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Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Weekly Spotlight
Earlier this year (on April 13) Stora Enso, Helsinki, Finland, announced plans to simplify and streamline its operations to focus its different businesses, simplify its operations, and enable greater focus on growth in value-creating businesses
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Brookfield Asset Management Inc., this week agreed to sell all its Longview Timber holdings to Weyerhaeuser Co. Federal Way, Wash., for $2.65 billion, including assumption of debt
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The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) this week released its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report showing improvements on a range of sustainability indicators and focusing on the industry's contributions toward a green economy
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Neenah Paper, Alpharetta, Ga., USA, hopes to help stimulate a boost in giving to help rebuild tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., with the sale of a limited edition run of graphic letterpress prints
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Now an established event during London Pulp Week, this year's BWPA (British Wood Pulp Association) and Hawkins Wright Symposium moves to the historic Freemasons Hall in London
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Below is the latest listing of job openings in the TAPPI Career Center
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Coldwater Seals
From the Experts
By Kraig Kent, Ashland Inc.
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Market Roundup
Wood chips are one of the few forest products commodities that have seen a steadily increasing trend in globally traded volumes the past decade
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Pulp & Paper
Antalis, the European merchant for print and office paper, has made a binding offer to acquire Xerox's paper and print media products business in Western Europe
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The EU Commission has approved BillerudKorsnäs' (Solna, Sweden) divestment of paper machine No. 2 (PM 2) at the Gävle production unit to SwedPaper AB
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Georgia-Pacific (G-P), Atlanta., Ga., USA, earlier this week extended the expiration of its offer for all common stock of Buckeye Technologies Inc. (BTI), Memphis, Tenn., at $37.50 per share to 5:00 p.m., New York City (Eastern) time on Tuesday, June 25
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International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., USA, reports that Computerworld has listed it No. 76 in the magazine's 2013 Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT rankings
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Kemira, Finland, and General Electric (GE), U.S., this past week announced that, effective immediately, Kemira's Paper Segment will furnish GE Water & Process Technologies' boiler and cooling water chemical product technologies to the pulp and paper industry
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Nine Dragons Paper, China, reports that it has established four major national strategic production bases (Dongguan, Taicang, Tianjin, and Chongqing), four supplemental regional production bases (Shenyang, Quanzhou, Leshan, and Hebei Yongxin), and a foreign base in Vietnam
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Norske Skog , Norway, reports that it has agreed to sell 51% of the shares in Norske Skog Pisa in Brazil to Papeles Bio Bio S.A., (former Norske Skog Bio Bio)
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Voith, Germany, reports that it has successfully rebuilt and modernized Tissue Machine No. 1 (TM 1) at WEPA, Mainz, Germany
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Containerboard/Packaging
Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, a producer of "green" packaging and tissue paper products, this week announced that it now owns 217,474,385 common shares of Reno De Medici S.p.A. (Reno), or 57.6% of its outstanding common shares
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Mayr-Melnhof Karton, Austria, this week reported that it has signed an agreement to acquire a high grade CTMP (chemi-thermomechanical pulp) production plant near Trondheim, Norway, from Södra Cell AB
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NewPage Corp., Miamisburg, Ohio, USA, this week announced the receipt of the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IoPP) 2013 AmeriStar Sustainability Award for its new LittleFoot™ family of 100% compostable packaging barrier products
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Smurfit Kappa, Ireland, has ordered from Metso, Finland, a DNA control system and a pulp cooking process optimization solution for its Cellulose du Pin mill in Biganos, France
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Stora Enso, Helsinki, Finland, reports that it will begin a feasibility study with the goal of converting the Varkaus Mill fine paper machine in Finland to produce virgin-fiber-based containerboard
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New Products
Catalyst Paper, Richmond, B.C., Canada, has added Ascent, a coated three paper, to its mechanical printing product range
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Penford Products, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, a division of Penford Corp., this week introduced Pen-cote PR, a new biopolymer product line made to replace protein in paper coatings
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People
ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, has appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer CEO of its Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division
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Fortress Paper Ltd., has appointed Axel Wappler CEO of its security paper products business, Landqart AG, effective July 1
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International Forest Products, B.C., Canada, this week announced that Joseph (Joe) Rodgers will take on the newly created position of VP, U.S. Operations, on July 8
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Pulp producer Rottneros AB, Stockholm, Sweden, has appointed Carl-Johan Jonsson its new CEO, effective July 1
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Weyerhaeuser Co., Federal Way, Wash., USA, this week elected Doyle Simons president and CEO, effective August 1
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TAPPI News
Don't miss your chance to attend this popular course at the TAPPI Training Center in Peachtree Corners, Ga., USA, which sold out last year.
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The 8th Annual International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials is scheduled for June 24-27, 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden, at the KTH Royal Institute of Stockholm.
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Seats are filling for the Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching Course set for August 5-6 at the TAPPI Training Facility in metro Atlanta. Save with the early-bird discount by completing your registration by July 5.
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PPMA has launched its first ever Best Place to Work Award, which is open to all companies in the forest products industry and will look not only at corporate life but also at how employees feel about their work environments. .
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Your opportunity to attend the highly reputable 
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) Course 
is coming July 15-19, at the TAPPI Training Facility in metro Atlanta.
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Learn how to enhance your Operator Training Program from some of the leading experts in the Industry.
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The PPSA will award John Sunderland of Buckeye Technology the first ever PPSA Distinguished Service Award.
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The 2014 PLACE Technical Program Team is actively seeking technical presentations, panels, tutorials, roundtables and case studies from the packaging and academic community to be presented at this year's conference. Extended abstracts will be accepted anytime before August 1.
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TAPPI member Jim Atkins suggests we embrace change to be a success.
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Popular three-day course August 20-22 is designed to teach attendees about measuring and improving performance and efficiency of paper machines.
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Join more than 7,000 TAPPI members across the world with 650-plus years of industry experience.
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This year's kick-off Golf Outing is being held at Mid-Vallee Country Club in De Pere, Wis. An afternoon shotgun scramble golf outing is planned with dinner to follow. Prizes will be awarded and individual pin events will be held.
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Anyone working in the nanomaterials field, or needing to understand the production and standards of the field, will want to add the soon-to-be-published "Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials" to their reference material.
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TAPPI Press features new titles coming to print and new e-books.
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Nominations for the major TAPPI 2014 awards are due by August 1, 2013.
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This course, August 5-6, is efficiently and expertly planned and taught by one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry, Dr. Michael Kocurek, Emeritus Professor, North Carolina State University.
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September event also co-located with Research Forum on Recycling and International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference.
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With only 25 seats left, register now to reserve your spot.
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TAPPI's 2013 CorrExpo will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, October 7-9, 2013.
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This once-in-a-lifetime event will expand public awareness, foster further connection, and provide outstanding opportunities for collaboration, growth, and investment in our future for all of those involved.
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As TAPPI's 100th year approaches, we are looking for donations to the TAPPI Library.
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Naylor, LLC
Weekly Spotlight
Earlier this year (on April 13) Stora Enso, Helsinki, Finland, announced plans to simplify and streamline its operations to focus its different businesses, simplify its operations, and enable greater focus on growth in value-creating businesses. The potential EUR 200 million annual Group fixed cost reduction from actual costs in year 2012 to second quarter 2014 run rate will include the earlier announced EUR 30 million streamlining of the Building and Living Business Area. All plans are subject to co-determination negotiations in the local units.

The EUR 200 million plans do not include any capacity reduction actions. In addition to the EUR 200 million, the effect of previously announced cost and capacity reduction actions between 2012 and the second quarter of 2014 will be EUR 75 million per year.

The company says that according to preliminary estimates, the plans could reduce its total number of employees by approximately 2,500, depending on the outcome of the co-determination negotiations and processes. The geographical split of the planned personnel reduction is as follows:

  • Finland 650
  • Sweden 750
  • Europe (excluding Nordic countries) 850
  • Outside Europe 250.

The cost-efficiency and rightsizing actions are being planned by each business area, group service, and function. The actions planned in the business areas include identifying process efficiencies in production units and services, and the potential to reduce and centralize mill administration tasks, and to simplify organization structures and reduce management layers in business area administration. The various business areas have reached different stages of their plans. For example, in the Building and Living business area, the plans have progressed well and most of the co-determination negotiations have already been concluded and decisions taken.

Group Services and Functions are rethinking their priorities, rightsizing, and simplifying structures, Stora Enso notes. Some will go through further strategic assessment to optimize the service level and approach.

"This new round of streamlining is understandably very difficult for our employees, who have already experienced several cost-saving programs in the recent past. However, we have to respond to weakness in the European economy, structurally shrinking markets in some of our businesses, and our poor profitability. We must face reality, and then try to support the employees affected by these plans in a responsible way. We have a strong track record in restructuring operations. Delivering on our savings targets will be yet another proof of our ability and agility to rightsize operations quickly to match future needs," says CEO Jouko Karvinen.

