The Munich-based International Association of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE) is hosting a one-day conference on Feb. 28, 2018, in Munich, focusing on meeting challenges related to the “collection, quality and industrial processing of paper for recycling.”
In an e-mail promoting the event, INDEGE indicates challenges are increasing in the sector for deinkers and mill operators. “It becomes more and more difficult to produce new graphic paper from [scrap] paper at economically reasonable conditions,” states INDEGE.
The organization indicates speakers and panelists at its event will examine industry conditions that include rising scrap paper prices and the shrinking market for graphic paper as “people read [fewer] newspapers, the newspapers become thinner due to less advertising and the paper collected for recycling contains more and more packaging.”
Other challenges to be addressed at the symposium include the monopolizing of scrap paper collection approved by some municipalities in Germany. From the mill viewpoint, INDEGE indicates, “It becomes more and more difficult for the paper mills to keep up their requirements for high quality.”
The organization’s press release states, “Quality is not only important for deinking grades; also the manufacturers of corrugated paper and board face the challenge to meet rising demand at an acceptable quality, mainly for the increasing need for all kinds of packaging. A possible source of high-quality scrap paper is the fraction today known as mixed paper. How can yield be increased for the different grades, [and be] suitable for different products?”
Among the speakers on paper recycling will be Ulrich Leberle of the Brussels-based Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).
The effect of new types of ink on the deinking process also will be addressed at the Munich symposium, according to INDEGE.