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Mondi, the global paper and packaging Group, is launching a new product for their flagship brand Color Copy. Targeted for the office paper segment, “Color Copy Go Office” is a newly developed, best-in-class multifunctional product for high contrast colours. Color Copy Go Office offers a high whiteness paired with the smoothness for which Color Copy is known. It is the first product in the Color Copy portfolio explicitly guaranteed for both laser and inkjet printing, featuring ColorLok® technology to ensure bold blacks, vivid colours and quick drying. As with all Color Copy products, Color Copy Go Office comes with Mondi’s 100% satisfaction guarantee.

2018 10 19 092415“Almost 30 years ago, we invented the colour laser paper with Color Copy. With last year’s redesign of our packaging, we started a journey to become the perfect paper for digital colour printing – inkjet included. Color Copy Go Office is the first step in this direction. In terms of positioning among high white multifunctional papers for high contrast printing, it is the best office paper we offer today. It perfectly complements our flagship brand Color Copy as the premium paper solution for full colour printing with the widest colour gamut and incomparably consistent top quality”, says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

A pipeline of innovations for Color Copy

Earlier this year a new range of digital formats were announced for Color Copy, valid for all our sales partners around the world. For all other future innovations and portfolio extensions under the Color Copy brand, including the introduction of Color Copy in 80 g/m2 as well as new banner formats, there is a new and (semi-) exclusive distribution strategy in place. This means that all new developments are available at selected Color Copy Evolution Partners only.

Europapier will be Mondi’s partner in Austria and Russia, Igepa and Papyrus in Germany, Augusto Berni, Comunica, Officart and Polyedra in Italy, Premier Paper in UK and Papyrus in Benelux, with discussions on-going in several other countries.

“In 2019 we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Color Copy and will have more news to share related to the diversification of the brand portfolio. Stay tuned for more details in early 2019,” explained Klumpp.

Go Office range

Color Copy Go Office is available in A4 and A3 and 80, 90, 100 as well as 120 g/m2 , featuring our new easy-open reams for all our A4 products in 80, 90 and 100 g/m2 and improved box strength. For optimal presentation, easy handling and a tidy office space, all A4 products can be ordered in shelf-ready boxes. Color Copy Go Office is produced in our Mondi Neusiedler mill and is offered with FSC® and EU Ecolabel certification.

About Color Copy

Color Copy is the leading brand for digital colour printing and is CO2 neutral. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of digital printing and guarantees true-to-life, brilliant colour copies and perfect print results every time. Color Copy has an elegant and smooth feel and its soft white hue gives accurate colour reproduction that emphasises your image. It also has an exceptional environmental profile, being CO2 neutral in addition to having FSC®, EU Ecolabel and ISO 9706, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 certifications. Color Copy is part of Mondi’s Green Range of sustainably produced products.

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About Mondi          

Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions. Mondi is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything Mondi does. In 2017, Mondi had revenues of €7.10 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.48 billion.

Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker MND, and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker MNDI. Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

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About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi Group. In five paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital and offset print technologies. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, PERGRAPHICA®, NEUJET®, Snegurochka or ROTATRIM are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication. Converters appreciate the excellent printability and smooth handling of Mondi’s professional printing papers.

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International packaging and paper group Mondi is again recognized by WWF for leadership in transparency, participating in the Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) 2013.

Twenty five out of an invited seventy companies took the opportunity to demonstrate their transparency through participation in this year’s WWF EPCI. These twenty five companies, voluntarily disclosing data on their ecological footprint, together produce 28% of the world’s graphic paper and 29% of the world’s newsprint. Mondi has participated in the EPCI since its inception in 2010, when Mondi was one of only five companies to have responded to WWF’s invitation.

 “The increasing number of participants in this year’s Environmental Paper Company Index is testament to the growing importance of transparency and responsible business practice for the industry. Customers are placing increased emphasis on their suppliers to manage their entire supply chain in a responsible and sustainable way,” said John Lindahl, Group Technical Director of Mondi.

