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Thursday, July 18, 2013
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Coldwater Seals
Weekly Spotlight
Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, reports that the company's Greenpac Mill LLC group manufactured its first roll of lightweight linerboard this past Monday at its new, ultra-modern containerboard mill in Niagra Falls, N.Y., USA
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The Newark Group, Cranford, N.J., USA, reports that Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions' Wisconsin Paperboard Mill has received a Focus on Energy incentive in excess of $75,000 for energy efficiency from the state of Wisconsin
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UPM, Helsinki, Finland, reports that it is one of the first companies and its Changshu site in China the first ever paper mill to receive the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) registration in China
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At this year's Glastonbury Festival in England, held the last week of June, French artist Olivier Grossetête's giant cardboard tower, at more than 18 meters high, was the main feature of the festival's Theatre and Circus area and was built completely from Smurfit Kappa (Ireland) corrugated boxes
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This fall, TAPPI is providing a unique opportunity for North American suppliers to exhibit at the 2013 China International Paper Technology Exhibition and Conference (CIPTE)
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Below is the latest listing of job openings in the TAPPI Career Center.
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Coldwater Seals
Market Roundup
China's hunger for wood was less acute in 2012 than in the previous year. In particular, importation of softwood logs fell substantially from the record levels of 2011
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CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries), Brussels, Belgium, has released its latest European pulp and paper industry statistics, which give a clear picture of the performance of the industry in 2012
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Pulp & Paper
Arctic Paper, Poznań, Poland, reportedly is planning to shut down PM 1 at its Mochenwangen paper mill in Germany
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Nigerian tissue producer Bel Papyrus Ltd, a member of the Boulos Group of Companies, has started up a new Toscotec (Italy) complete tissue production line at its Lagos, Nigeria, mill
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The Cham Paper Group, Switzerland, will sell its Italian paper mills in Carmignano and Condino to Delfort Group, Traun, Austria, and exit base paper production
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Ence Energía y Celulosa, Spain, is participating in the alliance between the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC)—cross-sector group made up of 48 large and small enterprises—and the European Commission to establish an unprecedented public-private partnership
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Mercer International Inc., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, reports that, after conducting a comprehensive assessment, its Celgar mill near Castlegar in British Columbia, Canada, intends to reduce its workforce to improve competitiveness with other pulp producers
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Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe, a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, says that it takes the protection of the climate and environment seriously
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Locals 92 and 306 of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) Union, Ottawa, Ont., Canada, and Resolute Forest Products‘ (Montreal, Que.) reached an agreement for manning Resolute's Fort Frances Division No. 7 paper machine for up to 8-12 weeks
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Containerboard/Packaging
Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions, Cranford, N.J., USA, this week announced a plan to strengthen its capabilities
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Stora Enso Narew in Ostroleka, Poland, has successfully started up its new Voith (Germany) supplied PM 5
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New Products
Arjowiggins, France, has developed PowerCoat™, a cellulosic formulation and coating process that provides an ultra-smooth, flexible, highly sustainable substrate for printed electronics
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Fuji Electric Corp. of America, Edison, N.J., USA, has developed a new line of cost-effective HMI displays for the worldwide market
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Georgia-Pacific, Atlanta, Ga., USA, this week introduced the newest member of its Angel Soft® family—Angel Soft Facial Tissue
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Toyota Material handling, USA Inc. (TMHU), Irvine, Calif., USA, this week unveiled its new 8-Series lift trucks designed to meet applications associated with the pulp and paper industry
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Published Pricing
Caraustar Industries Inc., Atlanta, Ga., USA, this week announced a price increase of 5% on all paper tube and core product lines
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The Newark Group, Cranford, N.J., USA, has announced a 5% price increase on all converting products, including: tubes, cores, chipboard roll heads, chipboard sheets, laminated paperboard sheets, floor protection, panels, spines, game boards and packaging offerings
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People
Coldwater Group Inc., Atlanta, Ga., USA, this week announced the addition of Doug Wall to its senior management team as VP of sales and marketing
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Hanna-Maria Heikkinen, M.Sc. (Economics), has been appointed VP, Investor Relations for Valmet Corp. (pending Metso EGM approval)
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TAPPI News
TAPPI has booths held at the largest pulp and paper exhibit in China on September 23-25.
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This Online Piping System Fundamentals Course in six, two-hour sessions offers anyone working on piping systems all of the practical knowledge and troubleshooting skills needed to perform job tasks better than ever before. Webinars are held from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EST).
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Authors presenting papers at conferences, experts with significant industry findings, and students or professors reporting academic research − any authors performing relevant industry research − are encouraged to submit their manuscripts.
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The schedule for this course, September 17-18, is packed into just two efficiently planned days so that participants get loads of skill and experience without much time away from their own operations.
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The TAPPI Improving Paper Machine Performance Course, August 20-22, will allow students to see real world examples of paper mills that have made major improvements in overall efficiency by implementing many small improvements across their operation.
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IEEE Spectrum author and noted researcher Dr. Andrew Steckl will provide the opening presentation at the upcoming "Building Electronics on Paper" Workshop August 6-7.
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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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Nominations for the major TAPPI 2014 awards are due by August 1, 2013.
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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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This month save 30% on select publications.
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Event will be held at the Mid-Valle Country Club in De Pere, Wis., USA. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local TAPPI and PIMA programs.

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With only 25 seats left, register now to reserve your spot.
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This 1.5-day combination of demonstrations, presentations, and networking features industry and academic experts explaining the dynamics of printing electronic circuitry on paper.
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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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The Building Sciences Committee Fall Meeting will be September 18-20 at The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Fla.
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TAPPI Press features new titles coming to print and new e-books.
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September event also co-located with Research Forum on Recycling and International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference.
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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
Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, reports that the company's Greenpac Mill LLC group manufactured its first roll of lightweight linerboard this past Monday at its new, ultra-modern containerboard mill in Niagra Falls, N.Y., USA (photo shows mill under construction). Greenpac is a corporation created by Cascades in partnership with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container, and Containerboard Partners.

From the very beginning of the project in 2011, construction of the mill was entrusted to Norampac, a division of Cascades, and the startup took place on July 15, as planned, under the initial schedule for the project. Norampac is also responsible for the management of Greenpac's operations.

The state-of-the-art mill has created 118 jobs in the region. Considered as the most advanced in its category in North America, Greenpac produces a lightweight linerboard made of 100% recycled fiber, on a 328-in. machine (8.33 meters), with an annual production capacity of 540,000 tons.