The one-time costs will be recorded in accordance with Stora Enso practice and accounted as non-recurring items mainly during the second and third quarters of 2013.

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc., this week agreed to sell all its Longview Timber holdings to Weyerhaeuser Co. Federal Way, Wash., for $2.65 billion, including assumption of debt. The company also reported last week (see June 13, 2013, Over the Wire) that it will sell its Longview Fiber Paper and Packaging operations to KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. for $1.025 billion.

"While the timing of the (separate) sale transactions is coincidental, for investors in our funds these transactions represent monetization at excellent returns and puts each of these assets into the hands of strategic buyers who will be able to take them to the next level," Cyrus Madon, senior managing partner in Brookfield's Private Equity Group, said.

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The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) this week released its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report showing improvements on a range of sustainability indicators and focusing on the industry's contributions toward a green economy. The ICFPA and its members have made strong and clear commitments to sustainable development and to working with other stakeholders in ensuring that environmental, social, and economic benefits of forest resources are available to current and future generations.

Since the signing of the CEO Leadership Statement on Sustainability in 2006, ICFPA has published a biennial report on its members' progress and performance in areas such as climate change, sustainable forest management, fighting illegal logging, and investments in workers and communities. In addition to reporting on performance, this fourth edition of the Sustainability Progress Report describes how the forest and paper industry is supporting a green economy through five key areas: resource efficiency, bio-based products, innovative technologies, carbon sequestration, and improved well-being of communities.

"Ours is a diverse industry that contributes to the economic development and social well-being of communities across the globe," said Donna Harman, president and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association and president of the ICFPA. "Our global industry is working every day to improve our practices to ensure that we deliver sustainably-produced, renewable, natural products to our domestic and global customers. We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to future progress as we contribute to sustainable development through new products and services in a green economy."

ICFPA members continue to show progress on environmental indicators:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions intensity has been reduced by 16% between 2005 and 2011
  • The share of bioenergy in the industry's fuel mix has increased by five percentage points since 2005, to 58%
  • The number of hectares certified to a third-party sustainable forest management certification system increased by 38 percentage points since 2000, to 50% of wood supply
  • Global paper recycling rates have increased by 10 percentage points between 2001 and 2011, to 56%
  • Sulfur dioxide emissions decreased by 34% between 2005 and 2011.

Contributing to this report are forest and paper industry associations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Europe, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, and the U.S.

The full report is available online.

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Neenah Paper, Alpharetta, Ga., USA, hopes to help stimulate a boost in giving to help rebuild tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., with the sale of a limited edition run of graphic letterpress prints. All of the proceeds will be donated to Architecture for Humanity to help rebuild the City of Moore. The prints are available now for $10 at The Beauty of Letterpress.

"Neenah Paper commissioned Ghost, an Oklahoma-based design and advertising firm, to create something extraordinary in response to the tragic events in Moore," said Tom Wright, senior director of advertising and design for Neenah Paper. "We wanted to do something in remembrance of all that was lost, and to serve as a future reminder of people coming together to help. Americans have already donated millions to charities to provide much-needed relief to Moore, and now we hope to redirect and to raise monies to help them look forward and rebuild."

Ghost principal Brian Barnes, who grew up in Moore, and graduated from Westmoore High School in 1990, said his team was eager to participate, "In our local design community, I think we all felt this need to do something. There has been an incredible outpouring of designers donating their time and talents to help with the relief efforts. This tragedy is an event that reminds us of how closely we're all connected. This project was our opportunity to help."

The letterpress print features a map of the City of Moore with focus on the sections of the city that were among those most devastated by the storm. Letterpress printing, enjoying a renaissance because of its extraordinary beauty and tactility, visually begs to be touched, "In a way, that's a metaphor for how we hope people will see this project," said Wright," as a touching tribute to Moore—to empower, invest, repair, and sustain—enabling anyone to touch this community directly, and also receive a remembrance of Moore's resilience in the face of crisis." The limited edition print was printed by Two Paperdolls and features CRANE'S LETTRA® Papers, which are marketed and sold by Neenah Paper.

The proceeds from the sale of each print will be donated directly to the Architecture for Humanity. Its Disaster Reconstruction & Resiliency studio works to bring lasting solutions to communities affected by disaster. "They have teams on the ground now to help every step of the way as Moore begins the long task of rebuilding," noted Wright.

The Beauty of Letterpress, where the prints may be purchased, launched last quarter with an initiative to help raise $30,000 for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum through the sale of limited edition prints. They are already more than halfway to the stated goal.

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Now an established event during London Pulp Week, this year's BWPA (British Wood Pulp Association) and Hawkins Wright Symposium moves to the historic Freemasons Hall in London, one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England. The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m,, followed by lunch. The registration fee is £305 (VAT included).

This year's program includes:

  • Diego Iscaro, IHS Global Insight
  • The Global Economic Outlook
  • Joćo Cordeiro, Jaakko Pöyry
  • Pulp Wood Supply Trends in Asia and Latin America
  • Hani Nuqul, Nuqul Group
  • Tissue: Prospects in the MENA Markets
  • Heikki Vappula, UPM
  • Pulp Production and Bioenergy - Strategic Opportunity or Risk?
  • Oliver Lansdell, Hawkins Wright
  • The Outlook for Market Pulp.

For more information email Amanda Marcus or phone at: +44 (0) 7802449144.

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Below is the latest listing of job openings in the TAPPI Career Center. The current listing includes job openings for a variety of positions including paper materials engineer, application engineer, technical service applications scientist, power engineer/project manager, and customer service representative. Current, specific job openings at companies and locations in the TAPPI Career Center include:

Employer Title Location
Albemarle Corp. Sr. Specialist/Advisor-Corrosion & Materials Baton Rouge, La.
Carlisle Brake & Friction Advanced Process Development Engineer Solon, Ohio
Dart Container Paper Materials Engineer Chicago, Ill.
Novozymes North America Technical Service Applications Scientist Franklinton, N.C.
UPM Kymmene Customer Service Representative Westmont, Ill.
Woodard & Curran Power Engineer/Project Manager Portland, Maine

More information about these jobs is available online.

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From the Experts
During the past several years, the push for additional pulp production at maximum operating efficiency has led many mills to treat inorganic deposition in the evaporators to prevent fouling of heat transfer surfaces with various types of scale. However, the successful treatment of these inorganic scales has exposed the fact that many evaporator sets also suffer from organic fouling caused by common components from the liquor cycle, such as black liquor soaps, lignin, pitch, etc. It is crucial that mills evaluate both the organic and inorganic components that lead to fouling when working to optimize the operation of the evaporators.

Black Liquor Soap
When softwoods are pulped using the basic kraft process, wood acids (both resin and fatty) are converted into salts. These salts, as well as the resin and fatty esters that are also produced, separate from the black liquor as black liquor soap. Mills have a wide variety of separation equipment to try to remove the soap from the system and collect it for direct combustion or for the production of crude tall oil (CTO), which can be sold as a byproduct.

This soap, however, if not properly removed, can be directed to the evaporator sets and can quickly foul the heat transfer surfaces, reducing the ability to evaporate water and drastically reducing the operating efficiency of the set. Although some of the soap will pass through the entire evaporative process and provide an elevated heating value, and thus increased steam production at the recovery boiler, this benefit is negated by the loss of production to remove the organic material by boiling the set and the lost efficiency.

Improving Soap Removal Efficiency
There are two critical operating parameters that must be monitored to maximize the removal of soap. These parameters include:

  1. Residual Effective (or Active) Alkali of the spent cooking liquor: The minimum solubility for soap occurs when the Residual Effective Alkali (REA) of the weak black liquor is in the range of 6 to 8 grams per liter. Maintaining alkali content in this range by correct application of white liquor to the digester in the cooking process helps to keep this solubility in the correct range.
  2. Black Liquor Solids: Soap will begin to come out of solution at around 8% to 9% solids and reaches its maximum at 25 to 30% solids. Maintaining a fairly constant solids level leaving the digester (for continuous digesters) and from the brownstock washing area allows the soap recovery to be maximized.

Although other parameters, such as temperature, can impact how well soap separates from the black liquor, these can be much more difficult to control and are determined by production rates of the mill.

Specialty Chemical Solutions
In addition to controlling the process parameters listed above, the proper application of surfactant-based chemistries can also assist in flocculating the small soap particles to help them separate from the liquor quicker and easier. These products can have a significant impact on improving the yield of black liquor soap, which allows not only increased CTO production, but also can reduce the fouling of evaporator heat transfer surfaces.

An integrated pulp and paper mill in New Zealand was struggling with maximizing their soap removal due to frequently changing grades of pulp being produced in their Kamyr digester. These frequent grade changes caused dramatic swings in REA of the black liquor and the mill's evaporators were fouling frequently with the soap that was not being recovered. The evaporators were being boiled using condensate to remove this material every three to four days, which was hindering the production rate of pulp and thus limiting the output of the paper machines as well.

