Chapelton announces Kwidzyn X-Press success

International Paper’s Kwidzyn mill in Poland
International Paper’s Kwidzyn mill in Poland

Kent-based speciality paper and cartonboard supplier, Chapelton, has announced that it is receiving an excellent take-up from customers in response to the Kwidzyn X-Press flexible sheeting service offering from International Paper.

Kwidzyn X-Press is available to Chapelton’s customers for International Paper’s new GC2 lightweight coated board product, Alaska Plus, and also its Arktika GC1 grade, both of which Chapelton is stocking and distributing into the UK and Irish print and packaging sectors.

Chapelton was confirmed as a distribution partner with International Paper for Alaska Plus in September last year, a move which followed International Paper’s $60m modernisation project at its Kwidzyn mill in Poland, where both the Alaska Plus GC2 coated board and Arktika GC1 grades are produced.

Kwidzyn X-Press is International Paper’s flexible sheeting service, which was one of the developments to come about from the investment and modernisation project at the Kwidzyn mill, which included the installation of two new sheeters to provide a more flexible service level for International Paper’s customers.

The Kwidzyn X-Press service was designed to meet ever shortening lead times. It allows for the production of smaller order volumes, starting from just one tonne in bespoke sizes. In addition, there is a guaranteed turnaround time of just four days, plus transportation time. Kwidzyn X-Press provides a flexible bespoke sheet size ordering service, which in turn can also allow end-users to strengthen their environmental communication by helping to reduce their waste by up to 40 per cent.

Chapelton business development director, Neil Skelton, commented: “Kwidzyn X-Press is a very valuable service for Chapelton, as it allows us to offer orders with a short delivery time and smaller quantities. The service enables our customers to make a saving as they can buy a bespoke sheet size rather than an off-the-shelf standard size, that could prove wasteful.”

Launched in July last year, Alaska Plus is a multiply virgin fibre coated board, with a double coating on the top side and an uncoated manila back side, and is the new lightweight version of International Paper’s Alaska GC2 coated board product.

Arktika is a GC1 Coated Board, also with double coating on the top side and an uncoated manila back side. Arktika has a wide range of end-use segments, including; media packaging, greeting and post cards, paperback book cover, calendars, cosmetics and perfume packaging, pharmaceutical packaging and luxury confectionery packaging. Arktika is available in a wide range of weights, and it also has a high gloss level to enable the graphics to stand out on any print job, coupled with a high brightness value which allows for outstanding contrast and sharpness of the printed matter.