"The start-up of this new mill is a proud moment for Cascades. Equipped with the most advanced technology, this machine will enable us to better meet the needs of our customers," said Marc-André Dépin, president and CEO of Norampac. "After two years of intensive construction activity, we are anxious for the opportunity to finally be able to demonstrate the possibilities of the quality products that we will be able to offer," he added.

Greenpac Mill was designed for optimal energy efficiency and with many automated operations. The water is treated and reused to reduce consumption as much as possible. In addition, the water treatment system generates gases that are used for steam production, to dry the paper.

"The Greenpac startup confirms Cascades' long term commitment in the containerboard sector, as well as our willingness to invest for the future," said Alain Lemaire, executive chairman of Cascades' board of directors. "Greenpac is the most important investment in the history of Cascades. It symbolizes the future of this company we founded nearly 50 years ago. Thanks to the audacity and leadership of the Norampac team, we are realizing a major project that will take our company to another level in packaging," Lemaire added.

According to Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades, "in 2011, we announced our intention to orient our investments towards the modernization of our assets. Greenpac is the cornerstone of Norampac's strategic plan which, like the other Cascades groups, works towards providing the company with modern and competitive equipment."

Cascades and Norampac wish to thank all of their employees and suppliers who worked on this important project during the past few years. "Thanks to their efforts, the members of the Greenpac team have greatly contributed to the realization of a dream we have had for a very long time," Dépin noted. "We also want to thank our partners, namely the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container, and Containerboard Partners."

The company also wishes to underline the important contribution of several actors in the carrying out of this project, namely Metso, the State of New York, the Empire State Development, the City of Niagara Falls, The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, the New York Power Authority, and the New York Department of Environment Conservation.

Now that the mill has successfully passed the crucial startup step, it will enter the ramp-up phase in which it will gradually increase its production until it reaches maximum production capacity. Partners, officials, and the media will be invited to an official opening ceremony which will take place at a later date.

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The Newark Group, Cranford, N.J., USA, reports that Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions' Wisconsin Paperboard Mill has received a Focus on Energy incentive in excess of $75,000 for energy efficiency from the state of Wisconsin. Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions is a producer and converter of 100% recycled paperboard in the U.S. and Canada.

Utilizing Newark Operations Excellence, the Wisconsin Paperboard Mill set a goal to become as energy-efficient as possible. Newark plant engineers devised a strategy to improve the quality and formation of the paperboard product as well as to improve the tons per day, all while running at current energy levels.

Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's energy efficiency program, along with WE Energies, the state's largest energy provider, showed interest in Newark's sustainability project, especially since the Newark Wisconsin Paperboard Mill is one of the state's largest energy consumers.

"This was a large investment for us," said Chris Chappell, GM of the Newark Wisconsin Paperboard Mill. "Focus on Energy reviewed our paper machine improvement project to achieve energy savings and increased tons per day, agreeing it was an excellent energy efficiency project, and that it could qualify for incentive funding."

Dick Poppe, SVP for Newark Paperboard Mill, said that "receiving the check from Focus on Energy is a great achievement for everyone involved at our Newark Wisconsin Paperboard Mill." He added that "sustainability, both in our products and our facilities, is a major corporate focus. It was quite an accomplishment to be publicly recognized for our efforts."

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UPM, Helsinki, Finland, reports that it is one of the first companies and its Changshu site in China the first ever paper mill to receive the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) registration in China. UPM had led the way in open and transparent environmental reporting in 2012 when UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay became the first non-European site ever to achieve the EMAS registration as a result of a pilot project between UPM, EU, Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE, the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, and Inspecta Certification.

"Transparency and openness with stakeholders are an essential part of our corporate responsibility worldwide. The EMAS registration and third-party verified reporting promote continuous improvement. The environmental impacts of pulp and paper production are known, and the industry is working on the whole life cycle to minimize the impacts further," said Kim Poulsen, EVP, Paper Business Group, Business Area Asia Pacific and Corporate Relations and Development.

Daniel Weiss from Adelphi, a project partner in the SWITCH ASIA EMAS Global China project, noted that "we're very pleased UPM has carried out the audit in China and are grateful that they have shared their valuable experience with us on how to implement EMAS Global in China. UPM truly is one of the frontrunners in this regard. EMAS Global China is a cooperation program under the SWITCH-Asia grant, funded by the European Commission. The project aims to promote sustainable production patterns across China by introducing EMAS.

Altogether, UPM's corporate EMAS registration and the respective environmental statement cover a total of 20 pulp and paper mills in Europe, China, and Uruguay. EMAS is a voluntary environmental management system for companies and other organizations to improve, evaluate, and report on their environmental performance on an annual basis.

The UPM EMAS statement includes a corporate part and a mill-supplement part. The corporate report includes group-level information and core indicators on, for example, energy and material efficiency. The mill supplements complement the corporate report by providing local information such as environmental targets and achievements. All data are verified by a third party.

UPM's achievements in providing comprehensive environmental information have been acknowledged by a number of external recognitions and awards. A highlight of 2012 was UPM being selected as the only forestry and paper company worldwide in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) and chosen as Supersector Leader in the Basic Resources sector for 2012-2013.

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At this year's Glastonbury Festival in England, held the last week of June, French artist Olivier Grossetête's giant cardboard tower, at more than 18 meters high, was the main feature of the festival's Theatre and Circus area and was built completely from Smurfit Kappa (Ireland) corrugated boxes. Based on the iconic Glastonbury Tor (a hill in Glastonbury, Somerset, England, that features the roofless St. Michael's Tower and forms an iconic part of the local landscape), the tower was constructed with the aid of festival-goers young and old over the whole festival weekend under the instruction of Grossetête.

The tower is a progression of Grossetête's 2012 "roofless" program first seen in Ayrshire at the Burns an' a' that! Festival, and in Glasgow at the Merchant City Festival, that also used Smurfit Kappa boxes. The "roofless" street art towers that Olivier will build in the U.K. will all be rebuilt as part of a cardboard city he is creating in Marseilles in September 2013.

1,600 corrugated boxes were manufactured by Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple from B.C. twin wall, kraft exterior corrugated board, each measuring 480 x 240 x 960 mm. The boxes were supplied to Glasgow based organizers UZ Arts (who presented Grossetête and InSitu, the pan-European network that originally commissioned the project with support from The Arts Council of England).

Grossetête, 30, specializes in monumental sculptures constructed from everyday materials that provoke his audiences to reconsider the complexity and beauty of materials taken out of their intended practical context.

