Domtar to purchase Appvion’s POS paper business

John Williams.

Domtar Corporation (Fort Mill, South Carolina) has entered into an asset-purchase agreement with Appvion Operations to acquire Appvion’s Point of Sale (POS) paper business. The agreement includes the coater and related equipment located only at the West Carrollton, Ohio, facility as well as a license for all corresponding intellectual properties. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020. “The combination of Domtar’s world-class paper-making capabilities with the West Carrollton coater’s significant scale, will make a globally competitive point-of-sale paper business and provide new options for our future growth,” said John Williams Domtar President and Chief Executive Officer.

Graeme Hodson.

Graeme Hodson, President of Appvion’s Paper Division, added: “Appvion and Domtar have enjoyed a strong, mutually beneficial relationship over the last several years as part of our long-term supply agreement. The West Carrollton asset sale builds on that relationship and provides an opportunity for our POS business employees to become a part of a large, integrated pulp and paper producer with the capability to leverage the coating asset to its maximum potential. Appvion will work closely with Domtar to enable a smooth transition of the business and ensure that our POS customers continue to receive the exemplary customer service and high quality products they’ve come to expect.”

Appvion will continue its focus and development efforts on its broad range of products servicing its customers in the tag, label and entertainment markets, the carbonless and specialty paper markets, as well as the newly formed Packaging & Specialty Coating Division.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.