Major Milestone Reached in Kemiart Coated White Top Liner Production

M-real has reached a major milestone with the production of the two millionth tonne of its Kemiart coated white top kraftliner. The achievement was celebrated with M-real's customers January 23rd at the Kemiart Liners Mill in Finland.

Kraftliner production started at Kemi in 1971. In 1990 the company upgraded its processing and invested in a coating unit, with production of coated white top kraftliner starting the same year. Today there are three different coated grades in the product range; Kemiart Graph, Kemiart Lite and Kemiart Ultra, all of which are known for their quality and consistency with corrugated converters and printers worldwide.

From the beginning, M-real's basis for development of its coated grades has met the needs of its customers and end-users, while constantly taking in to consideration the feedback received from all users. Innovation has led to the current product family which includes a suitable coated liner for each printing method, enabling the corrugated industry to meet brand owners' and retailers' demands for higher quality packaging regardless of their chosen print technology.

For further information, please contact M-real Consumer Packaging:

Juha Lounasvaara
Vice President, Containerboards
Tel: +358 (0)10 469 4624

Steve O'Brien,
President Kemiart US
Tel: (201) 887-0156
Email steve.o'

Liette Gagne, Sales Manager
M-real Americas
Tel:(514) 543-6237

The full range of Kemiart liners, available globally through M-real's sales and logistics network, includes:

Kemiart Graph (24-51lbs/1000ft² or 115-250 gsm): a coated white top kraftliner for flexo, offset and screen printing. Specially developed for flexo preprint, high-quality flexo postprint and offset, Kemiart Graph enables the printing of half-tone pictures and colors with excellent gloss and color density.

Kemiart Lite (27-41 lbs/1000ft² or 130-230 gsm): a coated white top kraftliner suitable for flexo printing. Kemiart Lite has high converting productivity and enables the postprinting of half-tone pictures with good gloss and color density.

Kemiart Ultra (28,36 lbs/1000ft² or 135, 175 gsm): a coated white top kraftliner especially designed for high quality in-line and conventional flexo postprint. Excellent total productivity in corrugating and printing.

Kemiart Brite (23-41 lbs/1000ft² or 110-200 gsm): a white top kraftliner suitable for flexo printing with high strength even in low basis weights and strength stability in different climates. Ideal for retail packages with large color-printed areas and line pictures requiring excellent contrast.

M-real is one of the leading producers of paperboard and paper in Europe. The company's customers include publishers, printers, carton printers, paper merchants, office suppliers and well-known consumer brand manufacturers.

M-real supports its customers' businesses by providing quality papers and paperboard for consumer packaging, communications and advertising end-uses. Together with its customers and partners, M-real develops products and solutions for demanding end-uses, such as magazines, art books, brochures, direct mail, and office papers. The company's paperboard is used for packaging of beauty and healthcare products, cigarettes, branded food and consumer durables.

M-real's business areas are Consumer Packaging, Graphic Papers and Office Papers.

M-real is headquartered in Finland. The company's sales are EUR 5.6 billion (8.24 billion USD), and it employs over 12,000 people. M-real, which is part of the Metsliitto Group, is listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki. Metsliitto Group is the eight largest forest industry group in the world with sales of EUR 8.5 billion (12.5 billion USD).

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