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Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd, Headquarters / Pulp and Paper Division of NP Nippon Paper Group

News - Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd, Headquarters / Pulp and Paper Division of NP Nippon Paper Group

Newsgrafik #119708
 06.04.2018

Nippon Paper Industries Holds Completion Ceremony for Biomass Mixed Combustion ...  (Company news)

... Power Generation Facility at Ishinomaki Hibarino Power Plant

Commenced business operation as of March 1, with aim of achieving high wood biomass blending ratio

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter "the Company") held a completion ceremony for the biomass mixed combustion power generation facility at Ishinomaki Hibarino Power Plant, operated by Nippon Paper Ishinomaki Energy Center Ltd. (President: Yoshiomi Todo; hereinafter "Nippon Paper Ishinomaki Energy Center"), which had been engaged in unit trial operations since September 2017.

The power generation facility has commenced business operations as of March 1. Characteristically, the facility permits mixed combustion using wood biomass. The Company seeks to contribute to the preservation of domestic forests (a key issue in recent years) by using unused woody materials mainly from Tohoku, including Miyagi Prefecture. In addition, the Company will collect wood pellets from Asia and North America to increase the biomass blending ratio.

The Company is advancing diverse business operations that utilize nationwide mill facilities and land resources as well as technology, know-how and human resources developed over many years; with the aim of contributing to better living and cultural progress. The Company's energy business operations are one aspect of these efforts, which contribute to the stable supply of electric power to society.
In addition to the stable supply of electricity, Nippon Paper Ishinomaki Energy Center seeks to contribute to industrial in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, and the promotion of the use of wood biomass as well as the stable supply of electricity; and will maintain the operation of its biomass mixed combustion power generation facility in safety first.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #119289
 19.02.2018

Nippon Paper Industries Decides to Build a Demonstration Plant for New Functional Materials ...  (Company news)

... "MinerPa®" at Fuji Mill

Promoting the development of applications through large-scale sample work

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter "the Company") announced to build a demonstration plant at Fuji Mill (Fuji-City, Shizuoka Prefecture) to drive the development of practical applications of "MinerPa®"; a set of new functional materials created by compounding particulate minerals and wood pulp (cellulose fibers) using the Company's own unique pulp-modification technologies.

Photo: Surface of MinerPa® fiber

Utilizing papermaking technologies developed over the course of many years in the industry, particularly through a combination of pulp manufacturing techniques and unique mineral manufacturing knowhow, the Company has developed a unique technology for densely bonding mineral particles onto the surface of cellulose fibers. Using this technology, the Company has created "MinerPa®": a set of completely new functional materials consisting of wood pulp (cellulose fibers) covered with mineral particles. In addition to showing the functional properties derived from various mineral particles, "MinerPa®" also show the characteristics and advantages of wood pulp (cellulose fibers), so can be processed into various types of materials such as wet pulp, sheets, boards (laminates) and powder. Using wood -which is a renewable resource- as the basic raw material, it has now become possible to provide "MinerPa®" with a content ratio of up to 90% mineral particles, and there are high expectations for the development of practical applications in a wide range of fields.

The Company has already begun the pre-marketing of "MinerPa®" since February 2017 with three different types of functions (deodorizing/antibacterial properties, flame retardancy and X-ray radiation shielding effects) . Besides, the Company is now working to develop the technologies of "MinerPa®" with new functionalities such as antiviral properties to meet the customer demands.

The newly introducing "MinerPa®" demonstration plant will start up the operation in October 2018 with an annual production capacity of more than 450 tons, and we are able to supply a large-scale sample. We will continue to search for promising business areas and work for developing new applications.

Under the slogan "Shaping the future with trees," the Company will continue contributing to better living and cultural progress in the future based on the technological capabilities developed through papermaking.

The Company will also be exhibiting "MinerPa®" at its exhibition booth at Neo Functional Material 2018, which is scheduled to be held at Tokyo Big Sight from Wednesday, February 14, until Friday, February 16, 2018. Please visit our booth as the opportunity to experience "MinerPa®" directly.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #119142
 05.02.2018

Notice Regarding Decision by Consolidated Subsidiary (Kitakami Paper Co., Ltd.) to Withdraw ...  (Company news)

... from the Business

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “the Company”) announces that its consolidated subsidiary, Kitakami Paper Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “Kitakami Paper”), has decided at the meeting of the Board of Directors that it will withdraw from all of its businesses on July 31, 2018.

Reason for the withdrawal
Kitakami Paper, as a paper company of local production for local consumption, has been providing newsprint and linerboard and corrugated medium and others, primarily to the Tohoku district since its establishment in 1948.
In recent years, Kitakami Paper had been focusing on the development and sales expansion of products that contribute to the resource recycling, in particular, despite ongoing challenges in the operating environment caused by rising prices for raw materials and fuel, including waste paper.
Under the circumstances, Kitakami Paper had also been promoting thorough cost reductions as well as the price revisions for products. However, with improvements in profitability and the consistent generation of profits unlikely to occur, going forward, it has decided to terminate production and sales, and withdraw from all of its businesses.

Going forward, Kitakami Paper is considering dissolution and liquidation although a fixed schedule has yet to be decided.

Outlook
The impact of the loss on business withdrawal on the Group’s financial results is undergoing scrutiny and will be promptly announced if matters to be published occur.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #118835
 20.12.2017

Nippon Paper Industries Starts Sales of SHIELDPLUS®, Paper-Based Material That Shields ...  (Company news)

... Oxygen and Flavors

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter the "Company") announces that it has begun officially selling SHIELDPLUS®, the paper-based material exhibited in TOKYO PACK 2016, from November 1.

The possibilities of a range of applications have been pursued during development. To meet these applications with this packaging application, two brands assuming use as soft packaging and a paper bag will be offered.
In addition to the packaging application, the development of a broad array of industrial applications will continue, to continue offering products tailored to applications.

