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October 15, 2015 In This Issue
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Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
Containerboard/Packaging
Nonwovens
New Products
People
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Weekly Spotlight
SCA will acquire Wausau for $10.25 per share or total consideration of $513 million (approximately SEK 4.2 billion) in cash. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the definitive merger agreement.
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At a cost of some EUR 1.2 billion, the pulp/bioproduct mill is the largest investment in the history of the forest industry in Finland. It will produce 1.3 million metric tpy of pulp to be used as raw material for paperboard, tissue, printing paper, and specialty products. All of the side streams from the bioproduct mill will be utilized in the ecosystem that will be formed by various companies around the mill.
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In addition to its efforts to broker partnerships for deployment projects, BDC holds two symposiums each year to provide education in areas that its membership has interest and includes a related tour of a leading edge bio-facility.
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The students represent majors including chemical, mechanical, electrical, biological, and civil engineering, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering technology. These students are required to complete at least two semesters of co-op or internship experience in the pulp and paper industry.
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The "How Life Unfolds" campaign has been getting more media attention as they continue to release effective ads described as successfully redefining the image of a need for paper in a digital society. WOSU radio in Columbus, Ohio, USA, explained how the campaign challenges the notion using paper is something to feel guilty about.
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These latest tests covered 21 different traits of performance. Testing is controlled for temperature and humidity so each product is tested under the exact same conditions. Strength and softness of different brands are discussed in an interview about the research project that aired this week on WLS-TV in Chicago.
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During this meeting, the world’s leading yankee dryer owners and service providers will discuss opportunities to improve yankee dryer safety, productivity, and overall business results. There is no charge, but attendees must register.
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TAPPI Tissue 101-Properties and Processes Course offers an introductory-level curriculum designed for anyone who wants to strengthen their knowledge of overall tissue operations.
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Be part of the only peer-reviewed tissue technical program in North America to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, on May 16-18, 2016.
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Market Roundup
Converted product shipments are higher, parent roll production increased, and there were lower operating rates. The tissue market can support additional capacity (in moderation).
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Based on application analysis, the report shows paper as the largest application segment of the kaolin market. This segment took up more than 40% of the market in 2012 due to its growing demand in emerging countries such as China and India.
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China’s September 2015 pulp imports were the second highest ever, according to data released by the China Customs Bureau. September imports were 1.75 million metric ton, representing an increase of 12.5% y/y.
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Naylor Association Solutions
Pulp & Paper
The DOC imposed preliminary countervailing duties on imports of supercalendered paper from four Canadian paper producers—Port Hawkesbury Paper, Resolute Forest Products, Irving Paper, and Catalyst Paper—on July 27, 2015.
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According to Head of Technology and Futura Lab Director Giovacchino Giurlani, the Andromeda concept represents a complete new converting solution that redraws the boundaries for tissue roll products converting.
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In addition to delivery of machinery and equipment, the contract also includes engineering services, delivery of electro installations, and a turnkey machine line assembly. So far, this is the largest delivery of the PAPCEL/ABK Group to the Middle East.
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The new machine design is based on the innovative rewinding concept, Dual Geometry, a variable system that allows the user to convert any kind of rolls from 90 to 350 mm diameter.
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The Group intends to develop a business model based on direct integration of pulp into tissue production, and the location of this investment will be the Cacia mill site. The project expands the Portrucel Group’s global tissue production capacity to 130,000 metric tpy.
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In addition to the previously announced Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine, Resolute has committed to purchasing the new Futura Andromeda converting technology and Infinity packaging solution.
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The Standard 6 is filled with tips and techniques for achieving optimum results, with several actual physical binding examples. This educational reference tool is aimed at professionals in print communication, showing how technical binding considerations can direct and enhance creative decisions.
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In just a few more days, the company will follow with the startup of the TT WIND-M high-speed slitter rewinder. The second tissue line at the site in China was also successfully brought on steam according to schedule.
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Works began in January 2014 and were completed in June, when the initial tests were carried out. This project was particularly challenging, Sofidel noted, as its implementation involved the diversion of the Kisa River by approximately 300 meters.
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Installed in the mill's second fiber line, a greenfield project supplied by Valmet, the Kappa Q analyzer measures Kappa and brightness from 6 points, starting at the blow line through to bleaching. The Valmet Kappa Q utilizes patented sweep technology to measure kappa and brightness with a unique two-point calibration method.
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Containerboard/Packaging
Multi Packaging Solutions International, which was founded in 2005 and booked $1.6 billion in sales for the 12 months ended June 30, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol MPSX.
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This business is the clear market leader in Greece with a turnover of approximately EUR 80 million from three production facilities. It has a strong focus in the FMCG sector and excellent customer relationships.
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As the majority shareholder, the Grupo Gondi senior management team will manage the joint venture, and WestRock will provide technical and commercial resources to the combination. The business will employ 6,800 people.
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The company has entered into a definitive agreement with its Chinese coated board joint venture partner, Shandong Sun Holding Group Co., to sell its 55% equity interest in the joint venture (IP-Sun JV). As consideration for the sale, IP will receive RMB 149 million (approximately $23 million) in cash.
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"We are pleased to have been selected to provide this turn-key recycled fiber processing line for a major rebuild project in Southern Europe," said Jonathan W. Painter, president and CEO of Kadant.
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From mid-October until the beginning of January 2016, the company is installing a new folding boxboard machine, BM1, at the mill in Sweden and closing down paper machines PM 6 and PM 7.
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This will be the first 100% recycled furnish containerboard machine in the world to employ the prediction of important linerboard and corrugating medium sheet strength tests through online fiber analysis.
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"Monitoring the forming area is very important, as typically 80%-90% of web breaks originate there. Collaborating with innovative clients such as Weig-Karton pushes our process and quality understanding forward, beyond conventional boundaries. This is the only way to improve machine efficiency and product quality," Procemex's CEO said.
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Nonwovens
"We were completely satisfied by the know-how and experience of Voith and Truetzschler. Thanks to the professional ability and excellent professional dedication of their technicians, the project ran both quickly and smoothly," said. Zhang Jie, GM of Nbond.
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New Products
Klabin’s paper sacks allow the coffee to be stored for longer periods, making it easier to optimize space at warehouses as well as transportation solutions, while conserving the original aroma, flavor and quality of the beans.
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Naylor Association Solutions
People
The company announced that the board has elected Pete Watson to succeed David Fischer as president and CEO, effective November 1. Fischer will remain with the company through December 31 to assist with the transition process.
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Dr. Karen A. Smith Bogart was previously SVP at Eastman Kodak Co. She was responsible for Kodak’s businesses and operations across Asia as chairman and president of Greater Asia, located in Shanghai.
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TAPPI News
In as little time as it takes to drink a cup of coffee, you can add your data to help make this the most comprehensive salary analysis in the industry.
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See who is speaking, who is attending, and who is exhibiting at the 2015 PEERS Conference.
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Learn solutions to common issues, such as corrosion, ringing, and fouling, as well as cutting-edge strategies to improve recovery, reduce costs, and reduce environmental impact at your mill.
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Check out these two highly informative courses for industry maintenance practices offered in November. Special discounts on hotels are available for those who make their reservations by October 18.
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Give your career a boost by speaking at the largest program for the pulp and paper industry.
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TAPPI Technical Information Papers (TIPs) are documents containing specialized information (e.g., data, software, calculations) used in the manufacture, evaluation, and description of pulp, paper, and related products, written in a standardized format which is readily usable by the industry.
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Voith Paper is currently seeking a Product and Service Specialist to service its Mid-Atlantic and Northeast territory customers.
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