Patrick Sweeney GM of Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple, said that "if rock and roll is king, then corrugated is definitely the castle. The Tor Tower Olivier and the fans built was stunningly beautiful, immensely strong, and in keeping with Glastonbury's sustainable positioning, can of course be recycled in the normal waste recovery stream."

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This fall, TAPPI is providing a unique opportunity for North American suppliers to exhibit at the 2013 China International Paper Technology Exhibition and Conference (CIPTE). This is the largest pulp and paper exhibit in China, and will be held September 23-25, 2013.

TAPPI has held several 9 m2 booths for exhibitors from North America. The exhibit cost is less than $1,500. Please reply this week or the booth space will be released.

More information is available online.

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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 mill manager, project manager, senior development engineer, reliability manager, account manager, and power and recovery superintendent. Current, specific job openings at companies and locations in the TAPPI Career Center include:

Employer Title Location
AMEC Project Manager Tucker, Ga.
Boise Inc. Power & Recovery Superintendent Jackson, Ala.
Boise Inc. J1 Paper Machine Engineer V-Sr. Jackson, Ala.
Boise Inc. Mill Manager Wallula, Wash.
Clark Nexsen Sr. Project Manager (Heavy Industrial) Macon, Ga.
Confidential Sr. Development Engineer New Hampshire
Graphic Packaging International Sr. Reliability/Planning Engineer Georgia
Homasote Co. Manager Lab, Development, Quality West Trenton, N.J.
OASIS Alignment Services Account Manager Pensacola, Fla.
Rand-Whitney Containerboard Reliability Manager Montville, Conn.
Webex Inc. Process Improvement Engineer Neenah, Wis.

More information about these jobs is available online.

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Market Roundup
China's hunger for wood was less acute in 2012 than in the previous year. In particular, importation of softwood logs fell substantially from the record levels of 2011. Importation of lumber was also lower in 2012, but the decline was much less than that of logs, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA.

The biggest changes in log and lumber imports between 2011 and 2012 were the sharp decline of Russian log volumes crossing the Chinese border and the reduced lumber shipments from the U.S. to Chinese ports.

During the first four months of 2013, import volumes of both logs and lumber picked up and were 12% and 19% higher, respectively, than in the first quarter of 2012.

The housing sector, a major consumer of imported lumber, has been strong in early 2013, and prices for new houses in 70 cities rose on average by more than 4% in April, up from 3.1% in March, 2013, according to national statistics.

So far this year, the housing construction sector has outperformed better than the manufacturing, trade, investment, and personal consumption sectors. North America is a major supplier of softwood products to China, with the market share for lumber and logs in the first quarter of 2013 accounting for 51% and 23%, respectively. In 2012, Canada and the U.S. exported logs and lumber valued at slightly more than $3 billion, which was down 23% from 2011.

During the first four months of this year, the import value for softwood logs and lumber from North America totaled $940 million, an increase of more than 30% from the same period in 2012. New Zealand's log-exporting companies continue to expand their presence in China. In 2012, New Zealand was the only country that expanded shipments when total Chinese log imports fell by 15%. Russia has for many years been the major log supplier to China, but in the first quarter of 2013, Russia and New Zealand both had a market share of close to 33% after year-over-year shipments were up almost 50% from New Zealand and down by 18% from Russia, WRQ reports.

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CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries), Brussels, Belgium, has released its latest European pulp and paper industry statistics, which give a clear picture of the performance of the industry in 2012. These key statistics include data about production, consumption, and the trade of pulp, paper, and raw materials, as well as data concerning energy, environment, and social affairs. The statistics show that European pulp and paper production in 2012 continued to be affected by the economic slowdown that began in mid-2011.

Notably, performance of the European pulp and paper industry remains above other energy-intensive sectors in Europe. The industry is looking for a healthier supply and demand balance and is modernizing its industrial base to remain competitive. The overall output performance of all CEPI member countries during 2012 was similar to that of other major traditional paper producing world regions, such as the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. Only China and Brazil performed better.

CEPI members produced 92.1 million metric tons of paper and board in 2012, which represents a decrease of 1.6% over 2011. The pre-crisis production in 2008 totaled 97.9 million metric tons. Pulp production fell by 1.0% while the output of market pulp increased by 4.3%. Exports of paper and board outside of Europe showed an increase by 5.3% while imports fell by 9.7% compared with 2011. The overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI fell by 3.8% last year. In comparison, the overall GDP in Europe decreased by 0.3% in 2012, but it will recover in 2014 with a 1.4% increase (source: Eurostat – EU27).

A pdf of the statistics is available on CEPI's website, or statistics can be obtained via email. More detailed statistical information is available to non-CEPI members by subscription. A full report can be ordered by contacting Ariane Crèvecoeur, by telephone +32 (0)2 62749 35, or email or Erik Kilby.

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Pulp & Paper
Arctic Paper, Poznań, Poland, reportedly is planning to shut down PM 1 at its Mochenwangen paper mill in Germany. According to a report by Euwid Pulp and Paper, Germany, PM 1 is the smallest of the mill's three paper machines and produces mechanical book papers. The shutdown will eliminate 14 of the approximately 200 jobs at Mochenwangen.

Euwid was told by the mill's managing director, Lothar Burchardt, the company had to close down the machine because it needed to restructure the mill's portfolio. Not only is PM 1 the oldest machine, but with a width of 2.40 meters, it is also the least profitable of the production machines and should therefore be permanently shut down as quickly as possible, according to Burchardt. The equipment has been temporarily idled since June 11 and the affected employees have since been on a short-time work scheme with zero hours.

PM 1 can produce 15,000-18,000 metric tpy of mechanical book paper. Arctic Paper Mochenwangen will now produce this grade on the mill's other two paper machines, leading to a reduction in their output of improved newsprint. The two other paper machines have a combined capacity of around 100,000 metric tpy, according to Euwid.

The Mochenwangen mill was founded in 1868 by the Müller family and was bought by the Arctic Paper group in 2008. The mill has a long tradition of producing wood-containing bulky book paper and also produces a significant amount of offset paper as well as wallpaper base and specialty papers such as backer paper. The integrated mill operates a groundwood pulp mill and has a total paper production capacity of a120,000 metric tpy on three paper machines, including PM 1 that is being shut down.

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Nigerian tissue producer Bel Papyrus Ltd, a member of the Boulos Group of Companies, has started up a new Toscotec (Italy) complete tissue production line at its Lagos, Nigeria, mill. The new Toscotec's line, with an average production of 23,000 metric tpy, includes an AHEAD-1.5S crescent former tissue machine with a single-layer headbox, a single press configuration, a steel yankee dryer (TT SYD-12FT), machine auxiliaries, a stock preparation plant for virgin pulp and for recycled paper (including deinking cells), a 2-loop washer system and a hot dispersion system, and the electrification starting from medium voltage cabinets and control system.