Recently, packages have been expected to incorporate different functions from the perspective of food safety and eco-friendliness. SHIELDPLUS® is a new eco-friendly packaging material made of paper, renewable and recycled material, embedded with oxygen and flavor barrier properties, featuring papermaking and coating technologies that the Company has developed over the years as a paper-manufacturing company. The excellent barrier functionality of SHIELDPLUS® maintains the quality of its content (mainly food) and keeps external odors from being absorbed by the product. The paper-based product also features the unique texture of paper, different from that of films.

In addition to the packaging application available for foods, household goods, cosmetics, sundries and transport, industrial applications for construction materials, etc. and other applications may be offered.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #117978
 14.09.2017

Nippon Paper Concludes Agreement for the Purpose of Conserving National Forest of Iriomote Island  (Company news)

Aiming to create forests where humans can coexist with the Iriomote wild cat

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro (photo); hereinafter "the Company") entered into an agreement on August 8 with the Forestry Agency Kyushu Regional Forest Office Okinawa District Forest Office (Head of Office: Shunji Shimizu) to carry out forest conservation activities such as the eradication of non-native plants on the approximately nine hectares of national forest of Iriomote Island. This agreement is based on the "People's participation in the forest management through agreement" system of the Forestry Agency to provide national forests for the promotion of public participation in the creation of forests through a variety of forest maintenance and conservation activities.

In addition, the Company concluded an agreement regarding collaborative activities with the Iriomote Island Ecotourism Association (President: Shoken Taira), a specified not-for-profit organization, which has been a partner in activities carried out for the preservation of nature and traditional culture on Iriomote Island since 1996.

The Company had formerly managed forests on the national land of Iriomote Island. Iriomote Island is covered with highly diverse forests, including Japan's largest mangrove forest and subtropical broad-leaved trees, providing a habitat for precious animal and plant species. One such species is the Iriomote wild cat, which has been designated a special national treasure. However, large numbers of invasive non-native plants have been found over an extensive area, and it is feared that these will have an impact on the ecosystem and biodiversity of the region. Therefore, the Company decided to collaborate with the Iriomote Island Ecotourism Association to promote forest conservation activities, harnessing the experience that the Company has cultivated by the forest management of company-owned forests nationwide over many years and the activities for the conservation of Blakiston's Fish Owl (an endangered species type IA) carried out with the Wild Bird Society of Japan in company-owned forest in the Hokkaido region.

As "a comprehensive biomass company shaping the future with trees," the Company manages the forest in an appropriate manner and provides a wide range of products and services that utilize the trees as a renewable resource. The Company will continue to contribute to the creation of a recycling-based society.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #117783
 21.08.2017

Nippon Paper Industries Reviews the Production Structure of Coated Paper  (Company news)

- Shutdown of the coating machine No.1 at Akita Mill and the coating machine No. 2 at Ishinomaki Mill -

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter "the Company") announces that due to declining domestic demand for coated paper, it will shut down the coating machine No.1 operating at Akita Mill (Akita City, Akita) and the coating machine No.2 operating at Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi), respectively, at the end of May 2018.

Domestic demand for printing paper is in structural decline with the decrease in the number of children and the increasing availability of electronic media. In particular, coated paper has been recording negative 4% annual growth. Looking ahead, this trend is expected to continue. The Company has therefore decided to shift the production of coated paper, which is manufactured through the two coating machines, to other mills to establish a more efficient production system based on consolidation. This will strengthen the Company's competitiveness of its coated paper business.

Currently, the coating machine No.1 at Akita Mill and the coating machine No. 2 at Ishinomaki Mill manufacture coated woodfree paper.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #117546
 19.07.2017

Nippon Paper Industries Launches Coated Paper 'b7 LIGHT'  (Company news)

- New product in the “b7” series featuring low base weight yet high paper thickness -

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter "Nippon Paper Industries ") is pleased to announce the July 3 launch of "b7 LIGHT", a new product in the "b7" series. The new product will be produced with the PM N4 and CM 4 at Nippon Paper Industries' Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki-Shi, Miyagi).

The "b7" series uses Nippon Paper Industries' unique bulking technology to produce well-textured coated paper that achieves low base weight and high paper thickness. To date, the series lineup has comprised b7 TRANEXT, b7 CREAM, b7 NATURAL and b7 BULKY. By adding "b7 LIGHT" this time, Nippon Paper Industries continues to address more diverse requirements.

As for features, b7 LIGHT offers a rougher and more natural color tone and softer page-turning experience thank to its low density compared with b7 TRANEXT, while at the same time achieving improved print performance compared with b7 BULKY. In addition, the paper offers superior shelf life because it is a wood free-based printing paper.

The paper is available in 67g/m2, 77g/m2, 87g/m2 and 97g/m2 at 10g/m2 unit in terms of the base weight, and designed under a lineup concept similar to that of b7 TRANEXT in terms of paper thickness.

Nippon Paper Industries expects that the paper will find diverse applications, including magazines that require expressiveness in printing while simultaneously featuring rough and natural tones, and color-printed yet small-sized books that are also expected to offer an excellent page-turning experience.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #116463
 15.03.2017

Nippon Paper Industries Agrees to Sell Port Angeles Paper Mill to Bio-Pappel  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. announced the sale of the Port Angeles, Washington paper mill and cogeneration assets, which are owned and operated by Nippon Paper Industries USA Co., Ltd. to McKinley Paper Company.

McKinley is the US subsidiary of Bio-Pappel, a leading producer of paper and paper products in Mexico.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nippon Paper Industries noted that it acquired the Port Angeles mill in 1988 in order to produce and sell printing and writing papers including telephone directory paper. Although the operation performed well in sales and leveraged lightweight and high quality paper products mainly in the North American market for many years, it has recently been facing a challenging business environment due to diminishing demand for its products.

