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Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Member In This Issue
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FPInnovations is receiving $1.3 million from the federal government for a COVID-19 response project to develop a biodegradable, sustainable filter for single-use face masks.
 
Kruger Inc. has entered into a partnership with Pulp Moulded Products Inc. (PMP) for the supply of low-carbon footprint fibres that will enable PMP to produce a prototype of a low-cost, single-use biodegradable mask.
 
Weekly Spotlight
A new dedicated study of specialty papers in North and South America, finds these two regions consumed a total of 5.88 million metric tons in 2019. Market demand will drop as a result of Covid-19 in 2020 to 5.71 million metric tons before returning to positive growth (1.4% CAGR) and reaching 6.13 million metric tons in 2025 according to The Future of Specialty Papers in North and South America to 2025.
 
Smurfit Kappa has today announced it has been chosen to participate in an innovative energy research project on renewable energy storage. The HYFLEXPOWER project will see Smurfit Kappa's Saillat Paper Mill in France become the first plant in the world to introduce an integrated hydrogen gas turbine demonstrator.
 
Andritz has received an order from AO Knauf Petroboard to install a new reeling section for the KM2 board machine at its mill in Kommunar, Russia.
 
Graphic Packaging Holding Company announced that International Paper has notified the Company of its intent to continue the monetization process of its ownership interest in Graphic Packaging International Partners, LLC (the "Partnership").
 
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Market Roundup
Domtar’s preliminary Q2 2020 financial report has been released. Highlights from this financial report include second-quarter financial results and strategic initiatives.
 
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its July 2020 Printing-Writing Monthly report.
 
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
Valmet will supply start-up clothing to Stora Enso’s Oulu Mill in Finland. The start-up clothing includes forming fabrics, press felts, shoe press belts and dryer fabrics. The clothing order is related to Stora Enso’s paper machine (PM 7) grade conversion project delivered by Valmet.
 
In the highly competitive global pulp industry, energy efficiency is providing an edge. Pulp production is energy intensive and Canada has tougher environmental standards than many other major pulp-producing countries.
 
Progroup will start up the new paper machine in Sandersdorf-Brehna at the end of August, Euwid reports.
 
Ilim Group continues to implement the project for construction of a new pulp and paperboard mill (PPM) in Ust-Ilimsk, Russia, in accordance with the project schedule.
 
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Containerboard/Packaging
Domtar announced in a quarterly report that it is shutting down uncoated freesheet manufacturing at the Kingsport Mill, but will repurpose assets at the plant and will eventually employee 160 people in 2023.
 
De Jong Verpakking BV (DJV), the only independent corrugated manufacturer in the Netherlands is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Bangma Verpakking and strengthens its position on the Dutch food packaging market. The Autoriteit Consument en Markt has approved this acquisition.
 
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its July 2020 Containerboard Monthly report.
 
New Products
In 2020 Greif releases SealGuard™ -the result of its customer-centric innovation approach, solving common challenges in the current FIBC applications for the Food, Pharma and Chemical industries
 
This summer, despite major operational obstructions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HEINEKEN UK rolls out its innovative 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers. The topper will feature on Heineken®, Foster's and Kronenbourg 1664 multi-pack cans before rolling out across its entire beer and cider portfolio.
 
Sustainability
Sappi Europe received a platinum score in the latest EcoVadis rating. The leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions retained its top position from the previous year among the leading one per cent of all companies assessed which exhibit high activity and responsibility with regard to corporate social responsibility (CSR).
 
Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that it has been awarded the EcoVadis “Gold” rating in corporate social responsibility (CSR) 2020, which places our company within the top 5% of the best rated companies in its industry.
 
Smurfit Kappa Colombia has announced a new alliance with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Colombia to highlight the protection and conservation of forests in the country. Under the new partnership, both organisations will work together to restore, expand and protect forests and ecosystems that are the habitat of several species of flora and fauna. 
 
Kuraray America, Inc.
People
Following a successful three years as Global Applications Engineering Manager, Volker’s critical role supports the Surface Vision sales team, nurturing new customers and creating retention programs for existing users of Surface Vision’s SmartView® and SmartAdvisor® automated inspection solutions.
 
Stora Enso has appointed Annette Stube as EVP, Head of Sustainability and a member of the Group Leadership Team. She will start on 1 September 2020.
 
DS Smith announced the appointment of Johan van Baarle as Sales Director of its Paper Division. Reporting to Niels Flierman, Managing Director for Paper, Van Baarle will be responsible for the division's paper sales across Europe and North America - managing around 5 million metric tons of paper produced at DS Smith's mills annually.
 
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TAPPI Member Deals features some great deals!  Shop from home and save on everything from cars to newspapers.
 
Economic business operations of the ZELLCHEMING association will be outsourced to a GmbH.
 
Register today for TAPPI’s “2020 Coating and Graphic Arts Virtual Event”, held on Tuesday, September 1st 11AM – 1:45PM EST (pre-recorded).
 
Learn how a new revenue stream for mills can potentially help reduce global warming at TAPPI’s Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling and Sustainability (PEERS) Virtual Conference, November 2-4. Register today.
 
How are mills adjusting to the ever-changing business climate as a result of the global pandemic? Find out during TAPPI PIMA’s Innovation and Leadership Conference series held throughout the month of September.
 
Reach out and find a mentor or protégé. Use TAPPI Connect’s Mentor Match to meet and stay connected virtually.
 
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