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October 9, 2014 In This Issue
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
Containerboard/Packaging
New Products
Sustainability
People
Open Letter from Larry
TAPPI News
Weekly Spotlight
Three recently closed mills shared high costs while demand for their current products declined. They were in tough markets. Each faced unique challenges.
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Bucksport mill and its recent closing is now front and center in a rare, competitive, three-way general election race in U.S. politics. The outcome will not only determine who will be the next governor of Maine, but also a great deal of policy as it relates to this region's industrial economy and the mill's possible future.
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The trail invites visitors to a live experience of sustainable forest management practices and demonstrates some of the specific measures IP and its wood procurement subsidiary (Le Comptoir des Bois de Brive) are applying to protect and sustain ecosystems.
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Another Maine, USA Paper Mill is facing challenging circumstances. The Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill has made plans to adapt for efficiency and take advantage of a new natural gas delivery system.
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This is an invitation to present at the third annual Tissue360° Forum to be held at PaperCon and TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration in Atlanta, Ga., USA, on April 19-22, 2015.
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The TAPPI Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee (YDSRC) will hold its fall meeting Nov. 4-5, 2014, at Miron Construction in Neenah, Wis., USA.
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TAPPI’s newly redesigned introductory course is being offered, November 6-7, in Neenah Wis., USA.
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Registration is open is for the university's top executive education certificate programs scheduled for this fall.
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Market Roundup
Although mid-year shipments were up compared with last year, initially suggesting some optimism, August numbers indicate that 2014 will be another year the print industry continues to shrink.
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Increases likely will be sustained throughout the rest of the year due to certain U.S. market conditions.
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The increase in demand was practically the same for softwood fiber as for hardwood fiber, but the overall volume of the total virgin fiber consumption is still split at approximately 68% hardwood and 32% softwood fiber.
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Pulp & Paper
The primary purpose of the project is to increase production of green power by the mill, allowing power generated from carbon-neutral biofuels to be exported to the British Columbia electric grid.
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Key objectives of the upgrade, to start up in the fourth quarter of 2015, are to significantly reduce energy consumption and fresh water usage and improve reliability and performance of the evaporator train.
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Middleton Paper remains an independent merchant and converter based in Walsall, West Midlands. It has been established for 38 years and is part of the Middleton Group.
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From 2009 to 2012, Pöyry was responsible for the conceptual study, basic engineering, Balance of Plant (BOP) detailed engineering, and supporting the construction management for Line 1.
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The machine has a design speed of 2,000 m/min. and a width of 5.6 meters.
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As the U.S. EPA became involved, cleanup was elevated to the highest level of the agency. KapStone mill in Longview, Wash., USA, was willing to receive and process the chemicals for reuse and recycling.
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Spin-off, to form the new publicly traded company Halyard Health Inc., is expected to be effective at the end of the day on October 31.
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Partnership is designed to support sales and marketing for Mohawk’s Continental European operations. Metapaper is Europe’s first online platform for the paper and printing industries.
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Containerboard/Packaging
Star Program recognizes exemplary worksites that have achieved injury and illness rates at or below the national average in their industry.
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Company restarts 650,000 metric tpy recycled containerboard machine at its mill in Wörth, Germany, which had been out of production since August 26.
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Agreement establishes cooperation in the manufacture, sale, and marketing in Italy of packages made out of containerboard or other materials.
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After his company’s launch, it took eight years to develop a process that can turn any kind of cereal waste into packaging material. He engineered his technology to be compatible with existing machinery at pulp and paper mills.
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New Products
Developed by a new startup group, Nano Sun, multi-function membrane uses titanium dioxide nanotechnology to kill bacteria and help break down organic compounds in wastewater with the help of sunlight or UV rays.
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Among other tools and improements, this system features a new design in joint simulators, minimizing friction using a unique new washer design that does not require lubrication.
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Company’s embedded products provide an alternative to standard direct mail.
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Sustainability
Union has endorsed the forest industry's Vision2020 with its goals of solid employment, environmental performance, and economic growth through value-added production and new markets.
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Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace recently marked the fifth anniversary of a milestone agreement on sustainable fiber sourcing, which established a framework for collaboration towards long-term solutions to protect forests.
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Langerbrugge Mill, which has invested in bioenergy in recent years, has a highly efficient multi-fuel boiler capable of using industrial waste such as discarded wood to generate energy. Some of that energy will now be shared through an underground heated water pipe with a local car manufacturing facility.
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People
Graphic Packaging Holding Co.reported that its CFO Daniel Blount has elected to retire, and also announced several other appointments.
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Soderstrom Society recognizes contributions of industry leaders, including print company owners, industry supplier executives, educators, journalists, and consultants.
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Open Letter from Larry
Rain for Rent, a leading provider of liquid handling solutions from pumps, tanks, and filtration to pipe and hoses, provides everything you need to keep a project on track and keep your mill operating.
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TAPPI News
This webinar will review some common financial measures of workforce effectiveness such as overtime reduction and uptime improvement while focusing on workforce development and organizational skills
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This webinar has been prepared to show individuals involved with mill operation and maintenance how to determine whether corrosion damage was initiated or promoted by microbial growth and how to control and monitor it. Participation is open to all TAPPI Members and nonmembers at no charge.
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Gulf Coast TAPPI Local Section will be hosting its Fall Technical Meeting in Mobile, Ala., USA, October 15-17, titled "Process Instrumentation & Field Sensors Advanced Process Control".
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The future looks bright to this P&P professional and TAPPI member.
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This digital database contains over 100 presentations and papers presented throughout the conference and is now available on this fully searchable flash drive.
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This program, designed by TAPPI and China Technical Association of the Paper Industry (CTAPI), offers you the opportunity to learn about the latest innovative specialty paper products being developed in China
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This new downloadable video, "Box Plant 101", produced by TAPPI in conjunction with Green Bay Packaging is available to members for a $50 discount off list price. This is the third installment in the "More than a Box" series and the second CD/DVD or downloadable digital video made available.
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Understand the basics in tissue making.
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Honoring our Past, Inspiring Our Future: Speak at the largest program for the pulp and paper industry.
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Members save nearly $20 off list price on this new, spiral bound text.
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