After conducting a strategic review of its global operations as part of its fifth medium-term business plan (FY2015-FY2017), Nippon Paper Industries concluded that the Port Angeles mill did not fit with its global strategy and objectives and began looking for an appropriate buyer.

The Port Angeles mill was built in 1920 and operated under the name Crown Zellerbach. Daishowa Paper of Japan purchased it in 1988 and later merged to become Nippon Paper Industries USA. The mill is a fully integrated pulp and paper mill with the capacity to produce about 325 tons per day of lightweight printing and specialty papers. The recycled deinked pulp mill was built in in the early 1990's and has the capacity to produce more than 200 tons per day of high quality recycled pulp.

In December of 2014, Nippon Paper curtailed production of the mill's No. 2 Paper Machine, and according to a recent news story in the Peninsula Daily News, Nippon Paper curtailed paper production on the mill's remaining paper machine as of January 21, 2017 for market-related conditions. However, the co-generation facility at the site is continuing to run.

Andy Grossell of Port Angeles, the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Local 155 president at the Ediz Hook plant, told Peninsula Daily News that most of the 105 hourly workers have been laid off, and that about 20 to 30 employees are maintaining the plant and running Nippon's recently built $90 million-plus biomass co-generation plant.

Nippon Paper Industries expects the sale to close on March 31, and noted that “McKinley has an intension to sustain Port Angeles mill operation.”
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #115846
 11.01.2017

NPI Decides to Build a Demonstration Plant for CNF-Reinforced Resin at Fuji Mill  (Company news)

Operation starts in June 2017, promoting practical applications as a resin reinforcement material for automobile parts and more

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter, "NPI") announced to build a demonstration plant at Fuji Mill (Fuji, Shizuoka) to promote practical applications of CNF-reinforced resin. CNF-reinforced resin is obtained by mixing CNF into resin, such as polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and nylon. The facility is scheduled to start its operation in June 2017. The annual production of CNF-reinforced resin will be more than 10 tons. Samples will be provided for various area of industries, including automobiles, building materials, and home appliances.

Cellulose nanofiber (CNF), made from wood pulp defibrated in nano scale, is known to have many outstanding properties; such as lightweight, high elastic modulus and good thermal dimensional stability, and more.. CNF is expected to be a promising new material which makes resin composite highly strong and weigh less. Because CNF, however, is highly hydrophilic, it is technically difficult to disperse uniformly into resin or other materials. It was a challenge to turn CNF hydrophobic.

NPI has been participating in the Kyoto University-based project*1 for New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), to work on the development of CNF-reinforced resin. This project is engaged in developing an effective pulp hydrophobilization method and production methods for an inexpensive and high-quality CNF-reinforced resin by defibrating pulp into nano scale when mixing it with resin. Based on the findings obtained through this the project, NPI has decided to establish mass-production technology of CNF-reinforced resin and will promote application development.

NPI will reorganize its research and development structure and transfer the base of CNF research, where a center for CNF application development, to Fuji Mill in the second half of 2017. NPI has already been building CNF industrial scale demonstration facilities according to each application at two locations: Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki, Miyagi) and Chemical Division Gotsu Mill (Gotsu, Shimane). Since CNF-reinforced resin is expected to be used for automotive applications in Kanto and Chubu regions, NPI will accelerate its commercialization of the CNF-reinforced resin through demonstration production at Fuji Mill.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #115647
 12.12.2016

Nippon Paper Industries Reviews the Production Structure of Glassine Paper   (Company news)

Consolidated into Paper Machine No.1 of Nippon Paper Papylia Harada Mill with permanent shut of Fuji Mill Paper Machine No.1

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter, "the Company") decided to review the production structure of glassine paper and achieve a more efficient production structure, as part of the restructuring initiatives, on the basis of the contraction of the domestic paper market.

Currently the Nippon Paper Group produces glassine paper at two mills, namely the Company's Fuji Mill (Fuji-shi, Shizuoka) and Harada Mill of Nippon Paper Papylia Co., Ltd. (President: Sumio Miyake; hereinafter "Nippon Paper Papylia"), a specialty paper company of the Group. We decided to consolidate production and halt the operations of Fuji Mill Paper Machine No.1 by the end of September 2017. Production of glassine paper, which is produced in this machine, will be transferred to Nippon Paper Papylia Harada Mill. We will take all possible measures to ensure a stable supply to customers and maintain quality during this transfer.

As we announced in the news release "Nippon Paper Crecia and Kasuga Paper Industry Reach an Agreement on a Joint Venture for Household Paper Products," the joint venture for household paper products will be established at Fuji Mill by Nippon Paper Crecia Co., Ltd. (President: Yasunori Nanri) and Kasuga Paper Industry Co., Ltd. (President: Noboru Otsuka). Employees at Fuji Mill Paper Machine No.1, which is to be shutdown, will continue to be employed through personnel relocation within our group company, including the new joint venture.

The Company has been working on improving the efficiency of its assets as a main theme of the Fifth Medium-Term Business Plan. As a result of a series of mergers and integrations, the Company has many production sites for the paper and paperboard business in Fuji-shi, Shizuoka. The Company will take advantage of the location of those facilities near the Tokyo metropolitan area from the perspective of the more effective use of assets and improve the efficiency of assets through optimization of production structure.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #115032
 29.09.2016

Weyerhaeuser Completes Sale of Liquid Packaging Board Business to Nippon Paper Industries  (Company news)

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) announced the completion of the sale of its liquid packaging board business to Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. for $285 million in cash. Weyerhaeuser expects to use a substantial portion of the approximately $225 million of after-tax proceeds for repayment of debt.

The liquid packaging board business consists of one mill located in Longview, Washington, with an annual capacity of 280,000 tons.