 The EPCI is one of WWF´s key tools to promote transparency and motivate continual improvement in the paper manufacturing sector. The Index is not a public comparison or a ranking of participating companies. Instead it is an index that recognizes and credits companies for their leadership in transparency in voluntarily disclosing their ecological footprint.

 The EPCI method looks at environmental aspects of a company’s policies and targets, as well as the environmental performance of the overall production of a specific product category (newsprint, graphic paper, packaging paper and boards, pulp). It includes the environmental performance from a company’s own pulp and paper production, as well as performance of market pulp purchased.

 “I am delighted that we have again been recognized for transparency by WWF in their EPCI and am proud of our ongoing sustainability improvements” said David Hathorn, CEO Mondi Group. 

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    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi’s Europe & International Division. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, Russia and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

    Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ,  MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

      

    About Mondi

    Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, with production operations across 30 countries and revenues of €5.8 billion in 2012. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2012, Mondi employed 25,700 people. 

    Mondi Group is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain, from the growing of wood and the production of pulp and paper (packaging paper and uncoated fine paper), to the conversion of packaging paper into corrugated packaging, industrial bags, extrusion coatings and release liner. Mondi is also a supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions, advanced films and hygiene products components. 

    Mondi Group has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group has been recognised for its sustainability through its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global, European and UK Index Series (since 2008) and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007. The Group was also included in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the third year and in CDP’s Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the first time in 2012.

  • Contacts

    Susan Brunner, Sustainability & Communications Manager, Uncoated Fine Paper 
    Tel: +43 (1) 79013 – 5654, E-Mail: susan.brunner@mondigroup.com
    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper, Kelsenstraße 7, A-1032 Wien
    www.mondigroup.com

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Mondi, an international packaging and paper manufacturer, has expanded its offering of CO2 neutral papers to include its line of high-speed inkjet paper products. This has been done to underline its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions overall and also in response to the growing demand for climate neutral products in the professional printing market.

“Climate and resource protection is a vital part of our product stewardship and is increasingly turning into a competitive advantage for Mondi,” says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director for Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.  For buyers all over the world, across all industries and business fields – but also in public administration – environmentally sound paper procurement is continually growing in importance. “For our customers, the paper they use for printing represents a significant component of their environmental message,” Mr. Klumpp adds.

One such Mondi customer, LBBW, has been engaged in the area of sustainability for many years now. “We want to actively contribute to climate protection and support a low emission economy. This is why LBBW developed its own climate strategy in 2011, including a defined target for reducing our CO2 emissions. In addition to reducing energy consumption through technical optimisations and the use of green energy, purchasing and using CO2 neutral paper is another important step towards reaching our goal,” explained Wolfgang Nickel, Head of the Group Output Management Services, Landesbank Baden – Württemberg.

Nautilussuperwhiteco2Together with the climate protection specialist ClimatePartner, Mondi calculated the carbon footprint of its paper products back in 2010. On the basis of this calculation, Mondi launched Color Copy, its premium laser paper, fully CO2 neutral from cradle to Mondi gate. NAUTILUS®SuperWhite has since also been offered optionally CO2 neutral. Mondi has now a fully developed company-wide IT-based product carbon footprint program to calculate a detailed carbon footprint of all paper and packaging products. The calculations are based on the “10 toes” model developed by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). “We are able to calculate the carbon footprint of each product, at each stage of the supply chain, to determine the effect of our greenhouse gas reducing activities at every stage,” so Mr. Klumpp.  “Sustainable development is not a separate part of our business. It is our business.”

Dr. Klaus Reisinger, CEO of ClimatePartner Austria, adds: “The paper’s carbon footprint – which makes up roughly 70% of the carbon footprint of a print job - has been calculated and the measures for reduction have been determined jointly with Mondi. Unavoidable emissions are offset via emission reduction certificates from a new hydro power project in Santa Catarina, Brazil.”

