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Thursday, April 30, 2020 - Member In This Issue
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COVID-19 Impact
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
Containerboard/Packaging
New Products
Sustainability
TAPPI News
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COVID-19 Impact
Ahlstrom-Munksjö has developed a face mask material as part of the Resilience project, administrated by the French Government. During May, the company will produce material equivalent to 100 million face masks for civil servants in contact with the public such as police, prison administration and social workers as well as companies active in essential sectors e.g. food, energy, water and waste. 
 
At Domtar, caring is a way of life. Throughout our 172-year history, Domtar employees have looked for better ways to serve our customers, support our employees and strengthen our communities. Now, during the current COVID-19 health crisis, our efforts have taken a new shape as we provide COVID-19 support to local medical workers, first responders and citizens in need.
 
Over the past two months, we have all been focused on how COVID-19 is impacting our respective industries – and we expect that will remain the case for the foreseeable future.  American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) members have no higher priority than the safety of our people, and we are humbled by those who are showing up big to make the products we rely on.
 
From Cascades Canada:
As we deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a new normal is being formed – in business and in our communities. Here are the first five facts we’ve learned so far.
 
Weekly Spotlight
Two paper machines at the Androscoggin Mill resumed operations, roughly a week after an explosion damaged the facility’s pulp operation. The A4 and A5 paper machines were restarted last week. “The A4 and A5 machines are now running 24×7 and customer service and sales personnel are taking orders from customers,” the company said.
 
Domtar Corporation today announced it has completed its purchase of the Point of Sale (POS) paper business from Appvion Operations, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
Valmet and Metsä Fibre, which is part of Metsä Group, have signed a preliminary agreement according to which Valmet will deliver key technology covering all main process islands and automation systems to Metsä Fibre's planned Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland.
 
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Market Roundup
Ahlstrom-Munksjö president and CEO, Hans Sohlström, said his company performed well in the first quarter of 2020 and it is taking rapid response to fight the pandemic as the safety of employees is of utmost importance.
 
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
For a second time, FITNIR Analyzers was selected by Södra, a leading pulp producer based in Sweden, for its online pulp liquor analyzer. “This is an exciting project for FITNIR, as it is our second installation at a Södra mill,” says Thanh Trung, COO & CTO. “Being awarded with a project at Södra Cell Mönsterås in 2016 and now at Södra Cell Värö is an indication of approval of our technology.”
 
Valmet will supply a fine paper making line with stock preparation, an extensive scope of automation and a recovery boiler for Sun Paper in Beihai, China. Also, another stock preparation line for a different Sun Paper site will be supplied.
 
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Containerboard/Packaging
Paper packaging production at Russian converting plants of the Segezha Group holding (part of Sistema JSFC) is growing sustainably.
 
New Products
In response to heightened concern around viral transmission and COVID-19, Seaman Paper has introduced a new paper-based solution designed to help minimize direct hand contact with high-contact common surfaces. High-Touch Barrier Tissue is an FDA-compliant paper, packaged with either 500 or 1,000 "grab-and-go" sheets, which can serve as a barrier between hands and high-contact surfaces.
 
Modern, high-speed tissue machines require high-production efficiencies that challenge tissue makers. Production levels must maintain design capacity with the option for even higher production levels dependent upon demand.
 
Sappi, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving pulp, today launched Ultracast Viva, a textured release paper line made specifically for high-fidelity PVC, PU, semi-PU and solvent-free casting systems. This product embodies Sappi's forward-looking sustainability practices to align with global goals for environmentally-friendly manufacturing. 
 
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Sustainability
Valmet will deliver a biomass-fired boiler plant to Tampereen Sähkölaitos Oy’s Naistenlahti power plant in Tampere, Finland. The new Naistenlahti 3 boiler will replace the Naistenlahti 2 boiler that has reached the end of its technical lifetime.
 
Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, is proud to have been awarded a Platinum level rating by EcoVadis for the company’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility. With a top score of 82/100 Metsä Board is among the highest 1% of companies assessed in the in the manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard and containers of paper and paperboard industries.
 
Over the past 60 years, regulatory requirements have been the biggest driver of environmental efforts by the process industry. But now brand owners with high sustainability expertise have become an important force – by making more and more demands on their suppliers right across the sustainability spectrum.
 
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TAPPI News
TAPPI announces nine new Fellows and five recipients of the 2020 Young Professional of the Year award.
 
The Yankee Dryer Spring Committee Meeting has moved to a virtual platform for 2020 and will be free to attend. Register to join conversations around inspection, repair and dependability of the Yankee Dryer.
 
April showers bring May…. SAVINGS! TAPPI Press is offering a 30% discount on all Press publications during the month of May.
 
The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) will be providing a series of webinars once or twice a month on both short-term and long-term opportunities.
 
TAPPI Academy offers many alternative training options to fit your schedule.
 
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