To correct the situation, a small feed of a surfactant-based soap separation aid (Infinity™ PS4068 pulp processing aid) was added to the black liquor being fed to the soap skimmers. In the first month, both soap and CTO production nearly doubled, and the fouling of the evaporators was reduced to the point where they were only boiled when the inventory of black liquor was low. Production rates for the mill were maximized as well.

Summary
The proper monitoring and control of organic material is just as important as controlling the inorganic non-process elements that foul a mill's evaporator set. These organics can quickly foul heat transfer surfaces of evaporator bodies, reducing both efficiency and throughput, which can prevent the mill from maximizing total production rate. Controlling key process parameters and potentially adding a small amount of chemistry to maximize removal of the organic materials can maintain the production capability of the evaporators and maximize profitability of the entire mill.

About the Author
Kraig Kent is global pulp and recovery applications team manager, Ashland Inc. He can be contacted by email.

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Market Roundup
Wood chips are one of the few forest products commodities that have seen a steadily increasing trend in globally traded volumes the past decade. With the exception of 2009, when global production of pulp fell by about 10% and the demand for wood fiber was down, international trade of wood chips has increased every year from 2000 to 2011, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA. From 2009 to 2012, global chip trade increased by 6.5 million tons to just over 31 million tons, valued at more than $5 billion, slightly below the all-time high reached in 2011.

Much of the increase in chip imports has been because of the expansion of MDF production capacity in Turkey and due to major investments in pulp capacity in China.

The top ranking of chip-importing countries has changed considerably the past five years. Although Japan is still, by far, the largest chip importer in the world, import volumes have declined from a record-high of almost 15 million tons in 2008 to just over 11 million tons in 2012. China, on the other hand, has gone from being a net exporter of chips less than 10 years ago to become the second largest importer of wood chips in the world. With the expansion of pulp production capacity in China and the lack of domestic fiber sources, it is likely that China will surpass Japan as the world largest chip importer within two to three years. Japan and China are the two dominant consumers of globally traded chips. Their dominance is particularly accentuated for hardwood chips, where they imported 83% of the world's total imports in 2012.

Pulp mills in Finland, the third largest chip importer, have for a long time relied on residual chips from Russian sawmills with close proximity to the border and on chips from the Baltic States, as reported by the WRQ. This trade has increased in recent years. The fourth on the import ranking list for 2012 is Turkey, which has become a major chip destination in just the past few years.

It is likely that global trade of wood chips will continue to go up in the coming years for two main reasons—there are limited forest resources in some of the countries that are expanding industry capacity, and some forest companies are making the strategic decision to diversify their supply sources and import wood chips rather than procure marginal fiber supplies locally.

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Naylor, LLC
Pulp & Paper
Antalis, the European merchant for print and office paper, has made a binding offer to acquire Xerox's paper and print media products business in Western Europe. Antalis is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sequana, Paris, France, a global producer and distributor of paper.

"This announcement follows the sale earlier this year of Xerox's U.S. and Canadian paper business, as we continue to focus on growing business services and developing innovative document technologies," said Herve Chauveau, managing director, Xerox Document Supplies Europe. "As a leading distributor of paper and print media supplies, Antalis is well positioned to serve our clients exceptionally well and continue delivering the same high level of quality they expect from Xerox and our brand."

While Xerox does not manufacture paper, the company has long distributed through its brand name a broad range of coated and uncoated papers and specialty print media including business forms as well as carbonless and wide-format paper. On closing, Xerox's paper business in Western Europe will become part of Antalis, which will hold exclusive rights for the marketing and distribution of Xerox-branded paper and print media products across the region.

This offer does not affect the manufacture, sale, and support of Xerox's broad range of consumables such as toner and ink, and Xerox Replacement Cartridges.

The transaction is expected to close early in the fourth quarter, subject to closing conditions that include obtaining necessary regulatory approval from the EU Commission as well as employee communication and consultation.

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The EU Commission has approved BillerudKorsnäs' (Solna, Sweden) divestment of paper machine No. 2 (PM 2) at the Gävle production unit to SwedPaper AB. The transaction is conditional on the approval from other relevant competition authorities before closing can take place.

To satisfy conditions set by the EU Commission for approval of the combination between Billerud and Korsnäs, an agreement was signed with SwedPaper concerning divestment of PM 2 at the Gävle production unit. The machine produces kraft and sack paper. Production at PM 2 in 2012 accounted for approximately 2% of BillerudKorsnäs' total combined sales volume. The PM 2 operation employs approximately 60 people, who will be offered employment with SwedPaper. Other operations at the Gävle production unit will not be affected by the sale and will remain in BillerudKorsnäs' ownership.

Completion of the divestment is expected to take place during the third quarter of this year.

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Georgia-Pacific (G-P), Atlanta., Ga., USA, earlier this week extended the expiration of its offer for all common stock of Buckeye Technologies Inc. (BTI), Memphis, Tenn., at $37.50 per share to 5:00 p.m., New York City (Eastern) time on Tuesday, June 25, unless further extended. The company reports that approximately 32,956,603 shares have been tendered and not withdrawn in the offer. This represents about 82% of the 40,127,758 shares of Buckeye Technologies' common stock issued and outstanding, on a fully-diluted basis, as of June 17.

The tender offer and withdrawal rights were previously scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City (Eastern) time on June 17. The offer had been extended to allow additional time for satisfaction of conditions related to expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other required regulatory approvals. As previously announced, G-P received a request from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice for additional information and documentary material (often referred to as a second request) regarding the nonwovens business.

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International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., USA, reports that Computerworld has listed it No. 76 in the magazine's 2013 Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT rankings. By securing this honor, IP was recognized as one of the Top 100 organizations that challenge its IT staff while providing good compensation and benefits.

This also marks the fourth consecutive year that IP has placed among the Top 100 IT companies, as recognized by Computerworld. Honorees and full results from the 20th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey was included in a special edition of Computerworld issued this week.

"Being listed as one of the Best Places to Work in IT for the fourth consecutive year is a great accomplishment for International Paper's IT team," said John Balboni, SVP, chief information officer. "It is an honor that reflects continued engagement, commitment, and teamwork from our roughly 1,500 professionals around the globe."

IP's IT group is responsible for designing, implementing, upgrading, and sustaining the information infrastructure and systems that support 70,000 employees and operations in more than 24 countries worldwide.

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Kemira, Finland, and General Electric (GE), U.S., this past week announced that, effective immediately, Kemira's Paper Segment will furnish GE Water & Process Technologies' boiler and cooling water chemical product technologies to the pulp and paper industry. Kemira notes that it is the only global chemical company with a primary strategic focus on pulp and paper and is actively expanding and broadening its pulp and paper offering.

"Adding boiler and cooling treatment strengthens Kemira's commitment to be a highly valued resource to our customers in every area of the mill," says Joe Stockman, director of boiler and cooling treatment for Kemira's Paper Segment.

Kemira points out that its customers will benefit from the addition of GE's advanced boiler and cooling water treatment products, and they also will be able to utilize the GE Water & Process Technologies Service Reliability Center that provides monitoring of customer's key process variables. The paper industry, it adds, "now has a new choice for boiler and cooling water treatment—proven Kemira on-site service coupled with proven GE product technology."


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Nine Dragons Paper, China, reports that it has established four major national strategic production bases (Dongguan, Taicang, Tianjin, and Chongqing), four supplemental regional production bases (Shenyang, Quanzhou, Leshan, and Hebei Yongxin), and a foreign base in Vietnam. For the financial year ending June 30, the annual design production capacity of the Group has reached 12.55 million metric tons.

Following startup of two linerboard production lines at the Quanzhou base (total of 0.65 million metric tons) and a corrugating medium production line (0.3 million metric tons) at the Leshan base by the end of December, it is expected that the total annual design production capacity of the Group will reach 13.50 million metric tons.

The company's board is of the unanimous view that the Group's leading position in the industry will be further strengthened and become irreplaceable given that the strategic production layout in China and overseas has basically been completed. Having considered the leading position of the Group and the current market conditions, the board determined that it is necessary to make temporary adjustments to the strategic development target in the coming three years. The Group's focus on strategic development will shift from rapid development in the past to a prudent and sustainable development stage with further control of capital expenditure, reduction of net debt to equity ratio, and enhancement of profitability.

The board has formulated the following plans in respect of the capital expenditure and net debt to equity ratio for the three financial years ending June 30 based on adjustment of the strategic development focuses of the Group:

  • A new 0.35 million metric tpy testliner production line installed in Shenyang is expected to commence production by the end of December 2015; a new 0.35 million metric tpy kraft linerboard production line is expected to commence production at the Vietnam base by the end of 2016.
  • After startup of the two new production lines in Shenyang and Vietnam, the total annual design production capacity of the Shenyang base and Vietnam base with two linerboard production lines each will reach 0.7 million metric tons and 0.45 million metric tons, respectively.