Mondi has reduced its CO2e emissions per unit of saleable products by 25% since 2004 and has an overall rate of renewable energy usage of 58%. Mondi strives to increase environmental efficiency across the company by reducing water and energy consumption, lowering emissions to air and water, and by preserving biodiversity. To promote knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders both in the industry and within the company itself, Mondi hosts environmentally focused ‘Green Events’ as well as ‘Green Trainings’ and also offers online learning tools, such as the ‘Green Range Trivia Game’ (www.mondigroup.com/gogreentrivia).

All Mondi-branded papers now carry the company’s Green Range label, which stands for sustainable paper production and consists only of papers that meet three core criteria: FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or TCF (totally chlorine free) bleached.

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    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi, a leading international packaging and paper company. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, Russia and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine. 

    Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

    About Mondi

    Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, with production operations across 30 countries and revenues of €5.8 billion in 2012. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2012, Mondi Group employed 25,700 people. 

    Mondi Group is fully integrated across the paper and packaging process, from the growing of wood and the manufacture of pulp and paper (including recycled paper), to the conversion of packaging paper into corrugated packaging, industrial bags and coatings.

    The Group is principally involved in the manufacture of packaging paper, converted packaging products and uncoated fine paper (UFP).

    Mondi Group has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group has been recognized for its sustainability through its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global, European and UK Index Series (since 2008) and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007. The Group was also included in the FTSE350 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the second year.

  • Contacts

    Susan Brunner, Sustainability Branding & Communications Manager, Uncoated Fine Paper

    Tel: +43 (1) 79013 – 5654, E-Mail: susan.brunner@mondigroup.com

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper Sales GmbH, Kelsenstraße 7, A-1032 Wien

    www.mondigroup.com

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 19:55

Mondi to shut plants, cut costs

Mondi Green 173Cutting costs is a hallmark of packaging and paper group Mondi and over the longer term it has paid off, as could be seen in its recent upbeat interim management statement.

Its cost cutting exercises continue, with Mondi announcing the closure of its woodchip export operations based at the SilvaCel plant at Richards Bay, as well as a decision to shut down one of the two remaining newsprint machines at the Merebank plant outside Durban.

"The woodchip export operation is a very small business within the group. Its contribution has not been sufficient to keep it going," says Mondi's chief executive David Hathorn.

At its peak the SilvaCel plant was producing more than a million tons of eucalyptus and wattle woodchips a year. These were exported to Japan, the Pacific Rim and more recently China.

Hathorn says the SilvaCel plant is one of two mills Mondi has at Richards Bay, the second being much larger and more important to the group.

"We'll shut SilvaCel down and sell the land. Its contribution has been very modest, though of course we realise that closing the mill is hard for the staff working there." Consultations with employees and representatives are under way.

Newsprint sales crumple

The decision to close the newsprint machine at Merebank is a reflection more of the state of the publishing industry than of Mondi's operations.

"Newspapers have contracted. [Printing them] is a substantially less profitable business than it used to be. There were three newsprint machines at Merebank but we closed one down a while ago. Closing this machine will improve profitability at Merebank. It has become a loss-making machine so we will save on that," Hathorn says.

In the 2011 financial and calendar year, Mondi was producing 124,914t of newsprint in SA. Last year this had declined to 114,854t, a drop of 8%.

The pattern is repeated in the company's overseas interests. Last year Mondi sold its 50% holding in Aylesford Newsprint Holdings in Kent in the UK. It's a large operation with the capacity to produce around 400,000t of newsprint a year. It supplies this to the major national newspaper groups in the UK and exports paper to Europe.

Mondi took a big hit exiting the unprofitable Aylesford business. Mondi and its joint partner, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, had recapitalised the operation and proceeds of the sale were used to repay its debt. Mondi's loss on the disposal was €71m.

