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EXPERA SPECIALTY SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES BRC CERTIFICATION ACHIEVEMENT AT ALL FACILITIES

Kaukauna, WI (September 24, 2018) – Expera Specialty Solutions has achieved BRC Global Standard – Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 High Hygiene Certification at all four Wisconsin paper mills. The facilities are the first paper mills in North America to achieve this high hygiene level of food safety certification.

The BRC High Hygiene standard provides the most rigorous framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls in the packaging and packaging materials industry. Expera’s Food Packaging and Processing product offerings are among the most innovative and diverse in the industry, and BRC certification assures paper converters, brand owners, and food packagers that Expera’s products can be used globally to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

“Our manufacturing sites have always put safety and quality at the highest priority, and the recent efforts taken to achieve BRC certification have been significant,” explained Russ Wanke, Expera’s Chief Executive Officer. “Expera works diligently with our customers to create an innovation-focused alliance that enables our customers to continuously develop new products in an efficient manner. Offering BRC Certification to our customers is just another innovative step in ensuring product safety for our customers, and the wider marketplace.”

The BRC Global Standard is part of an independently audited safety and quality certification program. Food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers, and service organizations developed this management system, and it is the first Packaging Standard in the world to be recognized by the GFSI committee.

For more information regarding Expera please visit www.expera.com.

About Expera Specialty Solutions

Expera is a leading North American manufacturer of specialty paper products for the industrial & technical, food, and pressure-sensitive release liner segments. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Expera employs approximately 1,800 people across four Wisconsin-based manufacturing facilities located in Rhinelander, Mosinee, Kaukauna, and De Pere. Additional information regarding Expera, its manufacturing facilities, and its product offerings can be found at www.expera.com.


Expera Coated Products Launches PeelBak™ Liners

September 20, 2018: Kaukauna, Wi – Expera Coated Products, a leading supplier of release liner solutions is pleased to announce the branding of their products used in the manufacture of Specialty Label applications. PeelBak™ liners have the necessary performance characteristics to withstand demanding converting and end-use requirements while meeting the specific customer needs as well.

“Our technical team’s research and development experience creates the foundation for successful product partnerships,” explained Harry Challender, Vice President of Expera Coated Products. “Using our technologies and chemistries, we make end-use solutions that go beyond traditional release applications, a reality.”

“Expera Coated Products’ PeelBak™ liners are highly-engineered solutions that offer a wide breadth of silicone systems and release as well as targeted base papers to fit the many demands of this segment,” added Challender.

With a long history of engineering release liners, Expera is comfortable in delivering products used in some of the most demanding pressure-sensitive applications. While applicable to a wide array of Label end-use applications, PeelBak™ liners are used in the Food & Beverage, Consumer durables, Pharmaceuticals and Retail segments.

To learn more about PeelBak™ Liners visit expera.com.

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ABOUT EXPERA COATED PRODUCTS

Expera Coated Products is a division of Expera Specialty Solutions. Expera Coated Products manufacturing platform consists of three coaters located in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.expera.com.


Expera Specialty Solutions Announces BRC Certification Achievement

Kaukauna, WI (August 2, 2018) – Expera Specialty Solutions has achieved BRC Global Standard – Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 High Hygiene Certification at the two of its four paper mills manufacturing the largest portion of Expera’s Food Packaging and Processing product offerings. The facilities are the first paper mills in North America to achieve this high hygiene level of food safety certification.

The BRC High Hygiene standard provides the most rigorous framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls in the packaging and packaging materials industry. This certification assures brand owners, food packagers, and manufacturers that Expera’s products can be used globally to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

The BRC Global Standard is part of an independently audited safety and quality certification program. Food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers, and service organizations developed this management system, and it is the first Packaging Standard in the world to be recognized by the GFSI committee. The BRC’s ability to react to changing food safety concerns and meet food product safety requirements has resulted in BRC becoming one of the most popular GFSI standards. It is why more than 3,500 suppliers in more than 80 countries have chosen to be certificated to this packaging standard and it is recommended or accepted by specifiers worldwide.

