New Options for Lightweighting with Kemiart Kraftliners

Metsä Board's Kemiart kraftliner product family meets the demand for lightweighting with the introduction of an improved grammage range in Kemiart Lite+. The wide grammage range in Kemiart Graph+ is already proving sufficient for lightweighting purposes.

The grammage range of Kemiart Lite+ has been updated. Made from fresh forest fibers, Kemiart Lite+ meets the need for lightweighting without compromising strength properties. Kemiart Lite+ is mainly used in flexo post print processes.

The wide grammage range of Kemiart Graph+ provides opportunities for producing lighter packaging structures in all corrugated applications. Flexo preprinters in particular may benefit from the lowest grammages. The strength provided by fresh forest fibers combined with the superior printability of Kemiart Graph+ meets the demand for lighter packaging with branding power.

"Our customers want to take advantage of lightweighting, and it is important that our new double coated grades, Kemiart Graph+ and Kemiart Lite+, give them the maximum choice in achieving this," says Risto Auero, VP Sales Linerboards, Metsä Board.
The Kemiart product family, including Kemiart Ultra and Kemiart Brite, provides options for lightweighting in all possible corrugated categories, applications, and end-uses.

Production according to the new specifications will start July 1, 2012. Customers are requested to contact their local sales representative for more information.

For further information, please contact Metsä Board:

Panu Räsänen, Product Manager, Metsä Board Kemi

Mobile: +358 50 598 9046


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Metsä Board June 5, 2012


Metsä Group is a responsible forest industry group whose products are part of people's everyday life and promote sustainable well-being. Metsä Group produces high-quality products mainly from renewable Nordic wood. The Group's business areas are tissue and cooking papers, board and paper, pulp, wood products as well as wood supply. Metsä Group's sales totaled EUR 5.3 (USD 7) billion in 2011, and it employs approximately 12,500 people. The Group is present in some 30 countries.

Metsä Board is Europe's leading producer of fresh forest fiber cartonboards, the world's leading manufacturer of coated white-top kraftliners, and a major paper supplier. The company's sales network serves brand owners, carton printers, corrugated packaging manufacturers, printers, merchants and office suppliers.

Metsä Board supports its customers' businesses by providing high-performance paperboards and quality papers for consumer and retail packaging, graphics and office end-uses. Together with its customers and partners, Metsä Board develops products and services for demanding end-uses. The company's paperboard is mainly used for the packaging of beautycare and healthcare products, foods, cigarettes, and consumer durables, as well as graphics. Paper is mainly used for office papers, as well as wallcoverings and other specialty end-uses.

Metsä Board's business areas are Paperboard, and Paper and Pulp.

Metsä Board is headquartered in Finland. In 2011, the company's sales totaled EUR 2.5 (USD 3.3) billion, and it has approximately 4,000 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

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