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6 INDUSTRY NEWS


and will be learning the skills of paper technologist, mechatronics engineer and machine and plant operator.


S Thomas Döring, human


resources chief at Zanders, commented that this showed the German paper maker’s continued commitment to be an attractive employer that invests in its employees’ futures.


ix apprentices have been employed by Zanders at its Gohrsmühle paper mill


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Zanders continues its apprenticeship scheme


This year’s Zanders apprentice team and their instructors (from left): Mike Richter (day foreman paper production, instructor PT and MP), Onur Yilmaz (PT), Olegs Snikers (ME), Daniel Nadrop (ME), Nazem Hassan (MP), Norbert Mueller (PT), Patrick Pascoa (MP) and Thomas Cuerten (master electrician maintenance, instructor ME). Picture: Tobias Müller for Zanders


“As in previous years, we were


able to successfully fill all offered apprenticeships,” he said.


Bergisch Gladbach-based


Zanders offers training as a machine and plant operator


for the second time this year. The concept has proved to be successful, explains Döring: “With the new training, we were able to arouse the interest of young people, for whom a job at a paper producer was previously out of the question. In addition to the industry-specific paper technologist, with the mechatronics engineer and the machine and plant operator, we now offer two further trainings that open up new perspectives for young people.”


Smurfit Kappa installs a digital printing line in Mexico


In response to growing demand for high-speed digital printing, Smurfit Kappa is installing the latest technology at its Atlacomulco corrugated mill in Mexico. A Barberan Jetmaster 1890


printer with capacity to print up to 12 million square metres a year will enable the mill to reduce the lead time in getting customers’ products to market. Commenting on the new


printer, which will be operational during the first quarter of 2020, Juan Guillermo Castaneda, chief executive of Smurfit Kappa in the Americas, said: “As the leading supplier of paper-based packaging in the Americas, we are pleased to continue bringing the latest industry innovations to Mexico. “Mexico is a market with strong


growth potential, which is key to our operations in the region. We


packaging solutions.” Jorge Alberto Angel, chief


executive of Smurfit Kappa Mexico, added: “Investment in this revolutionary new six- colour printer is in line with our objective to respond quickly to customers’ needs particularly in the FMCG market. “This high-specification printer


continue to invest in this country to offer our customers market-leading, sustainable


UPM shuts down one of its three machines at Rauma


UPM shut down its PM2 machine at Rauma, Finland in November, reducing the mill’s capacity by 265,000 tons a year, and with the loss of 179 jobs. UPM said the closure was in response to a decline in demand for graphic papers. The remaining two machines at Rauma will continue in production. “The recent weeks have not


been easy for us all,” said Anu Ahola, senior vice president


November/December 2019


for news & retail at UPM Communication Papers. “But in times of a continuously challenging market environment and an accentuated decline of demand for graphic papers, we have to secure the future competitiveness of UPM’s paper business and the remaining assets at the Rauma site. “We have focused on finding socially-acceptable solutions for the employees affected with the clear intention to diminish


the impact of this closure. The consultation process was fair, open and constructive at all times.”


* UPM Communication Papers


was the headline sponsor at the 42nd FIPP World Media Congress held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in November. It is the largest event in the magazine media industry, gathering more than 800 media owners and service providers. “As the world’s leading


will offer enhanced branding opportunities and a best-in-class service for our customers.”


producer of graphic papers, UPM, takes a special interest in the future of the magazine publishing industry,” said Ruud van den Berg, senior vice president for magazines, merchants and office business at UPM Communication Papers. “Digital products have become a main source of growth. But we can confirm that paper-based magazines and publications have remained an integral part of the media mix. They continue playing a vital role in addressing fast changing consumer needs by providing high quality products with strong potential for differentiation.”


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