Weekly Spotlight
U.S. Farm Bill to Spur Development of Biomass, Bioenergy

Over the Wire


Thursday, February 13, 2014 - members edition
Bill, which passed in the U.S. Senate 68 to 32, provides nearly $900 million in dedicated funding for some of the nation's most critical energy and job-creation programs.
Prairie Paper Uses Crowd Funding to Raise Capital for Wheat Straw Paper Mill
Funding will support mill in northern India, but group is considering also building North America’s first commercial scale straw-based paper mill, possibly in Manitoba, Canada.
Binnie Appointed CEO of Sappi, Replacing Boëttger
Steve Binnie, currently CFO of the company, will succeed Ralph Boëttger as CEO, effective July 1.
SCA Selects First American Crewmember to Join All-Female Team in Volvo Ocean Race
Sally Barkow, former Olympic sailor and Wisconsin native, joins an international crew of 11 women who will compete in a nine-leg race around the world, covering more than 39,000 miles.
Cascades Tissue Receives Environmental Strategy, Innovative Product Awards
Company was awarded "Environmental Strategy of the Year" and "Innovative Product of the Year." at the 2013 PPI Awards in Dubai.
Two Special Converting Sessions at the Heart of Tissue360° Forum in Music City
One session includes technical presentations and second session has a special panel session of experts.
Tissue 101 – Process and Properties Course
Market Roundup
U.S. P&P Mill 2014 Boiler MACT Spending to Exceed $1 Billion
Southeastern and southwestern sections of the U.S. are continuing to dominate Boiler MACT projects.
European Paper, Board Production Expected to Decline
Preliminary figures show that paper and board production by member countries declined some 1.3% in 2013, with production totaling about 91 million metric tons.
Pulp & Paper
Ahlstrom Completes Sale of Paulinia Plant to Suominen
Sale of the shares of Ahlstrom Fabricação de Não-Tecidos Ltda in Brazil to Suominen Corp. has now been completed.
Arauco $2.1 Billion Expansion of Chile Mill Would Boost Pulp Production 40%
Expansion project at mill in southern Chile will expand mill’s production to 2.1 million metric tpy.
Clearwater Authorizes $100 Million Stock Repurchase
Authorization follows successful completion of company's previous $100 million stock repurchase authorization that was implemented in January 2013.
E.C.H. Will’s Asian Sales Office Renamed Papersystems Asia
Change of name illustrates and underlines affiliation of the joint regional sales office of Papersystems Asia to the companies in the Papersystems Group.
ICT Group Considering New Tissue Line at Poland Mill
Investment would include a new 70,000 metric tpy tissue machine, additional converting equipment, and related logistic and civil infrastructure.
Sappi Orders Valmet Rebuild of PM 11 at Gratkorn, Austria, Mill
Project will include modernization of all of the paper machine main sections, with the goal of improving end product quality.
Verso Regains Compliance with NYSE Share Price Continued Listing Standard
As of January 31, both the closing share price of Verso's common stock and its average closing share price over the preceding 30 consecutive trading days were in excess of the $1.00 minimum threshold.
EBB Acquires Cell Ltd. in the U.K.
Elliott Baxter and Co. Ltd (EBB), U.K., this week announced the acquisition of Cell Ltd., a U.K.-based carton board and packaging supplier.
American River Packaging Changes Name to PackageOne
American River Packaging and All West Container of San Francisco are changing their names to PackageOne to align the company under a single identity.
New Products
Smurfit Kappa Bag-In-Box Launches New Seal on Wine Application Bags
In addition to the usual seals, eight supplementary radial seals (two in each of the four corners) help to protect the wine inside.
Kennedy Introduces Paper POD Auto-Cut Paper Towel Dispenser
Mechanical auto-cut paper towel dispenser, known as Paper POD, provides single use paper portions for hygienic hand drying.
Published Pricing
Glatfelter Raises Price of Beverage Filtration Papers
Price surcharges of 5% for all of company's beverage filtration papers are effective immediately.
Saarinen Resigns from Ahlstrom
Aki Saarinen, EVP, Strategic Business Development, has decided to resign from Ahlstrom to pursue other career opportunities.
Giardini Joins SFI Board of Directors
Business executive, author, and community leader Anne Giardini has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) Board of Directors.
Lenzing Appoints van de Kerkhof Chief Commercial Officer
In his new role, Robert van de Kerkhof will have management responsibility for marketing and sales.
Free TAPPI Real-Time Costing Webinar on February 19
Learn how to translate traditional operational metrics into real dollar savings.
Pacific TAPPI/Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation Joint Meeting Announced
Pacific TAPPI and University of Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation will have a joint meeting at the university campus on March 13.
Rev up Reliability in 2014
Check your calendar for dates in February and March for courses designed expressly for reliability and maintenance professionals.
First P&P Workshop Opens for Registration
Don't miss your chance to attend the first of three introductory courses, March 10-14, being offered in partnership between TAPPI and NCSU.
New Speakers, Sessions Added to PaperCon Program
No other event offers more learning, more networking and more technical programming than PaperCon, April 27-30, in Nashville, Tenn., USA.
TAPPI Press: The Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide E-Book
This updated and expanded electronic version of The Roll and Web Defect Terminology – 2nd Edition is now available to members for a discount.
In the Spotlight: Paul Krochak - Running to the Future
Member Paul Krochak Sets Personal, Professional Goals High.
Shipping, Receiving and Warehousing Workshop Announced
To be held in New Orleans, La., USA, on April 8-9, featuring keynote speaker from Time Inc.
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.
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.
International Pulp Bleaching Conference Issues Call for Papers
A call for papers has been issued for IPBC, with a deadline of March 31.