Packaging focus

But scaling down newsprint operations shows what's essentially a shift of focus at Mondi, from paper to packaging. "We're growing into packaging more and more. I think the decline in demand for newsprint shows the shift in the industry from print to Internet publications and advertising," Hathorn says.

Packaging is the more profitable business even in the tough central European market. Hathorn says price increases in the packaging paper grades provide support and that good progress is being made in integrating recent acquisitions.

Success by the large groups in the paper, pulp and packaging industries is like playing a game of chess. It's largely about making the right acquisitions and disposals. Sometimes the closure of a mill is a necessary sacrifice to advance the game.

Mondi and Sappi aren't really comparable, because their operations are so different. Sappi played itself into check four years ago with the expensive acquisition of four mills in Europe. It's still paying the price, trying to reduce its high debt levels and quarterly results from Sappi last week weren't encouraging - profit was US$7m for the quarter to March compared with the year-ago profit of US$58m. Basic earnings per share dropped to just US1c from US11c over the same period.

The trends are reflected in the respective share price performance of Mondi and Sappi, the former up by 84,6% over the past year and the latter down by 4,7%.

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Amongst the 96 attendees who joined the Mondi Green Event, the line up of speakers included representatives from WWF, FSC® Germany, PEFC™ International and Climate Partner Austria

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The thematic scope of the event included:  the future for forest products and the environment; the necessity for forestry certification and the new EU Timber Regulation; climate change and carbon neutrality; and going green as a good business practice.

“Green business practices are a major concern for most businesses and organisations today.  An environmental mindset requires not only a shift in the practices of companies but it also comes down to how we as individuals develop an environmental consciousness and adopt sustainable lifestyles.  The Green Event hosted guests from 13 countries from within the forestry, paper and printing industries as well as global companies and organisations for which green decision making is an integral part of their business strategy. In line with our Green Range slogan, to make the event as green as it gets the Green Event was CO2 neutral, including the participants’ transportation to and from the event,” said Peter Orisich CEO Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper, Europe and International.

Mondi Green 173Starting off the day, Helma Brandlmaier from WWF International presented the recent WWF Living Forests Report chapter and forests and wood products, underscoring the future role and value of forests for a rapidly growing global population. According to Brandlmaier, wood, as a renewable resource, could play a critical role in the production of diverse goods if responsibly managed and used. WWF advocates recycling, efficiency, responsible forestry and manufacturing for a sustainable future. Well managed plantations could also reduce pressure on natural forests. A panel discussion followed subsequent presentations by FSC® (Ulrich Malessa, Head of services, FSC Germany), PEFC™ (Thorsten Arndt, Head of Communications) and SGS UK (Charles Townsend, EUTR Consultant and Lead COC Auditor), which addressed the EU Timber Regulation, forest certification systems, chain of custody and the need to create greater awareness and mainstreaming of certifications that support responsible forestry.

The session on climate change and carbon neutrality began with an overview by Prof. Werner Sobotka covering the rules and criteria established by the Austrian Environmental label and the EU Ecolabel. Speaking more directly about carbon neutrality, Laurel Brunner, founder of Verdigris and Digital Dots Ltd. announced the ongoing development of ISO 16759, a new international standard that provides the framework for calculating the carbon footprint of print media. Her presentation also highlighted best cases for cost cutting measures that cut carbon through waste reduction, energy reduction, and greater efficiency across print media supply chains. Dr. Klaus Reisinger, CEO of ClimatePartner Austria stressed the global nature of climate change, recommending that companies and individuals calculate their carbon footprint, avoid and reduce emissions, and offset unavoidable CO2 emissions by investing in verified climate protection projects.

