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Wednesday, 22 July 2020 07:52

Successful FSC® and PEFC™ monitoring audit

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has successfully passed without exception the monitoring audit and the re-certification of FSC® Chain-of-Custody and PEFC™ Chain-of-Custody.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper: Successful FSC® and PEFC™ monitoring auditMitsubishi HiTec Paper: Successful FSC® and PEFC™ monitoring audit

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper attaches great importance to the environmentally conscious and sustainable production of its coated specialty papers. This has now been reaffirmed by the successful FSC® monitoring audit and the PEFC™ re-certification of the mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg. Both locations continue to carry the FSC® Chain-of- Custody and PEFC™ Chain-of-Custody certifications, and all coated specialty papers produced in Bielefeld and Flensburg are still available FSC® Mix or PEFC™ certified.

“The world is facing major climatic and social challenges. It is therefore all the more important for us to ensure that the raw materials we use and our products meet the highest standards in terms of sustainability and social responsibility,” says Nic Holmer, Director Sales & Marketing at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. “When it comes to sustainability, our BARRICOTE® barrier papers for flexible food packaging are particularly relevant: as a replacement for plastic packaging, they are completely recyclable and thus protect not only food and consumers, but also the environment.”

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Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH, with its Bielefeld and Flensburg locations, is the first company in the paper industry to receive the "Safe with a System" seal of approval from the BG RCI: the professional association for raw materials and the chemical industry. At the same time, the company has been certified for occupational health and safety management (“AGM”) in accordance with DIN ISO 45001:2018.

The DIN ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety management "AGM" replaces the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard, which was withdrawn in 2018 and was mainly used by companies in the chemicals, paper and sugar sectors. The new standard now also requires the assessment of risks and opportunities and a proactive prevention approach, thus increasing the demands on senior and middle management. When companies are preparing for assessment for the "Safe with a System" seal of approval with the additional module DIN ISO 45001, certain legal requirements have to be met and competence criteria for employees, whose participation play an important role, have to be determined.

Bielefeld Mill | Mitsubishi HiTec PaperBielefeld Mill | Mitsubishi HiTec Paper

Managing Director Dr. Martin Schreer is convinced that "If you think about the safety and health of your employees from the outset, you will achieve more for your company and your economic success in the long term. This assessment and the certification of our occupational health and safety management are logical steps for us to further advance occupational safety in our company. Our exemplary company integration management, which was awarded the "Action Alliance Schleswig-Holstein", ideally complements the “AGM” system."

The new DIN ISO 45001 certification is another component of the voluntary compliance system at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. At the same time, the monitoring audits of the integrated management systems DIN EN ISO 9001 (quality management), DIN EN ISO 14001 (environmental management) and DIN EN ISO 50001 (energy management) have been carried out successfully for both locations. Regular certifications by the independent auditors from TÜV Nord underscore the high demands that Mitsubishi HiTec Paper places on itself in order to continue to be a reliable partner for customers.

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Stadtwerke Bielefeld and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper have been working together successfully since 2003. Now both companies have agreed to continue the partnership before the expiry of the current contract.

Stadtwerke Bielefeld and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper have been working together successfully since 2003. At that time, the Bielefeld Stadtwerke (public utilities) built a highly energy-efficient combined heat and power plant on the site of the speciality paper manufacturer to supply the mill with electricity and steam. Now both companies have agreed to continue this partnership before the expiration of the contract. The consortium agreement was signed on 20.9.2019 and is valid for five years.

From left to right: Rainer Müller (Managing Director Stadtwerke Bielefeld), Andreas Jastrzembowski (Managing Director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper), Dr. Martin Schreer (Managing Director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper) und Martin Uekmann (Managing Director Stadtwerke Bielefeld)From left to right: Rainer Müller (Managing Director Stadtwerke Bielefeld), Andreas Jastrzembowski (Managing Director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper), Dr. Martin Schreer (Managing Director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper) und Martin Uekmann (Managing Director Stadtwerke Bielefeld)

Dr. Martin Schreer and Andreas Jastrzembowski, Managing Directors of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper: "We are delighted to continue this collaboration with Stadtwerke Bielefeld.  All of our heat and power has been supplied by our partner, with whom we have had good experiences, for 15 years.  A reliable and sustainable efficient energy supply is enormously important for our production."

Martin Uekmann and Rainer Müller, Managing Directors of Stadtwerke Bielefeld, explain: "The plant in Hillegossen makes a significant contribution to energy transition. That's another reason why we are pleased that Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has decided to continue working with us. As a company, we have relied on renewable energies for years and support energy transition. This also includes highly efficient combined heat and power plants such as those in Bielefeld Hillegossen."