"Nippon Paper Industries is acquiring a strong portfolio of high quality products and a well-regarded employee team that has contributed much to Weyerhaeuser over the years," said Doyle R. Simons (photo), president and chief executive officer. "This transaction further focuses our company as we work together to be the world's premier timber, land, and forest products company."
(Weyerhaeuser Company)

Newsgrafik #114382
 13.07.2016

Valmet to supply advanced process controls and analyzers for Nippon Paper in Japan  (Company news)

Valmet has received repeat orders of advanced process control (APC) systems and analyzers from Nippon Paper in Japan. The solutions will be delivered to three of the Nippon Paper mills and consist of Valmet Advanced Process Control (APC) systems and Valmet Kappa Analyzers for the mills bleaching and lime kiln processes. The solutions will provide Nippon Paper with savings in chemicals and in energy consumption, as well as reduce end product quality variability. The new, latest technology kappa analyzers replace Nippon Paper's existing analyzers. The new advanced process controls and kappa analyzers will be in operation in 2016.

Additionally, Valmet will provide Nippon Paper with performance services which will sustain the results and savings long term. The services contain expert support and consultation, and the processes will be improved further in in close cooperation with the customer as part of the services.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received.

Excellent results from an earlier delivery
The order is based on excellent results from an earlier delivery to Nippon Paper's Akita mill. In 2015, a performance improvement project was successfully delivered for Nippon Paper Akita mill.

"The highlight of the project is the speed in which Akita mill was able to achieve significant savings," comments Mr. Kameda, Senior technical manager of automation department, Akita Mill, Nippon Paper. This was achieved by delivering a holistic solution consisting of APC, analyzers as well as process consultation. The savings were delivered on schedule and clearly exceeded all targets.

The Akita mill now enjoys bleaching chemical savings of 7 %, 28% decrease in final brightness standard deviation, 5.5% saving in specific energy at the lime kiln, and has entered into Performance Sustainability agreement with Valmet to maintain and improve those savings long term.

"Through our proven automation and analyzer technology, and with our global and local professionals, we deliver concrete benefits and move the customers operations to a whole new level," says Atsushi Yamamoto, Sales Manager, Japan, Automation, Valmet.

Record high kappa analyzer deliveries in the past 12 months
In the past 12 months, Valmet has received a record number of orders for kappa analyzers. This has further strengthened Valmet's leading position on the global kappa analyzer market and increased its market share.

All greenfield pulp mills started up in the 2000s are equipped with Valmet's kappa analyzers. Since its introduction in 1992, Valmet has installed over 430 Valmet Kappa Analyzers in pulp mills around the world. Today, all leading chemical pulp producers worldwide use this technology in their processes.

Proven performance solutions through advanced process control and optimization
Valmet's performance solutions are part of comprehensive services offering and are designed to provide sustained performance improvement to pulp and paper producers. Valmet is a market leader of advanced process control (APC) with its 320 installations globally. The solutions combine advanced process control and optimization technology and expertise, and utilize Valmet's process measurements and analyzers. The solutions are scalable from one department to a line or mill level optimization.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114144
 22.06.2016

Weyerhaeuser to sell Liquid Packaging Board business to Nippon Paper Industries for ...  (Company news)

... $285 million in cash

Strategic review of printing papers joint venture is ongoing

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) announced an agreement to sell its liquid packaging board business to Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. for $285 million in cash. Weyerhaeuser expects to use a substantial portion of the estimated $225 million after-tax proceeds for repayment of debt.

The transaction includes one mill located in Longview, Wash., with an annual capacity of 280,000 tons.

This announcement concludes a portion of the strategic review of the company's Cellulose Fibers business, which was initiated in November 2015. Weyerhaeuser announced the planned sale of its pulp mills in May 2016. The company's review of its printing papers joint venture is ongoing.

"This transaction creates significant value for Weyerhaeuser shareholders and enhances the focus of our portfolio as we work to be the world's premier timber, land, and forest products company," said Doyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer.

"The employees of our liquid packaging board business have much to contribute to the future success of Nippon Paper Industries. I want to thank our team for continuing to operate safely, and for delivering an exceptional customer experience throughout the strategic review process," said Simons. "Our liquid packaging board products and people are celebrated across the industry for their quality."

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory review, and is expected to close in the third quarter 2016. The Weyerhaeuser liquid packaging board mill and Nippon Paper Industries will continue to operate separately until the transaction closes.
(Weyerhaeuser Company)

Newsgrafik #114055
 13.06.2016

Nippon Paper Industries Builds the World's Largest Cellulose Nanofiber Large-Scale ...  (Company news)

...Production Facility at the Ishinomaki Mill

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter "Nippon Paper Industries") announces the plan to build a large-scale cellulose nanofiber (CNF) production facility at the Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi). This facility will produce CNF from wood pulp that is chemically treated by the TEMPO catalytic oxidation method (see Note). A total of 1.6 billion yen will be invested on the facility, and an annual production capacity is 500 tons. It is scheduled to begin its operation in April 2017. This project reinforces the Ishinomaki Mill's foundations as a production base of CNF, a new material, in addition to printing and information paper business, power generation business, and recycling business. This new facility will make the Ishinomaki Mill one of the core mills of Nippon Paper Industries, "a comprehensive biomass company shaping the future with trees."

TEMPO-oxidized CNF is made from wood fiber (pulp) that is finely defibrated to the nano-level and completely nano-dispersed with uniform fiber widths of 3 to 4 nm and high crystalinity. It has also exhibits unique and outstanding features that are not found in conventional materials, such as lightweight, a high modulus of elasticity, good dimensional stability against heat, and high gas barrier property. In addition, because carboxyl groups are densely arranged in regular order on the surface of CNF, it can support a large amount of metal ions or metallic nanoparticles, which allows various functions to be added.

