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December 10, 2015 In This Issue
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
Containerboard/Packaging
New Products
Published Pricing
Sustainability
Energy
People
TAPPI News
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Weekly Spotlight
Among other surprisingly powerful positives, the study found that Canadian forests absorbed 150 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air in 2013, more than all of Canada’s emissions from cars and trucks in the same year.
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Print is supposed to be dead, but unlike smart phones, it won't die without a charger. It can also be a beautiful medium to convey pictures and messages. Twenty years into the digital revolution, print is making something of a comeback.
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The company created a card with Scandinavian motifs ranging from wolves and spruce trees to underwater fish. Iggesund Paperboard has a tradition of producing graphically sophisticated and eye-catching Christmas cards to show what can be achieved with the company’s quality paperboards—Invercote and Incada.
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This year, G-P Bucket Brigade grants range from $1,000 to $8,000 and span 22 states. This year's 45 grants, now being received, are based on need and funded by G-P's local facilities. Fire departments use these funds to purchase new protective clothing and replace items such as damaged safety gear and aging equipment.
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The 2016 event will again feature the industry’s only peer-reviewed, non-commercial program exploring the latest advances in tissue making and converting technologies worldwide.
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Market Roundup
This new report covers the growth (projected above CAGR 4%) of the Folding Carton market in N.A. for the period 2015-2019. To calculate market size, the report considered revenue generated by vendors from the sale of folding cartons. It includes prominent paper vendors that provide folding carton packaging solutions.
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Converted product shipments 2.7% higher y/y (+2.1% 10mo. YTD). Lower operating rates m/m. Tissue market can support additional capacity (in moderation). Parent roll prices higher m/m for virgin and recycled grades.
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Increasing population, strict regulations imposed by local governments for waste management practices, increasing consumer awareness, and increasing awareness about environmental safety are the main drivers of the wastepaper management market.
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The growing pet food packaging industry is beginning to move away from paper bag packaging to flexible plastic packaging, barring significant innovation by the paper industry to compete with flexible pouches and the benefits they offer such as the ability to re-seal their contents to keep pet food fresh.
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"Our outlook for the global paper and forest products sector over the next year remains within our stable range as increasing home construction and economic growth drive wood product, packaging, and market pulp earnings growth in the low single digits in 2016," said a Moody's VP.
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Pulp & Paper
This past October, a team from A.Celli Paper’s Customer Service department, in collaboration with the mill’s specialized staff, dismantled the slitting unit at the Lebanon mill in just four days of machine downtime and two days of product testing, allowing the customer to resume standard production with no complications or delays.
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Following the modification, the production line will be capable of producing filtration products in addition to wallcovering materials. The annual capacity of the line will be about 20,000 metric tons of wallcovering or filtration products. Work is expected to be completed by April 2016.
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The operation began when a new concept for utilizing waste materials from regional sawmilling operations was developed. Residual waste of sawdust and wood chips would be used to make pulp, thereby providing economic development in the region while addressing an environmental challenge facing sawmills of the day.
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As part of the alliance, Kimberly-Clark’s brands will increase their availability and offerings within Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disney Cruise Line on multiple fronts, including Baby Care Centers hosted by Huggies.
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Effective December 2, the company was no longer taking orders for products. LP&T noted on its website that it anticipated closing of its business operations on or before Dec. 9, 2015.
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Mohawk was named as exclusive distributor for these paper grades in North America as a result of a strategic partnership with Arjowiggins Creative Papers. The strategic alliance began earlier this year when Arjowiggins granted Mohawk exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute Arjowiggins’ luxury packaging products.
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The new machine is at the company’s mill in San Luis Potosí. It is 2,800 mm wide, operates at a speed of 1,500 m/min., has a 12-ft/ dia. steel yankee dryer, and can produce 80 metric tpd of high-quality tissue. The Potosí mill operates two existing tissue machines that produce 18,500 metric tpy of napkin and toilet paper.
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Engineers are in short supply and high demand. That's why SCA recently partnered with the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation to host a group of local students and provide an introduction to engineering.
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The scope of supply, with a high manufacturing portion in Sweden, includes woodyard equipment designed for cold climates, with debarking drums and HHQ chippers, and a pulp dryer with innovative, energy-saving technologies that substantially reduce the mill’s operating costs.
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"The new wash press will play an important role in our process to secure a grade of pulp that meets customer requirements and to achieve improved availability," said OlofHellström, one of Södra's project managers. Installation and commissioning were highly successful, and the schedule was maintained throughout the project.
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Valmet's OptiFloheadbox with new innovative Aqua layering technology makes it possible to produce a two-layer sheet with very good layer coverage using only one headbox and one forming unit. A thin layer of water is used as a headbox wedge to separate different stocks fed into the headbox.
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The company will plan an additional $14 million investment to the Arkansas facility. Weyhaeuser wood product sales at Emerson achieve larger, more affordable timber resources for cellulose fiber production. The production of fluff pulp is aided by the company's robust resources located throughout the Mid-west to the East Coast.
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Pasaban
Containerboard/Packaging
The scope of supply includess a PrimeFlow TW two-layer headbox with PrimeProfiler F dilution water control and PrimeForm TW gap former. PM 3 has a design speed of 1,200 m/min and produces fluting, testliner, and corrugated medium, with a basis weight range of 80-150 gsm. Startup is scheduled for late 2016.
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Diamond Packaging won six awards in the 72nd annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition. Awards were presented this past month at the PPC Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference in Indianapolis.
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Milas is a producer of specialist corrugated packaging and displays focused on international FMCG customers. The business generates approximately $25 million in sales and has some 240 employees at its production facility located near Istanbul.
