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Friday February 22, 2019 - Member In This Issue
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
Containerboard/Packaging
Legislative
Nanotechnology
New Products
Sustainability
Energy
Safety
People
TAPPI News
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Weekly Spotlight
NCSU reports that paper science and engineering programs in the U.S. produce about 150 graduates each year. They’re recruited immediately after graduation. Most receive multiple job offers, and nearly all are hired within six months, with a starting annual salary in the low-to-mid $70,000 range — more than most entry-level engineers receive in different disciplines.
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With many traditional products being scrutinized for their environmental impact, manufacturers and retailers are increasingly turning towards wood-based materials to provide a more sustainable alternative.
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Upcoming trends offer great opportunities for the label industry. In addition, consumers are looking for safety and health benefits from their food. There is increasing need for transparency and product information and as well for ‘free-of’ products.
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Market Roundup
New in-depth market study by QY Research released on Feb. 19 lists top 11 producers on the global market for away from home (commercial / industrial room) tissue paper production and reports that the segment currently accounts for approx. 33% of the total global tissue market and is growing at a healthy CAGR going forward in the period through 2025.
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AF&PA released it's January 2019 Printing-Writing Monthly report yesterday afternoon. Total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8% in Jan. compared to Jan. 2018. Total P&W paper inventory levels increased 3% from Dec. 2018.
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Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
The new E-WIND T100 rewinder will be used for all types of high quality tissue paper, weighing from 13 to 45 gsm; it is equipped with three unwinders and a calender, maximum operating speed 1900 mpm, maximum diameter of the finished roll 1800 mm.
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CFO Alex Rotolo said 2017 was a tumultuous year in the paper industry as a lot of companies went out of business. While that was not good for those employers, it caused paper prices to increase as the supply shrank. "Because the market finally balanced, we were able to get fair prices for our paper and make a profit," he said. Company is now upgrading hardware and software for the PMs and more.
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Replacing binders of documentation, the rugged Mobile Link tablet is geared toward today’s operators and comes preloaded with interactive material, including instruction, parts manuals, schematics, lubrication schedules, simulators, videos and more. New tech available to all of Paper Converting Machine Co's. tissue, flexographic printing, and nonwovens customers.
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Company’s 3.0 strategy is helping clients move seamlessly from strategy and creative to execution in all channels. Quad will retain the Company’s iconic logo element – the stacked Qs and Gs that symbolize printing press rollers and process colors. "Our logo element speaks to our heritage in print, which will remain a critically important part of our offering going forward..."
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All members of the Rottneros management team bought a total of 243,940 shares in the company, corresponding to approximately 2.6 MSEK, after publishing of the 2018 Year-End Report. Management’s total shareholding including the recent purchases amounts to 284,940 shares.
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Warehouse Specialist
Containerboard/Packaging
The Nozomi ultra-high-speed corrugated production solution from Electronics For Imaging, Inc., has allowed Renton, Wash., USA-based CSI to capture significant new market opportunities at its new, high-volume trade printing operation in Santa Teresa, N.M. And, in 2019, CSI is on pace to become the world’s largest user of EFI Nozomi presses, with a second press scheduled for installation at a facility in the Las Vegas area, and a third press eventually.
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HP Scitex 15500 being installed at Andover, N.J., USA facility offers pristine graphics, quick turnaround times and is designed specifically for corrugated converters that produce temporary and permanent displays, retail ready packaging and other short-run corrugated applications. Offering hands-free and stack-to-stack operation, auto loading, and zero setup, the HP saves both time and labor costs.
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As a result of the revamp, more than 40 million Arla packages will become more environmentally-friendly in 2019 to reflect consumers' wishes. Bioplastic is well suited to dairy product packaging as it has the same technical characteristics as the conventional plastic used in cartons. Like the old material, the new packaging can be recycled with cardboard.
