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Domtar to Convert UFS Machine at Ashdown to Fluff Pulp

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TAPPI

December 11, 2014
GapCon
Following yesterday's announcement, conversion work is expected to commence during the second quarter of 2016 at the Arkansas, USA, site, and the fluff pulp line is scheduled to start up by the third quarter of 2016.
 
Resolute to Permanently Close 465,000 Metric TPY of Newsprint Capacity
Resolute's decision to reduce newsprint capacity, announced earlier this week, is a result of the ongoing weakness in the global newsprint business, exacerbated by fiber-related issues, including both availability and costs, as well as transportation challenges.
 
Sappi, Edinburgh Napier University Discover Low-Cost Process to Make Nanocellulose
Scientists have developed a low cost way to turn wood into a "wonder material" that could be used to build greener cars, thicken foods, and even treat wounds. Wood pulp is processed to release ultra-small, or "nano" cellulose fibers—each so small that 2,000 could fit inside the width of a single strand of human hair.
 
Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance Reviews New Technology Roadmaps at Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday's meeting in Chicago centered on improving the pulp and paper industry’s sustainability and competitiveness as well as developing new product applications and products from sustainable raw materials for emerging markets.
 
Canada’s Mills Challenged to Produce More Than Just Pulp and Paper
An asset that former mill communities have going for them is a skilled labor force, left from a forest-product manufacturing process that has become highly technology-intensive over the years. And the resource Canada still has in abundance is forest–348 million hectares of it, according to Natural Resources Canada.
 
Why "Going Paperless" Is Not the Way to Save N.A. Forests
Sustainable practices now adopted across the industry assure that using paper does not harm existing, natural forests. This recent article highlights five major reasons why.
 
Tissue360° Forum Planned for April in Atlanta
TAPPI’s annual technical program is scheduled for April 22-30, 2015, in downtown Atlanta, Ga., USA.
 
Tissue 201 – Tissue Operations and Runnability Course
People with three-years of experience in tissue should attend this course. Make your plans now to be in Atlanta, Ga., USA, on April 22-24, 2015.
 
Tissue 101 – Process and Properties Course
This introductory course has been announced covering basic tissue manufacturing methods and chemistry. It will be offered Nov. 17-18, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga., USA.
 
Market Roundup
Hardwood Pulp Market Stronger than Softwood in Second Half of 2014
Prices have been in steady decline for more than a year, but have flattened out the past few months.
 
U.S. Demand for Corrugated, Paperboard Boxes to Exceed $39 billion in 2018
The study notes that gains will improve from the performance of the 2008-2013 period as manufacturing output continues to recover from low levels following the 2007-2009 recession.
 
European Wrapping, Paper Packaging Market to Approach $54 Billion in 2018
Report highlights include market consumption and performance numbers.
 
Brazil’s Exports of BEK Pulp Increase in November
The country's exports are up a considerable amount compared with last year.
 
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Pulp & Paper
Brigl & Bergmeister to Install New Voith SpeedSizer, Contactless Dryer
Along with the SpeedSizer, the delivery to the Austrian mill also includes a new CB-Turn for non-contact web turning. The contract with Voith is the first step in a multi-stage development plan, with the goal of improving the quality and speed of the production line.
 
Cascades Starts up UFS-to-Tissue Conversion at St. Helens
PM 2 at the Québec mill is a "wet crepe tissue machine that will produce 55,000 tpy of napkin and toweling grades for the away from home market," the company said in the report.
 
China to Invest in New P&P Mill in Irkutsk Region of Russia
Chinese state-owned company Sinomach (Beijing) is considering building a new mill with Russian partners.
 
Expera Closes Acquisition of Old Town Fuel & Fiber
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine formally approved the transaction this past week. Founded more than a century ago and located in Old Town, the mill has the capacity to produce 200,000 tpy of northern bleached kraft pulp.
 
First Quality Selects Lock Haven Mill for Second New TAD Tissue Machine
Startup date for this line is expected to be December 2016.
 
Nippon Paper Announces "Curtailment" of PM at Washington Mill
"The curtailment is necessary to balance capacity with the current economic climate and slow sales of uncoated mechanical papers," said mill manager Steve Johnson. No restart date has been scheduled.
 
K-C’s Millicent Tissue Mill in Australia Boosts Efficiency, Productivity
Benchmarks set at the Millicent mill create techniques being adopted or adapted for use in other Kimberly-Clark factories around the world.
 
Monadnock Enters into Labeling Partnership with Smart Planet Technologies
EarthCoating labels, when used as a plastic lamination replacement, provides a unique option for demanding wet label applications. The Bennington, N.H., USA, paper company has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Smart Planet for the making of plastic-free adhesive labels.
 
Union Votes to Renew Collective Agreement at Tembec Temiscaming
All unionized employees approved an agreement yesterday. Work will now resume at the Canadian project site.
 
Veritiv will Relocate Headquarters to Atlanta Area
The specialty paper distributor will move its corporate headquarters, currently located in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
 
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Containerboard/Packaging
Anhui Shanying Starts up Two Valmet Boardmaking Lines
The new PM 6 machine set its 24 hr. average machine speed record of 1,398 m/min 12 days after startup.
 
Champion Machinery Corrugated Process Cuts Paper Waste, Boosts Savings
A traditional machine takes about 12 people to operate, but Champion Machinery's new machine system requires only eight people. In addition, each production line is now capable of producing 30 meters of corrugated product per minute, which means production capacity has increased 1.3 times.
 