Nippon Paper Industries has been developing CNF manufacturing technologies since 2007, and installed a demonstration facility with an annual production capacity of 30 tons at the Iwakuni Mill (Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi) in October 2013. Last year Nippon Paper Industries succeeded in producing CNF sheet with large amount of metal ions on CNF surface which render antimicrobial and deodorizing effects. Nippon Paper Crecia Co., Ltd. (President: Yasunori Nanri), a group company of Nippon Paper Industries, became the first in the world to commercialize health care products utilizing functional CNF through the use of this technology (The products such as, "Hada Care" Series, including "Poise® Skin Care Pad" and "Hada Care Acty®").

Henceforth, Nippon Paper Industries will expand the use of functional CNF with antimicrobial and deodorizing functions. Also the applications of CNF as functional additives that take advantage of CNF's characteristic viscosity and texture will be developed. In addition, Nippon Paper Industries has been developing wide range of other uses, such as functional sheets utilizing excellent thermal dimensional stability equal to that of glass fibers and high gas barrier property that does not allow oxygen to penetrate, and nano-composite materials with resin and rubber to reduce weight and provide added strength. Nippon Paper Industries aims to quickly secure markets for these promising CNF uses.

Based on the technology that highly utilizes renewable forest resources, Nippon Paper Industries will continue to expand business areas to contribute to better living and cultural progress everywhere it does business. CNF is a new material that will be core to these endeavors, and Nippon Paper Industries will accelerate its applications in a wide range of industrial fields through large-scale CNF production.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #112913
 22.02.2016

Nippon Paper: Notice of Losses Expected to Arise at Overseas Affiliates, Revisions to Projection ...  (Company news)

...of Consolidated Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2016, and Loss on Valuation of Shares of Subsidiaries and Associates

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (“the Company”) announces that losses are expected to arise at overseas affiliates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 (April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016) as described below. As a result, the Company will revise its projection of consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 that it announced on November 5, 2015 as described below.
The Company also advises that a loss on the valuation of shares of subsidiaries and associates will arise in its non-consolidated earnings.

1. Losses Expected to Arise at Overseas Affiliates
An overseas consolidated subsidiary and an overseas equity-method affiliate of the Company are expected to record an impairment loss of noncurrent assets as a result of reassessing the value of the assets based on accounting standards in light of earnings trends. As a result, in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, the Company is expected to record about ¥10 billion equity in losses of affiliates related to an equity method affiliate that conducts the newsprint business in North America as non-operating expenses and an impairment loss of about ¥5 billion at a consolidated subsidiary that conducts the telephone directory paper business in North America as extraordinary losses. The Company has also posted an impairment loss of about ¥3 billion at a consolidated subsidiary that conducts the thermal paper business in Europe as an extraordinary loss in the third quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.
The amount of losses is a current estimate, and could change due to future procedures for the settlement of accounts.

2.Revisions to Projection of Consolidated Financial Results for Fiscal 2015 (April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016)
Reason for revisions
As stated in “1. Losses Expected to Arise at Overseas Affiliates,” the Company will revise its projection of consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 that it announced on November 5, 2015.

3. Loss on Valuation of Shares of Subsidiaries and Associates Expected to Arise in Non-consolidated Earnings
As the impairment loss is expected to arise at the overseas equity-method affiliate, the Company expects that it will record a loss on the valuation of shares of subsidiaries and associates of about ¥23.5 billion as an extraordinary loss, since the real value of shares in the overseas equity-method affiliate owned by the Company has declined substantially.
As the loss on the valuation of shares of subsidiaries and associates will be offset and eliminated in the consolidated settlement of accounts, it will not have an impact on the consolidated earnings.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #111244
 28.08.2015

Launch of Coated Paper U-ltima Gloss 80  (Company news)

A new product in the U-ltimax series having a high gloss level

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro) will start to sell coated paper U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) in the coated paper U-ltimax series.

U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) will make it possible to achieve sharp printed images on the print side using offset printing, something that has hitherto been possible only with gravure printing. The gloss level (degree of light reflection from paper) of U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) is 80%, almost as high as the gloss level of cast coated paper. The exceptional luster of the paper itself makes printed materials look like photo prints and creates superb highlights.
U-ltima Gloss 80 (Kirameki) can be used for publications, including magazines, mooks, and photo books, along with a range of other purposes.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #109515
 01.04.2015

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. Integrates Yoshinaga Mill and Fuji Mill  (Company news)

Integrated mill will be called Fuji Mill, strengthen cooperative structure of back-office sections

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro; hereinafter, "Nippon Paper Industries") has decided to integrate Yoshinaga Mill (Address: 798 Hina, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture) and Fuji Mill (Address: 600 Tadehara, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture) as of April 1, 2015. The integrated mill will be called "Fuji Mill."

Until now, Yoshinaga Mill and Fuji Mill, both located in Fuji-shi, have been cooperating by means such as the integrated procurement of raw materials and information sharing. However, with the integration of the two mills in light of the tough business climate surrounding paper and paperboard, Nippon Paper Industries aims to strengthen the cooperative structure of back-office sections and further streamline operations.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #108700
 05.01.2015

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Printing Paper and Communication Paper Price Revisions  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. ("the Company"; President: Fumio Manoshiro) has announced price revisions for printing paper and communication paper in the domestic market to all its agencies.

Products subject to price revisions: All kinds of Printing paper and communication paper, and converting paper

Markup: Minimum 10%

Timing of implementation: From Febrary 1, 2015 shipment

Reason for implementation: While the rapid depreciation of Japanese yen trend continues, the prices of raw materials and fuels are in an upward trend. Although the Company has made sustained efforts to reduce costs, it has proven difficult to absorb all the cost increases through the Company's own efforts, and it was decided that there was no alternative but to pass the cost on to the product prices.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #106521
 28.05.2014

Cellulose Powder Manufacturing Facility Commences Operation  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga, photo) constructed a new cellulose powder* production facility in the Hokkaido Yufutsu Mill (Tomakomai-shi, Hokkaido).
The production line commenced commercial operation on May 20.