The supply contract also includes a steam generator, air compressors, and a three-unwind stand tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-P with a calendering station and a jumbo reel wrapping machine. The machine design speed is 1,800 m/min. with a net web width of 2,850 mm. The project has been managed by Toscotec on an EPC (engineering and procurement) basis.

The new line, designed according to the Best Available Technology (BAT) for tissue production, will allow Bel Papyrus to guarantee its own requirements for the existing converting facilities and to consolidate its leading position in the West African tissue market (ECOWAS countries), raising the company's total production capacity above 45,000 metric tpy.

"Besides the long term and successful cooperation between our companies, the decisional factor for choosing Toscotec once again for this challenging project," said Riad Baloukji, managing director of Boulos Group of companies, "was its vocation to provide ‘state-of-the-art' equipment and realize complex ‘turn-key' projects worldwide."

Bel Papyrus' PM 1 (a sloped wire machine) and PM 2 (a MODULO Crescent former) were supplied by Toscotec in 1990 and 2004 respectively.

In addition to the above, Toscotec is currently studying on-site in Nigeria the layout of Paper Mill No. 4, expected to have a capacity of 28,000 metric tpy, and to start production in September 2015, which will further consolidate the position of the Group in tissue supply for the whole West African market, with a foreseen capacity of 75,000 metric tpy.

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The Cham Paper Group, Switzerland, will sell its Italian paper mills in Carmignano and Condino to Delfort Group, Traun, Austria, and exit base paper production. Delfort Group produces and distributes specialty papers and has some 1,750 employees at five mills in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Finland. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of this year.

The transaction value (enterprise value) amounts to approximately EUR 86 million and includes financial liabilities of about EUR 45 million, which are to be taken over by the acquirer. The net purchase price will be paid in cash. As agreed by both parties, further details of the share purchase agreement will not be disclosed.

During the past few months, the board of directors of the Cham Paper Group has been evaluating strategic options which, after the comprehensive restructuring of the past 18 months, bring back sustainable growth to the specialty paper business. Integration of the two complementary Italian mills into the Delfort Group was found to be a promising option, the company said.

The Cham Paper Group activities in Switzerland are not affected by divestment of the Italian mills. Starting this year, industrial activities of the Group in Switzerland have been focused on the finishing (coating technology) of external base paper as well as development, commercial launch, and distribution of high-grade product groups and services. Also, the Group is planning to transform its 'Papieri' site in Cham into a new residential and working area.

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Ence Energía y Celulosa, Spain, is participating in the alliance between the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC)—cross-sector group made up of 48 large and small enterprises—and the European Commission to establish an unprecedented public-private partnership. With an investment of EUR 3,800 million, the purpose of this alliance is to expedite the development of biological-based products in Europe until 2020.

Through this public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and the BIC of industries based on bioeconomy, the partnership aims to drive growth and employment in Europe, especially in rural areas, thanks to the investment in new sustainable forms of economic development.

As Ence explains, bioeconomy most notably offers new concepts such as biorefineries, which are the core of the biological-based economy. In this regard, unlike conventional fossil refineries that use raw materials, a finite fossil resource such as oil, biofineries use renewable and sustainable biomass and waste with possibilities of producing numerous everyday products, such as cellulose, foodstuff, animal feed, chemical products, and fuel.

In addition to replacing oil-based products for their biological-based equivalents, thanks to the intense R&D efforts that are being made, bioeconomy has a high potential for developing new products prepared with renewable raw materials, which take care of the environment and offer functionalities and potential.

To turn this potential into a reality, this PPP will capitalize on the innovation and technological leadership in Europe to offer biological-based solutions on a commercial scale. The sectors will meet to optimize and create new value chains by putting agriculture and the forestry sector in direct contact with consumers. Demonstration and expansion projects will be initiated through the EU member states, which will benefit from the new growth and employment opportunities.

Ence is a producer of eucalyptus pulp and the second largest in terms of sales. The company has more than 1,000 employees and generates more than 11,000 jobs in Spain, of which around 60% are related to forest management and are located in rural areas. Ence has a production capacity of more than 1,300,000 metric tpy of high quality eucalyptus pulp through its plants in Navia (Asturias), Pontevedra, and Huelva.

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Mercer International Inc., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, reports that, after conducting a comprehensive assessment, its Celgar mill near Castlegar in British Columbia, Canada, intends to reduce its workforce to improve competitiveness with other pulp producers. The planned reduction will affect both hourly and salaried employees. The workforce reduction is expected to involve approximately 85 employees over the next five years, with the majority of employees to be affected over the next 12 months.

This action is being taken to substantially reduce fixed costs by bringing personnel levels more in line with other mills operating safely and productively around the world, Mercer notes. "It is essential for the long term viability and sustainability of the Celgar mill that it maintains a competitive cost structure compared to other producers in the face of ever increasing costs and other challenges. A competitive cost structure is also essential to attract the necessary investment capital required to continue to modernize the mill and participate in growing bio-economy opportunities," says Mercer's President and CEO Jimmy Lee.

The Celgar mill will continue to operate with an annual capacity of approximately 520,000 air-dried metric tons of market northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp and plans to employ approximately 370 employees when the workforce reduction is completed at the end of 2017.

Celgar will take appropriate measures to assist employees affected by the workforce restructuring in accordance with applicable agreements, policies, and legislation, and offer early retirement incentives for senior employees, the company says.

Mercer operates three modern NBSK pulp mills in Germany and Canada with a consolidated annual production capacity of approximately 1.5 million metric tons and currently employs approximately 1,500 people.

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Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe, a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, says that it takes the protection of the climate and environment seriously. New measures have been taken at the company's Flensburg, Germany, mill that will reduce CO2 emissions by 84%. This has led to the company becoming a new member of the German "Wirtschaft pro Klima" initiative.

The energy management system of ISO 50001 includes energy efficiency projects that form the key aspects of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper's company policy. The introduction of chemical flocculation of wastewater from the coaters before indirect discharge has led to a significant reduction in the specific power consumption from 8.5 to 1.3 kWh/m at the Flensburg mill.

Annual savings of 239,000 kWh is roughly equivalent to the electricity consumption of 70 average German households. This means the specialty paper producer has reduced CO2 emissions by 84% (source: German electricity mix 2012).

