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Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Member In This Issue
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Weekly Spotlight
As part of the reconfiguration, WestRock will permanently shut down one of the mill’s three paper machines and related physical infrastructure, eliminating approximately 288,000 tons of linerboard capacity. The reconfigured mill’s production capacity will total approximately 605,000 tons per year, consisting of three grades: kraft linerboard; KraftPak, an unbleached folding carton kraft paper; and DuraSorb, a saturating kraft paper used for decorative laminate and industrial end uses.
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Market Roundup
Lumber imports to Japan from Russia expanded 12.9% y-o-y in second quarter of 2019 to 250.0 thousand m3 with import value jumped 13.5% to $90.7 million, according to Customs and Tariff Bureau of Japan. Canada’s lumber exports to Japan declined 25.2% to 381.4 thousand m3, export value fell 32.4% to $146.6 million.
During a recovered fiber session at the 2019 Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans, stakeholders from throughout the paper recycling sector discussed where the market is and where it’s headed.
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Pulp & Paper
“SEPAC is an excellent complement to the current operations of Softys Brazil, considering, as an example, their important presence in the south of the country and their diversified client portfolio”, explained Softys CEO, Gonzalo Darraidou.
Giovanni Iadeluca, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress, commented: "We are very pleased to have completed the Facility arrangements within an expedited timeframe with the help of our two senior lenders. The provision of the Facility will help address Fortress' immediate financial needs during a period of unprecedented weakness in dissolving pulp pricing..."
"Premium tissue papers made from pure fresh fibre, grown close to our customers and consumers and the leading tissue paper brands in the Scandinavia, Katrin, Lambi and Serla, have always played an important role in our company. Now we're planning to continue to increase premium tissue paper production by investing, in the first phase, approximately EUR 230 million at the Mariestad mill..."
Company citing the need to prioritize its cash flow to repay indebtedness and fund the Company’s capital investments and working capital needs. The Company is focused on managing through the current challenging market conditions that have negatively impacted its operating results.
UPM plans to permanently close a SC paper machine in Rauma, Finland and sell its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France. If realized, the measures would result in a reduction of 265,000 tonnes of SC capacity and 240,000 tonnes of newsprint capacity in UPM’s portfolio.
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With an investment volume of 370 million euros, Hamburger Containerboard is expanding its production site at the Schwarze Pumpe industrial estate to become one of the most modern and efficient paper factories in Europe. At full capacity utilisation of the plant, 500,000 tonnes of high-quality white and brown packaging paper are manufactured each year.
By investing in the latest coated board technology, JK Paper targets to increase its market share on a growing Indian market and to serve the market with more local supply. The 4,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce folding boxboard, solid bleached board (SBS) as well as cup and barrier board grades.
The company is now entering the market for flexible packaging paper and intends to make a name for itself there with sustainable products. Sustainability is of great importance at Koehler not just because of the current mood in society. It is a part of Koehler’s corporate strategy and plays a significant role across every division.
“Metsä Board decided to place this order with Valmet based on our good references for TwinRoll presses. It is an important milestone for Valmet to install the largest VPE press type in to a bleached chemi-thermomechanical mill for the first time in Finland. The press will enable Metsä Board to increase and stabilize the pulp consistency to the flash drying, thus reducing impact to the environment..."
The renewal improves Pankaboard’s process management and enables transparency in the whole value chain based on Tieto Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS) for the paper industry. The new system includes e.g. functions for sales management, logistics, production management and planning, quality control and invoicing while also including tools for a wide range of reporting and analytics needs.
The new roll service agreement will extend the roll recovering service to SCG’s all paper mills including packaging paper and fine paper in Thailand and Vietnam. With this new agreement, Valmet will be responsible for all the roll recovering services consisting of rubber, polyurethane and composite covering for all rolls.
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After an outcry about privacy concerns related to digital receipts and what it would cost small businesses to use new payment software, that provision was dropped. The move to ban paper receipts also faced strong opposition from the California Restaurant Association and the California Retailers Association.
New Products
DS Smith (Dublin, Ireland) a leading sustainable packaging provider and recycler, has this week announced it has been granted funding from Hubbub’s #TheCupFund initiative, the UK’s largest grant fund to support ambitious projects that boost paper cup recycling across the UK.
Initially, the new range comprises three adhesives: Adestor HM100 and Adestor HM300 ​for the food sector, ​specifically for labelling under chilled or frozen conditions, and Adestor HM200L, developed for labelling the most frequently used surfaces in logistics and retail applications.
UPM Raflatac’s revolutionary new Forest Film™ is the industry’s first wood-based polypropylene film material. Another innovative labeling material that will be showcased at the exhibition is UPM Raflatac Fossil-Free Adhesive – a renewable multipurpose solution, which together with other responsibly sourced label materials like the forest positive UPM Raflatac RAFNXT+, forms a comprehensive solution making each layer of labeling even more sustainable.
Valmet OC2R shares the total consistency measurement method utilized in the original Valmet Optical Consistency transmitter with the added capability of ash content available as a second measured value. For mechanical and chemical pulp, as well as for recycled fiber furnishes, Valmet OC2R is an ideal choice for control applications, from re-pulping and screening all the way to the machine chest.
The promotion demonstrates the print quality of Anthem Plus® Satin 100 lb. text and cover and includes crossover pages showcasing the compatibility of Blazer Digital® Satin 100 lb. text. With beautiful solids and brilliant reproduction, Anthem Plus® and Blazer Digital® are the go-to economy coated stocks for offset and digital applications.
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The solution is group certification, a mechanism we established almost twenty years ago. It allows smallholders to organize themselves in groups and pool their resources to achieve certification.
Crossing a range of packaging materials, including cans made from 100% recycled paperboard, rigid plastic packaging containing post-consumer recycled content, mono-material flexible pouches that are recyclable, and innovative packaging made from agricultural fibers, EnviroSense products are designed to incorporate a number of elements associated with more sustainable packaging.
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
Long Falls Paperboard, the company that this year bought the former Neenah Paper Inc. plant in Brattleboro, is using a $1 million federal grant to study using wood biomass instead of the natural gas that is delivered to the factory in trucks every day.
A seasoned senior executive, Mike Turner has extensive experience of both small and large packaging companies. He has also been heavily involved in the management of other industry associations, including Pack2Go Europe.
Rottneros has appointed Ola Thomasson as Mill Director at Rottneros Mill. Ola most recently comes from Valmet, where he has held the position as Director Global Site Operations Tissue. He will take office no later than January 1, 2020 and will be part of the Rottneros Group Management Team.
Juha Rainio will report to Panu Routasalo, Vice President, UPM Biofuels and become a member of UPM Biofuels’ management team. Juha holds a MSc degree in Economics and he has several years’ experience working in the fuel industry with Teboil, where he recently headed the Supply and Logistics Division.
Brinder Gill has joined its North America Sales Team as Area Sales Director for the Eastern United States and Canada. He joins the company from Silgan Dispensing Systems, where he served as Senior Manager, Global Beauty Category Marketing. Gill is based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Tissue 101 Offers a Foundation for the Technologies and Innovations at TissueCon
TissueCon 2019 registration includes the Tissue 2019 exhibit, keynote address from Georgia-Pacific/Koch, industry insights from Fastmarkets RISI and Fisher, networking receptions, and more.
TAPPI is hosting its first virtual industry-wide conference that will tackle the challenges of leadership and integrating new professionals this November 21st and 22nd.
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