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December 11, 2014 In This Issue
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Market Roundup
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New Products
Published Pricing
Energy
People
TAPPI News
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Weekly Spotlight
Following yesterday's announcement, conversion work is expected to commence during the second quarter of 2016 at the Arkansas, USA, site, and the fluff pulp line is scheduled to start up by the third quarter of 2016.
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Resolute's decision to reduce newsprint capacity, announced earlier this week, is a result of the ongoing weakness in the global newsprint business, exacerbated by fiber-related issues, including both availability and costs, as well as transportation challenges.
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Scientists have developed a low cost way to turn wood into a "wonder material" that could be used to build greener cars, thicken foods, and even treat wounds. Wood pulp is processed to release ultra-small, or "nano" cellulose fibers—each so small that 2,000 could fit inside the width of a single strand of human hair.
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Tuesday's meeting in Chicago centered on improving the pulp and paper industry’s sustainability and competitiveness as well as developing new product applications and products from sustainable raw materials for emerging markets.
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An asset that former mill communities have going for them is a skilled labor force, left from a forest-product manufacturing process that has become highly technology-intensive over the years. And the resource Canada still has in abundance is forest–348 million hectares of it, according to Natural Resources Canada.
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Sustainable practices now adopted across the industry assure that using paper does not harm existing, natural forests. This recent article highlights five major reasons why.
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TAPPI’s annual technical program is scheduled for April 22-30, 2015, in downtown Atlanta, Ga., USA.
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People with three-years of experience in tissue should attend this course. Make your plans now to be in Atlanta, Ga., USA, on April 22-24, 2015.
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This introductory course has been announced covering basic tissue manufacturing methods and chemistry. It will be offered Nov. 17-18, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga., USA.
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Market Roundup
Prices have been in steady decline for more than a year, but have flattened out the past few months.
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The study notes that gains will improve from the performance of the 2008-2013 period as manufacturing output continues to recover from low levels following the 2007-2009 recession.
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Report highlights include market consumption and performance numbers.
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The country's exports are up a considerable amount compared with last year.
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Naylor Association Solutions
Pulp & Paper
Along with the SpeedSizer, the delivery to the Austrian mill also includes a new CB-Turn for non-contact web turning. The contract with Voith is the first step in a multi-stage development plan, with the goal of improving the quality and speed of the production line.
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PM 2 at the Québec mill is a "wet crepe tissue machine that will produce 55,000 tpy of napkin and toweling grades for the away from home market," the company said in the report.
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Chinese state-owned company Sinomach (Beijing) is considering building a new mill with Russian partners.
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The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine formally approved the transaction this past week. Founded more than a century ago and located in Old Town, the mill has the capacity to produce 200,000 tpy of northern bleached kraft pulp.
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Startup date for this line is expected to be December 2016.
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"The curtailment is necessary to balance capacity with the current economic climate and slow sales of uncoated mechanical papers," said mill manager Steve Johnson. No restart date has been scheduled.
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Benchmarks set at the Millicent mill create techniques being adopted or adapted for use in other Kimberly-Clark factories around the world.
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EarthCoating labels, when used as a plastic lamination replacement, provides a unique option for demanding wet label applications. The Bennington, N.H., USA, paper company has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Smart Planet for the making of plastic-free adhesive labels.
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All unionized employees approved an agreement yesterday. Work will now resume at the Canadian project site.
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The specialty paper distributor will move its corporate headquarters, currently located in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
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Naylor, LLC
Containerboard/Packaging
The new PM 6 machine set its 24 hr. average machine speed record of 1,398 m/min 12 days after startup.
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A traditional machine takes about 12 people to operate, but Champion Machinery's new machine system requires only eight people. In addition, each production line is now capable of producing 30 meters of corrugated product per minute, which means production capacity has increased 1.3 times.
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The production capacity for paperboard at Holmen’s Workington mill in the U.K. will rise by 10% or 20,000 metric tpy through a rebuild of the paperboard machine’s press section. At Holmen’s Iggesund Mill in Sweden, pulp capacity will rise by 15% or 50,000 metric tpy.
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The mill’s new paper machine has a wire width of 4,900 mm and produces duplex white board with grey back in a range of 230 to 500 gsm, at a maximum operating speed of 650 m/min.
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Metsä Board Corp., part of Metsä Group, announced yesterday it is investing in a new boxboard machine. Through targeted divestments the company is in the final steps of transforming into a paperboard / boxboard exclusive company as it separates itself from paper related business.
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In addition to the new OptiWin Drum two-drum winder, Valmet's delivery to the mill in Finland will include winder pulper, transfer rails, related dust control systems, and the core handling system. Installation supervision, commissioning, startup, and training services are also included in the finishing area rebuild delivery.
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New Products
ProSeam 3L felt technology is a triple layer laminated construction providing up to 25% more void volume than conventional double layer designs. It is engineered for handling high water volume and critical sheet properties are primary objectives.
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Published Pricing
The 15% price increase will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.
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The SEK 20 per cubic meter change has been effective since December 1.
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Energy
The new center in Stockholm, Sweden will boost innovation by identifying business opportunities in the renewable materials (cellulosic energy) market and linking them with leading innovation and research centers in business and academia.
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The pellet industry says it's using wood by-products that would otherwise go to waste to fuel an energy export boom to Europe. Critics on the environmental side say the expansion hurts forests and does not help the climate. Critics in the paper industry say, if not done entirely from what would be waste products, it raises the price of materials for production.
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People
"I am delighted that Södra has recruited Laila Rogestedt. Innovation and new business are strategic future areas for Södra, in our work with product and process care for the existing pulp market, but also in the development of new products from wood," said CEO Lars Idermark.
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McHugh succeeds H. Edwin Kiker, who is transitioning to the newly created position of chief accounting officer. Prior to joining Raymond James in 2008, McHugh was a director in the Paper & Forest Products Group at Credit Suisse. He has broad experience advising paper and forest products companies.
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"It is a pleasure to get Bertel Karlstedt to our executive team, with his strong industrial experience and established relations with many of our customers," said, Pasi Laine, president and CEO, Valmet.
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TAPPI News
Scholarship application requirements vary by division and a general information form must also be completed. The deadline to submit applications for academic year 2015-2016 Technical Division scholarships is Feb. 15, 2015.
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Don't miss your opportunity to participate in a cost-free learning opportunity that could benefit you greatly if you work in or around this field of papermaking. Sign up today for the course being held next Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time).
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In 1959 Campbell was hired at International Paper as a research chemist. Not long after, he became a member of TAPPI.
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Researchers are invited to submit papers on their latest findings in this emerging field by January 1, 2015.
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TAPPI members save $55 off the list price for this new book.
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TAPPI has offered this course for more than 40-years – for good reason. It is the most comprehensive introductory course in the industry offering an overview of the entire pulping and papermaking process. Don't miss your opportunity to attend in sunny St. Petersburg, Fla., USA.
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TAPPI members will gain access to material about global market pulps--their forest and fiber sources, pulp qualities, and how to select market pulps.
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This limited time offer of 50% off will be good through January 15, 2015.
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PIMA’s IT Committee is offering a free webinar on Detailed Grade Cost Analysis on January 15th 2015 at noon EST hosted by Matthew Smith, president and CEO of 3C Software.
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This book focuses on keys to a good maintenance program with a concession to today’s busy mill engineers.
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We are seeking artifacts, photos, books, and equipment that represents a stage in our industry’s history.
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TAPPI is proud to partner with the Finnish Paper Engineers' Assoc. to promote this discount on a very informative subject matter in the industry.
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