Weekly Spotlight
IP Courtland’s Final Two PMs to Shut Down this Month

Over the Wire


Thursday, February 06, 2014 - members edition
The final two paper machines at International Paper Co.’s (Memphis, Tenn., USA) fine paper mill in Courtland, Ala., are now scheduled to be shut down, but the company said the date could be flexible
Verso Partners in Project to Identify, Map Vernal Pools in Michigan
Verso Paper Corp. Memphis, Tenn., has announced a new, unique vernal pools project involving collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Michigan Forest Products Council (MFPC), and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), a program of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE)
Kimberly-Clark Named to "Natural Capital Leaders Index"
Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, Texas, USA, has been named to the first "Natural Capital Leaders Index" of global companies that have successfully reported growing revenues in recent years while reducing environmental impacts
Forest Companies, Enviro Groups Deliver Recommendations for Great Bear Rainforest
Joint recommendations to achieve final implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) in the Great Bear Rainforest have been reached among five forest product businesses and three leading environmental groups who together form the Joint Solutions Project (JSP), based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
RecycleMania Kicks Off 2014 Collegiate Recycling Competition
Through March 29, a special kind of madness is in the air at college campuses across the U.S.—the 14th annual RecycleMania, the national tournament for colleges and universities competing to reduce, reuse, and recycle the most
Market Roundup
U.S. P&W Paper Shipments Increase
Total U.S. printing and writing (P&W) paper shipments increased 2% in December compared with December 2012, with increases in uncoated papers more than offsetting decreases in coated grades
European 2013 Paper, Board Output Estimated to Decline 1.3%
CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries), Brussels, Belgium, reports that, according to preliminary figures, paper and board production by its member countries declined some 1.3% in 2013, with production totaling about 91 million metric tons
Pulp & Paper
Altai Capital, Starboard Value Push for Changes at Wausau Paper
Altai Capital Management LP, New York, N.Y., USA, has joined Starboard Value LP, New York, N.Y., in its push for changes at Wausau Paper Corp., Mosinee, Wis.
Catalyst Successfully Appeals Sales Tax Reassessment
Catalyst Paper, Richmond, B.C., Canada, reports that the Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled in favor of the company’s action against the Province of British Columbia involving a reassessment of the amount of sales tax payable under the Social Services Tax Act on electricity purchased from Powell River Energy Inc. in 2001 through 2010
Fibria Offers to Buy Back $690 Million in Bonds
Brazilian pulp and paper producer Fibria Celulose SA, Sao Paulo, which has struggled with high debt in recent years, plans to repurchase $690.2 million in bonds maturing in 2020 from investors
K-C Initiative Wins 2014 Catalyst Award
Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, Texas, USA, is one of two companies that will receive the prestigious 2014 Catalyst Award, which annually honors innovative initiatives that expand leadership and opportunities for women and business
Mondi Orders Valmet Boiler Upgrades at Mills in Sweden, Bulgaria
Mondi Group has contracted Valmet, Finland, to upgrade a recovery boiler at its Dynäs paper mill in Sweden and a power boiler at its Stambolijski mill in Bulgaria
Stora Enso to Ramp Skoghall Cartonboard Production to 100% Following Boiler Explosion
Stora Enso, Helsinki, Finland, reports that its cartonboard mill in Skoghall, Sweden, will return to full production this month
Thiele Buys Back Stora Enso Interest
Thiele Kaolin Co., Sandersville, Ga., USA, this week announced that it has repurchased Stora Enso Oyj’s (Finland) stock interest in Thiele
Bekaert Solaronics to Install WebMate Drying System at EMG Mill in Mexico
Bekaert Solaronics, France, reports that it has received an order through Bellmer Ibérica, Iberia, for the rebuild of drying equipment on PM 2 at the Empaques Modernos de Guadalajara (EMG) mill in Mexico
Cascades Confirms Creation of New Containerboard JV in Canadian Atlantic Provinces
Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, a producer of packaging and tissue products, reports that the Competition Bureau of Canada has accepted a transaction it concluded on Nov. 27, 2013, with Maritime Paper Products Ltd. (MPPL), for the creation of a new joint venture of converting corrugated board activities in the Atlantic Provinces
Cascades Considering Closure of Djupafors Business in Sweden
Cascades Inc., Kingsey Fall, Que., Canada, a producer of green packaging and tissue products, announced that its subsidiary, Cascades Djupafors, located in Ronneby, Sweden, will start the consultation process with unions on February 25 concerning potential closure of the Djupafors business
Mil-Spec Packaging Secures Federal GSA Contract