The "Wirtschaft pro Klima" initiative brings together German companies that are actively committed to protecting the climate. A commitment by senior management is the basis. In addition to this, members will have already taken at least one measure by which they have reduced CO2 emissions by 20% or more. They must also intend to take further action in the future, to further reduce CO2 emissions to reach the 2 degree target of the U.N. Climate Change Conference 2010.

The roughly 700 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality thermal papers (thermoscript), digital imaging papers (jetscript), carbonless papers (giroform), and label papers (supercote) at two locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg, Germany.

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Locals 92 and 306 of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) Union, Ottawa, Ont., Canada, and Resolute Forest Products‘ (Montreal, Que.) reached an agreement for manning Resolute's Fort Frances Division No. 7 paper machine for up to 8-12 weeks starting yesterday, Wednesday, July 17. Resolute had laid off almost 240 staff and unionized employees in Fort Frances, Ont., on February 14 due to curtailment of the kraft mill and one paper machine.

CEP National Representative Stephen Boon said that "we are pleased to see more than 40 CEP members in Fort Frances get recalled for up to two or three months when No. 7 paper machine restarted, but some serious concerns arose due to the temporary nature of this recall. Resolute required the manning to run No. 7 machine, but many of our laid off members have also found part-time and full-time alternate employment since February while waiting to see how the Fort Frances operations might be repositioned over the next year.

Boon added that "we could not agree to force a laid off member to quit a new job to come back to the mill for temporary work and so through ongoing discussions with Resolute, both CEP Locals have now negotiated a recall protocol for manning the No. 7 paper machine that not only confirms all provisions of the contract apply for this re-start, but it also ensures the recall option for our laid off members is voluntary and does not negatively impact their seniority, future recall rights, or severance entitlements.

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Containerboard/Packaging
Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions, Cranford, N.J., USA, this week announced a plan to strengthen its capabilities. Frank Papa, CEO and president, said that "Newark continues its dedicated focus on quality, sustainability, and better ways to service our customers. On the heels of a strong performance last fiscal year, we're making the decision to reinvest in several operations. We strategically developed a plan to improve the utilization of our people and assets and most importantly, provide quality products and services in areas where our customers reside."

As a better mechanism to service Northeast regional and Central Ohio customers, Newark is going to strengthen its capabilities in Franklin, Ohio, and Milwaukee, Wis., and consolidate the Northeast facilities. The Franklin facility currently produces laminated panels, spines, and floor protection products. It will take on a larger footprint as tube and core manufacturing will be added.

As well as doubling the Franklin operations, Newark is increasing converting capabilities at Milwaukee in the area of laminated panels for book and loose-leaf customers. The Greenville, Pa., facility will be consolidated into the Franklin facility.

Newark has several operations in the Northeast. Its Chicopee, Mass., operation will become the primary facility for the Northeast and will continue producing top quality tubes and cores. The Lawrence, Mass., facility will be consolidated into the Chicopee operation.

"It makes economic sense and provides a strong platform to support our valued Newark customers," said Papa. "These changes mark another step in Newark's continued vision to move our manufacturing where we can best serve our customers. Both of these moves will enable us to be more efficient and supply quality products to our customers in a quicker timeframe."

The streamlining of operations is expected to be completed this coming fall.

Privately held for 100 years, Newark employs more than 1,500 people and operates 34 facilities.

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Stora Enso Narew in Ostroleka, Poland, has successfully started up its new Voith (Germany) supplied PM 5. Along with installation and startup, various services such as mill consulting and total roll management were part of the delivery.

The DuoFormer Base II installed provides for very good sheet formation, Voith notes, adding that thanks to its proven multilayer technology, the gap former ensures excellent CD basis weight profiles for packaging paper. A highlight of PM 5 is the DuoDry CC installed for the first time. What is special here is that this drying concept effectively reduces curl. The basic idea is a vertically inverted single-tier dryer group that functions as the last group. Substantial thermal energy is saved thanks to this setup.

The VariFlex winder is also part of the delivery. Equipped with an automatic splice system, it was able to process the paper machine's jumbo reel spools at a maximum operating speed of 2,800 m/min in a test run without any problem. The whole capacity of the paper machine can be handled in a safe and effective manner with only one VariFlex winder.

For Stora Enso Narew, it was important to build up a competent team at the location that can operate as independently as possible in the areas of production and maintenance. Through its Mill Consulting Service package, Voith can provide support at this point and continuously train the local team. Stora Enso Narew thus ensures itself a year of quick and direct access to Voith's knowledge and network of experts.

With a wire width of 8,600 mm, PM 5 produces around 455,000 metric tons of testliner and fluting annually in a basis weight range of 65-140 gsm. Its operating speed is 1,600 m/min. The location was taken over by Stora Enso a few years ago and is mainly used for supplying paper to its own group for the production of corrugated board paper.

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New Products
Arjowiggins, France, has developed PowerCoat™, a cellulosic formulation and coating process that provides an ultra-smooth, flexible, highly sustainable substrate for printed electronics. The electronics substrate, made of paper, provides:
  • High surface smoothness
  • High thermal stability
  • Excellent sintering behavior
  • Improved control over electronic layer adhesion
  • Superior stability in roll-to-roll processing
  • Reduced overall production costs as less ink is required for printing
  • A recyclable and biodegradable solution for all printed electronics needs.

Arjowiggins notes that the new cellulosic paper formulation and coating provide a unique, flexible substrate that opens up a world of possibilities in packaging, advertising, and other industries where there is a cross-over between the real and the virtual.

More information about PowerCoat is available online.

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Fuji Electric Corp. of America, Edison, N.J., USA, has developed a new line of cost-effective HMI displays for the worldwide market. The Technoshot Series began shipping in June, and features an enhanced CPU for faster response times along with the industry's thinnest structure, measuring only 36 mm thick.

The CE-Certified Technoshot Series is available in a 7 in. and 10 in. screen size, and features an eco-friendly LED backlight with a sleek, slim structure. All models come standard with two USB interfaces, allowing better connectivity to peripheral devices. Unit installation is simple and it also has remote monitoring and maintenance capabilities due to the on-board Ethernet port. With a WVGA wide-view screen, the viewing area of the HMI is more than doubled, making it an ideal choice for the packaging industry.

More information is available online.

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Georgia-Pacific, Atlanta, Ga., USA, this week introduced the newest member of its Angel Soft® family—Angel Soft Facial Tissue. The product launch features an integrated marketing campaign starring the Angel Soft Angels in digital advertising, social media channels, and in-store signage. The campaign will feature a coupon in national newspapers at the end of July and a coupon available on the Angel Soft Facebook page in August.