Nippon Paper Industries is the foremost domestic producer of cellulose powder, supplying the product , ranging from the food and health food sector to the industrial sector. Completed at a cost of 1.6 billion yen, this new facility aims to expand the business domain that is expected to increase strongly in demand, to boost profitability while ensuring a stable supply of products. The commencement of this line brings the total number of the company's production lines to four - two in the Hokkaido Mill and two in the Gotsu Mill (Gotsu-shi, Shimane Prefecture) - which will also ensure its advantageous position in terms of business continuity in the event of an emergency.
This facility will play a role in strengthening the non-paper business of Nippon Paper Industries, as we continue to evolve as a comprehensive biomass company.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #105612
 05.03.2014

Solar Power Generation Commences at Otake Mill Through Effective Use of Site  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) completed construction and commenced operation of a solar power generation facility (approximately 826kW capacity*) at Otake Mill (Otake City, Hiroshima Prefecture) on February 10.
This effectively uses part of the Otake Mill site, and the company has commenced the sale of electric power to the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. (President and Director: Tomohide Karita, Head Office: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture) using the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme for renewable energy.
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Newsgrafik #104997
 06.01.2014

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Linerboard and Corrugated Medium Price Revisions  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (“the Company”; President: Yoshio Haga) announces price revisions for linerboard and corrugated medium in the domestic market.

1. Products subject to price revisions: All kinds of linerboard and corrugated medium handled by Containerboard Sales Division of the Company
2. Markup: About 15%
3. Timing of implementation: From January 21, 2014 shipment
4. Reason for implementation: The prices of raw materials such as wastepaper and fuels are in an upward trend. Although the Company has made sustained efforts to reduce costs, it has proven difficult to absorb all the cost increases through the Company’s own efforts, and it decided that there was no alternative but to pass the cost on to the product prices.
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Newsgrafik #104981
 03.01.2014

Nippon Paper Industries to wholly own Jujo Thermal  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co.,Ltd (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Yoshio Haga) and Ahlstrom Corporation (Head Offfice: Helsinki, Finland, CEO: Jan Lang), currently the equal owners of Jujo Thermal Oy reached an agreement that the former would take over all the latter’s shares in the Company at the end of 2013.
As thermal paper products continues to enjoy their steady demand, Jujo Thermal, situated in Finland, is well positioned to serve for Europe, one of the major thermal paper markets.
Becoming a wholly owned subsidiary, the Company is expect to sharpen its competitive edges in the market to display synergies through close cooperation and collaboration in the areas of sales, marketing, production and R&D as well within the Nippon Paper Group.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #104921
 23.12.2013

Nippon Paper Industries Adds New Color to FRONTYTOUGH Series, High-bulk Mechanical Paper  (Company news)

Launches “FRONTYTOUGH W” and Changes Lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70”

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) commences sales of “FRONTYTOUGH W”, a new color of FRONTYTOUGH series which has been highly regarded as high-bulk mechanical paper in the Japanese paper market, and changes a part of the lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70”.
The FRONTYTOUGH series has been produced in the Ishinomaki mill (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture) and well-known by customers for its successful reduction of weight of conventional mechanical paper by using our advanced bulking technology, while maintaining an equal level of paper thickness to that of its conventional products. This November, a new color of pale white is added to the series which has been also quite popular with customers for its natural tone of color, and a part of the lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70” realizes much higher-bulk to satisfy customers’ various demands.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #103861
 11.09.2013

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Printing Paper and Communication Paper Price Revisions  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (“the Company”; President: Yoshio Haga) has announced price revisions for printing paper and communication paper in the domestic market to all its agencies.

1. Products subject to price revisions: All kinds of Printing paper and communication paper, and converting paper

2. Markup: Minimum 10%

3. Timing of implementation: From October 21, 2013 shipment

4. Reason for implementation:
While the depreciation of Japanese yen trend continues, the prices of raw materials and fuels are in an upward trend. Although the Company has made sustained efforts to reduce costs, it has proven difficult to absorb all the cost increases through the Company’s own efforts, and it was decided that there was no alternative but to pass the cost on to the product prices.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

 

Nippon Paper Industries Expands to 33-Color Lineup of Japanese Woodfree Colored Paper  (Company news)

Resumes Sales of Six Suspended Colors, Adds One Color to Pure Series

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) will commence sales of a 33-color lineup of its woodfree colored paper brand “Nippon no Iro-Joshitsu” (Japanese Woodfree Colored Paper), starting July 2013.
Nippon Paper Industries was previously selling 32 color variations of “Nippon no Iro-Joshitsu,” but had to suspend production of six color variations and sell a reduced lineup of 26 colors after its Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture) was heavily damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake. Sales of all six suspended colors will now resume, and one more color will be added to the Pure Series, a lineup of colors unique to Nippon Paper Industries featuring bright hues and an established reputation.
By enhancing its lineup of woodfree colored paper, Nippon Paper Industries will address the wide-ranging needs of its customers.

Returning colors (six colors):
“Usumizu” (light aqua), “Shirocha” (light brown), “Wakatake” (light green), “Midori” (green), “Daidai” (orange) and “Murasaki” (purple)

New colors (one color):
Pure Ivory

Current lineup of colors (26 colors):
Lemon, “Awazouge” (light ivory), “Hada” (pale orange), Cream, “Ki” (yellow), Deep Cream, “Wakakusa” (bright green), “Moegi” (light yellowish green), “Uguisu” (greenish brown), “Asagi” (pale yellow), “Mizu” (aqua), “Sora” (sky-blue), Blue, “Fuji” (lavender), “Sakura” (light pink), “Usubeni” (light red), “Momo” (pink), Salmon, Orange, “Shiro” (white), “Ginnezu” (silver grey), Pure Light Cream, Pure Canary, Pure Lime, Pure Light Blue, Pure Pink
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #102920
 29.05.2013

Nippon Paper Industries to Establish Energy Business Division  (Company news)

Setting up independent division to promote expansion of energy business

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce that as of June 27 it will establish its Energy Business Division and set up its Energy Business Department within the new division in an organizational reform of the company.