The Green Event concluded with a session on going green as a good business practice. Mondi’s Natural Resource Manager, Peter Gardiner, emphasised the value of forests, conservation and bio diversity through the concept of natural capital and Mondi’s policies that support these aims. Mr Gardiner provided examples such as the Mondi Wetlands Programme – a conservation project in co-operation with the WWF and WESSA (a South African environmental organisation) as well as Mondi’s cooperation with the Russian NGO Silver Taiga and WWF Russia to secure the remaining pristine forests in Komi Russia. Mondi sustainably manages 2.1 million hectares of leased forest in the Komi Republic and 307,000 hectares of owned forest in South Africa, 25% of which are set aside for conservation. All Mondi managed forests are FCS certified and 65% of wood supplied to Mondi processing plants is FSC or PEFC-certified; no wood is procured from controversial sources. The final presentation of the day was a best case practice for green printing by Sergey Popov, the CEO of Idea Print ─ a digital print shop in Moscow. Idea Print operates according to the principles of recycling, reusing and responsible management to the extent that even waste paper is put to creative uses such as Ecopad notepads.

All presentations can be accessed online at www.mondigroup.com/greenevent. More information about the Mondi Green Range can be found at www.mondigroup.com/gogreen.

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    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi, a leading international packaging and paper company. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, Russia and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

    Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ,  MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

    About Mondi

    Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, with production operations across 30 countries and revenues of €5.8 billion in 2012. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2012, Mondi employed 25,700 people.

    Mondi Group is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain, from the growing of wood and the production of pulp and paper (packaging paper and uncoated fine paper), to the conversion of packaging paper into corrugated packaging, industrial bags, extrusion coatings and release liner. Mondi is also a supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions, advanced films and hygiene products components.

    Mondi Group has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group has been recognised for its sustainability through its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global, European and UK Index Series (since 2008) and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007. The Group was also included in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the third year and in CDP’s Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the first time in 2012.

  • Contacts

    Contact

    Jolene Pozniak, Communications Manager, Uncoated Fine Paper 

    Tel: +43 (1) 79013 – 5663, e-Mail:  jolene.pozniak@mondigroup.com

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper Sales GmbH, Kelsenstraße 7, A-1032 Wien

    www.mondigroup.com

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Friday, 05 April 2013 14:30

Sappi uses low SA rates to revise debt

SAPPI, the world’s largest maker of glossy paper, plans to sell bonds to refinance debt even as yields on existing securities rise as the company retools mills from South Africa to the US to produce pulp used in clothing.

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The company will raise at least R1bn, CEO Ralph Boettger said on March 26. Yields on Sappi’s euro debt due in April 2018 climbed by 87 basis points from a record low on January 14, reaching 5.4% on Thursday.

Rates on similarly dated euro bonds of competitor Stora Enso advanced by 45 basis points to 4.3%. South African firms’ dollar-bond yields have added 10 basis points in the period, JPMorgan Chase indices show.

"Sappi is hoping to achieve a more competitive interest rate in the bond market," Mohamed Kharva, a Cape Town-based analyst at Nedbank Group, says.

The Johannesburg-based company, which is also the world’s biggest maker of dissolving wood pulp, is selling debt to take advantage of the lowest South African interest rates in more than 30 years, which have spurred an increase in issuance by companies.

Sappi has to repay R1bn of bonds on June 27. Yields on the debt have climbed to 6.32% since reaching a record low of 5.66% on July 19.

Rates on the South African rand bonds due on August 1 have gained 66 basis points, or 0.66 of a percentage point, to 5.02%.

The company is spending $540m converting parts of its paper mills into plants that make the pulp, used to produce goods from sports clothing to pills and cellphone screens.

Sappi is betting on the product to increase profit and allow it to resume dividend payments, which it stopped in 2008 as it struggled with a high debt burden amid weakening paper sales in Europe.

Debt sales by companies in the continent’s biggest economy, excluding financial institutions, increased to $1.4bn in the first quarter from $1.06bn a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

"We can confirm that we are busy finalising the refinancing," Sappi head of corporate affairs Andre Oberholzer says. "We already use banks for other lines of finance. The bond market provides an additional avenue."

