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July 2, 2015 In This Issue
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
Containerboard/Packaging
New Products
Published Pricing
People
TAPPI News
GapCon
Weekly Spotlight
Domtar will launch this first-of-its-kind, commercial-scale manufacturing facility for these new grades of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp. This pulp can be used to produce writing and specialty grade papers, tissues and paper towels, as well as in non-traditional, growing, and value-added markets such as fiber-reinforced materials, including cement and fiberglass.
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Learn how to help your mill realize its profit potential through sustainable change; improve maintenance functions.
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GapCon is specifically known as a manufacture of calenders, shoe presses, as well as special rolls. From the beginning, both companies, Bellmer and GapCon, have been united in close partnership for the development and supply of shoe presses.
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Domtar's "Project Learning Curve" was recognized in the Mobile Services category. The honor came after Domtar spearheaded the creation of the world's first handwriting tracker—an app that connects a digital pen to paper.
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"There have been some great contributions to the advancement of tissue and converting," says Scott Springmier of TAPPI, "and our TAPPI volunteers have decided we are long overdue to recognize them." The Tissue Division is establishing three new awards to recognize outstanding contributions in the industry.
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TAPPI and its divisions recognize member achievement through various awards and appreciations. The deadline to submit nominations for the TAPPI 2016 major awards is August 1, 2015. Nomination forms can be submitted by email, faxed to the attention of the Awards Department at +1-770-446-6947, or mailed to TAPPI.
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Market Roundup
This market is primarily driven by factors such as increasing disposable income, increasing specialty paper end-use application, and its easy availability. It has grown significantly in the past few years and this growth is projected to continue.
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North American May printing and writing (P&W) paper demand was down 6.4% y/y in May, according to the Pulp and Paper Products Council. Demand for P&W papers was off 5.1% ytd.
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The current price is back up to the same level as a year ago, but still has a ways to go to reach the record high levels of over $200/odmt that occurred almost four years ago.
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In mature, developed world markets, acceleration in economic growth and a generally favorable fixed investment climate will help boost demand as forestry companies seek to reduce their operating costs and increase output through the use of technologically sophisticated, high-value machinery.
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Pulp & Paper
Appleton Coated, Combined Locks, Wis., USA, has entered into an agreement with New Leaf Paper, Oakland, Cali., USA, to market and sell Reincarnation®, a coated paper line made from 100% post-consumer recovered fiber.
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The new PM 3 for APRIL is Valmet's first OptiConcept M delivery in Indonesia. This is also the first time the latest OptiConcept M technology will be used for fine paper production.
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No health or environmental issues occurred during this period, and the Vancouver Island mill has returned to production capacity, according to Catalyst. 8,600 metric tons of paper production was lost during the month of June.
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The startup of the rebuilt paper machine with new wet end automation is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The pulp mill quality improvement project, with new automation solutions is ongoing.
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The Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, company recently opened its new Advanced Materials Collaboration Center at its Blue Ash campus that includes six new laboratories with state-of-the art equipment, bright and accessible open space, and meeting rooms designed to allow application teams to collaborate on projects.
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Having been idle for several years, Renkum PM 2 in the Netherlands will be transformed from a newsprint machine to a modern packaging production line. This will enable Parenco to enter the market with Voith as technical partner.
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Rayonier Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., USA, this week announced that it has acquired approximately 18,000 acres of high-quality timberlands in southwest Louisiana and northwest Oregon in two separate transactions from BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group.
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This machine is part of the $270 million project to build a facility to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. Preparation work has begun in Calhoun, Tenn., USA, and the machine is expected to start making tissue in the first quarter of 2017.
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This will be Sofidel's second and third installation of their innovative energy saving solution and will be installed on the Delicarta mill's TM 2 in Italy and Delitissue mill in Poland.
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Verso Corp., Memphis, Tenn., USA, reports that the New York Stock Exchange has notified the company that it has fallen below the NYSE's continued listing standard requiring that the average share price of Verso's common stock be at least $1.00 over a consecutive 30-trading-day period.
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Xerium Technologies Inc., Youngsville, N.C., USA, reports that it has initiated closure proceedings with representative union officials at its PMC facility in Warwick, Que., Canada. Production will be transferred to Xerium’s lower-cost plants outside of North America.
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Containerboard/Packaging
ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, has ensured that an Ahlstrom filter paper production machine in the U.S. can avoid costly downtime by providing an innovative upgrade for its integrated control system and scanners.