Currently, a 0.35 million metric tpy kraft linerboard production line is being constructed at the Shenyang base. The production line is expected to commence production by the end of February 2014. An existing 0.1 million metric tpy kraft linerboard production line in Vietnam is already in operation.

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Norske Skog , Norway, reports that it has agreed to sell 51% of the shares in Norske Skog Pisa in Brazil to Papeles Bio Bio S.A., (former Norske Skog Bio Bio), which is controlled by Group BO/Pathfinder, a consortium of Chilean investors. The agreed purchase price for the 51% stake is $41.3 million.

The divestment is a part of Norske Skog's strategy to improve its cash flow and financial position. "We are pleased to be able to sell part of the Brazilian operations and enter into a partnership with an industrial player that we already know from the sale of our former Chilean operations back in 2012, and that has long-term plans for the Pisa mill," said Sven Ombudstvedt, president and CEO of Norske Skog.

"We are extremely happy to have Norske Skog as our partner in Brazil, a country where BO/Pathfinder currently controls a packaging business. This association will strengthen our position in the South-American market, and will allow us to give better service to our current and future customers," added Juan Obach, president of Papeles Bio Bio S.A.

The Pisa mill has a total newsprint production capacity of approximately 170 000 metric tpy, and is one of four newsprint mills in South-America. Papeles Bio Bio has agreed upon the terms of purchasing Norske Skog's remaining shares in the Brazilian operations within an expected time horizon of one to two years.

The buyer, Papeles Bio Bio S.A., is part of Group BO/Pathfinder. The Group also owns BO Packaging, which is one of the leading companies in the Chilean, Brazilian, and Peruvian packaging business. The investor consortium is headed by the BO/Pathfinder Group, former owners of Masisa, and has interests in graphic, packaging, glass products, building products, agribusiness, and real estate.

Closing of the 51% share transaction is expected to take place this month.

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Voith, Germany, reports that it has successfully rebuilt and modernized Tissue Machine No. 1 (TM 1) at WEPA, Mainz, Germany. The rebuild was completed in a very short period of only seven days. The customer's goal of quickly yet substantially increasing the availability and efficiency of its tissue machine was thus fulfilled, Voith notes.

Voith's delivery to WEPA included all of the wear and spare parts, and it aligned all of the rolls in the wet end section and serviced the steam joint and the gearbox of the yankee cylinder in TM 1. Also, the overhaul and startup of the felt and fabric stretchers and of both fabric guides were included. The machine frame of the tissue machine was completely refurbished. The refurbishing also included a replacement of various tension rods for the cantilever frame.

TM 1 at Mainz produces toilet paper from 100% recovered paper in a basis weight range of 15.5 to 18.5 gsm, at a machine speed of 1,750 m/min. The WEPA Group has 10 locations in five European countries with a total of 17 paper machines and boasts a production capacity of approximately 600,000 metric tpy.

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Containerboard/Packaging
Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, a producer of "green" packaging and tissue paper products, this week announced that it now owns 217,474,385 common shares of Reno De Medici S.p.A. (Reno), or 57.6% of its outstanding common shares. The Reno De Medici Group is the leading Italian and second-ranked European producer of cartonboard based on recycled materials. It operates several mills in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany.

"With the purchase of these shares, we concluded the put-and-call option agreement entered into with Industria e Innovazione S.p.A. in 2010. We are pleased with the progress we made together since the merger of our European recycled boxboard operations in 2008," Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades, said.

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Mayr-Melnhof Karton, Austria, this week reported that it has signed an agreement to acquire a high grade CTMP (chemi-thermomechanical pulp) production plant near Trondheim, Norway, from Södra Cell AB. The plant has an annual capacity of up to 130,000 metric tons of CTMP. The acquisition price will amount to approximately EUR 4 million, the company noted.

Mayr-Meinhof Karton is the largest producer of coated recycled cartonboard worldwide, with an expanding position in virgin fiber-based cartonboard.

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NewPage Corp., Miamisburg, Ohio, USA, this week announced the receipt of the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IoPP) 2013 AmeriStar Sustainability Award for its new LittleFoot™ family of 100% compostable packaging barrier products. Each year, the IoPP presents the AmeriStar Awards to leaders in the industry, recognizing excellence and innovation in packaging design.

The AmeriStar Sustainability Award is a top honor, recognizing packaging that has scored high in reducing its impact on the environment, and includes evaluation of factors such as efficient energy usage, recycling efforts, effective use of packaging materials, material recovery, and the use of renewable raw materials.

LittleFoot, a new, 100% compostable packaging laminate from NewPage, is made from renewable resources and was developed to offer oxygen and moisture barrier levels that are ideal for shelf stable food applications such as coffee, dry mixes, confections, and energy bars. It has a specially designed surface for printing, and integrates into existing converting equipment.

"We are honored to have received this top sustainability recognition from the IoPP," said Jim Sheibley, director, specialty papers business and product development for NewPage. "We look forward to exploring opportunities to commercialize our LittleFoot product in the months ahead through partnerships and licensing agreements with strategic brand owners and packaging converters who are striving to enhance their compostable packaging offerings."

AmeriStar Awards are judged based on packaging innovation, sustainability, protection, economics, performance and marketing. NewPage and other AmeriStar Award winners were honored at the AmeriStar and Visionary Awards Ceremony that took place yesterday, Wednesday, June 19, at the EastPack packaging event in Philadelphia, Pa.

NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 3.5 million tons of paper. The company's portfolio of paper products includes coated, supercalendered, and specialty papers.

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Smurfit Kappa, Ireland, has ordered from Metso, Finland, a DNA control system and a pulp cooking process optimization solution for its Cellulose du Pin mill in Biganos, France. The first part of the project is scheduled to be completed in September 2013 with the installation of a Metso Kappa Q analyzer, and the second part in March 2014. The amount of the order was not disclosed.

Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin, an integrated plant producing brown kraft liner, white top kraft liner, and white top testliner, made the decision to replace the aging control system and Kappa analyzer in its cooking line. The mill was also facing the challenges of increasing the stability of its pulping process and its Kappa index, to better meet the mill's paper production objectives.

The Metso continuous cooking optimization service aims at producing the maximum amount of optimum quality pulp, stabilizing cooking conditions, eliminating disturbances, and providing operators with tools to execute production rate and pulp grade changes automatically. The service consists of two parts: the implementation of advanced process controls coupled with Metso process experts optimizing the cooking process.

Implementation of the Kappa Q analyzer helps provide better control inputs to process control and coupled with the Metso continuous cooking optimization service allows for improved process performance. "Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin had to change the aging technology of the digester's DCS and Kappa analyzer, and the Metso DNA system was chosen for its integrated solution, including the optimization of the cooking process," said Philippe Plantey, technical project manager.

Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin is part of the Smurfit Kappa group, which is an integrated producer in 32 countries with a combined capacity of 5.2 million metric tpy of corrugated packaging and 5.3 million metric tpy of containerboard.

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Stora Enso, Helsinki, Finland, reports that it will begin a feasibility study with the goal of converting the Varkaus Mill fine paper machine in Finland to produce virgin-fiber-based containerboard. The findings of a recently completed pre-feasibility study supported continuation of the process, the company notes. The feasibility study, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014, will evaluate the profitability of the project to manufacture containerboard at Varkaus Mill.

"This is an opportunity to take advantage of two market forces, where one can see a decreasing global market for paper but an increasing global market for board. It is an opportunity to grow in the containerboard market at competitive investment cost," says Hannu Alalauri, SVP Packaging Solutions at Stora Enso Renewable Packaging.

If the investment is approved following the feasibility study, the capital expenditure for the conversion is estimated to be in the range of EUR 80–100 million and in line with Stora Enso's investment criteria. Utilizing existing capabilities within Stora Enso by modifying them to a new product line is part of Stora Enso's transformation to a value-creating renewable materials company focusing on growth markets.

"Containerboard is a key growth market for Stora Enso. We have already invested EUR 280 million in our recovered-paper-based containerboard mill site at Ostrołęka, Poland, and now we are actively evaluating a next step in virgin-fiber-based packaging grades," says Hannu Alalauri.

Varkaus Mill, which employs 260 people, has one paper machine with an annual capacity of 285,000 metric tons of uncoated fine paper. The potential capacity of the board machine would be about 350,000 metric tpy.

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New Products
Catalyst Paper, Richmond, B.C., Canada, has added Ascent, a coated three paper, to its mechanical printing product range. Made at the Port Alberni mill on the only coated mechanical paper machine in Western North America, Ascent went from idea to market in the space of a few short months, the company notes.

