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Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Member In This Issue
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
Containerboard/Packaging
Legislative
New Products
Sustainability
People
TAPPI News
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Weekly Spotlight
The 35th Biennial Congress of the International Paper Historians (IPH) will be held in Washington, DC, September 15 - 18, 2020, with an additional day for an excursion to a paper mill. Co-hosted by The Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives and Records Administration, this will be the first time since 1982 that this important gathering has been held in the US.
 
Sweden is rich in innovation when it comes to finding new uses for the forest. The next big thing might be a pulp that absorbs oil but rejects water. Thanks to the right industrial contacts, the product is about to enter a promising market.
 
The Paper & Packaging — How Life Unfolds campaign released its inaugural Workplace Productivity Report. The report aims to identify productivity obstacles in U.S. offices and help workers and businesses optimize their balance of analog and digital tools. 
 
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Market Roundup
Extreme weather phenomena, insect damage and forest fires in Central Europe and Sweden have increased due to a warming climate. This has resulted in an influx of wood to the market, reducing prices in these regions. As a consequence, the competitive position of the Finnish forest industries has suffered.
 
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
Valmet will supply boiler diagnostics systems to Outokumpu’s Tornio ferrochrome plant in Finland. Two separate orders of six Valmet Furnace Imaging System, Fixed Mount Mid-IR cameras increase the number of cameras in the plant from three to nine. The solution is a critical part of the plant’s process monitoring enabling real-time visual monitoring of the alloy manufacturing. The orders were included in Valmet's orders received of the second and the third quarters 2019. The cameras are delivered during the last quarter of 2019. The value of the orders will not be disclosed.
 
AFT has announced the opening of a new sales office in Saint Petersburg, Russia. According to AFT, the new office will strengthen its presence in the Russian and CIS markets for pulp and paper wear parts and equipment, as well as allowing the company to explore these markets for new opportunities.
 
Two Sides reports that a recent article by Keep Me Posted North America outlines the results of a recent consumer survey commissioned by Two Sides. The results of the survey demonstrate the concerns and reasons why consumers want the option to receive paper documents vs. electronic documents for important financial information.
 
The Price County Review reports that the sale of the Park Falls Flambeau River Papers mill to newly formed company Element Ventures could not be finalized and the assets of the mill will now be marketed as a liquidation sale. In what amounted to a stopgap hearing Thursday afternoon, Rebecca DeMarb, the court-appointed receiver of the mill, requested a hearing for the week of Nov. 4 to approve the sale of the mill’s assets.
 
Warehouse Specialist
Containerboard/Packaging
African investment Mali-based manufacturer SCS International has launched the country’s first cardboard packaging production facility, La Malienne.
 
Europal, the Belgian supplier of corrugated cardboard packaging solutions, will invest several million euros in the construction of a new plant in Tournai. The new state-of-the art factory will be fully operational by the summer of 2020.
 
Futura Spa, technological leader in the tissue converting segment, announces a technical partnership with Plusline srl, a Bologna-based company created to offer advanced packaging systems. The aim is to introduce extraordinary innovations, including the radical “Together” solution.
 
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Legislative
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Commerce decision to initiate an anti-circumvention investigation regarding uncoated free sheet paper in rolls from Australia, China, Indonesia, and Brazil. Commerce’s initiation clears the way for its formal investigation into the alleged circumvention.
 
New Products
Valmet is investing in a new digital platform to support, streamline and develop its strategically important field services. The global implementation of the new platform will be completed by spring 2020, and it will replace multiple current platforms.
 
BTG is launching its new online charge instrument called Single Point Charge SPC-5500. It is considerably smaller, easier to install and easier to handle than previous products. Its single point modular design allows for greater flexibility and it comprises BTG’s expert knowledge in charge measurement.
 
John Crane
Sustainability
In keeping with their clear commitment to sustainability, Lecta operates according to the highest environmental standards, guaranteeing innovative, safe and responsible products, the result of environment-friendly, responsible manufacturing processes.
 
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
People
Michelman has announced the appointment of Jason Wise as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Having served as Vice President of Finance since 2016, his appointment to CFO was approved by Michelman's Board of Directors at its August 2019 board meeting. 
 
Cross-laminated timber, CLT, explains the expansion of multi-storey wood buildings in the world. Gerhard Schickhofer is awarded the 2019 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for research and knowledge transfer behind the stable and eco-friendly material. The 2019 Marcus Wallenberg Prize will be presented by HM the King of Sweden at a ceremony in Stockholm in October this year.
 
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TAPPI News
You only have two more weeks to register for your industry’s big event, PEERS 2019. Don’t wait any longer.
 
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Learn strategies to improve your own leadership skills and develop others – all without leaving your office – at TAPPI’s Leadership Virtual Conference, which is being held November 21-22, 12PM-2:15PM (ET).
 
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