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DS Smith Plc, U.K., a producer of recycled corrugated packaging in Europe, this week announced that it will acquire the corrugated activities of Grupo Lantero, Iberia, including several operations in which DS Smith currently has a minority holding.
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Menasha, Neenah, Wis., USA, is expanding its PrePrint facility in Neenah to accommodate the addition of a new flexographic printing press. The expansion and new equipment are in response to increasing customer demands, Menasha noted.
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Bulk Booster has been developed by Rottneros Bruk during the past year, and has been tested at full commercial scale at several carton board manufacturers. The product is a High Yield Pulp, which is produced in Rottneros production lines.
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Acquisition includes coated recycled board (CRB) producer Strathcona Paper, folding carton manufacturer Boehmer Box, and LYFT Visual graphic services.
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New Products
Tandem+ Nano is the ideal substitute to folded towels, cutting down on paper usage by more than 40%. Like all Tandem+ products, it is ergonomic, easy to use, and provides reliable dispensing for Cascades natural and ultra-white paper towels made from 100% recycled fiber.
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KRS Technologies LLC, Solon, Ohio, USA, has developed Safkote, a line of food-based coatings that are composed exclusively of GRAS ("generally regarded as safe") components. The water-based coatings can be applied to paper on existing roll coaters at high speeds and are heat cured in seconds.
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Neenah Paper, Alpharetta, Ga., USA, this week announced that its selection of colored, pearlized, and textured papers, The Design Collection, has been expanded to include four new premium paper grades from Italian papermaker Gruppo Cordenons.
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SCA, Philadelphia, Pa., producer of the Tork® brand of Away-from-Home professional hygiene products, this week launched EasyCubeTM, offering real-time restroom traffic and usage data with 24/7 visibility – ultimately helping reduce the number of restroom complaints and increase overall tenant and customer satisfaction.
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Tetra Pak, Sweden, reports that its Tetra Evero® Aseptic, the world's first aseptic carton bottle, is now available to pack products with oxygen sensitive enrichments, thanks to a new barrier material made of high density polyethylene in the package top.
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Published Pricing
"This price increase is in response to rising material and manufacturing costs," said Phil Woolley, director, Paper Europe, noting that the price change excludes Italy, where the Brussles, Belgium company implemented a similar price change effective June 15.
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Jenny Reilly
People
A seasoned treasury and finance executive with significant experience and banking relationships across the globe, De Costanzo joins Catalyst from Kinross Gold Corp., one of the world's largest gold mining companies, where he has served as VP and global treasurer since 2010.
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Prior to joining DIRECTV, White spent 19 years at PepsiCo Inc. in a variety of senior leadership roles, including SVP and CFO, and vice chairman, chairman, and CEO for PepsiCo International.
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Leena Lie, Kemira Oyj's current SVP, Communications and Corporate Responsibility will leave Kemira to take up the position of SVP, Communications at Cargotec Oyj.
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TAPPI News
Learn how to help your mill realize profit potential through sustainable change; improve maintenance functions.
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Long-time TAPPI staffer and member retiring.
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Come to IBBC October 28-30 and learn directly from experts successfully leveraging the knowledge and assets in the pulp and paper industry.
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Specialty Papers 2015, taking place September 15-17, has been hailed as a "rare opportunity for manufactures and suppliers in the specialty papers business to gather, network, and exchange business ideas."
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The third edition features additional material on secondary fiber recovery and utilization, mechanical pulping, kraft pulping and bleaching, and papermaking.
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This unique workshop held August 3-7 provides attendees an overall view of the fundamental principles of environmental life cycle analysis (LCA) for a product or service.
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This is the only course offered that has this level of introductory content in a 2-day format covering the woodyard, pulping, processing and bleaching processes. Don't miss your chance to learn at the TAPPI Training Facility in Peachtree Corners, Ga., USA.
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You will practice the concepts learned in class using common components, equipment, and processes. You’ll receive IDCON’s "Preventive Maintenance Essential Care and Condition Monitoring" book with your registration for this Sept. 14-15 course.
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The Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching course, taught by Dr. Michael Kocurek, will take place August 4-5 at TAPPI’s Headquarters. Seats will sell out at 25. Registration is now open.
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Believing strongly that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, the TAPPI Foundation endowed the William L. Cullison Scholarship fund in honor of TAPPI's fifth Executive Director. The application deadline has been extended to August 1.
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