhesive labels

Sappi has expanded the portfolio at its ultra-modern site in Gratkorn, Austria, to meet customer demands for base papers for non-wet-strength wet-glue and self-adhesive labels.

Traditionally, label papers are produced in Alfeld, Germany, and Carmignano, Italy, as well as in the USA at Somerset mill. The addition of Gratkorn with its modern production facilities, from paper machines to finishing technology, as well as extensive expertise in the production of coated papers, represents Sappi’s further capacity expansion in this field.

Available capacity is being expanded gradually to include the production of Parade papers for wet-glue and self-adhesive labeling alongside existing graphical grades. Sufficient volume is therefore available to guarantee supply to customers.

The higher production capacity will enable Sappi to expand its portfolio of label papers and open for new segments. This was previously not possible due to limited capacity at the existing locations.

‘In June of this year, we will launch Parade Label Pro in grammages of 80 and 90 g/m² following successful testing processes carried out internally and externally,’ said Michael Bethge, sales director for specialty papers at Sappi. ‘We are delighted with the extremely positive feedback we have received from our development partners, which are leading European printers, many of them operating globally, regarding the print results and running properties. 

‘This is the result of very close collaboration during the development phase. The market launch of Parade Label SG for the self-adhesive industry is scheduled for late summer 2021. Together with the label papers from our plants in Carmignano, Alfeld, and Somerset, we will significantly strengthen our market position. Further additions to our portfolio are also in the pipeline.’

The integrated plant in Gratkorn is one of the largest and most modern paper mills in Europe. In 2014, the company upgraded the paper machine for coated grades, while in 2015, parts of the recovery boiler were renovated, and the recovery system was completed. As a result, the surrounding area has enjoyed less noise and lower SO2 emissions since then.

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