"More than 39 million households rely on Angel Soft to provide them with a bath tissue that offers both softness and strength at a great value, and we are pleased to now offer them those same benefits in a facial tissue," said Patrick Davis, VP of new category development at G-P.

The new product offers two varieties, lotion and non-lotion, in many packaging designs. Both lotion and non-lotion varieties are available in single boxes and multi-packs. Five special-edition packages featuring designs for Back to School are also offered, as the quality and value of Angel Soft Facial Tissue make it a great fit for the classroom.

More information about Angel Soft Facial Tissue is available online.

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Toyota Material handling, USA Inc. (TMHU), Irvine, Calif., USA, this week unveiled its new 8-Series lift trucks designed to meet applications associated with the pulp and paper industry. The new lift trucks, which offer 8,000 – 15,500 lb lifting capacities, also include a new 12,000 lb standard counterweight, box car and paper roll special option. Powering the new lift trucks is a newly designed 3.7-liter, 4-cylinder engine built by Toyota Industries Corp.

The new 8-Series standard, box car, and paper roll models offer several features specific to the paper handling industry. To meet the paper industry's need for damage-free roll handling with maximum efficiency, factory-installed paper roll clamps are available in a wide range of configurations to handle multiple diameters, weights, and types of paper. To ensure proper operation, a clamp release interlock system built into the control valve works to help prevent accidental activation of the release lever. In addition, an automatic clamp leveling feature allows the operator to quickly level the clamp vertical to the paper roll with the touch of a button.

Toyota's paper roll special model offers a shortened wheelbase, load distance, and right angle stacking. These dimensional changes make the paper roll special lift truck more nimble and compact to maneuver in and out of the tight spots found inside of rail cars and in confined work environments around paper mills. The new 8-Series paper roll special counterweight is built with a cast iron enclosure specially shaped to reduce paper roll contact. This design modification provides a number of lift truck benefits including: better weight distribution, a lower center of gravity, and improved truck stability.

A number of improvements increase the lift truck's cooling performance to keep the engine running at optimal temperatures, including integrating an externally mounted hydraulic oil cooler, increasing the radiator size by 55% to provide a larger cooling surface for heat dissipation, a larger diameter cooling fan, and developing a cast iron rear frame that creates a wind tunnel effect to optimize heat extraction from the engine compartment. Additionally, a new engine protection system works to automatically reduce the engine's output if the coolant temperature rises to potentially damaging levels. Fully stamped steel plate side panels, plate-iron front tire fenders, and water-resistant electrical connectors are all designed to increase productivity when working in adverse weather conditions and corrosive applications. An accumulator option significantly reduces shock loading which, in turn, works to increase the life of mast and attachment components and lower the likelihood of product damage associated with poor warehouse floor conditions, Toyota notes.

The 8-Series' gas engine is 20% more fuel efficient than the previous V6 engine used. Also, in designing the 8-Series lift truck line, ergonomic improvements were made to the floor space, entry step, operator seat, curvilinear overhead guard, and LPG tank bracket. Newly designed operator assist grips accommodate operators of all sizes, while a four-way adjustable full suspension seat with anti-cinch seat belt mechanism allows operators to choose their ideal position to work comfortably. The new lift trucks also feature Toyota's System of Active Stability™ (SAS), which helps reduce the likelihood of lateral and longitudinal tip-overs. In addition, a standard technician programmable travel speed control system allows plant managers to limit the top speed of the truck without reducing performance of the hydraulic functions.

More information is available online.

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Published Pricing
Caraustar Industries Inc., Atlanta, Ga., USA, this week announced a price increase of 5% on all paper tube and core product lines. The increase, effective with shipments beginning August 1, is primarily in response to increases in recycled paperboard prices and other external costs, the company notes.

Caraustar is one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. It serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper; and specialty paperboard products.

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The Newark Group, Cranford, N.J., USA, has announced a 5% price increase on all converting products, including: tubes, cores, chipboard roll heads, chipboard sheets, laminated paperboard sheets, floor protection, panels, spines, game boards and packaging offerings. This increase will be effective with all orders shipped on or after Monday, July 22.

"While continuous improvement in our processes is an ongoing effort, escalating external costs make this price change necessary." said Paul Spitale, VP of Sales, Newark Converting Divisions.

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People
Coldwater Group Inc., Atlanta, Ga., USA, this week announced the addition of Doug Wall to its senior management team as VP of sales and marketing. Wall brings more than 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry, most recently after serving the past 17 years in key management positions for Voith Paper Fabric & Roll Systems, North America. Prior to that, he spent five years with Albany International and eight years with Graphic Packaging.

Wall will lead the sales and marketing efforts for Coldwater, focusing on corporate partnerships and growing sales through delivering quantifiable value and cost savings to customers. In this capacity, he will report to David Withers, president Coldwater Group.


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Hanna-Maria Heikkinen, M.Sc. (Economics), has been appointed VP, Investor Relations for Valmet Corp. (pending Metso EGM approval). She will start in her new position during September 2013 and will report to the CFO.

Heikkinen has previously worked as VP, Investor Relations at YIT Corp. and has held a variety of positions in the banking sector.

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TAPPI News
TAPPI is providing a unique opportunity for North American suppliers to exhibit at the 2013 China International Paper Technology Exhibition and Conference (CIPTE). This pulp and paper exhibit, the largest in China, will be held September 23-25

TAPPI has held several 9 sq. meter booths for exhibitors from North America. The exhibit costs less than $1,500. Please reply this week or our booth space will be released. 

More information is available online.

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The Online Piping System Fundamentals Course

Offered in Six Sessions:
 July 9 (completed), 11 (completed), 16 (completed), 18, 23, and 25
This Online Piping System Fundamentals Course offered in six, two-hour sessions supplies anyone working on piping systems the practical knowledge and troubleshooting skills needed to perform job tasks better than ever before.

Who benefits?

This is a course for anyone, including junior engineers, as well as a good refresher course for senior engineers. It also helps operations and maintenance supervisors, design and process engineers, and operators and maintenance personnel better understand how piping systems operate.

What do we cover?
 
 Session 1 (July 9)-Completed: Course Introduction/Piping System Terminology and Units
 Session 2 (July 11)-Completed: Centrifugal Pumps
 Session 3 (July 16)-Completed: Tanks/Processes and Process Equipment
 Session 4 (July 18): Pipes/Valves & Fittings
 Session 5 (July 23): Control Valves/Process Measurement and Control
 Session 6 (July 25): The Total Piping System

Webinars are held from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EST).