"Our product development team brought tremendous cross-disciplinary expertise to the initiative, along with the understanding that a new product had to be hands-down excellent to meet the quality expectations of customers when there is so much choice in the marketplace," said Tom Crowley, SVP, sales and marketing. "Ascent was lab tested, trialed in pressrooms, and when it comes to printing, there's no better proof of how well it shows, than Catalyst's most recent sustainability report which was printed on Ascent."

Catalyst has long specialized in lower-basis weight production across a wide range of papers from newsprint and directory grades, to specialty papers ideal for retail inserts and flyers, to high quality glossy mechanical papers popular with commercial printers, magazine, catalogue, and book publishers.

Catalyst Paper produces diverse specialty mechanical printing papers, newsprint, and pulp. With three mills in British Columbia, Catalyst has a combined annual production capacity of 1.5 million metric tons.

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Penford Products, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, a division of Penford Corp., this week introduced Pen-cote PR, a new biopolymer product line made to replace protein in paper coatings. Pen-cote PR, available in both dry and liquid form, was developed using Penford's PenFlex™ technology. Pen-cote PR biopolymers are VOC free, environmentally sustainable products that are easy to use, improve runnability, and reduce operating costs in paper coating processes that have traditionally relied on protein.

Penford notes that Pen-cote PR offers the following runnability benefits:

  • Higher water retention for improved surface appearance
  • Enhanced binding strength
  • Reduced blade scratches/weeping increases first pass quality
  • Improved quality (appearance and printing) of final product will increase saleable tons
  • Cross-linkable to improve print fidelity, resulting in higher printer satisfaction.

The new product also offers the following application benefits, Penford adds:

  • Easy and ready to use, is not alkali dependent and preparation is ammonia free
    • Available in pump-and-go liquid or dry powder that easily hydrates in the coating
    • No cooking required, saving time, hassle, and EHS exposure of the cooking process
  • No sludge or foam formation as observed with protein products.

More information is available online.

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People
ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, has appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer CEO of its Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division. He will succeed Joe Hogan in an orderly transition on September 15. Hogan will continue with ABB for some months as senior advisor to the board.

Spiesshofer joined ABB's Executive Committee in 2005 and became responsible for DM in 2009. He has led a doubling of the division's revenues by organic and inorganic means, and the integration of Baldor, ABB's largest ever acquisition. He has increased profit margins through a turnaround in Robotics, as well as the profitable growth and relentless execution of the motors and drives activities.

"ABB has developed a strong bench of talent. I am extremely pleased that the new CEO comes from within the company, and brings a solid track record and deep knowledge of the portfolio," said ABB Chairman Hubertus von Grünberg. "Ulrich has been a key force in shaping and implementing ABB's strategy, and the integration of Baldor stands out as a benchmark for successful large acquisitions."

Spiesshofer also initiated other business expansion activities in DM based on organic growth and acquisitions. These have helped DM to grow faster than the market and to expand into new business areas such as e-mobility and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), as well as to better balance the business geographically. The planned acquisition of Power-One would make ABB a leading global supplier of solar inverters.

Prior to taking over DM, Spiesshofer was responsible for Corporate Development, leading strategy development and implementation across the power and automation businesses, in very close collaboration with all of ABB's teams. This included ABB's roadmap for mergers and acquisitions and the formation of ABB's technology venture arm.

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Fortress Paper Ltd., has appointed Axel Wappler CEO of its security paper products business, Landqart AG, effective July 1. Wappler replaces Alfonso Ciotola, who will continue providing services to the corporation.

Wappler has more than 25 years of international experience in the paper and manufacturing industries, with leadership roles in operations, sales, and executive management. Prior to joining Fortress Paper, he was a member of the executive board and GM of global marketing and sales for Omya Management AG, and the CEO of Cham Paper Group, a Swiss developer, producer, and distributor of coated specialty papers.

Landqart AG (Fortress Paper's Landqart Mill in Landquart, Switzerland) is a producer of banknote and high security papers. The mill's PM1 has a production capacity of approximately 7,500 metric tpy, and its PM 2, a cylinder mould paper machine, has a production capacity of some 2,500 metric tpy. The mill has 240 employees.


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International Forest Products, B.C., Canada, this week announced that Joseph (Joe) Rodgers will take on the newly created position of VP, U.S. Operations, on July 8. Rodgers has worked in the forest products industry for 27 years. He is currently VP, Operations-Solid Wood with Temple-Inland Building Products in Diboll, Texas, USA, where he is responsible for the development and delivery of initiatives to support alignment across that company's solid wood system.

"Joe's leadership experience and broad industry knowledge is an excellent addition to our senior leadership team," said Interfor President and CEO Duncan Davies. "Joe will support our company goals of building value through operational excellence and growth, and will help us set the stage for the years ahead."

Interfor is a global lumber supplier, with annual capacity of more than 2 billion board feet, and one of the most diverse lines of lumber products in the world. The company has operations across North America.

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Pulp producer Rottneros AB, Stockholm, Sweden, has appointed Carl-Johan Jonsson its new CEO, effective July 1. He succeeds Ole Terland who has been the CEO of Rottneros since 2008. Jonsson, most recently held a corresponding position with Mondi Dynäs AB, Sweden, which produces kraft paper.

Terland is leaving his position essentially as a result of Arctic Paper S.A. becoming the new main owner of Rottneros this spring. The greater part of the board was also replaced in conjunction with the AGM in March.

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Weyerhaeuser Co., Federal Way, Wash., USA, this week elected Doyle Simons president and CEO, effective August 1. Simons will be engaged as CEO Elect effective immediately. He succeeds Dan Fulton, who turns 65 this year and will be retiring as planned. Effective August 1, Fulton will serve as executive vice chairman of the Weyerhaeuser board of directors until his retirement in October 2013.

"As former CEO and chairman of Temple-Inland, Doyle has a proven track record of driving performance to achieve results," said Chuck Williamson, chairman of Weyerhaeuser's board of directors. "He has deep experience in the forest products industry, broad business and functional expertise, and a passion for operational excellence. I know he will bring tremendous energy, vision, and leadership to Weyerhaeuser as the company continues to optimize its assets, increase efficiency, and pursue sustainable growth."

Simons was chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland from 2008 until February 2012 when it was acquired by International Paper. In 2009, he was selected by investment analysts as RISI's North American CEO of the Year in the paper and forest products industry for his leadership in delivering strong results in a challenging economic environment. He has served on the Weyerhaeuser board of directors since June 2012.

Fulton has been president of Weyerhaeuser since January 2008 and CEO since April 2008. Prior to that he was president and CEO of the company's wholly owned real estate subsidiary.

"For nearly six years, Dan has guided Weyerhaeuser with a steady hand through unprecedented economic turmoil and an extremely depressed housing market," Williamson said. "The strength of the company today is clear evidence of his adept leadership through a very challenging period. Dan also oversaw the company's conversion to a real estate investment trust — a change that has proven highly beneficial to Weyerhaeuser shareholders. I look forward to the continued value he will bring to the company as a board member during the transition period over the next several months, and I wish him well in his retirement."

In regard to Simons, Fulton said that "I've had the opportunity to get to know Doyle over the past year as a highly engaged member of our board. I'm excited to see him take the reins to lead Weyerhaeuser to the next level of performance. He has a strong and varied skill set, extensive industry knowledge, and deep respect for our company values. I know he'll do a fantastic job building upon the operational improvements we've made to ensure we take full advantage of the housing recovery, maximize the value of our assets, and continue to grow."

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TAPPI News
The TAPPI Best Practices on the Corrugator Course, June 25-27 at the TAPPI Training Center in Peachtree Corners, Ga., USA.

Top 10 Reasons to Register for TAPPI's Best Practices on the Corrugator Course:

#10 Gain the knowledge you need to troubleshoot most operational problems.
#9 Learn how you can maintain quality while reaching maximum corrugator speeds.
#8 Network with peers to find solutions to your quality issues.
#7 See on-site videos of conditions producing defects and how they can be resolved.
#6 Learn from industry-renown instructors Tom Pearce, Pearce Corrugated Consulting; Dan Dyson, Vice President of Production for Avista Solutions International, Inc.; Jon Porter, Senior Instructor/Process Specialist, Fosber America; Robin A. Sommers, Engineering Manager, Donahue & Associates; and Peter Snyder, National Account Salesman, Harper/Love Adhesive.
 
#5 Bring your defects to the experts—and to your colleagues in the room—to get guidance on how to overcome your production problems.
#4 Find out how you can get the maximum yield of boxes from the paperboard consumed.
#3 Take home new ideas and operational methods to improve production.
#2 Analyze your mill's specific problems with course instructors and explore possible solutions.

And the Number 1 reason why you should register for the 2013 TAPPI Best Practices on the Corrugator Course is...

With all of these great reasons, how can you not afford to?