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Enessco International
Enessco, this exclusive patented chemical technology, when added to recycled furnish pulpers increases the removal of ink, wax, stickies and all hydrophobic contaminants in the stock prep system. With this higher contaminant removal efficiency, cleaner and more “virgin like” fiber is sent forward to the paper machines. Cleaner furnish improves quality, production and machine runnability. Enessco has years of proven experience, visit our website at www.enessco.com to see our results.
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Legislative
AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman thanked U.S. Congress for reaffirming that federal regulatory policy should reflect the carbon neutrality of forest-based renewable biomass. Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations legislation, which passed the House and Senate, contains legislative language to that effect.
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The govt. of Canada has announced it will invest up to $7 million in a new biomass research cluster. An additional $3.1 million is contributions is expected from industry, bringing the total investment to $10.1 million. Funding the new Biomass Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial govt.
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The policy change has created what has been described as "an uproar" by sources this week close to the industry. Many in the printing / paper related industries believe that job definitions are in need of update to reflect the true nature of the reflective health of the print-on-paper industry.
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Nanotechnology
Concerns over the long-term effects of plastics in our environment have led to stronger calls for biobased, renewable materials. With cellulose being the most abundant organic compound on earth, as well as renewable and biodegradable, the potential applications for cellulose nanocrystals are vast and environmentally sustainable.
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UPM has been active in biomedicals for many years and has already commercialized GrowDex® nanocellulose product for cell culture. GrowDex provides an environment close to that found in the human body, giving researchers a tool to replicate and study the effect of diseases on cells.
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New Products
This paper’s smooth surface gives it a distinct and premium feel. Its high bulk guarantees stiffness even at a lower grammage, giving you the advantage of being able to deliver first-class results for every type of job. G-Snow paper also provides continuous excellent runnability and consistent image quality
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Boise® Digital Standard 92 bright, inkjet treated sheet is a reliable and cost-effective solution for direct mail, manuals, promotional materials, and more. The line also includes 96 bright Boise® Opaque and 97 bright Boise® Digital Elite.
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"Midland’s 2019 Wide Format Inkjet Product Catalog contains 7 new vendors and 26 new products. With over 950 total SKU’s, it’s an incredible resource for any printer involved with wide format inkjet printing in today’s market," commented David Field, Senior Business Manager – Inkjet Technologies for Midland Paper. Lineup features various media / specialty papers.
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N ew ink strengthens Mimaki’s product offering and pushes the boundaries of graphic expression beyond that of ordinary UV flatbed inkjet printers. The ink is compatible with Mimaki’s UJF-7151plus printer, which produces high-quality print for an impressive range of applications, from gifts and novelty items to wide-format boards.
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"The Scodix Ultra 202 promises to be our flagship product, with the widest range of applications and substrate compatibility in the market, while the brand-new Scodix Ultra 101 provides a taste of that, allowing smaller printers to add luxurious embellishments and personalization that sells brands, whilst protecting profitability."
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PosterBright’s barrier layer makes this paper cockle free, even under the most demanding of ink loads, and its fast dry matte coating provides rich, vibrant images while still maintaining shadow detail. PosterBright is also a great economic alternative to other 10 mil photo papers and can be used for a variety of applications.
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"The corrugated industry faces strong challenges to drive waste out of production process, in the face of shorter production runs and higher quality demands, and ink supply plays an enormous role in printing performance. TRESU ancillary solutions have proved successful in keeping flexo printers productive and competitive, delivering significant savings..."
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Combines excellent high-speed converting and dispensing properties with the reliable adhesion and moisture resistance needed to keep labels firmly in place and looking good for the lifetime of the product – even in ice-bucket conditions. RH30 is designed to make hotmelt conversion faster and smoother in a high-competitive label sector.
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Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer provides fast and precise online measurement of key fiber and furnish properties for paper, board, and tissue makers. Analyzer is ideal for process control and, with the addition of a remote manual sampling station, it is also a valuable laboratory tool providing fast and accurate analyses.