The wood-pulp conversion projects at the Ngodwana mill in Mpumalanga province and the Cloquet facility in Minnesota should be completed by the end of the third quarter, in June, raising Sappi’s output of the pulp by about 40% to more than 1.3-million tons a year, Mr Oberholzer says. "The overall dissolving wood-pulp market is growing at 6% a year while the viscose staple-fibre market grows at 8% a year."

The viscose variety, which is made from dissolving wood pulp, is used in sports clothing.

"Our global share of the overall dissolving wood-pulp market for 2012 was 14% and of the viscose staple-fibre market was 20%. These are set to increase once additional capacity comes online," Mr Oberholzer says.

Sappi, which returned to profitability in the year through to last September, said on February 6 that profit fell 62% in the first quarter because of lower paper and pulp prices.

The company derived 25% of its sales from southern Africa in the year to September.

The rand has depreciated 8.6% against the dollar this year, the worst performance among 16 major currencies tracked by Bloomberg after Japan’s yen, which has lost 9%.

The rand slipped 0.5% to R9.2725/$ in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.

Sappi’s stock dropped 7.1% in the first quarter, making it the worst performer in the 25-member Standard & Poor’s global timber and forestry US dollar index, behind Golden Agri-Resources, the world’s second-biggest palm-oil producer.

South Africa’s Mondi was the best performer, rising 34%.

As consumers turn from magazines and newspapers to computers and cellphones to consume media, Sappi’s move away from paper makes sense, Mr Kharva says.

"For them to increase exposure to dissolving wood pulp is a good diversification strategy due to it being a growth market, unlike graphic paper, which is in structural decline."

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Mondi presents expanded range of digital papers at North Print and Pack trade fair in Harrogate, UK from 14th-16th May 2013

The international paper and packaging manufacturer will showcase a broad range of digital printing papers such as the high-white, smooth DNS® color print, Color Copy, Color Copy for HP Indigo, DNS® for HP Indigo, recycled NAUTILUS® grades and off-white BIO TOP 3® next.

thumb dns1The newly expanded digital printing portfolio from Mondi will be presented at the North Print and Pack exhibition in Harrogate from 14th-16th May 2013 on stand A308.

“North Print and Pack is a good opportunity for Mondi to speak directly with printers about their digital printing needs and most frequent applications. We also look forward to introducing to the UK printing market some of our more recent product developments such as DNS® color print,” commented Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director for Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper, Europe & International.

Mondi launched DNS® color print in autumn of 2012, offering customers an extra smooth paper with a high whiteness level (170 CIE). The paper’s smooth finish combined with its high opacity is ideal for full colour reproduction with duplex printing. With a range of grammages from 80-300 g/m2 in A4, A3 (LG/SG) and SRA3 formats, versatility is a prime benefit for printers handling diverse applications from marketing collateral to invitations to business cards. DNS® color print is also suitable for preprint applications such as letterhead and office stationery.

Amongst Mondi’s digital printing papers on display at Northprint, Color Copy and 100% recycled NAUTILUS® SuperWhite will feature prominently. Color Copy has earned its high-quality reputation in part due to a smooth surface and whiteness level, which are ideal for full colour image reproduction and natural looking contrasts. Moreover, Color Copy is fully CO2 neutral, from cradle to Mondi factory gate. Mondi also offers customers a CO2 neutral option for 100% recycled NAUTILUS® SuperWhite and its high-speed inkjet papers. All Mondi-branded papers are sustainably produced and belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or totally chlorine free bleached (TCF).

Overall the company’s digital printing portfolio has expanded to accommodate new developments in machine technology and printing trends, making it a versatile portfolio for applications that range from photo books, marketing flyers and brochures, catalogues, digital publishing, Transpromo and personalised direct mail.

For more information about Mondi’s digital paper portfolio, please visit: www.mondigroup.com/printing

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    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi, a leading international packaging and paper company. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, Russia and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

    Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ,  MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

    About Mondi

    Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, with production operations across 30 countries and revenues of €5.8 billion in 2012. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2012, Mondi employed 25,700 people.