Russ Wanke, Chief Executive Officer of Expera stated, “The Expera team puts the highest focus on safety and quality. Achieving BRC Certification is just another way for us to demonstrate this exceptional focus to our customers and the marketplace.”

Certification of all Expera mills is expected before the end of 2018.


AHLSTROM- MUNKSJÖ TO PURCHASE EXPERA SPECIALTY SOLUTIONS

Kaukauna, WI (July 23, 2018) – Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC (“Expera”) announced today that Ahlstrom-Munksjö has signed a definitive agreement to purchase all shares of Expera.

Expera is a leading North American manufacturer of specialty paper products for the industrial & technical, food packaging and processing, and pressure-sensitive release liner sectors. Headquartered in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, Expera employs approximately 1,800 people.

Russ Wanke, Chief Executive Officer of Expera stated, “We are very excited about this next strategic and important step for the Expera business. Since forming Expera in 2013 from the combination of Thilmany Papers LLC and the specialty businesses of Wausau Paper, we have invested significantly in our people and operations, focusing on employee engagement, manufacturing excellence, and providing best-in-class product quality and support to our customers.”

“As we transition to joining Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we remain committed to our core strategic imperatives related to our people and our customers,” Wanke continued. “Ahlstrom-Munksjö will provide additional capital and resources in order to promote continued revenue growth and customer, end-application, and geographic diversification. We thank our customers, suppliers, and employees for their contributions to our success.”

Completion of the transaction is expected to take place in the second half of 2018, and is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.

For more information please visit us at www.expera.com.

 


Nicolet Mill Recognized for Energy Efficiency

The Nicolet Mill was honored on June 28, 2018 – receiving Focus on Energy’s “Energy Efficiency Excellence Award” for its commitment to reducing energy waste. Nicolet has been active in identifying and implementing energy reduction projects, and as part of the

Focus on Energy grant program, has worked with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Focus on Energy on assessments of their processes, and has integrated many energy-saving changes based on the assessment results. Recent energy efficiency projects at Nicolet include LED lighting upgrades, steam system management upgrades, and installing more efficient agitators and pulper rotors. The Nicolet Mill was the only industrial company to receive this honor this year. Representatives from the Public Service Commission, Focus on Energy, WPS, and Wisconsin Assembly Representative Andre Jacque were on-hand to recognize the Nicolet Team Members.


EXPERA LAUNCHES SOAR SUSTAINABLE FOOD PAPERS


(Kaukauna, Wis.) June 18, 2018 – Continuing to be at the forefront of sustainable product offerings, Expera Specialty Solutions, a leading producer of innovative food packaging solutions, announced today its launch of a broad line of SOAR Sustainable Food Packaging and Processing Papers. These papers have the ability to achieve multiple sustainability goals in a single product.

New to Expera’s SOAR product portfolio is Wax Alternative papers.

“Our Wax Alternative papers are manufactured without the addition of paraffin or other petroleum-based materials, creating a more sustainable alternative to the traditionally used quick service restaurant packaging,” explained Robyn Buss, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Expera Specialty Solutions. “These products maintain a high-level of performance and are stronger on a pound-for-pound basis, allowing for improved yield and decreased transportation costs.”

As the industry leader in offering sustainable solutions for our customers, Expera’s team is constantly innovating its SOAR line of Sustainable Food Papers to meet the needs of a growing and demanding market, including its exclusive line of Grease-Gard® FluoroFree® papers.

“When there is a preference to have grease-proof products without the use of fluorochemicals, Expera Specialty Solutions has the unique capability of manufacturing them,” said Buss. “Increasingly, consumers are looking for a fluorochemical-free option, and they still need the product to meet FDA requirements for food contact and be cost-effective and eco-friendly. We are uniquely situated to provide that option, as Expera has been manufacturing grease-resistant papers since the 1930s, well before the creation of fluorochemistry.”

Grease-Gard FluoroFree® papers not only meet a wide variety of grease resistant needs, but also offer a broad range of basis weights, array of finishes, and excellent glueability and printability.