Last year's course sold out, so here's your chance to attend. If you work with a corrugator, this is your opportunity to learn how to:
  • Increase productivity and improve quality
  • Reduce excess waste
  • Adopt the "Centerline Process" to achieve a product that is consistent on every shift
  • Maintain quality while reaching maximum corrugator speeds
  • Get the maximum yield of boxes from the paperboard consumed
  • Troubleshoot the most common operational problems
  • Recognize critical properties of paperboard, starch, adhesive, and how to control warp.

What to Bring with You: Your questions and issues related to corrugator operations and samples of your defects.

What You'll Take Home: New ideas and operational methods to improve production.

Want to know more? Here's the Proposed Course Schedule.

Put June 25-27 on your calendar and register now to lock in your participation before seats fill.

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The existence of cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils has been known for several decades, yet recent advances in science, particularly in the field of nanotechnology, have revealed that these materials contain unique physical properties, particularly high strength properties. Researchers have been studying how these materials can improve paper properties and will present their latest finding this June 24-27 in Stockholm, Sweden, at TAPPI's 8th Annual International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials at the KTH Royal Institute of Stockholm.

The program for this year's event has been released, and one session will focus on using cellulose nanofibers for improving retention and increasing strength in paper. Researchers from Aalto University in Finland will report on improved flocculation of both precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) and kaolin with the addition of certain cellulose nanomaterials. Researchers from Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) in Heidenau, Germany, will report on the importance of adding fillers, celluloses, and compounding agents in the right order to achieve the best results. Researchers from VTT in Finland will report on ways to increase the strength of paper by using filler particles coated with nanoscale calcium silicate hydrate (CS) structures. 

New reports at the conference will present some exciting advances for both within the pulp and paper industry and beyond. The technical program features cellulose nanomaterials in a variety of applications, including:

  • Unique and Thin-Film Composites
  • Filler and Coating Applications for Different Paper Grades
  • Improved Barrier Properties for Packaging Applications
  • Cellulose Nanomaterials as Films and Carriers in Medical Applications
  • Nanopaper and Iridescent Colored Cellulose Films.
With more than 80 technical presentations, five keynote presentations, and 50 poster presentations, this year's conference is packed with the latest applications of renewable nanomaterials.

Watch for additional updates from TAPPI on how nanotechnology, and cellulose nanomaterials in particular, can be a transformative technology for the pulp and paper industry.

The 8th Annual International Conference on Nanotechnolgy for Renewable Materials is hosted by TAPPI's International Nanotechnology Division, which strives to collectively advance the responsible and sustainable production and use of renewable nanomaterials. More information is available online.

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Seats are filling for the 2013 TAPPI Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching course.  Save with the early-bird discount by completing your registration by July 5.

This efficiently, expertly planned course will be held August 5-6 at the TAPPI Training Facility in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, USA.

You can expect to network among your peers already registered from BTG Inc., Buckman, Domtar, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Packaging Corp. of America, Weyerhaeuser, and others. You can also plan your trip ahead of time.

Meet our instructor:

Dr. Michael Kocurek is one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry. As Professor Emeritus of Paper Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University, Dr. Kocurek's focus is on pulp and paper technology, paper properties, and workforce and professional development. He has taught pulping and bleaching to both undergraduate and graduate students, and groups of technical personnel and operators for more than 40 years. He is active in teaching distance learning courses and has taught in-mill company classroom short courses on kraft pulping manufacture at more than 15 mill locations.

Dr. Kocurek is the editor of 11 books, including the recognized Pulp and Paper Manufacture series covering the entire field of pulp and paper. He has authored/co-authored six video courses, including the Introduction to Pulp & Paper series - again covering the entire field of pulp and paper. Dr. Kocurek received his B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in Paper Science & Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and Syracuse University.

He has served as Paper Science Department head at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an academic program he founde, and N.C. State University. His honors include TAPPI Fellow, TAPPI Distinguished Service Award, and induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame - an honor bestowed to recognize people who have made preeminent contributions to the global paper industry.

Course Curriculum:

The 2013 Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching course is "the kind of course that offers a view of the entire puzzle, so to speak, rather than a detailed focus on one or two operations," explains Dr. Kocurek. "There are few if any that combine this field of focus into one course."

You will learn how to:

•  Expand overall understanding of kraft pulp mill operations
•  Broaden awareness of how one part of the process affects other operations
•  Demonstrate the affect of processes on kraft pulp quality
•  Build confidence for effective interaction among process engineers and operators
•  Help with troubleshooting product quality problems.
 
Register soon to take part.  We look forward to seeing you here at the TAPPI headquarters in August.

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The Pulp and Paper Manufacturers Association (PPMA) has launched its first-ever Best Place to Work Award. The award is open to all companies in the forest products industry and will look not only at corporate life but also look at how employees feel about their work environments.

In conjunction with Majority Opinion Research Group, PPMA has started taking nominations for this award and will continue to accept nominations through July 1.

"This award is an exciting opportunity for PPMA to honor great companies. As an association that serves HR professionals, we know the value of the making your company a great place to work," said PPMA President Joe Thibaudeau, employee relations manager - Procter & Gamble - Green Bay, Wis., USA.

The award will be presented to the winner at the annual PPMA conference on October 23-25, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wis., USA. The winner will have the chance to speak with conference attendees about what makes his or her company the "Best Place to Work."

PPMA is a nonprofit association built around a community comprised of executives, managers, and human resource professionals from the pulp and paper industry. For its members, PPMA serves as a primary source of information on labor settlements and current human resource issues, governmenta,l and related operational issues.

To nominate your company for the Best Place to Work Award, use the online form.

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Are you ready to go further, faster in your safety career? The Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) class can take you there.


Your opportunity to attend the highly reputable
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) Course
 is coming July 15-19, at the TAPPI Training Facility in metro Atlanta, Ga., USA.

Not only will you learn how to read and understand the OSHA 1910 and 1926 CFRs and help your company avoid OSHA citations that cost millions of dollars, but more importantly, by learning how to work safely on a job site, you can teach your company how to lower fatalities and near misses. Almost 47% of COSS graduates responding to our survey indicate that, since taking COSS, their company's injury rate and/or OSHA recordables have decreased by as much as 25% and others attest to as much as a 100% decrease!

Request a Course Outline & Syllabus for more information.

COSS curriculum is updated every year for the highest integrity of accuracy because safety rules and OSHA standards are often changing. The cost of this nationally-known program is minimal if you compare it with the potential cost of even one accident.
This course is designed for all job levels so that anyone can become a leader in safety management on the job. COSS instructors are Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers, a highly complex level of commitment - meaning these trainers are passionate about safety.  You'll learn from the best in the profession. This class also addresses the psychology of safety, the true cost of an accident, hazard recognition, how to start up a health and safety program, behavior based safety, system safety, and much more!

What Will You Receive?
Upon successfully completing the class, you will obtain your national Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) designation, your OSHA 10-hr. card of completion in construction, and your OSHA 10-hr. card of completion in general industry.

National Program Recognitions
COSS is currently one of only 37 programs in the world recongnized and accredited by the American Petroleum Institute (API). In addition, the certifying body for construction education for colleges, universties and technical/trade schools, American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), has also recongnized our program. COSS is the only non-degree program to receive this national endorsement. Lastly, COSS has been established as a mandatory course for students in the Construction Management Program at Louisiana State University.

Program Content
The program consists of 40 hr. of hands on, face-to-face learning, which is delivered by an Authorized OSHA outreach trainer in both construction and general industry. Case studies and workshops are used extensively to bring learning objectives into focus. Guest speaker from areas such as OSHA and other governmental agencies are used to enhance the learning experience. Student presentations, daily quizzes, practical reviews, and a comprehensive final exam will allow you to demonstrate your competency.

Prerequisites
The only prerequisite for the COSS class is you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. In each class, we tend to have a mix of non-experienced, first time safety persons, as well as safety professionals who have been in the safety field for 20+ years. But, we have learned that regardless of the numbers of years of experience you have in safety, everyone leaves the COSS class with a wealth of knowledge!

Visit the COSS website for FAQs
, testimonials and a list of clients that have taken COSS.

Register now.


If you would like more information on the COSS program, contact Beth Gordon at 877-610-2677.

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Alabama Southern will host a one-day-only Operator Training Conference & Workshop. This complimentary event, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with NPT2, will help HR professional and mill leaders add value to their existing operator training programs and provide practical advice on how to create a more competitive and better trained workforce.

Date: Friday, July 18
Location: Alabama Southern, Thomasville, Ala.
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m  CST

Discover new tools, learn best practices, and better equip your operator workforce. For more details or to register for the event, please contact Martha Wynn by email or by phone at 334.637.3194.

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The Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA) will award John Sunderland, of Buckeye Technology, the first ever PPSA Distinguished Service Award. The PPSA Distinguished Service Award was established in 2013 to recognize Sunderland for his voluntary leadership and service and will be awarded to anyone who has performed outstanding service to the association.