    Mondi Group is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain, from the growing of wood and the production of pulp and paper (packaging paper and uncoated fine paper), to the conversion of packaging paper into corrugated packaging, industrial bags, extrusion coatings and release liner. Mondi is also a supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions, advanced films and hygiene products components.



    Mondi Group has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group has been recognised for its sustainability through its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global, European and UK Index Series (since 2008) and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007. The Group was also included in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the third year and in CDP’s Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the first time in 2012.

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    Jolene Pozniak, Communications Manager, Uncoated Fine Paper 
    Tel: +43 (1) 79013 – 5663, e-Mail:  jolene.pozniak@mondigroup.com
    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper Sales GmbH, Kelsenstraße 7, A-1032 Wien
    www.mondigroup.com
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The company will promote the new design with a Russia-wide campaign from March to May 2013 to introduce the new packaging to end users, dealers and distributors at all levels.
 Russia’s office paper market will soon see a new look to a familiar brand. Mondi Syktyvkar has launched a new packaging design for its popular domestic brand Snegurochka.

Snegurochka paper optSnegurochka is Russia’s leading office paper brand recognised for its high whiteness level, smooth surface, good opacity for double sided printing and excellent printer runnability. It is also the first Russian-produced FSC® certified paper.

“Snegurochka’s new packing design reflects the paper’s high-quality profile and strong position in the Russian market. It’s an up-to-date design that clearly displays Snegurochka’s environmental labels, grammage, format and key details that our customers look for,” said Alexey Shamin, Head of Sales for Russia & CIS, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper. 

The Snegurochka brand was first developed at Mondi Syktyvkar in 1999. The new packaging preserves the brand’s well-known packaging features, such as the recognizable color scheme and Cyrillic brand name, though it is now written in a more contemporary style. The paper’s technical characteristics will also remain in CIS languages. Among the changes to the packaging design, the brand’s environmental profile will feature more prominently. 

In addition to being FSC® certified and part of Mondi’s Green Range, Snegurochka was awarded the EU Ecolabel in 2012. Products and services bearing the EU Ecolabel are certified as having a lower impact on the environment than other products in the same product group. It is a means by which customers choose products deemed environmentally conscious based on core environmental parameters.

Moreover, Snegurochka received a rating of “good” on the WWF Check Your Paper environmental benchmarking tool -- a voluntary initiative which encourages transparency regarding environmental performance in the paper industry and identifies sustainably produced papers on a global scale.

All Mondi branded paper are part of the Green Range and are FSC® or PECF certified, totally chlorine free bleached (TCF) or 100% recycled. More information about Snegurochka and Mondi Syktyvkar is available at www.mondigroup.com/syktyvkar

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  • About About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper
    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi, a leading international packaging and paper company. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, Russia and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

    Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

    About Mondi
    Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, with production operations across 30 countries and revenues of €5.8 billion in 2012. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2012, Mondi employed 25,700 people.

    Mondi Group is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain, from the growing of wood and the production of pulp and paper (packaging paper and uncoated fine paper), to the conversion of packaging paper into corrugated packaging, industrial bags, extrusion coatings and release liner. Mondi is also a supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions, advanced films and hygiene products components.

    Mondi Group has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group has been recognised for its sustainability through its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global, European and UK Index Series (since 2008) and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007. The Group was also included in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the third year and in CDP’s Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the first time in 2012.
  • Contacts Contact
    Jolene Pozniak, Communications Manager, Uncoated Fine Paper
    Tel: +43 (1) 79013 – 5663, e-Mail: jolene.pozniak@mondigroup.com

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper Sales GmbH, Kelsenstraße 7, A-1032 Wien
    www.mondigroup.com
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key optMondi’s new ColorLok® campaign offers a chance to win one of three island holidays to Thailand, Tenerife and Malta

With an online island treasure hunt, Mondi asks participants to find the treasure chest and unlock the benefits of ColorLok® Technology – vivid colours, bold blacks and fast drying times on inkjet printers.  