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Emami Paper Mills, India, the country's largest newsprint manufacturer, has decided to increase investment in paperboard to Rs 2,000 crore in the next three years to strengthen its diversification in the country's new high-margin segment. Buoyant growth of consumerism has now led to production of multi-layered coated paperboard.
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In the T1100S, they are supplying not just a press, but a fully integrated production system for corrugated preprint. Printing uncoated paper on the T1100S includes dispersing a bonding agent from printheads before the ink is sprayed. For coated papers, a unit of the press flood-coats substrate with primer to insure ink adhesion.
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The facility recently added 250,000 sq. ft. Growth is possible because of a growing demand for renewable products such as the company’s paper cups. The growth of the facility was profiled in detail this past week by a local Ohio newspaper. The plant makes products for Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Starbucks, and more.
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ProAmpac, recently formed by Wellspring through the recent merger of Prolamina Corp. and Ampac Packaging, is a global flexible packaging company operating primarily under the Prolamina, Ampac, and Tulsack brands. CEI specializes in wide web extrusion coating and laminating of film, foil, paper, board, and nonwovens.
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New Products
The innovative design captured the attention of a Canadian brewer seeking unique and distinctive packaging for marketing craft beer in aluminum cans instead of traditional craft brewery glass bottles. The design won a Judges’ Award from the Paperboard Packaging Council.
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A key advantage of the new fiber is its lower energy consumption during processing and defibering. Tests show Eucafluff's potential to replace 70% of fibers in feminine hygiene and 30% in diapers. Eucafluff production is concentrated in the Suzano Unit in São Paulo and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
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EnviUltraform is an innovation in print media for outdoor and indoor applications such as bus shelters and backlit and other retail and entertainment signage that is FSC certified, contains 10% post-consumer recycled fiber, and has superior formation for quality print results. Best of all, it’s recyclable in the mixed waste paper bin.
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PERGRAPHICA is designed to complement Mondi’s offering at the high end of its professional print portfolio. It is called "Paper for Perfectionists" because it fulfills the most demanding requirements for sophisticated and elegant printed documents.
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Published Pricing
NORPAC plans to increase the price of 30 lb. (48.8 gsm.) standard newsprint by $20.00 per metric ton effective Feb. 1, 2016. Prices for other newsprint basis weights will increase proportionally and as per past practices.
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Sustainability
The European Investment Bank financed a Polish containerboard plant for Stora Enso (Helsinki, Finland). Stora Enso’s reuse of local recycled fiber led to higher waste collection in nearby regions and to higher production at the containerboard plant—a circular process of growth shared by Stora Enso and the collection companies.
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Monadnock has achieved re-certification for compliance with ISO14001:2004, the leading international standard for environmental management systems (EMS). SGS Group, a leader in third-party registration, recently completed a comprehensive independent audit of Monadnock’s Bennington, N.H., USA, facility.
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Research has shown that locally-sourced natural trees have less environmental impact than artificial ones. Average households replace an artificial tree about every six years. Evidence shows that, in general, artificial trees made of plastic need to be reused for at least 20 years if they are to compare favorably with natural trees.
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England was the last part of the U.K. to adopt the 5p levy following successful schemes in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The British Retail Consortium said the number of carrier bags now used by U.K. shoppers indicated there had been a significant reduction.
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The $260 billion global plastic packaging industry depends on fossil fuel chemicals, resources under pressure recently at U.N. climate talks in Paris. Pulp and paper makers are taking the opportunity to point out that they can produce easier-to-recycle products from trees to replace plastic bags, containers, coatings, and even fuel.
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Energy
The steam generation energy recovery project in Quebec, Canada, was one of the top projects of the year as voted by ENERGY STAR members and the Energy Manager Today Project of the Year Award. These awards are a source of pride for the company, since this is the first project of its kind in the North American industry.
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According to the ruling, the process used at the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is not within the scope of Neste’s patent (FI 100248) and thus UPM does not infringe Neste’s patent.
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The new 10 MW biomass-fired boiler plant will increase PorvoonEnergia's district heat production capacity and will be the main production plant in Loviisa's district heating network. It will be fueled with bark and wood chips. The choice of Valmet was due to local support and previous successful projects.
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People
David Ingham will be responsible for the U.K. and Ireland as well as France and Benelux market areas. Ingham was recently was director of an independent consultancy and has extensive experience in fiber-based and barrier packaging gained with market leading companies such as Walki Group, Sappi Europe, and others.
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John Schauer will be responsible for leading Xerium’s North America Nonwovens business plan as well as coordinating Xerium’s global efforts. He also will support Xerium’s active engagement with The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University.
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TAPPI Journal this week announced three new editorial board members. Randy Branston with BASF is a coating specialist, and Marc Foulger of GL&V and Gerald J.F. Ring of the University of Wisconsin are experts in the papermaking area. The three new members will be profiled in an upcoming issue of TJ.
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TAPPI News
PEERS 2015 Attendees had fun as they were thoroughly engaged participating in the "Passport Program" contest which encouraged them to visit at least 10 exhibitors to learn about their products and services.
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This fourth and final installment of the series expands on topics covered in TAPPI’s annual Wet End Chemistry course.
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Each person that completes the survey before Dec. 21st will be entered into the gift card drawing. In as little time as it takes to drink a cup of coffee, you can submit your chance to win and contribute data to help make this the most comprehensive salary analysis in the industry.
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The fifth edition continues its tradition as the premiere industry text on bleaching technologies, focusing on the modern industrial processes with less emphasis on fundamental science.
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Packaging Corporation of America is currently seeking a Technician in Paper Performance Evaluation for Corrugated Packaging at its Mundelein, Ill., USA, location. Learn more through about this position and others at the TAPPI Industry Career Center.
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