About the power plant: In the next five years, Stadtwerke Bielefeld will invest around 2.2 million euros in further modernization of the facility. It is a highly efficient CHP plant that saves around 14,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year compared to uncoupled production. On 9 May 2003, the original consortium agreement for the construction of the gas and steam power plant at Bielefeld Hillegossen was signed. Stadtwerke invested 34 million euros at that time. The goal was the modernization of the steam supply of the paper mill. The power plant was put into operation on 3 January 2005.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 750 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

Each factory stands out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery and innovative coating technologies. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

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Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is at Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg for the first time and is presenting the brand new barricote BAG WGOM - a fully recyclable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, with multi-barriers against water vapour, grease and oil, oxygen and aroma as well as mineral oil migration.

Fully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOMFully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOMWith the new barricote BAG WGOM (89 g), Mitsubishi is launching a particularly sustainable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, which has an impressive universal multi-barrier. It protects food and consumers not only from water vapour, grease or oil and oxygen or aroma, but also from mineral oil migration (MOSH / MOAH), thus offering a particularly wide barrier protection.

The paper, produced from virgin fibres, consists of a particularly high proportion of renewable raw materials, and is

100% free of plastic films, aluminium and fluorocarbons. Of course, BAG WGOM is approved for direct food contact as well as being FSC® or PEFC ™ certified.

"Furthermore, BAG WGOM is fully recyclable" says Michael Kater, sales manager for barrier papers at Mitsubishi. "Due to its very good heat-sealability, it is particularly suitable for heat-sealed bag packaging of dry and greasy foods, and it is the intelligent alternative to film packaging made of PE, PP or BOPP film. This fits in perfectly with the theme of Fachpack 2019: Environmentally friendly packaging. "

Samples and further information of the complete barricote range are available at Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg (Booth 7A641), and also at the Mitsubishi booth at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels (Booth 6A09) - or at barricotThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 750 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

Each factory stands out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery and innovative coating technologies. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 08:34

19 new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper

On August 1, 2019, nineteen new apprentices were warmly welcomed to Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. Five paper technologists, three industrial mechanics, three electronics technicians, one cutting machine operator, four machine and plant operators, one IT specialist and two industrial clerks began their careers at the mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

For the new apprentices (thirteen in Bielefeld and six in Flensburg) it is now time to undergo intensive training involving many interesting experiences. Whether at the large state-of-the-art production machines, in the administration or in the IT of the German manufacturer of coated special papers for the global market, experienced instructors guide and assist with help and advice. To ensure it is not all too much like hard work, the apprentices also enjoy medieval markets, where the traditional art of paper-making is brought to life for interested visitors.

The new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Bielefeld plant.The new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Bielefeld plant.

"For us, training young people has been a priority for a long time," says Marcel Bornemann, HR Administrator at the Flensburg plant. "We also look outside the box; for example, coming soon, we have a one day seminar on "addiction prevention", because career and health go hand in hand.”

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 750 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

Each factory stands out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery and innovative coating technologies. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

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With two innovations in store, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is presenting a wide range of coated specialty papers for the label and packaging market at Labelexpo Europe 2019. The new products: jetscript METAL VPG 1018, a metallic- silver gloss inkjet paper for the water-based inkjet printing of self-adhesive labels, as well as barricote BAG WGOM, a fully recyclable barrier paper for flexible food packaging with multi-barrier against water vapour, grease and oil, oxygen and aroma as well as mineral oil migration.

As a paper product, the new jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (110 g) is purely fibre-based with a silver metallic glossy finish and a transparent, microporous inkjet coating for excellent printing performance. The inkjet paper impresses with its high print density, fast drying, compatibility with latex inks and optimum performance in the self-adhesive production process. "This makes it particularly suitable for eye-catching and high-quality labels in the beverage, cosmetics or food sector. But also for other applications such as wrapping paper, advertising panels and displays, "says Nic Holmer, Director Sales of the Bielefeld specialty paper manufacturer.

Silver metallic glossy inkjet paper for eye-catching labels: jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (left). Fully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOM (right).Silver metallic glossy inkjet paper for eye-catching labels: jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (left). Fully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOM (right).

With the new barricote BAG WGOM (89 g), Mitsubishi launches a particularly sustainable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, which impresses with a universal multi-barrier. "Because it protects food and consumers not only from water vapour, fat / oil and oxygen / aroma, but also from mineral oil migration (MOSH / MOAH), and thus

offers particularly wide barrier protection," adds Nic Holmer. In addition, BAG WGOM can be heat-sealed very effectively and is approved for direct food contact. The virgin fibre paper product is 100% free of plastic films, aluminium and fluorocarbons, fully recyclable, and FSC® or PEFC™ certified.