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Whereas Zircon has a dense weave structure with lower air permeability, ZirconHigh features an open weave structure for higher air flows. In addition to excellent drying performance, both fabrics also meet the requirements for resistance to hydrolysis and abrasion.
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Sustainability
Multiple joint venture projects to facilitate the development and scaling of biomass processing technologies known under the registered TM, Agraloop. The mission of the joint venture will focus on using cannabis waste as well as other biomass feedstocks the group deems as viable inputs for the production of high-value natural fiber products.
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Eco-barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1, which is manufactured by Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium lightweight paperboards, has recently achieved the industrial compostability certification complying with DIN EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards.
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At Nemus Futurum in Finland opening this year, visitors are given extensive information on best practices in managing different kinds of forests. Relying partly on augmented reality technology, the different forest environments are linked to globally topical sustainability themes, from climate change to biodiversity.
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Consumers and public and private organizations alike are increasingly requesting forest products from sustainably managed forests. According to a recent survey, 70% of consumers think that companies should use PEFC certification to demonstrate that the wood they are using originates from legal and sustainable sources.
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Sofidel, one of the global leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, has further improved its performance within the CDP Report 2018, a global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts.
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Project involves developing a new generation of forestry machines for more sustainable and low-impact forestry. The idea is to develop a machine that, with low ground pressure, causes less driving damage in the forest and improved driver comfort, at the same time as productivity can increase and there is a more even flow of timber for industry over the year.
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Honeywell
Energy
A private company perhaps familiar with wood-pulping tech is sought for a $200 million dollar biomass-for-energy project in Hanover, N.H. USA. Construction cost $40 to $50 million; the hot water trans. system and dist. system about $40 to $65 million; the energy transfer stations $10 to $12 million; and 119 buildings will cost approximately $60 to $75 million. Interested firms, said to be working closely with Goldman Sachs, have until April 17 to submit their statements.
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Safety
As a leading European producer of fresh fiber paperboard, Metsä Board said it wants to ensure that it operates according to the same standards as its customers in the food industry. All of Metsä Board’s mills already have an ISO 22000 food safety system in place, and in addition to this, its Simpele mill had already introduced the FSSC 22000 system in 2017.
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People
Martin Moenke has been working in various positions in the company for more than 20 years and, through his sales successes in the company, has a personally high share in the strong positioning of Feldmuehle GmbH in the field of wet strength labels.
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Anders Gustafsson is the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Zebra Technologies Corp., a global leader in innovating at the edge of the enterprise, designing and marketing specialty printers, mobile computing, data capture, radio frequency identification products and real-time locating systems.
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Bernd Eikens is already a member of UPM's Executive Team, currently responsible for UPM Specialty Papers Business Area. He has been in his current role since 2016. Before that he was responsible for UPM's Communication Papers. He joined UPM in 1988.
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Robert (Bob) Feeser, president of Consumer Packaging, will retire from the company, effective April 30, 2019 and that Patrick (Pat) Lindner has been appointed the new president of Consumer Packaging. Lindner joins WestRock from the privately held W.L. Gore & Associates, where he has served as its COO.
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It only takes a spark to create a flame and, sometimes, it only takes one idea to transform an industry. Are you the spark for the pulp and paper industry? Present at PEERS 2019 and make an impact on the future.
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There’s still time to sign up for Flexible Packaging training that educates on not just one method, but two! The TAPPI Blown and Cast Film Extrusion Course features the latest industry tips, techniques, and technologies in both extrusion methods.
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Join RBI’s "Advancing Foundational Technologies to Improve the Bottom Line" to explore research in areas such as black liquor separation, multi-phase forming, and more.
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The Chemical and Paper Engineering Department at Western Michigan University is inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor and another tenure-track position at the rank of
Associate or Assistant Professor with a start date of Aug. 15, 2019.
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Clark Nexsen is accepting applications for a Department Head - Industrial for its facility in Macon, GA, USA.
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World-class experts will help you discover what the papermachine is capable of doing and what new products can be achieved.
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