What You Get 

CRANE's Technical Paper No. 410:  A copy of the most current CRANE Technical Paper No. 410 (TP410) US Version, the quintessential guide for to understanding the flow of fluid through valves, pipes, and fittings, enabling you to select the correct equipment for your piping system.

Piping System Fundamentals: The Complete Guide to Gaining a Clear Picture of Your Piping System US Version is an extensive look at the main conditions effecting the operation of a piping system, describing the interaction between of pumps, compressors, pipelines, control valves, and other components.

Comprehensive Course Workbook: To maximize the value of your learning experience during and after the training course, your extensive course manual has been designed with many useful guidelines and key points of information covered in the course. You will find this manual to be an excellent resource for retrieving concepts taught during the seminar and applying them back on the job.

1.2 Continuing Education Credits: 1.2 Continuing Educational Units (CEU) or 12 Professional Development Hours will be awarded to course participants.

Course Certificate: At the conclusion of the training course, you will be awarded an attractive certificate of completion with course content description included for confirmation of your continued education credits.

Once you register, a confirmation will be sent to you along with an additional web session invitation closer to the start of the class.

If you have any questions, call Fluid Fundamentals at 800-786-8545 or send an email.

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TAPPI invites submissions of basic and applied research articles, communications, and technical reviews to TAPPI Journal, the world recognized peer-reviewed research publication. TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, nonwovens, and converting industries, with more than 7,000 members globally.    

Authors presenting papers at conferences, experts with significant industry findings, and students or professors reporting academic research − any authors performing relevant industry research − are encouraged to submit their manuscripts.

Why submit your work to TAPPI Journal?

High visibility
: Publishing in TJ makes your work accessible to professionals, libraries, and the global academic community through TAPPI's robust communications network.

TJ electronic issue
: Distributed to thousands of TAPPI members every month, TJ features abstracts, full papers, author notes, and more.
 
Print compendium: Members also receive TJ's annual print compendium, a bookshelf reference volume containing abstracts of every paper published that year. The compendium is distributed to more than 250 libraries, industry organizations, and academic institutions around the world.

Paper360°: Summaries of select TJ papers appear in Paper360°, TAPPI's bi-monthly magazine with a global circulation of more than 40,000.

Online library
: Papers published in TJ become part of TAPPI's e-Library available online. Searchable by subject and author name, the e-Library allows worldwide access to abstracts and downloadable full papers.

Indexing: Every issue of TJ is indexed by Thomson-Reuters, the world's leading citation index for academic research.

Career enhancement
: Our stringent peer-review process and distinguished Editorial Board have made TAPPI Journal a well-respected, commonly referenced source of the best industry research for more than 60 years. TJ publication is an excellent way to gain attention from colleagues, peers, and current or future employers.

Author-focused process: Editorial Board members carefully marshal every paper submitted, based on area of expertise; TJ peer reviewers are selected for their proven subject knowledge. These experienced professionals – most of whom are TJ authors themselves – work with authors to ensure that papers meet TJ's high standards and are presented clearly and accurately.

Easy to submit: Papers may be submitted by email to Jeff Wells at TAPPI. Complete author guidelines are available online. (Please note: Papers must be submitted by the author; TAPPI Conference papers are NOT automatically reviewed for TJ publication.)

We look forward to receiving your work!

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Registration is now open for the 2013 TAPPI Corrugated Press Hands-On Maintenance Workshop, September 17-18 at the Global Equipment USA Warehouse in Skokie, Ill., USA.

This unique course gives you an unprecedented opportunity to get hands-on training on how to audit converting machines. With only 18 seats available, you will have ample opportunity to get your questions answered by instructors Tom Pearce (Pearce Corrugated Consulting), John Bingham (Pamarco), Jim Wegemer (INXinc), Chuck Bobeldyk (Mark-Maker Co.), Randy Kesselring (MarquipWardUnited), as well as representatives from Global Equipment. The schedule for this course is packed into just two efficiently planned days so that participants get loads of skill and experience without much time away from their own operations.

Who should attend?
This Intermediate-level course offers indispensable hands-on maintenance training for corrugated industry plant managers and supervisors, engineers, maintenance teams, and machine operators.

You could pour over all of  the how-to manuals available and still not retain this level and quality of working knowledge.  Completing this workshop will enable you to:
  • Use the basic tools to mechanically audit and troubleshoot a press
  • Understand press audit procedures for process centering, better quality products, and increased productivity 
  • Discuss anilox roll selection, press "fingerprinting," inks and substrates, quality defects amd cause(s), and scoring. 
Register by August 16 and join TAPPI or renew your membership to receive the best rates.

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Your business can potentially save millions implementing improvements to paper machine performance and reliability.

The TAPPI Improving Paper Machine Performance Course, August 20-22, in Peachtree Corners (Metro Atlanta), Ga., USA., will allow students to see real world examples of paper mills that have made major improvements in overall efficiency by implementing many small improvements across their operation.
 
Jim Atkins will lead you through a real mill improvement project and show you how you can do the same thing in your mill. Dick Reese will show you how to make big savings in energy costs by correcting problems that often require little or no capital expenditures. Chuck Klass will teach you how to evaluate size press and coating operations to get the most out of what you have. And Ken Hill will give you the tools you need to evaluate and benchmark dryer systems, so you can correct problems and dry more paper.

This is an advanced level course. Students who complete this course will know everything required to save their company millions of dollars through paper machine performance improvements.

Learn more about this course.

 
Register by July 20 for the best rates.

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IEEE Spectrum author and noted researcher Dr. Andrew Steckl will provide the opening presentation at the upcoming Building Electronics on Paper Workshop, August 6-7 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI., USA. Based at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Steckl revealed the following in the IEEE magazine about paper as a substrate for displays and microfluidic systems:
  • With the right set of additives and manufacturing processes, paper can take on a seemingly endless range of properties. It can be made hydrophilic or hydrophobic, porous or watertight, opaque or nearly transparent, delicate or strong, coarse or about as smooth as glass.
  • It is possible to fabricate reliable pixels on coated paper with switching times as short as 10 milliseconds - nearly suitable for video. Paper-based displays using electrowetting might be ideal for smart labels on packages that could, for example, show videos about how the product is to be used, or for displays containing vital information for soldiers in the field—that can be rapidly destroyed if necessary.
  • Researchers are now trying to develop a general class of paper-based microfluidic systems that can be adapted to make a variety of different tests, for such tasks as monitoring liver function or diagnosing tuberculosis. If done right, these tests could be compact, self-contained, and extremely affordable.
Join Dr. Steckl and subject matter experts from the Kellogg Company, DuPont Electronics, Rutgers University, and others will share results of their research and product development at the FlexTech Workshop, co-hosted by Western Michigan University (WMU). Workshop sponsors include FujiFilm Dimatix and Paper360.