"We were honored to be able to present John with this award. He has shown a dedication for this association and has helped us through challenging times," said Pete Masias and Monty Batchelor, PPSA Awards Committee and Board of Directors members.

Sunderland has served on the PPSA Board of Directors for a number of years and in that time he took an association that was heading for financial disaster and stepped in to provide the needed administration that literally saved the association. It is that dedication to PPSA that allows PPSA to remain the most respected safety association in the pulp and paper industry.

The award will be given to Sunderland at the 70th Annual Health and Safety Conference in Williamsburg, Va. Registration is currently open for this event. More information is available online.
 
The Pulp & Paper Safety Association is a non-profit, non-political, international organization, devoted to the continuous improvement of safety throughout all aspects of the paper industry. From forest products to paper mills, to converting plants, to recycle collection centers, our membership is grouped by category to ensure a fair and appropriate basis for comparison.

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The 2014 PLACE Technical Program Team is actively seeking technical presentations, panels, tutorials, roundtables, and case studies from the packaging and academic community to be presented at this year's conference. Interested in being a session chair or know someone who would be a great presenter? Extended abstracts will be accepted anytime before August 1. Space is limited so submit now! Final papers will be due on or before March 17, 2014.  

View the list of suggested topics and an extended abstract example.  

 
The 2014 PLACE Conference is the premier North American event for the flexible packaging industry and will have something for the whole supply chain, including suppliers, converters, extruders, retailers, and brand owners.

Join us for this comprehensive event with more targeted content, topic variety, and program ideas than ever before. This event will use traditional content delivery methods like primers/tutorials, panel discussions, and interactive content delivery methods.

Submission Deadline is August 1, 2013.
 
 Feel free to contact Kristi Ledbetter if you have any additional questions.
 
 Kristi Ledbetter
 Converting Division Manager
 TAPPI
 15 Technology Parkway South
 Peachtree Corners, GA  30092
 Phone:  770-209-7319
 Fax:  770-446-6947

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What do buggy whips and TAPPI membership have in common? If you ask member Jim Atkins, he'll tell you it is change – revolutionary, fast-moving, and ever constant change. But that's where the similarities end.

To keep ahead of the advances occurring every day in our industry, you need to have an advantage," Jim says, "and the best place to jump in with both feet is with membership in TAPPI." And, Jim talks from experience.  He's been a member since 1975, joining shortly after receiving his degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina. For him, being prepared has been the best way to turn change into opportunity. "Embracing change is key to future success. You can continue to make buggy whips or you can embrace the opportunities that change offers." And TAPPI, he says, is the best way to do that.

Find out more by reading this month's Member Spotlight. Spotlight participants are recommended by fellow members and staff.  If you would like to nominate a member just send their name (or names) to MemberSpotlight@tappi.org.  We will forward a spotlight questionnaire to fill out and return.  

We look forward to seeing you in the Spotlight!

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The Improving Paper Machine Performance Course, one of TAPPI's most popular intermediate to advanced courses, is back by popular demand. To be held August 20-22 in Peachtree Corners (metro Atlanta), USA, the three-day course is designed to teach attendees about measuring and improving performance and efficiency of paper machines. The course features four of the industry's most experienced and respected instructors: TAPPI Fellows Jim Atkins, Dick Reese, Chuck Klass, and Ken Hill.

"The course is ideal for engineers and manufacturing managers who need a better understanding of paper machine operations from the wet end through the dry end, including coating, sizing, and calendering," notes Scott Springmier, manager, Pulp and Paper Division, TAPPI. "The course not only covers the key technologies, it covers performance evaluations of each paper machine area against industry standard benchmarks to identify opportunities for improvement."

Topics covered include: how to establish a paper machine performance audit; measuring efficiency; and analysis of individual components/operations (head box, press section, forming section, wet end additives, dryer section, size press, and calendar). New to this year's course is a session on energy reduction strategies.   

Process engineers and manufacturing managers will find this course beneficial, along with service technicians and sales engineers from  chemical and equipment suppliers. A degree in engineering or other technical field is suggested but not required. A good working knowledge of the paper machine is recommended.

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As TAPPI is getting ready to celebrate its 100th Year Anniversary in 2015, we were wondering how much industry expertise we have in this great group of professionals.

So, we decided to post a discussion question on our TAPPI Social Media outlets. We asked, "How many years of paper and/or packaging experience do you have?"
 
Who knew such a simple question would have such an impressive response.

With more than 7,000 TAPPI members, all over the world, we have counted 650-plus years of industry experience! Now you probably can't find that anywhere else . So why don't you join us?

From those "born" into the industry to third generation professionals. From paper to packaging, to sustainability, environment, tissue, converters, and consulting. This TAPPI network has something for everyone.
 
Become a part of this unique community of paper and packaging professionals, and add your expertise to our group, and network with others to learn something new.

Visit our website to learn more today!

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The Lake States TAPPI/North Central PIMA golf outing will take place August 13.

For more information, see the event announcement.

This year's kick-off Golf Outing is being held at Mid-Vallee Country Club in De Pere, Wis..An afternoon shotgun scramble golf outing is planned with dinner to follow. Prizes will be awarded and individual pin events will be held.

Those submitting their registration with their fee, postmarked by August 9, will be assigned holes on a first-come, first-served basis. Later registrations will be assigned as space is available. Foursome sponsors and all singles will be notified of their hole assignment at the course on the day of the event.

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The soon-to-be-published, "Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials" is the latest TAPPI Press product to broaden the industry knowledge regarding who is researching nano technologies as well as leads on successful applications.

Anyone working in the nanomaterials field, or needing to understand the production and standards of the field, will want to add this volume to their reference material. Cellulose nano-crystals and cellulose nano-fibrils have been known for 20-50 years, but recent research suggesting very high strength properties and other unique physical properties have generated extensive interest in these materials.

 
Pre-order your copy today and save!

This new book will include:
  • A collection of two to three page summaries on recently completed and on-going research with these high strength materials
  • A list of who's-who of research as well as leads on successful applications
  • Topics on subjects such as production and modification, composites, other applications, modeling, and standards.
  • Special feature: Actual cellulose nanocrystals included within the overcoat varnish of the cover.


    Pre-order Price:
    Member: $149
    Nonmember: $149

    After July 15:
    Member: $189
    Nonmember: $259

    Product code: 0101R332
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Paper Machine Wet Press Manual, Fourth Edition
Edited by: Richard A. Reese

Paper Machine Wet Press Manual provides an introduction to wet pressing technology in the paper industry and includes information on practical press section considerations on paper machines. The book provides an overview of press section equipment and key factors in optimizing press section performance. In addition, checklists are included to evaluate press section performance.

The book will be particularly useful to paper company personnel including paper machine superintendents, foremen, paper machine operators, process engineers, etc. Employees of suppliers to the paper industry involved in supplying press section equipment and evaluating press section performance will also find the book beneficial. The Paper Machine Wet Press Manual, Fourth Edition is a project of the Water Removal Committee of TAPPI's Engineering Division.

Item Number: 0102B042 • List Price: $124 • Tappi Member: $83
                  
Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application
By: Hans W. Maurer

Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Applications is a complement to Maurer's previous book, Starch and Starch Products in Surface Sizing and Paper Coating. His new book, Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application, addresses issues in the preparation and application of starch and starch products for use in the wet stages of the papermaking process. This publication covers a wide range of subjects in starch utilization, ranging from the preparation of specific starch products to their use in papermaking for flocculation, retention, drainage, strength, and sizing control. Environmental issues in the use of starch and analytical procedures for starch analysis and charge characterization are also addressed.

Item Number: 0101R319 • List Price: $185 • Tappi Member: $125
       
    E-BOOKS COMING SOON
      
Roll and Web Defect Terminology - E-Book
By: Jerome M. Gess and Paul H. Wilson

This book takes the reader through the process of making paper, pointing out where interruptions can occur and where elements that are added to the system can cause problems in that part or subsequent parts of the papermaking process. The aim of this book is to give papermakers and those involved in the papermaking process the information required to allow them to understand how to track down and solve problems at their source rather than where the problems surface.

Paper Machine Quality Control Systems - Volume 1: Measurement Systems and Product Variability - E-Book
By: Quality Control Systems Education Common Interest Group of the Process Control Division

This book describes in detail the measurement technology used in Quality Controls Systems (QCS). Individual chapters are devoted to the five most prevalent QCS measurements (basis weight, moisture, caliper, ash, and color) in the paper industry. Each of these chapters covers the physical principles involved in each measurement, sensor designs, various methods of implementation, and influence factors. A somewhat lighter coverage is given to 10 other QCS measurements that do not have such a broad installation base. Common issues that impact all sensors are explained, including how sensor performance is measured and reported, the impact of scanning processes, filtering, scanner designs and construction, and sensor calibration and correlation. Statistical methods are covered in depth from discrete one-dimensional variability to multi-dimensional variability. Guidance is provided for using these statistical methods to locate the sources of variability in the paper process. This book was written by the Quality Control Systems Education Common Interest Group of the Process Control Division.  
      