Holmen Invests in Increased Paperboard, Pulp Production
The production capacity for paperboard at Holmen’s Workington mill in the U.K. will rise by 10% or 20,000 metric tpy through a rebuild of the paperboard machine’s press section. At Holmen’s Iggesund Mill in Sweden, pulp capacity will rise by 15% or 50,000 metric tpy.
 
Jiangmen Xinghui Celebrates Startup of PMT–Supplied Coated Box Board Mill
The mill’s new paper machine has a wire width of 4,900 mm and produces duplex white board with grey back in a range of 230 to 500 gsm, at a maximum operating speed of 650 m/min.
 
Metsä Board Invests in Boxboard Machine at Husum Mill in Sweden, Seeks to Divest Struggling Paper Business
Metsä Board Corp., part of Metsä Group, announced yesterday it is investing in a new boxboard machine. Through targeted divestments the company is in the final steps of transforming into a paperboard / boxboard exclusive company as it separates itself from paper related business.
 
Stora Enso to Install New Valmet Winding Techology at Tainionkoski Mill
In addition to the new OptiWin Drum two-drum winder, Valmet's delivery to the mill in Finland will include winder pulper, transfer rails, related dust control systems, and the core handling system. Installation supervision, commissioning, startup, and training services are also included in the finishing area rebuild delivery.
 
New Products
Xerium Introduces ProSeam 3L Seam Felt Technology for Paper, Paperboard Machines
ProSeam 3L felt technology is a triple layer laminated construction providing up to 25% more void volume than conventional double layer designs. It is engineered for handling high water volume and critical sheet properties are primary objectives.
 
Published Pricing
Imerys Ceramics Raises Ball Clay, Kaolin Product Prices in N.A.
The 15% price increase will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.
 
Södra Cuts Prices of Pine, Small-Dimension Softwood
The SEK 20 per cubic meter change has been effective since December 1.
 
Energy
Stora Enso Opens New Biomaterials Innovation Center
The new center in Stockholm, Sweden will boost innovation by identifying business opportunities in the renewable materials (cellulosic energy) market and linking them with leading innovation and research centers in business and academia.
 
Tree Scraps from U.S. Create Wood Pellet Export Boom
The pellet industry says it's using wood by-products that would otherwise go to waste to fuel an energy export boom to Europe. Critics on the environmental side say the expansion hurts forests and does not help the climate. Critics in the paper industry say, if not done entirely from what would be waste products, it raises the price of materials for production.
 
People
Rogestedt Named Södra SVP, Innovation, New Business
"I am delighted that Södra has recruited Laila Rogestedt. Innovation and new business are strategic future areas for Södra, in our work with product and process care for the existing pulp market, but also in the development of new products from wood," said CEO Lars Idermark.
 
Rayonier Appoints McHugh CFO
McHugh succeeds H. Edwin Kiker, who is transitioning to the newly created position of chief accounting officer. Prior to joining Raymond James in 2008, McHugh was a director in the Paper & Forest Products Group at Credit Suisse. He has broad experience advising paper and forest products companies.
 
Valmet Names Karlstedt President of Pulp and Energy Business Line
"It is a pleasure to get Bertel Karlstedt to our executive team, with his strong industrial experience and established relations with many of our customers," said, Pasi Laine, president and CEO, Valmet.
 
TAPPI News
TAPPI Scholarships Support the Next Generation of Industry Leaders
Scholarship application requirements vary by division and a general information form must also be completed. The deadline to submit applications for academic year 2015-2016 Technical Division scholarships is Feb. 15, 2015.
 
Free Webinar: Learn to improve sheet quality and troubleshoot sheet-making processes
Don't miss your opportunity to participate in a cost-free learning opportunity that could benefit you greatly if you work in or around this field of papermaking. Sign up today for the course being held next Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time).
 
In Memoriam: Robert Terry Campbell
In 1959 Campbell was hired at International Paper as a research chemist. Not long after, he became a member of TAPPI.
 
Call for Papers: Centennial Celebration Biorefinery Edition of TAPPI Journal
Researchers are invited to submit papers on their latest findings in this emerging field by January 1, 2015.
 
TAPPI Press: Troubleshooting the Papermaking Process
TAPPI members save $55 off the list price for this new book.
 
Top Reasons to Attend TAPPI Intro to Pulp and Paper Course
TAPPI has offered this course for more than 40-years – for good reason. It is the most comprehensive introductory course in the industry offering an overview of the entire pulping and papermaking process. Don't miss your opportunity to attend in sunny St. Petersburg, Fla., USA.
 
TAPPI Press: The World of Market Pulp - Soft Cover
TAPPI members will gain access to material about global market pulps--their forest and fiber sources, pulp qualities, and how to select market pulps.
 
Check out the TAPPI PRESS 2014 Fall Sale
This limited time offer of 50% off will be good through January 15, 2015.
 
Free PIMA Webinar: Better Mill Decisions Through Detailed Grade Cost Analysis
PIMA’s IT Committee is offering a free webinar on Detailed Grade Cost Analysis on January 15th 2015 at noon EST hosted by Matthew Smith, president and CEO of 3C Software.
 
New from TAPPI PRESS: Maintenance Painting of Steel Structures in Pulp and Paper Mills
This book focuses on keys to a good maintenance program with a concession to today’s busy mill engineers.
 
TAPPI Centennial Museum: Call for Entries
We are seeking artifacts, photos, books, and equipment that represents a stage in our industry’s history.
 
TAPPI Press: Get An Additional 10% off Paper Science and Technology Text
TAPPI is proud to partner with the Finnish Paper Engineers' Assoc. to promote this discount on a very informative subject matter in the industry.