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The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says the industry will mark the occasion by celebrating the industry's huge impact on the economy and jobs, contributions to tackling climate change, and sustainable forest practices.
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Chandra Shekhar Sharma from the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Hyderabad and his team turned to nanotechnology to produce cellulose-based nanofiber for use as an absorbent core in sanitary napkins. They chose cellulose acetate biopolymer and subjected it to electrospinning to synthesize fiber of nanoscale size.
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India is a populated nation where traditional P&W paper use is continuing to increase as digital technologies lag slightly behind some Western countries and Eastern neighbors. Helping solidify Indian fondness for paper use was the popular introduction of Japanese hand drawn animation to the country this past month.
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Anime is not simply another form of animation. It contains many layers and many shapes that require drawing papers and micro-textures not yet ready to be rendered to a producer's quality using CGI, digital editing, and/or cleaning tricks. So, what's the problem using digital medium when trying to make real anime?
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Market Roundup
Production was 0.2% higher in August 2016 compared with August 2015. The m/m average daily production was 2% higher compared with July 2016.
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Report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. It also includes a discussion of key vendors operating in this market.
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Shipments by U.S. producers in August 2016 were 151,500 short tons, 6.6% higher than in August 2015. Bleached kraft paper shipments increased from 6,700 short tons in July 2016 to 9.5 short tons in August, while unbleached kraft paper shipments increased from 126,300 short tons to 142,100 short tons.
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Demand is forecast to grow 2.1% per year to 27.5 million metric tons in 2020, valued at $4.1 billion. Gains will be driven by expansion of manufacturing activity in developing countries, particularly in the Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions.
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Report provides an in-depth analysis of the U.S. paper bag and coated and treated paper market. It presents the latest data of the market size and volume, domestic production, exports and imports, price dynamics, and turnover in the industry.
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Boxboard production decreased 2.9% compared with August 2015, but increased 0.9% from last month.Unbleached kraft boxboard production decreased over the same month as last year, but increased compared with last month.
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Pulp & Paper
Five creative professionals from the Appleton Coated Design Council evaluated hundreds of entries and selected the best examples demonstrating the impact of well-executed print.
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EZ eco smart cleaner is a quantum improvement in wire and press felt cleaning compared with oscillating showers.
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VP's words in interview are no secret to many, but do indicate basic wisdom. He said the cautiously forward temperament in the industry to arrive at the best decisions that are only acceptable in the opinion of larger-scale paper companies operating very carefully when exporting and supplying a weakening N.A. market.
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Scope of supply also included a a double layer fully hydraulic TT Headbox-MLT with polished pipes and a yankee steam and condensate removal system. All equipment was provided on a turn-key basis including engineering, supervision, and installation.
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Valmet will upgrade TM 3 at Metsä Tissue's Raubach, Germany, mill, and the tissue machine at its Pauliström, Sweden, mill.
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PT OKI Pulp & Paper embraces BTG’s Lignin Management solution at fiberline in Indonesia.
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By complementing its current control system with this investment, the mill is targeting to improve process stability and reduce lost time during transition phases such as startups, breaks, and speed changes.
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Three of the Valmet Paper Lab units will be delivered to North America, four to Europe, and two to Asia. The deliveries will take place later this year.
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Advanced Thermo-mechanical Pulp line will process 100% spruce for the production of softwood pulp. Startup of the new line, which will be combined with existing equipment, is scheduled for 2019.
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Company is investing in the expansion and modernization of its manufacturing unit in Guangzhou, South China. The total investment including site expansion, improvements in plant layout, and new high-speed machinery is expected to be approximately EUR 15 million.
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When completed, the 750,000-sq.-ft. facility will produce paper drink cups, insulated hot cups, food containers, pressed paperboard plates, and thermoformed plastic cups and lids.
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Acquisition will enable Pregis to expand its North American product portfolio to include a complete line of paper void fill, cushioning, and block/brace solutions.
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Company expands presence in European temperature-controlled packaging market.
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As part of the possible consolidation, Stora Enso would invest approximately EUR 19 million in new machinery and supporting infrastructure in Lahti, where the most important individual investment item is a new corrugator.
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Legislative
Rate hikes are not always due to higher costs of shipping mail, especially as the cost of fuel in the U.S. during the past few years has dropped. The source of more expensive shipping of paper products like catalogs and the envelopes holding them are from odd bureaucratic financial deals some legislators now look to fix.
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New Products
Glatfelter has engineered high-speed inkjet paper for more than a decade. Today the company has more than 30 treated, untreated, and coated papers.
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New TWELVE kit highlights samples of Mohawk’s tactile papers for premium packaging. Contains a dozen die cut boxes featuring a selection of tactile packaging papers. Shimmering metallics, distinctive textures, and exquisite colors showcase the elegance of Mohawk, Arjowiggins, and Curious Collection papers.
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Published Pricing
Prices will increase an average of 2% to 10%, depending on product grade and packaging.
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Company will raise prices by EUR 40 per metric ton on all recycled paperboard grades sold in the company’s Nordic, Central European, and Greek regions.
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Company will raise URB prices by $40 to $60 per ton, depending on grade, effective with shipments in the U.S. and Canada, beginning Oct. 3, 2016.
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Sustainability
Compelling clip is a testament to the work that Domtar and its partners are doing to maintain the integrity of America’s forests, Program talks to Domtar landowners in Arkansas.
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Energy
It's a somewhat historic occasion for scientists and researchers in this forest industry segment. For the first time, a cellulose-to-fuel conversion process has the ability to meet the Renewable Fuel Standard as enacted by U.S. Congress. Process fixes many enzymatic shortcomings. Possible to produce $1.70 /gal. bio-ethanol.
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People
Roger Stone is stepping down as KapStone's CEO, but will continue to be an integral part of the KapStone organization, as he will retain his role as executive chairman of the board. Matt Kaplan will assume the responsibilities of the CEO and continue as the company's president. Other changes announced.
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Company names Scott Boston, current VP of HR, as successor.
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Calle Loikkanen started in his new position this past Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2016) and reports to Kari Saarinen, CFO at Valmet.
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Peter J. Mulheran is responsible for managing the sales channel and product portfolio domestically and internationally. He also assures the company core focus is at the heart of day-to-day operations, which is "maximizing uptime for flexographic printers.
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Barbara Riley will be responsible for managing AF&PA’s media relations and outreach initiatives in support of key association priority issues and integrated policy campaigns.
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TAPPI’s 2016 Nominating Committee presents candidates for the 2017 TAPPI Board Slate.
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Register today to learn about the latest in processing wood and bio-based materials at the 4th International Conference on Processing Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries (PTF BPI).
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Lenzine AG is currently seeking a Process/Chemical Engineer in Biorefinery & Pulp for its Austria headquarters. Telecommuting is allowed.
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