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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Member In This Issue
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
Containerboard/Packaging
Legislative
New Products
Published Pricing
Sustainability
People
TAPPI News
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Weekly Spotlight
The new pulp mill would have various positive impacts on Uruguay. The mill’s location is in the least developed area of the country, potentially providing a major spur for rapid regional development similar to the earlier example of Fray Bentos. New pulp mill site is est. to increase entire national GDP by 2%. It would boost the local economy and fuel the growth of hundreds of small and medium sized companies.
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Market Roundup
From the largest stadiums and theme parks to worldwide fast food chains, brands should continue to transition away from single-use plastics – cups, straws, bowls and more – as images of recognizable logos floating in oceans and sitting in natural habitats have made the rounds. More than half (56%) of consumers are concerned about the effect these products are having on the environment.
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Are the global and especially the European / U.S. pulp and paper product industries no longer just avoiding a slump but actually starting to enter into a new era of financial dominance when it comes to steady supply and demand for classic sheets while new paper product sectors are growing exponentially?
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PackTrack is projecting flat to lower prices on average for North America and other regions for 2019 on softer economic growth and over-supply of recycled containerboard. Input costs for secondary fibers are soft and are now projected to remain that way for the next several months.
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Boxboard prices were stable in North America in January but a price increase announcement has been issued for CUK for Q1. Prices for White Lined Chip and FBB moved higher in Europe for January but not as much as expected by boxboard producers. Grey Back Recycled and Coated Ivory Board prices declined slightly in Asia.
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Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
In this contract, ANDRITZ was responsible for the new design of feed system for the new headbox, adapting the required dewatering capacity, and for recirculation of the white water. The components supplied by ANDRITZ are set up for a future production speed of 1,000 m/min and enable a significant improvement in the quality of formation.
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Canfor’s sawmill in Vavenby will be curtailed for six weeks from February 11 to March 22, 2019. In addition, Canfor’s sawmills in Houston and Mackenzie will be curtailed for one week each in Q1.
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As a result, it is transferring the liquid contents to its wastewater treatment system and solid contents to open-air bunkers. The DEC said the open air bunkers are generating the odor, which Finch Paper said was likely ammonium bisulfite. Removal of the material is estimated to be complete by the end of the day Thursday. Click read more below for additional detail.
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Resolute says they have $100 million in duty deposits sitting in Washington, and there’s still no agreement on softwood lumber. In their delegation to the finance committee of the legislature earlier this week, the company spokesman noted they had invested $250 million in the province, and they employ more than 4,000 workers.
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Warehouse Specialist
Containerboard/Packaging
Zelfo Technology and Mirontell were introduced to each other back in 2017 as a result of a BioEconomy Event in Potsdam arranged by the WFBB (Germany based Industry Promotional Agency for Berlin/Brandenburg). Noting that both post harvest and industry related waste is a significant problem for the fruit industry, working with Mirontell seemed a particularly relevant project for Zelfo, which is focused on the development of sustainable materials for industry.
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Legislative
In Dec. 2018 Northern Pulp applied to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for an injunction prohibiting any destructive or distracting interference with the activities of Northern Pulp and its contractors in conducting work on the waters in Pictou Harbour, Caribou Channel and the Northumberland Strait. It was found that Northern Pulp was entitled to the injunction
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New Products
The EASYPEEL wine-opening system uses a one-piece aluminium capsule engineered to open wine bottles along a clean line, every time. Unlike other technologies that rely on pull tabs, EASYPEEL allows consumers and professionals to use traditional bottle openers. Traditionally cork does not compete with pulp wood, but nevertheless this improvement marks a significant achievement in packaging.
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The Triumph WB-3.2 is a 3.2 mil direct thermal label facestock that is compatible with Memjet® water-based dye inkjet technology. This product is ideal for applications such as weigh scale labels, shelf labels, and retail label.