    COMING SOON IN PRINT   
      
Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials
By: Alan W. Rudie, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory,
Michael A. Postek, National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Robert J. Moon, USDA Frost Service, Forest Products Laboratory,
Michael A. Bilodeau, University of Maine

Cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils have been known for upwards of 50 years, but recent research suggesting very high strength properties and other unique physical properties have generated extensive interest in these materials. The book will be a collection of summaries on recently completed and on-going research with these high strength materials. This book will highlight cutting-edge research as well as leads on successful applications. Topics will include: production and modification, composites, other applications, modeling, and standards.

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Nominations for the major TAPPI 2014 awards are due by August 1. The awards that may be presented in the upcoming year are:

Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award - The Association's highest technical honor may be presented annually to recognize an individual or individuals for preeminent scientific and engineering achievements of proven commercial benefit to the world's pulp, paper, board, and forest products industries and the other industries that TAPPI serves.

Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award - The Association's highest award for service may be presented annually to recognize leadership and service that have significantly and demonstrably contributed to the advancement of the Association.

Paul W. Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Member Award - The highest honor for Local Sections may be presented annually to recognize an individual for outstanding leadership and exceptional service to one or more Local Sections, which have resulted in significant and demonstrable benefits to the Local Section members.

TAPPI Fellow - TAPPI Fellows are individuals who have been members of TAPPI for not less than 10 years prior to the nomination, and who have contributed meritorious service to the Association and/or the paper and related industries. Retiring members of the TAPPI Board of Directors become Fellows automatically at the end of their term.

The TAPPI Awards and Honors page has links to these awards that will show the qualifications required and links to the nomination forms that must be completed. You may submit all nomination forms by email to standards@tappi.org, or you may fax them to the attention of the awards department at +1-770-446-6947, or send them by mail to TAPPI, Awards Department, 15 Technology Parkway South, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092, USA.

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The TAPPI Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching Course is coming August 5-6, 2013, at the TAPPI Training Facility.

This course is efficiently and expertly planned and taught by one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry, Dr. Michael Kocurek, Emeritus Professor, North Carolina State University. In just two days, you'll gain a valuable overview of kraft operations that would normally take nearly 15 days in other, more comprehensive training.

The TAPPI Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching Course is designed to:
  • Expand overall understanding of kraft pulp mill operations
  • Broaden awareness of how one part of the process affects other operations
  • Demonstrate the affect of processes on kraft pulp quality
  • Build confidence for better interaction among experienced process engineers and operators
  • Help you troubleshoot product quality problems.

Participants will learn specifically about:

  • Wood and fiber raw materials
  • Preparation of wood and chips for pulping
  • Preparation of white liquor
  • Pulping terminology, pulp properties, and tests
  • Batch and continuous cooking
  • Kraft pulping chemical reactions
  • Pulping variables and effects on properties
  • Trends in kraft pulping and bleaching
  • Brown stock washing
  • Screening and cleaning
  • Bleaching and oxygen delignification
  • The pulp mill biorefinery.
Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for anyone new to the kraft pulping process, particularly process engineers and operators.

Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course, participants should be able to:
  • Describe and define kraft pulp mill processes, equipment, operating variables, and terminology, in order to increase ability to improve operations and pulp quality
  • Recognize how one part of the process affects other operations, in order to increase awareness of thinking on a mill wide scale
  • Interpret how the process variables affect pulp quality, in order to improve pulp quality and troubleshoot variations in quality
  • Extend awareness of the complex environmental challenges associated with kraft pulp production.
Please register soon. Only 25 seats are available for this course to ensure the most beneficial interaction among attendees and the instructor.

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The 2013 TAPPI PEERS Conference, September 15-18, in Green Bay, Wis., USA, has announced the detailed technical program focusing on sustainable manufacturing and other pressing business and technical questions faced by pulp and paper companies as they manage raw materials, assets, regulatory requirements, and production assets.  Register now and save.

In addition to the peer-reviewed technical program, Keynote Speaker Robert Feeser, SVP of Packaging with MWV, will share his insights on the day-to-day challenges he faces as he oversees the company's primary mill-based manufacturing businesses in the U.S. and Brazil. PEERS will also offer exclusive networking opportunities and insight into new technologies that can help you optimize your mill operations.  

For 2013, PEERS will be co-located with the 10th Research Forum on Recycling and the International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference, creating a value-added opportunity for you to expand your learning, networking, and resources by attending all three events.  

Learn more about the TAPPI PEERS Conference.

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The 2013 TAPPI Linerboard/Medium Manufacture Course, August 13-15 at the TAPPI Training Room, in Peachtree Corners, Ga., USA, is designed to help increase your understanding of linerboard and medium performance properties and manufacturing to improve corrugated box performance and runnability.

This intermediate-level course is ideal for process engineers and operators in linerboard and medium manufacturing facilities and converting plants with a more intermediate background. For those participants who require an overview background on pulp and papermaking technology, there will be an optional one day Introduction to P&P on Monday afternoon, August 12, prior to the beginning of the main course on Tuesday. This supplemental session is intended for corrugators, new P&P mill and supplier personnel, and those without exposure to pulp and paper operations.

If you are looking to increase your understanding of linerboard and medium performance properties and how they are achieved, build your confidence in interacting more knowledgeably within the mill with suppliers and with corrugators, and improve manufacturing operations to produce a more competitive product, then this course is for you.

There are only 25 seats are available for this course. Register now to reserve your spot.

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The corrugated packaging and converting industry is heading for Indianapolis, Ind., USA, October 7-9, 2013, for TAPPI CorrExpo 2013. The JW Marriott is the waypoint where ideas turn into innovation. Join your colleagues to take advantage of highly-sought-after speakers, seminars, workshops, exhibits, and programs you don't want to miss:
  • There will be two keynote presentations - Bob Chapman, CEO and chairman of Barry-Wehmiller, and Alexander Toeldte, president and CEO of Boise Inc.
  • Extensive networking and sales opportunities on the sold-out exhibit floor
  • Training and insight from the best in the industry
  • A cutting-edge technology showcase exhibit of innovative trends and design
  • Opportunity for one-on-one meetings with top-level attendees
  • Problem solving with industry experts
  • Numerous special events, including a welcome reception, golf tournament, gala at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and spouse/guest program
  • Eye-opener sessions tackling timely topics affecting box plants today, with plenty of time for questions and interaction with the speakers
  • Complimentary workshops on Wednesday afternoon for all registered exhibit visitors.

View the full program to see what's in store for you this October.

Register today.

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The TAPPI Centennial Celebration will be a multi-year long series of outreach events and educational offerings showcasing the proud history and promising future of the global pulp, paper, packaging, and related industries. This once-in-a-lifetime event will expand public awareness, foster further connection, and provide outstanding opportunities for collaboration, growth, and investment in our future for all of those involved. Goals for the TAPPI Centennial Celebration are:
  • To honor TAPPI's 100 years of connection, education, and advancement as a foundation for the sustainable success of our members, our industries, and the world we share
  • To recognize the achievements of those who built our industry and to inspire those who seek to build its future
  • To celebrate the contributions and innovations of the global pulp, paper, and packaging industries to human culture, commerce, health, and social advancement
  • To sustain the industry and support its growth, vitality, and future through the TAPPI Foundation.
We invite you to be a part of this momentous event. The sooner you join us the more opportunities there are for recognition of your company, its products, and key innovations. Keep in mind that an early commitment allows you to spread your investment over multiple years' budgets.

For more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities please contact dbell@tappi.org.

The sponsorship prospectus can be downloaded online.

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Do you have a history book gathering dust on your shelf? TAPPI's 100th year is coming soon and we are looking for donations to the TAPPI Library. Specifically, we are interested in histories of companies and mills in the paper and packaging industry (both producers and suppliers). Each donated book will have a bookplate in the front cover recognizing the donor. For more information please contact David Bell.

Please send books to:
c\o David Bell
TAPPI
15 Technology Parkway, South
Suite 115
Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092

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Ken Patrick Ramesh Gupta Larry N. Montague
Editorial Director International Editor President and CEO
770-209-7340 bsc_rcg@hotmail.com lmontague@tappi.org
kpatrick@tappi.org    
30 years' experience writing for the pulp,    
paper, packaging, and allied industries    
     
Karen Roman
Maria Luisa Valencia Eric Fletty
Production/Distribution Editor International Editor Vice President, Operations
770-209-7416 mlvalencia@une.net.co efletty@tappi.org
kroman@tappi.org    
     
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  Integrated Media Director, Naylor, LLC  
  352-333-3345  
  sholt@naylor.com  

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