Nippon Paper Industries has been boosting development of businesses other than paper, and above all it has been promoting expansion of its energy business, in which it can leverage its strengths. Nippon Paper Industries had decided to newly introduce Japan’s first biomass power generation project utilizing 100% unused woody materials at Yatsushiro mill (Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture), and Shikoku’s largest mega-solar project in Komatsushima-shi, Tokushima (on land owned by Nippon Paper Industries) in fiscal year 2014.

The Energy Business Department, previously under the Technical & Engineering Division, will be expanded significantly by creating an independent division. With this more agile organizational structure, Nippon Paper Industries will quickly and assuredly seize business opportunities and strengthen its efforts for further expansion of its energy business.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #102477
 09.04.2013

Nippon Paper Industries Develops New Biomass Solid Fuel Effective for Reducing CO2 Emissions  (Company news)

Picture: Torrefied pellets

-Biomass Co-Firing Rate in Existing Coal Fired Boiler Rises by an Approximate Factor of Ten
- Confirms mixture of 25% in co-firing experiment with a pulverized coal boiler under the NEDO project adopted for fiscal 2011

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President; Yoshio Haga) is pleased to announce that it has developed new biomass solid fuel using torrefaction technology (Note 1) under the project of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (“NEDO”) adopted for fiscal 2011. The experiments of co-firing were conducted on a pulverized coal boiler at the Yatsushiro Mill (Yatsushiro, Kumamotro) of Nippon Paper Industries and as a result, 25% (as weight ratio) of new biomass solid fuel could be incorporated under the maximum load of the boiler. The experiments confirmed that there are no problems with the runnability of a coal pulverizing facility and the combustibility of a boiler.
In Japan, the rate of dependence to coal-fired power generation is increasing under the influence of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and reduction of the greenhouse gas (CO2) amount of emergence which is increasing in connection with it has been a subject. Recently, pulverized coal boilers with enhanced combustion efficiency are being used principally as coal fired boilers. Companies including Nippon Paper Industries are promoting the co-firing of woody biomass fuel such as wood chips and wood pellets to reduce CO2 emissions. However, the co-firing rate for these fuels in a pulverized coal boiler has remained about 2% to 3% because they cannot be pulverized efficiently and also because of their water resistance when storing them outside, among other problems.
New biomass solid fuel developed by Nippon Paper Industries recently under the project of NEDO can retain about 90% of its heat quantity by using technology to semi-carbonize woody biomass (torrefaction), compared with about less than 50% for normal carbonization. In addition, new biomass solid fuel may enhance the crushability and water resistance and significantly improve the co-firing rate of biomass in a pulverized coal boiler.
Nippon Paper Industries, as a comprehensive biomass company promoting the comprehensive use of wood, will further pursue the improvement and demonstration of the manufacturing process for new biomass solid fuel and will continue developments to provide next-generation biomass fuel with higher efficiency.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

 

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Printing Paper Price Revisions  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) has announced price revisions for printing paper in the domestic market to all its agencies.

1. Products subject to price revisions: Woodfree paper, coated woodfree paper, lightweight coated paper and ultra lightweight coated paper

2. Markup: Minimum 15 Yen/Kg

3. Timing of implementation: From April 21, 2013 shipment

4. Reason for implementation: Imported paper volume increased rapidly after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the fall of the market price continued to drop. Based on rapid earnings deterioration, Nippon Paper Industries decided that the price had to be corrected to a sustainable level.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

 

Nippon Paper Industries Announces Plans to Build New Verification and Production Facilities for ...  (Company news)

... Cellulose Nanofibers

Works on full-scale development of applications centering on reinforcements, thickener and gas barrier materials

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) has decided to build new verification and production facilities for cellulose nanofibers at Iwakuni Mill of Chemical Division to develop the cellulose nanofiber business using pulp as materials.
Cellulose nanofibers are materials obtained by breaking plant fibers (pulp) down to the nano-order level, several orders of magnitude smaller than a micron. They provide excellent features: the elasticity is as high as that of aramid fibers known for high intense fiber, they stretch well just like glass as temperature changes, and they provide high barrier performance to gas, including oxygen. Also, as they come from plant fibers, they are characterized by a low environmental footprint in production and disposal, as well as light weight. Cellulose nanofibers are expected to find many applications, such as reinforcements, thickener and gas barrier materials.
The new verification and production facilities for cellulose nanofibers will have an annual production capacity of 30 or more tons, and will start production in October 2013. The facilities will make it easy to disintegrate pulp by implementing prior treatment chemically. The basic development for this has already been conducted in a project called “Research and Development of Nanodevices for Practical Utilization of Nanotechnology” at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The new facilities will be Japan’s first full-fledged facilities producing cellulose nanofibers by chemical treatment. This project plan has been selected for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s innovation site support business, “Subsidies for Maintenance, etc. of Advanced Technology Verification and Assessment Facilities.”
The establishment of the facilities enables the full-scale supply of samples to facilitate the cellulose nanofiber business, and accelerates the development of applications. As a comprehensive biomass company, the Nippon Paper Group plans to enhance its technology to promote the overall use of forest resources, which are recyclable resources, and expand its business domains.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #100949
 18.10.2012

Nippon Paper Industries Establishes Production Systems for Dissolving Pulp at Kushiro Mill  (Company news)