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Advance No. 3 has unmatched performance, great appearance and good value. Advance is recognized for its pressroom performance and reliability. It also delivers the same Catalyst quality and customer service you are accustomed to receiving. Advance comes in a variety of basis weights and offers No. 3 coated groundwood paper in gloss and matte.
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GLV announced big news during the week with the launch of its new FlexJetTM line of headbox solutions, including new technology designed to optimize performance across a diverse mix of paper making machinery from linerboard, to packaging, fluff pulp, fine, and specialty paper. Latest paper making innovation centers on flexibility and performance.
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UPM Raflatac pharmaceutical security label materials are designed to improve patient safety through tamper-evident solutions, offering an easy route to achieving full compliance with the upcoming EU Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) in time for the February 9, 2019 deadline.
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A special barrier layer on the backside of the film combines with the RHT tire adhesive to ensure that labels stay looking good with no edge lift or staining, with safety-critical information and key branding elements remaining in place and readable until the label is no longer needed.
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OSI Software Inc./OSIsoft Canada
Published Pricing
• X-9® • ASPEN® • Boise POLARIS® • FIREWORX® • Essential Copy®, Essential Recycled Copy®, and Essential Bright Copy® • Boise® Copy • Xerographic Paper (rolls and sheets) • Boise® Offset • Boise® ASPEN® Offset and Envelope • Boise® Opaque • Boise® White Wove Envelope • All other converting products • All corresponding private label products.
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Effective with shipments March 1, 2019, pricing will increase 5-7% in the US and Canada for Business Papers products including Xerox® Vitality™, Xerox® Bold Professional™, Domtar mill brands and private label brands.
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Sustainability
Samsung's glossy chargers of old will be replaced by those adorned with a matte finish along wit its eco-friendly paper surrounding packaging. However, when you consider that the South Korean company ships hundreds of millions of smartphones a year alone (not including tablets, watches, etc.) that’s a lot of unnecessary gloss paint.
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Shadow regulations are built on opaque algorithms and are of nebulous value, and they threaten the very transparency that legitimate sustainability regulations are supposed to advance. Hear about this issue from a direct letter submitted by the CEO of Domtar.
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"Environmental impact and management both factor strongly into the decisions we make as a company in the present and with our future strategy. We will continue to enhance our standing as a leader in environmental stewardship." Click read more below for additional detail.
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Non-plastic special barrier treatment developed for MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1 improves the grease resistance of the board and makes it an ecological and efficient packaging material for food, takeaway and food-on-the-go applications. The grease resistance can be cost-efficiently enhanced further at the converting stage with the addition of just one varnish layer.
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A team of specialists from Smurfit Kappa’s Nervion and Sangüesa Paper Mills worked with the INTIA (a research centre for agrifood technology in Spain) to identify a way to use long pine fibers from sustainably managed local forests as a basis for new paper.
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CDP's evaluation is based on the company's 2018 disclosure about its actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, and mitigate climate...
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Honeywell
People
"Lindsay has extensive communications experience from agencies and trade associations across multiple industries, and we’re excited to have her on board," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "Her background creating and executing complex strategic communications plans and public policy issue campaigns makes her a great addition to the AF&PA team."
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Naylor Association Solutions
TAPPI News
Learn proven strategies that will help your mill improve work processes, supply management, repair schedules, "stock" or "not to stock" decision making, and higher reliability.
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Join a large panel of expertise is assembled to instruct this course!
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With support from the USDA Forest Service and the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Office as well as the University of Maine, the 2-day event will showcase US capabilities and expertise in the field of Nanocellulose.
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Clearwater Paper Corporation is accepting applications for a Converting Superintendent for its facility in Shelby, North Carolina, USA.
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Nominate a Leader for a PPSA 2019 Award Today
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TAPPI is now accepting applications for academic year 2019-2020 scholarships. Don’t miss this opportunity let us help fund your education!
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The winter meeting of the Gulf Coast Local Section will be held Feb 7 & 8 in Mobile, AL.
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