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  • Dutch competition watchdog greenlights Shanks/VGG merger

    The UK-based Shanks group, a leading international waste-to-product business, has cleared another hurdle on the way to realizing its proposed merger with the Netherlands’ Van Gansewinkel Group (VGG). The relevant competition authorities in the Netherlands approved the planned transaction this week. The authority’s Belgian counterpart gave its More

  • Rondo Ganahl snaps up Germany’s Walz Verpackungen

    Austria’s Rondo Ganahl has entered the German packaging market. The group, based in Frastanz, Vorarlberg, recently snapped up Walz Verpackungen, a company specializing in corrugated packaging. The price tag of the deal was not disclosed. Based in Langenenslingen, southern Germany, Walz Verpackungen produces specialized packaging solutions. The More

  • P&P price development, lower energy sales put damper on Navigator’s 2016 results

    In spite of record sales volumes, the downward trend in pulp and paper (P&P) prices and a drop in the value of energy sales weighed on The Navigator Company’s 2016 results. The group generated sales of around Euro 1.58 billion ($1.70 billion) last year, 3.1% lower than More

  • Lecta to raise carbonless copy paper prices by 5-6% from March

    Lecta has set its sights on higher prices for carbonless copy paper. The group said it plans to increase prices by 5-6%, depending on product and country. The move is to come into effect for all deliveries from March 1. “The price [increase] is unavoidable to offset More

  • Carrefour Spain launches project to eliminate paper from check-out counters

    The Spanish branch of French retail giant Carrefour has launched a “zero paper” project aimed at reducing by up to 70% the paper used at its supermarket check-out counters and digitalizing most of the processes at its central offices. As part of the plan, the firm now More

  • Heinzel taps Demag to install roll-shipping store at Laakirchen mill in Austria

    Heinzel has signed up Demag to install an automated paper roll store with two process cranes at its Laakirchen mill in Austria as part of its project to convert the uncoated mechanical paper machine PM 10 to production of recycled containerboard. The investment is aimed at improving More

  • Burgo to lift CWF paper prices by 8% from mid-March

    Italy’s Burgo group has revealed plans to lift coated woodfree (CWF) paper prices. The company announced that it intends to increase CWF prices in Europe by 8% from mid-March. “The price increase will be applied to all grades [in] sheets and reels and is due to the More

  • Italy's Cartiera Confalone plans new tissue plant

    The Italian Ministry of Economic Development has signed a Euro 46.4 million ($49.2 million) “development contract” with Cartiera Confalone, an Italian tissue producer located in Avellino, near Naples. According to local newspaper Avellino Today, the company will use this investment to open a new plant. Details of More

  • SKG to acquire Portuguese bag-in-box firm Litbag

    Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) has agreed to acquire the Portuguese bag-in-box firm Litbag. The move is aimed at strengthening the group’s position in this business segment in southern Europe. “The bag-in-box business continues to show significant potential for our group. We are excited to develop our global More

  • UK cartonboard trading and converting firms Deva Hawarden Board & Display and Paperboard Products merge and rebrand as Boardlink

    UK cartonboard trading and converting firms Deva Hawarden Board & Display and Paperboard Products have merged into one company which has been rebranded as Boardlink. The new company has also announced a £4.5 million ($5.6 million) investment to acquire a previously-rented manufacturing facility. The plan also includes More