Packaging & Speciality Papers

Ultra-modern production site for C1S papers for self-adhesive and wet-glue labels

Sappi, a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, expands the portfolio at its site in Gratkorn, Austria

Sappi has for many years had a diverse portfolio of label papers, with outstanding quality and customer service ensuring reliability of production and supply. Now, the company has also recently started producing label papers at its flagship site in Gratkorn, further expanding its capacity in this field.

  • Portfolio expansion with high supply reliability:
    • Parade Label Pro 80 and 90 g/m² for wet-glue labelling
    • Parade Label SG 77, 78, 80 g/m² for self-adhesive labelling

The ultra-modern site in Gratkorn is one of the largest paper mills in Europe. With the portfolio expansion, Sappi will 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 site in Gratkorn is renowned for high-quality, multi-coated fine papers used for graphical applications. Traditionally, label papers are produced in Alfeld, Germany, and Carmignano, Italy, as well as in the USA at Somerset mill, and Gratkorn now represents the perfect addition. With modern production facilities, from paper machines to finishing technology, as well as extensive expertise in the production of coated papers, the site has everything in place to ensure top-class products. Available capacity is being expanded gradually to include the production of Parade Label papers alongside existing graphical grades. Sufficient volume is therefore available to guarantee supply to customers, even in the case of larger demands.

New products in the pipeline

The site in Gratkorn offers another benefit. The higher production capacity will enable the innovation leader Sappi to further expand its portfolio of label papers and open up new segments. This was previously not possible due to limited capacity at the existing locations. Michael Bethge, Sales Director Speciality Papers at Sappi, commented ‘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. 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 paper machine for coated grades was upgraded to the very latest technology, while in 2015, parts of the recovery boiler were renovated and the recovery system was completed. The surrounding area has enjoyed less noise and lower SO2 emissions since then.