Weekly Spotlight
China’s Rush to Flush: The Rise of Toilet Paper

Over the Wire


September 4, 2014
Nalco, an Ecolab Company
According to an article in this week’s Forbes Asia magazine, Chinese consumers are well known for their interest in luxury goods, but enterprising manufacturers are now rushing to take advantage of their more private interest in other comforts of modern life.
G-P’s Monticello, Miss., Mill Awards $10,000 to Local Hospital
Georgia-Pacific reports that its Monticello, Miss., mill has presented a grant of $10,000 to the Lawrence County, Miss., Hospital, part of the company’s ongoing commitment to safety and strengthening quality of life in the local community.
CEOs See Need to Adapt More Quickly to Changing Technology
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a survey of forest, paper, and packaging CEOs indicates an expectation of some challenges ahead where adapting more quickly to changing technology is an issue.
U.K. Paper Cup Recycling Program Kicks Off with High Profile Members
The official launch event of a paper cup recycling program in London was held this past week at Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium.
Invitation to Present at 2015 TAPPI Tissue360o Forum
TAPPI has issued an invitation to present at the third annual Tissue360° Forum to be held at PaperCon and TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration in Atlanta, Ga., USA, on April 19-22, 2015.
From The Experts
Developing New Products, Expanding into New Markets
The TAPPI Community social networking site contains a blog this week titled New Products and New Markets: A Process for Successful Innovation.
Market Roundup
German Recycled Containerboard Prices Improve Slightly
Producer attempts to raise recycled containerboard prices in August were partly successful in Germany. Most prices were up, although not by the desired amount, reports EUWID Pulp and Paper, Germany.
French Recycled Containerboard Prices Rise, Italian Prices Flat
French recycled containerboard prices showed some signs of improvement in August, according to latest data from RISI, Brussels, Belgium.
Pulp & Paper
Fortress Paper Sells Part of Bank Note Unit
Pulp and bank note producer Fortress Paper Ltd. is selling its operations that make security film used in bank notes to Nanotech Security Corp. for up to $17.5 million in cash and shares.
FutureMark Alsip Mill Closes Early
FutureMark’s Alsip, Ill., USA, mill reportedly has now closed down indefinitely.
IP Kwidzyn, Poland, Mill Damaged by Fire
The recovered paper warehouse of International Paper's Kwidzyn mill in Poland was partly destroyed by a fire in late August. Newsprint production at the mill was not affected.
Resolute to Permanently Shutter Laurentide Printing Papers Mill
Resolute Forest Products Inc. this week announced the permanent closure of its Laurentide paper mill in Shawinigan, Que., Canada.
Evergreen Launches Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest
Evergreen Packaging this week announced the launch of the Fall 2014 Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest, themed "Sculptures.
Huhtamäki Acquires Folded Carton Producer Interpac Packaging
Huhtamaki Oyj, Finland, has acquired Interpac Packaging Ltd. based in Auckland, New Zealand.
ITC Develops Shelf-Ready Packaging Solution for India’s FMCG Industry
ITC Ltd. has developed a shelf-ready packaging solution for consumer goods where the pack itself turns into a retail shelf, reducing the retailer's investment on shelves, optimizing space, and attracting consumer's attention faster, but possibly increasing costs for marketers.
Menasha Packaging Expanding Lakeville, Minn., Box Plant
Menasha Packaging reports that construction is underway on a 126,000-sq. ft.-plus manufacturing and office space expansion at its Lakeville, Minn., facility.
Mondi to Shut down PM 1 at Lohja Mill Next June
Mondi reports that it will shut down PM 1 at its Lohja mill in Finland, effective approximately June 30, 2015.
New Products
ABB Introduces HDI 9 Web Imaging System
ABB has launched a new web imaging system for paper industry web inspection and quality control—the HDI 9 Web Imaging System.
K-C Empire State Building Replica Illustrates Toilet Tissue Tube Waste
To help consumers take small steps to make a big impact on the environment, Kimberly-Clark reports that its SCOTT Brand recently unveiled a replica of the Empire State Building in New York City's Flatiron Plaza.
Voith’s New InForce Polyurethane Roll Cover Ensures Higher Void Volume
Voith has introduced a new InForce polyurethane roll cover that features high stability, providing additional void volume with particularly deep and wide grooves for highly loaded positions.
Millar Western, ADI Partner on Bioenergy Effluent Project
ADI Systems Inc. is working with Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Edmonton, Alb., on a Bioenergy Effluent Project (BEP) aimed at generating clean energy from waste.
Torrefaction of Biomass Best Before or After Densification?
An article in an upcoming issue of Applied Energy looks at torrefaction treatment of biomass in terms of its effectiveness before and after densification.
Forestry Geneticists Develop Biomass Crop to Grow on Marginal Lands
Two Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate.
Andritz Announces Changes to Executive Board
Andritz reports that two mandates to its Executive Board will expire at the end of 2014 and one at the end of the first quarter of 2015.
Stora Enso Adds Four New Members to Group Leadership Team
Stora Enso has added four new members to its Group Leadership Team (GLT), effective the first of this month.
In the Spotlight: Prakash Malla, Ph.D.--On Top of the Mountain
His career climbed to news heights with TAPPI.
TAPPI Press: Kraft Recovery Boilers
This comprehensive textbook covers recovery boilers in great depth with information on combustion, safety, emissions, plugging, and corrosion. Available to TAPPI members for $47 off list price.
Can Nanocellulose Coatings be Designed with Tailored Properties?
For a limited time, a sample of the high caliper content published in TAPPI Journal is being made available free to download for members.
PEERS Features Three Tutorial Sessions
Tutorial sessions free with registration. Make the most of your time out of the office.
TAPPI and NCSU Sponsor Progress in Paper Physics Seminar
The 2014 seminar program is designed to attract a broad group of researchers and industrialists to connect fundamental science with real world applications. This four-day seminar will run from September 8-11, in Raleigh, N.C., USA.
TAPPI Press: Bleaching of Pulp 5th Edition
Members now save $77 off list price on the latest edition of this text.
Registration Opens for Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium
Product developers, researchers, and academics who have a scientific interest in the field of coating paper and paperboard substrates should attend this October 7-9 event in Minneapolis, Minn., USA.
Calls for Papers Issued for PaperCon 2015
Present at the largest program for the pulp and paper industry.