- First domestic conversion of existing kraft pulp production facility -
Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) is pleased to announce the completion of construction of diverting the existing continuous digester for producing dissolving pulp at Kushiro Mill (Kushiro, Hokkaido), with a ceremony held to celebrate the completion of construction on October 11.
Construction had been proceeding since spring this year as the Company sought to expand its dissolving pulp business on the back of rising demand for dissolving pulp in recent years. The amount invested is about 2.2 billion yen. The production of dissolving pulp using an existing continuous kraft pulp digester is the first of its kind in Japan. It has been decided that the company will receive a subsidy for the development of equipment for the verification and evaluation of advanced technologies, a project organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to support innovation hubs.
Going forward, verification and assessments will be conducted and the production scale will expand to 30,000 tons a year.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

Newsgrafik #100553
 31.08.2012

Ishinomaki Mill Fully Restored - Operations resume for Paper Machine N2 and Coating Machine 2  (Company news)

After being affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. resumed operation of Paper Machine N2 and Coating Machine 2 at the Ishinomaki Mill(Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture). As a result, the production capability at Ishinomaki Mill has recovered to around 850,000 tons/year, with all six paper machines and two coating machines at the mill having resumed operations based on the Plan for Paper Business Revitalization released in August 2011.
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Nippon Paper Industries Establishes Production Systems for Kraft Paper at Kushiro Mill  (Company news)

Steadily Implementing Nippon Paper Group's Plan for Paper Business Revitalization

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) is pleased to announce the completion of construction with the aim of undertaking quality and operations measures for producing kraft paper at Kushiro Mill (Kushiro, Hokkaido), with a ceremony held to celebrate the completion of construction on August 22.
Construction began last fall to transfer the production of kraft paper from Fuji Mill (Fuji, Shizuoka) to Kushiro Mill in accordance with the plan to revitalize the paper business that was announced on August 3, 2011. With investment of around 2.4 billion yen, a range of construction work was undertaken, including the refurbishment of the DIP facilities, the establishment of facilities to respond to heavy-duty packages of kraft paper with a focus on quality, and the reinforcement of the finishing facilities. The Kushiro Mill now has the capacity to produce around 52,000 tons of kraft paper every year.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

 

Nippon Paper Group to Resume Operation of Paper Machine N5 and N6 at Ishinomaki Mill and ...  (Company news)

... Bring Forward the Planned Shutdown of Some Production Facilities
- Steadily moving forward with reconstruction efforts at Ishinomaki Mill-
Nippon Paper Group, Inc.

Nippon Paper Group, Inc. (President: Yoshio Haga) has moved forward with reconstruction efforts at Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture), which sustained damage as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Based on the Plan for Paper Business Revitalization announced on August 3, 2011, the Group is working to restart the commercial operation of paper machine N5 and N6. As a result, a total of four paper machines and one coating machine will be brought back into service at Ishinomaki Mill, following the restarting of paper machine 8 in September 2011 and paper machine N4 and coating machine 4 in November 2011. The resumption means that production capability is expected to recover to 75% or above of almost 850,000 tons/annual, the total capacity of the fully restored Ishinomaki Mill.
With the restarting of paper machine N5 and N6 at Ishinomaki Mill, the Nippon Paper Group has also decided to bring forward the planned shutdown of some production facilities as set forth in the Plan for Paper Business Revitalization as follows, as a measure to cope with the severe conditions in the paper products business in Japan. The Nippon Paper Group will continue to proceed steadily with the restoration work based on the Plan for Paper Business Revitalization, seeking to move forward with the fundamental structural changes of the Group's paper business and enhance its competitiveness.
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

 

Nippon Paper Group to Shut Down Production Facilities at Nippon Paper Crecia's Iwakuni Mill  (Company news)

Strengthening Competence of Household Paper Products Business

Nippon Paper Group, Inc. (President: Yoshio Haga) has decided to shut down the production facilities at the Iwakuni Mill (Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture; Manager: Takashi Yamaguchi) as a measure to cope with the severe conditions in the household paper products business. These facilities account for about 15% of Nippon Paper Crecia's entire production capacity. Transferring products produced at the Iwakuni Mill to Kyoto and other mills will raise the operation ratio of production facilities to 90% or above. Through this measure, Nippon Paper Crecia intends to reduce fixed costs and enhance production efficiency, thereby strengthening the competence of its household paper products business. After shutting down the production facilities, the Iwakuni Mill is slated for use as a logistics center, aimed at strengthening functions and covering the Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu regions.
Nippon Paper Crecia will continue strengthening its production and sales bases, while developing differentiated products to expand profits.

Notes
1. Outline of production facilities at Iwakuni Mill
One papermaking machine (production capacity: 43,000 tons/year)
One tissue paper processing machine
Two toilet roll processing machines

2. Timing of facility shutdown
End of September 2012 (scheduled)
(Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

 

Nippon Paper Industries Printing Paper and Communication Paper Price Revisions  (Company news)

Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) has announced price revisions for printing paper and communication paper to all its agencies.
1. Products subject to price revisions: Printing paper and communication paper
2. Markup: Minimum 10%
3. Timing of implementation: From September 1, 2011 shipment
4. Reason for implementation:
Amid a new upward trend in the price of raw materials and fuels, the Company has made sustained efforts to reduce costs. However, it has proven difficult to absorb all the cost increases through the Company's own efforts, and it was decided that there was no alternative but to pass a portion of the cost on to the product price.
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Restoration of Nippon Paper Industries Ishinomaki Mill  (Company news)

Our major subsidiary, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: YoshioHaga), has been deeply committed to the restoration of the Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki, Miyagi), which was damaged in the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake, and we are pleased to announce that its reopening is imminent.

Restoration of Ishinomaki Mill
After restoring the privately owned electrical power facility, which is the source of the power in the mill, by August, Nippon Paper Industries will restart the production of printing and publication paper by the end of September. The company is planning to fully restore the major paper machines this year.
Moreover, while determining the supply and demand balance going forward, we will be studying the production system to maximize profits. The associated plan will be announced as soon as it takes concrete form.
(Nippon Paper Group)