Additional product attributes included in the SOAR product portfolio include:

View Expera’s recently released Sustainability Report!


Expera Coated Products Launches Ultra-Modern Line of AeroBak Liners for Advanced Composites


May 23, 2018: Kaukauna, Wi – Expera Coated Products announced today a new brand of liners used in the manufacture of Advanced Composites. AeroBak™ liners are designed with specific properties and performance characteristics to meet the extreme challenges encountered during the manufacture and delivery of prepreg. These properties represent years of development of both the base sheet and the coatings.

“Expera Coated Products’ AeroBak™ liners deliver solutions to the market using unique technologies that extend our products beyond traditional release liners,” explained Harry Challender, Vice President of Expera Coated Products. “Through collaboration, our team leverages the depth of experience we have in both paper and coating technologies to provide a distinct product to address individual requirements. Expera Coated Products is committed to this industry as witnessed by our recent investment in capacity designed around the unique needs of the composite market.”

While customized to meet the demanding requirements of the aerospace segment, AeroBak™ liners are also used in Ballistics, Recreational, and Wind Energy applications.

To learn more about AeroBak™ Liners for Advanced Composites visit expera.com.

 

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ABOUT EXPERA COATED PRODUCTS

Expera Coated Products is a division of Expera Specialty Solutions. Expera Coated Products manufacturing platform consists of three coaters located in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.expera.com.


Bringing a Unique Experience to My Customers

Melissa Parsons, Account Manager

As an Account Manager for Expera Specialty Solutions, I take great pride in being the voice of my customers. I’m grateful my customers constantly offer me diverse experiences, and I come to work excited daily with the ultimate goal of elevating their experience. I get to leverage my knowledge of their products and goals, and find the best solutions to fit their needs. It’s my job to be involved in all aspects of my customers’ process; from product innovation to on-time delivery.

Expera has a rich 130+ year history, but that doesn’t mean we’re not innovative. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is working with my customer on a new product and seeing it brought to market. I have the ability to host my customers right at our manufacturing sites to give them a full view of our capabilities and exposure to our “paper scientists.” This collaborative innovation process ultimately invents a new product for our customer in the most efficient manner.

In the three years I’ve been here, I’ve been a part of numerous start-to-finish product developments. It’s remarkable to see us meet our customers’ strategic goals by combining the brilliant minds of both their team and ours. By getting a view to our customers’ goals at the “idea” stage, we have the ability to co-develop which shortens the time from ideation to creation.

To learn more about Expera, visit us at www.expera.com.


EXPERA COATED PRODUCTS LAUNCHES REFRESHED LINE OF DUALBAK™ LINERS FOR PERFORMANCE TAPES & SEALANTS

May 9, 2018: Kaukauna, Wi – Expera Coated Products announced today a new brand of liners used in the manufacture of Performance Tapes and Sealants. DualBak™ liners have the necessary performance characteristics to withstand demanding converting and end use applications, yet maintain the strength and stability to ensure specified customer requirements are met.

“Expera Coated Products’ DualBak™ liners are highly-engineered solutions that offer a wide breadth of silicone systems and release differentials as well as targeted base papers to fit the many demands of this segment,” explained Harry Challender, Vice President of Expera Coated Products. “We excel at customer collaboration, and that collaboration allows Expera Coated Products to develop application-specific liners that contain the functional properties critical to the success and delivery of our customers’ products.”

While applicable to a wide array of end-use applications DualBak™ liners are used in the Industrial (Building and Construction, Roofing, Widow and Door), Automotive and Transportation (Vibration/Sound Dampening, Weatherproofing, Fastening/Bonding), and Specialty Tape (Transfer Adhesives, Double Coated Adhesives, Medical) industries.

To learn more about DualBak™ Liners for Performance Tapes and Sealants visit expera.com.

 

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ABOUT EXPERA COATED PRODUCTS

Expera Coated Products is a division of Expera Specialty Solutions. Expera Coated Products manufacturing platform consists of three coaters located in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.expera.com.