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Sappi expands portfolio with Label Papers

08 June 2021: In the field of labels, Sappi, not only convinces with quality and diversity, but also relies on optimal customer service in terms of production and delivery reliability. Since recently, the company has been producing label papers at the Gratkorn plant, thus further expanding its capacity.

Sappi recently started producing label papers at its state-of-the-art Gratkorn mill in Austria, one of the largest paper mills in Europe. This portfolio expansion will enable Sappi to better meet customer demands for base papers for non-wet-strength wet-glue and self-adhesive labels and keep pace with market growth. With more than 400 years of experience in paper production, the Gratkorn site has so far been known for high-quality multi-coated fine papers for graphic applications. While label papers in Europe were previously only produced in Alfeld, Germany and Carmignano, Italy, as well as in the USA at the Somerset site, Gratkorn now offers the ideal expansion of the range. Modern production facilities, from paper machines to sizing equipment, and many years of know-how in the manufacture of coated papers are the best prerequisites for first-class products. In addition to the existing graphic papers, the available capacity is gradually being expanded to include the production of Parade Label label papers.

The Gratkorn site offers another advantage: the higher production capacity will enable innovation leader Sappi to further expand its portfolio of label papers and open up new segments, which was previously not possible due to the limited capacity at the previous sites. “In June this year, we will launch Parade Label Pro in basis weights of 80 and 90 gsm after successfully completing internal and external qualification processes. We are very pleased with the extremely positive feedback we have received from our development partners – leading European printers, some of which are global players – regarding the print results and runnability. This is the result of very close cooperation during the development phase. We expect the market launch of Parade Label SG for the self-adhesive industry as early as late summer 2021.”

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