See the full agenda on the event website.

Paper 360° is the media sponsor and TAPPI members receive a substantial registration discount. Use the discount code: PAPER360. Register today.

Prior to the workshop, registrants will benefit from a 1/2 day of hands-on demos at WMU's Center for the Advancement of Printed Electronics, which features labs dedicated to inkjet, screen, rotogravure, and flexographic printing.

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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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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 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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Enjoy a 30% discount on the books offered below

 Promotional Code 30PRESS13
 Offer expires July 31, 2013


Winding Machines and Measurements

Item Number: 0102B068

Non-member: $229 / Non-member Sale: $160
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Winding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements is the definitive book on the science of winding written by noted experts Dr. David Roisum and Dr. J.K. Good. This three-part book (with supplemental CD-ROM) describes the various classes and arrangements of winding machinery commonly found in the web industries including discussion of controls and defects; describes how roll stresses and roll defects can be predicted by mathematical models and what factors are important; and discusses almost every method for measuring and evaluating wound roll quality. The book describes how and why many wound roll defects occur. In more than a few cases, it even describes when defects occur based on winding models that have matured to the point of trustworthy application. In these cases, we have science at its best, a predictive tool.

A CD with an easy-to-run winding model is included with every book. However, one need not be a scientist to appreciate and use this text. Much of it is written in everyday language describing the machines we work with, the defects we see, and the many measures of roll quality. It is a book that most plants with a winding department would want to have.

Dictionary of Paper, Fifth Edition
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An essential reference tool for everyone in the industry, this dictionary defines more than 5,300 terms commonly used in the pulp and paper industry. The dictionary was revised and updated by a team of industry experts led by Michael Kouris, TAPPI JOURNAL Editor Emeritus. The 5th edition of The Dictionary of Paper is the most comprehensive dictionary ever published by TAPPI.

Film Extrusion Manual, Second Edition

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The Film Extrusion Manual, Second Edition focuses on the technology and science of polymer film extrusion. The material in this book's 42 chapters can be used to learn the basics of applied extrusion theory, as well as provide troubleshooting guidelines and solutions to many common problems encountered in the fabrication of thermoplastic films.

This book can be used as a stand-alone training resource for all levels of professional and operations personnel working in the plastics film industry, including plastic film manufacturing, converting, equipment suppliers, and polymer suppliers.

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This book covers fundamentals and practical applications of paper coating. The book is divided into eight chapters that outline the process of making coated paper, the preparation, application and drying, and treatment of the dried coated surface. Each chapter is written by an expert in the particular subject area covered. This book is an excellent resource for both businesses and universities.


View the TAPPI catalog (PDF) to see more from the bookstore.

Order online from the TAPPI Press website.

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The Lake States TAPPI golf outing will be held this year at the Mid-Vallee Country Club in De Pere, Wis., USA, on Tuesday, August 13. 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 registration with their fee, postmarked by August 9, will be assigned holes on a first-come, first-serve 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.

Prizes and donations will be awarded after dinner. In the past, various suppliers to the paper industry have been generous in donating raffle prizes. These types of donations will be appreciated again this year. Recognition will be provided during the after-dinner for those who have been so generous. Please make sure the raffle items identify your company. Events include:

  • 50-50 Raffle
  • Putting Contest
  • Hole Contest
  • Hole in One Contest
  • and Door Prizes!
This special event benefits scholarships for local TAPPI and PIMA programs!

Register now online.

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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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DuPont and Kellogg's are among the featured companies presenting at FlexTech Alliance's upcoming workshop "Building Electronics on Paper – Why, How & Who" on August 6-7 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., USA. This 1.5-day combination of demonstrations, presentations, and networking features industry and academic experts explaining the dynamics of printing electronic circuitry on paper. See the full list of speakers.

Paper 360° is the media sponsor and TAPPI members receive a substantial registration discount. Toward the end of the registration process, enter this code PAPER360 in the "Discount Code" field and click "Apply" to receive the $149 workshop price.
 
Valuable market insights will be presented, including a keynote from Kellogg's Corporation on smart packaging, while DuPont will explain its experience with printed electronic materials. Other presentations include paper as a novel platform, paper–based touch pads, thermal printing, and paper-based printed circuit boards (PCBs).

Registrants will benefit from the ½ day of hands-on demos at WMU's Center for the Advancement of Printed Electronics (CAPE), which features labs dedicated to inkjet, screen, rotogravure, and flexographic printing. DuPont, Mitsubishi Inks, NovaCentrix, and WMU will provide experts to conduct the demos and explain fabrication methods.

 By attending this workshop, registrants will learn:
  • Why paper is an important substrate for printed electronics
  • What applications are of interest to end users
  • Challenges in developing and accepting new printed electronics technology
  • Recent advancements in corporate and university labs that are enabling printed electronics on papers in all of its forms.
Click here for registration and workshop details.

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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! And that's just counting the first 30 people who have responded. 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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Make plans to attend the 2013 Building Sciences Committee Fall Meeting September 18-20.

The Building Sciences Committee has designed a strong technical program for production managers and engineers to provide firsthand knowledge to improve their fiberglass mat process with practical production-targeted papers.

This year's program will include papers on: Process Variation Reduction, Glass Sizing Basics; Burner Safety and Efficiency; Biological Treatment Case Study, Operator and Mechanical Training to Enhance Operational Effectiveness; IT Systems to Manage Roll Goods and Reduce Waste.

We are pleased that Tim Worms of 3M will return by popular demand to present his updated Roofing Market Overview and Forecast.

The meeting will be held at The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Fla. USA. TAPPI has negotiated a very economical room rate of $109.00 per night per guest. This rate is good for TAPPI members for stays of any length from Wednesday, September 18, through Sunday, September 22. Group dinners Wednesday and Thursday evenings will provide opportunities to meet other manufacturing personnel and suppliers, and their cost is included in the cost of the meeting. These will be excellent networking opportunities.

Thursday's afternoon recreational activity (also included in the registration price) is a choice of golf, coastal fishing, or an afternoon at the spa. Non-registered spouses and guests are welcome to participate in the activities and dinners for the following costs: $60 per dinner and $95 for golf, fishing, or the spa treatment. They do not have to pay the conference registration fee.

Click here for additional meeting information.

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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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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 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
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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
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