In addition, Mitsubishi will be showcasing a comprehensive range of coated specialty papers for the label market at

Labelexpo Europe:

>     Thermoscript thermal papers, amongst others for linerless applications, with extra high heat resistance or with back protection

>     Jetscript inkjet papers, amongst others a light 70 g version, for ticket and tag applications or with an embossed surface

>     Supercote cast-coated label papers, amongst others for wet glue labels, composite cans and shoulder boxes

Samples and further information will be available at the Mitsubishi stand of Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels (Hall 6, Stand 6A09), but also at the Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg (Hall 7A, Stand 7A641) - or directly from the sales department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 750 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

Each factory stands out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery and innovative coating technologies. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required

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Friday, 26 April 2019 07:01

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper continues to invest

As a competent manufacturer of high-quality coated specialty papers, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper continues the path of innovation and investment. As part of the "New Business Development" program, a new quality control system on the SM 21 has now been successfully commissioned at the Bielefeld site.

Amongst other things, the "New Business Development" innovation programme will enable the multi-stage orientation of the Bielefeld Coating Machine 21 to future markets. The recently commissioned, modern Honeywell quality control system includes several measuring frames of different equipment and system peripherals for precise process control.

Coating machine 21 | Bielefeld millCoating machine 21 | Bielefeld mill

Kai Borenius, Head of Machine Technology at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, says: "We will be able to combine the special coating units even better and make more efficient use of them. In doing so, we not only achieve a further increase in process quality and production flexibility, but ultimately also an optimized product quality. This applies both to our traditional product areas such as thermal or inkjet papers, but especially to our new product areas such as the environmentally friendly barricote barrier papers for food packaging."

With this investment of around EUR 1 million, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper will continue to focus on future, innovative markets and applications.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 700 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

Each factory stands out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery and innovative coating technologies. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 07:21

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper welcomes 25 new apprentices

On August 1st 2018, twenty-five new trainees launched their professional career at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg. Among them are eleven paper technologists, six machine and plant operators, two industrial clerks, three industrial mechanics, two electronics technicians and one electronic for automation technology.

Our new apprentices at the Bielefeld millOur new apprentices at the Bielefeld mill

An exciting time awaits the new apprentices (15 at the Bielefeld plant and 10 at the Flensburg plant) with many new experiences over the next few years: whether it will be on the large paper machines, the ultra-modern coating machines or in the management and distribution of the globally acting manufacturer of coated specialty papers.

Our new apprentices at the Flensburg millOur new apprentices at the Flensburg mill

For Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the training of young people has always been a high priority. "Competitive production and worldwide sales of our high-quality specialty papers is only possible with well-trained specialists" says Andreas Born, Head of Training in Bielefeld. “And we are pleased to provide this training in-house!”

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2016 04 08 083453Due to continuing rises in costs for pulp and other raw materials, especially leuco dye (ODB2), Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is increasing its prices for thermal paper for deliveries from 1 July 2018. Prices for the whole THERMOSCRIPT® thermal paper range will be increased by up to 10 % worldwide.

Customers will be contacted directly by a representative of the Mitsubishi sales team.

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BARRICOTE® stands for a range of particularly environmentally friendly and at the same time very effective barrier papers for food packaging from Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. In order to meet the stringent requirements for food safety, the mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg have now been successfully certified as hygienic in accordance with INREKA and DIN EN 15593.

2018 02 02 092758BARRICOTE® WRAP WG – the ideal wrapping paper for dry and greasy foods

Following successful completion of the field tests for BARRICOTE® barrier papers by the Bielefeld-based speciality paper manufacturer Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, hygiene management systems were introduced as part of an integrated management system (DIN EN ISO 9001, 14001, 50001) at the Bielefeld and Flensburg mills. These have now been certified in accordance with the INREKA certification standard including DIN EN 15593.  This confirms the effective implementation of the stringent hygiene requirements placed on the production of food packaging papers.

As part of this certification, compliance with other laws and standards was confirmed at the same time:

  • Regulation on food hygiene (8.8.2007)
  • EC regulation 852/2004 on food hygiene (29.4.2004)
  • EC regulation 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice (22.12.2006)
  • The Royal Society of Health “Food Packaging Hygiene Accreditation Scheme – Code of Good Practice” (February 1995)
  • BRC / IoP Standard "Technical Standard and Protocol for Companies Manufacturing and Supplying Food Packaging Materials for Retailer Branded Products for Category A" (September 2004)

BARRICOTE® barrier papers for food packaging are pure paper products made from virgin fibres with water-based coatings for combinable barriers against migration of mineral oils, water and water vapour, grease, and oil, as well as aroma. Free from plastic (PE / PP), aluminium, foils or fluorocarbons, the FSC® Mix and PEFC™ certified BARRICOTE® papers are recyclable, compostable and highly sustainable. This not only protects the food, but also the environment and consumers.

As a responsible manufacturer, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper pays special attention to environmentally conscious and high-quality production of specialty papers. In addition, Mitsubishi assumes social responsibility and is involved in various environmental associations and organizations such as B.A.U.M., ChePap Rhein-Ruhr, Klimapakt Flensburg, Ökoprofit® Klub OWL and Wirtschaft pro Klima.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 700 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

Both factories stand out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery, six different coating technologies and innovative coating recipes. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper supplies a full range of specialty papers featuring a modular system for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

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