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Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Member In This Issue
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COVID-19 Impact
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
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Containerboard/Packaging
New Products
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People
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In response to the shortage of personal protective equipment front-line responders are facing while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, HSMG™ donated 10,000 masks to the State of New York. These masks were delivered on Wednesday, May 20, and will be used by the State’s Emergency Management Team.
 
Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, is set to build new production lines in its plant in Gronau, Germany, to produce melt blown nonwoven fabric and surgical face masks. This is part of Mondi's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and respond to increased demand by health authorities, businesses and consumers for face masks.
 
To strengthen the initiatives to fight COVID-19 in São Paulo, Klabin, Brazil’s largest paper and packaging producer and exporter, has allocated more than R$1 million for donations in the state. The initiatives are targeted at the health and welfare areas, including income generation for professionals affected by the crisis, giving priority to cities where the Company has operations.
 
One of our biggest providers of supermarket packaging has turned its hand to manufacturing Biomaster-coated protective visors for medical staff on the Coronavirus frontline. Nottingham-based food packaging manufacturers The Wilkins Group, which specialises in the printing of folding cartons and packaging for a wide variety of industries and brands worldwide, has been working around the clock to create face protectors, which can be rolled out at a rate of thousands every week.
 
Cascades manufactures products that play an essential role in the day-to-day lives of families and the supply chains of its customers. Through the recovery and recycling activities, the hygiene products and packaging enable food and many other essential goods to be shipped, protected and preserved.
 
COVID-19 Impact
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bureau of International Recycling has sought to collate expert feedback on the impact of the virus around the world, with specific regard to how it is affecting the recycling industry. This latest update has been sourced from the world recycling organization’s network of member national associations.
 
International technology Group ANDRITZ has received the PAC (Provisional Acceptance Certificate) from Volga Pulp and Paper Mill in Balakhna, Nizhnij Novgorod Region, Russia, for rebuild of the existing groundwood reject line as a TMP (Thermo-Mechanical Pulping) line. Due to the corona crisis, the complete start-up work was handled remotely in order to avoid any health and safety risks.
 
Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (TSX: CFX) is announcing the curtailment of Prince George Pulp and Paper and Intercontinental Pulp for approximately four weeks starting July 6, 2020.
 
Weekly Spotlight
The May/June 2020 issue of Paper 360° will take a look at how some companies in the global pulp, paper, and packaging industries are dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Metsä Tissue filed an environmental permit application with the Land and Environment Court in Vänersborg concerning its plans to increase fresh fibre based tissue paper production at its Mariestad mill in Sweden. The Land and Environment Court will decide in the matter after reviewing the application and considering the opinions of authorities and stakeholders. The authority is expected to issue its decision on the matter within the regular processing time, in 12−18 months.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service announced it will award $4 million to fund 10 community forest projects across seven states to support the creation, expansion and enhancement of community spaces.
 
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Market Roundup
Amid strong demand from Europe and Turkey, prices for old corrugated containers (OCC, 1.05) continued to go up quickly on the UK market in May. However, experts believe they will now remain stable or even decrease slightly.
 
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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (TSX:CFX) is announcing the curtailment of Prince George Pulp and Paper and Intercontinental Pulp for approximately four weeks starting July 6, 2020.
 
In the middle of April, earlier this year, Södra Cell Mörrum decided to place an order for an additional Grubbens horizontal pulper 2W25-64/51S to the press section of TM2. The pulper will be part of a package including montage/de-montage, valves, piping, pumps, motors and conveyors in collaboration with both Metrans and Sulzer.
 
UPM restarted construction work on its new 2.1 million metric ton/yr bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp mill in Paso de los Toros in Uruguay on April 13.
 
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Containerboard/Packaging
A new thick paperboard from Iggesund Paperboard has been certified for HP Indigo for printing high-value applications on commercial digital presses. The 18 pt (457 microns) Invercote Creato 380 g/m2 is double coated on both sides, offering identical print surfaces on both sides, making it especially suitable for premium packaging applications The paperboard was tested and certified for the HP Indigo 10000 series and HP Indigo 7000 series presses.
 
New Products
Cascades (TSX: CAS), a leader in eco‑friendly recycling, packaging and hygiene solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of a new product line designed for e‑commerce, that encompasses a comprehensive range of customized, creative and sustainable packaging solutions for companies selling their products online.
 
In a constantly changing market, it is essential to design machines offering higher, but at the same time flexible, performance capable of adapting to specific production requirements. With this in mind, Microline has developed Fast Wrap 1250, the new continuous-motion bundler for AFH paper rolls.
 
Sustainability
Export market turmoil caused a lower recycling rate for paper and paperboard in 2019, an industry group announced. The decline comes after a record year for paper recycling in 2018.
 
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People
The ISTA Global Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of Greg Batt, Associate Professor at Clemson University, as its new Chair. Greg succeeds, Sam Sheppard Fidler, Vice President Europe with Smithers, who will remain on the board serving as Immediate Past Chair. Bill Green, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) - Asset Transit Quality and Protection with IBM was also elected as Vice Chair.  ISTA is very fortunate to have these accomplished and committed members of our community to lead the association.
 
Mondi plc (“Mondi” or “the Group”) announces that Mike Powell will be appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and as an executive director of Mondi plc. The effective date of Mike’s appointment will be announced in due course.
 
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The Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation (APPTI) has launched a project in collaboration with international organizations called the “Development of a Corrugated Box Model for Time-dependent Load Scenarios”. The goal of the project will be to develop models and methods for predicting containerboard performance.
 
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