After further expanding its range of ColorLok® papers, global packaging and paper producer Mondi has launched a new campaign that highlights the benefits of ColorLok® Technology. The fast drying times, vivid colours and bold blacks achieved with Mondi ColorLok® papers are part of the company’s online treasure hunt, where players are led through a course of ColorLok® Islands. The game prizes feature holidays for two to Koh Samui, Thailand; Tenerife, Canary Islands; and Malta. In addition, Mondi will give away four trips within Austria.

chest optFor a chance to win one of these prizes, customers must enter a ColorLok® code at www.mondigroup.com/colorlok. Codes can be found on promotional stickering on select A4, 80 g/m2 reams of Mondi papers with ColorLok® Technology as well as lottery tickets distributed in magazines and by sales agents. Further codes will also be issued on www.mondigroup.com/colorlok.

“Mondi ColorLok® brands bring an added value especially in smaller offices and home offices, where inkjet printers are most often used. Mondi has a wide range of ColorLok® papers, which include high-white, off-white and recycled brands, offering customers a variety of options for any application,” explained Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

Mondi’s ColorLok® Portfolio

Mondi offers twelve papers with ColorLok® Technology, the latest being NAUTILUS® Classic, a 100% recycled paper. ColorLok® Technology is based on a class of paper additives that visibly enhance the print quality of inkjet documents printing while also providing faster drying time. A specific chemical interaction between additives and the pigment holds the pigment on the paper surface while the rest of the ink penetrates deep into the paper, resulting in the crisp, vivid print quality.

Mondi’s online ColorLok® treasure hunt will be online from 1. March to 30. June, 2013.

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    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi, a leading international packaging and paper company. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, Russia and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

    Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ,  MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

    About Mondi

    Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, with production operations across 30 countries and revenues of €5.8 billion in 2012. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2012, Mondi employed 25,700 people.

    Mondi Group is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain, from the growing of wood and the production of pulp and paper (packaging paper and uncoated fine paper), to the conversion of packaging paper into corrugated packaging, industrial bags, extrusion coatings and release liner. Mondi is also a supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions, advanced films and hygiene products components.

    Mondi Group has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group has been recognised for its sustainability through its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global, European and UK Index Series (since 2008) and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007. The Group was also included in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the third year and in CDP’s Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the first time in 2012.

  • Contacts

    Contact

    Jolene Pozniak, Communications Manager, Uncoated Fine Paper 

    Tel: +43 (1) 79013 – 5663, e-Mail: jolene.pozniak@mondigroup.com

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Revenue of Mondi Group in 2012 amounted to €5.8 billion, compared to €5.74 billion a year ago, the company said in its full-year report.

"Continued strong profitability resulted in a return on capital employed (ROCE) of 13.7%, once again above our through-the-cycle target of 13%", company's CEO David Hathorn noticed.

While Western European markets remained soft, impacted by both short-term cyclical and longer-term structural challenges, demand growth in Eastern Europe (excluding the CIS region) was marginally positive. Market demand in Russia was down on a very strong 2011. In aggregate, Mondi’s sales volumes for uncoated fine paper were on a similar level to that of the previous year.

In Europe, selling prices were stable throughout the year with average benchmark European uncoated fine paper prices declining by 1% in the year, while marginal price increases were achieved in the Russian market.

Russia entered WTO in August 2012 and, as a consequence, import duties for uncoated fine paper will reduce by 2.5% per year until they reach a level of 5% in 2016. Implementation is due to start in 2013. The reduction in trade duties, coupled with new capacity coming on stream in both Russia and France, is expected to place some pressure on pricing in the short to medium term, Mondi said in its full-year report.

The business in 2012 benefited from lower input costs, driven by lower pulp costs for the unintegrated Neusiedler operation, partially offset by higher wood costs in Russia and generally higher energy costs.

Fixed costs were higher, largely due to a higher depreciation charge offset by ongoing cost optimisation initiatives.

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