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Thermal Paper: Over one year, Hansol eyes capacity rise
Write 한솔제지 Date 2018-07-09

SAN FRANCISCO, 15 June 2012 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) - With plans to become one of the world's largest thermal paper producers, Hansol, which now produces 40,000 tonnes/yr of thermal paper, wants to significantly expand capacity to 160,000 tonnes in the next year at two mills in South Korea, contacts said. Hansol does periodically export some thermal paper into the USA.

"Hansol does have big plans," said a contact this week.

Hansol's effort at the two mills impacts production of 48- and 55-g thermal POS for top-coated and non-top coated grades that are primarily used in retail stores and ATMs. The firm also produces thermal paper for labels, tickets, and tags.

In September, Hansol adds 18,000 tonnes of thermal paper output to its swing No. 4 machine at Osan mill in South Korea. The capacity on PM 4 will not be altered and only the production will change with the shift to thermal for the 18,000 tonnes/yr. Along with thermal production, the No. 4 also produces about 90,000 tonnes/yr of other coated printing and writing papers. Osan is about 35-40 miles south of Seoul on the West Coast of South Korea and near the Pyongtaek port.

In the summer of 2013, another Hansol coated printing and writing paper machine, No. 23 at the Changhang mill, also on the West Coast, will fully convert to about 100,000 tonnes/yr of thermal production. Chunghang is further south from Seoul than the Osan mill.

At 160,000 tonnes/yr of thermal capacity, Hansol would be among the largest in the world in the 1 million tonnes/yr specialty segment, along with Oji Paper, which produces about 270,000 tonnes/yr and is the largest, and Koehler Paper, Appleton Papers, Mitsubishi Paper, and Nippon Paper. Oji, Mitsubishi, and Nippon are based in Japan, Appleton in Wisconsin, and Koehler in Germany.

Appleton Papers expects to finish a $675 million business combination with Hicks Acquisition Co II by mid-July that will turn Appleton into a publicly traded firm renamed Appvion (P&PW, May 18, p. 1). The deal is expected to close in mid-July, a company official said this week. Also, the last of the three 170,000 tons/yr West Carrollton, OH, machines was shut on June 6. While Appleton permanently shut the West Carrollton machines, the firm continues to run the thermal coater at the mill.

Starting Dec. 1, Taiwan is to inspect thermal paper for bisphenol A (BPA), the Taiwanese government said. The decision by Taiwan's Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection under the Ministry of Economic Affairs is in response to a June publication by the Consumers' Foundation revealing that 18% of thermal paper inspected contains BPA, Chemical Watch reported Monday. The bureau is to purchase samples of the BPA thermal paper identified by the Consumers' Foundation. In the USA, Appleton Papers moved to producing BPA free paper six years ago and after concerns about health issues that might be tied to the BPA chemical last year, other major suppliers in the US market also came out with a BPA thermal paper in the US market, including Koehler Paper, Kanzaki Paper, and Mitsubishi Hi-Tec Paper.

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