Mil-Spec Packaging of Georgia, Macon, Ga., USA, this week announced that it has been awarded a GSA Schedule 81 IB contract and is now certified to provide shipping, packaging, and packing supplies and services to the federal government
Metsä Board to Sell Former Mill Property in Finland to City of Tampere
Metsä Board Corp., a part of Metsä Group, Finland, reports that it is in negotiations to divest its property in Lielahti, Tampere, Finland, to the City of Tampere for EUR 26 million
Paperworks to Close Phoenix Folding Carton Plant
PaperWorks Industries Inc. Bala Cynwyd, Pa., USA, announced this week that it will close its Phoenix, Ariz., folding carton plant in the coming months
Zhejiang JINGXING to Install PMT Italia Film Size Press at Linerboard Mill in China
Zhejiang JINXING Paper Joint Stock Co., People’s Republic of China, has ordered from PMT Italia S.p.A, Italy, a new film size press, ÆGO™SIZER FC, for PM 15 at its Pinghu Mill in China
New Products
Metsä Board Launches New Cartonboard for Luxury Packaging
Metsä Board, Finland, is launching a new cartonboard, Carta Allura, designed especially for luxury end-uses
Round Vacuum Cups Available from Vi-Cas
Vi-Cas Manufacturing, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, is now producing round vacuum cups from 0.09 in. dia to 14.69 in. dia.—to handle many round, oval, and hard-to-grip products, including those with smooth or textured surfaces
Tetra Top with Separable Top Enables Separate Recycling
Tetra Pak, Lausanne, Switzerland, this week launched Tetra Top® with Separable Top, an innovation that enables consumers to detach the plastic top from the carton sleeve, allowing them to be recycled separately
Published Pricing
Nippon Raising Prices of Beverage Cartons
Nippon Paper Industries Co., Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, will increase the price of beverage cartons for milk and cold beverages by 10% to 15%, effective with deliveries beginning April 1
Ahlstrom to Modify Executive Management Team
Ahlstrom, Finland, reports that it aims to achieve sales growth through winning new business and speeding up the commercialization of new products
Buckman Gibson Named President, COO for Buckman International
In assuming her new position, Buckman Gibson will step away from her role as chairman of the board of Buckman, a position she has held since 2000
Domtar President, CEO Williams Elected Chairman of AF&PA
John Williams, President and CEO of Domtar, Montreal, Que., Canada, has been elected chairman of the AF&PA (Washington, D.C., USA, board, along with the 2014 slate of AF&PA board officers
Kazakhstan Kagazy Names Bech New CFO
Kazakhstan Kagazy Group, Kazakhstan, has appointed Poul Bech CFO, succeeding outgoing CFO Aida Yelgeldiyeva, who will remain in the Group as advisor to the CEO
MWV Elects Beckler, Feeser EVPs
MeadWestvaco Corp., Richmond, Va., USA, has elected Dr. Robert K. Beckler and Robert A. Feeser each to the position of EVP, effective immediately
TAPPI’s NET Division Webinar Series Offers Preview of Spring Conference Sessions
The TAPPI Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Division presents two upcoming webinars hosted by the Binders & Additives Committee that preview sessions of the NETInc program in Nashville, Tenn., USA, April 27-30.
Rev up Reliability in 2014
Check your calendar for dates in February and March for courses designed expressly for reliability and maintenance professionals.
In the Spotlight: Paul Krochak - Running to the Future
Member Paul Krochak Sets Personal, Professional Goals High.
Arne Asplund Award Foundation (AAAF) Seeks Nominations for the Arne Asplund Award
Candidates should have made an outstanding contribution to the research into and/or the industrial development of high yield pulping, i.e. mechanical or chemi-mechanical pulping, utilizing mechanical defibration techniques and/or new applications using high yield pulps.
Earn Confidence and Clarity in Job Safety with February COSS Course
The Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) Course is coming February 17-21 to the TAPPI Training Facility in Metro Atlanta, Ga., USA.
IBBC 2014 Announces Call for Presentations
Be a part of the future as IBBC explores the technology and economics of commercializing biorefineries.
Call for Papers: 2014 PEERS Conference
Advance your career by presenting at the 2014 TAPPI PEERS Conference in Tacoma, Wash., USA. Deadline for abstracts is March 3, 2014.
Pine Chemicals Association (PCA) Offers New Short Course on Byproduct Recovery
This March 10-12 course is designed for operators, engineers, supervisors, and pulp mill managers engaged in pulp mill recovery operations.
TAPPI Press: Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists (The Smook Book) Third Edition
This best-selling text provides an introduction to the entire technology of pulp and paper manufacture and features 27 chapters covering all aspects of pulping and papermaking.
PaperCon 2014 Program Announced
Keeping you "In Tune for Sustainability, Agility, and Profitability," the PaperCon program should not be missed.
International Pulp Bleaching Conference Issues Call for Papers
A call for papers has been issued for IPBC, with a deadline of March 31, 2014.